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[RE-Cap] Government Sucks, Mortgage-Mod, Car Commissar, Stop Enabling, Conceptual Error

I’ve been recovering from a wicked cold, swamped at work, etc. and haven’t posted since the weekend, which simply isn’t right. Here’s a collection of links to blogs I follow. A large scale hat tip, so to speak. I also throw in news items and other tidbits that make me want to curl my cap [1].

This week’s theme: Getting Screwed

The Government Sucks; Or, Stimulus Is Just Another Word for Pork-Barrel Spending [The Cody Word] [2]

Mortgage-Mod Conundrum [DataPoints] [3]

An Etymological Suggestion [Greg Mankiw] [4]

McMansion Watch: Near Me McMansion [Bubble Meter] [5]

Report: GSEs May Waive Appraisals for Refis [Calculated Risk] [6]

2008 Seven Deadly Sins awards [Charleston Real Estate] [7]

Jamie Dimon: Banks Must Stop Enabling Junkie Whores, Prepare For Tough ’09 [Dealbreaker] [8]

How Big Is Bailout? Peel This Onion to Find Out [The Numbers Guy – WSJ] [9]

Rep. Barney Frank: Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Does It Again [Huffington Post] [10]

More or less; simple conceptual error that contributed to the credit crunch [Freakonomics] [11]