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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Fascists are always sore winners

Maybe it ain't over. If it were, the healing would have begun.

Yet the Hillary-hate continueth -- indeed, to judge from the (deleted) commentary I've been receiving, it has quadrupled. Here's a sampling from D.U.:
The last thing we need is the Bush/Clinton dynasties one lunatic's gunshot away from the WH
The Psycho Ex-Girlfriend of the Democratic Party
Just go away Hillary, let the adults have their turn.
Clinton and her supporters official adopt the Whites Only strategy...
Oh really? Hillary appeals to Asians and Hispanics; Obama doesn't. 93% of blacks went for Obama -- but only after his crew continually repeated the "Clinton's-a-racist" big lie. Before that smear took hold, Hillary enjoyed great popularity with black voters. How can anyone say that Hillary has appealed to racial solidarity?
If you've never had the pleasure of visiting that supposed pro-Hillary site (which IMO is a rightwing front) be prepared for overt and rampant racism.
This last comment refers to Hillaryis44, which I rarely visit and don't know much about. Do you see any racism?
...a lying sack of shrill...
That was a definition of Hillary. Isn't that cute? A DUmmy calling someone else "shrill"...
Bill and Hillary will need to almost get down on their knees with contrition for the racial undertones that they employed in her campaign, they must confront the hurt and wounds they have caused to so many of our party's most loyal voters.
They should apologize for being smeared by the prog-mob?
She's the worst thing that ever happened to the Democratic party. She wasn't qualified to be a Senator in the first place.
And so on, and on. I haven't worked up enough nerve to visit the Daily Cheeto.

Obviously, HillaryHate will carry over for months to come. The fascistic progs will continue to denounce Main Enemies Bill and Hillary Clinton until the convention, and throughout the convention, and up until November, and well into 2009, and perhaps for decades to come. After all, Noam Chomsky spent much of the 1990s screeching about Main Enemy JFK.

That's the way to win, lads and lasses: Insult half the party.

At any rate, I beg Hillary to stay in this thing. She's the spare candidate.

Consider: Ata has already testified under oath that he saw Tony Rezko give a huge chunk of illegal cash to help Blagojevich pay off his house. We know that Barky -- that's Obama's new nickname: Barky -- needed Fat Tony's help to buy a mansion he couldn't afford. Prosecutors did not ask Ata about Barky. If someone does ask -- and if he says what I think he'll say -- non-prog Democrats will suddenly be very glad to know that Hillary is still around. (Hard-core progs won't be glad; zealots can rationalize anything.)

I would rather see Edwards holding the "spare candidate" position. Still, I'm glad to see someone in that place.
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My dear Joseph. Again, you have selected the choicest blatherings of the prog hate-machine. Almost too painful to look at, this latest collection. They really have gone 'round the bend.

The comparison of Clinton to a "psycho" ex-girlfriend caught my eye, too—that may be the most vile (and revealing) smear yet. I hate to do this, but, if Hillary is the psycho ex to Obama's flock, then what does that make Obama to those of us not drawn into to his shallow, self-aggrandizing spiel? The controlling manipulator who draws the Democratic Party into its clutches with promises of a better life while isolating it from friends and family? The hollow, powerless enabler who facilitates the capture of the DNC for even more disturbed abusers?
 
Seen this? Link was in a comment at the confluence.

http://rezkowatch.blogspot.com/2008/05/rezkowatch-factchecker-obama-and-plan.html
 
It *is* over.

Hillary made a huge, groan-inducing and very surprising gaffe. I trust you will hear about it, so I will not bother to link here.

As a tepid Hillary supporter and one who has vigorously defended her against the previous - bogus - charges of race-baiting, I find it impossible to defend her in the instant case.
 
Oh, are you referring to the statement where she said that whites who had not been to college voted for Hillary? I guess an accurate reading of demographics is now considered racist.

In other words, I'm a racist if I point out that Watts used to be a black neighborhood but now is a black/Hispanic mix.

Bullshit.

What's amazing is this: When Hillary said that she had greater appeal to "the working class" without a racial modifier, she was castigated for implying that black people did not work.

So, demographics which are plain to anyone now become inexpressible.

Meanwhile, Donna Brazile says...

"we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics..”

...and THAT sentiment -- which might be considered racist, and which is certainly odd -- is permitted, because Brazile is black.

Why do I say "possibly racist, and certainly odd"? Because the Demcratic base never consisted of just those two groups. If she thinks otherwise, then her own racial animus has impaired her ability to recognize reality.

Then she tried to backtrack it, after Paul Begala correctly pointed out that you can't win a race with just "African Ameriacans and eggheads."

"I was one of the first Democrats who are going to those white working class neighborhoods, encouraging white Democrats not to forget their roots. I’ve drank more beers with Joe six packs, Jane six pack and everybody else than most white Democrats that you’re talking about.

In terms of Hispanics, you know, Paul, I know the math. I know Colorado, I know Nevada, I know New Mexico. So that’s not the issue. I’m saying that we need to not divide and polarize the Democratic Party as if the Democratic Party will rely simply on white, blue collar male. You insult every black, blue-collar Democrat by saying that.

So stop the divisions. Stop trying to split us into these groups, Paul, because you and I both know we’ve been in more campaigns. We know how Democrats win. And to simply suggest that Hillary’s coalition is better than Obama’s, Obama is better than Hillary. No. We have a big party, Paul."

None of this addressed Begala's point. It's verbal dancing.

It's also lying.

"I’m saying that we need to not divide and polarize the Democratic Party..."

YOUR candidate did that, Donna Brazile. Obama is directly responsible for the "Clintons a racist" smear. That was an historic error.
 
"Oh, are you referring to the statement where she said that whites who had not been to college voted for Hillary"

No I am not. I am referring to the statement cited in this link:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0508/Clintons_white_Americans.html

Yep, this is the race card, and there is no other way to interpret it.

Also, the website "Stop Obama" teems with racism. It's a very strange site, which is intermittently on and off the web. When they are off the web they claim that Obama-bots have hacked them. That is possible, but it could also be pity-party tactics. Anyway, one of their contributors, Juanita Gonzales, regularly publishes ugliness about Michelle Obama.

I can't give you a URL because they are off-line now. I should have made a screen shot of Gonzales' latest, which refers to Michelle Obama as an "ugly thing" and uses the "it" instead of "she" to refer to Mrs. O in the 3rd person.
 
Stop-Obama.org is back up. This is the nasty, yes, racist (not to mention disgustingly catty) item I was referring to:

http://www.stop-obama.org/?p=313#more-313

Whatever else one can say about Michelle Obama, ugly isn't one. She's quite striking.
 
Speaking of Edwards, I believe he could single-handedly put Hillary in if he wished to.

For my understanding is that he has over 200 delegates pledged to him, more than enough to allow HRC to overtake BHO.

If this is true, I haven't seen anyone discuss it. Perhaps it is thought too much a political suicide move that he would never do it? How about to become VP, or some important cabinet official?

...sofla
 
j, I'll thank you to read me before correcting me. That is precisely the quote to which I made reference earlier.

I see nothing wrong with it, for the reasons given earlier.

I have no idea who or what is behind the Stop-Obama web site. At the moment, I don't care.
 
You make no useful point when you use the fascist language of the ruling class.

"Oh really ['Clinton and her supporters official adopt the Whites Only strategy']? Hillary appeals to Asians and Hispanics; Obama doesn't. 93% of blacks went for Obama -- but only after his crew continually repeated the "Clinton's-a-racist" big lie.

You write "Whites", "Asians", "Hispanics", and "[B]lacks", and you don't think you're being unscientific and anti-scientific when you presume there are those 'groups', which you call 'races'? Are you running for something? Are you trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator or something stupider? Politicians can't be nuanced or even scientific - not in America, they can't - if they want to get elected. But what's your excuse? You sound and write like a lackey, and I wish I were the first to point it out. You make no useful point when you use the fascist language of the ruling class.

Identity politics tore apart the Democratic Party in 1964. Nixon gave the disaffected and frightened Democratic voters a resurrection as the Silent Majority. Reagan and the Moral Majority completed the destruction, as Democratic candidates divorced themselves from anything with the term 'liberal'. (Bad 'law' like Miranda, Prayer, and Roe v. Wade didn't help matters.)

Anyway, Hillary's last refuge is maternalism, and I understand. Beyond the birthing time of her motherhood, she hopes to adopt what used to be the Silent Majority in time for Mother's Day. You never can tell, the way Republicans have been casting their precious votes for her, what may yet happen. A woman can change her mind, and a mother always has enough in the house for when you never know who might show up, at any hour of the day or night. Instead of McCain, it could be HRC as the Republicans' candidate, and that party's new base can be the FDR/JFK/LBJ/MLK/HRC Democrats plus the Republicans (and others) who care mostly about their children and their parents. I don't know them or anything much about them, yet I love Hillary and Barry, but I can't stand McCain.
 
Aitch, you DARE to accuse Hillary of adopting a "whites only" strategy? She never did any such thing.

It is Obama and Obama alone who is responsible for injecting Identity politics into this contest.

Aitch, you are forever banned from these pages.
 
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Being Arianna

"I wanted to be Arianna." So admitted the late Peter McWilliams in his suppressed book Life 102: What to do When Your Guru Sues You. McWilliams was a spiritual seeker who stumbled into MSIA, a cult run by the bizarre John-Roger, a sexual predator and Jesus-wannabe who pretty much defines the term "narcissistic personality disorder." Arianna remains a minister within MSIA.

She used to hide her affiliation. In the mid-1990s, she was married to millionaire Michael Huffington, and was widely acknowledged as the mastermind behind his political ambitions. Born in Greece (as Arianna Stassinopoulos), she could never hope to attain the White House on her own, so she prodded her husband, scion of a conservative family, to enter politics. She was then a Republican ueber-networker devoted to a Libertarian screw-the-poor philosophy. If Paris Hilton asked a Marvel comics writer to help her formulate a world domination scheme, she'd be trodding in Arianna's Manohlo-prints.

In 1994, all politically savvy people in Santa Barbara (the Huffington home base) understood her public image to be a lie. Michael Huffington hid his homosexuality to please conservative voters. Arianna insisted to the press that she belonged to the Orthodox Church, even though "her" bishop stated that no-one could be considered a communicant who had been baptized or inducted into another faith. Life 102 contains a picture of Arianna being re-baptized by John-Roger.

Normally, someone well-known to have lied about matters of sex and spirituality would have forfeited all credibility. But Arianna transcends the rules.

After "Mike" Huffington lost his $30 million senate run to Dianne Feinstein, and after the dissolution of their "marriage," many thought that Arianna had fibbed her last fib, at least in public. Even the right-wing radio hosts in California, who never speak out against their own, mocked her ambition and her accent. The standard comparisons went to Lady MacBeth and Zsa-Zsa.

Then her columns began running in the Los Angeles Times.

I was not the only person asking: How does she do it? At a time when both the right and left laughed at her, at a time when few people cared to hear her opinions on any subject, she somehow scored a gig beyond the reach of most others.

As one writer in Hollywood explained it to me (with a sigh that still resounds in memory), there is an oligarchy, a heirarchy, a clique, a club.

Arianna knew the right people, she had money, and she carried an aura of glamor. The average Californian considered her a joke -- but in her world, average people do not count. She knew the people who counted.
She charms and she woos. Her schedule is insane. At her "salons" you'll find Diane Keaton, Nora Ephron and Jane Fonda. Bloggers on her site, which draws three million readers a month, include Norman Mailer and David Mamet. She's been called ruthless, "the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus"...
After doing everything she could to derail Bill Cleeeen-ton and Al Gore, she switched ideologies the way some women change hairstyles, gliding into the Democratic Party as though she owned the place. Which, arguably, she now does.

Maintaining the last name of an ex who had every right to feel embittered (even though she held onto her birth name throughout much of the marriage), she now runs the Huffington Post. She may have entered the blogging game late -- 2004 -- yet the site prospered, thanks to her celebrity contributors. Even though many Democrats will never forgive her calumnies against the Cleeeen-tons, even though she remains a priestess of her creepy gay pseudoChrist, even though she forced another gay man to conceal his sexuality in order to further her Blofeld-esque ambitions, even though she first came to public attention as an opponent of feminism, and even though many suspect her political shift to be either feigned or superficial, her internet home is now considered "the most potent force in American politics."

There is an oligarchy, a heirarchy, a clique, a club...

And if you are in that club -- if you're made -- nothing can touch you. Consider, for example, the convincing allegations of plagiarism which followed the pubication of two of her books.
...she made her living prior to her ill-fated marriage to Michael Huffington and the founding the Huffington Post by being nothing more nor less than a rank, intentional plagiarist — politely speaking, an intellectual thief — whose publisher(s) have had to pay very, very big bucks, not “nuisance-value” payments, to settle significant plagiarism lawsuits filed against her. Moreover, with a little investigation one can find on the internet the fact that this great liberal, populist Ms. Huffington showed that she stood lockstep and heart-and-soul with the little people she so avidly supports by one year making more than $900,000 in income but paying way, way way less than 10% of that in taxes.
A plagiarism scandal of that sort would destroy most other writers. But not Arianna.
It is this high-octane power networking that has allowed the Post to gather the greatest roster of celebrity names in the blogosphere, from media stars such as Tina Brown and Norman Mailer to Hollywood figures like John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin and Larry David. There are also politicians such as John Kerry and Gary Hart and, amazingly, not one of these contributors gets paid.
There is an oligarchy, a heirarchy, a clique, a club...

Three weeks ago, Arianna (who lives in a mansion in Brentwood) declared that Barack Obama -- the man who seems to function as her Jesus No. 2, after John-Roger -- "is no elitist."

I must concede her expertise on the topic of elitism.
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As we wait for someone to put down Hillary "Eight Belles" Clinton's campaign, and look forward to Obama vs. McCain (prediction: Obama wins) I am left wondering if you are going to continue your anti-Obama campaign after the election.
 
Yes. And you will eventually join me. That is MY prediction.
 
"even though she forced another gay man to conceal his sexuality"

How does a woman do that? I'm not fan of Arianna, to say the least, but I think here, you may have shown you are as off your rocker as the Obama-bots are off theirs.
 
j., in the 1990s, I was going to write a piece on Arianna -- and then McWilliams' book came out, rendering anything I might say superfluous. In the course of my research, I talked to a number of people in Santa Barbara, including Republicans who worked on the Huffington campaign.

They seemed genuinely puzzled by what they saw. Michael was weirdly passive. Everyone I spoke to said that he probably would not be involved in politics at all if not for her all-too-obvious intentions of ruling from behind the throne.

Subsequent events have buttressed that theory. He hasn't run for office, has he? He does not even write on political subjects.

Of course, there were other psychological forces at work in that situation. For one thing, Michael Huffington had a strange relationship with his highly conservative father.

Still, I believe that he would never have entered the House if not for Arianna. And I am not the only one who thinks that way.

I do not mean to imply that she forced him at gunpoint, or anything of that nature. The forces involved were psychological.

For a fictional equivalent, I suppose I would direct your attention to the relationship between Barbara Stanwyck and Kirk Douglas in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers."

(Which is a good movie, despite the corny title. Go here:

http://www.classiccinemaonline.com/a/index.php?option=com_fireboard&func=view&catid=38&id=95&Itemid=79)
 
As my father used to say to me, "People don't make you do anything except what you want to do."

Arianna Huffington has been on my shitlist since she wrote some dumb little piece of anti-feminist dreck called THE FEMALE WOMAN (yes, look it up). And Michael Huffington is a creepazoid.

But no one forced him into anything. He was a willing accomplice in a con. You could as easily say he "used" Arianna to get her womb and genes to do what he wasn't honest enough to pay a surrogate to do. And I would not, because I don't think that's what happened.

They are just a couple of slippery eels - made for each other, in a way.
 
