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Foreclosures supended

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For some reason, Lambert thinks I have something to say about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because a long time ago I thought it would be fun to needle the PUMAs about their odd predilection to absorb and repeat bad theories on the so-called mortgage meltdown (and, no an econ PhD does not automatically raise my estimation of your credibility---my current project is needling Canadian economics professors). Read below the fold...

11 dimensional chess plays out

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White Supremacy - Take II

My original plan was to write three posts about white supremacy problem, but the more I look into it, the less inclined I am to publish the remaining two-thirds of the original essay I wrote.

I am sure most people who are reading this are aware by now that under the right circumstances, skinheads would make ideal brownshirts, and the KKK would be in a position to proselytize among destitute people by providing necessities and social services the way armed political groups have done in other countries for years. So I see no need to devote entire posts to observations such as those.

I need to focus on the most pressing aspect of this problem first, and then zoom out and take a wider view. Read below the fold...

Deru kugi wa utareru

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Sunday Book Reviews, Someone Has To Do It

Since one of my fav Correntians is gone, I figured I'd give a go at reviving the Corrente Sunday Book Reviews. To show my seriousness, I'll do a write up of something I'm reading.

I know you all are reading so be prepared to share your latest reads with us on Sunday. Whether you want to be all smart and pretentious with your book choices or you just want to tell us about the trashy book your reading, it doesn't matter. Because we all know that reading is the basics for all learning. Read below the fold...

I did not set out to wear a garbage bag today

The garbage bag hung, kilt-like, over my legs as I proceeded to wash the tools I had been using. These tools were in need of washing because I used them to mix up lime putty. Other tools also got washed, though they ware not used for such an operation. They were, in fact, innocent bystanders.

As were my pants, sweatshirt, and pull-on work shoes that I really really like and are now kinda wrecked.

I have mixed batches of goo---mud, plaster, concrete, even clay---using a drill and paddle many times before. My drill has an adjustable speed and you can control it by how much you pull the trigger. So I didn't really give a second though to what I was doing. I put down some kraft paper and had an extra bucket of water for clean up. Read below the fold...

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Friday the 13th retro blogging

51 weeks ago, I wrote this, in a post titled "Pick Up That Knife, Barack!":

If and when Barack Obama wins the Democratic nomination, it will be, ironically, the death of hope for me.

Once again, it's not so much that he's a bad guy or all that different from Hillary Clinton on policy.

It's that his vaunted campaign is everything I would have hoped the (potentially) winning 2008 campaign wouldn't be: Truthy and Retrograde.

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Beyond parody

John Judis:

One Obama press person recently asked a mutual acquaintance, "Why does John Judis hate us?"

Exactly, but exactly, like the comment threads on The Obama 527 Formerly Known As Daily Kos, where the only possible reason for not supporting Obama was hate. Well, that, and racism.

It's going to be a long four years.

NOTE Second comment:

You still haven't answered the question - why *do* you hate Obama?

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Could this be why people are angry?

Krugman:

Adjusted for inflation, families are poorer now than they were in 2001.

Of course not.

Why would they be? Read below the fold...

Looting Social Security basics

The zombie meme that will not die! Not even after the greatest mandate EVAH for a Democrat. I was going to link to William Greider in the Nation today, but Angry Bear does it better than I can. Candidate for most discouraging sentence of the year, so far: Read below the fold...

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Now that I've solved Hillbama and I/P, let's tackle something really divisive!

Though I am, of course, a notorious racist, I enjoy Mexican, Thai, Indian, and Middle Eastern food... if they'll just keep the frigging cilantro out of it. Read below the fold...

Good for Jim McDermott

Bloomberg:

The stimulus legislation would revamp the 74-year-old U.S. unemployment compensation program by encouraging states to give benefits to those who quit their jobs to care for ailing relatives.

The provision, sponsored by Representative Jim McDermott, is in the $789 billion compromise reached by House and Senate negotiators.

Of course, the parasites in the Village hate it: Read below the fold...

Phil Gramm tops Times' list of 25 people most responsible for Shitstorm

Time/CNN website is having a contest to see who, in their opinion, is most responsible for our current economic situation -- Here

Current standings -- Here Read below the fold...

Oven stoves!

Readers, any of you use this kind of stove? How is it?

stoveVia Susie, this on "oven stoves". And since I heat with wood, I'm interested: Read below the fold...

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