BSG: What we like about you (blooper reel) and deleted scenes from Unfinished Business…

Created by bardura87bngl2

Using season 3 bloopers/gag reel to show how cast is having fun and why we love them so much…

And the deleted scenes from Unfinished Business that explain why Kara married Anders after she and Lee finally got together, and why Dee married Lee knowing he loved Kara

Fair use only, no infringement intended

March 6, 2009. Tags: , , , . Battlestar Galactica, BSG, Caprica, Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

Cramer on Obama and Health Benefits – CNBC.com

Airtime: Fri. Mar. 6 2009 | 4:16 PM ET       An outlook on the health care corporations, with Mad Money host Jim Cramer.

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March 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized, Wall St. Comments off.

Memo to Team Obama: The Smartest Guys in the Room Model Does Not Work…

From Charles Krauthammer:

The list is long. But the list of causes of the collapse of the financial system does not include the absence of universal health care, let alone of computerized medical records. Nor the absence of an industry-killing cap-and-trade carbon levy. Nor the lack of college graduates. Indeed, one could perversely make the case that, if anything, the proliferation of overeducated, Gucci-wearing, smart-ass MBAs inventing ever more sophisticated and opaque mathematical models and debt instruments helped get us into this credit catastrophe in the first place.

And yet with our financial house on fire, Obama makes clear both in his speech and his budget that the essence of his presidency will be the transformation of health care, education and energy. Four months after winning the election, six weeks after his swearing in, Obama has yet to unveil a plan to deal with the banking crisis.

We need to get in a team of regular Americans on these ’round table, summit,cocktail party, bs sessions on the Hill. Whenever the Geniuses get together it is a frakkin clusterfxxk

Ideally we should send follow the Nextel commercial model for governance, firefighters, roadies and UPS folks do our representing :0) We were supposed to get that with the House, but clearly it ain’t happenin, look at Pelosi vineyards and the Top 10 wealthiest Critters, their seats are good as the gold they can spend to keep them…

try to make it to a Tea Party or call your Critters when they roll out these goofy proposals that clearly are unworkable to markets and Main St, but the critters think are swell…

March 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Taxes, Uncategorized, Wall St. 2 comments.

TGIF!!

“We Are The World” In Living Color

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March 6, 2009. Politics. Comments off.

Dead Dividends Walking?

Slowly but surely, the financials are cutting their dividends. Ostensibly this is to preserve cash, but assuredly it is to try and keep their ratings up as the ratings agencies that led us down this road to hell overcompensate for their colossal failure to properly rate the toxic waste that poisoned us all by coming down hard on financials now…..

As dividends dissipate, and the Obama Budget raises tax rates on dividends and cap gains as early as this October, investors should take a look at their allocations. (I keep buying KO on dips, that dividend, like Pepsi is going up)

Wells Fargo is the latest, cutting their dividend 85%-

Wells Fargo on Friday cut its dividend 85 percent, a widely expected move that the fourth-largest U.S. bank said will save $5 billion a year.

The San Francisco-based bank also said it plans $2 billion of additional cost cuts in 2009, starting in the second quarter. It did not say where they will come from.

Dozens of lenders are reducing or eliminating dividends to preserve capital needed to cover rising credit losses.

The Street says COF is next on the block….

March 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Taxes, Uncategorized, Wall St. 1 comment.

Stimulus Package Unemployment Benefits Update: Nevada to turn down some funding too..MS update…

Yep, the beat goes on as more and more states find that the strings attached to the federal stimulus money will leave them in a worse position down the road:

Channel 8 Eyewitness News Las Vegas Now:

Nevada stands to get hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus money, but Governor Jim Gibbons says he will pass on some of it.

Governor Gibbons says there are just too many strings attached to some of the federal stimulus dollars. The governor says he will take the money without unfunded mandates.

“Let me give you just one; it’s the unemployment insurance level. It’s just four weeks of assistance that they are giving us, but it requires mandatory, permanent, irrevocable changes to our tax system and to how we decide who qualifies for receiving unemployment,” he said.

Nevada would receive more than $76 million for the extra four weeks. The governor says it’s not worth it and the state would be stuck with a higher business tax because of federal regulations.

The governor says he will also reject the stimulus money for school maintenance. In the bill, he says the state would have to spend an additional $500 million to get $300 million in stimulus money.

Update from Mississippi, where the State Senate is backing Governor Barbour over the State House attempts to bypass him and get stimulus funds anyway…

The Commercial Dispatch:

The Republican-controlled state Senate will likely block the House’s attempt to accept all of the $2.8 billion Mississippi is projected to get for helping fund government services and assist people struggling through the economic recession.

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March 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxatrion, Taxes, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics. 3 comments.

Breaking: February jobless claims released…

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UPDATE: 8:30 am EST: The numbers are coming in now..

Hampton Pearson reports…

for the month of February new jobless claims are 651,000 . The unemployment rate is 8.1%..

total 12.5 million unemployed

since NABE said recession began, in 14 mos lost 4.4 million jobs since Dec 2007

January’s jobless numbers revised downward, what was reported as a loss of 598,000 jobs now revised to show an actual loss of  655,000…

December nonfarm payrolls revised to a loss of 681,000 from an earlier report of down 577,000..

(graphic by Marvins Dad – Creative Commons license)

March 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Labor Department, Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

BSG: Preview of Islanded in a Stream of Stars…

clip courtesy of SevorTB

March 6, 2009. Tags: , , , . Battlestar Galactica, BSG, Caprica, Entertainment, Fantasy, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. Comments off.

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