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Rising tides… 31 July 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


Hampton beach New Hampshire… sand sculpting…


From Maine to Florida, the Atlantic seaboard has experienced higher tides than expected this summer. At their peak in mid-June, the tides at some locations outstripped predictions by two feet.


The change has come too fast to be attributed to melting ice sheets or anything quite that dramatic, and it’s a puzzle for scientists who’ve never seen anything quite like it.

“The ocean is dynamic. It’s not uncommon to have anomalies like this but the breadth and the intensity and duration were unique,” said Mike Szabados, director of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s tide and current program.

The unexpected tidal surge is subsiding, has reduced its reach from the entire coast, and is now concentrated just in the mid-Atlantic states.

NOAA is rushing to study the data in an effort to understand what happened. Szabados’ office is already putting the finishing touches on a report that will be released next month on the wind and current patterns that appear to be correlated with the tidal surge.

Szabados said that two main factors appear to have contributed to the extra high tides. First, there were steady winds out of the northeast throughout this anomaly. Second, the ocean current running from Florida up along the coast weakened. While the associations between these phenomena and the tides are provocactive, it’s too early to tell how fully they explain this unexpected tidal event.  ….

Call Obama.  It’s his problem.

[A]merica, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.



UPDATE, 7:38 pm on the Pacific Ocean…

Tidal Action!

From the Press Gag-gle today…………


Q Back to today’s news, on clunkers — the problem as I understand — I talked to some state auto dealership associations which represent numerous dealerships. According to talking to some of these folks, what’s been a success so far is creating demand. But what has not been successful is trying to get the claims from the dealers to the government for the money that they’ve had to expend to buyers. In other words, they’re saying they’re going on the computer system and trying to submit the claims and are getting kicked off from the system a third of the way, and this is happening apparently all week, all around the country, in different dealerships. They’ve put this money out. They’re hearing that the system or the program has been suspended —

MR. GIBBS: Well, the program hasn’t been suspended. Let’s —

Q It was last night. So they’re worried — but they’re worried about getting their money back, because they’ve put out hundreds of thousands of dollars if they’re a large dealership. If they’re capital-weak, then that could be a real problem. What’s being done to fix that?

MR. GIBBS: Well, first and foremost, the program, as we said last night, was not suspended. And as I said this morning, the program was not suspended. The administration is comfortable and confident that the previous money that was allocated through the supplemental appropriations is enough to cover those transactions and to continue operating the program.

We think the program has been so successful that the President and staff here talked with Capitol Hill about extending that program — I know some of that request came — members of the Michigan delegation were very interested in that last night, and the House has voted to add an additional — or to move $2 billion from the Recovery Act energy efficiency programs into additional money for the purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles.

I’m sure they’re looking at whatever problems the site may be having. Obviously with something that’s enormously popular there may be traffic problems on the computers. But we’re confident, and I think dealers can be confident, that the money is there to reimburse them for the rebates and the incentives that have drawn thousands and thousands of customers that haven’t been there for quite some time into their showrooms to purchase cars.  [we’re all so confident! —Mcat]

Q It seems, though, that what may have prompted whatever happened last night — I think it was the Transportation Department’s statement or calls to members of Congress — I think — what I’m hearing is that what prompted that was that the government began to wonder if they had any idea how much they were on the hook for, basically.

MR. GIBBS: Well, again, as I talked to our guys here today, there were surveys by the dealers association. They felt that the obligations were getting toward the upper band of money that had been allocated. We feel confident, which is why I said so this morning, that there is enough money — but to extend a popular program that we think is having, again, benefit for many involved, that moving that money from the recovery to this makes a lot of sense.

Look, I’ll tell this to dealers: Again, we feel confident, I think they can feel confident heading into the weekend, and hopefully if we can get the Senate to act, I think it’s likely — more likely that it’s going to be the beginning of next week. But I think they can feel confident heading into the weekend with a strong bipartisan vote in the House for additional money to ensure the continuation of the program.  [still confident!  Really confident!  —Mcat]

Q Robert, isn’t there a — excuse me, but isn’t there a chance of an interruption, though, before the Senate acts?

