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People … 16 February 2011

Posted by marisacat in AFRICOM, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011.

This photo seems to show that compassion for another might not just be a human emotion, as a hippo tries to save a wildebeest which broke its back while crossing the Masai River in Kenya during the annual migration. Wildlife photographer Mitchell Krog captured a hippo trying to help the wildebeest which became stuck on a submerged rock in the river. He says: 'One of the more mature hippo bulls eventually came very close to the wildebeest and tried nudging him a few times to see if he could free the animal from the rocks. This proved useless and eventually this same hippo grabbed the wildebeest on his back using his mouth and dragged it clear of the rocks and into a deeper section of river where he then released it into the river flow. Due to the fact the wildebeest's back was broken from the fall he could not swim and took his last few breaths and disappeared underwater. It was tough to watch a struggling animal, it always is, but it was consoling to see the animal put to rest humanely by the hippo.'

This photo seems to show that compassion for another might not just be a human emotion, as a hippo tries to save a wildebeest which broke its back while crossing the Masai River in Kenya during the annual migration. Wildlife photographer Mitchell Krog captured a hippo trying to help the wildebeest which became stuck on a submerged rock in the river.

He says: “One of the more mature hippo bulls eventually came very close to the wildebeest and tried nudging him a few times to see if he could free the animal from the rocks. This proved useless and eventually this same hippo grabbed the wildebeest on his back using his mouth and dragged it clear of the rocks and into a deeper section of river where he then released it into the river flow. Due to the fact the wildebeest’s back was broken from the fall he could not swim and took his last few breaths and disappeared underwater. It was tough to watch a struggling animal, it always is, but it was consoling to see the animal put to rest humanely by the hippo.” [MITCHELL KROG / CATERS NEWS]

…always seem so surprised, that animals not only feel, but comprehend and devise solutions.


Meanwhile, among the two leggeds:

Via Business Insider



1. marisacat - 16 February 2011



“Brazil’s government Tuesday confirmed that US President Barack Obama will visit Brasilia on March 19 to meet his counterpart Dilma Rousseff. Government news agency Agencia Brasil also reported that Obama was likely to go on to Rio de Janeiro on March 20.

The Brazil visit is part of a Latin America tour Obama announced last month in his State of the Union address in which he said he wanted to ‘forge new alliances’ in the Americas. The other countries he said he would visit in March — without giving precise dates — were El Salvador and Chile. …

[A] newspaper said Obama was hoping to deliver a historic speech in Rio. US officials had been scouting five slums in the city for a possible venue, a source in Rio’s public security secretariat told AFP.”

Have speech, Will travel.

ts - 16 February 2011

So are they going to clean all the undesirables out of the slums for his speech? That’s not a good PR for a buildup to an historic speech.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

Well they are looking at multiple slums, apparently.

2. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Okay. I’m gonna say it.

I think the Lara Logan story is Bullshit.
Whether Intel Op or Drama Queen of Egypt now, sorry, sounds like straight up bullshit to me. This dish from 2008.

Back From War, Into Tabloid Territory
Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan’s Public Private Life
CBS correspondent Lara Logan, who’s newly stationed in Washington, says she’s “looking forward to being a mom.”
By Helayne Seidman For The Washington Post)

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

After four years of living in Baghdad, war was taking its toll on Lara Logan.

As CBS’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, she regularly risked her life by accompanying American forces in combat. But there were more personal strains as well: Her mother had died after a lengthy coma, she and her husband had long ago agreed to a separation, and, last November, she broke off an intense relationship with another journalist in Baghdad. Soon afterward, Logan started dating Joseph Burkett, a federal contractor stationed in Iraq who was separated from his wife back in Texas.

Now, having just moved to Washington with an expanded portfolio for the network, Logan finds her romantic life reduced to tabloid fodder. And there is a new complication: She recently discovered that she is pregnant.

“Nobody likes to read about themselves like that, especially the way it’s been sensationalized,” Logan says of the coverage that spread to the front page of the New York Post, which called her a “sexy CBS siren” and “in-bedded reporter.” “I hated it. But I’m just going to rise above it and keep going.” The baby is due in January, she says, and she is “looking forward to being a mom.”

