BANKSTERS  9:21 pm July 3, 2012

Romney’s London Money Party Imperiled By Impending Enron-Style Disaster

by Kris E. Benson

Romney "Money"What is LIBOR, you might be wondering? And who has messed with it? And how exactly will a banking scandal in London have something to do Mitt Romney? Well, what wouldn’t it have to do with Mitt Romney? First things first: LIBOR stands for the London Interbank Offered Rate, and according to the BBC, it is one of the “most crucial rates in finance” because it underpins trillions of dollars in loans and financial contacts, including (OF COURSE!) American mortgages and student loans. And because a bunch of derivatives traders at Barclay have been playing around with this rate and trying to rig it since 2005, your mortgage payments or student loan payments might have been affected this entire time. (Evidence for this rate rigging includes the message “”duuuude… what’s up with ur guys 34.5 3m fix… tell him to get it up!” sent via one trader to another via unknown means. Yes, apparently they talk like this in the U.K. too.) Anyway, this scandal MIGHT (but probably won’t, knowing how these things usually go) lead to the resignation of Barclay’s CEO Bob Diamond, but in the meantime, it has led him to pull out of a Romney fundraiser.  Because surprise surprise, the corrupt CEO of a disgraced financial institution was such a big Romney fan that he was going to host a London fundraiser for the candidate. But it’s cool, Romney understands. Also, lots of other Barclays bankers have donated craploads of money to his campaign and even served as his policy advisers, so it’ll all work out.

Via the Financial Times:

Mr Diamond decided to step aside as a co-host for the upcoming London reception to focus all his attention on Barclays. We respect his decision,” said Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Mr Romney’s campaign. Mr Diamond had been one of 18 co-hosts for a dinner in London later this month in which guests are being asked to pay between $25,000- $75,000 to raise money for Mr Romney, who will be in town for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Yes. People in London are willing to pay $25,000-$75,000 to raise money for Mittens, which tells you that they aren’t as smart as their accents might otherwise indicate. Oh and another shocker: LOTS of Barclays bankers have a hard on for Mitt and one has even CHAIRED SIX POLICY ROUNDTABLES for Romney. Birds of a feather…

Mr Diamond is one of several top executives at Barclays who have thrown their weight behind Mr Romney to help defeat President Barack Obama. He also hosted similar events in support of John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign.

At least 15 of Barclays Capital’s most senior bankers based in the US have donated $2,500 to the Romney campaign, the maximum allowable individual donation per election, Federal Election Committee filings show.

Mr Romney earned a $50,000 speaking fee from Barclays in 2011.

In sum, the upper echelons of a scandal-plagued British bank is engaging in massive fundraising activities and even chairing policy roundtables for  American presidential candidate Mitt Ronmey on financial policy. All of which is super comforting.

[Financial Times]

 

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memzilla July 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

This is just another issue that Rmoney's advisors will do their best to avoid answering any direct questions about: it's the Mittness Protection Program.

Barb July 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Mitt and the Olympics will be a perfect fit. Remember when he was in Philadelphia and he broke the world record for "Urban Sprinting?"

scvirginia July 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Oh, yes, that was memorable! I hadn't realized that was a solo track event until then…

Lube July 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

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Barb July 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

Hey Rebecca? Can we get rid of this ass clown stalker, please?

UW8316154 July 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

I second that motion.

Barb July 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

Morning UW8316154, Happy 4th of July to you.

HistoriCat July 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

Third that – what an asshat.

Ooh – what's a "crab-feed"? Sounds interesting.

smokefilledroommate July 4, 2012 at 5:02 am
James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 6:53 am

For those who are not familiar, that race is a sprint between the numerous places that claim they invented the Philly Cheese Steak; also know locally as the Cardiac Cruise.

Barb July 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

Morning James! Happy 4th of July to you.
If you look at my stalker, Lou's profile you will see what he's really about. He runs a website and he needs attention so he comes here and fucks with me.

The "sprinting" reference was that Mitt went to Philly and the people shouted "go home"
http://wonkette.com/473568/ungrateful-west-philly

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

Hope he doesn’t upset you. You have far more happier times these days.My earliest experience with flamers goes back almost thirty years as I had an account on CIS and Timenet before that. Learned they are all assholes and online is not the real world. (A lesson you should remember to teach your grandbabies as those in the younger world are alarmingly dependant on being on.)

