CNN's Ashleigh Banfield: You Should Be Happy About Traffic Jams Because They Mean the Economy's Booming

Ignore reports of a cratering GDP and rising unemployment -- the real leading economic indicator to keep an eye on is Time in Traffic.

And speaking of, I just posted a big fat tip about CNN's new lineup, which will strongly emphasize economic news. And there's so much good economic news to report.

Such as traffic jams.

Posted by: Ace at 01:47 PM



Comments

1 Bullshit, it means you're working on the fucking roads for the fifth year in a row.

Posted by: t-bird at February 05, 2013 01:48 PM (FcR7P)

2 second!

Posted by: simpleton at February 05, 2013 01:49 PM (i3pKT)

3 hahahaha.....awesome!

Posted by: phoenixgirl waiting for spring training at February 05, 2013 01:50 PM (GVxQo)

4 When we drove the young brat to school in August, I noticed how much work was being done on perfectly good roads. That stimulus money was being pissed away on crap, and the only result was lots of traffic through PA and OH.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 05, 2013 01:50 PM (GsoHv)

5 As a Houstonian, I rate this statement as true. I have noticed that traffic is worse than it was a couple of years ago. But in our defense, our economy is booming. I can't speak for those of you out in blue state/tax land.

My solution is to build more roads. Certainly to be frowned upon by the train lovers.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 01:50 PM (gmeXX)

6 Because everyone who is driving is going to work and not desperately looking for work.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at February 05, 2013 01:50 PM (NzBQO)

7
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Posted by: John has a long mustache at February 05, 2013 01:51 PM (evdj2)

8 You should be happy you're bleeding, because it means your heart is still pumping!

Posted by: scooter (not libby) at February 05, 2013 01:51 PM (WKeEA)

9 Banfield still has a job?

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 05, 2013 01:51 PM (GBXon)

10 1 Bullshit, it means you're working on the fucking roads for the fifth year in a row.
__________
Shovel-ready projects!!1~!!!!1!!11!!!

Posted by: Dante at February 05, 2013 01:51 PM (0m62M)

11 Nuts!

It means that people are travelling between two and three part-time jobs and/or both parents are now working.

Of course, then there's the constant Obama built this road projects.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 01:52 PM (piMMO)

12 I'm unemployed and can't be a part of traffic anymore either.

*makes sad frowny face*

Posted by: Rick Sanchez (formerly of CNN) at February 05, 2013 01:52 PM (uOWHN)

13 Yes... because doin full time work, for part time salary... and on the road all the time.... means we have SUCH a good economy...

/facepalm

Posted by: Romeo13..... at February 05, 2013 01:52 PM (lZBBB)

14 Does objectifying Ashley Banfield count as OT?

She used to be sort of cute when she was younger, but now she reminds me of Woodstock from the Peanuts cartoons.

http://tinyurl.com/c6caq2y

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 05, 2013 01:52 PM (GsoHv)

15 Meanwhile, gasoline prices are up up up!


You're welcome.

Posted by: Steven Chu at February 05, 2013 01:52 PM (bAGA/)

16 Not all driving is for jobs. Those strippers don't come to you.

Posted by: A Guy With An EBT Card at February 05, 2013 01:53 PM (8ZskC)

17 I've noticed more traffic too. They keep running over my sign.

Posted by: Keef Olbermann at February 05, 2013 01:53 PM (8ZskC)

18

I worked in the South with heavy equipment. The machine broke down one day and the mechanic said to me to not worry about it because his daddy used to say if you're not tearin shit up, you aint gettin no work done.

I said okay.

Posted by: soothsayer in the car, you're on the line, go ahead at February 05, 2013 01:54 PM (gtTDa)

19 15 Meanwhile, gasoline prices are up up up!


You're welcome.
______
According to TFG, this is also a leading indicator of recovery.

Posted by: Dante at February 05, 2013 01:54 PM (0m62M)

20 I'm unemployed and can't be a part of traffic anymore either.*makes sad frowny face*
Posted by: Rick Sanchez (formerly of CNN)
***

The sidewalks just got a little safer.

Posted by: Tilikum the Killer Assault Whale at February 05, 2013 01:54 PM (uhftQ)

21 You should be happy your house was burgled, because the ensuant money flow helps the economy.

You don't NEED that box of twinkies.

You should be happy your heart aches from the divorce, it shows you still have emotions!

Posted by: fb at February 05, 2013 01:54 PM (JVEmw)

22 I'm unemployed and can't be a part of traffic anymore either.

*makes sad frowny face*


Posted by: Rick Sanchez (formerly of CNN) at February 05, 2013 01:52 PM



Pedestrians are relieved.

Posted by: huerfano at February 05, 2013 01:54 PM (bAGA/)

23 Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at February 05, 2013 01:50 PM (NzBQO)

Yeah you got there before me.
Traffic is only connected to economic growth in the sense that once you're completely broke you can't afford gas anymore.
Just mildly broke? Maybe you want to get out of the house and willing to forgo eating so you don't go stir crazy.

This ranks up there with "SEE HOW CROWDED THE MALLS ARE" crap.
Why yes, the malls are crowded, also no one's buying anything. Alternative, more likely explanation: Window shopping is low/no cost entertainment and you don't have to pay for the heat your using. (Saves money on utility bills too!)
I've actually done this before. "Well we could turn up the heat, but honestly the mall is only 4 miles away so let's just go split a cup of coffee, it'll likely cost the same and we'll get coffee."

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at February 05, 2013 01:54 PM (O4M29)

24 My daily commute is more akin to my Friday commute in 2007 every day.

Posted by: Kevin in ABQ at February 05, 2013 01:55 PM (C3KwS)

25 You know what else is way up? Beggars standing in the median strips. But since this is a Dem administration, I guess they're just hobbyists.

Posted by: Cicero, Semiautomatic Assault Commenter at February 05, 2013 01:55 PM (8ZskC)

26 No sweetheart it means it's near the first of the month FreeShit Army can afford fuel you c*nt...

Posted by: sven10077 at February 05, 2013 01:55 PM (LRFds)

27 I guess you look for sunshine wherever you can find it.

Meanwhile, my hours have been cut to comply with Obamacare. But this is good, because too much stress is bad for my health.

Posted by: Mindy says "Stop passing mass shooter protection laws" at February 05, 2013 01:55 PM (gBOQE)

28 Proof that intelligent analysis is a thing of the past.


Posted by: jeremiah Gosh Darn Amerikkka wright's Sock Puppet at February 05, 2013 01:55 PM (+OTLF)

29 Well, they didn't hire her for her first-class intellect.

Posted by: joncelli at February 05, 2013 01:55 PM (RD7QR)

30 This is nothing. Did you see our declaration last week that GDP is a meaningless indicator? The true measure of economic health is now social change!1!

