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Pope Francis attends a mass at the Parish Church of St. Cirillo Alessandrino in Rome December 1, 2013.    REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Has Ken Langone called the new pope a Nazi yet? He clearly believes it.
This was well-covered by you guys back in January, but it bears repeating in light of recent news.

So to recap, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's BFF Republican, billionaire Ken "Hitler" Langone, is outraged that liberals are fighting income disparity. Of course, both Langone and Cuomo are trying to move past this mess with bullshit fake apologies, but Langone will never reject his Hitler analogy. This is a guy who's tried to boss around the pope, after all!

You see, Hitler Langone is trying to buy his way into heaven, given he's probably not getting in on the merits. But even that self-serving philanthropy has limits, and he and his country club pals aren't going to keep writing checks to the church if the pope doesn't stop standing up for the poor.

In an interview on CNBC on Monday, Home Depot founder and devout Catholic Ken Langone said that the Pope’s statements about capitalism have left many potential “capitalist benefactors” wary of donating to the Church or its fundraising projects.

According to Langone, an anonymous, “potential seven-figure donor” for the Church’s restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral is concerned that the Pope’s criticism of capitalism are “exclusionary,” especially his statements about the “culture of prosperity” leading to the wealthy being “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”

Langone said he’s raised this issue with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who yesterday praised Pope Francis for “shattering the caricature of the Church.”

You know who else threatened people by pretending to "know a guy" who might theoretically write a "potential" check for an undetermined but theoretically large amount, but then had second thoughts about his vaporware fantasy donation because his fee fees were hurt?

Hitler. Probably.

Originally posted to kos on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Really sux. (14+ / 0-)

    I used to like Home Depot.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:06:51 PM PDT

    •  Nazi Despot. (13+ / 0-)

      Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

      by 88kathy on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:58:34 PM PDT

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    •  I've got some major home renovations to do (7+ / 0-)

      the spring.  We've got to reno our kitchen and Florida room to the tune of about $50,000 or $60,000.  Home Depot will not be getting a dime of our money.  I'd not get my cabinets there anyway as you can do better than the big box stores for your cabs, but I'll not get anything else there either.

      •  I'm glad you are renovating... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...don't get me wrong, I'm not jealous or angry, I'm glad you have the resources to do it, just pointing something out here in the land of neoliberalism.

        I can live for about two and a half years on $50,000. I could live for three years on $60,000.  I have an older used car, but because I've taken care of it, it doesn't look like a piece of junk. I take care of my clothes, I give myself haircuts with a trimmer, but every damn day I think about what might happen to me, what it will be like giving up my belongings, living out of my minivan, living on the street. I'm an industrious fellow, I have an advanced degree, but I'm in my fifties. This is what it's going to be like for me, from now until the day I die.

        I don't blame anyone, except for the drug-resistant bacteria that turned my father into an invalid in the 1990s, or the dementia that afflicted my mom. I was a caregiver to both of them for almost twenty years. Life happens, I was glad to have helped them.

        But this is the maximum extent of my life now. This is true of millions of Americans, some of them just out of high school. At least I don't have an entire life ahead of me like they do.

        Sorry, this is one of my down days.

        Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

        by rbird on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 03:29:53 PM PDT

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  •  His Holiness is further from Hitler than his (17+ / 0-)

    predecessor.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:06:57 PM PDT

  •  To see what Pope Francis is on about (15+ / 0-)

    the likes of Langone need to read Luke 16 19-31 - the parable of Lazarus and the rich man.

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:15:19 PM PDT

  •  Kos, cause you are all lawyerly n stuff in Califor (7+ / 0-)

    nia

    I am gonna promote my diary about how this undocumented lawyer who has been waiting for his green card for 19 years gets invited because he succeeded against the odds and then gets disinvited well..... because of the barrier to his success.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  Home Despot and DIY "pope in the pizza" (10+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:37:46 PM PDT

  •  Does Cuomo have any ambition for higher office? (3+ / 0-)
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    •  He might have it (4+ / 0-)

      but he ain't gonna get it.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:44:15 PM PDT

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      •  With Markos focusing on him like this? (3+ / 0-)
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        You're absolutely right.


        ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

        by NoFortunateSon on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:47:35 PM PDT

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        •  It's going to take more than just Markos. (2+ / 0-)
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          The mainstream national press still seems to love Cuomo when they mention him.

          So while Markos may be influential with those of us that follow him and are generally up on "inside baseball" type Democratic party politics, I think we'll need more than that to make this clown look like the slimy ConservaDem idiot he really is.

          Let's put it this way:  here in New York - people still love him....  They see what the hell he's doing and they still love him.  They simply don't yet see the disconnect between his last name and his actualpolitical persona, or were distracted enough by the shiny of him pushing SSM through to ignore everything else he's done.

          Basically, he's going to be a real pain in the ass to take down, because he's well financed, has a ruthless team of advisers behind him with Frank Underwood level manipulation skills, and has plenty of very influential and wealthy pals - like this Rangone douchebag.  Not to mention the Koches also love him based on how much they have given to him as well.  And most of the clowns on Wall Street.  There's a reason why he earned the nickname "Governor 1%" from Occupy.

          "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

          by Darth Stateworker on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 02:48:27 PM PDT

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          •  But he has no appeal outside of NY (4+ / 0-)

            His personality is cold northeast.  NY may like him but outside of NY he's what everyone doesn't like about NY.  Maybe he could get elected as a Republican but caucus and primary going Democrats are never going to pick him.

            •  That's partly because (1+ / 0-)
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              he currently avoids national spotlight as much as possible, so he doesn't get too many mentions outside New York.  That current avoidance of national press is all part of his schtick.  He doesn't want to be overexposed so he doesn't get too heavily scrutinized by a press corps he can't control (unlike the Albany press corps, which is all up his ass).

              But when he does get mentioned nationally - unless it's Fox News, they're gushing over Andrew Cuomo the Second Coming ultra liberal big blue state governor without offering too many details, just as he wants them to be doing.

              "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

              by Darth Stateworker on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 03:09:00 PM PDT

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            •  As far as I'm concerned he has no (3+ / 0-)

              appeal inside NY State.  The only thing that keeps him afloat is the money he spends on pr.

              Within the week he'll be banning Tesia in New York just like every other republican governor will.


              The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

              by nupstateny on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 03:19:59 PM PDT

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              •  Wouldn't surprise me. (0+ / 0-)

                The state car dealer associations have been spending big lobbying on it.

                "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

                by Darth Stateworker on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 04:35:31 PM PDT

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  •  I wonder if Cardinal Dolan is selling St. Pats (13+ / 0-)

    naming rights? St. Patricks Home Depot Cathedral?

  •  The Church (1+ / 0-)
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    could buy 'The Home 'Despot' with its pocket change. A million here a million there ain't gonna break it....

    6% of scientists are republican. Scientists have no explanation why that number is so high.

    by fugwb on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:39:10 PM PDT

    •  A lot would have to be liquidated (2+ / 0-)
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      to raise the cash. And the market would be flooded, as previously noted by me, thus undercutting the otherwise very high current value of the various properties and artworks.

      And who the hell wants to own Home Depot anyway? It's a nightmare.

      I must be dreaming... (3764 forever!)

      by murphy on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 02:26:49 PM PDT

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  •  Sounds more like a deluded capitalist (10+ / 0-)

    than a devout Christian.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:45:56 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for shedding some much needed light... (6+ / 0-)

    ...on Gov. Cuomo.


    ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

    by NoFortunateSon on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:48:50 PM PDT

  •  So does Ken Langone REALLY think (9+ / 0-)

    So does Ken Langone REALLY think that Pope Francis - the actual Catholic Pope, and by all accounts, pretty much of a TNS guy - is going to be impressed, still less cowed by his (second-hand anecdotal, semi-) threats to donations? Over the Pope's  (the actual Catholic Pope's) critiques of money-grubbing capitalism? SRSLY?

