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1. marisacat - 14 December 2011

If Gangified is around, several dispensaries announced they are closing – the stated reason was to avoid legal issues and focus on working for legalisation – and a dispensary and home were raided in the East Bay (I have no idea if they operated within legal guidelines or not, of course the claims were they did not).

Our AG was very happy to attach her name to the raid. She and her husband are buddies with Slob. FWIW.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 14 December 2011

Fuckers. But the whole “Drug War” underpinning is cannabis prohibition, and they aren’t about to give that up (add up all the blow and go and horse fiends in the whole country and it doesn’t add up to the pot heads in CA alone). They have no chance of stopping cultivation, they know it, and seem to be intent on exacting vengeance as their vsion of amerikkka goes up in smoke.

“The not following the ruiles” excuse is so bullshit when you know (that for years, now) in many CA counties the DEA meets with big growers (i.e. exporters) and together they decide what grows are going down…

What I find hilarious is that the would-be cannabis tycoons are demanding our Guv’ner let them open the 122 dipensaries provided for in our law…meanwhile co-ops are are spreading and provide cannabis cheaper than the dispensaries will :lol;

We aim to make dispensaries irrelevant; with patents serving patients. 1000 patients growing 12 plants each could literally translate to more than 12K LBS of cannabis…and three harvests a year because large swathes of AZ doesn’t freeze :twisted:

marisacat - 14 December 2011

“The not following the ruiles” excuse is so bullshit when you know (that for years, now) in many CA counties the DEA meets with big growers (i.e. exporters) and together they decide what grows are going down…

Oh I agree… the system, the “rules” i heard for years was when you are ready to set up, go into the sheriff and lay it out… they tell you the limits accepted. Don’t exceed this, don’t do that. And I presume they told you their cut. These were biggish growers that had daily workers…

BUT I noticed right away in 2009, when multi task forces were raiding small legal growers – and i mean REALLY small, the ones licensed to grow (iirc) less than 25 plants…. they were raided and nto only that, handcuffed and arrested.

What I had heard for years was, if it is, for some reason, your turn for a raid, meaning a big one gets raided, the “rule” is pot seizure, no arrest.

So, as I saw it, the rules, even wih legal small licensed growers for medicinal purposes were not only raided on pretexts they were humiliated and arrested.

BIIG difference and a big message.

Poor Obama. Bwana must be really small somewhere… and paying his dues to Big Liquor and Big Pharma.

marisacat - 14 December 2011

No matter what, it is changing.

http://calpotnews.com/

Co aftr county is outlawing dispensaries.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 14 December 2011

wow. I’d been considering a move to Shasta County…

marisacat - 14 December 2011

uh… not now. Maybe if things ever sort out. To me this is deep. It’s everywhere, completely thruout California.

I find it stunning.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 14 December 2011

Mebbe that’s the Jooobs plan; send all the out-work folks to pull weeds in CA

Fuckers…

wu ming - 15 December 2011

hopefully next time a legalization initiative comes up, the geniuses on the north coast won’t vote to block it. i would really like for CA voters to call the feds’ bluff on this outright, unambiguously, like with prohibition.

marisacat - 15 December 2011

They won’t. Not with a Democratic legislature… Ammiano and Leno posture, but they fall in line. So will the others, Perez? Please.

And Jerry and Gavin? Kamala?

PILES OF BULLSHITE all three of them.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 December 2011

that photo is awesome

marisacat - 14 December 2011

oh glad you think so, I thought it was very beautiful..

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 December 2011

there is so much motion in it …

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 December 2011

How the 1%-of-1% spends its political dollar

Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, “The Sunlight Foundation published a very detailed analysis of campaign contributions from the 2010 cycle with accompanying infographics and profiles of the top political donors that show just who holds the power in U.S. electoral politics. Our analysis reveals a growing dependence of candidates and political parties on this ‘One Percent of the One Percent, resulting in a political system that could be disproportionately influenced by donors in a handful of wealthy enclaves. Sunlight’s examination also shows that some of the heaviest hitters in the 2010 cycle were ideological givers, suggesting that the influence of the One Percent of the One Percent on federal elections may be one of the obstacles to compromise in Washington.

