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A policeman smashes bottles at a demonstration held to show the police's preparation for security measures in the upcoming G20 summit during a photo call at a police training centre in Seoul

A policeman smashes bottles at a demonstration held to show the police’s preparation for security measures in the upcoming G20 summit during a photo call at a police training centre in Seoul    [REUTERS]

This makes sense?  How?

What was the next step?  Police Man Mannequin signals to official on sidelines to call for janitorial?

Yet another G-20 “summit”.  And they are evidently doing so well, right?

 I’m calling for a G-0, no summitry.  Everybody stay the hell home and boff what is in your bed already.

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I am just enormously relieved I have never eaten, from any product line or franchise outlet, a chicken nuggetStunningly awful isn’t it?

Cannot find the right word – sound to indicate intestinal disgust…

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1. marisacat - 4 October 2010

For whateve reason I have had trouble with Gmail for a couple of hours… usually I blame my computer, dial up or the interfacing (or whatever the word) of this POS computer… but everything else is going well…

Gmail just does not come up, at all.

2. ts - 4 October 2010

I thank you and hate you for showing me that.

/just swore off processed chicken for life.

marisacat - 4 October 2010

😆

that gave me a laugh………….

I made fresh roast chicken tonight, but even so I waited a few hours to cook it. That image………..

There is also a description of HOW it is made into “nuggets” (involves an ammonia soak, among other things)… whcih is almost worse than the pic. :mrgreen:

marisacat - 5 October 2010

It seems it may be my computer (gee what a shock)… so if I drop away, it was the computer…. so far I am on, but it seems chancey…

ugh.

9:47 AM PT

marisacat - 5 October 2010

hmm I think I might be back… and a lot of street wrk that went on, right outside my house (I am on a corner) all weekend and into this am, has mercifully stopped. They collected a load of orange cones and seem to be gone.

And my connection seems back to the norm. (fingers crossed)

God, who knows.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 October 2010

I am so puzzled by that photo up top.

marisacat - 5 October 2010

It doesn’t make any sense to me.

“I can so too smash bottles!” ???

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 October 2010

“this is what we do to protestors!”

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 October 2010

This is the kind of thing the free-market fundamentalists want for the whole country.

No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn

Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn’t paid a $75 fee.

Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat.

“They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn’t do it,” Cranick told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann.

The fire started when the Cranicks’ grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.

“We wasn’t on their list,” he said the operators told him.

Cranick, who lives outside the city limits, admits he “forgot” to pay the annual $75 fee. The county does not have a county-wide firefighting service, but South Fulton offers fire coverage to rural residents for a fee.

Cranick says he told the operator he would pay whatever is necessary to have the fire put out.

His offer wasn’t accepted, he said.

The fire fee policy dates back 20 or so years.

“Anybody that’s not inside the city limits of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer. Either they accept it or they don’t,” said South Fulton Mayor David Crocker.

The fire department’s decision to let the home burn was “incredibly irresponsible,” said the president of an association representing firefighters.

marisacat - 5 October 2010

jesus… at least take a credit card or a check.

There will be no end to this.. none.

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 October 2010

it’s going to get worse.

we’ll ALL still pay for the socialist military, though.

5. marisacat - 5 October 2010

oh……. I see Dow was up 191. It’s tickling 11,000

All our problems are over ….. right?

😆

6. wu ming - 5 October 2010

to be fair, OB beer is vile enough that the cop is probably doing everyone a favor.

marisacat - 6 October 2010

There you go! A purpose….

😉

7. marisacat - 6 October 2010

I think it is any door out, any excuse. And, heading off prickly media issues has gone so well for Obby.

Yes?

LaBOLT BOLTS TO EMANUEL – Carol E. Lee:

“A member of President Barack Obama’s close-knit team is leaving the White House to work for … Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral bid in Chicago … Ben LaBolt, a native Chicagoan and one of Obama’s longest-serving press aides, will serve as Emanuel’s campaign’s communications director … LaBolt will leave his job as an assistant White House press secretary by the end of October … Emanuel was looking for someone with Chicago roots and a combative side … LaBolt, 29, was born and raised in the Chicago area and understands the city’s media and political worlds.

