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Shelter from the storm

January 25, 2010

Oooh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin’
My very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost its way

War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away

~Stones

Duck and cover, a new storm comes this way

Well the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount
But nothing really matters much it’s doom alone that counts
And the one-eyed undertaker he blows a futile horn
“Come in” she said
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm”.
I’ve heard newborn babies wailing like a mourning dove
And old men with broken teeth stranded without love
Do I understand your question man is it hopeless and forlorn
“Come in” she said
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm”.

~ Bob

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  1. Stemella permalink*
    January 25, 2010 7:09 am

    There’s another great Harpers article out Mendacity of Hope taking Obama, his first year in office and his adoring fans to task.

    It also places Obama’s presidency in the larger context of the National Security State phase of Imperial America. The author questions Obama’s morality as the Commander in Chief holding the power of the bombs.

    Let us grant that Barack Obama is as intelligent as his admirers insist. What evidence do we possess that he is also a moral virtuoso? What evidence do we possess that he is a good, wise, or even a decent man? Yes, he can be eloquent, yet eloquence is no guarantee of wisdom or of virtue. Yes, he has a nice family, but that evinces a private morality. Public morality requires public action, and all available public evidence points to a man with the character of a common politician, whose singular ambition in life was to attain power; nothing in Barack Obama’s political career suggests that he would ever willingly commit to a course of action that would cost him an election. His preposterously two-faced approach to Afghanistan, wherein he simultaneously escalates the war while promising to begin “the transition to Afghan responsibility” just a year later, is a perfect illustration of his compulsion to split the difference on any given political question. (One could also point to the health-care boondoggle, or to his utter capitulation to Wall Street in economic matters.) He dilly-dallies, draws out both friends and opponents, dangles promises in front of everyone, gives a dramatic speech, and then pulls back to gauge the reaction. Since the policy itself is incoherent—and, as usual with Obama, salted with stipulations and provisos—he can always trim and readjust as necessary. Deadlines and definitions of “combat forces” are infinitely malleable. Since Obama is an intelligent man, surely he understands the meaning of the word mendacity.

    It is a good read. The answers implicit leave me seeking shelter.

    • cometman permalink*
      January 25, 2010 11:00 am

      That was a great article. I was a little worried about who they’d find to replace Lewis Lapham but they’ve come up with some very good writers. This is the part that I find so distressing:

      It is not surprising that unsophisticated children, naive Europeans, and Democratic partisans continue to revere the heroic former candidate, despite everything he has done and left undone. Nor is it surprising that the broken remnants of the old White Supremacy coalition hate and fear the man and will oppose him without quarter (excepting, of course, his war policies). Puzzling, however, is the fact that Obama, until fairly recently an obscure striver in the Chicago Democratic machine, continues to inspire perfervid devotion among intellectual liberals who know their history. Even they say: Be patient. Give him time. It’s hard to change the government. Or, more cynically: He’s the best we can do. Thus, his most sophisticated admirers assume the burden of Obama’s sins, bite their tongues, and indulge the temptation to frame his shortcomings as our own. Obama is not to blame; we are to blame. Obama has not failed us; America has failed him.

      Even though I didn’t trust the guy all that much and didn’t vote for him, I was still somewhat enthused when he did win thinking he’d be an improvement over Bush at least. I didn’t think he’d try to hold Bush accountable for anything (since he said as much and I took him at his word on that) but I really did think he’d at least put a stop to some of Bush’s worst abuses and power grabs. But he hasn’t and he seems quite comfortable being the Imperial president carrying water for the already powerful. And still there are so many who think that if we just cheer louder everything will be OK, despite all the signs to the contrary staring them in the face. I saw one poster who I have a lot of respect for saying they were taking a break from Klub Kumquat because too many people were being critical of the Democrats and not properly ripping the republicans. I see similar things all over the place – Greenwald is constantly updating his posts to smack down the cheerleaders who seem to not be able to comprehend the facts Greenwald lays out for them and who still think Obama can do no wrong. I just don’t get it. Drone attacks were horrible when Bush ordered them but now that Obama is ordering even more and slaughtering more innocents, so many refuse to be critical at all.

      Clapping louder isn’t going to fix it.

