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Obama Does with OFA What He Should Have Done with OFA Long Ago

He turns his campaign operation into a not-for-profit political lobbying outfit.

 

Jon Carson, White House director of the Office of Public Engagement, is being tapped as executive director of the group, which will have offices in Washington and Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

 

 

Good Manners Around the World Open Thread

Swissotel has put together this handy dandy infographtastic guide to basic etiquette around the world (tipping, greeting, table manners).

 

Have they overlooked anything from your neck of the woods?

 

(Via Lifehacker)

The Golden State's Budget Surplus Open Thread

California first to turn the corner?

 

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California's budget deficit is gone after years of financial troubles, Governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday, proposing a plan that raises spending on education and healthcare, boosting total expenditures by 5 percent.

Rice Drops Out Open Thread

 

[CLICK ME for NEWS!]

 

And I was looking forward to the confirmation process, too. It would have been a hoot.

 

The consensus seems to be that Senator Kerry will get the nomination, more or less because he wants it. Which is qualification enough, I guess.

 

It Won't be Pleasant Open Thread

Iowa newspaper gets OK to publish the President's "off-the-record" comments regarding policy goals for the first year of his second term: closing the deal on the Grand Bargain he's pursued since closing the deal on Obamacare, and immigration reform.

Heads I Win Tails You Lose Open Diary

It's good to be a plutocrat:

 

Big Bill Haywood's Open Thread

Is there a man (or woman) among us with pluck enough to wear this hero of the workingman's pants?

Late to the Breaking Bad Party Open Thread

I'm always late to pop culture stuff, especially TV, for no good reason that I can discern. Maybe just to be contrary. I've yet to see an episode of Mad Men, for example. Mad Men? Feh. I'll tune in one day maybe for the mid-century furnishings.

 

So far I've missed all of Louis, as well. I've read that hardened big city culture critics have been reduced to weepy bowls of Jell-O by this season's run. And still I'm all, "Meh."

 

Break Up the Banks Open Diary

So sayeth the Titanic of Titans of Banking himself:

 

What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking, have banks be deposit takers, have banks make commercial loans and real estate loans, have banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not too big to fail,” Weill told CNBC this morning.

Speaking of Gumption

I stumbled across this the other day -- the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Notices of Alleged Violations page. It reads like a Who's Who of international finance (and Big Carbon).

 

There's a fun one involving Barclays [PDF], right at the top:

 

Obama "Somewhere Between Indifferent and Complicit"

in the current state of Big Time College Sports.

 

So says Jeff Greenfield:

 

MEU v Rome: Who Wins?

Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?

 

The answer coming soon to a theater near you.

 

 

Yelping Cormac McCarthy Open Thread

TGI Fridays

 

Two stars.

 

Watts strode into the restaurant smelling of horse and woodsmoke and all the patrons turned to watch him as if he had called out to them but he had made no sound save the whispering of his leathers and the jangle of his spurs. He sat at the bar. A bartender in a vaudevillian striped shirt approached smiling like a grifter. Can I help you cowboy, he said.

 

Double rye.

 

I’m afraid we dont have rye.

 

Algore Updates "An Inconvenient Truth"

cites firming link between anthro-, anthropomor-, eh human-caused climate change and severe weather events, decries the opposition's disinformation campaign, fails to note girth in own eye.

 

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