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Watch Geithner (Not) Answer House Price Questions Before The Congressional Oversight Panel

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We are a little late on this one, but there is a hearing in progress in which Tim Geithner is answering various questions by the Congressional Overight Panel on what the impact of the foreclosure crisis will be on home prices. An amusing episode that just occurred was Geithner's unwillingness to answer the simple question of whether foreclosures will result in higher or lower home prices.

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Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:15 | 811571 iota
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Hon. ?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:21 | 811583 Sophist Economicus
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They would have put 'SWEETIE', But it takes up too much space

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 15:37 | 812156 Fish Gone Bad
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Hon is the new term for tax evading Tim.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 17:03 | 812390 DaveyJones
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I think it's short for Ho Chi Minh

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:22 | 811590 SheepDog-One
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That 'Honorable' crap with all these crooks just makes me puke.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:25 | 811605 Rick64
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I second that. It should be "the despicable".

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:47 | 811660 downrodeo
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Yeah, i just about spit my coffee all over my keyboard when I saw that. we live in bizarro world.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:10 | 811724 Miramanee
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@ coffee spittage

Lol and agreed. I cannot watch Geithner talk. Nor frankly Obama, as I couldn't listen to Bush either. The fact that they are all lying, all of the time, should be no surprise to anyone. They see lying as central to their work. BUT, the fact that so many people believe them...this I find difficult to bear.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:33 | 811625 Atomizer
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Printing error. Should say Con.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:56 | 811686 iota
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Now it makes sense.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:43 | 811801 crosey
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Tim brought it with him.  Looks like a home-made job.

Wed, 12/22/2010 - 11:58 | 823889 iota
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Oh man, Elves; they're such cheeky little cunts.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:17 | 811574 jahbless
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Henchman Of the 'Nank

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:20 | 811585 ranrun
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It is always amazing congress goes to the source of the problem for the solution.

It boggles my mind how much these people talking about demand.  Demand is infinite!  We are 13 trillion in debt and these dickwads think there isn't enough demand?!?!  Maybe we are bankrupt?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:22 | 811595 SheepDog-One
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Theyre confused why those reduced to coolie wages arent snapping up a damn mortgage payment like mad.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:27 | 811610 Worker Bee
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Buuuuuuutttt Timmmyyyy! All us congress critters can afford houses ! Why can't the serfs?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:37 | 811636 ranrun
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Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:12 | 811731 iota
Thu, 12/16/2010 - 17:07 | 812399 ranrun
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the parallels that the institution (south park elementary) thinks timmah just needs some drugs and the normal people (south park students) think it is obvious that he is retarded is amazing.  you couldn't have a better analogy for congress relation to the america people and the country's current situation.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:22 | 811591 Bagbalm
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Honorable? This little weasel couldn't make it as a pimp. His whores would kill him. If they post a video of him dying screaming like a little girl I'll bust a gut watching it. I'd be nastier but it is a public forum.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:26 | 811592 Mercury
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That's the *honorable* Timmmmmaaaaaaaaaaahh !!

Welcome to the recovery everybody.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:23 | 811594 Rick64
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 Never answers a goddamn question always evading and tooting his own horn. This guy can't do his own taxes and he is head of the treasury. Fucking unbelievable.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:23 | 811596 TexDenim
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The doctors should have removed his brain instead of the kidney stone.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:25 | 811604 Sophist Economicus
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One and the same organ in this case



Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:44 | 811807 crosey
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Tex, just love your avatar.  Want to buy her a box of sweaters.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 15:08 | 812065 MachoMan
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I was thinking more like a harmonica...

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 18:14 | 812628 TexDenim
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Denise Milani, lots of her photos on the web. She's a doll. And the jugs are real.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 20:56 | 812956 eatthebanksters
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I googled her...what a pair of funbags!

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:24 | 811601 bob_dabolina
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I hope his kidney stones passed safely out of his asshole.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:24 | 811602 SheepDog-One
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Little PRICK!

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:27 | 811609 the not so migh...
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Fuck him and his Turbo Tax software.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:28 | 811615 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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The 'Hon.' is an abbreviation for Honest. And, in a world where black is white and white is black, they don't come more honest than Geithner.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:31 | 811620 LMAO
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For those who didn't have the time, here's the summary:

"Erm, heh....emmm"

"I don't know if...erm...ehh"

"I'm not at liberty to discuss...erm...ehhh"

"We had these extraordinary successful stress tests....ermmm, data showing ehhh, great ermm..."

"We cannot legally use...ehrm...ehhhh"

"Law firms ....ermmm, advise....heh..

On top of that (for all you PM lovers) enters "Mr. Silvers" ...what are the odds?!


Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:59 | 811694 SilverIsKing
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Was it Phil Silvers?  I've always liked that guy.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:33 | 811627 Confused Indian
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WHy FTSE futures plunged all of the sudden with no impact on any other index?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:37 | 811637 SheepDog-One
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Software glitch in the empty market Skynet operating system?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:41 | 811640 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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I can't trade FTSE 100 futures either...


