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earthquake country 6 April 2009

Posted by marisacat in Europe, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, Italy, WAR!.
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A man carries some belongings as he walks on a deserted street through the rubble of collapsed buildings, in the village of Castelnuovo, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. (Photo: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

From the UK Times:

[A]s the dust cleared in L’Aquila, tens of thousands of stunned residents, many of whom had to jump from their beds as walls collapsed around them, headed for makeshift shelters in sports pitches, stadiums and tennis courts to spend the night.

Hundreds of people, some bloodied and in shock, waited outside the main hospital in L’Aquila. Doctors treated patients outside because only two operating rooms were functioning.

Columns of residents looking like war refugees joined an exodus. They left by car and on foot, some still in the pyjamas they were wearing when the earthquake struck. By nightfall L’Aquila was a ghost town in the hands of emergency services and police. Tent cities able to accommodate between 16,000 and 20,000 people were being set up, Mr Berlusconi said during a visit to the scene. As well as the dead, about 1,500 people were injured.  ...snip…

Bianca, a dog whose owners are missing after the quake, looks to a police officer as they walk through the rubble of collapsed buildings, in the village of Castelnuovo, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. (Photo: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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war country…

From Dahr Jamail:

As the threat of a resurgence of sectarian violence grows, black funeral banners hang across Baghdad, ominous reminders that there is no normal life in the war-ravaged country.

The Los Angeles Times reports , “At a time when the Iraqi government and US military speak of lower death tolls, black banners drape the mosque walls and traffic circles of Baghdad, telling a different story of a world beyond statistics, where killings still ripple through society. These disposable funeral banners, randomly read by drivers who pass on the word about the drive-by shootings, bombings and assassinations they document, remind ordinary Iraqis that nothing is as it seems, that the embers of the recent civil war still burn.”

Meanwhile, violence continues across the country. A brief tally of the last several days gives an idea of the situation in Iraq:

  • Sunday, April 5: nine Iraqis killed, 30 wounded
  • Saturday, April 4: one US marine, two Iraqis killed; eight Iraqis wounded
  • Friday, April 3: one US soldier, five Iraqis killed; 17 Iraqis wounded
  • Thursday, April 2: nine Iraqis killed, 22 wounded
  • Wednesday, April 1: one US soldier, 15 Iraqis killed; 25 Iraqis wounded
  • At the height of the sectarian violence that ravaged Iraq between early 2006 and mid-2007, some days found 300 Iraqis being killed. Right now, Iraq is teetering on the brink of returning to that level of bloodletting.

    I read earlier one US mil died … Sunday I suppose, in Iraq.  Aside from what number of Iraqis died… on and on it goes, where it ends………

    ***

    Oh well.. call it genocide then.. and now.. ?  A sidestep, two step, box step, fox trot.. a waltz… a chicken walk.

    As a senator, and then as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama often talked about how bold he was to call the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire just what it was: a genocide.

    “America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides,” he said. “I intend to be that President.”

    In a January 2008 letter to the Armenian Reporter, Mr. Obama said he shared “with Armenian Americans – so many of whom are descended from genocide survivors – a principled commitment to commemorating and ending genocide. That starts with acknowledging the tragic instances of genocide in world history.”  [my bold]

    It slips so easily from the lips of a candidate, to later hang in the air… and hang and hang…

    In 2006, Mr. Obama noted, “I criticized the secretary of State for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, after he properly used the term ‘genocide’ to describe Turkey’s slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting in 1915.

    I shared with secretary Rice my firmly held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence.”

    Asserted Mr. Obama, back then: “The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy.”

    Mr. Obama also stated unequivocally that “as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

    He really really meant it!  He did…

    Mr. Obama also stated unequivocally that “as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

    His position on the matter was so strong, the Armenian National Committee of America had its own Obama File on Armenian Genocide Recognition which included a Youtube clip of the President on the campaign trial saying, “there was a genocide that did take place against the Armenian people. It is one of these situations where we have seen a constant denial on the part of the Turkish government.”

    Really really wanted the American Armenian vote.

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    1. catnip - 6 April 2009

    Michele Bachmann. Nutbar. Seriously.

    It’s under the guise of — quote — volunteerism. But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government. …

    I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    A comment from that thread:

    gnocchi
    Comment posted April 6, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

    Waitasec… if these camps are for right-wingers, shouldn’t they just be called “education” camps?

    lol

    Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    like the “volunteer military”, though I guess “volunteering” is only good in her world if you’re KILLING PEOPLE.

    2. catnip - 6 April 2009

    lol

    For these reasons, and many others, we sign our names urging those in Congress to strip Minnesota of membership in The Union, and make it a protectorate of Norway.
    Minnesota’s seats in the US House of Representatives and US Senate will be transferred to states that can use them. One Minnesota senate seat will be allocated to New York, and the other will be allocated to Wisconsin. Minnesota’s seats in the House of Representatives will be awarded to the District of Columbia.

    The United States Flag will not be altered to now have 49 stars. Instead, the star representing Minnesota (fourth row, third from the right) will have an asterisk by it.

    All “cool” residents of Minnesota (e.g., Al Franken, Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks) will be considered to be from Canada, like Neil Young.

    3. marisacat - 6 April 2009

    Cessna on the loose Alert!

    maybe Madman should get under the bed or behind the sofa… apparently the WI State Cap is closed…

    Cessna fears. The media says he knows the FBI and the two F 16s are monitoring him and is not responding…

    We will die of sheer drama.

    Have they sighted a formation of Canadian geese behind him?

    Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    oh noes! Our base are belong to him!

    Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    Stolen plane headed for St. Louis

    A stolen aircraft being pursued by F-16 fighters, which forced the evacuation of the state Capitol building in Madison, is now over southern Illinois, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

    Mike Kucharek, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado, said that by 6:25 p.m., the Cessna 172 had a “glide path” headed toward St. Louis with the pilot continuing to refuse to communicate with any authorities.

    “We don’t know what the motive is. I wouldn’t want to speculate on that. We are treating this with the most utmost seriousness,” Kucharek said.

    The fighters continue to pursue the Cessna 172, reported stolen from Thunder Bay in Ontario, said Lt. Commander Gary Ross, another spokesman for NORAD at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    The Capitol was evacuated for about 35 minutes as a precaution after the two Wisconsin Air National Guard fighters were dispatched to track a single-engine plane.

