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DOA 16 February 2011

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Italy.

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi arrives at his residence at Palazzo Grazioli, in Rome.  He faced a potentially fatal challenge to his power when a judge ordered him tried on prostitution and abuse of power charges. Berlusconi is going on trial April 6 in Milan on charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl and then tried to cover it up.

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi arrives at his residence at Palazzo Grazioli, in Rome. He faced a potentially fatal challenge to his power when a judge ordered him tried on prostitution and abuse of power charges. Berlusconi is going on trial April 6 in Milan on charges that he paid for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl and then tried to cover it up.      [AP]

It is almost hilarioius, if anyone told me that was him in his coffin, I’d believe it.  All drained and pumped back up……..

I noticed that Angry A had a reference to a NYT report, calling a MILLION women on the streets of Italy as “signs of discontent” with Silvio.




1. catnip - 16 February 2011

Weekend at Bernie’s with Egyptian subtitles?

catnip - 16 February 2011

Whoops. I thought that was Mubarak.

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Proof that God in his Efficient Wisdom has only a few basic BlockHead Models we can choose from.

For instance, The Ferdinand Markos.

The Noriega, {available in pocked leather.}

The BiBi.

Not to mention – and Silvio would be proud –
The Greenspan.


catnip - 17 February 2011

The Greenspan.

That one almost made me lose my lunch.

marisacat - 17 February 2011

he really was a remarkably ugly man.

Up there with Larry Summers. Gene Sperling…

I could go on………….

2. catnip - 16 February 2011

WTF? Obama wants to charge canucks a $5.50 admission fee to get into the US by air or sea?

It’s official: you really are an amusement park.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

Imposition after imposition, watch voluntary visits ot the US drop like rocks.

The border, in terms of commerce, is already badly backed up.

catnip - 16 February 2011

People are already nickled and dimed to death at airports. I doubt this will go over well.

ts - 16 February 2011

You’d think Canadians, being smart people, already knew enough to never come down here.

/will bring my own tent when I flee.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

Groped too.

brinn - 17 February 2011

Yes, but, unfortunately, not so amusing for those of us stuck here….


3. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Silvio ..
Oh the irony is delicious.

The CIA floats a Damsel in Distress story in Egypt
and the crowds show up for Burlesqo’s ass in Rome.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

I love the pic of him.


BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Very nice. 😆

He DOES HAVE a certain photogenic charm.

4. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Well, who EVER knows what “Israel agrees to” , particularly now given the dearth of coverage about Military manoeuvres in Sinai.

I wanna know how much US Mil is in there servicing the ole horntoads of Moo and Sulie’s stroked-out gang: Raisin the ole V for Victory,
passing along the Viagra and gas for Tel Aviv..
So yeah, “demilitarized Sinai”:
JP’s Joke of the Day.

Israel agrees to more troops in demilitarized Sinai
02/16/2011 21:51

Second deployment of Egyptian military forces will crack down on Bedouin violence and protect natural gas pipeline to Israel.

marisacat - 17 February 2011

Same army, old, new in-between.

I say it blows again. And a counter-counter-insurgent war in the Sinai.

mattes - 17 February 2011

THat just might be Israel’s biggest mistake.

5. BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

Henh. Atop Drudge –
An offer from FP pee

In sharp reversal, U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council
Posted By Colum Lynch Wednesday, February 16, 2011 – 6:00 PM Share

The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.

Oh I dunno, in another Drudge offer –
from YNet – I think you can whiff the panic.

US clueless about Egypt?

Senate hearing turns into farce as American ignorance on Egypt situation revealed; specific agenda of Muslim Brotherhood unclear, top official says, has trouble responding to question on group’s attitude to peace with Israel

Yitzhak Benhorin
: Published 02.17.11, 02:16 /Israel News

Hey – > ❓ They really wanted nobody in charge ?
They got it!

6. marisacat - 17 February 2011

gah. I have on Client No Nine. The Eliot Spitzer thingola.

so far … not impressed. Mebbee it gets better. Reads like an ES promo, so far.

7. diane - 17 February 2011

Breaking news from the Indian express: Geithner and Hatch for expansion of H-1B visa program

So tired of feeling sick to my stomach …of course a majority of those legal immigrants would be hired in the unemployment Hell of Cali, as they well know. Sadists.

g’night/morning ….

8. marisacat - 17 February 2011

😆 CBS News Exclusive: Moo Not Dead.

👿 I’d add “yet”, but then I love a murder story.

