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Friday Humor: Gold Is A Barbeque Relish

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Submitted by Mark McHugh of Across The Street,

My Doctor’s an idiot.  A few years ago, he started expressing concerns about my weight, pointing at this chart supposedly showing how much a man of my height should weigh.  One glance at his stupid chart and it was clear to me that he had completely misdiagnosed my condition.   There was nothing wrong with my weight, I just wasn’t tall enough.  Clearly I needed to grow my way out of this. So I went home and googled “how to stimulate growth.”  Once I got past the all the baldness cures and penis pumps (it’s not my bag, baby), I found hundreds of papers so incredibly boring I knew they had to be true.  In no time, I was able to design and implement my own stimulus plan based on the irrefutable scientificky principles of Nobel prize winners and other people so smart they never had to do an honest day’s work in their lives.  Despite the difficulty climbing stairs, I was feeling pretty good about things until my last check-up….

“Hi, Doc.”

“Hi,” he said, examining my file.  He looked up, “You’ve put on twenty pounds since the last time I saw you”

“Thanks for noticing,” I beamed.

He frowned.  “I remember now.  You’re the guy on the diet designed to make you grow.  What’s that called again?”

“The Keynesian Plan.”

“Is that the one where you eat bacon and cheese, but not vegetables?”

“No,” I replied, “But I have incorporated some elements of that plan” (I don’t like vegetables).

“And how’s this whole Keynesian thing working out?” he asked.

“I’ll admit I’m a little disappointed.  I’ve only grown and inch and a half so far, but..”

“No you haven’t,” he interrupted, pointing, “You’ve just got those stupid elevator wedges in your shoes to make you look taller.”

“They’re to get me acclimated to being taller.”

“Which you’re not,” he declared.  “I told you, you’re fully grown.  The only thing you’ve succeeded in doing is collapsing you arches and giving yourself  Type 2 Diabetes.”

“We Keynesians call things like that “unintended consequences” (I used finger-quotes to let him know it was a technical term).  And trust me, Doc, I’m no happier about them than you.  Can I see that height-weight chart of yours again?”

He handed me the chart. After a moment, I sighed, “Looks like I’ll have to do more QE.”


“Quantitative eating.  It’s how you stimulate growth, Doc.  It’s technical.”

“Oh,” he said.  “Because it sounds an awful lot like what we in the medical profession call “stuffing your fat face”  (giving me finger-quotes, but in a condescending, not-at-all-helpful kind of way).”

I tried to stay calm and empathize.  “Doc, it’s not your fault you haven’t been educated about Keynesian principles.  They only teach it at top-notch schools like M.I.T. and Harvard.  I don’t know about you, Doc, but I feel better knowing that no matter what happens on election day, the White House will be occupied by someone who attended Harvard.”

“As did the Unabomber,” he added.

“Still better than the bumblefuck medical school you went to!”  I snapped.

“Johns Hopkins?” he queried, thrusting his eyebrows up.

“John Hopkins.” I corrected (Friggin’ Idiot!)

“Tell me, how are you paying for all this stimulus?”

“Food Stamps…and my ex-wife’s credit card.”  (I just knew he wasn’t going to understand this part…)

He looked at me with a curious mixture of confusion and utter disgust.  “What….Does she even know?”

“I’m no Dr. Bernanke, but I know one of the most important aspects of Keynesian stimulus is sticking someone else with the bill. It works out better for everyone if the victim, er , stimulus provider is unaware.  She’ll be OK.  I’m going to make it all up to her.”

“Really?  How?” 

“Look at your damn chart, Doc!”  I bellowed.  “I’m going to be taller than Shaq when all this stimulus kicks in!  Can you say NBA contract?“

“No,” he said, unimpressed, “just over-sized casket.”

(I could tell he was about to launch into another one of his “austerity” sermons.  You know, “Consume less, do more, stop spending other people’s money, blah-blah-blah.”  Pinhead.  Obviously Dr. Quackenstein was beyond all hope.)

“No offense Doc, but I need help from people with a better understanding of these things.  Any chance you can refer me to the Mayo clinic?”

“Is that where the treat illness with mayonnaise?”

“Yes,” I said.

“No,” he said, and walked out.

As I sat down to rest in the lobby on the way back to my car, I remembered that the key ingredient to the Keynesian system is confidence and realized that what I was feeling, beside the tingling sensation in my left arm, was nothing more than the sting of rejection felt by true visionaries like Jon Corzine and the Octomom.

So if anyone asks, I’m at the grocery store.


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Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:07 | 2753363 Cognitive Dissonance
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It makes it so much easier to examine (and then dismiss) our insanity when it comes dressed up as humor.

