Your Congress At Work…..

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or not.

In the six weeks since lawmakers approved the Treasury’s massive bailout of financial firms, the government has poured money into the country’s largest banks, recruited smaller banks into the program and repeatedly widened its scope to cover yet other types of businesses, from insurers to consumer lenders….

Yet for all this activity, no formal action has been taken to fill the independent oversight posts established by Congress when it approved the bailout to prevent corruption and government waste. Nor has the first monitoring report required by lawmakers been completed, though the initial deadline has passed.

Congress not providing oversight????¬† Hey, at least they’re consistent!

Wasn’t the inclusion of oversite mechanisms touted as one of the improvements over the first bail-out bill? The extra pork was labeled “an unfortunate byproduct” of the process, but twenty-to-one says that most of that money has already been spent. Anyway, the reason there is no oversight is….

Some lawmakers and their aides fear that political squabbling on Capitol Hill and bureaucratic logjams could delay their work for months. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office, which also has some oversight responsibilities, is worried about the difficulty of hiring people who can understand the intensely complicated financial work involved.

Political squabbling? Bureaucratic logjams??? I didn’t realize Congress was auditioning for the new FOX reality show “So, You Think You’re A Comedian!”. I especially love the last reason. You mean not one of the millionaires on Capital Hill knows a capable accountant? Why not hire Hank Paulson? I bet he can understand the intensely complicated financial work involved…. Oh, he’s the guy in charge of the program? Never Mind.

Once again, the “Do Nothing” Congress lives up to their name. This time though, they’ve far surpassed even my extremely low expectations.

Cheaper LCD TV's On The Way????

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Maybe, as three of the top manufacturers have pled guilty to price fixing. Too bad we purchased ours two years ago. However, we should keep an eye on this, as someone will almost certainly file a class action lawsuit, and we might be in line for a portion of the settlement if that happens.

File Under: Man, And I Thought MY Divorce Was Bat Shit Crazy…

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OK, I’ve never been divorced, but, if I did, I would hope it didn’t turn out like the Madonna and Guy Ritchie spectacle. Here are some of the restrictions Madonna has put on visitation rights in order¬† for Ritchie to see his children.

In a sane world, this would be enough for Ritchie to gain full custody.

Hat Tip: Digg

"Ma'am, do you have your reciepts?…"

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So, the big Palin news of the day is the attempt to sort the laundry and return the $150,000 stockpile of clothes she got from the RNC for the campaign.

You know, when I worked in retail, we used to have a term for people who would buy clothes, wear them for a party or event, then bring them back…..

I won’t tell you what the term is, but it begins with a “t” and ends with a “rash”.

Hold The Mayo – I'm Trying!!!!!

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Judging by the mass the average person occupies, the California Supreme Court found ACORN had reasonable cause to register him seven times.

Stolen Form: V

Hey, We Just Elected Huey Long As President.

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Long: He published an autobiography, in October 1933.

Obama: He published his autobiography, in August 1995.

Long: Elected to U.S. Senate in 1930

Obama: Elected to Senate in 2004.

Long: Attempted to increase revenues by imposing a new tax on the oil industry.

Obama: Hello windfall profits tax, aimed at oil companies.

Long: “Unless we provide for redistribution of wealth in this country, the country is doomed.”

Obama: “My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

Long: Long’s “Share the Wealth” plan involved taxing all incomes over a million dollars.

Obama: Obama’s “Share the Wealth” plan involved taxing all incomes over $250,000… or $150,000, if you listeBiden.

Long: Community Organizer – “If you have a Share Our Wealth Society in your neighborhood or, if you have not one, organize one – meet regularly, and let all members, men and women, go to work as quickly and as hard as they can to get every person in the neighborhood to become a member and to go out with them to get more members for the society.”

Obama: Community Organizer.

Long: “Every family to be furnished by the Government a homestead allowance…”

Obama: “We are going to cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans…”

Do As I Say, Not As I Do!!!

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Remember when your dad used to tell you not to drink or smoke because it’s bad for you, will kill you, stunt your growth, or some other such warning? Well, here we have the Global Warming equivalent. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (and who isn’t a climatologist BTW) warns that we in the U.S. must make drastic cuts in our CO2 emissions in order to prevent the Global Warming apocalypse that is sure to come. OK. But as it turns out India, even though it is now the third largest emitter of CO2 in the world, they are exempt from CO2 reduction rules. Why? It turns out that that would hurt their growing economy, so says non other than Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Hmmm, so CO2 reductions DO hurt economies. Wasn’t that the reason the U.S. didn’t enter into Kyoto in the first place; we didn’t want to damage our economy? Did I mention Dr. Pachauri is from India? No conflict of interest there.

At least he isn’t arguing that India’s CO2 is less harmful to the climate than U.S. produced CO2.

More of Dr. Pachauri here.


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Run For Your Lives!!!!!

Stolen from: Zach.

Everybody Hates Skeletor!

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5 All-Time-Classic Albums That Critics Despised

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What, Toto 4 didn’t make the list?….

Oh, nevermind, wrong list.

PS. I’m a Toto fan, but would never say any album was a masterpiece. Musicianship-wise, some of the individual songs are fantastic – Hydra, Roseanna, Africa – and I’m a HUGE fan or Steve Lukather and especially the late Jeff Porcaro.Their big weakness has always been in the lyrics department.

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