Life is a cartoon

9. marisacat - 17 February 2011

AJ on …. things sound vry bad in Libya. It is not a reporter, but an eye witness from the protests in downtown Benghazi, that criminals have been released from prison, given weapons… and that 6 protesters were just shot, shot dead.

10. marisacat - 17 February 2011

Angry Arab has interesting posts on Bahrain, too


When I had AJ on (still on, in fact) they are covering Bahrain, using YouTube footage with voice over of reporter on the ground.

From Aljazeera English

The source does not want to be cited by name:

“Dear As’ad,

You might remember that I work for Aljazeera (English), and the network is being criticized heavily for its lack of presence in Bahrain. I see many people are upset Aljazeera didn’t have a satellite link covering the Lulu Roundabout crowd, as they did on Tahrir Square.

We’ve been covering this story nonstop since it happened before dawn this morning. I’m not sure what the Arabic channel is doing, I haven’t had a chance to watch it, but so far we’re working exactly the way we did when covering Egypt. We’ve been talking to witnesses and protesters on the ground and putting them on air nonstop, and are still going. That’s exactly how we covered Tahrir. It should be worth noting though that Aljazeera has been banned in Bahrain for a while now. We’re using unnamed reporters, but its hard getting more in as Bahrain has also ceased giving visas on arrival.

You don’t have to publish this (if you do please don’t use my name of course) but I thought you should know that there has been no deliberate attempt to tone down the coverage.”

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 11:45 PM

And this, too:

Split in the royal family in Bahrain?

Again: I can’t reveal the source:

“From people connected to high people in the government and wish to remain absolutely anonymous. Please spread the word:

– There is a split within the royal family. Khalid bin Ahmed and Khalifa bin Ahmed are on one side and the King and Shaikh Salman on the other. The extreme violence are Khalid Bin Ahmed (head of the royal court – sectarian and racist responsible for political naturalization scheme) and Khalifa Bin Ahmed (minister of defense).

Sources are saying that the King no longer has full control.

There are outside forces (I’m guessing Saudi Arabia) pushing for these two to take over and for Nasir Bin Hamed (one of kings sons) to take over position of crown prince
(again please I need to be completely anonymous if you post – sorry I keep repeating this – we now feel we are in a war)

Thank you so much for your help”

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 10:18 PM

11. marisacat - 17 February 2011

Madman sent me this, don’t know if you are catching it in news and netteries, but WI is popping.


Senate Trying to Convene – but now quorum

Thu, 02/17/2011 – 11:34am | Steve Hanson

At the moment the senate is convening, but they don’t have a quorum since no Democrats have shown up (and there are still apparently 2 Republicans missing).

They are reading the vote – they’re trying to have a roll call. Updates soon. Hard to follow because the Wisconsin Eye coverage is still stuttering furiously even though thev’e moved it to the Channel 3000 site.

By twitter I hear that Mike Ellis has just declared an “informal” session as they try to find enough senators to hold a session. I’ve also heard that the Republican senators are starting to leave. I wish some of the actual coverage of this was working.

Today there are not only firemen union members at the capitol in support, but also a large contingent of police officers.

Hearing rumors that Walker has called out the State Patrol to try to find the missing senators.

marisacat - 17 February 2011

And this (Walker the new Republican governor wants to smash the public service unions and remove above all else, collective bargaining – at least from what i read the past few days)


Inside the Capitol

Thu, 02/17/2011 – 10:57am | Steve Hanson

Life is getting progressively crazier in Madison. Look for a much bigger turnout today than the last two days. This is a quick video update from inside the capitol.

Thanks to @news3jessica for the coverage –
Updates on this site will stop for a few hours now – please follow the twitter hashtag #solidaritywi to keep up.

Update — According to twitterer extraordinare @melissajryan, Sen. Cullen has said that all of the Senate Democrats are leaving town as a show of protest before the vote.– this isn’t enough people to force a quorum failure, but is a symbolic protest —

CORRECTION – my current understanding is that if all of the Democrats leave town and cannot be found, there will not be a quorum and the vote cannot happen in the Senate. Interestng day.

The numbers in Madison to protest have been growing, I have read 20K then 30 K…. Montana Maven at corrente posted that several schools could not open, the teachers have gone to protest.

catnip - 17 February 2011

Democrats leave town

Sounds like Texas. What was that about again?

marisacat - 17 February 2011

yeah it reminded me of Texas too…. forget what the issue was. They were smart, to the extent of it. Ran off together, stayed together and n fact I think they went to New Mexico.

12. brinn - 17 February 2011

So, This is America?

Yeah, Ray, it is, and you better than most, have long been in a position to know it.

