Blue skies ahead for NJ?


NJBIA says 2015 jobs data ‘good news’ for N.J. economy

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association said last week’s report from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development indicating that New Jersey added approximately 64,500 private-sector jobs last year is more than just some good news.

It’s potentially a game-changer, according to NJBIA President Michele Siekerka

“Growth in New Jersey’s private sector is accelerating,” Siekerka said. “Job growth is reaching the point where it not only shows confidence in the economy, but also feeds confidence in the economy. There can be no mistake that we have game-changing job growth now.”

The state contends that last week’s data point to 2015 being the strongest year for private-sector job growth in the last 15 years.

“New Jersey rings out the old year on a very high note, capping a year of the strongest job growth in 15 years and a sustained period since 2010 of the most robust private sector job growth since the turn of the century,” state Department of the Treasury Chief Economist James Wooster added last week.

Furthermore, new BLS data released Tuesday indicates that New Jersey’s unemployment rate, currently at 5.1 percent, saw one of the largest drops in the nation over the past year.

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84 Responses to Blue skies ahead for NJ?

  1. anon (the good one) says:

    Thanks to the Donald, the Republican Party is over

  2. anon (the good one) says:

    regretfully, will no longer contribute

    As Wounded Warrior Project became a big name, it spent millions on things that seemed more lavish than appropriate

  3. Posts 1 & 2 argue well for a return to eugenics.

  4. D-FENS says:

    Megan Kelly looks pretty good in the GQ spread. She was 40 when the shoot took place.

  5. chicagofinance says:

    In a human centipede, which order would anon, pumpkin, and ottoman fit?

    Splat What Was He Thinking says:
    January 28, 2016 at 7:55 am
    Posts 1 & 2 argue well for a return to eugenics.

  6. chicagofinance says:

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    Here’s a role that could create some buzz.

    Thespians received a casting call notice for a role in Emily Blunt’s upcoming film, “The Girl on the Train.”

    “Male or Female N^de & Mast^rbating ($906),” read the notice seeking talent in a Friday audition. “Seeking the following . . . Male or Female, 20s-50s . . . Possibly interested in a heavy-set woman but all types can apply. Must Be Willing To Be Completely N^de On Camera And Simulating Mast^rbation. Only submit if you are comfortable with this type of situation.”

    The film follows a divorced woman who fantas!zes about a couple she sees in a house her train passes every day.

    The movie’s being shepherded by Steven Spielberg. The $906 pay is the union day rate for a “stunt performer.”

  7. D-FENS says:


    Wow, two candidates called last night and said they want to go to my event tonight at Drake University.

  8. Me Japanese
    Me play joke
    Me put $100K in my coat

    It’s not a blibe!

  9. Essex says:

    Chicks named Megan have a genetic predisposition toward derpiness.

  10. [from yesterday] grim – caveat – my single source is an NPR program from a couple days ago On this program they represented that it has nothing to do with either water supply but, rather, lack of testing required to add the proper anti-corrosive chemicals to the water supply that is correct for the source. That is, I believe, the right chemicals either lay down or preserve the coating (I forget which) on the “last mile” (actually last 100 yards) of lead piping that feed individual houses. Flint had previously been buying treated water from Detroit that had the correct “special sauce”. Now that they pushed the untreated/mistreated water through the pipes they have scoured away the coating on the lead pipes leading to the houses. Worse yet, they have no idea where the pipes are.

    This implies that the Flint river itself is polluted with heavy metals. This is incorrect, the metals are from the city’s water pipes downstream from the treatment plant. The river water is not less clean than that of Lake Huron in ways relevant to the water crisis. Nor is the river water corrosive, it is the chemicals added in the water treatment process that made it so.

  11. Grim says:

    It’s realistic that the bulk of the lead lines are the feed lines from the mains in the street to the individual homes.

    Which are owned by, and the responsibility of, the homeowners.

  12. Grim says:

    Not to mention the fact that the solder on the copper pipes in their walls is all lead as well.

    Again – responsibility of the homeowner.

    As well old brass fixtures, fittings, and valves, which all contained lead as well.

