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Tuesday… 21 April 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, AFRICOM, Germany, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Israel/AIPAC, Somalia, UK, WAR!.
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Jerusalem, Israel: A Palestinian girl walks in an alley in the Silwan neighbourhood. Eighty-eight homes in Silwan are set for demolition by the Israeli government, which claims they were built illegally [Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP]

So.  I read Monday that Germany joined our boycott of the Durban II conference in Geneva… and the UK walked out at Ahmadinejad’s speech.

The atmosphere at the Geneva meeting was tense even before the Iranian president began speaking, with pro-Israel protesters chanting “shame” from the other side of the chamber’s doors and a Jewish student group from France infiltrating the hall. Some countries, led by the US and Israel, had already declared a boycott, Others, including Britain, took their seats, but were braced, with their “shoes on”, to walk out if Ahmadinejad’s oratory was to prove offensive.

When he did speak, he was even more vitriolic than they had feared.

We’ll always have friends.  To the death.

WE can be as disjointed, delusion ridden, insulting, propagandistic  and demagogic as we wish.  And our friends, too.  But let anyone else steal our looney deadly thunder… well, just watch.

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In other cartoons… have we finally found one simple (tho deadly) enough for us?  From the new Tom Dispatch:

In the comic books, bad guys often team up to fight the forces of good. The Masters of Evil battle the Avengers superhero team. The Joker and Scarecrow ally against Batman. Lex Luthor and Brainiac take on Superman.

And the Somali pirates, who have dominated recent headlines with their hijacking and hostage-taking, join hands with al-Qaeda to form a dynamic evil duo against the United States and our allies. We’re the friendly monsters — a big, hulking superpower with a heart of gold — and they’re the aliens from Planet Amok.

In the comic-book imagination of some of our leading pundits, the two headline threats against U.S. power are indeed on the verge of teaming up. The intelligence world is abuzz with news that radical Islamists in Somalia are financing the pirates and taking a cut of their booty. Given this “bigger picture,” Fred Iklé urges us simply to “kill the pirates.” Robert Kaplan waxes more hypothetical. “The big danger in our day is that piracy can potentially serve as a platform for terrorists,” he writes. “Using pirate techniques, vessels can be hijacked and blown up in the middle of a crowded strait, or a cruise ship seized and the passengers of certain nationalities thrown overboard.”

Someone, stop us.  And our melded into looney toons Texas Chicago Hawai’ian rancher with metrosexual cow boy boots.  Someone stop the cartoon leadership.  The swagger and the pecs.  All of it.

Just the killing of the three pirates morphed thru several stages.  The first animation, showed a small flat window – easy for a rapt public to forget or not know it was at the forefront of a pop up in the life boat cover – thru which 3 shadow heads were shown.  A little triple burst of star like shapes was to indicate the sniper kills.  Little shadow heads go away!  Magic!  Ok………………..

Later animations showed one head shot thru the [again] little flat panel window… with two heads popping up out of a hole in the top of the bump up.

Over the weekend Evan Thomas tried to say that the two heads popping up and out, were vomiting pirates.  Sick on the sea.

Oh that so sounds like fishermen to me.

The reality?  The front of the bump up is peaked, with two small windows, each angled.

Yeah, get a new cartoonist.

As we madly story board the cartoon weapons.  Such fun for the “reformers”:

And of course, no new mission should lack its preferably expensive, high-tech weaponry: in this case, the Littoral Combat Ship, a mighty pile of money in a relatively small package. A third the size of a destroyer, this $500 million craft is meant to patrol the planetary shallows, even if it has so far proved a production-plagued nightmare. Nonetheless, Secretary of Defense Gates has just modestly upped the craft’s production — and there’s more to come from Navy “reformers.” Count on a new array of smaller, shallow-water vessels that could be formed into little armadas already termed by one naval officer “Influence Squadrons.”

Carry on…

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1. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

re: # 62 last thread – Tapper v Gibbs.. full text:, this video of Gibb’s performance has been released.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

Court Turns Down Challenge To Jury’s Use Of Bible

(AP) The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge from a death row inmate in Texas who claimed his constitutional rights were violated by jurors who consulted a Bible during deliberations.

