Good Morning from Europe – Halloween Edition


(Castelluccio – Cemetary) 

It’s not as if there weren’t any reasons to scream in fear, anger and frustration on any other given day of the year. But today, it’s “trick or treat”.


The latest debate of Democratic Candidates was yesterday and Hillary took fire from all the others, it’s hard to decide whether to label this as “trick” or as “treat” – well she tries to have it both ways – so can we.

Now, the Blackwater immunity scandal is definitely one for the “trick” section. The reactions are ranging from anger to disbelief. A proper and much needed investigation will be hampered badly by this. If you have friends in high places you can get away with murder, q.e.d.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is drawing to a close. No catastrophic hurricanes have made landfall in the US. But, we have seen unprecedented intensification and the landfall of two hurricanes as category 5 storms in the Caribian and the latest and not necessarily last trick of the season was tropical storm Noel, who inundated Hispaniola and Cuba and cost 50 lives so far.

Does Mother Earth want to shake us from her back ? An earthquake of 5,6 magnitude strength hit northern California this morning. 

And this is really scary. If the US Army Corps of Engineers say a dam is failing, you’d better listen closely.


The latest debate of Democratic Candidates was yesterday and Hillary took fire from all the others, it’s hard to decide whether to label this as “trick” or as “treat” – well she tries to have it both ways – so can we.

Back to the democratic debates, this is definitely a treat:

Follow-up: asked if HRC would release her documents as first lady to the national archives? Clinton seems uncomfortable. Russert mentions the Bill Clinton letter banning release of letters between HRC and Bill. Hillary waffles in response. Trouble here.

Obama’s up next to respond: “This is an example of not turning the page … We have just gone through one of the most secretive administrations in our history, and not releasing, I think, these records at the same time, Hillary, as you’re making the claim that this is the basis for your experience, I think, is a problem.”

Corruption in France? Mais non. Just treats for some politicians and unionists.

And, finally, something that celebrities treat themselves to. A sober companion.

26 thoughts on “Good Morning from Europe – Halloween Edition

  1. Oh, they were pretty easy on Hillary; They could have said this:

    “And a few weeks ago, around the sixth anniversary of 9/11, a leading presidential candidate held a fundraiser that was billed as a Homeland Security themed event in Washington, D.C. targeted to homeland security lobbyists and contractors for $1,000 a plate. These lobbyists, for the price of a ticket, would get a special “treat” — the opportunity to participate in small, hour long breakout sessions with key Democratic lawmakers, many of whom chair important sub committees of the homeland security committee. That presidential candidate was Senator Clinton.

    Senator Clinton’s road to the middle class takes a major detour right through the deep canyon of corporate lobbyists and the hidden bidding of K Street in Washington — and history tells us that when that bus stops there it is the middle class that loses.

    When I asked Hillary Clinton to join me in not taking money from Washington lobbyists — she refused. Not only did she say that she would continue to take their money, she defended them.

    Today Hillary Clinton has taken more money from Washington lobbyists than any candidate from either party — more money than any Republican candidate.

    She has taken more money from the defense industry than any other candidate from either party as well.

    She took more money from Wall Street last quarter than Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama combined.

    The long slow slide of our democracy into the corporate abyss continues unabated regardless of party, regardless of the best interests of America.

    We have a duty — a duty to end this.”

  2. or this:

    “Down one path, we trade corporate Democrats for corporate Republicans; our cronies for their cronies; one political dynasty for another dynasty; and all we are left with is a Democratic version of the Republican corruption machine.

    It is the easier path. It is the path of the status quo. But, it is a path that perpetuates a corrupt system that has not only failed to deliver the change the American people demand, but has divided America into two — one America for the very greedy, and one America for everybody else.”

  3. or this:
    “The documents reviewed by The Washington Post provide the most complete accounting of how the Clintons accrued the $5 million to $25 million in the trust — nearly all since leaving the White House…”

    The Clintons’ broad investment portfolio also included a stake of at least $1.6 million in blue-chip U.S. drugmakers such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Abbott Laboratories and Eli Lilly. Sen. Clinton has long been a proponent of overhauling health care and making drugs less expensive.
    The couple also had significant investments in large oil companies such as Anadarko Petroleum, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil and chemical makers Dow Chemical and DuPont at a time when questions at Democratic debates focused on gasoline prices, global warming and pollution.

    “blind trust”? from Princeton edu “a trust that enables a person to avoid possible conflict of interest by transferring assets to a fiduciary; the person establishing the trust gives up the right to information about the assets”.

  4. So, were they harsh on Hillary because they “implied” she isn’t always completely honest? Well, I think it could have gotton alot worse.