Logan, 37, says she and Burkett plan to get married eventually. Her divorce is slated to become final in two weeks, and Burkett’s divorce trial is likely to end next month. But the case has turned decidedly messy, with Burkett’s estranged wife Kimberly, the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, charging that Logan broke up her marriage.

Much of the media interest is fueled by the South African native’s rapid rise to stardom, which has brought her both celebrity status and a string of journalistic prizes, including an Emmy Award, Overseas Press Club Award and, last week, an Edward R. Murrow Award. While some may accuse her of tawdry conduct, what happened to Logan is an all-too-familiar tale of someone consumed by a career and needing a partner who understands the peculiar pressures involved.

“I just surrendered myself completely” to the Iraq story, Logan says. “If you give yourself 100 percent to the people around you, it’s very hard to have anything left. Being away for long periods, when you come home, you can’t explain what it is you’ve been doing to someone who’s never been through it.”

CBS News President Sean McManus calls Logan a “fearless” reporter with “a dynamic quality that just jumps off the screen.” He says he transferred her to Washington to get her on the air more often and that “depending on her situation with her child, I’d anticipate she’d be covering the war in Iraq again.

” . . . All the distractions happening now will at some point be behind her and behind CBS News and she will succeed based on the quality of her work,” McManus says.

Logan married Jason Siemon, a former professional basketball player in Europe who now works as an energy lobbyist in Chicago, in 1998. Soon after that, her career began to take off.

She had spent years as a freelancer for CBS, NBC, CNN and British television, landing a job as a CBS correspondent and “60 Minutes II” contributor only after talking her way into Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 attacks. Not long afterward, she was in a Humvee with members of the 10th Mountain Division on the Afghan-Pakistani border when the vehicle was struck by an antitank missile, causing a fall that tore the skin inside Logan’s mouth and bruised her face. When U.S. forces led the Iraq invasion in 2003, CBS withdrew all its correspondents, but Logan drove back in 10 days later.

“I’m not some Hollywood star,” Logan says in her first interview on the subject. “It’s not about a career for me. It’s who I am. I do this because I believe in it.”

Okay AfPAk- Tora Bora 2003 – Baby’s on the grond.
And after Shit Hittin the Fan Evac, manages to , you know, just kinda ..still be there.
Just kinda…turned back up. Talked her way in.
All Hogan’s Heroe’s like.

uh huh.
And.just.drives.the.Working Reporter Wannabe Soccer Mom Minivan right.back.into the CIA Black Ops perimeter. Or maybe for the younger folks, we’re talkin more like, ya know,
A White State Department Shuttle Bus right on thru

Script Doctor in the House, Anyone?

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

correction! LOL.
She was in Tora Bora ..wait for it..
Winter 2001/early 2002.

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

And notice how Lara Logan’s story emerges from Egypt on Monday as this was ready to appear in the New York Times on SUNDAY to announce 17 US Service Members filing a landmark culture of rape lawsuit against the Pentagon this week.

Lawsuit Says Military Is Rife With Sexual Abuse
Published: February 15, 2011

WASHINGTON — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the Department of Defense of allowing a military culture that fails to prevent rape and sexual assault, and of mishandling cases that were brought to its attention, thus violating the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.

Kori Cioca, in her lawyer’s office on Sunday, described being raped while serving in the Coast Guard. She is one of 17 plaintiffs filing a federal lawsuit against the Department of Defense.

The suit — brought by 2 men and 15 women, both veterans and active-duty service members — specifically claims that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his predecessor, Donald H. Rumsfeld, “ran institutions in which perpetrators were promoted and where military personnel openly mocked and flouted the modest Congressionally mandated institutional reforms.”

marisacat - 16 February 2011

hmm this could get a little interesting.

ABC with Brian Ross did a segment, also expanded on one of the aBC magazine shows (20/20? maybe) about how the the vaunted Peace Corps cares NOTHING about women on the ground thru their auspices who are raped. And in at least one case, killed. And over and over they tel the women not to talk about it.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2011

that org lost its way a long, long time ago.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

She clearly became a war humper, some years ago. Pretty sure I called her a chienne de guerre here….

Wht ahppened in Cairo — no idea. But I was very surprised that apparently she and CBS wanted to use “a sustained sexual assault”.

when I first read it, without “sustained”, I thought, well someone grabbed her breasts, which here IS sexual assault. But then they made the story more intense by addding sustained and “brutal” as well.

