21 Oct 2010

Watercooler – What Book Would You Like To Write?

Last night, we shared what books we are currently reading. Tonight, I’d like to hear what you’d write about if someone gave you a fat check and said, “Write about whatever you want.”

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21 Oct 2010

Late Night: Pouting Baby Asks Why Mrs. Ginni T Makes Mean Phone Calls

Pouting Baby wonders if Mrs. Ginni T turned into Mrs. Gin and T before she made the phone call to Professor Hill.

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21 Oct 2010

Video: LGBT leaders set aside differences to rally around Rep. Patrick Murphy

I enjoyed doing this video, though of course when you’re doing your part, you have no way of knowing how the finished product will turn out. Dan Manatt produced it and Joe Sudbay of Americablog and Adam Bink of Open Left corralled this motley crew together in support of Patrick

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21 Oct 2010

Slap My Invisible Hand, Black Soul Man

I was going to get around to this, well, “thing” from McMegan but, as per usual, Roy got around to it faster and mo’ better than I could ever hope or dream. The gist of the latest edition of The World Is Constantly Evolving and How It Affects Me, Princess 

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21 Oct 2010

Foreclosures Pay – How to Reverse the Incentives

Simply put, the problem with the housing market right now, not the problem for investors or banks but the problem for the people living in the homes, is that it has become more lucrative for many servicers to foreclose on the property than to work out a modification. That changes all of the incentives around housing, and makes fraud attractive. That the system was swamped with calls for modifications after pushing people into loans that they couldn’t afford when they recast makes fraud all the more attractive. Foreclosure pays in particular for servicers who don’t also own the loan: for them, they’d rather pay a foreclosure mill a flat rate to process the homes rather than pay more staff to do person-to-person modifications and all the things that go with that: verification of income, negotiation, etc. This happens to be, in most cases, the mega-servicers who are owned by the big banks.

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21 Oct 2010

Country Rocks, but Bluegrass Rules

Who is your fav bluegrass performer?

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21 Oct 2010

CA Initiatives: Prop 19 Now Trailing, Anti-Climate Reform Prop 23 Down Big, Majority Rule Prop 25 Leading

In addition to highly contested gubernatorial and senate contests, the voters of California will be deciding several of the most important ballot initiatives in the country.

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21 Oct 2010

Right-Wing Voter Guide Revolution: What Can Progressives Learn?

According to these Christian voter guides (which exist in all 50 states), the vast majority of Democrats in Congress are “Anti-Jesus” and have a “faith friendly” rating of zero.

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21 Oct 2010

Brother Love’s Traveling Dumb Nation Show

This a true story. On Monday one of my clients stopped by to personally extend an invitation to me to attend the Tea Party Express rally that oozed into San Diego today. It is understandable that he thought I might somehow be interested since, in my public life, I keep

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21 Oct 2010

Bad News for Democrats: Pew Poll Shows Party Down 10 on Generic Ballot, Incumbents Unpopular

The latest Pew Research poll of the midterm election is essentially all bad news for Democrats less than two weeks before the election. According to the poll, for the first time all year, Democrats now trail in the generic ballot question among registered voters, losing 42 percent  to 46 percent.

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