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Harmon update

RL call, so quick, but BTD's on this here and here. Could be that on the CQ story, Sarah was right, and I was wrong (and not for the first time).

Nevertheless, my larger point (at least, larger for me) is that what's sauce for Harman's goose is sauce for Obama's gander, remains. Just saying, BarbinMD. Read more about Harmon update

Yes, we can!


The great Charlie Pierce (via the Great Avedon):

I have now lived through three major episodes in my life where the political elite have told me quite plainly that neither I nor my fellow citizens are sufficiently mature to suffer the public prosecution of major crimes committed within my government.

The first was when Gerry Ford told me I wasn’t strong enough to handle the sight of Richard Nixon in the dock. Dick Cheney looked at this episode and determined that the only thing Nixon did wrong was get caught.

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This guy sounds pretty good

He even worked for St. Reagan, fer crissakes. But he's been tagged as a goddamned liberal.

Too bad we never reclaimed that word..... Read more about This guy sounds pretty good

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Dear Aunt Hopey

I don't usually write to advice columns, Auntie, but I'm having feelings I've never experienced before, and I'm so confused.

I was led to believe it was socially acceptable — and then some — to have a rivalgasm whenever the Obama administration held Republicans to its bosom. Read more about Dear Aunt Hopey

Bankster mordida

Everybody keeps saying we're different from a Banana Republic because there you've got petty corruption, mordida, everywhere you turn. Read more about Bankster mordida

Bailout watchdog kicks Timmy in the nads: PPIP can be gamed, 20 criminal investigations open on TARP

About time:

The U.S. Treasury's plan to purge toxic assets from banks' balance sheets is vulnerable to fraud and abuse and needs tough rules against conflict of interest, the government's bailout watchdog said on Tuesday.

Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), said in a report that subsidies for public-private investment partnerships (PPIP) to buy assets could expose taxpayers to higher losses without corresponding increases in the potential for profit.

Phase 3: Profit!

For your future reference, and because the appropriate cultural frame of reference for current events may well be no longer Monty Python, but South Park, herewith the script of the Underpants Gnomes episode:

Phase 1: Collect Underpants

Phase 2: ????

Phase 3: Profit! Read more about Phase 3: Profit!

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The Opening Created by Truthiness

Here is an excellent observation by the Business Pundit:

"MSM (mainstream media) reports and government announcements leave us with a sense that something is off. We try to assuage our unease with online facts, leaks, and answers. That seeking, combined with the mainstream media’s ineffective communication, opens a portal for opportunistic publicity hounds. Like Hal Turner.

Yesterday, Turner announced that he had obtained leaked “bank stress test reults” (sic) from regulators. He pithily stated that “they are very bad.” "

snip. Read more about The Opening Created by Truthiness

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Small Biz Tip - Cloud Computing

I would love to see others giving their small biz tips. With that goal, I'm going to start sharing my experiences.

Background, I run a small company that works all over, sometimes out of country, but mostly in the midwest. We gather data for our clients which we transfer over the web via a secure server. Transferring the data is not our main business, but an integral task.

In the early days we emailed it, but emailing 10 megs, then 20 megs, then 50 megs of data became a pain, especially when you are doing it from a slow connection in Carroll, Iowa. So we came up with this secure server idea, using repository version control software to keep track of changes and ensure the data is properly backed up and complete. It works like AWESOME. Read more about Small Biz Tip - Cloud Computing

Susan Boyle

I must be the only one in the world who missed this, but I was going through SiteMeter and ran across this post at the All Spin Zone:



BarbinMD at the Obama 527 Formerly Known As Daily Kos:

Jane Harman Shilled For Bush To Avoid Investigation

Ari Gibbs:

CNN'S ED HENRY: Just so I understand, you're saying the people in the CIA who followed through on what they were told was legal, they should not be prosecuted? But why not the Bush administration lawyers who, in the eyes of a lot of your supporters on the left, twisted the law, why are they not being held accountable?

GIBBS: The president is focused on looking forward. That's why.

And that's different from shilling for Bush, how, exactly? I'm sending this one out to BarbinMD: Read more about Pathetic

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Paul Krugman says "Yo' mama"

Explaining why the latest floated plan from Obama's "top economic advisors" (is that you, Timmy and Larry?) doesn't make sense.

The proposal is to "stretch" (the NYTimes' word) the bailout funds by converting the existing loans to the biggest banks into common stock. This turns the loans into capital for the banks, thus improving their balance sheets, and good things ensue (or so we are told). Because, uh-oh! the stress test are expected to show that some big banks, including my own personal parasite BoA, are in need of more capital. (I know the feeling!)

Quoth the Times: Read more about Paul Krugman says "Yo' mama"

Bankster of the Day

So very many to choose from in this terrific New York article, but this anonymous bankster is my very favorite: Read more about Bankster of the Day


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