SEC decision to sue Goldman broke along party lines

Well, this proves one of two things:

Either the Democrats at the SEC are playing crass politics by filing a civil suit against Goldman Sachs, or the Republicans are demonstrating why the SEC under their control was such a toothless enforcer.

From Bloomberg:

April 19 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission split 3-2 along party lines to approve an enforcement case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc., according to two people with knowledge of the vote.

SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro sided with Democrats Luis Aguilar and Elisse Walter to approve the case, said the people, who declined to be identified because the vote wasn’t public. Republican commissioners Kathleen Casey and Troy Paredes voted against suing, the person said….

The decision shows Schapiro, a political independent, moved forward in accusing New York-based Goldman Sachs of fraud in the face of resistance from not only the company but her fellow commissioners. It’s the second time this year Schapiro has cast the deciding vote on a high-profile case without Republican support as she sided with Democrats to approve a $150 million settlement with Bank of America Corp. tied to its takeover of Merrill Lynch & Co.

117 comments Add your comment

N-GA

April 19th, 2010
5:20 pm

What a surprise!

N-GA

April 19th, 2010
5:22 pm

First? I don’t believe it! Do I win something?

professional skeptic

April 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

In the current age of Bernie Madoff and his ilk, Republicans need to understand that the American people are no longer going to tolerate seeing serious allegations of financial fraud go uninvestigated/unprosecuted. Guess they didn’t get the memo.

RW-(the original)

April 19th, 2010
5:27 pm

I question the timing !!!

Fannie and Freddie did pretty much the same thing Goldman is accused of on a much larger scale.

You also have to wonder why the “financial reform” bill must be passed right now when last year we commissioned one of those blue ribbon panels to find out what happened and to make recommendations to ensure it wouldn’t happen again, but their report isn’t due until December. I guess we didn’t need those guys after all….

Jay

April 19th, 2010
5:29 pm

I’m going to wander off my own topic here, but what the heck. Regarding our side discussion this morning about the microchip implanting bill, Jim Galloway has this precious post:

http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2010/04/19/delusions-the-legislature-and-an-implanted-microchip/

Chris Broe

April 19th, 2010
5:31 pm

The timing of the Goldman bomb is suspicious. Also, Citi bank broke above $5 last week (on tax day) and it looks like the guv sold some of it’s Citi shares then. Institutional players cant buy or short shares under $5. Nothing Suspicious there…….

The whole thing stinks. What is really going on? I haven’t the education, experience or intelligence to ever fully comprehend the Sachs charges, or how our government bought billions of Citi shares and is now unloading them.

It does piss me off that a man can go to Goldman Sachs and suggest a CDO and not get thrown out. I’ve got a CDO idea. Right here. Here’s your CDO, Sachs.

If the warnings about Commercial real estate are correct, that a new bubble is about to burst, then by all means short Commercial Real Estate CDOs, if they exist. I don’t know.

But it sounds to me like what worked for the shorts in housing should work for the shorts in Commercial Real Estate.

AmVet

April 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

It seems that the stuck in the past GOP’s long suffering problems are that they never found a good replacement for Joseph McCarthy.

Yes Tricky Dick, Newt the Nut and Karl Rove were quite talented at demagoguery, baseless defamation, and mudslinging, but they lacked that certain little killer instinct.

So now we have the kinder, gentler, if not emasculated, GOP that still pines for those glory days of the 1950s…

But for a tru

AmVet

April 19th, 2010
5:36 pm

e, new Saint Ronnie to come riding up on a white steed named Faketriot!

Then things would be OK again…

arnold

April 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

I want to see the Republicans continue to try and support the current banking system. It’s a guaranteed winner for the Democrats.

Paul

April 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

Jay

Sure wish it were possible to read the discussion leading up to the votes.

Can’t possibly imagine why anyone would vote to not go after them.

N-GA

[[Do I win something?}}

Applause and Adulation.

Jay – your sidebar – thank you I feel better now.

