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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion
Fri Nov 04th 2011, 12:19 PM
It must be something they teach in Goldman Sucks.

A little history. M(other) F(ucker) Global was a small player, never making big news, never taking big risks, until they reached out and hired Corzine as their top exec.
Under his direct orders, they embarked on one wild ride. But, they needed help, the kind that Corzine was perfectly suited to give.
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"The proposed rule would have restricted a complicated transaction that allowed MF Global in essence to borrow money from its own customers. Brokerage firms are allowed to use customers’ money to earn interest, not unlike banks, but this rule would have outlawed using customer funds for a loan to the firm itself.

While such financing is not unknown on Wall Street, it carries substantial risk. An outside lender would require a firm like MF Global to produce strict accounting for a loan. Without that oversight, regulators worried that firms could use such internal customer money inappropriately, including bolstering the business in hard times. The proposed rule would have affected several dozen other financial firms.
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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/11/03/as-... /


The rest was history. He raided customer accounts, used their funds to pay for his high risk gambles, mainly in investments based on Euro-debt.

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Jon S. Corzine has resigned from his posts at the embattled brokerage firm MF Global, the company announced on Friday.

Mr. Corzine, the firm’s chairman and chief executive, will not seek his $12 million severance from MF Global, which filed for bankruptcy on Monday, according to the company’s statement.

The resignation capped a disastrous week for Mr. Corzine, as he saw MF Global lose two-thirds of its market value, file for bankruptcy and face a handful of federal investigations into more than $600 million in missing customer money. The decision also signaled a rapid downfall of what was supposed to be Mr. Corzine’s grand return to Wall Street — a comeback that began in early 2010, after a roughly 10-year sabbatical that he spent in politics.
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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/cor... /

How sweet of him. He refuses a severance package from the company he drove into bankruptcy. After stealing his clients' money and risking it in gambles so crazy that it is doubtful that his clients would have given him permission. Luckily, he beat up on the federal regulators to prevent having to report on his risk taking.

It is pure and simple. Jon Corzine is a thief. He got caught. And he just lawyered up.

Hint, hint, Wall Street. THIS is why we occupy.
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion: Presidency
Sun Jul 31st 2011, 04:33 PM
Either way, it's breaking my heart.

Not only does the president offer more than the GOP demanded, not only does he cut spending during a huge depression, not only does he stab his liberal and moderate base in the back, but his advisors have the gall to call it a victory.

In what fucking universe, mr. President?
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Jan 20th 2011, 02:55 PM
Former Senator Rick "that frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex" Santorum has made headlines twice in two days.

First, he questioned President Obama on black people: "Well if that person — human life is not a person, then — I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, “We’re going to decide who are people and who are not people.”

Today, he compared abortion with slavery: "I am disappointed that President Obama, who rightfully fights for civil rights, refuses to recognize the civil rights of the unborn in this country."

One wonders what he will say tomorrow. We do know one thing. Rickie is back! And that means loads of fun for us here. Santorum polls in the single digits, not even 1/3 of Sarah's falling numbers. He left orfice with his tail between his legs. He has been quiet for the best part of two years. So, his recent proclamations can be viewed as only one thing - a test run for Iowa and New Hampshire.

To paraphrase his second favorite president, "Bring it on!"
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Nov 03rd 2010, 12:46 PM
If only he had invited Obama to his rally, it would have changed . . . . . . . . . . nothing.

Actually, there is one person who should take the most blame. Some guy who quit his daytime job to go run for mayor in Chicago. The messaging from this White House has been miserable. The repeated efforts to compromise, even before the GOP would even make a demand, proved to be their undoing. Not only did they look weak to the GOP, they looked weak to Americans. Rahm, take a bow. From having a huge majority, planned and executed by your enemy Howard Dean, you managed to screw it all up.

The real kicker would be this. Much like Condi Rice got a promotion for royally fucking up her job, could Rahm get a promotion to Mayor of Chicago by fucking up his?
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Oct 30th 2010, 09:56 AM
They are panning the crowd right now, while talking about whether or not this is a good idea.

HAYZEUS FUCKING CHRIST! The place is full already! It is packed!

Of course, the GOPers are already seething, decrying a couple of comedians who haven't a clue about the real world.

Wow, I never expected this kind of turn out.

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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Oct 26th 2010, 03:47 PM
Last week, the waits were 20-30 minutes.

This week, up to an hour just to vote early.

This morning, an elections board rep stated that absentee requests were as high as during a presidential election - translation, wow!

That means a couple of things: Early voting is a success, and important for many people. Also, any argument that there is an enthusiasm gap is absolutely ridiculous.

