Nobody's talking about it in the news. Polo's not exactly a commonplace, I suppose, anymore than cowhorse contests are.
Something about this story just seems way too wrong to me, though. Read more about Deaths in the afternoon: were the Venezuelan polo ponies poisoned?
Surveillance and political corruption
... Thinking about that further reenforces the point that selective, unaccountable surveillance is very dangerous. A president could do a great deal to gin up pretexts to wiretap members of congress and blackmail them even without the members doing anything unusually egregious.
If you took the under on the leading indicators, pass Go and collect!
But for the banksters, mission accomplished! Three steps to the plan:
1. Goldman "11 months to the year" Sachs and Wells "What future losses?" Fargo release their carefully massaged earnings reports. Read more about Well, so much for the "green shoots"
Fun with technology!
Maybe I should buy a TV after all. CBS:
"The three-legged stool [of Social Security, retirement plans, and 401(k)], if you will, has gone to two legs and it's wobbly. And it's wobbling, and I'm not sure that it's gonna support anything. And that's the scary part and people are afraid," Brooks Hamilton, who has helped design retirement plans for some of the country's largest corporations, told [CBS correspondent Steve] Kroft.
Win an iPod Shuffle.
I like the Yahoo News site; it's got some editorial flavor, unlike Google's. So, even if they are only aggregators, at least there's some value add! Plus, we get hits from them (which is kind of amazing, a C list blog like ours...) One sharecropper to another... Read more about Naming contest at Yahoo News Blog
A Journal editorial declares the reputed health care "public option" to be"The End of Private Health Insurance."
The UHC optimist reads this as "ObamaCare will destroy of the death-by-spreadsheet industry."
The shrill may see this as cementing the idea that the "public option" is radical surgery, rather than triangulation from the guys who told zombie banks: "eat our brains, please!" Read more about Murdoch's WSJ sets the "public option" as the outer-fringe of the health care debate
So, as far as I can tell, Rep. Jane Harman [D-Ca] was conspiring with the Israelis to drop some spy charges in exchange for some lobbying on her behalf, and Alberto Gonzales had an NSA warrantless wiretap™ (wait for it) on her phone and overheard the deal. Read more about Harmangate!
An ordinance that requires that banks and mortgage companies be required to keep up their properties just like every other property owner? What a novel idea:
FARMINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Farmington officials have given notice to mortgage lenders that foreclose on homes: Maintain the properties or face fines.
Farmington has amended its nuisance ordinance to require banks and brokers that own abandoned homes to keep them up. The community of 10,400 is about 15 miles west-northwest of Detroit.
City Manager Vincent Pastue says Farmington has about 50 homes in foreclosure, and about 40 percent of them are abandoned.
Notes from a book-signing over at Campaign for America's Future:
Greider said that progressives should respond to those southern Blue Dogs and other conservatives by telling the party, "We are going to their districts and talk about what they’re for and what they’re against. Are they for whacking Social Security or aren’t they? Let’s put it on the table. Let’s have an honest debate about that. If that makes people nervous, that's good."
“Yes, I am for putting candidates into selected districts who themselves have no great prospects for winning, but who may very well destabilize that safe seat for an incumbent. I’m for that," he went on to say. "And if that leads sooner or later to Democrats losing their majority control, yes, that’s a real threat. And think about it, Democrats. If you want to do something about it, you can. If you don’t, we are going to try to destabilize your comfort.” Read more about William Greider explains how to make them do it
On the importance of taking current events and nascent winger movements more seriously:
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – The Aryan Nations has returned to northern Idaho with what it is calling a "world headquarters" and a recruitment campaign.
Coeur d'Alene resident Jerald O'Brien, who has a large swastika tattoo on his scalp, is one of the leaders of the white supremacist group and said he expects membership to grow because of the election of President Barack Obama.
He told The Spokesman-Review newspaper that the president is the "greatest recruiting tool ever."