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Takes “awww” to the extreme… 18 February 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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This sleepy dormouse made use of a TV prop mini sofa at Paignton Zoo in Devon and dozed away to his heart’s content whilst waiting to be photographed for a feature on the lifestyle of dormice Picture: RICHARD AUSTIN

but, if the legend beneath the photo is true, just a model lounging before a shoot… ;)

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1. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2010
brinn - 19 February 2010

Hi MitheM! Thanks for your concern (last thread), but we’re fine! Hey, you still have my email addy don’t you? If not, let me know!

catnip! (also from last thread)

I agree 100% about having to look deeper — until we USAians start dealing with root causes of our problems/issues both on a personal and societal level, we aren’t ever going to solve a goddesdamed thing!

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2010

Nowhere Man
The vain search for Harold Ford’s principles.

Ford had so much difficulty explaining his intellectual evolution that, at one point, he gave an interview to the Daily News only, as the paper reported, “under the condition that the questions be limited to his rationale for running, and not issues.” (Southern voters may be interested in solutions, but, apparently, Northern voters aren’t.) None of this is to say, however, that Ford’s prospective candidacy lacks ideological content. He is running as the voice of Wall Street. The financial industry deeply resents the Obama administration and congressional Democrats who, after bailing them out to prevent a broader economic collapse, are attempting to impose regulations to prevent such a recurrence and demanding that the large banks pay back a portion of their subsidy. Casting about for a champion, Wall Street’s eyes turned to Ford.

The Tennessee expatriate turned out to be the perfect man for the job. He already had a foothold in the city through his financial services committee connections, a $1.8 million East Hampton vacation home his father had purchased in 2003, and a lucrative part-time job at Merrill Lynch. Ford breakfasts regularly at the Regency and relaxes at upper-class redoubts like the Waverly Inn. “Ford started hearing about [the backlash] at cocktail parties,” reports Politico.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2010
marisacat - 18 February 2010

I heard today that Ignani, point woman for the insurance cos thru all of this and around for them for years… USED to be the HC point woman for the AFL-CIO.

Gotta love it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 February 2010

figures

4. BooHooHooMan - 18 February 2010

Welp. One thing’s for sure. After the whole IRS thing,
The guy in Austin DEFINITELY won’t be able to write off the trip now.

marisacat - 18 February 2010

:lol:

CSTAR - 18 February 2010

And, unlike the panty bomber, he definitely will not get Mirandized.

5. marisacat - 18 February 2010

Ioz

Flunkin Social Studies

So I don’t know what to say about this, by “defense analyst” (read as: “graduate student”) Lara M. Dadkhah for the Times.

So in a modern refashioning of the obvious — that war is harmful to civilian populations — the United States military has begun basing doctrine on the premise that dead civilians are harmful to the conduct of war. The trouble is, no past war has ever supplied compelling proof of that claim.

And then, from IOZ…. after a few other things are said:

But here is the thing. The reason that the boundary between civilian and insurgent is so goddamn fucking porous is because America is a goddamn fucking foreign fucking invading fucking occupying fucking goddamn power. The problem isn’t that we have bad tactics or bad strategy. The problem is that we’re the bad guys.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

that’s it exactly, we’re the bad guys.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

I thought the entry from IOZ was perfect… also his interjected graphics screaming at her, Have you heard of VIETNAM?

Her writing is unbelievably bad. Talk about the bull that accompanies End of Empire (however many decades it may take)

ts - 19 February 2010

Unfortunately, she is the one with the job.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

so many like her around as well………

6. marisacat - 18 February 2010

“The [cost of the] wars are a drop in the bucket compared to our Entitlements”,

…the pro war, pro Israel evening host on KGO. Then he slings out the IAEA statement today that Iran is enriching the Uranium and Ob declares himself very concerned.

So it goes. They will bleed us to death for the wars.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

Just read this in the Mike Allen email. So typical.

SCOOP — ABC’s Jake Tapper:

‘[T]he Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq — currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom — a new name. The new name: ‘Operation New Dawn.’ In a February 17, 2010, memo to the Commander of Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the ‘requested operation name change is approved to take effect 1 September 2010, coinciding with the change of mission for U.S. forces in Iraq.’ …. In a statement, Brian Wise, executive director of Military Families United said, ‘You cannot end a war simply by changing its name.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

wow, he’s either stupid or deliberately full of shit.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

More and more people call in saying The Wars Must End, we cannot support this…

… and this host always shuts people down, and in fact can become hysterical. He can start screaming.

