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Trunks 25 July 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, UK.
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Chester Zoo's new male Asian elephant calf, who is yet to be named, takes his first steps in the zoo's outdoor elephant enclosure

Chester Zoo’s new male Asian elephant calf, which is yet to be named, takes his first steps in the zoo’s outdoor elephant enclosure     Picture: PA

Well… they say it’s a pic of the baby but, really, it’s a photo of trunks.  Hard to miss that… It does look like his mother – or someone – is chucking his chin…

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I think Lockerbie is heating up, not necessarily for BP (already so hate-able… ) but for the US administration…

At the time, in one instance, I read that the US ultimately agreed to the release and that “some” of the families in the US were consulted.

My own guess is that with the additional investigations over the years, carried out in Scotland, it is more and more possible that Megrahi was framed by US intel entities… and this move got him out of the UK on some illness dodge and, they all hoped, with not too many fingerprints showing….

The London Times claims to have a letter, indicating the US compliance with the ultimate disposition.

Good luck!

Barack Obama’s administration urged Edinburgh to base the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds, it has emerged.

Newspapers had quoted a letter from Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US Embassy in London, to Scottish first minister Alex Salmond.

It read: “If Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer.”

Mr Salmond told Sky News this morning that the American government’s position was that they did not want Megrahi to be released – but preferred a compassionate release over a prisoner transfer deal.

“Presumably the reason that they were so opposed to the prisoner transfer agreement is on roughly the same grounds as the Scottish government had for opposing that agreement – because it was signed initially at the same time as an oil deal was being signed in the famous deal in the desert,” he said.  snip

On to the next crisis!!

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1. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 July 2010

If Britain decides to ban the burqa I might just start wearing one

These idiots may not be proportionally represented but they do have a voice in parliament: Philip Hollobone MP. He’s tabled a private member’s bill that would make it illegal for anyone to cover their face in public. “Covering your face in public is strange, and to many people both intimidating and offensive,” he says. Take that, Batman.

None of this means I think there’s anything good about wearing a burqa. I think it’s daft. I think any belief system that concludes that half the population should go around constantly covered from head to toe in black cloth, whether out of modesty, humility, tradition or stealth, has a massive flaw in it.

And, while I’m at it, I think that it’s ridiculous to believe in transubstantiation, that considering the Bible to be the literal word of God reduces that supposedly omnipotent being to a muddle-headed maniac and that the Hindu caste system and Roman Catholic rules against contraception could have been invented by Satan. There! Now no one will be able to guess who’s killed me.

Expressing these kinds of opinion is becoming taboo, as Cardiff councillor John Dixon has found out. He’s up in front of the public service ombudsman for Wales for calling the Church of Scientology “stupid” on Twitter. Ever zealous in the defence of their good name (and can you imagine what would be said about them if they weren’t?), the Scientologists lodged a complaint against Dixon, accusing him of “bigotry”. It was taken further because, as the letters “Cllr” were part of his Twitter name, he was deemed to be commenting in his official capacity and thus breaching Cardiff council’s code of conduct on respecting people’s religious beliefs.

There’s altogether too much harping on respect and banning these days. If you can’t respect something, you should ban it. If it’s not banned, you should respect it. Bullshit. There is a huge gulf of toleration between respect and banning. In a free society, people should be allowed to do what they want wherever possible. The loss of liberty incurred by any alternative principle is too high a price to pay to stop people making dicks of themselves. But, if people are using their freedoms to make dicks of themselves, other people should be able to say so.

So the fact that, lamentably, some people sincerely believe in Scientology and consider it a religion, even if the British state does not, doesn’t give Scientologists the right to be treated with rhetorical kid gloves. Similarly, while burqas shouldn’t be banned from public places, we don’t have to respect people’s decision to wear them. We can tolerate but criticise it and, as long as we’re not being abusive, take the piss. Consequently, those women who feel pressured into wearing burqas by cultural or familial forces might become aware that they’re living in a society where questioning those forces is welcomed.

It bears restating that it’s not bigoted to disagree vociferously with people’s choices, as long as you’re even more vociferous in defending their right to make them.

marisacat - 25 July 2010

I don’t agree with banning… but I am sick to death of hearing it is religious and thus RELIGIOUS freedom. It’s not.

