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Spring 19 March 2012

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Paris, France: young women sit in the sun on the Pont des Arts with its fence covered with padlocks left by lovers over the River Seine as unusually warm temperatures hit the French capital | Benoit Tessier/Reuters

has sprung…. ;)

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1. marisacat - 19 March 2012

It’s nice the Feds have agreed to enter the case… although it has the feeling of going thru the motions…

Kind of like Robert Bale is described as having “debt problems” from back in FL when what did happen is he defrauded investors and was ordered to make restitution of over a million (and he has not paid any of it). You know, a criminal, of the white collar variety…

Florida’s self-defense law could hamper efforts to prosecute Trayvon Martin shooter

By DAVID OVALLE and FRANCES ROBLES The Miami Herald

The 2005 “Stand Your Ground” law eliminated a citizen’s duty to retreat, which would make prosecuting George Zimmerman a much tougher task.

Florida’s controversial 2005 “Stand-Your-Ground” self-defense law could hamper any efforts to charge a Sanford man who fatally shot an unarmed Miami Gardens teenager, legal experts say.

An arrest could hinge on whether prosecutors believe neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman acted unreasonably when he encountered the teen, Trayvon Martin, whom he suspected was a prowler. A 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman he didn’t need to follow the youth, and now attorneys want to know whether he did so anyway.

“If he was attacked, he can stand his ground,” said retired Miami-Dade prosecutor David Waksman, who is not involved in the case. “But if police say back off and we’ll take care of it, he’s not covered by the law.” . . . . . .

Miami Herald

BooHooHooMan - 20 March 2012

And on Robert Bale, yep the good ole USA personified.

Script Doctor!

Picking up on Mcat earlier

He also faced a number of problems in recent years: Florida investment job went sour, his Seattle-area home was condemned as he struggled to make payments on another, and he failed to get a recent promotion. He also still faces a $1.5 million securities fraud judgment from 2003.

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The National Association of Securities Dealers found that Bales, another man and his company “engaged in fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, unauthorized trading and unsuitable investments.”

Records show Gary Liebschner of Columbus, Ohio, filed the complaint in 2000, when Bales was

a stockbroker.

Perfect! Bales as mass murdering U.S. Stockbroker!
Who can be played by Christian Bales in this here Afghan Nightmare as seamless sequal to American Psycho
Talk about being ready to shoot!
Oh Good Luck managing this one.

An arbitration panel found Bales, Michael Patterson and Michael Patterson Inc. individually and jointly liable for $637,000 in compensatory damages, $637,000 in punitive damages, $216,500 in attorneys’ fees and several thousand dollars in other fees.

{*** remember Patterson’s name – bhhm}

Punitive damages were allowed because the panel found Bales’ conduct “fraudulent and malicious.”

Bales did not file a “statement of answer,” get an attorney or appear at an Ohio hearing, records show. About a year and a half after the complaint was filed, Bales enlisted — just two months after 9/11.

Now let’s re-edit the timeline on this here bad flick. Oh a year and a half , yes after the first complaint of beating retiree, Bales did sign up just months after Nineleven, but , coincindentally right as this on Bales partner Patterson and others popped up over at the ole NASD / Madoff and the Merry Banksters Run of the Joint / SEC

Welp, Yah go to War with the Zombie Fraudsters you have!
Hey! They were fully diversified! Into MUNI BONDS too!

Dig….THIS

Press Release
Monday, December 17, 2001

NASD Regulation, Inc. Disciplines Two Ohio Brokerage Firms In Muni Bond Scheme

Washington, D.C.— NASD Regulation, Inc., today announced that it expelled Michael Patterson, Inc., and barred its owner and President, Michael W. Patterson, for over-charging customers in municipal securities transactions. NASD Regulation also censured

Quantum Capital Corporation and suspended former Quantum fixed-income trader Ernest Dahlen for six months for coming between Michael Patterson, Inc.’s customers and the best available purchase price for municipal bonds. Dahlen’s former supervisor, Thomas Dooley was suspended for three months as a principal and fined $10,000.

According to the settlement, in 1997, Patterson formed his own firm, Michael Patterson, Inc., and entered into an exclusive trading and execution agreement with Quantum, a firm with whom he had previously been employed. As a result of Quantum’s involvement in 70 transactions involving municipal bonds issued by North Central Texas Health Facilities Development Corporation and the Orange County, Florida Health Facilities Authority, customers failed to receive the best available market prices for the bonds during a seven-month period in 1998 and 1999. In fact, Michael Patterson, Inc.’s customers paid substantially higher prices for these two bond issues than did customers of other firms for the same bonds during the same period. Four of the Orange County trades were fraudulently marked up by the firm over 11 percent above its contemporaneous cost. Additionally, Michael W. Patterson failed to check available market sources to ensure that the prices his firm charged its customers for the bonds were fair.

