Posted by: quiscus | October 21, 2010

October 21, 2010

1.  “Cleric on US kill list attended Pentagon lunch after 9/11

Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric born in New Mexico who is now believed to be in Yemen, was invited to have lunch at the Pentagon shortly after 9/11 as part of the military’s outreach effort to Muslims, officials confirmed to NBC News.”

2.  “Woodward and the Military: Who’s Using Whom?

Bob Woodward’s affect is that of a human tape recorder. He claims that he is no more than a passive chronicler of events. Yet, he has played a significant role in the unfolding history he reports, from Watergate on down to the leak of General McChrystal’s memo pushing for increased troop strength in Afghanistan. (See my earlier piece, “Obama’s Wars”: The Real Story Bob Woodward Won’t Tell.“)


Well, here he goes again. Woodward’s new book, “Obama’s Wars,” has caused yet another event: the forced resignation of his inside source and patron, Gen. James Jones, who had been Obama’s national security adviser. Jones had taken Woodward with him to Afghanistan on the trip to meet with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander in that theater. Later on, McChrystal’s secret memo, essentially warning that the president, like LBJ in another era, had no choice but to massively escalate, appeared in a Woodward article.


None of this is in the Post. Meanwhile, Woodward’s own past service in the military before becoming a reporter certainly never appears in Post articles – though we definitely deserve more study of his role in top-secret capacities and as briefing officer for some of the most powerful figures in the Navy and Nixon White House prior to his apparently obtaining an unusual early release from service. We also need to know more about the fact that his reporting, even while portraying military leaders as disgruntled toward civilian leaders, almost always has the effect of strengthening the hand of the military. We can hardly expect the Post to issue a disclaimer on the work of its own star. But this points to a broader and chronic problem at the Post – the failure to acknowledge its own role on the Washington scene, and how many events there are orchestrated with the media audience in mind.


So, who’s using whom? It’s a situation that benefits multiple parties – the newspaper, Woodward and the generals. Whether it benefits the public is something else entirely.”

3.  “On Juan Williams’ Firing for Islamophobia and how Most European Terrorism is by European Separatists

A Europol report on terrorist attacks in Europe in 2009 [pdf] says that out of hundreds of terrorist attacks iin Europe in 2009, most were the work of ethnic separatists. About 40 were carried out by members of the extreme left. A handful by the European far right. See also this analysis.

One terrorist attack was carried out in 2009 in all Europe by persons of Muslim heritage (I do not say ‘by a Muslim’ because terrorism is forbidden in Islamic law).


That is right. Out of hundreds. Exactly one.


After all that nonsense spewed on the internet and Fox Cable News about the danger of Muslims to Europe, and all the ethnic profiling and other discrimination against Muslims, it turns out that not only is their religion not dangerous, even the persons who depart from it into extremism and terrorism are tiny in number. Now it would not be right to profile or generalize about Basques, the Real IRA, etc., either. But even by the lights of the bigoted, it would be a waste of time to obsess about Muslims on this evidence.


As for the European far left and far right, those it is all right to generalize about and to conclude that they are, like, very dangerous. Two words: Stalin and Hitler. Extremists of Muslim heritage have killed a few thousands of people over the past century. European political extremists have killed tens of millions.


This sort of datum is why National Public Radio was right to fire commentator Juan Williams for saying he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane.”

4.  I don’t think ANY mortgage, unless help by a local bank that NEVER sold it, can be enforced:

RULING BY THE LAW! SUPREME COURT Judge In New York, Dismisses WACHOVIA BANK Foreclosure Attempt with Prejudice! No Right to Foreclose – No Note or Debt – Lacks Standing to Foreclose!

5.  The banks won’t be able to:

Fla 4th DCA: Original Note Must Be Sequestered with Court

Editor’s Note: I almost passed on this. Then I started thinking. If the original note must be sequestered with the Court to prevent further negotiation of the note, it locks in the other side pretty early. If you can convince the court that tendering the original note to the court is a condition precedent to getting judgment, then they must come up with it immediately. It also underscores the issue of the burden of proof in a “lost note” situation, which is to prove the entire path that the note took, how it came to be lost, and what assurance you can give to the court that it is not in the hands of someone who could negotiate it.

Once they offer the “original” it can be examined for authenticity. And in discovery you can find out if there are other “originals” that were used in other transactions with insurers, counterparties in credit default swaps, federal bailout, etc.”

6.  “I have a rule of thumb that’s served me well my whole life: whenever corporate executives begin talking about how they support “free markets” and “competition,” check to see if you still have your wallet.

That’s because no one — not Karl Marx, not Fidel Castro, not your niece who owns the only lemonade stand on the block — hates competition more than corporations. The whole goal of a corporation is to crush all the competition. When corporate executives start pushing for “free market policies,” what they mean is a government that lets them become a monopoly.”

7.  “Every Email and Website to be Stored”


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