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Even in the sick mockery of a free country that is Cheney’s post-9/11 America, it nonetheless beggars belief that our airport security personnel are now empowered to seize your fucking laptop (or iPod, or flash drive, or Fisher-Price Speak & Spell) for no goddamn fucking reason, examine everything on it, steal anything they feel like off it, keep it as long as they want. Oh, and of course owe you not the slightest explanation.

(I’ve wondered more than once WHY HAS THERE BEEN NO MASS OUTRAGE AT THIS? And I’m still wondering.)

Anyway, via Bob Geiger I thankfully see that Russ Feingold (D-Frequently Sole U.S. Senator Who Deserves His Paycheck) has introduced a bill to put a stop to this tyrannical horseshit. Running across Bob’s excellent post on this was a bright spot indeed in my day, filled as it otherwise was with accounts of our House of Lords taking their own first crack at Grand Theft Nation.

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Thirty-some days left, time for the big closing number – All Crisis All The Time. Gosh, who could have imagined?

Well, at least the House killed that prettified-with-lipgloss Paulson atrocity today. I’m still waiting for an adult, any adult, to appear on the scene. Even all the brilliance and savvy and sincerity of a Barney Frank is just shilling for an unsustainable game. These people all still act like free ponies conjured out of nothing is a viable financial system. No one is serious. I never even hear the word “derivatives” on the MSM news. To hear the chirpy NPR babe tonight, you’d think the entire global financial system was melting down because a million Americans defaulted on their mortgages. (Oh, and what is this “predatory lending” you speak of?)

Among best things I read today was Stirling Newberry’s piece on Kos. I love how he delivers “duh” truths in a majestic, spare, founding-fatherish prose style:

If the powerful know that they can obtain any license merely by compounding failure upon failure, and then be unaccountable for the results, then we will have more failure.

(You’d think a thing like that would be obvious, wouldn’t you? But like I pointed out, there are no adults.)

Anyway, that’s just the economy. But if markets continue to roil, it wouldn’t surprise me if Bush has “national emergency” and martial law up his sleeve.

Nor would it surprise me if on top of all this, they toss a fresh match on the Middle East by bombing Iran.

Just sayin. They’re insane, after all. And there’s thirty-some days left. Chaos. Go big.

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Liars and truthtellers

We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself.

– Republican Party platform, 2008

It gets worse. If Congress should be so destructive as to buy out $700 billion of bad loans (for starters), the sellers will do just what Russia’s kleptocrats did. They will take their money and move it abroad to a “hard” currency country. This will help collapse the dollar. Up will go gasoline costs and prices for other imports. America will be turned into a Russian-style post-Soviet economy, having endowed a new domestic kleptocracy of insiders, who use some of their gains to finance the campaigns of American Yeltsins such as McCain.

– Michael Hudson, The Insanity of the $700 Billion Giveaway (Counterpunch)

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Well, so much for my tiny shred of ridiculous optimism yesterday. I might have had a clue at seeing these worthless dem fucks being willing to even go near the steaming turd of fascist, textbook shock-doctrine thievery that Paulson dumped at their door. And then watching them accept delivery for it and take it to the kitchen, promising to make it palatable if not yummy. And actually agreeing with Paulson’s punkass threat that no one anywhere will have any money ever again, starting next week, if we do not somehow ingest this turd – RIGHT NOW.

NO, you collusionist, vichy, quisling, sell-your-children-for-a-nickel, disgraceful, potemkin fucks. NO is what the people of this country fucking say. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.

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From Democracy Now headlines, 9/22/08:

Army Unit to Deploy in October for Domestic Operations

Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – God, am I in Crazyworld?

You’ve GOT to be freaking kidding me.

Yahoo News headline this morning:

Poll: Public opposes increased presidential power

Americans strongly oppose giving the president more power at the expense of Congress or the courts, even to enhance national security or the economy, according to a new poll.

What?! You mean Americans don’t want President Cheney to be able to imprison anyone for life on any pretext without charge or trial? Why do Americans suddenly hate America so much?

The Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll of views on the Constitution found people wary of governmental authority after years of controversy over the Bush administration‘s expansion of executive power, and especially skeptical of increasing the president’s powers.

K then, Mr. and Ms. America. I’m sure Mr. Cheney will take this poll result to heart, right after he’s done reading your mail, slapping your dog on a no-fly list, examining the results of your recent colonoscopy, tasering your grandmother, and declaring martial law and suspending elections based on whatever new war or “threat” he’s cocked up this time.

But thanks for finally noticing. And rest assured your opinion is important to the Bush administration.

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From commenter Anonymous over at Digby’s:

John McCain is now a Trojan Horse, the ruse by which Christian Fascism takes over this country.

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