Tea Party Update…

Awesome, national movement the people are speaking, YAY AMERICA!!! WOOHOO! 2010 baby midterm elections, let’s get some BALANCE  :0)

Nashville

Nashville

From CSM via EM:

Several thousand neopatriots – some shouting “Give me liberty or give me death!” – took to the streets in over 30 US cities Friday, representing what some of them call the beginning of a new conservative counterculture in America.

“The spark has been lit,” says Ben Mihalski, a “house husband” from Cobb County, Ga., one of at least 300 protesters who gathered in a hefty downpour outside the Georgia Capitol on Friday to protest what they see as profligate spending by Washington.

Michigan

Michigan

Protesters with sign-slogans like “Pillage and plunder: At least the Vikings did it openly” fanned out across capitols and courthouses in cities from Nashville, Tenn., to Los Angeles, objecting to bailouts and policy changes since the inauguration of President Obama.

The Tea Party USA movement also added some symbolic flourish, vowing to gather tens of thousands of tea bags to be dumped on the floor of the US Congress. In Atlanta, the brand was Luzianne.

Photos from MM, please go see all the pics and video at her site!

But the largely grassroots show of force hints at a sharpening thorn for Democrats and a potential powder keg that could threaten to blow ahead of the 2010 congressional elections.

via ACE HQ , Chicago photo from unliberatedwoman more at her site!!

Chicago

Chicago

“It’s worth remembering that the rise of the New Right and the Christian Right, one after the other, were both spurred by tax issues, the whole idea of paying for things they don’t believe in,” says sociologist Eugenia Deerman at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston who studies conservative social movements.

Denver

Denver

Only in America Baby! How amazing is it that despite all our diversity, we have a tight cohesive bond based on our very own, very clear , very certain sense of what is and what is not the American Way. We KNOW who we are and we LOVE who we are, unlike some of our political representatives sad to say.

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City

Clearly we gave not forgotten who we are despite what some may say…

And we are passionate in our belief in America and our ability to be self sufficient and entrepeneurial and overcome ANY obstacle. We THRIVE on challenge. We do not want handouts or bailouts or a new system of governance or ideology or cultural collective and subservience to some politician’s idea of a ‘greater good’. Millions of us do have that belief and we live it in our daily lives and our faith, whatever it may be, and we do NOT want the government putting their big feet into our American Way of Life. /editorial off :0)

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February 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Finance, Foreclosures, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized. 5 comments.

BSG: 4.17 Kara remembers All Along the Watchtower…

Courtesy of emkayde:

Kara “Starbuck” Thrace remembers All Along The Watchtower (or specifically the Final Four Theme),while playing at the piano with her imaginary father who told her the song when she was a child. From the episode “Someone To Watch Over Me”.
Music by Bear McCreary. Copyright by Universal Studios. No copyright infringement intended.

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February 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Battlestar Galactica, BSG, Entertainment, Fantasy, Music, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

Reagan v Obama Debate

February 28, 2009. Tags: . Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Important Update: Budget: Student Loans…

From a savvy commenter and we thank them!!!! It is NOT the total private lending being affected, that apparently continues with its insane lack of caps on interest rates unabated, it is only FFEL a federally guaranteed partially subsidized through fees program being hurt, that seems counterproductive ? But then again the entire Obama Budget plan sounds counterproductive to me!

The excessively high interest rates you refer to are not part of the FFEL program. Those private loans would not be impacted by the budget proposal, and are free-market products. The FFEL loans have capped interests rates that fluctuate from one budget year to the other, as set by Congress, but have been in the single digits for several years.

The savings by eliminating FFEL are direct subsidies to lenders who risk financial loss by defaulted loans due to the narrow profit margins mandated by the interest rates capped by Congress.

There are those who argue that FFEL is actually cheaper for the taxpayer than direct lending because of the borrower-education and default aversion programs that that FFEL participants provide that is practically non-existent in direct lending, resulting in fewer loans going bad. Depends on whose numbers you are looking at.

HUGE GINORMOUS CHANGES TO STUDENT LOANS IN THE BUDGET!!

