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As a… 20 February 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011, Riyadh, WAR!.

Manama, Bahrain: A Bahraini anti-government protester at the Pearl roundabout holds up a poster with pictures of former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali (centre), former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (left) and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein above a picture of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa with the words “soon” written in Arabic [Hassan Ammar/AP]

As a twisted Paladin, of sorts, rides in.

Hail the mush faced Mullen….

US top military officer arrives in Saudi Arabia

(AFP) – 3 hours ago

RIYADH — Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for the first stage of a Gulf tour to boost US relations with its allies in the region.

“Part of what I want to accomplish is to reassure our friends and also just listen to what’s on their mind,” Mullen told journalists.

The highest ranking US military officer’s visit comes as an unprecedented wave of revolts challenges Arab authoritarian regimes, notably in Bahrain and Yemen, after uprisings toppled rulers in Tunisia and Egypt.

The purpose of his mission is to “reassure, discuss and understand what is going on,” Mullen said, adding the “trip was scheduled for other reasons but as it turns out the context has changed.”

In his two-day stay in Saudi Arabia, US President Barack Obama’s top military adviser will meet high-ranking Saudi military officials.

At the top of the agenda is Bahrain, where six people were officially reported killed in last week’s demonstrations, raising pressure on the Sunni Muslim ruling dynasty to talk with the Shiite-led opposition.

Mullen said it was “absolutely critical” that governments and their opposition resolve differences peacefully.

“We certainly would like to see whatever happens happen in a non violent way,” he said. “That where there are differences, they be resolved non violently. And that governments and their people figure this out.”

The Sunni Saudi kingdom has expressed alarm at Iran’s nuclear programme and the Shiite Islamic republic’s growing influence in the Middle East, particularly Bahrain, Iraq and Lebanon which have sizeable Shiite communities.

Foreign ministers of the Gulf monarchies signalled support for Bahrain’s monarchy on Thursday in a joint statement, saying “our security is a collective responsibility and there is no question of accepting foreign interference.”

Bahrain is strategically vital to Washington as it hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which protects the Gulf’s maritime oil routes supplying US operations in Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia is a long-standing US ally and a key regional player in the war on terrorism, with Washington announcing in October a massive contract to supply Riyadh with fighter jets and helicopters.

Information that Saudi Arabia collects on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), operating out of Yemen, has also become critical to alert Western governments of potential threats.

Copyright © 2011 AFP. All rights reserved.

Oh puhleese. The biggest mil power on earth arrives for a circle tour to urge ”peace” and ”non-violence”.

Don’t make me laugh too hard, now.



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011
marisacat - 20 February 2011

oh verrrry funnneee:

Note to my American readers: this cartoon requires an understanding of basic scientific principles. If in doubt, consult a high-school science teacher — if he or she isn’t busy pushing creationism in class

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011


brinn - 20 February 2011


davidly - 21 February 2011

Hmm. Clever, but I wonder whose density is being calculated in the cartoon.

2. catnip - 20 February 2011
3. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011

Why Am I Here?

But mostly, I’m here for the single mothers and fathers. When my brother and I were young, my parents split up. With a two-year nurse’s degree, she raised us both from kindergarten through high school with a public health care worker’s wages. She didn’t make much, but she was frugal. Every night there was food on the table, because we were her life. There was no other option. And now I see Scott Walker’s tax cuts and how they might have affected our family. Why is this recession the working middle class families fault? We aren’t the ones that gave the banks bailouts. I didn’t tell Bush or Obama to give millions of dollars to General Motors. I didn’t tell Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to purchase thousands of bad house mortgages. I didn’t order the invasion of Iraq to fight for oil.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011
5. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011
6. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011
marisacat - 20 February 2011

ANY sort of unity among workers, whether under corrupt unions or other, more spontaneous, personal means, terrifies the WhoEver.

And you know god forbid that workers or protesters in Eqypt or our fav raves, Bahrain, other Gulf states, Saudi, communicate with protesters here.

Which will be happening now.

Or hey, in front of KFC in Beijing.

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011

hopefully it those ties and support will spread …

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011

FYI to those who don’t follow football, Woodson is a god here in WI:

Charles Woodson says he backs organized labor

Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers says he’s with working families in Wisconsin.

In a statement released Sunday morning by the National Football League Players Association, Woodson said he was “proud when many of my current and former teammates announced their support for the working families fighting for their rights in Wisconsin. Today I am honored to join with them.

“Thousands of dedicated Wisconsin public workers provide vital services for Wisconsin citizens. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. These hard working people are under an unprecedented attack to take away their basic rights to have a voice and collectively bargain at work.”

brinn - 20 February 2011

Charles Woodson kicks ass — one of my favorite football players/human beings!!

This is sweet! Whatever helps to bring ’em on! 😉

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011

Walker’s Home Town Sides With Workers

And if anyone in this country would know the dangers involved in what Walker wants to do to us, it is Colorado Springs, who have already been struggling with their own austerity measures for years:

This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.
City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won’t pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

marisacat - 20 February 2011

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday

Is that Colorado springs CO… ?

It has been a years long cascade there, of diminishment.

A friend who stayed with me for 14 months when she needed to leave her husband, during the dotcom / dotdied era and there were NO rentals in SF, so I said, come here, and bring the cat. She finally moved to CS saying ti would be affordable. She could buy, etc.

