Gwen Ifill, moderator of the V.P. debate on Thursday evening, has a book scheduled to come out on January 20th titled: Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age Of Obama.
But, she’s impartial, not to worry.
Gwen Ifill, moderator of the V.P. debate on Thursday evening, has a book scheduled to come out on January 20th titled: Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age Of Obama.
But, she’s impartial, not to worry.
A squirrel has to s**t an ACORN out of its a**:
STANLEY KURTZ: Well, ACORN really is at the root of the problem here. ACORN is a group of community organizers, and they specialize in putting pressure, really kind of intimidation tactics, on banks, to get these banks to make high risk loans to low credit customers, and of course that’s very much the source of this whole problem. And they do things like breaking into the private offices of bank officials. They even show up at the homes of bank officials, to scare them and their families. They send demonstrators into lobbies of banks, all to get banks to make these high risk loans to people with low credit.
GRETCHEN CARLSON: What is Barack Obama’s affiliation with ACORN?
KURTZ: Barack Obama had very close ties to ACORN and in particular to the head of Chicago ACORN. Her name was Madeleine Talbot. Madeleine Talbot was an absolute pioneer of these intimidation tactics against banks, and Barack Obama was selected by Madeleine Talbot when he was just sort of a wet behind the ears organizer, she recognized his abilities, and she asked him to train her personal staff. When he came back to Chicago from law school and Madeleine Talbot was really beginning her campaign against these banks, Barack Obama trained the leadership of organizers in ACORN in Chicago.
[T]he community reinvestment act enabled ACORN to levy complaints against banks when they wanted to merge or expand if they hadn’t made sufficient loans in minority communities, and so using this law, ACORN was able to pressure banks into making high risk loans.
Am I the only one who sees a cheesy horror picture? Night of the Living Community Organizers.
I’m sorry for the coarse language above, but I expect many of you have been saying far worse the past few days. Beside, politics ain’t beanbag.
Viewers had no idea.
But that wasn’t a set-up, right? That’s part of The Integrity Of The Profession Of Journalism.
On Friday’s “Hardball,” Chris Matthews interviewed a number of student members of the group Concerned Youth of America.
One of those students — Caroline — is his daughter, a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Did Matthews disclose that fact as he interviewed her?
Not so much.
One tipster tells FishbowlDC that “Matthews, at the asking of his daughter, instructed the producers not to name her.”
Here is what Matthews asked his daughter, and how she answered (bolds are mine):
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(at the 0:35 mark)
Chris Matthews: And what happens after the bailout. (The national debt is) $11 trillion, right?
Caroline Matthews: If you keep on spending like this, our generation, in like 20 to 30 years, the debt will get to like 53 trillion dollars.
(at the 1:00 mark)
Chris Matthews: How come politicians don’t talk about this?
Caroline Mathews (away from camera, causing Chris Matthews and cameraman to hastily move to her): Because people aren’t – because it’s not an attractive issue. People want to say – Politicians worry about being voted for, and you know, the people want taxes to be cut, and they want entitlement programs. And that’s how a politician gets elected. They’re not going to get elected by saying we’re going to have to make sacrifices, which is what we’re going to have to do.
We all know that journalists are fair and balanced and only want to get the voice of the ordinary person out there, right? Because they would never try to influence the debate, right?
Give me a used car salesman any day. They smell better.
Not that it was (yeah, I know, they were) ever that glorious.
But now even my chocolate brown English Labrador won’t go near the newspapers. I think she finds them unclean.
Financial crisis? What financial crisis? How about that nude Sarah Palin painting by a PDS-infected artist who used his naked daughter as the model?
I don’t think I’m going to copy and paste the coloring book picture here because the point isn’t that some lamebrained Rembrandt thought he was being funny.
The point is that a major national newspaper (ha-ha-ha!) felt it newsworthy to report this nonsense, to waste newsprint on it, to actually print the picture (however “tastefully” obscured).
Where’s my Obama-as-Sambo picture? Do I have to paint it myself—I can’t even draw stick figures. Or would that be offensive? If so, why would it be more offensive than this?
Explanations on a postcard, please.
