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Melinda Romanoff

Happy Saturday!

Clarice

Mel, any thoughts on Cameron's move re the EU?

Melinda Romanoff

UK wins the "Survive the EU Challenge".

What it did, for me at least, was reveal the reflexive, autocratic genetic make up of the remaining members. The "Memorandum Of Understanding" that the 17 + Nine have agreed to adopt is such a cravenly, cowardly act that will be foisted on their peoples like the Anschluss.

To misquote Sheriff Brody from Jaws: "You're going to need a bigger can."

They successfully made a huge problem bigger and more expensive to fix than I thought they were capable of doing.

But at least they could take the three weeks off for Christmas, plan for Davos, and revisit this sometime in March. Let's see what the market does to those plans.

Melinda Romanoff

Crowd at Boltnaya is estimated at 60K. Protesting the United Russia vote fraud.

I have hope. And I hope they don't get fired on too soon. My half-B-i-L is there.

Melinda Romanoff

Bolotnaya.

Oops.

Clarice

I have been distracted by other things but the Russian uprising is remarkable. Putin seems to have really overplayed his hand,

Melinda Romanoff

I think he still views the people as uninformed rubes. Looks like he got the "Lazy Susan Treatment" instead.

Clarice

Still laughing--I was at MOTUS where there was a picture of Donatella Versace all tarted up. One of the commenters said she looks like "rest home Barbie"..

Threadkiller


The Chargers get in the record book one way or another:

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-09/lew-bush-becomes-seventh-member-of-chargers-1994-super-bowl-team-to-die.html

One of the seven was killed by a lightning bolt. Is that coincidence or irony?

In other depressing news, my 7 and 9 year olds would not get up to watch the lunar eclipse. I remember jumping at the opportunity when my dad would wake us.

Ok, I am glad that is out of my system. Nothing but cheery thoughts for the rest of the day.

Melinda Romanoff

I just don't understand the "I'll take collagen to the face for $2,000, Alex" mentality.

Makes me want to look for the fold away valve that are used for filling up beach toys.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

Mel & Clarice,

Been reading the European press all morning. With an overabundance of self-righteousness they are pilloriing Cameron. But underneath all their braggadocio is a real nervousness as to what this treaty really means to the continued mal-existence of the Euro. Plus the fiscal accountablity measures are more "the horses are free, close the doors".

OTOH, Cameron is seen as a knight on a white horse by the euro-sceptics and as a weaker leader of a weaker coalitiion. The barometer to read in all this is how does the City do? Does it survive and maintain itself as a financial center for Europe or do the Europeans finally pull the plug and give Franfurt its new mantle of Euro-spectability?

Der Spiegel was especially harsh.

hit and run

I am troubled that TM waits until Saturday morning to get ready for the weekend. I usually start my preparations on Wednesday.

Jack is Back! (An Above Average Hoi Polloi)

I almost forgot: Mel, now that that is out of the way, it is over to the range to make Eggs Portuguese. Thanks for the recipe. And in honor of Clarice, I will make sure there is a nice slice of fried tomato next to it.

Jane

Mel.

Can they (did they) adopt it without Cameron?

Melinda Romanoff

TK-

That is eerie.

As an aside, did you ever sign out Gretchen Morgenson's Reckless Endangerment at the library?

It's worth getting on the wait list. It was a biz expense for me, worth it for me, but maybe not for others to pick one up. Without fail, it's a must read for the mortgage mess.

Melinda Romanoff

Jane-

Yes, as I currently understand it.

Melinda Romanoff

JiB-

There's a new word for everyone to learn.

"Redenomination".

Clarice

Well, accounts are all over the place. Claerly they didn't do what must be done--put in place controls with teeth ((an enforcement mechanism). Some have suggested England, Scandanavia and Switzerland may form their own economic union.


I wonder--with even Russians massing against tyranny how long will Britains agree to put up with any of the EU regs which strip the of even the right to control their own immigration policy and criminal laws?

I thought this article was especially interesting.http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100123140/david-cameron-stands-by-his-country-now-lets-get-the-deal-britain-wants/

The blog EU Referendum last night indicated they thought Cameron's move was inadequate and being overplayed.

Melinda Romanoff

Clarice-

Cameron is not a bold mover, by any measure.

Insty links to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, who has called this spade a spade for a loong time, and is one of my favorites.

