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Face down in the gooey hopeyness of happyness… 18 May 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pakistan, WAR!.
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Obama – Singapore restaurant promotion – Reuters

I see headlines from the NYT to MSNBC.com that Pahkeestahn is all too likely gonna take our money! and nuke up!  Or nuke up more! Congress is worried!

Their jelly spines must be dripping on the carpeting we paid for…  they are worried they will slip in their own slime.  What else could they be worried about?

I have said it before, this is Condi and her mushroom cloud.

It is.

I dropped in over at Silber, as I had not been there in a while.. he quotes from Laura Flanders:

[W]hat I wish was a joke was some of the rest of what’s been coming [into my inbox]…

Like all the mail from supposedly anti-war groups who worked hard to elect Barack Obama on an anti-Iraq war platform, but now, when it comes to escalation in Afghanistan, are lining up in support.

After the president announced the deployment of 4,000 more troops (on top of the extra 17,000 he’s already sent) Jon Soltz, an anti-Iraq war organizer with VoteVets wrote in the Huffington Post: “With today’s announcement President Obama has shown that he ‘gets it.’ That’s why we at VoteVets.org are supporting the plan.” They even have a rah-rah petition going.

Americans United for Change ran hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of anti-Iraq war ads in 2007. But they refused to answer a Washington Post blogger’s question about Afghanistan. Anti-war organizers – and plenty of generals agreed — there was no military solution possible in Iraq. But many of those who got their head round that idea then, seem to believe the opposite is true in Afghanistan, even though Obama’s own advisers say the struggle there can’t be won on the battlefield.

On the website of the liberal Center for America Progress there are no fewer than five articles supporting the president’s policy, including one headlined “Seven Reasons Why We need to Engage in Afghanistan.”

On the Afghanistan deployment, as the Center for Media and Democracy’s John Stauber has pointed out, MoveOn has thus far been silent on Afghanistan.

When MoveOn’s members were recently polled on their priorities for 2009, the subject didn’t apparently make the cut.

Can’t be too surprised over VoteVets.. they were just biding their time til a Woodrow Wilson sort got in… nor can one be surprised at Center for American Progress, which was always a Clinton sourced gambit.  Bill openly supported the Iraq invasion, he just did it in the UK press. Then later when the going got tough he did opinion pieces to help his old buddy (Blair) out – again in the UK press.

There is a long list of the so called left collaborators.

Tired illusionists.  But – it works quite well.

Jason Ditz takes an already well worn look at the reversals or hedges or somersaults (if you did not watch him and read him closely over the past two years) that Ob has managed in the past few days… but closes with something that is very true:

And where are the Democrats, President Obama’s own party, in all of this? Several have expressed concerns with the president’s ever more hawkish policies, but by and large they’re taking a wait and see approach. To the extent that they have spoken out at all, Sen. Graham et al. have excoriated them as being driven by “hatred of former President Bush.” To the extent the “new” policies greatly resemble the previous administration’s, it seems that the Bush faction’s allegiance lies with the executive, and the real change is the growing reluctance of Democrats to even oppose the policies in theory.

Bingo.  Plus most all of the Dems agree and the others are headless chickens.  Caged chickens.

Cheney has carried out a several weeks long campaign to influence the WH.  And it worked.  If any one caught This Week, Liz Cheney ate Katrina van den Heuval for breakfast. Polished her off.  KvdH could not even lift her eyes to confront LC (they sat directly across from one another and carried the bulk of the “roundtable”).

How bad is that?

How shameful is that?

If they can run the global wars against terror for a hundred years, they will.  Flicking the imagery of “Leader” back and forth – as suits them…

At some point the country will crash and burn… the various rising nations, one supposes, to pick up the pieces, but they, the USA! USA!, can run the 909 mil bases, or however many bases we have in foreign countries, for a long long time…especially as they bleed us to death.

I cannot do a damned thing about any of it,  but I sure as hell am not going out face down, gulping  in the slap happy cupcake frosting they serve…  The pink and green sugar goop of a cheap propaganda play – one that is about killing.

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1. marisacat - 18 May 2009

Toobin on Roberts. Despite the disarming premise (my… could it be?)… I think Toobin is smart enough to know that Roberts is, and was, just what he seems to be.

[R]oberts’s hard-edged performance at oral argument offers more than just a rhetorical contrast to the rendering of himself that he presented at his confirmation hearing. “Judges are like umpires,” Roberts said at the time. “Umpires don’t make the rules. They apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.” His jurisprudence as Chief Justice, Roberts said, would be characterized by “modesty and humility.” After four years on the Court, however, Roberts’s record is not that of a humble moderate but, rather, that of a doctrinaire conservative. …snip…

2. catnip - 18 May 2009

At least somebody’s doing something: Complaint seeks disbarment of Bush lawyers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of liberal groups filed petitions Monday seeking disbarment of Bush administration attorneys linked to memos on harsh interrogation techniques of detainees.

Complaints were filed against 12 individuals, including former attorneys general John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, said a member of the groups. The complaints filed with bar associations in the District of Columbia and four states – New York, California, Texas and Pennsylvania – say their licenses should be revoked for “moral turpitude.”

“These lawyers misused their license to practice law to provide legal cover for the war crime of torture,” said Kevin Zeese, executive director of VotersForPeace.US and a board member with VelvetRevolution.US, the two groups leading the effort.

3. catnip - 18 May 2009

As for your pic: “Obama Gourmet Chicken Burger” – how apropos.

4. catnip - 18 May 2009
marisacat - 18 May 2009

hmm

Despite their long relationship, Rahm Emanuel appears on the governor’s phone log only once before Sept. 5, 2005, days after Emanuel publicly announced the Chicago Academy grant. Blagojevich represented the same congressional district as Emanuel before becoming governor.

I am guessing they used carrier chihuahuas… sent out in fleet formation, fighting their way from the Blago lair to the Rahm eagle nest?

