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  • Man Chokes to Death at South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest

    07/08/2014 3:30:49 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 61 replies
    KSTP ^ | 7-8-14 | KSTP
    A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned deadly when a contestant choked to death. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal.
  • Obamaloans

    01/15/2014 2:30:47 PM PST · by grimalkin · 7 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | 1/15/2014 | Iain Murray
    We know the pattern by now. A crisis arises. As my Competitive Enterprise Institute colleague Chris Horner puts it, this administration says, “There’s no time to waste, we must do something now, sign here, details to follow.” And every time, we discover that we have signed up for more than we bargained for. That was the case with the Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010 supposedly to solve the problems that caused the financial crisis. Only now are we seeing the details to follow. They amount to a government takeover of the financial industry and increased government control over our behavior,...
  • Holder and FBI admit lying about data released before election last year

    08/15/2013 7:44:21 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Aug 15, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    In their efforts to promote the re-election of Barack Obama, our nation's premier law enforcement agencies presented false data to the American public about a "crackdown" on mortgage fraud. Fox News reports: The Justice Department and FBI have quietly acknowledged they grossly overstated the scope of a mortgage fraud crackdown, which the administration heralded with much fanfare a few weeks before last year's presidential election. According to a memo circulated by the FBI and a correction posted online by the Justice Department, the number of defendants, the number of victims and the size of the losses are, in reality, a...
  • Obama says it’s time to ‘turn the page’ on Fannie and Freddie

    07/24/2013 12:38:21 PM PDT · by illiac · 30 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 7/24/13 | MarketWatch
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday, in his speech on the U.S. economy, spelled out the beginning of the end for federally controlled mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “We’ll work with both parties to turn the page on Fannie and Freddie, and build a housing finance system that’s rock-solid for future generations,” Obama said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. See more Obama speech coverage. That might take a while. True, both the House and the Senate are working on legislation to get rid of the giants, which were took under control by the federal government in...
  • Barney Frank on the Boston bombing: Let this serve as a reminder to you, smaller government

    04/16/2013 5:08:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 4/16/13 | Doug Powers
    The wisdom Frank tried to impart on CNN this morning is that the best way to fight against terrorism is by making government a lot bigger. Video via The Weekly Standard: “In this terrible situation, let’s be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, and has been for some time to criticize government, belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think … of [their] health care. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well. … I never was as a member of Congress one of the...
  • George W. Bush’s dog Barney dies

    02/01/2013 7:41:21 PM PST · by onyx · 102 replies
    WA Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rachel Weiner
    President George W. Bush’s dog Barney has died of lymphoma at the age of 12, the former president said in a statement Friday. “Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” Bush wrote. “He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.”
  • Former First Dog Barney Bush passes away at age 12

    02/01/2013 4:10:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 80 replies ^ | february 1, 2013 | Tom Benning
    Former First Dog Barney Bush — a black Scottish terrier known for chasing golf balls and taking America on video tours of the White House — has passed away after a battle with lymphoma. He was 12. Former President George W. Bush announced on Friday the passing of the “little fellow,” saying in a news release that “after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.” “Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” said Bush, who also released Friday an oil painting he did of Barney. “He...
  • Barney Frank won’t go quietly (big mouth goes Hollywood)

    12/16/2012 4:45:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/16/12
    Barney Frank won’t go quietlyBy ASSOCIATED PRESS | 12/16/12 12:53 PM EST **SNIP** Frank has retained Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel to ensure he is a paid fixture on cable television, the lecture circuit, in bookstores - and maybe the occasional sitcom or Broadway show. He has already sent his agent two book proposals, one offering a recipe for future liberal success and the other a “semi-memoir” about the history of the gay rights movement. And he leaves Washington with a particular disdain for Fox News. “I’m hoping to get paid well to do what I do now for nothing,” a...
  • Barney Frank is coming to town (Did Christmas come early for Michele?)