    Kucharek said the plane was stolen, apparently by a student pilot, about 2:30 p.m. and the pilot has been flying erratically and has not communicated with the fighter pilots.

    Ross said the fighters intercepted the aircraft at 3:43 p.m. near the Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula border, and that its pilot ignored non-verbal commands from the fighter pilots. The fighter pilots are attempting make the Cessna’s pilot contact local Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers who can direct a safe landing.

    In Madison, Department of Justice spokesman Bill Cosh said “several precautions” were taken at the state Capitol after the report of the plane.

    The Capitol was evacuated at about 5:10 p.m. and Capitol Police officers circled the building, telling state workers and visitors to “get as far away as possible.”

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    the Cessna 172 had a “glide path” headed toward St. Louis with the pilot continuing to refuse to communicate with any authorities.

    I was about to say… St Louis Alert.. He’s about to take them out!

    BUT the report I caught said he took it with a full load of fuel… no idea how far those fly with a full tank…

    Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    According to the wiki page, 790 mi, 1,272 km at 55% power at 12,000 ft (3,040 m).

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    The fighters continue to pursue the Cessna 172, reported stolen from Thunder Bay in Ontario,

    Damn. We canucks will never be allowed into your country again after this. Oh well. The exchange rate sucks right now anyway.

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    well.. you can come in, after you face down the Howitzer Formation at the borders. Designed to take down geese — and whatever the geese try to smuggle in…

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    I don’t look like a goose.

    I don’t think.

    Hmmm…I’d better check.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    silly goose!

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    Have they sighted a formation of Canadian geese behind him?

    That was definitely my first suspicion.

    4. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    Are Republicans Blackmailing Obama?
    by Scott Horton

    Senate Republicans are now privately threatening to derail the confirmation of key Obama administration nominees for top legal positions by linking the votes to suppressing critical torture memos from the Bush era. A reliable Justice Department source advises me that Senate Republicans are planning to “go nuclear” over the nominations of Dawn Johnsen as chief of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh as State Department legal counsel if the torture documents are made public. The source says these threats are the principal reason for the Obama administration’s abrupt pullback last week from a commitment to release some of the documents. A Republican Senate source confirms the strategy. It now appears that Republicans are seeking an Obama commitment to safeguard the Bush administration’s darkest secrets in exchange for letting these nominations go forward.

    Oh Scott, the Bamites are just fine w/ continuing the cover-ups. If they gave a shit about anything he “promised” they’d finally kill off the fucking filibuster and push things through.

    They don’t, so they won’t.

    5. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    Ali Velshi on How “Lucky” an 84 Year Old Woman Still Waiting Tables Is

    Ali Velshi: That woman who you had in your story, the woman who’d been a waitress, I almost wonder whether people who live close to the edge, but don’t carry a lot of debt are not as affected by this recession. They’ve sort of been living in that state for a while. There’s not a lot of room they’ve had to fall.

    Guttierez: Ali, you’re absolutely right. I think that’s the lesson here. You look at somebody like Mildred, she’s 84 years old. She’s still waiting tables, but she’s doing it to supplement her social security income. The most important thing here is that she has no mortgage..

    Ali: right ..

    Guttierez: She doesn’t have the monkey on her back that we all have and so she doesn’t have to worry. She feels that she can move through this crisis because she lives simply, she was able to pay off her house, and she doesn’t have the big worry so many people out there have, which is mortgage.

    Velshi: We hear a lot of people talking about their grandparents who experienced the recession, or the depression and how they learned the value of a dollar. That might be the silver lining to this thing. We might have a new generation who knows how to stretch a dollar and how to stay clear of as much debt as we’ve gotten ourselves into.

    Guttierez: Absolutely. And that’s Mildred’s point. You have to learn from this crisis. You have to take it to the future, you have to learn to live within your means, and make sure that you pay off that house and that you buy a house you can afford. She says that that’s really the way that she’s able to sleep at night.

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    oh ffs. That is really offensive.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    that weekend “money” show is chock full of that kind of shit, every week.

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    Oh, hey – it’s fun being poor and watching the price of every fucking thing go up. No worries here.

    6. marisacat - 6 April 2009

    It landed… Highway 60 in MO.

    Now what.

    7. Arcturus - 6 April 2009

    It’s an interesting situation in Sacramento: Even though the reality has been that growth in on-the-street homelessness hasn’t started to take off, yet (dispite what you’ve been told in all the misinformation that has come from the months-long international Oprah-initiated media blitz on Sacramento homelessness), it will soon, and it will skyrocket. Bad times aren’t here; they’re in the offing.

    A curious thing: The city is spending a pretty-fair-sized pot of money [~$1,000,000] to address the situation that is at hand NOW, to shelter (or disperse or hide) ~180 campers in tent city, when the BIG BIG problems are sure to come later this year, extending well into 2010.

    Tent city happened, not so much because of “new homeless,” families made destitute because of the flailing economy, but because people already on the street were being rousted – from the mission area on Bannon Street [near to homeless services; rousted by the cops in Nov iirc – A] and crack alley and elsewhere.

    that Oprah reporter, “Ling” iirc, beat out the ‘up-lifting’ ‘luck’ story above, when, talking about one family she pressed her ‘point’ as to how the Situation was bringing the family closer & more in touch w/ those family values that really matter

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    Well Ling is currently being held by the No Koreans. The story seems slightly reported on, but also more than a bit suppressed (CurrentTV here is shutting down any contact with any reporters apparently)… so she si getting a dose of something. State values maybe….

    All that patronising of people suffering is inexcusable.

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    If the Oprah “Ling” is Lisa (National Geographic reporter, iirc), it’s her sister that’s being held in N Korea.

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    I think it is both of them, LL and the sister, at least from reports that have been here.

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    From Reporters Without Borders:

    Reporters Without Borders urges the North Korean authorities not to go ahead with their announced intention to try two American journalists of Asian origin, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, on charges of entering the country illegally and carrying out “hostile” activities.