It was only the feds.

It wasn’t the aliens.

Whew.

Dusty

April 19th, 2010
5:40 pm

Who is worried about Goldman? Not me. I’m worried that Democrats will nominate the woman with the microchip to replace Pelosi. You know. The one Galloway quoted in his blog. And Democrats would vote for her without a doubt.

professional skeptic

April 19th, 2010
5:42 pm

OK, I see others’ points about timing. But how long should prosecution be put off? Until every last Republican delay tactic on financial reform legislation has been exhausted? How many months? years?

RW-(the original)

April 19th, 2010
5:42 pm

Paul,

N-GA should also get some kind of tenacity award since he posted first and second here in addition to alerting the thread downstairs to the new digs.

professional skeptic

April 19th, 2010
5:44 pm

Dusty
April 19th, 2010
5:40 pm

Hilarious :)

RW-(the original)

April 19th, 2010
5:47 pm

Republican delay tactics???

In the wake of the most significant financial crisis since the Great Depression, the President signed into law on May 20, 2009, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, creating the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The Commission was established to “examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.”

A report of the Commission’s findings is due to the Congress, President and, most importantly, the American people on December 15, 2010.

http://fcic.gov/about/

More like another clusterfark of Democrat governance.

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
5:47 pm

Oh, the Goldman Sachs cr*p is just that, a lot of partisan posturing and quite frankly not much is going to come of it and we know that…BUT..

JAY @ 5:29

This is great fun and as Janis would say, “of great social and political importance.” Let’s not forget, though, that only two, folks only two, of the legistlators who let it get this far voted against it…this ain’t partisan, there’re plenty of fruitcakes on both sides of the aisle in our dearly beloved Empire State of the South…

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

PAUL

Sssh…it was the Carpetbag-Scalawags…they tried to put one in me, but I was able to fight them off! :-)

Jay

April 19th, 2010
5:55 pm

You only THINK you were able to fight them off, Josef…. That’s the way it’s done, although I probably shouldn’t be telling you that.

AmVet

April 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

“Oh, the Goldman Sachs cr*p is just that, a lot of partisan posturing and quite frankly not much is going to come of it and we know that…”

Yep, agreed. It likely wont deter the criminals very much at all.

Yet the liberal Republicans are opposed to it because it TOO restrictive.

From what I’ve read they don’t want a pot of money dedicated for the sole purpose of government intervention, saying it would give an implicit guarantee of government support. They call the fund a bailout, even though it’s not paid for by taxpayers.

So the banksters have to ante up the 50 billion, instead of us, and the conned call it a bailout? Can someone help me with this one?

Also in the Senate bill is a new consumer regulator that would be housed inside the Federal Reserve but would be considered independent. The regulator’s mission would be to ensure consumers get a fair shake with mortgages and credit cards.

Republicans don’t like the extensive rule-making and enforcement powers that the consumer regulator would get, saying they would threaten bank safety and soundness.

We don’t need no consumer protections. That mamby pamby stuff is for loons like Ralph Nader.

Another big area of disagreement is over ways to prevent future collapses, such as that of American Insurance Group (AIG, Fortune 500). The Senate wants to force trading on complex financial products, known as derivatives, to be done on clearinghouses in order to make such trades more open to scrutiny. However, Republicans and Democrats disagree over which derivatives, such as those traded by big agricultural and airline companies to control swings in prices, could continue unregulated.,/i>

md

April 19th, 2010
5:59 pm

Per the Galloway post, the woman sounds crazy, but I’m guessing the folks of Tuskegee would keep an open mind. 40 years of testing…………..

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin...

April 19th, 2010
5:59 pm

Well, let’s see here, Goldman contributed big $$$$$$ to obozo’s presidential kkkampaign, stands to make billions if the proposed financial “reform” legislation is made law, all this in exchange for a public spanking/ never ending God forsaken tongue wagging and then an eerie silence about the SEC charges, a silence which will follow just as sure as night turns to day, why do I have to explain these things to some editor of a major socialist “newspaper.” Oh yeah, “socialist,” silly me.

