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We were so… 22 September 2009

Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, California / Pacific Coast, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco, WAR!.
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A photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge taken during a thunderstom by Frank Fennema. More details here: I awoke last night to the sound of thunder…

Picture: FRANK FENNEMA via the London Telegraph

… dramatic!  No other word for it….

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I took today “off”, sort of.  Did not even see Ob on with Letterman.  (What did I miss?  :cool: )  I watched a series of BBC crime thrillers from Netflix … very engrossing!  Who shall die next? and how gruesome can they make it?

But I just fell into a rerun of Charlie with Chandrasekaran from the Wapo on his article (or Woodward’s with him, I gather) on what Hillary is calling the “pre-decisional assessment”… by McChrystal, which is classified.  Well of course it is!

We knew that!  We’ve been thru this before!

Good luck to all parties!  May you congeal!  Get pushed off the cliff!  Claw each other to death!  (anything I missed that might cause harm to the war wagers, propagandists, liars, dissemblers, steno pool,  note takers, well-experienced FELLATORS*…etc?)

Rajiv says the Pentagon found Ob’s round of chat on Sunday quite stunning!  They thought Af-Pak was settled!  (It is settled.  They inhabit their own land, we kill them for it.)

Such blood streaked sludge.

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* I cannot possibly have made that word up, but it seems WP does not like it… maybe I am misspelling it.  I mean those who practice mediocre mumbling fellation round the clock.

Well.  Google has heard of both.  FellatorFellation.

But then of course Google is close to this administration.  Adept they are at it, I would presume.

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1. marisacat - 22 September 2009

Moving this forward from the end of the last thread…

From BHHM (no embedded links)

G20 in Pittsburgh.

PGH Cops tossing houses and vehicles w/o search warrants citing NATIONAL Security. Fuckin dicks. They seem to be focusing on Lawrenceville , the Hill, and the South Side.

Extraordinary geographical advantage IMO for the PTB. The approaches into downtown easily controlled , no working class residential downtown, easily controlled in corridor fashion. . The Hill and the Bluffs seperated by what else – hills – Lawrenceville Bloomfield more than a mile away seperated by the Strip District…

Specter escorting Half of Squirrel Hill to the Club Spots will have no problem tho. It’s such a joke as Pgh is home to perhaps the sharpest Jewish criminals in the world. And home away from Brooklyn home to others. I’m sure Romoff and his Doctor and Lawyer minions will be hosting events courtesy of Organ Transplant Dollars and Insurance Fraud. Not a peep yet about PNC’s insider who cleared 50 million in 2 kited checks to Solomon Dwek, the Rebbes son.. Crickets.

Nobody quite seems to know how that kind of float was ever arranged. And the Media isn’t interested in finding out, either.

2. marisacat - 22 September 2009

HAHAHAHAH!

Charlie asked Rajiv C why Hillary, the SecState, was not mentioned in his article. He stuttered quite a bit then said because Holbrooke really is point man for Af-Pak. Such “news”

Claw, death etc.

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 September 2009

Blair was on Morning Joe yesterday arguing that they had no choice but to expand troops in Afghan or else … well, the rest of the area would topple into extremism.

Like dominoes.

Said it with a straight face, too.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

McChrystal says we have a bare 12 months to turn this thing around!

What scams they all are running. Blair should be run off the edge of the Flat Earth. But of course he won’t be.

3. marisacat - 22 September 2009

IOZ has an astute, and short, assessment (pre decisional, it is not!) on the plot! The Plot! (A thief in the night, I stole the whole.)

Subjunction

Well, if there’s one thing that you can hypothetically know for certain assuming that it turns out to be true, it is that this potential plot would definitely maybe be a potentially serious matter due to the possibility that the participants might at some point have planned to propose it.

4. marisacat - 22 September 2009

Another placed piece on the Paterson affair. I guess this could get stiffer and more awkward… :lol:

[W]hat happened next was something the White House never intended, but should have expected. The story leaked. [yeah right] Twenty-four hours later, word of Obama’s message to Paterson hit the Web sites of the New York papers, and all bets were off. Paterson, emboldened by supporters enraged that Obama had meddled again in New York politics, defiantly declared he would run.

