April 30, 2009

FLASH: Think you know the truth about the extent of the Mexican Flu? Guess again. "White House issues advisory after Obama Mexico trip"


If all these tourists and officials are coming back from Mexico with the flu, what do you think the true infection rate is amongst Mexicans?

Two words: Crowd Control.

The White House is issuing a health advisory outlining "protective measures" to anyone who traveled on President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico, after a member of the U.S. delegation is suspected of contracting the swine flu strain on the trip.

The individual – an advance security staffer for Energy Secretary Steven Chu – fell ill with flu-like symptoms while there and appears to have spread the flu to three members of his family. All three have tested probable for swine flu, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

BIDEN SOUNDS THE ALARM!... VP SAYS HE WOULD AVOID PLANES, SUBWAYS...
VIDEO...
Bloomberg to ride subway from Gracie Mansion to City Hall...
Scientists see flu strain as 'relatively mild'...
Source spawns wild theories...
Obama Mexico delegation official probable flu case...
World Bank: DC employee probable...
Toddler who died visited Houston mall...

Someone had to call it. So here you go. The Republican Party has died. 1854 - 2009. And it will never, ever come back. It hath been foretold.



The GOP is dead.

The Republican Party will never, ever win another national election, and it will wither away.

I think it's pretty evident that George Bush and Dick Cheney killed it. But they had plenty of help too, as they rotted from the inside.

The remnants of the dead party will eventually splinter, with the far right wing Sarah Palin ignorant fundamentalist wing nuts going one way, and the Ron Paul limited government low taxes pro-business pro-constitution libertarians going another way.

America will become a three-party nation. The death of the GOP will shake up the political landscape. And in 2016, it'll be game-on.

But rest assured, the party of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Phil Graham, Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, Fox News, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Alberto Gonzales, Bill O'Reilly, John Boehner, Elizabeth Dole, Mark Foley, Ted Stevens, Pat Robertson and Mike Huckabee is now dead.

D. E. A. D.

Dead.

R.I.P.

Ding Dong.

And then another student, doing the job that journalists refuse to do, questioned Condi Rice about torture

Screw MSM reporters.

No longer needed.

Just give digital cameras and youtube to students and bloggers.

Doing the job that incompetent, corrupt and cowardly paid MSM reporters no longer do.

(btw, notice how defensive and nervous Condi and Barney were when questioned by students, and not the cream-puff MSM?)

Here's Rice, doing her best Frost/Nixon, perhaps getting her testimony points in line before the Torture Hearings this Fall:

"The United States was told, we were told, nothing that violates our obligations under the Convention Against Torture, and so by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture."


US to flu-infected Mexicans - "Come on in Muchachos!"



And then the irrational desire to be politically correct sickened a nation, and caused a pandemic.

Monkeys I tell ya.


Obama on Torture

I hope when you watch this you will come to understand how frankly dumb George W. Bush was.

It's nice to have someone cerebral in the White House again.

Regardless of your disagreements with Obama on policy, and I have many, I think in the future we should have a basic IQ qualification for Presidents. No more dumb guys.


April 29, 2009

Are you coming to terms with what the Mexican Flu pandemic means for you?


It's the math.

2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 ...

How many people do you come in close proximity to on any given day?

How do you think the next few months will go?


France asks EU to suspend flights to Mexico...
FEAR: AIR FRANCE crew refuse to board flight...
WHO: Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152...
*Moving closer to pandemic...
** RAISING ALERT TO LEVEL 5 OUT OF 6...
CDC: 91 confirmed cases in USA...
EGYPT ORDERS CULL OF ALL PIGS...
*FARMERS RIOT...
Germany, Austria confirm cases...
UK to leaflet every house...
OBAMA SAYS SCHOOLS WITH CASES SHOULD CONSIDER CLOSING...
Phoenix police wearing gear to protect against flu...
California Marine has swine flu; 30 quarantined...


GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization warned on Wednesday that a global flu pandemic was imminent, raising its threat level as the swine flu virus spread and killed the first person outside of Mexico, a toddler in Texas.

"Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world," WHO Director General Margaret Chan told a news conference in Geneva.

"The biggest question is this: how severe will the pandemic be, especially now at the start"

Phoenix house prices plunge ANOTHER 35%, worst market in the US. In related news, Greg Swann reads a good book.


I think at this point we just laugh at Swanndive.

Here he was in
2006, saying some pretty nasty stuff about you all:

"To lurk among the BubbleBloggers and their seething commentariat is to acquire an education in a slice of America invisible from this side of the sewer gratings. Notwithstanding the idiotic economic analysis, which is really no worse than the static-market fallacies paraded as profundities in the pages of the Arizona Republic, these sites — and not just HousingPanic — are infested with a cult-like fever to inflict suffering — at second hand, to be sure — on people who are in fact guilty of nothing except failing to have drunk the BubbleBlogger KoolAde."

"The BubbleBloggers will someday bawl balefully in private, but they will never, ever admit that they have been very publicly very foolish. You will know and I will know and in the secret chambers of their hearts they will know they were wrong all along. But as long as you don’t hold your breath waiting for that contrite admission of error, you should be fine."

Here he is in the NY Times today:


Greg Swann, a Phoenix real estate agent, took a moment to marvel at the news. “What happened here will some day be a new chapter in ‘Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds,’ ” the classic survey of investing mania, he said. “We were living during the boom like there was no tomorrow. And guess what? Now it’s tomorrow.”