Separately, from October of 1999 through May of 2000, Patterson engaged in a scheme in which he purchased Orange County bonds from some retail customers and sold them to others. In 32 trades he charged customers prices ranging from $61 to $68, while other dealers were selling the same bonds at dramatically lower prices. NASD Regulation found that this scheme by the firm and Patterson violated the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (MSRB) fair dealing rule as well as the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws.

Quantum’s settlement acknowledged that it allowed its inventory account to be interpositioned between the customers of Michael Patterson, Inc. and the best available market price for the two municipal bonds. Additionally, Dahlen provided Patterson and his firm with information sheets with pricing information on the Orange County and North Central Texas bonds, but failed to update the information even when it changed significantly. Dooley failed to ensure that Dahlen’s pricing of municipal securities transactions was fair, or that his activities complied with MSRB rules and applicable securities laws.

Since 1998 all municipal firms have been required to report to the MSRB all inter-dealer and customer municipal transactions. NASD Regulation and its Fixed Income Securities Regulation group use municipal securities transaction information as part of its routine examination and oversight of firms, and as part of a continuing process to surveille for patterns in transactions that may indicate rule violations. Michael Patterson, Inc. and Quantum Capital Corporation municipal transaction pricing and best execution/interpositioning practices came the Fixed Income Groups attention as a result of this transaction surveillance.

An arbitration panel found Bales, Michael Patterson and Michael Patterson Inc. individually and jointly liable for $637,000 in compensatory damages, $637,000 in punitive damages, $216,500 in attorneys’ fees and several thousand dollars in other fees.

marisacat - 20 March 2012

Don’t y love how article after article (now that Bale has grabbed the Big Time!, :lol: ) calls it investment debt problems or other vague phrases? Or “investment job gone sour” ??

This guy had problems… and a history.

BooHooHooMan - 20 March 2012

And if you got an hour or so, check out the “bank holding company” ehind Bales and Pattersons bolerroom. ( 2 branches, pole buildings practically LOL the kind that just FOOF! just popped up overnight in the 90’s, Thanx BigDawg and Phil Graham! ) ..run by a Desi cardiologist and a Jewish overnight Homebuilder success in Atlanta, you know before they got into Hospital Authority Muni Bonds across the country.Their little boutique FinCo In the top 15 of SBA lenders, the leader in SBA loans to Desi . Oh and the other faithkeeper, his Touchstone Homes (yep in the wailing wall of bancrupcy now) Their lawyers? Geenberg Traurig..

O yah

marisacat - 20 March 2012

Bale, Patterson, a Desi cardio and a Jewish fly-by-night construction builder guy?

The Four Stooges? Moooovie coming sooon? (BUT! Not soon enuf I bet)

And this makes me laugh:

Their little boutique FinCo In the top 15 of SBA lenders, the leader in SBA loans to Desi

Way way way back, in the 70s a friend and I opened a little shop here in SF… and we did do the classic, a drop-in at the SBA… waiting basically in a holding cell for an hour or so, looked at each other and said, :oops: not our place…outta here!

It was clear, it was all about a long line of screws, screw deals, etc.

BooHooHooMan - 20 March 2012

Well, my assertion, developed after much thought, is we’ll never be able to get back to the kind of clean-cut square-deal small business we had in this country till we can get back to the kind of straightforward, business-smarts partnerships in lending we had and enjoyed with, you know, the Mafia.

Let’s settle for Reform, people!!! :lol:

2. marisacat - 20 March 2012

Ah… Reverend Sharpton has entered the Florida Zimmerman – Martin case. A resolution surely is at hand.

3. marisacat - 20 March 2012

:lol:

Shouldn’t De Niro just be making one more absolutely useless ‘made for the stupid-is-as-stupid-does’ megaplexes Hollywood gasbag movie?

Instead of trenchant and timely political analysis…

4. marisacat - 20 March 2012

7.6 quake near Acapulco….

marisacat - 20 March 2012

A 7.6 magnitude quake has struck near Acapulco, Mexico, on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake was felt strongly in Mexico City, according to a Reuters witness.

