The Shitlist

Kudos to President Obama on his inauguration. I was fortunate enough to be in DC on that momentus day. Now back to business.

Right now our country is in one of the worst economic downturns since… well, it really depends who you ask. Some say 1981, some say 1973, some say 1948 and some say the Great Depression (although I think that that claim is still a stretch. Maybe in a few more months). Anyway neoliberals have stepped up their assault on our economy and, if they are succesful, will irreparably damage the Republic.

As I said in a previous post I’m buried trying to rebuild my life right now, so full posts are going to be difficult. Instead, I’ve decided to keep a running tally of people and organizations who are pushing a dangerous neoliberal agenda at the risk of destroying our country (and I’m throwing in their contact information to boot). I urge all of you to write the men, women and organizations on this list often. Let them know we won’t tolerate their objectionable actions. Keep up the pressure!

If you think I’ve missed someone or want someone added, leave a comment and be sure to give a good reason. Oh, and be sure to check back often.

1) John McCain – Attempted to kill the Buy American clause in the stimulus bill.
Let him know how you feel about that.

More to come…

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Oops.

Okay. The long story short is that I’ve been caught up in a lot of personal stuff the last couple of months; it’s not easy trying to start a new career path on the smoldering ashes of the old one. Things will settle down later this month. In the meantime, I hope to update periodically.

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The Big 3 Go Down

Well, not quite, but things are getting pretty bad. With Bush and Paulson dragging their feet, Ford, Chrysler, and GM have been left to fend for themselves. According to NPR, Ford is going to extend its shuttering of plants in order to save money. Likewise, Chrysler is idling its plants for a month starting on Friday. General Motors is considering taking the most drastic action and declaring bankruptcy. While these various strategies will probably help keep those companies viable for a while longer,  they will likely have a ripple effect throughout the economy.

The biggest concern many economists have are about the factories that supply parts to automobile plants. With their largest customers at least partially incapacitated, these factories will begin to slow down and proably lay off workers. And, of course, there is the psychological affect these decisions will have.

At this point, I don’t want to make a guess about what will happen next. I honestly have no idea. All that I’m sure of now is that Bush will be remembered as a horrible president: the president who presided over two crusades for neoliberalism, the president who was in bed with Big Oil, the president who let Wall Street rape the Treasury, and the president who killed the economy.

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Bah.

Too depressed about the economy to bother writing something cogent. Just check out this CNN article and you’ll see what’s bugging me.

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Quick and Dirty News: Shoe thrower ‘beaten in custody’

The BBC has picked up on this story now:

The brother of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush has said that the reporter has been beaten in custody.

Muntadar al-Zaidi has suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury, his older brother, Dargham, told the BBC.

Good job, Bush. You replaced one abusive regime with another.

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The World is Watching

While this article is still unverified and outside the normal scope of this blog, I thought it would be important to mention.  According to several other blogs, Iraqi TV al-Sharqiya is reporting that the journalist who lobbed his shoes at President Bush is being tortured:

Iraqi TV al-Sharqiya just reported on the news that AL-Zaidi is transferred to Camp Cropper prison [the Airport prison, managed by the American forces].

The TV Channel announced that Al-Zaidi is in a difficult condition, with broken ribs and signs of tortures on his thighs. Also he can not move his right arm.

Initial reports are unconfirmed at this time. We’ll keep an eye on this, although no matter its truth value, this story will undoubtedly further damage Bush’s legacy in the Middle East.

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Bomb Goes Off at Oregon Bank – Mainstream Media Silent

WOODBURN — A bomb exploded at a West Coast Bank branch in Woodburn Friday, killing at least one person, and injuring at least two others.

Two people were injurred; one was killed (may God rest his soul).  The bomb went off four hours ago, but the mainstream media has yet to pick up on the story.  I won’t include any more details, because there really aren’t any. Authorities are being very tight-lipped about the matter.

Unfortunately, the lack to details is going to force speculation, including on my part.  Barring some random act of violence, I believe that this bomb is an act of domestic terrorism, possibly committed by someone very angry over the state of the American economy. Why else would a bank get bombed?

Hopefully more information will be released soon and the authorities will capture the perpetrator.

UPDATE: 12:40 AM EST – CNN has a tiny link buried on its main page dedicated to this story. Apparently the possible remains of a cute, white child are more important than a possible case of domestic terrorism..

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