Clarice

Actually, Mel , that's the one I was thinking about. I too, that it especially illuminating:

"By then, a separate cluster will have emerged (not the 10 "outs" against the 17 "ins", always a ludicrous concept), but rather a loose Anglo-Nordic-Swiss grouping that may not do so badly on the fringes and may begin to solidify into a seductively comfortable outer tier.
The mere existence of such a constellation might change the calculus of isolation for Spain should it finally tire of Franco-German dictates and depression, or should the Portuguese at last conclude that enough is enough."

centralcal

Not on the topic of the EU, but in preparation for comments that may come later this evening, with the ABC debate airing, I thought this short piece by Jonathan Last at Weekly Standard worth a perusal. Rather than just accepting conventional wisdom about Romney's electability he looks at the statistics of his actual wins and losses.

If none of the conventional wisdom is fully satisfying as an explanation for why Romney is now stuck in the mid-20s, then, perhaps a more elemental explanation will do: Voters just don’t like him very much. And they never have.
Clarice

*thought it especially illuminating*


Gee, cc..if you are going too look at FACTS.

Melinda Romanoff

Clarice-

I think "putting controls in place" is precisely what they are trying to do. Undemocratically, and with the worst possible economic incentives wrapped around it so as to keep "the markets happy".

The guaranteeing of the debt is probably the biggest dodge of responsibility one could imagine. The ultimate serf collar, if you will. Felix Salmon explained it very well earlier this past week

Old Lurker

Mel...as the continent hurtles backwards in time, my hope is that we will be your first houseguests when your namesake gets the dacha back. I am available to help in the title search. :-)

Janet

Lots of good stuff over at MOTUS -

Here is the Donatella Versace pic.

Kevin B

A lot of people here in the UK reckon that Cameron is basicaly singing the Dad's Army theme with the name changed to Mrs Merkel.

In other words, a lot of braggadocio backed up with not a lot of weaponry but with a bit of history on his side.

(I don't know if you ever got Dad's Army in the states, but it was a mild sit-com based on the Home Guard in 1940.)

Clarice

I never saw it, Kevin.

Mel, you and I are talking past each other. I don't disagree at all with this:


"Markets reflect underlying realities, and up until now, the realities have been clear. Europe’s periphery is sinking under the weight of too much debt, and the result will be inevitable pain for private-sector creditors. The best case scenario is that those countries bite the bullet and restructure their debt now, since to delay is to make any restructuring much more painful and expensive than it needs to be.

The worst case scenario is that the EU kicks the can down the road with one new bailout facility after another, until it eventually gives up throwing good money after bad and imposes the restructuring which was inevitable all along. In that case, as one hedge fund manager was explaining to me last week, private sector creditors get devastated: because the EU and the ECB and the IMF won’t take any losses on their loans, all of the haircut, pretty much, will have to be borne by a private sector which accounts for only a fraction of the debt. So the private sector could end up with very, very little indeed.

Now, however, Angela Merkel has come up with another plan. The details aren’t clear, but it seems to involve the EU guaranteeing the debts of its member states. Why this is acceptable while eurobonds aren’t acceptable is a mystery: a mulit-trillion-euro contingent liability is hardly preferable to a couple of hundred billion euros of real liabilities. But there’s eurologic for you.

The immediate result of this plan is that everybody will rush into the highest-yielding bonds in Europe, which is exactly what seems to have happened today. The other effect of the plan, however, is that every country in Europe is now effectively guaranteeing everybody else’s debt. Which is more than sufficient to explain why S&P is minded to downgrade every country in Europe, up to and including Germany."

I am talking about a single currency with no central bank or anything approaching one with the power to control the spigot.

rse

What I have profiled here is designed to fit in with what is already in place in the EU. In case anyone still thinks it's just an ed story, it's more a means of using ed to control the economy without it being readily apparent. The intl technocrats need the EU and the euro because the desire was to build from there. It's been a desire at least from the mid-1960s. In fact one document I have says that the only difference between what was planned for US and Europe would be Europe's history of feudalism had created some discrepancies that would likely remain.

The article I linked yesterday was terrible history about Europe but told me that our DC planning class finds a natural ally in the Paris and Brussels planning class. The stupid idea that the EU autocracy is needed to protect Europe from its nationalistic past is about 180 degrees from reality. It suggests though this ignorant meme has been repeated enough by "important people" at meetings and lunches and dinners that we were not invited too that it has become accepted wisdom repeated without scrutiny.

In both the US and Europe we are about to have a showdown over whether we exist to support the state, its officials, and their cronies. BO's speech this week in Kansas was his announcement of how little he thinks of the idea of the individual. Which is beyond shocking in a US President. That's the attitude and rhetoric of a tyrant.

