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Pff! That’s nothing like a convincing fake Harry Reid. Did they think we wouldn’t notice? Yeah. That was taken Sunday, when they thought they had the votes for a bailout.

I’ve decided to invoke the Sheehan rule: I declare myself to have absolute moral authority in this financial crisis. I lost $60K — and not in airy-fairy theoretical 401K dollars that only hurt at retirement time. Oh, no. Actually munnies sucked directly out of the weasely pocketbook at the point of sale.

And I say…errr…pass. No fucking idea, really. Substantial numbers on both sides of the aisle voted both for and against the plan, presumably for different reasons. So far, the preponderance of the people I trust say the bailout is horrible, but we have to do it anyway or businesses will begin to fail for lack of credit.

Okay. I guess.

But anything that makes that look blossom on Harry Reid’s sour mug gives me the shivering jimm-jamms.


Comment from porknbean
Time: September 30, 2008, 11:58 am

The bail-out is horrible and we shouldn’t do anything if it doesn’t include fixing and eliminating the political interference that brought us here – starting with cutting off ACORN, dismantling Frannie/Freddie, arresting Frank, Dodd, Raines, Johnson, Gorelick, and firing Paulson. Plus, it isn’t necessarily true that there is no credit. Two good articles with great points.

In Times of Crisis, Trust Capitalism

The Market is Rational, the Government is Dumb

IMO, government needs to get their decades long interfering noses out of where it doesn’t belong and let the market work.

Comment from Lemur King
Time: September 30, 2008, 12:15 pm

Fixing political interference?

WHAT? Change the status quo? In an election year? You make it hard for our elected reps to fix their tarnished handsome cowboys in white hats image. How are they going to show us masses how lucky we are to have them and their huge intellect, far above ours?

I lean towards helping only minimally and as you said, pnb, fix the code and get the govt the hell out of finances.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 30, 2008, 12:18 pm

Thanks for that, PnB. Though I didn’t get more than a few paragraphs in. I love money because it enables me to do so many interesting things. But money itself is dead boring to me. Probably because I have such a lousy head for figures.

Speaking of disturbing pictures, if this one doesn’t make you clench…


…you, Sir, are a homosexual. NTTAWWT.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 30, 2008, 12:33 pm

Okay, this is cool. I mean, cool for me. Pretty boring for you Americans. I’m posting the link so I don’t forget it.

WhereWeCanGo.com. You put in your postal code, and it returns a list of stuff happening in your area.

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Comment from Allen
Time: September 30, 2008, 12:54 pm

Well, that’s not exactly an Ersatz Harry. That’s an, “I’m Pulling off a Shady Vegas Real Estate Deal” Harry.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 30, 2008, 12:56 pm

I just had no idea his face could do that.

Comment from pajama momma
Time: September 30, 2008, 12:57 pm

Thing is, we can’t see where Reid’s hands are in that photo. I think I know why he’s smiling.

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 30, 2008, 12:59 pm

Will have to link up something Rush is reading now…something to do with if there is a lack of credit, it is because Wall Street has stalled it due to hoping and waiting for the bail-out. Why use their own money if they are promised someone elses? (nevermind that the market is moving and credit is being given)

On top of that, if the sky is falling, why did congress take a two day break? Hmmmmm?

In lieu of those tidbits….congress needs to back off, Bush, Pelosi, and Paulson need to STFU, and the market needs to be left alone to work it’s proven magic. People, in general, need to start living within their means.

F*ckers. It is all politics and too many on ‘our’ side are falling for it.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 30, 2008, 1:26 pm

Where’s .ro? Romania? I got a google.ro search for

“yo make my weasel blow” [sic].

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 30, 2008, 1:30 pm

Yep, it was all a freakin’ game to try and hang this unwanted bail-out around the republicans necks. Right after, the freak Pelosi and co. are out there pointing their nasty fingers at them and the media are playing their parts. They are trying every way they can, no matter what disaster happens in their wake….from defeat for our soldiers to tanking the markets…to grab power.

From spectator.org –

By The Prowler
Published 9/30/2008 12:50:21 AM
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered her Majority Whip, Jim Clyburn, to essentially not do his job in the runup to the vote on Monday for the negotiated Wall Street bailout plan, according to House Democrat leadership aides.