      • Stemella permalink*
        January 25, 2010 12:23 pm

        I’m guessing the recently departed kumquat to whom you refer is dengre. His work on the “wrecking crew” of Abramoff et al was awe inspiring, wicked awesome, even! But he is a serious partisan. He was willing to do a little opposition research on Hillary during the primaries, but otherwise has clamped shut any research on corruption on the D side since Obama ascended. I understand his loyalty to party over country, but I sure don’t agree with it. We all know the corruption strikes deep on all sides of business and government. I view that rot as systemic and destructive to the whole country and I think that the people who refuse to admit it exists on their “team” ultimately as hypocrites.

        Clapping louder will not fix it, nor will yelling louder. Accountability, upholding the law to the rich man as equally as it is to the poor, now that might actually begin to mitigate this craptacular disaster.

        • cometman permalink*
          January 25, 2010 1:23 pm

          Yeah, dengre was the one. Guess I hadn’t realized before that partisanship was such a driving factor in his research.

          • artemis54 permalink
            January 25, 2010 3:23 pm

            The nature of the drivers does nothing to vitiate the quality of the work. This is not a small point. I am often told that I am driven by emotion, to which I respond what the hell else would I be driven by? I am not a computer.

            dengre is one of the dozen or so dkos regulars for whom I had genuine respect.

            • Stemella permalink*
              January 25, 2010 3:44 pm

              Me too. The quality of his research and writing has been stellar, illustrating a standard of citizen journalism that we all should aspire to no matter the subject.

              If any are interested he has been front paged over at balloon juice, John Cole’s blog, where you may also find many of the kostapo in exile such as Elise, Cloneclone and their tribe. It has become a Pff for kostapo! I had to laugh as they trash GOS and Mamz from the opposite side of the spectrum.

              • artemis54 permalink
                January 25, 2010 4:05 pm

                I will have to investigate just for archival purposes if nothing else. Has Elise been banished too? When I called her a bitch to her face (on my way out the door) it was a little mini-shitstorm for some of the oldtimer crowd. Ah, the good old days. There’s no recovery from these things on the net as there is in real life.

                • Stemella permalink*
                  January 25, 2010 4:42 pm

                  No, she isn’t banished. She and her crew of centrist hard cores and squobots are making the move over there by choice, so I guess it is more analogous to an early My LeftWing or Booman style relocation than a rightward Pff. Cole is only a recent convert to the Democratic Party from the Republican, so I guess his conservadem flavor is more to their liking. heh!

                  • triv33 permalink
                    January 27, 2010 12:39 pm

                    Huh…she was in on that Facebook fracas. Just trying to keep a hand in or last stab at holding on to some feeling of control? It’s a puzzlement.

                    • Stemella permalink*
                      January 27, 2010 1:25 pm

                      I’d say both. She can’t resist the urge to whip and control, while at the same time poking and stabbing at Mamz and others there who raise her ire. Essentially she is trolling the site she once kopped..

            • cometman permalink*
              January 25, 2010 10:01 pm

              Yeah, the guy is definitely a good journalist and has always been one of my favorites too. If the rest of the media put in a fraction of the effort reporting that he does we might not be in the mess we are now. He just never struck me as very partisan before but I can certainly see why he’d want to take a break from there.

  2. Stemella permalink*
    January 25, 2010 7:49 am

    Proof!

    Untidy beds may keep us healthy

    Take that fussy Moms around the planet

    • artemis54 permalink
      January 25, 2010 3:17 pm

      Love it. It goes next to the study, several years old now, proving that the kitchen counters of slob bachelors have far fewer bacteria than those of anal housewives constantly smearing the filth around with sponges they imagine to be clean. Also upholds one of the great credos in my life: when in doubt, do nothing. It is not merely a joke. It almost always minimizes your chances of doing even more harm and making even more of a mess.

  3. cometman permalink*
    January 25, 2010 11:13 am

    Looks like they aren’t doing so well with the whole “rule of law” and “transparency” stuff on the other side of the pond either. Medical records relating to the cause of death of David Kelly, the whistleblower who found evidence that the US and UK had “sexed up” intelligence reports to justify an invasion of Iraq, have been ordered sealed for 70 years.

    Medical records which would shed light on the death of government scientist David Kelly will be kept secret for 70 years, it emerged yesterday.

