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sigh 21 December 2010

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Pakistan, Sex / Reproductive Health, Total fucking lunatics.

Punjab, Pakistan: Women displaced by floods sit on a bench outside a hospital in Basira village [Muhammed Muheisen/AP]

Nader has a decent piece up at C-Punch on the whole flap doodle the US – well, Holder et alia – is carrying on about / against Wikileaks…

Thomas Blanton, the esteemed director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University described Washington’s hyper-reaction to Wikileaks’ transmission of information to some major media in various countries as “Wikimania.”

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last Thursday, Blanton urged the Justice Department to cool it. Wikileaks and newspapers like The New Yorks Times and London’s Guardian, he said, are publishers protected by the First Amendment. The disclosures are the first small installment of a predicted much larger forthcoming trove of non-public information from both governments and global corporations.  …

The people running our lives are simply berserk.  The hirelings are pathetic.  Who can have any shred of respect for any of this ??

Consider what Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith, who was head of the Office of Legal Counsel in George W. Bush’s Justice Department just wrote:

“In Obama’s Wars, Bob Woodward, with the obvious assistance of many top Obama administration officials, disclosed many details about top secret programs, code names, documents, meetings, and the like. I have a hard time squaring the anger the government is directing towards Wikileaks with its top officials openly violating classification rules and opportunistically revealing without authorization top secret information.”

On the other hand, if Mr. Holder goes the narrow route to obtain an indictment of Mr. Assange, he will risk a public relations debacle by vindictively displaying prosecutorial abuse (i.e. fixing the law around the enforcement bias.) Double standards have no place in the Justice Department.  …

That last line is a bit of a dissemble.  I don’t think the DoJ has any trouble at all with double standards.  In fact, double standards seem to have a long standing seat at the table.  I would say that double standards sits on a lovely, soft, down filled love seat.

And last, I doubt any of us can feign surprise….

Over-reaction by the Obama administration could lead to censoring the Internet, undermining Secretary Clinton’s Internet Freedom initiative, which criticized China’s controls and lauded hacktivism in that country, and divert attention from the massive over classification of documents by the Executive Branch.

A full throttle attack on Wikileaks is what the government distracters want in order to take away the spotlight of the disclosures on their misdeeds, their waste and their construction of an authoritarian corporate state.

Professor and ex-Bushite Jack Goldsmith summed up his thoughts this way: “The best thing to do….would be to ignore Assange and fix the secrecy system so this does not happen again.”

That presumably is some of what Peter Zatko and his crew are now trying to do at the Pentagon’s famed DARPA unit. That secret initiative may ironically undermine the First Amendment should they succeed too much in hamstringing the Internet earlier advanced by that same Pentagon unit.

The Imperial State, with 30% of its people mired in generational poverty and hunger, sails on.




1. BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

Great post. And the take on Holders ooga booga last thread.

Their problem , in a police state nutshell, as it always is towards the end, is…

What do they do with those on the inside ?

So not smart to freeze Fed Wages. Nor is running the number on the little people therein.
This illustrates the problem well.
So they have this very tiered culture of bling within the Spookdom they’ve built. Nothing new per se: who finagled the best tee times at military bases …the rare vintage find accommodated at the PX , the better travel and lodging accommodations.

In LAST summer’s BigBro service announcement out of WaPo…LOL, that’s what alot of this is really, alongside the tids speaking of WOW – AWESOME POWERFUL SHIT, MAN…
etc. <— Yes, there is a pattern emerging…

It’s not only the number of buildings that suggests the size and cost of this expansion, it’s also what is inside: banks of television monitors. “Escort-required” badges. X-ray machines and lockers to store cellphones and pagers. Keypad door locks that open special rooms encased in metal or permanent dry wall, impenetrable to eavesdropping tools and protected by alarms and a security force capable of responding within 15 minutes. Every one of these buildings has at least one of these rooms, known as a SCIF, for sensitive compartmented information facility. Some are as small as a closet; others are four times the size of a football field.

