Apr 30, 2009

The CIA's $1,000 a Day Specialists on Waterboarding; KMBZ on torture

The New Focus on Two Retired Military Psychologists Called the 'Architects' of the CIA's Techniques
By BRIAN ROSS, MATTHEW COLE, and JOSEPH RHEE April 30, 2009

(ABC cites) current and former government officials (saying) the CIA's secret waterboarding program was designed and assured to be safe by two well-paid psychologists now working out of an unmarked office building in Spokane, Washington.

Bruce Jessen (left) and Jim Mitchell (below), former military officers, together founded Mitchell Jessen and Associates.

Both men declined to speak to ABC News citing non-disclosure agreements with the CIA. But sources say Jessen and Mitchell together designed and implemented the CIA's interrogation program.

"It's clear that these psychologists had an important role in developing what became the CIA's torture program," said Jameel Jaffer, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Associates say the two made good money doing it, boasting of being paid a $1,000 a day by the CIA to oversee the use of the techniques on top al Qaeda suspects at CIA secret sites.

Both Mitchell and Jessen were previously involved in the U.S. military program to train pilots how to survive behind enemy lines and resist brutal tactics if captured.

Rman says:

These two mercenary spooks can't TALK? Water-board em!!!! (just kidding!)


Wonder if these two former CIA cherubs will get called to Congress, and will cite their CIA 'gag' agreement (no pun intended). Contempt of Congress maybe?

Next thing you know, Faux News will have Oliver North, another great American, give them legal advice on how to contempt Congress and end up as a talk show host!

(BTW, this CIA story was on Drudge Thursday at the top of the page but disappeared in less than an hour. Hmmm.)

KMBZ defends the BUSH TORTURE

Did ya catch Mike Shanin on KM-al-BZerra this morning, defending the Bush administration's torture policies. Keeping with the GOP talking points, Shanin didn't call it 'torture' as most people do. He said it was something like 'enhanced interrogation techniques." Sounds a lot more clinical that way, doesn't it?

BZ's talkers have been consistent with their syndicated propagandists. Nightside amateur KMBZ talker Darla Jaye, fresh back from her citizen FBI indoctrination classes, also believes we have carte blanche to do what we want...because after all, we were attacked on 9-11. Kinda like Truman dropping the ABOMB? No matter than he did that because it would surely have taken a million American lives to invade Japan and end WWII. Apparently righteousness is an American perogative, and anything goes. I think they call that the Bush-Cheney-KMBZ Doctrine!

Apr 29, 2009

Obama, a stark contrast to what we could've had again.

Even as we listen to the whining and pettiness of the same old, grand old party and its radio minions, isn't it refreshing we have a president that exudes class, confidence.

And to think, KCMO's right wing shiller, Chris Stigall told a national audience just a month ago that 'nobody knows Barack Obama'-- what people were saying LAST summer. Clearly he wasn't paying as much attention to Obama as the voters were. or else he just didn't know what to look for after drinking all that Faux News koolaid.

I'm not sure if we know much about ANY president, but I sure like what I'm seeing and he is NOTHING like the picture being painted by the bitter election losers. Were I in talk radio, I'd be worried about my career and take a long look at how I was handling myself!

Even Matt Drudge had to handle the Obama newsconference fairly well tonight about one reporter's FOUR PART QUESTION...

Some Enchanted Evening

So as you read earlier if you’ve been following along, President Obama said what “surprised” and “troubled” him during his first 100 days in office. That left two more words--posed by a reporter--to address. “Enchanted” (he liked that one) and “humbled.”

It took time to sum up “enchanted.” Finally, he spoke of meeting the men and women serving in the military. He is profoundly impressed by them and grateful, he says.

And humbled? Pause. A long one. “The presidency is extraordinarily powerful, but we are just part of a much boarder tapestry of American life.” All presidents discover this. They can’t do everything. As Obama says, he finds a president “can’t press a button and have bankers do what he wants.”

-- Steve Padilla

Obama said many other things too, Mr Drudge didn't report on his right-leaning website. When pressed, the President admitted he thought water-boarding was torture... but rather he lectured about morality than taking the shot he could have at the last administration who's catching criticism about war crimes.

