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We showed them. 7 June 2009

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.

From the Telegraph picture gallery:

A set of photographs showing the private side of Adolf Hitler have been published for the first time. The colour pictures come from the collection of Hugo Jaeger, Hitler’s personal photographer, who captured him on camera him from 1936 to the final days of his rule in 1945. Jaeger hid thousands of transparencies in a leather suitcase at the end of the war. The case was found by six US soldiers as they searched a house near Munich where he was staying but they were more interested in a bottle of cognac he had also slipped inside.

In this picture, Hitler salutes German troops in Adolf Hitler Platz on September 1st, 1938. “The very first essential for success,” Hitler once said, “is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence”


No more of that global domination stuff!  No more annexation of sovereign nations… no more killing and starving and displacement of human populations… no, no more of that.  No domination, no extermination…  No more unholy alliances…

None of that..

Reading during the night I landed on this quote from Churchill about killing German children in WW2:

“Duty must come before pleasure”

Where does a statement like that come from?  It screams of a pedophile, suppressed or other, to be frank.  How else does that assemblage of words get into the brain?

I am weary of and worn out from war, of the wars.. past and to come.  I don’t want to be part of this Killer Nation.  I am sick unto death of it.



1. marisacat - 7 June 2009

Moving ths forward from the end of the last thread…

From Madman

George Tiller funeral draws protests but ends peacefully

George Tiller’s funeral this morning drew large crowds and some protesters but was peaceful, officials said.

Wichita police Capt. Hassan Ramzah said no incidents occurred at the church or during the service for the slain abortion provider at College Hill United Methodist Church, near First Street and Hillside.

Ramzah said he could not reveal how many police officers worked the service.

Tiller was shot and killed Sunday at Reformation Lutheran Church, where he was serving as an usher. Scott Roeder, 51, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting.

Marilyn Grisham, like many funeralgoers, said she attended the service to show support for Tiller’s mission.

“I’ve always been on the side of what he was doing, but I’ve never spoken out,” she said, teary-eyed, after the service. “I just felt it was important to finally speak out with my presence.”

I’m not blockquoting any of the protestors’ bullshit.

During the service, each of Tiller’s four children shared reflections of their father. They and many other funeralgoers, including the Rev. Lowell Michelson, pastor of Reformation, wore Tiller’s trademark “Attitude is everything” buttons on their shirts or robes.

Tiller’s oldest child, Jennifer, said her father loved to relay axioms, “pearls of wisdom for how life should be lived.”

Baskets in the church lobby held copies of a page marked “Dr. Tillerisms” for guests to read and take home.

Tiller recently told Jennifer that “life is like an Impressionist painting,” she said. “‘When you are up close to it, it can be confusing and not make any sense…. Only when you stand back from it can you see the broad, masterful strokes of the artist.’ And then he laughed at himself,” she said.

After her father’s death and the outpouring of condolences, sympathy and stories, “I thought, well, if life is a painting, then Dad, you’re the artist,” Jennifer said, addressing the congregation.

“Your painting certainly had color and confusion at times. All the small dots and sweeps of the brush were each and every day of your life…. Maybe my dad wasn’t even aware of what he painted because he was so close to it. Maybe he had no idea how it was all going to work out. But for sure, he believed in his art. He believed in the effort and the joy of his work. He loved the feel of the brush in his hand and the paint on canvas, and he kept painting because he had faith and because he loved it.

“As I look out on you today — all of you, in many colors — I see all the brush stokes. I see all the dots. I see all the people, the color, the canvas of my dad’s life.

“I can stand back from it and I can see the plan. I can see the whole picture. He really did paint an incredible masterpiece, and it’s you. It’s all of you. You are my dad’s living masterpiece.”

Tiller’s youngest child, Krista, shared a letter her father had written to her when she was 13 years old, after losing a race.

“‘I’m proud of the way you handled yourself — no whining or complaining today,’ ” Tiller wrote. “‘One race does not spoil the entire racing season. Remember, nobody wins all the time — not Dad, not Mom… Be gracious in victory, never arrogant. Share the credit and the praise.

