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Sent by Gawd… 30 May 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco, The Battle for New Orleans.
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Obama visits the oil spill

from left, President Barack Obama, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle in pink shirt and other officials attend a briefing by Admiral Thad Allen at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Grand Isle in Grand Isle, Louisiana Friday May 28, 2010. The President visited the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
 
Added by Andrew Boyd, The Times-Picayune on May 28, 2010 at 4:26 PM    DAVID GRUNFELD / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
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Obama - June 3 2008 – Xcel Center – St Paul MN:

I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people…

I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…

This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation…

A few months later, La Nan, at a three tier fundraiser here in SF in August 2008, intro’d Obama as “sent to us by God”.

The party has three card monte down… with incense and the holy happy wafer… what’s not to like?

Snicker.

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Here is a very sad read.  If someone who has lived and worked on the Gulf for decades, in the oil industry and in Civil Rights work and writing/ reporting, cannot sort out what is going on… I sure will not be able to……..

[J]indal and Nungesser have been arguing that barrier berms would stop oil from reaching more marshland. And their arguments make obvious sense under the circumstances.

The danger in the dredging plan, argues Dr. Murphy, is that the dredged material would be drawn from polluted shipping channels and washed ashore during the volatile hurricane season coming soon. The oil will not be stopped, yet the toxic damage will be multiplied.

There is money involved, of course. And already by Thursday evening Nungesser was on CNN demanding more.

The CNN media campaign this week has the shocking effects that we remember from oil wars past. And the effects are especially felt among those of us who like Louisiana Congressman Charlie Melancon find it difficult not to cry at the sight of our dying Gulf. And there is no doubt that our shock is being played like a football on its way to one goal line or the other. …snip…

The close:

[T]hey say the first stage of grief is denial, and I don’t want to believe that any of this is happening. What Congressman Melancon did in public yesterday, we have been doing in our homes this week all along the Gulf Coast. You cannot love the Gulf Coast, witness this shocking trauma, and control your tears at the same time.

But now on top of it all we have to watch out for the ways that our tears are being maneuvered into contracting strategies that may have no other uses beyond profiteering. I’m not convinced that there are worse things than a raw oil slick, not even if they are barrier berms or 6-mile plumes of noxious crap. But if it is the best thing for all God’s creatures on the Gulf Coast to just stand aside and accept the sacrifice that oil slicks bring once they are imminent, then it’s time we started moving from Denial to Acceptance at some improbable speed.

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1. marisacat - 30 May 2010

ugh I just realised (moving slowly here) that it is possible that “nuking” the Gulf leak may enter the campaigns. I mean fractious stupid dumb political arguments and food tossing fights…

I don’t think I can take it…

2. marisacat - 30 May 2010

hmm I meant to include a piece that Greg Moses posted at C-Punch a week ago…

[A]P says 333 birds have been found dead along the Gulf Coast with no oil on them. Well, the birds I know are telling me what their fellows died from. The lead weight of grief. As if the oil companies hadn’t wrecked every other week this century. As if this must be nothing but the century of dirty oil. Suddenly the oil wars have come home to roost and there is nothing to do about it except what everybody else has done who gets smacked by this dark force of history. You just stand there and cry.

It’s like shock and awe bounced back off the dark side of the moon. All the wealth and brains and power of the mighty American empire sucked into a vacuum of arrogant corruption and relayed back to earth in the form of a blob that will not be stopped until the death of it all finally sinks in. You call this stinking mess democracy?
…snip…

diane - 30 May 2010

Thanks Marisa! What a great piece, loved this paragraph:

”A boot heel on the neck of BP? Is this how Democrats have come to brag about what real power feels like? The US Navy has a fleet of nuclear submarines that can erase all human life from the planet in 90 seconds or less but only BP can be trusted to lead the world when the water gets that deep? And even in this emergency the only thing that Constitutional authorities know how to do is look for some neck to stand on? No wonder even the birds have had enough of this nonsense. If it’s necks that count for power these days, I can tell you, even the birds are ready to go.

[bolding mine]

Have a good day everyone.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2010

love this

Protesters opposed to Donald Trump’s planned $1.5 billion Scottish golf resort say they’ve pulled a trick shot out of their bag.