The White House ducked for cover. A Paterson source said Obama was “apologetic in his tone about how this went down” when he met the governor on the tarmac at Albany International Airport yesterday.

But the message stands: Obama wants Paterson out. It just didn’t have to play out this way.

NYDN

marisacat - 22 September 2009
5. marisacat - 22 September 2009

hmm Micah Sifry at Tech President.

[A] lot of his daily numbers are coming from people viewing old videos, not the newer material his team has been posting to engage the public in current issues. For example, yesterday September 20 his channel got almost 42,000 views. But more than half those views–22,400–came from 40 of his all-time best videos (call them the oldies but goodies). By contrast, his September 10 speech before a joint session of Congress on health reform only got 4,123 views yesterday. . . . .. .

I’ve never seen “online” as this great end all be all that the Kos types and Obs (or at the least the less than really smart white boys behind him) like to paint it as being. Always thought it was great for certain types of functions but not some High Tech Jesus incarnate for the 21st c.

Etc.

artemis54 - 22 September 2009

Like every other medium, online immediately fills up with trash. In the case of politics, endless campaigning and fundraising. Universal literacy, and we get the NYT list. TV, well. No reason to expect online to be any different.

There is so much else available – try UCTV sometime – but no one ever watches it. This a.m. I was watching the UN climate summit opening session. Obama gave his usual campaign speech, incredibly jarring in the venue. But there were a couple worthwhile presentations as well. A multimedia offering by a group of kids that basically said look, get off your dead asses. And Paul Kagame on a country by country reduction approach that would take cap n die out of the hands of Wall St and the City of London. Unfortunately, he spoke in English and I found it difficult to understand through his accent, so need to still find the text. Still, where else would we hear what Pres Nasheed of the Maldives has to say about his plan to “jump first” and be carbon neutral in ten years? Not on msnbc.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

well access is a function.

I have no problem identifying “online” as providing wider access and recognising the value of that…

but it is beyond tiresome how some operatives and others try to sell online as the ice in the kool aid.

artemis54 - 22 September 2009

Anyone remember O’s promise during the campaign that health care reform would be hammered out in public discussions with pharma, etc, all broadcast on CSPAN? Someone must have video of that, he said it several times.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

sure do. The righties quote it and link to the statements all the time.

The Corner … think it is Geraghty, keep track of what they call his “promises with expiration dates”.

6. BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

via TPM
From the bottom of page 13
in the indictment.

982 Million. Talk about a Money Funnel.
But with Joshie livin up in New York now…….
Crickets on Schumer. and Robert Rubin. CRICKETS.

Ironically in a Sidebar next to Joshie’s Lede?
Put up by his lackey, ANOTHER Dem op- .

MIA: Due Diligence

Regarding the Hassan Nemazee bank fraud/Ponzi scheme, TPM Reader NB wonders the same thing we’ve been kicking around here:

Trying to get my head around this … I really only have one question: Shouldn’t large banks have more due diligence than this?

I mean, the low seven-figure loans, sure … that’s not that much money; just call the number that the guy gives you. But at the point where someone’s borrowing tens of millions of dollars, shouldn’t you be doing more than that? It just feels like an extremely flimsy scheme.

I mean, if it costs you $100K (two or three person-months worth of work), the largest loan here needs something like .15% odds of a total collapse for the due diligence to pay off.

Is there something more to this scheme that we’re missing?

— David Kurtz

LOL. Just discovering Due Diligence for THE BANKS.
And the PARTY, my friend? Hmm? Anything? No?
I didn’t think so.

“cause This guy…and the other guy Morris, too-
Tied right to Schumer.
Fuck~ Nemazzee was Finance at DSCC UNDER Schumer…
Chuck’s pick.
Maybe Benyamin Smith and Joshie missed that…..
Nemazzee bagged for Hillary, AND Ob and every other shitheel sucking off the DS/ D Trip/ DNC’s perennial Up With People Scam. .

Well. If he can stay alive, This bagman Nemazee is going to be incarcerated for the rest of his shitty-food-eating life..
So I say, Get CHATTY, Hassan.
Cohm’on man – DISH. Give it UP.
Spread the love Around, brotha.
Just like the money.
For Old , Long , LONG Time’s sake.