The more I thought about it, the more clear it seemed to me: Nancy Pelosi is an imbecile (what was my first clue?):
Pelosi screwed up royally. She is the Democratic Tom DeLay. Newt Gingrich was an ideologue, but Tom DeLay was simply a partisan, most keenly interested in maximizing his party’s political power. Pelosi cut a deal in which, as far as I can tell, every single Republican in a safe seat had to vote yes so that the Democrats could maximize their no votes. Given that the Republican caucus is pretty much in open revolt, this was beyond moronic. She then spent a week openly and repeatedly blaming the Republicans and the Bush administration for the current crisis. The way she set things up, it was “Heads I win, tails you lose”: vote for the deal and I’ll paint you as heartless reactionaries bailing out your fat cat friends. If you’re going to do that, you’d better make sure you have some goddamn margin for error in your own party. She didn’t. Then she got up and delivered yet another speech blaming the Republicans for the bailout deal she was about to pass.
Being in power means that you get to give your party special favors on many occasions–but it also means that you, yes you, have the ultimate responsibility for getting things done. She didn’t particularly try to bring her party in line, and so of course as soon as a few Republicans defected, hers stampeded. The ultimate blame for this failure has to be laid at her feet.
Didn’t 95 Democrats vote against the bill?
How could she have let it come to a vote when it wasn’t even close? Forget what we say about her, her own party should demand she be removed from power and shunned from decent society.
How do you let Barney-freakin’-Frank speak for your side in public? We have to listen to him here in Massachusetts, but is this the face of your party you want to present to the national public—during an election year?
Just ask Karl Rove.
The financial markets were teetering on the edge of an abyss last week. The secretary of the Treasury was literally on his knees begging the speaker of the House not to sabotage the bailout bill. The crash of falling banks made the earth tremble. The Republican presidential candidate suspended his campaign to deal with the crisis. And amid all this, the Democrats in Congress managed to find time to slip language into the bailout legislation that would provide a dandy little slush fund for ACORN.
ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a busy hive of left-wing agitation and “direct action” that claims chapters in 50 cities and 100,000 dues-paying members. ACORN is where Sixties leftovers who couldn’t get tenure at universities wound up. That the bill-writing Democrats remembered their pet clients during such an emergency speaks volumes. This attempted gift to ACORN (stripped out of the bill after outraged howls from Republicans) demonstrates how little Democrats understand about what caused the mess we’re in.
ACORN does many things under the umbrella of “community organizing.” They agitate for higher minimum wages, attempt to thwart school reform, try to unionize welfare workers (that is, those welfare recipients who are obliged to work in exchange for benefits) and organize voter registration efforts (always for Democrats, of course). Because they are on the side of righteousness and justice, they aren’t especially fastidious about their methods. In 2006, for example, ACORN registered 1,800 new voters in Washington. The only trouble was, with the exception of six, all of the names submitted were fake. The secretary of state called it the “worst case of election fraud in our state’s history.”
“The ACORN workers told state investigators that they went to the Seattle public library, sat at a table and filled out the voter registration forms. They made up names, addresses, and Social Security numbers and in some cases plucked names from the phone book. One worker said it was a lot of hard work making up all those names and another said he would sit at home, smoke marijuana and fill out the forms.” [Aggie here: Isn't that funny? Doesn't it just bring back your youth?]
ACORN explained that this was an “isolated” incident, yet similar stories have been reported in Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado — all swing states, by the way. ACORN members have been prosecuted for voter fraud in a number of states. (See www.rottenacorn.com.) Their philosophy seems to be that everyone deserves the right to vote, whether legal or illegal, living or dead.
And guess who got his start in politics in ACORN? Nooooo, not George Bush. Not Abraham Lincoln. Not even Ted Kennedy. Think, think, who can it be? Why, not Barack Obama!! Yes! Barack Obama went to Chicago to work for ACORN. Let’s be clear about what he did. He trained community organizers to go into banks and demand that they give loans to people who couldn’t afford those loans. Street protests, in the lobbies, whatever. They intimidated and they go their way. We have them to thank, in part, for this mess. And who did things work out for the South Side of Chicago? Is it any better? Nah.
Ok, go to the link to get the rest.
This would be one of the other kind:
An African-American congressman from Florida is apologizing for his comment that black and Jewish voters should not support Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”
“I regret the comments I made last Tuesday that were not smart and certainly not relevant to hunters or sportsmen,” Rep. Alcee Hastings said in a statement issued Monday.
What’d it take, a week? We reported it six days ago.
We’re not impressed.
