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Sanaa – Yemen

We, in the person of our democratically elected Leader… are promising not to put troops on the ground in Yemen.

This unprecedented, utterly historical, post modern, post-anything-you-care-to-name  statement was given in interview to………..  People magazine.  Everything is automatically democratic, where the elites deign to speak to the little people.

[P]resident Barack Obama says he has no intention of sending American troops to Yemen or Somalia.

Obama told People magazine in an interview to be published Friday that he still believes the center of al-Qaida activity is along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“I never rule out any possibility in a world that is this complex,” Obama said. However, he said, “in countries like Yemen, in countries like Somalia, I think working with international partners is most effective at this point.”  snip

Bridges for sale all over the country if you buy that one.  A glut of bridges… it’s a Fire Sale.

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1. BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010

Heileman and Halperin on 60 Min now…

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Comes on here in 2.5 hours…………………..

personally I want some righties to start cut and paste segments, as soon as they get their copies……. 😯
.

Wired has a piece up on how very cosy it is in DC, pundit land, think tanks and so on, for war, for anything the government, either partay wants.

😆

And the Kagans have an unfair advantage.

[W]hen ABC News, for instance, looks for someone to help explain the president’s decision to send more troops, they turned to Kimberly Kagan. In this segment, Kagan plays the role of Beltway policy wonk, describing how U.S. troops will initially surge to southern Afghanistan (”Those forces would go in, they would protect the population they would interact with local elders, village elders, try to figure out who those bad guys are in those communities and figure out different ways of making those communities safe,” she says). But there’s no mention of the fact that she played a role in shaping the strategy.

USA Today, by contrast, quotes Fred Kagan on the troop increase and the prospects for improved security (”the good news is the administration does not seem to be planning that a rapid turnaround will take place”), but also mentions that he helped McChrystal with the assessment. CNN, quoting Fred Kagan in this segment, does not. ….

mattes - 10 January 2010

From wiki, why give this man the time of day:

Frederick W. Kagan (born March 1970) is an American resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and a former professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned a B.A. in Soviet and East European studies and a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet military history, both from Yale University. He worked as an Assistant professor of military history at West Point from 1995–2001 and as an Associate professor of military history from 2001–2005. The courses he taught at West Point included the history of military art, grand strategy, revolutionary warfare and diplomatic history. He is brother to foreign policy analyst Robert Kagan. Frederick Kagan is married to Kimberly Kagan, president of the Institute for the Study of War.

Frederick Kagan and his father Donald Kagan, who is a professor at Yale and a fellow at the Hudson Institute, together authored While America Sleeps: Self-Delusion, Military Weakness, and the Threat to Peace Today (2000). The book argued in favor of a large increase in military spending and warned of future threats, including from a potential revival of Iraq’s WMD program.[1] Frederick along with his brother Robert Kagan, who is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, and their father Donald are all signatories to the Project for the New American Century manifesto titled Rebuilding America’s Defenses (2000).[2]

Kagan authored the “real Iraq Study Group” report as the AEI’s rival to the ISG report of James Baker and Lee H. Hamilton in December 2006. The AEI report, titled Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq, was released on January 5, 2007, and Kagan was said to have won-over the ear of President George W. Bush,[3] strongly influencing his subsequent “surge” plan for changing the course of the Iraq War. Along with retired Gen. Jack Keane, retired Col Joel Armstrong, and retired Maj Daniel Dwyer, Kagan is credited as one of the “intellectual architects” of the surge plan.[4]

marisacat - 10 January 2010

why give the family or the daughter-in-law the time of day.

Idealogues who make the way smooth for the government. Either partay.

ts - 11 January 2010

because they are in the court of the money people, and the court scribes are paid to tell people what they want to hear.

mattes - 10 January 2010

BHHM,

oui has good diary at BM, with a lot more information:

Israeli Security Failure at Amsterdam Airport
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2010/1/10/19119/1537#1

2. BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010

the 60 Min isn’t worth it…more Palin Palooza…

marisacat - 10 January 2010

See?

it will take the righties, cutting and pasting… with their own copies in hand. And any exposure of the Obling is years down the road. But coming!

3. BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010

Nothing on Harry or Edwards in the 60 Min. Not a drip.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

bageant:

The Tea Party is the latest neoconservative end run around the possibility of a real third party emerging to threaten the status quo. To be honest, it’s a brilliant political move, absorbing any energies that might have propelled a real third party. And, in true neocon fashion, it capitalizes on the working class’ inchoate anger at the ongoing screwjob they’ve been getting from both parties for thirty years. The one escalated by Clinton’s NAFTA, institutionalized as corporate theft by G.W. Bush, and polished to a high sheen by Obama’s bailouts, as he brings home the bacon for those Wall Street syndicates running the economy.

Mobilizing the masses into a movement was never easy, and never harder than in America where moving the ever-expanding national ass toward anything other than the refrigerator is a job for a fork lift. Another way to do it is to adapt the national consciousness through installation of some new hot button by the state media. At the same time, installing a hot button in a significant portion of the national brain is mostly about simple repetition.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

I caught bits and pieces of Moyers all thru the weekend. Over and over…. I think what David Corn says is true, people feel they have NOWHERE to turn… and inevitably will decide to just see if they can hold on.

