Friday, January 18, 2008
For those of you wanting to take over the party machine I would suggest that you instead focus on becoming the machine.
I’ve mentioned this before, but, you really need to get in touch with your local precincts now, toe the line through this election and get some local cred, and then make a move after the current election.
There are a lot of reasons for doing so, but I think if you ponder on it, (that’s Southern talk for thinking,) you’ll come up with them. Give Howard Dean a shout out, he has the addresses and contact info.
Think of it as a PO the elites and establishment suggestion.
(I fixed the timestamp. I was lurking on my own blog.)
For months, the White House has battling the D.C. watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in court. The accusation is pretty straightforward: for more than a year between 2003 and 2005, the White House failed to archive emails, and the group had learned that as many as five million emails were lost as a result. The White House is required by law to retain them. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino responded that there had been a tech glitch: you know, we were transferring from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Outlook and… oops:
This won’t fly in an F-5.
Now is the time to come to the aid of your country!
Stimulate the economy!
Give your employees a friggin raise ya cheap skates!
This will cause spending to rise over months, buoy optimism, and make up for the productivity increases without paying the piper the last five years.
CNBC is touting recession proof stocks such as liquor, tabaccoo and gambling. You can also do canned goods, and funeral homes.
This highlights the Republicans Wall Street and social conservative bases split.
Barack Obama has warned about the dangers of gambling — that it carries a “moral and social cost” that could “devastate” poor communities. As a state senator in Illinois, he at times opposed plans to expand gambling, worrying that it could be especially harmful to low-income people.
I would imagine that people in Nevada understand that you can’t have free buffet’s at casino’s that are losing money, and that gambling is for people who cant do finite math.
In 2004, the University of Michigan’s American National Election Studies (ANES) survey asked about 1,200 American adults to give their thermometer scores of various groups. People in this survey who called themselves “conservative” or “very conservative” did have a fairly low opinion of liberals — they gave them an average thermometer score of 39. The score that liberals give conservatives: 38. Looking only at people who said they are “extremely conservative” or “extremely liberal,” the right gave the left a score of 27; the left gives the right an icy 23. So much for the liberal tolerance edge.
Some might argue that this is simply a reflection of the current political climate, which is influenced by strong feelings about the current occupants of the White House. And sure enough, those on the extreme left give President Bush an average temperature of 15 and Vice President Cheney a 16. Sixty percent of this group gives both men the absolute lowest score: zero.
In a side-splitting exercise of circular logic, Brooks goes on to argue that unprecedented unpopularity of President Bush itself confirms his liberal hate thesis. While objective measures exist to show that the American people overall generally liked Bill Clinton at this point in his presidency (with approvals numbers in the 60’s) while reviling George W. Bush (approval numbers in the 30’s), Brooks contends liberals’ greater disdain now that conservatives in 1998 is proof of left-wing intolerance:
The things that pass for knowledge…
Is he still running?
I still think we ought to embezzle it from the Iraqi war funds, after all it is the American peoples hard earned money, requires no new spending, and stays within the parameters and principles of the Bushco administration.
I wrote this in 2002 in the WaPo forums, when liberals were outnumbered 20-1.
I firmly believe America’s road is toward a more democratic, inclusive society, built on respect for the individuals rights over the state, the states right to intercede and correct abuses of the majority and the powerful, and the majorities right to rule. I find little logic in appeals to the past and the good old days, especially from people who would be unable to survive in the times they seem to espouse and hold so dear. America’s past may be a beacon to some, but her future is a beacon to me, She is not nearly as great a nation as she could be, so those who hold to the status quo are robbing themselves of unknown riches, and holding all of our children hostages to their desire for the sedentary existence of a pond within the tree lined banks of conformity.
I wish a foreign policy based on the respect of individual nations for each other, to allow other nations to seek and find their own happiness within the political, social and economic systems that they determine to be most suitable to themselves to provide for the common welfare and happiness of their own people, without the influence or interference of or from our government. I seek an American foreign policy that does not project our military strength beyond our own borders except in self defense, and not for the narrow interests of the minority economically powerful, which endangers all Americans from the repercussions of their misdeeds. America should encourage freedom, liberty and democracy in all nations and not just the few, and not support repressive dictatorships and kingdoms for the economic convenience of our own people, or the narrow interests of corporations.
To quote Jefferson,
“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment… laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind… as that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, institutions must advance also, to keep pace with the times…. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain forever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
Consider it a Foghat moment.
Katie Couric informed me last night that the government had expanded it’s no fly list. Apparently Al Whoda? has been using a “facebook” like site to recruit Jihadi’s. Apparently they have moved on now, or I wouldn’t have heard about it, now would I?
Or was I supposed to be scared?
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I fiddle with the candidate links for too long, and decided to reduce it to those whom I can vote for in the general election. Seemed fair, to me.
I hear these kinds of anecdotes sometimes, I figured I’d pass one along.
