Quotes of the day

posted at 10:45 pm on March 31, 2009 by Allahpundit

“In addition, the bill gives Geithner the authority to decide what pay is ‘unreasonable’ or ‘excessive.’ And it directs the Treasury Department to come up with a method to evaluate ‘the performance of the individual executive or employee to whom the payment relates.’…

‘This is a growing concern, that the powers of the Treasury in this area, along with what Geithner was looking for last week, are mind boggling,’ Garrett said.”

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“‘Is there a heightened risk for the Obama administration’ to remove a banking executive? asked Scott Talbott, chief lobbyist for Financial Services Roundtable. ‘I think you’d have to conclude that the answer is yes.’…

The government is currently stress-testing the nation’s 20 largest banks and ‘maybe three fail the test,’ said an executive at a large bank receiving government funds. Obama ‘could remove the heads of those banks,’ the executive said.”

***
“He’s realizing, ‘Hey, the economy’s mine now, and I better do it my way…’ So the administration is collaring people and letting them know who’s in charge. The days of saying, ‘It’s not our economy’ have come to an end.”


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Obama ‘could remove the heads of those banks,’ the executive said.”
Surreal times here in America.

carbon_footprint on March 31, 2009 at 10:48 PM

“He’s realizing, ‘Hey, the economy’s mine now,

How’s that old saying go??? You broke it you bought it???

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Timmy TurboTax looks unhappy….

sven10077 on March 31, 2009 at 10:49 PM

How’s that old saying go??? You broke it you bought it???

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Yeah except this time its the GLOBAL economy…have the US and China just bought the world?

ernesto on March 31, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Test…

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Yeah except this time its the GLOBAL economy…have the US and China just bought the world?

ernesto on March 31, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Heh heh heh, better to buy the world than the Farm….

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Obama ‘could remove the heads

Omigod, he really is a Muslim!

The stupidity of these two is exceeded only by their arrogance.

Basilsbest on March 31, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Test…

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Heh heh heh, just testing my new Nic/HTTP link… ;P

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Test…

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Fail.

Basilsbest on March 31, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Obama, the nation’s CEO

Scary, indeed.

Geithner makes mollusks appear vertebrate. These two in charge are enough to scare an entire formerly sane world.

And Horrowitz wonders if they’re socialist/communist leaning…mhhh…

Entelechy on March 31, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Timmy TurboTax looks unhappy….

sven10077 on March 31, 2009 at 10:49 PM

AKA Toxic Timmy TurboTax.

fogw on March 31, 2009 at 10:58 PM

My stress test results of this admin:

Cool as a Cuecumber……………….I Hope he dies in a fire
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…………………………………………….^………

Chaz706 on March 31, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Fail.

Basilsbest on March 31, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Nope… definitely passed…

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Masters of the Universe

The Universe is scroomed royally. These are two tiny men.

Entelechy on March 31, 2009 at 10:59 PM

“He’s realizing, ‘Hey, the economy’s mine now, and I better do it my way…’

This is what people voted for. All the signs were there, but the voting populace in general decided that this guy was right to lead the country and the free world. Quick question, if he can remove the heads of large corporations, can he remove the heads of smaller companies and Mom and Pop Shops.

Tommy_G on March 31, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Obama is a financial wizard. He fires the CEO making $1 per year, triggering his $23 million golden parachute in the process, and replaces him with a guy (from within the same failed company, GM) who makes $1.3 million per year.

Y-not on March 31, 2009 at 11:01 PM

I am alarmed. I am serious. I did not believe this adminstration could be this inept. I thought Clinton was bad – he looks like a brilliant statesman compared to Obama

HawaiiLwyr on March 31, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Setting new standards………..

………. there will come a day when Conservatives win back power, sooner or later, there will come a day.

And all of these new laws and regulations………..

……… WILL be used to undue this harm to the Constitution of the United States.

True, it will not happen today, or tomorrow, but it WILL happen………..

………….and in the mean time, Mr. Telprompter and his Traveling Show, owns this, lock, stock, and barrel!

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Obama is a financial wizard. He fires the CEO making $1 per year, triggering his $23 million golden parachute in the process, and replaces him with a guy (from within the same failed company, GM) who makes $1.3 million per year.

