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Weekly Whirled News for 10/14: Palin, Cheney, Koschei, McCain

So, once again we degenerate into political silly season, it isn’t enough that GWB has recently announced plans to nationalize banks in the name of preserving the free market, but his erstwhile successors are now swinging around aimlessly announcing and then cancelling new financial bailout plans timed by the news cycle rather than timed to do any actual good for the country/world/your mom.

Just as only Nixon could go to China, perhaps it takes a supply-side republican, the last of the line of Reagan-derived demagogues with ‘magic’ trickle down theories to go ahead and introduce full-on european style socialism to America. Since GWB comes to praise and not to bury the free market, it makes his incompetence even funnier.

It’s too early to tell whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing, but one thing is certain: don’t forget this fuckup a year or three from now. Bankers don’t get high-value/high-entropy/non-cashed back toys, there’s a reason that the govt reduced margin buying after the crash in the 30s, and there’s a reason that the market in derivatives collapsed so hard after the farcical mortgage market it was based on failed — and these reasons are about opposite.

Meanwhile, back to the Libretto… The Winter Queen gave her own supporters a verbal lashing at a rally the other day after she mistook their cries for more volume for protest:

The large crowd, more than 20,000-strong, had spread across the car park of Richmond International Raceway and scores of people on the fringes, over 100 metres from the stage, could not hear her.
“Louder! Louder!”they began to chant, some pointing skyward to suggest that the volume be increased.
The self-styled “pitbull in lipstick” looked on bewildered as other supporters began to shout “Sarah! Sarah!”, in an effort to drown out what they mistakenly thought was a protest.
The supporters on the periphery then got a taste of the tongue-lashing normally reserved for their Democratic counterparts as Mrs Palin began a shrill admonishment of their lack of honour.
“I would hope at least that those protesters have the courage and the honour of thanking our veterans thanks for giving them the right to protest,” she said, jabbing her finger at them repeatedly.
Her husband Todd Palin then stepped forward to inform her that “they just can’t hear you back there.”

Well, actually being able to understand what she’s saying seems to be a real downside for many of her supporters anyway. It certainly is for her running-mate, who is apparently arguing with her over the tone of her attacks:

Palin’s frustration with McCain has led to clashes over strategy. [...]
She also told Bill Kristol, the conservative New York Times columnist, that she wished the campaign would make more of Obama’s 20-year association with the Rev Jeremiah Wright, his controversial former pastor, who said, “God damn America”.
“To me, that does say something about character,” Palin said. “But you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring it up.”
McCain’s allies responded by suggesting that she had her own pastor problems, such as the African minister who prayed to Jesus to protect her from witchcraft when she was running for governor.
McCain has told his campaign that attacks on religion are out of bounds. He declined Palin’s advice to “take the gloves” off in his debate with Obama last week and did not refer to Ayers.

The times (UK) article goes on with some excellent analysis of what this probably means, which is that Palin has given up on winning this year and is setting herself up to run for president in 2012.

Predictably, most versions of Palin2012.tld are now owned by some guy in Alaska, but they forgot to purchase the 2016 variants, which are scattered all over the country and/or world. This one is particularly funny:

Domain Name:                                 PALIN.US
Domain ID:                                   D15977285-US
Sponsoring Registrar:                        .US REGISTRAR L.L.C.
Registrar URL (registration services):
Domain Status:                               clientTransferProhibited
Registrant ID:                               41092962
Registrant Name:                             Africa Online Uganda
Registrant Organization:                     Africa Online Uganda
Registrant Address1:                         Plot 7 Kampala Rd.
Registrant City:                             Kampala
Registrant State/Province:                   Kampala
Registrant Postal Code:                      00000
Registrant Country:                          Uganda
Registrant Country Code:                     UG
Registrant Phone Number:                     +256.3122212

So, anyway, that’s the news that I’m spinning today. I hope you enjoyed it.

Update: Apparently, someone found Cheney’s heart; it was hidden inside a needle, which is in an egg, which is in a duck, which is in a hare, which is in an iron chest, which is buried under a green oak tree, which is on the island of Buyan, in the ocean.

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