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NEVER LET THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD CONSPIRACY THEORY: There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion.

Diverse figures and outlets agree that the nexus of “possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign” does not include any evidence of collusion. Maxine Waters (D-CA) concedes there is no proof of collusion as does Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined by Trump nemesis Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Fox political analyst, Brit Hume, on Sunday’s #MediaBuzz stated that he has never seen a charge get so far out in front of the available evidence over the course of his long career. Matt Taibbi, a left-wing columnist for Rolling Stone who calls Trump the “crazy clown President,” points out that “despite almost daily leaks by anonymous sources, we do not know whether it is about collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian state.”

The New York Times, in a lead editorial, counters the lack of evidence of collusion as follows: “The known facts suggest an unusually extensive network (my italics) of relationships with a major foreign power.” The Times’ logic: Trump-associate dealings with Russians are alone sufficient justification for an investigation. Where there is smoke, there may be fire. So, investigate, investigate, investigate until you find something.

I’d like a deeper investigation into the Clinton-Russia uranium story.

ARTISTS USING THEIR POWER FOR GOOD: ‘Poverty Pimp’ Posters Hit Maxine’s Out-of-District Mansion.

SABO STRIKES AGAIN: ‘Impeach Maxine Waters’ street art appears near Inglewood town hall meeting.

THE AUDACITY OF HYPOCRISY: Maxine Waters Thinks It Would’ve Been Fine for Hillary to Fire Comey, But Doesn’t Support Trump Firing Him.

I had to read that headline twice.

VIDEO: Maxine Waters Forgot How to Say ‘North Korea’

It can be difficult to tell if Waters has forgotten many things, or if she just didn’t know much to begin with.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Democrats are still rushing to extremes.

Jolted by Hillary Clinton’s unexpected loss to Donald Trump, Democrats and progressives have retreated to an alternate reality. In this safe space that they’ve created for themselves, Clinton didn’t lose so much as the Russians won.

Red Mania hasn’t been confined to the fringe, but is being promoted by Democratic representatives, including Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu.

Waters took it so far as to suggest on MSNBC that GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, is leaving Congress because of his “connections” to “what is going on in the Ukraine and perhaps in Russia itself.”

Their reward for pushing this craziness? Becoming national heroes to the Democratic faithful.

As Mencken said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

AND THIS IS THE WOMAN THE DEMS WANT TO PIN THEIR 2020 DREAMS ON? Maxine Waters Now Saying That She Never Called For President Trump To Be Impeached…

VIDEO: Maxine Waters: ‘I Have Not Called for Impeachment…’

(She’s lying.)

BLESS HER HEART: Maxine Waters Leads Tax March Crowd in ‘Impeach 45’ Chant.

(Classical reference in headline.)

VIDEO: Maxine Waters Says the Golden Showers Rumors About Trump Are True.

OF COURSE SHE DOES: Maxine Waters Thinks Trump Is a Secret Member of the ‘Kremlin Clan’ and Needs to Be Impeached.

WELL, MAXINE WATERS. WaPo Factchecker: Maxine Waters’s ridiculous claim that Betsy DeVos ‘has never seen the inside of a classroom.’ “Maybe Waters believes that private schools don’t count, but it’s clear that DeVos has seen the inside of public-school classrooms, as well. If she was trying to say DeVos had never been an educator, she still went too far. This kind of over-the-top rhetoric earns Four Pinocchios.” Only because 5 Pinocchios isn’t an option.

UPDATE: Link was bad before — fixed. Sorry!

Bumped, too.

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT: Maxine Waters’ Daughter Profits From Lucrative Campaign Operation.

Karen Waters has been on the payroll of her mother’s campaign committee, Citizens for Waters, since 2006. She has pulled in more than $600,000 for her services since that time.

Karen is in charge of endorsement mailers, known as “slate mailers,” for her mother’s campaign. The slate mailer operation has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for Waters’ federal campaign committee in recent years.