Jurors reviewed a biblical passage relating that a murderer who used an iron object to kill “shall surely be put to death.” They were deciding whether to impose a death sentence on Khristian Oliver for fatally shooting and bludgeoning his victim with the barrel of a gun.

The court previously has said that jurors should base their verdicts only on evidence presented in the courtroom.

marisacat - 21 April 2009

they did nto want to touch that one!

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

they did come up with this surprising decision: SCOTUS: “Step Away From The Vehicle” Applies To Police, Too.

In a 5-4 decision handed down this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that this warrantless post-arrest search of Gant’s car violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures, thus excluding from evidence against Gant the fruit of the illegal search.

Justice Stevens’ majority opinion (with Justices Scalia, Souter, Thomas and Ginsburg) (not a typo, and we’ve seen this five together before in the criminal law context) essentially erases ~30 years of precedent (Belton) which had allowed a vehicle to be searched following the arrest of a recent occupant even when there was no possibility that the arrestee could gain access to the vehicle at the time of the search. According to today’s majority, that’s no longer the rule; the officers are required to obtain a warrant (based on probable cause) before doing the search:

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009
Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

oh, and speaking of Harmon, she sounded like such a weasel on NPR this afternoon:

Robert Siegel: First, do you remember the phone call in question? Who is the other party and is that a fair description of what was discussed?

Rep. Jane Harman: We don’t know if there was a phone call. These are three unnamed sources, former and present national security officials, who are allegedly selectively leaking information about a phone call or phone calls that may or may not have taken place. I have to say I am outraged that I may have been wiretapped by my government in 2005 or 2006 while I was ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee. First I learned of this was in an e-mail to my office after-hours Thursday night by the reporter who published this in CQ —

Jeff Stein?

— asking for me to comment.

Yes, but the reports — I don’t know how partial they are, but they are based on people who have seen transcripts of wiretaps. And they’re very detailed. One, The New York Times reports today that in a call, the caller offered to get Haim Saban, a big political donor and a supporter of Israel, to tell Nancy Pelosi that he wouldn’t donate money if you didn’t get the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee.

[Harman chuckles.]

Any conversation like that, ever?

Well, how do we know? That’s why I have written —

catnip - 21 April 2009

Well, how do we know?

Busted.

CYA later, Jane.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

sadly, she won’t be going anywhere fast.

marisacat - 21 April 2009

I always thought it was higly possible… LOL all that wiretapping ability and Rove has always looked the part of a blackmailer.

But that does not mean they are not acting as they see fit, either.

It’s not a great group….

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

Philip Zelikow: Bush White House Attempted to Destroy Alternative Memo on Torture

At the time, in 2005, I circulated an opposing view of the legal reasoning. My bureaucratic position, as counselor to the secretary of state, didn’t entitle me to offer a legal opinion. But I felt obliged to put an alternative view in front of my colleagues at other agencies, warning them that other lawyers (and judges) might find the OLC views unsustainable. My colleagues were entitled to ignore my views. They did more than that: The White House attempted to collect and destroy all copies of my memo. I expect that one or two are still at least in the State Department’s archives.

5. catnip - 21 April 2009

“Influence Squadrons.”

lol

I’ll tell you what: whoever has the job in DC getting paid the big bucks to come up with Orwellian crap like that must also have a private comic strip somewhere.

6. Intermittent Bystander - 21 April 2009

Probably relates better (visually speaking) to photo from last thread, but

Attention, Madman!

Please tell me twice-posted b’day greetings are retrievable at your HQ.

Don’t make me reformulate HTML!

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

I saved them! Thanks!

Intermittent Bystander - 21 April 2009

Smooch.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

:wink:

catnip - 21 April 2009

No sex!

My eyes. They burn.

Intermittent Bystander - 21 April 2009

Who posted the obscene cheesecake? Hmmm?

catnip - 21 April 2009

“obscene cheesecake”?

My my…you have an active imagination.

(Good band name, though.)

Intermittent Bystander - 21 April 2009

you have an active imagination

I certainly hope so!

(Good band name, though.)

I fear for the enunciation of the vocalists.

Intermittent Bystander - 21 April 2009

Hussy.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

you know those canucks, with their long, dark, cold nights …

Intermittent Bystander - 21 April 2009

Shuffles foot, hides passport, bites lip. . . .

