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Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Beirut, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.
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Palestinian women crossed a street during a demonstration against Israel’s military operation in Gaza, in the Shuafat refugee camp, on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday. [Photo: Dan Balilty/Associated Press/NYT]

And Israel says NO!

Israel appears to have rejected a French proposal for a 48-hour lull in the Gaza offensive and will continue its attacks against Hamas, reports suggested today.

Bernard Kouchner, the French Foreign Minister, proposed the “humanitarian ceasefire” to Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defence Minister yesterday.

The plan, which would allow aid shipments to enter the besieged strip where 1.5 million Palestinians have weathered four days of bombardment, was passed to Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister, who discussed it with his foreign and defence ministers overnight.

But the meeting ended with a decision to continue operations, according to government officials, the Associated Press reported. The security Cabinet will discuss the continuation of the offensive later today.

Fisk has a new one up:

Hamas – like all the other Palestinian outfits – is infected with spies, some working for the Palestinian Authority, others for the Israelis. Israel has successively murdered one Hamas leader after another – “targeted killing”, of course, is their polite phrase – and they couldn’t do that without, as the police would say, “inside help”. Hizbollah’s previous secretary general, Sayed Abbas Moussawi, was assassinated near Jibchit by a missile-firing Israeli helicopter more than a decade ago but the movement hasn’t suffered a leader’s murder in Lebanon since then. In the 34-day war of 2006, Hizbollah lost about 200 of its men. Hamas lost almost that many in the first day of Israel’s air attacks in Gaza – which doesn’t say much for Hamas’ military precautions.

And…

Israel, however – always swift to announce its imminent destruction of “terrorism” – has never won a war in a built-up city, be it Beirut or Gaza, since its capture of Jerusalem in 1967. And it’s important to remember that the Israeli army, famous in song and legend for its supposed “purity of arms” and “elite” units, has proved itself to be a pretty third-rate army over recent years. Not since the 1973 Middle East conflict – 35 years ago – has it won a war. Its 1978 invasion of Lebanon was a failure, its 1982 invasion ended in disaster, propelling Arafat from Beirut but allowing its vicious Phalangist allies into the Sabra and Chatila camps where they committed mass murder. In neither the 1993 bombardment of Lebanon nor the 1996 bombardment of Lebanon – which fizzled out after the massacre of refugees at Qana – nor the 2006 war was its performance anything more than amateur. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the fact Arab armies are even more of a rabble than the Israelis, the Israeli state would be genuinely under threat from its neighbours.

However.. they level a lot on the way to all those failures.

Report from ABC that the weather has intervened, and established a semi ceasefire.  It is raining and foggy in Gaza, visibility is low and the mud will forestall the start of a ground war.

Is there a 24 hour drive thru window where Gawd lives?  If so he woke up and gave a small break to a war.  Do you want a large or small Coke to go with that?  Have a Happy Day!

^^^^^

From Angry Arab and his first ex wife (he has two, LOL)

Palestinian Children “Pretending” to be Injured and killed

“If necessary, sympathetic photographers take pictures of children who pretend to be injured, and once they are published in Western newspapers these claims become fact.”

Kathy (my 1st ex-wife) sent me this with the comment: “

Barry Fucking Rubin and David Fucking Frum. I thought I had heard it all.”

I don’t know why catnip won’t take Frum back.

^^^^

I was looking over this splutter from Tomasky in the Guardian… scanning the comments and saw one that signed off saying,

“Glad not to be from Illinois,  a NY Demo”

Oh sweetie!… we are all in the same lock box.  Even having left the party you cannot get away from what increasingly looks like a cheap and worn out  commuter bus filled with Gawd knows who.

I don’t care whether they claw each other to death or congeal in the heat of the overloaded bus, but let it happen.

Happy End to 2008, which from a report I read somewhere, is fractionally longer than other years, due to some tilt of the earth… or something.  Not surprising.

^^^^

Here is a lovely thing:

“I call on you
I press your hands
I kiss the ground under your feet
and I say: I sacrifice myself for you
I give you as a gift
the light of my eyes
and the warmth of heart, I give you
My tragedy that I live
Is my share of your tragedies
I call on you
I press your hands
I kiss the ground under your feet
and I say: I sacrifice myself for you
I did not humiliate myself in my homeland
and I did not lower my shoulders
I stood facing my oppressors
orphaned, naked, and bare foot
I call on you
I press your hands
I kiss the ground under your feet
and I say: I sacrifice myself for you
I carried my blood on my palm
I never lowered my flags
and I cared for the green grass
over the graves of my ancestors”

From the poem I Call On You by Palestinian poet Tawfiq Zayyad (As’ad translation)  He has several posted

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1. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Protesters storm the British Embassy in Tehran

[H]e could not confirm reports from the IRNA news agency that the demonstrators were students protesting against what they see as British support for Israel’s air strikes on Gaza or that the students tore down the British flag and hoisted a Palestinian standard in its place.

