Thursday, September 30, 2010

Krugmans Chinese lesson plan

Today Dr. Paul looks at the state of economic affairs between the US and China and what should the US do about Chinese currency manipulation. More sound advice that the serious people can ignore.

Your Two Minute Ed

The Republicans have screwed 4 Million Americans, again.


Your Dylan Dally Moment

Two vids that were actually one segment on the air. Must see TV.




Ozzie looks like he needs some support

TPM has uncovered the best picture yet of Christine O'Donnell.



Or maybe they discussed best practices for masturbation.

Guys Against You Serving

A bunch of comedians giving you all the wrong reasons to continue DADT (not that there are any right reasons).

G.A.Y.S. (Guys Against You Serving) from Thomas Lennon

I predict that the number of home foreclosures will drop this year.

Mainly because, with GMAC and now J P Morgan Chase calling a halt while they try to determine if their paperwork is legal, it won't be too long before the other major players are required to do the same.
JPMorgan Chase has suspended legal proceedings on 50,000 foreclosures, due to concerns about the validity of the foreclosure documents, a spokesman for the bank told CNBC Wednesday (hat tip to Zero Hedge).

JPMorgan spokesman Tom Kelly confirmed to the AP Wednesday that "employees signed some affidavits about loan documents without personally verifying the files."

The decision is the latest signal of a potentially massive stall in the nation's foreclosure process. Last week, after GMAC Mortgage halted its foreclosures in 23 states, the Washington Post reported that one of GMAC's employees hadn't read the roughly 10,000 foreclosure documents he approved each month (and now Colorado wants to be added to that list of states). It then turned out that the "robo signer" might not have been alone.
There is a purpose for all those legal "dance steps" when you buy a house.

Jeez, those Pakis sure are touchy

You blow up three measly Pakistani border guards and they get all huffy and shut down the border crossing.
Pakistani officials said Thursday that NATO supply trucks had been blocked from entering Afghanistan at a key border post in response to an early morning NATO airstrike that they said killed three Pakistani border security soldiers.

According to a Pakistani military statement, the attack occurred at 5:25 a.m. at the Mandata Kandaho border post about 600 feet inside Upper Khurram agency, a region in Pakistan's tribal belt that borders Afghanistan's Khost province. After the helicopters "engaged through cannon fire" with the post, the six soldiers stationed there fired warning shots with their rifles, and the helicopters responded with two missiles that destroyed the post, according to the Pakistani account.

Within hours, the border crossing at Torkham had been ordered closed by federal officials, and NATO supply trucks were idling there, according to transporters stuck at the pass and officials in the region, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The pass, which lies north of Peshawar, is the most important entry point for coalition forces' fuel and supplies, most of which come into Pakistan through the southern port of Karachi.
Looks like another case of junior birdmen playing video games with reality.

R.I.P. Tony Curtis

Thanks for Jaime Leigh

Thursday Music Blogging

When you are no longer working, this is nostalgia.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Maybe he lived there too long

From Fark, a tale of a judge who handed women his nuts:
A Pennsylvania judge from the village of Intercourse is facing a disorderly conduct charge for allegedly approaching women near the state Capitol and handing them acorns he had hollowed out and stuffed with condoms, according to cops.

When confronted by officers last Tuesday, Isaac Stoltzfus, a District Court judge, claimed the bizarre incident was a joke.

According to a September 21 citation issued by Capitol Police, Stoltzfus, 58, “did conceal condoms in acorns and then gave them to women who were offended when they discovered the contents.”

Your Two Minute Ed

Ed talks about Newticles.


Your Dylan Dally Moment

Wherein Dylan has an interesting conversation with a lobbyist.


Tom Coburn is not a real doctor

But he plays one in Congress. This masquerade allows to pretend to the high road when he blocks more legislation in the Senate. His hold on the clean food bill is an example of his efforts to let major food producers continue to poison and kill their customers. No real doctor would do that. His latest potentially fatal douchebaggery concerns Haiti.
Last spring, the United States pledged nearly $1.2 billion in emergency aid to Haiti following its tragic earthquake that left hundreds of thousands of people dead and many more homeless.

Yet the Associated Press (AP) reports today that “not a cent of the $1.15 billion the U.S. promised for rebuilding has arrived” to Haitians who badly the need the aid. This summer, both the House and the Senate passed a bill that would make $917 million available for Haiti reconstruction aid. Yet Congress must also pass an authorization bill that directs exactly how the money will be spent, and thus far, the U.S. Senate has failed to do.

The AP conducted its own investigation of why the Senate has failed to pass the authorization bill, and it discovered that a single senator “pulled it for further study.” After calling dozens of senators’ offices, the AP discovered that the senator holding up the bill is Tom Coburn (R-OK). Coburn spokeswoman Becky Berhardt explained that the reason he is holding up the bill is because he objects to the creation of a senior Haiti coordinator — a position that would cost a paltry $5 million over five years — when the United States currently has an ambassador to the country:
Again, no real doctor would hold up aid to a country as badly devastated as Haiti, but ol' Doc Tom Coburn thinks it's a great idea.

Dickhead O'Keefe tries to prove he is all dick

You remember James O'Keefe, Andy Breitbarts favorite pimp? His latest dickery was supposed to be the punking of a CNN reporter by swavely seducing her, on hidden cameras.
According to CNN, Boudreau was trying to get O'Keefe to let her and a camera crew tape a video shoot O'Keefe and some of his friends were doing. He told her he wanted to meet her alone, in person, beforehand.

When she arrived at his house in Maryland, she was approached by Izzy Santa, the executive director of Project Veritas, O'Keefe's investigative journalism project. Santa told Boudreau that O'Keefe actually wanted to meet with the reporter on his boat, which he had set up into a "pleasure palace," where he would try to seduce her in front of hidden cameras.

