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(FamousDC)   Congress: Yes, unemployment is 10%, wars are still going, NFL is going to strike, but HEY WATCH THIS MAGIC TRICK   (famousdc.com) divider line 65
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2011-02-10 01:28:11 PM  
Try making the deficit disappear.

Though I would like to see Boehner, Pelosi, Bachmann, Frank, and a dog do their interpretation of The Aristocrats.
 
2011-02-10 01:33:04 PM  
Am I supposed to give a shiat about the NFL striking?

They can kiss my ass. That's not a national problem, it's a labor dispute.
 
2011-02-10 01:48:42 PM  
Disappearing pencil?
 
2011-02-10 02:02:14 PM  
I love that he mentioned Houdin and not Houdini. It shows he at least has some respect for the art of magic and its history.
 
2011-02-10 02:17:33 PM  
i41.photobucket.com
 
2011-02-10 02:40:18 PM  
What we need is a collective "hold my beer and watch this" moment from the current iteration of Congress.
 
2011-02-10 02:40:43 PM  
NFL is going to strike

HOLY SHIAT WE NEED CONGRESS TO ADDRESS THIS NOWWWWWWW
 
2011-02-10 02:42:33 PM  

Diogenes: Try making the deficit disappear.

Though I would like to see Boehner, Pelosi, Bachmann, Frank, and a dog do their interpretation of The Aristocrats.


Freeze all current spending levels for 10 years.
 
2011-02-10 02:43:40 PM  
Ed Wood would be impressed with that special effect.
 
2011-02-10 02:47:20 PM  
i55.tinypic.com
 
2011-02-10 02:47:53 PM  
Do they still count on the welfare rolls? That is the program we have set up for long-term unemployment.
 
2011-02-10 02:48:02 PM  
Jackson was addressing the unemployment problem WHILE doing a magic trick, subby.

That's actually pretty cool. And a little sad that he had to do that to keep Congress' attention.
 
2011-02-10 02:50:28 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Jackson was addressing the unemployment problem WHILE doing a magic trick, subby.

That's actually pretty cool. And a little sad that he had to do that to keep Congress' attention.


Congress? Pay attention to a non-white skinned person?! Unpossible.

/tis why Boehner is having problems, he's orange skinned.
 
2011-02-10 02:52:01 PM  
First of all, the unemployment rate is a at 9%, it's lowest level in almost 2 years.

Second, the unemployment rate has been calculated this way for a long time. The only reason to change the way it's calculated is to use that higher rate to claim Obama is to blame for things being even worse than we thought.

You want to have a rate based on long term unemployment, then have at it.
 
2011-02-10 02:52:16 PM  
culebra:
What we need is a collective "hold my beer and watch this" moment from the current iteration of Congress.

Only if it involves water and electricity. Then I'll watch.
 
2011-02-10 02:53:18 PM  

LasersHurt: Am I supposed to give a shiat about the NFL striking?

They can kiss my ass. That's not a national problem, it's a labor dispute.


... among the largest US sports association with major ties to F&B vendors. Yeah... totally just a labor dispute. Obviously the only people impacted by this are the players and owners... you know, not the private corporations that sponsor the NFL and then have it act like Christmas for them, or you know the local bars and businesses that rely on NFL traffic.

Nope, just the players and the owners.
 
2011-02-10 02:53:24 PM  
REAL unemployment is close to 20%
 
2011-02-10 02:54:03 PM  

Wrong_Intentions: Disappearing pencil?


farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2011-02-10 02:55:02 PM  
i54.tinypic.com
 
2011-02-10 02:55:43 PM  

Bob16: REAL unemployment is close to 20%


Yea, sorta. That would mean 'real unemployment' back in the great depression was like 60% because women were not in the workforce then.

It's kinda pointless to count people who aren't looking for work.
 
2011-02-10 02:55:47 PM  
At least he made Joe Wilson disappear.
 
2011-02-10 02:56:07 PM  

tforbes: LasersHurt: Am I supposed to give a shiat about the NFL striking?

They can kiss my ass. That's not a national problem, it's a labor dispute.

... among the largest US sports association with major ties to F&B vendors. Yeah... totally just a labor dispute. Obviously the only people impacted by this are the players and owners... you know, not the private corporations that sponsor the NFL and then have it act like Christmas for them, or you know the local bars and businesses that rely on NFL traffic.

Nope, just the players and the owners.


I don't get your point - companies would not be able to sponsor it? And this would... cost them money?

And this whole process is so large it could imbalance the US economy?
 
2011-02-10 02:57:59 PM  

whitman00: The only reason to change the way it's calculated is to use that higher rate to claim Obama is to blame for things being even worse than we thought.


What crap.

I'm very far to the left. I voted for Obama and would do so again given the same choice.

You would report the REAL unemployment rate because it's REAL and real contains more truth than phony.
 
2011-02-10 02:58:33 PM  
Keep hocus-pocus alive!
 
2011-02-10 02:59:49 PM  

Opinionated Arsehole: i54.tinypic.com


That is so severely awesome for its weirdness.
 