At the center of the plan is local fisherman Michael Forbes, who has long been an irritant to Trump. Forbes has refused the American tycoon’s offer of nearly $700,000 (488,000 pounds) to buy his family’s 23-acre run-down farm, which sits at the center of the planned resort.

But Forbes has sold an acre of his land near Aberdeen to protesters who also disagree with Trump’s plans – a sale which will force the property tycoon to face down more than 60 people.

The group, Tripping Up Trump, says it purchased the land and named it “The Bunker,” after the sand trap that many golfers end up in.

“We’ve called this piece of the land the bunker because he will now find it impossible to force a sale as there will be so many names on it,” group spokesman Martin Glegg said Wednesday. “This is the prime slot that Trump wants and there is no way he can get it now.”

Glegg said he hoped eventually to have hundreds of names on the deeds.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

I saw a report on this… the farmer and his mother are a hoot. And I have to say, Trump walks around like he owns Scotland.

I hope the protestors win…

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2010
5. catnip - 30 May 2010
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2010

Yes, We Can Push Out BP

The administration has been keeping an ecological criminal in charge of the crime scene during a national crisis. Seventeen nations have offered assistance — but “the final decision is up to BP” to accept it, according to the State Department — and only Canada, Mexico and Norway have been allowed to help so far. The law — Title 33, Section 1321 — mandates that President Obama “shall direct all Federal, State, and private actions to remove the discharge,” using any means necessary. There are not any resources — people or equipment — that Obama doesn’t have the authority to seize and put into service.

It’s certainly fair to expect that private sector resources may be needed for this disaster, but BP’s only unique qualification for the disaster response is that it is the perpetrator. Although BP is by default a party responsible for implementing the cleanup plan, it is by no means the only possibility. The rig was operated by Transocean; the cementing done by Halliburton; the blowout preventer built by Cameron. Other companies involved in ultra-deepwater drilling include engineering giant Schlumberger, Norway’s nationalized oil company Statoil, Shell, and Chevron.

If the Navy can’t direct the undersea mission after it’s given authority over any needed private resources, it calls into question why we entrust it to operate aircraft carriers and nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered submarines.

Obama does not need to keep working with BP management — like CEO Tony “Very Very Modest” Hayward, BP America president Lamar “No Certainty” McKay, BP Chairman Carl-Henric “Big And Important” Svanberg, or COO Doug “Very Optimistic” Suttles — who have repeatedly laughed off the scale of this catastrophe. If federal officials believe that BP engineers should continue to work on the problem, the President has the authority to have those people working directly for the federal government.

In fact, the president has the authority to nationalize BP America and seize all of its assets, rendering the question of reliance on BP moot. If Obama does not believe that the Clean Water Act’s “spill of national significance” provisions give him sufficient authority, he can rightly declare a national emergency, or demand that Congress deliver him necessary legislation. Or there’s an easier option: BP is on the hook for all costs of this apocalyptic disaster. Obama can simply buy BP America and send the bill to its foreign parent company.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2010

direct link to the story about the the 17 countries that offered assistance.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

CAP also has a piece up calling on Obby to replace BP.

I am guessing he will… Business Insider said he would as well. I would say he’ll do it in a bid to save his pretzelency. etc.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2010

too little, too late … so much damage has already been done.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

yeah I agree… he replaces them now, punditry land will try to rally things for him, but between he and Salazar and Janet Nap and Thad Allen and Carol Browner………….

They have literally made no sense. They’ve acted like they are the household help for BP… which would be just doing their job.

What a fucking farce.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

BULLETIN – White House energy adviser Carol Browner, to John Dickerson on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ on the White House’s early realization that BP hadn’t been straight:

‘We WERE pressing, and I think what the president said in his press conference is: When we look back over the last 35, 38 days, we DO realize there were some places where we could have moved more aggressively. One of them was asking for all of the data … But it is important for people to understand: BP has a vested financial interest in downplaying the size of this. We are on top of it. We have the best minds looking at it. And we’re not just looking at a video: We’re looking at satellite imagery, we’re looking at what’s actually being brought up … into the boat … We want to know, and the American people have a RIGHT to know, how much oil is spilling.’

