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Riot 11 February 2012

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Europe, Greece, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.

Clashes between riot police and protesters have become a regular sight in Athens since the financial crisis began | Dimitri Messinis/AP


1. m - 11 February 2012

Accounts differ as to exactly when the CIA became aware of the hijackers’ presence in America. But specific orders were issued not to share the information: Doug Miller, an FBI agent loaned to the Bin Laden unit, was among those who received the instructions. In his book Pretext for War, author James Bamford quotes another FBI agent loaned to Alec: “[T]hey didn’t want the bureau meddling in their business – that’s why they didn’t tell … that’s why September 11 happened.”

Author Lawrence Wright has speculated that, so desperate was the CIA to get a source inside al-Qaeda, the agency shielded the aspiring terrorists while it tried to recruit them. In his book The Looming Tower, Wright also suggests a more serious possibility: lacking any domestic jurisdiction, the agency colluded with Saudi Arabian intelligence to keep their own fingerprints off events. According to Wright, this was the view of a team of FBI investigators known as Squad I-49.

In an interview for the documentary Who Is Richard Blee?, former counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke was another insider to hint at possible Saudi involvement. Sensationally, Clarke also accused Central Intelligence Department head George Tenet of personally withholding evidence from Washington.

Filmmakers John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski managed to identify two key analysts involved in burying the evidence. Despite legal threats from the agency [2], the film is now available as a podcast.

Backtrack to January 2001: Prince Bandar bin Sultan is head of the Saudi Embassy in Washington. Bandar was the man at the center of the al-Yammah arms deal, a corruption scandal involving the exchange of arms for crude oil with Britain. A White House insider since he arrived in Washington nearly two decades before, Bandar’s close ties with the Bush family are common knowledge. Less widely known is that in January 2001, the Saudi Prince sat with vice president Dick Cheney, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and General Richard Myers discussing US strategy for the invasion of Iraq.
In his book Plan of Attack, investigative journalist Bob Woodward claimed that when Bandar was handed a map labeled “Top Secret Noforn” in the vice president’s office, not even the secretary of state had been informed that his country would be at war. Colin Powell has denied this, but the incident serves to illustrate the prince’s extraordinary access to the inner workings of government.
All the more shocking, then, that between 1998 and 2002, up to US$73,000 in cashier cheques was funneled by Bandar, via his wife Haifa – who once described the elder Bushes as like “my mother and father” – to two Californian families known to have bankrolled al-Midhar and al-Hazmi. The very same would-be terrorists protected by the CIA.


2. m - 11 February 2012


Other sources allege that the 9/11 Commission similarly failed to fully investigate leads, partly because commissioner Phillip Zelikow removed or relegated to footnotes any findings which cast doubt on the Saudis. A 28-page section of the report exploring possible foreign government involvement remains classified.

Feels like old news….but continues to anger me.

3. marisacat - 11 February 2012

Hahahahah I caught up to something Santorum said, how i missed it, I don’t know… that if we re elect Obama, we are headed for the Guillotine.

TOO Funny.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 February 2012

not going to be the Obamites w/ the Guillotines …

4. marisacat - 11 February 2012

hmm for some reason I was thinking the other day how she completely destroyed her voice….

Poor thing.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Whitney Houston Has Died, The Associated Press Reports

marisacat - 11 February 2012

hmm if we play the one two three game, that these come in 3s… Could be Etta James, Don Cornelius and now WH.

BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012

Well, pushover Don Lemon was on when it came across the CNN, 🙄 , they scrambled and got Larry King on the phone, and viewers were treated to a Larry launching into a Clive Davis Production about the great Clive Davis this and Clive Davis that. Oh yeh and Whitney, Wow – such a shock coming right before Clive Davis’ night-before the Grammy’s Dinner and all… 🙄

(psst Larry — ~hey~ that would be Clive “Too Cheap To Pay For His Own Son’s Bar Mitzvah That He Billed It To The Label/ Thereby Stealing Artist Money” Davis)

Baby bled to death. a long, sloooow methodical bleed,
whatever the medical cause.
Oh she had choices, and indeed she did… within a cartel.
And what a range, her singing that is.
How many parasites from Clive & Co. dope-men on down to that kept man of hers did she have on her back all these years? As the moneygrubbing begins anew upon her death.

marisacat - 12 February 2012

yup, pretty much.

