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   David Axelrod Re-Tweet'd GOP strategist EricFehrn's (Shawmutgroup) tidbit (here) - informing us of the media pressed story that Texas Billionaire Harold Simmons pledges $36 million more to Republican SuperPACs (see Bloomberg video (here). Mr. Simmons states that President Obama is a socialist and thus "the Most Dangerous Man Alive".

     You can see more about Harold Simmons (whom Forbes says is the 33 Richest Man) - by going to "Your Black World"; which denotes that;

Harold Simmons is the biggest donor so far in the 2012 election cycle, and that’s saying a lot considering that the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision flooded American politics with money.

Billionaire Simmons gave $7 Million to Rove's CrossRoads

      Harold Simmons is an enigma - but no riddle. He seeks to make our world a better place by defeating President Obama with anyone he can. Simmons claims that Obama is the most dangerous man alive - because he's a socialist. This is rather amusing, being that the Chemical/ Titanium Baron has increased his net worth from $4 Billion to $10 Billion - under Obama's administration.

      One does not need to do any detailed research into the background of HaOrold Simmons  to understand where he is coming from. All you need to know is the fact that he gave Karl Rove's SuperPAC (CrossRoads)  seven ($7) millions dollars. Anyone who publicly backs the Rove tool - is drawing a line in the sand on what his true character is - and where he stands. A Rove'y. Simmons gave super support to Swift Boat to defeat Senator Kerry's bid for the White House.


Wikipedia on Harold Simmons

      Universal Wiki denotes many issues about Billionaire Harold Simmons. Including facts that he began his rise to wealth by selling his chain of Drug stores to Eckerds for $50 million in 1973. That's a Billion $ in today's moneys. However, these key items on Wikipedia's thread on Harold Simmons (here) are really worth noting;

By 1974, he had been indicted for and acquitted of wire and mail fraud, and involved in a pension-related lawsuit brought against him by the United Auto Workers.

Simmons developed his "all debt and no equity" philosophy of capital management from having observed banks as a bank examiner, realizing that "Small banks in Texas were casual about getting the maximum use of their funds. . . banks were the most highly leveraged thing I saw. They borrowed most of their money and really didn't need much equity except for purposes of public confidence." Understanding that banks could be bought entirely with borrowed money, Simmons theorized that he should "buy a bunch, because one bank could be used to finance another. All debt and no equity."[13]

      Besides being a bank examiner turned Robber Baron, Mr. Simmons also ows NL Industries, Contran Corporation and Titanium Metals Corporation. His empire was built upon the business premise he discovered - (Pay Attention) - as Wikipedia denotes that Harold Clark Simmons "develop[ed] the acquisition concept known as leveraged buyout".

        Utilizing such scheming ideas, Harold Simmons tried to take over Lockheed. Where he had focused his eyes on the California Pension system (CalPERS) - and it was rumored he would liquidate such for he and his shareholders.

Harold Simmons is a Very Dangerous BP Funder and Nuclear Waste Licensor

         Adding those larcenous desires to a Mitt Romney/ Bain organized criminal administration would spell ruin for our country. His interest already ruined the Gulf (he put $5 million in 1997 - into BP Capital Energy Commodity Fund and that has blossomed to $150 million.

        Yet, Mr. Simmons does not want to stop at owning entities that succeeded in polluting the Gulf (by the way - are you aware Haliburton acquired the company to fix spills in the south, just weeks before the BP spill)? His real desire is how he handles Nuclear Waste Dumping. As denoted by Rachel Maddow in this YouTube video, Mr Simmons has the ability to donate monies to Governor Perry and actually motivate the Texas Water Development Board to "move" the OGGALLA AQUIFER - to fit Harold Simmons Nuclear Waste License Plans.



      When a ruthless businessman, like Harold Simmons, a man who helped create LBO's, becomes a billionaire by questionable means, is always donating to Republican's - who actually "moves" maps to allow Nuclear Waste Dumping by water supplies - states that someone else is "the" most dangerous man alive.