Y-not on March 31, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Jay Leno’s response was the new definition of Irony… Irony is when you get fired for losing billions of dollars by a man who loses trillions of dollars…

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Pimpdaddy O, whoring America for his peeps, taking advantage of the goodness of WHITE America to stick it in our ass. Obama is the ultimate racist that will sell us out because his posse is the lowest of the low. I’m done with healing, time to open new wounds!

dmann on March 31, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Agreed. Clinton and Carter are tolerable compared to the Car Dealer-In-Chief.

carbon_footprint on March 31, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Obama ‘could remove the heads of those banks,’ the executive said.”

So what happens if the bank exec says “hell no I won’t go”?

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:07 PM

So what happens if the bank exec says “hell no I won’t go”?

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:07 PM

There’s always the William Ayer’s Community Re-education Facility….

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 11:10 PM

So what happens if the bank exec says “hell no I won’t go”?

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Good point………..

………. what Law Enforcement Agency has the Constitutional power to remove them?

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Somebody needs to whisper into The One’s ear that this is real; there isn’t a saved game file to reload when you screw up the game.

Al Gore’s ethanol gambit ended up with food riots and dead folks in Pok-ee-ston, and more CO2 emissions per BTU than gasoline.

More of the same here.

“Wait…..I have an idea….somebody write this down, quick, and get it voted on over at the big white building, uh ummmm, yeah, the House of Cards or something.”

“But it felt so right….”

BobMbx on March 31, 2009 at 11:11 PM

So what happens if the bank exec says “hell no I won’t go”?

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:07 PM

ACORN squats in your living room.

BobMbx on March 31, 2009 at 11:12 PM

So what happens if the bank exec says “hell no I won’t go”?

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Hard to talk when your head is removed….

I wish Osama Obama was only as bad as I feared he’d be before the election.

MrScribbler on March 31, 2009 at 11:12 PM

ACORN squats in your living room.

BobMbx on March 31, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Then they will be reminded of………..

……….. the 2nd Amendment!!!

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2009 at 11:14 PM

The days of saying, ‘It’s not our economy’ have come to an end.”

Are you kidding me?

This’ll all be blamed on Bush, all the way to 2016.

And the lemmings will eat it all up.

Hawkins1701 on March 31, 2009 at 11:14 PM

what Law Enforcement Agency has the Constitutional power to remove them?

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2009 at 11:11 PM

:-)

Now the question remains: is there a bank exec with enough stones to say ‘no.’

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Obama is a financial wizard. He fires the CEO making $1 per year, triggering his $23 million golden parachute in the process, and replaces him with a guy (from within the same failed company, GM) who makes $1.3 million per year.

Y-not on March 31, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Jay Leno’s response was the new definition of Irony… Irony is when you get fired for losing billions of dollars by a man who loses trillions of dollars…

doriangrey on March 31, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Passed.

Basilsbest on March 31, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Statism mania

Defector01 on March 31, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Don’t forget Teh One’s idea of a Bureau of Economic Justice to bring high salaries and low pay closer together, out of fairness, don’t you know?

Dhuka on March 31, 2009 at 11:18 PM

Institutions that are on the “public teat”, that is, those that have taken public funds to guarantee their survival, should be forced to have all employees live under the “GS” schedule for government employment wages, effective at the time they take the public funds. The general rule is this: If we backstop you then you live on public-sector salaries. End of discussion. If you object to this then return the public money and have a go of it on your own.
- Denninger

If you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

That should be at least some incentive for these “privatize the profits, socialize the losses”/”Run to Mommy Samantha when they press their luck in the playground too much and get a bloody nose” types to not get in the position of laying down with dogs and getting fleas all over the rest of us.

MB4 on March 31, 2009 at 11:19 PM

In addition, the bill gives Geithner the authority

This is scary, unless they mean that Timmy G has power over Bawney on Friday nights…

Upstater85 on March 31, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Still waiting for the outrage on the left about this presidential power grab. They seemed pretty concerned about it for 8 years…

echosyst on March 31, 2009 at 11:24 PM

Institutions that are on the “public teat”, that is, those that have taken public funds to guarantee their survival, should be forced to have all employees live under the “GS” schedule for government employment wages, effective at the time they take the public funds.

That would be just and logical. Unfortunately, however, logic and justice are in short supply right now. And were that remedy to be implemented, this governemnt would find a reason to do this to as many private entities as possible–ultimately a losing prospect for everyone.

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Masters of the Universe

I like men with big fat heads like them. When they fall they make more noise. Adios!

