September 4th, 2014
12:13 PM ET

Why we should all use our vacation time

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The world's second richest man said recently that we should all be working just three days a week. Which is why Stephen Colbert joked: “Now you know why he’s only the second richest man.”

Actually, Mexico's telecom magnate Carlos Slim isn’t alone. His fellow billionaire, Larry Page (the co-founder of Google), recently pushed for a reduced work week as well.

Why are the mega-rich telling the rest of us to work less?

They have different strategies and goals. But they're right that being a workaholic is not only bad for your health and sanity – it's bad for the economy. Really.

Americans are notorious workaholics. They take much less vacation and work longer work weeks than most of their counterparts in advanced industrial countries. And here's one more piece of American exceptionalism: the U.S. is the only advanced economy in the world where workers are not guaranteed paid vacation time. As a result, it's said that as many as 23 percent of Americans get no paid holidays or vacation. Americans who do get paid time off only take about half of it on average, according to one survey.

By contrast, Europeans believe in a work-life balance. Across the Atlantic, workers are guaranteed at least 20 paid vacation days a year. In some countries, employees enjoy as many as 25 or 30 days.

It's not just in the United States that work-life balance is off. South Koreans are also workaholics. In 2012, South Koreans worked nearly the longest hours of any OECD country. But get this – South Koreans were only about two-thirds as productive as the average OECD worker that same year. As a result of working too hard, perhaps, South Koreans are the most sleep-deprived of any OECD citizens.

So, in order to boost productivity this summer, the city of Seoul encouraged government workers to take a daily nap!

Now, in general, workers from poorer countries – using less fancy technology – are generally less productive than workers in richer countries. So Asian workers have historically been less productive than Americans, though the gap is narrowing. Germans work 600 hours less every year than their Greek counterparts, for example, but German productivity is 70 percent higher.

Americans are truly exceptional in that we work long hours and still maintain relatively high productivity levels. So Americans should take some time off to relax and recharge. It might even pay off in the workplace.

The accounting firm Ernst and Young studied its own employees. It found that for every additional 10 hours of vacation an employee took, the company saw an 8 percent improvement in performance ratings. And guess what? Taking a vacation has trickle down effects.

A study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association shows that if Americans used all of their allotted time off, there would be an additional $160 billion in sales, not just in travel related businesses, but across several sectors. That would generate an additional $52 billion in earned income and 1.2 million additional jobs for the American economy.

So, if you are lucky enough to get paid vacation time, you should take it – all of it. Consider it your patriotic duty.


soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Fareed, take a vacation buddy....

    Fareed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you. Take a vacation buddy. The war mongers are going to "phase you out"............ sooner or later............. watch your back buddy............... they have already removed your GPS link from the CNN "World" tab.......... that's the first step.............. watch your back, my friend.............. you speak the TRUTH............ and that's a HUGE problem for them war mongers.................😦

    September 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • war mongers hate the truth

      War mongers just care about only ONE thing: that wars keep happening. As long a wars are happening, somewhere on this planet, and their military hardware is being sold and used up, they are smiling smiling smiling! That way, they can continue to get very very very rich. As long as the bombs keep falling and the bullets keep flying and the tanks keep rolling, they can think about buying that island in the South Pacific that they've always wanted. What a bunch of sickos they are! They make huge amounts of money as long as humanity is being destroyed, human beings are getting slaughtered and gross insults to Mother Nature are unfolding before our very eyes!

      September 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Chrissy? Is that you? Lol🙂

        September 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm |
      • Philip

        Church leaders hate the truth found in their own personal bibles, too. Truths they keep secret from fat people sound on meds who pay said church leaders to tell them what they want to hear: that "Jesus" is their friend and only loves them. And would not get the least upset if you made his heavenly Father look like a war monger in the minds of church members. Yea. A gay abortionist Himself.

