Special whining and complaining edition.


38 Responses to “Early Morning Swim”

KayInMaine September 24th, 2008 at 5:00 am

Good morning Blue Texan!

I said this on the previous thread and feel it needs repeating:

If the Democrats go along with George Bush before the November election by bailing out Wall Street, then Barack will lose thanks to these assholes.

The FBI is investigating 26 companies right now. I think the Democrats could use this as an excuse to NOT DO A DAMN THING RIGHT NOW, by saying, “This is under investigation. We cannot make comment on it nor can we act until we find out from the FBI what happened”, you know, throw back the same words the Bush Regime has always used!

Jim White September 24th, 2008 at 5:04 am

Good morning, BT. Is the McPalin campaign keeping her under wraps so that she doesn’t get uppity?

KayInMaine September 24th, 2008 at 5:06 am

Campbell Brown cracks me up. For years as a right wing jackboot licker, she had no problem acting sexy (shaking her hair all around) while lambasting liberals every day. She never wanted to hear a negative word about her Bush White House for fear it would crumble her little fragile dainty brain. And now Campbell is the big Feminist of our time? Oh give me a break! Her words were correct about Sarah Palin & the McCain campaign but I would have rather it was spoken by a REAL FEMINIST…and not a right wing jackboot licker.

Beerfart Liberal September 24th, 2008 at 5:11 am
In response to JimWhite @ 2

I thibnk it’s ’cause she’s ignernt, too. You ever know people who thinkl they’re hot stuff and just have no idea how ignorant or stupid they are? That’s Palin. I see what’s been described as the “central Florida corridor” is supposed to be the key to the state and BO/JB are doing well out in Tampa area. I think that’s true that this is where the state will be decided. Also the Jewish voters who may be less than warm towrads Obama. Party affiliation is extremely close by me. Rachel had a story on my Congressman last night and I only caught the end of it. But if he’s in troublwe and Grayson does well against Keller, that should help Obama.

Jim White September 24th, 2008 at 5:16 am

Good morning, BFL. I’m starting to get mildly hopeful. I have my tickets for tomorrow night’s annual dinner for our county Democrats. They still haven’t announced the keynote speaker. BO’s hanging out very close by for the next few days. Sure would be fun if he popped in… Of course, a crowd of 700 or so who already are going to vote for him might not be the best use of time, but it would probably energize a lot of people to do more canvassing…

plunger September 24th, 2008 at 5:16 am

“Big Dan” is ALL FREEKIN’ OVER the globalist’s case today!

Tons or research for your dining pleasure!

Frank33 September 24th, 2008 at 5:17 am

This is actually old news from Reddit. But it is classic whining froma grumpy old crazy guy.

“MoveOn.org should be thrown out of the country, my friends.”

cbl September 24th, 2008 at 5:18 am

Mornin’ All,

can’t find mention of the Bush-asks-al Maliki-to-keep-troops-’til-2011 story on any of the major news sites X~o

NYT, WaPo, MSNBC, CNN, Politico, Google, or Yahoo

plunger September 24th, 2008 at 5:18 am

WANTED: HENRY PAULSON! This man should be jailed! He’s stealing our tax money for generations! Fascism in broad daylight! This guy is handing our money over to his former company!

http://bigdanblogger.blogspot.com/

foothillsmike September 24th, 2008 at 5:23 am

Sarah Failin will become toxic before this campaign is over and if she were to be on the ballot for reelection as Alaska gov. in 2010 Alaska will be a blue state.

STTPinOhio September 24th, 2008 at 5:24 am
In response to KayInMaine @ 3

Campbell Brown cracks me up. For years as a right wing jackboot licker, she had no problem acting sexy (shaking her hair all around) while lambasting liberals every day. She never wanted to hear a negative word about her Bush White House

So true! I remember in 2000 all she was missing was pom-poms during her coverage of the rethug side of the election.

She even got to marry Dan Senor (great rethug liar with a straight face) for her efforts.

cbl September 24th, 2008 at 5:26 am

also lost in yesterday’s news shuffle:

A former Iraqi official estimated yesterday that more than $13 billion meant for reconstruction projects in Iraq was wasted or stolen through elaborate fraud schemes.

WaPo

Jim White September 24th, 2008 at 5:26 am

PUMA my ass. Wait, is that redundant?
From the WaPo link:

Two weeks ago, McCain held a substantial advantage among white voters, including newfound strength with white women. In the face of bad economic news, the two candidates now run about evenly among white women, and Obama has narrowed the overall gap among white voters to five percentage points.

Much of the movement has come among college-educated whites. Whites without college degrees favor McCain by 17 points, while those with college degrees support Obama by 9 points. No Democrat has carried white, college-educated voters in presidential elections dating back to 1980, but they were a key part of Obama’s coalition in the primaries.

With all the “racism” polls the M$M has been hyping for the last week, I find that second paragraph most encouraging. In fact, I think the move toward support of Obama by whites is what is fueling the one last attempt at provoking a racial divide. It just won’t work this time.