MR. GIBBS: An interruption — again, we feel comfortable that there’s money to cover the transactions and we’re hopeful that the program, because it’s popular, because we think it is having such an important impact, will be extended even further.

Q So if there’s a run on dealerships between now and the weekend —

MR. GIBBS: “It’s a Wonderful Life” on GM dealers — we’re coming to get our — look, we hope a lot of people go this weekend to look at buying a new car. We think that’s, again, we think that incentives are good for them, we think they’re good for the economy, and we feel confident that there’s money to cover those transactions.

Q Thank you, Robert.

Got it?



1. AlanSmithee - 31 July 2009

Who says Democrats can’t kill brown people like Republicans can?

UN: Civilian Deaths Soar in Afghanistan
US Air Strikes, Taliban Bombings Responsible for Most Killings

Hope for change! (Or at least to be killed in the first wave of Hellfire missles!)

marisacat - 31 July 2009

oops again.. I tried to fix the link… and I screwed it up WORSE!

So sorry!

Madman in the Marketplace - 31 July 2009

maybe you should call in an air strike then start from scratch

marisacat - 31 July 2009

I think filling out the pre census blurb hexed me. I can’t do anything right…


catnip - 31 July 2009

link to the carnage

catnip - 31 July 2009

That’s why they’ve decided to stop the “enemy” body counts. Every fucking week they claim they’ve killed “militants” only to have to admit weeks…months…later that they’ve killed civilians.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 July 2009
CSTAR - 31 July 2009

Helas. distressing.

The truth is that the Palestinian leadership, supported by the Palestinian masses, played a significant role in Hitler’s Holocaust.

That grabbed my attention

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 July 2009
4. marisacat - 31 July 2009


[I]ndeed, as one Pentagon veteran remarked to me earlier this week, “the Administration’s whole nuclear stance is turning into a cheesy rerun of the Cold War and Mutually Assured Destruction, all based on a horrible exaggeration of one or two Iranian nuclear bombs that the Persians may be too incompetent to build and most certainly are too incompetent to deliver.”

The Biden and Clinton “foreign” policy is: 1) to recreate the same old Cold War (with a new appendage, the US versus Iran nuclear confrontation) for the same old reasons: to pump up domestic defense spending; and 2) to continue sixty years of supporting Israeli imperialism for the same reasons that every president from Harry to Dubya (perhaps barring Ike) did so: to corner Israel lobby money and votes. Regarding the latter, Obama did the same by grabbing the Chicago-based Crown and Pritzker family money very early in his campaign and by making Rahm Emanuel his very first appointment (the two are hardly unrelated). [be nice if people could get those simple facts into their wooden noggins! Geez Loueez! It is right out in the open! –Mcat]

So right from the start Obama was already an Israel lobby fellow traveler. The Mitchell appointment and the toothless blather about settlements were simply cosmetic, bones tossed to the increasing proportion of the American electorate that’s grossed out by the ethnic cleansing of the Arabs from the Holy Land. [more that is absolutely out in the open, for any idiot to see! —Mcat]

Obama does have a coherent strategy: keep the defense money flowing and increasing, but without making so much noise as the older generation did about ancient Cold War enemies (e.g. Russia and Cuba). The F-22 — to date, the one and only presidential issue on which he’s shown any toughness at all — is in no sense a departure from keeping the money flowing, since he is indeed increasing the defense budget, in part by using the F-22 cancellation to push spending on the even worse F-35 and to hide his acquiescence to all the other pork in the Congressional defense budget.

I feel so saved! From the F-22! I dreamt for years of being saved from the F-22!

Save this save that.. soon it will be Save Obama!

