After the Enron scandal broke, nobody defended Ken Lay or Jeff Skilling. But in the wake of the Fannie Mae scandal, Raines still had legions of supporters. There are plenty of people who still believe that what's good for Fannie is good for home-ownership--and that the whole thing was little more than a political dirty trick. "They're just not dishonest in any way," says Martin Eakes, who runs the Self-Help Credit Bureau in North Carolina. "It's a little hard for me to swallow that what appears to me to be a hatchet job by OFHEO has basically been validated by the SEC.... You mark my words, you will not find scandal there or fraud."It is clear that when it comes to assigning blame, there has been a double standard. While some former CEO’s – and even pundits – have been held accountable for their mistakes regarding the economy, others – like Eakes – have managed to escape criticism without even having their credibility dinged …
So now if you want to oppose the President and work to get him out of office in four years, the Department of Homeland Security will have a file on you much like the KGB did in the Soviet Union. I can only imagine what mine says there in the O-GB Bureau?"Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment.
I used to think that Hollywood's opposition to your owning the movies we own was an example of Hollywood standing still (while technology and the future passed them by).
... Then I saw an ad for the hideous Keanu Reeves movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still , and noticed that if you pay an extra five, or so, bucks, they will allow you to save your DVD to one computer (this feature only applies to select movies chosen by Hollywood).
It turns out, Hollywood does not object to allowing consumers to backup DVD's -- what they do object to is anybody making money other than them. ... And if you invent a technology could threaten their monopolistic ability to squeeze every last dollar out of the pockets of consumers -- they will sue you (By the way, MPAA takes RealDVD to court on April 24 ).
Of course, this is still an example of Hollywood not getting it. Imagine if, instead of allowing people to download iTunes, you could only back up a CD if you bought it (and you could only back it up once). If Hollywood wants to survive, they should do three things: 1). Quit recycling horrible movies, 2). Quit putting Keanu Reeves in those movies, and 3). Quit trying to stamp out innovations by suing entrepreneurs who challenge your monopoly.
The Huffington Post is organizing "citizen journalists" to attend the protests, allegedly to "report." Which means that they will try to find someone in a crowd who says something stupid, will post it on the internet, and build an argument around it trying to demonize the movement. And left-wing bloggers will react in unison like dogs responding to a whistle, about the "dangerous" and "violent" and "racist" tea parties. This tactic is as old as time; or at least as old as the internet.
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