Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I'd also like to know what's up with Capt. Jaundice, but not enough to actually, you know, research it.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Democrats believe a responsible solution should include independent oversight, protections for homeowners and constraints on excessive executive compensation.
As we proceed to deal with this crisis, this is clear recognition that the party is over for the Bush Administration's anything goes, failed economic policies that have damaged our economy, undermined the middle class and further pointed out the need for a New Direction.
I guess it's better than instantaneous deference to my least favorite chimpanzee impersonator, but I'd rather a response more like this:
After considering the proposal put forth by President Bush and Mr. Paulson, it is clear that something must be done, but not before an immediate drug test of the aforementioned parties to determine their brand of choice. My money is on Skunk Red Hair 19.
It would not be understandable if members of Congress sought to use this emergency legislation to pass unrelated provisions, or to insist on provisions that would undermine the effectiveness of the plan. I appreciate members of Congress in both parties resisting the urge to do so.
Yeah, well I insist on congress doing its job and I appreciate when it questions the boy king and his cronies. Hm, seems George and I are at a bit of an impasse.
(In a private meeting in an undisclosed location, which coincidentally is right next door to Cheney's undisclosed location, Secretary Paulson meets with congressional leadership of both parties to share his $700 billion plan.)
Paulson: ...a potential financial meltdown.
Pelosi: So is this a for sure thing?
Paulson: Well nothing is for sure-
Boehner: Will this fix the problem?
Reid: I think we're going to need something better than this. Who is responsible?
Boehner: Got a mirror?
Reid: I nev-
Paulson: Look. We're all in on this. We've all taken contributions and we've all looked the other way. Both parties. The blame game isn't going to get us anywhere. We're in too deep. The most important thing right now is to act quickly. Very, very quickly.
Pelosi: Well I can't back this proposal the way it now stands. My party is never going to go for this.
Boehner: You can't play politics with crisis, Nancy!
Paulson: That's a good line Jack. You should use that.
Boehner: Thanks man! I just came up with it. Right off the top of my head. Pretty good, huh?
Pelosi: Yeah. Great. Anyway, what do you suggest then? I have to go back with something. Can we take away the CEO bonuses?
Paulson: Fine, whatever. You all work out the details of the concessions, but the core deal must stand. No oversight, no lawyers, no consequences. It's in everyone's best interests.
Paulson: You know what I mean.
(Much laughter and backslapping)
Paulson: (dabbing eyes) Hooboy! OK, so we have a plan then. The Dems get a few "provisions" and the Repubs act all indignant about the whole thing. We make a show of fighting about this a bit, but the deal goes through?
Paulson: OK. Done! Quickly everyone! Quick like bunnies! To the chambers! Hurry goddamnit! Huuuuuurrry!
(Some years later on a morning talk show.)
Michael Moore: So that's why I decided I needed to make this documentary: Sickos Bowling Over Roger and Me. The American people deserve to know the truth about their leaders.
(American liberals are outraged.)
Sunday, September 21, 2008
(a) Authority to Purchase.--The Secretary is authorized to purchase, and to make and fund commitments to purchase, on such terms and conditions as determined by the Secretary, mortgage-related assets from any financial institution having its headquarters in the United States.
All hail the all-mighty and all-powerful Secretary of the Treasury!
Sec. 8. Review.
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.
This is crazy-making time now. Basically the Secretary will, by law, be allowed to do whatever he or she wants to do with zero oversight and zero penalty if those actions are later discovered questionable. Of course, how anyone would know that those actions were questionable is beyond me, since those actions are "non-reviewable."
Meanwhile, the Dems want to fight for the protection of the little guy in all of this, and all well and good. While they're at it though, perhaps they should fight more for some fucking congressional oversight. And burn section 8. And take a leak on the ashes. And artfully mix the ashes into a hand-blown glass middle finger that can be given to Bush as a going away present. Nothing should occur which would reasonably warrant such a provision, unless there is a willful intention to subvert the law and/or be downright negligent with taxpayer money.
Sec. 6. Maximum Amount of Authorized Purchases.
The Secretary's authority to purchase mortgage-related assets under this Act shall be limited to $700,000,000,000 outstanding at any one time
So, in summary: We're being asked to grant $700 billion worth of revolving credit to whomever the Secretary deems worthy, again, with no oversight or consequence for unscrupulous behavior? Nice. You gotta hand it to Bush & Co. They sure no how to finish with a flourish.
BTW - if you haven't seen it yet, watch Bill Moyer's interview with Kevin Phillips. It's certainly eye-opening. Sweet dreams.
There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This is all a part of my newly realized campaign to shame the Norwegians into changing their eating habits. I know, I know, not very culturally sensitive, but food should never be this gross. Besides, what good is being able to walk to the grocery store when all you're inspired to do when you get there is cry?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Only one day after Greenspan makes his statement, Johnny boy is still saying that the economy is fundamentally sound.
The (original) Mav: still outta touch.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Calling McCain and Palin out for being a liars is all well and good, and it's a welcome change, but how do you get through to people that it's not just a lie, it's the opposite of the truth?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This is a picture from the same spot as the first but facing the other way. Past the crowd of people is a green awning, which is another grocery store.
A picture facing out from in front of my apartment. But ho! What's this?! Apartments above retail space? Crazy!
Walkability score 46? Pbtbtbpth!
And furthermore: There's a post office down the street. My Dr. is about .5 mile, the best park in Oslo (Vigelands park) is .5 mile. Work is about 1.4 miles. I believe my point is made.
We are literally getting fucked by the oil companies
GOP talking points by watching Ari's goofy smile.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This reminds me of my favorite analysis of Palin's role in the campaign from fivethirtyeight. Obama's people would do well to read it and take it to heart.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Not-so-interesting note: I lived about 1-mile from Phinney Ridge in Seattle. It was a wonderful place to live.
Not-so-interesting note part 2: I would never, ever live in Bellevue. It sucks.
Not-so-interesting note part 3: Here's my hood now. It's a lot more walkable than a 46 though. That's freaking crazy talk. Off the top of my head there are 7 grocery stores, a movie theater, 3 pharmacies, at least a dozen bars and restaurants, and a US embassy that should be on that map.
Monday, September 08, 2008
That's the question isn't it. I keep finding myself trying to explain away the situation as one or a combination of a shoddy media, a lazy electorate, a flaccid Democratic message machine, and an epically cynical Republican least-common-denominator hate machine. And all of those things are true.
And then, from my friend at work, comes this observation: it seems like the Democratic process is broken in the US.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
The reason why this pregnancy means something is that it is the daughter of someone who is running for the second highest office in the land. That person also happens to be someone who is very much against teaching sexual education in public schools and only supports abstinence only education. When her underage daughter ends of pregnant, it is incumbent upon us to ask how this private behavior matches up with their public rhetoric. It is a very real example of how this person's judgment is deeply flawed.
Now this doesn't mean that we should all go through their private lives, but we should seriously discuss how this pregnancy reflects on their political agenda.