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Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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Amazing X-ray photographs by Nick Veasey: Nick Veasey uses sophisticated X-ray cameras to reveal the inner workings of his subjects

Ellsberg has an interesting remembrance of the bombs we dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

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1. catnip - 6 August 2009
marisacat - 6 August 2009

so funny!

“They do not have my permission,” said Jack, a psychology professor in Minnesota. These photos “are absolutely not to be used in this way. … I really made a grand effort to do this properly, and I’m very irritated. If I’d wanted these to be used for political purposes, I’d have sold them to Hillary years ago.”

Lucid - 6 August 2009

And of course the copyright losers are in the comments section screaming that this is theft from an artist. FFS. What the hell is wrong with people?

marisacat - 6 August 2009

the whole thing is hilarious.

It kind of rhymes so to speak with the original cover story for WHY the photos were in a vault during the primaries and the GE…. her, the photogs, blither was it was all about the cigarette. I sure laughed over that one. No, it is the whiff of gigolo off the pics… not a cigarette at 20. (Or a cigarette now, frankly)

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 August 2009

just a gigolo, pimping out his followers to the corps.

BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

LMAO. Too funny, catnip!

2. BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

Oh dear.
.. catch the “…as if they were waiting…” graf
That is Sooo wrong. LOL – the frolicking by the chatty ragsters at the NY Post.

just. piling. on.

GOLDMAN SACHS WIVES HATE TO WAIT
August 5, 2009 —

GOLDMAN Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein has warned his employees to avoid high-profile spending, as The Post reported — but his wife evidently didn’t get the memo.

Laura Blankfein and her friend Susan Friedman, wife of another Goldman honcho, Richard Friedman, caused a huge scene at Super Saturday in the Hamptons last weekend when they arrived at the event before the noon start time and balked at waiting in line with the other ticket-holders.

Their behavior was obnoxious. They were screaming,” said one witness. Blankfein said she wouldn’t wait with “people who spend less money than me.”

Now this here is just uncalled for. LOL.
A nice dig actually in the NY Post chit chat.

Another observer said the women were so impatient, it was as if they were waiting on line for a kidney transplant instead of a charitable designer clothing sale.

Kicking them while they’re UP.
Carry on.

Friedman shouted at the event organizer, “You have lost so much money because of this . . . Why should we be treated like the $650 donors?”

Sources said Blankfein and Friedman had bought tables with blocks of tickets going for $833 apiece, as did many of the women who were waiting patiently in line, happy to raise $3.4 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Courtesy of widow’s pensions, the uninsured and the Federal Reserve.

In the end, the hot-headed duo got in at 12:03 p.m., three minutes after those who arrived before them.

No word on how much of their husbands’ money they spent. But Lloyd Blankfein — wary of bad publicity over the big bonuses he and his colleagues expect to collect at year’s end — has called for an end to conspicuous consumption.

A Goldman Sachs executive was quoted in yesterday’s front-page Post story, “[Blankfein] wants to make sure we’re not being seen living high on the hog.” A Goldman Sachs rep did not respond to requests for comment left at the offices of both Lloyd Blankfein and Richard Friedman.

How delightful. Love your dress.
Wait till the help starts shitting in their food.

3. BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

From Chimpy to – — > Chump’s Change.

Greenberg pays $15m in SEC settlement

By Brooke Masters and Francesco Guerrera in New York

August 6 2009 19:02

Hank Greenberg, the former chairman of American International Group, on Thursday agreed to pay $15m to settle the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into his role in accounting fraud at the company from 2000 to 2005.

The settlement focuses on Mr Greenberg’s alleged involvement in “numerous improper accounting transactions” that inflated AIG’s results. The SEC said these included sham transactions with General Re, the reinsurance company, use of an offshore entity to conceal auto insurance losses and shifting money around to report investment gains.

AIG ousted Mr Greenberg in 2005 during the investigation of the transactions and later paid $1.6bn to settle with the SEC and the New York attorney-general.

AIG Paid???? LOL . From What Bailout funds or jacked premiums passed on worldwide? 15 million on Trillions.
Which is 15 mil on MILLIONS of millions.