Posted by: The Associated Mess at February 05, 2013 01:56 PM (vbh31)

31 25 Hobbyists, enthusiasts, street performers...

Posted by: fb at February 05, 2013 01:56 PM (JVEmw)

32 Traffic jams because people have to commute to two jobs instead of one.

Posted by: tasker at February 05, 2013 01:57 PM (r2PLg)

33 In Texas our malls are crowded. Again, our economy is booming. Then again, we simply believe in right to work, limited government, low taxes, exploiting natural resources. I don't know. Could be worth a try at the federal level.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 01:57 PM (gmeXX)

34 You don't NEED that box of twinkies.

****

And, that's a good thing because you'd be shit out of luck.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 01:57 PM (piMMO)

35
We need more government for roads and bridges.
Without government you have no roads and bridges.
Hah!
They built roads and bridges in the Depression and that got us out of the Depression.
We don't build enough roads and bridges to reduce traffic....
Wait a minute...

Posted by: R Maddow & Co. at February 05, 2013 01:57 PM (8GA+4)

36 Residents of Washington DC spend the most time in traffic jams, 58 hours per year.

Now, if we could only get that number up to about 58 hours per week....

Posted by: Tex Lovera at February 05, 2013 01:57 PM (wtvvX)

37 The economy is AWESOME!

Seriously, look at all those people out there with 2, 3 sometimes even 4 jobs!!!

Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 01:58 PM (gCa4h)

38 In Texas our malls are crowded. Again, our economy is booming.


Here in CA we have record surplus office and retail space, so there's that.

Posted by: Cicero, Semiautomatic Assault Commenter at February 05, 2013 01:58 PM (8ZskC)

39 The soviets had long line ups at the grocery stores because there was so much money to buy food.

Posted by: Vizzy at February 05, 2013 01:58 PM (H0lcY)

40 OT


HORDE!!!!


Cantor went full DC Republican on his twitter feed today. Amnesty, big gov, fed in education. He used the hashtag #MakingLifeWork for it all. NDH and I are trying to jack the tag. Any of you Morons on twitter, come help out. I'm @brentcochran1

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at February 05, 2013 01:59 PM (GEICT)

41 Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 01:57 PM (gmeXX)

I'm torn between moving to Texas for the freedom or staying in Colorado to try to stem the blue tide.

Posted by: Mindy says "Stop passing mass shooter protection laws" at February 05, 2013 02:00 PM (gBOQE)

42 My attempt to explain increased traffic in three areas:

1. California - more illegals.

2. Washington DC - a growing federal government.

3. Texas - booming economy.

No source, just an educated guess.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:00 PM (gmeXX)

43 39 Vizzy,

Da comrade I worked a long time making stuff....so much stuff the shelves are empty...

//New Model American

Posted by: sven10077 at February 05, 2013 02:00 PM (LRFds)

44 I posted this near the end of the last thread, but it bears repeating.

It's time for Cantor to be nailed to the wall.

See his twitter feed here:

https://twitter.com/GOPLeader

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:00 PM (piMMO)

45 41 Mindy,

it's a toughie but I'd say run to Red....

Posted by: sven10077 at February 05, 2013 02:00 PM (LRFds)

46 In Texas our malls are crowded.

A walk through one of ours is like whistling through a graveyard.

Posted by: Ohio at February 05, 2013 02:01 PM (vbh31)

47 Traffic jams, and Dominican vacations.

Posted by: Truman North, by golly at February 05, 2013 02:01 PM (I2LwF)

48 At least I'm starting to understand how FDR kept getting reelected.

Posted by: Shoot Me at February 05, 2013 02:01 PM (qiXMt)

49 I'm torn between moving to Texas for the freedom or staying in Colorado to try to stem the blue tide.

----

Mindy, my goal is to raise my family and earn a living in Texas with the hope to one day spend the summer in Colorado for the mountains.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:01 PM (gmeXX)

50 the real leading economic indicator...is Time in Traffic.

Uhh...might as well slap another $1 billion suit on us.

Posted by: Standard & Poors at February 05, 2013 02:01 PM (FcR7P)

51 Shitty roads.
Inadequate infrastructure.
Spending the American Rip-up and Re-pave Act of 2009 cash we borrowed from the ChiComs.
Idiot drivers texting while driving.

Sure, I'm sure all the traffic I see out here in Blue America is cause by the fact that The Economy Is Booming(tm).

Posted by: DocJ at February 05, 2013 02:02 PM (A5uiv)

52 Posted by: sven10077 at February 05, 2013 02:00 PM (LRFds)

Posted by: Mindy says at February 05, 2013 02:02 PM (gBOQE)

53
Ooo...look at all those little people stuck in traffic. Call the limo service and tell them to avoid that area, or they'll be late.

Posted by: Assley Bumfield at February 05, 2013 02:02 PM (BZMZX)

54 She's Canadian. She don't know from freeways...or common sense.

Posted by: Sgt. York at February 05, 2013 02:02 PM (jEvoA)

55 John Nolte come on down....

Hey John while I agree that said teacher's behavior was wildly inappropriate I must point out that nothing happened to the bitch in Philly who verbally assaulted a kid for wearing Romney gear.

Hit the opponent make THEM live up to THEIR rules....


Posted by: sven10077 at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (LRFds)

56 You should be happyabout something unexpected happening in your mouth, Ashleigh, because that means you won't be punished with a baby!

Christ on a crutch, even Hitler only had one Goebbels.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (zF6Iw)

57 39 The soviets had long line ups at the grocery stores because there was so much money to buy food.
__________
We had a booming economy too! Everyone was pulling radio flyer wagons full of cash around in the streets!

Posted by: 1920s Germany at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (0m62M)

58 https://twitter.com/GOPLeader

Never before been so proud to be a former Republican.

Posted by: DocJ at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (A5uiv)

59 48 At least I'm starting to understand how FDR kept getting reelected.
Posted by: Shoot Me at February 05, 2013 02:01 PM (qiXMt)

Just what I've been thinking!

Posted by: Mindy at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (gBOQE)

60

Traffic jams could never be related to antiquated roads and highways; where a new lane or two might come in handy.

Probably spending taxpayer money squeezing the commuters out for bike lanes and carpool lanes with 3+ capacity only.

Posted by: beach at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (LpQbZ)

61 48 At least I'm starting to understand how FDR kept getting reelected.

Posted by: Shoot Me at February 05, 2013 02:01 PM (qiXMt)


Could you expand on that?
I've read that in FDR's case, promising free stuff via a compliant press was the secret.

I'm still trying to get a handle on Obama's secret.

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (Qxe/p)

62 liberal logic....oxymoron

Posted by: Tilikum the Killer Assault Whale at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (uhftQ)

63 The economy is AWESOME!

Seriously, look at all those people out there with 2, 3 sometimes even 4 jobs!!!


Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 01:58 PM (gCa4h


Only two or tree or fo' jobs, mon? Why you lazy good fo' nothin'!

Posted by: One of the Jamaicans from In Living Color's "Hey Mon!" at February 05, 2013 02:03 PM (uOWHN)

64 And all that fuel being wasted while sitting in that traffic is such a great stimulant to the economy!!!

Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 02:04 PM (gCa4h)

65 ....and to think there was a time where I wouldn't have minded bending ol' Ashleigh over a desk.

Posted by: Berserker at February 05, 2013 02:04 PM (FMbng)

66 ↑ 4.5% Dog Shit in Parks • ↓ 0.4% Overdue Library Books • Farts in a Elevator ↑ 3.5% ↑ 1/7% Stolen Office Toilet Paper • ↓ 1.3% ...

Posted by: CNN Ticker at February 05, 2013 02:04 PM (NTBjC)

67 Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:01 PM (gmeXX)

If I'm still here, I'd be happy to show you around.

Posted by: Mindy at February 05, 2013 02:04 PM (gBOQE)

68 Cantor went full DC Republican on his twitter feed today. Amnesty, big gov, fed in education.

Although we need more Republicans in Washington, but we also need to keep them away from Washington. There's some sort of disease inside the Beltway.

Posted by: t-bird at February 05, 2013 02:05 PM (FcR7P)

69 Only two or tree or fo' jobs, mon? Why you lazy good fo' nothin'!

***

racist!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:05 PM (piMMO)

70 She has the same number of functioning brain cells as Mika! Brzeznski.

Love Nolte:


In other CNN news:Every time someone struggles to get ketchup out of
a bottle, a job is magically created. Whenever you can't un-mate two
shopping carts, one less person needs food stamps.

What is it about Barack Obama that makes grown men and women in media behave like 14 year-old girls at Backstreet Boys concert?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:05 PM (UOM48)

71

A nice side effect of obama(no)care. Less than 40 hours and more temp jobs mean people taking two.

More angry traffic, I bet.

Posted by: racing in between job sites at February 05, 2013 02:05 PM (LpQbZ)

72 In Texas our malls are crowded. Again, our economy is booming. Then again, we simply believe in right to work, limited government, low taxes, exploiting natural resources. I don't know. Could be worth a try at the federal level.
Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 01:57 PM (gmeXX)


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Same here in OK. We just can't seem to get into the swing of the rest of the nation.

Although I'm sure the DoJ is thinking of ways to sue both our states for our prosperity.

Posted by: Soona at February 05, 2013 02:05 PM (Yto5R)

73 I just spent the last few days driving north from south Florida to Pennsylvania on I-95. It was the easiest drive I have ever made. There was not any traffic (except, of course, on the beltway around DC). Indicators are that DC is fat and happy.

Posted by: Liberty Lover at February 05, 2013 02:06 PM (encrR)

74 Electric cars dying in traffic jams while the drivers burns up all the juice trying to keep from freezing to death?

ECONOMIC STIMULUS!!

Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 02:06 PM (gCa4h)

75 Your Mouth: A leading indicator of thriving activity

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 05, 2013 02:06 PM (4c71i)

76 Although I'm sure the DoJ is thinking of ways to sue both our states for our prosperity.

---

You can bet the EPA is.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:07 PM (gmeXX)

77 Although we need more Republicans in Washington, but we also need to keep them away from Washington. There's some sort of disease inside the Beltway.


I just want to be loved.......is that so wrong?

Posted by: Beltway Republican at February 05, 2013 02:07 PM (KXm42)

78 Comcast just went out again.

Shocka.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:07 PM (UOM48)

79 Yeah, I love the bridge repair here in Pennsylvania. Six months to a year they take a bridge out of service, snarling traffic. Then the new bridge appears, no wider, or better in any meaningful measure. But if you were to get out of your car, to the side of the bridge you can not see, nor any of the thousands of other drivers that cross that bridge daily, you'll notice the most ornate stone work on the outside of the bridge. Slow, time-consuming, dollar-sucking stonework -- on the side of the bridge which is not visible to the people who actually pay for the stonework.

Now I've done masonry work in my life and I had to laugh out loud when I ran into a woman who was married to a stone mason and helped him on occasion. She said 'They spend all day working on some tiny little section and then spend the last hour admiring how little they had accomplished.'

Seems like a metaphor for the Obama administration.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at February 05, 2013 02:07 PM (feFL6)

80 In Soviet America, traffic jams you!

Posted by: Mark V. at February 05, 2013 02:07 PM (xCUgi)

81 Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:00 PM (piMMO)

Check the sidebar.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 05, 2013 02:08 PM (GsoHv)

82 I'm trying to get int the budget debate on C-Span, but just can't.

Maybe it's this awful flu.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:09 PM (piMMO)

83 Slow, time-consuming, dollar-sucking stonework -- on the side of the bridge which is not visible to the people who actually pay for the stonework.

______________

We're busy carving the union label on that!

Posted by: Dem Traffic Jammers! at February 05, 2013 02:09 PM (r2PLg)

84 I guess it has nothing to do with the pot holes on the Cross Bronx Expressway, all the people without easypass, all the illegal aliens without insurance and driving junks, or all those assholes who can't drive?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 05, 2013 02:09 PM (9Bj8R)

85 Check the sidebar.

***

Cool!

Thanks.

I mean, the dude went full retard today.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:09 PM (piMMO)

86 Electric cars dying in traffic jams

That made me smile.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 05, 2013 02:10 PM (ZKzrr)

87 Not a good day for conservatives? Kaisch gives in on Obamacare, McCain caves on Hagel (not sure this is a cave, just speaking when he should just keep his mouth shut), and Cantor speaks.

Maybe we will get some good news later.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:11 PM (gmeXX)

88 Electric cars dying in traffic jams


***

Electric cars catching fire in traffic.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:11 PM (piMMO)

89 In a sane world, a leading economic indicator would be the long line at the pleasure station outside of Ashleigh's cot.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 05, 2013 02:11 PM (zF6Iw)

90 Former DFW Fox Newscaster.

Good to see she's gone on to do great things.......wait.

dizzy bitch.

Posted by: © Sponge at February 05, 2013 02:11 PM (xmcEQ)

91 What is it about Barack Obama that makes grown men and women in media behave like 14 year-old girls at Backstreet Boys concert?


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:05 PM (UOM4

They are TFG's Brown Shirts and they enjoy the power, attention, and access that they get. What they don't realize is that once the real power brokers cement their grip on the country, the knob-slobberers in the MSM will be the first to go.

Posted by: Country Singer at February 05, 2013 02:12 PM (L8r/r)

92
FDR?
We've gone waay past what FDR did.

Under FDR, there were bread lines and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
These things had the stigma attached, that you were needy and being 'temporarily helped' until the job market recovered.