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Seems their coverage is to get all hand wavey,
muddy the waters ..blur it:
..he gave to EVERYBODYWho knew?

Uhm – Everybody.

It’s fucking insane-
Well They ALL ARE guilty you know. – THEREFORE –
NO-ONE IS!!

marisacat - 22 September 2009

:oops:

The “MIA” link failed… if you are around, post the URL and I will fix it…

Thanks………………….

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009
marisacat - 22 September 2009

fixed it.. thanks!

7. marisacat - 22 September 2009

hmm “leak” analysis. But you really have to buy into Woodward being aging star reporter, etc., to buy in.

Who knows.

8. BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Jeezis™.

From p. 23 in the Nemazee Indictment
The Feds have moved to seize his numerous accounts at Bank Julius Baer. Seems like a favorite parking space. Teh Wiki is good for the short and skinny.. But Links to a bare bones Reuter report on the suicide of its 52 year old CEO Last December. …Body Number 10? 11? 12 in International Finance? Round UP, I always say.

Anyways–

Julius Bär Group (or Julius Baer Group, SIX: BAER) is a Swiss banking firm which is the parent company of Bank Julius Bär, a traditional private bank based in Zurich, Switzerland. The firm dates back to the year 1890 when it was founded by the banker of the same name. The group manages substantial assets for private and institutional clients from all over the world. The firm’s services consist mainly of asset management, wealth management and investment consultancy, investment funds for private and institutional investors as well as securities and foreign exchange trading.

Apart from its head offices in Switzerland, the bank has offices in London, Frankfurt, Milan, Dubai, Grand Cayman, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In September 2005, Julius Bär acquired the independent private banks Ferrier Lullin, Ehinger & Armand von Ernst, Banco di Lugano, and the asset management house Global Asset Management from the Swiss banking giant UBS AG, to become one of the largest independent wealth management firms in Switzerland.[2] UBS acquired almost 21% of Baer’s shares as part of the deal,[2] but sold off its stake in May 2007 to fund a share buyback.[3] The companies of the group are consolidated within Julius Baer Holding Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Alex Widmer, the chief executive of Bank Julius Baer, died suddenly on December 4, 2008. News reports cited sources indicating the death was a suicide.[4] Hans de Gier, the former chief of Julius Baer Group, assumed Widmer’s responsibilities for the interim.[4]

The NYT had more to offer on the CEO off-er-ing,,,himself, as it were – –

The death of Mr. Widmer was announced by the bank on Friday. A spokesman for Julius Baer in Zurich, Jan A. Bielinski, declined to comment on the cause amid reports in Europe, attributed to unidentified sources, that it was suicide. “As a matter of privacy we do not comment on the circumstances of the death,” he said.

The news comes amid mounting global scrutiny of offshore private banking practices and questions over whether Swiss-style banking secrecy, a centuries-old tradition, allows wealthy clients the world over to evade taxes by concealing assets.

Mr. Bielinski said Friday that there was no connection between the operations of the bank and Mr. Widmer’s death.

{SNERK!} Sure.

“From a company point of view, we would like to state that there is no link between this personal tragedy and the ongoing business of the bank,” he said.

Yeh , the ongoing business that was fucking pillaged for over 70% of the $300.8 billion it had under its management…
Nemazee’s stash a small part, considering the move on Russian and Indian uppity muks:

Mr. Widmer, a Swiss citizen, was appointed chief executive of Julius Baer in November 2007 and embarked on a strategy of expanding its services into places of new wealth, including Moscow and Jakarta. …

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Dark.

Also from the Times on the Baer CEO suicide:

Mr. Widmer, whose wife died in 2005, is survived by three teenage children.

The now bare Baer Bank bare bio had this:

He joined the bank in 2005 from Credit Suisse.

Stay out of Banks. Cars. Small Planes. US Markets. Switzerland.
Moscow and Indonesia. Marriage. LOL.
Maybe they were chain smokers.

9. catnip - 22 September 2009

I watched a series of BBC crime thrillers from Netflix

I used to enjoy watching Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren. Great series.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

I enjoyed those too… This was Wire in the Blood… with Robson Green who was also in … Touching Evil, think it was called. His character in that was called Creegan. In WitBlood he is Dr Anthony Hill.