“‘And the sting and the loneliness and the depression of defeat or setback will be less severe. Because the friends with whom you have shared the good times will not abandon you in the bad times.

“‘Love, Dad.’ Underline, underline,” Krista added, chuckling.

2. catnip - 7 June 2009

I am weary of and worn out from war, of the wars.. past and to come.

Whenever I checked the news channels yesterday, there was endless D-Day coverage. All I could think of was, “what have we learned?”

Nothing, obviously.

marisacat - 7 June 2009

According to Lichfield in the Independent, this was to be the standard, all parties agreed to long ago, OFF YEAR commemoration. Neither a 5 year nor a 10 year (and 2004 was just the big big 60 year observance) anniversary event. Neither the Royal Family NOR the PM of the UK had planned to attend. The off years are basically a gathering of the veterans.

Then a few weeks ago, literally, according to Lichfield, Obama decided it was ”a box he’d like to check”.

Lichfield was not writing against Obama, he was writing a piece to counter all the petty sniping bullshit that has gone on between all the leaders. Who snubbed the Q, etc, or who did not…

Obviously we will never get free of all that, by now it is not commeoration, it is maudlin and mawkish.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 June 2009

it is maudlin and mawkish

And horribly exploitive and dangerous.

marisacat - 7 June 2009

Speaking of which… I read this during the night at Tiny Revolution w/r/t D Day… and it did give me a laugh.


“They also serve who only learn French and play baseball”

catnip - 7 June 2009

Obama decided it was ”a box he’d like to check”.

Appearances are everything and he’s determined to make as many of them as possible.

After all, he is God. Really. (Apparently).

PARIS (AP) — People gawked and cameras clicked as the Obamas cut a wide figure through the French capital even while confined to a presidential motorcade. It was more personal for the few kept not so distant — the restaurant owner who “saw God,” the chauffeur reveling in a “magnificent mission.”

When dining out Saturday night at a no-star bistro, La Fontaine de Mars, the presidential party was served water, Coke and table wine to accompany foie gras, lamb and steak with shallots, and paid for meals “like any client,” said owner Jacques Boudon. “It’s just what they wanted.”

“And I think they were very happy since they stayed three-quarters of an hour after dining,” he said by telephone.

Boudon was over the moon.

The table had been reserved 10 days earlier but he only knew his guests were the Obamas that morning.

“I saw God before me,” he said, “because I saw this smile that a million people have seen around the world. I saw her (Michelle) radiant. … It’s idiotic, but it’s like that.”

“idiotic” is too mild a word…

marisacat - 7 June 2009

well that restaurant is finished.. is all I can say. A old, small very very very moderately priced bistro.

I love Rick Steves (the travel writer and PBS travel guy) but when he really pushes something, you have to then drop it from your route. Carriers of his book start to swarm the place or the activity.

Same thing here.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 June 2009

Ex-SEC chief reincarnated as Goldman Sachs policy adviser

Well, here’s something amazing. It’s like protocapitalist buddhism: the endless life-cycle continues. Clinton’s SEC chairman, the man who powdered his nose and fondled himself for years and years while companies like Goldman Sachs bilked America with one “Bullshit.com” IPO after another, is now going to work for… wait for it… Goldman, Sachs. Nothing like years of hideously ineffectual non-enforcement to attract those lucrative Wall Street job offers!

More to the point, Levitt was one of the key figures who helped usher in the Financial Services Modernization Act (repealing Glass-Steagall) and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (deregulating derivatives).

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 June 2009
catnip - 7 June 2009

Well done. Bravo!

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 June 2009

Plouffe to Advise Patrick on Re-Election Bid

Kool-Aid as a campaign strategy … more to come!!!

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 June 2009

Single-Payer and the ‘Democracy Deficit’

Americans pay nearly double what people pay for health care in single-payer countries, yet the World Health Organization ranks the US as 37th in the delivery of health care services.

