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  • Barney Frank on Obamacare rollout: ‘They just lied to people’

    08/03/2014 8:56:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-3-14 | Kellan Howell
    the mishandling of the new health care law. “The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled—I don’t understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis,” the former Democratic congressman told the website. “But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people,” he added. Mr. Frank told The Huffington Post that Mr. Obama should have better explained the situation...
  • Barney Frank: Obama 'Just Lied to People' About Obamacare

    08/02/2014 11:20:51 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | AUG 2, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Former Democratic congressman Barney Frank has some tough words for President Barack Obama about his handling of Obamacare. "The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled -- I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis," Frank tells the Huffington Post in a recent interview. "But frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn't true. And you shouldn't lie to people. And they just lied to people."
  • Justice Dept. may seek $13B from Bank of America

    04/25/2014 9:53:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 25, 2014 | By Barbara Kollmeyer
    U.S. prosecutors could make Bank of America Corp. pay more than $13 billion to resolve probes into the lender's sale of bonds backed by home loans in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Last month, the bank agreed to pay $9.5 billion to resolve Federal Housing Finance Agency claims, and the new settlement would come on top of that, according to Bloomberg.
  • Bank of America to Pay $6.3 Billion to Settle Mortgage Securities Suit

    03/26/2014 4:30:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | By MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN
    Bank of America is paying $6.3 billion to settle a lawsuit arising out of troubled mortgage-backed securities it cobbled together and sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the run-up to the financial crisis. Including this latest settlement, the housing finance agency has recouped $16 billion in cash payments from banks and financial firms that sold mortgage-backed securities. The regulator, which filed 18 lawsuits, still has claims pending against seven banks and financial institutions.
  • The Financial Crisis: Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted?

    01/09/2014 8:35:15 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | January 9, 2013 | By Jed S. Rakoff
    Five years have passed since the onset of what is sometimes called the Great Recession. While the economy has slowly improved, there are still millions of Americans leading lives of quiet desperation: without jobs, without resources, without hope. Who was to blame? Was it simply a result of negligence, of the kind of inordinate risk-taking commonly called a “bubble,” of an imprudent but innocent failure to maintain adequate reserves for a rainy day? Or was it the result, at least in part, of fraudulent practices, of dubious mortgages portrayed as sound risks and packaged into ever more esoteric financial instruments,...
  • Obamacare Ignites Revolution Inside The Democratic Party

    12/31/2013 3:45:38 AM PST · by Liz · 29 replies
    moneymorning.com ^ | 12/31/13 | Money Morning Staff Reports
    As 2014 midterms approach, some Democrats are running-not walking-away from Obamacare....coming out of the woodwork to voice opposition. •39th President Jimmy Carter: "His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best." •Barney Frank, former Massachusetts Congressman: "I think we paid a terrible price for health care." •Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Howard Dean, a doctor: "The Affordable Care Act's Rate-Setting Won't Work." Obamacare was primarily designed to decrease the number of uninsured Americans and reduce healthcare costs. But experts say it will have the exact opposite effect. What started as a promise to insure 40...
  • Friday Humor: Barney Frank Joins CNBC

    12/20/2013 9:56:15 AM PST · by RightGeek · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/20/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Pleased to announce former US Congressman @BarneyFrank has joined @CNBC as our latest contributor.— Nick Dunn (@NickDunnCNBC) December 20, 2013 We are sure Frank's arrival will fix this...
  • Housing Finance Reform: Lessons From The Obamacare Debacle (Government Takeover Of Insurance)

    11/20/2013 8:17:09 AM PST · by whitedog57
    Anthony B. Sanders ^ | 11/20/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As Congress mulls over the “reform” of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and even the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), it is important to remember that these entities are INSURANCE COMPANIES that compete directly with private mortgage insurers like MGIC. So when we consider housing finance “reform,” consider the debacle from the recent “reform” of insurance: The Affordable Care Act. Please visit the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) at this site and try to enroll. Another similarity between housing finance reform and healthcare reform is that they are both focused on “affordable” delivery on housing finance and healthcare. The Corker-Warner Senate legislation...
  • Boehner’s “a disaster,” Cruz “intelligent fool,” & heroin should be legal: Barney Frank talks..