    The two journalists, who work for San Francisco-based online television station Current TV, were arrested by the North Korean authorities on 17 March after travelling through northern China to the North Korean border to do a story on trafficking in North Korean women. According to an email which one of them sent to a Reporters Without Borders contact, they wanted to investigate the networks organising the smuggling of women out of North Korea and their sale in China.

    Hmmm…I didn’t even know there were 2 in trouble.

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    My error… Laura.. over and over I just glossed over it put cotton in my ears and heard ”Lisa”. Even with photos of the two mounted with the news…

    8. catnip - 6 April 2009

    Note to self: do not glide in a Cessna to visit Madman or you’ll end up in MO.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    a fitting punishment!

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    Sadist.

    What the hell would I do in MO?

    9. catnip - 6 April 2009

    Hedges: Resist or become serfs

    April 06, 2009 “TruthDig” — America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. Our anemic democracy will be replaced with a robust national police state. The elite will withdraw into heavily guarded gated communities where they will have access to security, goods and services that cannot be afforded by the rest of us. Tens of millions of people, brutally controlled, will live in perpetual poverty. This is the inevitable result of unchecked corporate capitalism. The stimulus and bailout plans are not about saving us. They are about saving them. We can resist, which means street protests, disruptions of the system and demonstrations, or become serfs.

    Whew.

    Cheesecake, anybody?

    (Never slit your wrists on an empty stomach.)

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    Bingo:

    You are going to see the biggest waste, fraud and abuse in American history,” Nader warned when I asked about the bailouts. “Not only is it wrongly directed, not only does it deal with the perpetrators instead of the people who were victimized, but they don’t have a delivery system of any honesty and efficiency. The Justice Department is overwhelmed. It doesn’t have a tenth of the prosecutors, the investigators, the auditors, the attorneys needed to deal with the previous corporate crime wave before the bailout started last September. It is especially unable to deal with the rapacious ravaging of this new money by these corporate recipients. You can see it already. The corporations haven’t lent it. They have used some of it for acquisitions or to preserve their bonuses or their dividends. As long as they know they are not going to jail, and they don’t see many newspaper reports about their colleagues going to jail, they don’t care. It is total impunity. If they quit, they quit with a golden parachute. Even [General Motors CEO Rick] Wagoner is taking away $21 million.”

    Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2009

    The lies employed to camouflage the economic decline are legion. President Ronald Reagan included 1.5 million U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine service personnel with the civilian work force to magically reduce the nation’s unemployment rate by 2 percent. President Bill Clinton decided that those who had given up looking for work, or those who wanted full-time jobs but could only find part-time employment, were no longer to be counted as unemployed. This trick disappeared some 5 million unemployed from the official unemployment rolls. If you work more than 21 hours a week-most low-wage workers at places like Wal-Mart average 28 hours a week-you are counted as employed, although your real wages put you below the poverty line. Our actual unemployment rate, when you include those who have stopped looking for work and those who can only find part-time jobs, is not 8.5 percent but 15 percent. A sixth of the country is now effectively unemployed. And we are shedding jobs at a faster rate than in the months after the 1929 crash.

    The consumer price index, used by the government to measure inflation, is meaningless. To keep the official inflation figures low the government has been substituting basic products it once measured to check for inflation with ones that do not rise very much in price. This sleight of hand has kept the cost-of-living increases tied to the CPI artificially low. The New York Times’ consumer reporter, W.P. Dunleavy, wrote that her groceries now cost $587 a month, up from $400 a year earlier. This is a 40 percent increase. California economist John Williams, who runs an organization called Shadow Statistics, contends that if Washington still used the CPI measurements applied back in the 1970s, inflation would be 10 percent.

    The corporate state, and the political and intellectual class that served the corporate state, constructed a financial and political system based on illusions. Corporations engaged in pyramid lending that created fictitious assets. These fictitious assets became collateral for more bank lending. The elite skimmed off hundreds of millions in bonuses, commissions and salaries from this fictitious wealth. Politicians, who dutifully served corporate interests rather than those of citizens, were showered with campaign contributions and given lucrative jobs when they left office. Universities, knowing it was not good business to challenge corporatism, muted any voices of conscience while they went begging for corporate donations and grants. Deceptive loans and credit card debt fueled the binges of a consumer society and hid falling wages and the loss of manufacturing jobs.

    10. catnip - 6 April 2009

    This is not good…

    But even as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declared an emergency and promised a record number of rescue teams, a bitter row was raging over whether lives could have been saved by evacuating homes before the quake struck at 3.32am. The quake measured 5.8 on the Richter Scale, according to the Italian National Institute of Geophysics. The US Geological Survey measured it as 6.3.

    A flurry of earth tremors struck the L’Aquila area in mid-January, prompting Giampaolo Giuliani, a researcher at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, whose laboratories are deep beneath the Gran Sasso mountain on L’Aquila’s skyline to sound the alarm.

    In interviews before the earthquake struck he claimed that he had developed an early warning system based not on seismic waves but on radon which is only expelled from the earth under intense pressure.

    After his warnings, vans with megaphones toured L’Aquila urging people to leave their homes. But the mayor, Massimo Cialente, allegedly served the seismologist with a warning of criminal charges for scare-mongering, even though the region had experienced nine tremors since the start of April.

    “Now there are people who have to apologise to me and who will have what has happened on their conscience,” Mr Giuliani told La Repubblica. The expert said he was helpless to act as it became clear to him on Sunday that a quake was imminent. “I didn’t know who to turn to, I had been put under investigation for saying there was going to be an earthquake.”

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    There is a series of studies going on here in CA about that sort of theory, that precursor quakes and reading underground (and maybe above ground, I don’t know much about it) gas levels might be developed into a way to detect bigger earthquakes hitting. they’ve got readers and sensors plugged in all thru sections of a fault somewhere south and inland from me, again iirc.

    We certainly had what seemed to be that in ’89, iirc two in August I think it was, that were near or over 5.0 from the same area as the Loma Prieta, my buidling at the Embarcadero (30+ stories up) swayed with both…

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    I can’t imagine. I’ve never lived in an earthquake zone but I think if I heard a warning from a guy from a nuclear physics institute, I might consider getting the hell out of Dodge for a while if I could.

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    Some program I caught, a news crew went to the epicenter, East of Aquila and then drove to Aquila… everything in between on the roadway was pretty much demolished. So they said……………….

