ICYMI: Fetuses on Facebook, ‘The Spending Is Nuts,’ the Volt and dollar struggle mightily, and…an infield triple?

Your (rapidly becoming weekly) rundown of articles, essays, graphs, etc. from the past several days that are worth a read:

  • A long (almost 8,500 words) but captivating and detailed account of the mission that ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden.
  • Facebook adds a new option for listing family members on your profile: Your “expected child” still in the womb.
  • A squirrel-themed video called “The Spending Is Nuts” won the $100,000 first prize in Power Line’s competition for the creative project that “most effectively and creatively dramatize[s] the significance of the federal debt crisis.”
  • The Economist’s man in Atlanta, a D.C. native named Jon Fasman, writes that living here has been a “happy surprise.”
  • The head of the Technology Association of Georgia writes that, while “our prowess in technology is still, unfortunately, one of Georgia’s best kept secrets” and that the state still lacks “a plan…to attract and build investment firms” and bring much needed venture capital here.
  • One of the founders of Christians for a Sustainable Economy argues, “we don’t need to protect the programs [for the poor]. We need to protect the poor. Indeed, sometimes we need to protect the poor from the programs.”
  • The heavily subsidized Chevy Volt is still not selling.
  • The dollar is approaching a record low against the yen, as well as most other major currencies, and that’s a bad thing.
  • Months after Syria’s Bashar Assad starting killing his own people, the U.N. Security Council finally got past the objections of the BRICs — you know, the countries that are supposedly going to replace America as responsible world leaders — to condemn Damascus. (Although this condemnation does not even rise to the level of furrowed-browness that comes with a resolution.) Assad responded by killing more Syrians.
  • And, on the lighter side (unless you’re an Oakland A’s fan): A Seattle Mariner hits an infield triple. No, that’s not a typo.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Alice

August 4th, 2011
12:45 pm

Justin Folk is clearly a rascist. I’m not sure how or why but I’m sure he is. I’m told that anyone that thinks the government should be smaller and people should pay less taxes is rascist, so there.

Ayn Rant

August 4th, 2011
12:46 pm

Kyle, thanks for some good news for a change. You see, there is a world out here that has nothing to do with Republicans or Democrats, and conservatives or liberals. Perhaps the whole world would be better without the silly, self-serving lot of them!

Jefferson

August 4th, 2011
12:49 pm

zzzz….worthless, or a bad example.

ByteMe

August 4th, 2011
1:33 pm

The dollar is approaching a record low against the yen, as well as most other major currencies, and that’s a bad thing.

No, it’s not. It’s actually a very good thing for our economy, because it drives more manufacturing back home to the USA. It makes imports — like oil — more expensive, but higher prices are always the cure for higher prices, because incentivizes alternatives. But exports cost less and that’s showing up in our trade deficit… and it also reduces our debt (it’s complicated, but the basic premise is that if you devalue the currency in which our debt is written, then it also devalues our debt).

But we’re so used to hearing “strong dollar! strong dollar!” that we missed the part where a strong dollar made it cheaper to export our jobs instead of our goods.

ByteMe

August 4th, 2011
1:41 pm

Anyone want to bet the infield triple gets used by EVERY football/baseball/basketball coach in the country to make the point that the play isn’t over until the whistle blows?

jconservative

August 4th, 2011
1:43 pm

The Auto Sales tab on the National Debt Clock site is showing GM with 1,508,431 autos sold under the brands Buick, Cadillac, Chevy & GMC.

An speaking of that website:

Social Security unfunded liability….. $15.1 trillion
Prescription drug liability………………$20.0 trillion
Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP Liability…$79.7 trillion

The prescription drug program is not even 10 years old. We need to get rid of it asap. But it is a Republican program and is here to stay. This is a program not needed when it passed and not needed today. Killing it saves an instant $20 trillion. And that is better than the pennies we will save from the just passed Debt Ceiling Extension legislation.

In November the hot topic was cutting spending. In August the hot topic is the NFL back in camp and college football in fall camp.

And with the $115 trillion unfunded liabilities hanging over our heads Congress is in recess.

You guys remember recess? I remember recess.