KayInMaine September 24th, 2008 at 5:27 am
In response to STTPinOhio @ 11

Yep! Bingo! That’s the Campbell Brown I’m talking about.

STTPinOhio September 24th, 2008 at 5:33 am
In response to plunger @ 9

I would like to hear questions directed to him re: “self dealing”, after all a considerable amount of his estimated 700 million dollars of wealth probably is tied up in Goldman stock.

I’m also mystified that there is such a problem getting some version of a warrant in this deal to let the taxpayers (us) share in any upside in this deal.

JPL9 September 24th, 2008 at 5:35 am

Campbell Brown sounds like a repub who is scared about the thought of a Miss Sarah in the White House.

STTPinOhio September 24th, 2008 at 5:36 am
In response to cbl2 @ 12

also lost in yesterday’s news shuffle:

A former Iraqi official estimated yesterday that more than $13 billion meant for reconstruction projects in Iraq was wasted or stolen through elaborate fraud schemes.

Noooo! Really?

Rampant fraud in Iraq; you never could’ve seen that coming.

Jim White September 24th, 2008 at 5:38 am

Why isn’t Paulson being investigated by the FBI? From this morning’s AP story:

Two law enforcement officials said Tuesday the FBI is looking at potential fraud by mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and insurer American International Group Inc. Additionally, a senior law enforcement official said Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. also is under investigation.

The inquiries will focus on the financial institutions and the individuals that ran them, the senior law enforcement official said.

I refuse to believe that the practices at any of the five major investment banking firms differed from one another. They all do the same things, often very much in concert with one another. If there is criminal activity to be investigated in one of those firms, there is criminal activity in all five and Henry Paulson should be right up there among those looking at jail time.

Kitt September 24th, 2008 at 5:38 am

The corralling of Palin isn’t about sexism, so Cambell Brown’s rant was just a lot of hooey. If Palin happened to be a man they would still be keeping the press at bay because it isn’t about her sex, it’s about her ignorance.

kdh22 September 24th, 2008 at 5:38 am

McCrazy & Co. are taking a dive.

Obama in a landslide and then he’ll be saddled with the 2nd worst economic catastrophe in our country’s history…if someone (read: bigoted racists) don’t get to him first.

Oh country, my country, what has become you?

kdh22 September 24th, 2008 at 5:39 am

*doesn’t*

joelmael September 24th, 2008 at 5:40 am
In response to plunger @ 9

This list from Barry Ritholtz does not include what Paulson ripped from the stockholders he used to work for, I mean still works for.

This is larceny pure and simple:

Here’s a quick overview:

• Lehman Brothers Chairman and CEO Richard Fuld Jr. made $34 million in 2007. Lehman (OTC:LEHMQ) filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection earlier this month. Fuld also sold nearly a half-billion –$490 million – from selling LEH stock;

• Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS)paid its Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein $70 million last year. Co-Chief Operating Officers Gary Cohn and Jon Winkereid were paid $72.5 million and $71 million, respectively.

• Bears Sterns (BSC JPM)former chairman Jimmy Cayne, rescued by a $29 billion Fed shotgun wedding to JPM, received $60 million when he was replaced;

• American International Group (AIG) chief executive Martin Sullivan got a $14 million compensation package in 2007. He was ousted in June. The insurance giant (NYSE:AIG) is on the receiving end of an $85 billion federal bailout. Robert Willumstad was handed $7 million for his three months at the helm. (Edward Liddy took over as AIG’s chief executive earlier this month).

• Morgan Stanley (MS) Chairman John Mack earned $1.6 million + stock. Chief Financial Officer Colin Kelleher got a $21 million paycheck in 2007. Morgan Stanley also received an expedited approval to become a banking holding company in 48 hours — that’s record time.

• Countrywide Financial’s (CWF BAC) founder & CEO Angelo Mozilo, which has been at the forefront of the subprime fiasco, cashed in $122 million in stock options in 2007; His total take is estimated at over $400 million dollars;

• Stanley Neal, who steered Merrill Lynch (NYSE:MER) into financial collapse before being taken over by Bank of America, was given a package of $160 million when he left his post last year; That package makes current CEO John Thain was paid $17 million in salary, bonuses and stock options in 2007 look like a bargain.

• Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) is acquiring Merrill. BofA CEO Kenneth Davis brought home $25 million in 2007.

• JP Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Chairman and CEO James Dimon earned $28 million in 2007. Chase acquired troubled investment house Bear Stearns earlier this year with the federal reserve backstopping $29 billion in Bear assets to help get the deal done.

• Fannie Mae (FNM) CEO Daniel Mudd received $11.6 million in 2007. His counterpart at Freddie Mac (FRE) Richard Syron, brought in $18 million. Federal government is taking over the mortgage backers with Herbert Allison to serve as Fannie CEO and David Moffett the new CEO at Freddie.

• Wachovia Corp. (WB) Chairman and CEO G. Kennedy Thompson received $21 million in 2007. He was succeeded by Robert Steel as CEO in July. Steel is slated to get a $1 million salary with an opportunity for a $12 million bonus, according to CEO Watch. Wachovia (NYSE:WB) is one of the banks that could be sold in the midst of the financial crisis.