5. marisacat - 31 July 2009

😈 + 😆 + 🙄

[W]axman attributed his committee’s passage [5 Dems voted NO btw… 31/28—-Mcat] of the bill to “the leadership of President Obama.” But while health care reform is Obama’s top first-year legislative priority, other congressional Democrats have been growing increasingly frustrated with the White House for a perceived lack of hands-on involvement.

During a Friday briefing in the Capitol with top Obama advisers, a collection of House Democrats gave David Axelrod and Nancy Anne De Parle an earful about what they’d like to see the White House do better in the health care debate as this fight shifts to the fall, according to people present.

Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) asked the pair why the administration has focused much of its attention on the Senate, and Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren told the president’s advisers that “it’s time to govern,” asking them why Obama’s closest confidantes, like Valerie Jarrett, don’t spent more time on Capitol Hill. ….

May they claw each other to death.

So amusing anyone would think Valerie Jarrett would go to the Hill. She’s House Mama to the Obamas. My take anyway.

catnip - 31 July 2009

Complete supposition ahead…

She’s House Mama to the Obamas. My take anyway.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she and the Chosen One had an affair along the way.

/Complete supposition

6. catnip - 31 July 2009
marisacat - 31 July 2009

working hard to be very very nice… well her first “interview” of daddy was pretty bad.

7. marisacat - 1 August 2009

HAhahahahah.. I did not count how many times Gibbs used “confident” in the gaggle (see above, the update to the post) but people prolly should worry about the Cash for Clunkers… the news tonight said congress wants to change the rules.

For the oh so confident next 2 billion. Which would nto last that long anyway.


There was so much confusion out here over the first version of the rules, every news channel and every news report had a different telling of it, what a hoot…. I read Germany did this and it was S I M P L E. Simple.


Can we have the Bankster Version, please!

8. marisacat - 1 August 2009

hmm speaking to the Spam File here, what I really notice is that the mealy mouthed twits who supported Him, loved Him, wept for Him, defended Him, all but ecstatically wuvved Him, swooned for him, orgasmed for Him… have so little to say as he sprouts about as Little Bush.

Bush was a tyrant, backed by tyrants. And Smiler in Chief is another sort of tyrant. But impossible to miss what He is about. And Knob and Snob too.

It won’t end well. A very fucked vote, and certainly people, too damned many of them, orgasmed as they cast it.

I guess they were in it for the orgasm. Because that very fucked civilian crew clearly do not to give a shit what he is doing.

Maybe they are still in orgasm. Yes that would explain it. What a SELFISH vote it was. Like allthe slobberers and weepers who wuvved Bush and felt God sent him to us.

Go away and orgasm.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 August 2009

and why is it that we’re only offered various flavors of tyrant?

America makes nothing except weapons

Jon Taplin reproduces this jaw-dropping chart: Floyd Norris’s scary graph of Durable Goods Production, adding, “We have so hollowed out our industrial plant that the only thing we are now producing is weapons of war.” He goes on to quote Toynbee on Rome: “The economy of the Empire was basically a Raubwirtschaft or plunder economy based on looting existing resources rather than producing anything new. The Empire relied on booty from conquered territories… With the cessation of tribute from conquered territories, the full cost of their military machine had to be borne by the citizenry.”

marisacat - 1 August 2009

a Raubwirtschaft or plunder economy based on looting existing resources rather than producing anything new

It is so clear why we are in trouble. And as I told someone who rebuked me for not supporting the alternative over “whtie supremacists” as he called McCain (gee News Flash!) I said, White Supremacists vs Supremcists [who serve whites]

Oh… I can figure out the moves on the board game on a hot summer’s day. No shit.

I do realise some people felt they “needed” to vote and felt trapped into the “lesser evil” or haplessly dumbly think the Democrats are better (somehow somewhere in another universe), but WAKE THE FUCK UP.

Or slobber at his feet. In orgasm, legs splayed. Or whatever beast/backs contortion works..

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 August 2009

anybody who STILL thinks that is willfully not paying any attention.

