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post #31 of 59
Skippy, shame on you, quit stirring that pot.
post #32 of 59
http://www.businessandmedia.org/arti...106133228.aspx

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He’s President-elect Barack Obama’s new chief of staff, according to various Nov. 6 media reports, but Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., also has some baggage pertaining to the financial crisis. Will anyone in the media take note?



Emanuel, who was a senior adviser for former President Bill Clinton throughout the 1990s, was appointed to the board of Freddie Mac upon his departure from the Clinton administration.



“Clinton’s going-away gift to Emanuel was a seat on the quasi-governmental Freddie Mac board, which paid him $231,655 in director’s fees in 2001 and $31,060 in 2000,†Lynn Sweet wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 3, 2002.
Change we can believe in!
post #33 of 59
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Skippy, shame on you, quit stirring that pot.
What pot? Why do people seem to feel that we need to exclude yet another segment of our population? Farrakhan is an outspoken spiritual and community leader. He was able to organize a "Million man march", that was actually very nearly a million people.
post #34 of 59
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What pot? Why do people seem to feel that we need to exclude yet another segment of our population? Farrakhan is an outspoken spiritual and community leader. He was able to organize a "Million man march", that was actually very nearly a million people.
Hate to disappoint, but the people that are included in the segment that consider Loius Farrakhan a leader don't want to be included in a group with most of the rest of us.

And the Million Man March? It was a protest against the conservative actions taken by the newly elected Congress in 1994. The Contract on America was seen as attacking the various welfare programs it sought to reform.

There were a little over 800,000 men marching, most of which were not Nation of Islam followers. Little doubt as to why: he's called Hitler "a great man" and said that "murder and lying comes easy for white people" in a 1994 speech. The men that marched opposed him, they marched in support of the overall message of unity in their community.
post #35 of 59
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Hate to disappoint, but the people that are included in the segment that consider Loius Farrakhan a leader don't want to be included in a group with most of the rest of us.

And the Million Man March? It was a protest against the conservative actions taken by the newly elected Congress in 1994. The Contract on America was seen as attacking the various welfare programs it sought to reform.

There were a little over 800,000 men marching, most of which were not Nation of Islam followers. Little doubt as to why: he's called Hitler "a great man" and said that "murder and lying comes easy for white people" in a 1994 speech. The men that marched opposed him, they marched in support of the overall message of unity in their community.
Not at all disappointed. There are many, many different groups of people that do not want to be associated with other groups of people. If we start ruling out people based on the opinions that, as Americans, they are allowed to have, we may as well go back to tribal rule, because we will merely be lots and lots of tiny little like minded groups. Not exactly the framework that will hold this nation together.
post #36 of 59
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:chin: Rahm Emanuel could still face criminal charges if he can't convince anyone that he didn't know about the cooking of the books at FM/FM. If he knew about it, he was obliged to report it. Lucky for him, Sarbanes-Oxley wasn't in effect then. He would have had to sign off on the books, which would have been a big OOPSIE.
post #37 of 59
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You left out the "longtime friend of Louis Farrakhan" part. Any particular reason? Since it is true...
I assume you're talking about Grays Ferry back in 1997? Since when does appearing at a church rally with Farrakhan in an attempt to defuse racial tensions after some horrific race-based crime in the city qualify you as "a longtime friend"? I'd call it "expediency".
Philadelphia Mayor Joins Farrakhan to Calm Ethnic Tensions
post #38 of 59
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
:chin: Rahm Emanuel could still face criminal charges if he can't convince anyone that he didn't know about the cooking of the books at FM/FM. If he knew about it, he was obliged to report it. Lucky for him, Sarbanes-Oxley wasn't in effect then. He would have had to sign off on the books, which would have been a big OOPSIE.

