Our partner the Minnesota Independent has done a terrific job of delivering the bad news all week long, from analysis and commentary on the bailout to push polling in the Third Congressional District and the scary prospect of re-purposing the U.S. Army to control the U.S. people.
Molly Priesmeyer asks Could the bailout spark a new movement? She writes:
Since 2006, the housing and Wall Street crashes have unfolded like the five stages of death: First, as far as government entities were concerned, denial clung to them– and they clung to it–about the grave issues affecting homeowners and families as a result of subprime lending. Then, as the crisis began to hit Wall Street, there was a short period of bargaining with the “invisible hand” of the market to do its magic, to work it all out, to soothe the pain.
In a look back, Priesmeyer reminds us that In 2007, Bernanke said ‘regulatory changes’ were to blame for subprime crisis Steve Perry rounds up articles from across the Internet about the the Great Bail-Out of 08.
Chris Steller details anti-Madia push-polling, a classic campaign dirty trick. With a little help from its sister-site in Colorado, MnIndy also reports that McCain’s talking points on suspending the campaign and canceling the debate were leaked—inadvertently. Someone didn’t listen to the campaign warning: “Please do not proactively reach out to the media on this.”
And—in what could turn into the worst news of a bad-news week—”Sea-smurf.” Paul Schmelzer reports on a first-of-its-kind homeland security detail for an army combat brigade.
The pronunciation for the acronym couldn’t be any cuter, but the duties of the U.S. Army’s CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force (CCMRF) could potentially be quite ugly — using military tactics, including some tested in Iraq, amid civilian populations here in the U.S. …
According to a September 8 report by The Army Times, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, acting for one year under the CCMRF moniker, will be employed domestically in homeland security-related efforts, starting October 1. …
The Army Times piece says nothing about new terror threats that might warrant the move or whether domestic military action may violate the Posse Comitatus or Insurrection acts, which restrict the use of the military for law enforcement.