Too funny. Crooks.

5. catnip - 18 May 2009
6. catnip - 18 May 2009

Obama’s talking about the I/P situation. Ban him!

mattes - 18 May 2009

Where???

catnip - 18 May 2009

I was watching it on CNN. Much blabber about nothing.

7. catnip - 18 May 2009

Netanyahu nauseates me.

mattes - 18 May 2009

Damn missed it.

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

Mattes,
did you catch Obama following Schumer’s LEAD
-not customary reliance on homestate advise – straight up Obama as Schumer’s calf with nose-ring – re: the US Attorney appontment for NY?

Schumer’s manservant /staffer / counsel?

What do you make of that and the other Clinton hack, Fishmman, appointed in Jersey?

marisacat - 18 May 2009

Mr. Bharara, who was born in India, came to the United States as an infant and is a naturalized citizen.
:lol: At least he cannot become pretzel. Until they change the law of course. We are so selective in what the Founding Fs did that we value. They were pretty clear, and for a new country, that P should be native born. We are so screwed up we will elevate Originalists as we change the law as to who can be P.

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

Obama’s loading of the Department of Justice
with political hacks makes Bush’s DOJ look like a meritocracy.

Harvard Columbia, India, middle America, doesn’t matter, they’re all crackers. They get out of Law School and do lunch in for five yearts in some slot. The Times resume by association for this erstwhile Bharaharacuda is laughable. Where the fuck was the guy for 5 years?

What has HE done?

Well, “The Office…” GMAB. Mr. Bhahara ‘has served” when….
GMAFB X 2 – Resume by Association:

The office has recently handled the prosecutions of Bernard L. Madoff in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme and Marc S. Dreier, a lawyer who pleaded guilty on Monday to leading a fraud scheme that bilked hedge funds and other investors out of at least $400 million.

Mr. Bharara served in the Manhattan federal prosecutor’s office from 2000 to 2005, handling organized crime and narcotics cases, among others. He emerged more prominently in Washington after becoming Mr. Schumer’s top aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2005. There, he played a major role in the investigation of the dismissals of United States attorneys in 2006,

{LOL Yeh A LOT came of that “prosecution”. ALL Swept under the rug and dealt with POLITICALLY—>}

… including some who were removed for political reasons. The committee’s investigation led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.

So the guy served on Narcotics from 20O0 to 2005
in Bush’s USA office in NY. What was he doin?
Nodding out on Black Tar Heroin?

He Musta missed that crooked creep cop of Guiliani’s, Bernie Kerik, of NYPD Narcotics Fame, their puppet they then tried to pass off as Director of Homeland Security! LOL.

Ex-Partner Of Giuliani May Face Charges” Nope. No mention of Bharaha being a “major player” in THAT one.

And the fluff about him playing a “major role” in the US Attorneys ‘Investigation” – Like that was a success or even a real criminal investigation. It was political fluff to accomodate our criminal Political
Establishment.

Classic resume embellishment for arguably the crucial most powerful US Attorney’s post in the nation. And ya get the Grad Student Stretch: “Major Roles Played”. LOL.
Tell me another one. Like Jane Hamtershire Sauce played
a “major role” in the Libby Case.

The guy’s a eunuch. He’ll get along well with the President.

mattes - 18 May 2009

Not a good sign. Already politicking for his second term.

8. marisacat - 18 May 2009

Rewarding the usurping entity (II)

“”Senior Arab officials say George Mitchell, the US envoy, has been asking Arab states to consider measures towards normalisation if a peace process is re-launched – and not reward Israel only when peace is achieved.””

Posted by As’ad at 7:09 AM

A few tids from the FT link Angry Arab drew from…

[S]ince the launch of the Oslo peace process in 1993, the number of settlers in the occupied West Bank has more than doubled, rising from 116,000 to 285,000 last year. In addition, there are now more than 180,000 Jewish settlers living in occupied East Jerusalem.

Mr Netanyahu goes to Washington after having met both Egypt ’s Hosni Mubarak and Jordan ’s King Abdullah. The Israeli leader’s message was that his coalition is fragile and could collapse if he were to embrace a settlement freeze or agree to discuss issues such as the fate of occupied Arab East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a future state.

According to one person with knowledge of the meeting in Egypt , President Mubarak told Mr Netanyahu that Israeli leaders have been making this argument for the last 25 years.

And they will go on making it. I mean, Mubarak is such a breakthru leader himself for the region – he lectures with authority.. LOL.

Gah.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2009
10. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2009

What got into WaPo? Poor? Pay Up.

You have to be rich to be poor.

That’s what some people who have never lived below the poverty line don’t understand.

Put it another way: The poorer you are, the more things cost. More in money, time, hassle, exhaustion, menace. This is a fact of life that reality television and magazines don’t often explain.

So we’ll explain it here. Consider this a primer on the economics of poverty.

“The poor pay more for a gallon of milk; they pay more on a capital basis for inferior housing,” says Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). “The poor and 100 million who are struggling for the middle class actually end up paying more for transportation, for housing, for health care, for mortgages. They get steered to subprime lending. . . . The poor pay more for things middle-class America takes for granted.”

Poverty 101: We’ll start with the basics.

Like food: You don’t have a car to get to a supermarket, much less to Costco or Trader Joe’s, where the middle class goes to save money. You don’t have three hours to take the bus. So you buy groceries at the corner store, where a gallon of milk costs an extra dollar.

A loaf of bread there costs you $2.99 for white. For wheat, it’s $3.79. The clerk behind the counter tells you the gallon of leaking milk in the bottom of the back cooler is $4.99. She holds up four fingers to clarify. The milk is beneath the shelf that holds beef bologna for $3.79. A pound of butter sells for $4.49. In the back of the store are fruits and vegetables. The green peppers are shriveled, the bananas are more brown than yellow, the oranges are picked over.