10. marisacat - 1 August 2009

Can the marching munching crews get worse? At least there is Haynes but I read he has a new book, with Balz I believe. Gah. It is all about COMMERCE.

Meet the Press: Larry Summers. Roundtable with Dan Balz, Haynes Johnson, former Reps. Ford, Watts.

This Week: Sec. Geithner, former Fed Chair Greenspan. Roundtable with Michelle Malkin, Cynthia Tucker, Al Hunt, Jerry Seib.

Face the Nation: Summers. Roundtable with Bob Woodward, David Brooks, Kathleen Parker.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. DeMint, Reps. Rangel, Pence, Wasserman Schultz. Roundtable with Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Stephen Hayes, NPR’s Juan WIlliams.

State of the Union: Sen. McCain, Obama aide Christina Rome


They are gonna proclaim Dow 10,000 by Thursday! But ooops! lets fiddle with the new car deal for what are inevitably little people in the great scheme of things.

Silver platter help for the Banksters! Fraudsters Rule! And the gummint types who serve them! All Day Every Day!

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 August 2009

why would anyone want to listen to Greenspan?

marisacat - 1 August 2009

he should be slapped into thumb screws… but then I do think the Fed, the building, is the most fascistic building (tho there are lots of new ones I gather) in DC. With reason. If I wandered upon that building on the outside of Rome in an area where there is a small clutch of Mussolini era buildings it would fit right in. Also the new[ish] WW2 memorial on the Mall…

I see we have named a new Navy Destroyer for a hero of the Iraq theatre… Jason Dunham, who threw himself on a bomb explosion and saved his mates. Sure won’t b seeing a destroyer named Gustavo Rodriguez… and Eric Massa was present for the dedication, he looked to me like Mussolini, frankly.

“This destroyer will sail the oceans on the wings of an angel”… and he did look like old Benito as he yelled it..

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 August 2009

well, angels do go around reducing cities to ash and smiting folks, so I guess that makes sense.

11. marisacat - 1 August 2009

You have to love it.

Saturday Aug. 1, 2009 05:02 EDT

GE’s silencing of Olbermann and MSNBC’s sleazy use of Richard Wolffe

(updated below)

The New York Times this morning has a remarkable story, and incredibly, the article’s author, Brian Stelter, doesn’t even acknowledge, let alone examine, what makes the story so significant. In essence, the chairman of General Electric (which owns MSNBC), Jeffrey Immelt, and the chairman of News Corporation (which owns Fox News), Rupert Murdoch, were brought into a room at a “summit meeting” for CEOs in May, where Charlie Rose tried to engineer an end to the “feud” between MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly. According to the NYT, both CEOs agreed that the dispute was bad for the interests of the corporate parents, and thus agreed to order their news employees to cease attacking each other’s news organizations and employees.

Most notably, the deal wasn’t engineered because of a perception that it was hurting either Olbermann or O’Reilly’s show, or even that it was hurting MSNBC. To the contrary, as Olbermann himself has acknowledged, his battles with O’Reilly have substantially boosted his ratings. The agreement of the corporate CEOs to cease criticizing each other was motivated by the belief that such criticism was hurting the unrelated corporate interests of GE and News Corp: snip

12. marisacat - 1 August 2009

I see dear dead Harvey Milk is going to be awarded the Presidential Medal of soemthng or other. Freedom? Honor? Whatever it is.

How fucking craven. A toss to the gays. Also … the tennis player, forget her name. Billie Jean King.

BTW, I am glad for people to hear of HM, but The Times of Harvey Milk is better than Milk… imo. By far. I thought ”Milk”, for political reasons arising from a lot of softening in the “arrived gays” like Van Sant and Cleve Jones and others, glossed over hard realities here in the 70s and in the killing. That slippery slobber of making White a wanna be gay was just such slush, to avoid the much harder truths.

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 August 2009

considering some of the people they’ve given that medal to, I’m not sure how much of an honor it is.

marisacat - 1 August 2009

I was very disgusted at quite a few who accepted it from GWBush… thru two wars. Dreadful spectacle.