Where opponents of single-payer rail against paying taxes toward a single-payer system, the PNHP reports that our taxes already pay for 60% of health care costs in the US. “Americans pay the highest health care taxes in the world. We pay for national health insurance, but don’t get it.”

People in single-payer countries are healthier and live longer than we do. As revealed by Sicko, especially in the segment in which Moore interviews American exiles in Paris, with the stress and weight of America’s health care burden removed, they also appear a whole lot happier — a point which underscores the title of an article written by autoworker Phillip Bannowsky, “Capitalism produces rich bankers, but Socialism produces happiness.”

The ‘Universal Coverage’ Scam

Regardless of variances in their application, “universal coverage” schemes share two essential features: (1) they do not address the core problem which is not a lack of coverage but the presence of parasites — for-profit carriers and HMOs — which are sucking up billions of health care dollars; (2) they provide the illusion of reform while reinforcing the corruption of the current dysfunctional system by providing subsidies that will find their way into the coffers of the unnecessary parasites.

The basic area of difference entails whether to adopt a hybrid system advocated by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) that would permit individuals to choose between private and public insurance and subsidy plans offered by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, that would minimize the public option out of fear that the corrupt private health insurance carriers could not compete with an efficient public system. The Baucus plan would further burden those who have employer-funded health care insurance by taxing the insurance payments provided by their employers.

Kennedy and Baucus issued a joint statement on May 30, 2009 that they intended to offer “similar and complementary legislation that can be quickly merged into one bill for consideration on the Senate floor before the August recess.”

Dr. David Himmelstein of PNHP explained the deficiency of the “public option plan”:

The proposed plan would realize only a small fraction – at most 16% – of the administrative cost savings that could be achieved through single-payer. That’s because insurance overhead – which might well be lower in a public option plan – accounts for a small part of the overall administrative costs of the current system. The need for hospitals and physicians to continue to bill dozens of different insurance plans would mean that their internal cost accounting and billing apparatus that causes most of the excess paperwork at present would continue.

…Absent massive savings on administration, the expansion of coverage would be very costly, and costs would continue to rise in future years since the proposed plan has no means to achieve real health planning or use global budgets to set enforceable limits on cost growth. [The public option] plan would also do little or nothing for the tens of millions who are currently under-insured – they have coverage but still can’t afford care.

marisacat - 7 June 2009

Kennedy’s final screw.

He can’t die fast enough imo.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 June 2009

not looking forward to the fawning coverage after he does.

marisacat - 7 June 2009


7. marisacat - 7 June 2009

oh Quelle Shock.

NBC national news… reporting that the WH is considering “accelerating the spending” in the first Stumble Bill… as the stimulus $$$$$ may not come quickly enough FOR THE MID TERMS.

I love the utter poverty of our political system.

8. marisacat - 7 June 2009

Angry Arab…on the Lebanese elections today.. unfortunately his weekly posts at Al-Akhbar are nto available in English


So the son of the little Lebanese Nazi, Bashir Gemayyel, Nadim Gemayyel has won as has Sami Gemayyel, the son of Amin Gemayyel. On this one, I need to express myself in Arabic in Al-Akhbar.

Posted by As’ad at 4:56 PM

marisacat - 7 June 2009

HA! The NYT reported on the voting (“American backed, etc, won“) without mentioning the Gemayyel name.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 June 2009

I figured they were American backed with the description “nazi” appended to the name.

marisacat - 7 June 2009

uhh hmm the Christian Phalangeists… the father (or grandfather… I am losing track of time) was very impressed with the Nazis. And of course they partnered with the Israelis and US during the early 80s Lebanon war and Sabra and Chatila camps massacre.

9. marisacat - 7 June 2009


[“M]ississippi clearly has done all that we can within our current legal culture to end abortion here,” Herring said, “and yet we have one remaining abortion clinic.”