But :lol: … it’s all about murder, both series… and I found a couple of others with gruesome killings. :cool:

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 September 2009

Oh, I loved Wire in the Blood. Touching Evil was good, too. I even liked the American remake of Touching Evil, even though they were utterly different.

I think my all time favorite is Cracker.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

loved Touching Evil… I saw that when PBS out here carried it, some years ago. Apparently only two seasons are on DVD… so I went for Wire in the Blood first as it would be new. I just loved it… and Hermione Norris too, DCI Jordan.

I looked at the movie of WitB… but ti got mixed reviews. Did nto notice an American remake of TE but will look… I still remember the child kidnapper in that series. Fantastic sequence.

There is also MI-5 which I listed and a couple of others I had never seen.

PBS here has finally, fully and with no shame fallen apart. Corporate inroads were made by 1970… so…

There are incredibly horrible political shows on, not just conservative but blatantly right wing and loaded iwth lies. I think PBS and CPB exist just to shuffle out big salaries. And KQED here I think exists only to self perpetuate with a flaccid and frumpy liberal sub strate and to invite them to donate to KQED in their FUCKING WILLS. One reason I am just death now on almost all organised groups who are, at all, in any way, even nominally thought to be associated with the Dem left lib whatever.

So much is absolutely OVER.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

oh I loved Cracker too… and I see netflix has some seasons I never saw.

10. catnip - 22 September 2009

Whoops: Anti-ACORN Bill Ropes In Defense Contractors, Others Charged With Fraud

Going after ACORN may be like shooting fish in a barrel lately — but jumpy lawmakers used a bazooka to do it last week and may have blown up some of their longtime allies in the process.

The congressional legislation intended to defund ACORN, passed with broad bipartisan support, is written so broadly that it applies to “any organization” that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

In other words, the bill could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex. Whoops.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) picked up on the legislative overreach and asked the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) to sift through its database to find which contractors might be caught in the ACORN net.

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Gumman both popped up quickly, with 20 fraud cases between them, and the longer list is a Who’s Who of weapons manufacturers and defense contractors.

etc.

whoops is right

The weapons manufacturers might have a better line of defense in court, however. Immediately after the bill passed, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), a constitutional whiz, noted that the measure appeared to be a “bill of attainder” — specifically targeting a company or organization or individual — and is therefore specifically barred by the Constitution. If it’s not targeted at one group, then Northrop Grumman is in trouble.

Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Congressional Research Service on Tuesday asking it to clarify, among other things, if the Defund ACORN Act is constitutional.

Your congress – hard at werk.

catnip - 22 September 2009

lol…someone in the comments linked to Republican Clown College. (Mind you, it was passed by a DEM majority. So who’s the bozo?)

marisacat - 22 September 2009

oh let’s just use a line from Ob’s tired speech at the UN today…

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of progress”.

Scintillating.

I am sure there was a sports metaphore in there too. But really, who fucking cares anymore.

11. marisacat - 22 September 2009

Paterson. Gee what to say.

Last month Paterson claimed race was his problem AND Ob’s problem. Sounded like solidarity, of a sort… NOW he is critical of Ob and the administration.
:lol: … The first comment mentions he seems to be asking for a toe tag.

12. marisacat - 22 September 2009

oh yeah what a shock… :cool: ………. via NY Post

Federal prosecutors in New York say a review of most customer accounts shows that about half of the customers jailed financier Bernard Madoff had when his business shut down had not lost money.

Prosecutors made the revelation as they told a judge Tuesday that there was no need to order restitution because all of Madoff’s assets will be distributed to investors anyway.

The prosecutors say a review of claims from most of the customers who had investment accounts with Madoff shows that nearly 50 percent of the active customers invested more money than they withdrew, while the other 50 percent withdrew more than they invested. . . . . .

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

The simple truth is these people got in on the basis of it being pitched as insider trading. Plain and Simple. One of theirs. One of them. In the Loop. In the know. So Fuck em.

Free enterprise and all. Ya takes your chances. They’re lucky the Feds don’t move further down *and Up stream in this multi level marketing scheme.