    Again – responsibility of the homeowner.

  13. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    Grim, you are letting facts and science get in the way of a leftist narrative. That is only permissible when used against a rightist narrative. Do I need to report you to the Ministry of Love for reeducation?

  14. grim says:

    I don’t even want to wager a guess at how many hundreds of billions of dollars would be required to remove all the lead from the plumbing in US homes. You would essentially need to gut every single home older than the mid 80s.

  15. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    [14] grim

    Shovel Ready? Never let a crisis go to waste.

  16. Essex says:

    14. Alex I’ll take ‘why people drink bottled water for 1000 please’….

  17. grim says:

    Why someone wouldn’t have a reverse osmosis system for drinking and cooking water is beyond me.

    You know what kind of shit they pump into the water? The treatment for the lead pipes is to pump in a shitload of orthophosphate? Awesome, so now instead of drinking lead, we drink a little bit less lead and fertilizer.

  18. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    [14] grim

    Realistically, I foresee some form of stimulus in the form of a tax credit. I also foresee an effort to try to get replacements covered under homeowners policies, which will lead to massive AG and class action suits against insurers, much like you saw after Katrina

  19. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    [17] grim

    Still considering an RO system. We are on well water here but I don’t entirely trust even that. What would make it especially attractive is if I can either get rid of my water softener altogether or if RO systems remove residual salt.

  20. grim says:

    I got a big kick out of the NPR piece on this where they interviewed migrants from latin america who were outraged about the issue … like the water in latin america isn’t chock full of heavy metals and chemicals lightyears beyond that the legal limits in the US are.

  21. grim says:

    Keep the softener on the main water supply, and use RO for drinking water. They work synergystically as the softener will remove some of the harder mineral ions that will reduce the efficiency of RO, and the RO membrane and other filters will last much longer. It doesn’t pay to RO your wash water, toilet water, sinks, showers, etc. You really sure you need a softener? Have your water tested by a third party. Besides, slightly hard water isn’t a big problem.

  22. grim says:

    18 – Never let a good crisis go to waste, I only wish I was part of the politically connected class that is going to benefit from this.

  23. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    Look to history as your guide. This isn’t a novel crisis,_D.C._drinking_water

  24. D-FENS says:

    The whole Flint Michigan water story blew up on twitter and social media when the mayor declared a state of emergency.

    In reality it was just a declaration that there is zero leadership in Flint and the mayor is incompetent.

  25. D-FENS says:

    Somehow I doubt that the typical Flint Michigan resident who can barely afford to pay their water bill, can also afford to install a Reverse Osmosis system.

  26. nwnj says:

    I disagree that Anon is the completely worthless bag of blood that nearly everyone thinks he is.

    He could be a great test subject for this Zika virus outbreak, he exhibits many of the traits such as limited cognitive ability and an abnormally small brain.

    Not to mention, he unintentionally made a good point today that I think a lot of people are missing. Trump right now is a change agent and disruptor and he should be recognized and applauded for that. If the current Republican party is dismantled, I don’t think the Democratic party in it’s current form will survive either.

    Hopefully it could be the start of a new centrist platform void of the extremists on each end.

  27. grim says:

    Interesting – FDA did a study in 2003 and stated it would cost $276 billion to replace the lead in the US water infrastructure. Adjust that for inflation and we’re talking about $357 billion in today’s dollars.

  28. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    [21] grim

    I had that thought re: efficiency. And it was suggested that I could replace the softener with a descaling system but I have to research that. Water here is pretty hard and acidic, which is an issue for brass fittings in plumbing system. Our water system also has pH balancer.

    My house has pex and a distribution box so individual lines branch off almost immediately. Would probably have to reconfigure dist if RO serves only drinking water lines but that isn’t a big deal.

  29. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    [25] DFENS

    You are missing the obvious—ObamaFilter

  30. D-FENS says:

    Just give them all free phones and tell them all to shut the fcuk up.

  31. Libturd on vacation through Tuesday beyatches says:

    “357 billion in today’s dollars.”

    Sounds an awful lot like NJ’s pension and healthcare liability. And remember, “Leader begins with Lead!”