I don't have much opinion about Arianna, but making fun of her accent is puerile. Second, there may be a club, clique, etc., but Arianna isn't part of it so much as she's co-opting it. As long as she stays on the side of the angels, I'm alright with that. As for John-Roger, that's creepy. And as for her ambition: again, if she stays on the side of the angels...
 
as always joseph, great reporting. thanks for keeping us informed.
 
J: Oddly, I don't think Michael Huffington is a creepazoid. I think that he was at one time too easily influenced -- by his wfie, by his Dad, by his social circle -- but that he achieved independence.

I know that the Republicans I talked to suggested that they would more easily vote for him if SHE weren't involved.

I should correct myself. Michael has kept a hand in political matters. He writes occasionally for -- believe it or not -- the Huffington Post. And he started something called the Republican Leadershp Council, which tries to wed fiscal conservatism to social flexibility, within the Republican party.

As for your "willing accomplice in a con" charge -- well, I would say: yes and no.

I mean, yeah, he's responsible for his actions, as are we all.

But we've all seen how psychological dominance can lead people into strange places. I've seen it happen all the damn time. Most marriages fall into a Dom/sub pattern, and men are NOT necessarily the "D" partner.

The relationship need not be sexual. The same dynamic can be at work any time one person acquires a psychological "one up" position over another.

I mean, think of the period when Malcolm X fell under the mental sway of Elijah Muhammed.

In fact, if you turn to the area of religion, you can see that the phenomenon manifests itself all the time. Most cult leaders have a "number 2" person -- think Elron and Miscaivage, Liz and Mark Prophet, Jim Jones and Larry Layton, Crowley and Victor Neuberg. I write these words not far away from the old stomping grounds of Charlie and Tex.

Sometimes the Number 2 declares independence; sometimes he waits until he can inherit the group.

Arianna is unusual in that she was Number 2 in her relationship with J-R, and -- according to the reports I've heard -- Number 1 in her relationship with Mike.

As for me: I am neither a 1 nor a 2. I am not a number. I am a FREE MAN!!!
 
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They still want you to think the 1990s were the Nightmare Years

Although Sally Quinn is well-practiced in Clinton-hate, I never expected to see her emit something quite this vile:
The former first lady has her own Jeremiah Wright. His name is Bill Clinton.
We can only guess what Bill Clinton has up his sleeve next to embarrass and humiliate his wife. More bimbo eruptions? More suspicious deals with foreign governments and questionable business associates? The release of the names of big donors to the Clinton Library and the Clinton Foundation? More painfully conflicted not so subtle put downs of her?
From Quinn's Wikipedia entry:
Quinn had a long-standing animus for the Clintons, possibly due to a perceived snub by First Lady Hillary Clinton, who declined a party invitation from Quinn.[5] Regarding Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr, she wrote:[6] "Similarly, independent counsel Ken Starr is not seen by many Washington insiders as an out-of-control prudish crusader. Starr is a Washington insider, too. He has lived and worked here for years. He had a reputation as a fair and honest judge. He has many friends in both parties. Their wives are friendly with one another and their children go to the same schools." Starr had won the gratitude of Quinn's husband Ben Bradlee in 1987, as an Appeals Court judge, by dismissing a $2 million libel suit against the Washington Post. [7] It was also pointed out by Harry Jaffe, writing for Salon, that Quinn's condemnation of Bill Clinton's adultery rang hollow coming from someone who broke up the marriage of her boss Ben Bradlee and then went on to marry Bradlee herself.

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How to rescue the Democratic Party?

Even Hines Site is calling Obama the presumptive Democratic nominee.

The Democratic party now belongs to Moulitsas, to Stassinopoulos, to Brzenzinski, to the Daley machine. No liberal can, in good conscience, stand with these monsters. One reason I started this blog was to oppose the thuggish "Free Republic" mentality, which threatened to become the dominant political mind-set of this nation. Now, the progressive movement has become even more brutish, more propagandistic, more fascistic. (No, I will not apologize for using that word.)

Therefore, I would be inconsistent if I did not do everything in my power to bring about the defeat of Barack Obama in the general election.

I am, at heart, a liberal Democrat. One can be either a progressive or one can be a liberal Democrat. One cannot be both.

I've seen what the progressive movement has degenerated into -- rationalization for Libertarianism, Identity politics, dehumanization of any perceived opponent, personality cults, mindless conspiracism, and -- worst of all -- contempt for the Liberal consensus of the 1945-1980 era. A "progressive" candidate who wants to privatize Social Security -- a "progressive" who calls for unity with the Republicans while alienating and insulting half of his own party -- has somehow become tagged as the Great Left Hope.

What has the Democratic party come to?

What is the difference between Ken Starr and Markos Moulitsas?

Obama owes his delegate count to the unfair tactics of bullying and intimidation perpetrated by his zombie followers in the caucus states. How can anyone denounce what the Republicans did in Florida in 2000 while accepting what the Obama forces did in the Texas primary? How can a blogger who gained an audience writing about vote fraud in 2004 close his eyes to caucus fraud in 2008?

If Barack Obama loses the general -- loses big -- and if blame for that loss goes (in large part) to Moulitsas, Reid, Pelosi and the progressive movement, we can rescue the Democratic Party. We must sacrifice this election to regain our soul.

The Obama campaign made an historic mistake when it called the Clintons "racist" and when it encouraged the Progblog smear campaigns. We must send a message to the Democratic Party leadership: Never do this again.
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Yep, over. She won Indiana barely and got a thumpin' in NC. It's over.

How to save the Democratic Party? Good question! A few suggestions:

1. For Prez, vote your conscience. I simply can't get my fingers to say, "Vote McCain."

2. For everything else, vote Democratic. With a Dem Senate and House of Reps, Prez McCain can't do too much damage.

3. Try to communicate however you can to the Hillary camp that after she wins Kentucky and WVA, she should bow out gracefully and avoid a bruising battle over rules. Stop talking about how much you welcome a shattered Democratic Party. Parties are strange things. They hang around for a long while. It won't shatter. You'll just drive more Dems to the Republicans, and create a monster even worse than what we have.

4. Start a movement to get Hillary to become the Senate Majority Leader. Dump Reid, that schmo.

5. CHANGE THE RULES OF THE FRIKKIN DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION PROCESS, fer cryin out loud. No more caucuses. Winner take all. NO CROSSOVER PRIMARIES - only registered Dems get to vote in Dem primaries.

If Hillary can push through rules changes, and if she can be a thorn in President McCain's side, you might actually end up calling her Madame Shadow President.

My two cents...
 
Amen. Is Cynthia McKinney going to be on some states' ballots? Just wondering...
 
Hear, hear.
 
Joe,

I’m going to play Devil’s Advocate here. (Mind you, I agree with your conclusions. But a little constructive argument goes a long to clarifying issues.)

You criticize the Obama Machine for winning by taking advantage of the caucus system. But you go to war with the army you have, don’t you? The Clintons knew the rules. Why didn’t they get wise to this glaring error in the system and take advantage of it? You cannot fault Obama for doing what he needed to win.

Meanwhile, here’s a longtime Obama watcher from Chicago:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/chi-kass-07-may07,0,6096000.column

I love making political predictions. Mostly because I am so often spectacularly wrong and I pay no consequences! So, here’s another.

McCain is elected Prez. Hillary pushes out Reid and becomes Senate Majority Leader. She and McCain work together in a political marriage rather amicably.

It’s Hillary’s fate to be First Lady – until the day she leaves politics. When the history books are written, she may well end up having influenced history more than many a President.
 
i'm a white blue collar libral democrat (not a republican turned libertarian turned democrat PROG) i am a union member, i drive a union made vehicle, i dont shop at wal mart, i try my darndest to by the american made product before the cheaper slave made one, i care for this country and all it's citizens. and i will not be swayed into the fold of obamania by some latte drinking foreign hybrid driving johnny come lately "DEMOCRATS". i will be sitting home come election day for the first time in my voting life if obama is the nominee, not because of him, but because of his zealots. i hope we lose big and clear our democratic house of these fashionable libertarians who have taken over.
 
I am so in agreement with all here with the exception of "staying home" There are always local or
state issues on the ballot that I must vote for or against, but I
will deliberately skip the president in Nov if it comes to McCain/Obama choice.
 
Okay, I know it's hard to stay positive, because, well, Democrats, but it's [i]not over[/i].

I hate to dirty up this blog with references to the non-rational, but seriously? Obama has NO SHOT. I know it looks impossible from where most of you are sitting, but an Obama presidency looks impossible from my perspective. J., what happened to never betting against the Scorpio?

Hang in there. She's not done yet and neither is our Party.
 
It's 1972 all over again, I'm afraid.
 
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Daley show

On the other side of the jump, you can find the most important piece to appear in these pages during this election season. It originally appeared on a Friday night -- which means that readership was not high. (Stats indicate that most of you read blogs at work. Naughty, naughty!)

Before we get to that, a question: When and why did the left stop considering the Daley machine toxic?

For Democrats outside Illinois, the Daley phenomenon used to be The Thing We Prefer Not To Talk About. We would clamber aboard the highest of our high horses as we denounced Republican corruption, only to be shamed into silence whenever a conservative brought up the dreaded House of D.

In 2000, Al Gore tapped William Daley, brother of Mayor Richard, to act as his campaign chairman. The progressive contingent argued that the dreaded D connection gave Gore an incurable case of political cooties. Only Nader remained uninfected. Here's a Jeff Cohen piece from that year:
In June, Gore made it even more clear that he takes them [the anti-globalization left] and their votes for granted, by choosing as his campaign chairman William Daley, the White House's top lobbyist for the North American Free Trade Agreement and the China trade deal. (Daley, incidentally, is the son of former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, the Humphrey-backer and conservative Democrat whose mishandling of the convention contributed to Humphrey's 1968 defeat.)
And here's Cohen just a year ago, eager to demonstrate that he still considers Gore to be "D"-contaminated:
And I remember a presidential candidate in 2000 emptied of progressive principles by Beltway consultants so afraid of the American people and democracy that they believe a Democrat must win largely through stealth. A candidate who chose as his campaign chair William Daley, the NAFTA campaign czar despised by labor unions.
These are but two examples.

But now, this same William Daley is a key leader within the Obama campaign. And that, as Hatlo used to say, is diffo.

(To be fair, Cohen has not declared his current preference. He seems to dislike both Clinton and Obama -- an honorable position, in my book -- although he has indicated that he hates Hillary more.)

As we shall see below the fold, Obama is a creature of the Daley/Blagojevich/Rezko machine. So is his wife, a former Daley aide rewarded with a high-paying do-nothing job. So was Michelle's father. Obama supported the Mayor against black progressives competing for the job, even after the folks in Cook County learned of plans to impose an 11 percent sales tax to pay for all the thievery.

And progressives suddenly have no problem with any of this!

Also worth noting: When this piece was first published, progs said "Nothing new here. This sort of corruption is inevitable." But when I wrote about Brent Wilkes and Randy Cunningham, the same lefties became enthused. At root, the scam was the same: A pol gives undeserved city/state/federal contracts to a businessman who kicks back enough cash to keep the pol fat, happy and in office. So why was I praised for writing about Bad Boy Brent, yet damned for writing about Fat Tony?

(Note: This time around, I'm not including the prefatory words about the gas tax. For the latest on that score, go here (Krugman demands a retraction!) and here (it worked before!).

(To read the rest, click "Permalink" below)

When Obama and his wife worked for the Daley/Rezko/Davis/Blagojevich political machine, the gang ripped off taxpayers incessantly.

(All the quotes and facts below can be found in the "Indictment" series highlighted in the upper left-hand column.)
Illinois citizens are sick of paying the cost of corruption. A September 26, 2007 News Release by Steve Stanek of the Heartland Institute carried the headline: “Proposed Tax Hike Would Give Chicago Nation’s Highest Sales Tax Burden”

“Chicagoans would face an 11 percent sales tax rate, highest in the nation, if Cook County officials go through with a plan to more than triple the county’s portion of the area’s sales tax,” Stanek wrote.
Steal a dollar; repay a dime at the gas pump.
An October 14, 2007 Sun-Times report by Tim Novak and Fran Spielman noted that,

“When Mayor Daley asked Chicagoans to cough up $293 million more next year to finance the cost of city government, there's one tax he failed to mention: The Corruption, Waste and Mismanagement Tax.”

“It's almost impossible to calculate the cost of the Hired Truck, city hiring, minority contracting and police corruption scandals,” they wrote. “More than 1,400 people have staked claims to the $12 million fund created to compensate victims of the city's rigged hiring system.”
Incidentally, Buzzflash's Mark Karlin, of Chicago, recently gave a verbal blowjob to the outlandishly corrupt Daley. I would never be so cynical as to suggest that Daley money has helped to pay Karlin's bills. I would simply note that Karlin doesn't beg as often as he used to.
A March 8, 2008 report by Stanek in Budget $ Tax News on a Cook County Board Meeting in late December 2008 reported that:

“Complaints from thousands of angry taxpayers and infighting among county commissioners have held off nearly $890 million of proposed tax and fee hikes in Cook County, Illinois.”
Michelle Obama worked as an assistant to Daley. She was rewarded with a do-nothing job -- paying over $300,000 a year -- for a crooked "non-profit" hospital that overcharged the poor.

If you want to understand Barack Obama's role in the Daley/Rezko machine, you may want to rent The Departed. In Martin Scorcese's instant classic, a criminal mastermind based on Boston's infamous Whitey Bulger spots a promising young man, buys him some groceries and comic books, and soon grooms him to become the underworld's "man inside" the Boston police department.

Although Obama was not recruited at so tender an age -- Rezko spotted him during his Harvard years -- the same principle applies. Obama went to work directly for a 12-man law firm run by a close Rezko crony named Allison Davis.
As for the most recognized allegation against Obama, that [he] helped slumlords operate in Chicago, while accepting their campaign contributions, its true. Obama was a member of the political machine that helped a whole gang of slumlords funnel local, state and federal tax dollars, over the backs of poor people in need of affordable housing, to line their own pockets and fund the campaigns of politicians in positions to recommend and award contracts.
The Daley machine handed out the contracts for these taxpayer-supported unheated slum apartments to people who lacked any experience in construction or property management.
Davis and his partners, which include his sons Jared and Cullen, have received more than $100 million in taxpayer subsidies to build and rehab apartments and homes over the past 10 years and have made at least $4 million in development fees, according to the Times.
The Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland law firm, where Obama worked for nearly a decade, served as a hub for a slew of slumlord deals, many that benefited the firm's founder, Allison Davis, and Obama's claims that he knew nothing about the inner workings of this small firm, represent an insult to the intelligence of the American public.
In fact, Obama knew full well what was planned:
On June 13, 2007, the Sun-Times reported that as a state senator, "Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron Tony Rezko's successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens."
"Davis has gotten deal after deal from the mayor, helping to make Davis one of the city's top developers," Tim Novak noted in the November 7, 2007 Sun-Times.
In a debate, Obama claimed that his association with Rezko amounted to no more than five hours worth of legal work. An FBI informant later revealed that the two men met frequently and spoke on a near daily basis.
Tony Rezko was Obama's political Godfather. Obama received his first contributions of $2,000, to launch his political career as a state senator on July 31, 1995, from Rezko. Obama started out saying that Rezko only raised $50,000 or $60,000 for his political career but after a year of lying his way through the primaries, the latest total he gave to the Sun-Times and Tribune during interviews on March 14, 2008, adds up to $250,000.

For a year, he also minimized his relationship with Rezko by telling the media that he only had dinner or lunch with Rezko one or twice a year. But when confronted by Sun-Times reporters during the March 14 interview, with the allegation that an FBI mole saw him coming and going to Rezko’s office often and that three sources said he talked to Rezko on the phone daily, Obama changed his tune.
And let there be no doubt, Obama is a member of this corrupt gang. On January 22, 2007 ABC News in Chicago announced that Senator Obama “is supporting Mayor Daley's re-election bid despite a series of City Hall corruption scandals.”

