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Alight.. 13 May 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.

Birds on a tree at a rubbish dump in Changzhi, Shanxi province, China
[Stringer Shanghai/Reuters]

Just one tidbit from the rubbish heap… from Tapper, who I think spends his days rolling his eyes – and wonders if the Obama administration is walking back release of the “detainee abuse” photos.

A little recap from the Tapper entry:

Last month, the Obama administration announced that the Pentagon would turn over to the American Civil Liberties Union 44 photographs showing detainee abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration.

The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees — the same battle that led, last month, to President Obama’s decision to release memos from the Bush Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel providing legal justifications for brutal interrogation methods that the International Committee of the Red Cross has called torture.

The Obama administration opted not to take the fight over the photographs all the way to the Supreme Court.

Tapper then has a garbled but tightly targetted quote from Liz Cheney, today:

“I think that it is really appalling that the administration is taking this step,” Liz Cheney said today. “Clearly, you know, they’re releasing images that really show American military men and women in a very negative light. And President Obama has a lot of sort of rhetoric about support for our military families and support for our men and women who are fighting overseas but, you know, if he really cares about them he wouldn’t be making such an effort to release photos that show them in a negative light.”

She certainly distinguished herself there.. I just wish such massive failure of language were rare.  Can you imagine overhearing Liz and Camelotta having lunch?


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was today asked about a letter from Sens. Joe Lieberman, D-Ind., and Lindsey Graham, R-SC, asking him to reverse the decision, saying the “release of these old photographs of past behavior that has now been clearly prohibited can serve no public good, but will empower al-Qaeda propaganda operations, hurt our country’s image, and endanger our men and women in uniform.”

Gibbs said “obviously, the president has, has great concern about any impact that pictures of detainee — potential detainee abuse in the past could have on the present-day service members that are protecting our freedom either in Iraq, Afghanistan, or throughout the world. That’s something the president is very cognizant of. And we are working to — we are working currently to figure out what the process is moving forward.”

He would not elaborate.

…have to love:  “potential detainee abuse in the past”.  He so needs to go to lunch with Liz and Camelotta.


I was going to leave it there … but I see Tapper has two other very interesting posts..

I don’t work now, so I don’t know how that extra 25.00 or so in a paycheck every two weeks is working out for people… But a couple of weeks ago,  I did put up a well fleshed out report that indicated when time came to pay taxes, that “rebate” would only apply to one job.  And workers with two or more jobs (on the books of course!) would be on the hook for anything more than the rebate related to one job.


So…  how about this… that ever shifting number from the administration as to who is ”rich” and who is not (always dicey in retail politics) sees a slice getting (maybe) a FIVE PERCENT reduction in tax rates.

Bob Williams of the Tax Policy Center notes that President Obama is proposing raising the highest two tax rates — but he’s also proposing that the threshold levels for one of those rates be raised.

The top tax rates would go from 33 to 36 percent, and 35 to 39.6 percent.

But the threshold for the new 36 percent bracket would be increased from $171,550 to $190,650 for individuals, and for couples from $208,850 to $231,300 in 2009.

Meaning: if you’re an individual who makes between $171,550 – $190,649, or part of a couple making between $208,850 – $231,299, you will go from the 33% tax rate to the 28% tax rate.

Under this proposal.

But: let’s see what happens when revenue-seekers on Capitol Hill figure this out.

So… worker gets 50.00 a month from one paycheck source.  Others, [may] get 5% – on roughly a couple of hundred thousand.

Last.. I have been very entertained to see it emerge from various venues, over days, that the execrable Ms Prejean holds the same views on SSM as the Pretzel.. SofS and Veep.  And even more amused to see Trump use that today. Well… Trump is an operative.  Albeit a very visible one, servicing his own interests but sometimes pitch hitting for whomever.

It, where Pretzel is on SSM and that it is an issue of “separate but equal”, came up today in the Tapper v Gibbs installment…   Gibbs provided Tapper a quote from the campaign.

Careful, don’t slip in the oil. Bolding and italics is mine.

[N]ote: the White House quickly provided this example from an August 9, 2007 forum sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign where then-Sen. Obama was asked about his position on same sex marriage being essentially “separate but equal.”

JOE SOLMONESE: Can you see to our community where it, that comes across as sounding like “separate but equal”?

SEN. OBAMA: Well, look, you know, when my parents got married in 1960, ’61, you know, it would have been illegal for them to be married in a number of states in the South. So obviously, this is something that I understand intimately, it’s something that I care about.

But I would also say this, that if I were advising the civil rights movement back in 1961 about its approach to civil rights, I would have probably said it’s less important that we focus on an anti- miscegenation law than we focus on a voting rights law and a non- discrimination and employment law and all the legal rights that are conferred by the state.

Now, it’s not for me to suggest that you shouldn’t be troubled by these issues. I understand that and I’m sympathetic to it. But my job as president is going to be to make sure that the legal rights that have consequences on a day to day basis for loving same sex couples all across the country, that those rights are recognized and enforced by my White House and by my Justice Department.

Swimming in grease.  Love the head pat on “troubled”.

I read some years ago that the core of the battle, the real denial, is to keep same sex couples shut out from the various benefits of a federally recognised marriage… Made perfect sense to me then and certainly does now, as a whole re-issue of the ”shock doctrine” as applied to federal benefits/entitlements was rolled out again today. A further assault on federal entitlements from Geithner’s mouth, the press and others.

Just landed on this.. sorry to be blunt but gays outta get a clue (as should the wimmens):

White House: Law only answer for gays in military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it won’t stop gays and lesbians from being dismissed from the military while the Obama administration works to repeal a decade-old policy banning openly gay people from serving in uniform.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that President Barack Obama does not plan to intervene in current cases against men and women who announce their homosexuality.

Gibbs says the president wants to do away with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy through legislation.

Gibbs says the policy does not serve the national interest and that Obama is working with lawmakers for what Gibbs calls a “durable legislative solution.” He says a repeal of the policy requires “more than the snapping of one’s fingers.”

Critics of the policy have called on Obama to stop the dismissals now.

“Durable legislative solution”.. but there will be no word from the WH to stop the witch hunts.  And:  Is that dumb and fucked phrase anything like Gore’s gibber drool of “controlling legal authority”?


Shoot.  One more thing.  Remember all that media blither a few days ago about the cheese eating surrender monkeys! …  that they sleep longer, etc.?

Here are much more interesting numbers revealed in the same report (via Tiny Revolution)

Here are the US rankings out of the 30 OECD countries (1 is best; 30 is worst — worst as in Somalia-like). The names of the countries even more Somalian than the US appear in parens.

Infant Deaths: 28 out of 30 (Mexico, Turkey).

Life Expectancy: 24 out of 30 (Mexico, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, Czech & Slovak Republics).