  32. grim says:

    I love how this is made out to be some sort of political conspiracy in Flint…

    From the Record:

    Ridgewood officials: Lead is not in water supply

    “The water supply by Ridgewood Water does not have lead in it,” he continued. “Regulatory agencies require that water utilities test for lead by setting up worst-case scenarios at locations with increased risk such as those knowing to have lead service lines.”

    Ridgewood Water, during regular testing performed in June 2012, detected elevated lead levels in “drinking water found in some buildings.” Testing took place at high risk locations in the service area, which includes residential and commercial addresses in the village, Glen Rock, Midland Park and Wyckoff.

    According to Scheibner, Ridgewood Water was required to develop a treatment strategy to address the situation. Water officials are currently testing phosphate additives that remediate lead corrosion, which “effectively stops the leaching of lead into the water.”

    “This treatment provides other official benefits for the water system and has no negative health effects,” said Scheibner. “A permit to allow this treatment to be implemented permanently is pending with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Until this treatment plant is in full effect, residents can take one simple step to eliminate their exposure to lead in drinking water. Let the faucet run for several seconds before drawing water for cooking or drinking. If your service line is made of lead, run the water for a longer period to clear all the water from the service line.”

    According to Scheibner, out of Ridgewood Water’s 20,000 service lines, 158 of them are partially made out of lead. He also confirmed that the service lines going into schools in Ridgewood are not made of lead.

    “The water supplied by Ridgewood Water does not have lead in it,” Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld said in her letter, dated Jan. 5. Many homes that the water utility serves use plumbing materials and fixtures that “can leach lead into the water,” which might have been responsible for the spiked levels in 2012.

  33. grim says:

    here is pretty hard and acidic, which is an issue for brass fittings in plumbing system. Our water system also has pH balancer.

    You have a lead problem, seriously. You need to use a good RO on drinking water. Old brass is upwards of 8-10% lead.

  34. grim says:

    From the Record:

    Midland Park critical of lead remediation by Ridgewood Water

    Councilman Mark Braunius also grilled the representatives about the piping infrastructure.

    “Our pipes are cast iron and not lead,” said Scheibner. “The water that comes out of our facility is lead-free.”

    Braunius asked about pipes “under the roadway.”

    “If your monitoring shows that a pipe on Godwin Avenue has lead, would you replace it or line the supply line to correct the situation?” Braunius asked. “What in your system is contributing to the increase in lead?”

    “There is 275 miles of pipe in four townships,” said Calbi — which include Wyckoff, Glen Rock and Ridgewood. “The lead leeching into the water is not from us. It is happening where it is stagnant in the home.”

    Braunius said he would prefer a “permanent fix.”

    “I would rather you replace every lead pipe,” he said “You are putting a Band-Aid on a major cut.”

    Scheibner said homes built prior to 1930 may have lead supply lines into the home.

    “We have records on many addresses and would be able to tell you if your supply line is made of lead piping,” he said.

    Scheibner maintained that the lead leeching in the water supply is a residential issue.

    “Your indoor plumbing and faucets may contain lead and when water sits in the pipe, it becomes contaminated,” said Scheibner. “Even those faucets that claim to be lead-free are not.”

    Scheibner said homeowners should “never use hot water from the tap,” as it picks up lead easily, but should always run the water for ” a few seconds” prior to using to flush the stagnant water from the pipes.

  35. Fast Eddie says:

    “The water supply by Ridgewood Water does not have lead in it”

    Omg, the prestigious, haughty and pristine community of Ridgewood must be in a state of horror just with the assumption alone! That 725K piece of sh1t just got reduced by 100K.

  36. Libturd on vacation through Tuesday beyatches says:

    We had the same lead issues in Montclair years ago Grim. All of the lead was determined to have come from the solder joints in many of the old houses. I always read the water testing reports that the town issues every two years. I also drink tap water unfiltered. Honestly, I would be more concerned about the crap that’s in processed foods than what comes out the faucet.

  37. Fast Eddie says:

    And Wyckoff and Glen Rock is included? Omg, sound the alarm, no one is insulated!!

