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Have a cartoon cat… 30 September 2007

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1. antihegemonic - 30 September 2007

this latest development should keep everyone entertained for a few hours:

http://www.myleftwing.com/showComment.do?commentId=259021

2. marisacat - 30 September 2007

BTW, for those who like to take a look at polls… RCP gathers them together.

I see there is a NEW poll for Iowa, since the newsweek I quoted in the last thread (that one had Obama-rama up by 4 pts)…. the new poll has Hillarius the First up by 6pts.

All hail the polls!

3. antihegemonic - 30 September 2007

It seems Iowa will be a bar brawl for both parties, while Hillary will coast in NH and FL. Iowa should be entertaining.

Will Bowers, Stoller and Kos endorse Richardson? How does everyone interpret the Richardson ad starring the men who are closing the door on the Left?

4. Miss Devore - 30 September 2007

Ok, so is Chelsea going to be all over the Sunday talk shows next week?

And then….Socks?

5. Hair Club for Men - 30 September 2007

Will Bowers, Stoller and Kos endorse Richardson?

John Nichols is talking him up.

6. marisacat - 30 September 2007

sorry anti hege

I just found 5 of yours in spam (one to this thread, 4 to the last thread). The filters at WP are pretty blunt and buggy. Sometimes they just start snagging a series of comments that look too much alike.

Sorry!!

7. antihegemonic - 30 September 2007

thank you. i just thought everyone here may be interested in this strange comment i happened upon earlier this evening.

8. antihegemonic - 30 September 2007

did all of you already hold a discussion about stoller and bowers starring in a richardson commerical?

9. marisacat - 30 September 2007

I ahd not heard that Bowers and Stoller were listing Richardson.

There must be a reason. Like ArmandoWando listing Dodd.

As if it matters. They will line up.

Snap! that whip!

10. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

Miss Devore: Socks the cat long ago went to kitty heaven (yes, there’s a heaven for cats but not for humans).

And Socks’ corpse would make a more interesting interview than either of the Bush spawn or the Clintonbit.

I see that Romney is leading (just) in New Hampshire and Iowa. But Giuliani will lose his infamous temper and blow what should be a close race.

Romney’s the one.

11. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

If Stoller and Bowers endorse a candidate, they got paid for it.

So did Armando get paid if he endorsed Dodd.

Either that or it’s…a principled…stand…sorry I couldn’t finish the phrase “principled stand” in connection with the Three Dollarteers without bursting out in maniacal laughter :D

12. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

Marisacat:

Snap the whip? You’ve been reading Armando’s private diaries, I see.

13. ms_xeno - 30 September 2007

Armando’s or Warhol’s. ;)

14. Revisionist - 30 September 2007

warhol would have been a great blogger.

15. marisacat - 30 September 2007

Mike Allen and John Harris in politico (I have read 5 articles on The Cackle, from NYT Caucus Blog to Joan Venoccio in Boston Globe):

Clinton hits turbulence

By: Mike Allen and John F. Harris

Sep 30, 2007 11:20 PM EST

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) last week flew into a sudden burst of media wind shear. After months of mostly rosy portrayals of her campaign’s political skill, discipline and inevitability, the storyline shifted abruptly to evasive answers, shady connections and a laugh that sounded like it was programmed by computer.

Clinton’s campaign attributed the change of weather to the vagrant attention span of the national news media, combined with the professional interest of reporters and analysts in ensuring a competitive race for the Democratic nomination.

In the same issue of the Times, columnist Frank Rich pondered whether she is too cautious and contrived in a piece headlined, “Is Hillary Clinton the New Old Al Gore?” On the facing page, columnist Maureen Dowd argued that, “Without nepotism, Hillary would be running for the president of Vassar.”

The day before, columnist Gail Collins had called one of Clinton’s answers from Wednesday’s debate “an excellent example of how to string together the maximum number of weasel words in one sentence.”

The Associated Press ran an unusually harsh post-debate analysis called “Clinton’s evasions,” with the headline: “Evasiveness on issues contradicts image Clinton seeks to project as strong leader.”

And Washington Post columnist David S. Broder complained about her “dodginess” in the debate, and many outlets mocked her answer to who she would root for in a Cubs-Yankees World Series: “Would probably have to alternate sides.”

Even Jon Stewart bared fangs on “The Daily Show,” splicing together clips from Sunday morning shows that his network, Comedy Central, calls “creepy delayed laughter” on a segment called “Hillary’s Laugh Track.” He suggested the candidate was bionic.

16. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

I’m almost 100% certain Armando wears leather undies on a regular basis. Don’t ask me why I think that, it’s just a gut feeling I have. First time I had a “conversation” with him, I said to myself: “Shadowthief, that chap’s got cowhide knickers.” It’s a gift I have; I can guess people’s undergarments with eerie accuracy.

Mitt Romney, for example, wears briefs with L. Ron Hubbard’s face imprinted on them.

17. Miss Devore - 30 September 2007

16-this is a test. guess mine.

18. ms_xeno - 30 September 2007

Pigskin, deerskin, lambskin, ultrasuede, thinly pounded layers of tanned edamane pods… so many choices. Well, at least I know that MissD can’t be wearing frogskin. That would have to be BooBooHead.

19. CSTAR - 30 September 2007
20. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

Pink Angora fur? There might be sunspots…I’m getting some electromagnetic interference :)

21. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

I just had a thought, Miss Devore. Couldn’t you just check and then tell us? I don’t know why we didn’t think of that before.

22. Miss Devore - 30 September 2007

“ok, but no cigar”

I actually thought I was more obvious.

23. Sabrina Ballerina - 30 September 2007

Miss D – thong!

Clinton wears boxers as we all know.

That Blitzer interview with Nancy was a laugh. She’s ‘going to hold him accountable.’ So sick of that phrase. I’m glad he pressed her to explain it.

And her answer it that they are holding hearings. He will never be held accountable. The only way was Impeachment, which no one is talking about anymore. So they got their way.

There was a sit-in at Constitution Ave. in DC yesterday, still going on last night. But there was no media coverage. I couldn’t find out if it continued through today.

24. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2007

it’s too early for the polls to mean anything … they reflect which press releases the press puts out there, that’s all. They don’t start meaning anything until the real campaigning starts, the heavy local ads and coverage.

I may be wrong about Huckabee, but I remind everyone that Clinton and Carter both were nobodies until their primaries heated up, and if polls meant anything we’d be yelling at President Dean right now. Huckabee is gonna get the evangelicals. He’s gonna get the Hallmark-channel-watching white mothers. He is fairly charming and non-threatening, and other than that one parollee, I haven’t seen anything else hanging over them. He sells the whole bi-partisan lie like a motherfucker, and he does it with a smile. They will not vote for a Mormon. They’d vote for a Jew before they’d vote for a Mormon.

I do think it’s likely to be Clinton, but that’s because it seems nearly every institution in this country seems to like the idea. The only hope of not-Hillary is if Obama and Edwards cut a deal and do to her what Kerry and the rest did to Dean … and frankly neither of them has the balls or is willing to swallow their ego enough to follow the other.

I will not vote for any of them. I refuse. It might be meaningless at this point, but they tell strikers that it’s meaningless too. When money and access have completely swamped everything else, the only thing left is the numbers of the mob or the threat of violence, and the only way the mob can get someone to woo them is to show that their numbers matter, and the only way to show that the numbers matter is to withhold those votes … otherwise there is no threat of latter withdrawal, and thus no real reason to deliver. Like strikers going hungry and turning down the heat, the left will have to weather letting the far right run amok for four years (or at least two), but remove the centrist hacks who ratify what the right is doing. Any lefty in a “red” state who votes for someone like Warner or Webb or Tester is making real change even harder to obtain, they’re slitting their own throats.

