Archive for September 25th, 2008

McCain Blamed For Sabotaging Wall Street Bail Out Deal

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:45 PM MST

McCain blamed as US economic rescue deal staggers

Raw Story- Agence France-Presse

by Jitendra Joshi
Published: Thursday September 25, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Top Democrats angrily accused Republican White House contender John McCain late Thursday of sabotaging an astronomically expensive deal to bail out Wall Street and shore up the US economy.

The 700-billion-dollar package stalled at talks convened by President George W. Bush with top lawmakers and both the men vying to succeed him — McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a new round of late-night discussions Thursday in a bid to get the deal back on track, set to be joined by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke.

“John McCain did nothing to help, he only hurt the process,” the senior Democrat said at a joint news conference with Senate banking committee chairman Christopher Dodd.

Barney Frank, the Democratic chair of the House of Representatives financial services committee, said: “I think this was a campaign ploy for Senator McCain.

“I think they then had the problem that there might not have been enough of a deadlock for him to resolve,” he said, after Dodd had earlier announced an in-principle agreement with some senior Republicans on the bailout package.


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By- Suzie-Q @ 8:30 PM MST

After The Fire – Der Kommissar (English version)

Falco – Der Kommissar  (German version)

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The Witch Hunter And The Israelites

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:45 PM MST

Witches and Israelites

Politico- Ben Smith

September 25, 2008

I’d missed this line from that striking sermon preceding the blessing of Sarah Palin (against witches, and other things), which Andrew Sullivan, a noted Sarah Palin fan, catches:

The second area whereby God wants us, wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It’s high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That’s what we are waiting for. That’s part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the — you know — if you look at the Israelites, that’s how they work. And that’s how they are, even today.

Ah, those Israelites. They’re gonna love that in South Florida.

ALSO: A new poll of Jewish voters released today finds that 54% disapprove of the choice of Sarah Palin. The poll finds most are Obama supporters, but that’s still a pretty high number.

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McCain’s Campaign Has Been Suspended??

By- Suzie-Q @ 4:00 PM MST

What Part of McCain’s Campaign Has Been Suspended?

Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 03:00:03 PM PDT

John McCain shocked everyone with his announcement yesterday that he was “suspending” his campaign to deal with the financial crisis and he suggested there was simply no time for a debate with Obama.

But, what – exactly – did he “suspend”?  His surrogates are all over television, attacking Obama. His campaign ads are still running and his Internet fundraising is still operational. McCain’s press crew is fully operational. He spent the day with Rick Davis, his lobbyist campaign manager. And all of his campaign offices are still open and fully operational.

And now comes word via Jonathan Martin at The Politico that McCain will spend the evening doing interviews on ABC, NBC, and CBS.

Sounds like the only thing John McCain wants to put on hold is the debate with Barack Obama. And who could blame him?  He’s got a lot of explaining to do to the American people about how the GOP and their cronies got us into this mess.

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jock doubleday

the revolution will not be organized– read all here

“You will not march in file.
You will not march.
The revolution will not be organized.

In your darkest hour,
beneath the burning moon,
you will pledge allegiance to the truth,
as those before you pledged allegiance to the truth.

The truth cannot be organized.”

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Katie Couric Interview With Sarah Palin (VIDEO- 9/24/08)

By- Suzie-Q @ 2:00 PM MST

Now We Know Why The McCain Campaign Is Hiding Palin

Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 11:50:01 AM PDT

While nowhere near as idiotic as Sarah Palin’s tortured explanation of her foreign policy experience, this gem from yesterday’s trainwreck of an interview with Katie Couric is worth a mention. Via Think Progress:

COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? … Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions.

Update by kos: I just want to make sure you guys understood this answer properly about the $700 billion bailout:

Reducing taxes has to be accompanied by tax reductions.

Got it? Good. Carry on.


And, the discussion regarding Russia:

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Hold Palin Accountable Rally

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:30 PM MST

(h/t Mudflats Blog)

Official press release:

Hold Palin Accountable Rally

Saturday, September 27th, Noon – 2:00 pm

Downtown Park Strip between I and L Streets, and 9th and 10th.

