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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Second Brand USA exec leaves company on heels of Senate report
Another top executive has departed from Brand USA, a public-private corporation founded to promote U.S. tourism, in the wake of a congressional report detailing what its authors call waste and cronyism.

Travel Market Report writes that Brand USA chief marketing officer Chris Perkins has left the company. Perkins is the second executive to leave the firm. Brand USA CEO Jim Evans left in June, a week after several U.S. Senators first began probing the company.

The report, released last week by Sens. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) and Jim DeMint
...junior U.S. Senator from South Carolina, distinguished by not being Lindsey Graham. He is a member of the Republican Party and a well-regarded leader in the Tea Party movement...
(R., S.C.), slammed Brand USA and the Department of Commerce for providing "only a small cross section" of the requested documents.

by candlelight every wench is handsome...
the report said, the documents the senators did obtain "paint a picture of mismanagement, waste and cronyism."

Brand USA's board, which is appointed by President Barack Obama's administration, is stacked with Obama campaign donors. The company first came under fire for hosting a lavish London gala.
A mix of private contributions and matching federal grants funds Brand USA. The report claims Brand USA relied on questionable "in-kind" non-cash contributions to qualify for more taxpayer dollars.

As previously reported by the Washington Free Beacon, Brand USA's board, which is appointed by President Barack Obama's administration, is stacked with Obama campaign donors. The company first came under fire for hosting a lavish London gala.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Tis hard to justify $$$ funding for Brand USA when the USDOD buys its Uniforms from China.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2012 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Essentially a gov't funded PR firm with a focus on the gaming industry. What could possibly go wrong ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 4:20 Comments || Top||

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Is Hanging Out at Bars While Under 'Doctor's Care'
When Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. emerged from last summer's disappearance--he had, his family said, been seeking treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic--his chief of staff told news hounds that he was "convalescing with his wife and children at home in Washington." But last week, he was seen convalescing in a D.C. bar with two different women on two consecutive nights.

According to two independent sources, Jackson was spotted drinking at Bier Baron Tavern, a craft beer bar not far from Dupont Circle, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights last week. Each night, he was accompanied by a different woman. According to both sources, Jackson was drinking. "They were laughing and very focused on each other," one source said of Jackson's demeanor on Wednesday night. "Not sure when they left but I saw them there around 10:30 p.m. They didn't appear intoxicated or loud, but were definitely enjoying themselves."

The Wall Street Journal reported today that federal prosecutors are "in the final stages of a criminal probe" into claims that Jackson illegally used campaign funds to redecorate his $1.3 million home in Washington. That's on top of a separate federal inquiry into Jackson's role in former Illinois Gov. Rod Y'gotta pay to play! Blagojevich
Who was tried and eventually convicted on federal corruption charges that he tried to sell or trade Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.
's attempt to sell Barack Obama
I am the change that you seek...
's vacated Senate seat. So the guy probably needed a drink last week. (And it wouldn't, according to Chicago Magazine, be even remotely the first time he spent quality time with a woman other than his wife, Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson.)
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Two different women ..." > Uh, uh, OH THE DOC/MED-MANITY!

gut nuthin.

Gotta wonder iff his Better Half punched him out already???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2012 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey...mom's still with the "reverend", right???
Bitches should know their place...
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/16/2012 0:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Better to burn out as a race huckster than to fade away in prison worth scam.
Posted by: newc || 10/16/2012 1:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Does Jr. have a gayiesh houseboy named Kato, own any expensive sports memorabilia or a white Ford Bronco ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 3:26 Comments || Top||

#5  According to this morning's front-page WaPo article on "Junior" -- Jackson is recuperating at his home in Washington after spending at least six weeks at the Mayo Clinic, where he was visited by Kucinich and former congressman Patrick Kennedy. His staff hasn’t said when he will return. Few colleagues have seen him, but Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) said in a brief interview that he dined with Jackson recently and has spent time with Rev. Jackson. “They’re trying to make sure that he is completely well before he comes back,” Cleaver said.

