What this story illustrates is exactly how clever Newt is. Barney has just given him a national platform about an important issue and more publicity than he will ever get from his debate performance in and of itself. Of course, Barney had no choice but to respond. Afterall, who wouldn’t respond when someone is suggesting you should go to jail? Too bad for Barney, that many Americans agree with Newt.
From Talking Points Memo
Is it a violation of Congressional decorum to call for your former colleagues to be thrown in jail? Newt Gingrich lobbed a bomb early in Tuesday’s Bloomberg/Washington Post debate by telling the audience that he would like to imprison Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), co-authors of last year’s financial reform package. The attack drew a fierce and immediate rebuttal from Frank, who slammed the “self-styled intellectual leader of the free world” for his “very odd” comments.
“If you want to put people in jail, you ought to start with Barney Frank and Chris Dodd,” Gingrich said in the debate. His remark came after the candidates were asked about the lack of criminal prosecutions of Wall Street officials in the wake of the financial crisis.
Moderator Charlie Rose offered Gingrich a chance to walk his remarks back, saying he surely didn’t mean they should actually go to jail. But Gingrich stood his ground, saying Dodd should be investigated for his ties to Countrywide Financial and Frank for his ties to Fannie Mae.
“All I am saying is, everybody in the media who wants to go after the business community ought to start by going after the politicians who were at the heart of the sickness that is weakening this country,” he said.
Frank said Gingrich’s anger over his and Dodd’s role in the financial meltdown was absurd given that Republicans were in charge of the House and — excerpt for a brief period — Senate, from 1995 to 2007.He noted that he worked on reform legislation on mortgage in his first year as chair in 2007.
“It’s interesting, the charge is failure to stop Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay from deregulating,” he said. “This notion we caused the problem that started while they were in charge even by Gingrich’s standards is very odd.”
Added Frank: “I wish I knew that he was willing to listen to my advice, I would have given him some: I would have told him not to impeach Clinton, I would have told his successors not to go to war with Iraq, and I would have told DeLay not to go on the dance show.”
read the rest at Talking Points Memo
“Hey everybody, the Republicans say I’m engaging in class warfare! Ha ha, silly Republicans. BTW you guys, I’m a warrior for the middle class!”
So went President Obama’s recent speech in Cincinnati. See the video here, at RealClearPolitics. Let’s put aside the internal incoherence of Obama’s argument. Let’s put aside the shameless and painfully obvious pandering that’s going on here. Let’s look at the record instead.
Remember the time when the Obama administration didn’t raid the Gibson Guitar factories? Remember how the craftsmen weren’t idled, and middle-class employees weren’t threatened with jail time? Remember when Obama didn’t suggest that Joe the Plumber would suddenly become rich once his business made more than $250K a year, and that he’d need to spread the “wealth” around? Remember how well the middle class fared when Obama kept making speeches while unemployment didn’t stagnate and middle-class people had a nearly unprecedented number of new jobs? Remember how Obama didn’t want to limit or obliterate the home-mortgage deduction on federal income taxes? Remember when Obama didn’t seek to impose crushing overregulation on businesses, so they could hire more middle-class workers and lower unemployment? Remember when Obama’s policies didn’t create such uncertainty that the financial markets simply sputtered, causing middle-class citizens to watch their retirement savings dwindle? And remember the time when Obama didn’t choke down on domestic oil production, thus lowering fuel prices for middle-class Americans? Neither do I.
The fact is, Obama has no idea what it’s like to be in the middle class. He’s been coddled most of his life, and now lives in the lap of luxury. To claim he’s now a warrior for the middle class means one of two things. Either he’s full of crap, or he’s a miserable failure.]]>
Impish elf Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sometimes known as the President of Iran, says he’s going to grant a “unilateral pardon” to two American hikers whom the Iranians recently convicted of espionage for some reason that defies all conventional logic. Quoth the pungent little troll:
“This is a unilateral pardon, of course, on behalf of the Iranian nation,” he said.
The Americans, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, were arrested along with another American, Sarah Shourd, while they were hiking along the Iran-Iraq border two years ago. In August, Bauer and Fattal were sentenced to eight years in prison. … Masoud Shafiei, a lawyer representing the hikers, said he had been told by court officials that each of them would have to pay $500,000 in bail … .
(Read the whole story at the Washington Post.)
Okay, three things, y’all:
Eight members of a traditional Amish sect were behind bars on Tuesday after refusing to pay fines for failure to display orange-red safety triangles on their horse-drawn buggies.
The eight were being held in the Graves County Jail, serving sentences ranging between three and 10 days for failing to pay the fines on religious grounds.
(Read story here.) And there you have it.]]>
And you thought bad breath was a turnoff?
Facebook date used me as a getaway driver, says Leah Gibbs
YOU know your date’s gone wrong when you end up as the getaway driver in a robbery.
This is what happened to Leah Gibbs, 23, after she decided to hook up with a man she met on Facebook.
She thought he was going to wine and dine her; he had other plans.
At the start of the date, Adam Minton, 21, asked Ms Gibbs to drive him to a nearby betting shop (always a good sign) and she agreed to wait in the car outside.
Minutes later he ran out of the Ladbrokes, in Rhondda, South Wales, with a knife in one hand and a bag full of money in the other. Once in the car, he screamed: “Drive, drive, drive.”
Minton ordered Ms Gibbs back to his house and then tried to bundle her inside.
It was at that point that she decided the date was over. The police thought so too and swooped on the house and arrested both of them.
Ms Gibbs spent the rest of her evening in a police cell. She was set free only after Minton admitted he had acted alone.
read more at news.com.au
No word on if Mr. Minton called for a second date.