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It’s looking rather rough out there… 29 January 2009

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


Snowflakes illuminated by lights streak across the sky on the White House grounds in Washington
[January 28 2009 AP]

Considering that, from what I read, Netanyahu is favored in the polls to win on February 10, should be a fun fun fun filled few years.

Mr Netanyahu, who claimed to have forecast the destruction of the Twin Towers by Islamic extremists in 1995, said terrorists would target the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Christianity’s holiest site.

“Radical Islam is willing and will want to attack the symbolic heart of the Christian religion,” he said. “This will incur a chain reaction we can’t even envision. We will witness an escalation of religious conflict above and beyond the regional conflict we have now.”

The leader of the Right-wing Likud opposition recalled that he had warned Islamic terrorists would detonate a nuclear device in the Manhattan World Trade Centre complex in a 1995 book, six years before the September 11 attacks.

He claimed that the destruction of the Holy Sepulchre would trigger a clash between religions, much greater than the “regional conflict” that currently wracks the Holy Land.

Live by religion, die by religion… and I don’t mean the rank and file in the pews… I mean the leadership who use religion.  To herd, attempt to herd, a wider flock than the faithful.  And not just Netanyahu and Israel, either.

It emerged yesterday that the size of Jewish settlements on the West Bank had grown by 69 per cent in 2008. Activists with Peace Now reported that Israel’s army was quietly promoting the establishment of new settlements, as well as the expansion of existing outposts.

The development appears to violate Israel’s official promises to restrict the unrestrained growth of the settlements.

It is another damaging blow to Tony Blair’s credibility as international envoy to the conflict. Since taking up office Mr Blair has negotiated the dismantlement of just one Israeli army checkpoint but the total number has gone up to 699 from 521.




1. marisacat - 29 January 2009

hmm via Clusterstock

[S]usanne Craig, WSJ: New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is expanding the scope of his investigation into bonuses paid by Merrill Lynch, with the inquiry now likely to include whether directors and shareholders were misled about giant losses at the Wall Street firm, a person familiar with the situation said.

Mr. Cuomo plans to press John Thain, the former Merrill chairman and chief executive who was forced to resign last week from Bank of America Corp., on what he told Merrill directors about ballooning losses in mid-December, this person said. …snip…

2. AlanSmithee - 29 January 2009

(From previous thread)
New York City fears return to 1970s

This can mean only one thing. Disco is back!

3. marisacat - 29 January 2009

Oh god. Go Go Boots. Or were they earlier.

4. marisacat - 29 January 2009

What a shock.

U.S. may not ask allies for more Afghanistan combat troops

By Jonathan S. Landay and Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — With America’s allies likely to rebuff requests to send more combat troops to Afghanistan, many Pentagon officials want President Barack Obama to alter U.S. policy and seek NATO help only in other areas such as police training and support for democratization, defense officials said. ….

5. marisacat - 29 January 2009

ACLU tests Obama with request for secret Bush-era memos

By Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Dozens of secret documents justifying the Bush administration’s spying and interrogation programs could see the light of day because of a new presidential directive.

The American Civil Liberties Union asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to release Justice Department memos that provided the legal underpinning for harsh interrogations, eavesdropping and secret prisons.

For years, the Bush administration refused to release them, citing national security, attorney-client privilege and the need to protect the government’s deliberative process. …snip………….

6. marisacat - 29 January 2009

Finkelstein in C-punch.. SOMEBODY had to say it:

The justification put forth by Friedman in the pages of the Times for targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure amounted to apologetics for state terrorism.

It might be recalled that although Hitler had stripped Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher of all his political power by 1940, and his newspaper Der St?rmer had a circulation of only some 15,000 during the war, the International Tribunal at Nuremberg nonetheless sentenced him to death for his murderous incitement.

7. NYCO - 29 January 2009

This can mean only one thing. Disco is back!

