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New wrinkle 11 May 2011

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Police use a water cannon to spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with pink dye during demonstrations in the capital Kampala

Police use a water cannon to spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with pink dye during demonstrations in the capital Kampala… [REUTERS]

At least, not one I had heard of…

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1. brinn - 11 May 2011

WTF?!

marisacat - 11 May 2011

yeah i have not googled around, the pic moved pretty much to art, which is one reason I picked it… but I have never heard of colored paint being sprayed on POLITICAL protesters.

As violent as streets can get, it means you are marked, very visibly, til you get home.

brinn - 11 May 2011

Curiouser and curiouser….and hair-raisingly insane!

wu ming - 14 May 2011

to say nothing of the homophobic/misogynist undertones of spraying them pink, of all colors, esp. given the crazy right wing tilt of ugandan politics of late.

2. brinn - 11 May 2011
brinn - 11 May 2011

In my google search, I even got a link to “Shopping Results for “crowd control” dye”…and there’s all kinds of “nifty” links when your use the search terms:

“crowd control” dye “less than lethal”….

and on and on it goes…

*sigh*

marisacat - 11 May 2011

“less than lethal”

Sooooooo reassuring.

brinn - 11 May 2011

I know, right? Just like waterboarding and “stress positions” — organ failure is “less than lethal”!!

marisacat - 11 May 2011

The other thing… Uganda was doing pretty well in several categories.. til Pepfar money and fundie Xtian shit kicked in. Not that the various fundie African religions and fundie Catholics etc are not a problem as well…

And who knows if Otennu (think that is the name) the Opposition leader – against Musaveni – is any better.

brinn - 11 May 2011

I miss Arthur C. Clarke…he taught me most of what I know/think about organized religions, outside of my own experience, of course…

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 May 2011

he was a very wise man

brinn - 11 May 2011

And a hell of a writer, too! ;)

How’re you, friend?

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2011

I’m doing good, thanks! You?

3. marisacat - 11 May 2011

A lot of students in Bay Area districts walked out today and demonstrated, protesting the deep cuts.

The rally cry was “Save Our Future”.
:lol: Take that Robrama. It sure is not “Win the Future”… And of course Jerry who so glibly promised not to touch K-12. HA! to anyone who bought that slither.

brinn - 11 May 2011

SWEET!! Got links? I teared up watching those kids in Tucson take over the school board meeting last month….

marisacat - 11 May 2011

Not too much yet on the students, that part was just today. There are demonstrations all week, in local districts and in Sacto…

Think they are calling i t “State of Emergency” this week, demonstrations all along…

brinn - 11 May 2011

Best thing for ‘em since they don’t actually put civics in the curriculum any more…

Good on ‘em is all I have to say!!

marisacat - 11 May 2011

oh yeah… and parents joined the children, so they would nto be harrassed about being out of school… One very bright young girl… maybe 13, said, yes everybody is telling us our shcools are losing money because we are not in class but they already took millions from us and we have a right to do this…

Pretty damn fine.

brinn - 11 May 2011

Beauty. Just beauty. (though the parents are the ones who will subsequently be harrassed…)

People who dismiss our kids have another think coming….these kiddos know a lot more about what’s what than a lot of adult give them credit for…from all strata.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 May 2011

cool

diane - 11 May 2011

That’s great news. Did you read/hear/see about the student walk-outs on a blog, the radio, or tv?

Not surprised, but I cant find a thing (it’s now 8:55 PM PDT) about the Bay Area walk-outs in the Murky, not even in a search for the word student

Don’t see anything just eyeballing SFGate, either, …. shocked!

Did find this: Viewpoints: Rallies show dramatic unity for temporary tax extensions (via this link A.M. Reading: Budget demonstrations; Schwarzenegger’s legacy; Conn. lay offs- 5:08 AM on McClatchy’s Sacramento Bee, Capitol and page).

The b>thousands of educators, parents, and working families protesting this week in Sacramento and throughout the state recognize something that some lawmakers are in denial about: California is in a state of emergency. Years of papering over budget shortfalls, an unfair and unreliable tax revenue system, and billions in cuts to state and local services have pushed our state to the brink of disaster.

Nowhere is this state of emergency more apparent than in California’s public schools. Over the last three years, K-12 and higher education have been cut by $20 billion, about $3,000 per student. In many districts the school year has been shortened by five days. Class sizes have soared, vital programs have been cut or eliminated, and 40,000 teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians and support staff have been laid off. University of California and California State University tuition fees have skyrocketed, and many students now find themselves priced out of a college education.

