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Mais NON! (Mais Oui!) 15 March 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, Afghanistan War, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.


The ‘D-card’, a postcard and DVD containing a film and pictures of Barack Obama. The D-card, made in Brittany by Claude Maidenberg, will be available for purchase on Obama’s inauguration day, January 20 [AFP/GETTY]

hmmm… what was that about “no sides” in the G-20?

Oh I don’t think so.

And why would there NOT be sides?  We are all in a hell of a mess, it is bound to be fractious.

From an English language blog on French politics that Madman turned me onto a few months ago…

The FT Is Not Amused

The Financial Times has taken to referring to the G20 as “the gap of 20” owing to the stark difference between the US and European positions. Witness this characterization of the European reaction to American proposals:

With the crotchety air of a dowager duchess sending a sub-standard amuse-bouche back to the kitchens, Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg prime minister and chair of the “eurogroup” of finance ministers from the single currency zone, added sniffily:

“The 16 finance ministers agreed that recent American appeals insisting Europeans make an added budgetary effort were not to our liking.”

PLUS, sacre bleu!  They were not born yesterday:

And the American stock market hasn’t helped: the ten-percent rise in the Dow this past week can only fuel European suspicions that they’re being hustled yet again by city-slickers (or should that be Citi-slickers?).


Plus.. you know, let us not forget, we are, concurrently, asking that people go drown with us in Afghanistan.

We are so loved.  Truly…



1. marisacat - 15 March 2009

Apparently most o f the leadership of the “Lawyers Movement” in Pakistan has been put under house arrest as well.

marisacat - 15 March 2009

Well.. under house arrest til he defied the house arrest.


A spokesman for Nawaz Sharif says the Pakistani opposition leader left his residence this morning in defiance of an order placing him under house arrest.

A convoy of vehicles left Sharif’s villa in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday, apparently headed for an anti-government rally where police were battling stone-throwing demonstrators.

Sharif spokesman Asif Kirmani confirmed that the former prime minister was in the convoy.

Sharif is locked in a bitter power struggle with Pakistan’s president that threatens to paralyze politics in the nuclear-armed country and dilute its focus on tackling economic woes as well as Taliban militants operating along the Afghan border.

Hundreds of police surrounded the former prime minister’s residence in the eastern city of Lahore before dawn and detained him along with scores of his supporters.

Officers showed party officials an order placing Sharif and his politician brother Shahbaz under house arrest for three days, party spokesman Pervaiz Rasheed said. …

2. marisacat - 15 March 2009

The Independent on those non existant “sides”…

Merkel tips Brown’s grand plan into crisis

Germany’s Chancellor receives French backing as she uses a London meeting to warn against proposals to pump billions more into the global economy

By Jane Merrick and Brian Brady

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Gordon Brown’s grand plan to save the global economy was in crisis last night when the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, refused to commit to a new global fiscal stimulus package to steer the world out of recession.

In a pointed warning to the Prime Minister, the German leader said it was too early to measure the effects of the first multibillion-dollar stimulus to give the go-ahead for any more state aid.

Mrs Merkel was backed up by Christine Lagarde, the French Finance Minister, who said nations needed to assess the impact of earlier measures before making any further tax and spend decisions

Mrs Merkel’s remarks, made in a press conference alongside Mr Brown after talks in Downing Street, cast a shadow over yesterday’s G20 meeting of finance ministers in Horsham, West Sussex, and Britain’s attempts to secure a lasting rescue plan in the wake of the world’s worst economic crisis since the 1930s.

France and Germany, two of Europe’s largest economies, are reluctant to back the moves, instead calling for tougher financial regulation. …

3. marisacat - 15 March 2009

hmm Shark sighting, a lot of people on speed boats racing to catch up to it and…. well, they appear to be flexing their knees… so… jump over it..?

Laura d’Andrea Tyson on with Bartiroma… declared, when challenged, that the past 50 days and all that Ob has accomplished or set in motion “will go down in the history books”.

4. BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2009

clammyc – dem staff ladder climber – indeed from jerey IIRC – has a diary on DK’s rec list @ 17 comments – The voice of the People clear was heard. All 17 of them. LOL. :::

No “Jersey Jindal” in the Garden State, please
by clammyc


Not bothering to link to it. It’s Party fluff. MBNYC- another Party fluffer – weighed in quick with a few other chipmunks working their scaled down pom-poms and little megaphones..

