Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Back then, he was a true maverick. A breath of fresh air on the political scene. A corruption fighting, bomb throwing, bi-partisan leader.
He made a fatal error soon after losing that bitter primary. He went with what he thought to be the safe bet: falling in line with the Bush administration, knowing all along he would be next in line after W's term.
That was a big mistake.
A Republican Dead-Ender finds it merely a minor detail that their candidate for president--a sickly 72-yr old cancer survivor--picks a 44-yr old governor of Alaska who appears to have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time as his vice presidential candidate.
A Republican Dead-Ender likes George W. Bush and the job he's done for the past 8 years. After all, the above said Dead-Ender and their family haven't died in a terrorist inspired nuclear holocaust. Life is good! Thank you George W.!
The Republican Dead-Ender has a pretty low bar of success for their man or woman to eclipse for them to garner their unwavering, eternal electoral support.
The Republican party was once the party of the free market. Pure as the driven snow, as long as the meddling government kept its greedy paws off capitalism, we'd all become rich and pay no taxes. Nirvana!! And--it works!! Trust me, I read it in a textbook back in college!
The fact that their party is now advocating a massive, Karl Marx style taxpayer funded bailout of Wall Street is conveniently explained away by the Dead-Ender. It was Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter's fault.
There is probably no hope for future vote-diversification for the Republican Dead-Ender. In the year 2048 the Republican party could nominate Bozo The Clown and Willow Palin for president, and feel confident that they will have support of millions of Dead-Enders, traipsing to the polls on election morning, zombie-like, to pull the lever for their team.
The Republican Dead-Ender likes to keeps things simple: An 'R' in front of their candidates name is enough for them.
It's like those toothpaste commercials that say "Four out of Five dentists agree that brushing your teeth daily reduces tooth decay and promotes oral hygiene." Ever wonder who that other 20% of doctors who don't believe that brushing is good for your teeth is?
Alas, they are the doctor equivalent of the modern Republican Dead-Ender. The people who voted for George W. in 2004, and stand poised to vote for McCain/Palin in 2008. In the face of massive, incontrovertible evidence that it is not good for their country.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Reading For Tonight:
British Financial Warfare: 1929, 1931-33
“How the City of London Created The Great Depression
“Main Causes of the Great Depression”
Paul Alexander Gusmorino
Panic of 1907
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Original excerpts with photos
Combine this with the news of Mick's fellow Stone (and fellow pensioner) Ronnie Wood dumping his wife of 20 years to hook up with 20 year old Russian vixen Ekaterina Ivanova, and it becomes increasingly clear that the Stones plan on living like rock stars until the very end. Here's another picture of Ronnie's new piece.
Call me old fashioned, but to me this is what Rock and Roll is all about: Danger, recklessness, sex, drugs.... Kudos to the Stones for keeping absolutely legit. Today's rock and roll is so antiseptic and fake. You've got Boner, I'm sorry Bono, trying to save the world, and Madonna adopting a new African kid every week. Yawn.
What could these young 20 something babes be thinking, though? That's easy: cash, fame, and power. It's probably a safe bet that both Ronnie and Mick know their way around a bedroom, too, what with the several decades of experience bedding fresh, young tail.
COMPLETE RIPPER ROLLING STONES COVERAGE
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Here's another article about McCain's gambling.
Mr. McCain was betting at a casino he oversaw as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and he was doing so with the lobbyist who represents that casino, according to three associates of Mr. McCain. The visit had been arranged by the lobbyist, Scott Reed, who works for the Mashantucket Pequot, a tribe that has contributed heavily to Mr. McCain’s campaigns and built Foxwoods into the world’s second-largest casino.
Uh, I might be wrong but I think many Americans would be deeply concerned with having a Commander in Chief who seems to have quite a little gambling habit. This news dovetails with the recent rash of puzzling major campaign decisions McCain has made (Palin, suspending his campaign), and makes the guy seem even more reckless.
RIPPER LAS VEGAS COVERAGE
Friday, September 26, 2008
The industry was long-due a good shakeout. Over the past five years, you could have had a monkey flinging darts at a pinned up copy of the Wall Street Journal stock page make money picking stocks, as long as that monkey utilized leverage and was ne long the market. It seemed like every Tom, Dick, and Harry in New York City and London was hanging a hedge fund shingle and becoming a millionaire.
Well, those days are now officially gone. Long gone. Funds are going out of business en masse: the government's banning of short selling on a broad swathe of stocks was the equivalent of Nagasaki and Hiroshima on the industry.