I think he is right. What else is there, really? Who do you vote for? Where do you go?

I mean, unless there is real access where you live to useful rather than sell-out orgs and non-profits, if there are community organisers who really mean to do the job rahter than be a bump in the road.. without that, and there is little enough of that… well you are stuck. Stuck anyway…

wu ming - 11 January 2010

i came to a realization back in 2005 or so that i might as well throw a brick through my own window, everything was bound together so goddamned tightly in this country. where to start? what isn’t plugged into this perpetual-motion guernica? like a bizarro MIC version of the old sufi line “show me where god is not so that i can place my feet there.”

marisacat - 11 January 2010

well of course I can only speak for myself… and the Endless War makes it easy. I won’t vote and thus support the wars. Nor anyone waging them. Which is now everyone in political office. And the media and all cohorts and supports… which with only two political parties… again, is everyone, nearly.

ANd I have watched ”the system” in Cali become a suicide instrument. Took my entire adult life time, but it has happened. Reagan is glowing with joy in his pharoah’s resting place and Meese is alive to take pleasure in it all.

I have also slowly decided, it took me years, that Jimmy Carter, close friend to Jesus, was not merely a hapless victim of party factions, his own cluelessness and varoius inside the beltway hatreds but that Kennedy and his aligned factions worked hard to elect Reagan. Not merely against Carter, but affirmatively FOR Reagan.

I see Arnold and Ob as quite similar to be blunt. They are both natural outcome. And why not. There are few to no differences. Not really.

5. BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010
marisacat - 10 January 2010

… are we feeling sleepyyyy… as the shining gold disc swings in front of our eyes

6. catnip - 10 January 2010

UK troops ‘executed Iraqi grandmother’

Allegations that a 62-year-old Iraqi grandmother was tortured and executed by British soldiers after her family home was raided three years ago are being investigated by the Royal Military Police.

The Army’s involvement in the death and abuse of Sabiha Khudur Talib is one of the most serious charges to be made against Britain during its six-year occupation of southern Iraq.

UK government ministers are to be given previously unseen police reports from a Basra crime unit which conclude that Mrs Talib’s body was dumped on a roadside in a British body bag in November 2006. There was a bullet hole in her abdomen and her face had injuries consistent with torture, police reported.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

This is never going to end.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

Wonder if articles will ever really bother with a MONTHLY KIA number.

Four Allied Troops Die in Afghanistan

New York Times – Rod Nordland, Nadim Audi – ‎50 minutes ago‎

KABUL, Afghanistan – Four Western soldiers, three of them Americans, on Monday became the latest fatalities in a steadily escalating toll in Afghanistan.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

Tick tock:

Six Allied Soldiers Die in Afghanistan

New York Times – Rod Nordland, Taimoor Shah – ‎43 minutes ago‎

KABUL, Afghanistan – Six Western soldiers, at least three of them Americans, on Monday became the latest fatalities in a steadily escalating toll in Afghanistan.

7. marisacat - 10 January 2010

The Guardian.. a piece on the Oglala Sioux at Pine Ridge and some brief mention of Wounded Knee.

Obama made a lot of promises to them too, it seems. The desperate state they are in is described as challenges.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 January 2010

thanks for the link … depressing.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

it was… I was glad tho that the article points out that the people who prey on the reservation, make millions. And millions.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 January 2010

that was good to see … not what you ever read in the rare US story. The US coverage always makes it about them.

8. marisacat - 10 January 2010

I see, openng the Wapo tonight… that Dionne has a column that some headline editor has enblazoned

The Democrats Are Ready for Compromise.

This needs a headline? Is Nooz?

😯 …………. 😯 ……………….

9. BooHooHooMan - 11 January 2010

I have no pity.

The guy could work as a coat check, in the scaffolding or signage business, open a gym…work as a ropeline, or do house parties featuring limbo…

10. marisacat - 11 January 2010

STOP THE PRESSES!!

Sharpton excuses Reid…………….. but not Bill C… in the coffee episode of this tattered road show!

Luv the smell of convoluted politics and racism in the morning!

11. marisacat - 11 January 2010

STOP THE CAMERAS!

Updated January 11, 2010

No Cameras in Federal Courtroom for California Gay Marriage Hearing

AP

The first three days of a federal trial on whether the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban in California is legal will not be videotaped or telecast, Supreme Court rules.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is blocking a broadcast of the trial on California’s same-sex marriage ban, at least for the first few days.

The federal trial is scheduled to begin later Monday in San Francisco. It will consider whether the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban approved by California voters in November 2008 is legal.

The high court on Monday said it will not allow video of the trial to be posted on YouTube.com, even with a delay, until the justices have more time to consider the issue. It said that Monday’s order will be in place at least until Wednesday.

Opponents of the broadcast say they fear witness testimony might be affected if cameras are present. Justice Stephen Breyer said he would have allowed cameras while the court considers the matter.

