From the Loony Bin: Waiting on the Fed, Etc…

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The markets wait for either Tweety Bird or…

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…Federal Reserve chair Yellen to speak on Wednesday.  (Photo: Getty images)

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • The wait on rates: The Federal Reserve speaks this Wednesday.  (USA Today)
  • Has the Middle Eastern arms race begun? Saudi Arabia signs nuclear cooperation agreement with South Korea.  (WSJ)
  • Was he away at sensitivity training? Putin returns from 10-day AWOL.  (Reuters)
  • He got weeded out: St. John’s shot-blocking center banned from NCAA tourney because of failed drug test.  (NBC Sports)
  • Wheel him into the OR: Mets’ fireballer Zach Wheeler likely to go under knife for torn elbow ligament.  (USA Today)
  • Rangers are disarmed: Ross Ohlendorf is fifth Texas Ranger pitcher to go down with an injury.  (ESPN)
  • Kentucky or the field? The other 67 have the edge.  (ESPN)
  • Pelicans’ Anthony Davis puts up historic line in loss: 36 points, 14 rebounds, 9 blocks, 7 assists.  (CBS Sports)
  • HBO gets its man: Killer unwittingly confesses during filming of documentary.  (NYT)
  • Not pot: 6th-grader suspended for possession of leaf that is not marijuana.  (Roanoke Times)

From the Loony Bin: Atlanta Fed’s “Real-Time” GDP Estimate, Hillary Takes Questions, Etc…

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The Atlanta Fed’s GDP estimate of another estimate is 1.2% for 1Q15. (Source: http://www.frbatlanta.org)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the United Nations in New York

Asylum escapee-cum-Captain-Queeg-Clinton: Happy to answer hand-picked, softball questions. (Photo: Drudge Report)

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • Interesting: Hot-lanta Fed’s GDP estimate of another estimate…Atlanta Federal Reserve’s “GDPNow” forecasting model provides an updated forecast of the official estimate prior to its release.  (Fed Reserve of Atlanta)
  • Hillary on the hot seat: Clinton takes handpicked questions at UN.  (Business Insider)
  • One lump or two: Clinton says she did it because she wanted to carry only one phone. (WaPo)
  • iKnock-off: Counterfeit Apple Watches already for sale in China for less than $40.  (Daily Mail)
  • Federal pain in the arse: Strong jobs report leaves the Fed in a quandary.  (NY Post)
  • New York Times can’t find Iraq on a map: Note correction at bottom of article.  (NYT)
  • Nanny state: Judge’s temporary order blocks man from smoking in his own home.  (Komo 4 News)
  • Was that a wounded bird or a football pass? Tim Tebow might surface at the NFL veterans combine.  (CBS)

From the Loony Bin: Apple’s Dumb Smartwatch, Etc…

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Apple Watch: Is this a dumb or smart watch? (Photo: techinasia.com)

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • Apple Watch: “Sport” model starts at $350.  (USA Today)
  • Hillary hit: SNL has some fun at Mrs. Clinton’s expense.  (Youtube)
  • Golden Arches look tarnished: Continuing trend, McDonald’s February same store sales fall 4% in US, 1.7% globally.  (NYT)
  • Senate Republicans to Iran: Your deal with Obama won’t last.  (Bloomberg)
  • Clarence Thomas and the Klansmen: Barron’s AP European History test prep guide lumps the Supreme Court Justice and the Ku Klux Klan together in fascist category.  (Daily Caller)
  • NJ Transit riders:  Prepare for a rate hike AND service reduction.  (NJspotlight.com)
  • Calling Dr. James Andrews: Yu Darvish’s baseball season is in jeopardy.  (SB Nation)
  • Racism comes to campus: University of Oklahoma students protest a fraternity’s racist video.  (USA Today)

From the Loony Bin: 295K More Jobs in February, Etc…

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Mark Twain’s got nothing on Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim: Don’t let schooling interfere with your basketball. (Photo: AP, philly.com)

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • Here we go again: Treasury Secretary Lew says US to hit debt limit on March 16.  (NBC)
  • Apple juices Dow: iPhone maker replaces AT&T in Dow Jones Industrial Average.  (USA Today)
  • Jobs report surprises to “upside”: US non-farm payrolls rise 295K in February; unemployment rate falls to 5.5%.  (Reuters)
  • The age-old question: Up 3 with time running out, do you foul?  (Deadspin)
  • Syracuse Orange gets bruised: NCAA suspends basketball coach for 9 games, cuts 12 scholarships, vacates 108 wins.  (ESPN)
  • Not again: Harrison Ford makes his 2nd crash landing.  (NBC)

From the Loony Bin: Martin O’Malley’s Lucky Week, Etc…

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (smiling over his dumb luck) or anyone without an arrest record is looking like a better primary bet than Hillary Clinton. (Photo: governing.com)

From the Loony Bin:

  • Competition for Clinton? Martin O’Malley, former Maryland Governor, weighs White House run.  (Yahoo)
  • Hill Grill: Clinton’s private emails to be subpoenaed by congressional committee.  (NY Post)
  • It’s starting: Liberal journalist pens “Maybe Hillary Clinton Should Retire…” article.  (National Journal)
  • Say no to drugs: McDonalds’s to phase out human antibiotics in its chickens.  (CNBC)
  • Petraeus betrayed us: Retired 4-star general and leader of Iraqi surge David Petraeus pleads guilty to passing highly classified info to mistress.  (NYT)
  • Rat’s return: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is looking to come home.  (MSN)
  • Jurist Sphinx: Chief Justice Roberts mainly silent during 2d Obamacare challenge.  (National Journal)
  • Schools out: NYC public schools to close for two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.  (CBS)
  • Cuba Libre: Conan O’Brien goes to Cuba.  (Billboard)
  • Harbaugh help: New U Michigan coach and staffer help car crash victim. (Detroit Free Press)

