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  • Barney Frank: Obama would win 300-plus electoral votes against Gingrich

    12/17/2011 7:56:50 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-17-11 | Bob Cusak
    Rep. Barney Frank is predicting that President Obama would easily win a general election against Newt Gingrich, but stopped short of guaranteeing that Obama would eclipse his 2008 victory. The retiring Massachusetts Democrat recently said that a Gingrich nomination “would be the best thing to happen to the Democrats since Barry Goldwater.” Asked for a prediction on electoral votes, Frank this week told The Hill, “The thing is [Gingrich] could carry most of the South.” He said Obama's count would be “in the 300s” against the Georgia Republican. To win the White House, 270 electoral votes are needed. Obama won...
  • Howie Carr thread week of Dec 4, 2011

    12/03/2011 9:27:20 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies ^ | 12/4/11 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr Show thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column, "How ‘brainy’ Frank got Barney-mandered"
  • INTERVIEW: Sean Bielat Says He’ll Make 2012 Campaign Decision ‘Next Week’

    12/01/2011 11:34:53 PM PST · by MitchellC · 22 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | November 1, 2011 | Robert Stacy McCain
    In 2010, Republican Sean Bielat gave Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank the toughest re-election challenge the Democrat had ever experienced. Although Bielat’s insurgent Tea Party-backed campaign fell short of unseating Frank, it was obviously a factor in the 16-term congressman’s decision this week to retire at the end of his current term, rather than seek re-election in a newly redrawn district. Thursday night, Bielat spoke to me in a brief telephone interview.Robert Stacy McCain: So, this is the week of ‘Bye Bye Barney.’ How are you feeling right now? Sean Bielat: [Laughs.] Well, you know, if you would have asked me...
  • Retiring Barney Frank's Fannie Conection and Backdoor Bailouts

    12/01/2011 5:49:43 PM PST · by joeclarke · 12 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 01/12/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    Barney Frank's legacy will not include the prostitution ring that took place at his Washington D.C. townhouse in 1989, without his knowing, according to Barney. He was reprimanded by the House of Representatives in 1990, but Massachusetts, the home of American witchcraft, reelected him - too many times. Barney Frank's legacy will not be that he was the first "Out" gay to become part of the United States Congress. Frank will also not be known, either as the brother of Clinton wonk Ann Lewis, nor for his stammering and stuttering. He will also not be famed for the excessive regulation...
  • Simon Johnson: The Huntsman Alternative (JH will end TBTF & foreign/domestic bailouts)

    12/01/2011 6:39:45 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 7 replies
    New York Times (Economix Blog) ^ | December 1, 2011 | Simon Johnson
    This week we also learned more about the underhanded and undemocratic ways in which the Federal Reserve saved big banks last time around. (You should read Ron Suskind’s book, “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President.” To understand Mr. Geithner’s philosophy of unconditional bailouts, remember that he was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before becoming Treasury secretary.) Is there really no alternative to pouring good money after bad? (snip) The goal is simple, as Mr. Huntsman said in his recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece: make the banks small enough and simple...
  • Breaking: New Herman Cain Accuser to Come Forward (CNN)

    11/28/2011 1:51:52 PM PST · by parksstp · 48 replies
    CNN Situation Room ^ | 2011-11-28 | CNN
    In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Herman Cain said a new accuser would be coming forward to accuse him of having a 13-year affair with him. No links yet as the story is currently breaking and details are still being released. Apparentally a Georgia TV station has the exclusive.
  • Barney Frank In Salary Negotiations For Elmer Fudd Role

    11/30/2011 1:33:54 PM PST · by mojito · 27 replies
    The Daily Rash ^ | 11/28/2011 | Mark Donahue
    DreamWorks Studios announced today that they are in the final stages of salary negotiations with Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank for their new Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny movie. Frank is slated to play Elmer Fudd in the five hundred million dollar, two part, six hour movie epic. The Congressman expressed interest in the role when he heard that Bugs Bunny was going to be played by an actor who has expressed conservative political views in the past. We talked with Congressman Frank over brunch in the West Village where he was visiting a friend. “It was wight before our summer wecess,”...
  • 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...
  • With Frank leaving, Mass. Dems ponder bleak future

