July 28, 2010

Glenn Beck's Goldline scam

Infographic by The Big Picture

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Medical Breakthroughs!

There is hope for the English and, apparently, for those who'd like to never quit smoking. Or sitting in a tanning bed.

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July 26, 2010

No, no... your stupid project is DEAD

There are few things that amuse me quite as much as a completely delusional developer. Apparently, that's exactly who is developing 1155 Barton Springs. The project recently filed for bankruptcy which was, frankly, inevitable given the following description of the property location and pricing...

...4-story, 27 unit development on Barton Springs just east of Lamar adjacent to the train tracks, McDonalds, and Peter Pan Mini Golf. With pricing starting at $1,000,000, our original reaction was that "the project is a very odd combination of location and pricing that suggests a lack of experience in residential development."

The bolded section is, honestly, first rate comedy and completely spot on (I'd seriously like to offer my compliments to the author of the line for their brilliant subtlety). Yes, STARTING at $1,000,000. This project was as sure a sign of a top as that idiotic project at the corner of Riverside and the 35 frontage that was being priced starting at $750k. What kind of fucking waste of goddamn skin moron builds a project full of (asking price) $1m - $6m condo next to a fucking McDonalds? Apparently, one that's completely fuckall insanse...

Despite the setback, PPT Development LP principal Steffen Waltz said the $40 million development called 1155 Barton Springs is merely in hibernation, not dead."

Not for nothing, Steffen, but you're not going to get anyone to finance you. Period. You might as well have filed for dissolution because I don't think anyone's going to give you DIP to work through the 11, even with the super senior claim. So, you're toast. Don't feel bad, this is probably your first project and you can chalk it up to a learning experience. Granted, you could have found a cheaper way to gain knowledge, but at least now you know... don't buy at the fucking top. One other thing... your dream of those obnoxious sales prices ain't gonna happen. If you want to salvage, see below and restructure for more affordable units.

For all you other budding developers, make nice with a REALLY good LO (not some dipshit at one of the retail banks) and LISTEN to what they have to say. They know far more than you think and can be especially helpful to those of you involved in conversion projects that fucked up the FHA approval. And, for the love of all that's holy, don't develop an attitude or use the phrase 'I've never been through a transaction like this'. That just makes me want to put my foot up your stupid ass (and those of you who know me know that's what I'll do)... or decline the transaction and leave you to the tender mercies of BAC or WFC. And finally, ASK someone for advice BEFORE you decide to write a proposal based (not to mention, before you actually break ground) on sales of residential units in a non-warrantable property.

In other news from AustinTowers, there appears to be some positive news regarding condo sales downtown. The May YoY results show an increase in sales volume from 11 units in May 09 to 24 units in May 10. The average sales price was around $259k and the average days on market was 118, skewed in part by two units with a greater than one year time on the market. This is interesting because it tells us a couple of things...

1) The weak hands have shaken out. The only owners left are those holding on like grim death... they'll never let them go for a price they don't like and they have bloated credit cards and depleted investment accounts to prove they have the stones to stay in the game.
2) The average sales price indicates that the sweet spot in the downtown market is under $300k, significantly below the average in 2007-08 and very clearly shows the effects of new underwriting criteria.
3) The lower price point and the stability of it indicates long term buyers and a washout (finally) of the speculators.
4) This doesn't bode well for luxury developers, but it looks EXTRAORDINARILY strong for developers looking to bring in more affordable units. 2-3/1-2 units coming in under $300k will sell very fast and very close to ask.

With this data, I think I'm ready to call a bottom in the downtown market. While it will be a few more months before the MI companies pick up on it, it seems pretty clear that downtown has stabilized and is no longer in decline. Now, that should continue as long as it remains difficult for asshats who want to build projects near fast food restaurants to obtain construction financing.

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July 23, 2010

Whiney McWhinerson

Looks like the information we got last week about Sleazy Staples trying to recast for the role of a lifetime, that of Whiney McWhinerson, was spot on.

