From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE?
June 22, 2011
Dear Presumably Patriotic American,
Hello! How are you? We're not so fine at the moment, and we're hoping you can help change that.
You see, a while back we had this great idea to make lots of free money by carving up home mortgages seven ways to Sunday and reselling them to anyone who would buy them. And those resellers would sell them to buyers who would sell them again and, long story short, so on and so on. By the time the bottom fell out we were slicing mortgages so thin we needed a jeweler's loupe and a razor blade, and the world was our solid-gold commode.
Now we're writing to you because we're having a crazy time finding all those chopped-up mortgage parts so we can liberate our customers from their homes through the process of freedomclosure. We looked everywhere for them---databases, file cabinets, vaults, hard drives, floppy drives, CD-ROMs, spreadsheets, mailboxes, country club lockers, you name it. Unless we can cobble those mortgage certificates back together and prove we own the property, our American way of doing business is at a standstill and that, of course, opens the door to terrorists.
So we're turning to you, patriotic American, for help.
Please take a moment---right now---to look around your immediate area for anything that might resemble a stray piece of mortgage. You might, for example, check between your sofa cushions and under your mattress. Your kitchen cabinets and inside your refrigerator. Your closets, your medicine chest, your shoes. Your attic, your shed, your basement. Check your car---your glove compartment, trunk and under the seats. Check your trash. Check your neighbor's trash. Now check it again.
Retrace your steps from the last few years---stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, theatres, vacation spots, doctor's offices. Ask your friends, family and co-workers if they might be hoarding any tiny mortgage bits. Think, dammit, THINK!!! Where have you been??!! Who have you talked to??!! Pockets! Check your pockets!!! Do it now or you hate America!!!
Our apologies for the previous paragraph. It's just that we're so gosh darn eager to fix the greatest economy in the world that sometimes we get a little carried away. So we'll just close by saying that for every lead you provide that results in a freedomclosure, we'll give you a shiny dime along with the thanks of a grateful nation.
America's Mega Mortgage Companies
Soft Manicured Hands Dept.
P.S. Stop reading this postscript and start looking. Please. Now.
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Former Vice President Al Gore is fed up with President Obama's failure to lead on global warming. In a Rolling Stone essay to be published Friday, Gore is calling Obama out:
While Gore credits Obama's political appointees with making hundreds of changes that have helped move the country "forward slightly" on the climate issue, and acknowledges Obama has been dealing with many other problems, he says the president "has simply not made the case for action."Gore is certainly not the first person to question whether President Obama is truly willing to take a stand for our public health and America's environment. But he's not just a big name - Gore has been a huge Obama backer.
"President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis," Gore says. "He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community ... to bring the reality of the science before the public."
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Pawlenty to bring back Obamneycare: “Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday he plans to keep using the term, which he first used to whack Mitt Romney over his health care record on the eve of last week?s GOP presidential primary debate.” He hesitated to go after Romney directly during last week’s debate. [Politico]
CMS focusing on dual eligibles: Americans eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid comprised 15 percent of Medicaid enrollment in 2007, but accounted for 39 percent, or $121 billion, of Medicaid spending. According to one CMS official who testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, the agency is working to improve “program alignment, data and analytics, and models and demonstrations” to reduce costs. [Modern Healthcare]
Planned Parenthood clinics could close in Kansas: “Kansas has taken only a few weeks to draft new abortion clinic regulations and plans to decide by July whether to give the state’s three existing clinics the licenses they need to continue operating.” [AP]
Rubio and Hatch introduce legislation on parental notification: The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) “would make taking a minor into another state to receive an abortion a federal crime if this is done to avoid parental notification laws. CIANA would also ensure that abortion providers notify parents of minors from other states looking to have an abortion performed.” [Sunshine News]
Huntsman, like Romney, won’t sign abortion pledge: “Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Tuesday he wouldn’t sign pledges meant for candidates having to do with taxes and abortion rights.” [The Hill]