    09/28/2012 5:38:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    true north ^ | 9-26-12 | gary gross
    Barney Frank is coming to Minneapolis to host a fundraiser for Jim Graves. They’ve picked the night of the first presidential debate to hold the fundraiser. Here’s the invitation: Barney Frank is coming to Minneapolis to host a fundraiser for Jim Graves. They’ve picked the night of the first presidential debate to hold the fundraiser. Here’s the invitation:
  • Barney Frank's words struck from record (banned from speaking for the day)

    03/07/2012 5:57:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 4+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/07/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Barney Frank's words struck from recordBy Pete Kasperowicz - 03/07/12 03:50 PM ET House debate on a capital formation bill on Wednesday quickly turned into a heated political fight between Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), prompting Hensarling to ask — successfully — that Frank's words be stricken from the record. The two members fought over a bill from Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), H.R. 4088, which was introduced recently and was inserted into the larger capital formation bill now being debated, H.R. 3606. Quayle's language would increase the number of shareholders that can invest...
  • Rep. Barney Frank to marry longtime partner

    01/26/2012 10:40:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/26/12 | Andrew Miga
    WASHINGTON — Retiring Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, a gay pioneer in Congress, plans to marry his longtime partner Jim Ready of Maine. A spokesman for Frank confirmed Thursday that the congressman's wedding will be in Massachusetts, but said no date had been set. The Democrat announced last fall that he was retiring at the end of his 16th term.
  • Kennedy dynasty’s new hope (Joe III refuses to rule out run for Barney’s seat)

    11/30/2011 1:15:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/30/2011 | Chris Cassidy and Dave Wedge
    Middlesex prosecutor Joseph P. Kennedy III — widely seen as the best hope to carry the torch of the legendary family dynasty to a new generation — told the Herald last night he is leaving the door open to a run for Congress. “I just haven’t had the time to give it any thought, the type of careful consideration that it requires,” Kennedy said outside Cambridge District Court. “I’ve always thought politics is an honorable profession. It demands that you give it careful thought before you jump into it. When I get the time to do that, I’ll think about...
  • Sanitizing Barney Frank, Part II: Banker cash

    11/29/2011 11:18:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/29/11 | Timothy P. Carney
    Barney Frank, former chairman of the Financial Services Committee, was very cozy with the financial sector for a very long time. This should serve as indictment of legislative record. For the New York Times' leading Frank sanitizer, David Firestone, however, the Frank-Bank friendship is a sign of Frank's "moderation." Firestone blogs at the NYT, "economically, Mr. Frank is essentially a centrist." Firestone's evidence, point by point:  Frank "talks often of the need for a 'grand bargain' between business and liberals." This has a name. It's called corporatism. Call it corporate socialism, or corporate welfare. It's also not a crazy idea, when you...
  • Greta Van Susteren Sends Off Rep. Barney Frank With Classic 2008 Bill O’Reilly Shoutfest (video)

    11/28/2011 9:11:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 1+ views News ^ | 11/28/11 | Fox News Video
  • Rep. Barney Frank: Supercommittee failure ‘good news’ for Dems

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the congressional supercommittee's failure Monday to come to an agreement on spending reforms was “good news” because it will help to end the Bush-era tax cuts and give Democrats more bargaining power in budget negotiations. Groups on the edges of both the liberal and conservative spectrums have cheered the death of the supercommittee. Liberal groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee were happy that programs such as Social Security and Medicare were spared, while Tea Party conservative groups applauded the breakdown in talks because no tax increases emerged from the deficit-reduction panel. The supercommittee’s failure...
  • Bill Clinton vs. Barney Frank on Freddie/Fannie

    11/21/2011 8:21:05 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 5 replies
    YouTube Video ^ | 11-21-2011 | SeanG200
    Closer to the actual event Bill Clinton blames the Democrats for blocking Republican efforts in reigning in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae problems. Recently Barney Frank tries to blame Republicans wholly for the mess. h/t to 116falconer:
  • Frank joins in ads for teens (Barney Frank reaches out to "gay" teenagers...)

