Daily Archives: January 26, 2009

AFC Champs Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Preview

AFC Champs Pittsburgh Steelers should they be the favorited team entering the Super Bowl? Jason Horowitz, Ian Eagle and Clark Judge take an in depth look at the AFC Champions, the road they took to Tampa as well as the reasons why they are the early favorites in Super Bowl XLIII.

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Filed under AFC Champion, Ben Roethlisberger, CBS Sports, Hines Ward, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl, Tampa Bay

AFC Champs Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Preview

AFC Champs Pittsburgh Steelers should they be the favorited team entering the Super Bowl? Jason Horowitz, Ian Eagle and Clark Judge take an in depth look at the AFC Champions, the road they took to Tampa as well as the reasons why they are the early favorites in Super Bowl XLIII.

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Filed under AFC Champion, Ben Roethlisberger, CBS Sports, Hines Ward, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl, Tampa Bay

The Obama Lovefest

From last nights 60 Minutes comes these few minutes with Andy Rooney:

F.D.R was one of our country’s greatest presidents and even he was disliked by millions, so what it is about President Obama that has everyone swooning? According to Andy Rooney, maybe it’s because he’s just that good.

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The Obama Lovefest

From last nights 60 Minutes comes these few minutes with Andy Rooney:

F.D.R was one of our country’s greatest presidents and even he was disliked by millions, so what it is about President Obama that has everyone swooning? According to Andy Rooney, maybe it’s because he’s just that good.

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>Why An A**Hole is Always in Charge.

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Greg Palast, one of my favorite writers, is the co-author of Steal Back Your Vote, a comic book co-authored with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Palast is also an investigative reports on BBC Television’s Newsnight and in Rolling Stone Magazine.

Palast wrote the following article for SuicideGirls.com in which he expressed his outrage and dismay over former Merril Lynch head honcho John Thain, who was able to sell a worthless Merril Lynch to Bank of America for $50 Billion and then when Bank of America realized that Merril was in worst trouble than what they thought, Thain was able to wrestle another $20 Billion from the U.S Treasury to cover that loss.

As outrageous as that may sound it was nothing in comparison to Thain’s audacity in spending $1 million refurbishing his office, which included spending $35,000 on a toilet and then demanding a $30 million bonus from Merril Lynch for his efforts.
Here is some of what Greg Palast had to say:
John Thain is the guy that looks like a Clark Kent doll you saw grinning from page one of your paper Friday morning. Thain was just fired by Bank of America because the square-jawed executive demanded a $30 million bonus after losing $5 billion in just three months at the bank’s Merrill Lynch unit. In addition, Thain spent over a million dollars redecorating his office while, at the same time, the U.S. Treasury was bailing out his company with billions in aid. Thain’s office re-do included the installation of a $35,000 toilet bowl.

Thain was robbed. He shouldn’t have been fired; he should have gotten a $60 million bonus — and Obama should immediately hire him as Secretary of the Treasury in place of that tax-dodging lightweight that’s been nominated, Timothy Geithner.

Here’s the facts, ma’am.

Thain was CEO of Merrill Lynch, the big brokerage firm. On a good day, Merrill is worth zero. A week before it was about to go out of business, Thain sold this busted bag of financial feces to Bank of America for $50 BILLION.

I’d say that’s worth a bonus.

But it gets better. When the bag broke and another $5 billion in losses were discovered at Merrill, Thain went to the U.S. Treasury and got ANOTHER $20 BILLION to cover Bank of America’s bad financial bet — from us, the taxpayers.

Now that certainly deserves a bonus. And let’s face it, a butthole that big needs a $35,000 toilet….


Finish reading what Greg had to say >>>Here
 

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Filed under bailout, Bank of America, Barack Obama, BBC, Greg Palast, John Thain, Merrill Lynch, Rolling Stone, SuicideGirls.com, Timothy Geithner, US Treasury

Why An A**Hole is Always in Charge.

