Monday News and Open Thread

Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to sexual assualt charges today.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is back on the witness stand undergoing cross-examination in his retrial on corruption charges.

The Government rested its case today in the Chicago terror trial of Tahawwur Rana. The defense has said it will call a a computer expert and immigration attorney. Last week, the Judge denied the Government's motion under Daubert to exclude the expert testimony of Marc Sageman, an expert on LeT. They said it's unlikely Rana will testify. Rummana Hussein is live-tweeting from court.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Three days and counting to Blue Man Group (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Dadler on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:23:54 AM EST
    Unsolicited advice: take ear plugs. (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:41:09 AM EST
    we've seen them (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Dadler on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:52:42 AM EST
    I'm not quite to ear plug age...yet.

    Last time we saw them, in Florida a few years ago, Eli got pulled up on stage to be in a bit with the men in blue.  I'm convinced they picked him because he was the only kid in the 1200 seat theater who wasn't jumping up and down and screaming "pick me, pick me, pick me!!!"  My boy was just staring in awe and wonder, and the blue dude picked up on it and went right for him.  


    I got to go onstage once with them too (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:57:20 AM EST
    in Las Vegas about 10 years ago.  They are a lot of fun

    I thought about seeing them when I went (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by republicratitarian on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:15:48 PM EST
    to Vegas a few years ago. Ended up seeing Penn & Teller and got pulled onstage for that show. What a blast that was. Got to be part of the "magic bullet" trick. They even let me keep the bullet.

    Note: customs confiscated my souvenir lol.


    That's cool (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:19:51 PM EST
    I think I must have looked like Dadler's son when I went to see them.  My choice was the new Cirque du Soleil and my husband's choice that vacation was Blueman.  I had no idea who they were or what they were going to do.  I think I was probably sitting there sort of dazed and glazed over trying to figure out what exactly was going on here :)

    My friends wanted to treat me to Cirque's (5.00 / 1) (#38)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:30:40 PM EST
    water show but I lobbied them into taking me to Blue Man Group because my daughter had wanted to see it in Manhattan.  How's that for rational?  And, no, I had no idea what we were going to experience.  Did see the Cirque show later--terrific.  

    It's not a vacation... (none / 0) (#21)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:30:44 PM EST
    unless customs f*cks with you somehow...good thing customs can't confiscate memories:)

    let me take it with me, it was customs in Kuwait that took it. I was on my 4 day pass before deploying to Iraq. I explained to the supervisor at the airport what it was, a bullet and the casing from the act, and they let me through. As part of the act Penn & Teller have you put a symbol on the casing, I put a big heart on it hehe. So this "contraband" makes it all the way around the world with me and gets snatched.

    Gotta love the irony of taking it into a combat zone and having it confiscated.


    And reassuring to know... (none / 0) (#68)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:00:40 PM EST
    its not just our country's bueracratic systems that are smoking crack.

    ...Yet (none / 0) (#30)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:18:44 PM EST
    ....Yet.  I'm sure in 10 years we'll have a new-fangled contraption, sort of like those TSA scanners, that pulls those memories right out!...



    LOL.... (none / 0) (#35)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:24:15 PM EST
    You're right...it will especially be necessary as our quality of life diminishes in our race to the bottom, so we can continue to lavish upon banksters and grifters...can't be importin' any crazy ideas from foreign locales.

    Not that anybody is doing much better anywhere else, but you catch my drift:)


    Actually, 10 yrs. later, I probably wouldn't (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:11:03 PM EST
    need earplugs either!

    Hot fun in the summertime.... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:58:08 AM EST
    good stuff Dadler, up next on the east coast summer concert series is a freebie, Medeski Martin & Wood this Saturday in Central Park.

    Got a big kick out of that black market website you posted about...that's crazy man.  I think the users must have big brass ones to leave a cyber trail like that for illegal activity that carries massive criminal penalties, ya can get buku years for 10 tabs of LSD.  I like it, but they're crazy.


