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February 10, 2013

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BR

I know, Mel, but one can play with it.

narciso

Well one recall this, from about two years ago,

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/21/AR2010072105578.html

If the former head of the PM division ends up as Ops chief, this was before Petraeus took the post, what does that tell you,

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JiB-

Not in the main collection. Might be in the unsorted rack.

Have I ever mentioned I loathe taking detailed inventory? I transcribe each LP to a 4X6 card, including recording dates, personnel, and the like. Then that goes onto the server in Excel, thus updating anxious siblings. Laborious, but I learn a lot.

Jane - Mock the Media!

BR,

I would be shocked if there was an executive order. There seems to be little regard for formality in this WH.

It does seem like Benghazi is going the way of Fast & Furious. Whatever happened to Holder's contempt citation?

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And I'm only in 1956, with Brubeck Plays Brubeck, at this moment. Three NYC recording sessions over March and April at Columbia's 30th St. Studios.

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Jane-

Cook County Skool of Bidness: Who's gonna enforce that decision?

Their own peeps.

BR

Jane, or it's getting bigger a la Watergate. With this new book we are now introduced to the wider picture, WH Deputy NSC Chief Brennan's rogue Private Force provoking the attack on Benghazi. Well and fine to fight terrorists, but it must be via proper command channels with info to those who need to know and protection to vulnerable US personnel in the area.

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Obama's jeanyus knows no bounds. Nor borders.

LUN.

BR

Narciso, I read your link. So, what does that tell you?

narciso

Sandy Daze, was pointing out before the election, the contractor that likely was the support arm for the GRF,

BR

Perhaps that Petraeus was doing his job and "infringing" on Brennan's rogue paramilitary?

BR

GRF? Girls' Rehab Facility?

narciso

They are already transitioning to the paramilitary approach, nature of the business, now this has been one of the Agency's most contentious efforts from the Albanian fiasco,
to the Cuban matter to Vietnam, and this is not an easy track for officers, can't drink pastis, and fou gras, Brennan was more a staff man, an analyst, Prince Nayif gave him the heads up on the underwear bomber, and he still didn't act on it.

Captain Hate

I don't know how anyone can watch these shows without getting nauseous.

That's why I give you guys a summary so you don't have to self medicate with syrup of ipecac.

Btw, I just finished watching "The Last Days of Disco". First, the next Mrs Hate will be exactly like Chloe Sevigny's character minus the herpes. Second, the scenes for the credits when everybody inside and outside the subway car is dancing to "Love Train" would make the movie worthwhile by itself.

narciso

Global Response Force, the outfit that Woods and Doherty belonged to, Herridge discovered that detail.

Dave (in MA)

The awards atrocity on CBS is supposed to feature a Brubeck tribute by Corea,Clarke & Garrett, and a tribute to Levon Helm by people I've never heard of.

narciso

Chloe has gotten much creepier since then, this was also Kate Beckinsale's big debut,
I read Stillman's novelized script, which made a little more sense,


Brad Taylor, a former Delta now in the novel business, says he based his latest, in part on the Benghazi matter,

BR

So, obviously, Brennan is not fit to run paramilitary operations and anyway shouldn't be bypassing those in the Pentagon and CIA whose job it is.

So, what have we got, a puppet US president and staff sending out rogue paramilitary units and drones to kill who knows on whose behest.

BR

Ah, tku re GRF.

Captain Hate

So you're saying I caught her in the window of attractiveness before it slammed shut? Yes Beckinsdale's character was very pretty also, she just didn't smoke with such a slow burn.

narciso

Basically, that's right, they had the Corea tribute, wth knows who they were,

narciso

This was the way they described it earlier;


http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20130208/ENT02/302089969/-1/ENT05

Dave (in MA)

Well, I won't be seeing it unless it ends up on Youtube, because the little lady has switched on the latest installment Masterpiece Theater while I have the Bruins on.

sbwaters

Anyone else having a "Waiting for static.typepad.com" message on a JOM page load that never ends?

