TGIF/Weekend edition - February 13-15, 2009





How Banks Are Worsening the Foreclosure Crisis
BusinessWeek - 2-13-09
One reason foreclosures are so rampant is that banks and their advocates in Washington have delayed, diluted, and obstructed attempts to address the problem


Panel says Pentagon relies too heavily on contractors
The Hill, DC - 2-13-09
Defense appropriators are raising concerns about the Pentagon’s growing reliance on private contractors rather than federal employees

Obama eyes home loan subsidies in rescue plan: sources
Reuters - 2-13-09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is hammering out a program to subsidize mortgages in a new front to fight the credit crisis, sources familiar with the plan told Reuters on Thursday, boosting financial markets


Prosecutors have asked a Federal judge to send Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C., to jail for failing to file tax returns for the eighth time in nine years. Hasn’t paid taxes for eight years straight. So for Barry, it’s either jail or a cabinet position in the Obama administration. Either one. - Jay Leno


The-World-Will-Be-A-Safer-Place-Without George W. Bush

Saudi Warns Of Impending Personal Nightmare



Saudi Arabia Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi warned on Tuesday that a too quick promotion of investments in alternative energies could chill investments in the oil sector and create a "nightmare scenario."



"The last thing that I think we are looking for at this juncture is advice on fiscal integrity or ethics from Karl Rove -- anyone who's read the newspapers for the last eight years would laugh at that."
- David Axlerod, senior adviser to President Barack Obama





Disturbing News


Happy birthday, Governor Sarah Palin, who turned 45 years old today. Hey, I thought this was nice. She got a lovely card in it with $5 from John McCain. After Palin opened her card, she did some shots - two moose and a caribou. - Jay Leno





Republican-Shenanigans News

Enron Update


Former Enron Corp Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling will ask for U.S. Supreme Court review of his 2006 felony conviction stemming from the energy trading giant's collapse, his attorney said on Thursday.

"We will seek review by the Supreme Court," Skilling's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said in an email.

A federal appeals court ruled last month that Skilling must be resentenced because of a lower court error, but let stand his conviction.


Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) stood up Jeb Bush for President Obama, Really!




Rock-The-Voter News




Joy Behar had lofty aspirations for 2009. “[I wanted] to be named New York senator,” she said at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards. “I can’t believe [Gov] Paterson didn’t ask. I even had a slogan: ‘Make the switch, vote for the bitch.’





How about this? A celebrity birthday. Today is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s birthday. I’m not saying how old is, but from her house, she can see 50.

- David Letterman


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Biz-Tech News

 Take The Fifth!


After rebuffing subpoenas for weeks, a close associate and key middleman for Bernard Madoff essentially had one thing to say when he finally showed up to testify before Massachusetts regulators: I'm not talking.

Robert Jaffe, who had delivered clients to Madoff, invoked the "Fifth Amendment,"




Bush-Prison-Torture News


How about this? It’s a good example of how strange things are and how time flies. On this date in 2006, then-Vice President Dick Cheney shot his buddy in the face. Tell me again why he’s not in jail? How did that work?- David Letterman




What Is Dubya Doing?


Former U. S. president George W. Bush is coming to Calgary for his first confirmed speaking event since leaving office last month.

The private event, which is being called A conversation with George W. Bush, will be held March 17 at the Telus Convention Centre.

Bush will share his "thoughts on his eight momentous years in the Oval Office" and will discuss "the challenges facing the world in the 21st century," according to the event invitation.




Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs the old-fashioned way, on beer and hot dogs. - Zing!





Dear, Dear Lisa;


Again, I feel I speak for thousands of your fans: You gave us hope, comfort, inspiration and laughs during the Bush nightmare.

Please hang in there as long as you can. I wish I could help, but I barely made to the finish line in 2008...2 daughters in college. I did break even.

I was drafted in 1968 and did the best I could as an ER medic in a Vietnam MASH. You volunteered.

Thank you for your great service to America.




Big hug, Greg. No one has ever said that to me before.


Here's hoping my cockeyed optimism will come to fruition.





AHNC weekend commentary

Show compassionate conservativism to right-wingers this Valentine’s Day

All Hat No Cattle has been fretting all week over appropriate gifts for right-wingers this Valentine’s Day.

Some great ideas for the women on our list were provided by the flurry of television commercials promoting two products – Teddy bears and sexy pajamas.

Ann Coulter gets Vicious Teddy Bear, which is similar to the ever-so-cute, stuffed toy animals seen on TV except it that it is attired more formally. Vicious Teddy Bear sports a Nazi SS uniform, a monocle and a riding crop. It is purported to have “ways of making you talk” that were refined during interrogations at Guantanamo.

Laura Ingraham gets pajamas. Not one of the hottie outfits modeled in the TV ads, but the more practical “back door” style usually worn by young children, making it easier for them to go to the bathroom. This is vital for Laura, Queen of Right-Wing Radio, because she’s so full of crap.

And what to get for those special guys on our list?

AHNC considered sending a heart-shaped box of chocolates to Rush Limbaugh but decided on something less fattening because he has been working so hard to maintain his svelte figure. Maybe a jar of peanuts from that now-famous processing plant in Blakeley, Ga.?

Of course Rush might not want any kind of food gift other than red meat. That is, after all, the daily diet he serves up to his faithful ditto heads.

Then again, maybe Rush would prefer something more pragmatic than the usual hearts-and-flowers Valentine’s gift. Perhaps a forged prescription for Oxycontin? Or a tube of medicinal cream for the anal cysts that he claimed as a deferment to avoid military service during the Vietnam War? That’s it – meds for Rush!

For Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, a romantic gift is certainly in order. Ever since he admitted in 2007 to "a very serious sin in my past" after his telephone number turned up in the records of a prostitution ring, Vitter has been laying low – no pun intended. So we’ve sent him a bottle of Viagra and a brand new, little black book. (The first phone number he should write down is that of Stormy Daniels, the porn film star who just announced she might run against Vitter.)

We haven’t forgotten former President Bush. AHNC sent him an attractive, heart-shaped card with a heartfelt greeting: You’re gone. Mission accomplished.

Somebody on our list does deserve flowers, and this Valentine’s Day it will be Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. Loads and loads of flowers – 4,243 to be exact.

These three neo-cons, the principal architects of the unnecessary war in Iraq, won’t be getting red roses, though. AHNC is sending them white lilies, which they can redistribute one per family for each of the U.S. troops who have died in Iraq. 





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Odd News



A koala named Bob (top), rescued from last week's deadly bushfires, puts his paw around new friend and fellow fire survivor Sam as she recovers from her burns at Southern Ash Wildlife Centre near Melbourne February 11, 2009. A love story about two koalas rescued from Australia's deadliest bushfires has provided a glimmer of hope after days of devastation and the loss of more than 180 lives.
Photo/Southern Ash Wildlife Centre/Colleen Wood



Best wishes for a peaceful Valentine's Day.