  38. grim says:

    There are dozens of similar examples in NJ – I posted that because the Flint issue is being poised as some kind of malicious intent against the poor and minorities.

  39. Fast Eddie says:

    I also drink tap water unfiltered. Honestly, I would be more concerned about the crap that’s in processed foods than what comes out the faucet.

    Yes and yes.

  40. grim says:

    36 – All those “vintage” brass fixtures from the early 1900s, you know, the ones with “character”. You might as well be sucking on a battery.

  41. D-FENS says:

    It’s safest to re-hydrate with a cold tall boy budweiser.

  42. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    [33] grim

    The Pex system here isn’t very old. Probably not more than 8-10 years at most. Papers on the distribution block were dated 2007. There are brass elbows, bibs, and fittings although very few of those because the individual lines coming off the block go straight to fixtures , meaning there aren’t additional connectors between the block and the end fixture. I’m told that the pH balancer was likely installed to prevent corrosion to those elbows, bibs and fittings, and given what I know of the work that went into this place by prior owners, and what I learned of them from neighbors, they probably tested to determine what they needed. I periodically test the water for pH and it is on the acidic side

  43. grim says:

    Maybe our resident plumber can chime in, but I think the key date is 2014 for a more realistic “lead free”.

  44. Ragnar says:

    Grim, 27
    Adjust for typical government underestimating of large project costs by rounding up to 1 trillion.

  45. Ragnar says:

    “Extremists” is a slur invented by those with an interest in preserving the status quo. George Washington, Madison, Adams, Paine and so forth were huge “extremists” of their time. Without them you’d be buggered by your headmaster at 10 and sipping tea through your rotten teeth by 40, and talking about Queens and princes every day.

  46. leftwing says:

    “I don’t even want to wager a guess at how many hundreds of billions of dollars would be required to remove all the lead from the plumbing in US homes. You would essentially need to gut every single home older than the mid 80s.”

    Over or under the amount to retrofit every residence with a sprinkler system?

    If it saves even one life!!!!!

  47. grim says:

    Not sure why the US government has any responsibility for the plumbing and fixtures inside a private residence.

  48. 1987 Condo says:


  49. nwnj says:


    Loaded term for sure but it only take cursory look to find an element(1%, neocons, Sharpton, etc.) among each party who hijack the platform consistently for their own ends to the detriment of the majority.

    Any new potential political alignment would have no use for them which is why they’ll use everything within their power to maintain status quo.

  50. The Great Pumpkin says:

    “Has the world entered a period in which economies simply won’t grow at the rate they once did? Radical as the thought may seem, it might not be radical enough.

    A few years ago, the economist Larry Summers stirred much debate when he suggested that the anemic growth of recent years might not be just a temporary affliction, and might have little to do with the 2008 financial crisis. Instead, he surmised, it could reflect secular stagnation — a new normal of low consumption and lagging growth stemming from accumulated household debts and rising inequality, among other factors. In different terms, considering the impacts of technological innovations, economist Robert Gordon has been arguing for much the same conclusion.

    For two decades now, a lesser-known group of mostly German economists has been making a more extreme argument: that the standard model of exponential growth — in which an economy can be expected to expand by a given percent every year, no matter how big it gets — is fundamentally flawed. Rather, these economists claim that while exponential growth fits some young economies, mature economies tend, as a rule, to grow much more slowly — in a linear way, meaning that the percentage growth rate would constantly decline.

    The latter view has gained support from a new study, in which a team of European economists and statisticians looked at data on the economic development of 18 mature economies, including the U.S. and most major European nations, from 1960 to 2013 (they started at 1960 to avoid the effects of World War II). They found that the data on growth in gross domestic product per capita fit best, statistically speaking, with a linear model. For only two countries did the exponential work better, and then only barely. In other words, linear growth — in which mature economies add less new activity (in per capita, percentage terms) each year — is the empirical norm.