Boudreau left.

CNN then obtained emails and a 13-page document outlining the plan. The plan, which Santa confirmed was real, had a list of "props," including a "condom jar," "dildos," sexy music (like Alicia Keys, as Marvin Gaye was dubbed "too cliche") and a camera on a tripod, which the filmmakers dubbed "an obvious sex tape machine."

There's also a script O'Keefe was supposed to read on camera before meeting with Boudreau.

"I've decided to have a little fun," reads the script. "Instead of giving her a serious interview, I'm going to punk CNN. Abbie has been trying to seduce me to use me, in order to spin a lie about me. So, I'm going to seduce her, on camera, to use her for a video. This bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five will get a taste of her own medicine, she'll get seduced on camera and you'll get to see the awkwardness and the aftermath."
Peurile plot failed and Little Jimmy denied it was real and not his idea anyway. Isn't little Jimmy still on probation from his New Orleans stunt?

Going toe to toe with "You lie" Joe

Give Rob Miller a chance to show South Carolina isn't totally crazy.

Iraq from Team Miller on Vimeo.


From the pen of Ben Sargent


A warning for the Business community

From Steven Pearlstein, business columnist for the WaPo. For all those folks wishing for a Republican/Teabag victory, remember, they aren't even George W's Republicans anymore.
The good news, of course, is that you won't have to spend a minute over the next two years worrying about tax increases or climate-change legislation or that odious card check idea that would open the doors again to union organizing. The bad news is that you can kiss goodbye tax reform, education reform, infrastructure investment or any new trade treaties. With DeMint cracking the ideological whip in the Senate, and a new crop of young and hungry conservatives beginning to take charge of the Republican caucus in the House, Democrats will be in no mood to strike any deals on these business priorities. Ditto for a Democratic president readily wielding his veto.

And then there's that matter of regulatory uncertainty you've been complaining about. If you think it's bad now, just wait until next year when the Obama administration tries to do through regulation what it will no longer be able to achieve through legislation. Republican committee chairman will respond with hearings and investigations and appropriations riders in an attempt to block the new regulations. In the end, nothing will be resolved until the issues are subject to years of federal court litigation.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that, once the heat of the election season has passed, cooler heads will prevail and DeMint and the other anti-government zealots will return to their rightful place on the fringes of the political system, leaving it to the grown-ups to get things done. Don't kid yourselves. You're about to create a political monster that you can't control, one bent not on reforming but on destroying the institutional framework that allows an advanced industrial economy to grow and thrive.
And like the termites you don't see until it's too late, they have already done great damage to the framework of our democracy.

New BP CEO doing the corporate shuffle

And hoping that when he is done, you won't notice that there has been no real change but it looks nice.
Dudley, an American who formally takes over the London-based oil giant on Friday, also said he would elevate the company's safety chief, Mark Bly, the author of the recent report on the Macondo well blowout, and give him broader powers over the company's worldwide operations.

Andy Inglis, BP's head of global exploration and production, will leave the company at the end of the year and lose his seat on the company's board of directors effective Oct. 31. A graduate of Cambridge University, he joined BP 30 years ago.

While leading BP's efforts to get the Macondo well under control, Inglis has kept out of public view since the April 20 blowout, making his first appearance in Washington last week at an Interior and Energy Department panel about the accident. There he kept carefully to the company's script, noting that while the Macondo well was "by no means the deepest well . . . it did pose unique challenges." He took no questions.

The moves are the first management changes since chief executive Tony Hayward announced in late July that he would step down effective Oct. 1. They are designed to address widespread criticism of BP for failing to identify or punish key decision makers in the blowout.
So the safety guy who did nothing to make BP a safe company gets bumped up because he wrote a great CYA report. The proper action would be to seize all of BP's American assets and save the lives of American workers by instituting real safety changes. But that's a moot issue because workers lives are cheap and BP is a great corporation.

Gov Scharzenegger must like Pepsi

Because he isn't too happy with the Koch brothers. Arnold does use the German pronunciation of that name.



It is not too often a politician rips the evil doers like this.

Roger Ailes' great balloon like panties in a twist

And Glenda Becky is the cause. Roger made him and Glenda is too much of a shit to be properly grateful. Read all about it.

One more and she will be tied with the Wasilla Winky Dink

True, they are already politically connected, but as we all remember, WWD went to five colleges before she got her degree. On the other end of the seesaw, if Christine O'Donnell lies about one more college that she attended, she will match that number in a way that only a Teabagger could love.
Another university is bringing Christine O'Donnell's self-professed education history into question Wednesday, as Claremont Graduate University, a school that the Delaware Senate candidate claims she attended, has told Talking Points Memo that they have no record of her being there.

"Claremont Graduate University has no student or education record for an individual named Christine O'Donnell," Rod Leveque, a spokesman for Claremont told TPM Tuesday, despite O'Donnell's inclusion of the school on her LinkedIn education history.

A similar response had been given earlier to blogger and radio producer Gary Scott, who thought to inquire based on the news that O'Donnell had not even officially received her undergraduate degree from Farleigh Dickinson University until earlier this month.
It is a sad indicator of how badly the Republican/Teabag Party has damaged the values of this country that its candidates are caught time and again lying without damaging their standing. Don't even start on the sex scandals.

B side Music Blogging

From Evie Sands who never made a bad song.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You are known by the company you keep

Which should make the following information come as no surprise. The NY Times has taken a look at the people around Carl "The Buffalo Giant Douche" Paladino and come up with the kinds of histories that fit a man like Carl.
As he mounts an outrage-filled campaign for governor of New York, Carl P. Paladino has vowed to forcibly rid Albany of the wayward officials and misbehaving bureaucrats who he says have demeaned state government, promising to “take out the trash.”