He’s also known for his push-back on reporters writing stories he perceives as unflattering and for serving as the point person on thorny issues.

LaBolt … served as Obama’s press secretary when he was in the Senate and worked on his presidential campaign from the start. … He will be the first of the small circle of press aides – ‘the boys,’ as they’re known – to leave the White House.”

Via Mike Allen email.

8. marisacat - 6 October 2010

comment of catnip’s that landed on anothr thread… 😉

Was the Public Option Off the Table?

(Does the moon shine in Miami?)

(In his new book, “Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate To Make Way for Health Care Reform,” former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-SD, wrote that as of July 2009, hospitals and Democrats operated under the “working assumption” that the legislation “would contain no public health plan,” which would have reimbursed hospitals at a lower rate than private insurers.”

In other news: water, wet

9. marisacat - 6 October 2010

Comment of Madman’s that landed in another thread…

Found this linked at Balloon Juice.

Larry Summers and the Subversion of Economics

When other economists began warning of abuses and systemic risk in the financial system deriving from the environment that Summers, Greenspan, and Rubin had created, Summers mocked and dismissed those warnings. In 2005, at the annual Jackson Hole, Wyo., conference of the world’s leading central bankers, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Raghuram Rajan, presented a brilliant paper that constituted the first prominent warning of the coming crisis. Rajan pointed out that the structure of financial-sector compensation, in combination with complex financial products, gave bankers huge cash incentives to take risks with other people’s money, while imposing no penalties for any subsequent losses. Rajan warned that this bonus culture rewarded bankers for actions that could destroy their own institutions, or even the entire system, and that this could generate a “full-blown financial crisis” and a “catastrophic meltdown.”

When Rajan finished speaking, Summers rose up from the audience and attacked him, calling him a “Luddite,” dismissing his concerns, and warning that increased regulation would reduce the productivity of the financial sector. (Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner, and Alan Greenspan were also in the audience.)

Soon after that, Summers lost his job as president of Harvard after suggesting that women might be innately inferior to men at scientific work. In another part of the same speech, he had used laissez-faire economic theory to argue that discrimination was unlikely to be a major cause of women’s underrepresentation in either science or business. After all, he argued, if discrimination existed, then others, seeking a competitive advantage, would have access to a superior work force, causing those who discriminate to fail in the marketplace. It appeared that Summers had denied even the possibility of decades, indeed centuries, of racial, gender, and other discrimination in America and other societies. After the resulting outcry forced him to resign, Summers remained at Harvard as a faculty member, and he accelerated his financial-sector activities, receiving $135,000 for one speech at Goldman Sachs.

Then, after the 2008 financial crisis and its consequent recession, Summers was placed in charge of coordinating U.S. economic policy, deftly marginalizing others who challenged him. Under the stewardship of Summers, Geithner, and Bernanke, the Obama administration adopted policies as favorable toward the financial sector as those of the Clinton and Bush administrations—quite a feat. Never once has Summers publicly apologized or admitted any responsibility for causing the crisis. And now Harvard is welcoming him back.

Summers is unique but not alone. By now we are all familiar with the role of lobbying and campaign contributions, and with the revolving door between industry and government. What few Americans realize is that the revolving door is now a three-way intersection. Summers’s career is the result of an extraordinary and underappreciated scandal in American society: the convergence of academic economics, Wall Street, and political power.

marisacat - 6 October 2010

In 2005, at the annual Jackson Hole, Wyo., conference of the world’s leading central bankers, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, Raghuram Rajan, presented a brilliant paper that constituted the first prominent warning of the coming crisis

I ve long thought they most certainly knew what was coming. It was 2005 that saw the big bankruptcy rehaul bill AND the class action bill.

Obby voted for the class action bill AND he wanted to vote FOR the bankruptcy overhaul but an aide convinced him it would be a struggle to go into Democratic primaries having voted for it.

Our hero! He loves us back! (the jokes write themselves)

marisacat - 6 October 2010

I think I mean overhaul… not rehaul.

gah… I am probably thinking subliminally… (again)… that I need to fnd someone to haul stuf away……………..

ts - 7 October 2010

Usually they need a flat bed truck to rehaul Summers away.

diane - 7 October 2010

(just adding to the shitpile …)

Fuckers:

Bill Toughening Foreclosure Challenges Passes Quietly

A bill that homeowners advocates warn will make it more difficult to challenge improper foreclosure attempts by big mortgage processors is awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature after it quietly zoomed through the Senate last week.