I guess visiting the DC bar scene with "women" means he has completly recovered. Unless he was in for alcohol abuse.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2012 6:15 Comments || Top||

#6  was he with Tamara Holder? Sloppies with Dad's squeeze?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/16/2012 7:50 Comments || Top||

#7  O he's a lumberjack and he's ok.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/16/2012 8:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Jesse Jackson Jr. Believed He Was Reincarnated Greek Chariot Driver
Posted by: tipper || 10/16/2012 11:22 Comments || Top||

#9  What's the problem exactly? The bartender IS his doctor. Didn't you know that?
Posted by: Raider || 10/16/2012 14:40 Comments || Top||

#10  Jesse Jackson Jr. Believed He Was Reincarnated Greek Chariot Driver

Jesse Jr. as Greek Chariot Driver

Posted by: Daffy Phaick6477 || 10/16/2012 14:57 Comments || Top||

DOE-backed battery maker files for bankruptcy
In news that's sure to provide fresh fodder for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney ahead of his debate tonight with President Obama, an electric-car battery maker backed by a quarter-billion-dollar grant from the Obama administration filed today for bankruptcy protection.

The company, A123 Systems Inc., received $249 million through the Department of Energy in 2009 and earned praise from Obama himself in 2010 for helping to keep jobs in the United States.

Today, DOE sought to put the best face on the bankruptcy filing by noting that A123 is working on a consolidation plan with Johnson Controls Inc. in Milwaukee to sell two Michigan manufacturing plants along with other assets
(Text above is from a proprietary newsletter; link is to Bloomberg News story.)
Posted by: Barbara || 10/16/2012 13:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So the next time someone says to you they have made another bad investment, you can tell them - "Well you are just a BHO investor!"

Kind of has a "ring" to it, doesn't it a "BHO investor".

Defined: Excessively Bad, Horrible, Obtuse financial investor; always investing money in ulimately loosing business schemes.

Barack Hussein Obama II's claim to eternal fame a new phrase in the English Lexicon ---"BHO investor"
Posted by: Daffy Phaick6477 || 10/16/2012 15:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Ebonics translation "BHOFIR"
Posted by: Daffy Phaick6477 || 10/16/2012 15:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Software engineer's translation = 'FUBAR'
Posted by: Raj || 10/16/2012 17:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Uh, uh, DOE = US DEPT. OF EDUCATION???

gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2012 19:30 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Obama Scrambles For Cover As Benghazi Lie Explodes
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He's hiding behind Hilldebeast's skirts. Maybe it will come up in the debate tonight. I'd better lay in some more popcorn.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2012 16:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Hilliary set him up, and he tried to clean it up by saying 'she' works for him.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 10/16/2012 23:40 Comments || Top||

-Election 2012
Obama: ‘We Got Back Every Dime’ of Bailout; CBO: Bailout Will Lose $24 Billion
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We missed our Accounting courses that decade, didn't we???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2012 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Math is...hard!
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/16/2012 0:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, that's not what I was told.

Besides, it saved 5 or 10 million jobs, so it was worth it.

Not to mention I've fixed it so only my big donor's banks can get federal money again, but it won't be called a "bailout" for them.

Signed, 0
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2012 6:36 Comments || Top||

#4  "As I see him, Barack Obama belongs to an alien species hostile to life on earth".
Ilana Mercer

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 9:25 Comments || Top||


A123 Systems Inc. (AONE), a maker of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, filed for bankruptcy after failing to make a debt payment that was due yesterday.

The company listed assets of $459.8 million and debt of $376 million as of Aug. 31 in Chapter 11 documents filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.

The bankruptcy filing may fuel further political debate over government financing of alternative-energy and transportation businesses. Federal grants and loans to companies including A123, Fisker Automotive Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc. have drawn scrutiny from congressional Republicans following the September 2011 bankruptcy filing of solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC two years after it received a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department.

