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Hey, Ellen Tauscher; don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!

If the door breaks, nobody out here can afford to get it fixed.

Hillary Clinton has picked BFF Ellen Tauscher to be the new Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, and Tauscher’s Fellow Traveler Barack Obama has agreed. Read below the fold...

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Don't they know we live in a totalitarian state?

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. Link

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About former AIG Financial "Services" chief Joe Cassano

Some nice work from TPM on Joe Cassano, chief weasel, but Josh missed a data point.

Who do you think Joe Cassano wanted to be President?

You'll never guess. Read below the fold...

Letting the czar know

Interesting article on Obama reading letters from citizens. A tiny fraction, of course, but much, much better than nothing.

So, write him a letter on single payer. All you've got to lose is a 42-cent stamp. Read below the fold...

Pressure works

WaPo:

President Obama today abandoned a proposal to bill veterans' private insurance companies for treatment of combat-related injuries after the measure prompted an outcry from veterans service organizations and members of Congress.

More like this, please. Read below the fold...

And then, phase 2: A miracle occurs!

Our President, the underpants gnome:

"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...

Sarah's picture

Lyrics

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."

[Chorus]
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...

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Idol worshippers and Bible belters

It pays to be a Christianist if you want to get ahead on "American Idol." Read below the fold...

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The Manufactured Hero

As I'm viewing the details of the Big Shitpile unfold (here, here, here, and here, just on the front page of Corrente; make sure to follow som Read below the fold...

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/18/09

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...

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Middle of March: Line in the Sand

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...

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AHIP manuvers for position

Ezra Klein

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.

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Eliot Spitzer: It's not the bonuses, it's the funneling money thru AIG to the Big Banksters

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?

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Tipping point?

tipping

The optimistic scenario is that if Obama's good at one thing, it's at having absolutely nothing stick. If we're creating a situation where the only way out for Obama is putting some good policy in place, with somebody not totally in the bag for the banksters to run it, then it's all good! Read below the fold...

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