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As always – we have yet another great carnival this week. You will see some very familiar “faces” as well as some new ones. There are 17 to read this week. Still hasn’t beaten our record of 23 yet! But, we’re getting close. Also, considering all the crap that happened this past week with Blogajogawhatever – you’ll notice there are very few submissions related to him. Which is great considering I’ve had enough of that coverage!
Steve Simbeck presents If you aren’t solid as a rock you will sink like a stone posted at No Mato mi Pavo, saying, “With the potential filibuster by Republicans of the Auto Industry Bailout, this post takes on some additional meaning”
I think your last line says it all! I think this country would be better off if Congress would just take a permanent vacation! Excellent post, btw, on a filibuster and what it is. Personally, I think it’s just a waste of time. Robert KKK Byrd holds the record for the longest filibuster in history – yet – they still passed the Civil Rights Act despite his racist rant. It’s just a delay tactic anyway, it doesn’t necessarily change the votes.
Welcome, Ben! I probably don’t even have to tell you that I disagree with your proposal and to model it after Argentina. First – I still don’t understand why you guys are blaming Bank of America for the failure of the company? The people in that company got screwed by their management – not by the bank. Also, considering it was a union shop – I can guarantee you the biggest problem that led to the downfall of that plant was the unions and the concessions the company’s management had to make in order to stay in business. Unions are holding capitalism hostage. Unions are the epitome of anti-progress in a capitalist system. In order to operate in a free-market, business owners need to be able to make decisions that move a business forward. Unions help to keep businesses from progressing by denying management the ability to make the hard decisions that are required on a day-to-day basis. When unions force management to give them things they don’t deserve and can’t be supported under normal market forces, those businesses are doomed to fail. While you make your case well, I just can’t see it ever happening here in the U.S.
Wenchypoo presents Interstate 5: The Road to Serfdom (L-O-N-G) posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, saying, “Originally written back in 2006, so keep that in mind when you read. Also, I’m doing my best to help Bobo drive the Loony Left loonier!”
I certainly appreciate the assistance Wenchypoo! BTW – I assume you were a Bugaloos fan as a kid? Our younger readers may not understand that reference! LOL. I lived in Monterey for a year while I was in the USAF. While it was a great party state – man – the locals could drive you crazy! I’m glad you grew up and came to your senses. This post is just as relevant today as it was 2 years ago when you wrote it.
Wenchypoo presents Updated: Will The REAL Economy Please Stand Up? (L-O-N-G) posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, saying, “Originally written back in January, then updated in September.”
Boy – you do like those long posts don’t you? But, again – this is great. I don’t see how you could have stated any of that in a shorter post. Your first paragraph is pretty ironic if you wrote that in September. Barney Frank just answered that question on Friday – he said the economy is made up of individuals and there are no corporations! Freakin Idiot. This is a very detailed and well written post detailing just what our economy is and how it is measured in case anyone needs to be schooled about it if they’ve forgotten any of the ECON-101 classes!
The Mayor presents Mitchieville » Blog Archive » The joy of homelessness, part 4 posted at Mitchieville, saying, “Homelessness-it’s all it’s cracked up to be”
Wow! I don’t even have any words for that post! Good one, mate!
DWSUWF presents If they take the bailout – boycott GM and Chrysler. Buy a Ford. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “In my dreams, Americans vote with their car buying dollars and stop buying products from any company that solicit government bailouts. This might be tough to do with the banking industry which has effectively been nationalized, leaving few choices. But it is certainly something that Americans can do when choosing to buy a car between Ford, Chrysler, and GM. If Ford declines the taxpayer money , Ford deserves the support of American car buyers. If GM and Chrysler take taxpayer money, they do not deserve the support of American car buyers.”
Nothing more to add here DWSUWF – well said! But, until they kick those unions out – I’ll just keep my Toyotas!
Very creative! Those are all great ideas as long as it is not under a national socialized healthcare program. I think your first round on health insurance nailed it on the head.
