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The land of milk and honey 4 January 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, California / Pacific Coast, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, San Francisco, WAR!.


Barack Obama is presented with a t-shirt by Sderot mayor Eli Moyal as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) looks on after inspecting homemade Palestinian rockets during his visit to the southern Israeli town last year.
(David Silverman/Getty Images)

The photo rides over an article by Ali Abunimah at Electronic Intifada:

It ought not to be difficult to condemn Israel’s murder of civilians and bombing of civilian infrastructure including hundreds of private homes, universities, schools, mosques, civil police stations and ministries, and the building housing the only freely-elected Arab parliament.

It ought not to be risky or disruptive to US foreign policy to say that Israel has an unconditional obligation under the Fourth Geneva Convention to lift its lethal, months-old blockade preventing adequate food, fuel, surgical supplies, medications and other basic necessities from reaching Gaza.

But in the looking-glass world of American politics, Israel, with its powerful first-world army, is the victim, and Gaza — the besieged and blockaded home to 1.5 million immiserated people, half of them children and eighty percent refugees — is the aggressor against whom no cruelty is apparently too extreme.  …

Wiki:  The original expression, “a land flowing with milk and honey”, is a Biblical reference to the agricultural abundance of the Land of Israel. The first reference appears in Exodus 3:8 during Moses’s vision of the burning bush.

Obama’s comments in Sderot echoed what he said in a speech to the powerful pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, in March 2007. He recalled an earlier visit to the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona near the border with Lebanon which he said reminded him of an American suburb. There, he could imagine the sounds of Israeli children at “joyful play just like my own daughters.” He saw a home the Israelis told him was damaged by a Hizballah rocket (no one had been hurt in the incident).

Obama has identified his daughters repeatedly with Israeli children, while never having uttered a word about the thousands — thousands — of Palestinian and Lebanese children killed and permanently maimed by Israeli attacks just since 2006. This allegedly post-racial president appears fully invested in the racist worldview that considers Arab lives to be worth less than those of Israelis and in which Arabs are always “terrorists.”  …


An Israeli soldier walks next to a tank as Israeli soldiers prepare their tanks outside their base near the Sufa crossing on the border with the Gaza strip and Israel. [Getty]

Uri Avnery, from the land of milk and honey

WHAT WAS THE AIM? Tzipi Livni announced it openly: to liquidate Hamas rule in Gaza. The Qassams served only as a pretext.

Liquidate Hamas rule? That sounds like a chapter out of “The March of Folly”. After all, it is no secret that it was the Israeli government which set up Hamas to start with. When I once asked a former Shin-Bet chief, Yaakov Peri, about it, he answered enigmatically: “We did not create it, but we did not hinder its creation.”

For years, the occupation authorities favored the Islamic movement in the occupied territories. All other political activities were rigorously suppressed, but their activities in the mosques were permitted. The calculation was simple and naive: at the time, the PLO was considered the main enemy, Yasser Arafat was the current Satan. The Islamic movement was preaching against the PLO and Arafat, and was therefore viewed as an ally.

With the outbreak of the first intifada in 1987, the Islamic movement officially renamed itself Hamas (Arabic initials of “Islamic Resistance Movement”) and joined the fight. Even then, the Shin-Bet took no action against them for almost a year, while Fatah members were executed or imprisoned in large numbers. Only after a year, were Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and his colleagues also arrested.

Since then the wheel has turned. Hamas has now become the current Satan, and the PLO is considered by many in Israel almost as a branch of the Zionist organization. The logical conclusion for an Israeli government seeking peace would have been to make wide-ranging concessions to the Fatah leadership: ending of the occupation, signing of a peace treaty, foundation of the State of Palestine, withdrawal to the 1967 borders, a reasonable solution of the refugee problem, release of all Palestinian prisoners. That would have arrested the rise of Hamas for sure.

But logic has little influence on politics. Nothing of this sort happened. On the contrary, after the murder of Arafat, Ariel Sharon declared that Mahmoud Abbas, who took his place, was a “plucked chicken”. Abbas was not allowed the slightest political achievement. The negotiations, under American auspices, became a joke. The most authentic Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti, was sent to prison for life. Instead of a massive prisoner release, there were petty and insulting “gestures”.  …

hmmm “murder of Arafat”.. Uri doesn’t screw around.

It’s a long article, but a bit more…………

Throughout the Arab world, from end to end, there echoed the words of Hassan Nasrallah: The leaders of Egypt are accomplices to the crime, they are collaborating with the “Zionist enemy” in trying to break the Palestinian people. It can be assumed that he did not mean only Mubarak, but also all the other leaders, from the king of Saudi Arabia to the Palestinian President. Seeing the demonstrations throughout the Arab world and listening to the slogans, one gets the impression that their leaders seem to many Arabs pathetic at best, and miserable collaborators at worst.

This will have historic consequences. A whole generation of Arab leaders, a generation imbued with the ideology of secular Arab nationalism, the successors of Gamal Abd-al-Nasser, Hafez al-Assad and Yasser Arafat, may be swept from the stage. In the Arab space, the only viable alternative is the ideology of Islamic fundamentalism.

This war is a writing on the wall: Israel is missing the historic chance of making peace with secular Arab nationalism. Tomorrow, It may be faced with a uniformly fundamentalist Arab world, Hamas multiplied by a thousand.


TelegraphIsrael leadership gambles all:

[T]he three last major conflicts entered into by Israel — Yom Kippur in 1973, Lebanon 1982 and Lebanon 2006 — have cost the jobs of three defence ministers, curtailed the military careers of commanders and weakened prime ministers.

So the current Israeli leadership will have to pull off something special to survive the fallout from operation Cast Lead.

Their primary motivation for sending in the F-16s a week ago was to try to deal with the menace of rocket attacks fired by militants inside Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Over a hundred thousand Israeli civilians lived a Russian-roulette existence in towns and villages near Gaza knowing they faced being killed by a rocket or mortar if they left the safety of bomb-proof rooms.

But behind that simple mission statement lie a number of key questions about the timing of the attack and reliance on military force when it had been used unsuccessfully many times in the past.

When historians come to analyse the current round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting the Israeli leaders will argue they had no choice.

