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Speaking of Morons, didn’t we all agree that this is what caused the problem in the FIRST PLACE???

(Reuters) – Two U.S. Democratic lawmakers want Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to relax recently tightened standards for mortgages on new condominiums, saying they could threaten the viability of some developments and slow the housing-market recovery, the Wall Street Journal said.

In a letter to the CEO’s of both companies, Representatives Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Anthony Weiner warned that a 70 percent sales threshold “may be too onerous” and could lead condo buyers to shun new developments, according to the paper.

Barney Frank was one of the ones that orchestrated this whole mess in the first place!  We had banks giving loans to people who could not afford the loans.

Now his rationale is different but the end result is still the same.

DAMN, will you schmucks stop messing with capitalism and the private sector already?

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Great Horny Toadies!  $100,000 to breed toads.  Sheesh, paying someone $100K to engage in bestiality?  Oops, no, toad husbandry… my bad.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Ecological Services Field Office, has regulatory authority for the recovery of the endangered Wyoming Toad (Bufo baxteri). The Wyoming Toad is endemic to the Laramie Basin of Wyoming.

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No, Wyoming Toads are not Horned Toads. Don't write to me about the differences. I took license for the sake of artistry.

One of the new needs, therefore, of the recovery program is the ability to breed sufficient numbers of healthy toads for release at release sites. The University of Wyoming Department of Zoology and Physiology Red Buttes Environmental Biology Laboratory, provides a world-renowned aquatic laboratory to help ensure the Wyoming toad recovery program meets this need. The result of such captive breeding is expected to benefit …

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Why should money be spent on something that ought to be expected anyway?  Let’s start paying murderers and rapists for every day they don’t victimize someone.  I should get paid for every day I drive to work and don’t speed.  Hey, we even ought to pay folks to raise their kids.  Oops, I guess they are doing that in California.

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I trust Buffet about as far as as I could throw him if I didn’t have an aversion to handling feces.

Contrary views are that the economy will only get rosy from here on out.

Me, I think we’re headed for double-digit inflation.

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Creativity runs rampant when it comes to budgeting, only political budgeting never starts with “How much do we have that we can responsibly spend?” or “What do we need and can we afford it?”   No, political budgeting starts with “Here’s what we want, get a ballpark cost on it and then we’ll raise taxes by whatever is required as we know more.”

House Democrats Have “Lots Of Potential Targets For Higher Taxes” To Pay For Government-Run Health Care. “House Democrats have lots of potential targets for higher taxes as they aim to expand health care coverage to reach the roughly 50 million that experts say are uninsured. Also under consideration are higher alcohol taxes, increases to the Medicare payroll tax and a value-added tax, a sort of national sales tax, of up to 1.5 percent or moreThe [other] tax options include: increasing the price of soda and other sugary drinks by 10 cents a can, applying a potential 2 percent income tax increase to single taxpayers earning more than $200,000 a year and households earning more than $250,000, a new employer payroll tax could target 3 percent of employers’ health care expenditures, taxing employer-provided health insurance benefits above certain levels … House Democrats planned to unveil a draft of their sweeping health care bill Friday … The draft, being released at a news conference … was not expected to mention the potentially unpopular tax options.” (Erica Werner, “House Eyes New Taxes As Senators Pare Health Bill,” The Associated Press, 6/19/09)

A “sort of national sales tax, of up to 1.5 percent or more”.  Well, that pretty much hedges the bets, doesn’t it?  I guess even if you do a 6% national sales tax it still is a true statement.

This is a cheap shot but raising the price of soda by 10¢ a bottle is… a regressive tax!  Yahoo!

NBC’s Chuck Todd: The honeymoon is coming to an end for President Obama, but it’s not personal. It’s professional, as now the public appears to be judging the president on some of his actions.” (NBC‘s “Nightly News,” 6/17/09)

They’re JUST NOW judging him on his actions?  Oh yeah, they’re in bed, all right.

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THAT’S the religion of peace I know so well!

Neda Soltan, Iranian innocent bystander, shot to death next to the car she had been riding in.  Bled to death on the street.

Why shot?  Because the peace-lovin’ religious leaders in Iran decided that people demanding some level of self-determination was a Bad Thing.  So they shot these criminals, these lovers of freedom and peace.

Her family scheduled a memorial service to be held in a mosque in northern Tehran, but the government forbade ceremony. She was buried quietly at Tehran’s Behesht Zahra cemetery on Sunday with only her family present, says Soona Samsami, executive director of the Women’s Freedom Forum, who has been relaying information about protests inside Iran to international media.

