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THE MORNING RANT: What Does It Portend when Neither the Government Nor Corporations Are Providing Reliable Economic Reporting?

Banker laughing at financial reporting.JPG


It is now accepted (and expected) that the economic and financial data being reported by both the federal government and by corporations is massaged into providing reports that are often misleading, and frequently dishonest. Analysts must decipher and recalculate the official reports to try to get a better handle on the unpolished facts. Aside from making it difficult to accurately gauge economic activity, this broadly tolerated dishonesty also reflects on the ethical rot that has taken over our institutions.

I am not warning of economic doom. However, I am very concerned that with the government providing falsified economic data, and with corporations becoming aggressive about manipulating financial reporting, we no longer have an accurate picture of economic activity or business health. The fact that those publishing these financial reports feel the need to massage the data is alarming all by itself, and the enthusiasm in financial circles to embrace what are clearly dishonest reports is a form of willful blindness.

I have written repeatedly about how the government’s economic reports are fraudulent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics habitually publishes favorable numbers regarding jobs and unemployment, then quietly does negative revisions after the initial euphoric headlines. Likewise, the BLS’ official inflation figures are laughably understated.

Just this past week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported some great economic news, “U.S. adds a much-better-than-expected 272,000 jobs in May”. But this was despite the unemployment rate increasing to 4%. Meanwhile, the BLS also reported that the labor participation rate has decreased.

Excuse me, but my brain is struggling to reconcile an increase in the number of jobs, concurrent with a decrease in the number of Americans working, while at the same time the unemployment rate increases.

The increase came even though the labor force participation rate decreased to 62.5%, down 0.2 percentage point. The survey of households used to compute the unemployment rate showed that the level of people who reported holding jobs fell by 408,000.

Either there is some fraudulent reporting by the BLS that will be “adjusted” in the future, or jobs are being lost at a much faster rate than new jobs are being created.

Meanwhile, corporations are starting to abandon the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP” which investors and lenders have always relied on for accurate presentation of companies’ financial performance. To show better-than-actual financial results, companies are aggressively using “adjusted earnings,” which add back actual expenses that were incurred, thus pumping up the results in their earnings reports. The excuse for doing this is that these are one-time, non-recurring expenses.

“S&P 500 Companies Boost Profit by Stripping More Items From Earnings” [Bloomberg – 5/22/2024]

An analysis of earnings reports was done by a data firm named Calcbench, which randomly chose 260 companies from the S&P 500. It found that these companies added back a combined $182 billion of expenses in 2023 in reporting their “adjusted earnings.” This resulted in the reported “adjusted earnings” being a whopping 29% higher than their actual GAAP net income.

US regulators in recent years have become increasingly concerned with companies’ usage of non-GAAP measures, with the Securities and Exchange Commission sending letters to various businesses asking about the rationale for stripping out certain expenses.

The rationale is that corporations sometimes incur extraordinary expenses that do not recur every year, therefore they should be added back to net income for reporting purposes, since those expenses don’t reflect normal operations. The trouble with this reasoning is that while a specific expense may be non-recurring, it can be expected that there will be numerous different non-recurring expenses that will occur regularly, all of which consume cash, and all of which will reduce the true GAAP bottom line.

Think of your own household and the various non-recurring expenses that periodically happen, even though they are not part of your regular monthly household operating budget, e.g. the new tires, the broken window, the A/C compressor, etc. None of these is likely to happen in any given year, but you are not able to “adjust” your checkbook upward when these household expenses do happen.

Among the examples identified by Calcbench were Walgreens adjusting its earnings upward by $7.5 billion for legal and regulatory expenditures, and 3M adjusting its earnings upwards by $11.6 billion for litigation expenses.

Walgreens pointed to its most recent quarterly filing, in which it stated that in 2023, the company “recorded charges related to the opioid litigation settlement frameworks and certain other legal matters.” 3M, meanwhile, said it does not consider the litigation charge to be a normal operating expense related to its ongoing operations, revenue generating activities, business strategy, industry and regulatory environment.

There are many of us for whom GAAP accounting has been the foundation for how we monitor corporate performance. This intentional distortion of corporate earnings and cash flow is making reporting that was once accepted without question into something that is unreliably opaque.

Most, or 86% of examined companies, adjusted income upwards in 2023, meaning non-GAAP income was higher than GAAP income, whereas 14% adjusted it down.

The accounting chicanery of Enron was supposed to be a cautionary tale, not a role model.

Intentionally distorted economic and financial reporting - whether it comes from government or corporations - is a red flag about our economy. It’s also an indictment of those holding positions of power and responsibility that they now see financial reporting as a way to conceal information rather than for conveying it accurately.

*****

My latest piece at The Pipeline, ’Record’ Temperatures: a Statistical Certainty, has been published.

In it I discuss the statistical certainty of “record” high temperatures being recorded, and how, on average, each US weather station should record three record-high daily temperatures each year. I also explain how it is a statistical certainty that on average there must be hundreds of “all-time” record high temperatures recorded each year at the 38,000 US and European weather stations.

Of course, I also discuss the media’s willful role in spreading falsified temperature reports to heighten the fear of a climate apocalypse.

I’d be honored if you’d give it a read.

[buck.throckmorton at protonmail dot com]

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at 11:00 AM




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1 Morning.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:00 AM (1Yy3c)

2 That is a weird way to hold a pen.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:00 AM (GBKbO)

3 Everything is an op.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:01 AM (nR2nR)

4 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:01 AM (Zz0t1)

5 Societies based on lies cannot last.

What is means is they plan to extract as much benefit for themselves until it all collapses.

I hope they get a special front row seat to the aftermath.

Posted by: Formerly Virginian at June 10, 2024 11:02 AM (N1tpc)

6 My commenting today will be full of rhetorical flourishes and factual liberty.
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The government is blowing smoke up our asses to hide the decline and coming collapse.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 10, 2024 11:03 AM (Q4IgG)

7 Meanwhile, corporations are starting to abandon the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP” which investors and lenders have always relied on for accurate presentation of companies’ financial performance. To show better-than-actual financial results, companies are aggressively using “adjusted earnings,” which add back actual expenses that were incurred, thus pumping up the results in their earnings reports. The excuse for doing this is that these are one-time, non-recurring expenses.
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This has been going on for a long time now. Decades.

"Non-GAAP EPS" and "Earnings ex-items" are always the headline figures.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:03 AM (d04cU)

8 What Does It Portend when Neither the Government Nor Corporations Are Providing Reliable Economic Reporting?

That, in that respect, we are no better than China? I mean, there's slightly more transparency on the source of the numbers in the US...

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:03 AM (ynpvh)

9 Pictured: A young Klaus Schwab.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:04 AM (1Yy3c)

10 "Excuse me, but my brain is struggling to reconcile an increase in the number of jobs, concurrent with a decrease in the number of Americans working, while at the same time the unemployment rate increases."

The jobs were not going to Americans.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at June 10, 2024 11:05 AM (WPL6O)

11 6 My commenting today will be full of rhetorical flourishes and factual liberty.
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The government is blowing smoke up our asses to hide the decline and coming collapse.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 10, 2024 11:03 AM (Q4IgG)

I saw Factual Liberty front for Rhetorical Flourishes at the Union Stage in DC back in 2021.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:05 AM (ynpvh)

12 Yankee Land collapse some years ago. This is just their last gasp of relevance.

Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 11:05 AM (pZ64F)

13 10 "Excuse me, but my brain is struggling to reconcile an increase in the number of jobs, concurrent with a decrease in the number of Americans working, while at the same time the unemployment rate increases."

The jobs were not going to Americans.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at June 10, 2024 11:05 AM (WPL6O)

Sí, Señor, they are not.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:05 AM (ynpvh)

14 They've always lied to us, some how or another.

But now it almost looks like they're lying to themselves. They really believe that if the numbers don't match reality then reality is wrong, so it can't be a lie. Right?

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (VoAdT)

15 The rationale is that corporations sometimes incur extraordinary expenses that do not recur every year, therefore they should be added back to net income for reporting purposes, since those expenses don’t reflect normal operations. The trouble with this reasoning is that while a specific expense may be non-recurring, it can be expected that there will be numerous different non-recurring expenses that will occur regularly, all of which consume cash, and all of which will reduce the true GAAP bottom line.
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Sort of.

They report in GAAP. They have to. The GAAP figures are always there, and they are reported tot he SEC. Where the non-GAAP figures show up is in the press releases, headlines, etc.

The attitude is, "GAAP is X, but we don't think that's reflective of reality because of factors Y and Z, so we think the non-GAAP calculation of X+N is a better reflection of business health. Also, we're going to use the non-GAAP figures to determine our dividend this quarter."

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (d04cU)

16 If you hear a corporate leader talking about EBITDA just understand they are making excuses for not making profit.

Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (IFNME)

17 But the guys at DU tell me that everything is fine and it's corporate greed causing me to go bankrupt. I will go with that. I trust them. Government is godlike and must be followed.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (Zz0t1)

18 “adjusted earnings,” which add back actual expenses that were incurred, thus pumping up the results in their earnings reports. The excuse for doing this is that these are one-time, non-recurring expenses."

There's a stupid.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (4XwPj)

19 “The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they're lying, they know we know they're lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.”
― Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs

Posted by: ballistic at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (oqH4h)

20 Most, or 86% of examined companies, adjusted income upwards in 2023, meaning non-GAAP income was higher than GAAP income, whereas 14% adjusted it down.
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I'm surprised it's only 86%.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (d04cU)

21 16 If you hear a corporate leader talking about EBITDA just understand they are making excuses for not making profit.

Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (IFNME)

I knew a girl named Edita...oh, EBITDA...NVM.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (ynpvh)

22

It's a statistical certainty that someday I'm going to... oops, never mind, just did...

Posted by: Joey Bidet, Crack SBD Pilot at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (v1d6l)

23 17 But the guys at DU tell me that everything is fine and it's corporate greed causing me to go bankrupt. I will go with that. I trust them. Government is godlike and must be followed.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (Zz0t1)

Do they now realize there is Gov't greed?

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (ynpvh)

24 Government is godlike and must be followed.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (Zz0t1)

Gas is only so expensive because of Shrinkflation.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (VoAdT)

25 Think about this:

Trump spoke nonstop for 90 minutes in Las Vegas yesterday, standing up for AN HOUR AND A HALF in 100 degree temperature!

I'm his age, & I couldn't do that if my life depended on it.

It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.

Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (NLIak)

26 What Does It Portend when Neither the Government Nor Corporations Are Providing Reliable Economic Reporting?

It's sort of like when rulers used to stealthily mandate devaluation of coins by the introduction of base metals. When the scheme comes to light, and it always does, the damage done by the loss of trust far, FAR outweighs any benefit gained. This is the behavior of malignant children who care only for their immediate benefit.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (xCA6C)

27 That is a weird way to hold a pen.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:00 AM (GBKbO)

AI

Posted by: Formerly Virginian at June 10, 2024 11:08 AM (N1tpc)

28 Suggested edit:

What Does It Portend when Neither the Government Nor Corporations (But I Repeat Myself) Are Providing Reliable Economic Reporting?