    They are crazy, but so far pretty smooth (none / 0) (#23)
    by Dadler on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:43:10 PM EST
    Yep... (none / 0) (#25)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:58:46 PM EST
    the spot is likely blown up, the cyber block is surely hot now.  The man hates it when you flaunt it.

    I'm psyched for MMW...this summer's calendar is filling up quickly and nicely, and we've only just begun.


    Jackpot! (none / 0) (#39)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:37:48 PM EST
    Calling all heads, calling all heads...Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses have just added additional US dates after their European leg is complete.

    And there is a freebie in lovely Montauk, this is like hitting the sweepstakes!

    Hey Hey Hurray!


    The falcon babys above my (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by observed on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:58:39 PM EST
    apartment have fledged. There were two babies, and I think I caught the second one after its first flight out of the nest yesterday.
    It was on my walkway, shaking and terrified of me, but it couldn't get off the ground to fly away. It's location was right below the nest, so I figure it just flew down.
    I went inside and it was gone after about 1 hour.
    I saw one of them flying this morning. You could definitely tell this bird had a learner's permit---it was careening around, and barely caught onto a branch to land.

    How tragic: (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:13:56 AM EST
    Five U.S. troops killed in Iraq attack

    "Troops"?  Is that less distressing to the U.S. reader than "soldiers"?  Also, these soldiers were inside a supposedly secure base.  

    The press might not have been given the (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:17:58 AM EST
    info as to whether they were soldiers (Army), Marines, airmen, seamen, etc. Troops covers everyone.

    Or else the press knows and is just lazy - always a distinct possibility.


    Actually, I was reacting to the seemingly (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:48:05 AM EST
    purposeless loss of life.  Why are we still in Iraq?

    that is indeed the question (none / 0) (#58)
    by ruffian on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:57:09 PM EST
    If we knew why we were ever there at all maybe we could answer it.

    Hey, we should stay forever (none / 0) (#3)
    by MO Blue on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:22:10 AM EST
    It will be just like S. Korea. {heavy sarcasm intended}  

    Don't worry Mo... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:46:26 AM EST
    we will stay forever...unless we really go broke or get tired of our occupying forces dying a few at a time.  

    I don't think the Iraqis are as keen on housing world police forces as the S. Koreans are.


    I'm so against spending trillions on (5.00 / 3) (#10)
    by MO Blue on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:54:54 AM EST
    our never ending wars at the same time demanding 98% of the people here at home relinquish everything to pay for them and the tax cuts.



    Me too... (none / 0) (#13)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:05:41 PM EST
    but unfortunately if we tried to do something meaningful about it, we'd get locked up...this is the racket we live under.  

    Did you see the NYT photo of hotel maids (none / 0) (#15)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:10:22 PM EST
    outside the courthouse for Dominique-Strauss arraignment?  

    I didn't... (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:34:37 PM EST
    just looked it up and found a youtube clip of DSK getting heckled.

    I dig the people power.


    More stuff (none / 0) (#6)
    by lilburro on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:42:00 AM EST
    about Rep. Weiner today.  But, from Breitbart again, so who knows.  Apparently this is going to be the summer of sexts.  This article from the Atlantic Wire seemed justifiably skeptical about the whole thing.

    Priceless. She's a community college (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:09:04 PM EST
    journalism major.
    In a tweet, Cordova knocked both paper's [sic]. "If you want to know my position on this whole thing," she tweeted Friday, "I suggest avoiding @Newyorkpost and @politico. It's pure slop." Both papers said they stand by their reporting.

    Brietbart claims a different woman (none / 0) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:15:33 PM EST
    has come forward saying he has been sending her personal pics and I guess these new photos that Brietbart has today are from her?

    Allegedly: "Me and my pussies." (none / 0) (#24)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:56:55 PM EST
    Did you notice how he works "HIllary (none / 0) (#31)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:20:46 PM EST
    Rodham Clinton aide . . . before the name of Rep. Weiner's spouse?  

    Starting to not look so ummm good (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:13:30 PM EST
    A woman coming forward saying he has been sending her personal pics?

