Bad news, bitches.

I should have known better

November 29, 2007

Yes, I watched another YouTube debate.  My first thought: Wow, I coulda had a V-8!

One of the worst questions of the evening came from this guy (an Illinoisan, of course. On a positive note, he gets my nomination for best actor in the debate):

For those of you too lazy to watch a YouTube video, here is his question:

Over the years politicians have borrowed just under 2 trillion dollars from the social security trust fund to cover these massive budget deficts and now the retirements of our generation are now at risk. What will you do as president to help repay this money and restore the trust?

My question:  How can you borrow from a trust fund that consists of government bonds(ie borrowing). There is no money in the SS trust fund to borrow from.  And something everyone seems to miss/forget/ignore:  each time the government spends Social Security tax receipts on something other than Social Security, the Social Security Trust Fund grows. Both political parties like to play this trust fun(d) game and most Americans (obviously) don’t understand what it means.

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Women are great and everything but this gets filed in the “ew” category:

The Big Coloring Book of Vaginas

Vaginas are a fingerprint. Captured in this coloring book along with fun puzzles and games is the uniqueness of the vagina beautifully illustrated. From the compact smooth vagina to a coiffed vagina with full lips. Some are pierced, some are tattooed, some are soft spoken and some are in your face! Illustrate these beautiful vaginas with your imagination and show your love for what makes your world go round! This coloring book is great as a gift, birthday, wedding, whatever! And can be given to either a man or a woman. Color it up with your honey!

Oh my.  I didn’t know vaginas could be “soft spoken”.  If a vagina ever started talking to me, in any manner, I would surely crap my pants.   I have heard stories about those “in your face” vaginas (urban legend, I’m hoping).    

 (and, for the record, I don’t want a penis coloring book either)

Getting in the mood

November 27, 2007

Not a big Christmas fan but I do loves me my pop Christmas music; especially those songs that have nothing to do with Christmas (other than the setting or season). This is not a countdown or anything but I thought I’d showcase some examples over the next few weeks.

First entry: Last Christmas by Wham!. It has that perfect mid tempo synth line and a delightfully cheesy story line (and George whispering “Happy Christmas” is fucking delicious).

(h/t Paleo Future

It’s the economy, bitches?

November 25, 2007

I’m not even going to begin to prognosticate total holiday retail sales for this year but (so far) I like seeing the doomsayers be wrong.

Compare this:

Holiday Sales May Be Worst Since ’02 on Forecast Cuts (11/19)

“They felt rich a year ago,” said Kurt Barnard, president of Retail Forecasting LLC in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. “Now they feel put upon. That robs them of a certain freedom to spend what they like.”

to this:

Retailers post robust start to holidays (11/24)

According to ShopperTrak RCT Corp., which tracks sales at more than 50,000 retail outlets, total sales rose 8.3 percent to about $10.3 billion on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, compared with $9.5 billion on the same day a year ago. ShopperTrak had expected an increase of no more than 4 percent to 5 percent.

“This is a really strong number. … You can’t have a good season unless it starts well,” said Bill Martin, co-founder of ShopperTrak, citing strength across all regions.

I’ll be waiting to see the post holiday numbers (and headlines).

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The Pilgrims weren’t stupid (after all).