Drudge is running with this headline: "NYT: HOLIDAY SHOPPING FINDS A LITTLE SPARKLE; BETTER THAN LAST YEAR... DEVELOPING..." We can be sure that the whoring media that works for the Dems will be pumping this story as if it is some kind of proof positive that everything is just oh so fine, and that we should all be thankful for the massive invasive and confiscatory economic policies being rammed (or having already been rammed) through the legislature. I was listening to Charlie Rose the other day on BB Radio, he was interviewing the economist from Harvard, Niall Fergison. Charlie was practically jumping out of his seat to beat down this man, attacking him as some kind of lone pessimist. At one point he challenged Fergison to name someone besides himself who agreed with him, so he rattled off 4 people. Charlie's response was, well they all think like you. Uhm, no shit nitwit, isn't that what you just asked him for? Examples of people who view the economic landscape just like him? I'm telling you, when the media is trying so hard to make us believe it's true, that's all the contrarian indication I need to know it sure as hell isn't true.