She’s begging. And it ain’t pretty…. kind of a mediocre effort.

And the other thing, once again Obby proved he cannot go out there unscripted (the presser, it could hardly have been worse). A caller last night to KGO pulled up the old playbook, he needs to take a half hour of prime time, speak to the American people frm the Oval office.

I think it is too late for that… Nobody, except his die hards, cares what he says… and won’t give him a half hour any more…

7. BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

Frank Rich,
Theatergoer, Gravitasnik, Rounder, Toady… is so concerned the EcoDisaster on President Corporate Suckling Suck’s watch might even be so bad as to affect His Specialness’ ……..reputation:

OilObama’s Katrina? Maybe Worse
By FRANK RICH
Published: May 28, 2010

FOR Barack Obama’s knee-jerk foes, of course it was his Katrina. But for the rest of us, there’s the nagging fear that the largest oil spill in our history could yet prove worse if it drags on much longer. It might not only wreck the ecology of a region but capsize the principal mission of the Obama presidency.

Before we look at why, it would be helpful to briefly revisit that increasingly airbrushed late summer of 2005. Whatever Obama’s failings, he is infinitely more competent at coping with catastrophe than his predecessor.

Shorter Frank Rich:
BwahamObama! Waaaa! What about BUSH!??
Poor Frank, morally adrift in goo,
{Blood, Oil, AND listing plum retainership at the NYT}
a drowning yet loyal 3rd Way cabin boy more concerned now about the capsizing of “the principal mission” of the Obllamacy:
Making White Liberals feel good about their dissolution.
Talk about Sacrifice.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

Making White Liberals feel good about their dissolution.

What I see and saw in the election process, a lot of white liberals thought Obby was their personal Pullman Porter. Making the way all smooth, smiling, there when you needed him, etc. Reassuring them of their position in the scheme of things…………….

Didn’t turn out that way tho. Mainly because this is not some simple train ride.

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

Great analogy.
Definitley sold at its core as the archetypal helpful AA. To which they layered on so much into the mythmaking, so much…the Christchild, abandoned Blessed, revealed to the Wise, the Peacemaker, Martin, but Gawd it got unwieldy , as all religion does, especially as they cut across the grain, Ob as Insurgent, malcom in earlier days, no Malcom towards the end, no JFK, no, no, – Rreagan — Reagan! etc…

I enjoyed the spectacle, seeing the Clintons floundering with baggage the price for their retention. NTIM , Obbie was the insiders hedge, the PTB had to know Hill and Bill’s ratings problems, that they’d have a time of it. And while his Pullman Brand marketing (ignore campaign jets bankrolled for 2 years ) was certainly for domestic consumption in a country whose elites killed its own rail networks even after THAT trackwork was indigenous people massacred, then granted, subsidized, market bubbled, stock frauded or otherwise stolen and built into infrastructure’s fair and square existence, I think the PTB marketeers also anticipated his helpful services keeping discerning overseas ticketholders on the train, usually tolerant sorts actually accustomed to semi-reliable service, be it in actual rail passage and debt service alike. I imagine the soothing “anti War” massage given as boiling market engine approached bubble blowout time prolly bought US based market manipulators some time in making their exits (junk asset allocations) during the 2 year primary run-up..

“We’ll square up next stop, okay?
Isn’t our new man wonderful?”
etc.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

yeah best maintained best serviced Amtrak in the nation is the car train from DC to S Florida… so they can take it down to the corporate paid for condos.

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

Well we do have that commuter stretch ,
ya know- for the workin Joes of Wilmington. :wink:

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2010

On board Gaza’s Freedom Flotilla

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 30, 2010 — A flotilla of aid ships left a port in Cyprus on Sunday afternoon bound for the Gaza Strip.

A total of six ships were expected to set sail carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists destined for Gaza in defiance of an Israeli embargo on the Palestinian territory.

The flotilla from Turkey, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Greece, Kuwait and Algeria is carrying roughly 10,000 tonnes of aid, including cement, water-purification systems and wheelchairs.