“How does their giving compare to the average American’s wealth? In the 2010 election cycle, the average One Percent of One Percenter spent $28,913, more than the median individual income of $26,364. Additionally, Sunlight’s analysis shows that lobbyists make up between 15 and 20% of The One Percent of the One Percent.”

Graphs and such at the link.

marisacat - 14 December 2011

Sunlight’s analysis shows that lobbyists make up between 15 and 20% of The One Percent of the One Percent.”

Talk about embedded…

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 December 2011

which explains why so much of our politics if fought over very narrow ground, all of which makes rich people richer.

marisacat - 14 December 2011

we’re mired in concrete.

4. BooHooHooMan - 14 December 2011

Dog with a bone here.
Corzine back tomorrow (Sorry! gnaw gnaw gnaw gnaw gnaw)
Thursday At Committe # 3 – House Oversight..

Some breaking, shattering, you know, “developments”..
This rolled out earlier today via Blooby News

CFTC Internal Watchdog Prepares for MF Global Oversight Review

Senator Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, requested that the inspector general’s office investigate how the CFTC coordinated with the CME Group Inc., which had responsibility to audit MF Global’s records. Shelby also requested a review of the decision by CFTC chairman Gary Gensler to recuse himself from the MF Global investigation.

Jon S. Corzine, former MF Global chairman and chief executive officer, Bradley Abelow, the firm’s president and chief operating officer, and Dan Berkovitz, CFTC general counsel, are scheduled to testify at a hearing tomorrow of the House Financial Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

The panel is the third congressional committee to vote to subpoena Corzine, who has said he had no intent to authorize the misuse of customers’ funds.

Okay, so my highbrow position is force them all to wear Milk Carton sandwich boards till they find the money. While the rest of us get to pelt them with concrete cookies and stoneware sipper-cups. I mean, we’re all in this together, afterall.
Oh I was just. laughing. my. ass. right. off. yesteday at Sommers, who I call the CFTC’s Watch- KITTY saying : “It may be to soon to know if the system failed till we know what actually happened”

Welp…..
What a difference a day makes in the Get A Clue Department.

Regulator: We know where MF Global cash went

Milk Carton-ecutioners Stand Down!
Halt the Concrete-Chunk Chuckers!
They are granted reprieve!…. Momentarily!

The investigation into the collapse of MF Global and its estimated $1.2 billion shortfall has narrowed to a key question: Were any transfers of customer money the firm conducted in its waning days legitimate?

The main U.S. regulator of the brokerage knows where the missing money went and now is trying to determine if the transfers were proper, :roll: a top official told the Reuters news agency Wednesday.
:roll: Jill Sommers, a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who is heading the agency’s probe, told Reuters, “We are far enough along the trail that we know where all the money went.”

She also was reported to say, :lol:

“We certainly don’t want anyone to believe that we don’t know what happened. We do know, and we see where all the transactions went.”

Well, with the drawback of it perhaps* allowing Corzine and the Admin to shift blame to lesser Goldman Sachs alumns in and out of the Obby-anus, for example dispatching Gensler and going with the “mistakes were made” eventually letting Corrzine AND the CME and the Admin to sidestep ……
uhm ….nah, – just kiddin :: Oh HELL NO.
There is going to be carnage..
A real Under-The-Bus Demolition Derby.

I see Gensler out and Corzine getting busted soon. FFS, the Repo men, LOL, working the MF Global tow truck – more like Coroner’s with a fleet of refrigerator trucks, actually — the Trustees – Jeezis, have already said the money is gone and Corzine ( his lame runs at mens rea defenses aside) has stipulated it was transferred out of segregated accounts.

With Gensler in bubble wrap , in fact EXCLUDED as he is a SUSPECT in (LOL) the “investigationS” I see this move by CFTC Watch- Kitty Sommers as quite a timely shift. As the CME, the “industry” :lol: , the Goldman Sachs and Morgan higher-ups are not going to take the hit.

