A Gillion Bazillion… or else!

Seriously? How embarrassing is it that our treasury secretary is acting like a six year-old at a time of supposedly unparallelled crisis? I mean, I’ve got a six year-old around the house, and a lot of this looks very familiar. The posturing, the fake tears, the insincere flattery, the lies, the pretence. The making-shit-up approach to facts. That’s expected behavior from a 2nd grader, but it’s just a wee bit lame for a guy who’s in charge of the largest financial system in the world, no?

Look, here’s what Forbes Magazine writes about the magic $700bn number that’s been thrown about by Paulson and his spoiled buddies in the administration and the financial industry for the past few days:

In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.
‘It’s not based on any particular data point,’ a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. ‘We just wanted to choose a really large number.’

We just wanted to choose a really large number?!? You really have No. Fucking. Clue. about how to do your job, do you, Mr. Paulson? It’s Katrina all over again, when Bush hired some ex horse wanker to run FEMA and — surprise! — disaster management became an embarrassment not to mention a disaster in and of itself. So, basically, Paulson just pulled some really huge number out of his ass, slapped it on the table with the arrogance of a con man and declared that if he didn’t get that much in small unnumbered bills by Monday there’d be trouble. Nice.

Making Other Crazy People Look Normal By Comparison

crazy cowLook, I appreciate the whole PETA schtick of being against animal testing and fur coats and all that. No, really. I don’t buy anything but free range eggs, I don’t eat meat and yada yada yada. I get it. But this kind of lefty looney shit is what gives us all such a bad name that people like Rush Limbaugh can make a very decent living mocking the hell out of everything we stand for.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has suggested that a famous ice cream company replace cow’s milk with human breast milk in its products.

Seriously, I don’t know what smartypants PR hack came up with the idea of running this, but the fact that it made NBC’s NY affiliate tells me it worked — and that’s bad. Bad for PETA’s own cause, bad for any cause that can be lumped in with theirs. Anyone out there genuinely trying to combat the atrocious conditions facing cattle in industrial farming is now going to be tainted with the “breat milk” idiocy.

Thanks for nothing, PETA, don’t bother with the sad-eyed puppy fundraising request to my house this year…