He claims to oppose Iraq War, but he is so rabidly pro Israel, I doubt he really does or ever did… and he is def FOR Iran War…

ts - 19 February 2010

Are we talking about this guy?

While many in the public eye work hard to avoid labels such as “unpredictable” and “iconoclast”, KGO’s Gene Burns embraces them gleefully. Each weeknight Burns holds forth celebrating the richness of the English language, challenging cherished opinions and enthusiastically tilting at windmills. His bosses grumble that both his words and telephone calls are too long! His detractors label him too opinionated. While listening respectfully, the successful broadcasting veteran begs to differ. “Free speech is an American parlor sport and intellectually based verbal combat is the essence of its exercise,” he says, adding, “Citizen activism is at the very heart of democracy.”

marisacat - 19 February 2010

Acutally last night it was John Rothman… he has a perfectly hideous propaganda book out, about the Palestine High Mufti, who had contact with Hitler… think it is called Icon of Evil. Lunatic book.

Burns is horrible as well. The ccommon thread at KGO other than tied ot the Democratic machine (we are a machine town) is nasty authoritarianism. I realise “reactionary” is a oxymoron w/r/t to talk radio, but that is what they are. Authoritarian reactionaries.

Rothman is a legacy Republican, worked for Nixon (at the WH as a very young man) but has been a Democrat for a couple of decades. I would say he ws part of how larded we are as a city with former R calling themselves Democrats. As if it mattered. The parties are so indivisible. IMO

mattes - 19 February 2010

Iran is the ONLY country left in the ME to stop the hegemony that is Israel.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

well, USA – Israel. We are partners, as I see it.

I hve no idea what will stop us. The plan for America, as I see it, is to bleed the country endlessly for wars. All over the globe. Not just the ME.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

He also pushed the new panel headed by Simpson and Erskine Bowles last night… spent an hour on it. I find the host to be a horrid propagandist.

brinn - 19 February 2010

heh. or both — as are so many…

mattes - 19 February 2010

The push is on.

Meanwhile:

U.S. Intelligence Found Iran Nuke Document Was Forged

http://info-wars.org/2010/01/21/h1n1-swine-flu-hoax-falls-apart-at-the-seams/

IAEA Conceals Evidence Iran Nuke Docs Were Forged

http://www.counterpunch.org/porter09152009.html

Israel gaffe reveals ‘Iran ship photos’ were forged
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:05:33 GMT

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=111410&sectionid=351020101

I am waiting for the next false flag incident. Or MAJOR provocation of the Persians or Arabs.

And as for bin laden trying to bankrupt the USA, the NY bankers and our own military need no more outside help.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

LOL don’t think we will be hearing anything new from Ob and Axe and Rahm. Still hot for Iran Sanctions, part IV… and whatever else they can manage to foment.

7. marisacat - 19 February 2010

I don’t think Tiger is doing too well…………… but I am also appalled I am watching. .. :roll: But I am!

catnip - 19 February 2010

you and me both…

8. catnip - 19 February 2010

What a long-winded Tiger Woods – apologizing to everybody and their dog.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

I thought it failed… and there was a report out this am that there are “stories” coming out of hte treatment center that he has been disruptive and up set other patients.. (or whatever one calls them, clients? customers?).

Stephie working to shore Tiger up. America is so shameless.

CSTAR - 19 February 2010

“What I did was not acceptable,”

You mean you acted like scum? No I don’t think that’s acceptable. I don’t accept scum on my tiles.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

Interesting, KGO is reporting that despite it being held at the PGA, there was not a single golf writer at the press statement. They blew it off.

hmmm.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

their professional org decided they would only participate if they were allowed to ask questions.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

.. makes sense…

ts - 19 February 2010

His only apology should be to his wife and kids as the papers are signed.

mattes - 19 February 2010

Hey catnip is this:

Canadian minister: attack on Israel is an attack on Canada

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/02/canadian-minister-attack-on-israel-is-an-attack-on-canada.html

I post link to mondoweiss because that is were I learned of the story, and he runs a great site, well worth visiting.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

I like mondo weiss….

9. marisacat - 19 February 2010

Apparently Pawlenty attacked San Francisco as ”elites who eat brie and chablis”… at the CPAC convention.

So out of date!

CSTAR - 19 February 2010

Chablis? How tasteless.

ts - 19 February 2010

Everyone knows you should pair brie with sauvignon blanc or viognier.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

they haven’t heard of Pinot up in MN?