The DMN did this piece about how nasty the race for Ag Commissioner has become. Staples, through his minions since he's too much of a chickenshit to talk to a reporter, apparently thinks this is all just really too mean...

"I've been dong this for almost 30 years, and I've never seen a campaign as libelous and slanderous," said Bryan Eppstein, Staples' campaign consultant.

Really, Bryan? You sure you want to go there? After all, Staples, BEFORE THE PRIMARY ELECTION (it was in February in Tyler, wasn't it Bryan?), was shoveling dirt on Hank. What Staples didn't anticipate was that Hank's a man and owns his past, mistakes and all. Including one bad check from 10 years ago. BTW, Bryan, HALF THE STATE HAS A BOUNCED CHECK AT SOME POINT IN THE PAST YEARS. Mistakes like that are THE reason banks offer overdraft protection. So, not for nothing, but are you sure you want to piss up the leg of half the electorate?

Staples has also been upset about Hank's pointing out that he spent campaign funds on a personal vehicle, which all available evidence points to. Staples says there was a campaign car and the one he bought for himself which he currently drives. So far, we only have proof of the campaign car. If there isn't documentation on a second car, why is Staples lying about it? And why spend so much time talking about how you've been personally maligned when, so far, no one has mentioned your giant freak head, effeminate manner or, in general, goofiness? The public isn't going to feel sorry for Staples, he's just not a sympathetic character.

If anything, I'm kinda disappointed Hank isn't getting personal with Staples.

Hank, instead, has yet to say anything about Staples personal life or even his past business dealings. Yet Staples is squealing about every traffic ticket Hank's received. Hank is sticking, perfectly, to limiting his criticism to Staples professionally, all of which is valid even if Sleazy Staples might be a little peeved about being taken to task for his failure. All Staples has done is run from his responsibilities as Commissioner, and throw others under the bus. Like an inspector (and TDH) in the case of the Plainview peanut disaster.

So that was early in the week... then there was ANOTHER very well researched piece on Connected Nation, Sleazy Staples effort to give the telecom industry a handjob with taxpayer money. Here's the money shot...

"It's a scandal, a total scandal," said Art Brodsky, communications director of Public Knowledge, a public interest group that follows digital culture. A longtime critic of Connected Nation, Brodsky has tracked the nonprofit since Kentucky officials accused it of overestimating broadband availability several years ago. The agency that grew into Connection Nation started there in 2001.

Brodsky said nondisclosure agreements make it difficult to see who really benefits from the mapping process.

PD has more here.

The truly ironic thing about Staples and his blistering incompetence is that he's, accidentally, stumbled upon the plan of national Republicans to make it appear that government simply can't function. The only problem, for Staples, is that government can't really function because he's too much of a mook to make it work. There are some amazing people at TDA who are competent and capable. Staples, clearly, is the one holding them back and making us less safe on a daily basis.

Think about that the next time you bite into a burger.

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July 21, 2010

Judd Gregg and the triumpth of the stupid

Yes, there's hope for stupid people... they can rise up to run for and win election to the US Senate. Just look at Judd Gregg. As proof of his stupidity, I'd like to offer his 'rhetorical' question to Fed Chair Bernanke regarding why businesses aren't hiring. He thinks it's all because of some vague uncertainty out of DC coupled with a lack of tax incentives.


I run a company that makes plastic bears. I sell 100 of them per year at $1 per piece. I have four employees who cost me (remember, these aren't real numbers, this is a simplified example to illustrate the point) $10 per year, each. My other overhead is about $40 which gives me a gross profit of $20 per year. My company, because of the ridiculous US corporate tax laws, pays only 25% on that which means I pay $5 per year in taxes making my net profit $15 (nevermind that most corporations pay way less than that, on a percentage basis, in taxes than individuals). I'm happy even though the economy is in the toilet.

Now, along comes Judd Gregg who says if I hire one more worker, he'll cut my taxes by 50%. Woo Hoo, right? If you think so, let me know where you are so I can beat you in the head, moron. Here's the math...

