Commercial real estate groups have been
meeting with members of Congress, the Federal Reserve, the Treasury,
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as well as Mr. Obama’s
transition team, to press their case. And they say they have a
As a lefty blogger, I will miss him. Sure he’s a dangerous
sociopath, a pathological liar, and a national embarrassment. But he’s
also The Decider, The Commander Guy, and Commander Codpiece. Think about that as January 20, 2009 approaches. When, I ask you, have liberals had it so good?
Now that Walter Noel is in trouble for steering $7.5 billion into the Bernie Madoff abyss, the pristine reputations of his five gorgeous daughters - Corina, Lisina, Alina, Alix and Marisa - are getting tarnished, too.
Ramazan Baydan, owner of the Istanbul-based Baydan Shoe
Company, has been swamped with orders from across the world, after
insisting that his company produced the black leather shoes which the
Iraqi journalist Muntazar al-Zaidi threw at Bush during a press
conference in Baghdad last Sunday.
Baydan has recruited an extra 100 staff to meet orders for 300,000
pairs of Model 271 - more than four times the shoe’s normal annual sale
- following an outpouring of support for Zaidi’s act, which was
intended as a protest, but led to his arrest by Iraqi security forces.
Maythem al-Zaidi contacted a judge to ask him if what his brother [Muntader] did is a crime under Iraqi law. The judge told him that he might serve two years in prison or pay a fine for insulting a president of foreign country unless Mr. Bush withdrew the case. “If they manage to imprison Muntader, there are millions of him all over Iraq and the Arab world,” Maythem al-Zaidi said.
Anyone who expects clemency from the Commander Guy should recall his remarks about Karla Faye Tucker.
This Ponzi scheme
will probably be the largest and longest-running investment fraud
uncovered during the downturn, but it will not be the last. It’s
related to Big Shitpile because, among other things, hedge funds are
some of the big losers. From the New York Times:
The zoning lawyer in Miami trusted him because his
father had dealt profitably with him for decades. The officers of a
little charity in Massachusetts respected him and relied on his advice.
“If [Hillary Clinton] gets a race against John Edwards and Barack Obama, she’s going to be the nominee. Gore is the only threat to her, then. … Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary. I’ll predict that right now.” —William Kristol, Fox News Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006
Weekly Standard editor and New York Times columnist William Kristol was hardly alone in thinking that the Democratic primary was Clinton’s to lose, but it takes a special kind of self-confidence to make a declaration this sweeping more than a year before the first Iowa caucus was held. After Iowa, Kristol lurched to the other extreme, declaring that Clinton would lose New Hampshire and that “There will be no Clinton Restoration.” It’s also worth pointing out that this second wildly premature prediction was made in a Times column titled, “President Mike Huckabee?” The Times is currently rumored to be looking for his replacement.
Make sure and click through the C&L link to Foreign Policy and read the long version. After the jump, an abbreviated list of the other honorees.
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Larry Craig, not surprisingly, isn’t happy a Minnesota court rejected his attempt to withdraw the guilty plea in his airport bathroom sex case.
His statement: “I am extremely disappointed by the action of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. I disagree with their conclusion and remain steadfast in my belief that nothing criminal or improper occurred at the Minneapolis airport. I maintain my innocence, and currently my attorneys and I are reviewing the decision and looking into the possibility of appealing. I would like to thank all of those who have continued to support me and my family throughout this difficult time.”
I will be extremely disappointed if he doesn’t appeal. Way to keep it in the news Larry!
Remember Plymouth? Oldsmobile?
Those car brands disappeared mostly because they duplicated another
line’s models (in this case Dodge and Buick) by just changing the
badges. “Badge engineering” some called it.
Everyone seems to be salivating because Caroline Kennedy called David Patterson [sic] and is apparently interested in the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.
It’s a truly terrible idea.
Her leadership could have been really helpful when the rest of us
were trying to keep the progressive lights on and getting the stuffing
beaten out of us by a very well-financed right wing for the past eight
years. But when things were tough, she was nowhere to be found.
Two days ago I suggested that, should the South decide again to secede, we should let them go.
Somewhere, some commenter wrote that we should retain this or that
piece of Kentucky in our more perfect Union because it had bourbon or
bluegrass or something. And again I say, fuck no:
As an atheist and a Kentuckian, Edwin Hensley was rather
put off to learn that the God he has spent decades not believing
[in] had been put in charge of keeping the Bluegrass State safe from
Turns out a stealthy legislative move by a Baptist
preacher-turned-politician led to the passage of a 2006 bill requiring
the state’s Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge formally that
safety and security in the state “cannot be achieved apart from
reliance upon almighty God.” The language in the bill only
recently came to the public’s attention, leading Hensley and some
like-minded Kentuckians to file a lawsuit against the state.
Quick, somebody call Chertoff and tell him Kentucky doesn’t need any more Homeland Security money.
Louisiana GOP Senator David Vitter would have seemed
like a prime candidate for retirement this cycle. After all, he went
through a particularly nasty scandal last Summer when it was revealed
that he was on the D.C. Madam’s client list, a prostitute came forward
and said he’d been a client of hers back in Louisiana, and he confessed
to a “very serious sin.”
But not so — local Louisiana station KTBS reports
that Vitter has decided to run again! And considering the generally
Republican nature of Louisiana’s voters these days, he probably starts
out at the very least as the slight favorite to win, too.
Analysis and hooker/wife comparison after the jump.
A speeding truck rammed a woman’s sedan at over 100 MPH on a Texas freeway last Friday. Why? According to the Archangel Gabriel/ Michael E. Schwab, a resident of Blooming Grove, Texas, the woman “was not driving like a Christian.”
AIG, which said in a September filing that 130 managers will get “cash awards” to stay through 2009, isn’t providing enough information, said Cummings, a Maryland Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a letter to AIG dated yesterday.
And if you don’t think they’re going to steal it all, get a load of this:
THE TRAGEDY OF THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY:A Play in Three Acts
BIG THREE, a manufacturer of automobiles UAW, Big Three’s employee MITT ROMNEY, an idiot
BIG THREE: I have plans to build automobiles, but I need labor to do so! UAW: I will labor for you if you will pay me $40 per hour. BIG THREE: I will not pay you $40 per hour. UAW: But I need to save for my inevitible retirement, and any health concerns that may arise. BIG THREE: I will pay you $30 per hour, plus a generous pension of guaranteed payments and health care upon your retirement. UAW: Then I agree to work for you!