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Sides… 7 January 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Beirut, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.


Sydney, Australia: A performer from the Belarus Free Theatre rehearses for a production of Being Harold Pinter [Photograph: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images]

hmm Angry Arab does not screw around:

From the Archives of New York Times

“Published: March 3, 1992

To the Editor:

Contrary to your report on the brouhaha in France stirred by medical aid for George Habash (news article, Jan. 31), Mr. Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was not “the first group to hijack aircraft in the late 1960’s.” Israel originated the practice in 1954.

On Dec. 8 of that year, five Israeli soldiers were captured in Syria, apparently retrieving eavesdropping equipment. On Dec. 12, Israeli jet fighters intercepted a Syrian civilian aircraft flying from Damascus to Egypt, claiming that the plane had violated Israeli airspace.

The following day you reported that this “development appears to have given Israel an unexpected position of strength for negotiating the release of Syria’s prisoners.”

Gen. Moshe Dayan was then Israeli Chief of Staff. The Israeli Prime Minister, Moshe Sharett, wrote in his diary, “It is clear that Dayan’s intention . . . is to get hostages in order to obtain the release of our prisoners in Damascus.”

Contrary to General Dayan’s hopes, no exchange took place. Prime Minister Sharett added that the United States State Department complained that “our action was without precedent in the history of international practice.”


Associate, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
New York, Feb. 18, 1992″ (thanks Sam)

Posted by As’ad at 12:42 PM

Does. not. screw. around…

Origins of Terrorism in the Middle East

Who Started Terrorism in the Arab-Israeli Conflict?

Bombs in Cafes: first used by Zionists in Palestine on March 17th, 1937 in Jaffa.

Bombs on Buses: first used by Zionists in Palestine Aug. 20th-Sep. 26, 1937.

Bombs in Market Places: first used by Zionists on July 6th, 1938 in Haifa.

Bombing of Hotels: first used by Zionists on July 22nd, 1946 in Jerusalem.

Bombing of Foreign Embassies: first used by Zionists on October 1st, 1946 in Rome (against the British).

Mining of Ambulances: First used by Zionists on October 31st, 1946 in Petah Tikvah.

Letter Bombs: first used by Zionists in June 1947 against British targets in UK.

(for documentation, consult The Arab Women’s Information Committee and The Institute for Palestine Studies, Who Are the Terrorists? Aspects of Zionist and Israeli Terrorism, (Beirut: Insitute for Palestine Studies, 1972).

Posted by As’ad at 11:48 AM


Nor do the cartoonists … from the Independent on December 31 by Dave Brown:


If it’s not clear, he’s zipping his mouth shut.

Sorry to say that, as usual, we are on the WRONG side.  We are.  The only “side” I care to take (because it is all about power)  is the side of those under the bombs, the wounded, the dying, the dead.  The terrified.  One reason I reject this blackmail of “Support the Troops”… some of them fit inside my parameters.  Especially those shoved back into battle, plug full of psychotropics and other drugs. Or back door drafted for the third, fourth, fifth time..

But, no matter what, we are on the wrong side.

[I]srael’s disregard for innocent human life is not motivated only by a desire to forestall the political consequences — especially during an electoral campaign — of Israeli military casualties. It is also a clear indicator of the contempt that Israel has for Palestinian life in general. The cold, hungry, tired, desperate, and terrified men, women and children that Israel is now sweeping away by the dozen in balls of fire and showers of shrapnel are the very same people that it had already reduced to what one UN official months ago warned was “a subhuman existence,” the deliberate product of the siege that Israel has imposed on Gaza for over three years, beginning in 2005, before the election of Hamas. They are the same people whose political and human rights Israel has been stifling since the occupation of 1967 — 20 years before the creation of Hamas. They are the same people who were ethnically cleansed from their land in 1948 because, as non-Jews, they were inconveniently cluttering up the land that European Zionists wanted to turn into a Jewish state, no matter what the land’s actual population had to say about it.  ..snip..

The author goes on to quote Arnon Soffer, an Israeli “geostrategist” (I linked to two interviews JPost had with him – found via Tiny Revolution – a couple threads back):

If you think I’m stretching the point, I’m not. Listen to the words of Professor Arnon Sofer, the government consultant who did so much to help plan the isolation and imprisonment of Gaza, in a interview with the Jerusalem Post in 2004:

“When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe,” Sofer predicted.

“Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure on the border is going to be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.”

Sofer admitted only one worry with all the killing, which will, he says, be the necessary outcome of a policy that he himself helped to invent.

The only thing that concerns me,” he says, “is how to ensure that the boys and men who are going to have to do the killing will be able to return home to their families and be normal human beings.”


From the link to photos that CSTAR provided the other night…


Palestinos que abandonaram suas casas para escapar da ofensiva israelense na faixa de Gaza acomodam-se em escola da ONU, em Jabalia [Hatem Moussa-05.jan.2009/AP]

I don’t know that this is the UN sponsored school that was hit, the one targeted was in the same Jabaliyah refugee camp,  I have read that there are at least 5 such schools in Gaza (which is all of 1.5 miles long and .5 wide)… but it certainly appears to be a refuge that the UN tried to offer,  on ordinary days.