I think Hank should avoid anything that comes in Pâté form offered by unusually solicitous servers…

BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

Greenburg’s cost of doing criminal business that is..
AIG “paid” 1.6 Bil on Trillions of damage, The Fraud AND the Fines for the same paid for by….the Government..

who just “can’t” seem to “do” Healthcare…

All Fuckin Kabuki.
I’d avoid the Sushi during intermission, too.

BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

In a statement,

Mr Greenberg said he “appreciates the SEC’s recognition that he personally should not be charged with any fraud”. He added that he was “pleased to finally put these issues behind him and be able to concentrate on building for the future”.

4. marisacat - 6 August 2009

Blood Harvest… following that bloody vote..

KABUL (AP) — Four U.S. Marines were killed Thursday when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in western Afghanistan, driving up Western military deaths at a pace that would make August one of the deadliest months of the war.

Civilian casualties have also been sharply rising, and a southern Afghan police chief said a U.S. airstrike had killed five farmers picking their cucumber crop at night. The U.S. military said the men were insurgents, but offered conflicting accounts throughout the day of the reason an American helicopter opened fire. [we cannot even get the STORY straight! –Mcat]

At least 15 Western troops have been killed in Afghanistan in August. Attacks killed at least 44 U.S service members and 31 from other international military forces in July, according to military reports.

Casualties among Afghans and international troops are climbing as Western forces push deeper into Taliban territory ahead of Aug. 20 presidential elections. Most violence takes place in the south and east, the traditional bases of the ethnic Pashtun insurgents. But the Taliban has also been ramping up attacks in the relatively calmer west and north.

NATO declined to say exactly where the Marines were killed or immediately release other details of the attack.

In southern Afghanistan, thousands of additional U.S. and British forces have been trying to secure roads and population centers ahead of the vote. The insurgents have pledged to disrupt the election and have dramatically increased their use of roadside bombs against foreign and Afghan forces.

BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

Obama’s War now.

as CNN – CNN?!? – says

A new national poll indicates that support among Americans for the war in Afghanistan has hit a new low.

Forty-one percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday say they favor the war in Afghanistan — down 9 points from May, when CNN polling suggested that half of the public supported the war.

Fifty-four percent say they oppose the war in Afghanistan, up 6 points from May.

The butthole could have drawn down, put his PR op in play to wrap the end of the disaster with a bow, and even handed over the loot he did domestically for – (1/2 jest here) —
only a HALF Total of Carnage , Collapse, and utter Ruin.

Nope. Cue Perfect Political Storm, instead.
Once the Healthcare Sell out sinks through to the once kindly Dem and Indy vote…Obama is fucked. The First hard face slap is coming out of Jeresy soon, … when it will be a miracle if Corzine isn’t quite literally crucified, and the takeaway from his concession speech isn’t
My Ob My Ob! Why have you forsaken me?!??

Followed by Dem hacks from Jersey , scraps of god-forsaken cloth in hand…flooding the market. . Poor Dana Houle. In competition for a little crumb against Nicky the Nail from Newark. LOL

marisacat - 6 August 2009

Even stupid people know two things.

One, the wars cost a ton, and 2, we have been there too long. these are inescapable truths. EVEN if you dumbly supported either war, at any time.

One possible scenario was always going to be “Black Jesus had his chance. He failed. Too bad, so sad.”

Cruel ain’t it.

marisacat - 6 August 2009

he is also putting himself on the line for Creigh Deeds. NJ and VA. But I am sure Schumer and Nancy and the WH and the poltiical operatives know what they are doing. Fer sure.

AND for Elkhart Indiana.

Lordy.

5. marisacat - 6 August 2009

HA

PLUS: Obama says Sotomayor’s confirmation brought America “closer to a more perfect union.”

Via Politico’s White Board “44”.

First SCOTUS nom that I have been [almost completely] disinterested in since I was a teenager (which would be the Fall of Fortas, over $40,000. Cheap sell out!).

Because the jig is up.

6. BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

FT of London

Re UK / Japan

The liquidity pipes remain clogged
Banks seem unwilling to use the money pouring into the system

…and Germany-

Merkel moves on failing German banks

By Bertrand Benoit in Berlin and James Wilson in Frankfurt
Published: August 6 2009

Angela Merkel would give the German banking supervisor unprecedented powers over struggling banks, including the capacity to dismiss executives, if re-elected chancellor next month, according to legislation being drafted by her economics minister.

