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Weekend… 14 May 2011

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

A baby elephant plays in a river in their daily outing from the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka

A baby elephant plays in a river in their daily outing from the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka       [AFP/GETTY]




1. diane - 14 May 2011

Things just get more and more surreal and awful, from Washington’s Blog, on May 11th:

As I explained Monday, the Neoconservatives used fear to scare people into submission. Obama used the emotions of “hope” and “change” to rally his base, but has now largely abandoned those themes in favor of fear.

Indeed, as the Boston Herald notes, President Obama will soon be able to reach out and scare the dickens out of you wherever you are:

President Obama could soon have the ability to personally text message every single cell-phone-toting American -— whether they like it or not — with “critical emergency alerts” under a new federal program that civil libertarians and political opponents say is a Big Brother-like intrusion posing a high risk of political abuse.

Federal officials in New York yesterday unveiled the three-tiered emergency alert system that would blast messages about Amber Alerts, impending weather disasters and terror threats to mobile devices.

Cell-phone users could opt out of most alerts if they want to, but not the texter-in-chief’s presidential pages.

“It’s like the state rep sending out mailings about how wonderful they are,” said Tad Kasperowicz of the Quincy Tea Party. “President Obama says,’Here come the high winds and the thunderstorms’ and it’s not really an emergency, but, hey, he gets his name out to every cell phone in the area. I can see that. Absolutely. There’s potential for abuse there.”

A special chip, which some smartphones already have [clearly those smartphone manufacturers were aware of these plans – diane], allows the phone to receive the messages. All phones will be required to have to the chip by next year.


diane - 14 May 2011

I’m seriously wondering if the Google and Twitter 2 day outages weren’t connected to stifling the spreading of that news, per Washington’s Blog:

Blogger and Twitter Experiencing Technical Problems

Blogger – which hosts this site – has been experiencing outages and problems throughout most of the last two days. Blogger accidentally deleted – or at least de-posted – all of yesterday’s posts, so I re-posted them. If duplicate posts appear, it is because Blogger has re-posted the original versions.

Blogger’s problems also explain why comments were deactivated.

Twitter is also currently down, and so I can’t tweet new posts.

Also interesting, per a late May 13th update, in this Zdnet piece, Google:

…attributes the problem to “data corruption” during scheduled maintenance.

wonder what Twitter attributed the problem to?

marisacat - 14 May 2011

Apparently Blogger ate posts as well.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

That could wear thin very quickly. His YouTubes on Saturdays and his radio address have very very very very low listener/viewers.

Also, the White Boys behind Obby are going to misuse, over use, the damned thing.

I just heard Dickerson on his CBS Town Hll… which I several times had to stop watching but when I read the full text, I had caught most of it. Dickerson asked qestions of the intact audience after the event. The responses were not great.

Good Luck Obby.

diane - 14 May 2011

That could wear thin very quickly.

it sure could, and in preparation for that, I wouldn’t doubt at all that there are already devices to block the messages, which will only be provided to speshul folk.

2. marisacat - 14 May 2011


Because raising taxes is so popular! And everyone trusts the money will go where the pols say it will go. Riiiight… Because they always do as they promised … ?. (Don’t make me laugh TOO hard…)

BTW on the list of 70 state parks were some surprising ones…Oh unless you realise Jerry is just another fucking punitive pol.

If you work from that basis, it all makes sense.

BEYOND THE BELTWAY – L.A. Times, lead of second front, “BROWN SCALES BACK TAX PLAN — But a recent surge in revenue may not save 70 state parks he has slated for closure,” by Shane Goldmacher and Anthony York, in Sacramento:

“A surge in revenue has prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to scale back his proposal for more taxes, even as his administration on Friday announced its intention to close 70 state parks. … [T]he revised budget he presents Monday will propose raising income tax rates …. for four years rather than the five he initially wanted. The higher rate would not take effect until 2012. The governor will continue to push for a five-year extension of increases in sales taxes and vehicle fees that are due to expire by July 1.” http://lat.ms/lg0tmL

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011
marisacat - 14 May 2011

There is a problem with her argument. Straddling her recgnition of the Palestinians and the Nakba… she insists Israel has a “right to exist”. AND declares herself a Zionist.

She wants it all.

I dunno. I watch so many Americans play this game, in various ways. “Yeah we are not perfect, but we TRY, no one else does. And you better believe it, we are IT!”.

Start pushing thse people to the wall (on their confused idealogy) and they scream incongruities. They begin to babble and drool… heading for a safe corner…

It reminds me of all the too cute busy work of the “Interfaith” yahoos. The religions are all in competition wth each other – they sure as a hell on earth hate one another, however they mask it… but a certain type of limited thinker is kept all busy and happy with “interfaith dialogue”.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

That’s why I thought it was interesting … they know that the argument has shifted and their desperate … and the ones who were perfectly happy w/ the bloodthirsty horrors committed are now try to hedge their bets.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

There is no way out for them… All the racist and Zionist laws they live by, add in the looney orthodox and Hasidic and so on…, even as they make more of the racist laws..

I won’t make it to see how it all comes down… but it is going to be ugly. All of the fucking crazed settlers, so many of them Americans… plus our crazed support for a BIG FAT FUCKING MISTAKE.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

I expect them to nuke what’s left rather than surrender, sadly.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

Yeah I can see that.. a fitting end. And it will blow on the wind. Forever.

What a huge fucking mistake.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011


Tax debate causes rifts among Democrats

At issue for Democrats is whether the party risks going overboard in its embrace of tax increases — a perilous proposition for lawmakers from political battlegrounds.

Those tensions erupted at a private meeting this week of a handful of key Democratic members.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), facing reelection next year, spoke up to oppose a plan being drafted by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad that would impose a new surtax on millionaires of about three percent on top of the higher tax rates they would face when the George W. Bush tax cuts expire next year, according to several people familiar with the exchange.

Nelson later explained through a spokesman that he was opposed to “double taxation,” even on the wealthy.

Another centrist on the budget committee, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), has also opposed the idea.

Several centrist Democrats have been voicing concern in private sessions that Conrad’s draft may be shifting too far to the left in order to placate liberals on the committee whose votes are needed to move the legislation, according to aides.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

A lot of idiots here are very shokced that teachers were willing to go to Sacramento and very visible in their protest signs, were ones exhorting to tax the rich, tax the corps.

And sadly, one I saw reminding Jerry his father made a promise to Californians of free education. And at one time, the deal here was very very good, between the various UC systems. You made it thru HS, even if you needed the remedial systems that were set up inside the Communty College system, and there was a place for you.

It is all dying, top to bottom, bottom up… and sideways.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

It is all dying, top to bottom, bottom up… and sideways.

More like being tortured then killed, slowly.

5. diane - 14 May 2011

3:00 CDT Morganza Floodway opens to divert Mississippi River away from Baton Rouge, New Orleans

About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures are in harm’s way as up to 25 feet of flooding is expected in a 3,000 square-mile area of Cajun country stretching from Melville to Morgan City.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

I lve how they frame it as “saving New Orleans” and “saving” Baton Rouge.

When this is being done for the oil companies.

I am going to enjoy vote counts election night, from the gulf states. I think Obby forgets, he needs overall popular vote too.

diane - 14 May 2011

yup, yup, yup.

diane - 14 May 2011

More from:

Brisbane Times [AU]

The river, currently cresting upstream in Arkansas, is set to eclipse the high water records set in the epochal floods of 1927.

Near its height, the Mississippi town of Vicksburg is expecting a forecast 17.5-metre crest on May 19, topping the 17.13-metre historic crest set 84 years ago this month, according to data from the National Weather Service.

But opening the spillway has prompted warnings of flash floods from forecasters and urgent evacuation orders from state houses in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The worst floods to hit the central United States in more than 70 years have already swallowed up thousands of homes, farms and roads in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Snore (via AP ‘paste’ job), from WAPO Army Corps explains Louisiana spillway opening [!!!!!] [US]

The Morganza spillway was opened on Saturday in an attempt to protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge from the rising Mississippi River. (May 14) (/Associated Press)

yup, that’s it folks! ………, ….yup, that ‘information promising’ title, was almost longer than the “article.”


marisacat - 14 May 2011

I hear Haley Barbour sent a message from his plane, that was winging north (I think he and the wif have a place in NYC) to Get Out Now! Get Out While You Can!! and, I Shall Return To Lead You.

Oh and, he told them to file now for Federal money. No he really did!!


diane - 14 May 2011


…thayz got a blue one for the boyz, ….and a pink one for the little guhlz [Blanco comes to mind – diane]…

from The Bad Seed

marisacat - 14 May 2011

ugh worse than Blanco was Nagin. And she was pretty bad, before Katrina, I mean she was elected to be a go along Baton Rouge Cajun business Democrat governor, nothing else… BUT… she did stand up to Bush on several points. While Nagin said, I am your boy Massa.

It was disgusting.

I put off watching the Spike several parter on NO til recently. But only got thru one. He blurred a lot of lines and embraced some dumb fuck fools. And his audio commentary was really bad – rather stupid in fact.. more stupid embrace of harmful people……… Reminded me how despite loving a few of his movies, I never could stand him.

diane - 14 May 2011

understand about Nagin (and, Spike’s BLURRING), I was just including a potential female for that pink hot seat, I couldn’t possibly list all the potential BOYZ candidates, for a blue hot seat, in one post …sigh …

(I suppose I should qualify, that I wouldn’t be on board with electrifying anyone … jus’ “satire” about those chairs….all that seems able to pull a half ass grin anymore, and that’s pretty fuckin pathetic, and frightening.)

diane - 14 May 2011

Oh yeah, and don’t forget:

…to file now for Federal money

while clinging to that flotsam, ….and more concerned with water moccasins. …….Need a gel pen? ….we have plenty!, we always do, Shake ‘n’ Bake (or Drown), ……’n’ we halped!

After all, …not much money left, …’n’ we plan on spending most of it (other than the obscene amount we’ve reserved for ourselves),…to bomb the fuck out of PO’ FOLK LIKE YOU.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

Yes Barbour is quoted saying that, just yesterday. As he flew out, of course.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

from NPR yesterday:

Ms. WELLS: I’m packing, trying to, you know, get out of here and go somewhere.

ELLIOTT: Where would you go?

Ms. WELLS: I’ll probably have to go to a – try to get in a shelter somewhere. Yeah. Other than that, I ain’t got nowhere else to go. But I – the Lord know. He’ll make a way. We’re going to get out.

Gov. BARBOUR: You need to go on and get out now while you can.

ELLIOTT: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour warns that water is forcing road closures all over the delta. He says it’s best to evacuate and not have to be rescued. Barbour says this is like no other natural disaster the state has faced.

Gov. BARBOUR: A flood like this, you’ll watch and you see it coming for days and days and days. And then the impact of it lasts for weeks sometime before you can get back to your property. And only then can you start cleaning up and rebuilding. So it’s a real tragedy for the people that this happens to.

ELLIOTT: Vicksburg Fire Chief Charles Atkins is seeing that firsthand.

Mr. CHARLES ATKINS (Chief, Fire Department, Vicksburg, Mississippi): When you have to go in and ask a 73-year-old woman that has no family or something like that, she has to move and – that’s all she has – to go to a shelter or something to that degree, then, you know, it’s kind of touchy.

6. marisacat - 14 May 2011

my god. There will be NO federal assitance for the 25,000 TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND who are going to be flooded out by opening the Morganza flood gates.

“They took the risk to live where they live”.

What bullshite.

They are pretending, because that is all we live with now, that saving the refineries and other oil process installtions, it will bring gas down.

Cutting out speculation, when you do it all on paper, with no need to store volume, would help MORE, I bet…

diane - 14 May 2011

oh wahl, Ah jus don believe that, ….Ah mean, look at all that ‘sistance we givin those Po Folk in Libeeya ….I mean, can’t we leas send in a few those type bombers, …. to put folks out they mizry?

Ah know that cost plenty.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

I heard another clip of Barbour saying “if you don’t get out now, you’re on your own.”

7. diane - 14 May 2011

looks like little, sweet baby has some Woolly Mammoth cuzns honey! …quite the doo baby’s got goin on :0) ….;0) …. (So pathetic, that I need to qualify, …. to idiots, …who may twist my admiration: FUCK reTHUGS, demRATS, and “Independents.” )

marisacat - 14 May 2011

I knwo isn’t the do great?

The only baby picture I ever put up at my desk (I taped it to the rim of a reading lamp, LOL) was the infant son of a friend of mine, a Japanese-Chinese baby… His hair was fluffed straight up like the little elephant.. and he had sunglasses on.

It screamed Baby Mogul…..

A total HOOT!

diane - 14 May 2011

yup, it is wonderful honey, and so are you,….thank you honey,…for the voice.

(and wow,…Japanese – Chinese, …talk about high yella …..)

diane - 14 May 2011

(ha, when beings are left to their own sense of things, without unnecessary AGGRESION, …. wonderful things can happen …..

;0) ……)

diane - 14 May 2011

(oopsie! …..”Aggression;” …jeesh why is shit so complicated, I didn’t hear that second “s” …and these daze, I don’t much write the word aggression, soze I might be reminded, how to spell it……(don’t care to conjure it up much either), but I did know, it looked odd, on the play back….sigh …..)

diane - 14 May 2011

Actually, …putting much thought behind it, …I never did find occasion to write that word, “aggression,” in day to day corresponsdence. …Perhaps I’m disfunctional? …abnormal? …unfit to live?

diane - 14 May 2011

(Oh, and let’s don’t forget the word “dysfunctional” …because some asshole decided to replace that “i” …….jeesh, where’s the teeny font?).

this post may be a duplicate (certainly, at theleast, in the wrong, pixel nesting, area), the more the merrier …:0) …..;0)

8. marisacat - 14 May 2011

I hear HuckNut announced he is NOT running.

I knew he never would, he does not want to give up the FOX and other broadcast work he’s got NOR does he want to have to lose a hundred lbs or so.

Most film of him carefully does not show how he has Blossomed for Jeeeeeeeeesuhs.

But he has. BlubBaby.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

Disney Trademarks ‘SEAL Team 6′

what is there left to say about this fucked up country?

marisacat - 14 May 2011

oh surely the Gubmint trademarked it first? No? :roll:…

What an embarrassing two weeks. Really, it has been.

And that drippy, we buried the body at sea with full Muslim sensitivity.

1. Who cares, this is all so clearly bedtime stories for American children (voters) AND

2. The headlines on the front pages of papers. Osama bin wankin’ — and so on. Porn laden. GMAFB. After the slither drool of how we so tended to the muslim sensibility.

ANYBODY who has nt read of how the CIA arranges the aftermath of these abductions, kills, whatevers, has not been paying attention.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

the ramp-up in the use of dogs seems calculated to grate against the belief by some Muslims that they are unclean.

diane - 14 May 2011

Let alone the fear… a snarling Belgian Malinois, (or close relative,….if rumors are true) can put into a person, …..used to great effect, I believe, by the Nazis, ….(worked/works? pretty good in Pittsburgh< PA too….I’ll testify).

marisacat - 14 May 2011

And let’s not forget! The NAMES of the Seal Team dogs are secret.


diane - 14 May 2011

indeed, and we certainly wouldn’t want to put a select class of breeders, and/or, providers, out of business … would we, that would be a waste of our, Winning The Future stimulus money …..

diane - 15 May 2011

Oh, just fuckin priceless, was intrigued by the connection of the word Green with Belgian Malinois, and/or K9 Cop dogs, because it didn’t necessarily appear to be connected with a young, untrained dog. One of the links that came up on a search, was this Pwogwessive: HUFFPOST GREEN link:

But the coolest thing about these guys? Many SEAL dogs come equipped with “titanium fangs capable of ripping through enemy protective armor,” at a cost of “about $2,000 a tooth,” according to the Daily. That’ll get the job done.

marisacat - 15 May 2011

Oh that has been thoroughly debunked, although the sloppy media is still giggling about it and pushing it.

diane - 15 May 2011

What I thought was bleakly hilarious, was HuffPo categorizing it under “Green” “Living.”

marisacat - 15 May 2011

yeah nothing green about it…

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011
11. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

Japan’s distinctly un-American brand of heroism

On a trip to Japan three weeks after the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster, I repeatedly ran into the theme of “change.” Young people in their 20s and 30s likened the Tohoku catastrophe to 9/11, after which Americans were enveloped by a sense of unity. “That feeling disappeared,” I warned.

“It won’t disappear here,” everyone insisted. “Japan is going to change.”

I tried imagining a similar conversation following a national tragedy with friends and family in New York, California and Nebraska. I know what I would hear: the names of potential candidates to lead the Democratic and Republican parties, state laws that could serve as models for the nation, criticism and praise of the media. In other words, I would hear a small-scale version of the garrulous chatter that surrounds us every four years during a presidential election.

So at a dinner part in Kyoto, I asked some friends: “Do you think you will have another election? Maybe your government will change?”

My friend Sakiko, who is 33 and lives in Kyoto, practically laughed. “We don’t have heroes in government. We would never elect Obama.”


Nono nodded. “Japan,” he said, “became too convenient for everyone. We got spoiled and forgot how to care about each other. We must do things differently.”

“But how?”

At this point, everyone became agitated. Clearly they thought they had explained to me how and why Japan would change. In a last ditch effort, Sakiko said, quite passionately, that things would now change in Japan because they had to. Then she used a phrase that is quintessentially Japanese, and therefore difficult to translate precisely. “Minna no kimochi de.” “With everyone’s feelings united.” “By feeling everyone’s feelings.” There were murmurs of assent.

To my Western ears, this felt like a plan just one step removed from “The Secret.” Want change badly enough and it will come — though I think even in “The Secret” you were supposed to visualize precisely what you wanted. The part of me that is Japanese said: Hold on. Don’t be so literal and blunt. Not everything requires a blueprint and heroic battle plan. It’s in part because of its unique ability to adapt that Japan has survived the long arc of history, even if it also went through generations of maintaining the status quo. After all, during the ’60s and ’70s, the Japanese government was betting on Nippon Steel, not Toyota and Sony. And yet, I’d argue the latter contributed more to Japan’s rise.

If I were to have a wish granted on this subject, it would not be for Japan to precisely ape our Western culture and system as so many policy wonks and journalists seem to want it to. I am not sure how such a thing would be what the Japanese would find remotely comfortable. But surely, in the ability to be so other directed, to empathize deeply with the needs of others and to act with minna no kimochi, there must be some way of being that can inspire the Japanese to live with renewed and enviable purpose. Thirty-seven-year-old Mayumi, a mother like me, wrote this in an email: “This nuclear power plant disaster is not just a problem for Japan, but a problem for the rest of the world … If what happened in Japan happened in America, would you think it was OK to live your life with nuclear power? Think if you want to leave this kind of nuclear power for your children.”

Earlier this week, Japan surprised the world by reversing its commitment to nuclear power and stating it would build no new plants. Looks like heroism to me.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

France is outlawing fracking.

I have no idea where it all is going, but you know, hold a good thought for the world.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

If they’re smart they’ll all kick into sealing us behind a dome so we’ll only destroy ourselves.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

so we’ll only destroy ourselves.

I’d vote for it. That was one of my arguments over at Daily Nothing…

There is no one to stop us. And someone should. Someone has to.

Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

our behavior shows we won’t stop ourselves …

marisacat - 14 May 2011

we just get worse.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

Obama Shifts to Speed Oil and Gas Drilling in U.S.

WASHINGTON — President Obama, facing voter anger over high gasoline prices and complaints from Republicans and business leaders that his policies are restricting the development of domestic energy resources, announced Saturday that he was taking several steps to speed oil and gas drilling on public lands and waters.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

I can see some of the game being played… The Republican plan wants to open up Cali to oill drilling. ObSnob’s game will be to boast that he held the line… As they divy up what is already chopped up and sold off…

Like the way he easily tossed as surrender DC’s own vote to use their own money for abortion for poor women… gave it up first to Boehner…

and so on.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011

Thousands gather at Capitol to ‘keep the pressure on’ Walker

Thousands of protesters massed at the Capitol on Saturday in an effort to show that outrage over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals is not dead, three months after he unveiled his plan to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers.

On a chilly and drizzly May day, a crowd gathered on the Capitol lawn and pooled out into State Street, listening to speakers urge them to keep up the fight against Walker’s policies.

“We have to reclaim our moral outrage, our sense of indignation,” Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, said to cheers from the crowd. “We have to keep the pressure on and let them hear us.”

The “Fight Is Not Over” rally, organized by We Are Wisconsin and Wisconsin Wave, did not swell to the size of some of the weekend protests in February and March, when tens of thousands of people gathered. The Madison Police Department estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people attended Saturday’s rally.

Pretty decent sized crowd, and bigger than most of the teabagger rallies that got all that attention.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011


Threats to lawmakers during the Capitol collective bargaining standoff made good reading this week after the state Department of Justice released records of phone calls, emails, letters and social media statements that were investigated by law enforcement.

But the threats were only part of the story. Last week, two months after I requested police reports of arrests, incidents of disorderly conduct or other infractions on the Capitol grounds during the protests sparked by Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to effectively end bargaining rights for most public employees, the Department of Administration released about 400 pages of reports. Most of them were merely describing police activity like shift changes, responses for “check person” calls and unlocked doors that were not worth documenting, and the other mundane tasks that typically fill the bulk of an officer’s day.

this one is my favorite:

Here’s a particularly articulate example that was emailed to Gov. Scott Walker:

“Go f— yourself. Please. Just f—ing die already. The greatest thing anyone could do for our proud state of Wisconsin is accidentally slip some cyanide into your morning coffee or accidentally push you down the stairs of our great state capitol. You are the worst thing that has ever happened to Wisconsin, and all the red-necked hillbillies that elected you should be ashamed of themselves. It will not be long until my brothers and sisters in Madison have forced you out of office. I sincerely wish you harm, Mr. Governor. I hope you and your dictatorial regime spend (sic) get to spend and (sic) extended amount of time in Hell. Honestly. How do you live with yourself after the tragic death of Jared Kellner on the 24th of June, 2010. It was your responsibility as county executive to ensure that the O’Donnell was safe after cracks were discovered. Anyway, I digress. As the son and nephew of several Wisconsin educators and nurses, this legislation disgusts me. You Republicans and you’re (sic) damned budget cuts. You really dropped the ball on the whole high-speed rail situation too. But really, what can I expect? A 2.6 at Marquette. You are a moron, aren’t you?

“Yours truly and full of scorn.”

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 14 May 2011
16. BooHooHooMan - 14 May 2011

I.M.F. Chief, Arrested at Airport, Is Accused of Sexual Attack at Hotel

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, accused of attacking a hotel maid, the authorities said.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

Personally I think it was a set up. Not that he and others aren’t capable of it… But it smells a bit.

A town full of working girls… he was very possbly going to oppose Sarko The American in the next round of elections…

I dunno.

For a while there he was not arrested, but then later, he was being held AND under arrest.

BooHooHooMan - 14 May 2011

Well he can tell it to the Judge.
Explain how much he’s liked living here and all and how it’s the first time and how he is an upstanding member of the Franco American Chef Boyardee Jewish community. We love that kind of shit. LOL.

marisacat - 15 May 2011

Hey I’d be fine with Marine Le Pen by now.

Shake it all up, sky high.

BooHooHooMan - 14 May 2011

…. Strauss-Kahn, was taken off an Air France plane at Kennedy International Airport minutes before it was to take off for Paris on Saturday and arrested in connection with the sexual attack of a maid at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, the authorities said.

Detectives are investigating the assault of a female employee of Sofitel New York, at 45 West 44th Street.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, who was widely expected to become the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, was apprehended by detectives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the first-class section of the jetliner, and immediately turned over to detectives from the Midtown South Precinct, officials said.

The New York Police Department took Mr. Strauss-Kahn into custody, where he was “being questioned in connection with the sexual assault of a hotel chambermaid earlier this afternoon,” Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, said Saturday night. “He is being arrested for a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.”

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said prosecutors were investigating the matter and expected to bring formal criminal charges against Mr. Strauss-Kahn by early Sunday morning.

Reached by telephone, Benjamin Brafman, 😆 a lawyer, said he would be representing Mr. Strauss-Kahn with William Taylor, a lawyer in Washington.

“We have not yet been able to meet with our client and we may have more to say tomorrow,” said Mr. Brafman, who said he had been contacted late Saturday night. He said Mr. Strauss-Kahn was being housed at the police department’s Special Victims Unit.

Early Sunday morning, Reuters reported that Mr. Brafman said in an e-mail that his client “will plead not guilty.”

Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a former French finance minister, had been expected to declare his candidacy soon, 😯 😳 after three and a half years as the leader of the fund, which is based in Washington. He was considered by many to have done a good job in a period of intense global economic strain, when the bank itself had become vital to the smooth running of the world and the European economy.

His apprehension came at about 4:40 p.m., when two detectives of the Port Authority suddenly boarded Air France Flight 23, as the plane idled at the departure gate, said John P. L. Kelly, a spokesman for the agency.

“It was 10 minutes before its scheduled departure,” Mr. Kelly said. “They were just about to close the doors.”

Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Strauss-Kahn was traveling alone and that he was not handcuffed during the apprehension.

“He complied with the detectives’ directions,” Mr. Kelly said.

The Port Authority officers were acting on information from the Police Department, whose detectives had been investigating the assault of a female employee of Sofitel New York, at 45 West 44th Street, near Times Square. Working quickly, the city detectives learned he had boarded a flight at Kennedy Airport to leave the country. ..

And so it goes. Or not.

17. marisacat - 15 May 2011

A french Politics blog that Madman turned me on to a few years ago, has a couple of posts up on DSK:

Still in shock

I’m still in shock. I had just yesterday finished an op-ed piece for the Harvard Crimson analyzing DSK’s likely election strategy. Time for a rewrite.

Like everyone else, I have heard all the stories about DSK’s sexual misbehavior over the years. I have long feared that an episode from his past would emerge to sink his campaign, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that he could or would do something as wanton and brutal as what he is alleged to have done, especially with so much at stake. Of course he remains innocent until proven guilty. The details of the charges remain quite sketchy, and his version of the event has not yet been given publicly. But it is difficult to believe that the police would have arrested such an important figure without probable cause, and the uncertainty, not to mention the seriousness of the charge, will surely be enough to preclude a presidential run. In addition, we will now hear a lot more about this episode and about the book Sexus Politicus (h/t KB). Normally I avoid this kind of gossip on the blog, but ….

So the entire presidential landscape has been remade in an instant.

marisacat - 15 May 2011

via Reuters by way of the Mike Allen email…… 🙄 :

Strauss-Kahn was formally arrested at 2:15 a.m. Sunday on charges of criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. … A 32-year-old maid filed a sexual assault complaint after fleeing the $3,000-a-night hotel suite at the Sofitel in Times Square …

“[NYPD spokesman:] ‘She told detectives he came out of the bathroom naked, ran down a hallway to the foyer where she was, pulled her into a bedroom and began to sexually assault her … She pulled away from him and he dragged her down a hallway into the bathroom where he engaged in a criminal sexual act …. He tried to lock her into the hotel room’ [The NYPD said] Strauss-Kahn does not have diplomatic immunity. … The allegation will be a major worldwide embarrassment to the IMF, which has authorized billions of dollars in lending programs to troubled countries and has played a major role in the euro zone debt crisis. It follows the announcement Thursday the IMF’s No. 2 official, John Lipsky, plans to step down in August when his term ends.”

–N.Y. DAILY NEWS wood, with pic of Strauss-Kahn licking his upper lip: “LE PERV: IMF CHIEF PULLED OFF PLANE AS HE FLEES NEW YORK – French big busted in sex attack on hotel maid.”

Sounds like, for 3K the “hotel room” is a small apartment, with halls. Def got halls.

BooHooHooMan - 15 May 2011

I just hope the fucker hangsa by his hotel suite boutigue-soaped balls. Nice scam he ran with our Nobel Peace Prizer and Timmy G (with Congressional approval!) to sell Bangladesh Central Bank IMF Gold reserves that, among other things went to liquify Grameem’s Nobel Laureate “microlender”, Muhammad Yunus.
I guess they’ll need to find somebody else to keep the heroin markets liquid. Of course they’ll need a thorough retrospective accounting now, and double check all those expense ledgers itemized “Holiday Inn”.

marisacat - 15 May 2011

😆 … 🙄

Bring on Marine.

I thought Kubrick in Eyes Wide Shut made it very clear how things run at the top.

Yunnus was a scammer, as is most of the micro loan crap, from the get go. And let’s not forget who was an early formulator, dead now, so who knows what her version was!, of the micro loan idea… ObSlob’s eminent Mother.

18. marisacat - 15 May 2011

hmm More interesting than most of the after event crap floating around on bin Laden and whoeverelse…

And the pic, in half shadow, of Omar bin laden and his English born wife, is interesting too.

19. marisacat - 15 May 2011



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