Booker, 65, remembers when there were six. He worked at another Mississippi clinic from 1989 to 2003, then moved to this one. Opponents have picketed his home in a nearby town, he said, and knocked on his neighbors’ doors to denounce him as a “baby killer.”

One of the regular clinic protesters, C. Roy McMillan, was a signer of the Defensive Action Statement, which asserts that killing an abortion doctor is justifiable homicide because it saves the lives of the unborn. Scott Roeder, accused of killing Tiller, told friends he agreed.

For 18 months between 1994 and 1996, Booker was under the protection of U.S. marshals, who moved him from place to place for his safety. Years later, he often wears a bulletproof vest.

“After Dr. Tiller died, I started thinking, ‘What’s the use?’ They’ll just shoot me in the head,” Booker said. Although deputy marshals met with clinic staff members in Jackson last week to consider providing protection, he said he intends to continue living at home and following his routine.

“I’m older now,” Booker said. “I’m not going to let them paralyze my life for how I think. That’s what they try to do, bully everybody out for doing abortions.” snip

10. marisacat - 7 June 2009

A North Korean court sentences to 12 years’ hard labour two US journalists convicted of illegal entry and “hostile acts”, state media say.

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

11. marisacat - 7 June 2009

Honey, get a clue.

…Rahm’s Clintonian gay-aversion is well-known.Sully

It’s also the self-proclaimed born again in the Oval. The wif, the advisors, the friends, the heavy money corporate donors… on and on.


I followed Sully’s link to Aravosis… it’s about HRC cosying up to the WH and selling out gay issues. Gee what a shock.

The thing is, no one believes that the White House has any intention of doing anything, regardless of any timetable.

12. marisacat - 8 June 2009

Well it did give me a laugh in the middle of the night. Clusterstock passes along a link to a [preliminary, it looks like] game plan for “universal health care from Obamaland”… 167 pages…. and asks commenters to take a look.

I passed, because I was born way too long ago to waste that much time anymore.. but one kind person in the thread did tackle it:


Miss_X2 said:

Jun. 07, 5:33 PM

After reading quite a bit of that document I’m pretty much numb.

From what I gather, the federal government will give states a grant which will be used to create a GATEWAY through which all insurance policies will be offered, bought and sold, with the GATEWAY making a commission on the whole mess. (if it sounds like an insurance broker, you’re pretty much right).

It strikes me as being just another added LAYER of bureaucratic nonsense which will cost the taxpayers MORE and probably not solve any problems in the long run. It will also end up costing doctors more since every time a doctor has to sign up for these “new” insurance companies/policies as an “In network” provider, there’s usually loads of paperwork that has to be completed as well as loads of documents that have to be provided to the insurance carrier.

This of course will cost the doctor TONS of money while they end up making peanuts in the process.

Apparently this version is not all gussied up yet with the ”mandatory clauses”… but I suspect they are coming. My guess is the insurers demand it.

13. NYCO - 8 June 2009

Is this for real?

Luis Illades, an owner of the Urban Rustic Market and Cafe on North 12th Street, said he had seen a steady number of applicants, in their late 20s, who had never held paid jobs: They were interns at a modeling agency, for example, or worked at a college radio station. In some cases, applicants have stormed out of the market after hearing the job requirements.

“They say, ‘You want me to work eight hours?’ ” Mr. Illades said. “There is a bubble bursting.”

Basic “mommy and daddy can’t send checks any more” type story.

lucid - 8 June 2009

I live in Williamsburg… yes, it is for real. Pathetic, I know. It was the same way in the lower east side back in the ’90’s too. All sorts of 21, 22 year old kids coming in with no jobs, but jacking up real estate prices because mommy and daddy were paying. I remember one night when I was about 29 sitting in Max Fish with a friend who was slightly older than I. We both worked and had since our teens and he was saying, ‘when the next major recession comes, these kids aren’t gonna know what hit them’, which is indeed true… ‘What? You want me to work for 8 hours?’ Priceless.