My cost went up by $10 per year (a new employee) which knocked by gross profit down to $10 because the economy still sucks and I can't sell an additional plastic bear because there's only demand for 100. I'm now taxed at only 12.5% (yay, me!) so I only pay $1.25 in taxes. However, my net profit is only $8.75, damn near half of what it was previously before Judd Gregg cut me that amazing deal.

Get it now? No one is going to hire people because of a damn tax credit. The only way they'll hire is if there is demand for their products. And the Government is all that's left to stimulate demand in this economic environment. We need it to build roads, jails, schools, courthouses, etc. We need infrastructure improvements. That'll create enough jobs to stimulate aggregate demand.

If only the Republicans would get the ideology out of their brains and start acknowledging economic reality.

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July 20, 2010

Now that's pretty offensive!

A group of prominent Hispanic Republicans (yes, Virginia, they do exist!) is starting a PAC not to try to change the GOP's stance on hatin' tha messikins (and blaming them for every one of society's ills, even though we all know all bad stuff in the world was caused by the homos. And all those drunken micks in Boston), but instead just to fund more Hispanic candidates who'll lose in their party's primary. Like this guy.

Of course, it's not at all offensive to start a PAC. What IS offensive is that George P. Bush (think Jeb, not W) is taking a leadership role and it's this piece that will doom it completely. History is done with the Bush family and so is the United States. From questionable Prescott to W, we don't need any more Bush's in public service. Yes, that includes fat Jebbie, the 'smart one'.

Sorry, George P., but you'd be better off using your mother's maiden name. And running as a Democrat.

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July 19, 2010

What a delicious idea for dinner

Wouldn't it be awesome to go see a goat being butchered WHILE dining on goat meat?

Yeah, fucking grosses me out as well. Not the live butchering, the eating of goat. Ugh.

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July 16, 2010

Yeah, well your iPhone can't do this...

Two weeks ago I transferred my primary voice line to Sprint and was forced (because of Sprint's preference for CDMA) to abandon my beloved BlackBerry Bold 9700.

Transferring my service over was painless, even joyful, because I hate AT&T with the heat of a supernova. The constant dropped calls, the frequent service downgrades from 3G to EDGE to GSM to GPRS, the unhelpful customer service and finally the brutal bills that are the telecom services equivalent of being gang raped in prison. Then shanked. Needless to say, I won't be LIKING them on Facebook any time soon.

Transferring service was easy. Getting a new phone was, well, not.

You have to understand that morons like myself develop silly attachments to devices we use daily. I've had a BlackBerry since before they came with a phone embedded. It's been a long, loyal affair and it's served us both well. However, recently, I've grown kind of angry at the shrinkage of the device (my Bold was a little too small for my hand) and the tiny screen. So, this time around I opted for a phone that Sister Ruth had already adopted, the HTC EVO 4G.

To say it's been an experience would be an understatement. The battery life is challenging, but not really any worse than any BB I've had, mostly because I'm on it constantly. The on screen data entry takes some getting used to considering that I've been on thumbboards for more than a decade.Minor issues when you consider that the speed on the thing is absolutely amazing.

My iPhone friends have been somewhat derisive, mostly because they're jealous of the 4G radio and larger screen. But what they'll never understand is just how wonderful the hotspot is. Last night, the cable was out when I got home. It took me 5 minutes on the phone with Sprint for them to activate the hotspot and walk me through the set up. I was able to get both my computers online and stay on the phone all night. Can your iPhone do that? No? What a shame.

Yesterday I went to Best Buy because I'm a stupid masochist who happened to need an alkaline charger for a phone that sucks up juice like Lindsay Lohan. While there, someone buying two EVOs saw mine in my hand and asked how I liked it. I told her the truth... I loved it, but you needed to work out issues with the battery. She then pointed at the table she was sitting at and said she was done with these, gesturing to two iPhone 4's. I asked if it was the antenna thing and she said that was a big part of it. I then started to tell her how to fix it (with electrical tape... I pay attention when the nerds talk) but she didn't care, making it obvious that she was done with the iPhone.