Mayor Daley endorsed Obama for president a few weeks ago and the mayor's brother Bill is now an Obama advisor, the report noted.

“So in the spirit of political payback, Obama is endorsing Daley for re-election over two African American challengers despite a series of City Hall corruption scandals that Obama called deeply troubling as recently as a few months ago.”
Obama has made no secret of the fact that he intends to create a "White House Office of Urban Policy" which will foist these shemes onto the entire nation. Remember the corruption that marked the Katrina clean-up? What Obama has in mind will dwarf those shennanigans.

It has come out at the trial that Rezko originally had tabbed Governor Blagojevich to carry their corruption scheme over to the national level. But Blagojevich's history is a little too obvious and inescapable. Thus, attention turned to Barack Obama.
In Illinois, favored politicians are joined at the hip when it comes to fundraising. For instance, from 1999 through 2006, an analysis by the Chicago Tribune shows Obama took in more than $1.5 million from some 700 people who also contributed to Mayor Daley during his political career.

A cursory review of Illinois campaign records shows Allison Davis and his family members giving close to $16,000 to Obama's presidential campaign. The Sun-Times reports that Davis has donated more than $400,000 to dozens of political campaigns, and the top beneficiaries include Mayor Daley, Blagojevich and Obama.
The primary victims of Rezko's tenement housing scheme were black. Similarly, most victims of hospital overcharging, as sanctioned by Michelle Obama, are blacks.

If North Carolina's black citizens knew just how well the Obamas have "served" the African American community, they might choose to stay home on election day.

Not since Lyndon Johnson has so corrupt a Democrat come this close to the presidency.

Added note: This just came in from the Rezko trial...
Ali Ata, onetime executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority, told how, at Rezko's demand, he would pull piles of cash from a safe for payoffs -- once to keep a lien from being slapped on Gov. Blagojevich's home, another time to pay the debt of an adviser to the governor.

Ata was the last major witness before the prosecution rests -- probably Monday. He testified that he bought his state job. Ata told jurors that, although Rezko wasn't a state employee, he had to report to Rezko while heading the finance agency, having to "take orders and listen," or "not show up to work the next day."
Let me repeat: Barack Obama was on the phone nearly every day with Tony Rezko.

Barack Obama lied about knowing the man until an FBI mole fingered Obama as a frequent visitor to Rezko's office.

Obama worked for Rezko's close business partner as they pilfered millions from Illinois taxpayers.

Rezko and his wife arranged for Obama to buy a mansion he could not have otherwise afforded. (Compare to the handling of the Blagojevich house lien above.)

And now an eyewitness says under oath that Rezko keeps huge amounts of money in a safe to pay off politicians!
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I still have hopes that a miracle will occur and that Hillary will get the nom. and win by taking Ohio and Florida. But that's emotion. Logic says it can't happen.

'Bama is simply not going to be elected President. Yes, McCain, the "grizzled no-nonsense P.O.W." will win (if 'Bama gets the nom.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/opinion/04gurganus.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=gurganus+wifely&st=nyt&oref=slogin

Historians in 2,000 years will write books about the fall of the American Republic....

"In 2008, a 72-year old grizzled no-nonsense P.O.W. ascended to the Oval Office. It had been his dream since his days as a rowdy plebe at Annapolis...."

Then again, maybe not.

As Ingrid Bergman said in Casablanca, "It's a crazy world. Anything can happen."
 
I'm going to have to re-read this to focus on Joseph's train of thought here (I'm in the process of struggling with technical problems, and much more importantly, having just become aware of the scope of the world food crisis.)

But I'm focused enough to have the name "Gore" jump out at me in relation to this. It is an extreme challenge to me not to lapse into vulgar language when confronted with his name, yet so many seem to tolerate or even respect him, holding in a position of esteem.

He is an agent of the worst, and the core, of the forces we are fighting in this hazy hall of mirrors. He is in a position of power and influence.

He would happily (as much as "happy" can apply to his drugged mind) see us dead, preferably slowly and painfully. Most especially if our skin tone is not creamy white.

I can not overstate how evil this man is.

How such a petty small mind can transport so much evil frankly remains a mystery to me. I would like to see him exposed for what he is. Yesterday.
 
July 29, 1997: During a BNC meeting, Secretary of Commerce William Daley, who is now Gore's campaign chairman, voiced opposition to the proposed amendments to South African Medicines Act of 1965,...which would permit compulsory licensing (generic production) and parallel purchasing (finding the lowest possible price).

Mayor Richard Daley announced the deal in December 2004; it was finalized in January. privatization of telecommunications ...

July 29, 1997: During a BNC meeting, Secretary of Commerce William Daley, who is now Gore's campaign chairman, voiced opposition to the proposed amendments to South African Medicines Act of 1965, Section 15(c), which would permit compulsory licensing (generic production) and parallel purchasing (finding the lowest possible price).

Richard Daley announced the sale of the. city’s Skyway to an international vultures’ consortium ... [January 2005]

It goes on and on. Are we beginning to see the pattern here?
 
O.K., “Obama is a creature of the Daley/Blagojevich/Rezko machine.”

I’ll see that, and raise you a “The Daley/Blagojevich/Rezko machine is a creature of the same forces behind this:

Since October 2007, there have been food riots in over 40 nations. … 1 billion Asians (!) are already at serious risk from the hunger crisis, and in Africa, Ibero-America, and among the poor on the other continents, an additional 1 billion face the same fate. But … the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), since December … has been unable to raise 10.9 million euros (!) in order to purchase seed [seed which is controlled by only three companies!] for poor farmers in developing countries. The rich states are simply not willing to support the developing countries with money, seed, and investment in infrastructure,…”

A little over a year ago, Dick Cheney keynoted a March 12 semi-secret dinner session of the U.S. Treasury's "Capital Markets Competitiveness Conference," which included senior Republican and Democratic lawmakers, …

A second session March 13 was held at Georgetown University and keynoted by Treasury Secretary Paulson. Paulson's talk was public, but the panels on implementation were closed. Participants included SEC Chairman Chris Cox, Alan Greenspan, Bob Rubin, Paul Volcker, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as companies JP Morgan Chase, General Electric, Charles Schwab, Arthur Levitt, and the New York Stock Exchange.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce had an event the next day to feature the report of its "Commission on the Regulation of U.S. Capital Markets in the 21st Century," co-chaired by Clinton's Secretary of Commerce William Daley, vice president of JPMorgan Chase. Their report notes that the U.S. regulatory structure dates from the "1930s, … an indirect but clear attack on FDR policies.

The report calls for Sarbanes-Oxley enforcement to be [put to a stop.] Corporations are to be given special legal privileges against criminal charges and stockholder suits. Accounting firms are to be exempt from big damage awards, and selectively made over from partnerships into public corporations. Corporations should stop issuing quarterly earnings guidances.

It also recommends Pinochet's Chilean Social Security plan for the U.S.: "Increase retirement savings plans by connecting all employers of 21 or more employees without any retirement plan, to a financial institution that will offer a retirement plan to those employees," in return for compulsory contributions deducted from their wages!

These deregulators cite the United States' diminishing so-called "competitiveness" with deregulated London [and its Cayman Islands] in attracting hedge funds and other financial parasites, but their real motivation relates to their desire to eliminate FDR's legacy entirely,…
 
Rick Moran at Pagamas Media (conservative): "There is no evidence that in any of his dealings with Rezko that Obama broke any law." OK, he goes on to question Obama's judgement and truthfulness. Fair enough. Remember McCain and the Keating 5? Bill and Hillary certainly wouldn't win any ethics awards. With a few reservations, I am sticking with Obama, our next President.
 
I have a lot of respect for those investigating and reporting the detail of many situations that are marching forward towards a bigger picture. As being in a family for more than 26 years who is directly involved in many areas of corruption in Illinois and Chicago and consider themselves a CIA Asset, I can assure you that there is a much bigger picture. For me although I don’t know all there is to the big picture I certainly know enough that offers wisdom when looking from the top down, while many researching and investigating are working to prove what exists from the bottom up.

The Political arena is center stage for the biggest scam ever over pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. It’s been like this for the longest time and with each new election, they seem to refine it even better. However as Joe and others point out, their efforts always seem to include flaws showing the rest of us what may really exist.

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“Daley phenomenon used to be The Thing We Prefer Not To Talk About. We would clamber aboard the highest of our high horses as we denounced Republican corruption, only to be shamed into silence whenever a conservative brought up the dreaded House of D”

Daley is actually in big trouble although it may not look like it. What once was doesn’t exist any longer and he knows it. For him the empire is shrinking. I not supposed to elaborate on this sorry but with each new shocking news release you’ll eventually understand what I’m talking about.

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“Obama is a creature of the Daley/Blagojevich/Rezko machine. So is his wife, a former Daley aide rewarded with a high-paying do-nothing job. So was Michelle's father. Obama supported the Mayor against black progressives competing for the job, even after the folks in Cook County learned of plans to impose an 11 percent sales tax to pay for all the thievery”

Actually the Daley/Blagojevich/Rezko machine needs to include many more. Maybe the trial explains the size of this, but the bigger picture is a whole lot bigger! When many of us finally start seeing what the bigger picture looks like, everyone will start saying “Oh My God”! And this isn’t any joke either!

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“Obama claimed that his association with Rezko amounted to no more than five hours worth of legal work. An FBI informant later revealed that the two men met frequently and spoke on a near daily basis”

Not more than a few years ago, everyone was crying about Bush’s lies. I remember someone saying that there are books about Bush’s lies. What does everyone expect? And again, once the bigger picture starts to take shape in the news, everyone will automatically have God’s Gift of Discernment. Again, the view from the top is much different than the view from the bottom up.

And I respect the need to prove everything, but maybe it’s time to start looking at what a bigger picture might look like. There are many things currently at play that most of us may not be able to see (yet). But it’s coming believe me.

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“It has come out at the trial that Rezko originally had tabbed Governor Blagojevich to carry their corruption scheme over to the national level.”

Please expand on this because it’s already at the National Level! Frankly it’s already at the International Level too.


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“Not since Lyndon Johnson has so corrupt a Democrat come this close to the presidency.”

Honestly Joe, I actually laughed out loud on this one. If you only knew the truth you’d say something much different. Of course our focus has been the Rezko detail from the trial, but it’s important to know that it does ALL THE WAY UP and I mean ALL THE WAY UP!

Chicago/Illinois is really involved in a number of criminal schemes that involve the Federal Level. It may be important to look at this more as a Political Mafia considering what they are up to that hasn’t made the big news yet. I say big news because the MSM is protecting many of those involved from the investigations that are covering parts of what is happening in Chicago/Illinois.

Documents Sealed in ‘1oo Drug Plane’ Court Case
http://www.madcowprod.com/04242008.html.
Please read all of the investigative reports on this website.

Cocaine planes make a "Bogotá Connection"
http://narcosphere.narconews.com/node/2142

Illinois’s weekly Cocaine shipments have been throughout the 90’s $100 Million. This was split with New York and Florida but I don’t know what it is today. It may certainly be much larger.

I’ve said this many times in the past that Clyde O’Connor is my ex-sister-in-law’s brother and my ex-brother-in-law is the Money Man behind Clyde and also seems to include Greg Smith. There are others like the DuPont family as I know first hand from the family. And remember, the family bragged about being a CIA Asset and have been since the end of the 70’s with laundering money for Argentina’s Dirty War.

The big Banks are involved and although the Tribune did an investigation on Mortgage Fraud they made it look like this was being done by a few low level people. The real information is that the criminal money laundering fraud is being done by very high level Bank Administrators and has been for decades. I know this from the family as their job is to work closely as property developers for the purpose of hiding property. From what I’ve been told and know from experience from trying to post on the Tribune website, they and the Sun-times are protecting the larger story of money laundering the Gun Running and Drug money operations. I was told by the family that there are people working in these companies who are protecting the criminal system. I believe this fits well with “Yellow Journalism” and CIA Stringers. But I also know it doesn’t stop with these two newspapers and continues into other areas like some of the Radio Stations in Chicago too.

Please realize that this isn’t just about Rezko and his buddies, but it’s much larger than this and goes all the way up! The Rezko story is personal to me because my youngest son is wrapped up with Rezko through the family connections. Hence, the money laundering and CIA Asset connections of the family are linked to Rezko and many others. I could go on and on about more of this but this is enough for now…..

Joe, I enjoy your website please keep up the good work

Marty Didier
Northbrook, IL
 
Logic wins out. 'Bama wins NC; huge AA turnout.

He's the nominee. It's all but inevitable.

1952 all over again?

Perfumed smarty-pants guy from Illinois wins over the stupid war hero?

Whatever.
 
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Monday, May 05, 2008

As Sam Kinison said: "IT NEVER STOPS! IT NEVER STOPPPPSS!!!"

Remember the flap about the "robo-calls" in North Carolina? Remember how the Hillary-haters pretended that this was an eeeevil vote suppression scheme?

Then we found out that Women's Voices, Women's Votes has been in business for years. We found out that -- far from suppressing the vote -- they have done a wonderful job of registering millions of women and minorities. Only a nutcase would ever make the case that registering voters for the general election counts as suppression. (Of course, if motivated, you can make the case for any proposition, however offensive to common sense.)

Conservatives in red states (such as NC) have legally harassed the group, just as they harassed ACORN and similar increase-the-electorate groups. Indeed, the U.S. Attorney scandal was, to no small degree, about conservative forces subverting the justice system in order to stomp out groups like WVWV and ACORN.

In other words, the anti-WVWV propaganda was another Obamabot attempt to do the GOP's work.

Guess what? They're still at it! Over on Democratic Underground, they've resurrected the entire propaganda line, pretending that this issue has never been discussed before!

One post from "Thor" Friedman could have ended this nonsense, since the progs will listen to him as they will not listen to me. But he would rather find some rationalization for the propaganda. A forgivable cowardice: Those who make a thin living from blogging dare not piss off the prog mafia.

In this election season, the propaganda machine assures that no manifestation of Clinton Derangement Syndrome will ever be forgotten, even after it has been debunked.

Just the other day, while eating a free Steakhouse burger at Burger King, I overheard a couple of younger guys talking about Hillary, the lesbian killer of Vince Foster who was "involved in some crooked real estate deal where she stole a bunch of money from a guy running a Savings and Loan." (Not an exact quote, but close enough.)

I said: "You guys sound like Ken Starr."

And one of the young guys says: "Who's Ken Starr?"

IT NEVER STOPS! IT NEVER STOPS! THEY'RE STILL STICKIN' ME! IT NEVER STOPS! AAAHHHHOOOOO!!!!!!!
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Sam wouldn't have been able to do a one-arm push up without the extra load, anyway. But seriously, had he stayed in the clergy, do you think he might have been Hillary's pastor? All kidding aside, since Sam departed too soon, in early 1993, doesn't it seem like the collective pop unconscious has projected onto Hillary every heart-breaking girlfriend, wife, and hooker Sam had known?
 
IT STOPS (or it manifests far differently) once we go through the sound barrier.

I don't mean to be obscure, but consider how, inching up to the sound barrier, in speed or in time, perhaps only after years upon years of struggling to get all the bits right, the wall is broken through. And on the other side it's different.

There is a known principle that applies here, and at least one man, older than my 60-something by a generation, knows it well and will speak to it in a webcast soon as it applies to our present political-economic situation.

The same, or a similar principle manifests in the power of metaphor, when language so soars--as perhaps it was meant to do all along--and carries us through walls we have been cursing or didn't even know were there.
 
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Did he say that?

Recently, I read a delightful quote attributed to Bush: "The problem with our economy is that 100% of our imports come from other countries." Alas, cursory Googling gives me no evidence that he ever said those words. Can you confirm that he did?

