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WHO: Eugene Robinson

LENGTH: 107 words from today's column

TARGET: Reckless bankers who make big gambles with taxpayer money

PREVIOUS TARGETS: Rude dictators, bigotry toward gay people (see below)


I'm as pleased as anyone else to see a rising Dow, but somebody needs to slap the incipient grin off Wall Street's face.

[...] Compensation is the marquee issue -- the unimaginable amounts of money Wall Street's alleged best and brightest paid themselves for taking stupid risks with our money. I don't see how this materially differs from theft, and I heard nothing from Obama about trying to claw any of this money back.

Wall Street's actual role is more like that of a giant casino where the gamblers are rewarded for taking outrageous, unconscionable risks with other people's money. If the bets pay off, the gamblers win. If the long-shot bets turn out to have been foolish, we're the ones who lose.

DATE: April 21, 2009

HEADLINE: When Slapped, Slap Back

TARGET: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and  Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

SLAP-WORTHY OFFENSE: Insulting President Obama at the Summit of the Americas back in April

IN HIS OWN WORDS: "Those who were not gracious enough to show respect for him deserved to be given -- metaphorically, of course, and in the spirit of hemispheric cooperation -- the back of the presidential hand"

DATE: December 23, 2008

HEADLINE: Mister Robinson's Neighborhood

TARGET: Rick Warren, Barack Obama's inauguration committee, anyone who discriminates against gay people

SLAP-WORTHY OFFENSE: Choosing conservative pastor Rick Warren, who has opposed gay rights, to deliver the inaugural invocation

IN HIS OWN WORDS: "I don't like the choice of Warren, especially in this context. An inauguration is all about symbolism, and it seems to me that choosing Warren -- so soon after Proposition 8, which he supported, and his offensive linking of gay marriage to incest and polygamy -- can only be seen as a slap in the face to the millions of gays and lesbians who voted for Change."

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