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Who’s who in crime organisations… 18 June 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, The Battle for New Orleans.
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A pod of dolphins surface for air near a shrimp boat skimming for oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Barataria Bay, Louisiana Photograph: Erik S. Lesser/EPA

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He started that ridiculous non-speech (it was corporate advocacy!) with a drool for the mil and ended with some very confused drool for Jesus.  Or God, or some version of either.

Nick Turse for Tom Dispatch

[I]n a June 5th email message to supporters, paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee, President Obama again acknowledged the severity of the BP disaster and validated the anger it has unleashed.  ….

“We have,” he continued, “…ordered BP to pay economic injury claims, and this week, the federal government sent BP a preliminary bill for $69 million to pay back American taxpayers for some of the costs of the response so far.” 

Two days later, Tyson Slocum, the director of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen’s energy program, sent a letter to Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asking them to go further. 

He urged them to suspend, and ultimately debar, BP and its subsidiaries from serving as defense contractors, to terminate six current federal contracts with the company, and prohibit BP and its subsidiaries from winning federal contracts for the next three years.

Not bad for starters…

He wrote:

“Given the company’s willful transgression of U.S. laws, it can no longer be presumed that BP will responsibly perform its contractor responsibilities. The demonstrated disregard for the law means that there is good reason to doubt that the company will abide by its obligations under its Department of Defense contracts. Moreover, the company’s repeated violation of environmental laws suggests an unacceptably high likelihood that BP will violate such laws in carrying out its contractual obligations.

BP’s aggregate record of wrongdoing — including but not limited to causing the ongoing gusher in the Gulf of Mexico — evidences a lack of business honesty that seriously and directly affects its ability to perform its contractual duties.”

Public Citizen has yet to receive a response or any indication that the president or the defense secretary has read the letter, Slocum informed TomDispatch this week.

And now from the government:

“I am not aware at this moment of any plans to curtail or cancel any DoD contracts that may exist at this time,” Department of Defense spokesperson Cheryl Irwin told TomDispatch. Irwin also stated that she knew of no plans to restrict the awarding of future contracts to BP.

The president has remained silent on the issue. Repeated requests by TomDispatch for comment from the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality went unanswered. …

“It is really premature to speculate on the Agency’s actions,” an EPA official, who asked not to be named, told TomDispatch. “We’re on hold pending the larger federal investigation.”

Back to the WH and BP (crime partners):

Yesterday, the White House and BP agreed that the oil giant would establish a $20 billion escrow account to compensate claims resulting from the Gulf Coast oil spill. “This should provide some assurance to small business owners that BP is going to meet its responsibilities,” said President Obama following the announcement.

The message is clear. BP will be held accountable — but only to a point, and not nearly in strong enough terms, says Public Citizen’s Slocum. The escrow account is “a no-brainer,” he told TomDispatch. “But that’s just related to the company’s obligations to pay for a mess it created,” he pointed out, likening the situation to an individual breaking the law. ….

Slocum sees a 2007 guilty plea by BP Products North America for a felony violation of the Clean Air Act — stemming from a 2005 explosion at a BP refinery in Texas that killed 15 workers — as evidence that stronger sanctions are now warranted. The fine resulting from the Texas disaster was just a “blip on their balance sheet,” he says.

“You have to send a clear message to shareholders that committing felonies is not tolerated in the United States. And the way you do that is through some form of permanent sanctions.” Barring the company from government contracts, says Slocum, would be just such a step.

With anger boiling over in the Gulf, there seemingly could be no more egregious offender or more deserving “ass to kick” than BP’s.

“I don’t know of any other oil companies operating in America that are currently on criminal probation,” says Slocum.

“I don’t know any other oil companies that recently pled guilty to a felony. I don’t know any other oil companies that appear to have committed numerous acts of negligence that resulted in the largest industrial environmental disaster in American history. BP is an outlier, so it needs to be treated as an outlier.”

Somebody should tell the president. Again.

