It’s Torch and Pitchfork Time

AIG executives went on luxurious retreat one week after receiving $85 billion bailout.

I say it’s time for that revolution Jefferson kept talking about.

Today, the House Oversight Committee discovered that, just one week after the federal government bailed out insurance giant AIG, company executives went on a retreat to a luxury resort. The executives spent nearly $500,000 on manicures, facials, pedicures, and massages, among other things. During a hearing today, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asked, “Have you heard of anything more outrageous?”:

CUMMINGS: Let me describe for some of you the charges that the shareholders, taxpayers, had to pay. AIG spent $200,000 dollars for hotel rooms. Almost $150,000 for catered banquets. AIG spent $23,000 at the hotel spa and another $1,400 at the salon. They were getting manicures, facials, pedicures and massages while American people were footing the bill. And they spent another $10,000 dollars for I don’t know what this is, leisure dining. Bars?

I want heads on pikes over the East River.


Oh, I’m sorry, that bailout we were using to prop up the failing economy? Yeah, we meant that it would be used to reward the terribly rich, just like you thought. Sorry, suckers.

The very least, that money comes out of the wallets of those who decided this was a good idea. Just bill THEM for it and then publish their names and addresses so that the US American taxpayer can go to “discuss” with them about their poor judgment.

But, to be fair, Blogenfreude, this doesn’t surprise me at all. I just figured this is how CEO types acted, whether they deserve to or not. They’re not like us, there are no sticks, only carrots, and the extent of my ability to punish them is to not spend my meager cash on whatever product it is their company shills.

The myth of the great classless American society is just that — a myth. Special rules for the upper class, special treatment, and special looking-the-other-way.

You know that nothing’s going to come of this, in the same way you know that every day thousands of people will be arrested and charged with Driving While Black, and thousands more will kill each other over perceived slights because we couldn’t bother to give them anything: not schools, not healthcare, not respect.

The good news – it came out of Pelosi’s office

@IanJ: You’d think they’d have learned their lesson. But no.

@blogenfreude: Who has a lesson to learn? Not the CEOs, they got bailed out, just like always. Not the politicians, they’ll get re-elected because we’re so fucking dumb we can’t put two and two together without getting either zero or several hundred, depending on who gets the results. Not the people, see the aforementioned too fucking dumb.

Please tell me that the revolution will be televised. And live blogged.

Blogenfreude, I think in the name of efficiency we can employ modern technologies such as landscapers’ wood shredders.

The catalog is pretty extensive, so we best start looking now.

Feet first – it’s a pedicure.

Face first – it’s a facial.

I am partial to giving them a pedicure so they can enjoy all the sensations the technology has to offer until they’re about eyebrows deep in the shredder.

What, no whores? For that kinda cash you’d expect at least a 3-diamond in there somewhere.

@Tommmcatt Yet Again: I think the “leisure dining” is, in reality, bankers eating food off of hookers.
@FlyingChainSaw: the system here at work thinks your link is spyware, so I’ll look later. As long as the machine’s not 2-cycle – I hate mixing that shit up.


Or maybe they buried it in the Golf line item. How do you spend $6,500 for a round of golf?

I want to know what the “Paid Out” and “PSAV” charges are for…

And where is RagingMonk just when tools of the Spanish Inquisition are most needed? I think we’ve found some good candidates for the urethral pear.

@Pedonator: Ah, yes — the beloved pear. A nice CP Classic (TM) reference. And going back further to the W: WALNUTS! SHIT ON BY PROFESSIONALS!


Really? What, do you get an 8-ball of coke per bogey? They make the tees out of extinct variety of teak? Tiger Woods gives you pointers on your swing while he blows you?


@rptrcub: I still have my stock photos of pears handy, but Lieberman hasn’t pissed me off enough lately to resort to them.

I am so angry it caused me to post TWICE IN ONE DAY. I want something done. I want perp walks. It’s not enough for House comm. to scold CEO Sullivan for a couple hours and let him walk. I. want. justice.

@blogenfreude: probably one of those sushi buffets where you eat tuna rolls off a naked model.

Let me get my torch all lit up and my war paint and I’ll be ready to raid their homes while everyone else is watching the debate.

@Tommmcatt Yet Again: Do get stabby, stabby cats are cute!

@blogenfreude: Heads on pikes is a good start, but they should also have their balls stuffed in their mouths.

Well, you know, the poor babies had been through a really rough time, thinking they might have to do some painful pennypinching. Besides, they owned shares in the resort. Charity begins at homes (or their equivalents: clubs, spas, castles, palaces, chalets, chateaux, gated enclaves, anywhere the hoi polloi are not ).

@Pedonator: They should have their balls stuffed in each others’ mouths, before the separation of heads from bodies.


Oh, come on, that’s nothing. I do that all the time.

@redmanlaw: For some reason Big Brother deems that link NSFW.

@Tommmcatt Yet Again: But when you do it the balls are still attached to the boy. I assume.

@Ewalda: And before the separation of balls from bodies, they should have their last meal at Hometown Buffet.