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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Aug 16th 2010, 02:19 PM
A news program just announced that the federal judge permitted a jury request to review a transcript of one key witness. (There being so few of them called by the prosecution, despite promises to the contrary). They will be given the testimony of Deputy Gov. Bradley Tusk, a guy who on direct, said Blago was threatening Rahm Himself Emanual with holding up spending in his district, unless Rahm agreed to hold a fundraiser for Blago's re-election.

As I recall the reports, the cross-examination of Tusk was pretty devastating, and made Tusk and the prosecution rather offputting. put offing? Whatever.

My guess is that the jury is either hopelessly deadlocked, or uniform on a majority of the counts being NG, with their doing their best to find some scrap of evidence to find at least one count against Blago.

Day 13 is almost up, and given the length of Tusk's testimony and cross, it might be until tomorrow before the jury comes back.

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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 15th 2010, 08:48 AM
The love fest between these two is sickening.

Coburn (and Jo) predict a massive GOP senate take over by ultra conservatives.

"I Highly respect you, sir, but your stance in 04, 05, 06 made me love you even more."


Anyone who claims that MSNBC is liberal simply knows not of what they speak.
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Mar 25th 2010, 06:15 PM
This topic has been moved by the moderator of this forum.
It can be found at:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Feb 21st 2010, 09:12 AM
Here's today's slice of life . . . . and it ain't pretty.

The FFR has been buying billboard time, and using the opportunity to state the obvious: Not believing in a make believe god is OK. Really. It is. Another DUer mentioned this earlier today:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...
Take a look at that post. It should scare you. Who exactly hates us for our freedoms?

Those fun and cute atheist billboards are being attacked in the press, even disfigured and tagged by christian thugs. All that proves is that despite being in the majority in this country, christians are so scared of the truth getting out that they must attack anyone who questions their faith or their faith's integrity. The real problem for them is not that Pi does not equal 3, nor that whales really are not large fish, nor even that some biblical mythical character failed to make the sun stand still. The real problem is this (and they are painfully aware of it). If they fail to brainwash their spawn early and often, their children risk being afflicted with rational thinking. Once that happens, christianity is dead.

Then again, perhaps not. Take CPAC.
Please.


Bob Barr, a former candidate for president (2008), used to be a Republican. Say what you like about him, unlike many others on the right, Barr's word was good, and while he always stood by his convictions, he also had the reputation of being open to honest discussions, ideas and compromise. Barr was never the opportunist, but rather, he committed the unforgivable sin (for the GOP) of being a thinker. A current congressman from Illinois once told me that of all of today's GOPers, Barr was unique, in that his word was good, his heart was human, and his integrity was without question (even if his policies were wrong).

Barr sat before CPAC and committed yet another sin. He called for the rule of law, and worst of all, he stated what is so obvious to anyone (at least those who do not put their bible ahead of our constitution). According to Barr (and most legal and military scholars) waterboarding is torture.

For making this keen statement of fact, Barr was booed by CPAC participants. http://rawstory.com/2010/02/bob-barr-shout... /

I confess to having watched CSpin's coverage of CPAC as often as I could stand it. That translated to about 23 minutes in every 24 hour cycle, with the largest time block being about 4 straight minutes. Even that small amount of dipping a mental toe into those dangerous and dark waters got my blood close to the boiling point. My brief observations, together with news stories from Wall Street Urinal, NYT, and some liberal blogs brave enough to send potential POWs to the conference have led me to the following conclusion:

For the most part, the GOP is brain dead. The only segment of the party which has even a glimmer of energy or the slightest spark of activism is that segment we know as CPAC - the ultraconservatives, the christian, anti-tax, pro-war, pro-torture faction that seems to control the entire party.

If you are not a peculiar brand of christian, if you are not pro war, if you think that waterboarding is torture, then you are not welcome in the new and Improved CPAC, and as a result, you are probably not welcome in the GOP.

One time while traveling through Europe, I observed an angry group of people become a wild, out of control, violent mob. It is a scary thing, something you really want to avoid. I detected signs of similar behavior several times on this side of the Atlantic pond, first, during Sarah Palin rallies, when white racists came close to demanding the lynching of then Candidate Obama. If anything, her fans have become even more energized and convinced that we progressives are traitors and that Obama is America's enemy. I next noticed this lack of restraint last August, when members of the Congress were verbally attacked, sometimes by paid political activists sent by Big Insurance, but just as often, by some very angry, very misguided people whose knowledge base comes solely from conservative talk radio. More recently, this potential for violence exhibited itself in that pathetic Tea Bagger conference, a gathering of 600 misinformed, angry, and misguided angry christians. The last few days of CPAC confirmed that this conservative, christian collection of morans not only condones ever more energetic protests, but would not mind if these protests would take that final step, and turn into mob violence.

