Friday, 23 January 2009
BARNEY (NOT SO) FRANK
I just came across this piece from a web site called www.yidwithlid.com.
I gather that the writer is either an observant Jew whose "lid" is a
yarmulke, or a secular guy looking for an open can.
In any event, his blog today is about Barney Frank - a man he and I have very
similar feelings about. It is so well researched that I thought I would
show it to you here:
Note: This was originally titled "Bank Bailout
Boosts Barney's Buddies" Until I was reminded that I do not work for the NY
Barney Frank is the "Teflon Congressman. He was a leading OPPONENT
of regulating of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac (see video below) and was able
to transfer the entire blame on President Bush. He never had to answer why he
fought so hard to squash regulation, was it the tons of campaign cash Frank got
from Freddie and Fannie OR the fact that Frank's former lover was the former
director of housing initiatives for Fannie Mae.
The July 3, 1998, Reliable Source
column in The Washington Post reported Frank, who is openly gay, had a
relationship with Herb Moses, an executive for the now-government controlled
Fannie Mae. The column revealed the two had split up at the time but also said
Frank was referring to Moses as his spouse. Another Washington Post report said Frank called Moses his lover and that the two were still
friends after the breakup.Of
course no one calls Barney on it even though, according to his words they
Frank has argued that family life
should be fair game for campaign
discussion, wrote the Associated Press
on Sept. 2. The comment was in reference to GOP vice presidential nominee
Sarah Palin and her pregnant daughter. Theyre the ones that made an issue of
her family, the Massachusetts Democrat said to the AP. Well Barney you made an Issue of it too, shouldn't we
be finding out if you got your direction from Moses (and I am not talking about
the Ten Commandments)
Frank aggressively fought reform efforts by the
Bush administration. He told The New York Times on Sept. 11, 2003, Fannie Mae and Freddie Macs problems were exaggerated,
ok so maybe he was a bit off, since the twin headed Fannie/Freddie has
sacked the American Public with costs estimated to be in the hundreds of
These two entities Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac are not facing any kind of financial crisis, Frank
Opined to the Times. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more
pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of
affordable housing. The 10/8/03 Washington Post
reported that Frank opposed giving the Bush administration the approval rights
over banking business activities that could pose risk to the taxpayers. He
worried the Treasury Department would sacrifice activities that are good for
consumers in the name of lowering the companies market risks.
away with ALL of that. No wonder why he acts as if nothing can touch him, or that anyone who disagrees with him is biased, stupid or just
Now the Powerful Chairman of the House Banking Committee is at it
again. As part of the release of the Banking Bailout Dollars, he directed funds
to a local Massachusetts bank CITED BY REGULATORS FOR THEIR EXCESSES (they
bought the CEO a Porsche). Even worse the Bank has been cited for UNSOUND
Frank, head of the powerful
House Financial Services Committee, acknowledged that last fall he inserted
into the governments $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program bill
specific language to help OneUnited, New Englands only black-owned bank. He
also said he contacted someone at the Treasury Department about OneUniteds
application for emergency TARP funds, though he insisted he never asked
Treasury to bend any rules on behalf of OneUnited.
Barney, taking care of friends is a noble gesture, BUT DO
IT WITH YOUR OWN MONEY!!
believe it would have been a very big mistake to put the only black bank out
of business, Frank said in an interview.
was financially reeling from the federal governments takeover of Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac, both of which had their shares wiped out by the government
action. OneUnited owned substantial shares in the two mortgage giants, Frank
..But OneUnited was also facing regulatory scrutiny last fall
from other government agencies, which later slapped a cease-and-desist order
on OneUnited due to unsafe and unsound banking practices.
Regulators also complained of excessive executive pay at OneUnited
- including a Porsche for use by CEO Kevin Cohee....
Keller, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Republican Party, said he wasnt
surprised by Franks action.
Rep. Franks motives on the committee have always been
politics first, people second, which is exactly how we got ourselves into this
mess in the first place, Keller said. I hope he at least gets to test-drive
the Porsche. Source:Barney Frank helped controversial black-owned
bank gain money
Being a leading player in the collapse of
our banking system has not hurt Frank, neither has his apparent conflict of
interests, I doubt very much whether this will hurt him either. And that
is a shame, because the man is a menace to the US
In my opinion, Barney Frank is a blowhard, an incompetent and a liar. I
think the people of Newton, MA make fools of themselves by re-electing this
circus clown every two years. If I haven't been clear enough in why I feel
this way until now, maybe the blog you just read will fill in the
OBAMA'S RECOMMENDATION FOR ISRAELI SUICIDE
If you think that title is an exaggeration, read the
following excerpt from
in the Financial Times:
President Barack Obama urged Israel on Thursday to
open its borders with Gaza.
