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At least the urban art has spunk… ;) 21 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in Abortion Rights, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, SCOTUS, Sex / Reproductive Health, WAR!.
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  street art;  gato gigante  / from Wooster Collective

Wooster CollectiveGato Gigante by  Sam3 in Madrid, in district Murcia de Castillejo

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I noticed this graf in a contemplation Nur al-Cubicle has up on the rather too fulsome convocation at VTech this week with Flag, Star Spangled Banner and, of course, Bush…:

I am particularly struck by this display because during my graduation ceremony (a second degree earned late in life), the entire first half hour was completely patrio-militarized (marching, color guard, pledge of allegiance, national anthem, honoring the troops, blah, blah). This was not the case when I earned my first degree. We sang the school song and the band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as we marched out.

Hard to miss that it is war, hung from our necks like a heavy stone and meant to force our drowning…

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This via the email… Family Research Council on Reid… who really and truly is a friend of theirs.  But, imo, occasionally pops off a comment meant to grease the skids for the hapless rank and file, the so called “base”…

Yesterday, we reported that the self-proclaimed “pro-lifer,” Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a seven-time supporter of the partial-birth abortion ban, made disparaging comments about the Court–and specifically Justice Samuel Alito–after the ruling.

While his office is desperately trying to clarify the statements, the full transcript of Reid’s remarks makes his disapproval quite clear. “I would say… this isn’t the only decision a lot of us wish Alito weren’t there and O’Connor was.”  CBN reporter David Brody writes that Reid’s spokesman sent a statement to justify the comment.

“Senator Reid opposes abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk. Consistent with this position, Senator Reid supported the Partial-Birth Abortion (PBA) Ban and supports the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday. However, Senator Reid continues to disagree with Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito on many issues and that is why he opposed their confirmation.”

In other words, Reid’s office is saying that Alito may be wrong on some issues, but not this one.  [snip]

Reid:  The mouth that runs.  The lips that move, the lies that travel.  So beloved by the Blahgs.  And notice, no exception for health of the mother, supports the ruling.  Which we all knew…

If only the “base” would get it.

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1. Miss Devore - 21 April 2007

Is that a marisacat?

I am so pissed off at photobucket, or myself. whoever is responsible for my failure to upload images today.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2007
3. marisacat - 21 April 2007

MissDevore, I can really recommend Flickr.com. Either the free version (200 uploads, which they offer to you in several sizes) or the premium version…

At least down load from your hard drive whatever is failing at photobucket today, to flickr and see if you like it…

Just a thought.

4. outofwater - 21 April 2007

Not to brag, but I got 100% on this Pew quiz, which only put me in the 96th percentile. Seriously, I’m worried about the state of affairs in the nation if the quiz results published are truly representative of general knowledge.

Elsewhere on the site is a report that liberals represent 17% of the population and 19% of voters. Conservative Democrats are 14% of the population and 15% of voters. Now why is it again that liberals are treated as the red-headed stepchildren?

WARNING, respectful dissent re Dk is now “cyber stalking”. They’ve adopted all the plays from the Republican game book, including exploitation of current events for hysterical self-serving purposes. Either you’re with us or you’re a mad gunman.

5. marisacat - 21 April 2007

Bush to visit Poland in June… and I say can’t they keep him?

Seriously the article is a mix of camp and high anxiety. All about missile shields and IRan and protecting Europe and Poland with the MIssile Shield (what does the Vatican say? Doesn’t that sound … prophylactic? a t the least… ???)

He also goes to the czech Republic and Rome. PLEASE someone, keep him.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2007

The roll-back of fairness tilted the broadcasting playing field heavily to the right and led directly to the rise of Fox News and hate radio. Without constraints on how to present an issue, propaganda replaced real reporting-and became wildly popular. News suddenly became revenue stream responsible for generating ratings and earnings, and the race to the bottom in network news reporting began.

Then in 1999 Karl Rove reached out to GE Chairman and CEO Jack Welch, promising radical deregulation for the broadcast industry (GE is the parent company of NBC). This fit right in with some of Welch’s thoughts and ambitions. He had long felt that the news division at NBC wasn’t living up to its full profit potential.

