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  • Poland fails to arrest Roman Polanski… again

    10/31/2014 5:54:38 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 9 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 31, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Convicted child rapist and pedophile Roman Polanski found himself once again briefly detained by authorities in Poland this week. And yet again, he was released despite requests from the United States to hold him for extradition. But before getting to the details, it’s worth pausing for a moment to note how CNN chose to describe the situation. Famed film director Roman Polanski, wanted in the United States for having sex with a minor in the 1970s, was questioned this week by Polish authorities but allowed to leave after the interview. Yes, I suppose you could choose to say that he...
  • Obama Golfing Buddy Personifies Ex-Im Bank’s Problems

    08/21/2014 7:54:31 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 4 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | August 21, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Robert Wolf bundled over a million dollars for Obama, got a WH appointment, and is cashing in on his connections As economists and policy wonks debate the merits of U.S. export financing, critics of one controversial program are warning of more subtle consequences exemplified, they say, by one of the president’s golfing buddies. Robert Wolf joined the president on the links this month in Martha’s Vineyard, the latest of his frequent outings with the president. The foursome also included private equity financier Glenn Hutchins and Cyrus Walker, cousin of White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
  • Wolf-hunting on Wall Street (Obama's Swiss Banker dumped by UBS, desperate for Obama's reelection)

    08/19/2012 6:37:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/19/12 | Page 6
    There appears to be a wealth of Wall Street sniping about Robert Wolf’’s departure from UBS after being described as a “fat cat with the president’s ear.” Wolf resigned as chairman of UBS Americas and president of global investment banking last month to set up his own firm, 32 Advisors. He’s among President Obama’s leading fund-raisers, a regular face at the White House and even golfs with Obama. He also makes regular Obama-friendly TV appearances, despite the president’s perceived anti-Wall Street rhetoric. A source told us, “Wall Street insiders are sniping that Wolf’s new career path appears to be serving...
  • Top UBS executive and Barrack Obama's leading fundraiser, Robert Wolf under bank scrutiny

    06/21/2012 5:28:13 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 6/22/12 | Economic Times
    One of the biggest banks in the world wants the president's favourite banker muzzled. The banker, Robert Wolf, a top UBS executive in New York, is among President Barack Obama's leading fundraisers, building more than $500,000 for his re-election so far this year. A regular presence at big campaign fundraisers, Wolf, who is 50, golfs and vacations with Obama and is known for emailing friends photos of himself with the president.
  • Bosses Rein In Banker Who Golfs With Obama (Obama Swiss Banker, Bundler Robert Wolf demoted by UBS)

    06/21/2012 3:43:40 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/20/12 | SUSANNE CRAIG
    One of the biggest banks in the world wants the president’s favorite banker muzzled. The banker, Robert Wolf, a top UBS executive in New York, is among President Obama’s leading fund-raisers, building more than more than $500,000 for his re-election so far this year. A regular presence at big campaign fund-raisers, Mr. Wolf, who is 50, golfs and vacations with Mr. Obama and is known for e-mailing friends photos of himself with the president. -snip- Mr. Wolf and Mr. Obama met in late 2006 at a reception held at the offices of the billionaire investor George Soros. The two became...
  • UBS racks up to $350m in Facebook losses (Obama's Swiss Banker-Bundler CEO Robert Wolf FAIL)

    06/08/2012 5:47:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Financial News ^ | Financial News | DJ Newswire
    UBS has racked up losses up to $350m related to botched trading in shares of Facebook during the company's tumultuous market debut, according to people familiar with the situation.
  • UBS lost $30 million on Facebook IPO fiasco: source (Obama bailout for Robert Wolf, CEO/bundler?)

    05/25/2012 4:39:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/25/12 | John McCrank
    UBS AG had trading losses of around $30 million stemming from Facebook Inc's botched initial public offering on Nasdaq OMX Group Inc's U.S. exchange, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Friday.
  • Mitt Romney Swiss bank account ad misses mark (No mention of Obama's UBS Swiss Banker Robert Wolf)

    05/01/2012 4:47:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5/1/12 | Paul Harris
    Who With the official kick-off of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign this weekend in Ohio, it's clearly time to test out a few attack lines on Republican opponent Mitt Romney. Think of it as the start of a boxing match. In the blue corner, Team Obama is trotting out to the centre of the ring and throwing a few jabs just to see what sticks to Romney's square-cut chin. What This is a slick 30-second TV spot of a kind we are going to be seeing a lot of this year. As such, it has to pack a lot in...
  • UBS whistleblower: U.S. prosecutor obstructed probe (DOJ obstruction of justice and intimidation)

