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Friday, September 26, 2008


The End of the Mother of all Ponzi Schemes

Greed and Lack of Ethics

Much bigger than the South Sea Bubble and the dot.com bubble (also known as the I.T. Bubble) the sub-prime mortgage financing ponzi game blew up and the watchdogs (Congress, White House, SEC and the Fed) were asleep at the wheel or looked the other way while the rapacious financial entities did their thing -- repackaged mortgage securities to the sky until even they did not know what they were worth. But the executives responsible made money...and were going to make more under Secretary Paulson's plan, the original 3-page plan, asking for $700 billion without any oversight and restrictions!

Some conservative Republicans, champions of laissez faire, are not happy about the bailout. The pundits and politicians are scurrying around. The Wall Streeters are looking at how to benefit from the disaster they created. And benefit they will. As always, ordinary Americans will pay the price.

Fox News reported comments by Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas:

"Huckabee also was critical of President Bush’s handling of the crisis.

He said to lay the $700 billion obligation on the nation “in 24 hours” amounts to “holding the country hostage.”

“I just think the American people ought to be screaming their lungs out, saying to Congress, not so fast. That’s our money you’re giving away,” Huckabee said.

He said the burden of the $700 billion relief package will fall on the next generation and those in their teens and 20s.

The president, in his speech to the nation on September 24th, didn't mention a word about those responsible for the debacle. How could he? He was one of them.

John McCain seeking brownie points

James Surowiecki in The New Yorker
  • Before the government stepped in last week, the bodies of financial institutions—Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and A.I.G., with Washington Mutual and even Morgan Stanley threatening to be next—were piling up so fast it seemed possible that Wall Street might simply cease to exist. The list of blunders that led to the carnage is by now familiar: firms succumbed to the frenzy of the housing bubble; relied on dubious mathematical models to manage risk; and leveraged bad bets with suicidal amounts of borrowed money. But the impact of these mistakes was made worse by a seemingly harmless decision that these companies made many years ago: the decision to go public. Doing so put the firms at the mercy of the stock market, and last week that mercy evaporated.
On September 25th. the federal government arranged for sale of Washington Mutual's "deposits and some branches" to JP Morgan Chase. And so it goes.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Sarah Palin and the Witch Doctor


Weirder and Weirder - "Walla walla, bing bang"

Do you want this woman to be a heart beat away from the presidency? The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that on October 16, 2005, Sarah Palin went through a blessing ceremony during which a Kenyan pastor prayed for her protection from witchcraft!

(09-25) 12:28 PDT Anchorage, Alaska (AP) --

A video on her hometown church Web site shows Sarah Palin being blessed three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for her protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office.

The video, which made the rounds Wednesday on the Internet, shows Palin standing before Bishop Thomas Muthee in the pulpit of the Wasilla Assembly of God church, holding her hands open as he asked Jesus Christ to keep her safe from "every form of witchcraft."

"Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan," Muthee said as two attendants placed their hands on Palin's shoulders. "Make her way my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus. ... Use her to turn this nation the other way around."


"My friend the witch doctor
He taught me what to say
My friend the witch doctor
He taught me what to do
I know that you'll be mine
When i say this to you

Ooo eee,ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla, bing bang
Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla bing bang...
Ooo eee ,ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla ,bing bang
Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla bing bang"

© International Lyrics Playground

(Ross Bagdaserian Jr.)

David Seville - 1958

Also recorded by:
AC Rock; Joanie Bartels; Cartoons DK; The Chipmunks;
Devo; Hit Crew; Don Lang; Sha Na Na; Tombstones.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008


America, America

Hot Chick * Bailout and the "free marketers" * The Seasons

Election 2008

Campaign button reportedly seen at the Republican National Convention: "Hoosiers for the Hot Chick"! Suggestions: Pennsylvanians for the Lipsticked Pit Bull, Montanans for the Moose Hunter. The permutations can keep a campaign button maker busy. In the meantime, the "Hot Chick" is being kept under wraps, protected from the media in case she slips up during questions and her shallowness is revealed.

In 2004, during one of his debates with John Kerry, President Bush was caught by TV camera (of Fox News no less) with a mysterious bulge in his suit jacket. There were comments that he wore an electronic device to aid him. The McCain team is not likely to try something like that when Sarah Palin debates Joe Biden at Washington University, St. Louis,on October 2nd but I wouldn't bet on it. McCain staffers include Rovians, and they wrote the book on dirty tricks.

With 40 days to go, the candidates have pulled out all the stops. Their speeches contain lies and half-truths. Expediency rules. But issues matter; think about them before you decide.

The Bailout

NY Times

  • “This administration is asking for a $700 billion blank check to be put in the hands of Henry Paulson, a guy who totally missed this, and has been wrong about almost everything,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington. “It’s almost amazing they can do this with a straight face. There is clearly skepticism and anger at the idea that we’d give this money to these guys, no questions asked.”