(At a Safeway on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda, the wheat bread costs $1.19, and white bread is on sale for $1. A gallon of milk costs $3.49 — $2.99 if you buy two gallons. A pound of butter is $2.49. Beef bologna is on sale, two packages for $5.)

Prices in urban corner stores are almost always higher, economists say. And sometimes, prices in supermarkets in poorer neighborhoods are higher. Many of these stores charge more because the cost of doing business in some neighborhoods is higher. “First, they are probably paying more on goods because they don’t get the low wholesale price that bigger stores get,” says Bradley R. Schiller, a professor emeritus at American University and the author of “The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination.”

“The real estate is higher. The fact that volume is low means fewer sales per worker. They make fewer dollars of revenue per square foot of space. They don’t end up making more money. Every corner grocery store wishes they had profits their customers think they have.”

According to the Census Bureau, more than 37 million people in the country live below the poverty line. The poor know these facts of life. These facts become their lives.

marisacat - 18 May 2009

I just read that statistics show Food Stamps, even with some small increases in some places, still run out in the third week. I think this is done to keep people hungry and desperate.

One of the first things we fiddled with, bitched over, when we invaded Iraq was the standing food and basics distribution to poor in Iraq. Basics and cooking oil. We said, they get too much, some are trading their extras!

Can we get meaner? I guess so, with new diaspora in Pakistan, to make us feel good. We’re counting their nukes, taking the toll, bombing from the air… but not distributing too much baby formula. Never!

catnip - 18 May 2009

Speaking of those airstrikes, I read a news story today about Adm Mullen admitting they’re a bad idea – in Afghanistan, that is.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2009

Can we get meaner?

We have been for decades, and I see no sign of us stopping.

catnip - 18 May 2009

Like food: You don’t have a car to get to a supermarket, much less to Costco or Trader Joe’s, where the middle class goes to save money. You don’t have three hours to take the bus. So you buy groceries at the corner store, where a gallon of milk costs an extra dollar.

Very true.

11. catnip - 18 May 2009
12. catnip - 18 May 2009

The Nation: ‘US special squad killed Benazir’

NEW YORK (Online) – Former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on the orders of the special death squad formed by former US vice-president Dick Cheney, which had already killed the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafique Al Hariri and the army chief of that country.

The squad was headed by General Stanley McChrystal, the newly-appointed commander of US army in Afghanistan. It was disclosed by reputed US journalist Seymour Hersh while talking to an Arab TV in an interview.

Hersh said former US vice-president Cheney was the chief of the Joint Special Operation Command and he clear the way for the US by exterminating opponents through the unit and the CIA. General Stanley was the in-charge of the unit.

Seymour also said that Rafiq Al Hariri and the Lebanese army chief were murdered for not safeguarding the US interests and refusing US setting up military bases in Lebanon. Ariel Sharon, the then prime minister of Israel, was also a key man in the plot.

A number of websites around the world are suspecting the same unit for killing of Benazir Bhutto because in an interview with Al-Jazeera TV on November 2, 2007, she had mentioned the assassination of Usama Bin Laden, Seymour said. According to BB, Umar Saeed Sheikh murdered Usama, but her words were washed out from the David Frosts report, he said.

The US journalist opined that it might have been done on purpose because the US leadership did not like to declare Usama dead for in the case the justification of the presence of US army in Afghanistan could no more be there, hence no reason for operation against Taliban.

etc

marisacat - 18 May 2009

Hersh has backed off (if he ever said it) that Hariri was killed by the Cheney squads. I put up a Gulf Times (think it was) interview with Sy a few days ago. Apparently Wayne Madsen si one that is pushing that.

I have zero idea what happened but it would be entirely possible.

catnip - 18 May 2009

Thanks for letting me know.

I have zero idea what happened but it would be entirely possible.

My feelings, exactly.

13. marisacat - 18 May 2009

We’ll get to destruction yet!

The news today that the Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to Sarbanes-Oxley may spell trouble for the 2002 law that created a national board to oversee US public company auditors.

The reason the court’s decision to hear the case is so striking is that many of the usual reasons a case makes it to the Supreme Court are absent. There isn’t a split between different courts on the matter. There’s only been one constitutional challenge to the law that rose to the appeals court level, and there the court sided with the trial court by throwing out the complaint. The court’s decision to hear the case suggests that several justices have doubts about its constitutionality. …snip…

The challenge to Sarbox could have far more consequences than just abolishing the accounting oversight board or limiting its powers. Perhaps because of the haste with which the law was drafted, it contains no provision upholding the rest of the law if part of it is overturned. This could mean that if the Supreme Court overturns one part of the law, the entire Sarbox edifice would crumble.

14. catnip - 18 May 2009

Geithner: No plans to cap executive pay

WASHINGTON – Financial sector executives should not fear government imposed caps on their salaries even as the Obama administration moves to influence how firms pay their employees.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Monday that government should place “broad constraints” on the incentives that huge pay packages create for executives to take short-term risks. But he drew the line at government determining levels of pay.

“I don’t think our government should set caps on compensation,” Geithner said Monday during an interview at an invitation-only luncheon hosted by Newsweek.

He said government’s goal should be to minimize excessive risk-taking by financial firms — the kind of gambles that helped precipitate the current financial crisis.

“You had a crisis magnified by the fact that people were paid to take huge amounts of short term risk,” he said. “That’s something that is preventable.”

And what did he do to prevent it in NY?

15. marisacat - 18 May 2009

Dispatch from the [secret] gambling tables in Casablanca… yes that would be cave-in Labor Sec himself Robert Reich (he was useless and to this day claims NAFTA had no effect on US jobs).

[O]n the campaign trail, Barack Obama pushed a compromise — a universal health plan that would include a “public insurance option” resembling Medicare, which individual members of the public and their families could choose if they wished. This Medicare-like option would at least be able to negotiate low rates and impose some discipline on private insurers.

