Ask your doctor if Spenditol is right for you:
A major web security FAIL: “Seriously, this is kindergarten level stuff. Really, really stupid.”
I think they did the right thing, in more ways than one. You don’t want to get in the PR mess that would result from fighting the Navy over the right to exploit the SEAL’s commercially…
The Guardian: How Wachovia Bank laundered billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels. And the slap on the wrist that resulted from their getting caught.
UPDATE: WSJ: Dozens found in mass grave in Mexico.
FCC Fines TV Stations for Fake News Reports: “Two network affiliates must each pay a $4,000 fine for failing to identify the sources behind news segments they broadcast that featured company-produced video news releases.”
This must be the latest iteration of ‘Fake But Accurate’. Thanks, Dan Rather…
UPDATED: Related: Shake-up at CBS News: Katie Couric out?
I’m not sure that class envy is any more widespread today than it’s ever been, but I suppose that – because of the internet – it’s simply for visible than in the past.
Who cares what people think? Succeed and achieve (unless you are choosing to Go Galt, which is a perfectly legitimate choice in today’s America)…
UPDATE: Michael Moore – who is no stranger to personal wealth – manages to hate on the wealthy and evince his profound ignorance of economics with just a few sentences.
It’s not that the Left doesn’t sympathize with their views. It’s that they don’t give money to Leftie groups. If the Kochs spent like Soros, you would never hear the Left bitching about them…
UPDATE: Ed Driscoll links with related content (Thanks!): The Walker prank caller makes CNN swoon? That’s because he hasn’t exposed ACORN or Planned Parenthood I suppose…
Advantage: Homeowner: “They still had not responded to his letters or agreed to fix his premiums, as required by law. So he filed for a sheriff’s levy. This directs the sheriff to seize and sell the debtor’s property to pay up. In this case, it was the local branch office of Wells Fargo mortgage, the ones who had been ignoring him all these years.”
MPAA to universities: curb piracy or lose federal funding.
Not exactly a vote of confidence: Chinese bond agency cuts U.S. debt rating.
It’s not pretty…
No? Well, you don’t have to! Because Obama is sending your tax money to “stimulate” the economy of the Palestinian Territories, to the tune of $400 million.
…and it’s drowning in debt.
The new Death and Taxes poster is here!
I am trying to spread an ethos of DIY government oversight and general budget awareness…The issue is so complicated and overwhelming, that people just think of it as a black hole…But it doesn’t have to be like that. With a little knowledge we can be as savvy with your personal expenses as we are with our government expenses.
There should be one of those 6 sq. ft. posters on display somewhere in the Capitol’s rotunda; but I have the feeling most members of Congress would just shrug it off…
All too easy…
While giving a speech on job creation at a battery factory in North Carolina today, Obama stated that “we are beginning to turn the corner” touting new, lower, unemployment figures just released by the Labor Department.
One can’t help but to recall the “beginning of the end” language President Obama used with similar optimism last year, once in July – while defending his Stimu-pork Plan – and in February when he signed the same plan into law.
If this is starting to sound like Obama repeating himself over and over again, it’s because the economic picture remains largely unchanged from last year, the President’s optimism notwithstanding:
While the jobs report does indicate that 162,000 net jobs were created in March, almost 50,000 of those jobs were temporary government Census jobs that do not reflect any real economic progress. In total, the U.S. economy has now lost a total of 3.8 million jobs since President Barack Obama signed his $862 billion stimulus plan. We are 8.1 million jobs short of the 138.6 million he promised the American people.
The truth is that the Obama economy is beyond the point where it can be spinned by the media or the White House into anything positive. And POTUS must be quite the cynic to attempt to conjure optimism out of an insignificant decrease in unemployment, given that the healthcare bill he and congressional Dems pushed for so relentlessly is already painting a less than rosy private sector jobs picture.
UPDATE: Related: Right (Left?) into the Carter Zone (with apologies to Kenny Loggins). Thanks for the link, Ed!
MORE: Prof. Douglas on the make-work census scheme and the unemployment rate.
ANOTHER ONE: Video and text of Obama’s speech at SisterToldjah.
According to the report, those thousands of new IRS employees that the bill provides for won’t have a whole lot to do. The bill didn’t give them the power to collect or enforce anything. Talk about make-work programs.
