It wasn’t easy to find someone for top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee as bad as the corrupt pervert Barney Frank, whose apartment was once the HQ of a homosexual prostitution service — but the Dems managed. Maxine Waters is next in line for the position.
Frank did more than anyone else to shield Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from scrutiny in the years running up to the total financial meltdown they caused.
“I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision],” Mr. Frank said on September 25, 2003, in one of his many legendary rhetorical hits. “I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.” The dice came up snake-eyes for the housing market and U.S. economy.
After Frank’s policy of putting people in houses they could not afford in the name of “social justice” inevitably brought about economic disaster, he was made Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. The predictable result was another catastrophe: the Dodd-Frank bill, which sets the Too Big to Fail bailout philosophy in stone, while allowing the government to worm its tendrils ever deeper into the financial sector, facilitating crony capitalism and ensuring corruption and eventual collapse.
How could even Maxine Waters be as bad? First, she is a socialist thug, by her own admission. Here she is revealing her goal of nationalizing the energy sector:
Second, she is openly hostile to the principles this country was founded on. Here she is telling the Tea Party to “go straight to hell”:
Third, and most specific to banking, she is a criminal, who avoids prison only by flashing her Congressional Black Caucus stay out of jail free card. Her crime: bank fraud. She secured a fortune in bailout funds for the negative-equity “zombie bank” OneUnited, in which her husband owned substantial stock.
To get an idea of what financial policy would be like with Maxine Waters at the helm, here she is threatening bankers (“gangsters” as she calls them) that she would “tax them out of business” if they aren’t sufficiently compliant when it comes to providing people with mortgages they can’t afford — the very problem that caused the 2008 collapse:
If Demorrhoids take back control of the House, this horrible creature will be in a position to finish nationalizing the financial sector. Imagine the Soviet Union, except run by mentally retarded criminals with a grudge against their own country; that’s the future liberals have planned for us.
At this point, a vote for Democrats isn’t just foolish. It is both suicidal and treasonous. Voting for this scum is a wretched, evil thing to do. But led by the nose by the leftist media, millions will do it.
On a tip from Varla.
A cornerstone of our civilization is equality before the law. When that crumbles, the rest will follow. This is why Affirmative Action and “hate crimes” legislation are not only unjust but alarming. It’s also why Richmond’s moonbat mayor Dwight Jones is sticking it to the pro-liberty Tea Party, even as he cuddles up to pro-communist Occupy Wall Street.
Demonstrating Tea Partiers paid their own way in Richmond, but when OWS came along, it characteristically ignored the law and stuck taxpayers with expenses. Since it evidently hadn’t been necessary to pay for permits and so forth after all, the local Tea Party sent the city a bill. Tea Partier Colleen Owens reports at Big Government:
[A]s reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.
The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. … The blog Virginia Right reported that the city provided services such as portable toilets, trash pickup, etc. The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000. This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included. Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house. The Richmond Tea Party, conversely, paid for all services for our rallies, including the police, portable toilets, park fees and permits, amounting to approximately $8,500.
Despite meeting with the Occucommie hooligans, Jones refused to see the law-abiding Tea Partiers. Then he hit them with a letter announcing an audit.
[I]t states that our Tea Party is delinquent in filing of Admissions, Lodging, and Meals Taxes with the city and as such our group has been targeted for a comprehensive audit. Well, aren’t we special? In fact, as part of the Business License we have with the City, a form is filled out by our treasurer every month (as required). We have never charged admission or had lodging or meals associated with our rallies. Every month the forms are appropriately filled with zeros. Ms. Carr goes on to say that if we don’t respond within 15 days, the City will make a statutory assessment — meaning they’ll pick an amount to charge us.
So the City and Mayor apparently feel that the Richmond Tea Party has not paid its fair share for use of Kanawha Plaza. We challenged the Mayor’s unequal treatment between groups and he responded with even more unequal treatment.
The idea of course is to intimidate the Tea Party into shutting up and going away. But that’s not going to happen.
This story has also fired up other Tea Party groups across the country that have had the laws and fees applied unequally in regards to Tea Party rallies and Occupy protest camps. The message coming from mayors in numerous cities is that they are willing to spend millions in taxpayer money to accommodate the Occupiers that are breaking the law but have no problem charging Tea Party groups that follow the law exorbitant fees and making them jump through hoops to acquire permits (via Yahoo News).
