"You're sitting here. And you are laughing.
You are laughing about some of these problems. How do you deal with, I mean, explain
the...mood and your laughter?...Are you punch drunk?"
-- Steve Kroft, acting like a major dick in the Obama interview,
"Did any mainstream, corporate-paid, "serious"
journalist ever ask Bush that kind of insolent question? Not that we ever heard of. Only rarely
did any journalist even come back at Bush with a challenging follow-up question, and only the bravest comic
in the land (Stephen Colbert)
dared to insult the grudge-holding Bush to his face."
-- Christine Bowman, Link
It's the media's job to attack Democrats while covering up for
the Bush bastards.
Excerpt: The popular urge to claw back the bogus bonuses
paid by AIG is irresistible and fully justified, but should the Treasury
someday retrieve every single bonus dollar, that
total of $165 million will make no difference to anyone except a few
disgruntled traders. From the jaded perspective
of the financiers, the uproar over the AIG bonuses may provide a welcome
distraction from far more important (and lucrative)
abuses in the world's offshore tax havens.
So rather than continue arguing over chump change,
it is long past time for us to demand accountability from the long list
of tiny countries and principalities, from Andorra
and the Cayman Islands to Singapore and Switzerland, where corporations,
wealthy clients and unrepentant evildoers hide
The big claw-back will reach into quaint islands
and mountainous principalities, because the same banks, hedge funds and
private equity firms responsible for the world
financial meltdown keep their profits in those "secrecy spaces" -- alongside
ill-gotten gains of numerous drug dealers, dictators
and delinquents of every description.
Excerpt: If you've been hurt at all by the country's economic
woes, the National Republican Congressional Committee wants you to blame
Monday morning, the NRCC sent out a fundraising
e-mail to supporters from Michigan Rep. Dave Camp. The subject line of
reads, "End the Pelosi Recession," and much of
the message is an attack on the speaker.
"Pelosi and her cronies know how they are going
to continue to bail out big businesses, pay for their pet projects and
spend billions of
government dollars this year: massive tax hikes,"
Camp writes. 'To put it simply, the Democrats’ Budget spends too much,
taxes too much
and borrows too much. We must work together to
end the 'Pelosi Recession,' and start to rebuild our economy with sound
and fair principles.'"
...and that charge would've been a lot harder to make if Pelosi
and Reid hadn't loaded up
the stimulus bill with tons and tons of pork - pork that
Obama promised would stop on his watch.
"The facts don’t bear him out. That attitude,
that philosophy has done incredible damage – to our image and position in the world. I mean,
the fact of the matter is after all these years how many convictions actually came out of Guantanamo? How
many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted
by Vice President Cheney?"
-- Obama, Link
Why do people say, "the fact of the matter
It means nothing - it's just a time waster for the speaker to
think of something that does mean something.
People say it in debates all the time - as though it's time somebody
stated an actual fact.
I'll bet if you turn on CNN or FOX News right now, if the talker
isn't reading from a script
somebody will say that in the next 5 minutes and it means nothing!.
Oh, and to answer Obama's question, I think they got Osama's
driver - that's it.
After 6+ years of torturing some innocent goat herders, they got
Either torture doesn't work or nobody in Gitmo knew anything
which means Bush had
those hundreds of people tortured for no reason other than his
I'll bet he's watching one of the torture tapes right now.
I'll bet he's got a "Stay Out!" room in his house in Dallas that
Pickles is never allowed to enter.
That's where George masturbates to his torture videos.
I get a lot of mail.
Not as much as I'd like, but more than we can handle.
I have 8080 unread e-mails in the current account.
I also have 22,000 unread "older" e-mails, which I can't hardly ever
until I get to the Old Bloggers Home and then the senders might all
I stumbled onto this while searching for something else.
Subject: Sept 3, 2008
Well my friend its all over but the crying, the
Republicans have done it again.
Sarah Palin is a masterful stoke as Im sure you
are aware though you cant say so on your blog. The dims have blown yet another opptunity by
screwing Hill for the negro.
Doesnt it make you proud, dosent it send a tingle
up your leg.
I lmao at you bud, you know the truth but
you cant speak it, cause you're a wormy coward like most dems.
Ill write you a note just to rub the shit on
your nose in November. Thank God for libs, if not for them we would
...jest one more time. BTW you cant play cards
worth a shit,
e-mail me if you want to loose some money.
Johnny Heathrow in Louisville, KY
Excerpt: The term "shredding the constitution" became
popular when it became clear that the Bush Administration was deliberately
taking unconstitutional actions, hiding them
from the public and Congress, and showing utter contempt for those who
to question their actions. The legal decisions
on which they based their actions were generally hidden, and most have
labeled as absurd once reviewed by competent
It seems that the "ends justifying the means"
attitude in Washington did not leave when the Bush Family moved to Dallas.