10. mattes - 19 February 2010

H1N1 swine flu hoax falls apart at the seams

January 21, 2010 by Infowars Ireland

(NaturalNews) The great swine flu hoax of 2009 is now falling apart at the seams as one country after another unloads hundreds of millions of doses of unused swine flu vaccines. No informed person wants the injection anymore, and the entire fear-based campaign to promote the vaccines has now been exposed as outright quackery and propaganda.

Even doctors are now calling the pandemic a complete hoax. As reported on FoxNews, Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, a leading health authority in Europe, says that drug companies “organized a ‘campaign of panic’ to put pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic. He believes it is ‘one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,’ and he has called for an inquiry.” (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933…)

H1N1 swine flu was never dangerous, and it never should have been escalated to a level-six pandemic in the first place. >b>It was all a big marketing scam whose purpose was to simply sell vaccines. (And the CDC and WHO were in on it…)

And it worked! Big Pharma made out with billions of dollars in profits for a useless vaccine that’s now being dumped by the truck load. These vaccines were, of course, paid for with taxpayer dollars, making the Great Swine Flu Hoax of 2009 nothing more than an elaborate financial scam whose goal was to transfer wealth from the People to the shareholders of Big Pharma.

In just the fourth quarter of 2009, GlaxoSmithKline shipped $1.4 billion worth of vaccines. (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS…)

That’s $1.4 billion worth of taxpayer dollars, by the way. Dollars that could have been spent on nutrition or real health education.

http://info-wars.org/2010/01/21/h1n1-swine-flu-hoax-falls-apart-at-the-seams/

Now, I am not in agreement that any flu is harmless, but I have pointed out before that this was a money making venture.

Beware that that Pharma is about YOU, it’s a business like any other. It’s about money. I’ve seen it up close and personal.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

it was a lot like SARS… where Bush and Bush cronies had an interest in BIO PORT…

Something happened down in Mexico, in the state where the illness originated, near the huge pig factory farm… but it was quickly labeled a flue, and the pharmaceuticals and the fear mongering governments moved in. There was little interest in what the original illness was. I mean, they concnetrated on the young boy who lived and never exhumed and autopsied the babies who died almost immediately. No interest. Just used it.

mattes - 19 February 2010

I still am convinced that it was connected to some laboratory. It takes a lot of pressure for viruses to jump species. And that one jumped three times!

mattes - 19 February 2010

Another thing that pisses me off is that pharma insists vaccines are harmless, they are not.

11. marisacat - 19 February 2010

Pro life guy is in… LOL why bother wiht a primary!

Posted by Ben Smith 11:25 AM
.February 19, 2010

Categories:2010.

Ellsworth’s in

Cillizza reports that, as expected, Rep. Brad Ellsworth will be the Democratic candidate in Indiana. He’s not Evan Bayh, but is the strongest the party could have hoped for.

Posted by Ben Smith 11:21 AM
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12. ts - 19 February 2010

Two bodies have been found in the wreckage of the IRS building in Austin. No word on whether either of them is the pilot.

ts - 19 February 2010

FoxNews blog is reporting the IRS employee that died in the plane attack was Vernon Hunter, a 67-year old Revenue Office Manager. His wife was working in the building at the time and he had six kids.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

I think the other body is the pilot…

13. mattes - 19 February 2010

Britain ‘knew Mossad was using fake passports for Dubai hit’

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1151018.html

…guess that makes it all nice and legal???

CSTAR - 19 February 2010

Just saw this clip on Democracy now. Now transcript yet.

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/2/19/killing_of_hamas_leader_in_dubai

marisacat - 19 February 2010

Angry Arab has a slew of posts on it………… and one, that he seems to support (and from him I would accept it is possible) but he links to an arabic language only site, al akhbar that he writes for, that it can be linked to Palestinians aligned with the Dahlan gangs… IF that is true I would assume directed by Mossad.

Anyway, the whole assassination, with visuals, is a fascnating wrinkle playing out before us…

mattes - 19 February 2010

Thanks just watched. That.

IMO. The reason this hit was done is to connect Abbas to the assassination, because as long as there is no Unity Government in Palestine, Israel has all the excuse it needs to keep taking land and blocking the establishment of a Palestine State.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

There is not going ot be any unity government in Palestine… not in the cards. America will stop that… IMO Abbas may be Israel’s stooge but ours as well.

Waht a horrid joke it all is.

