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Africom 7 December 2008

Posted by marisacat in AFRICOM, Congo, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Somalia, UK, WAR!, Zimbabwe.
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Last week soldiers walked into Safari Muhindo’s house and hacked to death his wife and four children with machetes. He holds a photo of himself with two of his sons. He fled to Goma, North Kivu
[Photograph: Robin Hammond]

Robert Mugabe Must Be Toppled…

I noticed this headline across all the UK papers, as I was wandering in the media pool over night… slight variations between headline writers… but they all loved “toppled” (this is not an endorsement of Mugabe) as they presented the opinion piece from John Sentamu, the Bishop of York…

When Jesus Christ wanted people to know what he was doing, he chose a passage from the Old Testament to describe his mission. It was a passage from the prophet Isaiah, written to encourage a disillusioned and demoralised people. It looked forward to a new day when there would be justice for people being treated unjustly and in poverty and release for the oppressed. It promised new life for the present and hope for the future.

President Robert Mugabe was right when he said only God could remove him. That’s exactly what happens. No tyrant lives for ever. No cruel regime lasts. God acts. And he is acting. An international chorus is at last being raised to bring an end to Mugabe’s brutal regime.

He has courage, this priest does, almost boundless, as he invokes the words of Martin to bolster his cause:

We look for leaders of resolution and courage to lead the people of Zimbabwe out of their suffering. The late Dr Martin Luther King Jr said: ‘We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.’

… he invokes others as well, from Lord Acton to Africans, ones who fought against Mugabe more than 20 years ago.  And of course, Jesus.

Lenin’s Tomb took a swipe at it

Here is an instance of convoluted hypocrisy for you: the fabled “international community”, many of its constituents both benefiting from and deeply involved in the genocidal mass murder in the Congo, decided to apply sanctions on Zimbabwe for its role in the war. […]

The vagueness of his [Sentamu] appeal, padded out as it is with lovely pieties, can only inspire a yawn. Sentamu will have to do more than chop up his dog collar this time if he wants to have an impact.

And noted that the bishop and the president agree on homosexuality.  Consensus…

I followed this link as it was about an African, now a priest formerly an Archbishop, Pius Ncube, silenced by the Vatican.

And lo, what do I behold:

One of the most outspoken opponents of Robert Mugabe has been silenced by the Vatican just as the regime in Zimbabwe is at its weakest and his leadership would be most valuable.

Pius Ncube resigned as Archbishop of Bulawayo and left Zimbabwe in September 2007 after he was filmed sleeping with a married woman who was employed by the regime as a “honeytrap”.  He returned last month after spending a year in exile in Rome and Britain, but the Roman Catholic Church has forbidden him from making any political statements.

In the first interview he has given since his fall Mr Ncube told The Times that he would obey the Vatican order, but added: “I am very upset about it. I believe in speaking out for the people at a time of distress. This country is in the worst situation – worse than when I left.”

He agreed that the gagging order meant that the Mugabe regime had succeeded in neutralising one of its most prominent critics. As archbishop, Mr Ncube repeatedly denounced Mr Mugabe’s misrule, championed nonviolent opposition to the Government, and defied death threats.  […]

Let the people go… just let them go.  Speak as they will.  From the Vatican to the Mugabes of the world, those people should break.  The Sentamus as well.

***

The NYT took a look at Somalia.. peeked around their notebooks.. but the article is more useful than one might expect…

And now, with the government on the brink and the Islamists seeming ready to seize control for the second time, the operative question inside and outside Somalia seems to be: Now what?

“It will be bloody,” predicted Rashid Abdi, a Somalia analyst at the International Crisis Group, a research institute that tracks conflicts worldwide. “The Ethiopians have decided to let the transitional government sink. The chaos will spread from the south to the north. Warlordism will be back.”

Mr. Rashid sees Somalia deteriorating into an Afghanistan-like cauldron of militant Islamism, drawing in hard-core fighters from the Comoros, Zanzibar, Kenya and other neighboring Islamic areas, a process that seems to have already started. Those men will eventually go home, spreading the killer ethos.

“Somalia has now reached a very dangerous phase,” he said. “The whole region is in for more chaos, I’m afraid.”

And this:

Most analysts predict that the war-weary people of Mogadishu would initially welcome the Islamists, out of either relief or fear. In 2006, Islamist troops teamed up with clan elders and businessmen to drive out the warlords who had been preying upon Somalia’s people since the central government first collapsed in 1991. The six months the Islamists ruled Mogadishu turned out to be one of the most peaceful periods in modern Somali history.

Yes but we could not  stand it… they had to go.. rather than wait, allow the people on the ground to breathe and regroup.  See what happens. It’s their country… isn’t it?  (Not in our opinion, is my guess.)  No, we were pre-emptive.  The Biggest War Lord of Them All.  ( God Bless America!)

Anyway… the article continues, the next bunch of Islamists to come in may be, or are, harder and tougher.

Then of course there is us.

Chris Floyd took a look, too, at the NYT article.  And had some things to say about the warnings from ICG

Here we see the logic of militarism on full display: the only way to prevent the rise of terrorism in a country is by invading that country and occupying it with a foreign military force — which, of course, only gives rise to more terrorism in that country. This circular reasoning seems absurd on its face, but it is in fact the highly efficient dynamic that drives and sustains the ideology of militarism in practical power.

Militarism — either in its overt, unashamed form as espoused by the neo-cons and their outriders, or in the more subtly packaged, sugar-coated (and often self-deluding) version of the “humanitarian interventionists” — is the ruling ideology of the American state. Like all ideologies, it comes in different shadings, different emphases, different factions, and so on, but the national power structure is firmly committed across the board to the use of violence — and the ever-present threat of violence — to advance a bipartisan agenda of American hegemony on the world scene. Some factions take great pains to present this hegemony as benevolent and altruistic; other factions don’t care how it comes across (“Let them hate us as long as they fear us,” was a sentiment frequently voiced in high circles at the beginning of the Terror War). But all factions are willing to kill people — either directly or by proxy — to maintain that hegemony.

And that’s why, for the militarist mindset, situations such as the hell in Somalia — or in Iraq — or in Afghanistan — are always win-win scenarios. If the application of brute force in Somalia had “worked” — i.e, if the “regime change” invasion and subsequent repression had produced a quiescent client state willing to open up its resources to foreign exploitation and to jail, torture and kill any of its own citizens who threatened the profitable status quo — then the militarists would have claimed it as a template that could and should be applied over and over around the world. It would have “justified” the militarist path.