But then we see career building going on in AZ and now transferred to Houston. The singing saint.

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

“Sustained and Brutal”.
“In Tahrir Square”.
On Friday.
With a Camera Crew and 4 Billion people watching.
Oh No: They’re gonna have to put up.

catnip - 16 February 2011

Okay. I’m gonna say it.

I think the Lara Logan story is Bullshit.

You think she wasn’t attacked or that the story’s been exaggerated?

I don’t see any reason not to believe it.

mattes - 16 February 2011

Nice excuse for a witch hunt.

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

I have no reason to believe it.
She worked for McChrystal.

What I saw was a paparazzi picture accompanied by a story devoid of ascertainable details. Which was Reported on Monday as having occurred Fri day? Night? after Moo resigned? Surrounded by up to 200 people? All of which escaped international coverage and the good phone-cam-enabled people of Egypt who by then were blanketing the Square. With CBS no pledging no further comment on the story, nor has any camera crew stepped forward.
Not yet at least. Where is Hillary demanding justice?


Taibbi had a very careful .. shall we say, not-so-tongue in check piece on her tho McChrystal was not mentioned directly in the title.

During one of our previous Clusterfuck Command shake-ups she was booked onto Jon Stewart to gush all behind the scenesy SOC valor this and Taliban that and how the “American People don’t Really know what’s going on
” .. she might as well have had Stanley’s Special Forces insignia on her shoulder. And Stewart was putty.

Hers is the rally around beat: always TALKING about fight fighting fighting for the Public to see of our American War dead..and the Leftischers imagine she is talking to them…

If something as monstrous happened to Logan on that thoroughly media and phine cam covered day as was reported.. some things should happen, right? ….People will come forward, other news outlets will follow up, AND/OR Hillary at the State Department will take up the case?

ts - 16 February 2011

I’m gonna withhold judgement until the story falls apart. I have no reason not to believe her. If it happened in Tahrir Square undoubtedly witnesses will emerge.

catnip - 16 February 2011

Which was Reported on Monday as having occurred Fri day? Night? after Moo resigned? Surrounded by up to 200 people? All of which escaped international coverage and the good phone-cam-enabled people of Egypt who by then were blanketing the Square.

Fair points but I’m still not ready to dismiss it out of hand no matter what her political bent is.

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Look I understand people’s position on Logan.

But this was RIGHT ON THE HEELS of Moo Leaving.
What I call the “Rapacious Moor” TPM
Now this was Friday:
Where they trotted out Barry McACaffrey here fro U.S. ears…..

4. BooHooHooMan – 11 February 2011

General Barry “Dentu-grip” McCaffrey,
our old Dope Warrior, emphasis Dope-
on MSNBC..

They really need to establish that police forcethere in Cairo because there WILL be trouble , there will be trouble from young men there with their first taste of freedom [- McCaffrey]

Oh Ooga Fuckin Booga, Barry: Try another apple, Buck.

Now Earlier last Friday, and I’m just recounting this in correspondence here that I want to put up….but maybe others caught the clip on AJ – E going into last Friday Morning with an Egyptian Doctor roadside..very candid as Protesters were set to re-surge with the Unions and “Doctors and Nurse March” ..Very Candid on last-ditch Pro Moo PsyOps Tactics.

This is from an email I sent tonight going over it..

I recall CNN and Cooper at least attempted to identify his gauntlet as Pro Moo or perhaps some who were confused over his role..something like that…

Nothing, Nada of the sort from from CBS…”a dangerous element emerged in Tahrir Square amidst the celebrations”. They were tap dancing around the same Rapacious Moor Weekend TPM’s McCaffrey was gumming right after Moo fell …Women and the Army. Women and the Army. Women Safe in the Hands of the Army it was so overblown obvious to me that for a minute there I thought I was called to scrub Ceasarians.

I don’t know if you saw AJ E on Thursday?Friday had an Egyptian Doctor on the side of a road… who had followed an EU camera crew run out of an intersection by a local NDP Goon. He was fluent in English and told AJ E’s reporters : You don’t understand. Those people back there were Anti Mubarak until the NDP Party Man came up. The NDP are now going around telling people that the Americans and here to invade and they have plans to rape the women and girls. Rape the Women and Girls! This is what they say!

