January 6, 2009 archive

Heartless bastards

Clueless, arrogant, cynical, stupid, greedy, heartless bastards.

Four at Four

  1. McClatchy Newspapers report Obama’s Justice nominees signal end of Bush terror tactics. By appointing Dawn Johnsen as head of the Office of Legal Counsel, David Ogden as deputy attorney general, Elena Kagan as solicitor general, and Tom Perelli as the associate attorney general overseeing civil matters, “President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he intends to roll back Bush administration counterterrorism policies authorizing harsh interrogation techniques, warrantless spying and indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects.”

    In addition, McClatchy reports Obama’s choice of Leon Panetta to lead CIA suggests shake-up is coming. “I think he’s an inspired choice,” said William Perry, former defense secretary during the Clinton administration. “What the CIA needs is strong, steady management at the top, and he can provide that.”

    Meanwhile, guess who’s objecting loudly to Panetta? Co-conspiratorial Democrats. The Washington Post reports Some question Panetta’s intelligence experience.

    “I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA director,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who in her new post will oversee his confirmation hearings, said. “My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time.”

    And “the need for the CIA director to be completely apolitical and Panetta’s lack of experience in intelligence concerns me,” Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) added.

    With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans?

  2. The NY Times reports a Former detainee of the U.S. describes his 6-Year ordeal.

    When Muhammad Saad Iqbal arrived home here in August after more than six years in American custody, including five at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he had difficulty walking, his left ear was severely infected, and he was dependent on a cocktail of antibiotics and antidepressants…

    Mr. Iqbal was never convicted of any crime, or even charged with one. He was quietly released from Guantánamo with a routine explanation that he was no longer considered an enemy combatant, part of an effort by the Bush administration to reduce the prison’s population.

    Iqbal was caught up in Bush’s extraordinary rendition program and, according to the NY Times, much of his account “could not be independently corroborated.” He says he was tortured and his lawyers will sue the U.S. government.

Four at Four continues with India giving Pakistan a dossier of the Mumbai attacks, three new marine national monuments, and a follow-up on the forest road story from yesterday.



House speaker re-elected

1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – The woman who made history two years ago by becoming the first female speaker of the House has been re-elected to that post.

WWL Radio Invitation (& shameless plug)

This Friday, January 9th will be the premier of the Wild Wild Left Radio Hour at 6pm Eastern time on the Blogtalk Radio Network.

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I’m Diane G, and will be producing the weekly hour, and am honored to have two of the Left Blogosphere’s best writers, Gottlieb and Ed Encho as Co-Hosts of the Show.

This week we will open with a short introductory conversation, followed by a WWL take on current events.

In our second half hour, our special guest this week is Commander Jeff Huber, author of two books, and proprietor of the esteemed “Pen and Sword” blog.

Cmdr. Huber will be answering questions from a military expertise point of view about the fronts we are engaged in presently, as well as the Gaza Crisis.

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Blue Green Alliance: Growing the Future Through a Green Economic Recovery

The Blue Green Alliance was formed by the Steelworkers Union and the Sierra Club in 2006. Recently, the Communication Workers of America (CWA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) announced that they were joining the Blue Green Alliance. By joining forces, the Alliance now unites more than 6 million people working to create a Green Economy based on justice and fairness.

The Alliance is a strong advocate of a Green Economic Recovery:

If we invest $100 billion into six green strategies, we project it will create 2 million jobs

This is a real movement growing to make change, to make a new future.  This is the path to economic recovery, sustainable growth and economic fairness. More, after the fold.

(a version of this diary is also on Daily Kos at http://www.dailykos.com/story/… )

Unrepentant Republicans and Complicit Democrats…WTFU

Really, what does it take? How bad do things have to get? How much worse do things have to get? How big of a metaphorical 2×4 upside the head will it take to penetrate your comforting fog of denial?

Hey Republicans getting ready to fight every new proposal for change… Despite the fact that every single thing you have done for the past eight years has been proven to be WRONG…Not mistaken, not miscalculated, not mis-properly implemented…WRONG. Badly wrong, in theory, in philosophy, in practice, and in reality. WRONG. Just plain wrong on every conceivable level. You want proof?

