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Coach Barry 12 January 2011

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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Really.

Could the thing have been more turgid – or a cheaper display to buy the huzzahs, the whistles, the screams?

I’d be embarrassed to be in that hall. It’s embarrassing to be a citizen of this country.

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1. diane - 12 January 2011

wow, a person could write untold, bleak, fiction encorporating nonfiction, novels, having focused on that picture and being familiar with current living in the “US,” and vaguely familiar with the travails of Haitians, Africans, and Africa’s vast tangible resources and blood soaked history.

(oh and fuck billy gates, W. buffet, E. PRINCE, SOROS, MOve On, clooney, mia and bono,….oprah, hanks, dr pill, brangelina, madonna …. et al, too.)

Jenny - 14 January 2011

Why’re ya bringing MIA into this?

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 January 2011

Gabrielle Giffords and the perils of guns: How an armed hero nearly shot the wrong man.

The new poster boy for this agenda is Joe Zamudio, a hero in the Tucson incident. Zamudio was in a nearby drug store when the shooting began, and he was armed. He ran to the scene and helped subdue the killer. Television interviewers are celebrating his courage, and pro-gun blogs are touting his equipment. “Bystander Says Carrying Gun Prompted Him to Help,” says the headline in the Wall Street Journal.

But before we embrace Zamudio’s brave intervention as proof of the value of being armed, let’s hear the whole story. “I came out of that store, I clicked the safety off, and I was ready,” he explained on Fox and Friends. “I had my hand on my gun. I had it in my jacket pocket here. And I came around the corner like this.” Zamudio demonstrated how his shooting hand was wrapped around the weapon, poised to draw and fire. As he rounded the corner, he saw a man holding a gun. “And that’s who I at first thought was the shooter,” Zamudio recalled. “I told him to ‘Drop it, drop it!’ ”

But the man with the gun wasn’t the shooter. He had wrested the gun away from the shooter. “Had you shot that guy, it would have been a big, fat mess,” the interviewer pointed out.

Zamudio agreed:

I was very lucky. Honestly, it was a matter of seconds. Two, maybe three seconds between when I came through the doorway and when I was laying on top of [the real shooter], holding him down. So, I mean, in that short amount of time I made a lot of really big decisions really fast. … I was really lucky.

When Zamudio was asked what kind of weapons training he’d had, he answered: “My father raised me around guns … so I’m really comfortable with them. But I’ve never been in the military or had any professional training. I just reacted.”

The Arizona Daily Star, based on its interview with Zamudio, adds two details to the story. First, upon seeing the man with the gun, Zamudio “grabbed his arm and shoved him into a wall” before realizing he wasn’t the shooter. And second, one reason why Zamudio didn’t pull out his own weapon was that “he didn’t want to be confused as a second gunman.”

This is a much more dangerous picture than has generally been reported. Zamudio had released his safety and was poised to fire when he saw what he thought was the killer still holding his weapon. Zamudio had a split second to decide whether to shoot. He was sufficiently convinced of the killer’s identity to shove the man into a wall. But Zamudio didn’t use his gun. That’s how close he came to killing an innocent man. He was, as he acknowledges, “very lucky.”

marisacat - 12 January 2011

There was an early single (well single that I saw) report that fire was “returned”…. and I saw Zarmudio in interview a couple of days ago, he mentioned he had a concealed gun (and in fact had it with him that day, of the interview he drew it from under his jacket) but no mention that he almost shot off a round ….

3. Jack Crow - 12 January 2011

Time to break the country, so that no more people have to be burdened with its citizenship.

No piece left bigger than a county in Rhode Island. And then break those up, too.

marisacat - 12 January 2011

well that has been our plan for country after country, break it up, break it down.

Break it apart.

Why shouldn’t it come home. Works for me………….

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 January 2011

A piece on the inquest in Seattle looking into the police (the officer’s name is Birk) shooting of the American Indian artist:

Ford plays the in-car video of the event again and again for the courtroom. He highlights a woman saying, right before the two-minute mark, “why did you shoot that man? He didn’t do anything!” to which Birk responds, “Ma’am, he had a knife and he wouldn’t drop it.”

Ford: Not “he threatened me with a knife.” You didn’t say, “He wasn’t about to attack me with a knife.”

Birk: Being addressed by a citizen… it was not the time to go into detail about what happened.

Ford: You didn’t say, when talking to another officer [also heard in the video], “he tried to attack me.”