Health Expenditures: 1 out of 30.

Poverty Rates: 28 out of 30 (Mexico, Turkey).

Child Poverty: 27 out of 30 (Mexico, Turkey, Poland).

Income Inequality: 27 out of 30 (Mexico, Turkey, Portugal).

Obesity: 30 out of 30.

Incarceration: 30 out of 30.

Work Hours (ranked in ascending order): 30 out of 30.

Height (women): 25 out of 30 (Mexico, Turkey, Korea, Portugal, Japan).

Height (men): 24 out of 30 (Italy, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Korea, Japan).

I will give Sebelius one small bit of acknowledgement.. today she said something that usually is not said out loud.  That when people manage to reach the age of eligibility for Medicare, too often they have had little or no care for a long time.  And thus are much more likely to be chronically ill than they would be had they had care.

Prattle about “preventative care” is usually followed by a short discussion of FAT or CIGARETTES, in order to quickly shift the blame… that is  all that is normally said.

It is the sheer absence of regular medical care that matters.



1. marisacat - 13 May 2009

hmm I just caught an overnight news update… the shooter in Iraq at Camp Liberty. It was his third tour of duty in Iraq, but his FIFTH overall. Two in Kosovo.

catnip - 13 May 2009

I saw a family member – I think it was his son – asked by a CNN reporter last nite if his father was violent. The reply was, “no”. Can someone please explain to me how anyone who’s fighting in a war can be non-violent?

2. marisacat - 13 May 2009

It cannot get dumber. Cannot. No wonder in the end the wingers win.


Yoo hired as Philly Inquirer columnist to “counter some of the criticism of The Inquirer as being a knee-jerk liberal publication.”

–Josh Marshall

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

Hmmm. Interesting.

I wonder what route he takes for the commute…

3. marisacat - 13 May 2009

The wingers and neocons knew their stooge.

The White House moves to block the release of hundreds of previously unpublished photos showing alleged abuse of prisoners by US troops.

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

I ground my teeth lat night reading Kristol goading/warning wee Ob to not release them. Cheney, Liz..

kristol’s last line:

Look for the Obama reversal on the photos as early as tomorrow.

In a word, fuck him. Mush in their hands.

4. marisacat - 13 May 2009

Gotta love it.

Max Boot in the LAT says Ob is “right on target on Afghanistan”

and Kathryn Jean Lopez of The Corner says he did right on the photos.. and that AP is overstating the effort to issue an EO. Because Kristol goaded him to disallow any release of photos such as these under FOIA, by EO.

That’ll be next.

5. marisacat - 13 May 2009

pauvre petit Sully. Slowly catching on that Black Daddy just wants the icky gays to go away.

I have a sickeningly familiar feeling in my stomach, and the feeling deepens with every interaction with the Obama team on these issues. They want them to go away. They want us to go away.

Here we are, in the summer of 2009, with gay servicemembers still being fired for the fact of their orientation. Here we are, with marriage rights spreading through the country and world and a president who cannot bring himself even to acknowledge these breakthroughs in civil rights, and having no plan in any distant future to do anything about it at a federal level. Here I am, facing a looming deadline to be forced to leave my American husband for good, and relocate abroad because the HIV travel and immigration ban remains in force and I have slowly run out of options (unlike most non-Americans with HIV who have no options at all).

Honey, it ain’t THE TEAM. It’s the Leader. Such as he is. LOL Just th eohter day Sully told people not to fuss at the Great Man over gays … he’d get to it.. and that Sully knew the way Ob works.

Maybe Ob himself is in the closet. they play up that marriage HARD.. as much as EE and JE did.

Who knows. Beyond limp.

6. catnip - 13 May 2009

Lindsay Graham tripped all over himself at the end of the torture hearing today trying to desperately support the Bush /Cheney torture regime. I’ll see if I can find the video. I don’t think he even knows what the hell he’s talking about anymore. Mindmush extraordinaire.

7. catnip - 13 May 2009

Quel surprise that Obamalama’s refusing to release the torture pics. So far: weakest.president.ever.

8. marisacat - 13 May 2009

I am reading too that Cheney applauds the change over to McChrystal. Who apparently is dirty in covering up and/or denying access to our prisons in Iraq.

From Esquire, about Camp Nama in Iraq:

“What was the level of occurrence of these harsh techniques? Was it weekly?”

“Sometimes it was every day if it was a multi-interrogation plan on one individual. Sometimes we didn’t have anybody to talk to for maybe a day or two.”

“Was the colonel ever actually there to observe this?”

“Oh, yeah. He worked there. He had his desk there. They were working in a big room where the analysts, the report writers, the sergeant major, the colonel, some technical guys — they’re all in that room.”

To Garlasco, this is significant. This means that a full-bird colonel and all his support staff knew exactly what was going on at Camp Nama. “Do you know where the colonel was getting his orders from?” he asks.

Jeff answers quickly, perhaps a little defiantly. “I believe it was a two-star general. I believe his name was General McChrystal. I saw him there a couple of times.”

Back when he was an intelligence analyst, Garlasco had briefed Stanley McChrystal once. He remembers him as a tall Irishman with a gentle manner. He was head of the Joint Special Operations Command, the logical person to oversee Task Force 121, and vice-director for operations for the Joint Chiefs. That put responsibility right in the heart of the Pentagon.

Within the unit, the interrogators got the feeling they were reporting to the highest levels. The colonel would tell an interrogator that his report “is on Rumsfeld’s desk this morning” or that it was “read by SecDef.”

“That’s a big morale booster after a fourteen-hour day,” Jeff says with a tinge of irony. “Hey, we got to the White House.” …snip…

I wonder what more Ob and Oblings can do to serve the neocon. And themselves of course.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 May 2009

I suspect he’s in some of those photos.

9. marisacat - 13 May 2009


Tapper has some background on the decision to censor the photos. Pretty clear the mil, “commanders on the ground” and, my read, Gates and Odierno at the forefront, made the decision. They hung a pink tutu off Obama and spun him around. Having jelly where a spine is sure helped.

But whew! he still had his flag pin on when he stopped spinning.. so all’s good.

Gotta laugh.

10. marisacat - 13 May 2009

the telegraph says it is 2000 photos……………..

11. marisacat - 13 May 2009

Telegraph has some interesting detials… that ACLU sought 21 of the photos but Petraeus said to release them all, that it not be dragged out.

[T]he administration initially planned to release only the 21 photos sought by the ACLU, but General David Petraeus ordered [who’s in charge here? — Mcat] that all 2,000 photographs be released to keep from “dragging this issue out forever”.

But the Pentagon said there could be a backlash in the Middle East similar to the one provoked by pictures from Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad, in 2004 which became emblematic of American mistakes in Iraq.