Last Friday, the NJDC announced the launch of a new campaign of pro-Obama ads that will appear in Jewish newspapers across the country. The first ad in the campaign is timed to coincide with the Rosh Hashanah issues of the publications, and focuses on Obama’s support for Israel. “Barack Obama is committed to a safe and secure Israel” and “believes that Israel must be preserved as a Jewish state,” the ad reads.
The Republican Jewish Coalition has already launched its own series of election-related ads in Jewish newspapers throughout the country. The latest ad refers to some Obama’s advisers as “pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel, and even hostile to America” and states that “You can know a man by the company he keeps.”
Our Jewish readers can and will think for themselves. But that last line is sound advice.
(This letter was sent to Congress on Wed Sept 24 2008 regarding the Treasury plan as outlined on that date. It does not reflect all signatories views on subesquent plans or modifications of the bill)
To the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate:
As economists, we want to express to Congress our great concern for the plan proposed by Treasury Secretary Paulson to deal with the financial crisis. We are well aware of the difficulty of the current financial situation and we agree with the need for bold action to ensure that the financial system continues to function. We see three fatal pitfalls in the currently proposed plan:
1) Its fairness. The plan is a subsidy to investors at taxpayers’ expense. Investors who took risks to earn profits must also bear the losses. Not every business failure carries systemic risk. The government can ensure a well-functioning financial industry, able to make new loans to creditworthy borrowers, without bailing out particular investors and institutions whose choices proved unwise.
2) Its ambiguity. Neither the mission of the new agency nor its oversight are clear. If taxpayers are to buy illiquid and opaque assets from troubled sellers, the terms, occasions, and methods of such purchases must be crystal clear ahead of time and carefully monitored afterwards.
3) Its long-term effects. If the plan is enacted, its effects will be with us for a generation. For all their recent troubles, America’s dynamic and innovative private capital markets have brought the nation unparalleled prosperity. Fundamentally weakening those markets in order to calm short-run disruptions is desperately short-sighted.
For these reasons we ask Congress not to rush, to hold appropriate hearings, and to carefully consider the right course of action, and to wisely determine the future of the financial industry and the U.S. economy for years to come.
Signed (updated at 9/27/2008 6:00PM CT)
Acemoglu Daron (Massachussets Institute of Technology)
Ackerberg Daniel (UCLA)
Adler Michael (Columbia University)
Admati Anat R. (Stanford University)
Ales Laurence (Carnegie Mellon University)
Alexis Marcus (Northwestern University)
Alvarez Fernando (University of Chicago)
Andersen Torben (Northwestern University)
Baliga Sandeep (Northwestern University)
Banerjee Abhijit V. (Massachussets Institute of Technology)
Barankay Iwan (University of Pennsylvania)
Barry Brian (University of Chicago)
Bartkus James R. (Xavier University of Louisiana)
Becker Charles M. (Duke University)
Becker Robert A. (Indiana University)
Beim David (Columbia University)
Berk Jonathan (Stanford University)
Bisin Alberto (New York University)
Bittlingmayer George (University of Kansas)
Blank Emily (Howard University)
Boldrin Michele (Washington University)
Bollinger, Christopher R. (University of Kentucky)
Bossi, Luca (University of Miami)
Brooks Taggert J. (University of Wisconsin)
Brynjolfsson Erik (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Buera Francisco J.(UCLA)
Cabral Luis (New York University)
Camp Mary Elizabeth (Indiana University)
Carmel Jonathan (University of Michigan)
Carroll Christopher (Johns Hopkins University)
Cassar Gavin (University of Pennsylvania)
Chaney Thomas (University of Chicago)
Chari Varadarajan V. (University of Minnesota)
Chauvin Keith W. (University of Kansas)
Chintagunta Pradeep K. (University of Chicago)
Christiano Lawrence J. (Northwestern University)
Clementi, Gian Luca (New York University)
Cochrane John (University of Chicago)
Coleman John (Duke University)
Constantinides George M. (University of Chicago)
Cooley, Thomas (New York University)
Crain Robert (UC Berkeley)
Culp Christopher (University of Chicago)
Da Zhi (University of Notre Dame)
Darity, William (Duke University)
Davis Morris (University of Wisconsin)
De Marzo Peter (Stanford University)
Dubé Jean-Pierre H. (University of Chicago)
Edlin Aaron (UC Berkeley)
Eichenbaum Martin (Northwestern University)
Ely Jeffrey (Northwestern University)
Eraslan Hülya K. K.(Johns Hopkins University)