    If the finding holds up, then today’s economics may stand in need of some serious conceptual change. As the authors of the new study note, an awful lot of conventional economic analysis rests on the unquestioned assumption of exponential growth. Governments, for example, rely on it when they decide how much money they need in their social security funds, or when summing up the costs and benefits of any proposed project, including measures to mitigate climate change. If growth isn’t exponential, the discounting procedures used habitually in such analyses make no sense at all, and standard economics systematically undervalues the future.

    Moreover, the idea of exponential growth rests at the core of essentially all modern theories of growth – theories purporting to explain how capital, labor and technology combine to increase productivity. How valuable can such concepts be if they don’t even get the basic observed pattern of growth right?

    Perhaps Summers and Gordon are correct that the fast growth seen over the past couple centuries was a unique, unparalleled episode, and that future growth will be much slower. Although the new study doesn’t get into the specific drivers of linear growth, it’s consistent with their conclusion.

    Paradoxically, a slowing trend could actually be good news, even if humans will have difficulty getting used to it. Due to explosive growth, it will soon take nearly two planet Earths to support the world population sustainably at average resource-consumption levels. We don’t actually have two Earths, so growth should probably slow. If it’s already doing so, that may actually be a relief.”

  51. I’m amazed Sharpton hasn’t been ‘disappeared’ by now.

  52. Splat [52];

    I guess the topic hasn’t come up at any of Sharpton’s visits to the White House.

    People Jailed for Owing Less Taxes Than Al Sharpton

  53. Hughesrep says:


    Yep, Jan 1 2014.

    Longer response disappeared.

  54. Juice Box says:

    Back in the 70s Bronx we used to eat lead paint chips peeling off all the walls in our apartment buildings for snacks.

  55. anon (the good one) says:

    yes, you are fukced in more ways than one.

    insiders, oligarchs, extremist and fundamentalist will self-destruct unless they quickly get behind the Donald. it will be very, very funny

    btw, y’all fail to realize that Bernie ain’t Nader, he’ll step out and the right moment. and about that Clinton fatigue? it will promptly go out the window once the Donald gets the nomination. you are fukced indeed

    nwnj says:
    January 28, 2016 at 9:25 am
    I disagree that Anon is the completely worthless bag of blood that nearly everyone thinks he is.

    He could be a great test subject for this Zika virus outbreak, he exhibits many of the traits such as limited cognitive ability and an abnormally small brain.

    Not to mention, he unintentionally made a good point today that I think a lot of people are missing. Trump right now is a change agent and disruptor and he should be recognized and applauded for that. If the current Republican party is dismantled, I don’t think the Democratic party in it’s current form will survive either.

    Hopefully it could be the start of a new centrist platform void of the extremists on each end.

  56. Fast Eddie says:

    Thanks to the Donald, the Republican Party is over

    And the f.ucking retarded democrat party was done 30 years ago. You think your side cares about you and the pusillanimous ideas floating around in your zika virus infected head? LMAO!!

  57. Essex says:

    Donald Trump’s success in the presidential race remains somewhat mystifying.

    How has he managed to not only lead the Republican primary, but sustain his lead?

    And what, exactly, about the Republican Party has allowed him to rise to the top?

    We read an interesting theory on the state of the Republican Party written on Facebook by someone who asked to be characterized as a former conservative activist who has worked in Republican primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    We got permission to excerpt some of it as long as we didn’t identify the person who wrote it. This person didn’t want to get in trouble at work.

    In short, this person said, the Republican Party had been a stool supported by three legs: national defense, free-market economics, and social values.

    But the person said that thanks mostly to President George W. Bush, the party has failed on the first two legs. The country has shifted significantly on the last one, and there’s nothing a Republican candidate can do to change it.

    As a result the Republican Party is in disarray, and Trump is taking advantage.

    Here’s the full explanation:

    Ronald Reagan used to describe the Republican Party as a kind of three-part coalition. Each part was primarily motivated by its pet issue: national defense, free-market economics, traditional values. Together these comprised a “three-legged stool” that supported the party. Saw off any of the legs and the stool collapsed–taking the party down with it.

    Trump makes no sense when viewed through this lens. He doesn’t know enough about foreign policy to count as being strong on national defense. He’s not a free-markets guy at all. No one would mistake him for a social conservative.