Nice piece Mark. Maybe next time.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:12 | 2753392 theXman
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He's joking about the foodstamps, he must be racist. 

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:44 | 2753475 knukles
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Whoa!  He didn't say "Chicago"

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:46 | 2753483 Colombian Gringo
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Au 1690 Dec.

AG 31.24 Dec.


Suck it, Blythe Masters, drink it all!!

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:58 | 2753665 strannick
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Anyone who looks at the silver-on-gold graph, and believes an industrial component drives silver, is on glue. What the silver physical market and industrials do have in common is that silver supply has been contracting with the less lead-zinc mining (70% of silver is mined as byproduct of lead-zinc mining, go SLW).

But of course the physical market has about as as much in common with COMEX silver, as silver does with live pork bellies

Anyone who believes two non manipulated assets can follow each other practically tick by tick is on glue.

Anyone who thinks the CFTC isnt on glue is on glue.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 18:09 | 2753987 FEDbuster
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Robert Reich isn't laughing at this story.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 18:39 | 2754037 LMAOLORI
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A bunch of hit pieces on Gold lately

GOP: In Gold We Trust


Contrary to Rumor, Central Banking Is a Political Act

Mon, 09/03/2012 - 09:33 | 2757482 Overflow-admin
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"Goldman School of Public Policy" wtf is that a jihad training camp???

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:25 | 2753581 NoControl
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You're assuming only minorities are on food-stmps, you must be racist.

I'm acknowledging there are minotities, I must be racist.


Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:45 | 2753649 strannick
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Your making assumptions about racism, racist. At least your acknowledging it.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 18:02 | 2753975 thatthingcanfly
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He didn't assume that. Someone else assumed that for him.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 19:12 | 2754107 Titan Uranus
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If you misspell racist, you're racist...

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:14 | 2753397 vast-dom
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gold and oil went up close to 2% each while NASDAQ went up a tick under .5% so far. So just the RUMOR brought us 4x inflation or a drop in inflated bullshit indices at 4x adjusted for inflation just on the day. So in order to justfy SP anywhere near 1400 we would have massive inflation = massive unemployment adjusted to net declining disposible income = we are so fucked...

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:27 | 2753428 Xibalba
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yeah, but it's a transitory fucking.  just a couple generations.  

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:45 | 2753478 knukles
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Or just ignore the S&P

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:05 | 2753368 Nadaclue
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The Awesome is strong in this one.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:21 | 2753564 mark mchugh
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Thank you, Nada.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:06 | 2753371 LawsofPhysics
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Until the moral hazard is addressed (blatant fraud and theft), possession creeps closer to becoming 100% of the law and nothing will change.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:08 | 2753376 Nihilarian
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Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:28 | 2753588 mark mchugh
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Thanks, Nihilarian.  (probably not true, but thanks).



Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:41 | 2753637 aka Gil
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If not brilliant, it was very clever. Best of all, it was quite humorous.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 16:02 | 2753692 knowless
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don't bother tearing yourself down, plenty of other people willing to do that for you i'm sure..


I didn't even register the barbeque relish/barbaric relic part until i was already writing this comment.


acknowledge something as it is received, take pride in work which others value.


i thought it was pretty funny.. at the least illustrative.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 21:21 | 2754367 mark mchugh
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I do. 

The most influential thing I ever read in my life was a one page piece in the back of TIME magazine in the eighties entitled "Feeling Good about Doing Bad."  It was about how US kids, who scored the lowest on an international math test showed the highest positive response to the statement, "I am good at math."  Korean kids, who actually scored the highest, had the lowest percentage of positive response.  It was a powerful illustration of the value of humility and the pitfalls of conceit that I never want to forget.

It's right to acknowledge compliments, but I think it's also important to keep your ego in check.

I hope that makes sense.

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 08:48 | 2754799 goldfish1
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How much math does one need anyway?


Mon, 09/03/2012 - 00:10 | 2757071 monad
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In order to defend yourself you really need enough algebra, business calculus and statistics to form a basic understanding of how the bankstertician class steals and lies. 2 years is more than adequate, if you apply yourself. If you hate math you can study law instead, but you still need enough math to not get ripped off. Fraudulent billing is the new normal.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:09 | 2753378 williambanzai7
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Nice job Mark!

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:29 | 2753592 mark mchugh
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I'm very glad you liked it, William.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 16:26 | 2753753 Doubleguns
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Wait.... I am confused. Does this mean Michele Obama is an Austrian. She is trying to get folks to eat less. Christ that must mean Michele is going to kick Baracks ass. Romneys gonna miss his chance.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:10 | 2753379 LongBalls
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Bravo. A piece written in a manner a child can understand. 