SCIF size has become a measure of status in Top Secret America, or at least in the Washington region of it. “In D.C., everyone talks SCIF, SCIF, SCIF,” said Bruce Paquin, who moved to Florida from the Washington region several years ago to start a SCIF construction business. “They’ve got the penis envy thing going. You can’t be a big boy unless you’re a three-letter agency and you have a big SCIF.”

SCIFs are not the only must-have items people pay attention to. Command centers, internal television networks, video walls, armored SUVs and personal security guards have also become the bling of national security.

“You can’t find a four-star general without a security detail,” said one three-star general now posted in Washington after years abroad. “Fear has caused everyone to have stuff. Then comes, ‘If he has one, then I have to have one.’ It’s become a status symbol.”

Yeh good luck with all that shit.
The Threat is already in the building, fellahs.

Among the most important people inside the SCIFs are the low-paid employees carrying their lunches to work to save money. They are the analysts, the 20- and 30-year-olds making $41,000 to $65,000 a year, whose job is at the core of everything Top Secret America tries to do.

Soooo not smart to freeze Fed Wages. Not in the Gub, that MIC~feeding family, friend, and lover entwined system.

And tho obviously so… that lower echelon security apparatchiks are less vulnerable to budget cuts than your average meat inspeactor,
and internally the spook sevice personell get a lot of attaboys and unsung hero crap…they are socialized within the Outrageous Greed and Rape Club, where Covet Thy , however covertly, ….IS …the code.

Welp. It’s not gonna end well,

At its best, analysis melds cultural understanding with snippets of conversations, coded dialogue, anonymous tips, even scraps of trash, turning them into clues that lead to individuals and groups trying to harm the United States.

… as even retailers have figured out that shoplifters are hardly the threat that their workers are…

Can they really find enough robots, human or otherwise, to reliably function without regard to the network they indeed are connected to? Anyone think they can firewall their human organization? Are underlings really immune from their upperty ups from doing What. They. Do?

That is, in increasingly desperate American /
Tribe of Israel fashano :
Fucking over everyone within reach.

marisacat - 21 December 2010

Then there is the small scale…. the report SMBIVA uses doesn’t mention it, but the deer that was saved was pregnant…

BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

Methinks too.
I mean your average pregnant mule in that location would stand out. So to speak.

Definitely more to that story given what crosses that gorge…

BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

Very public location hemmed in by 95, 295…
lots of passers by.

2. BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

Lost links here..

The obligatory WaPo with movie set pic in one of our OMG!/ Awesomely Awesomest Command Centers..

And WaPo on the culture of “bling” within our floundering Spookdom….

BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

Speaking of bling…

I remember rolling on the floor, seeing Joshie Marshall’s announcement of his new command center in New York…peddled about..

Gotta love the the Boychicks. Such wannabes.
Like Markos and his “bleeding edge’ DK 4.O.

marisacat - 21 December 2010

Like Markos and his “bleeding edge’ DK 4.O.

I haven’t gone and looked at it… they laughed at it over at corrente…. and had a bit of the top in their post… sort of. Really did not look like anything…

3. BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

Calling all Obama Pwog-bloggers….
How’s that Net Neutrality , HealthCare, and Banking Reform werkin out fer ya?

What’s the likelihood that Obama will
Fight! Fight! Fight!™ the Insurance Companies?

U.S. Proposes Rules on Raising Insurance Premiums
Published: December 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it would require health insurance companies to disclose and justify any increases of 10 percent or more in the premiums they charge next year.

Hmmm….About as well as they are
Fight Fight Fighting! those Banks?

Deutsche Bank Settles Tax Shelter Case for $553 Million

How many hundreds of Billions did they snag? So they give another pennies on the dollar fine for our Kleptocrats to momentarily hold before looting it as well.

Its waaaay past laughing gas land …
how Obama is such a fucking Tom.

Speaking of Toms, CNBC has some Tom named Roger Ferguson opining how we need to sacrifice and save and that he doubts we will see riots in the streets that ARE donchaknow becoming an increasing concern in Europe.