But Corzine – Governor Goldman Sachs is in trouble. And every pathetic on-the-Party-teat-type like clammbreath is out in front, trying to define former Bush US Attorney Chris Christie as Bobby Jindal or Palin. It simply isn’t going to fly. This Corzine-Crook- pushing jackass clammyc has no idea – writes at least- like he has no grasp whatsoever of the level of contempt for the corruption, Democratic freeloading and nepotism that people see in the State. The Republicans are shits too, but Corzine is approaching loathesome territory- well below “the polls” though they even show him in the dangerous low 40’s of approval for an incumbant.

It’s a referendum on Corzine, A World Class Asshole of an Incumbant. That’s it. That’s all it’s about. The very dynamic that allowed Obslobber to sweep Jersey will sweep Corzine out::
Plain vanilla anti- incumbancy when you get right down to it, at least when you take it to its low-brow Jersey core:
A fucksteak of an Incumbant, who simply gots. ta. go.

And No amount of Blogslobber over defining a challenger like Christie is going to change that. In a state like Jersey? Where the credibility bar is set so low?…

Christie will win the nom not because the nutter GOP likes him but because he’s their best shot. If anything, the blogturd clammyc’s underwhelming comparative insights to Jindal aside, Christie win like Jindal did even in a decidedly anti Republican trend when the Dem apparatus in the state is patently and so obviously MORE corrupt.

Oh, LOL- clammyc is just such slurppy swill even for a Corzine shill.
One poor excuse for an hors d’oeuvre, even by Jersey standards.
FFS, His runny goo hardly resembles a mollusk.

The Blahgs are going to have ZERO influence on the NJ Governors race. None.

marisacat - 15 March 2009

I have to say I have been deeee-lighted to read of Corzine in trouble. Very strange guy imo, he seems unable to look a camera in the eye and speak with any sense of authority.. what is his problem! ?:? Too decent to lie well? I hardly think so. Frankly I thought the last guy gave him a run for his money.. I know he pulled it out, but I watched a Cspan debate between then, and Corzine shrank thru the whole of it.

Good Luck!

BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2009

Short of Corzine personally cutting checks all around, he’s through.
He’s probably begging Presidential appointees –
you know, from the CLINTON Administration – LOL – to go after Christie’s record at the DOJ.

The usual bullshit of placating the thug bosses in the unions isn’t going to save his ass nor is last ditch, election year efforts at pouring money into social services or municipal budgets. Again it just gets ripped off. No GOP talking point here, it’s what happens. Now it’s the Republicans turn. UGH.

Corzine will be back snorting blow in Manhattan soon enough.

5. BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2009

Sorry for the Typos in first paragraph ; Clammyc is from *JerseyIIRC

also …”The voice of the People *clearly was heard. ” 🙄

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2009

The Dawn has a live blog following the progress of the lawyers’ protests. Linked via the NYT, believe it or not.

7. BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2009

I must confess though- I was also wrong on Corzine’s numbers.
I said he was in the dangerously low forties.
I had no idea what I was talking about.
I was using old data. From a few weeks ago.

These , ah,
are the latest polls, LOL:

CHRISTIE 46% – CORZINE 37%- Quinippiac- 03/13/09

CHRISTIE 49% – CORZINE 34% Rasmussen- 03/12/09

Corzine Falls Further Behind in New Jersey Reelection Bid


Anyways, There’s something common in Jersey Coastal towns and the fishing hamlets the lining estuaries of Southern Jersey. I imagine it is said elsewhere, too..

In decline, the old saying goes:
“Hey – we can always dig for clams.”
Strange now,
it seems to have been adopted by Corzine and the Dem patronage set in Jersey, explaining clammyc’s low yielding bucket,
his crappy little steamer on DK this morning.

But Steam ON clammyc!
You paid-shill , little Shittle-in-the-Broth fuck, ya!

Corzine! The Progressive! From Goldman Sachs!

8. BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2009

Well. Goldman Sachs has been just peachy on Pakistan.
In their much celebrated N11 , “Next Eleven” Countries..

<a href=”Orig Source.

Anyone interested – Be sure to read those “important disclosures” noted on the first page but left on the LAST- just who the Scholars under the Chicago masthead really are…

9. mattes - 15 March 2009

There is now video of the peace activist that was almost killed by the IDF on the net. I could not watch it, it was horrible. The IDF always seems to aim for the head.

I am sure the video will disappear from news agencies soon, and the ADL will keep it off youtube.