One of the really, really neat things about life in these United States is, a person doesn't have to prove that they didn't know or didn't do something! It is entirely up to the prosecution to prove that he did
post #39 of 59
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I assume you're talking about Grays Ferry back in 1997? Since when does appearing at a church rally with Farrakhan in an attempt to defuse racial tensions after some horrific race-based crime in the city qualify you as "a longtime friend"? I'd call it "expediency".
Philadelphia Mayor Joins Farrakhan to Calm Ethnic Tensions
I don't know much about the local politics here yet, but Rendell seems to be pretty well-liked. His re-election last year was basically no contest. http://www.governor.state.pa.us/port...=2&cached=true

Doesn't seem like a black nationalist to me, but hey, anything's possible. I'll let you know if the state of PA is suddenly turned into reverse apartheid.
post #40 of 59
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A Jewish mayor praising the leader of the Nation of Islam as a "uniter" after the man has proclaimed the Jews helped Hitler kill their own people? Judaism is a gutter religion? Farrakhan was marching with Al Sharpton through the streets, and the best thing "Fast Eddie" could do was to praise Farrakhan and hope they'd leave before they made things worse?

And his last campaign? Was against a former NFL player with zero political experience.
post #41 of 59
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
A Jewish mayor praising the leader of the Nation of Islam as a "uniter" after the man has proclaimed the Jews helped Hitler kill their own people? Judaism is a gutter religion? Farrakhan was marching with Al Sharpton through the streets, and the best thing "Fast Eddie" could do was to praise Farrakhan and hope they'd leave before they made things worse?

And his last campaign? Was against a former NFL player with zero political experience.
Farrakhan's 1997 letter explaining all that is still on the Nation of Islam website. It's right here if you'd like to read it. I have read the entire, contextual letter and checked his references, and I am satisfied with his explanation. But that raises the question; So what if he did? . Every religion that's ever existed has been traduced far worse by people with far more influence. It's their opinion. Even George W. Bush insulted a million or so people world wide by stating that he “didn't think that witchcraft is a religion” when asked about Wicca.

I have to give this one an “Alfred E. Newman”, as in “What? Me worry?”
post #42 of 59
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
I assume you're talking about Grays Ferry back in 1997? Since when does appearing at a church rally with Farrakhan in an attempt to defuse racial tensions after some horrific race-based crime in the city qualify you as "a longtime friend"? I'd call it "expediency".
Philadelphia Mayor Joins Farrakhan to Calm Ethnic Tensions
Guilt by association. I don't believe in it. I am sure that mayors of large cities and politicians have to hold their noses and do a lot of things for the greater good of their community.
post #43 of 59
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Not an official appointment. Yet. But this is a BAD decision. Even if he doesn't get an official position in the administration.

http://www.menewsline.com/article-19...Ties-With.aspx

Aides said Obama had sent senior foreign policy adviser Robert Malley toEgypt and Syria over the last few weeks to outline the Democraticcandidate's policy on the Middle East. The aides said Malley, who served in the administration of President Bill Clinton, relayed a pledge from Obama that the United States would seek to enhance relations with Cairo as well asreconcile with Damascus.

Malley was fired/resigned (some confusion exists as to which) from the campaign earlier this year after his close ties with Hamas were brought to light. His phrase that "the Israeli/Palestenian conflict is a constant sore" has also been repeated by none other than Rashid Khalidi.

If Samantha Powers makes a reappearance, the gig will be up for Israel, IMO.
post #44 of 59
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If Samantha Powers makes a reappearance, the gig will be up for Israel, IMO.
First, acknowledging that there is a serious conflict between Israel and Palestine is a statement of fact. We need only look at a newspaper to see that. A 'constant sore' is a kind of gross way to say it, but it's true that there is a chronic issue that as yet no one has been able to resolve to the satisfaction of both sides.

Second, Rahm Emanuel is the chief of staff. His middle name is Israel, both in the metaphoric sense and in the on-his-birth-certificate sense.
post #45 of 59
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If Samantha Powers makes a reappearance, the gig will be up for Israel, IMO.
Actually, I have far more confidence in Israel than that. Masada shall not fall again
post #46 of 59
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Jamie S. Gorelick for AG. How cool would that be - a nominee that is also under investigation by the very department she might be in charge of?