    10/29/2010 10:19:04 AM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies
    Reuters via Guardian UK ^ | 10/29/2010 | Tom Brown
    MIAMI, Oct 29 (Reuters) - The jailed whistleblower in a landmark tax evasion case against UBS AG is accusing a top U.S. Justice Department lawyer of "criminal conduct" for thwarting his efforts to cooperate with investigations of the Swiss bank by federal regulators and the U.S. Senate. Bradley Birkenfeld, who was instrumental in exposing widespread tax evasion by wealthy American clients of UBS, detailed the alleged misconduct involving the Justice Department's Kevin Downing in a telephone interview on Thursday. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment. The 45-year-old former UBS banker spoke to Reuters from the federal prison in Pennsylvania...
  • Leading banker jumped to his death after snorting cocaine at welcome home party(UBS)

    09/08/2010 3:21:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/08/10
    Leading banker jumped to his death after snorting cocaine at welcome home party By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 4:45 PM on 8th September 2010 A leading banker jumped to his death after snorting cocaine at a party thrown to welcome him back from abroad, an inquest heard today. Neil McCormick plunged sixty feet and landed on rubble after he was spotted walking in circles and mumbling 'guys, don’t do this to me', the court heard. Mr McCormick, who had used cocaine regularly since studying at Oxford University, moved to Hong Kong last September with his wife Diana and...
  • Obama’s Vineyard Foursomes Include UBS’s Wolf, Lawyer Jordan

    08/27/2010 3:57:05 PM PDT · by Qbert · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Bloomberg Business Week | 8/27/2010 | Kate Andersen Brower
    Obama’s Vineyard Foursomes Include UBS’s Wolf, Lawyer Jordan. Bloomberg Business Week link only: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-27/obama-s-vineyard-foursomes-include-ubs-s-wolf-lawyer-jordan.html
  • Whistleblower: Some U.S. pols kept off-shore accounts with UBS

    04/18/2010 2:57:53 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies · 1,680+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/16/10 | Juan Gonzalez
    A former banker who blew the whistle on thousands of secret bank accounts rich Americans held at Swiss giant UBS claimed Thursday some U.S. politicians also kept off-shore accounts with the bank. "We had an office in Washington that we all referred to as the PEP office - for 'Politically Exposed People,'" Bradley Birkenfeld said. He was speaking by phone - on tax day, no less - from Schuylkill County federal prison in Pennsylvania, where he is serving a 40-month sentence for his role in the tax evasion scheme. "Only top managers from the bank knew the names of the...
  • Swiss Hold 8 Over Saudi Suicide Bombs

    01/09/2004 6:35:24 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 215+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-10-2004 | Alison Langley
    Swiss hold 8 over Saudi suicide bombs Alison Langley in Zurich, and Brian Whitaker Saturday January 10, 2004 The Guardian The Swiss authorities have arrested eight people in connection with suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia. The arrests on Thursday were part of a national operation by 100 police officers who raided homes in Geneva, Bern, Zurich, Vaud and Aargau and questioned about 20 suspects. Those arrested are suspected of providing logistical support for a series of attacks by Islamic militants on housing compounds in Riyadh last May which killed 35 people, including nine assailants. Officials said all the suspects were...
  • HIZBOLLAH VICTIMS BRING HISTORIC CIVIL SUIT AGAINST MEGA-BANK

    05/12/2008 4:10:03 PM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 99+ views
    IMRA ^ | 5-12-08
    HIZBOLLAH VICTIMS BRING HISTORIC CIVIL SUIT AGAINST MEGA-BANK May 12, 2008 For Immediate Release VICTIMS OF HIZBOLLAH MISSILE ATTACKS BRING HISTORIC CIVIL ACTION AGAINST UBS IN NEW YORK FEDERAL COURT A group of American victims of Iranian sponsored terror have filed a civil action in the United States District Court for the Southern District against the Swiss mega-bank, UBS AG. The plaintiffs, all of whom had family members injured or killed in Iranian-backed terror attacks, allege that UBS' unlawful eight year-long provision of financial services to the Islamic Republic at the time Iran was providing material support to terrorist organizations...
  • UBS hit by further $4bn write-down ($18bn for 2007)

