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“…a highly, terribly important issue…” 24 September 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, WAR!.
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     Southern Iraq oil field - photo from Asia News  

Good for Amy… in an era when most conversation is dreck – tho I suspect not entirely today at Columbia - she has Naomi and Alan  

NAOMI KLEIN: Well, I’m just wondering if it troubles Mr. Greenspan at all that wars over resources in other countries are actually illegal. Mr. Greenspan has praised the rule of law, the importance of the rule of law, in his book. But in his statements about the reasons why this has not been publicly discussed, he has said that it’s not politically expedient at this moment. But it’s not just that it’s not politically expedient, Mr. Greenspan. Are you aware that, according to the Hague Regulations and the Geneva Conventions, it is illegal for one country to invade another over its natural resources?

ALAN GREENSPAN: No. What I was saying is that the issue which, as you know, most people who were pressing for the war were concerned with were weapons of mass destruction. I personally believed that Saddam was behaving in a way that he probably very well had, almost certainly had, weapons of mass destruction. I was surprised, as most, that he didn’t. But what I was saying is that my reason for being pleased to see Saddam out of office had nothing to do with the weapons of mass destruction. It had to do with the potential threat that he could create to the rest of the world.

NAOMI KLEIN: Yes, I realize that, but he was not simply deposed. The US invaded Iraq, occupied it and took control over its resources. And under international law, that it is illegal to wage wars to gain access to other countries’, sovereign countries’, natural resources.

ALAN GREENSPAN: Yes. No, I’m fully aware of the fact that that is a highly, terribly important issue. And as I said in other commentaries, I have always thought the issue of what essentially amounts to what is often called pre-emptive, preventive action on the part of some countries to secure resources or something else like that, it’s an issue that goes back to the Cold War, when we had the very difficult moral dilemma of what do you do when you think a missile is coming in our direction and you’re not sure whether it’s an accident or not an accident. And that is a problem which I think is a deep moral problem in civilized society. And the issue is one which I don’t think we’re going to resolve very easily. And as you point out, yes, I am a believer in the rule of law, and I think it is a critical issue, not only for domestic economies, but for the world economy as a whole.

AMY GOODMAN: Naomi Klein?

NAOMI KLEIN: You have also advocated economic shock therapy and supported IMF programs that have transformed economies very, very quickly. And then, you say that you are in support of the rule of law. But I’m just wondering how, in a country like Russia, there could be rule of law when it’s being transformed in fast-forward in that way.

ALAN GREENSPAN: Well, remember that you don’t get a market economy merely by eliminating central planning. And remember, when the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union disintegrated, you didn’t have a market economy. What you basically had was a black market economy. And they tried to develop the institutions of the democratic society, and it’s not something which they have had back for generations. And as you can see now, there’s an increasing authoritarianism. It’s a very — it’s a society which has very different trends at different levels of that society. And I don’t know exactly where they’re coming up, but I don’t like the direction it’s been going in in recent years. [snip]

“increasing authoritarianism”, good one Alan.  Here too, sweetie.

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… yes, just a device to hold up a thread…  8)

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UPDATE, 2:24 pm in San Francisco:  we are back to bright sun and dust here… the faint rain is gone

Let’s just throw some more words against the brick wall.  Why not.  Just for fun, as we all are having fun fun fun these days.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, they are talking about, in one day, for example, the East Rutherford operation center of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 100 Orchard Street in East Rutherford, a tractor-trailer truck pulling up, and though accustomed to receiving and shipping large quantities of cash, the vault had never before processed a single order of this magnitude: $2.4 billion in $100 bills. But ultimately, again, $9 billion of $12 billion gone missing in Iraq.

ALAN GREENSPAN: I am not familiar with any such evidence. And it was certainly not brought to my attention. I, frankly, find it very unlikely that those orders of magnitude were involved in any of the numbers that we were dealing with. You have to make certain that — there’s been a lot of confusion about losses, and people have used the dinar, the basic currency unit of Iraq, and assumed they were American dollars. And, of course, that gives you a highly distorted view. There’s been, I’ve seen, several reports fairly recently in which that sort of mistake was being made. But what I can tell you is that no such numbers of any order of magnitude of the type you are discussing came to the attention of the Federal Reserve.

AMY GOODMAN: This is based on that award-winning article in Vanity Fair, or the team who have won –

ALAN GREENSPAN: Let me put it this way, award-winning doesn’t necessarily –

AMY GOODMAN: Well, no, no. I mean Don Barlett and Jim Steele, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. I’m sure you know their work. But Naomi Klein?

NAOMI KLEIN: Well, I would just add that it’s quite surprising, actually, that Mr. Greenspan is unaware of this scandal around Iraq’s missing billions, because Paul Bremer had to testify before Congress and was asked directly about those missing billions. It’s been the subject of very high-level investigations. There is a huge paper trail around it. So this is hardly a secret, and it’s hardly just a matter that’s confined to Vanity Fair. This is –

ALAN GREENSPAN: Oh, I’m not saying that the losses are not real. I think they are, because, obviously, we can’t account for all the oil revenues. I’m just merely saying it’s not something which was directly related to any of the actions which the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to which we were referring, was involved, as far as I know.

 and so on…

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1. Ezekiel - 24 September 2007

Both Naomi and Alan have been on the talk show circuit pushing books.

I saw Naomi on Colbert and was nonplused. Front person, it looked like to me. Trying hard to stay to the script with Colbert.

The only thing that impressed me was Jon Stewart with Greenspan. “Wasn’t this drop in interest rates a choice in favor of stock market investors over savings account owners? (paraphrase).

Then more devastatingly, “Haven’t the Fed’s choice favored capital over labor?” (Again, paraphrasing)

The always glib Greenspan was overwhelmed.

I don’t know who counsels Stewart, but things have gotten to the point where no one in the U. S. compares to him (maybe Moyers but no one goes on with Moyers).

As Stewart himself repeatedly notes, it’s absurd that a clown is the only one asking serious questions.

2. BooHooHooMan - 24 September 2007

So the woman has the man going “Yes, no, help!” LOL

Good one indeed. And as an equal opportunity insanity pointer outer

I thought this was hilarious.

Asked about widely documented government abuse of women and homosexuals in his country, Ahmadinejad said, “We don’t have homosexuals” in Iran. “I don’t know who told you we had it,” he said.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/24/us.iran/index.html

3. marisacat - 24 September 2007

Yes Klein and Greenspan have been around quite a bit for their books… several of Naomi’s articles and appearances linked to here…

I even caught Alan breathlessly declaring his love, still, for Ayn Rand on with CRose.

4. marisacat - 24 September 2007

David Ehrenstein (he of the Magical Negro op piece on Obama, some months ago…) and Andrew Breitbart seem to have a going gig at the moment in the LAT:

Today, Ehrenstein and Breitbart discuss the fall season of antiwar flicks. Later in the week, they’ll attempt to define Hollywood values, locate Hollywood conservatives and ponder Hollywood’s impact on the 2008 presidential race.

5. Ezekiel - 24 September 2007

Dog eat dog is such a soul-stirring philosophy. How did mankind ever reach such lofty heights?

6. Marie - 24 September 2007

BHHM #2 – what’s so pathetic about Ahmad is that he is so unworldly and undereducated. Smarter than GWB but equally arrogant and foolish. The world would be laughing at these two clowns if not for the power they have; real power in Bush’s case and more imagined in Ahmad’s case. Put them together with Sarkozy and his mad dog, and Putin is practically a model of sanity.

7. marisacat - 24 September 2007

Smarter than GWB but equally arrogant and foolish

ain’t it the truth.

8. Ezekiel - 24 September 2007

Is that David Ehrenstein from Atrios’ site?

9. marisacat - 24 September 2007

hmmm from ABC’s Sneak Peek:

Rev. Al Sharpton and the parents of Jena, LA defendant Mychal Bell will meet with members of the House Judiciary Committee at 12:30 pm ET to request formal hearings on the justice system in Jena. A press conference with Sharpton, the parents, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Martin Luther King III will follow at 1:00 pm ET outside of the Rayburn building.

10. marisacat - 24 September 2007

8 ezekiel

yes… he has his own site as well, David E’s Fablog.

I have not checked it in a while.

11. Ezekiel - 24 September 2007

THERE IS NO GOD!!!

I remember.

And understand.

12. D. Throat - 24 September 2007

Is it me … or is the Dhrama Queen spending more time at PFF than his own sham blog… or is he “doing a Booman” and trying to increase hits by starting intermural blogging wars???

13. marisacat - 24 September 2007

via TruthOut:

Scientists: Brain Injuries From War Worse Than Thought

By Gregg Zoroya
USA Today

Monday 24 September 2007

Scientists trying to understand traumatic brain injury from bomb blasts are finding the wound more insidious than they once thought.

They find that even when there are no outward signs of injury from the blast, cells deep within the brain can be altered, their metabolism changed, causing them to die, says Geoff Ling, an advance-research scientist with the Pentagon.

This cellular death leads to symptoms that may not surface for months or years, Cernak says. The symptoms can include memory deficit, headaches, vertigo, anxiety and apathy or lethargy. “These soldiers could have hidden injuries with long-term consequences,” he says.