        September 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm |
  2. Brigham Young

    America = out of control 800 lb Gorilla.......... Ha! Ha! Ha!.......... and it's a purdy dumb gorilla at that......... swatting mozzies in the desert, while Asia laughs all the way to the bank........... boink! boink! boink!............ gotta get those mozzies............. boink! boink! boink!........ oooops, run outta cash, never mind that............... boink! boink! boink!............. oh crap, have no jobs, never mind that............ boink! boink! boink!............ oh dear! half our country lives in poverty, never mind that............ boink! boink! boink!.......... sheeesh! half our people are divorced and on drugs, never mind that............ boink! boink! boink!.......... Yes Sir! gotta keep those war mongers rich rich rich.......... boink! boink! boink!............................

    September 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      "Butter."
      "Butter."
      "Butter."
      "Butter."
      "Butter."

      September 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Money money money. Money!, rather.

        September 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm |
    • Philip

      Not "800 lb. Gorilla". The average American adult is only visibly obese. Not entirely ape like.
      A more fitting description would be "chubby" 12 year old spun on meds while carrying a gun. With a plastic badge made in China that says "World Police" pinned to either left or right teat. As if it matters which one.

      September 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Reply
      • LaBella

        Why are you looking at a 12 year olds chest? And close enough to read what the pin says? You're on a list, aren't you?

        🎶He's making a list, checking it twice
        Gonna find out who's naughty or nice
        🎶

        September 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm |
  3. The "Compassionate" GOP Solution

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    September 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  4. Give

    Give me more vacation and I will take it.

    September 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  5. rupert

    Butter
    Butter
    Butter
    Butter

    September 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  6. Ferhat Balkan

    The problem is less pay. How can you expect people to work less while getting paid less? While the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Sounds familiar? We're going back to the days of the Industrial revolution in terms of pay and working hours... The difference being there is practically no industry to speak of. It's all been outsourced to China. Instead we have less workers who work longer hours to make ends meet. That is the future of the average American. Greedy corporations don't care and the politicians are bought off during elections who consistently block minimum wage bills. A downward spiral that placed this country in trillions of debt and a stagnant economy that forgot the meaning of the word recovery. This is of course all well and good for the Republicans who see a war on the horizon.

    September 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      . Get a clue. The poor aren't getting poorer. They are getting monies from our national treasury and free meds. They are also getting rent and utilities discounts and food stamps.
      The average Wal-Mart shopper pays for food using food stamps which are the hard earned money of fellow Americans. Not once do those living off of US take to the streets and say Thank You, America. Not once. They take to the streets for other reasons regularly, though. Even becoming paid (and ignorant) Off Wall Street Protestors

      September 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        And let's not forget free phones to the poor paid for , partially , by us. $Chu ching carlos slim.
        But I agree with Ferhat. The poor are getting poorer,thus the financial help. Inflation is a monster.
        Face it. A popcorn and a coke is now $12, not $1.50 like it once was.
        And no philip. I was not a cheerleader. I made varsity and revovered two fumbles in one game once. And I am not gay or a gay priest.
        Gooooooo philip.
        Give me a "P"

        September 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm |
      • Philip

        Umm. Rupert? Free Obama phones that DHS agents give away to homeless people were for one reason. And not philanthropy. For using Obama phones to track what lazy men claiming to be disabled do. Do they buy drugs with disability pay? Or do they use our generous donations wisely?
        Those using disability pay to finance booze and drug habits are being tracked by way of free Obama phones, and rounded up. And thrown into forced labor camps TV news calls "Homeland Security Prisons" aka FEMA camps.

        September 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        By age 17 or so, one has made choices and done, or not done, the work that will determine the realistic value of what he can contribute to society. Once in college, the winners are already quite visible, with few exceptions.
        We choose our level of income, and we prepare for it accordingly.
        If we actually aspired to easy work and not too much income, then we deserve as little as we get.

