Tuesday, January 19, 2010


After watching Scott Browns victory speech you get the idea he is pulling and "Obama" and is planning to run for President in 2012.

He will come to Washington driving a pick up truck, and leave flying Air Force One.

You bet he is running for President in 2012

VJ Machiavelli

Saturday, January 16, 2010


This video from the British series is just as true then as it is today or is it ?

Now do you know who reads the papers and who runs the country ?

VJ Machiavelli


Marist Poll
Schumer Approval Rating on a Slide
Senator Chuck Schumer still has a majority of New York voters -- 51% -- who think he is doing either an excellent or good job in office. When Marist last asked about Schumer’s approval rating in November, the proportion stood at 54%. Schumer’s approval rating has been on a decline since mid-September. In that Marist survey, 58% of voters gave the senator high marks.



Friday, January 15, 2010


Firms large and small cashed in on CalPERS deals

Los Angeles Times - ‎

Arvco is headed by Alfred JR Villalobos, who was a CalPERS board member from 1993 to 1995. Villalobos did not return a message left at his office. ...

At Calpers, a Revolving Door of Fees for Influence

Wall Street Journal - Craig Karmin - ‎

Another former Calpers board member, Al Villalobos, also later found work as a placement agent. Documents showed his firm Arvco Financial Ventures received ...

Agents Get Millions for CA Pension Fund Business

ABC News - John Antczak - ‎

The largest recipient was Arvco Financial Ventures, a company run by former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos that was reported to have received $58.9 ...

Middlemen got $125 million-plus from investors for arranging CalPERS deals

Los Angeles Times - Marc Lifsher, Stuart Pfeifer - ‎

Two former CalPERS board members, Alfred JR Villalobos and William D. Crist, were among those paid. By Marc Lifsher, David Zahniser and Stuart Pfeifer ...

Firms paid $125 mln in fees for Calpers business

Reuters - Jim Christie, Megan Davies - ‎

Topping that list was ARVCO, a placement agency led by Alfred Villalobos, who was on the Calpers board in the 1990s. ARVCO earned more than $58.9 million in ...

$125 Million For Public Access

NPR (blog) - Daniel Costello - ‎

... that CalPERS invests was former CalPERS board member Alfred JR Villalobos, whose company, ARVCO, received $58.9 million in fees, the records show. ...

CalPERS releases placement agent fee disclosures

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎

Newly released documents show that so-called placement agents received more than $125 million from private investment funds for gaining business with the ...

Placement agents got $125 million, CalPERS says

Pensions & Investments - Randy Diamond - ‎

... the $204.6 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System, Sacramento, show the top-earning agent was former board member Alfred JR Villalobos. ...

More Calpers gunk

LA Observed (blog) - ‎

But he said, "I was worried about the appearance when I started seeing the articles in the newspaper" about people such as placement agent Alfred Villalobos ...

Calpers Says Middlemen Received at Least $125 Million

BusinessWeek - Michael B. Marois - ‎

To the best of the pension's knowledge, the top-earning agent was a firm run by former board member Alfred Villalobos, who received $58.9 million in the ...

Middlemen earn huge fees from CalPERS

Sacramento Bee - Dale Kasler - ‎

Nearly half the fees were earned by one placement agent, former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos, according to documents released by CalPERS today. ...

Calpers Set to Document Middleman Payments

Wall Street Journal - Craig Karmin -

Calpers, the giant California public pension fund, is poised to release reams of documents that catalog much of the fees that investment ...

Middlemen earn huge fees from CalPERS

Sacramento Bee - Dale Kasler - ‎

But he said, "I was worried about the appearance when I started seeing the articles in the newspaper" about people such as placement agent Alfred Villalobos ...

CalPERS to disclose details about intermediaries

Los Angeles Times - Marc Lifsher - ‎Jan 10, 2010

... when the agency stunned its own board members by releasing documents showing that a Nevada businessmen, Alfred JR Villalobos, received more than $70 ...

CalPERS board member runs afoul of watchdog agency

Los Angeles Times - Marc Lifsher - ‎Jan 5, 2010‎

One such agent, former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos, has received more than $70 million in fees from private equity funds for helping them win ...

CalPERS staffer elected to replace Valdes on fund's board

Pensions & Investments - Randy Diamond - ‎Jan 5, 2010‎

He had been under investigation of accepting contributions from people working or associated with Alfred Villalobos, a former CalPERS board member and a ...

Calpers Gets New Board Member, Another Reelected

ABC News - ‎Jan 5, 2010‎

Most of the contributions to that effort came from associates of Alfred Villalobos, a former Calpers board member whose firms are under scrutiny at the ...

CalPERS: Clean house

San Diego Union Tribune - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎

... private equity firms paid Alfred Villalobos, a former CalPERS trustee, more than $70 million for his success in persuading CalPERS to invest in them. ...