But some of the people whom Mr. Paladino has recruited to run his campaign are plagued by brushes with the law and allegations of misconduct, an examination of public records shows.

His campaign manager failed to pay nearly $53,000 in federal taxes over the last few years, prompting the Internal Revenue Service to take action against him. An aide who frequently drives Mr. Paladino on the campaign trail served jail time in Arizona on charges of drunken driving.

Another adviser has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $1 million from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s re-election bid last year. And Mr. Paladino’s campaign chairwoman left a local government position amid claims that she had steered $1 billion in public money to a politically connected investment manager.

Their backgrounds could raise questions about the kind of cabinet Mr. Paladino, a Republican, would assemble if elected in November and cast doubt on his ability to radically remake the dysfunctional culture of Albany, government watchdogs said.
From the beginning, Carl's judgement has shown signs of being seriously impaired. In normal times, this would disqualify him with voters. But thanks to the Teabaggers, these are not normal times.

Size doesn't matter

If you want students to learn, you have to want to teach them. Nothing fancy or complicated there.
A decade ago, Brockton High School was a case study in failure. Teachers and administrators often voiced the unofficial school motto in hallway chitchat: students have a right to fail if they want. And many of them did — only a quarter of the students passed statewide exams. One in three dropped out.

Then Susan Szachowicz and a handful of fellow teachers decided to take action. They persuaded administrators to let them organize a schoolwide campaign that involved reading and writing lessons into every class in all subjects, including gym...

The committee’s first big step was to go back to basics, and deem that reading, writing, speaking and reasoning were the most important skills to teach. They set out to recruit every educator in the building — not just English, but math, science, even guidance counselors — to teach those skills to students.
Brockton succeeded by throwing out the CW and bringing everybody up to speed and on board with the program. And it was a pretty diverse group they were working with.
“You meet a new person every day,” said Johanne Alexandre, a senior whose mother is Haitian. “Somebody with a new story, a new culture. I have Pakistani friends, Brazilians, Haitians, Asians, Cape Verdeans. There are Africans, Guatemalans.”

“There’s a couple of Americans, too!” Tercia Mota, a senior born in Brazil, offered.
Hearty congratulations to the Brockton crew for showing us something that Republican/Teabaggers hate to see, public education working the way it should.

Your Two Minute Ed.

Ed says you have a very good reason to vote regardless of the stupidity flowing around you.

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Cenk explains it, is anybody listening?

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Matt Taibbi has a Teabagger Epiphany

And thanks to the good offices of Randy Paul and the Wasilla Winky Dink he understands what the Teabaggers are all about.
A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can't imagine it...

Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it's going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I've concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They're full of shit. All of them. At the voter level, the Tea Party is a movement that purports to be furious about government spending — only the reality is that the vast majority of its members are former Bush supporters who yawned through two terms of record deficits and spent the past two electoral cycles frothing not about spending but about John Kerry's medals and Barack Obama's Sixties associations. The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them. In fact, their lack of embarrassment when it comes to collecting government largesse is key to understanding what this movement is all about — and nowhere do we see that dynamic as clearly as here in Kentucky, where Rand Paul is barreling toward the Senate with the aid of conservative icons like Palin.
Matt has all the details in his latest Rolling Stone piece.

When Democrats attack

They can't miss. Here is one Dems ad for SSI



And here is one for Medicare


They always forget the best part

From the pen of Tom Toles



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Apologies do not change Paladino's spots

And Bob Herbert says we need to hear a lot more from the Buffalo Giant Douche before we consider him for any public office.
Mr. Paladino has acknowledged forwarding the e-mails, which he said was evidence of “poor judgment” on his part. But that’s not sufficient. The e-mails raise legitimate questions about the fitness of the sender to hold the highest office in the state, and Mr. Paladino should feel an obligation to put those questions to rest.

The images and videos are so blatantly hostile to blacks and women that it’s fair to wonder whether Mr. Paladino is prejudiced against them. He’s made it clear that he’s fully capable of mindless stereotyping — letting us know, for example, that people from Manhattan, who tend to be “smug” and “elitist,” are his least favorite New Yorkers.

Questions about possible prejudice are germane whenever a candidate aspires to public office. In Mr. Paladino’s case, the questions are entwined with some of his specific policy positions. He believes that space in prisons should be turned into work camps in which poor people would get, among other types of training, classes in personal hygiene. The camps would be part of Mr. Paladino’s proposed “Dignity Corps,” the inference being that the poor lack dignity in the first place, along with their presumed lack of cleanliness. (It’s a good bet that Mr. Paladino is oblivious to the extreme irony of someone who sends out racist and pornographic e-mails counseling others about personal dignity.)
The sad part is he is getting a lot of support from oblivious voters.

Colbert, you should be ashamed

That you wasted your time and talent in front of a bunch of douchebags.

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You know somebody will piss on this spark

The latest information from the Kabul Quagmire, straight from the lips of Petraeus himself, is that the Taliban is willing to reconcile with Karzai of the Afghans. And Karzai of the Afghans is also willing to talk.
The Taliban have publicly said they won't negotiate until foreign troops leave Afghanistan.
Sounds like a perfectly good opportunity to leave and let them determine their own destinies.

Can't you just see where this will end

Having granted corporations the right to buy US elections, the Supreme Court has another opportunity to complete the subservience of individual citizens to their corporate masters.
The Supreme Court is getting involved in an unusual freedom of information dispute over whether corporations may assert personal privacy interests to prevent the government from releasing documents about them.