Today...there is no stigma attached to being on the dole.
No shame.
People get issued govt credit cards, free phones and rent subsidies...and can sit on their asses all day, instead of standing in line or working on road crews.

Posted by: wheatie at February 05, 2013 02:12 PM (BZMZX)

93 Cantor went full DC Republican on his twitter feed today. Amnesty, big gov, fed in education.

Although we need more Republicans in Washington, but we also need to keep them away from Washington. There's some sort of disease inside the Beltway.


Posted by: t-bird at February 05, 2013 02:05 PM (FcR7P)


Just means that Cantor came out of the closet... following Rove's lead...

Funny how when I left the Repub party 8 years ago... because the were NOT a small government party... I was called a lot of names...

Posted by: Romeo13..... at February 05, 2013 02:12 PM (lZBBB)

94
Question:

When I pulled into Nazareth, how did I feel?


Posted by: soothsayer takes a load off granny at February 05, 2013 02:13 PM (SljXf)

95 Anecdote from the frigid north: all the unemployed and underemployed are jamming up the lift lines at the ski mountain.

Posted by: The littl shyning man at February 05, 2013 02:13 PM (PH+2B)

96 WWII Battle of Midway hero Jim Muri dies at 93
The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Feb 5, 2013 13:36:09 EST
BILLINGS, Mont. — World War II pilot James Muri, who saved his crippled B-26 bomber and crew by buzzing the flight deck of a Japanese aircraft carrier during the Battle of Midway, has died in Billings. He was 93.

Muri died Sunday of natural causes, according to Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.

On June 4, 1942, Muri piloted one of four B-26 bombers that took off from Midway Island to attack a Japanese fleet planning to invade the U.S. outpost about 1,100 miles northwest of Hawaii.

Japanese fighter planes shot the bombers with machine guns and cannons. Muri’s bomber was struck, and three crewmen were wounded, but he launched a torpedo at the aircraft carrier Akagi and then flew the plane down its flight deck to avoid the ship’s guns, which were all pointed outward.

Muri flew lower than treetop level above the deck of the massive ship, reasoning that skimming the flight deck gave him the best chance to survive.

After the plane crash-landed on Midway Island, officials counted more than 500 bullet holes in the bomber, the Billings Gazette reported.

Muri and his crew were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. In 2003, Muri received the Jimmy Doolittle Award for outstanding service to the U.S. Army Air Corps in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Singer and radio host Lonnie Bell paid tribute to the feat in his song “Midway,” which he wrote in 1976.

Last June marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, which changed the course of the Pacific war. American forces sank four aircraft carriers despite being outnumbered in the three-day battle, diminishing Japan’s airstrike capabilities.

The U.S. lost one carrier, 145 planes and 307 men. Besides the four aircraft carriers, Japan lost a heavy cruiser, 291 planes and 4,800 men in the battle.

Muri left active duty in 1959 and returned to Montana in 1969. He and his wife, Alice, lived on Bridger Creek east of Big Timber for 30 years before moving to Billings in 1999. His wife died in 2001.

A memorial service for Muri is scheduled for Thursday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. He is to be buried Friday at the veterans’ cemetery in Miles City.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 05, 2013 02:13 PM (9Bj8R)

97 Not a good day for conservatives? Kaisch gives in on Obamacare, McCain caves on Hagel (not sure this is a cave, just speaking when he should just keep his mouth shut), and Cantor speaks. Maybe we will get some good news later.
Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:11 PM (gmeXX)


Eh, it's still early. Boehner hasn't had his daily crying jag yet.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 05, 2013 02:13 PM (zF6Iw)

98 Posted by: wheatie at February 05, 2013 02:12 PM (BZMZX)

Yes.... today instead of bread lines... we put more money on their Government Credit Card...

But currently there is a HIGHER REAL unemployment rate, than during the 'Great Depresion'.

Posted by: Romeo13..... at February 05, 2013 02:14 PM (lZBBB)

99 All those cars on the road are folks driving down to get food stamps and obamaphos.

Posted by: Joe Mama at February 05, 2013 02:14 PM (P4cxa)

100 Wolf, the productive time that is lost while sitting in traffic means people are working overtime to make up for it!

That should provide a boost to the economy unlike any ever seen in history!

Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (gCa4h)

101 Maybe we will get some good news later.
Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:11 PM (gmeXX)


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Yeah. I'm sure we will. Any time now. Hey! Maybe JeffB will start posting again.

Posted by: Soona at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (Yto5R)

102 People get issued govt credit cards, free phones and rent
subsidies...and can sit on their asses all day, instead of standing in
line or working on road crews.


That, of course, is racist.

Posted by: The Tired Old Liberal Meme at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (vbh31)

103 The Bidening continues:


Today, after attending a UK national security council meeting, Biden said that he was "delighted to do it, I spent half my life on OUR national security council," according to the pool report. In fact, Biden has only been on the U.S. National Security Council for four years--the four years the 70-year-old vice president has served in the Obama administration, and not the 35 years he suggested.

Weekly Standard

Posted by: Dem Traffic Jammers! at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (r2PLg)

104
Did they mention hem-line length? shorter = harder economic times, longer = better economic times.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie ® at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (1hM1d)

105 Actually FDR went pretty far. He just got rebuffed a lot. FDR was pretty bad.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (gmeXX)

106 in 2009, wasn't economy recovering because larry summers checked google searches for jobs?

Posted by: joeindc44 is now more concerned about Dark Ages 2.0 than Great Depression 2.0 at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (QxSug)

107 Half past dead

Posted by: Suppressed Flasher at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (X+nFp)

108 My solution is to build more roads. Certainly to be frowned upon by the train lovers.
Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 01:50 PM (gmeXX)

Fortunately wehave not felt the brunt of the economic down turn the rest of the Country has. Our home prices stagnated for awhile but they are again increasing. Actually have to give former Democrat Mayor Whitmire and the Republican Harris County officialssome credit for diversifying our employment basefrom just oil and gas though oil and gas are what is mostly sustaining us during this downturn.

Posted by: polynikes at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (m2CN7)

109 When I pulled into Nazareth, how did I feel?

***

Half past dead?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:15 PM (piMMO)

110 Ashely needs to blow me at rush hour on the Santa Monica. nice and slow, hour on end

Posted by: Clemenza at February 05, 2013 02:16 PM (Q8Pu5)

111 The power outage at the SuperBowl highlighted New Orleans awesome energy efficiency.



Is the sky still blue?!?

Posted by: RWC at February 05, 2013 02:16 PM (fWAjv)

112 Co-opting the #MakingLifeWork hashtag today.

BCochran all over it.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:17 PM (piMMO)

113

>>> Half past dead

Precisely!