I understand why Miss D and others lean for Obama. The idea of seeing the first black man take office is thrilling, but the fuckers will kill him. If he’s willing to chance that sacrifice, then he’s a braver man than I’d be. If I was going to bite my tongue and vote Donklephant again, he’s probably the only top candidate that I’d be tempted to do it, and I’d be doing it for history, that’s all, not him. Sadly, Clinton has made me distrust her so much that I can’t feel the same thing for helping a woman take office, but I will not vote for another Clinton.

Sorry, had to get all that out so I could sleep.

25. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

Nancy Pelosi is the Barney Fife of Congress.

There’s your obligatory pop culture reference.

Miss Devore, sorry I disappointed you with my knicker-guessing skills. I guess it’s a good thing I never turned pro.

26. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

Just had a flash.

Madman is wearing a thong.

27. Shadowthief - 30 September 2007

I agree with Madman that if any of the “obscure” Repub candidates have the potential to catch fire (figuratively, not literally, NSA monitors), it’s Huckabee.

The GOP, however, doesn’t quite work that way. The GOP likes to coronate its candidates rather than let them slug it out, which is what the Democrats appear to be doing this go around, as well, with Serena Joy receiving the sceptre and crown.

That’s why I still say it’s Romneybot.

28. Marie - 30 September 2007

This is too good not to steal:

MR. RUSSERT: Last week I had Alan Greenspan on this program, and he said, “I think Bill Clinton was the best Republican president we’ve had in a while,” talking about the deficit…

MR. CLINTON: Fiscal responsibility, yeah. Well, you know—see, it’s funny. I guess maybe it’s because I was a Depression-era baby, but I’ve always been a Democrat. I just never thought that being a Democrat meant being fiscally irresponsible.

And this man born in 1946 is considered brilliant

29. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2007

the the Encampment blog and a report in DC Indymedia.

30. antihegemonic - 30 September 2007

I cannot vote for Obama. And to be honest, his wife is vulgar. I do not know for whom I will vote. Maybe I will vote for Biden, only because he is obnoxious.

31. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2007

on the undie question, unlike you pussies who hide in armour, I’m all about going commando, my friend.

Listening to the stupid conventional wisdom on Timmeh’s panel today was priceless, with Buchanan pushing the idea that crazy lefties were going to outlaw smoking and beer (and of course no one challenged him on it), and gay marriage, and all the rest. Timmeh bitching that no one will take a “real position” … god, I want to slap them, all of them. Tavis Smiley was being just another pundit weasle too.

32. marisacat - 30 September 2007

Bill is not very smart. They caught a clue or two, as they pounded the hustings in ’92. It was over fast.

It was going to be all about THEM, which is exactly what it has been.

33. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2007

oh, and lengthy screed not withstanding, I only said I’d be tempted to vote for Obama, but I’m not gonna do it. That line is gonna be marked for some third party, or be left blank.

34. marisacat - 30 September 2007

oh what pandering. Obama opened his first campaign office in CA, – today in Oakland.

Bow wow.

They were both here today. Gavin endorsed her.

bow wow.

35. antihegemonic - 30 September 2007

Obama hiring a major lobbyist to join his campaign recently killed his candidacy for me. Politicians only hire lobbyists for campaigns if they need donations bundled. He is such a liar, and his foreign policy stance is hegemonic.

36. Miss Devore - 30 September 2007

30-vulgar wouldn’t be the adjective that came to my mind about Michelle O. She’s an accomplished woman, and would be without Barack. Jayzuz–she wouldn’t even have to be medicated like Laura Bush.

37. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 September 2007

My new guilty pleasure, Lucy: the Daughter of the Devil

blasphemy, bad taste and really strange animation … what could be better?

38. marisacat - 30 September 2007

the whole lobbyist game from the three of them is a joke.

The runners up, Edwards and OBama like to parse between DC/Beltway lobbysits and state lobbyists.

Geesh, get real.

39. antihegemonic - 30 September 2007

I say vulgar, as she seems hungry for money and for power. There is also a lot from her past that I find objectionable.

40. Miss Devore - 30 September 2007

39-do tell. and if so, is she hungrier for power than Hill?-is that possible?

41. antihegemonic - 30 September 2007

Wal Mart connections, which she only severed after Barack claimed he would never shop there.

History with The University of Chicago Hospital as community outreach coordinator at a time when the hospital rejected patients from the surrounding community and through the university’s graduate students under the bus with a terrible student clinic and insurance program.

42. Marie - 30 September 2007

The money chase is interesting. Hill and her team have put out the message that they have a broader based appeal and Obama’s Q2 fundrasing reflected his appeal among high dollar donors. And the media simply repeated that without comment.

As of 6/30 Hillary had fewer than 100,000 donors and Obama 250,000. Using the100,000 donor base (which is high) her the average contribution is over $500. Obama’s average is appox $230. However among scheduled donors (200+) he beats her 30,000 to 21,000. He beats her in on every measure except two. They are roughly equal on donors at the 2,300 level. But where she shines is in her numbers for donors above 2,300 to 4,600. Of course that money above 2,300 can’t be used for the primary. What I don’t understand is this whole transfer of fund from a prior campaign. The same people who gave to her senate campaign are giving to her POTUS run and that simply skirts the individual campaign contribution limit.

43. marisacat - 30 September 2007

to be frank I think both parties are slush fund events. And all candidates are as well. And the so called “leadership PACS” are close to criminal.

Creative book keeping and whatever else.

I looked up a prominent Hollywood couple last week and in sseveral instances they are doubling their donations. he gives for both, and so does she. To the same candidates.

I just stumbled on it, as I was looking at mouthy anti war types and where they are putting their money.

”Cuz underwriting the Dems is NOT NOT NOT anti war.

It is pro war.

Or people just LIKE swallowing the Pelosi bullshit from the WOlf interview. Which is all she has said for a year and a fucking HALF. Nearly two, actually.

44. Marie - 1 October 2007

Marisa #43 – a lot of the big money donors give to all the primary candidates. Like Barbra Streisand gave $2,300 to Hill, Barack and John. Their politics is party and not so much the candidates. Michael Douglas has given $4,600 to Hill, Barack, Richardson and Dodd.

45. marisacat - 1 October 2007

well I know that Marie.

But 4.600 To Hillary from the husband and 4.600 to Hillary from the wife.

sorry if I was not clear:

I looked up a prominent Hollywood couple last week and in sseveral instances they are doubling their donations. he gives for both, and so does she. To the same candidates.

46. Marie - 1 October 2007

Haven’t looked up any couples but not surprised that they both give. In either 2000 or 2004 there was a website that was better than open secrets. Anyway, contributors to GWB didn’t stop with the doubling down for the couple but their college age kids each gave the maximum. And we all know that the kids donated our of their own pockets.

47. marisacat - 1 October 2007

guess I am still not clear. They both give for the COUPLE. To the same canddiate. He maxes out what is a donation from BOTH, and so does she.

Sorry, cannot make it clearer.

48. Marie - 1 October 2007

Not getting it. Only individuals, not couples, can donate. So if a donation $1,000 is made in the name of Mr & Mrs X for legal purposes it would have to be defined as a) $500 from each
b) $1,000 from Mr or c) $1,000 from Mrs.