    11/29/2011 2:45:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies ^ | 11/29/11 | Steve LeBlanc - Associated Press
    BOSTON (AP) -- Rep. Barney Frank's decision to step down at the end of his term is the latest jolt to the bruised ego of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, which once counted Kennedys, House speakers and a president among its ranks. Instead, some of the state's best-known political figures are now Republicans, among them Sen. Scott Brown and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "For a long time, Massachusetts Democrats have felt they played a special role in the national Democratic Party," said Tufts University political science professor Jeffrey Berry. "I think that has gone at this point. There is no one...
  • Congress Will Be a Better Place When Barney Frank Is Gone

    11/29/2011 11:21:00 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 19 replies ^ | November 29, 2011 | By Karl Rove(yes THAT one)
    It was because he was going to retire anyway, lost a favorite port town in redistricting and had a tough race last time. Was this really why Congressman Barney Frank announced today he’s retiring from the House of Representatives? Perhaps another reason was he’s no longer chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and like a lot of bullies, Mr. Frank found it’s not easy to be stripped of the power to torment and humiliate others.
  • Buh-Bye-Barney: A Video Tribute to a Lying, Arrogant SOB

    11/29/2011 11:34:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/29/11 | Jeff Dunetz
    So Elmer Fudd Barney Frank announced yesterday that he would not be running for re-election in 2012. His stated reason was that his district was gerrymandered, which is true. But Frank was no longer safe in a safe-district. Remember it took a last-minute infusion of DNCC money to save Barney Frank in 2010 and even then, his 54% of the vote was the lowest he had ever received since his first election in 1980. Frank is retiring because he is chicken, he almost lost last time, and doesn’t have the guts to try again. In his 31+ years in the...
  • Barney Frank’s exit sets off scramble on Hill

    11/29/2011 10:10:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 29, 2011 | Hillary Chabot, Dave Wedge and Chris Cassidy
    Cranky liberal standard-bearer U.S. Rep. Barney Frank’s bombshell retirement announcement sent shock waves rippling through the Bay State and set the stage for an epic national clash as Democrats and Republicans prepare to do battle over a seat that until yesterday seemed staunchly and securely blue, observers said. “It will be a fun race to watch — at least fun from a distance,” said U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville), who said Democrats are launching a major push to recapture the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. “It’s not the only race in the country that both sides will be...
  • Lame-duck Barney Frank joins effort to repeal Obamacare ‘death panels’

    11/29/2011 9:42:39 AM PST · by martosko · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank announced on Tuesday his support for the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a significant portion of President Obama’s health care overhaul. Frank, who announced Monday that he would retire at the end of his current term in office, became the 12th Democrat, and the 212th member of the House, to co-sponsor Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe’s bill aimed at repealing the IPAB. Frank is the most prominent Democrat to join Roe’s bipartisan repeal effort. IPAB is a 15-member board, appointed by the president, scheduled to convene in 2014. In order to reduce per...
  • Exit Barney Frank (He will be remembered for 3 things)

    11/29/2011 7:22:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/29/2011 | The Editors
    Rep. Barney Frank will be remembered for three things: First, he was not only the first openly gay member of Congress but the first involved in a gay-prostitution scandal. Second, he said, “I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness” regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as exercised with regard to other government-affiliated agencies, preferring, as he memorably put it, to “roll the dice a little bit.” Third, he was co-author of the Frank-Dodd financial-reform legislation. Which is to say, Representative Frank will be remembered as an embarrassment, a reckless gambler, and a legislative malefactor....
  • Sanitizing Barney Frank, Part I: Sex scandals

    11/29/2011 6:12:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/29/11 | Timothy P. Carney
    Oh, that lovable rascal, Barney Frank! He may have been opinionated (and boy did he let you know what he felt!) but he was always looking for a way to solve problems. We need more people like him in Washington.That's the official liberal mainstream media line on the retiring congressman from Massachusetts, and it tells us more about the media than about Barney Frank. The encomia to the man pour forth from admiring reporters from the New York Times to the Washington Post to Slate. They almost all ignore entirely Frank's role in subsidizing the housing bubble, his coziness with...
  • Barney Frank jabs Newt Gingrich: A long-simmering feud

    11/28/2011 4:40:42 PM PST · by presidio9 · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/28/2011 | Rachel Weiner
    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was never known for holding his fire, and in a press conference announcing his retirement the liberal lawmaker saved some of his most memorable barbs for former House speaker and now presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. “I did not think I lived a good enough life to see Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee,” the 30-year House veteran said. “He would be the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater ... It’s still unlikely, but I have hopes.” The pair have been snapping at each other since the 1980s, when Gingrich was rising to power...
  • BREAKING: Tennessee Tea Party Sparks Controversy Over Tweet

