“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Is Osama bin Laden a Criminal or Master Terrorist and Enemy of the US?

All right, bin Laden is claiming the Christmas bombing attempt of a US carrier over US territory is his doing. He goes on to threaten other attempts by al-Qaeda, yet the bomber designated shit bird, " the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab" sits in a US prison marandized by our own General Eric Holder.

There is no doubt that Abdulmutallab is an illegal enemy combatant. He is claimed as such by bin Laden.

Obama should have Holder withdraw the criminal charges against Shit Bird I and send him to Guantanamo, where he belonged in the first place. American lives are at stake and valuable time has already been lost. However, as this video shows, Eric Holder has other priorities. He is distilled in his victimization and his priorities are not exactly as an American firster.

In audio message, bin Laden says he endorsed Dec. 25 airline bomb plot

Washington Post
By Jason Keyser
Monday, January 25, 2010

Osama bin Laden endorsed the failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner Christmas Day and threatened new attacks against the United States in an audio message released Sunday that appeared aimed at asserting that he maintains some direct command over al-Qaeda-inspired offshoots.

U.S. officials and several researchers who track terrorist groups, however, said there is no indication that bin Laden or any of his top lieutenants had anything to do with or even knew in advance of the plot by a Yemen-based group that is one of several largely independent al-Qaeda franchises.

A State Department spokesman said al-Qaeda's core leadership offers such groups strategic guidance but depends on them to carry out missions.

"He's trying to continue to appear relevant" by talking up the attempted attack by an affiliate, P. J. Crowley said.

The one-minute message was explicit in its threat of new attacks. Bin Laden said such attacks, like the airline plot, would come in response to U.S. support for Israel.

"God willing, our raids on you will continue as long as your support for the Israelis continues," bin Laden said in the recording, which was released to the al-Jazeera news channel.

"The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of the September 11," attacks, he said of the Nigerian suspect in the Dec. 25 botched bombing.

"If our messages had been able to reach you through words, we wouldn't have been delivering them through planes."

Directing his statements at President Obama -- "from Osama to Obama," he said -- bin Laden added: "America will never dream of security unless we will have it in reality in Palestine."

The message, which White House officials said could not immediately be authenticated, raised again the question of how much of a link exists between al-Qaeda's top leadership along the Afghan-Pakistani border and the handful of loosely affiliated groups operating in the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa and Iraq.

The al-Qaeda leader, who was last heard from in September, seemed intent on showing that he remains more than an ideological figurehead, as most analysts have suggested he has become during the terrorist network's evolution into decentralized offshoots. But some questioned whether al-Qaeda's core leadership was involved.

"They weren't putting the final touches on this operation," said Evan F. Kohlmann, a senior investigator for the New York-based NEFA Foundation, which researches Islamic militants.

Still, the Saudi and Yemeni leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which formed in Yemen a year ago, have a long history of direct personal contact with bin Laden. It is plausible that, if they were able to, they would have informed bin Laden of the airliner plot and sought his approval, Kohlmann said.

The Yemen-based group's leader, Nasir al-Wahishi, was once bin Laden's personal secretary. The group's top military commander, Qassim al-Raimi, trained in bin Laden's main camp in Afghanistan, Kohlmann said.

Two of the group's top members were detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and were released in November 2007.

The Yemen offshoot is largely self-sustaining, with its own theological figures, bomb-makers and a network for funneling in recruits.

"The training and the definition of the attack was by the local leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," said Rohan Gunaratna, author of "Inside Al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror."

"So, in many ways you can say bin Laden is exploiting for his benefit this particular attack. Bin Laden still wants to claim leadership for the global jihad movement."

U.S. investigators say the Nigerian suspect in the Dec. 25 attempted bombing told them he had been trained in Yemen and given the explosives there by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Bin Laden's message came four weeks after the Yemen-based group made its own claim of responsibility for the bomb plot with a different justification: linking it to Yemeni military attacks on al-Qaeda targets with the help of U.S. intelligence.

-- Associated Press


  1. General Stanley McChrystal, the Nato commander in Afghanistan, has raised the prospect that his troop surge will lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban.

    Gen McChrystal will urge his allies to renew their commitment to his strategy at a conference in London this week.