It seems to me…the DOJ… by moving against restitution is a way of wrapping it up, trying to prevent the fallout from weeping into deeper IMO, The best thing that could happen is all those greedy quarellsome chiselers start devouring each other over money. And then cop a resentment towards their Lawyers.. Or if barristers themselves, their Partners get pissed over the billables washed as a result.. Let them fret about it on their own clock. On their own dime.
Because the more time spent on their internecine lawsuits the less time for fraud elsewhere in the Medical , Legal, and Accounting “Professions” .

Let them turn once again turn to their Rabbis.
Afterall, Who knows?
They may even get a tip on backing an Organ Harvesting Snuff Film coupled with the latest tax dodge and nice handbag full of shwag.

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Missed in an edit…

.It seems to me…the DOJ… by moving against restitution is a way of wrapping it up, trying to prevent the fallout from weeping into deeper *… ….deeper well waters..

{plunk}

13. marisacat - 22 September 2009

Reuters has an “Analysis” piece up. I think Ob is running out of shoes to drop.

When – how soon – til the conversation moves to all sports metaphor all the time. What a fucking joke this is. (not that anyone bought into the “get tough with settlements” bullshit)

NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama may be laying the groundwork to abandon his quest for an immediate Israeli settlement freeze and instead try to get Israel and the Palestinians directly into peace negotiations.

Obama emerged from talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Tuesday without the orchestrated set of steps that he had hoped would allow him to announce a resumption of peace negotiations, which have been on ice since December.

Instead, he was reduced to stressing the urgency of ending the six-decade conflict and exhorting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to show “flexibility and common sense and sense of compromise.”

The outcome, analysts said, suggested the limitations of trying to secure confidence-building steps in advance and may presage a drive to go directly to full-blown negotiations even though neither side yet seems ready for them. . . . . . .

Somhow I caught Katie Couric with G Beck on the evening news. Wha ta break for him. He came off as Buster Brown, maybe iwth untied shoe laces. Nothing more. A real teddy bear toy.

14. BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Indeed
oh let’s just use a line from Ob’s tired speech at the UN today…

So tired….Today,
President Chider Chide Obama Chides Mideast Leaders Over Peace

Do it For the Chide-ren? What sissy slap crap happy

““It is past time to stop talking about starting negotiations, and time to move forward,” Mr. Obama said.

How Inspiring! How Refreshing! How New!
The same hammered hobbled horseshit on a half loaf.
Do they actually think this somehow translates better now?
I mean to the few intelligentsia in Europe and the Arab world that AREN”T ALREADY quite fluent in English?

What a weak, ineffectual prop.
This “Chider” meme, definitely something the R will run with…
And then whiplash him ala Carter for ‘dressing down” the Presidency.
I saw a clip of him on Letterman. In a suit but slouched in a chair. making his case. on Late Night. If you didn’t know he was POTUS you could have mistaken him for some B lister making the usual self promotion rounds. . Oh wait –

S’anyways, Stupid Bojangles Move, to be blunt.
Familiarity breeding, and all that.. LOL. Faux Familiarity at that.
But they’ll go back to it. It’s All they got… this propped up personae.
Same as Bush.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

““It is past time to stop talking about starting negotiations, and time to move forward,” Mr. Obama said.

there is really nothing left. Dead in the water. I’m calling it. The next dip in the markets, whenever it hits will be deadly.

15. BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Dead Ted’s Dying Wish granted.
No, not HCR , silly Dead on Arrival Dems…
His death rails gasp at relevence over the Prahhhcess
of his seat selection. Yeh well, the morticians still processed him through the rigor mortis like any lucky fisherman does with a slab of flabby tuna on the docks in Hyannis Port….

Within days, The NYT says Deval is going to give it to Paul Kirk.
DNC Chair.
Now THAT’s Change You Can Make Believe In!
Cue grateful God Bless Teddy Diaries on Dailykos!

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Correction..”Senior Dems in DC” said Kirk is the likely choice…
well..good thing the “Change You Can Make Believe In” still holds

Mr. Patrick, a Democrat who is close to President Obama, has refused to discuss potential appointees, but senior Democrats in Washington said Tuesday that Paul G. Kirk Jr., a former aide to Mr. Kennedy and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was a likely choice.

