Friday, February 06, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Yes, the stimulus is less than a trillion—$819 billion in the version passed by the House. But that's still a bigger total than a million a day since the first Christmas.
That's a soundbite that is going to resonate.
This is some serious bullshit that you're about to lay down and it will destroy your presidency. I'm being totally serious. What's more, it will destroy the Democratic Party's reputation as being the party that does a better job of taking care of the middle class and the poor.
The bad bank clears the toxic assets off the books of banking systems by buying them at market prices and forcing write downs by the banks. A good bad bank forces banks to write down their bad assets and cleanse their balance sheets with those made insolvent being recapitalized, nationalized or liquidated by the state. But it is equally possible to use a bad bank to buy the banks' toxic waste at inflated prices so that the bank can start lending again. That's when it becomes a bad bad bank.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
It's that time again! Blogroll Amnesty Day or B.A.D. The day when Blogtopia (and yes, Skippy coined that word!) recognizes those who need a leg up and some exposure.
So I'm going to link to five smaller blogs than this insignificant shitty little place and mention them for kudos. I don't get around to them as often as I'd like, but I try.
1) Mad In The Middle Bob claims he's boring. He's not.
2) Debsweb Quirky. Who else would have NASA's picture of the day next to gourmet recipes?
3) Politicat Travis is a great writer.
4) Southern Atlantis The best thing to come out of Norleans since bagnettes and Cafe Du Monde.
5) Agita Diaries There are few as poetic and MandT.
The tracking feature, called Latitude, will appear on compatible mobile devices in a new version of Google Maps, version 3.0.0. It can also be added as a gadget on iGoogle, the company's personalizable home page service.
To begin sharing your location, you must either sign up for the Latitude service or accept an invitation to view the location of someone already using it.
Latitude's help pages describe the fine-grained control the service allows over who sees what, and when. For each friend with whom you choose to share information, you can give your precise location, the name of the city only, or no information at all.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is lashing out at lawmakers who booted him from office, calling his removal a "hijacking."
"I want you off the f***ing set, you pr***," Bale reportedly says at the start of the audio recording, which TMZ reported was sent by the film's executives to their insurance company in case the actor didn't finish filming the movie.
"I'm sorry," Hurlbut reportedly replies.
"No, don't just be sorry. Think for one f***king second," Bale reportedly shouts. "What the f*** are you doing? Are you a professional or not?"
The man said to be Bale appears to grow angrier as Hurlbut replies to him in a calm tone, "Yes, I am."
"No, no. Am I gonna f***ing rip your lights down in the middle of the scene? Then why the f***are you walking right through, 'Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh,' in the background," the man said to be Bale, sing-songs. "What the f*** is it with you? What the f*** don't you understand?"
For the Iranian government, it is an important milestone along the road to reclaiming Persia's ancient claim to major power status, which it feels the jealous west is trying to deny it.
It is also enormously significant in Iranian internal politics. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got elected promising economic benefits for the common man and modernisation. He has made a complete mess of the first part of that mission. Delivering the second is important for his prospects of re-election in June, in the eyes of both the average voter and – even more importantly, given the controlled nature of Iranian democracy – the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Monday, February 02, 2009