Thursday, May 31, 2007
This is about the US controlling the region itself, having troops on the ground and structures in place so that none of the nominal governments in the region can act on their own without US assent. That’s a whole different question than which companies have the right to pump the stuff out of the ground.
Big Oil would love to get a piece of the action, but oil is fungible and big oil wants to keep the price of crude up because they own part of the production in most of the OPEC countries, and hence make money off of any particular country’s production.
No amount of crude production will increase refinery capacity, however, and so there is the other side of the coin. Given the consolidation of the refinery bidness, there is a de facto cartel on this end of the pipe too.
Now everyone ought to really want to understand why Dick, head of OVP, wanted to keep the energy policy consultations secret in 2001. With Iraq offline, Libya coming back on, and President in Name Only hell bent to keep the war against Iraqi oil production down or controlled by Saudi Arabia,
Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated “I am the president!” He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of “our country’s destiny.”
Of course our country’s destiny is never really revealed, except by Mr. Putkin perhaps, and so Mr. Bush seems to appear to be referring to his Harken oil buddies who bailed him out in the 1990’s and the return on those investments with interest.
In short, everyone that Bush owes a favor to is in oil, and oil in the ground is worth more than oil in the refinery. If everything that could be produced were produced crude would be 5 dollars a barrel. Iraq’s oil is intended to stay in the ground.
Update: It is by controlling Iraqi oil production that the US can make or break any Saudi embargo ala 1973, or Venezuelan embargo breaking ala,
According to Stratfor sources in London with longtime consulting ties to Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabian energy officials believed PDVSA and Venezuela was Saudi Arabia’s greatest future competitive threat in the world — until Chavez became president. The sources said that in their view, Mommer was instrumental in persuading Chavez to enact new oil policies that crippled Venezuela’s potential to threaten Saudi hegemony in the oil markets during the current decade. Chavez and Mommer had their own political and ideological reasons for halting PDVSA’s expansion plans. Riyadh stayed in the background and quietly encouraged Chavez, its new partner, to gut PDVSA and bind Venezuela more tightly to OPEC.
Chavez no longer thinks oil should be between $28-32 per barrel, as he he did in 2003. Imagine that.
Jon Soltz responds to Bush’s unending Iraq war
Of course that’s not really true, since absolutely no one with any sense listens to the President anymore. I tend to think that the lamest Iraqi insurgent is at least a little brighter than the WaPo blarney stones.
There is a tendency in DC, especially amongst the elite journalists, to take every bit information or dis-information coming out any department of the government and fluff it into a pillow of dreams, which would be really really nice reality if everyone would just take the brown acid and enjoy the show.
It is all just rhetoric, whether it is politicians or journamalists, seperately or in orgasmic barbeques at one anothers place. The only reason Jeff Ganon isn’t there anymore is because he actually wanted to drop his pants for it.
The Secret Trade Deal of 2007 If the corporate Democrats think they can sandbag the left for the next year and a half, I would advise them to go ahead and try. Of course, I’ll be cleaning my rhetorical guns.
updated, edited, revised and addendumed for those who; are not familiar with my earlier stuff, boneheads, three letter boys, etc., etc.
It was a riveting and also profoundly disgusting story. The whole rightwing noise machine from Sioux Falls to the Journal OpEd page spreading tales about the rampant vote fraud on the state’s Indian reservations. For folks more familiar with how this stuff works in the South it was reminiscent of something from early in the 20th century or late in the 19th. And the aftermath was a lot like the cases we’ve learned about in the aftermath of the Attorney Purge. Lots of lurid stories and in the end usually it’s left to some reasonably honest Republican officeholder to scrutinize the whole thing and have to announce that all the stories were bogus.
In any case, I mention all this because the LA Times has a good article out this evening explaining one of the key reasons that former Minnesota US Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger ended up on the firing list: took too strong a stand in favor of protecting the voting rights of the state’s sizeable Native American population.
The political anthrax of Karl Rove, under reported, unresolved.
I guess the historical memory is a little short for some conservative Irish Americans, so I was just wondering,
Near the end of the video, there was this exchange:
Bill O’Reilly: But do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far-left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure, which you’re a part, and so am I, and they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say you’ve got to cap with a number.
John McCain: In America today we’ve got a very strong economy and low unemployment, so we need addition farm workers, including by the way agriculture, but there may come a time where we have an economic downturn, and we don’t need so many.
O’Reilly: But in this bill, you guys have got to cap it. Because estimation is 12 million, there may be 20 [million]. You don’t know, I don’t know. We’ve got to cap it.
