The high speed news wire reported overnight that Sarah Palin has retained prominent Alaskan public relations firm Big Hairy Balls, Unlimited to shape her public image over the next four years. Apparently, the deal was finalized over a cup of latte at the Wasilla Starbucks.
We’re focusing today on Mack “MackDaddy” Whittle, longtime CEO of South Financial Group, who pushed up his retirement last month so he could cash out with a $18 million Golden Parachute just before sending his bank hat in hand to the Feds to get $347 million in choice Grade A Prime bailout money.
You don’t have to know too much about complex derivatives or even simple accounting to know that all dollars are fungible. So the more money out to Whittle is more money needed from the taxpayer to keep South Financial Group on its feet.
But we also know Whittle isn’t the only one who’s pulled something like this. And we want to put together a list of everyone who has. It doesn’t have to be precisely like this. Gazillion dollar corporate retreats while you’ve turned your company over to the Treasury Department’s corporate ICU will do fine as well.
So let us know all the examples you can think of.
In the only good news, he tells us in an update that the shareholders are suing to get their money back.
Crappy 80s child actor turned crappy Evangeliban grown-up thespian Kirk Cameron discusses wholesome family films and opines about gay marriage on the Bill-O show:
Bill-O gushes about Cameron’s latest mega-hit with the Christianist set, Fireproof, which took in an astonishing 33% of the take garnered by a movie about talking Chihuahuas and 15% of the weekly haul of a cartoon featuring zoo animals on the lam.
There are two types of people in this world: those who put people into two categories and those who don’t. I’m in the latter group . . . oh wait. . . . whuuutt?
Start over. There are two types of liberal bloggers in the bloggosphere: those who cry gloom, doom and oh noes on a regular basis about every frackkin thing that Obama does and those who hold the first group’s little hands, sooth their fevered brows and read them a good night story. After all the histeria* over such an insignificant fu**er as Joe Lieberdouche, I’m beginning to wonder if you guys are even going to make it until the inauguration or will we find the Internets littered with the bodies of spazzed out bloggers, hands clutching hearts and little x’s for eyes?
Let’s recap some recent (like really recent) history. (hystory? Never mind.) Despite hearing every other day throughout the entire campaign that Obama was blowing it, Obama was a wimp, Obama was totally screwing up the campaign, Obama should be ripping Sarah Palin to bits, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, what does Obama go and do? He went and FREAKING WON!!!!1111!!!! Yes, he W.O.N. And not some pissy little squeaker of a win either – it was a definitive win, it was an in-your-face, get oudda here, kind of win. So you guys were wrong.
This morning when I was at the gym I thought about how much I would have enjoyed listening to Black Flag’s Slip It In while I was lifting weights. Then I thought about how much I hated Henry Rollins when I saw him backstage doing pushups before a Black Flag show back in the mid 80’s. Then I thought about how much I hated myself.
Since Obama is talking about the wisdom of Lincoln and his willingness to appoint political rivals to his cabinet, perhaps it’s useful to look at what some have said was a major deficit of Lincoln’s: his inability to quickly dispense with those who weren’t serving the mission.
You see, there’s a story (controversial among historians) that, in its condensed version, goes something like this: The Civil War would have ended in 1862—and hundreds of thousands of dead young men would have been spared—if Lincoln hadn’t been so slow in relieving General McClellan of his command.
McClellan, a self-absorbed prick, did things his way, which usually meant not engaging the troops in a battle, even when prudent tactics called for one. So instead of an early and decisive victory, there was a protracted war in which thousands upon thousands of Americans subsequently, and unnecessarily, fell to their death.
In the presidential election of 1864, McClellan ran against the man who had made him commander of the Army.
Hey, but in the end it all worked out.
It’s true that a few cheeseburgers won’t kill you, but is it necessary to dump all that artery clogging fat into your body? If Congress is the system, and the Democrats are now the lifeblood, Lieberman is the plaque.
Bring on the lipitor.
And who is ingratiating whom by keeping the worthless AIPAC tool around? Is this the message to AIPAC, that they’re still in charge?
Finally, HumboldtBlue did a little venting yesterday and I love him for it. I didn’t for one second take all his words literally. Some were spot on, but mostly his comment was an emotive bluster, which is precisely what these little communities are for. Who among us doesn’t do the same thing?
Then I read two other bloggers assert that Humboldt’s comment almost caused them to permanently leave the left blogosphere.
Wow, they put more energy into rebuking Humboldt than Obama put into dealing with Lieberman.
And Lieberman came within one cartoon character of being Joe the Running Mate—for the other side.
Maybe, just maybe, we’re all taking ourselves a bit too seriously.
