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I have heard rumblings that some economic nitwits believe the sequester is good because, two weeks after it went into effect, the economy has not yet tanked and the markets are up.

Allow me to enlighten you as to the real deal:

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I'm mad as fuck about this sequester.  The fucking Republicans are fucking us again so that the richest assholes on the planet don't have to pay a penny more in taxes.

Pardon me if I curse and don't pull my punches.  Please understand that I am pissed off that our country is going right into the shitcan thanks to Republican stupidity.  Same as it ever was.  Didn't we learn anything in 2008?  

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The United States Government IS NOT Like Your Family

What if 46 cents of every dollar you spent was borrowed?  You'd quickly find yourself bankrupt.  Presently, 46 percent of every dollar the U.S. government spends is borrowed, and you will hear conservative simpletons decry this fact loudly, often saying something like, "If it were my family (or my business), I'd be in deep trouble."

Well, the federal government of the United States of America is not your family or your business.  It is your business in the sense of not being "none of your business," but it's not your business in terms of how its finances work.  The main difference between the government and you is that the government can create money out of thin air.  

"But... inflation!!!" they will protest.


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Sorry for the (possibly) hysterical headline.  Maybe I'm feeling a little paranoid because of Willard's smirking cockiness today.  He seems pretty sure about winning.

If this report is true, it might explain a lot of that.  Really?  The Ohio Secretary of State's office installed a secret "software patch" to the voting tabulation equipment?  

< blinking repeatedly in a state of stunned realization that shit is totally effed up >

So for all we know, they could be re-jiggering the vote-theft "algorithm" to match the new poll numbers because the code for this "patch" hasn't been reviewed by anyone.


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It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. -Stalin
Does anybody know or care that Mitt Romney's tough-talking kid owns a substantial share of the voting machines that will count the votes in at least six states?

I'm going to take this from the broadest level -- the one that says having computers count votes is dumb in itself -- and taper down to the point, which is that nobody should be able to own the machines that count the votes, let alone one of the candidates' sons.

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I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
The above quote is often attributed to Voltaire, but who knows...

So I got in a ridiculous war on a thread here on DKos today.  The diarist had used the word "fag" which is obviously offensive in a bare-naked context.  The context was not bare naked, however.  Below the fold, I will explain.

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You know who you are, the ones who don't agree with me!  Yeah, you!  I just want you to know that you are a total ButtHead.  You have no clue how much damage you're doing to this country with your insane views, and I totally resent you for it.  You should probably be cast in a dungeon and forgotten, but of course we don't do that here in the United States of America.  We just throw scary brown people Guantanamo and let them rot for many years without charge, without a public hearing of the charges against them, without the right to face their accusers... you know the drill.

If I had my druthers, all you ButtHeads would be sharing cells with the TowelHeads.  That's how totally un-American you are.

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First of all, I can't type well or much because of a hand injury.  Believe me, if I could say more, I would.  So I made a video.  It's a rant.  I won't say I'm proud of it, but I will say that it will offend some people, scare them, and/or make them think I'm a nut.  Those people's opinions don't matter to me.

Maybe I'm just especially cranky thanks to the injury.


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I was going to do this as a comment in bonddad's diary, but it would get lost in the flurry.  It turned out to be longer than a comment anyway.

What I am going to do is show how bonddad's charts do not support his overarching assertion that the economy is turning around.  I'll take this chart-by-chart, point-by-point.


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(Cross-posted at Professor Dumbass)

[Edited to remove slightly unfair reference to bonddad, with whom I disagree sharply these days.  This diary is about the economy, not the stock market.  The stock market is a rhetorical device used to show how even a very optimistic short-term "trend" means nothing in the bigger picture.  Sorry for having been unclear.]

Some say the economy is turning around.  Some others like to point at this summer's sucker rally in the stock market as supporting evidence.  The fact is, stock market rallies took place throughout the Great Depression.  Nothing that happens in the market has any bearing on economic reality, and speculative rallies actually have the net effect of destroying wealth.


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Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 01:44 PM PDT

Bad News From Iraq

by CharlieHipHop

(Cross-posted at Professor Dumbass.)

Bad news on the Iraq front today -- major attacks on government centers in Baghdad.  The Ministry of Finance and the Foreign Ministry were both hit by massive truck bombs, within minutes of each other.  

If anyone is reading, please follow the farking link above! This is major news -- a huge attack on the center of Iraqi government.  

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When people pimp their books and stuff on Daily Kos, it annoys me so I generally refrain from doing it.  In this case, I have something that I really want to share widely, something that -- based on recent feedback received through my little backwater blog -- I'm pretty sure some of my fellow Kossacks will enjoy.  I don't stand to gain from it, so... shrug.


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