12. catnip - 11 January 2010

Now Blago’s apologizing for saying he’s “blacker than Barack Obama”.

lol…time for another post-race speech!

marisacat - 11 January 2010

I heard Dinkins on with John King, call for a national discussion on race.

I laughed. Oh honey. WE HVE HAD ONE. This is the result.

😯

catnip - 11 January 2010

Just watching the WH briefing. I think it was Major Garrett who asked (paraphrasing) if what Harry Reid said was done with a “poor choice of words”, what would been a better choice to get across the point he was trying to make. lol

Gibbs wouldn’t answer that one.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

oh sneaky question! Points to Major Garrett!

marisacat - 11 January 2010

Rush is in his glory. Playing the tapes from Ob and Hill at the church in Selma. LOL

marisacat - 11 January 2010

the book that giveth and giveth. Praise the Lord!

LINK

[McCain aides John] Weaver and [Mark] Salter begged McCain to ease up. He was already the face of the Iraq surge. Now he was becoming the face of what opponents called “amnesty.” Just tone down the rhetoric, his advisers pleaded.

McCain refused. He was disgusted by republicans in Congress and talk radio gasbags such as rush Limbaugh who bashed immigrants. “They’re going to destroy the fucking party,” he would say.

As McCain’s town hall meetings devolved into shouting matches over immigration, the candidate let his frustration show through. He called Lindsey Graham in despair. Listen to these people, McCain said. Why would I want to be the leader of a party of such a**holes?

BooHooHooMan - 11 January 2010

Listen to these people, McCain said. Why would I want to be the leader of a party of such a**holes?

Well…he could always change registration and give it another try…
😆

ts - 11 January 2010

if 300 million people discuss race, how will you be able to hear anything? Oh…that’s not the point, its only the important people who will join the national discussion on race. Couldn’t we just hold a conference call?

13. marisacat - 11 January 2010

Tapper v Gibbs… just the littlest bit, at the end.

TAPPER: You’re saying the president would abide by basically what he said in the campaign, which is those workers who did negotiate so that they had better health care instead of wage increases, they would not be impacted?

GIBBS: That’s something they’re going to discuss today.

14. BooHooHooMan - 11 January 2010

I hope people read this despite its length.
Because there’s a couple of versions of this DIRTY DIRTY Story
about – forgive the pun – what just went down…

Crash kills Mexican tycoon Moises Saba Masri
By MARK STEVENSON , 01.11.10, 01:07 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexican telecom and real estate tycoon Moises Saba Masri and several members of his family have died in a helicopter crash in the foothills outside Mexico City.

Saba Masri belongs to one of Mexico’s most prominent business clans and once held stakes in the Unefon telephone company and the Morelia soccer team, said Dan McCosh, a spokesman for Grupo Salinas, which operates those companies.

Saba Masri, his wife, son and daughter-in-law were killed in the crash late Sunday after an eight-seat Agusta 109 helicopter heading into Mexico City from the nearby city of Toluca clipped the top of a three-story building, fell into a deep gully and apparently exploded, said Mexico City Civil Defense Secretary Elias Moreno. The pilot also died.

The family had arrived at the international airport in Toluca, 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of the capital, on a flight from New York City and was heading to its Mexico City home.

Moreno said it was unusual for a helicopter to be flying in the area at night, especially since the foothills were covered in fog. The mountains and foothills separating Toluca and Mexico City are notoriously dangerous for helicopters because of altitudes that exceed 11,500 feet (3,500 meters) and frequent fog.

“There was not good visibility,” Moreno said. “The question is who authorized the flight.”

City officials and the country’s civil aviation agency were investigating Sunday’s crash.

No deaths or injuries were reported on the ground, even though Moreno said the craft sheared off a railing on the roof of a three-story home, then hit two parked cars and a tree before tumbling into a 65-foot-deep (20-meter-deep) creek bed. The wreckage covered a radius of 60 yards (meters) in the pine-clad hills on the city’s western edge.

“You could say it was a miracle, because this is a populated area,” Moreno said. “Neighbors say the blast was so strong it shook their houses.”

Initial reports indicated another person had been on board, but Moreno confirmed there were only five.

President Felipe Calderon sent condolences Monday to Saba Masri and to Mexico’s Jewish community.

So hang on through this quick turn in the AP story here…Gad forbid the Ecstacy goes flying .. remember THAT story? …Or Gad forbid anybody jones without their oxycontin nod…….or people look into the distribution networks behind it…

Born in 1963, Saba Masri did not participate in his family’s main business, pharmaceuticals distributor Grupo Casa Saba.

Instead, he struck out as an investor in diverse areas, including telephones, Internet service and real estate. In 2007 he made an unsuccessful bid for a government-held stake in one of the country’s two main airlines, Aeromexico.

GMAFB.
Well…whatever he was….he’s a down-to-earth guy now.
::

The NYT Times blip on it is totally sanitized , however…

– No mention of the the Orthodox family’s tithes to Shas in Israel. ,

– has no reference whatsover to the Sephardi Zionists Saba’s fighting with Rubin at Citcorp over control of Aeromexico, ..