    11. Arcturus - 6 April 2009

    Thousands flee bomb attacks by US drones:

    Data Khel. American drone attacks on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan are causing a massive humanitarian emergency, Pakistani officials claimed after a new attack yesterday killed 13 people, according to the Times. The dead and injured included foreign militants, but women and children were also killed when two missiles hit a house in the village of Data Khel, near the Afghan border, according to local officials. As many as 1m people have fled their homes in the Tribal Areas to escape attacks by the unmanned spy planes as well as bombings by the Pakistani army. In Bajaur agency entire villages have been flattened by Pakistani troops under growing American pressure to act against Al-Qaeda militants, who have made the area their base. Kacha Garhi is one of 11 tented camps across Pakistan’s frontier province once used by Afghan refugees and now inhabited by hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis made homeless in their own land. So far 546,000 have registered as internally displaced people (IDPs) according to figures provided by Rabia Ali, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Maqbool Shah Roghani, administrator for IDPs at the Commission for Afghan Refugees. The commissioner’s office says there are thousands more unregistered people who have taken refuge with relatives and friends or who are in rented accommodation. Jamil Amjad, the commissioner in charge of the refugees, says the government is running short of resources to feed and shelter such large numbers. A fortnight ago two refugees were killed and six njured in clashes with police during protests over shortages of water, food and tents.

    12. Arcturus - 6 April 2009
    13. marisacat - 6 April 2009

    Plane plot thickens… CNN

    [T]he pilot reportedly stole a small Cessna 172 aircraft from a Canadian flight school, flew hundreds of miles across the Midwest, landed on a dirt road in Missouri late Monday and took off on foot, federal officials said.

    Federal, state and local authorities launched a manhunt for the pilot, who was identified by the FBI as Yavuz Berke, 31, a native of Turkey who became a Canadian citizen last year. He was formerly known as Adam Leon, though officials did not indicate a reason for the name change.

    A federal law enforcement source said Burke parked the plane under what appeared to be a bridge or culvert, apparently in an attempt to hide it. …

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    Damn. I was hoping it was our PM. Bummer.

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    US Troopers get their man…

    A pilot who stole a small plane from a northern Ontario airport and was tracked Monday night by U.S. fighter jets has been captured by Missouri State Troopers after landing on a highway.

    A dispatcher from the Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed late Monday night that the pilot landed in south-central Missouri and was arrested.

    “We are right in the middle of this,” she said, adding no more details were available yet. …

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    Well, I’m sure once he figured out he was in MO and his only source of entertainment would be Kit Bond, he willingly surrendered.

    marisacat - 6 April 2009

    Or McCaskill… not much better. If at all.

    catnip - 6 April 2009

    rofl

    What’s in the water in MO? Must be a derivative of whatever they have in Minnesota.

    14. catnip - 6 April 2009
    15. lucid - 6 April 2009

    Something I wrote:

    21st Century Keepsake

    You keep
    Your keep
    With solicitude,

    Docile,
    Decorative,
    With hints of Dvorak.

    Because the new world
    Elicits the pristine forms of the old:

    With its black eyes
    And blood pustules,
    Rapes,
    And solicitation.

    You keep
    Your keep.

    16. diane - 6 April 2009

    37 Arcturus

    Thanks for that piece…

    ******

    Just had to share this bleak Pennsylvania Cop commentary by Jonathan Turley before going to sleep…hat tip to Lord David Byron (of all people,…jeeez):

    The “Eyes” Have It: Philadelphia Police Accused Of Cutting Security Systems Before Looting Stores

    Recently, there have been a spate of charges against officers in New York and other cities captured on video cameras in incriminating acts. Philadelphia police appear to have different approach: they first methodically disable cameras before allegedly committing criminal acts. In one video at the heart of the current scandal, Officers Jeffrey Cujdik and Thomas Tolstoy allegedly enter a bodega with other narcotics members and immediately disable the security cameras by cutting wires before removing cash and pigging out on free food. In the September 2007 video, Tolstoy looks at each of the camera and tells the team: “I got like seven or eight eyes. There’s one outside. There is one, two, three, four in the aisles, and there’s one right here somewhere.”Unfortunately for them, there was a back-up system.

    The scene is described in the article below:

    Then Sgt. Bologna looks up and waves his finger toward the ceiling: “Whaddya got, cameras over there? . . . Where are they hooked up to?”

    In fact, every officer seems fixated on the surveillance system.

    “Where’s the video cameras? The cassette for it?” Richard Cujdik asks.

    “Does it record?” Jeffrey Cujdik quickly adds.

    Officer Kuhn then steps up on a milk crate that he had placed underneath a ceiling camera and struggles to reach it. “I need to be f—ing taller,” Kuhn mumbles as another officer laughs.

    “You got a ladder in here, Cuz?” Kuhn asks Duran.

    “Yo,” Tolstoy calls out from behind the register. “Does this camera go home? Can you view this on your computer, too?”

    “I can see [at], yeah, home, yeah,” Duran replies.

    “So your wife knows we’re here, then?” Tolstoy asks.

    “My wife? No. She not looking the computer right now,” Duran says.

    “Hey, Sarge . . . Come ‘ere,” Tolstoy shouts out.

    Bologna ambles over to the front counter.

    Jeffrey Cujdik leans in and whispers, “There’s one in the back corner right there.”

    “It can be viewed at home,” Tolstoy says.

    As the others talk, Officer Parrotti reaches up to another camera in front of the register. He pulls the wire down and slices it with a bread knife taken from the store’s deli.

    “OK. We’ll disconnect it,” Bologna assures Tolstoy. “That’s cool.”

    Meanwhile, Parrotti’s hand covers the camera lens and he appears to yank the camera from the ceiling.

    The screen goes black.

    “They could watch what’s happening at the store at your house?” Bologna asks.

    The audio cuts out.

    After locating Tolstoy’s “eyes,” the Nacotics Field Unit Officers cut every wire. They then arrested the owner for misdemeanors and take nearly $10,000 in cash. Also missing are cartons of Marlboros and Newports. the officers also allegedly drank free sodas and wolfed down fresh turkey hoagies, Little Debbie fudge brownies and Cheez-Its.

