Close your eyes and think of England

Therefore I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England.

We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies.

Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.

Lord Palmerston

A lot of people misunderstand me and my positions and I see that happening with Jane Hamsher.  I called her a sellout to her face on her own blog when she backed off the Strong (Medicare +5%) Public Option, but the position she’s taking with Grover “Drown Government in a Bathtub” Norquist is the exact opposite of a sellout and I feel compelled to offer a public defense.

In case you hadn’t noticed the big news this week, the ultimate Friday News Dump Black Hole, is that Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Timothy Geithner, and Larry Summers have decided, without Congressional Approval, to give Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac not just 800 BILLION but AN UNLIMITED DRAW ON THE EXCHEQUER OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (those big, hi-falutin’ words Caribou Barbie mean basically every tax payin’, gun totin’, freedom luvin’, snow machine drivin’ ‘murican) so they can re-inflate the housing bubble.

Now I personally don’t own a house, but I know those that do and even they should be dismayed.  Bailing out Banksters doesn’t create a single job.

And as it turns out Rahm Emanuel is in fact the figure that Tea Bagger Americans have accused Barney Frank of being (though he’s not openly homosexual as far as I know).

So Jane and Grover are getting together to call for an investigation.

Do you support the rule of law for all, or IOKIYAD?

I have perpetual interests instead of eternal allies, but I don’t want you to sign a petition simply because in my little pond I’m a pretty big fish.  As Armando says, I speak only for myself.

It’s a decision you should come to on your own.

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  1. I’ll also note that despite my public call out Jane has never banned me, which can not be said of some other prominent bloggers whose egos are bigger and skins thinner.

    You know who you are, cowards.

    • Heather on December 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I’d look into it further.

    It flows along smoothly enough asking for an investigation and then they toss that big old railroad spike into the gears.

    Appeals for that should come after an investigation.

    • TMC on December 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    plus that I think that part of the right-leaning, corporatist Obama agenda is Rahm Emanuel’s agenda, I signed that petition the first day,

    I have negotiated, and actually made alliances, with the “enemy”. In Banda Ache it was the rebels. In Gaza, well that totally depended whose side you were on in that fight. In Afghanistan, It is the tribal lords.

    Sometimes, when you stop “screaming” at each other, you find out that there are things you agree on. Maybe not for the same reasons but essentially the same end. In my case it was saving lives, anyones. In Jane’s it’s getting a progressive agenda moving again by removing a big obstacle, Rahm Emanuel. Heh and maybe even saving lives, if you think about it.

  2. ….the main intention of the Obama presidency so far is to secure corporate campaign donations for Obama and the Dems for 2010′ & 2012.

    This is being done by allowing both Wall St and the Health Insurance Industry to either write legislation or have veto power over aspects they feel will lower their profits.

    Rahm is the prime architect of this endeavor. I do favor an investigation into his actions at Fannie &  Freddie, perhaps he did violate the law.

    I support Hamsher for seeing the need to go “outside of the box” to try and spur real accountability.

  3. …signed on the first day.  Despite the fact that I have been calling for years to shrink Grover till he is small enough to drown in my Grandmother’s silver thimble, I felt the need to investigate Rahm took precedent over squeamishness over Grover.  Jane did well in joining with him. A strange coalition, but a good one.

    Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, this entire subject–the continuing abuse–makes me sick to my stomach.

  4. Signed!

    Without passing it before Congress for approval?  So, illegality begets illegality!

    • RUKind on December 30, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Paulson should be thoroughly investigated for his bailout role as should former NY Fed head Geithner. These people don’t even try to hide their identities or acts anymore. They don’t even walk into the bank with a gun and a mask. They just do it publicly in as much darkness as they can find and flaunt their theft of our tax money.

    When the fuck is too much just too much? The Founders revolted over less than this. What’s it going to take?

    • Inky99 on December 30, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Because it IS bi partisan, those who fight against it should be bi partisan.

    Is it bipartisan, bi-partisan, or what?  I can never remember.  

  5. I agree with him as far as as he goes, but he fails to see or address the sleazy slimy tactics that Rahm embraces in his ultra pro-corporate agenda.

    I guess as long as it’s a Dem it’s different.

    http://www.dailykos.com/commen

    • TMC on December 30, 2009 at 3:37 am

     I absolutely love this woman. I agree with her on this and she nails it in her final paragraph

    George Bush couldn’t pull off the great Social Security robbery because of opposition from the left. But Obama has neutralized liberal institutional pushback by locking them in the veal pen, holding EFCA hostage to sideline the unions and relying on his own personal magnitism to to keep member organizations like MoveOn or the Sierra Club from making a strong move without fracturing their own ranks.

    With no place to go for refuge from corporatist entrenchment, populist opposition from the left and right will continue to have no choice but to work together in order to oppose it. No doubt the demonization for doing so from party loyalists on both sides who don’t want their control of the kleptocracy to be challenged will only get more fierce.

  6. I think I ignored it when it was e-mailed to me, because while I’m on FDL’s mailing list I’m also on every other liberal/leftist mailing list in the galaxy, and I have to dump a lot of e-mail without looking at it.  Ironically, I had never paid much attention to Jane Hamsher one way or the other until the Obamapods at the GOS started going into their demon dance over her.

    In calling for the investigation of the egregious Rahm Emanuel, both she and Norquist are doing the right thing, and I have no reason not to support both of them on this issue.

    Thanks, ek hornbeck, for bringing the petition back to my attention.

  7. When you say England I think of the movie V.  Indeed England is the new world order society test vehicle.  Surveillance cameras on every street corner, trash Nazis picking through people’s trash bins and prevalent Kafka stories always come out of the British Isle.  No wonder they have propagandamatrix and now several other anti-new world order news outlets.

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