One of the in memoriams I caught somewhere said as she tried for another come back, she had reached out to her old “mentor” Clive Davis….

BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012

Imagine the criminal accounting around her earnings over the years…I’d say to hell with a coroners inquest or anything over cooking crack. Methinks Mentor Clive and the Book-Cookers would be the place to start.

diane - 12 February 2012

Rest in Peace Honey

(uuugh yet another time to dodge all of the Happiness and Well Being Experts and their finger wagging and/or hypocrisy, subtle and otherwise. This will be much worse than the Amy Winehouse Lectouring …..)

marisacat - 12 February 2012

Wall to wall Whtney.

I rarely hear any of the many commenters and finger waggers on Amy Winehouse actually know it was ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL that killed her. I am not saying that is not part ad parcel of alcoholism but so many assume she OD’d .

Some doctors know that depending on the patient, and depending on what you can get people to drink (some alcohol is less destuctive than others), soemtimes it is better to be left on a maintenance self-dosing of alcohol.

But, you know, we are in the Prohibition Era, big time.

diane - 12 February 2012

yup. Such a Shame!!!!!! She shoulda: …. blah blah blah ….

5. BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012

Gotta love the putz’s at the NYT.

Occupy Movement Regroups, Preparing for Its Next Phase

Published: February 11, 2012
The ragtag Occupy Wall Street encampments that sprang up in scores of cities last fall, thrusting “We are the 99 percent” into the vernacular, have largely been dismantled, with a new wave of crackdowns and evictions in the past week. Since the violent clashes last month in Oakland, Calif., headlines about Occupy have dwindled, too.

Far from dissipating, groups around the country say they are preparing for a new phase of larger marches and strikes this spring that they hope will rebuild momentum and cast an even brighter glare on inequality and corporate greed. But this transition is filled with potential pitfalls and uncertainties: without the visible camps or clear goals, can Occupy become a lasting force for change? Will disruptive protests do more to galvanize or alienate the public? ……

The Ragtaggers are done! But they’re Up!
But What do They Want?!?
And What Will They Do?!
Don’t they Know They’re Not Allowed ?! RAGTAG!
Loosely Organized! Will They Embrace Obama?! RAGTAG!

Erik Eckholm and the New York Times…..

marisacat - 12 February 2012

Couple of years go the NYT did a piece on San Francisco, not in the travel section… it was so provincial and hidebound, it was laughable.

They went ot the Folsom Street Fair which is basically a sex fair, a lot of it gay or related but also bondage and so on. Lots of street scenes meant to provoke etc…. there usually is a .. sort of a bondage wheel with someone strapped to it, lots of blck leather outfits and so on. Exposed butt cheeks and so on..

NYT made some strange comment about the political leanings of people at the fair, assuming all sorts of silliness. Assuming a lot of far left and radical stances.

Gee as if. I am sure the people encompassed the full spectrum. And plenty of them conservative and right/reactionary.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 February 2012

And plenty of them conservative and right/reactionary.

ESPECIALLY in the BDSM community.

marisacat - 12 February 2012

Yes, really! (A little authoritarian whipping with your cornflakes this morning?)

BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012

Welp, I speak fluent – FLUENT – ” provincial and hidebound.” LOL
That being the case, I’m not fluent in any other goddam thing.
But, yanooo, just out of curiosity, when is the Folsom Street Fair and are directions available? I have a friend, see, who’s wondering –
Are they gentle with newcomers? LOL.

BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012

Hey – Wait a second!.

there usually is a .. sort of a bondage wheel with someone strapped to it, lots of blck leather outfits and so on. Exposed butt cheeks and so on.

That’s not a Goddam Fair, 😯
that’s Sunday Dinner where we come from. LOL.

6. BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012

I see Romney Dominated the Maine Caucus. {BIG Snicker}

39% to Pauls 36% out of 5000 votes or so.
With propeller beany wearing base for Santorum and Gingrich managing to carpool in a few – practically in a single car! .

Which, you know, as far as I am concerned, IS a victory,
you know, for Democracy in America.and, apparently,
People United In NOT GIVING A SHIT. 😆

Very telling. So between Collins and Snow and the Bush barbecue list for the ole Kennebunkport camp they couldn’t get another 5,000 people to show up for this historic occasion.?
Mittens gettin sold short?
Entre Jeb Converted to Catlickism Bush in the offing?

BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012
BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012

LOL and Not so Fast! say Paul supporters in Maine.

Only 200 votes separating Mittens and Paul with 83% in!
And SOME COUNTIES {eyes darting suspiciously around the room} “canceling” their caucuses because of SNOW, (the white flaky stuff, not the Senatore.)

So Bullshit! says the Paul camp – Maine LOVES snow!
The fix was In!

The mood was grim at Paul’s election night party here Saturday when it was announced that the former Massachusetts governor had won the state’s non-binding caucuses.

The crowd booed, then went eerily silent, when the results were revealed.

“Liar!” shouted one supporter when state GOP Chairman Charlie Webster announced the results. “How many dead voted?” cried another.

Oh Please. Rigging an election?! A Major Party?! 😆
LOLS all the way around …

Neither Romney nor his son Tagg, who represented his father at several caucus sites, remained in Maine for the results to be announced.

Capping it off, via the FT –

Romney regains momentum in Maine
Win provides a much-needed boost following losses to Santorum

Wellyanahwhatever LOL.
The history, like jokes, should write itself. Besides, the PTB will settle on someone they’ll shove upon us eventually.

marisacat - 12 February 2012

It really is laughable…. soon they will have him on Sepcial Mormon Severely Conservative Crutches.

Shouldn’t he and Ann be hving to anwwer questions like, why they named a child ”Tagg”…. ????

BooHooHooMan - 12 February 2012

What I find really disconcerting is the rumors about Tagg’s missing brother, Yurit. And Hopscotch, the sister the never speak about. What kind of Massachussetts Dynasty are they? LOL

7. marisacat - 12 February 2012

Fake. Like everything else…

[T]he specifics of just what the state attorneys general agreed to is unknown, even to some of the attorneys general. According to the web site set up to inform the public about the settlement both the primary “Settlement Document” and the “Executive Summary” will be “coming soon.” Without those documents available for public perusal, there is the reasonable suspicion that the public has once again been feted to lipstick on a pig, as they like to say on Wall Street.

One striking problem is that California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris states on her web site and in this video that California is getting $18 billion. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
says on her web site that Florida is receiving $8.4 billion. Those two amounts would leave a negative figure for the other 47 states that agreed to the $25 billion deal.

There’s also something peculiar about the Federal Department of Justice and 49 states setting up an informational web site that ends in .com instead of .gov. Register.com shows the web site has used a privacy shield to block the name of the owner of the site. . . . . . .

Pam Maartens at Cpunch

[A]nd just why is it that the Feds can’t or won’t prosecute the biggest of the Wall Street firms? Because they are the Federal Government’s bond brokers, the primary dealers who contractually agree to buy Treasury bills or notes or bonds at every U.S. Treasury auction. They may be serially corrupt, but Uncle Sam needs those contractual guarantees of its primary dealers to be sure it can pull off its debt auctions. And the U.S. government cannot engage in contracts with convicted financial felons.