According to a a must-read article, “The Media Cover-up of the Gore Victory Part Four: Democracy, General Electric Style,” by David Podvin and Carolyn Kay, that conversation led to some important changes: [snip]

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 April 2007

Oops, that whole thing should have been blockquoted. It’s all a quote from the piece linked in the first sentence.

8. missdevore - 21 April 2007

thanks mcat-I might as well have a flickr acct, too.

this too, shall password.

9. colleen - 21 April 2007
10. bayprairie - 21 April 2007

Speaking of the Culture of Death

i just finished that a few minutes ago.

here lies the body of baby rose.
her needless death due to the politican’s pledge of “no new taxes”

11. wu ming - 21 April 2007

my favorite version of “smells like teen spirit” is still tori amos’ cover.

12. AlanSmithee - 21 April 2007

Yeah, Harry “WetNoodle” Reid personally opposed Alito and Roberts but couldn’t be bothered to enforce party discipline and didn’t have the spine for a filibuster. Hell, Roberts was confirmed 78-22. What a bad fucking joke Reid is.

13. AlanSmithee - 21 April 2007
14. Miss Devore - 21 April 2007

I got further thru the DVD tonight. it’s quite a good movie, but since I slept thru a few portions I’ll have to start from the beginning again.

It’s raining like heaven here now. thank goddess I made sure all my plants were throroughly watered earlier today.

I’m going to try watching Requiem for a Dream. It’s in English, so maybe reading the subtitles won’t wear me out.

But first, gotta czech to see what hell has broken loose in the world.

That first photo in the nytimes article was amazing; looked like some variety of realist painting.

Clarksdale. A blues song city.

15. colleen - 21 April 2007

Yeah, Harry “WetNoodle” Reid personally opposed Alito and Roberts but couldn’t be bothered to enforce party discipline and didn’t have the spine for a filibuster.

I don’t believe it’s a matter of lack of spine, it’s quite possible that Harry Reid has more in common with the Casey Jr., Scalia and Thomas than the women whose money he takes. That’s where the actual evidence leads.

I don’t mean to say that I believe Reid is a courageous man or an honest one. Just that he’s example number 5 on a long, long list of why I don’t vote or volunteer for Democrats anymore.

16. Miss Devore - 21 April 2007

can’t remember precisely how Mitm articulated it, but with respect to Reid, it has something to do with pulling up his pink satin Everlasts to ancient man-nipples.

17. supervixen - 21 April 2007

Gato Gigante on Sabado Gigante!

Harry Reid makes my flesh crawl.

18. Kevin Lynch - 21 April 2007

AlanSmithee # 13, in response

“Come dance to muck served in bleach, as I want you to be

As a friend, as a trend, as I’ve no memory

Well I swear that I don’t have a gun”
Kurt Cobain, RIP

Can’t say that MO is much better outside the Lou and KC metro areas. So much of the state is rural and ultraconservative, they don’t much care what happens to people poorer than themselves. Unless they’re kin or fellow churchgoers, of course. Saint Louis, 1/4 of Missouri’s population and 1/3 of Missouri’s tax base. We need to become our own state, damnit!

Tap dancing off the soap box

Kevin

19. marisacat - 21 April 2007

a lovely lovely review up at Lucid Culture;)

Like Fahey, Breadfoot blends 19th century folk, old-time country and delta blues influences but resists any impulse to be bound by the traditional constraints of any of those idioms. What results is equal parts great Sunday afternoon album and passout record: it’ll get
you going as well as it gets you down for the night.

The opening track, A Hard Day in Manhattan wanders
along with an understatement that would do Fahey
proud, an exercise in subtlety and dynamics. It’s all melody, no garish flourishes or ostentation.

20. Miss Devore - 21 April 2007

got thru Requiem for a Dream, but am sure I’ve heard parts of the musical score in another movie.

but, rather than research, I think I’ll go over to lucid’s site.

kevin-”tap dancing on a soap box” St. Louis is interesting and barely known as quite a unique American city.

21. Tuston - 22 April 2007

Buenas Nachos, VAGs y vabosos.