    10/15/2013 1:52:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Salon ^ | October 15, 2013 | Josh Eidelson
    Barney Frank spent 32 years in the U.S. House before retiring in January. In recent years, he helmed the House Financial Services Committee during the 2008 financial crisis, became the first member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner while in office and helped lead the charge for a ban on anti-gay firings (so far stymied) and post-crash financial reform (that law now bears his name). He’s currently writing a book. In a Monday afternoon interview, Frank predicted the endgame of the debt-ceiling showdown and defended his push in Congress for an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would have left out...
  • Barney Frank Fesses Up: Gov't Shares Blame For Financial Crisis

    09/27/2013 7:16:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/27/2013 | Paul Sperry
    <p>In a startling admission, the architect of the biggest regulatory hit on Wall Street since the New Deal now agrees with critics that Washington deserves as much blame for the financial crisis as Wall Street.</p> <p>Former Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, co-author of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, said in a recent forum on the crisis that the government — through its decades-long national homeownership campaign and affordable housing goals — "propelled" lenders and investors to excesses they would not have otherwise gone to in the absence of such political incentives.</p>
  • First Openly Gay Congressman Barney Frank Describes Himself as 'Pot Smoking Atheist'

    08/06/2013 9:11:20 PM PDT · by massmike · 45 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 08/06/2013 | Katherine Weber
    Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, the nation's first openly gay member of Congress and liberal darling, implied in a recent interview that he is also a "pot-smoking atheist." Frank, a Democrat who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013, made his comments last Friday while serving as a guest on a talk show hosted by Bill Maher, a stand-up comedian known for his atheist, liberal-slanted comedy routine. Maher then went on to say that Frank was lucky to have worked in a "safe district" which didn't receive the kind of media...
  • Your Dreams Not Included

    07/20/2013 3:50:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2013 | John Ransom
    Over the last several weeks we have heard Congress caterwauling, stonewalling, stalling and wailing about so called "bank reform". So, cover your eyes and get the kids of out the room because this is about to become bi-partisan.* Here it is: According to both parties- I know you'll find this hard to believe- banks apparently aren't reformed enough. Yes, the problem that Barney-Frank and Chris-Dodd supposedly fixed with huge Democrat majorities from 2000-Obama to 2000-O'Tea Party, apparently isn't fixed, both Democrats and Republicans agree. For example, the other day we heard Barney-Frank both defend and condemn the Dodd-Frank banking reform...
  • Sheila Bair- Barney Frank Editorial On Securitization Misleading (Fannie/Freddie Did The Same Thing)

    05/25/2013 4:20:42 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Sheila Bair, former FDIC Commission, and Barney Frank, former Congressman, penned a misleading op-ed in Fortune/CNN Money entitled “Watch out. The mortgage securities market is at it again“. Here is the misleading sentence: Big, ugly giants with names like Countrywide Financial and New Century packaged huge pools of mortgages, sliced them up into securities, and sold them to investors, who now bore the risk if the loans defaulted. It turns out that “big, ugly giants” with names like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did exactly the same thing. They packaged huge pools of mortgages, sliced them up into securities, and...
  • Frank Predicts Gay U.S. Prez in 20 Years

    05/20/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 98 replies
    Bay Area Reporter ^ | May 19, 2013 | James Patterson
    Outspoken gay former Congressman Barney Frank was in San Francisco this week and told a gathering of the Commonwealth Club that while he won’t consider a presidential run, he predicted the U.S. could have a gay president in 20 years. Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, has never shied from speaking his mind, and he held forth on a wide range of topics during an interview with gay radio reporter Scott Shafer of KQED. The audience of over 500 people, including former Ambassador James C. Hormel and his partner, Michael Nguyen, gave Frank a standing ovation as he stepped to the stage....
  • Barney Frank and the Boston Marathon Bomber