Kyle Wingfield

August 4th, 2011
1:50 pm

ByteMe @ 1:33: The negatives of a weak dollar far outweigh the temporary boost we *might* get from exports. And they are temporary, because currency devaluation does not yield true competitiveness, which is what exporters really need to be successful.

JDW

August 4th, 2011
2:07 pm

WOW I agree strongly with Kyle…there is hope.

Of the many dangers to posed to our economy by a weak dollar the most critical is inflation which will always lead higher interest rates. Those two would combine to move use back into a decline in short order.

Please note I did say BACK INTO a decline…for all the pontificating that goes on around here it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the slow growth we currently are experiencing is much better than the free fall of 2007 and 2008…

carlosgvv

August 4th, 2011
2:43 pm

Kyle, are you saying that we should go into Syria and overthrow Assad as we did to Sadam in Iraq?

Kyle Wingfield

August 4th, 2011
2:54 pm

carlosgvv: Are you saying there’s nothing between a punchless UNSC “condemnation” and outright occupation?

Linda

August 4th, 2011
3:53 pm

The really big news is that US debt now exceeds 100% of GDP, the value of our entire economy. We join the ranks with Japan, Greece, Jamaica, Lebanon, Italy, Ireland & Iceland, none of which have triple A ratings by Moody’s, who BTW has said we needed to stabilize the ratio at 73%.

I think during the housing boom, this would be called 100% financing. We spent it ALL! Now we plan to spend even more!

I’ve read the 3 ways countries have died in the past. Ours is by suicide.

Obama wants to spend another $2 T on infrastructure.

carlosgvv

August 4th, 2011
4:22 pm

Kyle, that is not what I asked you. Once again, are you saying we should go into Syria as we did in Iraq?

MarkV

August 4th, 2011
4:40 pm

According to some people, like Linda, investment in the crumbling infrastructure is wasting money. It is hardly surprising, however. The investment would create jobs, and that would hurt the chance of blaming Obama for joblessness, as well as blaming him for crumbling infrastructure. A win-win idea.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
4:50 pm

I don’t care what Obama does with HIS money. Once he raises a billion dollars, I would love to see him spend it on infrastructure & put his union teachers, firemen & police officers to work building bridges. That might get him more votes than giving it to the corrupt alphabet media so that he can get on TV & talk more & more & more about millionaire & billionaire fat cat oil company CEOs flying around on their corporate jets (smaller than his) & eating their peas. The only problem he has is how the astronauts he fired will be able to dig his holes deeper wearing cumbersome space suits.

MarkV

August 4th, 2011
4:54 pm

“I don’t care what Obama does with HIS money.”

Anybody was writing about what Obama does with HIS money?

MarkV

August 4th, 2011
5:00 pm

“…billionaire fat cat oil company CEOs flying around on their corporate jets (smaller than his) …”

Is there no limit of stupidity?

Linda

August 4th, 2011
5:14 pm

MarkV, Yes, I did. I wrote about what Obama could do with HIS money. He’s already spent MY money, our tax dollars, & then some.
I agree that there is no limit of the stupidity from Obama’s own words, his continued harping about millionaires & billionaires, fat cats, CEOs, oil companies, corporate jet owners & eating peas. I’ve heard the same metaphors in almost all of his last dozen speeches. Why has he let up on green jobs? He was harping about those for 2 yrs. Stale, perhaps?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 4th, 2011
5:18 pm

Can there still be a bridge anywhere in the US that hasn’t been repaired yet, after the hundreds of billions spent on your Idiot Messiah’s “stimulus”?

Idiot Messiah: Shovel ready liar.

MarkV

August 4th, 2011
5:27 pm

Linda @5:14 pm: “I wrote about what Obama could do with HIS money.”

Are you lying so brazenly? You wrote @ 3:53 pm: “Obama wants to spend another $2 T on infrastructure.” You did not write it about Obama and HIS money, and you did not write it to praise him.

There is apparently no limit of stupidity on the part of someone, who sarcastically writes that the President of the USA talks about corporate jets while he, imagine that, has a larger airplane. I suppose you might have learned to write this kind of idiotic remark from you idiot sweetheart, but for a sane person it is just a sign of weak mind.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 4th, 2011
5:34 pm

I’m not so much worried about whether the U.S. can survive four more years of the big-eared retard Obozo…I’m more worried about if we can make it to January 2013.