On the wrong side.



1. marisacat - 7 January 2009

I am listening to Feldstein and Stiglitz on with Charlie. Both very very pessimistic. VERY.

Another thing, if Obster is not allowed out without a script (or a speech) and his ability to endure questions is limited to an average of 4 (he bitches at 8), it is going to be a long damned 4/8 years.

Check the tapes of his economic meeting yesterday (and his earlier ones as well). Reading his simple quotes. Check the pressers where he into’d his cabinet and others. Simple introductions that he had to read.

Did he or did he not teach Con Law? Or did he read it ot the students.

2. marisacat - 7 January 2009

Blood fury

[I]srael’s most senior political leaders were meeting in Tel Aviv today to decide whether to expand their devastating offensive in Gaza or consider the first outlines of a ceasefire proposal. The prime minister, Ehud Olmert, will discuss with his cabinet a plan to send Israeli forces into the built-up areas of Gaza, despite the rapidly mounting death toll….snip…

meanwhile the “humanitarian corridor” made a good headline. For a day.

[I]sraeli officials have denied there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza despite mounting evidence to the contrary from the UN and the world’s leading aid agencies.

Last night, however, Israeli officials said they had agreed to set up a “humanitarian corridor” that would allow aid into parts of Gaza while Israeli forces suspended attacks in certain areas.It was not clear when the corridor could open, how much aid would be allowed in, or whether it would be safe for staff to distribute aid on the ground.

Israel continues to ban journalists from entering Gaza to report on the killings.

3. bayprairie - 7 January 2009

From Beirut to Cairo in Scrubs
An American Doctor in The Middle East

I remember walking the gray, grim concrete streets of the Jabaliya Refugee Camp in Gaza, and surveying the filth and the hoards of families hovered into a living space the size of my closet; they somehow managed to keep their dignity. Ask a Palestinian refugee in Gaza where they are from. I have yet to hear anyone say they are from Gaza. That’s because they’re not. They will say the name of the city they were displaced from: “Haifa,” “Jenin,” “Jerusalem,” “Nablus,” or “Hebron.”

I remember the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, and doctors pointing to their Swiss cheese walls, where the mortars left their signatures. Patches of the floor are splattered with a crimson paint. The crimson paint on the walls has been updated these days – it’s brighter and more red and fresher than ever before.

But it was my walk through the rubble of Rafah, the Gaza Ghetto, through the demolished homes, that I remember most now. My American sneakers tripped over the personal belonging scattered through the rubble: a baby’s bottle, a child’s blue jacket, and most disturbing of all, one small pink plastic slipper, the size of which indicated it belonged to a little girl, probably age five or six. The vividness of a mother grabbing her children and running out the door, her daughter’s favorite pink slipper falling off along the way, was a little too clear. I often wonder about the story behind that pink slipper. If she was anything like my niece, she probably adored all things pink and girly, and if she is alive, she probably really misses that sad little pink slipper.

A little girl’s shoe in the rubble of a demolished home in Rafah.

4. marisacat - 7 January 2009

little pink shoe sandal in the street…


From a round up of protests at Press TV:

Jewish Canadians take to the streets to raise their voices against Israeli atrocities in Gaza while South Koreans hold a candlelit vigil.


Hundreds of Canadians have attended a rally in the capital Ottawa in protest at the Israeli policies against Palestinians.

The protest was organized to denounce the massacre of Palestinian civilians, to call for an immediate ceasefire and to demand that the Israeli blockade on Gaza be lifted.

The protestors called on Canada to fulfill its role as a signatory to the Geneva Convention.

They also urged an international tribunal to investigate Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Over 50 organizations were represented in the rally.

5. catnip - 7 January 2009

I found this headline over at Al Jazeera and thought who the fuck could that be?

US congressman decries Gaza crisis

Keith Ellison, the lone Muslim – of course.

And this quote from another story there:

Pressure mounted at the United Nations late on Tuesday for Israel to stop its offensive, with Abbas calling for “urgent intervention by the security council to … deter the aggressor”.

But Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, said that the Gaza offensive was a “pre-requisite” for, not an obstacle to, peace.

Psychopaths. The lot of them.

6. marisacat - 7 January 2009

Actually there should be a second one… muslim I mean.. Don’t think he went in in Nov… think it was a special election somwehre a fwe months ago (I am a bit foggy on this).

I have lost faith in those moves tho. I think it is pander to the home base. Play along. Capitulate on schedule.

7. marisacat - 7 January 2009

Issa is Lebanese… and LOL supported the Israeli bombing and war on S Lebanon.

Such stand up guys.

8. catnip - 7 January 2009

And then there was Feingold. Everybody’s progressive progressive who also came out for Israel in 2006. Rah rah disproportionality.

9. marisacat - 7 January 2009

To be honest I had completely forgotten aobut Feingold. He is that useless.. as is Bernie Sanders the supposed Independent. NEver said a word during the Lebanon War.

