May 18th, 2012

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Friday Pointing and Laughing: "They're living on nuts and berries..."

Rush Limbaugh on environmentalists and animals:

I mean it’s tough for you to get your arms around this, they really do believe that the primary problem the planet has is us. Humanity. The rest of all lifeforms on this planet are au natural. They are perfectly justified in being. They are unassailable in what they do and how they live, from a tree, to a snail-darter, to a lizard, to a shark, to a lion, to a tiger, they are the essence of perfection. You will never ever hear the environmentalist wackos criticize what lions do. Or criticize what parakeets do. Pick an animal…

Only one response to this is possible:

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Friday yucks: Don't touch that man!

A charismatic minister approached the first person in line. "What ails you?"

The man responded, "I have been blind since birth."

The minister placed his hand on the man's eyes and said, "I heal you in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the name of the Holy Spirit."

The man yelled out, "Praise the Lord, I can see."

The minister moved to the next man in line, "Why do you suffer?" A woman with him indicated that he has been deaf since birth. The minister placed his hands on the man's ears and chanted the same magic mumbo jumbo.

"Praise the Lord, I can hear."

As the minister approached the third man in line a woman blocked his way. She said, "Keep your grubby mitts off my son. He has schizophrenia and he's on SSI."

Forget the crisis!, urges Krugman

The governments should finally start spending, Nobel laureate in economics Paul Krugman recommends in his new book End This Depression Now, where he sharply criticizes the austerity programs. So let's look a bit closer.

First of all, Krugman's book is probably coming out in the most appropriate moment. Europe is still writhing in the pains of crisis, and the doubts in the austerity course are getting louder. The troubled European countries are in dire need of perspectives for economic growth. This appeal can be heard from Paris to Rome and from Athens to Madrid. The IMF insists on more growth programs. Meanwhile, the US economy still hasn't fully recovered from the crisis, the unemployment level is 8.3%, which is too high from a US standpoint. Politics could not sustain such a development for too long, Krugman argues in the book.

He's also saying the current situation resembles that of the Great Depression, if we're to look at things in detail. During the Great Depression, a recession situation was reached twice, and twice it was followed by economic growth, but as a whole, unemployment remained too high and the US economy was stuck way below its full capacity. And the present situation resembles that time.

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