Monthly Archives: March 2009

Two Things

This and that.

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In Loveless Days, Love Ya Blue

Giff Nielson retires YA, and anyone living in Houston back when he played with Dan and the Snake who kibitzed him about a milkshake, can’t remember him doing anything but a good job in either position. .

“The Mormon Rifle,” was one of the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He was selected in the third round of the NFL draft by the Houston Oilers.

UD: Speaking of Dan Patrick. he’s on Dobbs tonight. (oh what I couldn’t do with that.)

Bun Of Sauce, Or Something Like That

All Joe Cassano Ever Wanted Was To Not Pay Taxes

An attorney and tax shelter expert we spoke with today says AIG FP was one of the biggest players in the business of engineering offshore tax shelters for corporate and private clients that resembled a multibillion dollar tax evasion scheme called Son of Boss (we don’t have time to figure out why) that thousands of corporations and wealthy individuals used to book phony capital gains losses and evade most or all of their income taxes in the late nineties and early 00s….

Sounds like the gop on the hill.

Nothing To See Here Folks, Move Along

Gaza offensive: Israeli military says no war crimes committed

The Israeli military has concluded that no war crimes were committed during its recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, dismissing as “hearsay” the testimonies of soldiers who allegedly admitted intentionally killing Palestinian civilians.

Closing an investigation into wrongful shootings, the Israeli army declared soldiers’ confessions relating to two incidents were “purposely exaggerated” and not supported by facts.

According to the fox in the hen house.

Wouldn’t Want This Getting Around

Iran offers to help US rebuild Afghanistan

Iran made a significant conciliatory gesture towards the Obama administration today, offering to help US-led efforts to stabilise and rebuild Afghanistan.

At an international conference on Afghanistan at The Hague, in the Netherlands, the Iranian delegate, Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, responded positively to Barack Obama’s new strategy for winning the war against the Taliban.

Seems they have a drug smuggling problem on their border too. Large amounts of cash are probably corrupting some officials as well.

Stop Look Listen

Scareware scammers latch onto Conficker hype

Scammers are taking advantage of the huge interest in the impending “activation” of the Conficker superworm by poisoning search engine results.

Within hours searches for Nmap and Conficker were manipulated so that rogue anti-spyware sites appeared prominently in search engine results. Searches for ‘remove Conficker’ were similarly manipulated using much the same techniques.

Just want you up to date. Links, as usual, over there.

Something About Spring Brings Out The Worst In Me

Seems to me I’m more apt to write precisely what I think. Add that to my general disregard of rank and stature…

Interesting

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Revise George, Revise!

Summary: ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos falsely suggested that Sen. Barack Obama shifted positions on increasing U.S. troops in Afghanistan and is “now” aligned with the position of Sen. John McCain. In fact, Obama has been calling for increasing U.S. troops in Afghanistan since at least 2006.

Fed boss warns of growth ‘risks’

While acknowledging the economy was facing “tough times”, President Bush said long-term prospects were still good and shrugged off talk of a possible recession.

“I know there is a lot of nervousness but the economy is growing, productivity is high and trade is up.”

However, his comments failed to allay market jitters with the Dow Jones index of leading shares closing below the 11,000 mark for the first time in two years.

Worm On The Hook

Busted! Conficker’s tell-tale heart uncovered

Security experts have made a breakthrough in their five-month battle against the Conficker worm, with the discovery that the malware leaves a fingerprint on infected machines that is easy to detect using a variety of off-the-shelf network scanners.

Y2K postponed again.

Not Like No One Tried To Tell The Whiz Kids

Plunge Protection Team

Pretty sure that’s what this was about.

The gist of the article Atrios points to, (yes, you will have to follow the links,YA,)

The Boston Globe has an important piece out on how the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation decided to shift its holdings from bonds to equities,

but Massive Pension Fund Crisis in the US

This article appeared in AToL on October 31, 2008 as: Balck Hole Gapes for Pensions

More than three years before the current financial crisis, in a series Greenspan, the Wizard of Bubbleland that began on September 14, 2005, I warned:

Yeah he did, and so I happened to read that stuff, and gues what it said? Wednesday, May 25, 2005 World Economics for Slaves

The prospect of a private pension collapse is more pressing than the accounting crisis in Social Security. As Ford and GM fall into financial stress, their extended network of parts and material suppliers is also falling into insolvency.

None of this my original thinking, so don’t get me wrong. While I’m glad I made the right call as far as sticking my neck out on an issue, the more important point I think is that the same people in government and finance who could have, and should have, seen this coming, were so self absorbed that they wouldn’t listen. Perhaps Mr. Liu is not of the same school, I don’t know.

At any rate there it is. Just like Iraq. Why anyone keeps listening to the same people who were wrong about everything is beyond me. But that’s who appears on the television, that’s the opinion the cd radio jocks and right wing talk radio hosts are still spewing too. Someday remind me tell you what my definition of always wrong is.

(I thought any decent editor would have done the same. (YA))

They Make Lousy Republicans

Why the Democrats Can’t Govern Every time they get the progressive/liberal wing of the party energized to participate in the process they win and then try to govern from the right?

Apparently

People are starting to discover that the biggest danger to Democratic centrist government is the Democratic left.

Besides dfh and bloggers, (who may in fact be some of the same people!,) who woulda thunk?

The Jubilee That Wasn’t

Bush-Obama Bank Bailout Puts Mortgage Holders Last

For the $1 trillion dollars in bank bailouts so far, the government could have bought several of these zombie banks outright, liquidated the shareholders, cleaned up the balance sheets, and run the banks in the interest of the community: giving loans to businesses and individuals.

Or by my calculations, it could have paid off, in full, five million mortgages (averaging $200,000 each) of people who were behind in payments or facing foreclosure.

So how is that other bailout thing working for ya suckers?