Category Archives: Puds

State Department Undersecretary for Management Calls Germans Morons

State Dept. Double Standard: Diplomats Barred From Obama’s Berlin Speech, But Not McCain’s In Ottawa»

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Embassy in Berlin “instructed Foreign Service personnel stationed there not to attend Sen. Barack Obama’s [D-IL] public rally” in Tiergarten Park because the event is “‘partisan political activity‘ prohibited under its regulations for those serving overseas.”

The diplomats’ union objected to the ruling, calling it an “unnecessarily narrow interpretation” of the Foreign Affairs Manual. “The fact that you are working for the U.S. government overseas should not preclude political activity that you could engage in in the United States,” one retired senior Foreign Service officer said. But a State official explained the ruling:

But “we always maintain that no U.S. government Foreign Service person overseas should be seen to be advocating one side or the other,” State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy said, adding that “it has nothing to do with who” the candidate is.

“When a German sees you there, they’re not going to think, ‘Oh, he or she is on their off time.’ It’s ‘Oh, they are a Democrat, a Republican, an independent,’ God knows what,” Kennedy said in an interview.

Yeah Americans should refraiin from being seen by Germans altogether, unless of course your a liberal fascist klan loving hate filled political participating far leftist running for President.

The article notes the participation of the State Department directly in McCain’s visit to Canada, which technically, for the geographically impaired McCain, is not overseas, unless John says it is. Then of course the media will report how Saint John of Angry Man has parted the sealed and safe northern border with the waters of life, liberty and the pursuit of coziness.

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It’s The Bloggers Fault

Inman: Housing Bulls vs. Bears

On blogging, from The San Francisco Business Times: FDIC learns it ignores bloggers at its peril

The federal agency insuring bank deposits learned that it can’t afford to ignore the blogs following its seizure this month of IndyMac Bank, the largest bank failure since the 1980s.

“The blogs were a bit out of control,” Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., told the San Francisco Business Times after a speech in San Francisco this week.

That’s putting it mildly. Following the FDIC’s takeover of IndyMac on July 11, widely followed blogs were speculating on bank runs on some of California’s largest banks based on nothing more than people waiting for their branch to open or large deposits moving between financial institutions.

The FDIC plans to pay closer attention to the blogosphere in the future.

Excuse me while I ROTFLMAO. Wonder how many slides were stopped by blogs? Maybe they ought to turn on their televisions.

Oil Math For John McCain

Contrary to Mr. McCain’s assertions, “we” don’t borrow money from foreign nations to buy oil from foreign suppliers. Oil refineries buy oil from oil producers. They don’t borrow the money from the US government.

Even I know the difference between the balance of trade and the national debt.

The Babel Loonians

We Came Here Tonight To Get Started, To Cold Act Ill And Get Retarded

What a Nimrod. (The most traumatic event to hit the Arab world before there was one.)

Moral Hazards

No, I’m not talking about capitalists discussing gasoline consumption like the “tree huggers” from the late seventies and early eighties, (we were right about that too,) or Mexico and South American governments about American herbal medicines. That would be irrational. Nope I’m talking about this socialism, which unless extended to speculative banks is bad. Very bad.