Archive for May 1st, 2011

By Duganz

Two videos, two nights, two reasons that Obama had the best weekend ever.

Saturday, he grabs laughs and makes one hell of a reference to The Lion King.

Sunday, well, he cemented his reelection, and made Donald Trump shit himself.

I made some baked potato soup… so, ya know, I did that.

Okay, I’m not exciting. But at least I’m not a Republican tonight. How’s it feel guys?

by lizard

Once again, we are being told, the world has changed. The ultimate frenemy of America, Osama Bin Laden, is being declared dead, and maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll get some pics of his corpse. Really exciting stuff here in America. Fuck yeah.

Consider this an open thread for the deluge we’re about to get from the MSM.

O, and Happy May Day everyone!

Update 1

I’m watching Brian Williams. Did Andrea Mitchell just say ‘conspiracy theory’? Pundits waiting for a presidential address tend to burn rubber. There is weird footage of terrorist looking people with blurred-out faces below a still shot of the white house. Images of 9-11, of course. Cut to Chuck Todd.

(on a side note, some of those alleged “heroes” known as 9-11 first responders must be cleared as non-terrorists before receiving there benefits. Fuck yeah).

Update 2

Brian is telling me we’re minutes away. Still that two frame white house above, injured Americans from 9-11 below. now a shot of Osama.

now Brian says the 2 minute alert warning was false. fill the time.

Brian is saying they’re being “waved off” that it could have been a drone strike that killed him. What?!

Update 3

How close were they in Tora Borra now the question. Richard Engel talks a bit. Cut to shot of the East Room. Brian Williams seems to be really trying hard to “sell” the importance of this event, talking about how people now are telling each other this is happening.

the president speaks.

Update 4

this is a political tsunami. reports now special ops shot him in the head, body secured. mentioning Pakistan tensions. no shit.

now cut to the front gates of the White House, crowds gathering. really, crowds?

what is JSOC?

we’re going to hear a lot about JSOC in the coming days
–Richard Engel

now bi-frame shot has gathering crowds above, rotating pics of Osama below.

Update 5

Tom Brokaw–
this is opening the possibilities of a “New World”

Update 6

now full live shot of ecstatic crowds. what are they waiting for? are they happy because OBL was the entire justification for our presence in Afghanistan, and now that he’s dead everyone comes home? is that why they’re cheering?

Update 7

Andy Card said something. It was like this: blah blah blah. Brian Williams is my shepherd through this momentous event. the gathering, he says, is spontaneous. sporting events have been interrupted with the news. that means it’s everywhere…

Update 8

last update, one final plea for social media input by Brian Williams. chatter-chatter bounces round the networks. i hear the word “spontaneous” again. invocation of Twin Towers.

tomorrow will begin a long week for skeptics. the burden of proof, well…

R.I.P. Ed Lahey

by lizard

According to comments from the previous thread, Ed Lahey, Montana’s de facto poet laureate, died on April 27th. I had recently heard from an old professor that Ed was living in a nursing home in Missoula, and not doing so well. WIth the life he lived, I can only wonder at the tenacity it took him to get to his 75th year.

And so it’s with this sad news that I went to the shelf and took down Ed’s book of poems, looking for a poem to mark the passing of this true Montana original.



The Company pulled out
to write The Hill operation off
as a tax loss,
and city fathers spoke
of sentimental history
instead of evil.

Local artists were commissioned
to portray Western Scenes
on the east wall
of the Miner’s Bank,
calculated to convey
the hard rock glories of yesterday.

It was thought by some
avaricious history
might keep us together,
like the memory
of a succulent supper,
until the town’s buildings began
to burn, one by one,
like candles on a cake.

Stores and shops shut their doors,
houses were deserted
leaving curtainless windows
to stare at tourists
who strolled the streets
like actors on
a vacant movie set.