McCain: We do, we do. I agree with you.
Are you guys serious? via Atrios
A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people and injured 50 more in the Iraqi city of Falluja today after blowing himself up in a queue at a police recruitment centre, officials said.
Ten policemen were among the dead in the attack at around 11am (8am BST), according to a police official in the city, 40 miles west of Baghdad.
Police said the bomber had detonated his explosives vest at a checkpoint as he stood among recruits lining up to apply for jobs on the force.
The centre, run jointly by US and Iraqi forces inside a primary school, only opened on Saturday.
Every time some American wheel or politician goes some place in Iraq and proclaims the “good news” this stuff happens. Morons, stfu comes to mind.
If confirmed as suicide it would be the fourth at the base on the south-eastern tip of Cuba since it opened in January 2002. In June last year two Saudi detainees and one Yemeni man were found hanged with bed sheets.
Rule of Right Not Might?
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Two key senators from northern states have introduced legislation that would prevent new border security requirements from going into place until the Homeland Security Department evaluates ways to make implementation easier for U.S. citizens traveling to and from Canada.
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Norm Coleman, R-Minn., proposed a bill last week that they say is critical to help U.S. residents comply with requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
Collins is the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Coleman sits on the committee and was chairman the Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee during the last Congress. In addition, both senators’ home states border Canada.
Yeah it isn’t what it looks like, of course not, I mean why not? I’m sure only Al Whodas with TB use the Nawthern border, and nefarious people use the Southern one.
Tempered bellicosity coming out of Ankara this week, set against the backdrop of Turkish troops moving towards the border of Iraq, is raising concerns that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be losing patience with US and Iraqi assurances and plans to undertake unilateral action against PKK camps in Kurdistan.
The Turkish army began to relocate twenty additional tanks to the Iraq border on Wednesday, perhaps to reinforce a message conveyed by a Turkish envoy to officials in Baghdad and public statements made by the prime minister yesterday.
Apparently war is a good political issue in Turkish Presidential politics too, which puts the Cheney Administration between a hard spot
and the rocks in their heads.
From the Dept of Huh?!?
If the US refineries are running at 100% capacity, and there are no plans to build any more new ones now, and the ones we have can’t keep up, hence $3.leftnut a gallon for gas, then why does big oil need to drill for more oil in Alaska and off the coast of Santa Barbara? I mean if production is increased domestically, it won’t lower the price of crude, nor lower the price of refined products.
WASHINGTON DC: Filed by Dud Lee Dueright 5-28-2007
The Pentangle: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speaking through his interpreter Karl Rove has stated through a high ranking US Official that the War in Iraq will be won by October of 2008, when victory has been declared over terrorism there.
“We anticipate a large withdrawal of US ground forces by no later than mid summer 2008, provided the troops haven’t starved because of the necessity of diverting arms shipments to Lebanon, which problem is being addressed at the highest level of the Whitehosed,” the Official was quoted as winging, “and we anticipate that a troop reduction by the end of the summer of 2007 should help in relieving hunger in Iraq, and enable the US to continue to deliver arms at an accelerating pace to Sunni militia’s in Lebanon who are engaging the Hezbollah Shia of Evil Duers.”
In other developements President Cheny has acknowledged that the 93 percent of Americans incarcerated in US prisons would be allowed to serve in the armed forces provide that Lou Dobbs refrained from calling it an amnesty. President Bush was unavailable for comment on this, but said through his interpreter Karl Rove, “We resolutely refuse to impress foriegn nationals into our armed forces, although there might be some sort of farm work available for those who were convicted of non-violent crimes. Folks gotta eat. And we’re gonna feed folks.”
The Republican Plan For 2008 Begins Todayby Thom Hartmann
It’s difficult to watch Democrats play checkers while Republicans play chess with Iraq. It’s particularly difficult on Memorial Day as more Americans and Iraqis die. But the Republican Party has been playing politics with Iraq since the day after the Supreme Court installed George W. Bush in office in 2001, and they have no intention of stopping now. They may have borrowed some techniques from Richard Nixon, but they have no intention of repeating his mistakes.
The political calculus being pursued by Karl Rove and the Republican Party with regard to Iraq and the 2008 elections is a simple four-step process:
1. Shift “ownership” of the downside of the “war” and occupation of Iraq to the Democrats.
2. Begin to wind down American involvement in the occupation of Iraq no later than mid-2008.
3. “Claim victory and get out” of direct combat in Iraq by the early fall of 2008.
