Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? I love when people are passionate about something. That surging of emotion is the one honest measure of what truth is. It's a truthful display of how a person really feels about something or someone at that particular moment. That passion IS truth.

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Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

3 Ex-Fannie Mae crooks working for the Obama campaign?

I know - this may be old news. But it's pertinent.

Franklin Raines - ex-Chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae. Forced to retire from Fannie Mae and the federal government filed suit against him regarding the FM accounting scandal. Received $50 million in bonuses based on bogus accounting numbers. Golden parachute = $240 million in benefits.

Tim Howard - ex-CFO of Fannie Mae. Resigned from FM. Golden parachute = $20 million.

Jim Johnson - another CEO of Fannie Mae. Currently under investigation for taking illegal loans from Countrywide. Golden parachute = $28 million.

All three are working or have worked in some capacity for Barack Obama's presidential campaign - whether on Obama's payroll or in an advisory capacity. I'm suddenly leery. Shouldn't I be? Is this wrong information? Please tell me otherwise. I think it's amusing that OUR Federal Government bails out these stinking, fucking crooks and they immediately gravitate to one of the candidates who is vying for the presidency. That's hilarious. They're all bastards. They all know each other.


tony said...

the raines connection has been pretty much shot down, but there are tons of fact check sites online, jeff. most are fairly unbiased, and you'll find plenty to not like about either candidate there.

here's a couple for the raines connection alone:
raines: fact-checker
raines: the wire:

but my favorite is

(i couldn't find anything specific to raines there, though.)

you can do the same for howard and johnson.

(but of course i think we should really be talking about rick davis! the guy RUNNING mccain's campaign, who's connections to freddie mac you don't really have to go a'huntin' for...

Avatar said...

To keep up with Wall Street expectations, Fannie Mae held onto more mortgages and mortgage-backed securities for investment purposes. The same practice nearly drove the company into bankruptcy in the early 1980s. Once again it was spared in 2008.

Jeff Ircink said...

i am aware the McCain campaign received monies from Fannie Mae, though Obama's took more. doesn't make it right for either. OR it just looks "wrong" 'cause of Fannie Mae's problems.

they're all crooked, tony. absolute power corrupts absolutely. it's no wonder people hate the greed of corporate America.

tony said...

oy. i think you've fallen off the cliff, my friend.

1. the raines connection, via the washington post:
"Linking Obama to Ex-Fannie Mae Chief Is a Stretch"

"I asked [the author of the Raines profile Anita] Huslin to provide the exact circumstances of that passage. She said that she was chatting with Raines during the photo shoot, and asked "if he was engaged at all with the Democrats' quest for the White House. He said that he had gotten a couple of calls from the Obama campaign. I asked him about what, and he said, 'Oh, general housing, economy issues.' ('Not mortgage/foreclosure meltdown or Fannie-specific?' I asked, and he said 'no.')"

(that article, by the way, is from september 20.)

on your post, jeff, you claim he's been "on the obama payroll" or has been advising the obama campaign.

2. jim johnson was on obama's vice-presidential search committee. he resigned june 12, so as "not to cause a distraction."

and tim howard...sorry, dude. it's late, and you got me. i can find nothing anywhere about the tim howard connection, except on right-wing, conservative blogs. and there, mostly in the comments sections. i actually found a few blogs with comment sections that included a big, block comment almost identical to your original post. but no legit news outlets.

and on the other side, as far as i can tell, rick davis is still running john mccain's campaign. here's a little newsweek piece about it all.

on another subject, gwen ifill has been writing a book about contemporary african american leaders for the last couple of years. it's been talked about in newsweek and time magazine, as well as other places, since earlier this year. the mccain campaign agreed to ifle as moderator months ago, after this was public knowledge, and even now say they want her to stay.

and cutting on jim lehrer? sure. shoot the messenger. who did you want to moderate the first debate? bill o'reilly? sean hannity? rush limbaugh? someone "fair and balanced"?

Jeff Ircink said...

i wasn't cutting on Lehrer. just that he's a liberal and no moderator of a debate should be of either political party or certain way of thinking. and the mccain faction is stupid for agreeing to gwen's moderatoring the VP debate. again - a moderator is impartial. they're moderate. how can you have someone who shows any "favor" toward either candidate moderating a debate. can she be impartial? we'll see.

the fact that raines gave any advice to obama makes me leary, tony. same goes for those crooks who have mccain's ear. i appreciate the politifact site info - i will bookmark it.

i also didn't claim to BELIEVE any of what i wrote - just that i was calling attention to it and asked for someone to refute it, or give me the other side's story. as you did. i hate you! for yelling at me via your comment! ha - no, kidding. i love you for your passion, tony. THAT is admirable. right or wrong - passion is beautiful.

unless one is killing small animals and they're really passionate about it. that's bad.

Jeff Ircink said...

"leery", not leary. i was actually tripping on acid when i wrote that last comment and thinking of timothy leary...

tony said...

re: killing small animals.

my dad has a problem with squirrels in his backyard.

so he has a little squirrel cage sitting next to the garage. he catches the little buggers, puts them in the car, drives them way out into the country, and drops them off. "go on, little squirrely!" he says. "go on."

then, if i know my father, he quitely hums a verse of "born free", takes a swig of diet coke, and gently wipes a moist eye with a dirty handkerchief before getting back in the le sabre for that long drive home.

that's passion!

1st gnarled gnome said...

Screw squirrels/tree rats, I shoot em out my bedroom window, too bad you can't do that to politicians.

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