Of course, who knows what will happen to Watch – Kitty….
with Gensler in “non-participation” / Recusal / uhm, /
Soon to Suffer Crush Injuries mode, …
Sommers is the face of CFTC, essentially its acting Chair , interfacing with the Fitzgerald and Bharara investigations, the FBI, assorted Superheroes ,what-have-you

Hmm…Her role could get interesting, tho…as party to meetings and conference calls between Gensler and Corzine, she is in a better position IMO than either of them at this point. LOL. Then again, rapid, in-flight cabin de-pressurization is a better position than Corzine or Gensler are in at this point. Especially as the roving bands of Euro-Swapped-into-Corn-Fucked vigilantes start to close in from Dingusville.

Such fun! But (again, still chuckling) none is more laughs than Biden, the way things turned out with Corzine …. and all..

This closing observation, working the marrow now:
The politics of this, Gad – with over 38,000 account holders screaming for money AND heads , and neither money nor guillotine, nor mechanism in place to cover the theft…OTHER THAN yet another bankster Bailout, the optics of this being the worst of the worst for (who else?) the Dems : cleaning up after their Candyman/ Senator/ Governor/ Derivitive Speculator/ Endorsed by the President and Vice President Bankster at that.

So there it is: he’s gonna have to get indicted for the sanctimonios solution to appear. As in,
CORZINE’s Shocked?!! WE”RE Shocked! Outraged! :roll: …… ETC

marisacat - 14 December 2011

The investigation into the collapse of MF Global and its estimated $1.2 billion shortfall

What a world. A missing 1.2 B B B Billion is mere “shortfall”.

Meanwhile the rest of us count the milk money… at some level.

5. BooHooHooMan - 14 December 2011

Oh yeh they’re all big on “shortfall”.
The journos … And the Donk committee sacks especially..
Stabenow LOL, before fainting, managed to get thru her first few huffs and puffs of “Where’s the money” . before tying to run a POLICY discussion.

You know – What should we DO so this never happens again.?”
That kinda shit. Fuck, Lady, I don’t know.
Build a Financial Holocaust Museum or SOMETHING so we’re never,
like, “missing” ” discrepancies” and get “shortfalled” again.

marisacat - 14 December 2011

I don’t think we can take one more holocaust musee. Or at least I don’t want to……………..

I think one in Israel and one in Germany is enough.. but noooooooooooooooooo we have to have them everywehre.

6. marisacat - 14 December 2011

hmm Speaking of bwana and the white boys standing behind him…

Rahma of the Jungle (a commenter in the thread calls him that!) plans Chicago crack down in advance f NATO and G-8.

I see it as a foretaste of the DNC and RNC coming.

7. BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

Well. it’s all so Historic and Un-Offical now.
As in, Un REAL. As in, Not Reality Based. As in ,Military Based.

US WAR IN IRAQ DECLARED OFFICIALLY OVER

Oh RAPE a nurse in Times Square already!
( NO consentual CELEBRATION now!).
Just Declare the Crime OVER!
Without Declaring it in the First Place!

Oh It WILL BE…. UNPOPULAR!
But Move On!
Focus on “finding the MONEY!”
Leave Mercenaries!
Remain UNPOPULARLY CONFLICTED!
LIVE the Horoscope HORRORSHOW!

An Unpopular Conflict Comes to an Uncertain End
By THOM SHANKER and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT 14 minutes ago

The United States military officially declared an end to its mission in Iraq on Thursday even as violence continued to plague the country and the Muslim world remained distrustful of American power.

AND…… NOT to go…. UN -NOTICED

Obama, Democrats weigh dropping millionaires tax

Democrats eye U-turn over tax on millionaires

Democrats Drop Millionaires Tax in Dispute

Eye!…. Weigh!…. DROP!

But , You Know™ – VOTE OBAMA™! VOTE DEMOCRAT™!

House Passes Indefinite Detention Bill After Obama Reverses Veto Threat

marisacat - 15 December 2011

Bwana knows who butters his bread. Bwana and Memsab in 2012!! More and Better Rich People !!!! Vote NOW!!!!

