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Still the weekend… 27 December 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, WAR!.

The Decade in pictures: War
A prisoner in an outdoor solitary-confinement cell at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq.
[John Moore/AP]

I’ve used this photograph a few times.  It is just so plaintive.  UK Times doesn’t date it but it is not just at AG prison but from the year in question, 2004.



1. marisacat - 27 December 2009

This is Madman’s link to Jezebel, the post on how media paid Shuringa for his blurry photos in order to “get” the interview.

Posting it again as the thread is a scream!

05:43 PM

Round, featureless faces, no necks … Those are actually Fisher-Price people in the photo, right? I didn’t know Fisher-Price made a Terrorism Kit; I just have the barnyard and the dollhouse. Reply


marisacat - 27 December 2009

and another:

04:10 PM

I saw a different guy being interviewed on another network, and that guy was also presented as the guy who tackled the terrorist. Reply

allyzay promoted this comment 18PercentGrey was starred 18PercentGrey was unstarred

06:08 PM

@18PercentGrey: This is a more hilarious issue – the networks are paying a bunch of dudes who are presenting conflicting stories. The (presumably unpaid, since it was on the HuffPo and they don’t pay the people who work there regularly for heaven’s sake) essay I read from another passenger indicated – sensibly – that it was a bigger tag team operation involving multiple people, but the couple guys the networks have been whoring out are taking 100% credit on their own. Why even pay for a made-up version of the damn story?! Reply

Making everybody a hero is going breed multiples.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 27 December 2009

I hope that future “heroes” are not so busy taking pictures of themselves doing mighty deeds that they fuck up the actual “heroic” part.

2. Lucid - 27 December 2009

Listening to nico’s “chelsea girls” album.., it’s been a while. I love her teutonic doom…

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2009

wow, I haven’t heard that in forever. Never had more than a scratchy taped copy of a scratchy vinyl copy found in a budget bin.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 December 2009

The Joys of Airstrikes and Anonymity By Glenn Greenwald

Each time the U.S. bombs a new location in the Muslim world, the same pattern emerges. First, officials from the U.S. or allied governments run to their favorite media outlet to claim — anonymously — that some big, bad, notorious, “top” Al Qaeda leader “may have been” or “likely was” killed in the strike, and this constitutes a “stinging” or “devastating” blow against the Terrorist group. These compliant media outlets then sensationalistically trumpet that claim as the dominant theme of their “reporting” on the attack, drowning out every other issue.

As a result, and by design, there is never any debate or discussion over the propriety or wisdom of these strikes. After all, what sane, rational, Serious person would possibly question a bombing raid or missile strike that “likely” killed a murderous, top Al Qaeda fighter and struck a “devastating blow” to that group’s operationg abilities? Having the story shaped this way also ensures that there is virtually no attention paid to the resulting civilian casualties (i.e., the slaughter of innocent people); most Americans, especially journalists, have been trained to ignore such deaths as nothing more than justifiable “collateral damage,” especially when a murderous, top Al Qaeda fighter was killed by the bombs (besides, as Alan Dershowitz once explained, “civilians” in close enough proximity to a Top Terrorist themselves may very well bear some degree of culpability). The adolescent We-Got-the-Bad-Guy! headline also ensures there is no attention paid to the radicalizing effect of these civilian deaths and our attacks for that country and in the region.

Yet over and over and over, it turns out that these anonymous government assertions — trumpeted by our mindless media — are completely false.

marisacat - 27 December 2009

yeah… inlcuding the last ”assertion” that we got that cleric we just met over blood and guns via Hasan in CO.

Is it a joke yet? Are we there yet?

4. marisacat - 27 December 2009

Pigs 2, People 0 (and a really on-the-mark graphic of pigs strutting in the farm yard)

From the estimable fellows at SMBIVA.

[T]he Other Team didn’t want us to do anything, but we did something. And even though it was kind of an awful something, that means we put a point on the board! We can hit the campaign trail next year and say, hey, we gave you… well, never mind exactly what. We scored, that’s what matters.

My friend, of course, is a career Democrat — though in his private life he is a conscientious and exemplary human being, a doting father, and excellent company over the dinner table. He is an excellent example of how participation in the Democratic Party teaches otherwise intelligent and decent people to lower their expectations so far that what any ordinary uninitiated person would consider defeat smells a lot like victory.

catnip - 27 December 2009

That pic is hilarious. 🙂

5. catnip - 27 December 2009

Oopsie…I’ve ended up in hidden comments for daring to critique Michelle’s fashion choices.

well (0+ / 4-)

Hidden by:
askew, vcmvo2, second gen, Nena20409

For me, one of the “let them eat cake” moments that came out of this administration was Michelle Obama wearing that gilded gold dress to the state dinner held in the middle of a recession. PR-wise, I thought that was quite a tone deaf moment.

People see things differently…

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” – Eckhart Tolle

by catnip on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 10:54:54 AM MST

Poor dears are incredibly sensitive over there.

Mind you, several comments calling Obama and the Dems fascists, corporatists and sellouts are still standing in plain view. But dis Michelle? Oh no – can’t have that!