September will soon be behind us. The season of falling leaves has begun. The change in weather is quite noticeable. For many Americans it is an uneasy time. The economy is in shambles and it has affected them, especially those who have lost their jobs and their homes. Others have been caught in the domino effect. No reprieve is in sight.

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain so yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a young and a callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow--follow, oh-oh

- Try to Remember, Lyrics by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Source: http://www.egreenway.com/months/monsep.htm

Wild Turkeys at Sawyer Camp Trail, San Mateo County

©Frank Yee


Sunday, September 21, 2008


News from Fouke, Arkansas

Tony Alamo Christian Church * Electoral College

CNN reported:
A major operation -- "two-year investigation", "about 100 agents" involved. Reverend Alamo should not be judged before he goes through the legal process. He could be innocent.

Who are the members of Reverend Alamo's church ? One gets the impression that they are:

Pro gun rights
Against Women's Rights
Believers in creationism
Rabidly anti gay
Likely to be Republican

In other words, supporters of McCain-Palin presidency.

See Tony Alamo News - Humor

Election 2008

Projections about Electoral College count remain fluid with various polls giving McCain the lead one day and showing Obama ahead the next. The margin is razor thin. This election will be what they describe as a "cliffhanger".


Saturday, September 20, 2008


Dark Clouds on the Horizon

45 Days before November 4th * "Bigotry is the Sacred Disease" - Heraclitus 535-475 BC

Cool, misty Saturday morning. We are two days away from Fall. The seasons come and go, and I like them all. In the San Francisco Peninsula, the changes are not anticipated with dread. For the outdoor activities enthusiasts, Fall offers many pleasures. I look forward to walking and running through the woods, and gathering wild mushrooms (mostly chanterelles).

Listening to: Goldberg Variations, Johann Sebastian Bach BWV988
Glenn Gould, Piano - 1955 recording
SONY S3K87703
Do the Right Thing

This year, the presidential election is of special significance. While it would be great to see the end of the Bush Administration -- eight years of misdeeds, too many to list -- are we going to end up with the McCain-Palin team who will continue the reign of dark forces?

CBS News Voters and Bigotry
Obama is not free from warts but compared to the dark side he is preferable by far. McCain has become like a man possessed. The once principled man is a pitiful caricature of his former self. A McCain victory will put Palin a heart beat away from the presidency! Just thinking of that scenario sends shivers up my spine. Do you want Todd Palin as a decision maker behind the scene ?

End of Summer
by James Richardson (The New Yorker Sept.3,2007)

Just an uncommon lull in the traffic
so you hear some guy in an apron, sleeves rolled up,
with his brusque sweep brusque sweep of the sidewalk,
and the slap shut of a too thin rental van,
and I told him no a gust has snatched from a conversation
and brought to you, loud.

It would be so different
if any of these were missing is the feeling
you always have on the first day of autumn,
no, the first day you think of autumn, when somehow

the sun singling out high windows,
a waiter settling a billow of white cloth
with glasses and silver, and the sparrows
shattering to nowhere are the Summer
waving that here is where it turns
and will no longer be walking with you,

traveller, who now leave all of this behind,
carrying only what it has made of you.
Already the crowds seem darker and more hurried
and the slang grows stranger and stranger,
and you do not understand what you love,
yet here, rounding a corner in mild sunset,
is the world again, wide-eyed as a child
holding up a toy even you can fix.

How light your step
down the narrowing avenue to the cross streets,
October, small November, barely legible December.


Monday, September 15, 2008


Unblinking and Clueless

50 Days Before November 4th

"Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve."

-- George Bernard Shaw

The excerpt below from Maureen Dowd's Sept.13 column "Bering Straight Talk" in The NY Times made me wonder once again about Palin supporters. There are many, including droves of women who were previously for Hillary Clinton! Amazing. How can women who supported Hillary Clinton turn around and become Palin groupies? Republicans or Democrats, no doubt they are the same women who emptied optical stores of Kawasaki rimless frames after watching Sarah Palin at the convention. Ya Habibi. Sarah Palin stands for nothing that Clinton represents; she lacks Clinton's depth of knowledge, her vision, her position on women's right to choose, and her world view. Yes, Hillary Clinton supported the Iraq War resolution but she never claimed that we were fighting God's war in Iraq.
The quotation was taken by Maureen Dowd from Charlie Gibson's televised interview with Palin. Gibson was "Charlied" ad nauseam but, leaving that aside, was there anything substantial that Sarah Palin said during the interview? It was obvious that she stumbled when Gibson mentioned the Bush doctrine -- she had no clue what he was talking about. She created noise and voters liked what they heard.

But she has assured America that she "won't be blinking". Is that all that we expect from the vice-presidential candidate?


