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How to hustle free drinks

Here. The interesting part of the post, though, is the idea of "The Proposition Bet":

The main theme of all these hustles is something called a Propostion Bet. Basically, a proposition bet is a challenge which looks like it only has one outcome...and it always favors the person placing the wager. That's because you know something the other folks don't. You know the 'challenge' is always going to go your way.

TALF tanking

What Pravda says, anyhow:

Officials envisioned TALF supporting tens of billions of dollars a month in new lending, saying it could eventually total $1 trillion. But in March, when it was launched, it backed only $4.7 billion in auto loans and credit cards. For April, it logged only $1.7 billion.

Deep thought

One really good way for Democrats to show people they're not the same as Republicans would be to prosecute Republican criminals.

And those of their own who are also criminals, of course. Read more about Deep thought

"Learned helplessness"

Well, that's the theory our elite runs the country on, so why wouldn't they they think "learned helplessness" would work on captives? Hence, torture. Read the whole Times article for the detail, which is startlingly congruent with M. Scott Peck's idea that evil is a form of laziness. Read more about "Learned helplessness"

How are the mighty fallen


[caption] Jerry Levy, [46, who lost his job at a hedge fund last summer], attending a PTA meeting where his experience in the financial industry is a plus with members.

Mr. Levy joined the PTA and immediately noticed that he tends to tackle matters with a bluntness honed in the financial industry, while the women, whether stay-at-home mothers or professionals, he said, communicate more diplomatically.

But professor --- What if they broke the law?

Phillip Heynman:

“When you get one administration prosecuting its predecessor, you start creating the conditions of a banana republic,” said Philip Heymann, a law professor at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who served as deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton. “Every Republican in the country would think this was a dangerous attack on the two-party system.”

Rachel Maddow, Making a Difference

The Chicago Tribune TELEVISION section features a brief profile of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. It begins:

Maddow slips in ratings but not in her resolve
By Yvonne Villarreal | Tribune Newspapers
April 22, 2009

The first 100 days of a new presidential administration are known as the honeymoon because it marks a time of friendly relations between the new chief executive and the media. But for MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," the early days of the Obama administration have meant an unwelcome drop in ratings.

Oh hai, Uwe. I fix ur congressional testimony 4 u. Kthnxbai.


[via PNHP]

Statement of Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Testimony Before the House Committee on Ways and Means

April 22, 2009

My name is Uwe E. Reinhardt. I am Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. My research work during the past several decades has been focused primarily on health-care economics and policy.

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A Simple Thought


There is nothing, *nothing* that is "funny" nor "entertaining" nor easily dismissed, about the act of torture. Ever.

This is not hard for civilized people to understand. And religious people, too. Their sacred texts agree. And decent atheists, and humanists, and people who love children, or care for the weak and helpless. Or have been such. Read more about A Simple Thought

Big Money Democrat Tom Daschle: "The sacred cow on the left and the right is the public plan."

Thanks for sharing, Tom.

The only question in my mind is why Obama considered you essential to health care reform in the first place. Or perhaps not. Read more about Big Money Democrat Tom Daschle: "The sacred cow on the left and the right is the public plan."

Another Big Money Democrat, er, imbroglio

Daschle, Killefer, Geithner, and now Steve Rattner. I'm shocked. Read more about Another Big Money Democrat, er, imbroglio

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Barry McCaffrey and Robert Baer: Investigate the Bush White House on Torture

How shall I put this? To say four-star General Barry McCaffrey is no sycophant of the Bush/Cheney regime is to say it's damp at the bottom of the Marianas trench. But McCaffrey, who's got some cred with such veterans as H. Norman Schwarzkopf, wants an investigation into the Bush White House concerning torture. Moreover, he has a strong opinion about the matter with which I completely agree: Read more about Barry McCaffrey and Robert Baer: Investigate the Bush White House on Torture


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