He also said he had plenty to do without running businesses and would be very happy when the auto and banking industry were back on their feet and the taxpayers got out. Obama dodged every opportunity reporters teased him with to get into a political fistfight with his critics. Obama so far is just above the fray, and that's a quality we've desperately needed. It's been a great hundred days... no doubt to the chagrin of those who pretty much were tossed out of the Government by We, the People.

I've felt since the GOP's divisive Clinton impeachment that the Republicans were not fit to govern. Even before, actually, when we watched them deify Ollie North, an Army colonel who blindly broke the law for the Good of the Country and Ronald Reagan. Like Dick Cheney, who showed us that what the Republicans believe--that torture is okay. That ends justify means. The sign to the left says "Country First". That is what they believe, no matter what. They're saying you can do anything you want, if you wrap the flag in it first! Like launching attacks on other countries, for example. Or breaking into the Democratic National headquarters. Or spying on political opponents.

I'm glad America finally figured out what I've felt too. How long do you suppose it will take talk radio to figure that Barack Obama has too much to do so he's left them, and their insanity, behind??

Apr 28, 2009

For the price, Time Warner Cable SUCKS


I've been watching cable since it first came to Kansas. In fact, nearly 25 years ago, you could get way more movies both on HBO and basic channels, instead of the tiresome handful that HBO repeats over and over and over and over again. Did I say they repeated a lot? How many times do we get HARRY POTTER?

And for what I'm paying, I shouldn't have to spend ten minutes pushing those dinky ass, buttons, waiting for their fancy Scientific American box's onscreen Guide to keep up with my fingers as i surf for something decent. Ya hafta wade through twenty channels of SHIT to find something appealing!

No wonder TV viewing is falling off nationally!!!!

And while I'm bitching, for the money I'm spending, I should be able to tell my fancy box to BAN CHANNELS I NEVER WANT TO SEE... including all arab channels, Mexican channels, sports channels, cars on demand, toddler channels, farm animal channels, fast food on demand, repeats of Queen for a Day, lonely pets on demand, all bullshit animal channels, all fake jewelry channels.... exhale... you get the idea!

And all the channels that actually show old movies I haven't seen... when I click THOSE, it says I hafta call my "Customer Service Department to GET them!

Technology's supposed to make life EASIER, not HARDER!


This is the new millenium, Jack! I'm really pissed that they are making THEIR PRODUCT inconvenient for me so I'll give up on the basics...and just pay ON DEMAND.

So I now have a couple high def TV's. Did they make it easier?? No, they just doubled the channels making me push even MORE buttons rather than screen out the duplicates. I have to remember even MORE channel numbers! Most of the HD channel numbers don't even match the analog channel numbers -- especially the local TV stations, and I'm JUST MAD AS HELL ABOUT IT.

Why don't cities which presumably still oversee franchise monopolies to cable look out for their citizens, and not roll over just for a little free city- channel service nobody watches?

Will someone please invent a cable box that lets me put in it MY viewing habits, rather than Time Warner's marketing objectives?

I know, I know. Everyone hates Bill Gates. But Windows after 3.11 has spoiled me. I expect software to be configurable!

Apr 27, 2009

Woman in a bathing suit.


Guest editorial:

When I was a child in the 1960's, the bathing suit for the mature figure was-boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift and they did a good job.

Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip.

The mature woman has a choice - she can either go up front to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming away looking like a hippopotamus who escaped from Disney's Fantasia or she can wander around every run of the mill department store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer range of florescent rubber bands.

What choice did I have? I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room.

The first thing I noticed was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material. The Lycra used in bathing costumes was developed, I believe, by NASA to launch small rockets from a slingshot, which give the added bonus that if you manage to actually lever yourself into one, you are protected from shark attacks as any shark taking a swipe at your passing midriff would immediately suffer whiplash.

I fought my way into the bathing suit, but as I twanged the shoulder strap in place, I gasped in horror - my boobs had disappeared! Eventually, I found one boob cowering under my left armpit. It took a while to find the other. At last I located it flattened beside my seventh rib.

The problem is that modern bathing suits have no bra cups.

The mature woman is meant to wear her boobs spread across her chest like a speed bump. I realigned my speed bump and lurched toward the mirror to take full view assessment. The bathing suit fit all right, but unfortunately it only fit those bits of me willing to stay inside it. The rest of me oozed out rebelliously from top, bottom, and sides. I looked like a lump of play dough wearing undersized cling wrap.