    11/11/2011 6:08:39 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Sun Chronicle ^ | 11/11/11 | Sun Cronicle
    A local congressman is joining three other openly gay colleagues in a new video message to help teens cope with bullying over their sexual orientation. U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, who represents Foxboro,
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Executives Get Big Housing Bonuses

    11/01/2011 8:13:51 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 12 replies ^ | 10/31/11 11:32 PM EDT | JOSH BOAK & JOSEPH WILLIAMS
    The Obama administration’s efforts to fix the housing crisis may have fallen well short of helping millions of distressed mortgage holders, but they have led to seven-figure paydays for some top executives at troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government regulator for Fannie and Freddie, approved $12.79 million in bonus pay after 10 executives from the two government-sponsored corporations last year met modest performance targets tied to modifying mortgages in jeopardy of foreclosure. The executives got the bonuses about two years after the federally backed mortgage giants received nearly $170 billion in...
  • Freddie Mac reports Q3 loss, asks for $6B in aid

    11/03/2011 9:20:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 11/03/2011 | DEREK KRAVITZ
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government-controlled mortgage giant Freddie Mac has requested $6 billion in additional aid after posting a wider loss in the third quarter. Freddie Mac said Thursday that it lost $6 billion, or $1.86 per share, in the July-September quarter. That compares with a loss of $4.1 billion, or $1.25 a share, in the same quarter of 2010. This quarter's $6 billion request from taxpayers is the largest since April 2010. Freddie's losses are increasing mainly for two reasons: Many homeowners are paying less interest because they are able to refinance at lower mortgage rates. And failing and bankrupt...
  • Did Bawney Fwank fawt on live television? And other potty politics

    08/10/2011 10:29:08 AM PDT · by bilhosty · 28 replies
    Washington compost ^ | 8/10/2011 | Alexandra Petri
    Some would suggest it’s the wisest remark they’ve ever heard a politician make. I always found his speeches strangely carminative. Some would argue that this sort of thing has been going on for a long time. It’s certainly happened at least since the days of satirist Jonathan Swift. He wrote a famous riddle about the posterior, that included the choice lines, “My words are few, but spoke with sense; And yet my speaking gives offence: Or, if to whisper I presume, The company will fly the room.”
  • Holder Launches Witch Hunt Against Biased Banks

    07/09/2011 7:11:24 AM PDT · by TimSkalaBim · 69 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/8/2011 | Paul Sperry
    In what could be a repeat of the easy-lending cycle that led to the housing crisis, the Justice Department has asked several banks to relax their mortgage underwriting standards and approve loans for minorities with poor credit as part of a new crackdown on alleged discrimination, according to court documents reviewed by IBD. [snip] Another Reno protege, Perez has compared bankers to Klansmen. Only difference is, he said, bankers discriminate "with a smile" and "fine print." He said this kind of racism, though more subtle, is "every bit as destructive as the cross burned in a neighborhood." Perez has put...
  • "Fanniegate" Is Really Bad News For Democrats

    06/09/2011 1:04:35 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-7-11 | Walter Russell Mead
    Democrats, watch out. The Republican Party and especially its Tea Party wing have just acquired a new weapon of mass destruction — and it has nothing to do with any of Congressman Wiener’s rogue body parts. If they deploy this weapon effectively in the next election cycle — a big if — then they have the biggest opportunity to move the country rightward since Ronald Reagan took the oath of office back in 1981. The Tea Party WMD stockpile is currently stored in book form: Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon. By Gretchen Morgenson,...
  • U.S. police shoot fake alligator

    06/03/2011 6:13:40 PM PDT · by Doogle · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/03/11 | Kevin Murphy
    Officers in Independence, a Kansas City suburb, responded to a call on a Saturday evening about a large alligator lurking on the embankment of a pond, police spokesman Tom Gentry said Thursday. An officer called a state conservation agent, who advised him to shoot the alligator because there was little that conservation officials could do at that time, Gentry said.
  • Robbers Attacked As Crowd Defends Woman (perps captured, beaten, shot, stabbed)

    05/25/2011 8:26:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    WXII 12 ^ | 5/24/11
    Robbers Attacked As Crowd Defends WomanOne Man Remains In Critical Condition POSTED: 10:15 am EDT May 24, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Fayetteville police say the tables quickly turned on two would-be purse-snatchers when more than a dozen of the victim's family and friends attacked the suspects. The Fayetteville Observer reports that two men flashed a handgun and tried to rob Maria Guevara of her purse outside an apartment complex shortly after midnight Monday. That's when 10 to 15 family members and friends rushed to her aid. Police say one the alleged robbers fired into the crowd, prompting a chase that...
  • Fannie Mae posts $2.1B loss for Q4 (ask for more aid!)

