Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cat Nap

This short animated piece has special meaning for everyone out there who has ever owned a hungry cat.

The only thing missing is the face to face that eventually happens.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Come and Play

Since I was a little kid, the Cookie Monster has always been my favorite, and this clip is no different.

Sorry to hear about Sarah, Jimmy

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Conspiracy Theory

There is an old saying, “As General Motors Goes, So Goes Wall Street”. General Motors has long been a market barometer for the general health of the US economy.

Yesterday, GM closed below $10 a share for the fist time since 1954.

Here is an eight-year chart, that shows the financial path of General Motors during the presidency of George W. Bush.


Yesterday’s sharp one day drop was sparked by a Merrill Lynch analyst who said that "bankruptcy is not impossible" if the U.S. auto market further deteriorates and GM fails to raise substantial capital.

General Motors going bankrupt? WTF?

GM is not the only company suffering with rising oil prices. Almost all the domestic airlines have been taken out back and shot. Federal Express and the United Postal Service are left reeling under the high cost of fuel.

It is not just private companies that are suffering from high oil prices. For every single penny that oil prices go up, the United States Postal Service pays $8,000,000 a year extra to ship your mail. Oil prices have gone up $125.00 a barrel with George Bush in The White House. That means the USPS is paying 100 billion dollars more annually to get you your precious Victoria Secret catalog.

A lot of nudity in this post ... I know ... but a spoon full of sugar.

Now … who could possibly benefit from the rising price of oil?

The Bush family ties to the oil industry date all the way back to 1950 with the establishment of the Bush-Overbey Oil Development Co. Their strong ties to the oil industry still continue to this day.

Perhaps we should be blaming those damn arabs for the high price of oil.

One of the regular bullshit right wing e-mails that I get is a power point presentation reportedly showing the home of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu-Dhabi.

The e-mail asks us, "This is the type of thing being done with your petro dollars”

We are made to believe that the pictures show the Sheikh's palactal house, and his personal fleet of expensive cars.

One of the cars is a beautiful silver Audi A8. It is not merely painted silver. It is completely made out of solid silver.

It turns out that the pictures are a hoax, and in reality they show a fancy hotel in Abu Dhabi called the Emirates Palace.

However, there is unquestionably great wealth in the UAE due to their oil exports, and let’s for a moment take this story at face value. Who does this Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan think he is, taking all of our hard earned money?

Well … I was unable to find a picture of Hillary Clinton with the Sheikh.

I was also unable to find a picture of Barack Obama visiting the lavish residence.

However, strangely enough I was able to find this picture of George W. Bush and President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates sitting under a painting of the Sheikh's father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in January of 2008.

Who else benefits from inflated oil prices?

Perhaps a small global investment banking, securities and investment management firm named Goldman Sachs.

Goldman better be careful. Making a call like that, and betting billions of dollars on a oil price super spike. That could be fairly risky after the recent 800% run up.

Add to that risk Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. He has spent the last few weeks jawboning that he will be raising interest rates later this year in an effort to strengthen the US dollar. This move alone could be a major step towards slowing or reversing the recent meteoric rise in oil prices.

If Goldman Sachs only had a guarantee that oil would continue its climb.

Enter Henry Paulson stage right.

Henry Paulson is the United States Treasury Secretary and member of the International Monetary Fund Board of Governors.

While Ben Bernanke has been desperately talking up the possibility of future US Fed rate hikes, Henry Paulson has spent the same week in Europe downplaying the rate hike possibility and repeatedly talking up inflation and oil prices. Did someone not give Henry a script?

Why would Henry Paulson be doing this?

*Could it be that Henry joined Goldman Sachs in 1974?
*Could it be that he became a partner there in 1982?
*Could it be because he became a managing partner of Goldman in 1988?
*Could it be that he co-headed the investment-banking wing until 1994?
*Could it be that he served as Goldman’s COO from 1994-1998
*Could it be that he received compensation packages from Goldman Sachs to the tune of 37 million in 2005 and 16.4 million in 2006?

It is no wonder that Henry is worth over 700 million dollars.

What moron would have put a Christian Scientist in charge of one of the most important financial post in the US government?

This all has to be a coincidence ... right?

The next thing you are going to tell me is that the Vice President used to work for a United States-based multinational corporation that won a large number of no bid contracts to supply, clothe and feed all the US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Pot calling the kettle black

Yesterday, John McCain spoke briefly at a National Sheriffs' Association meeting in Indianapolis. In his speech, McCain addressed the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Louisiana law allowing capital punishment for people who rape children under the age of 12.

The 5-4 decision was a blow to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which supported the execution of Patrick Kennedy, who was convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter.

McCain warned that if Barack Obama were to become president, his Supreme Court nominees would produce more decisions like the child rapist ruling.

McCain did acknowledge that Democrat Barack Obama had also disagreed with the court's decision. However, he hammered at a statement made by Obama mentioning that he considered Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter to be sensible judges.

Here is the tidbit that John Boy conveniently left out of his speech.

John McCain himself voted to confirm four of the five who voted in the majority. The fifth judge was John Paul Stevens, and the only reason he did not vote to appoint him was that McCain was not in the Senate when Justice Stevens was confirmed in 1975.

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