Fuck you, Roger.
Everybody knows the Black Buttplug market is about to pop.

BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

And on that bottom line… I’m out.
G’day all.

4. diane - 21 December 2010

…that pic hon,…..the feminine, ….absolutely entombed in condoms …..hadn’t known, that Trojan Inc. had aquired a clothing manufacturer ….oh the ‘miracles’ of Mergers and Aquisitions, …..and the Magik Market ….which sucks at that deformed tit.

diane - 21 December 2010

just to clarify:

that wasn’t at all, a comment against women aborting babies who have absolutely no chance to live a decent life in the cesspool that envelopes all of us,……….most particularly, when they didn’t want, nor asked, to be molested, in the first place …

(waves to moiv……;0) )

5. marisacat - 21 December 2010

hmm someone is making mayhem… two goods providers I have ordered frm, one by mail, the other Walgreens which my neighbor has been kind enough to pick up….

but both have sent emails that there was some sort of hack into customer lists.

Walgreens a few days ago… and the other provider, a retail merchant, just now.


diane - 21 December 2010

I hope it’s not something you absolutely need hon…..that’s so typical …and so fucked….

diane - 21 December 2010

it seems every time my mom orders meds she need immediately, the order is fucked up.

The last time it was a non generic she needed (she can’t take many generics, as they’re loaded with fillers that fuck with her ….(and who really knows as to whether the name brand manufacturer doesn’t also make a ton off the generics?)). The fuckers slapped a name brand label over a generic, ….oh yes, they did….as if she couldn’t see……

marisacat - 21 December 2010

oh no nothing i have ordered is held up… it was just an email warning to both customer lists, afaict

diane - 21 December 2010

glad it wasn’t vital…but ugh on the rest, and a hideous, pussy and deforming pox on the ‘personal contact data’ mining/tweeking puppeteers……..

gotta run, just touched in to make sure you weren’t kidnapped by the fuckin hospitalists. (sorry for the multitude of posts all at one time sweety! ;0) ….)

diane - 21 December 2010

….a hideous, pussy and deforming pox…

jeesh…should that have been spelled pussey? ….. where is that Brit sow, Tony Blair, cheney/bush, et al, enabler when ya really need him?

6. catnip - 21 December 2010


Breaking News Alert: Obama administration readies order on indefinite detention
December 21, 2010 5:33:15 PM

The Obama administration is preparing an executive order that would formalize indefinite detention without trial for some detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but allow those detainees and their lawyers to challenge the basis for continued incarceration, U.S. officials said.

Under the system established by the previous administration, Guantanamo detainees could go before military review panels with “personal representatives,” military officers who could explain the process but not act as lawyers. The system envisioned under the executive order now being finalized would be more adversarial and would allow detainees to challenge their incarceration periodically, possibly every year.

Campaign Obama:

Barack Obama and Joe Biden know that our greatest tool in advancing democracy is our own example. This asset, however, has been severely damaged in recent years, especially by . . . detention without charges at Guantanamo. . . . Barack Obama and Joe Biden will hold the United States to the same standards we demand of others. That means . . . ending extraordinary rendition and indefinite detentions; restoring habeas corpus; and closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

marisacat - 21 December 2010

Somethng more for rank and file “liberals” to miss, excuse, explain away.

7. catnip - 21 December 2010

Poor kos has yet another post about Tester and the DREAM act. How about one just saying, “I was wrong”?

marisacat - 21 December 2010

he’ll gnaw on that for days I bet.

8. marisacat - 21 December 2010

I’m ctching part 2 of Diane Sawyer’s interview with Clapper, Director of the Intelligence Agencies, Janet “Big Sis” and whatshisname the NSA. (John Brennan, it just came to me)

Oh it was laughable!

Part 1 is where Janet declared they work all 364 days a year to .. ya know, keep us safe.


9. BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

All the pwog blogs …are celebrating
Lt Dan’s Reporting for Duty!!!!! 🙄

Googling Chois position on the war

Except for one lonesome dove in a typical clap piece over at FrozenDoggies in the Lake on Fire
….buried way down in a typical clap piece.