    In a Financial Times interview, he acknowledged growing scepticism about the war, but said he was poised to make “very demonstrably positive” progress this year as a result of the arrival of an extra 30,000 US troops.

    By using the reinforcements to create an arc of secure territory stretching from the Taliban’s southern heartlands to Kabul, Gen McChrystal aims to weaken the insurgency to the point where its leaders would accept some form of settlement with Afghanistan’s government.

    “As a soldier, my personal feeling is that there’s been enough fighting,” he said. “What I think we do is try to shape conditions which allow people to come to a truly equitable solution to how the Afghan people are governed.”

  2. Something is wrong with Holder. And William Ayres...and Jeremiah Wright... and Barack Obama.

  3. General Stanley McChrystal, the Nato commander in Afghanistan, has raised the prospect that his troop surge will lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban

    I told you folks that this is what would happen. The Taliban will once again control Afghanistan. Pakistan wants to work with the Haqqani network.

  4. Wait till the presidential amnesties start.

  5. We're going to figure out that the easiest way to get the situation stabilized and under control is to outsource the job to someone whose hands aren't tied by niceties and convention.

  6. This Saints/Vikings game is ugly.

  7. It certainly is if you are a Farve fan.

  8. Viking dream dies in New Orleans.

  9. Whit: I told you folks that this is what would happen. The Taliban will once again control Afghanistan. Pakistan wants to work with the Haqqani network.

    It's a shakedown. Pakistan pretends to go after the Taliban as long as we pretend to pay them greenbacks.

  10. Joe Biden has been spending a lot of time in S. Asia lately.

    That can't be good.

  11. I'm beginning to think that's the SOP for all of our "allies", Lil.

  12. My redneck opinion is that Holder and his crew are driving the wedge deeper between the races. Ground gained toward better racial harmony is being deliberately abandoned to foment more and deeper resentment, mainly from blacks, but other minorities as well.

    It cannot end well for anyone, and as it continues, I have to ask if it will ever end.

  13. Everything is racial with them. You did catch the smugness of the announcement that in so many years the majority will not be the majority.

    Deconstruct that thought. He is talking about whites. Last time I checked whites are about split 50-50 on voting habits. Blacks vote 97% for blacks.

    Holden talks about Black History Month. There is no designated White History Month, nor White Congressional Caucus. The term white is always a pejorative term, "White flight," "acting white","white guilt."

    Whites have been emotionally brow-beaten for so long, mostly by liberal whites, that they freeze when the subject is brought up. Imagine a white Attorney General, glowing with pride, talking about how in X number of years the Negroes will finally be outnumbered by the whites.

    But perish the thought. You can't use moral equivalency. Just shut up and die.

  14. The magic battery man, that mat touted, has raised another $350 million from whirled bankers.

    The company, that has no real product of its' own, is reported to be valued at $1.4 billion USD.

    Fancy that.

    FRANKFURT, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Better Place, an infrastructure provider for electric cars founded by former SAP (SAPG.DE) executive Shai Agassi, has raised $350 million in fresh equity as part of a second round of financing.

  15. The culture has been re-written by the left-wing race hustlers, such that a young white graduate from a white liberal college can announce to a mostly white class of students that American was founded by old white men without a whimper of racial indignation.

    Is the problem that they were men, old or white? The implication is that any of the three or all three or any combination thereof is a typical known problem, but in any case it is a white thing.

  16. While Murdock's Wall Street Journal reports:


    WASHINGTON—Coming off one of the most difficult weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama has beefed up his political staff and is expected to deliver an uncompromising State of the Union address. Aides said Sunday that the White House wasn't making any abrupt policy shifts, even as the message was retooled to focus more sharply on job creation.

    If anything, an unfinished agenda from 2009 will grow larger as, in addition to tackling health care and unemployment, the president presses for a bipartisan commission to tackle the budget deficit against resistance from Republicans.

    White House officials said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe would be brought on as a political consultant as the White House gears up for the midterm elections.

    The Republicans are putting up resistance to tackling the deficit.

    Tax and spending Republicans, will that be the WSJ spin, for 2010?

  17. Obama asked Bill Clinton for advice and was told, "It's about jobs, stupid."

  18. Two interesting memes floating around:

    1. Roosevelt's fiscal policies prolonged the depression.

    2. Aid to desperate third world places like Africa and Haiti has handicapped the aid recipients and prevented advancement.