According to the 28-page draft, obtained by the Financial Times, Bafin, the regulator, could be given sweeping powers to fire managers and restructure systemically important banks that are threatened with insolvency without the agreement of shareholders.

So says Merkl in pre election release anyway…

And Back in the UK

Recovery doubts as UK injects more cash
Central bank pumps £50bn into economy

Nope. No worries HERE though. BUCKLE UP.

Success predicted for ‘clunkers’ extension

Cuz Theyyyyy’re Baaaaack.

GMAC:$5.6 Billion New Capital Raising Subject Of Discussion With Fed
Dow Jones
August 04, 2009: 10:34 AM ET

BOSTON -(Dow Jones)- GMAC Inc. said it was in discussions with the Federal Reserve Board related to the $5.6 billion the lender has to raise in new capital

by Nov. 9.

marisacat - 6 August 2009

Well who knows what goes on behind closed bankers’ doors, but imo Merkel, well to the right of me, has more balls than Obster, the inside man for the Banksters (Glen Ford over at BAR has a good piece on that very topic).

She also gets harshly satirised in Germany and seems smart enough to not FUCKING CARE.

BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

I definitely agree about Merkl. has more balls than Obster and wrt criticism is …smart enough to not FUCKING CARE.

And from my place in the cheap seats via topical reads , she is operating in a domestic political climate that is far more pissed and clued in than anything we have here.
Both within the German Electorate , and particularly within their Security apparatus – who views this as a genuine “focus now” moment, as financial warfare , a genuine Security Threat to Germany, the EU, and Global stability.

Their BND (German Federal Intelligence Service)…sees it for what it is, and is exerting enormous pressure on the Government to respond. Not particularly giving a fuck where their crackdown leads

As spooks go, house of mirroes

and all that in such a world

— The BND stands alone amidst Major Western Intel Agencies in REJECTING US Brit and Israeli reports on Irans “imminent” nuclear weaponization.

They’ve taken pains to get the message out rebutting an article planted in Stern magazine which citing BND concurrence with US/ UK/ Israeli assessments on Iranian nuclear capability.

So These folks aren’t the
Give-me-a -Piece of Ass /
You Can Have the Memo’s Italians ..
..who were glad to serve the partnership between Cheney and the NeoCon Jews by providing bogus “concurring” intel in the runup to Iraq.

All that said, it seems the BND, while pushing Merkel and German Policy makers in response to financial warfare,
they’ve been been pretty equal opportunity in their push to root it out..

Russian Christan orthodox mobsters.

Bankhaus Metzler, 300 year old Jewish Banking Dynasty in Frankfurt

And of course, the pushing of US, Swiss. and Israeli authorities on money laundering prosecutions. of the UBS and Credit Suisse facilitated tax havens brokered by all the Major US Banks and Israeli players.

While Obama and Hillary just scuttled a pending DOJ tial into the Swiss tax havens in the kind of soft ball settlements that Greenburg and associates high and low will love: NO DISCLOSURE.

No Deal with Merkel tho .

BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

Whoops. quotes re mcat’s take on Merkel as
…smart enough to not FUCKING CARE. Sorry.

marisacat - 6 August 2009

Give-me-a -Piece of Ass /
You Can Have the Memo’s Italians ..

Hahahahha.. that reminds me of a single line I read in a report years ago, of some upcoming Big Western Powers Hoedown… that Craxi was relieved to be invited so people would know he was still leader of Italy.

😆

7. BooHooHooMan - 6 August 2009

{sigh}

What to do…what to do…
When there is obviously So Much positive CHANGE around.
Yep just winnin friends everywhere.

Well for one, cue this type of fluff
Ordered ‘rare”. LOL.
“Rare” GMAB. Who eats “rare” herky-jerky anymore?

Cue fluff. Rare.

Israel envoy: Netanyahu row with Obama causes strategic damage
By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press

In a rare in-house rebuke that reflects concern over the growing tensions between Washington and Jerusalem, a senior Israeli diplomat stationed in Boston said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy vis-a-vis the Obama administration is causing strategic damage to Israel, Channel 10 reported.

{Yawn…..CLICK.}
{changing channels from one “Change” Network to another…}

Why , This looks like a job for Pretty Mossad Girl

Poll: More Israelis prefer Livni as prime minister

Netanyahu had been leading Livni in polls straight through the elections, as well as in more recent polls.

