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Africom 2 March 2011

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

An Egyptian man who fled the unrest in Libya talks on a phone provided by Telecom sans Frontiere (TSF) at a refugee camp near the Libyan and Tunisian border crossing of Ras Jdir

US ships are moved to waters closer to Libya as the west debates military action – An Egyptian man who fled the unrest in Libya talks on a phone provided by Telecom sans Frontiere (TSF) at a refugee camp near the Libyan and Tunisian border crossing of Ras Jdir [REUTERS]

As we move from the Horn of Africa, unless we are really lucky, to an expanded, North African front in the endless wars.

Keep an eye out for Ob and Hilary wearing a new flag pin in tandem with the US flag:   the old flag of the Kingdom of Libya. 

Right, their hearts are with the “rebels”.




1. BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

..built on our record of success and all.
Imagine the bouquets and treat bags awaiting us now.
Like on the tarmac in Dover.

marisacat - 2 March 2011

Like on the tarmac in Dover.

The Kosovar at Ramstein

BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

The latest in alumiminum tubes…

2. catnip - 2 March 2011

Telecom sans Frontiere

I hadn’t heard of that organization. Good stuff.

marisacat - 2 March 2011

neither had I….

3. catnip - 2 March 2011
4. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011
BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

Talk about breathtaking. The posts you and Marisa have put up on Vivian Maier are just great. Really wonderful to see. Thank you.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011

I need to share some beauty sometimes … I’m glad you liked it.

It was cool to hear her voice on this one, and sad that he finally tracked her down so shortly after she died.

BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

Oh definitely. And I felt the same way watching it.
“Celebrity” as it now,( so far from its literal root) I think is for the birds, and from what can be gleaned from the piece is that she very much prized her privacy, her anonymity, which I can only guess obviously, in that it offered her the kind of space for her art.

But there is something I think about, acknowledgment, a certain reciprocal gift, not so different from the artist lens or reflection, really.. I found myself pained to think she might have passed without seeing herself reflected in someones appreciative glow. Of course I don’t know. I found myself thinking of people in the small slice I saw of her grafs, that it is like that, some close, obviously knowing someone “sees them” acknowledges them as they are, others taken from a distance, many most likely unaware of the photographer’s interest, some leaving one wonder if they were acknowledged by anyone else at all..
Most of what I did see through her lens, it forces one to: acknowledge connectedness to “other”.
I guess it is for that that I would have hoped she too was celebrated in life.

BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

I know its an odd way of putting it for such an inviting body of work, but a Tour de force ..of humanity..it is.

I build the occasional bookcase , what can I say. 😉

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011

I agree with all of that you said, that sense of connectedness and humanity and her own conflict over it (why bother to save all that work if sharing it was never considered?).

The only thing that will save us from destroying ourselves is recognizing those connections, and it’s an insight only being made these days through very private, singular, individual acts of making art and telling stories.

BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

The other inspiring aspect that’s way cool?

How Maloof has curated this, the true way to put it. Hardly an aspect but the dedication to elevating her work, really excellent what he is doing.
Seems like a very solid, bright, and capable guy.

marisacat - 2 March 2011

in threads at the Guardian, where I think I stumbled onto her work (or maybe Madman did, I forget now) some people were troubled by him.

But I thought he was trying to incorporate insight into her and knowledge of her in a very sensitive way. Plus it gets all these marvellous pictures out and about.

And they are wonderful

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011

Yup, I’ve seen that too.

I don’t get the idea that he’s “exploiting” her at all. Would it be better if we never saw those photos? It’s not like he’s claiming her work as his own, that he didn’t try to find her, that he hasn’t tried to celebrate her work, which plainly moved him.

I’m glad he’s doing it.

ms_xeno - 3 March 2011

Yeah. I don’t see how it’s “exploitation,” unless he’s got a line of Frisbees and chewing gum tie-ins planned…

BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

I remembered while viewing the clip Madman posted , it had the graf you featured on her here.
I remember it well. And was glad for both… both respite and to see that my own savage beast thing hasn’t entirely fried my brain. Love to wake up with a whole new reality to reflect upon tomorrow.
Anyways…Back to the Exceptionalist grind of one sort or other, I’m not happy to say.

5. BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

John King all handwavey on CNN’s military-grade touch-screen scoreboard showing the American sheeple – what else – – Ghaddai’s scarey weapons inventory. Who knew? Haven’t we been here before? Masseuse and Defense Sec Gunter Gates is heating up a little oil for this backbreaker to come: “No no no- We won’t be doing that.
Now if I may, Just a GENTLE – “

Hmm, let’s see about that “no-fly”:
Joe Lieberman is for it.

