Doing The Junta’s Dirty Work?

buddist-monks-body-floats.jpgFrom MSNBC:

A government official met senior monks in Yangon on Friday and asked them to “expose four monks who are at large, who took the leading role in the protest,” the announcement said. The names of the four were given to senior clergy, it added.

Al- Jazeera: Al-Jazeera has a correspondent in Myanmar who talks about the cleaners who have been out on the streets lately ‘cleaning up’ debris and the hundreds of sandals thrown aside. As the UN envoy, Ibrahim Gambari was leaving town

the military carried out a another night-time sweep, this time arresting civilians and protest sympathisers, shopkeepers, for example, who allowed demonstrators to hide from the chasing army.

And now according to a story from CNN, the junta via their official site, is saying that weapons ( guns, knives, and ammunition) have been found in monasteries when raided by the military. Per ‘New Light of Myanmar –

Nay Pyi Taw, 6 Oct � Authorities concerned exposed monks and novices who led, involved in, and supported the protests occurred in some townships in Yangon Division in September.

Altogether 533 monks were taken from the monasteries as it was difficult to differentiate between real monks and bogus ones. Among them, 398 monks have been sent back to their respective monasteries.

The bogus ones that are flunkies and stoolies for the government? I wonder if those weapons found by the military were planted by those damned flunkies and stoolies bogus monks.

Chevron updates its image – Chevron is still in Burma of course after their purchase of Unocal a bit deviously. Here’s the ad I saw over the weekend from these noncorporate titans of Chevron because “they live on this planet too.”

A little late to the party? Gen Than Shwe, the ogre general himself, apparently had his wife and family trundle off to Laos for safekeeping during the recent upheaval in Burma.

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More Stalling by MSHA and Chao

I caught this in the Houston Chronicle on Friday, however – I like the Washington Post’s headline better. Regardless it demonstrates yet again the difficulty those in this administration appear to have with the truth and how they don’t seem to understand the workings of our democracy.brass-tag.jpg

The House Committee on Education and Labor issued a subpoena on September 24th for all communications regarding Crandall Canyon from the Dept. of Labor.

According to the acting solicitor for the Dept. of Labor, Jonathan Snare, it will cost “millions of dollars” and just so very long, don’t ya know, to come up with all those documents. Why just searching through all those emails that relate to Crandall Canyon would cost $3.5 million and take around 5 months or so. Dangg!! Wait a second – that sounds sooo familiar.

“Broad electronic searches of archived electronic data, as contemplated by the committee’s letters (and required by the subpoena) could cost millions of dollars and require weeks or months to complete even by contracting with a vendor,” Snare said Friday in a letter to the committee.

Goddamned oversight committees. I wonder if those emails will go missing or maybe the server will blow up or . . . . . . although there is any ‘up side’

Snare offered to meet with committee members to go over the scope of the request.

Labor Secretary Elaine Chao has until 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 to produce the records.

Good luck, Elaine.  ‘Cuz tomorrow is already here. 😀