I fear for the protesters in Wisconsin….

marisacat - 17 February 2011

well they are officially working class, the protesters in WI, sometimes that helps. It did here when the CNA, California Nurses Assoc – they were joined by firefighters and teachers and the cops would not pull the tricks they do with anti war… CNA would protest Arnold.

I am so sick to death of Ray McGovern. He irritates me. But you know, so special to liberals and some of the left.

BTW Bush and Bush people pretty much left him (and Ann Wright too) alone in his questions and mild protests under Bush !!. I suppose due to earlier connections.

Sje really is a bitch… and no he should nto be surprised.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt. ….

13. BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

Just a General Rule of Thumb:
Never Invest With Bearded Men in Dark Conservative Clothing From Very Tight-knit Communities.

In an Amish village, the SEC alleges a Madoff-like fraud

By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 17, 2011; 12:56 AM

The personal assets of Monroe L. Beachy, a 77-year-old Amish man, included a horse, buggy and harness. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, his skills included financial fraud.

Beachy spent a quarter-century raising $33 million { 😆 ~ Giddy-UP!} from more than 2,600 investors, the overwhelming majority of them fellow members of the Amish community, which often shuns modern conveniences such as automobiles.

But Beachy’s investment approach allegedly had more in common with the timeless methods of Charles Ponzi and Bernard Madoff than with the sheltered village of Sugarcreek, Ohio, where he lived.

You see the BARN THAT GUY HAS in Palm Beach?!?? 😯

brinn - 17 February 2011

Fuck the SEC. They’re going after an Amish guy with 33 mil that he earned over 25 years?!

Really? REALLY? When they can even be bothered to fine the motherfuckers who defrauded the AmPeep 100 times that much in much fewer years even a tiny percentage of that much?!
(largest fine I’ve heard of to date was a couple million).

The SEC = Safe Exemptions for Cocksuckers

Sorry, this just pushes so many buttons with me.

marisacat - 17 February 2011

Well I remember when Leavitt went after a precocious 17 year old day trader.

Easy pickins’…. tho his parents did get a pretty good atty for him, better than “pretty good”.

Not like they are going to go after the big guys.

brinn - 17 February 2011

I know madman posted
this yesterday, but it is a good read…

I am impressed by the education Taibbi has given himself over the past 5 years! Sadly, this will remain “new news” to most people who bother to read it…I got my education 25 years ago when I worked in the Chief Accountant’s Office at the SEC as a clerk while in college (85-86). I think I’ve mentioned this before…
My immediate supervisor was an “Accounting Fellow” on loan for 2 years from Arthur Andersen (yeah, the Enron accountants). He kept a bottle of… Jack in his filing cabinet and would pull me into his office during FBI bomb threats (they’re just a block away from the SEC) and talk and talk and talk about the very shit that Taibbi outlines in his article.

If only white collar crime was actually treated as such.

marisacat - 17 February 2011

If only white collar crime was actually treated as such.

emphasis on C R I M E.

I never mind when things are posted more than once. Every thread a new devolution!

BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

They’re going after an Amish guy with 33 mil that he earned over 25 years?!

Oh brinn, I know. LOL. And whether he earned or pocketed it..*not Exactly* like Madoff now is it?

LOL as, according to the report… at least he still has half the money. So he’s outperformed an average State Pension!

I SOoo LMAO at the lede, you know,

SEC: Youngster, Licorice Jar Mastermind,
“Just Like Madoff”

14. brinn - 17 February 2011

er, CAN’T even….

15. marisacat - 17 February 2011

oh what a scream! Belgium hasn’t had a government in 8 months (listening to AJ E). Due ot hte separation (Flemish secession) issues.

Shouldn’t we invade and install someone?


brinn - 17 February 2011

Good for them! I’ll bet the Belgian people are asking themselves at this point if they really need one! 8 months and the Belgian state hasn’t gone up in flames?!

16. BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011
brinn - 17 February 2011


He’s really taking to the new position well, isn’t he?

The goals have been met:

We have successfully negotiated the largest transfer of wealth (upward) in the history of modern civilization — that stimulus shit was just pennies in the bucket…wait, did I say that out loud?

17. marisacat - 17 February 2011

I guess Ray McGovern would be surprised…

By telling Arizona Tuesday it can effectively end Medicaid coverage of a quarter million people, the Obama administration has pointed out a potential escape hatch for other financially strapped states seeking to cut people from the program.

It’s just not clear how big the hatch is.