The plea came in a speech that signalled the new
US administrations shift from Bush-era policy on the Middle East and the world
as a whole. In a high-profile address on his second day in office, just hours
after he signed an executive order to close the centre at Guantnamo Bay, Mr
Obama proclaimed that the US would actively and aggressively seek a lasting
peace between Israel and the Palestinians in the wake of this months Gaza
As part of a lasting ceasefire, Gazas border
crossings should be open to allow the flow of aid and commerce, with an
appropriate monitoring regime, with the international and Palestinian Authority
I have a feeling that there is suddenly a segment of
Israel supporters, Jew and non-Jew alike, who are starting to wonder if "The
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers" wasn't a movie, but a documentary.
Can this be the same Barack Obama
who said that he was unalterably suppportive of Israel? The guy who said that
if someone was attacking his wife and children he would do anything and everything
to stop them?
Well, yes it can be, and it is. The difference is that the election is
So what is Mr. Obama saying now?
-"The outline of a durable peace is
Yes, it always has been. Peaceful coexistence".
Saying this is like saying the outline of a healthier economy is clear. Spend only what has to
be spent, cut out all the pork and no corruption. The words are perfect. Just
let me know when saying it will make it happen. I'll wait......
-"hamas must end it's rocket fire:
You might as well tell a 1 month old not to soil his diaper. hamas is
committed, in writing, to obliterating Israel and killing every Jew
there. To this end, hamas fired literally thousands of rockets and
mortars into Israel before
Israel acted; until it couldn't rationalize looking the other way
anymore and finally went in last month. Again, just let me know when
saying it will make it happen. I'll wait.....
-"Israel will complete the withdrawal of its forces from
It did. What's your point?
-"Our partners will support
a credible anti-smuggling and interdiction regime, so that hamas cannot
(This one is my
Er, earth to obama: hamas IS the regime. Gaza ELECTED
hamas to majority rule, and then hamas' murderous thugs finished the job by violently
overthrowing what was left of the opposition. Do you really think they give a damn
whether or not you support them?
And since hamas is doing the smuggling, and isn't about to interdict itself, what do think
your mouthings mean to them besides nothing?
Based on the above, Barack Obama is supporting
(demanding?) that Israel open its borders, so the same people who want Israel obliterated and
every Jew dead have access to the country in which they want to do it.
Otherwise, Mr. Obama reasons, aid and commerce will be denied to Gazans.
In other words, Gaza's Egyptian border and its mediterranean ports
not valid sources for aid and commerce; they can only come through Israel. Thus the only way for Gaza to get
what it needs is to put Israel and its people in mortal jeopardy. Thanks Barack.
Great idea. Very logical.
According to the exit polls, about 78% of all Jews voted for Barack
Obama. Presumably, a great many of them support Israel.
I hope they're happy with what they got. Speaking as one of the other
22% , I can assure you I'm not.
And the fact that, I suspect, we 22% are getting some worried new
recruits from the 78% doesn't console me one little bit. Where were they on November
Ok, ok, I'm sorry for the squirrel and I'm certainly
sorry for the people who lost their trailers. But, dammit, this is
funny. And a definite candidate for the "you can't make this stuff up"
Officials: Flaming Squirrel
Students Moved From Elementary To
POSTED: Thursday, January 22,
UPDATED: 12:59 pm EST January 23,
JONES, Okla. -- A squirrel caught fire, sparking a blaze
Wednesday morning that resulted in the evacuation of an elementary school in
Jones, Okla., fire officials said.
Investigators said the squirrel touched two power lines at the same time
and fell to the ground near Britton and Hiawassee roads, Oklahoma station KOCO
That fire burned 5 acres in the Jones area,
forcing the evacuation of the elementary school. Those students were taken to
the Jones High School.
School officials said the students would be
kept at the high school for the rest of the day. Parents will be able to pick
them up at the normal time, although some parents have already come to the
school to pick up kids.
Several trailers burned in the fire. However,
no people were injured.
So that's how you hot-wire a squirrel.....