So I’m at this Obama fundraiser with 350 rich donors. He’s horrible. He just babbles. Then, every so often, he comes up with jewels like this:
“There is a nasty aspect to politics on the internet that has to be dealt with.”
Does that mean his online donors should get their money back?
I do not like Hillary, but who is this guy? Do we know?
He should have been out here five years ago when things were really rough.
UPDATE: This is from a source I know very well, it’s not a rumor. Obama said this. Someone in the comments did point out Obama could be referring to the nasty emails going around about him being a Muslim. That’s quite possible, though it doesn’t really change the general issues I have with his remark.
I’ll also note that this is one blog post among thousands I have written, and part of trying to figure out what kind of President Obama could be. These kinds of remarks, what he says to wealthy donors behind closed doors and how he thinks about internet politics, are part of figuring this out.
Agreed. The man is a DLCer, an organization that hasn’t exactly had cordial relations with the online community over the years either.
I think there is a tendency on the part of the DLC and other old fogies to think that the new new left is somehow part of, or more similar than is the case, of my generation’s new left. Free Speech being a major similarity, but I think it was more of a primary cause back then than now, with net neutrality being more a rear guard action now. Free speech in the other media is pretty effectively dead, but now thrives out here in the unknowns of the tubes, and so the lack of familiarity with the net is a source of anxiety. Hence the horror stories of online weirdos takes a precedent in their estimation, which is still a fear of the unknown. There are some more similarities to be sure, but those are far out weighed by the differences in environments that have spawned the two different movements.
On the other hand much of the trench warfare between the netroots and wingnuts has reached pretty serious levels of invective that is off putting to the religiously inclined, which Obama definitely is one of. Being a Christian, the Muslim baiting currently flying around is IMO more likely to roll off of his back than it would the more agnostic, atheistic netroots who endured the early days of being out numbered in what was and is basically a Rovian echo chamber of Republican Party tools. We have fought them in the forums, we have fought them in the blogs and we have fought them in the fund raising wars. ( I can’t think of anyway to squeeze a “and we will never surrender into the previous line, my bad.)
Being religious, Obama is going to be more conservative on a lot of social issues than many in the netroots are. Being a politician, Obama is going to say things to his rich buddies that he wouldn’t say to the general public because it would expose him as a politician. That isn’t exclusive to Obama.
The free fire zone of the internet is life blood of the progressive movement because it is the only way to expose ideas and policy, both good and bad, to peer review and critic in such a way as to respond to real time events. If we were conservatives we could just tattoo “Give me that old time _______” on our heads and wait for the Party brass to tell us what that fill in the blank for the day was, in their version of free speech.
Daniel Webster said, “The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.” Should Mr. Obama obtain to the Presidency, he shall find that contest is still afoot.
If the US economy only needs a hundred billion dollar cash injection why can’t we just embezzle it from the Iraq war funding like the Iraqis do?
For those of you young people still renting or doing OK with your mortgages, the key to making your money work is saving enough to work with.
Live on eighty percent of your take home pay, give 10% to your favorite charity, or God, and give ten percent to yourself. When you can afford to loose money in the stock market take half of your savings and put that in another account to serve as an interest bearing docking station for your investment money.
Research companies you like. For instance historically in my sentient years IBM has fluctuated between 85-115 per share. YMMV. Buy low sell high, stash the profit in your stock account, buy low save high.
I’m not saying to buy or not buy IBM, it could be whatever your favorite company may be, I’m just pointing out how to arrange things so your money is making money. But saving in the beginning is the key. Just putting the ten percent into CD’s will let you retire with some security.
I tried drinking beer and smoking weed, and that didn’t work.
edited for spilling
Ambac and MBIA are the two Jenga pieces which will pull the whole shitpile down. They insure all of the shitpile, allowing everyone to pretend that all of the risky stuff they own isn’t risky at all. But that insurance is most likely a complete fantasy as it seems Ambac and MBIA don’t have the cash to pay out claims. I should’ve gotten into the bond insurance business. Lower their ratings, you destroy their businesses. More than that, you wipe out the insurance fantasy, forcing everyone who insured with them to admit they have all this risky stuff on the books. Recognizing, of course, that in this context “risky” is just a euphemism for “shitty.”
Nothing funny about this.
Rockwell has denied responsibility for the newsletters’ contents to The New Republic’s Jamie Kirchick. Rockwell twice declined to discuss the matter with reason, maintaining this week that he had “nothing to say.” He has characterized discussion of the newsletters as “hysterical smears aimed at political enemies” of The New Republic. Paul himself called the controversy “old news,” and “ancient history” when we reached him last week, and he has not responded to further request for comment.
But a source close to the Paul presidential campaign told Reason that Rockwell authored much of the content of the Political Report and Survival Report. “If Rockwell had any honor he’d come out and I say, I wrote this stuff,'” said the source, who asked not to be named because Paul remains friendly with Rockwell and is reluctant to assign responsibility for the letters. “He should have done it 10 years ago.”