The incident happened at 5.20pm GMT (8.50pm local time) and reports claimed that the occupation lasted about an hour. …snip…

2. aemd - 31 December 2008

Via Ioz, Wonkette sittin’ back with popcorn and beer to watch to Blogo vs Reid face off. LOL.

3. marisacat - 31 December 2008

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may all the political fixers in this deal (which is ALL OF THEM) fucking bite each other to death. Stand back, blood spatter! Or wear a plastic butcher’s apron and hip waders and stand close.
:twisted:

4. marisacat - 31 December 2008

via Lenin… iirc this was our operational mode in Iraq as well… any male over about 13 was considered a combatant. We would nto allow older sons to evacuate with mothers and children (when we bothered with that even)…

The UN has suggested that of its estimate of 320 deadths, about 62 are civilians (see chart embedded in this news story). I had assumed that this was because the majority of those killed were policemen and, for some reason, we are all going along with Tel Aviv in not considering this a civilian profession. However! Apparently, I was under-estimating the creativity of the statisticians, for here’s a weird thing (spotted by Keith): the UN’s tally of the civilian dead “does not include civilian casualties who are men”.

There is no such thing as a civilian adult male in Gaza! According to this supposed scourge of Israel, any Gazan male with a bit of size on him is fair game.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

If I didn’t know Frum’s record, I’d be surprised by the sheer inhumanity of that assertion. What a fucking asshole.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

From the Wonkette:

He knows he’s politically outmaneuvered Harry Reid, which is perhaps the easiest achievement known to man,

LOL

:lol:

7. marisacat - 31 December 2008

I think Blago’s having some fun, frankly. hey go for it guy. Beats the other guys’ games.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

Roland Burris Almost Certain To Be Seated, Legal Scholars Say

As Gross sees it, the most likely path for attempts to block the appointment is as follows: Jesse White refuses to certify the appointment, only to have the decision overturned in the state courts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would than refuses to seat Burris, only to be overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Senate does have the ultimate option of expelling Burris once he takes the oath of office. But that would require some extraordinary circumstances.

For several days in November, when it looked like Ted Stevens could be reelected, it was proposed that Congress would kick the Alaska Republican out of office over his ethical problems. But scholars considered that a stretch of legal reading. And if Stevens would have made it through the legal loopholes, it’s hard to see how they ensnare Burris.

“I think there would have been problems not seating Stevens,” said Gross. “But at least they had a reasonable option of expulsion. Here you don’t have a very attractive expulsion option because Burris did nothing wrong…. You would have to say his misconduct was accepting the appointment. But from who? A guy who was innocent until proven guilty?”

9. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Jesse White and the Democrats (or whatever they are) are unable to see that his signature is a CLERICAL act. LOL

The whole thing is so entertaining! and loaded with fleas on dogs, which I can see easily with my high powered Japanese binoculars, all the way to Chicago and DC…

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

The Democrats don’t see a whole lot of things. For professional politicians, they’re awful thick when it comes to politics.

Just found this interesting/weird little tidbit:

Why Israel Named Its Gaza War After a Hanukkah Poem

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008
12. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

Attorney General: Cheney Interview Protected by Executive Privilege

The president may assert executive privilege to withhold from Congress records of an FBI interview with Vice President Dick Cheney regarding the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity, the attorney general concludes in a legal opinion released Monday.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed the records as part of its long-running investigation into what roles, if any, President George W. Bush, Cheney and their aides may have played in the leak.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey warned that, were the records turned over, White House officials would be less likely to cooperate in future investigations out of fear that their words would become public, forcing the department to rely on grand jury subpoenas instead. “I am greatly concerned about the chilling effect that compliance with the Committee’s subpoena would have on future White House deliberations and White House cooperation with future Justice Department investigations,” Mukasey wrote in the opinion, which is dated July 15.

In a July 8 letter, Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., threatened to cite Mukasey with contempt of Congress for withholding the records.

July 8 … SIX MONTHS AGO … seen a comtempt citation yet? Jeebus they’re worthless.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

My favorite headline so far for a year-end list:

Inventors who met their makers

Egg McMuffins, the Slinky, the Pringles can–all ubiquitous items in our everyday lives, all invented by people who died in 2008. We salute these heroes one last time. –Kevin Pang

14. marisacat - 31 December 2008

hmmm

talk about living in the past

It might seem strange that Israel would name a military operation after a holiday associated with gifts and dreidels, but in Israel, the Hanukkah story celebrates national liberation. The holiday marks the victory of the Jews over Antiochus IV and the Seleucid Empire.

