Great news: Service industry now slowing down, too

posted at 4:05 pm on August 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management reported a significant drop in its measure for manufacturing activity in a first glance at economic performance in the third quarter of 2011.  Today, ISM follows up that report with another that shows another significant drop in non-manufacturing activity as their services index fell to a low not seen since February 2010.  Reuters found this rather surprising:

The pace of growth in the services sector ticked down unexpectedly in July to the lowest level since February 2010, while the number of jobs created by the private sector also slowed, separate reports showed on Wednesday.

The Institute for Supply Management said its services index fell to 52.7 last month from 53.3 in June. The reading fell shy of economists’ forecasts for 53.6, according to a Reuters survey. …

“It is slightly weaker than expected, most of the key gauges were down. It looks like this confirms that we are in a bit of a soft patch here,” said Rudy Narvas, senior economist at Societe Generale in New York.

ISM considers this still a growth reading, albeit at a lower rate.  But their respondents don’t see growth continuing for very much longer:

The NMI registered 52.7 percent in July, 0.6 percentage point lower than the 53.3 percent registered in June, and indicating continued growth at a slower rate in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 2.7 percentage points to 56.1 percent, reflecting growth for the 24th consecutive month and at a faster rate than in June. The New Orders Index decreased by 1.9 percentage points to 51.7 percent. The Employment Index decreased 1.6 percentage points to 52.5 percent, indicating growth in employment for the 11th consecutive month, but at a slower rate than in June. The Prices Index decreased 4.3 percentage points to 56.6 percent, indicating that prices increased at a slower rate in July when compared to June. According to the NMI, 13 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in July. Respondents’ comments remain mixed; however, for the most part they indicate that business conditions are flattening out.

The 13 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in July based on the NMI composite index — listed in order — are: Transportation & Warehousing; Mining; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Accommodation & Food Services; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Retail Trade; Public Administration; Educational Services; Information; Finance & Insurance; Other Services; and Wholesale Trade. The five industries reporting contraction in July are: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Utilities; and Construction.

Their employment index dropped as well after two months of mild increases.  Supplier deliveries slowed for the third straight month, while backlogs, exports, and imports all turned negative.  Of the industries reporting contraction in July, the most obvious is construction, which has been hammered for the last three years, while the most surprising might be health care and “social assistance.”  Health care has been a growing industry even during the recession and supposed recovery, and the passage of ObamaCare made it seem like a lock for consistent growth.

With Friday’s jobless number pending, the employment index is perhaps the most interesting.  The ISM service report shows a mildly positive figure, but lower than in June — when only 18,000 jobs got added to the economy.  The ISM manufacturing report showed a steeper drop from June of 6.4 points to a figure slightly higher than the services report.  Either way, it looks like another anemic hiring report will arrive Friday morning, or perhaps worse.  The market expectations of 85,000 new jobs added seems hopelessly optimistic.

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“It is slightly weaker than expected, most of the key gauges were down. It looks like this confirms that we are in a bit of a soft patch here,” said Rudy Narvas, senior economist at Societe Generale in New York.

a BIT….of a ….SOFT PATCH?

really?

ted c on August 3, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Yeah, but Obama’s birthday in on Friday, so we’ll have plenty of opportunity to hear about that instead.

Why are you such a buzzkill?

catmman on August 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM

The pace of growth in the services sector ticked down unexpectedly in July to the lowest level since February 2010, while the number of jobs created by the private sector also slowed, separate reports showed on Wednesday.

Whoop, there it is!

carbon_footprint on August 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Can’t wait for election night.

“Obama has unexpectedly lost Ohio.”
“Obama, unexpectedly, loses Florida.”
Etc.

carbon_footprint on August 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

The market expectations of 85,000 new jobs added seems hopelessly optimistic.

that’s not even half of what we need to create in order to just keep up with the additions to the workforce…

ted c on August 3, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Can’t wait for election night.