... oh, wait, it's back now. But yes, i did see the FTSE 100 drop approx. 40 points on the close.


Broken as hell this 'market' is, being held together with The Bernank's glue-like jizz.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:36 | 811629 Racer
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Hiding 'Orrible Nasties Tax Cheat Timmay slinks and slimes

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:38 | 811635 goober
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Double speak extraordinaire ! These motherfuckers make me sick. I have been in confernce in back room judges chambers where all the lawyers say " we are all honorable men hear" when someone suggest's they are lying in the court procedures and been threatened with contempt more than once? The entire system is a bad fucking joke and there are no honorable men at least not in power! The entire thing is all about money and power/control. Fuck em all. Let's start over tomorrow. Let the prosecutions/executions begin.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:58 | 811693 ReeferMac
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+1 Goober, hang 'em high!

I can't believe there isn't a Baliff or some other authority figure that can lean over and inform Timmah that if he doesn't answer the nice man's questions, he's going to Jail!

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:37 | 811638 yabs
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this guy is more of a weasel than the bernanke and thats saying something

He is a bankers gimp

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:42 | 811652 Worker Bee
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Obama: Bring out the Gimp.
The Bernank: Gimp's sleeping.
Obama: Well, I guess you're gonna have to go wake him up now, won't you?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:43 | 811647 Terminus C
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Timmeh, " You can't let large financial and auto industries fail in a major financial crisis.  It would cost far too many jobs."


My question to Timmeh is, if financial institutions (major ones) are ready to fail, would that not necessitate a 'financial crisis'?

In other words, is it possible for major financial institutions to be insolvent and not be in a financial crisis?

He essentially admitted that the financial industry cannot be a free market.  The panel completely let that one go...

Makes me want to cry... or kill, not sure which yet.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:29 | 811769 ExpendableOne
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Cry, kill??  Yes!

I used to think these clowns perhaps were some sort of evil all knowing cabal.  Now, it's pretty obvious they are a bunch of evil know nothings in a cabal.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:39 | 811648 virgilcaine
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Beavis look alike..

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:44 | 811650 williambanzai7
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Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:02 | 811705 SilverIsKing
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As always, nice work WB.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:44 | 811656 Kilgore Trout
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God bless us every one.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:44 | 811657 Rick Blaine
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+1 to the comments above...

The "honorable?"  He actually gets that title?

Are you $&@^ing kidding me?

It's just more proof that I do in fact live in The Matrix.


Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:48 | 811664 Xibalba
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He's definately on the Naughty list

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:50 | 811668 Worker Bee
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Oh shit Watters shoots one across the bow! I'll translate " Is our entire financial system held together by duct tape and bubble gum?" Timmmaaahh" Stress test..uh...err..well..yea, stress tests"

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:52 | 811675 Terminus C
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yea, evade much timmeh?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:53 | 811676 Xibalba
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The redhead behind him is his fluffuer

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:53 | 811679 tecno242
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Oddly enough.. I've noticed in areas that were hard hit with foreclosures and short sales during the big down turn... foreclosures tend to have the most bids and sell at the highest prices.

The banks are better at attracting a bidding war, getting the most out of the bidding process and selling an empty cleaned up home than people are with their crap in it.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 21:16 | 812982 eatthebanksters
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Techno, maybe you are witnessing an aberration in a small geographic area...recent NAR info indicates that distressed sales are sold at prices averaging 30% below non-distressed inventory.  Short sales have destroyed the market.  Timmeh can't even figure out the reason why banks have slowed down foreclosures is because between actual inventory and shadow inventory, there is so much supply, that the market is continuing downward with respect to pricing.  At this point foreclosing becomes self defeating for the banks as more homes are underwater with every incremental drop in price and more foreclosures further the cycle.  It's actually getting to the point where lenders will start offering at least small principal reductions...its cheaper than waiting 2 or 3 years with no payments to foreclose on a house.  BTW, Timmeh is only saying what he's saying to protect the banks...he doesn't know shit and ultimately they will all go down the tubes because of their stupidity ( why lie about something that is a lost cause unless you're too stupid to figure it out?)

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:00 | 811702 toathis
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Geithner helped save America from the brink... I am glad he wasn't fired.

The recovery is ubelivable. We have much to be thankful for this holiday season.

America is getting stronger again. I shouldn't have bought Gold/Silver for my family this Christmas... IT's COLLAPSING... VIOLENTLY!

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:09 | 811723 economessed
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Well, I agree with you in part:  the recovery IS unbelievable.