• Seattle-based Washington Mutual (WM) will pay its new CEO Alan Fishman a salary and incentive package worth more than $20 million through 2009 for taking the helm of the battered bank, according to the Puget Sound

Jim White September 24th, 2008 at 5:40 am
In response to Kitt @ 19

Bingo! Didn’t they try to limit access to Quayle?

radiofreewill September 24th, 2008 at 5:45 am

McCain-Palin support appears to be down to:

- less educated voters
- extremists
- old military guys

These are groups who, traditionally, view their ‘Loyalty’ as their ‘Honor,’ so we shouldn’t expect too much movement from them poll-wise.

That’s okay, too, because there’s less than 40% – probably 29%, actually – of the electorate in those groups.

McCain is down to the Limbaugh-Hannity – uneducated and uncouth – bottom 20% of voters – the most un-evolved, hateful and stubborn part of the Electorate.

STTPinOhio September 24th, 2008 at 5:47 am
In response to Kitt @ 19

The corralling of Palin isn’t about sexism, so Cambell Brown’s rant was just a lot of hooey.

because it isn’t about her sex, it’s about her ignorance.

I believe that would be a “Bingo”.

twolf1 September 24th, 2008 at 5:48 am
In response to radiofreewill @ 24

Don’t forget Dann and Daxx

plunger September 24th, 2008 at 5:50 am
In response to STTPinOhio @ 15

It’s because there is no “upside” in this deal.

This money, and a lot more thereafter, is intended to pay off the leveraged bets made on the predictable collapse of the real estate market.

You can’t own shares or warrants in David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney, George HW Bush or any of their crony friends the world over who intentionally instructed their “Federal Reserve Bank” (a privately owned institution) to blow up the real estate bubble with 0% interest rates, then destroy it by raising said rates, only to enable them to collect on their leveraged bets.

This isn’t about banks or markets or houses. It’s about total control of the Fractional Reserve Banking System and the creation of Credit – and gaming that system to make it appear to be the coincidental result of homeowners for believing the lies spewed to them 24/7 via “news” and infotainment all the way up.

The individuals who bet on the system failing were in charge of causing it to fail…and are now holding a gun to your head.

Is this shit easy, or what?

Spend the $700 billion on investigators and lawyers to freeze the assets they’ve stolen and put them of trial for their crimes against America, and humanity.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

RetirinInFive September 24th, 2008 at 5:50 am

McCain-Palin support appears to be down to……”old military guys”

Raven? Norske? You guys gone over to the dark side :-)

eCAHNomics September 24th, 2008 at 5:51 am

So is the D resistence to the bailout bill genuine or kabuki?

plunger September 24th, 2008 at 5:51 am

Dear Friend:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion USD. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you. I am working with Mr. Phil Gramm, lobbyist for UBS, who (God willing) will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a former U.S. congressional leader and the architect of the PALIN / McCain Financial Doctrine, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. As such, you can be assured that this transaction is 100% safe. This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred. Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to
wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully,

Minister of Treasury Paulson

http://breadwithcircus.com/

Scroll down to “Money As Debt” at the above link and view the video.

Kitt September 24th, 2008 at 5:52 am

McCain is down to the Limbaugh-Hannity – uneducated and uncouth – bottom 20% of voters – the most un-evolved, hateful and stubborn part of the Electorate.

While that might fit the description of the ‘extremists’ for the most part, I’d say that it’s quite a bit harsh to make that broad-brush judgment about people with less education or about ‘old military guys’. It just isn’t necessarily true at all of the people who fall into those two categories.

plunger September 24th, 2008 at 5:57 am
plunger September 24th, 2008 at 5:58 am
In response to STTPinOhio @ 15

Under the language of his original proposal, Paulson could just write a check for $700 Billion to himself – with no recourse.

plunger September 24th, 2008 at 6:07 am

“Fratto insisted that the plan was not slapped together and had been drawn up as a contingency over previous months and weeks by administration officials. He acknowledged lawmakers were getting only days to peruse it, but he said this should be enough.”

SMOKING GUN EVIDENCING FORETHOUGHT, PLANNING, AND HIGH TREASON

IDENTIFY AND ARREST THE CO-CONSPIRATORS

JPL9 September 24th, 2008 at 6:08 am

Plunger, At the end of my letter to my senators and congressman to block the bailout, I included the letter from Paulson.

plunger September 24th, 2008 at 6:12 am
In response to JPL9 @ 35

perfect!

radiofreewill September 24th, 2008 at 6:14 am
In response to Kitt @ 31

You’re right! Thank you for pointing that out.

Perhaps it would better be characterized as the Education-Resistors, and the “My Country right or wrong” old Military guys.

Quzi September 24th, 2008 at 6:22 am

Listening to this rant by Campbell = a disconcerting cognitive dissonance.

Now that Campbell has her own show and she knows which way public sentiment is going — she has found a way to boost her ratings.

I’ve been saying for weeks that protecting Palin from reporters and debates was extremely sexist. If she’s not ready to talk with a reporter she is not ready to be President of the USA.

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