Intermittent Bystander - 21 April 2009

Whaddyaknow, cracking the reply feature still lands you in sequence?

PS to MitM – Weren’t you negotating emergency passages to the Great Snowy North, within recent memory? Ticketh not off thy potential Canadian sponsors, Yankee!

7. catnip - 21 April 2009

Dahr Jamail: Attacks Commence.

Blowback from disgruntled Sons of Iraq.

Everyone knows the analogy of the beehive. When it is goaded, countless bees emerge, attacking the tormentor. Right now in Iraq, the formerly US-backed al-Sahwa (Sons of Iraq) Sunni militia, ripe with broken promises from both the occupiers of their country and the Iraqi government that they would be given respect and jobs, have gone into attack mode.

It is an easily predictable outcome. An occupying power (the US) sets up a 100,000-strong militia composed of former resistance fighters and even some members of al-Qaeda, pays them each $300 per month to not attack occupation forces, and attacks decrease dramatically. Then, stop paying most of them and tell them they will be incorporated into Iraqi government security forces. Proceed to leave them high and dry as the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki begins targeting them – assassinating leaders, detaining fighters and threatening their families. Allow this plan to continue for over six months, unabated.

Not surprisingly, the Sahwa are fighting back against US forces and those of the Iraqi government.

8. catnip - 21 April 2009

In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Their Past Use

WASHINGTON — The program began with Central Intelligence Agency leaders in the grip of an alluring idea: They could get tough in terrorist interrogations without risking legal trouble by adopting a set of methods used on Americans during military training. How could that be torture?

In a series of high-level meetings in 2002, without a single dissent from cabinet members or lawmakers, the United States for the first time officially embraced the brutal methods of interrogation it had always condemned.

This extraordinary consensus was possible, an examination by The New York Times shows, largely because no one involved — not the top two C.I.A. officials who were pushing the program, not the senior aides to President George W. Bush, not the leaders of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees — investigated the gruesome origins of the techniques they were approving with little debate.

According to several former top officials involved in the discussions seven years ago, they did not know that the military training program, called SERE, for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, had been created decades earlier to give American pilots and soldiers a sample of the torture methods used by Communists in the Korean War, methods that had wrung false confessions from Americans.

Even George J. Tenet, the C.I.A. director who insisted that the agency had thoroughly researched its proposal and pressed it on other officials, did not examine the history of the most shocking method, the near-drowning technique known as waterboarding.

The top officials he briefed did not learn that waterboarding had been prosecuted by the United States in war-crimes trials after World War II and was a well-documented favorite of despotic governments since the Spanish Inquisition; one waterboard used under Pol Pot was even on display at the genocide museum in Cambodia.

They did not know that some veteran trainers from the SERE program itself had warned in internal memorandums that, morality aside, the methods were ineffective. Nor were most of the officials aware that the former military psychologist who played a central role in persuading C.I.A. officials to use the harsh methods had never conducted a real interrogation, or that the Justice Department lawyer most responsible for declaring the methods legal had idiosyncratic ideas that even the Bush Justice Department would later renounce.

Zelikow is also quoted in that article.

9. catnip - 21 April 2009

Banned Techniques Yielded ‘High Value Information,’ Memo Says

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.

“High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,” Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.

Admiral Blair sent his memo on the same day the administration publicly released secret Bush administration legal memos authorizing the use of interrogation methods that the Obama White House has deemed to be illegal torture. Among other things, the Bush administration memos revealed that two captured Qaeda operatives were subjected to a form of near-drowning known as waterboarding a total of 266 times.

Admiral Blair’s assessment that the interrogation methods did produce important information was deleted from a condensed version of his memo released to the media last Thursday. Also deleted was a line in which he empathized with his predecessors who originally approved some of the harsh tactics after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past,” he wrote, “but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.”