Read the whole thing.
Pesky Brits are coining another term.
Update: That is compliment.
Update2: Since my email is Boswell K Smythe it is apropos.
Update3: Market confusion, CNBC has the DJ up 38.+ CNN is down 34.+
Update4: No, there wil be no live blogging of the stock tickers.
Of course, Michigan has done that before as well. The state was a bastion of the Reagan Democrats, working-class men who bolted the Democratic Party and fled the dictates of their union bosses. Reagan lured them into his camp with promises of muscular militarism, race-baiting and hymns to the fetus. The Gipper repaid them with layoffs, busted strikes and off-shoring of factories.
As went Michigan, so goes the country.
CNN’s American Morning is highlighting Glenn Beck’s hospital visit, which has gone viral on some video site, and since that hits close to home I thought I would interject some things not being looked into, AFAIK, on the Television.
There are three types of patients that present themselves at hospital emergency rooms; 1) the indigent and people who cannot afford health insurance who also are aware that many hospitals are supported by taxes and so cannot refuse emergency room medical care to anyone, 2) those who have insurance and are like Mr. Beck well paid professionals who present with problems that for various reasons of those patients have not been presented to their family doctors and consequently become emergencies to those patients, 3) people under going medical emergencies, such as gunshot wounds, car accidents, heart attacks etc.
I am not familiar with the particulars of Mr. Becks case, but as a friend of Bill’s I can only offer him some insight, hopefully into his ER treatment. From what I have heard however, he has pretty good clue about it all. Tax supported hospitals are under increasing pressure to be self supporting businesses, which given patient class number 1 above pretty much assures that they won’t be.
To contain costs, however, like many businesses, labor is one of the primary means of controlling expenses, and hospitals are no exception. The only method for increasing revenue is to increase the tax burden on the citizens and business within the whatever taxing district the hospital is located in.
Americans are notoriously anti-tax, and so that option is not very salable, and no local politician is willing to actually come out and say so. So taxes stay low, and the people get what they pay for.
As for the rest of Mr. Becks encounter with the medical community, including the surgery, that is beyond any insight of mine except empathy. As Mr. Beck is aware, drugs and people can produce strange and startling results, primarily because as human beings we are all unique chemical furnaces that do not handle drugs exactly the same as someone else.
But as to his ER experience, all I would add is that every different personality type is present there in that work place as there are at his radio and television gigs. Aptitude is not indicative of the motivation of any employee.
I wish Mr. Beck well in his recovery, and hope that Dr. Bob is consulting him through this difficult phase of his life.
Now, can I get back to political snark?
The most comprehensive study in years of abortion in America underscores a striking change in the landscape, with ever-fewer pregnant women choosing abortion and those who do increasingly opting to avoid surgical clinics.
The number of abortions has plunged to 1.2 million a year, down 25 percent since hitting a peak in 1990, according to a report released today — days before the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
In the early 1980s, nearly one in three pregnant women chose abortion. The most recent data show that proportion is closer to one in five.
Abort some wingers!
Forgot the Update: OK! OK! not everyone who opposes abortion is a winger.
IN the next couple of days, don’t believe anything bad you hear about the candidates, and only half of the good.
Update2: I deleted the previous update as non germane.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
“Conservatives” on Clinton News Network whining about the “liberal media”.
Libertarians that call themselves conservatives.
Conservatives that call themselves libertarians.
Why every problem conservatives can discern is described in apocalyptic terms or as apocalyptic.
Why anyone besides conservatives are surprised that people that grew up under Reagan and entered the media/journalistic occupations under Bush41/Clinton would be conservatives that whine about the liberal media.
Update 1-17 AM : OK that’s been clarified.
If you are currently registered as a Republican in Nevada you are already eligible to participate. If you are a new resident to Nevada or if you are planning to change your party affiliation to Republican you will need to register 30 days prior to the caucus in order to participate.
Also, if you are seventeen years old and will be eighteen years old on or before November 4, 2008, you will be welcome to participate when you register as a Republican.
I don’t see anything here about being a US citizen, so I was wondering Lou, if you planned on looking into this caucus, and for that matter all the states with high illegal alien populations, and what procedures are in place in those states to ensure the integrity of the elections in these other elections.
I am aware that the Culinary Union has “many” illegal immigrants too, according to tonight’s report, and I was wondering if this is sourced in such a manner as to be verified.
Regarding the Campean, Ramos case, which you continue to assert, (again tonight,) is the the shooting of an illegal alien smuggler, which it is not. As I recall the charges are related to that shooting, but hangs on whether the Agents followed the law in reporting the incident to the authorities.
This post started out too snarky, and I apologize for that, but these are both topics that are dear to your heart, and I am also aware that you are an empiricist to the bone, so any help you can give to those of us who are open to being persuaded by the facts would be appreciated.
