Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fung needs to stop watching TV

On CMT, some guy, who loves crashing cars, sez: I especially love crashing European cars, you know, Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, all of them.

On Jeopardy, the one interesting thing about the one contestant was that he was wearing the only suit he's ever owned, which he found in a trash can freshman year of college, which was over a decade ago. It's still to be dry cleaned. Shoulda seen his hair too.

I still haven't thrown away the New Zealand moving info...

Why the phokk is this news? (cont)

CNN ticker/crawl/bottom of the screen/whatever: Socks, former White House cat, euthanized. Just in case you were tired of all the stimulus/bailout/BlagoBurris stuff.

Expect Delays, Fung

A buncha buses have been pulled off the road because they might break apart at the middle and that would be a really crappy thing to happen when you're trying to land the olympics. Not to mention that people might actually die. Among the most affected routes:

No. 136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express
No. 147 Outer Drive Express

So Fung can start literally expecting delays. Also, Burris is somehow to blame for this. But Obama will fix it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Holy Phokking S#i+ Here It Comes!

News item: Winter storm warning in effect

match the projection with the analysis

1. 248 AB, .757 OPS, 3.9 RAR
2. 242 AB, .719 OPS, 1.0 RAR

A. On his way to another +.300 BA before fracturing kneecap (that was so k-mad!). Never the same after (see: k-mad), although xBA shows some bad luck (see also: k-mad). Super ct% means Avg will rebound. Again pegged for utility role, but that can change. Great end-gamer.

B. This is what end-game gambles look like: middling skills, doubles power, but tantalizing stretches inflate value. Rising GB% limits power. Defense is suspect, so regular playing time is a question. Take a pass.

Did you guess that 1 = B (Brendan Harris) and 2 = A (Jeff Keppinger)? Of course you did.

Turns out the End Times SUCK more than we might have imagined

[S]omething was very, very different in the fourth quarter of 2008. Sales of alcohol for off-premises consumption were down by 9.3 percent from the previous quarter, according to the Commerce Department. This is absolutely unprecedented: the largest previous drop had been just 3.7 percent, between the third and fourth quarters of 1991.

This ought to get people all riled up

You'll have to click twice...sorry

Thursday, February 19, 2009

What's so awful about cheap housing?

In particular, I thought the Democratic Party was the party of cheap housing. So why aren't they trying to talk housing prices DOWN right now, particularly since so many sellers are stuck on two years ago? NYT today:

As the recession becomes more severe and unemployment mounts, [would-be home sellers] fret each week their properties remain unsold, and fear losing equity. While buyers hunt for exceptional values [ed. isn't this GOOD?], sellers feel like hostages. [...]

James Bednar, a real estate agent representing buyers at DRI Real Estate Company in Ridgewood, N.J., said many sellers overvalue their homes.

“The industry has nailed into people’s minds that their houses are worth a certain amount,” said Mr. Bednar, who blogs about the New Jersey market at “Sellers remember what neighbors sold their houses for two years ago and hold on to those unrealistic comparables. They need to accept the current reality of the market.”

Mr. President, you may want to take a line from Adam Sandler...

Dusty Baker Teaches Hitting

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Curious to see what Briggs thinks of this essay...

And Fung!
And Smiff!
And K-Mad!
And Ranger!
And Corporal!
And Corms!
And even Braindead Bob!

I found it interesting - but I'm afraid some of it might have flown above my head...


The thing I'm talking about.

Really, from the New York Post? I mean, it's so classy though...

Further evidence of the New York Post brilliant and informative news reportage:

This wonderful piece of informed satire!

Or maybe it's further evidence that they suck harder than any newspaper ever made outside of 1930s Germany...

People of Lattice of Coincidence

Shouldn't we change our quote at the top from H.L.? It seems that those days are past.

I think we should all post over the next week a quote that we would like to see there and then pick from among them.


A (Sarge)

Well it snowed in DC this morning... so explain that one, Chicken Littles

"According to the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979."
-- George Will

"We do not know where George Will is getting his information, but..."
-- University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Adam Posen: I do not lack all conviction.

the FT today:

The Obama administration remains opposed to federal control. Mr Geithner last week said: “Governments are terrible managers of bad assets.”

Others say he may eventually face no choice. “The danger we face is a Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae scenario where government gives the banking sector guarantees and then socialises the losses,” says Adam Posen, an economist. “That’s the worst thing we could do.”

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Statistically speaking, the more versions of the story he gives, the greater the odds that one of them is correct

News item: Burris now acknowledges fundraising effort for Blagojevich

Best and brightest: This is America. It's different.

NYT's Sheryl Gay Stolberg today:

And given his experience with the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s, some economists wonder how [Larry Summers] could have signed off on a bailout plan that did not force banks to admit that they were insolvent.

“The irony is that Summers and Geithner wrote the textbook on how to manage these crises, and they lectured countries all over the world on what to do,” said Adam S. Posen, deputy director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, lamenting that they did not “follow through with their own prescriptions.”

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Roland Burris has this vote of confidence and it's phokking golden

The former governor's publicist issued a statment today about the Sun-Times story regarding Burris.

"There's absolutely nothing inappropriate that took place between Gov. Blagojevich and Sen. Burris in connection to the governor's appointment of Mr. Burris to the U.S. Senate," the statment said.

"The governor acted ethically and honestly and believes Sen. Burris did too."