PhotoWorks Introduces Back-to-School Technology

PhotoWorks, Inc., a photo-publishing company that is internet-based announced last Monday their six new line of products that is ideal for students of all ages going back to school this September. These back-to-school products are unique in the sense that students can personalize these gears.

PhotoWorks offers personalized stickers that costs $4.95 per sheet, each sheet has about 20 stickers and can include single or multiple printed images. This is the perfect way for students to print their Summer pictures and place them on notebooks, books, bags, lockers, and binders so that they can carry their Summer pictures anywhere.

PhotoWorks also offers locker posters 11×14 in size for $9.95 each. Locker posters are perfect for minimizing clutter in a student's locker, instead of having a barrage of photos hanging; they can just have their favorite vacation pictures or pictures of their friends collaged in one poster. There is also a large 16×20 poster for $17.95 that would be perfect for any dorm rooms or for anyone who just want to have a blown-up copy of their favorite picture.

For $19.95, you can have a personalized Clipboard that can feature a family photo, your pet, a picture of the gang, or your best friend. The Clipboard is not only for students but would be perfect for teachers as well, particularly coaches who may want to get motivated by featuring a picture of their favorite sports team.

But the best and the coolest of the bunch is probably a personalized messenger bag. Messenger bags are probably the most common sights in schools and there's a good chance that there will be two students sporting the same brand or design, to avoid this, a personalized Messenger Bag is probably the best way to ensure that your bag is unique. For $119.95, PhotoWorks can feature any picture on the Messenger Bag. You can choose your theme from sceneries, to family picture, to your pets, gang, your own picture, you and your best friend, or a collage of all of these.

"Everyone remembers the excitement and anticipation of picking out new

school supplies every August and September," says Andy Wood, President and

CEO of PhotoWorks. He said that PhotoWorks' personalized school products build on that same excitement by giving students, steachers and coaches the opportunity to be creative and design their very own products.

To create your own customized school supplies, just go to Photoworks.com and then head over to their Photo Gifts web page.

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NY Congressman Resigns Over Shirtless Photo: Fair or Not Fair

Republican Christopher Lee resigned from the U.S house on Wednesday night. The congressman resigned from office just a short time after a website reported that Lee tried to meet up with a woman on Craigslist. The congressman sent a photo of himself shirtless to the woman.

This is kind of BS, and it is BS because Christopher Lee should not have felt like he had to resigned because he sent a shirtless photo to some woman he tried to meet off of Craigslist. Sure, Lee is a married father, and maybe it was morally wrong of the congressman to try and meet another woman, but this is still no reasons at all for him to resign, and it is very unfair that this congressman left his job due to this situation. Christopher Lee is not the first politician to do something like this, and he is not the first republican to cheat or attempt to cheat, and democrats have had people in office who have also cheated. We all remember what happen with Bill Clinton when he was the president of the United States of America.

The point is that the congressman should not have had to resign over this event, as he has not broke any laws. America has a lot more important issues to deal with and democrats and republicans, all politicians in general should not worry about what some congressman did in his spare time, because he was not breaking any laws. In all of the reports that I have read, none have mentioned if Lee sent the photo while he was at work, and if he sent that photo while he was not at work then it really should not matter.

The congressman should not have felt like he had to step down, especially if no work codes were violated or any laws were broken. Him resigning due to the photos is not fair.

Proposed Congressional Cash for Clunkers Program Pays You Up to $4,500 for Old Cars with Bad Gas Mileage

Cash for Clunkers is a bipartisan initiative that proposes to pay owners of gas guzzling, polluting cars up to $4,500 in vouchers that may be turned in to pay for new cars or even newer used cars with better gas mileage. Quoting the Associated Press, GOP USA reports that consumers may also use the vouchers to pay for public transportation.

The Cash for Clunkers program has all the buzzwords needed to make it palatable. Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein enthuses about helping the ailing car makers that just recently held out their hands to Congress for auto industry bailout loans. Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins speaks of limiting dependence on foreign oil, doing away with greenhouse gases, and of courses giving the limping economy a leg up.