When asked about its effect he said it was desperate Regime move and wouldn’t get in the way of even more people turning out..

I’m going to try and find the segment. A whole lot of clips from AJ E on youtube, but did anyone here see the original clip on AJ E? As to rape allegations being the Pro Moo tactic du jour for Friday?

Of course the LL allegation, the totally committed to War journo yet seperated from her Crew as History unfolds,yet still somewhere there in the poor camera angle square is not meant to be refuted. Nor can it , can it?

diane - 16 February 2011

I have to say that my knee jerk, after having read about it, without knowing any of her background, was that something didn’t seem to fit at all. It seemed a trumped up piece to reinforce that Egyptian citizens are too barbaric to have a free society (and if sexual assaults on women are indicative of a barbaric society, then the US is far, far more barbaric), and that the Egyptian Military were ‘Heroes,’ bar none. I particularly don’t believe at all that non-military, male citizens wouldn’t have tried to put a stop to it.

If she was assaulted, all my sympathies to her, regardless of what her background is; but my knee jerk was that something didn’t at all ring true about what was reported. Hadn’t made the conscious connection with the just recent Pentagon and Military Rapes reporting as you did (which makes sense to me), though it may have been playing in my mind subconsciously since I read about US rape victims suing the Pentagon just prior to reading about the ‘sustained rape in Egypt,’ (and there is something code-ish, if you will, about the choice of the word ‘sustained’) which I’m sure has now superceded the Pentagon crimes in the media, since the “US” could give a rats ass about the sexual assaults on its own citizen’s.
Certainly, as regards the lawsuit naming Rumsfeld and Gates, this is about as barbaric and sadistic as it can get:

In many of the cases, the alleged victims were forced to continue to live among and work alongside the people they said assaulted them.

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

I have to say I picked up on McCaffreys comments on Friday immediately: Verry slithery, but CounterInsurgency DisInfo 101:
“They” – are coming for Your Women And Children.
Just classic shit. Right out of a counter-coup contingency planning envelope.

And the fact that its coming from US Sanctified Mil-holes is particularly hideous, coming from US, the sponsors of psychological, physical, and sexual torture, the creators of slither speak: “enhanced interogation techniques” involving anything from drowning to watching your children being raped or sexually tortured to death.


diane - 16 February 2011

I’m with ya on your very valid and, I’ll add, courageous analysis (to my mind) hon…As I wrote above, something didn’t sniff right to me …knee jerk … gut level …in addition to a logical connecting of dots …..

3. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

And today,
ICE – U.S. Immigrations – lost an agent in a roadside attack on an armored personnel carrier down down down way down Central Mexico way…we are told.

Well at least they they spared us Hogan, LeBeau, and the boys emerging from the good-guy tunnel thru a hollowed out stump,(with hinged lid no less) who then meet up with some dame dropped behind enemy lines and proceed thru the whole talkin shit in a commandeered vehicle at the checkpoint story… LOL.

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

CNS and Laura Logan camera crew?
Meet Hogan’s Heroes.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

IMO it’s not a drug war, it’s a war. One we have fomented.

4. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011


5. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Via JP

‘Iranian nuclear facility recovered quickly from Stuxnet’

IAEA report due for release expected to show steady or even slightly elevated production rates at the Natanz enrichment plant over past year.

6. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Mubarak has given up and wants to die, says Saudi official

The former Egyptian president refuses Saudi offer to host him, insists on spending his final days on Egyptian soil.

More On This Topic

* Reports say Mubarak’s health gravely deteriorated since stepping down

LOL. Okay. So when did they knock Moo off?
Friday Morning? Saturday? Sunday?
Before or After his assets were seized? LOL.

Media crickets on his *precise whereabouts and well being…

And Leon “Ooos~Didn’t See THAT Comin” PANETTA gets a do-over before Congress today. Has the low-down on all the lates threats… they say…

Okay I’m out, just OD’in on media bullshit now…

marisacat - 16 February 2011

these people are just such an embarrassment to us. Hanging around, liable to talk.

They keep pushing he is “depressed” and “nearly fainted”…. and now that both US and Israelis for some years felt he ws so old and out of it, and really… etc.