If you are saying that Mr. X donated $8,600 in the names of Mr & Mrs. to Hillary and Mrs. X donated $8,600 for Mr & Mrs. to Hillary, Hillary’s campaign has to return $8,600. This is too easy to spot as a violation and the campaigns know that.

49. wu ming - 1 October 2007

hmm, is that you louisiana girl/point coupee dem? your rhetoric is showing through again.

50. marisacat - 1 October 2007

well Marie that is what is happening.

On May 27, the husband gives 4, 600 to Hillary.

A few days later the wife gives the same amount to Hillary. The sum total of two donation limits. Not to HilPac. Not to the DSCC, not to anyone of the many Democratic fundraising systems.

Same thing with Obama from the same couple and as well to a couple other candidates.

I tried to make it clear.

I suspect it is widespread and occurs in both parties.

51. marisacat - 1 October 2007

wu ming,

although the IPs are different… I think you are right (and I was emailed with the same thought by a commenter a couple weeks ago).

AND I think that anti hege is also “thereisnorape”.

52. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

Wal Mart connections, which she only severed after Barack claimed he would never shop there.

Isn’t Hillary on the board of Walmart?

53. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

From the last thread

mccain’s “muslim president” comment is totally aimed at obama. it’s a wingnut dog whistle for those that freak out about his “two muslim fathers” as some bizarro-world islamofascist manchurian candidate fantasy. i ran across one just the other day on a local politics blog discussion of the architectural merits of a new mosque in town that got very weird very fast.

Part of me thinks this. Obama’s also not a member of a “real church” (as defined by the Xtian right).

And he’s also black (and “Islamofascist” in the wingnut world is an expression of white male anxiety for a lot of different nonwhite people. It’s the expression of anxiety for the idea that the USA won’t be majority white in 50 years).

54. marisacat - 1 October 2007

Hillary was on the board of Wal-Mart from (iirc) from 86 to 92.

It was barely reported in the press in ’92, but it was covered in the UK and continental press at the time.

55. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Speaking of Campaigns and Cave Men

I recieved a high gloss / Won’t you join us? /.piece from the
Jersey State Democratic Committee – Local and Statehouse election Nov 6..

BHHM re-folded,piece sailing through air towards trashcan…

The pander piece was disgusting, quote:

{State Senate Assembly Candidates}
“..are tough on illegal immigration.”

…have pushed for illegal immigration reforms. These reforms give law enforcement more leeway to check the immigration status of unregistered drivers and penalize businesses who hire illegal aliens to avoid paying taxes.”

Improve New jersey’s response to illegal immigration.

*Hire a County Immigration Officer to oversee local immigrant enforcement.

*Ensure that illegal immigrants charged with a crime are reported to federal authorities”

* Give police officers more support and authority to enforce immigration laws

Allow law enforcement agencies to notify and engage federal authorities when illegal immigrants commit any crime.

on Tuesday, November 6,
Protect our jobs and our neighborhoods

Yeh? Ram it, ram it, ram it up- you get the idea…

Why not just come out with;

In further supporting Law Enforcement, Our fine Democratic candidates will perform orally on demand either roadside or down at the local PD.”

This is precisely the kind of shit that has emboldened the winger agenda.

I also got a pre printed piece entitled
(for not being registered to vote ) with voter reg form with my name already form field laser printed — picked up probably from fallen off D registration or ex- donor data base no doubt)
Not shocking, I know, but it’s the kind of step-to-itiveness they should have been doing for the last thirty years. Too bad they have no traditionally democratic principles or candidates left to stand for them…

As for “”What’s my Excuse?”
LOL- DO THEY REALLY WANNA KNOW?? How much time they got?
Like they – or I - give a fuck now about sitting down to talk it over…

THE LAST THING Jersey needs is sucking up to the local police. Aside from the mythical Mayberries, Jersey local PD’s are almost thoroughly corrupt, as anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock here knows….mob infilltration, mobs of their own, moving in on small businesses for more than a fucking donut. So many scams, not enough cops to pillage the village it seems…….

I know of a guy who had a cop’s wife working for his artisan business for a year before he was looking to retire. The guy wanted to sell out and retire The cops wife tells her Hub-Thug-in-Blue and sets up a meeting with her husband. The cop proposes a sale of the business with owner financing. The local business guy says he wants to cash out, going to get it evaluated, field some offers..the cop tells the guy “he might not want to do that “. The cop then suggests staging a burglary – the biz owner collects the insurance money then the cop takes “his share” and buy the place too.

Biz owner begs off, gets lawyer who advises not to report it just sell , which he does inventory included. Shortly before settlement the store is cleaned out in a middle of the night break in. Inventory stripped clean (Hours of work). The biz owner moved as planned evidently the new owners recieved some settlement. The cop’s wife set up shop across town months later inventory from her former place fully stocked ready for sale. The new owners of the original shop folded within a year. Apparently the locals were told to put off certain purchases for a few months to get a really good deal when Mr and Mrs Gestapo opened THEIR new place. Which they did. Right around the time the Pig got promoted in the local Jackboots….

56. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Ed: Voter Reg Piece was entitled “What’s Your Excuse?”

Let me count the ways —the fuckers know I changed my reg to Independent…

57. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Next stop for police owned businesses?

Preferred vendor status for everybody from the local school boards to the Boy Scouts and volunteer fire departments….it’s a cesspool.

58. marisacat - 1 October 2007

hmm I see Barbara Lee on the stage behind Hillary (oakland this weekend). Feinstein was there as was Gavin, Jackie Spears, Don Perata… others… think they all have endorsed.

So………………… if Barbara has endorsed… waht of Out of Iraq?

All you can do is laugh.

59. marisacat - 1 October 2007

the cops are in charge.

60. Miss Devore - 1 October 2007

Barbara Lee backing Hill?? It’s gonna take me awhile to laugh.

61. marisacat - 1 October 2007

well I don’t know specifically that she has endorsed, but the front and second row on the stage – behind Hillary, that I saw – have endorsed. She stood next to Feinstein, so well within camera.

62. Shadowthief - 1 October 2007

Unless Barbara Lee has her fist clenched in a Black Power salute in the photograph, Marisacat, then it’s an “endorsement by proximity”.

As for Hollywood celebs–I have the inside scoop on their “politics”. Used to teach at a school that caters to the rich and famous, and their politics are an inch deep. Yes, almost all of them are Democrats and even consider themselves “liberal”, but none of the ones I encountered even uttered a word of concern about the plight of the poor. It was always environment and civil liberties, and even on those, it was the shallowest take possible: Republicans bad, Democrats good.

Hollywood politics, in other words, are elitist, superficial, and partisan.

The delusional world in which the Hollywood celebs live is so complete that they actually think the people of California would vote for Rob Reiner for Governor.

Madman: Commando, eh? I wear combat undies, and I’m not worried about whether or not some guy is checked me out when I change into them. Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

63. Shadowthief - 1 October 2007

I need coffee. Bleh. “some guy is checked me out”? Appalling. “I is Shadowthief. I bit of English speak. USA #1! GI Joe! Uncle Sam!”

I honestly do think I’ve had a minor stroke and these bits of mangled grammar are my brain’s way of telling me. I never used to make those mistakes. It can’t be because I’m getting old; I mean, I look at least six weeks younger than I actually am.

64. marisacat - 1 October 2007

Truthout has pciked up the Hersh from the new yorker (due in the oct 8 newstand edition).

Couldn’t figure out what to excerpt, so gave it up.

65. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Mrtha Slush

Air Force Arranged No-Work Contract
Experts Question Official’s Deal With Nonprofit

By Robert O’Harrow Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 1, 2007; Page A01

While waiting to be confirmed by the White House for a top civilian post at the Air Force last year, Charles D. Riechers was out of work and wanted a paycheck. So the Air Force helped arrange a job through an intelligence contractor that required him to do no work for the company, according to documents and interviews.

For two months, Riechers held the title of senior technical adviser and received about $13,400 a month at Commonwealth Research Institute, or CRI, a nonprofit firm in Johnstown, Pa., according to his r¿sum¿. But during that time he actually worked for Sue C. Payton, assistant Air Force secretary for acquisition, on projects that had nothing to do with CRI, he said.

{snip}

Riechers said in an interview that his interactions with Commonwealth Research were limited largely to a Christmas party, where he said he met company officials for the first time.

“I really didn’t do anything for CRI,” said Riechers, now principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition. “I got a paycheck from them.”

Commonwealth Research and its parent company, Concurrent Technologies, are registered with the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt charities, even though their primary work is for the Pentagon and other government agencies. In a recent report Concurrent, also based in Johnstown, Pa., said it was among the Defense Department’s top 200 contractors, with a focus on intelligence, surveillance, force readiness and advanced materials.

Concurrent’s top three executives each earn an average of $462,000. The company reported lobbying expenditures of $302,000 for the year ending in June 2006, more than double what it spent on lobbying four years earlier.

Concurrent and its subsidiaries receive grants and contracts for an eclectic variety of other activities, including support of faith-based initiatives and specialized welding work. Last year, Commonwealth Research got a $45 million sole-source arrangement to provide reports to the National Security Agency, CIA and other intelligence agencies.

{snip}

In an interview, Cooper acknowledged that he hired Riechers at the request of the Air Force. Cooper said he did not know precisely what Riechers did for the government, saying he did not ask because he assumed such information was available only on a “need-to-know” basis.

{snip}

“We needed some way to kind of gap me,” Riechers said about the temporary job. {Ed: LOL: A regular Phil McCracken -BHHM.}

The Air Force defended the arrangement, saying Riechers was well qualified to perform the work.

“While Mr. Riechers’s appointment was pending, the Air Force identified an opportunity to gain immediately from Mr. Riechers’s expertise under a preexisting contract and open task order with Commonwealth Research,” the Air Force said.

Commonwealth Research was created a decade ago. In documents filed with the IRS, the firm describes itself as “a national resource committed to assisting industry and government achieve world-class competitiveness.”

Documents show Commonwealth Research apparently had no revenue for several years. That changed in 2004, when it reported revenue of almost $633,000. The company reported receiving government funding totaling $3.2 million in fiscal 2006. At least two-thirds of that came from the Air Force, according to Daniel R. DeVos, chief executive of Concurrent and chairman of Commonwealth Research.

Is this guy DeVos related to Michigan Amway DeVos wingers and Blackwater founder in laws??? Murtha is a real Toad. Nothin’ happens in his district without him knowing about in and orchestrating the funneling of money – I mean really, the guy’s sitting in Richard Mellon Scaiffe’s backyard….

66. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Screwed up blockquote last para my own…..Sorry.

67. antihegemonic - 1 October 2007

no, wu ming. sorry. and even if i was, i do not think it would matter. i decided to search online, and it seems you enjoy following that person around. why are you so focused on that person?

68. outofwater - 1 October 2007

Don’t let the Huckster fool you, he’s as crooked as the rest of them. Huckabee is also a low class theif, and quite brazen. He even stole the office furniture on his way out of town. As governor,at taxpayer expense, he regularly used the state plane to promote his presidential campaign, his religious missions and to promote his diet book. His wife also often used it for political reasons. Not that was any chance Huckabee would be criminally prosecuted, but just to be safe, Huckabee ordered the hard drives on all the computers which contained record of his thefts physically crushed during his last days in office.

Huckabee knew there wasn’t worry of criminal liability because there is no http://www.arkansasleader.com/2007/02/from-publisher-state-plane-flies-again.html in Arkansas whatsoever. The US Attorney at the time, Saint Bud Cummins, was a former employee of the Hucksters, so he wasn’t interested. The state AG is a good old boy as well. The state guy called himself a Democrat so he could be elected, but everyone knows how the game is played. Huckabee had an answer for everything, most with the plausibility of an average fourth grader lie, but since there was no real investigation that was the end that.

Oh yeah, that wasn’t any old parolee he liberated, Wayne DuMond was a vicious rapist who Huckabee had freed apparently because DuMond’s victim was a relative of Bill Clinton’s. Immediately after his release rapist went on to assault another women and murder, whoops. Huckabee denies the well documented pressure he put on the parole board to release the guy, as well as the reason he pressured them. That’s all that matters, if there is no confession these people can get away with murder, almost literally.

Not that it is about Huckabe directly, but it does say something about the household that Huckabee’s son David was arrested recently as he attempted to board a plane with a gun. That wasn’t the first time the 350lb boy was in the press. As a 17 year old son of a sitting governor he was expelled from his job as counselor at a Boy Scout camp. The camp said the reason for the expulsion was that Baby Huckabee violated the part of the Scout Law which requires Scouts to “be kind.” It seems David Huckabee and a buddy caught a stray dog, hanged it from a tree while it was still alive then tortured it to death. Naturally, no charges were filed because that’s how things are done in Arkansas.

I could go on for days, but I don’t want to bore you. It is clear that Huckabee has the right stuff to become President.

69. Revisionist - 1 October 2007

just saw a good fact. if that woman was in a cell, WHY was she STILL handcuffed.

70. Sabrina Ballerina - 1 October 2007

Boohoohooman:

Is this guy DeVos related to Michigan Amway DeVos wingers and Blackwater founder in laws??? Murtha is a real Toad. Nothin’ happens in his district without him knowing about in and orchestrating the funneling of money – I mean really, the guy’s sitting in Richard Mellon Scaiffe’s backyard….

Yes, he is related to the Mich. Amway DeVos wingers, and Eric Prince, founder of Blackwater through his wife, I believe.

In the thread on Pff on Blackwater, this was discovered. I’ll try to find it again ….

71. Paul - 1 October 2007

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/10/1/81636/9034

Racist Drug War Bust at High School #1 African American Basketball Star Arrested
by redstatehatemonitor

72. Sabrina Ballerina - 1 October 2007

Anti heg, Wu Ming follows no one around. That, like a lot of your statements, is inaccurate.

73. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Thanks Sabrina.

Blitzkrieg. Everything has been methodical at first but this blitzkrieg assault on our sensibilities, liberties and well being is the best way to describe the massive equal opportunity looting, the bipartisan criminal war enabling… I wrote a blip of a comment on the DailyMail board overseas to see if someone can arrange to invade us…..

74. supervixen - 1 October 2007

Sticking my head in for a bit – I was away all weekend and will be traveling again starting on Thu. I just have a couple of contributions:

1) Fuck off, anti-hegemonic, you’re an idiot.

2) I thought you MCatters would enjoy this, from former state senator Mark Hounsell. It was also published in the Conway Daily Sun.

I like Edwards and would have attended the event if I’d been here, but I had to laugh at this. Way to piss off the locals!

I was born in Conway the winter of the first modern New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Every four years throughout my life I have been witness to a parade of presidential candidates. I have involved myself in the campaigns of a few of them. The one thing that I can never get used to, I can never accept and I have come to resent are the people who tag along with these candidates – and I do not mean the press. (Sometimes watching them is more fun and interesting then watching the presidential hopefuls).