Apparently, Barack Obama really did say: "It’s one of my faults, being concerned with others’ feelings." He's too modest. That flaw is hardly noticeable.

I should confess one of my own great failings: When I bleed on Easter Sunday, the blood gathers in my shoes and makes an annoying squish with every step.
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Some googling finds -

"It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas." --George W. Bush, Beaverton, Ore., Sep. 25, 2000

CNN reports confirm Bush was in Beaverton, Oregon that day.
 
Moi just saw your 'Re-create '68' posting and you nailed it.

There was a photo that hit the front page of many a newspaper in
'68 of a gang of "Protesters" attacking a police line.

Funny thing, the protesters had hippy headbands (just a few had those), hippy shirts and vests, hippy dirty jeans (some with designs) BUT the shoes were all police issue leather - not a suede nor sandle nor tennis shoe in sight.

There's on ism like Showism.
 
"More and more of our imports come from other countries. - GWB." may be it, or "Most of our imports come from other countries. George W. Bush - September 7, 2003" or "'75% of our imports come from other countries.' I think that was the %, anyway..."

Robin Williams used it in a skit of Bushisms, so after that it kinda got widespread.

Two months ago, we find a bot attributing it to Hillary:
"Anyone have any more Silly Hillary Quotes like these?" (Eight in quotation marks) "I've included some of the sources in parentheses." One, actually, claiming a book and page.

In sum, I doubt you can find confirmation that Bush said those words, but if you'd like to put them in Hillary's mouth, you needn't worry about confirmation.
 
Now I understand. I got the info from a MyDD posting. They said that it read "The problem with our economy is that 100% of our imports come from other countries." But the actual quote was "More and more of our imports come from overseas."

MyDD is pro-Clinton. That means the Clinton campaign SUPPLIED THEM WITH THIS FALSE QUOTE!

This is the WORST LIE EVER! My god, I thought the bitch was brazen and disgusting when she told the previous WORST LIE EVER about Tuzla. But this surpasses all. This is the most vile, the most depraved...

(You know, writing this stuff isn't easy for me. Let's sneak over to D.U. for some pointers...)

Is there NOTHING that Hillary and her zombies WON'T do to steal the nomination? Absolutely disgusting. Apparently in her quest to win "at all costs" she thinks the same scorched earth, divisive tactics will work once again and will win her the nomination. Think again, Hillary. She is becoming as delusional as Bushco is. I have gone from "she's a good candidate, but I don't want to see Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton," to actively loathing HRC. My turning point was her statement that only she and McCain were qualified to be president.

(That was DU. Let's try Kos.)

Hillary Clinton thinks she is Keyser Soze! Hillary is the Trojan Horse for the neo-cons, If she can't take the nomination and run against McCain who by Bill's own admission shares Hillary's views on how to run the nation, her mission is to kneecap Obama to the point where McCain can take the presidency.

(You know, I think the Kossacks were more creative. Don't you? All told, though, both groups were having an "off" day when comes to CDS. Nothing in there about Vince Foster! Vince Foster! Vince Foster!)

At any rate, the point is that we should blame Hillary because she is bad.
 
"It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas."—Beaverton, Ore., Sep. 25, 2000

From The Complete Bushisms, hosted on Slate.

....sofla
 
"More and more of our imports come from overseas."

Good work, little Bushie boy! Now tell us why more and more and more of our manufactured and industrial products are coming from overseas.

You know, even though that guy is as dumb as a bag of rocks, sometimes I think he could have been perceived as a "normal president, had he been surrounded by the always accompanying human accouterments to the presidency which make up an administration.

But my imagination is spinning out of control here. Fact is, he was vetted for office and plopped there with his "vulcan" team, by George Shultz, who had no intention even remotely resembling a team of actual humans ever catching Georgie-Porgie's attention.

But then, there those who claim that Hillary put GWB in office. Or was it that she and her Lazard Bros. bank tore apart the automotive manufacturing and parts industries in America and sold them and shipped them for pennies on the dollar to warehouses in other countries, despite the fact they could have been quickly retooled (as they were before WWII), this time to provide much of America's needed infrastructure? No, that was Felix Rohatyn, the Dem version of George Shultz who is sleeping with Nancy Pelosi (who as Speaker of the House is third in line for the presidency, but doing a fine job where she is, thank you.)
 
It's not funny if you have to explain it. Today our largest supplier is Canada, and Mexico is third, after Saudi Arabia.

http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/data_publications/company_level_imports/current/import.html

All our coffee is imported except Kona, which comes from overseas.
 
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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Did Palfrey commit suicide?

Her former building manager doesn't think so:
Palfrey’s building manager said she often told him she believed she was being followed and he thinks there may have been some former clients of her escort service who wanted her dead.

"She insinuated that there is a contract out for her and I fully believe they succeeded," her building manager said.
"She had one white paper file box that she told me had some important paper with her and then she just kind of raised her eyebrows like you're supposed to think oh yeah, that's all the information that she had on her business in Washington," her building manager said.
In her conversations with me last year, she hinted that she knew more than she could say, because her legal defense was predicated on the pretense that her escort service did not offer prostitution. So where is that "white paper file box"?
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I was wondering when you'd get back to this, Joe. It doesn't leave one with a good feeling.
 
women don't like using a rope to hang themselves, I think she was "suicided" and the rope is a warning to others who might talk.

she was killed to shut herself up.
 
This makes me so mad. Surely Americans an demand to know what happened here.

Im disgusted. Absolutely disgusted, by what appears to be total apathy on the part of your mainstream media.

What has the world come to?

Harry
 
If I may be so bold Harry, disgust seems to be the wrong word. It is apparent to me that MSM has been bought up and controlled by the same bunch that offed Ms. Palfrey. So you are looking at the propaganda arm of the police state, plain & simple.

To me, disgust is one specific type of disapproval, which implies also a lack of means to improve or fix this poor behavior; so throw up your hands in disgust. Retch if it suits your mood.

Never let an implied claim of ignorance or simple oversight fool you. We're looking at some serious sheeat here, a more-than-criminal enterprise which relies on innocent ignorance, systematically injected into the populace, to succeed.

So far they have been doing very well at this.

This comment's purpose is just to point out once again that if you (we) accept the status quo you are surrendering to the enemy.
 
As it happens, the NYT linked to this very blog post (for a brief time, at least) this morning, under the "Headlines Around the Web" banner. And Fox, of all outlets, was treating the murder angle with some respect.

On a personal level, the Palfrey story depressed me for reasons you may not understand. After she lost her trial, I kept telling myself to call her up and offer some words of solace. But I never did. What do you say to someone facing a prison sentence?

That was pure cowardice on my part.
 
Joseph,

Please see, http://www.pbs.org/wnet/foolingwithwords/main_merwin.html
(Bill Moyers' site)
a poem
"Yesterday" by by W.S. Merwin

I have a video of the author reading it - from Moyers Digital Archive 16,165kB
.
 
Oh, Joe. You can't judge yourself too harshly for that one. What would you have said? And, of course, there is the question of how safe it is to contact a person in her circumstances. I'm not saying that fear of "them" should keep us from helping people in need, but...maybe it's better you didn't reach out at that time.
 
Merwin's live reading is clickable at the Moyers site. He reads like every other tiresome poet, the pity, cos he's extraordinary; but my fave Merwin is his prose poem, "Unchopping a Tree":

http://www.getnewvisions.com/teaching_stories/unchop.html

Moyers doesn't list/include the great Carolyn Forché (his 1990s series featured her, though). Anyone who doesn't know her "The Colonel" is culturally deprived.

Here's one of her readings of it (not her best, but great enough):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOQoMLNAqzs
 
Ah, AitchD. Let us bond in our pity for those who haven't read Carolyn Forché (or any of the important post-modern poets). Culturally deprived, indeed.

Hugs.
 
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The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants

Every time the progblogs tell you that the dreaded mainstream media favors Hillary, ask yourself: How much does the average person know about the Tony Rezko trial? Does the average person even know that the trial exists?

Does the average person know that Rezko made millions from fraudulent state contracts that Obama helped him get? Does the average person know that Obama lied about knowing Rezko until an FBI mole revealed that the two men were in communication nearly every day? Would the Rezko trial be unspeakable if it involved Hillary?

Time and again, the progblogs refer obliquely to Hillary's alleged "Republican" associations. Oh yeah? Look at Obama's crew:

On economics, we have Austan Goolsbee, a Milton Friedmanite who strongly supports unfettered "free trade." (An Obot reader tells me that Austan is a left-wing Friedmanite. That's like saying "I was the tallest midget in Time Bandits.") We also have the Cato Institute's Jeff Liebman, who wants to privatize Social Security, as Bush had hoped to do. David Cutler is the guy who put together the health-care plan designed to leave millions of the poorest uninsured. Both Cutler and Goolsbee strongly oppose single-payer health care -- and both opposed Michael Moore's Sicko. (Not that Moore cares about consistency; in his case, "Clinton Derangement Syndrome" trumps all other concerns.)

Militarily, we have the strange General Tony McPeak, recently a strong supporter of George W. Bush. McPeak is one of the authors of the obscene "bomb now, die later" campaign against the civilian economic infrastructure during the first Iraq war.

A key Obama adviser is Bill Daley, brother to the Richard, King of Korruption. Obama's campaign is in the hands of David Axelrod, another Daley crony. Michelle Obama is also a cog in the Daley machine (as was her father); she was rewarded with a do-nothing, high-paying job with a corrupt hospital that rips off the poor.

In the field of foreign policy, Obama's mentor is Zbigniew Bzrezenski, the man who funded Pol Pot, the Ayatollah Khomenei, and the Afghan jihad -- a man who opposes the Iraq war only because he still hungers for war on Russia.

Until recently, Obama's most prominent religious association was with the Reverend Wright.

Obama's main propaganda honcho is Markos Moulitsas -- a Libertarian, recently a Republican, a CIA trainee (alumnus?), and a "states' rights" advocate. He hails from one of the families that constitute El Salvador's fascistic oligarchy. In El Salvador, Moulitsas' family helps run ANEP -- the National Association of Private Corporations -- which funded the death squads and agitated against Archbishop Romero before his murder. At present, ANEP is pushing for the "privatization" of water in El Salvador.

Obama's other great internet champion is Arianna Stassinopoulos (latterly Huffington), the power-mad "former" Republican who, though foreign-born, once schemed to run the White House through her passive puppet of an ex-husband. (Think of James Gregory's character in The Manchurian Candidate.) Arianna hoped -- and I believe, still hopes -- to establish ultra-Libertarian screw-the-poor policies. She is also the priestess of a cult movement run by the outrageous John-Roger, a sexually-abusive nutcase who makes L.Ron Hubbard seem like a nice guy.

A third pro-Obama propagandist is the ultra-Libertarian Andrew Sullivan, also a recent Republican. Like Stassinopoulos, he hopes to dismantle the social safety net. Like Liebman, he favors privatization of Social Security. He also favors the regressive flat tax.

Strange, isn't it, that most of the prominent figures in Obama's media posse did everything they could to make sure that Al Gore never attained office in 2000? Sullivan, Stassinopoulos, Ehrenreich, Moore...

Such is a brief glimpse of the Obama posse. Most of them are, like Rezko, former Republicans whose affiliations have "mutated." It's the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
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Sully? He also milks loads.

Here's a neat article by Fred Siegel that was reprinted in an Australian mag:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23643866-5013948,00.html

It summarizes Messiah-boy's relationship with the Chicago machine quite nicely. He "perfumes" the ticket, they deliver the votes. And as Siegel points out, "The Chicago way has delivered politically for Obama even this year. Ninety per cent of his popular-vote lead over Hillary Clinton comes from Illinois, and two-thirds of that 90 per cent comes just from Cook County."
 
Maybe the Obama "campaign" is just a ploy to destroy Hillary's campaign as the only thing that might work toward the FDR/American System of political economy solutions which are the only possible way out of this nightmare.

The [f-word] campaign! vs.
"The American System," (Here:
http://american_almanac.tripod.com/contents.htm
The popups are not infectious and a small price to pay.)

Lookie at this gem:

April 25, 2008 (EIRNS)—Following the defeat for Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, National Public Radio interviewed Obama's chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, about Hillary Clinton's advantage with working class voters. Axelrod responded, "The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don't rely solely on those votes."

Perhaps Axelrod has forgotten that the ignoring of that white working class, those whom Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) has called the Reagan Democrats, is a major reason why we've had the string of Republican presidents we've had.

ABC News reported Bill Clinton's reaction, as he campaigned for Hillary among voters in North Carolina: "Today her opponent's campaign strategist said, well, we don't really need these working class people to win, half the time they vote for Republicans anyways. And I will tell you something, America needs you to win and therefore Hillary wants your support."


(my emphasis) 3:41 a.m.
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Seems Obama is presently getting busted for his, "It's in my DNA." gaffs. (I am not making this up, "Google is your friend, as they say at that place.)

ronkseattle just made a funny:

My other biggest fault is thinking I can walk on water. There have been a couple of “incidents”, and Michelle doesn’t let me take the kids to the beach anymore.

Mutant? Maybe. But "evil" is in the eye of the beholder. There are no facts, only opinions. No truth, no valid physical principles... only opinions. So say the evil mutants.
 
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j: -- I may have hit the "publish" button too quickly. Did you make an anti-gay slur against Sullivan? If you did, I'll thank you never to do so again.

I do appreciate the link, though.
 
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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Das Clintons sind unser Unglueck!

A few days ago, progressive fascists -- no, the term is not too strong, although it may be a tautology -- on Huffington Post scored Sydney Blumenthal for spreading "right-wing" talking points on his email list. The charge is a lie, as documented here by eriposte and Joe Conason -- who has written some rather vile anti-Clinton material himself this campaign season. (Have you finally noticed the stench emanating from your bedmates, Joe?) After quoting Conason, eriposte adds that
...it was the Obama campaign and some prominent Obama supporters, who from day one, have been the biggest, McCarthy-like proponents of guilt-by-association when it comes to Sen. Clinton. In their view, every pathetic or outrageous comment made by anyone who could even remotely be linked to the Clintons was a reflection of the Sen. Clinton's personal views (remember The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules). They are the ones who made guilt-by-association the reigning standard in this primary (starting with Bill Shaheen). Further, just as they wilfully and happily embraced McCarthyite guilt-by-association as their de-facto political philosophy and weapon against Sen. Clinton, they simultaneously sought to actively decouple Sen. Obama from the unacceptable and outrageous statements made by prominent Obama supporters/surrogates against Sen. Clinton and sometimes demanded no accountability from the Obama campaign for such statements. Then, they professed utterly fake outrage and crocodile tears when their pathetic guilt-by-association "game" was turned against them by the media using Rev. Jeremiah Wright, then falsely smeared Sen. Clinton on the Wright story and outrageously tried to tie the Clintons themselves to Jeremiah Wright. These are the McCarthy-like tactics that Dreier obviously could care less about since they all involve The PreciousTM and some of his prominent and precious supporters.

Second, where was Dreier when the Obama campaign or pro-Obama bloggers did not just pass on but actually endorsed fraudulent posts by right-wing hitmen like Matt Drudge or Robert Novak? Was he outraged that some pro-Obama bloggers propagated and endorsed the latest fabrication?
Turns out the latest fabrication -- the doctored "Kantor says nigger" video -- originated with Drudge. See this D.U. post, by the apporiately nicknamed "unsane":
Shit BREAKING---Drudge has Kantor video up--this thing is blowing up

Hillary has FORFEITED her chances at a nomination with this SHAMEFUL trash. Fucking ATROCIOUS.
How does this sort of propaganda differ from the offerings of Julius Streicher? Answer: It doesn't. And the hell of it is, the quote above is kind compared to many others you can find by Googling the words "Kos" and "Hillary" and "bitch." And yet these people accuse Hillary of negative campaigning!