Just askin…

professional skeptic

April 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

If the FCIC comes up with additional fixes beyond the obvious low hanging fruit like “toxic derivatives should be regulated” then by all means, we should consider additional legislation when we get their report.

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

JAY
Then why are they still hiding under my bed…huhh? Explain that… they’re just waitin…

But, if they did get me, can I go down to the Gold Dome and offer my testimony? It IS Confederate Heritage Month, ya know… :-)

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 19th, 2010
6:06 pm

this ain’t partisan, there’re plenty of fruitcakes on both sides of the aisle in our dearly beloved Empire State of the South…

As a life-long Georgian, it’s been that way all my life (and those who went before me said it was that way all their lives too). It was that way when the Democrats were the party running things and it’s that way now that the Republicans are running things. I’d be surprised if I lived to see it change.

And for whatever it’s worth, I never have cared much for that “Empire State of the South” stuff. Always thought it sounded uppity.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 19th, 2010
6:08 pm

You only THINK you were able to fight them off, Josef…. That’s the way it’s done, although I probably shouldn’t be telling you that.

So, Jay is admitting he’s in on the Conspiracy? That’s what it sounds like to me.

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
6:10 pm

Hillbilly

“And for whatever it’s worth, I never have cared much for that “Empire State of the South” stuff. Always thought it sounded uppity.”

I don’t like it very much either but not because it’s uppity but because it’s just more of that insidious Carpetbag-Scalawag Yankee imperalist colonialism at work…hrrmph…Empire State envy? :-)

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin...

April 19th, 2010
6:11 pm

Aahhh, speaking of which, just posted at duh Drudge Report:

WILL OBAMA RETURN $994,795 IN GOLDMAN SACHS CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS?

Am I not the man?

Relinquish the blog Bookman.

Paul

April 19th, 2010
6:11 pm

Back kinda on topic:

Did you folks notice the size of the guy’s bonus? 3 BILLION in a year? Add up the salaries of all those CEOs and it doesn’t come close to what one hedge fund manager makes. Or keeps. As was pointed out, Democrats STILL let his earnings get taxed at the 15% cap gains rate.

I do hope the feds prefer criminal charges. And confiscate his ill-gotten gains. And turn the money over to the little-guy investors who got taken. And throw him in prison. And charge him for his time there.

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
6:12 pm

Hillbilly

They may have microchipped HIM, but I ain’t going looking for where they put it! :-)

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 19th, 2010
6:14 pm

I do hope the feds prefer criminal charges. And confiscate his ill-gotten gains. And turn the money over to the little-guy investors who got taken. And throw him in prison. And charge him for his time there.

Me too, but I’d hate to be swingin’ from a rope ’til that happens.

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
6:16 pm

Ill gotten gains? Campaign contributions?

Money talks, and b*llsh*t walks… jus’ sayin’

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
6:20 pm

“I’m worried that Democrats will nominate the woman with the microchip ”

Please, PLEASE tell us you don’t really believe she has a micro-chip. Please.

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
6:22 pm

Doggone…

“Please, PLEASE tell us you don’t really believe she has a micro-chip. Please.”

Bless her heart.

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
6:25 pm

“Bless her heart.”

You bet.

AmVet

April 19th, 2010
6:26 pm

Yeah, like Boehner, Shelby , McCain and every other politician who got money from Goldman Sachs will be returning it?

TnGelding

April 19th, 2010
6:27 pm

Does anyone have any critical thinking skills anymore or are we all just partisan hacks?

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
6:30 pm

This session of Georgia’s solons has been, and evidently will go into the books as, a Madhatter’s Tea Party…slash education, do away with the arts, but rennovate the Dome and bring in the Microchipped with TMI–Oy!

