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  • allan commented on the blog post A Proportional Response

    2014-12-20 10:24:47View | Delete

    The big man should appoint himself.

    Surely anybody who could come up with the comedy gold
    of “Five million green jobs”,
    or “The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness”,
    or “If you like your health plan you can keep it”
    has lots more where that came from.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 19th, 2014

    2014-12-19 20:27:21View | Delete

    Is Evan Bayh a disgrace to the body he once belonged to, or its perfect exemplar?

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 18th, 2014

    2014-12-19 08:16:36View | Delete

    Alarming Complaint About Aircraft Parts

    Aircraft parts supplier Ameri-King ordered workers to scrub off “Made in China” labels and replace them with “Made in USA” labels, and sold repaired parts as new, a fired worker claims in court.

    Happy holiday flying!

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 18th, 2014

    2014-12-18 19:32:03View | Delete

    Well, it’s official: noted cryptographer and cybersecurity expert George Clooney
    declares that the Sony hack was definitely NK.

    A good portion of the press abdicated its real duty. They played the fiddle while Rome burned. There was a real story going on. With just a little bit of work, you could have found out that it wasn’t just probably North Korea; it was North Korea.

    Case closed. All that’s left is the target selection.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 17th, 2014

    2014-12-18 04:57:44View | Delete

    Good luck with the exam, Brandon. And get some well-earned rest.

    Lindsey wants to block funds for a new embassy in Havana.
    He’ll change his mind when he sees what the Cuban cabana boys look like,
    and will soon be doing `fact finding’ missions there as often as he does in Tel Aviv.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 16th, 2014

    2014-12-16 18:19:01View | Delete

    Dear Democratic `leadership’, when Tom Coburn is to your left, you’ve got a problem:

    GOP Sen. Coburn blocks terrorism insurance measure

    Coburn said late Tuesday that thanks to the program, the insurance industry had made $40 billion over the past 12 years.

    If Jeb can fake right for the primaries, he’s In Like Flynn

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 16th, 2014

    2014-12-16 17:40:06View | Delete

    All The Irony That’s Fit To Print. Links on the same NYT page at the same time:

    Economic Recovery Spreads to the Middle Class

    while, back in the real world,

    Layoffs Begin at The Times After Buyouts Come Up Short

    The New York Times and its primary union said on Tuesday that the paper was laying off at least 21 employees because it had not received enough voluntary buyouts to cover newsroom budget cuts.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Weekend Roundup for December 13-14th, 2014

    2014-12-15 07:49:54View | Delete

    Never let a crisis go to waste:

    Uber has found itself embroiled in yet another PR disaster:
    spiking prices as a hostage situation unfolded in Sydney, Australia.

  • What’s that shrieking in the closet?

    For the third time this week Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday took to the Senate floor to rail against financial deregulation language tucked into a massive spending deal. But this time, there was somebody to rebut her. …

    Lindsey Graham lit into the 139 House Democrats who followed Warren and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s lead on Thursday and voted against the omnibus in the House, where it narrowly passed. Their votes, Graham said, were for a shutdown, and he warned Warren not to take the same kind of hard line he witnessed his Republican colleagues take last year.

    “If you follow the lead of the senator of Massachusetts … people are not going to believe you are mature enough to run the place,” Graham said. “Don’t follow her lead. She’s the problem.”

  • allan commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 05:36:39View | Delete


    This all was about exploitation, not intelligence. And for over a year, Dick Cheney’s goal for exploitation was to create a fraudulent case for the Iraq war, whether via torture or dubious single source claims in Prague. As Cheney complains that the torture report (which reported on the anal rape done in the guise of rectal rehydration done on his order) is “full of crap,” we should never forget that one end result of this was the disastrous Iraq war.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 11th, 2014

    2014-12-11 19:25:52View | Delete

    Also too: Jamie Dimon himself called to urge support for the derivatives rule in the spending bill

    But there were profiles in courage:

    “It really is outrageous,” said a former senior Obama Treasury official, who asked for anonymity to preserve business relationships. “This was the epicenter of the crisis. This is what brought AIG down, what brought Lehman Brothers down.”