14. marisacat - 24 September 2007

The News Hour doing a segment on how, fifty fucking years on after JAMMING IN VIETNAM, the M-16 is still second to the AK-47, which does not jam. Among other differences…

argh.

15. Revisionist - 24 September 2007

BHHHM — I wish you would flesh out a piece on Bonehead and post at PFF or somewhere.

Earlier this summer when I wasnt evenb following DK, I would see bonehead all over promoting the site. The Time and NYT blogs for sure. Especially after sheehan told them off and it was making the news outside of whitoleftosphere.

He doesnt seem to get that outside of there he no one really gives a fuck about what he has to say. I know at one blog he was told to basically sticka sock in it.

16. StupidAsshole - 24 September 2007

Re. 126 in the last thread: I’ve always been amazed by these lawyers who seem to have the time to post hundreds of comments a day on Daily Kos (taylormattd, for example).

I find it hard to believe that they aren’t defrauding their clients by blogging on the latters’ nickle. I would love to see, for example, taylormattd’s and dhonig’s timesheets and correlate them with the timestamps of their diaries and comments on Daily Kos.

17. marisacat - 24 September 2007

I find it hard to believe that they aren’t defrauding their clients by blogging on the latters’ nickle.

they are. some clients take billing very seriously. Others don’t. Some demand a discount depending on outcome, others don’t.

Up to the client. Tho a good partner or senior associate on a case should know what the smaller shits are up to. In my experience, depends on the firm.

18. marisacat - 24 September 2007

LOL Quite frankly, I doubt Hillary’s clients at the Rose Law Firm got their nickels’ worth. Not at the rate she was hunting down Bill’s sex partners.

19. marisacat - 24 September 2007

BHHHM — I wish you would flesh out a piece on Bonehead and post at PFF or somewhere. —- Revisionist

I second and third the motion from the floor!!

20. marisacat - 24 September 2007

wellll not like I have a subscription that I can cancel in protest… LOL:

Early this summer, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president learned that the men’s magazine GQ was working on a story the campaign was sure to hate: an account of infighting in Hillaryland.

So Clinton’s aides pulled a page from the book of Hollywood publicists and offered GQ a stark choice: Kill the piece, or lose access to planned celebrity coverboy Bill Clinton.

Despite internal protests, GQ editor Jim Nelson met the Clinton campaign’s demands, which had been delivered by Bill Clinton’s spokesman, Jay Carson, several sources familiar with the conversations said.

GQ writer George Saunders traveled with Clinton to Africa in July, and Clinton is slated to appear on the cover of GQ’s December issue, in which it traditionally names a “Man of the Year,” according magazine industry sources.

And the offending article by Atlantic Monthly staff writer Josh Green got the spike.

“I don’t really get into the inner workings of the magazine, but I can tell you that yes, we did kill a Hillary piece. We kill pieces all the time for a variety of reasons,” Nelson said in an e-mail to Politico.

He did not respond to follow-up questions. A Clinton campaign spokesman declined to comment.
[snip]

21. marisacat - 24 September 2007

wowoow

I completely missed this, just catching up at 266 comments. I am so behind!

22. Revisionist - 24 September 2007

MB is calling himself a radical again

23. marisacat - 24 September 2007

“radical”

he’s not, he’s a toadie.

8)

24. Revisionist - 24 September 2007

“another site” didnt like your take

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/9/24/18394/5297

25. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2007

Secret US Air Force Team to Perfect Plan for Iran Strike

Washington – The United States Air Force has set up a highly confidential strategic planning group tasked with “fighting the next war” as tensions rise with Iran.

Project Checkmate, a successor to the group that planned the 1991 Gulf War’s air campaign, was quietly reestablished at the Pentagon in June.

It reports directly to General Michael Moseley, the US Air Force chief, and consists of 20-30 top air force officers and defence and cyberspace experts with ready access to the White House, the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

Detailed contingency planning for a possible attack on Iran has been carried out for more than two years by Centcom (US central command), according to defence sources.

Checkmate’s job is to add a dash of brilliance to Air Force thinking by countering the military’s tendency to “fight the last war” and by providing innovative strategies for warfighting and assessing future needs for air, space and cyberwarfare.

It is led by Brigadier-General Lawrence “Stutz” Stutzriem, who is considered one of the brightest air force generals. He is assisted by Dr Lani Kass, a former Israeli military officer and expert on cyberwarfare.

The failure of United Nations sanctions to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which Tehran claims are peaceful, is giving rise to an intense debate about the likelihood of military strikes.

Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, said last week that it was “necessary to prepare for the worst … and the worst is war.” He later qualified his remarks, saying he wanted to avoid that outcome.

France has joined America in pushing for a tough third sanctions resolution against Iran at the UN security council but is meeting strong resistance from China and Russia. Britain has been doing its best to bridge the gap, but it is increasingly likely that new sanctions will be implemented by a US-led “coalition of the willing.”

Checkmate’s freethinking mission is “to provide planning inputs to warfighters that are strategically, operationally and tactically sound, logistically supportable and politically feasible”. Its remit is not specific to one country, according to defence sources, but its forward planning is thought relevant to any future air war against Iranian nuclear and military sites. It is also looking at possible threats from China and North Korea.

Checkmate was formed in the 1970s to counter Soviet threats but fell into disuse in the 1980s. It was revived under Colonel John Warden and was responsible for drawing up plans for the crushing air blitz against Saddam Hussein at the opening of the first Gulf war.

Warden told The Sunday Times: “When Saddam invaded Kuwait, we had access to unlimited numbers of people with expertise, including all the intelligence agencies, and were able to be significantly more agile than Centcom.”

He believes that Checkmate’s role is to develop the necessary expertise so that “if somebody says Iran, it says: ‘here is what you need to think about’. Here are the objectives, here are the risks, here is what it will cost, here are the numbers of planes we will lose, here is how the war is going to end and here is what the peace will look like.”

Warden added: “The Centcoms of this world are executional – they don’t have the staff, the expertise or the responsibility to do the thinking that is needed before a country makes the decision to go to war. War planning is not just about bombs, airplanes and sailing boats.”

26. marisacat - 24 September 2007

I just never could see Cheney leaving office without expanding the war OFFICIALLY to IRan and Syria… Iran being the big Kahuna.

Nor could I ever see Bush leaving office without using a nuclear weapon.

That big Club of One, he wants in with Truman.

27. gayle - 24 September 2007

Ezekiel,

“I saw Naomi on Colbert and was nonplused. Front person, it looked like to me. Trying hard to stay to the script with Colbert.”

Naomi Wolfe was on Colbert last Weds or Thursday talking about her book. I think you may have her confused with Klein?

28. marisacat - 24 September 2007

gayle

thanks for that… Wolfe (Naomi) seems to be shifting gears. Klein (Naomi) seems to me to be the person she has been for years.

29. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2007

new piece up

Pavlov’s Dopes.

30. Saint Shadowthief - 24 September 2007

12. D. Throat – 24 September 2007

Is it me … or is the Dhrama Queen spending more time at PFF than his own sham blog… or is he “doing a Booman” and trying to increase hits by starting intermural blogging wars???

A little from Column A and a little from Column B.

Dhrama Queen has already smothered his own site in banishments and The Rules so that it has, in the short space of a month, become an incredibly stultifying place. A real yawn-fest, as they say.

31. marisacat - 24 September 2007

geesh. what a liar.

She is going to kill us iwth words, slobbery slippery senatese words. Call her Kerry Updated – and then some:

MR. RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, you told Newsweek magazine that the war in Iraq was the most important vote you cast in the U.S. Senate. I’d like to begin there. You spoke to a labor union this week, and this is what you said. Let’s watch.

(Videotape)

SEN. CLINTON:

I have voted against funding this war, and I will vote against funding this war as long as it takes.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: As you well know, you voted to authorize the war, voted to fund the war at least 10 times. Are you now saying that you will not vote one more penny for the war in Iraq?

SEN. CLINTON: Tim, I am saying that, and, you know, I’ve been guided by what I believe is the principle that should govern any decisions that a member of the Senate or anyone in public life makes, and that is I try to do what I think is best for my country and for the troops who serve it.

[blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh blah blah blah blah]

And I have seen no evidence that this administration is willing to change course in any significant way. We’re now nearly at 3800 dead, we have more than 30,000 injured. The Iraqi government has failed to fulfill its part of the bargain to deal with the political issues that all of us know have to be addressed. I don’t think the Bush administration has pursued the diplomatic agenda the way that it needed to be pursued. And there is no military solution. And

[blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh blah blah blah]

these extraordinary, brave young men and women should begin to come home out of refereeing this sectarian civil war.

I voted against funding last spring. I understand that we’re going to have a vote shortly about funding, and I will vote against it because I think that it’s the only way that we can demonstrate clearly that we have to change direction. The president has not been willing to do that,

[blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh blah blah blah]

and he still has enough support among the Republicans in the Senate that he doesn’t have to. And so, on occasion after occasion, I have made it clear that if the president does not begin to extricate us from Iraq before he leaves office, which apparently, based on what he himself has said, he will not, when I am president,

[blahhhhhhhhhh blah blah blah]

I will immediately ask my secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, my security advisers, to tell me exactly what the state of play is. I don’t believe we even know everything we need to know about what the plans for withdrawal are, how best to implement that. And I will end our involvement at the level that we’ve seen that has not proven to be successful.

