September 16, 2008 archive

Vote Grand Oil Party! Multi-layered deception coming to a street corner near you

In my neck of the woods, the local Republicans are showing a real green thumb (actually, perhaps green hammer) as there is green sprouting all over. Green signs with a gas pump are appearing with the words “Drill Now! Pay Less! Vote GOP!”

Now, other than the direct linkage of a gas pump and the Republican Party (the Grand Oil Party), it is hard to see any honesty in this poster. It is a continuation of the concerted Republican efforts to mislead and lie to the American people about critical energy issues. It is, in fact, impressive that this sign can be deceptive and simply dishonest on so many levels at the same time.

Four at Four

  1. The Guardian reports Pakistan orders troops to fire on US cross-border raids. “Pakistan’s military said today its forces had received orders to fire on US troops if they entered Pakistani territory, after a cross-border raid inflamed public opinion.”

    “The orders are clear,” General Athar Abbas, an Pakistan Army spokesman, said. “In case it happens again in this form, that there is a very significant detection, which is very definite, no ambiguity, across the border, on ground or in the air: open fire.”

    Yesterday there were reports that Pakistani troops fired warning shots over the heads of U.S. soldiers near the border. According to BBC News, “Reports say the firing lasted for several hours. Local people evacuated their homes and tribesmen took up defensive positions in the mountains.” (Hat tip Edgar.)

    [UPDATE] The NY Times is now reporting, Top Pentagon official makes a surprise visit to Pakistan. “The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, America’s top military official, made a hastily arranged visit to Pakistan on Tuesday for talks about a recent incursion by American commandos based in neighboring Afghanistan. The visit by the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, came as an uproar continued to grow in Pakistan about the incursion on Sept. 3…” Pakistan stated there was “no change in policy”.

Four at Four continues with Iraq standing up (so American can stand down), CYA GOP, and John McCain invented the Blackberry.

“Planetariums and other foolishness” – McCain’s war on science

After 8 years in the United States of the war on science by the Bush administration, things wouldn’t be much better during a McCain presidency. From the Bad Astronomy blog at Discover magazine: John McCain: literally antiscience. “I am not a fan of John McCain… I have had my doubts on his support for science, but my fears have been at least in part confirmed.”

Phil Plait goes on to quote McCain from an AP story, as he changes the subject away from his running mate to Obama:

“That’s nearly a million every day, every working day he’s been in Congress,” McCain said. “And when you look at some of the planetariums and other foolishness that he asked for, he shouldn’t be saying anything about Governor Palin.”

Thus begins America’s “Brain Drain”

MSNBC has been examining the impact of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and a recent article explores how the LHC has become an international magnet for brain power. The international “brain drain” is no longer flowing toward the United States in the field of particle physics, but rather the bright minds are being attracted to Europe. Or, more simply put – thus begins American “brain drain”.

The buzz of activity at CERN’s Swiss campus dramatically illustrates a changing of the guard on the frontier of physics, with Europe taking over from the United States. For the past 14 years, Europeans have taken the lead role in building and financing the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, which was started up on Wednesday. The U.S. federal government kicked in $531 million for construction.

Pakistani prez’s new Marshall Plan: would Obama chip in?

Yesterday, two American helicopters were fired on and turned back by Pakistani troops after trying to enter a Pakistani village without the government’s permission. This only 12 days after the first known US ground incursion into Pakistan killed 20 civilians in the same village. The Pakistani people and their leaders are demanding  that Pakistan defend its land and people against foreign attacks.

President Zardari of Pakistan, is now on a diplomatic jaunt in the UK presenting what his aides call a “new Marshall Plan” for Pakistan’s northwestern border with Afghanistan. Will an Obama administration transplant the Bush administration’s policies that failed in Iraq to the homeland of the Taliban? Or will they commit to serious, long-term solutions?  

“Another Walter Reed-Type Scandal”

Soldiers at the military hospital languished in part due to incompatible databases and dismal record keeping. Welcome to the Pentagon’s $20 billion medical-records boondoggle.

The above subject title is a report, over at Mother Jones, I couldn’t think of a better title than used, really, written by Niko Karvounis who, according to the Mother Jones info at the end, is a program officer at The Century Foundation, where he researches health care, among other issues and is a regular contributor to

It’s one of those “Here we go again, on the incompetence and arrogance, of those that were placed on the public payroll under this corrupt and totally incompetent administration and arrogant wanna-be top CEO, only in his dreams, and complacent GOP congress up till the previous election!”.