As with any business, the strong and well managed will survive this tumult and ultimately thrive. But make no mistake about it: the salad days are over for hedge funds.
The government, successful 'bailout' or not, will need the smartest, most brilliant financial minds in America to work in unison to manage this extraordinarily complex economic task. Today's New York Times has a good article on someone you would think the government would trip over to solicit for help in this, PIMCO chief Bill Gross.
Although the guy might look like he's right out of a mid-70's stag film, don't let that fool you: The cat and his team at PIMCO know their fucking bonds.
Taxpayers would be lucky to have him involved.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
FOR MORE MINOR-RIPPER SARAH PALIN COVERAGE, PLEASE CLICK HERE
FOR COMPLETE RIPPER COVERAGE OF BUMBLING MCCAIN, PLEASE CLICK HERE
THE RIPPER'S PERSONAL FAVORITE SECTION, BIZARRE
From Andrew Sullivan's Blog:
If you go to 1:20 into this Youtube, you will hear Muthee, who later anointed Palin, say the following words in Palin's presence:
The second area whereby God wants us, wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It's high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That's what we are waiting for. That's part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the -- you know -- if you look at the Israelites, that's how they work. And that's how they are, even today.
Ex-Judge Disbarred for Using Penis Pump During Trials
Posted Sep 24, 2008, 10:55 am CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A former Oklahoma judge convicted for using a penis pump while presiding over trials has been disbarred.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court said Judge Donald Thompson brought discredit on the judiciary and the legal profession by his conduct, and a severe sanction was warranted, the Oklahoman reports.
Thompson had been convicted on four counts of indecent exposure and sentenced in August 2006 to four years in prison. He served 20 months and was suspended from law practice, the Associated Press reports.
The opinion by Supreme Court Justice John Reif noted that no mitigating evidence was presented to explain the conduct, and it happened on four separate occasions. "Furthermore, his conduct displayed a complete abdication of judgment," Reif wrote.
"His criminal behavior is not only socially unacceptable, but is an affront to the judicial branch of government and the legal profession," the opinion said.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
America 'elected' a really unfit man as president in 2000, and then, almost unfathomably re-elected that same man in 2004. Neither event was our country's finest moment. He is lazy, ignorant, stubborn, vengeful, violent and petty, and his tenure as Commander in Chief will be described by historians as an unmitigated disaster--an American embarrassment.
More prescient to today's news, however, is the fact that he probably doesn't know the difference between a stock and a bond. He therefore is patently unqualified to deal with a financial crisis that occurred on his watch, because of a wanton, rank, ideologically driven, almost purposeful negligence in regulatory oversight. The cops not only weren't on their Wall Street beat, they were busy getting smashed at the local pub on the taxpayers' dime.
And Bush is taking the Republican party down the tubes with him. John McCain's presidential campaign has taken on a Theatre of The Absurd air to it, what with Sarah Palin and all--but in fairness to him following Bush as the party leader would have nearly impossible for the strongest of Republican candidates, let alone a 72 year old curmudgeon. As far as brands go, today's Republican party would get its' ass kicked by Yugo.
Anyway, only a few more months before this asterisk of a president, this utter loser, this boy-leader, this intellect-challenged dunce, is finally be relegated into the dustbin of history. Good riddance, and God Bless America.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The below is from Mark Cuban's blog Blog Maverick, regarding this video showing his player Josh Howard: Suffice to say, all the people below will vote for McCain/Palin in November:
I wanted to thank all of you who took the time to email me with your comments on how best to deal with Josh. They were so good, I thought I would share a few of them with everyone. Including the email addresses of those who were bold enough to use real email addresses.
Josh realizes his comments were wrong, he understands why people are upset. He knows he has made a mistake, has apologized and will work with us . Beyond that, its a private issue.
What about the people who gave me the following advice ?
Author : Barack Obama (IP: 184.108.40.206 , cache-mtc-ah04.proxy.aol.com)
E-mail : Nigga4life@coon.com
URL : http://Watermellon
Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=220.127.116.11
JOSH HOWARD IS NOTHING BUT A DUMB COON NIGGER. SOMEONE NEEDS TO TEACH HIS MONKEY ASS SOME DAM RESPECT FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
|“Jeff Kellen” |
|Date:||09/18/2008 04:22 PM|
|Subject:||Ask Mark Cuban|
it a surprise?