    05/09/2013 9:19:54 AM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 7 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | May 9. 2013 | Chuck Morse
    May 9, 2013 Were the 13 Immigration and Nationality Act "reforms" authored by Barney Frank between 1981 and 2001 responsible for the Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveling back and forth between Dagastan and the US with a legal visa even after the Russian Government had informed the FBI and the CIA about his radical Islamist background? This question is particularly relevant now that it has become all too apparent that foreign terrorists with legal visas are still inside the United States even after 9/11. Frank's 1989 amendment prevented our customs and embassy officials from doing their jobs and denying...
  • Maxine Waters Set to Run Finance if Dems Win House in

    05/04/2013 4:46:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    May 4, 2013
    Barack Obama has promised to take back the United States House of Representatives in 2014 by using his Organizing for Action superhero/super PAC as his weapon. And if that happens the country faces the prospect of this old socialist, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Graft, Theft, Shakedown), becoming the chair of the House Financial Services committee.  Just imagine super-liberals Sens. Ron Wyden (D-DeathState), or Chuck Shumer (D-EastCoast) teaming up with Waters to re-write Dodd-Frank banking law to make it more liberal. But so far B.O.’s money superstorm disguised as a PAC has made a lot of noise but hasn’t even ruffled feathers...
  • Barney Frank on the Boston bombing: Let this serve as a reminder to you, smaller government

    04/16/2013 5:08:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 4/16/13 | Doug Powers
    The wisdom Frank tried to impart on CNN this morning is that the best way to fight against terrorism is by making government a lot bigger. Video via The Weekly Standard: “In this terrible situation, let’s be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, and has been for some time to criticize government, belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think … of [their] health care. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well. … I never was as a member of Congress one of the...
  • MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Calls Out Barney Frank for Politicizing Boston Marathon Bombing

    04/16/2013 12:47:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | April 16, 2013 | Paul Bremmer
    Former congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) went on MSNBC this morning to react to yesterdayÂ’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. In a shameless moment of advocacy, Frank used the tragedy to make a political statement about revenue and the size of government. Considering that this happened on MSNBC, you might expect the host to condone the congressmanÂ’s liberal activism, but anchor Thomas Roberts actually called Frank out for his despicable attempt to politicize this tragedy. Early in the interview, Frank stressed that none of us know much about who and what were behind this event as of yet. So the former...
  • Barney Frank: 'No Tax Cut Would Have Helped Us Deal With This'

    04/16/2013 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 04/16/2013 | By DANIEL HALPER
    "I'm glad you raised that, because it gives me a chance to make a point I've felt strongly about," said Frank. "In this terrible situation, let's be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, and has been for some time to criticize government, belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think ... of [their] health care. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well. ... I never was as a member of Congress one of the cheerleaders for less government, lower taxes. No tax cut would...
  • CNBC's Bartiromo Takes (Barney) Frank to Task Over Lack of ’08 Financial Crisis Prosecutions

    02/16/2013 8:27:39 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 15, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Bartiromo Takes Frank to Task Over Lack of ’08 Financial Crisis Prosecutions • Frank: 'Individuals' should be prosecuted on Wall Street, will not say who Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (D., Mass.) advocated criminal prosecutions against “individuals” involved in the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent collapse on Wall Street Friday on CNBC. Maria Bartiromo reacted incredulously to Frank’s refusal to name specific individuals who may have perpetrated criminal wrongdoing, accusing the former Congressman of playing populist politics by making specious allegations against the financial industry. Frank attempted to deflect the criticism by stating as Chair of House Financial Services...
  • The Obama Hypocrisy: US sues S&P over pre-crisis mortgage ratings

    02/08/2013 6:33:10 AM PST · by Madhattan · 1 replies
    In charges filed late Monday in Los Angeles federal court, the Justice Department said S&P gave high marks to mortgage-backed securities that later went sour, even though it knew they were risky. The government said S&P misrepresented the risks because it wanted more business from the banks. The case is the government's first major action against one of the credit rating agencies that stamped their seals of approval on Wall Street's mortgage bundles. It marks a milestone for the Justice Department, which has been criticized for failing to make bigger cases against the companies involved in the crisis. "Put simply,...
  • Barney Frank's Strange Obsession With Misogynistic Henny Youngman Line