Electric-vehicle sales since 2011 totaled fewer than 50,000 through September, just 5 percent of Obama’s target to have 1 million such vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said last month that Obama has picked “losers” for alternative-energy loans and grants. His running mate, Paul Ryan, has called for all green-energy subsidies to be eliminated.

A123 has posted at least 14 straight quarterly losses. Its shares have fallen 85 percent this year to 24 cents at yesterday’s close in New York and traded at 16 cents at 8:29 a.m. before the start of regular trading.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/16/2012 13:03 Comments || Top||

#6  How, the William J Lapetomane Thruway?

Dimes don't pay back crates of $100's.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/16/2012 14:10 Comments || Top||

#7  The statement could be true.
It just depends on the definition of 'is' 'we.'
Posted by: Spinetch the Wide7736 || 10/16/2012 15:49 Comments || Top||

#8  More crony-capitalism low-hanging fruit for the debate tonight. I just don't trust Candy Crowley to be an honest moderator in the debate.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2012 16:21 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm thinking a lot of these green energy companies that failed were just front companies for money laundering of money that found its way back to the Chicago boys (and girls).
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2012 16:22 Comments || Top||

#10  I'm thinking a lot of these green energy companies that failed were just front companies for money laundering of money that found its way back to the Chicago boys (and girls).
Posted by JohnQC

There was also big time gambling in the backrooms of Capone's Chicago speakeasies.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 17:47 Comments || Top||

#11  C'mon these are presidential debates. I expect the same level of integrity as a $20 hooker in a dark alley. :-)
Posted by: Raider || 10/16/2012 22:31 Comments || Top||

Biden: Planned Parenthood 'Under Law Cannot Perform Any Abortion;' Planned Parenthood: We Did 985,731 In 3 Years
Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
said at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse on Friday that Planned Parenthood
...has received federal funding since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed into law the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act. It is sometimes described as the gynecololgical wing of the Democratic party.
"under law cannot perform any abortion."

Planned Parenthood itself has published fact sheets indicating that it did 985,731 abortions in just the three years from 2008 through 2010. These included 324,008 abortion in 2008, 332,278 abortions in 2009, and 329,445 abortions in 2010.

Biden made his remark in response to former Massachusetts Gov. Willard Mitt Romney
...former governor of Massachussetts, currently the Publican nominee for president. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney has a record as a successful businessman, heading Bain Capital, and he rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from the midst of bribery and mismanagement scandals. More to the point, he isn't President B.O...
position that he would defund Planned Parenthood.

"And now these guys pledge that they are going to defund Planned Parenthood, which under law cannot perform any abortion," said Biden. "You heard it last night again."

Biden may have confused whether Planned Parenthood can legally perform abortions with whether it can legally use the federal subsidies it receives to directly fund an abortion.

A Congressional Research Service report published on Aug. 28 said that the federal government gives Planned Parenthood about $66 million per year in Title X "family planning" grants. The law prohibits recipients from using Title X money for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. However,
alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
Planned Parenthood and other organizations that receive federal subsidies under Title X can take the federal money and do abortions at the same time as long use other dollars--not the dollars they got from the federal government--to pay for an actual abortion.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dats 985,731 kiddies whom shall never know the horrible, horrible evil that is Big Bird.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2012 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  The media can continue to explain what Joe meant, but I'd say it's typical that he's the only one in the room who understood what he said.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2012 5:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Biden may have confused whether Planned Parenthood can legally perform abortions with whether it can legally use the federal subsidies it receives to directly fund an abortion.

Typical ignorance/lies about the fungibility of money. It doesn't matter what pocket the money comes out of. Federal funds can only pay the electric bills? Okay, the money that would have to be spent on electric bills can now be spent on abortions. Disgusting.

This is a major problem with foreign aid too.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/16/2012 8:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Dats 985,731 kiddies whom shall never know the horrible, horrible evil that is Big Bird.