As I tried to work out where all those extra bits had come from, the prepubescent sales girl popped herhead through the curtain, 'Oh, there you are,' she said, admiring the bathing suit. I replied that I wasn't so sure and asked what else she had to show me. I tried on a cream crinkled one that made me look like a lump of masking tape, and a floral two piece which gave the appearance of an oversized napkin in a serving ring.

I struggled into a pair of leopard skin bathers with ragged frills and came out looking like Tarzan's Jane, pregnant with triplets and having a rough day. I tried on a black number with a midriff and looked like a jellyfish in mourning. I tried on a bright pink pair with such a high cut leg I thought I would have to wax my eyebrows to wear them.

Finally, I found a suit that fit...a two-piece affair with a shorts style bottom and a loose blouse-type top. It was cheap, comfortable, and bulge-friendly, so I bought it. My ridiculous search had a successful outcome, I figured.

When I got home, I found a label which read -- 'Material might become transparent in water.'

So, if you happen to be on the beach or near any other body of water this year and I'm there too, I'll be the one in cut-off jeans an a T-shirt!

You'd better be laughing or rolling on the floor by this time. Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

Obama and the pirates

Wait a minute now. I didn't authorize ATTACKS on the pirates. I authorized a TAX on the pirates.

Swine Flu: They can't ban Mexican food, can they?

Maybe they can ban illegal aliens, but not Taco Cabana!

Don't we wish T.C. was this far north? Llavamos los manos!

Apr 26, 2009

Overland Park's troubled MegaChurch

I forgot about Jerry Johnston... but it seems that I'm about the only one. Where have I been? Watching too much TV. Media monitor BottomLine has a very interesting story... he's been watching the conversation on KCTalk... which I hadn't even paid attention to. My bad, though I've dutifully linked to it now.

Check this out!

04-25-2009
THOMAS STAYS ON FIRST FAMILY CHURCH'S CASE
Here's betting that every time the Kansas City Star begins laying off journalists that members of the First Family Church are praying hard that investigative reporter Judy Thomas's name will be on the list.
So far their prayers have not been answered.
Thomas has been doing an ongoing award-winning investigation of the Overland Park mega-church run by the Jerry Johnston and his family that has questioned its financial practices and other aspects of the ministry. Her stories have resulted in the church being investigated by the Kansas Attorney General and the Internal Revenue Service.


...Way more on this .. visit BottomLine.

Enough already, about Precious Doe and Elonzo Washington!

Responding to THIS POST on TKC's blog....Read THIS first.

Well, cheap sexual references aside from some of your tacky readers, it's time that you, Tony, and Alonzo move on.

Local community organizer and important black player, Alonzo Washington, shouldn't require personal credit during every public mention of the missing baby, Precious Doe, who was killed by her pts. True, true, only after Washington hounded the cops on the case and did some good private detective work, did they come to justice. Fine and dandy. Justice served, and it always ISN'T as we know! Good for Alonzo, a local gadfly who turned out right in this tragic case.

Okay then, In fact, (black) babies die for no good reason every damned day. What about THEM? Starvation. Stupid parents shaking them. America more interested in oil than starvation overseas, it would seem. Drive-by shootings. Gangs. Drug-infested pregnant mothers. Babies without fathers. Seat belts and car carriers and bike helmets. Vicious dogs. No school monitors on street corners. Speeding firetrucks. Bullied children driven to suicide. Drunk drivers. Abusive boyfriends. Lack of food or health care. All because of unlucky birth! Damn, but we can't choose our parents!

Is this about Alonzo? He didn't save this baby girl whose body was desecrated after she was disposed of by unwanting parents. He only brought her parents to justice in a case that captured MEDIA attention. That did NOT bring that media victim child back. Let's not make THIS child more important than any other just because she was pictured in the newspaper a lot.

He can't live on the Precious Doe thing for the rest of his life like so many of our parent soldiers and sailors did, who did nothing noteworthy in their ENTIRE lives since the government gave them a real mission in uniform between '42 and '45!

What else has he done besides a few photo-shoots in studly threads to get laid, and some personal rah-rah appearances? It'd be different if this black community personality ran for president and won. But he hasn't. He's just a facebook, self-promoter who has caught your attention. Tony, it doesn't matter when politicians go to obligatory statue dedications. What's important is what they on a daily basis. You TOO! And your hero, Facebook Washington.