All mosques were given a direct order from the government barring them from holding any memorial services for Neda, and her family was threatened with grave consequences if anyone gathered to mourn her, said Samsami.

In all but the rarest of instances, look for religion to be used as a tool to control people.   I am not anti-religion.  I’m anti-humans-controlling-religion.

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Speaking of taxes, apparently her brain was fairly taxed just keeping her body breathing.stupid_is_as_stupid_does

A teenager who claimed 56 stars were tattooed on her face while she slept has admitted she lied and was awake the whole time.

London’s Daily Telegraph reported Kimberley Vlaminck, who said she fell asleep after asking for only three stars, lied because her father was “furious.”

“I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them,” Vlaminck told a Dutch TV crew. “But when my father saw them, he was furious. So I said I fell asleep and that the (he) had made a mistake.”

Let this be a lesson kids.  If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo on your face, think about what people will say.  Then get one of a naked lady.

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Boxer gets all the respect she deserves.  It was in the PatriotPost today.

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Here’s a rosy picture of California’s plight.

When you hear Gov. Schwarzenegger say something like this… it’s… not good.

Our wallet is empty.  Our bank is closed. And
our credit is dried up.  – Gov. Schwarzenegger

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Forget the subject of the posting title for a moment.  This is more important.  We think we have it bad at times.   Read on.

Girl, 10, Dies 7 Hours After Being Granted Dying Wish

Friday, June 19, 2009

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. —  Colby Curtin got her final wish.

The 10-year-old cancer patient was too sick to go to the theater to see the Disney-Pixar movie “Up,” so an employee of the studio flew to her house with a DVD copy — which she watched just seven hours before she died, her mother said.

While waiting for the movie to arrive on June 10, Colby’s mother, Lisa, said she asked her daughter: “Do you think you can hang on?”

“I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” she told The Orange County Register her daughter replied.

Colby was unable to open her eyes to see the movie so her mother described the scenes. After the movie ended, her mother asked if Colby enjoyed it. Her daughter nodded, Curtin said.

There is a girl I can respect.  Her folks should be proud.

Thanks go to Disney-Pixar.

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Here’s someone who I can’t dredge up even a micro-give-a-shite’s worth of will to even try to hunt for respect.

Sen. Boxer Offers No Apology for Rebuking Brigadier General Who Called Her ‘Ma’am’

Imagine Boxer actually doing something other than being a brass-balls bitch.

You can’t, can you?

Aside from a briefly worded statement about a “friendly” conversation she had with Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh after dressing him down for calling her “ma’am,” Boxer remained silent Friday in the face of growing calls for her to apologize.

“Senator Boxer spoke with General Walsh yesterday and he said he was fine with her comments at the hearing,” Boxer spokesman Zachary Coile said in a statement sent Friday to FOXNews.com.

Brig. Gen. Walsh didn’t get where he is today by badmouthing even a creep like Boxer when she deserves it.  He’s got more class in his tiniest fart than she has in her entire body.  He deserves more respect than he’s getting and certainly much more than she gets.

I lay odds that she’ll mouth something that could be taken as an apology but really is nothing of the sort within a week from today.  It’ll read something like “I have nothing but respect for our armed services and especially Brig. Gen. Walsh (some of my best friends are soldiers) and I am sorry if some people were offended.”

See?  That’s not an apology but a lot of people think that’s good enough.

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Fox News:  Report: Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Seacrest Spend Night Together

Wow!  Are you kidding me??

Who?

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Rhymes with “Witch”

Yes, Mrs. Boxer is a stitch, all right.

Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was testifying on the Louisiana coastal restoration process in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He began to answer one of Boxer’s questions with “ma’am” when Boxer immediately cut him off.

“You know, do me a favor,” a piqued Boxer said. “Could say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?'”

“Yes, ma’am,” Walsh interjected.

“It’s just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you,” she said.

“Yes, senator,” he responded.

Not sure why she has to engage in a pissing context but I guess that’s the nature of the course when working with Ms. Boxer.  It should be noted that “Sir” or “Ma’am” are perfectly acceptable signs of respect either in the military or out.  She’s probably one of those women I have run in to that gets pissed when you hold a door open for them.

I’m thinking she needs something more than whatever it is she’s getting.  I love the “Yes, ma’am”.  Score one for the General.

What he should have said was that the least she can do is call him  Brigadier General Walsh, since he worked so hard to get that title.  He could have done that, as she is NOT his boss.