The Democrats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they believed that Michael S. Dukakis, the former governor and 1988 presidential nominee, said to be under consideration, was out of the running and would not be named.

Other possibilities include Evelyn Murphy, a former lieutenant governor; and Charles Ogletree, a professor at Harvard Law School.

A spokesman for Mr. Patrick, Kyle Sullivan, would not discuss a timeframe for an appointment, saying only that the governor was pleased with the vote.

Hmm. Ogletree floated..

marisacat - 22 September 2009

Ogletree drove me nuts during the GE. Puhleese place him the senate seat. I cannot wait. My guess, the mention is a courtesy kiss off.

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Again with the Whispers and Lies mode…
Who knows what the fuck they’re up to…Floating DNC-er Kirk, puffing the DNC tithers to have Kirk take a dive, a little bone to Pwogs and Academia with the look-see metioned of Ob Pal Ogeltree…
Pick your stiff for Teddy’s seat. NTIM.

16. BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Yeh, this should work well…


Can gay porn save Israel’s image?

By Michael Kaminer, The Forward

The bearded receptionist wears a yarmulke.

In any other office, this wouldn’t seem remarkable. But this is the midtown Manhattan headquarters of Lucas Entertainment, one of the largest gay adult film companies in the world.

The yarmulke – worn in memory of a recently departed grandmother, it turns out – seems weirdly apt once you meet Michael Lucas, the 37-year-old founder and CEO of the 11-year-old porn conglomerate, which in August released what it claims is the first gay adult film made in Israel with an all-Israeli cast.

“Men of Israel” is characterized as a labor of love for the Moscow-born Jew, whose complex public persona fuses outspoken ardor for Israel, fervent antipathy for Islam (‘ugly’) and right-wing Orthodox Jews (‘parasites’), and canny promotion of raunchy sexuality. Lucas has become as infamous for acid pronouncements – likening the Quran to “Mein Kampf” in a notorious 2008 Stanford University talk, for instance – as for movies like “New York Hunks” and “Feet Extreme!” two of the more printable titles from his company’s extensive catalog.

Likewise, Lucas claims that his motivation behind “Men of Israel” was not just titillation, but also a counterbalance to lopsided portrayals of Israel in mainstream media. “It’s free PR for Israel, and it’s much better than the PR they’re getting on the news,” he said during a tour of the company’s expansive second-floor offices, with views of the New York Times building across the street. “The reality is that Israel has only one face to people on the street, and that’s the West Bank and Gaza. All people see in the media is a country of disaster. They get images of a blown-up bus.”

By contrast, Lucas said, the images in ‘Men of Israel’ – filmed in telegenic Tel Aviv,

Not to mention HYGENIC, too! Ethnically CLEANSED!

Haifa and desert locations by Israeli fashion photographer Ronen Akerman – amount to a pornographic stimulus campaign for gay tourism.

“Nobody goes to Israel for Golda Meir, I’m so sorry,” Lucas said in heavily Russian-accented English. “People don’t care that you have a great orchestra, and they’re not particularly interested in the Holocaust museum. Gay people, and straight people, want beautiful beaches, beautiful nature, beautiful men and women, good food, good hotels. Israel shouldn’t be mistaken about why people go there. They need me.” Neither the Israeli Consulate nor the Israel Ministry of Tourism office in New York returned calls or e-mails for comment.

Lucas was born Andrei Bregman in Moscow into a family of “Russian intelligentsia.” His father, Lev Bregman, is an engineer; his mother, Elena Treivas, who passed away last year, taught Russian literature. According to Lucas’ six-page official bio, they gave their son the maternal surname “to curb as much anti-Semitism as possible.” Lucas’s private office is accessorized with antique-style furniture his mother left him, along with a collection of vintage cameras, framed family photos, rows of adult-industry awards, and a wall of his own press clips and magazine covers.

“Growing up in a communist nation as a gay-Jewish boy, Lucas faced much oppression and discrimination,” the bio says. After graduating law school, he started a small travel agency that he claims was run out of business by the Russian mob. Seeking “greater acceptance,” Lucas left for Germany; after successful stints as an escort and porn actor (dubbed by a French director, with unintended historical humor, as “Ramzes Kairoff”), he left for New York in 1997, where he adopted the nom de porn that stuck. “I wanted to make money, and all I had was my body, so I used what I had,” he said.

