If you have "no place to go," come here!

Barney Frank at C&L, 3:00PM EST

[UPDATE One of the good guys, but no answer on fraud at the heart of the financial crisis. So, we keep pulling left --lambert]

I think Barney's been performing under expectations. This may be a nice way to get his attention. My question:

Representative Frank:

Do you believe that the newest report on TARP from Elizabeth Warren's Congressional Oversight Panel warrants a hearing by Congress into the lack of transparency and accountability in ALL the bailouts so far?


I had an entire post written explaining why I did this auction and how telelvision isn't evil and all that crap. I saved it, but Corrente crashed my browser and I somehow even lost the saved version. That sucks monkey ass as it was a brilliant piece of writing now lost forever. Boo hoo.

So from the top...

Thanks to all who participated.

And I must ask...why preach to turn off your TV? What does that do? There are other peeople in the world, many of whom we should be keeping an eye on and there they are, right on that screen. And there are ways to counter their world views, but you can't do that by turning off the TV. I get that some people think television is a waste of time, but it doesn't have to be. It's a tool, a means to an end. So why not make your own? Read more about AMAZING WORLD wrap-up

Willem Buiter: Bailouts part of the Chicago Way?

Those Brits can be pretty oblique, but I don't see any other way to read this: Read more about Willem Buiter: Bailouts part of the Chicago Way?

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"Defines Cool"


He's so cool, he doesn't even watch the news:

"“When you hear he likes ‘Entourage,’ you have to go, ‘That figures,’” said Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University. “Anything Obama does is cool by definition. He’s the Internet president, he’s the BlackBerry president, and now, I suppose, he could be called the HBO president.” Obama likes “Entourage” so much he even rearranged his campaign schedule not to miss an episode."

Via BTD at Talkleft.

Personally, I think Blackberries suck, But I have no strong feelings about Obama's tv habits*. Read more about "Defines Cool"

What can you do besides blog for single payer? Part 2: For the intrepid

For these, you will have to get out of the house, mingle with the hoi polloi, and talk to strangers.

Schedule a Congressional visit Read more about What can you do besides blog for single payer? Part 2: For the intrepid

Republicans back Geithner as Elizabeth Warren issues COP report

Elizabeth Warren actually gives some historical background. This is a great video that explains the options clearly. How come she's the only voice in government doing this? Wait, don't answer that.

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But then, Republicans are always for throwing trillions to banksters with no transparency and no accountability, aren't they? Bloomberg: Read more about Republicans back Geithner as Elizabeth Warren issues COP report

To the shores of Tripoli...

Er, Somalia:

Pirates captured the container ship Maersk Alabama and its crew of 20 Americans off Somalia in what Navy officials said may be the first seizure of a U.S. ship in four years of attacks.

Biden's test? Read more about To the shores of Tripoli...

Only those who created the problem can solve it!

Happy happy joy joy! If you're an unemployed bankster, you can get government work!

Underscoring Washington’s appeal as the financial industry shrinks, about 400 finance professionals have signed up for a New York job fair this month featuring nine federal agencies ranging from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission. That’s double the tally at similar events last year, organizers say.

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DeLong: Either Geithnerism works or we are doomed to apocalypse

Brad DeLong is one of the few liberal(ish) economists willing to stick his neck out and spend his personal credibility as a blogger and academic economist on the bailout plan. For him, apparently, there are only two options: paying off the bankers works, and we are able to dig ourselves out of a Depression, or the Depression falls into apocalypse. However, apparently he's willing to stake his reputation on the former hypothesis:

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User experience

I've been tinkering with the server some, and I hope pages are building faster now. I think they are, but that may be wishful thinking and projection! So, readers, please let me know!

Note that (1) I had to disable the glossary module for now. You never want to see the words "segmentation fault" in your server logs, eh? Read more about User experience

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FDL: Eminem disses Palin. Yay!


FDL (Emphasis mine):

Alaska's Frost Lady is part of Eminem's stimulus package.

Gov GILF has a new fan in rapper Eminem, who includes Sarah Palin in a wish list of ladies with whom he'd like to be intimately involved. Palin joins the rapper's hit list of simulated sexy celebs like Lindsey Lohan, Kim Kardashian, and Jessica Simpson in the video for "We Made You." Fame, it's a bitch.

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Caller from Chicago busts Limbaugh's chops -- and Limbaugh can't answer


Charles, in Chicago, who voted for McCain -- who served in the Marine Corps and the US Army, who knows about Klaus Barbie and understands what this nation is supposed to be about: my hat's off to you, man.

What you did to Limbaugh on the radio was a thing of beauty, a joy and a delight. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

A soldier and a Marine -- and your service continues. Thank you.

MORE callers like Charles, please. Read more about Caller from Chicago busts Limbaugh's chops -- and Limbaugh can't answer

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11 Dimensional Chess 101


For a good two years, now, Time Magazine has been putting out meta puff pieces on Obama on a reliable, weekly basis. The one I'm going to discuss from last weeks edition by Michael Grunwald is not much different. But, this part caught my attention: Read more about 11 Dimensional Chess 101

Tuesday Night Rational Marijuana Policy Lo-Fi Blogging

Still Waters...

Man. That's so catchy I've got to play it a fourth time. There. Bonus track: Read more about Tuesday Night Rational Marijuana Policy Lo-Fi Blogging

Headlines that make me want to hang myself


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