In order to appear on a Waters’ slate mailer, candidates for political office must pay Citizens for Waters from their own political committees. If a candidate does not directly pay Waters’ campaign committee, they must credit their own campaigns with in-kind contributions from Waters.

The mailers are sent to almost 200,000 constituents in the South Central Los Angeles area, where Waters holds considerable sway. The mailers consist of an “official sample ballot” with quotes from Waters about candidates and measures she supports.

Waters’ campaign received more than 20 payments totaling $297,500 for slate mailer endorsements in 2016.

It would appear that Karen Waters is running a smooth and profitable pay-to-play operation for her mother.

ANALYSIS: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Maxine Waters: A Problem With Democrats Is That We’re Too ‘Nice’ to Other Side.

Not The Onion.

THE CRONYISM CAUCUS WINS ANOTHER ONE: Ex-Im Bank gets boost in rare floor vote that flouts GOP leadership.

Lawmakers voted 313-118 to reauthorize the bank, which was blocked from taking on new business on June 30 after conservatives blocked a measure to keep it operating. The House vote occurred after a bipartisan group of lawmakers garnered 218 votes on a discharge petition, which forces a floor vote on a bill even if the House Speaker won’t call for one.

“We showed that Democrats and Republicans can work together to overcome the obstruction caused by an ideologically driven minority that put its own uncompromising principles over the needs of the American people,” said Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who is the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee.

Everybody who voted for this should be primaried.

YEAH, THAT’S NOT EXACTLY BY ACCIDENT: Roll Call: Confusion Surrounds Conflict of Interest Cases in Congress.

Congressional investigators closed the 113th Congress with two reports touching on one of the murkiest subjects in the ethics manual: financial conflicts of interest.

Investing in companies tied to their home districts can help members understand the impact federal government decisions have on the private sector, but those ventures sometimes create a risk to their reputation.

“A congressman should zealously represent his constituents — he just can’t be one of them,” said Craig Engle, head of the political law group at Arent Fox LLP. He served as general counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee for five years, counseling candidates laws related to elections and holding office, before moving to private practice.

“If you really want to make money, be a businessman,” he said in an interview. “If you want to make a difference, be a congressman. But you can’t be both at the same time.”

House rules prohibit members from using their seats to build their personal fortunes. The Code of Ethics bars people in government service from dishing out special favors and privileges, or accepting special benefits that might influence their job performance.

Following tricky decisions related to corruption allegations against Democratic Reps. Shelley Berkley of Nevada and Maxine Waters of California, the House Ethics Committee acknowledged that the House needs clearer guidance on conflict of interest rules.

Uh huh.

THE HILL: Women Flood Ranks Of GOP.

The GOP will send Capitol Hill its youngest-ever woman, 30-year-old Rep.-elect Elise Stefanik (N.Y.); its first black female Republican, Rep.-elect Mia Love (Utah); and the first female Republican senators from two states, Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Joni Ernst (Iowa), who is also the first female combat veteran to be elected to the chamber.

“These were strong female candidates that had to get through tough primaries, even before the general election,” a representative for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) told The Hill. “They had great backgrounds and could go tell voters what they planned to do. They were all very impressive.”

Yeah, but the Dems have Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and Sheila Jackson Lee. . . .

BECAUSE CRITICIZING A BLACK POLITICIAN IS A CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION, OR SOMETHING: Civil Rights Activists Demand Probe Of Maxine Waters ‘Poverty Pimp’ Posters. Fascists. But it’s nice that they’re drawing attention to the campaign.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: How Higher Ed Contributes To Inequality. It’s actually pretty much a defense of the higher ed establishment, and an attack on Evil Republicans. But Maxine Waters and Tom Harkin are heroes!

FOR ONCE, MAXINE WATERS MAY HAVE BEEN AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Maxine Waters: ‘Obama Has Put In Place’ Secret Database With ‘Everything On Everyone.’

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Maxine Waters To Become Senior Democrat on Financial Services Committee. “This is really an extraordinary development. ‘Flabbergasting’ might be a more apt word. Leave aside the recent ethics investigation over whether she used her position on the committee to help a bank her husband was involved with (which ended with her chief of staff getting reprimanded). Maxine Waters reliably delivers the craziest questions and the most bizarre speeches on that committee, and tends to demonstrate a stunning lack of grasp of the committee’s core subject matter.”