They will say rocket barrages from militants in Hamas-controlled Gaza were intolerable and something had to be done.

But they will have to explain why they chose the end of 2008 to attack when Israel has been under rocket fire on and off from Gaza since 2000 and the late 2008 rocket barrages were no more heavy or menacing than earlier barrages.  [see Israel government page for breakdown of rockets, esp interesting graf near the bottom… —Mcat]

They will also have to explain why they chose to use military force to quell the rockets when Israel has three time launched major assaults on Gaza — operations Summer Rains, Autumn Clouds and Hot Winter — since 2005.

Each time the missions were meant to deal once and for all with the rocket menace and each time they failed. The rockets kept coming.  …snip…


And the last, scammed from comments at Lenin:

”As I watch Israel behaving in ever increasing savage and irrational ways, am reminded of this interview with Israeli military historian Martin van Crefeld”:

Interviewer: Some maintain that it is Israel’s foreign enemies that keep the country unified.

Creveld: That’s right. I only wish that there were foreign enemies, but that isn’t the case. We’ve fought our external enemies for so many years. Each time there was a war, we took a mighty hammer to our foes, and after being defeated a few times, they left us alone. The problem with the Palestinian revolt is that it doesn’t come from without, but rather from within. Therefore we can’t avail ourselves of the hammer.

Interviewer: Is the solution, then, to keep the Palestinians outside the borders?

Creveld: Exactly, and right now there’s nearly unanimous agreement on that. We ought to build a wall “so high, that not even a bird can fly over it.” The only problem is: where to put the border? Since we can’t decide whether the territories conquered in 1967 should be included, for the time being we improvise a little. We’re building a series of little walls, which are much more difficult to defend. From a military standpoint this is very stupid. Every supermarket has gradually acquired its own living wall of security guards. Half the Israeli population is guarding the other half-unbelievable. Aside from the fantastic waste, it’s almost totally useless.

Interviewer: Does that mean that the Palestinians stay within the borders?

Creveld: No, it means that they all get deported. The people who strive for this are waiting only for the right man and the right time. Two years ago only 7 or 8 percent of Israelis were of the opinion that this would be the best solution, two months ago it was 33 percent and now, according to a Gallup poll, the figure is 44 percent.

Interviewer: Will that ever be possible?

Creveld: Sure, since desperate times give rise to desperate measures. Today there’s a fifty-fifty split on where the border should run. Two years ago 90 percent wanted the wall built along the old border. That has completely changed now, and if things continue, if the terror doesn’t stop, in another two years perhaps 90 percent will want to build the wall along the Jordan. The Palestinians talk of “summutt,” meaning hang tough, cling to the ground and the soil. I have enormous respect for the Palestinians. They fight heroically. But if we in fact want to strike across the Jordan, we would need only a few brigades. If the Syrians or the Egyptians were to try to stop us, we’d wipe them out. Ariel Sharon is leader. He never improvises: he always has a plan.

Interviewer: A plan to deport the Palestinians?

Creveld: I think it’s quite possible that he wants to do that. He wants to escalate the conflict. He knows that nothing else we do will succeed.

Interviewer: Do you think that the world will allow that kind of ethnic cleansing?

Creveld: That depends on who does it and how quickly it happens. We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force.

Interviewer: Wouldn’t Israel then become a rogue state?

Creveld: Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen, before Israel goes under.

Interviewer: This isn’t your own position, is it?

Creveld: Of course not. You asked me what might happen and I’ve laid it out. The only question is whether it is already too late for the other solution, which I support, and whether Israeli public opinion can still be convinced. I think it’s too late. With each passing day the expulsion of the Palestinians grows more probable. The alternative would be the total annihilation and disintegration of Israel. What do you expect from us?

This interview was conducted by Ferry Biedermann in Jerusalem.   [Source: http://www.de.indymedia.o rg/2003/01/39170.shtml]


Different topic… full text from Tapper..”Give ’em hell Harry”…

Reid Hits Blago for ‘Distorting’ Their Conversation in Leak to Sun-Times

January 03, 2009 7:14 PM

And finally, an on-the-record response to the Chicago Sun-Times story (see below) from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who accuses Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of “distorting” their conversation in leaks to the media.

“Gov. Blagojevich appears to be trying to distract attention from his daunting legal problems and damaged credibility by distorting information about private phone calls between himself and other public officials,” Reid said in the statement. “It is regrettable and reprehensible.

“Gov. Blagojevich’s efforts to try to tarnish others while the cloud of suspicion continues to grow over him are shameful, as are his efforts to further betray the public trust and sow seeds of division.  As each day passes it becomes increasingly clear that Gov. Blagojevich is not fit to lead, and he should resign.

“I will not allow his corruption charges or his antics to distract me from leading the Senate, to drive a wedge in our party or to obscure the facts.”

– jpt

That’ll show ’em.  Makes me think of some white, wrinkly worm lying on the floor shaking little stump arms (or legs)… and whatever else a worm shakes.  (apologies to worms)


Hundreds in S.F. again protest Israeli bombings
Protesters react to a man carrying an Israeli flag as hundreds march through downtown San Francisco to the Israeli Consulate to protest ongoing Israeli bombing raids in Gaza. (Kim Komenich / The Chronicle)


And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.

Lou Reed



1. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Israeli tanks and thousands of troops pushed deep into the Gaza strip today in a dramatic escalation of the conflict, reaching as far as the Mediterranean coast, cutting Gaza in half and seizing control of large areas of the overcrowded territory. …snip…


Oh Give me a fucking break:

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the Israelis were “peace seekers.”

“We are not war hungry but we shall not, I repeat – we shall not allow a situation where our towns, villages and civilians are constantly targeted by Hamas. It will not be easy or short but we are determined,” he said.

2. marisacat - 4 January 2009


The US job losses in 2008 reached the highest level since the end of World War II, a Labor Department report is expected to show.

Payrolls fell 500,000 in December, bringing last year’s total job losses to 2.4 million, the most since 1945, according to a poll of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.

The Labor Department figures, due Jan. 9, are also expected to show unemployment rate rising to its highest level since 1993.

The jobless rate probably climbed to 7 percent in December from 6.7 percent the prior month, according to the Bloomberg survey.

