Weekend-Monday Mar 21-23, 2009 Vol
2307 - Thrashing
“In September, when Lehman was allowed to fail and AIG knew it was going bankrupt, Tim Geithner had a seat at both tables. He reportedly was the major architect
of the original loan to AIG, the one that
has since ballooned into $170 billion." --
Henry Blodget, Link
I don't know if that's true or not, but Geithner
is severly damaged goods and I cringe every time
I hear Obama say, "Heckuva job, Timmy."
Today's Tequila Treehouse...
vs absent Steele
Rat and AIDS
as George Costanza
Hos Fail Upward
Meria Heller shoots
from the hip. Asking the tough questions
and seeking solutions. No party loyalty and
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Excerpt: There's something about this scandal that feels
spun. I don't know if it's being driven by
the cable nets or political paranoia but public
outrage is strangely...lacking.
During past Washington tempests, I'd often hear
from friends. This time it has been dead silence.
The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, who runs the switchboard,
reports that they have seen just the
slightest uptick in the normal call volume...
And where's the GOP? They're placing the blame
on the Dems and Obama and loudly reminding
everyone that the Democrats' lavish bailouts
wasted tax payer money while calling on Geithner to resign.
All of this came just as Obama last week had
been encouraging folks to invest in the stock market again,
trying to re-launch confidence in the recovery.
But it's hard to sell greed as good when in the next breath
your forced to curse the same greed that continues
to break the system.
Excerpt: I was so looking forward to the rap battle between
Stephen Colbert and RNC Chairman Michael Steele,
but now it looks like the problems Steele has
caused for himself in recent media appearances may have killed it.
On Thursday, Colbert brought up the challenge
he'd issued and that Steele had accepted, noting that Steele hadn't
yet made good on his promise. So Colbert just
went ahead and held the battle anyway, performing his own rap and
then playing a clip his staff had put together
of Steele's "response." It was pretty funny, but at the same time it seems
like a sign that Steele has learned from his
experiences over the past month and may have reconsidered his decision
to accept the challenge. Probably a smart move,
Maybe the GOP has learned you can't screw with a comedian because,
unlike our courage-challenged elected Democrats,
comedians aren't afraid to fight back and list the damn facts.
Excerpt: While Dodd has only recently found himself in
the hot seat because of his massive AIG screw-up,
his issues with voters have been festering
for two years. His AIG mess exacerbated his popularity problems.
"His numbers started to fall two years ago, and
it had nothing to do with the economy," said Quinnipiac University
Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "It's been a
cumulative effect that has brought him down."
Dodd's decision to move his family to Iowa to
campaign for a doomed bid for president, his initial refusal to release
documents of his two good-buddy mortgages with
Countrywide, criticism of how he financed an Irish vacation cottage
and now his Banking Committee mess that protected
bonuses for his friends at AIG have all taken their toll.
So will Dodd go quietly and take one for the team?
Or will he go out Saddam-style, setting fire to everything as he leaves?
Excerpt: When it comes to questions and matters of sex,
drugs and diseases which arise as a result of both, separation of
church and state is paramount. Thus, when the
Pontiff declares that condoms will worsen the AIDS situation in Africa,
it is like
saying let's not vaccinate our children against polio.
It is that disconnect between reality and the
rigors of the Church that question its authority.
It is also testament to the fact that the Church
has not recognized the deadly cocktail of imposed celibacy and child molestation."
I think that's a great tactic - every time the Pope sticks his nose
in somebody else's business,
we should be reminded that the Pope wants privacy and secrecy for his
Also, there is a hueueueueueuge outrage to be mentioned.
Wikipedia doesn't have a page dedicated to Dr Julius Youngner, the
man who saved millions of kids in the fifties
from living and dying in an iron lung, yet low-IQ comedians get plenty
of attention ...and that's a crime.
If you don't know ANYONE who lives like this,
...you have THIS MAN to thank.
Younger, Senior scientist on the
Salk polio vaccine research team
They say Salk beat polio, but it was Youngner who scored
all the touchdowns.
He deserves a "Thank you" from
every healthy person in the world.
I talked to Dr. Youngner this morning and he sounds like he's maybe
40 years old. I wasn't sure what
to expect when I called, but his hearing was perfect and his voice
was strong and his mind is scalpel-sharp.