I am so fucking TIRED TO DEATH of that specious nasty ignorant idiotic slobber that emanates from Democratic party apparatchiks and Ob loving hapless stupids:   

What can a Pretzel in Diapers DO! He’s just a Baby Pretzel!!  Can’t you see that!!??

Do you want him to go down there and plug it himself? Well, DO YOU?

Always with a whine.

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1. marisacat - 19 June 2010

The American voter hard ar work:

Suspected US strike kills 13 in northwest Pakistan

By RASOOL DAWAR and HUSSAIN AFZAL (AP) – 17 minutes ago

MIR ALI, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. missile strike killed 13 people Saturday in a Pakistani tribal region where several militant outfits are bent on attacking Western troops across the Afghan border, officials said.

A roadside bomb aimed at police elsewhere in the country’s volatile northwest killed a civilian and wounded eight people.

The attacks came as U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad, the latest in a series of visits aimed at shoring up Pakistani support for the American effort in Afghanistan.

The missile, apparently fired from an unmanned drone, struck a house in Haider Khel village near North Waziristan’s Mir Ali town, said two intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media on the record.

Local government official Noor Mohammad said at least 13 people had been killed, while the intelligence officials said some foreigners were among the dead. Their exact identities and nationalities were not immediately clear.

The U.S. frequently uses missile strikes to take out Taliban and al-Qaida targets in Pakistan’s northwest, especially the lawless tribal regions where many insurgents hide. [we still need to be told this cover story? I guess so. -Mcat]

This year, the vast majority of the missile strikes have landed in North Waziristan, a segment of the tribal belt that houses several militant groups that focus on attacking Western troops across the border in Afghanistan.

Pakistan publicly protests the strikes as violations of its sovereignty, and the attacks are deeply unpopular among the Pakistani people. But the Pakistani government is believed to assist in at least some of the missile attacks.

The U.S. doesn’t publicly acknowledge the existence of the covert, CIA-run program.

The roadside bomb Saturday occurred in Dera Ismail Khan, which lies near the tribal belt, and it showed that Islamist militants continue to be active despite U.S. missile strikes and Pakistani army offensives against them.

Senior police official Aslam Khatak said the attack happened as the patrol vehicle traveled through the gritty town and that among the wounded was an area police official who played an important role in arresting militants, he said.

Six policemen and two civilians were wounded, while the one fatality was a passer-by.

Also Saturday, gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying an area police chief, Abdul Wahab, in the southwestern city of Quetta, wounding him critically, said Hamid Shakeel, a senior police official.

Associated Press writers Ishtiaq Mahsud in Dera Ismail Khan and Abdul Sattar in Quetta contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Well that was depressing. As always. We bombed them, over the border. Operating a CIA war against whatever is on the ground. basically. WIth cover stories for all…

Why don’t we just call Pakistan CAMBODIA?

Etc.

Soon to be a movie. Again.

2. marisacat - 19 June 2010

Oh FFS The premise is we are nt accepting aid offered if we are asked to pay for it. That our aid is for free…

What a load of crap. OUR aid, all forms of it, always comes with a price tag.

The (partial I am sure)list of offers of help, for a price, is particularly galling from the point of view of AP generating propaganda, Israel (to whom we shovel aid and cash and arms and hand holding and whatever else) and Vietnam. To whom we paid nothing, n restitution, no reconstruction aid, nothing, after years, decades (and continuing in the birth defects) of our warmaking.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 June 2010

wow, really?

the world really needs to seal us off.

3. marisacat - 19 June 2010

At C-punch

There is no reason why Americans should not see what US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are doing in their name and with their tax resources. In a free society, the fact something may discredit the military is the military’s problem. Using the power of courts, prisons or worse to quash the truth is, as a Times editorial put it, disgraceful.

In a Department of Defense Anti-Terrorism Awareness Training course, the following question is asked:

Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism activity?

A. Attacking the Pentagon.

B. IEDs.

C. Hate crimes against racial groups.

D. Protests.

The correct answer is: D. Protests.

If at the center of your government you have a huge, closed, untouchable military institution that trains its personnel to see legitimate civilian opposition as the enemy, you are in trouble. The arbitrary rule of secret government becomes inevitable.

