Still summer…………………. 25 July 2008Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Lotus flowers – Buddhist temple – Sri Lanka – AFP/Getty via Telegraph.co.uk
hmm Why in the name of hell would New Orleanians believe anything the Nagins of the earth tell them?
For The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Mark Schleifstein reports: “A 100-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed indefinitely to ship traffic this morning, as salvage workers drafted plans to remove a split fuel barge from beneath the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans and a half-dozen emergency spill contractors continued efforts to corral hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick, smelly fuel oil as it floated toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Meanwhile, residents of Algiers remained skeptical of the assurances given by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Sewerage & Water Board officials that their water is safe to drink, with many choosing to drink bottled water instead. ‘We don’t want to give a date right now’ for reopening the river, said Coast Guard Capt. Lincoln Stroh, who controls shipping on the river as captain for the Port of New Orleans.”
This seems to be one of the favorite sound bites from Berlin – and what a crock of shit, as we build a haphazard wall on the Southern border and the Israelis build a medieval wall across Palestinian land.
“The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand,” Mr. Obama said, putting a new twist on the cold war calls to bring down the barrier that divided Berlin. “The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.”
AND, CSM weighs in on Gitmo.
The next administration will have to be careful it doesn’t simply recreate Guantánamos elsewhere, for instance at prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq, on which the Supreme Court has yet to weigh in
Sadly right, I think. I used to think he might close Gitmo, only because it would be a single, showy, big move. Buy time, dazzle the rubes, etc. But as he goes even flatter (think of squished silly putty)… hmm… No, IMO, he won’t be closing Gitmo. All along we have madly built prisons in Iraq – and plan a big revamp of Bagram, which we took over mostly as the Soviets left it, all those years ago. Blessed are those who inherit the very war they began….
Last, not bothering to look it up now, but Kozloff wrote several weeks ago at Counterpunch that Ob was being squirrelly on School of the Americas. What a shock, not. And that does not even brush by Fort Huachuca, where, last I heard, the reprehensible and slippery General Miller of Abu Ghraib went. With all his treats and toys. Free as a jaybird, as Bush soon will be.
The Greatest Nation Ever on Earth. Blessed by God. Fake submissives for Jesus, blood soaked martinets, in reality.
From the tag end of the last thread………
Greenwald on impeachment. Below, on Cass Sunstein (Betrothed to the “Brilliant” Samantha Powers, another “brilliant” Obama TOP advisor… )
Jane also asked Fein about Obama adviser Cass Sunstein’s recent statements that Bush officials should not be prosecuted for their illegal detention, interrogation and spying programs. To get a sense for why this matters, National Journal this morning listed Sunstein as one of a small handful of likely Supreme Court appointees in an Obama administration. But — similar to Fein’s point regarding Jay Rockefeller, Jane Harman and comrades — Sunstein has long been one of the most vocal enablers of Bush radicalism and lawlessness, having continuously offered himself up over the last seven years to play the legal version of the TNR role of “even-liberal-Cass-Sunstein-agrees-with-Bush.”
During my Democracy Now debate with him, Sunstein said: “I’d be honored but surprised if the military commissions cite some of my academic articles.” But as Talk Left’s Armando documented, Sunstein would be an ideal and highly likely “legal scholar” for the Bush administration to cite as part of its military tribunals, as Sunstein was an early and outspoken supporter of the theory that Bush had the authority to order military commissions (a theory which the Supreme Court rejected in Hamdan). Identically, while Sunstein now pretends to disagree with Bush’s theory as to why he had the power to spy on Americans in violation of the law (Sunstein said on Democracy Now: “while I agree with Senator Feingold that the President’s position is wrong”), Sunstein defended those theories as “very reasonable” when he was on right-wing talk radio with Hugh Hewitt in late 2005 during the height of the NSA controversy.
It’s really hard to imagine a worse person on whom Obama could be relying as a legal adviser, let alone a potential Supreme Court nominee, and here is what Fein had to say about Sunstein’s view of things:
Lots of links within, including video of Fein on Sunstein.
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