– let alone exploring their connection to the wave of Ecstacy and Oxycontin that flooded the street markets in the US and Europe over the last 15 years…

– Nor do they explore Moises “let’s call it a day” dismissal by the SEC on fraud charges after Rubin @ Citi won their deal for Aeromexico. Interesting too, is the SEC Dismissal against the Sephardis came just a few week after the human organ trafficking cases came to light….Could it be that a package deal was struck for the Saba’s not only to back off Rubin’s and Citi’s designs for Aeromexico some months earlier, but also to give up some lower level ops in exchange? It should also be noted, that at that time , a number of other busts of lesser functionaries on the money laundering circuit ensued…as did the escalation of gang warfare in Mexico…
::

Well…YNET is a bit – a bit – more forthcoming on the basic background at least… including …..a nice cozy shot of the Saba clan with Bill Clinton
no mention of Rubin personally of course… or the accord that let Moises walk for market manipulation…BT, Moises’ U.S. partner, money funnell, and co-defendent – is Albert Meyer Sutton of Brooklyn –
a stock peddler, but more importantly a long time first call / maxed out donor, and bundler for Schumer Lieberman and Anthony Weiner. Well..until he got BUSTED, that is…

Anyways here’s the YNET on the dead Sephardi and fam…

Mexico: Jewish tycoon killed in helicopter crash

Powerful executive Moises Saba Masri dies along with five other people, including at least two members of his family, on outskirts of Mexico City

Reuters
Latest Update: 01.11.10, 10:47 / Israel News

Moises Saba Masri, a powerful executive with interests ranging from telecoms to real estate, died along with five other people including the pilot, said Elias Moreno, the head of the city’s emergency services.

The Saba family is a wealthy Jewish family in Mexico that owns a number of companies in telecom and pharmaceuticals. Saba once entered negotiations to acquire Israel’s Channel 10, but the deal ultimately did not go through.
::

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was at the scene of the crash in a wooded area on the edge of Mexico’s sprawling capital along with Saba’s relatives and members of the close-knit Jewish community, the radio said.

Saba family with former US President Bill Clinton (photo courtesy of ZAKA)

Masri, with important holdings in Mexican telecom company Unefon and broadcaster TV Azteca , was cleared on fraud charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 2008.

The Saba family lost a fierce bidding war against US bank Citigroup in 2007 to buy money-losing airline Aeromexico

The Sabas also control pharmaceutical company Grupo Casa Saba.

Zaka Spokesman Moti Bukchin said the rescue organization would send out a delegation Monday afternoon to Mexico via the United States in order to assist in identifying the bodies of the victims. The delegation will be joined by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s son, Rabbi David Yosef, as the personal delegate of the Shas leader.

So who is Rabbi Ovidia Yosef in Israel?

Time (magazine) will tell

The mass arrests in the New Jersey corruption scandal last week were big news — in Israel. Images of prominent rabbis and Jewish businessmen being cuffed and arrested after morning prayers filled the front pages under headlines trumpeting the discovery of the “Jewish laundry” used to bribe prominent New Jersey officials allegedly using Israeli charities. In particular, Israeli commentators seized on the connection between several of those arrested and prominent figures in Shas, the ultra-Orthodox Sephardi Torah Guardians Party, founded by the octogenarian Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who remains its spiritual leader.

Among those arrested on July 23 were Rabbi Eliahu Ben Haim and Rabbi Edmund Nahum, who are reportedly close to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and his son, Rabbi David Yosef. Ben Haim and Nahum were allegedly major fundraisers for Shas and Yosef family networks of educational institutions.

According to a report on Israeli television, Rabbi David Yosef was also said to have been the target of Solomon Dwek, the FBI’s chief informant, who asked the rabbi to help him launder a check for $25,000. David Yosef reportedly declined.

Tipped off…OH well. That’s what you get for having Zionists in every other cubicle at the DOJ and letting Israel into Interpol.

Not a bad play tho, the Saba clans swinging for the Aeromexico seats: Trying to grab an airline to complement your Big Pharma pill stamping operations in Mexico…And your cousins in Shas can handle diplomatic clearances for the human trafficking…

Poor babies..they fall down.

BooHooHooMan - 11 January 2010

😳 whoops sorry..
mcat can I get a close link after “remember that story” ?

mattes - 11 January 2010

Very interesting. Always interested in Mexican billionaires.

STOOLIE IS ‘DEAD’ TO HIS DADDY – GETTING GRIEF FOR BUSTING ‘CORRUPT’ JEWS 7/28/2009

Israel Dwek — the father of Solomon “Shlomo” Dwek, who helped the feds nail three New Jersey mayors and several rabbis in Brooklyn last week — plans to sit shiva for his son because he is so disgusted with his turning on other Jews, reported the Web site PolitickerNJ.com.

Shiva is the traditional Jewish mourning period held after a family member dies.

The father — citing “the Talmudic Law of Moser that prohibits a Jew from informing on another Jew to a non-Jew” — renounced his son from the pulpit at his synagogue in Deal, NJ, on Saturday, the site said.

Israel Dwek is a revered leader of the Sephardic Jewish community in the wealthy enclave.