Decent, red-blooded Americans need to support courageous entities like WikiLeaks and prevent the US government from making truth-seeking a criminal act.

4. BooHooHooMan - 19 June 2010

HA! Full Court Dis-info Press On for Kagan !

The NYT has this puff piece up today on Kagan’s family centering heavily on her Dad. How he was working for the SMALL PEOPLE in tenement house co-op conversions.

The Kagan Family: Left-Leaning and Outspoken

The NYT is hilarious. In light of MJS at SMBIVA calling out Kagan’s Dad as a STONE CROOK colluding with developers, in a first person account two days ago. Had him cold and published it back in the day when he worked at a small paper in NYC.

Robert Kagan had a scam in which he “represented” tenants who were resisting co-op efforts, which were the great engine of gentrification in New York back then. As soon as Robert signed up to represent the tenants, he would form a partnership with other speculators and send the tenants — his clients — letters offering to buy out their “insider” rights, under some such soothing name as “Apartment Investors Associates”.

Needless to say, the tenants had no idea that “Apartment Investors Associates” included their lawyer, who thus stood to benefit from losing their case — not to put too fine a point on it.

Kagan’s father retaliated with a frivolous lawsuit and was sent away packing.

MJS-

Kagan was the chair of the local community board’s “ethics committee” — you can’t make this stuff up. He was either dumped, or had to resign from that position of honor, and he sued me, me personally, for libel, and claimed damages to the amount of a lot of dollars. Millions. I don’t remember how many. A few more than I had, anyway.

Of course we laughed the suit off, and it went nowhere — a very sad and ineffectual attempt at intimidation. After all, we had the documents. There was no surmising about it.

After I saw the MJS piece, I Googled Kagan’s Family and the his piece was right at the top. LOL. A little too close for comfort, I take it.

For it’s part, The NYT piece almost drips panic in trying to shore up the narrative, as if the blatant appeal to Jewish roots should soothe anybody who lives in the assrapery between lawyers, developers, and lenders that is the real estate market in New York.

And LOL, Good Luck cuz the appeal to NYC Jewish roots is going to mean Bernie Madoff SHIT anywhere else, either.

ROBERT KAGAN, son of a Russian Jewish immigrant who manufactured and sold hats and clothing in New York, worked for several years in corporate and tax law. He then formed a firm with Bill J. Lubic, an old classmate from Lafayette High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, who, like Robert and Gloria Kagan, lived in Stuyvesant Town.

Again with the Helpin the SMALL PEOPLE crap.

One of the first co-op conversions they handled was at 320 West End Avenue, a gracious 15-story structure where the Kagans had moved. The building’s owner had gone into default.

“Bob and I had an office on Avenue of the Americas at 47th Street, a half block away from the bank’s office, and we walked in there and said, ‘Don’t you want to get rid of this?’ ” Mr. Lubic recalled. With some prodding, they walked the building’s three dozen or so tenants through the complex process of buying their own apartments.

MJS notes in HIS piecethat the Press Op conducted on her behalf already USES her purported family background
( LOVE THE SMALL PEOPLE!!!) Soooo, FAIR GAME.

Wherein the gentlemen noted the VV carrying the TPMs.

Elena Kagan and Family: Best of the Upper Left Side, with a Pro-Union Brother

It’s about time that a child of Manhattan’s Upper Left Side was nominated for the Supreme Court. There is no better school for debate than the corridors of upper Broadway and the aisles of Zabar’s, where the opinions are stronger than the garlic bagels.

Obama nominee Elena Kagan, 50, has impeccable ULS credentials and genes:

SNIP WHOA EUGENICS SNIP WHIPPY WHA? GENES??
From Hitler to Ozzie and Harriet via one singular connecting colon.

Obama nominee Elena Kagan, 50, has impeccable ULS credentials and genes: Mom Gloria taught public school’s best and brightest at Hunter College Elementary School; dad Robert was a lawyer who represented tenants.

One other thing. The ORIGINAL ARTICLES on Kagan’s SLIMEBALL ROOTS ARE HERE. With Pics!