    So how can he be so popular? How can he stand so tall without any legs of the stool? I think the answer is that the stool is gone. All three legs have been ground to dust. Donald Trump is just the first candidate to realize this.

    Let’s look at each leg of the stool and see what happened.

    National Defense. The disastrous, useless, forever wars of the Bush administration shattered the illusion that GOP Hawks were safe hands in which to trust our defense. Even still, the standard Republican answer to threats is to repeat the failed strategies of the past. Invade, bomb, brag, bluster. No thanks.

    In other words, voting Republican won’t make us safer.

    Free market economics. The financial crisis, the Wall Street bailout and the auto bailout all happened under a Republican presidency. So it’s clear the GOP isn’t actually committed to free market economics. Instead, it appears to be committed to free market sounding policies whose actual effect has been the destruction of American manufacturing, the erosion of labor’s wage, the stagnation of the middle class and the growth of a plutocracy of the ultra wealthy. No thanks.

    Voting Republican doesn’t keep the government from meddling in the economy or create widespread prosperity.

    Social values. This was the latest one to go. It died the day the Supreme Court of the United States, comprised of six GOP Justices, ruled that the constitution requires legal recognition of gay marriage. This ended to decades long delusion that conservatives might overturn Roe v Wade or successfully defend traditional marriage, family values, religious liberty.

    Voting GOP won’t accomplish any of the goals of social conservatives.

    Reagan’s stool was wobbly for years. Now it is gone.

    Donald Trump is what comes after the GOP’s claim to the mantles of national defense, free markets and traditional values are demonstrated to be frauds and failures.

  58. NJT says:

    I always vote for the third party candidate. This time it’ll be Trump.

    *I still want those hats (“Make America Great Again”). Maybe if a bunch of kids write to him (regular ‘snail mail’) he’ll send us a few.

    C’mon duck (Donald).

    Anyway it’ll all be the same but…hey, it’s fun for kiddies and they’ll have a momento (I have Kennedy and Tricky Dick buttons…along with Woodstock tickets and the flag – yes, it’s worth a small fortune.

  59. D-FENS says:

    I would call Trump a free market/pro business nationalist who leans libertarian on social issues.

    The president of the United States can be pro free markets…but still must negotiate trade deals that serve the interest of the United States first.

  60. chicagofinance says:

    Visit to Disney (clot Edition):

    PARIS – French police arrested a man carrying two handguns at the Disneyland Paris amusement park outside Paris on Thursday, an Interior Ministry official said.

    A police source said the 28-year-old man of European origin had been carrying the two guns, including an automatic handgun, concealed in a bag that also contained a copy of the Koran religious text.

    A woman who had been accompanying the man was also arrested, the source said.

    France remains in a state of emergency since Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in a series of jihadist attacks in and near Paris in November.

    A spokeswoman for Euro Disney, which runs the amusement park and whose main shareholder is U.S.-based Walt Disney Co., had no immediate information to offer about the incident.

    The man was unknown to police prior to the incident and his bag set off a security alarm as he went through a metal detector at the park’s New York Hotel, the police source said.

  61. nwnj says:

    Anon is the only one here who is truly fcuked. He has to look himself in the mirror everyday and it’s something he’ll never escape. Vindictive as hell, he seeks retribution through the empty promises that politicians make him.

    Hope and change loser.

  62. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    [57] twidiot

    “once the Donald gets the nomination. you are fukced indeed”

    Especially if the D’s take the WH as a result. We truly will be fcuked indeed

  63. Comrade Nom Deplume, back at sea level says:

    [63] nwnj

    I am comforted by the fact that while anon’s candidate may win, his life won’t improve as a result.

  64. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Economics is littered with problems. You make a good product that lasts and is cheap, and you destroy the economy. There has to be a better way of doing things that allow for the efficient use of our resources. Economy should not be hurt by products that last a lifetime. Then again, if they last a lifetime, it will kill innovation. What’s the right answer? It’s so damn complicated.

