Thursday, 9/16/10, Public Square

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  1. Article on the front page of this morning’s local paper —

    “Despite debate denial, Brownback voted for bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    Although he said otherwise during Saturday’s gubernatorial debate, congressional records show Sen. Sam Brownback did vote for the federal government to bail out troubled government-supported mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Senate voting records show Brownback, R-Kan., as a “yes” vote on House Resolution 3221, the “Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008,” which passed the Senate on July 26 of that year.

    The bill authorized the US Treasury to buy unlimited securities from the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). The Senate vote sent the bill on to President Obama, who signed it into law.”

    So the newspaper prints a correction to something Brownback said and then says President Obama signed a bill into law in July of 2008. Wanna bet the correction (if any is printed) won’t get front-page status? Byline says: BY DION LEFLER, who encourages those who ?think? time began January 20, 2009.

    • paulasayles

      Reality be damned, fnord. It MUST have been Obama that bailed out those banks as no decent Republican would have done such a thing. Right? (Pun intended)

  2. I’m watching the live webcast of the awards ceremony and the presentation of the winners in the X-Prize contest. Some excellent speakers! I feel good about our future, we have so much talent, so many innovators.

    One line from one speech (they’re all very good!) : “We cannot drill our way to energy independence, we must innovate!”

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/progressive-insurance-automotive-x-prize#utm_campaigne=synclickback&source=http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/live&medium=4354273

  3. Zippy

    Anyone care to predict how this will end?

    Confusion Reigns On Warren Role At New Consumer Protection Bureau

    After a Senate vote today, three key Senators — including Warren supporters and detractors — admitted to not knowing what Warren’s new job will entail.

    Asked by TPM whether he knew what Warren’s role will be, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd answered simply, “No.”

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — a strong Warren backer — is cautiously optimistic.

    “That is a very good question,” Sanders said when TPM asked if he understood what Warren’s new job really is. “And the answer is no. And that is not insignificant.”

    “The real question is: Will she be in a powerful position to protect consumers against Wall Street greed?” Sanders said. “And if she is, it will be probably the very best appointment that President Obama has made…but you’re right, the devil remains in the details.”

    • indypendent

      Hasn’t Chris Dodd been against Warren since her name was first mentioned?

      I would like to see Warren put in charge of cleaning up Wall Street – hint to Geithner and Summers to move over.

      But as that is unlikely to happen – I see this as a political manuever – nothing more; nothing less.

      • paulasayles

        I would like to see Warren REPLACE Summers or Geitner in the President’s cabinet. If he would show with a single appointment that he was actually serious about cleaning anything up, I could start to get behind him. It’s never too late to turn the whole thing around.

  4. Sarah Palin is apparently offering her grizzly cubs free coaching. Talking to Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday, Palin said that Delaware Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell should “speak through Fox News.” She also said “She’s going to have to learn very quickly to dismiss what some of her handlers want. Remember what happened to me in the VP.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/09/16/palin-odonnell-fox-news/

  5. tosmarttobegop

    Yeah there is always someone that tries to stop you from saying something stupid. Thank God Palin does not listen to them otherwise she would be nothing but a pretty face that gets men to vote for her in hopes of seeing her naked!

  6. tosmarttobegop

    It might go without saying, but part of the differences in the excitement level between the Cons and the Libs. It boils down to how it is being seen, for the Cons though a great deal of it is nothing more then delusional. They look at it as literally saving the country, how excited would you get if you were trying to save your child?

    The Libs are seeing it as the President and the Congress let them down so the excitement is not there to support them. It will take the people realizing they too have to fight to save the country.

    • I know I’m in the minority but I’m not disappointed in what President Obama has accomplished. He has worked hard, accomplished much, and none of it was easy. I also give great bunch bunches of the credit to Nancy Pelosi — that’s a woman who gets things done! If the Republicans take the majority in the House and either Boehner or (who is that other guy with high hopes??) becomes Speaker I’m here to wager they won’t be nearly as effective as Pelosi was!

  7. Tea party backed candidate, Christine O’Donnell:

    Evolution/Creationism: “Evolution is a theory and it’s exactly that. There is not enough evidence, consistent evidence to make it as fact, and I say that because for theory to become a fact, it needs to consistently have the same results after it goes through a series of tests. The tests that they put — that they use to support evolution do not have consistent results. Now too many people are blindly accepting evolution as fact. But when you get down to the hard evidence, it’s merely a theory. But creation — well, creationism, in essence, is believing that the world began as the Bible in Genesis says, that God created the Earth in six days, six 24-hour periods. And there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting that.”

    Spending on AIDS prevention: “O’Donnell argued that the federal government was spending way too much money on AIDS prevention programs, initiatives that she seemed to claim were perpetuating the sort of behavior that led to the disease.”

    And, you’re gonna have to hold your head tight to keep it from exploding while reading about her opinion of stem cell research: “They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment.”

    • tosmarttobegop

      Are you sure that she is not from the town as Sam Brownback? He wants to protect us from merimaids and she thinks there is mice with human brains.