Posted by: Taq, Rickrolled by Jesus at June 10, 2024 11:08 AM (iRX3h)

29 24 Government is godlike and must be followed.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (Zz0t1)

Gas is only so expensive because of Shrinkflation.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (VoAdT)

Eat more beans.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:08 AM (ynpvh)

30 Government is godlike and must be followed.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (Zz0t1)

Just like Jesus said.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:08 AM (1Yy3c)

31 "Either there is some fraudulent reporting by the BLS that will be “adjusted” in the future, or jobs are being lost at a much faster rate than new jobs are being created."

Why not both?

Posted by: Ribbed - Still Straight at June 10, 2024 11:08 AM (IHRQq)

32 If you hear a corporate leader talking about EBITDA just understand they are making excuses for not making profit.
Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (IFNME)
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I hate that acronym.

"EBITDA" is awkward to pronounce.
"EBTIDA" is equivalent, and very easy to pronounce.

I learned it as "EBTIDA," but that is not the normal order or way to spell it. Unfortunate. "EBTIDA" rolls off the tongue, whereas "EBITDA" makes you swallow your tongue trying to say it.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:09 AM (d04cU)

33 27 That is a weird way to hold a pen.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:00 AM (GBKbO)

AI

Posted by: Formerly Virginian at June 10, 2024 11:08 AM (N1tpc)

You wanna know why he's smiling? It's the way he's holding his thermometer.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:09 AM (ynpvh)

34 It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (NLIak)


HE WOULD KILL ME WITH HIS BARE HANDS!

Posted by: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (PiwSw)

35 EBITDA" makes you swallow your tongue trying to say it.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:09 AM (d04cU)

The T is silent. "EEbidduh"

Unless you're one of Those People.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (VoAdT)

36 If you hear a corporate leader talking about EBITDA just understand they are making excuses for not making profit.
Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (IFNME)
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I hate that acronym.

"EBITDA" is awkward to pronounce.
"EBTIDA" is equivalent, and very easy to pronounce.

I learned it as "EBTIDA," but that is not the normal order or way to spell it. Unfortunate. "EBTIDA" rolls off the tongue, whereas "EBITDA" makes you swallow your tongue trying to say it.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:09 AM (d04cU)

Acronyms are such a PITA.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (1Yy3c)

37 34 It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (NLIak)

HE WOULD KILL ME WITH HIS BARE HANDS!

Posted by: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (PiwSw)

Oh, you'd put up a toothy defense.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (ynpvh)

38 Nothing good, that's what it portends. Not one single good thing. Unless, it forces what normies remain to face reality and thus DO something. Besides vote harder, I mean.

By do something IYKWIMAITYD

Posted by: TecumsehTea at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (JrYM1)

39 If you hear a corporate leader talking about EBITDA just understand they are making excuses for not making profit.

I don't understand what a small, Australian monotreme has to do with profits. Please explain.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (xCA6C)

40 "EBITDA" is awkward to pronounce.
"EBTIDA" is equivalent, and very easy to pronounce.

I learned it as "EBTIDA," but that is not the normal order or way to spell it. Unfortunate. "EBTIDA" rolls off the tongue, whereas "EBITDA" makes you swallow your tongue trying to say it.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!)

I actually think the opposite. I think EBTIDA is the more difficult one to pronounce.

Plus, it was a crappy Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (v6JzV)

41 36 If you hear a corporate leader talking about EBITDA just understand they are making excuses for not making profit.
Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:06 AM (IFNME)
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I hate that acronym.

"EBITDA" is awkward to pronounce.
"EBTIDA" is equivalent, and very easy to pronounce.

I learned it as "EBTIDA," but that is not the normal order or way to spell it. Unfortunate. "EBTIDA" rolls off the tongue, whereas "EBITDA" makes you swallow your tongue trying to say it.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:09 AM (d04cU)

Acronyms are such a PITA.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (1Yy3c)

Initializations.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (ynpvh)

42 The government is blowing smoke up our asses to hide the decline and coming collapse.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 10, 2024 11:03 AM (Q4IgG)

Ooooh, go on.

Posted by: Miss Maryland Trans Winner at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (iODuv)

43 I disagree about "adjusted earnings" being a form of corporate chicanery.

If I have a one-time, unbudgeted expense because my basement flooded, I don't think that is a useful metric in understanding my ongoing financial situation.

Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (NLIak)

44 [i[I learned it as "EBTIDA," but that is not the normal order or way to spell it. Unfortunate. "EBTIDA" rolls off the tongue, whereas "EBITDA" makes you swallow your tongue trying to say it.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:09 AM (d04cU)

Reason enough to never use it.

Hey we are way below our projected revenue but we are doing really well on EBITDA!


Okay. You got an MBA, didn't you? No one invests in high EBITDA companies so you keep whipping that metric!

Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (IFNME)

45 So is the criticism in the first comment accurate?
Might be worth addressing before more people read it...

Posted by: MAxIE at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (twxj3)

46 HE WOULD KILL ME WITH HIS BARE HANDS!

Posted by: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at June 10, 2024 11:10 AM (PiwSw)



Oh, just show us your tits already, scrunt.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:12 AM (Zz0t1)

47 I actually think the opposite. I think EBTIDA is the more difficult one to pronounce. ...
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (v6JzV)
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We disagree on a minor point of minutiae.


Sadly, we must now be enemies until the end of days.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:12 AM (d04cU)

48 I actually think the opposite. I think EBTIDA is the more difficult one to pronounce. ...
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (v6JzV)
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We disagree on a minor point of minutiae.


Sadly, we must now be enemies until the end of days.


I never did trust that guy.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:12 AM (xCA6C)

49 If I have a one-time, unbudgeted expense because my basement flooded, I don't think that is a useful metric in understanding my ongoing financial situation.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (NLIak)



However, that expense did affect your bottom line when it's all said and done.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:12 AM (Zz0t1)

50 Okay. You got an MBA, didn't you? No one invests in high EBITDA companies so you keep whipping that metric!
Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (IFNME)
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But it lets your press releases show great news (as long as you don't go look at all those nasty things wrapped up in ITDA...).

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:13 AM (d04cU)

51 42 The government is blowing smoke up our asses to hide the decline and coming collapse.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at June 10, 2024 11:03 AM (Q4IgG)

Ooooh, go on.

Posted by: Miss Maryland Trans Winner at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (iODuv)

Anal insufflation.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:13 AM (ynpvh)

52 AOC should be angling to invite Trump to spank her. It worked for Stormy.

Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 11:13 AM (pZ64F)

53 We now have Pravda as our new
Whatever they say it's the opposite

The Russian Bear outside should have told ya

Posted by: Skip at June 10, 2024 11:13 AM (mwuNu)

54 Sadly, we must now be enemies until the end of days.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!)


I'll still click on your chick pics, though.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:13 AM (v6JzV)

55 Stevia Ray Vaughan was a sweet guitar player.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, I wanted to say this in the last thread at June 10, 2024 11:14 AM (PiwSw)

56 math is racist

Posted by: Woke barbie at June 10, 2024 11:14 AM (ibTVg)

57 53 We now have Pravda as our new
Whatever they say it's the opposite

The Russian Bear outside should have told ya

Posted by: Skip at June 10, 2024 11:13 AM (mwuNu)

You have to read between the lines.
♪ Lies, Lies, everywhere lies ♫

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (ynpvh)

58 However, that expense did affect your bottom line when it's all said and done.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:12 AM (Zz0t1)
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Which, if you paid for it out of owned assets, isn't *that* big a deal. It affects the future (you need to replenish the assets/savings, and that will have some costs), but didn't affect your operations as a going concern.

Which is sensible, to a point. "We had an emergency or made a huge purchase, but we did so out of accumulated capital and business health is at least as good as last year but looks terrible because of this exception, which we want to explain" isn't insane on its face.

But it's often just lying.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (d04cU)

59 Meanwhile, corporations are starting to abandon the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP” which investors and lenders have always relied on for accurate presentation of companies’ financial performance. To show better-than-actual financial results, companies are aggressively using “adjusted earnings,” which add back actual expenses that were incurred, thus pumping up the results in their earnings reports. The excuse for doing this is that these are one-time, non-recurring expenses.

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I was of the "rich people got there through hard work and smarts" persuasion, but now I realize that is mostly BS. Most rich people got there from inheritance, network/social relationships, paying off politicians, and scamming the system in one way or the other.

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (rN4tT)

60 Stevia Ray Vaughan was a sweet guitar player.
Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, I wanted to say this in the last thread at June 10, 2024 11:14 AM (PiwSw)



And this is why things shouldn't be carried across threads.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (Zz0t1)

61 56 math is racist

Posted by: Woke barbie at June 10, 2024 11:14 AM (ibTVg)

What race is math?

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (ynpvh)

62 An example of how philosophy matters. This is, I am convinced, just downstream from the radical skepticism taught in our schools - and especially in colleges - by postmodernist and related schools of thought. If there is no such thing as objective truth, then who cares? Say what benefits you.

Posted by: Eeyore at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (1bNHn)

63 2008. Early Summer. The economy is going south.

Who knew?

Companies knew. Tractor Supply Company knew.

Did they tell anyone?

Of course not. Knowledge of the downturn enabled them to have a competitive advantage over their competition and to remain "a going concern."

Posted by: No one of any consequence at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (VuZH8)

64 Im of the view that most companies should not be publicly traded.

My own company fudges their labor expenses by hiring contractors instead of more FTEs because contractors are not reported under the base expenses for earnings, making it look like theyre keeping their labor costs low

Meanwhile we have a glut of contractors with no insurance or PTO but work hard while the full time staff that have both jerk off all day

Posted by: The Unvaxed and Unmasked Ranger - Esteemed Trump-Ho and Searcher of Wagshambas at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (DBZuM)

65 The Russian Bear outside should have told ya
Posted by: Skip at June 10, 2024 11:13 AM (mwuNu)
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Huh. I know I'm supposed to answer "bear," but nobody said anything about the bear being Russian. Now I don't know what to say. I need to check it out on TikTok before I answer.

Posted by: Dumb broad answering that 'man vs. bear' question at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (d04cU)

66 The Saudi/US petro dollar deal has expired and the Saudis are not renewing it

Posted by: Ben HaduButker made the speech at a CATHOLIC at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (Srw7t)

67 Lies, damned lies, statistics, and now economic data.

Posted by: Brother Tim sez fuck cancer at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (OUMaO)

68 math is racist

Posted by: Woke barbie at June 10, 2024 11:14 AM (ibTVg)

What race is math?
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (ynpvh)

We use Arabic numerals. It should go without saying they're antisemitic.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (1Yy3c)

69 65 The Russian Bear outside should have told ya
Posted by: Skip at June 10, 2024 11:13 AM (mwuNu)
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Huh. I know I'm supposed to answer "bear," but nobody said anything about the bear being Russian. Now I don't know what to say. I need to check it out on TikTok before I answer.

Posted by: Dumb broad answering that 'man vs. bear' question at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (d04cU)

For that, you'll haveta ask the Panda.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (ynpvh)

70 If I have a one-time, unbudgeted expense because my basement flooded, I don't think that is a useful metric in understanding my ongoing financial situation.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (NLIak)

I replaced my roof last year. That was a pretty massive expense that doesn't represent my normal functioning budget.