10. mattes - 15 March 2009
BooHooHooman - 15 March 2009

mattes: this one is just up – not Reuters raw vid showing the IDF firing on medics in vests -clearly labled red crescent as they work on the guy where he dropped, and as they tried to evacuate him.

mattes - 15 March 2009

I am glad the footage is on the net, but I just can’t watch it. Tristan Anderson I believe is his name. Let’s see how much press this gets.

11. marisacat - 15 March 2009

sorry BHHM… two of yours just now out of Moderation…


12. marisacat - 15 March 2009

I don’t know how much of this is true.. but the ACLU has no business being a part of it. The rest of the bullshit groups, who cares… they barely breathe but to collect money. PPFA would be a fucking fool to coalesce (any more than they already do) behind a party that plays politics with birth control funding.

A broad coalition of left-leaning groups is quietly closing ranks into a new coalition, “Unity ’09,” aimed at helping President Barack Obama push his agenda through Congress.

Conceived at a New York meeting before the November election, two Democrats familiar with the planning said, Unity ’09 will draw together money and grassroots organizations to pressure lawmakers in their home states to back White House legislation and other progressive causes.

The online-based MoveOn.org is a central player in the nascent organization, but other groups involved in planning Unity ’09 span a broad spectrum of interests, from the American Civil Liberties Union to the National Council of La Raza to Planned Parenthood, as well as labor unions and environmental groups.

The group is still in its early stages, and its organizers have adopted a secretive posture: Several of the people involved did not respond to emails over the last two days, even though one of them, former MoveOn executive director Eli Pariser, has programmed his MoveOn email account to assure correspondents that he is using the account for messages “including Unity ’09 work.” …

13. marisacat - 15 March 2009

Asia Times:

Greater risk for civilians

Drawing from the lessons learned from the Iraq surge, US generals have acknowledged that the expansion of the war in Afghanistan will result in higher levels of violence.

During a February 18 press briefing at the Pentagon, the top US general in Afghanistan, David McKiernan said, “I would expect to see a temporary time where the level of violence might go up until we transition into holding and setting conditions to build.” [15]

Any increase in violence will add to the already skyrocketing levels of civilian casualties in recent years. According to a report released last January by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, the 2,118 civilians killed in 2008 was an increase of 40% over 2007. [16]

Highlighting the anticipated effect of the war’s expansion on Afghans, RAWA stated, “The very first outcome of the surge for Afghan people will be increase in the number of civilian casualties … In the past seven years, thousands of innocent people have been killed or wounded by the US/NATO bombardments. In the past weeks under Obama’s rule, around 100 Afghan civilians have been killed.”

One US-based analyst of the war in Afghanistan, Marc Herold, who has been compiling a database of Afghan civilian casualties since 2001, agrees with RAWA’s assessment.

Herold, a professor of Economic Development and Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, told ATol that the surge will prove to be “an unmitigated disaster” that is likely to “make the situation much, much worse for everybody”. [17] …

14. marisacat - 15 March 2009

hmm in the Boston paper

WASHINGTON – Nine former senior US officials and one current adviser are urging the Obama administration to talk with leaders of Hamas to determine whether the militant group can be persuaded to disarm and join a peaceful Palestinian government, a major departure from current US policy.

The bipartisan group, which includes economic recovery adviser Paul A. Volcker and former national security advisers Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski, made the recommendation in a letter handed to Obama days before he took office, according to Scowcroft.

The group is preparing to meet this weekend to decide when to release a report outlining a proposed US agenda for talks aimed at bringing all Palestinian factions into the Mid east peace process, according to Henry Siegman, the president of the US/Middle East Project, who brought the former officials together and said the White House promised the group an opportunity to make its case in person to Obama.

Talking to Hamas, which the State Department has designated a terrorist organization, would mark a dramatic reversal for the US government. Longstanding US policy has stipulated that before engaging in any talks, Hamas must renounce violence, recognize Israel, and agree to all previous agreements signed by Palestinian negotiators.

“I see no reason not to talk to Hamas,” said Scowcroft, who was national security adviser to President George H.W. Bush.

Siegman said the letter, which was handed to Obama by Volcker but has not been made public, said the administration should “at least explore the possibility” that Hamas, which took control of the Palestinian territory of Gaza after elections in 2006, might be willing to transition into a purely political party and join with its rival, Fatah, which holds the Palestinian presidency in the West Bank.

The White House did not respond immediately last night to requests for comment on the letter. Volcker was unavailable for comment. …

hmm other than that I see the latest gambit it to push Summers and Valerie Jarrett.

As part of the offensive to ”sell the budget”. Snow jobs in spring.