MilwaukeeKent July 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Well, isn't that just the frosting on the Lorry Nads….

MosesInvests July 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

*Polite golf clap*
Oh, I say, well played, old chap!
Spot of tea?

scvirginia July 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Frosting? Is that some kinda code?

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 12:06 am

Frosting/Nixoning was a great flic!

sullivanst July 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

Close to perfect, dear chap, but in England they call it "icing".

Still, I fist you up good sir, I fist you up.

BlueStateLibel July 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

So Mitt Rmoney is taking cash from Brits, the very same Brits we had to kick out of this country over 200 years ago … what a nice way to celebrate Independence Day and the Fourth of July, Mittens, you treasonous traitor.

OzoneTom July 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Sometimes, if you an important personage, you have to meet with the Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers. Noblesse Oblige and all that.

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 12:07 am

Just don't look like you're bowing to them.

NellCote71 July 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

And the wing nuts were having such a hissy fit about Obamz spending the Fourth in France . . . or in Firth.

sewollef July 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

Not sure it is treason. The way I see it, it doesn't matter where they 'work', (work being such an old-fashioned term anyhow), they belong to the same sub-species, the same cartel, they're the 'Financialistas'.

They could be in Paris manipulating the CAC or Berlin pissing around with the DAX, or London and fucking with the FTSE. They speak the same language, they're the same species, and of course, they share the same lack of humanity.

I speak as a translator. English to Fuckhead; Fuckhead to English. Doesn't pay well though.

MittBorg July 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Oh, I say, you did a fine job of translating that.

There is only one race, the human race. Unfortunately, like shit, the worst of our species seems to float to the top, and sees their primary function thereafter as keeping everyone else down. Miserable fuckers.

Negropolis July 5, 2012 at 1:23 am

It is treason; treason against humanity.

Fox n Fiends July 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Aristocrat is as Aristocrat does.

sullivanst July 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

Well, for the official fundraiser, attendees are apparently going to be required to show their US passport at the door, what with receiving foreign donations being illegal and all.

That speaking fee right in the middle of a campaign is "interesting", though, isn't it?

nounverb911 July 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Can't Mitt have his dancing horse represent him there?

Veritas78 July 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

"horses" plural. There might be twenty-four of them.

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 12:08 am

Mitt's horses are being flown over to the Olympics on Mare Force One.

deanbooth July 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Shine ya shoes, guvna? *glink*

[Urban dictionary advised me to add glink, the sound of an upper incisor falling out of a bootblack's mouth.]

DemmeFatale July 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Don't forget:
punter,
wanker–(my fave),
and..of course…
dozy cunt!

Designer_Radio July 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Haha! I likey da *glink* noise. At least, I did. When I was a successful bootblack with teeth that would still fall out. Now I'm hoping for a job as a Gutter Corpse under the Romney administration.

MosesInvests July 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Bring out yer dead!

MittBorg July 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Not dead yet!

Rotundo_ July 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

We need more Casino/Banking ventures in this wonderful world of ours! Why shouldn't finance be like walking into MonteCarlo and placing somebodies retirement portfolio on red on the roulette wheel? Isn't the point of investing to take huge chances (with other peoples money) and line your pockets with the winnings, or have the government line your pockets if it fails? Rich people style gambling sounds so much more fun than the stuff the Native American folks offer up…

nounverb911 July 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

London is just one stop on the trip, he's due in Israel to explain why he Mormon baptized Anne Frank 15 times.

OzoneTom July 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Have you ever seen Anne Frank?

Too soon? Sorry.

TribecaMike July 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Her parents should have invested in a McMansion and not an attic.

NYNYNYjr July 4, 2012 at 2:36 am

Jews love hearing about how Anne Frank has become a Mormon. They really think that's great. I think they made Hitler a Mormon too. Or was that the Moonies?

738838 July 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Dude, Diamond resigned this morning. Have you been asleep?

scvirginia July 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Yeah, I heard that on NPR this morning, but if Diamond is Romney's buddy, he's probably a flipflopper too, also.

Could be he's planning to unresign if the golden parachute isn't embroidered to his satisfaction.

Designer_Radio July 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Wasn't this the same CEO that told everyone to Get Fucked a few days ago about resigning? Bet he wishes he could pull this "Waste, Fraud, and Abuse" stuff and then go in front of Congress and be publicly fellated by Jim DeMint. Sucks to be in a slightly-less-plutocratic country, huh?

mwittier July 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Diamond Swings like a Pendulum Do.

