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Who can bear to look? 11 March 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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The tradition of Holi heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India REUTERS

On the other hand – and for a change

A one-eyed documentary filmmaker is preparing to work with a video camera concealed inside a prosthetic eye, hoping to secretly record people for a project commenting on the global spread of surveillance cameras.

Canadian Rob Spence’s eye was damaged in a childhood shooting accident and it was removed three years ago. Now, he is in the final stages of developing a camera to turn the handicap into an advantage.

A fan of the 1970s televsion series “The Six Million Dollar Man,” Spence said he had an epiphany when looking at his cell phone camera and realizing something that small could fit into his empty eye socket.   …

About all I have… hard to look and when one has looked, what to say…

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UPDATE..

…actually in the vein of  “who can bear to look” (but of course I peek), Tiny Revolution has a couple of very good posts, one linking to Charles Davis’  excellent blog .. stealing the post in toto:

Seems Like Old Times

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have stated repeatedly that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Is that based on the assessment of the U.S. intelligence agencies, or are they, like the Bush administration, just saying whatever the fuck they want? As Charles Davis explains, the answer is apparently the latter.

—Jonathan Schwarz

What a shock!  Which leads to an earlier post at TR… with a smart comment from Bob in Pacifica:

And why would this be inconsistent with Bill Clinton sticking it up the asses of working people?

I suspect that the Clintons have been working for the military-industrial folks from early on. When Hillary worked at Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein the FBI’s COINTELPRO were spying on the Black Panthers and that put the Goldwater girl in a perfect position to peek at their legal representation. Sitting in the middle of the Democrats’ legal staff during Watergate gave her a good hand on what they knew, and would have been a perfect spot for opposition research. In short, Hillary has been a conservative playing the part of a liberal while benefiting the most reactionary powers all her life. Why should palling around with Mubarak be such a surprise?

Posted by: Bob In Pacifica at March 11, 2009 09:57 AM
Makes as much sense as anything ever did…  And who knows who Bob and Decca Treuhaft spoke to over the years… she was ALWAYS able (allowed) to grab the microphone (and the camera flash) when she needed to, for one of her books.
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1. BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2009

This really hacks me off.

Picking up {again!} on that last link regarding the Employee Free Choice Act,
the make or break bill for the Unions that is going down at THE DEMOCRATS hands. With Markos Moulitsas, that hiney-for-rent fraud, prattling on yesterday in distracting bullshit that Arlen Specter CHANGING PARTIES could put the bill through.

mcat’s link here couldn’t illustrate the Democratic Scam with their shits like Markos and Jane Hamster{Squeek!} any more clearly…

Many Democrats who previously supported it, now aren’t so keen to get in front of it:

Failing to renew their sponsorship are Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Dianne Feinstein of California, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Jim Webb of Virginia. Freshmen Senators Michael Bennet, Kay Hagan and Mark Udall and Mark Warner have also declined to sponsor the bill.

Yep.
Senator Crew Cut Blockhead WhatsHisName from Montana. One of LAST CYCLES crop of Markos New! MoBetta Democrats.
Along with McCaskill and Webb and the now-insulated-for-6 years Freshmen Sens. .. Like WARNER – another “client” that Markos peddled his ass to.

They should just stuff all of those runny turds right into Jon Tester’s reeks of shit overalls, and Senator Blockhead can personally wear the whole liquifying dung heap right off the Senate floor….

What a fuckin joke, The Democrats.
And Markos Moulitsas, the political gigalo….
The former Republican turned Libertarian ProgressoDem who now blows Andy Stern.
Dry.

marisacat - 11 March 2009

oh you are so off message. Geesh. Arne Duncan is on with Charlie, “for the hour”. And boy does he look like a take over white boy manager.

It’s all for the childrun.

I can add he has a TERRIBLE speaking voice. Throw him on the heap with Geithner and Orszag and so many others. Romer too.

Schlub fucking fest.

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i went back hunting for this late today, I had read somethng very interesting on the current machinations for Single Payer (Not!) going on… part pantomime (Conyers IMO) but an interesting name I did not know (Dr Young of Chicago, who had been MLK’s personal physician in Chicago)… VERY interesting in light of how Obrama dresses himself in skin shorn from Martin. And does he ever. His greatest con, in my opinion.