       Well - considering the qualifications of the source on how to be dangerous -----

       Everyone knows (or should know) - that I am scared to death of Mitt Romney. If he succeeds in his quest, I will be lucky if he only has me harrassed.  His Bain organized criminal empire, pirate attorneys/ law firms and ability to corrupt the federal system of justice are ExtraOrdinary. His secret pal Paul Traub has promised me of my demise - and Mitt Romney's win - 7 years ago.

         It is my fear that they intend to steal the POTUS - and have the money to do it. Please - PLEASE - remember  BUSH v GORE. Let us not allow them to do it again.  There's a story out there - that our POTUS election votes are going to be counted in SPAIN (see Zernik's report on rigged elections at Scrib'd (here)).  

     If anyone has been paying attention, Mitt the Pitts has stolen the GOP nomination and the Republican's love him for it. We MUST Re-elect Barack Obama and get the word out on who the REAL dangerous people are

                   - Mitt Romney, Karl Rove and Harold Simmons



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  •  during the Medicare debate 50 years ago... (9+ / 0-)

    Republicans screamed "Socialism!"
    They haven't changed, and have learned that voters are easily influenced by {{{scary}}} words.

    Republicans have the 1% vote locked up.

    by MartyM on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:29:28 AM PDT

    •  Concur MartyM - Babbling BS wins out over truth (2+ / 0-)
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      more often than not.

      If you desire a better world - be a better person.

      by laserhaas on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:34:41 AM PDT

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    •  Cons are creatures of habit. (0+ / 0-)

      That's why they orchestrate and fight the same battles over and over again.

      Having failure as their familiar is also a habit.  Habit is where it's at. Habits rely on practice and we all know that practice makes perfect.  So, eventually, the war on socialism will be waged perfectly.

      You say socialism is a figment of the imagination?  So much the better.  Figments of the imagination are even better than windmills.  In a contest with a figment, we can't lose.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:21:11 AM PDT

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    •  Really? (4+ / 0-)
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      And where is the saturation media coverage of this person's outrageous remarks and demand that every top Republican repudiate them, distance themselves, and return his donations? Yet we heard for days about the out-of-context remarks by an unaffiliated person about Ann Romney. This is only about 10,000 times more inflammatory — and more directly attached to the institutional Republican Party.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 06:35:39 AM PDT

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    •  Similar words came out of (1+ / 0-)
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      Herbert Hoover's mouth when he realized he was going to lose the 1932 election to Roosevelt.

      H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

      by Knarfc on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 10:24:34 PM PDT

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  •  Well, the Scrib'd article sez.... (6+ / 0-)
    It has also been claimed that SCYTL CEO Pere Valles is a socialist who donated heavily to the 2008 Obama campaign and lived in Chicago during Obamas time as Illinois State Senator. Unfortunately, given what is known about the character of Barack Obama, such rumors must be taken as serious threats to the integrity of the 2012 vote and the legitimate outcome of the election.
    Ir seems like the author is worried about Obama, not the GOP, stealing the election.  He may well be some species of right wing paranoid but the point, as I see it, is that the private sector has no business conducting our elections and counting the votes.  It's just another example of how privatization has infected and corrupted our public discourse.  This needs to be radically reversed if we are to have any chance of getting our country back.

    See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

    by Panama Pete on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:00:37 AM PDT

  •  Unless WE are diligent in our pursuit of honorable (3+ / 0-)
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    elections - we can't expect to have legitimate elections.

    If you desire a better world - be a better person.

    by laserhaas on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:22:43 AM PDT

  •  It's picking up now, the big money... (6+ / 0-)

    is going to flow for the next 205 days.  Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

    “For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.” President Obama 1/24/12

    by BarackStarObama on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:22:55 AM PDT

  •  Harold Simmons is one of the most dangerous men (9+ / 0-)


    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:50:25 AM PDT

  •  You forgot "power-mad". Simmons has left the (4+ / 0-)
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    mere "Snidely Whiplash" plane of his set and taken it to a whole new level. "Power-Mad Harold Simmons.

    I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

    by David54 on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:03:26 AM PDT

  •  All kinds of nuts in Texas. (3+ / 0-)
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    The DoJ is not making any friends.