According to the poll, when asked, “Who would you rather see as the next prime minister?” Tzipi Livni was named most qualified, with 36 percent of respondents.

Buh bu but

For the first time since taking office, the public considers Benjamin Netanyahu less suitable to serve as prime minister than opposition leader MK Tzipi Livni, a new Channel 10 poll said Thursday.

::

Only 23 percent of those polled said Netanyahu was fit to serve as prime minister. Defense Minister and Labor chairman Ehud Barak was a distant third with 7 percent of respondents considering him to be the most suitable for the position

NOW they tell us. AND
THEY HAVE
a CHANGE Candidate of their own.!
The World is Soo Blessed!

8. catnip - 6 August 2009

AIG breakup nets Wall Street $1 billion bonanza: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street banks and lawyers could collect nearly $1 billion in fees from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and American International Group Inc (AIG.N) to help manage and break apart the insurer, The Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing its own analysis.

Morgan Stanley (MS.N) could collect as much as $250 million, the newspaper said, citing banking experts and documents released by the New York Fed.

Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), private equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX.N), law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, accounting firm Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) and JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) are among others that have or could get big paydays for helping dismantle AIG, the newspaper said.

To calculate dollar amounts, the newspaper said it tallied estimated fees for transactions already announced and those AIG is considering, planning or may be forced to pursue. It said it obtained assistance from Freeman & Co, Thomson Reuters and documents provided by the New York Fed.

According to the newspaper, the situation creates potential conflicts of interest in oversight by causing the government to employ many companies it regulates.

The government owns nearly 80 percent of AIG, and has given the insurer a series of bailouts estimated at $180 billion.

Around and around it goes…

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 August 2009

Sodomized to Protect Our Freedoms

That’s right; sodomy. Forcible anal penetration. The documentation of this and other forms of sexual humiliation is too extensive to be denied or pawned off on a couple of redneck privates. And we know now that sexual humiliation techniques were among those discussed and approved by the National Security Principals Committee, a White House group including Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, George Tenet and John “History will not judge this kindly” Ashcroft.

I don’t want to come off as minimizing the horror of controlled drowning. It’s just that there’s something about anal rape that brings the torture issue into sharp focus.

Just once, I’d like to hear one of these American Enterprise Institute psychos, the ones that always trot out to defend the neocons’ freakish obsessions, have to defend shoving a flashlight up a guy’s ass. I want to hear Frank Gaffney or Jonah Goldberg tell me why I shouldn’t be fucking mortified that raping prisoners was considered within tolerable interrogation practices by my country. I want Glenn Beck to justify butt-raping a suspect.

The key to winning the debate on torture is to eradicate any illusions about just what this was, which is sick, twisted and freakish beyond any usefulness in gathering information. And it becomes very clear in the light of a rectally inserted lightstick.

Raise the specter of White House-authorized sexual abuse, and anyone who doesn’t shrink away from defending it will be doomed to be remembered as the guy who defended ass-rape and forced urine-drinking, which is the very least an American should suffer for trying to justify brutally raping prisoners.

But no one will pull the trigger. Even as more proof is revealed, nobody seems to mention the sodomy. The torture debate is limited to waterboarding alone. Why?

Forget the 48 photos President Barack Obama has flipped on releasing (like the putz he’s turned out to be). There are known photos — you can see them at Salon.com — of a female prisoner being raped, and a male. Not to mention the kinky, naked slave-stacking and forced masturbation — and the prisoner with a banana up his ass.

We blared Metallica at them 24 hours a day while they shat themselves, chained to the floor. We kept them in coffin-sized boxes for hours on end. We hung them from the ceiling. We made them jack each other off. We beat some of them to death. Many have lost their minds. Some of these people were guilty of nothing but being in Afghanistan or Iraq and being swept up as part of an intelligence “mosaic.”

What’s so sick about it is that the sexual nature of the torture seems so unnecessary. I mean, even if we were going to torture them, we could have stuck to waterboarding, pulling some fingernails or just beating the shit out of them. But menstrual blood smeared on their faces? Rape? What kind of people do that? What possible purpose does that serve that outweighs becoming known as the country that ass-rapes people? We couldn’t get enough answers, or false confessions, or whatever we were looking for, from regular brutality? We had to go all BDSM on these people?