Obozo: Failure. Dangerous failure.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 4th, 2011
5:49 pm

The Obozo receptacles at Motor Trend should be caned for naming the Volt their “car of the year”.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
5:56 pm

MarkV@5:27, You called me stupid in your earlier post & now are calling me stupid, again, as well as a liar, an idiot, insane & a person with a weak mind. If you are trying to intimidate me, don’t let this failed attempt discourage you in the future. Keep trying…& keep trying harder. How far will a liberal go? Poor thing!

It is becoming more & more apparent to the American people who progressives are & what they have in mind for the country. Politicians need to have their shovels taken away from them & replaced with scissors, that will actually cut the deficits & debt.

MarkV

August 4th, 2011
6:11 pm

Linda @5:56 pm: I have told you also the reasons for writing what I did. I accept that you are unable to answer those reasons.
You also lie when you write that I called you a liar, an idiot, insane @ person with a weak mind.. What I wrote is that you lied, wrote stupid and idiotic things, and made comments that a saner person would consider signs of weak mind. Not the same thing, but perhaps you are incapable of understanding such subtlety.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
6:19 pm

MarkV@6:11, Now, you call be unable to answer, & again a liar, stupid, an idiot, insane & a person of a weak mind & now, incapable of understanding.
Keep trying. You never know. You might succeed with third grade tactics. It sometimes works for third graders. Name-calling is what has made Obama so popular.

MarkV

August 4th, 2011
6:28 pm

Linda @6:19 pm: As I guessed, the subtlety of the differences is beyond you.

“Name-calling is what has made Obama so popular.”
Tell that to your sweetheart.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
7:15 pm

MarkV@6:28, Keep it up. Maybe you will win over someone with limited cognitive abilities. That will not include me.

Just so you know, & not to hurt the feelings of Lil’ Barry, I have lots of sweethearts. My husband of 35 1/2 yrs. would follow me to the end of the earth, but he has more sense than to go shopping with me, especially to the grocery store & Home Depot. I have never met a stranger who did not become a friend, many of whom became sweethearts. Sweethearts are more special than friends. Most of my sweethearts are older than me, & I’m old. They are all special in my life.
Wish you could be so lucky & so intuitive.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 4th, 2011
7:18 pm

Looks like the Senate caved to Americans, gave up their hostages, and passed the House’s FAA bill.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

August 4th, 2011
7:21 pm

Hi Linda! Looks like you’ve won another one. MarkV is left demanding that you defend my pet names for the Idiot Messiah, er, Obozo, I mean, the big-eared retard. And yes, I have seen the “It’s Not OK” commercial asking folks not to use the word “retard”; I refuse to participate in this bit of Newspeak.

MarkV

August 4th, 2011
7:36 pm

Linda @7:15 pm: Enjoy this sweetheart of yours, who polluted the space at 7:21 pm. Perhaps you will run to your husband to tell him about the names he called the President..

Soothsayer

August 4th, 2011
7:53 pm

Although Nissan’s Leaf seems to be winning the electric vehicle battle by the numbers, General Motors is moving forward with plans to increase its production of the Chevrolet Volt for 2012.

For now, sales of the extended-range electric wondercar look pretty pitiful. But it’s only because the plant where Volt is produced has been shut down for upgrading. The result: only 125 Volts were sold in the U.S. last month, Autodata says. By contrast, Nissan sold 931 all-electric Leaf cars in July.

However, this dismal number doesn’t mean that EVs are just a passing trend. GM says that dealerships are “virtually sold out” of the $39,995 extended-range electric Volt and that the average Volt sat at the dealership for only 13 days.

With the new-and-improved plant, GM anticipates Volt production capacity to increase to 16,000 cars for the rest of the year. In 2012, Volt is expected to reach a global production capacity of 60,000 vehicles, with 45,000 of to be sold in the U.S. GM also reports dealers have been requesting four to seven times the number of Volts available each month, and hope that the production plant upgrades will solve the inventory shortage. Since the beginning of the year, 2,870 Volts have been sold.