Well I failed miserably. Gabby “Line in the Sand” Giffords, my congressional”representative”, was at the Folklorico benefit tonight and I didn’t get to give her a piece of my mind. She even used my PA to spew a few platitudes about the “good work” of Folklorico, a Mexican traditonal dance/music company among the well heeled crowd (150$ US a plate, open bar of course). I had my moment, but I just said, “use this mike.” Despite my heavy indulgence in the Don Julio anejo (aaaay, que bondad!) I didn’t want to make a scene. I said to myself, “weel, I’ll approach her in private…I’m just a guest here and my friend would be embarassed.” Somehow after the grass feed organic steaks were served (eschewing dead flesh, I drank more instead), perhaps because of the tequila distracted me, she disappeared. The irony of it all is that the Border Patrol Checkpoint rail against so often, and which she is about to help make permanent, is literaly at the gates to the ranch that hosted the barbacoa.

I swear if I had my way Ms. Giffords would have had to listen to me for a few minutes at least and I would ask her how dare she.
How dare she come say she supports the Mexican heritage of our land?
How dare she proclaim her allegiance to her deep roots here, and then betray them for the D.C. version of the “Jet Set”?
How dare she show her face on this ranch that is over run with pinche migra?
Maybe next time…this is a tiny county and for some reason our paths keep crossing; believe it or not last week she landed in a big helo at the reten last week as I was driving thru. She’s gonna here what this Arizona boy has got to say, and I ain’t about to play country club like all the brahmins there tonight.

22. marisacat - 22 April 2007

Can she honestly say she still LIVES there? I suppose has a condo or a familial residence she uses… but iirc she married some other freshman rep, from a you know NORTHERN EASTERN state. Antother damned Bloooooooooooo Dog, iirc.

Little sell out. Frankly the US Chamber of Commerce is calling the shots. They channel thru Di Fi and all the rest.

23. Miss Devore - 22 April 2007

“Um Othman, 45, a teacher, said residents in Adhamiya regarded the concrete barriers as an “isolating wall.”

“It will be like Palestine. The people of Adhamiya and neighboring districts have mutual historical relations, like religious festivals and marriage,” she said.”

(nytimes)

24. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 April 2007

I wonder too.

I would just like to express — and not for the first time — my quiet but fervent gratitude to the women of this world.

For despite the world of men arrayed against you, you still regard us, in the main, with a measure of respect.

25. Miss Devore - 22 April 2007

I hope crock-’o-shit condi is exempt from gratitude:

“What’s more, Congress appears poised to vote on a resolution urging the president to say the words “Armenian genocide” when observing the awkwardly named “National Day of Remembrance of Man’s Inhumanity to Man” on April 24 — the date in 1915 when the Ottoman predecessors of modern Turkey launched the genocide by rounding up 250 Armenian intellectuals for eventual execution.

The resolution won’t take effect on Tuesday. The Bush administration, ever mindful of its delicate relationship with Turkey (especially with a war in Iraq next door), takes the bill so seriously that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned in a joint letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) that it could “harm American troops in the field.” The lobbying has been successful enough that the House has delayed its vote until after this year’s April 24 commemoration. But passage later this year would still be an enormous blow to the White House.”

(but thanks Mitm & Chris Clarke)

26. Tuston - 22 April 2007

Hey Gabby, what good is your “line in the sand” if we can’t trust the ‘migra? (nevermind she’s drawing it 26 miles north of the international border)

Border Patrol Boost Raises Concerns
by JACQUES BILLEAUD

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) – The U.S. Border Patrol’s push to expand the number of agents on the lookout for illegal crossings has some current and former agents worried that the pressure will lead to corner cutting and will jeopardize public safety.

Raising the Border Patrol’s numbers from about 12,000 to 18,000 by the end of 2008 is a key element of President Bush’s plan to improve security along the border, crossed by tens of thousands of illegal immigrants each year.

The sprawling Border Patrol Academy here in southeastern New Mexico recently started launching two 50-student classes each week, compared to one class every two or three weeks before the expansion plan was announced nearly a year ago.

Some critics worry that pressure to meet the hiring goal will lead the agency to admit recruits with integrity problems.

(“That’s a very real fear that a lot of agents have, that they will lower the standards,” said T.J. Bonner, president of a union representing agents. “They have done it before.”

Nearly 5,000 new agents were added in a five-year period that began in 1996. That expansion was criticized for poor screening that let in some agents who were later accused of wrongdoing.

Jim Dorcy, a retired Border Patrol agent who investigated corruption cases as an internal investigator and is a leader in a group of former agents, said he expects more ethical problems to emerge during the latest expansion because the numbers are higher and the deadline is tighter.

