The Buzzcocks were the band that first really merged punk music into the mainstream pop (as this song demonstrates). It didn't stop them from having the same strife that most punk bands I grew up with had, but hell, at least it was music I could play loudly at home with the 'rents in the next room.
Friday, October 10, 2008
1) The soft bigotry of low expectations. Why did I know McCain would be this desperate?
2) You keep playing that one note on the kazoo, Johnny! You'll fall so far behind, I anticipate that by October 19, you'll have Sarah Palin doing interviews topless on Howard Stern.
3) Between Uncle Ted's pickle and Troopergate, this will be a bad day in Palinville.
4) Sarah probably understands now how Bristol felt just before the little dot turned blue.
5) If you are still on the fence about McCain and Obama, and few of you here are, or if you have friends who are still struggling to make sense of it all, Consumer Reports has a great article contrasting their health care plans.
6) Sorry. As a Finn, I have to crow a little. I figure he enforced the peace by threatening to feed them lutefish.
7) "So...what are you wearing, comrade?"
8) Term limits was, and is, a stupid concept. Period. End of discussion.
9) Oh CANADA! Apparently, conservatives all around the world can't keep their peckers in their pants!
10) Listen, the world may seem like it's crumbling, the government may be totally unresponsive to your needs, and even the dolphins may have had enough, please, just...
Thursday, October 09, 2008
WASHINGTON — Having tried without success to unlock frozen credit markets, the Treasury Department is considering taking ownership stakes in many United States banks to try to restore confidence in the financial system, according to government officials.
Treasury officials say the just-passed $700 billion bailout bill gives them the authority to inject cash directly into banks that request it. Such a move would quickly strengthen banks' balance sheets and, officials hope, persuade them to resume lending. In return, the law gives the Treasury the right to take ownership positions in banks, including healthy ones.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
But words can have more serious consequences than lost votes and we've already had a glimpse of the Palin effect.
Dana Milbank of The Washington Post reported that media representatives in Clearwater were greeted with taunts, thunder sticks and profanity. One Palin supporter shouted an epithet at an African-American soundman and said, "Sit down, boy."
McCain may want to call off his pit bull before this war escalates.
A trillion dollars divvied up amongst 330 million Americans works out to around $3,000 per person. If you're late on your mortgage, that could go a long way to helping you catch up. If you don't have a mortgage or credit card bills, you'd probably end up spending it on something nice (yea, a percent or two of you would end up saving it, but even that's OK, since it would put money back into the capital markets). $3,000 would buy a couple of nice meals for a rich person. Indeed, they'd be the most likely to spend it outright.
And flip the pyramid that's been in place for generations now. FDR had it right, and it seems to have toppled and flipped over as a succession of Republican presidents have weighted the money in the apex and pushed it over.