Al Jazeera’s Jamal El-shayyal is on board the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the Freedom Flotilla.

In this video blog, he looks at what is on board and how the 600 passengers are coping with what is already proving to be a difficult mission. (30 May 2010)

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2010

Flotilla passengers don life vests

The Gaza protest flotilla ships were about 150 miles from Gaza late on Sunday night, they had been sighted by the Israeli navy and were in contact with them. Flotilla passengers had put on life vests and were on high alert, they reported via their live feed.

They were told by the navy they had two options: Either be boarded or follow the navy in to Ashdod harbor to be processed there.

An Al-Jazeera reporter aboard the flotilla said they had not expected to be intercepted by the Israeli navy so early, while still in international waters, and they were taken by surprise when hailed by the navy.

Israeli Navy ships set sail earlier Sunday night for what was expected to be a dramatic showdown out at sea as they try to prevent a flotilla of international aid ships from breaking the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

After several days of delays due to diplomatic and mechanical difficulties, six ships set sail for the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon with the aim of arriving at the Palestinian port at 2 pm Monday.

Mary Hughes, one of the founders of the Free Gaza Movement, told The Jerusalem Post from Cyprus that the group was determined to reach Gaza.

“They [the Israel Navy Y.K.] has stopped us before in various ways and we do not intend to be intimated,” Hughes said. “We have so many people who want to go to Gaza so it doesn’t matter what the Israelis do to us. As long as people want to go and to send boats it will continue.”

The flotilla, which includes three cargo ships and three passenger ships, is carrying materials that Israel bars from reaching Gaza on a regular basis, like cement and other building materials. The activists said they also were carrying hundreds of electrical-powered wheelchairs, prefabricated homes and water purifiers.

After the ships are stopped, the Navy will sail them to the Ashdod Port where the cargo will be unloaded, inspected and then transferred, via land crossings, to the Gaza Strip. The passengers will be deported. Those who refuse to willingly leave the country will be arrested.

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

Palestine ,
host to the cancer that is Israel, Promised Land of Loons and Goons.
I wonder how this year’s 10 grand of my money is doing over there.
Is it in helicopter gunships? One of the prisons? A checkpoint? New appliances in a Jewish West Bank home? Maybe I can use the frig as ours is toast . Maybe the Palestinians could get a shelf for cold storage too, I mean, other than the morgue. Not that I’m entitled, as my money could be brutalising or killing people elsewhere. I just wish they’d let me know. Bulldozing in East Jerusalem? Picking up the catering tab for a think tank conference luncheon? Like those that precipitated the banning of Norman Finkelstein from Israel for ten years and most recently refused admittance to Chomsky?

9. marisacat - 30 May 2010

De Nile………………….. big time. Can these guys dig a deeper dirtier hole for themselves?

BP CEO disputes claims of underwater oil plumes

by Associated Press

wwltv.com

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Updated today at 4:58 PM

VENICE, La. — BP PLC CEO Tony Hayward is refuting claims by scientists that there are large undersea plumes from the Gulf oil spill.

Hayward said Sunday the oil is on the water’s surface, and that BP’s sampling showed “no evidence” of oil in the water column.

Scientists from several universities have reported plumes of what appears to be oil suspended in clouds that stretched for miles and reached hundreds of feet beneath the Gulf’s surface.

Hayward also says the company is narrowing its response to the oil spill to the Louisiana coast and bulking up cleanup forces there for a fight that could last months.

Almost six weeks into the nation’s worst spill, no significant oil has hit other Gulf states, but they remain guarded.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

I think we have no clue what is coming…

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

I couldn’t help it , I had to peep in again with Frank Rich.
I now feel like had an encounter with Frank, well, at least what HE looks like all man titty oiled in mere lace waistbanded thong and Nancy Sinatra boots in a room devoid of all furniture save the butt boosting slice of cheese wheel shag cushion on the floor.

The Obama administration has been engaged with the oil spill from the start — however haltingly and inarticulately at times. It was way too trusting of BP but was never AWOL.