The Bush administration had resisted releasing the images to the public, contending the disclosure would fuel anti-American feeling and violate US obligations towards prisoners under the Geneva Conventions.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 May 2009

ACLU response: Obama Administration Reverses Promise To Release Torture Photos

The following can be attributed to Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU:

“The Obama administration’s adoption of the stonewalling tactics and opaque policies of the Bush administration flies in the face of the president’s stated desire to restore the rule of law, to revive our moral standing in the world and to lead a transparent government. This decision is particularly disturbing given the Justice Department’s failure to initiate a criminal investigation of torture crimes under the Bush administration.

“It is true that these photos would be disturbing; the day we are no longer disturbed by such repugnant acts would be a sad one. In America, every fact and document gets known – whether now or years from now. And when these photos do see the light of day, the outrage will focus not only on the commission of torture by the Bush administration but on the Obama administration’s complicity in covering them up. Any outrage related to these photos should be due not to their release but to the very crimes depicted in them. Only by looking squarely in the mirror, acknowledging the crimes of the past and achieving accountability can we move forward and ensure that these atrocities are not repeated.

“If the Obama administration continues down this path, it will betray not only its promises to the American people, but its commitment to this nation’s most fundamental principles. President Obama has said we should turn the page, but we cannot do that until we fully learn how this nation veered down the path of criminality and immorality, who allowed that to happen and whose lives were mutilated as a result. Releasing these photos – as painful as it might be – is a critical step toward that accounting. The American people deserve no less.”

catnip - 13 May 2009

“If the Obama administration continues down this path, it will betray not only its promises to the American people, but its commitment to this nation’s most fundamental principles.

That horse already left the barn.

Someone on CNN reported earlier that the photos were set to be released just 8 days before Obalmalama’s trip to heal the Muslim world in Egypt. But, if course, that couldn’t have had anything to do with it, right?

catnip - 13 May 2009

Oh – and each time CNN showed the ACLU spokesperson ‘s reaction today, they called her and the ACLU (the dreaded) “liberal”. I’m sure they would have used “treasonous commies” if they could have gotten away with it.

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

But the Pentagon said there could be a backlash in the Middle East similar to the one provoked by pictures from Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad, in 2004 which became emblematic of American mistakes in Iraq.

What’s the problem?
We’re leaving….


marisacat - 13 May 2009


Send Obama a full set of the hot pink Everlast fight shorts and gloves.

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

or Bush’s flight suit.

12. marisacat - 13 May 2009


I say cancel congress. Things would go better:

Senate Rejects Limit on Credit-Card Interest Rates

By Carl Hulse

Despite complaints that banks and credit card companies are gouging customers by charging outrageous interest rates, the Senate on Wednesday easily turned back an effort to cap interest rates at 15 percent.

The effort by Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, drew only 33 votes and needed 60, with a bipartisan group of 60 senators opposing it as the Senate pushed its credit card overhaul toward the finish line. Some Democrats and consumer groups have said that an interest cap is needed to put real teeth into an otherwise solid bill.

Other backers of the measure calculated that an interest rate ceiling would doom the popular legislation. The banking industry, which had some heavy-weight representatives monitoring the vote off of the Senate floor, warned that an interest rate limit could cause a sour reaction in the financial markets. …snip…

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

🙄 – Change You Can Believe In™

marisacat - 13 May 2009

😆 change that’ll COST ya…

What a hoot!

13. BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

LOL. Jesus.
And people got all het up about the non outing of Delaware Dem.

a Dkos Blogger, Political Analyst , Ocean’s 11 wannabee by night, and TRUCK DRIVER by day- is down in the orange aisle!
Say it ain’t so!

Well. We may not be the biggest blog on the web.

But, We haven’t had anyone say goodbye while leaving their forwarding address to FEDERAL PRISON after pleading to extortion of 250 g’s out of the casinos.
A little less time online – ya knoiw – think it through a little bit more…
– if ya wanna break into racketeering:

{What drama! The Following Link is pinched off a taylormattd comment in the farewell diary..….}

Is this you? (2+ / 0-)



by taylormattd on Wed May 13, 2009 at 05:00:35 PM PDT

Truck driver convicted in attempted casino extortion

By Mary Manning
Fri, Oct 24, 2008

truck driver who tried to get MGM Mirage and Harrah’s Entertainment to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for the return of confidential casino customer information has been convicted of extortion.

Following a four-day jury trial, 49-year-old Jeff Greer of Parson, Tenn., was found guilty Thursday of two counts of interference with commerce by threats or use of fear, and two counts of use of interstate facility in aid of racketeering activity, U.S. Attorney for Nevada Greg Brower said.

Greer worked as a truck driver for French Trucking Company, based in Lexington, Tenn., according to court records and evidence introduced at the trial.

In March 2007 Greer was assigned to take a load of paper refuse from Las Vegas to a Boise Cascade recycling mill in Jackson, Ala. After unloading the truck at the mill in Alabama, Greer claimed to have found that some of the papers had been left in the “scuff band” of his truck trailer.

Greer saw that the papers were documents from several casinos, including Harrah’s and MGM Mirage, and that they contained sensitive information, such as customer names, casino player information and various other casino and hotel operations records.

In April 2007, Greer contacted officials at Harrah’s and MGM Mirage and told them he had access to vast amounts of highly confidential customer information.

Greer told the officials that he would sell the information to casino competitors or the tabloid media, or otherwise publicly disclose it, { On Markos Blog?!!??} unless they each gave him a 30-day consulting contract and paid him $250,000. Greer had said with the consulting contract he would tell the gaming properties how he got the information and how they could “fix the leak.”

Greer left the impression with gaming company executives that he had infiltrated their computer systems. Greer also offered the executives, by fax and telephone, { OMG _ LMAO_DUMB!} some of the information he had recovered and told them to look at an advertisement he had placed on eBay, which said he was auctioning “gaming family jewels,” with a $100,000 starting bid.

When the gaming executives realized they were being extorted — and to quickly and effectively deal with a possible compromise of confidential information — both Harrah’s and MGM Mirage contacted the FBI and asked for an investigation and assistance with the recovery of the confidential information.

Following several conversations with gaming company executives, on May 9, 2007 Harrah’s executives agreed to meet Greer at the company’s corporate offices in Cordova, Tenn. FBI agents, posing as Harrah’s employees, accompanied the executives to the meeting, which was secretly recorded and filmed. The executives and undercover agents recovered documents from Greer and gave him a bogus check for $250,000. Greer was arrested by FBI agents as he left the meeting.

Awww. They Troll Rated him, so to speak.

Greer was indicted in Nevada in June 2007.

Dumb-de-dump-dum- dumb….What an amateur.
From the movies I’ve seen,
* you have to let ’em know you mean business.*

Now looky here. If lucid and catnip don’t send me 250 GRAND by midnight this Friday. I will out them both.