Henry Paulson: Hero of the Revolution

When the history of the early 21st century is written, we can only hope that Henry Paulson, America’s Secretary of the Treasury, will receive the praise he deserves for his role in hastening the collapse of capitalism.  While Rosa Luxemburg will always be remembered for her brilliance and courage, and Che Guevara for his daring and love for the people, Henry “Hank” Paulson will never be forgotten because of his incredible cunning in service of the revolution.

Hero of the Revolution

Paulson’s cover for his incredible mission was established by fate.  He was born into a bourgeoisie family in the famous luxury resort of Palm Beach.  They later moved with little Hank to the wealthy Chicago suburb of Barrington Hills, Illnois.  From there, he proceeded to check all the necessary boxes and jump through all the required hoops to join the American ruling class: an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Open Thread


Thread is Good Food.

Docudharma Times Tuesday September 16

The Fundamentals Of The economy Are Sound If?

You Live On

Dune, In Parallel Wingnut Universe, In A Cave Or

Your Name Is John “I Know Nothing About The Economy” McCain.

Tuesday’s Headlines:

Texans warned to stay away from areas hit by Hurricane Ike

Crimea: Divided peninsula plays host to Russian warships and Ukrainian pride

Russia shows off the spoils of war in Georgia

Arrests of Sunni tribal leaders risk giving al-Qaida a way back, says Iraqi vice-president

Iran ‘blocking UN probe into nuclear programme’

Court issues second arrest warrant for ousted Thai premier

China milk toll may rise further

Zimbabwe’s power-sharing pact: Can rivals make it work?

South American leaders hold emergency session on Bolivia

Wall Street Posts Worst Loss Since 2001


Published: September 15, 2008  

WASHINGTON – In another unnerving day for Wall Street, investors suffered their worst losses since the terrorist attacks of 2001, and government officials raced to prevent the financial crisis from spreading.

Trading opened sharply down Monday morning, and the mood later turned even gloomier, despite efforts by President Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., in separate appearances at the White House, to reassure markets that Wall Street’s deepening problems would not weaken an already anemic economy.

World markets tumble after Wall Street turmoil

Japan’s central bank injects $24 billion into markets amid fears of crisis

Associated Press

PARIS – Global stock markets tumbled Tuesday amid growing fears of a global financial crisis as investors reacted to the demise of two of Wall Street’s biggest names, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 5.3 percent to 11,560.66 in mid-afternoon trading, while Hong Kong’s blue-chip Hang Seng Index shed 5.7 percent. Both markets – Asia’s two biggest – had been closed for holidays on Monday, when news first broke about the dramatic events on Wall Street.


Violent Crime Fell in 2007 From Previous Year

FBI Reports Decline In Almost Every Type  

 By Holly Watt

Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 16, 2008; Page A19  

Violent crime in the United States fell slightly last year, reversing the upward swing of the previous two years, according to statistics released by the FBI yesterday.

The bureau’s Crime in the United States report showed a decline in crimes in almost every category. About 1.4 million violent crimes occurred in 2007, down 0.7 percent from 2006.

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A Transition through Poetry IX

Art Link

Passing through Grey

The Letter

This is just a note

to say goodbye

and warn you

and them…and me

of the drastic change

in our life paths

lying on the other side

of the passage of night

to introduce the person

you will meet tomorrow

when I return

as someone else

a plea to you

to help nurture

this fragile seed

as it germinates

and a heads up

so you can view

or maybe cause

the lighting of the fuse

that will initiate

the explosion

of our separate

and joint realities

a call to witness

the mass reactions

designed to crush

the life out of me

–Robyn Elaine Serven
–September 29, 2006

The Stars Hollow Gazette

Well I really hope buhdy’s computer is fixed because all this responsibility is dragging me down.

I suppose I really should write something light and frivolous to cheer everybody up, but the news keeps getting me down and about the most humorous thing I got right now is that WaMu has been downgraded to junk, AIG has been downgraded to not quite junk and might need quite a bit more than $75 Billion to avoid bankruptcy by Wednesday.

What makes this funny is that the Dow is a mere 300 points or so from where it was the day W took the oath of office that he has so tarnished.

Unfortunately our long national nightmare is not yet over, nor will it be if we do not succeed in throwing this criminal cabal out of office and even then there are little over 2 long months to destroy what’s left.

And not all the wreckage is so easily undone as the illusionary paper greed gains the wannabe wealthy pretend plutocrats got stuck with while the real deal escape on their golden parachutes.

So tomorrow CNBC will be good for giggles, kind of like toasting marshmallows while listening to the musical stylings of Nero.

Richard Wright, The Great Gig in The Sky

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