As with the John King kerfuffle, I am not privy to everything you know, but in his case there are many filters that could explain away others criticisms of his recent interview of John McCain, but I am not aware of that being a problem with your telecast. If I am wrong here, I am sure you will correct my, and many other peoples misunderstanding of this.
Edited twice BTW I like useful, as opposed to savant.
General Barry McCaffrey just testified before the House Armed Services Committee that things in Iraq are going just swell. (see previous post.) I suppose we will see the major network reporters wondering around Iraq before long, you know, take a cruise up to Fallujah.
Of course until then I will think that the testimony is just bullshit. IRAQI OFFICIAL DISCUSSES IMPROVED SECURITY IN AL-ANBAR, AL-FALLUJAH
[Al-Arab al-Yawm] You talk about terrorism while you are under occupation. What does this mean?
[Al-Abdallah] There are two types of occupation now in Iraq, the American and the Iranian; both are using groups from outside Iraq under the names of Al-Qa’idah or terrorism. Sometimes, these sides are managed by both parties and conduct activities inside Iraq. For this reason, the Iraqis are confronting them, because the features of the third party are not known. It tries to kill Iraqis, nothing more. It is not actually resisting the Americans or the Iranians, but targeting the Iraqis only.
Juan Cole’s assessment is somewhat more jaded than the good General’s,
He blames terror attacks on nihilists and the Iranians: “There are two types of occupation now in Iraq, the American and the Iranian . . .” He doesn’t actually seem to have a problem with people attacking Americans– he refers to them as the “resistance.” But he complains about those who conduct random violence against Iraqis, implying that many are backed by Iran and also by the United States!. Moreover, he blames the Iranian presence and influence on the United States: “the United States was the main reason that helped Iran come into Iraq.”
So to sum up, he dismisses the Iraqi government as “sectarian,” sees Iraqi Shiites as cat’s paws of Iran, wants the US out of his province, and blames the US for bringing Iran into it and well as for secretly backing death squads. And this is a Concerned Local Citizen with strong ties to the Awakening Council! Oh, yeah, the US is sitting pretty in Iraq now.
Yeah, I bet we will see some Georgia peaches in Anbar, RSN.
But that isn’t the main point. As Rep. Snyder said, emphatically on Washington Journal this morning, in his estimation this is not an occupation, but a war. One man’s trash is another man’s gold, but we can’t have it both ways. If we are to use the term war, then there is no predetermined outcome.
The politicians and chattering class are setting themselves, and the American people up for a hell of a physchological blow if all hell breaks loose again. General Patraeus is not, or has not to my knowledge, guaranteed that that won’t happen.
This situation sets our electoral process up to manipulation of American public opinion by Iraqi insurgents and AQ. When that happen, I will be sitting out here telling you, “I told you so.”, yet again.
Contrary to right wing talking points, patriotism does not have to imply stupidity.
Vicious South Carolina Flyer Attacks McCain’s Vietnam ServiceYou know the Republican Party really is Admiral Frankenstein when you have
Reed Huckabee and Romney wearing their religion on their sleeves with war mongers and imperalists, all in a swift boat on the river Styx.
I’m not going to say that the media shouldn’t talk badly about senior military officials or they are “Not Supporting the Troops”, since after all they are public servants. However, I think this sort of opinion is the result of the neo-conservatives hiding behind generals and admirals in uniform because they are too spineless to make policy decisions. It is a concept that puts the military in the precarious position of having to set foreign policy rather than merely enforcing it. So until that is resolved, we will continue to see criticism of senior military officials by political advocates and media talking heads alike. I’m really curious what you guys think about this, thanks!
Having hammered the flags in the last election and Petraeus when he and Corker appeared last September.
The US military needs, IMHO, to stay out of politics and religion too, (see Air Force Academy, evangelicals.) But that goes both ways, and the neocons aren’t alone in the garbage here. George W. Bush has to bear most of the responsibility for that as well.
I think it is a no brainer that most officers are going to be conservatives, even ROTC and OCSers, but especially the Academy grads. Most of the enlisted are going to be apolitical too, which I think tends to encourage the neocons to kiss the brass’ asses, and gives the Christ mongers a captive audience. It’s just more collateral damage of the 43rd pResident’s policy, and something the next President is going to have to rectify.
Edited to appear like English.
Stagflation: When foreign investers are bidding against each other for your assets with your money, and you take the points. Wait that’s a reality check,
You may prefer Investopedia’s definition:
A condition of slow economic growth and relatively high unemployment – a time of stagnation – accompanied by a rise in prices, or inflation.
The term was coined back in the days of the great depression.
Consumer prices rose by 4.1 percent for all of 2007, up sharply from a 2.5 percent increase in 2006, the Labor Department said Wednesday.
Selling Apple stock may take on a new conotation if this keeps up. Look at it as good for graphite technology.