Jim presents Obama’s 21st Century New Deal: An Economic Stimulus posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.
Ummm..hasn’t it been proven that FDR’s “New Deal” actually prolonged the Great Depression and because he delayed the economic recovery he was able to institute those socialist programs? I fear that Obama will do the same thing. Personally, I don’t see any prosperity in his plans. What I see is more out of control spending during a major economic downturn leading to another major depression. If we want economic and financial prosperity – he needs to reduce the size of government and NOT promote more spending. He should be making cuts. These sound like good ideas – but – I only hope he waits until the economy has recovered before he spends money we don’t have. Bushco has screwed us with his spending – we don’t need more of it right now.
C.G. Salgado presents PUERTO RICO IS ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE THE DOWNSIDE OF A LOCAL BAILOUT posted at UP TO THE MINUTE, with C.G. Salgado!!!, saying, “Our local government tried a bailout, but in the long run, failed to provide the help to people who needed it the most.”
Great post C.G. – our own government could learn from this. But then again – when have they ever learned from failure? We’re letting the same people who screwed us be in charge of fixing it! Go figure!
Ron McKie presents Tell me again how people take Sean Hannity serious? posted at Phuck Politics.
Yup – that was funny the first time I read this and saw that video at your place. I don’t know – do you think he was trying to capitalize on Emo week or something?
debergerac78 presents Rendell’s apology for Napolitano comment is a flop! posted at The Business Ethics Blog, saying, “How NOT to apologize for a gaffe–by pretending it isn’t one.”
I still don’t really see what he had to apologize about!
I like all three you mention here. However, it is the very first one that I like the most. I’ve been wondering the same thing myself. Why is one of the main culprits of our economic turmoil now in charge of fixing it?
Edmund – welcome to the carnival. Excellent essay on mathematics and the way our world uses it. Personally, I love math. I’m one of those linear thinking people that needs logic. You briefly touched on financial mathematical modelling and how it relates to the mess we’re in and the fact that real mathematicians are not actually involved in those models. I totally believe that. What we have now are politicians, accountants, and corporate leaders building these models to suit their needs. I’m actually a stats geek and I know how numbers can be manipulated to say what you want. Well, those financial models certainly said what the politicians wanted didn’t they – nevermind what it meant to the people. I don’t see anything wrong with classical mathematics. It’s pure in its form when used appropriately and not muddied by politics and greed. I hope you do find some solutions to some of our world’s problems with your math talents!
Archvillain – not all of those cases against Obama headed to the supreme court are meritless…and…not all of us are crazy for thinking that the constitution should be upheld, especially as it comes to the status of the individual running for president. This is an issue that needs to be heard and put to rest by SCOTUS. In fact, the Wrotnowski case went for full review on Friday and the decision is due out tomorrow morning (December 15th, 2008) at 10:00am. Other than that – sure – I agree. It’s time to move forward and to kick this bum out of office as soon as possible. He’s making things worse every day.
Howard Ditkoff presents Publicizing The Threat of Personality Disorders Among Those in Positions of Power posted at SystemsThinker.com Blog, saying, “Recent political scandals – including those involving ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich – awaken us to the dangers posed when sociopaths or those with serious personality disorders use their charm and persuasion to attain positions of power.”
Do you honestly believe that Blogodgdvjsch really is psychotic? Is it possible they are just trying to set this guy up to make him irrelevant in case he tries to point his finger at Obama? Hmmm. Great post! Hey, if it worked for Hitler, Jim Jones, and Obama Castro – why not for these guys?
I know – I wrote this one – but – it was my turn in the queue. Anyway – if you didn’t know, there is nothing in the constitution that says there should be a separation between church and state. This is a non-partisan look at the origins. More to follow on this issue. If not by myself – then one of the other contributors will follow up.
Agreed, Quisani – I already did my rant on this so I won’t go in to it again!