Tuco on March 31, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Setting new standards………..

………. there will come a day when Conservatives win back power, sooner or later, there will come a day.

And all of these new laws and regulations………..

……… WILL be used to undue this harm to the Constitution of the United States.

True, it will not happen today, or tomorrow, but it WILL happen………..

………….and in the mean time, Mr. Telprompter and his Traveling Show, owns this, lock, stock, and barrel!

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2009 at 11:04 PM

I wonder what kind of political donations the heads of these banks will be making in 2010, and directing their underlings to make. You don’t suppose they might feel it’s in their best interests to shower cash on the guy who can “remove” them, do you? You don’t suppose that guys minions will quietly point their best interests out to them, if they don’t come to the right conclusions on their own? Somebody at the RNC had better be factoring this into their fund-raising calculations. The New Fascists might not be able to make running against them illegal, as their intellectual forebears did… but they can sure make it impractical.

Everything the Obama Administration has done, aside from the incompetent bungles, has been direct at one simple and entirely predictable goal: entrench the Party in power. I can hardly wait for the dim-bulb political ads of 2010, informing the loyal viewers of “American Idol” that if you vote for Republicans, they’ll take your car and bank away – because these things are now provided by benevolent Democrat government.

I’m not entirely surprised by the public-opinion polls, since after all, the average Joe knows very little about the doings of the Administration except (a) the guy in charge must be incredible, because he gets all these fawning media profiles – he’s even a physical superman, because Men’s Health says so; (b) a lot of shadowy “corporate fat cats” have been doing bad things and deserve any punishment the government sees fit to dispense, including outright confiscation of their income; and (c) somebody is finally “doing something” about the economy, because news coverage of flashy, big-bucks government programs to “fix” everything hits the airwaves daily. Average Joe has no knowledge of economics, and very little knowledge of history, so if the government controlling everything is what’s needed to “fix” the economy, he’s willing to give it a try.

Average Joe hasn’t really felt any of the negative effects of Obama-style fascism yet – he knows there’s a bad economy because everybody says so, but everybody says that’s Bush’s fault, and anyway there’s still 120 channels on the cable TV and Joe’s still 40 pounds overweight. Arguments about freedom versus tyranny sound pretty arcane to old Average Joe. After all, this is still America, right? If Obama’s plans don’t work out, we can just vote in other guys to fix everything. The tragedy of fascist America can be measured by just how mistaken Joe is on that last point, and the dimensions of that tragedy will become apparent in 2010.

Doctor Zero on March 31, 2009 at 11:26 PM

so now Timmy is going to give annual reviews to all 500,000 employees in the TARP companies? He and his capable staff.

Why is this starting to sound as possible as santa claus delivering 8 billion toys in a 24 hour period?

gatorboy on March 31, 2009 at 11:29 PM

Still waiting for the outrage on the left about this presidential power grab. They seemed pretty concerned about it for 8 years…

echosyst on March 31, 2009 at 11:24 PM

Ah, the Unitary Executive… once a “Cloverfield”-size menace looming over all of democracy, according to the Left, but suddenly a very rare beast. It vanished into thin air last January, and there have been no reported sightings since then. Even the people who think fire can’t melt steel have been oddly quiet about this formerly all-consuming obsession. Some experts believe the Unitary Executive is hiding in the same trackless woodlands as the Military Casualty Count, once a weekly feature of the network news. Experts are fairly certain the Unitary Executive is not completely extinct, like the Democrat Deficit Hawk, which once littered Washington, New York, and Los Angeles with its droppings.

Doctor Zero on March 31, 2009 at 11:32 PM

What could possibly go wrong?

JeffinOrlando on March 31, 2009 at 11:34 PM

The government is currently stress-testing the nation’s 20 largest banks

“currently stress-testing”? This is a joke. The “stress-tests” are nothing more than risk evaluations with some sort of worst-case variables being assumed. It doesn’t take weeks to do this, as all the banks must have risk analysis currently for their portfolios and beyond figuring out the values of the variables to put in, getting the results of that analysis is not any sort of a “test” but just running through some of the valuation models they already use on the assets.

This idea of “stress-tests” is the biggest joke around. Anyone who talks about it as if it involves some actual “test” or some activity is a moron who doesn’t know what the heck he’s speaking of, or someone who is lying.

progressoverpeace on March 31, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Why worry, we all know how well Dems manage money and pay their taxes…?

d1carter on March 31, 2009 at 11:35 PM

And were that remedy to be implemented, this government would find a reason to do this to as many private entities as possible–ultimately a losing prospect for everyone.