4. Win big in the 2008 elections by having “won” a “war.”
Karl Rove speaking through his interpreter Karl Rove stated that this was ludicrous since he rarely spoke through his interpreter, whom he believed to be hiding in a bunker with Dick, head of the OVP, and other people with bad haircuts. “These are bald people for Chrissakes!,” stated Rove’s Rove.
Doodle E Squat contributed to this report.
Update: Just in case Lou Dobbs has a munckin on the payroll looking for his name on the net, I thought I ought to be sure that you know there is no reference to any of his reports in this post, although I did read the NY Times article this morning. Tonight Lou posited that the number was actually 28 or 29 percent in Federal Prison, which he said was linked on his CNN page, which may not have been there when I looked, but the operative term here is Federal. Personally I think the man is an advocate, not a prevaricator, and a nationalist, not a racist per se. Without actually knowing the guy it is difficult to parse out where the lines all blur. But he is a piece of work.
When this dust has spored its’ final folly
spit from the barrel of the enlightened Christ
smoke stained with the blood of his tormentor’s volley,
and no one is any longer left to have a memorized request,
I will call you from my own dark lights’ exposure
upon the shores of all mankind, sunrising macabre
whence once shown a light so fair, for the disposer
of all things light, from whom the sullied saber
salutes the unending tombs of our forefathers.
Vicarious pain and death are a rich nations solace
for a failure to have a care for the living,
sleep walking among the killers, the steady pace
of deceiving an ill gotten gain with another’s giving
more than anyone should. And should your honor, weeping
not lay in tatters with what it shall become, living
amongst those whose faith has been born for the sleeping?
Are you now startled awake by your own senses?
Mindless man in timeless circles swirling outward
spins once more for a greater good to no avail
splitting the air in a orgy of the failed word
which death does not honor nor prevail.
The lie does not walk away nor turn a cold shoulder
to the honored dead, or those striving to cope.
For the moment we honor our own brave soldiers,
praised in wasted death, praised from a wasted life, wasted hope
reeks of its’ own disillusion, speaking truthfully of its’ own demise.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
battle of the broken word – toshi reagon
While repression is the predictable response of authorities, that’s not an argument for why “fill the jails” would not be effective. It’s an argument for why more courage is needed and a call for more than mere letter-writing, vigils and symbolic protests. That’s what Gandhi was talking about when he said “nonviolence and cowardice go ill together. I can imagine a fully armed man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an element of fear, if not cowardice. But true nonviolence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness.”
If America’s true patriots aren’t willing to organize on a massive scale, then we had better get used to business as usual.
Let’s suppose a million-plus people — including women, children and the elderly — show up in the nation’s capital or New York City and shut the entire place down with the stated intention of not leaving until the U.S. occupation of Iraq comes to an end. While those brave folks necks would be on the line, think about the network of relationships (friends, family and acquaintances) tied to those million-plus demonstrators who WILL NOT just let their loved ones slip into some “enemy combatant” black hole.
The powers-that-be are forced to make a decision: either we capitulate to the demands or we go Tiananmen Square on our own countrymen and women and completely destroy whatever remaining moral legitimacy this government may have.
I was working on a poem for Memorial Day but couldn’t get it out of the dirge phase, at least in a timely manner, so I will perhaps regale you with it next year, when it makes it there. (This is something you see in the Bible, wherein a Prophetic utterance is negative to the max, such as in Malachi, and so the scribes rearranged the verses to end the book on an upbeat note.)
The genius investigators in the right-wing blogosphere — who serve as our Watchdogs over the Corrupt “MSM” — made a major, major discovery this weekend. Last Wednesday, former CIA agent Larry Johnson published a Memo (.pdf) sent from the U.S. Mission in Iraq which advised troops and other military personnel in Iraq of a “theater-wide delay in food delivery” which would likely limit the available food supply.
In response to Cole’s refusal to retract, “Ace” said (h/t teh l4m3):
Hey, dickhead? What more “reasoning” do you need than this?
[photograph of figurine eagle]
This is a fucking hummel eagle and flag figurine from a cheesy knicknack vendor, you fucking idiot. What additional “reasoning” do you need?
It’s this [Green Beret and retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Force] Pat Lang character, a lefty buddy of Larry Johnson’s, who’s been passing this obvious sham around. . . .