The thot plickens.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

I bet Blair leaked that himself.

catnip - 21 April 2009

lol…no doubt

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009
11. marisacat - 21 April 2009

IOZ http://whoisioz.blogspot.com/ has two good posts on the schools’ right to search students, the strip search case before the SCOTUS…

Here is one, full text as it is short:

Some More Thoughts on Young Girls’ Vaginas

Consider the logic of it. On the one hand, schoolchildren are so extremely vulnerable, so easily damaged, so fragile, suggestible, damageable, flimsy, and corruptible that we cannot even allow them to be exposed to aspirin or cough drops. On the other, hauling a child in front of adults, compelling her to strip, and forcing her to behave in a thoroughly degrading manner is no big deal, mere embarrassment; she’ll get over it; kids are resilient.

Has there ever been any society, ever, in the history of the world, that has devoted so much of its genius to the production of such thoroughly incomprehensible and inconsistent standards, such nonsensical cultural attitudes? It’s like our one true native art.

and he linked to this at SCOTUSBLOG… which sad to say I agree with, some of the comments from the bench today as they heard the case were horrifying.

[I]t was common for members of the Court — and, especially, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — to express discomfort with an Arizona prinicipal’s order for a close-to-naked search of a 13-year-old girl. But that sentiment did not appear to be as strong as the concern that drugs may be so destructive for teenagers that some surer means of detecting them had to be acceptable under the Constitution.

No more telling illustration of the Court’s mood emerged than Justice David H. Souter — whose vote would almost have to be won for student privacy to prevail – expressing a preference for “a sliding scale of risk” that would add to search authority — including strip searching — based on how school officials assessed whether “sickness or death” was at stake. ….

They live in some weird abyss.. and no one alive and vulnerable is inside there with them.

IBUPROFEN, prescription strength. Oh sure this fucking nation will ever let go of the drug wars. Or any other nutty thing it spends its days doing.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

an interesting choice for a title to that Scotusblog piece:

A fear may drive a decision

Isn’t this true of almost every major decision that gets made in this country? Nearly every public policy is pushed by an irrational fear.

NPR read back parts of the transcript this afternoon, and the comments were appalling. What passes for “leadership” in this fucked up nation almost always lives down below even my already cynical expectations.

marisacat - 21 April 2009

yes… and here si a comment from the one IOZ post I used:

WIIIAI said…

It’s not a contradiction if you already think dichotomously. The Good Children are the delicate ones who would be damaged by the mere sight of a non-prescription pain reliever. The Bad Children are thugs and druggies and probably sluts anyway so it doesn’t matter if you stick a flashlight up there whassis. If Savana Redding isn’t an Angel, she must be a Whore.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2009

wow, that sums up the American mind remarkably well.

12. Intermittent Bystander - 21 April 2009

Apologies for intermittent diversions above. Unpredictable results from “Reply.”

Night all!

marisacat - 21 April 2009

No apologies needed… ;)

Have a good night…

13. BooHooHooMan - 21 April 2009

Cut.
Sean, ~baby – a little less Obama on the next take, okay?
We’re talkin a smile and a handshake here from a professional politician. You’re reading a little too much into it.
No, it Was FABULOUS Sean ! Love Ya. LOVE YA!
Let’s just. try. it. AGAIN.
Okay everybody, quiet on the set…
::

Sean Penn makes the scene at HuffPo.
Says Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity blah blah blah agreed blah, and
He …” applaud(s) an American President tough enough to smile”.
Always with the tough. Great Actor, though. Sean Penn, too.

It was like a caricature of those old caricatures of Method Acting..
Not a peep about policy or torture. A fuckin handshake and a smile.
HuffPo’s readers loved it. GMAFB.

marisacat - 21 April 2009

Sean Penn. what more need be said.

To counter Bush, he went to Iraq himself and walked around. Filming himself, of course. For ObRama The Great? Hosanna Master.

Basically.

BooHooHooMan - 21 April 2009

I’m sorry . Penn was just speaking of acting.

(All wimps think playing a tough guy is done in one-note coldness.) With a friend, or an enemy, our president will gain greater strategic position with a smile.