Congress has decided to take a page from the
Bush Administration's play book and deliberately violate the Constitution
achieve what they believe are honorable goals.
In the political pandemonium that followed the revelations that AIG executives
were taking huge lumps of taxpayer dollars in
the form of bonuses in return for destroying the Company, Congress played
the Bush card. They passed a law which retroactively
taxes the unconscionable bonuses out of existence. Denying those who
were either incompetent, unethical, or a combination
of both the opportunity to fleece the US taxpayers is an honorable goal.
If congress is going to illegally pass retroactive laws, why don't they
pass one that makes it a crime to lie us
into a war that kills 4200 soldiers and a million Iraqis and then go
arrest those murdering Bush bastards?
Excerpt: I'm all for people power, but this is coming
one president too late. The neocons are trying to start a *movement*? Seriously?
Let's take a look and correct the "principles"
upon which these TEA (Tax Enough Already) parties are based.
And allow me to ask the obvious question: are
we really STILL this amenable to fear-mongering and blatant propaganda?
Have we learned nothing?? The TEA website points
are preceded with hyphens. My comments follow each one.
From the TEA party website:
Are you fed up with a Congress and a president
- vote for a $500 billion tax bill without
even reading it?
Okay, 1) It's not a tax bill,
2) Where do you think government revenue comes
3) Just because YOU don't like the bill doesn't
mean Congress didn't *read* it.
3, part 2) I think you are mistaking the stimulus
bill for the authorization of the
use of force bill that Bush
shoved down everyone's throats after 9/11.
- are spending trillions of borrowed dollars,
leaving a debt our great-grandchildren will be paying?
You can't be serious. The biggest spenders in
HISTORY were Reagan and George W. Bush, and thanks to their reckless
and immoral spending, we've found ourselves in
this recession. The debt our great-grandchildren will be paying is thanks
to them, not Obama or Congressional Democrats.
I'm going to make up t-shirts that say "Bush spent my grandkids' money
on a PR campaign for Al Qaeda", and then use
the profit to buy stock in AIG.
It's hard to argue with Cynthia - because she lists the facts.
"I've never been to a Gridiron dinner, which
is where the skits take place. I've only attended the others a couple of times. I know the dinners
may project an image that we're all just a bunch of cozy Washington insiders, but I don't think they're that big
a deal. There's such a built-in adversarial relationship between the press
and the pols that spending a couple of
evenings in a kind of light-hearted cease-fire doesn't strike me as a terrible
-- Howie Kurtz, CNN's "media watchdog," Link
Right, there's no harm in a little dinner...
Just because NBC's top political whore does
a rap-dance number with with Karl Rove doesn't mean
he can't be a fierce pitt bull the next
morning, grilling his dancing partner with "tough questions," right?
Rap Brothers, Gregory and Rove
NBC, thy name is whore.
You claim to have a News Division, but that's all a sham to boost
GE's war stock.
David Gregory, you're a slimy, paid-for whore but you're not as
bad as Russert was
- but that's because Russert had more years in the whore business than
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"To that I say that the challenges we face
are too large to ignore. I didn’t come here to pass on our problems to the next president or the next generation
– I came here to solve them. The American people sent us here to get things done, and at this moment
of great challenge, they are watching and waiting for us to lead. Let’s show them that we are equal to
the task before us, and let’s pass a budget that puts this nation on the road to lasting prosperity."
-- Obama, making sense to those of us who use logic,
Note to Barack: Please don't make the mistake of thinking the snarling, growling
dogs are going to listen to logic
and agree with you sometimes because that's not going to happen
- do you get that?
Yes, it's strange that the NYTimes, which virtually
cheered the Bush Monster along (esp. Friedman, the man's
"international" experience is in the business
section of airplanes), should now be giving Obama such a hard time.
But alas, I fear that Krugman at least is on the
money with his views. I'm in touch with partners at some very reputable
foreign private banks, and they are saying the
same thing. 50% of banks could fail, and throwing money at them is a total
On top of it, the money being thrown is essentially
borrowed.... It does indeed look as if the administration is trying to
the precrash situation, only without the toxic
Excerpt: Mike Malloy read this on his show on March 18th
and I agree with Malloy that it may be one of the most
important essays written in recent history.
On a related topic, I think I may be getting to
an answer to the rhetorical question about why Dems are sacless weenies.
The recurring themes seem to be the banking,
insurance, health care, and media industries, the military-industrial complex…
and (tin foil hat on) Bilderberg. My suggestion
is to take a closer look at the new administration, the organizations that
have worked for in the past… and as Palast says,
follow the money. When I get the facts and the answers that I am looking
I will post something on that subject. Any thoughts
or ideas on that topic would be appreciated.
For now, the following essay is a great read and
frames what is going on in the U.S. today in a historical perspective.
