Sisters, set high standards for yourself not a man

Why are some beautiful, smart and single women are so bitter?It seems that women are always crying over finding a man, or not feeling complete without one. What is the urgency?I was in class the other day and the professor asked everyone what their five -year plans were. Some talked about their goals to succeed. Entrepreneurs talked about their future business plans.One young lady in the class was a junior who was unsure of her future and had given no thought to what she wanted her major concentration to be.However, she made it clear that in the next five years, she saw herself married with children. It was as if her whole purpose in school was simply to find a husband.Then, there are some women who blame men for their relationship issues.They are the ones who sit in circles and spend hours talking about how, “Men ain’t no good!” or “The only thing men want nowadays is sex!”I am not going to lie. Some men do fit that category, but why do they have to be blamed for everything? We all should just take responsibility for our own actions.We walk around campus playing dress-up like we are so grown with tons of life experience, but, in the end, we really don’t know all the answers.It is amazing to me because we as young, sexy and smart women have so much to offer to this world, yet some would rather offer it to a man.Perhaps everyone just wants to be loved. But what is the necessity for finding a man? Why not let men need us for once?Why do some women write crazy statuses on Facebook about how a man hurt them so badly? Why do others feel the need to explain all of their emotional baggage within minutes of meeting a man?Look how far we have come! We have been given so much opportunity to explore our options just by attending college.We do not have to live in that old society where we get married before 30.What about our minds? Instead of wanting love from a man so desperately, let us love ourselves.I dare all women who feel insecure to look at themselves in the mirror. Realize that we are women of good health who are able to accomplish anything with and without a mate.Single or not, the necessity for a relationship is not that serious. We can do anything and everything we want!Find a hobby, join an organization or participate in some community service. Let us show the rest of the world, and ourselves, that we can make ourselves happy!

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Debris near space station spotted by Discovery

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA kept close tabs on an old piece of space junk Monday that threatened to come too close to the international space station, as the shuttle Discovery raced toward the orbiting outpost for a 220-mile-high linkup.Experts initially warned that the debris from a Soviet satellite that broke up in 1981 could veer within a half-mile of the space station. But later in the morning, they said it appeared that the small piece of junk — about 4 inches in size — might remain at a safe distance.The debris was in an erratic orbit, and that was causing the constant revisions. NASA said the trend appeared to be moving in the right direction, though, and that the space station might not have to move out of the way.If Mission Control orders a space station maneuver to dodge the junk, it would be carried out Monday night, well ahead of the closest approach early Tuesday. That would force Discovery to adjust its course for Tuesday’s docking; the shuttle is delivering one last set of solar wings for the station.Just last Thursday, the three space station residents had to move into their emergency getaway capsule because another piece of space junk came uncomfortably close. In that case, it was short notice and the astronauts did not have enough time to steer out of the way.NASA has moved the space station to dodge debris eight times in the past, most recently in August, according to NASA records. Generally, engines on the Russian living quarters or the attached Russian supply ships are fired to alter the path of the entire station. It’s a relatively easy job, but uses up precious fuel.The debris this time is from a Soviet military satellite called Kosmos 1275, which broke up somewhat mysteriously shortly after its 1981 launch. NASA orbital debris scientist Mark Matney said it may have crashed with another object that wasn’t being tracked, although the Russians believe a battery explosion did the satellite in. In any event, the result was a cloud of 310 pieces of debris that slowly are falling into lower orbits, he said.On board Discovery, meanwhile, the seven astronauts geared up Monday afternoon for an in-depth inspection of their ship’s wings and nose with a laser-tipped boom. It’s standard procedure the day after launch to check for any damage that may have occurred during liftoff.Late Sunday, NASA officials said a quick look at the launch video showed nothing of significance striking Discovery. Debris has been an overriding concern for NASA since a chunk of foam insulation broke off the external fuel tank and cracked open Columbia’s wing in 2003. The shuttle broke apart during re-entry, and all seven astronauts were killed.Sunday evening’s launch of Discovery followed five delays that caused the mission to be shortened by a day and a spacewalk to be cut. Concern over hydrogen valves and then a hydrogen leak pushed back the flight by more than a month.Mission managers said despite the lost day, the astronauts still should be able to complete most of their objectives. Besides installing the new solar wings, the crew will drop off a new urine processor for the space station’s water-recycling system, as well as a new station resident, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata.