With a West Point education, will someone ask Dan Choi his position on

1) Wars based on lies
2) The Nuremberg principles
3)Torture as a matter of policy and practice 4)Wars where the majority of casualties are civilian noncombatants
5) Wars initiated and waged in violation of US and international law
6) Wars and militarism which financially, politically, socially, morally, economically bankrupt the nation which perpetuates them. In short, just what and where does he draw any lines, or is he just into wearing uniforms in an authoritarian institution?

10. BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

Well not everybody backs Choi.

Dan Choi Discharge Raises Questions about Activism for Profit

However over the past couple of days, I have read the reports surrounding the discharge of Lt. Dan Choi.

Yesterday, I read the article, “Lt. Dan Choi Discharged- Why Won’t He Admit It?” In that article, Dan was asked to explain why he had not made his June 29th discharge public for nearly a month.

After reading the piece, it seemed rather odd to me that a month had gone by and Dan had not made his discharge public. I too thought, for the man who has become the face of DADT repeal, letting people know about an event like his discharge under DADT should have been a pretty important event to Dan as well. As an activist why did he not immediately inform the LGBT community, all who have invested in his journey and had eyes on his every move.

So while not my beat, I began to look for my own answers. I first asked Dr. Brooks what was up with all of this?

She told me she thought, in her opinion, Choi had probably turned “pro” and the reason for not saying anything about the discharge might stem from the fact the uniform was a pretty good prop and to wear the uniform after you are discharged, is a federal crime. She also told me she has been trying to get him to clear up some questions she had about financial issues for better then a month.

Later I found out that Dan Choi has an agent. (Gotham Artists).


My emphasis on original link in the following graf..

Later, as I looked even further into this story, an LGBT student at Texas Tech University told me that when the school had asked for Choi to be a speaker, they were told by Choi’s agent, they needed to be paid 7000 dollars up front to get him there. When they could not come up with the money, Choi apparently refused to speak.

So far I’ve not been able to confirm this, but if this is true, as a fellow activist, I feel that all the good of bringing attention to DADT and its repeal to the public attention should not have this kind of quid pro quo attached to it.

I also have to think, that if this is true, it takes Dan Choi out of the realm of pure activist, could this mean he has taken himself down the road of profit maker for activism? If he is charging to be a motivational speaker, he must come clean to the community and separate his DADT activities from his speaking career quest. He owes us that! But would that serve a profit making quest?

I am disturbed by these possible developments and would like to invite Dan to show some accountability to our community.


BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

Oops. I need a blockquote from the first link thru “Gotham Artists”. Sorry.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 December 2010

Arizona hospital loses Catholic status over surgery

PHOENIX — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church Tuesday because of a surgery that ended a woman’s pregnancy to save her life.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted called the 2009 procedure an abortion and said St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center – recognized internationally for its neurology and neurosurgery practices – violated ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“In the decision to abort, the equal dignity of mother and her baby were not both upheld,” Olmsted said at a news conference announcing the decision. “The mother had a disease that needed to be treated. But instead of treating the disease, St. Joseph’s medical staff and ethics committee decided that the healthy, 11-week-old baby should be directly killed.”

Linda Hunt, president of St. Joseph’s, said doctors performed a necessary procedure on a patient who was getting worse by the minute and was in imminent danger of death.

“If we are presented with a situation in which a pregnancy threatens a woman’s life, our first priority is to save both patients. If that is not possible, we will always save the life we can save, and that is what we did in this case,” Hunt said. “Morally, ethically, and legally, we simply cannot stand by and let someone die whose life we might be able to save.”

St. Joseph’s does not receive direct funding from the church, but in addition to losing its Catholic endorsement, the 697-bed hospital will no longer be able to celebrate Mass and must remove the Blessed Sacrament from its chapel.

marisacat - 21 December 2010

I hope the order sticks it out. And that sane people in Pheonix “get it”.