  5. Good morning all.

    The “earth moved” for me last night…during a band rehearsal. In other words, I felt the earthquake, some 90 miles away. Pretty good sharp little jolt.

    And we had a guest conductor from Finnland. Now when he goes back home, he can say he lived through a California Earthquake!

  6. Speaking of Band rehearsals and the Clintons…did you know Bill can play both the Tenor and the Alto Saxophone?

    That’s right, he’s bi-saxual.

  7. Oh, and let’s not forget my personal favorite… how the Hillary camp is pushing this story about Obama and the gay bashing guy.

    truth is, they are not “friends” as some sites say…

    they aren’t “paling around”….

    In fact, the guy was a headliner at a fund raiser…

    12 others performed. anyone know what they think about homosexuality? the 12 others?

    Maybe we should look at Hillary’s “pals”. Bill spent several months over the past few years traveling around with one guy; having him over for dinner; vacationing; photo ops smiling and shaking hands; you know who THAT guy was?

    George Herbert Walker Bush. and Babs…

  8. Good Morning Willy, Good Morning BnF!

    Willy, it’s a start. I am not a Hillary fan and I don’t support the notion of female solidarity in her case. However, the others are not my cup of tea either. I’m a Gore girl.

    BnF, Hey, my latest earthquake experience was last year. They had one on the Alsace. I’m quite a bit away from there, some 90 miles. First I woke up, because I thought there was a truck rumbling in the garage and then there was the jolt. My husband was hunting in the Alsace and slept right next to the epicenter, never felt a thing.

    The real funny thing about it was, however, in the early evening, when I was out for a stroll, all the dogs of the quarter, were howling like mad. My guess is, they felt it, before it happened.

  9. Hi EV. Nice Posting! Happy Halloween!
    Hi Willy. Did you catch in that video you had e watch that Hillary had made an appearance at the 2007 Bilderberger meeting? She wasn’t listed on the participants. I wonder if she was the only candidate to be there?

  10. EV: I don’t really care one way or the other myself, but I have to agree with Edwards and Obama in as much as this secracy, this “back-handed” back door ‘business as usual” politicing is going to kill this country. Look at what this administration did with it. We don’t need it from our candidates. I would like to see Gore run as well, but I don’t think he will.

  11. Are you sure? They were in Turkey. I remember them mentioning the governor of Texas was there and on the list, but that she had made an appearance and wasn’t on the list. I already read through that list. The meeting in Turkey was 2007..

  12. The film was about the 2006 Bilderberg Conference in Canada. Remember Jones having a hard time at customs? talking to the Canadians about losing the borders?

    and yes, it has been confirmed that Hillary was there; she spoke at the 2006 Conference; (Jones would have had to nix that part otherwise).

    The List is from this years meeting.

    and who knows who was there, but didn’t show up on the list.

  13. The Hurricane Season for 2007 had the strangest hurricane of recent times in Humberto, which grew from depression to Cat 1 in 18 hours and slashed away at Galveston. I was on the receiving end of that one somewhat. Talk about intensifying…

  14. “We have *just gone through* one of the most secretive administrations in our history, ”

    What the hell are you on about Obama? The bastards still have 15 months left to f*ck up your life and everyone elses. The Busheviks will make rumors of White House graffiti seem like kids’ stuff by comparison.

  15. willy, that’s exactly what America will get unless they do something about this lot and do it before they leave. I find Obama’s attitude naive. The Patriot Act, the MCA, the exec orders… the next president will take whatever tools they have already from Bush and use them, because when (if?) Bush leaves, they will gain legitimacy. If habeas corpus is not restored then do you think even Hilary will abide by it? I don’t.

    “Power attracts the corruptible” – Frank Herbert.

  16. Hi again.

    Willy, a privileged motion to remove Pelosi from Speakership will go about as far as Kucinich’s efforts to impeach Cheney.

    A motion to table will be quickly approved, thus killing the motion.

  17. This is operating on the idea that Rep. Watson was telling the truth when she said that pelosi was talking to the rest of the Dems. about using the war to gain more seats in 2008.

    Woolsey wants impeachment, Watson wants impeachment… many do, but I think they will have to “table” Kucinich’s question of privilege because Pelosi is pulling the strings.

    Well, what if Pelosi is taken out of the equation? She can’t pull strings as a regular Rep. And look at this new story coming out about her helping this guy with his fund raiser. Not a good time to be standing up for Nancy.

    Besides, thats Politics; how are we to know the inner deals in the House Dem. Party?

    Is my reading of the House Rules Sec. IX correct? As far as you can tell? They can remove her, right?

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