• Seems a reasonable response from Manning – especially considering that the current front runner label (ISIS) for Muslim extremism started way back in the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. We helped grow that little monster there and little by little they developed from a small militia, into an organization capable of bombing US embassy’s. Then Clinton fed them some cruse missiles and they got bigger, big enough to pull off 911. Then Bush fed them some Afghanistan and Iraq invasion and they got even bigger, this time with major recruitment and training incentives. Then Obama fed them some Syrian double talk allying with them against Assad and they are at the nation building occupying across borders stage of the game, more powerful than ever.

    So sure by the time we get done with them spending and killing our future into oblivion, they will have rallied the whole Middle East and allied the entire Muslim world against us.

    All along its been a suckers game, but hey, whats a few more trillion bucks.

  • annamissed commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Jackson Pollock by Ruth Calvo.

    2013-10-05 21:49:55View | Delete

    Once went there to the Albright Knox gallery, and saw once how awful a Georgia O’Keeffe painting could be one to one in real life (haha). Seem to remember the AKG also got a big chunk of the other abstract expressionist, Clifford Still, the rest going to his own personal museum in Colorado. The thing [...]

  • annamissed commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Jackson Pollock by Ruth Calvo.

    2013-10-05 20:50:16View | Delete

    Hard to say, Pollack was deeply involved in psychology and psycho-analysis and some really hard drinking, so the boundaries between intentionality or not could be easily blurred or seeing double. For the people that think Thomas Kinkade did great art, it is great art. At least according to the criteria of what art is to [...]

  • annamissed commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Jackson Pollock by Ruth Calvo.

    2013-10-05 20:26:33View | Delete

    Oh, and you gotta give Pollack credit for at lest 2 other things – rejecting Peggy Guggenheim’s sexual advances while she was his collector and dealer and then pissing into her fireplace in the middle of a party she threw.

  • annamissed commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Jackson Pollock by Ruth Calvo.

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    As Stieglitz once quipped “a painting becomes art when a rich person pays a lot of money for it”. And so it is, probably for ever that what we’re talking about then is Pollack is “important” or “great” largely because of how he fits into the particular shell game the elite consumers of modern art [...]

  • annamissed commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: What Do They Want?

    2012-01-21 00:52:34View | Delete

    The thing is, Newt is so damned suave.

  • annamissed commented on the diary post The 99% Choir goes Christmas Caroling by Cynthia Kouril.

    2011-12-28 02:14:24View | Delete

    The Billmon of late would have called this one a “contrast gainer” for the obvious reasons that the “giftee” in this case comes across as the paranoid scrooge protected police state droogs they are, compared to the earnest holiday choir.

    The Backbone Campaign (again) does this with major competence.

  • annamissed commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Cleaning Up After the Houseguests Are Gone

    2011-12-24 00:58:36View | Delete

    Agreed, it’s not a big leap, but It’s a chicken or egg question as to provocation – is it a last ditch (self preservation) move by Iraqiya against Maliki (oh! where have you gone Jefferson Davis) or is Maliki simply responding to the gathering storm of partition?

    Frankly, I’d put my money on Maliki being able to pull this off because warring mafia’s aside, the Iraqi people don’t want to see the country partitioned and Maliki will ride on this popular sentiment.

  • annamissed commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Cleaning Up After the Houseguests Are Gone

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    Nice summation Swopa. Although I’m not so sure what Maliki is up to is simply a predictable continuation of Shiite consolidation, or worse, a brazen attempt to go dictatorial, or an unprovoked attack on his political enemies. Certainly, those political enemies could very well have (active) ties to the former insurgency. But especially, in the last couple of months no less than 4 Iraqi Provinces (Basra, Diyala, Anbar, and Salahuddin) have made bids for autonomy and Iraqiya is no doubt driving this agenda (except in Basra). It makes sense that Maliki would crack down on his Sunni political enemies behind this initiative in a sort of Lincolnesque effort to preserve national unity in the face of secession. I thought it interesting, if not self incriminating that the the most spectacular (and deadly) bombing the other day was at Maliki’s Integrity Commission who was tasked with the investigating the charges of terrorism against the Sunni leadership. Pretty agile response to Hashemis arrest, no?

  • I think your characterization of the U.S. as a (rival) “militia” is so spot on that it ceases to be metaphor or hyperbole. In spite of the fact that we’ve essentially played this role since square one is symptomatic of doing Iraq on the cheap, while talking big (COIN) and placing US in the position of playing the other rival militia’s against one another as some kind of misbegotten force multiplier. The net result of which is that reliable trustworthiness is compromised into
    a function of immediate utility as opposed to laying a foundation of ideological and political synchronicity.
    At some point we’ll realize that we’ve been playing their game, if not more so forcing them to playing ours. It is after all, their tavern we walked into.

  • For most of the 20th century, the tax rate on the top percentile was between 70% and 90+%. Now seeing that we’re in the midst of a depression, with a democratic president balking at raising (back up) a tax rate from 34% to 36% you got to wonder what the hell this fool is thinking. Record deficits two pointless wars, a collapsed real estate market, near 20% (real) unemployment and this guy is so worried as to not raise taxes a few percent on those who can afford it most?
    If he capitulates on this things a guaranteed and locked in to only get worse in the short run and the long. It will finish him, the democrats, and all the rest of us in one fell swoop.

  • annamissed commented on the diary post Death of a Generation Marks Death of America’s Middle Class by Jim White.

    2010-12-02 20:58:29View | Delete

    In that case, I guess we’ll soon enough see what would have happened if Hoover had beaten FDR. And it ain’t gonna be pretty.

  • annamissed commented on the diary post Death of a Generation Marks Death of America’s Middle Class by Jim White.

    2010-12-02 19:33:22View | Delete

    Glad to see someone else pick up on the similarities between now and the 20′s – but sadden at your circumstance. Here’s a list of similarities I made recently at my blog (same as my name): 1 ) 3 consecutive Republican business friendly administrations (the modern counterpart would be economic policies of Clinton, Bush,& Obama) [...]