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2011

I demand better deposed despots. wimpy drama queens.

ts - 16 February 2011

I’m sure AA will have something to say about that as it came out of the Saudi PR machine.

7. mattes - 16 February 2011

After Hucka@@bee kissed the wall in jerusalem and approved of the settlements, he mysteriously come out on top of rnc:

US-2012 President: 47% Obama (D), 44% Huckabee (R)


And Ron Paul, [let’s audit the Fed], gets pushed down. Save the bankers.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

I don’t think Huckabee is going to run tho… perhaps a fake facade and keep his hand in, to be of interest in other parts of his life.

he’s gained way too much weight – I just don’t see him losing 75 lbs….. And makes far too much at FOX and other gigs he has going…

8. marisacat - 16 February 2011

fwiw… Business Insider has up a recent interview (vid) Lara Logan gve to Charlie Rose…

I hardly ever listen to CR anymore. He always was a twit and I find I hve less intestinal fortitude (for real) since my November December Needle Gulag swoon.

The thread (I am only a third thru it) has something i had not heard, first comment about Nir Rosen.

catnip - 16 February 2011

Rosen has resigned.

Nir Rosen has resigned his fellowship at New York University, the university announced Wednesday. Rosen had been a fellow at NYU’s Center For Law and Security, but CLS director Karen Greenberg said in a statement that he had stepped down after coming under fire for joking on Twitter about Lara Logan’s assault. (See below for tweets.)

marisacat - 16 February 2011

thanks for that… I had to completely reboot, as soon as I am set up will take a look. Much of what I pulled up at GoogNews did not seem to have the actual tweets.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

I see the thread quickly turned into a right left scream, comment fest.

Moving right along………


BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Rosen Fired at NYU. A shocker.
And more diversion. Who in the media is going to call this hideous counterinsugency propagandist out? No one.

Of course there’s WikiLeaks. Oh that’s right. Assange has a Rape allegation against him too.

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011


“We didn’t have the right paperwork to be in country”

Oh I’m sure, CBS Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. Oh I bet she had the decidedly WRONG paperwork when she was run out of the square.

Hard to find in the purse there, what with Sulieman’s gracious Orders to Pass, her Baghram ID, and the Key Drop Off and Damage Report Envelope for the Weekend Special Offer for the State Department Van Rental…etc..

This story could get really interesting the way they are stir frying the bullshit.

9. mattes - 16 February 2011

What the hell is this:

Alan Dershowitz to join WikiLeaks founder Assange’s legal team
Dershowitz tells CNN the U.S. has a double standard when on one hand it encourages use of new media in Iran and Egypt, and on other seek records of people who follow Twitter.


10. catnip - 16 February 2011

It’s Carneyval’s first WH press briefing. This guy looks like he’s 18. Win the future!

marisacat - 16 February 2011

ugh… he’d been a favored child for sometime…….. at whichever net work he was at. ABC I think. he’s married to Claire Shipley.

11. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Current FP Lede at The WSJ

Israel: Iran Sending Warships Through Suez Canal

Iran is sending two warships through the Suez Canal en route to Syria, Israel’s foreign minister said, calling the act a “provocation” that Israel cannot ignore.

Hezbollah Leader Warns of Conflict

And the second offer accompanying the lede, Hezbollah Leader Warns of Conflict has this:

BEIRUT— Hezbollah’s leader told his Shiite guerrilla group Wednesday to be prepared to invade northern Israel, a day after Israel’s defense minister warned that the quiet along the tense border could erupt into violence.

Which Hezbollah would do if Israel moved on Sinaii.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

WAR! always en route!

catnip - 16 February 2011


The Egyptian company which controls the canal has denied the claim; Ahmed el-Manakhli, head of the canal operations room, said warships must get permission 48 hours before crossing, and so far, “we have not been notified.”

12. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Pakistan just sent La Kerry packing.
Already on his way back.
Big Time FAIL in his rescue attempt of Davis, our CIA hitter under arrest for murder.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

I posted a Lindorff article from Cpunch a few days ago… the two men were shot twice straight on and twice in the back. The shot in the back part has not been reported this side of the world.

Among other things…

catnip - 16 February 2011

Diplomatic immunity! That’s what Obamalama said.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

his immunity is kinda edgy tho. He never was officially a “diplomat” with diplomatic passport, etc, till all that was hurredly supplied post kill.