32. Saint Shadowthief - 24 September 2007

16. StupidAsshole – 24 September 2007

Re. 126 in the last thread: I’ve always been amazed by these lawyers who seem to have the time to post hundreds of comments a day on Daily Kos (taylormattd, for example).

I find it hard to believe that they aren’t defrauding their clients by blogging on the latters’ nickle. I would love to see, for example, taylormattd’s and dhonig’s timesheets and correlate them with the timestamps of their diaries and comments on Daily Kos.

If their clients are well-known, and their names a matter of public record, it would be a simple matter to forward an archive of the threads to those clients.

Lots of people cheat their employers and clients, unfortunately, blogging when they should be at work. If only I had such an easy job that allowed for such luxuries! The only spare time I have in the day is early morning, evenings after the work is done, and (sometimes) lunch.

But that’s the life of a top-secret agent (008, which puts me one up on 007): all work and not much time for blogging.

33. marisacat - 24 September 2007

oh Madman you MUST be wrong.

Tzipi Livni spoke at the UN and said that Mahmoud threatens

zee whole wehrld.

34. Revisionist - 24 September 2007

ST —

You assume that they arent being paid to blog……..

35. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2007

oh, I forgot.

36. Marie - 24 September 2007

Marisa #26 – What differentiates the anti-social personality disorder (previously known as sociopath) from the schizophrenic or delusional is that the thoughts of the former are logical, or even rational, if one understands the assumptions and information data-set from which they are working from. Thus, it’s fairly easy to see that taking on Iran is logical from Cheney’s worldview. As I don’t think GWB is technically delusionally, anymore than Ahmad is, althought their grandiosity does give that appearance, I can’t construct a logically framework that would lead him to lust for the opportunity to use nukes. (And I’m not willing to subject myself to getting further inside the brain of Cheney to consider that such an act would be logical for him.)

I wouldn’t put any money on GWB knowing that it was Truman who approved the use of nukes on Japan. But, if he does, he truly hates to do anything that was done by a Democrat. Condi may not have much power these days, but I do think she would strongly urge GWB not to consider nukes. As would Laura. Not because they’re nice, only because they appreciate that this would severely tarnish GWB’s legacy. GWB honesly believes that he is worthy of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize (part of his delusions of grandiosity) and if he doesn’t already know it, Condi and Laura will explain to him that he will not get that prize if he uses nukes. Obviously I guessing on all this, but Laura and Condi have tagged teamed him before. Condi appears to have been defeated on the question of force versus diplomacy with Iran but she’s hanging in there for a reason and I doubt it is to be sitting at State while Bush/Cheney nuke Iran.

37. Marie - 24 September 2007

Marisa #31 – yes, she’s a liar but it’s the dopes who support her that confound me. How their hands haven’t explosed from all the cognitive dissonance is beyond me.

Good Robert Kuttner article, “The Bubble Economy” at Common Dreams.

38. marisacat - 24 September 2007

I wouldn’t put any money on GWB knowing that it was Truman who approved the use of nukes on Japan. But, if he does, he truly hates to do anything that was done by a Democrat.

Plenty of Republicans are fine iwth Truman. As are conservative war mongering Democrats.

And sorry, I have never thought Bush so thoroughly, conveniently stupid as Democrats insist he is.

He is like a lot of Americans, high and low, Brutish and limited. A very different thing…

I think he knows Truman dropped the bombs on Japan.

I am THOROUGHLY sick of the dismissive games Democrats have played against Ike, Ron and W.

Always calling them stupid or out of it. Tired playbook.

Frankly, it just leaves people calling the Democrats mistaken or more stupid even than.

39. marisacat - 24 September 2007

Nukes have never been off the table, whatever they tell the American peeepuhl.

bush has merely advanced the time frame that as generally accepted for when they would be used …

I just don’t think he wants to leave office n to having exercised something ELSE for the history books.

40. Arcturus - 24 September 2007

nukes? probably won’t use ‘em [yet] … but very useful as propaganda & threat – both for domestic ‘relief (i.e. ‘we only bombed ‘em w/ conventional munitons’) & the usual gangsta threat held over the world’s & our enemies head(s) ala the narrative of Empire and the Bomb: How the U.S. Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World by Joseph Gerson:

“. . . reveals how and why the United States made more than twenty threats of nuclear attack during the Cold War—against Russia, China, Vietnam, and the Middle East. He shows how such threats continued under Presidents Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush.”

{I missed hearing about this book when it came out, but it looks quite good}

& finally, a demonized voice sez:

. . . Don’t think for a minute that it really matters whether a Republican or Democrat gets elected, for the paymasters behind them both are the same.

The argument between Republicans and Democrats is one of management. Who will manage this madness of imperial war better? When was the last time you voted for an invasion? When was the last time you voted for regime change? When was the last time you voted for bombing?

Yet, mark my words; millions of us are doing exactly that when going into the voting booths in November 2008 and vote for someone who stands for nothing but the status quo.

The status quo is imperialism. And imperialism is naught but unbridled violence and exploitation of the world for corporate profit.

–Mumia Abu-Jamal

41. CSTAR - 24 September 2007

Re #1 Ezekiel

I saw Naomi Wolf recently on Colbert. Has Naomi Klein also been there.? I’m having a little trouble getting my Naomis straight here.

42. Marie - 24 September 2007

Marisa #38 but Ronnie was out of it. At least by ’84. Nancy and Ronnie’s inner circle made his decisions. DEMs today certainly don’t dismiss Ike, they revere him, along with Goldwater demonstrating their ignornace. But Ike should be dismissed because he didn’t run things much more than Ronnie did. “The Best and the Brightest” since WWII have had enormous power in our government. JFK (although the complete story can’t be written), Nixon and Carter were just arrogant and self-confident enough in their own intelligence that they were less directly under the power of the B&Bs. The old guard (WWII) ended with Clinton which leaves us with an even more venal form of B&Bs. The only thing that saved Clinton’s sorry ass is that the Pentagon detested him enough that he wasn’t allowed to play in their sandbox, and he so wants a second chance for that to prove to them that he too is one of the B&Bs.

A year or so ago the Pentagon seemed to be pushing back on Cheney’s plan to go forward in Iran. But lately that opposition seems to have disappeared. Could it be that they’ve decided that it’s inevitable and better to go forward with it while George is still in the WH and not when the Clinton’s move back in?

43. marisacat - 24 September 2007

Marie

I know about Ron Reagan. I know, knew long ago, there was a small senatorial commission charged wtih “watching him” in the second adminsitration. Baker of TN among others…
A doctor on the panel. I saw the debate wtih Mondahl.

They could not win against him.

Bush walked into the first debate wtih Kerry, close to non compos mentes. Kerry was clueless was t do with that. Bush survived. All the little lemmings at Dkos (and elsewehre) slobbered for joy at Kerry’s prep school training on disply in Debate 2 and 3….

Better to know where the jugular is.

It gets old.

44. Saint Shadowthief - 24 September 2007

It’s not necessary to use nukes. Saturation bombing with conventional bombs will kill thousands directly, and tens of thousands indirectly as the bombs destroy sanitation systems, roads, hospitals, electrical power grids, and water supply pipelines.

I’ve always wondered why Bush’s opponents like to trumpet his utter stupidity. If the man is so stupid, then doesn’t that mean you have been outwitted by a dullard? Rather, I see Bush as one who is not learned (in the sense that he can find Canada on a map nor realises that Brasil has black people, too) but is what is called “street smart”. Bush knows quite well how to grasp and how to wield power, as does Cheney. Unfortunately, they are men lacking in any sort of moral vision or empathy, which is the defining characteristic of sociopaths, and so use the power they have grasped to evil ends.

Now here’s my question of the day: Just who the fuck is Ek Hornbeck, and is he unchained from his keyboard at feeding times, or do they just throw the raw meat in front of him so he can keep blogging?

I was in Sweden for three lovely weeks this summer, and never once saw any dispute settled in a “Swedish knife fight”. One chap did bump into another at the grocers, but he apologised and the other fellow harrumphed and adjusted his spectacles, but that was about it.

I think Ek Hornbeck’s role may be to make Armando appear mentally and emotionally stable by comparison. If so, Mission Accomplished.

45. Saint Shadowthief - 24 September 2007

Also, according to that PFF diary, NonPartisan has been attacked by “libertarian college professors”.

Well, once the libertarian college professors are set after you, they’re like hounds after a bloodied rabbit, old chap. It’s best to surrender and die with quiet dignity.

Either that, or challenge them to a Swedish knife fight and flay the skin from their bones.

46. Saint Shadowthief - 24 September 2007

I see from my Ikea catalog that there’s a sale on knives. How convenient.

47. dkosser - 24 September 2007

eye think ek hornbeck is just yankin everyone’s chain….eye mean who gives a rat’s ass about his buddhist doctrine or whatever that was on DD ….he’s playin on the internetz

have a laugh once in awhile,eh?

why is catnip picking up a dead trail on a comment not even directed at her?////that’s a fools errand….she’s a teeth gnasher that nippa

sup mcat?

48. Miss Devore - 24 September 2007

Adam B on his second dk diary today.

do your magic BHHM!