  19. Both of those story lines have been gospel in my family, since as long as I can remember.

  20. Made an error, the value of that battery swap company is reported to be $1.25 billion, not $1.4.

    "This is one of the largest investments made yet in the 'clean tech' sector. The value of Better Place is now estimated at $1.25 billion," it said.

    What creates this value, one asks?

    "Due to our technology our concept and the stable partnership with Renault, we have a lead over all other alternative energy mobility concepts of at least two years," Shai Agassi said in the statement.

  21. You're right, rat, they're not new but right now, economic circumstances and natural disasters are bringing out every socio/economic/political pathology and hack.

    Every generation must be reminded that there are two sides to every coin.

  22. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sam's Club, the warehouse club division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc is cutting roughly 11,200 jobs, or about 10 percent of its workforce, as it outsources in-store product demonstrations and eliminates positions used to recruit new business members.

  23. Saw that a couple weeks ago here in AR, rat. Thought of posting a note for you.

    If I had, the bar would have scooped Reuters.



  24. Unprofitable stores being closed across the country. A lot where Costco had been firmly entrenched.

  25. I saw that story yesterday. I was thinking there's an opportunity for someone.

    Walmart is shedding overhead of carrying those jobs. Outsourcing it to Contractors who in-turn minimize their overhead (insurance, workers comp, retirement) by using subcontractors on as as needed basis.

    I'm surprised that Sam's club employed that many people to do these kinds of jobs in the first place.

    Round and round she goes and where she stops, nobody knows.

  26. They closed a Sam's Club, at a central city location in Phoenix.

    They have broken ground on two new Walmart stores, that I know of, one in Cave Creek and the other in an upscale north Phoenix shopping area.

  27. You have to see this .

    Check this, here is the genius that the American public chose to lead us in a time of a national emergency. He needs twotelepromters to talk to sixth graders.

    What a stroker.

  28. As a white person I can honestly say that I don't feel emotionally browbeaten. By liberal whites or liberal anyones.

    The one person in my extended family who admits to feeling that way on occasion is also my extended family's token liberal: my mother. And no beating around the bush, the dear woman has issues. Issues of race and ethnicity whose origins are a mystery to the rest of us. There's a reason she can't vacation anywhere not solidly populated by the pasty.

    The woman who most fully and enthusiastically absorbed her undergrad and postgrad exposure to that bizarre admixture of do-goo-ism and haughty historical cynicism, is also the one whose every sensibility comes under assault when she finds herself outside of Whiteyville. We're talking about a woman who doesn't even feel comfortable among the merely tan; who regards Italians for God's sake as persons of genuine suspicion. And Hispanics? Fuggedaboudit.

    The reactionary maternal liberal of my upbringing clings to her kind with comical tenacity.

    A living paradox.

  29. Barack Obama's Teleprompter's Blog

    Because There Is No POTUS Without TOTUS


  30. Strangely enough, I'm more comfortable if there are a few "Brothas" around. I hated the Netherlands. Too damned many Whites. They were everywhere. And, so Goddamned polite. There was nobody to get pissed at.

    I'm serious. I really missed my "colorful," and, quite often, annoying world.

  31. And on that note...

    It's supposed to be 60 degrees today at Military Mafia HQs.

    Good house-hunting weather while it lasts.

    You all enjoy.

  32. So anyone who observes the truth of Deuce's reflections on race baiting is as mentally and emotionally haywire as moms?

  33. Even the goofy libs are going to be ready to turn the Holdrens, and Jacksons, and Obamas off pretty soon. This administration might be their "last hurrah."

    Same with the crazy "watermelons."

  34. Although I love and appreciate the ACTUAL acceptance of diversity here in PairOdice, the thought of feeling uncomfortable in the company of whites only never crossed my mind.

    Then again, I've never been surrounded by a bunch of Hyenas terrified by blackie.

  35. Had a girlfriend kinda like that a while back.

    Way more sophisticated than ole linear.

    I suggested we take her kids and an ice chest and enjoy an outdoor blues festival in the park. Man! You shoulda heard her go off on the idea...all the risks involved, those shady ethnics everywhere...right down to the germs in the grass.

    She loved Bob Marley's music.


  36. FDR:
    I think any Nazis can play a role if they focus on the future, and not the past.

    Diversity is the Army of The Won's greatest strength.