Jeezis. :shock: RELAX, Frank. SOMEONE will man the plug.
Halting~ly?? and inarticulate~ly???
Much ly?? However ya like it, Frank:

…..as opposed to cosmetic, difference …

Wait for it-
Frank:

….in plugging the hole: yell louder at BP, send in troops and tankers, or, as James Carville would have it, assume the role of Big Daddy? The spill is not a Tennessee Williams play, its setting notwithstanding, and it’s hard to see what more drama would add, particularly since No Drama Obama’s considerable talents do not include credible play-acting.

:lol: :lol: :lol: And I rather like the experience, frankly.

CSTAR - 30 May 2010

“We read Frank Rich so you don’t have to”

From my perspective that means, “you read Frank Rich so I don’t have to.”

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

Hayward said Sunday the oil is on the water’s surface, and that BP’s sampling showed “no evidence” of oil in the water column.

After limited confessional acknowledgment, Perpetrator flees.
They are prolly gonna get the proverbial stock shit beaten out of them till they can announce some accord over cleanup costs..
Which Obbie will have to do with the GOP. Which if that doesn’t finish him off, reality will. A Dead Gulf, in all its impact, economically certainly, and beyond, especially so as the oil disaster migrates. Florida. Oil Prices. Tourism. Coastal Real Estate well beyond Gulf shores.
What card does Obbie have left , politically, that might rally the rubes? Millions of Jobs hopping out of a hat?
Another domestic attack?
More War?

Driving more of late, I notice NPR is in full State Propaganda mode. They had some UMiss Marine Science Prof , a third rate bullshit artist saying the ocean is well suited to devour this. Spoke of methane eating micro-orgs. He Spared the listening audience the micro-org proliferation and bio toxin releasing death peaking out in THEIR life cycle in the food chain. He must have his PhD in Anthropomorphizing, too, saying that

“the dolphins and fish seemed oblivious swimming thru the oil.”

What I see is this: All hands on deck.
As massive State Sponsored Disinformation Campaign …
proceeds full scream ahead.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

well except dolphin are washing up dead. I have managed to spare myself the pictures … but it is happening.

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

This is the awash in OilCo and Mil Money douchebag telling the happy Dolphin and fish story…
DR. Vernon Asper

And the UMiss Department of Marine Science unabashedly touts their funding ….SCAM..

Research Faculty

Current faculty includes scientists who have been educated at the top oceanographic institutions in the world (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Texas A&M University, University of Hawaii, University of Wales, University of Rhode Island).

Our talented faculty is competitive on a national scale in obtaining research funds, allowing faculty members and students to participate in a variety of national and international projects. For example, DMS faculty are involved in research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Ocean Drilling Program, the Naval Research Laboratory, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy, and the Office of Naval Research, among others.

And Lordy, He’s prolly a Fundy too . A Messiah College undergrad in the 70′s. Messiah College has spent a whole lot of money tweaking its image from the 1970′s, when it was a bona fide Christhaven Weirdo Warehouse. Started as a Bibble College in 1909, they were the joint that hosted the cozy 2008 Faith in Public Life Pretzel debates where all candidates came and knelt. Monica Goodling , the DOJ purging Christbride went there, though in the 80′s.

A bit different now, I’m told, but not much. It was outright creepy in the 70′s. My then SO’s sister had dated a guy who went there. We took a road trip from Philly on a Friday and planned to stay all weekend. We got there, a bit of visual shock, starched khakis, white oxford, Brill Creme on top of biz cut. 1970′s. Said he was concerned the Catholic Church and their schools were too liberal. Fortunately after two years this was the weekend Horny Harriet , my girlfriend’s sis decided she had enough. They broke up cuz he wouldn’t fuck her, *school rules and all. No, no, a Christian man was fine, she said, but when on to tell him she was looking for a man with a penis. LOL. We were back in Philly Saturday Night.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

Marine researcher at UGA is keeping a blog of the water sampling being dne on the plumes.

[W]e triggered sample collection bottles 300m below the plume, from two depths within the plume, and from 300m above the plume. When the water collected from within the plume was transferred into collection bottles, we noticed an oil sheen. You could see it. Everybody saw it. Everybody got excited. Seeing is believing. Even more, the bottles from the plume layers smelled strongly of petroleum. The bottles from above and below the plume did not. snip

Just a few blog entries so far, one very sweet and gentle one of entering an area of clear crystaline blue water dn being joined by a pod of dolphins who surfed and leaped about in a display.

