Archive for September, 2008

Idle bailout thoughts

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Okay, this is probably the last of the foreseeable posts on the Wallstreet bailout – and probably the most serious. I spend the last week extremely pissed off about the bailout. Here were a bunch of idiots absurdly inflating the price of housing, with other idiots actually loaning them money to do so, more idiots […]

We are all socialists now

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Welcome to the new socialist state… comrade. From Propublica, an inflation adjusted comparison of bailouts. Far below the concourse, limping players tore off real 49ers jerseys, bloodied and grass stained. One corner of their locker room was filled with piles of sweat soaked pads and red tinged tape. In another corner, a 350 pound […]

Public service announcement

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

As a public service announcement, I am hereby warning the people I know that in light of the bailouts of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, and the entire freaking banking system, all of which will cost tax payers about $1 trillion, the next person that tells me that deregulating markets will provide a solution to […]

Happy birthday to the U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Oh, on an entirely unrelated note, the U.S. Constitution was signed 221 years ago today – happy birthday!  Okay, it wasn’t ratified for a couple of years after that, but still… If you’ve got some time, take a read.  It’s still the most impressive government document I’ve ever read. A few years ago, I wanted […]

Baton Rouge – good news, bad news

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

So, one more update on Gustav in Baton Rouge and then I’ll return you to your regularly scheduled odd musings, rants and wildlife pictures. First, the good news – I got a text message from my mother last week.  They got power back!  Only 10 days without power.  I suppose that’s not too bad.  No […]

Baton Rouge . . . disaster area

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

I spoke to my mom for a little while this evening and got an update on where things stand in Baton Rouge or at least in her corner of it.  A summery for those of you interested in Baton Rouge: The news keeps talking about how mild things were in New Orleans, but the only […]

Gustav (updated)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Both K’s and I are from Louisiana, Baton Rouge to be specific, so we kept a close eye on Hurricane Gustav over Labor Day weekend.  Fortunately, it looks like the storm weakened and the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  There were a couple of levees in New Orleans that were topped […]