February 22, 2009
February 21, 2009
"While the Internet has generated many positive changes in the way we communicate and do business, its limitless nature offers anonymity that has opened the door to criminals looking to harm innocent children," U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said at a press conference on Thursday. "Keeping our children safe requires cooperation on the local, state, federal, and family level."
Yeah, and what about privacy? What safeguards will be put in place to keep individuals with access to that information from abusing it for political or personal ends? Our medical records are already compromised, will our web browsing be too?
Undoubtedly, we need to do what we can to keep predators away from kids online, but these sorts of blanket regulations end up doing very little to advance security for those it's meant to provide security for, the potential for abuse of the information gathered is is too great, and the cost is immense. The money that would be used for the new bureaucracies and databanks for this plan would be better spent on traditional police work and stings.
February 06, 2009
January 30, 2009
And some of the solutions for the banking industry are just chock full of potential Epic Fail.
The report covers Treasury's administration of the bailout, called the Troubled Asset Relief Program, through Jan. 23. Nearly $294 billion had been released by that date — almost $200 billion of it through a program to inject capital directly into financial institutions.
The roughly $200 billion in capital injections doesn't include any of the separate money authorized to guarantee losses for Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc., or about $20 billion to stabilize automakers Chrysler and General Motors Corp.
"Even with more time and better data, it will remain difficult to separate the impact of TARP activities from the effect of other economic forces," the report said.
Recent moves to improve oversight of the money hadn't gone far enough, according to the report. Treasury introduced a plan to survey the 20 largest participating firms each month following an earlier GAO report that blasted the program's lack of transparency.
More information about how the money was divided and how recipients spent it was still necessary, the new report said.
"We continue to believe that additional action is needed to better ensure that all participating institutions are accountable for their use of program funds," the GAO said.
The report also said Treasury had "taken important steps" to address nine recommendations from the earlier report, which included calls to improve communication about the bailout and hire staff to oversee it.
But Treasury "has yet to fully address eight" of the recommendations, the report said.
"The lack of a clearly articulated vision has complicated Treasury's ability to effectively communicate to Congress, the financial markets, and the public on the benefits of TARP," the report said.
Also Friday, officials including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair were meeting to discuss overhauling the bailout program and other financial and regulatory reforms.
Officials have been considering several programs, including a government-run "bad bank" that would buy up trouble assets clogging banks' balance sheets, and additional guarantees against losses like those granted to Bank of America and Citigroup. Additional capital injections also are possible.
January 25, 2009
Anyway, this one caught my eye, given that it's not too far away from here, an official from Northumberland County was given $1500 for plane tickets plus expenses to go to an expo on renewable energy in France. Hey, I'd be willing to listen to a bunch of bullshit artists rattle on about "green energy" for a free trip to France, if for no other reason than to get my fill of wine and brandy.
January 24, 2009
January 23, 2009
This time, the PA legislature was given a raise this December because of a previous state law that automatically raises their pay. For those that don't know, PA legislators are actually paid fairly well compared to most other states, which is in part why people flip their shit when the PA legislature gets another raise.
January 16, 2009
January 08, 2009
December 14, 2008
Speaking to ABC's "This Week," McCain was asked whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could count on his support.
"I can't say something like that. We've got some great other young governors. I think you're going to see the governors assume a greater leadership role in our Republican Party," he said.
I'm hoping he doesn't run again in 2010, because I can't see how he's going to raise any sort of funds to get re-elected. He owes a huge debt to Sarah for keeping him from being completely embarrassed in the November election, and this is how he repays her.
October 13, 2008
October 08, 2008
October 03, 2008
Know what, let them sink, enough is enough. Frankly, someone ought to write a bill to repeal the $700 billion bailout for this insult.
September 30, 2008
September 16, 2008
And you can find the Democrats who are selling out here too.
NRO has a look at this thing, the Gang of Twenty bill is Amnesty-level sellout *correction, I think that's a look at the Pelosi plan, Gang of Twenty isn't much better though, and we need to stop it before they sneak it by.
The McCain campaign would be smart to avoid this bill like the plague, and would be smart to try and destroy this Gang of Twenty Sellout behind the scenes. The last thing McCain needs is a massive Amnesty-style fight to remind conservatives how much they dislike him, and he and his campaign better be aware of that if they want to win in November.
Want to know what the environmentalists say about this bill? Here you go.
August 04, 2008
Allah thinks it was a good move, due to Bush's unpopularity and it'd give an opportunity for the Democrats to screech about executive overreach. Now that I think about it, maybe, it would give the House GOP the ability to take full credit. I'm still not quite sold on that line of thinking, though, I think this comes from stupidity, laziness or a healthy mix of both.
July 03, 2008
June 18, 2008
House members on Tuesday turned a debate on a low-profile bill on pet monkeys into another round in the debate over how to address the price of gasoline.The bill had the support of 96 Republicans, including new conservative standard-bearer Rep. Tom Davis (Va.), kleptocrat Rep. Don Young (Ak.), and NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom Cole.
The bill (HR 2964) would ban the interstate sale or trade of monkeys, chimpanzees and other non-human primates. The House passed it, 302-96, but not before GOP lawmakers argued that the Democratic majority had misplaced priorities.
Not only did Republicans think the bill was unnecessary, but they said floor time would be better spent discussing how to lower gas prices.
“Maybe we should actually spend more time with human primate energy issues, rather than the non-human primate non-issue,” said Rob Bishop, R-Utah. Other GOP lawmakers made similar comments.
Remember back in 2002-2003 when people were talking about a permanent Republican majority? Ahhh, those were the days.
May 21, 2008
In any case, the mini-Amnesty Feinstein and Widestance tried to slip into the Iraq supplemental bill have been stopped, for now.
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