January 5, 2009 archive

Israeli White Phosporus Terror Attack On Gaza Civilians

From Larisa Alexandrovna at-Largely today:

Israelis, like Americans, disagree with their own government’s policies

Israeli protesters against the Gaza war.

And the word is…

So, since election day I’ve been searching for a single word to encompass the feelings  I’ll have on the day in which Barack Obama will be inaugurated.

It’s a word that has to connote joy and wonder and the adrenaline charged exhilaration of escape (from the politics of the last eight years) and anticipation and triumph and, well, BOTH “the kit” AND “the kaboodle”.

Of the Greataway, a Machine, and WeaveMothers

In the beginning was the Void…and Uncertainty.

So there either was or was not.  Thus the Void was not void.  There was a bit.

It was a very small bang.

The first bit, together with Uncertainty, generated more bits.  SpaceTime erupted, a boil on the butt of perfect emptiness.  The Rainbow computer that is our universe existed.  Or exists.  Or will exist.  Or will have existed.

Tense often doesn’t matter that much in SpaceTime.

Thus were the bones of the the universe laid down, the warp threads of the Tapestry of Life.  This was the Way it was done, in as much as the Way can be described…which is not at all, of course.

The Greataway leapt into existence.

Four at Four

  1. From the Washington Post comes news of Obama’s idea of economic stimulus. “Obama officials are advocating that Congress direct about $300 billion of the stimulus package, or about 40 percent, toward tax breaks.”

  2. Meanwhile, the CS Monitor reports Obama is likely to retool Bush’s faith-based initiative. “Tackling the church-state issue head on, the Obama transition team has engaged a large advisory committee – involving people with differing perspectives on the most contentious issues – to help it design a government-neighborhood partnership.” That darn Constitution.

  3. Another sign of no progress from Iraq. A Female suicide bomber kills 38 in Baghdad reports the LA Times. During a Shiite pilgrimage, a woman “detonated her explosives at a crowded checkpoint, killing as many as 38 people and wounding 72”. And as always: “it was one of the capital’s worst attacks in months”. It always is one of the worst.

    Oh and the NY Times reports the new, built by slave-labor, U.S. embassy opens in Baghdad.

  4. What would the waning days of the Bush administration be without last minute regulation changes to destroy the environment? The Washington Post reports the Policy will allow paving roads on U.S. Forest Service land. The change will “make it far easier for mountain forests to be converted to housing subdivisions.”

Panetta to Head CIA!?!?

Weird, but….

  If torture can stop the next terrorist attack, the next suicide bomber, then what’s wrong with a little waterboarding or electric shock?

   The simple answer is the rule of law.

That quote, provided by Phil S 33 from this article by Panetta is encouraging!

He ends the article thusly…

We cannot and we must not use torture under any circumstances. We are better than that.


We’ll see what the blog vetting process comes up with, but with that stated position, and a knowledge of the intelligence community from his time as Chief of Staff….well we SURE could have done worse!

What do y’all know of him?

Man Bites Dog: Cheney, Perino Tell Truth

In a rare confluence of honesty…or perhaps just a freak accident, two members of the Bush Administration told the truth on the same day.

Perino’s truth is more ‘newsy,’ so let’s start there. Hold onto your hats for this revelation!!!

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino issued a terse response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) suggestion that President Bush is the “worst president we’ve ever had.”

“The Senate Majority Leader isn’t really taken seriously,” Perino said.

What what what??? Fighting Harry Reid not taken seriously by Republicans??? Somebody call Claude Rains.

And the man who takes him least seriously I’m sure, yes …this man…


Also told the truth. His truth is less newsy because it is the same truth he has been telling for a while now, (though his keepers still plan to have his wiring checked as a precaution) the basic truth that we are trying to address with the Citizens Petition: Special Prosecutor for Bush War Crimes: If the President does it….and is not impeached….it is legal.

Via Raw Story

Asked by Schieffer if he believed that anything the president does in time of war is legal, Cheney said there is “historic precedent of taking action that you wouldn’t take in peacetime.”

Cheney referenced Abraham Lincoln as an example of another president who “suspended the writ of habeus corpus” during a war, prompting this exchange:


SCHIEFFER: But nobody thinks that was legal.

CHENEY: Well, no. It certainly was in the sense he wasn’t impeached. And it was a wartime measure that he took that I think history says today, yeah, that was probably a good thing to do.

In other words, unless someone actually says “Hey! That’s illegal!” The President can do whatever he wants. The good old Emperor Has No Clothes theory of law. If a President tortures in a forest….