    The unprecedented move has been ordered by Lord Hutton, who chaired the inquiry which controversially concluded that the mysterious death was suicide.

    It means vital evidence, including the results of Dr Kelly’s post-mortem examination – which have never been made public – will remain under wraps until 2073, by which time anyone involved in the case will almost certainly be dead.

    • Stemella permalink*
      January 25, 2010 12:39 pm

      There is simply no appearance of guilt there with those seventy years of forced silence at all, no no guilt or impropriety perceivable whatsobloody evah. Quite. ;P

      • cometman permalink*
        January 27, 2010 9:28 am

        Update! The Brits have changed their minds and now the documents pertaining to Kelly’s death will be released.

        But since they wanted to keep them secret and only decided to release them after protests from doctors that they were hiding something, I’m betting there will be a lot of redaction in what people are allowed to see. The article doesn’t specify whether that’s the case or not.

  4. cometman permalink*
    January 25, 2010 1:51 pm

    Some reading of the tea leaves. A few have noticed a change in rhetoric with regards to health care reform that may indicate plans to drop the requirement top cover pre-existing conditions.

    An astute blogger noted that the new proposals floated by Democrats in the wake of the massive health care bill’s collapse is a provision that would bar denying coverage for those with pre-existing conditions — but only if they were under 19. “Did someone just chuck pre-existing conditions overboard?” he wrote.

    Among the measures Democrats are considering, the New York Times noted Friday, “Insurers could not deny coverage to children under the age of 19 on account of pre-existing medical conditions.”

    “The only reason to specify that children under the age of 19 won’t be denied coverage is because you plan on letting everyone 19 and over BE denied coverage for pre-existing conditions,” blogger John Aravosis replied.

    And Michael Hudson weighs in on the new populist rhetoric coming from Squobama – he thinks it’s nothing but hot air and bluster. The interesting part from the article is that the Dems are backing away from supporting the Consumer financial Products Agency. I’d missed the news about the WSJ leak:

    Even worse has been Obama’s rehabilitation of Clinton Rubinomics deregulator Larry Summers as chief advisor, sidelining Paul Volcker until he was hurriedly flown back from political Siberia, in reaction to the Massachusetts debacle and to soften the leak by the Wall Street Journal on January 15 that Obama and the Democrats were not unhappy to see Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Products Agency die stillborn, despite the president’s promise that the agency was “non-negotiable.”

    So it looks like the Dems are taking exactly the wrong message away from the Mass Senate debacle, that is if you believe they actually wanted to help anyone in the first place. They sure look like they are taking the conventional wisdom of the beltway blatherers to heart and tacking to the right since the narrative is that’s supposedly what people really want. Personally I think they’re moving to the right because that’s exactly what they wanted to do in the first place.

    Looking around the interwebs I see tired old George Lakoff saying that if only the left could start framing things better everything would change blah blah blah. I get emails from Moveon asking me to join a rally for health care reform because if only we’d yell louder, or ask nicer or WTF this time the Dems will be sure to listen. Of course the email comes today for a rally tomorrow at high noon right in the middle of the work day so only those who are too young to need decent health care or old enough that they already have government health care will be able to attend. Others say we should learn to organize better or this or that option, all of which have been tried over and over and over again to no avail.

    One of the few who seems to get what’s really going on in this country is Chris Hedges who tries to tell us once again that our democracy is essentially dead and what we have instead is Democracy Theatre – Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction.

    Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost. The ruling is one more judicial effort to streamline mechanisms for corporate control. It exposes the myth of a functioning democracy and the triumph of corporate power. But it does not significantly alter the political landscape. The corporate state is firmly cemented in place.

    If the oligarchs came right out and said that the Constitution is null and void people might actually get pissed off. Since there are something like a quarter billion guns in private hands in this country, they haven’t quite gotten that brash yet.

    Sure feels like the only options we have for things to get better are to wait until the whole system collapses under its own weight or for the owners of those 250 million guns to get pissed off. I definitely don’t like option #2 because if that does happen, you can practically guarantee it will be the right wingers leading the charge.

    • artemis54 permalink
      January 25, 2010 4:55 pm

      Lakoff has always made me itch all over. Frankly I cannot stand his bullshit – I hate everything about him – and probably the primary reason I always held mamz etc in such contempt is that they think it is some sort of amazing analysis that actually means something.