    02/24/2011 3:33:56 PM PST · by EBH · 9 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 2/24/11
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mortgage buyer Fannie Mae has posted a loss of $2.1 billion for the October-December quarter of last year, and is asking for an additional $2.6 billion in federal aid. The new request is slightly more than the $2.5 billion it sought in the July-September quarter. The government-controlled mortgage buyer also reported a $21.7 billion loss for all of 2010. AND YOU CAN'T MISS THIS TOO Freddie Mac posts $1.7B loss for Q4asks for additional $500 million in aid
  • Barney Frank tells young TV interviewers job exhausts him (old, tired, wants more fwee time)

    01/07/2011 11:04:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/07/11 | Donna Goodison
    Barney Frank tells young TV interviewers job exhausts himBy Donna Goodison Friday, January 7, 2011 - Updated 4 minutes ago He’s old, he’s tired and thinks it would be nice to have some free time and not have to read a lot of very boring and very complicated stuff that he doesn’t care about. That’s what U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told three college-age “Roadtrip Nation” interviewers during a July 2009 sit-down in his Washington, D.C., office for the public television program that aired Wednesday on ’GBH Kids. “I’m tired, and I think . . . it’d be nice to have...
  • Who is Barney Frank?

    12/22/2010 3:10:41 PM PST · by central_va · 41 replies · 3+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 05, 2009 | Vasko Kohlmayer
    In 1991, Barney Frank received an official reprimand for reflecting "discredit upon the House." The reprimand came as a result of his relationship with a man named Steve Gobi, a male prostitute whom Frank initially paid $80 for sex. Frank later took Gobi to live with him in his home, making him a personal aide. He paid him $20,000 in compensation (unreported to the IRS) and let him use his car. Subsequent investigation revealed that in the course of their relationship, Frank used his congressional office and stationary to fix Gobi's 33 parking fines. Frank also used his congressional letterhead...
  • Barney Frank: Straight and Gay Soldiers Must Shower Together, But Not Men and Women

    12/21/2010 2:25:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 107 replies · 3+ views
    Barney Frank: Straight and Gay Soldiers Must Shower Together, But Not Men and Women Tuesday, December 21, 2010 By Nicholas Ballasy ( - Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) says he agrees with the recommendation of a Department of Defense (DOD) working group that straight and gay military personnel of the same gender should be required to shower together when the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law goes into effect. Frank, however, said Armed Forces personnel of opposite sexes should not shower together. “What do you think happens in gyms all over America? What do you think happens in the...
  • Barney Frank: Death Tax Not Punishment; Heirs Didn’t Do Anything to Deserve Inheritance

    12/19/2010 6:11:19 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 127 replies · 1+ views
    Mr. Frank's attitude seems to be that Americans need to justify why they should keep the money they inherit instead of the government needing to justify why they should be allowed to confiscate it. Video at link.
  • Was Buchanan wrestler's move an illegal act? Athlete faces trial on a charge of sexual battery

    12/13/2010 3:38:24 PM PST · by billorites · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | December 6, 2010 | Pablo Lopez and Nick Giannandrea
    <p>In a crowded gym during practice in front of parents and coaches, the Buchanan High School wrestler tackled a teammate and executed a move his coaches taught him.</p> <p>He inserted his fingers between the boy's buttocks.</p> <p>It's called the "butt drag," in which a wrestler grabs a rival's butt cheek and puts fingers in the anus to get leverage. The move is widely used at matches around the country and has been around for decades.</p>
  • Barney Frank: Homeowners Shouldn’t Have ‘False Hopes’ (Bawney mum on 2012 Senate wace)

    11/19/2010 1:56:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/18/10 | Alan Zibel
    Barney Frank: Homeowners Shouldn’t Have ‘False Hopes’November 18, 2010, 12:00 PM ET By Alan Zibel Associated Press Rep. Barney Frank U.S. homeowners who have missed mortgage payments shouldn’t have “false hopes” that they can challenge foreclosures due to paperwork flaws, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Thursday. Frank, the outgoing chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said at a subcommittee hearing that banks should be doing “everything possible to straighten out that paperwork problem.” But, he added that, consumers should not “get false hopes that this is going to lead to a substantial number of foreclosures being permanently forgotten.” Several...
  • 10 Reasons You Should Not Waste Your Money On Film 'Inside Job'