Birk: We’re trying to move through the process as quickly as possible. When speaking with another police officer, it’s not the time to go through the specifics of what happened. [Saying he wouldn’t drop the knife] gives them enough of an idea of what’s going on. The time and circumstances wouldn’t have been appropriate to go into details.

Ford: [When Det. Mudd arrives, who’s investigating the homicide] You never told him, “I thought he was going to attack me,” you said nothing about pre-attack indicators.

Birk: I believe it was clear to Det. Mudd that was clear.

Ford: But he was trying to investigate the facts of the case, wasn’t he? …Your statement also says Williams shows complete disregard for your presence while crossing the street. Did you expect a Native American to react in some way to the presence of a police officer?

Birk: No, I was just merely trying to point out that he seemed very preoccupied with what he was doing and unaware with his surroundings.

Ford: The other people crossing in front of your patrol car, did they show a complete disregard for your presence?
Birk: I suppose they did but not in the same sense that Mr. Williams was doing so.

Ford: All of that—continuing [to walk], the jaw setting, the stern expression all happened between the first and second “put the knife down.”

marisacat - 12 January 2011

i was not aware of that incident…

We just had a cop shooting, caught on video, of them shooting, not fatally, a man with a knife in a wheelchair. Our Chief of Police used it, the reaction to the shooting, to argue yet again for tasers… the City Police Commission has not approved them, turned them down ovr and over (for which I am glad).

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 January 2011

what the hell happened to talking to people, calming the situation down?

Jeebus.

The original video of the shooting is stunning, mainly because you only HEAR it … the cop yells at the man crossing the street, gets out, you hear him yell three times very quickly, “drop the knife” then shots. A woman who saw it asked right after why he did it. The cop was LOOKING for a fight.

I think there is a link to the video in the link above.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 January 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 12 January 2011

Thanks!

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 January 2011
7. diane - 12 January 2011

Oh, just great, but not like it’s a surprise (though, for the last quite a few years, I would have loved to be dead wrong about knee jerk ‘ponderings’), this shit has been on a nanno speed trajectory for far a far longer time than the last month, …..just happened onto this Glenn Greenwald post:

…As a result, Galston wants strict new laws imposing a litany of legal obligations on the mentally ill, their friends and family, and even acquaintances, as well as dramatically expanded powers to lock away those with mental illness (with broader definitions of what that means)……

‘progressive,’ ‘scientific,’ ‘techno’ eugenics – oh joy! ……………………………….

marisacat - 12 January 2011

the saving grace, in a sense, is NO FUCKING MONEY. None they will admit to, anyway.

Galston, another fucked DLCer…

diane - 12 January 2011

I’m actually not a violent person (probably because I tend to, verbally/orally, spit out how I feel, before it eats me alive), nonetheless:

A violent, NASTY POX, on that Mother Fucker!

marisacat - 12 January 2011

Well all kinds of people are popping up to push that line, do gooders, people who “know” because their brother, son, daughter, etc., is this that or the other…

Just like everyone is diagnosing this fellow, the shooter. I think USA!!!! USA!!!! delusions are pinging off one another. This being America, the pinging is lethal.

I mean, good luck. The laws are pretty much going to stay as they are.

diane - 12 January 2011

Well all kinds of people are popping up to push that line, do gooders, people who “know” because their brother, son, daughter, etc., is this that or the other…

I must say it stands to reason, since so many tagged as ‘off the hook,’ are far more passionate, compassionate, and empathetic, then their accusers, who cannot stand that expression of how could you? ..in their victim’s eye’s, as they cannot stand to be considered WRONG.

BooHooHooMan - 12 January 2011

Of course with Baby Hunter out there, we should start with gettin kids to lay off cookies.
Makes em fat. Fucks their brain up.
Drives em crazy. ETC.

diane - 12 January 2011

sure…yeah, even force those rug rats to puke out that ‘fat’ even iffin they needs it becuz the utilities wuz shut off ……

BooHooHooMan - 12 January 2011

Well that’s a different story altogether.

diane - 12 January 2011

sigh…so many stories in the naked cities, et al, it’s so very hard to keep track.

;0(

diane - 12 January 2011

oh jeesh…looks like I just threw a sopping wet blanket over The Party (version two) ….halooo? …hallo? …..BooHooHooman? ….Marisa, catnip, et al??????? goin of to listen to Marvin and Tami …yeah, I not only digress, …I regress….

apparently in addition to boring folks to sleep….

;0) ……;0) ….