  5. artemis54 permalink
    January 25, 2010 3:25 pm

    Fantastic photo

  6. artemis54 permalink
    January 25, 2010 6:42 pm

    Jesus H.

    Obama to freeze spending on everything but defense, ask GOP to write climate bill.

    Tomorrow, he’ll suck Boehner’s dick on the mall while simultaneously masturbating McConnell and Beefcake Brown.

  7. artemis54 permalink
    January 25, 2010 7:15 pm

    Six days left in January. Plenty of time for a new revelation, maybe that Rielle Hunter has a little mulatto (macaroon? whatever) rug rat by Obama to match the other one. Hell, why not? Let’s be done with it.

    • cometman permalink*
      January 25, 2010 10:34 pm

      Amen brother. It’s just about too ridiculous to bear anymore.

      Here’s a good remedy for the stupid. Nice one to watch to end the day.

      Found it at this site – The Artful Amoeba.

  8. Stemella permalink*
    January 26, 2010 8:15 am

    Taking in the news on the upcoming freeze, the Big Chill, courtesy of ever rightward marching Barry. It will remain to be seen, but at this point I’m guessing it will wipe out a major source of funding for my business, over the next few years. Yeah, I’m not liking this move too much. Jesus fucking Christ on a squid’s tit! Do squids have tits? haha

    Anyway, here’s an article all about the inside baseball in the White House, about the Rahmbovian tactics, which appear to be destined to destroy whatever shred of emergent leftiness empowerment might remain in the public sphere. Back to the underground with the likes of us it appears.

    Chief of Staff Draws Fire From Left as Obama Falters

    • cometman permalink*
      January 26, 2010 9:09 am

      Rawstory had a similar article this morning. Amazing that the first guy Obama picked to staff his administration treats the left with such contempt and still we’re supposed to clap louder.

      Of course nobody seems to remember that when FDR increased spending with a real stimulus package that actually put people to work the economy improved. It wasn’t until FDR listened to the conservatives and cut spending that things seized up again until he eventually stopped taking the advice of the right and changed course. Obama seems bent on making the same mistake except he’s been doing the bidding of the conservatives the whole damn time.

  9. Stemella permalink*
    January 26, 2010 8:18 am

    An example where Empire fails at the outposts. We are not too big to fail, not at all.

    Dubai Helps Iran Evade Sanctions as Smugglers Ignore U.S. Laws

    On a sweltering mid-October evening, horns blare as pickup trucks at Dubai Creek wharf jockey to deliver cargo bound for Iran. Televisions, cartons of toothpaste, car parts, refrigerators and DVD players stretch for about a mile on the dock along the murky waterway that snakes to the Persian Gulf.

    “We’ll take anything as long as you pay us,” says Ali, a 24-year-old Iranian deck hand in an oil-stained T-shirt, as he pulls down a blue tarpaulin covering air conditioners, tires and tea bags headed for the port of Bandar Abbas, 100 miles (160 kilometers) across the Gulf. “We’ve taken American stuff — printers, computers, everything.”

    Years before the world turned its attention to Dubai’s financial crisis, the second largest of the seven states in the United Arab Emirates was amassing clout — and money — as Iran’s back door to the West

    • cometman permalink*
      January 26, 2010 9:16 am

      Not sure how the US thinks it can keep neighboring countries from trading with Iran when they can’t even keep Dick Cheney from doing it.

  10. cometman permalink*
    January 26, 2010 9:26 am

    Jon Stewart had a good bit last night on the recent Supremely partisan decision to give corporations even more rights here in case anyone missed it.

    Just noticed that Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to be on tonight.

    • Stemella permalink*
      January 26, 2010 11:49 am

      Their skit is a riff on an idea I had when I first heard the SCOTUS news. I thought that each of us should screw up their diabolical plans by registering as corporations and filing our taxes that way. Take it to the absurd and crash their plutocratic party. I’m already an LLC, does that count? Am I a corporation with corporate rights?

      • cometman permalink*
        January 26, 2010 12:56 pm

        That skit also has a lot of similarity to some of the stuff Charlie Stross writes about regarding corporations.