“When you’re hiring a lot of people, you can’t properly vet them,” Dorcy said. He also predicted that the agency wouldn’t have enough veteran agents to act as mentors for incoming rookies.

In the six months since the latest expansion began in earnest, no evidence has surfaced of lowered qualifications or of agents with ethical problems, but Bonner said the agency has already taken shortcuts in its training that could affect the quality of agents.

He cited the decision to cut the length of academy training from about 19 weeks to 17 weeks.

Even some supporters of boosting Border Patrol staffing say the agency is trying to hire too many people in too short a time and is at risk of repeating mistakes made during the last big expansion.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, whose 26-year career at the Border Patrol included stints as an academy instructor and as a chief agent, said new candidates might not get the same level of scrutiny as they would in years with more realistic hiring goals.

“Instead of maybe asking additional questions that would tell you whether or not there is a good potential for a trainee agent to make it through the academy, you are going to let more through,” said Reyes.

Link

27. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 April 2007

“It’s not guns, it’s liberals and pop culture!” … so sayeth the wise Newt Gingrich on This Week.

this country is run by cerftifiable morons.

28. colleen - 22 April 2007

“It’s not guns, it’s liberals and pop culture!”

If he started red baiting he would sound a lot like Meteor Blades.

In poorer areas of the city, murder and incarceration have led to a higher ratio of women to men. But in the bombed out lower tip of Manhattan it is the opposite, owing to the male-dominated culture of Wall Street and the astronomical costs of real estate.

I wonder, would a public admission that women make considerably less money than men make Martin a subject of ridicule within his social sphere or is he just massively clueless?
The men who buy studio apartments in Manhattan are just the same sort of man Martin is except that the NYC men make a good deal more money because they have jobs.

29. outofwater - 22 April 2007

Gore

Gore campaign team assembles in secret
….

Friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in preparation for the former American vice-president to make a fresh bid for the White House.

Al Gore is third favourite for the Democratic nomination

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In an interview on Thursday, which touched on the prospects for next year’s presidential election, Mr Clinton commented: “You’ve got the prospect that Vice-President Gore might run.”

The most recent opinion polls show Mr Gore as third favourite to take the Democratic nomination, on about 17 per cent support, only a whisker behind Barack Obama, 45, who is aiming to become the first black US president, and ahead of John Edwards, 53, the senator whose wife was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Vice-President Gore’s allies believe that Hillary Clinton, 59, the frontrunner, is unable to win the presidency. The most recent poll shows a growing number of voters think negatively of her, in contrast to Mr Gore, who enjoys far greater popularity than when he lost the 2000 presidential race despite polling more votes nationally than the eventual winner, George W Bush.

The second aide approached by Vice-President Gore’s allies said: “There is no love lost between Gore and Hillary. They don’t think she can win and they’re probably right. If Gore runs, he’s got a really good chance of getting the nomination. And he has a good chance of pulling off the election, too.”

30. aemd - 22 April 2007

“It’s not guns, it’s liberals and pop culture!”

Good ole Newt, Spine o’ iron’s soul mate with Big Bill on speed dial. The stereotype of the politician with his hand in the till and his dick flapping in the breeze.

BTW, Cho was one of those warriors for Jesus (or stomp those Ho’s back in their place) They are a type. Seen too many of ‘em to be bedazzled by the smoke and mirrors.

31. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 April 2007

A Jigsaw of School Shootings:

An interesting, (warning: long) piece about school violence and how to address it. Some really intriguing ideas.

32. marisacat - 22 April 2007

I read in the NYT that his parents avoided the big mainline Korean Christian churches in the areas of VA they lived in… and went to a small church. Which could be anything.

There was a tidbit or two in the 4 (online) page NYT piece but a lot of holes as well.

33. Miss Devore - 22 April 2007

my theory: too much e.coli. we’re eating too much shit in all its forms, especially that which is eliminated by politician’s oral anuses.

I’ll be back to elaborate–got run and put the laundry in the dryer.

34. Miss Devore - 22 April 2007

read the article at NION–one thing I noted that many of the school killers, including Cho, had in common was successful sisters.

I’m in no way knowledegable about Korean culture, but have known several Asian women who have been affected by the phenomena of the greater “value” of the male child.