The court on Tuesday agreed to a request from the Obama administration to take up a case involving claims made by telecommunications giant AT&T to keep secret the information gathered by the Federal Communications Commission during an investigation.

The administration wants the high court to rule that corporations may not claim a personal privacy exception contained in the federal Freedom of Information Act.
And Elena Kagan has recused herself (something Clarence or Antonin would never do) because of prior involvement as Solicitor General. This should be a slam dunk for the right wing activist judges.

A helping hand

To help Scott beat Mooselini's Best Teabag buddy Mooseface


Because even Republicans go hungry

Watch the video and act accordingly.


Transportation Music Blogging

In the early days of this country, indenture had nothing to do with your teeth.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Orrin Hatch thinks 240,000 people better off unemployed.

Because, what the hell, he's a Republican and he will do anything to make Obama look bad.
The 2009 stimulus bill created an "Emergency Fund" that allowed states to subsidize jobs via the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF), formerly known as welfare. The Senate voted against reauthorizing the program in March. Last week Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) blocked a request to bring up a bill that contained a $1.5 billion reauthorization. Advocates of the program are not optimistic that a change of heart is afoot in the U.S. Senate.
Orrin is also a Mormon and has promised to baptize any who die as a result of his heartless actions into the Mormon faith. That should make everything better

Quote of the Day

Replacing a job that is based in another country with a domestic job does not stimulate economic growth or enhance the competitiveness of American worldwide companies.
Bruce Josten, EVP US Chamber of Commerce proclaiming the Chambers opposition to Sen. Bernie Sanders bill to encourage re-shoring jobs to America and their dedication to profit over country.

Golfin' John the Corporate Ho


Truck Music Blogging

Another great import from Canada


Robbing Mahmoud to pay Shmuel

For some reason the Israeli government expects US support as it steals more and more Palestinian land while demanding the same Palestinians continue peace talks. Sadly, they will get our support as the talks drag out until there is no Palestinian land left on the West Bank.

Paul Krugman on structural unemployment

It's all a big lie and here is why.

Taxpayers pay for the lung cancer study

But the mining comapany lobbyists get to clean it up before it hurts their owners feelings.

New hotbed of Islamophobia, Sydney NY !?!

Who the fuck ever heard of Sydney much less cares about who is buried there. Now the town fathers have their panties in a bunch over a Muslim cemetary that was deemed a lawful use in 2005 by Dale R Downin, Code Enforcement Official for the Town of Sydney.

"What we would not want is an unauthorized cemetery," says Bob McCarthy, town supervisor of the Delaware County town of Sidney, population 5,993. "We're taking care of a bunch of cemeteries, and they just came in and buried the bodies, and didn't go through...there's no funding there, it's not a standard kind of deal, and it's going to become a liability to the town."

So what steps have the Muslims skipped? "I don't know what the exact law is," he says.

Which is the problem; because whether or not the town government likes it, there are no laws in Sidney -- or New York state, for that matter -- covering cemeteries on private land -- religious cemeteries included. Plus, the town approved the cemetery in 2005.

But this is 2010, there's a darkie in the White House and a racist pig from western New York running for Governor so the town fathers felt they have to do their part. And what better way to do their part than to disturb the final resting place of a bunch of ragheads, right?

The perfect Republican

Kill two unarmed prisoners and run for Congress.

Segway owner discovers they don't fly

And neither did he.
A wealthy British businessman who owns the company that makes the two-wheeled Segway has been found dead in a river in northern England after apparently falling off a cliff on one of the vehicles, police said Monday.

The body of 62-year-old James Heselden and a Segway personal transporter were found in the River Wharfe and he was prounced dead at the scene, West Yorkshire Police said.

Police said a witness had reported seeing a man fall Sunday over a 30-foot (9-meter) drop into the river near Boston Spa, 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of London.
Segways are amazing machines but they do have their limits.

Why do so many whack jobs hide behind god?

Once again people who don't want big government unless it can be used to keep women (and other undesirables) in their place are trying to cram one of their misanthropic ideas into law. This time it is in Colorado, a state fast becoming a hellhole of anti christian activity like this.
Using the term "fertilized egg" is "the same thing as using the N-word," says the pro-life minister behind a Colorado campaign to have fertilized eggs declared legal persons.

Colorado's Amendment 62, which will appear on the ballot this November, is the second attempt by pro-life groups in the state to have fertilized eggs declared legal persons. The campaign is seen as a direct challenge to pro-choice rights, as a declaration that fertilized eggs are persons would potentially make any case of abortion a homicide.
And what to do with a woman who has a spontaneous miscarriage? Re-education camp?

Methinks the Colorado air is too dry and the atmospheric pressure is too low for some people. Their brains dry up and blow out their earholes in the wind.

Jelly Roll Music Blogging

Mr Morton singing like you have never heard before


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Step 1 Hire company to run your libraries.....Step 3 Profit

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. The NY Times is reporting on the hiring by the town of Santa Clarita of a private for-profit company to run their library system.
Now the company, Library Systems & Services, has been hired for the first time to run a system in a relatively healthy city, setting off an intense and often acrimonious debate about the role of outsourcing in a ravaged economy.

A $4 million deal to run the three libraries here is a chance for the company to demonstrate that a dose of private management can be good for communities, whatever their financial situation. But in an era when outsourcing is most often an act of budget desperation — with janitors, police forces and even entire city halls farmed out in one town or another — the contract in Santa Clarita has touched a deep nerve and begun a round of second-guessing.

Can a municipal service like a library hold so central a place that it should be entrusted to a profit-driven contractor only as a last resort — and maybe not even then?