* [ N.B. —> I mean it now. ] *

An- an- an- and – did I say I know what I’m doing?

So. Send the money to:

Jack Sledrider, (that’s me)
657 Simpleton Lane
Cerebless, New Jersey….

marisacat - 13 May 2009


Found this in SPAM… when your comment below alerted me. 😳

catnip - 13 May 2009

Awww. They Troll Rated him, so to speak.


If lucid and catnip don’t send me 250 GRAND by midnight this Friday. I will out them both.

Jack Sledrider, (that’s me)
You ride sleds?

14. catnip - 13 May 2009
15. catnip - 13 May 2009

GBCW A first? He’s off to federal prison for extortion. Send money now!

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

My bit on it got munched by
the WordPress College of Cardinals.
Or casino security. Funny you should mention it catnip.

The guy’s piece gave me an idea that you’ll see at the end.
Instructions are enclosed my, Canadian mark. LOL.
DO NOT contact the FBI.

marisacat - 13 May 2009


the comment Spam ate is now upthread, in place.

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

In Spam – Appropriately so, really. LOL.

What a howl. I skimmed the piece earlier and just went back: The D’Kosser, He wazz framed, see:
And Check out the uprate.:”Thereisnorape” may write ‘im I suppose.
Also, Dig the sig line of the Innocence Project’s new erstwhile poster boy- IRONY MUCH???

That’s Me, But It’s VERY Distorted (4+ / 0-)

Recommended by:
JekyllnHyde, thereisnospoon, 1BQ, MKSinSA

I never tried to get anybody to pay for any documents, I offered to tell them where a leak was and how to fix it.

True bipartisanship is prosecuting criminals regardless of Party.

by The Baculum King on Wed May 13, 2009 at 05:03:12 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

you’re on videotape (3+ / 0-)

being given a check for $250,000 by the FBI, aren’t you?


by taylormattd on Wed May 13, 2009 at 05:04:14 PM PDT

[ Parent ]
Nope (0+ / 0-)

I’m on tape being given a fake check by a Harrah’s employee, and signing a fake contract for security consulting services.

True bipartisanship is prosecuting criminals regardless of Party.

by The Baculum King on Wed May 13, 2009 at 05:06:16 PM PDT

[ Parent ]
the Harrah’s employee was an FBI agent (0+ / 0-)

And I thought you just said this:

I never tried to get anybody to pay for any documents


by taylormattd on Wed May 13, 2009 at 05:07:26 PM PDT

[ Parent ]
I Didn’t (0+ / 0-)

They didn’t know any documents existed until just before that taped meeting, they just knew there was a leak of all of their company and customer information, that two weeks nof intensive investigation hadn’t let them find, that I offered to fix.

True bipartisanship is prosecuting criminals regardless of Party.

by The Baculum King on Wed May 13, 2009 at 05:12:08 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

Politics. Denial. Stupidity. Dailykos.
The Four Horseman. Something like that.
Or just another demi-donk looking to get-over.

LOL. “Nope” – “I didn’t.” – ” You Did” – “I didn’t”.
It’s like that Monty Python bit: Silly Argument.
Except with vid by the Feds and 4 years in the slammer.
Not to mention the loss of “Trusted User” Status. LOL.
Maybe that assmud “thereisnorape” can blog up a posse for the guy and bust him out …

16. marisacat - 13 May 2009

I am listening to details of the cockpit crew and the flight and the hours preceding the flight of Colgan air that nosedived last winter and killed 50… and… maybe someone could wake up LaHood, or pull him from the lobbying cash vaults.. or wehre ever cabinet secs spend their time… isn’t he Transportation Secretary?

Cuz the argument is being made Colgan Air should be grounded. Pronto.

17. catnip - 13 May 2009

He belongs in jail just for being stupid:

It’s Not Extortion (3+ / 0-)

Because I was offering to sell information that had value (important point), that they were not entitled to in the absence of payment, that I was not obligated to provide in the absence of payment, and the fear they were seeking to quell was not one they had a pre-existing Right to be free of, because it was caused by their negligence.

True bipartisanship is prosecuting criminals regardless of Party.

by The Baculum King on Wed May 13, 2009 at 06:44:39 PM MDT

catnip - 13 May 2009

More of the story here.

Greer called again on May 3, 2007, and again on May 7. This time he was impatient with casino bureaucracy. He told the security official’s assistant to take a look at eBay under the listing, “A Large Gaming Company’s Family Jewels.”

“Ever wish you could have a big corporation by the balls? NOW YOU CAN!” the ad said. “IDENTITY THIEVES NEED NOT APPLY.”

Greer went on to describe the sensitive information he held, writing that he “committed no criminal act in acquiring this information and [has] no intention of committing any connected with its sale, so don’t ask.”

Bidding would start at $100,000. The ad ended with a tightly cropped photo of a pair of steer testicles.

The same day, Greer spoke to the vice president of security at MGM. He demanded $250,000 in exchange for releasing the information and explaining how to stopper the leak.

What if MGM and Harrah’s couldn’t come to an agreement? the official asked.

“I will spend 12 hours running around the Internet, bringing peoples’ attention to it,” Greer countered in a taped call. “I figure I could get 50,000 eyeballs on it over the next seven days.”

Then he tried to play MGM against Harrah’s.

“You have the option to bid on it just like your competitors would, and the National Enquirer and Star and everybody… I’d rather have your 250 and let you fix your problem quietly than a half a million from Harrah’s, and they’re going to leak it gradually all over the entire world that y’all can’t be trusted with peoples’ information. And you’re going to lose some of your high-rollers going over to them, and they’re going to make a huge profit if they got it for $500,000.”

lol…the guy sure thought he hit the big time. Loser.

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

His sig line is what has me chuckling…

True bipartisanship is prosecuting criminals regardless of Party.

LOL. Watch what you ask for there, bud.
Nothin like Crime and Punishment as a BiPartisan venture, eh?

It really is astounding that F Lee Bailey Cochran didn’t get off tho-
his command of technical legal terms like “pre-existing Right” and “negligence”…Not to mention his relatively low userid on DK.
Maybe he didn’t want to bring his political influence to bear.

18. BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

I thought it’d be fun poking around …
This worldly 🙄 GeoPolitical squib
comes from Mr Blahgo-Goes-CasinoHeisten, the very day he was trying to shake down Vegas casino execs…..
Ironically, it’s talking about unsecured arms cache in Iraq , Black Marketeers, Honor among thieves, Rumsfeld, Maliki, etc…

What Iraq Needs Most: More Shit That Blows Up
by The Baculum King
Fri May 04, 2007 at 05:32:43 PM PDT

The Guy is a real fuckin piece of work. From the diary:

Let me admit right off that I absolutely LOVE detonating cord, easily the most fun off all off-the-shelf explosive toys available (nuclear detonation simulators are more spectacular, but they are hard to get and folks tend to be picky about when and where you can light one off). Det cord is handy for all sorts of fun stuff, like “daisy chaining” a bunch of explosive charges together for near-simultaneous detonation, or wrapping around something you want to cut in two. A few wraps around a neck, a blasting cap and presto!, instant decapitation!

