” Most people conclude the way the economy collapsed somebody had to do something crooked, but actually very little was illegal.”
Mmm, while you're executing a bit of political dancing semantics, (a lot of financial institutions did a lot that would be considered criminal fraud) the fact of the matter is the US govt. was bought off to the point of writing out what was once illegal – and with a stroke the pen – ta da - legal.
”Bush and Snow tried to warn congress of Fanny and Freddy's over extension.”
SNOW, not Bush, warned Congress & the White House – and was summarily dismissed because of it.
Zableedofisterix contends that, ”Nobody lied to anyone on wars.”
Oh yes they certainly did.
Dude -don’t attempt to re-write history. That dog don’t hunt.
Timbo thinks my interpretation of what Holder did (or didn’t do was actually the crux of my commentary) was bizarre.
You may think so but - Truth is more often than not stranger than fiction.
Great cartoon Clay. I do however feel a bit of sadness over Eric Holder's resignation.
When Eric Holder joined the new President Barack Obama's cabinet as Attorney General in early 2009, he was presented with a rare, historic opportunity to demonstrate the (novel) principle of equal justice under the law in action. Clear federal crimes had been committed - and sometimes publicly boasted about - by high and middle ranking officials of the outgoing ‘Cheney and his boy George’ administration as well as the gangsters on Wall St.
Instead of making criminal prosecution of publicly exposed or even publicly boastful confessed criminals his top priority, he joined the massed chorus of military, intelligence establishment, and Homeland Security minions who made waging a continued, expanded war on terror and spying on all Americans their top priority. In several of his major policy speeches, Eric Holder mentioned how every single day he thought, and studied, and strategized with top national security officials about how best to keep America safe, how best to avoid another 9/11
That, however, was not his job. His job was to be the head of the Justice Department, the top federal prosecutor of federal crimes. That is the basic core of his cabinet post level job description. Eric Holder put his energies elsewhere instead.
Everybody got a free pass - on torture, NSA/CIA snooping, lying the country into wars as well as banking and financial fraud on a massive scale.
I feel enormous sadness about that.
Meanwhile, the bad guys are laughing all the way to the bank. I'm sad, deeply disappointed, and very pissed off about that too.
I hereby nominate Elliot Spitzer as Holder’s replacement, but his attitude toward Wall St will probably guarantee he's off the list.
Quote: "Why have you rejected Christianity?"
It’s not a matter of ‘rejecting’. It is simply a matter never acquiescing to superstition.
When it comes right down to it, "Religion (in all its varieties) is "so absurd that it comes close to imbecility; and is opposed to everything true humanity holds in veneration--courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth." - H. L. Mencken
Thus; people that are together in the wonder of the universe don’t carry ‘Theocratic’ cards. And feel not the need to shunt another for top billing.
Good one today Clay.
To assume that Obama, or the Democratic Party, because they acknowledge the reality of climate change, while the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party does not, is better equipped to deal with it is woefully naive.
Republicans appeal to a nutter constituency.
Democrats are condescending phonies.
But both parties will do nothing.
Good one Clay.
Burger King is moving its headquarters to Canada as a tax-dodging - enabled by a tax code that ‘treats corporations better than people.’
Even though Burger King renounces its US citizenship (”Corporations are people to my friends”), it keeps the same executives, the same stores or facilities, the same employees, and the same customers — right here in the US. The only things that changes is the company sheds certain tax obligations. The company still receives all the benefits of US roads and infrastructure, police and fire protection, courts, military protection, etc. The US still educates its workforce and subsidizes its ultra-low wages with food stamps, Medicaid, and other available taxpayer paid services.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said, "If a person did that, we’d call them a freeloader.” I agree.
If anyone has issues with ‘inversion’, just wait until they implement the TPP; then you’ll see calamity.
Why is the figure ”Mr. Bennett's earth god?” What makes you so sure the figure isn’t just – ‘God’. The one you worship? And if not. Why not?
I mean, Bennett’s drawing isn’t all that dissimilar (nor is the subject metaphorically) than the figure painted by a VERY Christian individual who went by the name of Michelangelo.
May be you didn’t specifically say as much zableedofisterix, but you explicitly implied it.
And you still are. Your caveat being: "It does tell me he's no "gentle giant"
Michael Brown was 18 years old. He was a “teenager” - a boy. He was also unarmed.
The cigar incident had nothing to do with the shooting and has nothing whatsoever to do with the case as it goes forward.