:roll:
I’m SO not in to actors in the White House.
Not to give Penn advise on acting, but I think his characterization –
and Obama’s purported “heartfelt smile” towards Chavez would have been acted out DONE with Authenticity.
And less ambiguity.
Now If Obama bear-hugged Chavez in that
unembarrassed-ain’t letting go quick- we’re FRIENDS! embrace,
with the one bud saying
“Hey everybody!Look Here! It’s Hugo! I LOVE THIS GUY!”” well. now.
THAT would be “heartfelt”.
Cliched perhaps, awkward definitely, But Heartfelt.
Or saying to the press in rebuttal
“Who gives Shit?!??! It’s HUGO! I LOVE THE GUY!”
Now THAT would be “heartfelt”.

We are so burdened with the actor’s premise in politics:
that “Strategic” and (what mcat brought up yesterday) “Best Interests”
are first and foremost served by “Posture”. Even if you go there, doesn’t it depend on the “role”? The Policy?
Jeezis. I’m not naive about negotiation or discretion.
The Problem is we have now have basis of authenticity. None.

Too much the POSE there, too little “heartfelt”.
Not looking for an Actor PLAYING a Justice and Global Peace Seeking Seeking Transparent President.
It’s such a drag, man, the Neo RatPacker Ob Slobber on it , too.

marisacat - 21 April 2009

Obamalamalovebaby lovers need to take a look at the smiles of thsi bunch, from ObRama to Biden to all the rest. The financial guys are esp revealing. Nobody sane would buy a day old loaf of bread from them.

I sort of think Chu might move along sooner than the rest. I think he might still be alive, even after the politics of Berkeley Livermore Lab. And all.

I saw the Communications Dir left the WH, already. A girl and an outsider. She moved over to be CofS for Locke.

BooHooHooMan - 21 April 2009

awkward definitely, politically I meant to say.
If you’re going to embrace the guy, EMBRACE THE GUY.
He’s another tap-dancer, and like so many of the series of these Dem Triangulators is he is stuck in Half – Assville.

I think of Sean Penn on Jan 27 2007 , glad to help out-
low key- no prob with logistics, was right there when it happened and I mean right there, said “we are going to push this” and walk on the “Politicians” -LOL – followed the UFPJ line to NOT specifically cite Dems – if they didn’t support the binding resolution to bring the troops home. All Bullshit.

marisacat - 21 April 2009

oh at the Academy Awards he said, ”America was brave to elect an elegant man”.

Okkkk Sean. Whatever works for you.

All such dolts.

14. marisacat - 21 April 2009

hmm This relates to Madman, up at comment # 1… from tonight’s NYT.. good for a few hearty laughs. :twisted:

The comments knocked the ordinarily smooth White House press operation back on its heels. Mr. Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, spent much of his daily briefing on Tuesday being peppered with questions about precisely what Mr. Obama had meant, declaring at one point, “To clear up any confusion on anything that might have been said, I would point you to what the president said.”

marisacat - 21 April 2009

and a little mroe from the same article at the NYT:

“High-value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the Al Qaeda organization that was attacking this country,” Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote to his staff last Thursday as the previously secret memos were released.

A condensed version of the Blair memo was distributed to news organizations that day without that sentence. The original memo was provided to The New York Times on Tuesday by a critic of Mr. Obama’s policy. Wendy Morigi, a spokeswoman for Mr. Blair, said Tuesday that the sentence had been dropped in a routine process of shortening an internal memo into a statement for the news media….snip…

15. marisacat - 22 April 2009

Don’t laugh too hard. I think Geithner had some Botox injected between his eyebrows. Just a little. His brows (and forehead skin) went up (and wrinkled), but they, his eyebrows, did not KNIT.

It, that unknitted skin, stayed flat where it used to knit.

Oh I think so.. think he did.
:twisted:

16. NYCO - 22 April 2009

It just gets more morbid…

Reports: Freddie Mac official found dead

David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of Freddie Mac, was found dead at his home Wednesday morning in what broadcast reports said was an apparent suicide.

Gulp.

NYCO - 22 April 2009

Sorry, that really sounded callous. I am still upset over the Long Island family. There is something just too awful about the idea that that guy took his entire family down to his daughter’s college to “visit” her and then did something like that.

marisacat - 22 April 2009

I agree.. that story was awful. He really went out of his way to kill his entire family.

NYCO - 22 April 2009

I see that psychologists have come up with a new term that is sure to be quoted more frequently as these things occur: “family annihilation.” (As in, “What is the profile of a typical family annihilator?” “What are the warning signs of an impending family annihilation?”)

