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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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Alabamians Doin' It for Themselves

I woke up this morning with the intention of blogging part six and part seven of havealittletalk's series on the Alabama PACT fiasco. I've been puzzling over those pieces for a couple of days, and I think they might have some bearing on our efforts to enforce accountability and transparency. Read below the fold...

If it's Monday, this must be Iowa

Just a reminder for single payer advocates: Monday, March 23, is the Health Care Reform meeting in Iowa, complete with protest demonstration organized by PNHP et al. If you happen to find yourself in downtown Des Moines, you might drop by.

Forum starts at 10:00 am at the Polk County Convention Complex (5th Ave. and Grand Ave., downtown Des Moines)

PNHP has a physician, Dr. Ron Lind, who will speak at a 9:00 am press conference and rally outside.

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Cooking with Mandos

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Let it not be said that Mandos does not bring the yum, if absurdly spicy food is to your taste. Let it also not be said that Mandos is not up on his Bahb Dohle impressions.

I was visiting close relatives very recently and raided the pantry to make dinner completely out of ad hoc ingredients which I didn't measure, and hence what I made will never be made again. If I could find a few spoonfuls at the bottom of an old jar, I used it. And if I may say so myself, it was delicious, a culinary leprechaun of deliciousness that has been let go for all eternity. But here is the vague guideline from memory on how to repeat this experiment. Read below the fold...

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Conscientious objectors in Israel

Raised to Be Heroes

They will fight for their country, they will die for their country, but not in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. And although they act on conscience, they pay a steep personal price. Featuring haunting accounts from the front lines, Raised to Be Heroes introduces the latest generation of Israeli soldiers to selectively object to military operations undertaken by their country.

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

Why? Why?

Why does Lord Eschaton hate Obama? Doesn't he love ponies? What's wrong with him?

Seriously, when Atrios is just as pissed off and cranky as I am, it's time for me to elevate my game. Read below the fold...

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Alabama State Treasurer "Hunkering Down"

It's a little tough to post this right now, considering all the disintegration that's being documented by other folks here, but I do feel the need to stay on it.

Alabama State Treasurer Kay Ivey spoke to some Republicans in Huntsville yesterday and she said some things that I find interesting about Alabama's Pre-Paid College Tuition Program.

The most interesting is this quote Mooncat highlights as part of a very helpful post on open meetings ahead of Tuesday's board meeting.

Ivey told the breakfast audience at Trinity United Methodist Church that she has "been hunkered down" with the board and financial risk experts to find solutions to shore up the program for the short term.

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Paradigm Shift: Gulag America

Saw some shit today I hadn't seen since I was young. Not a good sign when the police go rabid. What was it Sarah said? "I don't give a damn about financial records or postings." Of course not. Why would the reality of housing scandals, corrupt police, inner-city drugs, and financial take over be of any significance? Read below the fold...

I thought the FDIC was for protecting my bank deposits, not for lending money to hedge funds to buy toxic assets with

Apparently, Hank Timmy doesn't agree:

[T]he Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will set up special-purpose investment partnerships and lend about 85 percent of the money that those partnerships will need to buy up troubled assets that banks want to sell.

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