By 1998, once it became obvious how much more Lucas could earn by producing and directing his own films, Lucas Entertainment was born. The company took off; by 2001, Lucas had made enough to help his parents, his brother, Pavel, and his grandparents immigrate to the States. His brother and father have since returned to Moscow, where the former heads a real estate company. Only his 88-year-old grandmother, a retired piano teacher, remains, residing near the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn. Lucas lives with his partner, 53-year-old Richard Winger, in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Though Lucas calls Winger his “office manager,” a 2006 New York magazine profile described the latter as an “Austrian international investor.”

What does the Bregman family think of Lucas’s chosen profession? “There is such a thing as wishful thinking. I’m sure my parents would have wished me to go on with my law education,” he said. “When my mother was alive, she knew very well what I’m doing, and my grandparents, as well. Once they realized I’m actually in the adult business, they never gave me any problem. They were always interested in how I’m doing businesswise. My father and mother had been to the office a couple times. It’s a regular office.”

Having achieved a kind of crossover pop celebrity – he’s been profiled in The New Republic and has spoken at New York University, Rutgers and Yale – Lucas is, to say the least, a paradoxical character. As a political advocate, he’s an anomaly in an industry where activism has been limited to publisher Al Goldstein’s iconic middle finger on late-night 1980s public access television. On his company’s blog, Lucas advertises a DVD release of “Michael Does Russia” – with his own shirtless image on the box – next to an eloquent diatribe on Israeli homophobia.

“He’s a master self-promoter,” said Village Voice writer Michael Musto, whose column has chronicled episodes in Lucas’s career. “Sometimes he’ll say things just for effect. But on Israel, he is sincere. His opinions are fiery. He’ll tell you even if you don’t ask.”

While Lucas has become a lightning rod for criticism on gay Web sites – “arrogant, elitist, hypo- critical and racist,” one called him – Musto sees more hypocrisy behind the insults. “People get very mean about him on Web sites, anonymously. But when push comes to shove, they probably buy his movies,” he said.

Aaron Hicklin, editor in chief of the gay magazine Out, agreed. “I’m not sure the vast majority of his audience know or care about his political views,” he said. “The scuffles with various blogs are a bit of a sideshow, and I’m not sure they speak to anything bigger than the egos of those involved.” ….

:shock:

catnip - 22 September 2009

lol…what’s that smiley look about?

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Oh I’ll be sure to order the box set. Bulk.
Send em out as gifts. Surely it will re-orient my whole world view.
Turn it upsi – well – change it- you know.

More like okaayyyyyy. I thought 2 of the quotes were really funny:
““Nobody goes to Israel for Golda Meir, I’m so sorry,” Lucas said in heavily Russian-accented English.

And the one from Musto…“He’s a master self-promoter,” said Village Voice writer Michael Musto,

Cake, meet Take. LOL.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

uh. Michael Musto?

gah.

catnip - 22 September 2009

I’m not on your gift list, right? ;)

That particular bit of culture I can do without, tyvm.

marisacat - 22 September 2009

well for political activism… think they left out Larry Flynt. He’s been active.

catnip - 22 September 2009

And in sort of related gay news (but not) comes this headline: Rep. Frank extracts vanilla from consumer agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Congress’ chief author of financial regulatory reform moved on Tuesday to kill the most controversial part of an Obama administration proposal for a new government watchdog for financial consumers.

Banks would not be required to offer so-called “plain vanilla” versions of financial products, such as mortgages, under draft legislative language drawn up by Democratic Representative Barney Frank and obtained by Reuters.

The draft language comes in the face of opposition among businesses and existing regulators to President Barack Obama’s proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), part of his sweeping program to tighten bank and market regulation.

In opting to delete the “plain vanilla” provision from his version of the proposal, Frank, who chairs the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, has effectively acknowledged that it was an over-reach by the administration.

The Frank bill must undergo committee review. But it will likely be the vehicle Democrats use for moving the CFPA plan to the full House for a vote, and possibly to the Senate.