The people who I am talking about are the so-called political experts from places such as Virginia who are the out-of-state paid staffers of the various campaigns.

These are usually political science people who believe their feigned display of respect for the local resident political operatives is somehow convincing. Every campaign has them, and I have grown to become extremely intolerant of them. The major problem is they do not even realize that many times the people they are working to get elected move forward not because of their efforts, but in spite of them. These political know-it-alls are the bane of a good campaign and most of them are not even remotely aware of it.

Case in point – yesterday, September 27th, the John Edwards campaign had a rather intriguing event in Conway. The media attended occasion was high-lighted either by John Edwards or the terrific blue grass music performance that preceded his arrival.

Originally the hard-working local volunteers arranged for the event to be held at the new high school, which was the perfect spot for an event such as this. Yet, in steps the “Virginian experts” who had a better idea. They changed the location to the newly renovated Salyards Museum in Conway Village. Their errant reasoning was the smaller museum would provide a better illusion of attendance then the larger high school and thus reduce the negative affects of a possible low turn-out.

Once the experts took control of organizing the event from the “local yokels” it was all down hill. For some reason, they did not bother to communicate with local officials and just as the event was getting underway the local Fire Chief arrived to inform the campaign the museum had not received a permit for assembly and in order to comply with fire regulations, proper aisle had to be established and a 4’ by 8’ Edwards sign that was blocking the only emergency egress had to be removed.

Also, when asked by the fire department how many people were gathered inside the building, Edward’s people answer was,”105.” It was obvious the number was closer to 200 then 100, but 105 was coincidentally (or conveniently) the total number permitted based on the square foot of the facility. Appropriately, for public safety reasons the fire department ordered that a number of people had to go outside (in the rain).

I was one of those people and I will say that the Edwards people were very polite. However, when I overheard one of them say to another, “We can just say we exceeded capacity”, I just had to write to report what actually happened.

I admire John Edwards. I do not doubt his sincerity and his commitment. He is for working families and he is a champion for the common men and women of this country, He would be a very good President. He is trusting that his campaign staff will trust his local supporters in the extremely tough job of winning the NH Presidential Primary. John Edwards has some very capable people working for him in Northern Carroll County. He doe not need his paid staff to seize defeat from the mouth of victory.

So young man from some other state I hope you read this because you should realize you need to be careful that when you come to New Hampshire you should not engage in too muchpolitical spin. The truth is one person at that event would have “exceeded capacity.” because your event did not have a permit for assembly.

The next time you may want to think twice before you replace the work of local volunteers with your so-called better idea. I know you won’t – but don’t get discouraged every Presidential candidate has the same sort of “campaign staff infection” – it seems to be a virus with no known cure.

75. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

I like Hersh for many historical reasons but one is just for the fact that the PTB have to pause at least to from time to time on their way to pressing the button… His new article says mostly that the Admin is dusting off attack scenarios since the summer packaging them with a political sell as a teeny weenie wittle strategic airstrike campaign.

He has gotten beat up over revelations that didn’t bear out within a narrow time frame, but I think he has been on top of it all along, the diff before being mutual WH/GOP concern over interim elections.. Now with their policy and payola legacy apparently ready to be continued by the Dems anyways , the White House could giva shit about their own Hill, ….

I still find it unfathomable that the GOP (hell anybody) would let Hillary drive the car despite her willingness to follow directions. I think the central truth is she can’t be trusted to serve anything other than immediate Clintonian needs…That said, This Dobson fundie threat of third party action could play well to the Bushista Masters agenda……conventional strikes in Iran further setting the hook in ME mil presence, then on the domestic side play it down the middle in 08 GOP intramural battles , pulling the plug on Rudy or Mitt come Election Day, then row hard to the Dobson/ Robertson gun nutter ilk four years hence saying we were with ya all along. Come 2012 sell the whole exhausted country on “We told ya so” when everyone despises Hillary and might see a killer asteroid or nuclear winter as more of a welcome engagement… Nice set up for Jeb’s turn at the wheel in 2012, no???…

76. Sabrina Ballerina - 1 October 2007

Welcome, Bhhm. Found the info:

http://politicalfleshfeast.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=541

There’s a lof of info with links in this thread. An excerpt from on on Eric Prince and his family connections etc.

Military service: Navy SEAL Team Officer (1993-96, Bosnia, Haiti)

Erik Prince is a multi-millionaire right-wing fundamentalist Christian from a powerful Michigan Republican family. His wealth came from his father, Edgar Prince, who headed Prince Automotive, an auto parts and machinery manufacturer.

A major Republican campaign contributor, he interned in the White House of President George H.W. Bush and campaigned for Pat Buchanan in 1992, finding time to intern for conservative congressman Dana Rohrabacher as well. Prince founded the mercenary firm Blackwater USA in 1997 with Gary Jackson, another former Navy SEAL.

Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos is a powerful conservative in her own right. Married to the son of Richard DeVos (Republican bankroller and co-founder of Amway), she served as chair of Michigan Republican Party in the 1990s.

77. Marie - 1 October 2007

Doesn’t look as if Daniel R DeVos is related to the Amway folks. The freepers were all over this guy – a financial supporter for Murtha and has given small amounts to others, DEMs and GOP. If there is a scandal on this one, might be one for the DEMs.

(Marisa – the individual contribution limit is $4,600 – $2,300 for the primary and $2,300 GE. Total for a couple $8,600. Of course they can also donate to Hill’s PAC and her 2012 Senate campaign.)

78. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Creepy DeVos Links

http://www.ctc.com/news/2006/06oct31_pr.cfm

Daniel R. Devos must be a brother or nephew or something

The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, incorporated in 1970, ranked ninth in total assets ($97,049,407) among the top 20 conservative foundations studied and third in total grants ($26,574,754) in 2001. The foundation’s grantmaking has grown dramatically in the past decade, from only $4 million in 1990 to more than $25 million in 2001. The foundation is the oldest and wealthiest of the DeVos family foundations, which also include the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation (1990), the Daniel and Pamela DeVos Foundation (1992), and the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation (1992).

http://www.mediatransparency.org/funderprofile.php?funderID=17

Dan and Pam’s Foundation (pass me a non alcoholic hot toddy}
based in grand Rapids Mchigan a lot of the same ultra winger causes
(seems like double and triple dippin’ is a theme here)

Murtha is in….thick as thieves with these peeps…..never a serious challenge…

79. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Out for a while.

80. lucid - 1 October 2007

Just passed by a small impromtu demonstration about the Jena 6. About 150 boisterous tightly packed people parading up broadway. Good thing to see – excellent energy. It kind of reminded me of the day the Diallou killing cops were acquited. About 1000 people [myself among them] descended on city hall and screamed until the cops came in and busted everyone they could [I snuck away as soon as I saw the SWAT trucks].

In other news, LL Cool J and entourage just exited a white cadillac to go shopping on the corner of Bleeker and Broadway, which leads to this pressing question: does his bodyguard go into the dressing rooms with him when he tries on slacks? Or does he just stand by the door?

Still catching up – thread & a half behind. :)

81. Marie - 1 October 2007

#75 – Daniel G DeVos is part of the Mich. Amway family.

Daniel R DeVos of PA appears not to have any close ties to those in MI.

82. marisacat - 1 October 2007

sorry! let

out of water

SV

and Paul out of moderation…

83. marisacat - 1 October 2007

77

the same couple is doubling up for upper plains senatorial races. for the ’08 cycle.