Mexico’s National Seismological Survey said the temblor had an epicenter southwest of Ometepec. The quake was located 120 miles east of Acapulco.

A person at Acapulco City Hall told NBC News that they felt the quake but had no reports of injuries or damages yet.

It was six miles (10 kilometers) underground.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 March 2012
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 March 2012

The Unwinnable War on Dissent

We´ve seen it everywhere people are rising up: governments are militarizing police, attacking their own people, criminalizing protest, and engaging in coordinated surveillance and disruption of social movements. The 1% and their puppets in government are waging a war on dissent.

Local governments across the world are arming their civilian police forces with body armor, automatic weapons, and military-grade ¨less lethal¨ technologies, ranging from sound cannons to ¨bean bag rounds¨ like the ones that nearly killed Iraq War-veteran Scott Olsen, who suffered a fractured skull after being shot in the head with lead-filled bags by the Oakland police during an Oct. 25 Occupy protest. More recently, a protester in Montreal lost an eye after police fired explosives into a crowd of students on strike against tuition hikes. In the United Kingdom, police are pushing for expanded use of tactics like water canons and chemical gas. Many of the same defense contractors getting rich selling tear gas and rubber bullets to autocratic regimes in the Arab world are happy to cut a profit by providing police with expanded weaponry.

Armed to the teeth, police are now launching military-style operations to disrupt peaceful protests even before they happen. In a scene reminiscent of U.S. counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq or Afghanistan, truckloads of heavily-armed police stormed an apartment complex last week as protesters with Occupy Miami gathered to prepare for a nonviolent march and rally. The police wore SWAT gear, carried shotguns and assault rifles, and were accompanied by FBI agents. They drew weapons on protesters and bystanders, including tenants of the apartments, and forced them to the ground as they searched the building. The presence of federal agents points to high-level coordination in the escalating crackdown on Occupy.

Similar tactics of violence and intimidation are now being deployed against Occupiers everywhere. On March 17th, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly once again unleashed Mayor Bloomberg´s ¨private army¨ and attacked a peaceful assembly of Occupiers gathered to celebrate the six month anniversary of our movement. Violating court orders, the NYPD brutally removed hundreds of those gathered in Liberty Square, the people´s park and symbol of our revolt against the rule of Wall Street bankers. Innocent protesters were beaten, punched, choked, knocked to the ground, carted off in ambulances and on stretchers with broken bones. Numerous journalists were attacked and obstructed by NYPD, as they have been since #OWS began. Notably, the first glass broken during an anti-Wall Street demonstration did not come from angry protesters – it happened when armed cops smashed a street medic´s head against a window.

The same day, Occupy Los Angeles celebrated Occupy´s 6 month anniversary. They too, were met with police brutality. Four people were arrested and charged with felonies.

On March 15th, the St. Louis Police violently assaulted peaceful Occupiers from around the Midwest gathered at the Occupy the Midwest Summit´s encampment. Some protesters were tasered, and others taken to a hospital after the attack.

Also last week, Occupy Denver suffered relentless harassment from police, including a raid on their camp by dozens of armed SWAT team members, which they attempted to justify by citing the nearby presence of a small amount of marijuana. Watch as members of Occupy Denver explain the systematic harassment and sexist violence against protesters (apologies for lack of transcript):

According to the New York Times, there are at least nine investigations into police misconduct toward Occupy protests in Oakland, Berkley, and UC-Davis alone. All remain unresolved. In Oakland, hundreds of complaints have been filed against police, many related to the attack on Scott Olsen. In Portland, the district attorney’s office has handled 198 cases related to Occupy Portland. As in many other cities, hundreds are still waiting in the system, many demanding jury trials. As of March 19th, 6,871 people have been arrested related to Occupy just in the United States.

But police violence is only the most visible front in the war on dissent. While details of domestic intelligence operations targeting dissidents are actively hidden from the public, it is now clear that police and federal authorities are engaged in a sustained attempt to surveil and disrupt the Occupy movement. As recently reported in the New York Times, the NYPD is using aggressive and intrusive measures to spy on #OWS organizers and anyone suspected of being a protester, as well as random Muslim and Arab college students across the east coast. Along with the scandal, New York City has subpoenaed Twitter for access to protester´s public tweets. Increasingly, NYPD officers have shown up at organizer´s homes and Occupy-related public meetings. Protesters everywhere are being approached on the street, interrogated, and harassed by police, similar to the NYPD´s notoriously racist practice of ¨Stop-And-Frisk.¨ Other Occupations from Philadelphia to Los Angeles report similar police tactics of repression and intimidation.