The world is full of LIVING children needing our help right now. Has he fathered any babies? Is he raising them? Trust me, well-raising living sons is more important than getting kudoes for the long-ago arrest of some toddler's killers! Tots are killed by their parents all the time. The only thing different about this unlucky child is that she was desecrated and unidentified in a media society! Anywhere else in the world, and no one would have given her tragic ending a second thought!

What are you doing lately, Alonzo? If our crime-fighting hero has no sons, how 'bout nephews and nieces? Kids next door. Campaigning for better health care for mothers to be? Stopping drugs and smoking. Keeping kids in school. Ending Islamic wars in faraway places. What has he done to keep his communities' black boys out of jail in such disappointing numbers?

And you Tony. What's more important... these children or that stupid ass mayor you have such a 'jones' about?

Time to move on, since Precious Doe. Sad for her but she gone with never getting a start. There are LIVING CHILDREN whose lives are not reaching their potential. Often by parental stupidity, lack of jobs, lack of attention, nobody giving a shit. Lets deal with THIS.

Let's deal with the LIVING!

Apr 25, 2009

TV Weather Wars, and 9's ace pilot Rowlands strikes again


Air Power: There's just no ace like Johnny Rowlands flying tornado air cover, er 'coverage.'


Tornado warnings hit several Kansas counties on Saturday as severe weather moved through the area.

John Woods/ east of I-70 Lawrc Svc Ctr.
Johnny Rowlands in Newschopper 9 captured live pictures of a tornado appearing to touch down north of Linwood. The Kansas City area remains in a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m."It does look like it's beginning to lose some of its intensity," KMBC meteorologist Erin Little said.Earlier in the evening, sirens sounded at the Kansas Speedway, where the truck race was stopped. (Photos and above copy from 9's website)

"Team Coverage" isn't always just a slogan.

Like a well-oiled and practiced machine, Channel 9 is all over it, as the tornado is born, dropped out of the sky as only a suspicious churning cloud, then became the real monster as ground debris proves its more than a mean cloud. As an official tornado, 9's copter-cam now revealed in our living rooms. What must it cost KMBZ for that camera steadying system in the belly of their NewsChopper? We're fascinated as the nearly invisible twister meanders towards the Kansas Speedway filled with race fans. It luckily missed. But it was still headed toward Parkville and Kansas City north's teeming split-level neighborhoods.

This daily 'traffic copter ace' brought the first news coverage from the air of farm damage along I-70. Nine's excellent anchor Bryan Busby tossed to Rowlands frequently because-- as in past storms-- Rowlands manages to deftly jockey his helicopter as close as he dares, find the tornado, show it live and do play-by-play until it disappears into the clouds. He's done it before. He's an ACE! This warrior should have tiny tornadoes painted in a row on the side of his storm-bird to show his past conquests!

Fox4 got its own aerial shots, to its credit, and made that fact the lead sentence of its own website too. "LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, KAN. - SKYFOX captured video of one of the tornadoes that hit the Kansas City metro area Saturday evening." Nine didn't get an exclusive for once!

As I watched both stations on my two TV's, this news junkie wondered if the pilots were safely keeping an eye on each others' copters as they watched, dodged, and live-shot this twister. Most certainly they were, for TV 'copter flying is always slightly risky. They want to SHOW the news, not BE the news-- as has happened tragically once or twice, elsewhere. Now you know what these traffic jockey 'top guns' do for a living, and so you'll respect them even more!

Sigh. Here's Four's links from tonight:


"Let's get in the ditch, let's get in the ditch!"

As Rowlands broadcast live video from the air, 9's reporter Marcus Moore and veteran news photographer John Woods were on the ground driving to intercept the tornado near the Speedway. Hoping to get video in their Beta-cam. Moore & Woods found it all right. They taped awesome ground-perspective video of it, and had to race once to safety when it just got too close. After the panic part, they managed to interview (and even help) a shaken turnpike driver and daughter with toddler who stopped to take cover in a roadside ditch as the twister paralleled I-70.


Incredible television - but radio was missing in action!