The Cash for Clunkers program is not a new idea. As far back as July of 2008, the New York Times reported on what it termed an "eco-friendly stimulus." Citing California numbers, the publication goes on to say that "cars 13 years old and older accounted for 25 percent of the miles driven but 75 percent of all pollution from cars." Anyone who has ever driven on a road behind an older wreck waiting to happen, spewing bluish smoke all across the highway, knows what they're talking about.

Unfortunately, the notion that this Cash for Clunkers program provides the kind of income distribution the poor need to get rid of their old clunkers – after all, what CEO drives a gas guzzling, polluting clunker? – fails to take into consideration three very important aspects: insurance costs, licensing fees and loan rates. A financial analysis of a poor person's budget would easily provide some insight.

As a Californian I know first hand that the "poor" who are supposed to benefit from the Cash for Clunkers program do not take advantage of the state sponsored program in droves. The reason is simple: insuring a clunker is a lot cheaper than even a newer used car. Moreover, the best part of the clunker is invisible: there is no loan attached to it. Most clunkers are already paid off and thus do not take a chunk out of the budget. What is more, just the license fee for the first year would most likely eat up the vouchers.

How will the "poor" afford to suddenly factor in a car payment – most likely at a higher interest rate because of previous credit problems – and also a higher insurance payment? The Cash for Clunkers program will work, but not for the poor. It will benefit the middle class, those who have a bit of flexibility in their budgets to factor in a car payment and also a rise in their insurance premiums, and those who just want to rid themselves of an unwanted, old yet drivable car and appreciate getting some cash quick.

News Update: 40,000 Dead; Congress Schedules Hearing on What to Do

A hearing for "Billy's Law" is scheduled before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on January 21, 2010. The bill is named after Billy Smolinski, who went missing from his Waterbury, Connecticut home on August 24, 2004. It was introduced into Congress by Congressman Chris Murphy (D-CT) and is also known as the Statute to Help Find the Missing (H.R. 3695). As presented to the House Judiciary on October 1, 2009, the bill would provide ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬$2.4 million for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (www.namus.gov).

The NamUs database is designed to help police and the public link those reported missing with the 40,000 unidentified dead in the coroner offices around the country. A match through DNA or identification by loved ones means that the missing person is one of the dead. The purpose of the database is to aid people who are looking for missing loved ones, such as Jan Smolinski of Connecticut.

Smolinski has been looking for her son Billy since he went missing. Smolinski's efforts to find her son have led her through an unbelievable bureaucratic quagmire. Her efforts to change the American system have made her something of a folk hero among many Americans. She will testify at the hearing on January 21st.

Another $10 million would go to the Attorney General for an "incentive grants program" to encourage local, state, and tribal agencies to promptly report information on missing persons and unidentified dead bodies.

Section Four (4) of the bill would provide for sharing of information between the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NamUs database. Both databases hold information on the missing and on the unidentified dead.

The following Representatives are co-sponsoring the bill: Ted Poe (R-TX); Marcia Fudge (D-OH); Barton Gordon (D-TN); Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI); Walter Minnick (D-ID); Eleanor Norton (D-DC); Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH); and Edward Whitfield (R-KY).

Many questions are being asked about the 40,000 dead. Who were they? How did they die? Were they murdered? If so, who murdered them? Some of the dead bodies or remains have been held by police for decades, mysteries waiting to be solved.

There are many citizen groups that maintain databases of some of the dead or missing. One is the North American Missing Persons Network, a sister organization of the Doe Network. Most of the cases in the North American Missing Persons Network are about people who went missing after 1994, but one case dates back to 1957.

Is Yahoo News an Anti-American News Source?

Yahoo! is the web's biggest meeting place, rated #1 overall in traffic, but does Yahoo have an insidious, anti-American liberal bent lurking in its closet?

