Decline of the US Dollar

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Airtime: Thurs. Oct. 22 2009 4:00 PM ET

Discussing the dollar’s decline, with Donald Luskin, Trend Macro; Michael Pento, Delta Global Advisors; Jerry Bowyer, syndicated columnist; Brian Domitrovic, Sam Houston State and Steve Odland, Office Depot chairman/CEO.

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October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Wall St. Comments off.

Angels win 6-5 – ALCS goes to Game 6; ALCS Game 5 – NYY look to move on to the series!

Angels take it 6-5,. we go to game 6! a great series! Newsday Blog:

NINTH INNING: Angels 7, Yankees 6. FINAL SCORE

Top: You just knew this inning was going to get interesting, regardless. Even after Brian Fuentes retired the first two Yankees in order, you just knew something would happen.

And of course it did.

Alex Rodriguez was intentionally walked, Hideki Matsui walked and Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch. Then it came down to Nick Swisher vs. Brian Fuentes.

And of course you knew the count would go full.

So it came down to one pitch, and….

Swisher popped it up.

Angels win.

To Game 6 in the Bronx, we go.

(more…)

October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Entertainment, Popular Culture, Sports. Comments off.

FOX pulls Dollhouse off air for November (sweeps)…

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They shoot horses don’t they? Sorry but Joss’ talents are IMO better used elsewhere (anywhere!). If TSCC wasn’t good enough for renewal with ratings and DVR FAR AND AWAY above Dollhouse to date this season, then Dollhouse isn’t good enough to be on the air. They should’ve killed Dollhouse and pushed TSCC back to air in Dollhouse’s slot, TSCC was way too dark for the early hour FOX had it on…..(disclaimer, I am one of those rabid TSCC fans! but I am a Firefly fan too! not sure WTH FOX expects to do about us, they must figure they are screwed as either way we’re pixxed, lol! They don’t get it is the QUALITY of the show, the WRITING, the CAST, the PREMISE, not just that it is Joss! TSCC and Firefly were worlds better , universes better! Maybe someone can get Josh Friedman and Joss Whedon to work together on something and then that network/cable channel can have all the scifi fans in one group, lol)

And they screwed Summer Glau here a bit, they ran a promo saying three weeks to Summer’s Dollhouse episodes and now they aren’t going to air those until after November?!

SciFiWire has rounded up the dish:

Fox can’t seem to make up its mind about Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. On the one hand, it renews it despite some of the lowest ratings ever. Then it buries it on Friday night, where its ratings continue to plummet before stabilizing. Then it decides to air all 13 season-two episodes once it’s clear a lot of people are watching it on DVRs.

But now comes word that it’s pulling it from the schedule entirely during the all-important month of November, the so-called “sweeps” period when the network tries to boost ratings to set its advertising rates.

Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello tweeted the news first:

@EWAusielloFiles Exclusive: Hearing FOX will bench DOLLHOUSE for November sweeps and air back-to-back eps on Friday night in December….

Then the FutonCritic chimed in:

Network sources have confirmed Friday entries “Brothers,” “‘Til Death” and “Dollhouse” will all go on hiatus after their October 23 airings. A rebroadcast of “House’s” two-hour season premiere will sub in for the night on October 30 with additional repeats of “House” and “Bones” taking over for the rest of the month. “Dollhouse” will then return with back-to-back originals starting at 8:00/7:00c on December 4, 11 and 18.

This sounds a lot like Fox has decided to burn off the new episodes it just ordered…

Sounds to me like the suits at FOX are trying to protect Dollhouse from EPIC FAIL during sweeps after which they would be FORCED to cancel it. Unreal. What is the deal, why are they holding this loser up? Whose zoomin who?

October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense. 2 comments.

Let’s hear it for the press pool!

Good work. Team TOTUS tried to hold Kenneth Feinberg back from a roundrobin with FOX when it offered the interviews to the press pool. The other 4 networks in the pool, CNN ABC NBC CBS said no, all or nuthin’. Recall the networks pay jointly for the use of the pool so there would have been some fallout with FOX had they agreed to shut them out, but still glad to see some life in them yet.

October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . journalism, media, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Legend of the Seeker Season 2 Premiere Sneak Peek!

Courtesy of LeSeigneurRahl

October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Legend of the Seeker, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. 1 comment.

Unemployment Extension: Blue Dogs talk tough on second stimulus…

10/23 See Update https://moderateinthemiddle.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/unemployment-update-senate-cloture-vote-on-unemployment-extension-next-tuesday/

Oh boy, some of the Dems are getting in touch with their fiscal conservative side and are talking down the second stimulus, which is a good thing except for the fact that it unfortunately appears to include the UE extension…

If they would just agree to use the unspent stimulus money people would be getting their checks put into the mail already, arrrrgle!!!

Here is Nancy after her economic panel talking big about more job creation measures, but see the blurbs from The Hill this morning below…

Vodpod videos no longer available. The Hill:

…“I think we have just got to get serious about the deficit,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), the president of the class of freshman Democrats. “I would have to really be persuaded of a dire situation and one that’s getting worse, frankly, to have any enthusiasm for a second stimulus.”

Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), a co-chairman of the 52-member Blue Dog Coalition, said he would have to hear a “very compelling” justification for further adding to the deficit, even for the sake of fostering more job growth. “My constituents, I think, have had it with spending,” Hill said. “And I concur with their sentiments.” Republicans are targeting Hill’s seat in the 2010 cycle.

While the ingredients for another stimulus have not been finalized, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday made two things clear: Additional stimulus measures are needed, and Democrats will add to the deficit to pay for them.

Each of the economists who spoke to reporters following the session said everyone in the room had signed off on a strategy of temporarily ignoring the budget deficit for the sake of economic recovery….

Hill said the Blue Dogs have not talked formally about their collective approach to further economic patches embraced by the White House, ranging from unemployment insurance extensions to $13 billion worth of one-time Social Security checks…

October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Labor Department, Politics, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

Weekly jobless claims rise more than forecast – last week revised higher; Moody’s says US could lose AAA rating without deficit cuts..

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WSJ:

Stock futures pulled back from their early morning highs Thursday as the number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits rose more than economists expected last week….

…Weighing on stocks, the U.S. Labor Department said initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 11,000 to 531,000 in the week ended Oct. 17. The previous week’s level was revised from 514,000 to 520,000.

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had expected only a slight increase of 4,000, with the report serving as another sign of tough times for the jobs market….

Moody’s tells the WH and Congress to STOP SPENDING (in so many words, lol, we need to get the deficit down and no SANE person would raise taxes in a recessionary, zero job growth environment, right? Bueller? Bueller?!):

The United States, which posted a record deficit in the last fiscal year, may lose its AAA-rating if it does not reduce the gap to manageable levels in the next 3-4 years, Moody’s Investors Service said on Thursday.

The U.S. government posted a deficit of $1.417 trillion in the year ended Sept. 30 as the deep recession and a series of bank rescues cut a gaping hole in its public finances…

October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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