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The Hill newspaper today says Senate Republicans are threatening filibuster of the stimulus package if the Obama admin doesnt agree to remove a provision to allow bankruptcy judges to force mortgage noteholders to write down the mortgage principal to somewhere near a property's current (post-bubble) value.

It indicates they're feeling out whether they can blackmail Obama over this.  

So far, it looks like Obama's caving. (Excerpts below the fold.)

The thieves in the financial industry want to make you go on paying on a $300,000 note when your house is now appraised at $175,000, and it will NEVER come back to anywhere near the value of the note.  And the bubble wasn't your fault.

In other words, they are trying to erase the possibility that you can EVER save very much again. Not enough to send your kids to college!  Not enough to retire!!  Tell me: How would you do either of the above, without home equity at the center of the savings plan??

Meanwhile, the thieves have taken BILLIONS in bonuses from taxpayer bailouts--no doubt, using some of this booty to fund Republicans in the Senate.  

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Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 06:59 PM PDT


by muddy paws

I wish Lunsford were the person we all wish he were.

But he isn't.

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Mon Jul 14, 2008 at 09:02 AM PDT

by muddy paws

Here is it -- I posted it on jefflieber's diary, but taking this chance to rediary it here because it's so far down -- afraid people wont see it.

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Mr. Paulson said 1.5 million home foreclosures were started in 2007 and that an estimated 2.5 million more would take place this year.

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Mon May 26, 2008 at 12:50 PM PDT

Petition to sack Liz Trotta

by muddy paws

This is a short diary -- if too short, I apologize.

I believe the Liz Trotta episode was FoxNews'/Murdoch's opportunity to amplify the so-called "RFK gaffe," --they saw it, and they took it.  I dont think there was anything unscripted about it at all.

See for a brief discussion of the Rupert Murdoch press that has established this kind of poison in the media.

I think the whisperers will continue -- always with a giggle as cover.

Trotta should be fired, and kossacks should boycott FoxNews advertisers.

Now there is a petition to get Trotta fired.

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Thu Apr 24, 2008 at 07:08 AM PDT

Obama's spreadsheet of delegates

by muddy paws

The Obama campaign has sent its current spreadsheet of distributed delegates to Steve Clemons, the excellent blogger at, and also founder of a new Washington think tank, The New America Foundation (


I CANNOT CUT/PASTE it into the diary format (dont know why), so I apologize for a short diary.  You'll have to go to the link.

I thought kossacks would want to see it, even though I cannot write a really conventional diary on this.

Please accept apologies for an unconventional diary.

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Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 07:24 AM PDT

Clinton Foundation and Tibet

by muddy paws

The LATimes has a story up today showing how Bill Clinton uses his foundation to accept contributions from politically risky sources.

Obvious problem: What favors do these donors want in return--if Hillary gets the presidency?

I think the story shows  Billery isn't "vetted" at all-- a laughable claim, given the Clinton modus operandi in, say, given the unresolved circumstances of the pardons, and the frenetic fundraising for the Foundation and the Library.  Since the Clintons are self-advertised "2-fers," the story illustates the possible conflicts of interest in Bill's fund-raising activities and a third Clinton term.  

The slow-drip for this subject may be starting.  (I hope it is--wish it were faster than a slow-drip.)  We all remember the uranium deal.
Specifics of the new episode below the fold.

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You want this guy running the country?  Running in and out of the White House to 'fix' things???

Guess what? They've started early!! They fixed it so I can't cut/paste.

No surprise here.

Look at this face (and the shaved head.)  

Straight out of some camp--the Clinton camp!!

You want to go back to this?



The NYT has a front-pager up about the 'endgame' being planned by the here-to-fore incompetent Clinton advisors.

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OK...I'll risk disapprobation (practicing my vocabulary) with a really short diary.  I know you're supposed to throw in a bunch of palaver, but HONESTLY FOLKS, you don't need it with this!!!  Speaks for itself!!!  

If you don't have fun with''re an idiot.

This is a short diary.  Dont know how to 'move' videos or I would have moved it here, rather than depend on a link.

So you'll have to click on the link.  Trust me.  Your evening is made.

Go, O!!!


The Seattle Intelligencer is reporting that an Iraqi epidemiologist who co-wrote the October 1966 article in The Lancet ( estimating Iraqi civilian deaths since the U.S. invasion at 655,000 been denied a visa to address academic audiences in the US.

This estimate is nearly 10 times larger than other studies, according to the paper.  

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