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“Barbie Princess Charm School”? Yes, because there’s no higher aspiration for a young girl…

Godly torture

At chain of Mormon boarding schools.

The DCCC Sends Me a Letter

Brendan —

House Republicans are investing heavily in an upcoming special election in New York in the hopes of electing another radical right-wing member to their caucus. We cannot afford to let this happen.

Republicans are trying to wrest NY-09 away from Democrats with smears and misleading attacks. Democratic candidate David Weprin is spreading his message that everyday Americans, families and seniors, not millionaires and Big Oil, should come first.

Meanwhile, his opponent is a radical right-winger ready to fight alongside John Boehner and the tea party. He has promised to push for drastic budget cuts and is even on record as rejecting the Republican’s budget and plan to end Medicare because it did not go far enough.

The election is just one week from today. We must immediately raise $25,000 in rapid response funds to help David fight Republican attacks in these final days.

Please contribute $5 or more to Democrat David Weprin before tonight’s One Week Out deadline. Your gift will have a direct impact on Election Day.

David’s opponent may have his deep-pocketed right-wing supporters to help him — and national Republicans ready to swoop in — during the final push before the election, but we are depending on grassroots supporters like you.

Your generous donation will help David with get out the vote efforts and to spread his message about the need to protect Medicare and Social Security. Even just a small gift today could go a long way.

Can you chip in today to help give David critical resources in the final days before the special election?

Please contribute right now >>

Thank you,

Congressman Joe Crowley
DCCC National Finance Chair

Dear Congressman Crowley:

There is no easy, or even particularly polite, way to tell you this, but I am not giving you money for Mr. Weprin. I am not going to help you get him elected. In fact, your email make you and your organization look like the fools you are, and I would like to explain why.

As you may recall, the 9th District of New York was held by the personable, aggressive, and popular congressman Anthony Weiner, who is more recently infamous for sending out pictures of his dick to ladies on the internets.

You’ll notice I used the word “popular”. That’s because, even after the penis photo revelations, 56% of Weiner’s constituents wanted him to stay in Congress.

Did the DCCC respect the will of the voters in NY-09? No, it did not.
Here is Pennsylvania’s talking meat stick Allyson Schwartz, flapping her gums on your behalf:

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, a leader of the party’s House campaign committee, called Wednesday for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign after he admitted he sent lewd photos to women and talked dirty with them via Twitter and Facebook.

Weiner’s behavior was so offensive that he has lost the ability to command respect from his constituents and brought dishonor to the House, Schwartz said.

“As Americans we have the right to expect better behavior from members of Congress, leaders of our country,” Schwartz said in an interview. “I don’t think we should accept it.”

Here’s Steve Israel, former DCCC chair:

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement calling on Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign.

“Anthony’s inappropriate behavior has become an insurmountable distraction to the House and our work for the American people. With a heavy heart, I call on Anthony to resign.

“I pray for his family and hope that Anthony will take time to get the help he needs without the distractions and added pressures of Washington, DC.”

I’d like to remind you, and the rest of the clowns at the DCCC, that when Republicans like David Vitter get caught wearing diapers (and the woman who spilled the beans winds up mysteriously “committing suicide”), no one says shit. Especially the Republicans.

So: against the wishes of his constituents, you got Weiner to resign. Then, you recruited David Weprin, known as a weak candidate, a “wonk” who has “benefit[ed], rather, from close ties to one of the city’s strongest political machines”. And now, word is you are ““Panicking” About Possible Weprin Loss”.

I remind you, Joe, 56% of Weiner’s constituents wanted him to STAY ON. You didn’t listen, and now you are scrambling to save what was a safe seat and you are hoping to play progressives and democrats like me for a bunch of suckers.

This is YOUR baby, guys. You’re the ones who threw out Mr. Weiner and replaced him with a quiet, wonky, personality-free, machine politician. But you want people like me, struggling to keep my head above water while unemployed in the shittiest job market in years, to contribute a couple of bucks to what’s clearly a losing campaign.

Tough shit. Dig yourself out of your own hole, genius. Please share with the other Mensa members down at 430 S. Capitol Street, S.E.

Yours truly,

Brendan Skwire

Tonight

Tonight’s guest is blogger, investigative reporter and author Russ Baker, who will talking about all kinds of interesting stuff, including his book, “Family of Secrets.” (You can read about it here.)

Tune in here. You can call 646-200-3440 with any questions or comments.

Confessions of a nuclear power expert

Don’t read this before bedtime!