        As to your questions, you may be kidding around and I’m no lawyer, but having an LLC means you can get away with just about anything. I’ve dealt with a few companies that form separate LLCs for each part of their business. If one part isn’t doing well, that LLC stiffs its employees, stiffs its vendors and goes bankrupt, regardless of whether the parent company has any money or not. After restructuring they can re-open their doors with exactly the same business name and do it all over again. May be very unethical but it’s all perfectly legal.

        So if you make an LLC for a company you start where you are the sole employee, in theory you could take all the revenue your company makes and pay it to yourself. Maybe purchase a new computer and some other items you’ve been wanting and call them business expenses. And then claim the LLC is bankrupt and screw everyone you owe money to.

        I think that’s called ‘democracy’ these days.

  11. cometman permalink*
    January 26, 2010 10:02 am

    Joe Bageant always makes me smile. In his latest post he takes the time to explain socialism to one of those confused libertarian types. Good stuff. A snippet:

    Even those among us who can see, who can observe the hardening condition induced by the enemies of human liberty and well being, feel powerless in the face of this darkening and omniscient order. Despite the quadrennial claims of our political parties during national election years, no savior has arrived and none is coming. No Obama, no miracle of “green science,” no national genius will emerge to lead us. We have only the simple, direct, undeceived intelligence of ordinary men and women to rely upon. We must regain respect for the seemingly meager and often lonely powers an individual does have, and choose work and a way of living upon which we can all rely.

    Acknowledgment of that, and living accordingly, engenders humility, success and the physical and spiritual thrivance of men and women and children everywhere. It is the animating spirit of socialism.

    And, oh yeah, Obama ain’t no socialist. I wish the hell he was.

  12. cometman permalink*
    January 26, 2010 1:40 pm

    Very informative article on the dirty dealings of Goldman Sux and AIG – How Paulson’s People Colluded With Goldman to Destroy AIG And Get A Backdoor Bailout.

    The more these deals are looked into, it really looks like the systemic risk to the financial industry was not nearly as great as we’d been led to believe. The risk of Goldman and a few others unraveling and their execs having to face the music however was huge.

    • cometman permalink*
      January 26, 2010 1:47 pm

      It’s a wonder we know anything about this deal at all. Reuters is reporting that the NY Fed tried to have documents containing details of the deal treated as a national security issue.

      U.S. securities regulators originally treated the New York Federal Reserve’s bid to keep secret many of the details of the American International Group bailout like a request to protect matters of national security, according to emails obtained by Reuters.

      The request to keep the details secret were made by the New York Federal Reserve — a regulator that helped orchestrate the bailout — and by the giant insurer itself, according to the emails.

      The emails from early last year reveal that officials at the New York Fed were only comfortable with AIG submitting a critical bailout-related document to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after getting assurances from the regulatory agency that “special security procedures” would be used to handle the document.

      • cometman permalink*
        January 26, 2010 1:58 pm

        More on the attempted cover up here. Evidently the NY Fed responded to a FOIA request for information on the deal by trying to make even more information secret.

        Why am I suddenly thinking of scenes from various Clint Eastwood westerns where the bad guy gets it and finding the images so satisfying? Hang ’em high.

    • Stemella permalink*
      January 27, 2010 9:28 am

      Interesting. I’ve been watching Elvintwit squirm on the not very hot seat in testimony to an oversight committee on C-Span 3. Timmy’s testimony and the questions/comments of most of the Dems have fed into the Hair on Fire the World is Ending fear fear fear theme. Dennis K and a few of the Republicans have asked the right questions and have clearly made Timmy’s nose do the pinocchio thing.

      Dennis has been the only one to ask about Goldman. Right now Stephen Lynch D-Mass is totally grilling about the Goldman decisions. I hope it is youtubed later, because he is seriously fucking him up Toddy!!

      Timmy’s overall defense is that as soon as Obama nominated him in November, Timmy recused himself from any responsibility as NY Fed.

      Hanky Panky Paulson will testify later today.

      The tone has started shifting. There is actually non kabuki going on here that could open a window to some truth. Maybe.

      • cometman permalink*
        January 27, 2010 9:38 am

        I was just reading about Timmeh’s blathering at Rawstory.

        Geithner also maintained that he was not involved in a decision to withhold information about AIG’s payouts that some have called a “backdoor bailout” of those firms including Goldman Sachs and a number of foreign banks.