Via BondBuyer.com:

The $3.55 trillion budget request, which was summarized in a 134-page overview released yesterday, would also phase out the Federal Family Education Loan program and require all new student loans to be originated by the Department of Education and financed with Treasury borrowing. That action would effectively kill the market for federally guaranteed student loans, municipal market participants said.

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February 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Department of Education, Economy, Finance, Hillary Clinton, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized, Wall St. 6 comments.

BREAKING UPDATE: Obama Budget: Capital Gains and Dividend Tax Increases go into Effect October 1 2009!!!

Kudlow breaking CNBC I have not seen or heard it anywhere else! Rise in capital gains and dividend tax as well as the changes to carried interest income, are going into effect THIS YEAR! WHA????? WTH?!?!?! IN THE MIDST OF THE DECESSION! (depression-recession)!!!! He MUST be trying to kill the market why the hell else would anyone do this? The Hill is a madhouse!!!

Kudlow reports changes go into effect OCTOBER 1, 2009, which is the beginning of our government FY10!!!!!! DAMN THEY ARE SLICK AND OUR SLEEPING MEDIA HANDMAIDENS TO TEH ONE SAY NARY A WORD!!!

This will ALSO hurt small business, since Team Obama generated their estimated ‘savings’ by pushing back the small business waiver of capital gains tax until a phase-in that does not begin until 2014!!!!!!!

WHERE ARE THE JOBS GOING TO COME FROM?!?!? Ask Congress before they pass this like TARP ONE and the Stimulus without reading it!

Spread the word! Call your Critters! This is crazy, this is GUARANTEED to kill any possible recovery in the markets, what the hell is Larry Summers doing???

Is the economic council lobotomized? Suffering from kool-aid poisoning? Cloned?! Are they Kodos and Kang in disguise? Cylons? Pod-people??

I heard SO MANY people during the primaries and later the election claiming Obama was a centrist Democrat like Big Dawg and Obama’s advisers were always touted as the evidence of that, i.e. Why would Volker and Summers and Jamie Dimon endorse him if he weren’t a capitalist?? yada yada yada

Seems the much vaunted Business Council led by Immelt and his innumerable titled economic councils chiefs advisers cooks valets whatever the hell he calls them are useless props.

February 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Glam Metal, Hair Bands, Horror, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 3 comments.

TGIF!

Courtesy of  LucienLaCroix

This is a compilation of footage from both Battlestar Galactica and The Office, in which it is implied that Dwight Schrute is the infamous fifth Cylon. The footage from the Office is played to musical score “Precipice” from the Battlestar Galactica series. Fans of both series will get a kick out of this video.

February 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Battlestar Galactica, BSG, Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. Comments off.

Update: Stimulus Package Unemployment Benefits – what states are already eligible without changes to UE law…plus GA update

Update on states as they review the Unemployment Strings and decide how much of the stimulus unemployment benefits to accept:

eGov monitor:

The unemployment insurance program gets its funds from federal and state employer payroll taxes, with states levying the biggest share. States administer the program, determining who is eligible and how much benefits will be.

19 states will soon receive a share of the $7 billion stimulus program designed to induce states to give more low-income workers unemployment benefits. Other suggested reforms in the act would provide benefits to part-time workers, those who leave jobs to take care of their families, and long-term workers who need retraining. The act also calls for higher benefits for workers with dependents.

To get at least one-third of their share of the $7 billion stimulus fund, states must count recent earnings in considering applicants. To get the rest, they have to adopt at least two of the other proposed reforms.

What states already qualify for the funds?

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February 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Doo Wop, Economy, Entertainment, Finance, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics. 6 comments.

YourGeekNews: Watchmen Preview

From Mat and Nat at YGN/BSGcast:

We’ve had our eye on this project for YEARS, literally, and we couldn’t have more anticipation and enthusiasm for this film if we tried. Mostly because we’ve been fans of the graphic novel for as long as we can remember, and the pressure couldn’t be higher for Snyder to deliver a truly great movie from the greatest graphic novel of all time.

So watch our 10-minute preview of Watchmen, complete with cast and crew interviews and LOTS of scenes from the movie, and hit up YourGeekNews.com to let us know what you think!

~Matt +Nat

February 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Art, BSG, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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