14. marisacat - 19 February 2010

hmm I am guessing this might mean Crist is not pulling a Spector:

Crist, Rubio to Debate on Meet the Press [Daniel Foster]

RCP’s Mike Memoli tweets: “Crist camp announces they’ve agreed to debates w/ Marco Rubio on Meet The Press and Fox News Sunday in March. Going national”

(via The Corner)

15. mattes - 19 February 2010

Good news:

Australia tells Japan: Stop whaling or face court

“Specifically, what we’re putting to the Japanese is to take where they are now, which is the slaughter of some hundreds of whales each year and reduce that to zero,” Mr Rudd said.

“If we don’t get that as a diplomatic agreement, let me tell you, we’ll be going to the International Court of Justice.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8523328.stm

Lots of news.
Whale Wars:

http://www.seashepherd.org/

I have no idea why this issue is so dear to my heart, it just is. Just…as is the plight of the Palestinian people. Sometimes we are unable to divorce ourselves from the causes that move our hearts and emotions. On rare occasions of reflection, I wonder what makes us who we are. I have yet to resolve my questions, but have learned to accept them. Life is a mystery.

16. marisacat - 19 February 2010

:lol:

Counterpunch

Nor did the Six Day War help the Bible’s standing as God’s revealed truth and as Zionism’s anchor. As Israeli archaeologists led by Yigael Yadin fanned out across the newly conquered West Bank and the heart of biblical Judea they searched for evidence of the historical homeland, in a quest that had its roots, as brilliantly excavated by Shlomo Sand in his recent The Invention of the Jewish People (Verso), in the appearance of prenationalist Jewish historiography from the mid- nineteenth century, starting with Heinrich Graetz’s History of the Jews from the Oldest Times to the Present. Graetz believed with every fiber of his being that the Pentateuch was historically accurate.

As Sand relates, the post 1967 digs “failed to find any traces of an important tenth-century kingdom, the presumed time of David and Solomon…. The inescapable and troublesome conclusion was that if there was a political entity in tenth-century Judaea, it was a small tribal kingdom, and that Jerusalem was a fortified stronghold. “ Sand approvingly cites the view of certain biblical scholars that “the Bible is not a book, but a grand library that was written, revised and adapted in the course of three centuries, from the late sixth to the early second BCE.” In 1969 Golda Meir famously declared, “There were no such thing as Palestinians…. They did not exist.” Four decades later the Israeli journalist Tom Segev is quoted on the dust jacket of Sand’s book as saying “”There never was a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened – hence there was no return.” Degraded in its historical standing, the Old Testament meanwhile swelled in unpleasing outline as a prefiguring of , and a mandate for later savage persecution by Israeli Jews of Palestinians. …

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

more wars for fairy tales

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

HAITI: Private Contractors ‘Like Vultures Coming to Grab the Loot’

Critics are concerned that private military contractors are positioning themselves at the centre of an emerging “shock doctrine” for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Next month, a prominent umbrella organisation for private military and logistic corporations, the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA), is co-organising a “Haiti summit” which aims to bring together “leading officials” for “private consultations with attending contractors and investors” in Miami, Florida.

Dubbed the “mercenary trade association” by journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of “Blackwater: the Rise of the World’ Most Powerful Mercenary Army”, the IPOA wasted no time setting up a “Haiti Earthquake Support” page on its website following the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean country.

IPOA’s director Doug Brooks says, “The first contacts we got were journalists looking for security when they went in.” The website of IPOA member company, Hart Security, says they are currently in Haiti “supporting clients from the fields of media, consultancy and medical in their disaster recovery efforts.” Several other IPOA members have either bid on or received contracts for work in Haiti.

Likewise, the private military contractor, Raidon Tactics, has at least 30 former U.S. Special Operations soldiers on the ground, where they have been guarding aid convoys and providing security for “news agencies,” according to a Raidon employee who told IPS his company received over 1,000 phone calls in response to an ad posting “for open positions for Static Security Positions and Mobile Security Positions” in Haiti.

Just over a week following the earthquake, the IPOA teamed up with Global Investment Summits (GIS), a UK-based private company that specialises in bringing private contractors and government officials from “emerging post-conflict countries” together, to host an “Afghanistan Reconstruction Summit”, in Istanbul, Turkey. It was there, says IPOA’s director Doug Brooks, that the idea for the Haiti summit was hatched “over beers”.

GIS’s CEO, Kevin Lumb, told IPS that the key feature of the Haiti summit will be “what we call roundtables, [where] we put the ministers and their procurement people, and arrange appointments with contractors.” Lumb added that his company “specialise[s] in putting governments together [with private contractors].”