Veritas78 July 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

"Resigned" = "Cashed In."

You have my Barclays Guarantee that he walked with eight digits to the left of the decimal. (If I were a betting man, I'd suggest nine, but it doesn't matter. I'm a London banker and have no intention of paying off in any case.)

savethispatient July 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

If anyone is wondering, since foreigners can't actually give money to US election campaigns, apparently the attendees for the Romney thing have to show a US passport to attend.

And Bob Diamond is an American – he got his degree from U-Conn. Seems appropriate now.

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Yeah, the they'll have to show their passports before they give over the money they collected from British financiers. They have laundry service in the UK, too.

savethispatient July 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

True, and due to the wonders of SuperPACs, presumably they can donate money that way too.
But I wonder how many British bankers really care who the US President is – they already have their friends Cameron and Osborne in numbers 10 and 11 Downing Street. It's not like the US Congress is ever going to pass or implement anything like strict financial controls, or force UK or European governments to do the same.

scvirginia July 4, 2012 at 1:44 am

Not so sure about that… What if Obama is re-elected & Elizabeth Warren takes a seat in the Senate? I don't think it's impossible that the dynamic could shift just enough to make some of those banker types a wee bit nervous.

Veritas78 July 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Actually, with the Citizens United ruling, foreigners can now contribute unlimited amounts, too.

(Try to stay awake through the State-of-the-Union addresses, please! I know, I know…)

savethispatient July 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Yeah, but only to PACs, not actual campaigns. For example, the Democrats' donation form still makes you confirm "I am a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien".
But of course, actual campaigns are irrelevant, a mere appetizer to the money banquet.

sewollef July 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

Proxies. They give through proxies.

It's a tried and tested method for getting around the US's measly and pathetic little laws regarding contributions [to republicans].

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

But Chief Justice John (I was against Obamacare before I was for it.) Roberts yelled out 'You Lie"

(! I know, I know it really wasn't John Roberts who isn't Joe Wilson who isn't Joe Walsh who didn't play lead guitar with the Eagles.)

Mittens Howell, III July 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

The British Bankers are coming! The British Bankers are coming!

new_pic_for_NEWTer July 4, 2012 at 12:06 am

Did Rmoney fellate them all, or did he delegate? Because sometimes the personal touch matters.

NellCote71 July 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

Change Sarah's Wiki page, again.

TribecaMike July 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Well, there goes the Irish-American vote. Sláinte!

OzoneTom July 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Why are you bringing the Irish into this? They are blameless.

So far it sounds like a bunch of British! And Mitt, of course.

Guppy July 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Blameless? Have you looked at the likes of "O'Reilly" and "Hannity" lately?

TribecaMike July 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Catholics galore!

Veritas78 July 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Plus, step-dancing? That's not an art-form, it's a bizarre method of unsuccessful birth control. Frigid through the brain stem, but slattern from the waist down.

Crank_Tango July 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I didn't even realize we'd gotten the vote!

scvirginia July 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I think it's a temporary thing, so don't get too excited…

Guppy July 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Vote? Oh no, you got one of the important rights: the right to free-flowing "speech," as defined by the Roberts court.

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

With a name like Tango, I'd never have guessed you were Irish-American.

Crank_Tango July 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Well, of course it was O'tang before the thugs at Ellis Island got ahold of it…

MittBorg July 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

And here I was thinking it was The Great Don Knots.

swordfis July 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

That's ok. Wait 'till Obama's Kenya fundraiser kicks in.

TribecaMike July 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm

His Indonesia fundraiser will rake in a helluva lot more. Kenya ain't got shit, beeoctches!

Designer_Radio July 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm

$10,000 a plate (of dog meat).

not that Radio July 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

"Tranny Nanny PAC"

MilwaukeeKent July 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

"So…Axelrod, what do we do with these 300 goats?"

not that Radio July 4, 2012 at 1:16 am

"Maybe someone will trade them for Hillary."

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 7:49 am

said the President as they stared at them.

swordfis July 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

GREAT

Mittens Howell, III July 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Looking forward to Romney's campaign denouncing Obama for "palling around with disgraced London Bankers!" cos that's how Mitt rolls.