ROLL CALL: House Democrats Demand Ethics Report on Maxine Waters Case.

THE HILL: Ethics Case Against Maxine Waters Will Proceed.

TOBY HARNDEN: Hilary Rosen debacle is payback for Democrats over their Rush Limbaugh attacks and ‘war on women’ meme.

UPDATE: Doubling down on stupid: NOW president: Ann Romney lacks “life experience” and “imagination” to relate to most Americans. “Stick around to the end to see Rep. Maxine Waters keep it classy by calling the presumptive Republican nominee ‘Mitt Rot-ney,’ but O’Neill is the real show here. Once again, we get to see the professional Left’s utter disdain for women who chose to stay home with their children rather than work in the workplace.”

Related: “Class warfare” and “the war on women” — 2 wars or 2 fronts in the same war? Key bit: “During the weakest post-recession recovery in history, there’s very little material to accentuate the positive with, so the Democrats are trying to make up for it by dividing the American public with class warfare and trying to convince women they need dependency on government for protection.”

Plus: “In this left-wing framework in which the vast majority of women need the government structure around them, women are not supposed to identify with Ann Romney . The left would like to alienate her from you by portraying the economically supportive husband as something only available to the rich. President Obama would like you to think that even he, as a Harvard Law School graduate, could not keep a wife at home with their 2 children. It’s an economic solution that works for so few people that it’s no choice at all.”

The only problem with this is that it’s a lie: Stay At Home Motherhood Isn’t A Luxury, Census Data Shows. “The data, though, don’t support the impression that staying at home is a luxury. A detailed 2010 study by two Census Bureau sociologist, in fact, found the opposite: While stay-at-home motherhood has become less common over time, the women who stay at home are increasingly those whose low education means they can’t earn enough money to make working outside the home worthwhile.”

And in Obama’s job-killing economy — in which over 92% of the job losses were by women — that’s increasingly true.

So there’s your headline: Dems Attack Stay-At-Home Moms Who Are Refugees From the Obama Economy.

So Obama’s attacking refugees. Women refugees. But then, what can you expect from a sexist Administration that pays women staffers less and encourages groping in an atmosphere of frat-boy entitlement?

THE HILL: Ethics Panel Extends Maxine Waters Investigation.


Rep. Barney Frank’s Monday decision to retire will remove one of the staunchest defenders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — and may replace the Massachusetts Democrat with an even stauncher defender, California Rep. Maxine Waters. . . . Waters, who has represented South Los Angeles since 1990, has viewed Freddie and Fannie as key to serving low-income housing needs. In a 2003 hearing, she denied that anything at all was amiss with the mortgage giants.

“We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines,” she said. She applauded the expansion of its activities too.

In fact, the highly leveraged giants were swollen with subprime loans, which began defaulting when the housing bubble burst in 2007. By 2008, the federal government had to step in.

Technically private, the companies had long benefited from an implicit government guarantee. The housing crisis made that explicit. So far, taxpayers have had to bail out Freddie and Fannie to the tune of about $154 billion.

Waters has been the subject of an ethics probe relating to a meeting she set up with top Treasury officials to help save a minority-owned bank. Her husband was a bank director and shareholder. She has denied any wrongdoing.

I remember when “Insane Clown Posse” was just the name of a band, and not a description of our political class.

SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SINKING SHIP? Barney Frank Won’t Seek Re-Election. “In 2010, Frank faced an unusually tough re-election campaign against Republican Sean Bielat, a former Marine and already, Republican Elizabeth Childs of Brookline, a state mental health commissioner under former Gov. Mitt Romney, had announced her intention to challenge Frank in next year’s race.” If an entrenched incumbent like Barney Frank can’t win in Massachusetts, the Dems are in real trouble. Or maybe he’s just trying to lower his profile to avoid indictment or something . . . .