    We'll see (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Yman on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:07:33 PM EST
    Breitbart is making the claim that a woman is coming forward with a cache of graphic emails, chats and photos, some of which is of an "extreme, graphic nature".  So far, though, all he's come out with is a photo of Weiner and two cats with the subject line "me and the pu$$ies".  I have no idea why he'd hold off on the "good stuff", if he had all he's claiming, although Weiner's responses have been very strange.

    We'll see what happens, but if Breitbart wrote an article claiming the ocean was made of water, I'd still go and dip my foot in to be sure.


    via Sideshow (none / 0) (#44)
    by sj on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:46:12 PM EST
    Follow the link to Cannonfire for technical specifics.

    Thanks (none / 0) (#45)
    by Yman on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:52:07 PM EST
    I hope he doesn't resign. (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by lilburro on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:29:11 PM EST
    Nothing illegal has happened so far.  But it's just becoming weirder and more awkward.  If the allegations are true, then Weiner will join Tiger Woods in the Cheaters Hall of Fame, subcategory "you cheated on THAT woman?!!!"  I kind of like seeing cheating publicly de-linked from the idea of finding someone supposedly hotter or "moving up."

    Here is the link (none / 0) (#26)
    by Slado on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:00:03 PM EST
    It's obviously him which means he's been lying all along.

    It's always the cover up, not the crime (or misdeed in this case).

    Big Government


    When will people learn? (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Slado on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:01:08 PM EST
    Don't take naked or semi-naked pictures of yourself and email/text them.

    When does that ever turn out well?


    Worked out pretty well... (none / 0) (#29)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:11:46 PM EST
    for Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian...politicians not so much.

    My sex tape bombed (none / 0) (#36)
    by Dadler on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:25:04 PM EST
    Still can't figure it out.  I got a spray tan and everything.  And the production values were first rate, we even had fog machine.

    Oh well, there's always Ebay.


    That's why... (none / 0) (#41)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:40:48 PM EST
    Jack Horner always said keep it minimal.

    "Are you giving me sh*t Kurt?"


    Better stick to writing. (none / 0) (#48)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:04:32 PM EST
    True (none / 0) (#46)
    by Slado on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:52:48 PM EST
    However they welcomed the radar online's of the world because it launched their career.

    Somehow I don't think being the front page story on TMZ and Radar Online is a good move for a sitting congressman.

    I especially like the photo of him obviously sitting in his congressional office with a picture of his wife over his right shoulder and a picture of him shaking hands with Clinton over his left.

    That will be re-used in a congressional add, if it ever goes that far.


    A case in point.... (5.00 / 2) (#47)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:01:29 PM EST
    of getting the government we deserve.

    I don't care if my rep is flirting with farm animals online if his/her representation is sound and liberty-friendly.  Most people seem to want the opposite, unsound representation by Stepford reps.  I don't get it.


    It worked out VERY well (none / 0) (#32)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:22:59 PM EST
    for us....it's good when these people give us a way of showing what sleazebags they really are.

    Giving banksters blank checks... (none / 0) (#50)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:21:42 PM EST
    is sleazy, our drug laws are sleazy...this is just a stupid distraction from the sleaze we live in.

    Apparently (none / 0) (#54)
    by lilburro on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:47:46 PM EST
    he's giving a press conference in fifteen minutes.  This does not look good.

    Coincidentally, Weiner was the one who (none / 0) (#34)
    by observed on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:23:55 PM EST
    forced Clarence Thomas into further disclosures of his wife's income from anti-health care groups.
    The fact Weiner's wiener made the news just before Thomas re-amended his financial disclosure is a complete coincidence.

    Weirder still... (none / 0) (#40)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:38:10 PM EST
    Roger Ailes is telling his peeps to back off the story, unless more comes out.

    "The media's had enough giggles over Mr. Weiner and his name," said Ailes, in an interview with The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz. "Sometimes the families take a bigger hit than the person that people are trying to destroy."

    That's what he's telling the Daily Beast... (none / 0) (#51)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:23:21 PM EST
    could be saying something else in the propaganda lab at FNC headquarters.