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Supervisors suggest putting unemployed parents to work caring for their own children as part of proposed changes to CalWorks and other state government aid programs.

You know what?

That’s called “Welfare – The Endless Version”.

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The original post is below this update from the News of the Soul-Challenged files:

The family of a U.S. Marine is outraged after a Michigan amusement park insisted on charging the veteran admission to enter the park — despite his being a quadriplegic — according to a newspaper report.

Heather Lovell told the Grand Rapids Press that she had been at the park acting as a chaperone for a children’s group, and her fiance, Joshua Hoffman, was just meeting up with her there briefly before she took him to his stepbrother’s graduation.

But even after she explained that Hoffman had been paralyzed in 2007 by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq and is unable to speak, let alone go on rides, the park insisted both Hoffman and his nurse could not join her in the park without paying, Lovell told the Press

“It was really just outrageous,” she said. “He is not physically going on any rides.”

Michigan’s Adventure General Manager Camille Jourden-Mark said park policy requires even non-participants to pay the admission fee.

We just can’t be in a position of picking and choosing. We have grandparents (who pay admission) that come in our park every day that have no intention of ever going on a ride,” she told the Grand Rapids Press.

Jourden-Mark later offered the family complimentary passes for Hoffman and a guest, the Press reported. Lovell said she has not decided whether they will use the passes.

Cruel Wife remarked “Well, I had been thinking of trying them out.  Nothing like a bunch of negative publicity…”

In another article:

She noted the park offers one free admission with a paid admission for service members each Memorial Day. Jourden-Mark said park staff were unaware of Hoffman’s condition.

What?  Were the park staff blind as well as cretins?

Where the hell is the respect and gratitude owed to our veterans and servicemen?  If I were a restaurant owner, a lot of those guys would be getting a complimentary meal.  And yes, you can be in the business of picking and choosing when common sense is a valid consideration.

If you’d like to voice your opinion of Camille Jourden-Mark’s attitude, please feel free to contact Michigan’s Adventure.  Yes, they’ve already tried to backtrack and offer complimentary passes, but if your corporate atmosphere is such that you allow workers of this low of caliber, then it means the lesson needs to be driven home – and very hard.

Fair to say, I’m biased against anyone who feels a need to hyphenate their name, so the manager above… she’s already on my list of people to look askance at. Oh yes, apparently Michigan’s Adventure does pick and choose as there is no admission fee for toddlers 2 years and younger.  -LK

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Listening to the Diane Rhem Show on NPR (know thine enemy, I say).

Climate bedwetters show no signs of relenting – for the earth will heat up by 11C in the next 100 years.  Oceans will flood so as to make Noah’s Ark water levels look like a puddle.  Crops will fail.  Everyone will die of thirst.  Dogs and cats will cohabitate.  Copulate, even.  Horrors.

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Rhem had multiple guests – program synopsis and dramatis personae as follows:

Impact of Climate Change in the U.S.

A new White House report finds every region of the U.S. is experiencing disruptions from climate change. A discussion of how climate change may be already be affecting the nation’s water, transportation, eco-systems and human health.

Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, former chief of staff to President Clinton, and author of “The Power of Progress.”

Stephen Moore, is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board.

James Connaughton, Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Public and Environmental Policy for Constellation Energy. He was former chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Stephen Moore took exception to several key points made by one of the other guests (Holdren, I think) – (1) vast majority of scientists believe global warming is real, (2) there is a huge preponderance of irrefutable data proving global warming is real, and (3) presupposing that #2 is true, that there is a huge number of predominantly negative results of global warming.

At this point Diane Rhem cuts him off and supporting Holdren, by fiat declares that global warming is conclusive and says that she does not want a debate on her show.

So why would you invite a dissenting guest if you are not going to allow him to rebut what he views as misinformation?

Holdren (I think) then went on in a patronizing tone, stating that in any scientific body there will be deniers.

Moore was lucky enough to be able to protest the patronizing tone conveyed by the choice of the term “deniers”.  This is a thinly veiled ad hominem attack.  Since when should dissenting views be given the nuanced term “deniers”?  When one is on a biased program on a biased radio station and being lobbed softballs for an hour, of course.

For teensy-tiny smidgen of a miniscule bit of background:

“I happen to believe that global warming is the biggest scam of the last two decades.” – Stephen Moore

Later a good point is made – years ago the “scientific consensus” was that the earth was cooling and that this would have disastrous effects.  Now, we have a “scientific consensus” that the earth is warming and this will have disastrous effects.  Can you really have it both ways?