UPDATE: “Corrupt creature of Washington who helped usher in the Great Recession.”


His tenure in Congress in a nutshell:

“These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

Note that the Bush Administration and Republicans in Congress wanted to have more oversight of Fannie & Freddy.

Frank and the Democrats fought it at every turn.

He will not be missed. Plus this: “Looking at the MA Congressional Delegation – Frank, Kerry, Bill Delahunt, and Ed Markey, I’m left wondering why the people of that state hate the rest of the country so much…”

MORE: “Guess which Democrat now becomes the ranking member on the financial services committee? That’s right, none other than our favorite batty aunt, Maxine Waters.” The country’s in the very best of hands.

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Maxine Waters Shrugs Off Occupy Violence: ‘That’s Life. It Happens.’ “Waters had a much less sanguine opinion of the Tea Party.” Which wasn’t even violent.

MAXINE WATERS: Obama Got “Carried Away” In Comments About Black Community.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Monday tried to downplay friction between the black community and President Obama but warned the president might have gotten “carried away” in remarks made over the weekend. Waters, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), appeared in a number of media interviews on Monday following Obama’s speech to the CBC Gala on Saturday, where the president told the audience to “stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.”

Waters said that there was room for improvement in the relationship between the CBC and Obama. . . . She then noted that black lawmakers didn’t go on vacation during the August recess. “We were actually working during our break,” she said. Obama spent a week over the August recess in Martha’s Vineyard with his family.


WHO’S PROGRAMMING HIS TELEPROMPTER? L.A. Times: New gaffe: Obama confuses Jews with janitors. Video and transcript at the link.

UPDATE: Related: Maxine Waters: Obama would never tell the Jews or the gays to stop complaining.

COWARDS TRY TO SILENCE THE PUBLIC: Horn-honkers cited at Kelly Thomas protest. “Drivers honking their horns near a ‘Justice for Kelly Thomas’ protest in Fullerton on Saturday were cited by police officers on suspicion of illegally using that vehicle feature, the Fullerton Police Department has confirmed. Thomas was a 37-year-old homeless man fatally injured after a confrontation with six Fullerton police officers. The incident is still under investigation.” Think they’d be issuing tickets if it were a support-the-police protest? I don’t. Miserable putzes.

Nobody respects you guys when you act this way. You merely take a crap on your badge and uniform. And when budget cuts come up — and they will — a lot of people who might have stood up for you will decide not to bother. Just so you know.

UPDATE: A reader who requests anonymity says that I’m wrong:

The protestors for Kelly Thomas have been numerous, loud and disruptive. The protest starts at 9:00 AM and goes until 3:00 PM every Saturday now since August – and the horns and the bullhorns and the occasional vvuzelas – are sounded almost non-stop. This is done in an area of businesses. There are also homes only a less than two blocks away. People in vehicles, often the same vehicles circling back through, do not simply honk their horn, they lay on the horn for a quarter of a mile or more. It gets old really, really quickly.

I would suggest looking at the comments on the OCRegister site, such as this one:


1:53 PM on September 11, 2011

I’ve read several posts below and as usual most are not able to stay on topic. For many, any retaliatory, illegal action is excusable. So the same thing that many are accusing these cops of, is the same way that many accusing posters have themselves been acting. It is a form of emotional insanity.

If I lived within earshot of FPD and heard CONTINUOUS horns, I would have called the PD and complained, as many residents have done. Protest if you must, but don’t ruin everyone else’s day by being inconsiderate and obnoxious.

or this one:


12:05 PM on September 11, 2011

The investigation is still on going. In time after the facts are ascertained people will be charged accordingly. It will go to court. It’s going to take time. Actually justice rather than the mobs perception of it, is not instant.

The FPD has bent over backwards to allow the irrational to stand out there and rant. every weekend. No justice, no peace, really? Guess someone was channeling Maxine Waters. The protests continued their merry way all day. They didn’t try to silence the bullhorn. Simply a few cars operated by morons who had no sense of respect for all the businesses and homes around the police station.

Sorry they aren’t just going to hand them over to you. Lynch mobs are so passe.