[expiration date coming up! Oncoming traffic! Mind the red lights! Stop and pay toll!-- Mcat]

But now the Medicare-like option is being taken off the table. Insurance and drug companies have thrown their weight around the Senate. And, sadly, the White House — eager to get a bill enacted in 2009 rather than risk it during the mid-term election year of 2010 — is signaling it’s open to other approaches. What other approaches? One would create a public insurance plan run by multiple regional third-party administrators. In other words, the putative “public plan” would be broken into little pieces, none of which could exert much bargaining leverage on Big Pharma and Big Insurance. These pieces would also be so decentralized that the drug companies and private insurers could easily bully (or bribe) regional third-party administrators.

Another approach now being considered in the Senate would have states create their own insurance plans. That’s even worse: Big Pharma and Big Insurance are used to buying off state legislators and officials. They’d just continue their current practices.

A third option is to create a public plan that pays for itself and, according to the office of Senator Charles Schumer, who came up with it, “adheres to private-insurance rules.” But adhering to private insurance rules is exactly what the public plan is not supposed to do. How can it possibly discipline private insurers and get good deals from drug companies and medical providers if it adheres to the same rules that private insurers have wangled? …snip…

16. marisacat - 18 May 2009

I don’t care one way or the other about La Nan’s numbers, but you gotta credit a free press and a democratic nation with the numbers for the CIA (Rasmussen via TPMDC):

“The CIA is viewed favorably by 63% and unfavorably by 24%. For Pelosi, the comparable numbers are 35% favorable and 55% unfavorable.”

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

La Nan v CIA. I actually rang her up today. LOL.

Got as far as ‘I’d like to..” and was switched over to a cheerful Nan-recorded greeting on her comment line before I could finish saying ‘make a comment.” LOL. Effiicient, I must say. Surely recognizing my clout, They put me right through to the recording. Quite convenient as all I’ve had to do since was sit around here all day waiting for the phone to ring.. ..

Anyways , from my mouth to her digitally replicated , scrumptious ears, I’m sure, I whispered how much I’d love for her to have public hearings on the CIA and disclosures of Torture. I was thinking about suggesting dinner in New Jersey to discuss strategy but I dunno, seein how the nature of our chat was, well, pleasant for change , and so intimate ~~ without the usual hassle of barricades and the security detail threatening arrest~~ I figured I’d wait for her call back…LOL.

17. section9 - 18 May 2009

With all due respect….

Bullshit.

I’m a Republican. We all understood that once your party took power that most of the establishment “anti-war” interest groups such as the CAP and VoteVets would throw the Pinkies under the bus and be all in favor of continued conflict once the Right People were pushing the buttons.

Jesus. You antiwar people never figured it out, did you? The liberals were never, ever anti-war. They were anti-Republicans Running The War.

That’s establishment liberalism for you. Oh, and Obama never, ever fought the Democratic establishment. You just think he did. Boy are you people in for a treat!

War is now good.

What Obama and the Establishment Democrats, however, are running into is the same problem that Lyndon ran into in 1965. Smashing electoral victory, followed by a protracted Land War in Asia and aimless and massive social spending at home.

That formula pulled apart the New Deal coalition. I would repeat Marx here, but that’s been done.

marisacat - 18 May 2009

The liberals were never, ever anti-war. They were anti-Republicans Running The War.

Uh excavate a clue, kid. What you are saying is not news to me.

That’s establishment liberalism for you. Oh, and Obama never, ever fought the Democratic establishment. You just think he did. Boy are you people in for a treat!

Again, stop being a dullard. This is not news.

Thanks for caring and sharing.

marisacat - 18 May 2009

oh and this (yawn):

What Obama and the Establishment Democrats, however, are running into is the same problem that Lyndon ran into in 1965. Smashing electoral victory, followed by a protracted Land War in Asia and aimless and massive social spending at home.

Stop predicting from the lonely mountain top. :lol: Your insight is blinding me!

Sorry, again, not news.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2009

wow, you don’t know us, do you? This isn’t the Daily fucking Kos. We’re all quite aware of how bloodthirsty the fucking donks are.

Shouldn’t you stick to trolling the rubes over at Daily Kos?

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

Pinkies?!? LOL.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2009

I think he forgot “godless”.

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

What the fuck was that?
I thought I was have some 30 Year Old acid flashback or sump’in.
Flying money swoops in and Poof! is gone again. LOL.

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

LOL. * Flying Monkey* LOL.

Though I’d have preffered it was flying money as I would know it wasn’t for real…

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2009

flying monkey flings poo!

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

LOL. Madman that gives me great idea.
Having that graphic blown up to plywood sheet size and putting it up out in the front yard over a weekend. LOL I get along well with my neighbors and from previous antics they’d feed into it, but we get all sorts of wound-too-tight pedestrians and joggers passing by. We could film their reactions.

catnip - 18 May 2009

Brreaking: Republican head explodes on wrong site. Pics at 11.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2009

Holy Cheesus!

catnip - 18 May 2009

CBS news reported the Cheeto in question is about 2 inches tall and missing a right arm.

Obviously an imposter.

Secondly, why did CBS report this?

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

So much for sitting at the Right Hand of God.
Or :!: – maybe Cheesus IS (necessarily) a “Lefty” afterall.

BooHooHooMan - 18 May 2009

Maybe King Garden Pedestal of Jordan
doesn’t want to be King.

I see a new book added to the Torah: Netanyahu. The story of
The Restorationist King who defeated the Hashemite Horse Whisperer….

Hmm. It’s missing something tho. Oh yeh – the bad ending, isolation, and cultural dependency on victimhood. Here we are:

…Till the Evildoer Assad of Syria and The Persians arose against them, and BOMBED their ass, in connivance with the European, Chinese and Russian Philistines….

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

because it’s NOOOOOZZZZZ.

Geez. What else are they gonna report? It’s not like there are important issues.

19. marisacat - 18 May 2009

There is a kind of ho hum “Treasury is still a desert” piece over at the Wapo… I don’t know where it sits now, but during the night it rode center top, Wapo FP online.