Anyway I had to retrace my steps… to find it. It was Amy at TruthDig… who also did several segments today on Single Payer issues and machination realities.

Intermittent Bystander - 12 March 2009

BHHM prognostication futures show promising signs of recovery from recent Caroline-ian lows!

2. BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2009

Oh my. I was a bit imprecise, fecally. *Corrections* follow:

They should just *pour* all of those runny turds right into Jon Tester’s reeks-of-shit overalls, and Senator Blockhead can personally wear the whole liquifying *shit-smoothie* right off the Senate floor….

[Ed. note: Markos Moulitsas is STILL a hiney-for-rent fraud.]

3. marisacat - 11 March 2009

Geesh… even Charlie knows Duncan is running a heavy snow job. I doubt he cares, so it must be manner of delivery (some real fast slick talk going on) that rubs.

4. marisacat - 12 March 2009

May they all eat Freedom Fries… 😉

Forty-three years after General de Gaulle threw American forces out of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, his political descendant, is expected to explain to a sceptical nation today why he is taking the country back into the core of the US-led Nato alliance.

Mr Sarkozy’s decision, outlined after his 2007 election and to be consummated at Nato’s 60th birthday summit next month, will restore France’s voice in the alliance command that de Gaulle expelled from its Paris headquarters in 1966, along with 100,000 French-based US personnel.

The French military are delighted. They look forward to raising their Nato command contingent from 100 to 800 and taking up the two top posts that Washington has allocated France: The Allied Command Transformation (ACT), the future strategy unit, in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Lisbon command, which is in charge of Nato’s rapid reaction force. ….

5. marisacat - 12 March 2009

I see in the wake f the all the Steele hoohaw that KathrynJeanFuckingLopez at The Corner is suggesting he take a “media break”.

Can a big break be far off?

It sure has been a laugh and a half…

6. BooHooHooMan - 12 March 2009

What Shit,
From within an NYT piece on Madoff’s Plea today.

A Guilty Plea, Not a Plea Bargain: Prosecutors stressed in a letter to Mr. Madoff’s counsel that there is no plea agreement. Instead, Mr. Madoff will plead guilty to the 11 charges, which means there is no known arrangement with the government for him to cooperate or provide any assistance in the future.

By simply pleading guilty, Mr. Madoff preserves the stated position that he acted alone in the fraud, fooling his family and employees for years. At the plea hearing, he will only have to admit to the charges without necessarily having to describe in detail what happened or how he perpetrated the crime.

This is set up for his family and associates to walk with the money and bury substantive inquiry into SEC corruption. He’s going to throw himself on the mercy of the court, an “old man” no convictions –
[only 40 years of getting away with FRAUD!] —
once a pillar of the community etc.
Then to Club Fed if he doesn’t bolt.

Could be wrong, don’t know, but I wouldn’t want to bet against him remaining on Bond a half year before sentencing…Now read the disconnect from the same author/ same piece…

The hearing most likely will be quite unsatisfying for those who want to hear him explain what he did and whether he feels even the slightest remorse. I expect that he will say the minimum necessary to plead guilty, perhaps simply mumbling “guilty as charged” to the 11 counts and reiterating the government’s minimal allegations of misconduct.

Entering a plain guilty plea to the criminal complaint without any agreement to cooperate also means Mr. Madoff could be a witness for anyone else charged in connection with the Ponzi scheme, including any family members who might be charged.

Mr. Madoff could be a witness for anyone else charged in connection with the Ponzi scheme, including any family members who might be charged.

So What?!? And in the eventuality he does “hard time” ?
What are they going to do if he refuses or plays rope a dope?
Hold him in contempt? He and his crooked family are getting away with murder…. and his NASDAQ network of crooks that includes every major player on Wall Street. Murder.

In matters varying only in degree and the assorted cast of underwriters, lawyers, and bogus bean counters selected, they have destroyed the lives of far more than Bernie’s “victims” in Palm Beach, Manhattan, and the Hamptons…The sob stories pouring in notwistanding. They’ve looted the livelihoods of ordinary people spanning every continent on Earth.