At least when I get it wrong I either apologize or admit it with the rational, usually a failure to distinquish between editorial and reporting functions in the papers, which is blurred by the TayVay reporters themselves. On the other hand I work to overcome my limitations and shortcomings, and I don’t expect a perfection of results, only of effort, which to me means you have to try. Some people don’t. via
Updated: I mean perfection in the sense of complete, and not in the sense of without flaws. (Unlike my writing and editing skills, sigh.)
Monday, May 28, 2007
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If you’ve got the miles then I’ve got the link. Appreciated
Sunday, May 27, 2007
The usual list of stories the MSM missed or felt it not in their corporate interests to report on. Via slashdot
#1 Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media
#2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
#3 Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger
#4 Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US
#5 High-Tech Genocide in Congo
#6 Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy
#7 US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq
#8 Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act
#9 The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall
#10 Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians
#11 Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed
#12 Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines
#13 New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup
#14 Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US
#15 Chemical Industry is EPA’s Primary Research Partner
#16 Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court
#17 Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda
#18 Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story
#19 Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever
#20 Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem
#21 Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers
#22 $Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed
#23 US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe
#24 Cheney’s Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year
#25 US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region
Praise the Lord and pass the reporters.
Once in a while, the ambiguous legal, political, and practical implications of Blackwater’s private security forces in Iraq create problems that are, to put it mildly, awkward
In this case, we also know how ugly it got.
The officials described a tense standoff that ensued between the Blackwater guards and Interior Ministry forces — both sides armed with assault rifles — until a passing U.S. military convoy intervened
As if the dynamic of the conflict wasn’t complex enough, U.S. troops are now interceding in a gunfight between Iraqi Interior Ministry forces and employees of U.S. private security firm.
This gives a whole new meaning to fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here. Unfortunately it’s US troops intervening in a Civil War between US mercenaries and the Iraqi Army that is supposed to stand up so we can stand down. So two different armies, trained at US taxpayers expense, need the US Armed Forces trained at US taxpayers expense, to do what is it we are doing over there again?
Clusterf*!k is close, but so is a monkey f!*king a football.
Today’s must-read story comes by way of the Boston Globe’s Peter Canellos, who reports on the highly misleading, if not downright false, rhetoric coming from the Republican presidential candidates on Iraq, al Qaeda, and the terrorist threat.
Heh, Saint McCain’t, Rudy Three Wives, and Mitt the Cape Codpiece. Top tier GOP eh?
Clemens cites a Cheney aide as indicating “that Cheney himself is frustrated with President Bush and believes, much like Richard Perle, that Bush is making a disastrous mistake” by supporting the diplomatic approach to Iran apparently favored by the State Department. So Cheney plans to deploy an “end run strategy” around the president (who’s more swayed at present by Condi Rice’s “realists” than Cheney’s neocons) if his flank doesn’t prevail and Bush resists the demand of the neocons and the AIPAC lobby for a bloody showdown.
“The thinking on Cheney’s team is to collude with Israel, nudging Israel at some key moment in the ongoing standoff between Iran’s nuclear activities and international frustration over this to mount a small-scale conventional strike against Natanz using cruise missiles This strategycould be expected to trigger a sufficient Iranian counter-strike against US forces in the Gulfas to compel Bush to forgo the diplomatic track that the administration realists are advocating and engage in another war.”
This is the most frightening piece I’ve read some time, along with Justin Raimondo’s latest column on antiwar.com that draws upon it. Raimondo citing a recent CNN interview with Seymour Hersh links Cheney and Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams (the most powerful neocon presently in the administration) to U.S. support for the Sunni Fatah al Islam militia in Lebanon as a means to weaken Hizbollah. “George W. Bush,” he declares, “is totally out of the loop” in what Raimondo calls “the Cheney administration.”
Now if only someone would unwrapped the tightly wound flags from off of their heads and actually do their jobs, which probably has little, to a lot less, to do with tit for tating with bloggers, then we might just might save something for the grandkids.
It really would be that simple.
Updated Below: And Yet Again:
The Seniora cabinet convenes and asks the Lebanese Army to enter the refugee camp and silence (in more ways than one) Fatah-al-Islam. Since entrance into the Camps is forbidden by the 1969 Arab league agreement, the Army refuses after realizing the extent of the conspiracy against it by the Welch Club. The army knows that entering a refugee camp in force will open a front against the Army in all twelve Palestinian refugee camps and tear the army apart along sectarian cracks.
The army feels set up by the Club’s Internal Security Forces which did not coordinate with the Lebanese Army, as required by Lebanese law and did not even make them aware of the “inter family operation” the ISF carried out against Fatah-al-Islam safe houses in Tripoli.