😯 – Jesus. LOL.
Meanwhile, The FBI prolly had him on vid right down to
beating his meat in the bathroom.

Here’s the dude’s tip jar – From Mr Brilliant

Just Piss On It (27+ / 0-)

I’ve got a tip for you: when you have to stack your shiny new grenades on top of your brand new plastic explosives to have somewhere to store them, somebody’s gonna lose an eye…

True bipartisanship is prosecuting criminals regardless of Party.

by The Baculum King on Fri May 04, 2007 at 05:25:40 PM PDT

How revealing, the following, Considering considering how he spent the REST of the day: trying to shakedown casino security V.P.’s at Harrah’s and MGM..

This blogtalk is of black marketeering in explosives…
Dkos Blogger “The Baculum King” –
(hey maybe the prison psychological consult will help) ..
Anyways, whoever the fuck he is, Mr. Slick weighs in on “the middleman”…

Who’re they gonna sell it to? (1+ / 0-)

The al-Maliki government that’s wobbling on the edge of oblivion?

by goodasgold on Fri May 04, 2007 at 06:10:22 PM PDT

Why Not Cut Out the Middleman? (6+ / 0-)

Just sell it directly to the insurgents and be done with it.

True bipartisanship is prosecuting criminals regardless of Party.

by The Baculum King on Fri May 04, 2007 at 06:13:50 PM PDT

Some sharpie. I bet a real sophisticated pitch he made to the
Casino Security ARMY with the FBI surveillance in tow..LOL.

Also ironic in retrospect,
Fellow bloggers respond to the Tin Man’s pitch:

These SOBs would sell their mothers (4+ / 0-)

Anything for a buck.

Obviously this stuff will be used against our troops.

“It’s the planet, stupid.”

by FishOutofWater on Fri May 04, 2007 at 06:53:28 PM PDT

Gotta Bring Down That Unemployment Rate (1+ / 0-)

down somehow.

{ LOL – Who knew ?? –
That the diarist
was personally working on it??
As a soon-to-be Federal Inmate,
considered “not seeking employment”. -BHHM – }

No courage = No $$$ for Dems

by MO Blue on Fri May 04, 2007 at 07:04:01 PM PDT

Exactly. Why even offer the illusion? (2+ / 0-)

Fat chance that this stuff will be used exclusively by Iraqi regular army.

This is the ultimate in dumbshititude.

Senator Biden is now my homeboy… Damon Weaver, 5th grader.

by Trim Your Bush on Fri May 04, 2007 at 07:07:08 PM PDT

Read a certain way , very funny. Like the guys comment above
This is the ultimate in dumbshititude. followed by his sig line, Senator Biden is now my homeboy… Damon Weaver, 5th grader.

Or the other whodafuck’s sig ,of “MO Blue” :
No courage = No $$$ for Dems ..
…like it is some viable prospectus. What a gang. Now Alfalfa is in jail.

19. BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

The guy’s second to last diary on DK?

Democrats, Call Their Goddamned Bluff!!
by The Baculum King
Thu May 07, 2009 at 03:13:25 PM

This shit writes itself..

And from the link catnip provided

Greer then called Harrah’s security and said he wanted the money sent to him through Lone Elm Research, 🙄 an unregistered company run out of his own home. He wanted a clear conscience, he said, but he wasn’t going to clear it without remuneration.

Harrah’s offered $5,000. Greer balked. Harrah’s said that for $250,000, it would need a name to prove Greer had current information.

Greer backpedaled. The information he had was outdated garbage, but sensitive nonetheless.

Still, Harrah’s agreed to his demands with the understanding that Greer would hand over everything he had, explain the leak, and agree to not come back for more.

But Greer apparently couldn’t help himself. Later that day, he indeed came back for more, asking for an additional $100,000 to gamble with for the World Series of Poker. Greer explained that the casino wouldn’t lose much. He was admittedly a sorry poker player.Greer evidently felt gregarious. The burden of being the smartest guy in the room seemed too much to bear, so he unburdened himself. After swearing one security official to secrecy, Greer told him he was a trucker who hauled their waste paper. He didn’t hack their system or infiltrate their offices. He was just a driver who noticed the chaff from a load was worth something. It was as if Greer expected them to guffaw at the pure simplicity of his whole scheme.

Later that day, Greer arrived in Cordova in a Dodge Intrepid he borrowed from a friend. He was escorted into a conference room by an FBI agent posing as a Harrah’s employee, then introduced to another undercover agent and the two Harrah’s officials he’d been haggling with all along. They gave Greer a corporate check for $250,000 and a service contract for pointing out the leak. The trucker handed over a stack of internal documents with a signed statement indicating where he’d gotten them. As he stepped out of the conference room and into what he thought would be a heap of money, FBI agents arrested him.

Months later, the government footed the bill for Greer’s trial in Las Vegas. The man who momentarily held a fortune could afford neither a plane ticket nor a lawyer. Unfortunately, he had neglected to honor the prevailing law of Vegas: You might be up for a few hands, but the house always wins.

Well – at least he got a free trip to Vegas out of it.
I hope he didn’t inquire about the chocolate fondue.

20. BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

A few days later, however, he was back. He’d spoken with an attorney who apparently told him he was a fool and that he should destroy the documents immediately. Undeterred, he called MGM and demanded a short-term consulting contract.

And so ends the story of another King from Nashville.
No not Elvis, its the ballad of “The Baculum King”
the Dailykos Bloggo-Trucker- CasinoHeistenLeftAndRight’n’scher,
who almost solved the quagmire in Iraq for the Dems, but traded in his truck – mudflaps and all – for a shot at the Big Boys. Set himself up an his unregistered home consultancy with the fancy name, he did…Took a roll of the dice, and traded that user id 13 thou and sumpin for an inmates number in the Federal Penitentiary.

😯 I’m stepping away. from. the. keyboard. now.

catnip - 13 May 2009

You just know there’s a best-selling country song in there somewhere.

marisacat - 13 May 2009

Ah triiied to hold up Harrah’s… and Ah failed………………………….. the House wunnnnnnnnnnnn!

21. BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

But Wait! We can SELL IT!

This sounds like an interesting read (1+ / 0-)

Recommended by:

Will a book deal be in the works?

by MKDAWUSS on Wed May 13, 2009 at 06:09:25 PM PDT

Could Be (2+ / 0-)

Recommended by:
corvo, snazzzybird

I don’t mind admitting everything I did, but I know jack-shit about the book business, seems unlikely it would sell.

