Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Want our money? Then we OWN YOU.

I'm sick and tired of banks begging at our doors. The same banks that would happily foreclose on us, without a thought. The same banks that came begging to the government for a bailout because they "just couldn't make it" after all of their irresponsible but lucrative business ventures; then threw another lavish, 'we deserve the best' party for themselves.

As though our money was their birthright. Partying on our thin dime... while people are being tossed out of their homes. Partying on our thin dime after repeated bailouts and promises that they won't use corporate jets, etc., etc., etc., (lie after lie -- and undoubtedly laughing behind closed doors as they get richer and We The People go bust.)

This must stop. This has to stop.

Mr. Obama, please: the next time the banks come asking for cash, they sign over the stock and We own them. They report to us, the stockholders; and the party finally ends.

Federal workers all took a pay freeze... right? The only way to make these greedy bastards toe the line is to take them over and freeze their pay.

And fire their loser CEOs. As the GOP is so fond of saying... there is no free lunch.

From Maureen Dowd courtesy of the New York Times (OP-ED:)

I Ponied Up for Sheryl Crow?


Talk about being teed off.

The economy is croaking and bankers are still partying at a golf tournament here on our dime.

It’s a good argument for nationalization, or better yet, internationalization. Outsource the jobs of these perfidious, oblivious bank executives to Bangalore; Bollywood bashes have to cost less than Hollywood ones.

The entertainment Web site TMZ broke the story Tuesday that Northern Trust of Chicago, which got $1.5 billion in bailout money and then laid off 450 workers, flew hundreds of clients and employees to Los Angeles last week and treated them to four days of posh hotel rooms, salmon and filet mignon dinners, music concerts, a PGA golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club with Mercedes shuttle rides and Tiffany swag bags.

“A rep from the PGA told us Northern Trust wrote one big, fat check in order to sponsor the event,” TMZ reported.

Northern No Trust had a lavish dinner at the Ritz Carlton on Wednesday with a concert by Chicago (at a $100,000 fee); rented a private hangar at the Santa Monica Airport on Thursday for another big dinner with a gig by Earth, Wind & Fire, and closed down the House of Blues on Sunset Strip on Saturday (at a cost of $50,000) for a dinner and serenade by Sheryl Crow.

Read the rest (if you can do it without smashing your monitor...)

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