His son, 36, surfaced as the feds’ pointman in a widespread probe that brought down 44 people.

Solomon Dwek turned informant after being busted himself in 2006 for trying to rip off $50 million from PNC Bank in a check-kiting scheme.

He helped set up stings for the FBI and IRS initially to help expose international money-laundering by rabbis in Brooklyn and Jersey, authorities said.

During the course of the investigation, he also led the feds to a Brooklyn rabbi, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, who allegedly boasted that he had been helping to peddle human organs on the black market for a decade.

On tapes, Rosenbaum allegedly refers to himself as a “matchmaker” who could find an Israeli donor for a “schmear,” or money — specifically willing to trade a kidney for $160,000.

Read more:

LINK NY Post

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 January 2010

hey, that sounds familiar.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

oops link failed…. jsut post if you have it at hand and I will embed it……………………

😉

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 January 2010

oh, sorry. here you go!.

15. BooHooHooMan - 11 January 2010

I hope people read this despite its length.
Because there’s a couple of versions of this DIRTY DIRTY Story
about – forgive the pun – what just went down…

Crash kills Mexican tycoon Moises Saba Masri
By MARK STEVENSON , 01.11.10, 01:07 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexican telecom and real estate tycoon Moises Saba Masri and several members of his family have died in a helicopter crash in the foothills outside Mexico City.

Saba Masri belongs to one of Mexico’s most prominent business clans and once held stakes in the Unefon telephone company and the Morelia soccer team, said Dan McCosh, a spokesman for Grupo Salinas, which operates those companies.

Saba Masri, his wife, son and daughter-in-law were killed in the crash late Sunday after an eight-seat Agusta 109 helicopter heading into Mexico City from the nearby city of Toluca clipped the top of a three-story building, fell into a deep gully and apparently exploded, said Mexico City Civil Defense Secretary Elias Moreno. The pilot also died.

The family had arrived at the international airport in Toluca, 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of the capital, on a flight from New York City and was heading to its Mexico City home.

Moreno said it was unusual for a helicopter to be flying in the area at night, especially since the foothills were covered in fog. The mountains and foothills separating Toluca and Mexico City are notoriously dangerous for helicopters because of altitudes that exceed 11,500 feet (3,500 meters) and frequent fog.

“There was not good visibility,” Moreno said. “The question is who authorized the flight.”

City officials and the country’s civil aviation agency were investigating Sunday’s crash.

No deaths or injuries were reported on the ground, even though Moreno said the craft sheared off a railing on the roof of a three-story home, then hit two parked cars and a tree before tumbling into a 65-foot-deep (20-meter-deep) creek bed. The wreckage covered a radius of 60 yards (meters) in the pine-clad hills on the city’s western edge.

“You could say it was a miracle, because this is a populated area,” Moreno said. “Neighbors say the blast was so strong it shook their houses.”

Initial reports indicated another person had been on board, but Moreno confirmed there were only five.

President Felipe Calderon sent condolences Monday to Saba Masri and to Mexico’s Jewish community.

So hang on through this quick turn in the AP story here…Gad forbid the Ecstacy goes flying .. remember THAT story? …Or Gad forbid anybody jones without their oxycontin nod…….or people look into the distribution networks behind it…

Born in 1963, Saba Masri did not participate in his family’s main business, pharmaceuticals distributor Grupo Casa Saba.

Instead, he struck out as an investor in diverse areas, including telephones, Internet service and real estate. In 2007 he made an unsuccessful bid for a government-held stake in one of the country’s two main airlines, Aeromexico.

GMAFB.
Well…whatever he was….he’s a down-to-earth guy now.
::

The NYT Times blip on it is totally sanitized , however…

– No mention of the the Orthodox family’s tithes to Shas in Israel. ,

– has no reference whatsover to the Sephardi Zionists Saba’s fighting with Rubin at Citcorp over control of Aeromexico, ..

– let alone exploring their connection to the wave of Ecstacy and Oxycontin that flooded the street markets in the US and Europe over the last 15 years…

– Nor do they explore Moises “let’s call it a day” dismissal by the SEC on fraud charges after Rubin @ Citi won their deal for Aeromexico. Interesting too, is the SEC Dismissal against the Sephardis came just a few week after the human organ trafficking cases came to light….Could it be that a package deal was struck for the Saba’s not only to back off Rubin’s and Citi’s designs for Aeromexico some months earlier, but also to give up some lower level ops in exchange? It should also be noted, that at that time , a number of other busts of lesser functionaries on the money laundering circuit ensued…as did the escalation of gang warfare in Mexico…
::

Well…YNET is a bit – a bit – more forthcoming on the basic background at least… including …..a nice cozy shot of the Saba clan with Bill Clinton
no mention of Rubin personally of course… or the accord that let Moises walk for market manipulation…BTW, Moises’ U.S. partner, money funnell, and co-defendent – is Albert Meyer Sutton of Brooklyn –
a stock peddler, but more importantly a long time first call / maxed out donor, and bundler for Schumer Lieberman and Anthony Weiner. Well..until he got BUSTED, that is…

Anyways here’s the YNET on the dead Sephardi and fam…

Mexico: Jewish tycoon killed in helicopter crash

Powerful executive Moises Saba Masri dies along with five other people, including at least two members of his family, on outskirts of Mexico City

Reuters
Latest Update: 01.11.10, 10:47 / Israel News

Moises Saba Masri, a powerful executive with interests ranging from telecoms to real estate, died along with five other people including the pilot, said Elias Moreno, the head of the city’s emergency services.