Heather-Rose Ryan - 27 December 2009

Well, it was a silly comment but it certainly didn’t deserve trollrating (or whatever those orange-flavored dolts call it now).

That’s one of the reasons I enjoy MCat’s place – people can say what they like without a bunch of brownshirts rushing in to exercise their billyclubs.

catnip - 27 December 2009

It’s McCarthy Redux over there now – again. They actually keep lists of “enemies” and post them in comments. Quite the spectacle.

marisacat - 27 December 2009

little orange fascists….

6. catnip - 27 December 2009

120 flights out of Toronto – canceled because of this security mess.

catnip - 27 December 2009

‘Absolute bedlam’ on Pearson’s busiest day

The Terminal 1 departure area looks like a disaster-relief holding pen, with people sitting on suitcases or sleeping on the floor as they wait in line to get to the gates.

marisacat - 27 December 2009

they showed an arrivals board at sfo… lotta flights originating in the ME showing ”delayed”.

7. Heather-Rose Ryan - 27 December 2009

Just fill in “i’m Too Terrorist for My Pants”

marisacat - 27 December 2009

hmm I am wondering if he blew his balls off. Or severely damaged the apparatus. Etc.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 27 December 2009

I expect something untoward happened to his apparatus.

So you don’t kill anyone, but you fry your own genitals and then go to jail for the rest of your life? Not good.

It’s the Al Qaeda that Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

marisacat - 27 December 2009

A lot like Reid, whom we honor by removing our shoes.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 27 December 2009


8. marisacat - 27 December 2009

Onward Christian Soldiers!

The United States has quietly opened a third, largely covert front against the Al-Qaeda terror network in Yemen, accoding to The New York Times newspaper.

A year ago, the Central Intelligence Agency sent a number of its top field operatives with counter-terrorism experience to the country, the newspaper said.

At the same time, some of the most secretive special operations commandos have begun training Yemeni security forces in counter-terrorism tactics, the report said.

The Pentagon is to spend more than $70 million over the next 18 months, and use teams of Special Forces to train and equip Yemeni military, Interior Ministry and coast guard forces.


Fears are also growing of a resurgent Islamist extremism in nearby Somalia and East Africa. Administration officials and American lawmakers said Yemen could become Al Qaeda’s next operational and training hub, rivaling the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan where the organization’s top leaders operate.

“Yemen now becomes one of the centers of that fight,” said Senator Joseph Lieberman, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, who visited the country in August. “We have a growing presence there, and we have to, of Special Operations, Green Berets, intelligence,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

A plan comes together. hard to miss it, it is so transparent.

catnip - 27 December 2009

They’re using US drone attacks to go after the pirates off the coast of Somalia too. Drones – coming soon to a theatre near you.

9. marisacat - 28 December 2009

It’s never going to end. via SF Gate

[T]ransportation Security Administration officials said passengers aboard U.S. Airways Flight 192 from Orlando, Fla., on Saturday night reported that two men, described as Middle Eastern, were acting strangely and talking loudly to each other in a foreign language.

A nearby passenger also observed one of men watching what appeared to be footage of a suicide bombing, but was actually a scene from the 2007 movie “The Kingdom.” The man also got up from his seat while the seat belt warning sign was still lit, FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said.

“The totality of those three occurrences led this passenger to believe this was suspicious,” he said.

The flight crew called for law enforcement and TSA officers to meet them when the plane landed at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport at about 8 p.m. Authorities said the two men were met by Phoenix police and TSA officials at the flight’s airport gate and later interviewed by FBI agents. ….

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/12/27/national/a140752S71.DTL#ixzz0ayDCtAUT

10. BooHooHooMan - 28 December 2009

Officials Re-examining Organ Transplant Rules.

Oh ya – sure ..The Rules are the Problem!
Who knew you weren’t supposed to have an Israeli state-sponsored international Jewish Mafia brokering skank organs in the US?

Who knew they weren’t supposed to operate with impugnity within UNOS, the major transplant centers and university hospitals in the U.S.? Who knew ? Golly! It seems to have just cropped up this past year!

Aisde from the disinformation piece in the NYT
That in all its ghasly variants,
– Cadaveric Organ Harvesting with or without consent for RE-$$$ALE
– Live donor exploitation * illegal misrepresentation of conned coerced and even kidnapped persons criminally presented by brokers as altruistic donors
– Insurance Fraud coupled with/and/or cash sale bribery,

It transformed UNOS ITSELF, their transplant coordination, the matching process and their wait lists into ghoulish marketing databases for bad meat sellers, cold Killers , IDF body snatchers, and a whole coterie of freelance shylocks, plunderers, and thieves.

The case highlights the lack of a national policy…..blah blah blah

See where this rope-a-dope rationalization is going?
They are trying to get out ahead of poor trending in long term outcomes resulting from the chosen creed of the body parts peddlers: Fuck IT, Carve it out, Mash it In, Let’s Get our Money.

On top of this plunder, they use their “charitable” tithings for tax evasion.

11. marisacat - 28 December 2009

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