Friday, October 29, 2010

GDP Q3 2010 at 2%

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has the numbers here. They're sticking with 1.7% for Q2, for now.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism: Obama's Lies On Jon Stewart Epitomize His Failure

"I’m so offended by the latest Obama canard, that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 cost less than 1% of GDP, that I barely know where to begin. Not only does this Administration lie on a routine basis, it doesn’t even bother to tell credible lies. And this one came directly from the top, not via minions. It’s not that this misrepresentation is earth-shaking, but that it epitomizes why the Obama Administration is well on its way to being an abject failure."
And that's just the opening paragraph. The rest is not to be missed, here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Katie Couric Wants a Whiff?

Divine this mood Tinkerbell:

Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms.

Quoted here.

Yea, we can't spell "literally" and "capitol" either, but "NO!" is really easy.

The Official Pace Car for Obamacare

2010 Consumer Contraction Worse Than 2008

Read the data for yourself here at Pragmatic Capitalism, but don't miss the second half of the entry which discusses the genesis and meaning of "the new frugality" and the devastating consequences of the Fed's war on the average American through ZIRP (zero interest rate policy):

On Wall Street and inside the Beltway there are no perceived victims of low interest rates, because low rates result in obscene spreads between the real cost of institutional borrowing (essentially zero) and the real rate of consumer lending (18% to 24% on real-world short term loans). Meanwhile every barrier possible has been raised to prevent those lower rates from propagating to those most in need of longer term relief.

Down with debt! Down with the Fed!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Making a List and Checking it Twice

Ears: They're Not Just For Presidents Anymore

Major Banks Appeal Federal Reserve Disclosure Ruling to Supreme Court

But the Federal Reserve did not join in the appeal, apparently in order to enhance the standing of the banks in the case.

At stake are the details of $2 trillion in Federal Reserve assistance to financial institutions beginning in late 2007 and running through the crisis of 2008, details which the Fed does not want to reveal to protect the institutions which received the dough.

Nevermind it's your money.

Down with the Fed! has the story here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

US Treasury Still Stonewalling FOIA Request on Citigroup Guarantees

Twenty months and counting, including a non-response response on what securities $300 billion of taxpayer monies guarantee. It's our money! We have a right to know!

And tomorrow it will be the Federal Reserve's turn to continue the stonewalling on a separate FOIA request involving $2 trillion in taxpayer guarantees for financial institutions from two years ago, and we still don't know even though the courts have ordered the Federal Reserve to comply with the requests. When they finally do, how much do you want to bet it will be a similar non-response response?

No wonder the people want the Federal Reserve abolished, and the Treasury to burn down.

Bloomberg, which supports the FOIA requests, has the full story here.

National Debt Up $5 Trillion Under Pelosi, $3.1 Trillion Under Hastert

The woman said in January 2007 that under Democrats there wouldn't be any more deficit spending but pay as you go instead. Yea right.

Under Hastert the deficit increased so much not because of war spending, but because of social spending, particularly on Drugs for Seniors, the largest expansion of government since the 1960s at the time.

You can't trust either party as far as you can throw them.

The story was reported here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Libertarian Defends Local Bankers

An analyst of the banks and an increasingly visible commentator on the foreclosure mess, R. Christopher Whalen puts in a good word for local bankers on his blog at

The bad guys in the housing bust are not the banks who must foreclose on homes, but the politicians in both political parties who used reckless housing policies to further their personal interests. This is a bipartisan national scandal. Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Phil Graham, Alan Greenspan and their contemporaries are the authors of our collective misery, not the local banker who must clean up the mess created by government intervention in the housing market.

Read the rest here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Corporate Cash Really Isn't

Mish has an interesting post which contrasts "corporate cash" with corporate debt. The upshot is the cash is concentrated in just four big financials (Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America), and overall in about 50 companies. But corporates with cash are also in debt up to their eyeballs, so much so that the debt outweighs the cash by a TARP-size bailout amount:

As you can see, the total cash (in green) for the top 50 companies is $3.71 trillion, which sure sounds like a hell of a lot of cash, and it would be were it not for the debt (in red) totaling $4.45 trillion.

Read it all and see the graphic here.

Promises! Promises!: Hurt US Congress

Story here.