New CalPERS ethics policy restricts board members' contacts

Los Angeles Times - Marc Lifsher - ‎Dec 29, 2009‎

One agent, former CalPERS board member Alfred JR Villalobos, was paid more than $70 million by fund managers to win investment money from CalPERS over the ...

The Year In Review: 2009

Capitol Weekly - Anthony York - ‎Dec 29, 2009‎

... Senate reconvenes; NFL stadium bill passes; Adams recall signatures submitted; Alfred Villalobos caught in CalPERS scandal; water bond opposition grows; ...


From the Albany to Sacramento the "PENSIONGATE" scandal keeps on growing, and growing, and growing.

I have said this is bigger than Watergate and with a cast of very rich and powerful democrats and a Republican or to.

VJ Machiavelli

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Google, Citing Attack, Threatens to Exit China
Published: January 12, 2010
This article was reported by Andrew Jacobs, Miguel Helft and John Markoff and written by
BEIJING — Google said Tuesday that it would stop cooperating with Chinese Internet censorship and consider shutting down its operations in the country altogether, citing assaults from hackers on its computer systems and China’s attempts to “limit free speech on the Web.”
The move, if followed through, would be a highly unusual rebuke of China by one of the largest and most admired technology companies, which had for years coveted China’s 300 million Web users
Since arriving here in 2006 under an arrangement with the government that purged its Chinese search results of banned topics, Google has come under fire for abetting a system that increasingly restricts what citizens can read online.
Google linked its decision to sophisticated cyberattacks on its computer systems that it suspected originated in China and that were aimed, at least in part, at the Gmail user accounts of Chinese human rights activists.
The more things change the more they stay the same.

VJ Machiavelli

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Election will test Kennedy clan's influence

Los Angeles Times - Johanna Neuman - ‎

Among the rooting section: financier Steven Rattner and his wife, Maureen White, prolific Democratic fundraisers. "Maureen and I worked hard for Harold in ...

Ford Says He Won't Be Bullied by Allies of Gillibrand

New York Times - Michael Barbaro - ‎Jan 8, 2010‎

They include the financier Steven Rattner and his wife, Maureen, and the co-president of HBO, Richard Plepler. Mr. Ford, a five-term Tennessee congressman, ...

Reid's plea to Mike: Don't buy this Ford!

New York Post - Maggie Haberman, Jennifer Fermino - ‎Jan 8, 2010‎

He's been boosted behind the scenes by financier Steve Rattner and wife Maureen White, who have ties to Obama, Bloomberg and the Clintons. ...


Eurweb.com - ‎Jan 8, 2010‎

... including financier Steven Rattner, who, along with his wife, Maureen White, has been among the country's most prolific Democratic fund-raisers. ...

The Distinguished Gentleman from Tenn….er… New York

The Faster Times - Matthew Spieler - ‎Jan 7, 2010‎

From what I can tell, it was dreamed up by some very wealthy and/or elite New York Democrats (the Times story references Democratic financier Steven Rattner ...

Why There's No Ford in New York's Future

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Jan 7, 2010‎

But this week, the Times attached names to it, particularly Steve Rattner, the financier and former car czar whose wife, Maureen White, is one of the city's ...

Withers: Ford might challenge Gillibrand

365Gay.com (blog) - James Withers - ‎Jan 7, 2010‎

Big time Democratic donors Steven Rattner and wife Maureen White are urging others to get on the Ford highway. “Maureen and I worked hard for Harold in his ...

Horizon Taps CEO in a Bid to Build Its Client Base

Wall Street Journal - Jenny Strasburg - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

But he left last year when Quadrangle, once headed by former US auto czar Steven Rattner, scaled back its operations. At Goldman Sachs, Mr. Kramer ran the ...

Have Ford Will Travel: Harold Ford to Challenge K. Gullibrand?

Firedoglake (blog) - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

They include Steven Rattner, who with his wife, Maureen White, is a prominent fund raiser for the Democratic party. Others include the head of HBO, ...

Is Punditry a Prelude to a Race in New York?

New York Times - Michael Barbaro - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

Several influential Democratic donors, like the financier Steven Rattner and the co-president of HBO, Richard Plepler, have encouraged him to run, ...

Is Ford an Edsel in NY primary? UPDATE

Politico (blog) - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

... of running against Kirsten Gillibrand — adding a Bloomberg-Caroline-vengeance twist, courtesy of ex-Timesman and current billionaire Steve Rattner. ...

Merrill Executive Ford Weighs Challenge to Gillibrand

New York Times (blog) - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

About a dozen high-profile Democrats have expressed interest in backing a candidacy by Mr. Ford, including the financier Steven Rattner, who, along with his ...

Council Speaker Tries to Move Out of Mayor's Shadow

New York Times - Michael Barbaro - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

... many of whom represent the Democratic Party's biggest donors, like the financier Steven Rattner and the cosmetics heir Leonard A. Lauder. ...

Harold Ford Jr. Of Tennessee Mulling NY Senate Run: Report

NPR (blog) - Frank James - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

About a dozen high-profile Democrats have expressed interest in backing a candidacy by Mr. Ford, including the financier Steven Rattner, who, along with his ...