IPOA was “so pleased” with the Afghanistan summit, says Lumb, they asked GIS to do “all the organising, all the selling” for the Haiti summit. Lumb pointed out that all of the profits from the event will be donated to the Clinton-Bush Haiti relief fund.

18. ts - 19 February 2010
19. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Market — Just a Matter of Who Pays for It

TM: You say “…that markets should know best is a relatively recent article of faith. It took a great deal of ideological and political work to make it part of government’s conventional wisdom.” How did this well-constructed belief in the market impact the food crisis and the financial crash of last year?

Raj Patel: Based on the idea that markets know best, government regulation and oversight was pretty systematically dismantled in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s. That regulation had taken a wide range of forms, from protection for union organizing to banking regulation and oversight, from food grain reserves in the U.S. and elsewhere to the ability of people to organize and think about a role for government that was anything other than cutting taxes and letting the free market do its thing. These are all things that were lost when the ideology of “markets know best” triumphed.

The food crisis wasn’t really because of a shortage of food. There were odd things happening in the global food supply, and strange events that affected a few grain baskets here and there, but, in the main, the driving force behind a lot of the volatility in food markets was speculation. Capital flowed from speculating on oil prices into speculating on the price of food, and all of a sudden the price of rice went up by 30 percent in a single day.

snip

TM: Another very important notion you deal with is the commons. You point out that much of what we now see as a God-given economic infrastructure was made possible by the enclosure of the commons.

RP: There is a hidden history to this word. In general the way people know about the commons is through the tragedy of the commons, which says that when all of us have access to a resource that no one owns, we will be selfish and greedy and with eyes wide open use that resource up. The tragedy is that we will destroy the resource that we know we depend on, and leave ourselves with nothing. In 1968 this was published in the journal Science as a thought experiment by cell biologist Garret Hardin. If you look at the history of the commons, however, in the United Kingdom, in Italy, around the world, it turns out that people are pretty good at managing resources so that they don’t get destroyed and overrun.

TM: In Jared Diamond’s book Collapse, he looks at a number of societies. Some collapsed, some did not.

RP: The question of what causes collapse versus sustainability is something we’re increasingly interested in. The latest Nobel Prize in economics was won by a woman for the first time, Ellen Ostrum, in part for her work on the commons. What she found should shock us a little bit. While human beings are of course selfish and greedy, it turns out that we are also cooperative and altruistic and generous and capable of negotiating agreements that we in general abide by. And if we don’t abide by them, we also have regimes of punishment that make sure that fairness is maintained.

A recent study in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at how different forest communities manage their forests. Forest communities that had enough forest to be able to use it sustainably, and that also had autonomy — with neither the private sector nor the government involved — did better. Not only did they have higher levels of welfare and development indicators, but they also sequestered more carbon. They managed the forest so that they were able to lock away carbon that benefits all of us. Despite being selfish and greedy, they were also good at living with the economic consequences of their actions and learning from them. And that’s something that markets don’t teach us how to do.

TM: You say that the joining of politics and economics, of government and the market has really distorted things over the last 100 years.

RP: Even someone like Adam Smith was very worried about the power of corporations or the very rich to dominate the poorest in society.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

that is so interesting about the commons……….

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

I thought so. there is interesting stuff further down the interview about the Zapatistas and their attempts to revive the Athenian model of democracy:

Let’s get to your reasons for hope. There are some very radical activities going on among the Immokalee Farm Workers, the La Via Campesina, the Zapatistas, etc. I recently interviewed Rebecca Solnit about her book, Hope in the Dark, and your reasons for hope are very much the same.

RP: You began by quoting Dr. King, who described himself as a democratic socialist. Dr. King didn’t just say we need more regulation, he was actually engaged in the politics of practical change. Organizing the poor people’s campaign was a direct response to asking the questions: Why do we live in a world of poverty? Why does capitalism reign with such awesome power?

It’s important for us to realize that in the U.S. we don’t really live in a proper democracy. We live in a kind of complain-ocracy, where every two years we have the chance to boot out officials who have disappointed us and replace them with officials who have yet to disappoint us.

We don’t have the kind of thriving democracy that Athens did 2,400 years ago. I don’t want to live in 2,400-years-ago Athens, but I do think it’s interesting that in the birthplace of democracy, there were never any elections. Electoral politics has nothing to do with democracy. In Athens, governments were elected at random through a lottery. At the beginning of every year 6,000 people were chosen to become the government, and after that year they were disbanded and another 6,000 were chosen. People who did not want to be part of that governing procedure were called idiots.