US President-elect Barack Obama warned on Saturday [he speaks! -Mcat] of ‘double-digit unemployment’ should a ‘swift action’ not be taken to tackle the financial crisis.

The United States is plunging deeper into recession with unemployment filings reaching a 26-year high in December and the manufacturing activity diving to a 28-year low. …snip…

3. marisacat - 4 January 2009

saw this at Angry Arab… might ramp up to be interesting


4. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

We have the capability to take the world down with us.

Doing their best to do just that, aren’t they?

5. marisacat - 4 January 2009

yeah it was an interesting interview, I thought. Esp as Jewish callers to KGO, as recently as last night (which was esp bad…4 hours straight, thru the night), called for the expulsion of the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, and the leveling of the whole of it. One, a caller from Marin -a regular, said the ”US Corps fo Army Engineers could facilitate a tent camp to put them in”.

What about the current concentration camp they have the Palestinians in, what about that do the Jews miss, I wonder.

6. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Sarko heads in on Monday, Ramallah, Cairo then Tel Aviv.

Shuttle Diplomacy

It looks like Sarko will be embarking on an intense round of shuttle diplomacy next week, with stops in Ramallah and Cairo before his scheduled visit to Israel, which will be followed by a visit to Damascus. Since Israel has now launched a ground invasion of Gaza, the moment doesn’t seem propitious for negotiating a cease-fire….snip…

Livni says he understands what israel is up against, the threat, etc. (jPost).

Woo hoo. A great conflab in Israel of the totally fucking nutz bunch.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

The End of the Financial World as We Know It

The S.E.C. now promises modest new measures to contain the damage that the rating agencies can do — measures that fail to address the central problem: that the raters are paid by the issuers.

But this should come as no surprise, for the S.E.C. itself is plagued by similarly wacky incentives. Indeed, one of the great social benefits of the Madoff scandal may be to finally reveal the S.E.C. for what it has become.

Created to protect investors from financial predators, the commission has somehow evolved into a mechanism for protecting financial predators with political clout from investors. (The task it has performed most diligently during this crisis has been to question, intimidate and impose rules on short-sellers — the only market players who have a financial incentive to expose fraud and abuse.)

The instinct to avoid short-term political heat is part of the problem; anything the S.E.C. does to roil the markets, or reduce the share price of any given company, also roils the careers of the people who run the S.E.C. Thus it seldom penalizes serious corporate and management malfeasance — out of some misguided notion that to do so would cause stock prices to fall, shareholders to suffer and confidence to be undermined. Preserving confidence, even when that confidence is false, has been near the top of the S.E.C.’s agenda.

IT’S not hard to see why the S.E.C. behaves as it does. If you work for the enforcement division of the S.E.C. you probably know in the back of your mind, and in the front too, that if you maintain good relations with Wall Street you might soon be paid huge sums of money to be employed by it.

The commission’s most recent director of enforcement is the general counsel at JPMorgan Chase; the enforcement chief before him became general counsel at Deutsche Bank; and one of his predecessors became a managing director for Credit Suisse before moving on to Morgan Stanley. A casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the whole point of landing the job as the S.E.C.’s director of enforcement is to position oneself for the better paying one on Wall Street.

At the back of the version of Harry Markopolos’s brave paper currently making the rounds is a copy of an e-mail message, dated April 2, 2008, from Mr. Markopolos to Jonathan S. Sokobin. Mr. Sokobin was then the new head of the commission’s office of risk assessment, a job that had been vacant for more than a year after its previous occupant had left to — you guessed it — take a higher-paying job on Wall Street.

At any rate, Mr. Markopolos clearly hoped that a new face might mean a new ear — one that might be receptive to the truth. He phoned Mr. Sokobin and then sent him his paper. “Attached is a submission I’ve made to the S.E.C. three times in Boston,” he wrote. “Each time Boston sent this to New York. Meagan Cheung, branch chief, in New York actually investigated this but with no result that I am aware of. In my conversations with her, I did not believe that she had the derivatives or mathematical background to understand the violations.”

How does this happen? How can the person in charge of assessing Wall Street firms not have the tools to understand them? Is the S.E.C. that inept? Perhaps, but the problem inside the commission is far worse — because inept people can be replaced. The problem is systemic. The new director of risk assessment was no more likely to grasp the risk of Bernard Madoff than the old director of risk assessment because the new guy’s thoughts and beliefs were guided by the same incentives: the need to curry favor with the politically influential and the desire to keep sweet the Wall Street elite.

And here’s the most incredible thing of all: 18 months into the most spectacular man-made financial calamity in modern experience, nothing has been done to change that, or any of the other bad incentives that led us here in the first place.

SAY what you will about our government’s approach to the financial crisis, you cannot accuse it of wasting its energy being consistent or trying to win over the masses. In the past year there have been at least seven different bailouts, and six different strategies. And none of them seem to have pleased anyone except a handful of financiers.

8. marisacat - 4 January 2009

And here’s the most incredible thing of all: 18 months into the most spectacular man-made financial calamity in modern experience, nothing has been done to change that, or any of the other bad incentives that led us here in the first place.

Yuup… same thieves in charge.

9. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Full text, Press TV:

Gazans subject to depleted uranium attack

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 11:22:48 GMT

Medics say they have found traces of depleted uranium in some Gazan residents wounded in the Israeli military offensive into the strip.

Norwegian medics have told Press TV correspondent Akram al-Satarri that some of the people wounded since Israel began its attacks on the Gaza Strip on December 27 have traces of depleted uranium in their bodies.

10. marisacat - 4 January 2009

LOL Def hitting new/old territory:

Rates may sink to lowest since 1694

The Bank of England is this week poised to cut interest rates to the lowest level in its 300-year history, in the latest sign of the severity of the economic crisis.

11. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Another blog



The Israeli army confirms that soldiers killed a Palestinian protester on the West Bank during demonstrations against the invasion of Gaza, Reuters reports. Palestinian medical sources said earlier that Mufid Saleh Walweel, 22, had been shot in the head in the city of Qalqilya.

