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So… what else is new? 26 November 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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Tom Dispatch has a Dahr Jamail post up… and I must say, this I did not know:

Acts matter. Here’s how Dahr Jamail, a young mountain guide and volunteer rescue ranger in Alaska (who did freelance writing in the “off-season”) describes his rash decision, back in 2003, to cover George W. Bush’s Iraq War in person: “I decided that the one thing I could do was go to Baghdad to report on the occupation myself. I saved some money, bought a laptop, a camera, and a plane ticket, and, armed with information gleaned via some connections made over the Internet, headed for the Middle East.” That was it. The next thing he knew he was driving through the Iraqi desert from Amman, Jordan, toward Baghdad and directly into the unknown. He had few contacts; no media organization to back him; no hotel/office with private guards to return to at night; no embedded place among American forces for protection; not even, on arrival in Baghdad, any place to write for.

Damned straight acts matter, even lesser acts than those…  The Jamail post is a terrible litany of our worst acts in Iraq. The ones that are known.

The several grafs that close the post:

At the time of this writing, the group Just Foreign Policy has offered an estimate of Iraqis killed since the U.S.-led invasion and occupation. Their number: 1,118,846. Consider that possibility in the context of the latest round of news from Iraq about lessening violence.

The estimate is based on figures from a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. and al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, and published in October 2006 in the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, which found 655,000 Iraqis had died as a direct result of the Anglo-American invasion and occupation. The report methodology has been called “robust” and “close to best practice” by Sir Roy Anderson, the chief scientific advisor to Britain’s Ministry of Defense. Since that time, in addition to Just Foreign Policy, the British research polling agency Opinion Research Business has extrapolated a figure of 1.2 million deaths in Iraq. Based on this, veteran Australian born journalist John Pilger wrote recently,

“The scale of death caused by the British and U.S. governments may well have surpassed that of the Rwanda genocide, making it the biggest single act of mass murder of the late 20th century and the 21st century.”

It is an indication of the success of an effective Pentagon “tactical perception management campaign,” of the way the Bush administration has continued to “catapult propaganda,” and of the dehumanization of Iraqis that has gone with it, that the possibility of the number of dead Iraqis being in this range has largely been dismissed (or remained generally undealt with) in the mainstream media in the United States. Add to that the refusal of the U.S. military to bring to justice those charged with some of these heinous crimes, the lack of accountability, and an establishment media which has regularly camouflaged the true nature of the occupation, and we have the perfect setting for a continuance of industrial-scale slaughter in Iraq, even while the news highlights the likes of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan and their adventures in various rehab clinics.

In what could reasonably serve as a summary of the American occupation of Iraq, the eighteenth century philosopher Voltaire wrote, “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”

And we seem to insist a platoon of our very own angels (we long ago acquired Gawd as an asset) are playing the trumpets.

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Elsewhere, an article in the American Conservative on where the (what else is there?) smart money is…  

Blackwater insists that on Sept. 16 its guards were ambushed and were shooting in self-defense. Founder and CEO Erik Prince—the politically connected son of Edgar Prince, the late billionaire who helped build the Family Research Council—went on a media charm offensive in October, giving television interviews and inviting reporters to Blackwater’s 7,000-acre training facility in North Carolina.

“We don’t get any advantages for the lack of accountability—we just end up getting hammered on the issue,” said Doug Brooks, spokesman for the International Peace Operations Association, a trade group representing 40 companies in the private security industry. He and others say the assault on contractors is politically motivated and the stories of their abuses and excesses are greatly exaggerated.

Match it with a Bloomberg article on the money numbers for the political “Arms Race” and we are trapped forever. I don’t care how blase you are, jaded to the gills and cynical up the snout… the numbers are stunning.  Media, infotainment, corps, they will never let this game (or us) go:

[T]he current election cycle will look like this: The Republican and Democratic nominees combined will spend more than $1 billion by next November; other presidential hopefuls will fork over another $400 million; congressional candidates can be counted on to spend in excess of $1.5 billion, and the various Democratic and Republican party committees will part with more money than that.

`Arms Race’

Throw in at least half a billion from so-called “independent” groups outside the campaigns and, bingo, you’ve topped $5 billion. (If billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, self-finances an independent bid, add as much as 20 percent more.)

This produces what longtime campaign reformer Fred Wertheimer calls “an arms race” in spending: “Reality disappears, paranoia reigns as you just try to top the other guy.”

The presidential primaries this time are a case study. As the leading contenders shun public money and restrictions on expenditures in each state, the lid has come off. In Iowa, the scene of the first contest, there are reports that both Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama might spend as much as $15 million apiece; both camps say it depends on what the other shells out.

Overall, the Democratic presidential aspirants may spend as much as $45 million in that small state. The best estimates are that 150,000 Hawkeye state Democrats will turn out for the caucuses on the cold January night. That would amount to about $300 a vote. ::snip::

I am willing to bet that LESS THAN 150,000 chug out on a dark, cold, all too likely icy night, 2 nights after New Year’s.  I mean that just sounds yummy doesn’t it?

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I have been watching, along with others, the propaganda offensive from the WH and quietly fuming…. so predictable.  And the Dems are all aflutter.  Aflutter on how best to agree, that is……

Lenin’s Tomb sums it up very well (and with links… better than I manage!):

Watching some of the news reports is like being exposed to the Laughing Policeman for half an hour. The laughing gas is pumped into every sitting room in the land, not to reverse the polls (can’t do that), nor to get the GOP in again (have to rig the elections for that), nor even to get the flags waving again (who’s got the energy after a day of overwork?). No, it’s to soften the blow when the airstrikes hit Iran – well, we pulled Iraq back together, despite the ingratitude and itransigence of its populatio, why not Iran? In this light, it’s worth considering the laboratory of repression that is Iraq: collective punishment, mass imprisonment, sniper terrorism, the usual. To which, Iraqis respond with increasing opposition to the occupation. All sweetness and light, a joy soon to be seen in Tehran and then – ooh, Damascus, Beirut, Pyongyang, wherever the liberation train takes a stop.

We so need to be stopped in our tracks…

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On the more prosaic front… WaPo pungles up, front page, a story on a McAllen TX bundler for Hillary…

 McALLEN, Tex. — During the first nine months of this year, Sen. Barack Obama raised just $2,086 for his presidential campaign from people who live in and around this border town of stucco bungalows and weed-covered farm lots, and most candidates raised even less. But Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, has already raised more than $640,000 here, and her campaign expects to collect even more.

Clinton’s success in this unlikely setting is based almost entirely on her friendship with one man, McAllen developer Alonzo Cantu. A self-made millionaire who once picked grapes on the migratory farm labor circuit, Cantu persuaded more than 300 people in Hidalgo County, where the median household income in 2006 was $28,660, to write checks ranging from $500 to $2,300 to the senator from New York.

and oddly enough, as I cannot detach my ears and send them ahead to that horrible political swamp, South Carolina, where do I find salacious gossip, supposedly being spread by both sides… but at Harper’s…

November 8, 10:29 AM

When it Comes to Hillary, People Have No Sense of Huma

November 7, 12:37 PM

Not Just Republicans Spreading Rumors About Hillary’s Lesbian Affair

In Huma Abedin, finally a good reason to support Clinton

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Oh yes, Lott fell or moved on or wants to cash in early at the Lobbyist Trough, the bar that never closes….. after 45 + years of doing terrible damage, kinda late. 

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UPDATE, 5:17 pm

When I went back to Harper’s to get the Hillary So Carolina whispers reports, I noticed this new entry from Silverstein…. on Obama…. who, btw, will be on Nightline tonight.  I assume when he not talking about himself, he then is talking about Hillary. 

What else is new.

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UPDATE, 5:41 pm

Then again in Australia, there IS something new… I had read the early reports of the win, and was delighted that Howard not only lost at the top of the ticket, he lost his seat in the down ticket as well, so to speak.  First loss of the home seat for a sitting PM, since the 20s… or so I read.

I was thrilled to read Rudd plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as well.  Good, we should be abandoned.

This at Asia Times has a bit more flesh on who Rudd is…

[A]lready this has been demonstrated at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ meeting in Sydney in September. As parliamentary leader of the federal Australian Labor Party, then the main opposition party, the 50-year-old Rudd joined Prime Minister John Howard in welcoming Chinese President Hu Jintao to Australia. Rudd broke into Mandarin after a brief introduction in English, upstaging Howard. Rudd later had a 30-minute meeting with Hu without resort to interpreters. And during the recent election campaign he was interviewed by Chinese television in Mandarin several times.

Appearances and style do count. While a Rudd Labor government will not depart radically from the foreign and security policies of Howard’s conservative Liberal-National Party government, the relationship with the US and the Bush administration will not be the sort of lock-step affair that characterized ties between Canberra and Washington under Howard.

Rudd will demonstrate to Asia that his government is more independent of Washington through his commitment to withdraw combat troops from Iraq and sign the Kyoto Accord on reducing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions and combating global warming. Australia will remain a loyal ally of the US but Rudd should torpedo the view of some in Asia of Canberra having a subservient relationship with Washington.

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1. Miss Devore - 26 November 2007

welcome back. the turkey was cold, indeed….

I just got to glance at the article up at TPM–to the effect that we are in Iraq forever, as agreed by Maliki & bush today:

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/004772.php

don’t agreements like that amount to “treaties”, which must be approved by Congress?

yes, laugh at the question, as I know congress is seriously into the non-binding stuff instead, but I do want to know what constitutes a treaty.

2. marisacat - 26 November 2007

this is well worth a drop in………..

I long ago decided Gawd is on their side. It’s one explanation anyway. Think about it. Too much goes their way. Cheney left WR Hospital, sitting up, in a limo. Off to chew up muslim babies.

3. marisacat - 26 November 2007

Miss D

thanks for that……. I was really irritated earlier to read this in the Seattle PI (and it is linked rather extensively)… as in duh. They act as tho it is possible to question, are our plans permanent. I suppose they knew of that agreemtn/treaty/whatever and wrote the ed. to come out the same day……….