“Clyburn was not whipping the votes you would have expected him to, in part because he was uncomfortable doing it, in part because we didn’t want the push for votes to be successful,” says one leadership aide. “All we needed was enough to potentially get us over the finish line, but we wanted the Republicans to be the ones to do it. This was not going to be a Democrat-passed bill if the Speaker had anything to say about it.”

During the floor vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Democrat Conference chair Rahm Emanuel could be seen monitoring the vote on the floor, and gauging whether or not more Democrat votes were needed. Clyburn had expressed concerns, says the leadership aide, of being asked to press members of the Black and Hispanic caucuses on a bill he was certain those constituencies would not want passed.

“It worked out, because we didn’t have a dog in this fight. We negotiated. We gave the White House a bill. It was up to the Republicans to get the 100 plus votes they needed and they couldn’t do it,” said another Democrat leadership aide.

Emanuel, who served as a board member for Freddie Mac, one of the agencies that precipitated the economic crisis the nation now finds itself in, had no misgivings about taking a leadership role in tanking the bill. “He was cheerleading us along, mothering the votes,” says the aide. “We wanted enough to put the pressure on the Republicans and Congressman Emanuel was charged with making it close enough. He did a great job.”

Pelosi and her aides have made it clear they were not going to “whip” or twist the arms of members who did not want to vote, but they also made no effort to rally any support for a bill they attempted to hijack over the weekend.

Further, according to House Oversight Committee staff, Emanuel has received assurances from Pelosi that she will not allow what he termed a “witch hunt” to take place during the next Congressional session over the role Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played in the economic crisis.

Emanuel apparently is concerned the roles former Clinton Administration members may have played in the mortgage industry collapse could be politically — or worse, if the Department of Justice had its way, legally — treacherous for many.

Comment from Lemur King
Time: September 30, 2008, 1:41 pm

Bailouts on the right, global catastrophe on the left. Yet another smug statement from some knowest-better-than-us place in the UK.


Why, weas and uncle b. are there such extremes of drooling knuckle-draggers and savants in the UK? Are there any normal people there? Obviously you two fit in the “benevolent tipsy savant” category. 🙂

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 30, 2008, 1:48 pm

Weaz – .ro is Romania, as you surmised. However, I could find nothing on any weasel-blowing fetishes, and still nothing on the phrase, “Temptation: thy name is poop chute.” I am chagrined at my failure.

LK, we got our own knuckle-scrapers here in ‘Merica. I had a concrete truck driver here a month or two ago who assured me with a knowing wink and nod that it was the ni***rs and the Joooos that were the cause of all the problems. Them, and “Booosh”. I nodded profoundly, and felt filthy the rest of the day for implicitly agreeing.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 30, 2008, 2:06 pm

Oh, it’s complicated, LK, as you might imagine. I’m sure I’ll be writing a lot about it in the future. (If that’s the item from Drudge, BTW, the study was from the University of Surrey, which basically exists to be a hotbed of radical environmentalist assholery and bullshit).

There’s a huge regional component to the politics, for one thing. The North and the urban centers (of course) are Lefty. The South is much more Righty. What’s interesting about this is that the prosperity of the South funds the socialism and despair of the North.

And Scotland thinks it wants to break away! They’d starve.

BTW, there are are actually road signs on the highways that say The North. I crack up whenever I see that. When we go to see Uncle B’s mom (who lives in a very toney area North of London) and I’m like, “so, shall we visit The North?”

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 30, 2008, 2:07 pm

Rationing meat? Well, shit. And just as I’ve started eating the damn stuff again.

LK, we do have more than our fair share of lefty morons (mostly working for the BBC, the Guardian, the government or other institutions that can’t operate without taking other people’s money unfairly), but do remember that the Guardian is a nutty fringe rag with a tiny readership renowned for a) being staffed by student socialist types who’re a few notches up from illiterate, and b) being very, very biased (see: a)). It isn’t a fair representation of, well, anything at all, apart from maybe the last meeting of the Communist Party of Britain.

Mind you, I won’t try to sugar-coat it: we’re fully signed up to the ‘z0mg teh horid huminz r killing teh plantet!!1!LOL’ Anthropological Global Warming cult.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 30, 2008, 2:09 pm

Because I never understand anything until I see a pitcher, I drood a pitcher:


Looks pretty bipartisan, pro AND con.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 30, 2008, 2:10 pm

Oh, and not all of The North is lefty. There are a few pockets of correctness. I live near York which is both ‘up north’ and blue as fuck (blue being the equivalent of red in America).

