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MIKE'S GAL TAKES BULLET [NRA power in DC]
NY Post ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | GEOFF EARLE

Posted on 02/01/2006 3:48:01 AM PST by Pharmboy


SHOOTOUT: The anti-gun rhetoric of Mayor
Bloomberg, with girlfriend Diana Taylor,
infuriated National Rifle Association bigshots.
Photo: AP

February 1, 2006 -- WASHINGTON — The powerful National Rifle Association killed the appointment of Mayor Bloomberg's girlfriend to a top federal post in retaliation for Hizzoner's campaign against the gun group, Senate sources said yesterday. Diana Taylor, the state banking commissioner, had been widely seen as a shoo-in as late as last week to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which oversees the nation's banks.

But the NRA wound up maneuvering behind the scenes to block her nomination at the last minute, to send a message to her billionaire boyfriend, sources told The Post.

"It's obvious the NRA hasn't been pleased with the mayor's campaign against guns," a Senate aide said.

"They wanted to do a little bit of political payback . . . They just killed it."

The apparent revenge attack comes after Bloomberg made a "war on guns" a top priority for his new term, taking several high-profile swipes at the lobbying organization amid a Post campaign for tougher anti-gun laws.

In his inaugural address last month, Bloomberg — in what aides called a reference to the NRA — said, "To those who distort our laws and aid and abet hardened criminals, know this: We will not rest until we secure all the tools we need to protect New Yorkers from the scourge of illegal guns."

The mayor also ripped lawmakers who give in to the gun lobby, calling them "cowards," and this month slammed them for limiting the activities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

"It shows the power of one advocacy organization and, I would argue, the cowardice of people who succumb to their pressure," he said at the time.

The mayor declined comment

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: New York
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Guns don't cause crime, Mike, peoples do. Check the Bill of Rights, Mike.
1 posted on 02/01/2006 3:48:03 AM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy; neverdem; Cacique; rmlew

The NRA went RINO hunting and bagged one. In this case, Mike Bloomberg's beard!


2 posted on 02/01/2006 3:50:14 AM PST by Clemenza
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To: Pharmboy

I'm pack'in Mike..come and get me....


3 posted on 02/01/2006 3:53:47 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Clemenza

I hope we did it! Next thing is to get Bloomie moved to the the democrat party where he belongs, or, preferably, retired!


4 posted on 02/01/2006 3:57:40 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (MAY I DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP)
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To: Pharmboy
Paybacks a bitch.

L

5 posted on 02/01/2006 4:04:02 AM PST by Lurker (I trust in God. Everybody else shows me their hands.)
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To: Pharmboy
" ... But the NRA wound up maneuvering behind the scenes to block her nomination at the last minute, to send a message to her billionaire boyfriend, sources told The Post."


Sorry Geoff, but it's 2006 and "sources" just don't make an assumption true anymore.

Nice try though.





6 posted on 02/01/2006 4:08:54 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: Clemenza

Mike's a poofter??


7 posted on 02/01/2006 4:11:07 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy

I don't think so, but he always came across as "swishy" to me and my ex-girlfriend, the latter of whom met him.


8 posted on 02/01/2006 4:12:19 AM PST by Clemenza
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To: Pharmboy
To those who distort our laws and aid and abet hardened criminals

Sounds like a description of Democrats...and RINOS.

9 posted on 02/01/2006 4:12:25 AM PST by stevem
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To: Pharmboy

its about damn time the nra found their testicles.Maybe now they will stop with all the apeasment and compromise talk but im not holding my breathe.They have been the most liberal of the pro gun groups so far this decade


10 posted on 02/01/2006 4:16:09 AM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Clemenza

When you described his galpal as a "beard" that's what you implied. I agree he is a bit affected, but I believe he plays for our team.


11 posted on 02/01/2006 4:18:05 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy

Exactly!
Wanna stop Gun Crime?
Put the criminals in Prison an keep them there.


12 posted on 02/01/2006 4:19:32 AM PST by Delmarksman (Pro 2A Anglican American (Ford and Chevy kill more people than guns do, lets ban them))
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To: G.Mason
a Senate aide said.

Can't read the full article without registration, did it have at least a rebuttal from the NRA?

