“… and the Economics prize to Peter Diamond,” she said with her most serene smile.
Good morning all.
Nice litany of O failures on cpsan2.
Oh gross, anti-O panel just ended & Laura Bush is on. Click. Channel surfing.
Good morning. Seems that the WH and Eric Cantor are on the same page when it comes to a foreclosure moratorium. O will get along just fine with a Republican Congress, until the impeachment investigations begin.
Re: Better late than never
Yeah, it is a shame he didn’t use his office for the good of the people. It is sad that he can only muster his populist rhetoric when you are less than 30 days away from election day. Sorry Obama, you’re a lying sack of pooh. All of this will be forgotten after election day. You won’t be fighting for anyone come November. You’ll be figuring out how to get along with your new Republican Congress. It’s all our fault anyways. Nothing to do with your lack of transparent politics that you preached throughout the campaign.
Once again, just another example of Obama not using his office to get the message out. He could have spoke directly to the American people on a nightly basis, pointing out the shortcomings of the Republicans, but instead he went with wheeling and dealing and pissing away America’s future. Good going Obama. I can’t wait to vote for you in 2012. After all, so much is riding in the balance.
Politics is broken. I am serious considering just tuning out. Being aware of how dishonest politicians are only makes me sad.
Going thru the litany with some dinner guests a month or so ago (they are basically in tune with my way of looking at things but don’t pay much attention to particulars), one said that I must be really depressed. I responded that I had been thru depression a long time ago, and was in perhaps the 12th stage of grief.
Me, too…the transparency thing is amazing in contrast to how really inscrutable and contradictory O appears. Such a strange confluence that both Ds & Rs are concerned and disappointed. So, if we could just get along….
Cantor preaches “responsibility,’ or the lack thereof, as in the case of the Tennessee gentleman who neglected to pay his $75 fee.
Innocent animals should not have to die a horrible death due to their owner’s forgetfulness or their area’s emergency management procedures.
Petition to county sheriff
Letter demanding the resignation of the mayor and the fire chief.
One of the guys in the coup attempt in Ecuador is a graduate of School of Americas: democracynow.
Color me completely unsurprised.
Consider it done.
John Le Carre is guest for the hour on democracynow.
Here’s background of what led up to the recent failed coup in Ecuador. It’s a worthwhile 9 minute listen.
About President Correa: he lowered his own wage to set an example.
Wonder if the folks at Goldman would like to follow his lead.
I don’t disagree with most of what you said but I still think that tuning out is EXACTLY what the ruling caste wants us to do. If we aren’t part of their caste or we aren’t partisan lemmings, they don’t want us involved.
Thanks for the link. I’ll listen after democracynow is over. What I had heard is that benefits were bumped first, so people had less direct expenditures for them, then wages were lowered to offset some, but not all of the benefits increase. Is that the gist of it?
It’s astounding that the President’s top adviser would go on national teevee a month before the election and side with the Banksters, saying they need to continue tossing folks out of their homes.
In sports, don’t teams get fined for throwing games?
I heard him about the war, etc…he is wonderful. Later, kids.
Good Morning, Youze Guys and Gals
I’ve read two of his books. Good stuff.
And, there’s too much sadness in the hate news. I want to hear about the love news. How was the wedding?
Missed you by “that much”. Have a good one and see ya later.
NPR played the Cantor Soundbite: People need to take responsibility for themselves. NPR agrees. Its loaded with Republicans.
Then NPR, reported that no one showed up for Obama’s speech in Philadelphia except for Blacks and Union members.
Then the requisite Philly Cheese Steaks. Too bad Obama didn’t get one and act all prissy with it like Kerry did. NPR would have loved to report that.
Dubya had his wit whiz.
Never underestimate how much lower the GOP is capable of going.
That’s something you can use all those numbers to the left of zero on a number line for.
It’s more of a historical background. It’s more about who controls Ecuador. The leadership is a function of who the police protect from the angry masses, and who it doesn’t protect. Of course, the police are the tools of the oligarchs.
