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Elizabeth Warren Asks The Most Obvious Question Ever And Stumps A Bunch Of Bank Regulators |
At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asked the nation’s top financial regulators why Wall Street firms who broke the law were not taken to trial.
“We face some very special issues with big financial institutions,” she said. “If they can break the law and drag in billions and billions in profits, and then turn around and settle — paying out of those profits — they don’t have much incentive to follow the law. It is also the case that every time there is a settlement and not a trial, we didn’t have those days and days and days of testimony about what those financial institutions had been up to.”
Warren asked how tough the financial regulators were and questioned them about the last time a major Wall Street firm had been put on trial.
Thomas Curry, the Comptroller of the Currency, said his primary duty was to correct deficiencies in the financial system and that it wasn’t necessary to bring anyone to trial. Elisse B. Walter, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was also unable to recall when a Wall Street firm had been taken to trial.
“I just want to note on this, there are District Attorneys and U.S. Attorneys who are out there every day squeezing ordinary citizens on sometimes very thin grounds and taking them to trial in order to make an example, as they put it,” Warren said. “I’m really concerned that too big to fail has become too big for trial. That just seems wrong to me.”
At 1:20, she asks the question we’ve all been wanting someone to ask FOREVER. Then a government lawyer stumbles over his words.
At 2:20, she rattles off another one. Then a government lawyer stumbles over his words.
At 2:55, she asks another lawyer the same question. Said lawyer then tries to not stumble over her words.
At 3:25, she asks the same question again. That lawyer asks for some time.
At 3:45, she gets our back and goes for the knockout punch.
And then right after that you reward her good behavior by sharing this with everyone on the Internet. You know you want to.
Bill and Hillary Clinton, 1970s.
A legislator is calling for a sex strike, due to the worst anti-abortion bill in the nation up for consideration in Michigan right now.
This is happening.
#oh my god FUCK EVERYONE #I AM SO TIRED OF THIS BULLSHIT #don’t start with me on this ‘THERE’S NO WAR ON WOMEN’ bullshit because #I GOT IT RIGHT HERE #oh my GOD #I’M TALKING TO MYSELF IN MY TAGS BECAUSE THIS IS GROSS #misanthropy blog 2kforever
31 Republican men voted against the Violence Against Women Act in the Senate today. All 5 Republican women voted for it.
Today in sad phrases: “Voted against the Violence Against Women Act.”
— John Oliver on American contraception debates, The Bugle 183 (via sixpencesoulcake)
Now because the majority of abortions are performed in the first trimester, if you’re going to get an ultrasound image, as the Virginia law requires, the law states, basically, that any woman seeking to have a legal procedure known as an abortion, whether she wants to or not, first lay back in a chair, spread her legs, (put her) feet in stirrups, and have an eight- to ten-inch wand put inside her — even if the woman in question is pregnant as the result of a rape.
I don’t really have a joke here. I just thought I’d tell you.
— JON STEWART, on Virginia’s inhumane, inhuman and shameful “personhood” law that requires women wanting to get an abortion to, in essence, be subject to rape, on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
This is Rachid Nekkaz, the French businessman who announced he will pay all fines for women who are charged with wearing the niqab — not just in France but “in whatever country in the world that bans women from doing so”.
The niqab is a filmy cloth attached to the headscarf that covers all but the eyes. Any woman found to be wearing the niqab in France in public can be fined upto €150 ($200) and ordered to attend ‘re-education classes’. Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland all have — or are planning — similar legislation.
I’m in favour of a law to convict a husband who forces a women to wear the niqab and who forces her to stay at home. But I’m also for a law that lets these women move freely in the streets, because freedom of movement, just like any freedom, is the most fundamental thing in a democracy.
He is pictured above with Kenza Drider, the longshot “freedom candidate” for French presidency, after accompanying her to a police tribunal in Paris where she appeared for violating France’s niqab ban. Drider told The Associated Press in an interview:
When a woman wants to maintain her freedom, she must be bold. I have the ambition today to serve all women who are the object of stigmatization or social, economic or political discrimination. It is important that we show that we are here, we are French citizens and that we, as well, can bring solutions to French citizens.
Nekkaz put up a €2m ($2.5m) property to fund his campaign.
Photo credit: Getty
Ball so hard motherfuckers wanna fine me
You wanna add another candidate? It’s like the Republican primary is like a season of American Idol in reverse, where every week, you just add another idiot. …First you guys wanted (Michele) Bachmann, then (Rick) Perry — now (Chris) Christie? You know what, Republican base? Meet me at camera three!
(To camera three.) Have you ever considered the possibility that maybe your candidates aren’t the problem — maybe it’s you? You’re hard to please or figure out! You’re unrealistic! I mean, you’re pro-life, yet — (rolls tape of GOP members applauding Texas’s death penalty) — what was that? You’re afraid of ‘death panels,’ yet for uninsured coma patients — (rolls tape of GOP members shouting ‘YEAH!!!’ when Ron Paul was asked if a patient without health insurance should be allowed to die) — that’s the crowd: ‘YEAH!!!’ You guys ‘support the troops’ — well except for Captain Creatine over here (rolls tape of gay U.S. Army soldier who asked GOP candidates if they’d repeal DADT — and was booed by GOP debate crowd).