    What is also equally disturbing is the pretext of the raid. In Philadelphia, police may raid businesses that sell small zip lock bags as drug paraphernalia. Under state law, it’s illegal to sell containers if the store owner “knows or should reasonably know” that the buyer intends to use them to package drugs. It strikes me as a facially absurd law that is ripe for abuse.

    The video reinforces the accounts of other businesses complaining about some of the same officers coming in to their businesses and cutting the surveillance systems before looting cash, products and food. At least eight other stores reported the same tactics by Cujdik and others.
    All of the raids were made under the pretext of this baggie law and the owners complained that thousands of dollars were taken but that only a fraction was recorded at the station.

    Cujdik is already under investigation for allegedly lying on search warrants to gain access to suspected drug homes. His brother — Officer Richard Cujdik — is also involved in some of these allegations.

    Notably, in the raid, the Cujdik brothers, Tolstoy, Thomas JKuhn, Anthony Parrotti and squad supervisor Sgt. Joseph Bologna entered despite that fact that no ziplock bags were sold during the period of their surveillance. They also search the owners van despite not having a warrant for the van.

    During the raid, Jeffrey Cujdik told Duran that he was seizing the cameras and computer monitor “as evidence because you’re selling drug paraphernalia. So we gotta get rid of it. . . . You got yourself on video selling drug paraphernalia.” A ridiculous and transparent suggestion.

    Despite this ridiculous law and these equally ridiculous assertions, Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon in February 2008 sentenced the owner Jose Duran to nine months’ probation after he pleaded “no contest” to the charges. He lost his business.

    For the full story, click here.

    Yeah, Pennsylvania, where the “Legal” system is so rotten to the core that: …judges funnel juveniles into for-profit detention centers in return for kickbacks…

    goodnight all……

    BooHooHooMan - 6 April 2009

    LOL.
    – Spot-on , From the thread on the Daily News story …

    Posted by Dave666 10:53 AM, 03/30/2009

    bad cops ruin it for the 5% of honest ones

    17. marisacat - 7 April 2009

    Michael Hudson has a piece to match the Hedges linked up thread. One thing is certain, however they [think they can] slap us into some fake shape for 2012 or whatever, we are going to just collapse again. vastly more in dept than ever before.

    18. NYCO - 7 April 2009

    Interesting psychological bit from the NYT about the (supposed?) benefits of a prideful attitude…

    You notice this among young people a lot today. I would come across a web page, for example, where some techie was introducing a modestly useful new plugin or some bit of software or even just a new site design and they would announce it like, “I’m pleased and very proud to announce that I have revamped my website…” And I’m like, great, but why are you feeling so proud of yourself for something that minor? But I guess that’s just the way of the new proudspeak. Minor tweaks are a cause for great pride.

    The article says that this put-on pride is supposedly beneficial to all and sundry around one, but I have to wonder if that’s only up to a point. As for me, I get depressed when I realize the plugin or software isn’t really all that useful, yet the creator keeps blathering on proudly. After awhile all the proud-talk just becomes meaningless noise. So it isn’t making me feel any better (or prouder).

    19. diane - 7 April 2009

    (47)

    Shoot, looks you have to bold each paragraph now like you do with italics, I had bolded this pertinent paragraph:

    “Despite this ridiculous law and these equally ridiculous assertions, Municipal Court Judge James M. DeLeon in February 2008 sentenced the owner Jose Duran to nine months’ probation after he pleaded “no contest” to the charges. He lost his business.

    And I would have loved to been able to include bolding with the italics on this from BAR:

    “…judges funnel juveniles into for-profit detention centers in return for kickbacks…”

    *****

    48 Boo Hoo Hoo Man

    …Thought you might appreciate that, I mean to go back and read all the comments when I get off work today….

    50 NYCO

    Couldn’t agree more

    ******

    gotta go to work

    have a good one all………………..

    20. NYCO - 7 April 2009

    Fighting over Koreatown/Little Bangladesh…

    Korean leaders say that there is room for a Little Bangladesh, but that there are boundaries. “It’s nice to embrace other communities,” said Brad Lee, a member of the Koreatown neighborhood council’s board, “as long as it’s not in our backyard. Or in our front yard.”

    All right, I do have to ask the regrettably un-PC question: Wouldn’t a statement like this draw national gasps and condemnation if uttered by Brad “Whitey” White, the white council board member on White Street in Whitestown, Indiana?

    Just goes to show that fear of diversity isn’t an exclusively white value. It seems more to do with being economically secure.

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    Prepare (or the locals should) for a long battle. Ours over “Little Saigon” and “Saigon Business Community” down in San Jose (so not even the division of Bangladeshi and Koreans) went on over a year. Harsh divisions, name calling, finally sides divided calling other sides “Communist”, street protests, boycotts inside the community you name it it showed up…

    then some called the white mayor a communist (he is a Democrat and was a better choice than the Dem who ran against him, Dem establishment wanted his opponent, they flew out everybody to assist)… they moved to recall a Vietnamese council member (herself a part of the greater Vietnamese community, child of “boat people”)…. on and on it went. I followed it all, for the diversion.

    ***

    and sorry you languished in Moderation while i was dead asleep… 😳

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    oh don’t worry about being un PC… LOL I have a toss off line I’ve used for years (somewhat humorously but not entirely) about “race relations” or other cultural/ tribal/ color/ issues… “Call me when the Fijians and the Somoans decide to get along”.

    I’d love greater reconciliation in the world, but I try to be realistic, too…

    21. BooHooHooMan - 7 April 2009

    {…looking for fainting couch…}
    Oh my.
    LOL.
    I suddenly had the urge to write about Mickey Rooney and Basketball.

    [ A piece on Houle at FSZ]

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    LOL loved how you smacked him around. Wham! Wham!

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    My eyes – they burn.

    He should be wearing an ascot with his (terry cloth) smoking jacket while sipping (faux) cognac.

    22. catnip - 7 April 2009

    I see Obamalama (praise be to him) is in Iraq today wagging his finger.

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    …and that dumb Dow. It went down.

    It should have SURGED. Does it know nothing. Waaaaa.

    23. catnip - 7 April 2009

    TEH GAYZ are taking over. Vermont legalizes gay marriage with veto override

    MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont on Tuesday became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature’s vote.