Dusty

April 19th, 2010
6:31 pm

Josef,

It’s Confederate Heritage Month?? Well, honey, ‘cuse me. I’ve got to go shoot off my cannon in the front yard. HIt the magnolia tree last year. Trying to hit my Yankee neighbors. They won’t even eat a biscuit for fear of being call Southern. But you couldn’t run ‘em off with a stick .Yep, scalawags, sho nuff.

Speaking of biscuits, dinner time. Then the cannon.

Dusty

April 19th, 2010
6:36 pm

DoggoneGA..

Bless your microchip……and all the little chippers.

@@

April 19th, 2010
6:40 pm

I’ve been wonderin’ why Obama picked Shapiro to “head up” the SEC in the first place.

FINRA Soft on Enforcement Under Schapiro, Report Finds

According to the Sutherland lawyers’ analysis, FINRA fined securities firms and individuals approximately $35 million in 2008, a 55 percent drop from 2007, and a steady decline from 2005, when fines peaked at $184 million.

Maybe we’ll find out albeit too late to matter.

—————————————————

Doggone:

I left a response for you downstairs. You really do have a tendency to overreact.

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
6:44 pm

“Bless your microchip”

Well, you never know. Even seemingly intelligent, educated people can believe the oddest things. My sisters former chiropractor believed that the traffic light cameras were laser devices that were used to trigger the changes in the lights, and that they were dangerous to your health. He never could explain to me how the “light changers” worked at intersections that didn’t HAVE those “lasers” And he was an ex-Navy Seal.

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
6:49 pm

“You really do have a tendency to overreact.”

Beats being apathetic.

@@

April 19th, 2010
6:53 pm

Doggone:

Beats being apathetic.

You remember that the next time I speak out against abortion on demand, O.K.?

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
6:57 pm

“You remember that the next time I speak out against abortion on demand, O.K.?”

I do. I appreciate fervor. As long as you are willing to discuss the issue, as opposed to dictating. I’ve got no problem with it. But I won’t hold my breath. I find most anti-abortionists to be nearly incapable of DISCUSSING the issue. Next time it crops up, I’ll make a bet…it won’t be ME that resorts to insults first.

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
6:59 pm

@@
Left you a thank you downstairs.

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
7:03 pm

DUSTY

Fergit the cannons! Go for the sniper…joined the SCV in honor of great-grandpappy who was one of the, Tishomingo Rifles of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry, most decorated unit of any North or South…also the brains behind mine and SoCo’s SCV Health Care Reform plan..get ‘em when they ain’t paying attention!. :-)

@@

April 19th, 2010
7:11 pm

josef:

You’re most welcome.

Doggone:

On the issue of abortion on demand, there’s no discussion you can offer that would change my mind.

I think the worst I’ve ever called you was DoggoneIt to which you took great offense saying you “would not respond until I addressed you by your “proper” name.”

Sheesh…talk about overreacting!

MicroPearson

April 19th, 2010
7:12 pm

I’m just a Chip off the old block. Which reminds me. I’ve developed a new jamming technology. I like to call it the ChipBlocker 3000. It blocks all nonsense coming from Chips. It’s turned off at the moment. I think there’s something wrong with it because, as you can see, every time I turn it o

Rosey

April 19th, 2010
7:13 pm

Just refer to @@ as ## the next time she tries to insult you by changing your handle.

@@

April 19th, 2010
7:16 pm

Rosey:

You may call me whatever you like. Would your last name be Palmer by any chance?

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
7:18 pm

“there’s no discussion you can offer that would change my mind.”\

I wouldn’t even try. I prefer to offer alternative points of view. I may not change your mind, you may not change mine…but each of us may help someone else decide one way or the other, or think differently about what they thought they knew.

“I think the worst I’ve ever called you was DoggoneIt to which you took great offense saying you “would not respond until I addressed you by your “proper” name.”

Sheesh…talk about overreacting!”

That’s right. And I would do it again if it was worth the effort. Generally, though…I just stop responding if someone can’t be polite enough to use another poster’s chosen name. I do violate that one myself, though, for those posters who can’t seem to settle on one name. I won’t bother to try to remember them all.