Update: If I didn’t think we were going to pull through this I wouldn’t have posted this post as is.
Update2: Of course when the name Volker starts appearing then working people need to duck and cover. His solution is to increase used car sales.
Update3: Did I mention flea markets? They do better under Volker too.
Acknowledging that fire marshalls in South Carolina have turned people away from his rallies reportedly because twenty people could not safely gather in any bed in South Carolina, much less those of a red Ford F-150 truck.
Washington is broken.
I figure with the super Tuesday elections thrown into mix this time around we are just coming out of the preseason, there will be a couple of games played betweeen now and then and then everyone plays twenty games on Sooooper Tuesday. In short, nobody knows nothin’.
My guess is it is a ploy to take the nominating process back into the smoke filled rooms, even though most of you don’t smoke anymore. I am available if you need, you buy.
In either case, when the nominations are solidified it will be a whole new ball game, and the odds will be fifty fifty, and the vast majority of voters will be voting on the economy, national security, etc., situation that is of concern to them in November.
Kiran Chetry deserves an apology, consider it so. For those who missed the retracted post, you deserve one too.
Oh the humanity!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Congratulations to the overlords in Michigan tonight, but this story is important too. Senate Justice on FISA
For example, I learned that the weapon of choice for those who wished to enable the passage of retroactive immunity was not to make a forceful case on its behalf … but abusing and using parliamentary procedure. We saw staffers participate in disinformation campaigns about parliamentary procedure to keep bloggers confused and silent about the process (bloggers, the only ones really covering the debate). And we saw that retroactive immunity was only stalled because Senator Dodd objected to and then used all the parliamentary tactics at his disposal to prolong the debate to a point it would have threatened the Christmas recess.
The germane fact of the issue remains exposure of an illegal wiretapping program against US citizens. As has been pointed out by Glenzilla the telecoms can afford it anyway, and IMO may actual cause them to see some return on their lawyers retainers fees.
I have uploaded the posts of Songs, not the entire sheet to be sure because it will take a lot of time I can’t spare right now. I think this ‘ere blog is going to have to endure for quite a while, having been in my own archives, lest the blogger team kick my ass.
The whole thing feels like we have entered a military dictatorship through means of manners and peer pressure. We are required to keep troops in Iraq for as long and in whatever quantities conservative generals tell us to keep them in Iraq, because otherwise we would be offending the troops. We can never order them to leave Iraq, because otherwise we would be offending the troops. We also can’t cut back on military spending, because to do so would offend the troops. In order to avoid offending the troops, we collectively agree to let the military do whatever its most conservative commanding officers say we should do.
If you read the post and comments you can better understand the smarmy report the Andrea Mitchell just puked up on my TV.
A judge in Nevada has just ordered MSNBC to include Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Tuesday’s Democratic Party presidential debate in Las Vegas or he will cancel the forum. Senior Clark County District Court Judge Charles Thompson vowed to issue an injunction halting the nationally televised debate if MSNBC failed to comply. Kucinich had filed a lawsuit seeking to be included just this morning.”
You have to go to Think Progress for the link to the article. I think that’s fair since I pinched the entire post.
Climatic changes appear to be destabilizing vast ice sheets of western Antarctica that had previously seemed relatively protected from global warming, researchers reported yesterday, raising the prospect of faster sea-level rise than current estimates.
While the overall loss is a tiny fraction of the miles-deep ice that covers much of Antarctica, scientists said the new finding is important because the continent holds about 90 percent of Earth’s ice, and until now, large-scale ice loss there had been limited to the peninsula that juts out toward the tip of South America. In addition, researchers found that the rate of ice loss in the affected areas has accelerated over the past 10 years — as it has on most glaciers and ice sheets around the world.
“Without doubt, Antarctica as a whole is now losing ice yearly, and each year it’s losing more,” said Eric Rignot, lead author of a paper published online in the journal Nature Geoscience.
Swimming in the sheaves,
Swimming in the sheaves
We shall go rejoicing
Swimming in the sheaves.
The “Surge” and its resultsEvery once in awhile an author or website gets on a roll. Col Lang is on one now.
I would encourage you to read the comments too.
“We draw the world’s attention to the new wave of detentions and executions by this new toy of the occupation,” Sheik Hatam Ali of the AMS told IPS in Baghdad. “Thousands of Iraqis are being detained, tortured and executed while the U.S. occupation and its illegitimate so-called Iraqi government tell the world lies about reconciliation and justice among Iraqis.”
This is the dissent from the storyline of the traditional media outlets. They used to sort through this stuff for you and I.
Update: If you think the Iraqis don’t pay attention to US television, note the Sheik has picked up on Lou Dobb’s, “so called,” meme.
Which of the two men is the leader of the greatest power on earth and which is the boss of a small client state?
A visitor from another planet, attending the press conference in Jerusalem, would find it hard not to answer: Olmert is the president of the great power, Bush is his vassal.