Greg Palast, one of my favorite writers, is the co-author of Steal Back Your Vote, a comic book co-authored with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Palast is also an investigative reports on BBC Television’s Newsnight and in Rolling Stone Magazine.

Palast wrote the following article for SuicideGirls.com in which he expressed his outrage and dismay over former Merril Lynch head honcho John Thain, who was able to sell a worthless Merril Lynch to Bank of America for $50 Billion and then when Bank of America realized that Merril was in worst trouble than what they thought, Thain was able to wrestle another $20 Billion from the U.S Treasury to cover that loss.

As outrageous as that may sound it was nothing in comparison to Thain’s audacity in spending $1 million refurbishing his office, which included spending $35,000 on a toilet and then demanding a $30 million bonus from Merril Lynch for his efforts.
Here is some of what Greg Palast had to say:
John Thain is the guy that looks like a Clark Kent doll you saw grinning from page one of your paper Friday morning. Thain was just fired by Bank of America because the square-jawed executive demanded a $30 million bonus after losing $5 billion in just three months at the bank’s Merrill Lynch unit. In addition, Thain spent over a million dollars redecorating his office while, at the same time, the U.S. Treasury was bailing out his company with billions in aid. Thain’s office re-do included the installation of a $35,000 toilet bowl.

Thain was robbed. He shouldn’t have been fired; he should have gotten a $60 million bonus — and Obama should immediately hire him as Secretary of the Treasury in place of that tax-dodging lightweight that’s been nominated, Timothy Geithner.

Here’s the facts, ma’am.

Thain was CEO of Merrill Lynch, the big brokerage firm. On a good day, Merrill is worth zero. A week before it was about to go out of business, Thain sold this busted bag of financial feces to Bank of America for $50 BILLION.

I’d say that’s worth a bonus.

But it gets better. When the bag broke and another $5 billion in losses were discovered at Merrill, Thain went to the U.S. Treasury and got ANOTHER $20 BILLION to cover Bank of America’s bad financial bet — from us, the taxpayers.

Now that certainly deserves a bonus. And let’s face it, a butthole that big needs a $35,000 toilet….


Finish reading what Greg had to say >>>Here
 

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Filed under bailout, Bank of America, Barack Obama, BBC, Greg Palast, John Thain, Merrill Lynch, Rolling Stone, SuicideGirls.com, Timothy Geithner, US Treasury

>In Torre’s Book, Rodriguez Strikes Out

>I have never been a Yankee fan, I prefer for some reason to place my baseball loyalties in the other NY team, so I don’t find former Yankee manager Joe Torre’s newly release tell all book that interesting.  What I do find interesting however, is the fact that Torre needed to air his dirty stirrups in public when it came to Alex Rodriguez.

As any baseball fan in NY knows Rodriguez is not known as Mr. Clutch, he is more like Mr. May then Mr. October and according to Joe Torre his presence from day 1 in the Bronx was a major distraction that sometimes caused chaos in the clubhouse.
Here are just a  few example of what you’ll find in the book :
…But what stands out the most about the book are the frank, and often critical, statements that Torre makes about Alex Rodriguez, who won two Most Valuable Player awards during the four years that Torre was his manager in the Bronx. At 33, Rodriguez has hit 553 career home runs. He is widely regarded as the game’s best all-around player. He is also its highest paid…

…But in the past year, Rodriguez has clearly become something of a target for people trying to sell sports books…


…Torre’s view, however, has nothing to do with the use of performance-enhancing drugs and everything to do with Rodriguez as a person and a player…

…“Alex monopolized all the attention,” Torre said…

If you want to read more about Torre’s book, the NY Times writer Michale S. Schmidt tells all about it in todays edition.
  

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Filed under Alex Rodriguez, Brian Cashman, George Steinbrenner, Joe Torre, Jose Canseco, LA. Dodgers, Major League Baseball, Mr. May, Mr. October, new book, NY Mets, NY Times, NY Yankees