        September 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm |
      • rupert

        Obama? Obama? Ahh come on philip. You know darn well that G. W. Bush started that free phone stuff.
        Don't go blaming obama for this.
        I just think it unfair to force me to help subsidize cell phone for those in need.
        Sorry.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm |
      • Philip

        Joey? The average Ivy league university student cannot pass an 8th grade final exam. Universities take HS graduates and make 8th grade flunks out of then. Flunks with pieces of official papers that lie and say U grad is smart. (National US Adult Literacy Survey stat)

        September 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm |
      • banasy©

        The free phone service was a Reagan program, and the switch to cell phones was made during GW Bush's administration because of the prevalence of cells over landlines.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @Philip: While that may be true for some Americans, I would have to disagree with you. Most Americans are hard working people and no one wants to live in poverty. There are simply not enough opportunities for the poor. Here's why: Wealth distribution is perhaps the biggest problem in America. The top 0.1% of America brings home about 24% of the American wealth. That's not 1%, that's 0.1%. That should give you a "clue" about who's winning and who's loosing. We are in a what is often referred to as an "hourglass" economy. In other words, the middle class is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. In 2010 the poverty rate peaked to 15% and has stayed pretty much the same since then. On the other hand the top 0.1% of the wealthy received increased revenue. Figures show that productivity in the US has increased over time, yet since the 1960s the minimum wage hasn't kept up with that productivity. If the minimum wage had kept up with productivity, the minimum wage right now would be in the ball park of $25/hr. Where did all that money go? To the executives. In today's economy for someone to survive, an american needs to earn $10.20/hr, yet when Obama tried to raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hr, Republicans were in an outrage and blocked the bill. As a result, Americans are spending less, because they make less. Plain and simple.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm |
      • rupert

        Joey, that's true but not all 17 year olds know what they want to be other than their parents wanting them to pursue a certain career.
        Philip, I don't believe that statistic. For example,a college math graduate can pass any 8th grade math test in the world.
        I'd bet chrissy's butt on it.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm |
      • rupert

        Surprised Reagan did that. Good man.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        @ rupert,
        One at seventeen need not know exactly what he wants to do, but most who will do anything excellently know that they want to achieve something very desirable.
        I had a friend who graduated from Harvard in law, then later sang opera at the MET and in most of the world"s major opera houses.
        A HS classmate of mine left her good career when quite a bit too old for most to get into medical school. She became a medical doctor because she changed her mind. However, she had done very hard work in high school.
        @ Philip,
        I know how little today's doctorates mean, and I've written about it often here.

        September 5, 2014 at 9:42 am |
      • Philip

        Ferhat. The average American is noe visibly obese. How can you possibly not have noticed this. A fit and trim man can outwork a fat azz 2:1. What don't you understand about simple physics?

        September 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm |
      • LaBella

        Lol! Philip, your answer to Ferhat's 10:10 post in "Nyah nyah, peeples are faaaaat"?

        September 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm |
    • Philip

      I didn't blame president Obama. I'm nit the one calling tracking phones given to lazy men "Obama phones". That's just what they are called today, Rupert.
      And you strain small details while ignoring thrust of my comments. Obviously, you use pharmacy products that do this to peoples.

      September 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Philip. I do not use pharmaceuticals (woooo. Auto spell. Cool) But I do use these:
        Apple cider vinegar
        Olive oil
        Garlic
        Gingkgo Biloba
        And follow the Ketosis diet plan sometimes.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm |
      • rupert

        Sir, I suggest u do the same thing. That is if you want to remain in good health and out of hospitals.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm |
      • Philip

        I said pharmacy products, not pharmaceuticals. Holy crap.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm |
      • rupert

        Tomatoes, tomatos. It's the same thing philip.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm |
      • rupert

        A rose by any other name is still a rose.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        I agree with @ rupert: ketosis is good.
        If the Atkins diet hadn't gotten so much bad press from our nutritional experts, USA citizens would be less obese.

        September 5, 2014 at 9:52 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        Re free telephones for the poor, in almost every case, I resent being taxed to pay for another person's phone.
        I do, however, pay for the telephone of a friend who is having a really hard time financially.
        That's what we greedy Republicans do when not overly taxed to support the poor. There was much more private charity before we got so many programs.

