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

New hope for the Geithner plan!

Yay! Because, as it turns out, you can buff a turd. Sample verbatim dialog:

"It's shiny!" Read below the fold...

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/23/09

That didnt' take long (by Eric Boehlert at County Fair, Media Matters for America)
The unhinged Right, egged on by hate bloggers and AM talkers, let their true feelings out at an anti-Obama rally in Orlando.
Remember when we couldn’t nominate Hillary because she’d be attacked by the right, but Obama wouldn't be? I remain, as always, the bad guy for reminding the bots how wrong they were—about almost everything.—Caro

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WTF: Top lenders pull plug on small biz loans

Isn't one of the main problems right now the fact that banks aren't lending? Isn't lending to businesses the grease that will make the financial wheels turn again? I thought so. Well, these folks aren't ready to help out. Hmm.

At a time when small business owners desperately need loans and credit lines to help them weather the recession, some of the industry's most active lenders have bolted shut the doors to their vaults.

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Leave Timmy a-l-o-o-n-e!

Booman, bien sur. Hamsher can take care of her arguments and herself, so I'll focus on this delicious morsel:

There is a limited universe of people with both the experience and the capital to buy up and manage the toxic assets. The more money people made off creating this misery, the more likely they are to be flush enough with cash to take risks on fixing it.

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US may lose reserve currency status: I thought this was big; Bernhard says it's HUGE

I came across this yesterday, thought I should post it, but there wasn't much else around on the meaning of the move. Now, Bernhard at Moom of AL lays out the import here.

Being the reserve currency gives the US a big economic advantage, per Bernhard: Read below the fold...

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John Yoo: Academic Censure Should be the least of his worries

Again last week more than 600,000 Americans lost their jobs. One professor on leave from UC Berkeley was not among them, and at the very least that's a dirty shame, despite this fawning tribute from Esquire.

Is this a war? How can the president respond? Can he use the Army? Will he need congressional approval? Is this a war?

“It’s like pornography,” one student says. “You know it when you see it.”

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Its not so confusing,


Lambert, If you read the fine print written everywhere across the media and the intertoobz:

CR: Banks "leaving money on the table 'all day long....'"

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 5:00pm — lambert>

So tell me again how much we're bailing them out for? What they left on the table, too? Confusing!

Everything you need to know about the bailouts...

in 2 short paragraphs. A relatively long post for Atrios. And I'll explain why this is true below. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!

What's The Goal?

Others have made this point in various ways, but if the goal is to bail out the banksters and keep the existing too big to fail financial order in place with the same cast of characters in charge, then all of this sounds like a cunning plan.

If the goal was really to get banks lending again they'd be funneling large sums of money to healthy (mostly smaller) financial institutions who actually made sensible choices over the last few years.

Meanwhile a fire sale is going on:

Lenders have become so overwhelmed by the foreclosure crisis that they are starting to unload properties in bulk to investor groups at steep discounts.

Investors then flip the properties for a profit without necessarily improving the home.

For example, a unit of Citigroup, the troubled financial giant, sold a foreclosure in Temecula to an Arizona investment firm for $139,000 when comparable homes in the area were selling for $240,000 to $260,000.

The firm listed the home for $249,000, received multiple offers and the property has entered escrow, said Amber Schlieder, the real estate agent who handled the listing.

Citigroup left a 100 grand on the table. This looks like a great way to abuse the taxpayer even more.

I want to know who they are all selling in bulk to.

Remember who else was buying up the mortgages in bulk?

So it may come as a surprise that a dozen former top Countrywide executives now stand to make millions from the home mortgage mess.

Stanford L. Kurland, Countrywide's former president, and his team have been buying up delinquent home mortgages that the government took over from other failed banks, sometimes for pennies on the dollar. They get a piece of what they can collect.

"It has been very successful - very strong," John Lawrence, the company's head of loan servicing, told Mr. Kurland one recent morning in a glass-walled boardroom here at PennyMac's spacious headquarters, opened last year in the same Los Angeles suburb where Countrywide once flourished.

The Treasury has shown a willingness to recklessly toss all of our futures away to keep these "Too Big Failures" operating in their self-entitled comfort zone.

What incentive do the banks have to sell these properties for as much as they can when they can sell them in bulk at a loss to their buddies' companies (or even their own companies) so they can turn a profit on them and doing this knowing the failure bankers can ship off all of the bills for the losses to us? Think about it.

If Geithner were handing these trillions to the smaller more responsible bankers some of us little people would be able to buy these cheap houses... But this way the elite get to keep all of the assets in their greedy hands and have us pay for their gambling addiction failures too. And then they will turn a profit on selling us these properties AGAIN. Read below the fold...

P2P banking

Interesting, even if it is a P2P bank for hardware geeks.

Then again, the country needs more hardware geeks. And fewer quants. Read below the fold...

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GOP slime merchants...

...assert that Hillary Clinton is more progressive than some give her credit for and that Barack Obama is an over-hyped media darling. Bastards! Read below the fold...

What you mean, "we," Timmy?

Bite me, Timmy:

No crisis like this has a simple or single cause, but as a nation we borrowed too much and let our financial system take on irresponsible levels of risk.

How are "we" responsible for creating trillions of dollars in toxic derivatives?

How are "we" responsible for the missing and fraudulent loan documentation? Read below the fold...

Grasping reality?

DeLong writes:

The government, however, is the agent of society at large.

No, it isn't. The goverment -- not entirely, but surely largely -- is the agent of the banksters; of the financial class. You've only got to look at who gets the money and how:

1. Manufacturing sector, unions: Nada.

2. States and localities: Bailout billions, with fingerwagging on not wasting a dime of it. Read below the fold...

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When read "rabid cops" I wondered what Xenophon could possibly be refering to?

No BIO they aren't transposed. But thank you for reading. The dissonance is intentional. I'm not very good for link hounds. It's meant to highlight a much larger blind spot that is at the source of our current dilemma. We can't see what's going on because we are so used to our conventional scripts. The police are good and just doing their job, while anyone carrying a gun and daring to fire on officers is clearly insane. Read below the fold...

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Is Obama a Socialist?

Well, no.

But if he was, and a practical sort of Socialist at that, he might be saying things like this and saying them to Bill Moyers:

[special for Lambert] Read below the fold...

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Taser Death Watch 2009: 15-year-old Bay City, MI teen

The story is still developing, but, what we do know is that police in Bay City, Michigan tasered a 15-year-old boy in response to a fight:

BAY CITY, Mich. -- A 15-year-old is dead after Bay City police officers used a Taser stun gun on him.

It happened at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday when officers were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of South Catherine Street.

Police told TV5 that two men were arguing. Police said they attempted to diffuse the situation but the teen attempted to fight the officers. Police used a Taser in an effort to subdue him.

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