    Interesting to read this (none / 0) (#73)
    by gyrfalcon on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 11:45:17 PM EST
    after the Weiner confession and non-stop coverage thereof for the rest of the night on both Fox News and Fox Business.

    I believe Roger Ailes probably less than I even believe Weiner at this point.


    No need to replace old or (none / 0) (#33)
    by MO Blue on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:23:42 PM EST
    inadequate infrastructure. :-(

    The earthen levee, which guards an area of farmland and small towns between Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, has been partially breached in at least two places south of Iowa's border with Missouri, and emergency management officials said they expect new breaches in the coming days as the river rises.

    "We anticipate these compromises rearing their ugly heads all up and down the levee system throughout this event," Rhonda Wiley, the emergency management director for Atchison County, Mo., said Sunday. "It's not a pretty picture." link

    Ms. Wiley may be stepping down from (none / 0) (#43)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:44:52 PM EST
    her post very soon to spend more time w/her family, as her statement will come back to haunt her public entity in the ensuing civil lawsuits.

    Similar to the airborne blowup kids jumping structures on Long Island yesterday.  Police spokesperson predicted civil litgation.    


    I got a totally wrong mental image (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by ruffian on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:38:20 PM EST
    from 'airborne blowup kids jumping structures'. I thought of some installation art project of blowup dolls jumping over bridges or something.

    but now I get it!


    "Civil Litigation"... (none / 0) (#53)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:44:41 PM EST
    but of course, can't let an accident go to waste, lets hit the lottery!

    If the bounce house outfit or the youth soccer club that hosted the event doesn't do the right thing with the medical bills, thats one thing...but if I see a million dollar "emotional distress" lawsuit, I give up on the species.


    It's a natural. My kid is aloft in the (none / 0) (#56)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:50:08 PM EST
    bounce house.  I watched helplessly from a close range.  I am severely emotional distressed by these events, which were caused by failure to properly tether and/or monitor sd. bounce house.  According to press reports, there have been similar prior "accidents"-- one in AZ where the kids in the bounce house ended up blowing across a couple freeway lanes and landing in the median.    

    The bounce houses... (none / 0) (#61)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:01:49 PM EST
    have always been a little dangerous...thats what makes them fun.

    Never flew away in one as a kid, plenty of bloody noses and split lips though. Good times.


    I could care less about weiner-weiner (none / 0) (#42)
    by loveed on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:44:47 PM EST
    My understanding this is from a consensually correspondence. So who cares.
     This is my main complaint about the media. There will be 10x as much coverage about this(nothing illegal,do not solve world peace,balance the budget,or solve the high cost education act..) it just embraress Wiener!!!

    The watchers... (none / 0) (#49)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:15:47 PM EST
    hate it when you watch, and really hate it when you videotape it.

    Check out these allegations from a couple who witnessed a very questionable police shooting in Fla...they had to hide the video data in their mouth to get it to the Herald, say guns were put to their heads looking for that tape.

    Sadly, its a very believable all too common story these days in police state America.  Very brave of them to resist the violent intimidation.

    Kasey Anthony trail (none / 0) (#52)
    by loveed on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:35:33 PM EST
     I don't know if anyone is following this case.
    There a few things that truly bothers me.
     1.The prosecution will never be able to determine how Callie died,not because of anything Kasey did or Geogre,but because the body was moved several time by a citizen to increase the reward.
     2. Where was her lawyer? Was she read her miranda rights(She gave so many interviews while in custody,taken from place to place, the jail phone calls)? Eventually she ask one of the women in lockup to recommend a attorney.
     3. Why in these high profile cases the prosecutor find expert to testify to things for the first time ever(the strand of hair maybe it's her hair,a smell expert) this type of testimony has never been accepted before. neither one of these expert have testified in court on this type of evidence before (where are the supervisors).
     4. The media has totally dismissed the sexually abuse charge.This is why it is so hard for victims to come forward(I think her brother Lee will confirm this). Time and testimony will tell. A father who would sexually abuse his daughter for this length of time, will only try to save himself.If he care about her, he never would have abused her.
     5. These high profile cases always bring a windfall of a lot of money(why the body was moved)Donation from all over the country,paid interviews,book deals ect..
     I don't have and opinion in this case, I will wait for all the evidence.Just question about the process.
     Prosecution job is to search for the truth!!!