And oh, don't wait for that apology you evil sewer-dwelling kool-aid drinking nazi brown shirts. Only a person with class would do that.

Halliburton's CEO Dick Cheney is saying the ends justify the means. I as an American say I am ashamed of Dick Cheney.

Fine.

Let's go with Dick, and say from now on, any government-identified 'terrorist' we catch, we gouge their eyes out. Slowly. We castrate them. Slowly. We crucify them. Slowly. We waterboard them. Slowly. Hundreds of times. All in the hopes that they'll tell us what we want to hear.

All cool, says Dick Cheney, Halliburton's CEO. All cool, says his defenders in the now-dead GOP.

After all, the ends justify the means. Dick Cheney says so.

I'm not sure if Dick Cheney is a stupid man. I'm not sure if Dick Cheney is a morally bankrupt man. But one thing I know is that what he did is not in MY name.

I am ashamed of Dick Cheney. I am ashamed of the few Americans who defend him. And I am ashamed of what the now-dead GOP did to America.

And you should be too.

The ends do not justify the means.




April 28, 2009

Funny when charts on completely unrelated matters start looking the same


Max Keiser calls for the CEOs of GM, Chrysler, Ford, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to be kidnapped

Hey, if they can get away with it in France... "Boss-napping" they call it.


"Rise up, take matters into their own hands, and... game on!"

- Max Keiser, April 2009


(can you get arrested for saying stuff like this?)


S&A renews its call for the arrest of former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke for documented securities fraud. Period.


"Nobody is above the law"

Yeah, right.

Here we have a clear-cut and documented case of securities fraud committed by Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke, aided by Ken Lewis. NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has them dead in the water.

So where are the indictments?

Where is the frog march?

WHERE IS THE INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR OBAMA?

F*cked over BofA shareholders, having this information now available to them, should be filing civil lawsuits left and right. And pressing for the arrest of the perpetrators.


Busting Bank of America
A case study in how to spread systemic financial risk.
Wall Street Journal

The cavalier use of brute government force has become routine, but the emerging story of how Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke forced CEO Ken Lewis to blow up Bank of America is still shocking. It's a case study in the ways that panicky regulators have so often botched the bailout and made the financial crisis worse.

In the name of containing "systemic risk," our regulators spread it. In order to keep Mr. Lewis quiet, they all but ordered him to deceive his own shareholders. And in the name of restoring financial confidence, they have so mistreated Bank of America that bank executives everywhere have concluded that neither Treasury nor the Federal Reserve can be trusted.

April 27, 2009

And it took a student, not a reporter, to finally ask Barney Frank what responsibility he took for the housing debacle. Barney didn't like that.



Man, I miss reporters.

Sure would be nice if we had reporters.

I blame the corporations who bought the media, and our Congress who let them.

I blame bad schools, who obviously are not training reporters how to investigate and report.

I blame society, one which discourages courage and rewards conformity.

I blame newspaper editors, for hiring people with zero critical thinking skills. Or "reporters" like Rolodex-of-Realtors Reagor, who think they have to buddy up to the people they should be tearing down.

But sure is nice to see a student stand up, and do the job that reporters used to do.

I think Barney was shocked.


Well, this should end Republican Senator Susan Collins' career



From her website (hurry, before she pulls it):

"After meeting with Mr. Obama, Sen. Collins expressed concern about a number of spending provisions, including $780 million for pandemic-flu preparedness. "I have no doubt that the president is willing to negotiate in good faith, that he wants to have a bipartisan bill," Sen. Collins said."

I guess she's in the Bobby Jindahl we don't need to monitor volcanoes or prepare for a pandemic school. Or hell, we don't need to worry about a big ol' hurricanes either.

PEOPLE OF AMERICA - VOTE THE INCOMPETENTS AND SHORT-SIGHTED OUT. REPLACE THEM WITH PEOPLE WITH BRAINS. YOU WERE WARNED.

What if anything are you doing to prepare for the Mexican Swine Bird Flu outbreak?


Have you thought through the repercussions, no matter how this plays out?


40 CASES IN UNITED STATES...
EU: Don't travel to USA and Mexico...
*US calls EU travel warning unwarranted...
**Russia to check all planes from Americas...
JANET: NO TESTING OF INCOMING PLANE PASSENGERS...
STATE DEPT TO ISSUE TRAVEL WARNING TO MEXICO...
Every passenger arriving in Britain from Mexico screened...
UK INVESTIGATING 17 POSSIBLE CASES...
**2 CONFIRMED...
Has globalization made us more catastrophe-prone?
'NO EVIDENCE' OF BIO-TERROR...
PIG SICK: NYC...
BLOOMBERG: 28 cases from 1 school...
Could mutate to 'more dangerous' strain...
Flu could boost gov't intervention further...
CDC: No vaccine prevents this virus...
Mexico flu scare empties streets, churches, bars...
Spreads to Europe, markets edgy...

Ron Paul, wading into some VERY dangerous waters, has introduced a bill calling for the auditing of the US Federal Reserve - HR1207



Here's the message from RP, on how to stop this "monstrous fraud". His bill now has 91 co-sponsors.

One problem. If this passes, you better have your money out of US dollars and US markets. Because even though we need to know the truth, me thinks the truth will be UGLY.

Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

HR 1207 is now in the House Committee on Financial Services. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP in this legislation! If it doesn’t get out of committee it will not come to a vote! There are 71 members on this committee and they are all listed below.

We need to let all members of the House Committee on Financial Services know that we want them to allow full House consideration of HR 1207 so it can move forward; we need them to support this. Now is the time.

Call their offices, write to them, email them, etc. Let them know they need to support HR 1207. If you live in their district, let them know. Go to their office.

Start with Barney Frank! His staff said that his office isn’t receiving a lot of calls about HR 1207… let’s change that!

House Committee on Financial Services

Chairman Barney Frank, MA

Republican Members

Rep. Michele Bachmann, MN [co-sponsor]
Rep. Spencer Bachus, AL
Rep. J. Gresham Barrett, SC
Rep. Judy Biggert, IL
Rep. John Campbell, CA
Rep. Michael N. Castle, DE [co-sponsor]
Rep. Scott Garrett, NJ [co-sponsor]
Rep. Jim Gerlach, PA
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, TX
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, KS
Rep. Walter B. Jones , NC [co-sponsor]
Rep. Peter King, NY
Rep. Christopher Lee, NY
Rep. Leonard Lance, NJ
Rep. Frank D. Lucas, OK [co-sponsor]
Rep. Donald A. Manzullo, IL [co-sponsor]
Rep. Kenny Marchant, TX [co-sponsor]
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, MI [co-sponsor]
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, CA
Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, NC
Rep. Gary G. Miller, CA
Rep. Randy Neugebauer, TX
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, WV [co-sponsor]
Rep. Ron Paul, TX [sponsor]
Rep. Erik Paulsen, MN [co-sponsor]
Rep. Bill Posey, FL [co-sponsor]
Rep. Tom Price, GA [co-sponsor]
Rep. Adam Putnam, FL
Rep. Edward R. Royce, CA

Democratic Members

Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, NY
Rep. John Adler, NJ
Rep. Joe Baca, CA
Rep. Melissa L. Bean, IL
Rep. Michael E. Capuano, MA
Rep. Andre Carson, IN
Rep. Travis Childers, MS
Rep. William Lacy Clay, MO
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, MO
Rep. Joe Donnelly, IN
Rep. Steve Driehaus, OH
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN
Rep. Bill Foster, IL
Rep. Alan Grayson, FL [co-sponsor]
Rep. Al Green, TX
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, IL
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, TX
Rep. Jim Himes, CT
Rep. Paul W. Hodes, NH
Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, PA
Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, MA
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, OH
Rep. Ron Klein, FL
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, FL
Rep. Dan Maffei, NY
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, NY
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, NY
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, NY
Rep. Brad Miller, NC
Rep. Walt Minnick, ID
Rep. Dennis Moore, KS
Rep. Gwen Moore, WI
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, CO
Rep. Gary Peters, MI
Rep. David Scott, GA
Rep. Brad Sherman, CA
Rep. Jackie Speier, CA
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, NY
Rep. Maxine Waters, CA
Rep. Melvin L. Watt, NC
Rep. Charles Wilson, OH

The day of the Mozilo frog march will be glorious. The nation will be in ruins, but the day will still be glorious. Justice will have prevailed.

April 26, 2009

I'm not much of a conspiracy nut. 9/11. Chemtrails. Bilderberg. Black helicopters. Yada yada yada. But damn, this JFK speech makes ya wonder.


Halliburton. Goldman Sachs. The Fed. The Military Industrial Complex. Skull and Bones.

They seem to have left some fingerprints this time. And they let it get out of control.

What do you think?


"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match."

-President John F. Kennedy, before they killed him, April 27, 1961




And here of course is Eisenhower speaking from the grave, warning us about Dick Cheney, and Halliburton, and what was to come:

So do you think the people who listened to a realtor and paid $500,000 for a 2-bed condo that could rent out for $900 now understand this quote?


"Price is what you pay.

Value is what you get."

-Warren Buffet






(and even though $500,000 now is $300,000, rent is still $900 at best, and after taxes, condo fees and expenses, we're still nowhere close... despite the year-round-golf and pro athletes)

Great. At this point, a global flu pandemic would be the LAST thing we'd need

Well, look at the bright side... These bozos aren't around to f*ck it up anymore.


Possible Swine Flu Outbreak At NYC Prep School...
Most fatal flu victims aged between 25-45...
Swine flu could infect trade and travel...
Schwarzenegger has 'rigorous' plan...
WHO ready with antivirals...
The mysterious respiratory illness...
CDC says too late to contain...
60 DEAD: Mexico City launches huge vaccination campaign...
CLOSE TO 1,000 SUSPECTED CASES...
Heighten Risk of Pandemic...
Concerns in California, Texas...
Mutated from pigs, transmitted to humans...
Mexico has not suffered serious flu epidemic before...

[UPDATE]

JANET: EVENTS DO NOT WARRANT TESTING OF PLANE PASSENGERS FROM MEXICO...
ORDERS RELEASE: 25% OF TAMIFLU/RELENZA STOCKPILES...
'NO EVIDENCE' OF BIO-TERROR...
CDC RECOMMENDS PLANNING FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES...
Positive: NYC students...
WHO: Swine flu could mutate to 'more dangerous' strain...
Flu fears prompt quarantine plans...
Mexico City residents staying at home...
CLOSE TO 1,200 SUSPECTED CASES...
Russia Suspends Imports of Meat From Mexico, Some U.S. States...
New swine flu likely widespread...
Asia on alert...
10 New Zealand students in scare...
Mideast First: Israeli man hospitalized on suspicions...
6 SWINE FLU CASES CONFIRMED IN CANADA...
Spain announces 3 suspected cases...

