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March 25, 2009

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Ree

I was watching Monica even commented about it on Hot Air. News From Texas, where securing the border with Mexico is like trying to herd cats:)

https://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/03/border-patrol-wants-to-deflower-mexican.html

The plan for Mexican Drug Violence on the Mexican Border. This Plan is to use a defoliant but there has been an injunction stopping the use on a 1.1 mile test strip between Nueva Laredo and Laredo.

mjfell

Mark-To-Way Below Market

https://web.me.com/dagtag/Site_7/LaissezFaireLounge.com/Entries/2009/3/24_Mark-To-Way_Below_Market.html

In my opinion, I say be on the safe side. With all the massive spending that our government is doing I think the market has no where to go but down. Value your assets forever based on todays’ prices (actually value them based on ‘way lower’ than today’s prices) and if they go up you’ll get a nice surprise! And if not, you valued them at way below market value so you will never get burned again.

mjfell

Obama Asks Volcker to Lead Panel on Tax-Code Overhaul

https://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a8yCQsJfpb24&refer=home


The tax-review plan comes as Obama faces opposition from his own party as he pushes for approval of a $3.6 trillion budget that Republican critics say would pile a mountain of debt on taxpayers for years to come.

mjfell

Guess who else thinks ICE agents are unpatriotic?

https://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/25/guess-who-else-thinks-ice-agents-are-unpatriotic/

Nancy Pelosi isn’t the only one who thinks hard-working men and women in interior immigration enforcement are unpatriotic.

GilbertWashington

Bobo, not even an eleemosinary attempt at the scrivener's art?

This isn't poetry!

"A so-called urban professional black
Nut Bup is always up,
A willing flack
Ready to attack.
And that's not the only tack
Of this hack.
Got himself a web site where he
Offers money-making opportunity,
'ÉXCITINGLY,'
Could it be as dumb as he?
Take a look and you will see.

---from THE MAGIC BUPPA, His Life and Slimes, (a sequel to the coming YOU LIBERAL RACIST, YOU.)

The New Rap, from gV and GRINGOBRO tHE CRACKER RAPPER"

Posted by: gringoman | March 25, 2009 at 01:07 AM


Let me help:

Gringoman, remember the "Triumph of Alexander" by Gustave Moreau?
The beauty and terror, the crystal moment when
all breathing stops. But you wouldn't stand under that dome
in dim shadows, under that dome lit by ferocious
rays of harmony. And it didn't take your breath away.
You walked like a tireless ape among the gods,
For you knew- or maybe not- that the "Triumph" was
unfurling
its weapons inside Plato's cavern: images,
shadows without substance, soveriegnty of emptiness.
You
wanted
to reach the tree and the bird, the leftovers
from a humble backyard fiesta, the desert land
watered with blood, the scene of the crime where
statutes of photographers amd police are grazing, and
the hostility of life
outdoors. Ah, the hostility of life outdoors.


mjfell

CAPITALIST MARCH ON WASHINGTON - "THE PLAN"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nIA_Oa36WM

mjfell

What Should Have Been Asked Last Night
Jerry Taylor


Question — Mr. President, you said a moment ago that the era of reckless, highly-leveraged investments that put us all at risk are over. But the program your administration announced this week would provide for massive taxpayer subsidies for exactly that — highly leveraged, risky investments on the taxpayer's dime to purchase "toxic" mortgage-backed securities. It seems to me that you are condemning exactly the thing you are promoting to save the banking system. What am I missing here?

Question — Mr. President, you have repeatedly decried the fact that both businesses and individuals have for too long saved too little, and have lived for too long on on credit. Yet your recovery plan is premised on the idea that we need to get business and individuals to spend more and save less than would otherwise be the case without government. I am confused. Can you explain why the proverbial "hair of the dog that bit us" is the best economic answer going forward?

Question — Mr. President, the program you announced today that would allow the federal government to take over and close troubled financial institutions beyond those in the banking sector would — as Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers today — allow the government to put companies like A.I.G. "into conservorship, unwind it slowly, protect policyholders and impose haircuts on creditors and counterparties." Don't we already have a well-developed system to do exactly that — bankruptcy? What does the federal government add to that process? And why is allowing companies like A.I.G. to go bankrupt so unthinkable when you seem to be proposing exactly that?

Question — Mr. President, a staple of Democratic party rhetoric over the years is that the GOP is the party of big business and the Democratic party is the party of the working man. Yet it would appear to the casual observer that Wall Street banks have hijacked your administration and are moving heaven and earth to socialize their staggering losses. Do you find it worrisome that Republicans are now increasingly inclined to argue that what's good for Citigroup is not necessarily good for America, reversing the long-established rhetorical order of the political universe? And how comfortable are you with your progressive allies who are now wondering aloud about an administration that argues that bankruptcy is only an option for "the little people"?

GilbertWashington

MJFELL is not a student of current events;

"Try showing ONE SINGLE EXAMPLE of a socialist country with the capacity for economic growth seen in capitalist America...

You can alway find "economists" who support wasteful, economy killing spending if you watch the Democratic Party Pravda aka the mainstream media.

LIEberal moron."

Posted by: mjfell | March 24, 2009 at 01:08 PM

Recent events reveal that there has been little economic growth in the USA in recent years. There has been much speculative growth. However, speculative growth is not economic growth.