The disgusting behavior has caught the attention of Vanity Fair writer James Wolcott. Wolcott's piece is undercut by a desire to pretend that both sides are at fault, though he is unable to cite any pro-Hillary blogs displaying the kind of psychopathology on daily display in Cheetoland.
Perhaps no vilifier of Hillary Clinton traipses across the footlights with a bigger satchel of calumnies than Andrew Sullivan, who diagnosed Mrs. Clinton as “the hollowest form of political life,” a “sociopath.” His solo act had and has a symptomatic significance. Published under the aegis of The Atlantic’s stable of notable byliners, Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog is must-reading among the media elite, those sheep. His words extend wider ripples in the ocean of emotion that passes for opinion journalism than did those of his fellow cobblers. In a column for The Times of London entitled “The Clintons, a Horror Film That Never Ends,” Sullivan compared Hillary to Glenn Close’s bunny boiler in Fatal Attraction—“Whoosh! She’s back at your throat!”—and the Clintons as a couple to the fast-running zombies in 28 Days Later. “The Clintons live off psychodrama,” he contended in a classic pot-kettle-black moment.
Moulitsas, Stassinopoulos, Sullivan -- have you noticed something about the creatures who have taken over the Democratic Party? To wit: Where were these people ten years ago -- and what gives them the right to kick lifers like me out of the party?
What chafed Hillary supporters was how many supposed liberal outposts chimed in with this chorus of abuse, from the op-ed pages of The New York Times (where only Paul Krugman seemed to have a kind word as Maureen Dowd kept reminding readers of Monica Lewinsky’s lipstick traces on the Clinton saga, and Gail Collins seemed to be putting on some sort of puppet show) to the studios of Air America (where hosts Randi Rhodes—who was suspended, then resigned, after calling Clinton a “whore” at a public appearance—and Thom Hartmann kept the hostility percolating), to progressive Internet mother ships such as Joshua Micah Marshall’s Talking Points Memo and the Huffington Post, where even a notable progressive such as Barbara Ehrenreich tried to tar Hillary with fascist associations. (The majority of Huffpo’s high-profile contributors were so over the rainbow about Obama that it was as if they had found rapture in the poppy fields and were rolling around on their backs like ladybugs.)
(By the way -- if you want a closer view of the "revamped" Kos, click on the image above. Feel free to reprint it.)
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I've been waiting for SOMEONE to take on Sullivan. He's in a class by himself, has been for a while.

I saw THE WAR ROOM when it came out - when was it? 1998? If Kantor had said the N Word then, don't you think that a firestorm would have erupted? Geez, these people can't even employ elementary logic. Their stories fall apart under the weight of their own absurdity!

NatRev on Hillary:

"She's had great photo ops, is handling Bill O'Reilly like he's a pussycat, tore Obama apart in the debate, and is making her opponent look evasive by demanding more. Team Obama can brag about their continuing delegate lead, but there's no doubt who's been running the more effective campaign for the past two months or so.

Even if she doesn't win the nomination, political strategists will be studying her comeback for years to come."

NatRev!!

http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/
 
Where were these people ten years ago, indeed, Joseph. Not giving a rat's ass? Scoring suck-points with Republican employers, constituents, fathers and father-figures? Counting their money? Molesting their children? Mocking and abusing liberals, as well as people who actually do care about change and have sacrificed quite a bit of our own quality of life, upward career mobility and personal resources to make it happen?

They disgust me.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

Godwin's Law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies) is an adage formulated by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states:

"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

Godwin's Law is often cited in online discussions as a caution against the use of inflammatory rhetoric or exaggerated comparisons, and is often conflated with fallacious arguments of the reductio ad Hitlerum form.

The rule does not make any statement whether any particular reference or comparison to Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that one arising is increasingly probable. It is precisely because such a comparison or reference may sometimes be appropriate, Godwin has argued that overuse of Nazi and Hitler comparisons should be avoided, because it robs the valid comparisons of their impact. Although in one of its early forms Godwin's Law referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions, the law is now applied to any threaded online discussion: electronic mailing lists, message boards, chat rooms, and more recently blog comment threads and wiki talk pages.
 
"Cool graphics constitute an automatic exception to Godwin's Law."

-- Cannon's Law
 
By the way, H-man: I just Googled the words "Kos" "Fascist" and "Clinton." I did a similar serach using "Democratic Underground" instead of Kos.

I found some very rank things, as you might imagine.

And did you complain, H-Man? No, you did not. Stay off this site from now on, hypocrite.
 
Joseph, you're wrong.

The original video was posted at You Tube by BingoFrogger on May 1st, who joined You Tube that day.

I have identified the people who are apparently behind this.

It's some of my best work.

John
SluggoJD
 
Well done. The Jamal Boone you identify appears to be the same fellow as this guy...

http://www.spock.com/Jamal-Boone-N2pXb1Wm

Young kid. I think he lives in Compton.

J Mils B productions appears to be a cyber-only "store" for leather goods, with a mail drop in Venice.
 
Hmmm, not sure about that, but you might be right.

Joe, I've also just outed a big troll, Politikewl, who posts anti-Hillary and pro-Obama videos all over the place...and I really mean, all over the place.

Politikewl is Scott Dimeler, of Middletown, PA. He owns precisionchaos.net, and goes by the name of Jiggles.

John
SluggoJD
 
Well, John, you know, he's got a right. How can I mind someone stumping for his candidate? What bugs me is the lying, the hypocrisy, the demonization, the racist-baiting and -- god help me, but I'm going to use a word I thought I would never use -- the gate-keeping.
 
Joe,

The stink about this cheap little doctored video will die down soon.

There are bigger fish to fry, to wit: THE NEW YORK TIMES. Yeah, they endorsed Hillary, but their coverage of Messiah-boy has been breathless bullshit. Then, to the malicious glee of Olbermann, they renounced their endorsement of Hillary after the PA primary, in one of the stupidest things ever written in that paper (and that's saying a lot.)

Now this:

(Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/03/opinion/03blow.html)

"Since January, the Clintons have pummeled Barack Obama with racially tinged comments and questions about his character.

Hillary Clinton has questioned why he didn’t walk out on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.; why he “denounced” but didn’t “reject” Louis Farrakhan; and whether he is too chummy with the former radical Bill Ayers. She chastised his characterization of white working-class voters as being highfalutin and chided him for not agreeing to a street-fight-style debate. "

Lies, bullshit, distortions, every word.

I have a secret: a lot of people right here in NY-town don't take the Times seriously as a news source. It's more of a style arbiter and gossip purveyor.

It's record as a source of journalistic integrity isn't very high. In addition to Jayson Blair and Judith Miller, there are the scandals of Walter Duranty (who somehow missed the Ukrainian famine while being stationed in Soviet Russia during the 1930s) and the fact that during all of WWII, the Times published hardly a word about the massacre of Europe's Jews - kind of a large omission. There are other examples, but those suffice.

The NY Times is totally corrupt.
 
I knew it, I fucking knew it.

When I read about the Kentucky Derby (which has lead on Drudge since yesterday - how many people have died in Iraq since then?), I wondered if the Obama-bots would crow in malicious glee, and make analogies between Messiah-boy and Hillary. (You know: Big Brown wins, the filly comes in second, breaks her ankles and is euthanized.)

I rejected that thesis. It was too much, even for them.

I was wrong.

http://tomwatson.typepad.com/tom_watson/

Now, if we call Obama "Big Brown" here on in, will we be accused of racism?

If we call Obama, Obama, will we be accused of racism? Whichever way, it doesn't matter. We are supposed to keep our mouths shut until he is anointed the Sun King, and then shield our eyes from his ineffable splendor.

Anything else would be racism.
 
First off joe fuck you for thinking that Kos et al are anywhere as bad as Der Stürmer. Obviously you didn't loose 80% of your family in Auschwitz, or like me in the Lodz Ghetto. So to bring up Streicher, and say they are the same. Wow. I guess there's no difference between exclusivity on a golf course, and a good ol fashion lynchin neither?

And it just shows how totally ignorant you are of the evolution of propaganda and its form and functions in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Where YOU (amerika) perfected it. Or am i mistaken? Was i not singing "A While New World" when watching Aladdin in Baghdad only 9 months after Desert Storm?

If you think that Kos and Huffpo are the most egregious examples of fascism in America, and that their propaganda is equal to the nazis, then you are now completely insane.

An insanity which is evident from your 'experiment' "just Googled the words Kos Fascist and Clinton. I did a similar search using "Democratic Underground" instead of Kos."

What you did not search to take this from (antiKos)propaganda to a real study are the following:

KOs + HRC + Fascist 132,000
KOS + BHO + Fascist 127,000
DU + HRC + Fascist 110,000
DU + BHO + Fascist 173,000

So what does that say?? And now you are going to point the finger at Kos and Huff and say they are Fascists. (BTW if you google cannonfire + BHO/HRC + Fascist your margin is closer to 4%)

Joe you have told me many times that you read and respect Parenti.
But i don't believe it. If that were the case, then why not admit that almost everything the US has been doing since WWII has been fascist? And that your very own economy while not brownshirtted and homoerotic, is a fascist economy. Really, tell me what is different between your economy and Hitlers or Musolinis? You all privatize public services. You all take over other countries to serve your economic needs. You all downplay unions and keep getting rid of the middle class... You (America) have a fascist take on economy, you have a fascists way of dealing with the rest of the world, and even your culture and 'art' can be seen in the same sick neo-classical vein that hitler was so into...

And to make matters worse, you bring up the old propaganda models to show how much better 'we' are now ...So if you are going to start throwing around words like that, be aware that you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

I know you wont print this and that I am not allowed to speak in your blog anymore, but knwo this; if you think there is no difference between a blog and the nazi party-- and you have the nerve to pontificate on this while your country has killed over a million people in the past few years--- well then you are sicker than i ever thought....
 
gate-keeping? Is that anything like the graphic-rich red-lining of the late 1960s the realtors designed after the fair-housing laws went into effect? Like the doubling in 'value' of homes in every 'white' community after affirmative action went into effect? Coinciding with the devaluation of the dollar in 1973 (soon cut in half) and the consequent rapid surge in crude oil prices (traded in US $, of course), which coincided with the colonial African states becoming independent - but suddenly unable to afford to build an infrastructure (roads, schools, hospitals, airports, etc.)? Just like in many other areas, I see piece-of-shit homes and properties here in Charlotte, NC, selling for $1 million, which sell for 1/3 that in the Pittsburgh area. Location my ass, your ass, their ass. Pittsburgh has the finest medical center in the country; a very superior public school system (I ought to know); more colleges and universities per capita than anywhere on the planet; but Charlotte has nothing, almost literally nothing. Not even water. Maybe it has the highest per-capita rate of billionaires; it's a small town with the worst schools on earth, and the worst traffic snarls owing (to my eyes) to the endless all-day streams of private-school busses. There's a church on every corner, though. Hyperbole? Use Google Earth. Charlotte is also the banking HQ of the US, and NASCAR's home, including NASCAR's new museum.

After I read that Tom 'one-man, one-vote' Hanks has announced his support for Obama, I realized that I feel sorry for Tom, whose homes' values have tanked, whose other assets are shrunken, and who must be wondering who in their right mind will continue, or be able, to pay good money to see his shit-for-art work. I won't be surprised, even if y'all will be, when the cotton-picking subject of 'reparations' raises its dark head again, and this time won't go away. Can we talk? Let's call it a different kind of stimulus program. Who will object? Marxists? Poor white trash? Blues singers? As in the past, it will so overbloat the money supply, that 'real-estate' values will over-inflate again, giving home owners their nests back to them, maybe including Hummer riding mowers, simply by changing the locks on the gates. At the least, your present $85K 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath 'condo' will be worth $3 million. BTW, you haven't heard an honest discussion about 'universal' health care yet only because you probably can't imagine the morbidity and mortality of the excessively unhealthy South; that is, if you think affirmative action and school bussing were 'divisive' issues, you might want to try to transcend hope and change. Geez, we let them start using the word 'trillions' like it's just another number, but a trillion is impossibly big. If you say 'one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three...", you could count to one million in about four months; to one billion in slightly more than a generation's time; and to one trillion in thirty-thousand years. Okay, then: on your mark, get set, go!
 
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lee,

Actually, I thought your comments rather interesting. Not that you are welcome here, but you held my interest this time around.

"Obviously you didn't loose 80% of your family in Auschwitz, or like me in the Lodz Ghetto. So to bring up Streicher, and say they are the same. "

Yeah, but the guys who engineered the atrocities got their start with propaganda broadsheets, didn't they? Large oaks grow from small acorns. I am simply asking you to examine the acorns.

"If you think that Kos and Huffpo are the most egregious examples of fascism in America, and that their propaganda is equal to the nazis, then you are now completely insane."

There are no direct equivalences. Ever. There is only history. We learn from it or we don't.

I honestly see the progressive movement as heading in a fascist direction.

This has happened only since the internet media arm of the movement was taken over the Libertarians-in-disguise: Moulitsas, Stassinopoulos, Sullivan. I am only beginning to learn about which side of Salvadorian war Moulitsas' family was on. I know much more about Arianna. I don't know enough about Karlin or Skinner to know if they are also Libertarians at heart.

At any rate, the parallels are not exact -- when are parallels ever exact? -- but we see enough of them to be troubled.

We see the formation of a mob mentality.

We see an unwillingness to compromise.

We see a contempt for moderation.

We see people take a perverse and thuggish pride in the embrace of the most extreme language.

We see the utter dehumanization of perceived enemies.

We see the language of violence and the violence of language.

We see paranoia.

We see the reflexive reliance on a conspiratorial view of history.

We see a loathing for truth.

We see an inability to be self-critical or introspective; doubt is now a sin.

We see a longing for answers outside the right/left paradigm.

We see the superficial appeal to populism matched against the behind-the-scenes wooing of the monied.

We see a contempt for the liberal consensus that, as Krugman pointed out, was accepted by both parties throughout the 1945-1976 era.

One thing we have heretofore missed was the emergence of a cult of personality. And now we have that.

Actually, we had some hint of that cultishness in the Dean movement.

And before you say it: It is not that I think that Dean, or even Obama, could ever be dictatorial figures. (I admire Dean immensely, as a matter of fact.) What I refer to here is the QUALITY of the movement which formed around these men. At what point does endorsement become worship? At what point does a political movement become mob action?

If the internet mob can cross that line in promoting a decent fellow (Dean, say), might not a similar mob later cross still other lines in promoting some other-than-decent future figure?

My point is that we should distrust ALL forms of political mobsterism, even one that seems benign. When a mob mentality emerges -- when it is seen as something normative -- then we have reason to fear. Today, the mob coagulates around a good or fine person or a not-so-bad-as-all-that person. But tomorrow...?

When I compare the progressive cyber press to the Nazis, I'm not referring to the Goebbels-controlled Nazi press of 1939. I'm referring to broadsheets available in Munich in the 1920s, which spurred the brownshirted bullyboys into action.

And yeah, I think this comparison is instructive. I won't apologize for it, no matter how many times people quote Godwin's law to me.

The writers in the 1930s who tried to warn America of Hitler's movement were later, in the McCarthy era, denounced as "premature anti-Fascists." I guess that is my role here.

I am -- "prematurely" -- saying that the progressive movement is degenerating into fascism. I am saying that the progressive movement is an impediment to, not a catalyst for, the return to the liberal consensus which Krugman describes.

This idea will strike many as unacceptable -- at present.

In the future, people reading these words may see them as prophetic.
 
O.K. Joseph, Now you’ve done it. :)

”We see the reliance on a conspiratorial view of history.”