“Obama has unexpectedly lost Ohio.”
“Obama, unexpectedly, loses Florida.”
Etc.

carbon_footprint on August 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Watch the first 30 seconds of this….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsDe-8cOSYY&feature=related

nostalgia.

ted c on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

“Obama has unexpectedly lost Ohio.”
“Obama, unexpectedly, loses Florida.”
Etc.

carbon_footprint on August 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

So long as y’all don’t nominate Bachmann or Palin, you’re probably right.

ernesto on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

America may be one-third of the way through a lost decade — or worse, toward a lost national identity. So, Republicans have their 2012 theme: “Is this the best we can do?”

ernesto, it’s schadenfreudig to watch you.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:15 PM

So long as y’all don’t nominate Bachmann or Palin, you’re probably right.

ernesto on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

heck ernie; at the right your fella is going, we could nominate a “generic republican candidate” and run Allahpundit’s sex doll in the debates and BHO would be lucky to pull 40%….keep hope alive tho’!

ted c on August 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM

I see a lot of unexpectedlies in our near future.

Cindy Munford on August 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Support in the rust belt gone.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

The pace of growth in the services sector ticked down unexpectedly in July

Do they know what unexpected means, or do they think it means something else?

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Friday’s uemployment numbers will be “unexpectedly” high, then they will be adjusted a week later to higher.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:19 PM

carbon_footprint on August 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Voice and demeanor of Howard Dean

“…and NM, and NV, and WA, OR, oh nooooo CA and HI. Obama thought he was Reagan but I didn’t know this is what the folks thought he meant”

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM

McJobs only last long enough for workers to re-qualify for unemployment benefits.

BKeyser on August 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Meanwhile, in Dickinson ND, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, etc. are hiring at $16 an hour.
‘Course there ain’t no place to live there, but if you can find a place to pitch a tent…

Badger40 on August 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Looks like I’m going to get another haircut when the market opens Friday after this great jobs report come out. I look like I did fresh out of Marine boot, I’ve had three haircuts in the last 2 weeks.

MJZZZ on August 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Layoffs at 16 months high but Obama promises to “do something about jobs”, meh.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:24 PM

So long as y’all don’t nominate Bachmann or Palin, you’re probably right.

ernesto on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Yeah! Let’s re-elect Obama, and get 4 more years of this fun. Gawd… do you really support this crap? Is it your dream to watch your country get flushed down to hell?

capejasmine on August 3, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Service Industry…hamburger flippers hardest hit…

Now even the crappy jobs are disappearing…

PatriotRider on August 3, 2011 at 4:25 PM

The pace of growth in the services sector ticked down unexpectedly in July to the lowest level since February 2010…

They should have an Unexpected Convention where all these brain dead economists and MSM types can stand around staring at each other with surprised looks on their faces.

RadClown on August 3, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Yeah! Let’s re-elect Obama, and get 4 more years of this fun. Gawd… do you really support this crap? Is it your dream to watch your country get flushed down to hell?

capejasmine on August 3, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Social justice. At any price.

Badger40 on August 3, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Thank God for the “terrorists”, er, the Tea Party folks.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Yet, ‘Obama won the debt ceiling issue and he’s a lock for re-election because this bad report is also due to the terrorist Tea Party.’ Seriously is it simple denial that is making Dems and Tea Party hating Repubs say this kind of stuff or is there some deeper, more complex form of mental illness going on? RSVP professional head shrinkers.

JimP on August 3, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Friday…9.4%

PatriotRider on August 3, 2011 at 4:27 PM

nostalgia.

ted c on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

That was great…

OmahaConservative on August 3, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Many Americans tuned out the debt-limit debate, particularly its more arcane aspects involving a credit-rating downgrade and the possibility of default — but the lack of jobs, the country’s meager economic growth and risk of another recession is something no one can or will ignore.

Which is why more people will be tuning into the growth battle — and be more outraged when little gets accomplished.

Until Nov. 2012 this will be front and center, to ernesto and Obama’s dismay.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

nostalgia.

ted c on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Funny how the GOP was blue on that map and the Dems were red…

PatriotRider on August 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Sounds like Barry ought to send his Justice Dept. thugs after this Institute for Supply Management. Knock some sense into them.

John the Libertarian on August 3, 2011 at 4:32 PM

So long as y’all don’t nominate Bachmann or Palin, you’re probably right.

ernesto on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

The nominee won’t matter. It could be “Ham Sandwich” and HeHimself will lose anyway. Whole lotta folks get behind that curtain without fear of being called a racist and watch the results….

Tim Zank on August 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Come on Ed, don’t wait for the obvious to happen! Get out in front of this thing. There is no recovery. There hasn’t been any recovery, and fit is awfully close to the shan. You know, the DJIA broke the 12,000 mark. People are pulling their cash. Walmart sales are down. Walmart, Ed!