    The House recorded a dramatic 100-49 vote — the minimum needed — to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto. Its vote followed a much easier override vote in the Senate, which rebuffed the Republican governor with a vote of 23-5.

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    LOL You first!

    24. marisacat - 7 April 2009

    Madman just sent me this…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/07/vermont-legalizes-gay-mar_n_184034.html

    The leg overrode the governor’s veto…

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Yes, I was scanning for “AfPak” news. Funny, I don’t recall “CamNam” Or “VietBodia” being used in the 60s/70s. Shades of Bennifer? I know…it’s hard werk to say the complete name of 2 things these days.

    Did you see the old fart foreign affairs brigade (Zbig & war criminal Kissinger) on Charlie Rose last nite? How old is Henry now? 167?

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    I did catch part of it (fell asleep) and thought it was AWFUL.

    If only Kissinger would die.. and i can only stand Zbig when he is opposing Democrats. Not giving Obrama a tongue bath.

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Zbig is obviously a very intelligent man. Tarnished by politics, unfortunately.

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    If they could only stop short of puppy love. Gah.

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Not exactly your typical log cabin. Are they going to ribbon off the apartment?

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    I hope the idea dies the death it deserves…

    25. marisacat - 7 April 2009

    The worm turns… inevitably.

    Obama Bashing in Bavaria and Paris

    US President Barack Obama says Turkey’s future is in the European Union. Not everyone agrees. Numerous politicians in Germany have gone on the attack, and even French President Sarkozy is unimpressed. Turkey’s role at the NATO summit has soured the mood.

    Now that Obama is in Turkey, however, some political camps — particularly in Germany — have discovered the political efficacy of Obama bashing. While in Ankara, Obama reiterated his support for Turkish membership in the European Union, a position he first voiced on Sunday in Prague. That doesn’t sit well with some.

    “Turkey is bound to Europe by more than bridges over the Bosporus,” Obama told the Turkish parliament on Monday. “Centuries of shared history, culture and commerce bring you together. And Turkish membership would broaden and strengthen Europe’s foundation once more.”

    It is a sentiment not universally shared in Europe. On Monday, a number of politicians, particularly in Germany, went on the offensive. “It is a meddling in the internal affairs of Europe,” Bernd Posselt, a member of the European Parliament from Bavarian’s conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), blustered in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. “The EU is not Obama’s plaything. … He should accept Turkey as America’s 51st state instead,” he continued. …snip…

    Well he did act like he owned Europe… and those nice people waving at him were his subjects.

    I thought it was all pretty hilarious. What goes up, must come down.

    Maybe they will all point fingers and call the other Communist… 😆

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    “The EU is not Obama’s plaything. … He should accept Turkey as America’s 51st state instead,” he continued.

    lol

    Food fight!

    26. lucid - 7 April 2009

    saw this over at Ioz and thought it might be of interest…

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    From the Wapo article:

    Fairfax School Board members have debated over time whether to allow students to carry Tylenol or other over-the-counter medicines without registering them with the school nurse. County policy permits cough drops to be carried on campus, for instance, but not shared. Arlington County policies permit high school students to carry over-the-counter pain relievers. A 2006 state law in Maryland overturned some local rules requiring a doctor’s note for children to use sunscreen at school.

    In Virginia, school systems must comply with state code regarding prescription medications and illegal drugs on campus. Students face expulsion if they bring to school any “controlled substance” or addictive drug regulated by the federal government. “Imitation controlled substances,” which could include virtually any prescription pill, are subject to the same hefty repercussions. Local school boards can give a lighter punishment after a review.

    In Maryland, school systems have more leeway to set their own drug policies. In the District, prescription medications should be confiscated if they are brought to school without a doctor’s order, Dena Iverson, a spokeswoman for the school system, wrote in an e-mail.

    ‘One nation under gawd almighty – and barred from OTC meds for the under 18 crowd. Depending…

    INSANITY.

    lucid - 7 April 2009

    Oh – and I made the mistake of persuing the first couple of pages of comments to the article… remind me to leave the country if I ever decide to have children. We live in a nation of fucking morons.

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Do you guys get a manual when you’re born? So many laws and rules. How are you even supposed to know about all of them when they’re so bizarre?

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    😆 Nobody’s got a manual.

    I think it all just got really tough as the Feds took a sort of fake/destructive interest in the schools.. fundies of all sorts (I don’t necessarily mean religious) infiltrated the local school boards… and as of the about the 50s school administration got heavier and heavier. And better and better paid, to justify their existance. And all that hoopla for decades over “Just say No”, the in-school DARE programs (forget what the acronym stood for but anti drug stuff in the schools).. whcih had children coming home and threatneing to reprt their parents for cigarette smoking. That last happened to an aquaintance of mine, right here in San Francisco.

    And I say this having never been inside a public school, but they have been a good barometer to watch for a long while, to keep track of fulminating insanity, loss of rights, various forms of invasion… and simple BOIL OVER.

    What a fucking mess.

    lucid - 7 April 2009

    I think it really got rolling in the ’80’s. I graduated in 1990 and still had a modicum of respect as a teenager – but that was partially because I was a straight A student, so no one expected me to actually be a stoner too…

    Now? It’s a nightmare. I feel so sorry for children growing up today – and no doubt they’re being molded into perfect sheep.

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    I was a straight A student, so no one expected me to actually be a stoner too…

    I resemble that remark.

    Now? It’s a nightmare.

    No kidding. I’d be one neurotic little bugger if I was a kid these days.

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    I think it just kept ramping up, decade after decade after decade… with more and more radical jingo scheisse and radical “root out the problem”, lunatic stupid “fix the problem”… the problem eventually being distilled to “being a kid”. They were in view, so smack them around.

    The whole thing is so reeking of reformist (of the worst sort) oppressive repressive prohibitionist goo .. that I don’t know where to start.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2009

    we don’t, that’s half the fun. I personally watched what everyone else did, then did the opposite, and it worked pretty good for me.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2009

    oops, that was supposed to be a reply to catnip’s “Do you guys get a manual when you’re born?”.

    27. catnip - 7 April 2009

    Nonna crocheted under ruins

    A 98-YEAR-OLD woman was pulled from the rubble of L’Aquila last night, 30 hours after an earthquake devastated the historic Italian town.