Actually, Mitt rolls like a gasoline-fueled automobile with square wheels–but you know what I mean.

arihaya July 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

This just prove that George Orwell was a DUMB DUMB DUMB writer.

Dystopia will not be made because of uber-reaching government but because of uber-powerfull Multinational Corporations ruining people's lives.

TribecaMike July 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Like Anthony Burgess wrote, Orwell was a brilliant stylist and excellent fellow elbowbender, but he was a lousy prophet. There was a reason he wanted to entitle his novel "1948."

MosesInvests July 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Who knew "Rollerball" was a documentary sent from the future?

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

A couple of William Harrison's (author) stories and novels have settings in Africa, although written during the major de-colonialisation period they depict a militant, tyrannical, tribal state which very accurately reflects many African states now.

NellCote71 July 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

". . . depict a militant, tribal state which accurately reflects mant American states now," don't you mean?

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Difference is we can’t get UN Blue Helmets to intervene in some of those areas.

Mittens Howell, III July 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Will they pass a hat around at the reception? or a patented Stericycle abortion bucket?

NYNYNYjr July 4, 2012 at 2:39 am

don't mix money and abortions. Not in a hat. Do it at the bank.

Identity_Crisis July 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Diamond has gone- with only a few hundred million dollarpounds to comfort him. Poor diddums.

Veritas78 July 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Here's my problem with Obama: will he tell Homeland Security to put obvious-crook-and-possible-traitor Bob Diamond on the Do-Not-Fly-List? No. Will Barclay's American executives be audited? No. Will any aspersions be cast on the financial viability of Barclay's? No. Will Diamond's wife be photographed on her next shopping spree? Aw, just guess the answer. Hint: It starts with No.

Obama = Pussy Libtard.

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Yes, because it should totally be Obama's job to do what the media is supposed to be doing. To twist this as some kind of critique of Obama is a lousy, transparent stretch.

Veritas78 July 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm

You may have misunderstood me. What I want is a tiny bit of Nixon without the Nixon part. Just to spook them, because this bunch of Republicans are predisposed to being spooked. So to speak.

I'd settle for one or two domestic drone strikes. Carefully aimed, of course.

LetUsBray July 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I know the feeling; I frequently find myself wishing he were a tenth the tyrant the hysterical right claims he is. Enough so a midnight knock on the door gives them something to be hysterical about, you understand.

ChernobylSoup July 4, 2012 at 1:29 am

Obama's campaign just released a map showing Mitt's worldwide bank accounts. That's something.
http://www.barackobama.com/romney-tax-havens/

MittBorg July 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thank you for that linky.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm

So, what do the 'baggers think about Romney going to England and neiling before the British?

SayItWithWookies July 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Don't worry, if he kneels before Queen Ben (hey, why rename the tower when they can just rename the queen, right? Who's been there longer anyway?) it won't be because she's a queen but because she's worth more than he is. Which is totally a different thing.

radio-of-owls July 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Romney going to England and neiling before the British

Geez, be careful. You'll wake Neilist up from the dead. Sheesh.

Extemporanus July 4, 2012 at 3:32 am

Crimean-y, soldier! Neilist can't get a bead on you unless you fire off his name three times.

not that Radio July 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

The 7th Earl of Cardigan is still dead.

:::gasp:::

radio-of-owls July 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm
James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 8:27 am

In typical right wing tactics, there has been a consorted media sleazy attack that "Obama is spending Independence Day in Paris" coinciding with the Romney campaign that he would be in London at the end of the month (which is a smoke screen to the fact he is spending almost a month on vacation OUTSIDE the US). The phony story is an obvious smokescreen to deflect the potential damage to funding his campaign with foreign dollars. This, of course, could have been verified by the editors for NRO by reading the weekly and daily schedules the White House publishes, but that wasn't done. The erroneous news cycle was extended a day while several of the rightest news droids did stories on why they were justified in repeating obviously erroneous news along the vein; "Well, he has been one of the most secretive Presidents since (insert most vilified Democrat of your choice here)."

DerrickWildcat July 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

I heard that Mitt was bowing like a motherfucker to everyone he met!

Negropolis July 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Romney is toast. His money men are trying so hard to pull his sorry ass across the finish line, and now even they are getting in public trouble. It's not over, but they keep this up and it will be.

mwittier July 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

He's not toast. He's english muffins.

sharethegrief July 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

He's sourdough to me.

