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Welcome to yet again, another great edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics. This week’s submissions come from all around the horn on a very wide range of subjects. Please be sure to visit these blogs and let them know what you think about their discussions. I’m sure they will appreciate it.

Conservative

Selkirk presents Question of the Week: The Budget, Tax Plans, and Our Chinese Heritage posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America.

Hythloday was right on target with his/her? analysis.  He inherits a $500 Billion deficit – and within 30 days increases it by another $3.5 Trillion and vows to cut the deficit in half by 2012 – that’s still just down to $1.75 Trillion which is 3 times larger than when he took over.  Considering this spending was just in the first 30 days – how much freakin higher is it going to go over the next 3 Years and 11 months?  Holy shit!

Regarding your post – I took German!  Also – we have Clinton to thank for China.  (That’s Bill not Hill).  He was the one that made China a most-favored nation and began opening it up for them to buy our debt.  It was ironic that Hill was sent over there to beg them not to foreclose on us.  Good post.

lsm presents Release The Hounds. posted at awaken the elephants blog.

Who let the dogs out?  That’s just damned crazy!  No offense to my California readers – but – your leadership there is absolutely nuts!  LSM – thanks for bringing this to our attention.  I would like to see California secede too if they continue these crazy policies.  Let Mexico have it back.  After all, Mexico has pretty much invaded and recovered all of Southern Cal so far.

Pauly presents Smooth Move Mr. President posted at Political Rants from The Right, saying, “That idiot of a President just telegraphing everything to our enemies.”

Welcome back, Pauly.  Glad to see you’re still around.  BTW – that is the same layout I started off with when I was with blogger.  Great minds think alike I guess.  I have to agree – that is a pretty stupid thing for the President to do – tell the enemy exactly what date we plan on withdrawing.  Now all they have to do is just sit back and wait – then they’ll move in.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Watch Prices Go Up: Interesting Facts About Inflation posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Here are some thoughts on inflation.”

“Heck, if you went further back and looked at how much things cost in 1964 when many of us weren’t born yet,” I’m offended!  I was born in 1964!  Do you really think The BoBo is “old”?  ;)

All kidding aside – for those of my readers who don’t have an economic or accounting background this is a great educational resource for understanding inflation – its benefits and potential harm.  Great use of visuals by the way.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Second Stimulus Check: Strong Opinions On A Second Economic Stimulus Package posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “I apologize for the 2nd post submitted. I wasn’t sure if you’ll accept the first one, so I am submitting this in case the 1st one isn’t accepted. I hope you’ll consider including one of my posts in your carnival. Thanks so much!”

SVB – you’re welcome to submit as many posts as you want.  As long as it is somehow related to politics – I’ll publish it.  Given the economy is very closely tied to our politics these days – every post you’ve submitted has had relevance to the current issues at hand.

Regarding your post – my understanding is that we aren’t actually receiving a stimulus check.  What we are receiving is a tax cut – which really isn’t a tax cut (that I will be posting on tomorrow) in the form of an extra $13/week.  I will have to agree – stimulus checks aren’t the answer – job growth is what we need.  Most importantly – we need sound policies that stimulate that job growth – not more government handouts.

John Kaduk presents Obama To Start Chipping Away At 2nd Amendment posted at The Right Wing.

And he and his racist AG are doing a damned fine job of it aren’t they?  I posted up about this earlier this week myself.  However, I didn’t touch all the points that you have.  I recommend this to my readers that are looking for more information beyond what I have already posted.  One of the first steps leading to socialism and communism is disarming the people. We are living in dangerous times when a government feels threatened enough to start taking the weapons away from the people – do you think they know something is up?  Shhh.

Wenchypoo presents And So It Begins…Again posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

I saw Zimmerman on Glenn Beck last week.  If what he has to say is true and what you have also written – we’re all really screwed.  Great post again Wenchypoo.  Is there another installment of this series coming in the future?

The Smarter Wallet presents Our Mortgage Bailout and Rescue: Obama’s Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”

Anytime!  You missed the part about the bill providing $1,000 to the loan servicer who does the refinancing.  Seems to me that just provides more incentive for predatory lenders again.  And..sorry..I have to agree with Rick Santelli on this argument.  Let the market reset itself.  I don’t care if my home value goes down for a while.  As history has shown – every downturn in the market eventually turns around.  I shouldn’t have to pay for my mortgage and then have my taxes bail out someone else who made some bad decisions.

Regarding the provision to allow judges to re-write mortgages – that will be destructive to the mortgage industry as a whole for years to come.  I get they already do this in bankruptcy.  I get that.  But, to allow a judge to re-write the arrangements for someone just because they are having financial difficulties – without filing for bankruptcy – now that’s a problem!  You might want to check that secion again.  Judges are already allowed to modify those loans under bankruptcy.  This provision moves itself outside of the bankruptcy courts.

Upside down loans – this should be between the homeowners and the banks.  I should not have to subsidize my neighbors loss in value.  The day I drove my car off the lot – I was upside down on it – yet – I still continue to pay it without having to refinance it again.  The same applies to homes.  As long as you are not struggling to pay the mortgage – there is no reason to refinance it.  Here is a real situation that could happen – and I’m not willing to pay for this.  A couple buys a home for $150,000 three years ago.  Last year the value of their home was $250,000.  They see trouble coming and decided to get a home equity loan to pay off their other debt.  They now have a loan for $200,000 (including the $50,000 equity loan with slightly higher payments).  Now – under this plan – the value of their home has fallen back to $150,000.  They now refinance that loan for $150,000 and lower payments.  Essentially, they just got a free $50,000 loan and I have to pay for it.  How can that possibly be okay?

Liberal

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Ode To Bobby “Kenneth the Page” Jindal posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Well – I have to admit – he may not be a good speaker either – but – actions speak louder than words.  If you check out how LA has improved because of his policies since he became Governor there – you will see that he is a true conservative and knows how to turn around a failing state.  He needs some serious PR work.  We saw what happened when we had a good President that was a bad communicator. I personally wouldn’t say he’s the best the GOP has to offer – at least I hope not!

Miscellaneous

lsm presents Who?s Under the Bus Now? posted at awaken the elephants blog.