    11/17/2010 4:40:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 17, 2010 | PAUL SPERRY
    'Inside Job" bills itself as "the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis." It exposes whoremongering Wall Street traders, economic consultants who lie on their resumes and Hank Paulson's conflicts. But it doesn't answer what caused the crisis. Of course, it thinks it does. "This is how it happened," the film confidently tells viewers before taking them, oddly enough, all the way back to the 1980s. Why then? Because the Reagan administration — "supported by economists and financial lobbyists" — started a 30-year regulatory vacation that fomented unparalleled "greed and immorality" on Wall Street. "Progressive deregulation...
  • Muddy Waters: Maxine Waters, Barney Frank abuse taxpayer $$

    11/05/2010 2:06:26 PM PDT · by bridgemanusa · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at 3:22 PM ET | Bethany McLean
    On Nov. 29, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., will face a House ethics trial for the role she allegedly played in helping a minority-owned bank called OneUnited—a bank in which her husband owned a sizable stake and on whose board he'd once sat—get $12 million in the 2008 bank bailout. Had OneUnited failed, the ethics committee that brought the charges alleges, Waters' husband's "financial interest in OneUnited would have been worthless." The ethics committee alleges that Waters' chief of staff and grandson, Mikael Moore, was "actively involved" in helping OneUnited and that Waters' "failure to instruct [him] to refrain from assisting"...
  • Wall Street Reform Architect Frank Fights for Survival (Bawney Schedules 'Election Night Event')

    11/01/2010 6:27:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Finance Tech ^ | 11/01/10
    Wall Street Reform Architect Frank Fights for SurvivalBy Reuters November 01, 2010 BOSTON - Representative Barney Frank, the outspoken, witty Democrat closely tied to the 2008 U.S. bank bailout, faces a tough re-election battle after 15 terms in office at a time when incumbency itself is a liability. Challenging the Massachusetts liberal is Republican Sean Bielat, a former U.S. marine, and opinion polls suggest Frank has an uncomfortably narrow lead over a political unknown. In the run-up to Tuesday's congressional elections, Frank has faced a torrent of negative ads and mailings, much of it from groups outside the state who...
  • Down memory lane with Barney Frank . . .

    10/29/2010 11:45:30 AM PDT · by radioone · 7 replies
    Roger's Rules ^ | 10-29-10 | Roger Kimball
    Back in September 2008, Brit Hume provided this timeline about FannieMae, FreddyMac, and the great economic collapse. Who was warning about the financial soundness of those institutions? Who reassured us — as late as the summer of 2008 — that they were “fundamentally sound”? This is a video that Sean Bielat, who is running against Barney Frank in Massachusetts (donate here), should air repeatedly until November 2.
  • Barney Frank: Finance law won’t steer cos. offshore

    10/25/2010 8:22:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/25/10 | Jessica Van Sack
    U.S. Rep. Barney Frank said yesterday he’s not concerned that the mammoth financial regulation and consumer protection bill he co-sponsored will drive banks and businesses offshore, vowing that any country promising to be a haven for bad-news banks will incur the wrath of U.S. leaders. “If any small country decides to hold itself out as a haven, we mandated that countries be denied access to the Federal Reserve and other institutions, Frank said at a Boston College forum. “We have a capacity to do that.”
  • New Ad Ties Barney Frank to Fannie & Freddie

    10/25/2010 5:14:35 AM PDT · by FreepShop1 · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10-25-2010 | Meredith Jessup
    About time someone made an ad like this. (posted on No hype, not even a voiceover. Just the facts, which are absolutely damning. I would suggest the makers of the ad adapt it to go NATIONAL. Could do a lot of damage to Dems. For now, to help run it to defeat Barney Frank, use donation link below:"BETRAYED OUR TRUST"
  • The Barney Shuffle