Posted by: soothsayer takes a load off granny at February 05, 2013 02:17 PM (+7i2c)

114 Also our traffic in Houstonhas eased because of some of the road building and expansion. Its gone from really really bad to really bad.

Posted by: polynikes at February 05, 2013 02:18 PM (m2CN7)

115 How come we can never get rid of these people? If ratings are important, then why does CNN cancel a show and then hire someone who got dumped from MSNBC for having a show with poor ratings? I don't understand how they stay in business.

Posted by: L, elle at February 05, 2013 02:18 PM (0PiQ4)

116 Shovel ready!

*BONK*

Posted by: Bigby's Ropin' Hands at February 05, 2013 02:18 PM (3ZtZW)

117 98 Posted by: wheatie at February 05, 2013 02:12 PM (BZMZX)
Yes.... today instead of bread lines... we put more money on their Government Credit Card...

But currently there is a HIGHER REAL unemployment rate, than during the 'Great Depresion'.

----------

Yep.
It's the Workforce Numbers that tell the truth about unemployment...

Only One Third of the workforce is working.

Posted by: wheatie at February 05, 2013 02:19 PM (BZMZX)

118 Also our traffic in Houstonhas eased because of some of the road building and expansion. Its gone from really really bad to really bad.
Posted by: polynikes at February 05, 2013 02:18 PM (m2CN7)

Give it a few years and it might actually be NYC bad

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 05, 2013 02:19 PM (9Bj8R)

119 Gee, I thought traffic was jammed up because the asshole public buses kept getting in the way.

People too poor to afford a car riding the bus: Signs of a booming economy.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 05, 2013 02:20 PM (SY2Kh)

120 Electric cars catching fire in traffic.

http://is.gd/zWeYAa

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 05, 2013 02:20 PM (ZKzrr)

121 Do they have to remind that bitch to breath.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 05, 2013 02:20 PM (l86i3)

122 Although I'm sure the DoJ is thinking of ways to sue both our states for our prosperity.

----

Let's not forget we don't have zoning laws, so the city can develop as the market dictates. Come to Houston, and you'll think there are 4-5 downtowns. As the city expands so does industry. Not everyone (in fact very few) commute to downtown. The east coast may want to give that a try.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:20 PM (gmeXX)

123 Thanks NDH


#MakingLifeWork...because someone has to

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at February 05, 2013 02:21 PM (GEICT)

124 This ranks up there with "SEE HOW CROWDED THE MALLS ARE" crap.
Why yes, the malls are crowded, also no one's buying anything.



Yup, Mommy and I noticed that the last few times we were shopping. The mall was crowded but not many people had bags. Also the sales are getting very aggressive which would be great if anyone had any money to buy anything.


Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Team Stompy. at February 05, 2013 02:21 PM (VtjlW)

125 Cancer! More cancer just means more work for undertakers!

Posted by: Ashleigh "Sunnyside" Banfield at February 05, 2013 02:21 PM (MMC8r)

126 Although I'm sure the DoJ is thinking of ways to sue both our states for our prosperity. ---- Let's not forget we don't have zoning laws, so the city can develop as the market dictates. Come to Houston, and you'll think there are 4-5 downtowns. As the city expands so does industry. Not everyone (in fact very few) commute to downtown. The east coast may want to give that a try

Crap that was meant to be in response to Polynikes comment about building more roads.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:21 PM (gmeXX)

127 When the lights went out I thought "new normal".

Posted by: Heyoooohhhhhh at February 05, 2013 02:21 PM (KXm42)

128 Electric cars catching fire in traffic.

http://is.gd/zWeYAa

***

Love that cat.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:22 PM (piMMO)

129 And remember, Wolf.. More time spent in traffic means less time wasted at home.

We're living in a Golden Era of Economic Prosperity!

Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 02:22 PM (gCa4h)

130 Something I really thought I'd never read -


"The anti-drone resolution passed by a 3- to-2 [vote]. The use of drones for surveillance is not allowed in Charlottesville. The resolution supports a two year ban on drone use and prohibits city entities from purchasing them."



Interesting times

Posted by: RWC at February 05, 2013 02:22 PM (fWAjv)

131 #MakingLifeWork...because someone has to


****

#MakingLifeWork: If only!

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:22 PM (piMMO)

132 How come we can never get rid of these people? If ratings are important, then why does CNN cancel a show and then hire someone who got dumped from MSNBC for having a show with poor ratings? I don't understand how they stay in business.
Posted by: L, elle at February 05, 2013 02:18 PM (0PiQ4)


--------------------------------------------------


A lot of under-the-table payoffs from the OBarky regime. It's what the stimulus was for. We'll probably never be able to prove it, but we should know it's happening.

Posted by: Soona at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (Yto5R)

133 If you notice traffic jams, it means you're reading the wrong blog.

Posted by: Roy at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (VndSC)

134 Wait, if traffic is a sign of a booming economy, we should rip up half the interstate lanes in major municipalites. That will create bigger traffic jams, and thus, the economy will be even better, right Ashleigh?

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (+/C3g)

135 So by her logic, Southern California has no unemployment and a booming economy !!!

Posted by: Cheri at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (G+Wff)

136 70--- "What is it about Barack Obama that makes grown men and women in media behave like 14 year-old girls at Backstreet Boys concert?"

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:05 PM (UOM4

I don't talk politics with my moonbat sister. She brings it up all the time because, well, because lefties are religious fanatics. So she pokes and goads.

One time I just told her that I would no more try to talk her out of loving Barack Obama than I would try to talk a 12 yr old girl out of loving Justin Bieber. She didn't speak to me for over 4 months. I do believe it hit a nerve.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (C8mVl)

137 #MakingLifeWork.... Can it pay the bills as well?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (piMMO)

138 >>> Half past dead

Precisely!


You just needs so place where you can lay your head.

Posted by: toby928© Person of Pallor at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (evdj2)

139 #MakingLifeWork...by sending those who worked to immigrate legally to the back of the line

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at February 05, 2013 02:24 PM (GEICT)

140 Effin keyboard.

Posted by: toby928© Person of Pallor at February 05, 2013 02:24 PM (evdj2)

141 OMG, seriously?

Hey, remember when unemployment was AWESOME because it meant that there were fewer cars on the road, and thus less air pollution?

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit at February 05, 2013 02:24 PM (4df7R)

142 All I gotta say is - like Nancy Pelosi said - ObamaCare made it possible for me be an ARTIST without having to worry about health care, or income, or any of that. Now I just need some talent and I'll be gold.

Posted by: Bigby's Ropin' Hands at February 05, 2013 02:24 PM (3ZtZW)

143 I was so looking forward to improving my ratings with the Big Ed Snort, Spittle and Spew Show on a CNN quality network.