Anf if a country already has rules on public covering of the face, ski masks off the slopes or mortorcycle helmets worn off the bike, then I agree to ban face covering. It certainly is a joke ot have a figure in a burqa or a nikab in the passport photo…

But certainly no desire to isolate people or point at them for garb. Then again I don’t think Western women should conform in muslim countries EITHER.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 July 2010

Aftermath of Daring Raid On LA Foodiots: ‘I Still Can’t Believe They Took Our Yogurt’

It was an average weekday morning last month at Rawesome Foods in Venice, California when federal, state, and local authorities busted in, guns drawn, looking for an illicit stash of raw milk. Law enforcement at its finest.

The Los Angeles Times has the details of the raid, and Rawesome Foods’s surveillance video, which shows police entering the premises as if they’re busting into a warehouse full of cocaine. The authorities were there to confiscate jugs of raw goat and cow milk, which Rawesome sells to local connoisseurs. One official told the LAT, “This is not about restricting the public’s rights. This is about making sure people are safe.” Still reeling from the experience, Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, who “still can’t believe they took our yogurt,” throws the neighborhood potheads under the bus: “There’s a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they’re raiding us because we’re selling raw dairy products?” Nice.

The raid was executed on June 30 by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Afterward, they posted a sign on the front door that said Rawesome had been “operating a food facility without a valid public health permit.” The interagency raid hauled in an impressive amount of contraband, too:

Investigators confiscated the club’s computer and 17 coolers packed with, among other things, 24 bottles of organic honey, 10 gallons of raw whole milk and two bottles of raw cane syrup.

marisacat - 25 July 2010

Investigators confiscated the club’s computer and 17 coolers packed with, among other things, 24 bottles of organic honey, 10 gallons of raw whole milk and two bottles of raw cane syrup.

Corrente had the story of a small dairy farm that in very limited fashion, nothing that reaches the mass market in any way, sells its raw goat milk… it has been repeatedly raided and they take all the computers, including those belonging to a teen aged girl, with her homework and little friend to friend chit chats and emails…

And think I mentioned too that at the Cali state fair there is a “transfat inspector”.

These are not real food safety problmes… they just are not.

lucid - 26 July 2010

I’ll be picking up my first order of raw milk products in a couple of weeks!

Can’t wait.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

;)

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 July 2010

Video of Catholic Priests Partying at a Gay Club Has the Church ‘Troubled’

The Italian-language magazine, Panorama, is running a cover story this week called “Gay Priests’ Nights on the Town,” which has caused a firestorm in Italy and, not surprisingly, infuriated Roman Catholic officials. The diocese is now calling on priests who are gay to step forward and “reveal themselves.”

“Those who live a ‘double life’, who do not understand what it is to be a Catholic priest, should not become priests,” the diocese said in a statement. The church also said it would pursue “with rigour any behaviour that is unworthy of the priestly life,” and “consistency demands that they reveal themselves. We don’t wish them any harm, but we cannot accept that the honour of all the others is dragged through the mud because of their behaviour.”

I’ll bet with more “rigour”; than with which they pursue pedophiles.

marisacat - 25 July 2010

The children are a currency they long ago agreed to trade upon.

There is just no other answer.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 July 2010

Anglo-American Political Philosophy 101: The Poor Must Die

This Revolution of the Rich is being justified by a carefully crafted, constantly stoked panic about budget deficits, pointing to the example of the perpetually weak government and economy of Greece as a horror story to be avoided at all costs. Yet even if the Greek situation was as dire as the fearmongers make out, the fact remains that the cuts which the Tory-LapDog coalition is making in the much stronger, much more stable UK are actually far in excess than those being imposed upon Greece. As with the fearmongering about “Iraqi WMDs,” the “dangers of the deficit” are being exaggerated — and manufactured — in order to put into place a pre-existing (and transatlantic) ideological agenda: neo-feudal oligarchism.

