President Obama to GOP obstructionists: “Screw you.” Recess appointment of Richard Cordray.

In the lastest edition of “We Can’t Wait” or, as I have come to think of it, “Screw you, Republican obstructionists”, President Obama today made a recess appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In a defiant display of executive power, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will buck GOP opposition and name Richard Cordray as the nation’s chief consumer watchdog even though the Senate contends the move is inappropriate, senior administration officials told The Associated Press

With a director in place, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be able to start overseeing the mortgage companies, payday lenders, debt collectors and other financial companies often blamed for practices that helped tank the economy.

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Slashing school funding and revenue sharing to cities has its benefits: a $1.3 billion surplus

Funny thing, when you slash funding to schools by $1 billion and stop sending tax revenues back to the cash-strapped cities where they were collected, you end up with a pretty big surplus, despite the massive tax cuts given to businesses. How big? Just over a billion dollars big.

The state is bringing in more money than expected. That’s according to a report by the non-partisan Senate Fiscal Agency.

The agency says Michigan ended the fiscal year that ended September 30th with a $1.3 billion surplus. An improving economy and lower income tax refunds are largely credited for the surplus.

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President Obama signs bipartisan pipeline safety bill into law

In a rare act of bipartisanship, both the House and Senate recently passed H.R. 2845, the “Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011.

According to the White House, “this bill doubles the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws, authorizes the Transportation Department to issue various regulations related to leak prevention and detection’ and reauthorizes various programs of the Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.” Yesterday, President Obama signed H.R. 2845 into law.

When we say at DOT that safety is our number one priority, we are not kidding around. And today, as part of that important goal, President Obama signed into law the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act.…
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Glenn Greenwald and the national conversation about sexual assault & rape

My friend Extreme Liberal posted a piece at Angry Black Lady Chronicles awhile back titled “I was sexually assaulted as a child”. With Glenn Greenwald’s obscene comments about my good friend Imani, the Angry Black Lady, I thought now might be a good time to tell my own story of being sexually molested as a young boy.

Unlike Extreme Liberal’s assault, I was, in fact, not aware that I had actually been assaulted until many years later. You may well ask, “If you didn’t know you were assaulted, how can you say you were?” You can trust me when I tell you that I have asked myself that same question.…

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Citizens’ referendum to repeal Emergency Manager law has enough signatures

At a Detroit rally yesterday to protest the imposition of an Emergency Manager on the city, Brandon Jessup of Michigan Forward announced that Michigan Forward has gathered over 170,000 petition signatures for their effort to put the repeal of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law, on the November 2012 ballot. Only 161,305 are needed.

Michigan Forward started the petition campaign to suspend Public Act 4 and put it up for a referendum on the 2012 ballot.

Brandon Jessup, the head of the organization and leader of Stand Up For Democracy, prepared a Powerpoint presentation with action steps and instructions on how audience members could gather more signatures for the petition drive.

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Mitt Romney the latest media darling? Detroit Free Press pre-spins the Iowa primary results

This is a pretty astounding headline:

A finish in the top 3 would translate into an Iowa win for Romney

That’s the Detroit Free Press headline of a reposting of a Des Moines Register piece originally titled “More than winning, front-runners must meet expectations, experts say”.

There was a time when the Freep was “the liberal newspaper” in Michigan and the Detroit News was considered “the conservative newspaper”. That is no longer true. The two papers are nearly indistinguishable these days and it’s clear from headlines like this the the Freep’s editors are doing what they can to help out Romney’s chances in Michigan.…

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Pres. Obama signs “signing statement” on NDAA, Glenn Greenwald says he could rape a nun & we’d support it

On New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed the H.R. 1540 into law, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012″. Many are unhappy about this bill because it includes language that suggests that terrorist suspects, including Americans, can be held indefinitely without trial. One of those unhappy about this provision is President Obama himself. Toward that end, he signed a “signing statement” spelling out his administration’s interpretation of the bill and how they intend to enforce it.

Here’s the relevant section on indefinitely detention:

Section 1021 affirms the executive branch’s authority to detain persons covered by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C.…
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Eclectablog: Looking back (with thanks) and looking forward (with excitement)

As we move into the new year, I want to take a moment to thank the many folks who have supported Eclectablog over the past year and to give you a look at what’s on the horizon for this blog and my writing, in general.

First, I must first begin with thanking my beautiful life partner and wife, Anne C. Savage (pictured there on the left). When people talk about “living the dream”, they are talking about my life with Anne. She is beautiful, smart, funny as shit and talented as all get out. If you haven’t seen her photography, stop reading right now and go have a look.

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