Rosey

April 19th, 2010
7:21 pm

josef nix

April 19th, 2010
7:37 pm

Rosey @ 7:21

One of the ten best videos of all time in my opinion :-)

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
7:37 pm

Talk about ignoring policiticians. Our local candidate for US Senate is going to “repeal Obamacare and stop big spenders in Congress.” All by his lonesome, I guess.

@@

April 19th, 2010
8:22 pm

@@, Can I call you al?

You may, Rosey ’cause I do love me some Paul Simon.

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Doggone:

…but each of us may help someone else decide one way or the other, or think differently about what they thought they knew.

Just as Andy and RW changed mine.

Andy: “Take a newborn, lay it on the floor and walk away…don’t feed it. Can it survive on its’ own?” The viability issue!

RW: “A perpetrator is charged with two counts of murder if his victim is pregnant.” Can’t have it both ways. AND

“Advanced technology is offering survival for babies at an earlier stage of gestation.” Viability issue again.

Like I told some guy over at Kyle’s. I’m not into arguing for argument’s sake.

Speaking of Kyle, he has a thought provoking piece on the Goldman suit. All is not as it appears. Could Obama be Abraham and Goldman Isaac?

It’s sure got me wonderin’ about the ins and outs of this dog and pony show.

TaxPayer

April 19th, 2010
8:28 pm

The Republicans could care less what folks at places like Goldman Sachs do as long as they can do it in an unregulated, untaxed free market without fear of being sued.

Scout

April 19th, 2010
8:32 pm

Headline: “Brussels Declares Vacation Time a Human Right”

Sunday Times

“Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidized by the taxpayer.”

Well……………..there you go. Wait until Obama hears about that one.

P.S. I wonder if everyone should have the right to a round of golf?

getalife

April 19th, 2010
8:32 pm

Big pile of stinking crap.

jt

April 19th, 2010
8:39 pm

As the lamestream Media directs your attention to a few billion dollars that Government Sachs has stolen, the BIG Heist is the RRP rule, implemented TODAY. By your Friendly EPA. The Sachs stuff is chump change.

Anyone dealing with a house built before 1979 will be “sached’ to a higher level.

So, anyone who undertakes repair, renovation or paint work for pay – even your uncle Joe or the neighborhood kid down the street – must pay the state $300.00 and become a Lead Certified Firm. In addition, your uncle Joe, must have paid an additional $200 (+/_) for an 8 hour training course to become Certified Lead Renovator.

“If a company or individual you hire for even basic maintenance is not on this list, and they undertake renovations covered by the rule, they are breaking the law and are subject to fines of up to $32,000 per day for non-compliance.

From a contractor—————–

After sitting through 8 hours of this and listening to the questions and answers and asking some very specific ones myself, I personally believe that no legitimate contractor will be able to be 100% compliant to these new rules and regulations, AND remain a viable business.

In my opinion – on April 22, the EPA will essentiall turn every single person in the home improvement field into a criminal no matter how well intentioned an individual is to comply with these regulations.

After taking the certification I am personally appalled that this legislation was allowed to get to where it is.”

http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/rrpfactsheet2008.htm

@@

April 19th, 2010
8:40 pm

Au contraire, TaxPayer, I think the Republicans may know something you and I don’t. It doesn’t make sense for them to oppose knowing that it would anger their potential supporters (TPers). Obama and the dems did it and look where it got ‘em.

My understanding is that the reps have an approach to reform that is even more stringent than the dem’s.

Naaaahhh, something’s going on here. The administration’s superficial effort may very well backfire on ‘em.

Out to do some research.

getalife

April 19th, 2010
8:47 pm

The gop met with the bankers to see how much they will donate.

Reid called them on it and McTurtle whined.

Business as usual.

AmVet

April 19th, 2010
8:58 pm

“My understanding is that the reps have an approach to reform that is even more stringent than the dem’s.”

Wow! This I gotta see.

