Debt ceiling scare tactics

Lots of people – including “leading” economists – are freaking out about the debt ceiling. Saying things like we won’t be able to pay our bills, and that we’ve already agreed to the spending, and the US government will default on the debt, etc. Is it true? Or just a scare tactic so they can […]

List of Obama’s Executive Actions on Gun Control

I looked around a few days ago when Obama announced his “Executive Actions” on the subject of gun violence, but I didn’t see anything comprehensive at the time.  Of course the media also widely reported them- incorrectly – as “Executive Orders”, which they are not. I happened to stumble across the complete list earlier tonight, […]

Journal News employees names and addresses

Remember that newspaper story that listed all the people with gun permits in a three county area north of NYC? They got all kinds of publicity about it (so I’m not linking to the story here) and they said they were right to publish the the info because it’s a matter of public record. Hey […]

Worst president in my lifetime

This was a post I did on Facebook back in July on Bush I’s birthday. I decided it needed some  updating because I really hadn’t thought about all the factors that should go into deciding the title of worst president. Dumbass Dubya has a lock on the #1 slot, but there can be some legitimate […]

Fiscal Insanity

Ran across this post in today’s Daily Reckoning. Those of you who like to think we can go on printing money without consequences should read – not just this article, but basically everything they publish.  I wouldn’t call it “doomsday” stuff, but predicting financial collapse for those who think money can be summoned into existence […]

Krugman’s Fantasy World

This is what passes for great thinking these days.  In this article in the Guardian, Paul Krugman essentially says “Hey, we’re all broke and deep in debt. What should we do?” He answers by saying (again, I’m paraphrasing) “Print more money and spend it! Give it away! Go ahead, it won’t hurt a thing! Free […]

Rombama? Robama? Obamney?

Rombama? Robama? Obamney?  I don’t know what name will ultimately be used for this seemingly inevitable putridity of a choice, but it will suck.  Because there is no real choice between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Except for a few of the “I’m more Christian than Christ” stupidities that all Republicans evidently have to parrot, […]

Do as I say, not as I do.

So it looks like the government has gotten concessions out of private banks in regards to outstanding mortgage balances. According to USA Today  the settlement requires the five leading mortgage servicers to forgive at least $10 billion in principal that homeowners owe on mortgages. That will help underwater borrowers who owe more on their mortgages […]

Romney edges closer to batshit crazy

The Republicans have certainly had their share of experience with candidates dropping off the deep end into “batshit crazy” territory. Exhibit A was Bachmann, then Perry, then Gingrich – and Santorum has always been borderline lunatic – but for all his faults Romney at least seemed sane. He must be getting desperate to connect to […]

Another Mitt Romney Flip-Flop

Gail Collins had a good piece i the NY Times the other day, titled The Bad News is Good News about another Romney flip-flop.  Last week Romney said: “The idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a woman, husband and wife, I’m not going there.” Except […]