Fair Ray (Yale University)
Faulhaber Gerald (University of Pennsylvania)
Feldmann Sven (University of Melbourne)
Fernandez, Raquel (New York University)
Fernandez-Villaverde Jesus (University of Pennsylvania)
Fohlin Caroline (Johns Hopkins University)
Fox Jeremy T. (University of Chicago)
Frank Murray Z.(University of Minnesota)
Frenzen Jonathan (University of Chicago)
Fuchs William (University of Chicago)
Fudenberg Drew (Harvard University)
Gabaix Xavier (New York University)
Gao Paul (Notre Dame University)
Garicano Luis (University of Chicago)
Gerakos Joseph J. (University of Chicago)
Gibbs Michael (University of Chicago)
Glomm Gerhard (Indiana University)
Goettler Ron (University of Chicago)
Goldin Claudia (Harvard University)
Gordon Robert J. (Northwestern University)
Greenstone Michael (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Gregory, Karl D. (Oakland University)
Guadalupe Maria (Columbia University)
Guerrieri Veronica (University of Chicago)
Hagerty Kathleen (Northwestern University)
Hamada Robert S. (University of Chicago)
Hansen Lars (University of Chicago)
Harris Milton (University of Chicago)
Hart Oliver (Harvard University)
Hazlett Thomas W. (George Mason University)
Heaton John (University of Chicago)
Heckman James (University of Chicago – Nobel Laureate)
Henderson David R. (Hoover Institution)
Henisz, Witold (University of Pennsylvania)
Hertzberg Andrew (Columbia University)
Hite Gailen (Columbia University)
Hitsch Günter J. (University of Chicago)
Hodrick Robert J. (Columbia University)
Hollifield Burton (Carnegie Mellon University)
Hopenhayn Hugo (UCLA)
Hurst Erik (University of Chicago)
Imrohoroglu Ayse (University of Southern California)
Isakson Hans (University of Northern Iowa)
Israel Ronen (London Business School)
Jaffee Dwight M. (UC Berkeley)
Jagannathan Ravi (Northwestern University)
Jenter Dirk (Stanford University)
Jones Charles M. (Columbia Business School)
Jovanovic Boyan (New York University)
Kaboski Joseph P. (Ohio State University)
Kahn Matthew (UCLA)
Kaplan Ethan (Stockholm University)
Karaivanov Alexander (Simon Fraser University)
Karolyi, Andrew (Ohio State University)
Kashyap Anil (University of Chicago)
Keim Donald B (University of Pennsylvania)
Ketkar Suhas L (Vanderbilt University)
Kiesling Lynne (Northwestern University)
Klenow Pete (Stanford University)
Koch Paul (University of Kansas)
Kocherlakota Narayana (University of Minnesota)
Koijen Ralph S.J. (University of Chicago)
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Korteweg Arthur (Stanford University)
Kortum Samuel (University of Chicago)
Krueger Dirk (University of Pennsylvania)
Ledesma Patricia (Northwestern University)
Lee Lung-fei (Ohio State University)
Leeper Eric M. (Indiana University)
Letson David (University of Miami)
Leuz Christian (University of Chicago)
Levine David I.(UC Berkeley)
Levine David K.(Washington University)
Levy David M. (George Mason University)
Linnainmaa Juhani (University of Chicago)
Lott John R. Jr. (University of Maryland)
Lucas Robert (University of Chicago – Nobel Laureate)
Ludvigson, Sydney C. (New York University)
Luttmer Erzo G.J. (University of Minnesota)
Manski Charles F. (Northwestern University)
Martin Ian (Stanford University)
Mayer Christopher (Columbia University)
Mazzeo Michael (Northwestern University)
McDonald Robert (Northwestern University)
Meadow Scott F. (University of Chicago)
Meeropol, Michael (Western New England College)
Mehra Rajnish (UC Santa Barbara)
Mian Atif (University of Chicago)
Middlebrook Art (University of Chicago)
Miguel Edward (UC Berkeley)
Miravete Eugenio J. (University of Texas at Austin)
Miron Jeffrey (Harvard University)
Moeller, Thomas (Texas Christian University)
Moretti Enrico (UC Berkeley)
Moriguchi Chiaki (Northwestern University)
Moro Andrea (Vanderbilt University)
Morse Adair (University of Chicago)
Mortensen Dale T. (Northwestern University)
Mortimer Julie Holland (Harvard University)
Moskowitz, Tobias J. (University of Chicago)
Munger Michael C. (Duke University)
Muralidharan Karthik (UC San Diego)
Nair Harikesh (Stanford University)
Nanda Dhananjay (University of Miami)
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Platt Brennan C. (Brigham Young University)
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Reagan Patricia (Ohio State University)
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Reuben Ernesto (Northwestern University)
Rizzo, Mario (New York University)
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Robinson David (Duke University)
Rogers Michele (Northwestern University)
Rotella Elyce (Indiana University)
Roussanov Nikolai (University of Pennsylvania)
Routledge Bryan R. (Carnegie Mellon University)
Ruud Paul (Vassar College)
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This is reassuring to me. Perhaps Congress did the right thing today.