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Movie Review: Watchmen

“Who watches the Watchmen?”If you love intense, suspenseful action thrillers or you’re just a fan of the award-winning graphic novel then you probably should.”Watchmen” isn’t your typical superhero flick.  The movie takes place in the 1970s, in a time where the world is bordering on nuclear holocaust and national governments use masked heroes as special agents. Vigilantes have been outlawed so only the few willing to submit to the government powers and reveal their identities are allowed to continue in their heroics while the rest are forced into retirement.The most powerful of the heroes is the blue-skinned, godlike Dr. Manhattan. He has the power to manipulate the laws of physics, but struggles to maintain his own ties to humanity. Because Dr. Manhattan works for the U.S. government he is viewed as a weapon and an imminent threat by other countries. This was a primary cause for the race for nuclear weapons.  In addition to Dr. Manhattan, there is the genius billionaire, Adrian Veidt, formerly known as the masked hero Ozymandias, who now works for the government through his corporation. One hero who continues in vigilantism is the sociopath, Rorschach, who probably owns the coolest mask in comic history (it has randomly changing inkblots).  When a retired hero, called the Comedian, is assassinated in his own home it is Rorschach who investigates the crimes and seeks his retired friends, Nite Owl II and Silk Specter II to aid him. Even though the other heroes dismiss Rorschach’s claims, Nite Owl and Silk Specter decide to take a chance and get back to the thrill of masked heroism. They slowly become more involved in the master plot as they become more involved with each other as well. In a race to stop the nuclear war and save fellow heroes, the Watchmen will unite once more.  However, they come to find that the greatest threat may actually come from one of their own.The movie, made by the creators of “300,” is filled with plenty of blood-gushing, bone-smashing, and explosive action, as well as a little bit of romance to lighten the mood. The special effects and the concepts of human nature let you leave the theater almost out of breath and with your head spinning. Even though Hollywood takes some special privileges, some fans of the comic may be slightly disappointed by the movie’s storyline but will find that it is definitely worth the ticket price. “Watchmen” is definitely a must-see action movie for those who don’t want to wait until the summer for their thrills.

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City and University discuss safety

Community leaders, University officials, and local apartment representatives met with students and citizens on Monday in McNair auditorium to discuss what is being done to keep students safe outside the protective walls of campus.The discussion was set up as an open forum between the panelists and the community, giving people a chance to ask questions and provide suggestions to lead to better safety practices in the areas local apartments. All this focus on safety comes about with a string of bizarre and severe crimes in Greensboro, most recently including the murder of Dennis Hayle.Hayle’s case makes this the second unsolved murder of an A&T student in two years, and the third in history. To this day, neither the Willie Grimes case of 1969 nor the Derek Hodges cases from last spring have been solved.Chancellor Stanley F. Battle and City Councilwoman Goldie Wells hosted the forum, and were very open in what they would like to see done to help combat this issue. Wells and Battle worked together to develop the meeting after some A&T students came to a city council meeting and asked the council to help keep them safe.”We have been offering our police to train the security at the local area apartments for no cost,” Battle said. “Your safety (students) is one of our most important priorities.”One student detailed a scenario in which an armed man being pursued by Greensboro Police forced his way into her boyfriends’ apartment, and she has been living in fear since that day.Situations like these, Wells said, are what should bring the community together. It shouldn’t take a series of crime for security to become a priority.    “Students that come here and stay here for four years are part of our community,” Wells said. “Our goal is that they will feel safe.”    One suggestion that Battle made was that the complexes consider fencing their properties to cut down on the daytime traffic, and install security cameras. Many already have. Some are even considering hiring off-duty police officers to patrol the area or live in the complexes for reduced rent.    So far, the A&T Police department has assessed the safety of the complexes that are mainly student filled. The city police and A&T are working to review and modify, if necessary, the mutual aid agreement, to increase safety.     More money may go into the security of the complexes, but some say they are already spending close to $100,000. The city is also encouraging the complexes to share some information so problem tenants cannot remain in the area, and to also alert the campus of those individuals.    Here on campus, Battle says that someone will be working in the housing office full time in the fall whom will be specifically hired to work with students in finding off-campus housing if they choose to do so.    “We’re not trying to talk you out of living off campus,” Battle said. “We just want you all to know what you’re moving into.”

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I love hazing, can we bring it back?