Not a word.

10. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

Via HuffPo Link to NYT

Austrian Woman Who Gathered Billions For Madoff
Drops Out Of Sight
“With Russian Oligarchs As Clients
She Might Have Reason To Be Afraid”

Like I said a while back, it’s time to greenlight the Russians and Chinese to just go and collect their fuckin money.

Tip them off , say, to just go and crash the hillside tailgates with the lunch and snuff film crowd drawn to watch the bombing of Gaza…
Maybe Let a few of Putin’s boys unexpectedly drop in , pinch a little poetic license while they go all Natural Born Killers on the Israelis ass, you know, letting the voyeurs just STAR in those homemade snuff films they’ve been making…

No doubt about it, alot of Madoff’s money and moneymongers done and made off with the stash to Israel. One good thing is we may be entering times that, for once in a very long time THERE ISN”T Plenty More from Where dat Came From…

11. catnip - 7 January 2009

I seriously think my head is going to explode soon – yet another IDF spokespuppet (Uzi Dayan (?)) on BBC news going on about what victims they are. They’re bots.

I thought if I went postal (finally) it would be because I saw one too many of this guy’s commercials. And that’s very likely what would have happened…until the Israeli gov’t decided to be inhumane barbarians again.

I know.

I’m just having a hard time with this after having blogged the Israeli attacks on Lebanon every single day back then. It’s deja vu. It just never ends.

12. marisacat - 7 January 2009

sob whine… LOL SMBIVA on the death of HOPE for card check (is Lily Ledbetter legislation far behind?)

What? Labor? Sold Out? AGAIN?!

By Owen Paine on Monday January 5 02:01 PM

Belate-o-gram from the institutionalized class struggle:

Seems alas our top union mugs’ beloved card check instant-organizing formula is heading for a fall, right off the senate docket, despite the piecards’ massive dough [I read they put in 300 million for Bambi to get in the WH — Mcat] and get-out-the-vote action this fall.

As GOP sandstorm Kim Stifle, er Straffel, shown left, puts it:

“It hasn’t been much noticed, but the political ground is already shifting under Big Labor’s card-check initiative. The unions poured unprecedented money and manpower into getting Democrats elected; their payoff was supposed to be a bill that would allow them to intimidate more workers into joining unions….”. …slapwa…

13. marisacat - 7 January 2009

ugh I just read a thoroughly dispiriting take on the hearings to day in congress (bed of fleas) on Madoff.

As he went back to his penthouse with what looked like some heavy heavies guarding him.

Meanwhile the Israelis have snipers all over Gaza. Right job wrong loc.

14. catnip - 7 January 2009

9. I posted Feingold’s statement on my blog. I remember it well.

From July 16, 2006:

– Wondering what the progressive’s star Democractic candidate, chosen by the netroots to be the 2008 Presidential choice, Russ Feingold, has to say about this situation? Read his opinion here.

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
On the Hezbollah Attacks on Israel

July 14, 2006

“I stand firmly with the people of Israel and their government as they defend themselves against these outrageous attacks. The kidnapping of Israeli soldiers and missile attacks against Israeli citizens are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. The first steps toward establishing peace must begin with the unconditional and immediate return of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers. Lebanon, Syria, Iran and countries throughout the region must also condemn the actions of Hezbollah, Hamas, and other groups committed to blocking the peace process and must take strong actions to return stability to the region immediately.”

15. marisacat - 7 January 2009

I just caught up to Madman’s link to Chris Floyd, from the previous thread. Gah. I ahd seen photos of Israelis who have come to the hills behind Gaza to watch the shelling, but it is a photo i had not seen.

Over at Huffington Post, that hotbed of steely-eyed progressive realism, human rights lawyer Lisa Gans assures us that Obama’s silence at the mass murder of children in Gaza is actually maybe probably an implicit criticism of Bush’s support for the invasion. And in fact, the whole invasion itself could well be due to Israel’s “sophisticated” understanding of U.S. politics: they knew that Obama would never ever let them get away with a stunt like this, so they pulled the trigger while Bush was still in office.

Born brainless is all I can say. Or an accomplished propagandist.

16. catnip - 7 January 2009

Oh FFS, now the Israeli ambassador to the UK is on the BBC. Enough already.

Meanwhile, sanity via Robert Fisk:

Robert Fisk: Why do they hate the West so much, we will ask

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty civilian refugees dead in a United Nations school, three more in another. Not bad for a night’s work in Gaza by the army that believes in “purity of arms”. But why should we be surprised?

Have we forgotten the 17,500 dead – almost all civilians, most of them children and women – in Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon; the 1,700 Palestinian civilian dead in the Sabra-Chatila massacre; the 1996 Qana massacre of 106 Lebanese civilian refugees, more than half of them children, at a UN base; the massacre of the Marwahin refugees who were ordered from their homes by the Israelis in 2006 then slaughtered by an Israeli helicopter crew; the 1,000 dead of that same 2006 bombardment and Lebanese invasion, almost all of them civilians?