Chris Floyd updates with this link to the Boston Globe on the thriving war industry…

[B]ut here in the Merrimack River Valley, and over the state line at several industrial sites around Massachusetts, defense contractor BAE Systems is hoisting “Help Wanted” signs.

BAE develops technology in fields like electronic warfare and cybersecurity, sophisticated systems that are key to combating a new wave of threats around the globe. At a time when 1.7 million jobs have been lost in the United States this year, the company is hiring 200 engineers and manufacturing workers in Nashua, Hudson, and Merrimack, N.H., and Burlington, Lexington, and Marlborough, Mass.

Other defense electronics contractors, such as Waltham’s Raytheon Co. and General Dynamics Corp.’s communications systems center in Taunton, also continue to ramp up. Such companies remain awash in orders from the Pentagon and American allies increasingly worried about terrorism and missile proliferation. They are also facing the pending retirement of many baby boomers in their labor force, a factor lending greater urgency to their hiring efforts.

“We’re acting very aggressively when we find a good match,” said Christopher Sherman, engineering manager at BAE’s Electronics & Integrated Solutions division here. […]

As long as the party goes on.

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1. marisacat - 7 December 2008

Tom Englehardt on The Great Transit:

But don’t ignore the architecture, the deep structure of the American political system. Make no mistake, Obama is moving full-speed ahead into an executive mansion rebuilt and endlessly expanded by the national security state over the last half-century-plus, and then built up in major ways by George W.’s “team.” Despite the prospect of a new dog and a mother-in-law in the White House, the president-elect and his transition team show no signs of wanting to change the basic furniture, no less close up a few wings of the imperial mansion (other, perhaps, than the elaborate prison complex at Guantanamo).

With so many catastrophes impending and so many pundits and journalists merrily applauding the most efficient transition in American history, no one, it seems, is even thinking about the architecture.

Don’t hold your breath for that labyrinthine mess to be reduced to a more logical two or three intelligence agencies; nor will that 2002 creation of the Bush administration, the U.S. Northern Command, another militarization of “the homeland” now in the process of bulking up, be significantly downsized or abolished in the coming years.

On all of this, the Bush administration has gone out of its way to lend a hand to Obama’s transition team and, in the process, help institutionalize the imperial transition itself. Like the new money arrangements pioneered in the 2008 elections, it surely will remain part of the political landscape for the foreseeable future. From such developments in our world, it seems, there’s never any turning back. ..snippy..

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 December 2008

he’s gonna use MLK to sell a war? Man, talk about shameless and disgusting.

3. marisacat - 7 December 2008

he’s gonna use MLK to sell a war? Man, talk about shameless and disgusting.

Not like he is alone.

4. marisacat - 7 December 2008

hmm finished the Englehardt linked in #1.

reading it you get the feeling of Alice through the Vampyre’s Mouth. Certainly not thru a looking glass.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 December 2008

true

6. marisacat - 7 December 2008

And the beat goes on… Ender to davefromqueens. What a mix.

maybe you should use a different blog (0.00 / 0)

to contemplate outing people. No one here wants to be associated with it. Seriously.

Let me make it clearer.

Those who out are Sunnis and you are a Shiite. All you Sunnis and Shiites emigrated out of Iraq to various other countries. Sunnis to Zimbabwe, which is Daily Kos, and you to Switzerland which is FSZ. Zimbabwean rulers are on crack and don’t care about anyone, so they tolerate the Sunnis and whatever terrorist acts they committed elsewhere.

However you, the Shiite, come to Switzerland and keep writing in all the National newspapers that pride themselves on free speech, about how you want to terrorize the Sunnis and cut off their heads.

Switzerland is neutral but you are hijacking the Swiss forums and discussing immoral acts like its something subjective.

If you don’t stop it, the Swiss government might deport yo’ ass back to the Mahdi Army neighborhood where you came from 🙂

by: Ender @ Sun Dec 07, 2008 at 12:47:53 PM CST
[ Parent ]

7. Hair Club for Men - 7 December 2008

David Byron would probably love Switzerland.

http://history-switzerland.geschichte-schweiz.ch/chronology-womens-right-vote-switzerland.html

Introduction of women’s right to vote in some European / North American nations:

1917 Soviet Union
1928 United Kingdom
1918 Austria
1944 France
1919 Germany
1945 Italy
1920 USA
1971 Switzerland

8. bayprairie - 7 December 2008

there’s more motormouth clowns at that blog than ever. is there some kind of clown farm-team connected to that site? are they holding tryouts this month?

someone better order more tiny cars asap.

9. marisacat - 7 December 2008

7

hmm I wondered that it was so very late.. because when I was there in the 60s in school they voted by direct democracy and the women were there too…

but then I saw this

1959 A majority of Switzerland’s men say no in a national referendum on women’s right to vote on February, 1st: 654,939 (67%) no vs. 323,727 (31%) yes. In some smaller cantons in central and eastern Switzerland the no-majority reaches more than 80%, in Appenzell Innerrhoden even 95%.

Only three French speaking western cantons say yes: Vaud (51%), Neuchâtel (52%) and Geneva (60%). Vaud introduces women’s right to vote in a referendum on cantonal and local level. Neuchâtel follows in September 1959, Geneva in 1960.

10. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Sort of an odd thing from Ross Douthat. On an “abortion compromise”.

I also think he misrepresents the French formula on abortion, as well. (Will see what I can find.). Considering that in the late 90s the French moved to make the morning after pill available in the French lycees.. declaring that the country might be nominally Catholic but modern life is the reality.

11. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

OK. Consider me punked.

I Googled “Caitlin Flanagan” (the woman who wrote the blacks vs. gays editorial) and a few years ago she was pushing some sort of “housewives vs. Democrats” myth and some sort of “liberals hate white men” myth.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/printout/0,8816,1189224,00.html

The Democrats made a huge tactical error a few decades ago. In the middle of doing the great work of the ’60s–civil rights, women’s liberation, gay inclusion–we decided to stigmatize the white male. The union dues–paying, churchgoing, beer-drinking family man got nothing but ridicule and venom from us. So he dumped us. And he took the wife and kids with him.

12. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008
13. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

Speaking of Reverent Wright, religion and politics, I’ve been hitting Christians with this biblical verse to gage their reactions to it. I spent about a half hour last week arguing with some Catholic missionaries, trying to get them to admit that this might just apply to the bank bailout back in October.

But they wouldn’t admit it.

As it turns out, this seems to be the passage the Catholic Church uses to justify purgatory. But they won’t admit it has anything to do with class or with economics.