        September 5, 2014 at 10:04 am |
      • banasy©

        JIF,
        Reagan dropped the ball, didn't he?

        September 5, 2014 at 10:39 am |
      • Philip

        Get a clue, Joey. Over 70 million of US are addicted to Rx prescription drugs that come with labels warning of weight gain. Lack of "Adkins" is not the problem as you claim.
        Care to debate? Or do you have an appointment at the sauna/men's beauty parlor.

        September 5, 2014 at 5:47 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        @ banasy:
        Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest presidents we're had. I wish that everyone had benefitted from his inspiration as much as I did.

        September 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        TYPO, banasy, "we've had," not we're.
        @ Philip, no, certainly not with that kind of invitation to debate.
        I also was not a cheerleader. What are you trying to say?

        September 5, 2014 at 9:21 pm |
      • banasy©

        @JIF:
        Yes, Reagan started the ball rolling on many, many things.

        September 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        I see lots of posts to which I may respond tomorrow.
        I don't think that the USA should go for the Miss Congeniality Award.
        I'm very tired from a big afternoon of work.

        September 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
  7. Ferhat Balkan

    Speaking of vacation... I haven't had one for over 7 years :((

    September 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  8. bobcat2u

    Billy Bob and Luther were talking one afternoon when Billy Bob tells Luther, "Ya know, I reckon I'm 'bout ready for a vacation. Only this year I'm gonna do it a little different!

    The last few years, I took your advice about where to go. Three years ago you said to go to Hawaii. I went to Hawaii and Earline got pregnant.

    Then two years ago, you told me to go to the Bahamas, and Earline got pregnant again.

    Last year you suggested Tahiti and darned if Earline didn't get pregnant again."

    Luther asks Billy Bob, "So, what you gonna do this year that's different?"

    Billy Bob says, "This year I'm taking Earline with me."

    September 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Oh! That made me literally laugh out loud.

      September 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      And, Jack and Jill went up the Hill each with a buck and a quarter. Hillary came down with $2,50.
      What of it, copy/paste jokester?

      September 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Reply
      • LaBella

        Bobcat2u's is better. That's what of it.

        September 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm |
  9. Philip

    Americans are also known for more than being work/cash addicts, aka "workaholics". Also know for:
    A.) Generational families with welfare as sole source if family income.
    B.) Lazy men faking disability in order to live the lesser American dream; the freeloading homeless lifestyle choice.
    C.) Being overly obese and so with very limited job opportunities, and/or being spun on medications chosen from TV commercials.
    D.) Sheesh. I could go all the way to ...
    Z.) Using 25% of drinking water producing foods that get thrown in the trash.
    Let's stop at ...
    G.) Having over 25,000 armed hordes of lazy people who chose the gang banger/outlaw MC gang lifestyle over military "service".

    September 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  10. rupert

    Oh. Oh. Philip is back. Won't be long before chrissy and miss b. Are going to tell him off. They'll find a reason. Lol

    September 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Am guessing @Rupert was a HS cheerleader?

      September 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Hope my use of upper case R did not offend you, somehow. Many gay men died valiantly, you know.

        September 4, 2014 at 8:50 pm |
    • banasy©

      rupert, there are zero connotations in writing your user name beginning with a lowercase 'r'.
      None.
      It's individual user preference. I like the way my name appears in lowercase. It's a pseudonym, after all.

      September 5, 2014 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • Philip

        Huh? Try staring a sentence using the name "rupert" and see what automatically happens. Sheesh, woman. Get a freaking clue by now.

        September 5, 2014 at 10:56 pm |
      • banasy©

        Philip, there are zero connotations in with rupert's user name beginning with a lowercase ‘r’.
        None.
        It’s individual user preference.
        You were the one intimating there was something wrong with the way he wrote his username.
        And I did start the sentence with rupert, plainly evidenced by my post to him.

        September 5, 2014 at 11:47 pm |
    • Philip

      Start hijacking my personal s/n, rather.