Geesh.

4. Miss Devore - 26 November 2007

3-well, it is disgusting additionally because it also takes the heat off of any Democrats distinguishing themselves on Iraq policy. I suppose it was all over in ’96(?) when PNAC wrote to clinton y-chromosome.

5. marisacat - 26 November 2007

Laura Rozen in Mother Jones, focus group-ing Iran War, or Iran Strike or whatever they will call it.

Appears to have been arranged from the RW, Freedom’s Watch and an Israeli group.

Not to worry, the Kerry camp focus grouped Abu Ghraib om 2004 — and decided best to say nothing.

6. marisacat - 26 November 2007

4 –

I noticed the TPM piece finishes by wondering what the Dem candidates will say. Hell, why wonder. They will paint some cotton balls red white and blue and stuff them down the communal throat.

7. Miss Devore - 26 November 2007

6-LOL-Milo Mindbender cotton candy!

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2007

John Cole’s take on the permanent bases story at TPM: Score One for the Smelly Dirty Hippies

Permanent bases- whee! Apparently our grand adventure in Iraq has proven to be so successful, we would like future generations to have the opportunity to experience Baghdad in a flak jacket. If you think about it, that is only fair, since future generations are going to be paying the 2.4 trillion dolar costs anyway.

At any rate, all throughout this rhetorical dance party from the Bush administration, in which we had to take out Iraq because of WMD, then we switched to a new step and stated we were there for peace and Democracy, it has been suggested that the notion of permanent bases in Iraq was merely fantasy from the lunatic conspiracy theorists on the left. As I have learned over the past few years- you don’t diss the insight of the smelly dirty hippies. Once again, they were right.

At the very least, surely no one would be so shameless as to not only fail to admit the hippies were right, but to attempt to turn this into more agitprop for domestic political concerns. Whoops. I forgot about Captain Ed:

The Iraqi government has offered the US a long-term security partnership that envisions a lower profile for American troops, as well as economic advantages for US investors. The agreement would replace the current UN mandate, which Iraq wants extended only to the end of 2008. It might also revive conspiratorial criticisms that have dogged the Iraq effort.

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The open question will be whether the next US President will fulfill our side of the agreement. Hillary Clinton might or might not be strong enough not to cave to the isolationists, but Republicans almost to the man would strongly commit to a partnership with Iraq. Will such an agreement influence the 2008 elections?

Unless Ed can explain how predictions about the US wanting permanent bases (which, btw, turned out to be true) “dogged” the progress in Iraq, it might be time to move Ed from the “Blogs I read” category to the “Blogs We Monitor and Mock.” Personally, I missed the news reports that stated that “conspiracy theories kill 12 troops in Baghdad.” I guess that is just more evidence of liberal media bias. And I love the phrasing- the oil contracts we will get are just an accidental side-product of our determination to bring Democracy to the Middle East.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2007

God, that Rosen piece is horrifying, and no I don’t mean just the war pigs flogging of more blood and destruction, but THIS:

And the upshot of this focus group? “After two hours, [the leader] asked three final questions,” Sonnenmark recalls: “How would you feel if Hillary [Clinton] bombed Iran? How would you feel if George Bush bombed Iran? And how would you feel if Israel bombed Iran?” Sonnenmark says she responded, “It would depend on the circumstances….What is the situation in Iraq? Do we have international support?”

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“Of all the focus groups I’ve ever been to,” Sonnenmark wrote in a subsequent email to a group of fellow volunteers for the 2006 Senate campaign of Jim Webb, “I’ve never seen a moderator who was so persistent in manipulating and leading the participants.” (Webb is lead author of a Senate letter warning President Bush not to attack Iran without congressional approval; see here and here.)) The gist of the event was “anti-Iranian,” says Sonnenmark.

If the group’s organizers were testing the case for military action against Iran—even as a last resort—Sonnenmark believes they could not have been encouraged by the results of this focus group. “I got the general feeling that George Bush didn’t have a shot in hell” of winning public support for an Iran attack, she says. Some members of her group suggested that if Hillary Clinton were elected president she might have more credibility in making such a case. As for the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran, Sonnenmark’s impression was that the group’s members did not believe it was up to them to judge.

Sonnenmark left the session wondering if foreign policy hawks would soon be pushing publicly for military action against Iran using language that had been tested on her. But, she says, “It is not going to be so easy this time around.”

JAYSUS-FUCKING-DEAD-GOD-ON-A-STICK.

I mean, just throw our babies off of cliffs and call us Sparta. (wait, we already do that!.

It’s not going to be easy, UNLESS HILLARY IS PRETZLEDENT. Then it’ll be okay … she’ll be able to prove she’s a mass murderer too, but it’ll make her seem “strong” and “tough”.

And the fucking kabuki of the War Party comes back for another performance.

10. marisacat - 26 November 2007

well I am convinced this is one reason to put Hillary in, make war go down better with the Democrats. And the Dem party gets to FINALLY shed the damnd fucking lunatic anti war lame brain fringe.

You know they want to…they are sick to death of us… all of us.

I think that was the plan with Kerry. Salute ‘n shove him in, but elements of the Right simply refused. SBVfT imo was designed to follow him into office… and I watched the leaks dry up in summer of 04. Eternal Government found him wanting. Wait 4 years for Martial Babe.

11. marisacat - 26 November 2007

Plus I had to laugh at Sonnenmark as I Read that. I am sure one reason she supported (a nd still supports) Webb was his flatulence on Iraq War.

But I think all that is at play is hoarding of mil assests. He wants (or wanted, too late now!) them all saved for The Big War WIth China..

He thinks the hors d’oeuvres have gotten out of hand, using too much materiel, men (forget the wimmens) and we will b drained for The Big War WIth China.

12. canberra boy - 26 November 2007

Hi marisacat

The new Labor Government in Australia will withdraw combat troops from Iraq, but not from Afghanistan where the intervention has UN endorsement.

The Howard regime was badly defeated at the election mainly due to harsh labour laws (which forced workers to bargain with their employer on pay and conditions as individuals, rather than collectively or via unions), introduced in a moment of ideological excess after Howard gained control of both houses of parliament at the previous election. The other substantial contributor to their loss was the global warming denialist approach exemplified by refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Australians are very concerned about global warming, particularly after severe drought across most of the south and east for the last 6 to 7 years.

On top of these two major factors was the sense that Howard (at 68) was too old, that he’d had his turn (for 11.5 years) and that he is sneaky and a liar who would do anything to stay in power. The recent APEC meeting in Sydney did nothing for Howard’s reputation when he was seen sucking up to Bush. In contrast Rudd told Bush that our troops would leave Iraq, and spoke to Hu Jintao in Mandarin to the obvious displeasure of Howard.
It’s hard to sum up what the change of Government will mean. In North American terms I’d call Rudd a liberal Christian and socially and economically centrist or centre-right.

Rudd will publically maintain the importance of our ‘alliance’ with the US (not that this means anything in practice – it just makes some Australians feel better that we might be helped out when the Asian hordes attack). He will however steer a much more independent foreign policy which recognises the importance of our trading relationships with China & India.

There were many outrages in the Howard years. One of the worst is that he made Australia into a terrorist target by participating in the ivasion of Iraq. It is illuminating to drive down Commonwealth Avenue past the High Commissions of Britain, New Zealand and Canada, and up to Parliament House. Since 2001, a tall fence has been erected around the British High Commission and it is impossible to approach the door without passing a checkpoint. (The same applies elsewhere at the US Embassy). Our parliament building, which was designed to allow the public to walk over the top, is now surrounded by a wall and tank-traps. In contrast, the New Zealand and Canadian High Commissions have no fences at all.

Perhaps it’s worth mentioning that we will have our first female Deputy Prime Minister – Julia Gillard from Labor’s left faction is a former union lawyer.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2007

Chris Floyd has some details on Rudd (I frankly wasn’t paying any attention), which isn’t encouraging (he’s apparently a religious conservative, based upon the sources Chris links to), and then ties it what (nothing) we can expect from a Bush to Clinton transistion:

The current Bush Administration has, by and large, merely extended and intensified the policies of the Clinton Administration: military privatization, corporate coddling, shredding the safety net for the poor and vulnerable, murderous policies toward Iraq (“A half a million children dead from these sanctions, Secretary Albright?” “We think it’s worth it.”), unprovoked wars conducted without UN Security Council approval, relentless encroachments on civil liberties, etc., etc. One of the few differences might be seen in the Clinton Administration’s greater, albeit reluctant, cooperation with Congressional probes and special counsels. But it’s doubtful that Hillary will make that mistake again once she’s in charge.

Does anyone believe that H. Clinton will actually end the U.S. military presence in Iraq? Will she close the Gitmo concentration camp? Will she prosecute Bush officials for ordering torture? Will she scale back the American empire of military bases around the world? Will she push for a windfall profits tax on the oil companies who are reaping record profits on the blood money of war and chaos? Will she take a single step to loosen the deadly chokehold of the military-industrial complex on American policy, and the American economy? Will she bring vigorous oversight to the predators on Wall Street? Will she end the relentless and damaging testing regimen of the “No Child Left Behind” sham that is corroding American education?

No. Like Bill, she will talk and talk of noble purpose and progressive policies, but she will dance to the tune of the corporate lords who greased her way to power, and bend her ear to the prattle of the second-rate minds – the “neoliberal” economists, the “muscular liberals” – who form her court.

But no doubt she will form a Bush-Howard style special relationship with her “fellow reformer” Down Under.

14. marisacat - 26 November 2007

canberra boy

yes as I read on in the Asia Times piece it indicated, he will UP the numbers in Afghanistan. Too bad. That will not end well either…. if reports that Taliban/others control nearly 3/4 of the country.