Olmert is taller. He talked endlessly, while Bush listened patiently. While Olmert anointed Bush with flattery that would have made a Byzantine emperor blush, it was quite clear that it is Olmert who decides policy, while Bush humbly accepts the Israeli diktat. And Bush’s flattery of Olmert exceeded even Olmert’s flattery of Bush.
Both, we learned, are “courageous.” Both are “determined.” Both have a “vision.” The word “vision,” once reserved for prophets, starred in every second sentence. (Bush could not know that in Israel, “vision” has long become a jocular appellation for highfalutin speeches, usually in combination with the word “Zionism.”)
The president and the prime minister have something else in common: not a word of what they said at the press conference had any connection with the truth.
This would be hilarious, except it’s not funny.
Al-Hayat reports in Arabic that altogether 150 deputies in parliament (well over a majority) signed a memorandum of agreement aimed at resolving the most contentious issues facing Iraq.
For their part, the Kurds considered the new alliance as a “wave against them.”
Al-Hayat also says the PM Nuri al-Maliki is conducting extensive talks with the parliamentary blocs so as to be able to announce the names of his cabinet ministers next week.
You may want to read this as well. That’s where I’m going.
FORT MONROE, Va. — The Iraqi defense minister said Monday that his nation would not be able to take full responsibility for its internal security until 2012, nor be able on its own to defend Iraq’s borders from external threat until at least 2018.
Those comments from the minister, Abdul Qadir, were among the most specific public projections of a timeline for the American commitment in Iraq by officials in either Washington or Baghdad. And they suggested a longer commitment than either government had previously indicated.
Pentagon officials expressed no surprise at Mr. Qadir’s projections, which were even less optimistic than those he made last year.
Emphasis mine. Why would they?
The problem with the “projection” is that it goes so far into the future as to require one to think Mr. Qadir is a prophet, yet it does have the immediate benefit of impacting the American elections. Pretty convenient.
Ms. Rice’s trip, which was not previously announced, came after Iraq’s parliament gave approval on Saturday to a key piece of legislation allowing some former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party to work in public service again and receive pensions. The Bush administration and Congress had made the legislation a benchmark for measuring political progress in Iraq as Democrats and others critics of the war debate the war. Ms. Rice is expected to spend only a few hours there, meeting with Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and other officials.
This report completely ignores the analysis of Mid East experts that have pointed out that it is the Sadrist that supported this legislation, which legislation was also opposed by the political parties most closely affiliated with the former Baathist party.
As Thomas would say, “Can anything good come out of the East Coast of America?”
There have been two major stories the last week, The Straight of Hormuz, in which CNN and the US government allege that the Iranians acted provocatively towards US warships, accusations that have been largely debunked by further investigation of other media outlets, and the racial card sharking by CNN of the controversy surrounding the Clinton and Obama campaigns. They have in the can remarks by both Senators that would have diffused the situation.
For these two reasons I urge my readers not to use CNN as a primary source of information on matters related to politics or national defense issues. They apparently have no compunction about spilling innocent blood either at home or abroad for reasons that remain internal to that organization. May their works come upon their own heads.
Monday, January 14, 2008
The other side of the coin, is worth considering as well,
But nobody should imagine that the right-wing media whose voices now praise Obama will continue to do so if he wins the Democratic nomination, or that the mainstream media, which still takes so many cues from the right, will do likewise. The conservative movement’s affection for any Democrat is always fickle and flimsy. Its assessment of any black Democrat, let alone a presidential nominee, is more likely to reflect the bigoted crudeness of Limbaugh than the manufactured erudition of Will. (And we can expect to see many more cartoons like this one.)
Should Obama hope to continue to enjoy his free ride, he should consult his old mentor Joe Lieberman, the senator from Connecticut who used to be a Democrat. Conservative commentators and right-wing media outlets always loved Lieberman for his willingness to echo their talking points on subjects such as school vouchers and Social Security privatization. When he agreed to join the Democratic ticket as Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, the Weekly Standard and the National Review, among others, suddenly discovered how despicable Lieberman actually was. Having abandoned the Democrats altogether, he is now fully rehabilitated.
Given what I’ve learned or been reminded of in the last couple of hours I have concluded that it is I that needs to have a close encounter of the personal kind on this issue. It is for that reason that I am pulling the previous post. Both sides have passionate voices, but it will be up to Clinton and Obama to remove the volatility from it. Both campaigns need to remember that the party is not just selecting a candidate, we are selecting a leader. If both are equally qualified to be leaders then it would behoove them and the Democratic Party for them to be so.
If John McCain wins the Republican presidential nomination, it seems to me that the Democrats have only to show the American people this clip:
In less than one depression we’ve gone from building the Empire State Building, to Building the State’s Empire.
No wonder these people cheat on their wives, they’re always waking up in new world anyway.