* The World Bank estimated in 2008 that a flu pandemic could cost $3 trillion and result in a nearly 5 percent drop in world gross domestic product. The World Bank has estimated that more than 70 million people could die worldwide in a severe pandemic.

* Australian independent think-tank Lowy Institute for International Policy estimated in 2006 that in the worst-case scenario, a flu pandemic could wipe $4.4 trillion off global economic output.

* Two reports in the United States in 2005 estimated that a flu pandemic could cause a serious recession of the U.S. economy, with immediate costs of between $500 billion and $675 billion.

One report, from the Congressional Budget Office, said hospitals would have difficulty controlling infection and might become sources for spreading the illness.

A second report by New Jersey-based WBB Securities LLC predicted a one-year economic loss of $488 billion and a permanent economic loss of $1.4 trillion to the U.S. economy.

* SARS in 2003 disrupted travel, trade and the workplace and cost the Asia Pacific region $40 billion. It lasted for six months, killing 775 of the 8,000 people it infected in 25 countries.



Here's Bill Maher on the now-dead GOP (and on our teleprompter birth certificate Anon friend who definitely gets the hilarious talking points)


"And here's the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes. Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?"

- Bill Maher, April 2009, listing the anti-Obama talking points idiots use because they don't have the intelligence to come up with legitimate ones, or think for themselves

(now think how many times on this blog instead of legit criticism of Obama and intelligent debate on issues like government bank intervention, unwillingnesss to name a special prosecutor, wiretapping, overspending, etc, we suffer through the birth certificate stuff, or the teleprompter nonsense. Hint - if you're that guy, don't be an idiot. Everyone is laughing at you.)

April 25, 2009

"This would be a disclosable event and we do not want a disclosable event.”


CAUGHT.

NOW ARREST.


This song is gonna blow up

But don't play it if you're easily offended, PC or a Wall Street banker.

Someone needs to do one for realtors. Here's the singer's youtube if you want to urge him to give us "realtors are not your friends", "Paulson stole the money" or "homedebtorship is not homeownership". I see a whole album. Put it on late-night TV.


I find it amazing that so many Americans support terrorists, support destroying their planet, support foreign oil dependency, and hate their children



I find it amazing that so many Americans deny settled science.

I find it amazing that so many Americans are so, frankly, ignorant.

I find it amazing that so many who call themselves religious don't do everything they can to protect and nurture the one planet god gave them.

All because they hate Al Gore.

Destroy the planet, do nothing about climate change, all because they hate Al Gore.


The older ignorant generations will eventually die off. Goodbye WWII generation - you'll truly be missed. Goodbye baby boomers (sound of crickets chirping). Goodbye Gen X and Gen Y - you started the change, good for you, but you didn't do enough.

And in the not-too-distant-future, those too young to vote today will be stuck with the mess left by the self-centered, short-sighted and ignorant now destroying their world.

And history will not be kind.

In fact, history will be brutal.

Despite what Fox News and ignorant talk radio tells you, this isn't a Democrat vs. Republican issue. It isn't a left vs. right thing. Just look at John Warner's testimony. Even the now-dead GOP is starting to get it.

No, this issue is simply right vs. wrong. It is simply enlightened vs. ignorant.

So, what side of history are you on?


April 24, 2009

The banks are finding out the results of their 'stress tests' today. What do you think the results will be?


What will it be?

A) Everyone passes! Party time!


B) Goldman Sachs and the big boys do fine. Bunch of other ones in a heap of sh*t

C) They all fail and get more government cheese


Now guess the market's reaction

A) Everyone passed! Party time! Buy buy buy!!!

B) Everyone passed? Are you kidding me? We're not THAT stupid. Sell sell sell!!!

C) Uh-oh, the banks are failing. Sell sell sell!!!

D) OK, some pass, some fail, it's not that bad. Kinda what we expected. Hold tight.

'Stress test' methodology could roil some banks

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve says the government is prepared to rescue any of the banks that underwent "stress tests" and were deemed vulnerable if the recession worsened sharply.

The Fed says the 19 companies that hold one-half of the loans in the U.S. banking system won't be allowed to fail — even if they fared poorly on the stress tests.

The tests are intended to measure whether banks have enough capital to withstand losses on mortgages and other assets if unemployment rises and home prices fall further.

Investors had feared the tests would highlight some banks' vulnerability to failure.

FLASH: S&A calls for the arrest of BofA CEO Ken Lewis, former Tresury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernank for securities fraud

1) Ken Lewis has just admitted blatant and documented securities fraud, with no gray area. This is now a fact as a result of Lewis' testimony to New York Attorney General Cuomo.

2) Hank Paulson has implicated himself in this fraud, and has essentially plead guilty to Cuomo's office (i.e. he said he ordered the code red)

3) Ben Bernanke has been fingered by Lewis along with Paulson as coercing documented securities fraud at BofA

4) All three should be picked up in their offices today and frog marched. Nobody, NOBODY, is above the law in America. Right?