    11/28/2011 8:05:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 67 replies
    WZTV - Fox 17 ^ | 11/28/11
    The Tennessee Tea Party is speaking out about Representative Frank tonight and their view is sparking some controversy. After hearing he's retiring, the Tennessee Tea Party tweeted "Good riddance, you perverted sodomite POS!!!" "I am appalled," says the Tea Party Nation's Judson Phillips. "This statement does nothing to advance the goals of the Tea Party movement and goes a long way towards offending people we need to be involved. Barney Frank is the worst congressman in the last century, but dumb comments like that tweet do not help our cause." A spokesperson with the Tennessee Tea Party told FOX17 NEWS...
  • Barney Frank blames redistricting in decision to quit

    11/28/2011 2:57:10 PM PST · by Makana · 39 replies
    Boston Herald website ^ | Nov.28, 2011 | Dave Wedge, Hillary Chabot And Natalie Sherman
    A somewhat bitter U.S. Rep. Barney Frank said today he will not seek re-election in 2012 in a move he said was triggered by redistricting that left him with too many new constituents to serve as a “lame-duck” legislator. “There are too many constraints,” Frank said about his life as a politician and the energy it would take to meet new voters so late in his tenure. “People are skeptical about incumbents,” he added. “There was also this — I don’t like raising money.”
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Monday, November 28, 2011

    11/28/2011 8:21:43 AM PST · by IMissPresidentReagan · 151 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 11/28/2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • DFU YouTube SING-ALONG: Dance of the Sugar Plum Faerie (goodbye, Barney Fwank)

    11/28/2011 11:50:07 AM PST · by doug from upland · 6 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | 11-28-11 | dfu
    To celebrate the decision by this disgusting human being the not run again, let's celebrate in song. He and Maxine and others in the Black Caucus are the ones responsible for the collapse. Thanks, Bill Clinton, for your plan to make sure those who should be renters would get into homes with little or no down, no qualifying, no documentation. SING-ALONG = DANCE OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAERIE
  • Good Riddance, "Subprime" Barney Frank

    11/28/2011 11:30:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush ^ | November 28, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So Barney Frank is retiring from Congress. He's not going to seek reelection. He's gonna announce it in less than an hour -- well, he's announced it. He's gonna tell us why in less than an hour. I've been looking into this, and the basic reason, well, it's partly to spend more time with the family. (laughing) What family? I don't know, folks. Figure it out. It's a redistricting thing. His district has been rewritten in such a way that he probably could not win it is what really has gone down there and that's pretty much...
  • Bye Bye Barney

    11/28/2011 11:24:43 AM PST · by CaroleL · 8 replies ^ | 11/28/11 | CaroleL
    In January of 2010, then-Senators Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut) and Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) announced they would not be seeking re-election that year. The New York Times reported on the sudden retirements saying they "signaled that President Obama is facing a perilous political environment that could hold major implications for this year's midterm elections and his own agenda." We now refer to those major implications as what Mr. Obama himself called the "shellacking" of his party in those elections. Does today's announcement that 16-term Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) will not seek re-election send a similar signal about 2012?
  • Race to Replace Frank Could Be Competitive

    11/28/2011 11:12:20 AM PST · by freespirited · 16 replies
    RCP ^ | 11/28/11 | Sean Trende
    Rep. Barney Frank announced Monday that he will not seek election to a 17th term. While the seat will definitely lean toward the Democrats, the election to replace Frank will likely be somewhat competitive. Massachusetts lost a seat in the 2010 decennial redistricting. In addition to eliminating that seat, state Democrats wanted to shore up the party’s performance in the former 10th district, in southeastern Massachusetts. As such, Frank's district was changed fairly dramatically, and about half of it would have been new territory for him. In particular, the district lost some white working-class towns in the southern portion of...
  • The day the Democrats took over (January 3rd 2007)

    11/28/2011 10:44:11 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies
    The Steady Drip ^ | November 23, 2011 | Sam Sewell
    The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress. The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this: January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 The...
  • Maxine Waters in line to take over from Frank on Financial Services

    11/28/2011 10:24:19 AM PST · by freespirited · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/11 | Peter Schroeder
    Wall Street executives already are bracing for the possibility that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will take over as the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee from Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). Waters is in line for Frank’s spot and could become chairwoman of the panel if Democrats retake the House. Frank will announce Monday that he will not seek another term in the House. The California liberal is seen as to the left of Frank, the architect of 2010’s Wall Street reform bill, on financial issues. While banks and other financial institutions often battled Frank, he was seen as...
  • Barney Frank retirement bad news for Nancy Pelosi

    11/28/2011 10:11:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 56 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 11/28/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Conventional wisdom in D.C. has it that House minority leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have a hard time staying in the leadership if Democrats do not retake the House next year. Veteran lawmaker Barney Frank’s retirement does not bode well for that prospect.
  • We Could Use A Lot More Barney Franks In Today’s Dysfunctional Congress ["Dysfunctional Press"?]

