U.S. GDP shrank for the first time since 2009 during the fourth quarter of 2012, clocking in at negative 0.1 percent.
Most of the decline can attributed to decreases in national defense expenditures, which fell 22.2 percent, even as investment by the private sector increased and real disposable personal income rose by 6.8 percent.
And there's another bit of good news: thanks to Fox Nation, the production of nonsensical dick jokes rose 100% in the first quarter of 2013.
Tags: Economy, Fox News
* Ain't no party like a Joe Biden party.
* The Onion's timeline of women in combat.
* Pie charts can be misleading, from McSweeney's.
* The Rude Pundit examines Sarah Palin's Fox farewell.
* From Videogum, your complete guide to the Puppy Bowl.
* Meanwhile, The Complete Guide to Everything covers the Super Bowl.
* Whoa: Fox News pundits look exactly like Kids in the Hall characters.
* The Bugle podcast discusses the European Union, second terms and the other kind of football.
* What the hell is Lance Armstrong doing here? He doesn't belong here.
* Beat-boxing with a metronome and no performance enhancers.
* Five places to see America's human fossil record before you become part of it.
Tags: America, Daily Links, Fox News, Joe Biden, Kids in the Hall, Lance Armstrong, Military, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin, Saturday Night Live, Sports, Super Bowl, The Onion, vice president, Women's Rights
Sarah Palin lasted longer as a Fox News contributor than she did as governor of Alaska, but that doesn't make her departure any any less painful for those of us who savored every mangled word that traveled from her lungs to her lips, without making so much as a pit stop near her brain.
At least we know that she was well-compensated for all the schadenfreude-y joy she brought to our lives.
According to the Smart Politics blog, Palin spoke 189,221 words on air during the course of her million dollar contract with Fox News, for an average pay rate of $15.85 per word. In other words, when Palin said:
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Leah Gayle Shipman, a 42-year-old teacher from North Carolina, will avoid a prison sentence for having sex with an underage student by divorcing her husband and marrying the student. Shipman was initially facing a 15-year prison term on charges of statutory rape, but will no longer go to trial, because spouses cannot be made to testify against one another.
It's a creepy story that should be cited any time an opponent of marriage equality complains about gay people ruining the "sanctity of marriage."
But Andrea Tantaros of Fox News' The Five drew a different lesson from the Shipman case:
Tags: Crime, Fox News, Men and Women, Women's Rights