10 Oct 2008

Open question – where are the car company ads?

One of the hardest things to do is notice what is *not* there. Over the past 2 weeks or so I do not recall seing any television advertising from Ford, Chevy, GMC or any other US automaker. I'm also not noticing the big local car dealers buying their normal amount

08 Oct 2008

“Palin Speak” – for extra credit please diagram this sentance.

"It's relevant to connect that association he has with Ayers, not so much he as a person Ayers, but the whole situation and the truthfulness and the judgment there that you must question if again he's not being forthright in all of his answers, "Palin said.   Here's my try

01 Oct 2008

What 8 years have done to Bush – McGrampy can’t possibly survive 4

Decided to pull up pictures from 2000 and yesterday to compare the appearance of W.  I has long been known that being president takes an average of 10 years off your life.   By this measure, McCain ought to keel over right after he is sworn in. According to the most

26 Sep 2008

LIBOR – the real danger in the credit crisis

UPDATE: Here are some links that help explain LIBOR's role better: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/7836493 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIBOR http://www.latimes.com/business/nationworld/wire/ats-ap-credit-qsep28,1,6051567.story It all boils down to this. Payrolls ranging from small companies to ones the size of Ford, GM or General Dynamics rely upon lines of credit to make their payroll. At a minimum, Ford with its 245,000 employees at

21 Sep 2008

The original Republican ‘Playbook” Today’s Doonesbury

http://news.yahoo.com/comics/doonesbury;_ylt=Arf9zzOMw2VT1Rk2IpjVj5sDwLAF (and if Pam or Julian can paste the actual comic here this would make sense immediately…thanks)   Refers to the “Magna Carta of attack politics”  Newt's lexicon of useful hate speech designed to elicit a visceral reaction in voters.    Here are the actual words from the original document:   As

18 Sep 2008

Mr Language Person examines the McCain lexicon

Fundementals – McCain :  “The fundementals of the economy are sound” McCain has stated this on multiple occassions. He said it after news broke yesterday and then had to “clarify” what he meant by stating … read more that “he meant the workers of America are the fundementals of the economy

14 Sep 2008

Lehman Brothers filing for Bankruptcy – more Bushenomics in action

[UPDATE: I would add this NY Times article as a preface to this great diary. Julien. And It's not just Lehman — Merrill Lynch is being taken over. – Pam]  The 138 year old Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers is filing for CH 11 (liquidation – as in it

05 Sep 2008

Did Palin hire Alberto Gonzo as her lawyer, or just his clone?

From the Anchorage Daily News Sept 5  http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/516641.html 'Threat'? Palin's lawyer tries to play Secret Service card Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, made an absurd threat in his battle to get the Legislature to back off its ethics investigation of the governor and her staff. Van Flein said

05 Sep 2008

The phantom VP candidate – when will the Repubs allow interviews?

[Update from Julien: Looks like you're going to get your glimpses of Palin only with scripted talking points.]   I note with some interest that there have been exactly zero interviews of Palin since she was introduced.   This Sunday, Meet the Press is interviewing Biden.   Here's a quick

08 Aug 2008

China jingles its keys and distracts the entire world

Am I the only person completely disgusted by the grotesque spectacle put on by the repressive Chinese government on NBC tonight? The announcers are reading verbatim from the Ministry of Propaganda’s script extolling the limitless virtues of the great workers paradise. I lived in China for years and speak Mandarin