Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Word has it that the legal team of Bernard Madoff, the biggest criminal in world history, will use the insanity defense to try and keep their man out of the clink. At first blush, this makes a ton of sense to me.
Because the man is clearly, manifestly, and totally out of his mind and has been so it appears for quite some time.
It is unfathomable to me that a guy can swindle a reported $50 billion from individuals, charities, hospitals, friend, etc. over the course of THREE DECADES, and not be out of his head.
The topper for me was when he cavalierly walked to the fucking courthouse BY HIMSELF after he was busted--even though he didn't need to and could have had his lawyer represent him in court.
Dude. Newsflash: You just got caught stealing $50 billion from thousands of victims. PEOPLE GET KNOCKED OFF FOR LOSING 1/1000TH OF THAT! He is both nuts and very lucky he's still alive....
Which brings us to quack #2, Illinois governor Rod Blogojevich. In between this asshole's two ears lies not a brain inside a skull, but apparently a foot plus of solid concrete.
The punk gets cold busted over and over again accepting bribes, attempting to sell his state's Senate seat, etc. On tape, chattering away on the phone, over the course of years, and he not only refuses to resign and face the music, but goes ahead and appoints the new senator anyway!
He's not only nuts, but he's also a stubborn idiot.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Q: Looking at the big picture of what’s the whole foreign policy of this Administration – you come out of the academic tradition so I think it’s fair to ask, what kind of grade do you give yourself and this Administration on foreign policy?
RICE: Oh, I don’t know. It depends on the subject. I’m sure that there are some that deserve an A-plus and some that deserve a lot less. … We’ve left a lot of good foundations.
The truth of the matter, of course, is that the Bush foreign policy over the last eight years has been an unmitigated disaster. In all honesty we would have been better off with a chimpanzee as Secretery of State and Bonzo the Clown as president. The United States has never, ever, been held in lower regard throughout the world, the president is detested everywhere, and the country wasted incredible goodwill in the aftermath of September 11 by its arrogant, violent policies. Goodbye Condi. You WILL NOT be missed...
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
What a great role model for every man, woman, and child in the entire world.
The age old excuse that we all use, "I'd love to workout more but I'm so busy with work..." officially does not work anymore.
If the president of the United States can find time to exercise every day, so can we.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
To the fringe right wing in America, to whom Rush Limbaugh is their messiah, Obama needs to be taken down. Right away. Using any available means.
The mere notion that America's current economic crisis was somehow 'manufactured' by national Democrats in order for them to gain electoral advantage would probably seem to be loony to most people.
But unfortunately, in an unfortunate peculiarity of modern day America, right wing nut jobs like Rush Limbaugh have a daily audience of millions nationwide--albeit primarily in 'flyover country'.
It's been proven that if a figure of authority says something--however outlandish, over and over again, it starts to become believable. Hitler was a master at this.
Rush Limbaugh to his legions of 'dittohead' followers is pretty good at it too. Let's hope this time, unlike with the Clinton administration, he's unsuccessful.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Again, Bernard Madoff, if convicted which seems imminent, stands to go down in history as the biggest thief in world history.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Indeed, every three months or so either W or Dick himself seems to go to Saudi Arabia on bent knee, practically begging them for more oil--even though this kingdom is every bit as brutal as Saddam was under Iraq.
Aren't dynastic monarchies bizarre? The Bushes, the Saudi kings...Anyway, I digress--
Mind boggling inconsistencies in foreign policy has been a hallmark of the Bush administration. Just another reason to thank our lucky stars that our long national nightmare is just about over....
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Because the truth is that promoting science isn't just about providing resources--it's about protecting free and open inquiry. It's about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It's about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it's inconvenient--especially when it's inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us. That will be my goal as President of the United States--and I could not have a better team to guide me in this work.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Not really surprising that the Spitzer family had money with Madoff, however, as many in the New York City high society Jewish scene did and have lost millions.
Something tells me that Ashley Dupre, aka the Spitzer Whore, was uninvested....
Indeed it is profoundly curious that neither of Mr. Madoff's sons or his brother Peter had any of their personal money invested in his side hedge fund business---in other words the Ponzi scheme.
The feds are rightly focusing on his wife Ruth, who appears to have had at least a hand in the fraud, along with a guy named Frank DiPascali, who apparently handled all investor inquiries and the day to day management of the fraud.
There will be plenty of more shoes to drop in l'affair Madoff, already the largest thievery/fraud in world history. Stay tuned.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Bush, Cheney, and indeed most of the hierarchy of this disastrous presidency have basically lived from day one inside of their own, comfortable, fuzzy twilight zone like parallel universe.
Inside this psychedelic bubble they were immune and unfazed by the overwhelming dissent and outright opposition by scores of countries and the UN itself in the run up to the war in Iraq.
Can't find any WMD's? Look harder. Still can't find any? Cook up some evidence. We know the score. We're right, everyone else is wrong.
It's incomprehensible to me that George W. Bush will be looked on as anything but the worst, most unfit, laziest, most stubborn, crass, snide, and disastrously awful president in American history.