Here's today's bombshell. And seriously, how much more does Obama need to NAME AN INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR NOW!!!!



N.Y. attorney general says feds threatened bank CEO

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis reportedly testified that Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke would oust him and top management if the bank backed out of buying Merrill Lynch.

By IEVA M. AUGSTUMS AND STEPHEN BERNARD
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New York's attorney general said Thursday that government officials pressured Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis to complete the bank's purchase of Merrill Lynch, threatening his job security.

A letter from New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office sent to Congressional leaders and federal regulators said Lewis testified in February that former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatened to oust Bank of America's management if the bank tried to back out of buying Merrill Lynch.

The bank has repeatedly defended its acquisition amid revelations of huge losses at Merrill Lynch before completion of the deal.

''We believe we acted legally and appropriately with regard to the Merrill Lynch transaction,'' Bank of America spokesman Scott Silvestri told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Representatives from the Treasury Department had no immediate comment.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Banking Committee, said Dodd spoke with Cuomo about what he called ''troubling findings,'' and will ``decide on next steps soon.''

[UPDATE - HERE'S THE VIDEO OF PAULSON TELLING LEWIS HE HAD TO COMMIT SECURITIES FRAUD OR LOSE HIS JOB]


Say I'm giving you $25,000 to buy a car. Any new car you want. So what do you get?

[BUMP]



Start with the make - whose lot do you go to first?

Toyota?
Honda?
Lexus?
Jeep?
Kia?
Buick? (oh, no, just kidding on that one)

Serious question. I want to see how the foreign names are doing against the American stuff.

Let me try to sum up 2001 - 2008 and what transpired during the Bush Administration as succinctly as I can


1) An immoral and unjustified war was launched at the urging of the Vice President, resulting in untold billions in profits for the Vice President's firm.

2) An epic and historic financial ponzi scheme was developed by Goldman Sachs' CEO (who would later become Treasury Secretary), which then of course implodes spectacularly, resulting in untold billions in bonuses, profits and direct transfers from the taxpayer for the Treasury Secretary and his firm.

3) They got an blistering idiot installed as President to do their bidding

4) They secured a news network in order to report falsehoods and propaganda as the truth, reported by hot women in short skirts, which was eagerly consumed by a dumbed down society

The end.



And then the Fox News whores, paid to lie for years and now realizing they have blood on their hands, couldn't take it anymore

April 23, 2009

URGENT FLASH: Police probing death of Freddie Mac official. And it's time to use the word folks. MURDER?


FOLLOW THE MONEY.

WASHINGTON POST. NEW YORK TIMES. FINANCIAL TIMES. ANY REAL NEWSPAPERS LEFT?

FOLLOW THE F*CKING MONEY.

INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES, THIS ENTIRE HOUSING PONZI SCAM WAS THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY. BIGGER THAN WATERGATE. BIGGER THAN OJ. BIGGER THAN 9/11. BIGGER THAN ALL OF THEM COMBINED. TIMES 1000.

WE DON'T KNOW HALF THE TRUTH YET.

BUT I BET
HE DOES. BET ON IT.

DAVID KELLERMAN WAS KILLED. OR HE WAS PUSHED INTO SUICIDE. I APOLOGIZE TO HIS FAMILY. BUT TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS ARE INVOLVED, AND JAIL TIME FOR THOUSANDS, INCLUDING THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN THE LAND.

FOLLOW THE F*CKING MONEY MSM.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, AFTER SCREWING AMERICA AND DESTROYING YOUR PROFESSION, DO YOUR F*CKING JOB FOR A CHANGE.


IT'S WOODWARD AND BERNSTEIN TIME. WE JUST NEED OUR DEEP THROAT.

Police probing death of Freddie Mac official

Kellermann’s death apparent suicide; company under investigation

WASHINGTON - The chief financial officer of money-losing mortgage giant Freddie Mac was found dead in his basement early Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent suicide.

David Kellermann, 41, apparently hung himself, said a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. He asked not to be identified because the investigation was ongoing.

Kellermann’s death is the latest in a string of blows to Freddie Mac since it was seized by the government last September. The company, which owns or guarantees about 13 million mortgages, has been criticized for financing risky loans that fueled the real estate bubble and are now defaulting at a record pace.

Home prices in Phoenix have crashed farther than anywhere in the US. Why? Because mortgage brokers, realtors and straw buyers went on a crime spree.


Some idiot realtors on commission would have had you believe that Phoenix home prices in 2005 and 2006 were justified, because there was year-round golf and pro athletes.

Price to rent?

Price to income?

Nah! Year round golf! Pro athletes!

Well, the truth is now out. Prices have crashed. The guilty are being arrested. The Big Scam is being exposed. It was just fraud. Pure and simple, obvious-as-could-be fraud. And it was rampant.

Here's just one story from the naked city. One of oh, so many.

A bunch of twenty-something conmen gamed the system, committed rampant and unchecked mortgage fraud, and the entire town went along for the ride.

Diane J. Humetewa, United States Attorney for the District of Arizona announced that on April 8, 2009, Dustin Michael Thompson, 30, and Sean Paul McLaughlin, 29, were indicted on four counts of Wire Fraud and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud as a result of their involvement in a cash back mortgage fraud scheme. Thompson was arrested on March 13, 2009 in Las Vegas on a criminal complaint and is detained pending trial. McLaughlin received a summons to appear in federal court on the charges.