Matthew 18

23: Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24: And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25: But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26: The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27: Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28: But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

29: And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30: And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31: So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32: Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

33: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

14. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

“Madman”

It looks like the Avakianites are stealing your ideas.

http://www.revcom.us/a/150/buffalo_soldiers-en.html

Some people think the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers is something to be proud of. Colin Powell kept a Buffalo Soldier statue on his desk when he was a top official during both of the Bush presidencies. Colin Powell, who tried to cover up the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war, who was a major architect of the 1st Gulf war and who went to the UN and lied thru his teeth to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003, finds the Buffalo Soldiers inspiring. He called them “the wind beneath my wings” and especially cited their “loyalty.” Later they were sent by the U.S. to fight Mexican Revolutionaries like Pancho Villa. This is a shameful legacy, and it’s no wonder that a war criminal like Colin Powell is inspired by it.

15. bayprairie - 8 December 2008

hey, i wonder if thats the same caitlin flanagan who wrote

How Serfdom Saved the Women’s Movement

and who’s the the author of

To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife

Flanagan’s take on why modern mothers are conflicted about their roles is so witty and well researched—she quotes sources ranging from Queen Elizabeth’s childhood nanny to Total Woman Marabel Morgan—that it’s easy to overlook that she offers no evidence to back up her chief notion “that women have a deeply felt emotional connection to housekeeping.”

16. marisacat - 8 December 2008

I’ve read Caitlin Flanagan in the Atlantic… she is a propagandist. IMO.

17. marisacat - 8 December 2008

“that women have a deeply felt emotional connection to housekeeping.”

LOL I don’t.

18. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

I’ve read Caitlin Flanagan in the Atlantic… she is a propagandist. IMO

Steven Colbert really brings that out.

19. marisacat - 8 December 2008

CALPERS, the largest pension fund has lost 31% of its value… around 81.4 billion. gah.

Market decline puts big dent in CalPERS fund
The Associated Press
Posted: 12/08/2008 05:56:12 AM PST

SAN FRANCISCO—The drop in stock prices is putting a big dent in the fund that manages the pension and health benefits for public workers in California.

Officials with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System — or CalPERS — say the portfolio in the fund is down $81.4 billion since hitting a peak in October of 2007.

The 31.1 percent decline comes while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped nearly 40 percent during the same period.

CalPERS manages a portfolio that covers 1.6 million retirees, workers and family members. The pensions are guaranteed by law.

Officials say they can rely on a “rainy day fund” to help offset losses.

CalPERS can also require the state and local employers to pay more money into the fund.

20. wu ming - 8 December 2008

30% is actually not bad, in a pathetic sort of sense, given the worse collapse of the market. it could have been far, far worse. i wonder how much losses tax receipts have seen, it would be an interesting comparison in terms of public v. invested private pension plans.

21. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

Militant protest vs. electoral polics and marches behind police barricades.

http://mikeely.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/on-militancy-vs-respectability-whos-inspired-whos-turned-off/

In 1992, when there was a multinational rebellion in Los Angeles, there was widespread support across the U.S. (Some public opinion polls put support in 70 percent — a little known fact that is worth pondering deeply.) This support was “turned around” some (and the situation repolarized with time) as the media kicked in their drumbeat focus on the mass looting and (especially) the “Reginald Denny” incident etc.

People, of course, care who violence is directed at. The target matters — and correctly so. That is why the authorities treated the 1992 Reginald Denny incident as an opening for them — to “strip the high moral ground” from the oppressed of LA. And they treated this relatively small and uncharacteristic event as something that could smear the whole uprising.

22. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Every which way… as long s it is a way to war. Never any mention of Iraq in these things.

The task force concludes that the government is not well organized to prevent genocide. The recommendations would make it easier to take the necessary early action to prevent dangerous situations from escalating into mass violence or crimes against humanity, the members write.

23. marisacat - 8 December 2008

20

Think it said the market is down 40%.

24. marisacat - 8 December 2008

21

The analysis of tape from the ’92 riots showed that Korean (or Asians), at least in the tapes, did the bulk of looting. Not that it really mattered.

Reginald Denney himself, once he was well enough to sit and talk at any length did all he coudl to reverse how the incident was used. But very hard to avoid sensationalising such a brutal attack on a person just trying to transit the area for his work…it was tailor made to be blown big.

25. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

Of course you’ll find that the most controlled, most Stalinist “mass protests” will also be used to discredit whatever it is they’re protesting for.

I’m thinking of Jon Stewart’s attack on the gigantic Answer rally in the Fall of 2005. There were at least 500,000 people in DC and it was one of the biggest anti-war rallies since the 1960s but all Stewart did was loop the same footage of the same off-topic speakers and sigh “you’re not helping.”

I’m also thinking of “Mahablog’s” standard response to an anti-war rally (to attack people for not wearing suits and ties) or the usual Hannity/O’Reilly search for any kind of attacks on vets every time you have a protest against the occupation of Iraq.

I’d say that the concentration should be on the media response. You can’t really plan or control outbursts like the LA rebellion. They’re going to happen when the social contradictions reach a certain point. And you can never satisify “progressive” critics of anti-war rallies. They simply don’t want them to happen.

But you can try to prevent the overwhelming spin the media put on the LA rebellions or Hurricane Katrina.

26. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Who are these people? Fareed burst upon us a few years ago (and his brother on Wall St iirc) becomes instantly some end all be all for FP… and now declares “end of the line for islamabad:. Not exactly a disinterested party. His mother publishes the Taj Hotel Magazine with offices in the Taj (she was nto there that day)..

however the Dow is up 231, so things truly are not bad. LOL if you don’t look too close…

27. marisacat - 8 December 2008

well I don’t necessarily equate large or well worked from within with “stalinist”.

Jon Stewart is at best a mixed bag. Very useful at times. Otherwise, I am guessing he hears the siren call of Israel. I am very cynical about that connection.

28. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Here a war there a war everywhere a war:

Clearly, doing counterinsurgency right, in the way that Nagl envisions, will require Obama to make a new and impassioned case for saving Afghanistan. He will have to remind Americans just why it is their sons and daughters are fighting and dying in godforsaken mountain passes and poppy fields. Tauscher hopes Obama can rally the nation around this cause.

“I think we’re all counting on President-elect Obama’s significant oration skills and his vision as commander-in-chief of what’s in the American national security interest,” she says. But the trouble is that the question of what, exactly, is in the American interest in Afghanistan remains extremely murky.

Nagl, who helped write the counter-insurgency field manual with Petraeus… says it will take a tripling of the effort on the ground and a TAX INCREASE.