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had asked for a waiver from a requirement in the new health care law that states maintain current eligibility levels for Medicaid between now and 2014, when a huge expansion of the program begins. But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Brewer that she didn’t need Washington’s permission to cut the state’s Medicaid rolls.


How many states might be able to scale back programs – and when – isn’t immediately clear. Nor is it clear how many Medicaid enrollees might be at risk. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website provides an incomplete picture, but it appears that many of the states that received permission to expand their programs beyond federal minimum requirements haven’t added nearly as many extra people as Arizona has — leaving fewer that could be cut. ….

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/02/17/108924/feds-help-states-seeking-to-cut.html

18. BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

Israel kills 3 Palestinians at Gaza border

JERUSALEM – Israeli forces killed three Palestinians near the Gaza Strip’s northern border with Israel on Thursday. Palestinians said they were fishermen, but the Israeli army said they were militants. ™ ®

An army statement said several militants were identified approaching the border fence in an attempt to plant explosives against Israeli troops. Israeli forces opened fire, killing three of the men, the statement said.

But relatives of the dead said that they were unarmed fishermen, and a spokesman for Gaza’s emergency services said that their bodies were found in a beach area about a mile from the border.

None of Gaza’s armed groups immediately claimed that any of their members had been killed.

The Israeli army maintains a no-entry zone on the Gaza side of the border fence, where militants have planted explosive charges targeting Israeli soldiers. The army said that because militants have used the presence of civilians in the border area as a cover for their activities, Israeli forces “will not allow anyone to be present in this area.”

mattes - 17 February 2011

They are escalating again. Also, sending Israeli Jewish students to Hebron. Like minnows on a hook.

19. marisacat - 17 February 2011

CPunch has had a coupl of pieces on WI… this one seems like a nice recap…


Prairie Fire

[T]he following day saw the crowd swell to near 15,000, with a walkout by Madison area students, which was followed by the Madison teachers’ union call for a walkout on Wednesday, which continues.

The upbeat mood was further elevated by the firefighters [who, Madman tells me, had a cut a separate deal with Walker before election…. ooops guess something went bad – Mcat], whom Walker tried to split off from labor by exempting them the cuts. Instead, the firefighters came in support of the people and entered the crowd as heroes.

Meanwhile, Governor Walker remained rigid, but with some Republican State Senators beginning to bend and urge compromise. At this point, the largest union in the state, the teachers union (WEAC) had enough.

With the vote pending on Thursday, they implored all Wisconsinites to come to Madison and get as close to the capitol rotunda as possible and sit. This call spread across with state, with 35 school districts either canceling or delaying classes today.

More to come!

20. BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

Just a wittiwl bit. Just a teensie.

Expect a Longer Stay in Iraq, Says Democratic Congressman

By Nathan Hodge

On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressed – albeit in cautious terms — the U.S. government’s desire to keep a small number of troops stationed in Iraq after the end of the year.

Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.) (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

Now, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee has ventured a very, very rough guess 🙄 about how many troops the U.S. might be willing to consider.

Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.) told reporters he “would be very surprised if there weren’t some sort of agreement” to keep a U.S. contingent in Iraq past the Dec. 31 deadline for withdrawal.

“I think it would be fairly limited – it’s not going to be 50,000 troops; it will be less than 25,000,” he said. “It’s going to be a fairly low number.”

Adam Smith.

marisacat - 17 February 2011

“some sort of agreement”… Poor Adam, all news to him.

Maybe he can bunk with Ray McG.

brinn - 17 February 2011

Damnit!! You want to balance thew fucking budget?!?! Get us out of all of our empire building/spreading wars and “entanglements”…CHRIST!

I am so fucking sick of this country.

marisacat - 17 February 2011

The Republicans state they wanna trim “100 billion” (not that they nor ObRama nor Shrillary would EV#R point out how enormous the government got between 1991 and 2008, aside from anything else, think of the new agencies after Nine One One)

I say take it off a war. Or mothball the Fifth Fleet, since we are so worried about it.

And so on.

mattes - 17 February 2011

I thought Gate was on his way out?

BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

Henh – well there’s THAT, too. LOL. 😉

Gad, they’re NEVER out.

mattes - 17 February 2011

I read it as a finger to Obama…not sure he wanted to go quite yet.

21. BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

no, No. – > Allow Me.

Hank Morris, New York Jewish Guy, the Schumer, Clinton, and Obama Adviser, Looter of $70 Million from the New York State Pension Fund run By ANOTHER Jewish Guy, is Sentenced to 1 to 4 years by New State Jewish Owned Judge, So reports New York Jewish Chronicle in all the Jewish News Fit to Print.