Oh, and before you Apple fanboys start climbing up my ass, don't... I'm not trashing Apple, but the EVO is a better phone. And, if it helps alleviate your anger, please know that my next computer will be a Mac, mostly because I hate Mickeysoft and HP as much as I hate AT&T.

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July 14, 2010

meine Gebete sind beantwortet worden!

Come on... I can't have been the only one curious as to what Hitler would think about Deepwater Horizon.

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July 13, 2010

Oh, quit whining, Sleazy Staples

Given the number of quite legitimate complaints and negative observations Hank Gilbert has made on Sleazy Staples' performance as Agriculture Commissioner, it was only a matter of time before Sleazy Staples would start whining about them and calling them 'negative and personal'. Apparently, time was up today. Word on the street is that Sleazy Staples is now trying to turn any negative comment on his terrible job performance as a personal attack. What's really funny about this is that Hank has yet to personally attack Sleazy Staples.

Sleazy Staples, on the other hand, started making personal attacks on Hank Gilbert during the primary, before Hank was even the nominee. All Hank has done is point out that Sleazy Staples' record ain't something to be proud of. In fact, the only thing about Sleazy Staples that Hank's mentioned is that he converted campaign contributions to personal use.

Let's be real here for a second... Sleazy Staples leadership at TDA has been a disaster. We've had food safety disasters, overwhelmed inspectors and a plethora of other problems. And it's going to be an issue in this race and no amount of whining is going to stop that.

What would be nice is for Sleazy Staples to follow Hank's example and actually release his tax returns. Sleazy Staples has been hiding them for some reason and we know it's not because Hank is still making payments to the IRS resulting from his fight more than a decade ago. At the end of the day, the IRS is fine with it so why exactly should Sleazy Staples think he can use Hank as an excuse to hide his true income from Texans? Don't Texans have a right to know how are elected officials are really making their money.

Or is there something in there so sleazy that it finally embarrass one of the sleaziest politicians in Texas history?

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July 12, 2010

If Brevity Be The Soul Of Wit, TDP Isn't Earning Any Smiles

The 2010 Texas Democratic Platform is forty-three freaking pages long (that's just a few less than the Bible) but contains not ONE line about our inalienable right to free chips and salsa.

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July 11, 2010

My apologies to my friends on iPhones

While I really do shit bigger than the debate between Android and the iPhone OS, or the one about the EVO vs the iPhone 3GS/4, I thought this was hella funny for one simple reason... it fucking NAILS AT&T and their retarded service.

NFS, my happiest day this past week was knowing that AT&T won't be getting any more of my money. One week in with Sprint and I've only had one (ONE) dropped call and I never had to leave the 3G network.

Fuck you AT&T, hard, in the ass with a 30x9 inch cock made out of marble.

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July 10, 2010

We Do These Things Not Because They Are Easy, But Because They Are Hard To Prove Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

image descriptionSo, the other night McBlogger sends me this link and suggests, nay BEGS me to mock the latest in crappy food ideas. Well, my first reaction is, "this is exactly the sort of thing I expected would happen with Obama. Don't blame me, I voted for Hillary." Besides, I've already delivered my contractually obligated post for the week.

Later that night I see that Colbert has a piece on it, though, and it turns out that like everything else these days even the Candwich is tainted by financial scandal. Watch it here, if you want. No, I'm not going to try to explain it to you myself, do I look like Paul freaking Krugman?

You know, when I was just growing up Chef Boy-Ar-Dee had already mastered putting a spaghetti-like substance in a can. By the time I was in high school, Pringles was canning something that looked similar to a potato chip. But now, while I'm counting down the days till I start collecting Social Security this country can't even stick a peanut butter and jelly facsimile inside tin without someone ending up in court?

It's enough to make me long for the heady days of the Cold War. You can bet that JFK would have had our best food delivery scientists working round the clock on the Candwich problem, lest the Russkies get their Borscht In A Box on collective farmers' shelves first.