It is not that I care, just that i noted it.

I think there are a thousand and one money scams. Also tangible property scams from election cycles.

Again, not that I care… LOL

84. lucid - 1 October 2007

I was under the impression that AH was LA Girl from the beginning. Exact same spamming MO with links to comments from BBB’s and a phrase along the lines of ‘I found this interesting’…

That and the just plain mean comments about various women. Michelle is ‘vulgar’. Elise must be beaten down, etc., etc.

And for the confirmation ‘why are you following me around’????

I mean – I’m paranoid, but this type of crap is crazy… hey maybe all of them are Janet Ritz? Wouldn’t that be a hoot.

85. Marie - 1 October 2007

He’s Baaack!

Laugh:

Speaking of Cannabis sativa

Then cry:
The Devil You Know

The devil you should know:

I Was Able To Interpret This Feeling

[fixed the links --- Mcat]

86. lucid - 1 October 2007

Marie – that map at IOZ is quite funny. The other 2 links appear to be broken.

87. colleen - 1 October 2007

I was under the impression that AH was LA Girl from the beginning. Exact same spamming MO with links to comments from BBB’s and a phrase along the lines of ‘I found this interesting’…

Same here, Lucid. Same games. The Elise diaries and comments were a dead giveaway.

88. Marie - 1 October 2007

let’s try those links again:

Then cry: The Devil You Know

The devil you should know: I Was Able To Interpret This Feeling

[fixed the links -- Mcat]

89. Marie - 1 October 2007

Just go to WhoisIOZ – I can’t get the links to work here or at TLC.

90. Marie - 1 October 2007

Are the money boys jumping on the bones of the old whore one last time? Dow record above 14,000

Marisa, thanks for fixing the links. Still not sure how they got messed up.

91. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

The real dirty hippies are the black-masked anarchists, the sign-waving ANSWER kids who the imagined leftwing of the Democratic party roundly condemn for daring to bring up the School of the Americas or IMF shock-therapy economics at an antiwar rally. The real dirty hippies don’t care what Katie Couric calls them.

Hmm. I get his point but I’m on the cusp of middle age and I wasn’t even born in 1968 and Jerry Garcia died in 1995.

So maybe the term “hippie” should be retired forever.

92. marisacat - 1 October 2007

the links went buggy as for some reason they picked up an extra set of quote marks around the URL.

It happens from time to time, not sure why.

93. marisacat - 1 October 2007

91 HC

agree.

It was misunderstood in every direction possible at the time – and still is.

One hard core reality, if I may speak as a native, by the so called Summer of Love, it was effectively over. Certainly the earlier gentler versions of a sweeping societal phenomenanon… that was over.

By the Summer of Love, it was the second season for Gray’s Tour Lines to be going thru the Haight.

94. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

9/11 has made us stupid.
To this observation, the ever-forgiving Jim Henley avers that it “has also made us cowardly and mean,”

Here’s what I think.

The forces that would coalesce around 9/11 were already there before 9/11.

1.) The anti-immigrant movement
2.) The religious right
3.) The aggrieved militarists

Had Al Gore not had the election stolen from him in 2000 these same forces would have coalesced around him instead.

Think about it. I have a better chance of getting hit by a meteor here in suburban NJ than I do of dying in a terrorist attack. So does the idiot next to me with the “Support Our Troops” magnet on his SUV.

But he’s projected his fear of weak kneed liberals letting Mexicans date his daughter onto the next terrorist attack.

The trick isn’t to imagine that 9/11 created something out of thin air. The trick is to prevent them from using 9/11 to scare you into going along with them.

If the “netroots” would just train themselves into hearing “Clinton got a blowjob” every time some fascist says “9/11 changed everything” they’d be amazed how much their spines would stiffen.

95. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

Hardball on abortion.

Tony Perkins representing the “pro life” side and Peter King and Matthews representing the not so pro-life side.

The spectrum now goes from extreme extreme fascist right to extreme fascist right.

96. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

BTW, the typical black masked anarchist or Answer Trotskyist would be rather less than pleased to be referred to as “hippies”.

There’s actually a rather broad redneck streak on the far left.

97. lucid - 1 October 2007

One hard core reality, if I may speak as a native, by the so called Summer of Love, it was effectively over.

When I think ‘hippies’, I think Ken Kesey & the pranksters – and that was around ’64, ’65. Most of the original ‘hippies’ beat it out of SF before the summer of love, except for the diggers. It is quite a shame that most in this country associate the word hippie with the entire ’60’s counterculture. Hippies were actually pretty apolitical. I’ve seen accounts where Kesey would speak to the Berkeley free speech movement and basically tell them that politics was full of shit & they should just move out to the redwoods, drop acid and put dayglo paint all over the trees…

I jokingly refer to myself as a hippie, owing to my pacifism and my penchant for all things Jorma Kaukonen… and the fact that I never came back from my first acid trip… but I’m really more of an anarcho-syndicalist with a renaissance fascination with pretty much everything.

98. Marie - 1 October 2007

HC #96 – wouldn’t call it “redneck streak,” but very authoritarian. It was obvious to me and many I knew that at some point the far, far left meets up with the far, far right. That could explain how someone like Janice Rodgers Brown went from being a Marxist to the far, far right ideologue. She didn’t flip, only took a few more steps along the path she was on. We should probably lable these people authoritarian/totalitarians – doesn’t really matter who exactly runs the industries if they are controlled by an elite cabal.

Finally got around to reading Maureen Dowd’s latest. From all the DEM screeching about it, I expected it to be biting. It’s a weak piece and she isn’t even responsble for what seems to be the most objectionable part; it was a quote. She may be a wanker but the DEMs are also wankers. What the article did remind me of was the privileged white housewives or financially secure new divorcees from the early seventies to early eighties. They knew everything and expected to be handed good grades if they had returned to school, rapid promotions if they went to work in private industry or to immediately put in charge of a non-profit, etc. if that’s where they landed. In their minds, 10–20 years as a housewive was MORE valuable work experience than what other women had gained by reminaing in the workforce. And rarely were they the hardest workers around. Those are the women who can relate to Hillary.

99. Marie - 1 October 2007

#97 – lucid – tought to define “hippies.” It was composed of three distinct strands. The earlier beatniks (roughly those born before 1940), the “free speech” movement (born ’40-45) and the early boomers. Many of those in the first two participated in or were sympathetic to the Civil Rights movement. The boomers who were political mingled with the those two as well. The apolitical, sex, drugs and rock-n-roll types later discovered religion, capitalism, that there was no place like home or became drug addicts. Not that any group was immune to the lures of drug and alcohol addiction. It’s just that the first two groups weren’t as young when the flow of drugs increased.

100. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

And there were of course people who went to Greatful Dead and Phish concerts when I grew up and I suppose people who did were more liberal and left than conservative.

On the other hand, I knew as many apolitical and downright conservative Deadheads growing up as I did liberal Deadheads.

My cousin used to keep a picture of Jerry Garcia up on his wall and crack racist jokes at the same time.

And if you look at any of the “Gathering of Eagles” crowd at anti-war rallies, you’ll see as much long hair as you’ll see crewcuts.

In other words, the idea of being a “hippie” has long since been assimilated into the mainstream of American culture and has very little to do with politics anymore.

And the idea of any of these people

calling themselves “hippies” just seems strange to me.

101. Marie - 1 October 2007

HC #100- who are those people? Except for Bill and maybe the other grey haired one, none of them are old enough to have any memory of the seventies much less the sixties.