    01/29/2008 11:41:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 103+ views
    FT ^ | 01/30/08 | Haig Simonian
    UBS hit by further $4bn write-down By Haig Simonian in Zurich Published: January 30 2008 07:21 | Last updated: January 30 2008 07:21 UBS, one of the biggest casualties of the US subprime crisis, on Wednesday revealed a further $4bn in write downs on its portfolio of troubled mortgage-related securities. The surprise announcement, coming ahead of the Swiss bank’s annual results on February 14, means UBS will report a net group loss of about SFr4.4bn ($4bn) for 2007. UBS said the full-year loss, which it had signalled when disclosing initial fourth-quarter subprime writedowns of $10bn last month, stemmed from additional...
  • UBS to Sell $25 Million of Islamic Convertible Notes in May

    05/10/2007 8:14:35 PM PDT · by jdm · 6 replies · 449+ views
    Bloomberg | May 10, 2007 | Shanthy Nambiar
    Per FR policy, Bloomberg is link only.Read article here.
  • Cuba mystery money gets scrutiny - $3.9 billion

    07/23/2004 2:01:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies · 786+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | July 23, 2004 | NANCY SAN MARTIN nsanmartin@herald.com
    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen won't let go of the mystery: Just where did the Cuban government get up to $3.9 billion it funneled through a Swiss bank over seven years. Was Havana simply, as it claims, banking its income from tourism and remittances that Cubans abroad send to their relatives on the island? Or was dirty money involved? Ros-Lehtinen, the Cuban-born Florida Republican, wants to know, and she has been badgering officials of the United Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and the U.S. Federal Reserve for answers. ''That's an awful lot of money,'' Ros-Lehtinen told The Herald. According to the latest answers...
  • Swiss bank UBS may hand over Iraqi funds in US

    03/23/2003 11:13:48 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 243+ views
    The Times of India ^ | March 23 2003 | Reuters
    ZURICH: Swiss bank UBS is ready to transfer Iraqi-held deposits in UBS accounts in the United States to the US authorities, a spokesman for Switzerland's largest bank was quoted as saying on Sunday. Spokesman Axel Langer said that funds blocked since 1990 would be transferred to the US Treasury in line with a US government request. The money in the UBS accounts came from transactions between US oil firms and the Iraqi state oil company. Langer declined to say how much cash was involved or whether other accounts in Switzerland and elsewhere were affected as well. The Swiss foreign ministry...
  • Obama’s Swiss Banker

    04/24/2012 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 3 replies
    The WASHIGTON FREE BEACON ^ | April 24, 2012 | By Andrew Stiles
    One of President Obama’s largest financial backers is a key executive at the largest Swiss bank in the world, complicating his criticism of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Robert Wolf is president of Swiss financial giant UBS Investment Bank and chairman of UBS Americas. He has been one of Obama’s most prolific fundraisers dating back to 2006, when the former Senator from Illinois initiated his run for the White House. Wolf has bundled more than $500,000 for the president’s reelection, campaign records show. He is but one of many wealthy bankers Obama has turned to in an effort to win...
  • Dems Poke at Romney's Swiss Bank Account (But not at Obama's UBS Swiss Banker CEO Robert Wolf)

    04/10/2012 4:25:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Newswer ^ | 4/10/12 | Mark Russell
    Democrats are taking shots at Mitt Romney's Swiss bank account, accusing him of wanting to "conceal something," reports the Huffington Post. The issue came up yesterday in a conference call by President Obama's election campaign that was supposed to be about raising taxes on the rich.
  • Team Obama Skewers Romney on Tax Fairness (Silence on Obama's UBS Swiss Banker CEO Robert Wolf)

    04/09/2012 6:29:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    KGO ^ | 4/9/12 | KGO
    As part of a weeklong campaign around the Buffett Rule, President Obama’s re-election team is making Mitt Romney the face of income tax inequality. On a conference call with reporters Monday, top Obama surrogates blasted the Republican candidate for keeping years of tax returns secret, using offshore bank accounts for some investments, and enjoying a lower effective tax rate than most middle-income Americans. -snip- Durbin said. “And when is the last time a presidential candidate for the U.S. had a Swiss bank account? The answer is never.”
  • UBS raises rogue equity trade losses to $2.3 billion (Will Obama bail them out again?)

