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|Jan-07-13|| ||Tomlinsky: 'Bank of America has agreed to pay US government mortgage agency Fannie Mae $3.6bn (£2.2bn) to settle claims relating to residential home loans. In addition, it has agreed to buy back 30,000 mortgages for $6.75bn, and pay a further $1.3bn in compensation.'|
|Jan-07-13|| ||diceman: <al wazir: The Party of No will embarrass itself once again by trying to paint Hagel as a socialist lover of terrorism or something similarly ridiculous, but in the end I think he will be confirmed.>|
Why would democrats do that?
Oh that’s right, in liberal liar speak “republicans” are the party of no.
I guess that makes “democrats” the party of yes?
Yes to failure.
Yes to spending every dime you have.
(and so much more)
Yes to owning and enslaving voters.
Yes to using race for political gain.
Yes to gluttonous, political power grabs.
Yes to taking every right and liberty you have.
…and of course the only thing that really, really, really, matters to a democrat,
yes to throwing anyone or anything under the bus to get elected.
I think Obama’s second term goal will be a stronger, more robust ghetto.
|Jan-07-13|| ||FSR: <al wazir: The Party of No will embarrass itself once again by trying to paint Hagel as a socialist lover of terrorism or something similarly ridiculous, but in the end I think he will be confirmed.>|
Pretty amazing that even former Republican senators are too far "left" to pass muster with the teabaggers.
|Jan-07-13|| ||Jim Bartle: McCain in 2006: "I'd be honored to have Chuck with me in any capacity. He'd make a great secretary of state."|
|Jan-07-13|| ||al wazir: <Tomlinsky: 'Bank of America has agreed to pay [...]'> That money will come out of the pockets of the Bank's shareholders. Of course there are thousands or millions of individual shareholders, but only a few own more than minuscule fractions of the more than ten billion shares outstanding (http://quotes.wsj.com/BAC). Here is a list of the major shareholders of the Bank of America: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_o... You will notice that they *all* investment funds. So if you have put any of your savings in a mutual or other investment fund, *you* are paying for BofA's misdeeds.|
|Jan-07-13|| ||benjinathan: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/a...|
|Jan-07-13|| ||FSR: <benjinathan> Bizarre and appalling:|
<DOUALA, CAMEROON—A court has overturned the conviction of two men who were sentenced for five years in prison for "looking gay" and ordering Bailey's Irish Cream.
The Court of Appeals Monday acquitted the men and ordered their release. The two men had already spent more than a year in jail where they were subjected to abuse from guards and other prisoners, according to human rights advocates.
The new ruling has been hailed by human rights lawyers and gay rights advocates who urged President Paul Biya to release all other prisoners found guilty under the country’s harsh anti-gay laws.
On December 17, a Cameroonian court upheld the five-year-sentence of another man, Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, who was convicted of sending a text message that said "I love you" to another man.>
|Jan-07-13|| ||al wazir: <Jim Bartle: McCain in 2006> |
Well mccane is anohter one of them dislyal phoney trators he shud be kicked out of the sennit he dont belong there with great AMERCANs like Boner and norqist and the rest of the real Amercnas
|Jan-07-13|| ||al wazir: Last word on food labeling: http://xkcd.com/993/|
|Jan-07-13|| ||Tomlinsky: <aw> Aye, it's all covered. To be seen to be admitting fault and 'compensating' is the game of course. We're a pushover.|
|Jan-07-13|| ||Shams: <al wazir> Reminds me of the cult 80s film "Repo Man". Labels are all-white, lettered only with "BEER", "FOOD" or the like.|
|Jan-07-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <Jim Bartle: McCain in 2006: "I'd be honored to have Chuck with me in any capacity. He'd make a great secretary of state.">|
I'd be surprised to find McCain still taking that position today. In 2012 alone, his campaign committee received $128,799 in contributions from "Pro-Israeli" donors.
|Jan-07-13|| ||Tomlinsky: <FSR: Bizarre and appalling>. Appalling for sure but let's be straight, to coin a phrase, there are folks where you and I live who wouldn't find the idea of locking up gays particularly bizarre if the law allowed it. They even vote for people proudly declaring such ignorance into positions of power, genuine or party line is immaterial, while the real societal problems of 2013 have little currency come election time in the 'educated' west. Unless it involves a 'right' they don't actually need based on a 'fear' they can't even rationalise of course.|
|Jan-07-13|| ||Shams: Posted without comment.