Senate Shakeup

The Daily Voice - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

The New York Times reports that Ford is being "encouraged by a group of influential New York Democrats," including financier Steven Rattner, ...

Harold Ford Jr. Considers Senate Run in New York

CBS News (blog) - Brian Montopoli - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

... to New York following his 2006 loss and now works for Merrill Lynch, has been discussing a run with top Democratic donors, including Steven Rattner. ...

Julia Allison's Ex-Boyfriend to Run for New York's Senate Seat!

Gawker - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

The Times reports today that Steven Rattner, Merryl Tisch, and Mike fucking Bloomberg are encouraging Ford to make his move against Gillibrand. ...

Is There a Ford in New York's Future?

Village Voice (blog) - Tom Robbins - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

The story cites the Times' own big money man, Steven Rattner, as the Tennessee stud's biggest booster. "We think the world of him," Rattner said of himself ...

Empire State: Ford Ponders Challenge to Sen. Gillibrand

Wall Street Journal (blog) - Susan Davis - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

The New York Times reports that Ford is being encouraged by key party donors, including financier Steven Rattner, to take a serious look at the race, ...

Report: Harold Ford mulling Senate bid in NY

The Hill (blog) - Jordan Fabian - ‎Jan 6, 2010‎

"Maureen and I worked hard for Harold in his last race because we think the world of him,” Democratic fundraiser and former Obama auto czar Steven Rattner ...

Harold Ford Jr. may join race for US Senate in New York

Memphis Commercial Appeal - Jody Callahan - ‎Jan 5, 2010‎

Included in that group are financier Steven Rattner; Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents; her husband, James, CEO of the Loews ...

The Elusive Presidency of Barack Obama

Politics Daily (blog) - ‎Jan 1, 2010‎

Already, investment banker Steve Rattner, who played a central role in the auto bailouts as a Treasury Department advise, has written an article for Fortune ...

WH releases more visitor records

The Free Lance-Star - ‎Dec 31, 2009‎

Steve Rattner, who was tasked with restructuring General Motors and Chrysler before returning to New York, visited the White House 56 times dating back to ...

JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs Trillions Deep In Derivatives or Dumbed-Down ...

Before It's News - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎

Steven Rattner, who for a time ran the government's auto task force and is co-founder of the investment firm, Quadrangle Group, met with Larry Summers over ...

WH releases more visitor records

Politico - Nia-Malika Henderson, Kendra Marr - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎

Steve Rattner, who was tasked with restructuring General Motors and Chrysler before he returned to New York, visited the White House 56 times, ...


Why is the big question that needs to be answered

VJ Machiavelli

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Obama owes New York: Feds must pay every security penny for foolish terror trial


Tuesday, January 5th 2010, 4:00 AM

The utter madness of the Obama administration's decision to try the architects of 9/11 in Manhattan has risen to roughly $200 million per year in security costs - per year, per year, per year.

Based on the NYPD's latest projection, the taxpayers could be out of pocket at least, oh, say, half a billion dollars to pay the expenses entailed in clamping a longstanding defensive perimeter around the federal courthouse.

The cost would be both necessary and insane. What we have here are a half-billion more reasons why President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder must abandon their plan to put Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four Al Qaeda coconspiritors center stage here.

Obama and Holder have said they are out to show that the U.S. can grant full legal rights to worst-of-the-worst terrorists in civilian courts without jeopardizing the war on terror or public safety. Can they really do that? No way. No how.

The Police Department's $200 million-a-year plan represents nothing so much as an effort to buy down an extremely high risk with heroic measures. But no amount of money will purchase freedom from all threat when danger is so substantial.

Stunningly, Holder did not consult, or forewarn, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly before ordering that Mohammed should be shipped to lower Manhattan. Since no formal action has yet been taken, Obama still has the chance to countermand the order. Failing such a step, the President must pay the full freight.

Sen. Chuck Schumer has begun to push the administration to write a line into the federal budget that would formally appropriate the full couple of hundred million dollars needed for Mohammed's first year of residence in New York. Schumer is right to do so because it is time for Obama to, at least, put federal money where his rhetoric is.

With the NYPD already understaffed by thousands of officers and with more than 1,000 cops deployed to anti-terror duty daily - at a cost of $300 million annually - the department would be forced to staff trial security largely on overtime.

There is simply no reserve force ready to step in, nor can New York taxpayers fairly be asked to shoulder a national obligation born of Obama's wrongheaded obsession with closing the Guantanamo detention center. (Some of whose alumni are leading the Al Qaeda branch that tried to bring down Northwest Flight 253.)

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/01/05/2010-01-05_obama_owes_new_york.html#ixzz0bnG0WaMC


In 2010 we need to make sure "King" Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Schumer, "Queen" Gillibrand and all the "OTHERS" who support this CRAZY, INSANE, and MA D IDEA lose.

VJ Machiavelli