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  • What the Costumes Reveal (Foreclosure Mill Throws Homeless Theme Party)

    10/30/2011 8:12:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 28, 2011 | Joe Nocera
    On Friday, the law firm of Steven J. Baum threw a Halloween party. The firm, which is located near Buffalo, is what is commonly referred to as a “foreclosure mill” firm, meaning it represents banks and mortgage servicers as they attempt to foreclose on homeowners and evict them from their homes. Steven J. Baum is, in fact, the largest such firm in New York; it represents virtually all the giant mortgage lenders, including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. The party is the firm’s big annual bash. Employees wear Halloween costumes to the office, where they party...
  • D.C. ethics board: Laws on behavior of government officials ‘not sufficient’

    10/30/2011 7:45:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/26/11 | Tim Craig
    D.C. ethics board: Laws on behavior of government officials ‘not sufficient’By Tim Craig, Published: October 26 The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics said Wednesday that local laws governing the behavior of government officials “are not sufficient,” but D.C. Council members remain split over how to reform the system. With D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) pledging that an ethics bills will pass this year, more than 30 people testified at a hearing Wednesday, offering suggestions for enacting more oversight over the city’s elected leaders. Until now, the authority for policing local elected officials has largely rested with three-member...
  • Is The Media Finally Ready To Do Its Job?

    10/28/2011 9:17:49 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 4 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/28/11 | CaroleL
    The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama has found a way around his pledge to not accept money from lobbyists. While not officially registered with the Senate as lobbyists, at least 15 Obama bundlers (supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others) are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies and have raised over five million dollars for the president's re-election campaign so far. This is really three stories in one. One, the president seems to have violated at least the spirit a campaign promise. Two, the president has...
  • Rangel wants wealth redistribution, says rich didn't sacrifice for war

    10/26/2011 9:39:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on Wednesday called for the redistribution of America's riches and hammered the wealthy for benefitting from a war effort fought by the poor and middle class. Citing statistics that show 1 percent of Americans now own 42 percent of the nation's wealth, the lawmaker representing Harlem said: "There is something wrong with that formula." Rangel offered no specific remedy for adjusting those figures during his comments on the House floor, but argued further that the wealthiest one percent have the added benefit of not needing to get involved in military service. "Why is it that we...
  • EDITORIAL: Politicians in glass houses

    10/06/2011 9:52:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2011 | Editorial
    Democratic ethics attack on Clarence Thomas backfiresHouse Democrats thought they had caught Supreme CourtJustice Clarence Thomas pulling a fast one. Last month, a group of 20 congressmen blasted the conservative jurist for making a simple mistake on his ethics disclosure forms. Summoning the highest possible level of feigned outrage, the members signed a letter demanding an investigation involving “possible criminal or civil legal sanctions.” They’re going to regret their hyperbole. Justice Thomas‘ lapse came to light in January when he filed an amendment to his annual financial disclosure forms noting that he had failed to mention his wife’s employment at...
  • Liberalism is a Disorder - Antisocial personality traits

    09/30/2011 10:48:58 AM PDT · by GraceG · 10 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | 9/30/2011 | Columbia Business School
    Antisocial personality traits predict utilitarian responses to moral dilemmas A study conducted by Daniel Bartels, Columbia Business School, Marketing, and David Pizarro, Cornell University, Psychology found that people who endorse actions consistent with an ethic of utilitarianism—the view that what is the morally right thing to do is whatever produces the best overall consequences—tend to possess psychopathic and Machiavellian personality traits.
  • Obama: 'I Don't Think Ethics' Was My Favorite Subject

    09/29/2011 5:15:01 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 2+ views
    Obama: 'I Don't Think Ethics' Was My Favorite Subject By Terence P. Jeffrey September 29, 2011 (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama told an audience of high school students in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday that he was “not always the very best student” and that ethics “would not have made it on the list” of his favorite subjects. “I was not always the very best student that I could be when I was in high school, and certainly not when I was in middle school,” Obama said, speaking at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. “I did not love every class I...
  • Crony Socialism: Obama Gives $737 Million to Solar Firm Linked to the Pelosi Clan

    09/28/2011 2:26:47 PM PDT · by opentalk · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 28, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    It’s as if Solyndra never happened. The Obama Administration is giving $737 million to a Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve. PCG is an investment partner with SolarReserve. Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law happens to be the number two man at PCG.Team Obama is spending $737 million to create 45 permanent jobs. The Hill reported, via Free Republic: The Energy Department announced Wednesday that is has finalized a $737 million loan guarantee for a Nevada solar project. The decision comes several weeks after a California-based solar manufacturer that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration in 2009 filed...
  • Saudi Arabia’s ‘ethical’ oil issue leaves the left in the lurch

    09/22/2011 1:29:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 8 replies
    National Post (Canada) ^ | Sep 21, 2011 | Tasha Kheiriddin
    A non-profit group has managed to enrage an entire kingdom, put an army of lawyers to work, and make the front page of newspapers across Canada. All thanks to a television ad which states facts, and posits a choice between one product produced “ethically” and the other “unethically”. The ethical product is Canadian oil sands crude, while the unethical stuff flows from the oil fields of Saudi Arabia. As the ad points out, Saudi doesn’t allow women to drive, leave their homes without a male guardian present, and values their court testimony at half that of a man. As a...
  • Second ethics complaint to be filed against Wasserman Schultz over DNC ad