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Shake off all the fears of the slippery slope, under which our worried minds are now servilely crouched. Fix reasoned capitalism firmly in her seat, and call for tribunals for every thieving businessman and every corrupt and fascist politician. Question with boldness even the constitutional legitimacy of the current festering inhabitant of the White House.

Apologies to T. Jefferson

Tuco on March 31, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Come on, nobody thought this country could “get away with” just one civil war, did you? Is there any country that has?

venividivici on March 31, 2009 at 11:39 PM

I’m still trying to wrap my brain around this.

Two villages are missing their idiots. They’re in Washington picking off CEO’s.

How on earth did this happen?

av8tr on March 31, 2009 at 11:41 PM

What could go wrong? I say we let the administration decide who pays taxes, how much, when not paying taxes is criminal and when it is simply stupidty.

Star20 on March 31, 2009 at 11:44 PM

The tragedy of fascist America can be measured by just how mistaken Joe is on that last point, and the dimensions of that tragedy will become apparent in 2010.

Doctor Zero on March 31, 2009 at 11:26 PM

As always, very well stated and written……

……. and an example can be seen in my little corner hamlet of this nation, I am witnessing something very interesting.

As I go about my daily chores, I am hearing, more and more, the “Joe’s” of America speaking up in public places, like Super Markets, Gas Stations, and especially the occasional “Pub”…………

…….. the “American Idol” effect is starting to sink in, as in;

“Wait, this is actually effecting my life”,

especially with our ability to contact family and friends instantly, and people, MANY people, are starting to question what the hell is going on…….

Many people were willing to give Mr. Teleprompter a chance……

…… but in our world of “Instant Access”, when you hear Grand Parents, and Parents asking the question;

“What in the Hell is going on??? Do you realize that my retirement is gone, and so is your inheritance???”

That tends to hit to the core, apart from what ever any Liberal Professor, the MSM, or a Teleprompter can say……

……… the truth hurts, especially when you have to pay for it.

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2009 at 11:45 PM

“..corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”

Abraham Lincoln 1865

Speakup on March 31, 2009 at 11:51 PM

I wonder what kind of political donations the heads of these banks will be making in 2010, and directing their underlings to make. You don’t suppose they might feel it’s in their best interests to shower cash on the guy

My guess is that they already started that before the election, at least to “cover their bets”

If Dwight Eisenhower we still alive today he would probably have been warning for years to beware of the military-industrial government-finacial complex

MB4 on March 31, 2009 at 11:53 PM

And the Constitutional authority to do this is…. where?

The Founding Fathers put very definate limits on the Government…

Did I miss where we rescinded those limits?

Romeo13 on April 1, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Setting new standards………..

………. there will come a day when Conservatives win back power, sooner or later, there will come a day.

And all of these new laws and regulations………..

……… WILL be used to undue this harm to the Constitution of the United States.

True, it will not happen today, or tomorrow, but it WILL happen………..

………….and in the mean time, Mr. Telprompter and his Traveling Show, owns this, lock, stock, and barrel!

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Sorry, I can’t agree with this. Once all these laws are on the books, it will take decades to reverse those IF and only IF the laws get challenged. Regardless of what party takes control next, the criminals that WE THE PEOPLE continue to elect will continue to funnel favors and GOV contracts to their buddies. Both parties put us in the mess and the REPUBS are proving they are too idiotic to beat the DEMS. Meanwhile, the DEMS are building their electoral base via handouts and groups like ACORN that are going to ensure enough ballot boxes are stuffed with friendly votes. Next will come the redistricting AND the judicial appointments that will keep this country moving down the path of global socialism for many decades. The DEMS well understood the importance of this election on the makeup of the federal courts systems. NObama will get the chance to load the benches in a manner that Clinton could only dream of. The final straw will be NObama and his toadies signing international (and UN) agreements that will force our laws to yield to international law….they will find a way to weaken our sovereignty.

saltyrover on April 1, 2009 at 12:13 AM

So what happens if the bank exec says “hell no I won’t go”?