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Again! I have the great pleasure of hosting some really great posts from this past week from some really great bloggers. Bet you can’t figure what a lot of them are about?
ChristianPF presents McCain/Obama – Who is better for your money? posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “A debate over which candidate is better for your wallet”
Actually – that’s the question posed over at this blog. It’s up to you as the commenters to debate the issue.
Having grown up in the military and serving myself – I found myself abroad on two occasions in which I had to vote absentee as well. I commend you for doing your civic duty – and from so far away at that! When I was reading your first paragraph – I had to chuckle – as that was NEVER my experience when I was in Europe! Then I got to your follow-up – good one!
Excellent post, Steve. While I am not predicting doom and gloom myself – I will agree that Obama will most definitely weaken the U.S. The Republicans lost this election because a.) McCain was a very poor choice of candidate, and b.) The Republicans forgot who they were and lost their way. They kinda forgot they were supposed to be AGAINST big government, didn’t they? This is an excellent call to conservatives and to D.C. Republicans to return to their roots.
Curry Kenworthy presents Conservatives don’t really understand elections posted at Curry Kenworthy, saying, “Conservatives are brilliant on the issues, but liberals know how to get out the vote–and change the culture.”
Eh! I sorta agree. There was a huge turnout during the Reagan years to get people involved. However, for the most part, I would agree with a lot of the rest of what you have to say. In fact, Obama used technology brilliantly as compared to the McCain campaign. You wouldn’t believe how many “MyObamaSpace” pages I came across. Apparently, they set up their own Obama campaign social network. Additionally, they collected millions of cell phone numbers and were sending out texts messages regularly on election day to get those young’ns out there to vote. The turnout was the same as in 2004 – but – they pulled the youth vote in that wasn’t there before. I think a lot of Republicans and Conservatives stayed home this year.
Now that is funny! But, let me also remind you of a few other celebrity politicians – mostly from the past: Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono, Al Franken, Fred Grandy, P.T. Barnum (yes, THAT P.T. Barnum), Bill Bradley (former basketball player), Clint Eastwood (I lived in Monterey when he was the Mayor of Carmel), and John Glenn (former astronaut) just to name a few. The most recent ones we have are Al Franken and Jerry Springer. But, you’re right – I can’t see Jay-Z being the Mayor of NYC either. I can’t see him filling the same shoes as Bloomberg, Giuliani, Koch, and LaGuardia, just to name a few of the great ones!
Sarah Scrafford presents Obama vs. McCain: What the Next President Will Mean for Day Traders posted at Currency Trading.net.
Well, I personally don’t know much about day trading. I’m in it for the long haul. But – if I have any day traders who read this blog – there is some good info over there. While this is initially a comparison of both candidates – now that Obama has been elected – this is a good primer to follow up and see how Obama fares in the economy and what happens with the market.
TheMoneyHawk presents Reality Check: The President Can’t Save Us, Nor Should He posted at The Money Hawk, saying, “Everyone in the country needs to read this article, period.”
Ahh, yes! A financial blogger after my own heart! I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility! Most excellent post – a good read for everyone!
We’ll see! This freakin’ two year election cycle put a world of hurt on this country!
Sam Douglas presents Mandatory Internet Censorship and our Right to Choose posted at Philosophy Hurts Your Head.
You know, I read about this and heard about this on the news. I sure as hell hope they don’t try to pull this kinda shit here in the U.S. I feel bad for you Aussies. You’d think your government was being led by the Chinese or something!
Um – okay – we’ll let it slide by THIS time! If it weren’t for that little pun at the end there – I probably would have nixed this one. And..considering Thanksgiving is up next here in the U.S. – and – I just LOVE pumpkin pi – these are good tips for pumpkin growers and gardners.
OMG! Too funny – and yet – at the same time – so sad! Is this the next generation to lead our country! Lord help us.
