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The Sucker Class

“The quaint concept of due diligence vanished from the financial system from bottom to top. Fee-churning brokers sold adjustable-rate mortgages on over-valued real estate to suckers incapable of making the payments, then pawned off the bad loans on speculators who … Continue reading

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If that bothers you, then you’re pro gay marriage

“…Guggenheim said a lot of people who aren’t reading Spider-Man or refuse to read Spider-Man are judging it based on misunderstandings. ‘Part of the problem with the controversy behind One More Day is the understanding of what was retconned overstates … Continue reading

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America, you’re watching too much TV

“If there are any questions about how Clinton supporters can possibly hold out against cries for party unity issued by DNC Chairperson Howard Dean, Obama, and even Clinton herself, one need only keep in mind that political supporters are fans … Continue reading

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Agenda Shemnda

“DENVER — This week’s Democratic convention sought to relaunch Barack Obama’s presidential campaign by doing three things: Healing the party’s internal rift, showing voters who Obama is, and spelling out more clearly what he would do as president, especially on … Continue reading

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Has Germaine Greer ever been right about anything?

“Condie is the consummate power-dresser. Every pant suit – whether by St John, Armani or Versace, in black, navy or charcoal grey – is immaculate, no matter how long she has been crouched memorising briefs as she is whirled by … Continue reading

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TSA Terrorism

“Citing sources within the aviation industry, ABC News reports an overzealous TSA employee attempted to gain access to the parked aircraft by climbing up the fuselage… reportedly using the Total Air Temperature (TAT) probes mounted to the planes’ noses as … Continue reading

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Southern Californians: Vote NO on the MTA 1/2% increase sales tax

“Popular wisdom may suggest that toll roads are unfair to the poor, but a new study shows these pay-as-you go transportation options may actually be fairer to all income levels than paying for road improvements through sales taxes.” ~snip~ “The … Continue reading

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More horror, more greed in Los Angeles

“‘California’s largest union local and a related charity have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the labor organization’s president, documents and interviews show. “‘The Los Angeles-based union, which represents low-wage caregivers, … Continue reading

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Georgia on my mind

Honestly! If you really want to know what’s going on in the world, you have to read the Asia Times. “GORI, Georgia (Reuters) – Georgia called for a ceasefire on Saturday after Russian bombers widened an offensive to force back … Continue reading

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First Spitzer

Now Edwards: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted to having had an extramarital affair with a woman he met in a New York City bar in 2006, ABC News reported on Friday. “ABC said … Continue reading

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Why Los Angeles suffers so much

Hey, I want to be Cindy Montanez when I grow up. “It depends on the meaning of ‘recover.’ She (Montanez) still has not been elected to office after leaving the Assembly at the end of 2006. “However, she was quickly … Continue reading

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Reuters Round-up

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Congress in its fight with the Bush administration can subpoena current and former top White House aides in its investigation over the firing of U.S. attorneys. “U.S. District Judge John … Continue reading

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A $125,000 donation in support of an anti-gay marriage initiative

“SAN DIEGO — A $125,000 donation in support of an anti-gay marriage initiative by a San Diego hotelier has drawn the ire of gay and lesbian activists and local labor unions who are now calling for a boycott. “Organizers held … Continue reading

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Why the New Yorker Obama cover annoys me so much

Contrary to what the psycho rightwingnuts and the New Yorker editorial staff think, not everyone is a registered Democrat in Manhattan. I mean, the world outside of Manhattan and the upcoming election might not matter to the New Yorker because … Continue reading

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Self Help Graphics building sold

“After its humble founding by Catholic nun Sister Karen Boccalero more than 35 years ago, non-profit organization Self Help Graphics & Arts was notified that the Catholic Archdiocese sold the building to a private real estate and investment company. As … Continue reading

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The case against het marriage

This sounds more like Dee Patterson is making a case for divorce. I know For Better or For Worse is supposed to be some kind of paean to marriage and family but I’ve never seen it that way. Reading FBOFW … Continue reading

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Mayerson GOTV: Gay Marriage on the line in November 2008

“SAN FRANCISCO – California’s highest court Wednesday refused to stay its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, clearing the final hurdle for gay couples to start tying the knot this month. “Conservative religious and legal groups had asked the … Continue reading

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Mayerson GOTV: Is California really that fucked up?

Gay haters on the march. (ht Logan) Is CA really that much more fucked up than Vermont or Massachusetts? What the hell is wrong with these people? They want gays to be like them, so let gays marry, just like … Continue reading

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Gays (all four of them) in newspaper comics

“But then he proceeds to list all the reasons why gay characters wouldn’t fit into most strips. Doonesbury and For Better or For Worse, for example, are ‘set in a time that’s now. In other strips, it’s vaguer, less characters … Continue reading

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Welcome to Clintonville, Senator Obama

“The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said. “If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be … Continue reading

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Why do we have primaries?

“With 10 states and territories left to vote, Clinton can definitely pull ahead. Never mind all the ‘Who shot John?’ arguments over the DNC’s screwball decision to penalize those two crucial swing states for moving their primaries up (although New … Continue reading

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Maybe the Fed is just stupid

“But as strange as that is, a stunning revelation came from a very senior Japanese executive, who sent these notes from a meeting with a top Japanese financial official: The depth of the problems at Bear Stearns which led up … Continue reading

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Have wealthy white men gone insane?

“Finally, there are the “Tier 3” sex workers, who can charge in excess of $10,000 per rendezvous. They may have only four or five clients, and they typically charge their clients an additional monthly surcharge for their various needs—rent, clothing, … Continue reading

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Of course deleting user content is only a business decision for 6A and SUP and not, y’know, their opinion on anything

“Using the wayback machine, I was able to compare Livejournal popular interests from May, 2007, with those of today. In order of size, these are the interests 6A/SUP has disappeared from the daily popular interests report: “Sex, Boys, Guys, Girls, … Continue reading

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But does it really matter?

danah boyd, Esther Dyson, and Lawrence Lessig flush their credibility on the LJ Advisory Board. LJ’s problem isn’t that it needs an advisory board, it needs a coherent business structure and doesn’t want one. Good luck, danah, Esther and Lawrence, … Continue reading

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Beyond Baroque is in a jam

Update 022108: Keep your fingers crossed. Previously… The City Attorney is trying to toss them out of the facility they’ve been in for 40 years. City Councilman and friend of poetry in LA, Bill Rosendahl, recommended a 25-year lease extension, … Continue reading

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US Customs cracks down on…travellers’ cellphones?

“I’ve heard many anecdotal stories about U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizing, copying data from, or otherwise accessing laptops of people entering the country. But this is very mainstream: The lawsuit was inspired by two dozen cases, 15 of which … Continue reading

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The debt trap snaps shut

“Economists teach that if the economy is going into a recession, lower interest rates and give people money. That wisdom is so conventional that the only quibbling seems to be over timing, amount, and who gets the money. “But this … Continue reading

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How can this be legal?

Joke of the Day cell phone sign up is not funny at all. Stalkers! Start your engines! This just happened to me and it wasn’t funny. I saw an extra $10 on my cell bill and hit the ceiling. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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We have to inaugurate a Dem Prez in 2009

Even if it’s Hillary, even though Bill recently said the US should leave some troops in Iraq to protect the Kurds from the Turks (also here), which is one the worst ideas I’ve heard in a long time. Nothing against … Continue reading

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