As one Occupier described on r/OccupyWallStreet, in response to the New York Times article:

I’m really happy to see this showing up in any news paper, but its a whitewashed version. They only mention a few instances of being tailed. that was incredibly common, and doesn’t sound too shocking to read in a newspaper. How about any mention of:
absurdly large amounts of Computer surveillance (hacking laptops, your computer turns on and records, appears off)
massive amounts of phone tapping
DHS bugging of common meeting grounds
widespread use of private security firms
paying individuals to attend our meetings and cause disruption
police use of knives
police forcing themselves onto protestor’s private property, then arresting people within that individual’s private property
police breaking into property, creating fire hazards, then getting protestors living there evicted for said fire hazard
police breaking into private property and installing surveillance equipment in people’s homes. In at least one instance they left it obvious to leave a message.
general police intimidation, for example, can you imagine if you came to the city to protest, how horrifying it would be if as you walked around the city, a squad car followed you, and when you slept, sat near you constantly taking photos and notes? If you approached them, they acted to arrest you and told you you were a threat?
Police arresting individuals solely to have them identify photographs of other occupiers
the DHS nationwide crackdown and all the shit that went down leading into that.
The Police use of rapists. Let me repeat that again, the police used rapists as a tool.
The police tactic of specifically arresting women, medics and journalists.
Manipulating our personal bank accounts, such as cancelling our access to our own accounts.
and I’m just getting started.

As dissidents of all nations, races, classes, and genders increasingly take the streets, protesters are learning firsthand what communities of color, immigrants, indigenious people, trans and queer people, and other criminalized classes have long experienced: the police serve only the powerful. The countless incidents of brutality, indiscriminate use of military weaponry, and coordinated surveillance are not just the result of the decisions of reprehensible individual officers. When ¨bad apples¨ continue to fall, one must question the tree they´re falling from – those who are giving the orders and coordinating the crackdown on protest. Today, Occupy Wall Street is calling for the resignation of NYPD Commisioner Kelly.

But responsibility for the escalating war on dissent cannot not lie solely with police commissioners. Even as police departments openly flout laws protecting the people’s right to dissent, legislatures are actively rewriting those laws to further legalize the draconian policing of protest. In the United States, a number of states including Idaho and Tennessee, as well as the District of Columbia, have written and passed laws directly attacking the right to occupy public space for political protest. Police continue to attack and evict remaining Occupy encampments from Louisville, Kentucky to Dame Street, Ireland. Occupy Atlanta has teamed with local civil rights and labor groups to protest a series of antidemocratic laws in Georgia, including SB 469, a bill that would criminalize non-violent protests and picketing of labor disputes. Federally, President Obama recently signed H.R. 347, a law passed in Congress that provides additional criminal penalties, including felony charges with up to 10 years in prison, for anyone protesting an event deemed ¨nationally significant¨ by the U.S. Secret Service.

They´re On The Defensive Because Spring Is Coming And We Are Winning

As evidenced by the recent moving of the G8 summit, originally scheduled for Chicago, to a remote militarized compound, these desperate actions on the part of the police and governments show they are afraid. The 1%ers who fund government are getting ready because they know the #GlobalSpring is almost at hand. This May, we begin with a General Strike on May 1st, leading to international days of actions on May 12th and a global day of reoccupation on May 15th, followed by protests against NATO in Chicago on May 21st.

These attacks on democracy and the right to dissent are vain attempts to discourage protest. They want to prevent us from making this spring huge. We won´t let them. When they evicted our encampments, we merely went elsewhere, delved deeper into community organizing, perfected our tactics, and built-up our infrastructure. The police use violence to preserve economic inequality, but this will backfire. Every time they attack us, we grow. With every bloodied Occupier and evicted peaceful protest, the number of people who are disgusted with the status quo rises. The war on dissent is inherently unwinnable. Through sustained nonviolent resistance in the face of escalating repression, their legitimacy wanes and our power grows.

The whole world is watching. Spring is coming. We are getting ready.

there are videos embedded in the piece to illustrate each of the incidents.

marisacat - 20 March 2012

The Police use of rapists. Let me repeat that again, the police used rapists as a tool.
The police tactic of specifically arresting women, medics and journalists.
Manipulating our personal bank accounts, such as cancelling our access to our own accounts.
and I’m just getting started.