WEll… let’s call him “new-ish”. A different face.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 November 2007
16. marisacat - 26 November 2007

Bolivia and the “shitty Indian”

[B]ut before that process could begin, the opposition in Sucre, led mainly by students and young people, violently took over all the major public buildings using dynamite and Molotov coctails, demanding the resignation of “the shitty Indian Morales.” Parts of the city were in flames as the members of the Assembly abandoned the castle on Saturday, and by Sunday rioting mobs controlled Sucre, forcing the police to retreat to the mining town of Potosi, two hours away. Three people, including one policemen, are dead, with hundreds injured. The right wing and the business organizations in Santa Cruz and allied departments are threatening to declare autonomy and even talking of cession.

“We are at a national impasse” says Manuel Urisote, a political analyst and director of the Land Foundation, an independent research center in La Paz. “The right wing led by the Santa Cruz oligarchy is in open rebellion, but Morales, the Movement Towards Socialism and the popular movements will not back down. The military is supporting the president. As a national institution it intends to maintain the territorial integrity of Bolivia and it will not accept decrees of cession by Santa Cruz.”

17. marisacat - 26 November 2007

no shock, America is in the mix as well… funnelling monies straight to RW….

[T]he Bush administration is also jumping into the fray. Earlier this year Morales denounced that US backed agencies and non- governmental organizations that are providing direct support to right-wing political parties and allied institutions, ordering that all such funding would now be channeled directly through the government.

Then at the recent Ibero-American Summit in Santiago Chile, Morales declared that “while we are trying to change Boliviasmall groups of the oligarchy are conspiring in alliance with the representative of the government of the United States,” referring to the US ambassador to Bolivia, Philip Goldberg. To support his claims a photo was shown of Goldberg in Santa Cruz with a leading right wing business magnet and a well known Colombian narco-trafficker, who had been detained by the local police.

18. melvin - 27 November 2007

Rudd — Someone, I think a friend in the ALP, described him as being as interesting as carpet.

At least he is going to Bali. That alone will focus a great deal of attention on the conference, because of his newness. Don’t hear many specifics from him however.

Speaking of Australia, here’s six minutes of Phillip Adams on Australia, climate change, and the way forward.

19. marisacat - 27 November 2007

Just a little update on the Oil Spill:

Nearly three weeks after a container ship spilled toxic fuel into San Francisco Bay, birds continue to show up covered with oil on the shoreline, and wildlife biologists say more than 20,000 may have died in the disaster.

About 2,150 birds have been found dead or have died at the bird rescue center since Nov. 7, the day the Cosco Busan crashed into the Bay Bridge and spilled 58,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel oil.

Bird experts figure that for every bird found dead or alive, about five to 10 others go unreported because they sink at sea, get eaten by predators or fly elsewhere. That would put the fatality number at up to 21,500 birds.

hmm eaerly on in the spill I had caught a projected number from someone that for what we see or treat or find dead, it is 10 to 100 x out htere, not in the hand.

And there is this down in the body of the report:

It’s hard to predict how long the fuel oil will continue to plague the bay and coast, so far hitting from Point Reyes National Seashore south to Montara State Beach in San Mateo County. Some experts have forecast 10 to 20 years.

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I have been avoiding this, just so much after the Oil Spill but JESUS! You have t wonder.

The TV reports keep to “10,000 fish killed”, this just fesses up and says “tens of thousands“…

20. marisacat - 27 November 2007

oh god, carpet, to be compared to carpet.

LOL

21. BooHooHooMan - 27 November 2007

In a Country built on Crime and Massacre, and sustained by Deception, We NEED Holidays….

I use more of my time now to read, a small push-back, really considering the extent of exquisite bullshit proliferation in our culture dominated by those quite willing, literally, to shrapnelize skulls, to beat otherwise thinking brains into submission….

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22. marisacat - 27 November 2007

LOL

Kouchner is on Charlie Rose selling Sarkozy as a leftist. GMAFB! He is “close to the people”.

Other than that, he is selling Annapolis.

Here is Angry Arab on Annapolis (he has been ragging all week that Slovenia is invited… as in, Great, that will cure all ills, no doubt!):

You will not read in the New York Times that Israeli ships shot at Lebanese fishermen in South Lebanon, and Israeli occupation forces continued to kill Palestinians.

This is part of the Slovenian-sponsored festivities in Annapolis.

Posted by As’ad at 6:15 PM

and this too:

That is what I needed. Ignatieff, who supported the war on Iraq, now offers pearls of wisdom after a week in Israel:

“After spending a week in Israel, listening to Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair and U.S. and Israeli security chiefs at the Saban Forum in Jerusalem and touring Israel’s northern frontier with the Canada-Israel Committee, I think a deal is possible.”

Posted by As’ad at 7:09 AM

…and Kouchner is working hard to pretend he is a mix of Andre Malraux and Jack Lang.

GOOD LUCK!

23. marisacat - 27 November 2007

hmm The TimesOnline US political blog, Across the Pond.

Interesting tidbits… they mention that they reported the South Carolina slurs and slams on both Hillary and Obama (Muslim extremist, sigh, not news!), as part of a discussion on how dirty our politics is (news?)… and they add that Drudge was carrying a version of the lesbian affair.

So you gotta wonder, Hillary must want the story out there…

Oh stir that fucking pot. Beat the little rats to death as they float to the top…

24. marisacat - 27 November 2007

Gee. I dropped out, crashed for 4+ days… I totally missed that Sanchez gave the Saturday radio reply for the Dems.

They can go no lower. Bottom:

“Why he has chosen all of a sudden to attempt to return to public attention, and why he would do it in an overtly partisan way, frankly baffles me,” said Bacevich, whose son was killed in Iraq. “And why the Democratic leadership would say, ‘Yes, this is the guy who is going to deliver our message’ is just baffling. He is a largely discredited figure.”

In August 2004, when an independent panel faulted the Pentagon’s top civilian and military leaders for detainee abuse in Iraq, Pelosi was one of the first to accuse the administration of a whitewash, calling for an independent commission to investigate further. The Army inspector general cleared Sanchez in 2005 of any culpability for Abu Ghraib abuse, but the issue still hangs over his head.

And reading along one sees this is a fucking campaign slobber drool thing:

The sequence of events that led to Sanchez’s pick began on Nov. 17, when Pelosi and Sanchez appeared at a fundraiser in San Antonio for endangered Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez (D-Tex.) at the home of lawyer Frank Herrera.

Herrera, who has contributed more than $100,000 to Democrats since the early 1990s, said Sanchez was a surprise guest of another invitee. Sanchez knew Rodriguez casually, but the general had become close friends with House intelligence committee Chairman Sylvestre Reyes (D-Tex.), said Peter Brock, a Reyes spokesman. The Reyes connection had put Sanchez into the orbit of Texas’s Latino Democratic power players.

Reyes who is a fucking ignorant NUTTER. Texas.

Why not Bush for a third term?

“I’m beyond perplexed,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who criticized Sanchez at Senate Armed Services Committee hearings in 2004. “He’s chosen to play politics here. He’s opened himself up to what happened on his watch. He’s made himself a political figure, and I hope he understands that those of us who were on the ground watching at that time are going to push back.”

Graham said that he repeatedly asked Sanchez in private whether he needed more troops to pacify the fledgling insurgency, and that Sanchez always said no. “He never said any of these things when it could have made a difference,” Graham said of Sanchez’s criticism.

But Democrats are sticking by their general. “Obviously, he was the general on the ground,” Herrera said. “He knows the situation firsthand. No one is better qualified than him to deliver this message.”

Can’t wait for the Nanny and the consort to land at the WH, again. There is not enough popcorn in the world.

25. BooHooHooMan - 27 November 2007

On “BadJackets” and going to the Ball
For Yuppies and Buppies Alike….

Doing some kergling around, I came upon an interesting blip about Peter Mathiesson, one third of the trio that founded the Paris Review (along with George Plimpton and Harold L. “Doc” Humes)…

From an article in the NYT

Humes’ daughter Immy has turned her documentarist lens on her fathers life and work with a particularly revealing result…

………….But also intriguing to many is the documentary’s revelation of a C.I.A. connection to the history of The Paris Review. In the film, Mr. Matthiessen, best known as a novelist, environmental activist and advocate of American Indian rights, admits publicly for the first time that he was a young C.I.A. recruit at the time he helped start the magazine, and used it as his cover.

“Immy cajoled me into talking about it,” Mr. Matthiessen said.

Mr. Humes, who tussled with Mr. Matthiessen and Mr. Plimpton about this secret after Mr. Matthiessen confided in him in the mid-’60s, died in 1992 in St. Rose’s Home, the New York City cancer hospice founded by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s daughter. Ms. Humes found correspondence between the three co-founders about Mr. Matthiessen’s clandestine affiliation in a suitcase of papers sent to Mr. Humes’s wife and four daughters in New York after he had to be institutionalized in Britain for several months after a psychotic break.

Matthiessen’s book, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, was mentioned by HC recently….

Even with his accessability on the TEEE- vee, I always found Plimpton to be less than a caricature of the clubby Yalie….waay too comfy in his oxford cloth for what I’ve thought of his heavy-on-the-voyeur, less-so-the-common-man bit…Something Matthiessen was also quite given to apparently, considering the reception for the body of his work….

I think there has been a culture war between the DOJ and the CIA in which the gloves were taken off right as J Edger hung up his ball gown in that great chifferobe in the sky…

It doesn’t surprise me a bit that the spooks actively seek inroads into the domestic intelligentsia, credentialing them with the artist’s beret , though not unlike those worn of purpose by Special Forces….

It seems to me Matthiessen’s book on Peltier and AIM could be as damning and accurate WRT the FBI as it is less than revealing of an “operative” , let alone WHOLE truth…..It seems to me the CIA and their MIC / Yalie legacy recruits (and aspiriants) would have a compelling interest in “badjacketing” the DOJ’s guns while running off a bunch of “Shitty Indians” out of the Gold Mining rich Black Hills of South Dakota.