It is somewhat lengthy, but it is well-worth
the time reading. I would appreciate any thoughts and comments on this
article as well.
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.
"It is as if you were flying an airplane and
the gas light came on and it said 'you 15 minutes of gas left' and the pilot said 'we’re not going
to worry about that, we’re going to fly for another two hours.' Well, the plane crashes and our country
-- Judd Gregg, who thinks Bush's disaster is too big to fix,
n' dog shit."
That might be the worst analogy I've ever read.
Running out of gas is a finite, math-friendly, measureable thing.
The ecenomy doesn't do that - what are you, like ...stupid?
Excerpt: Congressional mad dogs are telling Cheney to
go away and leave them alone
to rebuild the Republican Party without his input.
Displeased with the Dick's media appearances,
Fascist say he's hurting GOP efforts
to reinvent itself in Rush's image after back-to-back
The Dick has done media interviews to defend the
Bush-Cheney record while
suggesting that the country is not as safe under
Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) said, “He became
so unpopular while he was in
the White House that it would probably be better
for us politically if he wouldn’t
be so public...But he has the right to speak
out since he’s a private citizen.”
PayPal to Bruce directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to include your size and address
"This first major Obama blunder has consequences.
First, it undermines the president's credibility with his own party on Capitol Hill. Democrats
voted almost unanimously for the stimulus package and now Republicans have a weapon to use against
them with this Treasury-inspired provision that benefits AIG. Second, the controversy undermines
the trust that the American people have in government at a time when it is spending billions upon billions.
Obama promises transparency, but the layers of bureaucratic double-talk look like business as usual."
-- Eleanor Clift, Link
She's right about Obama's first BIG blunder.
Do you think we'll ever get the truth about the AIG bonuses?
Obama is betting that the press is going to forget and this issue
will fade away.
I wish Obama had some more experienced staffers to give him better
Bart, if your company/corporation needs to be
bailed out with public assets.....the contracts are null and void.
No company...no bonus. If there is no consequence
for incompetance, etc., why would anyone loan anyone anything?
This is the week they're selling Mrs. Bart's heirlooms.
We're new to thisstrain of tragedy.
Strangers pawing thru the stuff she grew up with, offering $3 for the
they used at Christmas, or $20 for the couch they sat on when they
opened birthday presents.
I wonder - is that better or worse than losing it in a tornadoe*?
The way the law works, we have to sell her inheritance.
If he had died or remained in good health, it would eventually be left
But because he's sick, because his body outlasted his brain,
the daily nut comes in at $145
and assets and memories must be sold.
Here's a sample of what is in this WONDERFUL
sale: Rare marked (signed) Natzler Bowl, Stylized Bronze Statue (male), Lots of Vintage
Art & Prints, Collection of Clear Miss America Glassware, Lots of Vintage Fiesta, Fostoria
Americana, R.S. Prussia Tankard, Copeland Spode Tower (Blue), Cookbook Collection, Russell
Wright - Steubenville & Iroquois, Extensive Vintage Mercury Glass Collection (Vases, Candlesticks,
Curtain Tie Backs.), Copeland Spode Indian Tree (Orange/Rust), Copeland Spode Feur-de-lis
(Brown), Copeland Spode Mansard, Murano Glass Animal Collection, Noritake Minaret Pattern,
Royal Doulton Old Leeds Spray Pattern, Wonderful 1960's Metal Art Chandelier w/poppies, Large
Collection of Signed & numbered Indian Art, HUGE BOOK COLLECTION, Architecture Books,
Vintage Frank Lloyd Wright Books, Museum Books, Vintage Auction Programs (Southeby's &
Christie's, etc.) Artist Books, Art Gallery Books, Royal Doulton Miniature Figurines, Christmas Items, John
Widdicomb Twin Bedroom Set, Lawn Boy Push Mower, Black & Decker Electric Mower, Very Nice
Heritage Henredon Table & 12 Chairs w/China Cabinet & Server, 2 Mahogany Bombay Chests, Souvenir
Cranberry Glass, Bronze Statues, Drop Leaf Secetary, Caffieri Bust, Large Collection of Silver
Pieces PLUS much much more!!
<Mrs Bart does a shot>
When this is over she wants me to take her far, far away, somewhere
where there's no people.
When my step-dad was starring in the "My Friend
Flicka"series in the 50s he was in the 90% tax bracket.
When I asked him how he could survive at that
rate, as a true Democrat, he said that what was left was still pretty good
for that day.
I'd love to see anybody making over two million
a year in a 90% bracket and over, let's say, half a million to keep
paying into Social Security.
Happy Trails until ...
Shouldn't we be means-testing Social Security?
Meaning, why do millioniares get $1500 a month from the government?
In 1992, Ross Perot said he got a monthly SS check and he was a multi-billionaire.
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