Carry on………………….

mattes - 15 March 2009

Who will disarm the settlers?

marisacat - 15 March 2009

well a significant majority of them are AMERICANS.. but no matter the origin, I don’t see anyone disarming them. Why would anyone?

israel has long run a game of sick radicals and religious extremists placed on or adjacent to land they want.

15. marisacat - 15 March 2009


B[]y stressing reform in his remarks today, Obama seemed to accept that his push, along with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, to have the G20 nations commit to increased stimulus spending was likely to fail:

“Not every country is going to do the same levels,” said Obama. “I think it would be useful if we have a international body that is…accounting for how much stimulus is taking place out there,” Obama said. But as I’ve said here in this country, and I will repeat in the G20, fiscal stimulus is only one leg in the stool. We have to do financial regulation, and nobody is going to be a more vigorous promoter of the need for a reform of our financial systems.”

A communication issued by the G20 today made no commitment to increased stimulus spending. …



When he is not pushing Blanche Lincoln (who is now opposed to card check) for her re election Biden is still a gift that gives. And I guess he is fully a part of the big push. (It’s going to b an ugly baby that gets pushed out)

In a phoner with the AP, VPOTUS credited the “Obama factor” for the slight uptick this week in consumer confidence and the market .

“There is no doubt in our minds and there is no doubt in the president’s mind that in fact we will overcome this. We will climb out of this hole,” said Biden, who was in Little Rock on Saturday night to help Sen. Blanche Lincoln kick off her re-election. “It just takes some real perseverance and you’ve got to have a guy as gutsy as the president who’s willing to make some really tough decisions.”


There is so much fucking gibberish out there today it is hard to pick.

“Secretary Geithner has been in Europe,” reported White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee on Fox News Sunday. “He was really upset…by the news. He stepped in and berated them, got them to reduce the bonuses following every legal means he has to do this. I don’t know why they would follow a policy that’s really not sensible, is obviously going to ignite the ire of millions of people, and we’ve done exactly what we can do to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.”

Oh I don’t know. (and Elijah Cummings was just as drooly and useless, Summers is pushing “buy stocks”… “sale of the century”.. and so on…)… I think we sealed our fate with the FOURTH BAILOUT of AIG.

Why wouldn’t they do just what they want to do?

BTW, why would it matter, anyway. Romer says “fundamentals are sound”.

Where did I hear that whopper? A few months ago from a weird old guy in the GE. Who flopped around like a big white fish dropped on the dock.

16. marisacat - 15 March 2009

La Nan:

“I have asked Chairman Barney Frank… to examine options that are legally available to recover taxpayer funds of companies that abuse the privilege of taxpayer assistance.”

17. NYCO - 15 March 2009

As others have said: We need trust, not optimism, at this point.

Anybody who hoped for a deliberative and truthful national discussion on the economy is just going to have to hope that it is going on behind closed doors among the elites. I dunno… if not Obama and Geithner and Obama’s kingmaker (totally drawing a brain-fart blank on his name right now), then between Obama and his five new pastor friends. Because this is the sort of pablum that the public will continue to be served in the bread line.

marisacat - 15 March 2009

The five pastor thing drove me insane. Sick louts imo, all of them. AND Josh Dubois as well… Loved all the drool about social justice.

Not from that group.

18. BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2009

I’ve entitle this This Piece 🙄 simply,
” Blog Meta for Brian Keeler. NYBri . “

Psst …Hey can you ping me off thread?
Psst …Hey can you ping me off thread?
Psst …Hey can you ping me off thread?


Anyways, Remember Him? NYBri? Brian Keeler? His acting career?
Or his new one? LOL.
Maybe this will ring a bell.

THE BUTTHOLE netroot candidate / collection plate pilferer…
who was Sooooo on top of things politically, here’s what he came up with in an interview on “the Issues” “facing his district” for Statehouse in NY…

ePMedia: What’s the rate of unemployment?

BK: I’m not sure about specific areas, I’d say it probably mirrors the state numbers?

And that was on another pwog blog.
The “?” question mark is from THEIR TRANSCRIPTION. LOL.

Now it turns out, the new! blahgscam he’s got going is fluffing as (sorry!) ANOTHER Corzine dick smoker on DK threads, working clammyc’s talking point,
Corzines opponent as the “Jersey Jindal” —

What fuckin genius, tho. Yep.
Keeler and clammyc are gonna be right there when Obama fires Axelrod as soon as he hears they’re the guys who came up with
The “Jersey Jindal” Jingle..yeh That’ll go real far –
Well, people here in Jersey –> could give a Jindal-shit.
This is the best these fuckin morons came up with? For meme-battle against, I dunno, say, comparing Corzine to, ah, ~Wall Street?