One of your desciples already posted that deceptive article over at Bookman’s blog. Yet another example of the Right’s twisted view of reality. “Forget about that electric vehicle — stick with the good old “gas hog!”

BTW, 29 comments since 12:00? I can hear the crickets chirping over here. No wonder all the rabid righties are over at Bookman’s blog. Trying to get a little action in.

Kyle, do you have another job waiting?

Linda

August 4th, 2011
8:00 pm

MarkV@7:36, You just don’t get it, do you? I have MANY sweethearts & Lil’ Barry AND my husband are both okay with that. I love them all, my husband more than all the rest.
Lil’ Barry doesn’t pollute space & neither do Americans. The entire debate that went from global cooling in the ’70s to global warming in the ’90s to climate change in the ’00s is a hoax. When the Senate refused to pass Cap & Trade, Obama engineered the EPA to regulate air. The debate is not about removing pollutants from air. It is about removing air from air. Third & fifth graders get it.

SmittyATL

August 4th, 2011
8:04 pm

That was the most heads-up baserunning I have seen in ages.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
8:24 pm

Soothsayer@7:53, If you subtract the incomplete sentences & the sentences that include misspelled words & improper grammar from the other blog, Kyle has many more comments, every day, every blog.
Any journalist who goes on vacation for a week & leaves a picture of a mural & gets 5,196 comments is dispensable & says a whole lot about his bloggers.

Del

August 4th, 2011
8:40 pm

Sooth,

I didn’t read every post but it seems that there is name calling going on over here too.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
8:42 pm

Lil’Barry@7:24, As I said yesterday, you comment about where were the jobs & your answer that they were in Texas was awesome. There have also been jobs created in Wisconsin. Do your research on that. The Republicans that were elected in ‘10 are making a DIFFERENCE!
The Democrats/progressives/socialists agenda is to TAX MORE, SPEND MORE & SPREAD THE WEALTH AROUND.
Thank you for you contributions to the conservatives & those of us who are trying to save this, our great country.

buck@gon

August 4th, 2011
8:49 pm

It is my understanding that writing in all caps is akin to shouting in blogs and on the internet.

OK.

MARKV,
YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT ANYONE AND THEIR SWEETHEART ARE WHOLEY INAPPROPRIATE ON THIS BLOG OR ON ANYONE ELSE’S. Reminds me of an exchange I just read over on Bookman’s blog tonight with Aquagirl (with awful liberal opinions) and someone else.

So I have to ask, WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH YOU GUYS, AND WITH THE MODERATORS WHO NEED TO STOMP THIS CRAP OUT OF THE BLOG????

I sense a resurgence in adolescence here from all of these, ah, “men”.

Jay & Kyle, clean up your act. This looks like pre-teen stuff on facebook–no, on myspace!

Soothsayer

August 4th, 2011
8:55 pm

Linda: you keep believin’ that, OK?

Linda

August 4th, 2011
9:05 pm

buck@gon@8:49, Thank you! A gentleman comes forward….

Linda

August 4th, 2011
9:13 pm

Sooth@8:55, It’s the truth. 5,196 comments over a picture of a mural. People from all over the world read the blogs from the AJC. If you read the editorials from European newspapers, they already think we are stupid. Couple Jay’s blog with the reports about the APS scandal & raising the debt ceiling, Europe thinks we’re helpless & hopeless. Witness the world-wide free-fall.

JF McNamara

August 4th, 2011
9:40 pm

“The dollar is approaching a record low against the yen”

Ironically, the tanking of the markets began with the debt ceiling vote. The markets don’t like the spending restraint or tea party, because it will leave less money to fuel economic growth when we really need it.

Under Bush, economy tanks, Under Obama, economy recovers, Under Republican Hostage House, economy tanks. That’s more than coincidental. Policies that take money away from the middle class will always reduce consumer spending. Lets hope this is just a trading blip, and not something more. Given we can’t pass another stimulus (even though the first one worked) or spend any money, it may be more.

On the bright side (for you) and Ironically, the Republican streak of continually failing economic policies might win the Presidency. There are enough brainwashed people and people with short memories.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
10:05 pm

Some people never even tackled a college course in economics & get their perspective from Sponge Bob Square Pants.

