Archive for May 14th, 2010

Friday Quote & Panda Blogging

This week’s quote is from Talking Heads pseudodocumentary True Stories:

I have something to say about the difference between American and European cities. But I’ve forgotten what it is.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s wee baby pandas…

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Yes, I like pandas.

May 14th, 2010 at 06:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

No One Could Have Anticipated…

Hey everybody!  It looks like Blanche Lincoln’s surprisingly populist and progressive derivatives bill was all a sham to get her re-elected!

Earlier today I mentioned that the Senate club was working to protect Blanche Lincoln, first by allowing her to offer up a kabuki derivatives bill which was strong enough for her to counteract claims of being too tight with Wall Street, then by delaying the eventual watering down of that piece in the overall bill until after her Senate primary. I’ve heard that Lincoln couldn’t even defend the concept of forcing the big banks to spin off their swaps trading desks in a caucus luncheon; Maria Cantwell had to do it for her. Clearly, she was fed the most left-leaning derivatives package available, with the expressed intention that it wouldn’t make the bill. Nobody wants to overturn it before it serves its purpose of getting Lincoln nominated for re-election, however.

It’s not like anyone predicted this or anything…

I kind of suspect that this was the kabuki plan all along – let Blanche posture and grandstand as some kind of anti-Wall Street crusader to fend off Halter’s primary challenge, but make sure her bill gets watered down substantially by other Senators before it actually comes up for a vote so her generous Wall Street donors don’t get pissed off.

Otherwise I think Blanche would be in the awkward position of having to vote against her own bill…

3 comments May 14th, 2010 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Dodd,Economy,Politics,Wankers

Ooga Booga Politics

Sometimes it seems like fear- and hatemongering is all the Republicans have left.

Obama’s Medicare nominee wants to ration your health care!

ENDA will force your children to be indoctrinated by cross-dressing homos!

And yet a ginormous oil slick poisoning the Gulf Of Mexico and wiping out a huge stretch of coastline is nothing to worry about, and no cause to rethink the idea of offshore drilling.

May 14th, 2010 at 06:47am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers

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