If we are going to be a bana republic socialist controlled market state, why don’t we take the $1 trillion we are going to spend on nationalizing individual companies… and instead give it to the people who are in homes they can’t afford.
And by “give” I mean have the government pay for the restructured financing. This will then stop the housing meltdown and restart our stalled economy.
Of course, this assumes that the bailout is a foregone conclusion – which it is, but I would not like to give up so easily. Can someone explain to me again why a) we, the people, are saving ultrarich bankers who made bad bets, and b) covering for thousands of people who knowingly entered into contracts they couldn’t afford. Goddamnit, I’ve held up my end of the bargain and upheld all my contracts… grr.
An intelligence forecast being prepared for the next president on future global risks envisions a steady decline in U.S. dominance in the coming decades, as the world is reshaped by globalization, battered by climate change, and destabilized by regional upheavals over shortages of food, water and energy.
“The U.S. will remain the preeminent power, but that American dominance will be much diminished,” Fingar said, according to a transcript of the Thursday speech. He saw U.S. leadership eroding “at an accelerating pace” in “political, economic and arguably, cultural arenas.”
Now, that’s gilding the lilly more than a little. I’m sure Fingar has his political priorities straight and couldn’t say anything else, but if we’re anything more than slightly above parity in 2025, I’ll be shocked. The last 8 years of bushevik rule have done nearly incalculable harm to our countries in ways that won’t be felt for years. The lack of funding for and emphasis on scientific research and experimentation, for example, will show after significant lag time. Say 10-15 years. And the Palin nomination might as well be a flashing neon sign saying “culturally bankrupt, corrupt autocracy” to anyone paying attention.
We may still be the tallest midget in 2025, but it will be by millimeters at best.
1. Palin, a hard core theocratic extremist and member of hard-right church with no qualms about dictating societal norms, is elected mayor of Wasilla, AK (pop. 9,000).
2. Palin shortly thereafter “inquires” of the town librarian how she would react “if” Palin asked her to remove some books from the library (alternatively, Palin inquires about the “procedure” for book removal. No threat there!)
3. Librarian says that the books were acquired properly and she will not remove any of them.
4. Librarian is fired.
(postscript: community is outraged, Librarian is reinstated shortly thereafter)
Nope, definitely no authoritarian Queen of Hearts correlation there.
Elections have consequences, and if these dipshits somehow convince enough people to vote against their own interests to be elected then get ready for a whole lot of Säuberung. Oh frabjous day!
Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had “gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers.” The companies, as McClatchy reported, “aren’t taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization.”
Not sure how we’ll tell the difference between her and dub, but she’s not qualified to be a gym teacher let alone VP.
on the Quaylerrific token, corrupt, unready, and ill-suited babe Palin:
Given Sarah Palin’s rather doctrinaire approach to conservative libertarian Christian evangelicalism, her political flirtation with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party (AIP) is hardly surprising, but the AIP’s ties to the U.S. Constitution Party raise some creepy issues. It is not fair to suggest that Palin agrees with all of the political positions of the AIP or Constitution Party. It is fair to ask with what policies she does or does not agree. It is already clear that on the issue of the “Sanctity of Life,” Palin and the theocratic Consititution Party are on the same Dominionist page.
The AIP has placed the candidate of the U.S. Constitution Party on the Presidential ballot in Alaska in the 2008 race. Let’s be clear, the U.S. Constitution Party would impose a form of theocratic neofascism in the United States. And I am not a person who tosses the term fascism around lightly.
She’s a nothing and a loser for the GOP and McCain, but while she’s hot (as an issue, not talking about looks here), it’s worth pointing out who could be a heartbeat away from sitting in the oval office.
She’s the American Idol candidate and as such well reflective of our diminished society – no skill necessary, no work or planning, just get picked as winner! It’s like the lottery where the presidency is the prize.
So here we have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protesters who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do. And as extraordinary as that conduct is, more extraordinary is the fact that they have received virtually no attention from the national media and little outcry from anyone. And it’s not difficult to see why. As the recent “overhaul” of the 30-year-old FISA law illustrated — preceded by the endless expansion of surveillance state powers, justified first by the War on Drugs and then the War on Terror — we’ve essentially decided that we want our Government to spy on us without limits. There is literally no police power that the state can exercise that will cause much protest from the political and media class and, therefore, from the citizenry.
Police found four guns, including two rifles and two handguns, in a rented pickup.
Police found a rifle in the man’s pickup and methamphetamine. The man allegedly made comments about Sen. Obama, but sources wouldn’t say what they were.
It was enough, however, to make police believe the man might have been plotting to somehow harm Obama. A second man was arrested at a Glendale hotel.
Now, this may be a bunch of hooey and they’re just meth heads with guns… but we all know Obama’s got a Montana-sized target on him. If he makes it through the election and his first term safely, then I’ll start to have hope for our “post-racial” nation.
You know, the one granting the executive the right to spy on American citizens without a warrant and granting all telecom companies retroactive immunity for helping this occur while the practice was patently illegal?
Also: fuck you, Democrats. We expect that from the GOP, but you guys? Screwed the pooch. I want my Constitution back!
Did I mention this is going to be the awesomest election ever? Because it is. Behold as the New Yorker channels the wingnut zeitgeist!
Now I want a McCain edition. Just show the Grim Reaper, that’ll be best.
To be clear: the above is clearly satire… it’s just poorly done, unfunny, and unimaginative. You know, like the typical dreck you find in the excruciatingly unentertaining New Yorker.
I’ll give the nutters at NatRev $50 if they run a similar cover.
To actually be analytical, though, Horsey gets it wrong as well even in his satirical response. For example, Osama is the enemy of all Americans, hero to none; Cheney is the enemy of thinking Americans, but hero to many. Not to mention that the counter response to the Obama outrage always, always ignores the actual and continuing impact of race and gender and the tyranny of the dominant class upon the marginalized groups. Anyway, enough of the critical thinking, fuck the New Yorker for being a bunch of socially rigid ponces.
Who’s the black private dick / That’s a sex machine to all the chicks? / OBAMA! / Ya damn right!
Who is the man that would risk his neck / For his brother man? / OBAMA! / Can you dig it?
Who’s the cat that won’t cop out / When there’s danger all about? / OBAMA! / Right On!
They say this cat Obama is a bad mother… / SHUT YOUR MOUTH! / I’m talkin’ ’bout Obama. / THEN WE CAN DIG IT!
In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell ABC News.
The so-called Principals who participated in the meetings also approved the use of “combined” interrogation techniques — using different techniques during interrogations, instead of using one method at a time — on terrorist suspects who proved difficult to break, sources said.
Highly placed sources said a handful of top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top al Qaeda suspects — whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding.
The high-level discussions about these “enhanced interrogation techniques” were so detailed, these sources said, some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed — down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic.
The advisers were members of the National Security Council’s Principals Committee, a select group of senior officials who met frequently to advise President Bush on issues of national security policy.
At the time, the Principals Committee included Vice President Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft.
The fact that these people are still (mostly) running our government instead of being behind bars is probably the most accurate snapshot, and indictment, of our country today. Ruled by a clutch of undemocratic totalitarians, the America I grew up with is gone and our moral authority with it.