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:07 PM

they don’t get the money. the federal gov is using the same process it used with the states. the states could have said no to the underage driking law or any of these power grab laws from congress but then they don’t get the money. Now the federal gov is using the same hook for big corps. If wagner would have stayed on GM would not have gotten anymore money and would have been dissolved by bankrupcty.

No the question is. If a bank Ceo says no does Obama have the stones to possibly place the entire finacial system at risk due to a bank failure like Citibank?

that’s the question. Is Obama prepared to allow the big banks to fail. This is way the Sec of treasury wanted the new powers. If he gets them the CEO ‘s can be removed without a fight.

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 12:14 AM

And the Constitutional authority to do this is…. where?

The Founding Fathers put very definate limits on the Government…

Did I miss where we rescinded those limits?

Romeo13 on April 1, 2009 at 12:08 AM

No you didn’t miss anything but our power hungry political parties know the constitution limits them so they are taking this opportunity to take as much from us as they can.

saltyrover on April 1, 2009 at 12:15 AM

And the Constitutional authority to do this is…. where?

The Founding Fathers put very definate limits on the Government…

Did I miss where we rescinded those limits?

Romeo13 on April 1, 2009 at 12:08 AM

yes, it happened when our fellow liberal/socialist/communist citizen chose the anti-Christ as president.

doriangrey on April 1, 2009 at 12:15 AM

saltyrover on April 1, 2009 at 12:13 AM

and during the last 4 years Bush and the rep meekly allowed the dems to block several key juducial appointments. Now those bench seats are still open and instead of being filled by conservatives or right leaning people they will be filled by liberals and marxists.

It really pisses mer off that the statists in the rep party saw no harm when the dems blocked all of bushes appointments.

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 12:17 AM

Did I miss where we rescinded those limits?

Romeo13 on April 1, 2009 at 12:08 AM

how does one go about filing a court case on this?

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 12:18 AM

and during the last 4 years Bush and the rep meekly allowed the dems to block several key juducial appointments. Now those bench seats are still open and instead of being filled by conservatives or right leaning people they will be filled by liberals and marxists.

It really pisses mer off that the statists in the rep party saw no harm when the dems blocked all of bushes appointments.

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 12:17 AM

That’s because the current mainstream REPUB pol is no different than the current mainstream DEM….don’t believe me, look at how similar ALL of them vote. Take a look at the pork OR better yet, look at the special interest groups, military contractors, big business, and financial institutions employee donations.

saltyrover on April 1, 2009 at 12:22 AM

this is all irrelevant considering that we still have a nation where darwinism is taught in schools and without a big fence on the mexican border.

eh on April 1, 2009 at 12:23 AM

I don’t toot my own here, but I threw this together for a laugh:

http://finedrywit.blogspot.com/

Doug on April 1, 2009 at 12:27 AM

Birth of the command economy.

lorien1973 on April 1, 2009 at 12:27 AM

Now the question remains: is there a bank exec with enough stones to say ‘no.’

baldilocks on March 31, 2009 at 11:15 PM

This is key, isn’t it? Who will stand up and say it.

Seems like everyone is acting like mules, though.

lorien1973 on April 1, 2009 at 12:29 AM

BREAKING NEWS: Hundreds of Iowans thrown out of public hearing

It was on taxes. Dems had taxpayers at a public hearing escoted out by state troopers. It begins.

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 12:30 AM

This is becoming real scary. Where does it end?

The government was never designed to run businesses.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Did I miss where we rescinded those limits?

Romeo13 on April 1, 2009 at 12:08 AM

how does one go about filing a court case on this?

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Just like other Constitutional questions… the courts don’t want to hear about it…

Like… oh… the question of if a Dual Citizen qualifies under the “Natural Born Citizen” clause to be President?

Or, the question of how the Fed Reserver can create 12.5 TRILLION in money and debt, when the Constitution is clear that only the CONGRESS can coin money, or borrow money?

Or how we can INVADE TWO countries withoug Congress actualy declaring WAR?

I’ve recently discovered that I’m a Jeffersonian… not because I read what he wrote and said… Ah Hah!!! he’s right… but because I read what he wrote and said “wow…. a guy who wrote about what I already believed in…”.

Romeo13 on April 1, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Advice for everyone in the Obama Administration:

DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING, STAND THERE!

profitsbeard on April 1, 2009 at 12:38 AM

No oversight period!

One man to make the decisions!

This is basically raping the American Treasury,

just say NO!

