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Pat Oliphant – ‘Why here comes Mr Sandusky’

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December 6, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, GOP morons, Perry, Ron Paul, Santorum | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Last minute Christmas gift idea

‘Thing in a Bag Cat Toy’

IT’S ALIVE! Thing in a Bag is specially designed to bring out kitty’s natural stalking instinct.

The exterior looks like an ordinary brown paper bag, but this toy is actually made from tear and claw-resistant material, making it extremely durable for even the most playful cat.

Inside the bag are crinkly-sounding materials and a randomly activated motor that makes the in.thing in. come alive.

The On and Off motion will have your cat wondering what’s rustling inside for hours! Requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

Description courtesy of Amazon.

http://www.cuteness.com/store/product/Thing+in+a+Bag+Cat+Toy+Happy+Dog

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personal thought:

I’m impressed that when the ‘captain is going down with his ship’; he doesn’t take his eyes off the bag.

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December 6, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever, gif | , , , | Leave a comment

Clemens Kalisher – ‘West Side N.Y.C. 1948-1949’

Clemens Kalischer (born 1921 in Lindau, Germany) is a photojournalist and art photography.

He emigrated to France via Switzerland (1933) and then to the United States via Morocco (1942). Clemens Kalischer married Angela Wottitz in 1956. They have two daughters, Cornelia and Tanya.

Clemens Kalischer is a member of ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals); a member of One by One (an international dialogue group between survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust) and worked as a freelance photographer of the New York Times, Newsweek, Life, Fortune, Du, The Sun, Yankee, Coronet, Country Journal, Moment, Vermont Life, In Context, Jubilee, Yes, Orion, Ploughshares, Common Ground, Architectural Forum, Places, Urban Design International, Progressive Architectural, and Time magazine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clemens_Kalischer

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December 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Former Countrywide Whistleblower: Mortgage Fraud ‘Systemic’

Via: Huffington Post

With mortgage lenders now facing allegations of misconduct on several fronts, a former top ranking employee at a major home lender has come forward saying fraud at her firm wasn’t the exception, but the norm.

Eileen Foster, a former executive vice president in charge of fraud investigations at mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, told CBS 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft that mortgage fraud was a common occurrence at the firm. Foster goes on to say that she faced illegal retaliation for filing reports investigating the fraud, alleging Countrywide fired her when she refused to lie to federal regulators on Countrywide’s behalf.

“From what I saw, the types of things I saw, it was, it appeared systemic,” Foster said on 60 Minutes Sunday. “It wasn’t just one individual or two or three individuals, it was branches of individuals, it was regions of individuals.”

Countrywide Financial, acquired by Bank of America in 2008, was a central figure in the housing collapse and subsequent foreclosure crisis. Once America’s largest mortgage lender, the company has agreed to a litany of settlements since 2008, including a $600 million class-action settlement, an $108 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the ousting of former CEO Angelo Mozilo, who paid $67.5 million in penalties to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Still, NO top level finance executives have faced federal prosecution for actions related to the financial crisis, despite several reports, like Foster’s, that allege fraud was a common practice.

At the same time, as Federal prosecution of financial fraud falls to a 20-YEAR low, OVER TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE have been arrested in connection with the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Some are taking a stand against alleged abuses, with Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley last week annoucing a lawsuit against five major mortgage lenders, including Bank of America, the parent company of Countrywide Financial. According to the lawsuit, banks exacerbated the forecloser crisis by taking illegal shortcuts, while doing little to help homeowners in the process.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/05/countrywide-whistleblower-mortgage-fraud-systemic_n_1129637.html?ref=business

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December 6, 2011 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Occupy Wall Street | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And then Grace said, “meant to do that”.

Note: I hope whoever took the video, stopped filming long enough, and put the cat on the bed.

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Romney when asked about healthcare

Via: Gifzette

http://gifzette.com/2011/11/30/am/newt-gingrich-doesnt-need-to-be-a-lobbyist-because-hes-so-extravagantly-wealthy-duh

Note: You might need to click to ‘activate’ Willard.

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