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

Oh Fer Fuck’s Sake.

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

Sorry to be so dumbfounded still.
But it really is sweeping, co-opting all . Obbie was a given at the outset.
But pretty clear the PTB are drawn and running the table, from activist groups and academics on the take , with the microphone supplied by the complicit media. Obbie is going to get mauled till he gives them a cap, and by that I hardly mean an engineering solution. Without a cap on their damages he’s their whipping boy. They are going to flood the airwaves with minimizers and /or experts on the shoulda woulda coulda. With a cap on their damages, he’s the electorate’s and Freebie Ironic Pass Rich here, the GOP’s, too. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving Tool.

Night ).

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 May 2010

Maryland Police Again Threaten Citizens With Arrest for Filming Them in Public

We have been following how police in the United States and abroad have started to arrest people filming them in public, including today’s story out of California (here). Maryland police continue (in my view wrongly) to claim that recording them in public is a crime in that state as shown in this video from the Preakness.

This video shows officers piled on a young woman and then telling a witness to turn off the camera, stating “Do me a favor and turn that off. It’s illegal to record anybody’s voice or anything else in the state of Maryland.”

11. marisacat - 30 May 2010

Nina Totenburg is calling Gulf Oil Spill a “natural disaster”.

Uh, no it is not.

Aren’t these people appalling.

A line up of apologists: Krauthammer! Evan Thomas, Nina Totenburg… (Inside Washington on PBS)

Mark Shields hung back on the slobbery commiseration with Obby.

Geesh.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

ugh.. it got worse.. Evan Thomas said Obby and Crew are feeling ”burned”. They believed BP when they assured them, ”it was under control, it would be taken care of”.

Oh Bullshit, big time. If Oby and Crew did not seek their own counsel on what they were facing (and if they did not they give a flying hoo hoo about their poltical asses) then, I don’t even know what to say.

When a criminal atty, or in fact almost any kind of atty, takes on a new client, even with the client’s cash in hand, the first thing they do is investigate their own client, professionally. Forensic accounting, private eye, clean dirt, dirty dirt.

My guess, the WH did not want to be bothered. For some reason they still believe Obby is related to Midas.

Except he is not.

(I see Carole Browner wore her best fake bespoke pin stripe suit)

12. catnip - 30 May 2010

Several casualties in clash between Gaza aid flotilla, Israel Navy

“clash”? How about “in attack by Israeli navy”

catnip - 30 May 2010

unconfirmed reports of 2 dead, several wounded

catnip - 30 May 2010

twitter feed about what’s happening

RT @JamalDajani: 1000′s of Turks waving Palestinian & Turkish flags march towards #Israel consulate in Istanbul #flotilla

BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

With any luck they’ll burn it the fuck down.

ts - 30 May 2010

Article says 10 dead. Ready the whitewash. No really, they attacked us!

catnip - 30 May 2010

Israel ‘s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says, “The aid convoy is violent propaganda against Israel, and Israel will not allow its sovereignty to be threatened in any way, in any place – land, air, or sea. There is no humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip. Despite Hamas’ war crimes against Israeli citizens and the thousands of rockets fired at Israel’s towns, Israel continues to respond in the most humane way possible.”

These war criminals are psychopaths.

marisacat - 30 May 2010

no humanitarian crisis… must be why the convoy has “thousands” of wheelchairs…

catnip - 30 May 2010

wheelchairs: WMD material, obviously

marisacat - 30 May 2010

oh you know… they were electric… could siphon off the electricity and use it to launch missiles.

catnip - 30 May 2010
marisacat - 30 May 2010

Australian ABC Online is now saying 16 dead…

13. BooHooHooMan - 30 May 2010

As Israel makes murder on aid workers and a relief ship..
Up pops a piece in the London Sunday Times, reporting on another Flotilla..

May 30, 2010
Report: Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran

Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline.

