Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from November 2010

Chinese Govt “Scared to Death” of Nancy Pelosi

November 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

Well, this is kinda fun: China was “scared to death” over a visit by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is outspoken on human rights, and rejected her request to visit to Tibet, according to files leaked Monday. A top diplomat at the US embassy in Beijing said he asked China to consider letting Pelosi go […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Moving Catfood Commission Goal Posts

November 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

The Wall Street Journal does a cute trick when talking about the upcoming deficit commission report and whether or not it will be implemented by Congress: The co-chairmen, Democrat Erskine Bowles and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, need 14 of the 18 members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to support their […]

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Tags: Economy

Interesting Discussion on Obama Administration

November 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy This is from last week, but I just got around to watching it. With Chris Hayes guest hosting on MSNBC for Lawrence O’Donnell, he and guests Adam Green, Ari Berman, and Roger Hodge engage in one of the most substantive discussions of the […]

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Tags: Barack Obama

What Digby Said

November 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

What Digby said: Austerity is for the little people who must learn to take their medicine like good parasites. Bankers cannot be subjected to any restrictions whatsoever because then there will be “uncertainty.” This has been another edition of What Digby Said.

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Tags: Economy

Taibbi on Rocket Dockets, Bankster Fraud

November 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi has yet another must-read piece on the ongoing economic collapse. This time he focuses on foreclosures taking place in Florida’s rocket docket, which processes dozens of foreclosure cases an hour. As is always the case with Taibbi, the whole article needs to be read to be appreciated. But this passage stands out: You’ve […]

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Tags: Economy

Unnecessary Foreclosures

November 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

Thomas Cox has a heartbreaking post at Naked Capitalism about KeyBank foreclosing on a property where they were the second mortgage holder. They likely ended up losing at least $14,000 by doing this. So, not only did a homeowner who had a job and wanted to pay off as much of their mortgages as they […]

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Tags: Economy

Taibbi Gets It

November 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

While on vacation last week, I read Matt Taibbi’s new book, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America. It’s pretty brilliant and righteous in directing anger towards banks, but also the politicians who are helping them steal from America. There’s a passage in it on the housing crisis and […]

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Tags: Economy

Krugman Is Shrill

November 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Paul Krugman: Former Senator Alan Simpson is a Very Serious Person. He must be — after all, President Obama appointed him as co-chairman of a special commission on deficit reduction. So here’s what the very serious Mr. Simpson said on Friday: “I can’t wait for the blood bath in April. … When debt limit time […]

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Tags: Economy

Matt Bai Is Nuts

November 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Matt Bai has a piece in the New York Times today, titled “‘Blame the Blue Dogs’ Theory for Democratic Losses Doesn’t Add Up.” It’s just plain nuts. Actually, it’s worse than that. Bai primarily seems to be laundering the Conventional Wisdom that Blue Dogs and the Third Way want to take hold – namely, don’t […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections · The Media

No Baggage Challenge for Charity

November 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

Totally not related to politics, but I’m about to embark on a 10 day trip to Japan and carry with me only what I can fit in the clothes I wear – no bags allowed. I’m partnering with the travel clothing company Scottevest and they will be making a donation to Students for a Free […]

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Tags: Living