However on page 2 is this:

[W]hile federal departments often experience a degree of upheaval when administrations change, the difference between the Treasury of former secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Geithner’s has been stark. Under Paulson, the department nearly always made its own decisions. The Bush White House, nearing the end of its tenure, hardly intervened.

But now, even minor matters, such as Web site design or news releases, are reviewed by the White House. Staff members detailed from the National Economic Council, reporting directly to Obama senior economist Lawrence H. Summers, roam the Treasury building. Treasury staff members working on restructuring the nation’s automakers took much of their direction from the NEC, sources said.
…snip…

:lol: But we were told ONLY Geithner could do the job. Now we read he wears nappies. And Summer and his NEC baby nurses tend to the dirty diapers.

20. marisacat - 18 May 2009

hmm I am reading Nancy Gibbs in Newsqueak on abortion… Rather dull…sorto of “but then…” and “however…” … gah.

But down at the bttom is a tid I had missed. Obamalamalove has refused federal monies for needle exchange. Too.

CHANGE!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

breaking campaign implied suggestions at a blistering pace!

21. marisacat - 18 May 2009

What a scream!

Tel Aviv – Israel is beginning construction of the first completely new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in 26 years, Israel Army Radio reported Monday.

Contractors toured the site of the new Maskiyot settlement, in the Jordan Valley, after the regional settler council issued a tender for the construction of 20 new homes on it, the station said.

Expansion work also began Monday on the Jewish settlement of Nokdim, the home of ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the station added. No further details were immediately available.

The moves come as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to attend his first meeting with US President Barack Obama later Monday, despite US and European calls for Israel to halt its settlement activity. ..snip…

The report says Maskiyot was halted in 2007 due to massive international pressure. But whoops. Going again.

Think the Israelis are SENDING A MESSAGE? Of course they also claim it is not a settlement.
:twisted:

22. catnip - 18 May 2009
catnip - 18 May 2009

Let’s play Spot the Contradiction (from Nancy’s handy talking points memo):

Rules

· Like all Members of Congress who are briefed on classified information, Speaker Pelosi has signed oaths pledging not to disclose any of that information.

· This is an oath she has taken very seriously, and has always abided by it.

Briefing

· In September 2002, the CIA briefed Pelosi only once on some enhanced interrogation techniques, in her capacity as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee.

· She was informed then that Department of Justice opinions had concluded that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques was legal. The only mention of waterboarding at that briefing was that it was not being employed.

· Those conducting the briefing promised to inform the appropriate Members of Congress if that technique were to be used in the future.

marisacat - 18 May 2009

one thing that is interesting. Her “senior aide” went ot hte 2003 one (and maybe others, I am guessing)… so………. let’s see. A “senior aide” can go but it is limited to the Gang of 8. hmmm mmm.

The whole dmaned thing is so leaky.

23. marisacat - 19 May 2009

Tapper v Gibbs. :twisted:

Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 5/18/2009

May 18, 2009 4:35 PM

TAPPER: Certainly, no one would begrudge President Obama for attempting to get the peace process moving along. But I was just wondering if you could share with us any possible reason for optimism. You have an Israeli government that is conservative. Even if Netanyahu supported a two-state solution, it’s unlikely that he’d be able to get the Knesset to go along with it. You have, as the president acknowledged, Egyptians allowing weapons to be smuggled into Gaza. I don’t even know what to say about the Palestinian government. Why would President Obama feel any optimism, beyond the fact that he’s an optimistic guy?

GIBBS: Well, that’s certainly a good start.

(LAUGHTER)

TAPPER: But beyond that?

GIBBS: Look, I think you had the prime minister and the president both say they believed that we had a unique opportunity to seek long-term peace in the region. I don’t — I think the president would tell you that he doesn’t expect any of this to be easy, that the fact that we haven’t had it thus far underscores the complexity of the issues that are involved. But I think, as you heard the prime minister — the prime minister himself say, in the availability, that there was a greater understanding amongst those that want peace now, and understanding of the common threat of our enemies, than at any other point. I think that certainly leads you to be optimistic. Look, again, there’s a long way to go. But the president believes the conversations were a good start. He’s met with others, including King Abdullah of Jordan. We’ll see, later this month, Mr. Mubarak, Mr. Abbas. And as I said, I think the president felt good enough to ask his team to follow up again with the Israeli delegation this afternoon. So I think the president believes that there’s enough reason to hope to continue working.

TAPPER: There has been — in the past, some people have proposed sending U.N. troops to the Palestinian territories as a way to protect — as a way to provide security for both parties. Is that something President Obama would support?

GIBBS: I don’t — I don’t think they got into that level of detail today.

– jpt

24. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

U.S. to Expand Immigration Checks to All Local Jails

The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails. In four years, the measure could result in a tenfold increase in illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes and identified for deportation, current and former U.S. officials said.

By matching inmates’ fingerprints to federal immigration databases, authorities hope to pinpoint deportable illegal immigrants before they are released from custody. Inmates in federal and state prisons already are screened. But authorities generally lack the time and staff to do the same at local jails, which house up to twice as many illegal immigrants at any time and where inmates come and go more quickly.

The effort is likely to significantly reshape immigration enforcement, current and former executive branch officials said. It comes as the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress vow to crack down on illegal immigrants who commit crimes, rather than those who otherwise abide by the law.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has made it “very clear” that her top priority is deporting illegal immigrants who have committed crimes, said David J. Venturella, program director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“We mean this, we’re serious about it, and we believe we need to put in an all-out effort to get this done,” said Rep. David E. Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee for homeland security. He has led calls to remove illegal immigrants convicted of crimes after their sentences are served.

25. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

A ‘Psychic Thrill’ for US Empire

“We get a psychic thrill about dominating people and thinking that we shouldn’t have to tolerate risk anywhere,”Fein said in arguing that the United States has overinvested in military power at the expense of American freedoms and the survival of the Republic.