  65. Fabius Maximus says:


    So you are giving the Flint administration a pass because the project could have been completed successfully? They have no accountability in your eyes?
    Will you give the NJ pension admins the same pass as they could have invested in products that didn’t lose money?

  66. Fabius Maximus says:

    #63(previous thread) Chi

    Can you stop posting Koch puff pieces.

  67. Ragnar says:

    Moron, 67

    Remember that free Economics in One Lesson Book from Hazlitt? Please look up the chapter on the broken windows fallacy and start making an attempt to think.

    Harley’s problem is that their core customer base is getting old and dying, and their product isn’t attracting enough new buyers to take their place. The real problem is substitution – people are spending their leisure and recreation money on other things.
    Back when Harleys were falling apart all the time due to poor quality in the 1970s, it threatened to kill sales altogether.

    You don’t see people writing articles about Hondas being “too reliable” to allow it to grow.

  68. Libturd on vacation through Tuesday beyatches says:

    Trump is indeed an interesting person. He was a regular guest on the Howard Stern Show and was always extremely likable egoist. He was always brutally honest and always told great stories. He was that rich guy that made you feel like he was one of your peers. Much like Ellen Degeneres became that person that all of those housewives in middle America could claim as their first lesb1an friend. Though, what really surprised me about Trump, was that he ran as a Republican. I have no clue as to which party he aligned himself with (if any) prior to this run, but if I were to guess, he definitely was far left on social issues such as abortion. Heck, I remember him and Howard talking about his support of a woman’s right to choose. So how come he came out as a Republican? I guess because he’s an opportunist. He knew he wouldn’t gain any traction in the academic/intellectual left so he went to where he had a real shot. Though I’m still dumbfounded why he wants to be President in the first place. Ego, I suppose. None the less, it really speaks loudly to how in disarray the Rs really are. I know the younger Bush sucked pretty badly, but I didn’t realize his damage would be everlasting to the party. We are just now seeing many Dems admit that Obama has been a pretty weak president. Admittedly, it is difficult to speak out against him in fear of being labeled a racist, much like speaking out against Hillary labels you a woman hater. And once Bernie hits the forefront (and I think he will), you will be labeled an anti-Semite by those who formerly fawned over Hillary. You look at the Oscar flack occurring and perhaps the reason blacks have not been highly represented with awards has less to do with racism and more to do with the fact that black films tend to resemble Big Momma’s House and Straight Outta Compton, which are hardly a reward winning genre.

    This country has simply become pussified!

    There’s this one guy I work with who is an absolute disaster of an employee. Not only is he completely incompetent, but he lies, brags and is like a cancer on any team which he becomes a part of. He is now on his third job title since joining the company. All of his managers have tried to get rid of him, but HR is afraid of the lawsuits that most likely would occur if he was ever terminated. Probably even more than the lawsuits, they fear for the negative impression it might have on our business. So he gets to stay. So much for White privilege. If this employee was white, he would have never even been given a second job title.

    It is truly a strange world we are living in today. I think Trump represents that resentment that we have swung too far into the anti-bullying camp. Or at least, that is what he is making believe he represents. Quite frankly, I don’t trust a guy born with money who made it grow mainly through taking advantage of our countries liberal pro business (or pro uberwealthy) bankruptcy laws.

    I hope some of this made some sense. :P

  69. The Great JerzyCarnac says:

    #71 Libturd, You make sense, it just hard to put “the feelings” into words.

    Using movies to make the feeling exuberant.

    Is something that has the “Gran Torino” moral message, a bit of of Star Trek 2009 – Opening scene where Kirk’s father kamikaze himself to save 800+ people. With the solution being Logan’s Run, otherwise it will end in Soylent Green.

    Picture the following two different examples. Names, Political parties and locations not mentioned to protect the guilty. Both are political machines with favors, pay to play and mutual back scratching.

    Political boss A, is autocratic, has many highly paid hacks under him. But expects in storms like the one we just had a week ago, all highly paid hacks from all agencies he controls to show up at the local Public Works and man up a truck to plow the street, he does not care if you are a principal or a police captain.

