...it's not just for third-world dictatorships anymore:
See here: http://www.theocracywatch.org/
Might also want to check out Kevin Phillips' book, American Theocracy.
...With Bear Stearns down the crapper, and FMAE, FMAC, and Lehman Bros. soon to be history, probably want to be keeping a close eye on further crapshoots Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs for the next 6 months... own their stock at your own huge risk.
Greenspan calls it the 'worst economy' he's ever seen... duhh-hh, like anyone with a cerebellum didn't already know that.
(And in case you were wondering, Lehman's CEO last year took in compensation valued at $22.1 million for his efforts and golf-playing --- at the time, Lehman was credited (propagandized) with steering relatively clear of the mortgage crisis and ended the year at $87+ per share --- now they're under $4 per share as the truth gets out... How long before it gets out about Merrill, Morgan, and Goldman... Thanks to the practices of Bush/Cheney cronies many of our major financial institutions may eventually be up for sale to the highest foreign bidder they can locate... let's see, America as a fully-owned subsidiary of China perhaps...)