True bipartisanship is prosecuting criminals regardless of Party.

by The Baculum King on Wed May 13, 2009 at 06:17:49 PM PDT

[ Parent ]
King, re-read my comment from your other diary: (7+ / 0-)

Recommended by:
The Baculum King, conchita, moiv, toys, kurt, john de herrera, quadmom

Forget the novel. Sell yourself, if you are willing to, as follows.

Get a book on how to find a literary agent — I suggest
“How to Write a Book Proposal” by literary agent Michael Larson

and by reading it you will know how to “frame” your book. Novels are hard to sell, especially for an unknown. You can write a unique and potentially life-saving (telling people how to drive with trucks, not telling them to stay away from messing with the casinos) non-fiction book.

{ Snip Insane Advice. Trust me. There’s plenty – }

You’ll use the book mentioned above to find an agent, sell the book, make good use of your time inside, keep posting from inside on DK if possible via letter or email (it will build your customer base and buzz base) and you’ll save some non-dailykos lives when the book comes out and people read about how not to be idiots on the road. Oh, and make some money. With luck, the $250k you wanted from the casinos…

Sorry that you got into trouble, thanks for your diaries, and good luck, whether or not you take this suggestion…

“So, Pal, now tell me: What did YOU do to help the least among your people?” “Well, ummm, Mr. God, Sir…”

by lurkersince03 on Wed May 13, 2009 at 06:35:13 PM PDT

Au contraire (2+ / 0-)

Recommended by:
moiv, toys

It sounds like it would make a halfway decent movie, actually.

L. Fishburne for the casino exec, Billy Bob Thornton for you.

Yeah, I could see it.

“You’ve never been one to toot your own horn, but that was before your girlfriend dumped you and a car accident dislocated your hips.” – Onion Horoscope

by JT88 on Wed May 13, 2009 at 07:46:13 PM PDT

LOL. And this from — ?pronounced cell mate? ..

Delete this diary (3+ / 0-)

{Yeh – that should help – BHHM}

You’re only going to make this worse for yourself come the appeal, especially via your comments.

Politics, once in the blood, can only ever be removed by embalming fluid

by coelomate on Wed May 13, 2009 at 06:18:42 PM PDT

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

What a crazy little island.,
in their little but self recognized Orange Sea.
The cast-away left, nothin but coconuts,
now hallucinating Leprechauns and the Pot o’ Gold….

22. catnip - 13 May 2009

Obama Considers Detaining Terror Suspects Indefinitely

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on U.S. soil — indefinitely and without trial — as part of a plan to retool military commission trials that were conducted for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who met this week with White House Counsel Greg Craig to discuss the administration’s plans, said among the proposals being studied is seeking authority for indefinite detentions, with the imprimatur of some type of national-security court.

Sen. Graham said he wants to work with the administration to pass legislation to increase judicial oversight of military commissions, but noted the legal difficulties that would arise.

“This is a difficult question. How do you hold someone in prison without a trial indefinitely?” Sen. Graham said.

The White House had no comment Wednesday about its detainee deliberations.

marisacat - 13 May 2009


people who voted for Ob, believed in Ob.. prolly should face it was a vote for the wars.

23. marisacat - 13 May 2009

It’s a love affair, from the Politico story.. it keeps changing headlines. Now it asks, ”is he growing up or selling out”. What a hoot!

“When you go from being a senator to being commander in chief, you’re going to be on a learning curve,” Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) told POLITICO. “Over time, you become more conservative as you deal with the true enemies of the United States.”

Obama has become “more realistic about the threats we face,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).


24. BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

Not to be outdone tonight,
The Racists on Dailykos show up in a diary, Never forget the May 13, 1985 massacre to mock a writer about the bombing of West Philadelphia in 1985 by (then-Mayor) Wilson Goode and the (still) loathesome Philly PD. Every Israelite propoganda artist is there chiming in, accompanied by asshole extraordinaire and hopeful-for-AIPAC-retention suck-up, Dana Houle. They no likey the Negroes don’t behave.

Houle was barely out of High School then, maybe living with whatever creatures that spawned him when it happened, Exceptionalist Jew Democratic Luntz wasn’t even born.

I was living between Penn and the Neighborhood in West Philly when it happened. The Uncle Tom Mayor at the time, Wilson Goode, Rev Wilson Goode at that, let the cops bomb the MOVE house with a score of people inside including women and children, a veritable massacre as the diarist entitled his piece. They dropped an aerial Firebomb and Burnt the entire neighborhood down as the proximate remedy to MOVE but it really had the motivation to crush unrest in the AA community as a whole against the brutality of the police throughout AA neighborhoods with the complicity of Goode’s very bad, very corrupt Administration. The Firebomb was perhaps the most honest manifestation of AA neighborhood leveling at the hands of Goode , the Dem Machine Cronies, intertwined as they were (still ARE) are with the sap-gloved Philadelphia Police Department.

As my very direct friend said of Goode, says of Nutter AND Obama now:

Same shit, different nigger. Same cops. All workin for the same old Jews

Says that all of their ilk, that they will be the death of any genuine AA power in this country.

marisacat - 13 May 2009

They dropped an aerial Firebomb and Burnt the entire neighborhood down as the proximate remedy to MOVE but it really had the motivation to crush unrest in the AA community as a whole against the brutality of the police throughout AA neighborhoods with the complicity of Goode’s very bad, very corrupt Administration.

I’ve seen the aerial shots of what burned. Very intense.

Ah poor Houle. IIRC he grew up poor or near poor in … oh somewhere in Appalachia. Think if you google around Dkos there are more details.

He developed in the strata that got out but hates everyone. Just my take.

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

Then when they “rebuilt” the neighborhood.,
( 70 homes burned to cinders )
they spent 4 times the going square foot cost for suburban homes for crappy little townhouses, just pillaged the budget under the same-ole bullshit cover of “help” following “a tragedy” , all sorts of grafts and kickbacks. Some councilmen and political operatives got thrown under the bus, the unavoidable jail time even, Gasp! – an annual event almost in Philly. Rendell and Fumo sailed onward and upward, Rendell was DA then, Fumo in the State Sen. Fumo helped bring in the money…They dodged the flak, Rendell selling Law and Order to the yuppies in the city, Fumo pandering to bigots in his Italian neighborhood, while their lackeys took the rap for the construction kickbacks…

Regardless of how one perceives the legal merits of the Abu Jamal case, One reason among many that Rendell wants to fry Mumia before Rendell goes next year as Guv is to keep the thugs in the Philly PD on his side , to concrete-encase the many of their own criminal cadavers as it were, all those shitty deals resting in peace, quite aside from their war on the AA community. ..All piled up along with the money in as yet undisturbed deposit box graves , very shallow for diligent forensic accountants certainly, – gad forbid the media or political rivals catching a serious whiff of the necrosis wafting off the Philadelphia Police and Politician’s own, mutual, GANGSTERISM.