But in almost all of these measures, the Tory-LapDog government is only entrenching and expanding the “market-led reforms” imposed by New Labour. And “New Labour” was of course a close copy of the “New Democrats” of Bill Clinton and his clique of “triangulating” bagmen for Big Money — scarcely distinguishable from the Reagan-Bush faction that preceded them, and then succeeded them in the Bush dynasty’s second turn in the White House. And we all know that “continuity” is the byword of the Obama administration, which is chock-a-block with holdovers not only from strangulating triangulators of the Clinton era but also the imperial militarists from the two Bush reigns.

Thus for more than 30 years, the world-dominating Anglo-American alliance has been under the sway of factions which, for all their internal squabbling and hair-splitting, are strongly united in their steadfast, unshakeable adherence to the perpetuation — and expansion — of elite power and privilege. They have shown themselves willing — eager — to degrade their own societies (and destroy many others) in the service of this brutal, barbaric, inhuman faith. The poor have no place in this system, which is a retrograde, hi-tech, rhetorically sugarcoated revival of the laissez-faire fantasies of the past, as Jeremy Seabrook notes:

“Pauperism” long ago took on the colour of culpability. The distinction between the idle and improvident poor and the “deserving” goes back at least to the Elizabethan poor law. It took on a new force in the early industrial era, which saw an unprecedented growth in pauperism. The enthusiasts of laissez-faire concluded that the evil was compounded by efforts to relieve it, and helping the poor only increased their number. Everything indicated that “natural” processes should be allowed to take their course. …. In this version of the world, the market mechanism is as flawless a creation as the earth, and should remain untouched by the hand of meddlers, whose only effect is to upset its power to enrich us all. It is remarkable that the establishment of laissez-faire itself in the early 19th century required an enormous amount of government intervention and regulation …

And so it is today. The “regulation” of the health care industry introduced by the Obama Administration is actually a gargantuan transfer of wealth, by force, from working people and the poor to a few huge corporations. The financial “regulation” signed into law is yet another sham that will leave the rapacious fools and fraudsters who brought down the global economy — and triggered the convenient “deficit crisis” by demanding massive bailouts of public money for their private businesses — at large and in charge of the world’s finances. Meanwhile, more and more government regulations restrict the right of ordinary citizens to challenge the rich and powerful in court, or to register a public protest (herding them instead into the truly hideous “free speech zones”) — even as the state grants corporations extraordinary privileges to interfere with the political process with their vast resources and protects their leaders from personal accountability for the ravages they commit. The government “intervention and regulation” on behalf of the industries and elites who service the endlessly expanding symbiosis of corporate, military and ‘security’ power — stretching even to the countenancing and cover-up of torture and murder — is one of the defining elements of our age.

brinn - 26 July 2010

Chris Floyd is, has always been, and will always be:
the man — love that guy!

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 July 2010
catnip - 25 July 2010

Wow. Go Wikileaks!

marisacat - 25 July 2010

Be interesting to see what attention it gets this week, tho I have not gone to Guardian, Spiegel or NYT yet… I assume they will heavily ramp up coverage of the missing/dead/whatever’d Navy men in Afghanistan… and whatever else pops up to save the adminsitration.

Does the media even care? I don’t know. I don’t know what the situation is of Assange and Manning… but if only they had released under a R president, the so called Left might have raised its head. Manning should not be in prison for life for this…

Evening national ABC touching on it, using the cover of the The Guardian, just now…

catnip - 25 July 2010

Heads are exploding at dkos over this and the story about the Algerian Gitmo prisoner ObamaCo sent back to Algeria without concern for his safety (reported by the NYT on Saturday).

The NYT has posted an e-mail of WH talking points sent out about the Wikileaks story. One one hand, they’re saying it’s old news and – whatever – they’ve changed their AfPak strategy (not buying that shit, sorry) and, OTOH, they’re saying this is old news (nothing to see here folks) while claiming the leaks jeopardize national security (yawn). Yet another messaging clusterfuck.