Designer_Radio July 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Very rye remark, sir or madame. And Romney's certainly no wonderbread, that's for sure. Obama's what I knead and rise to.

not that Radio July 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Gluten have said it better myself.

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 12:16 am

He's 179 percent waffle.

scvirginia July 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

Milquetoast, yes.

Negropolis July 4, 2012 at 1:51 am

You guys are making me hungry. Now, I want a tray-full of scones. Mmm…scones…

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 2:07 am

I'm not really hungry right now, but maybe if I go get sconed ….

MittBorg July 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I'm already sconed.

Doktor Zoom July 4, 2012 at 2:07 am

EVERYBODY Must Get Sconed!

not that Radio July 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Raisin Bread Muffin #12 and 35

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 8:32 am

I have to find a place in the good ol' US of A that makes real scones. You can't 'ave any scones unless they 'ave lard. How do you expect to 'ave any scones unless they 'ave lard?

MittBorg July 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Wow, I quoted that line from Pink Floyd, and the admin totally zotted me.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Money is people too, my friends. And think of the votes and patriotic pride Romney will churn up when every thief banker has to bring at least 25,000 other people with them.

Pragmatist2 July 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Holy Trent Affair, Batman!!!!
Romney is raising money from bankers in London???? Does the Tea Party remember where its name came from?

Veritas78 July 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm

The Tea Partiers have no sense of irony whatsoever. This is fine by them.

NellCote71 July 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

No sense of humor either.

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

The Tea Partiers have no fricking idea what the original Tea Party was all about.

MilwaukeeKent July 4, 2012 at 1:01 am

And would have precisely the same opinion of those filthy nogoodniks playing dress-up in the harbor as they hold for Occupy or the Wisconsin protesters. Assuming they were alive then, and their Amygdalas were the same size, the Conservative position of the time would have made them all Tories and Traitors.

sewollef July 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

Amygdala? Oh please, around my neighbourhood* we calls it corpus amygdaloideum. Or as my uncle called it, 'eh, they're just fucking nuts'.

Which is of course what they are.

*Brooklyn has some posh neighbourhoods. It's not full of hipsters, yet.

trampndirtdown July 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

A wise skolar told me it was about Paul Revere riding around ringing bells and shouting at the British that because of the second amendment they could fuck off. I think it was JulieAnn Moore.

mwittier July 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Scoop out skull. Replace indignant contents with pink fiberglass insulation and rusty nails. Have same chance at life.

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

Just don't fuck it.

Guppy July 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm

No no, the British are the ones the Teabaggers demand deference towards, like true Tories Americans. Remember when Michelle got handsy with Betty Windsor?

coolhandnuke July 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Shizzly Drit.

redarmyzombie July 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm

But what about his fundraising efforts on Giedi Prime?

comptoneffect July 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

Baron Harkonnen is good for $75K.

MosesInvests July 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

Rmoney has promised to deregulate the Spice trade, deport the Fremen and triple the budget for the Sardaukar.

redarmyzombie July 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Seriously though, who else finds it ironic that the man is leaving the goddamn country in order to raise money to become president?

smashedinhat July 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Diamond pulled out of the fundraiser so he can devote more time to getting all medieval on the Bank of England and members of government. I'm sure he wouldn't want to burden his buddy Mittens with a shit storm of hubris and invective.

not that Radio July 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Obama goes to Europe to say "hey, let's cooperate internationally once again" = APOLOGY TOUR!1! BOWING TO FOREIGN LEADERS!

Willard goes to Europe to have international banksters corrupt American democracy = TAKE OUR CUNTRY BACK

GeorgiaBurning July 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Or as they say in London-"Take our Colonies back"

TribecaMike July 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Bowling with foreign leaders? What's next, bocce with bolsheviks?

barto July 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Diamond has resigned. Probably in an attempt to avoid prosecution, we guess?

Isyaignert July 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

Sure, I'll just take my money and run to my private island. So long, sukkers!

coolhandnuke July 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

From the pic, Mittens is teaching the young Brits Scrabble–and he's fucking cheating, just like he did in business. I entered RMONEY in my scrabble dictionary and it said fuck you. I hope by November RMONEY will be accepted as a legit Scrabble word and more importantly Mitt will be denied the Presidency.

mwittier July 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

Is he selling orphans in that photo? JOB CREATION!
That little one looks like he could do a good job scrubbing under the claw foot tub, with an old toothbrush. Ehh, but you gotta feed 'em, and then they grow.
Better off with undocumenteds. Classics are best.