Regardless of the FBI’s “fall” from domestic abuses, embarassments, or, e.g., a Robert Hanson of Counterintelligence going “undetected” for twenty years, the US Government, certainly, has never stood down from COINTELPRO. Certainly not when the financial , Defense and Intel stakeholders in this country have so much to lose.
What we have seen has been a morphing, and the concealment of it’s driving force in a battle for the microphone, the MSM, and by extension, the “New Media”. A “New Media” BTW, that was chatted up so well during the “Information Superhighway” and “Bridge” “building” Clinton years.

The most devastating development upon crossing this “Bridge” into the 21st century was critical for the grandsons of Nazi Sympathizing tycoons. Perversely, It was both effect and cause of 9/11, respectively. (The inverse is appropriate)…One was mandatory tearing down of a wall between two competing Police State entities: The DOJ and the FBI with its prosecutorial powers would be shattered into a thousand pieces with any possibility of Federal Law Enforcement turf splinterred and dilluted exponentially lest a similar fate befall Langley….To do so would require political splits in particular groups most effective in their advocacy of civil liberties or even the prospect of such advocacy.

Consequently, We’ve seen it across the board , the great secular voices of all backgrounds marginalized, discredited, all but exiled in favor of the shill and the shrill , the sellouts and the snitch….

Bad Jackets on or off, inside out,—Markos, Tim Lange of “Meteor Blades” pseudofame or Francis L Holland, it doesn’t matter. There’s plenty to go around on the dime that’s payin’……. They’ll all be going to the Ball, dragging happily behind on Hillary’s train.

Rest assured, though. Underneath it all, she’ll be wearing boots issued by one of somebody’s Shell Company or another. Maybe boots with spurs, even…Spurs forged out of Black Hills Gold …..

26. BooHooHooMan - 27 November 2007

D’oh. Italic nudist streaking alert. ..may I borrow some closing
after less than a caricature…?

27. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

Speaking of Operatives, what’s the deal with this?

http://dailykos.com/story/2007/11/26/20511/351

They get too embarassed fawning over the Democrats and bashing Paul and Kucinich that they had to admit some of the truth?

Because, from what I remember. “Nightprowlkitty” was one of the worst of the troll patrol.

28. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

Reading “The Shock Doctrine”

Better book than I thought, even though it’s basically warmed over Chomsky in slick package.

And I’ve got my copy of “Conscience of a Liberal” right next to it. I still think Klein’s a Keynsian restorationist like Krugman and mistakenly thinks Keynsianism is part of a threat and not just another strategy of the ruling class to keep power.

You can come away from the Shock Doctrine thinking “OMG bring down the system now” or “well we’d better get Democrats and social programs back into the White House”. Either one.

But it is very well written.

29. marisacat - 27 November 2007

not sure how many times the CIA connection of the Paris Review can come out…. I think Immy is working to hawk her book.

Nothing wrong with it, especially. Hawking her book I mean, or her documentary or whatever it is……

I did nto even put in “cia” and this popped up pretty quick [snip is toward the bottom, I had actually been googling for a text that might include a pic of the PR Ile St Louis location]:

Although nothing is said, I have the impression that the attitude of the Paris Review people was not especially warm. Peter Matthiessen, before he roped Plimpton into the project from Cambridge, had applied to be the London distributor of Merlin and been turned down. Given Matthiessen’s CIA money and State Department connections (Plimpton lived at first in the tool shed of a house loaned to some other people by the diplomatic corps) a pairing with Trocchi seems not very workable, anyway. But as the magazines were by that time the only two players, they rubbed along. There is a group portrait taken outside the Café de Tournon (see route stop 45), which was a Paris Review hangout near where a number of them lived — Roditi, Garrigue, Kunitz and Broughton in the Hôtel Helvetia, Styron and Matthiessen to the south in Montparnasse. (Plimpton lived more upscale in the Hôtel Pont Royal.) [pic18] [pic19] Inspecting the credits supplied by Plimpton one finds Merlin characterized as short-lived (and hence clearly less important) and it’s publisher’s name mis-spelled as “Logue” while Seaver’s subsequent standing requires him to be here merely “associated” with the magazine. Trocchi isn’t present. Fuki isn’t noticed

30. marisacat - 27 November 2007

Just saw this in the “spotlight” at Anti-war.com [Huffpo article]…

Just starting it………… on the Harmon home grown terra terra terra bil. That piece of junk that only 4 (iirc) voted against in the House.

31. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

Another article on the Harman thought crimes bill.

http://tinyurl.com/2fpbgx

I’m trying to figure out who it’s really aimed at. It was drawn up at the Rand Corporation by an ex Vietnam War counterinsurgency expert.

It strikes me as preemptive, something that’s only going to be used if they need it (ie try to pass a draft or go into Iran) and that will be left sitting around if they don’t.

32. JJB - 27 November 2007

BHHM, no. 25,

The best material I’ve come across re The Paris Review/CIA connection can be found here, a lengthy, two-part piece by Richard Cummings, who details his own problems in getting certain things published that the CIA didn’t want anyone to know about, and his encounters over the years with both Mathiesson and Plimpton. He exposed the late Allard Lowenstein’s career with the Agency in a book called The Pied Piper, and was subjected to the same kind of organized slander, libel, and calumny campaign that is regularly waged against people who do this sort of thing (another example is what happened to Geoffrey Stokes and the recently deceased Eliot Fremont-Smith when they claimed that Jerzy Kozinski did not write the books attributed to him and may very well have been a spook). With the passage of time, these people are always shown to have been correct. Mathiesson was actually outed as a CIA agent in the 1970s, but even though it was the NYT that did it, hardly anyone bothered to notice, or at least to make an issue of it. PM claims to have left the Agency in the 1950s, but as Cummings noted in another piece, he “allegedly left the CIA to become a fisherman in the Hamptons . . . only to receive assignments all over the world to write about birds.”

33. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

The best material I’ve come across re The Paris Review/CIA connection can be found here, a lengthy, two-part piece by Richard Cummings, who details his own problems in getting certain things published that the CIA

Remind me never to get Richard Cummings mad at me.

But life must suck if you’re Leonard Peltier. In the early 90s you had not only most of Hollywood but (it seems) the CIA trying to get you out of jail.

Then Clinton sold your pardon to fund his wife’s Presidential campaign.

34. cad - 27 November 2007

“Nightprowlkitty” was indeed part of the troll patrol faithful, and I’m sure she invoked the sacred DK rule that the site is for electing DEMOCRATS only so don’t say bad things about them…Remember those days?

Meanwhile, her Boss Kos gets all the MSM attention he claimed to not want…because like, it’s all about you! And his proto-libertarianism allows him to slime Kucinich more for an off the cuff comment about Paul running with him. Well, Paul is a noted libertarian but suddenly Kos hates ‘em. Well, at least he can use his MSM mad money to buy lots of shiny tech toys like the good corporate puppet he is.

35. bayprairie - 27 November 2007

tying in with the sanchez thing…

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: Hillary Clinton often talks about sending her husband around the world to conduct diplomacy but on Tuesday, the Senator said she would also call on Colin Powell.

“I have said I won’t even wait until I’m inaugurated, but as soon as I’m elected I’m going to be asking distinguished Americans of both parties — people like Colin Powell, for example…

36. marisacat - 27 November 2007

lie at the UN, shamelessly tie yourself to Bush for glory, power and [more] book advances and shift tone when it is clear, best book advances MIHGT come by opposing him, lightly. Tho possibly book advances are just a dry river bed for Colin… I would hope so.

Yes do send Colin around the world. Send him to the moon. One way.

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

the local news here picked up on the Sanchez / Pelosi thing.

I cannot help but see this as bad on all levels. They are so desperate for the uniform. Pathetic.

37. marisacat - 27 November 2007

From the Huffpo Giraldi piece on Harmon’s nasty bill…

Why would this power be allowed to lie around unused:

[H]arman’s bill contends that the United States will soon have to deal with home grown terrorists and that something must be done to anticipate and neutralize the problem. The act deals with the issue through the creation of a congressional commission that will be empowered to hold hearings, conduct investigations, and designate various groups as “homegrown terrorists.” The commission will be tasked to propose new legislation that will enable the government to take punitive action against both the groups and the individuals who are affiliated with them. Like Joe McCarthy and HUAC in the past, the commission will travel around the United States and hold hearings to find the terrorists and root them out. Unlike inquiries in the past where the activity was carried out collectively, the act establishing the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Commission will empower all the members on the commission to arrange hearings, obtain testimony, and even to administer oaths to witnesses, meaning that multiple hearings could be running simultaneously in various parts of the country. The ten commission members will be selected for their “expertise,” though most will be appointed by Congress itself and will reflect the usual political interests. ::snip::

LOL and I am sure those being investigated will aslo be asked to remove their shoes. Limit themselves to 3 liquid ozs carried in a clear gallon bag. What a horror it all has become.

38. ms_xeno - 27 November 2007

Blahahahaa !! Somebody on Alas A Blog is all upset about Kucinich’s pro-life record.

We should start a contest. I suspect that at this point he would still qualify as being no more pro-life than Marcotte, since they both are big on the whole prevention first angle.

Anybody got a couple of aspirin ? Thanks.

Welcome back, Mcat. Hope the clouter is doing well. Walter the Tabby has taken another downturn. Waiting for lab results right now. :/

39. marisacat - 27 November 2007

hmm I think both Kucinich and the wif are more whacked Catholics thna they let on in public. Just a suspicion.

40. marisacat - 27 November 2007

JJB – 32

finished part one of the Cummings… well worth it, thanks.

41. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

the local news here picked up on the Sanchez / Pelosi thing.

The circle is complete. I think this sums it up perfectly.

http://stopmebeforeivoteagain.org/2007/11/the_dogs_that_stopped_barking.html

The Democrats got theirs a year ago by exploiting and, to some extent, encouraging public dissatisfaction with the war. But now it’s steady as she goes, don’t rock the boat, don’t put Hillrack on the spot. The Republicans are so bollixed that victory in ’08 for the Dems appears to be merely a question of not fucking up. The last thing they want now is a public het up about a war they intend to continue.