Otherwise, it's pretty smarmy to use anonymous sources on such a low-level appointment, if they are to be used at all (and they shouldn't).

13 posted on 02/01/2006 4:22:12 AM PST by angkor
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To: Pharmboy

Mayor "bloomers"... what a pantload!

LLS


14 posted on 02/01/2006 4:24:56 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: G.Mason
This story does sound a little like a crock of crap. I wonder how the NRA is going to respond.
15 posted on 02/01/2006 4:35:13 AM PST by dbehsman (NRA Life member and loving every minute of it!)
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To: Pharmboy



16 posted on 02/01/2006 4:41:32 AM PST by eeevil conservative
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To: angkor
Good question. I would not register either, and cannot answer you.

It's no secret that the NRA has been "gunning" for the socialist mayor, who is a Rino of the first order. (among other things) Bloomberg has indicated he would involve himself in anti-gun legislation in other states.

He is a guy who spent over $80 million dollars of his own money to be mayor.

He's either very shrewd and going triple that by his being mayor, or he is a a self aggrandizing fool.





17 posted on 02/01/2006 4:45:57 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: dbehsman
" ... I wonder how the NRA is going to respond."


To be continued. ;)





18 posted on 02/01/2006 4:48:58 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: Pharmboy

What's that around the girlfriend's shoulders? Where is PETA?


19 posted on 02/01/2006 4:50:49 AM PST by Dante3
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To: angkor
From the article:

The NRA insisted it was not involved in nixing Taylor's nomination.

"We didn't have anything to do with it — that's outside our purview," spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said. "Our issue is with the mayor, and not anyone else."

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), who sits on the NRA board, hinted that there was another reason for Taylor's doomed FDIC bid.

"I think she has more baggage than a friend who's the mayor of New York [at battle with] the NRA," he told The Post last night. "That's what I've been told."




It's starting to sound like the mayor and/or the New York Post were looking to get a cheap shot in at the NRA. If Bloomberg is this petty, I imagine that his girlfriend isn't far behind. NOW I don't want to see her get the job.

If Bloomberg wants to make life hard, I think we can oblige him easily.
20 posted on 02/01/2006 4:53:40 AM PST by dbehsman (NRA Life member and loving every minute of it!)
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To: G.Mason
"Good question. I would not register either, and cannot answer you."

I went through www.bugmenot.com. It's a website that has free names and passwords that a person can use to check out a newspaper site.

I'm starting to think that we (members of the NRA and other likewise associations) should write a letter of thanks to the New York Post. We should thank them for reporting that Bloomberg's girlfriend was up for some government job, and since the mayor of New York desires to be made into a martyr, we will be happy to help.
21 posted on 02/01/2006 4:59:30 AM PST by dbehsman (NRA Life member and loving every minute of it!)
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To: Pharmboy
Aha! This little tidbit tells me a lot about the validity of the article:
"Additional reporting by Deborah Orin"

Ole Debbie has been on an anti-gun tirade of late and shilling for 'Bloomers' with his "guns bad" tripe.

22 posted on 02/01/2006 5:05:47 AM PST by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: dbehsman
Thanks for the bugmenot info. I have tried them in the past, with varying success.

Good of you to post your #20.





23 posted on 02/01/2006 5:10:49 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: dbehsman
It's starting to sound like the mayor and/or the New York Post were looking to get a cheap shot in at the NRA

The Post has been screeching more than usual about the eeeeeeeevils of g-g-g-guns for months lately. It stands to reason that they'd use any ploy necessary to smear the NRA.

24 posted on 02/01/2006 5:11:14 AM PST by AngryJawa ("But honey, I *need* a Main Battle Rifle...[NRA])
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To: G.Mason
Sorry Geoff, but it's 2006 and "sources" just don't make an assumption true anymore.

I agree..

"Sources said" means nothing..
"It's obvious the NRA hasn't been pleased with the mayor's campaign against guns," a Senate aide said.
This may be true, but it does not, "ipso facto", make the allegation true...
"They wanted to do a little bit of political payback . . . They just killed it."
Again, allegation.. Who's "They" anyhow?? The russians??
The apparent revenge attack ...
Nothing "apparent" from where I sit.. Except a lot of rhetoric and allegation...