I'm unlikely to have another expense like that for probably a decade. (And very much not likely to be the roof.)

However, next year I'm going to have to repair our fence. I likely won't have to do that for another decade.

BUT I'll have another upkeep expense very much like that one the following year. And then another expense of the same like the next year.

I think the issue isn't that these companies are excluding the very large, very sporadic expenses, (since 86% are doing this), but are excluding sporadic expenses that are unlikey to be repeated but will have similar costs repeated in some other form annually.

Posted by: Formerly Virginian at June 10, 2024 11:17 AM (N1tpc)

71 What race is math?
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (ynpvh)


Well it was black until white people stole it. Now it's just white supremacy.

Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:17 AM (IFNME)

72 Tractor Supply Company knew.



Watched a vid over the weekend where it was revealed that Tractor Supply distribution centers are all woke, trans and DIE to the core.

Saddened me a bit.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:17 AM (Zz0t1)

73 71 What race is math?
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (ynpvh)

Well it was black until white people stole it. Now it's just white supremacy.

Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:17 AM (IFNME)

So a whitewash then?

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:17 AM (ynpvh)

74 To show better-than-actual financial results, companies are aggressively using “adjusted earnings,” which add back actual expenses that were incurred, thus pumping up the results in their earnings reports. The excuse for doing this is that these are one-time, non-recurring expenses.

That's the excuse. The reason is that corporate executives are looting the companies they've been hired to run and stealing from the normies who buy their stock.

Everything has become a criminal enterprise.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:18 AM (nR2nR)

75 25 Think about this:

Trump spoke nonstop for 90 minutes in Las Vegas yesterday, standing up for AN HOUR AND A HALF in 100 degree temperature!

I'm his age, & I couldn't do that if my life depended on it.

It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (NLIak)
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And he didn't poop in his pants.

Posted by: Eeyore at June 10, 2024 11:18 AM (1bNHn)

76 59 I was of the "rich people got there through hard work and smarts" persuasion, but now I realize that is mostly BS. Most rich people got there from inheritance, network/social relationships, paying off politicians, and scamming the system in one way or the other.
Posted by: MAGA_Ken at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (rN4tT)

It's almost entirely BS, but the problem is that acknowledging that tends to take a shiv to the "Rugged Individualism" mythos and the idea of "Everyone who fell through the cracks did so because they're a worthless lazy piece of shit."

Posted by: XTC at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (UnA8+)

77 72 Tractor Supply Company knew.



Watched a vid over the weekend where it was revealed that Tractor Supply distribution centers are all woke, trans and DIE to the core.

Saddened me a bit.
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There is always Rural King.

Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (pZ64F)

78 We're also using a software vendor (also publicly traded) whose software is such utter fucking garbage that its clear that theyre planning to exploit wall street by making profit via "exit liquidity"

Posted by: The Unvaxed and Unmasked Ranger - Esteemed Trump-Ho and Searcher of Wagshambas at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (DBZuM)

79 The Saudi/US petro dollar deal has expired and the Saudis are not renewing it
Posted by: Ben HaduButker made the speech at a CATHOLIC at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (Srw7t)



Trump did the best thing ever to Saudi Arabia by going energy independent. Biden reversed that and emptied the SPR, giving Saudi all the power back in a short 3 years.

You want to end terrorism as a major threat? Stop buying middle eastern oil.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (Zz0t1)

80 "What Does It Portend when Neither the Government Nor Corporations Are Providing Reliable Economic Reporting?"

Trump's upcoming economic disaster.

Posted by: fd at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (vFG9F)

81 25 Think about this:

Trump spoke nonstop for 90 minutes in Las Vegas yesterday, standing up for AN HOUR AND A HALF in 100 degree temperature!

I'm his age, & I couldn't do that if my life depended on it.

It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (NLIak)

========

The only headline I saw was that he complained that his teleprompter wasn't working.

Obviously, he's dementia ridden unlike strong bull Biden.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (GBKbO)

82 And he didn't poop in his pants..
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Go ahead and laugh, Jack. It's harder than you think.

Posted by: Joe (No Last Name) at June 10, 2024 11:20 AM (IHRQq)

83 79 The Saudi/US petro dollar deal has expired and the Saudis are not renewing it
Posted by: Ben HaduButker made the speech at a CATHOLIC at June 10, 2024 11:16 AM (Srw7t)


Trump did the best thing ever to Saudi Arabia by going energy independent. Biden reversed that and emptied the SPR, giving Saudi all the power back in a short 3 years.

You want to end terrorism as a major threat? Stop buying middle eastern oil.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (Zz0t1)

And how do you do that? Well, Trump knows the answer, and so does the current Admin.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:20 AM (ynpvh)

84 A quibble: 15,000 weather stations. There are quite a few of those NOAA weather stations that are virtual.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 10, 2024 11:20 AM (rzh2a)

85 Everything is rigged.
Everything is bullshit and lies.
Everything's a scam.
Everything's a rip-off.
Everything's an op.
Everything is fake and ghey.

Posted by: One more time, with feeling at June 10, 2024 11:20 AM (k3d8O)

86 We disagree on a minor point of minutiae.


Sadly, we must now be enemies until the end of days.

I never did trust that guy.

Posted by: Archimedes


He fired 9mm from a longbow while eating salted French Toast. Peace was never an option.

Posted by: Brother Tim sez fuck cancer at June 10, 2024 11:20 AM (OUMaO)

87 With reference to the jobs number of 272k jobs added, the BLS adds a "birth/death" adjustment for small business jobs added less small business closings.

For May, they plugged 230k of these imputed jobs into the number, so only 40k actual jobs were added .
legitimately.

In what world were 230k small business jobs added in a time of 7%+ interest rates, and in what world can the BLS announce job growth when 85% of the number is a SWAG?

Posted by: Thomas Paine at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (MCAUk)

88 The Saudi/US petro dollar deal has expired and the Saudis are not renewing it
Posted by: Ben HaduButker


What does this mean?

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (v6JzV)

89 It's been 16 years since 2008.

Oh well.

Last time I bought Ivermectin, I bought from TSC. Pre-covid price. Had to order it, but there was no shipping charges.

Posted by: No one of any consequence at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (VuZH8)

90 Every Republican who gets interviewed needs to ask the reporter:

"Are you currently holding any hostages for Hamas, or would you hold hostages for your political cause?"

Every reporter on ABC,CBS,CNN,NBC,MSNBC, all of them need to be asked this, right out of the gate.

Posted by: Frank Barone at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (+oR7L)

91 Tractor Supply has plenty of birdhouses and garden rakes but precious few tractor parts.

Posted by: fd at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (vFG9F)

92 Think about this:

Trump spoke nonstop for 90 minutes in Las Vegas yesterday, standing up for AN HOUR AND A HALF in 100 degree temperature!

I'm his age, & I couldn't do that if my life depended on it.

It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (NLIak)
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And he didn't poop in his pants.
Posted by: Eeyore at June 10, 2024 11:18 AM (1bNHn)

HOWEVER, one of the concerns of anyone aged 75 or older is that deterioration can happen very rapidly- and is an increased risk with every passing year.

Any number of health concerns can swiftly make a hale 77 year old into a feeble 78 year old. (If they survive.)

Posted by: Formerly Virginian at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (N1tpc)

93
What does this mean?
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (v6JzV)



I think the USD loses value, for one.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (Zz0t1)

94 84 A quibble: 15,000 weather stations. There are quite a few of those NOAA weather stations that are virtual.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 10, 2024 11:20 AM (rzh2a)

And data for those is interpolated from other actual sites that are poorly situated (e.g. near AC exhauts, at airports on the tarmac). GIGO.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:22 AM (ynpvh)

95 71 What race is math?
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (ynpvh)

Well it was black until white people stole it. Now it's just white supremacy.
Posted by: blaster at June 10, 2024 11:17 AM (IFNME)

At the grocery yesterday, the cashier forgot to ring up my bottled water (3 packs, $12)...which wouldn't have mattered, but my total would go from $191 to $203, and the coupon on my account was 10% off $150 and 15% off $200, so it wasn't just like I could pay without screwing myself. I go to the manager and tell her what happened and said it would be about $1 either way, and could we call it even. Nope, I have to pay. Then, she and her fellow male comanager couldn't do it. I explained the Math (reverse the 10% by adding it back to the bill, then add the water cost, then take the 15% off), then I literally said the numbers out loud to put in the calculator...and they still couldn't do it. Finally, I took the calculator and showed them I owed them 35 cents and they took it and called it even. As I told my kid, this is why multi step Math matters...and why I hate those "elevating" coupons, but not enough that I'd get ripped off for it.

Posted by: Nova Local at June 10, 2024 11:22 AM (exHjb)

96 "Everything is fake and ghey."

Wait. Does that mean I'm now ghey? Or does that mean individual integrity is still possible?

Posted by: Ribbed - Still Straight at June 10, 2024 11:22 AM (IHRQq)

97 What is means is they plan to extract as much benefit for themselves until it all collapses.

I hope they get a special front row seat to the aftermath.
Posted by: Formerly Virginian at June 10, 2024 11:02 AM (N1tpc)


I always find it amazing that these people believe that their nominal possession of assets, real or otherwise, will matter at all in a post-collapse world.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:22 AM (nR2nR)

98 If I have a one-time, unbudgeted expense because my basement flooded, I don't think that is a useful metric in understanding my ongoing financial situation.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:11 AM (NLIak)


However, that expense did affect your bottom line when it's all said and done.
Posted by: Sponge


AND, you are just one pipe break away from another one.

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 11:22 AM (n/S9s)

99 in what world can the BLS announce job growth when 85% of the number is a SWAG?
Posted by: Thomas Paine at June 10, 2024 11:21 AM (MCAUk)



Sealed
With
A
Gunt?

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:23 AM (Zz0t1)

100 I also disagree about the assertion that BLS cooks its statistics for political reasons, i.e., jobs created, etc.

The private firm ADP (Automated Data Processing) produces similar reports, & they're usually consistent with the BLS figures, at least in in a rough sort of way. NOBODY who's not in a loony bin thinks ADP cooks its books to help Biden!

Another thing. Anybody think that EVERY taxpayer files his/her tax returns on or before April 15th? Or do a large percentage always file late? Small companies do the same thing. A lot of them file their employment reports with the BLS late. That's why BLS usually has to go back & adjust its previous monthly reports, to make them as accurate & complete as possible.

Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:23 AM (NLIak)

101 Bulg, the Saudis can now sell their oil for any currency they want and that oil is not tied to the dollar.

Posted by: Ben HaduButker made the speech at a CATHOLIC at June 10, 2024 11:23 AM (Srw7t)

102 96 "Everything is fake and ghey."

Wait. Does that mean I'm now ghey? Or does that mean individual integrity is still possible?

Posted by: Ribbed - Still Straight at June 10, 2024 11:22 AM (IHRQq)

it is mandatory, comrade.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:23 AM (ynpvh)

103 PS - Yes, I probably owed them closer to a $1 b/c in the original discount, my milk didn't count, but I wasn't gonna add on to the Math difficulty they already couldn't do...nor find the milk price on my receipt b/c I had sorbet melting...

Posted by: Nova Local at June 10, 2024 11:23 AM (exHjb)

104 @81

>>Obviously, he's dementia ridden unlike strong bull Biden.

