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Good God! Bailout Fails, Stocks Plunge

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Courtesy of Shattermatch:

Apparently it is all just politics to these assholes. In a stunning defeat The House of Representatives failed to pass a $700 billion emergency rescue package, ignoring urgent pleas from President Bush and bipartisan congressional leaders to quickly bail out the staggering financial industry. Stock markets plunged in the U.S. and around the world in reaction to the news. Wall Street was down nearly 700 points at one point as the rumor began to spread that the bailout bill would fail.

Full story and coverage here.


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Monday, September 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Bush Hiding Afghan Failures Until After the Election

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The original spoiled rich kid doesn’t want you to know how bad he’s fucked up the war in Afghanistan, so he’s going to keep it a secret until after the election.

Full story here.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 3:52 am

New Poll Numbers

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Well, this is disconcerting. Seems for the first time that I can ever remember, NOBODY likes the way the national economy looks. Seriously. ZERO PERCENT of people polled thinks things are getting better in this country. That’s right, fucking ZERO!

American research group has released it’s latest poll data and the results are interesting. Graphs and charts after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, September 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Pop Quiz

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…courtesy of Paul Begala.

Who does the following statements best describe??

A wealthy and hot-tempered rebel, he spent half his life fighting to live up to a famous father and grandfather, encouraged always by an indomitable mother. A self-described moderate on the campaign trail, he courts ultra-right-wing preachers behind the scenes and promises to appoint stridently conservative judges. A multimillionaire who supports more tax cuts for more millionaires, he surrounds himself with supply-siders and calls for policies that would drive us deeper into debt. The chief cheerleader for the war in Iraq, he said we’d be “welcomed as liberators” and angrily challenges anyone who questions his distorted and out-of-touch view of reality.

A self-styled reformer, his Kitchen Cabinet is stocked with Washington lobbyists. Deeply out of touch on economic issues, he repeats nostrums like “the fundamentals are strong” even as the fundamentals are deteriorating. He carefully courts the press, who suck up to him even though he supports authoritarian policies like wiretapping Americans without a court order. He is supported by oil company lobbyists and supports drilling in some of our most sensitive ecosystems. Although he gladly accepts government health care for himself, he would abandon you to take on colossal insurance corporations on your own. Charming and disarming at first blush, his wit masks a petulant temper and a self-righteous streak that even members of his own party worry about.

If you guessed George W. Bush, you’re right. And if you guessed John McCain, you’re also right. Congratulations. It would seems that in picking McCain as their nominee and cheering the choice of Palin as VP, the GOP idiot train rolls on.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 10:40 am

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OK, this is kinda bullshit

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I know the Huff Post wants to make it look like the Bush economy is a disaster, (‘cuz it is!) but why exaggerate, and worse yet, why look like you’re rooting for economic collapse?

Regardless of political party, many many many Americans have money in the stock market, and fanning the flames of a financial panic is simply irresponsible.

The Bush economy speaks for itself, and blaring a headline about “Black Monday”— a reference to, among other things, the market collapse of 1987, is sensationalistic. As of 11:00 Eastern Time the market is off approximately 240 points, or a little less than 2%. In this shitty economic environment that’s just an average day at the office. By contrast, on “Black Monday” 1987, the stock market sold off a whopping 9.5% in a single day! No comparison.

Moreover this sort of headline at the Huffington Post, and at other newspapers across the country, is typical media bullshit. Any given day the market sells off a coupe hundred points (‘cuz Bush’s economic policies suck-ass) and papers and blogs go ape shit with blaring headlines. However, let the market go up 200 points in a day and not a peep out of the Huff Post and it NEVER makes it to the front page of the NYT.

Trying to scare the hell out of Americans so that they see your point of view makes us no better than the Bush people. Remember when McCain’s camp said a terrorist attack on America would be good for McCain? Rooting for an American economic meltdown is kinda the same thing.

Moreover, the Bush clowns and their disastrous economic and fiscal policies are so target rich with actual truths that there’s no reason to hype “Black Mondays” on 2% sell-offs.

Side note: please recall that stock markets do better under Democratic administrations than they do under Republicans. 

  • Over the past 60 years, the Democrats have held the presidency only 41% of that time, but under their rule the average annual return in market has been 15.26%, more than six percentage points higher than the 9.01% return under Republicans.

Under George W Bush, the real return has been a measly 0.22%, and an
even worse 
minus 2.69% return once inflation is factored in.

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Monday, September 15, 2008 at 8:16 am

Palin Withholding Over 1,000 Emails

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Seems the Prom Queen has more in common with G.W. than a base lack of qualifications for the White House and a malleable relationship with the truth. Like the current Administration, Grandpa Simpson’s new squeeze ain’t real fond of the Open Records Act.

From Mother Jones:

The Palin administration won’t release hundreds of emails from her office, claiming they cover confidential policy matters. Then why do the subject lines refer to a political foe, a journalist, and non-policy topics?

And this very juicy nugget:

Palin’s office claimed most of the undisclosed emails were exempt from release because they were covered by the “executive” or “deliberative process” privileges that protect communications between Palin and her aides about policy matters. But the subject lines of some of the withheld emails suggest they were not related to policy matters. Several refer to one of Palin’s political foes, others to a well-known Alaskan journalist. Moreover, some of the withhold emails were CC’ed to Todd Palin, the governor’s husband. Todd Palin—a.k.a. the First Dude—holds no official state position (though he has been a close and influential adviser for Governor Palin). The fact that Palin and her aides shared these emails with a citizen outside the government undercuts the claim that they must be protected under executive privilege. McLeod asks, “What is Sarah Palin hiding?”

Full article here.

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Monday, September 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Holy Crap! McCain 48%, Obama 45%

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File this under You’ll Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of The American People:

In what can only be described as a true sign of the Apocalypse, Richie Rich has over taken Barack Obama in the latest poll, found here.

What next? Some TV show where celebrity has-beens dance around on screen captures the attention of the nation and rockets to the top of the ratings? New Kids on the Block get back together and relese an album that not only sells, but is a hit? A totally unqualified former beauty queen becomes a heartbeat away from the presidency when a cynical old man picks her out of nowhere and puts her on a national ticket?

Oh yeah. Never mind.

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Monday, September 8, 2008 at 4:53 am