15. marisacat - 31 December 2008

It’s getting worse.

During a 40-minute interview with The Post on Saturday, she uttered “you know” more than 200 times.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

Just wow, the self-obsession is just stunning:

WASHINGTON — Alberto Gonzales, who has kept a low profile since resigning as attorney general nearly 16 months ago, said he is writing a book to set the record straight about his controversial tenure as a senior official in the Bush administration.

Mr. Gonzales has been portrayed by critics both as unqualified for his position and instrumental in laying the groundwork for the administration’s “war on terror.” He was pilloried by Congress in a manner not usually directed toward cabinet officials.

“What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?” he said during an interview Tuesday, offering his most extensive comments since leaving government.

During a lunch meeting two blocks from the White House, where he served under his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Mr. Gonzales said that “for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.”

Poor dear.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

Lawyer: Jena Six teen shot himself out of despair

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of the central figures in the 2007 Jena Six civil rights case never gave up pursuing his football career, even after his well-publicized run-ins with the law.

Mychal Bell, an 18-year-old high school running back, clung to the hope that he could earn a college football scholarship. Then came another legal scrape this Christmas Eve.

After news broke of his arrest on a shoplifting charge, Bell shot himself in the chest Monday with a .22-caliber handgun. He remained hospitalized Tuesday but police said his chest wound was not life-threatening.

“When it was broadcast that he was charged with shoplifting he just felt that the whole year had been wasted and that he had worked all of that time for nothing,” said Louis Scott, who represented Bell in the case where Bell and five other black teenagers were charged in the 2006 beating of a white classmate.

Bell’s grandmother, Rosie Simmons, and mother, Melissa Bell, told police that “Mychal had made comments over the past two days that, because of the current media attention he had because of the shoplifting arrest, he didn’t feel like he could live anymore,” Monroe Police Lt. Jeff Harris said, reading from a police report.

18. marisacat - 31 December 2008

This made me chuckle… a comment at Wonkette (link in comment 2)

Man I am so confused. I thought Barack was supposed to assuage white guilt.

19. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Bobby Rush on CBS’s Early Show…- transcript

Clarence Paige has an interview out this am with ABC in which he reminds that Rush supported the WHITE opponent to Jesus C Obama in 2004’s senate race.

Post racial, post partisan.. I say it is all post toasties.

20. marisacat - 31 December 2008

And we so need a do-nothing.

But while the “one president” philosophy has kept Obama mum on emerging foreign policy crises since the Nov. 4 election, he has abandoned it when it comes to the economy, talking at great length and in great detail about his plans for the nation’s financial recovery.

Obama — and the usually loquacious Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. — are deferential to Bush on international affairs. Meanwhile, they have all but taken over from the current White House occupant the job of designing an economic rescue, declaring weeks ago that “work starts today.”

The difference offers a glimpse into Obama’s careful governing style, in which the 44th president and his team weigh the risks of action against the political advantages of doing or saying nothing.

And, why not?

In the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, two-thirds of Americans highlighted economic issues as the top priority for Obama and the next Congress. Fewer than 1 percent cited a “foreign policy” concern as their primary issue. Nine percent singled out the war in Iraq as the top problem they want the next administration to tackle, a big drop from the issue’s prominence before the primaries.

Even among Americans’ foreign policy concerns, the Israeli-Palestinian issue ranks low. In a September Pew Research Center poll, 25 percent called “finding a solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians” a top long-range priority for the United States, putting it at the bottom of a 12-item list topped by protecting the country against terrorism and preserving U.S. jobs.

21. catnip - 31 December 2008
22. BooHooHooMan - 31 December 2008

Inauguration rentals still on the market

Robert Cordero had high hopes when he placed ads on Craigslist and The Washington Post. He figured his Capitol Hill duplex — exposed brick, hardwood floors, a stainless-steel fridge — would fetch $1,600 a night from out-of-towners visiting Washington for Barack Obama’s Inauguration.

Now he’s dropped the price to $995 a night — and he still hasn’t received a single call.

23. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Thanks to Wonkette

Burris’ tombstone/mausoleum… big enough at Flickr so the hubris visibly dripped…

… send ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HOME WITH NO PENSION. and NO ‘THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE’. And take Caroline with all y’alls.

24. marisacat - 31 December 2008

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pretzel RE value dropping……………………………………

25. BooHooHooMan - 31 December 2008

LOL. More on the Burst of the DC Inaugural Sublet Bubble

He’s not alone.

