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Tuesday, Elections have consequences

Elections have consequences…. Except perhaps when we vote on computers . (H/T Lambert)

Glenn Greenwald is attempting to unravel the mystery of last week’s bomb plot. It’s making my head spin but, Glenn’s sticking with it. He’s got three updates to his post now. And I’m sure there’s more to come:

Government accusations: No evidence needed

Wait: I read in the NYT on Sunday that “evidence was mounting that the top leadership of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, including the radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was behind the attempted attacks.” Today, however, in that very same paper, I learn that “American and Yemeni officials still have little hard evidence about who was involved in the thwarted attack” and “evidence is elusive.” How can evidence of the culprits simultaneously be “mounting” and “elusive”?

The reality, as today’s version of the NYT makes clear, is that the U.S. has no idea who is responsible for sending these bombs. So in the dark are they that Homeland Security actually blamed two Yemeni schools that don’t even seem to exist, with the only one remotely similar to it being one sponsored by the State Department.


From Naked Capitolism I’m reading about Title Insurance … I’ve been wondering about the poor people who’ve bought houses that were foreclosed under questionable circumstanes:


Grayson Calls For Big Banks to Hold Extra Capital Against Title Insurance Indemnifications

We’ve noted that title insurers have been refusing to eat the risk in foreclosure sales when they can’t verify the chain of title from local records. Of course, the idea that title insurance was ever really intended to be insurance in the first place is questionable: the title insurers only step up when they can verify that there appears to be absolutely no risk. A one-time client, a major NYC developer and Forbes 400 member, established a title insurer for his own residential deals because he saw the premium as free money.

Some have taken the route of writing qualified policies, but buyers appear to be waking up to that. So the industry response increasingly appears to be to have the bank selling the real estate indemnify the title insurer. Since the biggest servicers also happen to be the biggest banks in the US, this effectively means that the risk of clouded title in foreclosures is being absorbed by TBTF banks, and hence by taxpayers.


I could talk about polls and “change” but, why?  The elections will be over soon enough.  And we’ll all be here watching the returns when they do.  Right?


14 Responses

  1. Merced Sun-Stroke:

    A 29-year-old alleged wrong-way driver was booked on suspicion of DUI Saturday after crashing into an on-duty Merced police officer’s car.

    That’s one way to turn yourself in.

  2. Join us here at The Confluence for our Election Night 2010 Live-Blog starting at 8pm Eastern.

  3. Katiebird, you left out this bit from Greenwald:

    “That same deficiency is true of the general accusation that Awlaki is involved in Terrorist plots as opposed to merely exercising his clear First Amendment right to advocate the justifiability of anti-American violence in retaliation for the violence Americans bring to the Muslim world. But that complete lack of evidence doesn’t deter huge numbers of people from running around proclaiming Awlaki to be a Terrorist and cheering for the presidentially-decreed death penalty based solely on unchecked government pronouncements, so it’s unlikely that the lack of evidence in this case will deter his being widely blamed as the Mastermind for this attack either. If there’s one thing many Americans have repeatedly proven, it’s that they don’t need — or even want — to see any evidence before spouting government claims, including — or, rather, especially — the most serious and consequential ones. ”

    I guess I am out of the loop when it comes to this statement, I think what Greenwald says here is appalling. (the part about Awlaki’s right to advocate anti-American violence in retaliation…) I think this quote above is disturbing.

  4. We watched that paper ballot utube last night — the voices crack me up.

  5. And of course right after the election we forget everything……..This IS the USA, remember….:(

  6. mediaite

    Chris Matthews: Since Campaigning, Obama ‘Has Been Elitist And Come With A Teleprompter’ (video) http://mediaite.com/a/ybufe CH

    Tweetie is not in love any more!?! 😆

  7. Hi, I’m a Tea-Partier

    • Oh, thanks for posting this here — I’ve been meaning to watch it but, never saw the link at the right time.

      • I clicked because that is the media RD showed us the other day. I may play with it, to do some Health Care info on it.


        You inspired me to get moving…let me know when your site takes comments again. I am now doing Zumba 2X week, working with a therapist/trainer (he does recovery type of folks like me) who is working on my muscles to help me walk/balance and my core. I still need to walk more, but I am not at risk of tipping over, and I can do several flights of stairs (holding on to the rail of course), but in a years time, now one will know I have had two surgeries on the sole of my foot (that is tough to recover from).

        OH, and I can walk, put pressure on it and soon who knows, maybe even run. 😉

        p.s. I love your site and the info.

    • The title should come with a warning due to some harsh language used, but interesting how it nearly has 1 million hits on youtube and is also on other video media that access too.

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