Jane on Ipad

BR,

What did you think of the N Africa connection? I can 't figure out what Brennen is after.

BR

Narciso, from just quick Googling I find GRF to be an Army unit and GRS, Global Response Staff, a CIA unit to which Woods and Doherty belonged. So, I wonder if Brennan is running GRS from the WH or were the men on the ground deceived into thinking they're working for GRS/CIA.

Dave (in MA)

sbw, I've had Issues like that with lots of pages for a few months, but I get it to go away by killing and restarting Chrome. (on Windows)

narciso

That's who I meant, BR, that part of the story doesn't ring true, Jane, because who did they get, the LOC report indicates a whole panoply of groups operating there, they might have nabbed some low level figures,

BR

That's the important thing, Jane. What are they doing in N. Africa? Knowing the proven intentions of Obama, it is not in the US' interests and more likely aiding terrorists. Therefore, it's done secretly, away from Congress' oversight. But it's beginning to blow wide open because of Benghazi. If Petraeus weren't so introverted by the broad thing, he could be of great help to expose this.

narciso

Bill Roggio's long wars journal, reveals that the communications between Jashef and Zawahiri, involved all their projects including Mali,

Jane on Ipad

I just can't imagine what it is that needs to be exposed. It's too weird.

sbwaters

Thanks, Dave. just restarted firefox and it's still a problem.

Jane on Ipad

Narc,

What are the " projects"?

BR

Petraeus said no one at the CIA ordered Doherty and Woods to stand down in helping Stephens and his staff in Benghazi during the attack. I hope the book coming out online on Tuesday tells who ordered the stand down. Whoever ordered it did not want the "GRS" or WH rogue Private Force to get in the limelight.

What is Brennan's connection to GRS (or whatever the US operatives in N. Africa are) and what was he doing on 9/11/12 with regard to Benghazi I wonder.

Neo

So now, the White House is telling everyone that Obama will “return” to the issue of jobs and the economy in his State of the Union address. In articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Associated Press and elsewhere, White House aides are claiming Obama realizes that the economy is still the public’s number one issue.

BR

This book could create a whole orchestra of whistle blowers if those on the ground realize they've been lied to as to the purpose of their missions.

narciso

AQIM, although BelMokhtar's batallion, probably was probably part of it, four years ago, the outgoing administration, warned of
this fellow, this was why they were training
the officers including Captain Sanogo.

Jim Miller

On watching Nancy Pelosi: I actually watched that Chris Wallace interview this morning. (I rarely watch interviews on TV. I figure if someone said something interesting, I can always look at the transcript later.)

But I did so in somewhat the same spirit that a herpetologist might study a poisonous snake. I was wondering how she would answer Wallace's straightforward questions -- and, to tell the truth, I wanted another look at that odd, almost immobile face. (I still remember how surprised I was when I first saw her up close on TV.)

And from that point of view, it was interesting, interesting enough so that I may do a brief post on it tomorrow

Neo

Apple Is Testing Watch-Like Device.

Chubby

((Apple Is Testing Watch-Like Device.))

I think they call it the Pebble.

they are also coming out soon with an Internet radio station similar to Pandora

Dave (in MA)

There was a watchband that you could use with the 6th generation iPod Nano with which, if you made the clock feature the default when it comes back from sleep mode, you had a watch. They changed the dimensions of the Nano in v.7, though.

Chubby

I think the wrist phone is a great idea. If anyone is worried about Apple being able to keep on innovating, I read not long ago that Jobs left a list a mile long of ideas to pursue.

Chubby

it is my understanding that the wrist device is a phone, a la Dick Tracey. Just hearsay, so could be dead wrong about that.

Melinda Romanoff

This is a 3D print of one iPod nano watchband.

If you want to know how I know about this subject, I'll have to do something "Bad" after I tell you.

Melinda Romanoff

If they can cram Mandelbrot's antenna into a Nano, Dick Tracy's phone is a go.