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 30, 2008, 2:15 pm

I remain convinced, Gibby, that the people who came up with the red/blue terminology in the States (which is quite recent, btw) deliberately hung red on the Republicans because the other way ’round would be too close to the truth.

For this very reason, I have to stop and think whenever I read about red states or blue states.

Comment from Allen
Time: September 30, 2008, 2:37 pm

This expresses exactly how I feel about this whole Congress thing, A Great Buck Owens Hat The one on the right.

I think I’ll slide down the mountains this weekend into Okiefield and get one of those.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 30, 2008, 3:04 pm

Welcome back to the Dark Side, Gibby.

Bacon sandwich suit you? 😉

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 30, 2008, 3:09 pm

B, I’ve been eating a lot of bacon sarnies. A lot. What the hell was I thinking (by not eating meat)? God knows, but I’m all better now (and heavier).

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 30, 2008, 3:13 pm

L_K – what can I say? We certainly do have some repulsive morons here and in the MSM particularly.

Then again, we didn’t hatch either Pelosi or Albright 😉

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 30, 2008, 3:14 pm

It’s always the bacon what lures ’em back to the true path 🙂

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 30, 2008, 3:18 pm

Right. I did a stint of non meat-eating when I was a teenager too. It was the bacon which got me and dragged me back that time as well.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 30, 2008, 4:01 pm

Yo Stoatie. I thought it was the Pod-people who looked serious. I know it’s true, its the only worthwhile thing Donald Sutherland ever taught me…… 🙂

Comment from Lemur King
Time: September 30, 2008, 4:40 pm

Uncle B … D’oh!

Nice bipart’san pic Weas. It really illustrates to me how the politicians ought to just STFU and vote as their constituents want them to vote. I love free will, just not the complete form of it in my elected representatives.

I gotta believe that if they’d been doing that all along rather than get to DC and suddenly voting as a bloc of the elite (pinky-in-the-air champagne swillers, all) then we might not be nearly as screwed up as we are now. I swear, it’s like “Daddy’s away and he left the plastic, let’s play!”

I love this blog. Ask a rhetorical question and get a hellstorm of really well-thought out answers and slams that would never have occurred. Love it.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: September 30, 2008, 4:41 pm

Someone should send THIS to harry Reid..

Dear Wall Street,

Hi, this is the lobbyist for a group called The Taxpayers, Debtors, and Insured People of the United States. Now that we’ve rejected the first bailout plan, I’m sure that in the spirit of tough, free market capitalism, and spirited negotiations, you’ll consider our second offer. Here are some terms that I’m SURE you will find reasonable:

1) We are willing to loan you money at a very low, introductory rate of 8.9%. If you are even one nanosecond late on your payment, your rate will go from 8.9% to 32.9% instantly. You will have no right to appeal this. The interest rate increase will be retroactive. None of this “but I mailed it out Friday” nonsense. We must get it, and the check must clear, for your payment to count. A reminder: transactions that occur after 2pm are not credited until the next business day, so be sure to make your payments before then.

2) If you are late on any of your other payments to your other creditors, your rate will also be spiked to 32.9%. I know it has nothing to do with us, but if you are late paying someone else, then OBVIOUSLY you are a bigger credit risk to us.

3) We will send you onerous terms and conditions 148,000,000 pages long in 6 point font. Of course, those terms can change on a whim, at any time, so we’ll be sending you hourly updates to the contract, which we expect you to read and keep up with. Sorry, we will be the only ones that can amend the contract; you cannot.

4) You will have a predetermined credit line, and if you go over it by even $1, your interest rate will spike to 54.9%. Sorry, it’s in the contract on page 109,209,392.

5) The bankruptcy laws have now changed. If you get into a bind, I’m afraid you won’t find much sympathy; no more silly excuses will be accepted. We are going to have the titles to all of your buildings and physical assets put in our name, so when the inevitable time comes and you trip up, we’ll simply take everything from you. There will be no court hearing.

6) We’ll be conducting a background check, driving records check, drug test, and disease risk check of all of the top executives of your firm. After all, you’re a riskier loan if you have any of those afflictions, aren’t you? Well, if we find ANYTHING wrong, your interest rate will skyrocket, instantly, and without notice.

7) If your business is located in a “bad neighborhood”, or a “poor city”, or a “hurricane zone”, or “flood plane”, or “terrorist targeted city”, as defined by us, we can raise your interest rates at any time, to any rate we choose.