Willardbot9000_V2.5 July 4, 2012 at 12:07 am

Yeah terms like "disgraced former CEO" or "convicted for lying to Congress about an illegal moneylaundering operation in government" to most of us sound bad…so does terms like "defrauding Medicare" and other forms of fraud…we can toss in "convicted torturer" and "dishonarably discharged war criminal" as well…to Republicans those are good people who've been discriminated against because of their rock-ribbed conservative values. Evidence of massive corruption, weapons smuggling, money laundering and possible murder be damned! I haven't seen so much criminal crazy in one gathering since the time Ahmadina-Bush hosted his Holocaust deniers convention…

Willardbot9000_V2.5 July 4, 2012 at 12:09 am

Diamond's looming charges for fraud might seem a bit squicky but Rmoney is just waiting until attention dies down and he can wring another million out of the son of a bitch before he goes to the can. Oh, and Mormons also baptized GHANDI…like the global icon for passive resistant and a life devoted to altruism is a good fit for the magic underwear club given RMoney's post as a bishop…corrupt fuckers.

MittBorg July 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm

If Mormon Heaven ever lets the old man in, he'll start another revolution over there.

fuflans July 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

so i hear bob's about to appear b/4 parliament and it's sposed to be explosive.

(rubs hands in glee).

rock on mittens and bain capital.

smashedinhat July 4, 2012 at 3:28 am

I can hear the sphincters snapping shut from here.

flamingpdog July 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

Thanks, Kris E. Benson, for staying up late to put up another blog post so the one on Sam Weazelfucher wouldn't be the last one of the day.

Limeylizzie July 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

Bunch of dozy cunts, the lot of 'em.

Gunner Asch July 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

"Stroppy cow" is the best insult I ever heard on BBC, and I don't even know what it means.

Limeylizzie July 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

Stroppy short for “obstreperous” and “cow” is just as it sounds, always used for a woman.

littlebigdaddy July 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

I am just wondering here…has any other presidential candidate ever held a fundraiser overseas? Isn't that illegal? Obv laws don't apply to His Mittness.

LetUsBray July 4, 2012 at 1:17 am

Or, more generally, IOKIYAR: Look for our überly strict constructionist supreme court to rule that it's in the constitution before too long.

Negropolis July 4, 2012 at 1:48 am

Technically, a candidate could hold a fundraiser on the moon so long as the money comes, nominally, from American hands. Even better, (or worse) a SuperPAC's money can come from anywhere.

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

A group which called itself something like "Expatriots for Obama" held an event in 2008 in London. It wasn't done by the Obama campaign but by a group which registered as a 501(c)4 and there would be a FEC record of how much they contributed to the Obama campaign. However Faux News pilloried Obama for days over it. If my memory is correct, said group would then have been limited to a total of $30,800.

scvirginia July 4, 2012 at 1:13 am

Here's a Brit singing about dishonest bankers- Richard Thompson's "Money Shuffle" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udGzBZxWEFg

"…If you'll just bend over a little
I think you'll feel my financial muscle
Spread it wide, wide as you can
To get the full benefit of my plan…"

EloquentScience July 4, 2012 at 3:27 am

Nice. A Richard Thompson plug on wonkette!

Isyaignert July 4, 2012 at 1:29 am

Mr. Diamond sounds like a villian from a 007 movie.

HistoriCat July 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

"You expect me to talk?"
"No, Mr. Bond – I expect you to give me billions of dollars!"

TribecaMike July 4, 2012 at 1:36 am

Try Dublin next, Mitt. That would be good craic, upside your head. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHDX9qb2-BQ&fe

BearNoLike July 4, 2012 at 1:40 am

So let me get this straight. The B of A window-dressing parking lot is Barclays. And they are betting against the LIBOR, which a Goldman Sachs trader (ok, probably GS, I can't back that up) suggested. It's influencing politics to de-unregulate the LIBOR across the pond, which, wait, who wins? Goldman Sachs because they hedged at, say, 20 to 1 because it was so unlikely?

Rrr-r-r-r-r-i-i-i-i-n-n-g-g-g!!!!