Talk about some hard core reality…

So much of what they are up against is the established political system in the country…. I read this earlier and wished I had the energy to get out of the house and walk around the block. The party has been working on this line for months, floatint it in leftist sites, blogs magazine. I loved Jordan Flaherty’s writings during Katrina and in the wake of Katrina, a white New Orleanian, I sought out his articles across quite a few publications, but by 2006, 07, 08 – it was clear he was a Dem party operative. Nothing more. And an associate of the execrable Melissa Lacewell Harris, or however her triple barreled name lines up. (LOL That’s not how Cpunch identifies JF, he is now a producer for Al Jazeera of two Faultlines shows on Occupy …. )

It’s a line of insidious “criticism” crafted for the Dem Liberal Leftischer rank and file that I think of as “earnest fodder”, the NPR, PBS, Dem party blog creeps.

God knows what’s coming…

7. marisacat - 20 March 2012

hmm Not to worry! We only bomb, maim, shoot, rape and burn savages…. and over and over our assessment is that they value life less and perceive physical pain less intensely than whites.

It is not an exhaustive list… I get the feeling that Schwarz of Tiny Revolution may update…

8. marisacat - 20 March 2012

Shoot out on-going in Toulouse, between cops and a suspect in the series of ‘sniper on a motocycle serial kills’ of the past 10 days or so…

Supposedly the suspect is claiming al Qaida links.

So passe, can’t he get a better story up?

marisacat - 20 March 2012

UK Telegraph claims an arrest of the “self proclaimed jihadist”… and the article pretty much ignores the 3 mil killed who were a black and 2 North Africans, all of whom or some of whom were muslim. Of interest is the israeli teacher and the 3 children.

Armed police swooped on the house in the Cote Pavee residential district of Toulouse at 3am local time, exchanging fire briefly with the 24-year-old gunman, before making the arrest. The suspect told police he was a jihadist for al Qaeda seeking revenge for Palestinian children and French military postings overseas.

Two police officers were injured as the operation got underway.

“He claims to be a mujahideen and to belong to al Qaeda,” Claude Gueant, the French interior minister told journalists at the scene of the siege. “He wanted revenge for the Palestinian children and he also wanted to take revenge on the French army because of its foreign interventions.” . . . . . .

UK Telegraph

marisacat - 21 March 2012

oh… this morning France’s Interior Minister is denying there was an arrest.

Honestly… so inspires confidence.

marisacat - 21 March 2012

Lordy… 4 PM PT… still going on. I dropped out for a bit thinking it would be over. Just starting the assault on the building he is in.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 March 2012
marisacat - 21 March 2012

I read hsi parents will be there…

Fortunately something seems likely to happen to the Police Chief in Sanford… at the least and I doubt Zimmerman will manage t not be put on trial. One of the co-sponsors of the original bill says it should not protect Zimmerman… that it doesn’t.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 March 2012

I’ve read a couple of commentaries going both ways about whether it will protect him.

The family seems to have a good lawyer, he’s very effective on the TV, handles questions well, seems to be working hard to keep the pressure up, broadens the issue to the threat young black men face in this country, how that led directly to Trayvon’s death.

marisacat - 21 March 2012

I heard him this morning, he is very good…. and a very serious case over in Oakland is shaping up, they too have a very good atty and he is using this moment to get time on news segements… he has in a month demolished the cops’ stories, exposed how one brother cop (actual brothers, but not assigned to the same precinct or area of Oakland) backed another up at the scene (shot in the back), it’s a very stunning story.

10. ts - 22 March 2012

Apparently the subscriber method has worked out so well for the NYT that they are reducing the number of free articles from 20 to 10.

marisacat - 22 March 2012

I heard that too…. but did you also hear that it doesn’t count – or at least count up in the same way – if you access a link via something you are reading? As in, I gather, a NYT link in a blog or article.

To be honest, I had no problems with the 20 limit and not sure even the 10 limit would affect me. It’s all gotten so silly….

wu ming - 22 March 2012

if you just clear out the NYT cookie in your cache, it resets anyway.

marisacat - 23 March 2012

oh I had not thought of that… pretty simple
;)

11. ts - 22 March 2012

Yeah, I use that trick all the time – type the name of the article in a google search and go there through the google link.

marisacat - 22 March 2012

I miss the Times of London a lot more…. and even tho it is barely a shadow of its former self (new non UK owners as of a few years ago), was glad to get the UK Independent unlocked…

12. marisacat - 22 March 2012

hmm so classic… Barbara Lee on local radio, blaming congress for wrecking havoc with Washington DC wimmens health care (but she is fighting it!!)… and in questions about Slob, tea party, tea party …. and “but of course I am fighting against” this or that.

