Morning Must Reads: May 31

In the news: Romney's return, Holder and the media, unemployment in the Euro Zone, Obama's ex-aides, biking with Bush, and "The Most Powerful Man In The White House You’ve Never Heard Of."

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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fitty_three
fitty_three

I see @ahandout is trying to poo around corners.

ahandout
ahandout

Barry put this award right next to his Nobel Peace Prize.  His next award will be for honesty and integrity.  He he he.

President Obama’s only event at the White House that isn’t closed to the press on Wednesday is a ceremony in which he’ll accept an award for being open to the press.

According to his public schedule, Obama has four behind-closed-doors meetings from 10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.: his daily briefing, a talk with the USAID administrator, a session with senior advisers, and a huddle with his defense secretary. All of the meets are in the Oval Office, and all of them are “closed press,” the White House says.

But at 2:55 p.m., Obama will emerge to “accept an award from a coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates to recognize ‘his deep commitment to an open and transparent government—of, by, and for the people’ in conjunction with Sunshine Week,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0311/oh_so_transparent_bac12f28-96cb-4fb0-bf56-d325856ff3df.html

ahandout
ahandout

Chris Matthews has a hissy fit over Barry and Eric.  Matthews will be audited and investigated by the FBI, and the Justice Department.

“For anybody to run around in Washington and say ‘We don’t run the IRS,’ or ‘We can’t control the Justice Department, and I’m recusing myself,’ they say ‘The steering wheel doesn’t control the car any more.’ The person says ‘I want the person I voted for to be in charge. The only power I have, and you’re telling me I don’t have it? Because you don’t have it. And that is going to really bug people, especially people that care about government doing a good job.”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/chris-matthews-flips-out-on-obama-administration-the-steering-wheel-doesnt-control-the-car/

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

The GOP will doom his White House Ambitions. His arrogance is just the cherry on the sh8t sunday.

Ted Cruz’s personality problem The Texas senator is annoying, and doesn’t play well with others. Will that doom his White House ambitions?

La_Randy
La_Randy

@ahandout How many taxpayers lost their homes due to the IRS doing videos.

None.

That was Wall Street financial speculation. Get a life propagandist.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout  

Hey, did you hear about the Alberto Gonzolas Scandal?  How about the Ashcroft scandal?  

Then, of course, what's corruption without Citizen's United?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout Good then when can we prosecute and arrest people for what the IRS did to churches in 2004?

La_Randy
La_Randy

@ahandout Let me know when anybody gives a hoot about what Tingles has to say.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@ahandout Again, you slobbering wingnuts cannot prove he was at the White House 118 times. Rich.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@ahandout Funny that he never says he was at the White House 118 times.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout Liberal media?  You should move to Iran.  They just banned their state newspaper for 6 months.  You could go to a parade every day and wave flags just like you do in Teabilly Land.  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout What liberal media? Liberal media only exists in the minds of brain dead lemmings like you.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@La_Randy

I'm entertaining the possibility that @ahandout is paulejb's other poisonality.

ahandout
ahandout

@fitty_three @ahandout  You mean the Clinton housing crash. Just for you fitty:

Community Reinvestment Act was a plan designed to get people into houses who had no business being in houses 'cause they couldn't afford them. People that were never, ever gonna be able to pay back a loan were given loans. They were urged to go get loans. Now you might have heard predatory lenders in this and you might have heard that the banks were responsible, that the banks did this. The banks were under federal orders to do it.

Janet Reno, the attorney general for Clinton, threatened banks with investigations and punitive results if they didn't lend money to these people. That's where this started. During the Bush years, attempts were made to regulate this and fix it. And at every congressional hearing before the banking committee, when regulators were brought in to talk about solving it, the Democrats would swarm all over them and humiliate them and intimidate them and call them racists or whatever.

Because most of the beneficiaries in the subprime mortgage were minorities. Racial minorities. So, anyway, millions of people who could not afford bank loans were given them, and they went out and bought houses. This led to the utter crash of the housing market. People that couldn't afford houses were in them and not making payments. Therefore, the housing values plummeted. But the banks didn't just sit there and absorb the loss.