Chubby

((f you want to know how I know about this subject,...))

we want to know

BR

Coming Monday! Benghazi: The Definitive Report by Brandon Webb and Jack Murphy.

Melinda Romanoff

PL-

No.

You don't.

Melinda Romanoff

PL-

When I get my research done and the owners of my work are happy and well placed, which should be around late March or early April, I'll share.

Think where to bet on Industrial Revolution 3.0.1.

Globalists will never survive it, which is the fun side effect.

Chubby

March or April, eh? I'll note in my calendar when to start nagging :)

narciso

THese folks popped up in Hagel's late night data dump, in the LUN, along with the Olayans who seem to be Dimon's coat holders

narciso

Speaking of coat holders, very few of those on stage, really could do that for Levon, or any of the great musicians that have passed this year,

daddy

Just saw this headline:
Giants, Romo agree to two-year, $9 million contract,

and immediately thought the Cowboys had finally done something intelligent, and that the NY Giants had done something as stupid as their cross town neighbor Jets, ala the Sanchez/Tebow Quarterback controversy.

daddy

I can 't figure out what Brennen is after.

Jane,

I honest to goodness am unsure who's side he is on.

Melinda Romanoff

G'night all.

Stephanie

Anyone else having issues with a kindle? Got one for Christmas and last week it decided to stop accessing the WiFi connection even though it was connected to the linksys with a good signal. Amazon troubleshooted it and overnights me a new one. Got it Saturday and danged if the new one won't quit rebooting and crashing for no reason and I have gotten the kindle equivalent of the BSOD. Rebooted it and it is still crashy. Am I just getting the lemons or are others having issues with theirs? I got the kindle fire HD 7" and am wondering if I screwed up and should have gotten something else. Gggggggrrrrrr.

daddy

According to the Dragon Lady, (Albert Brooke's Prosecutor in the Comedy flick "Defending Your Life"), Melinda just gave us invaluable Investment information on wristwatches, that comes along maybe once every 5 or 6 lifetimes!

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Stephanie-

I had to reset mine once, to factory level. It's had its moments since. And I have a Gen1 Kindle Fire.

And I mean core reboot when I say reset. Scrubbed everything back to kernel.

Good luck!

narciso

Oh, Awkward,


http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/163204/

Stephanie

Mel we've done that twice and it still has issues. The first one worked great.... til it didn't. The second one has had issues right out of the box. Another call to Amazon is in order and I want an upgrade for all the trouble. Third time lucky?

Lesley

Greetings from Florence. Low 30's, with the possibility of light snow. Yesterday we attended the 11am service at St. James, the Episcopal Church in Florence. Absolutely gorgeous gothic church, splendid choir, and fine sermon on the transfiguration of Christ. The Anglican Church on the other side of the Arno, St. Marks, has challenged the congregation of St. James to a pancake race around the Piazza San Spirito on Tuesday at 1pm. This tradition on Shrove Tuesday stems from getting rid of your eggs, sugar and butter before Lent. The pancakes must be raced around the square while flipping them in the pan. Should be a riot to watch.

Spent the afternoon with the future in-laws at Torrigalli. Lovely late luncheon. My daughter and her fiance gave me a book entitled "Rinascimento I Ritratti" (Portraits of the Renaissance) as a late
Christmas present. We sat around the fire after luncheon and discussed such topics as: did Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) have "sprezzatura" while paging through the book.

Earlier in the week we went to Santa Croce. I particularly wanted to see the side chapel where Julie Clary Buonaparte and one her daughters are buried, the Pazzi chapel, and the newly restored Bronzino of Christ freeing those in Limbo which had been terribly damaged by the flood in 1966. Weird panting but what's not to like about Bronzino? Also, its in its original frame which is very rare.

narciso

Great, Leslie, I so envy you, Iremembered Rafael from a paper I wrote on the 'School of Athens' Bronzino I wasn't that familiar with,

narciso

Was this the one, you're referring to, in the LUN

Lesley

That is exactly the painting, Narciso. There are several rows of chairs in front of it and so you can sit and admire. On the top left corner of the painting are these nasty, nightmarish winged demons from hell. Quite scary, really. A number of the women have "Bronzino faces" very reminiscent of his portraits of Eleanor of Toledo (Medici). I asked my daughter whether those faces were, in fact, Eleanor, but she said no. His pictures of Eleanor were idealized versions of her, almost iconographic. You can see versions of this face (classic oval) over and over again in his work (bottom left and right in this painting).