Guardian Live Blog

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

from the In Gaza blog above:

In the haze of dust and smoke from the latest F-16 strike, a family self-evacuates. The dispatcher at the Jabaliya Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) receives call after call from terrified residents fleeing their homes. It’s a new year, a new Nakba, and an old scene; Israel is bombarding Gaza once again and the world is standing idly by, sitting on a fence very different from the electrified border fence encaging Gaza, or the separation wall dividing and ghettoizing the West Bank. The world sits on the fence, justifying Israel’s massacre of a civilian population already dying from the siege.

We are four ambulances out tonight, versus two last night. The ambulances weave nimbly along blacked-out streets of a manufactured ghost town — like the streets all over Gaza — dodging fresh piles of rubble,

It’s absolutely impossible, unbelievable, it’s a massacre. “They know no limits now,” the medics report. “They are going crazy.”

13. marisacat - 4 January 2009

almost the last thing on KGO over night was an old black man calling, stating how the reporters are being kept out of Gaza.. and the overnight host, a pro war pro Israel Jew who calls himself a “liberal Democrat” all but screamed he was lying.

But they are, and that was the clue, a lcue there would be a bloody slaughter. Even tho the Israeli courts ruled they should be let in. The “proff” was that CNN and others are reporting the war, they are but from hills and hillocks around Gaza.

BTW, there is a report that a Lebanese reporter is inside Gaza – and they are hunting for him. Think I read it at JPost

They are also turning off electricity in areas under assault.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009
15. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

MSNBC showed a clip of Give-them-whine Harry on Press the Meat backing away from the confrotational tone about Burris, big fake smile on his face.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

I may be mistaken, but I think the starburst-style bombs exploding over Gaza (looking at video on MSBNC) are cluster bombs. There is an explosion at a point high above the ground, then a fan of smaller bright objects spread out from that point, some of them exploding when they hit the ground.

If I’m right, they are carpeting one of the most densely populated areas on Earth with cluster bombs.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

Yup, they are using cluster bombs, From Haaretz:

The ground invasion was preceded by large-scale artillery shelling from around 4 P.M., intended to “soften” the targets as artillery batteries deployed along the Strip in recent days began bombarding Hamas targets and open areas near the border. Hundreds of shells were fired, including cluster bombs aimed at open areas.

18. marisacat - 4 January 2009

I saw that same bomb effect on an NBC feed to the local station, just now.

19. marisacat - 4 January 2009


“I will make clear that we are not at war with Islam, that we will stand with those who are willing to stand up for their future, and that we need their effort to defeat the prophets of hate and violence,” he said.

As the Gaza casualty headcount goes up and Obama keeps his head down, those sentiments are beginning to sound a little hollow. The danger is that when he finally peers over the parapet on January 21, the battle of perceptions may already be half-lost.

Lover boy is silent.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

they’re still cleaning up the cluster bombs dropped on Lebanon.

Human Rights Watch, which has reported that Hezbollah also used some rockets with cluster components indiscriminately, says Israel violated prohibitions on targeting civilian areas when it sprayed the munitions from planes, rockets and artillery.

“If you know there are civilians in the area, you don’t deploy cluster bombs,” Wareham said. “Many fail to detonate on impact. They become de facto anti-personnel landmines posing clearance risks and risks to civilians for years to come.”

More than two years on, clearance teams have cleared 48 million square meters of cluster bombs and other unexploded weaponry in the south, according to Dalya Farran, spokeswoman for the U.N Mine Action Coordination Center in Lebanon.

Large areas still need to be cleared beneath the surface. Some lower-priority places have yet to be searched properly.

“Every inch of the suspected hazardous area has to be checked,” said Knut Furunes, a Norwegian ex-soldier who manages NPA’s mine action program. “It’s a massive task.”

Lebanon and the United Nations say Israel’s refusal to disclose targeting data on cluster strikes complicates the task of finding bomblets in the south’s rugged hills and valleys.

“The sub-munitions are delivered in great numbers — fired by rocket they come 640 at a time,” Furunes said. “We just have to look and keep looking until we don’t find any more.”

21. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

Reid Has Conflict of Interest, Blagojevich Spokesman Says

CHICAGO, Jan. 3 — Illinois’s embattled governor said through his spokesman Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has a conflict of interest regarding the Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.


“I think the governor believes there is a conflict of interest — that Reid showed he has a horse in the race and Roland Burris wasn’t one of them,” Guerrero said.

22. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

from Haaretz

Massive artillery, aerial bombardment precedes invasion by IDF ground forces

…The ground invasion was preceded by large-scale artillery shelling from around 4 P.M., intended to “soften” the targets as artillery batteries deployed along the Strip in recent days began bombarding Hamas targets and open areas near the border. Hundreds of shells were fired, including cluster bombs aimed at open areas….

23. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Blago is just thoroughly entertaining. And a fighter. What a hoot!

24. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

and “hope” looks away

Barack Obama is losing a battle he doesn’t know he’s in
The president-elect’s silence on the Gaza crisis is undermining his reputation in the Middle East

Obama has remained wholly silent during the Gaza crisis. His aides say he is following established protocol that the US has only one president at a time. Hillary Clinton, his designated secretary of state, and Joe Biden, the vice-president-elect and foreign policy expert, have also been uncharacteristically taciturn on the subject.

But evidence is mounting that Obama is already losing ground among key Arab and Muslim audiences that cannot understand why, given his promise of change, he has not spoken out. Arab commentators and editorialists say there is growing disappointment at Obama’s detachment – and that his failure to distance himself from George Bush’s strongly pro-Israeli stance is encouraging the belief that he either shares Bush’s bias or simply does not care.

The Al-Jazeera satellite television station recently broadcast footage of Obama on holiday in Hawaii, wearing shorts and playing golf, juxtaposed with scenes of bloodshed and mayhem in Gaza. Its report criticising “the deafening silence from the Obama team” suggested Obama is losing a battle of perceptions among Muslims that he may not realise has even begun.

“People recall his campaign slogan of change and hoped that it would apply to the Palestinian situation,” Jordanian analyst Labib Kamhawi told Liz Sly of the Chicago Tribune. “So they look at his silence as a negative sign. They think he is condoning what happened in Gaza because he’s not expressing any opinion.”