    02/07/2013 5:34:08 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What's with Barney Frank and his odd obsession with a Henny Youngman line that—had virtually any other politician used it—would result in him being accused of the worst kind of misogyny? Back in 2011, I noted that, appearing on Morning Joe, Frank had quoted the hoary Henny line: "How's your wife? Compared to what?" Yet there was Barney again this evening, this time on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show, breaking out the identical line. Really: what gives? And imagine the feminist outrage if, say, Mitt Romney had dared used the line during his presidential campaign. View the video here.
  • Low-profile interim Senate pick adds intrigue to Mass. special election

    01/31/2013 1:44:19 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's (D) decision to name his former chief of staff, William "Mo" Cowan, as an interim replacement to outgoing Sen. John Kerry (D) came as a surprise to some — but it may have made the lives of both former Sen. Scott Brown (R) and Patrick himself a bit easier. By choosing a friend and longtime supporter — and a man with a relatively low political profile in Massacusetts — Patrick avoided the potential bombast and bomb-throwing that might have occurred had he appointed former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who had very publicly pursued the job. Read...
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren hires Barney Frank's former chief of staff as economic development director

    01/11/2013 2:01:12 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that her office has hired Bruno Freitas as the new economic development director and a senior advisor to serve in Washington D.C. Freitas joins the Warren team from the office of another Massachusetts politician, former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, who retired from Congress this year following the state legislature's redistricting process. Freitas, a New Bedford native, most recently worked as Frank's chief of staff and legislative director, although he has worked with the congressman in some capacity since 1994, when he helped design Frank's first website. Warren's office said that his previous work...
  • Barney Frank: I want to be named interim senator

    01/04/2013 8:19:41 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/4/13 | Matt Stout
    Just one day removed from the House, Barney Frank says he wants to get back to Washington. Frank, speaking today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said he told Gov. Deval Patrick he wants to be interim senator when Sen. John Kerry is named secretary of state. “A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn’t interested,” Frank said. “It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: ‘You gotta go to summer school.’ But (the fiscal cliff) deal now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in...
  • The Mega Scandal Everyone Has Forgotten - Fannie, Freddie, and Congress get off scot-free.

    01/02/2013 3:07:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | DECEMBER 31, 2012 | John Fund
    Angelo Mozilo In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi used an old Jedi mind trick on Stormtroopers to deflect them from their real quarry: “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” It worked.It looks as if another mind trick, well known in the Congress — delay and deflection — will now work to make Americans forget one of the biggest scandals of our time: the housing collapse that triggered the 2008 financial meltdown we are still suffering from. We shouldn’t just gaze over the fiscal cliff everyone else is scrutinizing; we should also examine the droids who helped set in motion our...
  • Barney Frank: Newt Gingrich hypocritical for blaming Newtown on absence of religion in public life

    12/23/2012 5:52:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/20/2012 7:18 PM | Tracy Jan
    Congressman Barney Frank blasted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for hypocrisy on Wednesday, criticizing the marital track record of his political nemesis after Gringrich connected the Sandy Hook school massacre to the absence of religion in public life. “God appears to have been driven out of Mr. Gingrich’s private life if you look at his marital history,” Frank said on MSNBC. “He’s very selective about where he thinks fundamental religious tenets ought to be followed.” …
  • Barney Frank on Balancing the Budget: “I Don’t Think Balance is Logical”

    12/22/2012 3:40:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 20, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) does not think it is “logical” to achieve a balanced federal budget “from the standpoint of a whole economy” because the relationship between budget and government is different from that of budget and individual. At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Frank about the “fiscal cliff” talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): “During these ongoing negotiations would you like to see an attempt to balance the federal budget? And if so,in what year?” …
  • John Kerry's Nomination Means Barney Frank May Be Back In D.C. Sooner Than Anyone Thought

    12/21/2012 12:45:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/21/2012 | Linette Lopez
    Today, Barack Obama nominated Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State, and if he's confirmed, that will leave a Massachusetts Senate seat open next year. At the same time, there just happens to be a Massachusetts Democrat going into retirement next year — former head of the Banking Committee, Barney Frank. Governor Deval Patrick has got to nominate someone to fill the seat until a special election is held next year, and Frank may be the experienced pick. Politico reports that Frank said he wouldn't rule out accepting the nomination either. “The governor ought to be free to...
  • new study confirms democrats crashed the economy DUH...