Alice

August 4th, 2011
10:08 pm

Bookman’s “blog” is really more of a chat room. In fact, Jay actually retired last year and since then a spambot posts some random hooey on a regular basis. Nobody really reads the “blog”. That’s just for appearances.

MarkV

August 4th, 2011
10:29 pm

buck@gon @8:49 pm: Somehow I am not surprised that you have absolutely no understanding of what this exchange has been about. It has nothing to do with sweethearts and husbands; it is all about the ideas and the way they have been expressed in the posts. Before you start criticising, pay a little attention.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
10:34 pm

Chat, chat, chat, chat, chat, chat, chat, …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..etc.

buck@gon

August 4th, 2011
10:37 pm

…a spambot.

Now THAT’s funny. Can’t say I disagree with the notion, not one little bit.

What then is the Cynthia Tucker column, then? She’s retired too, for all I can tell.

I’d have to say it’s not even a daily spambot programmed by semi-intelligent people. Maybe it’s a rejected high school science experiment, just a blob of protoplastic goo, engineered to make keyboard strokes through electric impulses. All it does is write, *&^^# “RACISM!” *&^$ “TEA PARTY ULTRA RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS! ‘&&^%####~~~

Kyle Wingfield

August 4th, 2011
10:41 pm

I am constantly amazed — and amused — by the need of some people to compare the number of comments on one AJC blog to another, or from one post to another on the same blog. Mostly because there’s no correlation between the number of comments and number of readers. (Not that I don’t appreciate those of you who do comment!)

Rest assured, Jay’s blog and my blog are both doing just fine.

JF @ 9:40: The markets were falling before the deal and kept falling after the deal — the Dow has fallen nine of the last 10 trading days. I’d say it has much more to do with the mess in Europe (there isn’t anyone that can bail out a Spain or an Italy, at least not at this point) and the never-ending stream of bad economic news here, rather than with the $7 billion in federal spending — a fraction of 1 percent of GDP — to be cut during the next 14 months. If the debt deal has anything to do with it, it’s by contributing to the idea that governments around the world have gotten themselves into problems they can’t, or won’t, solve.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
10:41 pm

Markv@10,10:29, I don’t mean to butt in, but our exchanges are there for all to read & understand.

Alice

August 4th, 2011
10:43 pm

Buckagon, Cynthia is a little old fashion and is resisting the spambot, so she just posts an old column and disappears for about month.

Linda

August 4th, 2011
10:54 pm

I don’t know what Kyle’s IQ is but it’s BIGGGGGGGGGGGG. I still think Kyle’s blog should win some reward for having the most complete sentences, the most sentences per comment & the most grammatical correct sentences from his commenters.

buck@gon

August 4th, 2011
10:54 pm

MarkV,

You want to talk about this? Ok. Fine. You might not like my continuing admonishments, but you’re getting them, because you obviously have no clue. To me you sound like Barack Obama at his birthday party (where he should just be keeping it light) where he has to make excuses for his crappy opinion poll/ratings. I’ve already reviewed your posts and Linda’s all the way back on this blog thread. Your words, written here in this blog don’t lend to good approval ratings among your fellow bloggers, including me.

For your information, the kind of needling you were doing to Linda is inappropriate on blogs, in polite society, in work environments and conversation. It is plainly a version sexual harassment.

If you did this to a coworker you disagreed with, you would be severely reprimanded, if not fired. If you did this to a superior, she would have already fired you. If you did this in a political campaign, your loss would be certain (unless you were named Bill Clinton). Criticisms are OK, parodies are OK, but discussing someone’s relationship with their spouse negatively is NOT. I’m even surprised that Linda was polite enough to respond to you considerately.

The rule you ought to remember is, if you wouldn’t do it to a man, you shouldn’t do it to a woman, especially one whose name indicates that she is. If you want to sit here and call me something, I’ll engage you and show the world what a damn fool you are for doing so. If you want to talk about my wife and kids, my instinct tells me to ask you to step outside.

I will say that your remarks were not the worst I’ve seen, but the lesson here for you is: JUST DON’T GO THERE.

As to your comments of substance, I’d be interested in joining Linda in defending the conservative point of view. However, you seemed to have derailed to conversation into juvenile name-calling antics many minutes ago, if not hours.