MJS summed it up CHARITABLY in his dust off from a few days ago:

this self-flattering West Side story needs to be brought more into line with what we old-timers know to be West Side reality. Elena was raised in comfort, and plied with all the garlic bagels she could eat, on the proceeds of real-estate speculation and a crooked lawyer’s fraudulent dealings with his clients.

This self-flattering West Side story along with the shills who are selling it and Kagan and everything else that isn’t nailed down on a Cross – that’s Catholic turf- needs to come more into line with, you know, the Regular PIGS.

Yeh well I guess I’m WITH the Obbie “Neutered” crowd 🙄 — > Afterall, How the Fuck CAN anything get done on BP because in the last week the White House Chief of Staff has burrowed in 5 more DUALS from the NY CHI Loop including the humping of Kagan and Genachowski at the FCC. HOW CAN the White House Communications offer up anything OTHER than drool on policy and performance when 24/7 they’re shilling for reactionary Jews whether it’s appointees here or Israeli killers at sea?

IT”S SICKENING.

marisacat - 19 June 2010

There is no better school for debate than the corridors of upper Broadway and the aisles of Zabar’s,…

zo…. now Zabar’s is grounds to ascend to the SC?

I don’t zink zo.

5. BooHooHooMan - 19 June 2010

Close quote after the first “genes” please.

marisacat - 19 June 2010

😆

BooHooHooMan - 19 June 2010

Thanx!

The Georgetown Tattler has a piece up on her.
“Shows her mettle” says WaPo. Gak.

Stuff this piece of shit Kagan in the well too.

Sharp political skills

Taken together, the e-mails reinforce an image that emerged in the first two batches of White House documents, made public earlier this month, of a confident aide 😆 😆 😆 {HACK!}

…who came into the Clinton administration after working as a law professor, 😆 😆 😆 {LIKE OB, LOL} but whose sharpest skills were her political antennae.

Is there like one “Mad Lib” they cut these stories from? Way cool,
way confident, way smart… Law Professor.? FUuuuck GMAFB

In August 1997, for example, she wrote: “We are in a fight for our lives on the testing initiative,” noting that Congress appeared likely to vote within a few weeks to prohibit using federal funds for a test the administration favored to try to standardize academic achievement. “We cannot waste Sept. 8 on a sweetness-and-light literacy event,” she wrote. “We’re all going to have to work together to make this problem disappear.”

Yeh they can stuff Al down the well too for all I care, but this Rahm / Shumer pawn was picked for her pliability, age, and erstwhile vagina.

Some documents show Kagan trying to protect her bosses from political fallout, even if she agreed with their policy goals. For instance, she told Vice President Al Gore’s chief of staff Ron Klain that it was not a good move at the moment for Gore to endorse the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Calling herself the “biggest fan” of the legislation in the White House, she nevertheless warned that a controversy over part of the bill would mean “you’ll have a gay/lesbian firestorm on your hands.” She said a meeting was planned with gay and religious groups to find a solution.

“We’ll let you know,” she wrote, “as soon as it’s safe to go back in the water.”

I don’t read the Catholic Blowjob {Which ONE?! ~ I KNOW!!}
But I bet Sully should be a real hoot tho in coming days.

BooHooHooMan - 19 June 2010

I’m out.

marisacat - 19 June 2010

Over and over it’s clear, Little Ms Kagan was and is a political operative.

6. marisacat - 19 June 2010

Not that it matters:

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’: Roundtable with Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), former Shell Oil Company President John Hofmeister and BBC’s Katty Kay; BP Oil Spill Victim Compensation Fund Independent Administrator Kenneth Feinberg

ABC’s ‘This Week’: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, NPR’s Michel Martin and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Richard Haass

CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)

‘Fox News Sunday’: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former State Department official Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams; ‘Power Player of the Week’: Constituting America Founder and Co-Chair Janine Turner

CNN’s ‘State of the Union’: Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

C-SPAN: ‘Newsmakers’ (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), questioned by the Associated Press’ Julie Hirschfield Davis and Congressional Quarterly’s Seth Stern … ‘The Communicators’ (6:30pm ET Saturday): FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, questioned by POLITICO’s Kim Hart … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Leo Damrosch, author of ‘Tocqueville’s Discovery of America.’