Ecuadorians have a lot of bad blood for the IMF.
Obama didn’t get one
He didn’t bring his raincoat with him. Wouldn’t dare get cheezewhiz on his nice suit.
There are pix at DKos of the Philly rally. Impressive crowd and seemingly enthusiastic.
What a shindig. Gigantic tent (looked like the Denver airport), well almost. *g*
Band, dancing, fireworks. Didn’t stay for bonfire. Fantastic food. I think there were 4 of 5 stands serving various different dishes.
Vows were very well worked out where each woman said a sentence or two, then the other and back & forth. The people who spoke at the service were relatives and friends. Very touching. They each wore long white dresses, fairly simple. sleeveless. I hope that they will post pics on their website later on & I’ll email you a link.
The wedding cake was simply iced with a little decoration on the edges, and something which looked like holly berries tied together, which I thought might be symbolic of tying the knot, but didn’t ask.
Morning BT, Firepups.
Eric Cantor is an unmitigated putz. And while we’re on the subject, so is Axelrod.
NPR is promoted as the “gold standard” of broadcast journalism in the U.S.. Sadly most Americans, if not all, think it’s true. NPR is the nothing more than a voice for the status quo and “conventional” beltway wisdom.
Mornin’, BT, pups
re Peter Diamond
But he will not be getting a recess appointment to start central banking anytime soon. After some procedural concessions and negotiations between the two parties, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) apparently threatened to block many of Obama’s nominees if Democrats let him make any recess appointments. So, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reportedly agreed to hold pro forma sessions in October, meaning the White House cannot use its constitutionally mandated power to name nominees directly into their positions when Congress is out of session.
Way to go Harry. Granny sez boo and you run? Is there anything you’re not afraid of?
National Propaganda Radio.
Sounds like a good time was had by all. Any champagne left over?
Don’t care what party a person belongs go. Cruelty to animals crosses the line.
Wonderful. Cheers to love and a big hat tip to New York. I have a couple of lesbian neighbors who simply had their wedding without the licenses. People like Paladino can just bite it. They are dinosaurs who don’t realize the world is changing without them.
Noa’s mother spoke at the ceremony & you could tell she had to make a big change in her attitude over her life. Tellingly, she wore a dress evoking pioneer days.
It would be almost worth Sharron Angle being a United States Senator to see the ass of Reid leaving the chamber. On the other hand, the next leader would be Baucus, or Conrad or, knowing how “bipartisan” they are, Lieberman or Snowe.
Unfortunately dinosaurs often move in herds. Far too many people do not have the psychological maturity to live in an ever changing complex world. So much easier to long for a simpler time when it was merely survival of the fittest.
Isn’t Chuck Schumer the heir apparent?
I liked the way EG Marshall’s character put it in “Creep Show”: “They’re dinosaurs! Just too stupid to crawl into the nearest tar pit”. I’ve used it several times since.
I personally tried to make sure there wasn’t. *g* But I think there was. I left around the time the caterers left, around 8:30 (reception started around 4:30). They left an open bar and there was still champagne around. I’ll find out for sure this week.
The mother must have been aware of her daughter’s preferences for a long time. Even so, if the wedding was what made her change her attitude, all the more reason for gays to marry, if they want to.
No idea. I think even Schumer will be too “liberal” for the people pulling the strings though.
I happen to believe that opened minded folks are the fittest, but as evolution is a slow process, we won’t be around to see who survives.
Dunno that movie. Will look it up later. Thanks. How are ya?
Yes. I’m still pondering how much a big celebration makes a big difference, even on something everyone already knows. It matters.
No sure who are the fittest, but those who know how to avoid confrontation usually (but not always) stick around the longest.
Not bad. Supposed to hear about a job today. Ask me later.