The bill, passed without public debate in a way that even surprised its main sponsor, Republican Representative Robert Aderholt, requires courts to accept as valid document notarizations made out of state, making it harder to challenge the authenticity of foreclosure and other legal documents.

snip

Questions about improper notarizations have figured prominently in challenges to the validity of these court documents, and led to widespread halts of foreclosure proceedings.

snip

The law, the “Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act,” requires all federal and state courts to recognize notarizations made in other states.

The law specifically includes “electronic” notarizations stamped en masse by computers.

Currently, only about a dozen states allow electronic notarizations, according to the National Notary Association.

“Constituents” Pressed For Passage

After languishing for months in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bill passed the Senate with lightning speed and with hardly any public awareness of the bill’s existence on Sept.27, the day before the Senate recessed for midterm election campaign.

The bill’s approval involved invocation of a special procedure.

snip

shortly before the Senate’s recess, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pressed to have the bill rushed through the special procedure, after Leahy “constituents” called him and pressed for passage.

The staffers said they didn’t know who these constituents were or if anyone representing the mortgage industry or other interests had pressed for the bill to go through.

These staffers said that, in an unusual display of bipartisanship, Senator Jeff Sessions, the committee’s senior Republican, also helped to engineer the Senate’s unanimous consent for the bill.

snip

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner told Reuters in an interview that the law would weaken protection of homeowners by requiring many states to accept lower standards for notarizations.

She said it was “suspicious” that the law unexpectedly passed just as the mortgage industry is facing possible big costs from having filed false or improperly notarized documents.

snip, snap

link

marisacat - 7 October 2010

Democracy scores again!

diane - 7 October 2010

If anyone needed any more reason not to vote for anyone in the oncoming election, that should certainly assist in the decision.

To add to the hideous veneer of treachery and lies, I read a blip in the Murky the other day as to Carly Sneed Fiorina proclaiming that only in “America” can a woman go from being a typist to becoming a CEO of the top tech firm in the world.

No really, she did ….and I knew her magic trick was bad, but I hadn’t known the work that qualified her was as a typist ……….Worse, the party writing the piece wrote it as if it were true.

marisacat - 7 October 2010

She’s long claimed to have risen thru the ranks from being a secretary.

As if it matters… Carly is a bitch. A much discredited word these days, but my mother used it.. and she used it to describe MEAN.

Not that I would vote for Barbara. Either.

brinn - 7 October 2010

I have to wonder if this applies only to the “robo-stamped” foreclosure paperwork or to EVERYthing — if it the latter, I suspect there will be some fast and furious appeals in the more enlightened states because those electronic “notarizations” are HIGHLY replicable and present all sorts of security issues when send through the wire….

Also, what ever happened to states’ rights? This tramples them hugely, as so many things the feds do these days…

I agree with Diane’s one sentence summation of it all though: fuckers.

marisacat - 7 October 2010

Wapo apparently has a cover story on this today, on their page 2. I’ve not made it there yet, only to see snips from it.

We are so screwrwerwerwerwerweredddd.

brinn - 7 October 2010

As always….

How’s things with you, MCat? ‘puter doing what is supposed to today?

marisacat - 7 October 2010

Much better… nto sure what all of that was.. but it seems to have passed………

diane - 7 October 2010

Looks like they’re just tidying up the loose ends of the preplanned and MASSIVE transfer of Land from Residential Owners to the Elite Investor Class

when will the FEMA Camps open for business, I wonder?

I hope this one finally stirs up massive protest and a true Push Back against the Rampant Technology which has been an enormous part of the problem in the illegal and fraudulent transfer of property and intangibles.

So Fucking Sad ……………

brinn - 7 October 2010

While I appreciate your fervor on the issue, Diane, it isn’t the technology that’s the problem, it’s the PEOPLE and their greedy, black souls. “Technology made me do it” is a hugely lame cop out, IMNSHO.

diane - 7 October 2010

The Technology has allowed entities to accomplish, obscure, and digitally falsify transactions at a speed and volume such that no one can possibly audit them.