49. Revisionist - 24 September 2007
50. Revisionist - 24 September 2007
51. marisacat - 24 September 2007

strictly speaking it is not necessary to

use napalm on al Safwan

to shut hospitals and position snipers to pick off those who make it to the hospital, Fallujah to al Qaim to Ramadi to whereever we wanted to do that.

to allow extensive use of cluster bombs.

to make sure we poison an area with DU

to use white phosphorus at Fallujah and whevereelse we may have.

That is done for fear and power.

Which is what a use/the use of a nuke is all about. Fear power and the dominating use of a weapon that is limited distribution.

I have long thought bush wants to use one before leaving office.

I don’t bother anymore as I think a lot is set in place but I read Alan Arkin and FAS for years, and as I read along there are enough changes under this administration, to how nuclear weapons are regulated, the use, release of them in war and so on, that it seems clear to me.

It is just my opinion.

52. moiv - 24 September 2007

ST, it’s true what they say about the healing power of laughter, and on days like today, you deserve a great deal of the credit for preserving what equilibrium remains to me.

Ezekiel, it’s nice to see you again. Only the other day I was wondering where you’d gotten off to, and now you’re here to tell us.

A convenient and welcome serendipity. much like the knife sale at Ikea. ;)

53. moiv - 24 September 2007

That second one is dead solid perfect, Rev. Still short enough for close-in fighting, but ethnically correct. The devil is in the details.

In reply to your question of last week, which I didn’t see until much later: no, I’m not a TU anymore. My troll-hunting option was from my account untimely ripp’d, possibly after an impolitic comment or three. It’s so hard to keep track.

54. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2007

A couple of good pieces up at Orcinus:

Burying the truth about Bush

Stoking the fires of hate

55. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2007

He’ll use a nuke when he attacks because he knows people think he shouldn’t. That’s been the pattern of his whole fucking life.

56. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2007

“Petty and Cruel Dictator” – By Cindy Sheehan

Citing such human rights’ violations in the form of imprisonment and executions, the President of Columbia University, very boorishly said that Ahmadinejad appeared to be a “petty and cruel dictator.” First of all, how does one invite someone to your place for a “free exchange of ideas,” and be such a rude American? Did he only invite Ahmadinejad so he could publicly scold him or to become the darling of Fox News?

Secondly, what about our President who appears to be a “petty and cruel dictator?” George Bush presided over a stunning amount of executions when he was Governor of Texas and the US is operating torture prison camps, openly and secretly, all over the world. BushCo has fought the Supreme Court and Congress for the right to hold thousands of humans without their human rights of due process and they have also been strenuously committed to the strategy of torture—or “enhanced interrogation methods” as the Ministry of Truth likes to call it. A Reverend gets beaten down in the halls of Congress; nooses are being hung in the south; students are being tased on campuses and Congress is censuring Freedom of Speech…how much evidence do we need before we decide that something is profoundly wrong in present-day America?

In 2006, China, the leading practitioner of state sanctioned murder in the form of execution, killed 8000 people in this manner. However, the Premier of China is welcomed to the US by George Bush who is probably envious of President Hu Jintao’s record. We borrow vast sums from China to wage our wars and China is our major trading partner. Wal-Mart’s cheap and dangerous crap is manufactured by near slaves there, but somehow that is okay? Somehow it is okay to welcome Communist China with open arms, but demonize and disparage a Socialist like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela? America has a very lucrative prison business and is the only country in the Americas that practices execution. A barbarian is a barbarian no matter what color, religion or nationality they are.

We here in America are living in a fascist state that regularly puts corporate profits and an insatiable and evil thirst for power above people and their needs. Our supercilious leaders and media are so busy calling the kettle black, they don’t notice or care how dark our pot is. We are supporting Israel in their human rights violations against Palestine, illegally occupying two countries on our own and we have the nerve to claim any kind of moral superiority over anybody?

The fascist, near dictatorship of the Bush regime (a la Nazi Germany) has even intimidated universities to align with their hypocritical murderous rhetoric. Universities should feel free to invite anyone to speak to open much needed dialogue in our country and in the world. And if a person is invited, they should be treated by the person who invited them with a slight modicum of courtesy and then let the rocking and rolling begin with the “Q & A”…which would truly be a free exchange of ideas. I am surprised President Bollinger didn’t have President Ahmadinejad tased.

Peace is going to take all the nations working in cooperation to limit naked aggression and human rights’ violations, not just the ones which the US declare as evil. How many nukes do we have? How many does Pakistan have? How many does India, Israel, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union have? Should the rhetoric be about destroying all weapons of mass destruction and not just prohibiting Iran from obtaining one?

Many countries are committing human rights’ violations and sending arms and troops into many parts of the world. America’s biggest export is violence and we would do well to call for an end to all occupations and violence by beginning to end our own.

Let’s clean our own filthy house before we criticize someone else for theirs.

57. Marie - 24 September 2007

moiv – doubt your TU status was lost for anything you said. A few comments everyday that get 2-3 recs is worth more than one comment posted more than a week ago that gets 50 recs. IOW it rewards showing up more than quality and approval. I suspect that all the people who add the obnoxious tip jar to their diaries think they are building up some sort of super mojo. Hah. Seems as if troll ratings sting more than they used to, but maybe not because in the past when I was trolled it was almost always enmasse by a clarkie gang of thugs. So maybe it was always sensitive to troll ratings and those extra pile ons were not only stupid but useless.

58. marisacat - 24 September 2007

From the Orcinus piece on “hiding the truth about Bush” (and of course, grafs are loaded iwth links at the site, linked to in Madman’s post just above, comment # 54):

The CBS report, and the way it fell apart, had all the earmarks of a classic ratfucking. Most of all, it allowed the White House to lie with impunity about Bush’s military records afterward, and to continue doing so to this day.

This ratfucking was especially hard for me to take; I had been collecting information on the story since the summer of 2000, and began posting about it back in 2003. After Michael Moore inadvertently awakened the story in early 2004, I began posting on it with great regularity (a sample list can be found here).

The story continues to have real relevance, because it lays bare the character of the cynical manipulator Americans have had as their president for the past seven years. As wrote at the time:[snip]

59. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2007

Through a Lens, Darkly

It’s long, only read the first part, but it’s heartbreaking. Another story about how America “solved” the race problem by only focusing on the surface while ignoring how far we fell short:

Again, a federal judge ordered Faubus to stop interfering and admit the black children. Again, a date was set: September 23. Again, Daisy Bates notified the black families. By now, the Eckfords had gotten themselves a telephone, but dreading a conversation with them—how could she ask Elizabeth’s mother to send her daughter back into the mob?—Bates kept moving them to the bottom of her list. Once more, though, Birdie Eckford agreed to let Elizabeth go, and when the black children assembled at the Bateses’ home the next morning, she was among the first to arrive.

This time, the Nine got into Central, partly because the rioters had been too busy assaulting a group of black newsmen to notice. (The reporter they focused on, L. Alex Wilson of the Memphis Tri-State Defender, refused to run away, even after being hit over the head by a brick: Elizabeth Eckford hadn’t run, he later wrote; how could he? Within three years he died from a case of Parkinson’s disease that may well have been brought on by the beating. No one was ever prosecuted.) When the crowd realized what had happened, they threatened to storm the school, and the black students were hastily smuggled out to safety. The chaos led Eisenhower belatedly to send in the 101st Airborne Division, which two days later escorted the Little Rock Nine into Central High School. This time, they stayed.

In all the documentaries over the years, it is invariably at this moment, when Elizabeth and the other eight ascend Central’s stately stairs and walk through its grand wooden doors, that the music swells and the credits begin to roll: the story is over. In fact, the world only stopped watching. Within a few weeks Sputnik went up, and everyone had an excuse to look elsewhere. But for the Little Rock Nine, the mob didn’t so much disperse as move inside the building. And the more the world looked away, the worse things got.

Within two weeks, whatever pockets of goodwill the black students initially encountered had evaporated. Instead, a distinct minority of segregationist students—estimates vary between 50 and 200—set the tone, intimidating all the others (few labels were more noxious than “nigger lover”) into silence. Their campaign of unremitting but largely clandestine harassment was abetted by school officials who, fearful of making things even worse, ignored all but the most flagrant offenders. The black students, already scattered, became almost entirely isolated, none more than Elizabeth. In classes, she was made to sit by herself, always at the back, often with no one nearby. In the corridors, there was always a space around her. Even the few white children she knew steered clear: Please don’t let them know you know me, their eyes seemed to plead. Only during the last class of the day—speech—did she encounter any friendly faces: two, fellow students named Ken Reinhardt and Ann Williams. “I can still see how she looked that [first] day,” Ann Williams Wedaman recalls. “Nobody needs to be that lonely.” A few other students did speak to her, it was true, but only to hear what “it” sounded like.

Less than a week into school, Mrs. Huckaby later wrote, Elizabeth came into her office “red-eyed, her handkerchief in a damp ball in her hands.” The harassment was so bad that she wanted to go home early. But things only got worse, as the disciplinary files, in the collection of Mrs. Huckaby’s papers at the University of Arkansas, reveal. Sometime in October: Elizabeth hit with a shower of sharpened pencils. October 28: Elizabeth shoved in hall. November 20: Elizabeth jostled in gym. November 21: Elizabeth hit with paper clip. December 10: Elizabeth kicked. December 18: Elizabeth punched. January 10: Elizabeth shoved on the stairs. January 14: Elizabeth knocked flat. January 22: Elizabeth spat upon. January 29: Elizabeth attacked with spitballs. January 31: Elizabeth asks grandfather to take her home after girls serenade her with humiliating songs in gym class. February 4: Elizabeth has soda bottle thrown at her. February 14: Elizabeth attacked with rock-filled snowballs. March 7: Elizabeth hit by egg. March 12: Elizabeth hit by tomato. “She said that except for some broken glass thrown at her during lunch, she really had had a wonderful day,” Mrs. Huckaby wrote at one point, apparently with a straight face.

