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My witty introduction tank is on fumes right now, so let's move right on to "this day in history."

On October 27, 1932, Sylvia Plath, the American poet known for an intense, confessional quality of writing, was born. A lot of her rare papers, including some diaries, letters, and communications between Ted Hughes & her mother post - suicide, are on the IU campus in the Lilly Rare Book Library. I've seen it, and it is s...o...m...e...t...h...i...n...g. On this date in 2005, White House counsel Harriet Miers (aka GWB's cleaning lady - props to Bill Maher!) withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court after three weeks of criticism from fellow conservatives. Well, I'd add that a whole mess of people thought & still think she's not qualified to be a judge in dog obedience court!

On with The Rachel Maddow Show!

"Lockup: Wall Street" - The head of the Anti - US Chamber of Commerce really doesn't like Elliott Spitzer. ;D Mr. Spitzer was way ahead of the game as far as what Wall Street was beginning to do to this country & our economy. Firms bragged about their lovely deals in email, and Mr. Spitzer called a presser to release the emails! HA! Now, THAT'S some chutzpah, boys & girls. ;D Mr. Elliott went after all kind of folk; then, he had to go & start thinking with an area just below his waist & give lots of good ammunition to people who didn't want him to do what he was doing. So, he had to resign. Is anyone else besides me getting deja vu all over again? Wall Street corruption investigations began at the state level. New investigations are still beginning at the state level as evidenced by the appearance of NY's AG the other night. Uh Rachel, I can tell you 1 place where Elliott Spitzer's been lately; that would be Countdown with Keith Olbermann at Current TV! ;D Precious few prosecutions have been brought against sub - prime mortgage folk. Some CEOs are still in the financial industry.

"The Interview" - There are a lot of banks & credit card companies based in DE because they have good & lax rules about interest rates, taxes, and stuff. DE AG Beau Biden's suing some sort of mortgage registry for their role in all the horrible sub - prime mortgages. And, he's talking about his suit with Rachel! This suit is just 1 cog in a lot of investigations going on.

"You Know the Drill" - Governor Secession's bad a debates & is not polling well. HOWEVER, I still stand by my GOBP 2012 nominee prediction. :D He's fixing his bad debate problems by not going to them. OK! And, he's going to make more ads with all that big coin he's getting. He's claiming he'll create millions of new jobs by trying "drill baby drill" again. Again...OK! Oil policy used to be dictated by being afraid of the Middle East. Now? It's all about creating jobs by getting rid of those darn regulations. Jim Hightower's got a hell of a hat on! He lost to Governor Secession in the past. Governor Secession's job creation record is suspect - to be charitable. And, I'm getting a little tired of Mr. Hightower's folky - ness or whatever he's trying to say.

Originally posted to CityLightsLover on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:43 PM PDT.

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  •  I'm Gonna Miss Sarah Silverman Tomorrow Night? (13+ / 0-)

    Fudge! Oh well, a date with Hubby is more better. :D

    To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

    by CityLightsLover on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:43:09 PM PDT

  •  Y'all Remember the Scene in WAYNE'S WORLD (5+ / 0-)

    "Hi..I'm in DE..."? ;D

    To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

    by CityLightsLover on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:46:39 PM PDT

  •  I didn't know what a tiger AG Spitzer... (8+ / 0-)

    was... I mean against Wall St., not... you know. LOL

    "Congress has not been able to fix these flaws so far, so I will." - President Obama, 9/23/11

    by BarackStarObama on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:47:48 PM PDT

    •  I Kind of Sort of Remembered (4+ / 0-)

      but not obviously all the details Rachel brought up.

      To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

      by CityLightsLover on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:53:11 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, yes .... (4+ / 0-)

      I've always figured that this is why he was being investigated with regard to the other issues.  Someone wanted him out of the way. Imagine what he could have done as governor.

      9-9-9? Nein, nein, nein.

      by AnnaMolly on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:55:38 PM PDT

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      •  There was a (2+ / 0-)
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        very good documentary done about this -- not sparing him in his indiscretions (as he doesn't spare himself in the movie either) -- detailing the relentless campaign to hang anything that could even remotely unethical on him and the Powers That Be behind it.

        Very reminiscent of the attacks on Clinton.  

        And the birther nonsense, Solyndra, and this book deal garbage.  

        First they ignore you. Check. Then they laugh at you. Check. Then they fight you. Check. Then you win. Check back. Or, if you aspire to be a mensch, Check in.

        by caul on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 02:55:26 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, the book deal thing is especially low .... (2+ / 0-)
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          and in my mind demonstrates, if nothing else, the level at which these goons think. They're about nothing but money, so they assume everyone else is, too.

          You can probably guess how I feel about Spitzer -- the same power and entitlement syndrome that eats up so many politicians -- but it all seemed just a bit too co-incidental for my taste.

          Thank you for the link. I had never heard of that video.