What is amazing is that so many Western leaders, so many presidents and prime ministers and, I fear, so many editors and journalists, bought the old lie; that Israelis take such great care to avoid civilian casualties. “Israel makes every possible effort to avoid civilian casualties,” yet another Israeli ambassador said only hours before the Gaza massacre. And every president and prime minister who repeated this mendacity as an excuse to avoid a ceasefire has the blood of last night’s butchery on their hands. Had George Bush had the courage to demand an immediate ceasefire 48 hours earlier, those 40 civilians, the old and the women and children, would be alive.

What happened was not just shameful. It was a disgrace. Would war crime be too strong a description? For that is what we would call this atrocity if it had been committed by Hamas. So a war crime, I’m afraid, it was. After covering so many mass murders by the armies of the Middle East – by Syrian troops, by Iraqi troops, by Iranian troops, by Israeli troops – I suppose cynicism should be my reaction. But Israel claims it is fighting our war against “international terror”. The Israelis claim they are fighting in Gaza for us, for our Western ideals, for our security, for our safety, by our standards. And so we are also complicit in the savagery now being visited upon Gaza…

17. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

Always with the “stunning” ..
Bernies Mystery Girl of Transnational Boundaries…:


It is a stunning reversal for the 60-year-old Mrs. Kohn. The daughter of Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe who moved to Vienna after World War II, she came to New York in the 1980s and was one of the rare women to found and head a small brokerage firm. At that time, she started a decades-long friendship with Mr. Madoff. Once known here as “Austria’s woman on Wall Street,” she became one of Mr. Madoff’s international conduits for securing billions of dollars from the global rich.

With her husband, Erwin, a former banker, Mrs. Kohn was able to draw interest from wealthy Russians, Ukrainians and Israelis. And though she migrated from a more traditional Jewish background to ultra-Orthodox practice — which is why she covered her hair with the wig — Mrs. Kohn and her husband even managed to secure meetings with deep-pocketed Arab investors.

Nothing but land scammin grifters
these money grubbing Zionist Jews..
Except for Murder and Terror towards their acquisitive ends, that is..


18. marisacat - 7 January 2009

think if I recall correctly Bernie Madoff took 16% of the profit each year on the monies invested. Plenty to offer his feeders a point or so…

LOL what a con…

19. catnip - 7 January 2009

Actually this BBC “Hardtalk” host is being pretty tough on this ambassador.

The host asked him if, after the shooting stops, independent investigations can be launched.

The ambassador: “I’m not opening up anything to investigation.”

20. marisacat - 7 January 2009

IOZ gave me a laugh.. he really did…

Boyking Black Reagan declares he will not pass his economic kidney stone without eighty senators on board. If not the mandate of heaven, at least a “bipartisan manner.”

Lady Diane will cave, of course. Caesar will sit her down for a little chat, with Hillary behind him in houdou high priestess regalia holding the shrunken head of Vince Foster. As goes La Feinstein, so goes Harry Reid, who has all the tenacity of a plastic bag in a hurricane. They’re just getting in their warbles while they still can.

The first comment is a scream too.

21. marisacat - 7 January 2009

whoops. Remnick left out JAKARTA. Part of his FP experience. Or so he said.

The bubbles from the piece must have overwhelmed DR and cut off the oxygen in the room.

Now there remains only the occasion of Obama’s Inaugural Address before he will put to the test his capacity to reconcile forces and historical actors far beyond his experiences in Cambridge, Hyde Park, Capitol Hill, and Oahu.

22. marisacat - 7 January 2009

Chris Hedges knew the Hamas leader, Nizar Rayan, the one killed with several wives and 10 or so children. Looks like CH wrote this before the onset of the ground war.

23. marisacat - 7 January 2009

This is good to place after the Chris Hedges piece…

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Al-Fakhoura School Bombed, 42 Killed, Including Children;
13,000 Homeless Water, Medicine in Short Supply

In 1996, Israeli jets bombed a UN building where civilians had taken refuge at Cana/ Qana in south Lebanon, killing 102 persons; in the place where Jesus is said to have made water into wine, Israeli bombs wrought a different sort of transformation. In the distant, picturesque port of Hamburg, a young graduate student studying traditional architecture of Aleppo saw footage like this on the news [graphic]. He was consumed with anguish and the desire for revenge. He immediately wrote out a martyrdom will, pledging to die avenging the innocent victims, killed with airplanes and bombs that were a free gift from the United States. His name was Muhammad Atta. Five years later he piloted American Airlines 11 into the World Trade Center. …snip…

24. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 January 2009

Boing Boing has a post up with Several links about the BART execution.

25. marisacat - 7 January 2009

Thanks for that Madman.. i was going to work up to a short post… it feels like some stuff might “pop” in that pretty soon. At least the BART cop should be forced to give a statement. At the least. And more videos should surface. Now at 3… and still no word from the cops on the cell phones they confiscated that night…

26. marisacat - 7 January 2009

I followed a link to this site from Angry Arab… to a piece I am still hunting for… but saw this:

The Israeli army continued its ground offensive on the Gaza Strip yesterday on the eleventh day of the military operation.