Yahoo news stories almost always seem to showcase deaths in Iraq, sympathetic viewpoints from forces hostile to America, and outright vicious name calling of Bush and his conservative administration. The pattern is well worn and painfully obvious, at least to these eyes. It is almost impossibly easy to describe oneself as a news service on the world wide web these days, but a substantial measure of non-bias and journalistic responsibility come along with such a claim, to be sure.

But hey, this is the Internet and sometimes it's easy to forget that.

The greater question is, regarding Yahoo's often folsom, left leaning slant, is Yahoo aiding and abetting the war on terror? Surely, Al-Qaeda and its key operatives surf Yahoo News on a daily basis, ostensibly to finger the pulse of American consensus regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the attitudes of the American public at home in general. One thousand Al-Qaeda spies could not inflict as much harm as a single day of Yahoo news threads do to our nation's cause, in my assessment. Yahoo surely has many friends in the Islamic world, indeed.

According to Yahoo, both wars against radical Islam are unwinnable, unprovoked, and unspeakable social evils perpetuated solely for America's oil lust and Bush's unbridled ego. According to Yahoo, civil rights in America lie slashed and bloodied by a flaying Draconian conservative sword, and that fomenting, breathless throngs of politically suppressed Americans are clamoring for their lost Constitutional freedoms, at direct odds with a Great Dark Christian Empire pounding them down back into place.

At least that's the world according to the guys at Yahoo, in my view.

That's how you lose wars, you know. By convincing the world you are losing. Who is to say that the Iraq insurgency wouldn't have caved and given up two years ago if liberal media had taken the alarmingly obvious stance of picking a side? The shocking reality is because Yahoo and similar liberal web based sites do not seem to be on our side.

Certainly, war deaths must be acknowledged, but with a grisly daily head count, tallying the score of death like some terrible soccer match? One shudders to think what would have become of the efforts against Nazism in World War II, when 220,000 Americans GI's died fighting Hitler in Europe, if a daily death tally were broadcast to a frightened nation's trembling hands and fearful eyes. My perception suggests that Yahoo seems to cross the line, perhaps even with sinister intentions. Maybe that's why we haven't yet won the war on terror, because liberal pages such as Yahoo are in the way, perhaps willingly.

Breaking News: Analysis and Breakdown of Congressional Hearing Concerning the Mitchell Report on Steroids

On Tuesday February 15, the United States House of Representatives held a Congressional hearing on the Mitchell Report which detailed steroid use and performance enhancing drug use in professional baseball. First, Senator Mitchell testified on his baseball report which he and his staff helped put together. The 409 page document had contained player allegations of steroid use and the increasing problem of drug use in the game of baseball. The most significant players named in the report were Roger Clemens, Andy Petitte, Miguel Tejada and Barry Bonds. The trainers who helped Mitchell most with his report were baseball trainers Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski.

After Senator Mitchell testified, Major League Baseball player's association president and union leader Donald Fehr testified in front of Congress together with baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

Both men gave their statements on the position of the Mitchell Report. Commissioner Selig seemed to be pleased with the report while Donald Fehr stated his discontent and how players were angry at the report. Fehr stated his biggest gripe with the report to be the fact that the players named in the report were not given advanced warning of what was contained in the report. Fehr stated that players named in the report should have been sent a copy of what was going to be written about them and they should have been a given a fair chance to represent themselves and a chance to clear their names before the report came out.

The issue of gene doping also came up in the Congressional hearings. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliablue had stated three years ago according to Congress, that gene doping was an enormous problem that could arise in the future. When the issue of gene doping was raised to Donald Fehr and Bud Selig, they seemed to be unaware of the problem, although Commissioner Selig managed to say that they are looking into the problem and that drug testing is "an evolutionary process."

Another big issue which Congress repeatedly asked Donald Fehr was about the player's association "wall of silence." Fehr responded to this by stating that there was no due process for players and that if they spoke to investigators from the Mitchell Report and that players knew that information given to investigators could jeopardize their job security. The issue of possible criminal charges and jail time was also brought up by player's association lawyers as they told players not to talk to investigators about their own personal or fellow player steroid or performance enhancing use.