Let me get this clear from jump:  while I am an Alpha, I am not speaking for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Nor am I speaking on behalf of any Black Greek Lettered Organization (BGLO). I am speaking strictly on behalf of me. The current form of intake for the BGLO’s does not work efficiently or effectively. A new approach to regulating intake needs to be examined.  As it stands, pledging and hazing are illegal.  With no standard of choosing potential members, a lot of Tonya Hardings are being let in.  You know, skaters. In turn, the current process is doing nothing more than taking the organizations further away from the ideals and traditions the organizations were founded upon.Basically, pledging is like alcohol regulation in this country.  In the 1920’s the US government decided to abolish alcohol, so alcohol distribution, production, and consumption moved underground.  And bootlegging was born.  Pledging was outlawed in the 1990’s, and now we have an official process and an underground process, which every aspect of is illegal.  The people of America wanted to drink so bad the government brought back alcohol, but regulated it more stringently.  But pledging? Pledging is still abolished, because no one has the guts to tackle the issue.  In order to do so, we need to examine the current NPHC sanctioned (National Pan-Hellenic Council, the governing body for the nine BGLO’s) intake process. The Membership Intake Process has taken the place of pledging. MIP consists of a defined number of weekends and meetings. You fill out an application, show how you meet the requirements, and make a couple of payments.  And now you can know the secret handshake.People used to pledge above-ground, but people were getting killed. NPHC had to respond to a growing threat to the sanctity of the organizations.  So, they came up with the MIP.  They outlawed pledging, but their actions were drastic and desperate.  Instead of trying to positively regulate the intake process of the organizations, they decided to do away with it. Yes, the number of pledging related death decreased dramatically, although it still happens to this day.  It happens in White organizations as well, but their hazing incidents are shown to involve “alcohol/drug abuse and sexual aggression/date rape,” according to Dr. Gregory S. Parks of the University of Kentucky, a leading scholar of BGLO’s.  Apparently, we swing wood and they have sexual aggression.What does pledging accomplish? Dr. Parks says the “underground (unsanctioned) pledging activities such as requiring pledges to commit organization history, relevant poems, and songs to memory; and requiring pledges to dress alike, talk and act in unison, and engage in other activities aimed at helping them take on a group rather than individual consciousness (i.e., submerge ‘me’ for the sake of ‘we’).”  These are all great things for an aspirant to know. The individual aspirant learns a great deal about themselves, their organization, and their line. However, under current regulations, not a single positive aspect of pledging (above or underground) is allowed because everything is considered hazing.  You tell me you want to get down and I look at you cross-eyed?  I’m hazing you.But really, if I was the Dean of Pledges, I can’t yell at someone for messing up.  I can’t have people going to study sessions together.  My boys couldn’t walk across campus, making sure each pledge made it to class in a timely manner.  No one would ever see a line of young women carrying real live ducks. Greek Life remains disconnected to Campus Life.As it stands, it feels like anyone that has the grades and money can join. Life is full of trial by fire moments, and oath we take to our organizations is for life.  But, if we bring back some of the above-ground process, then NPHC will see what goes on with the process, because it is done in broad daylight, and not in the dark of night in secrecy.  I think that the process should be brought above-ground again.  However, this time with proper regulation from the university, the organization, and local and federal law. At UNCG, right very now, White organizations are allowed to have public pledge classes. They are allowed to walk around campus dressed the same.  They can openly state they are rushing a fraternity or sorority. I don’t want Black organizations to turn into white organizations, but I do not understand why we can’t operate under the same rules. By doing so, a greater focus will be placed upon the BGLO intake process, creating greater transparency.  The BGLO’s will be forced to adhere to strict policies and procedures about what can be done and what can’t be done.  The student members can once again be proud to show the new potential members, and the campus will get to share in the Greek experience.  The aspirants get a more well round, more time-honored process that they can be proud of.  We can cut down on the number of sheets of paper that enter the BGLO ranks. So, NPHC, bring ‘em out.  Let the brothers and sisters have a good time with what they’ve worked so hard for.  Allow us to recreate a tradition that started so many years ago. 