Intermittent Bystander - 22 April 2009

I saw the term familycide (with no special quotes around it) for the first time today, in an AP update about that case.

In other creepy news, the Craigslist Killer is getting a lot of local attention around here, thanks to his SUNY Albany years. The Times Union published an item this morning that none of the big media have picked up on so far . . . though presumably the Bigs have their hands full covering all the Boston PD leaks about Markoff’s gambling habits, the discovery of underwear “mementos” of the victims in his apartment, and the handgun believed to be the murder weapon kept in a hollowed-out copy of Grey’s Anatomy.

But here’s the TU story, which adds another twist to the plot: Did accused killer place his own Craigslist ads?

A Craigslist posting tracked by the Times Union seems to indicate that accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff had at one time posted his own advertisements offering massage services or had been in connection with someone offering erotic massages in Boston.

The web cache for the Craigslist ad that the TU found was for an “Ebony Erotic Masseuse,” and the phone number given was Markoff’s.

marisacat - 22 April 2009

I thought I read in one report that he left Julissa Brissman’s money. Her purse, a wallet with money and some money she had in a third place. I thought when I read that “who was ordering what from whom”.

And one woman who survived had only 800.00 taken from her (she says).

Is that a “big” gambling problem, or just looking for walking around cash?

Intermittent Bystander - 22 April 2009

Well, according to ABC News (which seems to have quite a canary on speed dial):

A source close to the investigation told ABC News that Markoff opened a line of credit at Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino last year, possibly laying the framework for a crime spree to pay for his gambling habit.

Two days after Brisman was murdered, sources close to the investigation said Markoff hit the casino, leaving with $5,300 in his pocket. Markoff liked to play blackjack and gambled with black $100 chips, the source said.

Markoff and his fiancee Megan McAllister had a room reserved at the Connecticut casino for this Friday and Saturday nights, a source close to the investigation said.

The room was booked in both of their names, and they planned to use Markoff’s accrued reward points from his gambling to help pay for it, the source said.

Markoff first applied for a Foxwoods rewards card at the end of 2008 but only went to the casino once that year. Then in March 2009 the visits “grew really frequent,” the source said.

During his last visit to the casino on April 16, Markoff applied for a credit limit. Approval from the casino was pending when he was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop while he was en route to Foxwoods with McAllister, the source and law enforcement officials told ABC News.

“Markoff was the gambler, she didn’t really play the tables,” said the source. McAllister did not have an account at the casino.

“He always played blackjack and used black chips. He was not a high roller. But he liked to buy in for $100 or $500,” the source said

So yeah, sounds like stakes cash for chips. Apparently he’d been into cards and poker since he was a teen – the mother worked at a casino gift shop, so he was familiar with the milieu. Father’s a dentist.

The vibe I’m getting from some of the NON-shocked former classmate reflections (particularly out of the high school in Sherill, NY) is that the guy had a sense of superiority and entitlement. (One report also mentioned that he sometime loudly aired “conservative views.”)

Maybe he learned about Craigslist sex workers as a customer first, and then realized he could profit from the same subculture by exploiting it in one or more ways? Those workers would be less likely to (a) overpower him or (b) report the heist of a few hundred at a time, right? I hadn’t heard that Brisman’s money was left behind, but maybe after he killed her, he didn’t want to risk the additional time or forensics to rob her?

The cops are taking a lot of calls, apparently, from other possible victims, and seem be promising not to bust anybody for sex work if they have info that adds to the case.

marisacat - 22 April 2009

from the link:

Before taking that job, Kellerman served as senior vice president, corporate controller and principal accounting officer. He was with Freddie Mac for more than 16 years.

Well hell. I assume there are shoes to drop… nto like he had nto been high up in the joint, before taking the job in September.

marisacat - 22 April 2009

Apparently he hung himself in the basement.

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

dragging down the value of another home on the market.

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

If he thought he’d “protect” his family by protecting the pols dipping in and out of that Slush fund, or that, “unavailable”, he would protect their assets by avoiding the mess of either civil or criminal judgement, he was a damn fool. With his death, they now have the ultimate CFO fall guy with no leverage. His wife will bear the brunt either way. If he has kids, the material repurcussions will be the least of their damage.