The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, a political and military organisation in Lebanon, could hit sites in Israel, including air bases and missile launchers.

The submarines of Flotilla 7 — Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan — have visited the Gulf before. But the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels.

The flotilla’s commander, identified only as “Colonel O”, told an Israeli newspaper: “We are an underwater assault force. We’re operating deep and far, very far, from our borders.”

Each of the submarines has a crew of 35 to 50, commanded by a colonel capable of launching a nuclear cruise missile.

The vessels can remain at sea for about 50 days and stay submerged up to 1,150ft below the surface for at least a week. Some of the cruise missiles are equipped with the most advanced nuclear warheads in the Israeli arsenal.

The deployment is designed to act as a deterrent, gather intelligence and potentially to land Mossad agents. “We’re a solid base for collecting sensitive information, as we can stay for a long time in one place,” said a flotilla officer.

The submarines could be used if Iran continues its programme to produce a nuclear bomb. “The 1,500km range of the submarines’ cruise missiles can reach any target in Iran,” said a navy officer.

Snip

I think Rahm should stay and fight. Crazy Fuckin Jews.
Who knows what goes on in the House of Mirrors they build.
Or even if the nuke sub deploy story is true.
Selling BP? Buying BP? Oil Futures long? Oil Futures short? Who knows.
One thing is true, they just made murder on relief workers aboard an aid ship flying a Nato signatory’s flag. No, I don’t expect anything whatsoever in the form of sanctions coming from the US , the West at large , or the UN. That injustice said, I hope they’re destroyed.
Way past time, the Amerocentric folly (and hypocrisy) of hoping they’ll “behave” and come to terms with those they brutalize, habitually, systemically, and on every American shlub’s dime like me…Fuck em.
::

We’re getting ready for this huge push in AfPak. The luster is off President Magic Pony. While Sellers can’t PAY suckers to take BP’s credit default swaps…Leave it to the homicidal paranoiacs,
the nutbar Israelis, to step into the breach. Welp. Good thing we have BIDEN managing “the drawdown” which as of last week, was “going to proceed” “as scheduled” in Iraq “this Summer”. Barring unforeseen circumstances, mind you.

Can things get anymore fucked up???? I think so.

catnip - 30 May 2010

Is Rahm still over there? Remember when Biden was there and more settlements were announced? I know Netanyahu is in Canada right now but it seems like he just delights in giving Obama et al the finger at every opportunity while raking in the billions in aid and comments about how the US is Israel’s BFF.

Let’s hope Turkey goes ballistic over this. And I believe there was a member of the Swiss parliament on one of those flotilla boats as well. This will be a true international incident. Not that Israel cares…

I saw a report on the BBC that Israel is claiming it was responding to “live fire” from the boats. Oh really? Got proof? And that there was an 18-month old baby on board as well. That must have been one of the provocateurs.

marisacat - 31 May 2010

baby wore a bandolier…

BooHooHooMan - 31 May 2010

Is Rahm still over there?
I dunno. I certainly hope so at the wrong place at the right time.

marisacat - 31 May 2010

surely he was with the IDF who repelled down to the boats from the helicopters…

BooHooHooMan - 31 May 2010

I know Netanyahu is in Canada right now but it seems like he just delights in giving Obama et al the finger at every opportunity while raking in the billions in aid and comments about how the US is Israel’s BFF…. - catnip

BiBi’s finger is Obama’s tongue.
And Ob seems to dig the fisting.

marisacat - 31 May 2010

i m laughing so hard I am coughing… !! thank you…

14. marisacat - 30 May 2010

LA Times:

[T]he Israeli military said its soldiers were attacked with live fire when they boarded, but protest organizers insisted they were unarmed.

Protest organizers described a chaotic early-morning takeover in international waters.

A flotilla spokeswoman, Greta Berlin, told Israel Radio that the confrontation was broadcast live from a Turkish boat participating in the flotilla. The footage, she said, clearly showed Israeli soldiers landing on the deck and opening fire on civilians.

“The minute their feet hit the deck, they started to shoot,” Berlin said.

She added, “Something happened to your country to make it think it is all right” to shoot civilians.