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A&T family competes nationally

A family with ties to North Carolina A&T has advanced to semi finals of the “Singing Family Face Off” competition in affiliation with the CBS Early Show. Hundreds of families competed in the contest and the Peay brothers are one of the six finalists. Solomon, a junior public relations major here at A&T wrote the lyrics for the song “We Can Make a Change” that the brothers performed live on March 4. The other three brothers include: Katif, a Ph.D student here at A&T majoring in earth and environmental sciences, Majid, a former A&T student and Taimine, a music major at Guilford Technical Community College. According to the CBS News website, the “Singing Family Face Off Competition” is a nation wide search for the most talented family of singers in America. The winners will gain the opportunity to compete on national television and advance their music careers with a recording contract with CBS Records. From December until January 23, hundreds of families of three or more members uploaded and sent videos of themselves performing original songs to The Early Show. Producers evaluated all of the entries and selected six families to compete against each other in a series of face offs. The Peay brothers were chosen as one of the six finalists and won their face off with the Lorentzens singing “Beautiful Things,” during the second round. The brothers were encouraged to participate in the “Singing Family Face Off Competition” by their mother Joyce Peay who said. “My sons procrastinated when it came to sending in their information for the contest,” she said. Solomon said that the knowledge and skills he has learned in his classes are helping him with interviews. “Majoring in public relations, you learn what to say, how much to say and when to say it,” he said. Joyce is very proud of her sons, she says that the competition is “like a dream come true, their father died when Solomon was two years old and I raised them as a single parent, I taught them to put God first and they worked hard and it has paid off.” The brothers will compete in the last round on Wednesday March 18. The winning family will be announced on April 1. Viewers can log onto http://www.earlyshow.cbsnews.com/ to vote for the Peay family.

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Fed Chief predicts recession will end this year if banks lend to gov’t

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street rallied for a fifth straight session Monday after reassuring comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and encouraging news from another big bank. The Dow Jones industrials rose more than 100 points, following other world markets higher.Bernanke said Sunday that the, but he cautioned that the task would be difficult. In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Bernanke said the government needs to get banks to lend more freely and financial markets to work more normally.David Hefty, chief executive of Cornerstone Wealth Management in Auburn, Indiana, said Bernanke’s comments gave the market a lift.”Absolutely it’s reassuring,” Hefty said. “The American people look to these people for that hope.”Hefty said Bernanke’s caveat that the end of the recession is predicated on the success of the government support for struggling banks is still a major question facing the economy and markets.Bernanke’s comments about a possible end to the recession and the need for a recovery in banking and lending were similar to but seemingly more optimistic than testimony he gave before Congress last month. Stocks bounced higher then, but in subsequent sessions plunged and took the Dow and S&P 500 to their lowest levels in more than a decade as investors succumbed to pessimism about the economy.The market’s tone has changed dramatically in the past week as better economic news — including word that Citigroup Inc. had operated at a profit in January and February — had investors betting that Wall Street had finally hit a bottom. The Fed chairman’s comments Sunday helped reinforce the changing sentiment on the Street.Wall Street also had good news Monday from Britain’s Barclays PLC, which also disclosed that it has been performing well in 2009. Last week, both Citigroup and Bank of America Corp., reported improving trends for January and February.David Kelly, chief market strategist at JPMorgan Funds, said the comments from some of the world’s big banks are causing investors to re-evaluate their expectations.”The statements from banks are very encouraging,” he said. “It’s premature to talk about a turn in the economy but the stock market is priced as if the economy isn’t ever going to turn around.”In midafternoon trading, the Dow rose 116.76, or 1.6 percent, to 7,340.74. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 11.37, or 1.5 percent, to 767.92, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index dipped 2.66, or 0.2 percent, to 1,428.84.About five stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 901.8 million shares. “We’re starting to build a base here,” said Douglas Kreps, a managing director at Fort Pitt Capital Group.” He said that each day that goes by without disappointing news can help further strengthen the market’s legs.