    09/18/2011 11:21:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/18/11 | Emma Thomasson and Silke Koltrowitz
    Swiss bank UBS on Sunday increased the amount it said it had lost on rogue equity trades to $2.3 billion and alleged a trader concealed his risky deals by creating fictitious hedging positions in internal systems. UBS stunned markets on Thursday when it announced unauthorised trades had lost it some $2 billion. London trader Kweku Adoboli was charged on Friday with fraud and false accounting dating back to 2008.
  • UBS faces fallout (Obama's favorite Swiss-owned investment bank implodes)

    09/17/2011 5:47:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/17/11 | MARK DECAMBRE
    The pressure is starting to build inside troubled UBS. The bank’s investment bank boss, Carsten Kengeter, who some saw as a future leader of the overall bank, could be forced to fall on his sword, sources tell The Post. At the same time, the wounded Zurich-based financial services firm could significantly shrink itself in the fallout from its rogue trader debacle, sources added. Blame for the Swiss bank’s embarrassing $2 billion trading loss likely will be laid at the feet of Kengeter, 44, a former Goldman Sachs banker who joined UBS in 2008 to manage the bank’s troubled investment banking...
  • UBS Splits Wolf Role; Names Lofts CEO Of Americas (Obama lackey demoted by UBS)

    10/24/2010 6:05:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/22/10 | Katharina Bart and Goran Mijuk
    UBS AG (UBS) Friday said its chief risk officer will become chief executive of its Americas business in a move meant to strengthen the Swiss bank's activities there, taking over part of Robert Wolf's role, a high-profile investment banking friend of President Barack Obama. -snip- Wolf will remain chairman of the Americas and president of the investment bank but will step down from the UBS group executive board.
  • Switzerland won't extradite Polanski to the U.S.

    07/12/2010 5:33:28 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 41 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 12, 2010 | msnbc.com news services
    GENEVA — Switzerland said Monday that it won't extradite Roman Polanski to the United States for sentencing on a charge of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. The Oscar-winning director of "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown" and "The Pianist" was accused of plying his victim with champagne and part of a Quaalude during a 1977 modeling shoot and raping her. He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy, but pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse. What happened after that is a subject of dispute. The defense says the now...
  • Polanski free, Swiss reject US extradition request

    07/12/2010 5:49:41 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 31 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 7/12/10 | Bradley Klapper and Frank Jordans
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) - The Swiss government declared renowned film director Roman Polanski a free man on Monday after rejecting a U.S. request to extradite him on a charge of having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. The Swiss mostly blamed U.S. authorities for failing to provide confidential testimony about Polanski's sentencing procedure in 1977-1978. The Justice Ministry also said that national interests were taken into consideration in the stunning decision. "The 76-year-old French-Polish film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the USA," the ministry said in a statement. "The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked."
  • Roman Polanski released

    07/12/2010 5:28:50 AM PDT · by An.American.Expatriate · 38 replies
    20 Minutes ^ | 12.07.2010 | unknown
    Site in German- Polanski has been freed from house arrest in Switzerland and is free to travel. US has no recourse.
  • Obama's Foursome

    01/25/2010 8:06:44 AM PST · by opentalk · 396+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1.25.10 | The Prowler
    MEN OF HONOR Apparently, if you want to cheat on your wife or spurn the mother of your unborn child, cover up and easily settle your institution's criminal efforts to help Americans avoid paying their federal income taxes, or just avoid paying your own fair share, the place to be is on President Barack Obama's economic-recovery advisory board. Because that's where Robert Wolf, chief executive of UBS Group Americas, the U.S. arm of one of Switzerland's largest banks, UBS AG, sits, as do Charles E. Phillips, President of Oracle Corporation, Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management of...
  • Obama's Lead Blocker on Wall Street [Soros' Friend Robert Wolf Raised $200,000 for Obama]

    01/24/2010 9:43:02 AM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 523+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | January 24, 2010 | Neil King Jr.
    JANUARY 23, 2010 Obama's Lead Blocker on Wall Street UBS Executive Advises President on Economic Issues Even as Feud Between White House, Finance Industry Heats Up By NEIL KING JR. President Barack Obama's long feud with Wall Street is getting only hotter. He is pushing a regulatory revamp that would rein in the size and power of the big banks, after jabbing at "fat cat bankers" and denouncing Wall Street greed. But Mr. Obama has at least one buddy in the banking business: a former University of Pennsylvania fullback and ex-Salomon Brothers bond trader who now serves as an outside...
  • Who Is Funding Barack Obama?