    Political boss B, is autocratic, has many highly paid hacks under him. But expects all hacks to constantly put in no particular order the party, the party donors, his ideological viewpoint, facts, above the public duty – whether it leads to decade long useless wars, close busy river bridges or poisoned water system.

    The political boss A is below, very funny.

  70. D-FENS says:

    I think if trump drank, he would be JJ.

  71. grim says:

    So you are giving the Flint administration a pass because the project could have been completed successfully? They have no accountability in your eyes?

    Let me get this straight, you think the administration should take entire blame for engineering decisions that were made 100 years ago, and perfectly legal at the time?

    The politicization of the issue is predicated on an incredibly lay misinterpretation of the actual situation.

  72. chicagofinance says:

    Funeral (jj Edition):

    A British family mourning the loss of a young father and his infant son were horrified when graphic p0rn was accidentally played instead of a memorial video at his funeral.

    Hundreds of mourners had gathered Wednesday at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff, a port city in Wales, to say goodbye to 33-year-old Simon Lewis and his newborn boy, Simon Lewis Jr., after they were killed on New Year’s Eve in a head-on car crash.

    The priest hit play on what was supposed to be a tribute to Lewis’ life, but instead “very loud” s5xual moans from a hard-core p0rn video filled the church.

    “I look at my congregation instead of the TV screen, but when I heard this noise and members of the congregation moving towards the screen, I realized something was wrong,” the Rev. Lionel Fanthrope told the Telegraph.

    “Members of the family were very distressed and Simon’s father-in-law was desperately upset,” he added.

    Church staff tried to shut off the s5x tape, but had a lot of trouble.

    “It took them nearly four minutes to turn it off,” a grieving friend told the Telegraph. “People couldn’t believe what they were seeing.”

    The church is conducting an “urgent investigation” into its TV system, trying to determine what turned the solemn ceremony into a smutty scandal.

  73. The Great Pumpkin says:

    The professor, A.D. Amar, told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday that he has been surprised at how many Indian-Americans in the area — many former Democrats —are backing Trump, the billionaire businessman from New York City and former Atlantic City ca$ino tycoon who has been the Republican front-runner for six months.

    “The amount of interest I’m getting is really mind-boggling,” Amar said.

  74. Essex says:

    77. well, then he has the thing cinched. we can all go home.

  75. leftwing says:

    “There’s this one guy I work with who is an absolute disaster of an employee. Not only is he completely incompetent, but he lies, brags and is like a cancer on any team which he becomes a part of.”

    LOL, we used to promote the idiots quickly, diagonally (up and over). With most of comp variable they never really hurt the P&L, and the quicker they got to a position where their incredible weakness was apparent the easier to zero bonus them and get them the fcuk out.

    Funny as hell writing the year end reviews when you knew the guy had a transfer pending. Reading it, you would think they were part of the Manhattan Project.

  76. the Original NJ ExPat says:

    I’ll ask the question that everyone wants to ask, but won’t:

    Did Megyn Kelly lose weight and dress like a wh0re because she hoped The Donald would call her one, or is she just bat-sh1t insane? (false eyelashes? Jesus Christ, has anyone seen them that big before?)

  77. the Original NJ ExPat says:

    Oh yeah, Cruz video interstitial? OMG, What did they have waiting for Trump that he was smart enough to elude?

  78. Fabius Maximus says:

    #74 Grim

    “engineering decisions that were made 100 years ago”

    That’s not the issue, that’s just a variable in the project. As you pointed out yourself, the project was achievable. The issue is that the project fcuked up royally.
    My number one rule of management is that while you can delegate work, you cannot delegate accountability.

  79. Fabius Maximus says:

    #71 Lib

    Here is what the right wing are throwing at Trump.

    Remember the Dems haven’t really started on him yet.
    I’ll still hold with the call that Trump is done by Super Tuesday. I don’t think Iowa is settled. As someone pointed out in here with Bernie, he has to convert support into new boots on the ground.
    I will admit that there is a fair chance I am proved wrong as brand Trump is not a normal campaign.

  80. Fabius Maximus says:


    That guy had a point, they are too darn high!

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