Speaking of Hachiko: Oakley, Buddy, and Annie Issue Greetings


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Some newer readers may not know that there are a substantial number of TWN readers who actually come to the blog for the pup pictures — not my content or even to read our various dueling commentators.
So, here is a great picture of Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner, Buddy & Annie that had been held up in a camera for a while.
I showed it to someone night before last who said I ought to see if I could get Lawrence Summers, Robert Rubin, and Timothy Geithner to pose the same way — and then I cut off her mojitos.
More soon.
— Steve Clemons


19 comments on “Speaking of Hachiko: Oakley, Buddy, and Annie Issue Greetings

  1. melvin says:

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  2. Sand says:

    tick tick tick…
    Larisa Alexandrovna:
    “…Edmonds should publicly name the member of Congress as it is Edmonds who has a first hand account of the alleged “hooker exercise.” Remember, if this person is being blackmailed – as is the allegation – then they are compromised and cannot do their job. They should not be in office. Since this woman has not left public office on her own and since she is allegedly compromised, she should be named so she can either deny or confirm the allegations. I think Edmonds’ should go ahead and tell what she knows about this particular chapter of the Turkish scandal…”
    Hell yes, as I’m really concerned this person might also be compromised regarding her position on a possible military strike on Iran?


  3. pauline says:

    Thanks for bringing the Sibel story out to the many TWN readers/glancers who probably just don’t know.
    As you well know, this American foreign policy news story has been covered up by msm like a bad Hollywood makeup job. I expect the foreign press to cover more than the military-industrial-complex media owned machines. Many thanks to Brad Friedman for continually shining the light.
    With the Edmunds testimony now revealing many of the DC names you and many here have mentioned over-and-over for years as the treasonous, guilty culprits, news blogs seem to be the only outlet for revealing meaningful news to Americans at dinnertime.
    Walter Cronkite, you’re missed more each day.


  4. arthurdecco says:

    “I’m suprised they haven’t killed her. Yet.”
    Stop with these sentences, please, POA. They are NOT helpful, even if they are powerfully persuasive.
    …and it’s sickening that I think I have to bring this up…
    (What kind of monstrous world are we living in?!?)


  5. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Hmmmm. Lets see…..
    A former FBI translator, fired for telling the truth, (at least as far as the OIG investigation is concerned), who testifies before Congress and is declared by certain Congresscritters to be credible, who is subsequently served a gag order, has now testified under oath, naming names, accusing high government officials of TREASON, and asserting that a United States Congresswoman was honeytrapped and blackmailed by Turkey……..
    Now, what’s that tell us about the MSM? And, more importantly, what’s that tell us about Sibel’s assertions? I’m suprised they haven’t killed her. Yet.


  6. arthurdecco says:

    “Apropos Sibel Edmonds: Given the content of her testimony, I find it puzzling that not only MSM, but also Steve chooses not to write about it here.” Paul Norheim
    There are a lot of contradictions in Mr. Clemons’ online, public personality, Paul. Just like there are in the online personalities of almost all of his readers who comment here. Extended face to face contact is the only thing that can overwrite the personality distortions our preferred communication medium is responsible for.
    Our online medium does not lend itself to intimacy in the way personal contact or even a book can. A conversation between two curious people or even the act of reading a book is an almost completely private experience. Blogging seems to be more of a communal (if not public) experience.
    Online, we’re talking to each other in a room crowded with raised voices. And that can lead to profitless misunderstandings and even to verbal fisticuffs. I’m sure the prudent-more-than-passionate prefer to self-censor their commentary as a means of reducing misunderstandings between them and their more hot-headed readers. Or perhaps even between them and their patrons if they hold a position like Mr. Clemons’…
    Steve Clemons does a lot here. Even if he doesn’t do all the contradictory things we sometimes stridently demand he do.
    For now, that’s enough to satisfy me.
    Besides, you know as well as I do he’ll post about Sibil Edmonds…or he won’t…


  7. Paul Norheim says:

    No problem, Arthur.
    Given the contrast between the serious stuff POA posted and
    the discussion about dogs, I can somehow understand your
    outburst. I too react like that sometimes, for similar reasons.
    So now I guess we agree: we can talk about Edmonds AND dogs
    on this thread!
    Apropos Sibel Edmonds: Given the content of her testimony, I
    find it puzzling that not only MSM, but also Steve chooses not
    to write about it here – apparently due to clashes on a personal
    level. I don`t get it. Resentment doesn´t strike me as a typical
    or dominant sentiment in Steve`s character. To me it looks like
    he simply doesn`t trust her, or her version of the story, but that
    he`s unwilling to dig deeper – or unable to explain why he
    doesn`t trust her. If my memory is correct, I think he´ve hinted
    at something along those lines before. But speculating on this is
    useless, so I`ll stop here.