Main Stage at the Veterans’ Memorial, east end of the park.

Join your Alaskan neighbors in demanding that:

  • Gov. Palin uphold her promise to us for an “open, honest & transparent” government.
  • Gov. Palin uphold her promise to us to cooperate fully with the independent investigation as initiated by the bi-partisan Legislative Council.

We, the People of Alaska, also

  • Demand the immediate resignation of Attorney General Talis Colberg.
  • Demand the McCain campaign immediately remove itself and its influence from our state and local government.
  • Demand the McCain Campaign ends its attorney, Ed O’Callahan’s unlawful intrusion into our Department of Law.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Break On Through

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:25 PM MST

The Doors – Break On Through

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Financial Bailout Agreement Reached

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:15 AM MST

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Chris Dodd., D-Conn., center, speaks during a news conference with, from left, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., following a meeting on the market turmoil on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Chris Dodd., D-Conn., center, speaks during a news conference with, from left, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., following a meeting on the market turmoil on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Lawmakers: Financial bailout agreement reached

JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | September 25, 2008 01:52 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — Warned of a possible financial panic, key Republicans and Democrats reported agreement in principle Thursday on a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry and said they would present it to the Bush administration in hopes of a vote within days.

Emerging from a two-hour negotiating session, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., the Banking Committee chairman said, “We are very confident that we can act expeditiously.”

“I now expect that we will indeed have a plan that can pass the House, pass the Senate (and) be signed by the president,” said Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah.

The bipartisan consensus on the general direction of the legislation was reported just hours before President Bush was to host presidential contenders Barack Obama and John McCain and congressional leaders at the White House for discussions on how to clear obstacles to the unpopular rescue plan.

Tony Fratto, the White House deputy press secretary said the announcement was “a good sign that progress is being made.”

“We’ll want to hear from (Treasury) Secretary (Henry) Paulson, and take a look at the details. We look forward to a good discussion at the meeting this afternoon,” he said.

On Wall Street, financial markets grew more upbeat as the Dow Jones industrial average at times rose more than 300 points.

Key lawmakers in Washington said at midday that few difficulties actually remained, although no details of their accord were immediately available.


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By- Suzie-Q @ 11:00 AM MST

Fox host tells guest mentioning McCain role in Keating Five scandal to ‘pipe down’

Raw Story- Nick Juliano
Published: Thursday September 25, 2008

‘Cut his mike,’ producer suggests

The Keating Five scandal, and John McCain’s role in it, has received relatively little mention in presidential campaign coverage, and at least one Fox News host seems dedicated to keeping it that way.

Appearing Thursday morning on Fox & Friends, radio host Mike Papatino tried to remind viewers about McCain’s intervention with federal regulators on behalf of real estate mogul Charles Keating, who was trying to avoid regulations of a savings and loan he owned during the S&L crisis of the 1980s.

F&F‘s Steve Doocy told Papatonio to “pipe down,” called him “rude” and demanded he “cut it out.” A show producer could be overheard saying “cut his mike.”

As Papatonio tries one last time to explain the details of the Keating Five scandal, Doocy again cuts him off.

“This is not the History Channel,” he says.

Papatonio’s apparent crime was interrupting fellow guest Michael Reagan, the conservative radio host, who was arguing that it would be unfair to judge McCain based on his actions 20 years ago.

“It has everything to do with what’s happening today,” Papatonio said before being told to pipe down.

Regardless of whether Papatonio was being rude, preserving an orderly debate certainly could not have been Doocy’s goal in silencing the guest. Not two minutes before his admonition that Papatonio was “being rude,” Doocy repeatedly interrupted his guest to deliver talking points that might as well have been written by the McCain campaign.

At least three times Doocy interrupted Papatonio as he argued that McCain’s political gambit to “suspend” his campaign and delay Friday’s debate was more a response to his flagging poll numbers than an attempt to fix the economic crisis. Doocy wasn’t buying it.

“If Barack Obama wants to do so much for the economy, why doesn’t he go to his day job and work in the us senate?” he asked Reagan, cutting off Papatino’s argument.

The following video was posted Thursday on Go Left TV.


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