Transparency!

Can’t have people leaking what Israel is up to!:

WASHINGTON — An FBI translator was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking secret US wiretaps of the Israeli embassy to a blogger, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Prosecutors and even the judge were tight-lipped about the case, the first of a record five prosecutions of individuals who leaked information to the press during President Barack Obama’s administration.

But the Times said, based on the first interview with the blogger in question, Richard Silverstein, that contract Hebrew translator Shamai Leibowitz had leaked documents related to sensitive US efforts to spy on a close ally.

Silverstein, who runs the liberal Jewish blog “Tikun Olam: Make the World a Better Place,” said Leibowitz had passed along some 200 pages of verbatim phone records because he feared an Israeli attack on Iran and was concerned about Israel’s efforts to lobby the US Congress and the American public.

Marcellus Shale protest

Date:
Wed, 09/07/2011 – 12:00pm
Thu, 09/08/2011 – 5:00pm
Location:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

Via Corrente:

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, a powerful gas industry lobbying group, is staging a major conference in Philadelphia on Sept. 7th and 8th. CEOs from Chesapeake Energy, Range Resources, and CONSOL are confirmed participants, along with other irresponsible gas drilling giants. Dubbed “Shale Gas Insight,” this is not only a key trade show for the industry, but also an expression of its political muscle. Former PA governor and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, now a paid gas industry “advisor,” will deliver the keynote. Current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will also appear along with other pro-fracking politicians.”

http://shalegasoutrage.org/
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Get out of jail free

I don’t think anyone’s surprised. The powers that be have already decided to let the banks off with a slap on the wrist and an exemption from serious criminal prosecution. Who wouldn’t take that deal?

Big US banks in talks with state prosecutors to settle claims of improper mortgage practices have been offered a deal that is proposed to limit part of their legal liability in return for a multibillion dollar payment.

Pocket change! One round of yearly bonuses!

The talks aim to settle allegations that the companies – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial – illegally seized the homes of delinquent borrowers and broke state laws by employing so-called “robosigners”, workers who signed off on foreclosure documents en masse without reviewing the paperwork.

State prosecutors have proposed effectively releasing the companies from legal liability for allegedly wrongful securitisation practices, according to five people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

Some state officials have expressed concern that they have offered the banks far too broad a release from liability. Others say the broad language was perhaps inadvertently crafted and will be tightened as negotiations continue. Participants on both sides stressed the talks remain fluid.

“Perhaps inadvertently.” Heh. What a sense of humor!

Still, the banks called the states’ counterproposal, sent to the lenders about a month ago after the companies initially requested an in effect grant of immunity from a raft of alleged civil violations, a “non-starter”.

A “non-starter”. You have to love their audacity!

They say the proposals from the state prosecutors will need to be expanded before the banks are willing to reach an accord with government agencies that will involve a probable payment ranging anywhere from $10bn to perhaps as high as $25bn.

The two sides will meet again this week to iron out their differences. They are close to an agreement on future standards governing the servicing of home loans, yet remain far apart on other issues, such as legal liability claims, compliance and enforcement, and the amount of cash it will take to settle the allegations.

It’s pretty simple. They want no liability, no compliance and no enforcement. What’s to negotiate? They’ve said what they want, now the prosecutors have to give it to them!

[…] The worry over the states’ counterproposal stems from its treatment of loan documents. The term sheet proposes to release the banks from legal liability over how mortgage documents were maintained, prepared and transferred, people familiar with the matter said.

Though the counteroffer attempts to release the banks from liability with respect to home repossessions, and explicitly states that the release does not include securitisation claims, the language is broad enough in that it could prevent state officials from bringing securitisation claims in the future should they sign up to the agreement.

At the heart of securitisation claims, which involve missteps in how home mortgages were bundled into bonds, are allegations that the banks did not properly maintain and transfer documents from one step in the complicated chain to the next.

If banks are released from liability regarding documentation practices, some industry officials believe they would be able to evade state lawsuits directed at how they bundled the loans into securities.

“Documentation practices”? They mean the rampant fraud, misleading claims and illegal home repossessions, even of people who never even had mortgages. Why should the banks have to suffer?

The attorneys-general of New York, Delaware, Massachusetts and Nevada are probing such securitisation matters, and have already indicated to the other states that they did not agree with the counterproposal.

Chomsky

Was there an alternative to going to war with Iraq and Afghanistan?

Smackdown

MergeLeft lets the Times have it over their stupid “The Postal Service is going broke” story.

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