  8. arthurdecco says:

    In my earlier post exasperation got the better of me Paul. I apologize for the “cretin” crack. It was needlessly rude and provocative. There are no cretins posting here except perhaps for me on a bad day.
    I too, like to talk about dogs, but just not right after reading about firing-squad-worthy treason and wide-spread criminal activity festering in the ranks of the most powerful government in our world.
    Again, I apologize to all those I may have offended with my rash outburst.


  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “I spent hours reading new stuff about Sibel Edmonds…………”
    Mission accomplished.
    Now, hopefully, you can encourage other people to do the same.


  10. Paul Norheim says:

    Hey Arthur,
    I spent hours reading new stuff about Sibel Edmonds after POA`s
    post above and on another thread. Still, I don`t mind talking
    about dogs on a dog thread.
    And I certainly don`t mind being called a clown and a cretin by
    commenters like you.


  11. arthurdecco says:

    POA posts a blockbuster that could shake the very foundations of American Deocracy and yu clowns insist on continuing to talk about dogs…


  12. Paul Norheim says:

    Certainly more focused than Sam – said to be the ugliest dog in the world:


  13. Jackie says:

    Thank you, Steve. I’ll try to remember Buddy’s name in the future. They are really focused dogs. They make my two look like a couple of goofy blimps.


  14. Kenny Morris says:

    That is a cool pic of the dogs. They look great in that living room. Very cool! download a playstation game


  15. PissedOffAmerican says:

    (Sorry, Steve.)
    By Brad Friedman on 8/8/2009 8:51AM
    LIVE BLOG: Deposition of Sibel Edmonds Underway, DoJ a ‘No Show’, All Questions Being Answered…
    ‘State Secrets’ privilege NOT asserted, FBI whistleblower answering ALL questions on Turkish infiltration of U.S. Government…
    UPDATED: Congress members implicated under oath: Blackmail, Espionage, Bribery…
    Live blogging coverage of the Sibel Edmonds deposition at the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington D.C. For background see previous coverage:
    8/5/09: Sibel Edmonds Subpoenaed, Set to ‘Break’ Gag Order
    8/7/09: EXCLUSIVE: FBI Attempts to Block Edmonds Testimony in OH Election Case
    8/7/09: EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: DoJ Pressures Ohio Election Commission to Block Edmonds Testimony
    [Updates at bottom…]
    8:00am PT (11:00am ET): The deposition has now begun inside the National Whisteblowers Center, and has not, apparently, been blocked by an assertion of the “state secrets” privilege by the DoJ.
    The BRAD BLOG has some folks covering outside the testimony this morning, and I just spoke to some of the folks on the ground outside the NWC, just before the deposition was set to begin, including David Krikorian who flew in last night from Ohio.
    Krikorian said that he hadn’t yet seen anybody from the DoJ there yet, and both he and Edmonds confirmed that there hadn’t been any new action (that they knew about) since the late-night legal back and forth between the DoJ and OEC on Friday night. Though Krikorian added that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if someone from DoJ showed up. We’ll find out later today if they did.
    He said his team intended to ask detailed questions on the three major points they’d described in their press release [PDF] issued earlier this week, focusing on whether and how “The Government of Turkey had illegally infiltrated and influenced various U.S. government institutions and officials, including the Department of State, the Department of Defense and individual members of the United States Congress.”
    Krikorian did not seem dissuaded by the FBI’s and then the DoJ’s attempts to block Edmonds’ testimony, and that they intended to be thorough in their deposition. “That’s pretty much the whole point of this exercise,” he told me.
    Schmidt (R-OH)’s attorney is Bruce Fein, the one time Assoc. Deputy Attorney General in the Reagan Administration who has, over the past several years, become a fierce critic of the George W. Bush Administration. He believed the deposition would not take long, though Krikorian’s people may have a differing opinion there.
    There are apparently a handful of mostly independent and foreign media outlets present outside the NWC. No corporate MSM, from the reports I’ve gotten. Independent TV/media, an Armenian English language weekly, and press attache representatives of some foreign governments are among those present.
    8:40am PT (11:40am ET): During a break, Edmonds and the attorneys stepped outside.
    DoJ still a no-show, so the questioning has proceeded, and Edmonds has been able to say “everything that she hasn’t been able to say so far, implicating many members of Congress in a criminal conspiracy,” according to interviews with Fein and others.
    Edmonds’ attorney, Michael Kohn said: “The Justice Department decided not to show. Therefore, the deposition has gone much more smoothly than we had anticipated.”
    Edmonds told me in a brief phone conversation during the break: “Bruce Fein is raising objections to everything”, though that’s to be expected. She said she’s been asked, and has answered, questions on Dan Burton (R-IN), Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), and other questions on those high-ranking officials and lobbyists in her “State Secrets Gallery”.
    She added that “somebody said the FBI was given the wrong time, for 11:30 instead of 10:30”, though she didn’t see how that could be, given that the time for the start of the deposition has been well publicized. In any case, it’s now 11:45am ET, so we’ll see if they showed up during this break. They have now gone back into session…
    9:41am PT (12:41pm ET): Another break…Edmonds still being questioned under direct. Fein believes his questioning cross-examination will last two hours or so once he begins. They are now breaking for lunch. DoJ/FBI still did not show up.
    The deposition is being videotaped and Edmonds hopes that it can be released as soon as possible after the deposition, though there has been some objections about releasing the video tape…
    10:09am PT (1:09pm ET): Wow… just had lengthy conversation with Krikorian about Edmonds’ testimony. Just wow… coming momentarily…