2011-02-10 03:00:16 PM  
blueherald.com
 
2011-02-10 03:00:56 PM  

DarnoKonrad: It's kinda pointless to count people who aren't looking for work.


And you have the ability to read minds and know that huh ?
 
2011-02-10 03:02:35 PM  
Figures a concritter would do a trick with strings attached.
 
2011-02-10 03:03:09 PM  
Snark aside, Congress should force the NFL and MLB to file public financial statements with the SEC or take their anti-trust exemptions away.
 
2011-02-10 03:03:14 PM  

Bob16: DarnoKonrad: It's kinda pointless to count people who aren't looking for work.

And you have the ability to read minds and know that huh ?


You don't need to read minds when they can just ASK the people who are surveyed to determine the rate.
 
2011-02-10 03:05:01 PM  

Bob16: REAL unemployment is close to 20%


SO HELP US REPEAL CHILD LABOR LAWS AND ABOLISH RETIREMENT
 
2011-02-10 03:05:18 PM  

Bob16: DarnoKonrad: It's kinda pointless to count people who aren't looking for work.

And you have the ability to read minds and know that huh ?


So you're damn sure the count is wrong and that more people are out of work than it says - but cast doubt on someone else's view that it is accurate, since surely he can't know what these people are really doing.

Why are you more clairvoyant than he?
 
2011-02-10 03:06:07 PM  

Bob16: DarnoKonrad: It's kinda pointless to count people who aren't looking for work.

And you have the ability to read minds and know that huh ?


No, they just ask. It's a statistical survey.
 
2011-02-10 03:08:23 PM  
Bob16 Wrote:
What crap.

I'm very far to the left. I voted for Obama and would do so again given the same choice.

You would report the REAL unemployment rate because it's REAL and real contains more truth than phony.

Bob16, you may be far to the left but you probably suck at chess since you can't visualize even one move ahead.

Let's change the unemployment rate to the real one- say 15 or 17% whatever it is. I'm sure the GOP, their TV station, radio stations, blogs and hell, for that matter the other networks, will be honest about that rate being calculated differently than the one under Bush. And I'm sure John Q. Public will grasp the whole concept without any trouble.

Geez, you voted for the guy and now you want to saddle him with trying to explain the "new rate" for the next 18 months.
 
2011-02-10 03:08:53 PM  
Silly tricks or not he is at least trying to shed light on things the gov tends to simply pretend doesn't exist.
 
2011-02-10 03:11:30 PM  

LasersHurt: tforbes: LasersHurt: Am I supposed to give a shiat about the NFL striking?

They can kiss my ass. That's not a national problem, it's a labor dispute.

... among the largest US sports association with major ties to F&B vendors. Yeah... totally just a labor dispute. Obviously the only people impacted by this are the players and owners... you know, not the private corporations that sponsor the NFL and then have it act like Christmas for them, or you know the local bars and businesses that rely on NFL traffic.

Nope, just the players and the owners.

I don't get your point - companies would not be able to sponsor it? And this would... cost them money?

And this whole process is so large it could imbalance the US economy?


I don't know about "imbalance", but it would definitely be felt. We're talking about roughly 1,000,000 fans each and every football weekend, who willingly pay for tickets, merchandise, parking, overpriced food and beverage, all across the country. I believe the last stat I saw on this is that the average fan spends about $200 between ticket/parking/merch./food and beverage at the game. But it may be more. That's a serious microeconomy in itself.

Factor in God knows how many restaurants/pubs/etc. that rely heavily on the NFL to drive weekly business, and that probably dwarfs the money lost at the stadiums. Then there's just the millions of knuckleheads buying beverage and food and takeout to sit around with their friends on Sundays/Monday night.

The NFL is a huge demand driver. I don't think a lockout season should be readily dismissed.
 
2011-02-10 03:15:10 PM  

Kid Lester: LasersHurt: tforbes: LasersHurt: Am I supposed to give a shiat about the NFL striking?

They can kiss my ass. That's not a national problem, it's a labor dispute.

... among the largest US sports association with major ties to F&B vendors. Yeah... totally just a labor dispute. Obviously the only people impacted by this are the players and owners... you know, not the private corporations that sponsor the NFL and then have it act like Christmas for them, or you know the local bars and businesses that rely on NFL traffic.

Nope, just the players and the owners.

I don't get your point - companies would not be able to sponsor it? And this would... cost them money?

And this whole process is so large it could imbalance the US economy?

I don't know about "imbalance", but it would definitely be felt. We're talking about roughly 1,000,000 fans each and every football weekend, who willingly pay for tickets, merchandise, parking, overpriced food and beverage, all across the country. I believe the last stat I saw on this is that the average fan spends about $200 between ticket/parking/merch./food and beverage at the game. But it may be more. That's a serious microeconomy in itself.

Factor in God knows how many restaurants/pubs/etc. that rely heavily on the NFL to drive weekly business, and that probably dwarfs the money lost at the stadiums. Then there's just the millions of knuckleheads buying beverage and food and takeout to sit around with their friends on Sundays/Monday night.

