October 8th, 2011

In addition to his other talents, Robb Royer is a world-class ranter.  Here’s a double shot.


A.  Re the Wall Street Protests: Why Herman Cain doesn’t get it.

Herman says it’s just about ne’er-do-wells who need to get a job, being pissed off because banks make money. No, Herman. Let’s make it easy so you can follow:

1.  Rich, powerful people created loan ‘products’ called sub-prime loans knowing they can sell them to simple, unsophisticated people. The loan creators were totally cognizant of the fact these loans will, in most cases, go belly up.

2.  They didn’t care if the loans were no good because they sold them off, often on the same day they were made, either to Fanny Mae or large, private financial institutions.

3.  The people who bought the loans also knew the loans were no good but bought them anyway because they knew they were ‘too big to fail’ and if the loans went bad the government would bail them out. Profit is privatized, loss is socialized.

4.  But before the loans went bad, the movers and shakers knew they could steal even more money by taking the obviously bad loans, compressing them into a corporate structure and selling stock in this new ‘product’ to the public.

5.  When the inevitable occurred and the whole thing collapsed, they strolled into the government offices and told the officials the whole world financial system would be at risk if they weren’t bailed out. Both the Bush and Obama administrations complied, handing hundreds of billions of dollars of public money to the conspirators.

6.  The conspirators gave themselves huge bonuses out of the money that was ponied up by you, me, and the rest of the American public. The executives of Merrill Lynch, one company, took 2.4 billion dollars off the top for themselves before they used any of it to pay off the bad loans. Their rationale was that they were valuable talent that must be compensated. What was their accomplishment that merited such huge reward? They destroyed and wiped off the map a financial institution that had existed for 150 years.

The rationale behind the whole scheme? Everybody is doing it. In other words, the logic of mob looters. In the exact words of one of the execs, ‘when the music is playing, you gotta dance’.

This is a zero sum game. Have you lost your house? Your job? Is your mortgage higher than the price of your home? Has your home lost some hundreds of thousands in value? This money went directly into the pockets of the offenders.

The Wall Street Protestors see an injustice in this. Herman doesn’t.

B.  Giuliano Mignini needs to go to jail.

This is a sick, corrupt man who has been breaking the law and sending innocent people to jail for as long as he has held the post of prosecutor. This opera bouffe character has been dreaming up bizarre, phantasmagorical scenarios and applying them to whoever was in his clutches long before Amanda Knox came along.

When Meredith Kercher was murdered, Mignini was handed an opportunity. He could easily convict the petty criminal and dope dealer Rudy Guede, who killed Kercher in a bungled robbery and left evidence everywhere, but what’s the fun in that? Once Mignini got a look at the very beautiful Knox, he knew he had a winner. He could simply apply one of his magical, sex-driven fantasies to her and her boyfriend and BAM! Il Procuratore would become a reality star.

Once he saw what kind of publicity he was getting, how the Italian press was buying his bullshit, hook, line and sinker, he invented, tampered with or hid evidence to the purpose of supporting his Big Lie.

Thank God there were enough sensible and courageous Italians to admit the obvious injustice and release her. Meanwhile four years of Amanda’s and Raffaele’s lives were gone.

This isn’t me just crying bullshit from across the ocean. Mignini has been convicted by an Italian court for manufacturing evidence in another case. He got an eighteen month suspended sentence for his crime. Amanda and Raffaele got four years for doing nothing.

Award winning New York Times author, Douglas Preston, has written a book about a similar encounter with Mignini.

Now the serial liar is appealing the Knox case to the Italian Supreme Court. This is a man who will continue destroying the lives of others until all his power is taken from him and he is removed from society.

This is not a simple matter of a prosecutor bringing a bad case, where the argument can be made ‘if you jail him, other prosecutors will be afraid to do their job’. This is blatant assault using the law as a weapon, misuse of office, falsification of evidence… I could go on but you get the idea.