And, tea party!

ms_xeno - 22 March 2012

A Democrat makes one decent gesture in their lifetime and they get to dine out on it for eternity, apparently.

I wish that principle applied when I went on fucking job interviews. [rolleyes]

marisacat - 22 March 2012

yes… that single vote against Afghan war…. but, so little, after the fact.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 March 2012

We Are All Radioactive, a documentary series

Lisa Katayama says:

Last summer, TED film director Jason Wishnow and I went to Japan to visit a small fishing village destroyed by the tsunami. We’d heard from a friend that something unique was happening there — in the absence of official aid from the government and NGOs, a team of young surfers was spearheading reconstruction efforts and teaching fishermen how to make a living now that they couldn’t fish. We decided to film these surfers and fishermen as they went about their everyday lives. And when we left, we gave them digital waterproof cameras so they could continue to document their own experiences from their own point of view.

We started releasing the resulting footage online on 3.11.2012 (the 1-year anniversary of the earthquake) on our website, WeAreAllRadioactive.com. We’re working with a team of top editors and sound designers to produce each episode professionally, and we’re only unlocking new episodes only as they’re funded.

marisacat - 22 March 2012

what a nice story….

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 March 2012

I’m becoming inordinately grateful for nice stories

marisacat - 22 March 2012

Almost have to be…

14. marisacat - 23 March 2012

Scream with laughter

[“I] don’t think it’s gotten to the point where anybody questions the legitimacy of [the individual mandate].” — then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs at the daily press briefing, Nov. 2, 2009

Why should they have?

The mandate requiring every American to obtain insurance was a Republican idea from the early 1990s. So when Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who supported the mandate back then, began railing against it as unconstitutional relatively late in the process, Democrats didn’t appear to take it too seriously.

They plucked the mandate, after all, from the Massachusetts health care law passed on Mitt Romney’s watch. Democrats just assumed voters would discount the GOP attack as pure politics.

But two years later — with the mandate exceedingly unpopular and at the heart of the Supreme Court deliberations over the law’s constitutionality — senior Democratic congressional aides involved in the legislative fight concede the party should have done more to shape the debate.

“I have not heard anybody discuss the constitutionality of that,” Gibbs said a month before the bill passed, referring to deliberations in the White House over the mandate.

He soon would.

Snicker snax… big time.

BooHooHooMan - 23 March 2012

titters

Jon S. Corzine, MF Global Holding Ltd. (MFGLQ)’s chief executive officer, gave “direct instructions” to transfer $200 million from a customer fund account to meet an overdraft in one of the brokerage’s JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) accounts in London, according to an e-mail sent by a firm executive.

:shock:
Uhm,
.
:lol:

marisacat - 23 March 2012

hmmm OK so is “direct” direct enough, “according to an email”…. or is this gonna be like what I suspect with Zimmerman, whose gun was handed back to him immediately, who was not tested for drug or alcohol and his clothing was never tested, and doubtlessly no longer exists. And there was no interview that will survive in any form (I bet).

You wonder where we are on it all.

BooHooHooMan - 23 March 2012

You wonder where we are on it all.

Oh we’re screwed, lewd, and indifferent. LOL,
No need to worry there!
No major problems to report on the expressway! LOL.
And Remember! For the Big Win! – –
We can MILK CARTON our way in to find the money!

BooHooHooMan - 23 March 2012

Heeenh – LOL, whoops, meant as separate comment, but you know, goes with screaming laughter, and Donkocrat-whoopsies-in-general of the “had not thought about that” and “have not heard anybody discuss the blibbedyblib about that” VARIETY.

And, you know, the whole Poky P. ” :shock: THere it IS” level of communications skill when all flop-sweat fielding questions behind the mic…

LOL

ms_xeno - 23 March 2012

I was helpfully informed by somebody in the Pwogosphere that WSJ’s word on the probable outcome of Obamacare for the uninsured was more reliable that the word of Physicians For A National Health Plan.

And I swear, if I go to another Occupy rally, I’m going to have a sign that says Fuck You, Kaiser Permanente. They just jacked up our co-pays and deductibles again, after graciously shaving a lavish five bucks a month off the premium.

Fuck you, too, Donklephants. <—Maybe I could print that on the other side of the sign.

marisacat - 23 March 2012

I hope the SC strikes it down, or big sections of it. What a fucked bill.