Everything will go back to normal once Trump is gone.

--
Uniparty/Deep State Crossing their fingers and running shadow campaigns because OUR Democracy is On The Line This November.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at June 10, 2024 11:24 AM (XV/Pl)

105 It's almost entirely BS, but the problem is that acknowledging that tends to take a shiv to the "Rugged Individualism" mythos and the idea of "Everyone who fell through the cracks did so because they're a worthless lazy piece of shit."
Posted by: XTC at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (UnA8+)

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Think about all the workers making yachts!

Posted by: MAGA_Ken at June 10, 2024 11:24 AM (rN4tT)

106 Pictured: A young Klaus Schwab.
Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:04 AM (1Yy3c)


He's laughing because one of the numbers in the report is 80085.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:24 AM (nR2nR)

107 I always find it amazing that these people believe that their nominal possession of assets, real or otherwise, will matter at all in a post-collapse world.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic


Gold, silver, lead, copper & brass in hand. Not certificates, not bank boxes & not sitting on store shelves.

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 11:25 AM (n/S9s)

108 I discuss the statistical certainty of “record” high temperatures being recorded, and how, on average, each US weather station should record three record-high daily temperatures each year.

So...if we establish more weather monitoring stations, we can easily get a spike in record-breaking temperature reports!?!?! You're a damned genius!!!

Posted by: Green Cult Activist...Authoritarianism at any price! at June 10, 2024 11:25 AM (JCZqz)

109 Everything is fake and ghey.
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Wait. Does that mean I'm now ghey? Or does that mean individual integrity is still possible?
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it is mandatory, comrade.
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I refuse. With prejudice.

Posted by: Ribbed - Still Straight at June 10, 2024 11:25 AM (B0mGw)

110 106 Pictured: A young Klaus Schwab.
Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:04 AM (1Yy3c)

He's laughing because one of the numbers in the report is 80085.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:24 AM (nR2nR)

I don't get it...if it was 58008, it would make sense.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:25 AM (ynpvh)

111 I always find it amazing that these people believe that their nominal possession of assets, real or otherwise, will matter at all in a post-collapse world.

Pfffft. I'll be on my way to Mars when it all hits the fan.

Posted by: Elon at June 10, 2024 11:26 AM (xCA6C)

112 ...and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too.

I love Trump and all, but the dude's closer to 50lbs overweight than to 15 lol

Posted by: Moron Analyst at June 10, 2024 11:26 AM (JCZqz)

113 Wait. Does that mean I'm now ghey?

It isn't ghey if you only touch her penis under her skirt

Posted by: David French at June 10, 2024 11:26 AM (ibTVg)

114 112 ...and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too.

I love Trump and all, but the dude's closer to 50lbs overweight than to 15 lol

Posted by: Moron Analyst at June 10, 2024 11:26 AM (JCZqz)

When spoken, they almost sound the same.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:27 AM (ynpvh)

115 113 Wait. Does that mean I'm now ghey?

It isn't ghey if you only touch her penis under her skirt

Posted by: David French at June 10, 2024 11:26 AM (ibTVg)

I haven't read your "Conservative Case for Sucking Ghey Dick" yet.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:27 AM (ynpvh)

116 It’s all lies except that which comes from or is labeled conspiracy theory. There you will find truth.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable at June 10, 2024 11:28 AM (17s+e)

117 Everything is fake and ghey.
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Wait. Does that mean I'm now ghey? Or does that mean individual integrity is still possible?
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it is mandatory, comrade.
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I refuse. With prejudice.
Posted by: Ribbed - Still Straight at June 10, 2024 11:25 AM (B0mGw)

OF COURSE YOU DO BIGOT!

Posted by: Formerly Virginian at June 10, 2024 11:29 AM (N1tpc)

118 I discuss the statistical certainty of “record” high temperatures being recorded, and how, on average, each US weather station should record three record-high daily temperatures each year.

So...if we establish more weather monitoring stations, we can easily get a spike in record-breaking temperature reports!?!?! You're a damned genius!!!


I watched the beginning of Day After Tomorrow. Man, that did not age well. The movie is an hysterical bit of agitprop.

Posted by: Elon at June 10, 2024 11:29 AM (xCA6C)

119 Learned yesterday that a close family friend's daughter is getting a divorce after less than a year. Went to their wedding. They'd dated for around 7 years before announcing their engagement.

She was looking through his phone one day and found some texts and emails........he's a fag and has been cheating on her with a dude for a while.

She kicked him out. Both of their mothers work for the same school district. His mom was telling people they separated because she was causing them to have money issues. Her mom called his mom's extension after hearing this and said, "money issues from living for FREE on our land in our house? Your son is GAY and I will tell EVERYONE if you keep spreading that bullshit."

They're also from New York and MIGHT still have mafia ties.......

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:29 AM (Zz0t1)

120 Thx Buck, great post. Lies about economic issues piled up on lies about environment with a helping of lies about gender/culture will lead to one nasty collapse

Posted by: Smell the Glove at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (FTjSO)

121 What Does It Portend when Neither the Government Nor Corporations Are Providing Reliable Economic Reporting?

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Would you settle for the Face of "SCIENCE!" Himself?

Posted by: ShainS -- Make Mean Tweets Great Again! at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (ZQInm)

122 Which is sensible, to a point. "We had an emergency or made a huge purchase, but we did so out of accumulated capital and business health is at least as good as last year but looks terrible because of this exception, which we want to explain" isn't insane on its face.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (d04cU)


When you can borrow almost infinite dollars at 0% interest, "accumulated capital" is imaginary, at best.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (nR2nR)

123 ...It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.
Posted by: mnw
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In each leg, now do the belly. ha

Did you see the interview with Dr. Phil? Dr. Phil is a big guy.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (vD+o9)

124 Passed 100 comments?

I said this last night but I rewatched The Mummy ('99) last night. Rachel Weisz has great tits. She wears this black Egyptian number that's way more sheer than I remember. Holy shit. Thank God for high definition. It was all I could do to keep from pausing the movie and licking the screen. My Lord, she was freakin' beautiful.

And the movie was pretty good.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (1Yy3c)

125 @112

>>I love Trump and all, but the dude's closer to 50lbs overweight than to 15 lol

Nah, 50 lbs is a lot of extra weight, and even though he's a big guy, he's maybe 20-30 lbs "overweight," from his natural stockyish weight.

He's never been slim, again he's a big guy.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (XV/Pl)

126 76 59 I was of the "rich people got there through hard work and smarts" persuasion, but now I realize that is mostly BS. Most rich people got there from inheritance, network/social relationships, paying off politicians, and scamming the system in one way or the other.
Posted by: MAGA_Ken at June 10, 2024 11:15 AM (rN4tT)

It's almost entirely BS, but the problem is that acknowledging that tends to take a shiv to the "Rugged Individualism" mythos and the idea of "Everyone who fell through the cracks did so because they're a worthless lazy piece of shit."
Posted by: XTC at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (UnA8+)

This. All of this. The whole thing's a con to get us to work harder to keep them rich and to generate more tax revenue for the government.

Posted by: A scam to make you waste your life at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (k3d8O)

127
This resulted in the reported “adjusted earnings” being a whopping 29% higher than their actual GAAP net income.

___________

"It improves shareholder return." - the MBAs

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (MoZTd)

128 >>> Excuse me, but my brain is struggling to reconcile an increase in the number of jobs, concurrent with a decrease in the number of Americans working...

Aliens.
It was Aliens.

A massive influx of Aliens can do that.

Posted by: Itinerant Alley Butcher at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (TDz4H)

129 Everything is fake and ghey.
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Wait. Does that mean I'm now ghey? Or does that mean individual integrity is still possible?
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it is mandatory, comrade.
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I refuse. With prejudice.
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OF COURSE YOU DO BIGOT!
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You are correct, sir.

Posted by: Ribbed - Still Straight at June 10, 2024 11:31 AM (IHRQq)

130 A whole lot of pretending goin on.

Posted by: Tech Sgt. Chen at June 10, 2024 11:31 AM (Z8Yh2)

131
he's a fag and has been cheating on her with a dude for a while.

She kicked him out.

________

Guess hate has a home there.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 10, 2024 11:32 AM (MoZTd)

132
Guess hate has a home there.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 10, 2024 11:32 AM (MoZTd)



Yeah.. She had to beg her dad and brother not to do anything to him.......

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:33 AM (Zz0t1)

133 Use an asterisk. Don't back the expenses out of revenue.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 10, 2024 11:33 AM (Z7bjG)

134 --I also explain how it is a statistical certainty that on average there must be hundreds of “all-time” record high temperatures recorded each year at the 38,000 US and European weather stations.--


All this math and thinking doesn't fit on a bumper sticker that can be read in 6 seconds or less.
Ergo, it isn't "science", as pithy or wry statements in lieu of thoughts are the epitome of science

Posted by: OneEyedJack at June 10, 2024 11:33 AM (FCbAQ)

135 When you can borrow almost infinite dollars at 0% interest, "accumulated capital" is imaginary, at best.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:30 AM (nR2nR)
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Yup. That's a serious problem, which is one of the reasons this "Non-GAAP" stuff often doesn't pan out.

Staggering numbers of businesses are in the equivalent of "living paycheck-to-paycheck" and those things really *do* count in terms of overall business health the moment interest rates go up.

In a declining rate environment, you can be "profitable" while making literally nothing, just by turning the bond crank again. If rates go up, though, you're finished.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:33 AM (d04cU)

136 Learned yesterday that a close family friend's daughter is getting a divorce after less than a year. Went to their wedding. They'd dated for around 7 years before announcing their engagement.

She was looking through his phone one day and found some texts and emails........he's a fag and has been cheating on her with a dude for a while.

She kicked him out. Both of their mothers work for the same school district. His mom was telling people they separated because she was causing them to have money issues. Her mom called his mom's extension after hearing this and said, "money issues from living for FREE on our land in our house? Your son is GAY and I will tell EVERYONE if you keep spreading that bullshit."

They're also from New York and MIGHT still have mafia ties.......
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:29 AM (Zz0t1)

Bummer.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:33 AM (1Yy3c)

137 The fact that those publishing these financial reports feel the need to massage the data is alarming all by itself, and the enthusiasm in financial circles to embrace what are clearly dishonest reports is a form of willful blindness.

------------

"Four-legged D President Good, 2-legged R President Bad!"

That is all ...

Posted by: ShainS -- Make Mean Tweets Great Again! at June 10, 2024 11:33 AM (ZQInm)

138 Howdy Buck, Horde. Their fake economic reporting isn't portend, it's REAL!

Posted by: callsign claymore at June 10, 2024 11:34 AM (aJRH8)

139 Her mom called his mom's extension after hearing this and said, "money issues from living for FREE on our land in our house? Your son is GAY and I will tell EVERYONE if you keep spreading that bullshit."

They're also from New York and MIGHT still have mafia ties.......
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:29 AM (Zz0t1)

Vito a fag! Now I know what he meant when he talked about greasing the unions!

Posted by: Christopher Moltisanti at June 10, 2024 11:34 AM (k3d8O)

140 Trump did the best thing ever to Saudi Arabia by going energy independent. Biden reversed that and emptied the SPR, giving Saudi all the power back in a short 3 years.

