Open Thread

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez

And it’s Eastertime too

And your gravity fails

And negativity don’t pull you through

Don’t put on any airs

When you’re down on Rue Morgue Avenue

They got some hungry women there

And they really make a mess outa you

Now if you see Saint Annie

Please tell her thanks a lot

I cannot move

My fingers are all in a knot

I don’t have the strength

To get up and take another shot

And my best friend, my doctor

Won’t even say what it is I’ve got

Sweet Melinda

The peasants call her the goddess of gloom

She speaks good English

And she invites you up into her room

And you’re so kind

And careful not to go to her too soon

And she takes your voice

And leaves you howling at the moon

Up on Housing Project Hill

It’s either fortune or fame

You must pick up one or the other

Though neither of them are to be what they claim

If you’re lookin’ to get silly

You better go back to from where you came

Because the cops don’t need you

And man they expect the same

Now all the authorities

They just stand around and boast

How they blackmailed the sergeant-at-arms

Into leaving his post

And picking up Angel who

Just arrived here from the coast

Who looked so fine at first

But left looking just like a ghost

I started out on burgundy

But soon hit the harder stuff

Everybody said they’d stand behind me

When the game got rough

But the joke was on me

There was nobody even there to call my bluff

I’m going back to New York City

I do believe I’ve had enough


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    • Edger on June 17, 2009 at 4:22 pm


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration plans to call for the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision to close as part of its overhaul of financial regulation, which would also include the elimination of the federal thrift charter for banks.

    The plan would require large, interconnected firms to draft a “credible plan” for how they would be unwound if they ran into severe trouble, a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday.

    The official said the proposal would also call for the creation of a financial oversight council that would be led by the Treasury Department, and would make the Federal Reserve the consolidated supervisor of large financial holding companies.

    The Fed is a private company whose sole purpose is to make a profit…

    • Robyn on June 17, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    …animations of my graphic creations and save them as QuickTime movies, I need to learn how to upload them so I can share them.

  1. over at the orange now.  

    Make some calls if you can.

    • ANKOSS on June 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    You can do this at home kids – just follow these easy instructions:

    1. You make an impressive declaration of your regulatory reform intentions.

    2. You leave drafting the details to your party comrades in the legislature.

    3. Curiously, the final legislation is written by lobbyists and former paid consultants for the industry you are regulating.

    4. You sign the “flawed” legislation, saying that it is a victory for reform.

    5. You tell your regulatory enforcers not to be too zealous in punishing minor deviations from the new rules.

    Congratulations, kids! You have made change that the people can believe in without actually changing anything. Aren’t you glad Uncle Rahm showed you how?

  2. good thing emptywheel didnt.

    Her LIVEBLOG from this morning is posted.

    Holder with Senate Jucidiary Committee..

    and she has more

    By far the most disturbing part of the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today came when Russ Feingold asked Eric Holder whether he stands by a statement he made before the American Constitution Society last year.

  3. Schools? Safety? Earthquakes? Water situation? Anything really.

    Hubby got a job offer today but it’s 2,000 miles away and I don’t know a thing about Nevada.

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