  37. I was amazed at my own reaction. I simply missed home. And, the "homies."

    Oh, did I mention they were great people. Polite, and intelljint, and good drinking companions.

    And, after a couple of weeks, boring as hell.

  38. Fuckin Euros.
    Never had the experience, myself.
    Never missed it, either.

  39. Son's Haitian friend's parent's Euro inspired racism is comical.
    Black folk prejudiced against...
    black folk.

    Low class blacks, that is.
    Those who do not speak Frog.

  40. When my daughter was in 8th grade her school was 80 percent black. Her racism, not so much now, started in 8th grade when she accused her black math teacher of being racist. She would come home everyday and tell me stories and I told she was crazy. She said, "Mom, I know the difference between racism and just being picked on because the teacher doesn't like me, for me."

    I finally had to go in and confront the man who pick on my daughter for things that the other children got away with. It was obvious my daughter was telling the truth, so I marched down to the white Principal's office where he told me that we don't do such things as to accuse teacher's of racism.

    My daughter finished the school year but never attended the graduation ceremony.

  41. Black people are just as racist as white people. And you're right, Doug, I've seen black prejudice against black.

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  43. Sad story, MLD, here's mine:

    Wife was attending Grad School, college had their own pre-school.

    Black student-teacher was allowing a black kid to physically take out his feelings on our son.

    First I heard of that, he was gone.

    Wife got calls over and over again asking WHY we removed him from their sick little mess of a school.

    Forget exactly what the wife said, but the central focus was to NOT disclose our real reasons.

  44. Deuce: Check this, here is the genius that the American public chose to lead us in a time of a national emergency. He needs twotelepromters to talk to sixth graders.

    I had to use that picture on my blog post today, just so I can look back at my hardcopy in ten years and shake my head (I print out my blog and keep it in binders). And I tweeted it. Absolutely unbelievable.

  45. Is it just me? Race gets boring really fast. I'd much rather try to figure out the oil market.

  46. WaPo:
    Myopic, Irresponsible and "potentially" dangerous.

    Did the Obama administration blow an opportunity in the Flight 253 case?

    UMAR FAROUK Abdulmutallab was nabbed in Detroit on board Northwest Flight 253 after trying unsuccessfully to ignite explosives sewn into his underwear. The Obama administration had three options:

    It could charge him in federal court.

    It could detain him as an enemy belligerent.

    Or it could hold him for prolonged questioning and later indict him, ensuring that nothing Mr. Abdulmutallab said during questioning was used against him in court.

    It is now clear that the administration did not give serious thought to anything but Door No. 1. This was myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

    Well duh!

    Instant Interrogation Rules the Day.
    50 minutes or less will do.

  47. You morons insinuate that The Won is not the most brilliant orator in The World simply because of his desire to get things just right for the teletubbies using his teleprompters.

    All is well!
    Stand down mates!

  48. "The administration claims Mr. Abdulmutallab provided valuable information -- and probably exhausted his knowledge of al-Qaeda operations -- before he clammed up.

    This was immediately after he was read his Miranda rights and provided with a court-appointed lawyer.

    The truth is, we may never know whether the administration made the right call or whether it squandered a valuable opportunity."

    The Bar Knows.
    (except for Ashie)

  49. China is building a big tire factory in Ephrata WA, adding 2000 jobs. Ephrata is just down the way a piece from the Grand Coulee Dam, and has the cheapest electricity per kilowatt hour in the world.

  50. Doug: Instant Interrogation Rules the Day.
    50 minutes or less will do.

    You have everything you need at your local dentist's office.

  51. " I'd much rather try to figure out the oil market."

    Do we have any way to KNOW that China's car output figures are accurate, Rufus?

    I pray they are not, or even us old folks will live to see a very tight hydrocarbon market.

    To put it mildly.

  52. Mon Jan 25, 09:38:00 AM EST

    Google and the Chi-Coms joined again! the two largest consumers of our nearly free hydropower.

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  55. Doug, they have to be accurate. They're all built by Ford, VW, etc. We don't have to go by "China's" figures. We can go by the Corporations'.

  56. Sorry, folks, still learning basic html:
    Ain't Life Grand?

  57. And, people are waiting 1 to 3 months in China to "take delivery" of their vehicles.

  58. Remember, only about 5% of their people own cars. A lot more than that can, now, afford cars.

  59. Well, Rufus, hard to see how you could be wrong about implications for Oil Market.

    I saw this coming in Ping Pong Diplomacy days.