    Spoke to Edmonds, who says she’s “tired, gotta put some sugar into her system”, but that she’s satisfied with what’s being put on the record so far. “Things we have never discussed outside before”.
    A lengthy conversation then, with Krikorian, may give you some idea of what she’s referring to.
    Here’s Krikorian, directly quoted. Hang on to your seats…
    “From my opinion, if I’m some of the current members of Congress, I’d be very very worried about the information that’s going to come out of this. There are current members of Congress that she has implicated in bribery, espionage. It’s not good. It’s crazy, it’s absolutely crazy. For people in power situations in the United States, who know about this information, if they don’t take action against it, in my opinion, it’s negligence.
    [Which current members have been implicated?]
    [Dan] Burton (R-IN), described as basically accepting bribes and involved in espionage for the Turkish government…she could not discuss the extremely illegal activities that Mr. Burton committed against U.S. interests, as she put it.
    Also, a current female Democratic [ed note: I misheard, he later said he didn’t know if she was Dem or Rep] member of Congress who has been blackmailed by the Turkish Government…called a ‘hooking exercise’…she’s apparently bi-sexual and they bugged her apartment, she’s married with children, and they set up a relationship with another female who went in and had sexual relationships with her. And they had all the episodes bugged within this current Representatives home and they blackmailed her. … She wouldn’t give her name, but her photograph [is the one with the question mark on it in the “Sibel Edmonds Rogue Gallery” ] .
    The context of the discussion was that this particular Representative was amenable to passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution. And then based on this ‘hooking’ operation, changed her position. She was reluctant to put this person’s name on record.
    [Other people implicated included] Livingston (R-TX), Hastert (R-IL), Dick Gephardt (D-MO), other non-Congressional members, people like Brent Scowcroft, other appointed members of the U.S. government.
    One of the reasons we sought her testimony is especially for these reasons. I can tell you that counsel for Schmidt has been objecting to much of the testimony. I stopped counting the number of objections that were raised. But, she’s an extremely credible witness, she knows a lot about what happened. She’s implicated Turkish organizations operating in the U.S. with both overt and covert operations.
    [Q: Which ones?]
    ATC, ATAA, TACA…She talked about how she was recruited to join these operations, she talked about the fact that the Inspector General’s report exonerated her, she talked about the circumstances around her dismissal, she talked about the fact that these the fact that these Turkish American operations were, she said in her words ‘all receiving support from the Turkish government’.
    She talks about one of the main lobby issues is suppressing U.S. media coverage of the Armenian Genocide and preventing the Armenian Genocide resolution in Congress from passing. She said very very strongly that is one of their major issues.
    She also attested there is no credible opposition to the historical facts of the Armenian genocide, that it’s only coming from Turkey.
    [Ed note: Edmonds was raised in Turkey, though is a U.S. citizen. Krikorian is of Armenian dissent. Schmidt is neither, but she is co-chair of the Congressional Turkish Caucus.]
    Did not have very flattering things to say about former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. … Actually, I stopped taking notes because I was o fascinated by what she was saying. … She talked about the Rand Corp., Brewster-Jennings, nuclear secrets…
    Frankly it’s disappointing that things like this are happening in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Is it a huge surprise? No. Should it be tolerated? Absolutely not. I can’t imagine George Washington and Thomas Jefferson allowing this sort of thing to go on in the Republic that they created. I cannot imagine it.
    We’re talking about High Crimes against the United States government. If the Government is aware of these High Crimes and doesn’t prosecute them, I’m not sure what can be said about this.