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

. “I vwunce had a famine Africa…”

Script Doctor!
:lol: …Bwana and Memsab….Oh my Gad… LOL

marisacat - 15 December 2011

BTW, on that veto thrreat, Madman sent me this:

Morning Joe this morning was reporting that the veto threat wasn’t over the detention thing, but rather that the original version gave the detention power TO THE MILITARY, not the President. It was a threat over having Pretzle power limited.

They sold for days that it was some civil rights principle.

we’re so skrewed.

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 December 2011

and people keep falling for it, and they keep acting “surprised” when Barack O’Nixon stomps on the bleeding heads of the people he long ago through under the bus.

marisacat - 15 December 2011

His defenders need those shirts with the long sleeves. They really do.

8. ts - 15 December 2011

USA today is confirming that poor davey is actually a fake. That isn’t stopping us from asking for our fake drone back.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 15 December 2011

Noooo! Davey is REAL. He lives on in each and every red blooded ‘merikkkan…

marisacat - 15 December 2011

Is there a response we have not covered in this mess?

No they did not shoot it down, it malfunctioned.

They re lying, it’s a model of a Davey.

It did not happen.

It might have happened, but Davey was not brought down. Davey fell and could not get up!!!

It did not happen but we want it back.

We want it back, but it’s a fake.

We don’t think they will give it back but we will ask anyway.

Geesh? What are we? A cartoon of a waning power? I guess so!!

The mullahs have our Ddavey and they are BUGGERING HIM… right now!! Call Joe Paterno!!!! Who knew Iran was a suburb of a PA suburb!?

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

Oh the buggery we can live!
One of the few pastimes left in PA. Not to mention a leading export.
There are several responses they haven’t tried tho -.
BLAMING DAVEY! He wanted it! Plays for the other team!
A .DEFECTOR!

Oh the Simpletonia can go on and on.
Davey was a smoker. A drinker. Money Problems.
Troubled romance. Somehow snapped during the Breakup

LOL. Those last two BTTW, are being floated around for Corzine.
A “romance with risk”.
Lost it in the end triyng to hang on..
Oh definitely.
Cartoon Country. Same scenery rolling by. Real explosives tho.
A real mess.

marisacat - 15 December 2011

Corzine = fragile.

Who knew he ws fine china… and so liable to break. Weep for Jon!! NOW!!!!

ts - 15 December 2011

I guess it wasn’t even shot down, but its gps was jammed and taken over.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2011/1215/Exclusive-Iran-hijacked-US-drone-says-Iranian-engineer

marisacat - 15 December 2011

Davey was kidnapped! Mullah-napped!

Ganjafied Gabacho - 15 December 2011

and enslaved into a hareem (those mooslim types are all secretly gay!)

marisacat - 15 December 2011

sob, he’ll be pimped out soon!

Ganjafied Gabacho - 15 December 2011

Just speculatin’ here, but suppose Davey had been spotted in the past while perusing tall the Persian hot spots….Mean ol’ Admadinajad calls his chinese buddies or maybe they call him, cause the chinese saw Davey and wanted him After all “stealth” isn’t actually invisible, right? So maybe the Chinese are behindcthe gps hack (think what that means for “smart bombs” and hence our USA!USA!USA! stratergerizering).

Maybe I’ve just read too many William Gibson novels…

BTW Have you seen the latest Chinese-made bat mobile?

Oh yeah it seems like poor Davey is being imped and PProbed-in the alien abduction-way

marisacat - 15 December 2011

China wants a feel… poking with their chopsticks. Then the Russians. Everyone wants to cop a feel.

Wouldn’t it be a hoot if the mullahs brought it down in a deal with China? SO entertaining!!

I think it is interesting how the US obviously kept the story alive day after day. Literally sounding nutty…. but keeping the story alive.

Odd. Wonder what it all meant.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 15 December 2011

I do wonder deeply. Because I think this a MAJOR Ooobster fuck up…this tech is a big part of what keeps the US hegemony in place…I think that a gps hack would not only implicate china but indicate they’re winning the cyber-war…they’ve got our super nukes, they’ve got our chips, now they’ve got our cutting edge stealth … next thing you know they’ll come for our women!

marisacat - 15 December 2011

Because I think this a MAJOR Ooobster fuck up

I absolutely agree… but they kept the story alive. Just deny and then drop it! But no they started drooling.

