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Greenspan's Body Count: Fore! Steven DeMocker chooses the 7-iron

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In today's episode of Greenspan's Body Count, debtor Steven DeMocker stands accused of killing his ex-wife over money:
Accused killer Steven DeMocker and his ex-wife Carol Kennedy both struggled with finances after their divorce, which caused extreme friction between the two, a fraud examiner testified Friday at the Yavapai County Courthouse.

On the fourth day of the evidentiary hearing surrounding Kennedy's murder, Richard Echols said DeMocker and Kennedy argued extensively about money in a slew of e-mails during the months, weeks and days leading up to the victim's death on July 2, 2008.

Prosecuting attorneys accuse DeMocker, 55, of bludgeoning Kennedy to death with a golf club at what was their Williamson Valley home. The state is seeking the death penalty for DeMocker, a former financial advisor, based on five aggravating circumstances, including pecuniary gain.

On July 1, 2008, the day before Kennedy's death, e-mail correspondence between DeMocker and Kennedy indi…

Ally Bank lies to public about being part of bankrupt GMAC

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Thursday brought us the news that GMAC was asking for yet another multi-billion-dollar bailout. And, given GMAC's status as Obama's preferred slush fund to funnel tax dollars to Government Motors and the autoworker unions, it's a certainty they will get it:
The U.S. government is likely to inject $2.8 billion to $5.6 billion of capital into the Detroit company, on top of the $12.5 billion that GMAC has received since December 2008...Given public outrage toward the bailouts and the Obama Administration, the deposit-seeking arm of GMAC rebranded itself "Ally Bank" with warm, purply, roundy, lower-case letters that are about as far from Government Motors, GMAC, and Obama Nation as you can imagine.

You can imagine the public might be reluctant to bank with Ally Bank if they knew it was really the same GMAC that is bankrupt and leeching off taxpayer dollars to support Obama's political allies (allies! get it?).

So I thought it would be interesting to ask Ally about …

Happy Halloween!

Is Heidi DeJong Barsuglia dead?

No one has heard from her since the scandal broke, and this morning someone in Sunnyvale is Googling "Heidi DeJong Barsuglia body."

If she did kill herself, it would be a surprising indication that lobbyists can feel shame.

W.C. Varones Blog was right: Kumar is the new Goebbels Kal Penn Kalpen Modi

You heard it here first, two months ago: Is Kumar from White Castle the new Joseph Goebbels?

Yesterday a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch revealed that yes, Kumar was deeply involved in orchestrating the NEA propaganda campaign:
Former actor and present White House associate director of public engagement Kalpen Modi was directly involved in planning the controversial conference call hosted by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) flack to encourage tax-supported artists to create propaganda for President Obama, according to emails obtained by Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

HT: Jammie Wearing Fool

Late night links

NY Times self-censorship

We can't state the obvious that the Obama coffin photo op was a photo op.

Stay on message, people!

Glorious

What happens when you hire two drunk midgets to play ewoks on a Today Show segment? See here.

Be patient, it gets good.

What would one be without the other?

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Retarded Economists Club

Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Joseph Stiglitz:
Deficits are of course only one side of a country’s balance sheet. On the other side are assets.

Debtors' Revolt's Ann Minch: Chase Bank, Are You Stupid?

Last month we linked this video of a woman telling Bank of America to pound sand. They raised her interest rate to an obscene rate despite a perfect payment history, and she declared they wouldn't get another dime from her.

Well, her video went viral and she went on a bunch of MSM shows. And after ignoring the requests of private citizen Ann Minch, the Bank that Retarded Hillbilly Ken Lewis Built caved in to the demands of TV star Ann Minch.

Next up: Chase, which tried to smack her with a 21% interest rate.



Advantage: Minch. Minch's blog can be found at Debtors Revolt Now.

You know our philosophy here: Neither a borrower nor a lender be. But if ye be a borrower anyway, squirrel away some gold, run up your credit cards, and then go out with a bang. The dirty banks will settle for pennies on the dollar if you look like you have no assets.