Today, tensions are high between the Lebanese army and the Welch Club. Some mention the phrase ‘army coup’.
The Club is trying to run Parliament and is prepared to go all the way not to ‘lose’ Lebanon. It still holds 70 seats in the house of parliament while the Hezbollah led opposition holds 58 seats. It has a dutiful PM in Fouad Siniora.
We have got to have the absolutely worst government in power in the history of man. It’s a good thing we started out as a hyper-power, the hegemon has a hernia.
With very intermittent internet access and this ancient pc with one lone wire running from the spaghetti wiring system tied to the ceiling and taped to a single bare light bulb socket, plus 8 toddlers, two babies, crawling over and under this ‘foreigner’ in a 10 x 12 concrete room where 28 or more of us slept on the floor last night, this blurb may never be sent. But if it does get out and for what it’s worthan update on the situation in the Palestinian Nabr al-Bared and Bedawi Camps. Will try to send results shortly of my interviews with 11 Fatah al-Islam fighters regarding who paid them and got them travel documents and weapons and what was their mission. There was no bank robbery by them. That wasa fake story put out by the Welch Club. Sorry I misreported it. BBC was suckered. Also, no, repeat no heads cut off. Where are the medical reports from those who claim it? That was black propaganda to smear Fatah el-Islam. Must leave this building nowmay not be until tomorrow or so. …
Fear among PLO camp leaders that there could be a blood bath. “It’s the Bush complex,” one German NGO volunteer said. “The Lebanese government wants to be macho like the Israelis to gain some respect. This could be another Waco in the making, for no reason.” The PLO is trying to mediate with the army to avoid a slaughter that would occur if the army tries to enter al-Bared. “What is needed is leadership and for the warlords to keep quiet. The army has behaved very badly but it’s the politicians fault.”
How foreboding was Hersh’s article?
Alastair Crooke, who spent nearly thirty years in MI6, the British intelligence service, and now works for Conflicts Forum, a think tank in Beirut, told me, “The Lebanese government is opening space for these people to come in. It could be very dangerous.” Crooke said that one Sunni extremist group, Fatah al-Islam, had splintered from its pro-Syrian parent group, Fatah al-Intifada, in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, in northern Lebanon. Its membership at the time was less than two hundred. “I was told that within twenty-four hours they were being offered weapons and money by people presenting themselves as representatives of the Lebanese government’s interests-presumably to take on Hezbollah,” Crooke said.
So Bush’s proxies are being shelled by Lenanon’s government, and the proxies are somehow al Qaida affiliated according to American press reports, which means we supplying arms to our War on Terror enemies, and there are politicians in Washinghands DC who still want to be taken seriously. Give me a break!
In an attempt to refurbish his reputation as a non-sectarian nationalist, Mr Sadr said he was ready to co-operate with Sunnis “on all issues”. He added: “I am completely ready to defend them [Sunnis and Christians] and be their armour against their enemies.”
Mr Sadr has been out of Iraq in Iran and Lebanon according to one of his aides, abandoning the Sadrist claim that he never left Iraq. He seems to have returned about a week ago, at which time Iraqis talking to Sadrist leaders noticed that they seemed to be able to reach him rapidly by phone on landlines, though there are no landlines to Iran.
Score one for Military intelligence.
Traitors or Freedom Fighters?
Speaking of the Founders, don’t we all come grade school get fed the righteous story of the 1773 Boston Tea Party, the most famous case of property damage in an attempt to “affect public debate?” (At least the Green Scare defendants didn’t disguise themselves as an oppressed/occupied minority like Sam Adams and gang.) Yet, a couple centuries later, we now have judges mirroring the Tea Party’s target, King George III, whose response presaged another mad leader named George, “I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor.”
But lecturing “the community” on just what the power structure will “tolerate” is but one, and not the most important one, of Judge Aiken’s prejudicial notions. The most important is her determination that ecosabotage constitutes “Terrorism.” The determination allows for “upward enhancement” sentences to be handed down. While a simple arson with no personal injuries usually merits a median sentence of 43 months in Federal cases, the “terrorism” determination allows for “enhancement” additions of up to 20+ years! It also means harsher prison conditions for those sentenced.
I’m sure the judge doesn’t want to be bothered with all of that, I mean this is so quaint
,”I will state what laws I consider ex post facto laws, within the words and the intent of the prohibition.
1st. Every law that makes an action , done before the passing of the law, and which was innocent when done, criminal; and punishes such action.
2nd. Every law that aggravates a crime, or makes it greater than it was, when committed.