A large group of Congressmen were involved in the hearing including Representatives John Tierney (MA), Christopher Shays (CT), Diane Watson (CA), Stephen Lynch (MA), John Yarmuth (KN), Patrick McHenry (NC), Eleanor Norton (District of Columbia) and Danny Davis (IL). Representative Henry Waxman from California chaired the Congressional hearing.

A further issue brought up by Congress was the fact that Olympic athletes are held to a higher standing of testing. Congress asked Fehr why baseball players are not held to that same Olympic standard. Fehr responded by stating that Olympic players were not represented by a union and have no rights when it comes to drug testing.

Representative Watson brought up the issue of off-season testing which didn't start until the 2007 off-season. When Watson asked about Fehr and Selig's views on off-season testing, Selig replied, "We need more testing, year round," There's no question that more testing and more off season testing would be very helpful." For this same question, Fehr did agree that there should be off-season testing but also maintained the position that his job is to represent the players and such an issue should be brought up in a labor bargaining agreement.

The issue of re-opening the labor contract between Major league baseball and the players association was something that Fehr had great discontent with, stating that a bargaining agreement was reached in good faith and that the baseball agreement negotiated was not supposed to end until the 2011 season. Congress pushed strongly that the bargaining agreement should be re-opened to fix the drug problem in baseball.

One further point that Commissioner Selig and Senator Mitchell did agree on with Congress that while steroid use is on the decline, HGH is on the rise among baseball player use.

Testing was brought up by Commissioner Selig as a problem in baseball because there is no test for HGH in either blood or union. Congressman Lynch asked Commissioner Selig if he would be open to testing all current players and storing their urine. Selig responded by saying that the idea "was not practical." Fehr responded by saying that storing urine samples has problems with fairness and brought up the example of Lance Armstrong's allegations in Olympics as being faulty.

Throughout the Congressional hearing, Bud Selig stated the need for baseball to do more in terms of drug testing. Congress did commend baseball for arriving at a tougher drug testing policy in 2005. Selig stated, "This is an evolutionary process and we cannot rest during this process."

Representative McHenry asked Fehr why the player's association opposed mandatory random drug testing, to which Fehr replied that he believed you need a reasonable cause of drug use in order to invade someone's privacy with a blood or urine test.

Selig also responded to the Mitchell report stating that he didn't want anyone to believe that Major League Baseball had something to hide.

Congresswoman Norton brought up the issue of baseball adopting the standards of the U.S. anti-doping agency so that drug testing would be completely independent. Donald Fehr was against such an idea because he stated it would be unfair to the player's association. Commissioner Selig stated that he would be open and would look into the idea.

Bud Selig also told Congress about his faith in a new baseball department that will only deal with enforcing and implementing baseball's drug policies. Selig also stated that this new department will investigate any and all performance enhancing use in baseball.

Throughout the Congressional hearing, Congressmen and women echoed the concern on kids and youth in America who look up to professional baseball and can be influenced by drug use. Both Fehr and Selig stated that they understood this concern and that by working to amend drug policies, they are working towards accomplishing this goal.

Hot Latin American News Quickies July 5tht

These are your Hot Latin American News Quickies for July 5th, 2009. Be sure to check them out and go on to read the whole news stories later.

Honduras – OAS president Insulza will accompany Zelaya to Honduras. Hot Latin American News Quickies July 5th, 2009

After the 72 hr-ultimatum to reinstate Honduras has ended, OAS has said that Honduras will be suspended from the organization if de-facto president Micheletti does not step down and reinstate ousted president Zelaya. Micheletti and his government has responded withdrawing themselves from the OAS leaving the OAS with no diplomatic clout to do anything. Additionally, Michelletti has said that they will not reinstate Zelaya and will jail him if he returns to Honduras. Zelaya is said to that would arrive to his country between 1300 and 1400 local time (1900 to 2000 GMT). OAS president Insulza would accompany him to Honduras. According to different blogs, (including this one) Zelaya should not return to Honduras because there will be a blood bath on the streets. In an interesting story and twist to the Honduras coup, some sources are saying that Obama has signed with Obama and Castro in condemning the "ousting" as illegal and demanding the return of Zelaya to power. (I day "illegal" because some people are telling that the military were obeying a "court order" to oust him)