Walnut Creek Teabagging - A Civic Park Romp

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Tonight the Tea Party Express rolled into sunny Walnut Creek's Civic Park. A crowd of probably 500 teabaggers strong were in attendance. There was also an odd assortment of Obama Nation supporters probably numbering 20 or so. They actually provided the highlight of the evening, but first the main event. The message was consistent - bash those who don't represent the people and adhere to the Constitution. It wasn't a Republican gathering though a couple of Republican candidates were schlepping their candidacy. It was a liberty gathering. It was about the Constitution and about how our current government has broken its oath to follow it. The message was inspiring and gave this reporter hope that people do realize that our liberty is what is at stake here.
But the highlight of the evening involved a couple members of Obama Nation. Your reporter was dressed innocuously enough so as to be able to mingle among both sides of the intelligence aisle. Actually I was wearing a Califo…
"I try not to be judgmental in this life; I also try not to let a whore kiss me on the mouth."

-Charlie McDanger's page-a-day calendar

The Year of Living Veganously

It was one year ago that Mrs. V suggested we try veganism for a month. Well, the days went by, like paper in the wind. When the month was up, we never looked back, and it's been a year now. Here's to the next decade of living veganously!

555YVR Luxury Low-Income Housing

We've regularly documented the trials and tribulations of The Mercer condo complex in Walnut Creek. This is where you pay SF condo prices for a suburban setting. The 1 bedroom/1 bath units were going for $500K while the 3 bedroom units were asking $1Mil. As we reported the holding company is now renting out he units and folks who bought in are trying to sell at a $200K loss and still unable to do so.

Then there was 555YVR. Located on the busiest street in Walnut Creek that isn't I680, this luxury complex was asking $700K for their 2 bedroom units and around $500 for their 1 bedroom accomodations. AND if you were lucky enough to purchase a West facing unit you got a wonderful view of the Walnut Creek Motor Lodge parking lot.

So how successful has this development been? Let's check today's SFGATE:
First Marin County, now Walnut Creek. Both communities -- neither of whose populaces are usually seen to be lacking in the greenbacks department -- have recently announc…

Serious lack of humanity ...

On a more serious note ...

Something is seriously wrong with our society when people can stand by and watch a girl get assaulted and not do anything about it.

As many as seven people assaulted her as she lay on a bench, while others jeered, beat her, robbed her and took photos with their cell phones. Police say they don't know how many people watched during the course of the attack, but some reports have said as many 20.

When we lose our ability to have compassion for each other, we lose what it is that makes us human. Yes I am judging here. They stood by and watch, cheered on, took pictures, of a young girl being beaten and raped. No one took action for two f*&^ing hours. Let that sink in. Two hours.

"Our assumption is that when parents bring the kids to the school, to the dance, that they also arrange for a safe ride back," said spokesman Marin Trujillo. "If kids wish to leave the dance in the middle of the dance, we assume they have a safe ride back. There&#…

Arnold to S.F. - F*&^ you! AB 1176

It's very possible this is just a coincidence, but funny regardless.

Seems the stars lined up just right in Arnold's veto letter explaining why he was vetoing the bill to benefit the Port of San Francisco. For those that look for hidden messages, it says clearly "f&*^ you". Now of course, Sacramento is saying it's just one of those things.

Bring out the gimp!

It's not quite Greenspan's Body Count, but Greenspan's housing bubble caused a scene right out of Pulp Fiction when underwater homedebtors took their revenge on loan modification scammers:
As Los Angeles housing advocates launched a campaign warning of mortgage rescue scams, a couple hit by foreclosure are charged with torturing two loan-modification agents they suspected of fraud, authorities said on Monday.

The couple, Daniel Weston and Mary Ann Parmelee, and three other people are accused of luring their two victims to an office where the men were tied up, held for hours and beaten, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney said.

Police were called after one of the victims managed to escape, said the spokeswoman, Shiara Davila-Morales. The incident occurred on Wednesday in the town of Glendale, just north of Los Angeles.

Weston, Parmelee and the three other defendants each were charged with two counts of torture, two counts of false imprisonment by violence…

Sweet Dreams

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- from Tortillitas Para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes

One of these things is not like the others

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Would you prefer the $6 on the left or the 50 cents on the right?


Highlight the area below with your mouse for the answer:
Independent Accountant nails it in the comments.