And it won’t break up these bloated behemoths because big balance sheets are just what a government with $15 trillion in debt is looking for in a bond broker.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 February 2012
9. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 February 2012

Right-Wing Archbishop Listecki Says Catholic Church a “Corporation” While Cheerleading for Walker

n a Fox interview that was basically a completely over-the-top commercial for Scott Walker, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki made this huge gaffe:

I’m not just the head of a corporation, I’m a believer. I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe in the fact, that, you know… not to do a Tim Tebow… you know, but he is our lord and savior.

marisacat - 12 February 2012

same as Murder Inc.

A corporation… yeah.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 February 2012

Sorry You Need To Get Screened Before Your Flight, But The TSA Has No Females Working Right Now

A woman was trying to fly home to Colorado when she says she wasn’t allowed to board her flight because of her gender. Well, not just that she was a woman, but because there were no female Transportation Security Administration agents on duty when she was going through security.

Jennifer tells CBS 4 in Denver that the TSA couldn’t put her through proper pre-flight security because she was a woman and they weren’t staffed to handle her.

“I said if I was a man and I wanted to board would I be able to go through security they said, ‘Yes’ but because there were no female TSA agents I couldn’t,” she told the station.

Jennifer’s flight had been announced as delayed, and she had headed outside for a few minutes. That caused her to miss the final boarding call for her flight, and the last female TSA agent had left by the time she got to security.

“If I needed additional security and needed a pat down it has to be by a female agent and I asked him what if I didn’t need additional security and I just go through normally and I don’t need a pat down, and they said, ‘It doesn’t matter’ they needed a female TSA agent there to go through at all,” she explained.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 February 2012

In the Spirit: Some florists won’t deliver to atheist

It seemed like such a simple transaction.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison wanted to send a bouquet of roses to Jessica Ahlquist, a 16-year-old atheist in Cranston, R.I., who had just won a court battle with her school district over a Christian prayer banner.

The foundation quickly learned there are some things you can’t say with flowers, at least not in Cranston.

Four floral shops declined to deliver flowers to the teen, according to the foundation. The foundation now has filed complaints against two of the stores with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, alleging illegal discrimination based on religion.

“I’m totally flummoxed,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, foundation co-president. “I couldn’t believe the florists would treat a teenager this way.”

Ahlquist was the plaintiff in a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against Cranston West High School. At issue was an 8-foot-tall banner in the school gym titled “School Prayer.” It begins “Our Heavenly Father” and ends with “Amen.”

A federal judge ruled in mid-January the prayer’s presence violated the principle of government neutrality in religion and was therefore unconstitutional. A week later, Gaylor sought to send flowers to Ahlquist.

The first floral shop contacted in Cranston said it would be closed on the requested delivery day, which was a Wednesday, Gaylor said. A second Cranston shop, Twins Florist, sent a message saying, “I will not deliver to this person,” Gaylor said.

Flowers by Santilli, a third store in Cranston, declined to fill the order after learning the name of the recipient, Gaylor said. A fourth shop, in nearby Warwick, first accepted the order, then declined, saying it was afraid of a boycott.

Finally, Glimpse of Gaia, a floral business about one hour away in Putnam, Conn., agreed to deliver the flowers. Owner Sean Condon told me, “There are legitimate business reasons for not accepting an order. Religious views are not one of them.”

The store threw in a second bouquet to the teenager with a message that it “supports the First Amendment and won’t be bullied by those who do not.”

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 February 2012

McConnell: GOP Will Fight To Let ANY Employer Deny Birth Control Coverage

Not satisfied with President Obama’s new religious accommodation, Republicans will move forward with legislation by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that permits any employer to deny birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday.

“If we end up having to try to overcome the President’s opposition by legislation, of course I’d be happy to support it, and intend to support it,” McConnell said. “We’ll be voting on that in the Senate and you can anticipate that that would happen as soon as possible.”

The Blunt amendment he was specifically referring to would “ensure that health care stakeholders retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions” under the Affordable Care Act. Similar legislation was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) before the White House announced Friday that it would allow religious nonprofits such as charities, hospitals and universities to opt out of paying for contraception coverage and force the insurance company to do so instead.