    Francis must have the patience of a saint (pun intended) to deal with nonsense like this without wanting to tell full-of-themselves bozos like Ken Langone to go to Hell. Which is a comment one is not likely to want to hear from somebody who might actually influence the process.....

  •  Irony (3+ / 0-)
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    So he threatens to prevent donations to work on a cathedral?  If the Church was serious about helping the poor they would be doing that and not restoring a cathedral, right?

  •  Langone, eh? (1+ / 0-)
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    It doesn't mention it in Wikipedia, but the guy's probably Italian.

    I'm Italian myself but of a much different orientation.

    I theorize that many decades ago Italians soon aligned themselves with the "patriotic white party" to distinguish themselves from those other turn-of-the-century "greaseball"
    and "ethnic-looking" Europeans and Latin Americans who were newly-arrived immigrants. Many wanted to "assimilate" as soon as possible and get away from "dirty Jews" and "dirty spics" and "spivs" (pardon the language) who often aligned themselves with those who represented the working class.

    As my Jewish roommate from the Bronx and fellow UCLA'er told me, "The Italians in the Bronx have it made." The Puerto Ricans, not so much.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:53:45 PM PDT

    •  I am also of Italian descent... (5+ / 0-)

      my mother born in Sicily, my father parents in Calabria.  From what I understand these southern Italians were looked down upon in Italy and in America seen as "swarthy and greasy".  

      In our town, what I saw was a fierce competition with the Irish....our churches and schools competed, and even the two priests trashed each other subtly during their little talks at Mass.   But the Irish in our town dominated the democratic party.  I wondered if that was part of the reason suburban Italians went to the republicans.

      In my dad's family it was a split......and with the next generation, (Mine and we are mostly in our 50s and 60s now) more of us lean left.  In my mother's family, more lean right.  A lot of depends on finances...my wealthier cousins, especially the ones in finance, are republicans.  Those of us who are teachers, nurses, etc tend to lean left.

      But the rich ones, and the ones who think they are devout catholics, have definitely moved right as did the church until this Pope.    Let's face it since the 80s the Popes and the American Cardinals have pushed far to the right.  Now it is changing and that is making the rich catholics as well as Scalia, Alito, Guilliani and Cuomo types a bit crazy.

      “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

      by Jjc2006 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 02:55:14 PM PDT

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  •  drip, drip drip...East side. (0+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 02:07:00 PM PDT

  •  Is this guy the Langone for whom (1+ / 0-)
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    the NYU Medical Center is named? Just curious ... but not enough to Google it myself. :)

  •  About the Village, Hilary, Cuomo, and 2016 (1+ / 0-)
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    If Hilary Clinton doesn't actually choose to run for President, for whatever reason or reasons that might lead her to come to that decision, I think it's logical to think that such an outcome would lead to a crush of 'Very Serious' GOP candidates who would love the job but would also want to dodge a potentially career ceiling derailing loss to Hilary to jump to get in on the nomination. In a choice between, say, Rand Paul or Hilary Clinton, the Village is going to be Hilary all the way. In the Democratic primary the Village is Hilary over Joe Biden, and everybody else, and then on to the final. I'm betting the whining from the Right about how all the "liberal media" did was go about carrying water for Hilary will put down the whining we have seen in the past in regards to Barack and Bill to shame. This is not going to be the race for people who disdain the Clintons and want to see anybody but Hilary in 2016 if she is in it from our side of the fence. As a non-Clinton person, I have made my peace with that as early as I could because otherwise I think, if she runs, I would be in a hellish state of hopeful denial to rueful resentment until the inevitable and I am not going to do that to myself. I know that a lot of people I consider to be friends here probably disagree with me, strongly, on that stance. But. That is where I am at.  

    I think if a Scott Walker or a Jeb Bush wasn't so gutless, we might have the risk of a media that boosts Hilary and then turns on her on a dime after the nomination, but those cowards won't run against her. So. You get a Hilary vs the Kick Me final. No Tom Friedmanesque "High Broderism/the Great Idea War" of a final. A Rick Santorum has about as much chance of being President as a LaRouchie in that race.