The Israeli artillery hit Gaza with new incendiary bombs divided into fire blocks scattered on long distances, leading to huge fires that are difficult to control. …snip…

27. marisacat - 7 January 2009

Re 24 and 25

This is the current (as of this am) report at SF Gate on the killing

Quick recap: early morning hours of New Years Day the BART Bay Area Rapid Transit cops managed to shoot a detained man in the back. As he was face down on the ground, and either being handcuffed or already in the plastic cuffs. And surrounded by officers…. It’s a mess and as of yesterday, no MSM coverage that I caught. The only possible good news is that the family has a good (or he used to be, don’t want to go out on a limb here) lawyer and Jerry Brown, the AG has taken an interest.

28. catnip - 7 January 2009

27. I did see something about that on CNN last nite, I think it was.

29. catnip - 7 January 2009
30. bayprairie - 7 January 2009

ruh roh.

SoapBlox is Dead
by: pacified
January 07, 2009 at 08:15:46 MST
It was a good ride, but it’s over.

Thanks for all the fish.

All these hackers messing with our stuff, and we here at SoapBlox have no clue what to do. We don’t have enough knowledge, time, money, or care to fix it.

So I hope the Hackers are happy.

If you want the data from your blog, we will get it. But we are not going to try and restore anything.

Consider this the “We’re Out of Business” post.

Most of the servers have been taken off line because they were being used to hack and exploit other websites. The hackers install this crap on servers after they get in. SoapBlox’s ISP then takes the servers off line.

We do not know when they will come back online.

We do not know if they will come back online.

Discuss :: (1 Comments)

seen at dkos

Soapblox sites hacked? Info gathering thread
by Dean Barker

31. mattes - 7 January 2009

incendiary bombs…that’s what they’re calling phosphorus now.

Israel’s objective is to put the red sea between Obama and the Arab/Persian nations, and it’s working. The blowback will continue for years. Martin Feinstein was just on cspan at an economic hearing spewing the need for MORE military spending and how the military should have a 2 year program to get young people off of our streets.

Warmongers. War the solution to everything.

32. bayprairie - 7 January 2009

myIDFwing appears down for the count.

33. bayprairie - 7 January 2009

missed out on all this.

Please pay your bills
by: pacified
December 28, 2008 at 22:21:14 MST
50% of you NEVER pay your bills on time. Half of you must figure “might as well not pay my bill”.

How am I supposed to provide this service if you folks never pay your bills?

If your site is more then 2 months behind when I do billing in January your site is going to be SHUT DOWN and all the data destroyed.

I provide you with 100% uptime, an awesome blog framework, and have been nice to let you keep running your sites when you haven’t paid for 2 months, three months.

Well, so long Mr. Nice Guy. After four years of dealing with this nonsense, and having to track which of you are unable to keep your end of the agreement, a line has to be drawn.

This is your warning.
Discuss :: (8 Comments)

from the comments

Can I check our current account balance online? (0.00 / 0)
I have either lost or never received an invoice for 2008. Please resend it and 2009’s invoice and I will pay both immediately. 2007 was paid by BlogPac, I believe, so perhaps they were sent our bill for 2008.

Jeff W. – Prairie State Blue.

Jeff Wegerson – SoapBlox/Chicago – Now PrairieStateBlue
by: wegerje @ December 29, 2008 at 21:04:22 MST

you are currently covered
by the glorious BLOGPAC people. No worries for you.

SoapBlox is born.
by: pacified @ December 29, 2008 at 22:15:38 MST
[ Parent ]

34. mattes - 7 January 2009

FSZ is on line.

The fact that the Israel defense dept felt the need to scrub the charts of hamas rockets was significant. They know they are getting more hits….and they can trace it back to what blogs linked to them.

They deleted the large easy to read charts and replaced them with a much large to read chart.

The charts showed how Hamas was able to control the rockets with the cease fire.

Interesting that this was one of the last diaries I was able to write at daily kos:

Hamas confronting Islamic Jihad rocket launchers Hotlist
by mattes [Subscribe]
Sun Jul 22, 2007 at 01:18:53 PM PST

Hamas members foil attack on IDF forces

Palestinian sources report members of Hamas’ security force arrested Islamic Jihad member as he attempted to plant explosive device near border fence

Members of Hamas’ special security force arrested an armed member of the al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, as he attempted to place an explosive device near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday evening.


I thought the diary was positive. BUT not if you are trying to derail the peace process.

35. catnip - 7 January 2009


The Obama Justice Department (1+ / 0-)

needs to launch an immediate investigation on this matter. I find this story deeply troubling.

by Four of Nine on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 09:05:35 AM PST


36. mattes - 7 January 2009

lol…good luck with that.

Maybe I am just getting paranoid. But those harasa (sp) trolls have a lot of time on their hands.

37. marisacat - 7 January 2009


mattes and bayprairie… are out of Moderation.