3rd. Every law that changes the punishment, and inflicts a greater punishment, than the law annexed to the crime, when committed.
4th. Every law that alters the legal rules of evidence, and receives less, or different, testimony, than the law required at the time of the commission of the offence, in order to convict the offender. All these, and similar laws, are manifestly unjust and oppressive.”
— Justice Samuel Chase, Calder v. Bull 1798
Which is a lot like the immigration reformers from the Heritage foundation squawking about the need for law and order and the rule of law, like Nixon did, and failing to read the US Constitution on treaties being ratified by the Senate becoming the law of the land, which means the invasion of Iraq was illegal too. Amnesty for me, not for thee Republican’ts.
A large part of the problem I suppose is that it isn’t sexy, but it is fact, so maybe if the pig had a wig…
Chris Matthews: Gloria?
Gloria Borger: This new ethics legislation that’s been passed by the House, is going to be passed by the Senate. Watch for mass resignations from House members, who are now saying they can’t afford to live here unless they’re bought and paid for by lobbyists. they’re going to leave.
Of course I’ll believe it when I see it, but wouldn’t that be chicken soup for the politically roiled. UD: Think Progress has the video.
The previous post was not journalistically checked for a second source, sort of like a reading a press release from DoD, or the White House. My bad.
She apologized because, like it or not, I am an important person who has the ability to affect her public image. This is the same reason John Kerry regularly called me and begged me to agree with his positions. It goes with the territory when you’re a prominent columnist.
Another prime example of the promiscuously prominent, who have come to have their noses pointed slightly upward so as to better caste their eyes slightly downward on the rest of us mere mortals.
Broderistically thinking, not speaking, what and anus.
I’ll be on the Chris Matthews’ show this Sunday, talking about the Clinton marriage and the JFK assassination.
If the left even came close to mentioning these things anymore they’d be excoriated, and rightly so, since the coup de etat is long past, and the other is no elses business. It’s probably more germane to the direction of American politics whether Guiliani still wears dresses than it is who’s skirts his lifting, or pants ….
Even that sounds boring.
Is anyone conceivably surprised by the subject of this Sunday’s Chris Matthews Show?
By the way, that’s one subject. It’s responsible for everything that happened, even things taking place before it existed.
Oh wait, it’s OK, it’s the British PM and his cabinet.
Caution blue language ahead. You know Broder is such a prissy pants.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I don’t think anyone has rolled on Tim Russert as hard as I have, maybe so, but he has Joe Califano on tonight and it is a really good, informative interview. If he was this unbiased in all of his work we would all be better off, but that too is water under the bridge, so nuff said.
At any rate Califano doesn’t have all the answers, but he has a good start on it and whether your a stoner or not you might ought to read his book “High Society,” and get the good stuff out of it. God knows I’m no paragon of virtue in these things, but if this post helps just one person, besides Tim, get on the ball with this issue then it was worth it.
Unlike some of the news casts this one takes a humane look at the issue, and not a law and order look. We can’t always reform society, nor our own selves, but at least Joe and Tim are trying tonight, and I thought I ought to say thanks. So Thanks Tim, thanks Joe.
PS: The title refers to He’s a hard worker. You can always find something nice to say about anyone, even that one.
I say. I’m sure the pundits would like to think that there is a major fracture in the Democratic Party because the left is peeved at the ludditeship, and it would be folly for the leadership not to take note of it, but there isn’t any large scale abandonment of the Party from the left, and there is also no wide spread angst on the leftern fringes of the Party either. Given the choice between has been stupidly wrong from the get go Neocon and Radical Regressive Republicans, (their three r’s,) and might be stupidly wrong given the chance to be so Neocon and Blue Thong Democrats, then even the lefty with the green blog is going to turn up the heat.
You would think serious political pundits would read Antiwar and CounterPunch and listen to the Newshour and such, but like the President has so aptly displayed, you can bring Presidents to intelligence, but you can’t make them read it. Nor should the elite think that a blog is going to have three conservatives and a liberal to be named later either.
In any case this blogger isn’t an Heritage fellow who thinks if half the compromise is cut out of a deal, say with immigration, then the government is fulfilling its’ obligation to defend and protect the conservative ideals that are cherished by folks with a better understanding of the exquisite jewels necessary to make flag brooches the size of said unnamed Heritage fellow’s brain.
That doesn’t mean I have all the answers either, or even some of them to some of you, I’m sure, but it does mean that you’ve got it all wrong here, and good luck with the estimation of the fissures and fractures in the Democratic activist base, because luck is all you have at this juncture in the space time continuum.