    Andrew Cuomo in a no-Hilary Democratic primary scares the living shit out of me as a non-Movement Conservative. He is all of the Neoliberal baggage and none of the transformational figure Hilary upside. I think he sets the stage for how a Scott Walker or Jeb Bush becomes President of the United States right before our horrified eyes. Cuomo and Clinton may walk the same ground in the Democratic Tent on some issues, and may be seen as cut from the same cloth by many who are sick of Neoliberalism, but I don't think you could come up with a case of two people who are not radically all that different ideologically from each other but who could deliver such vastly different outcomes in a final Presidential race at this place in our history.

    Andrew Cuomo vs. Scott Walker/Jeb Bush/Paul Ryan. The Tom Friedmanesque David Brooksian High Broderist "Great Idea War" of a Presidential final.

    Only Andrew Cuomo is the perfect guy to get a national beatdown in that scenario. Mr. Bipartisanship. Nothing better in a war with a bad faith GOP and a Village that is throwing every single bullshit faux gaffe and fake scandal of the 24 hour news cycle at you than a guy who is going to stare that down mouthing "I agree, but" or "that is true, but".  

    The difference, as I see it, between a Hilary and an Andrew Cuomo sans Hilary winning it all scenarios, is that Cuomo will not only not be the transformational figure, not have coattails at all that go with that, but that Andrew Cuomo sets the stage for a Dukakis 1988 meets Gore 2000 meets Kerry 2004 on crack. He's not going to brawl with the Kochs or the Crazies. He gets the Village's Hilary Deal in the Democratic Primaries, sure, and then he gets Dukakis-ed and Gore-d in the final. Mancrush on Scott Walker or Jeb Bush trumps the thank you for getting rid of Joe Biden and the other rabble around him guy. He gets to play the role of Kick Me candidate, the Rand Paul, and Scott Walker gets to play the role of the Very Serious Hilary Clinton, the Rockstar, in the Village fantasy football league.

    Worst of all? How Cuomo does politics. 2016 is going to be a mugging if he is the Guy. Who would be all that shocked, based on how Cuomo has rolled on sandbagging DeBlasio on Charter schools in the service of a charter school baron's agenda, or on taxes, or on helping the GOP in a way that blocks Democrats having more power at the state level of governance by now if he ran an "I agree, but" race? Announced, with great fanfare, that Harold Ford might be at Commerce, or Joe Lieberman as SecDef in a Cuomo administration like that was going to help him rally all manner of Democrats and the Great Mythical Magic Middle to win the final? You might get somebody who gives you an ulcer out of Hilary Clinton, after she wins, sure, but she's not dumb enough to think you are going to reward her for The Wanker would be my choice if things look bad in the race. She would pick a fight, not duck one. She is not going to run a race where she shits her pants and appeases and winces at every turn and I think Cuomo would chase the Third Way Bloombergian CNBC Democrat path all the way.

    I get the real and serious and heartfelt ideological/issue-based back and forth about debating Hilary Clinton amongst ourselves. I see commentary about 'how is Andrew Cuomo any different on issue x, y, and z from Hilary' and I know it's from a deeply principled place. The real difference between Cuomo and Clinton is not ideological, but school yard. Cuomo will get destroyed by the same primal schoolyardism that is benefitting Hilary and would crush Rand Paul or Rick Santorum in a Presidential final of Hill vs Nutjob. I'm expecting that moment when Elizabeth Warren enthusiastically endorses Hilary Clinton, and very early on once it is clear that she is in and not out, to be a stunner for more than a few of us. I think this might be the last Neoliberal hurrah, and Cuomo delivers all of the baggage of a Neoliberal with none of Hilary Clinton's upside and toughness. They are both going to get slimed and smeared and lied about. Clinton, I believe, will weather it and beat it back with grace. Cuomo? Uh. We will be lucky if they don't make him cry on stage. No thanks.