    12/21/2012 8:24:03 AM PST · by raygunfan · 20 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 12/21/2012 | ROBERT MOON
    A new study from the widely respected National Bureau of Economic Research released this week has confirmed beyond question that the left's race-baiting attacks on the housing market (the Community Reinvestment Act
  • Hacktivist's Mom Has a Few Questions for Anonymous

    03/15/2012 8:48:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2012 | John Ransom
    When hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was arrested last week in Chicago as a part of a wide government investigation in the online group Anonymous, his mother, Rose Collins, called him a genius without any wisdom. “Again?” she asked when informed by the Chicago Tribune that her son had been arrested for hacking. “I love my son, but he is a genius with no brain. He has a 168 IQ, but he has no wisdom.”  In an attempt to educate the world at-large about the dangers of Anonymous, Rose Collins reached out to Townhall Finance and spoke about Jeremy and Anonymous. She ended by asking a...
  • Rep. Barney Frank’s claim about a should-be Democratic House majority

    11/14/2012 8:09:27 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2012 | Josh Hicks
    The 2012 election certainly didn’t end as planned for the GOP, which failed to win the presidency and lost seats in both chambers of Congress. Nonetheless, Republicans found a silver lining in the fact that they maintained control of the House, having won at least 233 seats as of Tuesday — 218 are needed for a majority. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) argued on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” that the election was a clean sweep for Democrats. He said the GOP wouldn’t have retained control of the House if it wasn’t for questionable redistricting by Republicans. The Brennan Center for Justice...
  • Was the Fed bomber a Frank Amendment Terrorist?

    10/18/2012 3:27:29 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 6 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | Oct 18, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000028771/Barney-Frank-and-the-Law-of-Unintended-Consequences.aspx The short answer is yes,Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis,, the Jihadist terrorist who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan, was able to get a Visa more easily from the State Department because of the Frank Amendment. Congressman Barney Frank sponsored over 10 such amendments in the 1990's, bills that he sheparded into law which made it easier for terrorists to enter into the United States with legal visas. Bill Clinton's CIA Director James Woolsey, speaking on the Frank Amendment to the Wall Street Journal stated that "Congress had made it illegal to deny visas to members...
  • Barney Frank Calls Gay Republican Group “Uncle Toms”

    09/06/2012 6:27:55 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 6, 2012 | Staff
    Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., told the Huffington Post today that the gay rights group the Log Cabin Republicans model themselves after “Uncle Tom,” the servile black slave character in the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The liberal, openly gay congressman told the website he was “appalled” by the group’s support of Republican Party: Frank then laced into the Log Cabin Republicans, who spoke highly of the GOP last week in Tampa, with its executive director, R. Clarke Cooper, commenting that gay GOPers felt more welcome than any time in the past. “Frankly I’ve been appalled to see the Log Cabin club,...
  • Rush: Barney Frank Checked Into His Convention Hotel With Leather Belt Around His Neck (photo)

    09/04/2012 1:09:28 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 95 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 4 September 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    ... Barney Frank... I kid you not. I've got the picture. Barney Frank checked into his hotel (it's one of the Marriott's there) with a leather belt around his neck, buckled. It's the kind of belt you would wear in your slacks. There's Barney Frank -- photo from the side, his right side -- checking into the hotel with a leather belt buckled around his neck. I don't understand it. I'm not going to offer any analysis. I'm just telling you, I've got the picture. ...
  • DNC Freak Show has started

    09/03/2012 2:59:02 PM PDT · by eglman · 43 replies
    John Locke Foundation ^ | Posted September 3rd, 2012 | RickHenderson
    Why did Barney Frank have a leather belt around his neck when he checked in?
  • Barney Frank: Paul Ryan Opposed To Helping Feed Poor Children, Putting Out Fires