Posted by: Sgt.Wilhelm "Ed" Schultz at February 05, 2013 02:25 PM (bGlsD)

144 I've heard broken windows and flat tires are also a good economin leading indicator.

Posted by: McCool at February 05, 2013 02:25 PM (nCSwS)

145 Wait, if traffic is a sign of a booming economy, we should rip up half the interstate lanes in major municipalites. That will create bigger traffic jams, and thus, the economy will be even better, right Ashleigh?

---

I think Instapundit would have approved of this comment. Reynold's law and all.

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:25 PM (gmeXX)

146 I agree about the malls. People with nuthin to do have to do something.


All those people in traffic? If you're in your car you're not at work. Or you're on your way to work who knows. Meaningless. Doesn't indicate anything either way.

Posted by: Heyoooohhhhhh at February 05, 2013 02:25 PM (KXm42)

147 One other thing about the 'Bridges of Chester County' -- which will probably be some sort of future best-selling photo illustration of how our tax dollars got shit away -- they absolutely were not planning for the future in the way the bridges were built. Or maybe they were -- as in continual maintenance. I would have had a rebar reinforced single pour of cement. Quick, one day, versus weeks and months. Boring, I know. Instead they have this massive stone work on the outside of the bridges. Which, due to our freeze/thaw cycles in this state means massive continual maintenance to 'save the stone'. Stone we can't see because it's on the outside of the bridge, away from the eyes of the low-information proles that have to pay for it.

The 'stimulus' dollars didn't just get flushed down the shitter, they're gonna haunt us for decades in continuing maintenance costs.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at February 05, 2013 02:25 PM (feFL6)

148 One time I just told her that I would no more try to talk her out of loving Barack Obama than I would try to talk a 12 yr old girl out of loving Justin Bieber. She didn't speak to me for over 4 months. I do believe it hit a nerve.

Posted: Margarita DeVille at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (C8mVl)

http://is.gd/zWeYAa


(Thanks for doing the work NDH!)

Posted by: RWC at February 05, 2013 02:26 PM (fWAjv)

149 And what are people doing while they sit in their cars for hours on end?

They listen to the radio.

Ad rates should start skyrocketing any day now!

DAMN, THIS ECONOMY IS SO FUCKING AWESOME I MAY PISS MY PANTSUIT!!!

Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 02:27 PM (gCa4h)

150 Ha. Remember when it was pointed out that msnbc had a lily white lineup and so they paniced and went and got Sharpton.

I love it when the pc-ers have to live up to their pc bs.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 05, 2013 02:27 PM (p/cQy)

151 The Jews have been holding the economy down for their own devious schemes. Sheisty mofos I tell ya

Posted by: Chuck Shmagel at February 05, 2013 02:27 PM (60GaT)

152 Not everyone (in fact very few) commute to downtown. The east coast may want to give that a try.
Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:20 PM (gmeXX

Very few commute to downtown? Are you sure you live in Houston? Sure there are other business centers but it has not alleviated the commute into downtown by much. Thewideningof I-10 and 59 was necessary and productive for Houston.TheI-45 improvements were long overdue.The Westparkway and Tollway expansion were necessary and productive for Houston. The GrandParkway will be productive for Houston.

Posted by: polynikes at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (m2CN7)

153 To help the economy, i plan to begin driving 35 MPH in the left lane.
no need to thank me.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (SO2Q8)

154 It would be helpful if Ms. Banfield could point to a period when a morning commute on the 405 Freeway became noticeably easier. Because I'm not aware of that ever happening. At best, you might be able to find a relationship between unemployment and modes of transportation. Did MTA ridership take a dip?

It seems nothing short of an apocalypse would recreate in daylight the appearance they achieved with careful and tedious trickery in '405 The Movie.'

http://www.405themovie.com/Home.asp

Posted by: epobirs at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (kcfmt)

155 146 I agree about the malls. People with nuthin to do have to do something.

Lots of people use them for walking...for the exercise.

It's indoor space, heated/cooled...there is free parking, and free security guards.

Last time I was at a Mall, I nearly got run over by a group of 'power-walkers'.

Posted by: wheatie at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (BZMZX)

156 So with the economy kicking ass, can we put Krugman's Alien Invasion defense network on the back-burner?

Posted by: RWC at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (fWAjv)

157 I don't talk politics with my moonbat sister. She brings it up all the
time because, well, because lefties are religious fanatics. So she
pokes and goads.


My mom is like that. I had to drop an F bomb to get her to stop. In my defense it was about her 6th warning at least.

Posted by: Heyoooohhhhhh at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (KXm42)

158 1) Obama tells us to properly inflate our tires
2) CNN says traffic is a good thing
3) ???
4) Profit!

Posted by: Tonic Dog at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (X/+QT)

159 by the way, do you know how much construction work began in NYC soon after 9/11?

I was there. You probably saw me.

It was probably the greatest moment of economic stimulus I ever saw in my lifetime.

Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (gCa4h)

160 #MakingLifeWork but a work requirement for welfare recipients? Racist.

Posted by: BCochran1981 - Credible Hulk at February 05, 2013 02:29 PM (GEICT)

161 I'm full past dead.

Posted by: Zombie Levon Helm at February 05, 2013 02:29 PM (YmPwQ)

162 Hey anybody point out to her the drivers are all listening to Rush and Levin? That would be teh funneh

Posted by: Bigby's Ropin' Hands at February 05, 2013 02:29 PM (3ZtZW)

163 148 --- Very good!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 05, 2013 02:29 PM (C8mVl)

164 Ah, perhaps it means people had their homes foreclosed and they have to commute greater differences or work two part-time jobs to make ends meet .

Posted by: DrDrill at February 05, 2013 02:29 PM (jLLjh)

165 144 I've heard broken windows and flat tires are also a good economin leading indicator.


Posted by: McCool at February 05, 2013 02:25 PM (nCSwS)


But they must be properly inflated flat tires... for the Environment ya know!

Posted by: Steven Chu at February 05, 2013 02:30 PM (lZBBB)

166 When the lights went out I thought "new normal".

I thought "third world country" because I've been in a few of them, and that's a perfectly to-be-expected part of their day.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at February 05, 2013 02:30 PM (feFL6)

167 It amazes me that anyone actually watches the news anymore. They bring nothing to the table. It's like the Hitler propaganda machine in hyperdrive over here.

Posted by: © Sponge at February 05, 2013 02:30 PM (xmcEQ)

168 Crowded malls, heh.
In my town, one is being razed at taxpayer expense ("To make room for future development") and another is padlocked under health dept. authority while a town council tries in vain to find who the principals of the new shell owner corp. are, because they're supposed to be liable for the electricity bill for running the parking-lot drainage pumps.

It's like Bastiat on the hoof. Who wants an Orange Julius?

Posted by: comatus at February 05, 2013 02:31 PM (qaVK+)

169 Chicken wing shortage means the economy is going gangbusters.

Posted by: RWC at February 05, 2013 02:31 PM (fWAjv)

170
I don't talk politics with my moonbat sister.
She brings it up all the time because, well, because lefties are
religious fanatics. So she pokes and goads.





Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (C8mVl

Same here. We went for months not speaking because I accidentally (really) included her in an e-mail to Obama-hating friends talking about how I hated the sight of Barry trotting down the steps of AF One, wrists flapping, while our son was risking his life for his country.
She went completely nuts, to the point of saying, "One time in high school, you called me a poopy head!" or something similar.

She's speaking to me again, since we sent her a gift card at Christmas to help her out. Still worships her lord god Obama. Sad, actually.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:32 PM (UOM48)

171 157---"My mom is like that. I had to drop an F bomb to get her to stop. In my defense it was about her 6th warning at least."

Posted by: Heyoooohhhhhh at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (KXm42)

Yep. They cannot let it go.
And every damn thing is political to them. You can be talking about cheese sandwiches and they'll veer the conversation toward the eeeeevil conservatives.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 05, 2013 02:32 PM (C8mVl)

172 There's a meteor heading toward earth. NASA is reporting that it will miss us by 22,000 miles or so.

Baroke Owebama had to scrap the 1 page budget that he had written that had 2 words on it.

METEOR = JOBS

Posted by: © Sponge at February 05, 2013 02:32 PM (xmcEQ)

173 153 To help the economy, i plan to begin driving 35 MPH in the left lane. no need to thank me.


Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 05, 2013 02:28 PM (SO2Q


Hey... wait... I do have SOME clients left.... so if you see a Camaro in your rearview, kindly pull over...

Posted by: Steven Chu at February 05, 2013 02:33 PM (lZBBB)

174 I'm full past dead.

**nods**

Posted by: zombie jerry garcia at February 05, 2013 02:33 PM (evdj2)

175 Posted by: Steven Chu at February 05, 2013 02:33 PM (lZBBB)

Sock.... Fail.... LOL

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 05, 2013 02:33 PM (lZBBB)

176 172
There's a meteor heading toward earth. NASA is reporting that it will miss us by 22,000 miles or so.




Don't tease.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:34 PM (UOM48)

177 I've heard broken windows and flat tires are also a good economin leading indicator.





Posted by: McCool at February 05, 2013 02:25 PM (nCSwS)


I guess Detroit must be the land of milk and honey.

Posted by: Berserker at February 05, 2013 02:34 PM (FMbng)

178 To help the economy, i plan to begin driving 35 MPH in the left lane. no need to thank me.

Watch out for that pothole!

Posted by: Gilbert Lowell at February 05, 2013 02:35 PM (NF2Bf)

179 170 --- "She went completely nuts, to the point of saying, 'One time in high school, you called me a poopy head!' or something similar."

ROFLMAO.
Sounds familiar!
That's the beauty of intra-family political bickering, bringing up all of the other baggage!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 05, 2013 02:35 PM (C8mVl)

180 176 172 There's a meteor heading toward earth. NASA is reporting that it will miss us by 22,000 miles or so.


Don't tease.


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:34 PM (UOM4


This IS the NEW NASA.... might want to check their math...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 05, 2013 02:35 PM (lZBBB)

181 Nah, the traffic jams are just everyone driving to the same interview at Walmart.

Posted by: food fight! at February 05, 2013 02:35 PM (/b8+5)

182 There's a meteor heading toward earth. NASA is reporting that it will miss us by 22,000 miles or so.


***

2013 is only the test drive.

It will fly closer than the moon and our satellites in 2020.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:36 PM (piMMO)

183 174 I'm full past dead. **nods**
Posted by: zombie jerry garcia at February 05, 2013 02:33 PM (evdj2)
----
WORD

Posted by: Freedom at February 05, 2013 02:37 PM (SO2Q8)

184 This IS the NEW NASA.... might want to check their math...

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 05, 2013 02:35 PM (lZBBB

Jeez, you're right. NASA Muzzie Outreach Program + Math = FAIL.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:37 PM (UOM48)

185 Don't tease.


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:34 PM (UOM48



An asteroid half the length of a football field will come hurtling
toward Earth on Feb. 15 — but that’s no reason to call on a team of
deep-sea oil drillers or an international space crew armed with nuclear
weapons.

Although NASA officials said Asteroid 2012 DA14 will zip by Earth at
“a remarkably close distance,” the space agency also said that there was
no chance that the asteroid would impact our planet.

Posted by: © Sponge at February 05, 2013 02:37 PM (xmcEQ)

186 I used to think that drones were a good idea and that they could do things that manned aircraft couldn't do. I've changed my mind. This government is going to make them a curse to freedom.

The best I can do is research their weak points now. Every system has it's weak point.

Posted by: Soona at February 05, 2013 02:37 PM (Yto5R)

187 Polynikes, I meant very few in the grand scheme of things, and particularly in comparison to other east coast cities. Probably shouldn't have used "very few."

Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:38 PM (gmeXX)

188 176 172 There's a meteor heading toward earth. NASA is reporting that it will miss us by 22,000 miles or so.Don't tease.

---

Maybe i get y'all next time aound

Posted by: Sweet Meteor of Near Miss at February 05, 2013 02:38 PM (SO2Q8)

189 Google results:

Ashleigh Banfield

ashleighbanfield.com/
This site may harm your computer.
Former MSNBC host of "A Region In Conflict" and "Ashleigh Banfield: On
Location". Currently currently co-host of Banfield and Ford “Courtside” on TruTV ...

Posted by: Neo at February 05, 2013 02:38 PM (e8kgV)

190
One time I just told her that I would no more try to talk her out of
loving Barack Obama than I would try to talk a 12 yr old girl out of
loving Justin Bieber. She didn't speak to me for over 4 months. I do
believe it hit a nerve.



Posted: Margarita DeVille at February 05, 2013 02:23 PM (C8mVl)



I'm a little cruder. I usually say making a leftist see the light has about as much success as putting Christina Hendricks in front of a homo and telling him to spit out the dick.

Posted by: Berserker at February 05, 2013 02:39 PM (FMbng)

191 22,000 miles is way closer that the moon. That's about 240,000.

Posted by: Heyoooohhhhhh at February 05, 2013 02:39 PM (KXm42)

192 Jeez, you're right. NASA Muzzie Outreach Program + Math = FAIL.




Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 05, 2013 02:37 PM

Saved by Zero

Posted by: Achmed Einswad at February 05, 2013 02:39 PM (bGlsD)

193 I guess Detroit must be the land of milk and honey.
---
If by milk and honey you mean blight, crime and devestation, then yes it is

Posted by: buzzsaw90 at February 05, 2013 02:39 PM (SO2Q8)

194 #179

My reaction to that would "The intervening years have found conclusively in favor of that analysis." Usually stops them dead in their tracks.