There are communities today where that kind of democracy is taken very seriously. The Zapatistas in Southern Mexico are a good example. But you don’t have to go to Southern Mexico to find really exciting movements. La Via Campesina, an International peasant movement of 150 million, has members in the United States, including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Southern Florida and the National Family Farm Coalition.

What’s missing in our economy, they argue, is the right to have rights. If you’re rich in a free market, you can get great health care, you can travel, you can do whatever you like.

marisacat - 19 February 2010

You began by quoting Dr. King, who described himself as a democratic socialist.

gah if ONLY Ober would mention that as a slap back. Of course he dare not slap the teat he sucks on. AND he keeps the gibberish going that Martin was nought but some general issue, better than most, preacher man.

Sludge in sludge out, sludge forever! Uber sludge.

20. marisacat - 19 February 2010

hmm just spied this at Politico

The Bush Justice Department officials who wrote the legal memos allowing the U.S. government to waterboard terror suspects showed “poor judgment” but didn’t commit professional misconduct, according to an internal Justice Department investigation released late Friday.

The findings mean that Berkeley law professor John Yoo, the primary author of the memos finding legal the use of “enhanced” interrogation techniques, will not face any official censure or punishment for one of the most controversial aspects of President George W. Bush’s war on terror.

His former boss, Jay Bybee, who has a lifetime appointment as a federal judge on the Ninth Circuit, also escaped ethics charges.

An earlier internal investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility found that Yoo and Bybee, then head of the Office of Legal Counsel where Yoo worked, committed professional misconduct, and could possibly be disbarred. But a 69-page Jan. 5 memo from Justice official David Margolis released Friday dismissed that finding.

“This decision should not be viewed as an endorsement of the legal work that underlies those memoranda,” Margolis, associate deputy attorney general, wrote in the memo. Margolis is the senior-most nonpolitical official at Justice and has served in several administrations. ….

Read more: LINK to Politico

Carry on!!

21. marisacat - 19 February 2010

Found a nice ‘letter from Cali’, of a sort, at C-punch:

[S]tudents at Cal State L.A., the most Chicano university in Califas, honed in attentively when I expounded on the revolution that is brewing down south. 1810-1910-2010 – every hundred years on the tenth year of the century, Mexico explodes in violent social upheaval and even the Wall Street Journal is worried (see WSJ front pager January 15th.)

Looking at Obamalandia through the eyes of students is a useful handle for understanding what comes next. Classes and services have been bludgeoned by budget cuts and the profes at Cal State furlough one day a week to make ends meet in this damaged economy that the President lies is booming again because only a half a million workers filed first time unemployment claims last month. The light at the end of the tunnel is a bullet train pointed straight at the heart of the people.

All of this bad news is healthy for fightback. The day I hit El Ley, Muslim students at U.C.-Irvine rose up against the Israeli consul ten times in a single speech until the university president sicced the campus cops on them. The next day a whole coast away, kids at Georgetown shouted down General Betrayus. Throw in the cutbacks and the furloughs and the hopelessness and it could be a long, hot spring semester and it won’t be just because of global warming. I will do my best to fan the flames as I stumble front one campus to the next in the coming months. ….

That little “rise up” against the Israeli Ambassador, the US born Michael Oren, is what he bitched and moaned on KGO earlier this week was a run at “de-legitimisation” of Israel.

Might as well laugh.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 February 2010

oh, very interesting …

marisacat - 19 February 2010

yeah I loved it………….

22. marisacat - 19 February 2010

on and on it goes….

[I]nitially, Hussain, 31, said through a White House spokesman that he didn’t recall making the statements. Hussain also suggested that another speaker on the panel, Al-Arian’s daughter Laila, made the comments about her father.

But after POLITICO provided the quotes and others from the recording to the White House Friday, Hussain said in a statement: “As a law student six years ago, I spoke on the topic of civil liberties on a panel during which I responded to comments made about the al-Arian case by Laila al-Arian who was visibly saddened by charges against her father. I made clear at the time that I was not commenting on the allegations themselves. The judicial process has now concluded, and I have full faith in its outcome.”

The White House declined to say Friday whether the statements or the controversy affected Obama’s confidence in Hussain. ….

Read more: LINK

23. marisacat - 19 February 2010

neue…

LINK

…………………… 8O


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