Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Headlines - Tuesday

Ouch. This from a Conservative...
As far as this whole $700 billion thing is concerned, they keep saying, "We have to act now. We have to act now." This is like a bad TV offer. "Just 10 easy payments of $70 billion each. Operators are standing by, but you have to act now!" - Jay Leno 
Motivational Poster -- Bailout Bill
Bush the arrogant

Bush is immune from oversight because the wet-my-pants Democrats allow him to break the law.

If we could get rid of useless, enabler-dregs like Pelosi, Reid and Leahy we could get our country back.



Respecting the law just like Shooter and the Disaster Monkey have, subpoenaed Palin aides refuse to appear Link

This makes perfect sense to me. There's no sense in finding out if the VP is a crook until after she takes the office.

If the wet-ourselves-with-fear democrats had taken action the first time Bush disregarded a subpoena, we wouldn't have this problem.

Now, each time a Republican gets a subpoena they just laugh at us because they know that no Democrat will insist on upholding the law.

This is mostly the fault of one Bush-loving rubberstamp.

How did I get in the same party as these helpless crybaby quitters?


Here comes martial law

Glenn Greenwald: Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the "Homeland"?

Several bloggers today have pointed to this obviously disturbing article from Army Times, which announces that "beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the [1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division] will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North" -- "the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities." http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/09/24/army/index.html

Of course the media won't ask any questions, and neither will the Democrats.

Tin soldiers and the Bush bastards are coming, and we're finally on our own. 


Dear Barry,

How about instead of saying "Senator McCain is right...blah blah blah" after he's finished talking crap about you on national TV, you just say straight up, "Senator McCain is LYING..."  and try to work your way back to a civil note from there. 

I think headlines of "Obama calls McCain liar during debate" would lead most people to say, "You know, McCain does seem kinda full of bullcrap..."

During a debate, you do not start a sentence with "My opponent is right". 

What the hell is up with that?

Pleeeeease make some feeble attempt to win.


In case you haven't heard, the Bailout Bill failed in the House. Why, you might ask? Well, to hear Minority Leader Boner (R-Sniveling Crybaby) tell it, it was because Nancy Pelosi was a Big Mean Meanie.

Republicans said Pelosi may have lost votes with a floor speech they considered too partisan. "We could have gotten it if it were not for this partisan speech that Speaker Pelosi gave," Boehner said.

Added Rep. Chris Shays, a Connecticut Republican who also voted for the bill: "Nancy blew it."

"That is an absurd accusation at a time when our country is in deep economic distress," a Pelosi spokesman fired back.

"You don't vote on a speech, you vote on a bill."

That's simply amazing. The Big Tough Republicans voted against the wishes of the Minority Leader (and their presidential candidate, who was bragging just this morning that he whipped this whole thing into shape) because a girl was mean to them.

Here's the Pelosi floor speech that Republicans claim so enraged them that they decided to change their votes on the bailout:


Go cry, Emo Boys.

Fun fact: [the Gambler] "Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his top aides took credit for building a winning bailout coalition – hours before the vote failed and stocks tanked." [Politico]


The stock market wasn't pleased with the failure to pass the bailout bill. wsj:

The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted 777.68 points, its biggest one-day drop in history. It ended down 7% at 10365.45, down 9.3% since since crisis erupted a few weeks ago on Wall Street following the meltdown of Lehman Brothers holdings. All 30 of the blue-chip indicator's components fell Monday…

According to Bloomberg News, "stocks lost $1.1 trillion in value, meaning the market loss was larger than the size of the $700 billion bailout."

Update: Bush sidesteps Congress? $630 billion to be pumped into economy despite House bailout rejection  


The Federal Reserve will pump an additional $630 billion into the global financial system, flooding banks with cash to alleviate the worst banking crisis since the Great Depression.

The Fed increased its existing currency swaps with foreign central banks by $330 billion to $620 billion to make more dollars available worldwide. The Term Auction Facility, the Fed's emergency loan program, will expand by $300 billion to $450 billion. The European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan are among the participating authorities.

The Fed's expansion of liquidity, the biggest since credit markets seized up last year, came hours before the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a $700 billion bailout for the financial industry. The crisis is reverberating through the global economy, causing stocks to plunge and forcing European governments to rescue four banks over the past two days alone. Read on…

I'm not an expert on the economy or Wall St., but this sure looks like an end-around by the Bush administration to give away hundreds of billions of dollars without the approval of Congress.


Fareed Zakaria lets his exasperation show regarding Sarah Palinocchio.


George Bush, the unelected President of Fail, mourns his legacy - wonders if the pain hurts more than homelessness and starvation.


Compassionate Conservatism

A couple in Florida gets a divorce so she can qualify for Medicaid to cover her cancer treatments.


Are you better off than you were 8 years ago? 

DOW January 19, 2001: 10,587.59
DOW September 29, 2008: 10,365.45

NASDAQ Jan 19, 2001 = 2770.38
NASDAQ September 29, 2008 = 1983.73

CPI, January 19, 2001: 175
CPI, September 29, 2008: 219

Dollar exchange with Euro, January 19, 2001: 1.068
Dollar exchange with Euro, September 29, 2008: .695

CBS's Mark Knoller notes that the national debt has grown 71.9 percent since Bush took office, "more than under any previous president."

Stephen Spoonamore tells us that McBush's team -- i.e., Karl Rove and his henchpersons - have their plan in place to steal this next election: by 51.2% of the popular vote, and three electoral votes.

He also talks about the major role played by the Christianist far right in the electronic rigging of the vote.

And he defines our electronic voting system as a major threat to US national security, calling for it to be junked ASAP, in favor of hand-counted paper ballots.

Since Spoonamore is a Republican and erstwhile McCain supporter, as well as a noted specialist in nosing out computer fraud, his testimony is essential--not only for its expertise, but, no less, for the impact that his views will surely have on those Republicans who have been loath to see what Bush & Co. has done to our election system.


That's how much money a viral e-mail campaign, which urges foes of the Republican veep candidate to make a donation to Planned Parenthood in Palin's name, has raised.


As we all know, federal tax law, as it relates to tax-exempt religious ministries, is pretty clear - houses of worship may not legally intervene in political campaigns, either in support of or opposition to a candidate or a party. Those who violate the law run the risk of losing their tax-exempt status.

As you may recall, a few weeks ago, the Alliance Defense Fund, a prominent far-right legal advocacy group, came up with a plan to convince conservative Christian pastors to break the law, and on purpose, invite IRS punishment, then take the whole issue to court in order to challenge the law itself. They called it "Pulpit Freedom Sunday", and it was held yesterday (actually Sunday) in 33 churches across the country.

Maybe we can pay for the eventual bailout by taxing churches that are too stupid and pompous to believe the tax laws should apply to them.


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