Quote of the Day

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Incredibly complex and consequential new laws are negotiated in secret and then enacted immediately, with no hearings, no real debate, no transparency. Nancy Pelosi has praised herself for decreeing that the new law will be online for 24 hours before Congress votes on it — a full 24 hours for the American public to understand and assess a law that forces them to subsidize Wall St.’s losses in a way that may impact them for decades, if not generations. The most significant and consequential pieces of legislation over the last eight years — the Patriot Act, the various expanded surveillance laws, the Military Commissions Act — were the by-product of identical anti-democratic processes.

-Glenn Greenwald on the bailout

Please read more of what he has to say on what is the most fitting bookend to Bush’s disastrous eight years in the White House.

What the cotton hill does Eliott Spitzer have to be angry about?

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The NY Times reports that the policer/lover of prostitutes is sometimes still pissed after his resignation as New York’s governor.  What? Let’s review his life since the truth about his indulgence for paid side sex was revealed:

  • His wife did not leave him.
  • His family’s wealth ensure that he is not some broke ass civil servant reject.
  • He still has friends.

True, he may still be prosecuted for his crimes but hey, I’m sure he knows how to manage that … he was an attorney general in a previous life.  And he cannot indulge in any kind of bodacious crowing about Wall Street’s financial meltdown as the former Sheriff of Wall Street because seriously, who is going to listen to him?  And yet, he’s reaching out for someone else to provide cover for a reputation and career that he torpedoed due to his own hubris:

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was reading his newspaper on a recent Thursday morning when he was jolted by a comment made by his successor, David A. Paterson.

In the 22nd paragraph of a New York Times article on Aug. 21, Mr. Paterson said that aides to Mr. Spitzer had lacked experience in Albany, and added that the Spitzer administration’s management approach sometimes “just didn’t work.”

Mr. Spitzer grew upset, according to a senior aide to Mr. Paterson and another official. He picked up the phone, reached a Paterson aide, demanded a public apology from the governor and “issued threats, veiled and unveiled” against Mr. Paterson, said the aide, who insisted on anonymity because he did not want to anger either man.

No public apology was offered; Mr. Spitzer and Mr. Paterson have not spoken since June.

What does it mean that a brilliant and indulged man cannot acknowledge that his own choices have led to his current circumstance?

6 Months Later, Spitzer Is Contrite, Yes, but Sometimes Still Angry [NY Times]

The Real Housewives of Atlanta…

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http://www.atlantamagazine.com/uploadedImages/Atlanta/Blogs/Shop_Girl/real%20housewives%20cast.jpgI will watch the first episode on October 7th simply because the women are trying so hard to be

FABULOUS

RICH

SEXY

ENVY INDUCING

Trainwreck TV at its finest.

Yeah, I hope their portfolios lost value in the last two weeks.

Link Slut, September 25, 2008

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http://texasholdemblogger.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/alg_mets-paper-bags.jpg?w=687Why Mets Fans Cry Bitter, Bitter Tears [AP]

She makes George W. Bush sound like Cicero. [Beliefnet.com]

And since 50 doesn’t have a Beyonce, he’s less famous [Stereohyped]

Well, Spitzer had to talk to a media outlet eventually [TONY]

LisaRaye, the party’s over [Rhymes With Snitch]

Oh to lose $270 million and not even be upset! [CNN]

This is a commenter…

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discussing a post about an Holiday Inn Express ad that I found  very corny and predictable:

I was one of the teens in the ad. When I was first approached about doing it, I was bit skeptical. But after participating and bonding with the other actors, I learned not to take the role so serious. Life is all about parody. We must take a step back sometimes and not let the traditions of the world, wether positive or not, dictate our every move. It’s so easy to make this more than what it is, when all it is is good times.

Just My 2 Abraham Lincoln’s

Mr. Commenter …you are right! Life is all about parody.  The reasoning accurately explains this person:

http://bittenandbound.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/gov-palin-2006_official.jpg

Wake me up when the aliens get here.

And yet I don’t care.

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Yes, I’m Gay [HuffPo]

Oh Bill…

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You still got it…joking with Jon Stewart about McDonald apple pies (which is all I will be able to afford at this rate!)

I know everyone in the studio is standing because they miss him so much!

Jon is asking Bill about Bush’s cognitive dissonance on socialism for businesses versus socialism for human beings.

Bill is offering a solution to current financial issue.  I can’t type fast enough to copy what he said, it will be available online tomorrow I’m sure.

Current crisis is due to(according to Bill Clinton)

Too much speculation for too long.

Okay, need to find out if Krugman and Reich (my two fave economists this week) agree.