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:41 | 2753466 mkhs
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But what about a politician?

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:48 | 2753486 knukles
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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sponsors House Resolution to have Mercury (Hg) removed from Periodic Chart as a means of fighting pollution, global warming (sarc or not to sarc, that is no longer the question)
Fri, 08/31/2012 - 21:23 | 2754369 mark mchugh
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Thank you, LB.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:11 | 2753380 SafelyGraze
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the "keynesian diet" worked in the past, when we were children

that's why it's important to administer it to our own children

so they will grow to be big and strong

even if the diet doesn't seem to benefit us any more

it's for the kids

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:15 | 2753542 nonclaim
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In other words keynesians are infantile cretins?

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:10 | 2753382 Jason T
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gold and gasoline ripping higher, wages declining, in some industries, going negative year over year like this one..

"Wage Deflation - Making Sure It Happens Here"

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:18 | 2753407 SheepDog-One
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'Wage inflation appears to be fully contained'....WHEW thanks there Keynesians for a minute there I thought I was in danger of being weighed down by more money!

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:29 | 2753435 fourchan
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we will never have wage inflation (the only kind the fed looks at) because we have

exported all labors pricing power to the slave nations of china and india and the smaller even worse ones.

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 08:51 | 2754805 goldfish1
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yes here we have wage deflation aka no jobs

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:11 | 2753383 WALLST8MY8BALL
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Dr told me i had to get into shape, I said "Round is a shape!"

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:26 | 2753426 Brazillionaire
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My doc told me I as a sick man, so I said I wanted a second opinion. So he said, "OK. you're ugly, too."

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 16:35 | 2753772 LongBalls
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My doc told me he needed a stool sample, a urine sample, and a semen sample so I handed him my underwear.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 17:00 | 2753832 Peter Pan
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The doctor told me I had cirhosis. I told him I wanted a second opinion. He told me the autopsy would confirm it.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 20:31 | 2754274 trichotil
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the doc told me i had six months to live....


...i didnt pay him...


so he gave me another six months.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 18:05 | 2753981 thatthingcanfly
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Bill Paxton, Predator 2.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:11 | 2753384 Id fight Gandhi
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Oh no, slender man!

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:11 | 2753386 billsykes
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And you have to come from the best schools in the world, get a steller GPA, pass your ethics at the CFA, network and beg, do rigourous case interviews, get shifted thru thousands of applicants, say all the right things and after 200k in debt and lost time you can work for us at 100k a yr doled out in 3k increments every 2 weeks (after tax) and work 80 hours a week for years while your youth and optimism dies then maybe if you are subservient enough you can make boneheaded desions that loose money too. 



Sat, 09/01/2012 - 08:53 | 2754807 goldfish1
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that's what i'm talking about

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:12 | 2753391 notadouche
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Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:16 | 2753398 SheepDog-One
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Pretty funny really.....the most hillarious part is our 'learned elders' actually are the patient here and believe it all 100%!

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:16 | 2753401 Toolshed
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This is the funniest, and at the same time saddest, shit I have ever read. And now......I am hungry!!! Off to the Mayo Clinic branch down the street.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:18 | 2753409 Id fight Gandhi
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Mmmm... Mayo

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:17 | 2753405 Dagny Taggart
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Great post Mark... from the guy who actually made funny muppet jokes.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:35 | 2753449 Seorse Gorog fr...
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You're saying my Commodore 64 is out of date?!

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:42 | 2753470 Cognitive Dissonance
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Send it to the Fed. They can wire it up in series with the main printer to increase output 10 fold.........which the BLS will promptly count as positive in its next revision of its prior revision of the last revision that was subsequently revised.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:35 | 2753416 Zap Powerz
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Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:21 | 2753417 tnquake
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Fri, 08/31/2012 - 18:47 | 2754049 stocktivity
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mnnn....lettuce with low fat dressing...Oh wait...I'm American....extra cheese on that Whopper please.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:35 | 2753422 SheepDog-One
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Only argument I have is the 'austerity' part.....the austerity theyre talking about certanly would not curtail the amount of Kobe beef and Lobster Thermadore sliding down the gaping maws of banksters and other Keynesians.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:25 | 2753424 fuu
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<golf clap>

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:28 | 2753433 Brazillionaire
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At my last check-up, my doctor told me I needed to stop masturbating. When I asked him why, he said, "You're distracting me."