Of course now the so called left of center step up. Or whatever the game is. I mean Harvey cannot even participate in the lfie time of reduced taxes that goes along with it… and think of those who enjoyed a lfie time of reduced taxes for being such great Americans. McNamara for one. The whoel criminal cadre under Bush… Meyers.. Frank others. DISGUSTING.

Anyoen decent should refuse ti from any pretzel.

marisacat - 1 August 2009

Tenet, another one who got it.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 August 2009

Prolonged Aid to Unemployed Is Running Out

Over the coming months, as many as 1.5 million jobless Americans will exhaust their unemployment insurance benefits, ending what for some has been a last bulwark against foreclosures and destitution.

Because of emergency extensions already enacted by Congress, laid-off workers in nearly half the states can collect benefits for up to 79 weeks, the longest period since the unemployment insurance program was created in the 1930s. But unemployment in this recession has proved to be especially tenacious, and a wave of job-seekers is using up even this prolonged aid.

Tens of thousands of workers have already used up their benefits, and the numbers are expected to soar in the months to come, reaching half a million by the end of September and 1.5 million by the end of the year, according to new projections by the National Employment Law Project, a private research group.

Unemployment insurance is now a lifeline for nine million Americans, with payments averaging just over $300 per week, varying by state and work history. While many recipients find new jobs before exhausting their benefits, large numbers in the current recession have been unable to find work for a year or more.

marisacat - 1 August 2009

Oh I can see the political pressures on Ob… the whole political weight of extending it another 13 weeks for people.

Such a burden. Maybe they can pray to Benny over it.

14. BooHooHooMan - 1 August 2009

A Political Odyssey
Obama’s formula for presidential victory relied heavily on public mood and personal appeal.

Way to go there, Homer. The veritable appeal of the Classics among the masses. Timeless.

Beach reading.

marisacat - 1 August 2009

Or not.

“I don’t think I was the most interesting character in the election,” he said, noting “a whole cast of characters at the beginning who are fascinating in their own right, in some ways compelling just from a human perspective: John Edwards, [Mike] Huckabee. And then comes the general election [and] you get Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. You’ve got Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers. It’s a pretty fascinating slice of Americana.”

I guess we can sink lower… but not worth imagining.

BooHooHooMan - 1 August 2009

Within http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/31/AR2009073101582_2.html“> Dan Balz
<a href="campaign retrospective piece at WaPo

….the revealing…..

Axelrod also warned that Obama’s confessions of youthful drug use, described in his memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” would be used against him. “This is more than an unpleasant inconvenience,” he wrote. “It goes to your willingness and ability to put up with something you have never experienced on a sustained basis: criticism. At the risk of triggering the very reaction that concerns me, I don’t know if you are Muhammad Ali or Floyd Patterson when it comes to taking a punch. You care far too much what is written and said about you. You don’t relish combat when it becomes personal and nasty. When the largely irrelevant Alan Keyes attacked you, you flinched,” he said of Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate opponent.

….and the vacuous…

“Axelrod’s right,” he continued. “I’m not somebody who actually takes myself that seriously. I’m pretty well adjusted. You know, you can psychoanalyze my father leaving and this and that, but a lot of those things I resolved a long time ago. I’m pretty happy with my life. So there’s an element, I think, of being driven that might have operated a little differently with me than maybe some other candidates. The way I thought about it was more of a sense of duty, in this sense. I thought to myself: There aren’t that many people put in the position I’m put in. Some of it’s just dumb luck. Some of it maybe has to do with me embodying some characteristics that are interesting for the time that we’re in. But when I made the decision to do this, it wasn’t with the certainty that I was the right person for the job. It was more the sense of, given what’s been given to me, I should probably just give it a shot and see whether in fact there’s something real there.

Grown Man. No there there..