Soapblox down, gone?

I had no idea they were being hacked..

38. catnip - 7 January 2009

DocuDrama might be toast too? Say it ain’t so!


Must be all of that bad karma.

39. bayprairie - 7 January 2009


but first they have to get holder through the senate!!!!!

i swear to god from the first day i understood the way dkos was pushing his state blog initiative with “awards” of free, “glorious BLOGPAC” money for server space i smelled a rat.

today that rat appears very underfunded.

common administrator for all those little databases running on machines next to each other, GLORIOUS BLOGPAC INFLUENCE, the soft dkos push for like-minded blogs to use the service, all those blogs served up from the same set of servers in dallas obviously next to each other. INFLUENCE. all kinds of good solid simple security reasons to be concerned about such issues. i clearly recall kraant laughing at me over my concerns on one of his peeder-defense drivebys.. remember him? 15 dollars a month! 15 dollars a month! 15 dollars a month! peeder’s mass deletion was very unsettling. preview much? from reading the threads it seems this was indeed a one person operation. who knew? this is a comment, from someone associated at present with burnt orange report.

I think this is a very sobering moment in which a lot of people (other than the blog owners who understood this already) have the nickel drop that Paul Preston as an individual was single handedly one of the most crucial components of progressive infrastructure.


Follow Texas Politics at Burnt Orange Report

by KTinTX on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 08:37:54 AM PST

many years ago burnt orange report was a fantastic blog run by a couple of UT students in austin. many years ago they weren’t using the soapblox site. THEY MOVED TO IT. how wise was that?

anyone whos’ on soapblox and whos still up and running should take backup in hand and run. and if markos calls and says “hey you’ve won an award! free server space for a year!”

just say no.

40. catnip - 7 January 2009

Bad progressives!! No sites for you!

Please pay your bills
by: pacified
December 28, 2008 at 22:21:14 MST

50% of you NEVER pay your bills on time. Half of you must figure “might as well not pay my bill”.

How am I supposed to provide this service if you folks never pay your bills?

If your site is more then 2 months behind when I do billing in January your site is going to be SHUT DOWN and all the data destroyed.

I provide you with 100% uptime, an awesome blog framework, and have been nice to let you keep running your sites when you haven’t paid for 2 months, three months.

Well, so long Mr. Nice Guy. After four years of dealing with this nonsense, and having to track which of you are unable to keep your end of the agreement, a line has to be drawn.

This is your warning.
Discuss :: (8 Comments)

No wonder he’s walking away from it all.

41. bayprairie - 7 January 2009


42. bayprairie - 7 January 2009

the peedertude!

your site is going to be SHUT DOWN and all the data destroyed.

43. marisacat - 7 January 2009

hey hey… from Lenin http://leninology.blogspot.com/

A diverse group of Jewish Canadian women are currently occupying the Israeli consulate at 180 Bloor Street West in Toronto. This action is in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on the people of Gaza.

The group is carrying out this occupation in solidarity with the 1.5 million people of Gaza and to ensure that Jewish voices against the massacre in Gaza are being heard. They are demanding that Israel end its military assault and lift the 18-month siege on the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid into the territory

44. catnip - 7 January 2009

Drama queen alert!

SoapBlox is a Phoenix?
by: pacified
January 07, 2009 at 08:15:46 MST

I am nothing but a dramatic person. I am
sorry for that.

SoapBlox needs help. From all of you. How do we salvage this. How do we keep this going?

When you create something that becomes larger than yourself.

I apologize for being so dramatic. Again, I have a knack for that.
Discuss :: (4 Comments)

45. catnip - 7 January 2009

42. GeekWars! Woohoo.

46. bayprairie - 7 January 2009

the attitude so clearly revealed is the problem. its the same attitude thats been evident for years in all the partay blog “managements”. there is no security fix for it.

your site is going to be SHUT DOWN and all the data destroyed.

run. don’t walk.

47. mattes - 7 January 2009

LOL…not paying bills.

48. Intermittent Bystander - 7 January 2009

In a Tsunami of Tstupidity, some are ever eager to surf:
Joe the Plumber to become war correspondent.

The Ohio man who became a household name during the presidential campaign says he is heading to Israel as a war correspondent for the conservative Web site pjtv.com.

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher (WUR’-zuhl-bah-kur) says he’ll spend 10 days covering the fighting.

He tells WNWO-TV in Toledo that he wants to let Israel’s “‘Average Joes’ share their story.”

49. mattes - 7 January 2009


SoapBlox is a Phoenix?
by: pacified
January 07, 2009 at 08:15:46 MST
I am nothing but a dramatic person. I am
sorry for that.

SoapBlox needs help. From all of you. How do we salvage this. How do we keep this going?

When you create something that becomes larger than yourself.

I apologize for being so dramatic. Again, I have a knack for that.
pacified :: SoapBlox is a Phoenix?

50. catnip - 7 January 2009

Lou Dobbs for commerce secretary!

(Ooops. Just a little big tentiness brainfart. Sorry.)