The Saba family is a wealthy Jewish family in Mexico that owns a number of companies in telecom and pharmaceuticals. Saba once entered negotiations to acquire Israel’s Channel 10, but the deal ultimately did not go through.
::

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was at the scene of the crash in a wooded area on the edge of Mexico’s sprawling capital along with Saba’s relatives and members of the close-knit Jewish community, the radio said.

Saba family with former US President Bill Clinton (photo courtesy of ZAKA)

Masri, with important holdings in Mexican telecom company Unefon and broadcaster TV Azteca , was cleared on fraud charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 2008.

The Saba family lost a fierce bidding war against US bank Citigroup in 2007 to buy money-losing airline Aeromexico

The Sabas also control pharmaceutical company Grupo Casa Saba.

Zaka Spokesman Moti Bukchin said the rescue organization would send out a delegation Monday afternoon to Mexico via the United States in order to assist in identifying the bodies of the victims. The delegation will be joined by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s son, Rabbi David Yosef, as the personal delegate of the Shas leader.

So who is Rabbi Ovidia Yosef in Israel?

Time (magazine) will tell

The mass arrests in the New Jersey corruption scandal last week were big news — in Israel. Images of prominent rabbis and Jewish businessmen being cuffed and arrested after morning prayers filled the front pages under headlines trumpeting the discovery of the “Jewish laundry” used to bribe prominent New Jersey officials allegedly using Israeli charities. In particular, Israeli commentators seized on the connection between several of those arrested and prominent figures in Shas, the ultra-Orthodox Sephardi Torah Guardians Party, founded by the octogenarian Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who remains its spiritual leader.

Among those arrested on July 23 were Rabbi Eliahu Ben Haim and Rabbi Edmund Nahum, who are reportedly close to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and his son, Rabbi David Yosef. Ben Haim and Nahum were allegedly major fundraisers for Shas and Yosef family networks of educational institutions.

According to a report on Israeli television, Rabbi David Yosef was also said to have been the target of Solomon Dwek, the FBI’s chief informant, who asked the rabbi to help him launder a check for $25,000. David Yosef reportedly declined.

Tipped off…OH well. That’s what you get for having Zionists in every other cubicle at the DOJ and letting Israel into Interpol.

Not a bad play tho, the Saba clans swinging for the Aeromexico seats: Trying to grab an airline to complement your Big Pharma pill stamping operations in Mexico…And your cousins in Shas can handle diplomatic clearances for the human trafficking…

Poor babies..they fall down.

16. BooHooHooMan - 11 January 2010

FWIW
CSPAN will cover the final Massachusetts Senate Debate
tonight at 7PM EST

4PM out Mcat’s West Coast way there…

Their online feed should be up in a bit …

No word on BarackO heading instate to work his charms.
Like he did in New Jersey for Corzine… 😆

Of course they COULD send Bill Clinton in to help ,tho…
Like he did in New Jersey for Corzine… 😆
maybe the NAACP will host a coffee clatch for him and Coakley….
7% AA in Mass..
with a Lock-Em-Up Pandering AG as the Dem Nominee…

I dunno , turn to the LGBT community?
Like they did in New Jersey? And are doin em now?

So far from Massachoo down here in Jersey, but it is feeling familiar.
The internals of the BG poll evidently showed it tied –
47/47 among “very interested” voters tho the broad sampling had Coakley up by 15…

Also, there is that closed lip dynamic in a machine state to consider. ..hopefully it’s at play …something that was palpable here during Corzines demise…where people would tell you in conversations they were eager to fuck the DP machine but would never tell a canvasser or pollster so..

marisacat - 11 January 2010

oo thanks for the C-Span link… I will see if my dial up can carry it.

catnip - 11 January 2010

No word on BarackO heading instate to work his charms.

Gibbs was asked about that today. It isn’t in the president’s “schedule”, he said. lol

17. marisacat - 11 January 2010

CinC, in his own words, on skin color………………

catnip - 11 January 2010

Reid, during his presser today when he was doing his “some of my best friends are black” routine said Salazar had called him late last nite to tell Reid to remind him that he (Reid) had done more for diversity than anyone in the senate.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

Reid is just such a sick old garrulous confused thing.

He hsould move on.

But the entertainment value would go down.

18. marisacat - 11 January 2010

sigh.

Just heard on a local news channel that Rob Reiner frm Hollywood funded this legal case over SSM… the wording in the report indicated he did not enter AFTER Boies and Olsen decided to do this or investigate bringing a case, but that his money brought them together into the case.

I ahd not heard that, nor at Rightie sites.

