Steven M. notes that John McCain seems to want to bomb everyone.
I forgot to tune into the FDIC last night to see the parade of fiscal responsibles being honored for their acumen at destroying jobs, money, and trust(s).
I shall recognize them now for their mastery of the universe.
These banks are now blanks:
Joseph Stiglitz points out the doube-standard of foreclosure fraud. Banks expect homeowners to obey the law, while the banks disobey it. A nugget:
The procedural shortcuts, incomplete documentation and rampant fraud that accompanied banks’ rush to generate millions of bad loans during the housing bubble has, however, complicated the process of cleaning up the ensuing mess.
To many bankers, these are just details to be overlooked. Most people evicted from their homes have not been paying their mortgages, and, in most cases, those who are throwing them out have rightful claims. But Americans are not supposed to believe in justice on average.
If the law is not the same for everyone, we do not have rule of law.
Keith Olbermann described the importance of the rule of law last night while criticizing the willingness of John McCain (and others) to throw out the liberties of some.
Here is the key part of the transcript. It’s a good description of the importance of the rule of law:
And if you can decide that he shouldn’t have the same rights we would give to the man who shot President Reagan, or to serial killers, or to Bernie Madoff, then the precedent that you set can some day end thusly:
Some day, for some reason, somebody will be able to arrest you, Mr. McCain, and declare that you are not entitled to your Miranda rights, and that perhaps you should be tried by a military court.
While you pander to a group that tries to dress up its bitching about paying its fair share of taxes as “the government is taking away freedom,” you propose that the government should take away… freedom.
You shame yourself in the eyes of American Patriots, and in the eyes of your fellow veterans who sacrificed, and the honored dead who gave their lives, to protect the freedoms and the laws you have today suggested should be optional!
For practical purposes, the law is not the same for everyone. Shoplifters with public defenders do not face the same odds as Wall Street banksters with $1500-an-hour defense lawyers.
Nevertheless, a thread in the story of America has been the struggle to make the law the same for everyone; now, at least, that shoplifter does get a public defender.
To rip that thread from the fabric of the story for some would be to do so for all.
The portion quoted above starts about 55 seconds into the video:
Reacting to this interview with Willaim Ayers, Dan Kennedy writes in the Guardian (emphasis added):
Ayers . . . came across as intelligent, sympathetic, multi-dimensional and reflective – in other words, like an actual human being. He expressed regrets about his 1960s radicalism, though in a selective and self-regarding manner – again, like a human being. And if he’s not quite the wonderful person he portrayed himself to be – indeed, his limited contrition seemed artfully designed to underscore his wonderfulness – he nevertheless convinced me that his crimes were minor compared to the useful life he has led.
Which makes it all the more reprehensible that John McCain and Sarah Palin would single this man out, holding him up as an object of hatred as the crowds they had whipped into a frenzy cried, “Kill him!” The McCain-Palin ticket may be history, but the rage it unleashed lives on.
“Now that the campaign is over, have the death threats stopped?” (interviewer Terry–ed.) Gross asked Ayers.
“Escalated,” Ayers replied.
“Why, do you think?”
“I’m not sure,” Ayers said, “but I’ve gotten a lot of threats that talk about civil war and the fact that we now have a socialist government and that the war is on. And I send all of these threats to the police because I don’t know how to handle them”.
McHack, the common man:
Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid, Cindy McCain decided to resolve an old problem — the lack of cellular telephone coverage on her remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona, nestled deep in a tree-lined canyon called Hidden Valley.
By the time Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid was in full swing this summer, the ranch had wireless coverage from the two cellular companies most often used by campaign staff — Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
Verizon delivered a portable tower know as a “cell site on wheels” — free of charge — to Cindy McCain’s property in June in response to an online request from Cindy McCain’s staff early last year. Such devices are usually reserved for restoring service when cell coverage is knocked out during emergencies, such as hurricanes.
GRAPHIC: After a request from Cindy McCain, Verizon Wireless proposed installing a cell tower close to the couple’s home near Sedona, Ariz.
In July, AT&T followed suit, wheeling in a portable tower for free to match Verizon’s offer. “This is an unusual situation,” said AT&T spokeswoman Claudia B. Jones. “You can’t have a presidential nominee in an area where there is not cell coverage.”
H/T Karen for the link.
So, just what do you think would have happened when you called up
Southwestern Bell Cingular AT&T or Verizon and said, “Look, I don’t get any cell phone coverage here at my place. Can I have my own cell tower?”
Think they would have said, “Sure! Here! It’s on the
House Senate. Just tell us where you want it”?
If you do, wanna buy a bridge?
From Fact Check dot org. Follow the link for the full analysis (emphasis added):
The ad also misquotes Obama. It says he defended himself against the “most liberal” rating by saying “they’re not telling the truth” and “folks are lying.” Actually, Obama said McCain and Palin weren’t truthful about the “Bridge to Nowhere,” and he was correct. And his “folks are lying” remark referred to anti-abortion groups that accuse him of favoring “infanticide” because of votes he cast in the Illinois state Senate.
After twisting Obama’s words, the ad accuses him of being “not presidential.”
And McHack is?
Well, maybe. Given the record of the Current Federal Administrator, I guess lying is the presidential thing to do.