Cuba – Now you can flight directly to Cuba. Hot Latin American News Quickies July 5th, 2009

According to www.cubatravelservices.com, now is possible to flight nonstop to Cuba from Los Angeles, CA. Flight time is less than 5 1/2 hours. You will be traveling on a chartered Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800, which has 150 passengers capacity. Round-trip adult costs? from $689 plus tax.

Venezuela – Chavez continues with his wave of nationalizations. Hot Latin American News Quickies July 5th, 2009

In another round of wave of nationalizations, Chavez has nationalized the country's third largest bank (Banco de Venezuela). The nationalization is actually a government purchase for $1.05 billion, according to a deal announced in May. The first payment – $630 million – was made last Friday.

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Census Numbers Indicate Congressional Seats to Shift West and South for Election and Beyond

19th century journalist Horace Greeley was prophetic when declaring “go west, young man,” as population shifts this decade reveal states in the northeast section of the country will lose a minimum of eight House of Representative seats for the 2012 election and those commonwealths in the south and west will increase their powerbase in Congress by gaining new districts and eager politicians to represent those interests in Washington, continuing a trend that began a century ago.

Census Bureau estimates just released show Utah being the fastest growing state between July 1, 2007 to July 1, 2008 with its population increasing 2.5 percent. The next four states to grow at the largest percentage in that one year timeframe were Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Colorado.

California remains the most populated state, followed by Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.

All states reported an increase of people in the last year except Michigan which lost 46,000 residents and Rhode Island which saw two thousand of its citizens cross their border and not return.

Such changes in House representation between the states will also affect the next three presidential elections as the 538 electoral college electors choosing our chief executive are based on the 435 House seats, one hundred U. S. Senate Seats and three given to the District of Columbia even though they have no legal representation in either body of Congress.

Congress passed a law in 1929 fixing the number of House members at 435 so arbitrarily cannot increase its membership to accommodate those states losing out due to dwindling population growth. The seats are apportioned by where the country’s citizens live with each state guaranteed at least one House representative. There are currently seven states with only one congressman representing the whole commonwealth which means the other 43 states must divide the remaining 428 seats among themselves.

The only time the House ever exceeded its own maximum amount occurred in 1959 when Alaska and Hawaii were given legislators once brought into the union and before reapportionment from the 1960 census could make the necessary adjustments.

The Washington based political consulting firm Election Data Services analyzes population trends affecting national elections and has concluded in their studies that a minimum of eight House seats will switch in 2012 they base on changes in population shifts during this decade.

They believe those states gaining one seat each will be Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Utah. Texas would receive three additional House seats based on the population numbers compiled by the census this think tank has interpreted. All of the states benefiting from these populations shifts are in the south and west and all except Utah gained at least one new House member in 2002 following the last nationwide census and apportionment.

States giving up power and long-serving politicians from the north and east would be Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The last three states have been losing House seats and political power for many decades, having peaked with their largest number of representatives in the 1930’s when Franklin Roosevelt served as president.

Louisiana would also be losing a seat because of the continued decline in its population three years after Hurricane Katrina forced hundreds of thousands to move elsewhere with many of those displaced residents never to return.

One extreme scenario the EDS experts believe may happen would require Ohio losing two House seats to magnify the population decline in a state that has voted with the winner in every presidential election since 1896 except choosing Richard Nixon over John Kennedy in 1960.

To emphasize the shift in population to the west and south one only has to look at the 1908 election when there were only 46 states and a total of 483 presidential electors. New York was the most populated state a century ago and had 39 electors with Pennsylvania second with 34 electoral delegates. Texas was only apportioned 18 and California a lowly ten when the nation selected William Howard Taft to be president.