    Landslide due to Rockstar fever is all over anticipating/planning for 2016, and Hilary is the Landslide fever Rockstar candidate. The Right knows it too. The Teahadi might not get it, but the money crowd and the old-guard Republicans rightly fear a beatdown. That almost primal urge to just rout and spike the football trumps a lot of other considerations in our low-information voter, fake-scandals and bullshit fixated, money driven politics.

    The Very Serious Movement Conservative establishment types, and probably the Koch crowd that funds them as well as well, can see the very real possibility of a Hilary landslide. As do Democratic elites and the establishment of the party. I truly believe that one of the most frustrating things that is going to happen around 2016 is that the debate/fight over choosing Hilary or somebody else as an alternative to her, is going to be ultimately trumped in the end by the feverish fantasy football moment of glee of the hypothetical rout. The very real potential for a national landslide that gives Democrats House and Senate coattails. You want to play poker with the Democratic Party. They are the guy who has the shit eating grins from ear to ear on their faces when they hold royal flushes or four Aces and a King.

    If Hilary is in, I don't think we see a Jeb Bush or a Scott Walker or a Paul Ryan in the running. I don't see these types fearing a Joe Biden, or another Democratic choice, even if Biden or those other Democratic choices/options could beat them as well. I think a lot of top-tier Republicans fear Hilary. The Clintons as a team. I think if Hilary is in, we get the GOP establishment letting a Rand Paul or some other useful idiot who will get the GOP base but otherwise be marching into the historically important transformational figure wood chipper for Jesus, Freedom, and Exxon/Mobil. If you are going to lose, and maybe lose big, you might as well let the foamy-mouthed rubes collectively think it was a noble glorious sacrifice for honor and principle while you put the focus on keeping the House, and maybe the Senate. One Martyr? Coming right up!

    But if Hilary doesn't run, for whatever reason, I think what happens almost immediately afterwards outside of Movement Conservatism is that Andrew Cuomo is going to be the Village's choice for Democratic nominee, and he knows it as he shoves Joe Biden and anybody else standing in front of him out of the way to get to that mic and say 'Heck yeah, I'm in!".

    Right up until it's settled, and they cut him loose to crush on the Conservative and turn him into a landslide loser. All that does is set the stage for somebody who runs against a Scott Walker or a Jeb Bush with the wind in his face and his dick in a toaster. And the reward would be a freakshow in a Very Serious package who President could be as damaging to our nation, maybe more, as George W. Bush being able to bamboozle and bullshit his way in to a two-term deal as President. God help us.

    Oh Boy. Andrew Cuomo and, say, Mark Warner 2016.

    Anything negative I might feel for Hilary on policy grounds over ideological disagreement pales in comparison to the nightmare of waking up on day with Andrew Cuomo as the consensus Very Serious choice.

    I'm kind of glad Kos has taken to taking shots at Cuomo early and often. I'd rather find out Cuomo was Besties with the Home Depot 'libs er like teh HitLAH' asshole now, rather than after he's the Democratic nominee and Scott Walker is getting the Chuck Todd tongue bath and the Meet The Press secret handshake. Mainly because I could see my adopted home state of Nevada going Scott Walker over that sort of national bop bag in a heartbeat.

     

    “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” — Auric Goldfinger

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 02:14:25 PM PDT

    •  I can't see Cuomo having a chance (3+ / 0-)
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      If there's no HRC, then he's got to win primaries and outside of NY no one remembers his father let alone him.  People in the Midwest really can't stand standoffish elitist coldfish.  That's why Romney and Kerry were such disasters out here.  I don't think he has a chance.  He's a legend in his own mind.  

      •  I can't see it either, but HE does (0+ / 0-)

        And alll the NeoLibs and NeoCons who might see the GOP as structurally incapable of winning in 2016 will probably "see it" too.

        Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 04:06:27 PM PDT

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    •  excellent post (0+ / 0-)

      I agree with every word. Andrew Cuomo is Dukakis without the nice guy part.

      I'm a native NYer in Maryland, I love O'Malley but I also love Hillary. Nobody has her presence, and she is not scare of Repubs, she'll take them on with good humor and smarts.