19. marisacat - 11 January 2010

hmm I can’t tell anything from Day One… but here is a snip from the Sf Gate reports:

[A]ttorney Charles Cooper, who is representing Proposition 8 sponsors, said it’s too difficult to know the impact of gay marriage on traditional marriage because the practice is still so new.

Only five states have opened the institution to same-sex couples, and three of them had them imposed on them by judges, he said.

“While the people of California have been steadfast in their defense of marriage, they have also been generous in their extending of the rights and benefits and protections of marriage to the gay and lesbian population,” Cooper said.

He also noted that President Barack Obama doesn’t support legalizing gay marriage, a remark that prompted Judge Walker to note that Obama’s own parents would not have been allowed to get married in some states before the Supreme Court overturned state bans on interracial marriage in 1967. ….

Read more: LINK

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 January 2010
marisacat - 11 January 2010

There you go!!

21. catnip - 11 January 2010

Okay. Yikes.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

🙄

Til I guess Feingold back tracks. I mean, who knows anymore. Full text from Roll Call:

Feingold Criticizes Reid, Declines to Endorse Him as Leader

Jan. 11, 2010, 8:07 p.m.
By John Stanton
Roll Call Staff

——————————————————————————–

Sen. Russ Feingold (Wis.) became the first Democrat to openly criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) use of racially insensitive language and declined to endorse Reid’s continued tenure as Majority Leader.

In an interview with ABC affiliate WISN, Feingold criticized Reid’s characterization of President Barack Obama as “light-skinned” without “Negro dialect.” Feingold called those comments “unfortunate and racially insensitive.”

When asked whether he would call on Reid to step down, Feingold said he was still considering that option. “I’m thinking about that and we’re going to be getting together as a caucus next week and the topic will come up. I have not decided whether these comments merit that or not.

“They’re very unfortunate. They should have never been said. So, I need to think about it,” Feingold said.

Feingold is the only Democrat to criticize Reid, and his comments could severely undercut claims by Reid’s office and other top Democrats that the Majority Leader enjoys the full support of his Conference.

catnip - 11 January 2010

Popcorn!

WWRD? What Would Russ Do?

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 January 2010

Fahrenheit 451… Book burning as done by lawyers

But the legal changes introduced in the years after Fahrenheit 451 did more than just extend terms. Congress eliminated the benign practice of the renewal requirement (which had guaranteed that 85% of works and 93% of books entered the public domain after 28 years because the authors and publishers simply didn’t want or need a second copyright term.) And copyright, which had been an opt-in system (you had to comply with some very minor formalities to get a copyright) became an opt out system (you got a copyright automatically when you “fixed” the work in material form, whether you wanted it or not.) Suddenly the entire world of informal and non commercial culture — from home movies that provide a wonderful lens into the private life of an era, to essays, posters, locally produced teaching materials — was swept into copyright. And kept there for the life of the author plus 70 years. The effects were culturally catastrophic. Copyright went from covering very little culture, and only covering it for a 28 year period during which it was commercially available, to covering all of culture, regardless of whether it was available — often for over a century. Unlike Fahrenheit 451, the vast majority of the culture swept into this 20th century black hole was not commercially available and, in most cases, the authors are unknown. The works are locked up — with no benefit to anyone — and no one has the key that would unlock them. We have cut ourselves off from our own culture, left it to molder — and in the case of nitrate film, literally disintegrate — with no benefit to anyone. The works may not be physically destroyed — although many of them are; disappearing, disintegrating, or simply getting lost in the vastly long period of copyright to which we have relegated them. But for the vast majority of works and the vast majority of citizens who do not have access to one of our great libraries, they are gone as thoroughly as if we had piled up the culture of the 20th century and simply set fire to it; and all this right at the moment when we could have used the Internet vastly to expand the scope of cultural access. Bradbury’s firemen at least set fire to their own culture out of deep ideological commitment, vile though it may have been. We have set fire to our cultural record for no reason; even if we had wanted retrospectively to enrich the tiny number of beneficiaries whose work keeps commercial value beyond 56 years, we could have done so without these effects. The ironies are almost too painful to contemplate.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

oh surely the nice men at Google will take care of all of this…………………..

23. BooHooHooMan - 11 January 2010

About that MA Sen debate..

IMO, The race got tighter.
Not that anybody should give a shit….but …tighter..
mostly because Coakley wasn’t able to pull the old Donk stock in trade: To Ogrify (not a word, dibs anyways) …the opposition.
::

The Indy “Joe Kennedy” uttered the W word ..War..
ala Ron Paul said repeatedly he was against them.
(Bear with me- the guy also was big on the Cut Cut Cut Domestic Spending too.. ) but went to say ,sticking to his messaging,
that BOTH the R and the D were for War, …MOREOVER he spoke to causality with remarkable specificity… this here is almost verbatim:“They say they both agree the “terrorists want to kill us” but no one asks : Why? ”

He went on: (I’m paraphrasing now – ) “The Reason they want to kill us is we are occupying their countries. Imagine if children here saw a foreign army killing…”

Of course we can see where he’s headed, but remarkably he was able to deliver it w/o interruption from either Coakley, Brown, or David Gergen serving as moderator..