It most certainly is an enormous part of the problem, I hate to disagree with you brinn, but I do, I’ve seen the results of it.

Cloud Computing, when it’s fully implemented, will be the death knell.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2010

they said similar things about movable type …

diane - 7 October 2010

The Technology has allowed entities to accomplish, obscure, and digitally falsify transactions at a speed and volume such that no one can possibly audit them.

It most certainly is an enormous part of the problem, I hate to disagree with you brinn, but I do, I’ve seen the results of it.

And Cloud Computing, when it’s fully implemented, will be the death knell in terms of any responsible “record keeping.”.

(sorry, this might be a duplicate post)

brinn - 7 October 2010

I think we agree more than we disagree, Diane — you are completely agreed with in terms of the extent to which technology facilitates more and more nefarious schemes to fuck people over, and will continue in its facilitative role as long as there is inequity in access to said technology (read: for the foreseeable future). My point is that the technology itself is benign, it is the people who are malignant, same as it ever was….

brinn - 7 October 2010

Oh, and, Diane??

Please don’t hate to disagree with me — most of my best friends disagree with me on a regular basis about one thing or another — I like it that way, keeps me on my toes and from becoming an “idea-logical” asshole! 8)

diane - 7 October 2010

Please don’t hate to disagree with me

.hugs,…..well hon, I used to enjoy the occasional disagreement, until it got to the point where almost everything I read or listened to on the news was in conflict with what I felt was the actual reality of the situation, sigh …………..hugs…..

;0(

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2010

oops!

10. marisacat - 7 October 2010

hmm via Corrente… a bill that apparently Obbly Wobbly is going to sign today. A pro bankster bill, it goes without saying.. that weakens foreclosure consumer laws.

[T]he foreclosure fraud crisis is distinct from the mortgage fraud crisis, but flows naturally from the mortgage fraud because, as William Black as repeatedly explained, the entire U.S. financial system became a “criminogenic environment” during the Bush administration.

Essentially, what is happening is that the banksters have been having great difficulty in local and state courts showing that they actually have the legal right to foreclose on homes. This is because in the past three decades of mortgage securitization, the simple paper work filed with local court clerks showing who owned the mortgage, was effectively undermined by the increasing complexities and intricacies of the financial derivatives created for securitizing mortgages. In effect, Wall Street’s funny money games destroyed the record keeping necessary for a fair and free market based on property rights. Quelle surprise!

marisacat - 7 October 2010

Reading thru diane’s comment above, this is the same bill………………

gah.

We are so blessed scrwerwerwerwerwddd.

11. marisacat - 7 October 2010

What a shock.

[T]he Obama administration is already carving out exemptions to Obamacare, in order to allow some employers (like McDonald’s) to provide very minimal coverage to employees, far below the law’s standards.

According to NYT, the administration has already granted 30 such waivers to various organizations.

The administration is already having to deal with private insurers who say they will scale back their coverage if they can’t get flexibility on laws that compel them to cover every sick child.

Obamacare — which could be loosely characterized as a scheme to compel the private sector to cover everyone — is going to fail. It’s hardly begun, and they’re already granting exemptions. ….

BI links back to the NYT article….

Read more: Link

12. marisacat - 7 October 2010

That red sludge has reached the Danube…

brinn - 7 October 2010

Yeah, I saw this morning that they are blabbering on about how it shouldn’t cause “much more damage” as it has been “diluted”….you know that toxic sludge, so easy to dilute….

Are people really that stupid/naive/gullible?

marisacat - 7 October 2010

It seems pretty clear tha the towns nearest the early onslaught, are finished. Will have to be abandoned. It ate, killed, burned everything it touched… and cannot be cleaned up.

diane - 7 October 2010
catnip - 7 October 2010

Rivers of blood. The end is nigh. Time to get rapture ready. (Parteh!!)

13. catnip - 7 October 2010

Alrighty…and here I was back in the giraffe pic thread for the past few days wondering where everybody was…whoops.