Thompson ran a company called BHFC. McLaughlin was a loan officer at Alpine Lending and later Rapid One Mortgage.

Cash backs totalling over $2.6 million were received at the closing of 25 loans. The properties mentioned in the indictement are - along with the cash back from each:

41719 N Golf Crest Rd, Anthem - $39,685
4620 N 74th Place, Scottsdale - $91,484
41240 N Whistling Strait Ct, Phoenix - $65,526
4717 S. Star Canyon Dr, Gilbert - $50,000
2653 E Verbena Dr, Phoenix - $87,448
7301 E 3rd Ave #105, Scottsdale - $243,000
7301 E 3rd Ave #109, Scottsdale - $3,927
7301 E 3rd Ave #113, Scottsdale - $162,500
7301 E 3rd Ave #121, Scottsdale - $250,898
7301 E 3rd Ave #216, Scottsdale (x2) - $30,000 and later $25,236
7301 E 3rd Ave #221, Scottsdale - $9,294
7301 E 3rd Ave #317, Scottsdale - $155,000
7301 E 3rd Ave #320, Scottsdale - $226,541
7301 E 3rd Ave #408, Scottsdale - $148,213
4713 N 75th Way, Scottsdale - $88,472
7526 E Highland Ave, Scottsdale - $87,448
41717 N. Club Point Dr, Scottsdale - $100,000
41608 Congressional Dr, Phoenix - $6,500
4385 E Santa Fe Court, Gilbert - $54,507
14404 N Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hills - $99,000
25067 S 190th Way, Queens Creek - $145,000
5640 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale - $257,939
18496 E Swan Circle, Queens Creek - $91,043
18555 E Swan Circle, Queens Creek - $89,447 end

The case against the pair is based on an investigation which alleges that from October 19, 2005, through June 5, 2007, they conspired to commit mortgage fraud in the Phoenix area. Thompson and McLaughlin submitted mortgage loan applications on behalf of buyers, that included friends and family members, containing false information. Following the funding of the loans, Thompson and McLaughlin received cash back that they used for personal expenses and to perpetuate the scheme. Most of the homes purchased during the conspiracy have foreclosed.

April 22, 2009

FLASH: SINCE NOBODY WANTS THEIR CRAP CARS ANYMORE, GM TO SHUT IT ALL DOWN FOR THE SUMMER. IF NOT LONGER.

What happens when you make stuff nobody wants?

Well, if you're in a communist country, you keep pumping it out, you pay the workers, and then you eventually starve and your nation eventually fails.

If you're in a capitalist country, your company goes away, new companies come along that make things people want, and life gets better and better overall.

If you're in America 2009, it's probably somewhere in between.

Here's the Drudge headline right now:



GM TO CLOSE MOST FACTORIES FOR SUMMER

50%


Don't feel bad America.

Over here, Gordon Brown, after destroying the UK, has just shocked the nation by raising the top tax rate to 50% on all income over 150k, up from 40% today.

Oh, and then you have to pay the 15% VAT on everything you buy, and your council tax, and your TV tax, and your road tax, and your MOT, ...

Frankly, once you do the math, it may get to a point soon here where you're better off not working at all.

Now THAT'S what they call socialism. And it's too bad the money isn't going to the common good. No, it's going to paying off the bad gambling debts of the British bankers.

Unreal.

Last educated highly skilled professional or entrepreneur out of Great Britain turn off the lights. Until Brown and his Labour party are thrown out on their incompetent asses in a few months, and this joke of a tax rate is quickly overturned by the victorious Conservatives.

Govt hikes top income tax rate to 50%

The government will increase its top rate of income tax to a higher than expected 50 percent from next year, Chancellor Alistair Darling said on Wednesday as he delivered the government's annual budget.

The tax band had originally been due to rise to 45 percent from 40 percent in April 2011 as Britain seeks to claw back lost tax revenue caused by a deep recession.

FLASH: FREDDIE MAC CFO COMMITS SUICIDE [?]

[UPDATE 4:33PM GMT 4/21 - KELLERMANN WAS FOUND HANGING IN HIS BASEMENT. SOUND FISHY ANYONE?]

[UPDATE 10:45PM GMT 4/23 - NOW MSM AND POLICE ARE REPORTING GUNSHOT. WHETHER HE WAS MURDERED OR SUICIDE, PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL HERE FOLKS. AND OBAMA - GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ENTIRE SCAM - SPECIAL PROSECUTOR NOW!!!! FOLLOW THE MONEY - NO MATTER WHERE IT LEADS]

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Unfortunately, as the investigations proceed into the rampant fraud at Freddie, Fannie, Countrywide, Indymac, WaMu, First Federal and so many others, you'll see more of this.


Some people can adjust to the idea of spending their lives in jail. Others can't.

I truly feel sorry for his family, and be civil with your comments folks. Remember there is a chance this has nothing to do with the criminal activity at Freddie Mac.

But you wonder what he knew, if he was involved in the criminal activity, and why he decided to kill himself while destroying his name and family, instead of doing a plea and turning states evidence if he was.

And you wonder what exactly is going on in these organizations who have taken America and the world to the brink of ruin. They need to be raided, the documents seized, and their leaders interviewed under oath as soon as possible, before it's too late.