    11/28/2011 9:23:38 AM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 28, 2011 | Jonathan Bernstein
    We Could Use A Lot More Barney Franks In Today’s Dysfunctional Congress By Jonathan Bernstein The great Barney Frank is announcing today that he’ll retire at the end of this Congress. He’ll turn 72 in March and he’s entitled to a retirement, but he’ll be missed. His career is a reminder that even in a very partisan era, individual Members of Congress really can make a tremendous difference as legislators, and can even show that Congress — whose popularity is at record lows — can rise up to the Framers’ highest ideals in creating it. Barney Frank is funny —...
  • Barney Frank Leaving Congress

    11/28/2011 7:41:54 AM PST · by LRoggy · 131 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/28/11 | John CArney Sr Editor CNBC
    <p>Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts has said he will not seek re-election for 2012.</p> <p>Frank chaired the House Financial Services Committee for four years, culminating in his sponsored the financial regulation overhaul known as “Dodd-Frank.”</p>
  • Rep. Barney Frank won't seek re-election

    11/28/2011 7:01:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 236 replies
    Rep. Barney Frank won't seek re-election Posted by CNN Wire Staff (CNN) - Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012........
  • Jon Huntsman, then Newt Gingrich are Rep. Barney Frank's favorite GOP hopefuls (Video)

    11/12/2011 7:53:53 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 49 replies
    TheDC ^ | November 11, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    On Friday night’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, who is perhaps one of the most liberal members of the House of Representatives,” offered his suggestions on who the Republicans should nominate to face President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. His first choice probably wasn’t a surprise, being he is arguably the least conservative in the field – former U.S. ambassador to China and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. “If I had to pick somebody to occupy the White House, it would be Jon Huntsman,” Frank said. “But I can — easily say...
  • What Caused the Financial Crisis? (BF)

    11/12/2011 6:19:50 AM PST · by no-llmd · 15 replies
    Power Line ^ | 11-12-11 | John Hinderaker
    If there is a single face of the financial crisis, it is probably Barney Frank, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac’s chief Congressional patron, who shouted down all warnings and resisted all efforts to bring those agencies under control. It is probably too much to hope that Frank will be evicted from Congress any time soon
  • Freddie Mac Loses $4.4B in Third Quarter, Requests $6B More From Treasury

    11/03/2011 10:20:35 AM PDT · by ETL · 43 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | November 03, 2011 | Associated Press
    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 $4.4 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.
  • Bloomberg to OWS: Congress caused the mortgage crisis, not the banks

    11/02/2011 9:47:01 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 12 replies ^ | Nov 2 2011 | Ed Morrisey
    By this time, everyone should be aware of the federal policies that precipitated the housing bubble and its collapse — the push by Congress and two administrations to push higher-risk lending in order to expand home ownership, as well as the effort by Congress to get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to spread that risk through mortgage-backed securities.  While Wall Street made the situation worse by developing risky derivatives on those securities and failed to recognize the risk inherent in the securities themselves, the collapse wouldn’t have occurred at all had the federal government not intervened to distort lending for...
  • There is currently $600 trillion in derivative positions on a global economy of $60 trillion

    10/25/2011 4:54:18 AM PDT · by alexmai · 23 replies
    There is currently $600 trillion in derivative positions on a global economy of $60 trillion. Not a problem eh? The “cause” is the BANKS lootin and pillaging.­They deliberate­ly helped Greece hide its debt. The “problem ” was the US allowed the banks to defraud the western world. Finance Superstars Talk About the Massive Fraud in Our Economic System Nobel Prize-winn­ing economist Joe Stiglitz stated how reducing transparen­cy and hiding informatio­n was an essential element to the crisis. Stiglitz concluded, “Innovatio­n was regulator and tax arbitrage Wall Street and the banks deliberate­ly added opacity and complexity to confuse clients and consumers....
  • Barney Frank Unhappy With Occupy Wall Streeters Who ‘Blame Me For Consequence Of Their Not Voting’