The Bush administration warned us about this problem, starting in 2001!
This is Barney Frank a couple years later, on the House floor, discussing legislation to reign in Freddie and Fannie: “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not in a crisis” And he encouraged them to lend more money to people who couldn’t afford to pay it back. “The more people, in my judgment, exaggerate a threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see, I think we see entities that are fundamentally sound financially, and withstand some of the disaster scenarios, but if there were a problem,the Federal Government doesn’t bail them out, but the more pressure there is there, then the less I think we see in terms of affordable housing.
Naturally, the democrats blocked the legislation. And somebody needs to explain this to the American public. Because, as things stand today, they are actually blaming John McCain and the Republicans for something that was brought to us by the Democrats.
Here’s what Chuck Schumer said in 2005, in response to warnings from Allan Greenspan:
“I think Fannie and Freddie have done an incredibly good job and are an intrinsic part of making America the best-housed people in the world…. if you look over the last 20 or whatever years, they’ve done a very, very good job.”
McCain co-sponsored legislation pushing for regulation in 2006. He said: “The GSE’s need to be reformed without delay.” All the democrats voted against that bill. (Thanks Senator Obama!)
We are about to elect the foxes to guard the chicken house.
Not unlike Germans or Austrians or Poles or Russians or Iraqis or Afghans…
Yemenite Jews flee their homes following threats by extremists
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent
Some 45 Jews of Sa’ada county in Yemen left their homes after being threatened by radical Muslims, the Saudi daily Al Wattan reported on Monday.
According to the report, the extremists told the Jews to leave their homes within ten days, after which time they will be exposed to abductions and looting.
The Jews moved into a hotel in the town of Sa’ada, north of the Yemenite capital Sana. A formal complaint was submitted to the Yemenite President Abdullah Salah, the report said.
The threat message – attributed to disciples of Shiite-inclined religious leader Hossein Bader a-Din al-Khouty – said that the Jews are acting in a manner that “primarily serves global Zionism, which is acting persistently to disseminate decay amongst the people and to cut them off from their principles, values, their morals and religion.”
The message also said that the threats are based on surveillance conducted on the Jews, and that “Islam calls upon us to fight against the disseminators of decay.”
Israel Radio on Monday interviewed a recently-arrived immigrant from Yemen, who identified himself only as Masoud, who managed to contact one of the women forced out of their homes.
The man was told that the Jewish community received letters last Friday, saying “whoever remains at his home, will be killed or his children will be taken away.”
Some people do not understand why we need Israel.
Democrats in roman, Republicans in italics
BILL TITLE: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide earnings assistance and tax relief to members of the uniformed services, volunteer firefighters, and Peace Corps volunteers, and for other purposes
.. and for other purposes??? Are you kidding me?
The only thing Congress passes with any success is gas—and that would smell infinitely sweeter than this foul mess:
The votes have been tallied.
The Crap Sandwich goes down in flames.
Still no official announcement on the House floor. Lots of yelling for “order.”
Someone has changed his/her vote.
It’s now 227 NAY, 206 YEA, 1 Not Voting.
Madame Speaker is speechless. Which is a good thing when you remember the kind of trash she talks:
She also vocally attacked Republicans, saying they were unpatriotic in refusing to go to the table earlier in the week, but said she is glad the two sides are nearing a deal.
“Very unpatriotic” let the record show she said.
Way to lead, baby. Way to get people to vote your way. What a… I can’t say it, but it sounds a lot like peace of schmidt.