15. marisacat - 23 March 2012

Meanwhile…

AMY GOODMAN: That was last person that Jen Waller mentions, who suffered a seizure and broken rib after she was pulled from the crowd and arrested, is Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan. Police say she elbowed an officer in the head, giving him a swollen eye. She faces felony charges of assault and obstructing governmental administration. Cecily was released on Monday afternoon after a judge denied a request from the district attorney that bail be set at $20,000, and she’s joining us now for this exclusive interview.

Cecily McMillan is Northeast regional organizer for the Young Democratic Socialists of America and a graduate student at the New School for Social Research. We’re also joined by Meghan Maurus, Cecily’s attorney and mass defense coordinator at the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Cecily, you limped in here. You’re very bruised. You have a bruise over your left eye. And I can see, with your—the scoop neck of your T-shirt, you are scratched and it is black and blue. It is—

CECILY McMILLAN: A handprint.

AMY GOODMAN: —the shape of a hand. Black and blue, the shape of a hand.

CECILY McMILLAN: Yeah. ….

Democracy NOW!

BooHooHooMan - 23 March 2012

With commitment to nonviolence, as sun set on all here this Friday night, people moving into Zuccotti Park right now.
Live Updates

marisacat - 23 March 2012

oh I wonder what is coming…

diane - 23 March 2012

… 4:01 PM [March 23rd]] : Because the NYPD needed a reminder last night, I will say this upfront this time. We, the people are the source of your power Just as easily as we grant you authority, we can just the same unilaterally take it away. Attack us, and we will take your authority from you. This is not a difficult concept to grasp. Government exists by the consent of the governed, and attacking people who are already close to refusing to recognize your authority is not the smartest self-preservation idea.

could not agree more than I already do …

16. lucid72 - 23 March 2012

I really would like to start going to some of the ows things. The police violence concerns me though, especially with my anxiety disorder acting up of late. Looks like we could be in for a brutal summer.

ms_xeno - 23 March 2012

lucid, I hear you. Though for me, it’s more about physical limitations than anxiety.

Maybe there’s a local Occupy chapter that could use other kinds of support from ya’…?

17. BooHooHooMan - 23 March 2012

London calling….

A former Russian banker is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot several times in east London.

German Gorbuntsov was shot by a man armed with a sub-machine gun as he entered a block of flats in Byng Street, Isle of Dogs, on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police are treating the shooting as attempted murder. :idea: :lol:

The suspect is a white male who ran off along Westferry Road. Mr Gorbuntsov is said to be critical but stable and is being kept under armed guard…..

Talk about efficiency!
What a miracle of the market!

marisacat - 23 March 2012

How’d they miss so many times. Sub machine gun and all….

BooHooHooMan - 23 March 2012

Well, sure, the essential question,
is the torso half empty or is the torso half full?
But on the upside, if he survives, his Bankster competitors will get another couple shots! Maybe even a full exchange of gunfire will ensue just between them, triggering, I dunno, some sorta Ballistic Default Swaps whereby they can all just blow each other away. I remain hopeful!

18. marisacat - 24 March 2012

Bandwagon is officially crowded… Artur Davis climbs on. He also makes every excuse to why he nearly passed it by…

Trayvon Martin’s death is actually what real injustice looks like. Not the hyped “injustice” Democratic operatives invoke when they equate a voter ID requirement with a billy club, or when the Department of Justice compares an ID with brutal sixties-style suppression. . . .

Artur, who is of course a fancy pants Dem party operative, himself. Flacking for the right wing voter ID agenda.

As the dead child recedes more and more.

It’s OK Artur, don’t work TOO hard now. It’s just a government job, after all.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 March 2012

Jeebus Artur, maybe you should dig up Emmitt Till’s corpse and use it as a prop for you to argue about the importance of discipline …

marisacat - 24 March 2012

I saw just that quote somewhere so went hunting… and I dragged myself thru his entire entry in the Arena page at Politico. He’s such a son of a bitch. Even in the graf after graf slurp, he manages to still hedge… Even.

But the case seems an almost perfect storm of bad, flawed intentions: one man’s suspicions of a kid who looked neither menacing nor suspicious; a police department’s insensitive decision to let the shooter walk away from the scene of a death; the local prosecutor’s failure to see probable cause to convene a grand jury; and a state deadly force law that might have been written for the jungle and not the confines of a community.

marisacat - 24 March 2012

This is his finely choreographed close:

If only the race card weren’t played so promiscuously, more Americans might hear this child’s death as the inexcusable event it seems to be. If the zone weren’t already filled with cries of racism, the shooting might be a teachable moment about the ways prejudice shapes fear, and the ways that fear can distort lives, and the foolishness of laws that license that fear to kill.