So I think that the major thing to really keep in mind about this is that it was blown up into a semi-crisis by the Pentagon and that the media followed along very supinely. And I must say this is perhaps the worst — the most egregious case of sensationalist journalism in the service of the interests of the Pentagon, the Bush administration, that I have seen so far.
Most of us seem to forget that the United States signed the UN Charter, which according to our Constitution makes it the law of our land. You don’t have to like it, but that’s the fact. That Charter proscribes the very behavior the Bushco is engaged in, and is a lawlessness that we hear nothing about from the law and order crowd. That too, is a fact.
I hope that my remarks, which were factual, if any group attacks a US warship they should expect a response that I estimate will be detrimental to their continued existence, are not construed to mean I wish to be regaled with Pentagon propaganda, which is also proscribed by law to be issued for domestic consumption.
Put that in you law and order pipe and smoke that too.
Edited recalled(???!) to regaled.
Apparently McCain is right, those petro dollars are being invested in a terrorist state.
When Goldman Sachs announces recession and the Federal Reserve chairman on the same day promises ready-to-go interest rate cuts, you can take it to the bank: the recession is official. The 2008 campaign’s refreshing spirit — the chorus of “change, change, change” — is joined by a more traditional theme. “Jobs, jobs, jobs.” Suddenly, everyone wants to sound like a Keynesian liberal, ready to prime the pump with federal spending.
My advice to Barack Obama: look through the John Edwards file — he got there first — and borrow freely from his sound ideas for economic stimulus. Then double or triple Edwards’ numbers to show your sincerity. Do this fast. Hillary Clinton is already out of the box with a plan the New York Times describes as the first from any Democratic candidates.
Of course Pravda is getting a lot of things wrong these days. Gee, I wonder why newspapers influence is saging of late. Hmmmmmmmm.
I’m tickled pink that my brief comment about the purpose of arms control in a recent post has already provoked debate. I think some of you are expecting me to argue to that, now the Cold War has ended, arms control serves no useful purpose. Well, that’s not what I’m going to say.
Interesting primer for us non experts, and if you look around there’s pictures.
Famed Israeli pianist now a Palestinian, tooDANIEL Barenboim, the world renowned Israeli pianist and conductor, has taken Palestinian citizenship and said he believed his rare new status could serve as a model for peace between the two peoples.
“It is a great honour to be offered a passport,” he said after a Beethoven piano recital in Ramallah, the West Bank city where he has been active for years in promoting contact between young Arab and Israeli musicians.
“I have also accepted it because I believe that the destinies of … the Israeli people and the Palestinian people are inextricably linked,” Barenboim said at the weekend. “We are blessed — or cursed — to live with each other. And I prefer the first.”
I am you and you are me and we are all in this together.
Updated: Title for pause
Iran nuclear answers ‘in a month’ As usual, the President continues to focus on enemies that might be, as opposed to the one that got away. This is good politics for the President, and poor policy for America. It is good politics because it has already been done once and one presumes the presidents foreign policy team has learned their lessons, if the media has not. This will allow Pakistan to make yet another truce with the Taliban and Al Whoda in Pakistan, which that government very badly needs to do, and plays into the strengths of this administration, to divide people from people, and people from their common sense.
About MLK and LBJ, climb up on their shoulders and move forward. The bullshit swirling now is merely soiling their shoes.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
via War and Piece,
Alcove 1. Great Timothy Noah review of Jacob Heilbrunn’s book on the neoconservatives, They Knew They Were Right:
I wish to fair and balanced about this, so I would suppose that for Junior, “Obtuse Crusaders For a Better World”, would be more apropos.
Juan Cole has noticed something missing from the narrative of Iraq’s Parliament passing the Un-De-Baathification law. The Baathists didn’t support it, the Sadrists did. Hmmmm.
If the McMedia were to actually do its’ job, maybe we wouldn’t have to endure Bob Scheiffer talking to himself, an act which portrays more honesty from the McMediums who really wish to be actors, but haven’t the skills, than the reading of press releases from the orifices of the Bush misadministration. The only thing missing is top hats and canes, but boy, we sure are getting a wealth of soft shoe shufflers.
Update for top hat: Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out my hat.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I opened Blogswell’s Blog back up since it covered the time frame of August through November of last year which would cover my posting through the Patraeus testimony before Congress in September, which was not a report, and the report that wasn’t was written by the White House anyway.
I’ll dig up the previous stuff from Jan- March time frame too. I’m thinking that was the Two Rivers and a Dog blog or Inside Up Looking Outside Down blog, but I’m not sure at this point. All I know is it will be a flat page like Flag Pie Slats currently is.
One of the Bush administration’s toughest critics from the right has been Jim Pinkerton. Pinkerton is a friend, a New America Foundation colleague, a prolific opinion journalist, a Fox News commentator, and one of the most intelligent thinkers in Washington — but he’s just thrown me a bit of a curve ball.