He currently specializes in the study of war and counterinsurgency at the Center for a New American Security, a center-left Washington think tank, and it is in this capacity that he recently traveled to the Afghan war zone. As his military chopper swooped over high mountain ridges and plunging valleys, he grimly surveyed the size and the inhospitality of the Afghan terrain. Winning in Afghanistan, he realized, would take more than “a little tweak,” as he put it to me from back in Washington a few weeks later, when he was still shaking off the gritty “Kabul crud” that afflicts traveler’s lungs. It would take time, money, and blood. “It’s a doubling of the U.S. commitment,” Nagl said. “It’s a doubling of the Afghan army, maybe a tripling. It’s going to require a tax increase and a bigger army.”

I so wanna bail out the first war. And kill MORE.

Eventually the article gets around to quoting Ken Pollack. The Democrat’s favorite little neo liberal (and Clintonite) war monger.

29. marisacat - 8 December 2008

hmm LA Times and CHicago Tribine… Chicago Cubs.. and some parking lot RE, or so I hear.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Tribune Co. Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection [1:57 p.m. ET]

For more, go to abcnews.go.com?CMP=EMC-1396

30. mattes - 8 December 2008

AIG trading at $1.64…oh where oh where has all the money gone>?

31. NYCO - 8 December 2008

Illinois refusing to do business with Bank of America until they give credit to Republic Windows and Doors so that company can pay workers’ severance.

32. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Illinois. Pretty close to fantastic, I would say.

I wonder if aside from their own resolve this was not a luck of the draw with the organisers for the union. Just been so wise how it has been handled. One report I read some of the owrkers noted that the company had removed heavy machinery a few days before the announcement and tried to ignore when workers asked about it.

33. marisacat - 8 December 2008

30

LOL check their pockets.. 🙄

34. marisacat - 8 December 2008

mattes

Not to worry!

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Dow Rises Above 9,000 for First Time Since Nov. 10 [3:17 p.m. ET]

Truly, we are saved and Gawd loves us!

35. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

F-18 Military Jet Crashes Into Residential Neighborhood in San Diego [3:29 p.m. ET]

36. marisacat - 8 December 2008

The San Diego Fire Department described the scene of the crash as “a heavily populated area” near Interstate 805.

TV footage showed plumes of white smoke rising from several houses. It is not clear if there are any casualties.

The jet crashed as it prepared to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the pilot had ejected, the FAA said.

The crash occurred two miles (3.2km) from the base, it added.

Donny James, who was visiting his mother in the area, said the supersonic fighter had been flying at very low altitude.

Both houses were totally engulfed in flames… I saw one pilots walking around and he was dazed

Donny James, witness

“It spiralled out of control, just like out of Top Gun, and then it came down,” he told CNN.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7772344.stm

with video

37. mattes - 8 December 2008

#33….probably old news:

Merrill’s Thain seeking 2008 bonus of $10 million: report

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081208/bs_nm/us_merrill_bonus

38. mattes - 8 December 2008

Curious:

The ‘Israeli Art Student’ Files

Media coverage of Israel’s underground in the US –
and the 9/11 connection.

In chronological order:

http://antiwar.com/israeli-files.php

This was never really explained. Nor the Israeli IM program that warned people against going to work. Nor cut sellers. I hate cover-ups.

39. mattes - 8 December 2008

…ah, that’s “short-sellers.”

40. marisacat - 8 December 2008

All the media updates I am catching on the sit in at Republic.. are happy as can be to mention that BoA got 25 billion in the Bail Out… esp to extend credit.

Or so the cover story went.. 🙂

41. marisacat - 8 December 2008

drumbeat

We have no great confidence in the United Nations. … But given the lack of available British troops, and the potential for unfounded accusations of imperialism, it would be best for the British Government to push for a UN sanctioned overthrow of Mr Mugabe, with – as Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga has urged – African Union troops taking a central role.

There is an important role here, too, for South Africa, which risks being inundated with a massive influx of refugees. Given the damage Mr Mugabe’s continued leadership is likely to cause, now would be a good time to encourage the most prosperous African nation to take seriously its geopolitical responsibilities. The survival, and future prosperity, of millions of Africans depends upon it. …snip…

42. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

Now Playing in New Rochelle, “Book, Interrupted”!

Students at New Rochelle School High School are going to find it difficult to complete their next assignment: comparing the film adaptation of “Girl, Interrupted” to the best-selling book. In the book, Kaysen recounts her confinement at a Massachussets mental hospital in the 1960’s.

Pages from the middle of the book have been torn out by the school district after having been deemed “inappropriate” by school officials due to sexual content and strong language. Removed is a scene where the rebellious Lisa (played by Angela Jolie in the movie) encourages Susanna (played by Winona Ryder) to circumvent hospital rules against sexual intercourse by engaging in oral sex instead.

“The material was of a sexual nature that we deemed inappropriate for teachers to present to their students,” said English Department Chariperson Leslie Altschul, “since the book has other redeeming features, we took the liberty of bowdlerizing.”

Fucking

proud

of it.

Sources at the school says that after receiving complaints from an as yet-to-be-identified person or group, the school district ordered students to return the book to the chairperson of the English department who then personally tore out pages 64 through 70 before returning the books to students. Ironically, news of the school censorship first broke during the same week as the school district’s annual Literary Festival.

“Bowdlerizing is a particularly disturbing form of censorship since it not only suppresses specific content deemed ‘objectionable,’ but also does violence to the work by removing material that the author thought integral,” said Joan Bertin, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship. “It is a kind of literary fraud perpetrated on an unsuspecting audience.”

43. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

IOZ: George W. Bush – An Appreciation

But who, in fact, was he? And I think the plain answer is that he was no one special, one more failed scion of a failing family, a ruler who could only be considered remarkable, whether for better or worse, in a nation that still fancies itself a democracy. Were we communists, or better yet a monarchy, his vapidity and mediocrity wouldn’t shock us at all. People less in thrall to the myth of their own great, national, deliberative process are less inclined to surprise when a bumbler, an asshole, or a moron shows up in the imperial palace, playing dress-up and treating international affairs like a board game. Your own experience in a hierarchy without democratic pretensions should tell you as much. It might drive you nuts, but when was the last time you were surprised that the boss turned out to be an idiot? One could make the case, perhaps, that elections are a reasonable scheme for a city-state somewhere, but a hundred million harried citizens making hazy decisions after two years of propaganda isn’t qualitatively different from the happenstance of heredity or the rolling of dice. And George W. Bush, god bless him, is the proof.

44. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

Were we communists, or better yet a monarchy, his vapidity and mediocrity wouldn’t shock us at all.

Why would the Supreme Court’s appointing Bush over the rightful winner of a democratic election be any different from a Stalinist country or a Monarchy?

45. BooHooHooMan - 8 December 2008

I sent a tip to DFQ re his nemesis, UGOG, he says not Danby, he knows who it is…seems to give an indication ? Bluff? its kestrel or Scout Finch..
Kestrel, though being a stange bird is too much the cudgel, the kind of shoplifter who’d cram a TV in his pants ONLY when the camera is on……. Its a male, definitely authoritarian issues, messianic zeal, serious serious issues

Either he’s part of a ruse, authenticating lines of communique,
or bluffing, not knowing what end’s up….
I’d like to help the guy out but as its tiresome
{ fuckin SUE SOMEONE and PUBLICIZE ALREADY! – LOL…}

I’m reaching for the remote.

46. marisacat - 8 December 2008

IOZ is right.. Bush is one more version of Americana.

***

I think dfq is somewhat off the wall.. that long dirge about to out or not to out MBNYC (think that was his drizzle in that FSZ thread) just got looney in my view. As I think a few people in that thread told him…

He and MB are both attys. If they don’t wanna meet under the overpass at midnight with tire chains then they should sue each other. And counter-sue. And then again.. and so on…

😈

47. marisacat - 8 December 2008

42

I read Girl, Interrupted years ago… I don’t even remember that scene.. I probably just slide thru it without noting it …certainly it could nto be worthy of tearing pages out, for god’s sake.

48. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

Credit Suisse Forecast: 8.1 million foreclosures by 2012

In a research note titled “Foreclosure Update: over 8 million foreclosures expected” (no link, hat tip Frank) updated last week, Credit Suisse analysts are now forecasting 8.1 million homes will be in foreclosure by the end of 2012, representing 16% of all households with mortgages.

The analysts projected this could be as low as 6.3 million in a mild recession, with a somewhat successful loan modification program (re-default rates at around 40%), and as high as 10.2 million in a more severe recession. Note: the Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan noted this morning that re-defaults rates appear to be well in excess of 50% for recent mods, much higher than the hoped for 40%.

49. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

Bank of America Issues Statement Regarding Republic Windows and Doors

Basically, it’s not our fault, and who cares about the workers anyway. Oh, and we’re probably gonna pay out a bonus of $10 million to our new employee John Thain when we finish swallowing up Merril Lynch.

50. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008
51. marisacat - 8 December 2008

hmm that BoA statement may not play well… I am assuming that we see Durbin out in front with the union picketers… with Leah Fried, etc., words supporting workers’ legal rights and regulations from P-eOB… etc., is that polling indicates for intervention, or at least interest from the goverment on behalf of people who NEED help in addition to lukewarm interest or outright hatred of the Bail Oout… well the government boys got a shot of populism.

Works better than Yewknitty, afaiac,

🙄

52. marisacat - 8 December 2008

50.

UGH!

How tedious if the junior seat from Illinois is dubbed the black seat.. and the junior seat from NY is dubbed the legacy women’s seat.

Post-nothing.

53. marisacat - 8 December 2008

The Page:

New CBS News poll finds 45% of Americans approve and 44% disapprove of using federal dollars to bail out the [automotive] industry.

54. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Republic has released a time line of business events.. and the past few months interacts with BoA,

Despite inheriting a company bloated with overhead and lacking any type of manufacturing discipline and/or productivity, the company makes significant improvements only to encounter and unprecedented decline in new home construction, which led to a decline of company sales to new construction of 80%. This placed the company in the impossible position of not having the ability to further reduce fixed costs, coupled with severe constrictions in the capital debt markets and an unwillingness of the current debt holder to continue funding the operations.”

SOURCE: Republic Windows & Doors

55. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

I think dfq is somewhat off the wall.. that long dirge about to out or not to out MBNYC (think that was his drizzle in that FSZ thread) just got looney in my view. As I think a few people in that thread told him

He’s trying to tell us that the Kos Troll patrol is coming out of Anthony Weiner’s office without actually coming out and saying it.

Didn’t you uncover some connection to Schumer at Kos a few years ago?

Weiner is Schumer’s protegee.

56. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

so basically the window company and the bank point fingers at each other, while the union actually makes good use of the media (and Jesse) to put pressure on the pols to enforce the law … it’s going to be very interesting to see how this plays out.

57. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

Actually correction. He is coming out and saying it.

http://davefromqueens.com/2008/12/07/anthony-weiner-linked-to-kos-kop-major-flaw.aspx

The worst of those Kos Kops is MajorFlaw, who is a hatchetman for Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is running for Mayor of New York City in 2009. Mr. Flaw worked for Weiner’s campaign in 2005 as well as a couple of other Democratic campaigns in NYC. So now it’s time for everyone to know about Mr. Flaw.

Since Wikipedia pretty much banned IP’s coming out of Congress a few years ago because of staffer’s editing their pages, I find this perfectly believable. Then again, it’s also difficult to prove.

58. marisacat - 8 December 2008

He’s trying to tell us that the Kos Troll patrol is coming out of Anthony Weiner’s office without actually coming out and saying it.

Didn’t you uncover some connection to Schumer at Kos a few years ago?

someone at the Dkos site who sometimes seemed …a mixed bag more or less, she seemed to be close to PA Dems.. but would also sometimes challenge Dkos “types”, asked GregNYC in one of the many Pennachio Casey threads a question that indicated, in her opinion, he was dispatched to Kos from Shumer NYC office.

Think she was “Theresa in PA”. I picked it up and the next day (think it was) asked if he was an operative.. and was banned for it.

I just don’t think the Dkos dog pack comes out of any one office. Tho I said a long time ago that Dem office / Hill aides and interns and whoever else were, imo, sicc’d on the site. We all know the whole deal is about electing anyone with a D, unless it is someone they target.

And I long ago said it would make sense if bloggers Blahgers were getting paid from the DSCC and Dtrip accts… for product endorsement or some such thing.

GregNYC claims to be a pharmacist in NYC. FWIW.

I just don’t find dfq to be all that different from the operative camp.

59. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

Think she was “Theresa in PA”. I picked it up and the next day (think it was) asked if he was an operative.. and was banned for it.

She was a Kos Kop who was on the wrong side of the I/P divide.

She did get banned when a whole mass of pro-Palestinian people got banned during the flame war with that women (forget her name but she would always accuse people of stalking her) whose father was ill or died or something (I don’t remember the specifics).