14. marisacat - 7 October 2010

FWIW… on the foreclosure bill… via Politico “44”

FROM THE TOP — White House press secretary Robert Gibbs begins his briefing with an announcement:

President Obama will not sign a foreclosures bill that critics say will make it easier for homes to be foreclosed on. The bill, Gibbs says, has “unintended consequences” for consumers.

“The president is exercising a pocket veto, sending that legislation back to Congress to iron out some of those unintended consequences,” he says. (1:32 p.m.)

brinn - 7 October 2010

Do I see a wee portion of testicle showing?!

I won’t get my hopes up that it is more than loose scrotum flapping in the breeze….

marisacat - 7 October 2010

Oh I don’t think so frankly. I think it igves the online and offline quasi leftischer and blawg parents the opportunity to point to this… and to the solar panels.

What else is there? Obby and Snobby love us?

But you know,

Come on Guys! We may be mice, but we roared and he heard us! Our fists may tiny mouse fists, but we are an ARMY of mice fists!

Truly we are.

Now line up and give the Great Man your mouse vote.

brinn - 7 October 2010

I just threw up in my mouth a little — thanks, MCat! 😉

Solar panels thing is just making me want to hit someone…er, hello? Carter put some up in the 70s too, fuckweeds, remember that!? No, I didn’t think so. And on and on it goes….

marisacat - 7 October 2010
catnip - 7 October 2010

A “pocket veto”? is that some form of pocket pool?

marisacat - 7 October 2010

oh he’s just glad to see the little mice.

[snicker]

ts - 7 October 2010

Ah, he had me thinking from that first sentence he was resigning…darn it!

15. marisacat - 7 October 2010

hmm seems it is up to 127 NATO tankers set on fire in Pakistan.

“Enemy” gets a vote. And, whose country is it anyway…

catnip - 7 October 2010
marisacat - 7 October 2010

pretty funny in a way……………

marisacat - 7 October 2010

the thread gives me some hope. One of the few places for disparate world and domestic idealogies to come together is

THE FUCKING WARS COST TOO MUCH.

Gives me hope.

16. marisacat - 7 October 2010

ugh The Blue Angels have arrived… and they fly right over my house. ughgughgughghghghghgh.

5 or 6 days of boom and blast.

The only good year was ’91, when GHW suspended it for that year, due to cost.

Can’t imagine Obby doing that, as we sink into a cashless heap…. much much poorer and restricted than we were in 91.

17. marisacat - 7 October 2010

Whoops.

Dozens Fall Ill And Faint At Obama Campaign Rally

Read more: Link

Links to a vid….

brinn - 7 October 2010

In MD…I see.

marisacat - 7 October 2010

he was out chatting up the blacks… or so they said ……………

GOOD LUCK!

marisacat - 7 October 2010

Officials have set up a triage area inside the gymnasium at Bowie State.

Obama was scheduled to appear in an effort to rally Maryland Democrats for incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley prior to November’s elections.

The president still spoke despite the health issues in the audience. He implored voters to be ready to fight in the upcoming elections.

They’ll fight as soon as they can stand again……… 😆

catnip - 7 October 2010

Was that some kind of faith healing gig?

marisacat - 7 October 2010

If so, he over wowed ’em.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2010

oh, were they actually listening to what he was really saying?

marisacat - 7 October 2010

incoherent vomiting precluded interviewing them…

[snicker]

18. BooHooHooMan - 7 October 2010

Remember the Shelly Silver and Schumer crew dudes who pillaged the NY State Pension Fund last year?
Hank Morris, the two time Schumer campaign chieftain adviser to Hill and OB, and Alan Hevisi the sole trustee at the State fund…
(Have at, boys)
Elliot Broidy of California and ISRAEL chortle chortle, uber Zionist lauded for laundered loot he left there.

Oh lordy. Gotta love the drama, gotta love the show …in how the Imperial Record describes Hevisi’s perp walk into the snort-room …

Hevesi Pleads Guilty to Felony in State Pensions Case
By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and DANNY HAKIM
Published: October 7, 2010

(Ooo a FELONY. 🙄 )

Former State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, once considered a leading voice on corporate governance and ethics, 😆 stood before a judge on Thursday and calmly explained how he took part in a sprawling corruption scheme involving New York State’s $125 billion pension fund while serving as its sole trustee.