8. diane - 12 January 2011

(sorry, … “goin off,” not: “goin of”)

9. BooHooHooMan - 12 January 2011

Egypt recalls ambassador to protest Pope comments

The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 11, 2011; 12:27 PM

CAIRO — Egypt recalled its ambassador to the Vatican after Pope Benedict XVI demanded that certain countries, including Egypt, do more to ensure Christians can practice their faith without discrimination or violence, a spokesman said Tuesday.

marisacat - 12 January 2011

What ever whupsets them all… A lot.

😉

BooHooHooMan - 12 January 2011

Not hard to do.

marisacat - 12 January 2011

True, they all seem fwagile as all hell.

10. diane - 12 January 2011

… ‘reading’ some other ‘ US web’ sites last night (tonight, somewhat ‘west’ of the Mississippi River), I was reminded of that drowning feeling I felt, when I listened to some, I believe now, I held further above me, embrace the maniacal ‘george walker bush and company’s,’ ‘compassionate conservatism,’ after the first Tuesday of November, 2000 (let alone, Reagan, etc.),……words fail me ,…some who I hoped would speak to the Nevada, USA, remote droning of entire villages, as a part of the mourning of US violence,….were silent on January 12, 2011, ………words, ..fail me,….as they always have……….

I will wake up tomorrow though, on this earth, for whatever that is worth.

diane - 13 January 2011

and how can one not hold someone above them , when, tangibly, and in the short term, that ‘higher’ person appears to have everything going their way?

11. marisacat - 13 January 2011

Of course this is getting out via the Right… but apparently there were T Shirts distributed at the pep rally for the dead and the living last night:

“Together We Thrive”

was on the T shirts. Are we together? Are we thriving?

hmmm.

I awoke during the night, some news on TV was showing people leaving, streaming out of the whatever, hall, gym, at UofAZ… they all looked to be 20 to me. Barely.

So… will this end up being like Berlin, his speech as a candidate, where there were bands and free food and beer?

I wouldn’t be surprised.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

hmm Seems the t-shirts were waiting, set on the chairs.

ts - 13 January 2011

Y’know, in Taiwan, when Chen Shui-bien was stuck in a ton of scandals, the economy was in the crapper, and he had a popularity rating of 9, they’d pay people five bucks to show up at rallies

I wonder if they’re starting to pay people to show up to these things? Or do they just get a lousy t-shirt?

ts - 13 January 2011

rallies…was the missing word.

Maybe I could sell “I voted for Obama and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” t-shirts.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

or, snicker, they gave me this T-shirt so I clapped for him.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

Americans probably show up for a Tshirt.

There ws a phenomenon when Arnold was running in the Recall, no matter where he went, there were crowds milling around, usually a mass on the street… Tshirted, largely latino… it was not hard to figure out they recruited for the milling crowds, my own guess a mix of whatever hapless strata loved his movies (I mean REALLY loved them) and some paid for warm bodies.

One time when they needed to goose Ob’s numbers they flew him out here, he appeared at two inland spots, hardly major cities or venues…. much talk of filling the seats, but I noticed, it was largely the same sort of crowds that Arnold had gotten.

12. BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2011

Mixed seating for the SoU.

How about on a big float for the Super Bowl Half Time Show? Everybody in read checkered shirts, overalls and hayseed hats. Who can then burst into a dance number after Obbies big opener…

BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2011

Come to think of it, how about on a big float on the North Atlantic now?

catnip - 13 January 2011

You have strange fantasies.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

It’s the thick layer of political Vaseline we live under, it leads to voluntary, collective hypnosis.

catnip - 13 January 2011

😆

Keeps your lips supple though.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

In really bitter, cold blast weather, it helps, a thin layer all over the face…

ts - 13 January 2011

I think its Obama giving us that shot of verbal heroin. Reality is too harsh.

To wit: http://6thor7th.blogspot.com/2011/01/funny.html

Three in a row in my blugfeed.

Jack: “Listen to the presbot give his ‘Tuscon Tragedy’ speech. Can’t wait to get a hold of the transcript, to compare his moment seizing rhetoric to his murderous austerian actions.”

Marisacat: “Could the thing have been more turgid – or a cheaper display to buy the huzzahs, the whistles, the screams? I’d be embarrassed to be in that hall. It’s embarrassing to be a citizen of this country.”

Digby: “For my money it was the best speech he’s given as president —simple, human and uplifting in a difficult moment.”

