Playing Monopoly: Russia has contracted for 500 million cubic meters of un-needed Azeri natural gas next year - just to keep European econmies dependent on Russia. Do not pass GO.
Sovereignty: The US controls Iraq's air space, waters, and land. It has over 130,000 troops plus another 100,000 merc in the country. And the US continues work on permanent garrisons and airbases all over the sovereign nation of Iraq.
Silly Question: Will CIA and Pentagon fingerprints be found at the scene of the coup?
Manufacturing Cheer: Good news! The rate of housing's price decline is declining. April's decline from March was only 0.9%. Before you grab another beer, realize that this is an annual decrease of 11%. Carry on.
Distinction: Q: If 'interest' is the fee charged for the use of money, how is a fee on the use of a debit card or that for a bounced check different? A: Size.
EIAther/Or: The Energy Information Agency (EIA) says that by 2015 the US population must either (a) decline significantly or (b) reduce per-person oil consumption by 8% - which wuld reduce US lifestyles to depression era levels.
Yes, But: "Water should be a human right." Yes, but there's money to be made and time's a'wastin'.
Miss Manners: Discretion, please. We know politicians are, as a class, classless. They do not have to keep proving it. P.S. It is not called "crossing the line," it is called adultery, evenwhen Republicans do it.
Battered Up: In the on-deck circle, waiting for the Option ARM's to finish their turn, are the mortgages on million dollar plus McMansions. But only the sub-prime ones.
Confetti: As part of its drive to convert useless dollars into resources, China is loaning (giving) Zimbabwe a billion bucks. China is not spreading democracy; either there's somthing under the land, in the land, or maybe it's just the land itself - but something with more future value than US dollars.
Porn O'Graph: Freddie's family of delinquents.