In that respect, I find it easy to lump these three groups together, at least on certain issues. CPAC, Tea Baggers, and Palin's most energetic supporters. They hate blacks. They hate liberals. They hate Obama. If you do not believe in their perverse view of christianity, you are anti-american. They have certain loves, too. They love tax cuts. War. Torture. Teaching the bible in publick sckules. Because ever since our nations four fathers were christian, it is their duty to force their religious rules on the rest of us, like it or not. They also seem to be attracted by power, violence, and control over others' lives.

Today's CPAC seems to control the GOP's current direction. It also seems that the Tea Baggers have a symbiotic relationship with CPAC.

In sheer numbers, both CPAC and the Tea Bagger movement add up to a very small, demented, but very energetic segment of America. While their numbers are small, their voices are extremely loud. For reasons I won't get into here, today's MSM does its best to promote both CPAC and the Tea Baggers. (on the other hand, Netroot conventions, with many more attendees, are studiously ignored, or mentioned with scorn and disdain)

One burning question that comes up. WHY? Why are CPAC and Tea Baggers so well funded? Why is the MSM fixated on covering them so politely and without criticism? Why is their message not being attacked by rational people? Why are these groups moving us ever closer to mob rule, violence and the potential destruction of society? As usual, the best way to find an answer is to follow the money.

OK. Let's follow the money trail. Dick Armey's billionaires and corporate sponsors invested millions to create and push forward the Tea Bagger concept. CPAC's biggest supporters tend to come from the same motley crew of conservative christians. Again, WHY? It should be obvious to everyone that the only logical result of CPAC conferences and Tea Baggers' meetings will eventually be a riot. One riot can easily lead to many across the country, as people fed up with the status quo grab a bat, a broom or even a gun and take to the streets. If you think a small private plane hitting an IRS office is bad, you haven't seen anything yet.

Throughout history, whenever a society is threatened with mobs, riots or internal violence, the most frequent response is martial law. Except, these days, our national guard and our military reserves are too busy acting as targets for unhappy Iraqis and Afghans, whose nations we still occupy. Who can they call on to enforce martial law, to stop riots, and to control unruly crowds?

I won't answer that directly. Instead, chew on this fact. According to the Wall Street Urinal, the fastest growing domestic businesses, those companies which are hiring people at an ever increasing rate are the same companies that provide civilian security in both Afghanistan and Iraq. We used to call one of those companies Blackwater. Heavily armed, with tanks, armor, helicopters, and the most powerful guns made, these private armies are now large enough to occupy a small country by themselves.

If riots break out, how long will it be until Xi and other mercenaries are hired to take control of our streets?
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Jan 20th 2010, 05:16 PM
That's the message from the White House. Oh, and Congress? Keep health care alive, but wait for Senator Brown to be seated.

Huh?

Anytime that any party holding an office says the magic words, "Time to move forward," you know that they haven't a clue of what just happened. Even worse, they are even more clueless about their next step.

"Time to move forward" is little more than a canard, a time filler much like um, er, ah, when a bad speaker is giving a poorly drafted speech.

"Time to move forward" is a crutch, a way to plaster over the major problems that you previously ignored.

"Time to move forward" was exactly what the Captain of the Titanic said, ignoring the rising waters, the lack of lifeboats, and the general mayhem within his own ranks.

"Time to move forward" will be the label of this Administration from this day forward. As its members start polishing up their resumes in advance of the 2012 elections.

TIME TO MOVE FORWARD? Are you fucking kidding me? That implies "Staying the Course" and "We need to sharpen our message" or maybe, " We must do better communicating our ideas to the people."

If the Obama Administration thinks that "Time to move forward" is the best that they can do, there is no hope for this administration. That unwieldy herd of cats known as the House of Representatives won't respect him, much less fear him. And that over-bribed, constipated, mentally deficient collection of prima donas, (aka The US Senate) won't risk rocking their corporate fund-raising boats - ever.

RIP, Obama Administration. RIP. If only you had acting like you campaigned. Unfortunately, you have done anything but.
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jan 20th 2010, 12:37 PM
From TPM today:

"It seems like things are moving even faster than one might have anticipated. The House Democrats have scheduled a caucus meeting for this afternoon. That's where they're either going to snap out of it, get their act together and move forward or decide that they're just going to give up and collapse into a bowl of jello.