Of the roughly 550 listings on inauguralhomes.com, a paid classified website devoted to Inauguration rentals, only 5 percent have been snatched up, according to the site’s co-founder, Kevin Diamond…

And other residents who posted their properties on Craigslist are finding the market weak. …

Are the stories of sky-high Inauguration rentals now the stuff of urban legend? ..

In the days after Obama’s election, a lot of locals — and not-so-locals — fantasized about renting out their houses and apartments for spectacular sums. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty signed an executive order allowing residents to rent out their places without complying with the usual rental rules, and Craigslist blossomed with optimistic offers.

A two-bedroom Glover Park town house was offered at $12,500 for the week. A five-bedroom, five-bath home in Bethesda was priced at $20,000 for seven nights. Former Sen. Fred Thompson offered his one-bedroom Washington condo for $30,000 for the week, ….

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Hmmm. How much with Fred IN the Bed?

26. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

Facts You Won’t Find In the New York Times or on NPR

As Israel turns from genocide by blockade and starvation to just plain old brute force, Americans may be surprised to learn that it is Israel that occupies Palestine, not the other way round. [1] This is just one of a vast array of facts about which Americans are ignorant thanks to a grossly biased (or timid) media, government and academe.

Here are some more:

Number of Israelis killed by rockets and mortars in the 2001-2008 interval: 23 (433 injured)

Number of Palestinians killed in the same interval: nearly 5000 (1000 under 17 years old)

On the BBC (Tuesday, Dec. 30), Benjamin Netanyahu equated Palestinian rockets with German V1 and V2s fired on London during the Second World War.

Number of Britons killed by V1 and V2 rockets: 8938 (25,000 injured seriously)

In one day, Saturday Dec. 27, Israel killed 230 Palestinians (5% of all the people Israel has killed since the beginning of 2001). 70 of that 230 (30%) were civilians.

27. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Does anyone want Fred?

He seemed a bit like old shellfish lately. Due for the garbage…

28. mattes - 31 December 2008

#21 catnip

Last week I was in Gaza. While I was there I met a group of 20 or so police officers who were undergoing a course in conflict management. They were eager to know whether foreigners felt safer since Hamas had taken over the Government? Indeed we did, we told them. Without doubt the past 18 months had seen a comparative calm on the streets of Gaza; no gunmen on the streets, no more kidnappings. They smiled with great pride and waved us goodbye.

Less than a week later all of these men were dead, killed by an Israeli rocket at a graduation ceremony. Were they “dangerous Hamas militant gunmen”? No, they were unarmed police officers, public servants killed not in a “militant training camp” but in the same police station in the middle of Gaza City that had been used by the British, the Israelis and Fatah during their periods of rule there.

I remember when Hamas were told to unmask, and when they confronted the family gangs.

Makes me really detest Israel, they know exactly what they are doing. Killing young men, creating civil wars and trying to kill any kind of hope these people might have.

This is a controversial video, but it also identifies alot of Israeli firsters that have a ckoke-hold on our country, also why dk could not open the door on 9/11:

http://www.911missinglinks.com/

29. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008
30. mattes - 31 December 2008

#26 MM, here is a good site for statistics:

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world’s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation.

It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

31. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Tapper:

All of this is a huge turnaround for Mr. Rush. On December 9, the congressman said, “I believe that the acts that are alleged to have been committed by the Governor are so heinous that he has forfeited his right to appoint someone to fill the seat of President-Elect Barack Obama. My bottom line is that the Governor should not be the one to make the appointment to this important office.”

32. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

thanks mattes!

MSNBC just reported that Fitz has asked for an extension to the deadline for filing against Blago until APRIL. The circus will never end.

33. marisacat - 31 December 2008

bungling the bungled.

34. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

Job security for Fitz, too.

35. BooHooHooMan - 31 December 2008

23 Burris Mausoleum LOL.. Priceless.

The Pre Inscribed / Salvation Assured Wife-
RN, PhD. “Servant of God” “Master of Biblical Studies”
In WHAT?
The 1973 Cadillac El Dorado as Programme Model
for Templar Reconstruction???


I see he made quite the stop through
the Illinois Comptrollers Office..in the ’80’s …

One of the Few States with Treasury and Audit functions
combined
…No Question. He’s IN..

Mofo looks quite versed in how and where to bury the bodies..
Then the softball AG stint? SOOO IN.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Man Titz:
The Senate Leader making the announcement sans shirt..
Durbin -Shirtless too- tho immediately behind Reid providing the double cupped reacharound assistance for Harry’s little nubblies..
Both shimmying up to the mike…
Such laughingstock

This next one’s too easy::
Anybody doubt Roland Roland Roland’s watch ain’t a Rolex?

36. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Harry’s little nubblies..

LOL I am laughing so hard tears came…

harry’s saggy draggy little nubblies.

37. marisacat - 31 December 2008

This next one’s too easy::
Anybody doubt Roland Roland Roland’s watch ain’t a Rolex?

Well I jsut read in the WSJ that Movado diamond and gold watches are not pawnable in this economy (unlike Rolex). :twisted:

38. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Muther and Father of the Nation move to the Hay-Adams this weekend. I see you can make a “carbon neutral booking”. What a relief.

http://www.hayadams.com/washington-dc-suites.php

Thank goodness Blair House opens up for them on the 15th, they’d be gouged with the high inauguration rates [not].

39. aemd - 31 December 2008

A link to Jesse’s Café Américain. Interesting insight into our little economic ClusterFuck.

I like Dancing on a Precipice: The Tenuous Balance in Global Finance.

Very good read but YMMV.

40. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008
41. aemd - 31 December 2008

Ooo, again via Ioz, let Dennie Prager decide the where’s (is) and what’s (is). LOL, funny shit but I gotta git to it.. ya know keep a roof over the old head and food on the table.

Bet ole Dennie there pays the minimum. LOL…

lie back and think of Dennie… :-)

42. lucid - 31 December 2008

41 – Good Christ. I thought maybe he’d have the sense of shame to stop after part I. That’s the second time in as many days that I’ve nearly vomited at the office.

43. diane - 31 December 2008

She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister calyxes arch to meet the love embrace of a bloom; the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was marriage! She had summoned to behold a revelation. Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid

Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes were Watching God

44. diane - 31 December 2008

43

do you fuckers bombing the limbs off of your, in fact blood peers, ever think you can come to peace in doing so?

why do we embrace poison?

45. diane - 31 December 2008

…green onions………………..or scallions…if that’s the name in your neck of the woods………………….

well, if you can’t digest, nor like, onions, how bout some wild boysenberries……………..potatoes?….steamed rice…..creamed wheat…..rolled oats…….what will satisfy you?

46. diane - 31 December 2008

…jeez…and me with my kitchen…quite unprepared……….for cooking much of anything…………………

47. diane - 31 December 2008

…ahhhhh…but I think i could muster up at least a glass of water…at the very least a tad of vinegar….as my brothers and sisters pour water up your nostrils…..so they can say…..they are better than you…as you confess being a human….to at least get a grasp of air………………….thank you very much……

48. diane - 31 December 2008

you mother fuckers….can’t even please janie….(not the Harman bot)….how pathetic could you in fact be?

49. diane - 31 December 2008

Your Washingtin Monument Penis….will in fact crumple…..I sincerely hope you survive it and don’t dive out a 100th story window in Dubai……..

50. diane - 31 December 2008

Merry Christmas to all…and to all …hugs and many….many kisses…

;0)

a drunk asshole

51. diane - 31 December 2008

…hah….7 pounds of flesh?…what….in fact, is flesh……..it’s in fact, a mysterious gift…………certainly not to be taken lightly……

52. catnip - 31 December 2008

41. I wasn’t really expected to read all of that, right? Holy why Prager’s not getting any crap!

53. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 December 2008

Catholic Bishops and HHS trample reproductive rights of teens in federal custody

In January 2008, a 16-year-old Guatemalan girl in the care of Commonwealth Catholic Charities of Richmond, Va., told staff members she was pregnant and wanted an abortion.

The girl was one of about 600 youth in the country who are part of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement’s program for unaccompanied, undocumented minors and refugee youth seeking asylum. The U.S. government contracts with private agencies to care for them until they are resettled or deported.

A major contractor for the program is the D.C.-based U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which contracts with Catholic charities in various states.

On Jan. 17, 2008, Commonwealth Catholic Charities of Richmond Executive Director Joanne Nattrass learned of the girl’s abortion, which was scheduled for the next day. Nattrass told Richmond diocese Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, who told her, “I forbid this to happen,” according to Steve Neill, editor of the diocese’s official newspaper, the Catholic Virginian.

“He found out about it at 11 at night,” says Neill. “He was told there was nothing he could do about it. She was determined to have an abortion.”

Catholic Charities staff drove the girl to the doctor’s office and one staffer signed a consent form. (Virginia law requires parental or guardian consent for minors to get an abortion.) Federal funds were not used to pay for the abortion; it is unclear how the abortion was funded.