Hello, this is 1996 calling, we want our hedge bets back.

Welcome to 400 level econ, I guess?

Edit: My wife listens to me talk about this stuff and falls asleep, too. Night night!

NYNYNYjr July 4, 2012 at 2:29 am

"Anyway, this scandal MIGHT (but probably won’t, knowing how these things usually go) lead to the resignation of Barclay’s CEO Bob Diamond, but in the meantime, it has led him to pull out of a Romney fundraiser. "

Hi Dear WONKETTE, I am a time-traveler from July 3. Bob Diamond resigned. Just wanted to give you the scoop over everyone else. Happy 4th of July.

BarackMyWorld July 4, 2012 at 3:23 am

Yay…more dishonesty and corruption!

How is Obama not beating Romney by 20 points?

Negropolis July 4, 2012 at 4:14 am

Well, you see, when a Kansas girl and an African student love each other very much in Hawaii and produce a mocha-colored baby…

HistoriCat July 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

Bravo – I will arrange some fireworks in your honor. Look for them later on today.

not that Radio July 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

Because JOB CREATORS, that's why.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

How is Obama not beating Romney by 20 points?

One word: TeaTards.

smokefilledroommate July 4, 2012 at 5:30 am

Can we get a Conference Call? Actually "Candle in the Wind" should be Mitt's campaign song–he doesn't know who to cling to when the lack of rain sets in..

Preacher_Griz July 4, 2012 at 6:34 am

Would you rather have a President with connections to descendents of OUR FOREFATHERS, or a president who is a puppet for a kabal of Kenyan Kaliphates????

This election is about CHOICES!!!!

Negropolis July 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

FOURfathers?! That is an abomination before the Lord! It's Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve & Clarence & Patrick!!!

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

When my doctor switched me to LIBOR my liklihood of a heart attack went down. However, since my adjustable rate mortgage is linked to the monthly increase in the price of LIPITOR I had a heart attack.

FlownOver July 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

"Barclay's" should become the new (and inverse, obvs.) ACORN.

chascates July 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

The Breitbart cabal is trying to take some of the heat off this with:
Obama Campaign Celebrates Independence Day … with Fundraiser in Paris http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/06/29

ifthethunderdontgetya July 4, 2012 at 8:40 am
Designer_Radio July 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

What a nice thing to do. Love that song.

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 9:36 am
DemmeFatale July 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

Fuckin' Florida!

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Not with my equipment.

Vecchiojohn July 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

Let the free market decide who drowns.

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

A rising tide swamps all boats. Glug!

C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

Don't want to drown? Buy you're own lifeguard, moocher!

The Invisible Hand of the Marketplace flips us all off, one more time.

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I think Gulfstream Park and Casino is in the town of Hallandale Beach so its not like the town needs a source of revenue.

C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

'Course not – it's the Principle! If they can't stand by their phony-baloney principles, well, what else is there?

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

“This is the bill that will convert the state hospital for the insane into the William J. Le Petomane memorial gambling casino for the insane.“

sbj1964 July 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

If you don't earn $300,000 a year plus,and feel that the GOP represents your intrests;you are a fool,or a Racist,a jesus nut,or all the above.

Clankie July 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

This is totally unrelated, but I'm just going to put it here, anywas.
Hopefully this doesn't mean my local paper will start running Richard Cohen columns, but…
Finally, a Richard Cohen column that you can't make fun of (without feeling a little bad afterwards) http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_21000700/whe

James Michael Curley July 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

Y'all have a nice Fourth of July holiday. I got a Navesak River cruise under the fireworks and a NY/NJ bay cruise later in the long, long week end.

I's always been a pleasure communicating with you.

DerrickWildcat July 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

Yay! I have one of those things too!

Designer_Radio July 4, 2012 at 9:40 am
C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

Toss up. Spelling is too good for a teabagger, but there's no "TruckNutz", either.

Designer_Radio July 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

Mm. Good point. Needz moar AOTK also too.

BigSkullF*ckingDog July 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

They forgot the "Fuck Yeah!" at the end.

Designer_Radio July 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

OT & OMG: "White Christians Only" 3 day event ends with a "Cross Lighting Ceremony" (again and to be clear: White Christians Only invited to that particular event). What's a "Cross Lighting Ceremony"?

Also too, some very funny comments from that crowd. http://goo.gl/8my7I

not that Radio July 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

WTF?