BooHooHooMan - 1 August 2009

Much of W in the mirror , the “whatev”

BooHooHooMan - 1 August 2009

And the Daddy Issues.
Well…He has lots of Daddies now. SecDef, JCOS, Rahm and David,
beat cops big and small…

marisacat - 1 August 2009

You care far too much what is written and said about you. You don’t relish combat when it becomes personal and nasty. When the largely irrelevant Alan Keyes attacked you, you flinched,”

when he shuts up about the Right Wing Scatter Shot, then he might be in charge of something.

It’s appalling how he pays attention to the screw crew from the right.

15. marisacat - 1 August 2009

The Rule Book on Cash for Clunkers is ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY SIX PAGES LONG.

We drowned in paper and verbiage.

16. marisacat - 1 August 2009

HuffPo… JR Eskow

Where didn’t the Blue Dogs and Rep. Waxman (my representative) compromise? Here’s where: They didn’t ease up on the mandate for individuals to obtain health insurance coverage. They made it easier for employers not to offer it, and they found several ways to make it more expensive,

but they didn’t give a break to the working people – mostly blue-collar working people – who will be hit the hardest by their much-vaunted compromises.

17. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

Jeraselem Post-

Abergil brothers’ extradition approved
Jul 28, 2009 10:00

The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday ordered Yitzhak Abergil, his brother, Meir, and three other members of the Abergil gang to be extradited to the US on charges including drug dealing, extortion, money-laundering and murder.

According to attorney Yitzhak Blum, a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office, the ruling marks the first time that Israel and the US have acted on a protocol signed recently between the two countries providing for the reciprocal extradition of alleged criminals suspected of belonging to a crime organization.

In his ruling, Judge David Cheshin wrote that “after examining each piece of prima facie evidence put before me, and after considering the arguments of both sides, I reached the conclusion that I must accept the state’s extradition petition and declare that all five defendants are extraditable to the US for charges attributed to them in the US indictment.”

18. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

HuffingtonPost Gunman kills 3, injures 11 at gay club in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM — Israeli police say a gunman entered a youth club for gay teens in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night and sprayed the interior with automatic rifle fire, killing three people and injuring 11.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was “most likely a criminal attack and not a terror attack.” Tel Aviv has been a target for Palestinian militants in the past.

No mention in the HuffPo piece of the ongoing Israeli Mafia War
over Exctasy distribution in clubs in Tel Aviv
reported in the LAT and the Jerusalem Post.
Carry on with the carnage and waving the bloody shirt…Cue tape with witness on standby….

“This was a hate crime, a premeditated attack,” witness Yaniv Weisman told Channel 10 TV. He said Cafe Noir, the basement club, was popular with youth.

“Those hurt were very young,” he said.

Openly gay Knesset lawmaker Nitzan Horowitz said it was “without a doubt the biggest ever attack on the Israeli gay community, we are all in shock.”

Witnesses told Israeli media that the gunman was dressed all in black, and described the scene as a “bloodbath.”

19. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

{ HuffPo article quoted from lede link thru ” “Tel Aviv has been a target for Palestinian militants in the past.™ ™ ™ ™ }

marisacat - 2 August 2009

god I hope it was after sundown and Sabbath was over..

Hve they checked the ultra orthodox neighborhoods?

Gosh it could be anyone… an ugly killing.

20. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

Edited with source quotes

From the LA Times article on the internecine gang wars in Tel Aviv…to LA

Police in Israel grapple with a mafia gang war

Daylight bombings, bystander deaths and the occasional rocket attack have laid bare the shortcomings of Israel’s formidable security apparatus in dealing with the crime wave.

By Ashraf Khalil
January 06, 2009

Reporting from Jerusalem — His name rhymed with Al Capone and he came to a bad end behind the wheel of a rented white Volkswagen.

Until the moment a bomb planted on his car exploded on a Tel Aviv street, mob boss Yaakov Alperon was living large.


Israelis are fond of saying they “live in a rough neighborhood.” But chances are they aren’t talking about what’s been happening recently in this country of 7 million.