It’s been a case of what next fr some years now, there. Plus it is all xtians and military. LOL and! she is a Wiccan (I think! who knows iwth organised religion, quasi or otherwise, pagan or otherwise)

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011

yup, it is. I didn’t know Walker was from there, it explains a lot.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 February 2011
marisacat - 20 February 2011

oh I had not seen Dkos 0.0

Geesh Good luck to them all.

(but nice on the statement from the cop!, the one riding t the top!)

10. marisacat - 20 February 2011

AlJazeera and ABC Online (Australia) are reportng that some Libyan troops are DEFECTING.

It’s in the headline of the AJ E article, but I am reading thru trying o find it.

Massive fighting apparently. And on to Tripoli and some straight to Qaddafi compound (so says the article)

mattes - 20 February 2011

A new world.

marisacat - 20 February 2011

From the ABC Online report:

[T]his morning witnesses said members of a Libyan army unit had defected and “liberated” Benghazi from Mr Gaddafi’s forces.

Two residents of Benghazi told Reuters members of the army’s “Thunderbolt” squad had switched sides after days of violence.

“They are now saying that they have overpowered the Praetorian Guard and that they have joined the people’s revolt,” lawyer Mohamed Al-Mana said by telephone.

Libya’s permanent representative to the Arab League, Abdel Moneim al-Honi announced his resignation this morning, saying he was quitting his position in order to “join the revolution” unfolding in his country.

“I have submitted my resignation in protest against the acts of repression and violence against demonstrators [in Libya] and I am joining the ranks of the revolution,” he said in Cairo, where the pan-Arab group has its headquarters.

And Al Jazeera quoted the head of the Al-Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya as threatening to cut off oil exports unless authorities stop what he called the “oppression of protesters.”

Libyan-Australian Mohammed told ABC Radio he spoke to his cousin, a doctor in one of Benghazi’s main hospitals, last night.

“He told me last night it’s more than 280 people killed and more than 500 people injured and there is a shortage of the blood and all medical supplies in the hospital,” he said.


marisacat - 20 February 2011

More from the ABC Online report:

[H]uman Rights Watch says it fears a catastrophe is unfolding in the country.

“What’s particularly worrying is the Libyan government seems to be deliberately using live ammunition, in some cases heavy weapons, to attack protesters,” Human Rights Watch spokesman Tom Porteous said.

“We’ve got reports from the hospital in Benghazi suggesting that many of those who have been killed … display wounds of four centimetres in diameter, which again suggests high-velocity weapons.

“This is a very serious development and we’re afraid that a human rights catastrophe is actually unfolding as I speak.”

Unrest spreading to Tripoli would mark an important development as demonstrations until now have been mostly confined to the east of the country, where Mr Gaddafi’s grip on power is weaker.

Foreign journalists are banned from entering Libya and the country’s media is tightly controlled, making it difficult to verify information from the troubled country.

Tags: world-politics, unrest-conflict-and-war, libya

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11. diane - 20 February 2011


I hope those hoarded ‘maters’ rot on you mother fuckers….

Went to pick some up some basics for chicken soup, to recover my mom from her hideous “”US”/CALI ELDERCARE” experience ……can’t remember any time in CALI when there were no more than five medium sized tomatoes available in a “major” grocery store, …over at least a quarter century, …….while I certainly believe that global warming may in fact be quite the reality, I don’t believe at all that that is why there were only five tomatoes in that produce section ……..I say, just another not so subtle message……..(of course I could have bought vine ripened for $4.99 a pound, but the first and last time I bought them (at a much lesser price) I was really grossed out by the fact that one of the ones I never ate, seemed to last for about two months in the fridge, without ever showing its age)

hugs out, gotta run ……(yeah and go ‘middle east,’ ‘wisconsin,’ etcetera …………..)

marisacat - 20 February 2011

one of the ones I never ate, seemed to last for about two months in the fridge, without ever showing its age

Ah c’mon diane. Get with the program….

Better living thru chemicals! It’s a Monsanto Baby! Not a mere tomato.

(give your mother a hug!)

diane - 20 February 2011

Will pass the hug on sweety, ..thank you! warmth always helps…..;0)

(the tomato incident reminded me of a frustrated hours long search for a seeded watermelon last July (there were hundreds of seedless though).)

marisacat - 20 February 2011

ugh Seedless watermelons. How awful.

12. marisacat - 20 February 2011

omigod… the blog that catnip posted


says Qaddafi has fled to Venezuela (al Arabiyya)… hmmm. Odd place to go, but big oil alliances. (what do I know)…

AND that Amb to China from Libya has resigned as well.

Voice of a judge in Benghazi saying that Qaddafi forces used anti air craft ammunition on humans.

mattes - 20 February 2011

For some reason al jazeera is not covering Bahrain or Libya like they did Egypt.

marisacat - 20 February 2011

AA maintains they wanted Mu to fall, but are careful of the GCC, Gulf Cooperation Council. Of which Qatar is a member.

And that is the tour, part of it, that Mullen is on this week… He is going to all the Gulf states.

On the eve of the Iraq invasion we put down, or assisted the Whatever They Call the Royal Guard of Qatar, an insurrection in Doha. I notice it does not seem to get mentioned, but I remember it.

13. catnip - 21 February 2011

American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy

A number of US media outlets learned about Davis’s CIA role but have kept it under wraps at the request of the Obama administration. A Colorado television station, 9NEWS, made a connection after speaking to Davis’s wife. She referred its inquiries to a number in Washington which turned out to be the CIA. The station removed the CIA reference from its website at the request of the US government.

In other news: water, wet

14. marisacat - 21 February 2011



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