Last Word: Religion in Politics

On September 15, 2011 the Arrowflinger heard C-Span Washington Journal host Susan Swain pose the morning question of whether a candidate’s religious stance has any bearing on whether a citizen votes for him. This prompted a rowdy call concluding with “Most politicians….are more crooked than a barrel of fish hooks!” This video from a turnip patch expounds on the theme of that morning.

The situation that prompted this unscripted humor was that the ArrowFlinger had gone on local talk radio to promote various candidates, including Speaker of the House David Ralston, who was mistakenly praised as “a reformer,” but then the Speaker took a $17,000 lobbyist-paid vacation.

Warning to politicians. DO NOT GO WRONG after this man has put his name on the line in support of you!

Here is the C-Span interview, concluding in a barrel of fish hooks.

Last Word: Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D., Arkansas)

Former Senator Blanche Lincoln appeared on C-Span Washington Journal on July 1, 2011 when she received a call from Arrowflinger Al, who posed blunt questions about the loss of the Rule of Law and basic honesty at the hands of the bankers, accountants, and politicians.

Since this interview, the world financial crisis has worsened, with Europe in danger of collapse and the M.F. Global bankruptcy bringing the terrible consequences of the CFMA discussed here home to roost from sea to shining sea. Meanwhile, the Fed’s $trillions in toxic assets continues to rot as there are not enough lawyers, accountants, and auditors on earth to remediate the damage.

Here is the Arrowflinger report.

Here is the C-Span Washington Journal interview.

Last Word 012212A: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R., Kansas) on M.F. Global

The Arrowflinger catches up with Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R. KS on the Washington Journal of December 8, 2011. The Congressman expected to talk about the M.F. Global scandal, but got a surprise request. After a host of simply stunning and outrageous banking frauds, near and far, the notion of the NDAA applying to a frugal saver had Al ready to reenact Custer’s Last Stand..

At this posting, people’s cash accounts with M.F. Global, a primary dealer in the Federal Reserve system with a fiduciary duty as a Treasury bond marketeer, were still unaccounted for. This joins myriad failures to prosecute the bankers responsible. Customers’ gold in M.F. Global vaults was attached by the bankruptcy trustee, who made no discernment as to ownership. Georgia was number one or number 2 in mortgage fraud for five years running. Instead of cracking down on criminals, the last thing needed in the good old USA was loss of the Bill of Rights for the honest, frugal saver.

Here is the C-Span clip of the call from the Arrowflinger.

Last Word: Iowa State Economist Chad Hart

On January 21, 2011, Dr. Chad Hart of Iowa State University was interviewed by C-Span Washington Journal host Peter Slen on the topic of rising food prices. Both received a challenge to the traditional economic theories from this sound money caller and advocate of alternative economics.

To expound on the Arrowflinger’s favorite alternative economic blogs, they include zerohedge.com, globaleconomicanalysis.blogsport.com, maxkeiser.com, market-ticker.org, kingworldnews.com, and financialsense.com.

The C-Span Interview

Last Word: Former Rep. John Spratt (D, SC)

Former Representative John Spratt (D, S.C.)was on C-Span Washington Journal April 18, 2011 discussing the Federal Budget when the Arrowflinger called in to inquire about his inconsistent voting record with respect to his avowed fiscal conservatism.
Host Libby Casey moderated.

Here is the C-Span clip of the interview.

Last Word: Former Rep. Tom Davis (R, Virginia) on Campaign 2010

On July 13, 2010 former Congressman Tom Davis, a Republican of Virginia was on C-Span’s Washington Journal with host Paul Orgel to discuss the 2010 GOP election efforts. Rep. Davis was a prior Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. The topic of the Commodities Futures Modernization Act of 2000 came up. Since that day, horrendous consequences of the CFMA have become manifest, principally the M.F. Global bankruptcy.

The original C-Span interview appears below.

Last Word: FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair

On May 6, 2010, the Arrowflinger caught up with Ms. Sheila Bair, then Chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, on the Washington Journal. Here is his last word. Since that interview, Wells Fargo, who had the misfortune to be saddled with the carcass of Wachovia, has also had to settle litigation involving mortgage fraud allegations for $590 million and Collateralized Debt Obligations for $11 million, without admitting guilt – of course! There has been a settlement with another bank for $100 million.

Closer to home, Wachovia had an enormous investor base around Augusta, Georgia because of a series of bank acquisitions using Wachovia or predecessor First Union’s stock. Wachovia stock went from $57 to less than $2 before the failing bank was rolled into Wells Fargo. Other national banks saw stock prices plunge. Since many prominent area families were so heavily invested, one of the old family patriarchs has been heard to say that the fall of Wachovia and others swept $1 billion out of Augusta. A cynic would say this is why, now more than ever, it is critical for citizens to keep vigilant, lest they find themselves making up the losses by political actions.

Now the Last Word, followed by the C-Span clip of the Bair Interview.

Here is the C-Span clip from May 6, 2010.