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Here a war, there a war… 6 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC.
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“Temple Mount No Mosque”

“Profanation”?  Sounds as good as any analysis…

Ha’aretz

The Organization of the Islamic Conference on Saturday called the fighting one day earlier between Israel Police officers and Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount “a sacrilegious act of profanation of the holy Islamic site,” according to French news agency AFP.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Jeddah-based pan-Islamic body, called for international intervention to end what he described as “Israeli aggression.”

Clashes broke out between Israeli police officers and Muslim rock throwers at the end of Friday prayers on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem following a sermon on a recent Israeli decision to include two West Bank shrines on a list of national heritage sites. …

Well.. just to make sure, we don’t agree with the milquetoastiness of the UN Security Council statement… AND, our aims are further safe in that it is non-binding.

“They urged all sides to show restraint and avoid provocative acts,” he said after a closed-door meeting. “They stressed that peaceful dialogue was the only way forward and looked forward to an early resumption of negotiations.”

The permanent Palestinian observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, welcomed the council statement, adding that the U.S. decision not to block it “is a signal that the United States wants this effort to succeed” and Israel to restrain itself.

A U.S. official, however, told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the American delegation had not agreed with the statement and said it was adopted due to what the official described as “procedural confusion”.

Council statements are agreed by consensus and are nonbinding. The U.S. delegation has often blocked proposed Security Council statements condemning Israel.

As long as there is the safety net of “procedural confusion”… then and only then is the world safe FOR us.

What is left to say, really…

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1. marisacat - 6 March 2010

Absolute proof it can always get WORSE.

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; roundtable with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN), Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and the National Review’s Rich Lowry

ABC’s ‘This Week’: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Torie Clarke and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich

CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); roundtable with Washington Post’s Dan Balz and POLITICO’s Jim VandeHei

‘Fox News Sunday’: Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA); Rep. John Adler (D-NJ) and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s ‘State of the Union’: Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX); DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA)

C-SPAN: ‘Newsmakers’ (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Karen Ignagni, questioned by Politico’s Chris Frates and The Hill’s Bob Cusack … ‘The Communicators’ (6:30pm ET Saturday): Trinity Washington University President Patricia (Pat) McGuire … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Martin Cooper, who invented the mobile cell phones, questioned by Telecommunications Reports’ Paul Kirby

2. marisacat - 6 March 2010

hmm I’d say look out for bags to be packed in 6 months. Or maybe 9 if he makes a display of staying thru the run up to the mid terms.

NYT on Axelrod and how he hates DC, hates it. Hates the media mouthing off… is tired. Separated from his family (ALL of his family, LOL), and is tired. Tired. Looks tired. A friend in Chicago helpfully adds he is “burned out”… His sister says he is too loyal to Ob…

And so on. Toward the end the article reminds he told Ob, two years and no more and that is “not changed”.

So. Ta. The sooner the better, not that it matters.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 March 2010

but I thought Chicagoans were tough, etc …

wuss

marisacat - 6 March 2010

I thought it wwas pretty bad, frankly.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 March 2010

a bunch of whiny self-involved children, the lot of them.

marisacat - 6 March 2010

The long snivel from the Obs and Axelrod and the like is that they don’t like being there.

Hey, I take them at their word.

BooHooHooMan - 6 March 2010

Are the gettin paid by-the-kvetch? Holyyyy Fuck. LOL.
That’s some fiiine whine, man.

marisacat - 6 March 2010

They even dredged up that his life has been beset with ”real problems”. Death of parent (so damned rare!!), wife had breast cancer (never heard of it!) and daughter is …….. autistic? which ever impairment, she is institutionalised.

Only man ever had it rough.

3. marisacat - 7 March 2010

Mike Allen email:

BULLETIN — Polls have closed in Iraq — Maliki predicts high turnout as throngs vote in defiance of intimidation attacks —

A senior administration official:

‘Later today, the President will make a statement congratulating the Iraqi people on this milestone election. The President and Vice President are following this closely and early reporting from Iraq indicates that acts of violence were in the range of what Iraqi and U.S. security forces expected and failed to deter the Iraqi people from exercising their right to vote

Why don’t they invite Bush to the WH to jointly appear with Ob.

Get the fake facade over with.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 March 2010

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Court Ruling Creates Dilemma For Military

The 2008 ruling, while largely overlooked, would force the military to apply a much higher threshold in determining whether a service member should be dismissed for being gay.

The government declined to appeal the ruling by the three-judge panel, which leaves it standing as law in the nine states covered by the court. That means gay military members at bases in the West technically have greater protections than their colleagues across the world.

Although it doesn’t appear that the military has ever applied the more stringent standard, the court case presents several problems for the Pentagon now that the Obama administration has embarked on a yearlong review of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

marisacat - 7 March 2010

It will be a torturous twisty route, as slowly things stay the same. That’s my best guess.

I cannot see congress ever allowing a vote on doing away with discrimination in the mil. And since DADT the only way is thru congressional legislation…

Kinda silly, as they/the mil can do what they mostly do with blacks, latino and other minorities. Search for the sort that most fulfills what the hell it is that the mil does. Seems to work. Sorta.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 March 2010

part of me is puzzled that anyone would want to be “allowed” to be part of what is manifestly an objectionable institution, but I supposed we should all have the right to offer ourselves up for exploitation as we see fit.

When in Rome etc

marisacat - 7 March 2010

Well in terms of the many “boys’ choirs”… it always seems to me the parents push hard for it… there alwys seems to be some social laddering attached to these groups…

5. marisacat - 7 March 2010

YUMMY… more on the Catholic Sex-Gates-Eternal:

[M]eanwhile, an ever-widening sexual abuse scandal involving Germany’s Catholic Church spilled into the heart of Pope Benedict XVI’s homeland on Friday, when a former member of the prominent Regensburg boys choir claimed he was a victim of sexual abuse.

A former singer has come forward with allegations that church employees had sexually abused him in the early 1960s, said Clemens Neck, a spokesman for the Regensburg Diocese, which oversees the school connected to the renowned Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir.

Neck gave no details on the extent of the abuse, but said it happened before the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the Pope’s brother, took over the choir in 1964. Ratzinger led the choir, comprised of around 500 boys and young men, until his retirement in 1994. …

uh, Papa’s brother was there for THIRTY FUCKING YEARS… I doubt those years are clean. Sounds like Regensburg was a HOT SPOT for abuse frankly, from the article.

From the Malta Independent… located a ways down in an update on Balducci and Eheim of the Vatican scandale-non-extraordinaire.

6. marisacat - 7 March 2010

gnu

LINK

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