January 2010 archive

Docudharma Times Saturday January 30

Saturday’s Headlines:

Cost Dispute Halts Airlift of Injured Haiti Quake Victims

AIG employees agree to cuts in retention bonuses

Doubt cast on Toyota’s decision to blame sudden acceleration on gas pedal defect

In the West Bank’s stony hills, Palestine is slowly dying

Border breaches reveal Iran’s reach

French luxury tells a tale of China’s haves and have-nots

Indian politician Mayawati wants new force to protect statues – of her

Greece: Under a Byzantine shroud

Another unsung death on the Nile

The End of the Embarrassment

Tourists fly out as Machu Picchu begins isolation

Why Released from Command in Afghanistan

There once was a time most would be embarrassed to do or say the ridiculous and offensive to or pointed at others, or it was the wrong place and time, no matter what they might have thought personally. Most would keep whatever to themselves if they didn’t they would readily get shown how wrong their actions or words were and how offensive to others and some would actually be personally embarrassed, learning a lesson because they wouldn’t want same pointed or done to them, NO MORE, it’s now common and celebrated to be offensive the more it seems the better!

This happened just recently, a quick change of Command in Theater Afghanistan, and is now being reported why.

Late Night Karaoke

Open Thread

Friday:Torture Enablers Yoo & Bybee Only Showed “Poor Judgement”

Today is Friday, January 29, the year 2010.  Remember this full moon evening.  

According to Newsweek’s Declassified Blog, http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs…

two Department of Justice anonymous sources said that a Senior DOJ official who finalized an Office of Professional Responsibility report, changed the assessment of the torture memo’s creator’s  Jay Bybee and John Yoo’s behavior to “poor judgement.”

But the reviewer, career veteran David Margolis, downgraded that assessment to say they showed “poor judgment,” say the sources. (Under department rules, poor judgment does not constitute professional misconduct.)  The shift is significant: the original finding would have triggered a referral to state bar associations for potential disciplinary action-which, in Bybee’s case, could have led to an impeachment inquiry.  


Two of the most controversial sections of the 2002 memo-including one contending that the president, as commander in chief, can override a federal law banning torture-were not in the original draft of the memo, say the sources. But when Michael Chertoff, then-chief of Justice’s criminal division, refused the CIA’s request for a blanket pledge not to prosecute its officers for torture, Yoo met at the White House with David Addington, Dick Cheney’s chief counsel, and then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales. After that, Yoo inserted a section about the commander in chief’s wartime powers and another saying that agency officers accused of torturing Qaeda suspects could claim they were acting in “self-defense” to prevent future terror attacks, the sources say. Both legal claims have long since been rejected by Justice officials as overly broad and unsupported by legal precedent.

John Yoo, a graduate of Harvard and Yale law school, who clerked for SC Justice Clarence Thomas, and served as a torture enabler in the Bush administration at the Dept of Justice from 2001 to 2003, is currently a law professor at the University of CA at Berkeley. http://www.law.berkeley.edu/ph…

Jay Bybee, a graduate of Brigham Young University and BYU’s J Reuben Clark Law School, helped John Yoo write the torture rationalization memos for President Bush during his Dept of Justice Office of Legal Counsel tenure from 2001 to 2003.  Bybee currently serves on the US Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit. http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/tGe…

It is not known at the current time when they will be displaying “poor judgement” again, nor how many fatalities might result.


Random Japan


Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi celebrated New Year on the International Space Station with traditional activities like hanetsuki (hitting a shuttlecock with a battledore) and kakizome (writing the first calligraphy of the year).

It was reported that a “love hotel mutual fund” offered by Shibuya-based Initia Star Securities has been enjoying annual returns of 5-8 percent.

Japan decided to ban the import of poultry and eggs from Texas after a flock of ducks there were found to be possibly infected with avian influenza.

The agriculture ministry intends to spend ¥1.6 billion to establish about 20 farmers’ markets in major cities around the nation.

After kicking up a storm over a blog post in which he claimed that “advanced medical care allows those to live who would once have been weeded out by natural selection,” the mayor of Akune, Kagoshima Prefecture, lashed out at his critics via the city’s community PA system, which was set up for use during disasters.

This is the kind of bullshit I’m talking about.

I now view Obama as Ric Flair, great mike skills and you never know which why he’s gonna turn. As you know modern Postironic American Politics has come to greatly resemble pro wrestling. Here is a taste of Ric Flair, just a taste of the Nature Boy, thegreatest wrestler from the greatest team of any sport on God’s green earth, the Four Horsemen.

The best thing going. So woooooo! What’s causing all these?

Why have politics become in such a sorry state of affairs they resemble b-rate tv novellas for men?

What’s causing all these?