GrrlScientist presents Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Election Eve 2008 Celebration in NYC’s Times Square posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “One of the nice things about living in NYC is the fact that there are often fun things happening that are both spontaneous and free-of-charge. One of those events occurred last evening and continued through the wee hours of today, when I spent election eve in NYC’s Times Square, along with half a million other people.”
You know – when I first read this – the first thing that came to mind was the last South Park episode with half the town celebrating, getting drunk, tipping cars, and puking everywhere (especially after seeing the picture of the guy hanging on the streetlight – that’s EXACTLY what Stan’s dad did, LOL) – while the other half of the town were either hiding in bunkers or killing themselves.
Those are some great pix you have up there. My favorite is the close-up of the police officer. Excellent blend of pix to illustrate your content. I enjoyed your journey!
THIS must be what Biden was talking about! We’ll see, John! I see the cold war starting all over again under an Obama Presidency. I’m sure his weak ass will back off. After all, he’d rather TALK – which won’t mean shit to Putin!
Had a bad day did we Ron? I wish I had done as you and watched some movies instead of torturing myself through the evening watching all of that. My sentiments exactly!
David Lamb presents Riding the Wave of Recession: A history of economic depression in presidential politics posted at Killer Buffalo, saying, “I didn’t realize you did the carnival so often. I’m glad I didn’t miss my chance!”
One of my fellow bloggers from Inside Government! But – oh, David – how dare you try to tell us that Clinton left Bush with a higher debt than he started with! Don’t you know that he left office with a surplus! Rubbish! I guess all those I.O.U.’s in the Social Security till didn’t count! But, with hindsight being 20/20 – I would say that you were spot on with regards to the economic downturn being blamed on Bush as the primary reason McCain lost. Personally, I see Obama doing the same thing as Carter. While he is surrounding himself with Clinton era staff – we already know how that turned out – I think he’s going to make even worse mistakes than Clinton did. I still don’t see how those libs are able to seriously say that we had prosperity during Clinton’s reign. I guess they will always re-write history to slant their way.
Joe Hayes presents Political Jokes posted at Restoring Your Finances and Your Faith, saying, “Some really funny politically oriented jokes, just in time for the Election! Includes Barack Obama and John McCain related humor, and quotes from famous people too.”
I‘ve seen some of these before – others are new! Good one!
Well – since we don’t really have to worry about McCain’s plans – we’ll just have to see what kind of damage Obama can do to our education system. Personally, the first thing I would do is get rid of that No Child Left Behind crap! The fact of the matter is – that program is designed to leave kids behind. They force low performing kids to drop out of high school and encourage them to go for their G.E.D.s instead which gets those from bringing their scores down. Not only that – but rather than teach the kids the basics – the schools are teaching to the test instead.
I think his most dangerous plan is to force ALL student loans through the government – just growing Government again! We know what his unflinching support for Fannie & Freddie did.
Raymond presents My Vote Does Not Matter Because I Do Not Live In A Swing State posted at Money Blue Book.
Personally, I think every vote counts. However, I do agree with you that our Electoral College system of voting needs to either be changed or completely eradicated. But – while you might think your vote doesn’t matter nationally – it DOES matter locally – and – does have an impact nationally when voting for your Representatives and Senators!
GrrlScientist presents Sarah Palin: In her own words posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Sarah Palin’s greatest hits: Proof that all a woman needs to succeed in America is a pretty face and a tight ass.”
I think you guys are being WAAY to hard on Sarah. She’s a lot more intelligent than you guys realize. The problem is that the McCain camp scripted her. I’ve seen her in action prior to her being selected as VEEP. When she’s not scripted – she comes off real classy. There’s a reason why she has a 90% approval rating in her state – and it’s not because she’s hot!