Melinda Romanoff

OL-

The current administration offers apartments, with the appropriate rent, to old family "houses".

If you unconditionally commit to restoring the entire structure. The Ilyinsky Palace in St. Petersburg is currently under such "management".

narciso

Well he does represent the credentialed dumkopf cohort very confortably.


http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,750763,00.html

narciso

From his Google translated bio;


Born in 1971, political science graduate, began his career in journalism school of the Axel-Springer-Verlag. Other stations: editor at "Hamburger Abendblatt". Correspondent in the "world"-capital office. Deputy Director of the Policy department at the "Week" in Hamburg. Exchange 2002 as a correspondent in the capital SPIEGEL office. Since October 2009, Head of Policy and Head of the Berlin office with SPIEGEL ONLINE, since March 2011 Member of the Editorial Board.

centralcal

Janet, re: MOTUS picture link - a commenter has corrected the caption. It isn't Donatella Versace, but someone named Amanda Lepore. But, really, who can tell? lol.

Melinda Romanoff

Not talking past each other, just reinforcing each others points.

The only point I would add is that credible institutions derive that credibility from the trust emplaced within them from free thinking peoples. Not one EU institution has grown from that source.

Not one.

Extraneus

Hey Mel, how did your CNBC appearance go? I don't remember reading the after reports here, probably missed the thread.

Extraneus

Was that even you? Now that I think of it, I think I'm mistaken about the whole thing. Duh.

Old Lurker

"If you unconditionally commit to restoring the entire structure."

Well you would have to certify that it is clear of lead paint and asbestos.

Danube of Thought

Minus 21 at Raz today.

Gmax

Following along on the EU theme, the Telegraph has a story that seems to be predicting a major Euro bank failure within weeks. Seems that the place has gotten so hinkey that interbank lending, even overnight, has dried up. I call that the Jon Corzine effect, counterparties in the contract matter.

Some banks are running out of traditional safe collateral to borrow from the ECB. Now I have been hearing about a bank walk ( as opposed to its cousin the bank run ) for sometime now. Depositors are slowly but surely withdrawing their funds, and at some point if the ECB can not fill the whole, the bank has to admit that the vault is empty and invested in condo projects that are not performing up to proforma.

Thomas Collins

Well, DOT, whether it's Army or Navy, this is a great game to end the regular college football season. I guess, given the high standards of the service academies, this is unlikely to happen, but I hope some year that the BCS honchos will need to extend the BCS polling season due to Army or Navy, or both, being in the major bowl picture!

Gmax

DoT

Lt TMax says Army is awful and is fully expecting Navy to hang one on them. He has lots of West Pointers in his training class currently, so he must be hearing that sentiment a lot.

Melinda Romanoff

Ex-

The only way I would show up on CNBC is in a "perp walk", and I intend to stay a long way aways from that.

narciso

What happened the West Point quarterback, who had to chose between his Rhodes interview, and the big game,

Melinda Romanoff

Gmax-

The O/N markets over there are frozen. All they have left are the ECB punitive repo and the Fed swap lines. The US MMkt funds left months ago, their primary funding source, and relying on each other for funding is like the 40 thieves lending to each other.

A big continent just brimming with trust. (eyeroll)

Thomas Collins

Dewey Square in Boston has been liberated for the people to use it for its intended purpose, a public park. The hegemonic invaders from that multinational Occupy Corporation have been evicted! See LUN.

Melinda Romanoff

Durban Climate Talks Suspended-Insty

Just when they were getting towards some real money.

hit and run

What kind of team has a quarterback named Kriss?

I liked the last Navy quarterback's name - his last name.

narciso

Oops that was a 404, don't they actually have to present proof of such things


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/sports/ncaafootball/yale-looking-into-coach-tom-williamss-rhodes-claims.html?_r=1

rse

Melinda-

You and I are definitely on the same page on the EU. If I ever make it to Dallas maybe we can have drinks and discuss how we never seem to learn history's lessons.

Porchlight

Calling Ms. Chubby - it's now been about two months since you last posted. I miss your comments! Hope everything is okay.

This morning I will attempt to take a Christmas card photo of my kids in their new Christmas pajamas, heaven help me.

Melinda Romanoff

It's why "I Love Lucy" stays in syndication. Everybody loves reruns.

Missing the Dallas thingie though...

Melinda Romanoff

Dog walk time!

