Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Don't you have a “disposition matrix?”
Let's You and Him Fight: The Saudi foreign minister has warned Iran to “stop meddling in the affairs of the kingdom's neighbors... in the region, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.” Especially in Syria, where the Saudis support the Sunni factions fighting Assad and the Shia, which are backed by Iran.
A Pound Of Flesh: In Alabama Judge Shylock Wiggins will trade you a fine for a pint of blood. The full schedule isn't posted, but rumor has it that a kidney will get you out most felonies. Otherwise, the Judge is sure, “The sheriff has enough handcuffs.”
Down To The Sea... The US is selling warships valued at $11.25 billion to Saudi Arabia. In that the Saudis are not overly famous for their naval prowess, it is a good question who is bribing whom.
Noted: Ever notice that those who worry about the deficit want to do things that increase the deficit? Like tax cuts, “ tax cuts do not pay for themselves and lead to much larger deficits.” And foreign wars, boyo do those things cost.
Move Along, Nothing To Prosecute.... Barclays and Wachovia, chipping in $378 million, have joined RBS, JPMorgan, Credit Suisse and UBS in bringing the banks' combined payments to the National Credit Union Administration for a wide variety of crimes and misdemeanors they committed while fleecing us all with various mortgage backed securiteis. No one, of course, did anything wrong... it's all just “good will”.
The Way We Were: Rep. Mo Brooks (Ready-AL) says he is ready to start impeachment proceedings against President Hillary the day she is sworn in. Nothing like being prepared.
Finer Points: In September, US housing starts crept up a tad to 1.2 million units. Yea! Homebuilder sentiment is reportedly at decade-level highs. More Yea! Building permits, which builders apply for before they can act on these positive vibes, followed the current trend and weakened further. Big Boo!!
In Absentia: Since Shell shelled out $7 billion without hitting it richer, the Interior Department decided to spare others the embarrassment and has canceled future auctions of leases in the Arctic and will not extend the current leases there. No point in wasting money.
Swan Song: Chris Christie, who has had his hopes of moving to the White House crushed, is taking his displeasure out on the chronically ill and disabled, by crushing their housing program funding.
Houdini, Inc: Over the last decade, Chicago cops have “disappeared” more than 7,000 people into an off-the-books interrogation facility, 6,000 of them black males, where they were held incommunicado and denied access to a phone or lawyers.
Motivation: Montana Republicans have blocked the state from accepting $40 million in federal pre-school funding because it would cut into the profits of private pre-schools.
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:53 AM