Not only internationally but with all the whackiness of the shifting stream of looney consciousness… they kept it alive domestically. Nutty as all hell.

ts - 15 December 2011

Oh no! Not the anal probing: KITH

Ganjafied Gabacho - 15 December 2011

too funny> “we’ve coming here for 50 years and the only thing we’ve learned is that 1 in 10 seem to enjoy it (anal probing)” :lol: :oops: wait, I don’t think that’s kosher… :sad:

marisacat - 15 December 2011

Oh poor Davey.

9. marisacat - 15 December 2011

FWIW

http://www.businessinsider.com/ndaa-obama-2011-12

[P]hil Hirschkorn of CBS News reports the Obama administration abandoned its veto saying the final version of the bill had been “softened.” The minor adjustments to the wording now give the President power to issue a waiver of the military detention requirement and allow the White House to use its own judgment in putting the controls into place.

A White House statement says, “We have concluded that the language does not challenge or constrain the President’s ability to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the American people, and the President’s senior advisors will not recommend a veto.” . . . . . . . .

ACLU wrings hands and says Slob’s “legacy” is shot to hell. (No, really, it’s in the article!)

I hope hsi legacy is that when his name is mentioned… people grimace, gag and vomit.

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

Put “the legacy” on a milk carton.
A milkers imaginary legacy but you knooo,

BTW ..they are still running his utterly vacuous 30 second begging spots here in Jersey -

“Won’t you help? We’ve come so far! Let’s keep it going!
Call or go to our website to ..’get involved” “.

I don’t even think its designed inspire, not that it could.
I think its designed to simply not piss people off by invoking some mythical Camelot nothingness.
Sort of like a perfume whiff.
Certainly not meant to be malodorous, meant for a quick peel, a momentary sniff, hopefully not repulsive enough to be left out of future purchasing considerations. LOL.

marisacat - 15 December 2011

snicker… SF local news, KRON-TV 4 just ran way too much of his speech My Kingdom for a Speech! on the prayroll (oops Freudian slip there!) tax. With oodles of – I am sorry to say it – dumb looking wimmens of several colors behind him.

They know they don’t have to spend money here… tho if things get desperado, who knows.

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

It is said he has to win Pennsylvania.
Good Luck!
Surely the rallies will be as wildly enthusiastic at Penn State!
For me, One of those, “I think he’s TOAST” days… LOL.

marisacat - 15 December 2011

when I look at the state by state, I see him losing. It seems insurmountable. His numbers have been bad for a year now.

I am SO SORRY that the Sandusky surfaced before Bwana and Memsab had chance to hang a Presidential Medal of Efficient Bugger Covering on Paterno.

I am sure it was in the works well beyond Casey and Toomey sponsoring and supporting him to receive it… Bwana would have done it in an effort to win PA.

ts - 15 December 2011

I already grimace, gag and vomit when his name is mentioned.

marisacat - 15 December 2011

:lol: needs to be much more widespread…. Obby vomit bags available everywhere! Free!

10. BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

For anyone interested..
CSPAN’s live coverage Corziine’s 3rd Hearing Today

- Under “Video Playlist” , on the right side of the page,
the link to their livestream is available @ 1 EST,

I ‘m not so sharp converting to the metric or Celsius time zone or whatever you Relativist heathens use out their in California, :wink:

but it should be up any minute now @ 10 AM PST… …

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

Barney Frank, LOL
in a sweathshirt under a jacket,, (So Casual!),
leading of course, …the DIVERSION…
According to Barney, Gensler is Okay. CFTC Okay,
The Regulators Okay… and so forth..
He’s flummoxed!. His takeaway? “People are People!”

That fixer can’t FOAD soon enough.
LOL All the Dems asking CORZINE and cronies, again, for POLICY input “on how it can never happen again”

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

Basically. out of the gates, Corzine is blaming JP Morgan
By implication(how else?) he is suggesting JPM confiscated the dough as part of margin calls in his dealings with them.

marisacat - 15 December 2011

Fleeced by the fleecers?