White House chief of staff Jack Lew, asked about the Blunt amendment after McConnell’s remarks, declined to delve into the issue but predicted that “it’s not going to come to pass.”

marisacat - 12 February 2012

Under pummeling by Chris Wallace he finally just said “Our Policy is Clear” and basically shut down. Pathetic.


13. diane - 12 February 2012

is anyone sooprised?

Is-testosterone-new-drug-choice-Wall-Street-How-traders-using-male-hormone-booster-shots-maintain-competitive-edge. Is testosterone the new drug of choice on Wall Street? How traders are using male hormone booster shots to maintain a competitive edge

(in case I need to say it, I’m not making a comment against ‘maleness’ …I’m making a comment about a fucking stunning imbalance …….of the most potentially negative traits of ‘maleness’ …..)

diane - 12 February 2012

(Oh jeesh, new BIlly the Gates owned puter, or requisite new BIlly the Gates owned Software ….issues. …With my old puter, I could copy a link, and paste it into the requisite HTML CODING ™, …. without a space being added before it. …… Meant the comment to read as:

is anyone sooprised?

<a href=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2099372/Is-testosterone-new-drug-choice-Wall-Street-How-traders-using-male-hormone-booster-shots-maintain-competitive-edge.html> Is testosterone the new drug of choice on Wall Street? How traders are using male hormone booster shots to maintain a competitive edge

(in case I need to say it, I’m not making a comment against ‘maleness’ …I’m making a comment about a fucking stunning imbalance …….of the most potentially negative traits of ‘maleness’ …..)

I’d likely be …. conveniently tagged as a terrerist if I had fully finished my thought as to the insanity going on as to the high tech industry,…..so, .I suppose, it’s a good thing I don’t really have the energy to do that at this point)

marisacat - 12 February 2012

No the problme is you are leaving out the quote marks.

I fixed the earlier comment.

diane - 12 February 2012

No honey, I never had to use quote marks to post a link on your site (and I wasn’t attempting to use blockquotes in the inital comment), the code I’ve always used is: left arrow; “a”; space; “href=”; the url address; right arrow; the link title; left arrow; “/a”; right arrow. Something in the new WIN 7 or MS Office software I’m using now, is adding a blank space before urls when they’re copied, which adds a space between “href=” and the url address, fucking up the link if I forget to delete the space.

Unfortunately, in rushing to make that point in my last post, I left out th right arrow after the url address, fucking up the link yet again.

marisacat - 12 February 2012

whatever, it fails to come out right for lack of quotes… I use WIN 7 as well but not Microsft Office.

I use the same code but with quote marks.

diane - 12 February 2012

my fault for the quote issue ….didn’t post the first comment with the intent to blockquote, I fucked up here in discussing it:

Meant the comment to read as:


Sorry honey, I should be more careful in reading what I’ve written before I post, I know better than to rely on the Software.


marisacat - 12 February 2012

it would help if WP had preview but they don’t…

diane - 12 February 2012

(Anyway sweetheart,…as I was stumbling at:)

is anyone sooprised?

Is-testosterone-new-drug-choice-Wall-Street-How-traders-using-male-hormone-booster-shots-maintain-competitive-edge.html> Is testosterone the new drug of choice on Wall Street? How traders are using male hormone booster shots to maintain a competitive edge

(in case I need to say it, I’m not making a comment against ‘maleness’ …I’m making a comment about a fucking stunning imbalance …….of the most potentially negative traits of ‘maleness’ …..)

(siggghhhhhhhhh ………. :0) ……… ;0( …………. ;0) ….. )

diane - 13 February 2012

(thoroughly beet faced, I notice that in addition to that pernicious MS space addition, I’ve inserted the url address after the boldface html coding, instead of before it ……….I despise html coding)

14. marisacat - 12 February 2012




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