But if you want money for people with minds that hate…
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So we’re in this together. And now we’re in a bit of an emergency together.
As you may know, we lost a major funder without warning late last year. The University of Massachusetts, Lowell ended a five-year sponsorship agreement in a political shuffle of chancellors.
We’re an independent, non-profit production company, and it has been no small challenge to try to replace half a million dollars a year in six months. We’ve made some progress — a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, not least — and negotiations are underway with several interesting partners.
If you’ve got some spare change it would probably be better than a sending in a Quarter Pounder with cheese.
So it must be time to quit. I almost felt like I was blogging again.
She was a level headed dancer…
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States apparently violated international law in its military tribunals by using coercion to extract confessions and writing counter-terrorism laws that restrict immigration on questionable grounds, a U.N. investigator said on Friday.
But Martin Scheinin of Finland, a U.N. rapporteur on rights in countering terrorism, said his findings for the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council did not mean the “the United States has become an enemy of human rights.”
“It is a country which still has a great deal to be proud of,” especially in exercising freedom of the press, Scheinin said in a 12-page preliminary report on a 10-day visit to the United States. His full report will be presented to the Council later in the year.
Yeah the water has chlorine and flouride,
But U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad rejected the allegations, saying, “We have a different point of view.”
I’m sure you do Ambassador, so does Michelle and Abu.
BLITZER: Let me bring Senator Cornyn back. Senator McCain agrees with you, and Senator Lindsey Graham, another member of the Armed Services Committee — they agree the U.S. has to go big, deploying an additional 20,000, maybe more, as many as 50,000 is what you’re saying.
But what do you say to General Abizaid, the U.S. military central commander, who says that is not necessarily a good idea?
CORNYN: Well, I respect General Abizaid immensely. And what General Abizaid, I think, is failing to take into adequate account is the political reality in the United States.
The fact is we need to surge the number of troops there so we can secure Baghdad and allow the political reconciliation and rapprochement that Jack Reed is talking about.
It’s not going to happen in the face of this kind of lawlessness. We’re not talking about an open-ended commitment. We’re talking about a temporary surge and get that basic security to allow the political institutions to work out their differences.
BLITZER: So how long would 180,000 or 200,000 U.S. troops, according to your estimate, be deployed in Iraq?
How long would this surge last?
CORNYN: I think General Abizaid had it about right. He said he thinks we have about another four to six months to get this right. And I think that’s what we’re looking at.
Aired November 26, 2006 – 11:00 ET Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, July, Aug., Sept., and then we’ll listen to the Generals. HT FU^2
I added World-Newspapers for those of you who would like to actually get a differet perspective than the non fortified white bread MSM of America puts out. It’s arranged by region so you can pick a country, any country, and go find out what they aren’t telling you over here over there.
The condition itself has been recognized for centuries, wearing evocative labels such as “madness without delirium” and “moral insanity” until the late 1800s, when “psychopath” was coined by a German clinician. But the term (and its 1930s synonym, sociopath) had always been a sort of catch-all, widely and loosely applied to criminals who seemed violent and unstable. Even into the mid-1970s, almost 80 percent of convicted felons in the United States were being diagnosed as sociopaths. In 1980, Hare created a diagnostic tool called the Psychopathy Checklist, which, revised five years later, became known as the PCL-R. Popularly called “the Hare,” the PCL-R measures psychopathy on a forty-point scale. Once it emerged, it was the first time in history that everyone who said “psychopath” was saying the same thing. For research in the field, it was like a starting gun.
But for Hare, it has turned out to be a Pandora’s box. Recently retired from teaching, his very last Ph.D. student about to leave the nest, Hare, sixty-eight, should be basking in professional accolades and enjoying his well-earned rest. But he isn’t.
The PCL-R has slipped the confines of academe, and is being used and misused in ways that Hare never intended. In some of the places where it could do some good — such as the prison in the TV documentary I was yelling at — the idea of psychopathy goes unacknowledged, usually because it’s politically incorrect to declare someone to be beyond rehabilitation. At the opposite extreme, there are cases in which Hare’s work has been overloaded with political baggage of another sort, such as in the United States, where a high PCL-R score is used to support death-penalty arguments, and in England, where a debate is underway about whether some individuals with personality disorders (such as psychopaths) should be detained even if they haven’t committed a crime.