Lucky for the GOP, not a single one of them voted for the bill. Now a vote for Obamacare was not just a vote for tyranny, but a vote for looking stupid.
Quinn Hillyer: Why Revenge Is Necessary:
Every member of Congress who is not a liberal ideologue or from a wildly leftist district who voted for Obamacare on Sunday should be haunted and hounded by and for their vote for as long as they draw breath upon this good Earth. And the same is true for every liberal ideologue who actively crafted and pushed the corrupt and unrepublican (small “r”) procedures and flagrant lies that were used to cram Obamacare up our gullets from the nether end of our common polity.
As I’ve said before, Tea is better served cold.
Also at the link, a catalog of Obama’s broken promises and lies in regards to health care reform.
Sounds like California, where our government is releasing state prisoners to save money, instead of saving elsewhere…
We should call such state governments “Nero” regimes. They play their citizens like violins while their cities burn, in this case literally. But they are also building up proto-Greek societies.
A great round-up on the latest, from Amy Kane: Obamacare and White Coat Hypertension.
No, I’m not talking about Canada’s Olympic hockey victory over the U.S. last night. I’m talking banking. Did you know not a single Canadian bank has failed in the midst of the current economic crisis?
The American: “Canada’s banks are generally ranked as the safest and soundest in the world, and their non-politicized banking system could provide a model for banking reform in the United States.”
“Politicized” is the key term here.
Sign the petition so we can get this initiative on the ballot, or California will make Greece look like a walk in the park…
Whose side are Democrats on? As they say in the entertainment business: “Who writes this stuff?”
Makes you wonder about the statement Obama made when he signed the “Stimulus” into law.
And then they get sensitive about people questioning their patriotism. Sheesh…
And they tell us our markets need more regulation. Maybe we just need the regulators to do their jobs.
A slideshow at Fast Company.
KrebsOnSecurity: ATM Skimmer, Part II.
But God forbid Blackwater or Halliburton have the slightest contact with the federal government. Then it’s a conspiracy worthy of Congressional investigations and a million picket signs at anti-war rallies. This? Not so much.
UPDATE: Dan Riehl links! Thanks.
MORE: Wrong link! Just fixed it. Apologies!
Thanks to reader AubreyD for alerting me!
KrebsOnSecurity: Would you have spotted the fraud?
ATM skimmers sure are getting more and more sophisticated…
Village Voice publisher affiliate loses $15.9 million judgment for ad price-fixing predatory ad pricing. May have to file for bankruptcy.
From the people who bring you the Village Voice: Price-fixing Predatory pricing. One of the nastiest “capitalist pig” moves in which a business can engage.
Via THR, Esq.
UPDATE: Ed Driscoll links with related content. Thanks!
MORE: Corrected from an original story on Bloomberg.com that Village Voice lawyers now dispute. “Predatory pricing” sounds worse than “price fixing”, but the facts are the facts…(thanks to Prof. Douglas of AmericanPower for the tip).
ANOTHER: Insta-lanche! Thanks for the link, Professor Reynolds!
It’s Bush’s fault! the PC’s fault! Peter Orszag blames old computers for ineffective government.
From the comments: “Ah, nobody in washington ever heard the ancient Chinese adage – Garbage In, Garbage Out.”
Convenient, especially now that all those phantom zip codes receiving stimulus money and similar shenanigans are coming to the surface.
UPDATE: Professor Reynolds on why it can’t possibly be the equipment.
The Supremes are so not ready for some football.
Reason: How public servants became our masters: “Exempting themselves from traffic laws in the name of a threat that no longer exists is bad enough, but what government workers do to the rest of us on a daily basis makes ticket dodging look like child’s play.”
Sad, but true – especially here in California. It’s a long piece at the link, but give it a read.
Then take the Galt exit and turn right! And fight your way back to limited government…
Related: John Romano’s very own petition initiative to limit California public employee pensions. Still under review by the California AG.
Charles Gasparino: How Obama’s routing the recovery.
But owners of small businesses — the usual engines of economic growth — are still refusing to hire back workers as they normally do when the economy turns up from a sharp decline.
Talk to them, and they’ll gladly tell you why: Having weathered the recession, they now fear the administration will choke off the nascent recovery and increase their costs through higher taxes to pay for the myriad of programs President Obama has in store for us, including the hyperexpensive health-care overhaul.