Just thought I’d share my fav comment yesterday from the site Dlisted (very funny/elegantly horribly crude celebrity gossip & snark)
WHY THE FUK IS THIS TURD ON MY SCREEN
DAMN IT TO HELL
I think I’ll just paste it into comment boards everywhere – pretty much my own reaction to everything these days :)
So it sure looks like the D’s are screwed come November. Oh well here come the subpoenas and the investigations and the typical rat fucking we see from the right.
What I’m really curious to see though, is what the Repugnant party can accomplish. They may get majorities in one or both houses but will they be veto proof majorities ? They still have to get those bills signed.
There is a school of thought that evolution no longer applies to human beings in the traditional sense, after we created society, medicine, etc. I happen to believe that to a certain extent that’s true but I also believe that survival strategies are needed just the same even if the pressures are different. It’s an interesting thought experiment and there is no way we can reasonably factor in sudden unforeseeable calamitous changes that leave niches open for others to fill.
I did a little reading about a theory called noetics which, among other things, espouses that thoughts actually have matter so that when a large group thinks about something, it actually has an affect on the universe. If so, what we think and believe does matter, not only to our selves, but the world too.
Maybe in the short run, but as I said, hard to tell in the long run, or larger picture.
They may get majorities in one or both houses but will they be veto proof majorities ?
There aren’t enough Senate seats in contention for Republicans to get a veto proof or even filibuster proof majority. I don’t believe they will even gain a majority in the House of Representatives. This is just the narrative of the absolutely clueless on everything else beltway media.
All I can attest to is that the wedding was a happy making event for everyone who attended.
Believe we’re on the same page. Open-minded people tend to avoid confrontation because they are able find other ways to resolve disputes without resorting to fisticuffs.
Hmmmmmm, really, at the end of the day, all I can do is the best I can. And, I will ask you later about the job. And, I will lift up positive thoughts.
Le Carre is very interesting. I’ve read only The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. I can see I’ve got a lot of good reading ahead of me, since he’s written 22 books.
I wish this were so but I’m having my doubts. There is some good news, polls are showing most races close, some too close to call. There still the issue of the angry electorate, people do seem to be pretty pissed of at those running the show. I do wonder though,is this a case of the unhappy ones making the most noise and therefore getting the most attention
I read the Tailor From Panama and The Russian House. Both very good.
New post up top…
The “serene smile” must indicate that he’s one of the good guys.
Time will tell but the fact remains that if every Senate candidate running as a Republican won his or her race, they still wouldn’t have a veto proof majority in that chamber. And there can’t be any doubt whatever that the teabaggers are getting the lion’s share of the attention, as children throwing tantrums often do. As for the angry Progressive base, yeah some of us are pissed off too but that also is a narrative that is being set up to blame those ungrateful hippies if the Democrats lose one or both houses.
I like to think of myself as open minded. I’m not sure that I avoid confrontation though. It all depends on my mood. If I’m confident enough that I won’t turn to verbal fisticuffs, I’m more inclined to confront.
OT Noticed that a guest that is appearing on WPR the local affiliate of National Propaganda Radio at 10:00 AM:
Thought you might be interested.
” to blame those ungrateful hippies”
Progressives are a useful bunch, we will work our asses off to get you elected and when things don’t work out as planned we also make great scapegoats./s
There are 13 Senate races this cycle. There are now 41 Republican Senators. Even if every Republican won, (an extremely unlikely event), they would hold 54 seats, not even a filibuster proof majority and certainly not veto proof. You can argue with my beltway narrative idea all you want but that’s just addition.
When the economy really goes in the shitter next year they won’t be able to blame those ungrateful hippies.
Thanks. I just watched it. I don’t know much about Ecuador nor Correa, so it was informative.
I agree, it’s why I posed the question
Well, I’m going to vote, though I haven’t decided about my Rep yet, I’m going to go vote for Bill White. I sure as hell won’t be making an effort this year to get other people to the pols like I did in 2008 though.
Some of those races involve Rethug incumbents so the number of seats held would be even lower than 54, no?