Through 1964, U.S. coins were actually worth something. They were made of silver, with approximately 0.72 ounces of silver per dollar face value (dimes, quarters and half dollars had weights and silver content in exact proportion to their face value, so a quarter weighed 2.5x as much as a dime, and 1/2 what a half dollar weighed).

Once the Federal Reserve had debased the currency to such an extreme that the metal value exceeded the face value, the mint stopped making coins of valuable silver and started making coins out of nearly worthless copper-nickel alloys. That debasement continued so far as to make a penny not even worth a penny's weight in copper, so copper pennies were replaced in 1983 with copper-coated zinc.

With spot silver at $17, that 50 cent piece has about $6.12 in silver content, while those six…

We Love Illegals!

There's a new driving law in the People Democratic Republic of San Francisco.

Call it sanctuary on wheels: San Francisco is about to give a big break to people, many of them illegal immigrants, who are caught driving without a license.

Beginning Sunday, cops will no longer impound cars the first time drivers are pulled over without a license.

The reason: Many such drivers are in the United States illegally - and thus unable to get a license - and the officials pushing the change think that impounding their cars is an unfair hardship.

Instead, unlicensed drivers will be given 20 minutes to phone a relative or other acquaintance with a valid license and insurance to pick up the car. If the driver doesn't have a cell phone, police will help him contact someone.

If no one shows up, then the cop is to call a supervisor to approve the tow.

A second offense within six months means an automatic tow. But, for those who stay clean for half a year, the clock starts over.
But hey, any of you leg…

An easy answer to the dirty dishes in your sink

From craigslist:

$300 SUBMISSIVE OPENMINDED MALE LOOKING FOR A ROOM

NY-23 Doug Hoffman vs. Dede Scozzafava

I've been remiss in not mentioning the Congressional race in New York's 23rd Congressional District.

GOP party insiders picked Dede Scozzafava, a left-wing, card-checking, Obama-porkulus-supporting, ACORN-connected kook. Doug Hoffman is running an insurgent campaign on the Conservative Party ticket. He is attracting support from Tea Partiers, bloggers, the Club for Growth, and conservatives like Fred Thompson and Steve Forbes. He is burying Scozzafava in fundraising and surging in the polls.

If Scozzafava doesn't withdraw, she may split the vote and end up electing the Democrat Bill Owens -- but he's actually more conservative than Scozzafava.

More info at DumpDede.com and The Underground Conservative.

You can donate to Doug Hoffman here.

W.C. Varones supports SEIU purpleshirts

If you're going to San Francisco...

... be sure to bring a camera to take pictures of the goons at 555 California Street.

555 California used to be called the Bank of America building, when Bank of America was still a San Francisco bank before it got taken over by NationsBank and run by the retarded hillbilly Ken Lewis.

I've been to the building on many occasions, including lunch at the Bankers' Club on the top floor and visiting friends who worked for the Vampire Squid on another floor. I'll be stopping by to take pictures of goons when I'm up there for 11/22 End the Fed.

Unprecedented move! White House BANS Fox News from Press Corps!

This incredible move, which should remove any doubt that we are all now subjects of a regime that meets the dictionary's definition of fascism, was summarized quite well at this blog (and below). The rest of the networks rightfully protested, saying they'd all leave if Fox was not allowed to stay in the pool. That's shocking to me, but I'm glad it happened.

Today the White House stepped up its attack on Fox News, announcing that the network would no longer be able to conduct interviews with officials as a member of the Press Pool. The Pool is a five-member group consisting of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC organized by the White House Correspondents Association. Its membership is not subject to oversight by the government.

Before an interview with "Pay Czar" Kenneth Feinberg, the administration announced that Fox News would be banned from the press pool. This marks the first time in historythat an administration had attempted to ban an entire network from the …

Steve Wynn rips Obamunism

Fast forward to minute 5 of this.

Gray areas

I saw this video over on Tyler Durden, which, incidentally, is the greatest website since Jesus.



I have no idea if that is satire or not. Your vote?

Voters are too stupid to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent - Malin Burnham

... says greedy developer Malin Burnham, who wants to build a big new City Hall for the bankrupt city of San Diego.