Regional critics claim Obama is happy to break his pre-inauguration “no comment” rule on international issues when it suits him. They note his swift condemnation of November’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Obama has also made frequent policy statements on mitigating the impact of the global credit crunch.

25. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

i’m posting the same things as you at the same time! wasn’t there until i updated!


26. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Don’t worry about it… 😉 You put in a longer cut than i did.. not a problem..

27. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

yes. an indictment.

28. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

Blago is just thoroughly entertaining. And a fighter.

Harry better hitch up the pink Everlasts:

Illinois governor was once a Golden Gloves boxer

He was standing ringside before a fight when a wiry kid with a sculpted helmet of hair—future Gov. Rod Blagojevich—asked him to take his picture. Younker remembers Blagojevich was the only fighter that year who asked—but without the request, Younker said he never would’ve snapped the pictures.

“I sort of pick out subjects whose faces look interesting,” Younker said Friday. “I saw him there and said, ‘This is definitely not somebody I’m going to photograph.’ ”

But Younker obliged, snapping three shots of the 18-year-old Blagojevich, including one in which he winks Palin-like while his coach appears to advise him.

Through a spokesman, the governor confirmed Friday that it was him in the picture, and he identified his coach as Jerry Marzullo.

The future governor, in Younker’s memory, lost his fight that March night. Another coach, Pat LaCassa, told the Tribune in 2006 that Blagojevich, who had a short boxing career, lost his final fight because he kept his gloves up to defend his face.

29. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Shimon Peres says there is ”no humantarian crisi” in Gaza “even today, we will see that food and fuel and medical supplies goes in”.

Durbin on now agreeing with Peres. The Pals are the “victim of Hamas”.

On and on it goes.

Now Durbin just looks like an idiot over Burris.

30. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

29 – they are pushing the “aid is going in” lie really hard. I’m seeing commentors repeating it in threads about Gaza. Like this idiot at Catnip’s.

31. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009
32. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

from editor and publisher, not really news but…

‘NYT,’ Most Others in U.S. Media, Silent as Israel Invades
By Greg Mitchell

NEW YORK (Commentary) Israel launched its much-anticipated invasion of Gaza on Saturday. For over a week, U.S. media had provided largely one-sided coverage of the conflict, with little editorializing or commentary arguing against broader Israeli actions.

Most notably, after more than eight days of Israeli bombing and Hamas rocket launching in Gaza, The New York Times had produced exactly one editorial, not a single commentary by any of its columnists, and only two op-eds (one already published elsewhere). The editorial, several days ago, did argue against the wisdom of a ground invasion – – but even though that invasion had become ever more likely all week the paper did not return to this subject.

Amazingly, the paper has kept that silence going in Sunday’s paper, with no editorial or columnist comment on the Israeli invasion.


On Friday, Amnesty International condemned the U.S. response to the “disproportionate” Israeli bombing of Gaza — with largely U.S. weapons. Some of it amounts to U.S.-backed “human rights abuses,” it charged.


Meanwhile, a columnist for the Spectator in London argued for the arrest of Western journalists who have criticized Israel’s actions. Israel starting adding artillery fire to the bombing, even before the invasion. One nighttime airstrike hit the offices of the Hamas weekly newspaper Al Resala in Gaza City, wounding 16 civilians who live nearby, Hamas and residents said.

And Amir Oren, in a column at Haaretz, concluded with a call to get done with Gaza: “[T]he IDF must move quickly to disengage, in order to free its attention for the paramount task of preparing a military blow to Iran, if diplomacy and deterrence fail. As long as the great threat of Iranian power is hovering, the smaller threats of Hezbollah and Hamas that derive from it will not be dispelled.”

33. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

Listening to Mitch McConnell talk on This Week about the importance of deliberation and a bipartisan debate is just so damned funny. It is a strong indication of the worthlessness of the Democrats that they can’t outmaneuver these hypocrites.

34. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

Bloomberg Visits Israel and Continues to Pledge Support

As Israeli forces gained control of the eastern section of northern Gaza and pushed deeper into the territory, Mayor Bloomberg visited Israel and continued to emphasize his support for the continued strikes. He told the AP, “You should rest assured, if anyone in New York was being threatened, my instruction to the NYPD would be to use all the resources at their disposal to protect civilians.”

Bloomberg made the trip along with NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Queens Congressman Gary Ackerman. Ackerman, the chairman of the House subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, said the onus of the civilian deaths was on Hamas for using them as human shields.

The mayor once again brought the scope of the current military conflict close to home, invoking the attacks on New York as he said, “I think as a New Yorker, we’ve been attacked twice by al-Qaida itself. We’ve seen enormous devastation and courage and after that you sort of feel you have a bond, if you will, for those who live in a dangerous world and subject to someone trying to kill them.”

35. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

Starting this Tuesday on ABC: Homeland Security U.S.A.:

Our “heroes”, protecting us and such w/ automatic weapons and paramilitary tactics.

36. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

Una bomba de racimo estalla en el aire y arroja decenas de proyectiles sobre la ciudad de Gaza. (Foto: REUTERS)

37. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

Una bomba de racimo explota en el aire. (Foto: AFP)

38. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

about 30 minutes ago mitchell put up the post at dkos i cited at 34.

reading the thread i’m lead to believe someone must have whistled up the in-house cluster bomb supporters with an email.

Media Still One-Sided in Commenting on Gaza Invasion

39. NYCO - 4 January 2009

35. Las tropas israelíes

That makes them sound so cute and cuddly, like a pop band. The Israelies!

40. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

California Supreme Court Upholds Mandatory Disclosure of All Pets of Probationers — Great and Small

The California Supreme Court has ruled that probationers must disclose any pets — great or small — in their possession or risk going back to prison. In a 5-2 ruling, Chief Justice Ronald George held that
“[p]ets residing with probationers have the potential to distract, impede and endanger probation officers.” The ruling includes anything from a goldfish to a hamster to a Rottweiler. Even Angelfish and Lovebirds must register. The wheels of justice have caught up to hamsters.

The court was most concerned with dogs, but refused to limit its ruling — leaving it up entirely to the probation officers whether pet turtle is a threat to personal or public safety. Some of these pets can be deceptive like a pet mocking some officer “Am I a Clownfish, do I make you laugh.”