You’ll forgive me, especially given the Reagan/Newt/Bush Republican’s ultra-liberal track record on fiscal policy, for being shocked…

jt

April 19th, 2010
8:59 pm

HA HA. How about yours Obama? Party lines indeed.

“Republican US lawmaker vying for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat said Monday he would return campaign donations from Goldman Sachs amid fraud charges against the Wall Street titan.

Representative Mark Kirk of Illinois’s campaign spokeswoman, Kirsten Kukowksi, said he would voluntarily return campaign contributions made by Goldman employees not accused of wrongdoing.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100419/pl_afp/useconomyfinancereformpoliticskirk_20100419214623

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
9:08 pm

“Andy: “Take a newborn, lay it on the floor and walk away…don’t feed it. Can it survive on its’ own?” The viability issue!

That is not viability. Viability is the ability of the newborn to survive without being connected to the woman’s umbilical cord. A newborn at the proper developmental stage does not require a “mother” to survive…though it does require the assistance of another person old enough to take care of it.

A newborn that has not yet reached that developmental stage, that REQUIRES artificial assistance is not at a developmentally viable stage…though our technology may be able to help it survive TO that stage. But technology or not, it is not viable.

I stress “developmental stage” because a normal term newborn might be born with severe mental or physical handicaps that would condemn it to die if there was no artificial intervention, but it is DEVELOPMENTALLY at a stage where it could survive if it was normal.

“RW: “A perpetrator is charged with two counts of murder if his victim is pregnant.” Can’t have it both ways. AND”

Yes, you can. The second charge of “murder” is an acknowledgement of the woman’s attachment to the foetus as her developing child. No matter what the law says, if the foetus is not developmentally at a stage where it no longer REQUIRES umbilical attachment to the woman…it is not a separate being, it is still a symbiote of the woman. Her attachment to it is necessary for her to WANT to carry the pregnancy to term and to nurture and care for the newborn…and that is what the law addresses.

“Advanced technology is offering survival for babies at an earlier stage of gestation.” Viability issue again”

Nope, still not viability. If the newborn is developmentally at a stage where, if normal, it could reasonably be expected to live then that is viability. If the newborn is handicapped, that doesn’t change the fact that it is developmentally viable…even if too handicapped to actually survive normally.

But if the newborn is developmentally incapable of surviving when detached from the umbilical cord, it is not viable…BUT, our technology and understanding of developmental issues make it possibe for the parent to choose to try to keep it living until it reaches that proper stage of viability. But the technology does nothing to change the developmental stages needed to GET TO viability.

and the dictionary agrees with me, this from http://www.dictionary.com = looking up “viable”

“(of a fetus) having reached such a stage of development as to be capable of living, under normal conditions, outside the uterus.”

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin...

April 19th, 2010
9:09 pm

Can you believe my landlord’s insurance policy offers coverage against future government regulatory standards?

WTF is the world coming to?

Scout

April 19th, 2010
9:15 pm

DoggoneGA:

Please take that post with you when you stand before your maker. It will be interesting to find out what He says.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin...

April 19th, 2010
9:16 pm

Our government needs to be run off, lock, stock and barrel.

Especially the big eared socialist klown that calls himself “president.”

What a joke.

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
9:19 pm

“Please take that post with you when you stand before your maker. It will be interesting to find out what He says”

What? he doesn’t already know? I thought my maker was all-knowing? Learn something new every day. And you DO know, don’t you, that God is the most active abortionist around? Spontaneous abortion is a fact and it happens a LOT.

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
9:21 pm

“Our government needs to be run off, lock, stock and barrel.”

Please let us know when the “run off” starts…I want to be there to video tape it.

Scout

April 19th, 2010
9:26 pm

DoggoneGA:

Read that one to Him also.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin...

April 19th, 2010
9:26 pm

Check it out, I am not going to pay for coverage to insure myself against actions by my government. Not gonna happen. Instead, I have plans for the inspector they are silly enough to send over.