The Richmond Tea Party stands for constitutional adherence, and clearly this has been unequal treatment under the law. We stand for fiscal restraint, and this is a case where a mayor used taxpayer money for his personal agenda. We stand for virtue and accountability in government and that is why we have taken a stand. We will be submitting a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for all city correspondence pertaining to our Tea Party and its decision to audit us. We will not be intimidated and we will not back down.
On tips from Shawn, IslandLifer, Bob Roberts, and G. Fox.
Let’s see, other than slashing its budget during multiple wars, securing defeat in Afghanistan, and turning the military into a social engineering laboratory for the benefit of politically privileged perverts, what else could the Obama Regime do to destroy the morale of the Armed Forces? How about pull the rug out from under officers just before retirement?
The Chapman University of Military Law and its associated AMVETS Legal Clinic are blowing the whistle on what they say is an injustice set to be perpetrated on 157 Air Force majors on the last day of November.
“The Obama administration has ordered massive reductions in forces, resulting in many officers who are near retirement being involuntarily separated without retirement or medical benefits,” explained institute director Maj. Kyndra Rotunda.
The Department of Defense specifies that service members within six years of retirement normally would be retained and allowed to retire on time with benefits, unless extenuating circumstances exist such as disciplinary issues.
According to lawyers at Chapman and the AMVETS Legal Clinic, the Air Force has deviated from the six-year protection “without any legal authority.”
“At the heart of the matter, is whether the Secretary of the Air Force [Michael Donley] can ignore protections that exist in governing regulations,” Rotunda told The Daily Caller. “The Air Force position is that yes, he may. Our position is that nobody is above the law.”
Nobody except the minions of Comrade Obama, who established his contempt for rule of law when he shafted secured creditors on behalf of his union cronies during the Chrysler nationalization.
As Thomas Lifson notes,
One of the best ways to destroy American military capabilities would be to convince career military personnel — both officers and enlisted — that their commitment to service will not be rewarded with the retirement benefits they have earned by their faithful obedience to orders, no matter the personal cost or risks they endure. … The bond of trust between service members and the nation they serve, once broken, is difficult to rebuild. A nation unable to convince its young men and women to devote their careers to military service is left vulnerable to foreign military threat.
But even after Obama has reduced military service to a second-rate career, losers will take the job. At least they may soon have the benefit of legal if not constitutional authority to incarcerate American citizens in their own country without trial.
We’re used to our military consisting of Class A Americans who fight our enemies overseas to defend our liberty. If Obama succeeds with his promised fundamental transformation, it will consist of Class D Americans who fight us at home to squash the last remnants of liberty.
On tips from TED and Stormfax.
News from the Great Britain — the canary in the coalmine of liberal do-gooder authoritarianism — can be frightening. Officials are actually confiscating children found not to meet bureaucrat-mandated body mass index requirements. At least such outrages would be unthinkable in the Land of the Free. Oh wait:
An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight.
A 200-lb. third grader obviously has a serious medical issue. Who knows? Maybe the mother is somehow guilty of medical neglect. But where is the line below which endlessly prying bureaucrats won’t intervene? Is a 100-lb. third grader safe from confiscation? Is a 90-pounder? Is anyone?
We have reached the point where we can no longer control the extent of the government. This problem dwarfs every other one we face — especially phony problems created by the government to justify its own obesity.
On a tip from Muddypaw.
Language alert — Boston OWS moonbats express the profound ideology that has earned them such sympathy from the liberal establishment:
The hard tyranny they fantasize about living under would have one advantage over our current soft tyranny — lawless punks would not be allowed to disturb the peace without getting their empty heads cracked.
On a tip from Jim.
It might reduce funding from his Big Union cronies, but the Occupy Wall Street could acquire some credibility if it focused more of its outrage on the personification of the corrupt and privileged elite, Barack Hussein Obama:
The cocaine must have burned a hole through his nasal septum. He can’t keep his hand away from his nose.
Compliments of Granny Jan.
There could be no lower life form than Barney Frank, a disgusting left-wing degenerate who played a major roll in causing the 2008 collapse through his corrupt involvement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Best of all, countermoonbat baseball great Curt Schilling may run for his seat.
On tips from Varla, Ianto, The MaryHunter, Shawn, DaddyOD, and Joe.
