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"Jack, and squat"

As usual, only comedy is fact-based. Read below the fold...

If you want to know which vampire squids own Timmy, just look at his calendar

AP actually does some reporting; turns out it's not really banksters who own Timmy; it's just a few banksters, among them our favorite, Goldman Sachs:

The calendars, obtained by the AP under the Freedom of Information Act, offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the continued influence of three companies -- Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. -- whose executives can reach the nation's most powerful economic official on the phone, sometimes several times a day.

What the calendars show, however, is that only a select few can call the treasury secretary.

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"Digging their own shallow graves"

This story's got everything! Ralph Lauren suing Boing Boing under DMCA! Brave Canadians telling him to shove it while craven US ISPs cave! Models! And not economic ones! Plus the central metaphor of our times:

Retouching! Read below the fold...

Crank calls

Why can't every pundit do this?

To it's credit, Pravda has reader Q&A sessions with some of its pundits, notably David Broder and Howie Kurtz. But this from Krugman is the best I've seen, bar none. Best questions, best answers. Go read.

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Ezra Klein: "Meet the new health care system...."

Same as the old health care system. I'm shocked.

Which is only to say that this is not the end.

Please, no Churchillian oratory, mkay? Read below the fold...

Words to ponder


[O]ne does not disarm, dismantle, disassemble, or even inconvenience the goddamned patriarchy by availing oneself of its systems of coercion


Seems unexceptionable. Or not.

But read the whole post to see the starting point. Agree? Disagree? Read below the fold...

FDR's Second Bill of Rights

Via Old-Fashioned Patriot:

  1. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation.
  2. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.
  3. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living.
  4. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad.
  5. The right of every family to a decent home.
  6. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.

Afghan fraud

Bareback Andy takes responsibility

Not. Definitely put down your coffee before reading. This sentence is my favorite:

I do not think it's professional to air the specifics of internal battles after the fact...

Well, sure.

We all know Sully's a pro!

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Where the heck do we go to get news, and not Sully and the rest of Versailles? Read below the fold...

"Shoot the ducks and grab the bucks"

Say, wasn't that a line in Once Upon A Mattress? Read below the fold...


I, too, have been irritated with the growing currency of the idea that (to translate) "the future lies ahead":

I'm not saying that this was Emanuel's plan all along. I think his strategy has been fairly sophisticated, but not here. He'll probably fight to see that the deal is honored. The mystery will be whether he does that for show, or he really means it.

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Food, glorious good

Anglachel points out what should be obvious: Read below the fold...

If you're a blogger who doesn't want to go on the teebee...

... and especially if you're not on the A list or you're old school, then go read this post at Wampum immediately.

NOTE And do read the final paragraph. Is there anyone we know who can help "put one's feet on the earth and push"?

UPDATE Jeebus, wrong link to Wampum's main page all day. Too little sleep. Well, you should read whatever Wampum writes anyhow. Read below the fold...

Grayson's anatomy lesson

Nice headline:

What Grayson gave the country and the news media was a much needed anatomy lesson in how to govern, how to make a point, how to stand up for what you believe is right, how to fight for it, and how to handle bullies. Which is smack them back and they stop. A teachable moment and anatomy lesson for everyone, not the least of which, hopefully was President Obama.

Policy aside, yes, that's what Grayson did. Read below the fold...


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