Acting CFO of Freddie Mac commits suicide

VIENNA, Va. -- The acting chief financial officer of Freddie Mac, David Kellermann, has apparently committed suicide, Fairfax County Police tell WTOP.

Fairfax County Police spokeswoman Mary Anne Jennings says Kellermann, 41, was found at his Hunter Mill Estates home Wednesday morning.

Jennings says police responded to the home after family members called police around 5 a.m.

"We were called from inside the house to come investigate an apparent suicide," Jennings says.

Because of legal ramifications, Jennings says she can't describe the nature of the suicide.

"We're not to give you details of the condition of the body, except to say it was an apparent suicide," Jennings says.

A final determination that his death was a suicide will come from a medical examiner.

Kellermann has been with Freddie Mac for more than 16 years.

He was named acting chief financial officer of the agency in September 2008. He took over after Anthony "Buddy" Piszel resigned.

As CFO, Kellermann is responsible for the company's financial controls, financial reporting and oversight of the company's budget and financial planning.

Freddie Mac has declined to comment.

We tried to warn them. We told them what was coming. Congress and the MSM ignored us. And then it came.

There weren't 21 reasons.

Bubbles weren't for bathtubs.

Chicken Little should have been wailing.

And this entire economic disaster could have been avoided. We spelled out what the problem was, who was gaming the system, what cities would be devastated, and what could be done to stop it.

If only they had listened. If only they had acted.

But they didn't. Because corrupt realtors wanted their commissions. Because greedy housing gamblers wanted to get rich without working. Because Congressmen wanted to stay in power. Because bankers wanted their bonuses. Because the MSM were using realtor and homebuilder ads to pay their bills. Because appraisers wanted more business. Because mortgage brokers wanted more cocaine.


And now we have this.

Nevada, Arizona, California post top state foreclosure rates

With one in every 70 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in February, Nevada continued to document the nation’s top state foreclosure rate. Foreclosure filings were reported on 15,783 Nevada properties during the month, a 9 percent increase from the previous month and a 156 percent increase from February 2008.

Arizona posted the nation’s second highest state foreclosure rate in February, with one in every 147 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month, and California posted the nation’s third highest state foreclosure rate, with one in every 165 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing.

Sunbelt cities post top metro foreclosure rates

One in every 60 Las Vegas housing units received a foreclosure filing in February, giving the city the nation’s highest foreclosure rate among metro areas with a population of at least 200,000. The city’s foreclosure rate was more than seven times higher than the national average. Another Nevada metro area posted a foreclosure rate in the top 10: Reno-Sparks ranked No. 8, with one in every 108 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing.

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., metro area documented the second highest foreclosure rate in February, with one in every 65 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing during the month.

Six California cities registered foreclosure rates among the top 10: Stockton at No. 3 (one in 67 housing units), Modesto at No. 4 (one in 68), Merced at No. 5 (one in 74), Riverside-San Bernardino at No. 6 (one in 80), Bakersfield at No. 7 (one in 85), and Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 10 (one in 111).

With one in every 110 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing, the Phoenix metro area posted the ninth highest foreclosure rate in February.

Remember when life was simpler? You know, before Goldman Sachs took over the world, we lost trillions and trillions, and everyone lost their jobs.

Good Goldman updates here (even though Goldman is trying to shut them down)

Now a couple of videos back from our simpler, more care-free days...






How's everyone doin' down at the casino?






























(oh, watch for the surprise guest on the first video at 3:30)

April 21, 2009

Send the planes Israel. Don't take any chances. Don't rely on us. Take care of your business.





FLASH: Obama doesn't rule out prosecuting Bush officials



And we know where all roads lead....


President Obama on Tuesday left open the possibility of criminal prosecution for Bush administration officials who drew up the legal basis for interrogation techniques that many view as torture. Obama said it will be up to Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether to prosecute the former officials.

INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR NOW. GET THEM UNDER OATH, FOLLOW THE MONEY, AND MAKE THEM SQUEAL.



Looking back at it, Connie De Groot is actually quite funny



If we didn't have her, we'd have to invent her. The gift that keeps on giving.

If you liked that video, check out her youtube channel for tons and tons of laughs.

Oh, serious question, what's that on her head?

Ron Paul talks about the hijacking of his movement by Karl Rove, the GOP and Fox News



The only way to stop the GOP and Fox from doing this again is to rise up against the GOP and Fox. Make them rue the day they tried to do an end-around, the ultimate re-direct.

The criminals and conmen who got us into this mess cannot get off scot-free. These grifters were good, real good. But come on America. How many times will you be played for fools?


And then Dick Cheney submitted himself to a no-holds-barred heated interview by Sean Hannity and Fox News

Boy, Hannity really took it to him in this one. Crashing the world financial system. Launching stupid and indefensible wars. Torturing in America's name. Taking the country to ruin.

Oh, sorry, my bad, Hannity just pretty much has sex with Darth Vader Dick Cheney here.

But it is good TV. GOP Porn -it's nasty, it's alternative reality, but you just can't look away.



April 20, 2009

Here are my nominees for the Independent Special Prosecutor that will investigate the Great Housing Ponzi Scheme: Eliot Spitzer and Patrick Fitzgerald


Spitzer screwed up baaaaad in his personal life (great timing when he got moved aside, eh?), but damn, he was a great prosecutor - and Attorney General for NY too. He and he alone could crack the case.

