Monday Lunchtime Links (Guest Blogger edition)

Monday, May 9th, 2011
  • In Texas, compensation for the wrongly convicted is getting to be big business — for lawyers.
  • Broken flag pole transforms the people of a small Ohio town into an enraged mob.

DISCLAIMER:  Some of the above statements may contain sarcasm or  exaggeration and should not be interpreted as a hate speech aimed at any religion, ethnic group, sex, locality, or government agency.

[Posted by Dave Krueger]

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16 Responses to “Monday Lunchtime Links (Guest Blogger edition)”

  1. #1 |  André | 

    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2010/10/greeks-bearing-bonds-201010
    “Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds”
    Although it’s from last October, it is a fascinating look at how absurdly fucked Greece is.

  2. #2 |  Henry Bowman | 

    Regarding Greece, it just makes good sense to give more loans to a country that can’t pay its existing debt, right? Perhaps it would be a decent idea if one first required the country to get its financial house in order, but that apparently hasn’t happened in this case.

  3. #3 |  Andrew S. | 

    And here I thought that the prom thing was one of your exaggerations. Seriously. WTF, Alabama?

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    can someone explain the whole ‘jobs’ connection with the alabama legislation? this looks like some bizarre recruitment effort to draw more rednecks in to moving to alabama- kinda like the freekeane movement trying to draw anarchists and libertarians to New Hampshire…

  5. #5 |  Greg | 

    @Henry,

    Damned if you do and all that. Fractional banking enables these debt levels, and frankly, is part of the bonus for the bankers.

    It’s all just a game of fantasy econ at this point – a banker at the Fed presses a few keys on the keyboard and voila!, another trillion magically appears and is given to the member banks that actually own the Fed. Even better, those same created from nowhere digits are loaned to the gov and collect interest.

    The cheapest way to pay your debts is with devalued money. We’ve been doing it since The Revolution, and the next round of Carter-era inflation is just around the corner.

  6. #6 |  Mattocracy | 

    How can one town be so collectively stupid to assume a flag at half mast was to honor the most vile fucker in American history?

  7. #7 |  Griffin3 | 

    Still not as painful as a Balko Monday Nutpunch®. But keep working at it, and we’ll have the frozen peas on standby …

  8. #8 |  dhex | 

    can someone explain the ohio story? is there a large muslim / “foreign” population there that would explain what is otherwise a really, really random connection? (presuming the story isn’t a fabrication, of course)

  9. #9 |  Highway | 

    The early South Park response to trying to get the TV Network to ban Terrence and Philip comes to mind as what the hotel should have said to the morons calling in and berating them:

    “I’d like to read from a prepared statement:” *unfolds paper* *clears throat* “F You.” *Re-folds paper* *moons crowd*

  10. #10 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Yeah, I have to admit that I think the Ohio story is kind of a non-story. I don’t doubt that a few people may have jumped to conclusions about the reasons for the flag being at half mast, but I doubt that it was really so serious as to warrant international attention. The Daily Mail is sensationalistic and it seemed kind of humorous, so I grabbed it.

  11. #11 |  Phelps | 

    I don’t think that many of us around here even believe in hate speech as a concept.

  12. #12 |  Aresen | 

    Mattocracy | May 9th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    How can one town be so collectively stupid to assume a flag at half mast was to honor the most vile fucker in American history?

    GWB died?

  13. #13 |  varmintito | 

    Dave @10: I think you’re equating objective importance with bloviation.

    OF COURSE it’s an unserious non-story. Of COURSE only the mentally ill or those looking desparately for trivial bullshit to be pretend outraged about would reach the ridiculous conclusion that a motel in Springfield, Ohio was mourning the passing of bin Laden.

    But let’s recall all the equally trivial bullshit that a critical mass of bloviation has transformed into an international story. Terry Schiavo; the Kenyan Birth Certificate; death panels; you get the picture.

    All this particular unserious non-story lacks is the right bloviator to bloviate on the right cable news show. Tell me this bullshit wouldn’t go international if Rush, Hannity, Pam Geller, Beck, and Pat Robertson decided This Story Needs To Be Heard!!!!111!!!1!

  14. #14 |  Chris in AL | 

    Okay, I must confess a degree of ignorance on the immigration thing. Given all the documentation I have had to provide on my kid when we moved and he changed schools, I did not believe you could enroll an illegal child in school at all. Do they have shot records? Transcripts? It does not sound particularly hateful to me to say that if you bring your children here illegally and without paying the income and property taxes that I pay to fund schools, we will give them an education but it will be limited just to knowledge needed to earn a diploma, attend college and prepare for a career but not the debate club.

    Illegals do pay sales tax, which in Alabama also partially funds schools, so from the standpoint of ‘you have to pay to play’ they do contribute that way. If they also paid income tax, well then they would be paying as much as anyone else (except property owners) and if the state took the money, the state owes the services, legal or not.

    The thing about the whole illegal question that still mystifies me is how any attempt to say we need honest and accurate control of how many citizens we have for planning and budgeting purposes is unfairly construed as bigotry. No group, club, company, or family can stay afloat and properly plan for needs and expenses if they don’t know how many are in the group, what they will be paying and what the projected costs will be. Everyone understands that, applies it in their own lives without guilt and does not accept the added costs of outside parties, or at least has the right to refuse to pay those costs. But if a state does anything to try and control things it is automatically painted as racist. Not that everything the states do to control are the best things to do, but the motive behind it is not, by default, hate.

    I am firmly on the side of fast-tracking current illegals to legal status and making immigration less formidable in the future, not stopping their kids from going to prom. But at the same time, providing an education at all to a bunch of kids that were not part of the bargain to begin with is hardly an act of hatred.

    Sorry for the long post. Take heart in the fact that most of you will not see this as this is yesterday’s thread. Good night!

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