In March, four Catholic Charities staff members were fired because of the incident. Then, on April 23, the Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to the USCCB stating that the group had failed to comply with federal regulations by not seeking authorization for an emergency medical procedure.

“Because the information you provided to us indicates a criminal act have been committed [sic], we have referred this matter to the Office of the Inspector General for appropriate action,” the letter said.

54. catnip - 31 December 2008

That reminded me of this guy who doesn’t deserve to get any – ever.

55. diane - 31 December 2008

….well …set about creating a place……where no one but the murderous would feel at ease….and then condemn those who would end a miserable life …..before it can begin…..Toni Morrison had that right…………………..

56. catnip - 31 December 2008

Bobby Rush on CNN

Here’s Rush arguing for the importance of a black senator. To which I respond–Nigga, please!!

I don’t know if I’ve shifted politically or what. But after watching a black man named Barack Obama–who couldn’t get into the Democratic convention eight years ago–win Virginia, North Carolina, New Mexico and Colorado, my tolerance for Negroes claiming that we need an appointment like this–in this kind of situation–is zilch.

Look, I say this as a black dude obviously concerned about race in this country. If you want a black senator go out and do the work to get yourself one. Build the organizations, build the fund-raising, do a black version of Emily’s List, if need be. At some point, you have to stop bitching about the track. You have to stop bitching about your hand-me-down spikes. At some point, you just have to go out and run. I have little tolerance for the racial grievances of upper-middle class blacks. Do for your damn self, and speak for your damn self. Keep my name out your mouth.

57. marisacat - 31 December 2008

I can’t believe Prager did a Part Two… IIRC IOZ said of Part I… Dennie Dennie.. women are fine with it if the fucking is half way good…

LOL

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Yes and who runs VA? A damned Catholic, for one thing. Kaine.

58. diane - 31 December 2008

…love that catnip….yeah ….nigga ……puleeeeeeeeez

59. mattes - 31 December 2008

Music to my ears:

“As a result of the Israeli government action in the last few days we will no longer be in a position to consider doing business with yourself or any other Israeli company.”

British telecom firm severs ties with Israeli counterparts:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3648346,00.html

60. diane - 31 December 2008

rum pum pum ya fuckin scoundrels………………

61. Intermittent Bystander - 31 December 2008

Tonight’s vision of “sobriety and solidarity” is brought to you by

guess who?

Peek-a-boo!

62. diane - 31 December 2008

…la…de da….. mattes ;0)…slobber flu germs on the fuckers til they realize their NASA spaceship to MARS, to escape us bums,…has been truly fucked up by all those a holes….who believe they’re all that….well….an oopsie doopie…and a snippety snappedy………

63. aemd - 31 December 2008

#43 “Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid”

Oh golly gee, let’s not forget the pain. The old agony and ecstasy.
Hmm, must experience the pain to be allowed release… why? Why.is.this.the.requirement? Why is this expected? Why is this the Holy of the Holy? Why is this what all women must aspire to?

Lie back and think of God, Country, the latest Demo-crat-tic-cally elected Deity, the latest in-style opinion piece or, shhh, just ‘tween us girls, if so lucky, the purrfect lover (Hmmm, yeah, been there)… LOL.

But suffer first…WHY..damn.it.all..Why?
Yeah, guess all us ladies, or maybe it should be laid-ies, ain’t hit that bar. Ain’t quite bled enough to appease the latest, greatest savior of all MANkind.

Why do the Abrahamics and others abhor our menstrual blood but lust after our life blood?

Quite the little mystery to me.

Well, boyz, snatch it if you can…

LOL.

Hey, hey, diane… a nod, a smile, a hand when needed…will git us through the dark times. Don’t buy into the hopeless shit. Snark is as good as pity to… :-)

64. diane - 31 December 2008

61

has ganswein jumped ship?…who’s dick is he sucking now?

while millions of young children …wonder what kind of place they were brought into………….

65. diane - 31 December 2008

63 I have nothing but venom left for murderous mother fuckers………………..who truly

EAT THEIR OWN

66. diane - 31 December 2008

…my last comment was quite the lie …I have a love for something that I I’m not able to speak too….couldn’t begine too define………it shames me…every single day……………………

67. marisacat - 31 December 2008

b16 looks a tad touseled in that pic….

68. diane - 31 December 2008

61…and what hon….should I believe in….surprise surprise…you can’t say either ……and what right do I have to demand you answer my plea

69. marisacat - 31 December 2008

ultimate golden snowflakiness however….

70. Intermittent Bystander - 31 December 2008

No obvious pics of Gorgeous George found so far, unless that’s him in the lacy sleevies.

Maybe Ratzy was flustered about the quick-change required for his post-vespers visit with the Electric Baby?