That’s quite the list there.  Until you see them all together it kind of escapes you just how many people he’s thrown under the bus on his way to the top there. He really doesn’t care about anything but power, does he?  A very scary and shady individual if you ask me.

nickel presents Taxpayer Benefits in the Economic Stimulus Package posted at fivecentnickel.com.

Thanks Nickel.  This is a great resource for understanding the tax benefits in that spending bill.  Highly recommended.

News

U.S. Common Sense presents Why I Find the Monkey Cartoon Objectionable posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “While the cartoon this week from New York Post is objectionable, it is not racist.”

Good one U.S. – I hadn’t even considered it from that point of view.  When I first saw this cartoon I never pictured it as racist – I saw it the way you described it – as a dig on the Congressmen who wrote the bill.  But, for the reason that you find it objectionable – I can agree with that as well.

RE Ausetkmt presents Sick*Saturday – See Rappin Hitler and Barack?s Monkey Shots Videos posted at BadGalsRadio – RootsRock since 99′, saying, “this takes stupidity to a different level.. beyond the monkey post. a whole video set.”

While I too can definitely find offense in that video – those guys are obviously idiots – I still say that monkey cartoon was not racist at all and would have to agree with The Post that opportunists are out there always trying to make something out of nothing (i.e. Jackson and Sharpton).  Personally, I saw no need for Murdoch or the Post to apologize.  If this cartoon caused such an outrage for all the wrong reasons – why is it that there is NEVER any outrage from the left when cartoonists and artist depict Jesus or Christians in an unflattering manner? When Christians complain about that kind of art – we’re labeled as zealots.

steven germain presents How To Fix The Economy… posted at Rough Fractals, saying, “How to stabilize the economy and restore confidence in the capital markets – back the future…”

Steve – I agree – let’s reverse the Mark-to-Market rules.  This has also been proposed by many other financial experts and economists.  This would do a great deal to help turn the banks around again.  I don’t know what idiot put those rules in place to begin with as they are completely anti-capitalism and served only to doom the banks – even if we weren’t in this position.  I don’t see how any financial institution could have continued under mark-to-market anyway.

Ellie Fields presents The Viz Police: Improving Digital Democracy posted at Official Blog of Tableau Software, saying, “We need the transparency of recovery.gov to have an informed debate… but it could use improvement. In this blog we offer suggestions.”

Excellent visuals.  I think you have something there.  Have you actually considered speaking with the webmasters of the recovery.org website and offer up some suggestions – or perhaps – paid consulting work?  Your visuals were a helluva lot clearer than what is currently on recovery.org – and I like your proposed visuals as well.  If the Obama administration really wants transparency – it should be transparency that can be understood.

Robert Hazlewood presents How Much Power Does The President Have Anyway? posted at Ways to Survive Life, saying, “With the election over, these are some thoughts on the process. I also offer my opinion on why the election process misleads us when deciding who to vote for.”

Robert – sure – our government is SUPPOSED to work under a system of checks and balances where each branch watches over the other – however – when you have two branches of the government with a majority – the President will have implied power.  He pretty much is guaranteed the power and ability to push through whatever he wants – as has been evidenced these past 30 days.  Unfortunately, the voters aren’t paying attention.  If they were – there would never be two branch majority.  Great post.

U.S. Common Sense presents Like clockwork, enter the NAACP posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “This is the follow-on to my article “Why I Find the Monkey Cartoon Objectionable.” Those that use racism (or the label of racism) as a means to maintain their power have jumped on the Monkey Cartoon bandwagon.”

Did you really expect anything different? Good follow-up. It doesn’t surprise me that Sharpton is assaulting the First Amendment.

Politics

Wenchypoo presents *Book Recommendation* posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

Good one – “If you’d like to know what the big O has in store for you, read this book…then join the nearest militia group you can find.” Considering there has been some serious talk around this country about “the bubba effect” and the rise of militias should Obama continue down this path of socialism – I can see that happening.

Aetius Romulous presents 789 Billion Cubic Dollars Of Panic « ScreamBucket posted at ScreamBucket.

While I most thoroughly enjoyed the historical recap on some of the most prominent and key players in economics – it appears you too are blaming capitalism for the problem we face now.  I’m actually more of a believer in Friedman economics.  Having said this – it isn’t capitalism that failed the people – it is government.  Government has interfered in every aspect of private business since Keynes and his cronies got together.  Friedman is correct – a more freer market with less government interference will be more productive.  If the government hadn’t forced banks to give loans to poor people who could not repay them – we wouldn’t be in this mess.  There would have been no need for financiers to experiment and create those derivatives in an attempt to mitigate their losses.  We have never truly been a free-market capitalist country because our greedy politicians keep sticking their fingers in the pie to scoop theirs from the top.  Socialism and Communism do not work.  Capitalism – TRUE capitalism does. I highly recommend this post to my readers if they want to get an understanding of basic economics and a great profile of the greatest minds in economic theory.

Matt U presents Michelle Kwan: US Envoy. Who Knew? posted at Inside Government.

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Once again this week – we have a lot of great selections and submissions to choose from.  I just wanted to thank all of you who continue to support this carnival with your submissions and also thanks to all of you who continue to come and read them.  Thanks.

Conservative

Rich Bordner presents Sooo, This is Change we can Believe In? « The Pugnacious Irishman posted at The Pugnacious Irishman, saying, “In this post I comment on Obama’s pushing of the stimulus bill. Nothing fancy, just old school thought applied to the current scene.”

I like the way you think Rich.  We wouldn’t be in this mess if people just used common sense like that.  If we lived our personal lives like the government does – we’d all have been in the poor house a long time ago.  You might want to add – if you can’t pay for it in cash – you can’t afford it.

Cmblake6 presents Qur’an Challenge posted at Cmblake6′s Weblog.

There is a great video up at Chris’s place – you gotta see this yourself.

John Kaduk presents Be Like Sweden! posted at The Right Wing.

John – when I read this earlier in the week – I was hoping you would submit this.  I checked my blog carnival before I left a comment.  Let’s just hope we don’t actually go down that European road – as we can all see – their way doesn’t work either.

Selkirk presents Can We Foreclose on the White House? posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America.

I know I certainly would like to at this point!  Excellent discussion regarding the “mortgage bailout.”  Just FYI – did you know that this bill also has a provision to incentivise mortgage lenders?  You know – the same provisions that caused this mess in the first place?  The bill states that a mortgage lender that provides a loan under this stimulus plan will get $1,000 for every loan completed.  Hmm…how does that do anything but provide incentive for predatory lenders again?