(might have thought that should’ve been a “Headlined” piece, guess not.)

marisacat - 11 May 2011

Television news, at least KTVU, KPIX/CBS affilate and KGO-TV the aBC affiliate has been covering it thru out the week so far. Also KRON4 a local mostly news channel… Lots of film, on air mini interviews… and I am sure they have more and vids at their sites…

The kids just walked out and demonstrated today…

Whne I looked a while ago (3 hours ago, maybe) I used ”Bay Area Students Demonstrate Against Cuts”…. I got KTVU, the local FOX news affiliate (and the best on-air news in the area IMO, loads of coverage – an hour every night at 10 and they cover foreign as well) a report talking about it as an upcoming event.

The teacher protests are state wide, think they were in Sacrmento today or yesterday… (time scrunches up, at the moment)

diane - 11 May 2011

I can’t get ABC (or NBC, ever since the awful digital tv bullshit, despite having finally bought a digital tv, and a near worthless, raggedy ass, GE digital rabbit ear antennae …can’t update the roof antennae, as I rent), I have to adjust the fucking antennae near every 10 minutes for CBC, so maybe I’ll try Fox for the coverage.

marisacat - 11 May 2011

I have trouble with NBC, they transmit from SJ, which does nto seem like ti should be a problem (tho I don’t know why… I would think they transmit to the tower in San Bruno then SB to SF, but who knows), but I bet somehow it is…… least trouble of all with the UHF channels. I will look and see what my antenna is, it seems to work… AND adjusting the direction, angle etc of the TV itself works too…

I have the TV, etc., in a big corner room direction is SE (but it is in a direct line with the tower on top of Twin Peaks), iwth a lot ot windows. I sometimes think that may complicate things. Who knows.

diane - 11 May 2011

least trouble of all with the UHF channels

yup, same here, I spent quite a bit of time calling CBS etc., really didn’t get a clear picture of what exactly the problem is, other than once again a large portion of the population is told to FUCK OFF …if you don’t want to be reamed by COMCAST, or can’t afford monthly fees to watch frequencies the PUBLIC is supposed to fucking own.

marisacat - 11 May 2011

Viewpoints: Rallies show dramatic unity for temporary tax extensions

well that is not going to be working out, it was voted against under Arnold… and it will be again. Too many people,, no matter where they fall on taxes, don’t trust Sacramento to use any new tax money for schools.

wu ming - 14 May 2011

the vote against arnold was on spending caps and money shell games, with a tiny tax on top like a cherry. i think if brown gets one on the ballot, that it will pass this time.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

Honestly I will be vry surprised if it passes. And if it does, by chance, there will be rolling rage against Jerry (and the wif) quite quickly.

Just a wild guess.

marisacat - 14 May 2011

oh and my own opinion, if they, the scheisse in Sacramento, meant business, Prop 13 would be repealed against mega businesses, like Disneyland.

What a shell game it all is.

diane - 11 May 2011

Too many people,, no matter where they fall on taxes, don’t trust Sacramento …..

… it does like like they used up all the goodwill they ever had, right along with the Federal Government.

They need to slash the Prison Industry budget.

marisacat - 11 May 2011

oh Jerry made dirty deals with the Prison Guard Lobby… THEN the state hired THEIR lawyer to negotiate the new contract.

Go Jerry! (off a fucking bridge)

diane - 11 May 2011

…. or a cliff, and he can can take the rethuglican wifie with him.

marisacat - 11 May 2011

yeah… and it has come out that she runs a lot of stuff. Or is with him nearly always.

What a fucking mess.

diane - 12 May 2011

yup, right after the election, the AP ran a piece pretty much implying that she would be running things as much, if not more, than him.

marisacat - 12 May 2011

Well it came out she was the one on the hot recording device, calling Meggie a whore. (How corporate counsel, esp iirc correctly for The Gap, can honestly call anyone a “whore”, I sure don’t know)

I laughed, I could care less what pols call each other, in public or in private.

diane - 12 May 2011

yup, you recollect correctly, it was the GAP.

I wish I could find that AP piece (I had read the hardcopy), cause you’d get a kick out of it, but I tried, while posting here about it awhile back, and came up with zilch.

diane - 11 May 2011

(sorry for the italics and boldface screw up, I’d redo it but it’s too long, the itallics were meant to end before the blockquote. sigh, at least the links work.)

marisacat - 11 May 2011

Not a problem, think I sort of fixed it. WP does not offer preview, which they should do..

diane - 11 May 2011

thanks hon, looks much better than when I posted it.

4. BooHooHooMan - 12 May 2011

This Just In-

Evidence: Bin Laden worked like a crime boss

Front Page of the Washington Post.

A pimp, even. Big House.
Great Big _ Cad-illac.
Diamond in the back –
Sun- roof Top –
Diggin the Scene with the Gangsta Lean…woo~hoo~ooo

Now he may not have ha-aad – a car at all..
BUT remenber Bothers and Sisters - he was a bad guy.
Criminal, even. And we can STILL stay and talk.