Porchlight

What terrible thing have I done to make Alan Grayson ads keep appearing in the upper LH corner of my JOM screen?

narciso

I thing Hogan's Heroes, is more appropriate;
'I know nothing, I see nothing, I hear nothing'

Captain Hate

Has the Army-Navy game been moved back later than usual to accommodate the slough of conference money-grubbing championship games?

Go Navy!

centralcal

I feel your pain, Porch. Grayson seems to be following me around several conservative blogs. Ordinarily it wouldn't bother me much, but he is so creepy looking that it is off putting.

narciso

He's like the Gargoyle, in those Medieval cathedrals, the raw stupid never stops does it;

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/cftoto/2011/12/09/critics-play-the-race-card-on-new-comedy-the-sitter/

Extraneus

Any clicks on Grayson's mug transfer money from him to TM.

henry

Narciso, as you just noticed it was the Yale QB. He played, the hated ones stomped the Bulldogs. The Old Blues will take care of him.

narciso

True, Henry, but the scale of the loss, 45-7,
I think they took back the consulting gig after that.

Captain Hate

he is so creepy looking that it is off putting.

Hard to believe that such a repulsive mug is supposed to produce positive thoughts about donating money to him.

Gmax

CBS released a new poll last night and asked the relevant question:

Does President Obama deserve to be reelected?

Answer seems to be hell no.

41% said yes.

54% said no.

Of course Indys said yes only 37% of the time, and he was losing more democrats than gaining Republicans. The only way he could even get to 41% was of course CBS interviewed more Democrats than they did Republicans. Proper weighting would drop him into George McGovern territory, which is fitting since he sounds like Georgie Boy these days.

Captain Hate

LOL @ Christiane Imawhore losing her Sunday gig. I'm sure she'll sound as arrogant as ever on her way out the door.

centralcal

I saw that yesterday, too, narciso, but didn't comment on it. The usual media blogs that like to break scoops were completely silent. The NY Post may be on to something about Amanpour, but so far no one else is picking it up. Stay tuned, though.

Captain Hate

This morning in between getting ready for basketball and doing some research/training for work, I read chapter 5 in Mamet's The Secret Knowledge which should be required reading for the ocupoopers on why their degrees are worth less than the toilet paper they can't afford.

henry

Narciso, scores like that go into the memory hole very quickly. It's part of the skill set that makes Duke & Duke so successful.

Threadkiller

If he were a little more green, he would look like the Grayson Who Stole Christmas.

narciso

Right MediaBistro had it, but only as a post link, meanwhile;

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/bret-baier-your-carriage-with-politico-awaits_b58526

Which is a little surprising because I consider him a good reporter.

narciso

Finished up that Corby book on the Periclean era, starring 'Nick' Socrates brother, pretty good.

rse

OK I have an off topic mystery to solve and would love some input. Went last night to a Christmas party held at someone's mom's spacious house. She's a collector and 2 of the things I noticed were a Chairman Mao mosaic near the fireplace and a bust of Lenin on the piano. Now if you know your history there are some iconic busts and you recognize them when you see them. Mentioned it to hubby who apparently when I was elsewhere asked a daughter who he knows who kept insisting it was a bust of her grandfather.

Wrong time fit for that Van Dyck beard plus it is the spitting image of Vladimir. Plus we already have Mao in same room at least in 9 by 12 size.

Mama is either a closet radical and the kids are not used to guests who recognize historical figures. Or Mama is quite obtuse in her collecting.

centralcal

narciso, Betsy Rothstein (or however you spell her name) is quite the snark queen since she has been at FishbowlDC. She tries to stir up controversy 24/7, I suppose to increase traffic. I think many are tiring of her tactics - regardless of their media job or political persuasion.

Gmax

rse

Well lets say it is Gramps, just for grins. What is the excuse for displaying the murderous SOB Chairman Mao? Or was that good old Uncle Fred, who was adopted?

narciso

Well Politico, specially Mike Allen, doesn't do anything without a reason, besides some of his special reports, have given a little reason to suspect

Army of Davids

CKE Restaurants, which runs Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, will have to spend twice as much complying with ObamaCare as it does opening new restaurants.

• Verizon Communications Chairman Ivan Seidenberg, an early Obama supporter, complained the administration is "injecting uncertainty into the marketplace and making it harder to raise capital and create new businesses."

MarkO

I am wearing my NAVY hat. All day. Even during the DUKE game.