71. Intermittent Bystander - 31 December 2008

Oops, lost the sleevies .and the Baby.

ultimate golden snowflakiness

LOL.

72. diane - 31 December 2008

69….there is work to be done……….wish I knew what to do…..well I’ll be a red faced faced emoticon…….maybe we could start out tomorrow by saying hello to someone we normally wouldn’t….tooo sappy?………..should we spit on them?….jus sayin?

73. Intermittent Bystander - 31 December 2008

Every snowflake is golden, but only fuck-free madonnas are divine.

“The year that ends and the one that begins,” stressed the Pope, “both come under the benedictory gaze of the Holiest Mother of God.” In celebrating the first vespers of the Marian solemnity, he added, “many are the liturgical references to the mystery of the divine maternity of the Virgin.”

Check out the bottom story in the sidebar.

74. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Angry Arab… no embedded link as it is email to him:

From Sharjah

I received this message from Sharjah:

“A peaceful march for gaza and Palestine in Sharjah UAE, has been attacked and violently stopped from proceeding. This is happening right now in the buheira area. Journalist from several local tv and newspaper journalists were attacked and threatened, no serious injuries reported until now but stand off between protesters and the
police have been ongoinging for the last 2 hours atleast. Will try to get pictures if possible. Trying to alert international media like BBC and al jazeera please help. We can’t stay quiet any more. We just want to be able to show our solidarity and our grief.”

Posted by As’ad at 8:42 AM

75. diane - 31 December 2008

….well if a human being can be tortured for bringing many to clarity….- takin off one shoe, then the other …….. and flippen em across ….a room….I guess we could all hauuuuk up somthin for those who give us the blues….

76. Intermittent Bystander - 31 December 2008

Paterson press release disappointing, to say the least.

77. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Oh those Marian societies.. the stuff they throw at the wimmens to keep them in line…

“many are the liturgical references to the mystery of the divine maternity of the Virgin.”

I thought that JPII actually defaced the Vatican with his great thanks to the BVM for “saving” him in the assassination attempt… I had somehow never noticed the enormous mosaic he had put on the facade, near his private apt… til the week of divine orgiastic display at his death..

Geesh.

78. diane - 31 December 2008

well my phone book number for the satined and stained house is: 202 456 1414

think I’ll give the fuckers a call about GAZA….I mean really what if we all really did that at one time and repeated…at least we could cause some type of short somewhere…talk to ya later……………(.the land lines are rather weak now and isn’t a rumor that they don’t use cell phones in the stained house?)

79. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Gee whiz


“I traveled to Israel in 2007 and I discovered firsthand…

Paterson was just in Iraq.. any similar mistaken breakthrus.. ?

BTW Lenin has a good post on how this latest bloodletting came about.. not with a Hamas action (tho no one is blameless in teh horror)… but the long horrid drain…

[D]espite an international blockade and opprobrium from the Israeli leadership, Hamas repeatedly signalled its willigness to accept a two-state settlement. It imposed a unilateral ceasefire on its own cadre, refusing to be drawn by repeated Israeli provocations. A crippling blockade, habitual violence and naked attempts to destabilise the elected government did not deter Hamas from this course. Only this year, after a US-Israeli sponsored armed coup attempt in Gaza, a successful putsch in the West Bank, and repeated incursions by the IDF, Hamas offered Israel a ten year ceasefire if it could abide by the terms of a two-state settlement: this offer, just like every other peace overture, was contemptuously dismissed. And now, most recently, a ceasefire agreed on in June has been flagrantly overturned by Israel. No one noticed, at least no one who writes for a newspaper. The myth that Hamas ended the truce as just the latest example of its innate rejectionism now underwrites a depraved assault which has killed 300 people and is about to become a ground invasion. Israel’s intransigence, brutality, recklessness, refusal to work with anyone or negotiate in any meaningful way, will continue to be projected onto its opponents for as long as Israel has the superior propaganda resources, and for as long as the colonial trope of ‘native fanaticism’ governs discursive responses to occupation and resistance….snip…

fully link embedded…

80. diane - 31 December 2008

….a human being answered……..202 456 1414…the STAINED HOUSE NUMBER …….my guess was true…so few people are using land lines……a woman answered at 202 456 1414…will admit she hung up after she sensed my anger….sorry hon…wasn’t directed at you personally……!

81. Intermittent Bystander - 31 December 2008

Speaking of costumes and festivities, here’s a bit of humor:

Before Obama, DC Welcomes Leather Fetishists

Next January 16th, 17th and 18th brings the 25th annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend to Washington, D.C. Hosted by the city’s Centaur Motorcycle Club, “a group of men with an enthusiastic interest in motorcycles, leather and other men,” the event is expected to draw between 2,000 and 3,000 attendees, according to spokesman Larry Barat.