February 17, 2011, 11:52 am
Hevesi Adviser Is Sentenced in Pension Scandal

Hank Morris, once a political adviser to Alan G. Hevesi, the former state comptroller, 😆

What FUCKING SHITE. He Was Schumer’s Right Hand.
Campaign Manager. TWICE.
A Perennial Top Turd in the DNC bowl.
Hillary AND Obama Adviser.

received a maximum sentence of one and a third to four years in prison on Thursday for his role in a pay-to-play scheme involving the state’s pension fund.

Justice Lewis Bart Stone of State Supreme Court in Manhattan said, “The evil effect is obvious,” *** 😆 referring to the pension scheme, before handing down his sentence.

HA! 😆
1 to 4 for EVIL! God They screwed Charlie Manson!

Oh just read the shite as it piles up:

In a seven-page written sentencing decision, Justice Stone said that although Mr. Morris claimed he was now a broken man, “he has perverted and has impaired the public confidence in a major government function and effectively slandered many political figures and governmental employees who have dedicated their careers to serving the public with honesty and good faith.”

Mr. Morris pleaded guilty in November to a single Class E felony under the Martin Act, a sweeping state securities law.

Mr. Morris and other Hevesi aides directed that half of the pension fund’s $10 billion reserved for hedge funds and private equity firms should be handled by firms that used Mr. Morris or his associates as paid intermediaries. Firms that were not willing to pay the intermediaries were often rejected by the pension fund.

Before the sentence was announced, Mr. Morris read a letter he had sent the judge. “To my friends and family,” he said, “I’m sorry if I let you down.

“My actions undermined the integrity of New York State’s government.”

BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

FUCK the HTML at this point -> 😆

marisacat - 17 February 2011

think I straightened some of it out.


BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

Sorry, I know – Some of my posts,
kind a like pureed bananas gone wrong with a youngster,
ya just kinda wipe off what ya can, and, well,
~ just leave the rest ta cake-on there.. 😉

marisacat - 17 February 2011

well I am sorry that WP has no preview function.

So I am happy to replace words, fix html for anyone who posts here…

Not to worry…

mattes - 17 February 2011

Pension funds….ringing a bell for me.

Israeli Bonds…John Mack, Harvard? Or one of the other ivy leagues?

mattes - 17 February 2011

From 2010, there were other players.

Pay to Play

Cuomo has elicited admissions and cooperation from at least half a dozen other men connected to the corruption.

Elliott B. Broidy, founder of Markstone Capital Partners, pleaded guilty in December, saying he worked with officials at the comptroller’s office “to confer benefits upon public servants for having violated their duties.”

Broidy said in that in seeking investments from the pension fund, he made almost $1 million in payments for the benefit of high-ranking officials, including luxury travel. On five occasions from 2003 to 2006, he said, he traveled to Israel and Italy with “high-ranking officials” of the comptroller’s office.

“Pursuant to our agreement, Broidy paid at least $75,000 in travel expenses incurred by myself, other Office of the New York State Comptroller officials, and my adult children, in connection with these trips,” Hevesi said in court today.

Hevesi also said Morris arranged for Broidy to enter into a sham consulting agreement with a lobbyist friend of Morris, who was a political supporter of his. He said Broidy paid or caused to be paid in excess of $380,000 to the lobbyist over more than two years.

Campaign Contributions

Broidy also arranged more than $500,000 in campaign contributions as directed by Hevesi or his campaign staff, Hevesi said.


Snooping the Mack, Morris, Hevesi connect found this. There are small prosecutions taking place, but why only light sentences:

Starr’s Attorney Charged with Laundering Money for Scam
And others:

22. BooHooHooMan - 17 February 2011

Okay, they threw me a treat.

Hillary Clinton donors indicted
By Jordy Yager – 02/16/11 08:32 PM ET

A federal grand jury indicted two Virginia men on Wednesday for allegedly trying to illegally reimburse donors who gave to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has accused the two men, William Danielczyk and Eugene Biagi, of paying back $186,600 in contributions to the Senate and presidential campaign committees of a candidate for federal office, and obstructing the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the FBI.

23. mattes - 17 February 2011

Photo of Hillary worth the visit:

Special report: China flexed its muscles using U.S. Treasuries


mattes - 17 February 2011

“a top Chinese money manager directly asked U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for a favor”

….we just want to spend some of our dollars…Morgan Stanley.

24. mattes - 17 February 2011

Slide show, who owns the largest gold supplies:


25. marisacat - 17 February 2011



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