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FAH-Q Republicans

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

FAH-Q = For All to Hear & Question. ; )

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Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/opinion/republicans-against-science.html?_r=1&hp

Gretchen Morgenson, of The New York Times, bringing the Fande

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/business/economy/the-feds-rescue-missed-main-street.html?hp

EXCERPTS:

“If these rescues were intended to benefit everyday Americans, as Mr. Paulson contended, they have failed. Main Street is in a world of hurt, facing high unemployment, rampant foreclosures and ravaged retirement accounts….

As for making money on the deals? Only half-true, [Edward J. Kane, professor of finance at Boston College] said. ‘Thanks to the vastly subsidized terms these programs offered, most institutions were eventually able to repay the formal obligations they incurred.’ But taxpayers were inadequately compensated for the help they provided, he said. We should have received returns of 15 percent to 20 percent on our money, given the nature of these rescues.

Government officials rewarded imprudent institutions with stupefying amounts of free money. Even so, we are still in economically stormy seas. Doesn’t that indicate that it’s time to try a different tack?”

Stoked that New York is ok!

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Sending good vibes to the East Coast for a quick recovery from Hurricane Irene)))))))

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/us/29hurricane.html?hp=&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=print&adxnnlx=1314558014-dnv1E5M8UpOORPOWkU7oLw

The New York Times bringing the Fande…even in the Op-Eds

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Maureen Dowd – the wittiest woman in Washington

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/opinion/sunday/dowd-darth-vader-vents.html

Thomas Friedman – Strong Words, Soft Heart

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/opinion/sunday/friedman-all-together-now.html

Nicholas Kristof – he’s part of the solution when he’s not being part of the problem…Jobs, anyone?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/opinion/sunday/kristof-did-we-drop-the-ball-on-unemployment.html

Barça Beauty

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

* Forward to minute 3:11 to see a close-up shot of Lionel Messi’s juke before he scores the goal.

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When sport transcends to the point of Art, it is called “The Beautiful Game.”©

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Wise words from Cornel West

August 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Mr. Conservative — might as well say Mr. Lie, Cheat & Steal…Dick Cheney

August 26, 2011 Leave a comment

FAH-Q, Dick Cheney.

FAH-Q = For All to Hear & Question. ; )

https://fandecande.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/oh-say-can-you-see-may-day-may-day/

Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day!!!

Intro:

We’re gonna talk about what happened in the 2000s…’cause the kids don’t know. A lot of adults, too. So, here we go!

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People ask me why I’m so angry?…

“Obama’s President, so you should be happy.”

The reason why I tell ‘em I’m upset

‘Cause y’all [expletive] still don’t get it

Bush & Cheney raped our country

They used 9-11 just to make some money

Tell me where the hell is Halliburton today?

‘Cause they sure as shit ain’t in the U.S.A.

Started in Houston, ended up in Dubai

Can any y’all listening tell me why?

It’s ’cause of the government scratchin’ their backs

Halliburton got paid, but they didn’t pay tax

Follow the dots, from Enron to A.I.G…

Corruption & Failure is what you get with that Dick Cheney

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Chorus:

Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

Now can we give Peace a Chance?

And strip away layers of Ignorance?

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Oh yeah, y’all remember Katrina

The corruption & failure continued with F.E.M.A.

The people in New Orleans

Our sons & daughters

Rescue workers couldn’t even get them water

Like the failure of the war in Iraq

Remember all the bombs? And the “Awe & Shock”?

Bin Laden, Afghanistan…alive and still free

Bush put our Army in the wrong country

More money when it’s “War 4 Oil”!

Not just Halliburton, but also Carlyle

Bush cronies keep lining their pockets

Business is a gun, they’re happy to cock it

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Chorus:

Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

Now can we give Peace a Chance?

And strip away layers of Ignorance?

* Can you hear me?

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Behind the scenes the Bush S.E.C.

They ok’d Subprime, Madoff, A.I.G.

This is 8 years after Bill Clinton

He cashed out $200 billion

Bush spent it all, and more out the ass…

Tax cuts for the rich, no-bid contracts

And y’all, guess what else got cut?

Health care for the soldier and his wounded gut

Why did Bush claim God on his side,

When he was shotgun in the Devil’s ride on the sly?

He left one hell of a mess to clean up…

And now he’s back in Texas raising his cup

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Chorus:

Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

Now can we give Peace a Chance?