Not only for the next 30 years, Dick. But the next 3,000 years.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
WE ARE AMERICA, NOT GREAT BRITAIN OR SAUDI FUCKING ARABIA! WE ARE A DEMOCRACY, NOT A MONARCHY! WE BELIEVE IN THE CONCEPT OF MERITOCRACY, NOT POWER BASED ON INHERITANCE OR LINEAGE!!!! WE KICKED THE BRITISH OFF OF OUR LAND OVER THIS VERY QUESTION!!!
What, might I ask, besides her famous bloodline would make Caroline Kennedy even remotely qualified for the extraordinarily powerful and important position of US Senator?
Answer: Nothing! Nothing except for the womb from which she was spawned! Is that qualification? How on earth??!
Maybe in Saudi Arabia. Maybe in Quatar. Maybe Jordan, whatever. Certainly, certainly not in America.
The whole notion of monarchy and entitlement based on bloodline should be puzzling and nonsensical to everyone, but especially to Americans.
And especially in light of the unmitigated disaster that the reign of Bush II.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.Its hard to fathom just how monumental the scope of the fraud that Bernard Madoff committed over the course of his decades long Wall Street career. The number being tossed around, $50 billion, is almost too staggering to even comprehend. Indeed, if true, it would dwarf Enron.
--Warren Buffett, 2008
I'm wondering how Madoff slept at night. The guy had this scam going on for the better part of three decades. You're talking about a crook of historic, never seen before magnitude. The biggest thief in the history of the world.
Again, take a look at the picture on the top right. You are looking at the biggest crook in the history of the world.
He robbed charities, endowments, universities, hospitals, and individuals of all shapes and sizes.
And the amazing thing about it is that he might have never been caught if it weren't for the brutal recession and drastic drop in the stock market that occurred this year.
He's 70 years old and had been running the scheme successfully for nearly 40 years. He could have easily taken this to his grave with him--which is probably what he thought would happen.
The cookie finally crumbled due to the massive losses of other investments that his investors had suffered. Short cash, they began asking to redeem from his fund. The rest, as they say, is history.
Re-read that Buffet quote at the top. It's worth it.
Friday, December 12, 2008
He was carrying a roll behind suitcase and I'm pretty sure he's in town promoting his new book. I recognized him and shouted, "Hey governor!", and he turned around and noticed me.
I shook his hand and told him that I was a fan of his--which I am. He had a firm handshake, smiled broadly, looked me straight in the eye and said, "Well thank you!"
Huckabee was and is a breath of fresh air for the Republican party. Even though he's a very socially conservative guy, he comes off as sunny and optimistic--in stark contrast to the nasty, dour guys in the party like Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, John McCain, etc.
I mean, the guy pardoned Keith Richards, after all. He can't be too much of a right wing loony-tune.
He has a big political future ahead of him.
Of course, when he had a chance to make a real difference, like before his infamous UN testimony on Iraq's nonexistent WMD's (see picture at right), he was cowardly and did nothing.
Kind of like Nazi soldiers who used the defense of 'we were just obeying orders' when on trial after WWII.
But better late than never, General Powell.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The party just lost 52 seats in November, plus the George W. Bush administration is winding down after 8 years--which will throw another several hundred job seekers into the mix come the end of January.
Just a thought: maybe some of these people should consider changing parties?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
A key difference between those two, however, is the fact that Romney is filthy rich. Way way wealthier than Edwards. His issue is that he comes off as sort of an automaton robot like being. You know, if you cut him a white substance would pour out of his skin instead of blood.
He comes off as kind of like Al Gore: stiff, wooden, and artificial. Unfortunately, all the money in the world can't erase those characteristics in a politician.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Sarah Palin went from virtual obscurity to huge popularity as Presidential Candidate John McCain's running mate. Since then she has re-energized the Conservative base of the Republican Party. As a front runner in the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, she is showing America that she is willing to reform her own party and politics as usual.
Now you can have your very own 2009 calendar featuring never before seen photos of Sarah, with Todd, Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and TrigPalin.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Or the fact that your boy, George W. Bush, is the least popular president in American history. Oh yeah, he's also the dumbest, worst one ever as well.
Let's hope the Republican party continues to look towards Karl Rove for advice. The guy is clearly living in a parallel universe.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
For Democrats, a Franken win would more than make up for their loss in the Georgia runoff yesterday and raise their seat advantage in the Senate to a dominant 59-31.
The dwindling number of Republican moderates in the Senate (Olympia Snowe, Arlen Spector) will yield an enormously disproportionate amount of power next year, with both the Democratic majority and the rump Repbulican minority showering them with gifts and promises in exchange for their vital support....
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
He's always had presidential aspirations of his own, and running for the Senate in two years would do nothing to enhance that ambition--he'd be better off lying low and steering clear of the political morass that is the US Senate.
Or has he come to the determination that with his brother being the most unpopular, and arguably the worst president in American history, that America would never elect another Bush president? Probably.
Gregory had filled in from time to time for Russert in the past, so he was a logical choice. And thank God they didn't choose Keith Olbermann or Chris Matthews, who as Jon Stewart points out, have become nearly insufferable as of late...