    10/18/2011 6:03:04 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/18/11 | Colby Hall
    Barney Frank Unhappy With Occupy Wall Streeters Who ‘Blame Me For Consequence Of Their Not Voting’by Colby Hall | 8:17 am, October 18th, 2011 On Monday night Rachel Maddow explained how the Occupy Wall Street movement defied some traditional party lines, or in her words, protesters “aren’t exactly delighted with Democrats either.” She then introduced Rep. Barney Frank, who shared some frustrations with the protesters, saying “I’m unhappy when people didn’t vote last time blame me for the consequences of their not voting.” Frank echoed the thoughts made last week by former Gov. Ed Rendell who basically asked where were...
  • Frank Rebuts Gingrich Criticism

    10/17/2011 11:56:49 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    In this week’s Republican presidential candidate debate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blamed the 2008 financial crisis on “reforms” enacted through the efforts of former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank (D-Mass) and former Senate Banking Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn). Gingrich suggested that the two ought to go to jail for their “crimes.” Representative Frank defended his actions in support of the legislation that compelled banks to lend to untrustworthy borrowers as “well-intended,” and insisted that any blame for any bad outcomes really belongs to former President Bush because “he let me do it. He could’ve vetoed...
  • Barney Frank: The Community Reinvestment Act Was a ‘Republican Failure’

    10/12/2011 10:59:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 12, 2011 | Jim Geraghty
    In today’s Wall Street Journal: Asked who was to blame for the 2008 financial crisis and whether any bankers should have been prosecuted, Mrs. Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put the onus on the federal government, with Mr. Gingrich suggesting that former Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank, former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, should both be jailed.“It was the federal government that pushed the subprime loans . . . that pushed the community reinvestment act,” said Mrs. Bachmann, citing what she considered the causes of the housing meltdown.Mr. Frank released an emailed...
  • You Won't Believe Who Newt Gingrich Wants To Throw In Jail For The Financial Crisis

    10/12/2011 7:40:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/12/2011 | Zeke Miller
    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich got worked up when asked about the Occupy Wall Street protests at last night's Bloomberg-Washington Post debate. Gingrich first sought to tie the protests to "left-wing agitators" before calling for the firing of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. He then doubled down, calling on former Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank to be thrown in jail, not anyone on Wall Street. Asked if he actually meant for them to do prison time, Gingrich said he did, alluding to past ethical scandals. Watch the video below: CLICK ABOVE LINK...
  • Newt Slams Media For Not Demanding Transparency Of Federal Reserve

    10/11/2011 7:29:49 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 10/11/2011
    Newt Gingrich is asked about the Occupy Wall Street movement at the Bloomberg debate in New Hampshire: New Gingrich: "If they want to change things, the first thing to do is fire Bernanke, who is a disaster as chairman of the Federal Reserve. The second person to fire is Geithner. The fact is, in both the Bush and the Obama administrations the fix has been in. And I think it's perfectly reasonable to be angry. But let's be clear about who put the fix in. The fix was put in by the federal government. If you want to put people...
  • Barney Frank will return money from indicted poker players

    09/21/2011 12:21:45 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 33 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/21/11 | Frank Quaratiello
    Thousands of campaign donations received by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank from three Full Tilt Poker stars allegedly involved in a Ponzi scheme to defraud online players will be set aside to compensate victims, according to Harry Gural, Frank’s spokesman. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara yesterday alleged that Full Tilt took money from players and paid out more than $440 million to board members and owners, including at least three men, Howard Lederer, Rafael Furst and Craig Ferguson, who have donated to Frank’s election campaign. Frank (D-Newton) has been one of the most vocal congressional supporters of legalizing online gaming and...
  • Timeline shows Bush McCain Warning Dems of financial and housing crisis; meltdown - YouTube

    09/04/2011 10:24:05 AM PDT · by Sons of Union Vets · 163 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 24, 2008 | Fox news
    From Fox News Channel Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Special Report With Brit Hume
  • Russian cannibal ate gay date

    09/01/2011 12:45:39 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 81 replies
    Global Post ^ | 08/31/11 | News Desk
    A 21-year-old Russian cannibal brutally stabbed his gay date to death and then made him into meatballs and uploaded footage of him cooking onto the internet. Known as Ivan L, the chef allegedly lured his victim, aged 32, to his Murmansk flat where he killed him and then cut off his head and feet because he wanted to eat human flesh. "The defendant wanted to try eating at least ten people in the future," Investigator Fedor Bludenov said, the Daily Mail reports.
  • Soros faces Congress over hedge funds' role in meltdown