The upshot is this: America is the country that rapes its prisoners. We’re sex criminals. That’s our thing now. And Obama’s refusal to “look back,” i.e. prosecute these incredibly serious crimes, ensures that it’s our permanent legacy. No national reputation can survive this simply by shrugging it off.

We used to be seen as a bastion of freedom and decency around the world. That shit is over, folks. Now we’re like the Soviet Union, with better movies. When we talk about human rights, we are an international joke.

And when we talk about torture, we stick to waterboarding, because nobody, not even the “liberals,” are willing to face what we’ve done.

marisacat - 6 August 2009

somewhere in the middle of all of this is the weeks long trip ObRama took to Pakistan in 1981. it surfaced but briefly, overshadowed by “clinging” and whatever other easy slurs he used at the SF fundraiser… but it sure does factor in.

The other meat horror following the Big White Meat Horrors.

What a mess we are in.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 August 2009
marisacat - 6 August 2009

I saw that.. we also had a spectator tasered in his seat, at an A’s game over in………….OAKLAND. The land of bliss and love.

marisacat - 6 August 2009

Gates is SUCH good diversion. Cue: weep for Gates!

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 August 2009

I put up a quick post: A War Crime 64 Years Ago

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 August 2009

Are the Feds Cracking Down on Right-Wing Terrorists?

At 6:45 a.m. on June 25, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) arrested Dennis Mahon on domestic terrorism charges stemming back to a crime committed more than five years ago. An indictment from a federal grand jury in Phoenix, unsealed in late June, charges Mahon with constructing a pipe bomb that exploded in Scottsdale city office that promotes racial and cultural diversity. The blast severely injured the office’s director and hurt two other staffers. Mahon and his twin brother, Daniel, were also accused of conspiring to build and send the bomb, and with disseminating training materials on domestic terrorism.

Also on June 25, the ATF arrested Robert Joos—a 56-year-old white supremacist preacher in Missouri—in connection with the Mahon investigation. According to court documents, Dennis Mahon had told an undercover agent that Joos was an expert on bomb making. (In the end, Joos was only charged with illegal possession of weapons.) On the same day, ATF agents also raided the northern Indiana home of the 71-year-old Tom Metzger, the head of White Aryan Resistance (WAR) and a longtime associate of Dennis Mahon.

In the 1990s, Mahon and his girlfriend, Carol Howe, spent time at a religious compound in the Ozarks. At some point during this period, Howe became an ATF informant. Then, on April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring more than 600 others. During the trial of Terry Nichols, who was eventually convicted of conspiring to help carry out the attack, Howe testified under oath that she had heard Mahon advocate violent action against the government, and that she had accompanied a group from the compound on a possible expedition to case the bombing site. Mahon himself expressed support for Timothy McVeigh, who was sentenced to death for the bombing. However, he was never charged with any involvement in the attack.

For several years after that, Mahon, like many white supremacists, laid low. “After the bomb went off in Oklahoma City, the White Knights completely collapsed,” Mahon told the Kansas City Star. “They were scared to death. They just went down the hidey-hole.” But by 2004, Mahon had moved to Arizona and, according to the investigation, he was ready to take up the cause again.

The indictment says that in February that year he helped to construct a bomb, disguised it in a cardboard box, and mailed it to Scottsdale’s Office of Diversity & Dialogue. When the director, an African American named Don Logan, opened the package, it exploded in his hands. Five years later, Mahon was apprehended by the feds. The big question looming over the case is: What took them so long?

marisacat - 6 August 2009

Too busy on Marijuana raids. At least now….

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 August 2009
14. marisacat - 6 August 2009

HA! Comment from a post at IOZ ion the Big TownHall Flap of Summer 2009

Secret Squirrel said…

As someone who has taken cash from both parties to be a professional dick, I can say without hesitation that there is nothing authentic about any town hall, q&a, conference call or any other event where constituents get anywhere near their elected officials. The events are perfect little Potemkin villages to begin with, complete with pre-picked supporters in the audience to ask the right questions. The manufactured opposition is (usually) equally scripted. Not in a conspiratorial way or anything, it’s just that the big funders who throw money to local 501(c)3 and 4s who organize earned media events typically have a narrow set of talking points on any given issue. It’s gotten somewhat more sophisticated, but if you watch a lot of the intercept videos on youtube you’ll see a similar script.