The snakes at Daddy’s Work can just as easily turn on HIS WIFE to take the heat that might otherwise be directed towards them. Or Congressional or Admin spouses.

I think suicide is a legitimate moral and ethical choice for some people, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance.
I just don’t see it here at all. There is a difference, I think, between those escaping pain , the random sentence of illness and injustice and those who feel entitled to comfort in an existence above the law. Seems more than a whiff of the latter. IMO, Suicide can be as much an extension of one’s ethos in the former instance as it can be indicative of a lack of ethos in the latter: the inevitable extrapolation of narcissism on a rope…

catnip - 22 April 2009

I think suicide is a legitimate moral and ethical choice for some people, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance.

I agree.

marisacat - 22 April 2009

one news report said he had lost “millions” in Fannie Mae stock.

17. catnip - 22 April 2009

The Meteor Blades Prize for Environmental Justice Reporting

by Meteor Blades
Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 09:02:08 AM MDT

For several years, establishing an annual award for investigative eco-journalism has been a dream of mine. A small windfall has now made fulfillment of that dream possible. On the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010, therefore, an individual journalist or team of journalists will be chosen by a distinguished panel of journalists and bloggers to receive a plaque and $2000 for investigative work published online, in a magazine, or in a newspaper under 300,000 circulation. All work must originate in the United States, Canada or Mexico. The single category for the Meteor Blades Prize is environmental justice.

catnip - 22 April 2009

A bit weird that he’s not using his real name for it.

artemis54 - 22 April 2009

Kind of asking for it, isn’t he?

How about a series: “Jet-set blogger with the carbon footprint of 5000 of the global poor returns to Bali to buy cheap, sell high in Cali trinket boutique”

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

LOL. Spot on.

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

Stoller or Houle the Frontrunners, no?
Jane Hamsterer may bitch her way across the finish line tho. LOL

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

The plague is said to be of
lovely carved Amazonian Mahogany, carved in relief,
yes, a 400 lb slab of wood that kills the Prius MPG getting it home,
authentically detailed tho: A GIANT COOKIE.

18. impeachmentwatch - 22 April 2009

this looks like its up your alley….

Lieberman: U.S. to accept any Israeli policy decision

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1080097.html

“Believe me, America accepts all our decisions,” Lieberman told the Russian daily Moskovskiy Komosolets.

19. catnip - 22 April 2009

I wonder if he has a “polish on a mud wallow” category. :D

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

LOL . Thing is, these people are 100% Astroturf.

And of course, not to piss anyone off they’ll award it to four people.
One who arranged for the waste oil truck,
the second who released the valve sending the oil into the stream,
one DKos bloggahwannabee to cover the story,
and a Front Page Admin to rip the story off , Cut and Paste the links and *asterisk that So-and- So *ALSO has a piece up on it.

So it looks like McJoan or BarbinMD are now in the lead!
LOL.

catnip - 22 April 2009

All brought to you by Chevron. (Remember when they had a huge banner ad at the top of the site there? Yeah. BIG environmentalists they are!)

20. BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

Politico-

Pelosi knew about Harman wiretap

By GLENN THRUSH | 4/22/09 12:14 PM

House speaker reveals NSA officials briefed her “a few years ago.”

catnip - 22 April 2009

Oh, I’m sure Pelosi knew about a lot of stuff – which is exactly why impeachment was “off the table”.

21. artemis54 - 22 April 2009

In the news from my back yard:

Kindergarten teacher spends her time putting bags of shit into children’s knapsacks

Jason says his son’s kindergarten teacher had bagged up a piece of human feces and stuck it in his son’s backpack. His wife found the stinky mess.

“She found a clear plastic bag with a piece of fecal matter wrapped up in a brown paper towel with the note on it,” he said.

The note read, “This little turd was on the floor in my room.”

Her union rep says the teacher was depressed and frustrated after being banned from FSZ.

lucid - 22 April 2009

Holy crap!

catnip - 22 April 2009

Damn. You beat me to it! lol

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

LMAO.

That’s a scream you two

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

LMAO.

You guys are hilarious.

What a shitty thing to do
(not to pile on…) LOL.

22. BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

Our freaked out, wide-eyed, fair feathered friend, M. Braulio
is spotted again…
On the Hill, as questions reach Nancy :
same M.O. as Harman, no? WRT
mutualcampaign patron, Israeli Haim Saban.

Ironically enough, the imbroglio has put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — a bitter Harman rival — on the defensive, too.

The speaker wanted to talk about Earth Day with reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday but was peppered instead with questions about a New York Times report that Haim Saban, a wealthy Israeli-American supporter of both women, threatened to withhold campaign contributions if Pelosi didn’t appoint Harman chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee.

I loathe Harman and Pelosi BOTH. La Nan had the Power tho, and became a War Criminal along the way. Absolutely REFUSED to Impeach Cheney, despite the evidence laying right in front of her. Cheney had approval rating below whale shit, was the correct thing to do on all levels, the succession issue of pursuing Bush first an obvious contraindication.

We’ll find out she was either briefed on EVERYTHING by Bushco, not just the ex post facto memo’s for show, or had unauthorized tentacles of her own into the Agencies. She most certainly had regular access to leakers keeping their career ladder options open… For all of the promise she once held, She’s a shit when you get right down to it. A withered POS.

I bet they have shit on her wrt to Murtha. Hopefully, they all backstab each other to death.

marisacat - 22 April 2009

Puhleeze.

Let’s not leave out REID.

The “leadership” were briefed.

BooHooHooMan - 22 April 2009

Whoops! Nubbins? Saggy Man Titties?
How could I have forgot!?!

23. marisacat - 22 April 2009

hey hey…

“impeachmentwatch” and BHHM out of moderation…

24. metawarrior - 22 April 2009

MAMZ doesnt like the hippy holiday.

From his Twitter:

markosm Really, I think “Earth Day” is obsolete. Green living and green businesses are now prevalent and trendy. They no longer need a “day”.

artemis54 - 22 April 2009

What a surprise.

Search the archives and find one intelligent or progressive thing mamz has ever had to say on environmental issues. Here as nowhere else his absolute and total ignorance and incomprehension is on display for all to see. He has not the slightest clue what he is talking about, and as I have always said that would be just fine if he would just keep his fucking mouth shut.

Fucking moron. Flits around the country on a jet to sit in a studio and make the same stupid irrelevant remarks he could have made at home and then talks about green living? Give me a fucking break.

My god his is a waste of oxygen.

catnip - 22 April 2009

The Democratic party is obsolete too. That doesn’t stop him from making his Send money now!! posts though, does it?

catnip - 22 April 2009

I posted that tweet (is that what they call them?) in the FP ‘Green is the Word’ thread. ;)

catnip - 22 April 2009

A Mo Betta flashback: Daily Kos, Chevron, Bill Clinton, and Kazahkstan (with a sprinkle of Meteor Blades)

25. marisacat - 22 April 2009

:lol: from the page… no embedded links

The House Speaker reverses her original comment, now says she learned three years ago the Congresswoman was being monitored, TIME’s Jay Newton-Small reports.

Says she didn’t tell anyone, and continues to have “great confidence” in Harman.

26. metawarrior - 22 April 2009

I have a back-up PDF of it if you get shit catnip.

catnip - 22 April 2009

gracias…although I think most kossacks know that kos doesn’t agree with them on…well…most things. The only ‘movement’ he’s interested in is the type that goes on in his bank account.

27. catnip - 22 April 2009

Obama muddles torture message

Bingo. That’s what I was going to right about today. And he did it for one reason: he’s weak.

catnip - 22 April 2009

right=write

right after my nap!

28. catnip - 22 April 2009

It’s SNOWING here.

Just shoot me.

marisacat - 22 April 2009

well it was supposed to be 17 deg COOLER here today.

Not that I notice. 5 deg maybe. They promised us rain for the end of the week. They say not now. What a shock, it evaporated in the HEAT.

And I got a visit from a mosquito. I was dinner for two nights running as I lay passed otu from the heat.

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 April 2009

RFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!

oh, sorry. ;)

29. marisacat - 22 April 2009

gnu post

LINK

30. Intermittent Bystander - 22 April 2009

Meteorological sympathies to you both. Tooooooo much!


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