    Maybe Curtis LeMay's Ghost will save us.

  60. Gotta go put a couple of new tires (prolly Chinese) on the Chevy.


  61. It's not All bad, Doug. We gotta keep a fire lit under their asses as regards the "currency" issue, though. They're getting too big for any more babying.

  62. Methinks currency is a double-edged sword in these Obamadollar Days.

  63. re: Teleprompter - at your link Deuce they had the following under the picture:

    "White House: This morning the President and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan paid a visit to Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. President Obama was addressing pool reporters"

    "addressing pool reporters" as opposed to giving a speeck to elementary school kids. Still, he did have a teleprompter.

    doug, expressing great concern and skepticism, questions Rufus numbers on Chinese car sales yet pontificates knowledgeably on the legalities involved when someone is apprehended in the US - 'of course you don't have to read him his rights in America and you can do whatever the heck you want to him 'cause I say so'.

    on the Health front - so much for the fantasy of health decision being simply a question for the doctor and patient:

  64. I did not bring up the race issue, The Attorney General of the US did. I did not let it pass.

  65. オテモヤン said...

    Mon Jan 25, 05:37:00 AM EST

    I'd love to, bro. But do you remember the last time we did business? You scammed me out of $25!

    I bought your Tiger Woods DVD entitled "My favorite 18 holes".

    Turned out it was about golf.

    Fool me once...

  66. Saw an online poll this morning at CNBC.

    The question was: Should Bernancke be reconfirmed as Fed chairman?

    The results came back 50% yes and 50% no.

    I feel the same ambivalance. I'd like to see Ben taken down a few pegs, but I don't see anyone else out there that's been mentioned that could do a better job than him. (Plus the market wants him reconfirmed.)

    (Now, Geithner is a different matter. I love to see him booted. I think anyone could do a better job than him.)


  67. You might be interested in what Krugman has to say about it Quirk:

  68. I wish you hadn't done that Ash. I take a smug solace in being 180 degrees opposite Krugman on most issues.

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with much of what he has to say in that column.

    Ruined my day.


  69. I figured that might be the case :)

  70. "doug, expressing great concern and skepticism, questions Rufus numbers on Chinese car sales yet pontificates knowledgeably on the legalities involved when someone is apprehended in the US - 'of course you don't have to read him his rights in America and you can do whatever the heck you want to him 'cause I say so'."
    Can you possibly be that stupid, Ash?
    Was FDR and EVERY OTHER WARTIME PRESIDENT WRONG, and you and your metrosuicidal friends are right?

    (Giving you the benefit of the doubt of not being as EVIL as Holder and BHO in wanting the destruction of this country as we know it.)

  71. Ash:
    If an Army of 10 Thousand cross the Rio Grand and attack the homeland, does that mean we then are obligated to have ten thousand criminal court cases to deal with these gentlemen?

  72. 10,000 did not cross the border but rather an individual tried to make his underwear explode. No Congressional declaration of WAR was involved, no habeaus corpus was suspended...

    ... I know, you'd love to see him walk on account a judge ruled his rights were violated.

  73. Central/South America continues to slowly progress. However, it has a history of doing so in fits and starts. Every decade or so different countries there seem to go through the socialist/populist/liberation theology movement phase until they crash and burn. Then they switch to more conservative regimes and policies and continue that way until they decide progress isn't coming quite fast enough. Then they switch back to the left again.

    There's no reason to expect things to change there for quite a while.

    Venezuela: Crash and Burn


  74. No declaration of war, thus no unlawful combatants, huh?
    This Phobia about War no doubt a product of the successful undermining of the country by the communist plans of long ago.

    Personally, in cases like this, I'll take a patriotic POTUS that says legalities be damned, protect the fuckin homeland. Cheney or Ashcroft would.

    Better well-led than dead, say I.

  75. "In a letter to the court, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that while in the employ of the FBI during the '80s and '90s, Meyers "sold counterfeit good(s); committed extortion; beat up at least one individual; used narcotics and assisted in the collection of debts owed from the sale of narcotics."