LOOK AROUND YOU. And name something that is going right. Just one thing, anything, anything at all that is going well, that is working, that has not failed. Name ONE. You have been in power for eight years, you have gotten to try out all of your pet theories, you have gotten to strong arm the entire country into your image….and NONE of it has worked. And let’s get one thing straight right now. YOU did this.

And while we are at it…Hey DiFI and Jello Jay and “Fighting” Harry Reid and every other Democrat that is still in the thrall of (or complicit with) the deposed and disgraced Bush Administration…hey all of you other Dems who did not fight back…


Open your eyes.

Look around.

And see what you….yes YOU….have done. Open your eyes, look around, and then….look in the mirror.

You see that failed economy and millions of your constituents broke, jobless and foreclosed onto the street, homeless and hopeless?

YOU did that.

You see those hundreds of billions of OUR (NOT your) tax dollars being printed up and floating out the door to the folks that on your watch ruined the economy through government sanctioned greed? The American economy has been assaulted and is in real peril of failing. And taking the world economy down with it.

YOU did that.

You see that war in Afghanistan that we are losing? Do you see, regardless of the propaganda that we are “winning,” that destroyed and highly unstable sovereign nation of Iraq that YOU invaded and decimated for no good reason? Do you see all those maimed and dead Iraqis …and American soldiers?

YOU did that.

Yes…that’s right….YOU did that.

You. Open your eyes. Look around. Things are bad. REAL bad. Mind-numbingly bad. Historically bad. Epically bad.

Not hypothetically bad. Not potentially bad. REAL LIFE, SERIOUSLY BAD. Real people leading real lives are really, really suffering bad. Those people have just voted the stupid ass you followed and all of his policies (and a bunch of YOUR ilk) out. And voted change in. They have rejected YOU as much as they possibly could. Why. you ask? LOOK AROUND at what YOU have done. Everything is just immensely fucked up.

Because of YOU. Because you supported and or capitulated to a President who points to a FAILED policy (that would have made things even worse) of attempting to privatize Social Security as his major domestic accomplishment. YOU authorized the war that has helped to bankrupt us. YOU let Wall St. run amok. YOU.

Wake UP! Look around. Look in the mirror….and realize just ONE fact, in the sea of your apparent rationalization and denial. This is NOT business as usual. We are in two wars and the worst financial crisis since the great depression and have become torturers.  

YOU did this.


So either Wake The Fuck Up or Shut The Fuck Up.

Either lead, (which you have patently proved you are incapable of) follow (in other words….STFU) or GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY.

Your day is done. You blew it and we are all suffering because of you. And no amount of obstruction or whining is going to change that …or redeem you.

A Tale of Greed, Water, Blood & Oil

Knowing of my interest in food and water, a dear Australian friend of mine sent me a copy of the BBC’s excellent investigative team, Panorama, which was aired Down Under recently. The documentary showed how many Fijians are falling ill and dying from typhoid and other diseases caused by a lack of safe, clean water. The irony of course is that these South Pacific islands have a flourishing bottled water industry, worth over $200 million per year and employing around 700 people. Having visited Fiji twice I can vouch for the purity of its water. Bottles of Fiji natural mineral water are a common sight in restaurants and on supermarket shelves across the US and Europe, some are cleverly called Fiji Water, and it travels up to 10,000 miles to get to your table, depending where you are. Click on the preceding link and you will see how they use Obama’s name to push sales. Follow me for the sick story.

HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military KIA, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan – December 2008

‘GoldStar Moms’ Honor Their Fallen, Christmas 2008


Docudharma Times Tuesday January 6

Important News From The AP:

The Color Of Sasha Obama’s Backpack. Now Back To Our Regularly

Scheduled Programing  

Tuesday’s Headlines:

Obama Pitches Stimulus Plan

Police in Israel grapple with a mafia gang war

Two strikes, and another family lay buried in rubble

Are India and Pakistan heading for war?

