Florida’s GOP attorney general thinks banksters get a bad rap

Imagine that.  Republican Attorney General of Florida, Pam Bondi, is somewhat bored with mortgage fraud, advocates say.

When they attend meetings with her staff they get the distinct impression that Bondi feels the banks are the victims, not the borrowers, so why should she investigate them?

What does bother Bondi is Urban Outfitters selling funny shot glasses.

First, a little about Bondi’s aversion to taking on banks:

Florida's Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi

Florida’s Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi

“We wanted to convey the idea that we want her to put pressure on the banks to be positive and forthright with their clients,” said Jerry Pena, a community organizer with the Orlando group. “… Her stance was that she didn’t feel the banks were as liable as the media portrayed them to be, and people shouldn’t have gone ahead and signed the mortgage paperwork, and that they knew what they were getting into.”

So you can imagine our surprise when we read today that Bondi has launched an all-out war against the true bad guys who have put millions of American families into ruin: Urban Outfitters.

You see, as Adam Weinstein noted on Twitter a bit ago, Bondi is very upset that Urban Outfitters, the youth-oriented clothing and fun-stuff store, seems to be peddling paraphernalia dealing with young adults drinking alcohol.  And what’s worse, the boozy merchandise is prescription-drug related.

Things like this beer can holder, disguised as a prescription for a Mr. Hugh Jass (okay, I laughed):

rx-beer-can-cooler

And this prescription-style shot glass:

rx-style-shot-glass

According to Miami New Times, Bondi has joined a group of 22 other state attorney general in writing to Urban Outfitters to urge them to stop poisoning America’s children:

“These products are not in any way fun or humorous but make light of this rampant problem,” the group of AGs wrote in a letter to Urban Outfitter CEO. “We invite you to pull these products from your shelves and join with us to fight prescription drug.”

The Miami Herald has more on the story.

Now, look.  Our own Jon Green, himself a college junior, has written about the problem of prescription drugs on college campuses.  Kids seem to be far too medicated, and they’re taking prescription medicine, without prescriptions, as study aids.  And while I find the story somewhat funny, it’s probably a fair point to raise if in fact Urban Outfitters is trying to play on kids’ new sense of over-medication.  Still, I’m having a hard time getting worked up about this.

It is interesting to note the contrast, as Adam Weinstein did, between Bondi’s verve for taking on Hugh Jass’ shot glass versus taking on the banksters who ruined a lot of actual lives.

Now, if Bondi really wants to prove her bona fides, she’ll skip the shot glass and go after that abominable Gangnam Style Bobble Head.

gangnam-style-bobblehead

 

And while she’s at it, the animal-human hybrid propaganda needs to go too:chimera

 

And let’s not even talk about Urban Outfitter’s subtle embrace of the gay agenda (or circus-folk, it’s hard to tell):

bearded-lady


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  • Corey

    That AG is a DB!

  • Clecinosu

    Great to see every other legal concern in Florida has been taken care of so she can get down to the piddly crap.

  • condew

    I wonder when she will start blathering on about the worldwide shortage of maps.

  • quit caring a long time ago

    All she needs is to be legitmatly raped a few times to go along with the legtimale right wing whoring she’s doing. Or maybe a nice drive by with a few hundred bullets from an assult rifle will show the brain dead broad she shoud quite her job, STFU, and take her bare foot ass back to the kitchen where she belongs?

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    It is slow, very slow. Rank the underemployed to unemployed we see 13.8% . 22 million.
    Has Washington abandoned the search for jobs? Jobs that pay decent wages. Jobs that have pensions and health insurance coverage? This Economy is healing back to an old economy. Growing Inequality
    and a declining Middle Class. We need for workers to get a fair share of the profits and index the minimum wage to inflation. The President is trying. Invest in pre-school and infrastructure, raise the minimum wage. Encourage return of jobs from overseas via tax breaks. Make it easier for homeowners to refinance mortgages and take advantage of current low interest rates.
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  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Bimbo General Pam Bondi

  • samizdat

    Apparently, money can create a good deal of space inside the skull.

  • ranger99

    That’s not a stick….that’s me. I’ll pull out when I’m done with her.

  • ranger99

    She’s cute! It’s too bad she is insane.

  • kingstonbears

    My guess would be that the peroxide has finally taken its toll. You can’t abuse that bottle for years without consequences you know.

  • evodevo

    It’s standard conservative bubble mindset – CRA and being forced to give mortgages to “brown people” was what brought the economy down! The banksters were just helpless pawns in the hands of community organizers and ACORN ! I hear it constantly from our winger acquaintances – you can show them a ton of evidence that bankster fraud and greed done us in, but they refuse to listen. Same with Peak Oil – there are unlimited oil reserves in the US if only the oil companies’ hands weren’t tied by those stupid EPA regs!

    The level of denial is impressive. And depressing.

  • Naja pallida

    She doesn’t just have an aversion to taking on the banks. It was reported that she took campaign contributions from them while they were under investigation by her own office… and seeing that there were no charges filed, apparently those investigations resulted in nothing except investigators who tried to report wrongdoing being fired. In the real world that level of corruption would be unfathomable. In Republican World, it’s just business as usual.

    Scary to think that she was also on the short list for Romney’s VP. Considering how toxic Ryan and his laughable budget were to the ticket, she could very well have actually helped his chances by having less obvious baggage. Assuming she could have gotten beyond being compared to Sarah Palin.

  • JayRandal

    Banksters are gutter trash felons but heck GOPers like felons who mimic their own criminality.

  • caphillprof

    I don’t think she understands, or has a clue about, banking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713697620 Jim Meyers

    She is not a very bright person so none of this surprise me at all. I am sure her 95 year old husband (jokes I think he is just like 70 for real) probably said something about how banks are the victim. And stupid people usually don’t have a sense of humor.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’d say we need only look as far as her campaign donors to see who her real friends are. I’m betting it’s:
    1. Banks!
    2. Pharmaceutical companies!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    She can’t, else the gigantic bug it’s blocking up inside there will scurry away.

  • Riccardo Cabeza

    She works in Tampa Florida. The south’s Detroit. Yes, unemployment is staggering and the real estate market will take decades to fix, but do you know how hard it is to be menopausal in Tampa? Joe Redner won’t let her work the late shift at Mons Venus. Shot glasses are doable. Banksters Rock!

  • Zorba

    The other question is, how much in campaign funding did the banks give her?
    Oh, we have such suspicious minds!

  • GreatLakesLiberal

    I invite Pam Bondi to pull the stick outta her backside.

  • AdmNaismith

    No, this woman’s priorities are seriously screwed up. How much bank stock you figure she owns?

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