So get a load of this shit….
–Some heel, Praising Corzine in an Astroturfed thread, while slinging shit “For the Children” of New Jersey.
Then NYBri moves in, all with the “Psst..hey..”

Corzine is the best Governor (9+ / 0-)

I have ever been involved with.

In my profession, I sue states that fail to take care of foster children. [ And what “profession” is that ? That’s in the “suit” business? I’m sorry, I mean “For the children”..-BHHM }…..Foster children are the ultimate political minority – most politicians love to talk about how they love kids, but, since foster kids can’t vote and have no money for politicians – they typically get neglected. Governor Corzine has been almost unique among politicans in funding and ensuring reform his state’s foster care system – and this has made an incredible difference in the lives of New Jersey’s most vulnerable children. I know many kids who are in college and not in jail because of opportunities that Corzine created.

Under Corzine’s leadership, New Jersey has cut spending in every government agency EXCEPT those dealing with children and the elderly. He is, in my opinion, one of the true heroes of government.

by JeremiahFP on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 07:03:33 AM PDT

Jeremiah (0+ / 0-)

Can you ping me off list?

brian at thealbanyproject dot com.


by NYBri on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 08:36:46 AM PDT

No wonder Keeler – that beloved nutrootsammer NYBri – is moving in on a settlement lawyer.

DYFS in New Jersey Settles for $7.5 Million

—->But then there’s the small matter of truth telling. <—
DYFS is/was and continues to be a horror show in New Jersey.

Negligence Claimed in Civil Suit

New Jersey – The estate of Faheem Williams, the 7-year-old boy from Newark whose mummified remains were found in a basement three years ago, just received a settlement for $7.5 million dollars. His siblings, Raheem and Tryone Hill Jr. were discovered sick and starving in an adjacent room in the same basement. The case led to a serious overhaul of the CPS system in New Jersey.

BullShit. Corzine and the Dems haven’t done shit for reform or expediting case settlements other than to the benefit of their croneys. And the lawyers in the case above made $2.5 million off the dead kids.

Here’s another DISASTER. That meandered through civil resolution, the lawyers got their, no criminal charges for DYFS or Court Personnel.
State settles DYFS lawsuit in death of 2 in agency’s care

The lawsuit stems from the slaying of 6-year-old Melanie, 12-year-old Scott McCarter Jr. and their mother, Wendy McCarter on May 25, 2006. Two days earlier, Amanda Bennett said she called and pleaded with DYFS employees to intervene because her step-father, who was on trial for sexually abusing her, had moved home. She feared for her half-sister’s safety.

McCarter turned the gun on himself after killing his wife and their two children.

There’s been NO reform in Childrens Services in NJ no matter how many self-serving liars say so. The Democratic Patronage System hires social workers that could give, well, a Jindal-shit:

This from a few months ago.

Feds nab former DYFS worker and girlfriend in bogus check scam

No matter for Brian Keeler to consider, there’s opportunity for money shmoozing lying lawyers scoring big paydays as every violated and murdered foster child falls through the cracks. One down,
blow-dried Brain the Party Boy moves on to smaller game, same M.O. on another blogeeta.

Christin (0+ / 0-)

Can you ping me off line?

brian at thealbanyproject dot com.

by NYBri on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 08:26:27 AM PDT

NYBri, A frivolous, bogus person ,
who has led a frivolous, bogus life now carries on for Corzine of Goldman Sachs fame…he ‘s actually blogmaiden on the thread here, when it veered off talking point

“Corzine will be re-elected.” (12+ / 0-)

I agree with your statement, but we can’t dig too deep a hole here….and we have to take this opportunity to introduce Jersey Jindal for who and what he really is.

Clammyc has laid out exactly that here.

Jersey Jindal is Chris Cristie, and the Northeast can’t afford that in the Governor’s mansion.

by NYBri on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 07:20:28 AM PDT

For anyone interested
Brian Keeler, is also Available ON TWITTER!

# Jon Corzine needs our help this year. We can’t let NJ go Red…7:13 PM Feb 18th from web

Twit – Twit.

marisacat - 15 March 2009

NYBri always seemed like some nice white pretty boy sent to play the flute for the blahgs. Soemthing like that.