“Part of being a Republic is to accept some risk,” he said

26. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009
27. NYCO - 19 May 2009

It’s unclear how much the angry mobs over at NYT understand about banking, but the story about credit card companies now going after “deadbeats” (ie, the people who pay their monthly bills in full) has produced quite a backlash.

The most common rejoinder has been “Well, I’ll just use my debit card instead!” C’mon… you don’t think the big banks are going to slap on the fees to THAT too?

28. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

Harper’s Weekly Review:

Arkansas state Senator Kim Hendron apologized for calling New York Senator Chuck Schumer “that Jew” at a county Republican meeting. “I was attempting to explain that, unlike Senator Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on The Andy Griffith Show,” explained Hendron. “I made the mistake of referring to Senator Schumer as ‘that Jew’ and I should not have put it that way, as this took away from what I was trying to say.”

Well, THAT explains it.

lucid - 19 May 2009

Why would Republicans complain about Chuckie… as corporate as they come.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

but he’s a JEW, from JEW YORK, doing JEWY things, which means he hates the HEARTLAND and etc.

He probably thinks Chuck would have eaten Opie for breakfast when he was a baby.

Oh, and apparently he thinks that the Andy Griffith Show was a documentary series.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

of course, to be fair, Chuck runs in NY promising to protect the city from the ignorant rubes in the sticks, so … it’s a scam both sides play.

lucid - 19 May 2009

I can’t even figure out what Chuck runs on anymore. I voted for him in 1998 when I thought he ran a fairly respectable NYC lib platform [and before the second intifada started]… then he got into the Senate and was a disaster. Haven’t voted for him since.

marisacat - 19 May 2009

I think he runs on entrenched power. One online friend wrote me in despair a few years ago, saying, “I wanted to be rid of D’Amato for years. Well now I am rid of him and look what I got”.

A few years ago I got curious about the wif. Googling, Free Republic had quite a bit on her. She was Transportation Chief in NYC when that awful ferry accident occurred a few years ago. Think 11 died. They gave her MORE responsibility after that. Guiliani.

lucid - 19 May 2009

Oh, and apparently he thinks that the Andy Griffith Show was a documentary series.

It wasn’t? Oh God! there goes the worldview…

BooHooHooMan - 19 May 2009

Oh Gad. He’s been using his Jewishness as cover for years.
It’d be no different if they’d call him that fucking Catholic from Boston,
I could giva shit , madman. He’s at a rally in DC with every fucking whack that comes into town. Could. giva. shit. Same as the ditz Christian fucknut who, like a blind squirrel, bags a nut now and then…

29. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

Park workers fired after peeing in Old Faithful

My favorite part of the story?

The geyser was not erupting at the time.

30. marisacat - 19 May 2009

:lol:

White House administration office can’t be FOIAed, appeals court rules

The White House’s Office of Administration does not have to respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in a 3-0 decision this morning.

“Because nothing in the record indicates that [the Office of Administration] performs or is authorized to perform tasks other than operational and administrative support for the President and his staff, we conclude that OA lacks substantial independent authority and is therefore not an agency under FOIA,” Judge Thomas Griffith wrote in an opinion joined by Judges David Sentelle and Raymond Randolph.

The setback for transparency advocates came in a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington seeking information about an archiving failure which allegedly resulted in millions of White House e-mail messages being misfiled or even lost.

Just last week, more than three dozen open government groups asked the Obama Administration to voluntarily process FOIA requests for the White House’s Office of Administration, which handles personnel, technology, and logistical support for other White House units.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the letter.…snip…

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

I think they got some of that change in their supporters’ eyes and hair.

31. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

Hey Lucid, check this weirdness out: Les Ballets Jackson “Fiesta Hippie”.

It’s an old French Scopitones video of dancers, set to “Court of the Crimson King”, at least at first. It’s kind of “Logan’s Run” crossed with “Heavy Metal”.

lucid - 19 May 2009

Will do tonight – can’t check such things in the office… no sound. Speaking of Court of the Crimson King, I know it’s not the greatest movie, but just happened to catch City of Men this weekend – first time I’ve ever seen that song used in a major motion picture, for an extended period no less.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

and used very well, I thought. I was amused by the thought of a corrupt baby boomer recreating the “Animals” album cover outside his office window.

I liked that movie quite a lot, but I’m a sucker for dark, depressing dystopias.

lucid - 19 May 2009

I liked a lot of the movie, but the ‘baby worship’ scene at the end kind of ruined it for me… And yes – the ‘Animals’ set with King Crimson playing in the background was priceless.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

I just pretended the baby was a Maltese Falcon and ignored it …

Actually, here in the “heartland”, I see that kind of worship of tiny unformed little sociopaths all the time.

wu ming - 19 May 2009

i thought it was an interesting plot device, actually. after all, kids are in the middle of brutal urban warfare all the time now, but only with the plot device if “it’s the last kid on earth” does the viewer really grasp how fucking horrible it is. it’s an indictment of the fact that we tolerate the sort of brutality in CoM quite regularly without a second though.

besides, it made for a nice christmas movie.

32. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009
33. marisacat - 19 May 2009

LOL:

Add one more to Obama’s meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates this afternoon.

Lt. General Stanley A. McChrystal, who was tapped to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan last week, will have his first Oval Office meeting with POTUS to discuss the new strategy for Afghanistan, the New York Times reports.

The meeting with Gates and McChrystal is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and is closed to press.

34. marisacat - 19 May 2009

Interactive map of infrastructure projects around the nation… From the AP…

Enjoy!

35. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

I’m noticing a trend … more people are willing to point out that Obama is a lying fraud:

Greenwald: Obama’s embrace of Bush terrorism policies is celebrated as “Centrism”

What’s most striking about the denial of so many Obama supporters about all of this is that Obama officials haven’t really tried to hide it. White House counsel Greg Craig told The New York Times’ Charlie Savage back in February that Obama “is also mindful as president of the United States not to do anything that would undermine or weaken the institution of the presidency.” It was in that same article where Savage — a favorite of Bush critics when Bush was president — warned that after the first week of Executive Orders, “the Obama administration is quietly signaling continued support for other major elements of its predecessor’s approach to fighting Al Qaeda.”

