Bailout for car buyers

Editor’s Note:

I’ve gotten tons of hate mail recently, but it’s all been about the fact that we haven’t been posting.

Fact is, we have, sorta.  Our bookmarks generally reflect the issues and topics of the day, with less than 1000 characters available to us to comment on the topic. They’re updated several times a day, marking stories of note, things we intend to get back to you on, and good old fashioned Gem-Finding on the Internet.

(Yes, the Internet.  The next moronic fucker geek-wannabe I hear say ‘internets’ or ‘interwebs’ is going to get an earful from me.)

Not good enough, they say, do the same thing here.

Fine.  We’re not used to being so limited or making such tiny blog posts (seems a waste to at least one of us), but here goes – we’ll be doing more microblogging posting, and a great new (i.e. longer) post on the Lunacy going on in Twitter.



“Your warranty will be safe. In fact, it will be safer than it’s ever been. Because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warranty,” President Obama said on Monday.

via Bailout for car buyers – Mar. 30, 2009.

He just doesn’t get it.

Nobody is impressed with the United States Government being behind ANYTHING anymore…maybe he just hasn’t heard that yet.  Seriously – when was the last time YOU had a good encounter with anything or anyone from the US Government?  Would you want to have these people managing your healthcare, too?

What a fucking tool this Foreign Exchange Student of a president has become.  Ugh.


Ron Paul: The Do-Something Congress

Ron Paul: The Do-Something Congress

It has not been a good week for the Republic.  It took quite a bit of trampling of the Constitution, but the bailout bill passed, as I suspected it would.

The bailout failed the first time it was brought to the House.  Undaunted, the Senate pressed on by attaching the bailout as an amendment to another House passed bill that was pending in the Senate.  The new bailout version had new taxes, so according to the Constitution it should not have originated in the Senate. Continue reading

Ron Paul: Buying bad debt is the wrong solution

(CNN) — Two days after the House rejected the $700 billion bailout bill, the Senate is set to vote on the rescue plan for financial institutions.

Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the $700 bailout bill will not solve the financial crisis.

Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the $700 bailout bill will not solve the financial crisis.

The vote is scheduled for after sundown Wednesday.

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama, and Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, all said they would be present for the vote.

Speaking to CNN’s John Roberts on Wednesday, House Financial Services Committee member and former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul discussed why he thinks the bailout bill is the wrong solution to the economic problem and what he would do to secure financial security.

John Roberts: Congressman, great to see you. I was browsing around on your Web site, Campaign for Liberty. And right there on the very front page, you are appealing to your supporters — and there are tens of thousands of them — to get in touch with key senators to tell them to vote this bill down when it comes to a vote in the Senate at sundown tonight.

Why do you want them to vote it down?

Rep. Ron Paul: I think it’s a bad bill. I think it’s bad for the taxpayers. I think it’s doing more of the same thing. The same policy that we’re following now with this bill is exactly how we got into that trouble. Video Watch Ron Paul explain why he opposes the bailout »

And you know, I really don’t have that much clout in Washington, D.C. And I recognize it. But there are a couple people outside of Washington that care about what I’m thinking and care about free market … economics. And they will respond. And I think we did help generate a little bit of mail to the House members. Continue reading

Round 1: People 1, Government 0

“This is a day of consequence for the American People”
– Rep. Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader, D-Maryland 5th District

Sometimes the legislative process gets personal.

For me, it was just before the big vote on the Wall Street Bailout, CSPAN on the background, still scanning the 110 page PDF that detailed this farce, when my ear caught the name “Spiro T. Agnew”.

That’s just one of those phrases I have my own, internal, “Google Alert” set to.

The concept is not new at all.  I have my brain on constant scan for several keywords around the clock.  Nixon, Agnew, Watergate, blowjob, Worldspace, lesbian, 9-11, dachshund, akita, redbull, marijuana, naked, Stephen King, Yahoo and bong are all little words which, for whatever reason, set off the internal *perk!* which catches my attention, however briefly.  (For some, that may have been deeper into the Mind of Mobius than you’ve ever wanted to be.  Trust me, the list is a lot longer and contains elements that would make you shudder in your sleep.)

Some of these alerts actually gain in sensitivity when the alert word gains the status of ‘oldest’ in terms of when you’d last heard it.  I’m not sure it WAS the oldest, but when Steny Hoyer uttered that name, my attention was completely focused. Continue reading

Dr. Paul’s House floor remarks on the bailout

Dr.Paul’s House floor remarks on the bailout

September 29th, 2008 by Matt Hawes

Dr. Paul gave a quick speech on the House floor this morning concerning the bailout.
Due to the nature of the debate today, he didn’t have time to read his full remarks, which were put into the congressional record and are featured below:

The process of this bailout reminds me of a panic-stricken swimmer thrashing in the water only making his situation worse. Even a “bipartisan deal”—whatever that is supposed to mean— will not stop the Congress from thrashing about.

The beneficiaries of the corrupt monetary system of the last three decades are now desperately looking for victims to stick with the bill after they have reaped decades of profit and privilege.

The difficulties in our economy will continue because the Legislative and the Executive branches have not yet begun to address the real problems. The housing bubble’s collapse, as was the Dot Com bubble’s collapse, was predictable and is merely a symptom of the monetary system that brought us to this point.

Indeed, we do face a major crisis but it is much bigger than the freezing up of Wall Street and dealing with worthless assets on the books of major banks. The true crisis is the pending collapse of the fiat dollar system that emerged after the breakdown of the Bretton Woods agreement in 1971. Continue reading

Sometimes, you just need a good video…..

Says it all, pretty much.  Too bad few of her colleagues have the courage to tell the truth like this.

I’ve also got this in .WMV format if anyone wants it.  You know YouTube won’t let it stay up long.

Sometimes, a photo sums it all up….

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Let this be OUR Iwo Gima!

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Like a thief in the night…..

The culmination of activity last week in Congress, heretofore known as “The Week”, started winding down (or up, if you’re still optimistic) around 12:30AM on Sunday, September 28, 2008.

Under Cover of Darkness.

This legislation to bail out Wall Street Moguls is sheer insanity in the making, and it’s happening right in front of our very eyes….at least as much as we’re allowed to see.  Late night meetings with lobbyists and politicians.  Midnight sessions.  False, arbitrary deadlines.  Rush to judgment.  Pressures abound. Gloom and doom are predicted.

We expect that legislation costing SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS that we don’t even HAVE, will be printed and voted on in as little as 24 hours.  There will be no opportunity for opinion from those most qualified to render one.  There will be no consultation of the country’s experts.

There will be NO explanation or consultation to the US Taxpayer.  It will just happen.  We MUST remember.