    [Q: Do you predict problems with Democrats whose support you will need when running against Schmidt as a Dem in 2010?]
    Problem with Democrats…?
    Well, Mr. Gephardt and Mr. Solarz are no longer Representatives of the U.S. House of Representatives. I think it would be extremely naive and the height of folly for the Democratic leadership to suggest for a moment that Democrats aren’t also corrupt. I don’t mean as an entirety, but that there aren’t corrupt members of the Democrat caucus. I think there was a recent Democrat down south somewhere who was found with thirty thousand dollars cash in his freezer, or whatever.
    If Democratic National Committee or the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Comm.] came out and said, ‘hey, we’re entirely clean and there’s no fault on us’, I think the American public would laugh at them. So, this is not an indictment of one party or the other. This is about standing up for what’s right for the country, and what is right for the citizens of our country.
    Again, I ran as an independent last time [in 2008]. I’m running as a Democrat [in 2010] because I think right now they’re probably the better of the two parties. But nevertheless, I don’t necessarily buy into the fact that they’re without blood on their hands…
    [Q: Did she implicate any sitting Democrats?]
    She did not indicate any names of any currently serving Democrats that I’m aware. [Though he wasn’t certain if the unnamed female Representative was either Democratic or Republican].
    Krikorian went on to say that he expects to release the video of the deposition, which, along with the transcript, is the property of his legal team. says “There will be…This could be a 10 part YouTube video segment, that we’ll put out there.”
    He doesn’t yet know when a transcript will be available.
    The cross-testimony of Edmonds, by Schmidt’s attorney Fein is still in progress…


  16. LongIslandGuy says:

    Did I just see you running down Meadow Lane in Southampton towards the end? If that was you, wow! I am impressed.
    I drove past you, and then saw you turn around at very end and then drove to the St Andrews Church area and saw you eventually run by there. I know that was you. That is a long way and you looked great. How the hell do you do all the stuff you do and then do a 10 mile run?
    You were cruising a good speed and my wife and I can tell that you are no running novice.
    I love this blog, but I am totally impressed that I saw you running out on this beautiful, hot day.
    Didn’t want to interrupt you, but I would like to know if it really was you.
    I will email you privately.
    Thanks for all you do here at TWN!


  17. Joe Bua says:

    As usual, Homer, your dogs’ overweight cousin from California, sends his fondest regards and reminds Oakley that it’s his turn to bring the kibble to the family reunion next year.


  18. bad haiku says:

    Rare is the picture:
    Oakley,Buddy & Annie.
    Please…I want some more!
    This ALMOST makes up for the other 360+ days without the pups.


  19. Outraged American says:

    If you’re a dog or cat lover, here’s a sad story about an Iraqi dog
    and cat who adopted British troops and now the British government
    is saying they must be left behind in Iraq.
    There’s an ongoing campaign to bring these wonderful animals to
    safe homes in the UK, so here’s the story if you want to help:
    And while I love Steve’s dogs, I can’t stress enough that millions of
    animals are euthanized each year here, and a lot of them, are as
    wonderful in their own way as Steve’s dogs, I’m guessing.


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