19. BooHooHooMan - 15 March 2009

Sorry! 😳 ???can I get a closed bold after

“No matter for Brian Keeler to consider “

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2009


Being an ex-president these days means being part of a very exclusive, very lucrative club. But it wasn’t always that way.

“It’s somewhat unfathomable, quite frankly,” said author Leonard Benardo. “We look at Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, later Jackson, Grant, all ending their lives in relative poverty or debt. And it boggles the imagination.”

Benardo and Jennifer Weiss have written a book about the lives of ex-presidents, “Citizen-In-Chef” (HarperCollins). The idea of profiting from the presidency, they say, would have shocked our founding fathers.

“Early on it would seem to be what the founders called ‘un-republican,” or un-virtuous, to make money following one’s presidency, to engage in commercial pursuits,” he said. “And very few did.”

George Washington struggled to make ends meet … and he was one of the more prosperous early ex-presidents.

“He was cash poor,” Benardo said. “He had a 2,200-square-foot distillery, became one of the largest whiskey distillers, in fact, in Virginia.”

George Washington, the Father of Country, was making whiskey?

“That’s correct,” said Benardo.

Many of our early presidents – Jefferson, Madison, Monroe – had money issues after leaving office.

“They all did, actually,” Jennifer Weiss said. “And in fact, when we think of Jefferson’s final act, the University of Virginia, many people don’t realize that was all done with borrowed funds. And his lifestyle really caused him to leave the White House and lead a life of destitution.”

Fast forward to the 20th century.

When Harry Truman’s term was up, he paid for his own train ticket back to Independence, Missouri, where he moved into his mother-in-law’s house … and mowed the lawn himself.

Although there was nothing set up for a Chief Executive once he departed the Oval Office, Truman refused to go on corporate boards. “He felt that that was somehow wrong for a former president,” Benardo said. “He had this idea of the kind of nobility and dignity of the office of the presidency.”

How quaint. Due in part to Truman’s circumstances, in 1958 Congress voted to provide a pension for former presidents, as well as money for offices and staff.

A few ex-presidents later, Gerald Ford demonstrated the folly of thinking that financial safety net would curb a former Leader of the Free World’s ambition to cash in.

“He basically sold himself to the highest bidder,” said Weiss.

Ford sat on every corporate board that would have him – as many as 7 at the same time.

In 1989 Ronald Reagan received $2 million to give a couple of speeches in Japan.

George H.W. Bush made millions working for the Carlyle Group, a high-powered Washington, D.C. consulting firm.

But Bill Clinton has raised the game to a whole new level.

“An ex-president is gold, celebrity gold,” said Richard Laermer, who runs his own marketing firm. In the modern age, he says, presidents are like rocks stars, and rock stars make money.

“The days when you expected the president to just go sit on the front stoop and rock in his chair, those days are gone,” Laermer said.

And they’re never coming back, because as Laermer explains, “There’s too much money to be made.”

marisacat - 15 March 2009

hm I read once, and remember this is 30 years ago, that a group fo Japanese business men saw Gerald Ford, in his retirement, golfing and sent over a request that he join them later at the clubhouse.

He replied, he’d be happy to and the fee was 50K, payable at the club house. And they accepted.

So yeah I could give a flying hoo hoo about ”hope and change”. The dollar signs float in front of Ob and the wif. Biden too.. he can talk for years about how he triiiiied to steer dear Ob right on thsi or that. They will all have TRIIIIIED and will talk about it for a fucking age.

Fist bump fist bump

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2009

and they’ll build religiously-based Charter Schools with Oprah, probably overseas b/c Americans don’t deserve the help b/c they’re too lazy, and Ob will write the screenplay based on his father’s life (appearing in a cameo as a greatgrandfather or something).

marisacat - 15 March 2009

He’ll channel Martin as his true grandfather.

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2009

only the safe bobblehead Martin. Riverside Church/Memphis Garbage Strike Martin never existed.

marisacat - 15 March 2009

33 safe bobbleheaded martin

HA! Lincoln Memorial all the way baby! Dream match!

Madman in the Marketplace - 15 March 2009

Turn the key in the back and he repeats the safe parts of the speech.

21. marisacat - 15 March 2009

I read in the Independent this is happening with bank bail out money (that they printed up all special like!) in the UK as welll.

AIG Bail Out Money, in the Billions, Going Overseas

What a joke. No loyalty to anyone from the corrupt and bankrupt banks and financial services. And looking at Congress and the WH, NONE DEMANDED.

marisacat - 15 March 2009

Pair this with that… just above.

Note how Bernanke (and Geithner and Summers and Lamalovebaby) all just wanna help the BANKS. Keep that up, the depression will never end.