And strip away layers of Ignorance?

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* But I got Hope…for the Future… now that Obama’s President…

Wrong-way George>>>Breaking up the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan: good. Letting Osama bin Laden escape: bad. Starting a false war in Iraq for the majority benefit of military contractors, like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton: priceless.

https://fandecande.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/september-11-2001-2/

Remember, it took the Democratic president, Barack Obama, in order to get Osama bin Laden.

https://fandecande.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/it-took-president-barack-obama-in-order-to-get-osama-bin-laden/

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Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/books/dick-cheney-tells-his-side-in-memoir-in-my-time-review.html?_r=1&hp

EXCERPT from The New York Times is emboldened:

Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, who opposed the big tax cuts favored by Mr. Cheney[in 2001 and 2003], is treated similarly brusquely — much the way he was dismissed from his job in December 2002. Mr. Cheney does not discuss Mr. O’Neill’s concern that such tax cuts might lead to a dangerous deficit; rather, he makes the following odd argument, which ratifies other administration insiders’ views that the policy-making process in the Bush administration was both dysfunctional and ad hoc:

“Economic policy was being run out of the White House, and meetings to make big decisions often did not include the Treasury secretary. O’Neill should have demanded — as Hank Paulson would later demand — to be included in any White House meeting about economic policy. On the other hand, either the president or I could have said: ‘Where’s O’Neill? We should not be having this meeting without the treasury secretary.’ ”

During Mr. Cheney’s tenure as vice president, there was considerable discussion among journalists and his former colleagues about whether the man who’d once worked for Gerald Ford and George Herbert Walker Bush had changed over the years — becoming more hawkish, more ideological or more given to doomsday scenarios — because of his multiple heart attacks, because he’d made common cause with neo-conservatives, or simply because his political views had evolved.

Mr. Cheney maintains in this book that he hasn’t changed at all, that it’s the world that has changed since 9/11. He also says he told Mr. Bush, then governor, during discussions about his joining the ticket that “he needed to understand how deeply conservative I was: He said, ‘Dick, we know that.’ And I said, ‘No, I mean really conservative'”….

Mr. Cheney writes that “the liberation of Iraq” was “one of the most significant accomplishments of George Bush’s presidency” — never mind the failure to find the weapons of mass destruction that were cited as a chief reason for the invasion, or a botched occupation that allowed an insurgency to metastasize for years. He describes Guantánamo as “a model facility — safe, secure, and humane” and writes that the C.I.A.’s program of “enhanced interrogation techniques” was “safe, legal, and effective.” As for Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Cheney praises President Bush for “personally” dedicating “hundreds of hours not only to ensuring an effective federal response but to reaching out to people who needed to know that their government cared about them”….

On substantive matters of policy, however, this volume tends to rehash well-known debates even as it circumvents important questions. Mr. Cheney offers no real explanation for why the Bush administration did not do more to try to prevent the 9/11 attacks, given the warnings from the counterterrorism czar, Richard A. Clarke, and an Aug. 6, 2001, intelligence brief titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

He does not explain why he said in 1994 that the United States was right not to go all the way to Baghdad to oust Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War because that would have resulted in “a quagmire,” but foresaw no such complications in 2003. And while Mr. Cheney discusses how his views on the importance of executive power developed during the Iran-Contra scandal, he sheds little light on how he and his legal adviser and chief of staff, David S. Addington, would set about realizing this doctrine after 9/11….

Just as reporters and former administration insiders have noted that dissenting opinions tended to be unwelcome in the Bush White House, so Mr. Cheney demonstrates here a distinct antipathy toward people who opposed him on matters of policy. Colin L. Powell — who clashed with Mr. Cheney over Iraq and who was characterized in one of Bob Woodward’s books as thinking that “Cheney took intelligence and converted uncertainty and ambiguity into fact” — is repeatedly dissed in this volume. Mr. Cheney says he “thought it was for the best” that President Bush had accepted Mr. Powell’s resignation as secretary of state in 2004; he says that Mr. Powell handled policy differences not by voicing objections in meetings, but “by criticizing administration policy to people outside the government.”

Read more: http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/08/dick-cheney-in-my-time-plame-rove

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Remember, Republicans and Conservatives will lie, cheat and steal.

Fande = Fact & Evidence; Cande = Conjecture & Exaggeration

Bring your Fande, leave your Cande!