My great quest this trip is to visit the Vasari corridor at the Uffizi. Therein is housed the Uffizi's great collection of artist's self-portraits (Andrea de; Sarto, Vasari, Tintoretto, Rubens, Bernini, Rembrandt, etc to modern). The Vasari Corridor (il Corridoio Vasariano) was built to allow Cosimo 1 Medici to get from the Palazzo Vecchio to the Pitti Palace across the Arno without having to get out on the streets and thus avoid assassination. When you look at a picture of the Ponte Vecchio you can see the corridor running above the shops on the east ? end of the bridge.

glasater

The thing that gets me is that '60 Minutes' can have the Algerian Gas Plant American survivors on for an interview but Charlie Rose cannot track down the Benghazi survivors for same.

daveinboca

Obama still dropped the ball on Syria. For once, State & DoD agreed on something---plus Petraeus & Brennan at the NSC. What a dummie POTUS we still have for three-plus years in the Oval Office...

Jane on Ipad

The Pope is resigning Feb 28th.

Or is he re-signing?

Unusual, eh?
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Captain Hate

Obama still dropped the ball on Syria. For once, State & DoD agreed on something---plus Petraeus & Brennan at the NSC.

They failed to get the Iranian rodent on board.

peter

Thank you for posting, Lesley. Florence at this time of year is beautiful, and so free of tourists. And it is one of the cities that does Carnival, although in it own unique low key way.

Jim Eagle

Full text of Pope's resignation letter.

Gnothi Seauton.

Whoa, wise dude.
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Jane:  Mock the Media

From Twitter - this is funny:

GayPatriot ‏@GayPatriot

BREAKING: ABC News' Brian Ross claims a member of College of Cardinals forced Pope to resign & the Cardinal is actually a Tea Party member

Jim Miller

daddy - I'll admit that I know less about Brennan than I would like to, but he strikes me as a bureaucratic weasel. If I am right, Brennan is on Brennan's side, and will modify his publicly stated beliefs to suit political circumstances.

sbwaters

Pardon me but I'm not familiar with the protocol. Does a rich banker give former Pope Benedict a multi-million dollar home in Hawaii?

centralcal

Well, I guess Monday won't be a slow news day after all.

Chris Cillizza already showing the direction the left will take this news posted on Twitter: Pope Benedict, following Sarah Palin's lead, resigns...

What assholes the lefties are.

Captain Hate

Btw, just so I can be clear on what I missed last night, is it true Elton John threw in a tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook? Were there any tie-ins to his obsession with Lady Di? Was Gabby Giffords mentioned? Any commemorative coins in the offing?

I'm so glad I didn't watch that trash.

AliceH

Lesley@12:47 - How delightful! Thank you for introducing me to Bronzino and for giving me a new and handy word:
sprezzatura

Definition:

The rehearsed spontaneity, studied carelessness, and well-practiced naturalness that underlies persuasive discourse. (The opposite of sprezzatura is affectazione--affectation.)

centralcal

Two parking lot attendants at the Smithsonian stole $1.4 million parking lot fees over a period of 3 years.

The full scope of the theft became known Friday at the sentencing of Freweyni Mebrahtu, 46, of Sterling, who admitted stealing $900,000. That’s on top of the nearly $487,000 theft previously disclosed during the January sentencing of her colleague, Meseret Terefe, 37, of Silver Spring.