      September 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Reply
      • LaBella

        You think you own exclusive rights to the name "Philip"? The ego is large in this one.

        September 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm |
  11. Philip

    We should all donate our vacation time credits to The Barack H. Obama Foundation. Or had you ever even heard of it before now.

    September 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      President Obama's foundation was only able to raise about 25K last year according to "nonprofit" public domain tax fiking, what with so many supporting his half-white skin color yet failing to support his finest of all presidential foundations.
      Or is the BH Obama foundation really that small? Are Egypt's High Court and ICC officials seeking presudent Obama's foundation looking for him as he hides, or is there really something-to IRS Louis Lerner secretly granting 6 year retroactive tax exempt status to this "foundation" that had been operating illegally for six years? (And then claiming that she "lost" her emails that prove what I just said. And as if the NSA was lying when admitting to storing as data every single US email sent/received for the last 6 years? )

      September 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  12. Philip

    Not one single CNN "news blogger" I have ever met in my life is aware of The Barack H. Obama foundation. You all voted for a half-white man, and yet know of Billy Carter Beer but not of your president's foundation.
    This is what is really bringing US down: Total and complete ignorance. Not just drug-driven stupidity. Complete and total ignorance of law, God, and 8th grade math/English.

    September 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Which one? The Barack H Obama Foundation founded by the POTUS's brother, founded in memory of and named for their father, or the Barack Obama Foundation, for the POTUS's Presidential Library?

      September 4, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Sorry,banasy, but philip didn't know that there were two different foundations.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm |
      • banasy©

        I suppose not.
        The POTUS even dropped the "H" from his foundation's name because of it.
        The POTUS only has one foundation: the one to establish his Presidential Library.

        September 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    Lol well thank you so very much for that @ rupert! And i thought we were friends!

    September 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • rupert

      Friends? I thought we were more. I've been taking zinc pills for when we get together

      September 4, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  14. chri§§y

    And agree @ Ferhat. Philip makes most of his statistics up by looking in the mirror!

    September 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Prove it, Chrisdy. Or sthu

      September 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  15. Philip

    Lazy fraudulent US citizens are currently being thrown into FEMA forced labor camps.
    Care to debate?

    http://beforeitsnews.com/agenda-21/2013/10/fema-camp-round-up-has-begun-the-homeless-first-100.html

    September 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Do you have something that's not a year old? I found nothing recent.

      September 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        "Before it's news. Not after, as you claim.
        Thousands of lazy American men have been being rounded up and tossed into forced labor camps after FEMA agents gave them free cell phones to tracking them using fraudulently obtained disability pay to purchase booze and.other medications with since September of last year.
        Get a clue.

        September 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm |
      • banasy©

        As I said, have anything that isn't a year old?

        About beforeitsnews from Rational Wiki:

        Before It's News is a citizen journalism outfit, where anyone can write something and have it go up. Or at least, that was the intention, as it was promptly flooded with conspiracy theorists and is now an outlet for an "unabashedly unhinged"[1] take on world events and religious prophecy. The advertising is for survivalist supplies.

        In other words, anybody can post and gullible people believe it.

        September 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm |
  16. chri§§y

    Lol philip i dont have to prove it. You do it yourself every time you open your obnoxious mouth! You never have one nice thing to say about anyone! You are severely damaged goods and you lie so much that youve convinced yourself its true. At least prince charming is just trying to be amusing...you on the other hand are just being mean and hateful!

    September 4, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  17. rupert

    Chrissy. You think I'm here to amuse u? Am I funny? Funny how? Is it the way I write? Tell me chrissy. What is so freaking amusing about me!

    September 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  18. chri§§y

    Lol @ banasy...you know that old saying~first learn the facts, then you can distort them how you wish! Thats you know whos motto! And @ rupert...zinc? Isnt that for acne??

    September 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Chrissy, I wonder if people realize that our POTUS is Barack H Obama Junior?