The Obama Defenders are injuring themselves severely jumping through all of these hoops.

marisacat - 25 July 2010

while claiming the leaks jeopardize national security

yes I see that one a lot…

catnip - 25 July 2010

Pumps up their cred with the Repubs. That seems to be all this administration cares about.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

White daddy…. and of course there s nothing liberal (whatever that is) about the white boys shoring up Obby.

end of story.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 July 2010
7. marisacat - 26 July 2010

HA! Ben Smith:

Obama tells Netroots nation that he’s made progress. (And so far, remarkably few people — 300 or so — have watched the video on YouTube.)

8. marisacat - 26 July 2010

That’ll resonate for the Nov elections:

“This is a choice between the policies that led us into the mess or the policies that are leading out of the mess,” Obama said recently in Las Vegas.

more by Barack Obama – 37 minutes ago – Washington Post (91 occurrences)

Voters are gonna hear “mess” x 2.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

oh gee. I made it ot the actual article in the Wapo.

More orchestral resonance. (not):

“This isn’t about relitigating history,” said Obama senior adviser David Axelrod. “This is about history repeating itself.”

Hard to get clunkier.

9. marisacat - 26 July 2010

And I see BP is denying the “leak” (!) that Hayward is history, but their stock is rising in London on the expected “post Hayward” era (whatever that is)

AND their quarterly profit, if I remember right, is due out the 27th.

Gah… trapped forever by the transnationals, the stock market, the fuckign pols… and so on.

10. marisacat - 26 July 2010

lambert at corrente has a post up on the Wikileaks event… he has been thru all three release sites (bless him!) and closes with this…

UPDATE And Der Speigel has a note on sourcing:

The reports, from troops engaged in the ongoing combat, were tersely summarized and quickly dispatched. For the most part, they originate from sergeants — but some have been penned by the occasional lieutenant at a command post or ranking analysts with the military intelligence service.

And then there’s this:

But such shows of optimism seem cynical in light of the descriptions of the situation in Afghanistan provided in the classified documents. Nearly nine years after the start of the war, they paint a gloomy picture. They portray Afghan security forces as the hapless victims of Taliban attacks. They also offer a conflicting impression of the deployment of drones, noting that America’s miracle weapons are also entirely vulnerable.

lambert:

Miracle weapons, eh? The German for that would be wunderwaffen, yes?. That story ended badly, if I recall correctly.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010

Daddy Brzezinski seemed pretty serious about it this morning on Morning Joe. I caught the tail end of his segment, but he seemed to think it showed that things were very bad, and that it was good that it leaked as it will make Americans talk about that mess.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

I’d like to see our “partners” USE it to get the hell out. I’d even like to see that craven Karzai use it.

Horrible wars. Killed a lot of people, innocents, others…. and will finish us off. That and Africa War and S America War, Mexico War… and SE Asia and Asia and S Asia.

Did I leave anything out?

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010

the war waged by the paramilitaries we laughingly call “police” against “drugs” … aka poor people, especially black and brown poor people.

11. marisacat - 26 July 2010

Numbers must be weak with the wimmens.

PRESIDENT OBAMA will be the featured guest on ABC’s “THE VIEW” on Thursday. It’ll be taped Wednesday afternoon, when he’s in NYC for a DNC fundraiser. Barbara Walters will return early and be in-studio for the show.

ABC release: “First time in history a sitting United States President has visited a daytime talk show.”

12. catnip - 26 July 2010

NYT; John Kerry is off the reservation…

Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the documents released by WikiLeaks raised serious issues about the U.S.’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“However illegally these documents came to light, they raise serious questions about the reality of America’s policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan. Those policies are at a critical stage and these documents may very well underscore the stakes and make the calibrations needed to get the policy right more urgent.”

NYT has posted various reactions.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

oh that is a better quote… I had only heard via ABC taht he called the leak “illegal”.

I don’t htink there is a “getting it right”, however. Esp as we slog on, thru the blood and muck.

catnip - 26 July 2010

They don’t seem to get that’s it’s far too late to “get the policy right”. They treat it like an experiment.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

keep the story going that something is in motion. There is change, you jsut cannot see it. Or as Obby once said, I, I and let me repeat I am the change.

Talk about advertising: we dun snookered you good.

Primary and GE was the model, th fake try-out. The scam. THE DEMO. The three card monte.