WASHINGTON—America’s recession “probably” will end this year if the government succeeds in bolstering the banking system, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Sunday in a rare television interview.

In carefully hedged remarks in a taped interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Bernanke seemed to express a bit more optimism that this could be done.

Still, Bernanke stressed — as he did to Congress last month — that the prospects for the recession ending this year and a recovery taking root next year hinge on a difficult task: getting banks to lend more freely again and getting the financial markets to work more normally.

“We’ve seen some progress in the financial markets, absolutely,” Bernanke said. “But until we get that stabilized and working normally, we’re not going to see recovery.

I just laughed out loud at this:

“But we do have a plan. We’re working on it. And, I do think that we will get it stabilized, and we’ll see the recession coming to an end probably this year.”

CSTAR - 15 March 2009

A man a plan a canal panama

or something.

marisacat - 15 March 2009

I have it on, and he just said that the “era of high living is over for the banks”.


22. marisacat - 15 March 2009

[T]he spike in violence along the border is an early indication that roadside bombs and other ambushes are likely to surge as thousands of new U.S. forces arrive in Afghanistan this year.

Brig. Gen. Richard Blanchette, a spokesman for the NATO-led force here, confirmed that a roadside bomb killed four U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan. A U.S. statement indicated the troops were based in Jalalabad. …

23. wu ming - 15 March 2009

once and future pakistani chief justice chaudhry has been reinstated, protesting lawyers let out of prison. great news.

24. diane - 15 March 2009

Zionism is the problem – The Zionist ideal of a Jewish state is keeping Israelis and Palestinians from living in peace.

By Ben Ehrenreich

It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1944, six years after Kristallnacht, Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, felt comfortable equating the Zionist ideal of Jewish statehood with “the concept of a racial state — the Hitlerian concept.” For most of the last century, a principled opposition to Zionism was a mainstream stance within American Judaism.

Even after the foundation of Israel, anti-Zionism was not a particularly heretical position. Assimilated Reform Jews like Rosenwald believed that Judaism should remain a matter of religious rather than political allegiance; the ultra-Orthodox saw Jewish statehood as an impious attempt to “push the hand of God”; and Marxist Jews — my grandparents among them — tended to see Zionism, and all nationalisms, as a distraction from the more essential struggle between classes.

To be Jewish, I was raised to believe, meant understanding oneself as a member of a tribe that over and over had been cast out, mistreated, slaughtered. Millenniums of oppression that preceded it did not entitle us to a homeland or a right to self-defense that superseded anyone else’s. If they offered us anything exceptional, it was a perspective on oppression and an obligation born of the prophetic tradition: to act on behalf of the oppressed and to cry out at the oppressor.

For the last several decades, though, it has been all but impossible to cry out against the Israeli state without being smeared as an anti-Semite, or worse. To question not just Israel’s actions, but the Zionist tenets on which the state is founded, has for too long been regarded an almost unspeakable blasphemy.

Yet it is no longer possible to believe with an honest conscience that the deplorable conditions in which Palestinians live and die in Gaza and the West Bank come as the result of specific policies, leaders or parties on either side of the impasse. The problem is fundamental: Founding a modern state on a single ethnic or religious identity in a territory that is ethnically and religiously diverse leads inexorably either to politics of exclusion (think of the 139-square-mile prison camp that Gaza has become) or to wholesale ethnic cleansing. Put simply, the problem is Zionism.


It’s not working. Opposing Zionism is neither anti-Semitic nor particularly radical. It requires only that we take our own values seriously and no longer, as the book of Amos has it, “turn justice into wormwood and hurl righteousness to the ground.”

Establishing a secular, pluralist, democratic government in Israel and Palestine would of course mean the abandonment of the Zionist dream. It might also mean the only salvation for the Jewish ideals of justice that date back to Jeremiah.


25. marisacat - 16 March 2009

hmm Times Online has a story on claw back… in the Bernie MadoffMess… I am guessing that Madoff investors will be turning on each other.

Lawyers report being besieged by investors seeking advice on how to protect their money from the clawback by Irving Picard, the trustee of the Madoff business. One lawyer in Manhattan, who declined to be named, said: “People are thinking about how to protect their returns. It’s something we’re getting a lot of questions about, as are other firms.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 March 2009

LOL … funny, since there were no returns.

26. marisacat - 16 March 2009

Spring is busting out all over… BBC breaking news…

Armoured cars force their way into the president’s offices in Madagascar after the army says it is siding with his political rival.