Posted by: epobirs at February 05, 2013 02:40 PM (kcfmt)

195 If by milk and honey you mean blight, crime and devestation, then yes it is
Posted by: buzzsaw90 at February 05, 2013 02:39 PM (SO2Q


--------------------------------------------


Coming to your city soon.

Posted by: Soona at February 05, 2013 02:41 PM (Yto5R)

196 What’s got a lot of cosmic worriers glancing skyward this month was the
announcement that on Feb. 15, a 148-ft. (45 m) long asteroid known as
2012 DA 14 will pass just 17,200 mi. (27,7000 km) above the Earth.

Posted by: © Sponge at February 05, 2013 02:41 PM (xmcEQ)

197 Under Ashleigh's theory, we should blow up all the interstates so that the Mother of All Traffic Jams (MOATJ) will raise the economy. Hey, could that be a contender for SMOD?

Posted by: jim at February 05, 2013 02:42 PM (VwhRo)

198 I've divorced the Moonbat portion of my family. Life is too short to put up with that kind of stupid. I told them politely that politics as a topic of conversation was a non starter and that if they didn't abide that I would choose not to associate with them. It has been over 10 years in some instances and I don't miss 'em a whit.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 05, 2013 02:42 PM (jucos)

199 Polynikes, I meant very few in the grand scheme of things, and particularly in comparison to other east coast cities. Probably shouldn't have used "very few."
Posted by: SH at February 05, 2013 02:38 PM (gmeXX)

Yes you are correct in comparison to the East coast we are pikers. We are closer to west coast traffic when talking about downtown areas.

Posted by: polynikes at February 05, 2013 02:43 PM (m2CN7)

200 when i hear 'a land of milk and honey' i think
a land of bullshit and bees

Posted by: buzzsaw90 at February 05, 2013 02:43 PM (SO2Q8)

201 Rejoice in our Orange Barrel Economy, comrades!

Posted by: Baraackvan Obamavich at February 05, 2013 02:43 PM (EZl54)

202 196 What’s got a lot of cosmic worriers glancing skyward this month was the announcement that on Feb. 15, a 148-ft. (45 m) long asteroid known as 2012 DA 14 will pass just 17,200 mi. (27,7000 km) above the Earth.
---
I'm on it

Posted by: Astronaut Machmoud A. at February 05, 2013 02:44 PM (SO2Q8)

203 22,000 miles is way closer that the moon. That's about 240,000.

Anything inside of 'earth to moon' distance is damn near a direct hit. I imagine a piece of space crap half the distance of a football field would have a positive effect on a city like Washington, DC, but little damage outside.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at February 05, 2013 02:45 PM (feFL6)

204 Anyone remember that traffic jam in China that lasted weeks?

OMG, can you imagine the economic stimulus that came from that??!?!

Posted by: Ashley Banfield at February 05, 2013 02:45 PM (gCa4h)

205 OMG, can you imagine the economic stimulus that came from that??!?!

***

LOL

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 05, 2013 02:46 PM (piMMO)

206 Yes you are correct in comparison to the East coast we are pikers. We are closer to west coast traffic when talking about downtown areas.
Posted by: polynikes at February 05, 2013 02:43 PM (m2CN7)

Though I have to say most of the commuters into the East Coast cities are not by car. Most of these non carcommuters are going to work so I would venture to say that these type of commuters have decreased or stayed the same.

Posted by: polynikes at February 05, 2013 02:47 PM (m2CN7)

207 Baghdad Bob applied for a job with CNN, but he was told that he wasn't sufficiently enthusiastic towards those in power.

They also thought he looked too swarthy

Posted by: kbdabear at February 05, 2013 02:47 PM (wwsoB)

208 I've divorced the Moonbat portion of my family.
Life is too short to put up with that kind of stupid. I told them
politely that politics as a topic of conversation was a non starter and
that if they didn't abide that I would choose not to associate with
them. It has been over 10 years in some instances and I don't miss 'em a
whit.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 05, 2013 02:42 PM


Thankfully I don't have any moonbats in the family. One or 2 cousins maybe but they moved out of state and nobody has to deal with them. The aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents are/were all repubs. As far as friends go, I have no leftist friends. I make it a point not to associate with retards who are on a constant march to sell themselves into slavery and take us with them.

Posted by: Berserker at February 05, 2013 02:49 PM (FMbng)

209 How much traffic, crime, wear and tear on the infrastructure, pollution reduction, and power needs reduction would the US realize if we put every illegal immagrant out of the country?

Less illegal immigrant, more green in my book.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 05, 2013 02:57 PM (u82oZ)

210 That was certainly true here in the Silicon Valley during the Dot Com boom and bust.

Boom - crowded roads.
Bust - plenty of room.
It's leveled out now, maybe a bit lighter. Lots of vacant office space.

Posted by: Whitehall at February 05, 2013 02:58 PM (FmPSC)

211
I live in the DC area. While DC is always in the top 5 for traffic congestion, it has never been first before. I think the reason it is #1 this year is not because our traffic has gotten so much worse, but because the traffic in non-recession-proof-living-off-the-government areas hasn't gotten a tad better. In other words, the only part of the country that isn't suffering during this recession is DC.

Posted by: biancaneve at February 05, 2013 03:00 PM (eXbYL)

212 Maybe it's a game to them? A contest to see just how outlandish and blatant their lies can get before they get significant pushback?

Posted by: acethepug at February 05, 2013 03:01 PM (6BMzC)

213 There are some places where this is true, of course. My commute, which is defined largely by full-time employees traveling from the exurbs to the suburbs or the city, has definitely LIGHTENED over the last 4 years. No questions about it, my commute is easier.

Now, in areas where people are no longer working a full time job but are, instead, working 2 or 3 part-time jobs? What does that do to traffic?

The net result is that Ashleigh is, to nobody's surprise, a blithering idiot.

Posted by: RobM1981 at February 05, 2013 03:13 PM (zurJC)

214 "the real leading economic indicator to keep an eye on is Time in Traffic."
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Absolutely. That is, when the economic metric under observation is infrastructure inefficiency.

Posted by: Socktopus at February 05, 2013 03:14 PM (1FLBb)

215 Hey, Ashleigh, have I told you lately what a stupid fucking bitch you are? I haven't? Well, you are.

Posted by: bicentennialguy at February 05, 2013 03:18 PM (vg8iE)

216 Hey, you know what would have sucked if Romney had gotten elected? He'd be the one taking credit for this awesome economy!

Posted by: Obama Advisers plus NPR analysts at February 05, 2013 03:23 PM (7fdKT)

217 CNN: All idiots all the time

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 05, 2013 04:12 PM (1Jaio)

218 I'm happy about plugged toilets because that means that I have enough to eat.

Posted by: scrubjay at February 05, 2013 07:25 PM (nWx/X)






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