For the last quarter century or so, you’ve imposed these terms, or some variation of them on us, when loaning us money or insuring us… arguing every single time that it’s “necessary” and that these sorts of changes “will result in more profitable companies that will pass the savings along to consumers”. Well, now that we’re in the role of lender, and you’re in the role of borrower, we’re sure that you’ll find these same terms fair.

Wall Street, prove the cynics wrong and accept our new plan. Prove to everyone that you’re not the hypocrites that everyone thinks you are.

Best regards,


Offer not valid in all 50 states. Terms, conditions, and interest rates subject to change at any time without notice. Borrower subject to intrusive credit, background, education, and criminal checks before issuance of loan. Upon any dispute, arbitration will be decided by someone tilted to rule in favor of taxpayers, and not by any indepedant or otherwise objective authority.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 30, 2008, 8:36 pm

Damnit, Scubafreak – that is brilliant!

And yes, we in the UK wade up to our chins in that shit, too.

Comment from Randy Rager
Time: September 30, 2008, 9:29 pm

Damn, you noted Barry’s limpwristed light in the loafers swish fabulousness too.

Have you ever seen pictures of this guy sticking his hand out to shake?


If his wrist gets any limper his damned hand is going to fall off.

NTTAWWT, as you noted.

Comment from LemurKing
Time: September 30, 2008, 9:30 pm

Very slick, Scubafreak. Now how to get that bugger implemented…? I suppose we could do it the usual way, by fiat.

Comment from Allen
Time: September 30, 2008, 9:39 pm

LK, so now we’re going to give each of those nogoodniks a cheap Italian car? 🙂

Which group had that song with the lyric “burning down the house” The Cars maybe?

I definitely want to Blue Oyster Cult them, “Go, go, Godzilla…” Hey, that’s what we need Voterzilla rampaging through the Beltway.

Comment from LemurKing
Time: September 30, 2008, 10:31 pm

Gads no. I wouldn’t wish one of them on my worst enemy. Changed out an engine on one once. We could NOT get it to crank over, and then noticed in fine print, in Italian, upside down, backwards, and scrambled invisible ink: Piston 4 top dead center. Never again. It took us a good half a fifth of whiskey to discover that departure from convention.

Talking Heads man! Burning Down the House, Psycho Killer, Once in a Lifetime, The Overload… oh yeah.

You know, something about that pic of Reid has haunted me all damn day long. And then in a sudden random flash of insight:

You’d almost think he and Senator Craig “reached out across the aisle” in that grinning mugshot picture. It’s like an epiphany or an orgasm. Can’t tell which. Bowel movement, maybe?

Forgive me… I’m working 12 today and I’m hopped up on flexeril and benadryl. Two more hours to go… (hey, if Weas can beg off on booze, my pills ought to count)

Comment from Jill
Time: September 30, 2008, 10:47 pm

Had an uplifting chat with the DSB (Dear Sweet Boy)…he’s made friends with a Serbian CPA (oof) for to do his taxes. Serbian Lad (named Murka) basically said if our economy gets any worse, he’s going back to Serbia.

Said the Saudis bought a couple trillion in US Treasury Bonds a while back, as did the Chinese and Russians. Not sure if there’s any truth to any of this, but Murka said that this is what’s driving the oil prices: the Saudis are getting pissed and want to cash in their bonds. So, they’re upping the price of oil. And no wonder the US won’t do anything about the Chinese and their melamine contaminations, among other heinous things.

He said we’ve been playing a three card monty game with worthless paper and accounting since the early 80’s.

No wonder I have chronic heartburn.

Comment from LemurKing
Time: September 30, 2008, 11:05 pm

Jill, that wasn’t designed to make me feel good.

Got a happy-warm-fluffy-puppy image to scrub my brain with?

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 30, 2008, 11:16 pm

Let the Saudis get pissed. Maybe we should let bin Laden’s folks guard them. They owe us and the world a lot of ‘blood money’ due to their brand of Wahhabi head-choppiness.

Though…a couple of weeks back, OPEC had their meeting and discussed cutting supply to keep the prices high. All that money was very nice for their despotic inklings. The Saudis basically told them (Venezuela, Iran, etc.) to ‘eff off and walked out. Said they weren’t going to keep oil from their customers.
Don’t trust any of them as far as I could throw them.

As to the rest….trees, ropes, pols.

Comment from Jill
Time: September 30, 2008, 11:26 pm

Hey, don’t smack me…Murka said it.