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July 09, 2010

How much is that doggie in the window?

Soon, asking a question like that in Stalingrad On The Bay might book you into the Hotel Graybar.

Sell a guinea pig, go to jail.

That's the law under consideration by San Francisco's Commission of Animal Control and Welfare. If the commission approves the ordinance at its meeting tonight, San Francisco could soon have what is believed to be the country's first ban on the sale of all pets except fish.

That includes dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, lizards and nearly every other critter, or, as the commission calls them, companion animals.

The good news is that humans will still be bought and sold like the fungible commodities they are.

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July 08, 2010

OMG! They really are everywhere!

I've long thought hipsters a plague unique to Austin. Oh, how wrong I was... no place is safe when hipsters are able to invade THE HAMPTONS.

Speaking of, I went and had drinks last night with a friend of mine at that bar in midtown that we're not supposed to tell other people about and there wasn't a single hipster inside. Could it be that the lousy economy is finally effecting them? Or are they all on Mixest trying to out obscure one another with shit music?

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Sleazy Staples gets busted!

Hank Gilbert's campaign recently launched SleazySleazyStaples.com, a website dedicated to show the world the truth about Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, with one hell of a bang...

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples bought a suburban with campaign funds, registered it in his own name, and is still driving it around—with State Official license plates.

Go read the whole thing and remember that it's a very illegal to convert campaign funds or assets to personal use without paying for it. Keep in mind, as well, if he never paid for it, then it's essentially a gift from the campaign to himself. If unreported, that's tax fraud. Needless to say, it's a mess for the guy who, like Kinky, has tried to make such a big deal out of Hank's tax issue from 10 years ago.

Then there was a memo out from the Gilbert campaign in response to a piece in the DMN in which Staples CM Cody McGregor said...

Gilbert's latest press release is 100 percent wrong," he said. "These were two separate vehicles. This is an example of libel and slander, and another example of him trying to cover up his criminal conviction for theft, current tax liens and allegations from Kinky that he took a $150,000 bribe."

Much like the Staples campaign's libelous repetition of Kinky's bribe claims, Hank's claims about the suburban are IN writing, making them at best libel not slander. Of course, to prosecute a libel claim, Staples would have to prove that he paid the campaign for the suburban, and it's clear he didn't. But that's really neither here nor there because the campaign itself goes right off the rails just trying to explain things... Keep in mind, Staples doesn't deny that there WAS a campaign vehicle. Staples further, through McGregor, states that there were two separate vehicles purchase, presumably, in 2005.

Here's where it gets tricky... back to the DMN...

Staples still drives the SUV he purchased five years ago, which has state office holder plates. These plates are also on his pick-up and a four door sedan registered to his wife. The campaign reimburses Staples for his campaign-related travel with these vehicles. A campaign vehicle no longer exists.

And there it is... there was a campaign vehicle and there was a personal vehicle, while proof of only one actually exists. Now there is only a personal vehicle and no campaign vehicle, but proof of only the campaign vehicle exists. And Staples has it tagged with an SO plate. See how that works? Like magic, the campaign vehicle ceased to exist! Which led the Gilbert campaign to issue a tongue in cheek memo to the press which offered some suggestions for questions to the Staples campaign...

1. Was the Suburban raptured?
2. If no one is looking at the Suburban, does it exist?
3. If the door on the Suburban is opened in Arizona does that cause a typhoon in the Pacific?
4. Could the quantum nature of Todd Staples' Suburban be the key to the Grand Unified Theory?
5. Has Texas A&M University expressed an interest in studying the Suburban-if, in fact, it is presently occupying the same dimension as College Station at this moment in time?
6. Was Todd's Suburban a mysterious byproduct of the now-defunct Superconducting Super Collider-sent from an alternate dimension in which the collider was completed?
7. If Todd Staples sells the rights to the story of his esoteric Suburban to MGM Studios, does Todd or the campaign get the royalties?
8. Could Todd Staples' Suburban be the long-sought proof of the existence of the Higgs Boson?