IIRC-didn’t his parents send Cho back to Korea in the summers so he could retain his language skills–and that he was with strict relatives who would not allow him to watch video games, etc.I thought about that when I read that play of his that displayed the son’s hostility to a stepfather.

On my way to the laundromat I noticed a sign posted about a weekend gunshow at the local fairgrounds. if I had a working car I’d like to drive out to see the tenor of the event in light of the school killings this week. come to think of it, Denver hosted a gun show? NRA convention? after Columbine that was protested, but was still held. Is April “worship the gun” month?

35. ms_xeno - 22 April 2007

#29: People really do have shitty memories, don’t they ?

Put some more pics up at the bin, if anyone wants to look.

36. Miss Devore - 22 April 2007

oh jesette they are again hawking stuff for whyk2 at dk.

most riduculous item under professional services: a press release written by a “professional writer”

if it doesn’t go, perhaps the VAGs can get it at a discount and insist they write a press release about an upcoming dk satire.

37. ms_xeno - 22 April 2007

Oh, and given the Oprah talk from last week, some of you might enjoy reading this.

…The genius, as far as the marketability, of Hip Hop is in its competitiveness. Its roots are as much in the dignified aspects of our oral tradition as it is in the tradition of ”the dozens” or “signifying”. In Hip Hop, every emcee is automatically pitted against every other emcee, sort of like characters with super powers in comic books. No one wants to listen to a rapper unless they claim to be the best or the greatest. This sort of braggadocio leads to all sorts of tirades, showdowns, battles, and sometimes even deaths. In all cases, confidence is the ruling card. Because of the competitive stance that all emcees are prone to take, they, like soldiers begin to believe that they can show no sign of vulnerability. Thus, the most popular emcees of our age are often those that claim to be heartless or show no feelings or signs of emotion. The poet, on the other hand, is the one who realizes that their vulnerability is their power. Like you, unafraid to shed tears on countless shows, the poet finds strength in exposing their humanity, their vulnerability, thus making it possible for us to find connection and strength through their work. Many emcees have been poets. But, no, Ms. Winfrey, not all emcees are poets. Many choose gangsterism and business over the emotional terrain through which true artistry will lead. But they are not to blame. I would now like to address your question of leadership… — Saul Williams, originally posted at MySpace

38. ms_xeno - 22 April 2007

Oh, and a bit more bossa nova goodness for Madman when he shows up:

Rosa Passos at YouTube.

39. the paine - 22 April 2007

marisa-c

here is my e mail

kapshow@hotmail.com

could you send me an e mail
so i can respond with a non public question

fans
nothing big here just
a question……

40. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 April 2007

very nice, ms_x. Thanks.

41. the paine - 22 April 2007

miss d
is runnin wilder and wilder these days
i leave for a week or so
come back
she’s artfully jheedlessly
flingin sacred shit like …like ….jungle jim’s tamba

42. marisacat - 22 April 2007

ms xeno

I read the Saul WIlliams originally at Counterpunch. Myabe Friday, I remember sending it to Madman.

Frankly the braggadocio section is Bush to a tee. USA USA!! to a tee.

I caught a gut wrenching repeat middle of the night last night, the second half of Oprah, don’t know what day it aired post Imus… at Spelman college. Gagworthy.

Crouch, Bruce Gordon, Sharpton, Whitfield … and … some other “leader” played the dames but good. And they never noticed they were being led. They want contracts broken, jobs ended.

but no mention of Geffen and that level. No effective discussion of who buys what in the USAUSA!! stadium sports – war dominated world we live in.

Start prohibitng speech and Dixie Chicks will move onto the radar and words will be banned, thoughts will be even more suspect, more than they are today.

America loves prohibition and we are headed into decades that will make the tedious self righteous PC era look permissive.

High camp and low horror ws reached as Crouch exhorted the ladies to be Tubman and Parks.

All I can do is laugh. Really. Freedom goes, the words go, art goes. Gone in a nono second.

43. missdevore - 22 April 2007

“modest progress”:

“Police: Gunmen line up, execute 23 Kurds in Mosul

Gunmen in northern Iraq stopped a bus filled with Christians and members of a tiny Kurdish religious sect, separating out the groups and taking 23 of the passengers away to be shot. The executions came on the same day that two suicide car bombers hit a police station in western Baghdad, killing 13. ”

was it Petraeus who also said that the Iraqis will likely have to learn to live with Northern Ireland(of old)like situations?