    It’s hard to figure out why the base didn’t turn out on Nov. 4. A real head-scratcher.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 11th, 2014

    2014-12-11 18:41:10View | Delete

    Looks like CROmnibus has passed the world’s second greatest deliberative body.
    So bad that even Nancy wouldn’t embrace the suck.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 10th, 2014

    2014-12-11 09:03:29View | Delete

    Canada Supreme Court allows police to search cellphones without warrants

    OTTAWA—In a narrowly split 4-3 ruling that runs counter to the law in the United States, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld strong powers for police to conduct warrantless searches of a suspect’s cellphone upon arrest. … Justice Thomas Cromwell, writing for the majority, said an individual’s privacy interest in their cellphone — whether locked or unlocked — is outweighed by law enforcement objectives at the time an arrest.

    I’m old enough to remember when people would say that,
    if it got bad enough in the US, they could always move to Canada.

  • allan commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-11 06:25:11View | Delete

    The criminals in the US went one better.
    They engineered their non-prosecution in advance,
    with an “advance declination to prosecute” letter.
    They knew what they were doing was illegal from the start, John Yoo or not.

  • History might not repeat itself but it does rhyme. From 2012:

    Correspondence and collusion between the New York Times and the CIA

  • allan commented on the blog post Re-Branding

    2014-12-10 08:54:09View | Delete

    Transparenciness, courtesy of @Charlie Savage:

    Hours after Senate torture report, Obama admin asked court to keep secret CIA witness interviews, DOJ/Durham reports.

    Preen, how could you?

  • allan commented on the blog post Re-Branding

    2014-12-10 04:32:07View | Delete

    History will not be kind to some `journalists’ who carried water for the torturers.
    We anonymous-sourced some folks.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 9th, 2014

    2014-12-09 20:18:01View | Delete

    Presidential cufflinks don’t have the cachet they once did.
    All those multi-billion dollar Get Out of Jail Free cards settlements
    are beginning to take their toll on the Best Managed Bank in the World™:

    With New Capital Rule, Fed Nudges Big Banks to Shrink

    Fed officials estimated that nearly all of the eight banks would already meet the new requirements outlined on Tuesday. They added during phone a call with reporters that the eight banks would have to raise a total of $21 billion in additional capital but declined to provide specific figures for individual banks. JPMorgan, however, may account for most or all of that sum.

    At a public Federal Reserve Board meeting on Tuesday, Stanley Fischer, the central bank’s vice chairman, made comments that implied that JPMorgan would be hardest hit by the regulation.

  • allan commented on the blog post Thinking About Torture Ahead of the Senate Report

    2014-12-09 10:09:31View | Delete

    CIA director Brennan says interrogation program “had shortcomings.”

  • allan commented on the blog post The Weekend Roundup for December 6-7th, 2014

    2014-12-08 05:34:47View | Delete

    At long last, justice on Wall Street!
    The banksters and mortgage fraudsters are finally going to pay for their crimes:

    Their crimes involved ongoing and systematic deception; for years, they repeatedly lied to investors, regulators, auditors… ,” the government said in court papers. “The defendants — all of them — falsified literally millions of pages of documents and engaged in a series of almost comic efforts to further the fraud.

    “Ordinary people and sophisticated investors alike relied on documents created by the defendants — all of them — in making important life decisions. Some people retired because they thought their money was safe. Others bought a home. All of them lost everything. Charities collapsed. University endowments shrank overnight. Pension plans … lost millions upon millions. … ” … The government seeks prison terms of more than a decade for each …

    Oops, my bad … that’s Preet going medieval on what’s left of Bernie Madoff’s operation.
    Including his computer guys.

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