Y'all please keep in mind that that the TEC fines on this could be run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the fines and penalties from the IRS.

Gilbert's campaign also offered the following statement in response to a press release sent out Friday afternoon by Staples which was, literally, chockablock with ad hominem attacks which were discredited during the primary. More on that in the supersize

On Friday, the Todd Staples campaign released a series of personal attacks against Hank Gilbert that were almost a point by point rehash of attacks made by Kink Friedman during the primary.

Our campaign offers the following statements attributable to Campaign Director Vince Leibowitz:

"Hank has never made any attempt to hide the single bounced check from more than 10 years ago or the settlement with the IRS, both of which were interrelated (see this Austin American-Statesman piece). Unlike Todd Staples, who expends a great deal of private and public resources to hide his sleazy behavior, Hank has been honest and upfront about everything and it's all been public record for more than 10 years. It's obvious that Staples, given that he didn't make a big deal of any of this in 2006, has discovered some disquieting polling that clearly shows the race far closer than any of the published polls."

"We'd like to invite members of the press to visit SleazySleazyStaples.com for information on one of the dirtiest politicians in Texas history. Even now, Hank's campaign staff is working diligently to bring the public the truth about Staples self serving public service. And, of course, some of his sleazier business dealings from the 90s since, apparently, things that are 10 years old are new again."

Additionally, the following statement may be attributable to Peyton Gilbert, 17, eldest son of Hank Gilbert, Democratic Party Nominee for Agriculture Commissioner:

"Over the past two years, I've learned from and listened to teachers and students in my classes who say that politics is all about party, not issues. This is why elected officials can't get anything done, on both sides. Mr. Staples' attacks on my dad's character, and my parent's businesses are just another example of an elected official that would rather try to demean his opponent than engage in a debate about the issues.

My dad has put his personal life and career out there for everyone to see, yet Mr. Staples refuses to be as transparent with his or that of the TDA. This is why most voters, and most Texans, can't stand career politicians. My dad's environmental remediation and carpet cleaning business, in addition to our cattle operation, is no different from the millions of other small businesses operated by hardworking Texans all across this state. Many people don't know this, but my dad's business was one of many that worked in Lake Charles, Louisiana following Hurricane Rita, and that he also worked hauling feed and fencing supplies to ranchers in Mississippi immediately after Hurricane Katrina. My parents taught me that every vocation involves public service, from the lowest to the highest-including politician-are noble."

Honestly, I've never seen a campaign disintegrate so rapidly. It's clear that despite the quality of the people working on Staples campaign (Eppstein and McGregor are both pros), there's little that can be done with a man (and barely that) who is functionally a stuffed shirt. Note that Staples says nothing, day after day, about Hank's ides on reshaping the TDA. He also ignores ANY attack on the terrible job he's doing at TDA by pointing back at Hank.

Voters are tired of the lies and personal attacks, especially when food safety is at stake. People are making the move to Hank.

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July 06, 2010

Is Niall Ferguson the idiot of the universe?

Eighteen months ago, many were begging for a larger stimulus package. I know because I was one of them. I came to that conclusion not because I'm the single most brilliant mind in the universe but because I make a habit out of doing the kind of a research that would make a PhD candidate collapse and I listen, intently, to people far smarter than myself (and there are tons of them). I also listen to the opposition, at least until I realize that what they say doesn't jive with reality.

That was the case with the stimulus spending in the winter of 2009. I thought it was WAY too small and didn't fully recognize the magnitude of the collapse in the economy. Further, I thought that package was far too heavy on tax cuts which have a marginal impact in times of economic stress (like a recession or depression). My idea was to spend an assload of money on transportation infrastructure because it provides millions of quick jobs and leaves us with an asset we desperately need for the next leg of economic growth.