{Don’t worry they can clean everything up on these tracks in the studio. Once they figure out the bass line.
Was a little heavy on the military I think.

marisacat - 12 May 2011

AND he worked like Eliot SpitzNoMore… targets family members.

I woke on the dot of 7 AM this morning and the FIRST stuff I heard (as the TV was on!) was Robin Roberts and Little Stephie trying (struggling a bit too hard I have to say!, but War is Hard!! Win One for the Foundling!!) to hump the story that UBL or AQ or SOMEBODY wants to off Foundling’s Grandmother. Who, I believe is a Step GrandMother… for whatever reason they decided not-a-Step this am.

Such shite. So redolent of Bushiter. (oooo Saddam wanted to kill HIS MOTHER!! We must go to war!!)

diane - 12 May 2011

yup, a tad heavy on that military …Diggin in the scene with tha gangsta lean ….ooh, oohh oohh ….. ….(bolding below, mine):

May 11th, 2011
Posted by Amanda Simon, ACLU at 4:08pm

Unchecked Executive War Power Could Slip Through the House

Tucked inside the National Defense Authorization Act, being marked up by the House Armed Services Committee this week, is a hugely important provision that hasn’t been getting a lot of attention — a brand new authorization for a worldwide war.

This stealth provision was added to the bill by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), but has a bit of a history. It was first proposed by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey in 2008 after the Bush administration lost the Boumediene v. Bush case, in which the Supreme Court decided that federal courts would subject the administration’s asserted law of war basis to hold Guantanamo detainees to searching review. An idea that may have originally been intended to bolster the Bush administration’s basis for holding Guantanamo detainees is now being promoted as an authorization of a worldwide war — and could become the single biggest ceding of unchecked war authority to the executive branch in modern American history.

The current authorization of war provided the constitutional authority for the executive branch to go to war in Afghanistan. Subsequently, it has reportedly been invoked by the executive branch much more broadly to also use military force in Yemen and elsewhere, to justify torture and abuse of detainees, to eavesdrop and spy on American citizens without warrants, and to imprison people captured far from any battlefield without charge or trial.

Before Congress this week, the proposed authorization of a worldwide war goes much further, however, allowing war wherever there are terrorism suspects in any country around the world without an expiration date, geographical boundaries or connection to the 9/11 attacks or any other specific harm or threat to the United States. There have been no hearings on the provision, nor has its necessity been explained by Rep. McKeon or anyone else in Congress.

The idea that Congress is about to pass new authority for a worldwide war as we’re trying to ramp down our efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan is starting to get attention. We’re hoping that the House Armed Serviced Committee, and the full House, will reconsider this troubling and dangerous provision. We’ll keep you updated as this troubling provision progresses, but you can help now by telling your representative to oppose any new and expanded war authority.

I wish I felt that telling my DemoRat Rep would effect something, sadly, it won’t, as I haven’t filled my rep’s coffers with money that is direly needed for those I love, and myself (even if I were able and willing to, I couldn’t possibly come up with an amount that would even turn that Rep’s ears my way, however briefly),…but maybe I’ll call anyway, if not to just express my contempt for the well fed, insane and diseased, Monsters of War.

(Hat tip to Anne, and Peter. … Glenn Greenwald also has a good piece today covering this, and more, which he’s titled: The bin Laden Dividend …..ya don’t say?)

marisacat - 12 May 2011

Sorry this got caught in Mod… yesterday it was catching most of what brinn put up (or the day befpre…)

diane - 12 May 2011

not a problem hon, it hadn’t been in moderation too long before you ‘released’ it, thanks!

5. marisacat - 12 May 2011

Incase anyone can stand it… Taibbi has a new piece up in Rolling Stones…

This seems to be the graf that is all over:

Defenders of Goldman have been quick to insist that while the bank may have had a few ethical slips here and there, its only real offense was being too good at making money. We now know, unequivocally, that this is bullshit. Goldman isn’t a pudgy housewife who broke her diet with a few Nilla Wafers between meals — it’s an advanced-stage, 1,100-pound medical emergency who hasn’t left his apartment in six years, and is found by paramedics buried up to his eyes in cupcake wrappers and pizza boxes. If the evidence in the Levin report is ignored, then Goldman will have achieved a kind of corrupt-enterprise nirvana. Caught, but still free: above the law.

diane - 12 May 2011

…buried up to his eyes in cupcake wrappers and pizza boxes.

Ahhh well,

Q: where Baby Fat Hunter, and little Timmy G, when ya really need’em….?

A: Tryin on thousand dollar $$$$$sneaks$$$$$.

