Entries from September 2008 ↓

Paulson Bailout Spoof

My boss sent me this funny spoof on those Kenyan financial email spams. Love it:

Dear American:
I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude. I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America.
My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.
I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.
This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance.
My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.
Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction.
After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.
Yours Faithfully Minister of Treasury Paulson

Update: Here’s the link.

Army Bananas: Um, Wow

New Ads for ‘No On Prop 8’

The Equality For All folks have released their first ads opposing the marriage ban in California. One is aimed at young voters, which I think is smart thinking.

DONATE NOW to help save marriage for LGBT couples.

Scott Kleeb in San Francisco

I had a lot of fun meeting Scott Kleeb the other night in San Francisco. Kleeb is running for one of Nebraska’s Senate seats. He’s smart, funny, energetic, and passionate. Not to mention easy on the eyes. Read more about the fundraiser I attended here.

Andrew Sullivan Really Doesn’t Like Sarah Palin

Andrew Sullivan has compiled a list of Sarah Palin’s bold-faced lies. They include:

  • She has lied about the Bridge To Nowhere. She ran for office favoring it, wore a sweatshirt defending it, and only gave it up when the federal congress, Senator McCain in particular, went ballistic. She kept the money anyway and favors funding Don Young’s Way, at twice the cost of the original bridge.
  • She has lied about her firing of the town librarian and police chief of Wasilla, Alaska.
  • She has lied about pressure on Alaska’s public safety commissioner to fire her ex-brother-in-law.
  • She has lied about her previous statements on climate change.
  • The list goes on. Click over to The Daily Dish to read more. (Thanks to Reg for sharing this link)

    Garrison Keillor Asks: Where’s the Outrage?

    A great piece by Keillor:

    Poor Larry Craig got a truckload of moral condemnation for tapping his wingtips in the men’s john, but his party proposes to spend 5 percent of the GDP to buy up bad loans made by men who walk away with their fortunes intact while retirees see their 401K go pffffffff like a defunct air mattress, and it’s business as usual. Mr. McCain is a lifelong deregulator and believer in letting brokers and bankers do as they please — remember Lincoln Savings and Loan and his intervention with federal regulators on behalf of his friend Charles Keating, who then went to prison? Remember Neil Bush, the brother of the C.O., who, as a director of Silverado S&L, bestowed enormous loans on his friends without telling fellow directors that the friends were friends and who, when the loans failed, paid a small fine and went skipping off to other things? Mr. McCain now decries greed on Wall Street and suggests a commission be formed to look into the problem. This is like Casanova coming out for chastity.

    Sarah Palin Reponds: I Have a Down Syndrome Baby

    Love the Onion.

    So it goes like this…
    Criticize or question McCain on policies. Response from McCain: I’m a POW.
    Criticize or question Palin on policies. Response from Palin: I have a Down Syndrome Baby.

    Okay, so Palin’s case isn’t quite that simple. But it’s funny anyway.

    I Heart Campbell Brown

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Campbell Brown rocks my world!

    Here she is commenting on sexism and Sarah Palin (link goes to video of Brown’s comments):

    “Tonight I call on the McCain campaign to stop treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment,” said Brown. “This woman is from Alaska for crying out loud. She is strong. She is tough. She is confident. And you claim she is ready to be one heart beat away form the presidency. If that is the case, then end this chauvinistic treatment of her now. Allow her to show her stuff. Allow her to face down those pesky reporters… Let her have a real news conference with real questions. By treating Sarah Palin different from the other candidates in this race, you are not showing her the respect she deserves. Free Sarah Palin. Free her from the chauvinistic chain you are binding her with. Sexism in this campaign must come to an end. Sarah Palin has just as much a right to be a real candidate in this race as the men do. So let her act like one.”

    Bernie Sanders Makes Sense

    Via DailyKos, Senator Bernie Sanders on the bailout plan:

    “The current financial crisis facing our country has been caused by the extreme right-wing economic policies pursued by the Bush administration. These policies, which include huge tax breaks for the rich, unfettered free trade and the wholesale deregulation of commerce, have resulted in a massive redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the very wealthy.

    (1) The people who can best afford to pay and the people who have benefited most from Bush’s economic policies are the people who should provide the funds for the bailout. It would be immoral to ask the middle class, the people whose standard of living has declined under Bush, to pay for this bailout while the rich, once again, avoid their responsibilities. Further, if the government is going to save companies from bankruptcy, the taxpayers of this country should be rewarded for assuming the risk by sharing in the gains that result from this government bailout. Specifically, to pay for the bailout, which is estimated to cost up to $1 trillion, the government should:

    – Impose a five-year, 10 percent surtax on income over $1 million a year for couples and over $500,000 for single taxpayers …”

    Obama to Nation: “Fuck this shit, I’m outta here”

    LOL, ROFL:

    In the wake of an epic financial meltdown that threatens to derail the U.S. economy for years, Barack Obama announced he was ending his run for President of the United States, declaring to a stunned nation, “Man, this is bullshit.”

    The Election Nightmare Scenario

    BBC News has a great article on what happens if Obama and McCain tie the electoral votes 269-269. Craziness.

    What Makes People Vote Republican

    PirateS sent me this today. Very interesting psychological essay/paper on the underpinnings of why people vote Republican.

    The opening paragraphs:

    What makes people vote Republican? Why in particular do working class and rural Americans usually vote for pro-business Republicans when their economic interests would seem better served by Democratic policies? We psychologists have been examining the origins of ideology ever since Hitler sent us Germany’s best psychologists, and we long ago reported that strict parenting and a variety of personal insecurities work together to turn people against liberalism, diversity, and progress. But now that we can map the brains, genes, and unconscious attitudes of conservatives, we have refined our diagnosis: conservatism is a partially heritable personality trait that predisposes some people to be cognitively inflexible, fond of hierarchy, and inordinately afraid of uncertainty, change, and death. People vote Republican because Republicans offer “moral clarity”—a simple vision of good and evil that activates deep seated fears in much of the electorate. Democrats, in contrast, appeal to reason with their long-winded explorations of policy options for a complex world.

    Diagnosis is a pleasure. It is a thrill to solve a mystery from scattered clues, and it is empowering to know what makes others tick. In the psychological community, where almost all of us are politically liberal, our diagnosis of conservatism gives us the additional pleasure of shared righteous anger. We can explain how Republicans exploit frames, phrases, and fears to trick Americans into supporting policies (such as the “war on terror” and repeal of the “death tax”) that damage the national interest for partisan advantage.

    But with pleasure comes seduction, and with righteous pleasure comes seduction wearing a halo. Our diagnosis explains away Republican successes while convincing us and our fellow liberals that we hold the moral high ground. Our diagnosis tells us that we have nothing to learn from other ideologies, and it blinds us to what I think is one of the main reasons that so many Americans voted Republican over the last 30 years: they honestly prefer the Republican vision of a moral order to the one offered by Democrats. To see what Democrats have been missing, it helps to take off the halo, step back for a moment, and think about what morality really is.

    Awesome Commercial

    I’ve been swamped today, what with it being my first day back at work after a week in New Jersey/New York. So, when my boss sent me this little gem, it made me laugh and relieved some stress:

    Gay Marriage Foes Raise More Money

    Damn it, the anti-gay folks are ahead in fund-raising. By almost 6 million dollars. AAARGHHH!

    Donate to defeat Prop 8 NOW!

    John McCain’s Roommates


    See more funny videos at Funny or Die

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