- Richard Rider

Now we're favored guests... treated to the finest in beverages that make you blind

While the Nixon Obama White House is compiling its Enemies List with Fox News at the top, there's a little special treatment for those who are totally in the tank for Obama:
On Monday, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN.

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The White House has sent TVNewser the complete list of those who attended the off-the-record briefing Monday: Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, Ron Brownstein, John Dickerson, Rachel Maddow, Frank Rich, Jerry Seib, Maureen Dowd, Keith Olbermann, Bob Herbert, Gloria Borger, and Gwen Ifill. Several members of the staff also attended.
That's your post-partisan President: declaring jihad on Fox News, and hanging out with Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.

Money can't buy me love

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It's just not your day when you borrow, print, and spend trillions of dollars to pump up the Dow all the way to 10,000, but the people still don't like you.

Advice from the sane on gold and the dollar

One of the perils of the gold discussion is that gold people are generally kooks. I happen to think they are right, but it's hard to deny that Marc Faber, Peter Schiff, et. al. are a little bit odd. It's kind of like the guy on the street corner with the "End of the World" sign. He may very well know something you don't know, but your first instinct is that he's just crazy. Faber, for example:
Capitalism has been the engine driving America and the global economies for over two centuries. Faber predicts its collapse will trigger global "wars, massive government-debt defaults, and the impoverishment of large segments of Western society." Faber knows that capitalism is not working, capitalism has peaked, and the collapse of capitalism is "inevitable."

When? He hesitates: "But what I don't know is whether this final collapse, which is inevitable, will occur tomorrow, or in five or 10 years, and whether it will occur with the Dow at …

The new landlord can always keep the lights on; he has a printing press!

Fed now owns deserted Oklahoma City mall.

Consider it a thank-you gift from the Wall Street banksters whom the Fed bailed out last year, the same banksters who are now reporting obscene profits and bonuses.

File this under "Who knew?!?"

You know the saying - Your home is your castle. Well who knew you couldn't get naked in your own castle huh? Seems that is the case in Virginia tho. In a city I lived in as a child even.

So remember - no walking around your place naked. Some busybody might take offense.

Link found at The Agitator.

Neal Fox's "Take out the Trash"

Neal Fox, the lifelong music industry insider who has Gone Rogue and brought us F(*& the Fed, follows up with another on-target polemic, Take Out the Trash:



And don't miss We're all gonna be there (when she dies).

You can buy Neal Fox tunes and gear at his label Wire Duck Records.

Jerry Brown vs. CNBC

This was a treat to watch yesterday.

Here's a paraphrased summary.

CNBC bimbo: Thank you for coming on to talk to us about California's lawsuit against State Street Bank over alleged ripoffs in foreign exchange pricing in CalPERS and CalSTRS transactions. Aren't you just grandstanding because you are running for governor?

Jerry Brown: Screw you, you New York media elitist bimbo! You're the one who invited me on here to talk about it. This is a major fraud case brought to us by whistleblowers a year ago. It has nothing to do with my run for governor. If you don't want to cover this, why did you invite me on?




I will probably vote for Jerry. He's a real maverick, and everybody on the Republican side is a go-along-get-along tax-and-spender. Poizner, who claims to be the "conservative" in the race, has a history of supporting tax increases and just decided this year that it might be convenient for him to run against taxes.

I'll take my chances with …

Matt Taibbi on the Wall Street Naked Swindle

Matt Taibbi once again preaches our gospel to the masses.

Go on, read it, if you're not yet angry enough to take torches and pitchforks to Wall Street and Washington.

Happy Anniversary, Jr. Deputy Accountant!

It was one year ago today that the Jr. Deputy Accountant blog was born with this tentative post.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of blogs were similarly born that day. How could we have have known that the nemesis of the Fed would rise from such humble beginnings? JDA's next posts were longish, personal, and well-written, but didn't contain a hint of the Van Helsing who would take on a single-minded quest to attack and expose the bloodthirsty vampires of the Federal Reserve. Perhaps she felt the calling at last year's End the Fed, because since that post, she's never looked back. She's expanded her hunt to the rest of the vampires in the Fed's clan, chief among them being Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Treasury (in that order, obviously).

Congratulations to Jr. Deputy Accountant on a hell of a rookie year, and we expect more great things in the years to come!