That would be funny if it wasn't so despicably evil. Joe's on a roll this morning.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/16/2012 11:18 Comments || Top||

#5  And I don't mean Biden.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/16/2012 11:19 Comments || Top||

#6  What makes you think even Joe understands what he says, #2 Bobby?
Posted by: Barbara || 10/16/2012 13:24 Comments || Top||

#7  985,731 kiddies? The donks are mass murderers of children? Who would have known they are up there with Stalin and Mao?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2012 16:49 Comments || Top||

Akin Leading McCaskill In Missouri Senate Race
A Republican pollster surveying the Missouri Senate race between incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill
...Now, why would I pay taxes on my airplane? Send the bill to the taxpayers!...
(D-MO) and controversial Republican senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) finds the race shifting in Akins direction. In that survey, conducted by the Republican polling firm Wenzel Strategies, finds Akin leading McCaskill by 49 to 45 percent.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Appears we may soon have "legitimate" pub victory!
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  The bias is just so blatant these days.

Good news for a 'pub? Then it's a Republican pollster and a controversial candidate.

Posted by: AlanC || 10/16/2012 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Held my nose and sent him some money. Control of the senate is way to important and McCaskil is a crook.
Posted by: bman || 10/16/2012 12:05 Comments || Top||

#4  The fun part, if he wins, will be watching him tell the GOP establishment in the senate to suck a$$...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2012 14:40 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm O.K. with Akin winning. The best revenge for abuse from both sides is a successful win.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2012 16:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Would be doubly funny to see Akin become the 51st vote. I can picture heads exploding at the RNC.
Posted by: Iblis || 10/16/2012 19:50 Comments || Top||

Joe Biden Makes History
Though not in the way he intended -- and which will allow the legend of Paul Ryan to grow.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: gorb || 10/16/2012 0:11 Comments || Top||

#2  The author's analogy of Nikita Khrushchev and Nixon was quite appropriate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 3:55 Comments || Top||

#3  And in true Bolshevik fashion, Biden's strategy was to silence his opponent. To call this man a Democrat is to mock democracy. If you truly believe in democracy then you must be willing to listen to opposing points of view. Biden is not willing to listen and he wants to make sure that nobody else gets to listen either. Old Joe Stalin gave the communists a bad name and so now they call themselves Democrats. Old Smirkin' Joe Biden would feel right at home with the likes of Stalin and Khrushchev.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/16/2012 11:41 Comments || Top||

#4  So the next time someone interrupts you - say "Who are you, Joe Biden ?" or "Biden, Wait your turn to speak !"

But if he doesn't wait his turn to speak, you know you've been "Bidenized"!

Kind of has a "ring" to it, doesn't it Bidenized. Sort of like Simonized. An attempt to excessively interrupt a person speaking.

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.'s claim to eternal fame a new word in the English Lexicon --- "Bidenized"
Posted by: Daffy Phaick6477 || 10/16/2012 15:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Bidenized. I like it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/16/2012 16:01 Comments || Top||

#6  bidenize (mk)
v. bidenize, bindeniz·ing, bidenized
1. To treat with ridicule or contempt; deride.
a. To mimic, as in sport or derision. See Synonyms at ridicule.
b. To imitate; counterfeit.
c. To attempt humour inexcess, to the point of foolery.
3. To frustrate the hopes of; disappoint.
To express scorn or ridicule; jeer: They mocked at the idea.
a. The act of bidenizing.
b. Bidenize; derision: said it merely in biden.
2. An object of scorn or derision.
3. An imitation or a counterfeit.
Simulated; false; sham: fake; a mock battle.
In an insincere or pretending manner: mock sorrowful.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 16:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Bidenzing is often performed by someone with a nutty countenance and exhibits disassociated laughter, giggling, rudeness and eye-rolling. Has a tendency to scare little kids.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/16/2012 16:43 Comments || Top||

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