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Rep. Barney Frank to Retire

Rep. Barney Frank at 2010 Harry S Truman Award Dinner

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank announced today that he will retire from Congress and not seek re-election.  Frank’s seat, in a liberal stronghold of the Western Boston suburbs is not at risk to going Republican, but his decision is a loss for Democrats because of his strong opinions, debate skills and his intellect.  Barney has a…

Time to Change Occupy?

OccupyOC-Irvine Demonstrator

This post started as one designed to help OccupyOC-Irvine raise money for things the leaderless organization might need.  And as the reporting progressed, it’s turned into something … different. I placed an inquiry to Vern Nelson and Greg Diamond, both of whom have prominent roles within the leaderless movement that is OccupyOC-Irvine. I had noticed…

Tom Friedman’s Thanksgiving Gift to Obama

Tom Friedman is a columnist for the New York Times. And I find his work inconsistent. Sometimes I love what he writes and other times, I think he had too much to drink when he wrote it.  But today’s column is a gem and one Obama detractors ought to read. From the column: I voted…

Supercommittee Fails

US Capitol Building - Dark Clouds

Reaction to the Supercommittee’s failure to reach agreement on spending cuts and revenue generation are hitting the mainstream media and the political blogs.  From the New York Times: Speaking an hour after the talks failed, President Obama promised to veto any legislation that seeks to avoid the automatic cuts that negotiators agreed would go into…

Bank Transfer Day Hits the Big Banks Where It Hurts

BofA ATM - 99

Is the Occupy movement a success or failure?  One measure was the Bank Transfer Day where Americans of all income levels moved their money out of accounts from Big Banks you benefited from the bailouts without giving back.  An estimated 40,000 Americans left the Big Banks behind earlier this month.  And the impact is already…