Lyndon LaRouche and colleagues have been called almost every name in the book, including “conspiracy-theorists.” The one-man Ann-Randist tyranny called wikipaedia (or something like that)’s mission in death is to rid the world of contheo. How in hell does he or his munch kin think the cheetoists get their crunchy messy fix? Cheetos grow on bushes in their yards?

LaRouche wrote this great little (little compared to, say, Bratia Karamazovy) smilingly-named piece called "The Secrets Known Only to the Inner Elite" in which, somewhere a good way through, he addresses the subject of histography. I won’t ask you or anyone to track it down and read it, but it is really good. Conspiracy theorist, my ass.

Not that there don’t exist bad contheos in abundance, but, well, it just sort of pushed my button.

Better to be premature than a limp-dick.

LaRouche is going to give another of his premature analyses of the world situation in a webcast May 7, by the way. Again, I won’t urge you or anyone here to watch it or download it after, but I will mention they do take and answer E-mails. The Q and A following his introductory remarks is often the best part.

(To save us all another post by me), AitchD, that was an inspired and truthful rant. I hope, and trust, for your sake you don’t type as painfully slowly as I do.
 
We see the formation of a mob mentality.
…and of course mobs never existed before 2007 in the USA??? Or in the world before Fascism? Come on…. Mob mentalities are bad, but to call them fascist (instead of looking for real fascism) helps no one.

We see an unwillingness to compromise.
Joe Cannon? What? Who is unwilling to compromise? Huff Kos and the 45 vocal assholes on their site? Or you? Or more to my point, what rotten apple did we compromise with geopolitically? How has Cuba been getting along with all your compromises? How well have we accepted Daniel Noriega’s return?

We see a contempt for moderation.
..and we didn’t see that when Reagan got rid of the solar panels on the white house roof? We didn’t see that with the October Surprise? WE haven’t seen that with a 20 year anyti-liberalism campaign?

We see people take a perverse and thuggish pride in the embrace of the most extreme language.
Not a facet of Fascism. And again, you probably don’t listen to much gangsta rap, but read some lyrics someday….

We see the language of violence and the violence of language.
Was Musolini’s language violent? Like below, please explain how this is at all related to Fascism (not Nazism)? Or for that matter how this is different from the previous comment?

We see the utter dehumanization of perceived enemies.
Oh really! And no one in the United States has ever been dehumanized? Was it empowering to have to use the colored’s washroom? The colored’s water fountains? And how humanizing or dehumanizing is crack??? (not even looking at Ark) The crack epidemic, facilitated by the CIA led to a dehuminzing or 10% of the American population (and the media’s fixation in gang bangers, gangsta rap and the like didn’t help with the images portrayed to people, sure didn’t humanize—and they are supposed to be part of us, not even an enemy)… and of course, we didn’t dehumanize Gooks, or Sand Niggers, did we? Oh no, not at all…..


We see paranoia.
And that is exclusive to the Fascists? Was that what the lords of the UK, Henry Ford, Walt Disney at all were so attracted to? Or was it the corporatist economic stance? Is that a cornerstone of Fascism? A “you’re either with us or against us” attitude?

We see the reflexive reliance on a conspiratorial view of history.
Find me one historian who says that conspiracies are a basic tenet of Fascism? And worse yet, what this implies is that there have been no conspiracies in the USA. When the fact is that it has been one long string of co-ordination and plans to conspire since day one (or again am I mistaken, did someone named Kermit Roosevelt not overthrow a democratically elected Persian leader? Did the US not take out 30-40 governments since WWII with whom they did not see eye to eye? Do you know any Serbs, Joe? Maybe you ought to talk with them about what was going on in Bosnia before you folks decided to stop the alleged “ethnic cleansing” and give the KLA their own country. You can call them conspiracies if you want to brush them off--- but to many they are real.


We see a loathing for truth.
…As opposed to the “truths” we were told before… about Salvador Allende and his 9/11 about Turijo, about the ‘truths’ of the refugees from Nicaragua (who were all working for the Guardia or for Somosa).Any truth there about Haiti?? What truths exactly were respected in the 50s? the 60s? the 70s???


We see an inability to be self-critical or introspective; doubt is now a sin.
Oh an McCarthy was a genius of self criticism!

We see a longing for answers outside the right/left paradigm.
This has got to be the biggest joke of them all. As if Fascists want to get off the left right paradigm. Come on Joe—my country Canada has 5 main parties. Are we fascists now too? And if you look at the spectrum, if communism is extreme socialism on the left—what do you think is extreme capitalism on the right? The libertarians you are fighting with are fascists who expect that they will get corporate handouts just like Musolini did to his pals and just like Hitler did to his cronies…. But make no mistake they are not on some other spectrum just because they are extreme.


We see the superficial appeal to populism matched against the behind-the-scenes wooing of the monied
Now that is totally different than a president I can drink a beer with… what exactly is there that is different about the Oman’s than any president since 1980? Was Reagan anything but populist? Didn’t he hire a secretary of the interior when he found out the guy was at a rodeo? Did Bill Clinton play a bassoon on TV? Oh no it was a sax, and he sure as shinola wasn’t playing Pendereki

We see a contempt for the liberal consensus that, as Krugman pointed out, was accepted by both parties throughout the 1945-1976 era.
So you are basically saying that there have been no real liberals since 1945. And yet when someone gives you a Chomsky reading on JFK you go ballistic… interesting

One thing we have heretofore missed was the emergence of a cult of personality. And now we have that.
Um, really? Never had that before?? There’s no airports named after living Bushes? And what about Reagan? No cult or personality there ...riiight. And am I mistaken that immediately post911 the MSM was all up in W’s butt about how he’s our “daddy figure” You have no [OJ] Cult of [Britney] Personalities in the USA? Ha ha ha ha ha

And some things that we see (and have been seeing since WWII) which you forgot to mention (I know it doesn’t apply as well to AntiO-man sentiments):
***Obsession with National Security
Plutocracy choosing the autocrats
***"Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato."
***Irrational jingoism and chauvinism
***Folk Mysticism (like “Ein Folk Ein Reich”) all about how great we are and how evil other peoples are… total xenophobia.
***Opposition to labor parties and trade unions.
***Even while being completely un-religious, religious imagery and mythology gets wrapped up in religious iconography to serve the political aims.
***Wages slashed, Tax exemptions, subsidies, cutting social welfare expenditures, to ensure profits for the corporatist.
***an expansionist military regime, paid for by taxes but really to maintain profits even in a sinking environment (even post dot com bubble) with huge military contracts, i.e. major capital investments.

…and like I said before Privatizing of public services like the buses, like hospitals, like garbage removal, armies, schools, social security…

So go on saying that the progressive movement is degenerating into fascism. Thats a good one. a bunch of websites who have no control over anything i have just outlined. Who is really responsible for the new degeneration into fascism, Joe?
 
"We see the utter dehumanization of perceived enemies. "

like calling them a brainless "Obots" mob ? I know you think of yourself as some superior elite who knows better than people who support Obama (but not people who voted for him before being against him like you), but you're the first one to dismiss your perceived ennemies with name calling... You insult people and you're surprised and act as the poor victim of a mob afterward. Quite amazing. If this is your house, what you're doing is the equivalent of putting big signs on your lawns with "PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT OBAMA ARE BRAINLESS MORONS" and you're shoked afterward
that some people are throwing eggs at your garage door ?

"The writers in the 1930s who tried to warn America of Hitler's movement were later, in the McCarthy era, denounced as "premature anti-Fascists." I guess that is my role here.

In the future, people reading these words may see them as prophetic."

what a grandiose image you have of yourself, it's magnificient. Are you the oracle of the blogosphere now ? But i'm not sure the writers of the 30's were fighting a personal war with some web sites. But it's part of the mental disease process, the difficulty with boundaries, it becomes about the individual who thinks he has some grandiose role to play in history.
 
Joe your house is an Oak fores. So when you are"simply asking [one] to examine the acorns," it's kinda silly. Look around you:

[and no, i did not cut & paste the following excerpt-- i had to transcribe it from one of my Parenti MP3s]:

In Germany the same story between 1933-35 wages were lowered anywhere from 25-40%. Wage taxes were instituted, municipal poll taxes were doubled. Payroll deductions helped finance the Nazi controlled Labor Front. And the NLF controlled the party organizations and the health and unemployment insurance all of which lowered wages by another 20-30%. That is the things that were taken out of your pay for that. And the non-profit mutual assistance and insurance associations that had existed before the Nazis came to power and free labor unions were abolished. Their funds were taken over by private insurance companies that charged more while paying out smaller benefits.

There’s something else both of the fascists leaders did. In both Italy and Germany the process of privatization, state owned enterprises such as power plants, steel mills banks, railways, insurance firms, steamship companies, and shipyards were handed over to private ownership. For a song. Like gifts.

Corporate taxes were reduced by half in both Italy and Germany. Does that sound familiar? Taxes on luxury items for the rich were cut. And inheritance taxes were either drastically lowered or abolished. Just as they have been here in America.

In Germany between 1934-40 the average net income of corporate businessmen rose by 46%. Enterprises that were floundering were re-floated by State bonds, recapitalized out of the state treasury. And they were returned to private control when solvent. So you see these are people who say socialism doesn’t work, but when capitalist businesses start to fail, they go socialist. They take the money out of the public treasury and then re-float these businesses. Does that sound familiar to people worrying about the S&L bailout [this was obviously an older speech]? With numerous enterprises, the State guaranteed a return on investment. And assumed all the risks of investment losses. So the investor didn’t have to worry about any losses, and if they did loose, he would get his investment money back from the state treasury.

This is why the capitalists did like fascism.
 
And one last thing-- if you think i am making this stuff up, or being irrational especially when i say that Fascists love to stop labor unions (and wait! but we have unions here!!) three words for you: Taft-Hartley Act
 
Just back from Gary Buell's Covert History blog, and, well, while he's still betting that Barry will win, now because Barry has adorable kids, I'm betting that the JCS will give us a coup d'etat, since they'll either give the order to attack Iran any day now or be forced to resign - or take the third (fuck me? fuck you) option. Even though last week it was chestnuts, and this week it's acorns, I'm hoping (but not betting or predicting) that Joseph will be the junta's press secretary.
 
lee, your words ARE irrational. Honestly, much of the time I don't know what point you are trying to make. At other times, you seem either to miss my point completely or to buttress it unintentionally.

Did I say anything about labor unions? Did I say anyting about Allende or Trujillo or any of those other unconnected data shards you've decided to fling at random?

Did I ever intimate that fascism cannot assert itself in other ways? Fascism is a poisonous liquor that, like any other liquid, takes the shape of the vessel into which it is poured. It began as a left-wing movement, to a large degree. I know you won't believe me, because you won't read the writings of Feder and Strasser. But if you do check them out, you'll see what I mean.

The "progressive" variant of fascism now matters most to me, because I was until recently thought to be allied with progressives. I need no further justification for my stance beyond the sensible and pragmatic advice given in Matthew 7:3-5.

I have to focus on one particularly bizarre statement which demonstrates that you are an unwothy debating partner on any historical matter.

"Find me one historian who says that conspiracies are a basic tenet of Fascism?"

Find me one who would DISAGREE with the idea!

I don't know if you are asking for hstorians who associate fascism with conspiracy theory, or if you are asking for historians who talk about conspiracies committed BY fascists. Either way, we have plenty of examples.

Offhand, I would name Konrad Heiden, James Poole, William Shirer, Alan Bullock (who said "Hitler was jobbed into power by backstairs intrigue"), Ralph Waite, Arthur Derounian, Nicholar Goodricke-Clark and James Webb.

After you ahve digested those works, I would direct your attention to the historians of post-war fascism and its intersection with conspiracism. Kevin Coogan, George Thayer, Morris Kaminsky and George Johnson come to mind. Certainly you could consult Kurt Tauber's awe-inspiring compendium, "Beyond Eagle and Swastika."

Of course, you could consult the writings and speeches of the Nazis themselves. Mein Kampf is filled with conspiracy theories. Nesta Webster, Queen of Conspiracism, was a British fascists. Or you can look at the words spoken and written by such American fascists as Father Coughlin, William Dudley Pelley, Gerald L.K. Smith, Willis Carto, Yockey, Goff, Rockwell, or...well, the list is almost endless.

Hell, the issue of Der Sturner from which my illustration derives propounds the most pernicious conspiracy theory of all!

lee, I could go on, but why bother? I think you've proven yourself an unworthy adversary, and I won't give you a voice here again. Waste of time.
 
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O-bots go psycho (Update)

O-bots are distributing a fake "official" ballot in NC. O-bots cobbled together a fake video clip with the word "nigger" inserted. And a new O-bot post at the Daily Cheeto bears this lovely title: “Senator Obama please take your foot and step on her throat!”

Republicans love Barry -- they're using Obama to slam down-ticket pols. Adolph Reed's spot-on take in The Progressive is a must-read.

UPDATE: Election fraud in Texas -- the story even Bradblog hasn't reported. Neither have I, to my discredit -- until now. This is a HUGE story.
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Joe,
You are right!
Hillary has lost it!
Hillary: "I want to know...are you with us or against us?"
It was bad enough when she slightly changed Obama's "Yes we Can" to "Yes we will", Now she has stolen GWB's line intact!
That GIRL is got some BALLS on her!
 
The subject was psychosis. Case in post: Ms. Beeta's comment, above.
 
And if Barry the "sleaze" was so abominable back then, What in God's name is poor/smeared/misunderstood Hillary's excuse for supporting the same insane "Gas Holiday" ?
Ohhhhhhhhh I forgot.....HERE...Hillary gets a pass....until further notice!... or...until Obama is dead/burned/under a few feet of concrete/smeared/forgotten....
 
bee, you are getting really, seriously weird right now. You appended this comment to the wrong post. And while I've always granted you "special privilege" on this site -- well, to judge from your wording -- frankly, you sound drunk. I don't mean to be insulting. But that is the way you are acting.

I told you that I was not sold on the gas tax holiday idea. I mention Obama's stance because I thought the sheer hypocrisy of it was funny, and it provided a good lead-in to the substance of my piece.

You seem to think that I have a worshipful attitude toward Hillary. In fact, that is a common delusion among Obots -- if you dis the Messiah, you must be a zealous acolyte of the Deviless.

Adolph Reed's piece, linked in the latest post, captures my own stance. I won't go after Hillary right now because she is the only thing standing between Obama and the nomination. But I've never been fond of her. Hell, I can't even sit through an interview with her.
 
Joe,
Sorry...You are right!
I got home, cooked dinner, cleaned the kitchen(I have the TV on while I do all this and hear garbage from MSM) and sat down to have my little time to myself and see what happened while I was at work.
I pull up your blog....and ..
well...you just popped my cork!
I don't think you are a "nista" but you should know by now, I am not a "bot" either.
As much as I respect you, when you give Hillary a pass on everything, I have a hard time buying what you have to sell.
And don't tell me I listen to too many Progs.
Here is what I listen to most everyday:
BBC
Amy Goodman
CNN
MSNBC
RUSH
HANNITY
I glance at a few blogs
when I get home
And...drum roll...
Cannonfire
I still stand by what I said
The Girl has some BALLS on Her!
 
I see what you mean. I had two windows open. Drunk, I am not though, at least not tonight!
 
beeta, did you catch Wednesday's Democracy Now! when Adolph Reed (on the phone) and Melissa Harris-Lacewell debated? It made me want to enroll at both U of Pennsylvania and Princeton! But, alas, with one tuchas you can't dance at two weddings.

Joe, you being a film scholar doubtless recall, that when Hitchcock's Psycho was released, the Portuguese had no word for 'psycho', so their translation (translated back to English) was The Boy Who Dressed Like His Mother.
 
Joe,

I have to read up about the rules changes that McGovern forced on the Dem. Party - which resulted in adopting the crazy proportional representation in the primaries. You know what country has election by proportional representation? Israel. And look at *their* politics - it's insane.