The NFL is a huge demand driver. I don't think a lockout season should be readily dismissed.


Maybe it will help reset things a bit. The costs are too high, the money is too big. And god help me if part of our national economy is irrevocably tied to what is ultimate just a GAME.
 
2011-02-10 03:16:29 PM  
9.7 was '10%' for fox news'... then 9.4% was '10%' for fox news'... now even trollmitter is saying 9% is 10%.

It'll probably be '10%' until republicans can figure out a way to trumpet themselves for the recover and then it'll magically fall.
 
2011-02-10 03:18:00 PM  
Am I the only one who doesn't get the magic trick?


He's got a dollar bill tied to a string to his finger.


Not criticizing what he trying to say, but where the fark was the magic in that?
 
2011-02-10 03:18:21 PM  

Wrong_Intentions: That is so severely awesome for its weirdness.


At one point in my life, I wished I could be Doug Henning and I still wish I knew who did his clothes. And look at that 'stache! AWESOME!
 
2011-02-10 03:19:42 PM  

Kid Lester: LasersHurt: tforbes: LasersHurt: Am I supposed to give a shiat about the NFL striking?

They can kiss my ass. That's not a national problem, it's a labor dispute.

... among the largest US sports association with major ties to F&B vendors. Yeah... totally just a labor dispute. Obviously the only people impacted by this are the players and owners... you know, not the private corporations that sponsor the NFL and then have it act like Christmas for them, or you know the local bars and businesses that rely on NFL traffic.

Nope, just the players and the owners.

I don't get your point - companies would not be able to sponsor it? And this would... cost them money?

And this whole process is so large it could imbalance the US economy?

I don't know about "imbalance", but it would definitely be felt. We're talking about roughly 1,000,000 fans each and every football weekend, who willingly pay for tickets, merchandise, parking, overpriced food and beverage, all across the country. I believe the last stat I saw on this is that the average fan spends about $200 between ticket/parking/merch./food and beverage at the game. But it may be more. That's a serious microeconomy in itself.

Factor in God knows how many restaurants/pubs/etc. that rely heavily on the NFL to drive weekly business, and that probably dwarfs the money lost at the stadiums. Then there's just the millions of knuckleheads buying beverage and food and takeout to sit around with their friends on Sundays/Monday night.

The NFL is a huge demand driver. I don't think a lockout season should be readily dismissed.


Yes, but most of that money will just be spent elsewhere.

People are still going to eat on Monday nights.

Rather than buying football tickets one weekend, people will got to the movies a couple of times.

It will affect individual businesses for the better or the worse, but the overall economic impact will likely be minimal.
 
2011-02-10 03:19:47 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Wrong_Intentions: That is so severely awesome for its weirdness.

At one point in my life, I wished I could be Doug Henning and I still wish I knew who did his clothes. And look at that 'stache! AWESOME!


He made a lot of cocks disappear.
 
2011-02-10 03:20:44 PM  
LasersHurt
Am I supposed to give a shiat about the NFL striking?

Sadly, more people probably care about that than about the other two things.
 
2011-02-10 03:21:55 PM  

annitabonghit: but where the fark was the magic in that?


you do know that magic tricks are illusions and not real magic right?
 
2011-02-10 03:22:03 PM  

annitabonghit: Not criticizing what he trying to say, but where the fark was the magic in that?


I overheard some of the folks to his left whispering "It must be magic... where'd that successful and attractive African American get a dollar?"
 
2011-02-10 03:26:27 PM  

Wrong_Intentions: Opinionated Arsehole: i54.tinypic.com

That is so severely awesome for its weirdness.



Oh, man... Pick any Doug Henning video, he puts the 'corn' in 'cornball.'
 
2011-02-10 03:32:28 PM  

Headso: annitabonghit: but where the fark was the magic in that?

you do know that magic tricks are illusions and not real magic right?



You do know that the illusions are supposed to not have a readily available and obvious explanation? It's not magic if you can see what the magician is doing.



GoodyearPimp:
I overheard some of the folks to his left whispering "It must be magic... where'd that successful and attractive African American get a dollar?"



OOhhh... I get it. I lol'd. Would lol again.
 
2011-02-10 03:36:08 PM  

GoodyearPimp: annitabonghit: Not criticizing what he trying to say, but where the fark was the magic in that?

I overheard some of the folks to his left whispering "It must be magic... where'd that successful and attractive African American get a dollar?"


Taxpayers.?.

/sorry that was a softball on a tee
 
2011-02-10 03:36:15 PM  

Headso: annitabonghit: but where the fark was the magic in that?

you do know that magic tricks are illusions and not real magic right?


www.threadpit.com
 
2011-02-10 03:37:00 PM  

whitman00: Geez, you voted for the guy and now you want to saddle him with trying to explain the "new rate" for the next 18 months.


I'm not calling for a new calculation of the unemployment rate. President Obama did manage the gnashing of teeth and wailing when he put the wars on the books, though. His approval rating is high. I don't know if it would be as bad as you think, but who knows?
 
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