He calls them “subclinical” psychopaths. They’re the charming predators who, unable to form real emotional bonds, find and use vulnerable women for sex and money (and inevitably abandon them). They’re the con men like Christophe Rocancourt, and they’re the stockbrokers and promoters who caused Forbes magazine to call the Vancouver Stock Exchange (now part of the Canadian Venture Exchange) the scam capital of the world. (Hare has said that if he couldn’t study psychopaths in prisons, the Vancouver Stock Exchange would have been his second choice.) A significant proportion of persistent wife beaters, and people who have unprotected sex despite carrying the AIDS virus, are psychopaths. Psychopaths can be found in legislatures, hospitals, and used-car lots. They’re your neighbour, your boss, and your blind date. Because they have no conscience, they’re natural predators. If you didn’t have a conscience, you’d be one too.
Psychopaths love chaos and hate rules, so they’re comfortable in the fast-moving modern corporation. Dr. Paul Babiak, an industrial-organizational psychologist based near New York City, is in the process of writing a book with Bob Hare called When Psychopaths Go to Work: Cons, Bullies and the Puppetmaster. The subtitle refers to the three broad classes of psychopaths Babiak has encountered in the workplace.
Explains a lot doesn’t it. (But read the whole article and try to understand what is written instead of jumping to the conclusion that you are not part of the problem.)
Like Mr. No Sunshine Senator Reed said, no need to get emotional about the supplementally deranged funding bill, and having given the center some cover earlier, it was nice to see them at least get a minimum wage bill through and signed. All this goes to show how much the system sucks and fits modern man about as well as a tricorner hat and all that other Yankee doodle BS the elite like to imagine they are a part of, so long as no one else is allowed into the pretense.
The fact is without some sort of mechanism for controlling Iraq oil output, which is what the game was all about anyway, there will be no withdrawal. So long as American troops are there, there will always be someone to blow up the wells, pipelines, or infrastructure to keep Iraqi production to its’ OPEC, (Saudi Arabian,) defined limits, which given that nations, (Iraq,) large oil reserves, output (production limits,) is pretty small, along the lines of Iran’s output quota, with Iran having about a fourth of Iraq’s reserves. So the US troops will remain to enforce the sixty dollar a barrel price for American and world consumers of oil.
If the oil cartel can get us to take out Iran then they can pump more oil from Iraq, so the wheels within wheels keep on spinning, and it may very well be the oil cartel foisting fears of Iranian nuclear development on Israel for that purpose. Of course a size nine shoe fits many size nine feet too. That’s why I like the sunshine government we have currently in Washinghands DC. They’re so tangled up in secret alliances it makes the pre WW I secret alliances look like public domain toilet paper, with concomitant results as well. So look forward to more not less war.
The end result of all of this is what do the American people intend to do about it, and given their willingness to take to the street and blow some fifty amp fuses, or to heaven forbid, vote, in lieu of drinking themselves to sleep in front of the TV every night, they probably will stick another yellow ribbon on the tree, attend a few more church services and wave the flag and let it all rip. Somewhere in all of this they will look back in their old age and think they might have had a life, but what a great nation they have, which like the Liberty Bell is old, cracked and useless as a bell, but it is symbolic of something, and TV will tell them what to think, when they need to think about it, so all is well in the bastion of puberty.
So there will be no more political emotionalism here. Sort of like framing the rising price of oil as supply and demand instead of saying the dollar ain’t worth the paper it’s printed on, and gasoline still has the same value. That’s not inflation, that’s market forces. Like saying revolution which is political reactivity is not acceptable political activity, even though what we have now, somehow is acceptable political activity, and very much like the Holy Roman Empire was none of those things, so too are the acceptable political activities of our leaders.
Update: I deleted one sentence that I thought might lead morons to the wrong impression, and also would like to note that an observation is not an advocacy of something, for those same morons who can’t read what is written. I also changed one word to another so as to not offend large people with poetic effects. Other additions are in Italics.
And will anger spent have purchased a rage
sufficient for the moribund dagger,
that lies blameless in its’ own heat
Shall we continue to mourn the passing
of moments not to be shared, weeping
for the ashes within our own hot cinders
Does the turning of night’s shadow not reek
of morning yet to befall the unwary traveller
wondering silently past his own wonder
Has the universe become too small to shine
that the star must burst its’ seams
to be noticed only for disappearing
Worms will not shadow even a ray of hope
that what is not is, but well knows its’ turns
in the making of it, toward the sleeper
Numb is the web of the spinner of wheels
but not so dull in beauty is the silken trap
as is the maker of many unknown tolls.