I'm sure Bloomberg has plenty of political enemies beside the NRA..
And I cannot readily identify what the connection would be between Gun Advocacy and Banking..

The NRA may be responsible due to Bloomberg's stance on guns, and his relationship with this woman, but aside from weak circumstantial connections, I see no hard evidence that the NRA had anything to do with it..

I'm sure if there is credit to be taken, however, there will be an editorial column in "American Rifleman"..

25 posted on 02/01/2006 5:24:27 AM PST by Drammach (In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king..)
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To: G.Mason; All

From the NY State Banking Dept.:

Ms. Diana Taylor was nominated Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York by Governor George Pataki on April 25, 2003 and was confirmed by the State Senate on June 10, 2003.

Ms. Taylor has more than 20 years of experience serving in both the public and private sectors. She most recently held the position of Deputy Secretary for Finance and Housing to Governor Pataki. Prior to that she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Long Island Power Authority, a company with annual revenues of $2.4 billion and assets of approximately $8 billion. She also spent two years at KeySpan Energy as Vice President for Governmental and Regulatory Affairs.

In her first appointed position for the Governor, she served as Assistant Secretary for Public Authorities and worked with the utilities throughout the State and the Public Service Commission. In this capacity, she was the Governor’s representative on the takeover of LILCO by the Long Island Power Authority—the largest municipal financing ever undertaken, and the only conversion of a publicly traded utility to a municipal entity in the country.

Before her work in the public sector, Taylor was a Founding Partner of M.R. Beal and Company, a successful investment banking firm concentrating primarily in municipal bonds. She started her career as an investment banker at Smith Barney Harris Upham, then Lehman Brothers, then Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette.

Superintendent Taylor is committed to protecting depositors, preserving the safety and soundness of the banking system and to maintaining the New York State Charter as the Charter of choice. Her priorities as she leads the Department include securing the financial system against illegal activities; supporting and encouraging competition, choice, and cutting edge services that financial institutions provide to their customers; promoting economic development; increasing consumer education and awareness; and continuing to foster relationships with other regulators.

Perhaps one of her most visible roles will be her effort to reach consumers statewide, highlighting financial education initiatives, consumer awareness and promoting economic development. She aims to take a multi-agency approach that will include banks, the legislature and the other regulators to promote job growth and investment in the Empire State. She also is committed to rationalizing the organization and competitiveness of the Department internally and externally fostering relationships with other regulators.

Ms. Taylor serves on the Boards of Directors for the Hudson River Park Trust, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition, the New York City Transit Museum, Big Apple Greeter, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The After School Corporation (TASC), and the YMCA.

She graduated from Dartmouth College where she majored in economics and from Columbia Business School where she majored in finance. She resides in Manhattan.


26 posted on 02/01/2006 5:28:45 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy

THIS IS POETIC JUSTICE!!! NY is one of the toughest states on gun control in the country. It is almost impossible to get through the bureaucratic maze to get a gun permit. Carrying an unlicesned handgun will land you in jail. The gangsters have the weapons while most of the law-abiding citizens don't. Yet, Bloomberg gets on his soap box and condemns firearms every chance he gets.


27 posted on 02/01/2006 5:31:28 AM PST by KenmcG414 (wHAT'ST)
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To: Drammach

From BankLawyers Blog--there appear to be other reasons to oppose her:

White House To Nominate Diana Taylor To Head FDIC


Press reports today indicate that the White House will nominate New York State Banking Superintendent (and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "main squeeze") Diana Taylor as Chairman of the FDIC, succeeding Don Powell, who resigned to head federal reconstruction efforts to rebuild damage caused by this Fall's hurricanes. Today's American Banker newspaper (paid subscription required) reports that Taylor's nomination should be announced in January or February, following completion of the normal vetting process.