Ray Charles could have done the theme song for this story: "Hit the
On a more somber note, I truly am sorry about the trailer people who were burned out. And all because of a
Maybe they should contact ACORN.
DO YOU FEEL SAFER? AS SAFE?
Here, from the New York Times (and many other sources) is the beginning
a front page story in the New York Times, the day after President Obama,
with great fanfare, pomp and pride, signed executive orders which largely
dismantled President Bush's war against terror:
Freed by U.S., Saudi Becomes a Qaeda
BEIRUT, Lebanon The emergence of a former
detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaedas Yemeni
branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive
order President Obama
signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.
The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of
involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemens capital,
Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007
and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before
resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.
His status was announced in an Internet statement
by the militant group and was confirmed by an American counterterrorism
Theyre one and the same guy, said the official,
who insisted on anonymity because he was discussing an intelligence analysis.
He returned to Saudi Arabia in 2007, but his movements to Yemen remain
The development came as Republican legislators
criticized the plan to close the Guantnamo Bay, Cuba, detention camp in the
absence of any measures for dealing with current detainees. But it also helps
explain why the new administration wants to move cautiously, taking time to work
out a plan to cope with the complications.
In this connection, I will also post from an analysis in today's Washington
Post regarding what Mr. Obama has "accomplished" so far. Here is how
'war on terror' comes to a sudden end
signals that America's reach in battling enemies will not be
updated 5:13 a.m. ET, Fri., Jan.
WASHINGTON - President Obama
yesterday eliminated the most controversial tools employed by his predecessor
against terrorism suspects. With the stroke of his pen, he effectively declared
an end to the "war on terror," as President George W. Bush had defined it,
signaling to the world that the reach of the U.S. government in battling its
enemies will not be limitless.
While Obama says he has no
plans to diminish counterterrorism operations abroad, the notion that a
president can circumvent long-standing U.S. laws simply by declaring war was
halted by executive order in the Oval Office.
Key components of the secret
structure developed under Bush are being swept away: The military's Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, facility, where the rights of habeas corpus and due process had been
denied detainees, will close, and the CIA is now prohibited from maintaining its
own overseas prisons. And in a broad swipe at the Bush administration's lawyers,
Obama nullified every legal order and opinion on interrogations issued by any
lawyer in the executive branch after Sept. 11, 2001.
I have no doubt that Code Pink feels better. And moveon.org. And
al qaeda, the taliban and hamas.
But do you feel safer? As safe?
Think about it.
OBAMA & TRANSPARENCY
Today's lead editorial in the New York Times is titled "The President Orders
Transparency". It hails President Obama for bringing this attribute to the
white house where, in the Times' view, it has not existed for 8 years.
This is from www.politico.com. It
talks about the transparency of the Obama administration too. See what you
Welcome to reality, Mr.
Obama. It's been a long time coming.
President Obama made a surprise visit to the
White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced
with a substantive question.
Asked how he could reconcile a strict
ban on lobbyists in his administration with a Deputy Defense Secretary
nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, Obama interrupted with a knowing smile
on his face.
"Ahh, see," he said, "I came down here to visit. See
this is what happens. I can't end up visiting with you guys and shaking
hands if I'm going to get grilled every time I come down here."
Pressed further by the Politico reporter about his Pentagon
nominee, William J. Lynn III, Obama turned more serious, putting his hand
on the reporter's shoulder and staring him in the eye.
come on" he said, with obvious irritation in his voice. "We will be having
a press conference at which time you can feel free to [ask] questions.
Right now, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself to you guys -
that's all I was trying to
You're the President now. If you walk into a room full of reporters, they
are not going to bow down and jockey for position to kiss your ring. They
are going to ask questions. And not all of them will be puff questions
that celebrate how wonderful you are. Some of them will be real
If this agitates you, if this irritates you, you're going to be one
agitated, irritated man for the next four years.
What are you going to do about it? Stick your middle finger out at
them, the way you did at
Hillary Clinton during the primary
campaign? The way you did at
John McCain during the election campaign? Your loving media didn't call you on either of those
disgraceful, childish displays at at the time, because they were too invested in getting you
Well, now you are
elected. They don't have to look the other way any more. Sure, a lot
of them will still
treat you like
the god they created. But a lot of them won't. And they'll be asking questions
Folks, this is what you get from a rock star who knows little other than
being surrounded by adoring starstruck sycophants.
Last November we bought a pig in a poke.