7. BooHooHooMan - 19 June 2010

Colbert King in WaPo,
I THINK MC’ing some celebratory, coming of age ~fertility ritual??
Something about rival savages being fought off. Not sure, frankly. LOL.
I think I just get potato salad and a card tomorrow. 😆

marisacat - 19 June 2010

He’s a whiner. Whatever else he is. I had Inside Washington in with him and Nina and Krauthammer and Shields.. and I just zoned out. It was like long strands of spaghetti coming from their mouths.

marisacat - 19 June 2010

oh you mean Father’s Day. I just read that Obby will be lecturing us… or maybe he did already… his Saturday Sloberation.

They all need to fucking Shut Up.

8. marisacat - 19 June 2010

So much of the media seems to want to upset us that Hayward went to a yachting event in the UK. Who cares? Ob went to a baseball game last night.

Is there really any difference?

Neither is worth the skin they puff out. I just wish both would exit stage right.

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 June 2010

he’s supposed to wear sackcloth, I guess.

marisacat - 20 June 2010

I notice the WH is not anxious for pics of Joe and Barry in a golf cart to get around, with some sort of mil guard, as they play the holes (ahem) at Andrews AFB

Etc.

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 June 2010

it’s such Hard Work to be a Master of the Universe. Unfair that they can’t just enjoy their simple upper class pleasures.

marisacat - 20 June 2010

Just put that golf cart in cruise control and drive off. Bound to sail off a cliff at some point.

9. marisacat - 19 June 2010

Gosh.. so little of this in the MSM… I wonder why not… [snicker]

[F]or years, she worked on the BP case.

After all BP’s rap sheet was long and nasty – three convictions, an $84 million OSHA fine, and a deferred prosecution agreement.

Last year, Pascal was inclined to debar BP – strip it of its government contracts – because of its repeat violations.

But the Pentagon intervened.

“The Defense Energy Support Center told me that BP was supplying 80 percent of the fuel going to the U.S. military in Iraq,” Pascal told Corporate Crime Reporter.

“That’s a very substantial need.”

“We’re talking 2009,” Pascal said. “Had we debarred BP at that time, the Defense Department would have gotten an exception to the debarment and continued to do business with BP. We would have gotten a sister federal agency doing a substantial amount of business with a debarred contractor. And we would have had no oversight or no audit rights over that company.”

So, Pascal shifted to Plan B.

$nip

“What happened in the Gulf – it looks as if they took shortcuts to save a couple of millions of dollars – that tells me that they have not learned from their four encounters with the law, their millions in fines, the multiple civil lawsuits filed against them – they still have not gotten the message.”

“The amount of the fines and the bad press clearly has not been sufficient to stop their behavior.”

“If I were the debarment official now, I would look at this company and say – this company cannot be rehabilitated. They are not going to do it right. They have actively chosen not to do what they need to do to correct the problem.” $nip

10. BooHooHooMan - 19 June 2010

I said something about a month ago, when the greedy hand wringers and USA! chest ponders were hip hip hooraying about the Euro’s “demise”. I said something like “What makes anyone think the “benefit” of that will accrue to the U.S.?” “When it makes the Eurozone more attractive?”

It’s so funny because monetarists have always rebutted the dollar’s funny money demise citing the countervailing investment argument. Something like :So the Dollar is Toilet Paper?!!
So What? Think of It! WE CAN SELL THE WHOLE COUNTRY!

Anyways.
China is setting to unpeg its currency using a “basket formula” instead of pegging it to the dollar. On MONDAY.

And Roubini is on it.

China forex move could thwart U.S. hopes – Roubini

“Since they have not changed the previous range for the band — plus or minus 0.5 percent — most likely on Monday China will allow the renminbi vs U.S. dollar to move,” said Roubini.

The yuan has risen sharply in recent months against the euro, which sank over Europe’s debt problems, so a stronger yuan could not be taken for granted, he said.