Nobody, has the guts to haul Hopey off to court!

And,isn`t there a rule book,as to what an American
President can do,and can`t do!!

canopfor on April 1, 2009 at 12:43 AM

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”
Daniel Webster

Speakup on April 1, 2009 at 12:58 AM

And it directs the Treasury Department to come up with a method to evaluate ‘the performance of the individual executive or employee to whom the payment relates.’…

Any of you ex-service types remember the EEO OEO system?

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Look up in the sky! That sucker is headed straight for you!

Limerick on April 1, 2009 at 1:00 AM

Popcorn? No.

Pepto. This is gut and heart wrenching.

I don’t know how I will react to listening to the National Anthem being played this swim season.

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 1, 2009 at 1:01 AM

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 1, 2009 at 1:01 AM

It’s alright. Neither does Dear Leader.

lorien1973 on April 1, 2009 at 1:03 AM

LOL…sorry that is EER OER (enlisted/officer evaluation report)….

For you civies think of the clerk at DMV rating your housekeeping skills.

Limerick on April 1, 2009 at 1:03 AM

Romeo13 on April 1, 2009 at 12:36 AM

I become a conservative at around 13 or 14 when I picked up a little book called Common Sense. This book should be required reading to all children.

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 1:08 AM

I become a conservative at around 13 or 14 when I picked up a little book called Common Sense. This book should be required reading to all children.

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 1:08 AM

That book, along with basic civics lessons, were removed from the skrewls curriculum a long time ago and replaced with how to place a condom on a banana.

A liberal hatchery has been formed by teachers unions.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 1:14 AM

When are these asshats going to realize they work for us, when the pitchforks are sinking into flesh?

HornetSting on April 1, 2009 at 1:17 AM

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 1:14 AM

Parents are to blame as well. Fine to blame schools, but it starts at home.

lorien1973 on April 1, 2009 at 1:18 AM

I am alarmed. I am serious. I did not believe this adminstration could be this inept. I thought Clinton was bad – he looks like a brilliant statesman compared to Obama

HawaiiLwyr on March 31, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Not only that but Bush seems to be so eloquent without a teleprompter now. It is amazing how seeing true failure can sharpen your perspective.

petunia on April 1, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Parents are to blame as well. Fine to blame schools, but it starts at home.

lorien1973 on April 1, 2009 at 1:18 AM

I could not agree with you more.

It makes the case for home schooling, doesn’t it.
Those parents that care that is.

However, there are parents that do not have the luxury of home schooling and they are left to the mush mind forming that the present education system provides.

What percentage do we want to place blame on our future?
Given the model we have now.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 1:30 AM

BREAKING NEWS: Hundreds of Iowans thrown out of public hearing

It was on taxes. Dems had taxpayers at a public hearing escoted out by state troopers. It begins.

unseen on April 1, 2009 at 12:30 AM

Do not worry. There are all now together in a cell and will be able to stay warm enough if they all huddle together

DasObamaReich on April 1, 2009 at 1:32 AM

What percentage do we want to place blame on our future?
Given the model we have now.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 1:30 AM

If you hand over your child’s future to the state, you’ve already lost.

lorien1973 on April 1, 2009 at 1:35 AM

If you hand over your child’s future to the state, you’ve already lost.

lorien1973 on April 1, 2009 at 1:35 AM

And what of Public Education that is… compulsory.

That decision has already been made for your children by the state.

Sure, home is where the heart is, but minds are made in the system.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 1:42 AM

Here’s the link:

BREAKING NEWS: Hundreds of Iowans thrown out of public hearing

Specific numbers show that 49 percent of Iowans who file taxes would get a break in the current tax year, while about 18 percent would see no change.

The remainder – 450,292 people – would see a tax increase, according to the Iowa department of Revenue and Finance.

You see? there’s no need to worry. They’re only increasing taxes on the one-third of Iowans who are rich.

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Haufen mist.

Johan Klaus on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 1:42 AM

I sent my youngest son and grandson to a private school when I saw what was happening to the public schools.

Johan Klaus on April 1, 2009 at 1:49 AM

They’re only increasing taxes on the one-third of Iowans who are rich.

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Where does that rich begin? At what threshold does one become rich?