          9-9-9? Nein, nein, nein.

          by AnnaMolly on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 04:09:41 AM PDT

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  •  It occurred to me that these cupcakes .... (4+ / 0-)

    may be the PERFECT treat both for Halloween and the OWS protests.


    You can interpret them just about any way you want. Someone sending Wall Street a message, Wall Street sending someone else a message .... ;-)

    Have a wonderful and haunting weekend, everyone.

    9-9-9? Nein, nein, nein.

    by AnnaMolly on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:54:35 PM PDT

  •  I Need to Go to Sleep. (4+ / 0-)
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    Mojo & comments will be updated in the morning. Hubby & I are going out on a date tomorrow night so no diary! Y'all try not to miss me too much. ;)

    To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

    by CityLightsLover on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 08:12:12 PM PDT

  •  I miss her too often, but not tonight! (3+ / 0-)
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    I went out to eat tonight and our local restaurant was closed. So there was a trial, it being Thursday night. We finally got settled in happily but it took longer because we're in the burgs. I missed the first run.

    Wednesday night wash much different. We were eating at home and our German Shepherd puppy, if you can call 195 pounds of muscular 18 months old, puppy, had a gut problem. So off we went to the emergency vet. Two and a half hours later after solicitous care, we all went home and began starving the poor mutt for a day or so (routine treatment) and  medication. He ate something bad. There is humor in nights like that, all of ours was they had to sedate him to put him on the X-ray table feet up. Think about that.

    But tonight, I made it a point to stay up and watch Rachel's repeat. Worth the time. That Spitzer piece was just first rate. A man with a personal flaw who did great work for the people. I'm don't need to take a position on him. Rachel did a better job than I ever could.

    That ability to bring up and discuss the story that others don or, as often don't even know about, is a constant hook. A number of people with shows do a good job, but She's unique. I even enjoy the ads with the Hoover Dam. Where would all those Nevada right-wingers be without Las Vegas, cheap power, etc. just because the government thought it worthwhile to build a dam and power system that is still here with us, what, 75 years later. A bit of proof that despite allegations to the contrary, not only can government do many things right, it can also do it well.

    Today was a big day on Wall Street so I watched CNBC which is filled with bizarre people who pretend they know what they're talking about. I'm an investor (all old people have to be) and trust me, if they read the numbers right. The Tea Party Founder should have been axed long ago for offering political commentary instead of rational analysis, but he's a trader.

    So the mention last night, i.e. this morning to me, of Spitzer's ferocity on Wall Street was a welcome reminder of the effect a dedicated public official can have.

    Maybe that was his downfall. However silly Mr. Weiner appeared to be, he was himself a ferocious defender of the correct side while others just stood by. I wish he'd handled it better, but someone should have slapped his wrist, very hard. Oh well, that's just me.

    •  And very early on as well.... (3+ / 0-)
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      But a lot of his downfall was on him; he should have known the kind of campaign waged against him would produce all sorts of attempts to peer into every nook and cranny of his private life, as the right loves to smear progressives as "immoral", like they did with Bill Clinton.  

      Not that this is an excuse for engaging in such behavior -- far from it.  These incidents -- Spitzer, Clinton, Weiner -- should serve as an early warning system any time anyone on the progressive end of the spectrum is tempted even in the slightest degree.  

      The primary one, of course, being wedding vows.  Or even a commitment to a relationship.  

      In other words....

      Just. Say. No.

      First they ignore you. Check. Then they laugh at you. Check. Then they fight you. Check. Then you win. Check back. Or, if you aspire to be a mensch, Check in.

      by caul on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 03:08:58 AM PDT

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      •  No disagreement with that (3+ / 0-)
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        There were times early on when there was doubt Spitzer could be effective, not for those reasons, but because he had a bit of the spoiled brat brought up in a very affluent family.

        So, he very much went against type in going after the malefactors of Wall Street.

        But, no doubt as you say that a lot of the downfall was on himself, probably all of it. He might have never given a thought to the contradiction between his public campaign and his private actions. It was like he blanked out on the ramifications beyond the hiring of a prostitute.

        Progressives can't afford as you say to lose effective people over things like this, especially given how the "value's party" trumpets David Vitter. More typical in my experience. Prostitutes like Republican Conventions, don't much like Democrats.

        Back in the old days, the federal prosecutors in NYC used to keep nailing Mafia types with phone taps. One of them said no matter how many times they were busted on the phone calls, they didn't learn.

        Reminds me of Samuel Pepys, the Father of the British Navy, whose secret life was kept hidden for so long.  There's a narrow line of disclosure that can stop potential greatness in its tracks.

  •  I know this is a late late late comment (0+ / 0-)

    but awww...on Friday the 28th....I believe that marvelous Wolfowicz rant qualifies as a Special Comment for Rachel!  (perhaps her first?... ) She's been angry before of course...but this moved into new territory for her, and I did love it.

    I know she'll always Stay Civil And Factual.  That's what she does....

    But that rant???


    The Big Brother that Beck feared? Turned out to be his former boss, Rupert!

    by imfunnytoo on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 05:50:00 AM PDT

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