• "Meh, people won't get it" reaction from people WHO DO GET IT elsewhere on the internets. Even my husband is blase about this, doesn't think it has traction.

    At least THEY have ignorance as an excuse. WE must scream about this. It is our fucking DUTY. We MUST scream about this UNTIL they "get it."

    Not fucking yawn and dismiss it as too fucking complicated for Joe Sixpack, for chrissakes. MAKE IT NOT COMPLICATED.

    I;'m pretty sure I managed to distill it down to something many people could understand, and I'm POSITIVE that more GIFTED people than I could do it even better.

    Like, say, JOURNALISTS. Pundits. Campaign surrogates.

  • I hope you've crossposted this elsewhere. LOTS of elsewheres.

  • comment on a post This SHOULD End McCain's Bid for the Presidency over 5 years ago

     I'm very interested to see what happens next; because I know EXACTLY what would happen next if it were OBAMA'S campaign manager.
  • I think it's looking more like $1.3 trillion to most people who seem to know... And even if we don't have a solid number, I wouldn't trust that $700 billion number as far as I could count it in a day -- these are the same assholes who gave us the estimates on the Iraq War costs and PROFITS...

  •  I hope you're right.

    But I don't think they're looking for a "return to normalcy." I think they're looking for the next step on their economic evolutionary scale -- and whether they'll admit it to themselves or not, that next step is fascism.

    This isn't "socialised debt" -- it's fascism, pure and simple -- the government is melding into corporations and vice versa. It has been for years, but this step? One GIANT LEAP for fascist-kind.

  • comment on a post The Bail Out: AMERICAN KRISTALLNACHT over 5 years ago


  • The Anonymous Democratic Congressperson's Email That Signals We JUST MIGHT Win This One

    Paulsen and congressional Republicans, or the few that will actually vote for this (most will be unwilling to take responsibility for the consequences of their policies), have said that there can't be any "add ons," or addition provisions. Fuck that. I don't really want to trigger a world wide depression (that's not hyperbole, that's a distinct possibility), but I'm not voting for a blank check for $700 billion for those mother fuckers.
    Nancy said she wanted to include the second "stimulus" package that the Bush Administration and congressional Republicans have blocked. I don't want to trade a $700 billion dollar giveaway to the most unsympathetic human beings on the planet for a few fucking bridges. I want reforms of the industry, and I want it to be as punitive as possible.

    Henry Waxman has suggested corporate government reforms, including CEO compensation, as the price for this.  Some members have publicly suggested allowing modification of mortgages in bankruptcy, and the House Judiciary Committee staff is also very interested in that.  That's a real possibility.  

    We may strip out all the gives to industry in the predatory mortgage lending bill that the House passed last November, which hasn't budged in the Senate, and include that in the bill.  There are other ideas on the table but they are going to be tough to work out before next week.  

    I also find myself drawn to provisions that would serve no useful purpose except to insult the industry, like requiring the CEOs, CFOs and the chair of the board of any entity that sells mortgage related securities to the Treasury Department to certify that they have completed an approved course in credit counseling. That is now required of consumers filing bankruptcy to make sure they feel properly humiliated for being head over heels in debt, although most lost control of their finances because of a serious illness in the family. That would just be petty and childish, and completely in character for me.

    I'm open to other ideas, and I am looking for volunteers who want to hold the sons of bitches so I can beat the crap out of them.

  • on a comment on ENOUGH -- UPDATED over 5 years ago

    I have a post about it -- on the rec list here.

  • comment on a post ENOUGH -- UPDATED over 5 years ago

  • comment on a post The Bail Out Proposals: Sanders v Bush over 5 years ago

  • on a comment on Bill Maher Is Wrong over 5 years ago

     The non-existence of the 40 pounds of heroin in your luggage and the existence of it are equally provable.

    Examining the luggage will do the trick.

  • on a comment on Bill Maher Is Wrong over 5 years ago

     But how often has it turned out o be not so at all?

    They called scientists delusional -- and worse, hell, possessed by demons -- when they first saw what others did not.

    Look, I'm not assuming the mantle of Defender of the Faith, here -- I think it's delusion, too. But that's my opinion, and NOT verifiable fact. I cannot PROVE they are delusional -- they may very well be privy to information I simply cannot access.

    I just don't know.

    I SUSPECT. I reason. I draw my conclusions based on, you know, stuff I can see and touch and examine and verify...

    But ask a quantum physicist and she'll give you a WHOLE other set of arguments.

  • comment on a post Bill Maher Is Wrong over 5 years ago

     in others when so frequently guilty of it oneself.
  • rhetorical love.


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