    � Joseph Blimline
    Joseph Blimline pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Texas on August 31, 2010, for his role in one of North Texas’ largest oil and gas invest­ ment fraud schemes, which defrauded 7,700 investors of more than $485 million. Blimline was a majority owner of Provident Royalties, an investment company. Beginning in 2006, Blimline and others involved at Provident Royalties made false representations and failed to disclose other material facts to their investors to induce the investors into providing payments to Provident. The investors were not told that Blimline had received millions of dollars of unsecured loans and had been previously charged with securities fraud. Blimline issued approximately 20 oil and gas offerings, and used a significant amount of the money raised in these offerings to purchase oil and gas assets from earlier offerings and to pay dividends to earlier investors in order to facilitate the scheme. Blimline also pleaded guilty to charges related to a separate, but similar oil and gas scheme based in Michigan that defrauded investors out of $50 million. The criminal case against Blimline was investigated by the FBI, in coordination with the SEC, which previously had filed a civil action to freeze the assets of Blimline and others.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:08:23 AM PDT

  •  And Simmons is anti-social, as well as (1+ / 0-)
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    avid for "gilt by association."  Like St. George going after the dragon, Harold looks to enhance his status by challenging the President of the United States.
    Of course, he's going to use surrogates.  Like gilt, his bravery is fake.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:14:16 AM PDT

  •  More of Axelrod's tweets: (7+ / 0-)

    in response to the Ann Romney "outrage" in sequence:

    @EricFehrn Foster Friess, who gave Santo Super $1.7M, hearts Romney, saying he hopes POTUS's "teleprompters are bulletproof." Mitt? Silent.
    [The one you linked to:]

    @EricFehrn Texas billionaire Harold Simmons pledges $36m to GOP, and calls Obama "the most dangerous American alive." Silence from Mitt.

    @EricFehrn So until you have the guts to stand up to one of your own, you can take your studied outrage and stick it in...your Swiss bank!
  •  Oh, cute. He's tithing to his church. (1+ / 0-)
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    "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -Benjamin Franklin

    by hotdamn on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:42:34 AM PDT

  •  What I hope (4+ / 0-)
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    Is that the money will be spent, but will not affect the election.  And that all these wingnuts, instead of having children inherit their wealth, will have poured it into the economy, into the media. That's what I hope.

  •  It's OK with me (2+ / 0-)
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    The Republican Party is an organization of criminals and parasites, so obviously it's funded by criminals and parasites.  That's a much more effective message that $36M or $360M could ever produce.

    But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

    by Rich in PA on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:57:50 AM PDT

  •  There's probably a point of diminishing returns (9+ / 0-)

    in this campaign $$$. Mostly they buy teevee propaganda and I think once that reaches saturation the effects are greatly diminished. People are not infinitely stupid and most people don't like being openly cheated.

  •  Stating the obvious (2+ / 0-)
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    [B]anks were the most highly leveraged thing I saw. They borrowed most of their money and really didn't need much equity except for purposes of public confidence." Understanding that banks could be bought entirely with borrowed money, Simmons theorized that he should "buy a bunch, because one bank could be used to finance another. All debt and no equity."
    The policies that require a minimum amount of equity are not only for "public confidence." A bank examiner has to understand the consequences of over-leveraging and accept the attached fiduciary responsibilities. Simmons' genius "theory" was simply not to be there when the banks collapsed and pass the real-life consequences of being over-leveraged to anyone else, which is basically what we've been experiencing on a nationwide level since 2008. Leveraged buyouts ought to either be illegal or at least subject to much more stringent tests, limits, and regulation (but given the current state of financial regulatory agencies I'd go with illegal). Not that it would matter a bit to him, but if Simmons truly did develop the concept, there is no retribution that can outweigh his karmic debt for his invention (let alone the rest of his crimes).
  •  I took a look at a few of the underlying documents (3+ / 0-)
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    Describing the geology and hydrogeology of Simmons' Waste Control Specialists, LLC (WCS) permit application.  

    While it's a catchy and somewhat sinister description, the work done to evaluate the physical setting of this landfill did not, of course, "move the Ogallala Aquifer."  Whether regulators were pressured to stand down and allow the permit to move forward is unknown.

    But what this appears to be to me, based on the relatively detailed site characterization effort, is that this is a site-specific clarification of an existing regional-scale study.