Infotainment mainly. That and journalistic core that was decimated along with the publishing industry so only the common denominator survived. They proceeded to show this twenty-four hours a day, and going from 90% objective 10% editorial, going to 10% objective and 90% editorial.

This caused “news” to go from objective fact to an endless stream of flattery about your political beliefs. Be yea on the left or the right, or somewhere down the middle, there is a constant stream of bullshit that will cater to your identity in politics.

This caused all kind of partisan bullshit to spring up as political parties went from ideological institutions to a fan based system. People started to cheer for their parties like they do sports teams, with MSNBC and Fox News becoming their ESPN.

The integrity of the journalism industry had already taken several in the nuts recently, already at bullshit levels because of the common denominator, dropped even lower as they started to present news in a wrapped in a ideological blanket to build up fan bases so people can cheer for the political stars.

MSNBC even went as far as hiring the legendery ESPN host Keith Olbermann to star in his primetime slot presenting the “news”.

And when it is all said and done, the sport they are cheering for is political wrestling, feed by a editorial-based main stream media for profit and gain.

So you get bullshit headlines like these:

Obama Goes To GOP Lions’ Den — And Mauls The Lions

Sam Stein  HuffPost Reporting


Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. (-edit pinche tejanoe).

Today the President set a new tone in politics that civics was once again going to play a part in government. Sure Obama is center right, but he is right about the civics and parleyed the Republican obstructionism against themselves in a national audience restoring some faith in that the republic.

It was a watershed moment when actual policy was debated instead of personal politics.

And the mainsteam media wraps into the pro wrestling banner.

Utter bullshit.

New arrivals to the holding stack.

So far, flight control refuses to land any planes, instead routing every new arrival into a holding pattern.   Too much congestion?    Bad weather?  Runways unavailable?  Who knows.  

The planes have arrived, fraught with heavy cargoes and passengers, circling above.  New arrivals are added to the top of the stack, and aircraft at the bottom should be taken out and allowed to make an approach first, letting each aircraft above move down one level.  There are limits to both fuel and vertical airspace.  Laden aircraft can’t just zoom off into some weightless outer orbital, or magically appear on the ground without some orderly intervening process.  What goes up, must come down, and all that.  That’s what gravity is all about.


As usual, I come by on Fridays to try & get you to, at least for a brief moment, forget your current troubles.

That may be presuming you all have circumstances that press on you.

For those of you that are free & clear of any worries, I hope these images will then ameliorate your present situation & possibly bring a smile to you.

For all others, I certainly wish you all the same, that a smile may be born if only for a short time.

I`ve been shooting the sunset every day now for the month of January.

Last night I was in a vehicle on my way home, but did not want to miss my target of all this month`s sunsets.

I open with the shot I took from inside the truck just before turning into Point Dume where I live.

BTW, I did make it home in time to take another series of this same sunset, thank you.



First Full Moon of 2010


Tonight is the first Full Moon of 2010. It is a warm clear night here in Haiti. Moon rise was impressive.

Conspiracy Theory

What digby said

The most generous reading I can give is that he’s trying to derail any efforts to pass a public option or medicare buy-in through reconciliation and ensure that none of the deals he struck will be harmed in the process.

Which leads me to ask if they still don’t ask the right question: did Rahm ever want to pass real health care reform? And if he did, can there be any excuse for his having mangled the legislative strategy so badly?

From the absurd strategy to try to call health care reform “deficit reduction”, to backroom deals after the president ran explicitly on transparency, to allowing the hostage taking by the Gang of Six for months to a dozen other inexplicable tactics — it all makes the most sense if you already assume that he wasn’t fully committed to its passage.

Maybe not. I’m not one to mythologize single actors, and I do believe that the buck always stops with the president. But either Rahm is a brilliant legislative strategist, in which case he didn’t bother to use his great powers to pass health care reform for reasons we can only speculate about, given the stakes — or his reputation for brilliance is extremely overrated. But Rahm’s culpability, whether intentional or not, has long been obvious and there’s nothing surprising in these recent statements.

Obama vs Luntz; Olive Branch, meet Disdain

olive branch


1. a branch of an olive tree used to symbolize peace

2. any offering of peace or conciliation


dis dain

tr.v. dis·dained, dis·dain·ing, dis·dains

1. To regard or treat with haughty contempt; despise. See Synonyms at despise.

2. To consider or reject as beneath oneself.


1. A feeling or show of contempt and aloofness; scorn.


Given the same opportunity, the famed GOP guru, Frank Luntz, would recommend the same tactics again, in order to derail progress …


The Rothchild Quote

“Give me control of a nation’s money

and I care not who makes the laws.”

Why is there no change?  Why is nobody held accountable?

Is this a mainstream type financial publication suggesting that moonbat CT theory of secret Illuminati global monetary control?


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