This inevitable change of political influence from east to west has been steady these last one hundred years since the final four states joined the union and the ability of the public to easily relocate to other regions of the country in search of work once long-range transportation became affordable to the masses.

Of those eight states set to relinquish one seat President-Elect Barack Obama won all but Louisiana in the November general election. Of the six states to receive seats in 2012, John McCain won four, including Texas, which would have given him six additional Electoral College electors had such changes been in effect for the just concluded contest. Only such gains wouldn’t have helped the Republican Arizona senator in his nationwide blow out loss of 365 electors to 173.

The president-elect resides in a state centrally located in the nation but Illinois only has 21 electors as compared to 27 in 1960 and 29 back in 1932 at its peak of influence and if current trends are maintained will continue to lose its political influence in Washington.

Texas will potentially increase its House membership by at three to 37 electoral votes just as it loses its unique advantage in the Executive Branch with George W. Bush going into retirement. Since 1964, seventeen of the past forty-four years have seen a Texan occupying the White House. The year Lyndon Johnson was elected the state only had 25 electoral votes so its influence has significantly grown in the last four decades when three of its native sons occupied the Oval Office.

The Lone Star State’s gain apparently comes at neighboring Louisiana’s expense if they do lose one seat since the population of New Orleans is still only half of its pre-Katrina levels, according to preliminary census reviews of the last three years in anticipation of the 2010 full count that EDS reviewed for their prediction.

The 2000 census apportionment saw eight states in the south and west gain twelve new representatives and electors for the 2004 and 2008 elections while ten states, again in the north and east, lost the equal amount with New York and Pennsylvania each vacating two seats.

Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Texas gained two seats in that redistricting while California, Colorado, Nevada and North Carolina each picked up one. Those losing one seat in 2000 were Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

George W. Bush won 30 states with 271 electoral votes in the 2000 contest to Al Gore’s 20 states and District of Columbia for a 267 count. When Bush was reelected in 2004 he picked up 31 states while John Kerry got 19 plus DC. Only three states switched party preferences in the rematch with Bush winning Iowa and New Mexico that second time and only losing New Hampshire. Reapportionment enabled him to collect an additional seven electors in those states in the west and south he triumphed that second time around.

Once the states are notified how many House seats they will be getting for 2012 their respective legislatures must redraw the designated number of districts to accommodate the population shifts.

And do it in a way that doesn’t appear those in control are gerrymandering the process so one political party gains an unfair advantage come election time.

That cynical term was coined in honor of Elbridge Gerry, a signer to the Declaration of Independence, and the second vice-president under James Madison to die in office two centuries ago. He was governor of Massachusetts when devising a redistricting plan ensuring a majority of his political supporters in every congressional district in the state. His attempts were exposed when opponents complained the outlines of the map resembled a salamander and the name stuck.

Why the Congressional "700 Billion Dollar Bail Out " STINKS!

If you went and borrowed money with essentially nothing down , which is what big wall street banks, were doing at 30-60 times leverage of their basic capital and then took that money to a casino hoping to make a killing then loosing all your money and then went to your congressman and senator's office and asked them for more capital so you could go back to the casino to win the money back you just lost you might think they would laugh you out of their office. Not if you are Goldman Sachs, money wizards of wall street!

Of course you could go to your local bank and ask for an interest free loan to save your business and chances are you could get a no money down mansion loan from them so you could take that back to your wall street casino. It is no wonder that banks are falling like domino's now having loaned out money that way.