    08/15/2012 4:48:58 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At least Barney didn't accuse Paul Ryan of going all Twilight on poor children, or of actually pouring kerosene on burning buildings. No, appearing on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show today, the retiring Dem congressman contented himself by claiming that Ryan opposes people coming together to feed poor children or put out fires. View the video here.
  • Barney Frank: 'Unfortunately, Under American System, You Have Checks And Balances'

    07/26/2012 6:40:00 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Liberal fascism, anyone? Add Barney Frank to the list of Thomas Friedman and Ray LaHood who regret that in the United States, that darn Constitution gets in the way of the enlightened class imposing its will on the rest of us benighted peons. Sparring with Mario Bartiromo on CNBC this afternoon, Dem congressman Frank, expressing frustration at his inability to get through legislation he favors, lamented: "unfortunately, under this American system of government, you have these checks and balances." Yeah, so unfortunate. If only Barney could be king for a day. View the video here.
  • Menino says he can’t actively block Chick-fil-A

    07/26/2012 10:38:57 AM PDT · by massmike · 37 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 07/26/2012 | Greg Turner
    Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino repeated today that he doesn’t want Chick-fil-A in Boston, but he backed away from a threat to actively block the fast-food chain from setting up shop in the city. “I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there,” Menino said, referring to company president Dan Cathy, who drew the mayor’s wrath by going public with his views against same-sex marriage. The mayor added: “I make mistakes all the time. That’s a Menino-ism.” Last week, the Herald first reported Menino saying “it will be very difficult” for Chick-fil-A to obtain licenses...
  • House Passes Ron Paul’s ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill (Nancy Pelosi, Bawney Fwank vote No to help bankers)

    07/25/2012 1:45:14 PM PDT · by JimWayne · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2012 | Kristina Peterson and Siobhan Hughes
    The Senate would be almost certain to defeat it given the Democratic majority in the chamber... “This is a way to shake your fist at the big bad Fed, and it’s not a good way,” Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.), the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, said on the House floor Tuesday.
  • Former Boy Scout leader sent to prison for making child porn

    07/21/2012 7:27:28 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    KSL.com ^ | July 10, 2012 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — A former Boy Scout leader and hospital employee will go to prison for collecting and making child pornography. Third District Judge Robin Reese on Monday sentenced Shawn Thomas Whiting, 34, to a one- to-15-year prison term on four second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Whiting pleaded guilty to the charges in April. He originally faced a total of 20 counts of the same charge, but the 16 additional counts were dismissed in exchange for the man's plea. Reese ordered the man to pay for the cost of counseling for his victims. The Utah...
  • The Current "Top Ten Least Intelligent" And "Top Ten Most Despised Democrats" Lists.

    07/12/2012 3:53:03 PM PDT · by Reality_News · 28 replies
    Based on the most embarrassing moments and inexcusable scandals of the Obama Administration, these two "Top Ten Democrat Lists" should be pretty accurate. Take a look at them and express your opinions of accuracy. There is likely a few more that can be added to the lists,so please feel free to add if you feel some Democrats are missing. TOP TEN WORLDS DUMBEST DEMOCRATS: 1)Debbie Wasserman, 2)Maxine Waters, 3)Nancy Pelosi, 4)Elizabeth Warren, 5)Sheila Jackson, 6)Hank Johnson, 7)Chuck Schumer, 8)Barney Frank, 9)Frederica Wilson, 10)Dick Durbin Top Ten Most Hated Democrats: 1)Eric Holder, 2)Van Jones, 3)David Axelrod, 4)O'Bozo, 5)Harry Reid, 6)Baba Boxer,...
  • Frank: GOP mostly ignored my wedding

    07/10/2012 11:27:46 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | July 10, 2012 | CAITLIN MCDEVITT
    Newlywed Barney Frank stopped by "The Bill Press Show" on Tuesday and discussed marrying his longtime partner, Jim Ready, over the weekend Asked how fellow pols have reacted, the congressman said, “Mostly, the Republicans have ignored it. There have been no negative comments and I think a few years ago, there would have been. The climate is changing and opponents have realized that the country is moving beyond them. A couple of Republicans have privately congratulated me. The Democrats have been enormously enthusiastic and friendly.”
  • Congressman Barney Frank weds in same-sex marriage