And trust me, there are a lot of other people that are also not going to insure themselves, don’t have the balls to have a backup plan like I do, and will be driven from their homes by the ghastly costs of having to install giant windmills on top of their houses, or whatever industry al-Gore heavily invested in.

And who do you think Bookman will blame then?

The insurance companies, hahahahaha, sick, ain’t it?

Scout

April 19th, 2010
9:27 pm

P.S. He already knows ………….. He just wants to hear it from you.

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
9:27 pm

“Read that one to Him also”

You obviously do NOT believe in an all-knowing God. Who knew?

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
9:29 pm

“He just wants to hear it from you.”

I guess he can’t read either, then.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

April 19th, 2010
9:32 pm

Well, things ain’t changed much in the 5 days I’ve been fishing. Still kind of boring. I’m outta here. Have a good night everybody.

TaxPayer

April 19th, 2010
9:33 pm

Come now, @@. The Republicans are now and have always been in favor of less regulation, lower taxation and reduced risk of large settlements doled out by jurors. That has not changed, no matter what a Republican is willing to say in front of a camera now. It simply goes against their core beliefs. They talk the talk but they’ve never walked that walk.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin...

April 19th, 2010
9:34 pm

duhgone- You just bring your little camera to the polling place in November, so that you can videotape all of the democrat blood running in the streets.

The only reason the Repugs won’t have a 60 seat majority in the Senate come December is because there aren’t that many seats up for grabs.

Check back with us in 2012, heh.

getalife

April 19th, 2010
9:42 pm

“Goldman Hires Former White House Counsel For SEC Defense”

He can bribe the dems.

TaxPayer

April 19th, 2010
9:44 pm

Doggone/Ga,

Just remember to bear in mind that Scout is one of those that believes that life begins at conception so as soon as a couple so much as think about sex, they are committed to producing the end product or else they have sinned by aborting that original thought (that’s also why gays will always be sinners). If you keep that in mind though, he can be quite entertaining, that Corporal by any other name.

Scout

April 19th, 2010
9:54 pm

DoggoneGA:

He knows your every thought and deed ………. but He wants to “hear” it from your lips ……. and your soul. Then God will be God.

……………. and as they say just a one is taken to the death chamber, “may God have mercy on your soul.”

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
9:55 pm

“Just remember to bear in mind that Scout is one of those that believes that life begins at conception ”

But see, so do I. I just don’t think a fertilized egg and developing foetus is a separate human being until it takes it’s first breath. Because that point is the point of no return. There’s no possibility of returning the foetus to dependency on the woman’s body. It is still dependent on being cared for, but that does not HAVE to be done by the woman who bore the newborn.

And what I *do* have a problem with is his apparent belief that he speaks for God.

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
9:59 pm

“and your soul”

And he already has it from my soul. My sincere apologies, but somehow or other the word from God that you speak for him never got to me…so I have to do my own thinking and reasoning using only the abilities God gave me. Somehow, those abilities don’t stretch to following YOUR word blindly.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 19th, 2010
10:10 pm

This Wall Street stuff is like stepping in dog poop. The more you rub your shoe in the grass, the more it smells.

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/investing/the-other-big-goldman-story-insider-tips-from-a-director/19443812/?ncid=webmaildl8

Scout

April 19th, 2010
10:14 pm

It all boils down to this ……….. everything else, every sin, every opinion, every philosophy, every misconception comes to naught:

John 14:6
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Night all ………………

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
10:15 pm

“every misconception comes to naught”

and it is not YOU who is the judge of what is and what isn’t a misconception.

DoggoneGA

April 19th, 2010
10:16 pm

“The more you rub your shoe in the grass, the more it smells.”

It’s not going to be a big surprise if this develops into a “gonna get worse before it gets better” scenario. At least, it won’t be a big surprise to me.

Rightwing Troll

April 19th, 2010
10:32 pm

“Check back with us in 2012, heh.”

