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Rare Vintage


Artist – David Fitzsimmons

In other news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 15,000 for the first time ever today. Because socialism.

Also — New York City is reportedly planning to expand evacuation zones to include 640,000 additional people following Hurricane Sandy.

  • Art__VanDalay

    How exactly is the Dow going over 15,000 helping the average joe?

    • JozefAL

      It probably doesn’t but it DOES tend to put lie to the GOP narrative that Obama’s some kind of evil socialist bent on destroying American capitalism. Okay, the GOP and its FoxNoise lapdogs will NEVER admit that the Dow’s success has anything to do with Obama; of course, let the Dow go back to the 7000 level where it was when he first took the oath of office, and it’s ALL “Obama’s fault.” Do you NOT remember how the GOP was gloating at the Dow’s rather dismal performance just after this past November’s election? The Dow was pretty steady in the 12500 range during the summer of 2012 and had risen to 13000 by August, staying above 13000 all the way until Election Day (when it closed at 13245). The day after the election, the Dow dropped to 12932 and by Nov 15, a week and a half later, it was down to 12542. FoxNoise was ECSTATIC, claiming that the Dow’s “plunge” was “proof” that Wall Street didn’t have any faith in Obama. And yet, the Dow has climbed 20% since Nov 15 and now, the right-wing’s little claim of “Obama’s bad for business” seems to be nothing more than the usual hot air.

      • Victor_the_Crab

        Of course it is possible for Republicans and the right wing noise machine to look at the Dow’s numbers and say that it was the cuts in the sequester that made it happen, which means they’ll take full credit for it and demand more cuts happen because they’re unashamedly opprotunistic.

      • Art__VanDalay

        I actually do agree with your point on that, but mostly it is an indication of wealthy people getting wealthier.

  • JMAshby

    And that’s the problem with editing your own writing. Sometimes you can reread something 4 or 5 times and still not spot a problem.

    • mrbrink

      I kind of liked “evocation zones.”

      Call it the “GOP’s Disaster Preparedness Contingency For A Changing Climate.”

  • D_C_Wilson

    In other news, Mark Sanford has won the SC special election.

    We still can’t have nice things.

    • Victor_the_Crab

      Because it’s OK to be a lying, cheating, two-faced, sociopathic piece of shit if you’re a Christian Republican.

      • mrbrink

        If that ain’t the truth I don’t know what is.