Dissenting Justice Joyce Kennard (who was joined by Justice Carlos Moreno) was left in mocking disbelief: “Jaws the goldfish, Tweety the canary and Hank the hamster,” she noted, are now presumptive probation threats. She objected that “[m]ost pets – including domestic cats, tropical fish, and songbirds like canaries – present no conceivable risk of impairing or interfering with probation supervision.

Of course, Kennard is probably unaware of recent statement of Karl Lagerfield that we must wear fur to protect ourselves from the mink menace and rabbit beasts.

41. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

Death in Gaza: Tape Reveals How Israeli Captain Pursued and Shot to Death a Fleeing Thirteen-Year-Old Girl

The charges in the case are curious: illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and other relatively minor infractions. What happened to murder? There certainly seems sufficient evidence to try the man on such a count and it is difficult to see why his identity is being protected.

A tape recording of radio exchanges between soldiers shows what unfolded with Iman walked towards an army post. The soldiers at least 100 yards from any soldier and, while a bomb is always feared in such situations, no one described her as a threat. She was identified as a “girl of about 10″ who was “scared to death.” Worse yet, the soldiers describe her as heading east – away from the army post and toward the refugee camp when she was shot. Captain R had to leave the post and pursue the girl to shoot her and later “confirm the kill” after emptying his magazine into the child.

The tape played on Israeli television is chilling. When Iman is spotted a soldier radios: “It’s a little girl. She’s running defensively eastward.”

Operations room: “Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?”

Watchtower: “A girl of about 10, she’s behind the embankment, scared to death.”

A few minutes later, Iman is shot in the leg from one of the army posts.

The watchtower: “I think that one of the positions took her out.”

The company commander then moves in as Iman lies wounded and helpless.

Captain R: “I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over.”

Doctors at Rafah’s hospital said she had been shot at least 17 times.

The company commander goes out of his away to “clarif[y]” the standing orders and explain why the girl had to die: “This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over.”

Major General Dan Harel later concluded that the captain had “not acted unethically”, but a military investigation called for the charges. The question remains why, on this alleged tape alone, murder charges are not being pursued and why Harel has not been removed from command. This soldier may have a defense, but there is clearly a reasonable basis for a murder charge. As for Harel, his failure to take any action or even order further investigation should be clear evidence that he is unfit for service.

42. ms_xeno - 4 January 2009

Well, I’ve mentioned before that Butterscotch The Evil attacks feet and that Callie the Calico loves to snuggle beside innocents on the couch and then cut a really big one. So, yeah, I totally understand where the CA Supremes are coming from.

They say you never hear the deadly feline fart with YOUR name on it, you know…

43. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

Trapped, Traumatized, Terrorized: Gaza Update

“What’s going on? what’s going ?” he repeats in a weary, hypnotic tone.

“It just felt like they bombed our street from the inside out. I can’t see anything. I don’t know what’s happening. What’s the news saying?” he asks frantically, desperate for any morsel of information that can make sense of the terror being wrought upon them.

“The Apaches are right above our house. Its complete darkness outside, complete darkness” he goes on.

He passes the phone to my mother. She tries to make pleasant chitchat, asking about when we will celebrate Noor’s birthday-though I already told her a few days ago we had a small party.

“Oh that’s right, that’s right. Yassine?” she says, addressing my husband.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Its strange, strange. My body is literally trembling from the inside. From the inside. Why do you think that is? Its strange” she rambles on.

My father last night tried to communicate a single message: We keep hearing that Israel is after Hamas; but WE are the targets here; Civilians are the targets here, not Hamas.

An entire refugee family in one fell swoop was killed this morning as they took cover in their home from Israeli fire. Their deaths do not make Israeli more secure. Their deaths will not stop rocket fire.

3 paramedics were also killed as they tried to rescue wounded Palestinians in northern Gaza.

And now, AP reports that the Gaza phone network is on the brink of collapse. I do not know how much longer I will be able to communicate with my parents.

Israeli human rights groups have also just reported that 75% of Gaza is without electricity and the sewage system is on the brink of collapse. In addition, Gaza City, including Shifa Hospital, is entirely without electricity.

44. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

make some more popcorn!!!

BREAKING NEWS: Richardson withdraws

Gov. Bill Richardson is withdrawing his name for consideration as U.S. Commerce Secretary, citing a federal investigation into a California company being investigated by the FBI, NBC News is reporting.

Calls by the Independent to the governor’s spokesman and to a spokesman for Lt. Gov. Diane Denish’s transition team were not immediately returned.

The NBC story said that Richardson “has withdrawn his name for the position, citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state.”

45. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009
46. mattes - 4 January 2009

starburst-style bombs could be phosphorous.

Israel admits using phosphorus bombs during war in Lebanon


Makhteshim Agan Industries (MAI) makes it.

47. mattes - 4 January 2009

On Creveld interview. An Israeli friend of mine told me that the end goal of purging Israel of all Arabs was the endgame. She told me about 2 years ago….I did not believe her…then.

She also told me this economic collapse was planned and it’s been done I think she said at least three times before. Redistrubution of wealth.

Lucid, I think you know of who I speak.

48. marisacat - 4 January 2009

hey hey… I think this time Moderation hit Madman every time… So sorry!

I have decided when it hits “M”, then the filter is in some embarrassng display of immoderate self love.


Good News on Richardson! Yeah that had the chance to get messy! Messier!




seems if one looks around there is always some highly immoderate, but truthful, comment from israeli leadership about Palestinians. Maybe Golda set the tone (among others)… and btw, I am seeing her comment, that there is no such people, repeated quite a bit this go round. A bit of a breakthru. IMO.

49. marisacat - 4 January 2009


they are trying to regulate the flying attack chihuahuas. So obvious.

50. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

49 – anybody who ever delivered papers as a kid knows that chihuahuas & little poodles are by far the more dangerous foes.