Yesterday we got a quick look inside the poke. It will be more than a
little interesting to see what else is in there.
Here is a fascinating attack by Brian Maloney of www.radioequalizer.blogspot.com
on Rachel Maddow, who hosts the latest MSNBC hard-leftathon:
Rachel Maddow Bashes Network She
Once Tried To Join
FOX-ED INTO A
Maddow's Sheltered Life Comes Back To Haunt
With a rapid rise
accompanied by a generous helping of mainstream media fawning, it was only a
matter of time before broadcast rookie Rachel Maddow began to trip over her own
words. Isn't that how this kind of story always plays out?
Thanks to an unfortunate series
of blunders and career mishaps, that's precisely what has occurred in a big way,
all in the course of just a day or two.
At a dinner Thursday evening, for
example, Maddow reportedly told hacks and flaks at a Television Critics
Association gathering she's "never seen a show on Fox at any time,
Isn't that a funny thing:
just six months ago, before her debut as full-time MSNBC host, Maddow was pitching her services to the FOX News
Channel, the very network she's now busy
attacking in public. Looks like Rachel has just Fox-ed herself into a
Earlier that same day,
Air America Radio announced they were moving her talk show to mornings and
cutting it to just one hour, raising speculation that it may be taped, given her evening
MSNBC work and peculiar fear of taking live callers. Under previous AAR management, Maddow has already failed
in morning drive.
When hosts are reduced to a single hour, by the way,
it's usually a final stop on the way out of a station or
overzealous producer also got Rachel into hot water, thanks to an
embarrassing display at the site of last week's USAir crash into the Hudson
River. Just as shaken, freezing passengers were being pulled from the frigid
waters, they were solicited for appearances on Maddow's MSNBC
(Huffington Post) A man who was onboard the
US Air flight that went down in New Yorks' Hudson River Thursday spoke to
media shortly after being rescued, memorably telling interviewers he was
"scared as s--t" as the plane was going down.
After his interview, as
he was attempting to leave the scene, he was asked two very different
questions (by two different people):
1. "Jeff, do you need to
go to the hospital? Are you alright?"
2. "Jeff, are you interested in appearing on The
Rachel Maddow Show tonight?"
meeting with television critics, Maddow followed up her Fox-free admission with some knee-slapping
observations (see, she IS a comedian, just
as the mainstream media claims, the humor is merely
"The idea that there's any equivalency
between us and Fox News..." she said. "Fox is a political experiment. Imagine
them having somebody as liberal as Joe Scarborough is conservative doing their
whole morning? It doesn't make sense."
MSNBC is fair and balanced thanks to Joe Scarborough's mushy moderate
(and sometimes quite left-leaning) views? That's side-splitting.
network boss followed up with some choice gems of his own, claiming MSNBC is "less political" than Fox. These guys are a laff riot!
Given what we know about Maddow's background,
should any of this come as a real surprise? Between the extremism of the (off
the deep end) East Bay, Western Massachusetts, Oxford and Manhattan, she's spent
her entire life hiding from conservatives and their viewpoints (occasional
on-air jousts with populist Pat Buchanan really don't count).
suspects that if she could get away with it, she'd retreat to the Berkshires for
good and make jam, or play with cats. So what is this really all
Top that off with an aversion to televised viewpoints from the
competition and a picture emerges of a talking head without a clear idea of what
the other side truly believes. Because she beats the fossilized Larry King in
the 25-54 demo, however, the New York
Times would have you believe she's the next candidate for
By contrast, conservative talk radio's top stars have spent
their entire lives studying (and most certainly living amongst) the left. The
massive audiences they've generated recognize this quality; it has been key to
Forget the doctorate (which in political science is a
bloody waste of time), with this Achilles heel, why should Rachel Maddow be
For the record, Ms. Maddow, who started like a house afire (for context, it
should be noted that katie carwreck did too at CBS news), now runs behind both
Fox and CNN on both her 9:00PM broadcast and her 11:00PM repeat.
With her (still considerable) numbers down from where they started, and
her Air America radio show losing what's left of its (tiny to begin with)
audience, maybe there's a little less reason for her trademark smirk, and a
little more reason to start operating in a professional manner.
Part of that might be to open her mind, and her mike, to points of view other
than her own.
Then again, at MSNBC that's probably grounds for dismissal.
DAVID PATERSON PICKS KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND
New York's Governor-by-chance, David Paterson, has made his decision.