Twenty-some years later, the clusterfuck and looting by the PTB was STILL unresolved in court. .

BooHooHooMan - 13 May 2009

Sorry missed a close bold
“after pillaged the budget”
I’m all assholed-out.

marisacat - 14 May 2009

hmm graft and corruption.

One of the few things that gives me a dredge of hope is that all factions and sides but for some who “just don’t get it” from any angle, have come together out here to defeat the props coming down the pike in our “special election” the umpteenth here in the past 4 years… think this is our 12th voting election … from the Low Tax No Tax White Horribles of Jarvis Gann… to League of Women Voters.

Everybody is mad over everything. Or over something. Or over enough… The day had to come.

They have hauled out Teacher of the Year 2006 for an ad, a fireman who everybody thought was fake so they slapped his name and rig and firehouse numbers on the ad… and the yes/no break on the props is WIDENING. Yes votes would make Arnold and the endless drain the money goes down happy and NO cuts stuff off at the ankles.

The real problem… voting IN the money won’t help.

The crippled blind jig is up.

BooHooHooMan - 14 May 2009

Well – I’m all for unity. LOL.
The PTB are all “drown the baby in the bathtub” when it comes to funding social services. Just not THEIR babies.
Not in THEIR tubbies, and definitely not the one’s in the THEIR staterooms. So now that they’ve punched a few too many holes in the lower decks , maybe in that last blub blub burble around their noses, the ungrounded light will come on – oh the shock reconsidering the notion of subcontracting everything out , realizing there is no one to payoff, no one to carry or tread water, not in a sink or swim sitchimmolation…..

marisacat - 14 May 2009

The PTB are all “drown the baby in the bathtub” when it comes to funding social services. Just not THEIR babies.

No, it’s bigger than that now. Money won’t help. Really.

wu ming - 15 May 2009

the amazing thing is that the “punish the politicians” prop, 1f, is starting to poll as a fail because people are so pissed at the pols that they’re willing to shoot it down anyways, just to give ’em the finger.

a beautiful thing, really. the nurses, true to form, were on point with this round as well.

marisacat - 15 May 2009

oh I had not heard that 1F was failing.

I thnk 1C is the proof we are in deep water. Borrowing from the Lottery. Yikes.

wu ming - 15 May 2009

unclear polling, some had it passing 75-25, others more like 30-30-30 with a third or so boggled.

reading those props was infuriating. i usually read the text of those bills, and the parts that weren’t insultingly dumb ideas were utterly impenetrable. i’m still not sure what the effect of 1b would be if it passed, given all the vague hedging in the analysis.

1c only made sense if you figured that everything would be peachy in a year or so. not seeing that happening anytime soon.

25. marisacat - 14 May 2009

HA! Joe Wiesenthal at ClusterHooHoo has a post up on the Cali ICU ward, he’s reading the stats… 🙄 . It’s kind of entertaining. i know he thinks he has us tied down and whatever else. Figured out.

Good picture, appropriate pic, tho of Arnold and another body builder from the … prolly late 70s.

LOL The clock ran. We ran the clock. About it.

And i do believe, and did at the time of the Recall, that Arnold’s JOB was to continue destroying the state. And he did. With the Dem party help.

Never forget that Arnold was present at the Cheney energy meetings out here, where they hatched the assault on this state.

Gotta love a plan that comes together.

26. marisacat - 14 May 2009

And the beat beats on……………………….


The netroots’ increasing influence on the national political scene has just taken another step forward. On Monday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee hired Arjun Jaikumar to serve as the blog and netroots outreach manager.

Jaikumar is better known in the netroots community as Brownsox, a frontpage blogger for Daily Kos.

BooHooHooMan - 14 May 2009

Ooo a little payola.
One Corrupt prick (DSCC Chair Menendez) , lubes pliable young asshole with trust fund as inroad into the Indian business and professional community. Sorry folks, but that’s it. Daddy would be proud. Professor at Harvard Business School wanted to build a better world full of “minimalist” factories and robots. Freed up, Pop died mountain climbing. Kid blogs on dailykos and parties with Dem lizard people. Go figure.

marisacat - 14 May 2009

well the kid might not have much… Father died young, depends on how many patents he accumulated in life, for one thing.

Left a wife and other children.

but I am sure Jaikumar is a good envoy to the desi community.

Which the Obama/the Dem party just luvs. It’s not just Obama.. but Hillary too. she referred to herself as “Clinton (D-Punjab)”… tho when Ob brought it up as a slur she and Bill tried to call what he did racist.


There they are, all in the soup pot together.

27. marisacat - 14 May 2009

KGO running hours of cover for not releasing the photos.

I just dropped back in, must be hour 5 or so.

Party line.

28. marisacat - 14 May 2009

David Ignatius, that great and wonderful political and intel analyst and writer… says Obama has now had a gen-u-whine Sista Soldja event.

The pundit class has so wanted that for him.

29. NYCO - 14 May 2009

Oh, puke. It has begun. Onward, American child soldiers

Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.

The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.

“United States Border Patrol! Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with adolescent determination as the suspect is subdued.

It is all quite a step up from the square knot.

The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.

marisacat - 14 May 2009

Isn’t that horrifying?

30. mattes - 14 May 2009

Asia Times:

Noted American peace activist Noam Chomsky has made the observation, “Israel could have security, normalization of relations and integration into the region. But it very clearly prefers illegal expansion, conflict and repeated exercises of violence …”

As an apparent diversionary tactic, Netanyahu has now linked any progress on the “two-state” solution to progress in the talks on Iran’s nuclear program
. Few people in the international community buy this as anything other than another Israeli maneuver to deny the Palestinians rights.

According to a report by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler of Inter Press Service, Netanyahu aides said his top priority was to get Obama to accept that before Israel committed to any far-reaching moves with the Palestinians, he had to be convinced that the Obama dialogue initiative with Iran won’t allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapon capability.

Susan Rice, the US envoy to the UN, has called for re-invigorating the “road map”, the “Annapolis process” and “integrating” the Saudi-led Arab peace plan into the US’s Middle East policy. This is fine talk reminiscent of former president George W Bush’s
verbal commitments, yet such words must be backed with stern actions by the US against Israel. These could include a threat to cut off US aid to Israel should it refuse to take any tangible steps toward the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, something for which US envoy George Mitchell, who has visited the region three times already, has reportedly called.


catnip - 14 May 2009

Not gonna happen. Not with AIPAC pressure and Netanyahu most likely threatening to nuke everything and everyone if he doesn’t get his way. He has Obama et al over a barrel.

mattes - 14 May 2009
catnip - 14 May 2009

But we’ll never really know, right?

mattes - 14 May 2009

Interesting stuff. I see the “plays” in the media….I can only imagine what’s happening behind the scenes…

marisacat - 14 May 2009

why don’t they call for restarting re invigorating re-re-ing Oslo.