Hurt is running against Tom “If you don't tie our hands, we will keep stealing” Perriello in VA-5. 

Los Angeles Times Says 2010 Obama Message is "Darker" Than 2008's

Seriously. Here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Obama Doesn't Know His (Foreclosure) Constituency

John Judis for The New Republic almost says he knew FDR and that FDR was a friend of his, but he does say that Obama is no FDR:

The left will support Obama and Democrats. It’s the working-class voters who reluctantly backed Obama in 2008, but have been turned off by the impression that the administration cares more about the banks than about them. ... [FDR] knew who his constituency was: His was the party of the common man. The Obama administration, meanwhile, worries about the people who listen to "Charlie Rose." And they and the Democrats are going to pay a steep price for their inattention to common concerns this November.

Read the full commentary here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Some Banksters May Yet Go To Jail for Fraud

According to a story today from

In a number of cases in the past year — sources put it between five and ten — auditors have found enough evidence of fraud by bankers that they referred the cases to criminal investigators within the Treasury Inspector General’s office for a more detailed analysis.

The rest is here.

On the Lesson of the Log Cabin Republicans

"If you let in a bunch of pricks, eventually you'll get screwed."

-- Imam John

14 More Reasons Not To Be a Republican

One More Reason I'll Never Be a Republican Again

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Obama Increases National Debt 29% in 22 Months

Eyeball news has the story here.

National debt on Obama Immaculation Day: $10.626 trillion.

National debt yesterday: $13.665 trillion.

That's about $138 billion of new debt every month Obama's been in office.

GDP in 2009 was about $14.26 trillion.

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness Against Chinese Protectionism

James Kostohryz here doesn't say so explicitly, but he's just a little embarrassed by the fact that Americans are so stupid that he needs to write an article explaining how "China's [currency] policies are blatantly and massively protectionist," because it hoards US dollars to prevent equilibration just like 19th century powers hoarded gold against the rules.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Praying for Clean Spirits: That's Not Weird?

Easily as weird as another First Lady who believed in astrology.

"It means all the world to us to know that there are prayer circles out there and people who are keeping the spirits clean around us," First Lady Michelle Obama said on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" today.

See that here.

Didn't anyone tell her there's an election coming up shortly and to put a sock in it, or at least some more shrimp, crab and lobster to keep that yap occupied until the danger passes? If she keeps this up that Marian Robinson voodoo stuff is going to start sounding plausible!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Serbians Try to Beat Up Marching Poofters in Belgrade

Thomson Reuters has the story here:

"This government [of President Boris Tadic of the Serbian Democratic Party in coalition with the Socialist Party] wants to protect a deviant, wicked and non-Christian minority against the good, law-abiding majority," said Milija, 28, a construction engineer who described himself as a religious nationalist.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Selling Gold? You'll Pay the IRS at 28%, not 15%

Paul Sullivan reminds us here of a little appreciated drawback to investing in gold:

And even if you invest in gold through an E.T.F. — as opposed to buying bullion — it has two significant costs. The first is that it does not pay a dividend, so there will not be a stream of income from it.

Selling it is easy, particularly with an E.T.F., but this leads to the second problem: gold is taxed at a much higher capital-gains rate. The Internal Revenue Service considers it a collectible and taxes gains at a rate of 28 percent, as opposed to the 15 percent capital gains tax for other securities. This means gold has to appreciate more than other securities to make up for a tax rate on gains that is almost double.

Natural Gas Reserves in US Increase 35%, The Most in Forty Years

And supplies in other countries, also from shale fields, are on the increase and are making energy, economic and political independence more certain for many more nations than ever before:

Last year, the “Potential Gas Committee,” a group of specialists linked to the Colorado School of Mines, reported the biggest increase in US natural-gas reserves in its 44-year history, from 1,532 trillion cubic feet (TCF) in 2006 to 2,074 TCF in 2008.

Since the US used approximately 23 TCF in 2008 at a unit cost in excess of $9.00, the vast new reserves point to prices closer to $6.00 going forward and decades of supply. Americans should get serious about committing to compressed natural gas powered automobiles instead of gimmicks like electric and hybrid electric cars in order to bridge the gap to a cleaner energy future.