UPDATE: Tristero, determined as always to be even more embarrassing than Digby: “I really must go further than Digby and declare it was not only the best speech Obama has given since becoming president, but also one of the greatest speeches given by any sitting president. It was heartfelt, eloquent, beautifully written and paced, and deeply personal while calling all of us to realize a larger purpose: the national goal of establishing a discourse healthy for democracy.”

marisacat - 13 January 2011

o god… I remember when tristero was not too bad.

ANYBODY who can swallow ”puddles in heaven”, coming after direct Bible passages from Holder and “Big Sis”, likes choking on it…

gah.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

I thought there might be puddles in heaven b/c John Paul’s catheter slipped out …

marisacat - 13 January 2011

it did have that whiff….sad to say.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

BTW, John Caruso at Distant Ocean wants us to know that few who fellate Ob can ascend to the heights (depths?) that Ezra claimed, way back in 2008 (and I admit it was a drool laden stunner back then)

“He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair”

marisacat - 13 January 2011

I laughed pretty hard over the idea of mixed seating…

Rush and our local conservatie talk radio has had several days of playing violent imagery spoken by Dems and Dem leaners. Its been at least entertaining.

In some cases they play the lecturing sanctimonious shit they are saying NOW, then contrast it with their own words, like Tweety calling for Cheney to be stabbed in the back. And laughing… (I could not care less what ANY of them say)

Buncha screwball bitches (one of my mother’s nicknames for a pair of cats we had once), both parties.

catnip - 13 January 2011

Watching KO last nite and he kind of mumbled that Eugene Robinson had used the term “blood libel” in one of his columns – but that was different, of course…

catnip - 13 January 2011

Not that I’m sticking up for Palin! That woman is a blooming idiot. So many conservative women have that ugly, mean streak which authoritarian types and those who believe they deserve some kind of tongue-lashing from mommy obviously find attractive.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

Meanwhile Mother of Us All and Dr Jill wring their hands and lecture us. I so enjoy their entrenched mittel brow demeanor, launched from the 3 inch heels.

Palin has one saving grace, she plays to her base. Relentlessly… One reason I have always known she has no intention of the long distance version of running for Pretzelina.

But it drives the Democrats crazy and they need utter drooly shit to dish out. Thus, Palin and Rush. Beckomania, and so on.

NO ONE can top the shit Ob extruded last night.

No one.

ts - 13 January 2011

How dare she wag her finger at me! Only Obama can wag his finger at me!

marisacat - 13 January 2011

Oh god, Eugene. One of the dumber men on earth imo. A match up with Ej Dionne, a Catholic dumb cluck par excellence and Ruth Marcus, a tiresome Mommy of the Burbs. Near burbs of course, close to power!

The Wapo is so valuable.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

Why Democrats and Republicans Shouldn’t Sit Together

not that it matters one way or another.

13. BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2011

Oh this is RIiiiCH.
One Democratic Congressman, A fugitive Brother in Law in Tax Fraud over off shore gambling operation in Antigua.
And the Rep’s WIFE goes to jail.

John Tierney’s wife gets 30 days for tax fraud

Patrice Tierney, the wife of Democratic Rep. John Tierney (Mass.) was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Thursday for aiding and abetting her brother in filing false tax returns.

Sheme. The wif’s brother will end up bein a floater – (if he’s not already) LOooong before Harry can get national online gambling thru.

Robert Eremain, Patrice Tierney’s brother, operated an illegal sports gambling operation out of Antigua. According to court documents, Eremain funneled $7 million from that operation into a U.S. bank account. DOJ prosecutors charged that Patrice Tierney helped her brother conceal the fact that the he was the owner of the business, known as Sports Offshore.Eremain is now a fugitive.

Prosecutors had sought probation in the case, 😆 but U.S. District Court Judge William Young refused to go along with that recommendation. “There must be an actual sanction,” Young said, 😉 according to the Boston Globe.

Patrice Tierney will also have to undergo two years of supervised release, including the five months of house arrest.

{Oh Momma’s not going to be too Happy with that!}

John Tierney was first elected to the House in 1996.

Hey Tierney!
Don’t count on gettin ANY, hell, ANYTHING …LOL –> FOR THAT VOTE TO CENSURE RANGEL.

14. catnip - 13 January 2011

Banning “Money for Nothing”

Obamalama gets a mention in the article.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

Are Cannucks are turning into Americans?

BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2011

Not without overalls, red checkered shirts, and hayseed hats you’re not!