Toyota factories face days of closure

Death on the slopes leaves key Merkel ally facing manslaughter investigation

Ukraine pays dearly for haggling over price

Piracy raises pressure for new international tack on Somalia

Ebola alert shuts Angolan border

To Rid Slums of Drug Gangs, Police in Rio Try War Tactics

Gaza now in ‘full-blown’ humanitarian crisis

Red Cross warns 500,000 civilians in danger; Israel rejects calls for truce

Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Gaza is now in a “full-blown” humanitarian crisis, a senior international Red Cross official said Tuesday as Israeli ground forces edged closer to major population centers.

International Committee of the Red Cross head of operations Pierre Kraehenbuehl said the situation for Palestinian civilians is “extreme and traumatic as a result of 10 days of uninterrupted fighting.”

He said ICRC staff in Gaza told the neutral body Tuesday that the previous night was “the most frightening of all to date” on account of the ground offensive Israel has launched in the Palestinian territory.

Israel looks to drive out Hamas

• Officials push for regime change

• Islamist party ‘fatally damaged’

• Both sides reject calls for ceasefire

Chris McGreal in Jerusalem

The Guardian, Tuesday 6 January 2009

Israeli intelligence and military officials are increasingly pushing for the assault on Gaza to continue until it assures the eventual downfall of Hamas amid assertions that the 10 days of military bombardment have crippled the Islamist party’s ability to govern.

As the onslaught progresses, officials are more confident of “changing the equation” in Gaza and are predicting the collapse of the Hamas administration.

Last night, Israeli forces bombed the centre of Gaza, and there were reports of intense clashes with Hamas fighters on the edge of the city. But the fighting and the occupation of parts of the north and centre of the Gaza Strip did not stop Hamas from firing more than 40 rockets into Israel.

Ex-Detainee of U.S. Describes a 6-Year Ordeal


Published: January 5, 2009

LAHORE, Pakistan – When Muhammad Saad Iqbal arrived home here in August after more than six years in American custody, including five at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he had difficulty walking, his left ear was severely infected, and he was dependent on a cocktail of antibiotics and antidepressants.

In November, a Pakistani surgeon operated on his ear, physical therapists were working on lower back problems and a psychiatrist was trying to wean him off the drugs he carried around in a white, plastic shopping bag.

The maladies, said Mr. Iqbal, 31, a professional reader of the Koran, are the result of a gantlet of torture, imprisonment and interrogation for which his Washington lawyer plans to sue the United States government.



Panetta Chosen as C.I.A. Chief in Surprise Step


Published: January 5, 2009

WASHINGTON – Leon E. Panetta, a former congressman and White House chief of staff, has been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency. The choice, disclosed Monday by Democratic officials, immediately revealed divisions in the party as two senior lawmakers questioned why Mr. Obama would nominate a candidate with limited experience in intelligence matters.

The job was the last unfilled major post for Mr. Obama, who has criticized the agency for using interrogation methods he characterized as torture. Democratic officials said Mr. Obama had selected Mr. Panetta for his managerial skills, his bipartisan standing, and the foreign policy and budget experience he gained under President Bill Clinton.

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Life Stories

What would

you tell

the protagonist

of your story

to do

if you could?

Why aren’t you

living your life

so that

those events

could happen?

The deeper question:

Am I?

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–March 7, 2008

harry, harry, harry. WTF???


That’s my reaction, in totality, to this run-a-way train that life has become.

I am reduced to laughing an empty ironic cackle. heh. huh. spitting and sputtering. no. forget it. i’m not doing this in capital letters.

forget the rules. all the packaging. all the shiny shit. it is time to step back.

ma’am. step away from that shop window.  that’s right. and take a jump into some madness below the fold . . .

cross posted at Daily Kos

Obama stimulus plan to include major corporate tax cuts

Original article, by Jerry White, via World Socialist Web Site:

For weeks, spokesmen for the incoming Barack Obama administration have suggested that they would respond to the economic crisis by launching a massive program of public spending, with some supporters comparing the scope of the planned economic stimulus package to Roosevelt’s New Deal measures during the Great Depression.

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