Heh… Andy thinks if his treasonous band of sax regain the senate they’ll actually be able to hold it for the next cycle… the party of “Hell No” and the party that screamed “HARDER FASTER” as W the cocaine cowboy of the Alabama National Guard and Dick “I had better things to do” Cheney destroyed the constitution, the federal budget, and this country … well, Andy thinks they’ve somehow learned their lesson and they’re gonna do better next time around… either that or he’s screaming “HARDER, FASTER…” for more of the same…

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Rightwing Troll

April 19th, 2010
10:36 pm

“Not gonna happen. Instead, I have plans for the inspector they are silly enough to send over.”

The porch dog barks some more… Watchya gonna do Andy, shoot him with your .45? Run over him in the scade? Swamp his boat and watch him sink?

Finn McCool

April 19th, 2010
11:41 pm

Republicans are lap dogs to Wall Street. Nothing new here.

Jackie

April 19th, 2010
11:47 pm

Everyone that works is required to pay Medicare, MedicAid and Unemployment Insurance. What’s different about personal health care insurance?

MAC

April 20th, 2010
12:04 am

Jay, the obvious question is: why did the two vote no? You imply a partisan spin that it is two Republicans siding with Goldman Sachs without presenting any evidence to back that up.

Perhaps they didn’t agree with the political timing of the decision to proceed given the not so coincidental announcement just as the financial reform bill gets debated.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin...

April 20th, 2010
5:36 am

Tea party takes on the GOP’s maverick -Urinal

Funny how the Tea Partiers are nothing but knuckle dragging racists but the AJC still wants to coopt their agenda.

Tells ya something, just sayin…

hole- My government home inspector is a good looking well proportioned pinko, and yes, I am going to shoot her, with the love gun, just sayin…

Then I’ll fill out the paperwork while she smokes a cigarette….

USinUK

April 20th, 2010
5:41 am

“Funny how the Tea Partiers are nothing but knuckle dragging racists but the AJC still wants to coopt their agenda.

Tells ya something, just sayin…”

:lol: thanks for missing the point YET AGAIN, whiner …

you always start my day with a giggle.

USinUK

April 20th, 2010
6:03 am

oh, and Jay … I soooooooo didn’t need to read your 5:29 first thing in the morning … I needed Bosch’s industrial strength screen cleaner to take care of the tea I spewed all over my desk …

I Report :-) You Whine :-( Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin...

April 20th, 2010
6:08 am

UStink- I see the point on top of your head, just sayin….

USinUK

April 20th, 2010
6:39 am

wow, whiner, did you ask a neighborhood 6-year-old for that comeback??? seriously, you might need to lie down after the strain of that witticism – you might hurt yourself.

TnGelding

April 20th, 2010
6:46 am

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool obozo! Just sayin…

April 20th, 2010
5:36 am

Repent!

Hopefully the Goldman scandal is yesterday’s news today. Put on your pointed rally cap USinUK. Obamarama! The recovery has been near miraculous.

josef nix

April 20th, 2010
6:53 am

USinUK

Wasn’t that 5:29 rich? Went back and reread it just to start my day as I go off to spend the first of many coming days with my little ones taking that stupid, asinine state test, now secure in the knowledge that if they pass it they may even be able to become a state legislator and protect us from the micro-chip demons!

Send you a square foot of pollen air for a square foot of ash air…deal?

:-)

USinUK

April 20th, 2010
6:56 am

Jo Nix – soooooooo sorry to hear that you’re losing valuable teaching time to standardized tests … boooooo!

would be happy to send you some ash-free air – unfortunately, the planes still aren’t flying this far south! (it sounds like Scotland and northern England had wheels-up this morning, but not us here down in the soft south)

USinUK

April 20th, 2010
6:57 am

TnG – 6:46 – “Put on your pointed rally cap USinUK. Obamarama! The recovery has been near miraculous”

my pointed rally cap has a propeller on the top!! ;-)

yep, the US economy is recovering – just like I’ve been saying for the last few months … glad the news is finally spreading!