You want to end terrorism as a major threat? Stop buying middle eastern oil.
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:19 AM (Zz0t1)


I remember back when the left decried western imperialism as a desire for oil.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:34 AM (nR2nR)

141 It's really hard to fathom why a homosexual in this day and age would marry to a hetero. How did you think this would work out?

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:34 AM (xCA6C)

142 It was all I could do to keep from pausing the movie and licking the screen.


Yuck.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:35 AM (v6JzV)

143 Guess hate has a home there.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 10, 2024 11:32 AM (MoZTd)


Yeah.. She had to beg her dad and brother not to do anything to him.......
Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:33 AM (Zz0t1)

The inevitable venereal disease will do plenty.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:35 AM (1Yy3c)

144 141 It's really hard to fathom why a homosexual in this day and age would marry to a hetero. How did you think this would work out?
Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:34 AM (xCA6C)

He's probably more in the sex whore department - as in, he has sex with anyone...

Posted by: Nova Local at June 10, 2024 11:35 AM (exHjb)

145 141 It's really hard to fathom why a homosexual in this day and age would marry to a hetero. How did you think this would work out?
Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:34 AM (xCA6C)

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Well, we don't actually live in a monoculture.

Sounds like the dude grew up in a place where homosexuality wasn't encouraged, so he lived in the shadows to the point where he dated and married a girl over 8 years because that's what he was expected to do.

Notice, though, no mention of the dude being hunted down and murdered like Mathew Shephard.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:35 AM (GBKbO)

146 He fired 9mm from a longbow while eating salted French Toast. Peace was never an option.
Posted by: Brother Tim sez fuck cancer at June 10, 2024 11:20 AM (OUMaO)


All could be forgiven as long as he was dining with Mary Ann.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:36 AM (nR2nR)

147 It's really hard to fathom why a homosexual in this day and age would marry to a hetero. How did you think this would work out?
Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:34 AM (xCA6C)

*Slides thumb, pointer and middle fingers together in the universal sign of money*

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 11:37 AM (1Yy3c)

148 It's a perverse game of musical chairs, with the government both controlling the music and taking chairs.

Two of the supporting pillars of American economic power were the courts and the bureaucrats were largely independent of political manipulation.

Now they are both hopelessly captured by political zealots of only the left.

I am not a conservative as there is nothing in the federal system worth conserving:
It must be viciously reformed and restored.

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at June 10, 2024 11:37 AM (g9W3m)

149 >>> It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (NLIak)
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The only headline I saw was that he complained that his teleprompter wasn't working.
Obviously, he's dementia ridden unlike strong bull Biden.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison,
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Trump "complained" iby saying
Teleprompter isn't working... doesn't matter, never really use the things anyway.

Posted by: Itinerant Alley Butcher at June 10, 2024 11:37 AM (TDz4H)

150 @141

>>It's really hard to fathom why a homosexual in this day and age would marry to a hetero. How did you think this would work out?

The closet actually benefitted both homosexuals and heterosexuals, homos got to pro-create and hetero's got slightly smarter, slightly more artistically talented children.

Jordan Peterson has talked about this dynamic.

Now that there is no more closet, and homos are "free" to be homos, apparently there still is no more joy in Homoville.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at June 10, 2024 11:37 AM (XV/Pl)

151 Notice, though, no mention of the dude being hunted down and murdered like Mathew Shephard.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:35 AM (GBKbO)



Not yet, anyway.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:38 AM (Zz0t1)

152 It never gets mentioned, but his physical stamina is remarkable for a 77-year-old-- and he's is at least 15 pounds overweight, too. Imagine what he could do if he got his weight down.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:07 AM (NLIak)


"at least 15 pounds..."

You strike me as the type that would describe D-Day as "a bit of a rough day"

Posted by: OneEyedJack at June 10, 2024 11:38 AM (FCbAQ)

153 I don't get it...if it was 58008, it would make sense.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:25 AM (ynpvh)


He's college educated. He doesn't have to turn the report upside down.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:39 AM (nR2nR)

154 Speaking of lying liars who lie (Insty):

LYING LIAR MAINTAINS LIE: Ex-DNI James Clapper says he won’t retract letter about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says he would not retract the letter he signed about first son Hunter Biden’s laptop.

In 2020, Clapper along with 51 other officials signed a letter saying that Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” was Russian disinformation.

When Clapper recently was asked if he would retract the letter he signed, he told Fox News in a one word answer, “no.”


Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:39 AM (xCA6C)

155 I wonder if that's why the birth rate is down. Homos as far as the eye can see.

Posted by: ... at June 10, 2024 11:39 AM (b155j)

156 I said this last night but I rewatched The Mummy ('99) last night. Rachel Weisz has great tits. She wears this black Egyptian number that's way more sheer than I remember. Holy shit. Thank God for high definition. It was all I could do to keep from pausing the movie and licking the screen. My Lord, she was freakin' beautiful.

Yeah she was...amazing. And in the sequel she gets into a bikini...

Its a pretty good movie overall. She is the brains of the operation and there is a reason for it - she's been studying Egyptology her whole life and they are dealing with something from ancient Egyptian history.

I can't remember if they have her get girl-bossy in the sequel or not...

Posted by: 18-1 at June 10, 2024 11:41 AM (ibTVg)

157 96 Wait. Does that mean I'm now ghey?

Posted by: Ribbed - Still Straight at June 10, 2024 11:22 AM (IHRQq)

How many people have you killed?

Posted by: XTC at June 10, 2024 11:41 AM (UnA8+)

158 151 Notice, though, no mention of the dude being hunted down and murdered like Mathew Shephard.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:35 AM (GBKbO)

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If he does get hunted down, it will be by the father-in-law for giving his daughter an incurable STD.

This is called "puritanical intolerance."

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 10, 2024 11:41 AM (Z7bjG)

159 Like I always say about the libs, why the hell would they ever admit they are lying? It defeats the entire purpose.

Posted by: ... at June 10, 2024 11:41 AM (b155j)

160 Trump also only sleeps like 4 hours a night, I've heard. So that may have something to do with his being overweight. (Apparently, sufficient sleep is a big help in weight loss.)

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:41 AM (v6JzV)

161 My guess? The married gay guy was bi-sexual and he was getting the female side he wanted in the marriage and the gay side at the local truck stop or whatever...

Posted by: 18-1 at June 10, 2024 11:42 AM (ibTVg)

162 Trump also only sleeps like 4 hours a night, I've heard. So that may have something to do with his being overweight. (Apparently, sufficient sleep is a big help in weight loss.)

When you're sleeping, you aren't eating.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:42 AM (xCA6C)

163
When Clapper recently was asked if he would retract the letter he signed, he told Fox News in a one word answer, “no.”

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:39 AM (xCA6C)



"But sir, you lied about it then as it's now being used as evidence against him at trial. You're doubling down on your lie? Never go full Cohen."

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:42 AM (Zz0t1)

164 @155

>>I wonder if that's why the birth rate is down. Homos as far as the eye can see.

Our society as well as most of the Western and Anglosphere world, are creating a bunch of confused lunatics and does not emphasize marriage or child rearing any longer.

Maybe Douglas Murray can write a follow up book of The Strange Death of Europe.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at June 10, 2024 11:43 AM (XV/Pl)

165 Maybe Douglas Murray can write a follow up book of The Strange Death of Europe.

Interestingly, Murray is gay.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:44 AM (xCA6C)

166 Legal pornography is the downfall. Those thousands of young women who are selling their bodies, one way or another, for profit would be doing something to benefit society. (most of them)

Posted by: Braenyard at June 10, 2024 11:44 AM (vD+o9)

167 There is EBTIDA in th'affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

Posted by: Way, Way Downriver at June 10, 2024 11:44 AM (zdLoL)

168 @165

>>Interestingly, Murray is gay.

Yeah, but he's not Gay-Gay, more like Rock Hudson Gay, than RuPaul gay.

He's like a man's man homo, you dig.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at June 10, 2024 11:45 AM (XV/Pl)

169 Trump also only sleeps like 4 hours a night, I've heard. So that may have something to do with his being overweight. (Apparently, sufficient sleep is a big help in weight loss.)

When you're sleeping, you aren't eating.
Posted by: Archimedes


Well, yes. But the sleep also helps with metabolism regulation. Piper could probably weigh in (heh) on this.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 11:45 AM (v6JzV)

170 Legal pornography is the downfall. Those thousands of young women who are selling their bodies, one way or another, for profit would be doing something to benefit society. (most of them)
Posted by: Braenyard


No fault divorce court killed it. When women can treat men like an atm, there's no reason to marry.

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 11:45 AM (n/S9s)

171 159
‘ why the hell would they ever admit they are lying?’

Other than having the shit beat out of them by the people they lied to I can’t think of any reason.

Posted by: Dr. Claw at June 10, 2024 11:46 AM (o9am5)

172 160 Trump also only sleeps like 4 hours a night, I've heard. So that may have something to do with his being overweight. (Apparently, sufficient sleep is a big help in weight loss.)
Posted by: Bulgaroctonus
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Gerald Ford slept four hours a night.

When asked (regarding his stamina) how he does it his response was
I'm built different.

Posted by: Braenyard at June 10, 2024 11:46 AM (vD+o9)

173 I have been saying for a while that the unemployment numbers-- in addition to the regular quite revisions later--are also significantly changed from past methods of calculations.

Somewhere, I am sure, they changed the definitions.

Specifically, I think they changed how they count unemployed. Where it used to be something like, "not employed,still looking" it's now something like "unemployed, still looking, but less than 6 months."
Meaning, anyone who would have been counted under the old definitions, will drop off after 6 months.
That's how the unemployment rate keeps going down while the participation rate goes up-- they are moving active job seekers into "dropped out of the labor force" to lower unemployment.
I'll also bet they are counting under 35 hours as full-time now. I'll bet it's down to 30.5 hours as "full time."

Posted by: People's Hippo Voice at June 10, 2024 11:46 AM (g9W3m)

174 There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

It sounds like Europe may finally be trying to catch the tide.

Far-right gains in the EU election deal stunning defeats to France’s Macron and Germany’s Scholz

Isn't it interesting how the only alternative to the left is "far-right"?

https://tinyurl.com/57ewhf9f

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:47 AM (xCA6C)

175 It's really hard to fathom why a homosexual in this day and age would marry to a hetero. How did you think this would work out?

Despite the (now obsolete) talking point, gays aren't "born that way." I knew a family many years ago where after like 15 years and 4 kids, the husband decided he was gay and walked out. I can't imagine a sexual urge, hetero- or homo-, that would rationalize that.

Posted by: Oddbob at June 10, 2024 11:47 AM (/y8xj)

176 >>Interestingly, Murray is gay.

Yeah, but he's not Gay-Gay, more like Rock Hudson Gay, than RuPaul gay.

He's like a man's man homo, you dig.