        “I had no role in making decisions regarding what to disclose about the specific financial terms of… payments to AIGs counterparties,” he said.

        Sounds to me like he isn’t denying that there was a decision to withhold information. Did you notice if anyone bothered to ask Geithner who was responsible for the decision if it wasn’t him? And maybe why Geithner was OK with the decision to keep things secret since it’s fairly clear he knew the decision was made and didn’t do a damn thing to keep it from happening?

        If you get any vids or updates, please post them!

        • Stemella permalink*
          January 27, 2010 10:10 am

          Yes, he isn’t denying there was a decision to withhold info. He admits he was aware that there was a backdoor payout to the counterparties via AIG. He has not been asked about who made the decisions. I’m pretty certain that info is revealed in some of the emails that have been obtained by Rep Issa. No one has asked whether he agreed with the decision not to disclose. He definitely recuses himself from that decision. He says that the steps taken overall were necessary to keep the whole world from imploding.

          Ok, Right now Jim Jordon R-Ohio is questioning what decisions he does admit being part of as NY Fed – BofA, Merrill Lynch etc.

          The staff at NY Fed supported the counterparty back door bailout. Why the secrecy, if it was so important? If that important, why weren’t you involved? Do you support that decision? Yes or No?

          Timmy won’t answer. He says it is hard to put yourself in shoes you did not occupy. He refused to answer. He says they acted with great integrity blah blah blah.

          Oh, and then Timmy grins right into the camera when the Rep is called on time. Fuck you Elvinbastard.

          Those sealed documents need to be revealed. Without a doubt.

  13. cometman permalink*
    January 26, 2010 7:53 pm

    Ha! Karma.

    Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, 25, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.

    Also arrested were Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24. Flanagan is the son of William Flanagan, who is the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. All four men were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

    Too bad ACORN feels it necessary to make statements like this-

    ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan said the arrest calls O’Keefe’s credibility into question, and used the opportunity to point out that he “edited (ACORN videos) to make things look as bad as possible.” He said, for instance, that O’Keefe actually wore a normal dress shirt when he was in the ACORN offices, but spliced in shots of him dressed as a pimp in the final videos.

    – since evidently dressing up in a bad pimp suit didn’t bring his credibility into question nearly enough to keep Congress from (quite possibly illegally) slashing ACORN’s funding.

  14. cometman permalink*
    January 26, 2010 8:00 pm

    Huh. Art historians want to dig up da Vinci to find out if he was a drag queen.

    Experts believe that if they find the Renaissance painter’s skull, they can recreate his face and compare it to the Mona Lisa.

    • Stemella permalink*
      January 27, 2010 9:39 am

      This seems wrong to me somehow. Let the enigma of the smile live on and let the maestro rest in peace.

      • cometman permalink*
        January 27, 2010 10:18 am

        Yeah, unless there is some pressing need to exhume a body, like for a criminal investigation or to diagnose a disease that could be spreading, I’m in favor of leaving them in the ground. A little mystery makes life interesting. And in this case even if they can reconstruct his face they still won’t be able to conclusively prove anything.

        Even though I’ve been involved a little bit with archaeology before, I always had a problem when human bones from obvious tombs started being dug up. One of my friends in Greece who was a local used to sing “Hey! Teacher! Leave those deads alone!” when the professor who led the excavation was around.

        Obviously there is some research value in studying old bones but I just don’t know where the line should be drawn.

  15. cometman permalink*
    January 26, 2010 8:32 pm

    Finally getting around to trying melvin’s tips to see if I can get a video other than a youtube to post.

    • cometman permalink*
      January 26, 2010 8:43 pm

      Just figured out you can only embed those videos into the main post and not in a comment. Anyhoo, the video at the link above is still pretty neat.

    • Stemella permalink*
      January 27, 2010 9:42 am

      Nice! you always find such great eye candy.

  16. artemis54 permalink
    January 26, 2010 10:41 pm

    The Anti-Massachusetts

    Oregon voters speak: Tax the rich, tax corporate profits, untax the poor, use the money for public services.

    Pretty clear. Think it will make the news?

  17. artemis54 permalink
    January 27, 2010 1:45 am

    Oregon, the Anti-Massachusetts?

    Voters say: Tax the rich, tax the corporations, spend the money on public services, and untax the poor.