51. marisacat - 4 January 2009

He speaks:

STATEMENT OF PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA It is with deep regret that I accept Governor Bill Richardson’s decision to withdraw his name for nomination as the next Secretary of Commerce.Governor Richardson is an outstanding public servant and would have brought to the job of Commerce Secretary and our economic team great insights accumulated through an extraordinary career in federal and state office. It is a measure of his willingness to put the nation first that he has removed himself as a candidate for the Cabinet in order to avoid any delay in filling this important economic post at this critical time. Although we must move quickly to fill the void left by Governor Richardson’s decision, I look forward to his future service to our country and in my administration.

Hate to call the souffle falling, but the whole enterprise looks star crossed. More than. And it ain’t even met steaming elephant piles yet.

52. marisacat - 4 January 2009


We have had more than one incident reported of an attack cat, they seem to take off from some height and go for the head.

53. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Bush 41, impressed

On “Fox News Sunday,” the first President Bush had kind words for the president-elect.

“But I’m impressed with him. I’m very impressed with his style on the campaign and his coolness and his articulate nature. I think he can give a sentence and it will sound like it’s been thought out by Shakespeare or something,” he said.

(via Ben Smith, full text no embedded link, as if ti mattered!)

54. marisacat - 4 January 2009

Relief Web page for Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)


Linked to RW’s report from Xinha, from Angry Arab:

According to the NYT: ambulances are “Hamas strongholds”

“Mo’aweya Hassanein, chief of emergency and ambulance services in the Palestinian Health Ministry, said that three more Palestinian paramedics were killed by Israeli airstrike on Sunday evening.”

Posted by As’ad at 11:25 AM

55. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2009

More Groups Than Thought Monitored in Police Spying

The Maryland State Police surveillance of advocacy groups was far more extensive than previously acknowledged, with records showing that troopers monitored – and labeled as terrorists – activists devoted to such wide-ranging causes as promoting human rights and establishing bike lanes.

Intelligence officers created a voluminous file on Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, calling the group a “security threat” because of concerns that members would disrupt the circus. Angry consumers fighting a 72 percent electricity rate increase in 2006 were targeted. The DC Anti-War Network, which opposes the Iraq war, was designated a white supremacist group, without explanation.

One of the possible “crimes” in the file police opened on Amnesty International, a world-renowned human rights group: “civil rights.”

The effort, made public in July, confirmed the fears of civil liberties groups that have warned about domestic spying since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Interviews, e-mails, public records and an independent state review reveal that police in Maryland were motivated by something far narrower: a query about death penalty activism directed to a police antiterrorism unit that was searching for a mission.

But some observers say Sept. 11 opened the door. “No one was thinking this was al-Qaeda,” said Stephen H. Sachs, a former U.S. attorney and state attorney general appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) to review the case. “But 9/11 created an atmosphere where cutting corners was easier.”

Maryland has not been alone. The FBI and police departments in several cities, including Denver in 2002 and New York before the 2004 Republican National Convention, also responded to the threat of terrorism by spying on activists.

Sachs’s review, released in October, condemned the Maryland spying as a severe lapse in judgment. No one has been reprimanded or fired, and the undercover trooper has been promoted twice.

“lapse in judgement”?!?

Meanwhile, the intelligence-gathering expanded in other directions, to activists in New York, Missouri, San Francisco and at the University of Maryland. Shane Dillingham’s primary crime, according to the six-page file classifying him as a terrorist, was “anarchism.” Police opened a file on the doctoral student in history a week after an undercover officer attended a College Park forum featuring a jailhouse phone conversation with Evans.

Investigators also tracked activists protesting weapons manufactured by defense contractor Lockheed Martin. They watched two pacifist Catholic nuns from Baltimore. Environmental activists made it into the database, as did three leaders of Code Pink, a national women’s antiwar group, who do not live in Maryland.

PETA was labeled a “security threat group” in April 2005, and by July police were looking into a tip that the group had learned about a failing chicken farm in Kent County and planned on “protesting or stealing the chickens.” A “very casually dressed” undercover trooper attended a speech by PETA’s president that month and waited afterward to see whether anyone talked about chickens. Nobody did.

Police had turned to the database in a low-cost effort to replace antiquated file cabinets. The Washington High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a regional clearinghouse for drug-related criminal information, offered its software for free.

But the database did not include categories that fit the nature of the protest-group investigations. So police created “terrorism” categories to track the activists, according to the state review. Some information was sent directly to HIDTA’s main database as part of an agreement to share information.

Putting the activists into the database was “a function of nothing more than the insertion of a piece of paper in a paper file in a file cabinet,” Sheridan wrote. But labeling them “terrorists,” he said was “incorrect and improper.”

56. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

post at firedoglake from yesterday

Laura Doty over at Oxdown asks Are Cluster Bombs Falling on Gaza Today? and quotes Sameh Habeeb of Gaza Today. In reviewing the footage starting to come out (CNN’s shows the same but is not yet online in embed format, this is from Italian tv, the same is seen in a Ha’retz tv video), we do see explosions in the air with multiple projectiles – you can see this in the video at right. I asked markfromireland, who is quite familiar with such weapons, if these are cluster bombs and he replied:

“Hard to tell exactly what shell they’re using but yes thats what they look like. If you’re asking is that what a cluster looks like then the answer is yes.”

57. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

here’s the video on youtube. watch at 20 seconds for the secondary munitions explosions.

gaza ground operation of israeli army has started

58. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

By Sameh A. Habeeb, A Photojournalist, Humanitarian & Peace Activist in Gaza Strip.

Gaza Strip,3, January, 2oo9- In the recent reporting period of this report, Israeli army is using all naval, ground and air forces to attack Gaza. With the early hours of Saturday morning, Israeli army started to shell and launch heavy air strikes against Gaza. Most of the bombings targeted buildings, farming and agricultural fields. The bombings range dramatically increased midday leaving 5 dead and ten other wounded.

The heavy deadly bombings focused on four areas in Khan Yonis, Gaza and the north cities. The artillery shells engaged in the continued strikes with more new tactics. New shells are used for the first time. Eyewitnesses reported that new shells explode before landing on the targets making more small bombs. The shells are expected to be cluster bombs.

More Israeli new weapons are used today. Palestinians in Khan Yonis massively called the radio stations and health centers to report on a bad smell goes out from the rockets in Khan Yonis City. People are afraid this kind of weapon is shells enriched with Uranium and nuclear elements.