Israel Defense Force sources told Ynet, a popular Hebrew-language website, that the “organizers were not innocent — they demonstrated violence against the soldiers. They were prepared for their arrival.”

Israeli radio military analyst Yoav Limor blamed the military for underestimating the resistance it would encounter. “There was serious violence” that forced the soldiers to open fire, he said
snip

and …

Video images released by the protesters appeared to show passengers beating commandos with clubs as the soldiers rappelled onto the vessel’s deck. A live video feed, which showed bloodstains and injured people, was abruptly cut.

The Turkish government issued a statement that “strongly protested” Israel’s military action, according to Associated Press. The interception on the convoy is “unacceptable…. Israel will have to endure the consequences of this behavior,” the statement read.

Turkish media reported angry protesters shouting “Damn Israel!” outside the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul.

Israel put its security forces on alert in case of demonstrations by the nation’s Arab minority.

Flotilla organizers say they were carrying first-aid supplies and medical professionals in the event of casualties, but Adam Shapiro, the husband of one flotilla leader, said that “we thought that the possibility that Israeli soldiers would shoot” was remote.
snip

catnip - 31 May 2010

The IDF has video of their crew warning off the boats (shown on BBC) but they don’t seem to have their own video of their boarding. No need to wonder why…

Now they’re saying they were attacked with axes. Ramping it up with every hour. Next it’ll be nukes.

marisacat - 31 May 2010

baby wore a nuke packed bandolier!

15. catnip - 31 May 2010

I see CNN (US) is finally covering this from Turkey.

catnip - 31 May 2010

Their headline: “Breaking news: IDF Boards Gaza Boats”

Wrong – on so many levels.

BooHooHooMan - 31 May 2010

I see the Georgetown Tattler (WaPo)
has reliably turned yet again into an IDF PNAC press op

Activists killed on Gaza flotilla

Pro-Palestinian activists attack soldiers while trying to sail into Gaza Strip, says Israeli military.

Janine Zacharia | 4:28 a.m. ET

So fucking SCROOOOOOD.

marisacat - 31 May 2010

Australia says a reporter fo theirs and a photog, also theirs, are “missing”, not in communication, from the flotilla… and both had sat phones. The last they transmitted was that Zodiacs were approaching…

I se I still had the link open

16. catnip - 31 May 2010

Netanyahu needs to get a grip on reality. Here he is pushing a demilitarized Palestine as his idea for a “peace” process when his murdering thugs would continue to have free reign?

And speaking of assholes, the 2 BBC anchors I’ve seen interview the spokesperson from the Free Gaza movement calling in from Cyprus have been nothing but pro-Israel shills. The last one even called her “naive”.

17. marisacat - 31 May 2010

Brave New world… UK Telegraph goes with footage from Al Jazeera… and Turkish TV…

[A]ctivists said at least two of the other boats, one Greek and one Turkish, had been boarded from Israeli naval vessels. Activists said two of the other boats in the flotilla were American-flagged.

The confrontation took place in international waters 80 miles off the Gaza coast.

It was attacked by the head of the Hamas government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh.

“We call on the Secretary-General of the U.N., Ban Ki-moon, to shoulder his responsibilities to protect the safety of the solidarity groups who were on board these ships and to secure their way to Gaza,” he said.

Turkish television meanwhile showed hundreds of protesters trying to storm the Israeli consulate in Istanbul. The incident will be particularly damaging for Israel’s relations with what had been seen as its closest ally in the Muslim world.

“By targeting civilians, Israel has once again shown its disregard for human life and peaceful initiatives,” a Turkish foreign ministry statement said. “We strongly condemn these inhumane practices of Israel.

“This deplorable incident, which took place in open seas and constitutes a fragrant breach of international law, may lead to irreparable consequences in our bilateral relations.”

Apparently Israel has gone on the “highest state of alert”.

18. marisacat - 31 May 2010

People who have lived on the widespread cash economy along the Gulf… are out of luck, no documentaton of income thru IRS, no loss of income can be filed with BP.

Watch the gulf wither… I say it is a plan…

19. marisacat - 31 May 2010

gnu

LINK

……………… 8O


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