Further the guy they ought to be hounding is the DA though he doesn’t deserve it either, as hes doing his job.

The tragedy of this is the polarization that is occurring. At city hall meetings anyone who stands up and suggests that the FBI, etc., be allowed to complete their investigation is shouted down and booed by the protestors. Reminds me a great deal of the “civil discourse” in the political realm we see from too many liberals and their allies.

Okay, maybe I went off half-cocked here, against the background of so much “war against photography” stuff and misbehavior/side-taking by the police in Madison, Wisconsin. Or maybe not, but I should have allowed for the possibility. My mistake.


UPDATE: From the comments: “The most corrupt member of the House forgot to add, ‘Except for banks my husband invests in.'”

THIS MUST BE MORE OF THAT “NEW CIVILITY” WE WERE HEARING ABOUT: Maxine Waters: “The Tea Party can go straight to hell.”

“UNLEASH US:” If Obama has lost Maxine Waters, he’s lost Middle America. “If it’s racist to criticize President Obama, then Rep. Maxine Waters is a racist. The Los Angeles-area lawmaker, best known for egging on the 1992 riots, harshly criticized the president Tuesday at a Congressional Black Caucus powwow in Detroit.”

CONGRESSMAN WU’S creepy enablers.

This is as much a scandal for Pelosi and her failed leadership as it is a scandal for Wu. We’re talking about the same proud feminist leadership and the same dysfunctional ethics panel that have dragged their feet on cleaning Capitol Hill’s mountain of other dirty laundry while providing cover to other predatory Dems:

They slapped New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel on the wrist for serial tax-cheating.

They have yet to bring California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters to trial after charging her last year with three violations related to her crony TARP bailout intervention on behalf of minority-owned OneUnited Bank in Los Angeles.

They are just now looking into former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s possible abuse of government resources while sending lurid messages and photos to young women across the country.

And they have only recently reauthorized a probe into the aftermath of allegations that former New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa sexually harassed several young male staffers.

In that case, you’ll recall that Pelosi’s office and Democratic Rep. Barney Frank’s office had both been told by Massa’s top aides of the out-of-control abuse of underlings — but said and did nothing for months.

Wu’s a creep. But the pattern of malign neglect on the part of his Washington enablers is even creepier.

They protect him while he’s an asset, then dump him when he becomes a liability. Not exactly a pattern of neglect.

ASKING QUESTIONS about Maxine Waters.


If you want to watch a corruptocrat start sputtering like Porky Pig with allergies, confront him with three simple words: conflict of interest. Asked this week about his role in securing an ex-lover’s highly coveted job at government mortgage giant Fannie Mae, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank retorted:

“Aba-dee aba-dee aba-dee aba-dee.”

Or that’s what it sounded like, anyway. Frank was rather miffed about the recent disclosure that he helped former lover Herb Moses land a job with the behemoth lender while sitting on a House committee that regulates lenders a decade ago. The Boston Herald reported Thursday that Frank immediately invoked the Everybody Does It card: “It is a common thing in Washington for members of Congress to have spouses work for the federal government. There is no rule against it at all.”

Frank then switched to the Everybody Knew defense: “It was widely known. It was out there in the public.”

Next, he dismissed any controversy about his ethical judgment with the Nobody Cares shield: “It’s nonsense.”

No doubt he’ll spring the Homophobia Card on critics at an opportune moment to ice his multitiered cake of excuses.

Funny thing. Not too long ago, it was Frank himself counseling fellow Democratic scandal magnet Rep. Maxine Waters to butt out of Boston-area OneUnited Bank’s bid for $12 million in federal TARP bailout funds because of conflict-of-interest odors. Waters’ husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor in one of the banks that merged into OneUnited and owned stock holdings estimated at $350,000.

Frank’s exact words to Waters: “You should stay out of it. … You should stay away from this.”

Do as I say, not as I do.