As their gloriously rigged “Market” is left to ration food and Healthcare!
As Anxiety. Depression. Domestic Violence. Suicide. and Murder are all left as social costs. While Bernie , his Banker Buds, and pols like Robert Rubin and Chuck Schumer still. have. their. plastered. gaze.

Those motherfuckers should have their faces ripped off.

7. wu ming - 12 March 2009

holi is a wonderful carnival sort of day, if you don’t mind getting hit with the odd water balloon or fistful of tika powder. everyone gets to toss it at everyone else regardless of caste, it’s an absolute riot.

8. Intermittent Bystander - 12 March 2009

MSNBC is reporting that Madoff has been remanded to jail.

BooHooHooMan - 12 March 2009

Judge Chin-

“He has incentive to flee, he has the means to flee, and thus he presents the risk of flight,” Judge Chin said. “Bail is revoked.”

Righto. Kudos to the Judge. For now.
But a Blast from the Past re Michael Milken via Wiki

At Milken’s sentencing, Judge Kimba Wood told him:

You were willing to commit only crimes that were unlikely to be detected…. When a man of your power in the financial world… repeatedly conspires to violate, and violates, securities and tax business in order to achieve more power and wealth for himself… a significant prison term is required.

Wood recommended a 10-year prison sentence, of which, in her opinion, Milken should have served at least 36 to 40 months……

Milken served only about 22 months (from March 1991 until January 1993) before being released.

Upon his release, he still had net worth of over $1 billion, despite having paid a total of $200 million in fines and settlements – the highest paid by an individual person according to the Guiness Book of World Records –

Milken made the Guiness Book except for the Jail term.
Dershowitz made a mint.

marisacat - 12 March 2009

oh Milken.. he milked ti for years… I think finally he is old.. a less delectable pusher of his anti cancer diets and whatever else. Despite all the money he and his family plastered all over the place.

Boesky at least shut up and stayed out of the public eye. And he did not all but endorse wigs (Milken, gah… it was unnattractive)

Intermittent Bystander - 12 March 2009

AP is all over his temporary bunk: Madoff’s new home: Cell the size of walk-in closet.

9. liberalcatnip - 12 March 2009

Queenly waves from my catnipmobile

re: the alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program, more here from Scott Ritter.

The proposed U.S. missile defense shield in Eastern Europe has been a highly flawed concept from its very inception. Although it used unproven technology, it was sold as a means of protecting Europe from a threat that did not exist (Iranian missiles), while creating the conditions for exposing Europe to a real threat that the missile defense shield was incapable of defeating (Russian missiles). The fact that Obama would put the missile defense shield up for trade as part of a “Grand Bargain” with Russia on Iran only underscores how little value the system has to begin with. It is a big zero, both from a military and diplomacy perspective. Obama, in making it part of his bargain, was trying to give it value it lacked, and the Russians weren’t buying.

The Iranian situation is far too real, but not in terms of the dangers posed by anything Iran itself is doing. The United States has not helped matters by hyping the threat posed by nonexistent Iranian missiles targeting Europe and capable of carrying nonexistent nuclear warheads. Russia has expressed a desire to work with the United States to better control Iran’s program of uranium enrichment, which Iran and the nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), state has been clearly demonstrated as part of a peaceful nuclear energy program. For Russia to buy into Obama’s “deal,” it would have to buy into a threat from Iran’s missile and nuclear programs, a threat Russia does not believe to exist.

Obama would do well to call in his national security team and have it lay out the intelligence information used to assert the Iranian threat. There must be such a foundational document, since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen and the president himself all have repeatedly referred to the “threat” posed by Iran’s “nuclear weapons” ambitions. It is important to distinguish between what we know and what we think we know. For instance, we know that Iran does not have any highly enriched uranium, the kind needed to produce a nuclear weapon. Just ask Admiral Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence. This is what he told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee this week in testimony on Iran. And yet many in the U.S. intelligence community continue to state unequivocally that Iran is on the verge of possessing a nuclear weapon.