“There’s this American flag, apple pie thing about libraries,” said Frank A. Pezzanite, the outsourcing company’s chief executive. He has pledged to save $1 million a year in Santa Clarita, mainly by cutting overhead and replacing unionized employees. “Somehow they have been put in the category of a sacred organization.”
Right now they fire the unionized librarians and allegedly hire them back at lower wages and screw them out of their pension, too. But if they want to save $1 Million and still make the CEO's salary and bonuses not to mention the profit target of their private equity masters, how soon before they hire nothing but TSA rejects? Or as one other city in CA did, rely on volunteers to provide the necessary service. But that is illegal for a for-profit company to do in CA and they wouldn't do that.

Golfin' John Boehner channeling Andrew Mellon

And his erstwhile boss Herbert Hoover with one major exception. Hoover and Mellon really did think they were doing the right thing. Golfin' John just wants to put his pasty white ass* into the Speakers Chair. Robert Reich explains and hopefully you will understand the impending threat.
John Boehner, the Republican House leader who will become Speaker if Democrats lose control of the House in the upcoming midterms, recently offered his solution to the current economic crisis: "Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmer, liquidate real estate. It will purge the rottenness out of the system. People will work harder, lead a more moral life."

Actually, those weren't Boehner's words. They were uttered by Herbert Hoover's treasury secretary, millionaire industrialist Andrew Mellon, after the Great Crash of 1929.

But they might as well have been Boehner's because Hoover's and Mellon's means of purging the rottenness was by doing exactly what Boehner and his colleagues are now calling for: shrink government, cut the federal deficit, reduce the national debt, and balance the budget.

And we all know what happened after 1929, at least until FDR reversed course.

Boehner and other Republicans would even like to roll back the New Deal and get rid of Barack Obama's smaller deal health-care law.

The issue isn't just economic. We're back to tough love. The basic idea is to force people to live with the consequences of whatever happens to them.

In the late 19th century it was called Social Darwinism. Only the fittest should survive, and any effort to save the less fit will undermine the moral fiber of society.
Golfin'John wants power at no cost to himself or his masters and he doesn't care how many bodies he has to climb over to get there. And John does know who the fittest are because they have been in his foursome.

* No way will I ever believe that GJ puts the Man Tan on his butt.

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Shouldn't they be more than just old enough?

Steve Benen thinks that the lack of qualifications to run for Senate seat does not mean you should have unqualified candidates. He uses a simple comparison to make his point.
If someone needs medical attention, they don't usually think, "All these doctors with their highfalutin science; who needs 'em?"

If someone needs to fly from one airport to another, they don't usually think, "I don't care if the pilot has years of training; I care if he/she is in touch with my values."
Still it would not be a bad idea to let Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle fly with a pilot who shares their values and qualifications.

An effective and pleasing tax policy

Mark Sumner has posted a diary at the Great Orange Stan that should remind the adults what the Republicans have been trying like hell to make people forget these last 30 years, taxes are a necessary part of an effectively functioning economy. But it his opening that I really like.
Wall Street is upset. Sure, they were handed a trillion dollars. Sure, their industry was pulled from the toilet, propped up, dried off, and allowed to return to its never-ending party. Sure, they're looking forward to what may be the biggest bonus year ever while the rest of us are dealing with a little thing called a recession. But hey, they are upset that people have been talking mean about them. They don't like that. They don't like that so much that they're pouring record levels of money into Republican campaigns, just to make sure that Democrats get the point.

After all, being "too big to fail" means never having to say you're sorry. Heck, it means never having to face up to the fact that you failed at all. It certainly means that guys wearing Alexander Amosu suits don't have to say thank you to the people digging ditches, flipping burgers, or sweating out a stint of unemployment. You know, the people who chipped in so that the Wall Streeters could keep their jobs. Being too big to fail means being able to go on pretending that you're a tough, take care of yourself, fiscal conservative and that this little bump never happened. It certainly means that you don't have to be the least bit contrite, or demonstrate any sense of either guilt or gratitude.

And I absolutely agree. They don't. There's only one thing I want from these guys -- I want to tax the holy crap out of them.
This is the way to go and the first step has to be the destruction of the Republican/Teabag Party.

The next time your dinner tries to kill you

Be sure and send thanks to "Dr. No" Sen. Tom Coburn.


Some Sunday Music


What more can you say?

From the pen of Joel Pett


Thank you George, Thank you Dick, Thank you Barry

For starting this and never stopping.

From McClatchy:
In the last video Elizabeth Woods took of her husband before he was killed in Afghanistan, Brian tries to reassure her that he will be all right, that his six months at war will pass quickly and soon they will be together again.

"It's hard for me, too," he says. "I'm going to miss you a lot."...

Elizabeth filmed the video, one last memory of Brian, just in case.

Elizabeth has watched the video so often, as many as eight times in a single day, that she no longer cries when she sees Brian's face and hears his voice. She can recite what each of them said, as if she were reciting dialogue from a movie.

She has watched the video so many times that their daughter, Ella, now 20 months old, recognizes her father's face on the computer screen.

"Dada!" Ella cries out as the video plays. She presses her body into Elizabeth's legs, a little girl's unspoken way of asking to be picked up so she can watch, too.

When Elizabeth looks at Ella, she sees Brian. Ella has her father's full cheeks, the same earnest puppy-dog look about her eyes. When she doesn't get her way, she squinches up her nose and sticks out her lower lip the way Brian did.

Ella is too young to understand that "Dada" is not a face on a computer screen.
And Fuck You and Petraeus too for thinking we need to continue this for years to come.