DON SURBER: Maxine Waters, Your Scandal Is Showing. “We shall see if the Obama administration purses this as the Bush Administration pursued the corruption of Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham who received a sentence of 8 1/2 years in prison when federal prosecutors were finished.” Yeah, I’m sure the Justice Department is all over this case.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Federal examiners protested help for politically connected bank, e-mails show.

A decision in late 2008 by top officials of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to help a politically connected bank in Boston left federal bank examiners there angry enough that some called it a “travesty of justice,” according to internal e-mails obtained by The Washington Post.

The chairman of OneUnited Bank, a friend of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), had rendered it insolvent through lavish spending and bad investments, according to the examiners’ written accounts. But by the end of that year, after Waters arranged a key Treasury Department meeting for the bank, it had won a bailout loan and a unique exemption from the FDIC’s accounting rules. . . . The claim that OneUnited benefited from assistance organized by Waters — whose husband held substantial stock in it — lies at the heart of unresolved House Ethics Committee charges.

I’m sure the Justice Department will be right on this.

PATRICK RICHARDSON: Hey, what happened to that Maxine Waters ethics trial?

ETHICS: Conflict of interests for ranking Democrat on House Ethics Committee. “Linda Sanchez became the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee after the departure of former chair Zoe Lofgren last week, and therefore helps control the actions of the evenly-split panel. That creates a conflict of interest in the committee’s most high-profile case, that of Maxine Waters, whose legal counsel is related to Sanchez’ chief of staff — and who represented Sanchez and her sister in an earlier ethics probe.”


HOW CONVENIENT: The Hill: Rangel, Waters public ethics trials won’t start until after election. “Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) won’t face public ethics trials until after the election. . . . Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who chairs the panel, made the decision unilaterally after Republicans publicly balked last week about the delay in setting the schedule and argued the trials should be held before the November midterms.”


Let me put this bluntly: virtually no one in America gives a damn what Barack Obama says about anything at this point. What could be more predictable, and less interesting, than Obama’s opinion on any given subject? Who wants to contemplate the economic wisdom of a guy who looted the Treasury for a trillion dollars, with less benefit than we could have achieved by stuffing hundred dollar bills into random cereal boxes? Who’s excited to hear about the next plan to convert taxpayer dollars into Democrat campaign funds? Who’s hungry for another hour of tedious excuses about permanently broken markets and the titanic dead hand of George W. Bush? Who wants a lecture on ethical business practices from the titular head of the party that gave us Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters? What use is another hollow foreign-policy speech from a man who sees no global adversary to rival the menace of Arizona? Even Obama’s supporters don’t hear anything he says any more. There’s nothing left to hear.


MAXINE WATERS UPDATE: OneUnited received more preferential treatment than first disclosed. “Maxine Waters and the Democrats may have thought that all of the bad news from her intervention with OneUnited bank had already been aired, but the Washington Post reports that the House Ethics Committee only scratched the surface. Far from a single intervention by Waters, the record shows an unprecedented effort conducted by Congress, Treasury, and its regulators to rescue the bank in which Waters’ husband had invested a significant amount of money. In 707 applications of TARP money, OneUnited got the most special attention.”

DON SURBER: Is Maxine Waters’ Defense Ethical?

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Maxine Waters Charged On Three Ethics Counts. “Waters is accused of using her position to help secure Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds for OneUnited Bank, in which her husband, a former bank board member, owned a sizable amount of stock.”

UPDATE: Maxine Waters Influenced $12 Million Bail-Out For Bank In Which She Had Business Interest.


Why, then, would Rangel be so, as he himself put it, “sloppy” in policing the line between serving larger interests and serving himself, or at least the appearances thereof? Here, after all is the man who came into office watching his predecessor—Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.—dragged down for ethical lapses hardly unknown among white peers.

Racism is, I suspect, part of the story here—but not in the way we’re supposed to think. Is there a part of Rangel that has supposed that the ethics are fundamentally different for him since his nonprofit is devoted to battling the legacies of institutional racism? The CBC traditionally calls itself “the conscience of Congress,” and in its public statements and activities often functions as a kind of alternate NAACP rather than as a generator of legislation. Under this frame of mind, there would be little difference between serving “myself” and serving “my people.” Surely to combat racism is a greater good than any other. My nonprofit is the fight against racism. The fight against racism is me. Me is the fight against racism. Why not improvise a little, especially if no one is looking?