If America could survive Jimmy Carter, maybe it can survive Barack Hussein Obama, because the two aren’t always easy to tell apart:
“Over the last decade, we became a country that relied too much on what we bought and consumed.”
- President Obama, Nov. 19, 2011
“Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns.”
- President Carter, July 15, 1979
No wonder the Obama campaign has already given up on the white working class:
For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.
All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.
We’ve been down this miserable road before. Other than unreachably foolish moonbat intellectuals and envious minority groups eager to tear down Whitey, who would want to go down it again?
Tips and graphic compliments of Zappatrust.
Hopefully you found some good deals last Friday, because you may not always get the chance. Black Friday has been added to the long list of American traditions our liberal ruling class haughtily disdains. A condescending academic at the New York Times has a plan to do away with the early bird shopping that reeks of bourgeois capitalism.
Many societies employ “blue laws” — laws that mandate closing times, usually on Sundays. But there is a simpler, more flexible, way to approach this problem. Inspired by the 9-9-9 proposal of the Republican presidential contender Herman Cain, I call it the 6-6-6 plan — an across-the-board 6 percent national sales tax (on top of any existing state and local sales taxes) in effect from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
This plan would leave both stores and consumers free to decide for themselves whether middle-of-the-night shopping is worth it. Even if some retailers decided to stick with the early openings and even if some shoppers showed up, the country would reap a significant benefit. As every mature adult realizes, we have to tax something, and the revenue from my 6-6-6 plan would make it possible to reduce taxes on other activities that are actually useful.
Can’t you just picture the average NY Slimes reader fondling his chin as he muses that indeed “every mature adult realizes” pointy-headed liberal authoritarians ought to use taxation to dictate the picayune details of when private businesses open their doors to the public? The number 666 is sure to add appeal to this plan among Democrats. As for what activities “are actually useful” in contrast to selling merchandise, presumably these would include sitting around the faculty lounge in a tweed jacket with patches on the elbows, pontificating on how the government should force everyone to go about their own business.
On a tip from Ghost of FA Hayak.
Obama campaigned on the half-articulated platform of bringing America down a few notches as punishment for its alleged arrogance. Credit where it’s due — the Moonbat Messiah has delivered. Here’s an example:
China is set to embrace Canada’s offer of more crude, heating up competition with the United States as the world’s top two oil consumers jostle to secure supplies and meet ravenous demand.
Shipments from a politically stable country such as Canada will be a welcome diversification of supply sources as top consumers make plans to deal with a supply shock if tensions in the Middle East escalate and choke off Iranian exports, barely a year after markets coped with a disruption from Libya.
Canada’s plan to ship crude to Asia got a boost after Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his nation would step up efforts to supply the region after the United States delayed a decision on a pipeline supply link.
The planned pipeline to move the massive output of Canada’s oil sands to our own refineries cannot go through because the Obama Regime won’t let it. After all, we can’t be allowed to drive SUVs or set our thermostats at a comfortable level. As Obama promised before the country went insane and elected him anyway,
“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”
A country ruled by its enemies isn’t going to last long.
On a tip from G. Fox.
Tinseltown’s hard left tendencies have been obvious at least since the days of the House Un-American Activities Committee, but so long as there are even pockets of patriotism, the progressive condescendi won’t be satisfied. The contempt expressed by Frank Miller (300, Sin City) for the vermin comprising Occupy Wall Street has caused heads to explode. At the Guardian, a kook named Rick Moody got so excited as to denounce action films in general in an unintentionally hilarious example of why normal people laugh at liberal intellectuals.
Try to keep a straight face through this analysis of Gladiator:
Or what about the expensive and aesthetically pretentious Gladiator (2000), which I still contend is an allegory about George W Bush’s candidacy for president, despite the fact that director and principal actor were not US citizens. Is it possible to think of a film such as Gladiator outside of its political subtext? Are Ridley Scott’s falling petals, which he seems to like so much that he puts them in his films over and over again, anything more than a way to gussy up the triumph of oligarchy, corporate capital and globalisation?
Amazingly, this seems to be on the level.
Moody’s grousing about action films mixes the truth with absurd straw men:
Might is right, the global economy will be restored, America is exceptional, homely people deserve political disenfranchisement, and so on. … American movies, in the main, often agree with Frank Miller, that endless war against a ruthless enemy is good, and military service is good, that killing makes you a man, that capitalism must prevail, that if you would just get a job (preferably a corporate job, for all honest work is corporate) you would quit complaining.
