June 22, 2010 archive

The Unworthy Unemployed

  Senator Durbin stood in front of the Senate this morning and tried his best to whip up support for an unemployment extension bill during his nine minute speech.

  When his speech finished the Senate immediately went back to discussing what it considered more important: nominations and the border patrol.

 1.2 million people will lose their last financial lifeline just this month, and the Senate couldn’t find more than nine minutes of their time to address it.

  Yesterday the Senate was in session for 5.5 hours and it didn’t address the unemployment problem even once.

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Obama, McChrystal, and a Shit-Head Reporter

The very tip-top of the New York Times’ front page today is occupied by this flaming headline…

McChrystal Is Summoned to Washington Over Remarks

An angry President Obama summoned his top commander in Afghanistan to Washington on Tuesday after a magazine article portrayed the general and his staff as openly contemptuous of some senior members of the Obama administration.

The author of the article — Michael Hastings, a freelance journalist — appears to have been granted intimate access to General McChrystal’s inner circle. Most of the comments seem to have been uttered during unguarded moments, in places like bars and restaurants where the general and his aides gathered to unwind.

A McChrystal aide is quoted saying of Mr. Holbrooke: “The Boss says he’s like a wounded animal. Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he’s going to be fired, so that makes him dangerous.”

The article also describes a conversation in which General McChrystal and an aide talk about Mr. Biden. “Are you asking about Vice President Biden?” General McChrystal jokes.

“Biden?” suggests a top adviser. “Did you say ‘Bite me?’ ”

In a parallel universe, where Planet Earth is inhabited by intelligent life-forms, Obama would say…

“Soldiers have been grousing about higher-ups for at least 5000 years, and only a shit-head of a reporter like Michael Hastings would repeat what soldiers say among themselves off-duty in a bar, and only a shitty “life-style” magazine like Rolling Stone would print it.”

But on our stupid branch of the multi-universe, on Planet Stupid, where shit-heads rule…

This story is a very big deal.

(And if you think I’m a cheerleader for McChrystal, read this.)

Made A Lot Of Friends We’ll Keep For Life…

Question, why do Democrats seem to think

that expressing support for things is the exact same thing as doing them?

I’m frustrated.  Every day, somewhere in the blogosphere, there is something that talks about the plight of the LGBT community.  Or support for energy independence, for holding BP accountable.  And, dutifully, people will be mournful and sad at how poorly people are treated.

Now, how bout those Knicks?

At the same time, there is no frustration and no little apologia for people in power who have utterly no intention of doing anything about these things.

So I ask .. is it cultural?  What is it about the Democratic Party mindset that makes it think that sentiment is as good as actually doing something?  President Obama is famous for this.

All the while, the far right shrieks and Democrats profess bemusement at why they are “so angry”.  Uh, they’re not angry — they’re CALCULATING.  They’ve discovered that if they go nuts and hold a grenade and threaten to hold their breath until they turn blue, the Democrats and Obama will try to find some middle ground between what is sane and the far right’s crazy game.  

Now the homophobes want to put us in prison and have us executed.  The rank and file Democrats say the homophobes are crazy.

What the Democrats in power are about is splitting both ends against the middle and the far right KNOWS THIS.  Why is the far right not to think that, in a similar manner to energy policy, Obama will not just seek “ideas” from the far out freaks who want to kill us?

Maybe a good middle position is that we should just be forced to apologize in public for being gay .. that’s somewhere between prison and execution and full legal rights, right?  Maybe gay men and women in the military should simply apologize for the temerity of daring to try to serve their country while gay.

After all, this is a middle ground between killing us and letting dogs gnaw on our corpses, and treating us as equal human beings.  Why not?  When you split all ends, no matter how calculatingly nutso, against the artificial middle, there is no reason for the ends not to get even more nutso.

And maybe a middle ground between destroying the Gulf and apologizing to BP, and energy independence, would just be converting everything over to methane, eh, and giving those very same companies the pass and the profits?

It works so well for them.  I truly wish, though, people wouldn’t bitch and scream and cry about that which they have enabled for decades and continue to enable.

Ruh-oh! McChrystal’s Rolling Stone Interview Prompts Operation AACYA

General Stanley McChrystal, who runs things in Afghanistan for the US Military,  gave a rather candid and heartfelt interview to Rolling Stone magazine.

“The Runaway General” has a few issues with some of his civilian colleagues….  like the Ambassador Eikenberry.

So far his special assistant Duncan Boothby has submitted his resignation (aka “fired”) and McChrystal has been summoned to a meeting tommorrow at the White House.

And he’s apologized.  McChrystal:  “It was a mistake reflecting poor judgement and should never have happened.”

President Hamid Karzai is praising him, saying he’s the best general ever,  and his spokesperson is saying he hopes he stays.


This week’s development comes as criminal investigators are said to be examining allegations that Afghan security firms have been extorting as much as $4 million a week from contractors paid with U.S. tax dollars and then funneling the spoils to warlords and the Taliban, according to a U.S. military document. The payments are intended to ensure safe passage through dangerous areas they control.