We’ll see…..

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 December 2010

me too

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 December 2010

Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-21

I love the light in this photo.

marisacat - 21 December 2010

oh is that the tree shot at night?

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 December 2010
13. ts - 21 December 2010

I can’t seem to remember a time when it wasn’t raining…it’s getting that bad down here. Hopefully we won’t get washed away tonight o.o

marisacat - 22 December 2010

New storm front incoming here! We had a few hours off Tuesday daylight hours… but I just woke at 1 am, and it is coming down. And .. so the weather people say, more backed up out on the pacific.

ts - 22 December 2010

We got three inches of rain last night, which makes nine in 4 1/2 days. Another two inches before the storm leaves, thankfully, this evening.

ts - 22 December 2010

Eleven inches of rain, and the annual total round these parts is something like 10-12.

marisacat - 22 December 2010

The TV is showing me downtown Laguna Beach, in full flood. WIth mud. The canyon above it took enough rain, the earth loosened. AND they are saying high tide will hit LB as well……….

Can’t be the only place hit n that way….

14. BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2010

The esteemed Rabbi Victor Koltun ..
of Brooklyn NY AND Bayville NJ ,
(Hello There Jewish Community in DEAL!}
Jersey home of some the most creative Rabbinical interpretations of the Torah not to mention Israeli Fried Kidneys…

..that fine fat fellow Koltun mixed up in a bit of the mortgage fraud … a bit…has just been indicted in the contract killing of an ex-cop and his nephew.


15. marisacat - 22 December 2010

hmm rounding out my 70s extravaganza… Chinatown, Three Days of the Condor and now The French Connection….


BooHooHooMan - 22 December 2010

I just read the papers. 😆

marisacat - 22 December 2010

The movies were great… and I kept The French Connection to listen to at least one of the audio voice over versions…

diane - 22 December 2010

The French Connection

..ya got rats in here…….

will I end up on a list if I write that every once in a while (though far too often, to my mind …I despise violence), it is a good thing, I don’t own a 5 gallon gas can? …although I’ve always been conflicted that Hackman didn’t light that flame in a far more elite, mahogany halled, ‘gathering of RATS’ …..

marisacat - 22 December 2010

I missed that scene…

I am re-watching it, with a voice over from the director, Friedkin…..

diane - 22 December 2010

Hackman lit up a drug infested, addict haunt; …for the most part I really liked that movie, …and on his ‘character’s’ behalf …I should’ve balanced, with the fact that his ‘character’ was fairly well tweaked, beyond human bearability, when he lit that match ……

marisacat - 22 December 2010

oh you mean when they went in and busted up bars and so on?

Great movie.

diane - 22 December 2010

referring to the scene when he lit up an apartment building….and yeah, I certainly enjoyed the movie, for the most part……..


marisacat - 22 December 2010

missed that scene

16. marisacat - 22 December 2010

oh you gotta wonder, the “operator” of Heathrow airport has REFUSED government mil assistnce with snow clearance.

Hell, if there was a time to take help, of all sorts, this weather mess is it…

17. marisacat - 22 December 2010

Not that it really matters… but it was quite a moment. Not mentioned is that John Brennan tried to cover for Clapper. But his useless white ass was still hanging out there…


TOP TALKER – “Clapper Unaware of 12 Terror Arrests in London: ABC’s Diane Sawyer sat down with three of the President’s top national security officials … Director [of National Intelligence James R.] Clapper [Jr.], who briefs the president daily on the nation’s security, appeared to be unfamiliar with the events in London. ‘I’m really surprised you didn’t know about London,’ Sawyer told Clapper. ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t,’ he replied.

After the interview, Clapper’s office declined to say whether he knew about the specific disrupted plot but issued a statement:

‘The question about this specific news development was ambiguous. The DNI’s knowledge of the threat streams in Europe is profound and multi-dimensional, and any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate.’ Story http://abcn.ws/fwc1W3 Video http://abcn.ws/fEcsAE

–Flashback, AP NewsAlert, 3:24 a.m. Monday, 12 hours before the interview, conducted at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the EEOB: “British police say 12 men arrested in 3 cities over suspected UK terrorism plot.” Was also the lead of “Good Morning America.”

marisacat - 22 December 2010

And they are STILL splainin’… Frorm the “On Media” column http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/ at People Mag:

[B]ut the office offered a different explanation Wednesday morning.