Notably, Savage’s article was written almost three months ago, well before Obama’s announcement that he was adopting many of the most extreme Bush policies. At the time of Savage’s February article, I wrote: “while believing that Savage’s article is of great value in sounding the right alarm bells, I think that he paints a slightly more pessimistic picture on the civil liberties front than is warranted by the evidence thus far (though only slightly).” But as it turns out, it was Savage who was clearly right. As Politico’s Josh Gerstein recently wrote about Obama’s Terrorism policies: “A few, like MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, have even hurled the left’s ultimate epithet — suggesting that Obama’s turning into George W. Bush.”

* * * * *

In his New Republic article today, Goldsmith reviews what he calls the “eleven essential elements” of “the Bush approach to counterterrorism policy” and documents how — with only a couple of minor exceptions — Obama has embraced all of them. In those cases where Obama has purported to “change” these elements, those changes are almost all symbolic and ceremonial, and the few changes that have any substance to them (banning the already-empty CIA black sites and prohibiting no-longer-authorized torture techniques) are far less substantial than Obama officials purport. None of Goldsmith’s analysis is grounded in the proposition that Obama hasn’t yet acted to change Bush policies, thus rendering a nonsequitur the response that “Obama needs more time; it’s only been 4 months.” Goldsmith is describing affirmative steps Obama has already announced to adopt the core Bush “terrorism” policies.

36. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

and: Truthiness: or why making some thoughts unthinkable makes the unthinkable thinkable

For a brief period, when many Americans had tired of the utter mendacity of the Bush administration and its media lapdogs, Stephen Colbert’s coinage — “truthiness” — gained national currency.

Nowadays, invoking that term is an uncool as singing “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Or saying “nowadays.”

Worse than just a fad past its shelf-life, it’s — in the Age of Obama — an untimely dig at those who blissfully believe what they want to believe. People with hope and faith. Don’t you support our hopers and faithers?

In the present environment, any and all criticism of Obama is treated by the supposed Democratic base as illegitimate.

Can you build a progressive discourse on ducking the tough questions — like whether continuing and expanding America’s murderous misadventures constitutes a war crime?

Yes we can give truthiness a chance. And as a necessary byproduct of that endeavor, one of the finest writers in the blogosphere, Arthur Silber, is demeaned as a “poo flinger” on Daily Kos (h/t, Chris Floyd).

It just wouldn’t do to consider whether Obama doing the same things that made Bush a vile killer in our eyes puts the 43rd president in the same league.

After all, as one commenter responds with the intellectual rigor that only all-caps can convey: “OBAMA IS PRESIDENT OF THE US AND IS NO WAR CRIMINAL!!”

This is differentiable from “WHEN THE PRESIDENT DOES IT, THAT MEANS IT IS NOT ILLEGAL” how, exactly? No matter. That was Nixon, and he was baaaaad, unlike our Youthful Hero.

This recalls the Credibility Gap’s “Lance Learns to Box” sketch, where Lance explains his father’s blanket innocence: “He’s the Chief of Police. They never molest.”

This kind of sacred-cow thinking kills people.

marisacat - 19 May 2009

Yes we can give truthiness a chance. And as a necessary byproduct of that endeavor, one of the finest writers in the blogosphere, Arthur Silber, is demeaned as a “poo flinger” on Daily Kos (h/t, Chris Floyd).

Silber is a racist too… of course so am I.

Just hearing Arnold singing Ob’s praises on TeeVee. So Fine!

37. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

Chomsky up at Tom’s Dispatch:

The torture memos released by the White House elicited shock, indignation, and surprise. The shock and indignation are understandable. The surprise, less so.

For one thing, even without inquiry, it was reasonable to suppose that Guantanamo was a torture chamber. Why else send prisoners where they would be beyond the reach of the law — a place, incidentally, that Washington is using in violation of a treaty forced on Cuba at the point of a gun? Security reasons were, of course, alleged, but they remain hard to take seriously. The same expectations held for the Bush administration’s “black sites,” or secret prisons, and for extraordinary rendition, and they were fulfilled.

More importantly, torture has been routinely practiced from the early days of the conquest of the national territory, and continued to be used as the imperial ventures of the “infant empire” — as George Washington called the new republic — extended to the Philippines, Haiti, and elsewhere. Keep in mind as well that torture was the least of the many crimes of aggression, terror, subversion, and economic strangulation that have darkened U.S. history, much as in the case of other great powers.

snip

It should also be recalled that Bush did not declare the “war on terror,” he re-declared it. Twenty years earlier, President Reagan’s administration came into office declaring that a centerpiece of its foreign policy would be a war on terror, “the plague of the modern age” and “a return to barbarism in our time” — to sample the fevered rhetoric of the day.

That first U.S. war on terror has also been deleted from historical consciousness, because the outcome cannot readily be incorporated into the canon: hundreds of thousands slaughtered in the ruined countries of Central America and many more elsewhere, among them an estimated 1.5 million dead in the terrorist wars sponsored in neighboring countries by Reagan’s favored ally, apartheid South Africa, which had to defend itself from Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC), one of the world’s “more notorious terrorist groups,” as Washington determined in 1988. In fairness, it should be added that, 20 years later, Congress voted to remove the ANC from the list of terrorist organizations, so that Mandela is now, at last, able to enter the U.S. without obtaining a waiver from the government.

The reigning doctrine of the country is sometimes called “American exceptionalism.” It is nothing of the sort. It is probably close to a universal habit among imperial powers. France was hailing its “civilizing mission” in its colonies, while the French Minister of War called for “exterminating the indigenous population” of Algeria. Britain’s nobility was a “novelty in the world,” John Stuart Mill declared, while urging that this angelic power delay no longer in completing its liberation of India.