Wives who hated “hell holes”
grew morbid without a monthly check,
seldom combed their hair
or smiled men male, and left
neglected children to lurk about
black-iron gallows frames,
smoking cigarettes.

Miners who did not wander off
to Idaho, nursing hopes of silver,
drank too much, grew mean in bars,
muttering to one another
of explosive rounds that would go
with a sexual shudder,
leaving bornite like broken dreams
on the floors of flooded stopes.

A critic wrote that I was
“Just a small town Marxist…”
“Sure,” I said, “but quite friendly,
merely curious about The Company,
and what happened to the Indians
in Chile,
after the C.I.A. murdered Allende.”

by lizard

In the world most of us inhabit, rarely does one go from shaking hands with a person to actively advocating for their extrajudicial murder on television. In DC, however, that is exactly what John McCain did after returning from Libya with fellow snakes Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman.

The clip above just doesn’t do the hypocrisy of this bullshit humanitarian war against Libya justice, especially after reports that NATO strikes have produced some familial casualties.

An apparent attempt to kill Colonel Muammar Gaddafi failed late last night when the Libyan leader escaped unharmed from a reported direct hit by a Nato air strike on his youngest son’s house. However, his son Saif and three of his grandchildren were killed, according to a government spokesman.

Sadly, the head of the snake has not yet been decapitated, like America’s Frenemy Saddam. But I’m sure McCain won’t lose any sleep knowing a few of the snake’s alleged progeny have been dispatched from this world.

The real snakes, though, are slithering around our capitol, discussing the real reasons for this little intervention, like countering China’s expanding interest in African energy, disrupting the “virus” (according to McCain) known more generally as the Arab Spring, and maybe, just maybe, a multi-billion dollar money grab.

The objective of the war against Libya is not just its oil reserves (now estimated at 60 billion barrels), which are the greatest in Africa and whose extraction costs are among the lowest in the world, nor the natural gas reserves of which are estimated at about 1,500 billion cubic meters. In the crosshairs of “willing” of the operation “Unified Protector” there are sovereign wealth funds, capital that the Libyan state has invested abroad.

The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) manages sovereign wealth funds estimated at about $70 billion U.S., rising to more than $150 billion if you include foreign investments of the Central Bank and other bodies. But it might be more. Even if they are lower than those of Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, Libyan sovereign wealth funds have been characterized by their rapid growth. When LIA was established in 2006, it had $40 billion at its disposal. In just five years, LIA has invested over one hundred companies in North Africa, Asia, Europe, the U.S. and South America: holding, banking, real estate, industries, oil companies and others.

In Italy, the main Libyan investments are those in UniCredit Bank (of which LIA and the Libyan Central Bank hold 7.5 percent), Finmeccanica (2 percent) and ENI (1 percent), these and other investments (including 7.5 percent of the Juventus Football Club) have a significance not as much economically (they amount to some $5.4 billion) as politically.

Libya, after Washington removed it from the blacklist of “rogue states,” has sought to carve out a space at the international level focusing on “diplomacy of sovereign wealth funds.” Once the U.S. and the EU lifted the embargo in 2004 and the big oil companies returned to the country, Tripoli was able to maintain a trade surplus of about $30 billion per year which was used largely to make foreign investments. The management of sovereign funds has however created a new mechanism of power and corruption in the hands of ministers and senior officials, which probably in part escaped the control of the Gadhafi himself: This is confirmed by the fact that, in 2009, he proposed that the 30 billion in oil revenues go “directly to the Libyan people.” This aggravated the fractures within the Libyan government.

In the long run, it doesn’t pay to be a Frenemy of America, especially if you’re not a part of the nuke club. You never know when some western funded/hyped/co-opted opposition groups may start trouble, hopefully inciting stupid police state repression tactics that result in good images of unrest. Then the corporate media can trumpet the propaganda and help launch another hegemonic assault packaged for public consumption as saving civilians. I mean, the good civilians, not grandchildren snakes slithering around Papa snake. Their deaths don’t matter.

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