Even Montgomery never waited this long

And he was famous for waiting for every last piece before he attacked. According to General Blotz, the NATO spokesman, the combat for Khandahar province will now begin.
American and Afghan troops have begun the active combat phase of a military operation designed to drive the Taliban out of districts around the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar city, military officials said Sunday.

Code-named “Operation Dragon Strike,” the push is focusing on clearing the Taliban from three districts to the west and south of the city, said Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, a NATO spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul. “We expect hard fighting,” he said.

The aim, he said, would be “destroying Taliban fighting positions so they will not have anywhere to hide.”
And so it goes.

Republicans know that government can't create jobs

Which is why they are preternaturally opposed to any extension of the emergency fund for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Tens of thousands of people will lose their jobs within weeks unless Congress extends one of the more effective job-creating programs in the $787 billion stimulus act: a $1 billion New Deal-style program that directly paid the salaries of unemployed people so they could get jobs in government, at nonprofit organizations and at many small businesses.

In rural Perry County, Tenn., the program helped pay for roughly 400 new jobs in the public and private sectors. But in a county of 7,600 people, those jobs had a big impact: they reduced Perry County’s unemployment rate to less than 14 percent this August, from the Depression-like levels of more than 25 percent that it hit last year after its biggest employer, an auto parts factory, moved to Mexico.

If the stimulus program ends on schedule next week, Perry County officials said, an estimated 300 people there will lose their jobs — the equivalent of another factory closing.
The sad fact of the GOP Congressional opposition is that even Republican governors support the idea of extending it. When arch white wing conservo-slob Haley Barbour, a man who will take credit for anything he opposed before it worked, wants to see it extended then it is time for the inside the Beltway boys and girls to suck it up and do the right thing. This would be very hard for the DC GOP. Aside from foregoing the sheer pleasure of throwing thousands of worthless Americans out of work, there is the undeniable fact that it funded no bond traders, hedge fund managers, Fox "News" anchors or even one lousy Heritage Foundation analyst. What more proof does the public need that government can't create jobs?

I forgot I was black

The Governor of New York gives as good as he gets on SNL.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Quote of the Day

Maybe the problem is not so much chimeras in science as chimeras in politics. We seem beset with spellbinding hybrids with the looks of Fox News anchors, the brains of mice and the power of changing the direction of the country.
MoDo on the mind numbing ignorance of the Know Nothing GOP.

Wall St crashed the economy by selling a bunch of shit

And millions of people across the country have lost damn near everything because Wall St sold a bunch of shit. Now it turns out that the company hired to test for the shit says 28% of mortgages sold by Wall St really, truly were shit. And Wall St sold the shit anyway.
During the height of the boom in 2006 and the period prior to its immediate end during the first six months of 2007, Clayton inspected home loans for Wall Street firms and government-backed mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Clayton looked at loans that the companies wanted to purchase from mortgage originators like New Century Financial, Countrywide Financial, and Fremont Investment & Loan. The company examined 911,039 mortgages, documents show...

Of the 911,000 loans that Clayton scrutinized, 72 percent either met the mortgage seller's standards and other guidelines set by the buyer of the mortgages, typically Wall Street firms, or they had off-setting factors that allowed Clayton to give them a passing grade, like if the borrower who took out the mortgage put a lot of money down or had a very high income.

But 28 percent failed to meet those standards. Of those 255,802 mortgages that Clayton flagged for what were a variety of reasons, Wall Street ended up waiving 100,653 of them, or 39 percent of those loans that did not meet basic standards. And Wall Street firms didn't share this with investors...

During questioning by Angelides, Beal acknowledged that, because the firm was checking roughly 10 percent of the mortgages Clayton's clients were looking to purchase, one could say that Wall Street firms waived in as many as 1 million loans that Clayton had initially rejected.
Can we get some perp walks now??

GMAC opened a can of worms

When they suspended foreclosures in 23 states because of strong doubts as the the legality of the paperwork. Now the other states, including California, are taking action to find out how deep the foreclosure racket goes in their states. GMAC did the right thing but they probably opened a can of whoop-ass on their industry.

The way to fight evil Republicans

Alan Grayson shows the way.


Quote of the Day

Are we really willing to turn the government over to those whose basic agenda is sending a message rather than fixing the problem? If your pipes were bursting at home, would you want someone to take a 9-iron to them, or would you look for an experienced plumber who might actually have some ideas about how to fix them? Why is politics the one area where it is assumed that high emotion and a total lack of experience are the magic ingredients for success?
Susan Estrich pointing out the great failing of the followers of the teabaggers.

From The Department of No-Shit Sherlock

The latest from the NY Times on the Kabool Quagmire comes to us unde a headline that reads:
Widespread Fraud Seen in Latest Afghan Elections
And this time they were so brazen as to do some of the fraud on camera.
The complaints to provincial election commissions have so far included video clips showing ballot stuffing; the strong-arming of election officials by candidates’ agents; and even the handcuffing and detention of election workers.

In some places, election officials themselves are alleged to have carried out the fraud; in others, government employees did, witnesses said. One video showed election officials and a candidate’s representatives haggling over the price of votes.
And for this we are wasting American lives and treasure in the worlds largest kitty litter box!?!

Can you donate to a Food Bank today?

The demands on them increases daily and they need your help. Feeding America, formerly known as Second Harvest is a national charity that works with over 200 food banks to fight hunger in America. You can donate to them or through them find a group local to you. And if you are short of cash but have some time on your hands, they always need volunteers.

Bob Herbert looks at why your help is needed.
The Great Recession has long since ended, according to the data zealots in their windowless rooms. But it is still very real to the millions of men and women who wake up each morning to the grim reality of empty pockets and empty cupboards.