But maybe it was just coincidence and she in fact got banned for getting too close to someone’s real life connection to Schumer.

Hmm. I used to actually think it mattered if there was a reasonable debate about the I/P conflict on the Daily Kos. That just seems a bit silly now.

And the PFF/FSZ debates on the I/P conflict always get hijacked by David Byron and his strange loyalty test (that anybody who isn’t ready to say the Israelis are exactly like the Nazis is basically pro-Israeli).

I don’t even see Heathlander posting diaries anymore.

60. marisacat - 8 December 2008

I’ve completely forgotten heathlander.

And I see dfq has picked up the sword for Caroline. The whole thing is a really bad idea. And rounds out a really mess of a year related to women. Round and round it goes.

She’s EARNED this (4.00 / 3)

Do some research on her.

This is a remarkable woman in her own right who has a long career of accomplishment.

she is very well qualified to be Senator.

Kos is just pissed because his NY boys want someone else and they are not getting that person.

He can’t control Caroline Kennedy. He wanted a stooge selected by Schumer and is pissed his behind the scenes temper tantrums fell on deaf ears.

Now wait til we learn that Kos has spoken with Schumer before, that MajorFlaw used to work for Schumer, and that Schumer is Anthony Weiner’s hatchetman and that Weiner is Schumer’s little boy.

Might explain the censorship a bit more. UGOGGate has only just begun.

Hated by DailyKos kooks, hated by Hannity kooks, loved by most everyone else.

by: davefromqueens @ Mon Dec 08, 2008 at 14:48:23 PM CST
[ Parent ]

61. mattes - 8 December 2008

Janet Ritz. We did not believe her because she had a history of hijacking I/P diaries, and then whenever she got corned would claim some misfortune. One time I think she wrote a diary did not come back for awhile then claimed she had just had surgery.

She was constantly picking fights with the non-zionists.

62. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

And I see dfq has picked up the sword for Caroline.

Because he sees Flaw (and by extension Weiner) as being against her.

Here’s a photo, btw, of Dave ready to sail into battle against the Kos Troll Patrol.

63. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

The Rich Are Hogging Our Common Inheritance — We Must Take It Back

Consider further that the modern person on average is likely to work with no greater commitment, risk, or intelligence than his counterpart from the past.

What is the primary cause of such vast gains if individuals do not really “improve”? The answer is obviously more productivity — more output from the same level of input. And self-evidently what this means is that we are more productive as a society. But how does a society become more productive if individual effort and intelligence remain relatively constant? Clearly, it is largely because on the whole the scientific, technical, and cultural knowledge available to us, and the efficiency of our means of storing and retrieving this knowledge, have grown at a scale and pace that far outstrip any other factor in the nation’s economic achievement. “The central phenomenon of the modern age,” economic historian Joel Mokyr observes, is quite simply “that as an aggregate we know more.”

This seems to line up nicely with the idea behind Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book.

Looked at another way, if today’s high earners are typically highly educated, this is clearly not primarily because they are more intelligent or work harder, and it is not mainly because they were lucky in the “birth lottery,” as some argue. Above all, they are highly educated because there is more knowledge for them to obtain and more opportunity to do so. “A college-educated engineer working today and one working 100 years ago have the same human capital,” Stanford economist Paul Romer observes. But the engineer working today is far, far more productive. The reason, again, is self-evident: “He or she can take advantage of all the additional knowledge accumulated as design problems were solved during the last 100 years.”

Today a society’s “stock of knowledge” and its “technological state” are the subject of intense discussion by scholars and policy makers. An obvious truth that emerges from their work is also clear and lies at the foundation of the following study: All of this knowledge — the overwhelming source of all modern wealth — comes to us today through no effort of our own. It is the generous and unearned gift of the past. In the words of Mokyr, it is a “free lunch.”

An obvious question arises from these facts: if most of what we have today is attributable to advances we inherit in common — what another economic historian, Nathan Rosenberg, has termed a “huge overhang of technological inheritance” — why, specifically, should this gift of our collective history not more generously and broadly benefit all members of society? Once the modern understandings are fully grasped, today’s distributive realities become much harder to ignore: the top 1 percent of U.S. households now receives more income than the bottom 120 million Amercans combined.

The richest 1 percent of households owns nearly half of all individually owned investment assets (stocks and mutual funds, financial securities, business equity, trusts, non-home real estate). The bottom 90 percent of the population owns less than 15 percent; the bottom half of the population — 150 million Americans — own less than 1 percent.

If America’s vast wealth is mainly a gift of our common past, how, specifically, can such disparities be justified? Although a great deal of research has been done on knowledge and economic growth — and although one can find related moral reflections scattered throughout the work of many writers — very few have dealt directly with the equity issues posed by our scientific and technological knowledge inheritance. We seek to remedy this large-order gap in public understanding. We hope thereby also to contribute to shaping new policies appropriate to the era of the knowledge economy.

That last bit is why corporations are trying to lock up “intellectual property” forever. They get it, even though most the rest of us don’t. They and the people who own/run them don’t want to share, ANYTHING.

They’ll have to be forced, and it will happen politically, or it will be eventually happen through social breakdown and unrest.

64. mattes - 8 December 2008

got you something (6.00 / 1)
Look who is promoting Anthony Weiner on Nov 4, 2008?

http://www.dailygotham.com/new_yorkers_and_wannabes/anthony_weiner

Oh there are no political operatives on DailyKos they say.

by: davefromqueens @ Mon Dec 08, 2008 at 21:46:39 PM EST

65. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Here’s a photo, btw, of Dave ready to sail into battle against the Kos Troll Patrol.

Ha! In his most febrile dreams.

66. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

Mattes. Do you know anything about this group?

http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2008/12/101935.html

They seem to be very successful in harassing Lev Leviev. It’s worth looking at their photos just to see the weirded out socialites.

67. marisacat - 8 December 2008

64

I never expected that there would not be democratic aides/consultants/operatives on Dkos. But they ramroded voters, they ganged up, they belittled Democrats and Democratically leaning VOTERS. They banned VOTERS from what was started as a bait and switch, it was NOT started as an Elect Democrats site and in fact used the word, “liberal” in its own headline.

Because over and over the centrist shits and ”former” R and DLC and Third Way and thugs and enforcers are not enough to draw people in.

Then they purged and purged. Across years. I called them a dog pack that flayed off it’s human skin and hunted people down. I directed it at Msoc but i meant EVERY ONE F THEM.