But hey, on the bright side, Chevy sold another 100 Volts.

j_galt on August 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM

ernesto, it’s schadenfreudig to watch you.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Schadenfreudelicious!

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 4:37 PM

The little nut Robert Reich is calling for an FDR-style and scale WPA to put people to work on gummint jobs. Digging holes and then filling in the holes I suppose.

slickwillie2001 on August 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I hear there are openings for Experienced Community Organizers…. They’re holding a slot open for Obama because he’s going to:

A. Implode on live TV
B. Have a meltdown on The View
C. Feign illness and step down

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Crux for Obama

“The public is mostly in favor of raising taxes on the rich — though I suspect its support is pretty soft — but on the bigger issues they mostly aren’t on our side. They think deficits are bad, they don’t trust Keynesian economics, they don’t want a higher IRS bill (who does, after all?), and they believe the federal government is spending too much on stuff they don’t really understand. Conservatives have just flat out won this debate in recent decades.”

Conservatives have indeed dominated the debate over the liberal welfare state in recent years because the facts are on their side. According to the program’s 2011 annual report, Social Security added $46 billion to this year’s deficit and will add $9.1 trillion to the national debt over the long term. Medicare was also in the red by $66 billion this year and will add $24.6 trillion to the debt over the same period. Income tax rates for all Americans would have to double to cover this level of spending. No wonder Americans are turning against the welfare state.

Americans aren’t alone in realizing the welfare state is unsustainable even with confiscatory levels of taxation. The London Telegraph’s Toby Young puts the debt ceiling deal in a European context: “To focus on the Tea Party is to ignore the tectonic political shift that’s taken place, not just in America but across Europe. The majority of citizens in nearly all the world’s most developed countries simply aren’t prepared to tolerate the degree of borrowing required to sustain generous welfare programs any longer.” The key question in the days ahead is what should replace the liberal welfare state as America recovers her financial sanity.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Based on these numbers, as well as others, JP Morgan has just cut its Q3 forecast from 2.5% to 1.5%:

For some time now we have been highlighting downside risks to our already below-consensus growth forecasts. Given some recent developments, we feel compelled to lower our projection for GDP over the next four quarters…In addition, early survey measures suggest activity may have stalled amid the debt ceiling rancor. Because of this we are lowering our Q3 GDP forecast from 2.5% to 1.5%.

Remember, the CBO is projecting 3.5% for the 2012. Obama’s former OMB reworked the numbers assuming 2% to 2.5% GDP, which gave a horrible debt to GDP ratio. Well, now it looks as though the former OMB’s numbers were too high. We’ll be lucky if we average 1% to 1.5% growth in 2012. This means our debt to GDP ratio is going to grow…and fast. Which will mean downgrade. Which will mean bad stuff, man, bad stuff.

Weight of Glory on August 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

The little nut Robert Reich is calling for an FDR-style and scale WPA to put people to work on gummint jobs. Digging holes and then filling in the holes I suppose.

slickwillie2001 on August 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

That’s he and Krugmans’ answer, print funny money at the mint to pay people for “make work” and it’ll just last forever..

Tim Zank on August 3, 2011 at 4:43 PM

“Obama has unexpectedly lost Ohio.”
“Obama, unexpectedly, loses Florida.”
Etc.

carbon_footprint on August 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

So long as y’all don’t nominate Bachmann or Palin, you’re probably right.

ernesto on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

In which case, whoever it is will continue to carry on the grand GOP tradition of caving to the Democrats.

Viva incrementalismo!!!!!

fossten on August 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Gee, unexpectedly. There’s that word again.

hachiban on August 3, 2011 at 4:44 PM

And that Wasserman Schultz “lady” is today touting that the economy is getting better and better each day? And Obama is gonna focus, really focus on jobs….again.

Obama’s going to focus? (Seems he has been for quite a while already.)

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 4:45 PM

PatriotRider on August 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Using NATO Blue for states won by Democrats and Warsaw Pact Red for Republicans didn’t happen until November 2000, IIRC.

Al in St. Lou on August 3, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Meanwhile, in Dickinson ND, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, etc. are hiring at $16 an hour.
‘Course there ain’t no place to live there, but if you can find a place to pitch a tent…

Badger40 on August 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Wow, that’s not bad!