9's people were even willing to show their own frightened reactions as events unfolded later on 9's News at Ten. Yes, young Moore was willing to reveal he was a bit more rattled than Woods who was a calmer and more seasoned newsman. (It's an industry secret that seasoned, older photographers tend to be more calm during the shit, than younger but less-experienced reporters who get all the public recognition.)

The other stations waged weather war with their studio animation systems, excellent anchoring, outside calls as if they were doing radio, and after-the-fact storm chasing video reporting like any other spot-news story.

And local radio didn't suit up for the weather wars at all. Virtually no one broadcasts live on their automated weekends. Starved radio--now owned by dollar stockholders, is now just muzak with local weather people doing morning show phoners for extra money. So if you were in your car.. well better keep your eyes and turn off your radio so you can hear distant sirens. Radio won't be there to tell you about it.

No matter which TV stations, KC weather people are all very good at studio storm play-by-play, including 9's seasoned Brian Busby, 41's Gary Lezak and Joe Lauria, 4's Mike Thompson, and 5's Katie Horner. Each has learned how to call the shots even as they front on-camera, jockey the radar and animation systems with a hand-held controller, handle off camera people updating them in their ear-piece, and manage to make sense to the viewers the whole time!

No aerial video on KCTV5, which most surely didn't please 5's anchor, Katie in Bluejeans-- even though she does live coverage very well without helicopter air support. Other than automated weather service releases, KCTV's website had no video or mention of tonight's weather. I think Katie's simply too good not to have Meredith Corporation's Live & LateBreaking commitment to support her with staff and admittedly expensive, high tech toys. What's up with that? How can a TV station today not have a helicopter contract for nights like this?

While it's true that anchors are critical to ratings, do they really think Katie can win the Weather Wars just on her pleasing play-by-play? And yes, as an Arbitron people-meter holder, I'm quick to tell ya that we ARE in Spring ratings and all stations should be at their best!

I did note that other stations did a bit better than 9 at one critical point by telling the KCK/Northland people where the storm was tracking, as 9 was preoccupied with showing its exclusive damage video. That ten minutes around 7pm when the twister disappeared from cameras was the only mar of otherwise perfect coverage. That''s a hard call... show damage because its great video, or focus on the worries of viewers still in the path of the current weather cell.

In any case, 9's was just great TV and no one can touch KC television in weather coverage. And as someone whose house was in the path of the storm pattern, I was watching closely, happy with my Google maps and two teevees, and ready for us and our pet beagles to get to the safest place in our house! Glad it was daylight, loved watching it all on my high def monitor. I watched it like back when I PERSONALLY was in news... watching every station at once! I can surf with the best of em!

Brings back memories of when I got to chase those things 25 years ago around Wichita and yup, a close-up-and-personal tornado can nearly make the most crusty reporter lose bladder control! One only need watch the movie "Twister" to get what all veteran TV reporters already know. Why? Because many TV reporters storm-chase for that once-in-a lifetime video capture! Tonight, Marcus and John got it-- wonder if they got endorphin rushes?

There are some days when nothing's better than being in TV news and in the path of a great news story, right Marcus and John? Ya grind out a hundred ghetto crime-time-filler stories a year. And ya wait for a day like this one! To top it off, your station ends up owning the night. Exhale!

Bet you slept well this night. You kicked butt. You'll remember it-- and recount it to others -- for the rest of your lives!

GM to pull the plug on Pontiac

The brand credited with originating the muscle car will no longer be part of GM's future, according to a source.

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motors is preparing to announce that the Pontiac car brand, once marketed as GM's "Excitement division," will be killed off, according to a source familiar with the decision.

An official announcement is expected Monday. GM spokesman Jim Hopson declined to comment on Pontiac's fate, saying the automaker has no announcements to make at this time.

In its most recent "viability plan" - which will be updated to reflect this new brand cut - Pontiac was not named as one of GM's four "core brands." Those are Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. But Pontiac was also not to be killed or sold off, as were Saturn, Saab and Hummer.

Instead Pontiac was to continue on as a "niche brand" focusing on just a few models.

That was already a step down for Pontiac which in 2008 was the third-best selling brand behind Chevrolet and GMC. That year the brand sold more than Cadillac and twice as many vehicles as Buick. Cadillac is a high-profile - and high profit - luxury brand while Buick is a hugely popular brand in China and is seen as resurgent in the United States.