End of Empire: Beginning of Wisdom


Empire is in the last throes. Dick Cheney taught us just because something is in the ‘last throes’ doesn’t mean something dies right away. Empire won’t morph into Democritown anytime soon. But there is no doubt the future is arriving quickly and the hoped-for happy-ever-after of humanity has nothing to do with trade, commerce, business, markets or money. It all comes down to you.

Greece rises in rebellion

Original article, an editorial subtitled The Greek socialist newspaper Workers’ Left looks in this editorial at the roots of the revolt that began with the killing of a teenage student by police in Athens–and what the protests mean for the future, via socialistworker.org:

THE WAVE of struggle that has burst out after the police murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos has been justly characterized as a social rebellion by youth in Greece.

Docudharma Times Monday January 5

So, George H. W. thinks Jeb Should Be President.

Enough I Say.

One Is All The World Can Take.  

Monday’s Headlines:

Commerce Pick Richardson Withdraws, Citing N.M. Probe

Paris opens door to author fleeing Islamist threats

Greek policeman shot as riot unit targeted

Gaza: The death and life of my fathe

End of Lebanon war may show way out for Israel

Fists fly at parliament as MPs try to block ‘evil laws’

Mumbai evidence given to Pakistan

UN chief commends Ghana on vote

Mugabe set to form government in February: report

Mexico’s Subcomandante Marcos makes a rare appearance

Israeli troops and Hamas fighters clash in Gaza City

Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem

guardian.co.uk, Monday 5 January 2009 07.20 GMT

Israeli soldiers and Hamas militants fought gun battles in the streets of Gaza City for the first time this morning,with Israeli troops going house to house searching for Hamas fighters.

The fighting came as Israeli tanks and troops seized control of large parts of the Gaza Strip, dividing the territory and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes as the death toll mounted under relentless artillery and gunfire.

Some of the heaviest fighting was reported to be east of Gaza City, in the Zeitoun district, where three Palestinian children were killed by an Israeli tank shell. Several others were wounded, according to Palestinian medical officials.

In Eastern Europe, Lives Languish in Mental Facilities



Published: January 4, 2009

PRAVDA, Bulgaria – The name of this isolated spot in the lush Danube plains means justice or, in Russian, truth.

But little of either seems to have penetrated the home for men with mental disabilities and illnesses here, a bleak establishment reached most easily by a bone-jarring, six-hour ride from Sofia, the capital.

In the Communist era, this is where authorities hid the mentally ill from public view. Today, the Pravda Social Care Home for Men with Mental Disorders, a small complex of scrappy, two-story buildings, is still a favored destination for city folk to send away relatives with a mental illness or disability – and not worry about hearing from them again, employees and residents here say.



Senate Appointee in Illinois Vows to Fight On


Published: January 4, 2009

CHICAGO – In a raucous sendoff at a church on this city’s South Side, Roland W. Burris, the contested appointee for the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, vowing on Sunday night to cordially but aggressively fight efforts to block him from joining the chamber when he arrives in Washington this week.

Senate leaders have said they intend to prevent the seating of Mr. Burris, given his appointment last week by this state’s embattled governor, Rod R. Blagojevich. Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, said on Sunday that the Senate had the legal right to bar Mr. Burris from the new session, which begins Tuesday.

As Senate leaders continued to weigh their options over what they say is an appointment tainted by Mr. Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat who was charged last month in part with trying to sell the Senate seat, Mr. Burris’s allies here stood firmly behind him.

Muse in the Morning

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Imagining the Pain Away

Floating beneath a sea of pain


on the point

where the pain

seemed to reside

I aimed my thoughts

to move that point

through my body

to a locus

an inch or two

off the tip

of my nose

where it would hurt

no longer

Wouldn’t it be grand

if our collective


could cause

a similar effect

on the blights

humans have inflicted

on this planet?

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–March 5, 2008

Late Night Karaoke

Having Fun?

The Bangles – walk like an Egyptian

The Invasion is Immoral and Will Not Stand

Look, I’ve been as patient as the next guy when it comes to enduring the continual vile spew of this useless back-and-forth “debate” over who started what and who’s at fault and all the other bullshit associated with an illegal and immoral invasion. The facts are clear, and anyone who doesn’t know the history really needs to shut the fuck up and inform themselves before subjecting the rest of us to their thinly-veiled, slavish boosterism, no matter who they side with-the fascist oppressors and the maniacally dangerous rebels have both committed heinous sins. This is not a time to fall back on ignorance and favoritism, and clinging to well-worn shibboleths will only get your ass rocket-bombed in the end, dude. Fuck that. I won’t waste my love on a nation, and I suggest you pay attention, lest you continue to foolishly do so.

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