LK, try this:

Comment from LemurKing
Time: September 30, 2008, 11:51 pm

Most peculiar… I’m unable to load that image.

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 30, 2008, 11:54 pm

Sorry Jill, I didn’t mean to sound like I was smacking you. I was smacking the Saudis, OPEC, meddling pols.

Trees and rope for each of them.

Comment from LemurKing
Time: October 1, 2008, 12:13 am

As long as they pay for the rope, pnb. No more free rides.

Smacking? I always pictured pnb as either the butterfly kisses or the avenger of blood type, not smacking – too middle-groundish. 🙂

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 1, 2008, 3:50 am

LK, heh. Speaking of saints, I didn’t realize until a few years ago, that the saint I chose as my confirmation name, was the patron saint of…….artillery. Weird how that choice fit.
Life is too short for gooey middles.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: October 1, 2008, 9:29 am

Huh. That there is a patron saint of artillery is probably the most interesting thing I’ll learn today. Thanks PnB!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 1, 2008, 10:22 am

The Catholics are very thorough, Enas. There’s already a patron saint of the internet, and artillery is WAY older than that.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 1, 2008, 11:19 am

Enas, here ya go–> army.mil/pao/pabarbar.htm

She is also patron saint of…

.Architects .Builders .Carpenters .Firefighters .Masons.Miners .Construction & Electrical Workers .Mathematicians .Artillerymen .Geologists .Military Engineers .Tilers .Brassworkers .Brewers .Syria

Invoked against .Lightening .Fire .Sudden Death .Impenitence


Comment from Jill
Time: October 1, 2008, 1:20 pm

Round these parts, we Catlicks refer to Saint Bruno as the Patron Saint of Studio Wrestling.


Comment from Lemur King
Time: October 1, 2008, 1:31 pm

pnb… you gotta be kidding me. The INTERNET?

If you was a firefighter once do you keep your patron saint years later or what?

“Catlicks” is a new one on me. I’d laugh but I don’t want to piss anyone off. Religion is off-limits for me. Unless it’s really weird. REALLY weird. Like Rooster Worship.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 1, 2008, 7:26 pm

I don’t know about the internet, but another place said she was for prisoners too, seeing as how her dear old dad confined her to a tower.

They made her a saint for things that go BOOM because after her dad had her tortured and beheaded, someone from above lobbed a lightening bolt up his ass.

She looks out for folks in those professions above. You can chose whatever saint you relate to or ‘speaks’ to you.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 1, 2008, 7:58 pm

Wasn’t there another king (a nebula boy, so they say) that got a red-hot poker shoved where the sun never shined? Who’s his saint?

Ya see – the whole world and all of recorded history can – in the final analysis – be reduced to incidents involving poop chutes. But no one believes me.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 1, 2008, 8:04 pm

I don’t think Barney Frank is going to get a saint where he is going…unless it is one of those transi dudes with huge fake eyelashes, wearing a habit or a hospital named after a saint, to treat one of many STDs.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 1, 2008, 8:10 pm

Edward II, I think. Red hot poker up the bum, because God hates it when you spill the blood of a king.

From drunken memory at this time of night…

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 1, 2008, 8:35 pm

That sounds right, Stoaty. His own guards did him in – yes? Damn.

Barney Frank makes my skin crawl – and my skin doesn’t normally crawl. Yecchh, that man disgusts me.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 1, 2008, 9:06 pm

You know there’s a musical/comedy act here in the UK called Edward The Second and the Red Hot Polkas?

I’m afraid it’s true 🙂

Comment from LemurKing
Time: October 2, 2008, 1:09 am

But no one believes me.

Don’t you think that there might be downsides to people believing you all the time? It could get you arrested, for one. Slapped silly in my case.

The idea of reductio ad absurdum leading to poop chutes is something best not left to mankind. It’s too powerful of a concept and I need to go to bed because I ain’t making sense. Not that I did before. G’night.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 2, 2008, 3:28 am

Damn. I’m up with a pain-in-ass elbow and no one’s out on the playground. Yes, we have no opiates or this would not be happening.

…And, once again, the situation reduces to rectal imagery. Why isn’t that “pain-in-the-eyelid”?

But you’re right, LK, being believed all the time (not that that has been a problem for me) would suck. Where’s the fun in that? The truth is overrated. On the other hand, if telling the truth was easy all the time, it wouldn’t be valued nearly as much.

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