The banks, working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, packaged these worthless mortgages into pools of worthless mortgages and called them mortgage-backed securities, and sold them -- under false premises, essentially. Just to pick a number for the purpose of illustration here, you pool a thousand mortgages together and you call it one mortgage-backed security. Then you go out and sell it. The eager buyer thinks he's got an income stream of a thousand people making monthly payments.

He doesn't.

He's got worthless paper.

The banks foisted off worthless paper to people who didn't know what they were buying until they figured it out.

That bunch of people decided to repackage them as something else and sell them again, and all the while they were insured by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Worthless paper, worthless loans that everybody knew were worthless kept being passed down to other investors until finally there were no more saps left to buy them and that's when the crash happened and that is the Cliffs Notes version of what happened. That's your subprime mortgage problem, right there. And it shoulda never happened. People that can't afford to pay back a loan should never get a loan.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/01/10/federal_regulators_admit_that_clinton_s_mortgage_scam_caused_the_economic_crisis

StanleyCupp
StanleyCupp

@ahandout@Sue_N 

 LOUIE GOHMERT: "I cannot have a witness challenge my character! The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus!" LMAO at Teabillies.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@La_Randy

Isn't there a registry of everyone who entered the White House?  I assume that's where the 118 stat comes from.

ahandout
ahandout

@La_Randy @ahandout Let me clue you dufuss.  When you are asked a question, under oath, and you accept the question's premise, it means that its true.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@La_Randy

That's because @ahandout yanked.that fresh little puppy right out of his own azz.

He likes fisting it seems.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Hemorrhoids are mere speedbumps on the highway of love.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@fitty_three @ahandout What Handy fails to realize is if the media was even slightly liberal GWB would not have survived the Ashcroft scandal nor would have been allowed to hide the 9/11 Commission report and CIA memos until after his re election.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@forgottenlord @La_Randy According to the White House log book he made 11 visits during his tenure at the IRS during the questioned (Obama) administration. He was approved for many more visits but did not show up.

Of course his visits during the Bush administration are now being used against the current president in an effort by grifters trying to manufacture a scandal that does not exist.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

@forgottenlord @ahandout After all, calling a sitting Congressman an idiot to his face during a hearing is considered bad form. Which is a damn shame.


forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@ahandout

Perhaps he didn't challenge it because he has no idea how many times he was at the White House.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@ahandout @La_Randy Really, prove it. Then you can prove the connection to the White House to the IRS actions by a few employees in one division of said agency.

As usually you have got nothing but paranoia.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

You're going to have to compile a "Memorable Quotes", sacred.

It would be priceless.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 So explain to me again why the liberal media never pushed to have GWB impeached over the Ashcroft scandal? Or why they allowed him to hide the finding of the 9/11 commission and the CIA memos until after his re election?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 So the best response you have is accusing me of drug use? Guess actually rebutting my statement based on facts is beyond your level of skill.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout

"Maybe you should not support known liars in the future."

And maybe you should stop supporting liars in the present, @ahandout

ahandout
ahandout

@Paul,nnto @ahandout All you have to do is watch the testimony.  I posted it here.   You can see the smarmy Shulman being reminded he's under oath, and being asked at least four times why he visited the White House 118 times (now it has grown to 157-59 times).  Maybe he felt like he was getting away cheap, since we didn't know about the other 40 visits.

What is definitely known about the scum Shulman is that he will lie to and mislead Congress; he's already done it.

Maybe you should not support known liars in the future.

ahandout
ahandout

@Paul,nnto @ahandout  Perhaps you should watch something other than MSNBC, or read something other than the Daily Kos.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@fitty_three @Paul,nnto Living in Pa I deal with one of the effects of Cheney's backroom deals. Allowing Fraking companies to pollute our water supple at will with no need to disclose what it is they are injecting into the water table.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Paul,nnto

Noted.  Recalled from memory.  I still wonder, though.  It must be a very incriminating list of participants.

Maybe so incriminating as to actually be scandalous in the real sense of the word?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout @Paul,nnto  

And whose to say there's some limit on the number of times they met?

I'm sure that we would still like to know who was at that energy policy meeting GWB had, but really, it's water under the bridge.