    07/28/2008 8:09:34 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 15 replies · 408+ views
    New Media Journal ^ | July 28, 2008 | Paul Hollrah
    Who Is Funding Barack Obama? by Paul Hollrah In a July 10 installment of “The World According to Barack,” we discussed Obama’s phenomenal fundraising juggernaut. Obama boasts of having built a contributor base of 1.5 million people, each contributing $5, $10, $20...or, as Obama assures us, “whatever they could afford.” Please do the math with me. The Obama campaign has disclosed that one-fourth, or $66.25 million of the $265 million reported as of May 31, 2008 (he has raised an additional $70 million during the month of June), came from those contributing $2,000, or more...which means that the remainder, or...
  • Laying Blame: Conservative anguish over the Health Care plan.

    01/19/2004 8:34:01 PM PST · by aynfan · 5 replies · 174+ views
    author | 01-19-03 | Robert Wolf
    There is a flaw in the American psyche that inclines us to perceive presidents as, if not saviors, kings. It may be man’s inchoate longing for a strong ruler or for immediate gratification, but whatever the reason it is a flaw, and a tendency one should curb. For too long, too many have looked to a new President to solve every perceived problem. With every new administration there is the great expectation of revolutionary change, which within a year or two transforms itself into the disappointing realization that nothing much has changed. Executive Orders not withstanding, a president is not...
  • Laying Blame: Conservative anguish over the Health Care plan.

    01/08/2004 3:02:16 PM PST · by aynfan · 158+ views
    author | 1-8-04 | Robert Wolf
    There is a flaw in the American psyche that inclines us to perceive presidents as, if not saviors, kings. It may be man’s inchoate longing for a strong ruler or for immediate gratification, but whatever the reason it is a flaw, and a tendency one should curb. For too long, too many have looked to a new President to solve every perceived problem. With every new administration there is the great expectation of revolutionary change, which within a year or two transforms itself into the disappointing realization that nothing much has changed. Executive Orders not withstanding, a president is not...
  • The Spirits of Christmas: A New Look at “A Christmas Carol”

    12/23/2003 7:08:33 AM PST · by aynfan · 27 replies · 500+ views
    author | 12-23-03 | Robert Wolf
    Every year at this time, to the distress of some and the delight of others, we are exposed to a number of film versions of “A Christmas Carol”. It was the Christmas stories of Dickens, particularly his 1843 masterpiece “A Christmas Carol”, that rekindled the Christmas spirit in Britain and America, which had all but disappeared under Cromwell and the Puritans. Many of his works include scenes of Christmas. In fact, Dickens' name became so synonymous with Christmas that on hearing of his death in 1870 a little girl in London asked, "Mr. Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die...
  • <bold>The Sound and the Fury:</bold> The Left’s inane refrain.

    12/20/2003 8:06:35 AM PST · by aynfan · 11 replies · 163+ views
    author | 12-20-03 | Robert Wolf
    The Sound and the Fury: The Left’s inane refrain. By Robert Wolf The constant drone you hear from the Left is a complaint that their attempts at debate are considered unpatriotic. After all they tell us this is a free country, and their voices should be heard. While it is true this is a free country, it is also a civil one. There are rules to debate. Ad hominem attacks at the top of one’s lungs are not debate. George Bush should not be tried for war crimes or torn limb from limb. Debate is a civilized process where one...
  • Audubon Wildcatters: Environmental Duplicity

    11/14/2003 2:12:19 PM PST · by aynfan · 11 replies · 237+ views
    Author | 11-14-03 | Robert Wolf
    One great insight from the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter is that, “the first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie,” and the fuss and furor over drilling in ANWR illustrates the point. Do Utopians lie, yes? Do they have to lie, yes ? Why? The sugarplums dancing in their heads can’t be defended in any other way. Of all the arguments against drilling in ANWR, perhaps the most ingenuous is that there is not enough oil to bother with. According to Richard Pombo, representing the 11th Congressional District of California: Texas has 4.9 billion barrels of proven...
  • Sacrifice and other savage notions