As the head banking regulator for the State of New York, Ms. Taylor has been a strong proponent of the dual banking system and of state's rights, and a foe of the federal preemption of state consumer protection laws. She had highly publicized confrontations with the OCC over its preemption regulations, particularly with respect to the extension of federal preemption principles to operating subsidiaries of national banks. In May, Ms. Taylor testified before the FDIC in opposition to a proposal for FDIC preemption of state law (see here for this blog's most recent post about the FDIC proposal). In that testimony, she made two especially telling statements: (1) "The solution is not to compound what the OCC started, by giving every State the right to pre-empt every other state." (2) "Furthermore, mortgage bankers and brokers and MSBs should not be permitted to hide behind the skirts of national banks. State regulators and laws should be able to protect their consumers."

Given the foregoing positions, it is reasonable to believe that she will not be a strong proponent of the FDIC's proposed preemption regulation. On the other hand, when a rider changes horses, she tends to adapt to the needs of the animal she's currently riding so as not to be bucked off. She understands that the OCC is not going to rescind its preemption regulations, and that the US Congress is not likely to override them. Therefore, like Don Powell, she may decide that for the survival of the dual banking system (and for the survival of the FDIC's role as the primary federal regulator of state-chartered, non-FRB-member banks), some form of federal preemption for state-chartered banks will be necessary.

If any more large state banks decide to convert to national banks or federal thrifts, the "market" may force her hand, notwithsatnding her natural inclinations.


28 posted on 02/01/2006 5:34:27 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Drammach
"I'm sure if there is credit to be taken, however, there will be an editorial column in "American Rifleman".."


LOL!!!

" a lot of rhetoric and allegation..." bump.





29 posted on 02/01/2006 5:35:47 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: KenmcG414

Bloomie's point is that the criminals' guns used in NYC crime are bought legally in VA, PA, FL, etc., and then wind up in NYC. He wants to control LEGAL gun access in OTHER states--that's what makes him particularly to disturbing to folks like us and the NRA.


30 posted on 02/01/2006 5:37:19 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy
" ... Her priorities as she leads the Department include securing the financial system against illegal activities; supporting and encouraging competition, choice, and cutting edge services that financial institutions provide to their customers; promoting economic development; increasing consumer education and awareness; and continuing to foster relationships with other regulators ... "


In other words she is the "Miss America" of the NY banking world.





31 posted on 02/01/2006 5:42:40 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: dbehsman

Mayor Blooming-idiot is petty and that's an understatement.


32 posted on 02/01/2006 5:43:05 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: AngryJawa

We finally had enough of the new slant to the NYPost and cancelled our home delivery.


33 posted on 02/01/2006 5:44:13 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: OldFriend
We finally had enough of the new slant to the NYPost and cancelled our home delivery.

Good for you! I hope you informed them as to the "why" of your cancellation.

34 posted on 02/01/2006 6:01:10 AM PST by AngryJawa ("But honey, I *need* a Main Battle Rifle...[NRA])
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To: Clemenza

IF she IS a woman. We already KNOW he is not a MAN.......


35 posted on 02/01/2006 6:04:39 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: AngryJawa

Sure did, and I let the NYSlimes know what I think when they call here trying to get me to take their paper.


36 posted on 02/01/2006 6:14:30 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Pharmboy
Thanks for posting that..

I had already read the article..
I noted that besides some disagreement concerning policy, there was another point that is not so specific, but may be telling..

following completion of the normal vetting process.

It may be there were "skeletons in the closet" that the White House simply decided were not worth the hassle..
Illegal foreign housemaids?
Failure to pay Social Security taxes and with-holding on those illegal workers?.
It's been the downfall of several nominees in the past.. even some federal judiciary nominees, and IIRC, a Dem Attorney General nominee..

The "vetting process" leaves a lot of wounded by the wayside...

37 posted on 02/01/2006 6:14:51 AM PST by Drammach (In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king..)
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To: Pharmboy

This idiot doesn't get it. The NRA isn't some foreign organization.

It's peopled by American VOTERS.

Bloomberg needs to go away.


38 posted on 02/01/2006 6:17:15 AM PST by Leatherneck_MT (An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.)
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To: Pharmboy

Score another one for the good guys.


39 posted on 02/01/2006 6:19:51 AM PST by stevio (Red-Blooded American Male (NRA))
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To: Pharmboy
"They wanted to do a little bit of political payback . . . They just killed it."

AKA "effective return fire", Mikey...