51. catnip - 7 January 2009
52. catnip - 7 January 2009

To infinity and beyond!

Reid vows to lead till at least 2015

This is interesting:

In a wide-ranging interview with Politico on the first day of the 111th Congress, the Senate majority leader:

• Promised that Senate Democrats won’t be “rubber stamps” for the new Democratic president. “I like Barack Obama very much. He won a classic election, never have we had a better one,” Reid said. “But I don’t work for him, I work with him.”

• Criticized Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for suggesting that Democratic leaders would be undercutting gubernatorial appointments everywhere if they barred Roland Burris from the chamber. “That’s not valid, her statement,” he said. “I told her that. OK?”

…considering this : Dem Aide: Obama Team Pushed To Seat Burris

Who’s your daddy, Harry? And when do we get to watch the Grand Slam DiFi v H. Everlasts Reid match?

53. bayprairie - 7 January 2009

there’s an arrogance runs through those sites
that says “we are doing you a favor,
and if you don’t appreciate how much we are doing for you,
we’re going to fuck you up bad.”

54. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

Re: Soapblox: given the development of the Internet, interestingly, in
hahahahaha bwahaha hohoho hheeheeh eee Howahaho a hahahah! Wow! The Box Cars all went to Herzliya (Hebrew: הֶרְצְלִיָּה‎)?!!!
Who Knew?

55. bayprairie - 7 January 2009

one last comment before i shut up about laughable soapblox idocy. in typical unethical blogger fashion, the post i linked to above has been deleted and replaced with the cite by mattes at 49.

56. catnip - 7 January 2009

Spinning for Gupta over at the Big Orange Sales site. They can justify damn near anything over there…

57. catnip - 7 January 2009

There’s hilarity in this comment if you watch House:

I wanted Dr Wilson (0+ / 0-)

He needs something to keep him busy since Amber died, & House is getting tedious.

by Downpuppy on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 11:15:42 AM PST

58. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

Breaking NEWS: Holy SHIT!

59. catnip - 7 January 2009

Had enough of Harry yet? No? Well…

Reid: Give Stevens a Get-of-Jail Card

The Majority Leader thinks former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens shouldn’t face jail time for his seven-count federal conviction last year, telling our Manu Raju, who was also in the room, “My personal feeling, you guys, I don’t know what good that [would do]… He was a real war hero too, you know. He’s been punished enough.”

Members of Congress, he added, had long been used to not disclosing gifts until the rules had been tightened. And he said the 85-year-old Stevens simply did not adapt to those changing rules.

“It’s a different world we live in, and Stevens did not understand that,” Reid said.

60. mattes - 7 January 2009

“I know of no statement, public or private by any neoconservative in or near government, advocating the invasion of Iraq primarily for the purpose of of promoting democracy or advancing some grand neoconservative vision.”

Perle Explains: http://www.ips.org/blog/jimlobe/?p=214

61. mattes - 7 January 2009

UN rejects IDF claim Gaza militants operated from bombed-out school


62. catnip - 7 January 2009

60. Is he practicing his testimony for the war crimes tribunal?

63. mattes - 7 January 2009

LOL…wouldn’t that be nice.

64. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

I remember this dickhead: The Guy answered phones in some congressional campaign wrote a little code etc…LOL

opendna endorses his host. (2+ / 0-)

I’d have to look at the system requirements to see if SoapBlox’s code could be supported.

Personally, I’m a big fan of distributed networks. I was thinking yesterday that the reliance on blogger.com, wordpress.com and other blog farms is a threat, but I had no idea that 90% of the 50-State Blog Network was on one service. Brutal.

by opendna on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 11:25:04 AM PST


Yeh 50 Blogs with FP Ledes on a good day with whole 4’s and 5’s of comments.

Flagship Example coming up.
Bowers today cites MLW as a leading light.LOL.

65. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

Oops please delete 64 I had forgotten to close quote tried to correct it but the greased little piggy of a comment slipped away..LOL

66. mattes - 7 January 2009

OMG, is the guy serious?

Peoples commit suicide as much as do individuals.

That is horrifying, but nonetheless true, and the international community simply may have to raise its threshold of horror.


The international community could help most by finding better homes for a few hundred thousand Gazans. The best-case scenario would be a parallel to Hurricane Katrina, which forced the mass evacuation of the city of New Orleans during 2005. Displaced to Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, and other cities with a strong black middle class, the poor African-American refugees soon were earning more and living better than they had in corrupt, backward New Orleans.


and observed that the best way to help poor people is to move them out of poor regions into rich ones. The late Sam Kinison’s stand-up comedy routine about world hunger applies doubly to Gaza. “You want to help world hunger? Stop sending them food. Don’t send them another bite, send them U-Hauls …


67. mattes - 7 January 2009

While everything is in flux right now, later today BlogPac will start a “Save Soapblox” campaign to make sure that this never happens again, and to generally improving progressive blogosphere infrastructure. I will have more details when they are available, but for right now, BlogPac is on the new Better Democrats 2010 page. I know we are in a recession, but any contribution you can give in this time of crisis will be used to help keep Soapblox operational.


