Then the Financial Tsunami Hit… Frontline report

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This is a front line report on the class war.  Edwin Girdle (The Colonel) had an excellent business going until he needed a loan after the shock of 2008.  The banks that got billions weren't lending and there was no help anywhere else in the "safety net."  His story is compelling and clear.  Noted at Jerome Doolittle's blog at SmirkingChimp.com who first posted this and reprinted with Mr. Girdle's permission. Michael Collins


A Peek Inside Sarah Palin’s Diary

The Crisis Papers is back! The Republican contender lets down her hair in her journal (which Bernard Weiner has seen), revealing her political ambition, her plans for how she'll take down Obama in the 2012 debates, and how she intends to ride God and "real Americans" all the way into the Oval Office.


The War Trap

Why, asks Ernest Partridge, have we failed to benefit from a "peace dividend" from the end of the Cold War? Why are we in the midst of the greatest economic emergency in seventy years, with the public sector of the U.S. economy starved for funds required for economic recovery, and with urgent global climate and energy crises directly before us,? Why, are we instead engaged in two wars in nations that pose no threat to us?


Headlines: Editors’ Picks

• Obama Tries to Rally Smaller Lenders• Health fight shifts to insurer shopping; extent of regulation on exchanges is pivotal; US plan could follow Massachusetts model• Rep. Parker Griffith Switches Parties, Becomes Republican — Receives a Chilly Republican Welcome More news below the fold…


Headlines: Editors’ Picks

• Obama signs bill for defense, jobless benefits – and signs Franken Amendment into law: it's "driving the Republicans crazy because they basically voted to protect rapists and are now paying a political price for that"• Health care bill clears 2nd Senate hurdle Tues.• So many bogus stories, so little time: from Balloon Boy to Sarah Palin's death panels, the media chased a lot of hoaxes in 2009 and called them news More news below the fold…


Headlines: Editors’ Picks

• Democrats Thwart Health Care Reform Filibuster; Bill Clears Senate in 1:00 A.M. Vote• Obama Administration Prepares Iran Sanction Options• Copenhagen: a Historic Failure That Will Live in Infamy More news below the fold…


Headlines: Editors’ Picks

• Senate Democrats grab final vote for health bill; Nelson clinches it• Senate passes critical budget measure; jobless to get more assistance More news below the fold…


Headlines: Editors’ Picks

• In his weekly address, Obama takes a fine old GOP whine and turns it upside-down, demands up or down vote on every detail of the health care reform bill• Senate Dems Get Ben Nelson on Board, and 60 Votes for Health Care Reform – Senate passes critical Pentagon budget bill• Obama Dramatically Interrupts Copenhagen Meeting, Negotiators Reach Final Agreement More news below the fold…


Headlines: Editors’ Picks

• In Copenhagen, Obama urges climate action to over 100 heads of state — Full Text of Obama's Copenhagen Speech• U.S. and Russia Seek Ambitious Cuts in Nuclear Arsenals• Banking Panel Approves Bernanke, 16-7 More news below the fold…


Headlines: Editors’ Picks

• Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law• GOP vows to kill health reform and force the sick to just die already stall Senate health vote• Department of Homeland Security Improperly Collected Intelligence on U.S. Citizens• Bush E-mail-gate begins: Bush official e-mailed bogus rumor blaming Al Gore for failure to kill Osama bin Laden to known dirty trickster Barbara Comstock• Keith Olbermann's Special Comment: "Not Health, Not Care, Not Reform" More news below the fold…