So you have an IRA or a pension plan and you have to take a minimum distribution and the market is down. You have no flexibility and you have to sell or exchange shares in a down market with no flexibility because you happen to have the age where annual minimum distributions are due. The Gangs in congress would never consider giving pension plans, profit sharing plans and IRAs the flexibility to defer taxes to take money out nor the flexibility not to have to pay out minimum distributions in a tempest. Congress only appears to give a damn about oligarchs . The financial news media also favors the oligarchs. Why the fed loan window is not open to the public at the retail rate and by passing failed banks is a mystery. Why the power of the federal reserve is to be expanded to save investment bank screwed up on a monumental basis is leaving a lot of ordinary American Citizens confounded. It also seems strange that congressional gangs want to keep no money down borrowers in homes they never could afford to buy when they should have remained renters till they developed sufficient credit or savings to buy a home. Now we hear how home prices cannot go down without causing misery. So the gangs want to essentially give their special friends free houses instead of allowing prices to fall to the point where capitalism works and there is a viable market to sell the housing stock glutting the market. That is how homes traditionally became affordable in a capitalist system. Not any more. The Alice in wonderland economy is here and we had better get used to it.

Big boss Obama is heading one of the gangs in congress now that wants to re distribute the assets of America wholesale as he favors nationalizing the oil companies. McCain is almost as clueless to how the economy works as Richard Nixon but there was a ray of hope in that he did say initially that the government should not go out and save people from foreclosure situations they themselves got themselves into.

The economic relief for the common American is no where to be found in the bail out bill and Americans who can actually read knew it immediately and got mad as Hell and helped defeat it. The Oligarchs of American corporate welfare are also not very popular when Americans who owned Washington Mutual get to see
the CEO of Washington Mutual bail out just before the complete collapse where he gets a 17 million dollar severance package possibly not including a retirement package as well. A guy who turns a sound bank into a giant self consuming casino get a pass with funding and he is not even on a plane to Rio, Brazil. He did it legally! They loot the banks for their pay packages and bonuses, stock options and pensions and the gangs in congress say that that is somehow a free market or the opposite. Never looked like a free market to me. A free market would have a guy like the CEO having to own an awful lot of stock in his company and be like warren buffet growing a return on equity to get his bonuses instead of skimming money off the top of the enterprise as hired outsider.

700 billion is not as much money as it sound like it is when we have a congress spending more than 3 times that in one year! the federal budget is over 3 trillion dollars already this year. this package only raised it 23% –a lot of it is borrowed money. We all know the government gets 10 cents on the dollar in most thing they use the money so chances are the congress needs to vote for 7 trillion dollars or a bit more than two years future congressional spending to fix the casino mess they helped create!

Americans are right to have helped stop the so called bail out plan. The bail out should first go to people who saved their money and not to people who took their money and our money to an unsustainable casino for personal gain.. Foreclosures go to investors who can afford to buy them at a real market price. That does not cause a recession. Investors who are forced to sell in pensions plans should get a tax break not the failed casino banks. People who never could afford mcMansions on sub prime mortgages should go back to renting. Condo flippers who lost speculating should not get a bail out. Banks that have no money are not banks any longer. Americans see thought the media lies, Some want their dream world of socialism but the investors who can save wall street want the tax breaks and the benefits to go to them not to the failed institutions. Savers want to be rewarded for saving and not punished. Retirees do not want to take a loss just because they have minimum distributions coming due nor have to pay taxes on the losses unnecessarily taken.

Funny Business in Washington. Apparently , unbeknown to the fragile financial news media , the Democrats control the House and the Senate and could pass the bail out bill without any republican help! President Bush already said he is going to sign it immediately! So why when we turn on the TV do we see the democrats blaming the republicans when the bail out bill goes down in flames? Why when everyone in the banking and financial industry agrees doesn't the head of SEC , Cox, change the stupid marked to market rule? Barely a peep about these factors in the news media. All we hear is is has to be done no matter how bad the provisions are including giving activist groups money as part of the package. That is no emergency bill! Thats crap out of congress that never should be in an emergency package! Goons, Thugs, Oligarchs and Gangs control the Congress and Americans should be happy?

If we don't see either Obama or McCain step up and give us a bail out package that satisfies the American public Americans maybe should listen to Ron Paul and Vote Libertarian. Bob Barr for president.