The unspeakable tragedy would be if the facts bear out that Trayvon lost his life because he was pressed into the shape of a stereotype. The next tragedy would be if that life was lost in vain because the grievance over Trayvon sounded like just another cry of race from a familiar chorus line

Shorter version: I am not Sharpton.. Really. I am not. I am not the chorus line. Am not.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 March 2012

Was that Artur or Clarence Thomas?

Jeebus, what an asshole.

marisacat - 24 March 2012

Very similar boychicks… Artur’s bios all say he went to Jefferson Davis HS in Birmingham ‘Bama… but I had always heard he went to St Aubyn’s. Which is where Albert Gore went…

ms_xeno - 24 March 2012

No kidding. Who is this asshole, anyway? Somebody pays him to write this bullshit? >:

marisacat - 24 March 2012

Oh Artur would b so sad to know you have not heard of him……… :lol:

Snip from his page at Wiki…. He also did a piece in National Review calling for Jeb Bush to be drafted to run… LOL… It’s one thing to leave the DP another to join the R and claim to be an Ind.

[O]n February 6, 2009, Davis announced his candidacy for Governor of Alabama in 2010. His opponent in the Democratic primary was Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks.[14]

During the primary campaign, Davis downplayed matters of race and emphasized his independence from Democratic party orthodoxy. He caused controversy, including within his heavily minority congressional district, by voting against President Barack Obama’s new health-care law—the only black Democrat in Congress to do so. He also refused to sit for the endorsement screenings of Alabama’s black political groups, drawing criticism from some that he was an opportunist in search of white votes.[15] As a result, he became described as “the first African-American candidate in a statewide Alabama race to lose the black vote.”[16] Birmingham News columnist John Archibald said “He ran his whole race as it if were a general election and he wanted to claim some conservative street cred. Alabama Democrats—blue dots in this big red state—have very little patience for that.” State Representative Roderick Scott said Black Democrats “can no longer take for granted they will receive the African-American vote.”[17]

On June 1, 2010, Davis lost the Democratic primary to Sparks, ending his gubernatorial bid. Afterwards, he announced he was retiring from politics and would return to private practice at the conclusion of his 2009-2011 term.[18] Davis was succeeded in Congress by fellow Democrat Terri Sewell, the first African-American woman elected to the United House of Representatives from Alabama.

[edit] Post congressional career

After losing his gubernatorial bid, Davis immediately said “I have no interest in running for political office again” but continues to solidify himself as an independent-minded Democrat.[19] He supported Alabama’s voter ID laws. He said that the public option would have “simultaneously ratcheted private premiums even higher.” He also contributed money to the campaigns of two Republicans: former U.S. Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM), who is running for the U.S. Senate and Phil Bryant (R-MS), who recently won a gubernatorial election in 2011.

He claims the DP is becoming far too liberal. :lol: :roll:

marisacat - 24 March 2012

Speaking of pompous fucks… La Cheney has had a heart transplant. They are very careful to say he was on the transplant list for 20 months…

Oh suuure…. ;)

baileysprairie - 24 March 2012

well i dont know why he waited until 71 to have one. never had one before.

he needs to take the big slide :)

marisacat - 24 March 2012

oh bay! How are you? Just when I was reading about Cheney I thought of you … and your description of him, from years ago… was it “pump head”…? What some heart patients become….
;)

(how are the kitties?)

baileysprairie - 24 March 2012

smiles. they are getting older, as are we all ;)

and yes pump head is apropo :)

marisacat - 24 March 2012

kiss the kitties!

19. marisacat - 24 March 2012

Hahahahahah I see Santorum is going to be returning to WIS to help Walker.

“Of course I’m looking forward to doing whatever I can. I think we’re going to maybe try to swing by throughout the week one of the call centers here to try to help the governor and his effort,” Santorum said. “As someone who understands tough political fights and someone who stood up to the establishment as this governor has done, we want to give every bit of support we can to someone who has the courage to confront the tough issues. And it shows you we’re willing to do the same kind of thing in Washington DC.” . . . . . .

It’s a sludge fest!

20. marisacat - 24 March 2012

New…

LINK

……………… 8O:roll:


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