If the euro were to continue to depreciate, “the renminbi would have to be allowed to depreciate relative to the dollar, a paradoxical outcome,” Roubini said.

His comments echoed those of an adviser to China’s central bank on Saturday.

Li Daokui, an academic adviser to the monetary policy committee of the People’s Bank of China, told Reuters in Beijing that the yuan could depreciate against the dollar if the euro falls sharply against the U.S. currency.

Roubini, like other analysts, said a major strengthening of the yuan looked

unlikely.

Maybe it’s me, but since this Spring and the Euro’s “fall” , I’ve seen all sorts of Woe is China stories in the American and UK press.
And these pieces I notice are all of a certain form, lifted ironically from the real story of American windowjumpers enjoying the Scotch on the way down: “Too Hot” “Chinese Housing Demand to Collapse” { LOL – CHINA?} etc.
With one ironic twist: “Too Big to Last”

LOL. Gotta love moneymen and the corporate press. Now they tell us!

There are differences, tho, however simplistic, but valid IMO. “China” and “the Chinese” seem to…uh..actually learn from experience.
Culturally devoid of, at least the Judeo-Christian Mammonery, Most simply put: There not that fucking STUPID.

While running the list of applicable cliches, Nothing Last Forever.
And there’s plenty of labor and environmental abuses to loathe as China hosts Western, principally U.S., Capitalism. Particularly the infectious possibility they will make it their own. But I could care less about how our “owners” and Banking elites extract their cut out of the damned deals. Just doesn’t do it for me.

marisacat - 19 June 2010

I read months ago, before the hoopla and hand wring that Merkel wanted a lower euro… I assume for trade reasons, whatever other reasons… and presto chango, the euro began falling.

Of course we always want to point to the Death of the European Social Welfare State… and so on.

BooHooHooMan - 19 June 2010

And her footsie games cost her.

Merkel approval rating at record low, poll shows

An Infratest dimap survey showed only 40 percent of Germans were satisfied with Merkel’s performance, her worst rating since she took office in November 2005.
::

Merkel’s standing has been battered by infighting within her centre-right coalition, the resignation of President Horst Koehler and criticism of her planned

austerity cuts.

Now the poor baby wants OUT.

Europe to Urge Exit From Stimulus Schemes at G20: Merkel‎
14 hours ago
By Sarah Marsh
June 19, 2010

BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe will push for a swift exit from fiscal stimulus programs and a focus on budget consolidation at the G20 meeting next week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday.

“European participants are of the opinion that this is urgently necessary to prevent such crises from happening again in the future,” Merkel said in her weekly podcast.

Get Me OUTA HERE! FFRANZ! The Mercedes!
NO? Fuck IT! The carriage, then!
LOL. While What’s ‘is name – the Platform Shoe Guy –
is still lookin’ to dance at the Ball.
(Psst. Nick. Buddy. She left in the pumpkin, dude.)

Sarkozy whirls among European powers to coordinate stance
English.news.cn 2010-06-20 12:20:22
by Zhang Xin

PARIS, June 19 (Xinhua) — Within a week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a whirlwind visit to Germany, Britain, Russia and Brussels where EU leaders just had their summit, trying to tune up and harmonize European voices on international economic governance.

LOL. Xinhua seems to be having a good time of it anyways.

11. marisacat - 19 June 2010

Must be rock bottom… when he serves himelf Hopium and the NYT announces it.

Obama Hopes ‘Recovery Summer’ Will Warm Voters to the Stimulus — New York Times

BooHooHooMan - 20 June 2010

Like that money is going to reach down below the skimmers who easily siphon it off at the top.

Gad they’re so incapable of anything other than surface shit and spin.

WaPo has a lede on the mid term campaign “strategy”

Dems spend big to lure Obama one-vote wonders

Instead of focusing on base, party’s $50 million midterm strategy reaches out to minorities and young people who voted for the first time in 2008.

Karen Tumulty

They spent a billion dollars gettting Ob elected. And had Bush to run on.