    Be prepared for radio silence from the media. Oregon who?

    • Stemella permalink*
      January 27, 2010 11:18 am

      Oregonians have long been ahead of the curve in progressive action and legislation. It is good to see that tradition upheld. Let’s hope their success spreads. It won’t be spread by the MSM, for certain, but it will get around. Some well placed youtubes and twitters on the story might help.

      • artemis54 permalink
        January 27, 2010 11:48 am

        True. Even for them though, raising taxes in this environment is something.

  18. cometman permalink*
    January 27, 2010 8:51 am

    Be the life of the party! Amaze your friends with your trove of squidly knowledge! Download your free copy of the Cephalopod Beak Guide for the Southern Ocean today! :P

    Found that one via Deep Sea News where they also had this intriguing post about a deep sea snail with fool’s gold feet:

    In 2003, a rather unique gastropod was described from a hydrothermal vent in the Indian Ocean. What caught scientists attention was not the shell, a rather plain marginally ribbed shell that would have pleased Katsuhige, but a series of armor plates covering the soft parts we often refer to as the foot. Each of these scales, 1/3 an inch long, posses a core of pedal tissue lined with a mineralized layer of conchiolin embedded with iron sulfide granules, the stuff of fools’s gold. This is the only known animal to use iron sulfide as skeletal material.

    • Stemella permalink*
      January 27, 2010 9:45 am

      Honestly? I hope I never need to get up close and personal with a squid beak! haha I’ll let you be the life of the party. The rest of us, without a doubt, will be highly entertained and amazed ;)

  19. artemis54 permalink
    January 27, 2010 10:45 am

    Testing

  20. artemis54 permalink
    January 27, 2010 10:47 am

    Hmm. I couldn’t seem to comment last night. Just wanted to call your attention to the communist revolution in Oregon yesterday. I’m sure you’ve heard all about it as that’s all the media will be talking about today.

    Link at the deli, html seems to be screwing up my comments.

    • cometman permalink*
      January 27, 2010 11:07 am

      I just checked and your comments from last night went into the spam can for some reason. Same thing happened to triv a little while ago too. I tried to release one from its little blue tin but it hasn’t shown up in this post yet. I don’t know where it went now. Maybe Stemella can figure it out.

      • Stemella permalink*
        January 27, 2010 11:27 am

        I unspammed it and it appeared.

        • cometman permalink*
          January 27, 2010 11:55 am

          There had been two in the spam folder. I left one in there while I tried to liberate the other one. Still not sure what I did to make the first one disappear.

  21. Stemella permalink*
    January 27, 2010 11:14 am

    Here is a video clip of Rep Lynch D-Mass tearing Elvin a new one. It comes via Firedoglake. I expect they’ll have other good clips up from today’s hearings.

    I’m currently listening to Spanky Hank bullshit and stutter his way through the questions. His answers haven’t changed in the last year. He is in lockstop with Geithner. The coverup will not be revealed by these liars today. It will have to come from interrogations of underlings or other documentary discovery. I don’t see that happening under the current administration.

    • cometman permalink*
      January 27, 2010 12:52 pm

      Wow, what utter bullshit from that shifty eyed little freak. To claim they had no choice but to bail them out for 100 cents on the dollar is simply ridiculous. Are we supposed to believe that if Goldman only got 99 cents we’d all be scrounging through dumpsters right now? For fuck sake.

  22. Stemella permalink*
    January 27, 2010 11:32 am

    Dennis K is making Ratfucker Squidmeister Paulson turn bright red. Unbelievably, Paulson maintains that he had no knowledge at all of the counterparty transactions and the deal Goldie Sux got. Paulson says he was busy and no one discussed it with him.

    His red face exposes his lies. Ratfucking fucked up fucker.

    Thanks Dennis, you tried.

    • cometman permalink*
      January 27, 2010 12:53 pm

      That I’d like to see. Just checked firedoglake and they didn’t have a Kucinich video yet but I’m sure one will surface.