This seems to be the only kind of explanation, given data in so far, on Maxine Waters’ transgression. . . . Especially if no one was looking. After all, look at what she has sometimes done even while people were looking—I will never forget her dancing on camera with L.A. gang members.

Read the whole thing. (Via Damon Root.)

CHANGE: Maxine Waters On Ethics.

POLITICO: Ethics office details charges against Maxine Waters.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Ethics charges against Maxine Waters add to Democrats’ woes.

CHANGE: House Ethics Committee announces charges against Maxine Waters.

AN ETHICS TRIAL FOR MAXINE WATERS? “A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges before they are made public, say the allegations could be announced next week.”

MAXINE WATERS: “Riot is the voice of the unheard.” Remember this . . . if there’s ever a Tea Party riot.

REASON: America, These Are Your Leaders: Maxine Waters Edition. Waters / Bernanke video at the link.

I THINK THAT MAY BE RACIST: Maxine Waters calls health care opponents “Neanderthals.”


Two Democrats got into a verbal altercation — and according to one a physical one — on the floor of the House on Thursday night over an appropriations earmark one was seeking.

After the House floor had largely cleared following a series of votes, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) split apart from a heated conversation and began yelling at one another.

My favorite bit: “Obey turned away, but Waters went to go huddle with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. She could be over heard telling them: ‘He touched me first.'” The country’s in the very best of hands.

MAXINE WATERS unlocks the door.

MEGAN MCARDLE: “I’ve long criticized Maxine Waters for seeming to display a truly astonishing lack of knowledge about the financial system her committee regulates. Apparently, however, she does have some sources in the financial industry.”

MAXINE WATERS AND THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Waters Helped Bank Whose Stock She Once Owned. “Ms. Waters and her husband have both held financial stakes in the bank. Until recently, her husband was a director. At the same time, Ms. Waters has publicly boosted OneUnited’s executives and criticized its government regulators during congressional hearings. Last fall, she helped secure the bank a meeting with Treasury officials.”

UPDATE: More here: “Note that OneUnited is the same bank whose relationship with Barney Frank raised some eyebrows back in January. After receiving $12 million in bailout funds with Frank’s help, the FDIC issued a cease-and-desist order against the bank, in part related to the fact that the bank was paying for the CEO’s beach house and Porsche.” The country’s in the very best of hands.


WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT FAN AND FRED: The Wall Street Journal rounds up some pre-meltdown quotes on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the likes of Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, and Charles Schumer. My favorite: “Rep. Frank: I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision]. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.”

Well, roll the dice we did . . . .


UPDATE: Or maybe in a McCain Administration? Jeez.

MAXINE WATERS makes a compelling argument for abortion rights.


The sniper is a former military man who leads a quiet life. He likes peanuts, praying to Allah, and playing checkers. He roots for the Mets, The Islanders, and Islamic terrorists who blow up the World Trade Center. In his spare time, he collects stamps and shoots up synagogues. It is still completely unclear why he might have committed the attacks.

Those same pundits who were so quick to point the finger at right wing culture when the Oklahoma federal building was bombed do not dare to similarly connect the dots and point out the contributing role that might have been played by the multitude of Islamofascist and/or anti-American statements and sentiments that have been so insistently expressed since last year’s September 11 attacks.

If the media thought Wayne LaPierre’s badmouthing federal agents was enough to cause Timothy McVeigh to commit his atrocities, then why aren’t they blaming Noam Chomsky’s badmouthing of America after September 11th for Mr. Muhammad’s attacks? Why aren’t they targeting Maxine Waters’s anti-American rants? Has no member of the media considered the impact Louis Farrakhan’s speeches about “white supremacy” and Judaism (“a gutter religion”) have had in creating an atmosphere in which the hate and violence demonstrated by Muhammad thrive?

A lot of people have been asking that question.