The Dems. have to shitcan the proportional representation in the primaries and adopt winner-take-all.

Also, shitcan the caucuses. End them, don't mend them. They are an open invitation to fraud.
 
"Also, shitcan the caucuses. End them, don't mend them. They are an open invitation to fraud."

A-MEN brother!

My eyes have been opened on this issue, but you can bet I'll be paying a lot of attention to it, and I don't mean just for the duration of this election cycle.

The caucus system is inherently evil, since it rewards the candidate who may not be the most popular, but whose supporters are the most fanatical or the most conscience-free.

I think the primary system should mirror, to some extent, the general election system. As long as the general remains winner-take-all, then the primary should as well.
 
I want to emphasize -- my problem with caucuses is NOT just a result of my antipathy for Obama. I intend to oppose this system no matter what the outcome of the current election.
 
I think a mail-in or all day primary is required.
 
I speak as someone who attended a caucus, it's F**ked up. Should be eliminated.
I agree with Joe on the other issue as well.
If the Election is about winner take all, the primaries should be the same way!
That's all I agree with Joe on at the moment!
 
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Mr. and Mrs. Corruption (THIS IS THE BIG ONE -- INCLUDING TODAY'S BOMBSHELL REVELATION FROM THE REZKO TRIAL!)


Obama says that he doesn't care for the "tax holiday" proposal to provide relief at the gas pump. I'm not sold on the idea myself. Still, it is amusing to note that Obama was once a big fan of such notions, back when he was an Illinois State Senator (and before he began palling around with the Milton Friedmanites).

In 2000, when gas prices were rising in Illinois,
Obama voted three times for a tax holiday.

The version that ended up becoming law required a six-month suspension of the state’s share of the sales tax on gasoline, a 5 percent tax paid directly by consumers rather than gas stations. It also required gas stations to post signs on their pumps saying that the Illinois General Assembly had lowered taxes and the price should reflect that cut.
As a state legislator voting for a tax break, Obama even joked that he wanted signs on gas pumps telling motorists that he was responsible for lowering prices.
Here's the part Larry Johnson leaves out.

When Obama and his wife worked for the Daley/Rezko/Davis/Blagojevich political machine, the gang ripped off taxpayers incessantly. The revenue returned at the gas pump in 2000 was small compared to the amounts pilfered from the pockets of average citizens.

(All the quotes and facts below can be found in the "Indictment" series highlighted in the upper left-hand column.)
Illinois citizens are sick of paying the cost of corruption. A September 26, 2007 News Release by Steve Stanek of the Heartland Institute carried the headline: “Proposed Tax Hike Would Give Chicago Nation’s Highest Sales Tax Burden”

“Chicagoans would face an 11 percent sales tax rate, highest in the nation, if Cook County officials go through with a plan to more than triple the county’s portion of the area’s sales tax,” Stanek wrote.
Steal a dollar; repay a dime at the gas pump.
An October 14, 2007 Sun-Times report by Tim Novak and Fran Spielman noted that,

“When Mayor Daley asked Chicagoans to cough up $293 million more next year to finance the cost of city government, there's one tax he failed to mention: The Corruption, Waste and Mismanagement Tax.”

“It's almost impossible to calculate the cost of the Hired Truck, city hiring, minority contracting and police corruption scandals,” they wrote. “More than 1,400 people have staked claims to the $12 million fund created to compensate victims of the city's rigged hiring system.”
Incidentally, Buzzflash's Mark Karlin, of Chicago, recently gave a verbal blowjob to the outlandishly corrupt Daley. I would never be so cynical as to suggest that Daley money has helped to pay Karlin's bills. I would simply note that Karlin doesn't beg as often as he used to.
A March 8, 2008 report by Stanek in Budget $ Tax News on a Cook County Board Meeting in late December 2008 reported that:

“Complaints from thousands of angry taxpayers and infighting among county commissioners have held off nearly $890 million of proposed tax and fee hikes in Cook County, Illinois.”
Michelle Obama worked as an assistant to Daley. She was rewarded with a do-nothing job -- paying over $300,000 a year -- for a crooked "non-profit" hospital that overcharged the poor.

If you want to understand Barack Obama's role in the Daley/Rezko machine, you may want to rent The Departed. In Martin Scorcese's instant classic, a criminal mastermind based on Boston's infamous Whitey Bulger spots a promising young man, buys him some groceries and comic books, and soon grooms him to become the underworld's "man inside" the Boston police department.

Although Obama was not recruited at so tender an age -- Rezko spotted him during his Harvard years -- the same principle applies. Obama went to work directly for a 12-man law firm run by a close Rezko crony named Allison Davis.
As for the most recognized allegation against Obama, that [he] helped slumlords operate in Chicago, while accepting their campaign contributions, its true. Obama was a member of the political machine that helped a whole gang of slumlords funnel local, state and federal tax dollars, over the backs of poor people in need of affordable housing, to line their own pockets and fund the campaigns of politicians in positions to recommend and award contracts.
The Daley machine handed out the contracts for these taxpayer-supported unheated slum apartments to people who lacked any experience in construction or property management.
Davis and his partners, which include his sons Jared and Cullen, have received more than $100 million in taxpayer subsidies to build and rehab apartments and homes over the past 10 years and have made at least $4 million in development fees, according to the Times.
The Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland law firm, where Obama worked for nearly a decade, served as a hub for a slew of slumlord deals, many that benefited the firm's founder, Allison Davis, and Obama's claims that he knew nothing about the inner workings of this small firm, represent an insult to the intelligence of the American public.
In fact, Obama knew full well what was planned:
On June 13, 2007, the Sun-Times reported that as a state senator, "Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron Tony Rezko's successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens."
"Davis has gotten deal after deal from the mayor, helping to make Davis one of the city's top developers," Tim Novak noted in the November 7, 2007 Sun-Times.
In a debate, Obama claimed that his association with Rezko amounted to no more than five hours worth of legal work. An FBI informant later revealed that the two men met frequently and spoke on a near daily basis.
Tony Rezko was Obama's political Godfather. Obama received his first contributions of $2,000, to launch his political career as a state senator on July 31, 1995, from Rezko. Obama started out saying that Rezko only raised $50,000 or $60,000 for his political career but after a year of lying his way through the primaries, the latest total he gave to the Sun-Times and Tribune during interviews on March 14, 2008, adds up to $250,000.

For a year, he also minimized his relationship with Rezko by telling the media that he only had dinner or lunch with Rezko one or twice a year. But when confronted by Sun-Times reporters during the March 14 interview, with the allegation that an FBI mole saw him coming and going to Rezko’s office often and that three sources said he talked to Rezko on the phone daily, Obama changed his tune.
And let there be no doubt, Obama is a member of this corrupt gang. On January 22, 2007 ABC News in Chicago announced that Senator Obama “is supporting Mayor Daley's re-election bid despite a series of City Hall corruption scandals.”

Mayor Daley endorsed Obama for president a few weeks ago and the mayor's brother Bill is now an Obama advisor, the report noted.

“So in the spirit of political payback, Obama is endorsing Daley for re-election over two African American challengers despite a series of City Hall corruption scandals that Obama called deeply troubling as recently as a few months ago.”
Obama has made no secret of the fact that he intends to create a "White House Office of Urban Policy" which will foist these shemes onto the entire nation. Remember the corruption that marked the Katrina clean-up? What Obama has in mind will dwarf those shennanigans.

It has come out at the trial that Rezko originally had tabbed Governor Blagojevich to carry their corruption scheme over to the national level. But Blagojevich's history is a little too obvious and inescapable. Thus, attention turned to Barack Obama.
In Illinois, favored politicians are joined at the hip when it comes to fundraising. For instance, from 1999 through 2006, an analysis by the Chicago Tribune shows Obama took in more than $1.5 million from some 700 people who also contributed to Mayor Daley during his political career.

A cursory review of Illinois campaign records shows Allison Davis and his family members giving close to $16,000 to Obama's presidential campaign. The Sun-Times reports that Davis has donated more than $400,000 to dozens of political campaigns, and the top beneficiaries include Mayor Daley, Blagojevich and Obama.
The primary victims of Rezko's tenement housing scheme were black. Similarly, most victims of hospital overcharging, as sanctioned by Michelle Obama, are blacks.

If North Carolina's black citizens knew just how well the Obamas have "served" the African American community, they might choose to stay home on election day.

Not since Lyndon Johnson has so corrupt a Democrat come this close to the presidency.

Added note: This just came in from the Rezko trial...
Ali Ata, onetime executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority, told how, at Rezko's demand, he would pull piles of cash from a safe for payoffs -- once to keep a lien from being slapped on Gov. Blagojevich's home, another time to pay the debt of an adviser to the governor.

Ata was the last major witness before the prosecution rests -- probably Monday. He testified that he bought his state job. Ata told jurors that, although Rezko wasn't a state employee, he had to report to Rezko while heading the finance agency, having to "take orders and listen," or "not show up to work the next day."
Let me repeat: Barack Obama was on the phone nearly every day with Tony Rezko.

Barack Obama lied about knowing the man until an FBI mole fingered Obama as a frequent visitor to Rezko's office.

Obama worked for Rezko's close business partner as they pilfered millions from Illinois taxpayers.

Rezko and his wife arranged for Obama to buy a mansion he could not have otherwise afforded. (Compare to the handling of the Blagojevich house lien above.)

And now an eyewitness says under oath that Rezko keeps huge amounts of money in a safe to pay off politicians!
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It'll be...interesting to see how many comments you get on this one, Joseph.
 
I also understand that there was gambling at Ricks.
 
I'm sorry (I really AM sorry, that this is true, and that I have to live in it and talk about it, and try to get people to see it.) But there is a much larger picture.

O-bots are not the only bots. We are all bots and subject to being hanged for our mothers or families to find, or kidnapped and tortured, or robbed at the gas pump or in a thousand other ways. (Oh! but we're still free to play on the internet!)

By corrupting a government and turning it against its people, fascism allows private financier and corporate interests to control a nation.

The USA is being turned into a police state. War and famine are spreading across our planet. Nations are being destabilized, populations are being destroyed. It is deliberate, it is genocidal.

Optimism seems out of place in today's world, where fear is used to manipulate the public into surrendering its freedom, where new technologies are mainly used for social control and warfare, where science is generally portrayed as a danger to humanity, or a source of new diversions.

This is a war of ideas, a war over the ideas which will determine the nature of the political system (fascism or democracy) which will dominate the planet in our children's lifetimes.

A Malthusian world of resource shortages, austerity, and apocalyptic population reduction, ruled by fascist financiers and corporate cartels (and big-city crooks), OR what the United States--that is, the American System of political economy offers: scientific and technological breakthroughs which will raise the standards of living both in the U.S. and abroad.

Some of us are old enough to remember living in a society that sent human beings to the Moon--in spite of a "cold War" which had us as students drilling how to protect ourselves under our school desks, and visualizing such horrific nuclear attacks as we drilled.

With the oil hoaxes of the 1970s, the spot market was created, which, in turn, created a huge pool of dollars centered around the London-based international oil cartel. Through this mechanism, the U.S. government essentially lost control of the dollar, which became a weapon for a speculative ("free-market") assault on the U.S.A. The market price for oil is not set by OPEC, but by the financial markets.

The Chicago corruption is only a very small part of this.

The ongoing stealth financial collapse, combined with the horrific and stupid neocon American Empire fantasy, and the fascist policies tolerated by the Pelosi Democrats, have neutralized the ability of the United States to have a positive impact on the world, or even manage its own affairs, leaving the field wide open for the Brutish Empire and its stooges.

The Brutish rule by the tyranny of stupidity, subjugating people by making them too stupid to understand how they are being manipulated. It works! But only if we let it.

There is a clear way out of this if we but turn our minds, and put our muscle to it.

www.larouchepac.com
 
I know a lot of people in the close circle of politicians at different levels (school board, municipal, state and federal gov) and it's like this EVERYWHERE. That's the sad state of our "democracies". Even in corporations you have these kind of "payback" schemes between buyers and sellers.

You could only solve this with an open and transparent government system that would allow to link political contribution to contract given by the gov + a public financing system of elections that would remove corporate money from the system. Otherwise, it cost too much to get elected in the US and they ALL have to take dirty money in order to win.

Are Hillary or McCain saints without sins ?
 
Joseph, you are awesome!
 
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This comment is in response to gary, but it's also a response to some insult-fests that I've decided not to publish.

Political corruption stories are, I've noticed, all pretty much the same. A businessman forms a partnership with a pol. The business gives the pol lots of money. The pol gives the businessman a city/state/federal contract which the businessman may or may not be qualified to fulfill. The contract may even be pure bullshit busywork. The businessman does the job on the cheap or not at all, and he pockets millions.

That was the long and the short of the Wilkes case.

When I wrote about that scandal, everone in prog-land said: "Great work, Joseph!" People were excited. It all seemed so very new and interesting.

The exact same thing is going on in the case of Obama, Daley and the Rezko gang. The sums of money are even larger in this instance.

But anyone who writes about it runs into a wall of yawns.

"Oh, all politicians do that. Big deal."

So what made Wilkes so much more intriguing than Rezko? It's not as though Duke Cunningham ever had a chance to go to the White House.

I'd really like an answer to that question!

And stop saying that Clinton and McCain were/are part of a political machine getting these sorts of kickbacks. It just ain't true. Compare FEMA under Bill Clinton to the FEMA chash machine which GWB ran for his cronies.
 
Another point.

Let's continue with our comparison of Wilkes and Rezko.

Who really got hurt in the Wilkes affair?

We all paid a little extra to Uncle Sam. And I suppose Wilkes' wife got hurt.

Now ask yourself: Who gets hurt by the Rezko/Daley/Obama/Davis/Blagojevich circus?

Well, there were the taxpayers of Chicago. Their taxes will go sky high to pay for all this Daley-style corruption. (I guess Karlin likes paying taxes.)

But we should also talk about the people who lived in the Rezko/Davis tenement buildings. They went for, what, some 16 months without heat. I have never lived in Chicago, but I understand that the winters are murderous.

There are also the lenders. For quite a while there, Fat Tony simply stopped paying his mortgage contracts.

And there's at least one semi-mysterious murder floating around in this mess.

So why is Wilkes/Cunningham really, really important? And why is Rezko/Obama really, really yanwsville?

Why the double standard?
 
I'd be happy right now, or no later than May 24th, for a coup d'etat by the JCS and the convening of a Constitutional Convention, if and only if the Department of Treasury and its Bureau of ATF people either resign or accept house arrest and everyone in DEA pee into a jar every day. It's more or less the best we can hope for.
 
I don't doubt that Rezko was corrupt and if convicted he should and will go to prison. Nor is he the first corrupt politician to spread his money around, and to both parties. At this point Obama is mentioned in the indictment, and that's all, assuming that he is the candidate mentioned. I have seen no indication that he is a target of Fitzgerald's investigation, and so I think it is misleading to suggest that he is. He has not been accused of any criminal wrong-doing. If he were to be indicted I would urge him to step aside. Harry Truman had connections to corrupt political machines,and all the unsavory and criminal elements associated with them.

This is old-style political corruption. I'm not defending it but I'm more concerned about the real danger of fascism rising in this country.I'm not even sure fascism is the right word here, perhaps someone will come up with a new name for it, after it's here.
 
Hi Joseph,

I really enjoyed this. This is why I came here last election cycle, and this is why I still poke my head back in looking for something like this.

For awhile I was turned away by the perpetual string along of Obama "lies" you were uncovering that were on the same caliber as the Hillary "lies" that you were trying to brush aside. I was turned away by the blind eye you would turn on the issues with Hillary (granted, plenty of places were covering them). You were starting to sound like the people you despise, devoting too much time and effort to spewing venom at Obama the same way you criticize others for turning into the negative hate-fest we saw in 2004 from the right.