And so on.

catnip - 26 July 2010

And here are the WH talking points:

The White House e-mailed the following statement with the subject line “Thoughts on Wikileaks” to reporters on Sunday evening. In the memo, the White House advised journalists on possible reporting tacks to take on the documents and pointed them to an excerpt from The Guardian newspaper’s report:

You all should have received a written statement from General Jones [see update below] about the wikileaks release. Please let me know if you didn’t.

A few thoughts about these stories on background:

1) I don’t think anyone who follows this issue will find it surprising that there are concerns about ISI and safe havens in Pakistan. In fact, we’ve said as much repeatedly and on the record. Attached please find a document with some relevant quotes from senior USG officials.

2) The period of time covered in these documents (January 2004-December 2009) is before the President announced his new strategy. Some of the disconcerting things reported are exactly why the President ordered a three month policy review and a change in strategy.

3) Note the interesting graphs (pasted below) from the Guardian’s wikileaks story. I think they help put these documents in context.

4) As you report on this issue, it’s worth noting that wikileaks is not an objective news outlet but rather an organization that opposes US policy in Afghanistan.

So, civilian deaths are just “disconcerting” and trust Robert Gibbs’ News Network instead.

catnip - 26 July 2010
catnip - 26 July 2010

Assange on Monday compared the impact of the released material to the opening of the East German secret police archives. “This is the equivalent of opening the Stasi archives,” he said.

He also said his group had many more documents on other subjects, including files on countries from across the globe.

Good. Can’t wait to see what they have on our government. Both the Cons and the previous Lib governments have lied repeatedly about the fate of Afghan detainees there.

BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2010

But the Netroots is fully engaged now!
These stories JUST IN from the Daily Dullard.
(Revolutionary karaoke in the lounge starting at 8)

What say you now, Senator Levin?
by dov12348
Mon Jul 26, 2010 at 07:23:46 AM PDT

The Chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, Sen Carl Levin has shown himself to be a full supporter of the war in Afghanistan.

{Shocked, Negative Exhale: NO!}

And from this lad of the chronically steel beam debossed forehead:

Where is the Afghanistan exit strategy?
by clammyc

239 comments

I dunno, dude. Where’s Obama? I thought HE WAS the Exit Strategy? Clammy? Clammy, clammy?

marisacat - 26 July 2010

One news outlet said his going on The View is part of a strategy.

Maybe OprahGoddessMammaNana can save him.

Gah.

catnip - 26 July 2010

Yes:

What.say.you.now!?

Oh, the drama.

ms_xeno - 26 July 2010

[guffaw]

Would a bowl of ice cream help, BHHM?

marisacat - 26 July 2010

Don’t look at us… wasn’t us. Call Bush, call Cheney. Call Rummy…

Plus… we get nothing right, so, don’t come to us.

Bye, click.

13. catnip - 26 July 2010

On the lighter side: Bear steals car.

BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2010

A peanut butter sandwich left on the back seat is probably what attracted the bear, Story said.

It’s not unusual for bears to open unlocked doors to cars and houses in search of food, said Tyler Baskfield, a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

“It happens all the time,” he said. “They’re very smart.”

Gad it’s so obvious that BooBoo of the Yogi Driving School prolly just got the shits of the whole forraging and mauling thing and was headed out to the Olive Garden. And Note well that he DIDN”T chose the. retrotrendy. Toyota. Avalon.. (padumpbump.)

I also love the Barney Fifian local sherrifs…

Neighbors had called 911, and deputies freed the bear by opening the door with a rope from a distance. Yeh, And RAN LIKE HELL.
And this..

Story said he’ll need a new car because the bear trashed the interior while apparently trying to find a way out.

The bear also left what Story called “a present” on the driver’s seat.

“A nice pile, actually,” added his dad, Ralph. “Something to remember.”

No Sir. THEY need a new fully armored mobile isolation bunker with optional bear lavatory. Like every American. :lol:

marisacat - 26 July 2010

I admit I loved the story, esp how thoroughly the bear trashed the car….. lights going, horn honking…

LOL

catnip - 26 July 2010

Hey, he’s lucky the car actually stopped considering it was a Toyota. ;)

marisacat - 26 July 2010

The report I saw on TV it backed into a tree, pretty much…
:lol::roll:

catnip - 26 July 2010

In that case, he’s lucky it wasn’t an exploding Pinto.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

Bear Flambe!