An over-the-top gang war between Israeli crime families, complete with daylight bombings, bystander deaths and the occasional rocket attack, has laid bare the shortcomings of the country’s formidable security apparatus.

“In many respects we are losing the battle,” said Menachem Amir, a criminology professor at Hebrew University.

Organized crime blossomed here in the 1980s and ’90s while security forces were focused on Palestinian terrorist threats. By the time Israeli authorities truly began to grapple with the problem a few years ago, they faced a sophisticated global network of gambling, prostitution and drug trafficking, with Los Angeles as one of its hubs.

Court documents and interviews with Israeli law enforcement officials give glimpses of a criminal tapestry that includes an assassination in Encino, alliances with violent L.A. gangs and the establishment of an Israeli-directed drug pipeline from Europe straight to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

BTW, The previous
cooperation by headline article aside,
The Brothers Alperin – Yitzhak and Meir are still on appeal for extradition for the murder in Encino California and RICO charges.

But for those wheels of Justice to turn in Israel, well –
It’s a Hard Job, see…

Israeli law enforcement officials admit they’ve been caught flat-footed and are scrambling to catch up, using increased surveillance, tougher laws and partnerships with more experienced agencies in the U.S. and Europe.

“We’re about five years behind the criminals,” said Arye Livneh, head of the government’s newly created witness protection program, which won’t even begin protecting prospective mob informants until next summer.

“This is a tiny place. It’s not easy to hide someone in Israel.”


“This is a tiny place. It’s not easy to hide someone in Israel.”

Yet somehow…… they manage.

21. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

My Bad. Bad HTML. Bad BHHM. The comment can be deleted correct HTML below. Content otherwise the same…sorry

marisacat - 2 August 2009

oh don’t worry.. fixed now… 😉

22. marisacat - 2 August 2009
23. BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

I think a bomb is about to drop on Menendez.

I see hole-in the wall
FirstAmericano Bank collapsed and was rendered by the FDIC on Friday
A 165 million dollar kitty.

Oh but checking around a bit,
those names sure rang a bell.

President and CEO?
Holly Bakke.

HER LAST JOB… as of 2005? R
RIGHT BEFORE running this no name bank into the turf?

NJ Commissioner for Banking and Insurance.
Cabinet Post
Dem Machine Milled under McGreevy when he was under the Israeli Army dude.

Shame the bank was only in Business since 97..Wasn’t banking deregulation supposed to work? Promote legitimate business opportunities within the community? …well….
The Chairman? The Directors of FirstBank Americano?

A great cast of characters, indeed, Political fixers all.
But the big mooks behind it are Ambulance chasers with big biz at the NJ Insurance Trust for accident victims, , and a minority contracting guy named Frank Dominguez in on the minority biz opportunities for school and hospital construction and the surety bond scamming along with it.
Dominguez is ah, – {adjusting collar}
the same guy tripped up in another pending matter LOL-
named as co-defendent in a state indictment against Perth Amboy Mayor Joe Vas….for picking up the ex-Hizzoner’s CATERING BILL OF 58 GRAND. Trial Pending…

Yep these fine citizens are the remarkably loyal Menendez tithers listed on the FEC who were running a Mortgage ReFi and Insurance outfit so well THAT IT COLLAPSED.
All of them paying top dollars to Menendez Campaign funds like clockwork..

Oh and that dead guy Shaw of the NJ corrupt sweep? … who’s “major client” according to the New York Times was Metrovest/ George Filopoulos? Yeh Well. His wife?

Big Money straight to Menendez —– >
The object of her sole affection by the looks of it

Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Poor Roberto. And all the Refugees from the Cipel debacle.

[I fixed the Dominquez link — Mcat]

BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009
BooHooHooMan - 2 August 2009

Oh and dibs for us on the Brrrrreaking… if the papers manage to get around to picking it up …Crickets so far…

24. marisacat - 2 August 2009



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