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The people who are asking these questions are the ones shoving you under the bus

The parties -- let alone the "progressive" access bloggers -- are just lackeys. Here's the question:

In some influential circles, these questions are now asked: What’s wrong with high levels of inequality in general, and with having very rich bankers in particular.

What do you mean, "we"?

"Are you embarrassed easily?"

"Hello, I'm Karl Gruber... ". Film at 11: Obama administration assumes banksters have a sense of shame. Seriously, is it really possible for the administration make it more insultingly obvious that nothing will be done to keep people in their homes?

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Excellent Dubai photos

Wretched excess, combined with thievery.

And billions of dollars chasing a stupid idea. Why on earth build a mall with an ice rink in the middle of the desert? How on earth can that possibly make any sense?

NOTE Yeah, it doesn't make any sense in, say, Dallas, either, but that's another story. Or not. Read more about Excellent Dubai photos

Golden Sacks buying guns in fear of populist uprising

Bloomberg:

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- “I just wrote my first reference for a gun permit,” said a friend, who told me of swearing to the good character of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker who applied to the local police for a permit to buy a pistol. The banker had told this friend of mine that senior Goldman people have loaded up on firearms and are now equipped to defend themselves if there is a populist uprising against the bank.

Ooooooh, I bet the banksters are skeered!

Treasury threatens servicers over slow mortgage modifications

Hear any of 'em threatening suicide or the end of the world? No? Then the Treasury threats are meaningless. Quelle surprise.
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Afghanistan? Why not Mexico?

Step 1: "We admitted we were powerless over insurance companies, that health reform had become unmanageable"

Superb step-by-step from Ellen of the Tenth on how the Dems sent health care reform down the crapper. Go read.

My creation

Thanks, "progressives"! Read more about Step 1: "We admitted we were powerless over insurance companies, that health reform had become unmanageable"

So, Democrats, how's EFCA coming?

At EdWize, 2009-11-30, the state of play:

If workers keep their mouths shut, their noses clean and stop busting chops and bucking their bosses, they will, if management sees fit, be paid fairly so that, provided they are not ingrates or spendthrifts, they will do just fine being one paycheck ahead of eviction and the need to forage through dumpsters to find sustenance for their sick kid who is medically unattended because his parent’s employer is no believer in investing in cost-ineffective luxuries like health insurance.

In memoriam Tanta

I got nuthin

I'm looking at the news, and I can't find anything new.

I'm going to clean the kitchen. Readers? Read more about I got nuthin

About those "Cadillac" health plans...

go read Allegre. From the intro at the top:

This is pure bullshit, and one of many reasons why this bill needs to be torpedoed. I pay about $1k/month for my older employees, which means the "reformers" would hammer me for treating my employees well. One of the major reasons our firm is successful is we have loyal, dedicated employees, who are treated well, and with respect. They reciprocate with amazing productivity and quality of work. And Congress wants to punish this dynamic?

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