42. marisacat - 27 November 2007

just finishing Cummings, part 2… absolutely bang up. And there is that amazing poem of Langston Hughes, as pure an anthem as can be found. So pissed when the kerry camp. perverted it for their transient needs. And Braziller used it as well…

It was Braziller’s way of telling me that he had made compromises he didn’t want to,
so he could survive, but that somehow, a better country was still possible. But did he
know about the spying by the CIA on Grove Press, Evergreen Review and Barney Rosset and the effort it made to close down Grove? After the issue of Evergreen appeared with Paul Davis’ legendary depiction of Che Guevara on the cover, Cuban
exiles firebombed the offices of Grove. Rosset insists it was done at the behest of the
CIA. His CIA file would appear to bear him out. I saw Rosset’s CIA file and it gave me
a chill. The boxes lined the walls of his loft. They knew all about his finances, what he
was publishing, and they knew what they hated. When the strike broke out that crippled Grove Press in the early Seventies, it was organized by small unions unrelated to the publishing industry, the Furriers, Meatpackers, organizations like that. Why did they pick Grove, when it was a small, independent house with few employees? If they were starting to organize the publishing industry, it would have
made more sense to do it at Random House or some other large organization with many editors. But if you thought about it, it made sense.

43. marisacat - 27 November 2007

oh Bingo…

Under the direction of George Kennan, the CIA developed
its covert action capability, all of which Kennan later regretted as “the biggest mistake
of my life,” as he put it. Still, that power was abused, as the CIA engaged in illegal acts
against David Ellsberg, Barney Rosset, Angus McKenzie, and many others, including
me, because the censoring of unwritten books is a form of unconstitutional prior
restraint. This has had a powerful effect on free expression in America, engendering
timidity in the publishing world from which it has never recovered.

Now, with the enactment of the Patriot Act, these illegal activities are legal, including
protective detention, with the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus suspended by
implication. Writing under these conditions becomes the supreme challenge in a
society that George Orwell would easily have recognized.
The national security state
has been transformed into the police state, not unlike life under Franco in Spain,
which I personally experienced. You are free to go to the beach when you want, to go
shopping when you want, but the closer you get to the Third Rail of power, the greater
the peril. The bloody crossroads, as Cyril Connolly called them, of literature and
politics has become increasingly bloody, with the result that literary life in America
has become impenetrably bland. “The Lovely Bones,” “The Five People You Meet In
Heaven,” on its goes.
Get with the team or shut up. Even the 9/11 novels all seem
contrived and banal. An anti-Bush book by a former government employee did appear
during the election, and a CIA analyst wrote a book criticizing the “imperial hubris” of
the Administration, but after the election, Bush appointed Porter Goss to head the
Agency, and he quickly purged all dissenters. Since then, it is as though an iron
curtain has descended on American publishing.

Yes thsoe lovely bones, the BookFuckingClub of the Oprahs… Malcolm Gladwell all over the place. Frey [measly petty con who fits in to USA!USA! America] excoriated in haughty demeaning words people (Richard Cohen and again Oprah) don’t use for Bush…

44. lucid - 27 November 2007

hmm I think both Kucinich and the wif are more whacked Catholics thna they let on in public. Just a suspicion.

It’s a very short step from catholicism to new agism… Both share a bushel full of semi-mystical nonsense.

Welcome back Mcat. ;)

45. marisacat - 27 November 2007

yes I find her new ageism extremely tedious. I have heard it all.

I think they use that pitter patter, to be frank. What else is new.

46. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

It strikes me re this

But I wondered how the CIA had managed to get to the publishers to tell them not to do books on Ethiopia. And then, I remembered Robie Macauley. Macauley, who had once worked for the Congress of Cultural Freedom, and allegedly was let go, became, after doing a column for Playboy, Senior Literary Editor at Houghton Mifflin. He was known for developing new fiction writers and for having a passion for fine literature. A modest, soft-spoken man, he could have passed for a vacuum cleaner salesmen, the way many CIA intelligence officers could. Because that was, in fact, what he was. At lunch with me sometime before he died, Robie quietly volunteered that all the time he had been Senior Literary Editor at Houghton Mifflin, he had run the entire CIA program in Sub Sahara Africa. That, of course, included Ethiopia.

That the web really has changed the rules of the game. In 1970 they would have just cancelled Dahr Jamal’s book contract. Same with Walt and Mearsheimer.

Now they can just post their writings on the web.

So instead of the top down model they had in 1970, now they need a bottom up model, they need a lot of websites, a lot of false conspiracy theories, a lot of noise in order to drown out the truth that can now be published in some form even if you do controll the publishing houses.

Means few jobs for pompous semi-employed WASPs like Plimpton I guess so it’s not all bad.

47. marisacat - 27 November 2007

Means few jobs for pompous semi-employed WASPs like Plimpton I guess so it’s not all bad.

Oh pleeeze. It just means you get the Koses, the John Aravosis, the Donald Blacks, the Media Matters and their nattering… etc.

It is just a trade.

And if you notice, the Paris Review has been pressed itno service yet again.

I see some openings via the Netteries… but so few. The net has been highly effective at marginalisation.

I will put some faith, as I always have, in hackers… but the thing is so set up for control.

A world with a thriving Grove Press (and others), rather than some hatchet buy out by Ann Getty and others…

A link I popped up with (comment # 29), to indicate the CIA outing of PR and Matthiessen is old news if not around fully… if it is read carefully one could really say that the PR ran off earlier small publications with actual (like them or not) radical left at the helm.

Gee sounds so familiar.

I am reminded, despite being predictably thankful for his show, (there is so little left) that I get so pissed every time Moyers lets Isaacson formerly of CNN and now Aspen Institute and part of the dastardly NO Recovery Act, take the part of the beleaguered Good Media in the run up to war….

GMAFB!

Again, so old. Moyers goes just so far andnofurther.

48. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

Oh pleeeze. It just means you get the Koses, the John Aravosis, the Donald Blacks, the Media Matters and their nattering… etc.

The proletarianization (is that a word?) of disinformation.

LOL

You used to have George Plimton and Peter Mathiessen, the real goddamned genuine Ivy League WASP article.

Now you have McJoan on the internets nattering on about her Mayflower ancestors.

But I was actually talking more about the right blogosphere. Since you can’t *totally* shot down news coming out of the Middle East, for example, you need a long stream of “fauxtophraphy” scandals, endless debates about who really shot Muhammad Al Dura, endless repeated catchphrases (“Hezbollah Hides Behind Civilians”, “Hugo Chavez Wants to be President for Life”) to muddy the waters.

And SINCE the goverment can generate more noise (hire more people get more attention in the MSM, give out more goodies ie $$$) the power relationship hasn’t changed that much.

49. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

A world with a thriving Grove Press (and others), rather than some hatchet buy out by Ann Getty and others

It seems to me that they failed with the attempt to take over Pacifica in 2000/2001.

But don’t quote me. The nasty and byzantine politics around WBAI are almost impossible to figure out.

I don’t know how the other stations in the network are.

50. marisacat - 27 November 2007

the power relationship hasn’t changed that much.

well yes. There has always been obfuscation, diversion noise. And there still is.

LOL… Kos and Red State are much friendlier than Kos ever was to his early liberal / left commenters. Moulitsas and Krempasky, both operatives. What is hte difference? None.

Just a minor case in point.

51. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

LOL… Kos and Red State are much friendlier than Kos ever was to his early liberal / left commenters. Moulitsas and Krempasky, both operatives. What is hte difference? None.

It might even be worse. At least Plimpton wanted to be cool and hang out with leftists.

Like many upper class liberal Democrats, he seemed to lack an integrated personality. He could rail against inequality and then participate in it without the slightest embarrassment, failing miserably to conflate his aristocratic predilections with his longing to be a bona fide member of the left.

Now Kos and the netroots want to hang out with soldiers and not cool artists and hippies.

Proletarianization became Militarization

Rich WASPs used to want to slum. Now computer geeks brought up on Doom want to play special forces.

52. marisacat - 27 November 2007

At least Plimpton wanted to be cool and hang out with leftists.

not really. He wanted a wealthy connected NY lifestyle with literary and continental overtones.

53. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

I put something up last Friday about Harmon’s nasty piece of fascist shit.

54. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

I fucking LOVE this guy:

At Mikey Weinstein’s home in the suburbs of Albuquerque, the picture window in the living room has been twice shot out. Sometimes Weinstein opens his front door to find dead animals on his porch, feces smeared on his walls, or slashes in his tires. Men have called to threaten his daughter, women to chant rhymes about shooting him in the head, small children to inform him that he will burn in hell. To his critics, he says, “Take a number, pack a picnic lunch, and stand in line.” He’s not going anywhere, and neither is his 5’6″ ex-Marine security guard, Shorty.

Weinstein is the middle rung in three generations of soldiers. A former Air Force JAG and White House attorney for Ronald Reagan, he has adopted a shock-and-awe approach to battling efforts by the military to impress Christianity upon American soldiers. “We have the Christian Taliban and the Christian Al Qaeda inside our military,” says Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, “and they really have WMD, unlike Saddam.”

An amateur pugilist with shoulders like a butcher block and a head like a cannonball, he several times challenged evangelical minister Ted Haggard to a boxing match. (Haggard declined.) His adversaries call him, to his great delight, “The Field General of the Godless Armies of Satan,” though his friends prefer nicknames like “Ticktock” and “Motor Mouth.” During one of his trademark rapid-fire, profanity-laced diatribes, he proclaimed, “Our job here is to kick ass, take names, and leave sucking chest wounds on the people who are trying to engage the machinery of the state to push their biblical worldview.” To allies who suggest that perhaps Weinstein should appoint someone more diplomatic to lead the foundation, he offers, “First they will have to prove to me that what we are engaged in is a polite exchange of views” with right-wing Christians, “instead of a bloody battle that only ends with the last person standing.”

