Did you watch the Clinton-Obama debate tonight? Did you watch their references to Israel? I will summarize. Hillary said that if elected, she would urge Israel to occupy two more of its neighbors. Not to be outdone, Obama pledged to urge Israel to occupy four Arab countries. I watched the debate and learned about US Middle East policy what I knew not before.
Ratzy again! [UPDATED, Ratzy baby! no really!] 18 April 2008Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, San Francisco, U.S. Senate.
Why screw with a good thing………. left i on the news noted that Ratzy was greeted at the WH with a 21 gun salute.
and while i was there I gleaned this:
“I often get questions about impeachment at town hall meetings and I’ve said that is not something I think would be fruitful to pursue because I think that impeachment is something that should be reserved for exceptional circumstances.“
… and this
“It’s an atrocity what is being perpetrated as punishment on the people in Gaza. It’s a crime… I think it is an abomination that this continues to go on.”
- Jimmy Carter, speaking in Cairo about the Israeli blockade of Gaza
Carter also noted that the people of Gaza “receive fewer calories a day than people in the poorest parts of Africa.”
I realise Bilal Hussein has been covered here (in comments, that is) but I scammed this from Angry Arab… of course the LAST graf of the MSNBC/AP report. I mean, why put the consummate reality at the top?
“He now joins a growing list of journalists detained in conflict zones by the U.S. military for prolonged periods and eventually released without any charges or crimes ever substantiated against them,” said Simon. “This deplorable practice should be of concern to all journalists. It basically allows the U.S. military to remove journalists from the field, lock them up and never be compelled to say why.”
While at Angry A, I scammed this summation of the debate…
I maintain that the Democrats, finally, are running smack! into every brick wall, oil spill, slow bump and smoke filled room (fake and otherwise) they EVER constructed. And I am much amused.
Here is the opening and closing grafs from a look at Howard’s request, beg, demand, that Super Dels fall into line, out of love, vote, DO SOMETHING!, save the day, hand over the nom, turn the heat down... etc…
April 18, 2008
Delegates to Dean: Make Us
Howard Dean was on Wolf Blitzer’s show yesterday, and Drudge picked up his admonition to the superdelegates with the splashy headline: “Dean To Delegates: Decide Now.” In the interview, Dean says that he wants the superdelegates to begin “voting” now.
“We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,” he said. “We’ve got to know who our nominee is.”
Unfortunately for the party, Dean is in no position to tell the superdelegates when to decide. The reason? The chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee carries with it very little political power – certainly not enough to sway superdelegates.
It has been this way for a very long time. Fifty years ago, political scientists thought of the political parties as “truncated pyramids.” The idea behind this metaphor is that it was the state parties that were really in charge. The national parties were powerless organization that few paid attention to. [...] They were there to be used by the president for his electoral purposes and, when the President was of a different party, to host the national conventions. That’s it.
Flash forward to the 1970s. There’s a convergence of two trends in electoral politics. First is the rise of television and the mass media campaign. This induced a great need for campaign cash. Second is the imposition of the Federal Elections Campaign Act (FECA) of 1972, and the 1974 amendments that limited the amount of money that candidates could collect from individuals. This gave the national parties a new task – legal money laundering. [BINGO ---Mcat]
This is their essential function today. All six national party organizations (the two national committees plus the four Hill committees) collect large sums of cash by waving the party banner, and then distribute this money to candidates. [...]
… and the close:
This is why the “Democratic Party” cannot stop this nomination race. There is no party entity with the power to say, “OK, you two. Enough is enough.” In keeping with the “candidate control” model of electoral politics, the only two who can stop it are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. That’s the modern party system for you. 20th century reformers thought the parties were meddling institutions that corrupted the political process. So, they stripped them of their power. Accordingly, the Democrats are at the mercy of their candidates.
Footnote: if you listen to Dean’s interview, he says that some superdelegates have already “voted,” and that he wants the rest to “vote” soon. This is not how the superdelegate system works. Dean knows that, and I think what he is trying to do is spin things a little bit. The fact is that the superdelegates have only endorsed candidates so far. They vote in Denver. Not before. What they say today does not necessarily constrain their votes in Denver. So, we should expect that, if the race remains close through the summer, both Obama and Clinton will work to “flip” superdelegates.