The list could have been much longer: Elizabeth gradually stopped reporting problems, because they were so chronic, and because complaining about them did no good. In history class, for instance, a boy with bad skin and a protruding Adam’s apple sat behind her muttering “nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger” daily, while classmates looked the other way. The boy, Charles Sawrie, looks back on it all with shame. “It was all kind of stupid,” he says. “I just wanted to get a name for myself. I don’t remember anything about her except she was black and my job was to make it as rough for the blacks as I could.” For Sawrie, the problem was one of class as well as race: for all the abuse these black children were taking, some people actually cared about them, as they did not for poor white kids like himself. Elizabeth sensed as much; she says she actually felt sorry for him.

What a shameful nation this is.

60. liberalcatnip - 24 September 2007

Go Cindy!

61. liberalcatnip - 24 September 2007
62. moiv - 24 September 2007

Madman, thanks so much for that VF link.

63. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 September 2007

yvw

64. Marie - 24 September 2007

MitM- #59 – “heartbreaking” is an understatement. That has to be one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read. Shy and sensitive and abandoned, used and abused from the horror of that first day at Central High and the full school year and practically ever since the.

Did Bill Clinton ever attend an integrated school? How dare he use these people for photo-ops when Central High to this day isn’t integrated. The crappy schools we send black children to today may be worse than what existed back when “separate but equal” was the law of the land and god help us, may have been more equal. The Indians and blacks would be justified in just killing off white America. All we’ve ever done is take from them and destroy the communities the have built. And WE are going to save Iraq? Hill and Bill and going to fix Iraq? They couldn’t even fix a crappy little state with less than three million people. I detest all these phony “liberal” do-gooders. (sorry for ranting)

65. Sabrina Ballerina - 24 September 2007

Go Cindy is right, Catnip! Is there anyone else willing to tell the truth publicly as she is? Certainly not among our elected officials. Well, Kucinich does to an extent.

They will use nukes in Iran. I have read many times that they are already there, tactical nukes.

In several reports I read, if they do use them, it’s possible that nearly a million people could die.

When they plan these wars, it seems they do not pay any attention to the civilian death toll.

66. marisacat - 24 September 2007

well The News Hour did a long segment to day on Central High. It is nominally integrated. And I doubt it will ever be more than it is today. The principal wept, but kids said it is by choice.

San Francisco schools are not integrated. They instituted one system in 01, which over the past year or so was proven to have led to further segration, so they made plans for a voluntary but race based re formulation.

Out the window now, with the latest rulings in the Seattle and Louisville cases.

BAR says there is zero energy in the so called black leadership for a battle for integration. They will settle for some quasi semi sorta kinda battle for “separate but equal”

Sad too, as Kozol had pointed to KY as a model for the nation, they were slow, but when they got it, it was a remarkable plan and much supported by parents across the board.

67. marisacat - 24 September 2007

I think the POINT is to kill civilians. Alwyas has been. Certainly all the wars of the fucking past century nd this one.

68. moiv - 24 September 2007

“The crappy schools we send black children to today may be worse than what existed back when “separate but equal” was the law of the land and god help us, may have been more equal.”

Not in deep East Texas. They got hand-me-down books from the white schools (whose own were so sadly out of date that the books the black students used must have been antediluvian), and some of their school buildings were built with the corrugated tin more commonly used for roofing.

We moved from Houston to rural Trinity County in 1961, when I was in the fifth grade, and I still remember the shock I felt upon learning that what I thought must be a stock barn was actually a school. Inexcusable and unforgivable.

69. Sabrina Ballerina - 24 September 2007

That is heart-breaking. Hard to believe also. There is so much hatred in this country. It just seems to get passed along from one generation to the next.

And people wondered why Katrina was allowed to happen. I’ll never forget finding a link to the FPs of newspapers around the world. There probably were about 100 of them. It was like looking at a poor African country without the means to save its own citizens. Hard to believe those photos were taken here. Desperate people. And Bush is still president!

Many of the headlines had the word ‘Shame’ in them airc. For a while afterwards I thought something positive might come of it all.

70. Marie - 24 September 2007

moiv – was thinking more about the quality of the instruction from the teachers than the facilities and supplies which particularly in the south were dreadful. Given the quality of most textbooks today not sure being up to date is much of an improvement from the outdated ones.

Do you recall when the schools were integrated in Trinity Co?

71. moiv - 24 September 2007

Of course I have no first-hand knowledge of the quality of instruction, although it must have been hard to focus on learning anything inside a tin oven — and that’s what it must have felt like.

The civil rights movement made its first public appearance in East Texas in about 1964. That’s when the marchers hit the streets. But by the time I attended a fully integrated school, we were living in Dallas and I was a junior in high school, 1967-68.

In those days, high school began with the 10th grade. In that year, the student body was about 50/50 Anglo and Latino. The next year, we were about 25% black. Perhaps it was largely because we were in a large urban district, but the transition was very smooth.

72. Marie - 24 September 2007

moiv #71 thanks. So, unless AR was more advanced than urban TX, Clinton is unlikely to have attended an integrated school.

On instruction I was thinking of the differences in history class for Elizabeth at her all black school and what she got at Central High (“slaves were happy” type of crap)

73. marisacat - 24 September 2007

oh but Bill has had black GFs… surely that counts.

I am being sarcastic.

74. moiv - 24 September 2007

That’s probably spot on, Marie. One advantage of being isolated out on the highway in a tin barn was that the teachers had enough freedom to deviate from the state-approved curriculum.

No idea about AR schools, but since Bill C is a few years older than I am, the integrated school story doesn’t sound too likely to me. No matter how small the town, there was room for separate schools. When I lived there, the sign at the city limit said “Trinity, Pop. 1787.”

75. Marie - 25 September 2007

Did he? Or is that just another myth promulgated by Klein’s silly book? (Yeah, it was in a stack of books passed on to me last year and I read it. Wretched writing, down there with Ayn Rand and my ability to critique the writing quality of a novel are fairly rudimentary.) As Lenny Bruce once said, “If a man is horny enough, he’ll screw mud.” Probably apt for Bill, although not sure that he bothers much with screwing; might be a bit too intimate for him and a bj will satisfy him. Many people seem to think that philanderers and sex addicts are great lovers and they’re not.

76. marisacat - 25 September 2007

well I am not a Bill fan. The stories predate the Joe Klein book, if you mean Primary Colors.

I feel pretty sure the Black Ladies Literary circle that titter and promote him as the first black president (pardon me while I vomit) also titter and pass around the black GF stories.

Does not take a Klein to do what the likes of the author of Beloved will volunteer to do.

I very much doubt Bill skipped being with a black woman, frankly. If not then, in Africa the past years.

77. bayprairie - 25 September 2007

Do you recall when the schools were integrated in Trinity Co?

my knowedge syncs with moiv. i wasn’t in school yet, but my sister (who’s like way older than me!!) went to all white schools until her freshman year, 1967/68, in the near-houston area. i can’t cite, but i personally believe that all secondary schools were integrated no later than that year.

it began in texas in 1950.

SWEATT V. PAINTER. Racial separation by force of law was a historic custom in the United States until the decision of Sweatt v. Painter by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1950.

::snip::

Heman Marion Sweatt applied for admission to the University of Texas School of Law in February 1946. His was perhaps the second application of any black to the University of Texas. He met all eligibility requirements for admission except for his race. On that ground he was denied admission pursuant to Article VII, Section 7, of the Texas Constitution, which read: “Separate schools shall be provided for the white and colored children, and impartial provision shall be made for both.” Mandamus proceedings were then instituted by Sweatt to require state and university officials to enroll him. The trial judge continued the case to give the state an opportunity to establish a “separate but equal” law school, and a temporary law school was opened in February 1947, known as the School of Law of the Texas State University for Negroes. The school of law was located in Austin in a house on Thirteenth Street north of the Capitol.qv The students had access to the Supreme Court library, and several members of the law faculty of the University of Texas School of Law taught the classes. Mandamus was then denied by the state courts of Texas pursuant to the separate but equal doctrine. The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari and thereafter held that the equal protection clause required Sweatt’s admission to the University of Texas School of Law. Sweatt enrolled at the beginning of the 1950-51 school year, as did several other blacks.

78. liberalcatnip - 25 September 2007

My latest: America’s Need for Enemies

Frankly, I find the whole repressive atmosphere extremely depressing and I’m sick and tired of bloviating Bush and and his bunch of power-hungry compadres who offer absolutely nothing but destruction as a cure for what ails the world. These are very sick times.

79. Marie - 25 September 2007

bay and moiv were the elementary schools integrated at the same time as the high schools?