I mean, the whole thing is a ruse anyway, but still.

catnip - 16 February 2011

The first news reports I read about the guy questioned who the hell he was and suddenly he’s a “diplomat” – as O referred to him? Yeah, sure.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

Lindorff also reported that the big fat white embassy Suburban was not called to rescue him, but had been accompanying him (iirc).

Must go look that article up….

marisacat - 16 February 2011

here is the Lindorff article…. it was in CPunch Feb 8 so right in the middle of Eqypt…


[W]hat has not been reported in the US media, but which reporter Shaukat Qadir of the Pakistani Express Tribune, says has been stated by Lahore police authorities, is that the two dead motorcyclists were each shot two times, “probably the fatal shots,” in the back by Davis. They were also both shot twice from the front. Such ballistics don’t mesh nicely with a protestation of self-defense.

Also left unmentioned in the US media is what else was found in Davis’ possession. Lahore police say that in addition to the Beretta he was still holding, and three cell phones retrieved from his pockets, they found a loaded Glock pistol in his car, along with three full magazines, and a “small telescope.” Again, heavy arms for a consular security officer not even in the act of guarding any embassy personnel, and what’s with the telescope? Also unmentioned in US accounts: his car was not an embassy vehicle, but was a local rental car.

American news reports say that a “consular vehicle” sped to Davis’ aid after the shooting incident and killed another motorcyclist enroute, before speeding away. The driver of that car is being sought by Lahore prosecutors but has not been identified or produced by US Embassy officials. According to Lahore police, however, the car in question, rather than coming to Davis’s aid, actually had been accompanying Davis’s sedan, and when the shooting happened, it “sped away,” killing the third motorcyclist as it raced off. Again a substantially different story that raises more questions about what this drive into the Mozang district was all about.

Davis has so far not said why he was driving, heavily armed, without anyone else in his vehicle, in a private rental car in a business section of Lahore where foreign embassy staff would not normally be seen. He is reportedly remaining silent and is leaving all statements to the US Embassy.

The US claim that Davis has diplomatic immunity hinges first and foremost on whether he is actually a “functionary” of the consulate. According to Lahore police investigators, he was arrested carrying a regular US passport, which had a business visa, not a diplomatic visa. The US reportedly only later supplied a diplomatic passport carrying a diplomatic visa that had been obtained not in the US before his departure, but in Islamabad, the country’s capital. ….

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2011

I heard a recording played on the Pakistani media in an interview where he described himself as “a consultant”.

13. catnip - 16 February 2011

U.S. pushing Palestinians to drop UN resolution on settlement construction

The United States is putting heavy pressure on the Palestinian Authority and Arab states to withdraw a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements which is due to go to a vote at the United Nations Security Council this week.

Washington has made it clear that it will veto the resolution should it come to a vote, and has implored the Palestinian Authority and other Arab nations to withdraw the proposal, but to no avail.

The point of the resolution, foreign diplomats say, is to highlight Washington’s isolated position on the Security Council, show the Palestinian population that the Palestinian Authority is taking action, and to pressure Israel and the United States on the settlement issue.

This is just a pathetic joke:

The Obama administration has deployed heavy-hitters in an effort to get the Palestinians to withdraw the proposal. Several days ago U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a phone connversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to sway him, and the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, met Tuesday with ambassadors of several Arab countries, emphasizing that the U.S. has an interest in a compromise that will make a veto superfluous.

According to the Bloomberg news agency, diplomatic sources quoted Rice as saying that in return for the resolution being dropped, the United States would back “stronger statements on settlement construction and other issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by the Security Council and the Middle East Quartet.”

We’ll send Israel a sternly-worded letter. Promise!

marisacat - 16 February 2011

Angry Arab linked to a WSJ article… think yesterday, that indicated Hamas attacked Israel, as in the whole damned war was theirs not Israel’s, in that horrible 66 day war, or whatever it was.

mattes - 16 February 2011

Still think Billmon was targeted because he gave a running account of that war, and now his diaries of that summer have disappeared even from wayback machine.

Zionists rewrite history to their liking.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

well Billmon’s problem is his real name got out. And much of the time he had that blog he was not working any longer on Wall St. But then whoops he decided to go back.

