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Questions about Bain and Blackstone Private Equity firms

If Bain Capital and Blackstone are the hideous beast Hartmann portrays them as, please help me understand a couple of things.

Why has it stayed in business for nearly 30 years? Truly terrible companies fold after a few investment mistakes?

Why are many of the individual investors in Bain and Blackstone union pension funds? For that matter why are there any investors in these horrible companies?

ONE of the best shots I ever made

Vegans beware, I am making a point. Mitt wants to get with TED, His HEAD is the same size as PRESIDENT OBAMA. This shot was with a 20 caliber airgun at 130 yards. I aimed 6 feet to the left and 6 feet HIGH. Right between the eyes. Dead Mourning Dove (tastes like LIVER)

So I went to a gun store to renew my FOID card and HAH? For $14,000 I can get a 50 caliber sniper rifle. Tell me $10,000 CASH wouldnt work?

It would be alot easier than the MOURNING DOVE SHOT!

Please, I VOTED FOR OBAMA- I am pointing out- WHO NEEDS A GUN LIKE THAT?

PE and VC

Tom - Somehow my message on VC and PE got deleted so here we go again. You are right about PE firms and how they operate - though PE firms do ask partners to participate in investment funds they manage so its not as clean as you present. More importantly ONLY Angel investors match your description of a good investor risking just their own money. VC firms raise investment funds just like PE firms and also invest their own money in them.

Bain Capital and Clear Channel

http://www.clearchannel.com/Corporate/PressRelease.aspx?PressReleaseID=1824

In 2006 (The start of Romney's running for President) Bain Capital (Sounds Familar) went out and financed Clear Channel. Maybe that's why Obama gets bad press and Mitt doesn't get bad press. Now isn't this the first level of Facism?

Inspection: Of "The Culture of Entitlement"

Re: the ongoing talking point... "...Culture of entitlement."

Or "Entitlement culture."

I've seen it phrased several ways, to be honest.

Is there an "entitlement culture" infecting society? Sure, and I very much doubt it's all that historically unusual. More on that in a moment. Our current "infection" may, or may not, be more widespread than it has been in the past. Kind of hard to assess when you're not living in the shoes of your ancestors. I sure it doesn't just "infect" the poor, the disadvantaged, those seeking to be treated fairly, or anyone who might seek help... and also feel an over bloated sense of "entitlement" at the same time.

Trolls and Advertisements

I have been hanging out here on the TH blogs for a while. Lately, I have noticed a marked increase of "troll posts" and irrelevant advertisements. Together, they seem to overwhelm the conversation, or at the very least clog up the current topics and thus, in a sense, disable any sane use of the medium.

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I wonder WTF is going on. I wonder if there is not a "movement" to disrupt what has gone on here, for years, in terms of sane conversation.

Republicans Scuttle U.S. Navy Green Fleet Initiative

It's taken Mother Nature, a.k.a. Planet Earth, tens of millions of years to very, very slowly convert decaying carbon into what we today call fossil fuels. First it buried it deep, subjected it to enormous heat and pressure, creating long-chain hydrocarbon molecules called petroleum, or into simpler chains of methane (natural gas) or just plain coal. Most of this sequestered carbon was locked up deep in the planet's geological vault; a sort of energy Fort Knox of the planet.

GOP Tea Party's War On Women (continued)

Republican GOP Tea Party's War On Women (continued)

Obama's EPA carves out exemption for antiquated coal-fired power plants located in Eastern States.

STOP EPA's proposed rule that would exempt hundreds of antiquated coal-fired power plants in the eastern U.S. from the "best available retrofit technology" (BART) requirements of the Clean Air Act (RIN: 2060-AQ93, EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0729).

too complicated for me

Did no one explain to Corey Booker that the thrust of the Obama campaign accusations are not about whether or not venture capitalism creates or destroys jobs, nor how many, but about Bain's damage control. It was not Bain that "bailed out" the pensions of those terminated, while Bain's fees and profits were not connected to the "success" of the weak business they raided (Bain won regardless of the outcome). The argument is that wealth creation for its own sake is no guarantee of job creation (as Romney proposes) nor is Mr.

War With Iran? It's in the works!

The new NDAA, 2013 version, H.R. 4310, sec. 1221 (policy) and 1222 (preparation). Also, H.R. 568, SEC. 6 and 7, eliminates non war options!

Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the House floor (YouTube).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZnTnkBIdk0 , and http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/05/16/house-passes-stealth-legislation/ .

Stop the insanity, no war on Iran!

"Hey Kid Those Sure Nice Shoes You Got. You Fast? Let's Go Race While This Kid Finishes His Game. How Long You Gonna Be Kid?"

I usually don't support anything progressive, but I did send the local communist radio station (KBOO.FM) a considerable check today for the recent hilarious piece they did on Paul Lucifer Lindman, who is one of "our" best local Clear Channel corporate shills, and who loves to bounce his grand kids on his lap (Maybe a little bit to much, perhaps Paul?).

A War On Women? Poppycock!

Hypocrisy To The Highest Degree.

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Trump Could Learn From the "Rat Park" Experiment

Even as Donald Trump's surrogates are re-tweeting photoshopped images of Hillary Clinton in blackface, Trump himself is trying to win the black vote by simply asking black Americans "What the hell do you have to lose?!"

And in response to the news that NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin had been shot in Chicago, he sent out two tweets talking about how bad the crime rate is getting.