14. marisacat - 26 July 2010

IOZ… deelish… on The Paper Leak, the dox leak… as opposed to the oil leak, of course.

AND btw, he did have a foodie Friday, oven roasted French Fries

15. marisacat - 26 July 2010

From the der Spiegel email….

All i can think is: PLEASE wake up and pull out. Leave us to the horrific end, it’s inevitable.

The war logs expose the true scale of the Western military deployment — and the problems beleaguering Germany’s Bundeswehr in the
Hindu Kush.

der Spiegel

16. BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2010

OMG – A Powerful New Human Potential Breakthru Technology Cathartic …uh …thing.. is now
synergezealing in Partnership with Ariana HuffingtonPost.
:lol: MORE ASIBEM. (A Sucker Is Born..etc..)

Yep , it’s about that insufferable time again, the rise , yet again,
of the Self Help Gurus.
Ah yes, as the shiny metal Look Over Here fails along with the Hopium and the preacher pandering, Tony Robbins is BACK.

My only concern is that if I shot myself in both ears simultaneously, what is the lousy luck chance it might not work.?

catnip - 26 July 2010

I’ll stick with reruns of Chris Farley/Matt Foley a la “van down by the river”.

brinn - 26 July 2010

Me too, ‘nip, me too!

marisacat - 26 July 2010

oh god.

catnip - 26 July 2010

:lol:

17. catnip - 26 July 2010

Julian Assange is on Larry King’s show tonite.

catnip - 26 July 2010

Daniel Ellsberg’s on too.

catnip - 26 July 2010

Ellsberg condemns ObamaCo’s actions (prosecuting whistleblowers, dangerous war strategy etc.) and then states he’d vote for him again. Oy vey.

What’s the point?

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010

dumbass

marisacat - 26 July 2010

Sarlat did that too, when he tried to expose Hillary and her doings with The Family… clearly said he’d vote for her again.
:lol: well if so then chill. Don’t worry, be happy.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010

they seem to think they can shame the donk sociopaths … it’s pathetic.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010

Students Aren’t Allowed To Touch Real Rocks

Michael Warring, president of American Educational Products in Fort Collins, Colo., had his shipment all ready: A school’s worth of small bags, each one filled with an igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock. Then the school canceled its order. Says Warring, “They apparently decided rocks could be harmful to children.”

After all, who knows exactly what is in a piece of Mother Nature? There could be a speck of lead!

The children will study a poster of rocks instead.

And so it goes in the unbrave new world, where nothing is safe enough. It’s a world brought to us by the once sane, now danger-hallucinating Consumer Product Safety Commission.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

Shouldn’t the children live in a bubble then? Immediately?

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010

it’s a dangerous world … better they stay in the womb, and the mothers be swathed in cushions and locked in padded rooms.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

Constant wipedown with Purel drenched cloths…

Gah.

brinn - 26 July 2010

Several of my best friends were in a band called “Not Shakespeare” back in college…one my all time favorite songs, written my my friend George, is called “Safely” and one of the verses is exactly about that awful phenomenon of keeping kids “safe” from life.

Hang on…gotta listen to it to remember lyric exactly…

brinn - 26 July 2010

Here we go…

Well, the sons of the pioneers have all turned to dust
And the children don’t notice how the rivers run red
With the blood of the land every time that it rains
And the ghosts of their grandfathers wash out to sea from the grave

Up on a hillside they watch as the children
Carved out of the wildreness a life that….
yubba yubba I forget
in the of the darkest of dreams!

And the dog that can’t bite
and the cat that can’t scratch
Are playing on sanitized carpets
With the children who have
Never raised a fist in anger
Never cried a tear in vain
Never seen the color of the liquid
that flows in their veins

And the father
he shuts out the black night outside
And prays to his god to protect them
from every cruel consequence ever
in heaven or earth

So, they’ll all live safely ever after
So, they’ll all live safely ever after

On a long stretch of highway where it never gets quiet
I stand and I watch all the cars that roll by
And I pray that some dreams will never come true
And I ask to be saved from the ones who would save me from myself
And I listen to the loud angry noise of the asphalt and steel
And I know that my prayers have been heard one more time
And I laugh in the face of the world!