Send him a blankie and a bottle. And a binkie I guess…

ts - 15 December 2011

This is like a gambler complaining the casino won’t lend him more money after he’s blown through $100K in credits.

I swear I’ll win it back I’ll swear.

The downside is that there’s no casino heavy to drop by and break his legs.

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

Corzine got his ass seared quite a few times by the Repubs

All the Admim flacks are up now.. @ 430 pm here…

The “Regulators” ( :lol: ) CFTC FINRA SEC ..

and the exchange honcho, Duffy, of The CME,
I think there is someone there from the NY Federal Reserve ..

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

The FINRA guy Ketchum says …in JUNE they were saying they were out of capital compliance rules the legality of their trading aside…
he says the Corzinis took it directly to SEC and others..

Trustee and the CFTC to speak in a sec..

Maybe someone recognized the money from the milk carton??
LOL..

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

atrocious writing: sorry for the they, they, they…
FINRA’s Ketchum says MFG was out of capital requirements in JUNE and they took it to the SEC to get around of the red flag.

Ooo the NY Fed sent their….lawyer. :roll:

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

The NY Fed says, basically, Corzine “got made” fair and square in their traditional Mafia induction. LOL It took time! He had to wait, you know!..

marisacat - 15 December 2011

Corzine got his ass seared quite a few times by the Repubs

he probably has a working girl, or two, on order for this evening. To soothe his reamed ass. And other things too.

11. marisacat - 15 December 2011

hmm I smell a burgeoning scandal… suddenly late yesterday the Contra Costa Co – in the East Bay in a pretty prosperous area located in Danville – Jewish Community Center anounces it will close Friday, for good.

Laying off immediately 13 teachers, among other services offered was a [for a fee, of course and parents pre paid for the 2011/12 year) kindergarten… closed immediately.. It also had a state licensed day care for alzheimers elderly.

Bang… shutting Friday. No notice, really.

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

Not even a last swim?
A game of basketball?
Pinochle? Mahjong? Nothin?

There was a time…….ah well…

marisacat - 15 December 2011

I think if you, your kindegartener or an elderly alzheimer’s relative had a locker there, you got to clean it out, that was it. Pool is closed to day.

I don’t know what it is like at the UWS JCC (and of course I don’t “know” the one in Danville) but here, everyone went to the Jewish Comm Center…. gay, straight, black white Jewish Asian. It was always like the little neighborhood libraries were when i was a child, in SF, the ONLY place that was mixed race. Really.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 15 December 2011

Tucson’s JCC is expensive, exclusive, and looks more like a castle than a gym…oh yeah there’s walled and gated compound discretely on the same property with a hebrew school helping to hide it too…I’m convinced its some sort of secret consulate or something (raytheon, honeywell, etc are in town and god knows what goes on at ft. huachuca)…my friends think I’m over medicated, but who knows?

marisacat - 15 December 2011

No Hebrew school near this one…. I do think it costs a lot more to join now than it did over the decades (they also have a new facility whic always means new costs, the wonderful old one “lost” or so badly damaged… etc., to the Loma Prieta earthqauke in 89) at least at this one you don’t have to join to sign up for various activities tho…

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

The JCC was great when I was a kid. Seriously.
As was the Y, CYO etc. Even for a while after the Great Assholification spread, Suburbia, when they all remained “in town”, accessible, come as you are, come as you may, nobody gave a damn about anything in the most delightful way.
We really never should have left the pool. I mean, other than gardening, making food, book swap, arts and crafts, making out.

BooHooHooMan - 15 December 2011

Never was a big fan of “growing up”. Awfully over-rated.

marisacat - 15 December 2011

I am sure JCCs varied widely depending on the leadership, how secular, how inclusive… what sort of people, etc… we were just lucky here…. AND back when I was a child and into the 70s, which was my last personal contact, the whole atmosphere was less consumed with enmity and the demands of Israel.