Captain Hate

rse, how did Hitler and Stalin not make the cut?

narciso

'You got some 'splaining to do (yes, consider
the source)


http://www.therightscoop.com/gingrich-to-release-climate-change-book-in-2013/

hit and run

End the Occupation!
(puffho link warning)

On Oct. 27, the Charlotte city manager released a draft ordinance that makes camping on public property a "public nuisance" and would prohibit "noxious substances," padlocks and other camping equipment that city officials fear could impede traffic and create public safety issues.

Trying to sideline the Occupationlessists before the Dem convention.

Captain Hate

I wonder how much the antagonism by a large number of online comments toward Duke and Duke translates into Legacy World.

Neo
If President Barack Obama cannot nominate and receive Congressional approval of a new NLRB member by the end of the year, the board will shrink from three to two members. Due to a 2010 Supreme Court ruling, it will not be able to make decisions or grant rulings because it needs a quorum.
This is a bad thing ?
Jane

So Mr. Left tells me CNN, MSNBC and ABC are saying Holder doesn't respect Congress, (supposedly they think that is a bad thing which surprises me) and looks like he is on the way out.

I was also surprised that Dick said he had been hearing about him (months and months after I started bringing it up).

Anyone else have a bead on this?

Ignatz

--Europe’s periphery is sinking under the weight of too much debt, and the result will be inevitable pain for private-sector creditors.--

If that was the problem this would already be solved.
The real problem is, that debt enabled and continues to enable the citizens of those countries, and this one, to live above their means.
People aren't rioting in Greece cause the holders of Greek debt are going to receive a basic-training type haircut, they're rioting because the necessity of eliminating that debt is going to crush their fairy tale standard of living.
And to make matters worse, this incoherent idea that somehow large banks must be permanently immunized from the market forces which enabled their creation and existence by the very citizens who will be seeing their standards of living shredded, or worse yet by German citizens who received almost no benefit from the profligate borrowing by the periphery, makes matters worse in almost every way.
Seems to me the unbridgeable chasm is that the Euros are engaged in an attempt to minimize the pain of the private sector creditors on the backs of the very people who benefited from the creditors lending while at the same time making only rudimentary efforts at fixing the system of welfare state largesse which necessitated the debt in the first place.
There is only one fix; the creditors are crushed and the people's standard of living is reduced to reality. It can be done quickly and efficiently by the markets and then they can start over or they can drag it out over years and maybe decades which gives you the worst of all possible worlds; the same retrenchment to a realistic standard of living but with much more pain and misery spread over many more years and with greater risk of the destruction of essential institutions and societal bonds.
OWS was just a small taste of the latter.

Ignatz

--This is a bad thing?--

Why does the NLRB still exist?

Rocco

Mao was born on Dec 26th, I'm wondering if she was celebrating his birth at Christmas like Obama did when he hung Mao's ornament on the Whitehouse Christmas tree. Or maybe she's just displaying her collection. I'm leaning towards the former.

Captain Hate

Anyone else have a bead on this?

No because the MFM is completely in the tank for Stedman in that they have, at least in my neck of the woods, given the hearings an almost complete pass. Although that Dick has heard about it and is reacting the way that he is strikes me as encouraging.

narciso


her twitter is a little confused,

http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=KHayhoe

Thomas Collins

Ignatz's 11:12 AM post sets the standard for determining the candor of our POTUS candidates, the Eurocrats, the European heads of government and state, and all academics and media types commenting on the world financial mess. Unfortunately, they all (even the ones I viiew favorably) flunk the Ignatz Candor Test.

Ignatz

Lightsquared disrupts 75% of GPS receivers.
Aren't you glad the WH is fighting for Falcone and his billions to the extent of urging people to lie to Congress about it?
No fascism, crony capitalism or whatever you want to call it, here.

Melinda Romanoff

Ig-

You are asking politicians to take the bullet.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

Jane

Mr Left isn't Dick Capn so that's 2 reports.

Benjamin Franklin

'Round and 'ruund it goes, circling the Globe, this band of Iraq 'Hoes. The road to Iraq is paved with war criminals.

http://consortiumnews.com/2011/12/09/the-warning-in-gary-webbs-death/

"The Warning in Gary Webb’s Death
December 9, 2011
Special Report: Modern American history is more complete because journalist Gary Webb had the courage to revive the dark story of the Reagan administration’s protection of Nicaraguan Contra cocaine traffickers in the 1980s. However, Webb ultimately paid a terrible price, as Robert Parry reports.


By Robert Parry

Every year since investigative journalist Gary Webb took his own life in 2004, I have marked the anniversary of that sad event by recalling the debt that American history owes to Webb for his brave reporting, which revived the Contra-cocaine scandal in 1996 and forced important admissions out of the Central Intelligence Agency two years later.