I’ve got it:


Has been used for centuries but it is just old enough to be new again!

@Pedonator: It’s a little grey kitty at a window holding what appears to be a cat-sized Dragunov sniper rifle.

@Tommmcatt Yet Again: Wow, am I out of touch. It’s gotten rougher out there since I last sallied forth.

@Pedonator: @FlyingChainSaw:

We need to go all Brothers Grimm on their asses:

…what punishment a person deserved who had deceived her master in such and such a manner, then told the whole story, asking finally, “What sentence does such a person deserve?”

The false bride said, “She deserves no better fate than to be stripped stark naked, and put in a barrel that is studded inside with sharp nails. Two white horses should be hitched to it, and they should drag her along through one street after another, until she is dead.”

“You are the one,” said the old king, “and you have pronounced your own sentence. Thus shall it be done to you.”

The Goose Girl, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Of course, “real justice” would have happened if oil exec were a minority.

Lots of people need a good pitch forkin’

Should note for Stinquers that Canada City is a little safer thanks to the GDII.

Thanks to the bad newz all around the world and Harper’s shitting on Ontario, his poll numbers are down (and support is soft) and the chances of a Harper Majority are a bit slimmer (unlike him.)

The tone of his fatness’ commercials went from “Our Fundamentals Are Strong” (sound familiar?) to “Please vote for me! We aren’t to blame for this! We didn’t see this coming!” contrary to reports in the newspapers which make it clear, Harper knew this was coming and decided to jump before everything went splat. They are somewhat amusing and a bit of comfort for those of us who were discouraged by “Where’s” Dion moron campaigning.

We will still have a Harper gov, but a wee one..

Iceland and Pakistan are both in trouble – my money (what’s left of it) says Pakistan tanks first.

Yay! Bankrupt nation with nuclear weapons!!!

“CT for Lieberman” turns on – – – Lieberman.

@ blogenstein – We have pikes in the Rio Grande about 45 mins north of here.


And as an added bonus, their enemy of yore is fat, fat, fat with all those American jobs! The IMF predicts that the Indian economy will grow by about 7% this year.

Spaceships will be able to navigate by Deli’s eldrich glow by 2011, I fear….

@blogenfreude: Well, as long as Bjork and Sigur Ros still get paid…

@redmanlaw: Funny, the article doesn’t mention whether the party has thought of, for instance, changing its name.

@ManchuCandidate: You mean Russia?

Oops, sorry. Need to update my 1994 calendar.


@Tommmcatt Yet Again:
Yes, till those jobs dry out when no US America company can afford even Indian wages.

At this point I’d be throwing out any IMF predictions.

@ManchuCandidate: Now, link him to McCain and something unholy, quick. Oh, and forgodsakes catch him or a surrogate ragging on Quebec.

@blogenfreude: It’s nice to know that at least if we’re going down the highway to hell, we’re taking everyone else with us.

1:48 to game time. Hebrew Nationals on the grill tonight?

/TJ/The whitest people you know, via a commenter at Mommy 1.0’s post. At least there’s a head-asplodingly cute picture of the Unicorn hugging a baby with Mommy’s post.
/end TJ/

@redmanlaw: Broiled tilapia with garden carrots and new potatoes out here.

We got our first frost last night, and I still have some habaneros on the vine.

@redmanlaw: Ummm… DiGiorno’s three-meat. When I say I live like a grad student, I mean it.

@nojo: @redmanlaw: Kroger Value Brand corn flakes, reconstituted dry milk, dollar store pretzels, reduced-for-quick-sale apples.

They still haven’t paid you yet?


@ManchuCandidate: I have been paid less than normal owing to the fact that I started the new job the day after Labor Day. Also, I get paid only once a month, and I’ve already incurred a goodly amount of unexpected expenses. I hold no credit cards, so, once the cash is gone, it’s gone. But hey, I get to pay for the AIG exec bonanza, so that makes me feel soooo much better.

Yikes. I thought tax laws up here were kinda fucked.

That once a month thing would kill a lot of folks including me.

No credit cards? You’re in a better fiscal position in spite of everything. No one from VISA or AMEX will be breaking your kneecaps.

@rptrcub: Not as cute as this one! The look on the kid’s face says it all.

Also, I will seriously flip out if I ever see anyone wearing that kind of garbage, unlikely as that is to happen in DC.

Fellow Stinquers, I’m in a Townes Van Zandt mood right now.

Eat, drink and settle in well. See y’all sometime during the debate thread.

TJ/ K.O. just named the AIG guys the “World’s Worser” of the Day.
@mellbell: I ovulate every time I see that photo of the Unicorn and the adorable toddler!!

SanFranLefty: If you are still watching Keef: Debbie Wasserman Schultz is being Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Ugh. Better surrogate please.

@chicago bureau: What’s up with girlfriend’s hair? Jesus, I make a fraction of her Congressional salary and I can afford hair product.

@chicago bureau: And wearing the same jacket she wore last night on Rachel’s show. Where are her gays???

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