Weinstein is certain that fundamentalists will stop at nothing to transform the United States military into an army of God. He notes that Officers Christian Fellowship, with chapters in every major U.S. military installation in the world, envisions—and here he quotes its mission statement—a “spiritually transformed military, with ambassadors for Christ in uniform, empowered by the Holy Spirit.” The group has helped boost fundamentalist Christianity among the armed forces from a negligible presence 20 years ago to a faith currently held by 30 percent of U.S. soldiers, according to Weinstein. He adds that many of those soldiers—hardcore end-timers and Dominionists—desperately want America to invade Iran, thereby triggering the biblical prophecy of the Rapture.

55. marisacat - 27 November 2007

LOL read a certain way, this is enormously amusing…

help widdle kos out

56. marisacat - 27 November 2007

God, his schtick is old – and lame:

And include links to make my follow-up research as smooth as possible. Thanks!

57. Miss Devore - 27 November 2007

55,56…..”the Kiss Float?” The gates sure melted before that one.

and goddess help him if his research doesn’t go smooth. Sure can’t get lazier than that one.

58. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

does his wife chew his food for him, too?

Anyway, for a chuckle or gasp, check out:

Bionic cat X-ray

A t-shirt fit for the guard cat of Opera Glasses and Popcorn.

59. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

Sure can’t get lazier than that one.

Hit’s hard work spending his time on his hands and knees cleaning up the mess the party leaves behind.

Oh, and loved Rove lying about how Bush didn’t want the IWR in the fall of 2002 on Charlie Rose. He and kos fit well together.

60. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

The Quakers rate the candidates on the war.

As another sign that EVERY institution in this country is either clueless or corrupt, guess which two candidates THEY LEFT OUT. Click on the Don’t see a candidate who is running? link at the bottom to see their “rationale”.

Really, why do I even bother to pay attention? How can you ADVOCATE if you stifle yourself using MSM standards?

61. marisacat - 27 November 2007

LOL the kitten T Shirt made me laugh. What a hoot!

62. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

You know they have blood and viscera on their fury little minds, when they’re not jonesing for catnip.

Oh, speaking of pussies (sorry, not very PC or feminist of me, but I can’t pass up a chance to seque with a play on words).

Waxman Wimps Out on Impeachment:

From Henry Waxman:

Thank you for contacting me to express your strong
opposition to the policies of the Bush White House and your
support for impeachment. I appreciate having the benefit of your
view on this issue and the opportunity to share my thinking with
you.

As you know, on November 6, 2007, Representative
Dennis Kucinich offered a privileged resolution on the House
floor to bring up H.Res. 333, which would impeach Vice
President Cheney. I joined a majority of the House in a 218-194
vote to refer the privileged resolution to the Judiciary Committee,
which is the committee of jurisdiction.

I do not take impeachment lightly. Having been elected
to the House in 1974 on the heels of the resignation of President
Nixon, I fully understand the gravity of the impeachment process.
And having served in the House during the partisan and political
campaign that pursued the impeachment of President Clinton, I
have seen the detriment of its abuse.

While I recognize the eagerness of Representative
Kucinich and other supporters of impeachment to move this
resolution swiftly, I believe the House has a constitutional and
institutional responsibility to handle such resolutions and their
underlying accusations with due process and regular order. That
is why I voted to refer the measure back to the House Judiciary
Committee for its evaluation and consideration.

In addition to concerns about process, I personally believe
that impeachment is not a successful strategy for challenging the
Bush Administration. On a practical level there aren’t enough
votes in the House or the Senate for impeachment or a
conviction. Furthermore, pursuing impeachment would polarize
our country at a time when Americans are unifying across party
lines to oppose the President’s policies in Iraq.
(and unifying against you’re worthless, spineless asses) It does not make
sense to divert attention and focus on a losing strategy against an
administration that will be out of office next year.

As Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform I am committed to holding this
Administration accountable for its actions. (oh, and the check is in the mail, I’ve never lied and I won’t cum in your mouth) I believe the best way to do so is by restoring the essential checks and balances that languished during previous congresses. I am determined to fully investigate acts of misconduct and misjudgment and learn from
the Administration’s mistakes so that we can fix our policies and
prevent future abuses.

Better hurry up and write some more sternly-worded letters, Henry! That’ll show him! Maybe a White House secretary will get a paper cut!

63. melvin - 27 November 2007

56– kos and the vision thing.

So limited, he thinks dkos is some agent for change.

I tried a couple times there to point out the revolutionary potential of the Public Library of Science

Everything we publish is freely available online for you to read, download, copy, distribute, and use (with attribution) any way you wish.

Also EarthPortal, etc.

It means all a bright kid in Kampala needs is access to the internet and the sparks can fly.

Crickets. Orange crickets, until atrios notices.

64. marisacat - 27 November 2007

harry is committed and determined. It sounds so collegiate. You know, studious. Boy Scout-ish.

Rubbing sticks together to make fire. In the rain. At night. In a stiff wind.

LOL

65. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

If lucid is around, he’s gonna love THIS (via Boing Boing):

When Morris is asked why the music business didn’t work harder, in the early days of file-sharing, to build its own (legal) online presence, there’s this exchange:

“There’s no one in the record industry that’s a technologist,” Morris explains. “That’s a misconception writers make all the time, that the record industry missed this. They didn’t. They just didn’t know what to do. It’s like if you were suddenly asked to operate on your dog to remove his kidney. What would you do?”

Personally, I would hire a vet. But to Morris, even that wasn’t an option. “We didn’t know who to hire,” he says, becoming more agitated. “I wouldn’t be able to recognize a good technology person — anyone with a good bullshit story would have gotten past me.”

66. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

This is interesting:

Well, we’ve been hearing ever since the 2006 election from right-wing stalwarts that their problems with the electorate were that they weren’t far enough to the right.

And surveying the GOP presidential field — one in which an extremist like Ron Paul can come off seeming sane and moderate — I’d have to say they seem all to have been listening.

So now the clucking old chickens of the far right are coming to roost in places like South Carolina, where Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is apparently about to face a primary fight from a fellow named Buddy Witherspoon, a GOP national committeeman and, as SJ Reidhead at Blogcritics reports, a stalwart of the Council of Conservative Citizens:

Of course, this also serves to open up room for a center-right donk to take advantage of the further right splitting votes. When is the left gonna learn and back only leftists and refuse to back the establishment Donk?

Yeah, yeah, I know.

67. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

the two latest IOZ are great.

ON the kubuki in Annapolis:

The Israeli-Palestinain situation is compounded in its awfulness by the extreme disproportion of wealth and power. Isreal is the guiltier party insofar as it possesses the wherewithal to make the first good-faith gestures whereas the Palestinians objectively do not. They lack the physical capacity to make absolute security guarantees. They are poor, ineffectual, and divided among themselves. Israel, as an occupying power, has actively sought that condition, by the way. That’s what occupying powers do if they want to remain occupying powers. But we should not kid ourselves about the nobility of the long-suffering Palestinian people, either, even as we take their side. It’s romantic and paternalistic, and it overlooks the fact that “peoples” aren’t people and aren’t endowed with aspects of personality and virtue. That means: Don’t imagine that just because they have been abused and occupied, the Palestinians are now incapable of subterfage, bad faith, bad acting, and irrational self-interest. That’s another lesson from labor-management land. The harder you beat down on the union, the nastier, sneakier, and more dishonest they will become in the next round of talks, and with good reason.

In any case, if Israel will not begin the process by dismantling settlements and easing travel restrictions–in effect, easing the occupation dramatically enough to allow the emergence of a Palestinian entity that isn’t crippled and ineffectual before it comes to the table, then hope, such as it is, will be more like stillborn.

On Digby’s latest paeon to HillBilly:

Digby complains that the surplusses of the Clinton bubble years should have been used to “finance new initiatives for the public,” and “finance” is the unintentionally, hilariously felicitous word. Surplusses should have been spent on reducing debt, not on building future costs. In any case, “initiatives for the public” or giveaways to the rich are staggeringly irrelevant compared to the cost of war, and in fact the debt service that we pay every year is largely a camouflage for what is in fact war spending: debts incurred for prior imperial ventures and added onto by the going one. As noted elsewhere and otherwise, the only real way to reduce the national debt and to limit the costs and scope of government is to stop fighting wars. You will curiously enough not find that much discussed, neither by Club for Growth types nor by Reasonoids, the latter of which persists in lazy agnosticism when it comes to war and peace. For the former, well, I always laugh when I hear Norquist types talk about drowning the government in the bathtub when they are unwilling to tamper with the half-trillion-dollar army hanging out in the bathroom with its shrunken boss.

IOZ

68. marisacat - 27 November 2007

oh they cannot take Lindsay Graham away from me! I get such a kick out of him… I call him the night blooming Flower of the SOuth.

The senate would not be the same!

69. JJB - 27 November 2007

MCat,

A world with a thriving Grove Press (and others), rather than some hatchet buy out by Ann Getty and others…

When I was in college, I used to go to the library and go through old copies of Evergreen Review. I feel like I owe Barney Rosset a very great deal. I first heard of him in the late 60s, when The Saturday Evening Post did an article about him, calling him a “purveyor of smut” (I believe that was actually the name of the article, “Barney Rosset: POS”). Not only had he published Henry Miller in the early 60s and ended the bans on his books (and others such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover), at the time of the Post article he had imported the movie I Am Curious (Yellow), and fought a court case against US Customs and/or the NYC police after they impounded it, earning him the furious scorn of bluenoses everywhere. With that one act, whatever censorship laws that remained came tumbling down, and artists were free to write, stage, and film whatever they wanted without fear of being sent to jail. Grove Press published Brecht, Beckett, and many other once obscure writers. One of the first issues of ER had devoted itself to the Beat writers, and included Ginsberg’s Howl. In countries like France, they give medals to a man like that. Here, they drive him out of business.

70. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007
71. marisacat - 27 November 2007

well the israelis have no intention of changing anything. They have built the wall they really worship. Apparently Olmert, as nasty as they come he used to run to the site of the bus bombs, he and Ra’anan Gissen and a few other thugs… is in single digit approval numbers…

He will be fanning hatred, not mitigating it.

72. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

Just in time for this joyous season, CIA Action Figures.

73. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

Oh, AND a gift for Sarko: French Reveal Plans for Taser Flying Saucer

A French businessman tells AFP his company is working on putting TASER stun guns on a flying saucer that would zap protesters, evil-doers, and anybody else that authorities there don’t like. Antoine di Zazzo, identified by AFP as “one of the biggest Taser representatives” outside the United States, said his company is “developing a mini-flying saucer like drone which could also fire Taser stun rounds on criminal suspects or rioting crowds. He expects it to be launched next year and to be sold internationally by Taser.”

Maybe they can get started building Banlieue 13 outside Paris and get it over with.

74. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

Darn, should have linked to the vid en france.

75. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

Silber: A Country Ready to Follow Orders — Even into Hell

That’s exactly right — and that is precisely the point I have tried to make in essays such as, “Break the Goddamned Rules.” Public life in the United States is designed and structured to make serious discussion about any subject of great moment impossible. This is true with regard to those views that are considered to be “acceptable” and “respectable,” and it is also true of how political campaigns and political events are run, down to the daily and hourly details. It is prohibited to speak of the criminal genocide the United States has caused in Iraq; we may only talk about the monumental “strategic blunder” that has been committed. In the same way but on the smaller scale, both Democrats and Republicans make all but certain that they are never greeted with unwelcome or uncomfortable questions at public events, as Rhodes herself mentioned in connection with Andrew Meyer. On this occasion, Rhodes correctly insisted that her criticism was deserved across the board: she emphasized that Democrats do this as frequently as Republicans.

Still talking about the Meyer tasering, but good points.

76. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

oops … FRANCAIS … I’m such a fucking ‘merican.

77. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 November 2007

really, just fuck the both of them:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis, Eloise Harper, and Nancy Flores Report: Former President Bill Clinton portrayed himself as having been against the Iraq war “from the beginning” while campaigning Tuesday for his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton, in Iowa.

“Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning,” said Clinton, “I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers.”

Clinton has long been critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and called it a “big mistake” as far back as November of 2005.

But like his wife, the former president supported giving President Bush the authority needed to go to war.

“I supported the President when he asked the Congress for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” said Clinton in 2003 while delivering commencement remarks at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss.

[snip]

A spokesman for Bill Clinton tried to downplay the former president’s comments by distinguishing between the authority to go to war, which both Clintons supported, and President Bush’s decision to use that authority when he did.

“As he said from the beginning and many times since,” said Clinton spokesperson Jay Carson, “President Clinton disagreed with taking the country to war in Iraq without allowing the weapons inspectors to finish their jobs.”

Really … what is there left to say? How can ANYBODY consider voting for Clinton 2: Imperial War Boogaloo.

78. ms_xeno - 27 November 2007

I almost fainted on the Kos link when one of NPK’s buddies said that Nader’s main crime is that “his timing sucked.”

So I guess that means all the retro Nader believers will be voting for him next year.
:D

79. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

Saw Norman Finkelstein speak tonight.

Out of curiosity I went to Amazon and checked out Joan Peter’s book “From Time Immemorial”.

http://www.amazon.com/review/product/0963624202/ref=cm_cr_pr_link_1?%5Fencoding=UTF8&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

Somebody’s seriously packing in those positive reviews.

80. marisacat - 27 November 2007

oh what bullshit that BC opposed the war.

LOL Madeleine Cohen and Berger canvassed in 98 FOR war and were shocked at the reception they got. There is film o fthem at a university, thanks to CNN I saw it three times. They sat on stage shocked, trying to sell the war. People stood up and yelled at them…

I think with all Bill had going on they were afraid to take on approval ratings and protests…

Bill did his pro War PRO BLAIR opinion pieces off shore. I read three in the UK press. I am sure someone hwo googles well can find them…

The one for Blair when his humbers dipped badly, was esp drippy.

81. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

Almost done with Naomi Klein. About to start Krugman.

Man I feel like digging up Milton Friedman’s body and drinking Jeffrey Sach’s blood out of his skull.

Grrrrrrrr.

82. Hair Club for Men - 27 November 2007

From “The Shock Doctrine”:

Sachs could not see the most glaring political reality confronting him in Russia: there was never going to be a Marhsall Plan for Russia because there was only a Marhsall Plan because of Russia. When Yeltsin abolished the Soviet Union, the “loaded gun” that had forced the development of the original plan was disarmed. Without it, capitalism was suddenly free to lapse into its most savage form, not just in Russia but around the world.

Ding Ding Ding

Whatever you thought of Communism, there’s no denying it was a counterweight to capitalism that made capitalism more humane.

83. marisacat - 27 November 2007

Comment from the Indypendent media link, HC originally linked to it at Comment 31 up thread… it is a report on HR 1855 the Harmon and rand Corp anti domestic terrorism bill that has moved to the senate:

impeachLingle.org Says:
November 24th, 2007 at 4:52 pm

Take a look at Hawai’i for an example of how peaceful protesters are being charged under Terrorism statutes. Gov. Lingle (republican) is doing favors for Cheney neocon friend Lehman who owns the Superferry in order to advance her national political career.

She ignored environmental law (because they couldn’t have operated under it, due to their whale-killing speed throught the Humpback Whale Sanctuary) and told them they didn’t have to do an Environmental Assessment. Then the Sierra Club brought suit and the State Appeals Court ruled that Lingle had broken the law and the Superferry had to do an EA prior to commencement of operations. That was Thursday. On Monday Sierra Club was scheduled to be in court to ask for the injunction to be enforced.

On Saturday, the Superferry suddenly moved up the start date of their service, sold $5 tickets and tried to go into Kaua’i harbor. People on surf boards and canoes blocked them. The Superferry was breaking the law, but the people in the water were arrested.

They were arrested under “Homeland Security” and are facing 10 years in jail and $25,000 fines. Their surfboards were unlawfully seized.

Since ‘Oahu is the majority (90% of population) Lingle was able to pass a blatantly unconstitutional special interest law saying the Superferry didn’t have to do an EIS prior to operating. (Maui, Kaua’i and Big Island are the ones being impacted by the bill and their Councils all passed resolutions demanding an EIS but they have less than 20% of the population.)

On December 1st the Superferry plans to come to Maui. Lingle and Lehman’s military buddies have closed off the entire Maui harbor to all fishermen, small boaters, surfers and paddlers for an hour prior to the Superferry’s arrival and 10 minutes after – about 8:30-noon every single day. Our fishermen go out of the harbor small boat ramp to feed their families. Our high school students have inter-scholastic paddling practice in the harbor during that time. Our surfers use a break that is on the edge of the harbor (and completely out of the shipping lanes).

Lingle has threatened peaceful protesters with being charged under terrorsm laws and having their children taken away by Child Protective Services.

December 1 we intend to hold a peaceful protest bringing the world’s attention to Lingle’s actions in curtailing our civil rights to benefit one of Bush/Cheney’s buddies (who, BTW, is looting the US and Hawai’i of close to $200 million dollars in public funds and loan guarantees)

We also ask that people support us (and prevent the whales from being killed and us being jailed for using our own harbor) by boycotting the Superferry and asking all of your friends to boycott it.

Please call Gov. Lingle T 808-586-0034 and tell her to give us back our civil rights. Help!

will google around and see what media reports I find…

84. bayprairie - 27 November 2007

orange fluff is going to write a book about “modern day” activism?

Wunnerful, Wunnerful!

it’ll read like lawrence welk lecturing about jazz, but without the bubbles.

and no champagne.

85. marisacat - 28 November 2007

hmmm from a November report on the Super Ferry (they used the phrase Unified COmmand here a lot, during the so well managed Oil SPill):

In response to the protests, Governor Lingle created a Unified Command, made up of the U.S. Coast Guard, the FBI, state and local law enforcement, and the Hawaii Superferry corporation.

Using Homeland Security laws and Executive Orders created to combat terrorism, the Unified Command established a “security zone” in Nawiliwili Harbor. Protestors who enter this zone, which encompasses popular surf breaks and fishing areas, face charges of terrorism that carry penalties of 10 years in federal prison and over $30,000 in fines.

Discontent with the Superferry now has the added component of resentment against intrusion of the “military” into the situation.

Rapidly expanding groups of activists are determined to stop the ship and as one critic said, “the wanton disregard of the will of Hawaii’s people by the U.S. occupying force.”

86. marisacat - 28 November 2007

LOL Angry Arab has tons of snips, snipes, slams, sarcastic comments, some links, posted today w/r/t Annapolis.

87. marisacat - 28 November 2007

Margaret Kimberley on Taser Nation at BAR… they also have a new article up on Africom

88. marisacat - 28 November 2007

William Fisher on the Harmon bill… this article also points out that the timing may be to preclude peaceful demonstrations before the conventions.

Gotta love the War Party.

89. marisacat - 28 November 2007

Brrrrrrreaking News.

Streisand endorses………… CLINTON!

so shocked.

I find every thing from the campaigns to be messages from coo coo land. this included:

[H]illary Clinton on Tuesday tried to counter Barack Obama’s big celeb coup by trotting out her own legendary diva recognizable by first name alone: Barbra.

“Madame President of the United States,” Barbra Streisand mused. “It’s an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman’s potential has no limitations.”

Neither the campaign nor Streisand’s people would say whether the glamorous songstress will actually stump for Clinton through Iowa’s snowy cornfields.