This however. This is the kind of post I look for, and this is the kind of post that gives me the sort of information on a subject that I can't easily piece together from other sources.

Thank you,
Zachary
 
Well, gary, we've had quite a come-down here -- from Obama-the-Messiah to Obama-the-not-named-directly-in-the-indictment.

How much of what we've had to suffer in the past seven years was old school machine-style politics?

You know about Boss Tweed, or at least we've all seen "Gangs of New York." At what point does machine politics segue into fascism?

I'd argue that the point is reached when a cult of personality crops up. When the adherents of that cult turn into a howling mob of intimidating bullies. When people who don't like what's going on are cowed into quiescence for fear of that mob, like certain cowardly bloggers I can name.

But you are right.

Harry Truman was a machine pol, and he turned out to be a good president.

Will Obama turn out to be another Truman? In the end, I can only hope so. But I look at Goolsbee, Liebman, Axelrod, McPeake and Zbig, and I don't feel optimistic.
 
"At this point Obama is mentioned in the indictment, and that's all, assuming that he is the candidate mentioned. I have seen no indication that he is a target of Fitzgerald's investigation, and so I think it is misleading to suggest that he is. He has not been accused of any criminal wrong-doing. If he were to be indicted I would urge him to step aside. "

I agree with Gary on this. Don't you think you're launching BIG accusations against Obama without a lot of evidence apart from your hate for Obama and his supporters ? Don't you think Fitzgerald would hesitate to bring him to court if he had proof of any criminal conduct by Obama ?

And Hillary or McCain never received money from a corrupt businessman who is currently in jail ?
 
I've just caught some sleep, having coffee. Took my brain a full minute to attach the words Cunningham and Randy, will have very little free time for the next 8-10 hrs probably.

Interesting questions. Reading them, my track was "Important to whom?" What forces guide the discussion in different venues (blogosphere - national news - joe sixpac's living room - progland - inside the beltway, etc. To me, LaRouche/EIR is a venue.)

What "issues" (diff venues tend to focus on diff issues) are the names attached to at diff points in time?

The military, race (I hate that word), presidential race or in the oval office...

How much of the JFK assassination was old school machine-style politics?

I think differently about Truman than probably everyone here, but was "same as you" 6-7 years ago. I've noticed the name Truman coming up more frequently in blogland in the last 6 mos or so. I have a mind-object forming on that phenomenon, but communicating it, even to a patient audience or in a discussion with openminded people not all that easy.

I got to run. Wish I could stay. See you later. It's noon here now. Comments above with "morning" coffee. Good questions Joseph. And good article (just compare to Larry Johnson's -- not to be critizising him, but different venue...) Not previewing this.
 
Here in Missouri, I've been astounded at Senator Claire McCaskill's endorsement of Obama, supposedly convinced by her teenaged daughter--and her very public dissing of Bill Clinton after he headlined a huge fundraiser for her. No one seems to make the link between her husband, multi-millionaire Joseph Shepard who is in the low-income housing business, with Obama's involvement with Davis and Rezko. If you look at her financial disclosures you will see literally hundreds of his companies listed in several different states. I'm sure there must be some kind of connection between low-income scam artists, as St. Louis isn't that far from Chicago. As far as I know, Shepard has never been indicted. But, keep your eyes open for any connection to Obama.
 
OMG,....I am trying to catch my breath....wait....nahhh I need something stronger than air!
 
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bee, you're acting as though you've already partaken of something "stronger than air."
 
Truman was a good president like his daughter was a good pianist. The only reasons he didn't warn his fellow Americans about the influence of the military-industrial complex were that (1) it had too many syllables, and (2) he thought of it as the son he never had.
 
"Well, gary, we've had quite a come-down here -- from Obama-the-Messiah to Obama-the-not-named-directly-in-the-indictment."

First, I've never confused Obama with being anything close to a Messiah. But let me address the second part of this. I've said before that although I've read the 3-part article you link to, I have not read the indictment. I assume you have, so what does the indictment say about the "political candidate" believed to be Obama? Merely being mentioned in an indictment is not, in itself, an indication of any wrong-doing. I have objected to the headline "Fitzgerald targets Obama." In the Valerie Plame affair I recall a good deal of discussion as to whether so-and-so was a "target" of the investigation, and as I recall the "target" was required to be notified if that was the case. Apparently "target" is a legal term of some sort. Admittedly either my memory or legal understand could be off-base here. At the very least, your headline implies that Fitzgerald is after Obama, which may not be the case at all. "Cannon targets Obama" is entirely accurate, however.
 
"What made Wilkes so much more intriguing than Rezko? It's not as though Duke Cunningham
So why is Wilkes/Cunningham really, really important? And why is Rezko/Obama really, really yawnsville? Why the double standard?"


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Did Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the accused DC Madam, commit suicide -- or was she murdered?

'Tis the season of unthinkabilities: I never thought I'd be vowing to vote against the Democrat, never thought the Clintons would stand accused of racism, never thought I'd feel betrayed by my friends in blogworld -- and never thought I'd link to the conspiracy-monger Alex Jones. Nevertheless, you should go here right now:
"We now know it goes at least as high as a United States Senator," Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show, "I’m hearing rumors now from other people that there are other possibilities in that stratosphere so to speak, on that level."

"No I’m not planning to commit suicide," Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance in July, "I’m planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government," she said.
Of course, those words were said before she had her day in court. Even so, one would expect the mainstream media to repeat the quote.

Jones' ultra-sensationalistic style irks me, but this interview is important. She discusses and dismisses the possibility of suicide, as well as the rumors linking Dick Cheney to her case. The only published source for those rumors is, alas, Wayne Madsen, whom I do not trust.

Still, let us -- with all due caveats and caution -- consider various theories.

As we've noted repeatedly, the strangest aspect of this case concerns the singling out of Palfrey's operation: Why her? Why leave so many other DC sex rings unmolested?

I doubt that a mere '90s-era liaison with Dick Cheney, in and of itself, would justify this choice of target, especially since no damning phone records have come to light. The most desirable escorts charge $3000 to $5000 a night; Palfrey's ladies, though expensive, did not operate in that range.

I have long suspected a more complex scenario than that imagined by most observers. When I spoke to Palfrey, she confirmed that she did not know the girls who worked for her very well. Although she knew something of their backgrounds, she had no way of double-checking their own accounts of themselves. Moreover, she had no way of knowing if they were working with other parties, or if they had been compromised by law enforcement.

In short and in sum, Deborah Jeane Palfrey suspected that one or more of her ladies had been recruited into functioning as the bait in a honeytrap. (A "honeytrap" is spy parlance for a sex sting operation.) The targets might have been as well known as Dick Cheney (whose stances did morph in strange ways throughout the 1990s) or they might be people with names unknown to the general public. The manipulators might have worked for an American agency, or they might have been employed by a foreign service.

If the reader will forgive a bit of self-quotation:
One historical nugget I keep mentioning in this blog concerns Xaviera Hollander, the New York City madam credited with writing The Happy Hooker in 1971. The co-writer (ghost writer?) of the book was Robin Moore -- an odd choice, since he usually specializes in military and intelligence matters. Anthony Summers, in his Nixon bio, tells us (in a footnote!) that, according to Moore, the CIA had set up clandestine cameras in Xaviera's bedroom, in order to get blackmail material on Washington pols and visiting Arab potentates.

The Arabs requested non-Jewish girls. At the time, nobody knew that Xaviera was Jewish (on her father's side).

The Moore/Hollander book contains a chapter in which Moore himself receives credit for having set up the hidden cameras in Xaviera's bedroom -- for "research" purposes. Obviously, that excuse is absurd. Just as obviously, the real reason this book received such widespread publicity was to let certain parties know that embarrassing photos existed -- and to let them know about Xaviera's heritage.

And that (I believe) is how America managed to keep one generation of Middle East leadership under control.
Did history repeat itself? If so, I would argue that any Jewish girls working for Palfrey might be best positioned to reveal what really happened.

Added note: I wish I had spoken to Palfrey about Dan Moldea, her claimed "biographer" and sole source of her alleged threat to commit suicide. Those of you who have taken an interest in Moldea's works may wonder about the period of inactivity which followed the 1989 publication of Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football. He did not publish a book again until The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy in 1997, which initiated a period of furious activity. The previous period of inactivity caused him to complain bitterly to at least one person known to me. I will say no more.

Many have wondered why Robin Moore, a well-connected writer who otherwise focused on spies and the military, chose to be the biographer of a prostitute. The section quoted above may cast some light on that mystery.

The preceding paragraph has nothing whatsoever to do with Dan Moldea, whose bibliography may be found here. I strongly urge readers to read Jim DiEugenio's The Curious Case of Dan Moldea, which can be found here.
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I recall reading once a bit of wisdom to the effect that If you felt your life was in danger in situations akin to these, your best option was to go public--get the information out.

As I recall, the reasoning was something like there would be less reason for your enemies to kill you then, and perhaps more chance of blowback in their direction.

Separately, although the WaPo stinks, there is something of note there on this sad and outrageous affair:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/4apck9
 
Another aspect which should not go unnoted:

"The D.C. Madame scandal is important for several reasons but the core issue is the fact that the majority of high-level public and government officials are embroiled in these kinds of activities, along with even seedier pursuits, and this ensures they are completely compromised and can be politically blackmailed to maintain the status quo, because if it was to fall then they would go down with it.

"This strikes at the very root of why the majority in Congress consistently oppose immediate withdrawal from Iraq, a new investigation into 9/11 and the impeachment of Bush and Cheney - because to lend support to such actions would leave them vulnerable to a brutal exposé of whatever skeletons are in their closet."

Paul Joseph Watson at Prisonplanet
 
"Why her? Why leave so many other DC sex rings unmolested?"

High profile. Well-known. Bound to get a lot of press coverage. Scare the shit out of potential talkers. Or as said in the comments to your first post on this murder:

"It's supposed to look like murder, and painful."

If I were a criminal investigator, I'd want to consider the timing too. That is, what came across Cheney's desk (figuratively speaking) just before she was murdered?

Presidential primaries? Superdelegates?

Sometimes things become more clear as these murdering scum trip over themselves trying to misdirect investigations. Sometimes where a story comes from is as important as what it says or doesn't say

There's also the timing with the news cycle--what is this story pushing to the back pages in the
news? Although, offhand, I suspect that may not apply here.
 
What about that WashPo article which reported Deborah and her mother were both "tired" immediately upon awakening and the mother took a nap? Sounds suspicious, no? Was some toxic gas introduced to get mom out of the way and to incapacitate Deborah?

That was me that posted the link, btw.

Ileana
 
Yeah and Amanda Keller who hooked up with Mohammad Atta worked for a strip club owned by someone subscribing to a certain pastoral religion. Everyone knows what is going on... just a matter of when people are going to wake up to it all.
 
p.s. Whose purposes does Alex Jones really serve? For those who don't remember, he is the guy who predicted the coming of 9/11 and bragged about... and he's also from Bush country Texas. What is Alex Jones really up to???
 
Here's a Dec. 2006 article about the Medical Examiner's office where I understand the autopsy will be performed. Not encouraging.

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2005/jun/05061703.html
 
There are other ways they use to get rid of people besides suicide. Although we read about so many that are questionable we forget that other methods are in play as well.

I know of others but I doubt if anyone will believe me. Frankly in the Illinois area, there are actually three (3) what they call “Machines” being used to get rid of people. That means that there must be so many being processed, one can’t keep up!

And if you don’t believe me, I have a close friend who is a witness to her friend of 10 years being murdered in one of them. Some of her children will also testify that it was murder too.

And no one will ever guess who all knows about this too!

Marty Didier
Northbrook, IL
 
Deborah Jeane's personal knowledge and phone records amount to little or nothing without corroboration. As Joseph's crack reportage implies, the sex workers, being cut-outs, would be the first-hand eye witnesses. They have been sufficiently chilled, one may presume.

A few weeks ago when Spitzer's trysts surfaced, I wrote here about an escort service ring operating in Charlotte, NC, having been busted some months prior to the Spitzer headlines. I'm a naif, but I suspected that someone in the Charlotte ring sang and named some names to avoid bad jail time. The Observer (Charlotte's only daily rag) reported that the judge sought some plea bargaining (if I'm recalling it right). You can find it online, maybe through The Observer's archives (charlotte.com). I also said if anyone connects a canary from that bust to the Spitzer sting, someone will be murdered. Whatever. Personally, I'd rather the sex workers STFU and the motherfuckers go 'free' than read about any more suicides or worse. And escorts, if you're reading this, you're probably too young (haha) to recall that the SCOTUS ruled 9-0 that Paula Jones could sue the sitting POTUS in civil court, i.e., they ruled that her case could go forward without any delay. I'm saying be careful you don't even get a parking ticket.
 
Would we have gotten an A kind of expose on poor Debra if Joe wasn't so busy grinding Barry into a pulp?
Guess we shall never know!
 
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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Deborah Jeane Palfrey (Update)

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, convicted of running an escort service, has killed herself.

I spoke to her on a couple of occasions, and I liked her. I wrote a few posts -- not nearly enough -- to aid her cause. I did not communicate with her after she lost her case -- although I should have.

She always wondered why her service was targeted even though so many other sex workers in the DC area operate with impunity. Deride me if you will, but I have just enough of the conspiracy theorist left in me to wonder aloud if her suicide was genuine. She always implied (and not just to me) that she was holding certain names in reserve, and that she would reveal those names before serving one day in prison. Skeptics thought that she was bluffing.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey was found hanging in a shed attached to her mother's home.
Blanche Palfrey had no sign that her daughter was suicidal, and there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were involved, police Capt. Jeffrey Young said.
Although my dialogues with her were limited, she did not strike me as the kind of frosty personality who could make such a decision with no outward sign of inner turmoil. The vast majority of women who commit suicide choose to ingest poison.

Update: Dan Moldea has reported that Palfrey told him that she planned on suicide instead of prison. She certainly gave no such indication to me. An old acquaintance of mine knew Moldea somewhat; this person told me what he advertised as the real story behind Moldea's egregious RFK book. I cannot repeat the tale here since I know it only at third-hand and cannot prove it. Suffice it to say, Moldea's pronouncement makes me lean toward the idea of murder.
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The vast majority of women who commit suicide choose to ingest poison.

Yes. Anecdotally, and I know that really means nothing, but many years ago I considered suicide and I figured I'd either take a lot of pills or run a hose from my tail-pipe. The first thing a woman thinks about in these situations is how she'll look to her loved ones when she's found. Her mother was suffering from heart problems, so I read. Surely Ms. Palfrey would consider such a thing?

Incidentally, our old pal Dan Moldea has assured Time Magazine that Deborah did indeed off herself.

Ileana
 
Yes, but she told Dan Moldea she would kill herself and that settles that.
 
The headline should probably have had another set of (scare) quotes:

"Mayflower Madam" 'commits suicide.'

...sofla
 
Hopefully, she had a dead man's switch, and the entire scoop will be released upon her untimely death and automatically forwarded across the web within 24 hours of her giving up the ghost...
 
Dan Moldea? I used to know a guy who knew Moldea, and...

Well, that's a story for another time. The fact that Moldea says such a thing is the best indication I've seen so far that she was killed.

She sure as hell did not sound suicidal when I talked to her.
 
It's supposed to look like murder, and painful. Doh.
 
Quote:
Young said that when the mother and daughter woke up Thursday, "they were both kind of tired. The mother said, 'I'm going to go take a nap real quick.' And that was the last she had talked to her."
Washington Post

So they were sleepy just after waking up?
 
Suicide. Sure it was.

Harry
 
-> Definetely--NOT conected ...
29.Apr.2008 Longtime homicide prosecutor is latest to resign
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/yourtown/content/local_news/epaper/2008/04/29/s1b_prosecutorpay_0430.html
... but ...?
 
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