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Sunday bath… 24 April 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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Jacquille the parrot takes a bath in a tea cup, Costa Rica

Jacquille the parrot takes a bath in a tea cup, Costa Rica
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I know it pushes the “aw” factor well into gag territory, but it is such a silly, sweet picture.

Carry on…………..

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1. marisacat - 25 April 2010

They’ve actually APOLOGISED to him.

The astonishing proposals, leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, were contained in secret papers drawn up earlier this month by civil servants following a ‘brainstorm’.

The ideas, included in a memo headed ‘The ideal visit would see …’, ridiculed the Catholic Church’s teachings including its opposition to abortion, homosexual behaviour and contraception. Many appeared to be deliberately provocative rather than a serious attempt to plan an itinerary for the September visit.

The proposals, which were then circulated among key officials in Downing Street and Whitehall, also include the Pope opening an abortion ward; spending the night in a council flat in Bradford; doing forward rolls with children to promote healthy living; and even performing a duet with the Queen.

In reference to the hugely sensitive issue of child abuse engulfing the Catholic Church, the Government document suggests that the Pope should take a “harder line on child abuse – announce sacking of dodgy bishops” and “launch helpline for abused children”.

The document was sent out by a junior Foreign Office civil servant with a covering note admitting that some of the plans were “far-fetched”.

Recipients of the memo were furious at its content and an investigation was launched. One senior official was found responsible and has been transferred to other duties.

Yesterday the Foreign Office issued a public apology after being approached by The Sunday Telegraph, while Francis Campbell, the UK ambassador to the Vatican, met senior officials of the Holy See to express the Government’s regret.

David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, was “appalled” to hear of the proposals, according to a source close to him, and blamed “a colossal failure of judgement” by officials involved
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2. marisacat - 25 April 2010

hmmm

“We cannot bring back the 29 men we lost. They are with the Lord now,” Obama said in excerpts released early Sunday in North Carolina, where he and first lady Michelle Obama spent the weekend.

“Our task, here on Earth, is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy. To do what must be done, individually and collectively, to assure safe conditions underground. To treat our miners the way they treat each other — like family. For…

more by Barack Obama – 26 minutes ago – The Associated Press (23 occurrences)

Apparently he also said they “died for the American Dream”.

A bit rich…. full of “family” “the Lord” and other crap.

marisacat - 25 April 2010

whoops

WEST WING WORRY — THAT OIL RIG IS LEAKING AGAIN, complicating case for offshore drilling–

AP/New Orleans:

‘The leak was a new discovery Saturday and could have begun when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank Thursday, two days after the initial explosion … Experts … estimate as much as 1,000 barrels – or 42,000 gallons – of oil is leaking each day. The sheen extended 20 miles by 20 miles Saturday – about 25 times larger than it appeared to be a day earlier … Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons.’

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2010

I’ll never understand why the idea that people are now “with” an supremely powerful bully who killed them is comforting, and if being “with” obscenely violent Sky Daddy is so great, why the hell should we bother to “save lives from being lost in another tragedy?” This is, after all, a “vale of tears” full of nasty, evil creatures tainted by the original sin of a curious bitch who couldn’t do what Sky Daddy told her and her boyfriend not to do. If there is a better world, a paradise full of clouds and cherubs and unlimited cable, shouldn’t we want MORE horrible tragedies, so that more people could be released from this big messy prison to be reborn into a perfect heaven?

Stupid, stupid belief, and yet another sign that religion is a mental illness.

marisacat - 25 April 2010

I thought Obby made even less sense than usual. I think it was a conflation of “wow we lost a lot of peasants” and an awkward unispired (where is “touched the face of god” speech writers when you need them?) gloss over the criminality of the mine operators/owners.

But then for me his speeches have always been “thudddd” events.

Heather-Rose Ryan - 25 April 2010

Yeah, you have to give Peggy Noonan some credit – she wrote some good speeches for Reagan.

But I’ve been underwhelmed by the speeches I’ve heard from Obama. Not only poor clunky writing, but boring delivery. I thought he was supposed to be such a marvelous speaker!

ms_xeno - 26 April 2010

To me, he’s always sounded plastic and smug.

‘Course, I was never impressed with Dean, either.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2010

Obama Billy Graham Meeting: President Visits Evangelist In North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — President Barack Obama is fitting in his first visit with ailing evangelist Billy Graham during his vacation weekend in North Carolina.

Obama planned to see the 91-year-old Graham and his son Franklin at the elder Graham’s mountainside home in Montreat, about 20 miles east of Asheville, where Obama spent a few days away from the White House.

“I expect they’ll have prayer, but beyond that I don’t know what they’ll talk about,” said Mark DeMoss, a spokesman for the Graham.

A White House spokesman, Bill Burton, said that when Obama last spoke with Graham, in a telephone call in November on Graham’s birthday, they said they would try to get together as soon as possible.

DeMoss said the White House requested the meeting several days ago. He noted that the meeting had been tentative, given the president’s schedule and Billy Graham’s unpredictable health.

So will they talk about how horrible the Jews are to keep daddy happy, or about how evil the Muslims are to keep baby boy happy?

Barry is such a pandering piece of shit, yet GBLT people and women are supposed to believe he’ll “take care of them” even though he’s constantly cozying up to religious bigots and misogynists?

ms_xeno - 25 April 2010

I asked one queer blogger I know why anyone with a brain should put up with this sweet-talking abusive shit. Never got an answer.