Santorum mocks Romney for not signing abortion pledge: Santorum’s web ad shows a dirt bike rider wiping out and says Huntsman “Hasn’t signed the anti-abortion pledge. Just like Mitt Romney…” [TPMDC]
Republican co-sponsors drug negotiation bill: “Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) is co-sponsoring legislation that would require Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, a priority for House Democrats in the ongoing debt-ceiling negotiations.” [Healthwatch]
AMA takes on competitive eating: Delegates delegates to the AMA?s annual meeting approved a resolution saying, ?competitive speed eating as an unhealthy eating practice with potential adverse consequences.? [WSJ]
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? CA-Sen: While she's been easily reelected throughout her long career in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein tends to draw her fair share of grumbling (particularly in the netroots, where it's assumed that her successor could be more liberal than she is). Is that grumbling becoming more widespread? The latest Field Poll has only 43% of registered voters in California "inclined" to re-elect her, with 39% "not inclined." (That 4% spread is the same as a March 2011 poll; compare that with this point in 2005, where the re-elect numbers were 56-37.) She gets solid but not red-hot 66-19 support among Democrats, and only 15-70 among Republicans. Compare that to 2005, when she was at 74-12 among Democrats and 30-47 among Republicans. Unless Republicans can actually cough up a real opponent, she's just as likely to skate next year as in previous years, but it's still worth noting some of the bloom coming off her rose. (David Jarman)
? MO-Sen, IA-04, MN-06: What does this weird assemblage of races have in common? The Republican candidate in each case ? Todd Akin, Steve King, and Michele Bachmann ? spent taxpayer money on a Nov. 2009 tea party rally, according to House expense reports dug up by Roll Call. (GA-06 Rep. Tom Price also chipped in, but he's not in any kind of competitive race.) Bachmann tried to call the event a "press conference" (because activists screaming "KILL THE BILL!" = press conference), but of course, spending government money on political activities is prohibited. A prior CREW complaint was dismissed in a House ethics investigation, but CREW says they didn't know at the time that these members had spent five figures on a sound system rental.
? NV-Sen: Harry Reid is looking for any way he can to derail the candidacy of wealthy lawyer Byron Georgiou, so he dispatched an unnamed aide to gripe to the Las Vegas Sun about Georgiou's supposed ethical lapses as a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission ? a spot he was appointed to by Reid. Georgiou of course fired back, blaming "Washington insiders who are desperate to deprive Nevada?s voters of a choice." Obviously this little spitball wasn't going to dislodge ol' Byron, but I imagine it's Reid's way of saying, "There's more coming." I have a feeling this whole thing won't end well.
? VA-Sen: Rep. Bobby Scott says he's sticking to his timetable and will decide in early July whether to challenge Tim Kaine in the Democratic primary. Scott had previously called such a run "unlikely," but has made some tweaks to his website in recent days which, if you really enjoy reading dreggy tea leaves, could indicate an openness to a Senate run.
? FL-Gov: Is Rick Scott following Newt Gingrich's lead? Two top aides are leaving his administration, his chief-of-staff and a key policy advisor. The Miami Herald's Mark Caputo also tweets that Scott's deputy CoS and scheduler may bail, too.
? KY-Gov: Not a shocker, since it just continues a long-standing trend, but Gov. Steve Beshear keeps brutalizing his Republican opponent, David Williams, on the fundraising front. At the conclusion of the May primary, Beshear had $2.7 million on hand, compared to just $90K for Williams. Beshear says he's raised another $1.5 mil since then, but Williams refused to specify a figure.
? NJ-Gov: Chris Christie scores his first-ever negative job approval rating in a Quinnipiac poll, edging downward to 44-47 (from 47-46 in April).
? WA-Gov: The AP busts GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna for using math so dumb it must be making his 8th grade algebra teacher blush with embarrassment. Of course, using fuzzy math is a classic Republican trick and one which they usually get away with, so it wouldn't surprise me at all to see McKenna keep it up.
? IL-17: State Sen. Dave Koehler may not have the Democratic primary in the new 17th all to himself: former state Rep. Mike Boland says he's also thinking about running here. Boland said he'll decide whether to form an exploratory committee (i.e., decide whether to start deciding) in a month. Other Dems are hovering around the race as well and may yet get in.
? MN-06: Minnesota's state GOP chair offers some possible replacement names for Michele Bachmann, should she not seek re-election, in particular Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and former state Rep. (and 2010 gubernatorial loser) Tom Emmer. T.W. Budig of Hometown Source also mentions three candidates who ran against Bachmann in the primary when this seat was open in 2006: ex-state Reps. Jim Knoblach and Phil Krinkie, as well as businessman Jay Esmay. (Knoblach said he wouldn't rule it out.)
