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Remember how the derivatives people at AIG got big bonuses last week and everyone went nuts including the House which ran around trying to tax everything? Uhh: “Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced late Monday afternoon that 9 of the top 10 bonus recipients at the American International Group had given back their bonuses.” And 15 of the top 20, and $80 million of the total $165 million. Cuomo did this by simply threatening to subpoena and expose all of these people — at least the ones within his jurisdiction — and they all got scared and paid the money back. Pay attention, everyone! [NYT]

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  1. Look at the picture. What he actually told them was, “You know what the Aztecs did with still-beating human hearts? You see this hand? You see where it is? Do I have to draw you a picture?”

  2. So does that mean that 5 in the top 20 have more than half the bonuses? Then the holdout from the top 10 must really have taken a mittful. I believe there’s pitchfork with his name on it.

  3. [re=271547]L Urchin[/re]: [re=271543]Gopherit[/re]: People, people! Do not digress into an “angry mob” mentality. Surely an individual can take these fuckheads out to pasture, right?

  4. Is it just me, or does Andrew Cuomo eerily resemble Christopher Walken in that picture?

    In any case, I think he needs more cowbell.

  5. Holy shit! Bloomberg is reporting that a quarter of the executives at AIGFP have resigned! Now they’ll never get that fucker to unwind.

    And AIG is now AIU. Apparently the management reads Wonkette.

  6. This is in the mold of how Elliot Spitzer used the NY AG office. Spitzer, of course, was right on the ball with Wall Street fraud and white collar crime, but he liked to have sex so bye bye competent driven politician!

  7. I know history repeats itself, but I wasn’t expecting the whole rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer to play out again so quickly, especially if Cuomo makes good on his threats to jump into the 2010 guv’s race. Dunno if it’ll be as easy for Roger Stone to leave threatening messages on this guy’s daddy’s answering machine, though.

  8. as long he stays away from 5,000 an hour whores, he might be the first Italian-American prez. Remember when Spitzer was going to be the first Jewish one? That was a while ago.

  9. [re=271577]Roger the Shrubber[/re]: Don’t worry, one of the commenters assures us he/she has a long memory and won’t forget. So that’s settled then. I believe the named signed was ‘Bitter Elephant.’

  10. Don’t get excited. Andrew Cuomo is a major douchebag with all of his father’s arrogance and about half his brains. Plus, he dates the horrific Sandra “Semi-Homemade” Lee.

  11. Just like a broken (analog) clock can be right twice a day, the egomaniacal sons of political families with a nauseating sense of entitlement can be on the side of the angels once or twice, eh?

  12. [re=271592]Cookie Guggelman[/re]: Yes. And a sense that every public office in New Yawk is owed to him because he even sounds like the old man. Puh-lease.

  13. [re=271592]Cookie Guggelman[/re]: Maybe, but he’s our major douchebag. And half of his dad’s brains still gives him a higher IQ than all of the House Republican Caucus, compined.

  14. [re=271592]Cookie Guggelman[/re]: Sandra Lee is one of the funniest things on teevee. He lost some points when I found out they were together.

  15. He is a fascist grandstanding phony in a cheap toupee. Is there a scarier looking android on this planet? This guy makes Eliot Spitzer look like Ghandi.

  16. [re=271561]Gopherit[/re]: Yes, but that’s because you hate liberals. You remember, right? Why don’t you play a relaxing game of solitare? q u e e n o f d i a m o n d s

  17. How ’bout this time we just let the guy have his three diamond whore and don’t make a big deal out of it?

    Maybe we could have a rule: you get a single whore diamond for every 10 big corporate corruption cases you bring. Bring 20 cases, you get a 2 diamond whore. Bring 30 cases you get a 3 diamond whore. Bring 100 cases and you get to participate in a menage a trois with Angeline Jolie and Penelope Cruz.

  18. [re=271666]Serolf Divad[/re]: ‘Bring 100 cases and you get to participate in a menage a trois with Angeline Jolie and Penelope Cruz.’

    I think I’m going to apply to law school.

  19. Things is, before everyone sings his praises and elevates him to the suckhole that is the Governor’s office of the State of New York, he’s cleaning up some of his own mess that he created when he was HUD Secretary under Clinton in ancient times. http://www.villagevoice.com/content/printVersion/541234

    Basically, he got Fannie and Freddie Mac to jump headfirst into the subprime mortgage market so he could jobs for his boys and then killed hundred rules that otherwise would’ve prevented the lemmings of lending to hurtle headfirst into this succubus. Basically, he’s his father except not as smoothly smarmy and with a bit less of an ego (which isn’t saying much).

  20. [re=271666]Serolf Divad[/re]: Bring 100 cases and you get to participate in a menage a trois with Angeline Jolie and Penelope Cruz

    I only want Penelope. So can I just take like a year of law school classes? Or maybe be a legal assistant or court reporter with those weird typing machines that have like 6 big keys?

  21. [re=271592]Cookie Guggelman[/re]: I can’t decide who I despise more, Sandra Lee or Rachel Ray. Oh, who am I kidding, Rachel Ray always wins.

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