    The rescue came as the death toll in Italy’s deadliest earthquake in nearly 30 years rose to 207 and left tens of thousands sheltering in makeshift camps.

    Maria D’Antuono told the ANSA news agency she whiled away the time by “doing crochet”. Sky TG24 said the woman was in good condition.

    Never surrender (your crochet hook)!

    28. marisacat - 7 April 2009

    hmm Fujimori convicted in Peru

    RIO DE JANEIRO, April 7 — Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori was convicted Tuesday of human rights violations and sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in killings and kidnappings by security forces during his government’s battle against leftist guerrillas in the 1990s.

    The verdict, delivered by a three-judge panel on a police base outside of Lima where Fujimori has been held throughout the trial, marked the first time that an elected head of state has been extradited back to his home country. tried and convicted for human rights violations. …snip…

    lucid - 7 April 2009

    Let me guess… Lori Berenson is still in jail…

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    Last I read she surely was.. tho, at least from the report, it seemed in a better, less harrassed and harmed place.

    29. catnip - 7 April 2009

    I was checking out this story when I noticed the photo’s caption: Jo Psofinis walks her 12 dogs walks his dogs in Edworthy Park today with the city skyline looming in the background. Holy dog crap.

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    On second look, there’s apparently some gender confusion issue going on there. lol

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    oh that skyline is so evocative of San Francisco… esp from a certain view, as you come up from the airport, from the south, on 280. You turn a large slow curve and the city comes into view, a solid wall of high rise. One trip in from the air port it hit me really hard and I just lay down in the back seat of the cab.

    As for dog walking… $341 is the new fee for missing your dog’s poop in SF and a second 341 if you are found to be without baggies.

    Don’t have baggies on you if suspected of being a druggie! DO have baggies on you if walking the dog!

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Well, you must really be SOL in Philly where you can be busted for trying to buy doggy poop bags (zip locks) and then you’re caught without them and fined. lol

    30. marisacat - 7 April 2009

    Kind of pathetic. Anything at all is “breaking news”:

    Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

    American Lawmakers Meet With Fidel Castro for the First Time Since 2006, AP Reports [3:13 p.m. ET]

    The nearly useless Barbara Lee delegation. Good luck Barbara!

    I actually had some hope in the early 80s… ability to get into Cuba, not just for relatives, had a brief streamlining… and middle western farmers and grain producers went to Cuba on business delegations. It all vaporised.

    31. catnip - 7 April 2009
    catnip - 7 April 2009

    The relevant “Geekesque is an idiot” portion of Black’s rebuttal:

    The commentator’s primary concern can be answered briefly because it criticizes a claim I never made. S(he) notes that banking holding companies and insurance companies are not subject to PCA. I did not say that they were. As the interview excerpt shows, we were talking about “[savings] institutions” and “banks” that can be put into “receivership” (I’m going to use “bank” here to refer to any FDIC-insured depository institution.) The FDIC (and if it lacks the funds, the U.S. Treasury) is only legally obligated to pay depositors of FDIC-insured banks up to the deposit insurance limits. The federal banking regulators have receivership powers only over federally insured depository institutions. The FDIC and the U.S. Treasury have no obligation to pay the debts of bank holding companies or insurance companies – and shouldn’t be paying those debts.

    The commentator uses this strawman argument (refuting a claim no one made) to imply that the fact that PCA doesn’t apply to bank holding companies means that the federal financial regulators did not have to comply with the PCA law. S(he) lists a series of companies, primarily large bank holding companies (BHCs) and declares that their existence means: “So, pretty much all of the really big players don’t fall under the PCA in the first place.” Bank holding companies, of course, are called that because they own banks – and the U.S. banks they own are subject to PCA. The fact that a bank is owned by a holding company is irrelevant to the PCA’s requirements; it provides no immunity from the PCA. BHCs are “really big players” because they own massive banks subject to the PCA. The banks are the “really big players” and they are subject to the PCA law. When we put insolvent banks into receivership their BHCs and affiliates lose all control of the bank. The FDIC has sole control of it.

    PCA does not apply to the corporate owners of banks or their non-bank affiliates.
    However, the bank subsidiaries are the dominant assets of almost all holding companies that own banks. As such, the failure of the banking within the group is likely to trigger the failure of the holding company.

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Somebody has their Obama pic-filled knickers in a twist:

    Where are you Geekesque? (17+ / 0-)

    I’d be interested to read your response to this.

    by LivinginReality on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 09:22:19 PM PDT

    *
    Sure. (9+ / 0-)

    Recommended by:
    Dana Houle, Phoenix Woman, Yoshimi, carlos the jackal, FunkyEntropy, MagisterLudi, Seneca Doane, Patricia Bruner, brklyngrl

    He was supposed to be waiting in the middle of the night for a call-out diary.

    Netroots Nation 09 – Set The Agenda

    by Adam B on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 06:19:36 AM PDT

    o
    Adam, do you disapprove (2+ / 0-)

    of TdV giving Black the opportunity to respond to being called a liar? Sure sounds like it.

    What Keith Olbermann said.

    by Mehitabel9 on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 07:14:16 AM PDT

    +
    Of course not … (6+ / 0-)

    … though Black should probably sign up here himself to defend his work rather than use surrogates. I’m more responding to the notion of “Where’s Geek? He’s a chicken!”, as though we’re all expected to be here 24/7.

    Netroots Nation 09 – Set The Agenda

    by Adam B on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 07:33:45 AM PDT

    #
    Hmmm. (12+ / 0-)

    I got the distinct impression that Black wasn’t aware of Geek’s diary until TdV took it upon himself to contact him. If TdV was the one who took that initiative, is it really fair to accuse Black of ‘using surrogates’? That seems to imply that Black is using TdV, or hiding behind him, and that doesn’t seem to me like a fair or an accurate representation of the situation.

    What Keith Olbermann said.

    by Mehitabel9 on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 07:38:55 AM PDT

    *
    fair enough. (2+ / 0-)

    But cut-and-paste dumps aren’t as interesting as interacting with the source. I don’t see anything original that Tocque him/herself is contributing here.