Read the fascinating details from Peter Foster for The Financial Post here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Obama: The God That Failed

The Associated Press is reporting today here that unemployment holds high and steady at 9.6%:

Unemployment has now topped 9.5 percent for 14 months in a row, the longest stretch since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Flash back to the beginning of the year when we were in month six of the fourteen:

"And the notion that I would somehow resist doing something that cost half as much but would produce twice as many jobs -- why would I resist that? I wouldn't. I mean, that's my point, is that -- I am not an ideologue. I'm not."

-- BHO, Baltimore Q and A, January 29, 2010

What else but devotion to a failed ideology would work like such a charm and keep unemployment so high for so long?

Obama: 22 Months of Making This Time Different Than All the Rest

"We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those boys ... We are the hope of the father ... We are the hope of the woman ... We are the hope of the future; the answer to the cynics who tell us ... we cannot remake this world as it should be.

[W]hat began as a whisper has now swelled to a chorus ... that will heal this nation, repair this world, and make this time different than all the rest."

-- BHO, speech in Chicago, February 5, 2008

Obama The Utopian

"Our union can be perfected."

-- BHO, speech in Chicago, IL, November 4, 2008

Remember This Health Insurance Premiums Whopper?

"If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change under my plan is that we will lower premiums."

-- Barack Hussein Obama, speech in Canton, Ohio, Monday October 27, 2008

A new survey of companies by Hewitt Associates here projects an 8.8% overall increase in premiums for 2011, 11% to 22% of which is directly caused by ObamaCare.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Obama: "We Are Going To Have Hand-to-Hand Combat"

The Los Angeles Times has the story here:

"They are fired up. They are mobilized. They see an opportunity to take back the House, maybe take back the Senate," he said. "If they're successful in doing that, they've already said they're going to go back to the same policies that were in place during the Bush administration. That means that we are going to have just hand-to-hand combat up here on Capitol Hill."

Suddenly it's OK to use this kind of speech.

Just seven months ago Democrats were accusing Republicans of trying to foment physical violence over the passage of Obamacare because they used this kind of vivid language of "fighting." Within a week the FBI had raided the Hutaree militia in southeast Michigan and other states, accusing them of planning an armed revolt against the government. Google "Republicans threaten violence over healthcare" and see how many million  results you get. It was an hysterical reaction designed to incite hysteria, and perhaps goad someone into making a mistake which would be very politically valuable to the Democrats.

This is the m/o of leftist extremism.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Nat Hentoff Worries We Are Ignoring Obama's Gutting of the Fourth Amendment

Nat Hentoff is justifiably worried that Tea Partiers have ignored the threat posed by Obama to the Fourth Amendment:

Insofar as the tea partiers will continue to be an influence on the Republicans – having already been instrumental this year in re-electing some – I have not, as I've reported, seen much concern among them about our vanishing privacy (though I admire the tea partiers declared devotion to the Constitution).

Perhaps when the drones start scanning you in your own home you'll wake up, but by then it may be too late.

Read Nat Hentoff at The Village Voice here, or The Richmond-Times Dispatch here, or at World Net Daily. His latest on the Fourth Amendment for the latter appeared here.

The Scope of Democrat Gridlock Continues to Grow

The Democrat Party has controlled both the US House and Senate since the 2006 midterm elections, but 420 bills passed by the current House elected in 2008 continue to languish unactioned by the Senate, which the Democrats presently control with an effective majority of 59 seats (which includes two independents) vs. 41 seats held by Republicans.

In February the number of unactioned bills had stood at 290. During the summer it climbed to 372.

Isn't there a pill for impotence? has the story here.

Daniel Gross: "To Spend Money We Don't Have is Vital"

Ah, no, but for some Americans there is no choice.

Daniel Gross for The New York Times here protests that he's witnessed a "frugality" kick twice in America and has lived to see us shake it off both times. He points to signs which he thinks show that Americans may be doing that once again because total debt is up, and boy is he happy about it.

What he won't say honestly, however, is that total debt continues its inexorable rise because while consumers have in fact cut back, government has stepped into the breach to make up for it. A good little Keynesian that Daniel Gross.

Unfortunately, it's the poorest Americans who are spending more, and it's because they must.

Sara Murray for The Wall Street Journal here points out that for the poorest quintile, spending rose 5.6% in 2009 from 2007 while experiencing at the same time a 5.5% drop in their after-tax income. Food spending alone for this group went up 15.4% in 2009 from 2007, because of rising prices. To make ends meet, they are using up what little savings they have left, and . . . tapping credit!

Meanwhile the middle quintile's spending in 2009 is down 3.5% from 2008, and 3.1% from 2007. Overall, Americans are spending 2.8% less in 2009 than in 2008, including the rich.

Many of these statistics are "firsts". And if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire, another first will be inflicted on the poorest Americans by benevolent, compassionate liberalism: a 50% tax increase when the 10% bracket disappears and reverts to 15%.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

In Everlasting Debt

The recent decline was almost completely the result of defaults written off by banks and credit card companies, not of consumers paying down their debts:

Kenneth Rogoff on Gold

Kenneth Rogoff for here weighs in on the increased interest in gold, adding the not often heard warning that rising interest rates could cause the price to fall as investors invest elsewhere seeking return in the form of cash flows which an American Gold Eagle in your safe simply cannot provide.

He also notes that the long-term inflation adjusted price lags current gold prices:

At $1,300, today’s price is probably more than double very long-term, inflation-adjusted, average gold prices.

Adjusting the price of gold for inflation from its price in 1913 to 2009 would put gold at $462 the ounce last year, so at $1,300 an ounce the price is 2.8 times that already, and climbing.

Are ya feeling lucky? Well are ya?

Monday, October 4, 2010

On Suffering Women's Suffrage

In a dull stream, which moving slow,
You hardly see the current flow;
When a small breeze obstructs the course,
It whirls about for want of force,
And in its narrow circle gathers
Nothing but chaff, and straws, and feathers:

The current of a female mind stops thus,
and turns with ev'ry wind;
Thus whirling round, together draws
Fools, fops, and rakes, for chaff and straws.

-- Jonathan Swift, 1713

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Making Afghanistan Safe For Pedophilia

I don't know how I overlooked this story from the end of August, but the effeminate church I narrowly escaped this morning set me to surfing when I got home, and Voila! Our forces as presently constituted find the pedophilia revolting, which must be why the Obama regime is working so hard to repeal DADT. Fag forces will be positively begging for deployments to the theatre:

For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers. Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are bacha baz, the term for an older man with a boy lover. Literally it means "boy player." The men like to boast about it.

"Having a boy has become a custom for us," Enayatullah, a 42-year-old in Baghlan province, told a Reuters reporter. "Whoever wants to show off should have a boy."

Baghlan province is in the northeast, but Afghans say pedophilia is most prevalent among Pashtun men in the south. The Pashtun are Afghanistan's most important tribe. For centuries, the nation's leaders have been Pashtun.

You'll find the rest of "Afghanistan's Dirty Little Secret" here at The San Francisco Chronicle, where  it must have found considerable local interest. In it you'll also learn that there are more pedophiles per capita in Afghanistan than in any other place in the world, even Rome!

I found the way Muslims are said to explain this away as not being homosexuality, which they forbid,  poignantly reminiscent of the kind of text-trimming you will meet with in just about any church or synagogue in America: It's not homosexuality because they don't love the boys.

And the Taliban? I'm sure they're more than ready to blame it all on Alexander the Great.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Govern Your Self

"It is the proper business of every man, who is governed by laws, to study into the nature of those laws; and wherever he finds an error, point it out, in order for amendment."

-- A Countryman, 1765

Friday, October 1, 2010

Q2 GDP 2010 Revised Up To 1.7% From 1.6%

The story was reported here.

A second and final revision will follow.

Z Backscatter Vans Caused Snarled Truck Traffic in Atlanta This Week

According to this source, vehicles equipped with the same scanners now being deployed in airports to provide full body scans were tested by Homeland Security and the TSA in Atlanta this week at a weigh station on I-20.

More than 500 Z Backscatter Vans have been produced so far for use abroad by the military and at home by the regime, according to the report.

This story from September 28th did not identify the scanners as backscatter vans, nor does the photo provided in the story show a van which looks like the rolling surveillance unit depicted in this post.

Do you feel secure in your person, house, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search and seizure? Where is the probable cause, and where is the warrant issued by a judge, describing the particular place to be searched, and the particular person and the particular thing? Your Fourth Amendment rights are being shredded before your eyes.