Oh Gad, the slithering going on now. As of now the US, lying of course, is against it. Neither the Pols nor the Mil were prepared. None of these hapless hayseeds have sufficiently prepared their domestic heat-stricken goat herds over the need to drive on. They also hope to use the dying embers of Ghaddafi’s regime to handle as much mayhem beforehand…

IMO, Their worst fear is if this goes quick.

I imagine the US is doing everything possible to keep Ghaddafi covertly armed in Tripoli while sowing division in the oil centered East.. till Uncle can come in and , ya know, “rescue” it… 🙄

Another major downer for US PTB would be an unaligned consolidation in the East that could withstand Ghaddaffi. If those people say Hey man we’re into OUR liberation , the oil, but not the whole National identity and civil war thing,..Oh fuck. MAJOR Downer for the MIC.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011

I heard somewhere in the last day or two that one of the first things the UK added to their embargo list was crowd control equipment:

The British government has approved the sale of tear gas and crowd control ammunition to Bahrain within the last nine months.

The sales were actively promoted by the UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation.

Equipment approved for export to Bahrain in 2010 included tear gas and crowd control ammunition, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles and sub-machine guns.

Equipment approved for export to Libya included crowd control ammunition, small arms ammunition and tear gas.

Campaign Against Arms Trade spokeswoman Sarah Waldron said: “Government ministers claim they wish to support open and democratic societies in the Middle East but at the same time are aiding authoritarian regimes and providing the tools for repression.

“They don’t just approve the sale of this equipment – they actively promote it.”

“There should be an immediate arms embargo – but more importantly we should be asking why these exports were ever licensed in the first place.”

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has now said that Britain is urgently reviewing its arms export licences to Bahrain after five anti-government protesters were killed in a military crackdown, bringing the total death toll to seven.

More than 200 people were injured as riot police attacked demonstrators and tanks were sent on to the streets.

Which apparently it did after links like the above started making their rounds.

BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

I mentioned it earlier , The Independent’s Dave Brown on UK arms dealing is right on it. As is today’s twist – however intended by Tim Sanders – how the MIL will clearly use this to dispatch of any minor inconvenience of having to even pander on “defense cuts” My .02, anyways. Fuckers.

MJS at SMBIVA put it best I think.
“Oh fuck. Here come the Humanitarians”

6. BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

Oh Lord I had missed this.
I see CNN has, not even sorry here –
some ex pat sand flea out of San Antonio on…
talking about The New Libyan Provisional Government!
That was just set up Today! It’s New!
We did Lunch! Something like that.

Spitzer, in the intro introducing the gak from San Anton, I shit you not:
And there has even been Newspaper articles written about this today. 😆 Now for more on this we have..



His laudatory intro for her?

You have been in the Mossad.
You have served yada yada.
Did you see this coming?

Take it awaaaay, TZIPI!! 😆

BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

Just to be clear,
the intro introducing the guy was just the introduction.. 😆

marisacat - 2 March 2011

Maybe she can take Kathleen Parker’s place.

catnip - 2 March 2011

I hope Wolfie does. Then it would be the Spitzer Blitzer show.

marisacat - 2 March 2011

oh that gave me a laugh…

Wht a crap line up it all is.

marisacat - 2 March 2011

OH!: Spitzer Blitzer and Tzipi!! (Moe Shep and Curley!)

And they would all have Zionism in common!

catnip - 2 March 2011

They could call it (quite rightfully): ZZZZZZ…

BooHooHooMan - 2 March 2011

😆 Spitzer Blizer

Plastic sheeting all around!

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011

In Madison: Scott Walker Packed His Budget Address With Ringers

Walker entered to thunderous applause, though not from the Democrats, who refused to rise. At least two-thirds of the East audience galley was loudly applauding but they had nothing on the West coast. It was now clear who the men in business attire were. Nearly without exception, the west gallery was all men in black suits and, when the governor said something meaningful, they all rose and applauded, and they did it with verve and volume. I’m not saying these guys were not from Wisconsin, but if you know Wisconsin, you know for a fact that even for most businessmen, black suits are not part of the wardrobe. In general, the only time one will see a large gathering of Wisconsin men in black suits is at a funeral, or, apparently at a Governor Walker budget address.