I don't believe it at all.  More to the point: we don't need to let our beliefs do the heavy lifting for us -- we can just look at facts.  And my assessment of the facts say we are in the terminal state of a debt-financed prosperity bubble.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:22 | 811753 Exposer of Inte...
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Ah... My nose has sniffed out a FED SHILL

babypoop ... go back to your dungheap and stick your head back in

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:31 | 811773 Terminus C
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I am convinced Toathis is the Ben Bernack... though maybe he is teh Timmeh... his posting did come after the hearing...


Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:45 | 811810 samsara
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Again,  Sarah? Is that You?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:05 | 811708 Problem Is
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Timmay: What a Maroon!

What an Ultra Maroon...

Maroon: definition -- A term of derision often uttered by Bugs Bunny when referring to an interaction with a dopey adversary. It is a mispronunciation of the word "Moron."

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:05 | 811711 goober
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Geithner helped cause the brink and Hank consumated the deal.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:07 | 811719 toathis
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market is 80% off the lows. the "double-Dip" fear mongering was a total waste of time...CNBC was right! Warren Buffet was right!

I seriously did buy some silver for my folks this holiday... I thought you people were serious about your dooming... (no troll) (I am not lying)

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:17 | 811743 economessed
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I thought you people were serious about your dooming...

So let me see if I understand -- you just listen to whatever goes through your ears (CNBC, and WB) or eyes (every anonymos posting on the internet) without any critical thought?

In that case, I have a book I'm selling that will tell you how you can lose weight, increase your income by 30%, and improve your gas mileage by 45% for the sacrificial price of $399.  Paypal me the cash, I'll get your copy in the mail immediately.

And no, that dress does not make you look fat.


Thu, 12/16/2010 - 21:25 | 812983 eatthebanksters
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I think Chris Whalen and Janet Tavakali are pretty smart and righteous people...I think they see the future pretty well and it does not bode well for big banks.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:21 | 811745 economessed
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Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:23 | 811758 Exposer of Inte...
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It is your duty as a Fed Shill TO LIE... you stinking liar

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:04 | 811712 yabs
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the honorable gimp.


Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:06 | 811716 Worker Bee
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Faster than the wallpaper in moms basement where your typing from?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:11 | 811726 digalert
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Would turbo Timmy make a good jail bitch?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:14 | 811735 iota
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Abso-fucking-loutely! Those aren't ears, they're handles.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:32 | 811747 tamboo
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heh heh, dishonorable zionist joo is more like it.



Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:20 | 811750 goober
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80% off lows based on what? More lies and bogus reportings or simply QE in form # 8 or so? Get real! Which gov agency is paying you and how much per post ? Keep it up and it won't be long and some form of the IRA will show up in US ? People are quite fed up with the lies and double speak you and Timmy are spouting when they can clearly see reality is a very different story? Markets up certainly does NOT mean all is well, just a continution of the illusions. Your game is nearly up. All the facts tell a very different story than your denials, pump BS. 

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:23 | 811752 yabs
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I seriously doubt it will continue

we had a new hindenberg omen yesterday

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:28 | 811767 goober
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By the way, Buffet, is a poor example. Unless you are fine with more doublespeak. 3 strikes and your out cousin! You have about as much credibility as my cat, maybe less?

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:32 | 811780 yabs
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very good

I have noticed that only Zionist Joos get voted as Times man of the year

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:58 | 811841 toathis
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aren't you worried about getting reported for talking like that? Just saying... they have laws on the books against Hate Speech. I respect your right to free speech, but just be careful, people can get in trouble!

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 14:25 | 811911 karzai_luver
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wellllllll, with that out of the way I can sleep at night , you idiot.

timmay the ass and you latched onto his pole make the purfect team.


go to it.


Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:34 | 811784 buzzsaw99
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That guy signs our money. If that isn't an indication of its true worth then I don't know what is. Egad.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 13:51 | 811821 D-Falt
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Oh come on, guys.  Turbo's honorable every year.  From Jan 1 through April 14.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 14:28 | 811925 Eagle Keeper
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I wish you wouldn't put Timmay's picture up here. Every time I see it I want to puke and then my blood pressure spikes.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 19:50 | 812828 Bruin4
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If it was a photo of his head on a stick....I bet that would calm you too

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 14:45 | 812005 slvrizgold
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Slvrizgold bitchez.

Timmay would make a good lampshade or candle imo.

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 18:04 | 812597 rwe2late
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 Perhaps the "best" (astounding) quote from Geithner:

"The overall [bailout] costs will be incredibly small in comparison to almost any experience we can look at in the United States or around the world."

- Geithner told the Congressional Oversight Panel that the cost would be under $25 billion.

(quoted at Huffpost.)

Thu, 12/16/2010 - 20:52 | 812947 eatthebanksters
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This guy is a blustering, lying, corrupt shitbox...I now know why he is lying for his bankster buddies; he knows if the go to jail, he goes with them.  I never thought I'd say this, Via la revolucion', baby!  These guys have to be brought down.  And people call Russia a Thugocracy...

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