I posted about that war as well, for the whole time – daily, from the beginning, but I never had any intention of working on Wall St nor has my name ever gotten out.

Fortunately thanks be to god, because I sure had enough fucking idiots after me (Delaware Dem Dumbfuck among them, Martin Shithead B00man to defend DDD (who wrote a lawyerly but loaded iwth bullshite letter to WP about me, fortunately WP takes a hands off approach to what their blog users post, short of p8rn I guess) Meteor Blooming Idiot and so on.

Billmon’s OTHER big problem is that he, for all his wonderfulness, is a Vote Democratic Or Die You Fucker type.

Funny how he thinks that is working. Because it is not.

mattes - 16 February 2011

I remember when someone on dk posted where he work. That comment was not hidden, nor was that person banned. Not a word was said.

I think I had already been banned by then.

And it was odd, that only “that” summer went missing from wayback.

I would be interested to hear on what he thinks about the last 2-3 years. He has not blogged much that I know of.

And not so long ago, I would have blindly held my nose and voted dem. Now, not so much.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

Billmon won’t be blogging. For a brief while he was showing up at Dkos, of all places.

But then he is fine, overall, with the party ticket.

Well I am guessing Billmon may have done this with Wayback:

he emailed me and asked me to remove reference to him, the exposure of his name… and something else… forget now what, as it had been discussed here as well, once it was out (and quite quickly it/his name/other things was out all over). Explaining that he was going back to work for The Man (his words not mine) etc etc.

14. diane - 16 February 2011

This is OUR BiG [Sly Con] VALLEY …….:


In Santa Clara County in January, 398 home were either repossessed or sold by lenders to third-party buyers, a nearly 70 percent jump from the month before, according to real estate information service ForeclosureRadar. San Mateo County had 160 foreclosures in January, a 75 percent jump from December.

…so very shocked…..


Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be among the tech elite President Barack Obama is expected to meet with Thursday night in San Francisco.

words cannot express ……..

an’ more – “Home Depot hiring …”

…catch: The majority of the hiring will be for seasonal — as in temporaryworkers

Heh, from the SJ online Murky’s currently: most viewed, …..(I won’t even bother with the bile …would take too long) …interesting, since the last time I went into a Home Depot, I swore (and will stick to that) that I would never shop there again for all the bot scanners, versus ‘clerks,’ there were. The Cali FedSenate/FedHouse/Instate Legislative Crew and Obombster must have exerted some, we need to pretend ‘there are jobs out there’ pressure? Of course, even if they were ‘permanent jobs,’ those Home Depot jobs couldn’t possibly provide the necessary money to survive in Sly Con Valley without fear, with rents, for one person, averaging $1,300 a month.

I wish I had the time, better yet, the desire, to truly express my full thoughts about the above snippets…..

marisacat - 16 February 2011

The plan for Cali, both tech and green and other industries heralded (over and over) as “new” is not to make work for workers, but to make ownership investment etc opportunities for those classes.

ALL Bay Area counties, RE is plunging across the board.

BTW. Zuckerberg rents. His new place as well as the place just previous.

diane - 16 February 2011

YUP, …and yeah, read that bit about his Shallow Alto rental ….

diane - 16 February 2011

…yeah, and didn’t ya jus’ get a big fuckin kick (to the gut), as a female, with the use (of course!) of the HUDDLE word in the Zuckerpuke Headline:

Facebook’s … Zuckerberg … to huddle with Obama

..no doubt ….well at least they didn’t provide the fine details I suppose ….as I haven’t eaten yet….

marisacat - 16 February 2011

Well they all have huddled with all these guys. Back in the Clinton era it was Scully. and post Clinton era, it sure is Gates. After the whupping he got in Fed court during Bill C, he could not move to the Foundation game fast enough…..

diane - 16 February 2011

sigh ….yeah …. that first big interview little Billy, the CONGRESSIONAL PAGE, Gates did with TIME was so vomit worthy I still haven’t recovered from the implications of it …. I have that rag lying around here somewhere …will possibly use it as fuel …at some point …..

diane - 16 February 2011

(who, of the middle aged and over, would have ever expected simple communication to be so very impossibly, unnecessarily complicated with ever changing ‘puter code: I accidentally omitted the slashed blockquote before: no doubt ….,

I’m fuckin exhausted ….by vapid, harpy like, tediousity …sigh …..;0( )

diane - 16 February 2011

thank you honey …you are so very aware, and sensitive …like still water…..