Certain people, like Kevin Hassett and Niall Ferguson took the opposite view. Niall even went so far as to deride the ideas of his intellectual superiors like Paul Krugman and Brad Delong, both of whom advocated for larger stimulus packages in 2009, something he's still doing today. DeLong wrote this piece today which should be required reading for everyone in the US since it's time to get everyone on the same page...

The reassuring thought was that the ARRA was just one -- and not necessarily the biggest -- of stimulative measures available beyond the standard Federal Reserve framework of using open market operations to reduce short-term Treasury rates. In fact, a Rooseveltian amplitude of acronyms -- TARP, PPIP, MMIFL, TALF, CPLF, TAC, HAMP – are at policy makers’ disposal.

But Congress is balking. Republican legislators from states with double-digit unemployment have put party above country. Blue Dog Democrats, who think that they can marginally improve their chance of gaining more terms in office if they publicly worry about the deficit to the exclusion of all else, have put self above country and party. And, significantly, the Obama Administration has never offered a grand bargain for tax increases and entitlement caps in the future in return for more spending now to restore full employment.

Professor DeLong is absolutely right about the Republicans and blue dogs playing politics with the economic well being of this country. All you need to do is look at one thing to realize these people are either criminally stupid, on a political bender, insane or some combo of all three : HOOVER DID EVERYTHING YOU SUGGEST AND IT MADE THE DEPRESSION WORSE. Until old Niall and Kevin can explain to me why they are advocating the same positions taken on by the worst President in the history of this country, I really wish they'd just shut up. If not, I wish anyone near them would actively heckle them.

Krugman says we're heading for a third depression... Personally, I think he's right. He also thinks that business investment isn't being held up because of the government, it's being held up because of the lack of demand. Krugman, just FYI, is right and it's super, super simple... BUSINESSES DON'T HIRE UNLESS THERE IS A DEMAND FOR THE GOOD AND/OR SERVICE IT PRODUCES. Taxes are irrelevant. Deficits are irrelevant. A black man in the White House is irrelevant. A bunch of white boomers marching in the street are irrelevant.

Here again, it's all about demand and that's something a historian like Ferguson is never going to understand.

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One hell of a five finger discount

You gotta hand it to a crook good enough to con their way into a solo test drive...at a used car lot.

Once there, the couple told Romano that they no longer wanted to do business with him or Action Motors, the affidavit said. Romano drove his vehicle back to Action Motors and the couple approached Texas Central Motors salesman Mehrdad Mohebi and asked about a test drive. According to the warrant, Green told Mohebi that his girlfriend had recently inherited a large sum of money and was looking to buy a car.

You know, this sounds all the more plausible when you realize that most people, upon inheriting a large sum of money, make a beeline for a USED CAR LOT.

Of course, there was one critical flaw in the deal... Green left his drivers license. So, yeah, if you're going to steal a car I don't think you'd need to solicit the advice of the brilliant H. Balczak to know that it's a super bad idea to leave your license.

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July 01, 2010

Roundin' Up The TPA

The Texas Progressive Alliance is fired up and ready to go with its post-convention blog roundup.

Neil at Texas Liberal offered up four reasons Bill White will beat Rick Perry and, in so doing, become the next Governor of Texas.

John at Bay Area Houston says Before you run for Chair of the Texas Democratic Party get a clue.

As people across the nation react to GASLAND now showing on HBO, TXsharon @ Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS reminds us that the FRAC Act, Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009, has no Texas co-sponsor.

Musings has a bloggers roundup from the convention.

It's redistricting season again, and Off the Kuff comments on a report from a public hearing on redistricting in San Antonio.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme had a good time at the convention. Corpus Christi was beautiful and the facilities for the convention were great - except for the lack of food. Too bad the local paper and their political reporter suck.

Over at TexasKaos Libby Shaw asks will the GOP do about the Enrergy legislation? Check out TX GOP and its Blind Obedience to BP.

WhosPlayin reports that the City of Farmers Branch would like to add 200 feet to the height of its municipal landfill, which is actually located in America's 10th fastest growing city, Lewisville, Texas.

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