The payments reportedly end up in insurgent hands through a $2.1 billion Pentagon contract to transport food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan.

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News at Noon

From Reuters

White House summons McChrystal

by Phil Stewart

June 22, 2010

(Reuters) – The White House has summoned the top U.S. general in Afghanistan to Washington to explain controversial remarks critical of the Obama administration, U.S. military and Obama administration officials said on Tuesday.

The move comes a day after General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, apologized for comments by his aides insulting some of President Barack Obama’s closest advisers in an article to be published in Rolling Stone magazine.

The controversy comes at an inopportune time for Obama, who already is dealing with huge BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, trying to get financial industry reform legislation through Congress and hoping to prevent Republicans from taking back control of Congress in November elections.

Related Stories:

U.S. indirectly funding Afghan warlords: House Report

U.S. author calls Afghanistan war “pointless”

WH Budget Muppet Peter Orszag About to Deploy Parachute

Oh, fvucking Hallelujah – maybe.

Another one who’s going to get his life back from what the London School of Economics taught him. https://www.docudharma.com/diar…

Of course, the announcement was made Annonrahmously so they can then poll furiously to see if this pre election maneuver stokes the proper response from the 50% of the electorate which doesn’t know who he is nor what he does.

WASHINGTON – White House Budget Director Peter Orszag plans to resign, a Democratic official said Monday night, positioning him to be the first high-profile member of President Barack Obama’s team to depart the administration.

Orszag is expected to leave in the coming months. The exact timing is not known.


The New York Times Blog claims he is out of there by July and is getting married in September.

Keyboard Spew Alert:


Mr. Orszag argued inside the White House that his successor should be in place to put the next budget together from the start.

In recent months, Mr. Orszag, 41, espoused deficit reduction strategies in administration debates against those who pressed for more stimulus spending and tax cuts to keep the economy from slipping back into recession. He will leave before the bipartisan debt-reduction commission that Mr. Obama formed earlier this year – and which Mr. Orszag championed – is due to report its recommendations by Dec. 1.

A longtime scholar of health policy economics, Mr. Orszag also helped devise and sell the president’s signature initiative overhauling the health insurance system. He privately has told associates that having worked on two budgets, a stimulus plan and the health care law, it is time to leave while he is ahead.

From Reuters, we receive hints that we aren’t going to get much of a policy change,  


Potential successors include Laura Tyson, an economist of the University of California at Berkeley, and Gene Sperling, counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Both are former White House economic advisers who served in President Bill Clinton’s administration.  

Another candidate is Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Orszag announced in a speech earlier this month that government agencies were being asked to plan for 5 percent cuts in an array of domestic programs.

On Taming The Financial Beast, Or, Sausage Gets Made, You Get To Watch

While we’ve all been busy watching the “oil spill live cam”, a similar uncontrolled discharge has been taking place in Washington, DC

In this case, however, it’s lobbyists that are spilling all over the landscape as the House and Senate attempt to merge their two visions of financial reform.

They’re trying desperately to influence the outcome of the conference in which House and Senate negotiators have been engaged; this to craft the exact language of the reconciled legislation.

There’s an additional element of drama hovering over the events as eight House members, including one of the most vocal of the Republican negotiators, face ethics questions related to this very bill.

The best part: if you’re enough of a political geek, you can actually watch the events unfold, unedited and unfiltered, from the comfort of your very own computer.

So far, it’s been amazing political theater, and if you follow along I’ll tell you how you can get in on the fun, too.

Small Businesses Battle Credit Crunch

The Reaganomics, working as forecast, not by supporters of!

Why isn’t the economy moving, watch or read this clip report from last night. A simple explanation of how and who controls what, as the repub or conservative meme’s coming from the top to their herds about how their ideology on capitalism and the economy will cause prosperity, especially the continuing saying it will help small businesses develop and grow, for everyone, ‘Trickle Down’. There is very little private capital, their grease for the economic machine, being invested into small businesses as we talk and hear about billions between corporations and wall street and multi millions into the pockets of the corporate execs with ever growing tax write off corporate perks to go along with their huge tax cuts!

Docudharma Times Tuesday June 22

Tuesday’s Headlines:

Despite spill, deep-water drilling is here to stay

Aaron McGruder’s ‘Boondocks’ lampoons Tyler Perry


Poll Finds Deep Concern About Energy and Economy

Wikileaks plans to release files about deadly U.S. airstrike on Afghan civilians


I have support of Vatican, says cardinal accused of corruption

Google ‘faces legal action in France’ over Street View

Middle East

Kurdish rebels suspected of Istanbul bus bombing

Crossings ready for more Gaza goods


Pakistan conflicted over targeting rising extremists in its heartland

Kashmir on a knife edge once again after security forces kill three youths


‘Blood diamond’ activist kept in Zimbabwe jail

Latin America

Brazil floods: 1,000 missing, 39 dead

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