15. marisacat - 16 February 2011

Rolling right along:

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer to me
show details 5:44 PM (3 minutes ago)

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

ABC News’ Miguel Marquez Beaten During Military Crackdown in Bahrain’s Pearl Square [8:20 p.m. ET]

16. BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

FWIW, I have a reply above recalling McCaffrey’s TPM’s on Friday , and a Friday AJ E report on how the Pro Moos were putting Rape Squad rumors into play as Friday’s last ditch talking points du jour…

marisacat - 16 February 2011

I can see it, it’s not in Moderation or Spam (so much falls in there)

diane - 16 February 2011

I really admire your unrelenting search for the truth underneath hideous lies, BooHooHooMan, and the time you clearly take to both research and write about it ….

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Well they want the allegation to be repeated.
Have it genuinely investigated? No.

She worked for McChrystal.
Go-to SOCOM embed…still.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

ugh I have not gone and read Jeffrey Feldman of the Atlantic (what a wretched joint that is) but I see people referencing him quite a bit. He also states that Nir Rosen was a Taliban apologist, or something.

Round and round we go. Til we knock ourselves senseless, hanging like rag dolls from our war horses.

But the wars go on, no matter what.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

oh god. It is Jeffrey GOLDBERG.

mattes - 17 February 2011

The special ops family.

catnip - 16 February 2011

I had AJ on most of Thursday, IIRC, but I don’t remember that segment. Maybe there’s something about it on their site?

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

I’m looking. Lots of clips on their main site and youtube. You see it alongside the Barry McCaffrey and the CBS releases it’s unmistakeable what they were setting up.

catnip - 16 February 2011

Piers Morgan’s show tonite is about the sexual abuse/rapes in the US military.

Reminds me of the last time this story broke big and I busted an apologist guy from CENTCOM on my blog – whose IP I had tracked and who then admitted it was his job to post Good News™ (deny deny deny) talking points around the tubes to deflect criticism.

catnip - 16 February 2011

posted in the wrong place

17. marisacat - 16 February 2011

hmm David Ignatius mentions that Cohen of the NYT “and others” are trying to say that Anti Moos are responsible for the assault. But i notice he does not link to them (for whatever reason, not even Cohen in the Times).

Can’t stand either DI OR Cohen, but the Ignatius push back on ascribing blame so fast is not bad.

marisacat - 16 February 2011

ugh ooops DI means Richard Cohen of the Wapo. (I was thinking of ROGR Cohen – at least I think I was!!)

Obviously I should not be let out. Alone.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2011
19. marisacat - 16 February 2011

hmm the UK Independent is pushing the story that Anti Moos assaulted LL.

[T]he violent assault was one of 52 attacks on media personnel that the Committee to Protect Journalists recorded during the protests which led to Mr Mubarak’s fall. But unlike most of the reported incidents, it appears that anti-Mubarak demonstrators were behind the attack on Logan, rather than police or forces supporting the now-deposed president. ….

BooHooHooMan - 16 February 2011

Conveniently ommitting the latest latest update..

Lara Logan Released From Hospital, Talks To Obama

Really. Besides – Who needs more than a few days to go from recovering from a Rapacious Brutal and Sustained Beating and Sustained Sexual Assault when Dr. Reverend Counselor Jesus Barack O’FatherBama is on the case now?

Sorry. Remember- Those WMD’s? NOT IN HERE!

So I think it’s official. They can send St Gabby off to Vegetable Acres now.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 February 2011

Taibbi: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer.

“Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,” he said. “That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write the rest of it. Just write that.”

I put down my notebook. “Just that?”

“That’s right,” he said, signaling to the waitress for the check. “Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. You can end the piece right there.”

Nobody goes to jail. This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world’s wealth — and nobody went to jail. Nobody, that is, except Bernie Madoff, a flamboyant and pathological celebrity con artist, whose victims happened to be other rich and famous people.

mattes - 17 February 2011

Why I no longer believe in my government.

21. marisacat - 16 February 2011



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