Gee, I hope not.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:48 AM (xCA6C)

177 172 160 JFK only slept four hours a night. The rest of the night was spent banging Marilyn Monroe.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 10, 2024 11:48 AM (V5eKu)

178 It can be lunch time

Posted by: Skip at June 10, 2024 11:48 AM (mwuNu)

179 174 Far-right gains in the EU election deal stunning defeats to France’s Macron and Germany’s Scholz

Isn't it interesting how the only alternative to the left is "far-right"?

https://tinyurl.com/57ewhf9f
Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:47 AM (xCA6C)

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They're probably already legitimized the idea of voting for the far right by using it so willy-nilly.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:48 AM (GBKbO)

180 I knew a family many years ago where after like 15 years and 4 kids, the husband decided he was gay and walked out. I can't imagine a sexual urge, hetero- or homo-, that would rationalize that.

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What no wife wants to hear: "You didn't just drive me out of the marriage, you drove me out of the entire classification."

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 10, 2024 11:49 AM (Z7bjG)

181 No fault divorce court killed it. When women can treat men like an atm, there's no reason to marry.
Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 11:45 AM (n/S9s)
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No-fault divorce was a huge problem. So is the "tender years doctrine" and the general alignment of family court against men.

Divorce is unlikely to be an immediate loser for women. It's like playing a lotto with stacked odds. She will get a big chunk of assets *and* the kids - and the kids come with extra cashflow - virtually every time. The disincentives have piled up hugely at the same time that the number of marriage-quality women has been dropping and increasing numbers of men have no access at all and lots more just check out. It's a 1-2-3 punch against family formation.

The "fertility rate" is mostly not a biological phenomenon. There may be biological factors (lower sperm count, lower total fertility, etc.), but the fertility rate measures outcomes, not inputs. It's "children born per woman." That's it.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:49 AM (d04cU)

182 I did say AT LEAST 15 pounds overweight. Not "exactly 15 pounds overweight."

I agree he's likely more overweight than 15 pounds.

And he doesn't drink, either. So it must all be cheeseburgers & fries.

Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:50 AM (NLIak)

183 He's like a man's man homo, you dig.

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So, lumberjack then?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 10, 2024 11:50 AM (Z7bjG)

184 I'm blown away by the number of people who claim "The Pendulum is SwInGiNg backz!"

No. It really isn't. You're going to get a face full of that pendulum, and soon.

Posted by: insurgens ad opus at June 10, 2024 11:50 AM (AX1sA)

185 Operating Income...best look at how a company is doing. Balance sheets, income statements and statement of cash flows are nice, but you have to read the notes....you find the info in the notes

Posted by: jeff at June 10, 2024 11:50 AM (ZiwLX)

186 Despite the (now obsolete) talking point, gays aren't "born that way." I knew a family many years ago where after like 15 years and 4 kids, the husband decided he was gay and walked out. I can't imagine a sexual urge, hetero- or homo-, that would rationalize that.
Posted by: Oddbob at June 10, 2024 11:47 AM (/y8xj)
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Easy enough to rationalize. Countless people do it all the time.

Impossible to justify, though.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:50 AM (d04cU)

187 Skip you're right. Chicken cooked in wine with porcine mushroom ravioli and basil.pesto

Posted by: Ben HaduButker made the speech at a CATHOLIC at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (Srw7t)

188 181 No fault divorce court killed it. When women can treat men like an atm, there's no reason to marry.
Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 11:45 AM (n/S9s)
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No-fault divorce was a huge problem. So is the "tender years doctrine" and the general alignment of family court against men.

Divorce is unlikely to be an immediate loser for women. It's like playing a lotto with stacked odds. She will get a big chunk of assets *and* the kids - and the kids come with extra cashflow - virtually every time. The disincentives have piled up hugely at the same time that the number of marriage-quality women has been dropping and increasing numbers of men have no access at all and lots more just check out. It's a 1-2-3 punch against family formation.

The "fertility rate" is mostly not a biological phenomenon. There may be biological factors (lower sperm count, lower total fertility, etc.), but the fertility rate measures outcomes, not inputs. It's "children born per woman." That's it.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:49 AM (d04cU)

Not like men can pop out the babies...

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (ynpvh)

189 I was Administration Manager on one of the international pipeline construction jobs. My biggest financial headache, including the headaches of dealing with the local business' chicanery, was that our Accounting Department got into the habit of coding expenses to "Administration - Other" whenever they got tired of thinking. Mostly they were small expenses, but those numbers all add up and always in the same direction. They could be considerable by the end of the month.

More aggravating was that miscellaneous credits never showed up in that column. Those credits always managed to find a home in some other department somewhere. I had some very nasty fights with the Accounting Manager over this, especially since I was not allowed to budget for non-specific "other" charges.

That was the 1990s. This "hide the weenie" game has been going on for a long time.

Posted by: LCMS Rulz! at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (TOe+Q)

190 Legal pornography is the downfall. Those thousands of young women who are selling their bodies, one way or another, for profit would be doing something to benefit society. (most of them)

Posted by: Braenyard

Wife and I were watching a movie of an adult nature one time and wife says, "She's so beautiful, why does she need to do this?"

And I've often thought that. You'd think porn would feature those who couldn't at least become trophy wives.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (KbCG3)

191 Government math is like non-Euclidean geometry; you just wouldn't understand.

Posted by: Paco at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (njExo)

192 184 I'm blown away by the number of people who claim "The Pendulum is SwInGiNg backz!"

No. It really isn't. You're going to get a face full of that pendulum, and soon.
Posted by: insurgens ad opus at June 10, 2024 11:50 AM (AX1sA)

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The establishment is holding the electoral pendulum in place in America, refusing to let it swing back.

This will just make the swing that would have happened previously happen more forcefully...at some point.

No idea when, but something that can't go on forever won't.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (GBKbO)

193 Not like men can pop out the babies...
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (ynpvh)
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Right, which is why it is defined as it is. Paternity is also ambiguous, and always is. It isn't "children per couple" or "children per 1000 heads of population" or whatever else for a reason. There is an iron and immutable law that says women can have babies, and nobody else.

So the fertility rate is "children per woman" and nothing else.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:52 AM (d04cU)

194 187 Skip you're right. Chicken cooked in wine with porcine mushroom ravioli and basil.pesto

Posted by: Ben HaduButker made the speech at a CATHOLIC at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (Srw7t)

Do porcine mushrooms taste like bacon?

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:52 AM (ynpvh)

195 It's a 1-2-3 punch against family formation.


Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:49 AM (d04cU)
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Women are primarily to blame. As ho_math says, "Government, help!"

Posted by: insurgens ad opus at June 10, 2024 11:52 AM (AX1sA)

196 We took a cooking class this weekend and made pasta from scratch. It was fun.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (GBKbO)

197 And I've often thought that. You'd think porn would feature those who couldn't at least become trophy wives.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (KbCG3)
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It does. Exclusively.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (d04cU)

198 Joe Mannix, that was not my experience at all.

Posted by: Ben HaduButker made the speech at a CATHOLIC at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (Srw7t)

199 The establishment is holding the electoral pendulum in place in America, refusing to let it swing back.

This will just make the swing that would have happened previously happen more forcefully...at some point.

No idea when, but something that can't go on forever won't.


France is the case in point. They've done everything they could to make Marine Le Pen unacceptable. She just beat Macron's party by a factor of two.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (xCA6C)

200 180 I knew a family many years ago where after like 15 years and 4 kids, the husband decided he was gay and walked out. I can't imagine a sexual urge, hetero- or homo-, that would rationalize that.

Sounds like a mid-life crisis where he wanted to abandon all of his responsibilities and live the life of a child again - pleasure all he wants, no one actually depending on him.

I actually knew someone who did that same thing...and yes, he enjoyed lifting the burden of all his responsibilities the most. It must be said he was "no longer a looker" and neither was the gentleman he ended up with...

Posted by: Nova Local at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (exHjb)

201 191 Government math is like non-Euclidean geometry; you just wouldn't understand.

Posted by: Paco at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (njExo)

That's a hyperbolic statement.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (ynpvh)

202 199 France is the case in point. They've done everything they could to make Marine Le Pen unacceptable. She just beat Macron's party by a factor of two.
Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (xCA6C)

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France's electoral system > Arizona's.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:54 AM (GBKbO)

203
That's a hyperbolic statement.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (ynpvh)



Oh, stop being so obtuse.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:54 AM (Zz0t1)

204 She just beat Macron's party by a factor of two.
Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (xCA6C)



Macron bangs his mom, so......

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:54 AM (Zz0t1)

205 Wakes up
Scratches
Looks around
Dang. Oh wow. Did I ever sleep in!
Goes looking for coffee.

Posted by: Diogenes at June 10, 2024 11:54 AM (W/lyH)

206 Wife and I were watching a movie of an adult nature one time and wife says, "She's so beautiful, why does she need to do this?"

And I've often thought that. You'd think porn would feature those who couldn't at least become trophy wives.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024


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Emily Addison and Jenni Lee have entered the chat

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere at June 10, 2024 11:54 AM (J2vNu)

207 179
‘ They're probably already legitimized the idea of voting for the far right by using it so willy-nilly.’

Just like they will here.

Posted by: Dr. Claw at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (o9am5)

208 181
Divorce is unlikely to be an immediate loser for women. It's like playing a lotto with stacked odds

———-

I should never gamble because boy is this not how it worked out for me.

Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (pZEOD)

209 179; 174 Arch & TJM

I've noticed for decades that when "the far right" wins (supposedly) in Europe by running on a restrictionist immigration platform... actual immigration reduction never seems to follow.

And we think WE'VE got an entrenched, permanent deep state.

Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (NLIak)

210 196 We took a cooking class this weekend and made pasta from scratch. It was fun.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (GBKbO)

My dad got on a kick where he was way into making pasta from scratch. Came home one down and the kitchen was full of clothes drying racks with pasta draped all over them.

I didn't have the heart to tell him that I tasted no difference in that pasta and the $1 Barilla.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (KbCG3)

211 193 Not like men can pop out the babies...
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:51 AM (ynpvh)
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Right, which is why it is defined as it is. Paternity is also ambiguous, and always is. It isn't "children per couple" or "children per 1000 heads of population" or whatever else for a reason. There is an iron and immutable law that says women can have babies, and nobody else.

So the fertility rate is "children per woman" and nothing else.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:52 AM (d04cU)

https://youtu.be/l1Vsq0lUYQ4

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (ynpvh)

212 They're probably already legitimized the idea of voting for the far right by using it so willy-nilly.’

Just like they will here.


Yup. Among the yoots, voting for Trump is a middle finger to the status quo. To a lesser degree, that will happen with black males this year.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (xCA6C)

213 209 179; 174 Arch & TJM

I've noticed for decades that when "the far right" wins (supposedly) in Europe by running on a restrictionist immigration platform... actual immigration reduction never seems to follow.

And we think WE'VE got an entrenched, permanent deep state.
Posted by: mnw at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (NLIak)

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True, nuf.

I don't expect this time to be different, but it's mostly a comment about how the use of "scary" labels is failing.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (GBKbO)

214 170 Legal pornography is the downfall. Those thousands of young women who are selling their bodies, one way or another, for profit would be doing something to benefit society. (most of them)
Posted by: Braenyard

Doubtful. If the chicks doing OF had marketable skills or some degree or usefulness other than showing their vajayays on the internet they wouldn't be doing OF

Posted by: Don't deflect responsibility from them at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (k3d8O)

215 208 181
Divorce is unlikely to be an immediate loser for women. It's like playing a lotto with stacked odds

———-

I should never gamble because boy is this not how it worked out for me.
Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (pZEOD)

Divorce is always a loser for women, especially if they stayed home vs working.