Selkirk presents We Are On The Verge of Revolution Again posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America.

I think so too!  In fact, I’m willing to join in that revolution myself.  I think the final spark to light the flame is when they attempt to take away our 2nd Amendment rights.  The founders specifically put that right in there for the people to protect themselves from a tyrannical government – which it appears we are headed in that direction.  You have provided many examples of catalysts – its not going to take much more if you ask me.

Democrats

Evan Pfaff presents President’s Day Edition: What Can you Gain From Playing Rec Sports? posted at Who’s In First Blog, saying, “Having a good hoops game helped Arne Duncan secure a spot in President Obama’cabinet.”

Very interesting story there Evan.  By that standard I should seek out a cabinet position as well.  But, what I see missing is whether or not this guy actually has a background in education.  What kind of jobs did he hold before being named to Secretary of Education?  Has he ever worked in the education field?  If not, that’s just plain crazy.  May as well put American education in last around the globe.

Lance Cooper presents Obama?s Stimulus Plan Is A Complete Joke posted at Recession Thoughts, saying, “The presidnet’s stimulus plan is nothing more than government waste, and government waste will not ‘pump prime’ the economy into recovery.”

A most excellent look at the stimulus plan and what we can look forward to.  I like your suggestions for real recovery.  I would have to agree – the plan that was passed is not only a complete joke – but absolutely dangerous for this country. Good one Lance.  Come back again, ya hear!

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Obama?s Foreclosure Bailout Plan: Should There Be Help For Homeowners? posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thanks!”

NP!  You’re welcome. My answer is – nope – we shouldn’t be bailing out homeowners.  As you pointed out in your discussion – 90% of homeowners have played by the rules and are not in foreclosure and we pay our bills on a monthly basis.  Why should the majority bail out the minority that were irresponsible?  That is socialism at its best.

The Smarter Wallet presents Will The Obama Economic Stimulus Check and 2009 Stimulus Plan Save The Economy? posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”

NP! You’re welcome. Thanks for the brief history on the beginning of “stimulus.”  However, I don’t see 13$/week stimulating the economy at all.  It is such a small amount that it won’t be a noticeable difference and you can’t really buy anything with that.  Given the fact that inflation is on the rise – by the time this year ends – that $13 will be completely wiped out.  As for the other “two bird with one stone” provisions you mentioned – sure – fixing the infrastructure is a good idea – but – as you also pointed out – there are very few “shovel ready” projects and this money does nothing to stimulate the economy immediately.

Great post.

Liberal

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Ode To Roland Burris posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Once again I find myself agreeing with you.  Another rare moment, but – I would think that everyone on both sides of the aisle sees the need to make sure this guy resigns.

KP Silverman presents Stimulating Thoughts posted at Kpsilverman’s Weblog, saying, “common sense for the new millenium”

Hi KP – welcome to the Carnival.  There are several areas in your discussion that I an agree with – mostly that allowing Pelosi and Reid – the most far left leaning politicians in D.C. to handle the stimulus bill was by far the biggest mistake that Obama made regarding this bill.  However, might I suggest you actually read this bill yourself?  You can see it at recovery.org or at readthestimulus.org.  You will see that this truly is a pork filled bill and every American in this country should be screaming about it.  The CBO – which is a Democrat majority – has said this bill in its current form will damage this country immensely to the point of no return.  There is more pork in this bill than there is stimulus.  And..yes..Pelosi did actually try to push contraception and STD prevention in this bill.

If you are a true liberal that values privacy and human rights – you should be outraged by this bill.  If you thought Bush and the Patriot Act was “Big Brother” then this bill should outright scare the bejeezus out of you.  The government will now have full access to your entire medical history and your financial information and you can’t stop them. The biggest problem -as you mentioned – is that the media failed us all.  Rather than report in an un-biased fashion and examine just what was in the bill – they were complicit in trying to divert our attentions elsewhere.

Also – you can’t blame this economic mess on “the last eight years” under Bush.  We are in this mess because of both parties over decades of government interference in private business.  The last 8 years didn’t help much with inflating government.  But – this bill has now added 32 NEW government departments and increases the size of government more than the last 8 years – and all done in one fail swoop.

Additionally – this is not the largest tax cut in history.  I have provided links on this blog in the past.  The combined 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts are in fact the largest in history.  While Obama’s tax cuts will put $13/week back in your paycheck – the Bush tax cuts put back $90/week.

I like a lot of what you had to say there – but – some of it you just stuck to the Democrat party line.  You need to look beyond your party line and read things for yourself.  This is a stinker of a bill and it is going to hurt us all.

Libertarian

DWSUWF presents Obama Embraces the Bush/Cheney Unitary Executive. Again and again and again. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “Why do so many on the left greet Obama’s support and active defense of the Bush/Cheney model of the unitary executive with a yawn? It is not the principle of checks, balances and constitutional protections that inform their view of the world. For some (many?) on the left, it is about blind loyalty to a leader and a party. From their perspective, Bush/Cheney executive power is not a problem if Obama is in the White House. Apparently, with the ring of power in Barack Obama’s benevolent hands, the Bush/Cheney executive power will only be used for good. Just put your trust in Barack -not in the rule of law – not in the Constitution – but in the man.”

Good one DWSUWF – I have nothing further to add here.

Miscellaneous

nickel presents $8,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit posted at fivecentnickel.com.

Thanks for this update Nickel.  I’m sure it will be helpful for those considering looking to buy a home in the next few months.

News

Len Penzo presents I’m Just Askin’: Why Bother Being Fiscally Responsible Anymore? posted at Len Penzo . Com, saying, “President Obama’s $75B “rescue plan” for those who are in danger of losing their home is one more reason why it no longer pays to be fiscally responsible. Long live the People’s Democratic Republic of the United States!”

Bwahahaha!  Good one, Len.  Seriously, if Obama really wants to suggest everyone should live within their means – how can he possibly think that by allowin

g people to take out loans under this plan equaling 105% of their home value as living within their means?  Isn’t this the kind of irresponsible activity that caused this mess in the first place.  You must have liked Rick Santelli’s rant also then! I too would like the answers to your 6 questions.