What you may not know is that during the entire election cycle – she held a security clearance higher than both Obama and McCain. She’s briefed daily on the National Security Intelligence because of Alaska’s proximity to Russia. She had inside knowledge that neither Obama or McCain had. Obama is just now getting those daily briefings that she receives every day as the Alaskan governor. The Alaskan National Guard and the U.S. Air Force in Alaska are on 24/7 alert because of Russia. She knows the compliment and capabilities of the entire military forces at her disposal. Russia is a real threat – and – she’s 100% correct when she was talking about Russia in American/Alaskan air space every time the take off. (I have inside knowledge on that as well).
Regarding her comments regarding the job of the VP – according to the U.S. Constitution – she’s 100% correct about that as well! You might want to go back and read that document.
Her biggest problem regarding all those other interviews was that she got caught up in the talking points that she was required to stay on. I hope one day you get an opportunity to see her in action without the cue cards. You might change your opinion about her.
Alli presents Rahm Emanuel Advocates Compulsory Civil Service posted at The Smoking Argus, saying, “As previously reported, then Democratic Presidential candidate, Barack Obama while speaking in Colorado this past July, stated:
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objective that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a “Civilian National Security Force” that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.””
Excellent post Alli. I’ve lived overseas where military service is compulsory. I would hate to see this happen in this country – even in a Civilian National Security Force. Sounds kinda like Hitler’s Brown Shirts to me. Also – wasn’t it JFK that instituted the draft? It seems to me those loony liberals who are supposed to be all about civil liberties and freedom are the first ones to push FORCED service to the country.
Steve Faber presents How Will President Barack Obama Change What You Drive? posted at super gas saver, saying, “One thing about Obama, he has ambition. He also has an agenda to go along with it. A part of that will definitely have an impact on your choice of vehicle in the future.”
Bwahahaha! That’s some pretty funny shit! Oh – wait – you were serious! Hey, I’m all for getting better mileage to the gallon and all – but – not at the expense of our economy. These are some pretty lofty plans that you have outlined over at your place. But, I don’t see it happening – especially the plug-in hybrids. We are sooooo far away from having an efficient fuel-cell battery that 2015 is not even foreseeable. We could have more oil and natural gas in production to fuel this country economically before that would ever happen.
Also – that use it or lose it lease program – in case you aren’t aware – the oil companies would LOVE to lose those leases they have. There’s no oil in them – but – the government forces them to continue to hold on to them and pay them for these bad leases. They’ve been explored and have been found to be empty. The problem is – the government won’t lease the areas that HAVE the oil in them because they don’t want the oil companies drilling. As a consumer – I would LOVE for those oil companies to lose those bad leases as well – it would help to bring down the price of gas.
Anyway – for those of you who don’t know Obama’s plans – this is a great place to find out! See if you agree with it.
DWSUWF presents President Barack Obama – Let the healing begin. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “Barack Obama will indeed unify the left with the far left, pull in the moderate left, and be the President that speaks clearly for the entire sweeping 52% mandate they represent. Congratulations to the moderate, centrist, libertarian, and conservative blogging brethren who embraced Obama’s rhetoric of change and hope. You got what you hoped for!”
Oh how correct you are! BTW – I watched that South Park episode the other night. If you haven’t seen the whole thing – it’s freakin hilarious! Now – back to the regularly schedule program. Don’t you just love the way the left is throwing out their olive branches and embracing EVERYONE in this country! You have some great examples there of just how much love the left has and how they will do what they need to do to help unify and bring everyone together for the good of this country! Oh, I sure HOPE when they realize the CHANGE Obama has in mind is not the CHANGE they HOPED for – they don’t start blaming it on we Conservatives – considering we’re the minority now and have absolutely no power in D.C.!
U.S. Common Sense presents Open letter to Barack Obama posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “This one has already been picked up by Reuters and Palm Beach Post. It is a letter welcoming and warning Obama on his entrance into the White House.”
Excellent letter! How the heck do you get picked up by Reuters? This is a great read for all.
Funny stuff – I’d like to add lucky #13 here – Start off everyone one of your statements to your co-workers with “My friend,” and then make sure to reference all other co-workers as “that one.”
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