Congress voluntarily gives up its power and becomes, what?

Over the last 100 years or so, Congress has steadily and willingly given up some of its most important powers. The Constitution gave Congress many specific powers and duties, some of which made that body our primary bulwark against some of the most dangerous forces the history of human governance had seen up until the American Revolution (Pointless Wars, Tyranny, Usurpation of basic Freedoms, Monetary Policy Malfeasance, Approval of the President's Cabinet Members, and Reckless Spending).

Amongst these critical powers were the sole power to spendour money and to handle our monetary policies, the sole power to declare war. Let's examine briefly how Congress has handled these critical duties over the last 100 years:

1) With the Federal Reserve act of 1913, Congress willingly gave up the power to control our monetary policy. I personally believe that was an unconstitutional act. Regardless, with that act, Congress voluntarily relieved itself of one of its most important burdens/du…

Your post-partisan President at work

If laughter is the best medicine

... then this will cure cancer.

Where is Paulson's hand?

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"Colleagues Finger Billionaire" - headline, Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2009

Giant Vampire Squid attacks SEC

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Chrissy Matthews embarrasses himself trying to defend Obama

You can skip to about minute 4 or 5 in this video when Chrissy goes to Defcon 5 Obama defense mode.

What a waste. Matthews is a good interviewer and could have been one of the greats like Tim Russert. Instead he throws it away being a partisan in the tank for Obama.

Tea Party breaks out at Obama event in San Francisco

Temple of MUT and City Square have the story.

Ya think?

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Barron's to Zimbabwe Ben: Enough Already!



Evil Zimbabwe Ben laughs at naive stories like this. Destruction of the dollar is his explicit goal. And he loves seeing old people have to eat Alpo because they are earning 0% on their savings.

Eco-Tyranny Tea Party Pics

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Another beautiful day and friendly mob on Harbor Drive.



Organizers Sarah Bond, Dawn Wildman, and Leslie Eastman as SNL's Tina Fey. Speaking is Larry Naritelli. Topics were water for the Central Valley, AB 32, Cap and Trade, and the announcement of the first Tea Party petition, a proposal to free union members from having their wages taken for political purposes.



More pics over on my Picasa.

UPDATE: Here's Leslie as Tina Fey. I'm sorry I only caught the end of the skit!



... and here is Leslie's account of the event.
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Photo courtesy Neal Fox

Analogies

Noam Chomsky: speaking out against the charismatic leader of a vast expansion of government power is like inciting Jew-hatred in Germany.

Happy BFF - Bakersfield Edition

I was really starting to worry that things were askew at the FDIC. They didn’t shut anyone down last week and as of 6PM PST they hadn’t shut anyone down this week. I thought that one of the following must have happened:
1. All banks became solvent, the crisis is over, there’s nothing to look at here, move along folks.
2. The FDIC finally ran out of money. SAY WHAT?!?
3. Sheila and Suze were on a 2 week, instead of 1 week, retreat to solve their recent bout of lesbian bed death.But as I log in at close to 10 PM on a Friday evening, I see that Sheila was back in action, at least bank-wise. She took down the San Joaquin Bank in Bakersfield, California signaling to the world that everything is normal once again.

Barney Frank, Predatory Lender

Yes, that headline sounds like a lot of headlines on the W.C. Varones Blog.

But that's not my headline; it's from the Wall Street Journal:
Recent reports that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will suffer default rates of more than 20% on the 2007 and 2008 loans it guaranteed has raised questions once again about the government's role in the financial crisis and its efforts to achieve social purposes by distorting the financial system.The Wall Street Journal agrees: FHA is the new subprime. Click on over and read the whole thing.

Hyperinflation tipping point

Following up yesterday's post on inflation-defense investments, Paul Hsieh and Amit Ghate cite John Mauldin's weekly newsletter, which notes that the hyperinflation "tipping point" generally occurs when governments have to borrow 40% of what they are spending, which, coincidentally, is exactly where Barack Obama and his printmeister Ben Bernanke have the United States at the moment:
"There have been 28 episodes of hyperinflation of national economies in the 20th century, with 20 occurring after 1980. Peter Bernholz (Professor Emeritus of Economics in the Center for Economics and Business (WWZ) at the University of Basel, Switzerland) has spent his career examining the intertwined worlds of politics and economics with special attention given to money. In his most recent book, Monetary Regimes and Inflation: History, Economic and Political Relationships, Bernholz analyzes the 12 largest episodes of hyperinflations - all of which were caused by financing huge public…

Shall we play a game?