    Your FBI at Work

    This is the government the hard cases at the EB trust to determine the bad guys, to monitor any citizen communications they want to in order to "find the bad guys", to protect us from those same bad guys, to...well, why go on?


  76. You're not in favor of Mirandizing Mr Hotpants, are you Quirk?

  77. No.

    But that is not accepting "legalities be damned."


  78. Yeah, who gives a fuck if 3,000 more die simply because we no longer declare Wars, nor pursue victory in same.

  79. Holder should be strung up forthwith.

  80. "Yeah, who gives a fuck if 3,000 more die simply.."

    What about the millions who have died since the revolution fighting for liberties and rights you are so cavalier about throuwing away?

    Yea, I think we, most of us, are better than that.


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  82. The "rights" of foreign murderous terrorists?


    Do you really believe that?

  83. Was FDR "wrong" to have Nazi spies shot?

    Are acts of War no different than 7-11 robberies?

  84. The right to LIFE, liberty, and happiness, remember?

  85. Got $20 Million you want to donate to the Politicians this year? Sorry Charlie, you don't even crack The Top 18


    Here are the "True" owners of the Government. And, look where the money went.

  86. Hint: If you want the Pubs to have any money you'd better send'em a check. Cause, the big boys ain't.

  87. Why bother when the Chicago Boys deliver so reliably?

  88. "Sweet Honeysuckletater, yoose think'n back to da Whodats dat dun raised up dat colored boy?"

    "yeah Possumtater, I does'

    "what you reck'un happen to dat child?
    "well Honeysuckletater best i done heard wus dat afta he gots old enough da dun sold him..."

    "Naw, "Tater dat ain't right"
    "jus say'n"

  89. Before you ruin your health worrying about the poor Rain Forests, perhaps you should read this: Rain Forests Growing Back like Crazy

  90. By my count, 11 of the 18 donors were unions which gave exclusively to the Dems.

  91. Okay, if not "exclusively", then "strongly."

  92. Viktor at 11:48


    Speaking of funny, did anyone else LMAO at the Walmart commercial with the clown at the children's party?

    I saw it three times during the game last night and belly laughed each time. A fellow worker (male) said he reacted the same way and turns out, his wife had the same non-reaction as mine.

  93. Again, belly laughing. I can't help it.

  94. Beau Biden pulls out of senate run in Delaware.

    Field looks pretty much open for Castle to take the seat.


  95. Hm...I really didn't find it that funny. I'm sorry.

  96. I guess it's one of those pink and blue things, MeLoDy.

  97. Last week it was the big houses.

    This week it's the green's fees.

    Yeah, stick it to the doctors; they ALL deserve it.

  98. And while we are sticking it to successful people, let's stick it to ALL the rich people.

    Our motto: Equality in health care; Equality of income; Equality in outcome.

  99. Obama is going to propose a freeze on all government spending, other than national security, until 2013. This Scott Brown thing was big.

  100. I work for Dept. of Defense, this could mean I'll see no pay raise for three years, but if it means fiscal sanity has returned to Washington (under a Democrat yet!) I'll take it.

  101. What this (a possible $25 B/yr savings) will do, is it will highlight that the problem isn't so much spending, but, recession-induced plummetting tax revenues.

    The only way out of a recession is jobs, jobs, jobs.

  102. Bibb teachers to be furloughed for 4 days

    …so much for the children…

    It’s going to be a rough ride. Georgia’s revenue stream has slowed to a trickle and is not expected to recoup itself until 2013, given a lot of rosy scenarios.

    The good news is that because of evaporating tax collections, the Legislature will be in short session and is not expected to consider any extraneous spending bills. Would the Congress sat for only 3-4 months of the year.

    Although the Green Team would like to see all home sales include the cost of retrofitting plumbing fixtures, that is not going to happen this session.

  103. "I work for Dept. of Defense, this could mean I'll see no pay raise for three years, but if it means fiscal sanity has returned to Washington (under a Democrat yet!) I'll take it."

    They are talking discretionary spending, non-security related. It represents 1/6 of the budget, $447 billion supposedly. However, DOD probably won't be affected at all. Homeland Security? No effect. Hell, it's unlikely that the Dept. of Commerce will be affected. Or the Dept. of Agriculture. They'll find some way of declaring sugar a military or security need.

    Besides L, didn't you cash in on that 9% average increase they were supposed to hand out to all the departments?