He said, "If you're ever near PittsburgH,
drop by and we'll do a few shots!!
Swear to Koresh.
How generous he is, this Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of
Molecular Genetics and
Biochemistry in the School of Medicine, to take the time to speak with
Tequilaboy on the phone.
Here's a shot of Chinaco Anejo to you, Dr. Youngner.
It's interesting to watch the Republicans change
After a week of railing about the immoral AIG
bonuses, they are now
against taxing those bonuses so the taxpayers
can get their money back.
When it comes to ripping off the taxpayers the
Republicans side with
those who are stealing from us. There's a big
difference between the
way Republicans talk and how they vote.
San Bruno, CA.
Note: I can't see how it's legal to tax those bonuses.
What's next, we tax Barry Bonds's salary at 90% because he did steroids?
We tax Liam Neeson at 90% because we didn't like "Taken?"
We tax Paris Hilton at 90% because "we all" hate her guts?
We tax Tony Romo at 90% because he fumbled the ball yet again?
As always, the trick is to not fuck up in the first place. Democrats are always stepping in the hole and breaking their leg,
then they ask, "Anybody know how we can get
out of this mess?"
It's so much easier to avoid the hole in the first place
but the Democrats choose not to listen to me.
"It's no fun being a cartoonist these days. The only person I can make fun of anymore
is Rush Limbaugh."
-- Bruce Yurgil, a cartoonist from San Rafael, was trying to unload
Bush's brain spilling from his head, as quoted in the SanFran Chronicle,
This might be the shirt
Just guessing, but I think Bruce is reflecting
the frustration he felt last summer when Democrats jumped
all over him for daring to
put Obama in some of his toons. Obama was the biggest name
and Yurgil took shrapnel for daring to
use Obama's image.
Maybe it's safe for him to do Obama
toons now, but last summer doing a toon with Obama in it
- no matter how flattering it was - was
worse than using the N-word and the C-word combined.
Remember those days?
Obama as Elvis? How dare you! Obama as Sammy Davis Jr? How dare
you! Obama in a Yurgil toon? How dare
I remember they defended Randi Rhodes
for screaming "That fucking whore"
but Yurgil and I were called "racists"
when I'd publish an Obama-friendly Yurgil toon.
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A word to you, the Bartcop reader.
I know what you're thinking...
"I like Ol' Bart, been reading him for a while, I should send him a "love" check."
Y'know how I'm always saying, "List the facts?" Fact is - about 2% contribute.
Ergo, ipso facto...times are tough.
make the pie higher!
Last year, we raised $10,000
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I can't think of anyone who will use it better
than you. I have gotten more mileage
out of my donations to you than I have to any
progressive organization or pol.
Everything you have been saying -- and I've been
agreeing with -- has come to pass.
It was so predictable -- the press would rediscover
their adversarial role, and once the dominant party
in Congress got their lips off Bush and Cheney's
asses, they would recall that they are a separate branch
of government that doesn't have to rubberstamp
everything that the Chief Executive proposes, and start
obstructing everything Obama wants to do, just
to be fair to the Republicans who hate his guts.
If Obama doesn't stay on his feet -- and that
is going to require bitchslapping some bastards
on both sides of the aisle and Just Listing The
Facts - his tenure in office is in jeopardy,
and we slide ever closer to The Great Depression
He has to strike back aggressively. He has the
support of the American people, but if he keeps thinking
that reaching out to people who want to destroy
him will work - even though it's never worked before (ask Bill),
rather than the folks who put elected him decisively,
he will lose that support, because he will have failed in
rooting out the obvious threats to American and
global well being.
If you were a poliical advisor, or his press secretary,
his job would be a lot easier.
The guy needs someone to Just List the Facts,
knock some heads together, and wipe
the BS from his glasses which is short circuiting
his usual good judgement.
I'm celebrating, at some point this year, my 10th
You've been the bedrock of me staying sane.
