Month: February 2012

Calculated Risk: The housing bottom (the first one at least) is here

Regular readers know that I closely follow the blog Calculated Risk. Bill McBride does an amazing job of presenting the latest economic data and releases with no spin. When he takes the time to analyze the data he is presenting,…

Clint Eastwood, Chrysler, and Detroit: “It’s Halftime in America”

So much interesting political rhetoric in the halftime Super Bowl ad from Chrysler featuring Clint Eastwood’s raspy, authoritative voice, beautiful multicultural imagery, and a hopeful message about the future of Detroit and the American automobile industry (even though Italian-based Fiat…

Just because . . .


Madonna – Vogue by Warner-Music
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The politics and economics of job losses and gains over the last three years

It looks like the U.S. economy might be in sustained jobs recovery. That recovery might even turn out to be a significant one. Just days before last Friday’s great jobs report, I posted about a whole series of economic releases…

A few thoughts and links regarding today’s column about dredging and jobs

Click here to read my City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News> about Savannah River dredging, jobs, and the environment. Two weeks ago, AJC PolitiFact examined Governor Deal’s claims that dredging would create jobs in the state: We found…

Rural state caucuses: very small numbers of people making very important decisions

In the 2008 Pennsylvania primary for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama 55-45 — a margin of over 200,000 votes. She picked up 12 delegates on him: 85 to 73. But that was only enough to offset Obama’s…

NYT: Single people are more social

From the NYT’s One’s a Crowd by Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone: The decision to live alone is common in diverse cultures whenever it is economically feasible. Although Americans pride…

New lawsuit just another complication for Savannah River dredging

My City Talk column on Sunday is about the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project — the controversial plan to deepen about 30 miles of the Savannah River channel to accommodate larger cargo vessels expected to come to the East Coast after…

Shockingly good jobs report for U.S. released today: 8.3% unemployment, 243,000 jobs added, U-6 unemployment trending down

The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly report for January was the most promising jobs report that we’ve seen in years. From the news release: Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3…

Much better than expected: Payroll employment rises 243,000 in January; unemployment rate decreases to 8.3%

This is much better than expected. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent. Job growth was widespread, with large gains in professional and business…

Some clips of the latest bands added to the Savannah Stopover lineup

Girl in a Coma with a great cover of “Walkin’ After Midnight”:

“Southern Discomfort: Art Inspired by Flannery O’Connor” on display Thursday and Friday, Feb. 2 & 3

It’s not often that I get short of breath when I open my mail, but that’s what happened a few weeks ago when I realized that a big package with a zillion individual stamps on it was from Jack Metcalf…

Whole Foods CEO on the company’s fast growth and overall business strategy

As most of you probably already know, I wrote a column and made a blog post about the redevelopment of the Backus Cadillac property on Victory Drive at the Truman Parkway here in Savannah. The developer is currently working closely…

Are we finally seeing the long-awaited virtuous circle taking hold in the U.S. economy?

I’m still sticking with my 2012 prediction of slow growth in the U.S. with lots of possible headwinds that will make things even worse. But we’re seeing data right now that suggests there could be more upside in 2012 than…