One more thing. Once Mignini has been convicted, the original thirty year sentence, that Guede was given, which was pled down to sixteen years in exchange for his false testimony against Amanda and Raffaele, should be restored to its full term. The plea deal was bogus, obviously nothing more than a conspiracy between two criminals.

14 Responses to “DOUBLE-BARRELED RANT”

  1. Gary Says:

    It’s pretty clear to me: the Illuminati are behind the whole thing.

    European debt contagion will spread inexorably from Greece and Italy, bringing down the rest of the world’s financial system. The discrediting of Western justice, also starting in Italy, will spread similarly – until all confidence in our national and international institutions has been completely destroyed.

    Sneer if you will. Let’s see who’s laughing five years from now.

  2. EverettK Says:

    No wonder you and Tim always got along famously, Robb, you both are ranting maestros!

    Rant #1: How could anyone seriously disagree with this?

    Rant #2: My rant has more to do with the US media, who never really seemed to cover the actual FACTS of the case, they just continued to sensationalize the day-to-day court antics. Honest journalism is almost non-existent today. Bread and circuses, indeed.

  3. munyin Says:

    Hi Robb: I’ve completely dropped out of reading the news and admit to being uninterested and an ignoramus about these things and frustrate Tim to no end because of it. Although I have been taught that information is important because it allows me to make informed choices I don’t see how I have any power or voice to make a difference in the news you are talking about. I do find your rants very interesting and your pov very persuasive but I also wonder what is the point?
    What can you do about any of all this thievery, dishonesty, and injustice?

  4. Laren Bright Says:

    I think the lesson’s clear here. Pizza’s Italian, Mignini’s Italian. I’m only eating Chinese food from now on. I think Ram Dass was right: Be Here Mao!

    But that was a digression. Thanks to Robb for pointing out that we seem to be on the fast track back to the middle ages as far as abuse of power and the power of the people are concerned.

  5. Suzanna Says:

    Robb, thank you. I appreciate how simply you have articulated the financial debacle to anyone who doesn’t get it.

    Amanda Knox is free, protesters are on the street against Wall Street. Great news is hard to come by so I savor it when it happens.

  6. Robb Royer Says:

    Gary – Gee I hardly know where to begin especially because it’s hard to discern tone in written communications but… assuming you’re serious, do you feel the Illuminati (by the way who ARE the Illuminati)are the ones to handed out too much money to Greek, Italian Portuguese and Irish unions, retirees and public workers? Do you feel it was a huge plot to undermine western democracy or just lazy politicians handing out money to lazy people in order to get elected?

    Also, Clarence Darrow and H L Menken issued plenty of challenges to the western judicial system before any of these present Italian cases popped up.

    The problem as I see it is it’s hard to pick political bedfellows. The Tea Party is right when they say public debt ought to be reduced but absolutely tone deaf to any suggestion that the rich should play any part in the solution. The anti-tea partiers, now visible on the streets of America are quite right about the unfairness of the current system wherein those with all the money and all the power also get to make all the rules; the only thing they have to counterbalance all this might is numbers and voices which is what they’re employing right now and I applaud them. Unfortunately, mixed up in the crowd are anti Semites, neo-isolationists and here-for-the party types. So political purity is pretty hard to come by. But by no means should we ignore the problem.

    Ev: Agreed

    Mun: Tim’s lucky. My dearly beloved gets all her information from right wing Christian radio. No information at all is better than that. As to your question I don’t know how to fix it. I guess the only two possibilities are: stay informed and try to throw your weight in the right direction when you can or… roll up a fat one and forget about the whole thing.

    Laren – actually I love Italy, that adds to my distress about all this.

    Suzanna – I am happy about getting Amanda out of Mignini’s firing range but whether the street protests turn out to be good news remains to be seen. Can they find focus and a clear direction toward actually improving things? More will be revealed.