Sound off on any of this if you like…

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That sharp stabbing pain could be the poignancy of the whole affair.

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"A teenage girl is suing a tattoo artist for £8,500 after she allegedly asked him for three stars on her face..."

Sadly, she got a three of stars on her face.

She claims she fell asleep while he was doing his work… and awoke to ‘this nightmare’.

I have three tattoos.  I don’t know anyone who falls asleep during tats, sorry – at least not right below the eye like that and certainly not on the nose.

As co-worker Capricious Half-Breed remarked:   “And this year’s winner of the coveted ‘Dr. House Bedside Manner Award’ goes to…”

Jules Clocher, a Belgian psychologist, said: ‘The trauma this girl must be feeling is indescribable.  She feels like a circus freak – and no wonder, because she looks like one.’

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More stabbing pain stuff.  Britain’s new stab-proof knife.

It can never be a totally safe knife, but the idea is you can’t inflict a fatal wound,” [John Cornock] said. “Nobody could just grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone.”

Stab-Proof Knife

You.   Must.   Be.   Joking.   If it has a sharp edge on it, it is deadly.

What next?  Writing utensils for Britons like the one below?

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Never before have I seen such transparency.  Obama’s ability to stand by what he promises is breathtaking.

In a move that puts a cloud over transparency, White House officials are blocking access to the lists of the names of visitors to the White House.

The practice, carried over from the Bush administration, argues the public does not need to know who comes calling at the Executive Mansion, even for policy purposes.

Added in with the takeover of US businesses, the dictates on pay, the attack on free speech on the airwaves… the use of ABC News to do a personal infomercial controlled by Obama and his Administration (read: The State).   Awful close to Nazi days – get them browncoats a-movin’ and make sure you take away people’s guns while you’re at it, Big-O.

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Update #2:

Finally, an apology that was actually an apology.  Letterman has earned my respect.

“Thank you. So I would like to apologize, especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I’m sorry about it and I’ll try to do better in the future. Thank you very much.”

He actually spent time to work through it and then finished up with the apology.   But he said some good stuff along the way – it shows he has a soul.

“And then I was watching the Jim Lehrer ‘Newshour’ – this commentator, the columnist Mark Shields, was talking about how I had made this indefensible joke about the 14-year-old girl, and I thought, ‘Oh, boy, now I’m beginning to understand what the problem is here. It’s the perception rather than the intent.’ It doesn’t make any difference what my intent was, it’s the perception.

This is in sharp contrast to Cynthia McKinney, Al Sharpton, and Janet Napolitano.

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Update:

Not prophesized, but we could have predicted it.  Durbin essesntially engaged in insider trading.

As U.S. stock markets plummeted last September, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin, sold more than $115,000 worth of stocks and mutual-fund shares and used much of the money to invest in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The Illinois senator’s 2008 financial disclosure statement shows he sold mutual-fund shares worth $42,696 on Sept. 19, the day after then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged congressional leaders in a closed meeting to craft legislation to help financially troubled banks. The same day, he bought $43,562 worth of Berkshire Hathaway’s Class B stock, the disclosure shows.

Tsk tsk tsk.

Durbin was doing what a lot of other people were doing, taking a look at their savings” and seeing it “start to tank and trying to preserve some level of wealth by getting out of the market,” said his spokesman, Joe Shoemaker.

Sure, other people would do that, but simply put, he did it after gaining confidential closed-door session information from the Fed.

Whatever information Paulson gave lawmakers wasn’t secret or classified and was disclosed publicly the next day, Shoemaker said.

Practice law in kindergarden much, Shoemaker?  Nice rationalization.

Doesn’t matter.

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The Great Prophet Hansen and his acolytes predicted this as well.  Cooling has to happen before it gets warmer.  Or rather, because it is warmer it is cooler.

A chilly June.

Crops languish.

So… which will it be?

frozen_orangesugar-cane-fireA certain number of congress-critters who are allied with the UN are clamoring for change NOW – just as the government medical programs need to be addressed now so do the global warming issues.  Why?  Because without a majority that is filibuster-proof there is no way that conditions would be this favorable to pass unpopular laws.

Scrutiny is the death of all hysterical fanaticism.

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This will certainly be billed as “her finest hour”.

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Cambridge U. student after Suicide Bash.

Go read all about it.  Higher education works!

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