I have a new post up with a link to an EPA page where you can find out what kind of toxic sludge is in your neighbourhood affecting your health: Your Neighbourhood Toxic Waste Dump

10. marisacat - 12 March 2009

catnip out of moderation… sorry you wre stuck for so long!

😳

11. NYCO - 12 March 2009

9. Just to get everyone in the Holi spirit… here is a Holi song from the Bollywood classic Sholay.

(A better quality version can be found in the middle of this clip.)

12. Intermittent Bystander - 12 March 2009

Talk about powdered eye shadow! Just looking at the photo makes me want to blink. So pretty though – like pollen or feathers.

Waves to the speeding catnipmobile. Hope you caught the article about the Icelandic crafters, a couple of threads back.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2009

Hi Catnip!

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2009

Jeebus is this stupid:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

But the proposal would be “dead on arrival” if it’s sent to Congress, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said.

Murray used that blunt terminology when she told Shinseki that the idea would not be acceptable and would be rejected if formally proposed. Her remarks came during a hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs about the 2010 budget.

No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama voicing their opposition to the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration.

The groups also cited an increase in “third-party collections” estimated in the 2010 budget proposal — something they said could be achieved only if the Veterans Administration started billing for service-related injuries.

Asked about the proposal, Shinseki said it was under “consideration.”

“A final decision hasn’t been made yet,” he said.

Currently, veterans’ private insurance is charged only when they receive health care from the VA for medical issues that are not related to service injuries, like getting the flu.

marisacat - 12 March 2009

so supportive.

Esp as we are assured we hurtle forward into some universal health care made by god for all future.

yeah right.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2009
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18. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 March 2009

Oh

My

Gawd.

Jon Stewart performed open heart surgery in the Cramer interview. Why does it take a fucking comedian to DO this?

I don’t know how Cramer sat there and took it. Jon just shredded him, and CNBC, and all the rest of the business “reporters”, and especially Wall Street. It’s a fucking thing of dark beauty.

marisacat - 12 March 2009

Good going!!

CSTAR - 12 March 2009

I watched the portion of it that was available on Crooks and Liars. This has to be the best example (maybe the only example) of no-holds barred journalism I have seen on TV. This really should win some kind of award for repeated follow-on questions and fairness to the interviewee.

liberalcatnip - 13 March 2009

He eviscerated Cramer the same way he showed Crossfire the door: by simply pointing out the truth. Well done!

19. marisacat - 12 March 2009

hmm from the evening RGE Monitor email.

All I can say is why did GE keep triple A ratings so long. Geesh.

GE and GE Capital Lose Their ‘AAA’ Ratings: What Next for GE?

March 12: GE and its finance arm lost the top-level ‘AAA’ rating from S&P that they’ve held since 1956 as earnings are under immense pressure with exposed potential risks for the company as the deteriorating economy will produce mounting credit losses at GE Capital
S&P balanced the “excellent risk profile” of GE’s industrial businesses against the prospects of weaker earnings or a “modest net loss” at GE Capital. The one-level downgrade to ‘AA+’ with a “stable” outlook will affect the long-term debt. Under debt guarantees and covenants, GE would have had to post additional collateral if the ratings fell below AA-/Aa3 or A-1 and P-1

20. wu ming - 12 March 2009

chinese premier wen jiabao worried about US debt, hyperinflation

oh dear. my guess is wen’s honestly worried, as a cratering dollar blows a hole out of china’s forex reserves. for their sake, i hope they can pull off a slow backing away from our fucking mess, there’s no sense in crashing the entire world all at once.

marisacat - 12 March 2009

Silly Wen. The world is surging. Zooming. Roaring back. Just to use some of the flight activated verbs being flung about the past three days.

Top of the NYT tonight, as I just dropped in to peek around:

Investors See a Glimmer and Shares Soar Worldwide

By STEVE LOHR and JACK HEALY 12:23 AM ET

Investors found financial news not as bad as feared, galvanizing worldwide stock exchanges, but few experts are willing to call an end to the bear market.

wu ming - 13 March 2009

should be an interesting sucker’s rally.

21. marisacat - 13 March 2009

neue post…

LINK

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