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Crazy like little foxes

Posted by Charles II on April 15, 2009

ConstructiveAnarchy.com had this excellent cartoon

21st Century GOP

But I have to say that from what I saw, the Dems should take the (snerk) teabaggers seriously. The GOP has laid out its basic strategy for recovery: frame itself as the anti-government party and try to make sure that the government– that would be the United States of America– fails. We should recall the tactics used in Venezuela, because they are being used here: virtual total control of the media is being used to paint a false picture of discontent with the Administration. Talk of secession and calling Obama illegitimate and a dictator lays the groundwork for violence later on.

The Dems need to respond with demonstrations of their own, to show the GOP how isolated and out of touch it really is. I doubt they will, because they distrust the grassroots. We need more alternative media (kudos to people like The Uptake for what they do). It’s not too soon to start getting behind candidates for 2010. And we should expect a long, hard fight ahead.

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Food: non-essential to human life

Posted by Charles II on April 15, 2009

Erin Cunningham, IPS News:

Food, medicine, blankets, infant food and other supplies for Gaza’s 1.5 million … are all sitting in at least eight storage points in and around Al- Arish, a city in North Sinai approximately 50 kilometres from Gaza’s border.

Three months after the end of the war, much of the aid has either rotted or been irreparably damaged as a result of both rain and sunshine, and Egypt’s refusal to open the Rafah crossing.

“To be honest, most of this aid will never make it to Gaza,” a local government official told IPS on condition of anonymity. “A lot of the food here will have to be thrown away.”

The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) head in Gaza, John Ging, told IPS last week that the stranglehold on relief efforts in the post-war period was having devastating consequences, both physical and emotional, on the strip’s population. …

Much of what is being stored in North Sinai – including food items like lentils, pasta, chickpeas, and juice – has been deemed by Israel to be “non- essential” to life in the Gaza Strip. …

May the Israeli and the Egyptian officials who are denying food and medicine to the civilians of Gaza go to the same hell.

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Been down so long it looks like up to me

Posted by Charles II on April 15, 2009

Anuj Gangahar and Chrystia Freeland, FT:

The March stock market rally that fuelled hopes of a broader economic recovery was deceptive because “real money” investors remained on the sidelines, according to the chief executive of NYSE Euronext, the world’s largest stock exchange. In rare comments about market movements, Duncan Niederauer said in an interview with the Financial Times that the rally was driven by short-term traders trying to take advantage of high volatility and not by large institutional or other long-term investors. … He said: “The real money investors are still waiting. … once they are convinced you will know it. The market will have a totally different tone to it.”

…“I think we’re waiting for another rally, in my opinion, in around June and July,” he said. He said a summer rally would be a six to nine-month leading indicator of economic recovery and that by April 2010 the global economy would look much healthier.

This sounds about right to me, though I would not be surprised to see another test of the lows.

Posted in economy, financial crisis, stock market | 4 Comments »

Blackmail?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 15, 2009

That’s what Scott Horton’s been saying:

Senate Republicans are now privately threatening to derail the confirmation of key Obama administration nominees for top legal positions by linking the votes to suppressing critical torture memos from the Bush era. A reliable Justice Department source advises me that Senate Republicans are planning to “go nuclear” over the nominations of Dawn Johnsen as chief of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh as State Department legal counsel if the torture documents are made public. The source says these threats are the principle reason for the Obama administration’s abrupt pullback last week from a commitment to release some of the documents. A Republican Senate source confirms the strategy. It now appears that Republicans are seeking an Obama commitment to safeguard the Bush administration’s darkest secrets in exchange for letting these nominations go forward.

We will see tomorrow who won.

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What Grover Norquist and His Teabaggers Won’t Tell You

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 15, 2009

Even as the Grover Norquist Freak Show makes its not-so-big splash today, the fine folks at The UpTake have a video response:


http://blip.tv/play/geUes40mhYE6

>Now if only I could figure out how to make WordPress do embedded videos, we’d be getting somewhere.

Posted in (Rich) Taxpayers League, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, greed, Grover Norquist, Silly Republicans, Silver Spoon Squad | 5 Comments »

 
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