    11/13/2008 1:52:43 PM PST · by flattorney · 47 replies · 1,928+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 13, 2008 | James Quinn/Louise Armitstead
    Abstract: Five of the world's richest hedge fund managers, including George Soros, the man who the broke the Bank of England, have been called to account by US politicians for their role in the collapse of the global financial system. The quintet – including John Paulson, who made $3.7bn (Ł2.49bn) last year betting against the US mortgage market – were grilled over their roles in buying unregulated derivatives products, which some politicians believe contributed to the financial markets' meltdown. The men, who each earned more than $1bn each last year, were called to account by Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, who...
  • Frank: Military Spending to Blame for Credit Rating Hit

    08/15/2011 2:06:13 PM PDT · by pabianice · 23 replies ^ | 8/15/11 | Howell
    Rep. Bar­ney Frank (D-MA), the rank­ing Demo­c­ra­tic mem­ber on the House Finan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, is blam­ing mil­i­tary spend­ing for the recent S&P move to down­grade the U.S. credit rat­ing. Unlike some DoD offi­cials, Rep. Frank is not blam­ing the cost of mil­i­tary pay and com­pen­sa­tion, his issue is with the amount of money spent to on being “the mil­i­tary police­men of the world.” Frank told CBS’s “The Early Show” that rein­ing in defense spend­ing is “going to be my mantra.” The Con­gress­man says the credit rever­sal “could change our think­ing” and the influ­ence the mil­i­tary has in pol­i­tics. Accord­ing to...
  • Oops! Barney Frank 'breaks wind' on national TV

    08/11/2011 5:40:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 11, 2011 | Joe Kovacs
    <p>Move over flat tax, it's apparently time for a flatulence tax.</p> <p>We're now living in the age of hope and change your diaper.</p> <p>Just ask U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who is bringing new meaning to the term "political windbag" after possibly floating an air biscuit live on MSNBC Monday night.</p>
  • U.S. moves to sell, rent 92,000 foreclosures Administration looks for buyers for U.S.-owned REOs

    08/10/2011 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 31 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 081011 | Ronald D. Orol
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Struggling to clear its inventory of foreclosed properties, the Obama administration said Wednesday it’s looking for investor ideas for converting more than 92,000 foreclosed properties owned by the U.S. government into rental units, a sign of the depths to which the U.S. housing market has sunk. “Exploring new options for selling these foreclosed properties will help expand access to affordable rental housing, promote private investment in local housing markets and support neighborhood and home-price stability,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a statement. The Obama administration is working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator for...
  • Shame on you, Bawney!...Didn't your mammma teach you better?.....Poot!

    08/10/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 32 replies
    Way to go Bawney!....You're so damn comfortable anywhere you let air buscuits fly at will?.....I'll bet your're a riot on a plane!.....GAAAK!
  • Researchers use human cells to engineer functional anal sphincters in lab (No, not in D.C.)

    08/09/2011 12:23:02 PM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies
    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center ^ | August 9, 2011 | Unknown
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – August 9, 2011 – Researchers have built the first functional anal sphincters in the laboratory, suggesting a potential future treatment for both fecal and urinary incontinence. Made from muscle and nerve cells, the sphincters developed a blood supply and maintained function when implanted in mice. The results are reported in the medical journal Gastroenterology. "In essence, we have built a replacement sphincter that we hope can one day benefit human patients. This is the first bioengineered sphincter made with both muscle and nerve cells, making it 'pre-wired' for placement in the body," said senior author Khalil N....
  • Did Rep. Barney Frank Fart on Live TV?

    08/09/2011 8:16:21 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 67 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9 Aug 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Live television has its drawbacks. A big one is that you never know when an accident might happen. Exhibit “A”: Monday night’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC. While talking to Maddow’s audience about jobs and unemployment, Rep. Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat, might have accidentally let one rip, so to speak. (h/t Bob’s Blitz) You be the judge: Rachel, I think we have to figure out what we do from here and you’re right, we’ve got to get some jobs [... noise …]
  • Did Barney Frank Pass Gas Live on MSNBC? You Decide

    08/09/2011 7:34:31 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 9, 2011 | Jonathon Seidl
    Gawker may have put it best: “As you’ll see, his hips most definitely don’t lie.” During an appearance on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show last night, Dem. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) joined to talk about the economy. During that discussion, the almost unmistakeable sound of Frank passing gas could be heard. And the almost unmistakeable sight of him lifting his leg was visible: