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Killer 17 December 2011

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

Egyptian army soldiers beat a protester wearing a Niqab, an Islamic veil, during clashes near Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Activists say the clashes began after soldiers severely beat a young man who was part of a sit-in outside the Cabinet building. At background graffiti depicts members of the military ruling council and Arabic reads: “Killer”. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)

A small gallery of just 9 photos from Tahrir Square on December 16th.



1. marisacat - 17 December 2011

hmm I just glimpsed it on some news segment tonight, but a still shot from Tahrir Sq showed a woman being beaten and stripped, it was hard to tell from the shot (and I will poke around see if I land on it) but it looked as though the full veil, a niqab, had been wrenched upward. She had on a bright turquoise bra…

I am watching Hotel Terminus the Marcel Ophuls doc on Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief in Lyon… and in this part, toward the end of disc 1, he is with a series of old SS and Wehrmacht that he finds living here and there… and the excuses are the same as given today for war crimes (ours).

It does nto change.

marisacat - 18 December 2011

Here she is, first picture up in the latest set of photos from Tahrir Sq…

the snips with the gallery at the Guardian says the police targetted women in the Square.

Egypt clashes continue into third day – in pictures

Ten people die and 441 are wounded in latest violence. Troops target female protesters in Tahrir Square, knocking their headscarves off and pulling them across pavements by their hair, causing outrage.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011

I think it was Hayes’s show this morning where the third string nooze mandarins admitted it was Mubarek’s “second tier” gov’ment officials that were in control and their was no “democracy in Egypt” (like we got any here 🙄 )

marisacat - 18 December 2011

Now if we can just persuade the second string to go softer on Israel and chill on bombing the Sinai pipeline, we will be happy as imperial clams.

SO much lying. All lies… For days I have been turning that war bitch off, Martha Raddatz, but did hear the slobber this morning… That we never sought war in Iraq and, in leaving, we are offering the Iraqis a choice and a chance and what will they make of it for themselves.

We are out in the galaxy far beyond the planet hubris.

Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011

I’m avoiding anything about the “withdrawal” …its like a bleach eyewash…I remember your great piece “one last time for ronnie” or somesuch, anyhoo Glen Greenwald ( 🙄 ) has thing up about Hitch that extensively references Raygun’s Pharoanic send off that is kinda on point, vis. So much lying. All lies..

marisacat - 18 December 2011

oh thank you for that! I will go read GG….. I lay prone in bed all week of the Great Mourn for Reagan…. glued to the TV with the lights low. It was impossible not to watch and yet so painful. So intensely fascistic too. And it was the funeral of a Pharoah.

One of the oddest little journeys, has been Patty Davis… who did say interesting things many decades ago, by now. She was almost a release valve in a sense, espeically growing up here and watching Reagan from the GE days…. Esp when she said things like she considered having her tubes tied (seriously) when she would look at what she came from.

NOW she cashes in by writing about Daddy, wishing he was here to pray with and regretting her years of opposition.

And Ron jr, too, says such drool the past few years.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2011

that’s a good piece

marisacat - 18 December 2011

omigod, what a messed up bitch HE was. I had not read this – well of course I stopped reading him for one thing… snicker!… (and now must go off and read the Gawker syonara to him, 😆 )

[O]ne of the only writers with the courage to provide the full picture of Hitchens upon his death was Gawker‘s John Cook, who — in an extremely well-written and poignant obituary – detailed Hitchens’ vehement, unapologetic passion for the attack on Iraq and his dismissive indifference to the mass human suffering it caused, accompanied by petty contempt for those who objected (he denounced the Dixie Chicks as being “sluts” and “fucking fat slags” for the crime of mildly disparaging the Commander-in-Chief). As Cook put it: “it must not be forgotten in mourning him that he got the single most consequential decision in his life horrifically, petulantly wrong”; indeed: “People make mistakes. What’s horrible about Hitchens’ ardor for the invasion of Iraq is that he clung to it long after it became clear that a grotesque error had been made.” . . . .

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2011

meet the new boss, middling underling of the old boss … etc

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2011
Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2011

thank you for spreading the Holy Parm friend …

Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011

and Glob be with you

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2011
Madman in the Marketplace - 17 December 2011

oops, didn’t close the tag

marisacat - 17 December 2011

😉 fixed it…

marisacat - 17 December 2011

I read, think I got this right, that tucked into one of the bills this past week, payments to doctors under Medicare to be cut 27%… I want to poke around and see f that is accurate.

Wash DC, the land of machete cutting. Vote!! More and Better Democrats!!

4. marisacat - 18 December 2011

Welll… they may not be Hollywood or celebrity deaths of the classic sort… but what the hell… I say bring on the third.

If Vaclav H is No 2… with Hitchins leading it off…

Vaclav Havel, former Czech president, dies at 75

Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who wove theater into politics to peacefully bring down communism in Czechoslovakia and become a hero of the epic struggle that ended the Cold War, has died. He was 75.
Havel was his country’s first democratically elected president after the nonviolent “Velvet Revolution” that ended four decades of repression by a regime he ridiculed as “Absurdistan.”

As president, he oversaw the country’s bumpy transition to democracy and a free-market economy, as well its peaceful 1993 breakup into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Read more at:
WaPo obit

😆 Of course by now we are all “Absurdistan”. For real.


5. Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011

More congealing fuckballs on the southern province of Absurdistan:

Dogged by continuing questions, the director of the FBI denied last week that the bureau has covered anything up regarding the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.


It was the latest denial by Mueller or other Justice Department officials, but it probably won’t be the last as the FBI faces continuing questions from congressional investigators. Also perpetuating the sense of mystery about the case is that a judge has sealed the criminal case against Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, the only man known to have been charged with Terry’s murder on Dec. 14, 2010, near Rio Rico.

The curiosity of congressional investigators and other critics remains unquenched over two main issues:

• How many guns have been recovered or were used in relation to Terry’s murder?

• Was an FBI informant connected, perhaps by providing arms, to the bandits who ended up killing Terry?

On Wednesday, Mueller denied the idea, raised by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa and others, that more than one weapon was recovered.

“There was no third weapon found at the scene,” he said. “Why there were suggestions as to a third, I’m still not certain.”

One of the reasons people such as Issa, a leader of the investigation of Fast and Furious, continue to press the issue of weapons is that it’s still unclear what weapon was used to kill Terry. The FBI tested the two Romanian-made assault rifles recovered at the scene and could not confirm or exclude the possibility that either was the murder weapon.

They were, however, weapons bought in the Phoenix area by accused “straw buyers” who were unwittingly part of the ATF investigation.

Also, defendant Osorio-Arellanes told investigators there were five members of the group, and all were armed, said an FBI affidavit filed in pursuit of a search warrant last year.

The question of informants is perhaps equally persistent and even more intriguing. While the suggestion may sound cloak-and-dagger, in July Issa and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley raised the question in a letter to Mueller:

“In recent weeks, we have learned of the possible involvement of paid FBI informants in Operation Fast and Furious,” they wrote. “Specifically, at least one individual who is allegedly an FBI informant might have been in communication with, and was perhaps even conspiring with, at least one suspect whom ATF was monitoring.”

For critics of the ATF, such as agent Vince Cefalu, a dissident ATF agent who helped uncover Fast and Furious, it’s a given that an FBI informant was somehow connected to the Terry killing. Cefalu, whom the agency is trying to fire, bases his conclusion in part on Web-based news stories quoting anonymous sources. He believes an FBI informant was one of the purchasers of guns sold as part of Operation Fast and Furious.

AZ Starnet

6. Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011

The past three decades have seen unprecedented changes in American law enforcement. Among the most notable is the militarization of police. The police, despite being civilians by definition, have adopted the equipment, weapons, tactics, and attitudes of the military. We now have suburban police departments purchasing IED-proof armored vehicles designed for Afghan war zones. Helicopters, armor, high-velocity rifle ammunition, stun grenades, “less lethal” weaponry – you name it, and cops have gotten their hands on it. Why? Well, thanks to the War on Drugs they’ve decided over the years that all of this is necessary. The only limit to what they require is imagination. If you can dream up a threat, you can justify more weapons, more equipment, and more paramilitary tactics to put it all to use. It doesn’t matter that a coordinated terrorist attack on the Pigsknuckle County Courthouse is as likely as the second coming. In a world in which the Supreme Court is making decisions based on hypotheticals from Jack Bauer and the writers of 24, the public and political system accept just about anything police ask for at face value.

The point among all of this is simple: police essentially do what they are trained to do. The more they are trained in military-style tactics, the more options for the use of force they are given (rubber bullets, batons, chemical sprays, grenades, etc.), and the more their training focuses on the possible rather than the probable, the more likely they are to carry out their jobs in ways that contradict their mission to Serve and Protect. Cops don’t break up crowds with swinging batons and CS grenades (adopted with their launcher directly from the military hardware market) because the situation calls for it. They do it because that’s how they’re trained to break up riots. It doesn’t matter if the crowd is violent or not; every crowd becomes a riot in their minds once the training scenario begins to happen in real life. They break down doors and enter homes with weapons drawn because that’s how they’re trained to serve warrants. They pepper spray or tazer anyone who appears remotely aggressive (Or not, you know. Either way.) because that’s how they’re trained to deal with aggressive people.

More at Gin and Tacos

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2011

Drug Store Refuses To Sell Plan B To A Man Because Men Can’t Get Pregnant, Silly

The Houston Press reports that the man, Isaac Kurtz, was just trying to be a good dude by going to the drug store to gather Pregnancy Freak Out supplies for his homebound ladyfriend. When he asked the pharmacist for emergency contraception, the pharmacist refused to sell it to him, saying that due to her “personal beliefs,” she wouldn’t sell the drug to men. She asked to speak to the woman, and Kurtz left emptyhanded.

CVS says its company policy doesn’t restrict sale of Plan B based on gender and complies with FDA regulations regarding the sale of the drug.

marisacat - 18 December 2011

CVS says its company policy doesn’t restrict sale of Plan B based on gender and complies with FDA regulations regarding the sale of the drug.

Excpt when they don’t.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2011

think she’s been fired, or even disciplined?

me neither.

marisacat - 18 December 2011

It is our highest aim to protect religious lies.

8. marisacat - 18 December 2011

Speaking of that pipeline:

For the 10th time

Egyptian gas pipe line to Israel has been bombed for the 10th time. The 10th bombing was dedicated to Thomas Friedman who was the first to assert that the Egyptian uprising has no foreign policy goals.

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 7:20 AM

9. marisacat - 18 December 2011

Kim Jong Il has bit the dust.

No 3 maybe… 😉

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2011

those poor people … the power struggle could turn horribly ugly, and I fear how the US would react if the Chinese feel they have to do something because refugees start streaming over the boarder.

marisacat - 18 December 2011

I just read I think yesterday that NK agreed to relinquish obtaining uranium (it had to do with nuclear dev and uranium, I remember that much)… I did not bother to open for the details, but seems odd in light of this.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 December 2011

it puts an interesting spin on the move of US troops to Australia …

marisacat - 18 December 2011

ooo i forgot about that!!

Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011

So we head off to Oz now that the wicked munchkin of mordor is dead?

Where will the yellow cake road now lead the erstwhile US? Bereft of Heart, Mind, or Courage I’m sure we don’t really want to tangle with the wicked witch of the east and “her” myriad flying monkey armed forces (now with DAVEY-brand stealth tech!)

Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011

I’m sure W is much relieved that he now has no rivals for sweet Condies affections…all’s fair in love and rockets :mrgreen:

10. Ganjafied Gabacho - 18 December 2011

Say ain’t so Joe! 👿

A man was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after he fought with Maricopa County deputies and Phoenix police while being booked into jail.

Ernest M. Atencio was found in a so-called “safe cell” at about 3 a.m. Friday after he fought with officers while being booked into the county lockup. The Arizona Republic reports ( http://bit.ly/uogJqu) that officers found him unresponsive about 15 minutes later.

MCSO Deputy Director Jack MacIntyre says in a statement that officers took the 44-year-old Atencio to the cell in hopes of getting him under control. Medical staff had to start CPR and other revival efforts.

McIntyre says an investigation is ongoing

I’m sure the surname Atencio isn’t hispanic, but rather Italian, like Arpaio is wont to explain repeatedly to the pinko-fagboy media types

AZ Starnet

11. marisacat - 19 December 2011

Oh God. As if only NK is subject to the cult of personality.

Can you imagine if Slob died? And let’s not get into Reagan… geesh. That mess.

BooHooHooMan - 19 December 2011

If Slobber-ama died?
Oh fuck, some might come to pick thru the buffet,
but ya know…

Obama Beseeches Supporters to Stick With Him

I mean what are people gonna say?
“He was a great surfer. Tried the chicken?”
“Oh, yes – the chicken. And there’s a nice,
marshmallow fruit thing over by Reverand Al.”

marisacat - 19 December 2011

I read a quote from his NH campaign manager… with some unintended laughable comments. Like, “my job is to DRUM UP INTEREST in the 2012 campaign”.

ummm How about ”My Job is to keep the NH interest level in Obama in 2012 high.

Send him back for some re-heating.

In further hilarity, we are referring to NK as “the most militarised nation on earth”.


BooHooHooMan - 19 December 2011

Drum shticks. Songs and dances. The like.
Oh they’ll need em.
I’m thinkin’ this time they’ll have to drive people to the polls at gunpoint. LOL. With most of us out here in Riff-raff Land basically saying : Go ahead! Shoot me!

Presidential election 2012: Majority of Americans want the campaign season to be over
::: 😆

I also saw this blurb about how the DCCC is putting in a million into the Oregon special election for Wu’s s old seat…

Another of the ole DNC / D Trip “critical seat” attempts to save the national – LOL – “brand”. IMO, A couple things going on with this deal: A little rebate for the Party wimmens, Bonamici is an Emily’s list …..whatever? Of course Shrum will move in to try and get the media placement. Anyways, a taste of rebate-money, and set up as one of those attempts at Obbyslob 2012 “synergy” to get a few DNC operatives in there and keep them afloat while they try and figure out how the whole state doesn’t flip on them. I think they are going to have huge problems in once assured Democratic strongholds, now kindly said to be “leaning” Dem.
Wherever there are resistance minded folk, and they ain’t no slouches up in Oregon. 😉

Oh, I think the Dems are going to be running for lives, frankly.
Of course, mostly from each other. LOL.
And especially from their man, Barry.

marisacat - 19 December 2011

You know, I read that assessment, that a mjority want the horrible campaign over. They are sick of it already. It is a re-election for one thing, and even if people are squeezing out some sort of christmas, there is so much struggle on view…

There is a lot of silly blather about Xmas buying too, but I noticed a couple of weeks ago that shopping in November was way off projections.

AND it was also reported that two weekends ago – the weekend previous to the one we just got thru – movie attendance fell to lower than the two week level following 9/11.

I know one thing, retailer after retailer that I have bought something from over the past 2, 3 years is writing twice a day at least to offer FREE RUSH SHIPPING. That is a first for me in email come-ons.

I jsut think there is a lot of fear out there.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 December 2011

I’m enjoying watching watching American comedians and ‘nooz’ talking heads making fun of the NK citizens mourning, completely unable to see how maudlin and public American wailing is over our “leaders”, especially the disgusting Reagan and Ford displays.

marisacat - 19 December 2011

Look at the looney fake vaporous displays for Bill C. And you know an untimely death of any sort and the choruses of blacks and whites weeping for Slob would fill a river. Oh, the public displays and declarations!

12. marisacat - 19 December 2011

Take that you filthy Continentals.


English Town Cuts Ties with French, German Twin Cities

To hell with Europe, the tiny English town of Bishop’s Stortford has
decided. The community was twinned with Friedberg in Germany and Villiers-sur Marne in France for 46 years.

But the mayor, a Tory like Prime Minister David Cameron, has cancelled the partnership in a one-page letter, offering no explanation.


13. Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 December 2011

IOZ has an incisive epitaph for bHitch. From the end of a short piece:

He was supposed to be searing but was merely snide; his great intellectual trahison stank mostly of a mid-career MBA, a brief strategic necessity in order to pad the paycheck. A person who uses a natty portmanteau like Islamofascism without a halfhipster of irony is not a writer. As an atheist, I found him as embarrassing as my loudest aunt’s impenetrable Pittsburghese, mortifying in polite company. If the universe were just, he would wake from his passage on Kolob, basking in the angelic light of billions of perfect, white, immortal Mormon smiles.

Unfortunately it isn’t a just universe, so pro’ly his radioactive soul will never get “clear” and he and Tom Cruise will end up as matching butt plugs for L. Ron Hubbard or J. Smith :mrgreen:

marisacat - 19 December 2011

ooo luv that last bit.

14. Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 December 2011

Future Riot Shields Will Suffocate Protestors with Low Frequency Speakers

It’s not the first crowd control tool to use sound waves, but Raytheon’s patent for a new type of riot shield that produces low frequency sound waves to disrupt the respiratory tract and hinder breathing, sounds a little scary.

Gizmodo Link

Raytheon Rocks! (but their music sucks!)

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 December 2011

they have a good beat, and you can convulse to it

Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 December 2011

well it’s one way to Quiet (a) Riot

(luckily no app to throw tomatoes through the innertubes exists :mrgreen: )

15. Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 December 2011

So, yeah. I found this blog from a woman from Fukushima. Most Important Blog in the World

Read it if your dare. It didn’t make me reach for my arsenic, but I damn near do wish there was a lethal dose of cannabis…thank heaven for little changitios

16. Ganjafied Gabacho - 19 December 2011
17. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 December 2011

this country is so fucked:

Many in U.S. Are Arrested by Age 23, Study Finds

I love the word “many”. How “many”?

By age 23, almost a third of Americans have been arrested for a crime, according to a new study that researchers say is a measure of growing exposure to the criminal justice system in everyday life.


That figure is significantly higher than the 22 percent found in a 1965 study that examined the same issue using different methods. The increase may be a reflection of the justice system becoming more punitive and more aggressive in its reach during the last half-century, the researchers said. Arrests for drug-related offenses, for example, have become far more common, as have zero-tolerance policies in schools.

The study did not look at racial or regional differences, but other research has found higher arrest rates for black men and for youths living in poor urban areas.

Criminal justice experts said the 30.2 percent figure was especially notable at a time when employers, aided by the Internet, routinely conduct criminal background checks on job candidates.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 December 2011

oops, can’t type … the “by age 23” paragraph is supposed to be blockquoted.

marisacat - 19 December 2011

I read recently that Germany with 80 million people has something like 1200 incarcerated women, Cali with 37 million has thousands incarcerated. IIRC it was 8,000.

18. marisacat - 20 December 2011



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