80. D. Throat - 25 September 2007

This is for Catnip:

FAQ
by: On The Bus
Fri Sep 07, 2007 at 22:39:04 PM PDT

Docudharma is about discussing and debating ideas. All ideas. We are not about being respected by other media or electing …anyone. That gives us the opportunity to discuss politics and everything else, freely. Our nominal focus is on finding a way to create a better future, but that is mainly because we needed a nominal focus! Other than the usual parameters of relatively civilized behavior, there is nothing out of bounds. Vigorous debate is encouraged, not shunned, and if you cross the legendary ‘line,’ folks will call you on it. Vigorously.

There are some things that are not allowed here, but they are just the basics. Threatening or calling for or planning violence, spamming, fundraising or publishing pedophilia. These things will get you warned and if you persist…quickly banned.

The thing about liars and hypocrites… is that there is no need to “argue” with them… just “quote” them…. and you will always win.

81. liberalcatnip - 25 September 2007
82. liberalcatnip - 25 September 2007

#80. That only applies to their site D Throat. They can run around on other sites threatening people in any way they choose – especially at pff where they know the only consequence will be a public outing of their hypocrisy while claiming not to “give a rat’s ass” about what people think of them.

83. liberalcatnip - 25 September 2007

Apparently someone posted hornbeck’s pff comment at docudrama and it was deleted. “Vigorous debate”, my ass.

84. marisacat - 25 September 2007

mahmoud is on with charlie… pretty much a travesty

85. marisacat - 25 September 2007

Lebenese are delaying the September vote, BBC:

Lebanese MPs delay crucial vote

Lebanon’s parliament has adjourned a crucial session to elect a new president until 23 October.

Speaker Nabih Berri said there were not enough MPs to make the two-thirds quorum, after members of the opposition pro-Syrian bloc stayed away.

The opposition wants to prevent the Western-backed majority from electing an anti-Syrian head of state.

Pro-Syrian Emile Lahoud is due to step down in two months, bringing three years of political crisis to a head.

Parliament has until late November to choose a successor who, by political consensus, must be a Maronite Christian

86. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 September 2007

There is so much hatred in this country. It just seems to get passed along from one generation to the next.

It doesn’t just get passed along … it curdles and mutates, taking new forms, usually less overt so that the current perpetrators can pat themselves on the back about never using the word “nigger” while they cut pay for teachers and defund the public schools with voucher programs.

87. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 September 2007

I’m still utterly unconvinced that those assasinations in Lebanon have anything to do w/ Syria. I fail to see what they have to gain by them. Now they are delaying elections? I feel a cancelation and some kind of “emergency” government coming.

88. aemd - 25 September 2007

The very unPC War Nerd on the latest Lebanese assasination.

http://www.exile.ru/articles/detail.php?ARTICLE_ID=12776&IBLOCK_ID=35

89. supervixen - 25 September 2007

On a personal note, I was in NYC this weekend and went out with lucid to see a Slovenian band made up of friends of mine. We had a great time. He recommended an Argentine restaurant and a local bar near the club, and both were good. We stayed up until the wee hours. I *Heart* NY!

90. JJB - 25 September 2007

Stupid AH, no. 16,

Billing your clients for time you didn’t actually perform work for them is a serious crime, along the lines of embezzlement. It’s also standard practice in the legal industry, and the percentage of lawyers who are actually punished for this (either in-house or by the legal system) is microscopically small. Even when someone is caught red-handed and punished, the clients often don’t care. I knew an attorney in Delaware who was actually fired by his partners, and sanctioned for this. His clients were primarily a bunch of elderly blueblood ladies who continued using him as their lawyer in spite of the fact that he was caught billing them for hundreds of hours when he was in fact out to dinner and the opera, on vacation, etc. They thought he was charming. Eventually (this matter took several years to run its course), he was disbarred, a sentence that shocked everyone, most especially him. Since he was married to a duPont heiress, most everyone in the know assumed he’d get off with a slap on the wrist. As it was, after he was kicked out of his firm by his partners, the reason was said to be that he had decided to leave because he was expecting an appointment to either the Federal bench or an important job in the Department of Justice. My wife worked at the firm that canned him and knew the truth, but we both had to help keep up this cover story everytime the subject came up, which it did often since I worked at another law firm, the Wilmington, Delaware legal community is small and inbred, and people knew my wife worked there and would more than occasionally ask if I knew what was going on with the guy.

Incidentally, according to people in the know, he’d been taught these dubious practices by the top partner on the letterhead at another firm where I later worked, and where this guy had first practiced. When I moved over there, this top partner’s bilking of his clients was a secret so open you couldn’t even call it an open secret. Everyone from other lawyers to paralegals to secretaries talked about it openly.

91. msxeno - 25 September 2007

Live from Pittsburgh:

Very sad that the Linking Drivel crowd in Philly won’t return my calls. OTOH, got a sweet (ha !) deal on a slightly used chocolate fountain at Goodwill yesterday. Now they’ll have to come crawling to me !! You just WAIT !!!

Mcat, I totally agree that 99% of what’s on even the prestigious end of the airwaves is drivel. mr_xeno had the local NPR station on and I couldn’t believe the simpering tongue baths that pass themselves off as “interviews.” Nobody asks any hard questions regardless of how stupid and outrageous the subject is being. It’s all about simpering and fluttering and getting through the thing without riling the hoi polloii in the car while they’re driving about the countryside. I can’t be the only person against whom this backfires. Patronization doesn’t soothe me;It makes me enraged.

Popped on CNN in the hotel (great room, btw. Air-conditioning and kitchenette w/working coffeepot = paradise.) the other day and caught some Coulter clone with incredibly ugly helmet hair screeching about some young White woman who killed her baby. Skipped out to the Weather Channel to see about climates and such. Back to CNN half an hour later and hatchet-heart-helmet-head is STILL GOING ON AND ON AND ON ABOUT THE YOUNG WHITE WOMAN WHO KILLED HER BABY !!

Holy fuck. Think CNN is planning any coverage on all the little brown babies our brave troops are responsible for the deaths of ? Nah. But there was a “Stay The Course” ad on from some she-zombie chanting that her husband and daddy died from tewwowism and that’s why the great lightshow in the Mid-East must continue. Nazi propaganda, American style.

Last night, mr_xeno had the Burns WWII snore-fest on for about twenty-two hours. Haven’t we seen all of this about three billion times on the History Channel already ? Yawn. Propaganda is right. Except I’m pretty sure that it’s our turn to play the 3rd Reich. :p Doubt Burns or any of his fans have the wit to understand that though.

How do you folks watch/listen to this stuff day after day. I feel horribly guilty because even in such tiny, controlled doses I find it unendurable. I feel like somebody dumped a bucket of sewage on my head from three stories up.

>:

92. JJB - 25 September 2007

msxeno,

Last night, mr_xeno had the Burns WWII snore-fest on for about twenty-two hours. Haven’t we seen all of this about three billion times on the History Channel already ?

I believe Burns has actually taken a good deal of material from a show that was done previously either on PBS or THC. It deals with the elderly fighter pilot from (IIRC) Minnesota who now lives in the Maryland suburbs of DC. I think he’s also cannibalized some other programs that have previously run on THC.

Apparently, he’s signed a new contract with PBS that runs through 2022. Great news for insomniacs.

93. msxeno - 25 September 2007

Bless yer’ tewwowist-coddling heart, JJB. I feared that ennui was just making me imagine things.

Walked past a BBBookstore the other day while being touristy and saw that there’s already a tie-in books for the show. Prominently displayed all shrine-like in the window. What was most telling, however, was that right across the street was a shuttered Indy bookstore. Seriously.

(Brought a pair of headphones, my Photoshop tutorials and 1356 iTunes along on this trip and Saved My Marriage From Certain Doom.) ;)

94. lucid - 25 September 2007

SV – let’s just say I was hurting at the office yesterday… I had a great time too. Hope your Slovenian friends had a great first time in NY.

Does not take a Klein to do what the likes of the author of Beloved will volunteer to do.

Never realized that Morrison was such a Clinton hound. I’ve always loved her books. Song of Solomon is among my favorites.

95. outofwater - 25 September 2007

Newsweek rates Little Rock Central High School as one of the best in the country. The school is about half black and half white.

96. Marie - 25 September 2007

Marisa #85 – so what does delaying the vote mean? The pro-Syrian bloc could easily calculate that by not showing up the vote would be delayed. But do they gain anything from this? It’s not as if their numbers will increase a month from now. The only thing I can come up with is that the delay removes Lebanon from being a flashpoint in a conflict for a month. Delay may be good if it interrupts a possible US-Israeli timetable. And I’m probably not making much sense by making so many guesses with practically no information. Just sensing that Lebanon might be part of the Iran-Syria war escalation equation.

97. marisacat - 25 September 2007

lucid

yeah toni morrison and aslo the author of caged bird…. cannot think of her name. ‘Hounds’ is a good word for them. To be that uncritical of someone who fucked over people, is just flat stupid.

I am assuming the Childrens’ Def Fund, Wright of the Wright-Edelmans does not “gather round” the old home fire this time. She and her org did yeoman work for Hillary in ’92, helping sell an image that was a far cry from bitch atty in swamp state.

For that they got the horrible “welfare to work” scheisse. her husband quit HHS over it. TOO LATE.