102. lucid - 1 October 2007

Marie – true, was being to narrow, and having not been alive then, should probably shut my trap anyways… But ‘hippies’ to me really denotes those at the forefront of the psychadelic movement & that is what distinguished them from other forms of the counterculture & other strands of political activism in the ’60’s. Of course, with the boomers all of that stuff got mixed together – the drugs, politics, lifestyle, etc.

But Kesey & Ginsberg & the Dead are really what I would consider to be ‘hippies’ properly speaking. They sought a transformation of society through the open use of LSD to broaden human perception… what that transformation would be, no one could say… perhaps Jerry’s descent into heroin addiction? Who knows. I had a certain affinity with then when younger & when I could still do acid without winding up in a terminal depression for weeks.

But if I were to really look back at ’60’s countercultural movements today and identify with any of them, it would be the Panthers. Their blend of community based activism & civil rights were right on the money imho.

103. marisacat - 1 October 2007

LOL I have not clicked on the link, but i am sure that is the Day Trippers Go to Harlem and have Red Velvet Cake with Bil and Peter Daou.

That poor fucked bunch of whatevertheyare.

104. marisacat - 1 October 2007

The Panthers scared the living daylights out of the government.

105. marisacat - 1 October 2007

And if you look at any of the “Gathering of Eagles” crowd at anti-war rallies, you’ll see as much long hair as you’ll see crewcuts. — HC

one reason I called it a societal phenomenanon (or however it is spelled, that many similar pairings of vowels and consonants will defeat me).

106. lucid - 1 October 2007

I might add, a lot of the original ‘hippies’ ended up forming rather authoritarian, sexist communes based on everyone else supporting the endeavors of the ‘leaders’ in the group. The Zendiks would seem to be a perfect example of this.

While I highly respect the broadening of perception enabled by psychadelics, they alone cannot do much to ‘transform scoiety’… which I think is why the ‘hippie’ movement ended up as the hell hole the Haight became by ’68.

107. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

It’s the expression of anxiety for the idea that the USA won’t be majority white in 50 years).

I hate to break it to them, but unless they’re willing to go out and commit hundreds of Rosewood and Tulsa style violent ethnic cleansings, the US WILL NOT be majority white in 50 years. Demographic waves are a bitch.

OOW

I’m not endorsing Huckabee. He’s a scumbag. Hell, just introduce someone to me as a baptist preacher and I’ll make sure my wallet’s still in my pocket and will hurridly try to get every child I see as far away as possible. I’m just saying he plays pretty well on tv, has less overt baggage than the rest, and could very well be the second Arkansas gov to come roaring out of a campaign season as a dark horse winner.

Identifying a threat, not cheering it on.

108. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

The Zendiks would seem to be a perfect example of this.

Oh stop bitching a start a revoution already.

109. Hair Club for Men - 1 October 2007

Hmm. He looks a bit like a certain serial killer

http://www.zendik.org/new1/wulf/wulfbio.html

scroll to the bottom

110. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Damn Marie # 90! LMAO!

Definitely no run of the mill profanity! LOL

111. Marie - 1 October 2007

IMHO nothing is to be gained by shortcircuiting the natural flow of changing realities and perceptions. Or trying to speed it up. Drugs are drugs – experiment with them or use them if you so choose- but except in traditional and highly controlled religious rituals among some populations, they don’t lead to a higher plane or consciousness.

The world in the US changed so dramatically between 1942 and 1964, that it’s not surprising that the generational gap would have been as large as it was. This is a good article by Myerson describing what it was like for boomers. Why it has taken so many (and many are still not there) so long to see what we’ve all lost.

112. BooHooHooMan - 1 October 2007

Hair Club –the Zendiks are a fixture in DC around Georgetown GW etc
they have T shirts and Lit “Quit Bitching, Start a Revolution” that’s about it worked opposite streetcorners from them in DC right before Bush’s State of the Union ’06 We drummed up support for the protest on one side of the street, they sold T-shirts in January…..They’re still around war still on..maybe they’ve done a better job….
I just reflexively guard my wrists talkin to any dude named “Talon” LOL

113. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

The only thing that transforms a society is open communication between groups, freedom of movement and people willing to tolerate being uncomfortable in return for a vibrant civil, social and artistic life.

Most Americans are unwilling to be open to any of that. If you listen carefully to a lot of the racists, homophobe, misogynists, nativists … if you were to capture all of the noxious fumes roiling up from them, distill it down to it’s essence, you’d be left with a cloudy thing that boils down to this …

“Those people are icky and make me feel uncomfortable.”

114. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

Speaking of Jena protests:

BOULDER — With fists in the air, signs pronouncing injustice and armed with a megaphone, dozens of CU students walked out of class today and rallied in the Norlin Quandrangle in protest of the “Jena 6″ case.

CU’s event coincided with a national “Jena 6 Walkout” that called on students across the country to leave their classes at noon CDT to show support for six black teenagers in Jena, La., who have been charged with beating a white teenager after finding nooses hanging on a tree at their high school.

About 20 CU students left their classrooms at 10 a.m., but the 11 a.m. rally drew more than 50 people — a crowd that continued to grow throughout the more than two-hour protest.

“It’s important for you all to understand that while we live in Boulder, something like this could happen in Boulder,” said CU senior La’Neice Littleton, 21. “Thank you for coming when it’s not in Boulder, but wait for it.”

Jarvis Fuller, a member of CU’s Black Student Alliance, organized the local walkout. After saying a prayer for the Jena teens today, Fuller told the crowd that he has hope for change, but he said that has to start with education.

“Things like this do happen in Boulder,” Fuller said. “And if it happened here, I guarantee we’d want people to stand for us — the people of Jena to stand for us.”

115. marisacat - 1 October 2007

well I don’t see the hippie movement by itself as transforming society.

Then again I never thought anything would ‘change the world’.. tho I did hold some very real, rational hope for the legislation of the post war era, which would be thru 3 decades.

Frankly all I see now is a fast regression. A pitiless time. Another bust following another boom. Exhortations for people from the 90s. We are collapsing time in my opinion. NOt going forward into a future…

It was years before any defined hippie movment that I first saw a pink towel blasphemously placed over a small window in a huge ranging Queen Anne mansion, on the corner of Broadway and Webster, across from my school. It was my 5th grade classroom…

Reverend Mother Williams, who was tied in politically in CA thru her family, was having none of it. A group of young people had rented the old mansion… that pink towel was the only sign of rebellion that I saw.

Large empty flats and houses, cheap rent in San Francisco is what fueled more than the so called hippie movement.

Rev Mother Williams carried out a political campaign, they were evicted, eventually the lovely old corner house with an immense view of the bay and a large sloping garden behind… also with a view of the bay, was pulled down. A not too awful mini tower went up in early 70s. Not too tall.

116. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICAN MINISTER TARGETED AND TACKLED BY CAPITOL POLICE

Rev. Yearwood said leaving the courtroom Friday, “I am relieved the charges were dropped, but they never should have been brought against me. This one incident in 2007 has moved us back to 1957, where people of color are once again afraid to walk the halls of Congress. I am more heartbroken for the young people for whom I work to make government more accessible and transparent, who are now fearful of coming to the Capitol. We have an apartheid political system, where democracy while Black isn’t the same as democracy while White. These officers and the U.S. Capitol Police must be held accountable by our members of Congress for their horrendous actions.”

117. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

Yet another example of why Religion, or at least it’s child rapists leaders are dangerous to human life:

The head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique has told the BBC he believes some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately.

