…need a little more air:
Jeffrey Skilling, the convicted former Enron Corp. chief executive officer, may get out of prison in as little as four years if a judge approves a deal with prosecutors over objections by victims of one of the biggest corporate frauds in U.S. history.
Yes, former CEO of Enron and current Federal Prisoner Jeffrey Skilling decided to buy his freedom by giving “up all claims to $40 million in forfeited assets.” Which when you consider Enron’s initial bill for fraud was $40 BILLION makes it, oh… 1/10 of 1% of his ill-gotten gains.
That’ll learn him.
Ezra Klein at the WaPo has the definitive statement: Treasury: We won’t mint a platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling
And then James Fallows at The Atlantic gives us two sentences:
1) Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize one single penny in additional public spending.
2) For Congress to “decide whether” to raise the debt ceiling, for programs and tax rates it has already voted into law, makes exactly as much sense as it would for a family to “decide whether” to pay a credit-card bill for goods it has already bought.
So, I guess we are back to being held hostage by terrorists/GOP threatening to destroy the world economy unless we all agree to feed granny catfood.
Of course, this is another example of negotiating against yourself before the negotiations begin (having also ruled out the 14th Amendment option), so one can assume that anything that the Administration does end up giving away is something that they wanted to give away.
David Gregory dancin’ to the Karl Rove Rap
The DA for DC decided to not press charges against David Gregory for possessing a 30-round clip in DC (which is illegal) , thus again proving that there is a Club, and you are not part of it.
The DA is also alleged to be a friend of the Gregory family, so it shows that who you know is still the rule of the land.
I’m not agitating for Dancin’ Dave to be thrown in the pokey for a decade for this (though having him off the air is tempting), but I do think this is another example that there are two sets of laws in the US. The next person arrested in DC for possession of a high-capacity clip should scream bloody hell.
(WaPo here and here)
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Lambchop)
Binders are people my friend. Why yes, there is a tumblr for Binder Full of Women. A question asking if a person supports equal pay regardless of gender seems like a simple “yes” or “no” question. So never mind the binders, how about that pay scale? It’s not about finding women to sit on your cabinet. Talking about binders is funny. Getting short changed for your work is not. (NY Times)
Queen Ann finally gets her first job ever.
See? Anyone can find a job in the strengthening economy, even an entitlement Queen!
…it’s really only 30% that are takers and who have given up on the American Dream:
The good news, is that Zombie-eyed Granny-Starver Paul Ryan said it so elegantly.
So now the Stench scoop of the day from David Corn at Mother Jones magazine is this little gem:
Willard explains the Bain Capital business plan: not creating jobs but “harvesting” companies they take over.
Which of course can only remind me of this movie:
Seriously, who (other than a farmer) ever says harvest and not mean something ghoulish?
OK, I lied:
Comment Cat is not amused.
Ho! Ho! Ho! What a card! It seems that the roll-down-the-windows-on-the-jet was just a joke, you know, because nothing is funnier than kidding about your wife dying in a fiery plane crash while she is standing within slapping distance.