I wonder if NYC is going to culturally recapitulate everything in fast motion, going backward through the ’90s to the Summer of Sam.

8. catnip - 29 January 2009


the International Tribunal at Nuremberg nonetheless sentenced him to death for his murderous incitement.

Good point.

As for NYC returning to the 70s, 2 words: no polyester.

9. catnip - 29 January 2009

Hmm…the Afghan presidential election has been delayed until August to “improve security” i.e. it was supposed to be in April but with the surge coming, they’ve decided to wait. And that might make sense if they hadn’t added this:

Without a security boost, Lodin said the country would not have enough time to declare candidates, print ballots and distribute them nationwide for an April election. It would be nearly impossible to distribute ballots in Afghanistan’s mountainous regions during winter and early spring because of the extreme weather conditions, officials have said.

Who originally scheduled it for April then?

And this:

In addition, the electoral commission is still far short of the $272 million required to hold the presidential and provincial council votes, Lodin said.

And that money is supposed to come from where by August?

10. catnip - 29 January 2009

Via the CBC:

Check out what bentomom makes for her children, a son, 5, and a daughter, 3.

She turns salami ribbons into flowers and peels apples to make them look like rabbits.

For Chinese New Year, she created an ox out of cheese, Japanese white fish, pink fish sausage and seaweed.

Check out the pics.

11. ms_xeno - 29 January 2009

#3– Mcat, you’re thinking of platform shoes, I think.


So, the babble about our Mayor just won’t fucking let up. I’ll give ten bucks to anyone who can get the fucker and his detractors/courtesans in the local media to just STFU about the whole thing and get on with business.

I pointed out to a buddy yesterday that it’s kind of stupid to throw a pity party for the lost “privacy” of politicos while the average citizen is getting urine-sampled, video-cammed on the street and data-mined, etc. every fucking day within an inch of our lives– thanks to the same politicians whose lost privacy I’m expected to boo-hoo over. Oh, it’s so awful when you can’t screw the eighteen-year-old you were supposed to be “mentoring” without busybodies getting all worked up about it.

The latest spin from the Mayor’s fan club at the Mercury is that all of us should reflect deeply on how somehow we’re all responsible for the fact Adams “had to” lie about what he did.

Yeah, whatever. [rolleyes] Welcome to the secular humanist version of Original Sin. It’s all my fault that some asshole I didn’t vote for thinks he’s a rock star.

12. catnip - 29 January 2009
13. catnip - 29 January 2009

Are you sure that isn’t a pic of the files Bushco shredded blowing in the wind?

14. catnip - 29 January 2009

So much for commander-in-chiefness:

MIAMI (Reuters) – The chief judge for the Guantanamo war crimes court on Thursday refused President Barack Obama’s request to delay court proceedings against a prisoner charged with plotting an attack that killed 17 U.S. sailors.

Hours after taking office last week, Obama ordered Guantanamo prosecutors to seek 120-day delays in all pending cases in order to give his new administration time to decide whether to scrap the trials.

But the judge, Army Col. James Pohl, said tribunal rules give the judges sole authority to delay cases and that postponing proceedings against Abd al Rahim al Nashiri was not reasonable and “does not serve the interest of justice.”

15. catnip - 29 January 2009

Rereading the above, the wording is interesting. The media announced that Obama had delayed the trials yet that article says he just asked the prosecutors to make that request.

This is going to be a long 4 years.

16. marisacat - 29 January 2009

The funniest thing around today is thsi from Stolberg, NYT:

January 29, 2009

White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code


WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.” …snipped with a tropical palm frond…

FLINTY! Chicago toughness! (He’s from Hawai’i… which I have been saying.)

17. ms_xeno - 29 January 2009


Going to be…”, she says…

18. marisacat - 29 January 2009


governing by headline.

Which in a day or so will turn out to mean much less than the expressed hype.