    06/10/2003 3:44:10 PM PDT · by webtarian · 18 replies · 169+ views
    Libertarian Today ^ | June 10, 2003 | Robert Wolf
    (LibertarianToday.com) -- Ruy Teixeira, a rising star at the Democrat Century Foundation, made me laugh recently when he recommended that venerating the ‘virtue’ of "shared sacrifice" was the best way for Democrats to capture the Presidency in 2004. Go Dems! Two pictures immediately formed in my mind; the first of two DNC High Priests lifting obsidian knifes above a trussed-up and terrified taxpayer. The second of two panhandlers with dinner napkins tucked at the neck painstakingly dissecting, and dining upon, a single pea. This class of fatuous chatter originates from the Progressive Wing of the party; the wing that "dare...
  • Just following orders? Harris, Churchill and the firebombing of Dresden

    06/12/2003 4:17:07 PM PDT · by webtarian · 68 replies · 467+ views
    Libertarian Today ^ | 06/12/03 | Robert Wolf
    The decision by the Royal Air Force to carpet bomb during WWII, in order to demoralize the enemy and foreshorten the war, was a reasonable, condonable, military tactic of the era. But this does not extend to the bombing of the city of Dresden in 1945, which was simply an act of sadism. Not only did it not achieve its stated objective of demoralizing the enemy (impossible in a population long since demoralized) it resulted in the deaths of thousands of Eastern European refugees fleeing the war and the destruction of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and its trove...
  • Pure Water or Pure Bull

    06/20/2003 7:46:13 PM PDT · by aynfan · 10 replies · 249+ views
    June 20, 2003 | Robert Wolf
    PURE WATER OR PURE BULL By Robert Wolf The sky is falling again. This week the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) warns us that unless we take action, there might be something wrong with our water. The quality and safety of our drinking water is the envy of the world, we have Federal, State, and Municipal agencies dealing with the issue; and yet we are expected to believe that without the whining of these nannies an unbelievable disaster will befall us. Well here is what these nannies want us to be alarmed about. Their release impressively datelined WASHINGTON (June 11,...
  • Trial Lawyers the 11th Plague

    07/17/2003 3:46:06 PM PDT · by aynfan · 7 replies · 188+ views
    Original | 7/16/03 | Robert Wolf
    Trial Lawyers the 11th Plague By Robert Wolf The AMA has finally noticed that Americans are getting portly; and there is no surprise that avaricious members of the ABA have noticed as well. Tobacco company veins of the are running dry and nightfall approaches. It’s time to select another victim. It can not be denied that many Americans are overweight. But it probably has as much to do with overtaxing as it does with overeating. Both parents are now forced to work to keep the bloated federal government afloat. If deep pockets have anything to do with these proceedings, perhaps,...
  • Yellow Journalism, Yellow Cake

    07/17/2003 6:12:36 PM PDT · by aynfan · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Original | 7/16/03 | Robert Wolf
    Yellow Journalism, Yellow Cake By Robert Wolf The controversy over whether the now infamous line about Saddam trying to purchase uranium from Niger is nitpicking in the extreme. "The CIA cleared the speech. The CIA cleared the speech in its entirety," Rice said, en route to Uganda. If the CIA -- the director of central intelligence -- had said, 'Take this out of the speech,' it would have been gone," Rice said. George Tenet has taken responsibility for including it. That should be the end of it. Democrats, who think they are making hay don’t realize that the American public...
  • No Nannies Need Apply

    07/19/2003 11:35:58 AM PDT · by aynfan · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Original | 6/18/03 | Robert Wolf
    NO NANNIES NEED APPLY by Robert Wolf We are not a democracy. As has often been said, democracy is two wolves and a sheep arguing about what is for dinner. We are (or were meant to be) a Federal Republic, a collaboration of autonomous states headed by a deliberately shackled Federal government. As citizen of this Federal republic we should be permitted to manage our own risk and to pursue our own destiny; free of the meddling of those who think fast food is bad for us, that motorcyclists must wear helmets, or that we should split up into multi-cultural...
  • Age of Opinion

