This quote from the new chairman of Citigroup is just about the most tone-deaf register from the siren of the Waaaahmbulance I’ve heard in quite some time:

HONOLULU – Citigroup Inc.’s new board chairman, Richard Parsons, said financial institutions are being targeted for creating the nation’s financial crisis, but they aren’t the only ones responsible.

“Everybody participated in pumping up this balloon. Now the balloon has deflated,” he said Monday. “Everybody, in reality, has some part of the blame. But it’s much more in the culture to find a villain and vilify the villain.”

“Besides banks, there was reduced regulatory oversight, loans to unqualified borrowers were encouraged and people took out mortgages or home-equity loans they couldn’t afford.”

Atrios has the perfect smackdown of this self-pitying nonsense:

Reduced regulatory oversight…of banks and big financial institutions.

Loans to unqualified borrowers made by… banks….

People took our mortgages and home-equity loans from they couldn’t afford from…banks who abandoned underwriting requirements.

The rich assholes who run the world are babies.

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The International Committee for the Red Cross (the organization empowered by international law to investigate claims of prisoner abuse) released the second part of its report on the treatment of detainees by the United States.

As before, the results are damning, and this time directly implicate medical officers who participated in the torture:

Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential report that labeled the CIA program “inhuman.”

Health personnel offered supervision and even assistance as suspected al-Qaeda operatives were beaten, deprived of food, exposed to temperature extremes and subjected to waterboarding, the relief agency said in the 2007 report, a copy of which was posted on a magazine Web site yesterday. The report quoted one medical official as telling a detainee: “I look after your body only because we need you for information.”

Read the WaPo article on the report or view the whole report here (note: it’s a PDF).

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The International Committee for the Red Cross (the organization empowered by international law to investigate claims of prisoner abuse) released the second part of its report on the treatment of detainees by the United States.

As before, the results are damning, and this time directly implicate medical officers who participated in the torture:

Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential report that labeled the CIA program “inhuman.”

Health personnel offered supervision and even assistance as suspected al-Qaeda operatives were beaten, deprived of food, exposed to temperature extremes and subjected to waterboarding, the relief agency said in the 2007 report, a copy of which was posted on a magazine Web site yesterday. The report quoted one medical official as telling a detainee: “I look after your body only because we need you for information.”

Read the WaPo article on the report or view the whole report here (note: it’s a PDF).

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The International Committee for the Red Cross (the organization empowered by international law to investigate claims of prisoner abuse) released the second part of its report on the treatment of detainees by the United States.

As before, the results are damning, and this time directly implicate medical officers who participated in the torture:

Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential report that labeled the CIA program “inhuman.”

Health personnel offered supervision and even assistance as suspected al-Qaeda operatives were beaten, deprived of food, exposed to temperature extremes and subjected to waterboarding, the relief agency said in the 2007 report, a copy of which was posted on a magazine Web site yesterday. The report quoted one medical official as telling a detainee: “I look after your body only because we need you for information.”

Read the WaPo article on the report or view the whole report here (note: it’s a PDF).

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What the fuck is wrong with people, I mean seriously:

In the most recent ABC/WaPo poll … 81% believe it’s important for Obama to try to improve U.S. relations with Muslim nations (46% think it’s very important.)

One wonders who the 18% who disagree are.
Further, 65% think Obama will go just the right distance to do so (22% think he’ll go too far).

Yes, you read that correctly. 18% of our country’s citizens believe that America’s relationship with Muslim nations doesn’t need any improvement.

It really makes one wonder what kind of truly outlandish question involving Obama a pollster would have to come up with in order to get less than 10% of respondents to pick a particular answer. Maybe these hypothetical questions:

Do you believe Barack Obama a gay socialist satan worshipper? No 89% / Yes 11%

Do you believe it’s wrong for Barack Obama to have fathered two negro children? No 92% / Yes 8%

Sigh…

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This is definitely change I can believe in:

“It is important to remember that every defense dollar spent to over-insure against a remote or diminishing risk … is a dollar not available to take care of our people, reset the force, win the wars we are in, and improve capabilities in areas where we are underinvested and potentially vulnerable. That is a risk I will not take.”
Defense Secretary Robert Gates

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I’m getting more than a little tired of paying attention to the most certifiably batshit insane member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Michele Bachmann.

With that said, her latest frothing screed of lying, incendiary nonsense really takes the cake.

For some background, here’s Steve Benen:

About a week ago, the Senate easily approved legislation to expand national community service programs. The House had already easily passed a similar measure, and the president is anxious to sign it into law. As part of the effort, the number of positions available in AmeriCorps will increase from 75,000 to 250,000.

The right’s reaction has been fascinating. One right-wing blogger compared community service programs to “Hitler youth.” Malkin called funding for the programs a “left-wing slush fund.”

And how did our dear Rep. Bachmann respond?

“It’s under the guise of, quote, ‘volunteerism.’ But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government. […]

“I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.”

Yep, she envisions our poor children being forced into mandatory government servitude and “re-education camps”.

This woman is not only insane, she’s dangerous.

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Today is a very good day. I just found out I passed the Illinois bar exam. Woot!

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