    10/24/2010 3:50:27 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 2 replies
    YouTUbe ^ | October 23, 2010 | FilmLadd (?)
    Excellent Bielat ad!
  • New Anti-Barney Frank Ad running: "Betrayed Our Trust" (Ties him to Fannie/Freddie collapse)

    10/24/2010 8:43:47 AM PDT · by montag813 · 25 replies
    StopBarney (YouTube) ^ | 10-24-2010 | StopBarney
    This ad ran on CBS affiliate late last night in Boston. Powerful stuff. I like it a lot more than the humorous ads Beilat had been running before. What that assclown Frank did to this nation is no laughing matter. YouTube link: Betrayed Our Trust (Barney Frank and the Subprime Disaster) Donation link to run ad: DONATE
  • Will Tea Party Sink Barney Frank's Reelection Bid? (See the Bawney Shuffle video HERE!)

    10/22/2010 11:06:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 10/22/10 | Erik Hayden
    Will Tea Party Sink Barney Frank's Reelection Bid?By Erik Hayden | October 22, 2010 11:53am **SNIP** Voters Are Starting to Turn Against Frank's 'Consistently Obnoxious Behavior' concludes Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory, who explains that voters used to give Frank a pass because "he unapologetically and effectively carried the flag for the most liberal of causes." That time may be ending, Bielat has already made Frank look "foolish" and may do so on election day. "Now voters are looking to D.C. and wondering what has gone wrong in a city and a system that is having such a hard time...
  • Barney Frank rakes in $40G from bailed out banks

    10/22/2010 4:11:22 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 22, 2010 | Dave Wedge
    U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, in an intensifying clash with GOP upstart Sean Bielat, has pledged not to take campaign cash from lenders that got federal bailouts — yet has raked in more than $40,000 from bank execs and special interests connected to the staggering government loans, a Herald review found. Frank vowed in February 2009 that he wouldn’t accept campaign donations from banks that received money under the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or political action committees tied to such institutions. But Frank has hauled in thousands from top execs at Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Wainwright Bank,...
  • Barney Frank gives $200K to his campaign

    10/19/2010 10:15:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    politico ^ | 10/19/10 | JAKE SHERMAN
    Barney Frank has given his re-election campaign $200,000 as he faces his toughest race in years. A campaign finance report filed Tuesday showed that Frank, the chairman of the powerful House Financial Services committee, lent himself the money Tuesday. The chairman is facing one of his toughest fights in recent memory against Republican Sean Bielat, a 35-year-old Marine veteran with degrees from Georgetown, Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. Republican Sen. Scott Brown won Frank’s congressional district, which President Barack Obama carried in 2008. Bielat has zeroed in on Frank’s service atop the financial services committee, indicating that the Democrat...
  • Barney Frank: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau won’t run amok (with unchecked powers)

    10/16/2010 10:00:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 10/15/10 | Thomas Grillo
    Barney Frank: Protection bureau won’t run amokBy Thomas Grillo Friday, October 15, 2010 - Updated 2 days ago U.S. Rep. Barney Frank rejected suggestions that the director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have unchecked powers. “I can’t see many examples of there being an excess of consumer protection,” the Newton Democrat said yesterday following a speech to kick off Suffolk University’s Moakley Breakfast Series at the federal courthouse. “There are very strict rules about what she can and can’t do,” he said, “but the notion that we will overprotect consumers is a strange one.” Last month, President...
  • Barney Frank haunted by 2003 remarks on lenders ("I was wrong on both counts.")

    10/14/2010 8:39:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/14/10
    Frank haunted by 2003 remarks on lendersPublished: Oct. 14, 2010 at 9:39 PM BROOKLINE, Mass., Oct. 14 (UPI) - Remarks about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., during a 2003 committee hearing have become a campaign issue in 2010. Frank said then that the two government enterprises were strong enough to withstand any threats -- and that if they did get into trouble they would not get a government bailout. Sean Bielat, the Republican seeking Frank's seat, has a clip from 2003 on his campaign Web site, "Retire Barney," and Frank has been struggling to...
  • GOP foe (Sean Bielat) raps Rep. Barney Frank's Virgin Islands jet trip