    08/22/2003 6:44:44 AM PDT · by aynfan · 6 replies · 276+ views
    original | 0822/03 | Robert Wolf
    Age of Opinion By Robert Wolf Garbage in Garbage out, a concept well understood by computer geeks, is the perfect metaphor for what has happened to public education in the United States. Just as democracy, a generic substitution for the more specific, republic, is the word of the day in politics, so egalitarianism or multi-culturalism is the by-word in American Education. Egalité is not a synonym for democracy, as those with a vested interest in promoting the concept would have you believe. The standard dictionary definition of egalitarianism is affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social,...
  • A To-Do List

    09/05/2003 5:50:26 PM PDT · by aynfan · 20 replies · 415+ views
    Author | 09-05-03 | Robert Wolf
    A To-Do List By Robert Wolf There is much consternation to the effect that politics has become a full body contact sport. Many are dismayed because all that is important is winning. Pubs and Dems will say anything and do anything to win, but the end of world is not at hand, not if we are up to the challenge. Libertarians think Republicans are Clinton Lite. Conservatives are depressed because congressional spending continues unabated. Conservatives and Libertarians are, both, ready ‘to give up the ghost’, ‘shed that mortal coil’ and ‘head for the hills’, perhaps for good reason; watching the...
  • Religious and the ACLU

    10/09/2003 12:34:19 PM PDT · by aynfan · 26 replies · 426+ views
    Author | 10-09-03 | Robert Wolf
    Religious Intolerance and the ACLU By Robert Wolf Amendment I of the Constitution of the US reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” and continues with “or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This is the so-called Establishment clause we hear so much about. The phrase separation of Church and State we hear so often comes from a letter by Thomas Jefferson 21 years later in which he...
  • When Brave New Worlds Collide

    10/13/2003 7:41:04 PM PDT · by aynfan · 9 replies · 153+ views
    Author | 10-12-03 | Robert Wolf
    When Brave New Worlds Collide By Robert Wolf Progressives, Greens and other socialists may quarrel amongst themselves from time to time, but they are united in their reverence for a book by David Korten entitled, “When Corporations Rule the World”. A revised edition has recently reached the shelves. This book must be on Stan Lee’s nightstand. Its title is reminiscent of a science fiction novel; an unholy cross between “When Worlds Collide” and “Brave New World”. It depicts Libertarians and other free market advocates as quislings or ‘useful idiots’ in a capitalistic conspiracy to rule the world. It portrays them...
  • TOLERANCE: The Enlightenment Vs Multi-Culturalism

    10/24/2003 12:53:46 PM PDT · by aynfan · 12 replies · 703+ views
    Author | 10-24-03 | Robert Wolf
    Tolerance: The Enlightenment Vs Multi-Culturalism. By Robert Wolf Tolerance, as exemplified by the Enlightenment ‘philosophes’, incorporated the belief that each individual should be free to pursue his own interests. In the words of Locke, “The commonwealth seems to me to be a society of men constituted only for the procuring, preserving, and advancing their own civil interests. Civil interests I call life, liberty, health, and indolency of body (recreation); and the possession of outward things, such as money, lands, houses, furniture, and the like.1 Unlike Hobbes’ Leviathan’, Locke regards this contract as revocable, a government that depends upon the consent...
  • DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: Spending cuts do not lead to a smaller government.

    10/30/2003 12:25:29 PM PST · by aynfan · 10 replies · 165+ views
    Author | 10-30-03 | Robert Wolf
    Death by a Thousand Cuts: Spending cuts do not lead to a smaller government. By Robert Wolf When, oh when, will Americans catch on to the deception practiced upon us, largely by Republicans, that spending cuts are reducing the size of the Federal government? Cuts in spending accomplish no such thing. They slow the growth of government debt, and even that by no appreciable amount, but not the growth of government. Not a single government program will have less money this year, next year or any year--each and every year they get more. In perpetuity it seems, Republicans are allowed...
  • National Character: The Quest for Sainthood.

    11/04/2003 6:19:18 PM PST · by aynfan · 8 replies · 295+ views
    Author | 11-04-03 | Robert Wolf
    National Character: The Quest for Sainthood. By Robert Wolf There is a theory that national behavior is an amplification of the aggregate behavior of its individual citizens, i.e., that the political macrocosm is a reflection of the microcosm. The theory should not startle anyone, historians and public leaders have spoken and written about ‘national character’ for a centuries and have concluded that individual responsibility and morality can not be divorced from good government. Transubstantiation Does government transform society or is it society that transforms government? When Progressives and others lovers of the collectives chide government over its inability to transform...