  7. Suzanna Aguayo Says:

    Robb, I agree that not all of the protestors are fully aware of what needs improving, and there’s a lot that’s up in the air, such as whether or not this movement will bring about real change, but I think there are some very intelligent and articulate protestors who are focused, have a clear direction, and can help reform our economic system.

    What remains to be seen is if this movement can be sustained, and if enough of those who hold political power have the will to listen and make the necessary changes.

  8. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Gary, the Illuminati are responsible for many terrible things — the deterioration in quality of urban graffiti, the novels of James Patterson, John Boehner’s tan and Donald Trump’s hair, for example — but it’s overreaching to blame them for anything that really matters. The original, Bavarian Illuminati are (probably) no longer with us in any important sense, and most of the other groups using the name are either deluded or fictional.

    One thing I especially admire about your post, Gary, is that you linked the potential downfall of the European currencies with the downfall of the justice system, a point Robb overlooked in his excellent post.

    But I understand Robb being befuddled by the sudden introduction of the Illuminati into this discussion. They’re not often discussed lately, except by people like you and me.

    Everyone else — told you Robb could rant with the best.

  9. michael hallinan Says:

    Most economic models would perform well if the people running them had integrity. I am at a loss as to how to solve this ancient moral dilemma. I agree completely with Robb’s concise assessment of the current economic meltdown. It doesn’t seem to matter which party is in power and a fruitless endeavor to try to blame one administration or another. Tim stated the same thought in an earlier blog.
    In the mean time I am sympathetic to the Wall Street protesters. Someone has to voice our discontent even if the message is slightly garbled.

  10. robb royer Says:


    You’re absolutely right – even the best system can be undermined by human ego, weakness and greed. Democracy is the best form of government for resisting the slide into tyranny but it, too, seems to rely upon the indispensable player coming along once in a while. I think Teddy Roosevelt paved the way for the ‘American Century’ by re-balancing a lopsided playing field with anti-trust laws and other acts. ‘Sorry J P, you can’t own the entire state of Wyoming…’

    I’m afraid don’t see anyone like that on the scene nowadays.

    Luck seems to play a part. Teddy probably couldn’t have been elected the first time – too much of a maverick for the GOP. They tried to get rid of him by making him vice president – hate to say McKinley’s assassination was good luck but…

    And he probably couldn’t have pulled off what he did politically were he not a highborn Republican (as opposed to, say, a Democratic populist).

    How do you re-create a situation like that? We need more good luck.

  11. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    What we need is a better educated electorate which, given the current mood, is not going to happen. I think some healthy, legal protesting is important in a democracy. Now, that is what we have, right? (Touch of sarcasm, there)

  12. robb royer Says:


    For two years I’ve been saying ‘what the hell is wrong with the American public? Are they going to just take this lying down? So it is with a sense of delayed satisfaction that I watch all this welling up. I can see a million ways how it can go wrong, but would have been completely disgusted with the ovine American people had it not happened at all.

    Did you ever see any of the Destry movies? Sheriff kills a man, has an attack of conscious about it, swears offs guns but tries to remain sheriff and govern solely by reason. Naturally the bad guys take over and do every despicable thing imaginable. I saw it as a kid. The whole time you’re watching it you’re screaming to yourself ‘GET THE GUN!’

    Of course he finally does and watching these people come out of their slumber has a similar effect.

  13. robb royer Says:

    Of course I mean ‘conscience’

  14. Stephen Cohn Says:

    Robb – I strongly agree on both points. I think the Occupy Wall St. is an important new current in our culture that has been badly needed and will not go away. The spirit of fairness has always been an important part of democracy and our legal system. I feel hopeful that, even though it swings wildly out of kilter, the OWS will start to restore some kind balance.

    When I read about Giuliano Mignini and saw a documentary about Amanda’s case, I couldn’t believe this man is on the loose…and still allowed to carry on. What’s up with the culture there that allows this? They owe Amanda something huge for the four years they stole. I’d love to see some kind of aggressive action to get her repaid.

    Excellent rant, Robb.

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