Bob Higgins

Donald Duck Meets Glen Beck

Posted in Financial Crime, Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture by Bob Higgins on October 11, 2010
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By Jonathan McIntosh, Rebellious Pixels

This is a re-imagined Donald Duck cartoon remix constructed using dozens of classic Walt Disney cartoons from the 1930s to 1960s. Donald’s life is turned upside-down by the current economic crisis and he finds himself unemployed and falling behind on his house payments. As his frustration turns into despair Donald discovers a seemingly sympathetic voice coming from his radio named Glenn Beck.

Will Donald’s feelings of disenfranchisement lead him to be persuaded by his radio’s increasingly paranoid and divisive rhetoric? Or will our favorite Disney duck decide that this voice is not actually on his side after all? Watch and find out! (more…)

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Send the Marines to Wall Street, Bring Back Our Money

Posted in Politics by Bob Higgins on January 29, 2009

economyby Bob Higgins

Banks, brokers, their insurers and accountants, hell, the whole corrupt financial industry now constitutes the “distinctly native American criminal class” designation that Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson ascribed to the congress a century ago.

It seems that not a day passes without revelations that fraud, Ponzi schemes, insider trading, or other illegal or unethical practices are the rule rather than the exception in the world of high finance.

Today was no exception as the NYT reported that JP Morgan pulled a quarter of a billion dollars out of Bernie Madoff related investments before Madoff’s arrest and didn’t inform other investors, effectively leaving them holding an empty bag.

The other item, also from the Times offers further illustration of the orgy of excess going on in the canyons of Wall Street. Last year, they report, was the sixth largest in history for bonuses, with the gamblers, scalpers and other assorted players leaving the tables with an astounding 18.4 billion. This while the country tightens its collective belt, loses its collective job and reduces its collective expectations. President Obama (I admit to enjoyment when I type that) spoke to reporters before a morning meeting with VP Joe Biden and Treas. Sec. Tim Geithner:

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