The funniest thing about the whole kabuki dance is that whenever there is genuine grassroots activism, it freaks the hell out of professionals. Actual volunteers terrify the shit out of politicos.

2:06 PM

15. marisacat - 6 August 2009

Belly laugh:

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel warned liberal groups this week to stop running ads against Democratic members of Congress.

The powerful top aide to President Obama made his feelings known at the weekly closed-door strategy session of an array of progressive organizations, according to two sources who were there.

Emanuel’s request came on the same day that Obama himself told a meeting of Democratic senators that he didn’t like seeing dollars used by liberal groups to target congressional Democrats.

Some on the left believe administration officials are making such statements only as a favor to Democratic legislators whose votes they’ll ultimately need.

But the White House indicates to POLITICO that it truly believe the ads aimed at Democrat are counter-productive and largely ineffectual. There is no winking and nodding when Obama and Emanuel deliver their message, say West Wing officials.

Moderate Democrats who are elected and re-elected in GOP-leaning districts and states earned their spurs in part by running away from liberal orthodoxy and are unlikely to be moved by outside progressive groups, goes the White House thinking.

It’s a delicate issue for Obama, who wants his own supporters to aggressively lobby their representatives during the August recess but also doesn’t want to create a backlash among centrist Democrats who relish their independence and the power that comes with being a swing vote. snip

Or as Rush says, the community organsier cannot bitch when the grassroots organise.

Pretty damned funny, all of it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 August 2009

what’s he gonna do, fly insome friends from the IDF to “persuade” them to stop?

Screw him, screw the party, screw the “GOP-leaning” districts.

Far past time people got tired of being held hostage to the demands of cowardly, bigoted, frightened neanderthals living in the hinterlands.

16. marisacat - 6 August 2009

Turley has a post and vid on the man tasered in oakland, at the A’s game. I thnk he was tasered 3 times… think the cops admit and the vid is clear on twice.

Maybe we should be trained to self taser, when feeling unruly!

17. marisacat - 6 August 2009

we are saved!! we are saved!!

I just heard on the radio that, in california, it is now liable for a fine of 5,000.00 to display the noose! Joining the swastika AND a burning cross.

will try to find a reprt.

oh dear.. i have an old japanese kimono with the swastika! from before the nazis! from the 19th c! what to do! i have an american indian silver dog pin with the swastika!

what to do!!

marisacat - 6 August 2009

Here it is, full text… and I must say almost no coverage of this, two reports at GoogleSnoogle:

California bans threatening noose displays

(AP) – 6 hours ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California law already bans threatening displays of swastikas and burning crosses. Now add nooses to the list.

On Thursday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation making such displays punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Wilma Carter of Rialto would make it a misdemeanor to hang a noose on someone else’s property or at a school or workplace.

She introduced the bill after noose hangings were displayed in several Halloween decorations last year. Two such displays were effigies of then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will not ban displays by a homeowner, which are considered constitutionally protected speech.
On the Net:

* Read AB 412 at: http://www.assembly.ca.gov

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

18. marisacat - 6 August 2009

Instapundit AND Sully both in a tizwhiz over TownHalls… 😈

GATEWAY PUNDIT: More Carnahan hijinks.

UPDATE: Similar report from Tampa. “I got to the ‘public’ townhall sponsored by Rep. Kathy Castor and the SEIU an hour and a half before the doors were scheduled to open. Apparently, it would not have mattered when I arrived. We stood out in the 90 plus degree weather only to be told that that the hall had been filled through a side door and no one else would be let in.

. . . I am upset, like everyone else that showed up, that we were locked out of what was supposed to be a public meeting. On the other hand, I am really proud of my fellow citizens. We represented every age group, every race and ethnic group. Rep. Kathy Castor made it clear that she doesn’t represent us. That is okay. Next election, we will find someone who does.”

Related: Flag Me.

Posted at 10:25 pm by Glenn Reynolds

***

07 Aug 2009 12:35 am

What The GOP Now Is

A picture of the Beck-Limbaugh-Reynolds right in action:

Sully then links to the vid.

Apparently the Caster TownHall erupted EVEN iwth selected side door entranced “citizens”.

w 😯 t!

19. marisacat - 7 August 2009

Just a thread…………….

LINK


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