It’s like the Republican base is at war with its own talking points: ‘I want someone who’s gonna cut taxes — and balance the budget! Someone who’s a skilled orator — that doesn’t talk all fancy! The child of poor immigrants — who will build a fence to keep them out of this country! Someone who’s strong enough for a man — but Ph-balanced for a woman!
…It’s like your ideal candidate is a rare, super-heavy element that can only exist in a particular particle accelerator. And even then, only for a fraction of a second. Before you all remember how much you hate science.
You guys need to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and not come away thinking ‘Hey, there’s something wrong with this mirror.’
— JON STEWART, on media-fed rumors that New Jersey governor Chris Christie may enter the GOP presidential race — as well as the hypocritical sentiments of the Republican party — on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
Reality Check of the Day: Based on recent polls, Republican frontrunner Gov. Rick Perry currently holds a double-digit lead over GOP understudy Mitt Romney. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who trails them both, is in desperate need of a quick fix to boost her flagging numbers.
Human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection, according to the CDC — is responsible for almost every new case of cervical cancer diagnosed in the US. Luckily, hard-working scientists have developed a vaccine that prevents the types of HPV most commonly associated with cervical cancer.
Backstory: In February of 2007, Gov. Rick Perry approved an executive order that required young girls to be vaccinated against HPV before they enter the sixth grade.
The order was easy enough to opt out of — parents were given the option of signing a form objecting to the vaccination — but social conservatives saw it as controversial nonetheless. Their main argument: Vaccinating against a sexually transmitted disease would encourage sexual promiscuity. Perry offered his critics a highly rational retort: “If the medical community developed a vaccine for lung cancer, would the same critics oppose it, claiming it would encourage smoking?”
The order was overturned by the legislature a few months later.
Since then, RP65 has come up a few times when Perry was in the hot seat, but at last night’s GOP debate, Michele Bachmann put Perry in her sights and launched an all-out anti-vaccination campaign.
“I’m a mom. And I’m a mom of three children,” Bachmann said, “And to have innocent little twelve-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just flat out wrong. That should never be done. It’s a violation of a liberty interest.”
She then went on to claim that the HPV vaccine was a “potentially dangerous drug” and claimed Perry was merely kowtowing to the demands of drug company donors. Later, Bachmann told Fox News she had met an audience member whose daughter allegedly became “retarded” after received the vaccine.
As mentioned above, Perry’s executive order had an explicit opt-out for parents. More importantly, any claim that receipt of the vaccine led to mental disability is entirely anecdotal. In its HPV Vaccine Safety FAQ, the CDC lists “pain at the injection site, headache, nausea, and fever” as the most serious side effects directly linked to the vaccine.
After Bachmann claimed on this morning’s Today show that “mental retardation” as a result of HPV vaccination was a “very real concern,” the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a highly unusual move, felt it necessary to issue a press release on the matter.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made in the Republican presidential campaign that HPV vaccine is dangerous and can cause mental retardation,” said AAP president Dr. O. Marion Burton. “There is absolutely no scientific validity to this statement.”
The release goes on to stress the importance of administering the HPV vaccine “around age 11 or 12” when it is likely to produce “the best immune response in the body.”
“In the U.S., about 6 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year,” the statement concludes, “and 4,000 women die from cervical cancer. This is a life-saving vaccine that can protect girls from cervical cancer.”
To put into perspective just how far to the right Bachmann’s dangerous, conspiratorial, anti-science scaremongering is, on his show today Rush Limbaugh said “[t]here’s no evidence that the vaccine causes mental retardation,” and lamented the fact that Bachmann “might have jumped the shark.”
OH SNAP at Rick Perry’s arguments, but not even surprised about Bachmann.
— Obama, probably making the first utterance of the word “tweet” during a dual-chamber speech. He follows this with a great line: “But know this: the next election is fourteen months away. And the people who sent us here – the people who hired us to work for them – they don’t have the luxury of waiting fourteen months.” (more here)
Some details on the President’s proposed tax credits:
- $9,600 - tax credit for hiring an unemployed veteran with service-connected disabilities
- $5,600 - tax credit for hiring an unemployed veteran
- $4,000 - tax credit for hiring a long-term unemployed individual
Especially brilliant, as the long-term unemployed are among the least likely to get hired.
Seriously, this is how you incentivize hiring. Regulations don’t mean shit for hiring, tax breaks for business owners however…
Ron Paul, commenting on his promise to ban all federal funding of Planned Parenthood if he is elected President.
What Paul failed to mention is that Congress already prohibits Planned Parenthood from using federal funding to provide abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Rep. Paul’s bill would strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding in an effort to prevent taxpayers from paying for a service which they already don’t pay for.
Cool! I would like to invoke the Taxpayers’ Freedom of Conscience Act to cut off all taxpayer funding of killing brown people for oil. And ignorance-only education. And Mike Pence’s salary. kthx
Reblogging for the next time some libertarian doofus asks me why I don’t like Ron Paul.
Two-thirds of viewers who say Fox News is the news source they trust most believe discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against minority groups, according to a study released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute. The number, 68 percent, is an exact reversal of the percentage of black people in the same poll who say that discrimination against whites is not as big a problem as discrimination against minorities.
crying at this.
I CAN’T RIGHT NOW.