Last call

The total cost of the bailout, including the Citi bailout, now exceeds $4.6165 trillion dollars. To keep the units consistent with the stats below, let’s call it $4,616.5 billion dollars. At this point, it’s pretty much all monopoly money, but here are some other big number to put it in perspective:

• Louisiana Purchase: Cost: $15 million, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $217 billion
• S&L Crisis: Cost: $153 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $256 billion
• The New Deal: Cost: $32 billion (Est), Inflation Adjusted Cost: $500 billion (Est)
• Invasion of Iraq: Cost: $551b, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $597 billion
• Vietnam War: Cost: $111 billion, Inflation Adjusted Cost: $698 billion

More at the Boing Boing

America’s first genderqueer mayor

Stu Rasmussen won the office of mayor in the town of Silverton, Oregon as a traditional male. During his two term tenure as mayor, Stu began openly crossdressing on a daily basis. Today he wears a skirt and high heels. He has breast implants, and long red hair. You’d think this might be a career killer, but in his case it wasn’t. The town completely supported and embraced him while he was making his transition, ultimately re-electing Stu and making him the first openly genderqueer mayor in America.

From the article:

“I identify mostly as a heterosexual male,” Rasmussen said. “But I just like to look like a female.”
Rasmussen is a man. He even has a girlfriend. He says he’s always been transgender, but he only “came out” a few years ago.

This really couldn’t have come at a better time, what with this Prop 8 rubbish and all.

We did it!

I’ve never seen so many people take to the streets in joyous jubilation for anything political. Things are off the hook here in NYC. Union Square was so packed that people were crowd surfing in the middle of the square along 14th st. Police were unprepared for the crowd, so they had to make do with rolling out that plastic chickenwire stuff to keep people from spilling out into the street. A couple of the streetlamps were trashed because some assholes were climbing up them and swinging. People breaking out into spontaneous chants and songs.  Hippies making drum circles with garbage can lids.  Completely insane.

History has been made – and I’m proud to be an American for the first time in years.

Awesome., FTW.

Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin

Russian media have already shown Prime Minister Putin at the wheel of massive racing truck, shirtless on a fishing excursion and tracking a tiger through the Siberian forest.

Valdimir Putin, glorious leader of Mother Russia, has put out a tape giving lessons in Judo. When will the US get a president this awesome?

Get out the vote

For your enjoyment, Rachel Hulin of Nerve has found an interesting propaganda flyer.

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