Similarly, there is no reason to doubt the sincerity of Japanese militarists in the 1930s, who were bringing an “earthly paradise” to China under benign Japanese tutelage, as they carried out the rape of Nanking and their “burn all, loot all, kill all” campaigns in rural North China. History is replete with similar glorious episodes.

As long as such “exceptionalist” theses remain firmly implanted, however, the occasional revelations of the “abuse of history” often backfire, serving only to efface terrible crimes. The My Lai massacre was a mere footnote to the vastly greater atrocities of the post-Tet pacification programs, ignored while indignation in this country was largely focused on this single crime.

Watergate was doubtless criminal, but the furor over it displaced incomparably worse crimes at home and abroad, including the FBI-organized assassination of black organizer Fred Hampton as part of the infamous COINTELPRO repression, or the bombing of Cambodia, to mention just two egregious examples. Torture is hideous enough; the invasion of Iraq was a far worse crime. Quite commonly, selective atrocities have this function.

Historical amnesia is a dangerous phenomenon, not only because it undermines moral and intellectual integrity, but also because it lays the groundwork for crimes that still lie ahead.

38. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

Poll: Nearly half of Nevadans would oust Sen. Reid

LAS VEGAS—Nearly half the respondents in a Nevada newspaper poll said they would vote to replace Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, while about one in three say they would re-elect him.

Along with the 45 percent who said they’d oust the four-term Democrat, 17 percent of the 625 voters contacted statewide for the Las Vegas Revew-Journal poll said they would consider another candidate.

Thirty-five percent of the poll respondents said they would re-elect him.

On another question, 50 percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of Reid, while 38 percent had a favorable view and 11 percent held a neutral opinion.

The poll was conducted statewide last week by telephone by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C. It had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

No major opponent has announced plans to challenge Reid.

Opinions about the senator were largely split along party lines, although more than a third of his fellow Democrats weren’t committed to the senator.

39. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2009

For Cripes’ Sake, Make Him Already!

By Cindy Sheehan

“You know, Mr. Randolph, I’ve heard everything you’ve said tonight, and I couldn’t agree with you more. I agree with everything that you’ve said, including my capacity to be able to right many of these wrongs and to use my power and the bully pulpit. … But I would ask one thing of you, Mr. Randolph, and that is go out and make me do it.”

FDR to Labor Activist A. Philip Randolph

President Obama and his followers are fond of quoting this little historical vignette. President Obama has told his followers if they want him to do anything then they have to “Make him.”

How is that working out so far?

The biggest rebellion against Obama from his supporters came during the campaign when he made it known that he would vote to authorize the Bush regime to spy on us and immunize telecom companies from releasing our phone records without warrants.

The uprising was immediate and huge. The outcry was without teeth, though. Very few Obama voters threatened him with vote withholding. They wrote to him, blogged on his site threatened to withhold donations, but nothing worked and he eventually did vote for the FISA Modernization Act (FMA) against his supporter’s wishes and against the will of his liberal base. Obama obviously did not care because he knew that these people would vote for him anyway and that Goldman-Sachs, et al, would continue funding his campaign.

Since he has been President his behavior has been consistent with being a tool of the Empire (Military-Industrial-Wall Street- Robber Class-Complex) and not with the will of the people.

The most recent issue has been “health care reform.” I receive the most mail and requests to sign petitions and call Congress or the White House to make sure that single payer health care, or Medicare for all, is on the table. This issue has been called the “litmus test” for the progressives on the Obama regime. Again, how’s that working out for we the people so far? So far, Obama has again fallen in lockstep with corporations and has insured that only health insurance companies, HMOs and big pharma have a voice in health care reform and the “promise” that he extracted from the health insurance companies is just another smokescreen to appease his gullible followers.

He has flip-flopped on important issues like not releasing torture photos and reinstating military commissions after adamantly opposing military commission during the campaign and he also promised to repeal the illegal and inhumane program.

snip

Where is the outcry? Where were the protests demanding that Congress not fund Obama’s occupations? Where are the huge marches protesting the occupations that regularly occurred during the Bush Administration?

Don’t forget, Obama wants you to “Make him.”

His voters and supporters tried in vain to make him vote no on the FMA. Apparently the attempt failed because they are only against warrantless wiretapping when Republicans are doing it and refused to go the extra mile to withhold votes from the PINO (Progressive In Name Only).

Single payer advocates tried and it didn’t work.

The ACLU is trying and so far, Obama’s DOJ is blocking their efforts.

Bush left office as the most unpopular President in American history…he wasn’t only loathed by Democrats and profound disgust with Bush helped to usher in this Age of Obama which holds much resemblance to the Age of Bush.

If you are not in an organized and persistent way taking up Obama’s challenge of “Making him” do the right thing, then one of three things may be happening:

1) You think it will be a waste of time because you have seen that the pressure does not work, or

2) You agree with his neo-con and neo-liberal global domination policies, or

3) You are only against violence, suppression, oppression, and economic scandals and impoverishment only when Republicans are in the Oval Office.

marisacat - 19 May 2009

Very few Obama voters threatened him with vote withholding.

There you go.

Just a couple of days ago I heard Laurence O”Donnell, that hump, mock someone who said Liberals will hold Obama to this or that. He laughed and said, where are they gonna go?.

Axelrod and Rahm have the Liberal Dems chained to Obrama. Soon they will shift the demonising of Palin and Bachman to whoever begins to float to the top on the R side. It is as sure as sun rising. As Ob wages the wars of state. But throws crumbles to the poor as MO flounces in girlish dresses saving “fashion”.

What a cartoon!

40. marisacat - 19 May 2009

neue

LINK

……… :roll: …………..

41. outofwater - 20 May 2009

The natives are restless at dk.

marisacat - 20 May 2009

hey hey oow… how are you?


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