Tally Ho ho ho ho then! I am fine with High Noon in Denver. Fine if it sputters to some queasy, odd, quivering crack-up before then… fine if the thing de-constructs, combusts, in what the Dems foolishly thought was a gilded, glowing, ordained by GAWD winning year for them.
This is from Arcturus, near the end of the last thread:
- via Angry Indian:
An outspoken Canadian native leader [Terrance Nelson, chief of the Roseau First Nation in Manitoba], is urging Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to throw his weight behind an attempt to block two multibillion-dollar pipelines that will transport oil from Alberta to the United States.
. . .
The letter asks Mr. Chavez to turn the international spotlight to human-rights violations against indigenous people in Canada and to champion their cause. It says Mr. Nelson and other native leaders plan to expose the damage done to Canada’s indigenous people in the runup to the 2010 Olympics in B.C., in a campaign similar to the protests marring China’s preparations for the Beijing Games.
Roseau River First Nation has just started a video campaign to raise awareness about the issue of oil, poverty, land theft, and violence against indigenous People in Canada – compared to that of what happened to Iraqis when economic sanctions were imposed on them some ten years ago.
This from catnip, from the last thread, fits in as well……….
65. There’s an annual Day of Action coming up for first nations’ people here on Mat 29th. Phil Fontaine (Assembly of Fist Nations) confirmed that even though they support the Olympics coming to BC, they will use the spotlight on Canada to stage protests to get international attention.
Thanks for those links, Arcturus. Our gov’t can’t continue to speak out about human rights abuses in places like China without taking a long, hard look at what’s going on here. Fontaine is working with the government on the wording of their official apology but that’s such a minor step considering the abuses first nations’ people have endured here.
I have to tell you that, after listening to the media pushing the fact that the sexual abuse scandal has cost the Catholic church a measly $2 billion to sweep under the rug, I was reminded of how hard that same church has fought against aboriginals here when it came to settling the residential schools abuse claims that decimated the people who were so severely affected by those actions. The longer they waited, the more claimants who died, never having received any kind of compensation, much less an apology. Oh, and they did the “healing” thing here too – as if that could ever make up for the effects of what was done. That chapter in our history is far from being closed.
From Love that wispy Nazi Ratzy voice…, 2008/04/18 at 3:18 PM
Other than that, I cannot say how quiet is a house without a cat. Dead quiet. An ever falling, somber, bottomless quiet.
When I was a child I used to visit in a house in what is (or was) Deep Marin, Laguanitas. An old clap board house with a big rangy living room and a fireplace, at the back of the house. Out the back door, off a sort of semi-connected sort of “mud room” was a rolling, soft green meadow. At the back of the meadow were trees, to the south, a creek. The back door was usually left open, and at times a Nanny Goat, sometimes with a kid, would walk in. Not just a neighborly nose-in at the mud room, but a full walk-in, to where the upholstered furniture was grouped near the fire… It was the happiest of scenes.
In contrast to a house with cats, dogs, rabbits and a visiting goat contingent, one would think a city house with cats often in full sleep mode would not be deathly still when an elderly cat moves on. But it is.
UPDATED, 8:14 am
Mein lieber Gott!…
So, I was hunting for a photo of il papa with his broadtail capelet… and what do I find, The Holy Baby:
OK! I am taking a flying leap here…. Ratzy wears the diapers in the family and Ganswein and he have a manger set up somewhere.
BTW, that is Ganswein, over Ratzy’s right shoulder.
I think I will head for the Campari early.
UPDATED, 9:54 am
I gather the call (and no doubt the response) at St Patty’s this am was for … get ready! … UNITY. Hey, it means exactly as much for pols as for the pious (doubt me? WAIT!)
As for “unity” these guys got the memo (the trail behind of bishops):
Don Emmert/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Bishops attended Mass with the pope at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.