That said, divorce is a loser for both parties - women just tend to suffer more, which is why so many of them look for a remarriage sooner than divorced gentlemen...

Posted by: Nova Local at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (exHjb)

216 210 My dad got on a kick where he was way into making pasta from scratch. Came home one down and the kitchen was full of clothes drying racks with pasta draped all over them.

I didn't have the heart to tell him that I tasted no difference in that pasta and the $1 Barilla.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (KbCG3)

========

Food is fuel.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (GBKbO)

217 I should never gamble because boy is this not how it worked out for me.
Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (pZEOD)
++++
It isn't universal, but it is common. Men lose in divorce court, as a rule. A man *can* win, but it's usually hard and extremely expensive and sometimes impossible.

Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (d04cU)

218 My dad got on a kick where he was way into making pasta from scratch. Came home one down and the kitchen was full of clothes drying racks with pasta draped all over them.

I didn't have the heart to tell him that I tasted no difference in that pasta and the $1 Barilla.


You're a good son.

Posted by: Archimedes at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (xCA6C)

219 214 170 Legal pornography is the downfall. Those thousands of young women who are selling their bodies, one way or another, for profit would be doing something to benefit society. (most of them)

Posted by: Braenyard

Doubtful. If the chicks doing OF had marketable skills or some degree or usefulness other than showing their vajayays on the internet they wouldn't be doing OF

Posted by: Don't deflect responsibility from them at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (k3d8O)

Never discount the allure of quick, somewhat easy money.

Or at least, the promise of said.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (KbCG3)

220 OT The neighbor just stopped by. His Dad, age 81, is in the hospital, and neighbor said he's going to spend a night or two with Mom so keep an eye on things. Dad had a dose of pneumonia but got to the hospital on time. Things were going well until he said screw this place, I'm outta here. Tripped over some wires and now has a concussion and pneumonia.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (V5eKu)

221 So...what follows "far-right"?

Are they going to go outright to start calling center-right parties "Neo-Nazi"?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (GBKbO)

222 203
That's a hyperbolic statement.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (ynpvh)


Oh, stop being so obtuse.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:54 AM (Zz0t1)

I'm acutely aware of how you feel.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (ynpvh)

223 Murray is a homo, the "gays" are the ones saying the successful didn't work their asses off. It boggles my mind.

Posted by: Tech Sgt. Chen at June 10, 2024 11:59 AM (Z8Yh2)

224 216 210 My dad got on a kick where he was way into making pasta from scratch. Came home one down and the kitchen was full of clothes drying racks with pasta draped all over them.

I didn't have the heart to tell him that I tasted no difference in that pasta and the $1 Barilla.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (KbCG3)

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Food is fuel.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (GBKbO)

Wife wanted to make pasta from scratch. We got a nice mixer and all. Man, the amount of mess and effort. I wasn't a fan.

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 11:59 AM (KbCG3)

225 I knew a family many years ago where after like 15 years and 4 kids, the husband decided he was gay and walked out. I can't imagine a sexual urge, hetero- or homo-, that would rationalize that.
Posted by: Oddbob at June 10, 2024 11:47 AM (/y8xj)


At a guess...

He brought up pegging.
She said "gross".
He said "Jamal doesn't think so". Four snaps in a Z formation.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:59 AM (nR2nR)

226 So...what follows "far-right"?

Are they going to go outright to start calling center-right parties "Neo-Nazi"?


Yoo-hoo!

Posted by: MAGAts at June 10, 2024 11:59 AM (xCA6C)

227 188 181 No fault divorce court killed it. When women can treat men like an atm, there's no reason to marry.
Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 11:45 AM (n/S9s)
++++
No-fault divorce was a huge problem. So is the "tender years doctrine" and the general alignment of family court against men.

Divorce is unlikely to be an immediate loser for women. It's like playing a lotto with stacked odds. She will get a big chunk of assets *and* the kids - and the kids come with extra cashflow - virtually every time. The disincentives have piled up hugely at the same time that the number of marriage-quality women has been dropping and increasing numbers of men have no access at all and lots more just check out. It's a 1-2-3 punch against family formation.

Helen Smith called this years ago. And it's just getting worse.

Posted by: Never enter a deal that rewards breaking it at June 10, 2024 12:00 PM (k3d8O)

228 Barilla goes from undercooked to overcooked in about five seconds. You need a pasta with a good range - DeCecco has a good two minutes. Also dry pasta is absolutely fine.

Posted by: ... at June 10, 2024 12:00 PM (b155j)

229 I didn't have the heart to tell him that I tasted no difference in that pasta and the $1 Barilla.

-----------

So artisanal pasta made by genuine peasants in their rural Tuscan villa isn't worth the premium price then?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 10, 2024 12:00 PM (Z7bjG)

230 217 ++++
It isn't universal, but it is common. Men lose in divorce court, as a rule. A man *can* win, but it's usually hard and extremely expensive and sometimes impossible.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10

Well the secret is to be an abuser, then continue to abuse by proxy through the courts, and just be an all around a-hole to everyone, including the kids.

I will leave that there. 😉

Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (pZEOD)

231 Buy gold...and lead.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (aFNOf)

232 I just don't answer government surveys anymore. I've received them regarding agriculture and small businesses I own. The government calls them part of a census.

The surveys take a lot of time to fill out, and really it isn't any of the government's business. As a non protected white male, any information I give the government will likely be used against me.

They send threatening letters for a year or so, then I never hear from them again. Apparently, the government can fine me for this...500 dollars or something...which would be less than the cost of having my accountant fill out the survey forms.

Posted by: Dantes at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (fVKtH)

233 231 Buy gold...and lead.
Posted by: Maj. Healey at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (aFNOf)

========

I'm investing in a bullet farm.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (GBKbO)

234 225 I knew a family many years ago where after like 15 years and 4 kids, the husband decided he was gay and walked out. I can't imagine a sexual urge, hetero- or homo-, that would rationalize that.
Posted by: Oddbob at June 10, 2024 11:47 AM (/y8xj)

At a guess...

He brought up pegging.
She said "gross".
He said "Jamal doesn't think so". Four snaps in a Z formation.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 11:59 AM (nR2nR)

Are you talkin' 'bout Jamaal Bowman, Mr. Congressional Fire Alarm expert?

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (ynpvh)

235 216 Food is fuel.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (GBKbO)

A small serving of unseasoned grilled chicken, and a small serving of raw spinach.

Don't teach yourself to like food, that's how a human devolves into a Diabeastie.

Posted by: XTC at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (UnA8+)

236
I'm blown away by the number of people who claim "The Pendulum is SwInGiNg backz!"

No. It really isn't. You're going to get a face full of that pendulum, and soon.
Posted by: insurgens ad opus


That would be the pits.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 10, 2024 12:02 PM (63Dwl)

237 The government has declared war on your families. You will have to fight.

x.com/libsoftiktok/status/1800183291942961295

Posted by: Biden's Dog sniffs a whole lotta malarkey, at June 10, 2024 12:02 PM (UlEri)

238 Buy gold...and lead.
Posted by: Maj. Healey at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (aFNOf)

========

I'm investing in a bullet farm.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison


I'm a lead farmer.

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 12:02 PM (n/S9s)

239 Women are primarily to blame. As ho_math says, "Government, help!"
Posted by: insurgens ad opus at June 10, 2024 11:52 AM (AX1sA)


Maybe. But consider, the lie was marketed to women. It took decades for the lies to take hold, one generation after the other, until we got to where we are.

You could consider women to be the first victim.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 12:02 PM (nR2nR)

240 Well the secret is to be an abuser, then continue to abuse by proxy through the courts, and just be an all around a-hole to everyone, including the kids.

----------

Too late, I now see that my life was wasted.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 10, 2024 12:02 PM (Z7bjG)

241 Fresh homemade pasta is actually quite good and tastes quite different from dry box pasta.

Posted by: Really, it's good at June 10, 2024 12:03 PM (k3d8O)

242 222 203
That's a hyperbolic statement.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:53 AM (ynpvh)

Oh, stop being so obtuse.

Posted by: Sponge - F*ck Joe Biden at June 10, 2024 11:54 AM (Zz0t1)

I'm acutely aware of how you feel.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (ynpvh)


Euclids knock it off!

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at June 10, 2024 12:03 PM (PiwSw)

243 222
I'm acutely aware of how you feel.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (ynpvh)

Sometimes you just need to look at things from the right angle.

Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 12:03 PM (pZEOD)

244 196 We took a cooking class this weekend and made pasta from scratch. It was fun.
-----------------
Not that hard is it? A bit of a mess, though.

Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 12:03 PM (pZ64F)

245 So artisanal pasta made by genuine peasants in their rural Tuscan villa isn't worth the premium price then?
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 10, 2024 12:00 PM (Z7bjG)
-

Obviously the flour's grain type can make the difference.

Posted by: Biden's Dog sniffs a whole lotta malarkey, at June 10, 2024 12:04 PM (UlEri)

246 230 217 ++++
It isn't universal, but it is common. Men lose in divorce court, as a rule. A man *can* win, but it's usually hard and extremely expensive and sometimes impossible.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10

Well the secret is to be an abuser, then continue to abuse by proxy through the courts, and just be an all around a-hole to everyone, including the kids.

I will leave that there. 😉

Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (pZEOD)

My sister lived with such an a$$hole. He could've been reasonable, but burned the entire value of their house on fighting in out in court using the sleaziest of lawyers. Guess what? The court was not amused. He even held off on child support payments which caused his paychecks to be docked. In the end his kids wanted nothing to do with him.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12:04 PM (ynpvh)

247 There they go, off on a tangent again.

Posted by: Three sides to every story at June 10, 2024 12:04 PM (k3d8O)

248 He brought up pegging.
She said "gross".
He said "Jamal doesn't think so". Four snaps in a Z formation.
Posted by: I used to have a different nic

With a flourish, a hip swing, sashay, sashay, hip swing!

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 12:04 PM (n/S9s)

249 244 196 We took a cooking class this weekend and made pasta from scratch. It was fun.
-----------------
Not that hard is it? A bit of a mess, though.
Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 12:03 PM (pZ64F)

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Not that messy. Pretty messy.

It helped that we walked in with the little circle of flour already made for us.

No idea how to clean the Kitchen-Aid attachment, though. Glad that went to someone else.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 12:04 PM (GBKbO)

250 I don't appreciate you questioning our precious institutions of democracy, boy!

Posted by: Admiral That's So McRavin' at June 10, 2024 12:05 PM (krQz2)

251 233 231 Buy gold...and lead.
Posted by: Maj. Healey at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (aFNOf)

========

I'm investing in a bullet farm.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 12:01 PM (GBKbO)

How long does it take a .22 to grow into a .45?

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12:05 PM (ynpvh)

252 So artisanal pasta made by genuine peasants in their rural Tuscan villa isn't worth the premium price then?
Posted by: Cicero


Only if they stomp out the pasta with their feets.