Abhishek presents The Changing face of Public Opinion and its neutrality posted at Celebrate Technology…, saying, “Public and mass opinion and how it has changed in the current era of user generated content (web 2.0) as compared with the traditional strongholds of mass media including news corporations, TV, newspaper, magazines, rallies, Political gatherings etc…”

Howdy Abhishek – welcome to the Carnival.  Great post regarding the “new media.”  Of importance regarding today’s technology – Obama was able to manipulate and utilize all the new media to his advantage during this last election.  I’m in agreement with you that the Internet will be the dominating means for guaging and changing public opinion in years to come, moreso than regular TV news and print media.

C.G. Salgado presents Puerto Rico Statehood: To Be or Not To Be? posted at Inside Government.

An inside look at the history of Puerto Rico and what is behind the reasoning that they have not yet become a state of our union.  This is a very interesting read C.G.  While it has crossed my mind occasionally, I have never actually pursued looking for the answer.

Politics

Aetius Romulous presents The Hunt For The Guilty posted at ScreamBucket.

Welcome to the Carnival Aetius – While I certainly subscribe to the underlying idea here – personal responsibility – there is definitely plenty of blame to go around between Wall Street, large corporations, and government interference – I don’t think all the blame should be placed on those of us who want success and expect to keep what we earned, provided we took all precautions to do what was right and earned our successes honestly.

Riversider presents 85 Ways To Build Community posted at Broadgate Is Great, saying, “85 ways ordinary people can make their communities better places to live, without spending lots of money.”

Well – given the fact that this bill is going to damage our economy further – all we will have left is our communities, friends, and families to turn to.  These are good suggestions – I’ll let this stay!

Jason Zuckerman presents Stimulating Art Stimulates the Economy posted at Jay Zuck’s Sketch of the Day, saying, “I argue in this blog post that the funding of the arts has a direct stimulative effect on the economy and thus it was an integral part of the stimulus bill and not as some contended, pork-barrel spending.”

Hi Jason – sure – I can buy your argument here – however, I might point out that ALL of your information came from the NEA which is a direct beneficiary of the bill.  Do you think it’s possible that there is some bias there and that perhaps they did not report all the facts?  Where has all their past monies actually gone?  Have you as an artist actually benefited in anyway from the NEA? Just saying.

Republicans

Wenchypoo presents The Pelosi-tariat and the Totalitarian Temptation posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

Welcome back Wenchypoo!  An excellent dissertation on Stretch Pelosi.  Unfortunately, it seems we on the right were the only one’s who saw this coming.  It certainly appears she is directing this country right now even more than Obama.  After all, this spending bill got pushed through in a rush to fit HER schedule – even over Obama’s own schedule.  I just hope to God that come 2010 we get a Republican majority again and get her out of that seat.

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If you haven’t seen this yet – it’s absolutely amazing! This guy, Rick Santelli, has now said publicly and on the air exactly what the majority of Americans who “played by the rules” are saying across the country. I hope this gets a lot of air time (obviously not on the MSM news broadcasts). What Obama suggested yesterday in his speech at a high school in Phoenix, AZ is that the government will be bailing out those who can’t afford their mortgages – and the reason for doing so is that by bailing out my neighbor – he’s actually helping me by keeping my home value up!  What freakin’ kinda bullshit is that?

Everyone needs to see this – post it up on your blogs as well!

Happy belated Valentine’s day everyone.  I hope you all had a great day yesterday!  So sorry for the late posting on this.  I had an unbelievable amount of submissions this past week.  It took a long time to get through them.  I hope you enjoy them all as much as I did.

Conservative

Selkirk presents Question of the Week: President Obama’s Honeymoon Over So Soon? posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America, saying, “Political Castaway answers a reader’s question as part of its its weekly feature. This week’s question focuses on an assessment of the honeymoon period of the Obama Presidency.”

Between your response, Pitcairn’s response, and Hytholoday’s response to the question – I have very little to add.  I say you all hit the main points.  But, given the way the MSM completely glossed over this pork filled bill and did not hold Obama or Congress’s feet to the fire on it – I would say their lovefest with Obama is still going on.

Michael Haltman presents Cheerleader In Chief – Or Not? [del.icio.us] posted at The Political and Financial Markets Commentator, saying, “Nobody is looking for the President to get up in front of the country and spin the current crisis into a peaches and cream scenario. What we do look for, or at least I look for, is some semblance of hope that the administration is on track to address and solve the problem.”

Hey Michael – Obama is taking his plays directly out of FDR’s playbook of putting fear the in the people and telling them the only way to fix it is to turn to the government for help.  He’s a socialist through and through and is advancing the agenda of big government by pointing the fingers at capitalism and big business.  Regarding Geithner – we saw how Wall Street reacted to his bogus plan.  Obama’s mistake there was letting a cheat takeover and try to tell the rest of the cheats how to run their businesses!

Selkirk presents Question of the Week: After Stimulus, What’s Next? posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America.

Ummm…socialism!  Well, I simplified it – but – I think you guys nailed it all!  Where have you been before now?  I really enjoy reading your take on the current issues.  Great post again! I’ve read all the other posts that follow this one – and – rather than comment on each of the other ones individually – I’ll just say – for all my readers – please do go check out the rest of these yourself.  These guys are really spot on with their assessments (well, if you lean Conservative or Libertarian that is).  You guys must drive the lefties as loonies as I do!

Selkirk presents Support For the Stimulus Must Be Based On Ideology Because It Surely Is Not Based on Economics or History posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America.

Selkirk presents Employee Free Choice Act: An Insult to American Workers posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America.

Selkirk presents Obama: Having His Cake and Making Us Choke On It posted at Political Castaway Blog: Broadcasting Conservatism to Rescue America.

Miscellaneous

nickel presents $15,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit posted at fivecentnickel.com.

Welcome, Nickel – just out of curiousity – just how is that tax credit applied?  Most homebuyers pay their taxes through escrow and when you buy a home – you only pay the outstanding amount of property taxes through the rest of the year.  The actual purchase of the home isn’t taxed – at least here in Florida its not – you only pay property taxes.  If the purchase price of a house was taxed at local rates – who the hell could ever afford to buy a home?  Any down payment made would only be paying for the sales tax.  For example – a $300,000 home taxed at our local 7% rate would be $21,000.  So – do you know exactly how this tax credit is applied?  My annual property taxes are $2,200.  Would that credit be extended over a 4 year period?  Does the Federal Government give that tax money to the cities and counties then if it’s not coming from the homebuyer?

American Packet presents Dems Must Be Absolutely Plastered on Absolute Power posted at American Packet.

Welcome to the Carnival Packet – you are so right on track here!  Sure, the Dems may be out of their minds crazy with power – and I believe you appropriately pointed out the hypocrisy of the Republicans.  Those freakin’ idiots passed that TARP unquestioningly – and now they grow a pair?  Great post.  I hope you come back again with another great submission like this.

lsm presents A Fork in a Very Dark Road. posted at awaken the elephants blog.

“Which path will we choose?” – Well, I believe the good news is that there are many more Americans now opposing these policies of Congress and Obama (based on the outcry from this stimulus package) and that more and more people are starting to wake up and pay attention.  The politicians have been keeping Americans divided and the idiot box and American Idol have been keeping them pacified.  Unfortunately, the path I see is taking is leading either to another civil war or a complete revolution.  I see some good days coming again in the future, but, we the people are going to have to go to battle against our own government to get there.  My hopes are that enough people get to the ballot box on 2010 and vote all those idiots out this time around which will avoid the revolution.  Time will tell.

Michael Haltman presents Tim Geithner Speaks posted at The Political and Financial Markets Commentator, saying, “I Heard A Lot Of Noise, But I Didn’t Hear Anything

I just listened to the Geithner speech, and to tell you the truth I did not hear anything along the lines of firm direction, but to be honest it sounded like more of the same.”

Bwahahaha!  That’s what I got out of it also!  Blah blah blah, we’re not calling it TARP anymore, blah blah blah, but we’re going to do the same thing that we proposed to do in the first place blahdity blah blah.

Sarah Scrafford presents The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Blackberry (Obama’s) posted at Masters in Criminal Justice.

Howdy again Sarah.  The only real thing that I like about Obama is his ability to utilize today’s technology in a very cogent and effective manner.  I would say that his ability to grasp today’s technology is really what helped him to win this election.  However, regarding his use of a Blackberry – I only see some major problems coming down the road.  While I did take note of the points you made regarding the security of his blackberry – the fact that hackers can still get in to the Pentagon computers and other government computers – I have no doubt that they will eventuall get in to his blackberry.  This is a very dangerous tool for him to be using as the President.  I think he needs to give this up for at least the next 4 years.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Hey Republicans, Go Filibuster Yourselves! posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Surely, Mad Kane, you must see just how dangerous this stimulus bill is?  Neat little poem – but – I wish the Dems would call their “bluff.”  I believe this time the Repubs would actually have gone through with it given the fact that every nobel winning, nobel laureate, and well respected economist in this country said this bill is doomed to fail and will cause this country more harm than good.  Whether the Repubs did it for political gain or not – standing against this bill was the right thing to do for this country and for the people.

steven germain presents “There Is No Such Thing As Raw, Analloyed, Agendaless Kindness” – David Foster Wallace posted at Rough Fractals, saying, “I hope you will consider posting this, thank you.”

Amen, Steven!  You are absolutely correct in that a stimulus package should be based on only measures that would actually stimulate the economy – including the infrastructure projects.  Obama was able to claim there were no earmarks in this bill because there was no one identified specifically that would receive any of the money.  Sure, that is one way to get around saying that giving money specifically to the city of San Francisco for saving a swamp rat isn’t an earmark because Nancy Pelosi wasn’t specifically identified as the benefactor – but -we all know its an earmark.  The problem is as you identified – there is no one identified in the bill as the “banker” to control how the money is spent or who will be responsible for overseeing that spending to make sure it goes only for waht it was intended.  Great post.

Nayano Taylor-Neumann presents Who will take Australian refugees? posted at A possie in Aussie.

Hi Nayano – my sympathies go out to you Aussies in the wake of that horrible firestorm you had going on over there.  But, climate change refugees?  Pretty funny.  It’s being reported over here that the fires were started due to arsons and they have been caught.  I don’t see how this is related to “climate change” myself.  Besides – we know that “climate change” is just another made up term so they don’t have to say “global warming” and embarass themselves given the fact that the science has proven we’ve been in a 7 year cooling period.

News

The Smarter Wallet presents Will The Obama Economic Stimulus Check and 2009 Stimulus Plan Save The Economy? posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”

Well, the I certainly believe the points you indicated in your discussion will probably help stimulate the economy in a relatively minor way – except for the fact the CBO states that very little of that money will be spent within the first year.  The problem with the stimulus package in its current form is that only 38% of it is actually stimulus.  The remaining is all pork-barrel spending.  Good post!

Piotr Stepien presents Be Mass Media Free posted at we overstep, saying, “Improve your awareness and mental health. Stop addiction to news, television shows and any low level mass media. Be mass media free and turn your time into something productive.”

Howdy Piotr – there have been many studies out there that absolutely prove beyond a shadow of doubt that the amount of hours a kid spends in front of the TV is directly proportional to their grades and knowledge.  However, there has also been a revolution with TV these days compared to when we were kids.  There are now educational channels on TV that I find very fascinating and I have learned much from them and I encourage my kids to watch them as well – Discovery Network, Science Channel, National Geographic Channel, Sprout TV, etc.  Sure, we might be getting information from the boob tube – but – at least it is more educational than watching American Idol and all those other stupid reality shows.  However, I still feel it is better to get your education through reading and hands on experience.  When you read you improve your comprehension and you have to use the little pictures in your mind to get to an understanding.  It helps to improve creativity as well.  I’m with ya on this one!

Silicon Valley Blogger presents 2009 Economic Stimulus Package: Obama’s Plan For Your Money? Tax Cuts and Spending posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thanks!”

“My Biggest Concerns: if you look at the charts above, it shows how the big money is going to general spending, with a large chunk reserved for “federal and state government”. And if you look into the details more carefully, you’ll see funding going to things that don’t necessarily promote economic revival.”

Well – it has been pointed out everywhere that the only thing this bill truly does is expand government and does very little at all to stimulate this economy.  As with all your posts – this ranks right up there with the best.  This is a great look at the stimulus package and what we can expect as a result.  I like your analogy of the comatose patient.

Politics

Jon Chambers presents Blind Loyalty (Article) posted at The Mind Of Jon.

Hey Jon – welcome to The Carnival!  This was a very refreshing article, Jon.  Too often I come across other bloggers and other people in my day-to-day life that are blindly supporting Obama without question.  The fact this stimulus bill passed is a great example.  While 63% of Americans opposed this bill in its form, it passed along party lines in Congress.  Congress is blindly following Obama rather than do what they are supposed to be doing – checks and balance.  Don’t get me wrong – when Congress was under Republican control – they did the same thing for Bush.  I agree that people need to get over their infatuation with Obama and start questioning him.  As a conservative, I will always be questioning his ideas and policies.  I did the same when Bush was in office.  I’m glad to see someone from the “other” side will be paying close attention as well.

Bob O presents Just What Is A Bill and How Does It Become Law? posted at Inside Government, saying, “A very detailed look at how ideas become a bill and gets put in to law – this goes beyond our elementary education from School House Rock.”

Yeah – I know – I wrote this myself and I’m tooting my own horn!  But, its still a good educational piece.

Bill Brown presents Cargo Cult Capitalism posted at The New Clarion, saying, “Why does the Third World have such trouble adopting capitalism? I use the metaphor of the post-WWII cargo cults to explain.”

Excellent post Bill – and welcome to The Carnival.  I’m glad you took the time to mention that our government’s newly found adoption of Keynesian doctrine is leading this country down the wrong path.  Capitalism only works when governments get out of the way.  Unfortunately, those third-world nations, such as Ethiopia, will never be able to recreate our success until their governments are reformed as well.  It’s just sad to see that our “great experiment” may be dying now with socialism creeping in to the government.

U.S. Common Sense presents Response to Glenn Hall: Chevron’s Big Oil Find posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “I know I owe you some articles. :) This article discusses the frustration related to our dependence on oil and the President’s/media’s constant practice of ignoring hydrogen power. A hydrogen economy is not only a great “stimulus/job creation” plan but it also gives us a new growth market in the future that provides a return on investment.”

U.S. – another great post as usual!  If I’m not mistaken, I believe there are already fully functional hydrogen fueled cars in South America and hydrogen fueling stations as well.  In fact, I remember reading somewhere that there are at least 50 different models that have been produced, some of them by our auto manufacturers.  Hydrogen is most definitely a cheap renewable fuel – I don’t see why we haven’t moved closer to it now!

vjack presents Investing in Infrastructure is a Matter of National Security posted at Atheist Revolution.

Hey there again, VJack – Actually, the GOP wasn’t against the infrastructure spending as it does help to stimulate the economy by providing jobs.  The GOP was standing up against things that did not actually belong in a stimulus bill like giving money for public health, saving a rat in a swamp, increasing government employee pay, and buying golf carts for federal employees in D.C.  When you look at the CBO breakdown of the bill – all infrastructure spending was placed in the stimulus side of the pie.  I do agree with you that infrastructure is a matter of national security.  Giving amnesty to illegals and providing them healthcare is not.

Piotr Stepien presents Money Free World posted at we overstep, saying, “Will politicians ever support this idea?”

Hmmm…don’t see how it could ever work.  Any form of trade and barter in an economy will have a value placed on it.  Money as we know it today would just be replaced with another system of value.  I get you are talking about a form of exchange – but – a value would have to be placed on each item to be exchanged.  At this time, it’s based on monetary values.  Nice thought though.

SpkTruth2Pwr presents New Age Curse of the Cabinet Secretary posted at The Apathy Remedy, saying, “Another Obama appointment falls by the wayside, this time on policy differences. Is acting in a post-Bush cabinet position a political curse?”

Nice to see ya again.  Just wanted to point out that Gregg didn’t withdraw his nomination because of irresolvable conflicts stemming from the stimulus package.  It has everything to do with Obama’s wishes to move the Census in to the hands of the Chief of Staff this is counter to the constitution.  According to the Constitution the Census is done at the control of Congress.  The President should not have anything to do with the census as it is a conflict.  By giving the census to Rahm Emanuel it is putting it under the President’s control.

Ron McKie presents This is awesome posted at Phuck Politics.

I’d vote for her!  She’s more than qualified than any dickhead that is currently serving in Congress.  At least she already has experience taking it in the ass!

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I know – I’m running a little late in getting this thing out today. Sorry – had some term papers and power point presentations to pull together – you know – priorities! In any case – here it is – another great edition with some great stuff from your usual submitters as well as some new guys. All in all, I think this is going to be one of the best ones by far. We have something for everyone in this one.  Seems there are a lot of people out there pissed off about this stimulus/spending/pork bill and the tax evader friends of Obama!

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Only Peons Have To Pay Taxes posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Good one!  I see we’re both on the same side of this issue! I’m just happy that Daschle withdrew.  Now, if Obama really wants to do the right thing and prove to the country that he really is about change – he needs to fire Geithner.

Buck Says presents Pilosi & Reid- An Economic Tsunami posted at Buck Says, saying, “Neither Pilosi or Reid have a clue about the depression and the congressional actions that deepened it’s effect. Smoot and Hawley are obviously unknown to them.”

Buck – when I saw that provision in there – my initial thought was – okay, cool.  That might help American businesses.  But, then after longer reflection I came to my senses and the same realization as you – that we would effectively cut off America from the rest of the world and this would continue this recession/depression even longer.  I had not heard of the Smoot-Hawley Act until recently myself.  Good post.

David Gross presents Reflections on the coronation posted at The Picket Line, saying, “I am embarrassed for my friends and my country that we still enthusiastically install royalty at such great expense at this late date after the success of our revolution. And unlike the former monarchies which have devolved into republics and divested their crowns of significant power, we seem largely determined to attach all of our hopes and most of our sovereignty onto our king (or even, as the last eight years showed, some court jester).

The people have spoken. If the people had any sense of shame or any self-awareness, they’d shut the fuck up. They’ve been speaking for a long time now and casting terrible, hateful imprecations that have called forth demons that they refuse to accept responsibility for or attempt to control.”

Nicely said David – I got nothing to add.

Conservative

Len Penzo presents If Arnold Schwarzenegger Was My Household CEO… posted at Len Penzo . Com, saying, “The Bobo, I hope you find this to be a fun read. Regards, Len”

Len – a very humorous look at a household budget in the hands of the Ahnold!  Considering the guy’s a RINO I saw this coming myself.  What I don’t get is, considering that California is very much a conservative state (with the exception of LA County and the San Francisco Bay area) I just can’t see how the hell you guys got in that mess out there.  Are there really THAT many people in those two areas that drown out your voices?  I quite enjoyed the way you tied in his movie quotes to household budgeting!  Good one!

lsm presents Madame Speaker?Rocket Scientist posted at awaken the elephants blog.

Bwahahaha.  That’s some pretty funny stuff.  This lady truly is an idiot.  Being a good Catholic boy myself – I can tell you that she is definitely lying on the abortion issue.  As for all those other little nuances that you pointed out are classics!  So, the guy she called an idiot is now the one she falls back on when trying to explain why we should give money to people who don’t pay taxes?  Good one.

DWSUWF presents Carnival of Divided Government XXX Special Chinese Year of the Ox Edition posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying,

Man, sorry I missed that Carnival.  I’ll have to stop by more often.  BTW – I was in the year of the Dragon as well.

DWSUWF presents Yo. Barack. Stimulate this. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “Bobo – please ignore that last submission. screwed up the link. This is the right one.

Did we learn nothing from the hastily passed $700 Billion Wall Street bailout last year? You remember – when we witnessed the rampant stupidity of a craven congress rolling over to an executive demand for fast action on the basis of economic fear mongering – and as a result – were treated to the spectacle of our representatives wasting massive amounts of taxpayer resources without really understanding what they are passing or having any idea where the money will go or how it will be used.

Apparently we learned nothing. This is exactly what is happening with the Stimulus package. Unable to pass a $900 Billion massive pork-laden stimulus spending package that will do nothing except spend money we do not have on stuff we do not need, wildly increase the debt burden on future generations, and ultimately require devaluation of the dollar – the Democrats are in the process of paying off a couple of Republican Senators with a share of the pork, and will likely pass a $800 Billion massive pork-laden spending package that will do nothing except spend money we do not have on stuff we do not need, increase the debt burden on future generations, and ultimately require devaluation of the dollar.”

Thanks DWS – I don’t need to do my rant on this now.  You’ve said much of what I thought and much of what I hadn’t thought of.

Democrats

Steve Faber presents Obama in 2012 » The Obama Administration’s Tax Problems – Aren’t We Supposed to be Better? posted at Obama in 2012.

Finally, a breath of fresh air – a Democrat that doesn’t drink the kool-aid.  Well said, Steve.  I’m glad you can recognize that had any of these appointees been Republicans you would be demanding their heads – so – why should you not be doing the same for these appointees of Obama’s?  Like I said to Mad Kane up there – if Obama really wants to do the right thing – he now needs to fire Geithner

News

debergerac78 presents Is Blagojevich blameless … or a blowhard? posted at The Business Ethics Blog, saying, “The Senate may have jumped the gun impeaching Blagojevich before his corruption trial has concluded–now the governer is trying to get public sympathy on his side.”

Thanks for this submission Debergerac – I think Lauren is on target – but – we already know the outcome as not only did the Senate listen to the “snippets” that we in the general public heard – but, from what I understand – they also listened to some detailed conversations from other wire tapped tapes.  I saw him on Letterman last week – this guy is a freakin’ joke.  Good riddance.

Joe Manausa presents Tallahassee Foreclosure Report | Tallahassee Real Estate Blog posted at Tallahassee Real Estate Blog, saying, “There is plenty of news in the national media about foreclosures. From everything that I have read, I suspect for every 100 foreclosures that have and will hit the real estate market during our current housing crisis, we have only seen 2 or 3. The bulk of the foreclosures have yet to hit the market.”

Okay, Joe – I think I can let this one slip buy given the fact that foreclosures are in the news and it is a big part of the economic mess we’re in.  Should you submit any more – just be sure to get some more political stuff in the posts as well.  I personally learned a little more about the foreclosure market by reading this post and the fact we may not be getting the whole story from the media.

Lisa Spinelli presents Spawns of Madoff posted at Greener Pastures: Personal Finance, saying, “Is my anger showing? Thanks for hosting.”

Yes! LOL.  It just goes to show ya – even those people will millions are idiots too!

Raymond presents Second Stimulus Check For Obama 2009 Economic Stimulus Package? posted at Money Blue Book.

Hey Raymond – It was that “Low Income Tax Credit” that got me when I saw that.  That’s no tax credit – that’s taking my money that I paid in taxes and giving it to those lower income individuals who paid no taxes – wait – isn’t that the socialist wealth redistribution plan he was talking about before he got elected that he tried to deny he wasn’t talking about?

jim presents American Recovery & Reinvestment Plan Details posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity, saying, “A recap of the stimulus package, highlighting the parts of the package likely to directly affect consumers.”

Jim – I consider this a must read for my readers here.  There are many other “summaries” out there regarding this pork bill  – but – yours has some real constructive information out there for all of us.  Great post.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Wall Street Jobs Pay Out Big Bonuses: The Investment Banker Defends His Salary posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “I was hoping this discussion would fit your carnival. People are debating on the issue of Wall Street’s pay.”

I think this fits – considering Obama is trying to stick his foot in the private sector by telling business owners and CEO’s how much they are allowed to make in salaries.  Now, while I agree with much of what you have stated and that those banks and other corporations that took the bailouts on our dime should not in any way receive bonuses, and I believe they should take pay cuts – that is not up to the government to decide.  These are decisions that should be made by the boards of those corporations.  We need to let the free-market capitalist system work.  When those big companies continue to pay those CEO’s the big bucks – Joe America will be outraged and will stop using their services.  The boards will either cut their pay in order to stay in business or they will fail.  I still say we need to let Wall Street fail and reset the economy.  At least this way we can keep our banks from being nationalized since the government won’t have a piece of it.  But, alas – we’re too late for that aren’t we.  Those greedy bankers sold their souls to the government.  We’re now in a catch 22 methinks!  If those banks fail now – we the people lose our money and the government takes over.  Still, I think we need to put public pressure on those financiers instead of letting the government do it.

Ron McKie presents Timothy Geithner thinks you?re fucking stupid posted at Phuck Politics.