14. marisacat - 8 June 2009


High court blocks Chrysler sale to Fiat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has temporarily delayed Chrysler’s sale to Fiat.

Ginsburg says in an order Monday that the sale is “stayed pending further order.”

The action indicates that the delay may only be temporary.

Chrysler has said a delay could scuttle the deal.

A federal appeals court in New York had earlier approved the sale, but gave opponents until 4 p.m. EDT Monday to try to get the Supreme Court to intervene.

Ginsburg issued her order just before 4 p.m., when Chrysler would have been free to complete the sale of most of its assets to Fiat. …

15. marisacat - 8 June 2009

Soemthing’s up in the NY senate leadership and the “amigos”.

it’s a disjointed report from the NYDN blog.

NYCO - 8 June 2009
marisacat - 8 June 2009

yeah… some of the characterisations of actions on the senate floor in even the messy NYDN article are hilarious.


[thanks for the link]

NYCO - 8 June 2009

It’s two homophobes from the Gang of Four. That’s what it’s allllll about…

The freakiest detail is that Tom “I’m Moving to Florida” Golisano was seen in the Senate chamber.

how fucking embarrassing. This is even more embarrassing than Spitzer.

NYCO - 8 June 2009

whoops, my bad. I thought it was Montserrate and Diaz.

marisacat - 8 June 2009

it’s clear they moved over to the R side. Over gay marriage.. or whatever one calls it.

Push them all off the cliff.

marisacat - 8 June 2009

One of the comments from NYDN:

Golisano’s revenge — What a disturbing possibility that is. A thrice defeated candidate for Governor rises to power on a deal with defeated Senate Republicans and the dregs of politics as we know them.

16. marisacat - 8 June 2009


If not now, when? That question ought to haunt the Democratic Party and President Obama, who has been missing in action himself on key issues. Congressional Democrats are responding to this epic conflagration with the same risk-avoidance tactics they learned during many years in minority status.

In those days, they could always blame right-wing Republicans for blocking their good intentions.

But whom do the Dems blame now that they have the White House and fifty-nine votes in the Senate and a seventy-eight-seat majority in the House? Their standard explanation for not doing more is, “We didn’t have the votes.”

So when might we expect Democrats to achieve more? When they have eighty votes in the Senate? snip

it will be interesting to hear the squalling and the blaming when things crash harder and even deeper in a few very short years.

Greider lays out a possible framework for the rise of real public interest groups who can break thru the ‘politics mired in concrete’ that we live with. It is very sad to read it… it is the what some people WILL try ot bring about.

But ya know we got a community organiser in the WH now, so who needs anything REAL.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 June 2009

and of course Grieder, a few years ago, was one of the idiots who was telling folks like us not to be “purists” and “change” was coming blah blah blah … and now his precious turnip truck has been upended and he can see it’s all rotten NOW he’s ready for “real” public interest groups?!?!

Granted, Grieder has woken up quicker than the rest of the party-insider hacks at the Nation, but jeez … it wasn’t like it wasn’t CLEAR what the donks were going to do.

17. marisacat - 8 June 2009

Long list of the dead at the close of the PBS News Hour today. I lost track counting at around 16.

Carry on ”anti war” Obama voters.

18. marisacat - 8 June 2009

Kleefeld at TPM DC has a few posts up on the NY leg switcherooo… My guess they are using SSM.. nto that it is not an issue but the shitty Democrats have never really wanted control of the both governor’s ofice and leg.

IIRC there were machinations when Spitzer rose so that it not happen either. Poor Democrats.. always handmaidens.. always on their knees. They angle only for their pocketbook.

Just my free floating West Coast take.

As for the other, state Sen. Pedro Espada of the Bronx, this is the really tricky bit. Espada had previously switched to supporting Republican control, then was defeated for re-election by a Democrat in 2002. He then came back in 2008, winning the Dem primary in another district — and immediately put his organizational vote up for grabs before ultimately backing the Dems for a while. Espada will now be the Senate President, and is officially still a Democrat.