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 1:52 AM

Masters of the Universe

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The Universe is scroomed royally. These are two tiny men.
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Entelechy on March 31, 2009 at 10:59 PM

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The phrase “Masters of the Universe” refers to the Wall Street traders in Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities. They had money and power, but the story shows how quickly one may fall when the forces of demagoguery align against him. It’s an indictment of our society, our press, our politics, and our system of justice, and must reading.
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The race-baiting black minister bears a striking resemblance to “Reverend” Al Sharpton, although Wolfe always claimed all the characters were composites. Ironically, shortly after the book’s publication, Sharpton began his rise to national prominence with the Tawana Brawley case, in which his actions were even worse than the book’s Reverend Bacon’s.
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Hurry to get it before Obama declares that only books promoting Socialist Realism may be read or sold in the USA.
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Adjoran on April 1, 2009 at 2:01 AM

Where does that rich begin? At what threshold does one become rich?

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 1:52 AM

Do you have any money? Any, at all?

Congratulations! You are a winner!

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 2:02 AM

Congratulations! You are a winner!

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 2:02 AM

Heh! Let me try out my Chaplin the Hobo routine.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 2:06 AM

Let me try out my Chaplin the Hobo routine.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 2:06 AM

Alright, if that’s the way you want to be.

Put down that cane!

Now that you’re disarmed, if you just hand over 90% of your costume, you’ll be free to go your way.

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 2:12 AM

Now that you’re disarmed wallet’s been lifted, if you just hand over 90% of your costume life savings, you’ll be free to go your way.

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 2:12 AM

Where would that be exactly?

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 2:18 AM

Where would that be exactly?

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 2:18 AM

Anywhere your little heart desires.

Just as long as its volunteering at the nearest Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

You’ll like it. They do good work, helping the tired, the poor, the huddled masses, yearning to breathe less carbon dioxide.

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 2:27 AM

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 2:27 AM

No thanks. ACORNS are for squirrels.

I’d rather watch episodes of the Osbourne’s Reloaded and reroute my car exhaust to my living room.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 2:41 AM

I wish Osama Obama was only as bad as I feared he’d be before the election.

MrScribbler on March 31, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Tell me about it. And after he was elected, I consoled myself with the words of all those people who said he’d be centrist.

Instead, all my worst nightmares are coming true at a pace I’d never imagined. Who knew taking over the U.S., and taking it down, could happen so easily and quickly?

Somehow all those constitutional checks and balances I learned about in school don’t really exist. Whoever is in charge gets to do whatever he likes, regardless of whether it is legal, or whether most Americans want it.

Whatever he likes. Who knew it was so easy? It’s a surprise to me, to learn that none of us has any rights or standing in anything. They just do what they want, and take it all away. I don’t even trust voting anymore, so I don’t have any particular hopes for being able to turn any of it around.

Alana on April 1, 2009 at 2:53 AM

Institutions that are on the “public teat”, that is, those that have taken public funds to guarantee their survival, should be forced to have all employees live under the “GS” schedule for government employment wages, effective at the time they take the public funds. The general rule is this: If we backstop you then you live on public-sector salaries. End of discussion. If you object to this then return the public money and have a go of it on your own.
- Denninger

You are kidding, right? Why should we give raises to people by converting them government pay scales? Recent studies have shown that government pay scales now exceed those of the private sector for virtual all job categories below “C” level positions. And that doesn’t include the higher level of benefits and retirement schemes.

in_awe on April 1, 2009 at 3:01 AM

No thanks. ACORNS are for squirrels.

I’d rather watch episodes of the Osbourne’s Reloaded and reroute my car exhaust to my living room.

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 2:41 AM

Great! Another volunteer for the sustainable global environment campaign!

Working together, we will greatly reduce human misery by greatly reducing human population.

Yes we can!

(And think about it, through your participation in our efforts, you’re going to get a tax cut too.)

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 3:11 AM

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 3:11 AM

Sarcasm will get you everywhere

Kini on April 1, 2009 at 3:23 AM

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 3:11 AM

Do you think any of the huddled masses will ever discover that trees thrive on carbon dioxide? Nahhhhh.

msmveritas on April 1, 2009 at 3:32 AM

Do you think any of the huddled masses will ever discover that trees thrive on carbon dioxide? Nahhhhh.

msmveritas on April 1, 2009 at 3:32 AM

Do trees vote?

Do trees make campaign contributions?

Well, we are all going to have to make sacrifices to save the planet.

Including trees.

Loxodonta on April 1, 2009 at 3:39 AM

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