I also told GregNYC when he called Dancing Larry A TRAITOR that he did not rise so high to shake his finger at other voters.

Then I left that dumb shit site for 30 days til the dumb loser wasted dog shit election of ’04 was over and the fake aristo crawled him to mummy who, as one wag at the site put it, took bakc his balls and put them in her bedside drawer.

Sums up the Democrats.

68. marisacat - 8 December 2008

66

I love the harrassment of Leviev. It certainly outed Susan Sarandon, for anyone paying attention. Wish they could drive him and his PALESTINIAN partner out of Dubai.

69. Hair Club for Men - 8 December 2008

Believe it or not David Schuster was wondering aloud today on MSNBC whether or not Hillary is too pro-Israeli to be Secretary of States.

It strikes me that Rashid Khalidi or some reasonable “clubbable” spokeman for the Palestinians might be able to get a gig as a pro-Arab spokesperson on that channel if he wanted it.

70. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

Is Obama Backing Off a Crucial Pledge to Labor?

EFCA’s potential (and not just because it might lead to a wave of successful organizing). Contrary to the opinion of most historians, employer propagandists claim that NLRA-assisted union growth during the late 1930s actually prolonged the Depression. In a recent op-ed piece, National Right To Work Committee president Mark Mix predicted that passage of EFCA “will likely have a similar effect on the economy as the original Wagner Act, transforming what could have been a recovery into a lengthy, deep recession, or worse.” To kill the bill, business groups spent an estimated $50 million on anti-EFCA advertising in Congressional races this fall.

Key Democratic challengers were elected anyway, giving labor law reformers a large majority in the House and 59 Democratic, Republican, and independent supporters in the Senate. Based on this latter head count, it will only take a single additional Republican vote for cloture (if not for EFCA itself) or another Democratic win (in the still-disputed contest for a Minnesota Senate seat) to thwart any GOP filibuster like the one in 1978 that doomed labor’s last bid to overhaul the Wagner Act.

Of course, some Senate Democrats counted as pro-EFCA by labor may now be waffling, on cue from Chief of Staff Emanuel. See, for example, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln who told the Northwest Arkansas Times Dec. 4 that “focusing on this bill, this issue, isn’t paramount.” According to the Times, Lincoln professed to be “undecided” on EFCA and “believed the nation has more important issues to deal with.” Even a union supporter and key House committee chair like Rep. George Miller (D-Calif) seemed to be sending mixed signals in a Nov. 18 Chicago Tribune interview. Miller said EFCA was not going to be “the first bill out of the chute,” but was “not moving to the back of the train” either. [Never forget that the Taft-Hartley Act which consummated the postwar corporate onslaught was driven successfully through a Truman veto by Republicans crucially helped by Democrats both north and south of the Mason-Dixon line. Editors.]

As Michael Mishak reported in the Las Vegas Sun Nov. 30, the new administration clearly fears that any debate about EFCA early in 2009 “would be divisive at a time when Obama has gone to great lengths to bridge the partisan rift in Washington that has grown deeper over the past eight years.” (Of course, outside the Beltway, there’s little evidence that strengthening workers’ rights is an unpopular cause anywhere in America.) The problem for labor is, if EFCA is not pushed early and hard as part of Obama’s overall economic recovery plan, the bill runs a high risk of getting pigeonholed as “special interest” legislation and post-election “pay-back” for labor. This narrow frame will seal its fate.

Which is why the events in Chicago are coming at an opportune time.

71. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

The Spark We Need
The Chicago Sit-Down Strike

The incredible power of the multi-national corporations is the fundamental driver of misery in our world today from rampant poverty and environmental degradation to mass incarceration and war. Real change, that is change which necessarily involves a direct conflict with corporate power, has not and will not come from politicians, “socially responsible” corporations, or trade union bureaucrats. Authentic change has come and will continue to come from the rank and file, the grassroots.

No surprise then that such a bold stroke for justice has come from workers in one of the great rank and file-centered unions, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE).

Some 200 UE members at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago have sat-down and occupied their plant until they win the compensation they are owed. The peaceful occupation began Friday on the last day of the plant’s scheduled operations before closure.

Republic reportedly failed to comply with notification rules for mass layoffs and skipped a meeting with a member of Congress to discuss the workers’ predicament. The union says bailed out Bank of America is to blame for freezing Republic’s line of credit and keeping it from paying owed severance and vacation pay.

Ron Bender, a striker with 14 years at the company, put it poignantly to the AFP news wire: “We’re doing this for the other working people in the country.”

Amen. The UE strikers occupying their plant are sending a message to all workers that the corporations care nothing for your life and the lives of your family members. They will come for your job at some point either to take it away from you or to degrade it. But with organizing and action we can fight back and win.

Direct action, undertaken by the grassroots, will only increase as the recession continues and government unaccountability becomes more and more obvious. (Look at the marvelous efforts of the young people in California who recently used civil disobedience to disrupt the Northern California headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to horrifying immigration raids).

The first recorded sit-down strike was conducted by members of the Industrial Workers of the World in 1906 at a General Electric plant in New York. The tactic shot to lasting fame with the great UAW automobile workers’ sit-ins in 1930s Michigan. While there have been labor sit-ins in the United States since then (civil rights sit-ins in the 50’s and 60’s were frequent and effective), they have not been a prominent tactic in our labor movement for decades.

The action of these strikers is profound. By occupying their plant and refusing to be swept under the rug, the workers have both deployed an effective tool to reclaim their money and challenged the sacredness of corporate property. They have set an example for all of us to bring back to our workplaces and communities.

I haven’t heard of the CA action he mentions. Will have to look.

72. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

Chicago Aldermen Aim to End City’s Business with Bank of America

A contingent of 15 Chicago aldermen said today they will introduce an ordinance to require the city to stop doing any business with the Bank of America.

73. mattes - 8 December 2008

The cream of the cream of New York.

Above the law.