Must be time to purge out those anti-semites from soapblox.

68. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

Soapblox and BlogPac
by: Chris Bowers
Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 14:22
In case you have not heard by now, Open Left’s service provider, Soapblox, is currently in serious trouble. Given that Open Left is the largest website on Soapblox, and that BlogPac has given more money to Soapblox than any other organization (for the past two years, we have paid the hosting fees for almost all of the fifty-state blogs, and also invested money to improve server security), this had me in a near state of panic for a while. Fortunately, the crisis seems to be temporarily receding–for now.

This is a reminder of how much progressive infrastructure is operated on a shoestring. Soapblox was run by a single person as a part-time job even though, collectively, Soapblox websites–including most local blogs, Open Left, Pam’s House Blend, Swing State Project, My Left Wing –had more than 100,000 readers a day. As Matt Glazer writes at Burnt Orange Report, another Soapblox dependant site:

Our site, along with nearly 100 others, are run on the SoapBlox platform. That is hundreds of thousands of eyes across the nation who use SoapBlox and never knew it.(…)

Yeh ~ if search engine Indexing Bots have “eyes”. LOL
Sitemeter: Open Left Site Summary

But Bowers Continues….

LMAO. Yep, Right up there with the Holocaust, Chris:

While everything is in flux right now, later today BlogPac will start a “Save Soapblox” campaign to make sure that this never happens again,

Never AGAIN!!
Dig the Potential casualties in the last line,
The #’s now “Clamoring at the Gates”.

and to generally improving progressive blogosphere infrastructure. I will have more details when they are available, but for right now, BlogPac is on the new Better Democrats 2010 page.

I know we are in a recession, but any contribution you can give in this time of crisis will be used to help keep Soapblox operational.
Discuss ——>: (4 Comments) <—–
digg it

LOL. And Bowers and Stollers are “The Biggest” on “The Network”.
Then Pucker ye Bungholes fellahs:

Planning for Obama’s inaugural bash is no partyDonor fatigue and contribution limits mean more givers are needed. That has made preparations more difficult.

Via IHT:

Businessman linked to Richardson
donated to Obama

The Associated Press
Published: January 6, 2009

WASHINGTON: A prominent businessman caught up in a grand jury probe whose political donations ended any role for New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in the Obama administration also was a generous contributor in support of the president-elect.

David Rubin gave $26,200 to the Democratic Party on Sept. 19 and $2,300 to Barack Obama’s campaign on Sept. 30, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Last February, Rubin gave another $1,000 to Obama’s campaign.

Oh It will be delish if they ever get to Rendell,
the Philadelphia Gas Works Bond Issue and Philly Lawyers.
Just Charter the El Al to Tel Aviv for everyone….
And Make sure you get the Jumbo, guys..
Bowers and Stoller have nowhere else to go…

69. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

LOL mattes. I was fascinated with the
Bowers whine/puff/promo/plea/whatev too..

70. marisacat - 7 January 2009


I knew that would be Spengler. And it was. Well… for him it is distilled and he has no trouble with articulating a version of “transfer”. He is kind, and would tell you so quite unabashedly is my guess, in that the transfer destination is not the death camps in the East. No problem with the enforced relocation of the descendents of former slaves. Either.

Because of course he is pater

71. BooHooHooMan - 7 January 2009

Oh and LOL – didn’t they ALREADY
“generally improve progressive blogosphere infrastructure.”
Like the LAST TIME when Bowers couldn’t pay his rent?!???

Here’s a tip Chris, since ya “..know we are in a recession, but any contribution you can give in this time of crisis will be used to help keep Soapblox operational.

Pay in FONDUE.
The Landlord too Chris.
The Charge cards too.
Chocolate FONDUE.

Now Bowers-
you want to answer whether you are a stakeholder in any form whatsoever in Soapblox LLC? Hmm??
Be sure to get Get Adam B on the phone…

72. marisacat - 7 January 2009

BHHM out of moderation…

At least while I slept the morning away Moderation did not do all that it might have done. Whew.



More eye roll…

I see Wuerlzelbacher is now an employee of PJTV, otherwise known as part of Pajamas Media.

73. marisacat - 7 January 2009

I meant t post this before I snoozed off…

Really good piece in The Guardian by a fomer IDF

I write as someone who served loyally in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s and who has never questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders. What I utterly reject is the Zionist colonial project beyond the Green Line. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the June 1967 war had very little to do with security and everything to do with territorial expansionism. The aim was to establish Greater Israel through permanent political, economic and military control over the Palestinian territories. And the result has been one of the most prolonged and brutal military occupations of modern times.

74. marisacat - 7 January 2009


Wall Street closes down almost 250 points Wednesday — its worst day in more than a month and wiping out most gains since Jan. 1.

Drop comes amid worries about falling profits and soaring unemployment.

75. marisacat - 7 January 2009

nu post


……….. 😆 ………….

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