"One point to note: so far the big freak-out/fainting couch statements from the House have come from the left, not the center-right of the Dem caucus. That may prove to be a very important pattern.

"But again, this is a classic case of mob panic in the House. It's all down to the president. He's the one who can steady these wobblies."

Oh, golly! A meeting!

Can anyone see the spineless folks in either the house or the senate growing some balls without some head pounding by the White House? The problem is that the White House just doesn't get it. Not yet. Just like Health Care, just like Mass election, when the truth finally hits them in the face, the White House will scramble around in fear, and try to fix things at the very end. But it will be too late. I just don't see this laid back, "let them come to me" president changing his style.

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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jan 10th 2010, 08:20 PM
This woman protected Foley, she pushed the most stringent anti-abortion crap along the political highway, and for years, she has been the chief of staff of one J. Boehner (R-Shiteheel). This woman has been pushing Reagan and newt's ultra-conservatism for decades, and she just died in her late 40s. It is fair to say that without her crap, Boehner would be 1/4 of the little orange painted man that he is today.

I don't often piss on people's graves, now will I do that now.



But I am tempted.
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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Nov 28th 2009, 08:30 PM
Attitude? Check
Shoes? Check
long legs? Check
Smile? check
Toe polish? check
Toe polish that matches shoes? Check
Toe polish that matches shoes and nails? Check
Toe polish that matches shoes, outfit and nails? Check
Toe Polish that is un-chipped, and matches shoes, outfit and nails? Check
Attitude? Check (didn't we do that before? Yes, but 2x works just fine)
Minimal musical talent inflated to be real? Check
Language skills? Check
Geography knowledge? Check
long legs? Check (OK, they both have two, so it counts twice!)
Love of Reagan? Check
No international knowledge? Check
No domestic knowledge? Check
Promoted by ultraconservative, superrich assholes as puppets? Check
Nasty in private? Check
Presentable, so long no one asks a serious question? Check
Thinks Israel will be the center of rapture? Check
A Diva in her own mind? Check
Expensive outfits, paid for by others? Check
Stupid, but gets by with attitude (& $$$ from military/industrial complex? Check
Supported by the ultra-right as a figure head? Check
Intended to be GOP leadership material, backed by ultra conservatives? Check
Incapable of independent thought? Check
Incapable of finishing a job properly? Check
Highly overrated by her fans? Check
Shallow, insipid, and proof of Murphy's Law? Check
Reactionary to perceived slights, especially by media figures? Check
More concerned with staffs' blind loyalty, than their effectiveness? Check


Tis, a short list, I know, but when you compare Condi with a Madeline Albright, or even Colin Powell, and you compare Sarah with. . . . hell, with anyone who actually reads a newspaper . . . . the resemblance is remarkable.

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Posted by antifaschits in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Nov 14th 2009, 11:38 AM
Sarah, Sarah, Sarah.

Half of us watch you for the same reasons that we were glued to the screen wondering how Wile E. Coyote would mismanage his latest Acme purchase. Another 40% of Americans watch you because there is something unnerving, scary, yet riveting in the thought that you had the chance to be one heart beat away from the presidency. The remaining 10% are brain damaged, ultra-religious, super conservatives or seriously deluded "morans" (perhaps a combination of all those groups) who truly support you for president.

And now you venture to the lower 48, (states. Really, Sarah, we have that many on this continent. The nonAfrican continent) to peddle a book written by a crazy religious freak writer who believes in Creative Design, thinks teaching of Evolution is a sin, an who believes that the Rapture will be arriving any day now. What an explosive combination, a foolish, egotistical media whore, and a book writer who is a jezus freak.

Luckily, for most of the thinking, rational population that resides in the Lower 48, AP has taken on the distasteful task of fact checking your book. Your biggest complaint? That a hard-nosed, street wise, political expert warned that Gwen Ifell was going to "fuck" with you? and all you could think about was his use of "the f-bomb?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/13/s...

Here's my prediction. She has a whirlwind book tour scheduled. She is skipping all the hard cities, and sticking to smaller venues. Safe venues. Places that will not allow cell phones, recording devices or video. The real Sarah, the one we saw on Poor Insecure Katie Couric (who Palin felt sorry for?) will raise her dim-witted head. And she will quit in the middle of her book selling tour, complaining that the bookseller breached its contract.

As for quitting the tour? Ha. We will see vintage Sarah. It is always someone else's fault. Sarah will blame others for her failed tour. She will sue the bookseller for some weird breach of contract (How DARE they force me to skip all the real cities?) and claim that they screwed her great opportunity to tell her side of the story.
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