Bet those wages make the Head Bean Counter in Charge cringe every time he signs off on the payroll…”If only we could set up our restaurants in China and serve the food over here…hmmmm…must…be…a…way…”

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM

The pace of growth in the services sector ticked down unexpectedly (DRINK!) in July to the lowest level since February 2010…

Haiku Guy on August 3, 2011 at 4:53 PM

And that Wasserman Schultz “lady” is today touting that the economy is getting better and better each day? And Obama is gonna focus, really focus on jobs….again.

Obama’s going to focus? (Seems he has been for quite a while already.)

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 4:45 PM

If he keeps “pivoting to jobs” he might break an ankle. What’s this, the 8th pivot?

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Two Fools, Sharpton and DWS. Oh, and both are “not a lady” either.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 4:56 PM

President Pivot Man.

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Yeah, but Obama’s birthday is on Friday, so we’ll have plenty of opportunity to hear about that instead.

Why are you such a buzzkill?

catmman on August 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM

The party’s tonight at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and his birthday is actually tomorrow, Thursday.

BTW ~

It has been reported that one of the Aragon Ballroom owners, Luis Rossi who formerly owned LaRaza – a Spanish-language newspaper, may have political connection to Obama.

Fallon on August 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Look at the practically deserted beaches in Myrtle Beach, SC…in the middle of Summer!

SouthernGent on August 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Luis Rossi who formerly owned LaRaza – a Spanish-language newspaper, may have political connection to Obama???

Fallon on August 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM

May have? Surely, you jest. May have??? Is a Smurf’s butt blue?

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 5:06 PM

So long as y’all don’t nominate Bachmann or Palin, you’re probably right.

ernesto on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

You really hate women, don’t you?

Yeah, Huntsman, McCotter, Roemer and Gingrich would be an automatic win for the Republicans. *eye roll*

Misogyny is alive and well in the Democratic Party.

Fallon on August 3, 2011 at 5:07 PM

President Pivot Man.

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

You could make an “action” figure out of that… Like one of those old ballerina jewelry boxes. Pivot! Pivot! Pivot! Dress him in a pink tutu and watch the sales skyrocket. The tune should be I want your money

A nice trinket for any RNC event.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 5:08 PM

You really hate women, don’t you?

Yeah, Huntsman, McCotter, Roemer and Gingrich would be an automatic win for the Republicans. *eye roll*

Misogyny is alive and well in the Democratic Party.

Fallon on August 3, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Eh, give Ernesto a break. He doesn’t like Bachmann or Palin. He fears them.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 5:10 PM

THE 10 PERCENT SOLUTION

DEMAND A 10 PERCENT CUT IN ALL FEDERAL BUDGETS AND CONGRESSIONAL SALARIES IMMEDIATELY.

POST THIS EVERYWHERE

IlonaE on August 3, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Action figure? Mmmm, no. (Adult toy? Perhaps.)

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Action figure? Mmmm, no. (Adult toy? Perhaps.)

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Errrr, no. No, no, no. That’s why I put “action” in quotes. Gahhhh you have ruined my anticipated night of peaceful sleep. I slap you with the wet noodle of doom.

Gahhhh.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 5:12 PM

President Pivot Man.

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Relax the neck

Fallon on August 3, 2011 at 5:13 PM

SouthernGent on August 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM

That’s scary bad.

Fallon on August 3, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM

ND is on a roll. All that oil drilling activity/jobs plus they have exploited lower college tuition for out of staters to pull in large numbers of students. Nice campuses, good education, much lower costs.

a capella on August 3, 2011 at 5:17 PM

So long as y’all don’t nominate Bachmann or Palin, you’re probably right.

ernesto on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Leftists always tell us who they Fear Most by dismissing them.

Which of these two scares you more?

Del Dolemonte on August 3, 2011 at 5:22 PM

nostalgia.

ted c on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I was too young to know what was happening in 1980. But it still feels “nostalgic”.

Delaware and Vermont voting for a GOP Prez?!?? Man how times have changed in 30 years.

angryed on August 3, 2011 at 5:24 PM

So long as y’all don’t nominate Bachmann or Palin, you’re probably right.

ernesto on August 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

You’re 100% correct Ernie. The only way to win is by nominating RINOs like McCain and Dole. Nominating “extremists” like GWB or Reagan is a sure fire way to lose.

angryed on August 3, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Soft patch? Must be the ‘headwinds’.

Let’s face it …. the economy is slowing down.