Wallingford is nobody’s definition of a depressed community. It’s a middle-class town on the Quinnipiac River. But the number of people seeking help at Master’s Manna is rising, not falling. And when I asked Cheryl Bedore, who runs the program, if she was seeing more clients from the middle class, she said: “Oh, absolutely. We have people who were donors in the past coming to our doors now in search of help.”
Or, if I make quote from Stephen Colbert, "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

I love a good play on words

And this image (stolen from All Hat No Cattle) is a beautiful example despite confusing fact with fable regarding Wicca.


Chances are very good

That if you are an American, you don't believe that your friendly neighborhood CEO is making all that much more than you.
Americans vastly underestimate the degree of wealth inequality in America, and we believe that the distribution should be far more equitable than it actually is, according to a new study.

Or, as the study's authors put it: "All demographic groups -- even those not usually associated with wealth redistribution such as Republicans and the wealthy -- desired a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo."

The report (pdf) "Building a Better America -- One Wealth Quintile At A Time" by Dan Ariely of Duke University and Michael I. Norton of Harvard Business School (hat tip to Paul Kedrosky), shows that across ideological, economic and gender groups, Americans thought the richest 20 percent of our society controlled about 59 percent of the wealth, while the real number is closer to 84 percent.
And we all think we have a chance of moving on up, too.

Bill dumps some love on the whiny rich



You have to watch the video, but I think his first draft was better.

Two points of interest

The first is that Al Greenspan seems to be on a crusade to stop the extension of the Bush tax cuts. Here he is speaking out again on PBS.
It’s more important for the U.S. to cut its budget deficit than to extend tax cuts currently set to expire at the end of this year, former Federal Reserve Governor Alan Greenspan said in an interview on PBS.

“The budget deficit problem, I believe, is far more dangerous than most of us contemplate on a day-to-day basis,” Greenspan said in an interview to air on PBS television’s “Newshour.” While low interest rates have made it easy for the government to sell bonds, “assuredly they’re not going to stay here.”
And the second point is that since leaving office, he has given up speaking in warrglbarrgl and has returned to using the English language. I don't know if this makes him more serious or not.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ooo! This should be good

The latest rumor is the NY Times is preparing an expose on Golfing John's extramarital affair. It's hard to believe that GJ would take that much time away from the links.

The will to be free is great in this one


Witches for Christine

AmericaBlog found the website, you should visit and enjoy it.

Witches For Christine

Republican Pledge to their Masters


About all we can expect

From the pen of Mike Lukovich


Who bought your Congresscritter?

The New York Times takes a look at the current state of Not-For-Profits in this electoral campaign and the way that many have become money laundries for RSOB's that want to remain anonymous.

Barney has the right idea

At a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Barney Frank asked a question that a lot of us have been asking ever since W started his own private war.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) called on Friday for President Obama to bring the 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq back home to the United States, arguing that it's inappropriate to deploy troops trained for combat in a non-combat situation.

"What are they there for, if it's not combat? To monitor elections? To mediate religious disputes? Let's get them home," Frank said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "What the hell are they there for?"

Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said that designating the troops "non-combat" does not persuade insurgents not to shoot at them. Frank made his remarks as part of a broader critique of the U.S. military's presence across the globe.

He rejected the notion that America is "the indispensable nation," that it must be a global cop that responds to trouble all across the globe. "People've gotta learn to dispense with us," he said, adding that if it could be shown that U.S. involvement across the globe is beneficial, he would reconsider the position, but, in general, he said, U.S. intervention only backfires.
Barney is off to a good start, but why stop with Okinawa? How about bringing home out troops in South Korea, Japan, Germany, England, Italy and all the rest. It sure would save us a pile of money, probably enough to start rebuilding America.

When I saw this headline

Stink Bugs Taking Area by Swarm
I thought it was just another story about last weeks Values Voters Summit. I was wrong, it is just another sign that summer is ending and the many parts of Mother Nature are seeking their own little Floridas to winter over.

Mercenaries party hearty

And the gunsels from Blackwater allegedly had a few record breakers in Iraq, according to a whistleblower.
Lowry says some of the steroids he purchased went to guards protecting L. Paul Bremer, the man the Bush administration appointed to run Iraq's provisional government following the invasion in 2003.

"The use of steroids and human growth hormone, testosterone, were pretty endemic to them and almost company-wide," Lowry said.

"Not only did I purchase the pharmaceuticals, but I was also given money and asked to acquire syringes and other forms or modes of injection as well," Lowry stated in his deposition. He alleges the drugs were purchased with Blackwater money.

Lowry described Blackwater guards' parties at Baghdad's al-Hamra Hotel as a "frat party gone wild." He says he saw copious amounts of cocaine and hashish at the events.

"One of the suites would be absolutely packed with gentlemen running around with either no clothes on, no shirt on. It was like a frat party gone wild. Drug use was rampant. There was cocaine all on the tables. There were blocks of hash, and you could smell it in the air...walking up to the door," Lowry said in his deposition.

On occasion, Blackwater personnel at these parties would go out on the balcony with machine guns and "would just spray the building next door, which housed Iraqi civilians," Lowry alleges.

Lowry made his claims as part of a civil lawsuit against Blackwater alleging that company founder Erik Prince and companies he controlled defrauded the US government.
Every time I read a new accusation regarding Prince and his hired guns, I keep thinking that when cowboys from John Wayne to Clint Eastwood rode into town these were the gangs they cleaned up.

Jon Stewart also dumps on the GOP

Don't mess with the tape library in the hands of a good editor.

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Krugman predicts Republican highways

Once upon a time, a Latin American political party promised to help motorists save money on gasoline. How? By building highways that ran only downhill.