  23. cometman permalink*
    January 27, 2010 12:34 pm

    Just checked in to cspan 3 to watch a little bit. Issa just told the NY Fed’s lawyer that a study commissioned by the NY Fed existed which gave a recommendation to let AIG go bankrupt and the study was never considered by any of those pushing for the bailout. The equivocating jackass lawyer claims he wasn’t aware of it. Issa claims the documentation was provided by some whistleblower and that one Senator had also seen it but couldn’t talk about the contents. It would be nice if Issa would produce this report at some point since it sounds pretty damning and puts the lie to the claims that doom for all of us would ensue if the Goldies didn’t get their cash.

    • cometman permalink*
      January 27, 2010 1:13 pm

      Here’s a little more on that Issa claim I heard from HuffPo:

      A Republican senator said Tuesday that documents showing Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernake covered up the fact that his staff recommended he not bailout AIG are being kept from the public. And a House Republican charged that a whistleblower had alerted Congress to specific documents provide [sic] “troubling details” of Bernanke’s role in the AIG bailout.

      Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), a Bernanke critic, said on CNBC that he has seen documents showing that Bernanke overruled such a recommendation. If that’s the case, it raises questions about whether bailing out AIG was actually necessary, and what Bernanke’s motives were.

      Pretty sure Bernanke’s and the rest of the Goldies motives were to force their competition to go under and at the same time get paid big bucks by looting public funds. It really isn’t that hard to figure out.

      • Stemella permalink*
        January 27, 2010 1:35 pm

        Bunning is one of the Senators who has joined with Bernie Sanders in placing a hold on Bernanke’s confirmation. I sure wish he’d release that report too before Bernanke gets reconfirmed by this Friday.

  24. cometman permalink*
    January 27, 2010 1:26 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrghhhhh! Just heard former Goldie and chair of the NY Fed Stephen Friedman tell a huge whopper. This is the guy who was buying up Goldman stock even as he was working on the bailout and was on Goldman board – link. He was asked if Goldman had a policy of having its executives “salt” the regulatory agencies with its own “former” personnel. He had the gargantuan brass balls to reply that Goldman did not have such a policy but since many executives did well at the firm they often did go into government so they could “give back” to the community or some horseshit to that effect. Just a coinky dink that all their decisions as regulators seem to help Goldman make a killing I guess.

    Gotta turn off the Span. My bullshit quota for the day is all used up.

    • Stemella permalink*
      January 27, 2010 1:39 pm

      Haha It really does make you scream, doesn’t it? I’ve been on a cursing streak today that would make a pirate weak in the knees. Now I’m in fine form to watch Obama’s state of the dysfunction speech later tonight. Shoes will be on hand.

      • cometman permalink*
        January 27, 2010 2:29 pm

        Hopefully by the time I catch some SOTU highlights later tonight I’ll have had the proper attitude adjustment and won’t frighten the whole neighborhood with the blood curdling invective that would otherwise ensue :)

  25. Stemella permalink*
    January 27, 2010 2:54 pm

    Turns out the mystery document is now released thanks to Rep Towns. The whole thing is available on ZH top post and further discussion at Reuters here:


    AIG’s mysterious Schedule A finally revealed

    • cometman permalink*
      January 27, 2010 4:24 pm

      That’s a start. Just checked at zerohedge and it looks like they are in the process of checking out the documents. I got a kick out of this part:

      The previously top-secret Schedule A has been released and is attached. We are currently going through the data, focusing on prices, ratings, LTVs and other taxpayer critical data. Stephen Friedman saying, as we type, that revealing Schedule A will injure the taxpayer interest, as when the Fed will try to sell these CUSIPs, sophisticated buyers will have an advantage. Of course, we note, these sophisticated buyers will exist only because this list was offloaded to the taxpayers in the first place.

      I still want to see the NY Fed study that recommended Bernanke let AIG go under.

      • cometman permalink*
        January 27, 2010 4:50 pm

        Here’s something. Issa wants that Fed study and he’s asking Edolph Towns to issue a subpoena for the documents.

        I have to think Towns will issue the subpoena. I also have to think that the ratfuckers will try to ignore it. Wonder if the consequences for doing so will be any different when it’s a republican making the demands?

        I’m no fan of Issa. He was one of those leading the charge against ACORN, just one of many many fucked up things he has supported in the past. Don’t think too much of Bunning either and I suspect it’s more than mere altruism alone that allowed these two to be privy to the documents in question. But in this case I sure hope that report sees the light of day. Guess we’ll know how serious Issa is about it if the subpoena is issued and its ignored.

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