    Prior regional-scale studies of the extent of saturation in the Ogallala Formation evidently indicated that the formation beneath this proposed disposal area was saturated and consequently part of the Ogallala Aquifer.

    Data from numerous wells and soil borings in the site vicinity, some or most of which would have been unavailable to previous geologists, provided more detail on local conditions, allowing the limits of saturation in the aquifer to be drawn more precisely in the site vicinity.

    This is a very common situation.  Regional-scale interpretations often are in error when examined on the local scale, as they are not meant to provide absolute precision with respect to thicknesses or geographic limits. Rather, regional-scale interpretations are intended to provide a general sense of where a feature (such as an aquifer) is located, how deep it is in different places, and how thick it may be. In my work as a hydrogeologist, I would say it's more common than not for regional-scale studies to be redefined as more detailed site specific data are developed.

    Somewhat conveniently in this case, the mapping included in the landfill permit application indicates the "dry line" (the geographic limit of saturation in the Ogallala-Antlers-Gatuna unit, commonly referred to in the area as the Ogallala Aquifer) runs approximately 80 feet away from the boundary of the "Proposed Federal Waste Disposal Facility," which I suspect would be the radioactive waste landfill. Given the scale of the site (The landfills in the area collectively stretch about 4,500 feet NW to SE), 80 feet is essentially at the limit of proposed waste deposition.  

    Further, the applicant's own geologists noted that the location of the "dry line" shifts laterally depending on precipitation conditions. During dry periods, it retreats to the northeast, away from the landfill. During wet periods, it would advance to the southwest toward the landfill.  Although it may be somewhere in the thousands of pages of documents involved with the permit negotiation back-and-forth between WCS and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), I did not see a more detailed evaluation of how much this line moves over time, whether its current location is similar to that depicted during the site characterization work roughly a decade ago, and how likely it is to change substantially in the future. I also don't have the time to look up the well logs and water level data to confirm they are accurately depicted on the maps in the permit application.

    From a big picture perspective, the matter of the location of the Ogallala Aquifer may be a bit of red herring.  It's not a designated Sole-Source Aquifer under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Consequently, its presence or absence beneath the landfill would not constitute, by itself, an insurmountable hurdle to permitting the landfill.

    But given Mr. Simmons' attitudes and history, I would be very, very cautious about any technical work related to this landfill.  I did a quick check on EPA Region 6's website, and couldn't find any indication of EPA oversight of TCEQ on this matter.  Because of the politics involved, the nature of this facility, and the history of Mr. Simmons, I would definitely not solely trust a state agency -- especially TCEQ -- to rigorously oversee this facility's permit.  I don't know if there are any activist groups in the area, but if so they may want to seek an EPA grant (possibly through the Environmental Justice or Tribal Solid Waste grant programs). That money could then be used to hire technical experts to provide third party oversight on specific matters of particular interest to the local community, and perhaps spur EPA involvement if questionable decisions by TCEQ can be identified and documented.

    •  Fantast technical insight Ernest. I would hope and (0+ / 0-)

      pray that you do a follow up diary on that issue.

      We may have 2 or 3 kossacks down in TX - you can save.

      (as long as they don't get "outed" to the evil doers)

      Am serious,

      GREAT friggin details....

      If you desire a better world - be a better person.

      by laserhaas on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 09:52:33 AM PDT

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  •  Cost-benefit analysis against what he would pay in (3+ / 0-)
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    taxes under the Buffet rule versus how much he's spent so far. That would be interesting.

  •  yeah... maybe dangerous to excessive $$ (1+ / 0-)
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    the danger of going back to more normal profits and  having to invest more in businesses to avoid some taxes if rates go up on billionaires... my heart weeps for his travails...

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 10:26:24 AM PDT

  •  It is amazing how almost all of you voted NOT (0+ / 0-)

    on Mitt Romney (though the All of the Above included that)

    I hope you realize the True danger we are in.

    If you desire a better world - be a better person.

    by laserhaas on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 10:28:20 AM PDT

  •  Where is this part? (0+ / 0-)
    Mr. Simmons states that President Obama is a socialist and thus "the Most Dangerous Man Alive".
    and what is the context?

    H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

    by Knarfc on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 10:18:53 PM PDT

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