19. ms_xeno - 29 January 2009

Ice Storm Leaves More Than One Million Americans Stuck In Frigid Darkness

Maybe Obama should have a lottery and let the winners crash at the White House until Spring.


20. marisacat - 29 January 2009

Dahr Jamail via Truthout..

[O]ne of the first things I noted that has not changed did not occur in Iraq. Rather, when arriving in Amman, Jordan and exiting the airplane, I strode into customs to find a Jordanian man holding up a Blackwater USA sign, to be met by four rough looking middle-aged men. The next day, whilst flying into Baghdad, the commercial jet did a “soft-spiral” descent into Baghdad airport, unlike the hard corkscrew descent that they all did when I was last in Iraq, so as not to be shot at by resistance fighters just outside of the airport perimeter.

The infrastructure remains in shambles. The generator at my hotel is running more than it is shut off. Throughout Baghdad, there an average of four hours of electricity per 24 hours, and people left with no choice but to drink tap water, when it runs – water heavily contaminated by waterborne diseases, fuel, sewage and sediment. Jobs are scarce, and people are suffering greatly. The anger about this seethes just beneath the surface everywhere I turn.

21. marisacat - 29 January 2009



22. CSTAR - 29 January 2009

The real source of: political power

23. CSTAR - 29 January 2009

«Sarkozy, démission», «Hortefeux, démission».

24. catnip - 29 January 2009

Big news here today: U.S. protectionist pressures concern Canada: report

The U.S. Congress passed a new $825 billion stimulus package late Wednesday that included a clause that said funds made available in the act can be used only on projects in which all of the iron and steel for them are produced in the United States.

Trade wars coming up.

25. NYCO - 29 January 2009

Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.” …

Well, I guess that means he’s not Jimmy Carter…

26. Intermittent Bystander - 29 January 2009

Dust-up at Davos.

DAVOS, Switzerland – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stalked off the stage at the World Economic Forum red-faced after verbally sparring with Israeli President Shimon Peres over the fighting in Gaza.

The episode came Thursday after a lengthy debate about the recent fighting in Gaza that claimed about 1,300 Palestinian lives.

27. marisacat - 29 January 2009


we’ll be moving Turkey to the Bad Country list. Or as I read in an article last night, the Low Caste vs High Caste countries.

Reminds me with the run up to Gulf War 1 some country admitted what mattered was ‘not being ON the menu’.

28. catnip - 29 January 2009

CNN headline: Iraq Kicks out Blackwater

29. marisacat - 29 January 2009

22, 23

Thanks for the link.. I read last night at Art Goldhammer’s blog (in english) on French Politics (Madman turned me on to it sometime ago) that it might be a bit wan but his post today seems to indicate, from the comments, that the manifestations are pretty large.

And that the point is anti Sarko. Works for me…

David said…

Just came back from the one in Paris.
Biggest protest I ever saw.

I live near Bastille, I was near the head of the protest, walked all the way to Opéra (with a coffee break in the middle), then walked back from Opera to Bastille, the last protesters left Bastille at about 6.30PM (the protest started at 2PM), they’re still in the streets, halfway through I assume.

More details on my blog in a few hours.

Art, yesterday you seemed to wonder what was the protest about. There, the consensus seems to be: against Sarkozy himself and all his bullshit.

Interestingly, usually the Prime Minister is the target of such a protest. I heard his name being mentioned once all day.

January 29, 2009 1:53 PM

We shall see… strikes cheer me up, frankly!

30. catnip - 29 January 2009
31. CSTAR - 29 January 2009

29 We shall see… strikes cheer me up, frankly! Moi aussi.

32. The anti Davos… « Marisacat - 29 January 2009

[…] Bystander linked to the Reuters report on Erdogan and Putin in Davos… and someone just sent me the NYT version… Panel […]

33. marisacat - 29 January 2009

LOL I meant to post this later tonight.. but hit ”publish” when in a fog.


…….. 😯 🙄 😆 ………….

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