Maputo Archbishop Francisco Chimoio claimed some anti-retroviral drugs were also infected “in order to finish quickly the African people”.

The Catholic Church formally opposes any use of condoms, advising fidelity within marriage or sexual abstinence.

Aids activists have been angered by the remarks, one calling them “nonsense”.

“We’ve been using condoms for years now, and we still find them safe,” prominent Mozambican Aids activist Marcella Mahanjane told the BBC.

Of course, I think that condoms are more important to prevent PREGNANCY, but what do I know?

118. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

Sy Hersch is on Countdown.

119. marisacat - 1 October 2007

new thread:

LINK

120. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

Stress of Racism May Advance Black Infant Mortality Rates

Washington – For decades, health experts have tried to determine why African-American babies are twice as likely to die as White infants.

A new series of studies from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Health Policy Institute, along with a small but growing number of neonatologists nationwide, suggests that the stressful effects of racism play a role.

“That’s the elephant in the room,” said Michael Lu, an obstetrician-gynecologist and professor at UCLA who studies disparities in infant health. “When we’re studying racial disparities, for decades people have looked at stress and infant mortality without looking at the reasons for the stress.”

Black infant mortality is a complicated puzzle that includes poverty, poor nutrition, inadequate prenatal care, teen pregnancy, heredity, high blood pressure, stress, obesity, low birth weights and prematurity. However, some neonatologists and child health advocates have pushed for more research to get behind the social reasons why these factors seem to take a higher toll on Black infants than they do on other babies.

For the 600 Black women in Atlanta who participated in a related study on the effects of racial discrimination on health, the reasons for their higher stress levels ranged from hearing White teachers comment on “those kids” to working extra long hours to win acceptance from White colleagues.

“The pregnancy scares the life out of me because I am pregnant with a baby boy, and I know how Black boys are treated in this society,” one study participant told researchers from Spelman College and Emory University.

I weep for this nation.

121. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

Planned Parenthood’s Fight in Aurora

My grandmother watched her father die when an anti-Jewish mob broke into their small home and shot him as he lay in bed with his wife. The mob was jubilant and exuberant at his death; their neighborhood priest in Vilnius, Lithuania, led the crowd through the streets chanting a Te Deum to show their thanks to the Lord at the death of someone they considered a nonbeliever.

Most members of that crowd called themselves Christians. I think of them when I look at the mob in Aurora that is trying to keep the Planned Parenthood health center there from opening.

I have been working around these protesters and their associates for 20 years, trying to help women get through their ranks into clinics for medical appointments. On a recent stint at an obstetrics-gynecology health center under siege on the North Side of Chicago, I was trying to escort a woman with ovarian cancer through the horde so she could see her doctor.

Part of the crowd surrounded us, chanting “Christ killers!” and “Baby killers!” Briefly, I felt the fear my grandmother must have known.

The police were watching the demonstrators block the clinic but doing nothing to remove them from the entrance. After five minutes, they came to help the cancer patient escape her harassers and return to her car – weeping and trembling. There was no way she was going to get essential medical care that day.

After the police left, one of the protesters said to me, “I suppose since you think it’s OK to kill a fetus you agree that it’s OK if I kill you.”

122. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 October 2007

speaking of how meaningless “hippie” is now, I just heard Canned Heat’s “On the Road Again” used in a commercial for Total cereal, complete w/ ’60s-style graphics.

American commerce swallows everything and shits it out the other end in big smelly turds.

123. Marie - 1 October 2007

HC #109 Hmm. He looks a bit like a certain serial killer

There were lots of “Zendiks” around in those days. They all loved Krishnamurti (can’t recall if I didn’t read him to be stubborn or tried and couldn’t get past the first page). Not many were good artists or writers but those that gathered around them didn’t know the difference. They could also be very boring and pendantic.

Looking at that picture, it hit me why those young kids could so easily have been attracted to Manson and not perceived that he was a seriously disturbed con-man. Or how so many others rallied around the “new age” “gurus” that shared more with those weird Mormon fundmentalist sects than anything else. Of course all of it seemed to be imbued with a science fiction quality which was a natural turn-off for me.

124. Marie - 1 October 2007

Marisa #115 Large empty flats and houses, cheap rent in San Francisco is what fueled more than the so called hippie movement.

That’s also why it died out quickly in SF. Those cheap rents were mostly gone before anyone heard “Come to San Francisco.” Had none of that happened I might actually have managed to fulfill my childhood dream of living in SF.

125. marisacat - 1 October 2007

I don’t know Marie. I am a native. There were cheap rents for decades. It persisted well into the 70s.

When I took a flat alone in the early 70s I looked on Russian Hill and Nob Hill. Not the cheapest parts of town, I looked at 4 room flats, usually for 150 – 175.00. No deposit, no first and last month, usually a 25.00 cleaning fee. Freedom to paint and do small refurbishings as you pleased. A lot of absentee ownership and and low key onsite managers. Which is exactly what I got on Russian Hill when I found a flat I liked. IWth a view. Others I had seen did not have a view. 175 to move in, plus 25 cleaning deposit.

Armistead Maupin’s stories were set in the 70s and that shifting, floating world depends on cheap rent, easy in and easy out.

Many many people I knew lived in less expensive areas for 100 – 150 for large Victorian era flats.

Friends of mine had 3 sharing a large flat on New Hampshire, 3 bedrooms and a room just for the ironing board. 125 a month.

That was not uncommon. Gentrification had begun in the early 60s, depending on neighborhood. but it was slow moving, it did not really ramp up for years… and finally was largely fueled by the condoisation of existing duplex to 6 units properties.

The great call to come to SF was mid to late 60s (after that of the beat era or the post war era, etc). Cheap rent went on for years, then Rent Control came in around ’78.

126. frtitzcat - 1 October 2007

My and my mates had a big two bedroom apt on the corner of Stanyan and Oak where the panhandle enters the gates.

$225 per month and all the cockroaches you could eat.

127. frtitzcat - 1 October 2007

Also lived on the coast in Pacifica for awhile. It was pretty cool. Frog shrouded, dangerous tides, blue collar. I will right about it one day, when I can locate any of it in my memory.

128. Marie - 1 October 2007

Marisa, wow. If I’d only stumbled on one of those back then. Has a couple of friends who moved into the city but it took two or three of them to afford a place. That would have been in ’70-73 and they still paid more than I did in the burbs. I looked more seriously in the late ’70s but except for newer ugly buildings it was almost impossible to find anything. Then my employer began making plans to relocate out of the City; so, it seemed stupid to move in.

129. Revisionist - 1 October 2007

this is my theory. rents have risen in purportion to the “greatest generation” dying off. I know in one area near the golf course just sat stagnant for years. but by the end of the 90s the residents starting dropping. Many grand children moved and started rehab. some where owned by out of town family who just wanted it gone and they started selling. The flippers got in. its so expensive now.

but even rents. many rentals used to owned by old people who didnt know what shit cost anymore.

I had a lot of friends go thru their landlords dying and then having to deal with kids. I get pissed everyday. Friends had lived somewhere 12 years, Forced to move in 30 days. kids sold it and it was bulldozed. Its 12 years after that and its still a vacant lot.. someone is just holding to sell at the right time..

130. Marie - 1 October 2007

someone is just holding to sell at the right time..

Those someones might have missed the RE peak. Maybe not in some very exclusive neighborhoods or the better parts of SF and NYC and a few other places, but the seller’s market is over for now.


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