A Small World describes itself as “an exclusive network of like-minded individuals with an appreciation for quality in life.” They partnered with Leviev despite Oxfam and UNICEF’s renunciation of Leviev for his companies’ construction of Israeli settlements in violation of international law and rights abuses in the diamond industry in Angola and Namibia. The father of Eric Wachtmeister, who is A Small World’s Chairman and Founder, served as the personal assistant to UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dag Hammarskjöld from 1958-61.

snip
Leviev’s companies Africa Israel and Leader have recently built Jewish-only homes on Palestinian land in the Israeli settlements of Zufim, Mattityahu East, Har Homa and Maale Adumim, impoverishing Palestinian communities and violating international law. Leviev also funds the settlement organization the Land Redemption Fund. In Angola, Leviev’s close partnership in the diamond trade with the Dos Santos regime supports a repressive and corrupt government. New York Magazine reported in 2007 that, “A security company contracted by Leviev was accused this year by a local human-rights monitor of participating in practices of ‘humiliation, whipping, torture, sexual abuse, and, in some cases, assassinations.’” According to the non-governmental watchdog Partnership Africa Canada, Angola and Leviev have failed to fully complying with the Kimberley process, which aims to eliminate conflict diamonds. And in Namibia, where Leviev operates a diamond polishing factory, Leviev recently fired around 200 striking workers, some of whom were already struggling to survive on less than $2/day. In New York, Leviev’s real estate ventures, many in partnership with Shaya Boymlegreen, have been associated with the displacement of lower- and middle-income families, prompting community and labor groups to organize against them.

No unfamiliar with the protesters. I like indymedia.

74. mattes - 8 December 2008

Think I put it in a diary tomorrow.

Thanks

75. marisacat - 8 December 2008

(Look at the marvelous efforts of the young people in California who recently used civil disobedience to disrupt the Northern California headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to horrifying immigration raids)

IIRC they protested at the Federal Bldg here, where the ICE has offices.

This popped up quickly:

This Oct. 31, I – along with a big group of people – protested in front of the San Francisco ICE office, with the purpose of stopping the raids happening in Sanctuary Cities, such as San Francisco and Oakland. It was one of the first major protests I have attended and I felt proud to be out there making a stand for all immigrants who are being treated unjustly. Again, I know that Frank committed a serious crime but I believe it is unfair that my brother is being deported, because it does not solve anything, there are still gangs in El Salvador. If someone does a crime make them do their time, but do not move them far away from their families, it not only hurts them but their families as well.

76. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 December 2008

oh, thanks! I hadn’t gotten around to looking yet.

77. marisacat - 8 December 2008

hmm state wide unemployment in CA is 8.2.

Probably the special sauce number………………

78. marisacat - 8 December 2008

Have to laugh. Not only is there no left, there is No Left. Nor is there a “left”. But there is a Washington “left” of sp interest groups. And somehow sees fit to mention Lieberman. Contortion City. Leave it to a pundit to make the distinction.

What the left really objects to — if the left really objects to anything, and, really, there’s no evidence that the “left” is upset — … actually, I’m going to interrupt this sentence and redefine “left” as that old Washington liberal interest group crowd; what they object to is Obama’s decision to create an administration that does not give Washington-based liberal interest groups a privileged seat at the table, that does not use traditional political liberal means to achieve progressive ends, that does not, at least a priori, buy into the symbological, circularly stimulating priorities of liberal interest groups. (Case in point: Joe Lieberman.)

Everybody and their mother is in on the Hildebrand with Sirota reply today. Including some irate emailer at Ben Smith who bitched that anyone who is critical of Ob is a white who never did support. [raises hand as fast as I can]. But that the real left, the black left will nevah nevah die. Or leave Ob. Or some slop.

I am still laughing over the CBC described as “left”. Or the black churches.

79. BooHooHooMan - 8 December 2008

LOL. No Water, No Suds, No Bucket No Squeegee..
A window washer who doesn’t do windows..

Remember the guy who doesn’t do policy? ..now he’s not …
– doubletake this one –

NYT

Markos Moulitsas, founder of the

influential Daily Kos site on the Internet®®®®®

said it was way too early to begin judging Mr. Obama. “Some people may be nit-picky about his choices but at the end of the day, he’s going to make better choices than John McCain would have made,” Mr. Moulitsas said by telephone. “There will be a time to push him, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m going to wait to see what it means on a policy basis, not on personalities.

What a Dumbed-down, Rope a Dope game.

“Nit Picky” as substantive political commentary in the New York Times..Not even a clue, or willingness to call it
before someone get’s Killed as the stiff headed for Palookaville enters the ring, the contender for today / tahnight’s main event,
the Clinton Lunch-Buffet Kid:

Some bloggers have been less patient. “Why isn’t there a single member of Obama’s cabinet who will be advising him from the left?” asked Chris Bowers on his site, OpenLeft.com. Kevin Drum, writing on the Web site of the liberal magazine Mother Jones, echoed that sentiment: “I mean, that is why most of us voted for him, right?”

That’s it, Chris! get in There! Kevin! – Help Him Out!
Work that Left-
– jab, jab JAB! -now, got to the – OH-H-H-H!:

I beed.. DATS Bwybwee Boted bore ‘im, bwite?

ahh gahd, when are people gonna put it together??…
just slop. Made and served everyday for mass consumption..
We simply can’t collapse Quick ENOUGH…

.

80. BooHooHooMan - 8 December 2008

78 irate emailer to Ben Smith

LOL. PPL are callin Ob “PEBO” now…

“PreBO” will never work after the Inaug
as The March of Time starts anew

81. marisacat - 9 December 2008

he’s going to make better choices than John McCain would have made

Well, kos has no standards. So… there you go. He can work with that.

82. marisacat - 9 December 2008

gnu post…

LINK

…………… 8) ………………

83. BooHooHooMan - 9 December 2008

Caroline Kennedy to NY Sen

I’d be surprised if it ever came to fruition – no damsel or knight in the race as I don’t believe in em..

Tho via TPM to Hamster’s site…
It’s be better to just come out and say it Janie,
they prolly asked the K/Shlossberg’s , k? for money and were met with a polite

Thanks, But No thanks.

Caroline Kennedy? Thanks But No ThanksEveryone seems to be salivating because Caroline Kennedy called David Patterson and is apparently interested in the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.

It’s a truly terrible idea.

Her leadership could have been really helpful when the rest of us were trying to keep the progressive lights on and getting the stuffing beaten out of us by a very well-financed right wing for the past eight years. But when things were tough, she was nowhere to be found.

Now that the Democrats are in power, she’d like to come in at the top.

We have absolutely no idea if she’s qualified, or whether she can take the heat of being a Kennedy in public life.

There there ,what is it Lady Jane?
BlogCinder Ellas don’t GET TO go to the ball.
Especially not fools who don’t object to Dynasties on PRINCIPLE.

We have absolutely no idea if she’s qualified, or whether she can take the heat of being a Kennedy in public life.

LOL. Pick a Kennedy any Kennedischer, just not THAT one.
Janie also a little late gettin’ the parchment opening the wax seal..

There’s an enormous problem in the Senate right now with entitlement

Just all over the map in her piece…


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