Patrick Fitzgerald is also one of the best. Put him on Mozilo and Dodd and O'Neal and Paulson, and see how long they take to squeal like pigs.

COME ON OBAMA. THIS WAS THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY, AND YOUR PARTY WAS/IS HEAVILY INVOLVED. NAME AN INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, DO IT NOW, OR THIS SUCKER IS GONNA BLOW. AND YOU WILL BE SEEN AS CORRUPT AS ALL THE REST. WHAT'S STOPPING YOU? AFRAID OF WHERE IT WILL LEAD?




The wisdom of realtor on commission Connie De Groot, for some reason still allowed to spout BS on national TV (although it is Fox)



Two words: Freak show.

I bet her former clients have two different words.

What two words do you have?


Here's a cop in Cleveland entering a foreclosed home. I don't think he's looking for the granite countertops.


This is the World Press Photo of the Year for 2008, by Anthony Suau.

Brought to you of course by the realtors on commission of America. "We make money on the way up, and we make money on the way down".

May this photo haunt anyone who's ever pimped real estate for a living.

You had one life. And you were a realtor.

Shame.

Charles Barkley of all people sums up my position quite nicely


"I mean, you look at this country now, we've got all these foreclosures, we've got all these people laid off. We should be behind him 110 percent, hoping he's successful," Barkley said. "And I just thought it was unpatriotic and basically B.S. for Rush Limbaugh and that idiot Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and all those idiots to not root for this guy."

"Neither party is anything to write home about. But the Republican Party just went right-wing whack nut job on America and screwed up the country."

- The Round Mound of Rebound and former Republican Charles Barkley, April 2009

April 19, 2009

Ruined lives - brought to you by the realtors on commission of America


In partnership with the bankers on bonus, congress on the take, mortgage brokers on cocaine, builders on a binge and a population on housing porn.


Man, I love seeing stuff like this. Nice job out there in South Carolina. This is the way it should be done.



Eggs are good too. Maybe next time.

Bet Fox News didn't show this one during their coverage, eh?

April 18, 2009

In your name

Investigate. Prosecute. Pardon.







Obammmmy Gimme Cheese!!! More cheeeeeese!


Man, that phrase gets me every time. Started with this post I think?

Catch phrase of 2009 I say. At least in our small little world. Supporters and haters both should enjoy the humor. We should do t-shirts.

Obammmmy Gimme Cheese!!!

Check out the name of this blog. Cool? Now, if you're a perma-bear, an ignoramus or Sarah Palin, you're not gonna like it here

Fox News watchers, George Bush supporters, Chris Dodd, realtors, racists, homophobes, religious zealots, 9/11 truthers, misogynists, illegal immigrants, Constitution haters and Hummer driving Wal-Mart shopping exurban sheep will hate this blog too.

No more anon's who don't sign their posts either for a bit, I'm done with 'em. I'm tired of the shrillness and repetitive nature of our anon friend (friends).

Participate, keep it civil, get a handle, and let's have some fun again.

You're in my house. Debate the host and our guests, but don't be a bore.



Soot and Ashes Quote of the Day

"I think it was a good moment. I think President Obama is an intelligent man, compared to the previous U.S. president."

- Hugo Chavez, April 17, 2009

A voice of reason from the now-dead GOP: "McCain Strategist Warns GOP Risks Becoming 'Religious Party'"


If you build your political party on the basis of ignorance, you become a fringe party.

If you build your political party on the basis of incompetence, corruption and grossly mismanaging the nation's affairs, you become a fringe party.

The GOP is now a fringe party.

They won't tell you that in public. But even they know it. The demographics, and the math, have made it so. (And oh, that along with creating the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, destroying the American brand around the world, and launching the stupidest war in US history. That didn't help much for recruiting either.)

So kill it. Give the entrails to Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee. Let them run their 30%, then 20%, then 10%, then 0%. Let them have their dwindling and insignificant minority in the Congress, and let them lead the few remaining ignorant states.

Political parties by the hundreds have come and gone in the US over the years. What's to say the GOP won't be just another one - a Whig, a Know-Nothing, a Reform.

But America needs a strong opposition party to the Democrats. After Bush/Cheney/McCain/Palin/FoxNews, it surely won't be the GOP.

So what will the new be? How long will it take? Who will lead? And what will they represent?

Serious question. Serious post.

My guess? The party will be called The New GOP, and it will be led by the pro-business, limited-tax, limited government, pro-separation-of-church-and-state, pro-environment Ron Paul libertarian wing of the now-dead Republican party. And it will form as soon as 2012.

McCain Strategist Warns GOP Risks Becoming 'Religious Party' - Steve Schmidt urges Republicans to begin voicing more support for civil unions and gay rights.

John McCain's top adviser from the presidential campaign urged fellow Republicans on Friday to warm up to gay rights and warned that the GOP risks becoming the "religious party" with its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Steve Schmidt, in his first political appearance since the election, spoke at the Washington, D.C., convention for the Log Cabin Republicans -- a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans.

He urged Republicans, in the near-term, to endorse civil unions and stop using the Bible as rationale for gay-marriage opposition.

"If you put public policy issues to a religious test, you risk becoming a religious party," he said. "And in a free country a political party cannot be viable in the long-term if it is seen as a sectarian party."