For more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

In other news, ABC has “breaking news” that Ob will search for AIG’s fat wrist and … threaten to slap it. And he’ll really really mean it.

How long to the fifth bail out of AIG I wonder. Too big to fail.

27. liberalcatnip - 16 March 2009

They’re obviously lying since Obamalama has maintained for years now that “the US does not torture”. And, as we all know, The Big O never lies.

CIA interrogation techniques used on al-Qaeda suspects “constituted torture”, according to a leaked report by the international Red Cross.

The findings were based on testimonies by 14 so-called “high-value” detainees who were held in secret CIA prisons.

They were interviewed after being transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2006.

28. marisacat - 16 March 2009

LOL FP of NYT is all about AIG. That’ll do it.. with Obama and Cuomo fils working for the peeepuhl surely we will win this thing with AIG.


29. marisacat - 16 March 2009

ooo shiver with the goodness of it all.. Cuomo is threatening subpoena if no info from AIG by 4 PM!

At lest the Italians get the drama of the sitch.

30. marisacat - 16 March 2009

It only took 96 + hours to figure this one out. Good going. What is next? Check in next week for a plan. Via Clusterstock

Obama Will Hold $30 Billion Back From AIG Unless Bonuses Are Repaid

The Treasury will use a $30 billion infusion into AIG to force the company to repay all of the bonuses promised to employees of its Financial Products group, a White House official has told the Wall Street Journal.

This is a bit confusing. We hope this means that the White House is going to make not paying out million dollar bonuses to AIGFP employees a condition of receiving the $30 billion. We’re afraid this means that AIG will be allowed to “repay” the money spent on bonuses out of the $30 billion they get from the government, which is entirely backards.

The story continues to develop, of course.

BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2009

He should just go ahead and disburse it, recouping EVEN MORE LATER by cutting the next 800 schlabillion they need down to only HALF a trillion.

The awesomeness in savings can be used to generate 2 million new or saved jobs. And when Ob starts generating those saved jobs. .. blink, blink….

WHATEVER- It a job~savey~generation~like~thing, tho I ‘m sure it eludes all the Philistines here. LOL.

31. mattes - 16 March 2009

#42, diane, great article will do diary on it. Very close to what I think. Go to the root.


32. marisacat - 16 March 2009

neue post…


……. 🙄 ………

33. BooHooHooMan - 16 March 2009

Rendell’s ally Vince Fumo got convicted today

the guy who called Rendell in to testify as his top character witness – Whoops! –

Prosecutors said Mr. Fumo awarded a contract worth $80,000 a year to a political strategist in return for little work, and gave State Senate property including laptop computers to his valet, girlfriends and family members. United States Attorney Laurie Magid said prosecutors expect to press for a prison sentence of more than 10 years.

Mr. Fumo was accused of helping to defraud a community group he co-founded, the Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, by using $1.4 million of its money to buy tools and other goods, to conduct political polls, and to file a lawsuit against a Republican enemy.

The jury also convicted Ruth Arnao, the former executive director of the community group, on 45 counts of conspiracy, fraud and tax violations.

Mr. Fumo was also charged with defrauding the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, where he was a board member, by using its luxury yachts to take overnight cruises worth $115,000.

Tip of the Iceberg, this shit Fumo got nailed for.
They’ll lawyer the shit out of this as Fumo is one of the most dug-in, corrupt, nationally connected City and Statehouse Dems in the country. Think Shelley Silver in NY. Daley in Chicago.

Fumo’s grandfather started a Bank, one that eventually obtained a Bank Charter and another , shall we say, that continued on without. Fumo is Thoroughly run in with the mob going back 80 years. Same with Rendell and his trust fund from his garment district family in NY.

If this guy Fumo ever flipped on Rendell over the Philly Gas Works Sale, the Municipal Bond Scams in Philly, State Bond issues, Pension fund steerage, slot machines brought to PA via bribing nearly the entire Democratic Caucus…fuuucccckkk ….

Reality, tho- He won’t flip on anybody. One, because his gangster associates would kill him. Secondly, it’s the creampuff nature of what he’s facing.
Looking at 2 years on 10 and minimal give backs on the money?
Too bad he won’t come clean. Fumo is one of those thoroughly corrupt, thoroughly connected insiders who could blow a hole in the whole Two Party illusion.

34. diane - 16 March 2009

mattes 51

you’re welcome…it was really nice reading that before I went to bed…gave me some hope that sane people are not totally stifled in the mainstream news……..

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