Three Card Monti

Monti pictured at the unveiling of his campaign logo

Monti one month ago: "ROME—Premier Mario Monti on Tuesday defended his government's austerity measures as necessary to restore confidence in Italy's financial future, and warned voters to beware "magic solutions" promised by candidates in coming elections."

"[M]ario Monti, the outgoing prime minister now heading a centrist coalition against the main parties that supported his technocrat government last year, says he doesn’t want to be remembered as just a tax man, and now says it’s possible to reduce the IMU property tax, even though late last month he warned catastrophe would befall.

we got to fulfill the book...


Criminogenic-Producing or Intended to Produce Crime and Criminality

[T]he official said Holder, who leads the Justice Department, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will remain with the administration amid changes to the Cabinet as President Barack Obama moves into his second term.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is aware prosecutors and elected officials were bribed and otherwise compromised, but has not held anyone accountable.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.
"Gun Runner and another operation called Fast and Furious were designed to dismantle the gun-smuggling routes that drug cartels use to ferry high-powered assault rifles from the U.S. into Mexico. By allowing people to illegally purchase large quantities of the weapons from gun dealers, officials hoped to trace the firearms to the drug cartel members and prosecute them. But ATF whistleblowers allege that officials lost track of the guns."

Decapitations in Kashmir


RAJOURI/NEW DELHI: The Indian Army on Wednesday said both the soldiers killed during an attack by Pakistani troops across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir were decapitated and that one severed head was yet to be recovered.



Message to all World Leaders:

If you are involved in tense negotiations with Sec. Clinton, ask her what her husband's position on the matter at hand is, she will snap, blow a gasket and be defeated:

...[A]pparently the translator made a mistake and the student had wanted to know what President Obama thought of the deal.


Heck of a Job Brownie

Japan’s Cleanup After a Nuclear Accident Is Denounced - NY Times
January 7, 2013
"More than a year and a half since the nuclear crisis, much of Japan’s post-Fukushima cleanup remains primitive, slapdash and bereft of the cleanup methods lauded by government scientists as effective in removing harmful radioactive cesium from the environment.
Recent reports in the local media of cleanup crews dumping contaminated soil and leaves into rivers has focused attention on the sloppiness of the cleanup.
... both the central and local governments have handed over much of the 1 trillion yen decontamination effort to Japan’s largest construction companies. The politically connected companies have little radiological cleanup expertise and critics say they have cut corners to employ primitive — even potentially hazardous — techniques".


CITI Never Sleeps

Obama to nominate Jacob Lew as Treasury Secretary

In June 2006, Lew was named chief operating officer of Citigroup's Alternative Investments unit, a proprietary trading group. The unit he oversaw invested in a hedge fund "that bet on the housing market to collapse