TARP accountability? None, apparently.
According to this morning’s news, banks are refusing to reveal what’s being done with the money that was provided under the $350B (so far) TARP bailout money. “We’ve lent some of it. We’ve not lent some of it. We’ve not given any accounting of, ‘Here’s how we’re doing it,’” said Thomas Kelly, a spokesman for JPMorgan Chase, which received $25 billion in emergency bailout money. | Read More »
Separated at birth?
You be the judge. (ht: multiple)
White House calls a timeout on the auto bailout
Looks like taking money from the TARP fund to support an auto bailout isn’t as much of a slam-dunk as it appeared yesterday. It’s being reported this evening that the WH isn’t quite ready to pull the trigger on a bailout. From Reuters: President George W. Bush said on Monday an announcement on a auto industry rescue was not imminent, leaving the industry’s fate clouded | Read More »
A most gracious man
All too rarely we see examples of people whose love and grace shine above what we normally see in the world. This week we saw one of those. On Monday, December 8th, a Marine F/A-18D fighter experienced a power failure on approach to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. The pilot ejected, and his plane crashed in a nearby neighborhood, destroying a home and | Read More »
Is this one of those strange Middle Eastern customs?
So President Bush is in Iraq today, and during a press conference he was apparently assaulted by a reporter who threw his shoes at the President. Something tells me that the Secret Service might have responded a wee bit more “assertively” had that happened with an American reporter here in the USA. P.S. I’m not as big of a smart-aleck as some of my co-contributors, | Read More »
Where’s MY bailout money??
From the Law of Unintended Consequences Show, Episode 1,245,853. There are those out there who apparently are willing to welsh on their mortgages in order to get on the US government handout gravy train. What a surprise! Did we not see this coming ahead of time? Oh, and if you answered “no” to that semi-rhetorical question, hearken back to this gem from before the election: | Read More »
‘Tis the season…
…to demonize people of faith…especially Christians. Let’s take a look at some of this week’s hits: Kathleen Parker – again Not satisfied with angering Christian conservatives the first time, Kathleen Parker comes back for another helping. She received so much attention for her previous cutesy use of “oogedy-boogedy” that she thought she’d milk it for another column. So, just to make her feel better, I’ll | Read More »
Will she be the second coming of Hillary or Jackie?
There is a minor little skirmish going on in feminist-land over the quasi-revelation that Michelle Obama will be spending more time raising her kids than in trying to be the Assistant President. It seems the fems are looking more for a Hillary activist-type than a Jacqueline Kennedy-style Cosmo fashion plate & stay-at-home mom. For right now, Mrs. Obama appears to be headed down the mommy | Read More »
Conservatives put Obama over the top?
This article is intriguing, even though I’m not sure I really believe it in total. But he makes a couple of interesting observations: Most conservatives did show up on Election Day, but a significant number voted Democrat. Mr. Obama picked up one-third more conservative voters than Sen. John Kerry, at 20 percent. Self-identified conservatives in exit polling comprised 34 percent of voters in both 2004 | Read More »
“The Left owns the Internet”
A number of interesting observations have percolated throughout the Interweb in the aftermath of the 2008 election – arguments about the “youth vote”, the “center-right versus center-left,” pushing aside social conservative issues, etc. But one of the most thought-provoking topics receiving attention is the issue of the presence (or lack thereof) of the Right in the online “Web 2.0″ universe. As a technology geek by | Read More »
“With God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”
Happy Thanksgiving from the bs family! To commemorate Thanksgiving, I give you the greatest TV scene ever produced. WKRP in Cincinnati: Thanksgiving Turkey Bomb! @ Yahoo! Video
Hostis Humani Generis
As they say in the Clint Eastwood movie, Hang ‘em. Hang ‘em high. I continued to be stunned by the obsession with the rights of the Somali pirates – these “enemies of the human race” (hostis humani generis). They are entitled to a a fair trial, followed by a first class hanging (bonus points if you recognize that movie line).
Now we get liberalism “until it comes out of our nostrils”
Using analogies is always risky, as they often fall apart under scrutiny. But in this case, I’ll take the risk. And it’s Sunday, so the Biblical reference is apropos. In the Old Testament, Moses wrote of the trials of the Israelites as they wandered the desert during their forty years of exile. During this period, the LORD provided the Israelites with manna (“manna from heaven”) | Read More »
“How to Deal With Pirates”
I wrote last week on the problem of the Somali pirates. Michael B. Oren, via the WSJ, has done an excellent job of documenting the history of the pirate problem in the Jeffersonian period and how we dealt with it then…and how that applies to today’s situation. Read it here.
Pew: How the News Media Covered Religion in the General Election
I’ve been a broken record on this one: there was very little attention paid to socon issues, especially religious ones, during the 2008 election season. And Pew backs me up (well, not personally, but you get the idea) in this great article. They say it best here: The “culture war” issues that have been prominent in past elections, such as abortion and gay marriage, received | Read More »
It’s time for Kathleen Parker to retire
I can endure a lot. And with Kathleen Parker, I have. The Left’s pet quasi-Republican is at it again. Her criticisms of Sarah Palin during the campaign were bad enough. But now she joins the chorus of those aching to throw social conservatives under the bus. Oh, but it’s not just socons – it’s Christian socons in particular. Her latest screed is particularly offensive. It | Read More »
Better unplug the broadband, kids
This is different. Paranoid much?
This ain’t “Pirates of the Carribean”
In the movies, pirates are a lot more fun. Now, this is serious. In the last 24 hours in the waters off Somalia, two more merchant vessels were captured by Somali “pirates.” These tinhorn twerps in their “pirate ships” (which come closer to resembling recycled tinfoil than actual boats) have somehow been able to overpower numerous large cargo ships, one of which is a oil | Read More »
It appears that Missouri will remain a Red State in the 2008 election. Not all of the provisional ballots have been counted yet, but McCain remains ahead by approximately 5000 votes and it would take a big turnaround for MO to go to Obama. This is a rather big deal, as MO has been a bellweather state for decades, only missing the winner twice since | Read More »