Economic data good for a hearty “ho ho ho”!

1387850360000-AP-Wall-Street-1According to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the nation’s economy grew at an annual rate of 5 percent in the third quarter of 2014, after growing 4.6 percent in the second quarter.

Third-quarter growth was the highest quarterly number since 2003, and at 5 percent was substantially higher than the initial BEA estimate of 3.5 percent released on Oct. 30, right before the mid-term elections.

That pace of growth is also producing more jobs, with 2014 expected to post the strongest job-growth numbers since 1999.

In another new data release, consumer spending rose 0.6 percent in November, exceeding most expectations. Updated data reports a spending jump of 0.3 percent for October, an increase from earlier reports.

And as you might expect with all the good economic news, the Dow this morning broke through the 18,000 mark for the first time in history, rising 12 percent just since mid-October.

In other words, Merry Christmas everyone!

 

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DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.  John 4:20

td1234
td1234

@DebbieDoRight "Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked." Psalm 97:10

td1234
td1234

"BERKELEY, Mo., Dec. 24 (UPI) — The young man shot and killed by an officer at a gas station near Ferguson, Mo., had a handgun, a police official said.

The shooting late Tuesday in Berkeley, Mo., quickly attracted protesters.

About 200 people gathered, Some fought with police and a nearby convenience store was attacked by vandals.

The Rev. Starsky Wilson, a co-chairman of a commission created by Gov. Jay Nixon after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, came to the gas station. He said most protesters were non-violent.

“When you see police escalate, you see violence,” Wilson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch..

Toni Martin said the young man who was killed was her son, Antonio, 18. She said he was at the Mobil gas station at about 11:15 p.m.

“They got my baby laying out there, he’s been out there for about two hours,” she told NBC News early Wednesday.

St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman said that videotape from a security camera shows the police officer, doing a routine check on the gas station, only pulled his gun after Martin raised his. Schellman said the video shows the officer approaching two people.

“You can see the gentleman raise a handgun and the officer fire a shot,” Schellman said."

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@Bruno2 There's actually more than you think.  And thanks for thinking of me.  :)


My wife's quite partial to I Believe In Father Christmas, by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, though it's more about the loss of childhood innocence than anything else.


http://www.google.com/url?url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3D2xKGc0-PUp8&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ei=xtOaVNfjOMuqNqLVgdAK&ved=0CCcQtwIwAw&usg=AFQjCNHF8xZWaW1TYF7EEW7Ur0c0wIuZOw



And I've owned this cassette for many years.  Jethrosplea is quite funny, but the Space Negros cuts are good, too.


http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Side-Christmas-Tree/dp/B000008EA7


The next-to-last cut, "A Special Personalized Christmas Greeting For You From All The Retailers in America," is nothing but the sound of cash registers, holiday Muzak and one vocalist, repeatedly snarling 'Merry Christmas, A**H*LE,' over and over.  But not so much atheist as anti-commercialism.



Bruno2
Bruno2

@Tuna Meowt @Bruno2 Jamvet and I saw Greg Lake perform this one live during his show in Atlanta a couple of years ago.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

To all who can't wait to spew their negativity today, be warned -- It will get you nowhere today!


Today, is a day of happiness and hope because tomorrow is Christmas!  


So for all the "self labeled" christians today, (Or as someone likes to call you the New Seccessionists), who are Christians only in their words but NOT in their deeds, Happy Holidays!  


Fear will never win over, divide, or conquer those who embrace hope.  Although ones hopes may bring fear, we know in our hearts that we can conquer it and we will prevail.


"Damn The Pessimists!  Full Speed Ahead!!!"  -- Thomas "David Farragut" Jefferson

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DebbieDoRight

From this...

To all who can't wait to spew their negativity today, be warned -- It will get you nowhere today! 

to this?

So for all the "self labeled" christians today, (Or as someone likes to call you the New Seccessionists), who are Christians only in their words but NOT in their deeds...

Debbie sees Christmas as her day to judge others?

Merry Christmas, Debbie, regardless. 

td1234
td1234

@DebbieDoRight When Bookman puts up a Christmas theme blog then it will be time to begin the celebration but until then it is business as usual. 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@FIGMO2 @DebbieDoRight --  Sorry you feel that way @@.  I wasn't "judging anyone" I was stating facts.


No big surprise that you don't agree with me.  Why change the norm?  

td1234
td1234

@DebbieDoRight @td1234 Yes, Tomorrow is the day that is celebrated for the birth of our personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Tomorrow is the day to wish everyone peace in the name of Christ. Not today. 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@td1234 @DebbieDoRight -- So what you're saying is Today you can show your true self and be hateful, unkind, duplicitious, angry and afraid, correct?


Great christian values there td!  


If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.  John 4:20

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

Who replaced the y with i in Holyday ?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@barkingfrog Probably some medieval monk who was only partially literate.


Father Aloysius:  "Oh, look, Brother Gort finally finished his calligraphy work on the calendar, except that he spelled 'holyday' as 'holiday."


Bishop Percival:  "Screw it, we'll use it anyway.  He's been working on December ever since Easter and it's just too late to let him have another go at it.  We'll fix it next year."






Bruno2
Bruno2

@barkingfrog Probably the same folks who changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.

LeninTime
LeninTime

Lil Tard: Democrats hate cops because they enforce the rules of a society moocher Democrats can't compete in.

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You know who else was fond of language about those who were unable to "compete" in society? 

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

Stop pointing guns at cops and you can live with the civilized humans.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@LilBarryBailout Unfortunately the unintended message to that

is if you point a gun at a cop you better pull the trigger.

notagain
notagain

@LilBarryBailout Yes or cell phones or toy guns. Anything that gives them a chance to shoot,identify later.LBJ's chicken in every pot.The Repubs gun in every pocket.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

So did everyone have a tolerable Festivus?  Who came out on top in the Feats of Strength?



http://www.google.com/url?url=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DHQFLqMyo0fo&rct=j&frm=1&q=&esrc=s&sa=U&ei=p8yaVMnvIILngwStvoHoBA&ved=0CCEQtwIwAg&usg=AFQjCNGL-oo9tlD1sIH_hV5LoPx6HJA6HA



Welcome, newcomers.  The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances.  I got a lot of problems with you people -- and now you're gonna hear about it!


--Jerry Stiller, The Seinfeld Show, "The Strike" (episode)

td1234
td1234

Well it appears the police in Missouri had to use deadly force on another thug last night. This time the thug pulled a gun and the locals are still saying the LEO murdered the thug. 

td1234
td1234

@Tuna Meowt @td1234 Tell the truth and stating facts is now being a "d00sh" in your mind. Just shows the level of grubernization that you have had. 

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@td1234 @Tuna Meowt


"Tell the truth and stating facts"


You mean like your insistence that I'm a chick?  Or that you could "buy and sell" me?  That kind of (nonexistent) truth and (nonexistent) fact?


"is now being a "d00sh" in your mind."


I assure you, you're a d00sh in the minds of better than half the people in here.  And most likely a d00sh in real life, too, though I certainly hope I never have the displeasure of having to meet you.


"Just shows the level of grubernization that you have had."


DRINK


Lackwit.  Say "Gruber" all you want; it's a joke to us.


Robtown
Robtown

Merry X-mas and Feliz Navidad y'all...

Crossbreed
Crossbreed

Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese

throw in some corn bread and there is nothing better- 

Debbie Do-  I think you work with troubled homes-  if not forgive me-  regardless have a blessed Christmas

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Santa, if you're still taking requests?

A conscience, for those who need one. And those people who need one, probably know who they are.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@stands_for_decibels

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.......