59. aemd - 4 January 2009

Mr “faith based” Kaine for DFL, oops, I mean DNC chair? Well I’m shocked, cracks gum, just shocked.


60. bayprairie - 4 January 2009

all the above links i found either at firedoglake or by following one if their cites. another post from today contains an opinion that this is the weaponry being used.

Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition

A Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions (DPICM) is an artillery or surface-to-surface missile warhead designed to burst into sub-munitions at an optimum altitude and distance from the desired target for dense area coverage. The sub-munitions are designed for both antiarmor and antipersonnel attack. Some sub-munitions may be designed for delayed reaction or mobility denial (mines). The air-to-surface variety of this kind of munition is better known as a cluster bomb.

the two spanish photo-cites i posted above also identify the images as cluster munitions such as well.

1. Bunch of grapes. (m)
2. Cluster of small things disposed in order; raceme. (m)
3. Criminal hanging on the gallows. (Colloquial) (m)

61. marisacat - 4 January 2009

bay and aemd out of Moderation! An uprising was held… 😆



Oh Kaine… well that is cushy as he term limits out. Here Dems who term limit out are given jobs at Waste Management. Not sure they get the very clear joke. Too busy picking up that fat check.


62. marisacat - 4 January 2009


bay thanks for those from el mundo.. just downloading and uploading them for the next post..

BTW, Perrin def sees hope that commenters are less accetpting of this than they were of Lebanon war. We shall see.

I think Israel may finally have gone to far. But also, most are now bought off. More than before, from Arab nations to wee blahger and blahgerettas.

63. Cluster Bombs… « Marisacat - 4 January 2009

[…] bay has a series of comments in the preceeding post thread with links on the cluster bombs…  and she linked to the photos shown above (thank you!).  The links at each “El Mundo” are to the larger size image at the site. […]

64. marisacat - 4 January 2009

nu post


……………………… 8) …………………..

65. BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2009

Yeh, Well LOL ….Richardson OUT– FBI sumpinerudder….

Memories, Like the Googles we can find..
Misty SLLL
OBBER Covered Memories–
Of the Way We Were…

Could it Beee that Such a Simpleton-
– even boohoohooman- had read between the lines?
Weren’t we ’nuff SapHap wit Ob – Hill
Rahm- Blag- o – now Richard – son- @!!?

LOL. Okay. <adjusting straightjacket}Take Two.
Take us Back…Ah 1, ah 2, ah 3, ah

4. BooHooHooMan – 16 December 2008

Uh Ohs!
WaPo: Fed Grand Jury on Richardson
in Play to Play

Ob in there, too.

The inquiry is part of a long-running nationwide investigation into “pay-to-play” practices in local government bond markets. In other cities, federal investigators are questioning whether financial firms have lavished politicians with money and gifts in exchange for fee-paying work advising municipal and local governments on investments. …

{Snip }

In the New Mexico case, the FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating how CDR, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., won lucrative fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 soon after donating $100,000 to two Richardson organizations…

From 2003 to 2004, CDR Financial gave $75,000 to Sí Se Puede, which paid for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. CDR’s president and founder, David Rubin, also gave $25,000 to Moving America Forward, which funded Richardson’s efforts to register ****Hispanic and American Indian voters.***

***We interrupt this Schadenfreude to refer to other still developing joint ventures of similar Zioscammers and FlockBrokers to cage Latinos and Native Americans…But fer now, before I go Positively DFQ-ey.. Back to Sophomoric Gloating just as it get’s GOOD::

Rubin was generous to Obama’s campaign as well, giving $29,000 to help elect the senator to the White House. Yesterday, the Obama transition office declined to comment on the development.

So Let’s keep the Golden Oldies Comin. Ah 1,ah 2, …
Ahhhhh, there it is: FIIIIIVE!::..

[ 5 ] BooHooHooMan – 16 December 2008

This Guy Rubin? LOL Ed Rendell Transition Team:

Thank you Google cache:::::

“””””David is the President and CEO of CDR Financial Products, Inc., a national firm that he formed in January of 1986. He provides overall leadership, strategic planning and financial product development for offices located in California, New York, Ohio, Georgia, and Virginia………… served as a member of Pennsylvania Governor Rendell’s transition team and currently serves on the Revenue Opportunity Task Force for the City of Los Angeles. In addition, Mr. Rubin serves as President of a local Not-For-Profit day school…..

• Created the full-flex investment products industry, permitting, municipalities to avoid low yields by investing longer term while maintaining liquidity and transferring risk to the provider.

{ Sure.}

• Implemented a new concept of “Rolling Treasury Bills”, previously considered impossible, {oh it’s NEVER
IMPOSSIBLE , hon, when you know the right people…}
leading to over 100 transactions valued at $3.4 Billion.

• Developed and implemented creative, tax exempt home purchase programs in excess of $2 Billion for low and middle-income families.

• Structured transactions totaling over $1 Billion to provide proceeds to acquire and rehabilitate multi-family apartment projects for low-income families and the elderly.

Developed an innovative structure to enable the transfer of credit risk of forward purchase agreements for debt service reserve funds of tobacco and other difficult credits to other institutions, while the current provider of the agreement retains rights to deliver the commercial paper. The success of this structure has resulted in over $400MM of transactions in 2003 alone.

Structured the successful unwind of over $2 billion in long dated basis swaps for a major foreign bank.

Conceived & implemented the concept of Swap Asset Management for municipal issuers to manage derivative portfolio risk.

The Beat Goes On..The Beat Go Z’ON…
I’m just looking forward to seein’ Ed Rendell in the dock
claiming – I dunno- what? MuthaFuck Bongo Playin’ Insanity?
….just Wearin and tearin’ at some foppish
Sonny Bono Mongo-Wig replete with matching Gorilla Hair Vest…

‘might do it…

LOL. Pucker Up, Assholes.

66. marisacat - 4 January 2009


I will move the hTML of the comment forward…


67. mattes - 4 January 2009

Went to see Doubt with one of my Jewish friends.

GREAT movie.

….and I was so afraid to bring up the whole I/P thing, but she actually listened. It made me very glad. Corny…

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