Posts Tagged ‘crime’

The Inhuman Condition

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Calling 911 will cost you money in this town.

“they will be charged $300 if they make a call for help. ”

How many people will not call 911 now ? Let’s say you were going down the road and see a wreck. Or a burglary ? Or an assault ? Will you pay to report it ?

What are we becoming ?

Going down the road, feeling bad

Thieves and Liars

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

We have known for some time that the best way to rob a bank is to own the bank. The extension that we are seeing now, is that the best way to rob a country is to own the country.

From William Black:

“They were able to get Congress to extort FASB, which is the Accounting Standards Board, to change the rules,”

“They said, you will change the rules, and you will change the rules such that banks no longer have to recognize their losses, or we will remove your authority over the accounting rules, which is the whole reason for existence for FASB, right? So, that’s extortion in anybody’s language.”

Regulatory Capture

and from Matt Taibbi:

“selling a car with faulty brakes and then buying an insurance policy on the buyer of those cars.”

“They made money selling the crap mortgages, and they made money by collecting on the bogus insurance from AIG when the crap mortgages flopped.”

“Any bankruptcy court that saw those collateral payments would have declined that transaction as a fraudulent conveyance,”

“You’re borrowing at zero, putting it out there at two or three percent, with hundreds of billions of dollars — man, you can make a lot of money that way,”

“You can lower interest rates all you want, but we’re still not fucking lending the bailout money to anyone in this economy.”

Ripoff Artists

Kill Your Own

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Apparently, the government of the USA can now kill their own subjects without going through the inconvenient process of trial and sentencing. I guess what’s good enough for foreigners is good enough for citizens.

We killed ‘em so they musta been terrorists

Think they won’t screw up ? Check Here

Bought and Paid For

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The bankers own Washington. The politicians wear knee pads.

“Deregulation would help Rubin earn over $100 million in the following decade. ”

“If you get Chuck Schumer on your side, you are okay,”
“so much money from Wall Street over the years—more than $14 million”

And that’s just small change.

“Not even the Mafia has a vig like that.”

No… the bankers are worse than the Mob.

Who owns your representatives ?

“The defense lobby? Pikers. They contributed $24 million to individuals and PACs during the last election cycle. The farm lobby? $65 million. Health care? We’re getting warmer. Health care was the No. 2 industry, at $167 million.”

“And the finance lobby? They’re No. 1, with a very, very big bullet. They contributed an astonishing $475 million during the 2008 election cycle. That’s up from $60 million almost two decades ago.”

“$500 million on political contributions in just a single election”

“the financial industry spent $402 million in the first 10 months of 2009″

The government of the USA is bought and paid for. If you are not too big to fail, you don’t exist. Of course, you could try buying a local politician or three.

This Land is Their Land

Death Penalty is a Moral Failure

Monday, January 4th, 2010

“the only intellectually respectable support for the death penalty system” in the USA has “pronounced its project a failure and walked away from it.” citing “intractable institutional and structural obstacles”

The article continues:
“What the institute was saying is that the capital justice system in the United States is irretrievably broken.”

After all those exonerations based on shoddy police and presecutorial work, and DNA evidence, the deep and evident racial disparity in the recipients of death penalties, they only now have the courage to say this ?

“capital punishment is plagued by racial disparities; is enormously expensive even as many defense lawyers are underpaid and some are incompetent; risks executing innocent people; and is undermined by the politics that come with judicial elections”

If judges are elected, they will pander to the electorate. Is any of this so hard to understand ” I suppose so, for hidebound and vindictive creatures exemplified here:

“Mr. Scheidegger expressed satisfaction that an effort to have the institute come out against the death penalty as such was defeated.”

Have such men no shame ? And worse, have they no compassion ? No mercy in their souls ?

I suppose not.

From the article:

“the death penalty in the United States is a moral and practical failure.”

Killing Grounds

Bring Me a Very Small Violin

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Apparently some fat cats got singed. Cry me a river. They ought to be on their knees, giving thanks that they are not in jail.

And guess what ?

“And we have to recognize that we’re not 100 percent sure about what the value of AIG will be in the future.”

Cutting Back on the Caviar

Sauce for the Goose

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

…is sauce for the gander. Rip off everybody, including your audience and your clients. Who cares if you own the regulators. Nice job if you can get it.

The Song Remains the Same

Thieves and Liars

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Take a bunch of iffy second mortgages. Slice ‘em, dice ‘em, get your pals to rate them AAA. Sell ‘em to suckers, and run away. Nice job if you can get it.

“If you apply a 90% haircut, the losses work out to about 25% for the “super seniors,” and about 90% for A-2 and A-3.”

“Goldman and Moody’s declined to discuss this security.”

“Oops, sorry about that”

Why aren’t these scum in jail yet ? Could it be something to do with campaign contributions ? Naaa, that cant be it…

Grifters Selling Junk

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