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Aggie cheedleaders earn third consecutive MEAC crown

Let’s give three cheers for the ladies of the competition squad of the A&T cheerleaders—one for each of their recent titles! On March 14, North Carolina A&T cheerleaders took home their third Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cheerleading Championship title in three years in a row. The event was held in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Annex of Winston-Salem.    The Aggies took first place in Overall performance as well as the All-Girl Division, while local rival Winston-Salem State finished third. The same day, A&T Women’s Basketball team won the MEAC regular season and tournament championship finishing with a 15-1 record to be placed as the No. 14 seed in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Lady Aggies are soon to face Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, March 21.  Last year the competition took place at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.The Lady Aggies took home top honors in the Overall performance as well as the All-Girl Division.Winston Salem also took part in the cmpetition and placed tsecond in only their first year in competing.Howard placed third in the all girls division.This year cheerleading squad included senior captains Vallentina Barton and LaTresha Drummond.Both have cheered on all three MEAC Championship teams, and Barton explained how em the journey has been for her as a senior cheerleader.”It’s just an overwhelming feeling to win and to know that we have been practicing every morning and every week,” said Barton.”For the four past  months we’ve been getting up everyday from six in the morning to six in the evening and it paid off. We were nervous because we were not there early and we did not know what everybody else was going to have. But it just feels good to know that you can come together with 22 other girls and start from scratch and win. It’s just like watching all your hard work pay off.”Barton also explained how her last competition affected her emotionally.”I cried,” said Barton.  “I cried because I knew that we won when we did it, and I knew that that was it.”You know like how you always say you are ready for it to be over, but when it’s really over, it’s no going back.”

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Presidential debate puts candidates in hot seat

As the lights dimmed signaling the beginning of the program, they took their places. SGA Presidential Candidates juniors Syene Jasmin and Julian Love stood at the front of the auditorium in the School of Education before a standing-room only crowd. After they were introduced, the questions began.This was the A&T Register’s first Presidential debate and given the success of the event, the staff hopes to continue to have them in future years. Editor-in-Chief Aasiya Townsell felt that the turnout showed a genuine interest in the elections, and was excited to be a part.”I love the debates because this is the chance to see the candidates in raw form. They explain more about their platform, expectations for the university, and their knowledge of SGA and the constitution. The debate also shows who’s in it for the students and who’s in it just for the status. In spite the fact that I arrived late at the Presidential Debate, from what I was hearing, both of the candidates did their homework and I was pleased with their answers. However, occasional made-up words were thrown in the responses, along with cliché answers of how they would run the campus. But all-in-all both candidates did well and were confident in their answers.”After a coin toss, Jasmin opted to go second, and the debate began. Provided with a series of questions from a neutral party, editors from The Register began drilling the candidates with issue after issue, giving the campus an inside look at their mindset.”I thought that The Register had some very through questions and it was a good debate. It was also very fair, and there was no bias,” Love said. “The good turnout shows that people are excited about the new leadership. I would have liked to have a little more questions from the audience. It’s important to get the student’s opinions heard.”While the event only lasted an hour, almost 40 topics were covered in the debates. Jasmin also felt that the program was a huge success.”I think it was a great start for A&T. I think it (the debate) was what we needed,” Jasmin said. “It provided a great opportunity for Julian and I to speak. I do wish we could have had more time, students got really excited.”Ironically enough, Love was a supporter of Jasmin’s campaign last year in his efforts to become the Vice President of External Affairs. Now the two meet again on the ballot for President.”I feel that it’s going to be a good race, and this is a different position,” Love said. “I don’t think that because I supported him last year for VPEA has anything to do with me running against him now.”Jasmin also mentioned Love’s previous assistance, but also pointed out why he felt he was more prepared.”I always think that someone can grow, but do I think I’m the better candidate? Yes,” Jasmin said. “You can have all the positions and titles you want, but if you aren’t doing anything then what’s the point? “I think it’s great that he supported me last year, but I think that at the end of the day students realize who has put in work.”Each candidate had there strengths and weaknesses, but neither really got into a heavy debate. They spent more time answering the questions provided, and responding to the audience. Love felt his opponent wasn’t necessarily focused.”I feel that he lacked action plans in his remarks, but he did make some good points,” Love said. “He got off topic a lot of times. I don’t know if his answers were scripted or not.”Jasmin acknowledged Love started strong, but felt he did better in the end.I think I did relatively well. I would have liked to start a lot stronger; I don’t think I started as well as I could have,” Jasmin said. “I could have elaborated a little more on a few questions. We both brought strong points. He had the edge at first, but I evened it out towards the end. We stood our ground. Right now it’s one to one and no clear frontrunner.”The next debate will be this evening in the Exhibit Hall at 6 p.m.