(Paraphrasing again)
” No wonder why …they grow up and DO want to come here and…”

On economic questions, he also tapped in to anti Establishment hostility…“all these hack deals at the top” .. something like that.. definitely the word “Hack” was used as well as a few derivitives thereof..”Hackery” “Hackitude” a couple like that…LOL.

I think Coakley’s dumbfuck campaign – faux graciously insisting as avoiding the LoWV earlir debate – which was cancelled – Coakley’s dumbfuck campaign insisting that they wouldn’t debate the R/ Brown without the Indy in ….further miscalculated thinking they would clear up any identity issues over the name confusing “Joe Kennedy” – not even addressed tonight at a debate sponsored by the Edward M Kennedy Congressional Institute— perhaps they consider the name game a non-factor or – if not – can’t figure out how to handle it without appearing desperate or – whoops!- elevating the guy….

and most foolishly Coakley’s handlers miscalculated that this Independent Paulite “Kennedy” would take away from the R moreso than Coakley.. It was the same shit here in Joisey – the dynamic in the NJ race thinking the Indy would do the Dem’s work for them…

It is also the same assumptive win myopics that Hillary had.in dismissing Anti War leverage…Well..Unlike a Guv ..the Wars are in play in a Senate Campaign. And Coakley’s people, thank you, brought the only Antiwar candidate to the stage, however Libertarian the package…

Bravo is what I say..They Absolutely handed the stage to this guy Kennedy who said he’d “introduce legislation to end the Wars.” And Coakley’s people thought THAT guy was going to eat into Republican support?

Let’s carry on:
Coakley v Brown..
No Gaping Head Wounds for either…but … it favored the R.
And As subtle as it happened, I’d say clearly so.
He was obviously ready for a certain Dukakis jujitsu as the opportunity unfolded …he wasn’t rattled a bit..and then turned it on her..it was something to see..
Basic Impressions –
Coakley in turd brown suit against a blue background..
Hello? Are they trying to Run Hillary’s campaign?

the focus of the debate was not the Independent of course. But as Coakley and Brown faced off..
She whiffed on the wimmens issues…
Frankly a stock presentation…and predictable as such, she all but handed Brown the pivots, which he did, and here’s how the Dukakis 2.0 thing was at play….Brown said ” for you to suggest…” and then it was “my daughters, my wife” …” for you to suggest…” “…denial of mammograms or care in event of rape..” ” for you to suggest…” He not only escaped , he painted her as craven. The same thing happened here with Corzine and Christie. SAME THING.
I mean what do they have in this game? One Play?

Brown had to be briefed by top level people from the RNC.
No question. Not that goon Schmidt – he’s smart enough but overated his damnself – I’d say Mark McKinnon or Rove himself.

This Dukakis thing happened again re Military Tribunals ? Civil Trials?.. for KSM . It was smooth, flew under the radar, I would say undetectable – and designed as such , undetectable even for voters with a memory, but it was Willie Horton revisited..With all the nightmarish running-from-the-boogeyman deja vu…but without drawing attention to the maneuvre…. Bottom line it caught Coakley flatfooted and flummoxed.

It happened as Candidates got to ask each other questions.
Brown boxed her in with a Civil Trial for KSM : (paraphrasing)
“You say there is Justice to be had in Civil Trials. Now with regard to KSM do you support the Death Penalty? “

She ended up Dukakissing his ass :
” Well he will be found guilty so I” — “Yes I support the Law of the Land..” .”Welll no I’m not for the Death Penalty but..”.
All Brown was doing amidst this stammering was providing what he had prolly been well coached to do: Consistently provide friendly “Yes but you said..” interjections… and watch her walk all over herself. ..

Shtupes.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

Brown had to be briefed by top level people from the RNC.
No question. Not that goon Schmidt – he’s smart enough but overated his damnself – I’d say Mark McKinnon or Rove himself.

That’s interesting. Very important seat to take.

Now this is not a late endrosement of Hillary!.. BUT the media failed to note that in the primaries, she took every state where a major Kennedy went with Ob. RI, MA … and I forget the otehr two.

It was very noticeable. And completely unremarked upon by the media or pundits.

yeah, agree… Schmidt is not stupid but ALL of the guys with Arnold, who all look alike, youngish, bullet headed, thug faced, are thorough old style goons.

marisacat - 11 January 2010

Shtupes.

HA! Stupidly schtuped.

24. BooHooHooMan - 11 January 2010

Irony alert from Dailykos wreckommended reading

————
So, now we’re debating an excise tax? How far we have fallen.
by Turkana
:
Updated: Ooooh! Look at the Shiny Object!
by Muzikal203
:
breakingest: Palin resigns as FOX contributor
by clammyc
:
I Stand With My Union Friends Against The Excise Tax!
by slinkerwink
:
CNN Poll: Obama Whomping Cheney on Terror Handling
by Davidsfr
—–

Oh look! A Moron Off!

marisacat - 11 January 2010

CNN Poll: Obama Whomping Cheney on Terror Handling

There is a new CBS poll that is less happy ………. (not that polls are worth much)

25. marisacat - 11 January 2010

nu………

LINK

…………….. 😯 ………………..


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