So, the only person who asked Obama about HAMP was Jon Stewart, and Obama's answer was to brag about bad loan modifications and the appalling settlement that let the banks off the hook for their criminal activities. Meanwhile, in the debate, no one wanted to talk about the deficit except the candidates.
Gaius Publius, Lame Duck Social Security cuts: Take action now - Find the pressure points to do what we can to head off any meddling with our group insurance.
David Cay Johnston has a new book out, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind.
Daniel Ellsberg tells swing state voters, "Defeat Romney, Without Illusions about Obama." So, he's saying up front that Obama's not our friend.
Richard Kline: Progressively Losing. There's a lot of stuff that's interesting and true in this, but there's also a lot that seems to be a direct buy-in to right-wing memes. Like the idea that the middle-class beneficiaries of the New Deal had nothing to do with pushing the progressive social agenda. Like Hell.
Romney tells your boss to tell you how to vote. This kind of thing can get really serious in a world where it's possible to cast your vote from home - or the office, where the boss can look over your shoulder.
Just in case you don't recognize references to Pottersville and Bedford Falls, you may want to read the synopsis for It's a Wonderful Life.
Taliban vs. 14-yr-old blogger: "On Tuesday, al-Qaida's propaganda arm al-Sahab, issued a three-page communique in Pakistan's tribal areas, laying out a justification for the shooting. It is rare for al-Qaida to feel the need to explain an attack, suggesting that the group feels pressured by the strong backlash against Yousufzai's shooting.'The girl was part of an agenda perpetrated by the (British Broadcasting Corporation) to run an organized campaign against jihad, Islamic Sharia and purdha or veil,' a previously unknown commander, Ustad Ahmad Farooq said in a statement in Pashto. 'Now when she was shot, from Pakistan to the United States, everyone is crying about it.' Yousufzai came to public notice for writing a blog supporting the schooling for girls and women for the BBC. Jihad refers to a religious struggle, which a minority of Muslims interpret as an armed fight against the enemies of Islam." The evils of repressive governments are a matter of degree, but not necessarily a matter of kind.
I won't be wearing this bra, although it claims it could save your life.
I guess most of you will have to find a proxy server to watch Ray Davies - Imaginary Man, but if you live in the UK, you can watch it now and learn a whole bunch of interesting things.