It would about as useful.

NOBODY will be cutting off aid to Israel. Poor weak Ob would jsut be called a Bigger Pal Lover Than Ever. Then he’d have to talk about what he’d do if his precious daughters were under the dirty Pal missiles.. and so on.

He’d cringe and die of shame and GROVEL. So wingers would pet him again.

That is the game we are trapped in, and we jsut got a big big display of it.

31. catnip - 14 May 2009

Pelosi: CIA Lied to Me

Oh, she’s getting desperate now. lol

Meanwhile, Karl Rove writes in the WSJ that Pelosi’s an accomplice to torture.

Spin, Nancy, spin.

See Nancy spin.

32. marisacat - 14 May 2009

I haven’t bothered with a diary at TPM in years… and I am sure I have missed good ones… the site is just such shitty – and stupid – partisan politics.

But I clicked over to one on the torture photos. Yup shitty lousy party politics. May they all claw each other to death.

I am completely disgusted that these crimes were committed by the Republican party in the name of all Americans.

So far off the reality mark.

33. catnip - 14 May 2009

CNN Brrrreaking: Obamalama’s going to re-institute the military commissions tomorrow.


marisacat - 14 May 2009

LOL From the Google News Page on Obama and military commissions and detainees

An Obama administration official said the president, while serving in the Senate, “had been supportive of a reformed version of military commissions that included increased due process protections as a means of bringing detainees to justice.”
more by Barack Obama – 2 hours ago – Wall Street Journal (1 occurrences)

LOL Powerline says that Lindsay Graham was the source for the WSJ report a couple hours ago.

Winger Petting Session With Obama Alert.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2009

fucker, lying motherfucker.

34. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2009

for what (little) it’s worth:

Senator Bob Graham: The CIA Made Up Two Briefing Sessions

Bob Graham just appeared on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. In addition to repeating earlier reports that he was never briefed on waterboarding, Graham revealed that the first time he asked the CIA when he was briefed on torture, it claimed it had briefed him on two dates when no briefing took place.

I didn’t get Graham’s exact quotes (and the quotes below are rough approximations), but when asked to respond to Philip Zelikow’s assertion that members of Congress from both parties had been briefed on this program, Graham said that when he asked the CIA when he had been briefed on the program, the CIA gave him the dates of four briefings, two in April 2002 and two in September 2002, when they claimed they had briefed him about the program. But after Graham consulted his own records, he pointed out that on two of those dates, he had not attended any briefing. After Graham pointed this out to the CIA, they conceded their own dates were incorrect.

Graham then went on to repeat his claim that he had no recollection of being told about waterboarding Zubaydah or anything else about extreme interrogation.

In addition to repeating his earlier assertion that he would have remembered something that dramatic, Graham contextualized the briefing the CIA gave him–which occurred right in the middle of Graham’s complaints about the inaccuracy of the Iraq NIE (the briefing on September 27, 2002 would have shown up just a few days after the British released a White Paper on September 24, 2002 that publicized for the first time the yellocake claim).

marisacat - 14 May 2009

and Graham as has been obsessively reported, keeps obsessive types of daily notes. Detail after detail

35. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2009

White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting “a war on drugs,” a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use.

In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation’s drug issues.

“Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs’ or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them,” he said. “We’re not at war with people in this country.”

I’ll believe it when I see it.

marisacat - 14 May 2009

well they ARE at war with the people of the country.

wu ming - 15 May 2009

he did a similar thing in seattle, IIRC. if it gets the boot of CA’s neck, it would be a hell of a lot better than anything in decades.

36. marisacat - 14 May 2009

Jonathan Turley… (snagged from a Pffugee Camp diary)

As I mentioned last night on Rachel Maddow, the Obama Administration has become the greatest bait and switch in history. No torture prosecution. No abuse photos. No citizen lawsuit on privacy. Absolute executive privilege claims. It is not surprising that civil libertarians feel that we have succeeded in merely upgrading to Bush 1.2

I just read that Alice Cooper was at ASU for a gig (they performed as a band) with his son, an AZU student, before ObamaRama did his gig. The press asked Alice what he thought of Ob… he replied, “He’s a rock star in Europe! It’s great!”.

America is a fat genetically modified pig being sent to slaughter. And too many are just fine with it.

marisacat - 14 May 2009

From the thread at Turley… 🙄

FormerFederalNothing 1, May 14, 2009 at 10:25 am

Wow, what a week for Obama:

– infinite detention on US soil
– not releasing torture photos
– reviving military commissions

It makes me sick that I voted for this prick.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2009

now if only people would take that anger and make that fucking party they keep supporting pay.

In 2010 they need to vote for primary challengers or a Green or some other lefty, or at least have the decency to stay home and let those fucking assholes lose.

marisacat - 14 May 2009

or withhold the vote.

Too often, most of the time, there is no one to vote for.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2009

too true

marisacat - 14 May 2009


Many will be like Sully, who wants only to forgive and to understand and thus love again.

My immediate shock that Obama would be willing to suppress evidence of prisoner abuse, torture and even murder – stunningly widespread in the Bush-led military – somewhat distracted me from the politics of this. That is often a mistake with Obama who both takes his own responsibilities as commander-in-chief seriously and always appears to be playing a longer game than his opponents.

I am sure if I were to go back further I’d find him deciding [again] that Ob will get around to gays and counseling patience.. I have already read, yet again in his entries today, that while he wants gay marriage and equal rights, he wants very strong rules that no religious orgs should have to dirty themselves hiring gays or accommodating gays.

I have no idea if all that is “self hating” but he sure loves to be confused. What god was he serving when he advertised, knowing he was ill but not disclosing that, for “bareback sessions”?

I will note this too about the politics. If Obama wants to get the truth out, and does not want to be slimed as a partisan avenger (the propaganda line from the Rovians), it helps him to have symbolic spats with those of us who believe we have no choice but to confront the war crimes of the last administration. This has long been his mojo: give symbolic gifts to your opponents while retaining the core issue. These gestures – Rick Warren dinner with Bill Kristol, summits with Cantor – help insulate him from being drawn into them kind of partisan fight the Rove right likes to fight. In this rope, in other words, the anti-torture movement is the current dope.

37. lucid - 14 May 2009

If lucid and catnip don’t send me 250 GRAND by midnight this Friday. I will out them both.

Fuck you muthafucker! You ain’t never gettin’ me!

[not to mention it is past midnight on Friday… night… technically]

And lastly… ok – so you want to sue and take over my lease? That’s the only asset I have.

38. marisacat - 14 May 2009

gnu post


……………. 🙄 ………….

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