    Haven't followed it much (none / 0) (#63)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:18:48 PM EST
    But from what I understand - the sexual abuse "charge" is one made by the defense in opening statements - the idea that Casey Anthony was sexually abused, so that's why she was forced to keep secrets and lie about where Caylee's body was.  In making a charge like that, the defense is going to have to prove that, and from what I have been reading, that probably means Casey Anthony will have to take the stand, which means the prosecutors will also get to cross-examine her.  Risky strategy, but since the defense brought it up, they are going to have to follow through with this.

    In the opening statement by the defense (none / 0) (#66)
    by loveed on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:35:30 PM EST
    not quite a quote. Baiz said '' Lee Anthony trying to copy what his father did to Casey,came into her bedroom at night,fondling her while she slept''.
     If her bother witness the sexually abuse over the years, he can testify to this.

    Casey will probably have to testify (none / 0) (#67)
    by jbindc on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:42:29 PM EST
    You can't just lob a charge like that against the father and then not have her testify - especially if that's her defense (it puts her mental state in play and the prosecution gets to cross examine her).  Her brother may be able to testify if he actually saw anything, but that doesn't mean she won't have to take the stand.  Then she's pretty much fair game for the state.

    The brother will be enough (none / 0) (#69)
    by loveed on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:22:43 PM EST
    If he witness this abuse for yrs.,His testimony will be enough(Casey say every morning before she went to school she had to perform oral sex on her father). The father has already testified that it did not happen.
     It's interesting that the prosecution tested her brother Dna for paternity of Callie.  It would really be a bombshell if the father (george Anthony) is the baby's daddy. Time will tell.

    Which will have what, exactly (none / 0) (#75)
    by jbindc on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 09:34:01 AM EST
    to do with whether or not Casey Anthony killed Caylee?

    She accuses the father of being there when Callie (none / 0) (#76)
    by loveed on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 06:06:51 PM EST
    drown in the pool. He supposedly got rid of the body.
     Time will tell.

    Digby (none / 0) (#57)
    by lilburro on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:55:25 PM EST
    has a new post on the President's possible new message.  She quotes Bernstein who is fast becoming a favorite:

    Someone just asked me, "how does the White House pivot from targeting deficits to targeting jobs?"

    How's this? "Based on new information, we are now pivoting from targeting deficits to targeting jobs!"

    Meanwhile, Austan Goolsbee continues his years-long trend of being an utter, obnoxious disappointment.  I'd love to see him replaced, I think he's a horrible spokesman for the President and he goes on TV way too often to be that weak.

    Yup (5.00 / 1) (#71)
    by ruffian on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:45:16 PM EST
    Goolsbee comes across as someone they thought would be an economist that could speak well to the masses. I don't think he comes over well at all.

    To me (none / 0) (#74)
    by Nemi on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 06:10:01 AM EST
    he comes across as a Duracell bunny ... on speed. I get exhausted just watching.

    Agreed. Goolsbee (none / 0) (#64)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:25:26 PM EST
    comes across as a lightweight but probably because he is one.  His answers to economic and jobless problems sound as if they were written by a Palin economist (if one were in her employ): more cuts, more regulations and let the natural market do its magic.  

    Maybe we hurt his feelings, (none / 0) (#72)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 08:25:31 PM EST
    Goolsbee is resigning, will return to University of Chicago and spend more time with his family.

    Obam's Awsume Job Creation Program :-( (none / 0) (#65)
    by MO Blue on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:27:58 PM EST
    Long-Term Unemployment Worse Than During The Depression | CBS News reports: "About 6.2 million Americans, 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in this country, have been jobless for more than six months -- a higher percentage than during the Great Depression." link

    Obama is setting new records on jobs.