    Netroots Nation 09 – Set The Agenda

    by Adam B on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 07:41:34 AM PDT

    o
    You can’t be suggesting (10+ / 0-)

    that this dustup is boring… can you? 🙂

    I think TdV deserves a lot of credit for at the very least brokering a response from Prof. Black and allowing for the record to be made straight.

    What Keith Olbermann said.

    by Mehitabel9 on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 07:45:46 AM PDT

    +
    not boring, but not helpful. NT (2+ / 0-)

    Netroots Nation 09 – Set The Agenda

    by Adam B on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 07:57:27 AM PDT

    Drip drip drip.

    What is the sound of contempt leaking from Adam B’s flared nostrils?

    I should add as well that Armando had written a critical response to Geekesque*’s diary too.

    Lawyer Wars. How entertaining.

    * Geekesque self-identified as a lawyer in the comments of his diary. I’m a rocket scientist, btw. Just thought I’d let y’all know. Carry on.

    marisacat - 7 April 2009

    LOL how much lawyering vs blaghggering does Adam B do… ?

    mucho more blahggering than lawyering. I would think… Seems to me he was a lot like Delaware Dem, traipsing thru law firm after law firm. Hunting for a job as a fixer, I guess.

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Maybe he has a full time diary police job. That seems to be what he’s qualified for.

    Huh? (5+ / 0-)

    I’m not offering an opinion on the substance here at all; it’s not my area of the law. I wish people were citing to statutes and precedent more often than they seem to be.

    I think the idea of ambushing a diarist here in the middle of the night with a callout diary is abhorrent; that Geek was (I guess) alerted to its presence before going to bed was fortuitous.

    Netroots Nation 09 – Set The Agenda

    by Adam B on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 08:09:50 AM PDT

    Seriously now, all kossacks must set their clocks to Geekesque’s time zone.

    32. catnip - 7 April 2009

    lol…they truly are nuts over there:

    this is kinda boring but here I am (0+ / 0-)

    Bill Black is an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC).

    Why?

    Associate professor?
    u of Missouri?
    Why just an associate?

    Why didn’t he keep the job at U.T.?

    Something a little unclear.

    Sounds a little funny to me. If he is a big cheese and well respected by his peers and his accomplishments wouldn’t he be a full by now?

    But what do I know? the path is a little strange.

    http://www.sbac.edu/~werned/DATA/RESEARCH/journals/Excep%20Children/inclusion.pdf

    by TexMex on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 12:38:23 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    *
    well, next time you get to the job of (0+ / 0-)

    associate professor of law, after you regulated one of the biggest heists in America back to normal, I’ll be sure and ask you why you are in such a lowly position.

    by polar bear on Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 12:48:10 PM PDT

    (Just killing time before our province’s budget comes down this afternoon. First deficit budget (even though deficits are illegal here in OilLand) in 16 years. I can’t wait to see which social services the tories cut this time around. Oh – and how many hospitals they’ve decided to blow up.)

    33. catnip - 7 April 2009

    I admit it, we have wacky legal stuff happening here too (although les Quebecois have their own legal code).

    34. catnip - 7 April 2009

    Canada’s most lively premier

    Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams lashed out Monday at the province’s largest health authority, accusing Eastern Health of downplaying revelations that it had missed dozens of breast cancer patients in a massive retesting exercise.

    Eastern Health, meanwhile, on Monday disclosed that it had somehow missed 43 patients, up from the 38 patients the authority had revealed late Friday afternoon in a news release.

    “It’s disgraceful. They should be shot over there,” Williams told reporters outside the legislature, attacking how Eastern Health had released information about the cancer patients whose hormone receptor tests now have to be retested.

    35. catnip - 7 April 2009

    All of you House fans, now we know why Dr Kutner committed suicide last nite: Actor Kal Penn to join Obama administration

    A White House spokesman confirmed on Tuesday that the young actor is set to join the Obama administration as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison. The story was first reported Entertainment Weekly magazine.

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    A comment over there:

    This is one way to find out if he’s paid his taxes.

    lol

    Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2009

    I’d kill myself if I was tempted to work for that lying hack, too …

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    touché

    lol

    36. catnip - 7 April 2009

    Geekesque’s head must be exploding. (And it’s on the wreck list too.)

    37. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2009

    New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ

    But late Friday afternoon, the Obama DOJ filed the government’s first response to EFF’s lawsuit (.pdf), the first of its kind to seek damages against government officials under FISA, the Wiretap Act and other statutes, arising out of Bush’s NSA program. But the Obama DOJ demanded dismissal of the entire lawsuit based on (1) its Bush-mimicking claim that the “state secrets” privilege bars any lawsuits against the Bush administration for illegal spying, and (2) a brand new “sovereign immunity” claim of breathtaking scope — never before advanced even by the Bush administration — that the Patriot Act bars any lawsuits of any kind for illegal government surveillance unless there is “willful disclosure” of the illegally intercepted communications.

    In other words, beyond even the outrageously broad “state secrets” privilege invented by the Bush administration and now embraced fully by the Obama administration, the Obama DOJ has now invented a brand new claim of government immunity, one which literally asserts that the U.S. Government is free to intercept all of your communications (calls, emails and the like) and — even if what they’re doing is blatantly illegal and they know it’s illegal — you are barred from suing them unless they “willfully disclose” to the public what they have learned.

    The whole Greenwald indictment of this horrible pile of authoritarian shit is worth reading.

    38. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2009

    Okay, I just have to bitch that not starting Fringe on time so some fucking talentless, over-dramatic, barely-on-key hack can butcher “Mad World” is just wrong.

    American Idol is a symbol of everything that sucks about mainstream American culture.

    39. catnip - 7 April 2009

    7:06 pm my time (whatever that is in your time):

    Nancy Pelosi’s coming up on Larry King. Oh joy!

    Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2009

    that particular choice of words brought to mind some seriously ugly images … I wonder if Larry’s latest child bride is willing to share w/ La Nan?

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Ewww…please…I just ate…

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Oh noes and now it’s that freakishy perpetually smiling Joel Ostein (?) preacher guy coming up after Nancy.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2009

    ewwwww, a Larry sandwich?

    catnip - 7 April 2009

    Stop that! lol

    Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2009

    That’s what LARRY said!

    40. marisacat - 7 April 2009

    gnu post…

    LINK

    … 😆 ….


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