We haven’t got any invitations to black muslim events. Of course, we are not invited to Jewish events and stuff.

I can't imagine why.

trampndirtdown July 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

Nice catch.

C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

Oh for Fuck's sake.

BigSkullF*ckingDog July 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hopefully there will also be a workshop on how to turn your white bedsheets into fun costumes.

Designer_Radio July 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

That must be what they brought the heavy hitter "Th.D." in to talk about?

NellCote71 July 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

Have I fallen into a Dickens' novel? Jamie Dimon? Bob Diamond?

Designer_Radio July 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

Their myriad subordinates, the Silvers and the Golds are soon to surface. But when will the Coppers show up and put them behind steel bars?

C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

Happy Independence Day, Everybody!

Not many things more American than This:
The Star-Spangled Banner

And, of course, This:
Star Spangled Banner

And, lest we forget, This Land

And, my personal favorite and the song that really should be the National Anthem, IMHO:
America the Beautiful

Enyoy the day and Be Excellent to Each Other.

Designer_Radio July 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

As I listened to Jimi playing the Star Spangled Banner: Remember: Stay away from the brown acid at your celebrations.

C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I read something similar in the comments section of John Boehner's website. Pure coincidence, I think.

Designer_Radio July 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Of course.

C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Those dammed Media Matters trolls reduced that site to a smoking ruin. Truly, a lost opportunity to reinforce preconceptions. They all hid behind aliases, too. Cowards.

oldedinvn July 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

Way OT.
Proudgrampa, Hanoi is the friendliest city I have ever lived in. Just walk around with a smile & everyone says hello. The best part is that they tend to buy the drinks.
The amazing thing is that they seem to prefer Umerikuns.
Hanoi is very different than HCM (Saigon), Here survival does not mean staying off the streets. Here it means never hurt a child or complain that children are being children & running around in the restaurant. Smile. Be polite.
Hanoins are the nicest people until someone fucks with a child. The word dismember comes to mind.

The most amazing thing is that the children are taught to be social from day one. Everyone here is a babysitter , even me a furriner. When I am sitting at an outdoor bar ever oncet in awhile a mother plunks a kid in my lap while she has a cup of coffee. The kid grows up knowing it is safe & can play outside in the streets with no fear.

The downside is that I cannot walk 2 blocks without saying hello or sin jow. to 20 people.

ttommyunger July 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

The good news here for me is that Barry is apparently not as sold out to Big Money as much as he could be; otherwise these assholes wouldn't be spending so much money to see him replaced.

TribecaMike July 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

The clothes have no emperor.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

Meh …a couple of weeks would be nice.

MittBorg July 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I trust you, Biely, to see that he meets a … fitting … end.

UW8316154 July 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

You too, Barb! I've got a family brunch, then another family crab-feed at the beach, and then home tonight to keep and eye on my horses, dogs and barn cats.

I've put some thought into what 4th of July means, given the fractured and contentious politics dividing our country. I don't have solutions on a national scale, but if we all start with loving and caring about our families and friends and neighbors, maybe that's a beginning?

Cheers to you and yours!

Extemporanus July 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

He's not dead — he's just pining for the chords.

not that Radio July 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I spooked the shit out of Publius with a comment about a "funny feeling in my bathing suit area". They're not accustomed to that.

not that Radio July 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Then why did he dress all in black the moment I got him home?

C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I knew that was you! I laughed my ass off on that one. I kept posting weird shit under different assumed names until they threw up their hands and left. The last one was a direct quote from General Jack D. Ripper.

High Praise and Golden Medallions for finding that site and allowing us to properly Wonkywrench it. A small victory, but we prevented a lot of unctuous backslapping and propagandizing and pissed a few deserving assholes off. Keep it up!

radio-of-owls July 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Why you've sold me a bela goods, you 'ave!

MittBorg July 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Hell, we can't even get them to supervise our elections to make sure they're free and fair.

C_R_Eature July 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

James, you are hereby awarded the Gold-Coloured Medallion of spying-out-Mel-Brooks-references-in-Wonkette-posts. So Say I.

redarmyzombie July 5, 2012 at 2:42 am

Contrary to my beliefs as a child, it is not a crustacean petting zoo…

Extemporanus July 5, 2012 at 5:09 am

"Zero, zip, Nadia!"

- East German judge

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