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Breaking Broken News: "When you come to somewhere like Libya, you expect lies and deceit from the dictatorship here. You don't expect it from the other journalists." Two things: these were Fox employees, not correspondents, and we actually do expect lies and deceit from Fox. We just don't expect them to be quite so blatant about it.
Crooking the Books: David Stevens has a new job, as head of the Mortgage Bankers Association. And he didn't have to give up his day job either – as Assistant Secretary for Housing in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as the Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration – where his job
was is to regulate mortgage bankers.
Leading By Example: Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has been sentenced to seven years in prison for multiple counts of rape and molestation during his term as president from 2000 to 2007. Wonder what an ex-president would get for war crimes?
Whistling/Graveyard: “Global markets are signaling that sustained economic growth will more than make up for Japan’s worst disaster since World War II, rising commodity prices and uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa.” When the next pandemic erupts, go long caskets!
Sorry: The US Army has apologized for letting its killers take pictures of their trophies.
Reliability: OPEC says that it is “perfectly happy” with $120 oil and that the price will not impair economic growth around the world. They said the same thing a couple of weeks ago at $100 a barrel and back in 2008 when it was $145 barrel.
Takes One to Know One: As chair of the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) promised to “give government contracting a hard look -- and root out waste, management[sic], and fraud.” Starting with herself. She has admitted she “improperly billed taxpayers” $88,000 and “failed to pay “287,000” in property taxes.
Queen For A Day: Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) share today's 'Clueless' award for their proposal to eliminate pensions for new federal employees and to renege as much as possible on previous pension commitments. The bill would not correct the alleged underfunded liabilities that do not currently exist.
Teamwork: Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Sleepy Thomas, has gone to work at a conservative website. It is thought her salary will be reportable.
Gospel:Citing a lack of utility and social value, scientists say that religion is headed for extinction in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.
Q&A: Crime rates around the country are plummeting, and no one knows why. Obviously, it's because there is so much less to steal these days.
Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin: The right insists that the 'Special Issue' Treasury bonds that represent Social Security surpluses dating back 25 years are hollow promises that will never be honored. Possibly true. But if so, that makes the Reagan/Greenspan Social Security reform nothing but a cynical tax ripoff of the poorest of society's workers. It would be almost worth it to accept the neocons' view of the bonds if they'd just agree to call Reagan and Greenspan frauds, guilty of knowing theft.
Buckle Down: Barclays says that people must worker longer hours for more years for half the pay and nearly none of the social benefits they've grown accustomed to. And shut up and like it, too.