    09/21/2011 10:10:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/21/11 | Amanda Carey
    The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) will submit a new ethics complaint against Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, The Daily Caller has learned. The complaint, which will be filed on Thursday with the Office of Congressional Ethics, takes issue with DNC ads that appear to violate House rules. Thursday’s complaint will be the second the RNLA has leveled at Wasserman Schultz. (Snip) The letter that will be sent Thursday doubles down on the original complaint, targeting newly-released Spanish-language ads in Tampa, Denver, Miami and Las Vegas. The ads proclaim in Spanish: “In the face of
  • Why Young Americans Can't Think Morally

    09/20/2011 9:08:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 131 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote a column on an academic study concerning the nearly complete lack of a moral vocabulary among most American young people. Below are some excerpts from Brooks' summary of the study of Americans aged 18 to 23. (It was led by "the eminent Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith.") "Smith and company asked about the young people's moral lives, and the results are depressing … "When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn't answer the question or described problems that are not moral...
  • Laws to Catch Up With Science

    09/19/2011 7:13:33 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9/19/2011 | Diane Dimond
    Many years ago, I was assigned to cover a story about a certain sperm donor, a newly graduated doctor in Kansas who had donated on such a frequent and regular basis that he was suspected of being the biological father to 500 children. You read that right, 500 children! My research led me to learn that professors and medical mentors had often urged their male med school residents to donate sperm as a way to: a) Put a little money in their pockets and b) Help propagate future generations of intelligent children. The belief was that if the sperm came...
  • Schwartz: Don’t endorse religious programs

    09/17/2011 9:52:13 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 17, 2011 | Staff
    Air Force leaders discovered Christian-based themes in the ethics course for nuclear officers. Top officer has issued a stern reminder to leaders about religion… Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz (to), leaders at all levels… review of all ethics and character development training.
  • They're after Sheriff Joe again!!!

    09/13/2011 3:48:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    .Failed criminal investigations of politicians and judges by America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff were put under a microscope in a disciplinary hearing launched Monday ....
  • Rep. Issa hit with ethics allegations (from some liberal advocacy group)

    09/13/2011 4:49:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/13/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Rep. Issa hit with ethics allegationsBy Alexander Bolton - 09/13/11 05:00 AM ET A liberal advocacy group is filing an ethics complaint against Rep. Darrell Issa, alleging that the California Republican has repeatedly used his public office for personal gain. The group, American Family Voices, is planning to file the complaint with the House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) on Tuesday. The five-page complaint, which was obtained by The Hill, accuses Issa of using his position as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to add to his multimillion-dollar fortune. An Issa spokesman on Monday said the allegations...
  • Vanity-RE: Rules- NYS Mayors and 'gifts' (or free stuff)

    09/04/2011 9:50:58 AM PDT · by CaptainPhilFan · 2 replies
    9/4/11 | nobody special
    FRiends, I'm looking for references to what kinds of gifts or freebies a mayor in NYS may recieve. Digging thru legal pages, .Gov pages, but can't find I'm looking for. Some friends having trouble with their Mayor , drinking at different bars every day, not paying. Thank you for any help in this.
  • The Usurper in Chief and Kingfish Liar Again Misleads Public

    08/25/2011 11:34:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | August 24, 2011 | Jerry McConnell
    An inquirer asks, ‘How do you know Obama is lying?’ to which I replied, ‘When his lips are moving.’ OK, that’s a bad old joke; but strangely, it fits so well with that foreign operator who plays with our money out of our White House. The problem today is to even remotely know when he is telling the truth. I don’t think even he knows when that rare occurrence happens. His entire existence is based on lies, misconceptions and outright deception. He has spent millions of dollars, perhaps even government funds, otherwise known as our tax dollars, to deceive the...
  • Watchdogs Agree: Waters Case Shows Ethics Process is Broken

    08/10/2011 2:51:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 10, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post writes today that the House Ethics Committee is planning to spend $500,000 for an investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), and the Committee's own staff.Last month, the Committee announced the hiring of Billy Martin to review the actions of the Committee's staff that were cited as a reason to push the Waters trial beyond last November's elections. Martin would then proceed to investigate the Waters matter if he determines that the staff's previous conduct was not sufficiently prejudicial to dismiss the case, as she has requested.As Leonnig reports: Ethics watchdogs from both ends...
  • Probers eye Meeks rap over 40G 'loan'

    08/06/2011 10:27:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 6, 2011 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON -- A House ethics probe of Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks is focusing on possible criminal charges for his failure to report a $40,000 payment from a businessman that investigators say appears to have been an illegal gift -- and not a loan, as he has claimed. The bipartisan Ethics Committee yesterday announced it would investigate Meeks over the $40,000 he was given by businessman Ed Ahmad in 2007, and it released an investigator's report that blasted Meeks for being uncooperative with the probe. The investigation will try to determine whether Meeks "failed to disclose a payment he received in...
  • Meeks' Crony Ahmad Busted by FBI

    07/25/2011 12:56:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 25, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    On Friday, the FBI arrested Ed Ahmad, the Guyanese businessman who made an unsecured $40,000 loan to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) that Meeks failed to publicly disclose as required. Ahmad was charged with mortgage fraud in connection to a wide-ranging scheme that involved faking income for applicants and the use of straw buyers. He was reportedly released on $2.5 million bail.According to one report, "Ahmad had already boarded Delta 383 at JFK International to head to Guyana when Federal agents boarded the aircraft, handcuffed him and removed him from the aircraft." As first reported in the New York Daily News,...