HAIL DUBYUS!

An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

Is it fair? I’ve got $480 million, I don’t give a D@#$.

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Fuld Folds

(AP) Lehman sought millions for execs while seeking aid
(Reuters) Lehman’s Fuld falls on sword as Congress bares teeth

Richard Fuld, CEO of the bankrupted Lehman Brothers, disputed the figure that Henry Waxman came up with. It wasn’t $480,000,000 that he received over the last 7 years at Lehman Bros. It was really closer to $310 million. WTF? What in God’s name is anybody going to do with over 300 million dollars? Buy a palace? Does anyone remember waaaaaaaayyyy back when a million dollars was a LOT of money? Back in the 50s I think. Probably until the price of gold floated. Now it’s chicken feed. If you don’t have a million in the bank, you’d better not retire. Making a million a year? Upper middle class. And at the same time people are making these ungodly obscene amounts of money–for driving a respected firm into bankruptcy–there are entire families in these United States that are trying to make do with under $15,000 a year. That’s thousands. A million times LESS than the billions that are now the marker of wealth.

And do you want to know what this asshole Fuld was doing? As the Titanic was sinking? He was making sure that the executives got their full multi-million dollar salaries before bankruptcy was to be declared.

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Trust Them, They’ll Know How To Use The Money

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Trust Them, They’ll Know How To Use The Money

Don’t any of these guys who are sooooooooooooo Christian ever read the Bible? I’m thinking of Joseph and the Pharoah’s Dream. The seven fat cows and the seven lean cows? Joseph advised Pharoah to store up grain for the next seven years so that when a famine struck in the eighth year for seven years afterwards, they’d have enough grain to ride out the crisis. Bill Clinton stored up the grain for eight years. What did Bush do as soon as he took office? He gave it all away. Now, because of an unnecessary war, a few natural disasters, and a crisis in housing and finance that threatens to swallow the entire economy of the United States, guess what? There’s no grain for the lean years.

How to fix the banking crisis? Well, the Bush plan is to give money away to the spendthrift institutions, at the discretion of the Treasury Secretary, but with no oversight, no input, no help for the homeowners whose defaulted-upon mortgages cast the snowball that rolled into this avalanche. And do it fast, right now, no debate. For once, the Congress looks like it may halt that idiocy. After all, who’s going to pay for that $700 billion bailout. The taxpayers, the little people that Bush and his cronies are so contemptuous of. That’s right, you and me.

Isn’t complete and total incompetency an impeachable offense?

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Republican Stories: In This Issue: SUPER SARAH FIELD DRESSES A MOOSE!

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Republican Stories: In This Issue: SUPER SARAH FIELD DRESSES A MOOSE!

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What can we say? Sarah Palin’s life would fill two week’s worth of the Jerry Springer Show. This week’s National Enquirer–remember, they knew about John Edwards’ affair eight months before the NYTimes knew–alleges that Sary darlin’ had an affair ten years ago (at least that’s the scuttlebutt in the Wasilla gossip chain), that the reason young Track is in the army was because he’d lost control of his various drug addictions, and to round things off, provides juicy details about what happened in the Palin household when little Miss Bristol announced she got knocked up by the boyfriend she’s constantly fighting and breaking up with. Oughta be a great marriage.

But we finally get Sarah’s first interview with Charlie Gibson. HOOHAH! Let’s go to war with Russia! From what I could see, Charlie Gibson was leaning over backwards in an effort to not let Sarah make a total fool of herself. But there are just some things you can’t get around. Like, she knows nothing about the world outside the US, nothing about foreign policy in general, nothing about the foreign policies of her hero, Dubya. What’s a Bush Doctrine? She’s not completely certain that the war in Iraq is part of God’s plan, but she sure knows that gas pipeline from Alaska is. After all, National Security is equivalent to Energy Policy, isn’t it? I’d say her handlers need to intensify efforts to bring her up to speed before the next interview.

But the interesting thing is looking at the comments to the various clips floating around–on mainstream sites like Yahoo. You’d think Charlie Gibson was a foaming at the mouth radical the way some of these comments castigated him for asking Sarah questions that were TOO HARD. Too Hard? Playing Gotcha? It seems as if there’s a segment of the population that WANTS a “hockey mom” as Vice President, someone just like them, someone with the same problems and the same outlook. It isn’t fair to expect her to have the kind of knowledge a seasoned politician would have. Well, nuts! If this hockey mom is going to be next in line for the presidency, I want her to have the kind of knowledge a seasoned politician would have–because she needs it. It’s not like we get a do-over if we declare war on Russia over a petty border squabble–

Being president is the ultimate occupation you learn “on the job” since no other office prepares you for the decisions you have to make. But let’s have someone who’s at least got the fundamentals, rather than the fundamentalists.

NOTE: Due to some needed downtime to revise part of the site, I’m going to leave this cartoon up until this Friday — and also to give it time to move a bit on the web.

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