But Webb’s suicide on the evening of Dec. 9, 2004, was also a tragic end for one man whose livelihood and reputation were destroyed by a phalanx of major newspapers – the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times– serving as protectors of a corrupt power structure rather than as sources of honest information.


Journalist Gary Webb
In reviewing the story again this year, I was struck by how Webb’s Contra-cocaine experience was, in many ways, a precursor to the subsequent tragedy of the Iraq War.

In the 1980s, the CIA’s analytical division was already showing signs of politicization, especially regarding President Ronald Reagan’s beloved Contras and their war against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government – and the U.S. press corps was already bending to the propaganda pressures of a right-wing Republican administration.

Looking back at CIA cables from the early-to-mid-1980s, you can already see the bias dripping from the analytical reports. Any drug accusation against the leftist Sandinistas was accepted without skepticism and usually with strong exaggeration, while the opposite occurred with evidence of Contra cocaine smuggling; then there was endless quibbling and smearing of sources.

So, to put these reports in anything close to an accurate focus, you would need special lenses to correct for all the politicized distortions. Yet, the U.S. news media, which itself was under intense pressure not to appear “liberal,” worsened the Reagan administration’s fun-house reflection of reality and attacked any dissident journalist who wouldn’t go along.

Thus, Americans heard a lot about how the evil Sandinistas were trying to “poison” America’s youth with cocaine, although there was not a single interception of a drug shipment from Nicaragua during the Sandinista reign, except for one planeload of cocaine that the United States flew into and out of Nicaraguan in a clumsy “sting” operation.

On the other hand, substantial evidence of Contra-related cocaine shipments out of Costa Rica and Honduras was kept from the American people with Reagan’s Justice Department and CIA intervening to head off investigations and thus prevent embarrassing disclosures. The chief role of the big newspapers in this upside-down world was to heap ridicule on anyone who told the truth.

During that time frame of the early-to-mid-1980s, the patterns were set for CIA analysts to advance their careers (by giving the president what he wanted) and mainstream journalists to protect theirs (by accepting propaganda). By 2002-2003, these patterns had become deeply engrained, leaving almost no one to protect the American people from a new round of falsehoods – aimed at Iraq.

rse

mama is about 80 and the daughter of someone who built up an insurance co that kept a couple of generations from working much or thinking well from what I have seen until the 2008 disaster left the successor co's stock basically worthless. Life of privilege you never had to earn would fit a certain profile. We could also make the case that neither the children or grandchildren or spouses knows enough history to have recognized either the bust or the mosaic.

Jane

BTW, Mr Left also raised the possibility that we left the drone in Iran on purpose so they would download stuff from it that we put on it to fry them.

I told him if Obama authorized that I'd have to give him a lot more credit than I do.

Benjamin Franklin

And...dovetailing nicely with my last entry....Iraq crimes are certainly reachable, as is Iran/Contra. You better put your alms in the Romulan's corner. He's your only chance for keeping your heros off the Docket. Karma has a 'due date'.

http://balkin.blogspot.com/2011/12/resisting-elites-resistance-to-rule-of.html

"There is much in Greenwald's book to interest legal scholars. The very concept of "retroactive immunity" militates against the rule of law, and I could find only twenty or so mentions of it in Westlaw's database of journals and law reviews prior to 2005.* While there have been 40 pieces addressing "retroactive immunity" since then, we need both research and activism on the topic. Whose rights are abrogated when retroactive immunity is granted? Is this a taking?

A note by Olivia Radin in the Columbia L. Rev. suggested that legal rights are a form of property. She argues that, "When a state confers retroactive immunity on a defendant, the [Supreme] Court understands that the plaintiff has suffered an injury to his existing legal rights." Shouldn't retroactive immunity be costlier, then? If the state entirely takes away a vested right of yours, to enrich another, why shouldn't there be some sort of compensation? When Congress afforded retroactive to the telecoms for warrantless wiretapping, it should have at least acknowledged the cost of its actions, both to individuals and to the rule of law as a whole. And it should have stepped in to pay the fines that it spared communications giants from suffering, directing them to future privacy enforcement efforts.

Captain Hate

Sorry for the confusion Jane; being in Taxachusetts you lead a charmed life if there is only a specific person whom you can designate Mr Left.

narciso

As usual the reverse is true, the likes of Scarry Larry and Marcincowski, who were at best skeptical toward the guerillas, were promoted, try again;

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Contra-War-Highlander-Resistance/dp/0806132523

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