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What a strange year we had in 2009

by James Denison / January 1, 2010 3:20 PM PST

While reading this I couldn't help but think that while Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme took his clients for billions of dollars, Obama's Bailout Scheme is taking the taxpayer for hundreds of billions of dollars. Oddly, the result for both sets of victims are the same; someone else gets their money. One man ends up in jail and the other is lauded as President. Strange world we live in.


In February, the president signed the historic $787 billion American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka "the stimulus bill," with its promise
to jump-start our stalled economic engine and create/preserve 3.5
million jobs.

Shortly thereafter, former Nasdaq chairman Bernard Madoff, described by
Forbes as "a schlub and a Narcissist," seized the crown as king of the
Ponzi scheme when he pled guilty to 11 felony counts of bilking his
clients of billions of dollars.

Bernie's in the big house now -- and not the one in the Hamptons. (more in article)

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It's been a stramge decade
by Diana Forum moderator / January 2, 2010 9:33 AM PST

First hanging chads and an election decided by a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court. Then 9/11 and two wars with the cost kept off-budget so no one knew how much it was really costing. Then the real estate, banking, insurance, ponzi schemes, hedge fund and stock meltdowns. The push for the banking and AIG bailouts.

Then the first black and woman candidates for the Democratic primary. The first black president walks into chaos with no right answers.


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With no right answers.
by EdHannigan / January 2, 2010 10:12 AM PST

Yes, that's a shame. But take heart..only 3 years to go!

What does his color have to do with it?

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(NT) Wonder what a wise Republican would have done?
by Diana Forum moderator / January 2, 2010 9:36 AM PST
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Are there any?
by Bill Osler / January 2, 2010 11:21 AM PST

I'm not sure you'll find many wise men on either side of the aisle.

No Nativity Scene in Washington this year
There will be no Nativity Scene in Washington this year! The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene in the United States' Capital this Christmas season. This isn't for any religious reason. They simply have not been able to find Three Wise Men in the Nation's Capital. A search for a Virgin continues. There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable.

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Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes.
by James Denison / January 2, 2010 3:39 PM PST

We live in those sort of days now. The overly critical hypocrites. The power hungry who'd sell their mother to have power. The ones who have withdrawn and are waiting for the next revolution. Maybe there's a voice out in the wilderness......

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