In 2005, GM (GM, Fortune 500) vice-chairman Bob Lutz referred to Buick and Pontiac as "damaged brands" during a conference at the New York Auto Show. That set off speculation that one or both of these brands was doomed.

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The Pontiac G8 performance sedan has been a hit with critics but it hasn't caught on with customers.
2008 GM Vehicle Sales
Chevrolet 1,801,131
GMC 376,996
Pontiac 267,348
Saturn 188,004
Cadillac 161,159
Buick 137,197
Hummer 27,485
Saab 21,368
Total 2,980,688
Source:General Motors

Anti-Faux: Bill Maher's guest rant on the GOP (rather GIP... Gee I Peed all over me)

If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

It's been a week now, and I still don't know what those "tea bag" protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who's going to win "American Idol."

But it wasn't tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that's when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because ... well, nobody knows. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. Even though they're not quite sure what "it" is. But they know they're fed up with "it," and that "it" has got to stop.

Here are the big issues for normal people: the war, the economy, the environment, mending fences with our enemies and allies, and the rule of law.

And here's the list of Republican obsessions since President Obama took office: that his birth certificate is supposedly fake, he uses a teleprompter too much, he bowed to a Saudi guy, Europeans like him, he gives inappropriate gifts, his wife shamelessly flaunts her upper arms, and he shook hands with Hugo Chavez and slipped him the nuclear launch codes.

Do these sound like the concerns of a healthy, vibrant political party?

The REST of this guest editorial is even better...


Women's ass study

There is a new study just released by the American Psychiatric Association about women and how they feel about their asses. The results are pretty shocking:

  1. Only 5% of women surveyed feel their ass is too big.
  2. 10% of women surveyed feel their ass is too small.
  3. The remaining 85% say they don't care; they love him, he's a good man and they would have married him anyway.

Apr 23, 2009

Another very sad victim of the world's bad economy

From Anne Kouadio
Avenue 16 Rue
Treichville Abidjan Ivory coast,

Hello dearest one,after going through your profile i decided to contact you to help me out of my problem,however is not mandatory nor will i in any manner compel you to honour against your will,but i promise you that you will never regret helping me or knowing me, i hope and pray that our friendship will be a happy and lovely happy one,I am
Anne kouadio 19 years old girl now, i was born on the 7of january 1990. to the family of Mr and Mrs kouadio my father name is Chief Mr Kouadio, he is a very wealthy cocoa merchant who based in ACCRA and ABIDJAN respectively,and my mothers name is Chief Mrs Esthel kouadio,I am there only child,when i was a kid i went to a private schools and things were going on well for me and my parents till when my mother died on the 18 ST october 1998.
My father took me so special because i am motherless,and he shower all his love on me and promised me that he will never take another woman because he did not want any problem for me,but has fate may have it,I lost him mysteriously after his last business trip to France last year,though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by my uncle who travelled with him at that time,But only God knows the truth,on the day he died in the hospital he called me on his bed side that i should be very careful with his brothers and sisters and/his business partners that they are the people that planned and poisoned him acording to the doctors report.
He also and told me that he kept a sum of $4.300 000 dollar in a bank in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire, and used my name as the next of kin in depositing of the fund,he also explained to me that it was because of this money he was poisoned by his business partner and his big brother my uncle and that i should seek for foreign partner in a country of my choice where i would transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, such as,real estate investment or stock market investment,plesae,i am honourably soliciting your kind assistance as follows,in case if he did not survive the sickness.

1)To provide a bank account where this money will be transfered into.
2)To serve as the guardian of these fund,since i am 19 years old girl.

3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my educational career and to
procure me a residential permit in your country.I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transfering of these fund to your nominated account overseas.Pleasei will be very happy if this transaction will be concluded as soon as posible so that i can come over to your country and start my new life and also finish my education, I am expecting to hear from you as soon as possible, May Almighty God bless you as you do care for me Amen.
Greeting from
Anne.

(her email address is some yahoo location in .jp (japan). Is her English really this stilted or is this an attempt to be quaint? yawn.)

Apr 22, 2009

The Torture case reminescent of Watergate... can the Talkers Ignore It?


After watching MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explain what's up with the most recent torture revelations, some just 24 hours old, it's starting to sound very much like the discovery of the infamous White House Tapes that brought down Richard Nixon.