The sad fact is that if the McCain-Palin team wins it will not only be due to the support of hardcore Republicans who became hoarse screaming "Drill, baby drill" but also because of desertion by a large number of Democrats -- call them blue-collar, conservative, unaware, unable to differentiate between issues and sound bites -- who are once again proving vulnerable to scare tactics and the God factor. The sad state of economy; continuing casualties in Bush's war that McCain and Palin champion; spiraling health care costs; and the deteriorating environment mean nothing to them.

And then there is the color of Obama's skin.

Monday, September 08, 2008


Election 2008 and American Voters

56 Days to November 4th

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

--Winston Churchill

Despite the dismal record of the Bush Administration and consequences of its policies American voters seem to be edging toward electing another Republican to the White House, a Republican who does not want to be seen campaigning with Bush but supports most of what he has done. Whether it is Iraq war, the environment, Supreme Court appointments, efforts to curtail women's right to chose, John McCain is on the same wave length.

Yet, support for McCain has gained momentum after the Republican Convention. His gains are partly due to his vice presidential pick. It is becoming clear that the red state/blue state divide, which was a major factor in Bush's victory in 2004, not only exists it is perhaps more stark because this time the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, is a black man. Whether they admit it or not, come November 4th many Americans in the so called "red" states, and even some in "blue" states, will not vote for a black presidential candidate. Real issues confronting us and our country have receded into the background. Republicans, adept in creating smoke and mirrors, have succeeded in implanting fear.

Then there is the God vote. The war and God; energy crisis and God. According to Sarah Palin all problems facing our country can be solved by prayer. It is obvious that many voters believe that. At the convention she spoke about hockey moms being like pit bulls with lipstick. They lapped it up. I read a comment that she would be like Cheney with lipstick.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God."

In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will."

Palin asked the students to pray for the troops in Iraq, and noted that her eldest son, Track, was expected to be deployed there.

"Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," she said. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."

A video of the speech was posted at the Wasilla Assembly of God's Web site before finding its way on to other sites on the Internet.

Palin told graduating students of the church's School of Ministry, "What I need to do is strike a deal with you guys." As they preached the love of Jesus throughout Alaska, she said, she'd work to implement God's will from the governor's office, including creating jobs by building a pipeline to bring North Slope natural gas to North American markets.

"God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said.

What about praying for sex without pregnancy? Surely God can take care of that but they believe that sex is for procreation. Bad news for condom manufacturers. Trust them to come up with an ad campaign. Perhaps condoms imprinted with verses from Solomon's Song of Songs, New Testament. Now, that was frolicking pure and simple.

Source: www.benettontalk.com

On November 4th I shall do my part as a citizen of this great country. I do not expect a change for the better, especially if the McCain-Palin team wins. In fact, the prospect is quite depressing. And so it goes.


Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Gott Mit Uns and John McCain's VP Pick

Vice President of the USA or a Padded Cell in a Mental Institute

Soldiers of the Wehrmacht wore belt buckles that read Gott Mit Uns (God is with us). We know what took place during the infamous Third Reich. We do not know what would happen if John McCain wins the White House. But articles about his vice presidential pick Sarah Palin often contain the phrase that she would be a heartbeat away from the presidency. That is a frightening scenario to think about.

Adolf Hitler is long gone. Reading about Sarah Palin and her views gives the impression that there is not much difference between her and fanatical leaders of Islamic groups. No middle ground, no compromises. Tolerance is a word that does not exist in their vocabulary.

Huffington Post

Three months before she was thrust into the national political spotlight, Gov. Sarah Palin was asked to handle a much smaller task: addressing the graduating class of commission students at her one-time church, Wasilla Assembly of God.

Her speech in June provides as much insight into her policy leanings as anything uncovered since she was asked to be John McCain's running mate.

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God," she exhorted the congregants. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

Condoms Are Satanic Devices ?

Governor Palin does not believe in sex education -- birth control, prevention of STD. In her world it is OK for a young girl to get pregnant and hope that the person who impregnated her would end up marrying her. What if the impregnator was her uncle ? Simple: Carry the baby to term and pray. What did she really say to her daughter?

"All I Wanna Do"

(Before sex)
"Dennis: Look, even if you did get pregnant, I'd marry you.
Odette: Do you believe in centralized government or states' rights ?
Dennis: What?
Odette: I just want to know the kind of guy I'm marrying.
Dennis: I'm starting to get the distinct impression you don't want to do this anymore."

From Sarah Kernochan's 1998 film "Strike"(also released as "All I Wanna Do")

Guardian UK:

"Palin, with her meat loaf and rifles, reminds us that there are two hopelessly incompatible Americas"

McCain and Lieberman

If reports that Senator Lieberman was his first choice but John McCain backed off because of fear of backlash from conservatives are true what does that say about the Republican nominee?

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