All the best to you, hugs to Mrs Bart, and tummy
tickles to the kitties,
Excerpt: In the Seinfeld episode "The Comeback," George
Costanza is embarrassed by his inability to think of
a response to a co-worker who made fun of his
overconsumption of shrimp cocktail by saying,
"Hey George, the ocean called. They're running
out of shrimp." George later thinks up what he
believes is the ideal comeback, "Well, the Jerk
Store called, and they're running out of you,"
and is obsessed with gaining an opportunity to
use the line, eventually flying to Ohio in order to do so.
Tucker Carlson has been doing his best George
Costanza this week, as he lashes out again and again
at Jon Stewart, who humiliated Carlson on national
television more than four years ago.
Carlson began last Friday, telling Politico: "Jim
Cramer may be sweaty and pathetic ... but he's not
responsible for the current recession. ...His
real sin was attacking Obama's economic policies. If he hadn't
done that, Stewart never would have gone after
him. Stewart's doing Obama's bidding. It's that simple."
INVISIBLE HANDS shines a
spotlight on a largely unknown chapter in American history.
It digs beneath the fame
of Goldwater, Helms, Falwell, and Reagan to explore the political
network that made each of
these men the public face of the conservative movement.
INVISIBLE HANDS offers a
new way of thinking about the power of business in politics.
As free-market faith starts
to crumble, INVISIBLE HANDS tells the true story about its birth.
Excerpt: —Frank Rich, who made a cottage industry of Bush-bashing,
writing that until Obama “addresses the full depth of
Americans’ anger with his full arsenal
of policy smarts and political gifts, his presidency and, worse, our economy
will be paralyzed.”
—Thomas Friedman, the paper’s highly-read foreign
affairs columnist, turning his focus home to find the nation lacking “inspirational
—Maureen Dowd, citing the take-charge First Lady
digging a White House garden to wonder “if the wrong Obama is in the Oval.”
—Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist:
“It’s exactly the plan that was widely analyzed - and found wanting - weeks
The zombie ideas have won.
Obama is wedded to the idea that there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with
the financial system
- that what we’re facing is
the equivalent of a run on an essentially sound bank.”
The New York Whore Times has been run by Cheney,
Drudge and Limbaugh since the mid-nineties.
If they ever write an article that DOES NOT attack
a Democrat - that would be f-ing news.
Their piling on Obama after their 8-year pass
for the war-mongering Bush bastards is NOT news.
Bart, you got PayPal?
I can go ten bucks from one old lady to another.
I'm sure some other old ladies can go ten bucks.
We old ladies don't have much, but we were raised
to help those in need.
Mary KR, no longer able to afford living
Mary, years ago I got burned real bad trying
to help with a fundraiser
so I swore off doing fund-raisers for anyone,
but this seems kinda life-and-death.
Excerpt: Congressional Republicans on Sunday predicted
a doomsday scenario of crushing debt and eventual federal
bankruptcy if Obama's massive spending
blueprint wins passage...Senate Republicans predicted $20 trillion
annual deficits and a weakened dollar if Obama
get his proposed $3.6 trillion budget plan passed.
"The practical implications of this is bankruptcy,"
said Sen. Judd Gregg, (Regressive-N.H)
"There's no other way around it. If we maintain
these Budget proposals which over 10-years,
this country will go bankrupt. People will not
buy our debt; our dollar will become devalued."
Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who sided
with Obama on his $787 billion economic stimulus plan,
said she couldn't support Obama this time. "It
would double the public debt in 5 years, triple it in 10 years...
That is not sustainable. It poses a threat to
the basic health of our economy," Collins said.
If you're old enough to remember 1993, they said the same thing about
"If Clinton's radical, Stalinist plans are
enacted, the BUDGET DEFICIT WILL BANKRUPT AMERICA!"
But what really happened?
"If Clinton's radical, Stalinist plans are
enacted, THE STOCK MARKET WILL CRASH!"
But what really happened?
"If Clinton's radical, Stalinist plans are
enacted, JOBS WILL BE LOST!"
But what really happened?
But the Democrats refused to list the facts and Bush took power
and broke the world.
"Seymour Hersh claims that Cheney was running
an assassination squad out of the White House. If Cheney really had such a crew, Hersh
would be dead and so would most everybody at MSNBC." -- Bill O'Reilly, agreeing that Cheney would certainly
murder Democrats at the drop of a hat,
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