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Deep thought for the day

Posted by Charles II on November 18, 2009

“Is there really such a thing as cat addiction…?”
–Deborah Huso, writing on AOL Health

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Honduras, Act V, Day 29

Posted by Charles II on November 18, 2009

Light posting.

Tiempo doesn’t have a statement about why it was down, so I’ll assume it was software rather than goonware. I can’t get Channel 36, and Radio Globo has been dicey.

Adrienne has two must read articles: A letter, transmitted by Jan Schakowsky to Barack Obama, from 300 Honduran candidates who declare the elections illegal and explain why. The writing is crisp and to the point. And, Rodolfo Pastor Faquelle on the causes of the coup. One excerpt:

Maybe one has to have been in the belly of the monster, of The Honduran Levianthan to fully grasp its inner workings, and that is the reason most foreigners and even most Honduran citizens, who are in fact excluded, have such great difficulty understanding it. I have been there. For in the last twenty years, I have been a candidate in the primaries in the Liberal Party, (despite my opponents and due to inherited privilege) to congress, to the vice presidency and to the presidency on different occasions, and though unfortunate at polling booths controlled by adversaries with a refined culture of fraud, as a result, I have served two terms as a minister and as cabinet coordinator. I have dealt, as a candidate, with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and Party Commissions and I have served in the Central Committee of my Party, founded at the end of the 19th century & the largest in the isthmus till now.

I know this system well and I have witnessed how rotten it is and have written about it. It is an astute creature, but it is no democracy. Or rather, it is a sham democracy, a racket.

Update: The “education congressman” Mario Barahona is driving a Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG 4WD 2009 valued at about $100,000. Dick Emanuelsson says that the State Dept.’s Craig Kelly wants to utilize Zelaya as a useful idiot in voting against Iran at the UN… for violating human rights. Juan Almendares says that Congressman Antonio Fuentes plans to seize Garifuna communal lands. Brother John noticed a piece by Daniel Altschuler in Americas Quarterly (by some strange coincidence, I happened to read it last night). Altshuler sounds as if he may be getting a little less stupid than he seemed when last I read him: he reports that Micheletti has suspended distribution of block grants to cities where candidates have withdrawn from the race. Since the cities are heavily dependent on the money for basic services and infrastructure and are forbidden to raise funds by taxation, the net effect is that Micheletti has clubbed the poor to retaliate for defiance by political opponents. Brother John also mentioned this NYT article by Steven Greenhouse about the victory of the ant-sweatshop movement in getting Russell Athletic (a subsidiary of Fruit of the Loom) to re-hire Honduras workers it fired when they unionized.

Channel 36 is showing film of soldiers on the orders of Miguel Angel Rodas of Conatel ransacking Radio Globo, going through the desk of Alejandro Villatoro.

The State Department briefing is starting to drift into self-parody:

QUESTION: Ian, on Honduras, the parliament seems to have put off until after the election a decision on whether Zelaya will be restored. What does that do for the possible credibility of these elections?

MR. KELLY: Yeah. Well, let me give you kind of an update of where we are. Craig Kelly, of course, has been in Tegucigalpa. He’s been down there to help support the implementation of the accord. He held a series of meetings down there to support the OAS efforts to have it fully implemented. He’s met with President Zelaya and he met with the de facto leader Mr. Micheletti. He told us that these were very frank and open talks.

Regarding the reports on the Honduran lawmakers will not decide on whether or not to restore Zelaya until after the elections, according to the accord, the – it called for the national congress to issue a pronouncement on the restoration of a democratically elected authority, Mr. Zelaya. As you know, it never stipulated a timetable for the congressional action. All along, we’ve called on the congress to act expeditiously in the spirit of the accord. We believe that steady steps towards the implementation of the accord will enhance the prospects for transparent, free, and open elections that will ultimately resolve this crisis and allow Honduras to rejoin the international community of nations.

Another one of these important steps towards the implementation of the accord and resolving this crisis is the formation of the – of a government of national unity. So that’s also an important component to this.

But since the accord never actually gave any kind of deadline by – to have this vote by the national congress, scheduling the vote on December 2nd doesn’t necessarily – isn’t necessarily inconsistent with the accord.

QUESTION: What – I’m sorry. That’s – you’ve just opened your – this is – they’re going to have a field day with this. So it’s okay with you if five years from now, they go and come back and say, all right, yeah, Zelaya can go – he’s restored, when you can’t – you can’t be restored after you’re voted out of office if you’re not – he’s not even running

MR. KELLY: That’s right. .I mean, he – his term ends the end of January.

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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 18, 2009

Obama’s plans for Afghanistan include an “end game”. In other words, it sounds like he’s not buying the arguments of McChrystal or McChrystal’s Australian guru, Dr. David Kilcullen, that we need to stay in Afghanistan for fifty or a hundred years.

Frank Schaeffer discusses with Rachel Maddow how all those “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8” are actually calls for him to be murdered — “trawling for assassins” is how he puts it. As the Christian Science Monitor explains:

The psalm reads, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”

Presidential criticism through witty slogans is nothing new. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, and hats with “1/20/09” commemorated President Bush’s last day in office.

But the verse immediately following the psalm referenced is a bit more ominous: “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”

As a commenter on Daily Kos mentions in a diary on this subject:

It’s important to note that in Hebrew poetic language (of which the Psalms is a part) repetition was a major form. A writer would say something and repeat it once or more times with slightly different wording to bring out a fully-fledged meaning. So it is not only possible that Psalm 109:9 makes 109:8 seem more ominous, 109:9 clearly shows that the author wants someone dead in order that their office will come to someone else. There is no other good interpretation. So don’t let anyone get away with some “that’s out of context” non-sense.

— Speaking of conservative efforts to misuse religion, the conservatives in the Catholic Church are not happy to hear this news that preliminary phase of the $2 million study commissioned by the bishops at the height of the Church’s sexual abuse scandal has so far found no connection between sexual orientation and abuse of children by clergy.

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