Monthly Archives: April 2010

15 years later, a discussion.

“Words have consequences as much as actions do, and what we advocate, commensurate with our position and our responsibility, we have to take responsibility for,”– President Bill Clinton’s address to the Center for American Progress.

President Bill Clinton can look back on the horror of the OKC bombing and for that, his words are important for the present. His speech at the Center for American Progress last Friday gives us a retrospective and a warning for today regarding the violent extremist’s, aka American-born terrorists, that seek to validate violence against their own and our, government. 

Michael Reyes, a victim of the bombing who also lost his father in the bombing, introduces President Clinton. Mr. Reyes recounts the horror of that day and I found it incredibly moving. Ron Brownstein, Congressman Kendrick Meek, former Congressman Mickey Edwards, Bradley Buckles, Mark Potok and Mike Waldman and Jamie Gorelick were the panelists that held a Q & A after the President spoke.

Below is the entire presentation split into specific sections. You can click the double arrows (>>) to move on to the next section of the presentation.

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Germany & Britain might go after Goldman-Sachs

From Jurist:

The German government said Saturday that it is considering taking legal action against Goldman, Sachs & Co. [corporate website] for defrauding investors, according to a report [text, in German] by the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. The announcement comes just a day after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] filed a civil suit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] on alleging securities fraud against the bank. German government spokesperson Ulrich Wilheim said that the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) [official website] will request information from the SEC to decide whether to file a suit. Britain has indicated that it may also pursue legal action [Bloomberg report] after it found out the scope of the allegations contained in the SEC lawsuit.

The SEC complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website], alleges that Goldman made misleading statements and omissions to investors in early 2007 in violation of the Securities Act of 1933 [text, PDF] and Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [text, PDF]. Goldman’s alleged conduct in marketing collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) [Investopedia backgrounder] to investors lies at the core of the controversy. Goldman responded [press release] to the allegations by denying all wrongdoing. The SEC is seeking “injunctive relief, disgorgement of profits, prejudgment interest, civil penalties and other appropriate and necessary equitable relief from both defendants,” remedies considered appropriate in securities fraud cases.

I really hope their troubles have just started. Frog march, in prison orange, every single prick of the GS executive branch and that pig that headed up the hedge fund that made billions off the misery of others. 

18 scoreless innings of baseball..

We interrupt our regularly scheduled policital bitchfest to bring you important baseball news…

Over seven friggin hours and a total of 20 innings. That is what it took for the Muts to beat the Cards Saturday.

What. A. Fucking. Game! For you aficianado’s here is the Box Score.

My sista in Springfield went to the game…her first Cards game. I don’t know if she stayed for all 20 innings but I doubt it…her ass and back would be killing her if she did. My son in OK watched it….and ate two meals and took a nap during the game. He kept texting me during the last 4 innings.

From the ESPN link:

It was the longest game in the majors since Colorado beat San Diego 2-1 in 22 innings on April 17, 2008.

St. Louis left the bases loaded in the 10th, 12th and 14th and stranded 22 runners, including 14 in extra innings. Molina caught the whole game and went 3 for 9.

It was the longest scoreless game in the majors since the Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos went 21 innings without a run on Aug. 23, 1989, according to STATS LLC. The Dodgers won that one 1-0 on Rick Dempsey’s leadoff homer in the 22nd.

Utilityman Joe Mather (0-1) became the first position player to lose a game since shortstop Josh Wilson for the San Diego Padres in a 9-6 setback in 18 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks last June 7.

I watched the ’08 Pad’s/Colorado game..got over in the middle of the night as I recall.

Also, the Rockies had their first No-No of franchise history tonight..a great baseball Saturday!

Blackwater indicted: Federal firearms violations.

Couldn’t happen to a better bunch o’ fuckwits! From McClatchy:

Five former employees of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater violated a series of federal firearms laws to give the company a leg up in the military contracting and training business, a federal indictment charged Friday.

Blackwater officials falsified federal paperwork to conceal a gift of firearms to Jordan’s King Abdullah II, whom Blackwater was courting as a client, the indictment charges.

Former company president Gary Jackson used the tiny Camden County, N.C., sheriff’s office as a front to buy AK-47 automatic rifles that Blackwater wanted for its training facility in Moyock, N.C., and the company illegally possessed short-barreled rifles that Blackwater officials thought were useful for winning security contracts.

The indictment also charges former Blackwater vice-president William W. Mathews Jr.; former general counsel Andrew Howell; former vice-president Ana Bundy; and Ronald Slezak, who handled federal paperwork for firearms.

Mark Corallo, a company spokesman, said the company wouldn’t comment on the indictment beyond saying that it cooperated fully with federal investigators.

Oh please, oh please..get these fuckers..let’s see them in prison orange for the love of christ!

I know…they will never see the inside of a prison cell. Damn it.

Online privacy – Fighting the feds

From Cnet:

Google and an alliance of privacy groups have come to Yahoo’s aid by helping the Web portal fend off a broad request from the U.S. Department of Justice for e-mail messages, CNET has learned.

In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon, the coalition says a search warrant signed by a judge is necessary before the FBI or other police agencies can read the contents of Yahoo Mail messages–a position that puts those companies directly at odds with the Obama administration.

Yahoo has been quietly fighting prosecutors’ requests in front of a federal judge in Colorado, with many documents filed under seal. Tuesday’s brief from Google and the other groups aims to buttress Yahoo’s position by saying users who store their e-mail in the cloud enjoy a reasonable expectation of privacy that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

“Society expects and relies on the privacy of e-mail messages just as it relies on the privacy of the telephone system,” the friend-of-the-court brief says. “Indeed, the largest e-mail services are popular precisely because they offer users huge amounts of computer disk space in the Internet ‘cloud’ within which users can warehouse their e-mails for perpetual storage.”

The coalition also includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Progress and Freedom Foundation, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, and TRUSTe.

If the federal government believes someone is a bad guy..aka a terrorist…then they can get a fucking warrant to comb through the individuals  internet history. It’s a no-friggin-brainer. This is called Due Process for christ’s sake.

The Digital Due Process Coalition is trying to level the playing field. They want police to be able to obtain private communications (and the location of Americans’ cell phones) only when armed with a search warrant, per the Cnet article. Updates to the article are below.

Update 9 a.m. PDT Wednesday: The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a statement on the case, with EFF attorney Kevin Bankston saying: “The government is trying to evade federal privacy law and the Constitution.” Yahoo’s brief is also worth noting. Like the coalition’s filing, it argues that “users have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their e-mails” and says the Fourth Amendment requires police to obtain a warrant to peruse stored messages. And it confirms that prosecutors want “all e-mail” in the targeted Yahoo Mail accounts, even if it’s not relevant to the investigation or could include documents protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Update 9:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday: Yahoo has sent over a statement saying: “Yahoo values our trusted relationships with our users and works to protect their privacy while at the same time fulfilling our legal responsibilities. Yahoo’s filing in this matter is a public document. Beyond what is contained in that document, Yahoo has no comment on the specifics of the case.”

Stay tuned kiddies…the shit will get waist deep…count on it.