40 posted on 02/01/2006 6:25:28 AM PST by TXnMA (TROP: Satan's most successful earthly venture...)
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To: Leatherneck_MT; SWAMPSNIPER

>> Bloomberg needs to go away.

Nah, I've gotta go with SWAMPSNIPER, here. Bloomie needs to have his big, fat GOP "R" taken away from him. Kick his sorry carcass over into the jackass camp where it belongs.

I finally couldn't stand the RNC "go along to get along" crap anymore and re-registered "Decline to state". The RNC needs to sprout some stones and draw a hard line as to where wearing the "R" (and access to party money) stops.

Halfwits like Bloomberg are prime targets.


41 posted on 02/01/2006 7:02:07 AM PST by HKMk23 (I am God. Even from eternity I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand.)
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To: Pharmboy
"He wants to control LEGAL gun access in OTHER states--that's what makes him particularly to disturbing to folks like us and the NRA." your right...and to coin a phraise "I'M THE NRA". and so are a good chunk of Freepers here.
42 posted on 02/01/2006 7:10:16 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: Pharmboy

"Bloomie's point is that the criminals' guns used in NYC crime are bought legally in VA, PA, FL, etc., and then wind up in NYC. He wants to control LEGAL gun access in OTHER states--that's what makes him particularly to disturbing to folks like us and the NRA."



Tell Bloomie to build a wall around his rat den! What I do in the USA is no concern of his.
If he had the balls to put some gangbangers down in the gutter, and let them rot there, most of his problems would go away.


43 posted on 02/01/2006 7:15:46 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (MAY I DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP)
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To: Pharmboy

I was wondering why Taylor withdrew. As a banking industry employee, I can only say "Thank You NRA." Taylor has been a disaster for New York banks and state-licensed lenders.


44 posted on 02/01/2006 7:45:58 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (Only losers boast about how close it was)
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To: Pharmboy; Clemenza; SWAMPSNIPER; Lurker; G.Mason; freepatriot32; dbehsman; Drammach

Read the end of the article. Something else set this off. And much as I think that Bloomberg needs re-education on the topic of the 2nd Amendment, that shoudln't affect his girlfriend's employment opportunities, unless she has also (publicly or privately) expressed the same propensity to ignore the U.S. Constitution.

The funny thing is, Bloomie is now between a rock and a hard place. Either he lets stand the public scuttlebutt that the NRA is powerful enough to block the nomination of an eminently qualified girlfriend of an anti-RKBA politician, or he has to let the real reason she was nixed get out. And the real reason is likely to be a huge political problem, along the lines of the Bernard Kerik fiasco.


45 posted on 02/01/2006 7:50:45 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Pharmboy

I always had Mikey pictured as a Brokeback kind of guy
huh go figure he is straight


46 posted on 02/01/2006 7:51:59 AM PST by DM1
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Taylor was a Founding Partner of M.R. Beal and Company, a successful investment banking firm concentrating primarily in municipal bonds.

I suspect the real reason is connected to that little detail. That is far and away the most corrupt area of finance in the U.S. Virtually no muni bond business is ever obtained without the firm paying significant bribes in the form of campaign donations.

47 posted on 02/01/2006 7:54:23 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker

You are correct. To say nothing of certain executives of these muni bond funds that, let's just say, don't have a financial background.


48 posted on 02/01/2006 7:56:15 AM PST by Clemenza
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To: HKMk23

I'd rather re-educate Bloomberg than expel him. He is hardly a halfwit -- just has a major blind spot on this particular issue. He has oodles of money that he made by building an extremely profitable business, that has never emitted even the faintest whiff of corruption or book-cooking. He is also an ambitious fellow, and it's probably been clear to him before this incident (which I doubt had anything at all to do with the NRA), that his current stance on guns eliminates him as a possible Presidential candidate -- for either party. I think he honestly believes he's right on this issue, and honest, intelligent people can be reasoned with. Given his competence, visibility, and wealth, I think it would be well worth trying. If he could ever be turned into a "convert", he'd be an unusually effective one.


49 posted on 02/01/2006 8:02:13 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Sounds like a line Kevin says in the original "Home Alone." :)


50 posted on 02/01/2006 8:12:35 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know. Go Rush!)
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