I’ll fight it to the last decorated State of the Union float at the Super Bowl!

😆

15. BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2011

Lanny Davis
Bipartisan era beginning

How long has this grinning cobbler been peddling the same shitheeled shoes?

catnip - 13 January 2011

WTF is he on about? I just saw an interview with a right-winger he partnered with asking legislators to sign a civility pledge who ended the project because he was getting hate mail (mostly) from the right. “Bipartisan era beginning”, my ass.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

I think Lanny is a pretty much classic Democrat.

Idiot Democrats who are more left or liberal than Lanny delude themselves.

BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2011

Oh it’s all bullshit.
Fortunately, IMO, No one really cares what the Pols..Say

I saw a figure that 30 million tuned in for Obbie’s Resurection slobber.

And while a joke it is, they’d do better with the
Super Bowl advice for their fanciful productions. (Regularly over a 100 million in viewership)

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

Esquire Politics blog:

Political violence in America always has been a matter of great convenience to the people who actually own the country. They don’t have to inspire it, or finance it. They can even deplore it. All they really have to do is control the reaction to it — not let it get so wild that it disturbs the stock market and, at the same time, not let the reality of political violence disrupt the anesthetic consensus that swaddles the centers of real power. Thus do we get lone gunmen, and ritualized “healing,” and infinite misdirection. Earnest cud-chewing about talk-radio. David Gergen wonders about violence on TV and David Frum talks about marijuana, but nobody asks the old Latin question: Cui bono? Who profits?

There is even a reluctance in the prim and proper precincts of the elite corporate press to call what happened to Gabrielle Giffords an assassination attempt, and to call what Jared Loughner did a political act, because it is not nice to admit how thoroughly ingrained violence has become in our amnesiac American politics, because then we might ask who profits from walking on the fringe.

Loughner didn’t open up on the crowd at first. He didn’t climb a bell tower or crash his car into a cafeteria. He walked up to the person he most wanted to kill and he shot her in the head. That person was a member of the United States Congress. What Loughner did was an act of madness, surely, but it was a political act of madness, just as were the actions of Guiteau, and Czolgosz, and (maybe) Lee Harvey Oswald.

marisacat - 13 January 2011

Loughner killed fewer than Columbine… so it provided a good opportunity for Ob, or whomever might be pretzel, to tell us to LOL come together. That we should aspire to emulate some random 9 year old (that really is pretty funny, hilarious and transparent, we are to be the everlasting children of the established authority…)

About it, as I see it.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

What U.S. “justice” signifies around the world

In London this morning, a British court held a procedural hearing regarding Sweden’s attempt to extradite Julian Assange in order to question him about sex crimes accusations. Afterward, Assange’s lawyers released an outline of the arguments they intend to make in opposition to extradition. Most of them centered around the impermissibility of extraditing someone who has not been charged with a crime — i.e., merely to interrogate them — but one of the featured arguments focused on the danger that if Assange were sent to Sweden, that country would then extradite him to the U.S., where Assange would be subjected to grave injustices:

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, could be at “real risk” of the death penalty or detention in Guantánamo Bay if he is extradited to Sweden on accusations of rape and sexual assault, his lawyers claim.

In a skeleton summary of their defence against attempts by the Swedish director of public prosecutions to extradite him, released today, Assange’s legal team argue that there is a similar likelihood that the US would subsequently seek his extradition “and/or illegal rendition”, “where there will be a real risk of him being detained at Guantánamo Bay or elsewhere”.

Paragraphs 92-99 of the outline detail Sweden’s history of violating the Convention Against Torture by rendering War on Terror suspects to Egypt to be tortured, and concludes: “based on its record as condemned by the United Nations Committee against Torture and the Human Rights Committee, Sweden would bow to US pressure and/or rely naively on diplomatic assurances from the USA that Mr. Assange would not be mistreated, with the consequence that he would be deported/expelled to the USA, where he would suffer serious ill-treatment.” This danger is legally relevant because the governing Extradition Act bars the expulsion of a prisoner where “extradition would be [in]compatible with the Convention rights within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998.” The outline also cited vigilante calls from leading right-wing figures for Assange’s murder (yesterday, it was discovered that a prominent right-wing blogger, Melissa Clouthier, had registered the website JulianAssangeMustDie.com).