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 12:05 PM (n/S9s)

253 Walmart Great Value fiber enriched past is pretty good. Doesn't turn into mush if you just cook it firmer than al dente and use it in a crock pot recipe. If you are on a Metamucil regimen, you may skip it. Pro tip.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 10, 2024 12:05 PM (V5eKu)

254 The worst part about cooking is that the clean-up usually takes longer than the cooking and eating combined.

Posted by: XTC at June 10, 2024 12:06 PM (UnA8+)

255 236
I'm blown away by the number of people who claim "The Pendulum is SwInGiNg backz!"

No. It really isn't. You're going to get a face full of that pendulum, and soon.
Posted by: insurgens ad opus

That would be the pits.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 10, 2024 12:02 PM (63Dwl)

That's what happens when you've been clocked.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12:06 PM (ynpvh)

256 One of my exes once insisted on buying a pasta maker at a thrift store and making actual pasta as a romantic stay at home date.
I did not get laid.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 10, 2024 12:06 PM (9yXr+)

257 246 My sister lived with such an a$$hole. He could've been reasonable, but burned the entire value of their house on fighting in out in court using the sleaziest of lawyers. Guess what? The court was not amused. He even held off on child support payments which caused his paychecks to be docked. In the end his kids wanted nothing to do with him.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12

He doesn’t bother to speak to our kids. It’s crushed them. I don’t understand and never will.

Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 12:06 PM (pZEOD)

258 Puns around this place are aplenty. Like my Dad jokes. I've so many I have to keep them in a Dadabase.

Posted by: Diogenes at June 10, 2024 12:07 PM (W/lyH)

259 243 222
I'm acutely aware of how you feel.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (ynpvh)

Sometimes you just need to look at things from the right angle.

Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 12:03 PM (pZEOD)

I have been called a square, so there's that.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12:07 PM (ynpvh)

260 One of my exes once insisted on buying a pasta maker at a thrift store and making actual pasta as a romantic stay at home date.
I did not get laid.
Posted by: LenNeal


After all that making and cleaning, all you want to do is sleep. Not even eat.

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 12:07 PM (n/S9s)

261 256 One of my exes once insisted on buying a pasta maker at a thrift store and making actual pasta as a romantic stay at home date.
I did not get laid.
Posted by: LenNeal at June 10, 2024 12:06 PM (9yXr+)

Did you at least get fed?

Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 12:07 PM (KbCG3)

262 Learn how to cook rice. Most Yankees have no idea how to do this correctly.

Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 12:07 PM (pZ64F)

263 Nice temperature article, Buck.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 10, 2024 12:08 PM (XeU6L)

264 I didn't have the heart to tell him that I tasted no difference in that pasta and the $1 Barilla.
Posted by: The Central Scrutinizer at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (KbCG3)

Food is fuel.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 11:57 AM (GBKbO)

Tasty fuel that tastes even better with marinara and Parmesan cheese on top.

Posted by: Robert at June 10, 2024 12:08 PM (1Yy3c)

265 Piper, I'm so sorry about your horrible experience.

Posted by: Bulgaroctonus at June 10, 2024 12:08 PM (v6JzV)

266 Puns around this place are aplenty. Like my Dad jokes. I've so many I have to keep them in a Dadabase.
Posted by: Diogenes


ISWYDT. Golf clap.

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 12:08 PM (n/S9s)

267 We're thinking about purchasing some carbon steel cooking pans. Like cast iron but lighter. Discuss.

Posted by: Maj. Healey at June 10, 2024 12:08 PM (aFNOf)

268 The government has declared war on your families. You will have to fight.

x.com/libsoftiktok/status/1800183291942961295
Posted by: Biden's Dog sniffs a whole lotta malarkey, at June 10, 2024 12:02 PM (UlEri)


The alphabet flag has a circle in it now too? I wonder what that stands for.

Posted by: spindrift at June 10, 2024 12:08 PM (OguvZ)

269 256 One of my exes once insisted on buying a pasta maker at a thrift store and making actual pasta as a romantic stay at home date.
I did not get laid.
Posted by: LenNeal at June 10, 2024 12:06 PM (9yXr+)

---------

One of them?

When the number gets high enough that you have to keep notes, you might be doing something wrong.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 10, 2024 12:09 PM (Z7bjG)

270 And speaking of fathers; unfortunately, I have to call my unpleasant beast of a father today, as it is his birthday.

No doubt he's going to want to bitch at me for an hour about not affording a house on a single income, as this is his favorite thing to do now that he's in too poor health to make physical threats anymore.

Posted by: XTC at June 10, 2024 12:09 PM (UnA8+)

271 There are people posting on the nood but not telling you.

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at June 10, 2024 12:09 PM (nR2nR)

272 Hey Horde.
Question for ya.
Best places to live in eastern Tennessee?
Any suggestions?

Posted by: Diogenes at June 10, 2024 12:09 PM (W/lyH)

273 254 Cleaning up after cooking. I worked with a guy that was cook on a USN diesel submarine. I went on a tour of one of those boats, and the galley is tiny. He said besides serving up food to the crew in rotation, there was constant cleaning of scullery and serving items. That would be one of the unsung jobs in the Navy.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin, waiting for the 0300 knock on the door at June 10, 2024 12:10 PM (V5eKu)

274 My son called me this weekend to wish me an happy Father's Day.

Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 12:10 PM (pZ64F)

275 Don’t come at me, but Bonza Chickpea pasta is pretty good. J has a meltdown every time I eat it and refuses. He orders pasta from Italy and that is what he makes for everyone but me. He is bougie.

He says “you and your healthy removes the joy required to cook Italian”. But he says it in Italian. Who am I to argue? I mean I can’t. I don’t speak Italian.

Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 12:10 PM (pZEOD)

276 270 And speaking of fathers; unfortunately, I have to call my unpleasant beast of a father today, as it is his birthday.

No doubt he's going to want to bitch at me for an hour about not affording a house on a single income, as this is his favorite thing to do now that he's in too poor health to make physical threats anymore.
Posted by: XTC at June 10, 2024 12:09 PM (UnA8+)

=======

Hey...I'm not your dad.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin at June 10, 2024 12:10 PM (GBKbO)

277 257 246 My sister lived with such an a$$hole. He could've been reasonable, but burned the entire value of their house on fighting in out in court using the sleaziest of lawyers. Guess what? The court was not amused. He even held off on child support payments which caused his paychecks to be docked. In the end his kids wanted nothing to do with him.
Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12

He doesn’t bother to speak to our kids. It’s crushed them. I don’t understand and never will.
Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 12:06 PM (pZEOD)

Sorry to hear that, but if he's abusive, probably better he doesn't.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12:11 PM (ynpvh)

278 The worst part about cooking is that the clean-up usually takes longer than the cooking and eating combined.
Posted by: XTC


That's why those old Italian grandmothers would start making the day's pasta right after their husbands went to work. Had time to make it, clean up, nap, cook it & serve.

Posted by: rickb223 at June 10, 2024 12:11 PM (n/S9s)

279 Best places to live in eastern Tennessee?
Any suggestions?
Posted by: Diogenes at June 10, 2024 12:09 PM (W/lyH)
----
Knoxville is fun but that's where the University of TN is so plenty of leftoid crap.

Lots of beauty there but it just sorta depends on how "out in the sticks" you want to be.

Posted by: ballistic at June 10, 2024 12:11 PM (oqH4h)

280 262 Learn how to cook rice. Most Yankees have no idea how to do this correctly.

Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 12:07 PM (pZ64F)

I cook brown rice. Get the fiber and vitamins that way.

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12:11 PM (ynpvh)

281 NOOD ACE

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 10, 2024 12:11 PM (ynpvh)

282 252 So artisanal pasta made by genuine peasants in their rural Tuscan villa isn't worth the premium price then?
Posted by: Cicero


Only if they stomp out the pasta with their feets.


there's something in there about the agony of de feets, but it escapes me

Posted by: anachronda at June 10, 2024 12:12 PM (sGtp+)

283 Don’t come at me, but Bonza Chickpea pasta is pretty good.
Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 12:10 PM (pZEOD)

That stuff stops me up worse than binging on a cheese buffet.

Posted by: ballistic at June 10, 2024 12:12 PM (oqH4h)

284 Making dumplings for chicken and dumplings is an art.

Posted by: Pudinhead at June 10, 2024 12:13 PM (pZ64F)

285 If Bidens Dog is still around when I stated a cosmological link between modern Islamic terror and Jewish revolutionary actions in Tsarist Russia that is exactly what I meant, neither is causal.
I used the word link which implies correlation. That is not a cause and they might not be correlated even, but since Giefman was in the business of predicting terror attacks, no stone should go unturned, and she got mad at me for suggesting a link. I felt she was wrong.
How is this so complicated. If one thing is like another thing, compare them. She did. It's what mechanics and engineers do. Look for similarities and differences.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 10, 2024 12:14 PM (9yXr+)

286 270
‘ No doubt he's going to want to bitch at me for an hour about not affording a house on a single income’

You can make listening to that your gift.
‘“I was going to buy you something expensive too, Dad. Then you started in with this shit. Well happy birthday, anyway.”

Posted by: Dr. Claw at June 10, 2024 12:14 PM (o9am5)

287 I should never gamble because boy is this not how it worked out for me.
Posted by: Piper at June 10, 2024 11:55 AM (pZEOD)
++++
It isn't universal, but it is common. Men lose in divorce court, as a rule. A man *can* win, but it's usually hard and extremely expensive and sometimes impossible.
Posted by: Joe Mannix (Not a cop!) at June 10, 2024 11:58 AM (d04cU)

Women can lose too. Broken hearts, homes and bones.
But it requires being married to a complete piece of shit.
Most divorces are initiated by women against men who aren't. They may not be 6-6-6, but they aren't garbage either.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at June 10, 2024 12:15 PM (FCbAQ)

288 269

3. Not that high of a number and in each case my mistake was letting them move into a house I owned. Women go batshit if you allow them to do that. 2 times not married as I thought it would be good for me, 3rd time got married. That was a good run.
Never again.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 10, 2024 12:17 PM (9yXr+)

289 For Giefman Beslan was her Gaza and I think she just didn't have the distance required to make assessments, and got irate when I suggested a link between her studies, not necessarily causal, that might be useful in prediction.
I have a similar blind spot about The Balkans.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 10, 2024 12:20 PM (9yXr+)

290 nice

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, obsessively pursuing evil with Friedkin while riding the Wasteland with Mad Max at June 10, 2024 12:24 PM (GBKbO)

291 In fact it seems many of the Israeli victims of this most recent attack were victims not only of a physical assault but a cosmology that told them something that flatly isn't true.
Giefmans link wasn't wrong she just couldn't bring herself to believe it.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 10, 2024 12:25 PM (9yXr+)

292 Has ANYONE read any of Anna Giefmans books.
Anyone?
Anyone.

Posted by: LenNeal at June 10, 2024 12:26 PM (9yXr+)

293 What Does It Portend when Neither the Government Nor Corporations Are Providing Reliable Economic Reporting?

"BOHICA"...

Posted by: setnaffa at June 10, 2024 12:42 PM (nOVGb)

294 Orwell wasn't trying to write a "How To" manual on propaganda...yet that is what the evil leftards have done.

Posted by: Pete at June 10, 2024 12:57 PM (9uoO8)

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Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
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John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
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Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
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Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
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