Reporter Kristin Knutsen found evidence that many of these ringers may have entered through the capitol’s access tunnels, noting the presence of the Division of Criminal Investigation—the same officers I saw upstairs outside the Assembly chambers following the address escorting unidentified men.


I exited the capitol into blazing sunset. While many spoke of a collecting gloom inside, it had been a sunny day in Wisconsin, a real rarity. Thousands and thousands of protesters appeared as my eyes adjusted. “What’s going on in there?” one goateed man yelled.

“Is the address over? Is it still going on?” asked another. “How many are in there?”

I left them at the King Street entrance. They were still chanting: “Let us in!” On the way to my car, I passed the Northeast Wisconsin Fox affiliate shooting an update. While its parent was willing to trip over itself to cover any gathering of tea partiers greater than 100, Fox 11 has chosen to shoot from the vantage of East Washington—highlighting a nearly empty Capitol grounds.

Of all the angles of the Capitol, that one up East Washington is the sole view that would make it appear as if nobody was there. (Though, I’m not even sure why Fox 11 is even bothering given that Fox News has just started passing off stock footage of fights as the Wisconsin protests.)

Thousands continue to gather every night at their capitol in Madison. Many are now camping out on the grounds overnight.

Sure, they are teachers and corrections officials and nurses and other public employees who stand to lose the most from the bill. But increasingly, the numbers of private employees joining those threatened are the very middle class private employees who’ve seen recent statements by the governor as indicative that he’s coming for them next—including his plans for BadgerCare recipients to pay more for the coverage as they get jobs in the private sector.

And now, some of them are even self-identified Walker voters. And like good Wisconsin boys, they’re apologizing for it.

good pics at the link.

marisacat - 2 March 2011

The black suit brigade nearly sounds like some cult.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011

the American right is a cult.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011

Senate Republicans turn up heat on missing Democrats

Senate Republicans stepped up efforts Wednesday to force their 14 absent Democratic colleagues home, instituting fines for the defiant lawmakers and penalties for their staffers.

Senators voted to impose a $100-per-day fee for members absent without leave for two or more session days, deplete their expense accounts and revoke parking privileges for them and their staff.

The new rules, which are expected to go into effect Friday, are a not-too-subtle attempt to end what has been a two-week stalemate between Republicans and Democrats over Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill.

The Assembly passed the measure last week, after a marathon 61-hour filibuster by Assembly Democrats. The bill now sits one vote away from being sent to the governor’s desk. The only thing stopping it are the 14 Democratic senators hidden out in Illinois, a last-ditch move made to prevent a quorum and stall its passage.

On Wednesday, the strains of stalemate were in full display as the Republicans and Democrats both struggled to show signs of unity.

All but two Senate Republicans stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a press conference Wednesday afternoon as a sign of support for the governor’s plan. One of those absent was Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, who authored a compromise plan that never took hold with his fellow Republicans.

“The institution of the Wisconsin State Senate, I think unfortunately, is being torn apart by this bill,” said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau. “Many of us are frustrated who have stood on the floor and debated bill after bill after bill that philosophically we disagreed with. But we knew it was important to the institution.”

Meanwhile, in Illinois, Democratic senators held a lengthy caucus to discuss their situation, as well as how to respond to the sweeping budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by Walker. Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, said Walker’s budget only “provides a further divide” in a state shaken by his effort to effectively end collective bargaining for public employees. But he insisted the 14 remain unified.

“When we do decide to return, we’ll return united,” Larson said.

But if the senators stay away for long, it could cost them. The resolution passed Wednesday also requires absent Democrats to reimburse the Senate for any costs incurred in attempts to force them to return, and their travel expenses and daily allowance payments — which the senators say they are not taking while they remain out of state — can be withheld until they pay back the penalties and costs. Salaries would not be affected.

Republicans have already withheld the checks of absent Democrats from direct deposit and denied access to copying machines for their staff. But so far, none of the measures has lured the Democrats back.

marisacat - 2 March 2011

I am generally opposed to PACs…. but the 14 need to set up a joint pac, if they legally can.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2011


catnip - 3 March 2011

The resolution passed Wednesday also requires absent Democrats to reimburse the Senate for any costs incurred in attempts to force them to return,

Wow. That’s a whole new kind of authoritarian bullshit.

ms_xeno - 3 March 2011

Live by authoritarianism, die by it.

Maybe they can force them all to take drug tests, too. I would laugh my ass off, personally.

catnip - 3 March 2011

That’s like charging the family of a murder victim for the bullets the killer used.