::whip! snip!::

A spokeswoman for Obama said the president-elect would probably not attend any of the Leather Weekend events. “Let’s just say it’s likely the president-elect will be occupied with many other activities” surrounding the inauguration, said Linda Douglass.

82. diane - 31 December 2008

My post currently #79 referred to dialing the stained white house and telling thos fuckers to get up off their ass and do something human to cease the bloodshed in GAZA…the number is 202 456 1414 an actual human answered when I called moments ago…….

83. marisacat - 31 December 2008

The WH still has live operators…and traditionally they stay from admin to admin, considered, LOL, unimportant…

but I have read they (Busheiters) are traditionally dishonest about the volume of calls… apparently at times over the Iraq War the system has nearly broken down.

Not that they’d admit it…

84. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Michael Herzog, “Israeli Def Official” on TNH saying no need for a 48 hour ceasefire, that “we have always allowed all medical supplies to go into Gaza, so no need” it would “only help them and not us”.

Wll bingo on the last.

85. diane - 31 December 2008

81

welll errrrrr….lets break it down then….

86. marisacat - 31 December 2008

Herzog says that soon Hamas will have rockets that can reach Tel Aviv, and “we are not prepared to live iwth that”.

87. diane - 31 December 2008

202 456 1414

errrr I heard ya’ll suck dick……big TIME………….

can ya fit the Washing Tin Monument down yall’s throat……….

can Mr Pawwl’s Son?

88. aemd - 31 December 2008

#73 “Quite a few ‘dark clouds gathering over’ 2009 but with faith we should not be afraid, says Pope”
Faith, only, in his most holy Ratzy, I’m sure. Well to be honest, that Holy of Holy Men scares the crap outta me. He’s a homophobic, misogynistic bigot. And so power hungry he sucks the air/life/color outta everything. Shudder.

#82 Well, IMAO, a important piece of this whole assault, on Gaza, is to shove up the Palestinian’s ass that no nation or the UN will stand for them. Kinda, “you’re fucked, lie down a take it” shit cause they, ya know, asked for it. So, so fucked.

89. diane - 31 December 2008

…the second call was quite fun….I reached a Jamaica American….who ultimately….seriously told me to shut the hell up…..do ya think he may have been imported from some Ja may kin prison to stand up for the stained house for some promise of pardon…..well sorry mom I just said I’m a citizin and I wat to talk to george or obama about bombing the fuck out of Gaza………..born to crime …I am

202 456 1414…shut down their fuckin lines………………..

90. diane - 31 December 2008

….well an ooopsie doopsie snoopsie….I told a fib..in a drunk stupor, the second call….sounded like a big tall likely baldied white guy, the third was the Jamaicin……might “come in and wipe out my family at the dinner table”…….

91. diane - 31 December 2008

….no he didn’t say that, but he really did tell me to shut the hell up….I mean after all….got to keep the lines open for the innocent kiddies who want to wish dear george and obama a happy new year…..

Welll Happy New Year…good luck to ya’ll and your tumerous fucking sense of yourselves………………..thought I was fucked up…..but some, ice the damn cake…………………

92. diane - 31 December 2008

202 456 1414
THE WHITEHOUSE
THEY ARE YOUR “PUBLIC SERVANTS”

You pay their salaries; make their vacations and pensions special, long and infinite, from the day you are born, till the day you “die”……..

93. aemd - 31 December 2008

One more time, Ioz, Belief You Can Change In.

“Israel is destroying Gaza, we’re still occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan is moving troops to its Indian border, the card-house global economy finally went a floor too high, and no one can do anything about it, least of all His Youthfulness.”

94. marisacat - 31 December 2008

The Deputy Consul General for Israel, in NY, says there are no food shortages in Gaza. NONE. They have food for two weeks.

On World Focus a fairly conservative news program on local PBS here.

95. marisacat - 31 December 2008

93

There si a quote running around from yesterday, McCain speaking openly of a coming Pakistan Indian War.

As the leaders drool…

96. aemd - 31 December 2008

“As the leaders drool”

Yeah, guess, in their eyes, it beats the hell outta Guitar Hero.

Just another fuckin’ game. A chance to whip out the dick.

97. marisacat - 31 December 2008

New Newer Newest Thread………………………… :lol:

LINK

…………………….. :roll: ………………………..

98. diane - 31 December 2008

aemd

laid-ies…(and laidessas)

yes the hug and the subtle nod….a huge hug………………..and likely far more nods to come……………………………..


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