“I don’t spend my money on this NBA shit, I am white.”
|rom:||“Billy Leto” |
|Date:||09/18/2008 09:20 AM|
|Subject:||are you kidding me?|
|From:||Donald Joy |
|Date:||09/18/2008 09:20 AM|
|Subject:||Howard’s(and the rest of them) anti-American, thuggish remarks/attitude|
|These black criminals that you people coddle and cultivate are the reason why I no longer watch/follow professional sports. Sickening.|
|From:||“Riley Johnson” |
|Date:||09/18/2008 09:14 AM|
|Subject:||Ask Mark Cuban|
|Date:||09/17/2008 11:28 PM|
|From:||“Manuel Rodriguez” |
|Date:||09/17/2008 10:09 PM|
|Subject:||Maverick Josh Howard|
You better get that piece of work out of your team for talking and disrespecting the national anthem or you are going to pay the price for it….. What kind of org. allows a looser and an idiot play for them? You are so low you make me vomit!!!! If you allow a hate of America play for your team, you also Hate AMERICA. GET OUT OF HERE!!!!
Have a Blessed Day:
Manuel A. Rodriguez
Dude: Worry less about why the financial world and more about that unpatriotic coon you have on your team.
Time: Wednesday September 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm
IP Address: 18.104.22.168
|Date:||09/18/2008 08:58 PM|
|From:||George Bannon |
|Date:||09/18/2008 08:25 PM|
|Subject:||MARK & TEAM NEED TO MOVE TEAM AND YOU TO MOSCOW RUSSIA OR CUBA OR CHINA ETC.ETC.|
How dare you defend this Josh Howard piece of shit. After his disrespect, at the very least, you should have transferred his ass to the Euro league. He doesn’t like America? Well screw him. I’ve been around the world, defending America. Hell, I haven’t even had the opportunity to live in my own country since 1995. I can assure you many people, with IQ’s higher than a shoe lace, would gladly trade places with this ingrate punk. As long as you protect him and make excuses for him you carry equal guilt. I would immediately have any person in my employ fired and have his security clearance yanked for expressing such an opinion. I could retire on 1/20th of this assholes salary, and all he does is play ball and trash the country which provides him the opportunity to make such a living. Send him to REALITY, where he should be; bagging groceries and/or in prison.
Tommy Lee Frederick
Systems Technician - Warrior Training Center, U.S. Forces Korea
Unit 15596 Camp Casey, Korea APO AP 96224-5596
|From:||“stephen rogers” |
|Date:||09/17/2008 09:34 PM|
|Subject:||Ask Mark Cuban|
|From:||Jeffrey Miller |
|Date:||09/17/2008 08:14 PM|
|Subject:||Ask Mark Cuban|
|You need to get rid of NIGGARS like Josh Howard.|
Website:why on earth would you keep the piece of embarrassing ghetto trash named Josh Howard?
I will no longer cheer for the mavs.
show details 9:29 AM (14 hours ago)
“I don’t even celebrate that shit. I’m black.”
You & Howard…two peas in a pod.
Don’t think we’ve forgotten about that Brian De Palma anti-military propaganda film, “Redacted”, that you produced, Cuban
Ya might tell Howard the next time you talk to him, that if not for America, he’d probably be be throwing spears in Africa someplace instead of free-throws.
show details 9:21 AM (14 hours ago)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
For those of you wondering what the T-shirt on the right says, it is "I may be broke but I'm not flat busted"
Something is up?
T-bill rates traded to 0% this morning.
Last time t-bill rates traded at this level was when Germany invaded France in 1940
LIBOR spreads have blown out and banks won’t lend to each other.
The viability of investment banking business model is being questioned……meaning you can’t have an IBANK that needs daily funding…….so people are questioning whether you need a deposit base to run a financial business……since the last two independent IBANKS left (without a deposit base) are Morgan Stanley and Goldman you have:
MS down 38% today
GS down 23% today
AIG has just been sent into a defacto conservatorship and shareholders have lost controll of the company as government takes it over.
Meanwhile a $62B money market fund traded sub $1, meaning that liquidity for money market instruments is drying up as the commercial paper market freezes. This means people could lose liquidity in money market investments. So you guys may want to move significant funds to just a savings account which doesn’t invest in money market say at Schwab or Waterhouse etc….oh and by the way, I wouldn’t have that savings account at any banks which invest in mortgages with leverage (try Schwab, Fidelity or Vanguard for safety)
Make no mistake about it……..this is financial market Armageddon happening as a slow motion train wreck each day.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
And he also has a brain the size of a pea, apparently. This video was taken at the Allen Iverson celebrity flag football game, of all things. That explains the curious cloud of smoke that was hovering over the event...