Looking the part of the button-down financial watchdog in a black suit,

{ Welp™, NOT EXACTLY! -BHHM}

a white shirt, striped tie and round wire-rimmed glasses, Mr. Hevesi, 70, said in State Supreme Court in Manhattan that he had approved a $250 million pension investment in exchange for nearly $1 million in benefits from a California businessman, Elliott Broidy.

They included hotel and travel accommodations for himself and his family during trips to Israel and Italy; 😆 $380,000 in sham consulting fees paid to a friendly lobbyist; and more than $500,000 in campaign contributions.

“I deeply regret my conduct and I sincerely and deeply apologize to the people of the state of New York, to the court, to my family,” Mr. Hevesi, a Democrat, told those in the courtroom, after pleading guilty to a single felony count. He appeared with his three adult children, two of whom had become entangled in the investigation, which was led by the office of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.

Cue heroic Ice Cream truck music for Andy.

And look how Hakim and Rashbaum of the NYT helpfully hang MORRIS around Hevisi’s neck, NOT A WORD in the piece mentioning Schumer or his long term right hand guyship at the DSCC. NOT a WORD about Morris of the DNC stratosphere nor his club spot aboard both the Clinton and Obama jets of 2008. Ah well, Back to Hevisi, thanks to the NYT.

Still, it was unclear whether he {Hevisi} will face any jail time; the count, an “E” felony, does not require it. The judge, Lewis Bart Stone, set sentencing for Dec. 16.

His guilty plea, shocking at it was at the time because of Mr. Hevesi’s previously robust reputation as a state assemblyman, city comptroller and state comptroller, was only the first domino to fall in a remarkable tumult of scandal to come: the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer; the federal prosecution of Joseph L. Bruno, the former Senate majority leader; and many investigations encircling the current Senate majority leader, Pedro Espada Jr., and the current governor, David A. Paterson, among other officials.

Also on Thursday, Mr. Hevesi admitted for the first time that he had known that his longtime political consultant, Hank Morris, set himself up as a middle man between investment firms and the pension fund, an arrangement that state officials have alleged netted Mr. Morris millions of dollars and allowed him to grant a variety of favors to Mr. Hevesi’s allies. Mr. Morris, who is accused of profiting far more handsomely than Mr. Hevesi did, has maintained that he did nothing wrong.

The admission was a turnabout for Mr. Hevesi,who has long said 😳 he had no knowledge of the activities that prosecutors attribute to Mr. Morris. 😆

And with a nod and bow to the peanut gallery…

Two investigators brought the former comptroller into the Manhattan courthouse at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday with his hands cuffed in front of him beneath a draped trench coat.

Once in the lobby, Mr. Hevesi had his hands uncuffed before being taken to the fifth floor for the first of two arraignments, which took place in Criminal Court. He seemed upbeat during a brief delay, joking with his children, who sat behind him on benches in the small courtroom.

He was silent as the judge read the charge. Then, in a second courtroom, he entered his plea before Justice Stone, reading in calm tones a lengthy description of his crime: how he steered $250 million in pension funds to Markstone Capital Partners , Mr. Broidy’s investment firm, from January 2003 to September 2005.

Mr. Hevesi is expected to cooperate in the investigation, those with knowledge of the case said. He pleaded guilty to a felony count of receiving reward for official misconduct in the second degree, but Judge Stone said that because the acts related to the pension fund corruption predated the actions related to his prior conviction, his latest guilty plea would be considered a first offense. 🙄

Mr. Hevesi could get up to four years in prison,

but none is required. …

19. BooHooHooMan - 7 October 2010

Oops, meant to close after first mention of Cuomo.
Short shorten the saga a bit..
So how’s it been goin?
Everybody have a good Recovery Summer? HAHAHAHA
😉

BooHooHooMan - 7 October 2010

Thanks, Mcat!

marisacat - 7 October 2010

think I got the blockquote fixed.

:mrgreen:

BooHooHooMan - 7 October 2010

Blockquote fixed in Blockhead’s comment.
(Ya can only work with what ya got) LOL.