There is much to say for the proposition that capitalism, as we knew it, is now dead.

Socialist nations, that is counties that have social safety nets in education, health care, and which regulate utilities, provide a softer landing in hard economic times.

No need to bandy labels about. But the socialist cat is out of the bag and the only question remains is who should receive the entitlements. The history of the republic can be seen as a tug of war by various interests to garner entitlements from congress, via its constitutional authority to tax and spend.

Here I object to the government handing billions to financial institutions without exercising control.

Proud canadian

I would certainly hope that you would apologize, since it has come to light that the show was based on a short newspaper article that was read that morning. And that no further research into what it meant or the involvement of the Canadian military in Afghanistan was done before this horrible and ignorant show went on.
For further edification: The military is not taking a "year off" as it has been said. They are taking a year to regroup but will still maintain their presence in NATO and fulfill their obligations both nationally and internationally. They will also most likely maintain a presence in Afghanistan after 2011 albeit in a restructured form.
Our military has had the greatest percentage of casualties of all the military forces, a statistic backed by your own country. The strain and loss of our military has forced it to shore up its defenses so that it will be able to continue to aid and defend our allies. Members of my family have personally felt the loss of this war and would never wish the shameful and uneducated comments on anyone else. This is not satire, it was not funny, you simply do not make fun of men and women who fight and die for us everyday.
I hope that you learn from this and refrain from appearing on that show again, it obviously has a very low mentality rate!!

GilbertWashington

MJ is a bright guy and can see the other side of te arguement:

Forty years ago if one walked into a bank for a $1000 loan the banker would be obsessed with how he would be repaid with interest. That is when we had laws against usuary.
Now with inteest rates topping 30% on credit cards the banks don't care much about the principal. They will set one on a treadmill whereby the loan is never repaid.
The net effect on the culture and the economy is that people stopped investing in things like manufacturing which provide economic growth and began investing in financial instruments which are predatory in the economy.
Unregulated capitalism stripped the contols off of finance (and energy and utilities) which is supposed to be a building block for a diverse mixed economy and became an end to itself.
The net result was the little investment was being made in products as quick returns were seen in speculative investment instruments.
Instead of labor producing tangible wealth by adding value, people sat at their computers speculating on future growth. Speculative bubbles ALWAYS burst when the gamble on future growth outstrips the capacity of tangible wealth to perform.
People, flush with equity and who were rich on paper, borrowed against an intangible asset and are now paying the price.
Pure, unfettered capitalism is what one sees in the third world where a tiny oligopoly owns everything. Regulation of finance provides slower growth but avoids the bubble/bust and its impact on millions.

dekay

Apology not accepted. It is one thing to denigrate a country's politicians which, for better or worse, is an accepted practice. It is quite another thing to denigrate a country's military. You do realize, do you not, that Canada has no particular reason to be in Afghanistan other than our loyalty to your country? You do realize, do you not, that had you cleaned up the mess in the country that actually attacked you, rather than going on military adventures in Iraq, that your 'jokes' last week might never have been told? You do realize, do you not, that Canada entered WWI while American hemmed and hawed and that Canada entered WWII while Nazi sympathizers like Joe Kennedy and Charles Lindbergh actively petitioned against involvement keeping your country from entering the war until you were actually attacked? Jokes are one thing. What you and your fellow fools displayed last week was anything but funny.

pol103

You are a right-wing fool.
Check the facts before you make a total fool out of yourself, which you seem to do quite a bit.

teekaydub

Reprinted here is a remarkable tribute written by Irishman Kevin Myers about Canada’s record of quiet valour in wartime. This article appeared in the April 21, 2002 edition of the Sunday Telegraph, one of Britain’s largest circulation newspapers and in Canada’s National Post on April 26, 2002.

LONDON - Until the deaths last week of four Canadian soldiers accidentally killed by a U.S. warplane in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops were deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will now bury its dead, just as the rest of the world as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.

It seems that Canada’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts. For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.

Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada’s entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, its unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular memory as somehow or other the work of the “British.” The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack.

More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth-largest air force in the world.

The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time. Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated — a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality — unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British. It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves — and are unheard by anyone else — that 1% of the world’s population has provided 10% of the world’s peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth — in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.

Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia, in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace — a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.

So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan?

Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac, Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun.

It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost.

This week, four more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

M/M

Thanks to the Canadians and the rest of our allies who are fighting WITH us in the “war on terror”. I'm really enjoying your views and your posts on Canadian military history.

zinger

As a member of the Canadian Army Reserve, I feel entitled to say: No apology needed Monica, all the guys here love you. We're both fighting for the same thing...freedom.

CFwilson

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, I will say that you will not be welcome in our country. Your comments and, the comments provided by your fellow 'comedians' on the red eye show, show that you have no respect for what we are doing to help your pathetic country, which you agree to being called, the most powerful country in the universe. We do not want your sympathy. I don't even think that my fellow officers would consider a direct apology. You should be ashamed. Stay out.

Toymaker

And you Canadians can stay out of the US when you have a health problem that needs more than 'socialized' medicine . . . that is until the US becomes 'Canada light.'

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