"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen


"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister


"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont


"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister


"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bill Gross is skeptical of QE2. What does he want us to do?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Krugman on the Catfood Commission.
Update: It’s here. And it really is that bad. The idea that co-chairs of a commission whose charge is fiscal sustainability should take it upon themselves to (a) declare that federal revenue must not exceed 21 percent of GDP -- that’s right, putting a cap on receipts and (b) call for reducing the top rate from 35 to 23 is just awesome.
This is how history will judge Obama. I can't believe he will go there. If so he will really demoralize his base. Hopefully the economy will recover by 2012 and the independents will come back as the Republicans implode. But Boehner seem smarter than Gringrich.
Leonhardt on gold buggery

Monday, November 08, 2010

This new Coen brothers film trailer gave me the chills!
Yglesias asks:
Now that the campaign’s been over for a while can we all step back and ponder how nutty it was for Meg Whitman to spend $140 million on a failed bid to become Governor of California?
Gretchen Morgenson writes about an analyst who saw the housing bubble and is now seeing the economy turning the corner by August 2011 based on his analysis of small business.