MORE: Vastleft wants everyone to stop fixating on the fact that we elected the first African-American to be president immediately (like Stephen Colbert, vastleft doesn’t see color) and focus on the reality that Obama is going to be “inheriting a series of ginormous crises.” Because nobody’s doing that. I haven’t seen or heard the challenges facing Barack mentioned in the mainstream media at all. They’re completely ignoring it. As is Obama, who is just strutting around Chicago pointing at himself and cooing, “Fuckin’ historical.” All I’ve heard for weeks now from the press is blackedy blackedy African-American blackedy. That’s all they can talk or write about. I had to turn off my TV yesterday because all Wolf Blitzer did for the first 45-minutes of The Situation Room was yell “first African-American president!” at the camera over and over again while they flipped through old pictures of slaves on the huge monitors behind him and Jack Cafferty sat on a stool in the back strumming a banjo and crooning negro spirituals. It totally sucked. Enough! And would someone please tell her to stop it with the crying and the smiling and the joy and stuff and get to work figuring out how to stop the auto industry bailout or fix our health care system? Jesus christ, don’t make me get all PB 2.0 up in her shit. She won’t know what hit her, but I guarantee it will be historical.
Just read a great interview with photo-journalist (and my neighbor) Scout Tufankjian in The Brooklyn Paper. Tufankjian wisely predicted very early on in the game (December 2006) that Barack Obama was going to run for president and begged her editor to let her cover his not-yet-existent campaign. Here she recounts a stop by Obama at a coffee shop-bookstore two months before his announcement:
“One person asked him to sign her copy of ‘Lady Chatterly’s Lover,’ and they got into a long talk about the book. Then the next person asked him about philosophy and suddenly they were talking about Kant and Heidegger. I thought, ‘Wow, this guy is smart.”
She also tells the story of overhearing a phone conversation three boys in an inner-city neighborhood were having with a friend who couldn’t make it to an Obama rally:
...to quell all of the hyperventilating that was going on in the leftosphere yesterday about Lieberman. I’ve loathed Jowly Joe longer than just about any blogger out there (going way back to his days as AG in Connecticut) and if I can suck it up so can everyone else. Obama was pretty clear about how he was going to govern and yet too many normally wise folks seem to think we elected Amy Goodman or David Sirota to be president.
News flash: we didn’t.
And if you want to know how I feel about yesterday (aside from, admittedly, wanting to briefly headbutt Lieberman to a bloody pulp after watching this), I fall somewhere between Steve M. and, believe it or not, Melissa McEwan. We’ve got much bigger fish to fry than that petulant bottom-feeding bristleworm. He ain’t worth the outrage and, as Betty noted here earlier, “martyrdom is something Holy Joe thrives on.” I fully trust that Obama gets that and that he’ll game Lieberman just like he did so many other alleged political geniuses on his way to the White House. Call me naive if you want (go ahead, I dare you ... the name’s Kevin), but that’s where I currently stand.
MORE: I was just emailing with poputonian, who hopefully will weigh in on this matter later today, and brought up the point that there wasn’t one viable Democratic candidate this year who wouldn’t have done the same thing. Go ahead, look. The only two who would have gone for Lieberman’s throat are Kucinich and Gravel. And, well…
RELATED: The last sentence of this killed. I needed that. You probably do, too.
Cheney, Gonzales indicted for alleged prisoner abuse
(CNN)—Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on separate charges related to alleged prisoner abuse in federal detention centers, Willacy County, Texas, District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra told CNN Tuesday.
The indictment stems from Cheney’s investment in the Vanguard Group—an investment management company that reportedly has interests in the prison companies in charge of the detention centers, according to The Associated Press. It also charges Gonzales halted an investigation into abuse at the detention centers while he was attorney general.
In a videotaped message to the Bi-Partisan Governors Global Climate Summit this morning, President-elect Obama had this to say:
While I won’t be President at the time of your meeting and while the United States has only one President at a time (wink, wink), I’ve asked members of Congress who are attending the conference as observers to report back to me on what they learn there. And once I take office, you can be sure that the United States will once again engage vigorously in these negotiations, and help lead the world toward a new era of global cooperation on climate change.
In addition to U.S. governors, the conference is host to international delegates from 12 countries.
Obama also pledged to “invest $15 billion each year to catalyze private sector efforts to build a clean energy future,” and cit(ed) specific annual targets on emission reductions.”
President George Bush signed off with a defiant farewell over his refusal to accept global climate change targets at his last G8 summit.As he prepared to fly out from Japan, he told his fellow leaders: “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”
Now this is change I can totally believe in.
Update: More change to believe in! Steve Benen is reporting that Eric Holder will mostly likely be Obama’s choice for AG. I was not familiar with him but definitely like everything I am reading. If you have time be sure to read the speech that is linked to in the article. You gotta love everything he says about abuse of executive powers and his positions on torture (hint: He’s not for it.) It’s feeling like a real breath of fresh air is coming in. Makes me happy enough to dance!