No, those are open seats or seats currently held by Democrats. If by some miracle a Democrat manages to unseat a Republican in a “safe” seat, it could be lower
If the voters think this congress is dysfunctional ,let them see what it’s like with some of those tea baggers in office
Those fuckers won’t even be able to pass a fart!
We just went through something like this with the Scott Brown election.
I had a hard time making my point that we were better off with Coakley even though she was a lousy candidate, than we would be with Brown in the Senate. A lot of people here argued that we needed to send a message. I argued that sending that kind of message was like shooting oneself in the foot
I’m thinking that Democrats will keep between 52 and 54 seats in the Senate and a slim 12 – 15 seat majority in the House.
Ah, but see, people who sit at the computers all day don’t need feet that work. /s
on edit: maybe cutting off their nose to spite their face?
Coakley lost because she was a crappy candidate and the DNC wanted Brown to have that seat. Scott Brown was their excuse to go all corporate, all the time.
crossing fingers toes and anything else that I can
Oh ya, I’l vote too!
I’m not crossing any digits. Personally I don’t see much difference between the parties. Hmmm Greedy and corrupt vs batshit crazy? Decisions, decisions….
Actually I think Coakley could have won that seat if she hadn’t treated it like it was hers for the taking.She didn’t even begin to campaign until a few weeks before the election. Scott Brown was a virtual unknown, he seemed to come outta nowhere . No Coakley blew it by being over confident and Brown won by running a real campaign
my trust meter still points in the direction of the Dems, just not by much
Paladino’s remarks yesterday were truly stunning, even for him. I already thought he was crazy, but really?
The man with a 10 year old love child from an adulterous affair is lecturing Andrew Cuomo and New Yorkers about their sex lives?
I think Albany has had enough dysfunction without throwing this crazy man in the mix.
Actually I think Coakley could have won that seat if she hadn’t treated it like it was hers for the taking.She didn’t even begin to campaign until a few weeks before the election.
I agree. I did say that Coakley was a crappy candidate. Also the DNC refused to get involved on her behalf until days before the election when it was clear she was going to lose. A Howard Dean run DNC wouldn’t have held back.
This is a guy who has problems with homosexual sex, yet sees no problem with bestiality
The award warms the cockles of my heart. His search-equilibrium model is the core of my work in historical economics. Nobody does the stuff anymore, because like all good ideas, it got diverted into technical pyrotechnics by economists who care more for a line on the vita than actually, you know, thinking through the substance of a problem. Good on him!
Now he’s saying he didn’t say any of it.
I do not agree with this passage, nor did I say it. Apparently a few reporters relied upon suggested remarks distributed by my hosts at the synagogue in Williamsburg after my departure, not the actual statement I made. My campaign staff has worked with the inaccurate outlets and most corrected their stories after viewing video of the event.
Which means he was reading a speech written for him by his audience.
No indeed, that’s amusing to him.
The guy is just plain old weird. Why is he talking about all this sex life stuff when he’s living in his own deeply shattered glass house?
he’s your garden variety pervert
Heh, which gives “tell them what they want to hear” a whole new meaning.
Maybe he was trying to be fiscally conservative by outsourcing his speechwriting?
Those whacky Republicans, trying to make Palin look smart. Now Ed Gillespie is using the (not) word “refudiated”. I think it’s pretty bizarre that Schiffer didn’t point out that’s not a real word.
The Washington Post and The New York Times both completely refudiated this charge of foreign money being funneled through the Chamber of Commerce into American campaigns.
Quite apart from the obvious bullshit of the statement, he’s trying to make “refudiated” a word in order to make Palin look better. Too bad Ed. Firefox still hates the (not) word!
Schieffer is nothing more than a tool that tries to masquerade as a legitimate journalist.
since he’s written 22 books
That’s doable at least. My favority writer is Isaac Asimov and, even though he has passed, I’m probably still somewhere around 400 books behind his output — although I have read both “Murder at the ABA” and “Asimov Laughs Again”.
Where’s Keenan Winn/Sgt. Bat Guano when you need him?
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