They’re creative. You have to give them that.

ms_xeno - 3 March 2011

Well, a few soldiers must be sacrificed so McHopey can peddle more and better “bipartisanism.”

Turning the other cheek, and all that. Just like Jeebus. :rolleye:

10. marisacat - 2 March 2011

22 new charges agaisnt Bradley Manning, including “aiding the enemy” which is a capital offnse

Google News Page

11. earth to meg - 2 March 2011

Empire – Obama 2.0

YouTube of a panel discussion at George Washington University on Obama’s two years of imperialism. The panel includes Ralph Nader and As’ad Abukhalil (Angry Arab), along with two other liberal imperialists.

marisacat - 2 March 2011

ooo thanks for that etm….

How have you been?

catnip - 3 March 2011

Thanks. I had tried to find that on AJ’s site the day it was on but couldn’t track it down.

12. marisacat - 3 March 2011


Wonder if AJ E reported on this:

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamed Ben Khalifa, succeeded in defeating the end of last week and attempted coup, which occurred after the deposition of some thirty senior Qatari army, some are under house arrest.

The news of the attempted coup coincided with a declaration of some people from families close to the emir of Qatar and opponents of the current regime, in which they announced the non-recognition of the legitimacy of the Emir Hamed Ben Khalifa, and seek to replace him by his brother Abdelaziz Ben Khalifa ben Hamed refugee to France.

The statement of the Qatari opposition, signed by 66 political opponents as well as Qatari personalities and ruling families, including 16 figures from the ruling family, contained serious accusations against the current Emir of Qatar, among others, relations with Israel and the United States of America. He is accused of working for the United States and creating discord among Arab countries in addition to his involvement with the family of his wife in corruption and social injustice against thousands of Qatari citizens.

catnip - 3 March 2011

Interesting. I caught some commentator the other day – can’t remember who it was but it must have been someone talking about the AJ/Quatar connection – speaking in very glowing terms about that country (and, of course, mentioning its’ ties to the US military – as if that’s a guarantee that it’s a beacon of human rights or something). There wasn’t one mention of any problems.

13. catnip - 3 March 2011
14. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011

Wis. Police Assoc. Slams Republicans for Ordering Democrats Detained ‘With or Without Force’

“Politics aside, encouraging the forcible detention of duly elected lawmakers because they won’t allow you to dictate with a free hand is an unreasonable abuse of police power,” said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. “Due to the fact that Wisconsin officers lack any jurisdiction across state lines, does Sen. Fitzgerald intend to establish a ‘lawmaker border patrol?’ The thought of using law enforcement officers to exercise force in order to achieve a political objective is insanely wrong and Wisconsin sorely needs reasonable solutions and not potentially dangerous political theatrics.”

marisacat - 3 March 2011

Maybe Walker needs to deputise the Pinkertons.

I see reports around he wants warrants for their arrest carried out.

Musso Lini? More than a little?

ms_xeno - 3 March 2011

I’m surprised Future Candidate Gingrich isn’t beating the drum for that one.

marisacat - 3 March 2011

He probably is….

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011

Maddow was just reporting that Senate Leader Fitzgerald mentioned hiring bounty hunters to bring them back from IL, so …

marisacat - 3 March 2011

There you go! Pinkertons!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011

Maddow put up a picture of Dog the Bounty Hunter for the story.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011
16. ms_xeno - 3 March 2011

I don’t know what makes me roll my eyes more: The news report about how “pointed” President Hope’s comments to Qadafi are, or the trumpeting on various CorpNews front pages (names classified to protect your digestion) about the big “Republican victory” in slashing the Fed budget.

Obama is about as “pointed” as a bowl of cold oatmeal. And this budget “control” bullshit is so very, very bipartisan.

Give me a fucking break.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011
marisacat - 3 March 2011

what a scream…. loved the Santa one… and the penguins one.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011

it’s scary how well they fit!

marisacat - 3 March 2011

They really do…. what a hoot, I so enjoyed it. Plus it was nice to see the old cartoons again.

catnip - 3 March 2011

Rofl. That was hilarious!

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011
19. marisacat - 3 March 2011



………….. 😉

20. catnip - 3 March 2011

I’m a snipe hunter. 🙂

marisacat - 3 March 2011

ooo good one catnip

catnip and her BIG guns…snipe hunting with popcorn for ammo…wearing stylish camo…using her lazer-focused wit as a scope to zero in on her unsuspecting targets…

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2011

does your study have trophy snipe heads up on the walls?

catnip - 3 March 2011

Only my taxidermist knows for sure.

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