      September 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Keywords : Barack H. Obama Foundation. Military Intelligence whistle blower "Jerry" Ford. Bengazi attacked by our own. And of course, The Carlyle Group of saud and other famous businessmen/former leaders of nations.
        After spending a few hundred hours researching these Google search keywords, come back and we chat. Until then, stfu

        September 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm |
      • banasy©

        That's not the POTUS's foundation.
        Sorry. The POTUS has one foundation. His Presidential Library one.
        So, do please take your own advice and stfu.

        September 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm |
      • banasy©

        And if I named a foundation after you, and did a lot of stupid things under it, would you take responsibility for it? You would? Excellent.

        September 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm |
  19. chri§§y

    Umm @ rupert...how about everything? And trust me it definitely beats the alternative...Prince Charming! 😉

    September 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  20. chri§§y

    Lol the racist one above doesnt care. He makes his facts up as he goes simply to offend as many people as he possibly can! And then he sits back in his easy chair getting piggy drunk thinking hes big man on campus. Even tho hes never been on campus! One of Gods true mistakes!

    September 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  21. rupert

    Come on chrissy. U know what zinc does to a man. It makes it hard. Forget viagra.
    See u this weekend🙂

    September 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Viagra has been linked to melanoma.
      Sorry about your ED.

      September 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  22. rupert

    No ED. Sorry to disappoint u. Just trying to improve and maintain perfection. What can I say?
    I suggest u follow my advice to philip.
    In fact, apple cider vinegar mixed with ice water gives u energy as would a cup of coffee. Careful though. Acidic, so do eat something with it.

    September 4, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      I have plenty of energy, thanks anyhow.

      September 4, 2014 at 11:57 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Rupert? My good health is linked more to never using pharmacy products and only going to an MD once...to be born. Though we do eventually become what we eat. Eat more pork, for example. And become a pig. Eat hormone and steroid infested red meat, and become a boy with teats.

      September 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  23. rupert

    Good night chrissy and banasy.
    Please try not to dream of me too much tonight.

    September 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Viagra has been linked to poor vision, even blindness as Viagra labels warn. Grandparents warning children that masturbating too much will make you blind finally has a foothold.

      September 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        In order to keep the human gene pool clean, I suggest de-nutting men who need Viagra.

        September 5, 2014 at 11:11 pm |
      • Philip

        Not to mention de-nutting openly gay priests caught red handed butt rayping under aged males.

        September 5, 2014 at 11:13 pm |
      • LaBella

        🎶And it's too late, baby, now, it's too late🎶

        September 6, 2014 at 11:18 pm |
  24. Philip

    RIP Joan Rivers. I knew she was a goner the day she seriously exposed Michelle Obama as being a man posing as the wife of a well known gay bath house user on nationwide TV a few weeks ago.

    September 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Yeah, that was hilarious, given she just officiated a gay wedding.

      She was joking. She didn't "expose" anyone. A reporter asked Miss Rivers when she thought there would be a gay POTUS, and she said "We already have one. You didn't know Michelle was a tranny?" She had no PC filter, that's for sure.

      Quite a reach to "being a man posing as the wife of a well known gay bath house user on nationwide TV a few weeks ago."

      She also said about Heidi Klum, "The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens," Rivers said while appearing on the E! channel's "Fashion Police" show.

      I suppose, according to infowars and Briebart, that makes Miss Klum a Nazi?

      But, yes. RIP Joan Rivers. She was a trailblazer for women comedians.

      September 5, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        No. I saw the interview. She was being absolutely serious. And president Obama was in fact a Muslim gang banger when young, and frequented many gay bath houses in Chicago.
        It is a federal felony to publish lies concerning sitting presidents. Obama's gay lovers have come forward. If you seriously research this, you will even find that John Bolton was Dubya Bush's gay lover.

        September 6, 2014 at 1:33 am |
      • banasy©

        I saw it, too. And no, she was joking.

        Please cite the law # that states it is against the law to publish lies about the sitting President. I could find nothing on that. Thanks...
        You and I know it is done all the time, and always has been that way.