"How about Global Thermonuclear Depression?"

"Wouldn't you prefer a good game of chess?"

"Later. Right now let's play Global Thermonuclear Depression."

"Fine."


HT: Instapundit.

CalPERS: not just bad investors, but crooked too! Pay-to-play

We've been documenting the CalPERS debacle here for more than a year:

CalPERS' magical performance numbers -- 7/19/2008
CalPERS implodes just as predicted --12/18/2008
CalPERS fraud countdown -- 6/21/09
CalPERS fraud watch -- 7/21/09
CalPERS tragic in its hilarity -- 7/27/2009

Today the Wall Street Journal exposes CalPERS board members taking bribes to put CALPERS money into losing investments.
America's largest public-pension fund, Calpers, revealed that a former board member had reaped more than $50 million in fees for arranging investments that could saddle state taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.The disclosure deepens concerns that alleged conflicts of interest are undermining state retirement funds.The California Public Employees' Retirement System said it is launching a "special review" into payments by money managers -- including billionaire Leon Black's Apollo Management LP -- to firms including Arvco Financial Ventures LLC. Arvco …

End the Fed rallies November 22

Mark your calendar for an End the Fed rally on Sunday, November 22. They'll be happening nationwide at Federal Reserve Bank branches. I'll be at the San Francisco Fed yellin' at Yellen.
Here is Jr. Deputy Accountant's recap, with pics, from last year.

More info at End the Fed.


Advice to a young man on supporting a mistress

Instapundit links to this Virginian post on protection against hyperinflation. I agree with his conclusion of real estate, gold, and stocks.

Coincidentally, I had just written an e-mail last night to a young professional who was looking into investment ideas to protect against dollar collapse. Here are my thoughts:

My overall philosophy is that individual investors should manage their own investments via very low-cost mutual funds and ETFs -- the money they save by not paying advisors really adds up.

A few of my favored low-cost vehicles are:

Foreign stocks:
VWO, VEA -- Vanguard emerging markets and EAFE index ETFs
SWISX -- Schwab international index fund
EWA -- Australia stock ETF
EWC -- Canada stock ETF

Foreign currencies:
FXA -- Australia currency ETF
FXC -- Canada currency ETF
Everbank.com -- savings accounts and CDs denominated in many different currencies

Foreign bonds:
PFUIX -- Pimco Foreign Bond (unhedged)

Commodities:
GSG -- Goldman Sachs Commodity Index ETF (yes, they are evil, but their…

You call that exuberant?

When even the cheerful folk sound like Cassandras, we're in a world of hurt.

Exuberant Accountant:
Is our Country on a Collision Course?
As an accountant and auditor I have been trained to make assessments on the health of organizations. In fact, we even have a special model we use called the Altman Z-Score. This mathematical formula determines the probability that an organization will go into bankruptcy. As I read Lawrence Kadish’s article titled, Taking the National Debt Seriously in the Wall Street Journal, I just kept thinking of the Altman Z-Score.
The answer to the question in the title is a resounding "Yes."

Thanks to Jr. Deputy Accountant for pointing me to a good new blog.

THE RECESSION IS OVER!

US Recession Over, Joblessness to Reach 10 Percent: NABE
"The great recession is over," said NABE President-Elect Lynn Reaser.This is wonderful news and I have no doubt that no truer words have ever been spoken.

This reminds me of a great quote:
"Gentleman, you have come sixty days too late. The depression is over."
- Herbert Hoover, responding to a delegation requesting a public works program to help speed the recovery, June 1930

US Committed to Beating Mother Nature

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is “deeply committed” to solving the problem of climate change, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.
So the United States is going to change the warming patterns that have been around for tens of millions of years? That's not arrogant.

Our planet has a long, long, long history of climate changes but apparently the United States, with about 5% of the earth's population, is going to somehow stop that. That's science fiction my friends.