From the Loony Bin: Hillary Off the Grid, Etc…

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Hillary checking her email for Clinton Foundation donations from foreign dictators. (Photo: The Smoking Gun)

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • Apple outsmarts Samsung: Sells more smartphones in 4Q, 74.8mm vs. 73mm.  (macrumors.com)
  • The rules are for little people: Romanian hacker reveals Hillary used private email while Secretary of State.  (The Smoking Gun)
  • Hillary’s excuse? Dogs don’t remember yesterday.  (Psychology Today)
  • Supreme court case: Highest US court to hear its 2nd Obamacare case.  (NBC)
  • So much for the 2014 election: House of Reps to vote on clean Homeland Security funding bill.  (Wash Post)
  • Bibi in the House: From the US House floor, Israeli PM warns against Iranian nuclear deal.  (Reuters)
  • The B-list: Forbes’ 2015 billionaires list.  (Forbes)
  • Backing away from Tiger: Golfer recants claim that Woods is serving drug suspension.  (USA Today)

From the Loony Bin: Byron Jones Takes the Leap, Etc…

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Talk of the combine: In what is probably a world’s record, UConn’s Byron Jones jumps 12 feet, three inches from a standing start.  (Photo: sbnation.com)

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • Moving up the draft board: UConn corner breaks NFL combine broad jump record by 2/3 of a foot, then does 44.5 inch vertical leap for an encore.  (YouTube)
  • Our politicians are even more incompetent in real life: House of Cards’ season 3 available Friday.  (trailer: YouTube)
  • $450K for a 10-day vacation? Ken Griffin, founder of Citadel hedge fund, and his free-spending wife continue to fight it out in divorce court.  (NBC)
  • Interesting: Pew Research’s poll results on Political Polarization in the American Public.  (Full report: Pew Research)
  • Lack of faith: Saudi man who renounced Islam gets the death penalty.  (NBC)
  • Start your engines: Consumer Reports announces its top 10 cars and SUVs.  (Consumer Reports)
  • Reporting on Bill O’Reilly: 3 questions that could decide his war-reporting controversy.  (Bloomberg)

From the Loony Bin: Shumpert to Smith Reverse Oop, Etc…

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Double entendre? “Two years is a long time,” Obama tells attendees at a San Fran fundraiser two weeks ago. (Photo: Joshua Roberts, Reuters)

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • Take that, Zen Master: As Cavaliers, Iman Shumpert and J R Smith return to the Garden with a vengeance.  (YouTube)
  • Stocks take a breather: Dow and S&P 500 retreat from records hit Friday.  (ABC News)
  • Apple juiced: Stock hits new high, $775 billion market cap more than 2x value of any other US publicly traded company.  (CNBC)
  • Watch your money: 5 ways a financial advisor can legally do you wrong.  (Bloomberg)
  • Picking on the Prez: 12-year-old grabs the baton from Rudy Giuliani.  (Daily Mail)
  • The heat is on: Head of UN’s Climate Panel, accused of sexual harassment, takes the Anthony Weiner route and says his computer was hacked.  (Independent)
  • What about A-Rod: New York Yankees retire the number of admitted HGH-user Andy Pettitte.  (CBS)
  • Cool it: Mission Athletecare, maker of cooling towels, gets $35mm in new financing.  (NY Post)
  • Cuban diplomacy: Red Sox ink deal with 19-year-old Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada.  (FOX Sports)

From the Loony Bin: Joe “The Handyman” Biden, Etc…

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Biden: Have you seen the size of my Obamacare voucher?  (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • The Handyman strikes again:  Bawdy Joe Biden is up to his usual tricks.  (NPR)
  • Reservations at the Federal Reserve:  Policymakers hesitant to raise rates.  (Reuters)
  • Not Fade Away:  Snapchat seeking $19 billion valuation in current financing round.  (Bloomberg)
  • Not so fast:  Texas federal judge issues temporary stay blocking Obama’s executive order on immigration.  (Washington Post)
  • The pen is mightier than the bat:  Alex Rodriguez writes letter to fans.  (Deadspin)
  • We can survive without them:  Federal offices in DC get a snow day.  (Marketwatch.com)
  • The President’s Silly Summit:  Obama’s “Countering Violent Extremism” sit-in doesn’t look promising.  (Bloomberg)
  • The Regal Beagle:  “15-inch” version of the breed is top dog.  (NY Times)
  • Vlad the Thief:  Russia’s former largest foreign investor says Putin could be worth $200 billion.  (CNN)

 

From the Loony Bin: Obama’s Selfie Stick, Etc…

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Obama: I’ve got two years left, and I’m going to enjoy them.

Bud’s Round-up of Daily Drivel:

  • Mugging for the camera:  Our President speaks softly but carries a selfie stick (Buzzfeed)
  • Joe Biden and his “butt buddy”:  The VP says a strange hello to an old friend in Iowa.  (Weekly Standard)
  • Hedgie enhanced interrogation techniques:  Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman interviews Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio.  (NYT)
  • Consumer downer:  Sentiment falls in February from 11-year high.  (Reuters)
  • Brian Williams strikes again:  Another possible tall tale.  (Breitbart)
  • Extreme hand-checking?  Dwight Howard demonstrates a new version.  (wwtdd.com)
  • Bradley is now Chelsea:  Military approves sex-change hormone therapy for Wikileaks traitor Manning.  (USA Today)