Richard Noggin’ Saturday: Sen Chris Dodd and Timothy Geithner

It’s a twofer (just among the pals of AIG).

Chris.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Hanging with the wrong crowd, it appears, but seemingly among friends and close confidants. Bruce Gagnon explores in CORRUPTION CROSSES PARTY LINES, the lingering question on a thinking person’s mind:

Who asked him to allow and change the bonus allowance? Geithner or even higher up?

Bruce writes:

Dodd said he “agreed reluctantly” to the changes because Obama administration officials “were insistent.” He refused to disclose which administration “officials” asked him to make the changes that benefited executives at AIG who were awarded massive bonuses at taxpayer expense.

We could speculate who it was that convinced Sen. Dodd to make these changes. Was it Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner? After all he worked for two Republican administrations and for Henry Kissinger’s private consulting firm. Geithner orchestrated the recent bailouts of Citigroup and AIG.

Maybe it was President Obama himself who asked Sen. Dodd to change the legislation so it would benefit AIG. We know that during the recent presidential campaign Obama raised the most money in US history. Obama got nearly $7 million in campaign donations from Wall Street investment firms.

Just to illustrate the point here are the top 10 recipients of AIG campaign donations for 2008:

1) Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) $103,100

2) Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) $101,332

3) Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) $59,499

4) Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) $35,965

5) Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) $24,750

6) Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) $20,850

7) Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) $19,975

8) Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) $19,750

9) Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) $18,500

10) Former N.Y. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R-N.Y.) $13,200

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

Please post your “Its a coincidence” statements in the comments section so we can all have a good laugh.

Is Jimmy Carter a Dopehead?

Nope. Just a smart and sensible forward thinker, unlike most rednecks I know.

from Chycho:

I must say that this particular post from Chycho is one of the better I have read on this subject of legalization/decriminalization of marijuana. I am beginning to read Chycho daily (or as often as they publish) via RSS and recommend it highly.

The War On Democracy by John Pilger

The War On Democracy

Set both in Latin America and the United States, the film explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile. Pilger claims that the film “…tells a universal story… analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called “war on terror“. According to Pilger, the film’s message is that the greed and power of empire is not invincible and that people power is always the “seed beneath the snow”.

Pilger interviews several ex-CIA agents who purportedly took part in secret campaigns against democratic countries and who he claims are profiting from the war in Iraq. He investigates the School of the Americas in the U.S. state of Georgia, where General Pinochet’s torture squads were reportedly trained along with tyrants and death-squad leaders in Haiti, El Salvador, Brazil and Argentina.

The film uses archive footage to support its claim that democracy has been wiped out in country after country in Latin America since the 1950s. Testimonies from those who fought for democracy in Chile and Bolivia are also used.

Segments filmed in Bolivia show that for the last five years huge popular movements have demanded that multinational companies be refused to access the country’s natural reserves of gas, or to buy up the water supply. In Bolivia, Pilger interviews people who say that their country’s resources, including their water and rainwater, were asset stripped by multinational interests. He describes how they threw out a foreign water consortium and reclaimed their water supply. The narrative leads to the landslide election of the country’s first indigenous President.

In Chile, Pilger talks to women who survived the pogroms of General Augusto Pinochet, in remembrance of colleagues who perished at the hands of the dictator. He walks with Sara de Witt through the grounds of the torture house in which she was tortured and survived. Pilger also investigates the “model democracy” that Chile has become and claims that there is a façade of prosperity and that Pinochet’s legacy is still alive.

The film also tells the story of an American nun, Dianna Ortiz, who tells how she was tortured and gang raped in the late 1980s by a gang reportedly led by a fellow American clearly in league with the U.S.-backed regime, at a time when the Reagan administration was supplying the military regime with planes and guns. Ortiz asks whether the American people are aware of the role their country plays in subverting innocent nations under the guise of a “war on terror”. Former CIA agent and Watergate scandal conspirator Howard Hunt, who describes how he and others overthrew the previously democratically elected government. Hunt describes how he organised “a little harmless bombing”. Duane Clarridge, former head of CIA operations in South America is also interviewed.

Pilger traveled through Venezuela with its president, Hugo Chavez, who he regards as the only leader of an oil-producing nation who has used its resources democratically for the education and health of its people. The Venezuelan segment of the film features the coup of 2002, captured in archival footage. The film holds that the 2002 coup against Chavez was backed by rich and powerful interests under U.S. support and that Chavez was brought back to power by the Venezuelan people. Pilger describes the advances in Venezuela’s new social democracy, but he also questions Chavez on why there are still poor people in such an oil-rich country.

(Taken from wiki)

Internet Movie DataBase Plot Summary

Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America’s manipulation of Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary people to free themselves from poverty and racism. Since the mid 19th Century Latin America has been the ‘backyard’ of the US, a collection of mostly vassal states whose compliant and often brutal regimes have reinforced the ‘invisibility’ of their majority peoples. The film reveals similar CIA policies to be continuing in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. The rise of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez despite ongoing Washington backed efforts to unseat him in spite of his overwhelming mass popularity, is democratic in a way that we have forgotten or abandoned in the west. True Democracy being a solid 80% voter turnout in support of Chavez in over 6 elections. Written by David Blake

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