Anyways the Morris case, oh it would all be so entertaining if the fix wasn’t already in.

Like the Nemazee case , that OTHER Schumer/ Bill and Hill/ DNC nosebleeder who walked out of Citi with 70 mil on a same day no-doc loan…His total grab was 300 mil

Nemazee’s looting was gently swept under the rug last summer…
Thanks to an impartial – LOLOLOLOL – “Judge”-

The investment banker was facing more than 19 years but Manhattan Federal Judge Sidney Stein cut him a break – even going lower than the 15½ years recommended by sentencing guidelines – citing the “good attributes of Mr. Nemazee.”

the “good attributes of Mr. Nemazee.”
😆 Nothin’ like livin’ in
The United State of Stickin Up Grandma

marisacat - 7 October 2010

everything is looking up, up, up ………. and AWAY!!!!

BooHooHooMan - 7 October 2010

And from that laughable summer retro on Nemazee

“You’ve done a lot of good in your life,” Stein said. “You’ve been extremely charitable, even before this fraud.”

But the judge said he was dumbfounded why Nemazee, who was at the “apex” of Iranian-American society, risked it all for a scam that was “breathtaking in its brazenness and its scope.”

“The ‘how’ is simple: the most simplistic, brazen, almost certain to fail scheme that was afoot,” Stein said. “But nobody could say ‘why.'” Nemazee said he, too, had no good explanation.

Shorter, rhetoral, Judge Stein: “Who knows?”
Yeh right, motherfucker.

BooHooHooMan - 7 October 2010

(Who knows how to spell rhetorical? Who knows?)
LOL. Okay, I’m out.

20. marisacat - 7 October 2010

IOZ

uh huh.

[A]s liberal commenters scratch their heads over why the Democrats fail to articulate the case for their own perpetual stewardship of all good things here on this green earth forever and ever, praise be, the real mechanism of the factional duopoly is perfectly plain. Party-in-power tradeoffs lend the illusion of democratic legitimacy, and meanwhile, once more for the cheap seats:

Republicans drive the empire; Democrats consolidate and rationalize what their partners have wrought.

George Bush expands the global gulag; Barack Obama writes the employee handbook. The Republicans promise billions to the banks; the Democrats do the accounting. It’s not a competition; it’s a partnership.

But it’s a silent partnership, and guys like Tomasky serve an important function. By emphasizing falsely differing interests on either side, they obscure the fundamental collaboration at work. It’s a strategy as old as business. Two secret partners negotiate from opposite sides against the poor suckers in the middle, who think they’re going to get a good deal playing one side against the other, but who only get played instead.

The other thing it is, is Good Cop Bad Cop. Switcherooo depending on what side you [cough choke strangle] think you are on.

They are never on your side. Never never ever never.

Tho authoritarian to fascist (on the spectrum) imperalists are far more satisfied than any of the rest of us.

Stupid repressives are generally happy… and so on. Hangers on nosing around for payola are happy…

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2010
marisacat - 7 October 2010

Rove today said that Bennet will be losing. Based on a rule of Rove’s that whoever raises abortion is already losing. And, apparently, so Rove said, Bennet is the one who raised it.

Good comments at corrente….

“Objectively Worse Under Obama”

By BDBlue on Thu, 10/07/2010 – 5:27pm

As Ian Welsh explains, women’s access to abortion has gotten worse under Obama and the Dems than it was under Bush and the GOP. So it takes some nerve (and a complete lack of shame) to argue that women have to vote for them to protect abortion rights.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2010

I read that Bennett did raise it, when it polled that it would help. Esp. funny since IIRC he’s one of those stupid assholes who supports tons of restrictions on access while still keeping it technically legal.

marisacat - 7 October 2010

supports tons of restrictions on access while still keeping it technically legal.

yeah abortion so crabbed, pinched and cobwebbed that it stops existing.

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2010

I’m pretty sure he’s one of them … though now with all the stories up about this, it’s harder to find what he used to advocate, and I’m too lazy to look to see if my memory is right …

22. marisacat - 7 October 2010

Angry Arab, no embedded links just a post of his own…

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Terror threats

I really believe that Obama is following Bush in exaggerating publicly terrorist threats to extract political gain prior to an election.