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20 Questions, March 18

1. Did you come to our debate on Monday night? 2.  Isn’t “interesting” the only word to describe it? 3. Do you know who you are gonna vote for now? 4. Or is it up in the air for you ? 5. Do you know who your class officers are? 6. Is that going to make you more inclined to vote next week? 7.  Are you coming to the Miss A&T Forum on Sunday? 8. Why are there so many candidates for Miss A&T next year? 9. Does everyone think they can be Miss A&T? 10. Who is Rico? 11. Does he deserve for everyone to whip him? 12. Can you call a fat toddler a big girl/boy? 13. Wasn’t St. Patrick racist? 14. Do you still wear your green proudly? 15. Were you ancestors Irish slave rapers? 16. Do you like potatoes and watermelon? 17. Why weren’t you at the MEAC? 18.  Did you think that the girls were gonna lose? 19. Are you gonna vote for the Peay family on CBS Early Show’s Singing Family Face-Off? 20. Do you even know how to say their name?

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Obama: AIG can’t justify ‘outrage’ of exec bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Monday that insurance giant American International Group is in financial straits because of “recklessness and greed” and said he intends to stop it from paying out millions in executive bonuses.”It’s hard to understand how derivative traders at AIG warranted any bonuses, much less $165 million in extra pay,” Obama said at the outset of an appearance to announce help for small businesses hurt by the deep recession.”How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat,” the president said.Obama spoke out in the wake of reports that surfaced over the weekend saying that financially strapped American International Group Inc. was paying substantial bonuses to executives.Noting that AIG has “received substantial sums” of federal aid from the federal government, Obama said he has asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner “to use that leverage and pursue every legal avenue to block these bonuses and make the American taxpayers whole.”Said Obama: “All across the country, there are people who work hard and meet their responsibilities every day, without the benefit of government bailouts or multimillion-dollar bonuses. And all they ask is that everyone, from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, play by the same rules.””This isn’t just a matter of dollars and cents,” he added. “It’s about our fundamental values.”The $165 million was payable to executives by Sunday and was part of a larger total payout reportedly valued at $450 million. The company has benefited from more than $170 billion in a federal rescue.AIG reported this month that it had lost $61.7 billion for the fourth quarter of last year, the largest corporate loss in history. The bulk of the payments at issue cover AIG Financial Products, the unit of the company that sold credit default swaps, the risky contracts that caused massive losses for the insurer.Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, earlier Monday charged that the move to pay bonuses amounted to “rewarding incompetence.””These people may have a right to their bonuses. They don’t have a right to their jobs forever,” said Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat.Frank noted that the Federal Reserve Board, using a Depression-era statute, was the institution that gave AIG its initial government bailout, before Congress passed legislation providing for additional assistance and said that not enough safeguards were built into the deal.It also was revealed over the weekend that American International Group Inc. used more than $90 billion in federal aid to pay out foreign and domestic banks, some of whom had received their own multibillion-dollar U.S. government bailouts.Some of the biggest recipients of the AIG money were Goldman Sachs at $12.9 billion, and three European banks — France’s Societe Generale at $11.9 billion, Germany’s Deutsche Bank at $11.8 billion, and Britain’s Barclays PLC at $8.5 billion. Merrill Lynch, which also is undergoing federal scrutiny of its bonus plans, received $6.8 billion as of Dec. 31.The money went to banks to cover their losses on complex mortgage investments, as well as for collateral needed for other transactions.”We ought to explore everything that we can through the government to make sure that this money is not wasted,” said Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. “These people brought this on themselves. Now you’re rewarding failure. A lot of these people should be fired, not awarded bonuses. This is horrible. It’s outrageous.”Frank said he was disgusted, asserting that “these bonuses are going to people who screwed this thing up enormously.””Maybe it’s time to fire some people,” he said. “We can’t keep them from getting bonuses but we can keep them from having their jobs. … In high school, they wouldn’t have gotten retention (bonuses), they would have gotten detention.”AIG has agreed to Obama administration requests to restrain future payments. Geithner had pressed the president’s case with AIG’s chairman, Edward Liddy, last week.”He stepped in and berated them, got them to reduce the bonuses following every legal means he has to do this,” said Austan Goolsbee, staff director of President Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.Obama did note in his remarks Monday that Liddy “came on board after the contracts that led to these bonuses were agreed to last year.”In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke did not address the bonuses but expressed his frustration with the AIG intervention.”It makes me angry. I slammed the phone more than a few times on discussing AIG,” Bernanke said. “It’s — it’s just absolutely — I understand why the American people are angry.”

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