6. diane - 12 May 2011

I think that pink paint was meant to signify femininity, i.e. Dead Meat.

lucid - 12 May 2011

Maddow put up the picture last night and mentioned that the Ugandan president is planning on signing the ‘kill the gays’ law… so maybe pink for ‘gay’?

marisacat - 12 May 2011

Sounds very possible, doesn’t it…

diane - 12 May 2011

pink for anyone ‘loud’ about insisting on cultivating the nurturing peaceful qualities associated with being female, was my take. Certainly, at least many, many males who are gay, would be included, …along with all females, who are brazen enough to exert pressure against the use of violence, be it physical, or more covert.

diane - 12 May 2011

and also, any non gay males who exert energy against the hideous imbalance of VIOLENCE.

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2011

that was my thought …

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2011
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 12 May 2011

Mississippi Delta braces for historic flood

As the water rose, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour moved furniture out of his lake house outside Vicksburg on family land that was inundated during the 1927 flood. A week ago, he urged residents to flee low-lying areas, saying that the state wouldn’t assist the evacuations and that people should help one another secure their property and get out.

This is where the whole country is headed.

marisacat - 12 May 2011

Thsi flood wipes a lot of people out, thru several states.

The whole level of response in this and other floods catastrophes is ridiculous. In 1955 we lived in Eureka, Northern Cali… which massively flooded. Not jsut Eureka… several towns.

Until Katrina it was the largest US evcuation of residents, over 300,000.

THere was no question, the Red Cross came in, the NG AND the Army. There was no other way to do it.

diane - 12 May 2011

after the fact, I’m wondering if there was any knowledge of this oncoming disaster, in DC, before the May Day ….bin Laden event?

( I don’t have a clue, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me, If “they” did, …given the massive poverty surrounding the Mississipi River.)

marisacat - 12 May 2011

well yes, as the Mississippi has been flooding for some weeks by now. And it all heads to the Gulf.

In addition, lots of areas have been declared local state and national emergency.

BTW, last I read, Obby has denied national emergency declaration to areas of… think it is West Texas where the fires raged for weeks. I could care less about Gov Perry and Obby and whoever else, but a lot of structures and homes went in those fires…

diane - 12 May 2011

…Obby … denied national emergency

pretty damning epitapth, …and,….have to say: ….he really,…..really, …wanted the position he’s in, …..so did his wife …..

too bad.

;0(

9. diane - 12 May 2011

Well, perhaps, I’ve had too much cheap brew, but given my daggers for the hideous power and hypocrisy in the state I reside in, I thought this was fuckin’ hilarious, and I don’t have a clue as to whether the ex Disney Executive, asshole is reThug or demRat, running in Jane Harman’s old, take no prisoners, territory:

Thursday, May 12, 2011 07:18 PM ET
Um, wow!
There’s really nothing to add, but I do have a question. Sounds like the group says, “send a bitch to congress.” Then the Korean lady says, “what’s a medge?” What are they actually saying? I have to know.

—Emurda

Thursday, May 12, 2011 07:23 PM ET
Not a bitch
“Mench”

—royrapoport

Thursday, May 12, 2011 07:35 PM ET
Oh
Thank you!

—Emurda

a bit further down :0) ….;0)

Thursday, May 12, 2011 09:36 PM ET
“mensch”
It’s “mensch”, it’s Jewish for “asshole, catering, pol”.

—Bill Owen

( the source of the hilarity: “I’m Korean!” California House candidate trying too hard to go viral ….(and yes, I am aware of the hideous reality that so very many derogatory names relate back to the feminine (e.g.: bitch,), nonetheless I have to admit I still found it hilarious …..because, at this point, I’m willing to temporarily put that rage on hold for some glimpse of common agreement, despite glaring blind spots … ))

10. marisacat - 12 May 2011

Gittin’ everybody spit polished and cleaned up for 2012… via Ben Smith/People Mag

I luv how media ignores that Mitch is just a good ol’ Southern boy.

Main Content

Ben Smith: Political News and Analysis: Daniels’ support

May 13, 2011

Categories:2012.Daniels’ support

This, from Jan Crawford, is pretty impressive:

Sources tell CBS News popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has told Daniels he would back him, as would Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

And as a sign of how important his wife is to the decision, sources tell CBS News that even former First Lady Laura Bush has called Cheri Daniels personally to encourage her to support the effort and offer advice on how to define what her role on the campaign–and potentially in the White House–would be. …

diane - 12 May 2011

someone who might know, told me that Indiana contained some extraordinarily racist motherfuckers, running things.

and then, what to say about those school voucher programs, no collective bargaining rights, that Big Pharma connection, etc.?

marisacat - 13 May 2011

Seat of the KKK

diane - 13 May 2011

That was pretty much what I heard, at the least, in a stiff competition for it.

11. marisacat - 13 May 2011

Gnu

LINK

……….. 8O


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