“She will do what she can to support her candidate,” said Streisand spokesman Ken Sunshine, who noted that Streisand has backed every Democratic hopeful since John Kennedy. ::snip::

What a relief, she never strayed!

90. marisacat - 28 November 2007

Bob Parry has an article up on Neocons Resurgent… we are so far gone, I just laughed as I read it… and there is a Hillary La NeoCon segment:

The Hillary Question

On the Democratic side, frontrunner Hillary Clinton has tried to avoid offending the neocons as much as possible. She followed their line on Iraq from 2002 to 2006, before shifting into cautious opposition to appease the anti-war fervor of rank-and-file Democrats.

Then, after building what appeared to be a safe lead in Democratic polls, the New York senator tilted back in the neoconservative direction, voting for a Lieberman-sponsored resolution that urged Bush to take a harder line against Iran by labeling its Revolutionary Guard a terrorist entity. [poor dear, a confused woman, she slipped and voted her beliefs, LOL -Mcat]

Though many grassroots Democrats suspect that Sen. Clinton is a “closet neocon” or “Lieberman-lite,” some Inside-the-Beltway Democrats see her more as a triangulator who simply wants to dilute the intensity of neocon opposition to her candidacy.

Similarly, after winning the White House in 1992, President Bill Clinton gave the job of CIA director to neocon James Woolsey. One well-placed Democratic source told me the move was a patronage plum to the editors of The New Republic, an influential neocon-leaning magazine that lent support to Clinton.

If Hillary Clinton does win the Democratic nomination, the neocons would almost surely side with the Republican nominee in the general election, but the neocons might be less hostile toward her than they were toward the two previous Democratic nominees.

In 2004, the neocons viewed Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry with deep suspicion, despite his vote in favor of the Iraq War.

As for Election 2008, the neocons see potential political gain if they can solidify the image of progress in Iraq and transform this emerging Washington conventional wisdom into an opinion shared broadly by American voters. [the Democrats will help! --- Help is on the way! - Mcat]

If the neocons can do that, the benefits could spill over into the presidential race, helping Republicans who advocate aggressively fighting “World War III,” while undermining the Democratic candidates who have been the most critical of the Iraq War.

To that end, the neocons are back to portraying Iraq War critics as “defeatists” who favor “surrender” and who are betraying “the troops.”

91. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 November 2007

As I look at Fatah goons beating on their own people, the first thing that comes to mind is the Pine Ridge Tribal Police’s reign of terror in the ’70s.

Off to work. Be well everybody.

92. JJB - 28 November 2007

MCat, nos. 55 and 56,

So typical of Kosolini, sign a contract to write a column or a book, then delegate all the work to a lot of unpaid people foolish enough to believe that spending large portions of their waking hours on his website is somehow akin to political activism. Tom Sawyer has nothing on Mr. Zuniga. Of course, the former was a good enough con man to get people to pay to do the work he was charged with. I suppose that will happen shortly with Kos: “Hey, want to write my Newsweek column, all you have to do is tell me why you should do it, send along $50 (via PayPal), and the person who gives the best explanation of why they should be allowed to ghost write the piece for me gets to do it!”

93. lucid - 28 November 2007

all you have to do is tell me why you should do it, send along $50 (via PayPal), and the person who gives the best explanation of why they should be allowed to ghost write the piece for me gets to do it!

He’d be able to buy another $50,000 piano if he did that. LOL

Madman, indeed the music industry is full of dolts. Why do you think they release and promote the crap they do, while not getting the really good or revolutionary stuff? It reminds me of the movie ‘Idiocracy’. Actually the whole world is beginning to remind me of that movie… Flying tasers, outlawed speech & mind numbing mediocrity. Before long, we too, will be watering our crops with gatorade – ‘because it’s got what plants crave. Its got electrolytes’…

94. JJB - 28 November 2007

Madman, no. 58,

does his wife chew his food for him, too?

No, but little Ari does. :-)

95. cad - 28 November 2007

Kos writes:

” like the rise of Cindy Sheehan (and the fall as well, as a cautionary tale),”

The fall? The fall from the trolls at DK who professed their love for Sheehan then turned rabid, calling her an “attention whore.”

I doubt that Kos will include the details of how the orange-shirts went after her — because she dared to challnge the gatekeepers!

Will nobody call this phony on his bullshit?

96. ms_xeno - 28 November 2007

#84:

Champagne ? Nah. Cold duck maybe. Or something that rhymes with it. :/

I have taken to snarling at mr_xeno that he should “kill the wankfest” whenever I see the orange bubbles on his desktop. I think he should buy a good quality videocamera and make my dream project: BUTTERSCOTCH THE EVIL’S WAR ON CHRISTMAS !!!

Giant orange fluffy cat tramps through cheap Chinese-made mini X-mas village, replete with fake blood and pilfered Godzilla noises, and the screams of a million Fox pundits and El Tacos Pastor Dan and his wannabees. Maybe some shooting flames, too.

Coming soon to YouTube.

It’s high past time to take back the color orange from these hacks, ops, and zombies.

97. cad - 28 November 2007

As long as Kos’s book contans nuggets of wisdom on pimping Chevron while they’re trying to kill a proposition in his own state.

I hope Kos includes a chapter titled: “Voting For Arnold: Why I Did It Despite My Site’s Stated Goal of Electing Democrats”

Or maybe: “How To Ban Progressive Trolls From Your Activist Site”

And perhaps a centerfold section: “Strong Men In Fields of Wheat”

98. bayprairie - 28 November 2007

Or maybe: “How To Ban Progressive Trolls From Your Activist Site”

and maybe a chapter discussing the similarities between his oft-professed “democratic” libertarianism and ron paul’s.

99. lucid - 28 November 2007

I definitely think a chapter on how juvenile sexual innuendo can help build grass roots political movements should be a prominent chapter.

100. ms_xeno - 28 November 2007

Ya’ know, if Cindy’s not a failure, how come SHE hasn’t got a column in Newsweek ? Huh ? Huh ?

101. BooHooHooMan - 28 November 2007

JJB, Thanks for the link yesterday.

102. lucid - 28 November 2007

Ms_x – being offered a column in Newsweek is the definition of failure.

103. cad - 28 November 2007

Chapter 45:

“How To Find Community Once You Buy A Million Dollar Home In the Berkeley Hills”

Chapter 58:

“Progressives: Ugh”

Chapter 79:

“Chevron: My Green Friends In The Black Bay”

Chapter 93:

“Protests Suck: Txt Your Way To Change”

Chapter 123:

“The Sanctimonious Women’s Study Set: Get Over It Bitches”

Chapter 138:

“A Fail Proof Way To Spot and Scour “Concern Trolls”

Chapter 164:

“Making Bank Off A Movement: A Case Study”

And many many more tiny chapters.

104. lucid - 28 November 2007

“Chevron: My Green Friends In The Black Bay”

So markos sees aliens too? Why is he beating up on Seabiscuit?

105. cad - 28 November 2007

Because Markos’ big green men PAY him.

106. ms_xeno - 28 November 2007

A friend who knows me too well sent this along.

Holiday ideas galore. :D

107. marisacat - 28 November 2007

I suggest Cato Inst do the foreword.

Special entries from Simon Rosenberg on why he supported Lieberman… LOL… and what the Blahgs were really up to with that play.

Trippi can do a chapter on who he really supports (apprently he appears at Obama rallies, not sure he is there to “observe”) and how best operatives can diddle candidates.

There should be a Chevron ad on the cover.

And maybe a small confessional chapter on the WInger money that funds the DLC and the NDN is also behind the Blahgs, right and “left”.

108. lucid - 28 November 2007

Oh – I almost forgot:

Chapter 1 “Inside the CIA: The most liberal branch of government”.

Maybe he could also have Carville guest on something about his relationship with his wife.

109. Hair Club for Men - 28 November 2007

So markos sees aliens too? Why is he beating up on Seabiscuit?

Because Kucinich is really his birth father and he’s never acknowledged it.

Kos

Kucinich

How Kos really sees himself.

110. cad - 28 November 2007

Found some more galleys:

Chapter 12: “Why I Still Worship Reagan”

Chapter 37: “Cindy Sheehan: Traitor Troll”

Chapter 89: “Why You Have No People Power Over BlogAds”

Chapter 194: “Using Sports As A Metaphor For Everything”

111. Hair Club for Men - 28 November 2007

Chapter 212: When I Was a Little Boy in El Salvador, the Nice Death Squad Leader Let Me Wear His Hat While He Told Me About How Much Fun It Is to Beat Up Dirty Fucking Hippie Archbishops and Nuns

112. lucid - 28 November 2007

Chapter 401: “How I made miiiillions of dollars from my tiiiny one bedroom apartment”

113. Hair Club for Men - 28 November 2007

Chapter 298: How much money did Steve Gilliard and Billmon get? How to bilk your friends out of their contet for fun and profit.

114. marisacat - 28 November 2007

LOL

Chapter 911

I know nothing.

*********

Chapter Ohio 2004

Nothing happened.

115. Hair Club for Men - 28 November 2007

Or better yet

Chapter 298: Steve Gilliard. Better than Slavery. How I Got a Desperately Sick Black Man to Work for Free.

116. ms_xeno - 28 November 2007

Hey, who can blame Kucinich for not wanting to acknowledge the little cheapskate as his son ? Would you ?

117. cad - 28 November 2007

Chapter 356: “How I’ll Get You To Write My Book For Me”

And the final chapter: “Daily Kos: A Fully Sponsored Subsidiary of the Corporatist Media or Now I’ve Got Mine Jack!”

118. Miss Devore - 28 November 2007

106-ms. xeno–what a coincidence–I just stumbled on this today:

http://www.threadbared.com/2006/03/index.html

(there is a gift idea for Luscious Vagina there among the old nylons pieces)

119. melvin - 28 November 2007

106–

This post has singlehandedly (?) revived my interest in cooking for the holidays.

120. marisacat - 28 November 2007

post thread something……….

LINK


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