I’ve always liked that story, but the truth is that the party received hardly any votes. And that means that the joke is really on us. For these days one of America’s two great political parties routinely makes equally nonsensical promises. Never mind the war on terror, the party’s main concern seems to be the war on arithmetic. And this party has a better than even chance of retaking at least one house of Congress this November.

Banana republic, here we come.
And it gets worse, even if you like bananas.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Golfing John insists that his tan is natural

Well, no one that color is natural but he insists he uses no artificial products to enhance or achieve it.
Addressing the seemingly constant chatter about the orangey-tan color of his skin, House Minority Leader John Boehner told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Thursday that his eye-catching complexion is one hundred percent natural.

"I have never been in a tanning bed or used a tanning product," explained the ranking Republican. He said that his mother and four of his twelve siblings also have the sun-kissed glow.

The explanation comes as only the latest in a string of recent instances where Boehner has found himself playing defense against questions and jokes made about the color of his skin.

Earlier this month during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," the House leader was asked about a survey from Public Policy Polling indicating that 30 percent voters in his home state of Ohio think he "spends too much time on his tan."
So instead of that 1/2 gallon jug of ManTan, may I suggest these fine products for Golfing John this Christmas.



Thank you Susie Madrak



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Your Two Minute Ed

Ed looks at Golfing John's Attack on America

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This man has Juice!

Rep Alan Grayson shows Ed how any Democrat can win.

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Heartless Bitch or Standard Republican

Sharron Angle makes it hard to decide


From the pen of Tony Auth


GAil Collins looks at the procedural debate in the Senate

And while she says you shouldn't pay any attention to it, she does show how you can discover which Senator is being the biggest asshole. With the defense authorization bill it is obvious that John McCain won the prize. So pay attention to Gail's procedure and not her advice.

Are we run by Assholes?

Indeed!

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Warren Buffett lets the cat out of the bag

After basking briefly in the report from the guys who make the official declarations about whether we are in a recession or not, we see our hopes dashed by a man who should know what is what. According to the Oracle of Omaha we are still in a recession.
I think we're in a recession until real per capita GDP gets back to where it was-- before. That is not the way the National Bureau of Economic Research measures it. But I will tell you that to any-- on any common sense definition, the average American is below where he was before, or his family, in terms of real income, GDP. We're still in a recession.
I suppose next he will tell us we still have combat troops in Iraq.

The Republicans have no new ideas

And they made that stunningly obvious in the roll out of their ballyhooed "Pledge to America".
The plan steers clear of specifics on important issues, such as how it will "put government on a path to a balanced budget." It omits altogether the question of how to address looming shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare, which account for a huge portion of the nation's soaring deficit, instead including a vague promise: "We will make the decisions that are necessary to protect our entitlement programs."
With an arrogance that displays how far out of touch the GOP is with reality, they ignored the highly unpopular social issues that many of their candidates are running on and concentrated on their deflationary financial ideas that appear designed to stop the recovery cold in its tracks.

Their whole concept seems to be "Remember how bad it was the last time we were in control? We didn't think so."

UPDATE: Even noted Republican douchebag and balllicker Erick Erickson doesn't like it, "It is dreck".

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Your Two Minute Ed

Ed makes it clear the price of letting Republicans win.

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The Inigo Montoya Award goes to....

The DeCosters, pere et fils.
Asked repeatedly how the DeCosters could have so many problems after being cited so many times over the years for a variety of health and sanitation violations, both father and son listed steps taken to clean up after specific problems were cited by regulations.

But they couldn't explain why problems kept cropping up at their operations, first in Maine, then Maryland and now Iowa.
As Inigo Montoya would say, "You keep using those words, steps taken to clean up. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Republicans plan to blow the deficit sky high

The Party of No unveiled their plan to make everything OK if they are given the keys to the car again. In Republican speak they want to do it the same old way.
U.S. House Republicans plan to announce a governing agenda that includes a repeal of the health-care overhaul, extension of all Bush-era tax cuts and a reduction in federal spending to “pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels,” according to a draft provided by a Republican aide.
So they want to eliminate the deficit savings of ObamaCare and blow up the deficit some more with tax cuts for rich people who have no need for them and return "federal spending to “pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels". This is also known as totally uncontrolled, deficit bloating spending on all their well connected buddies because their boy W was in the White House then. Since the stimulus/bailout the Party of No has allowed almost no needed spending because they want to see the black guy in the White House fail.

Just another Republican effort to turn up into down and black into white.

1/3 of Forbes 400 are hurting from the Recession

Just over one-third of the 400 failed to add to their fortunes or lost ground.
However the good news is that they have managed to avoid eating cat food yet. And the other 2/3rds are doing just fine, who wants to know.

The Best of the Republican Party ??

And they all believe that Big Government should control a woman's womb because they know best.


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Your average Republican could power a whole city

In Cambridge, dog shit is not just for stepping in anymore. One enterprising fellow has developed a way to compost your doggie's billet doux into methane to power a lamp in the local dog park.
Dog poop is lighting a lantern at a Cambridge dog park as part of a monthslong project that its creator, artist Matthew Mazzotta, hopes will get people thinking about not wasting waste.

The "Park Spark" poop converter is actually two steel, 500-gallon oil tanks painted a golden yellow, connected by diagonal black piping and attached to an old gaslight-style street lantern at the Pacific Street Park.

After the dogs do their business, signs on the tanks instruct owners to use biodegradable bags supplied on site to pick up the poop and deposit it into the left tank. People then turn a wheel to stir its insides, which contain waste and water. Microbes in the waste give off methane, an odorless gas that is fed through the tanks to the lamp and burned off. The park is small but has proven busy enough to ensure a steady supply of fuel.
Newt Gingrich could probably light Manhattan for a year.

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