Friday, March 09, 2007

Post shrub Purification rites

From the AP via - thanks to Randi Rhodes for noticing this
[ you can't make this stuff up :- 0 ]

GUATEMALA CITY -- Mayan priests will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits" after President Bush visits next week, an official with close ties to the group said Thursday.

"That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture," Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders, said Thursday.

Full article here.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

This is funny

Headline from

Bush Heads South, Thinking Small

DUH...of course his admin is heading south...
but thinking? a foreign concept
maybe this is a way to start the cognitive process for that particular brain

More on rich white men

My local paper had a story in the business section about a Vancouver, Washington mortgage banker laying off 76 people because of defaults in the subprime market. This is what got me: a quote from a VP at that company.....

"Our personnel moves are a reaction to sudden, dramatic, and unforeseeable changes in the mortgage industry."

Come on now. This guy must be a repug also living in the world of illusion that the ones in D.C. live in.

When mortgage interest rates went down, lending companies urged people to buy and/or refinance often with non-traditional types of mortgages...

One did not need an MBA or any degree in financing to see that this was going to create problems. Unforeseeable? Nope - deniable like civil wars in Iraq and dead people in the streets of New Orleans....

Most all people I knew predicted that the rates would not stay low, the so called housing bubble would burst and any problems in the general economy would result in mortgage problems for people with subprime and non-traditional mortgages.

and now another piece of news - same topic - same admin "chatter"

"Like everyone else, they misjudged and didn't keep track of how badly their loans were performing, and when they found out, they weren't well capitalized enough to deal with it," said Allan Berliant, an asset-backed portfolio manager at GMO in Boston, which owns some bonds backed by New Century loans. Read article here

familiar words...misjudged, didn't keep track ...
geeze.... these are bankers - no wonder our economy is in the state it's in - no one in minding the store

So who wins? the rich white men...and I am assuming that the lenders where predominantly white and the people with mortgage defaults are predominantly poor, female headed households and/or people of color...

If there are any rich white men who are defaulting - please comment below and let me know

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Rich White Men

The recent news of tornadoes in the South and mistreatment of vets at Walter Reed and elsewhere compared with Cheney's new "medical problem" has been stirring around in my brain..

Cheney of course went to a private hospital and got immediate care for his problem. The vets needed the Washington Post and hearings on the Hill to get attention - some after years of waiting for medical care for their problem. and as much as the admin tours the South in the aftermath of tornadoes and death - I hope they do not hold their breath waiting for this admin to really help. After all - Katrina victims are still waiting for help and some are now being forced to evacuate their temporary housing in mobile homes due to mold - just like the vets have.

What is boils down to for me is that if you are not a rich white male - in a large corporation [like an oil company or Halliburton et. al.] you are not deserving of medical care, a home, safety, or anything resembling real concern. You are here only to further the administration in their illegal endeavors, provide cannon fodder for a fight over oil resources, or to provide a photo op that will be used to raise tons of cash for the next sicko repug who runs for president.

So to all women, all non-Caucasians, all poor people and all children - beware - you are not liked by this administration and any problems you have now or will have in the future will be deemed your own fault...

Scooter is GUILTY!!!!

Just read that the jury found Scooter GUILTY.....yup - guilty...on 4 of 5 counts!

This is yet another blight on the administration. But the big question is how many blights does it take for the plant to totally collapse ?

Later today I am posting a piece on "white men" and this admin...

stay tuned