It’s quite notable that the mere threat of ending up in American custody is considered (at least by Assange’s lawyers) to be a viable basis for contesting extradition on human rights grounds. Indeed, this argument is not unusual. Numerous countries often demand, as a condition for extradition to the U.S., assurances from the U.S. Government that the death penalty will not be applied. Similarly, there are currently cases pending in EU courts contesting the extradition of War on Terror detainees to the U.S. on the ground that they will be treated inhumanely by virtue of the type of prolonged, intensive solitary confinement to which Bradley Manning — and thousands of other actual convicts — are subjected.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

Speech Pathology: Rain Puddles in Heaven, Hellfire on Earth

As President Barack Obama consoled the nation Wednesday with talk of “rain puddles in heaven,” his agents were murdering four more people in his illegal war in Pakistan. The incongruity was excruciating; you could almost feel your neck snapping from the moral whiplash induced by the contrast between word and deed.

But of course this contrast remained totally obscured. Instead, the media was saturated with bipartisan praise for Obama’s heavenly puddles and “transcendent” rhetoric about “aligning our actions with our values” and measuring our lives by “how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of others better.” Naturally, in the midst of so much self-congratulatory afflatus, there was not much room for a short story from the Associated Press noting that Wednesday saw yet another attack by American drone missiles on a remote village in Pakistan.

Yet even this report was itself drenched in the mindset of righteous murder that lurked behind the treacly tropes that Obama was delivering to a rapturous crowd. You can see it in the language of the very first paragraph:

Suspected U.S. unmanned aircraft fired four missiles at a house in a militant-infested area of northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least four people, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

An “infested” area — the language used for vermin, for insects, for filthy creatures fit only for extermination. These insects are what is being killed in the wilds of Pakistan: not human beings, not sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. Just strange, worthless little creepy-crawlies called “militants.”

snip

In fact, even as Obama was making “one of the greatest speeches ever given by any sitting president” and “calling all of us to realize a larger purpose,” his vice president, Joe Biden, was touring the imperial frontier, warning the Pakistanis that America’s patience is growing thin over their continuing failure to instigate a civil war, and hinting darkly the Empire “would not wait indefinitely” for this act of national suicide, but may be ‘forced’ to start carving up the country itself.

Biden then moved on Iraq, to discuss “the issue of whether to keep some U.S. forces in Iraq beyond the Dec. 31 deadline” for withdrawing all American forces from Iraq. (Except for the thousands and thousands of soldiers and mercenaries needed to guard the American fortress city in the midst of Baghdad, of course.) The Americans say they will stay only if the Iraqis need them; and Iraq’s top military commander recently said that the American military guests should stay at least until 2020.

Four people murdered. A civil war — with with the genuine potential for national dissolution and even nuclear war behind it — fomented, encouraged, demanded. The extension of one of the greatest war crimes since WWII — the senseless slaugher of a million innocent people and the destruction of an entire society — “discussed” with toadies who owe their power to the aggressor. All this, while Obama asks us to “sharpen our instincts for empathy.”

“Sharpen your instincts for empathy.” That is what the words say. But the actions say something else altogether: “Close your hearts to pity.”

marisacat - 13 January 2011

Hillary has been busy running about the Imperium as well.

I had not been to Drudge in ages, but was glad I dropped in, some photog got pics of her falling into her plane, when leaving Yemen. Most entertaining thing in ages…

BooHooHooMan - 13 January 2011

Hillary falling “…into her plane… ”

😆 Points awarded there Mcat for sticking the landing on the Inverse Gerry Ford reference.
Well played, madame, well played. 😉

marisacat - 13 January 2011

It was absolutely hilarious!…. two in staff tried to save her and then, accordig ot the report I read when they realised they could not (face first into the plane at the top of the movable stairs) one bright staffer tried to kill the interior plane lights… but TOO LATE!

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

one of them tried to turn out the lights?!?!?

RFLMAO!!!

marisacat - 13 January 2011

Isn’t that a hoot? But the photog already had a series of shots…

IIRC Drudge linked to a Daily Mail article… they also showed her arriving in Yemen, looking especially scoldish, in a very badly fitting light grey outfit… . Loved it!

😆

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

I think a Chris Floyd link is in moderation.

Madman in the Marketplace - 13 January 2011

nevermind!

20. marisacat - 13 January 2011

😆

lambert quotes NY Observer

“You can’t blame the voters. In 2006 they voted out the party of endless war and corporate bailouts. In 2008 they voted out the party of endless war and corporate bailouts. And in 2010 they voted out the party of endless war and corporate bailouts.”

21. marisacat - 13 January 2011

New

LINK

……………. 🙄


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