So, we’ll all live safely ever after
Yes, we’ll all live safely ever after
Yes, we’ll all live safely ever after
Yes, we’ll all live safely ever after
This quiet earth

(ooh, I just got goosebumps from typin’ that!)

Thanks, Geo, Don, Jeff and Adam!!
Copyright: Not Shakespeare, circa late 80s early 90s (all errors mine…)

brinn - 26 July 2010

I’m lucky…my kids get to hang out with my friend Blake who is a PhD chemist…environmental chem and explosives are his specialty! ;)

marisacat - 26 July 2010

this is very true…

And I ask to be saved from the ones who would save me from myself

Very Good One brinn… yours?

brinn - 26 July 2010

Nope. Can’t take credit for that one –the Not Boys…George in particular wrote some killer lyrics in his time! ;)

19. catnip - 26 July 2010

So Hayward’s resigning with a little $18 million payout.

And Feinberg says BP is stalling on payouts and hasn’t put any money into the now infamous $20 billion escrow account. Go Obama!

brinn - 26 July 2010

And the natives are getting restless and starting race riots in Grand Isle! yippie!

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010
21. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010
22. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2010
23. catnip - 26 July 2010

Well, THAT talking point is toast.?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An ongoing Pentagon review of the massive flood of secret documents made public by the WikiLeaks website has so far found no evidence that the disclosure harmed U.S. national security or endangered American troops in the field, a Pentagon official told NBC News on Monday.

catnip - 26 July 2010

Moreover, the Pentagon review has been stymied by the fact that, for at least part of the day Monday, the military team was unable to access WikiLeaks.org — apparently because of the heavy traffic it was receiving.

These are your security experts in action. They don’t even know what a mirror site is.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

they don’t seem to keep hackers either…

catnip - 26 July 2010

They have consultants (white hat hackers). Not sure what they have on staff there.

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marisacat - 26 July 2010

oh that is depressing…

I caught a little report a few days ago, tying in an oil spill here from 1949 – a tanker, in the ocean but not that far off shore. And they can STILL track oil from that spill in two species of fish… (I forget which two)

25. catnip - 26 July 2010
26. catnip - 26 July 2010
catnip - 26 July 2010

I forgot…

Give Money Now!!

27. catnip - 26 July 2010
28. catnip - 26 July 2010
marisacat - 26 July 2010

I just heard, as I am taking this one lying down (basically listening and reading, a bit… ) that the next batch to be released will b the diplomatic cables and exchanges.

Whoooo hooo.

Bring it on!!

catnip - 26 July 2010

That’ll be really interesting.

29. catnip - 26 July 2010

Another big storm in Calgary tonite. There was a tornado warning for a town just 10 mins east of here that I didn’t even know about. I had the teevee on CNN so the emergency warning system message didn’t pop up. Just got some rain out here – thankfully.

catnip - 26 July 2010
30. catnip - 26 July 2010

I wonder if WaPo is pouting because Assange didn’t let them in on the story.

This looks like it’s right out of Gibbs’ mouth:

Nor does it provide evidence for war crimes prosecutions — though in making that assertion, Wikileaks’ founder revealed his organization’s antiwar agenda.

marisacat - 26 July 2010

I think who Assange DID choose is just as likely to come up for examination. Der Spiegel is so much less interesting, English version, than just a few years ago… with its NYT affiliation and so on. Guardian is nice, but considering ti is protcted by an 80 year old Trust, weak.

And NYT, where to begin. They thought they did a lot to sweep Judith Miller out, all the while whining and whingeing for her greatness and suffering and Pinchetta sending her to spas and rejuvenation centers to feel better. Etc. (frankly leading me to wonder how many times he skahrewed her and if they both sleep in camo swathed beds… and so on)

Not sure where to send it.

31. marisacat - 27 July 2010

Noooo oooo

LINK

………………… 8O


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