"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." -- Joseph GoebbelsRead below the fold...
Oh, actually, I guess I'm somehow wrong on that. Their regular staff put out these couple paragraphs of gossipy spin and the headline is sure to be sensational.
Well yes he is, if you're unable to read. The mismatch between the storyline and the full quote in paragraph 6 is purely due to the writer fantasizing that he's gotten, ulp, a scoop! Stop the presses!
At my high school, there was a quote from a member of the student council to the effect that he was voting without consulting his constituents! Egad! Not mentioned in the story is that that's his role as student representative. Oh, right.
Today, we have this from Politico: Read below the fold...
I saw this news article about troops "policing" in Alabama. didn't these folk get the memo that posse comitatus is dead? The Military Comissions Act is now in force.
“On March 10, after a report of an apparent mass murder in Samson, Ala., 22 military police soldiers from Fort Rucker, Ala., along with the provost marshal, were sent to the city of Samson,” Harvey Perritt, spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Monroe, Va., told CNSNews.com on Monday. LinkRead below the fold...
"As we get out of this crisis, as we work towards getting ourselves out of recession, I hope that Wall Street and the marketplace don't think that we can return to business as usual," this afternoon said Obama. "We have to move beyond a constant bubble bust mentality.
I agree 100% -- no more bubbles!*
But "No Bubbles" is Phase 3.
We're in Phase 1 now. Read below the fold...
Well, I solved a mystery today. I thought this song was perhaps a Euro disc by Marty Robbins. Turns out it's another favorite singer of mine, C.W. McCall:
Night Hawk lyrics
We'd worked ourselves senseless
Been bustin' down fences
Drivin' dry cattle, no water in sight
As we sat 'round the fire
And cursed the barbed wire
A stranger broke into our light
Not knowin' no better
Some fool went for leather
But a whispered "I wouldn't"
Put an end to the fight
Then he said, "I'm for hire.
"You need a rider.
"And I don't mind ridin' at night."
Go light on the Night Hawk
He don't smile, he don't talk
To strangers, and seldom to friends
And you'll do well to listen
When he asks you to leave him alone
He won't ask you again
Though the man is a myst'ry Read below the fold...
Politics and Media Headlines 3/18/09
Lee Judge (permission to post this cartoon has been requested)
Payback time for AIG: Treasury, Congress go after the bonuses (McClatchy)
In an effort to quell a mounting furor, the Treasury Department said late Tuesday that it would require American International Group to repay the government more than $165 million in bonuses doled out last week to the executives blamed for driving the firm to insolvency. Read below the fold...
The new President has come out with a proposal to reduce the VA budget that I find utterly appalling. He's going to bill veterans' non-VA insurance to pay for the vets' combat injuries. To my mind this is a betrayal of the veterans and a refusal to honor the government's contract with service members that's on par with anything the reprehensible Bush 43 proposed. Call your Congress members and denounce this!! Read below the fold...
Never thought I'd get to write that headline. But it's true. The current Chairman of America's Health Insurance Plans is George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente. Halvorson also serves on the Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System, which just released a plan called "The 2020 Vision." You can download the plan here. I did. And I can give it a recommendation I can rarely offer to health reform proposals: The contents surprise.Read below the fold...
Eliot Spitzner is now a columnist for Slate and his post yesteday poses five important questions for Geithner and Bernanke to answer in public and under oath:
What was the precise conversation among Bernanke, Geithner, Paulson, and Blankfein that preceded the initial $80 billion grant?
Was it already known who the counterparties were and what the exposure was for each of the counterparties?
What did Goldman, and all the other counterparties, know about AIG's financial condition at the time they executed the swaps or other contracts? Had they done adequate due diligence to see whether they were buying real protection? And why shouldn't they bear a percentage of the risk of failure of their own counterparty?Read below the fold...