Mr. Paterson has selected Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary Clinton as
the senator from New York.
Who is Kirsten Gillibrand? Fred Dicker of the New York Post can tell you better than I can,
so here is his article:
DAVE PICKS GILLIBRAND AS LIBERAL DEMS HOWL
FREDRIC U. DICKER State Editor
- Gov. Paterson, defying the liberal wing of his Democratic Party, has chosen
little-known, NRA-backed, upstate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed
Hillary Rodham Clinton as New York's junior senator, it was learned last night.
The surprising - and, for
many Democrats shocking - decision to pick the conservative Gillibrand, 42, from
Hudson in Columbia County, was disclosed by the governor in calls to party
officials and some members of the state's congressional delegation, many of whom
said they were unhappy with the selection, sources said.
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GERSHMAN: Oh, The Shame: Blago Did
Gillibrand, a mother of two occasionally resented by colleagues for being
an aggressive self-promoter, was strongly backed for the post by Charles Schumer, the
state's senior senator, who said a woman and an upstater was needed on next
Paterson's decision - to be officially announced today at noon at the
state Capitol - was made just 24 hours after Caroline Kennedy took
herself out of the running.
decision was a major rebuff to some of the state's best-known Democrats
interested in Clinton's seat, including Attorney General and former federal
Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, for whom Gillibrand
once worked as a junior lawyer; Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, and Reps.
Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan and Steve Israel of Suffolk County.
Sources said "at least
five" members of the state's Democratic congressional delegation called Paterson
to protest the possibility of Gillibrand's selection. One, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy
of Nassau County, even threatened a primary challenge. Gillibrand faces a
special election in 2010.
predicted that Cuomo, son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would also "seriously
consider" challenging Paterson in a primary next year.
Calls were made from
Paterson's office to leading Democrats and Republicans throughout the afternoon,
inviting them to a special meeting room attached to the Capitol for "a major
The inclusion of several
prominent Republicans among the invitees was an early sign to insiders that
Paterson planned to pick an upstate Democrat.
Gillibrand has won two
successive elections in one of the heaviest GOP districts in the state, first
upsetting incumbent Rep. John Sweeney and, in November, defeating former state
GOP chairman and multimillionaire Alexander Treadwell, in one of the most
expensive races in the nation.
Liberal Democrats have
been wary of her because she ran for re-election with the backing of the
National Rifle Association, opposed the federal TARP program to rescue banks,
and has been less than enthusiastic about gay marriage.
My take on this pick? It's what you would expect from a political
dimwit who no one ever vetted because no one ever expected him to be in the
Let's enumerate the reasons:
-Outside of Columbia County and environs, Ms.Gillibrand is a political unknown.
She therefore brings no political benefit to Mr. Paterson;
-Gillibrand is a centrist; in fact, by New York terms, she is to
the right of center on many issues. Incredible.
The liberal/left just cleaned everyone's clock
in November. Politically, New York is about as blue as the Carribean sky
in July. And given these conditions, Paterson picks someone
whose positions are guaranteed to enrage the liberal left?
Why would he do this? I can think of only two good
explanations: 1) out of principle because he believes what she believes
(100% untrue) and 2) out of amazing political ignorance and tone-deafness
-Ms. Gillibrand, holds a congressional seat from a traditionally
Republican district. Now that district will have a special election to
replace her. Thus there is a very serious likelihood that the district
will revert back to the Republican Party.
-Picking Gillison over Andrew Cuomo and Carolyn Maloney
immediately makes political enemies of them both.
These are two of the heaviest hitters in New York Democratic Politics. About the last thing
David Paterson needs is to be on either one's
excrement list. But now he's on both.
Of course, it can be argued that if he picked either of these two he'd be
on the other's list. But by picking a third party - one with
political views that are toxic to both Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Maloney to boot
- he hits for the excremental daily double.
Bottom line: By picking Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor Paterson
has screwed the liberal/left base of his party (which is the lion's share of
that party), made two of the worst political enemies he could make, and probably
has given Republicans a house seat they'd never have gotten otherwise.
You can almost see the line of party operatives at Eliot Spitzer's
condo door, begging him to reconsider that resignation. Heck, they might
even offer to pay for his hookers out of their own pockets.
UPDATE: FYI, Scott Whitlock of www.newsbusters.org claims that
Gillibrand is a good deal more liberal than Fred Dicker thinks. You can read his
piece by clicking