98. Marie - 25 September 2007

outofwater #95 Newsweek rates Little Rock Central High School as one of the best in the country. If this is one of the best, then this country is in far deeper trouble than even I think it is:

Central High School looks as imposing as ever, but over the past 50 years, its innards have changed unimaginably: the school is now more than half black. It’s all misleading, of course, because Central is really two different schools, separate and unequal, under one roof. The blacks go to different classes, sit on separate sides of the cafeteria, have different, and far lower, levels of performance and expectations. For a long time Elizabeth wasn’t invited back, even when a black principal ran the place; never has she spoken at commencement…(from “Through a Lens Darkly”)

99. marisacat - 25 September 2007

oow

I will hunt up that transcript from TNH yesterday on PBS. Post it later.

The classes arrange themselves whites on one side blacks on the other.

AP is all white (they interviewed one black girl who is in AP classes), and remedial and groups that lag behind are all black.

the principal wept on camera.

And yes, even being integrated and iwth a principal that cares and tries, it is far and away ahead of many schools thru out the nation.

100. Marie - 25 September 2007

Marisa – #97 Maya Angelou – Do you have information on a split between the Clintons and Wright-Edelman? Hoping you’re right. One would think that after Clinton’s dissing of Sister Souljah, Lani Guinier and Joclen Elders, not to mention welfare “reform” that these women would have learned their lesson. The Clintons have played the black community better than GWB does his evangelicals. At least GWB’s gang got a Supreme Court with a majority of creepy conservative Catholics out of their bargain with the devil.

101. lucid - 25 September 2007

The blacks go to different classes, sit on separate sides of the cafeteria, have different, and far lower, levels of performance and expectations.

Sounds very similar to my high school in the late ’80’s. It was fully ‘integrated’ racially in terms of demographics for the city, but there was only one African American kid in the AP track courses and less than five in the Honors track courses. All of the African American students had been ‘filtered’ to the lower performance track back in elementary and middle school. There was very little social interaction between African Americans and whites, save on athletic teams. And there was an an incredbile amount of overt racism on the part of whites from lower economic strata.

Integrated my ass.

102. marisacat - 25 September 2007

Marie

Debka did nto add much.

Perhaps the Syrian backed walk out want to avoid soemthing this month. I don’t know.

I remember when the Israeli Lebanon war was going on, one thought was that the Israelis wanted to knock out the Hizbollah preparedness, just as part of the flight path to Iran. but that was over a year ago. I assume Hizbollah (tho I know nothing) has re-armed and is prepared.

Off to check war nerd (aemd links above at 88) see what he says.

*******************

ms xeno!

have a lovely few days… ROOM SERVICE. Early and late!

103. lucid - 25 September 2007

Oh – and this was in the industrial north…

104. marisacat - 25 September 2007

What I wrote above, Edelman quit HHS (one of three) o protest the welfare bill. It was public then, 10+ years ago.

And I don;t see Marion Wright around Hillary this time, nor do they (MSM) regurgitate in articles about her )Hillary’s) great work with the Childrens Def Fund. So my take is that Marion W-E has bowed out.

As I said too fucking late. They worked to craft a fiction for Hillary o 92, one she traded on for years. Now the slobber is that she worked for decades “on laws for equality of wimmens”..

105. outofwater - 25 September 2007

It is true that the students voluntarily segregate themselves socially at Central, and it is true the classes are majority white, but that is not deliberately because of race. The band is almost all black, the orchestra almost all white. The students do eat in different areas, but there are a scattering of each race both areas. The school does not recruit white students any longer because its academic reputation makes it unnecessary.

The problems which cause the PAP and AP classes to be predominately white occur before the students arrive at the school. Those same problems are endemic throughout minority communities’ nationwide. It is absolutely wrong, but it is also largely not the fault of the high school. The problems that cause any student to enroll in high school unprepared start at least 14 years before that student’s arrival. Those failures in the educational system should be addressed and are an indictment of Little Rock, Arkansas, and the whole United States.

Last week, during the Jena protest, the administration at Central asked the students to wear black in support of the six. An overwhelming number of all races did so. It is inconceivable that a Jena type situation could be duplicated at Central. Maybe Central couldn’t be Jena because the racist families send their kids to private school or they move far out of the school district to avoid integrated schools, I don’t know, but it is simply not the racist cesspool which is found so much in the South. There is racism there, no doubt about it, but there is racism everywhere.

That is not to say there aren’t problems. White students were mugged after football games a few times last year, but no one attributed it to racism. A black assistant principal who is known as a strict disciplinarian was also beat up by some black kids last year as well. It sucks. Last year there were gunshots fired at an end of year festival. There are murders close to the school. There is violence around the place; the school is in a poor, crime infested neighborhood.

The student leaders of the school are mostly black. Very many black students thrive there, but the number of black students that derive all the benefits of the superior education available at Central is far eclipsed by the number of whites who do.

106. lucid - 25 September 2007

Well, it’s not unexpected. All ‘good’ American leftischers always return to the fold no matter how their ideals are betrayed.

I’m done. For good. 2006 was the last straw. [And I struggle to understand why I came back for 2004 & 2006]. Our system is unsustainable & will collapse – already is in the process of collapse. No amount of oinment & bandaging will save the patient. There is only such thing as a kairos moment if you believe in fascist conceptions of history [see Heidegger]. And thus it doesn’t surprise me that at the point of decline, this country has turned so wholeheartedly in that direction.

Let’s just hope something more noble rises from the ashes.

107. mattes - 25 September 2007

Still looking for the saudi king’s quote regarding the danger to US interests if they don’t resolve the Israeli/Palestinian issue…pre-9/11, to flush out this diary:
http://www.politicalfleshfeast.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=485

108. Marie - 25 September 2007

lucid #101 – my high school in the ’60s had so few blacks that it didn’t seem strange that I rarely had any classes with them. They did tend to congregate with each other at lunch time but there was not only no overt racism or shunning (many participated in integrated extracurricular activities other than athletics where they were very visible and respected). In my tenth grade class a young black man was elected to the student council. The next year the 10th graders elected a black man as their class president. Which in retrospect is remarkable considering that out of a class of over a 1,000 students, blacks were less than 10%.

The second high school on the other side of town had more black students. Not much interaction between the two schools (rivals in sports) but my senior year when we did a student council exchange day, I came away from it wishing that they could keep our president and we could have theirs. Ours was a drippy white kid and they had a charismatic, intelligent and cool black kid.

We weren’t race conscious enough back then to recognize all the various signs of it. But there was an ease and acceptance and general sense of equality in our interactions. It’s rather embarassing to recall that there wasn’t a black cheerleader and we didn’t think that was odd. It would have taken so little for the school to do a bit better but overall it was so different from the stories like Elizabeth’s or yours that I have trouble understanding how anyone can consider that normal much less desirable.

109. Marie - 25 September 2007

outofwater #105 – yes, I acknowledged that the problem begins before high school in one of my earlier comments. For some it begins in day care.

From my personal experience it’s easy to see why I expected the whole race question to be resolved within a generation simply by integrating the schools and fostering a climate of equality. Easier said than done when one’s reference point is a school a couple of centuries removed from the real world in America.

110. outofwater - 25 September 2007

MC- I didn’t notice your comment about Central before I posted above. It isn’t very surprising that the principal of Central would weep, on or off camera. She is a very demonstrative person.

It’s baffling that they interviewed the “only” black AP student, because about a quarter to a fifth of the AP and PAP classes are composed of African American students. Where there is tragic (but not forced) segregation at Central is seen is in the regular classes, some are almost all black, and not much education happens in many of them. As I said, it’s not perfect, but it’s not Jena either.

111. marisacat - 25 September 2007

oow

SOunds like you know the principal, do you?

BTW, I am not using Central High to castigate the south and integration. I have mentioned Kozol and what he has written on KY and their voluntary race based system (now shot to hell of course due to the Loouiville case) and I remember, at a distance the mess of forced integration in MA, it made national news..

Frankly I am in the west which seems a lot like the SO on many days. As I said our schools are segregated and now they are shelving a race based formula, due ot the SC rulings. SF is largely segregated as well.

Oh well.

112. bayprairie - 25 September 2007

bay and moiv were the elementary schools integrated at the same time as the high schools?

in our school district, yes. i’ve also found a later date of 1969 mentioned in this abstract from the Journal of Sport and Social Issues which conflicts with my earlier comment that 67 was latest.

Texas virtually ignored the integration movement from 1955 to 1963, although some integration did take place. Then, from 1964 to 1969, a series of bureaucratic proceedings eventually led to statewide integration in 1969.

and a little more detail from an abstract of a report, dated 1963 titled: Civil Rights U.S.A., Public Schools–southern States, 1963, Texas. that summarizes

Since the 1954 supreme court desegregation case, small communities in southern and western parts of texas voluntarily desegregated their small numbers of negroes into white schools, principally for financial reasons. The large cities began to desegregate also. Despite the governor’s intention to slow down integration, there were 60 districts open in the 1955-56 school year with biracial classes. In the eastern parts of the state, where there is a large negro population, desegregation has been more difficult. In 1957, an incident of community violence in Mansfield, texas, slowed the desegregation efforts throughout the state. Not until 1962 could the efforts be resumed at a faster pace. Desegregation in east texas still must usually be forced by litigation. Houston, the largest city in all of the former confederate states, is looked to for leadership in public school desegregation. Houston began integration with ease in 1960 but has moved slowly since then. There has been a noticeable lack of negro leadership in the struggle for nondiscriminatory education. There is still much segregation in community housing, thus a certain amount of segregation in the schools is maintained.

i just bet a white guy wrote that.

i also ran across a significant “end around” even later than the 69 date abstracted from: Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement in Houston.