Jim Pinkerton, in a note sent collectively to a head of a conservative DC think tank as well as to a former senior DoD official and me — he disclosed that he was now officially “Senior Adviser” to the campaign of Mike Huckabee and that he hoped he could continue to work with us.
Watch the seams.
Update: This is good too.
A Fools ErrandCol Lang nails it YA,
Whoever it was that sent Quixote off on this venture against the windmills of obduracy was quite wrong. There might be a piece of paper agreed on by the time Bush leaves office but it will mean little. People in this region are good at agreeing to things they have no intention of doing.
Mr. Bush’s needs to not necessarily comport with the regions, or the worlds. He merely has to look good to be successful.
On the Polls failure in New Hampshire, this little gem.
In the end HC won. Why? I think it was because she and her husband started looking like real human beings with real feelings. Women voted for her in large numbers. You could see it coming the last day. CNN had a bar graph on their set at the beginning last night that showd HC was polling higher than Obama at the end that day. Oddly, Wolf and company ignored that.
Candidates Campaign in Different States!
Think about this for a second: Chris Matthews is holding it against Hillary Clinton that her husband cheated on her. But he doesn’t hold it against John McCain and Rudy Giuliani that they cheated on their spouses. Matthews seems to think women are to blame when their husbands have affairs — and men who cheat on their spouses are blameless.
What a dork!
The Iraqi parliament has passed legislation allowing former officials from Saddam Hussein’s Baath party to return to public life.
The US had been urging Iraq’s Shia-led government to approve the move in a bid to reach out to minority Sunni Arabs.
It will allow thousands of former party members to apply for reinstatement in the civil service and military.
This one of those stories, well hopefully it’s not a story, but I digress, that we will take some hickeys on from the War Party since they won’t want to acknowledge the influence of the antiwar movement. In all of these things I will gladly concede them the glory for achieving my objectives. To do less would be to be them.
Update: via Juan Cole,
Maliki calls for wider political cooperation Saturday, January 12, 2008 08:19 GMT
In a step that might lead to a political rest in Iraq and contribute to the return of resigned ministers to the government, Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki received a joint delegation from the Accordance Front and the Iraqi List to whom he confirmed the necessity of widening cooperation between all political parties in order to support the political process and push it on the path of national targets.
Make it so number one.
It’s genuinely unclear to me how much one side or the other is consciously pushing this, how much it’s escalated based in part on misunderstandings, or whether, in a somewhat related fashion, hyping journalistic accounts has given the engagement a life of its own.
I’ll go with the McMedia angle myself. If I didn’t, I would have to ignore everything Bill Clinton ever did or stood for in the civil rights movement.
I do think it is very important to understand that racism has not gone away in this country, and it is not going to go away if Obama eventually gets the nomination and wins the election, as I think will be the final outcome.
There are many issues within the African American community that will have to be dealt with exclusively by black politicians because there are some aspects of African American lives that Hispanics and Anglos will not have depth of experience to resolve. The three communities are not monolithic, and some problems, such as jobs for the untrained or under trained intrude on each of them in different ways that require those in the know to deal with in ways that are fair and just for one and all.
McMedia is not the format for doing so, but they are in the business of selling the masses peas and other crap that they don’t need and so this could be warped by them for financial gain. That McMedia is in fact a conservative political force also gives them a motivation to do so.
It is important for people of good will to keep this in mind. We are allies of necessity, and we must take care not to let the rich and powerful induce horizontal violence into the coalition of those who wish to lift all men and women to a level of equality and human dignity that they are endowed by their creator with. This is all of our right.
A black president? Seen a few by Joel Stein:
Alot of liberals say they’re not supporting Barack Obama in the primaries because an African American can’t carry the South in the general election — which is a liberal’s clever way of saying that he won’t vote for a black person. But, it seems, they’re wrong. Because while Iowa and New Hampshire aren’t technically in the South, they are full of hicks, which is what rich liberals actually mean when they refer to “the South.” You have to live among rich liberals to understand what they’re saying. You’ll never believe what they mean by “middle class.” They mean themselves.
Alot is not a word Joel, A lot is two words.Edwards Will Face a Moment of Truth After South Carolina Primary
Edwards, the angry populist of Iowa who may become a Southern-fried Democrat as the South Carolina primary unfolds, has a critical decision ahead. How long can, or should, he keep his candidacy going?
The angry populist. Huh?
Where in the hell do we get these people? Just to inform Mr. Stein, Mr. Obama is not a liberal but is very much a centrist, who does support some liberal positions, and also supports some conservative positions, basically is a DLC Democrat like Hillary and oh yeah, he happens to be black. Has it occurred to you that liberals might be less inclined to support the more centrist Obama than the more liberal Edwards?
Of course Balz can’t seem to comprehend that Edwards going into the convention with 20-30% of the delegates locked up would give him a greater influence on the Democratic platform and may actually be the final vote on which of the two DLCers get the nomination. Analysis huh? Sheesh.