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 17:20 | 2753893 Peter Pan
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Man with a yellow penis goes to his doctor. Doctor asks him whether he is a painter, works in a dye factory or if he works for a chemical plant. The answer is no, no, no,

The doctor then asks what work he does.
He replies, "nothing, I am unemployed"
The doctor then asks what he does all day.
The patient replies, "nothing, I just sit at home all day eating cheese puffs and watching porn."

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 19:05 | 2754093 stocktivity
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A young ventriloquist is touring the clubs and stops to entertain at a bar in a small town. He's going through his usual run of silly blonde jokes when a big blonde woman in the fourth row stands on her chair and says,
"OK jerk, I've heard just about enough of your denigrating blonde jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype women that way? What do a person's physical attributes have to do with their worth as a human being? It's guys like you who keep women like me from being respected at work and in my community, of reaching my full potential as a person...
because you and your kind continue to perpetuate discrimination against not only blondes but women at large... all in the name of humor."
Flustered, the ventriloquist begins to apologize, when the blonde pipes up, "You stay out of this mister, I'm talking to that little fucker on your knee!"

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 02:50 | 2754639 Inthemix96
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This bloke wakes up after major surgery and the doctor is standing over him with a very grim look on his face.

The doc says "Ihave good news and bad news I'm afraid sir"

The bloke says "Well then doc, whats the bad news?"  The doctor in all graveness says "The surgery did not work sir, you will be dead by the morning"

"Jesus fucking christ" the bloke exclaims.  "What in fucks name is the good news then?"

The doc says, "You see that blonde young nurse over their?  The one with the long legs, beautiful face and smashing tits?  I'm shagging her tonight"

Boom boom

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:28 | 2753434 Seorse Gorog fr...
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Sounds like an episode of the Simpsons with Homer and Dr Hibbert

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:30 | 2753441 Zero Govt
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absolutely spiffing article, chuckled non-stop

 ..sent it to Paul Krugman, he's chewing a wasp and didn't see the humour ..his growth hormones aren't working either, in fact he's saddled in saturated fats

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:34 | 2753446 spekulatn
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Brilliant stuff  Mr. McHugh. 

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:34 | 2753614 mark mchugh
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I'm too narcissistic for my own good already, but thanks.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:43 | 2753471 kaiserhoff
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In regard to medical advice, always remember...,


There are a lot more old drunks, than old doctors.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:44 | 2753644 aka Gil
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So I guess we better have another round?

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 14:54 | 2753499 AldoHux_IV
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50 Shades of Keynes

Brilliant literature-- too bad it's not going on the Oprah's book of the month.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:08 | 2753529 NotApplicable
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Damn, so you're saying I shouldn't have lost that weight?

Great stuff. Spot on.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:33 | 2753580 e-man
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I've always tried to boil it down this way:

If I have a future source of income but I can not pay my bills today, a credit card will help smooth that curve.

If I have no future source of income and I can not pay my bills today, a credit card will only delay my bankruptcy and possibly make it worse by dragging others into my insolvency.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:31 | 2753600 youngman
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My doctor told me "I have some good news and some bad news" after I went in for a checkup.....I said "great.... what is the good news"....he said "you only have 24 hours to live".....I about shit my pants..I yelled "what.....I only have 24 hours to live....then what the hell is the bad news?".....He said "I could not get a hold of you yesterday"...bada boom ..bada bing...cymbal crash

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:41 | 2753639 ncdirtdigger
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Is there more where this came from?  Bravo Sir!

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 15:58 | 2753683 Colonel Klink
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All my doctors said to stop drinking and smoking.  That was 5 doctors ago.

-George Burns

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 16:13 | 2753718 windcatcher
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The doc should have referred the chump to the Ludwig Von Mises Institute for a triple heart bypass; the results would have been about the same. HA. Ha.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 16:45 | 2753796 Slightly Insane
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The friday post is a hit.  I especially like the Harvard digs and the Mayo clinic digs (I have a friend who is both, and resides in the nuero dept).  I think you may have rung his bell.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 18:20 | 2754008 Roandavid
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Nicely done.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 19:21 | 2754134 laomei
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Look on the bright side, with food prices jumping 10% in the last month, retail will be able to claim that they are making more profits and at the same time the government will claim increased consumer spending numbers.  To wall street algos, this means recovery.  To everyone else, this means they are getting fucked.

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 19:20 | 2754135 Titan Uranus
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Very nice.  You sent me into the weekend with a smile...

Fri, 08/31/2012 - 19:47 | 2754177 Monedas
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Eat your potato chips .... high in calories, low in fibre and vitamin C .... and an excellent source of dietary starch !

Sat, 09/01/2012 - 00:04 | 2754548 catch edge ghost
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Wait. I'm confused.

Is Mark McHugh the pen name for Larry Summers?

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