Or like Palestinians.

george bush: finishing what the 9/11 hijackers started.

in brief overview of california news, arnold schwartzgrabber is painting himself a deep sap green–apparently appeared on Pimp My Ride show with some vehicle powered by steroids and Kennedy nostalgia. ok-so I’m not so clear on the details.

ms_xeno–I bet you love Bruce Goff architecture. And Gehry. I have a friend who I wish would collaborate with an architect.

the paine–I have been roaming around the vagosphere looking for you. you keep your andrewcards close to the chest.

44. missdevore - 22 April 2007

forgot my “plaintive wail” for BHHM.

45. missdevore - 22 April 2007

outofwater–I fucked up on the minimum-wage questions on the Pew, and landed in 77% percentile. a high D, I think.

I am a disgrace to the vagosphere.

46. marisacat - 22 April 2007

Arnold has spent weeks portraying himself as a green Socialist. More than gag worthy.

Frightening.

You know hwen the man who was part and parcel of the big roll on CA in ’00 and ’01, in an effort to shut our energy down, from Cheney and Rove… is mouthing, lipsynching to the cause of conservation that the whole thing has blown up to just being money making.

Still screwed… LOL.

47. outofwater - 22 April 2007

As Bush knows, 77% is a high C.

I guessed at that question, so my grade is a fraud.

48. marisacat - 22 April 2007

here is the link to the Saul WIlliams on Counterpunch. Liked reading the comments on Live Journal…

49. missdevore - 22 April 2007

the best laid plans:

“By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA

The Associated Press

April 22, 2007

An American religious leader who calls himself the ‘Antichrist’ canceled a visit to Guatemala after the Central American country barred him as a security risk, saying he provokes conflict with Roman Catholics and evangelicals.

Puerto-Rican born Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda wears the number 666 tattooed on his arm and claims a following of 2 million people, most in Miami, where he lives, and Colombia. His Growing in Grace church holds a congress every year in different locations in the Americas.”

What kind of world is this when The Antichrist ‘cancels’? Sly and the Family Stone got into lots of trouble for that stuff years back. Would Jesus take a 3-day weekend?

Oh-and, according to most recent research-it’s 661, not 666. The number you have reached is not in service. Please try your call again.

50. jam.fuse - 22 April 2007

wassup peoples
just checking in
haven’t read the last few threads
been on a bit of a rampage out on the town
summer has arrived in nyc/nj
an old pervert’s heart turns to romance
been thrown out of three bars in the last week or so

I’m gonna link to photos of some badass graffitti I shot in amsterdam and costa rica later on.

arr ee ess pee ee cee tee

51. marisacat - 22 April 2007

colleen…

Just read the RE effort at an entry at BMT. He is so out of date and ill informed.

I’m not sure what to make of this development, but it doesn’t augur well. Things are getting dangerously out of whack.

Something about this makes me feel like the market is headed for another big adjustment.

i am wiping tears of laughter from my face. A few months ago NYT profiled how certain buildings in Manhattan are having a renaissance of women, single women buying units. Friends buying in the same building, etc… There iirc they mentioned amounts of about 650K and above. Going higher from there….

I think the articles in NYT are just an effort in a sluggish market. Try to get something going…

Or Martin could look at London. Units overlooking Hyde Park are being offered for 170 + million. Per unit.

All fo this reminds me of a couple years ago when The Guardian brought wee Kos to London for a week. And he died at the prices of everything. Even tho he paid for nothing.

Welcome to Plantation America. Where wages [for those who depend from day to day on their wages] are kept low, job security is nil, etc. Often no benefits.

I noticed in the NYT piece that the Cho family had no medical insurance, tho the father worked as a presser from 8 am to 10 pm, until the mother took a job at a school cafeteria in order to have the medical coverage.

It all adds up.

52. marisacat - 22 April 2007

been thrown out of three bars in the last week or so – jam.fuse

Bravo! Must be spring.

53. missdevore - 22 April 2007

jam.fuse, please tell me you are female.

54. jam.fuse - 22 April 2007

I wish I could miss devore

55. missdevore - 22 April 2007

I’m trying to think if I was ever thrown out of a bar. nah. just banned from blogs. I’ll have to try harder.