I’m sure Barry will claim credit. You know, not wanting it to overheat.

GarandFan on August 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM

That means more people not working, and more people dependent on government. Man, I bet Obama is thrilled. Everything he’s doing is working to perfection!

darwin on August 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM

angryed on August 3, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I go back to the 1950s.

Today, JFK would be a Republican.

Del Dolemonte on August 3, 2011 at 5:50 PM

May have? Surely, you jest. May have??? Is a Smurf’s butt blue?

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Did Obama hire non-union workers for his birthday party? Hmmm…

Fallon on August 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I’m sure Barry will claim credit. You know, not wanting it to overheat.

GarandFan on August 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM

It’s almost like Barry just learned how to drive with a clutch. He burned the first one out trying to learn. Then, he tried to learn with Valerie Jarrett. Had to get another clutch. Then, he drove again, and burned a third one out.

Then the mechanic (Americans) told him to get out of the car, move to a Taxi, sit in the back and STFU.

/And I’m just an insurance lady.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM

ND is on a roll. All that oil drilling activity/jobs plus they have exploited lower college tuition for out of staters to pull in large numbers of students. Nice campuses, good education, much lower costs.

a capella on August 3, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I’m sure the Obama Administration has a plan to stop all that foolishness!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2011 at 5:55 PM

That means more people not working, and more people dependent on government. Man, I bet Obama is thrilled. Everything he’s doing is working to perfection!

darwin on August 3, 2011 at 5:29 PM

If Congress is smart (I know) make them bring back the old food coupons. Eliminate the American Flag laden swipe/debit cards. Make those welfare mommas and pimps (white and black and hispanic) go through the coupon books and tear out what they can pay for.

I am speaking as a welfare survivor. You must make those on the public dole bear a bit of shame. Because the Jesse Jacksons and the Al Sharptons and the Barack Obamas have made it so mainstream… this mantra has made “makin’ money off da man” so ordinary; almost like some sort of victory; it is bankrupting those of us who work.

Thank God Almighty I was liberated from that plantation of slavery to the gummint.

I will however admit, the gummint cheese was some good stuff. They used to hand it out to my Mom, and she made grilled cheese.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I have two words for Barack Hussein Obama, and they ain’t Happy Birthday.

Naturally Curly on August 3, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Good for you. The libs have worked very hard for years to remove the stigma of being on a government handout, but I believe a bit of stigma is appropriate.

There’s a great story here about Rene Glover, and how she has worked to reform the public housing mess in Atlanta. She’s a liberal to the core, but she sees the problem.

Atlanta’s Public-Housing Revolution

slickwillie2001 on August 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I hope this change is hitting SEIU the hardest.

How’s that Hope and Change working for you?

jackal40 on August 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

The social safety net has become a hammock, for which certain people who game the system has become a way of life.

Dhuka on August 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

The social safety net has become a hammock, for which certain people who game the system has become a way of life.

Dhuka on August 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

It’s too late. The decimation of the Black family is complete. All I can hope for is the fact that these children will have a chance; by way of MLK Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now, under BHO, everyone is impoverished.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

My collie channels the left:

Everyone knows that “Services” are racist. After all, by definition, people that perform services for other people are called “servants”, aren’t they? And “servant” is just another word for “slave”, isn’t it? So you see, it’s all part of a vast right-wing conspiracy spear-headed by those psychotic, terrorist Tea Partiers who want to bring back the practice of slavery. And what could be more racist than that?

CyberCipher on August 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

There’s a great story here about Rene Glover, and how she has worked to reform the public housing mess in Atlanta. She’s a liberal to the core, but she sees the problem.

Atlanta’s Public-Housing Revolution

slickwillie2001 on August 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I lived in that shit back in the 70′s and early 80′s. It was Scary kinda fun.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I ain’t eatin no gumbint cheese.

That’s the bottom line.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Crap, I’m going into time out. OK.

No matter what, I am NOT eating gubmint anything. They can rip my legs off my limbs; they can rip the hair off of my head; they can take everything I own; but they will never take my spirit. They will never take my resolve. They will never take my integrity and they will never take my life.

Key West Reader on August 3, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Obama’s going to focus? (Seems he has been for quite a while already.)

coldwarrior on August 3, 2011 at 4:45 PM

The only thing Obama’s been focusing on are his tee shots.

skeneogden on August 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM