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  • Barack Obama has been president for two whole months and he has yet to completely reverse the terrorism-related legal precedents set by the Bush administration. Pokey, pokey! [Bloomberg]
  • Financial news shocker: AIG paid lots of hot dollars to the very executives from the very division that lost billions on credit default swaps. [Bloomberg]
  • A secret report written by the International Committee of the Red Cross details the many horrible ways in which “high-value” Guantanamo detainees were abused in the prison. [Washington Post]
  • Treasury Secretary Geithner would like to accelerate the pace of regulatory overhaul, now that the horse has left the barn and all. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Minnesota will have a second senator someday, but probably not anytime soon. [The Hill]
  • With unemployment at a 25-year high, polls show that Americans are very worried about unemployment. [CNN]

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50 comments

  1. MarieDeGournay

    I read about the Red Cross report this weekend. OMG, if Cheney and the rest of those evil bastards aren’t rounded up and sent directly to jail right now I swear I’ve given up on all sense of justice in this world.

  2. BobLoblawLawBlog

    Financial news shocker: AIG paid lots of hot dollars to the very executives from the very division that lost billions on credit default swaps.

    I know, I know, ZOMG HOW COULD THEY???? The same reason dogs lick their balls. I think it’s time for mean Hopey to take these kids to school.

  3. gurukalehuru

    I think Barry O. IS being a little pokey and I don’t understand it. The way to achieve bi-partisanship with the Repubican party is to start throwing a few of those motherfuckers in jail.

  4. TGY

    Well, it’s important to lock up the barn tight after all but one of your horses have skedaddled, so’s you can at least have one pony left. Even though it only knows one trick.

    Also, the most annoying thing about the former Bush administration is that it’s still talking and refuses to shut up. By ‘administration’, I mean ‘Dick Cheney’ mostly. Dieplzkthx. Or STFU, since we’re now a kinder, gentler, half-breed-muslin nation. Big. Steaming. Cup. STFU.

  5. Mild Midwesterner

    Sure, Obama has yet to reverse all of the previous administration’s evil deeds. Nonetheless, the Naval Observatory has been free of dead deer for two months running. Things are looking up!

  6. Terry

    Throwing a handful of Bushies in jail would do some interesting things to the GOP, don’t you think? It might open a door for the non-wingnuts to step up and reclaim the party but who knows if they have enough backbone left to do it.

  7. Serolf Divad

    [re=265907]Terry[/re]:

    Dude, Terry, the wingnuts are all that’s left of the party… unless you want to jail every Republican but Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter.

  8. psilage

    “AIG paid lots of hot dollars to the very executives from the very division that lost billions on credit default swaps.”

    Sure. Think how bad those particular executives must be feeling. I hope they got a big hug too.

  9. ManchuCandidate

    How about this idea for AIG execs to pay back their bonuses? Let them dig ditches at say $5/hr till it’s all paid off. I think that’s fair. Better than paying to keep them in jail.

  10. Terry

    [re=265908]Serolf Divad[/re]:

    Good point. I’m actually wondering if a new third party will be forming.

    Also, not a dude, a dudette.

  11. queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=265897]BobLoblawLawBlog[/re]: What you said, if by “take these kids to school” you mean “string them up by their balls.”

  12. freakishlystrong

    Anyone else get the inkling that maybe this economic mess has possibly been engineered to maybe keep all this torture talk off the front page? Rethugs aren’t beneath that shit are they?

  13. Servo

    [re=265910]ManchuCandidate[/re]:
    Give each 10000 hours of community service laying new railroad beds.

  14. shanemacgowan

    “McConnell’s show of support is key, because Coleman might need to rely on national party funding to push forward.”

    All the proof you need that
    1. Mitch McConnell hates America, and
    2. R’s have more money than brains

  15. gurukalehuru

    [re=265911]magic titty[/re]: Well, just to hear his reply to President Beeblebrox’s final missive, which came in like a lightning fast left uppercut, just before the banhammer came down.

  16. gurukalehuru

    The latest rumor is that Norm Coleman is angling to replace Michael Steele. I’d miss Michael, but if it means we can finally have our Al Franken party, then I’m all for it. …and Normie is no slouch in the laugh generating genre himself.

  17. WadISay

    If Minnesota has to go another who-knows-how-long without a second Senator, can Minnesotans make a “no taxation without representation” argument? At least, a half-assed argument?

  18. amuseinc

    You do realize that Normie Coleman really screwed the pooch on this donor thing. It’s illegal to keep the credit card three or four digit security code found on the back of the cards after a transaction is done. What did Mr. Blo ‘N Go do? He had an excell spreadsheet with all the info you would need to drain any credit card account… then he placed in on a server open to anybody with a browser. Yes you too could have a list of more than 50,000 Republican credit card numbers with all security dodes, addresses, names and expirations dates by just entering a URL at your local public library. Ain’t stupidity grand!

  19. Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=265922]gurukalehuru[/re]: Norm is all kinds of corrupt — not to mention teh stupidz. The mere fact that the the Rs are even thinking about this prospect shows you how shallow the Repubs talent pool is. What next, snowbilly grifter for president?? Oh wait…

  20. Serolf Divad

    [re=265912]Terry[/re]:

    My bad, Terry… the pink daisy avatar should have been a tipoff. I’m Bertrand Russell’s ghost, by the way.

  21. JamesMichaelCurley

    [re=265911]magic titty[/re]: A couple times during the week end I thought I heard from SJDoc. But then I remembered I went to that new Mexican restaurant on Friday.

  22. kudzu

    [re=265901]gurukalehuru[/re]: That ain’t much fun. Senator Franken needs to wait until he gets a formal heave-ho so he can stick it and rub it on Bill O’Reilly’s face and he can do his victory dance for the entire Fox News staff. If this is what he’s waiting for, I applaud the man.

  23. hobospacejungle

    Norm Coleman should probably hire those $5/hour ditch diggers to dig him a big hole when he’s done obstructing. I’m guessing he’s not going to be very popular, even in the state where he got a lot of votes. Going w/o a senator for months on end means a whole lotta constituent services are going unprovided.

    As for the $5/hour ditch digging until all the AIG debt is paid back: the debt wouldn’t be paid back until this planet, and several others, were covered pole-to-pole with ditches. Then again, not a bad start if your goal is to eliminate, Soviet-style, political undesirables. And right now I’m seeing a lot of political undesirables every time I turn on my TV…Mr. Cheney.

  24. hockeymom

    Am I the only one who wishes that Jon Stewart did the interview with Cheney instead of CNN’s King?

  25. Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=265939]hockeymom[/re]: Cheney would never have agreed to an interview with someone who doesn’t pander or lob softball Qs. It would have been funny to see John King rip off his latex face to uncover Jon Stewart. The surprise would have probably done Dick in, which can only be a good thing!

  26. hobospacejungle

    [re=265939]hockeymom[/re]: Am I the only one who wishes that Jon Stewart did the interview with Cheney instead of CNN’s King?

    How about David Gregory? Oh wait, asking the tough questions isn’t the role of the press (anymore.)

    I think there are a lot of critics who think that . . . . if we did not stand up and say this is bogus, and you’re a liar, and why are you doing this, that we didn’t do our job. I respectfully disagree. It’s not our role.

    —–David Gregory

  27. ManchuCandidate

    [re=265934]hobospacejungle[/re]:
    The whole point of the idea wasn’t so they could pay it back, but to experience the joy of back breaking labor for the rest of their lives.

  28. hobospacejungle

    [re=265947]ManchuCandidate[/re]: I understand. But pretending otherwise allowed me to advocate for their elimination one bullet at a time. Which, if anyone asks, I am totally against. That would be wrong, and it was wrong of me to say to that killing everyone who destroyed our retirement accounts would be a good start. It wouldn’t be a good start. It would be a good end.

  29. V572625694

    [re=265939]hockeymom[/re]: Couldn’t catch all of King’s Cheney tongue bath. Did he ask about the death squads? And if so, did he do it in a can-you-believe-what-these-hippies-are-saying-now tone of voice?

  30. zhubajie

    [re=265915]freakishlystrong[/re]: They aren’t that smart. They are not supermen, just greedy fuck-ups.

    Zhu Bajie

  31. Dane Wayne

    All the talk of wingnuts is funny.

    My nuts are better then your nuts or your nuts are better then my nuts. Your are all nuts.

    There is only one type of nut in Washington D.C. and that is the “green” nut and by “green”, I don’t mean moss backed, tree hugging, Birkenstock wearing Oregonians.

    P.S. those nuts voting on the “Recovery” Bill without reading it was as nutty as a Squirrels breakfast.

  32. Lascauxcaveman

    [re=265915]freakishlystrong[/re]: Anyone else get the inkling that maybe this economic mess has possibly been engineered to maybe keep all this torture talk off the front page?

    You’re paranoid. And you’re giving them way too much credit. The economic meltdown has roots that easily predate the the first Iraq war tortures. Also.

    The rich, having a lot more to lose, have lost the most in this shitstorm. Repubs would have loved to keep the bubble inflated as long as they were in charge. Only missed it by a bout a year. Better luck next time, eh?

  33. S.Luggo

    [re=265907]Terry[/re]: A non-wingnut GOP would be like a day without sunshine. And an oxymoron, also.

  34. AnnieGetYourFun

    What’s also awesome is that the MSM is positing that the Obama administration is being tainted by the AIG scandal. “He’s not just inheriting this problem, it look like he CAUSED it.” Because one guy from a think tank said so.

  35. hobospacejungle

    [re=265954]V572625694[/re]: David Gregory = self-licking ice cream cone

    Brilliant!

  36. qwerty42

    [re=265910]ManchuCandidate[/re]: “…Better than paying to keep them in jail….
    Hell, I’d pay to keep them in jail.

  37. MarieDeGournay

    [re=265954]V572625694[/re]: Trying it picture that image in my head is tons of fun. Thank you.

  38. CivicHoliday

    [re=265977]Dane Wayne[/re]: I don’t follow. Are you saying you have gangrene testicles?

  39. Hooray For Anything

    There’s no way, no how that any of these banks/insurance firms could have done half the stuff they did without doing something highly unethical and by highly unethical I mean something that in a just world and sane world, would lead not just to prison, but federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.

    [re=265939]hockeymom[/re]: Jon Stewart needs to start a Journalism School or something. How anyone could interview Cheney and not flat out call him a lying, evil torture-loving, demon from hell should hand in their journalism badge.

  40. chascates

    Here’s Ari Fleischer from March 11 on Chris Matthews’ show:

    “After September 11th having been hit once how could we take a chance that Saddam might strike again? And that’s the threat that has been removed and I think we are all safer with that threat removed.”

  41. hobospacejungle

    Fleischer looks like he’s aged about 40 years in the last 8. He no not look good. Maybe all those years of lying are festering inside, turning his guts to gruel.

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