–> 50 million over 200 House seats plus how ever many Sen seats they’ll defend? Shiiiyat. They’re blowing what’s left on the core incumbency and the perennial consultancy. It’s laughable their talk of minorities. They spent 10 million in Jersey alone PLUS Labor support AND OB coming instate repeatedly. Specter had all sorts of money that never went into street organizing. Outside of gerrymandered minority districts who’s going to show up for somebody else’s Congressional asshole? And Who in their right mind actually believes that college kids, or more precisely ~their parents~ are going to foot the bill for GOTV activities for this next Historicest™ Election EVAH™?

What I find rich about this is that they’re getting whiplashed in the “one hit wonder” voter demographic not only by those who have dropped off from reality taking hold, but also the lumpen fools of the “All is better, Obama’s Got This” variety. Kinda hard to do the
Last Supper AGAIN, especially, ya know.. AFTER The Resurrection.

BooHooHooMan - 20 June 2010

(tho I bet they find their staged Fake Crucifiction 2.0 is
bloody well painful come November}

G’night.

marisacat - 20 June 2010

I think the campaign, as of now, is going to be: I Don’t Yacht. Yachting being demonstrably worse than Golfing with Biden and Attending a Nationals Game.

12. lucid - 20 June 2010

My sad contribution to the world today…

State of Grace

Trundled away,
Lurking,
Beneath our cushioned epiphanies,
Lies grace.

We need only
Swab the dust,
Inviting the sad
And the furious,
To sleep
And share their stories,
Wanton and cruel,
Of joy and desperation.

Grace is no longer light,
But a bed ruffle
Shielding the unsightly
From the light of day.

13. marisacat - 20 June 2010

Who knows… via Business Insider, they link back to Ynet News…

11 US Battleships Cross Suez Canal Into Red Sea

Joe Weisenthal | Jun. 20, 2010, 8:16 AM | 348 | 1

It’s not clear what exactly the situation is, but there appears to be US strategic activity in the Middle East this weekend.

According to reports, 11 US battleships used the Suez Canal to move into the Red Sea.

YNetNews.com:

According to the report, traffic in the canal was halted for several hours in order to allow US Navy vessels, which included an aircraft carrier and carried infantry troops, armored vehicles and ammunition, to pass from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

It was further reported that eyewitnesses detected an Israeli warship among the vessels. No confirmation has been received from Egyptian authorities.

Read more: Link to BI

14. marisacat - 20 June 2010

hmm Rahm doing really badly on TW…

15. marisacat - 20 June 2010

On and on it goes… where it ends.. we may find out, since we are tied down for the ride…

BREAKING — ‘MARKEY: INTERNAL BP DOCUMENT SHOWS WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR SPILL COULD BE 100,000 BARRELS PER DAY’ — From release: ‘Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.) released an internal BP document showing that the company’s own analysis believed that a worst-case scenario, based on damage to the well bore, could result in 100,000 barrels of oil per day. In the document, BP stated: If BOP and wellhead are removed and if we have incorrectly modeled the restrictions – the rate could be as high as ~ 100,000 barrels per day up the casing or 55,000 barrels per day up the annulus (low probability worst cases) … This number is in sharp contrast to BP’s initial claim that the leak was just 1,000 barrels a day. At the time this document was made available to Congress, BP claimed the leak was 5,000 barrels a day, and told Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the worst case scenario was be 60,000 barrels a day.’ See the 2-page document

Via Mike Allen Playbook at People Politico

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 June 2010
17. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 June 2010

Social Security Video Rant: Alan Simpson’s True Colors

We’re all “lesser people”, apparently.

marisacat - 20 June 2010

Lesser after we are small. Geesh, talk about shark attack summer.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 June 2010
catnip - 20 June 2010

Yup. It’s been a very long road to get to this point – a point that should have been obvious the minute the video was released.

19. marisacat - 20 June 2010

hmm quick snip, a news tease… over in the East Bay, I guess at Port of Oakland, demonstators are attempted to halt the unloading of a Israeli container ship…

calling it a blockade!

Will look around for a print report…

20. marisacat - 20 June 2010

Nu

LINK

……………………… 😯


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