56. jam.fuse - 22 April 2007

persona au gratin c’est moi

57. marisacat - 22 April 2007

persona est gato c’est moi… ;)

I hope I fractured three languages there…

58. the paine - 22 April 2007

“andrewcards close to the chest.”

u lost me there
flash gal

recall this paine ..the paine ….
may have a dignified baring
an arched back
but still a very narrow purrrrrrrview

59. marisacat - 22 April 2007

speaking of the paine, another reason I say all three running are DLC…

60. marisacat - 22 April 2007

Tom Dispatch has picked up on a Dahr Jamail report…

“Things are getting so much worse in Iraq,” was the way Salim Hamad, who fled five months ago, summed up life in his former homeland as our interview was ending. “There is a big difference between those who left four years ago and those who left four days ago. Everything in Iraq is based on sectarianism now and there is no protection — neither from the Americans, nor the Iraqi government.”

Fleeing “Freedom and Democracy”

Sa’ad Hussein, who arrived in Damascus only three months ago, described the Baghdad he left as a “city of ghosts” where the black banners of death announcements hang on most streets. There is, he claimed (and this was verified by others we spoke to among the more recent refugees), normally only one hour of electricity a day and no jobs to be found.

also in the Tom preamble there is a longish quote from Hersh about Jamail with a link to an Al Jazeera interview with Sy Hersh (I think, have nto made it to AJ yet… )

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I emailed the paine… and he has some sparkling ideas for SMBIVA… but since they are nascent and involve technology (and I am just black thumbs at that) will let him say something when it is more than a conversation cartoon bubble..
;)

61. Miss Devore - 22 April 2007

{MissD slithers away when Mcat mentions Obama ties to Geffen and DLC–can’t I pretend I’m 13 and he’s Bobby? Guess not}

62. AlanSmithee - 22 April 2007

Going over to the Unity Church today for a showing of Beltway Al’s inconvenient movie. If I’m not back in five hours, contact my fellow Greens.

63. marisacat - 22 April 2007

I linked to a MyDD … think it was yesterday, of course Stoller was full of apologia but Obama has also glomed onto a big Dem fundraiser, who is in the nursing home biz.. and h is game is to keep (and he has been very successful for years) regulation out of the extremely profitabley nursing home industry.

So cute.

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LINK and I love watching the Edwards v Obama thread. LOL with Adam B in the mix.

all you can do is laugh.

64. ms_xeno - 22 April 2007

Sorry I missed that Williams piece when you posted it, Mcat. I’ve been kind of distracted. Today, f’rinstance, has been mostly spent gulping coffee and kicking the scanner.

Smitheeeee, call hooooooommmme !!

Crouch should stick to music. Like whatsisface, the other Big Name jazz critic who spends his free time putting the kinder, gentler face on Fetus Worship.

I still think replacing the term “pro life” with the term “FETUS WORSHIPPER” would be a great new trend in blog discourse.

65. marisacat - 22 April 2007

oh ms xeno soRRY! I was unclear:

I did not post it (Saul WIlliams) here… ;) nothing to miss. I emailed the link to Madman..

66. Miss Devore - 22 April 2007

ms_xeno-nat henthoff.

67. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 April 2007
68. marisacat - 22 April 2007

nat Hentoff is on the advisory council at Democrats for Life.

69. earth to meg - 22 April 2007

MitM, thank you for that rant. You have many times put into words the feelings and thoughts I’ve had but am unable to express.

70. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 April 2007

thanks meg … much of it has to come out just to quiet down the screaming inside my head.

71. Miss Devore - 22 April 2007

poodle begone: (via raw story)

“British Prime Minister Tony Blair will step down on May 9th, reports the Sunday Mail.

The decision, according to the paper, was made to preempt any charges in the “cash for honors” scandal.

“That will trigger a seven-week leadership election process in the Labour Party and a new PM – probably Gordon Brown – will move into 10 Downing Street at the end of June,” writes Rob Gibson.”

72. marisacat - 22 April 2007

Expect the Blair Christian Foundation for the Incurably Poor Children Of the Non Christian Rest of the World soon to follow.

I just read he will likely follow the “Clinton Plan” to wealth and happiness via global Speechification and Fundraising Known As Charity.

A well trod path.


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