In addition to dropping “plain vanilla,” the bill explicitly exempts many businesses from CFPA oversight, including securities, commodities, investment and general insurance products; accountants and tax preparers; real estate brokers and agents; lawyers; auto dealers; communications providers; and providers of retirement and pension plans.

Why don’t the Dems just lay down and die and get it over with?

marisacat - 22 September 2009

:lol: … ship in the truck loads of lilies.

catnip - 22 September 2009

Is there anything so far that they HAVEN’T caved on? I can’t think of one issue.

17. catnip - 22 September 2009

Somebody from the AP obviously just woke up from a coma:

Stern Obama confronts Israeli, Palestinian leaders

NEW YORK – Bristling with impatience, President Barack Obama sternly prodded Israeli and Palestinian leaders to relaunch Mideast peace negotiations Tuesday, grasping a newly personal role in their historic standoff. He won an awkward, stone-faced handshake but no other apparent progress beyond a promise to talk about more talks.

Since when does Mr Cool bristle with impatience?

catnip - 22 September 2009

haha

Obama’s Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, said the president took the risk because he believes the moment is uniquely ripe for progress — and because he felt an in-person display of his rising impatience could help.

Dad means business now, kids!

marisacat - 22 September 2009

Oh get this… I cannot stand the lie down fall down corporate black opinion writers, so I don’t bother with them anymore (but now must go look!) but just heard commentary that Eugene Robinson apparently wrote that he thinks McChrystal’s assessment was so bleak as to force withdrawal.

What is that? A rubber band stretched around a bubble gum bubble?? It is a MEANINGLESS assessment. It is nothing. If we wanted to leave, we could ahve left under McKiernan.

Can this mess get more fucked? More of a joke on wheels, skidding into hell?

catnip - 22 September 2009

He of the “I’ll listen to the generals on the ground” stance will send in more troops. Guaranteed. He just needs to pretend that he’s agonizing over it for the cameras.

catnip - 22 September 2009

And la voila!

Via the NYT:

In looking at other options, aides said, Mr. Obama might just be testing assumptions — and assuring liberals in his own party that he was not rushing into a further expansion of the war — before ultimately agreeing to the anticipated troop request from General McChrystal. But the review suggests the president is having second thoughts about how deeply to engage in an intractable eight-year conflict that is not going well.

If they go with the reported Biden approach of surgical strikes after withdrawing troops, Afghanis will basically be a) fucked and/or b) will turn to the Taliban and warlords to protest them (even more than they are now).

“A counterinsurgency strategy can only work if you have a credible and legitimate Afghan partner. That’s in doubt now,” said Bruce O. Riedel, who led the administration’s strategy review of Afghanistan and Pakistan earlier this year. “Part of the reason you are seeing a hesitancy to jump deeper into the pool is that they are looking to see if they can make lemonade out of the lemons we got from the Afghan election.”

Bullshit excuse. Whether they would have gotten Karzai or his other west-friendly buddy Abdullah, they’d have been dealing with the same stinking barrel of corrupt fish.

catnip - 22 September 2009

protest=protect

marisacat - 22 September 2009

Well.. it all meant nothing in the end, but Jimmy did at least have the folks from the ME (Arafat and Begin, I think it was…) out to the vaca home (Camp David) for enforced talks.

Gonna be a long long long 3 years and 3.5 months.

catnip - 22 September 2009

It’s quite the dog and pony show. Meanwhile, back at the Gaza ranch…

18. catnip - 22 September 2009

So, I told my dr I was concerned about getting the H1N1 vaccination when it’s available because of the lack of testing and he said that front line health care workers like him have to get it and added, “So, if you see my obituary, you’ll know how that turned out.” :D

19. BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Oh yeh, Bristling. With a raging Hard-ons in view.
And nothing left to the imagination in the
“Men of Israel” photo op.
The pic apparently available only overseas, as everything but these stars together in the tawdry scene is presently available Stateside…..

catnip - 22 September 2009

That man is a pariah.

BooHooHooMan - 22 September 2009

Which one?

catnip - 22 September 2009

touché

20. marisacat - 23 September 2009

hmmm mmm

nu

http://marisacat.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/gah-2/

………….. :roll: ……………


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