Ron – don’t mince words now!  He and Obama just pulled one of the biggest con jobs on the American public.  I know if I was $34k behind in my taxes for a couple years I would probably be in jail by now.  They’ve just set the new standards for the next 4 years – them and us.  They have their own rules and we have to follow other rules.  There is absolutely nothing about “change” in this Obama administration.  It’s the same old Democratic tax and spend, Republican good ol’ boy network, Washington politics as usual.

Politics

Tamir Birk presents Israel Threatens a Disproportionate Attack on Hamas posted at Informed Vote | Keeping Canadian Voters Informed.

Excellent analysis and commentary Tamir.  Given the fact that Hamas is about the size of a pimple on the ass of Israel – any response would be considered “disproportionate.”  But, I am in full agreement – they need to eliminate the source once and for all.

Nayano Taylor-Neumann presents Anti-Semitism in the slip stream of the Gaza conflict posted at A possie in Aussie.

The world has gone mad Nayano.  It would be great if we could truly have world peace – but – there are just too many idiots out there that love the chaos and will just continue to fuel the fires of hate.  This is a great post and a good attempt at getting people to see the world around them and reflect about how these things make you feel.  Prejudice and racism suck!

Michael Haltman presents This Is A Stickup America [del.icio.us] posted at The Political and Financial Markets Commentator, saying, “What Do Politicians Love More Than A Drop Dead Deadline For The Passage Of Legislation”

Let’s hope they actually slow this damned thing down.  I know the Republicans are making an attempt to make sure every line is read and anything that does not stimulate the economy is addressed – the problem is that the Dems and Obama are trying to sell the public a bill of goods stating the Republicans are just being obstructionists.  Funny how they keep forgetting to mention there are several from their side that are opposed to all the pork and earmarks in there!

Republicans

Michael Haltman presents An Open Letter To Nancy Pelosi [del.icio.us] posted at The Political and Financial Markets Commentator, saying, “End the verbal platitudes, end the blame game, end the endless politicking, put the country first and your career second, stop looking for what is in it for you and instead look for what is in it for all of us, understand that what you in Washington think is a big card game is peoples lives that are at stake.”

Awesome, Michael – you took the words right out of my mouth and then some.  I’m not sure you’re going to get a response back from those other guys either!

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I know, I should have posted this up yesterday – so – sue me!  Actually, like I said last Friday – my Internet connection was up temporarily.  The construction guys came back early Monday morning – and decided it was time to work on the interior – so – they took down the temporary wall – which means I had to take down the computer and Internet as well.  Man, with everything going on this week – it’s killing me not having access in the evening.

Yeah – I’m doing this at work – and – I know I gotta couple co-workers who read this – sorry – I’ll make up the time later! ;)   So – having said that – I don’t have a whole helluva lot of time to be able to post up the lengthy discussion on the so-called stimulus bill.  The Senate has really blown that thing up.  In any case – just wanted to do my Blogroll Amnesty Day post and to give some recognition to other bloggers.  I don’t consider myself a “big” blogger by any means – but – I do want to recognize some of the newer and “smaller” blogs out there that I’ve come across.  Some of the new blogs are by established bloggers that have spun off into other blogs…and…others are just cropping up.  Some of these are on my blogroll – others will be added shortly when I actually have connectivity and more time.  So, without further adieu – go check these guys out. (These are in no particular order of preference.)

Cmblake6′s WeblogNow here’s some VERY interesting stuff.

Last Refuge of a ScoundrelLookie! Linkie!

The Endive – This is similar to The Onion but with a conservative twist.

Heresy Today – A new blog for Guy Vestal.  You’ll enjoy this one. He posted up about Blogroll Amnesty Day as well.

Scott’s Tip of The Day - a humor blog.  Pretty funny stuff – like this one:  Babies

SoapboxblogThe Crack in Cheney’s Crystal Ball

Life and Times of a TurnkeyGun Control and Crime

Did I Miss Something?We Shall be Free?

Our World as We See It – I’ve been a fan of Debonair Dude for a while.  I think if you pay him a visit you will be too.

Phuck Politics – Ron is a regular contributor to the BoBo Carnival and leaves some comments here and there – when I actually post something up worthwhile!  Here’s his latest – Timothy Geithner thinks you’re fucking stupid.  BTW – did I mention his place is not for the feint of heart? :)

TNMilitant – I mentioned in a previous post that this is a new blog from a veteran blogger.  Here’s his latest – Book Bomb and Required Reading

The Tampa Pirate – gotta add a plug for the hometown blogger!  Here’s his latest – Actions, Not Words Stop Terrorists.

The Right Wing – John is a regular here as well.  This one is written by his co-contributor – Closet Conservative: Even libs laugh at Nancy Pelosi.

A Disgrunted Republican“This simpler, targeted plan gets at the root of the problem, which is housing.”

The BLOGPelosi Prattle

Amid Clutter – Another established blogger who started up a separate blog.  I think you’ll like her new one as well.  Priorities

Verbal Thermite | Conservative PoliticsPelosi: Kids are expensive, so let’s get rid of them.

Kayloo – Bradley is/was a regular here for a while.  He’s still in high school – so – I have a feeling that’s been keeping him really busy.  Anyway – go check him out.  His last post is from November – but – I know he checks in every once in a while.

Liberal Journal – Nelson was one of the first to participate in my “Liberal Blogger Fridays” thing I had going on over at blogger when I was a noob.  Gotta give props where props are due.

Tapline – His last post is from December – Photo from Ice Storm in New England.  But – he is a regular blog cruiser.  He’ll post up some interesting things when he comes across them or some great discussions from time to time.  He remains an interactive blogger though.

Vulcan’s Hammer – I don’t consider this guy one of the really small bloggers or new bloggers – but – he’s one of my favorites – so – I gotta plug him.  Tom Daschle Ad.

Junk-Foodaholic.com – She’s not a new blogger either – but – she has me added to her drop list and I promised I would find a way to reciprocate for her prior props to this blog.  I rather like her blog and I’m sure you will too.

So – there you have it for this year.  I could have added many more – but – I’m running outta time here.  If you want to check out some other great blogs and bloggers – go see my blogroll.  I recommend clicking on the one’s you don’t recognize.

And..one last thing.  I know it’s not an in depth post regarding the stimulus bill as I had intended – but – if you’re interested in what is in the House Bill and what is in the Senate Bill – you can read them here, here, and here.

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