This green movement is to the Democrats what the Christian movement is to the Republicans. It's a motivator that causes people to believe in things that can without a doubt be refuted scientifically. It's religion. Those people believe in their leaders as gods instead of as employees. So they elect their leaders, watch them destroy everything else in the country but hold onto the one thing that they are certain their leader will achieve. In Obama it's the end of global warming. For GW it was the e…

Freedom of Speech - so much better during the last administration

There's a war a brewin' and it's not against the evil Al-Qaeda, Hamas or those who thought it was absurd that Obama won the Nobel Piece Prize. This war is between the righteous White House and evil Fox News. Fox is broadcasting opinions and apparently that's just a little more than the White House wants.

White House accuses Fox News of 'waging war against Barack Obama'
Published: 11:45PM BST 12 Oct 2009

Anita Dunn, communications director, has led the charge, appearing on CNN television and conducting interviews with Time magazine and The New York Times in recent days to make her case.
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Speaking of media magnate Rupert Murdoch's Fox, Ms Dunn told the Times in an interview published Monday: "We're going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent.

"As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don't need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave," she said.

In comments …

Animal Farm

Obama sides with Republicans on Patriot Act renewal.

No question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

Invite a Marine to Holiday Dinner

No, this isn't for you horny USD girls. Wholesome families only, please.

Bring a Marine to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

That link, from North County Conservatives, focuses on Camp Pendleton Marines in San Diego County, but those of you scattered around the rest of the country could do your part by reaching out to your local military base, too.

In praise of Barack Obama

Thank you, President Obama, for announcing an end to discrimination in the military.

This is the first Obama policy decision I can remember agreeing with. Why Obama would decide to start doing the right thing after nine months of pork, corruption, government expansion, and bailouts for Wall Street crooks is a bit curious. Maybe he wants to lock down a 10% voter base.

Let's hope this promise isn't just another Obama lie, like:

- No tax increases on families making under $250,000
- No one will lose their existing health care plan
- Closing Guantanamo
- Unemployment will stay under 8% if we pass the $787 billion porkulus bill

Based on his track record, I'm not holding my breath. Apparently, neither are gays.

I'm sorry if my praise of Obama was a bit effusive.

Meanwhile, obviously closeted and self-loathing homosexual (come on now, a 54-year-old bachelor named Lindsey who is a McCain sycophant and cries like a little bitch in public when he doesn't get his way?) Lindsey Grah…

Neon lights, Nobel Prize

Neon lights, a Nobel Prize
The mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You don’t have to follow me
Only you can set me free
I sell the things you need to be
I’m the smiling face on your t.v.
I’m the cult of personality


- "Cult of Personality," Living Colour, c. 1988

Rep. Marcy Kaptur and IMF guy Simon Johnson go off the reservation on bank bailouts

Kliguy38 points us to this PBS video.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS): For those of you who can't sit through 10 minutes of PBS, Marcy Kaptur has gone totally Ron Paul / Matt Taibbi / W.C. Varones on the Wall Street Coup. Next thing you know she'll be putting the Goldman Squid on her Congressional web page.

And, yes, it's Marcy "Mr. Bernanke, you were the CEO of Goldman Sachs" Kaptur. But this is America and everybody gets a second chance.

This is really creepy that they know me so well

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Right-wing mob attacks Whole Foods

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... with their wallets.

Today's Whole Foods BUY-cott in La Jolla:





While a big group chatted over coffee in the cafe,







others went shopping.








There were friendly faces




and Joker shirts


and signs of gratitude for Mr. Mackey.








It's a great way to meet girls who are into teabagging.




Meanwhile, these people outside had signs supporting communist health care. I thought they were there to counter-protest the buy-cott, but somebody told me they spend every Saturday here.

UPDATE: Temple of Mut has a recap. I had the great pleasure of chatting with Temple of Mut blogger Leslie Eastman as well as Sarah Bond and Dawn Wildman, all founders of the local Tea Party movement. A big thank you to all of them for organizing the buy-cott and I'm looking forward to next Saturday's Tea Party!

And I understand that Dean from Beers with Demo was there, though I didn't get to speak with him. He's all over a lot of my pet issues like the FHA zero-down scam. And right here in San Diego -- how di…