Saturday, September 27, 2008

Space is Becoming Redder.

The Chinese are advancing very quickly in space technology; their current manned mission included a brief spacewalk, developing essential skills for a future lunar landing. Funded by the massive transfer of wealth from the United States for the past two decades.

Friday, September 26, 2008

No Time to Talk?

The House Republicans had enough of Barney Frank yesterday afternoon. Frank and the other congressional Democrats, prime enablers for Fanny and Freddy Mac, now insist on conditions on the "financial rescue" that are outright corporatism: bestowing stock warrants on Uncle Sam for companies that participate in the program (which will lead to expanded meddling by the government into financial markets), regulating the compensation of their corporate officers (you can have your show trials later), compulsory modification of mortages held by the government ("foreclosure prevention"), and "oversight boards". The House GOP members (and Senator Shelby) refused to be railroaded into signing on to a plan without at least a serious discussion of alternative solutions that are less costly to the public and less intrusive on the free market, and perhaps have the financial industry solve most of their own problems. We at Deaddrifts do not presume that these alternatives are necessarily better solutions, but the people of the United States have the right to have their elected leaders consider their merit over the weekend.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Unneeded Partisanship.

The freezing of the credit markets is a deep and serious problem, and serious observers of financial issues know there is plenty of blame to heap on both Republican and Democrat administrations and congresses. Thus it is particularly sad and frustrating to see one of Michigan's delegates to the highest deliberative body in the United States, Senator Debbie Stabenow, use the crisis for partisan politics. Grow up, girl.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

What it Is, Ain't Football.

49ers 31, Lions 13. The Kitties have become a parody of a football team. Thank goodness the Lions games wasn't televised in Smell-O-Vision. The Millen/Marinelli Countdown Clock stands at 11:59:59 pm.