“So there’s a guy who might lose his seat for being convicted of a felony,” the source said of Monserrate. And on the other hand is Espada, who has switched from the Dems to the GOP, then back to the Dems, and now again to the GOP. “And this time he was like, ‘Oh no, I’ll be a Democrat this time,'” the source said.

Another “Gang of Four” legislator, Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, had been appeased by the Democratic leadership by giving him the chairmanship of the Finance Committee. “He was bought off nice and neat,” the source said. “Espada and Monserrate were apparently not bought off enough.”

NYCO - 8 June 2009

According to my state senator, the coup was in the planning for five weeks.

Which is the whole problem in a nutshell: Republicans know how to skulk and scheme. The Dems… not so much.

(Oh, and Malcolm Smith? You’re an asshole. Good riddance, although I would have preferred different circumstances.)

marisacat - 8 June 2009

The Republicans (and conservatives and wingers) are in it for the long game. The Dems are in it for individual graft and little else. They keep enough bleeding hearts around to look good as a party.. and that is it.

One reason I laugh like hell when idiots declare the R party and its parts and pieces, cohorts and COLLABORATORS… vanquished. Geesh.

I noticed some report somewhere today calling Shumer a “NY boss”. Damn straight.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 June 2009

The Dems are in it for individual graft and little else.

Yup, and all of their “promises” about protecting women, gays and the poor amount to nothing more than Vinnie knocking over the register and saying, “sure would be a pity to see something happen to your HOPES for equal treatment and opportunities, don’tcha think?!?”

19. marisacat - 8 June 2009

LOL… I cannot wait. Dow 25,000 by Setpember 1. I’m calling it now.

[T]he U.S. economy probably will emerge from the recession by September, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said.

“I would not be surprised if the official end of the U.S. recession ends up being, in retrospect, dated sometime this summer,” he said in a lecture today at the London School of Economics. “Things seem to be getting worse more slowly. There’s some reason to think that we’re stabilizing.” …

That’s Krugman, btw… 🙄

And of course all of this surely underscores the NEED to pump out cash (see Obama wooden performance this morning). As all of the government models were hopelessly optimistic. Or lies. My pick would be DUMB LIES.

I don’t know if anyone cuaght Goolsbee on FOX on Sunday but, boy, get someone else out there to do the “splaining”. Really bad.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 June 2009

roped him back into line, I see …

marisacat - 8 June 2009

Greider and Naomi Klein were sort of updated little soviets… when they were on with Moyers a few weeks ago… everything was prefaced with.. “I voted for obama and… yada yada, however, gush gush, but, moo moo and you know I still believe in him.. ”

and so on. Sovietischer Christianischer Democratischer Partay.

It’s almost as much fun as watching Sully point his finger at those he decides are “Christianists”. Meanwhile he is on a speeding segway running right into a vanity mirror.


20. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 June 2009

New Jersey police officer pounds man on tape

Surveillance video shows a Passaic, New Jersey, police officer beating a 49-year-old man standing idly on a street corner.

Surveillance tape from Lawrence’s Grill and Bar in Passaic on May 29 shows a police car pull up to Ronnie Holloway, who is standing still on the curb outside the restaurant. After a few moments Holloway zips up his sweatshirt — because the female officer in the car instructed him to do so, Holloway said.

At that point, the other officer in the vehicle, Joseph R. Rios III, exits the car, grabs Holloway and slams him onto the hood of the police car. He then pummels Holloway with his fist and baton.

marisacat - 8 June 2009

hm how many cities will simply declare bankruptcy and put themselves out of the bother of paying off legal suits for abusive cops. The cost of which has NEVER been sufficiently analysed nor looked at in public.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 June 2009

they usually can just count on judges to throw it out, or on desperate people to accept a rather small payoff in return for nondisclosure agreements.

marisacat - 8 June 2009

occasionally a few pay outs for cases arising from police brutality in SF make it to the light, or if a secret where the plaintiff(s) agaisnt the city are held to non disclosure, an educated guess… thsi usually is in some round up piece about the over all issue of cop brutality.. and it adds up. At least here it does. And plenty of cases get shuffled off… esp people for one reason or antoehr not deemed worthy of a pay out.