<The concern over Hagel largely centers on his record as a senator during the George W. Bush administration, when Hagel declined to sign a letter urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. In a 2006 interview with Aaron David Miller, a former State Department Middle East peace negotiator, Hagel said, “The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here.” In the interview, he said he would often decline to sign letters from this lobby because, “I’m a United States senator. I’m not an Israeli senator.” His critics have seized on this interview to say Hagel harbors anti-Semitic notions about Jews being disloyal or foreign agents. Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said last month the remark was “borderline anti-Semitic.”>
|Jan-07-13|| ||johnlspouge: Here is the present status of the issue.
"Designate Hezbollah as terrorist group, U.S. House resolution urges EU"
January 3, 2013
[ http://www.jta.org/news/article/201... ]
|Jan-07-13|| ||Colonel Mortimer: The Israelis are still smarting from their loss to Hezbollah when they invaded Lebanon in 2006.|
|Jan-07-13|| ||FSR: <Tomlinsky> I agree completely.|
|Jan-08-13|| ||FSR: <In the interview, he said he would often decline to sign letters from this lobby because, "I'm a United States senator. I’m not an Israeli senator.">|
A refreshing sentiment, that.
<Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said last month the remark was "borderline anti-Semitic.">
Abraham Foxman is borderline insane.
|Jan-08-13|| ||al wazir: <johnlspouge: Here is the present status of the issue. "Designate Hezbollah as terrorist group, U.S. House resolution urges EU">|
With all due respect to lawyers (which is not a large amount), a "designation" that a group is or is not a terrorist organization is a lawyer's conceit. Some groups make extensive use of terrorist tactics, some use them rarely, some use tactics that are borderline cases. If an organization that formerly used terrorist tactics stops, how much time must elapse before they lose their scarlet letter?
(Note to word mavens: As used here, "conceit" is an old form of "concept." I am not calling all lawyers conceited. Only some are.)
I think it would be more accurate and more constructive to *rank* organizations by the egregiousness or heinousness of their terrorism, say, in the past year. Think of the anticipation that the publication of such a list would evoke. It would be like the annual awarding of Oscars or Nobels, only in reverse. "Will Hezbollah drop in the rankings this year? Is ETA still in the top 10?"
|Jan-08-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <Think of the anticipation that the publication of such a list would evoke. It would be like the annual awarding of Oscars or Nobels, only in reverse. "Will Hezbollah drop in the rankings this year? Is ETA still in the top 10?">|
Grand idea. This would inspire competition, and lead to special awards in different categories.
Goodbye, stale, humdrum terrorism of yesterday! Hello, brave new perfectly choreographed and special effects-enhanced terrorism of tomorrow!
Wouldn't do to skimp on production value.
|Jan-08-13|| ||FSR: <al wazir: ... Some groups make extensive use of terrorist tactics, some use them rarely, some use tactics that are borderline cases.> |
What would you call the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by the Irgun, led by Menachem Begin? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_D...
|Jan-08-13|| ||Tomlinsky: <aw: I think it would be more accurate and more constructive to *rank* organizations by the egregiousness or heinousness of their terrorism, say, in the past year.>|
A 'Top Ten' of terrorists! They'll all need funky signature tunes of course. "Anything You Can Bomb I Can Bomb Better" is already taken, unfortunately.
No it isn't. Yes it is. No it isn't. Yes it is. No it isn't. Yes it. Yes it is!
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|Jan-08-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <Tomlinsky>: You appear to have got stuck in a rut. May I be of assistance? |
Yes it isn't. No it is.
|Jan-08-13|| ||Colonel Mortimer: It's voluptuously ironic that the USA should decide who are the terrorists.|
By any objective standard of what constitutes terrorism (and there are many interpretations - i.e. only the bad guys are terrorists and the good guys can never be so labelled) US foreign policy, overt and covert, is certainly a candidate for actively supporting, if not wholesale engaging in terrorist action.
The notion that the US does not underwrite worldwide terrorist policies is bred from a bedrock of imbecilic ignorance that brandishes US foreign policy as a force for good in the world.
It's like someone telling you what's good for you, when in reality it's what's good for them.
|Jan-08-13|| ||Abdel Irada: Can you remember who ate what from your restaurant check and calculate the correct tip to offer at the same time?|
If you can, this article says you're atypical: http://novostinauki.net/news.php?re....
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