        As for the much oft repeated lie about POTUS being gay, pfft. As for Bush being gay, pfft.
        Even if it were true, so what?
        Focusing on the supposed gay sex lives of Presidents seems to be an odd hobby, but, whatever. It's your to waste.

        September 6, 2014 at 10:33 am |
      • banasy©

        And, no, Obama was not "in fact" a member of a Muslim street gang in Chicago. As usual, I could find nothing about it.
        Either post the link of stop parroting that.

        September 6, 2014 at 10:36 am |
      • banasy©

        Oh, apologies. The Muslim street gang's location wasn't mentioned.
        Where was that, again?

        September 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm |
    • banasy©

      I laugh anew every time I read this.

      September 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  25. chri§§y

    If its a federal felony @ Philip, WHY do you do it? Just comes naturally to you huh? Just like the lies you post about us! May GOD strike you, and soon!

    September 6, 2014 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      Chrissy,
      It is much more entertaining to tell juicy lies than it is to tell the boring truth.
      The Frightwing news media knows this.

      September 6, 2014 at 10:44 am | Reply
  26. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    Barack Obama does not do one thing to cause me to think that he might be gay.
    I would not mind if he were, but there is no reason to think that he is.
    Fantastic Joan Rivers made a fortune by getting us to laugh at outrageous things.
    Obama is a wonderful president.
    HILLARY 20...uh, 2016?
    Senile, you know.

    September 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      My name is banasy, and I approve this message.

      September 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Odd. I simply Google "Obama gay bathhouse" and found several published stories of him being a gay drug dealer in Chicago. So, you lie @banasy.
        Obviously, you made no concerted effort to spend a few hours researching these truths.
        You have your opinion fed to you by major media for decades. And that's all you got.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/barack-obama-gay-hustler-_n_4242447.html

        September 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        @ Philip,
        Google "taureau."
        Then google "merde."

        September 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm |
      • banasy©

        Re-read my original posts, Philip.
        The post I was asking you about was the Muslim Steet gang you keep referring to.

        And, no, Obama was not “in fact” a member of a Muslim street gang in Chicago. As usual, I could find nothing about it.
        Either post the link of stop parroting it,
        Oh, apologies. The Muslim street gang’s location wasn’t mentioned.
        Where was that, again?

        I don't lie. You misrepresenting what I say can be construed as a form of lying, however.

        I said even if Obama and Bush were gay, so what?
        And I looked them up the first time the rumor-mills were in full gear. The sources were then, and remain today, totally uncredible.

        And from your own HuffPo source headline:
        Obama Was A Cocaine-Using Gay Hustler, Says Woman Who Claims To Have Been HawaiianClassmate

        Not Chicago.

        That you believe citizen-driven known conspiracy websites isn't a testament of my ignorance. It is, however, a testament of your own gullibility.

        September 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm |
      • banasy©

        I laugh anew every time I read JIF's Google suggestion, also.

        September 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
    • banasy©

      @ JIF:
      Merci beaucoup.

      September 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • LaBella

      HI! (Waves)

      Philip: the Weekly World News of the blogs.

      September 6, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  27. Thanks Fareed, you are awesome!

    America = out of control 800 lb Gorilla.......... Ha! Ha! Ha!.......... and it's a purdy dumb gorilla at that......... swatting mozzies in the desert, while Asia laughs all the way to the bank........... boink! boink! boink!............ gotta get those mozzies............. boink! boink! boink!........ oooops, run outta cash, never mind that............... boink! boink! boink!............. oh crap, have no jobs, never mind that............ boink! boink! boink!............ oh dear! half our country lives in poverty, never mind that............ boink! boink! boink!.......... sheeesh! half our people are divorced and on drugs, never mind that............ boink! boink! boink!.......... Yes Sir! gotta keep those war mongers rich rich rich.......... boink! boink! boink!........ how sad to see America sunk to this garbage level.............

    September 6, 2014 at 11:56 pm | Reply

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