    07/07/2012 5:32:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 93 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2012 | Tim McLaughlin
    (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner, James Ready, on Saturday, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a same-sex marriage. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officiated the ceremony and added some levity by saying Frank, 72, and Ready, 42, had vowed to love each other through Democratic and Republican administrations alike, and even through appearances on Fox News, according to Al Green, a Democratic congressman from Texas. "Barney was beaming," said Green, who attended the ceremony. He added that Frank, a champion of gay rights and the sweeping reform of Wall Street, shed a tear...
  • Barney Frank keeping wedding details under wraps (pssst -- it’s on a holiday weekend in July)

    07/04/2012 6:40:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 2, 2012 | Christopher Rowland
    It’s not exactly the secret celebrity wedding of the season, but it still might be high-wattage enough -- at least in political circles -- to attract unwanted paparazzi. So a spokesman said Monday that Representative Barney Frank would prefer to keep the timing of his marriage to Jim Ready under wraps. It’s not working too well. Frank himself has leaked enough clues that it is easy to conclude the wedding is this Saturday afternoon, in a private ceremony in Newton. Barney said in a C-SPAN interview in May that he was not inviting President Obama and his wife, Michelle, to...
  • Long delayed ethics charges against Rep Maxine Waters to finally go forward

    06/12/2012 9:02:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/12/2012 | Doug Book
    It was in August of 2010 the House Ethics Committee decided to proceed with charges against California Congresswoman Maxine Waters for contriving to procure “special favors” for the Massachusetts-based, OneUnited Bank. And although “Waters has done her damnedest during [these] three years to exploit as many legal technicalities as possible to try to get the investigation halted…” it now looks as though the jig might finally be up. (1) In 2008, Representative Waters set up a meeting between officials of the Treasury Department and members of a “trade association” of minority owned banks. The meeting, however, consisted almost exclusively of...
  • Barney Frank: Dems, unions made 'big mistake' in pushing for Wisconsin recall

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slammed unions and liberal activists for pushing to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). "I think the people on the Democratic side made a big mistake and the funding thing was a big deal," Frank told The Hill Wednesday afternoon, alluding to Republicans' big cash advantage in the race. "My side picked a fight they shouldn't have picked. The recall was upsetting to people, the rerun of the election with [Democratic Milwaukee Mayor] Tom Barrett — it's not a fight I would have picked." Walker survived the recall by a comfortable 7-point margin over Barrett on...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - The Dead Baby Media

    06/02/2012 4:50:11 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, June 01, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    THE DEAD BABY MEDIA If the text on that one is too small for you, it's a CNN piece headlined, "Why the Syrian regime is killing babies." There's not much to add to that. The Syrian regime may be killing babies, but CNN killed journalism. With some help from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the BBC. Anyone who has spent time in the Middle East knows quite well that parading around dead bodies is part of the Muslim ceremony of rallying for the next attack. These aren't funerals, these are corpse parades and the corpses are often...
  • Barney Frank: The President Has Really Turned Around The ‘Mess of The Economy’

    05/31/2012 8:49:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 31, 2012 | Becket Adams
    During an interview with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) discussed everything from the Trayvon Martin shooting, to gay marriage, to his upcoming retirement. And while none of these are surprising for this congressman to talk about, the eye-opening moment occurred when he said (with a straight face) that president Obama has helped “turn around the mess of the economy.” Really? “When you look at the election, you look at the campaign season here,” Malveaux said, “What do you think President Obama has done right, that he’s gotten right? And what do you think he really needs to work...
  • Barney Frank stuns commencement crowd during speech

    05/28/2012 7:16:21 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 30 replies
    WHDH-TV ^ | 5/28/12 | Victoria Block
    NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Democratic Representative Barney Frank raised eyebrows during his commencement speech at UMass Dartmouth when he referenced the Trayvon Martin case. Barney Frank, never at a loss for words, drew gasps from the commencement crowd at UMass Dartmouth where his good friend Hubie Jones was awarded an honorary doctorate -- complete with a degree and hood. "When they give you an honorary doctorate they give you one of these and Hubie, I think you now got a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you," Frank said during his speech. The crowd was stunned...