Economy shrinks at 3.8 percent pace in 4Q (AP)...and...
Signs advertising sales are seen outside a hardware store in Islip, New York January 29, 2009. The number of Americans claiming jobless benefits hit a record high in mid-January, while orders for long-lasting factory goods fell for a fifth month in December, according to data on Thursday that showed the economy in steep decline.
Exxon Mobil shatters US record for annual profit (AP)This just goes to show that tripling the price on a de facto indispensable product will make you tons of money and leave everyone else grasping at financial straws.
Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a U.S. company, even as its fourth-quarter earnings fell 33 percent from a year ago.
Congratulations to Exxon Mobil Corp. You've just been awarded the Royal Order of the Insufferable Jackass - and a one-Monarch boycott - for being Profiteering Bastards™.