On and on it goes… where it ends…………..

My guess is there will be less and less interest in police brutality to the extent it exists at all. Because “we don’t torture” and a black made it to the WH.


21. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 June 2009

Military spending sets new record

Global military spending rose 4% in 2008 to a record $1,464bn (£914bn) – up 45% since 1999, according to the Stockholm-based peace institute Sipri.

In contrast with civilian aerospace and airlines, the defence industry remains healthy.

“The global financial crisis has yet to have an impact on major arms companies’ revenues, profits and order backlogs,” Sipri said.

Peace-keeping operations – which also benefit defence firms – rose 11%.

Missions were launched in trouble spots such as Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“Another record was set, with the total of international peace operation personnel reaching 187,586,” said Sipri, or Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

22. marisacat - 8 June 2009

FP of the online NYT:

Despite generally broad approval for the job Michael R. Bloomberg has done as mayor, a majority of New Yorkers say he does not deserve another term.

But Ob and Bloomie and Arnold (BLOBA) love each other. What is not working? Why don’t NYers love Bloomie?

Why don’t loons in Cali love Arnold?

23. marisacat - 8 June 2009

Chomsky has a second take on the Cairo speech.. the last few grafs on Kerry are telling.

Quite aside from which Kerry’s brother, Cam Kerry, is aligned with the most hardliner settlers (which was written about in the summer of 2004 in the Israeli press, when CK was in Israel marching with just those groups).

Obama’s “new initiative” is spelled out more fully by John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, now chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in an important speech at the Brookings Institute on March 9. ( http://kerry.senate.gov/cfm/record.cfm?id=309250 ). In interpreting Kerry’s words, we have to suspend normal rationality, and agree that the actual facts of history are completely irrelevant. What is important is not the contrived picture of past and present, but the plans outlined.

Kerry urges that we acknowledge that our honorable efforts to bring about a political settlement have failed, primarily because of the unwillingness of the Arab states to make peace. Furthermore, all of our efforts to “to give the Israelis a legitimate partner for peace” have foundered on Palestinian intransigence. Now, however, there is a welcome change. [I am so sorry to laugh! —Mcat]

With the Arab Initiative of 2006, the Arab states have finally signaled their willingness to accept Israel’s presence in the region. Even more promising is the “unprecedented willingness among moderate Arab nations to work with Israel” against our common enemy Iran.

“Moderate” here is used in its technical meaning: “willing to conform to US demands,” irrespective of the nature of the regime.

“This re-alignment can help to lay the groundwork for progress towards peace,” Kerry said, as we “re-conceptualize” the problem, focusing on the Iranian threat.

Kerry goes on to explain that there is also at last some hope that a “legitimate partner” can be found for our peace-loving Israeli ally: Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. How then do we proceed to support Israel’s new legitimate Palestinian partner?

“Most importantly, this means strengthening General [Keith] Dayton’s efforts to train Palestinian security forces that can keep order and fight terror… Recent developments have been extremely encouraging: During the invasion of Gaza, Palestinian Security Forces largely succeeded in maintaining calm in the West Bank amidst widespread expectations of civil unrest. Obviously, more remains to be done, but we can help do it.”

Routinely, Kerry describes the attack on Gaza as entirely right and just: by definition, since the US crucially participated in it. It doesn’t matter, then, that the pretext lacks any credibility, under principles that we all accept — with regard to others.

General Dayton’s forces, armed and trained in Jordan with Israeli participation and supervision, are the soft side of population control. The tougher and more brutal forces are those trained by the CIA: General Intelligence and Preventive Security.

Trapped forever in CIA wars.. fronted by the employees hired and pensioned off, others newly hired to front for the wars.

24. marisacat - 9 June 2009



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