? MT-AL: Dem state Sen. Kim Gillan, who has served in the legislature since 1997, is throwing her hat into the ring for Montana's open at-large seat.
? NM-01: Props to Heath Haussamen for getting it straight from the horse's mouth. Several sources had told him that former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish wouldn't seek the open 1st CD House seat, but Haussamen got Denish herself on the phone, and the Democrat told him a run is "still on the table."
? NV-02: The size of the buy for that nutbag Mark Amodei ad we mentioned yesterday? $2,000. In terms of getting media attention, it sure worked. In terms of helping Amodei's image? Well, it is a pretty red district?.
? NY-10: City Councilman Charles Barron tells The Perez Notes that "it's a good possibility" he'll run against Rep. Ed Towns in the Democratic primary.
? NY-25: While ex-Rep. Dan Maffei seems like a good bet to stage a rematch with freshman GOPer Ann Marie Buerkle, Roll Call mentions two other names. One, attorney Brianne Murphy, is already running, while Onondaga County Legislator Tom Buckel is thinking about the race.
? Louisiana: We're starting to get our first bits of preclearance news, though it's on the state legislative level. The DoJ signed off on Louisiana's new state House map, even though black lawmakers have insisted it should contain four (rather than three) minority districts in the Shreveport area. A federal lawsuit is still possible.
? Texas: The state Senate accepted amendments to the federal map proposed by the House, sending the final plan off to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature. Once that happens, we'll then have to wait for the half-a-bajillion lawsuits filed over redistricting to wend their way through the courts.
? Virginia: Virginia's state House and Senate maps were also both precleared. However, unlike in LA, it doesn?t seem as though anyone has vocal concerns about minority representation with the new lines, at least on the state level, so we may not see any litigation. (But a VRA suit over whatever congressional map winds up passing is very likely, I'd say.)
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Gallup Daily tracking finds no major shake-up in the GOP presidential candidates' ratings among Republicans nationwide in the two weeks surrounding a New Hampshire debate that featured seven of the candidates. Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann continue to enjoy the best overall positioning by virtue of having higher name recognition and Positive Intensity Scores than their potential rivals. By comparison, Jon Huntsman, who formally announced his candidacy Tuesday, is recognized by 34% of Republicans and enters the race with the third-lowest Positive Intensity Score of any candidate measured.Reminds me of last month's Tom Jensen tweet:
We polled 481 Republicans in Iowa. 1 picked Jon Huntsman. Not 1%. 1 respondent.Some of the Beltway people love him, but why do we think he has a chance, again? For example:
The transformation of Jon Huntsman from improbable presidential hopeful to a formidable contender for the Republican nomination in under eight weeks is something of a marketing miracle.Hello? Formidable? See Gallup above: absent some movement in the polls, it's still far-fetched.
Before President Obama?s former ambassador to China returned to Washington on April 29, the prospect of the socially moderate Mormon parachuting into the race, stumping among Republican primary voters, and waging an aggressive campaign against his former boss seemed far-fetched.
Uh-oh. Dana Milbank agrees with me.
I wish Huntsman luck in this noble pursuit, but the high road almost always leads to political oblivion. For Huntsman to maintain his course all the way to the Republican presidential nomination would turn politics on its head. More likely, he will join other decent men ? Richard Lugar, Orrin Hatch ? whose presidential campaigns were quickly forgotten.
Early signs suggest Huntsman will do no better.
Jeff Greenfield on the uselessness of the GOP Iowa caucus altogether:
In fact, if you can make the case for any prior Republican caucus result mattering very much ? you just might be a member of the Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau.Bloomberg:
After all, the only reason Iowa has a caucus is that it?s the only way it gets to go first. And because it goes first, every hotel chain, restaurant owner, car-rental agency, caterer and Gore-Tex distributor in that admirable state celebrates leap year with theological zeal.
?This isn?t a caucus,? Joe Biden said four years ago, as he made his way across the state. ?It?s an industry.?
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou won a vote of confidence, bolstering his new government?s chances of pushing through austerity measures to secure further international financial aid for the country.NY Times:
President Obama will talk about troop numbers in Afghanistan when he makes a prime-time speech from the White House on Wednesday night. But behind his words will be an acute awareness of what $1.3 trillion in spending on two wars in the past decade has meant at home: a ballooning budget deficit and a soaring national debt at a time when the economy is still struggling to get back on its feet.
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