Damn straight America is exceptional, military service is good, capitalism must prevail, et cetera, but who said anything about homely people?
Hollywood hasn’t produced much in the past few decades worth sitting through. A notable exception is 300. If you haven’t bought it on DVD yet, maybe Grouchy will persuade you:
The film 300, directed by Zack Snyder, based on a Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name, is just what you would expect from the heavily freighted right-wing filmic propaganda of the post-9/11 period: the Greeks, from which our own putative democracies are descended, must fight to the death against a vast but incompetent army of Persians (those hordes of the Middle East), who are considered here unworthy of characterisation — in fact, every character in the film is unworthy of characterisation — and the noble Spartans (the Greeks in question) achieve heroism despite their glorious deaths on the field at Thermopylae, by virtue of the moral superiority of their belief system and their unmatched courage. Ruthless enemy! From the Middle East! Heroic, rugged individualists! A big, sentimental score! Lots and lots of blue-screen! Endless amounts of body parts spewing theatrical blood!
Actually, the movie is even better than he makes it sound. Too bad watching it is a moral crime:
But in the films of this era, the Marvel and DC era of Hollywood, even when the work is not self-evidently shilling for large corporations (with product placement) or militating for a libertarian and oligarchical political status quo (which makes a fine environment for large, multinational corporations), the work is doing nothing at all to oppose these things. Paying your $12.50, these days, is not unlike doing a few lines of cocaine and pretending you don’t know about the headless bodies in Juarez.
That is, watching a movie that doesn’t go out of its way to oppose liberty is the equivalent of financing drug cartels.
The piece finally concludes that Tinseltown’s 99% liberal output is “cryptofascist” (when moonbats say “fascist,” they mean conservative or libertarian). If only.
On a tip from Smorfia48.
Be careful around rats. Not only do they carry diseases, but some of them have sharp teeth:
A number of weapons were discovered in New York’s Zuccotti Park after Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted by the Police Department… Gardeners employed by the park owners, Brookfield Properties, to clean up the mess made by occupiers during their two-month stay discovered various knives, including a large kitchen knife and other potential instruments of violence in flower beds throughout the public space, according to officials.
That’s not all…
A court motion related to the clearing of the park filed by Deputy Mayor Cas Halloway last week noted that, “Makeshift items that can be used as weapons, such as cardboard tubes with metal pipes inside, had been observed among the occupiers’ possessions.”
“It was our understanding that the protester[s] may have had a significant number of items that could be potentially used as weapons,” read the statement.
The motion also noted that “knives, mace and hypodermic needles were observed discarded onto the roadway,” after an Oct.1 Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The safest course is to never let rat infestations get out of control. Otherwise good people will inevitably get hurt — in addition to the rats.
On a tip from Johnny Rotton. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.
The entire private sector has been forced to adopt this de facto policy to some extent, but U.S. Cranes, LLC has made it official:
A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy with signs he posted on his company’s trucks, for all to see as the trucks roll up and down roads, highways and interstates:
“New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.”
“Can’t afford it,” explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. “I’ve got people that I want to hire now, but I just can’t afford it. And I don’t foresee that I’ll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.”
With Obama sucking all the air out of the economy with “stimulus” feeding frenzies, slapping crushing requirements on anyone who hires, inflating the already grotesquely bloated regulatory bureaucracy, and creating an atmosphere of terror where no one knows what tax hike, nationalization, or outrageously intrusive federal power grab is coming down the pike next, any business that dares hire before the Community Organizer in Chief has been shown the door is going out on a limb. That is why the official unemployment rate is still above 9%, with the actual rate much higher.
This is ominous:
Looman … said someone, and he thinks he knows who it was, reported him to the FBI as a threat to national security. He said the accusation filtered its way through the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and finally the Secret Service. Agents interviewed him.
Fortunately the agents recognized their mission as a farce. But the higher-ups who sent them on it evidently didn’t.
One more radical leftist on the Supreme Court and there would be nothing to prevent a law criminalizing Looman’s attitude as “profiteering” or “economic sabotage.” America as we’ve always known and loved it may or may not survive even one term of Barack Hussein Obama, let alone two.
On tips from Bob Roberts and G. Fox.