Posted by As’ad at 7:34 PM

23. diane - 7 October 2010

About that Maryland rally,

Dozens Fall Ill And Faint At Obama Campaign Rally

maybe the meese’s got a whiff of this, mid-rally:

Maryland governor’s office involved in cover-up of negative jobs report
Amanda Carey – The Daily Caller – Thu Oct 7, 2:40 pm ET :

New documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the office of Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, was involved in conspiring to cover up an inconvenient state jobs report. The documents contain e-mails between officials in the governor’s office and the Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing Regulations (DLLR).

On August 20, the DLLR released its July Employment Situation Report entitled <a href=”http://www.scribd.com/doc/38042963/DLLR-Internal-July-Jobs-Report”>“Maryland’s Job Market Stalls in July.” The report did not paint a pretty picture for the state of Maryland, saying that not only was employment down, but that the state’s economy “had faltered”.

The report was published at 10:00 a.m. By 3:00 that afternoon, it had disappeared from DLLR’s website. [Mustn’t alert the citizens to their reality, much better idea to let them believe they made the bed they’re lying in – diane]

Here’s what happened in between.

After the report was published, O’Malley’s office released a statement saying that the state economy had never been better – a claim that was directly contradicted the DLLR report. For a while, the differences went unnoticed.

….

more

Speaking of Maryland, this should be inspiring to the citizenry:

Accenture, Oracle Are Baltimore-Bound:

Baltimore Gas and Electric is partnering with Accenture and Oracle to develop a smart meter network for the utility’s 1.2 million customers. The planned implementation is part of BGE’s smart grid initiative to reduce peak electricity usage, improve customer service, and upgrade operational performance.

….

(I think I would actually prefer PG&E, ….on a comparative level only of course)

diane - 7 October 2010

sorry, link failure:

….On August 20, the DLLR released its July Employment Situation Report entitled “Maryland’s Job Market Stalls in July.”

24. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 October 2010

FBI Gets Caught Tracking Man’s Car, Wants Its GPS Device Back

“It has to be able to be removed but also stay in place and not be seen,” he said. “There’s always the possibility that the car will end up at a body shop or auto mechanic, so it has to be hidden well. It’s very rare when the guys find them.”

He said he was certain that agents who installed it would have obtained a 30-day warrant for its use.

Afifi considered selling the device on Craigslist before the FBI showed up. He was in his apartment Tuesday afternoon when a roommate told him “two sneaky-looking people” were near his car. Afifi, already heading out for an appointment, encountered a man and woman looking his vehicle outside. The man asked if Afifi knew his registration tag was expired. When Afifi asked if it bothered him, the man just smiled. Afifi got into his car and headed for the parking lot exit when two SUVs pulled up with flashing lights carrying four police officers in bullet-proof vests.

The agent who initially spoke with Afifi identified himself then as Vincent and told Afifi, “We’re here to recover the device you found on your vehicle. It’s federal property. It’s an expensive piece, and we need it right now.”

Afifi asked, “Are you the guys that put it there?” and the agent replied, “Yeah, I put it there.” He told Afifi, “We’re going to make this much more difficult for you if you don’t cooperate.”

Afifi retrieved the device from his apartment and handed it over, at which point the agents asked a series of questions – did he know anyone who traveled to Yemen or was affiliated with overseas training? One of the agents produced a printout of a blog post that Afifi’s friend Khaled allegedly wrote a couple of months ago. It had “something to do with a mall or a bomb,” Afifi said. He hadn’t seen it before and doesn’t know the details of what it said. He found it hard to believe Khaled meant anything threatening by the post.

“He’s a smart kid and is not affiliated with anything extreme and never says anything stupid like that,” Afifi said. “I’ve known that guy my whole life. ”

The agents told Afifi they had other agents outside Khaled’s house.

“If you want us to call them off and not talk to him we can do that,” Afifi said they told him. “That was weird. […] I didn’t really believe anything they were saying.”

marisacat - 7 October 2010

I didn’t really believe anything they were saying.”

Wise decision.

25. marisacat - 7 October 2010

Noooo ooo ooo

LINK

……………… 8)


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