      Cuomo is a scary person to me. I see nothing of his father in him. I see an opportunist who has been enabled by a supportive machine. On his own, he;s nothing.

      Blessed are the hearts that can bend; for they can never be broken Albert Camus

      by vcmvo2 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 04:12:26 PM PDT

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  •  Our seedy nouveau riche 'betters' are the worst (3+ / 0-)
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    Okay, we live in a dictatorship of the upper class but do they have to be so crass, greedy, tasteless and so incredibly vulgar. It's embarrassing.

    "I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love."

  •  What is it that so many republican billionaires.. (3+ / 0-)
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    ..have such an intimate knowledge of Hitler/Nazi/fascism?

    It's their go to source whenever they want people to "get them" - to understand the unique and profound burden that society places on them as the providers of prosperity, the suppliers of jobs and the guardians of ethics & morality, etc.

    OT - but just wondering

  •  Langone's role in Home Depot (3+ / 0-)
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    This is not a criticism of anything in the article or thread above -just a clarification about Langone's role in the founding of Home Depot.

    (from Wikipedia entry on Home Depot)
     

    The Home Depot was founded in 1978 by Bernard Marcus, Arthur Blank, Ron Brill, and Pat Farrah.  
    ...
    Investment banker Ken Langone helped Marcus and Blank to secure the necessary capital
    Blank and Marcus were the 'main' founders and remain very visible in the Atlanta area (e.g. Blank is the owner of the Atlanta Falcons - Marcus was the main donor for the Atlanta Aquarium).  

    Prior to Home Depot, Blank and Marcus were executives at 'Handy Dan' another home improvement company and got to know Langone when he became a substantial stockholder in the company. Blank and Marcus didn't get along with the top execs of the parent company that owned Handy Dan and eventually were fired and then were helped by Fangone to bankroll Home Depot.

    Fangone's first big deal was helping set up the IPO for Ross Perot's Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

  •  As a Catholic, unbelievable to me (2+ / 0-)
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    that we (aka Langone) is collecting millions to remodel a cathedral when there are so many poor and homeless in New York.

    Here this: Langone is NOT Catholic.

  •  Get into heaven??? (0+ / 0-)

    Ken Langone doesn't believe he is going to the same place the rest of you are going. The 1%ers, like Ken, are going to HEAVEN (not to be confused with your, heaven). It's a place like the French Riviera; a place where you only have to rub shoulders with empty souls like yourself. A place where you can take a short cloud ride over to a place like Monaco and gamble on the houses money. The Pope ain't goin' to the place Ken Langone is goin'. That may be a good thing.


    I travel back in time to get a running start on the future.

    by glb3 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 04:26:51 PM PDT

  •  Home Depot is dangerous to your health. (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    My spouse worked there - was permanently injured and really not compensated. We should have sued the living hell out of them.

    My mother was knocked down by idiots unrolling carpet, suffered torn rotator cuff damage as a result.

    But forget my anecdotes - just read the news stories of employees and customers injured and killed because of this greedy, cheap bastard.

    Republicans totally abandoned conservatism in the 1980s ..

    by shpilk on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 05:08:20 PM PDT

  •  What does it take to get excommunicated anymore? (0+ / 0-)

    Jaysus! Calling out the Pope? Not even paying lip service to that long-haired savior-type fellow who sitteth at the right hand of the Father (by whom all things were made)? I recall that guy said you had to be nice to poor people, for one thing. I also recall that he said something about it not being too bloody likely for a rich man to get into Heaven.

    Even the Medici  paid attention to the Pope (oh, sure, they got their own into the office and whatnot)!

    Does Ken Langone have something better than patronizing the birth of the Renaissance in his pocket for him to talk this way?

    I say, EXCOMMUNICATE THEM, Pope Francis!

    Or at least mention that they need to fall into better line, at least publicly, with the Church's teachings.

    What's up, is the Pope wearing Mom Pants under that cassock?

    Darling, you didn't use canned salmon, did you?

    by JrCrone on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 06:36:57 PM PDT

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