ATLANTA — Last-minute shoppers crowded into malls and stores to scoop up discounted clothing and toys during the last weekend before Christmas, but many didn´t seem to be in the spending spirit. This holiday season, Americans have a lot on their minds on top of the now familiar job worries. Consumers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, which account for 24 percent of retail sales nationwide, were tripped up by Superstorm Sandy. The storm hit in late October and disrupted businesses and households for several weeks.
Hmmmmm.... maybe I´m weird but my mind is on the communist in the White House trying to make America just like the other Third World countries. I care about the other tragedies but they pale in the face of what he is trying to do to us.
Bush urged people to return to their normal lives after 9/11/01, including going shopping. For he past 4+ years, the man who believes that he is the smartest president ever mocked Bush repeatedly for recommending this return to a normal life style. The "dumb" W. was right and the idiot Obama was wrong. And the idiot will be a negative force for another 50 months.
Two things struck me today. I was sent out on errands, first to Honey Baked Hams. There was no line. I was in and out in 5 minutes. The second thing was how many people wished me a ´good´ Christmas, not a Merry Christmas, a good Christmas. There isn´t a lot of cheer going about.
The media has done it´s damnest the last 4 years trying to convince people the economy is better than it actually is.Obama has dumped staggering amounts of money into the economy and it´s still stagnant.People are scared to spend money because they don´t know what Obama has up his sleeve to further devastate the economy.The free lunch crowd is outs spending because it isn´t possible to get laid off from welfare.
I´m not sure consumer spending is all as cracked up to be what it once was because most of the stuff being sold is made overseas.
Home building is what really needs to be cranked up to revive the economy.Banks are afraid to lend money to homebuilders out of fear the house won´t be sold in the short term.Obama and the UN don´t want any more suburban sprawl anyway.Obama thinks an artificial shortage of houses will get values back up,when the real problem is unemployment and not enough people in the buying market.
The family agreed we would spend far less for Christmas this year because of all the economic foolishness happening. We dont know if money will be coming in, how much it will be worth and what the prices of things might be. We also dont know how much of what we earn will be confiscated. Safe bet it will be more, no matter which progressive party´s plan goes through. Mrs C may have violated our agreement though. I´ve been noticing that every time I bring up AR-15´s, she changes the subject...
Typical Ass Press. It´s the hurricane´s fault for the entire NE and mid-Atlantic. Morons. Put the blame squarely where it belongs - Barry´s, Peelousy´s and Reid´s extreme spending when they controlled everything in congress for 2 years.
Visited the local very upscale mall with daughter today. Very few people were buying much, even in the most expensive shops, where price doesn´t usually matter to the folks who usually shop there. There was a wealth of sales people offering to help us, and they were doing a hard sell if you looked at anything. We didn´t stand on any line more than a couple of minutes, despite every store having signs offering 25% to 50% off.
Try K-mart & the 99-cent stores. The NYT ads are heavy on purses, jewlery and perfumes that you can´t wear @ work. Yhe women´s clothes are impossibly skimpy for skeletal figures only. Practice other ways to be happy.
We bought a generator after the election disaster. Told ourselves this would be our Christmas present. We no longer trust the "system" to even provide us with power. A couple of weeks ago we ordered a few DVD´s, including a season of Rawhide (which reminds me of when the country was sane). We wrapped them up and put them under the tree. Sent a few Christmas cards, a little money to our parents. That´s it, the sum total of our Christmas shopping.
Tea party groups and fiscal conservatives wasted no time Wednesday in savaging a bipartisan budget agreement negotiated between House Republicans and Senate Democrats, drawing an unusually angry response from House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. All sides were rating the winners and losers in the deal struck a day earlier between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, Washington Democrat. The modest deficit-cutting deal had some sweeteners for defense contractors and oil drillers, while air travelers, federal workers and some corporate executives would take a hit.
The White House blasted Republicans on Wednesday for criticizing President Obama’s decision to shake hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro. “There used to be a pretty important principle, that originated in the Republican Party, I believe, that partisan politics should stop at the water’s edge,” said White House deputy press secretary Joshua Earnest. “It’s unfortunate that we did see a number of Republicans yesterday who criticized the president for a handshake.” Mr. Obama shook hands with Mr. Castro on stage in South Africa at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. The U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with
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House Republicans appeared Wednesday to be rallying around an $85 billion deal to avert another government shutdown, brushing off complaints from their right wing that the effort would trade immediate spending cuts for less-certain long-term savings. After conducting a series of closed-door briefings and polling members during a late-afternoon vote, GOP leadership aides confidently predicted that the deal struck between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) would sail through the House when it comes to a vote Thursday. The moment seemed to mark a potentially significant shift by House Republicans away
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House and Senate negotiators announced Tuesday evening a $1.012 trillion two-year budget deal to replace some of the automatic spending sequester budget cuts and avert another government shutdown in January. Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said the two-year plan is a win for Republicans since it reduces the deficit by $23 billion without raising taxes or sacrificing core conservative values. “As a conservative, I think this is a step in the right direction. What am I getting out of this? I’m getting more deficit reduction. So the deficit will go down more by passing this than if we did nothing,”
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
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Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013