Me thinks even the talk show hosts shilling for the T-party may not be able to save their former government... or take the stink from it off of the new G.O. Pee. Cheney's making his case... where else? On Friendly FauxNews with, who else? Hard-hitting Hannity Helping His Hero!

This is just starting to unfold...as if Woodward and Bernstein are just getting to the good stuff about the Nixon White House. The only problem is that this isn't about "WHAT did the President know and WHEN did he know it?" Signs I saw are pointing to it having STARTED with Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld--and for the purpose of finding a link between 9-11 and Saddam. And getting the CIA to torture people to get confessions... not to protect the country but to give Bush a smoking gun from Iraq that didn't exist. Rice too? But all of the White House lawyers were just following orders, like Nixons! We older ones remember they went to jail and came out to become authors after getting prison religion.

This, boys and girls, is what war crimes are made of. This may make Monica Lewinsky's affair with Clinton like a parking ticket. Wonder if Ken Starr's available to be a special prosecutor? No? Lucky for the country, Bush's Last Day was 01-20-09.

What if Obama can't keep a lid on it like Ford did with Nixon? Will Rush be nice to Obama for trying NOT to prosecute the former administration's honchos? Not likely.

And can we count on Shanin and Parks on al-BZ-erra to not mention this left wing stuff until maybe... until the Big Three have to report to prison?

GE's CEO: Deep Recession, Big Changes to Capitalism

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top executive of General Electric Co. said Wednesday he couldn't predict when the recession would end or how bad it will be, but said the global economic crisis has "fundamentally reset" the way companies do business and capitalism itself.

Speaking at GE's annual shareholder meeting in Orlando, Fla., following what has been a punishing year for the conglomerate, CEO Jeff Immelt said the downturn was the worst since the Great Depression, and that it would ultimately lead to changes such as greater government involvement in business and a restructuring of the financial services sector that was a root of the crisis.

"We are living through history, and I don't mean that in a positive sense," said Immelt, who heads one of the world's largest companies that makes products like jet engines and refrigerators but also has a big financial unit.

Immelt told investors "2008 was tough and 2009 is also going to be tough." He added that it was hard to predict "how bad this will be and how long" the recession will last.

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PS

Drama at GE shareholders meeting

'Open hostility' toward execs over MSNBC's 'leftward tilt'

By Paul Bond

April 22, 2009, 06:38 PM ET

Updated: April 22, 2009, 07:28 PM ET

Things got testy Wednesday at the GE shareholders meeting courtesy of several complaints about political bias at its media division, NBC Universal.

Just don't expect to see the fireworks at the company's webcast of the event, which contains prepared remarks from CEO Jeff Immelt and CFO Keith Sherin but leaves out their interaction with shareholders.

A GE spokesman clarified that the corporation doesn't typically broadcast the shareholders meeting in its entirety.

Just before GE board members were re-elected, shareholders asked about 10 questions of a mostly political nature concerning the viewpoints of MSNBC and CNBC, according to attendees.

First up was a woman asking about a reported meeting in which Immelt and NBC Uni CEO Jeff Zucker supposedly told top CNBC executives and talent to be less critical of President Obama and his policies.

Immelt acknowledged a meeting took place but said no one at CNBC was told what to say or not say about politics.

During the woman's follow-up question, her microphone was cut off. Later, during the umpteenth question about MSNBC, another shareholder's microphone was cut, according to multiple attendees.

"The crowd was very upset with MSNBC because of its leftward tilt," one attendee said. "Some former employees said they were embarrassed by it."

One specific complaint about MSNBC concerned Keith Olbermann's interview of actress Janeane Garofalo, who likened conservatives to racists and spoke of "the limbic brain inside a right-winger."

"They were upset that Olbermann didn't bother to challenge her," one GE shareholder said.

Immelt said he takes a hands-off approach to what is reported on the company's news networks, which prompted a shareholder to criticize him for not managing NBC Uni effectively.

"My biggest surprise was the open hostility to MSNBC," another shareholder said. "It was noticeable and loud. I don't remember any of this going on last year."

One shareholder at the Orlando, Fla., meeting was Jesse Waters, a producer of "The O'Reilly Factor." Waters asked a question at the meeting, then turned on the Fox News Channel cameras outside the venue and interviewed other shareholders who attended the meeting.