    10/13/2010 2:30:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies ^ | 10/13/10 | Andrew Miga
    GOP foe raps Rep. Frank's Virgin Islands jet tripBy Andrew Miga Associated Press Writer / October 13, 2010 WASHINGTON - Rep. Barney Frank's Republican opponent says the Massachusetts congressman's private jet ride to the U.S. Virgin Islands, courtesy of a hedge fund manager, shows Frank is too cozy with the financial interests he oversees. **SNIP** Bielat, a Marine Corps reservist making his first run for office, said that while the trip may have been legal, it was wrong. "Frank has pushed bailouts for his corporate friends and operates on a different set of rules from the rest of us," Bielat...
  • Rival blasts Barney Frank’s swanky free jet ride

    10/12/2010 10:00:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    boston herald ^ | October 13, 2010 | Dave Wedge
    Barney Frank, immersed in one of the toughest political fights of his career, took a free private jet to the Virgin Islands courtesy of a Maine congresswoman’s billionaire ...whose company received a $200 million federal bailout, the Herald has learned. Frank, who’s facing feisty Republican challenger Sean Bielat, flew to the tropical paradise for a vacation in 2009 on a $25 million jet owned by Paloma Partners honcho S. Donald Sussman, the fianc...of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). Paloma Securities — a subsidiary of Sussman’s Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund — received $200 million in 2009 as part of the $180...
  • Challenger Sean Bielat Holds His Own Against U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (the only televised debate)

    10/12/2010 6:54:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies · 1+ views
    WBUR ^ | 10/12/10 | Fred Thys
    Challenger Bielat Holds His Own Against U.S. Rep. FrankBy Fred Thys Oct 12, 2010, 6:55 AM UPDATED 9:23 AM NEWTON, Mass. — Rep. Barney Frank faced his Republican challenger Monday night in their only televised debate. It was the first chance for the challenger, Marine reservist Sean Bielat, to show he could survive going on television against the congressman famous for his way with words. Democrat Frank came armed with his usual wit. For instance, he dismissed New York Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino as a horse’s behind for saying that “children are being brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality...
  • Barney Frank defends caustic town hall, calls other Dems ’submissive’ (blows a gasket)

    10/07/2010 8:04:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/07/10 | Jonathan Strong
    Barney Frank defends caustic town hall, calls other Dems ’submissive’Jonathan Strong - The Daily Caller Thu Oct 7, 2:05 pm ET Facing a legitimate challenger for the first time in ages, Rep. Barney Frank today defended his actions at a town hall in August 2009 in which he blasted his own constituents for interrupting him, saying unlike his fellow “submissive” Democrats Frank “spoke back.” “Unlike some of my colleagues, who I think were kind of taken aback by that and were almost submissive … I answered civil questions civilly, but I spoke back,” Frank said on Fox News Thursday. Frank’s...
  • Should Barney Frank Be Worried? Time for ‘Different Leadership,’ Says Challenger

    10/05/2010 4:49:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/05/10 | Rick Klein
    Should Barney Frank Be Worried? Time for ‘Different Leadership,’ Says ChallengerOctober 05, 2010 4:39 PM ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is facing his most serious reelection challenge in recent memory with the emergence of Sean Bielat, a 35-year-old former active-duty Marine who is hoping to follow in Sen. Scott Brown’s footsteps in turning a reliably blue seat red. Bielat joined us today on ABC’s “Top Line” to outline his candidacy, which has gotten a burst of attention after former President Bill Clinton came to Frank’s district to campaign for the powerful chairman of the House Financial...
  • The Biggest Shock Of The Election: Barney Frank Could Lose (Down the tubes - so to speak)

    10/04/2010 4:32:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/01/10 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Biggest Shock Of The Election: Barney Frank Could LoseJoe Weisenthal Oct. 1, 2010, 5:43 AM If this occurred it would be the biggest shock of the midterm elections. Republicans are starting to get a little hopeful that they can knock off longtime Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. Byron York at the Examiner spotlights his 4th District competitor Sean Bielat, who a new poll has within 10 points, a shockingly narrow number for a no-name against this Congressional stalwart. Adding to the sense that Frank is in trouble, Bill Clinton actually came and campaigned with Barney this past week, something he...