[snip]

Terefe stuffed the cash into his duffel bag, and then he’d toss the bag into his trunk at the end of a shift. He had $218,000 in his apartment when he was arrested last summer. He had already spent some of the rest to buy a condominium in Addis Ababa, his case files show.

Mebrahtu stole nearly $900,000 and used it to pay for her children’s college, a daughter’s surgery, cash gifts to relatives, shipments of medications and clothing to families and friends overseas and donations to mosques, according to statements Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Jim Eagle

CC,

Some of those fees are mine. Frederick and I have been to the Air and Space Museum at Dulles twice and had to pay to park.

OT: Hmmmmmmm! Did Brennan lie under oath?

Stephen Hayes believe he did on our old friend Ali Harzi.

narciso

And they lost another half million from somebody else;


http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/02/10/candy-crowley-asks-panel-if-they-were-offended-conservative-doctors-p

fdcol63

If Brennan's lips were moving, he was probably lying.

centralcal

Ha, JiB - you may be part owner of a condo in Addis Ababa and a contributor to mosques who knows where!!

Be sure to include the donation portion on your taxes this year!

narciso

And Lake has pointed out, that Al Harzi's brother is tied to the Syrian rebels, the history of peripheral figures, in investigations, subsequently released is not good, Ali Mohammed, comes to mind.

Jim Eagle

Another Democratic Congressperson Tax Cheat.

Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire.

narciso

That was in this piece;


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/11/four-months-after-benghazi-attack-where-are-the-killers.html

Thomas Collins

Congrats to the Millenials and their indie bands. I'm glad fun (Best Song, Best New Artist Grammys)got some recognition last night. Let's all be young tonight! See LUN.

Jim Eagle

Talking about Popes:

Nine Days that Shook The World

About John Paul's return to Poland as Pope in June of 1979. Newt and Callista host. Good trailer.

fdcol63

So, does anyone believe St. Malachy's prediction that the next pope will be named Peter the Roman? LOL

Thomas Collins

Well, we haven't had a Pope resign in awhile, and we haven't had an African Pope in at least about 1600 years. Perhaps we'll soon have our second unusual event in Papal history. See LUN.

Thomas Collins

The article I linked in my 10:32 AM post talked about the potential of the first African Pope. That's not my understanding of the history of the Roman Catholic Church, but perhaps those more versed in that history could inform us.

Jim Eagle

TC,

Well you have Saint Victor, the 14th Pope (from 189AD to 198AD), who was from Roman Africa or present day Tunisia.

Jim Eagle

TC,

If they choose an African Cardinal it will probably be Peter Cardinal Turkson of Ghana who is only 68. Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria is already 80 and we've been through the fraility of that age twice now in the last 15 years.

Then you have Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of Manila. But he's probably too young at 56 but he does represent a growing Catholic country in Asia.

It won't be Dolan unfortunately since he is American and like Europe the church may think we're a lost cause.

Dave (in MA)

My understanding is that there have been 3 African popes and 8 from Asia (Syria and Galilee).

narciso

Interesting JiB, Victor was the one who first proclaimed the Mass in Latin, rather then Greek

Jim Miller

TC - It may depend on whether by "African" you mean from the continent of Africa, or someone dark skinned from sub-Saharan Africa. St, Augustine was African by the first meaning, but not second.

Jim Eagle

Dave,

Could be. I just found these guys in addition to Saint Victor 1:

32nd Pope = ST. MELCHIADES (MILTIADES): Africa; July 2, 311, to Jan. 11, 314

49th Pope = ST. GELASIUS I: Africa; Mar. I, 492, to Nov. 21, 496

So it looks like 3 from Africa.

Porchlight

Dolan hasn't been Cardinal long enough anyway. His time may be later.

Jim Eagle

narciso,

True and some even speculate he was the "first Black African" Pope even though his home was Tripolitania in Tunisia. They spoke Latin in Roman Africa not Greek.

Jim Eagle

fdcol63,

Paddy Powers thinks St. Malachy is spot on.

They are giving Peter odds of 2 to 1

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