I guess as long as celebs keep coming out, it’s all good. [rolleyes]

catnip - 25 April 2010

Speaking of Grahams:

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Army has disinvited Franklin Graham to speak at the Pentagon on National Prayer Day after a military advocacy group objected because Graham has reportedly described Islam as “evil” and “wicked.”

“I regret that the Army felt it was necessary to rescind their invitation to the National Day of Prayer Task Force to participate in the Pentagon’s special prayer service,” Graham said in a statement on Thursday.

I want to express my strong support for the United States military and all our troops. I will continue to pray that God will give them guidance, wisdom and protection as they serve this great country.”

Graham was expected to speak at the Pentagon on May 6, drawing the ire of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a watchdog group focused on religious favoritism in the military.

The group had been prepared to seek a temporary restraining order against National Prayer Day if it were “polluted by someone as hideously Islamophobic as Franklin Graham,” said Mikey Weinstein, head of the group.

I’ll bet you 5 bucks Obamalama is going to issue a private apology to daddy Graham.

marisacat - 25 April 2010

Never has so much been said about dropping in on one state. Right before gawd visited NC I read his numbers are in free fall in NC.

Could explain the heavy slobberation for all things NC and Appalachia.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2010
marisacat - 25 April 2010

I’ve been following it, as much as someone who knows little to nothing about it can… seems clear she edged out Anna Burger, supposedly Stern’s preferred choice to follow him.

Who knows… if she shakes things up a bit…

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2010

if she only moves them away from being so incestuous with the donks it’ll be a plus.

marisacat - 25 April 2010

no idea if true or not, but at least in what I read, it seemed that Burger would keep to the idea of being a DC power player and Mary Kay a lot less so.

I do kind of wonder why STern left so suddenly…

may they all bite each other, etc.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2010

Roeder files petition claiming that his rights have been violated

The man who killed Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller has filed a petition complaining that his rights have been violated and asking to be released from custody.

Scott Roeder, 52, of Kansas City, criticized the judge, the jail, prosecutors and his lawyers in a habeas corpus petition filed in Sedgwick County, Kan. A hearing is scheduled for June 4. Such a petition requires a judge to determine whether a person has been imprisoned lawfully and whether he should be freed.

Roeder was convicted of first-degree murder in January and sentenced April 1 to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years. That case is under appeal.

In the 24-page petition, Roeder said the judge’s imposition of a $20 million bond “along with a suggestion that I might enact ‘more’ violence if I make bond demonstrates heightened disregard for the presumption of my innocence.” He also said that after his arrest, the judge “made a public spectacle of me, forcing me to appear on television without the assistance of counsel or court clothes.”

Poor dear didn’t get his hero’s parade, like he expected.

ms_xeno - 25 April 2010

Maybe Ob and Billy can go visit him in jail. Bring him a nice casserole or something.

[rolleyes]

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2010

I’m surprised he didn’t whine that he’d have been better treated if he was a Muslim.

marisacat - 25 April 2010

forcing me to appear on television without the assistance of counsel or court clothes.”

gah. Only wants to give his jailhouse interviews…

demonstrates heightened disregard for the presumption of my innocence.”

what presumption of innocence… I thought he happily confessed.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2010

Will Goldman Sachs prove greed is God?

Now here’s the really weird thing. Confronted with the evidence of public outrage over these deals, the leaders of Goldman will often appear to be genuinely confused, scratching their heads and staring quizzically into the camera like they don’t know what you’re upset about. It’s not an act. There have been a lot of greedy financiers and banks in history, but what makes Goldman stand out is its truly bizarre cultist/religious belief in the rightness of what it does.

The point was driven home in England last year, when Goldman’s international adviser, sounding exactly like a character in Atlas Shrugged, told an audience at St Paul’s Cathedral that “The injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest”. A few weeks later, Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein told the Times that he was doing “God’s work”.

Even if he stands to make a buck at it, even your average used-car salesman won’t sell some working father a car with wobbly brakes, then buy life insurance policies on that customer and his kids. But this is done almost as a matter of routine in the financial services industry, where the attitude after the inevitable pileup would be that that family was dumb for getting into the car in the first place. Caveat emptor, dude!

People have to understand this Randian mindset is now ingrained in the American character. You have to live here to see it. There’s a hatred toward “moochers” and “parasites” – the Tea Party movement, which is mainly a bunch of pissed off suburban white people whining about minorities consuming social services, describes the battle as being between “water-carriers” and “water-drinkers”. And regulation of any kind is deeply resisted, even after a disaster as sweeping as the 2008 crash.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 April 2010

Cochise County Militia ready to patrol

There is something really sick and funny about a bunch of white, right-wing yahoos naming themselves after a Native American leader who fought a war to keep people LIKE THEM out of his people’s land.

marisacat - 25 April 2010

ain’t it the truth.

8. Heather-Rose Ryan - 25 April 2010

Love the pic! Our sun conure Jellybean takes his baths in a small souffle dish that happens to be the right size to fit through his cage door. He’s so cute when he does it. And quite regular in his habits – every day around the same time in the late morning. I have to try to get a photo sometime.

marisacat - 25 April 2010

oh please… and let me know when you do!

9. marisacat - 25 April 2010

gnu

LINK

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