I get the sense that whatever the story is over in Walnut Creek/Danville, the community is shutting up about it. Very little reporting on it, considering that it is very unprecedented. They are claiming lack of funds to continue operation, but at least earlier today parents were very surprised, indicating they would have done someething had they known, and frantic. Apparently there was an angry crowd forming in the lobby of the JCC, which had to be told to leave.

12. marisacat - 15 December 2011

hmm Someobdy at Justice… or – more likely – someone using DOJ, is interestd in taking Arpaio down. Or seriously dinging him.

Something is up.

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 December 2011

I think Arpaio was one of the loudest wingers screaming about the Fast and Furious thing …

marisacat - 15 December 2011

oh there you go!

Ganjafied Gabacho - 15 December 2011

I suppose timing is everything, but the investigation began under Bush’s DOJ iirc. And the local right wing spin supports your contention, so who knows…

I don’t think so, I believe :1) Joe’s in on F&F and a whole lot of other gun runeing/money laundering 2)This is part of a pushback against the anti lantino sentiments that crested n 10 (I hope) and are now receding 3) Joe will skate but be much “chagrined” and “make amends” to the “latino community”…

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 December 2011
14. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 December 2011

LAPD Mistakes Hyde Park Library Cleanup for ‘Occupy’ Protest, Orders Youth Group to Disperse

​What should have been a warm ‘n’ fuzzy cleanup of the abandoned Hyde Park Library in South L.A. this morning went awry when responding LAPD officers reportedly mistook the Youth Justice Coalition for a faction of Occupy L.A.

Given the post-raid tension between cops and occupiers, the case of mistaken identity didn’t bode well for the Inglewood youth group. “Despite the fact that this library has been abandoned since 2004, LAPD is here telling young people they have no right to access…”

… Tweeted blogger Maegan Ortiz. And she soon added: “Commander Green LAPD is giving young people at abandonded library 30 minutes to leave or be arrested with 5k bail.”

Sound familiar? LAPD Officer Sara Faden told KPCC radio that cops believed the coalition planned to “occupy the building for demonstration purposes.”

The former library site is under the supervision of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, that elusive city department responsible for fixing up blighted areas with local property taxes — yet notorious for favoring fancy high-rises and billionaires’ parking garages instead.

Could explain the longtime neglect of this dilapidated eyesore. And god forbid some fed-up kids try to do CRA officials’ job for them!

The CRA says on its website that it hopes to transform the ex-library into public housing by 2014. However, protesters have indicated they’d rather it become a community space for educational workshops and entertainment. (Of course, that’d be less profitable for the CRA. Reminds us a little of the L.A. City Council’s blatant disregard, recently, of the South Central Farmers’ vision for their own land.)

Cleanup organizer Kurti Parekh said to KPCC that “the Youth Justice Coalition had talked to the CRA about the cleanup, but was unclear whether express permission was given.”

No matter the dialogue beforehand, LAPD officers immediately interpreted the forced library cleanup as a mini occupation, in the tradition of Occupy L.A.’s former camp at City Hall.

An ominous police helicopter even circled overhead.

Guess this is what Los Angeles protesters, no matter how harmless (and even helpful, in this case), can expect for the future of demonstration policing. Just call it the Occupy effect.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 December 2011
16. wu ming - 15 December 2011
17. marisacat - 15 December 2011

Chrstopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair writer, dies at 62

Christopher Hitchens, a sharp-witted provocateur who used his formidable learning, biting wit and muscular prose style to skewer what he considered high-placed hypocrites, craven lackeys of the right and left, “Islamic fascists” and religious faith of any kind, has died at age 62. He had cancer of the esophagus.

Vanity Fair, the magazine for which Mr. Hitchens worked, confirmed his death.

Mr. Hitchens, an English-born writer who had lived in Washington since 1982, was a tireless master of the persuasive essay, which he wrote with an indefatigable energy and venomous glee. He often wrote about the masters of English literature, but he was better known for his lifelong engagement with politics, with subtly nuanced views that did not fit comfortably with the conventional right or left.

Read more at:
Washington Post Obit

18. marisacat - 16 December 2011

Neue….

LINK

…………. 8O


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