In the early 1970s, thousands of Mexican-origin students, parents, and community members participated in legal and political actions against the Houston public schools. Their actions were sparked by the school district’s effort in 1970 to circumvent a desegregation court order by classifying Mexican American children as “white,” integrating them with African American children, and leaving the majority Anglo children unaffected by the court order. The Mexican-origin activist community’s struggle culminated in 1972, when the courts and schools recognized Mexican Americans as a distinct ethnic minority group and were thus forced to include Mexican American interests in the formulation and implementation of school policies. This book explores the history of the struggle and its intersection with the Chicano Movement and other social forces during the protest era. It documents the diverse responses of Mexican-origin activists to educational discrimination in the early 1970s and explores the role that the ideology and practice of “Chicanismo” had on Mexican-origin grassroots activism in Houston…

113. Shadowthief - 25 September 2007

I’m very interested in the Ken Burns programme on World War Two. I can’t wait to see who wins.

114. Shadowthief - 25 September 2007

Chloe Wafford, aka Toni Morrison, and Bill Clinton are, erm, on intimate terms, you might say.

115. lucid - 25 September 2007

I can’t wait to see who wins.

Shouldn’t it be obvious by now? [hint it wasn't the allied powers]

116. bayprairie - 25 September 2007

i’m still digging around and found some info on the mansfield “integration slow down” mentioned in my comment above. appears it may have served as a model for the gov of ark. in regard to little rock. today’s Texas history movie.

MANSFIELD SCHOOL DESEGREGATION INCIDENT. Though the Mansfield school district, seventeen miles southeast of Fort Worth, numbered fewer than 700 whites and sixty blacks in 1956, it segregated black children to an inferior elementary school. Black teenagers were obliged to ride public buses, which dropped them twenty blocks from a school in Fort Worth. In response to a suit brought by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on behalf of three black high school students, the Mansfield school district was the first in the state ordered by a federal court to desegregate. The school board acquiesced, but white citizens resisted, aided by the complicity of the mayor and chief of police. While some 100 other, mostly West Texas, school districts desegregated quietly that fall, angry mobs of 300 to 400 whites ringed Mansfield High School on August 30 and 31, preventing the enrollment of the three students. During demonstrations whites hanged three blacks in effigy, roughed up several outside observers, and threatened the sheriff. Downtown stores closed in a show of support. Vigilantes met all cars entering town, barring suspected sympathizers with integration. Governor Allan Shivers, calling the Mansfield demonstration an orderly protest, defied the federal court order by dispatching Texas Rangers to uphold segregation and authorizing the Mansfield school board to transfer black students to Fort Worth. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in the midst of a reelection campaign, did not intervene.

The demonstrations ended as the status quo was restored. The Mansfield uprising was the nation’s first clear example of failure to enforce a federal court order for the desegregation of a public school. The Eisenhower administration took no action until the next year, when a similar, more visible situation arose in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Governor Orville Faubus’s resistance to integration was possibly inspired by Governor Shivers’s success in Mansfield. The Mansfield uprising was an apparent factor in the passage of the state’s 1957 segregation laws, which delayed integration for several years. In 1965, faced with the loss of federal funds, the Mansfield school district quietly desegregated.

117. marisacat - 25 September 2007

113

I watchd a single hour of it last night. Pure exhortation for war.

As are several companion pieces shown around it, so to speak, here in the Bay Area, on KQED. They did rerun a good documentary on Manzanar… but most of it has been just war mongering.

118. lucid - 25 September 2007

Mcat, didn’t you know that war is about sacrifice, honor, dignity & true citizenship?

119. Marie - 25 September 2007

bay #116 Thanks for the research. In 1965, faced with the loss of federal funds, the Mansfield school district quietly desegregated.

That’s what a real leader would have done in 1955 and added to that by sweentening the pot for those districts that desegregated and welcomed federal inspection of their accomplisments. That would have rewarded innovation and creativity among local school boards and educators. It would also have given many states like CA a few more bucks. In general it’s much easier to buy support than enforce change at the butt of a gun. That’s exactly what I’d do in Iraq. (Not the stupid way that Bush/Cheney did it with bundles of cash, but at least they sort of know people can be bought.)

120. Shadowthief - 25 September 2007

World War Two is the so-called “good war”. People ignore the fact that there were race riots in Detroit during World War Two (in 1943, to be exact–so much for the American unanimity of purpose), and more than a bit of discontent on London’s working class East End, which took the brunt of the Blitz–and of course the war included the totally unnecessary slaughter of civilians at Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.

Studs Terkel wrote a very good book about World War Two which I think was much less rah-rah than Burns’ programme. The following are quotes from the oral interviews Terkel did with the so-called “Greatest Generation”:

“Ours was the only country among the combatants in World War Two that was neither invaded not bombed. Ours were the only cities not blasted to rubble.”

“World War Two has warped our view of how we look at things today. We see things in terms of that war, which in a sense was a good war. But the twisted memory of it encourages the men of my generation to be willing, almost eager, to use military force anywhere in the world.”

“It was one war that many who would have resisted ‘your other wars’ supported enthusiastically. It was a ‘just war,’ if there is any such animal. In a time of nuclear weaponry, it is the language of a lunatic.”

Copyright © 1997 “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II.

121. Shadowthief - 25 September 2007

I’m tinned meat byproduct.

122. Revisionist - 25 September 2007

plus WW2 eliminated much of our history with its paper drives. Thats the reason so many of the 30’s/40’s comics are so rare.

123. Shadowthief - 25 September 2007

Let’s not forget that World War Two gave men such as Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and Prescott Bush (GWB”s grandpappy) the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to betray their country and throw in their lot with the Nazis. Not that they were ever made to pay the price for their treason, of course–such matters are reserved for the lower class sorts.

124. wozzle - 25 September 2007

I enjoyed Terkel’s work; I also heartily recommend Paul Fussell’s “Wartime” (not strictly limited to WWII).

125. brinn - 25 September 2007

Studs was amazing — I love his oral histories.

126. Miss Devore - 25 September 2007

from TPM….

“State to Blackwater: You Don’t Say Nothin’ to No One, See?
By Spencer Ackerman – September 25, 2007, 5:05PM

Now this augurs well for a thorough inquiry into Blackwater’s recent behavior in Iraq. Just three days after Rep. Henry Waxman announced his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would hold hearings into the deaths of 11 Iraqi civilians, a State Department contracting official wrote to Blackwater with a simple message: you don’t say anything we don’t tell you to.”

127. wozzle - 25 September 2007

Fascinating, our State Department is gonna be Blackwater’s mouthpiece.

Shame, that. Back in the day, one of my favorite songs was “Old Balck Water” by the Doobs…

128. wozzle - 25 September 2007

Um, “Black”. The Doobie Bros were into mild intoxicants, not steroids.

129. brinn - 25 September 2007

heh, good one wozzle!

Have all of the people [and I use that term loosely] involved with this latest Blackwater incident been spirited out of the country yet? I wonder where they take them…Saudi?

130. Marie - 25 September 2007

brinn #128 – might be in Paraguay

131. dkosser - 25 September 2007

mattes:

re: “Still looking for the saudi king’s quote regarding the danger to US interests if they don’t resolve the Israeli/Palestinian issue”

gee, what a revelation. Saudi Arabia using Israel to deflect criticism ffom their own insanely wealthy devious kingdom…they’ve been using that canard since forever.

what does SA do except fund radicalism and terrorism, eh?

you’ve got to come up with something better than that

mattes – me thinks yer going batty

132. Studs Shadowthief - 25 September 2007

Encouraging diversity in the media:

Heard a discussion on NPR Friday about Ken Burns’s The War; two-pronged — first part was some guy named Chavez, apparently he’s been dogging Burns about having excluded Latinos from the documentary. His argument is that since Burns took federal funds, he ought to have included all the ethnicities that participated in the American effort. Um… right. My argument — make your own fucking documentary. Guy makes a 13-hour documentary, leaves out Latinos. Bummer. I bet he left out gays, too. I bet a bunch of gays served. Maybe the gays should protest, too. Sheesh.

From this right-wing blog: http://tinyurl.com/2f9t34

Yeah, fuck them Lateenos. Who the fuck do they think they are, anyway, wanting to be included in a documentary about a war just because they fought and died in it? The fucking nerve of those beaners!

133. Studs Shadowthief - 25 September 2007

Once again, I’ve been processed and tinned.

134. brinn - 25 September 2007

Too right, Marie — I forgot about Paraguay!

135. marisacat - 25 September 2007

thread

LINK

136. marisacat - 25 September 2007

ST

sorry fro the delay. A new name will trip moderation – I have it set so all first time commenters go to Moderation, as a spam preventative.

Think “studs” tripped Spam… LOL.

You can comment under as many monikers as you like. Think Owen Paine of Stop Me Before I Vote Again had 6 or 7…

but it can trip the delays. Then again those get trpped pretty regularly anyhoo…

soo…


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