“Director Clapper had not yet been briefed on the arrests in the United Kingdom at the time of this interview taping,” said ODNI spokeswoman Jamie Smith in a statement, according to ABC News.

Clapper, she explained, had been “working throughout the day on important intelligence matters, including monitoring military and political developments on the Korean peninsula, providing answers to questions concerning the ratification of the START nuclear treaty and other classified issues. He wasn’t immediately briefed on London because it didn’t appear to have a homeland nexus and there was no immediate action by the DNI required. Nevertheless, he should have been briefed on the arrests, and steps have been taken to ensure that he is in the future. The intelligence community as a whole was fully aware of this development and tracking it closely.”

And so on. And so forth.

diane - 22 December 2010

…welp…the ‘man’ was concentrated on us enemies within the country …you know…. parents feeding their fodder fatty food an’ stuff …the wimmins wit da big boobs wearin those wire rimmed bras to deliberately torture the males what can’t help but want to rape them as those bitches pass through the scanners and feelups, not wanting to share those titties …..The US has far more important criminals to deal with ……

marisacat - 22 December 2010

missed that scene as well… if you are talking about the movie.

diane - 22 December 2010

I was referring to Clapper being apparently concentrated on some of the ‘domestic enemies’ of The State. Sorry for the confusion hon.

(oh and that fuckin name “Clapper,” it really couldn’t get much more hideous, could it? …maybe I should shut up though?)

marisacat - 22 December 2010

oh Clapper is just a dud. When he was nominated lots of his earlyier comments mde the rounds… complete asshole imo.

and not exactly liketysplit fast in his job. London? London? What happened in London????

diane - 22 December 2010

yeah, ….though too bad those ‘duds,’ aren’t actually harmless, despite their inability to do too much harm on their own, when serving as tools…….

marisacat - 22 December 2010

well he is a dud in that he like most of them is not up to the job.

that does not render them benign.

Like Big Fucking Bitch Sis. What a huge mistake. Jesus she makes Chertoff look acceptable.

diane - 22 December 2010

‘sis’? …… well, talk about cruella deville, even has that cartoon hair streak, probably dyes it …who the fuck knows ….who the fuck are these fuckin “people” ?

marisacat - 22 December 2010

her nickname has been “Big Sis” as a variable of “Big Brother”.

diane - 22 December 2010

I love your impeccable rhythm honey, I think that is why I read what you write …

you’re like an ancient, acoustic drum, lovingly created by humans, so not to waste a tree that went to rest, yet demanded to live on ….

18. brinn - 22 December 2010

Hallo, all! As of this morning, I am officially, fully certified!! Certifiable? 8) Woot! Happy New Year to me!

I went ahead and paid the extra $30 to get a copy of my background check (which apparently is fine in terms of teaching TX kids) — I’m curious to see what my FBI file (if there is one) looks like! 😉

marisacat - 22 December 2010

everybody has a file. FBI file I mean….

marisacat - 22 December 2010

ooops 😳 and

CONGRATULATIONS!! (more important than FBI files… )

brinn - 22 December 2010

Thanks, Marisa! All that’s left now is to, erm, get a job!

In the meantime, I can’t wait to see my FBI file! 😉

marisacat - 22 December 2010

Report back on the file, if you don’t mind. At least pages and any odd references you note….


brinn - 22 December 2010

Will do! 😉

diane - 22 December 2010

way cool brinn! ….I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you,… that Texas doesn’t require an “Oath to the State,” which California demands. as of recent (though, apparently it has been on the ‘Cali Books’ for quite some time), in order to teach in public schools …..


19. marisacat - 22 December 2010



…………….. 😯

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