Scavenging.. 23 January 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, WAR!.
A group of greater adjutant stork search for food at the Deepor Beel bird sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati city, northeast India [EPA]
Moyers had a very interesting program tonight, first up were Sirota and Thomas Frank…
THOMAS FRANK: And but exactly what David said. He doesn’t — maybe he does understand that he has the power, I mean, this is where they teach you the orthodoxy, you know? Harvard, Chicago Law School. I mean, these are the upholders of the orthodoxy, the idea that, no, we can’t have an industrial policy in America. The market has to decide. We can’t pick winners. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
He now has the power to throw all that overboard. History is demanding that he throw it overboard. The — you know, the orthodoxy is discredited like at no time since, you know, the 1930s. It is, you know, it is in his power to do that. I think he’ll rise to the challenge.
the last half hour was Patricia Williams who writes Diary of a Mad Professor for The Nation and Melissa Harris-Lacewell
BILL MOYERS: Last subject, everywhere we turn this week somebody was praying. I mean, I’m serious about this. What did you make of all the God talk all week?
PATRICIA WILLIAMS: Well, I think that the, you know, appeal to greater power is perhaps a necessary deflection to the fact that we are a very religious country. I would hope, however, because, again, I speak as a lawyer. I am a deep believer in a separation of church and state.
BILL MOYERS: You’ve written a lot about it-
PATRICIA WILLIAMS: And I’ve been very distressed by the degree to which faith-based analyses of late have permitted the allocation of funds even to organizations that discriminate on any variety of bases. And I hope that this deflection that he has made is not something that carries over into actual policy if it’s, you know, at you know, we can pray to the God of our choice. But, again, when he is actually governing, I hope that this takes very much a back seat.
hmm. Way back in the knotty mess we are in, visions of the underwater congealing fuckball of the snakes comes to mind again… Sy Hersh had a long piece in The New Yorker, think it was March 31, 2003 and I found I went back to it over and over as the invasion blasted the war torn images around the world. A template or road map, it constantly gave up information, as time moved. Think Moyers managed an interesting template to return to……
With that in mind the opening from Moyers is instructive – and worth keeping ahold of as well. Nice platitudes from the earnest and the willing is sometimes just a posy of wilting -or wilted- flowers. Sorry to be blunt.
BILL MOYERS: Well we’ll find out what this means as President Obama confronts one of his first big challenges — the bankers and the bailout.
Usually it’s the bandits robbing the banks. But now it’s getting hard to tell the bankers from the bandits. Where have they stashed the loot — that 350 billion dollars of our money that the Bush Administration lavished on them to jump-start our failing economy?
For a story in last Sunday’s “New York Times”, largely overlooked in all the pre-inaugural hoopla, reporter Mike Mcintire reviewed investor presentations and conference calls to see how bankers talk when they think the rest of us aren’t listening.
This from Boston Private Wealth Management, a healthy bank that was handed $154 million:
“With that capital in hand [...] we’ll be in a position to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves once this recession is sorted out.”
Once this recession is sorted out? Those funds are supposed to generate loans for people and small businesses in trouble — not to help banks ride out the recession on a cushion of cash.
Then there’s this bit of Simon Legree mustache-twirling from the chairman of Whitney National Bank in New Orleans. They’ve received 300 million dollars in bailout boodle:
“Make more loans?” he asked. “We’re not going to change our business model or our credit policies to accommodate the needs of the public sector as they see it to have us make more loans.”
I’m not making this up — Flushing Financial crowed that it was newly flush enough to use the bailout bucks to raise the ante and buy new companies:
“We can get $70 million in capital,” their CEO said. “So, I would say the price of poker, so to speak, has gone up.”
And, so to speak, he’s playing with our chips!
Warm and cosy…
UPDATE, 6:14 pm on the Pacific Coast
I don’t let myself read too far in some articles on Gaza, but I have certainly caught that, in addition to killing any one of any age, willing to shoot people in the head, sniper fire on streets, into homes, people shot carrying a white flag, shot when forced to exit their homes, the IDF also killed farm animals and livestock.. as well as household pets…
Anyway, I just saw this photo at Angry Arab:
“A Palestinian boy carries rescued cats inside a birdcage, on a stroller on a street in Gaza City in the Gaza strip, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.” (AP Photo)
It’s from a post at AA of photos from Gaza, one a baby really, a small 4 year old burn victim… I can’t even see the body for the gauze. The caption says they had to amputate because some parts ”kept on burning”. White Phosphorus? Earlier I read the bombed out UN school, the one where so many died, burned for days, the WP again.
Angry Arab is also running serial entries now on “Obama bombs”
“US soldiers killed an Iraqi couple and wounded their eight-year-old daughter during a raid against Al-Qaeda suspects near the northern city of Kirkuk on Saturday, police and the US military said.”
“A claim by US forces in Afghanistan that they killed 15 Taliban fighters in the eastern province of Laghman, has been disputed by village elders. A US statement said on Saturday that soldiers killed the fighters after coming under fire from opposition fighters. But the elders say all those who died were civilians.” (Obama bombs will be a regular feature now). (thanks Olivia)