She was a VP during the misreporting of income by the GSEs.
post #47 of 59
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
Jamie S. Gorelick for AG. How cool would that be - a nominee that is also under investigation by the very department she might be in charge of?

She was a VP during the misreporting of income by the GSEs.
Sounds like a fantastic idea. Frank Abagnale Jr, forger and con-man, was one of the most effective bank fraud investigators the FBI ever had. Takes one to know one
post #48 of 59
I think that is a tad different than being AG Skippy. But I'm sure many people don't have a problem with it.
post #49 of 59
No, no different at all. You get the people that can do the job, be it AG, investigator, house painter, "practitioner of the custodial arts", or whatever. I've not sat in on any of the classified meetings they've had so far, I wasn't invited. I really doubt anyone posting here has attended either, so we don't have any "behind the scenes" on her, do we?
post #50 of 59
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Originally Posted by Skippymjp View Post
No, no different at all. You get the people that can do the job, be it AG, investigator, house painter, "practitioner of the custodial arts", or whatever. I've not sat in on any of the classified meetings they've had so far, I wasn't invited. I really doubt anyone posting here has attended either, so we don't have any "behind the scenes" on her, do we?
It is different to me.
post #51 of 59
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It is different to me.
Just as having people doing the job than can do the job is for me

I'd rather avoid any more "heck'ofa job Brownie!" moments if at all possible.
post #52 of 59
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Some history on Valerie Jarrett, who BHO is plugging to replace him as Senator or may even tap for his administration. You know her, she's the one who said he'll be "ready to rule on day one." I wasn't aware we were "ruled."

Also some discussion on the whole Rezko thing, which is interesting on its own.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/ar...icy/?page=full
post #53 of 59
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
Some history on Valerie Jarrett, who BHO is plugging to replace him as Senator or may even tap for his administration. You know her, she's the one who said he'll be "ready to rule on day one." I wasn't aware we were "ruled."

Also some discussion on the whole Rezko thing, which is interesting on its own.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/ar...icy/?page=full
I read the link Neet, sickening. Just sickening.

When people have a sense of entitlement and never work for what they get, they don't appreciate it and they don't care about it.
post #54 of 59
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Well, looks like the citizens of IL are spared. Valerie Jarrett should appear on the national scene.

Pardom me while I go hurl.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com...se-not-senate/
post #55 of 59
Obama is ramping up those fellow Chicagoan's.


I notice his aides have pretty loose lips.
http://drudgereport.com/flashbol.htm

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/...ica/11auto.php
post #56 of 59
oh dear

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...-11-2008_pg1_5

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Yet another controversial Obama appointment

* Sonal Shah has been part of group believed to have been involved in massacre of Muslims in Gujarat and carrying out sustained campaign against Indian Christians in Orissa

By Khalid Hasan

WASHINGTON: Another of President-elect Barack Obama’s appointments has been greeted with disbelief by Pakistani-Americans and liberal members of the Indian community because Sonal Shah, the adviser picked up by Obama for his transition team, is known for her links to communal Hindu organisations.
Obama back pedaling on Poland?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...-missile-plan/

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CHICAGO (AP) - President-elect Obama has spoken to the president of Poland about relations between the two countries but didn't make a commitment on the multibillion-dollar missile defense program undertaken by the Bush administration, an Obama aide said Saturday.

That contrasts with a statement by Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who said Obama told him the missile defense project would continue.
post #57 of 59
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post #58 of 59
There have been no new appointments to his cabinet. Only people in the transition team.
The Bloomberg piece was an editorial, Drudge is irrelevant and false often and Washington Times is a right wing publication so I will hold my opinions until I get it from more credible sources.

The only two new names I have heard is Warren Christopher and Sam Nunn.
post #59 of 59
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We sort of ignored this thread, but since several nominees are due in front of the Senate next week, let's play!

How about Sec. of Education nominee Arne Duncan? I'm not for his liberal teaching methods anyway, but this article about their "solution" to violence in Chicago schools shows me they are out of control while on his watch.

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2...ool-games.html

This won't solve the problem long-term, but surely points out how far the school system has declined.
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