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I think sucker fish are looking pretty good for the senate… 5 January 2009

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, U.S. Senate, WAR!.
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July 9, 2008: Some fish really suck: Here, Balloon lumpfish (Eumicrotremus pacificus) cling to a balloon at the Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium in Tokyo. Ventral sucker disks allow the deep-sea fish to cling to rocks. [Getty Images]

They seem to know who’s who and what’s what (balloon fish cling to … balloon!) and they certainly appear to be intelligently scrutinising the sitch (they can run the CIA TOO!). Works for me!

And, I suspect they are agnostic, unlike the mass of the authoritarians in charge, from one admin to the next..

hmm

Last I heard Burris was running around brandishing a letter from 60 black ministers… and he himself was quoted sometime yesterday that his selection was “ordained by god”.

Hardly different from Miss Caroline who, if pushed, might admit hers is ordained by Bloomie.  That culprit was last seen running around hospitals in Ashdod and Ashkelon. Accompanied by his personal storm trooper.  Wonder who he found to visit.

Reid and Durbin certainly put in wretched performances yesterday, worthy of being rejected – and, one wishes, enough to warrant ejection!  If only!

The whole thing reeks to low heaven and demands choreography by Busby Berkeley.  Try to ignore the massing of the bloodied bodies, ongoing but mostly out of view… on a red draped stage…

From In Gaza blog:

[T]he Israeli army occupied areas in the north, shelled houses, demolishing them, many injuries, dead, many off-limits to the ambulances.

Beit Hanoun is occupied by the Israeli army, which is now controlling the entry points to the northern region, cutting it off.  One small, sub-par hospital without an ICU is staggering under the influx of injured from house demolitions, shellings, shootings… Two ambulances serve this region, I don’t have any information on their condition, the amount of petrol they have, or what areas of the Beit Hanoun region are accessible or not.

Entering via an ambulance to take an emergency case to Gaza’s Shifa hospital, I see the Beit Hanoun hospital crammed,  with a frenzied air, families desperate to get their injured care…those who have been able to get to the hospital.  Mohammed Sultan, 19, stands dazed with a gunshot graze to the back of his head.  From Salateen, northwestern Gaza, he had to walk 1 km before a car could reach him and take him here.

The man we transfer to Shifa has been shot in the face.  He is about 35, is a civilian, was in or near his house.  His face has exploded, and we move as fast as possible over torn up roads, ambulance jarring as we move and as the medics try to administer delicate care.  It’s on everyone’s mind that the army is present here, that our safety is not.

Beit Lahia and beyond, in the northwest, are mostly off-limits to ambulances, leaving the wounded and dead where they are.  The calls from there for help, for evacuation, have been non-stop and now go ignored.

In Zaytoun, reports have one extended family being separated men from women, locked inside two houses, and the houses shelled a day later (this morning, around 11 am).  Bodies are still being pulled and carted to Shifa hospital.  Many estimate that as many as 20 were killed, 10s more injured.  I will go to Shifa after this to try to confirm numbers, though again the disclaimer that confirmation in these conditions takes time (and working phone lines).  Zaytoun area is occupied in parts, making ambulance access again nearly-impossible, if not fully, I don’t know at this point.  …snip…

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1. mattes - 5 January 2009

😛

2. marisacat - 5 January 2009

well whoops… via Ben Smith and he links to nothing:

Spencer Ackerman gets a statement from Dianne Feinstein’s office:

“I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director. I know nothing about this, other than what I’ve read,” said Senator Feinstein, who will chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the 111th Congress.

“My position has consistently been that I believe the Agency is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time.”

That seems to reflect the view inside the CIA, and suggests a tough confirmation hearing.

3. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Also Ben SMith, also no embedded links:

Obama silent on Gaza

Obama, asked after a meeting with economic advisers about the Israeli invasion of Gaza, declined to answer:

“I strongly believe that a president or a president elect or his team should be able to do more than one thing at a time . . . and so obviously international affairs are of deep concern,” he said. “With the situation in Gaza, I’ve been getting briefed every day . . . I’ve had consistent conversations with members of the current administration about what’s taking place. That will continue. I will continue to insist that, when it comes to foreign affairs, it is particular important to emphasize that there is one president at a time.

“There are delicate negotiations taking place right now and we can’t have two voices coming out of the United States when you have so much at stake,” he said.

The Israeli attack is a huge story, and very unpopular, both in the Arab world and in Europe, and so in his silence, Obama is spending down a bit of goodwill there.

4. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Get this (via The News Hour, Amy Walters of Hotline) Reid is going to try ot seat Al Franken tho he is not certified.

Because the court in MN has said that Coleman may file a court challenge, according ot the law Franken cannot be certified.

5. mattes - 5 January 2009

That Feinstein is in a tiff can only be a good thing, right? What about Blair?

6. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Maybe they could dig up Les Aspin to agree!

The spin was in on Panetta, who has limited intelligence experience, as Washington veteran Rep. Lee Hamilton said that his former Iraq Study Group colleague, Leon Panetta, will be a “superb” leader of the Central Intelligence Agency. LINK

7. catnip - 5 January 2009

6.

Iraq Study Group colleague, Leon Panetta

That’s all I need to know.

I really need to stock up on massive amounts of popcorn to get me through the next 4 years.

8. catnip - 5 January 2009

Those fish are really cute. 🙂

9. catnip - 5 January 2009

I see the Panetta pick has been met with the chirping of crickets over at dkos.

(More Clintonites please! We need change!)

10. catnip - 5 January 2009

I suppose I’d get smacked upside the head if I muttered out loud that this isn’t even Obama’s presidency? It’s Clinton 3 : Back in Black.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Feinstein’s grannie panties are all in a twist over Panetta:

In another hitch to the Obama transition following Bill Richardson’s withdrawal from the Commerce Secretary post, word leaked today that Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff Leon Ponetta has been tapped as CIA director.

CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder reports that the Obama team had planned to announce the selection later this week, but someone close to Panetta revealed he had been tapped for the job before Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the new chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was told.

Feinstein wasn’t happy about the timing and expressed her exasperation publicly.

“I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director. I know nothing about this, other than what I’ve read,” she said. “My position has consistently been that I believe the Agency is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time.”

Feinstein affirmed to CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer that she had felt blindsided by the announcement.

“She had no hint it was coming, and she thought the office deserved a professional intelligence person,” Schieffer said. “She told me she’s not saying she won’t vote against him, but it will be an uphill battle now to get him confirmed.”

Geez, I’d love to see that much passion about something that actually fucking mattered.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Tossed up a quickie about Panetta.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

oops, missed the Feinstein post above, posted a link myself, then got caught in mod. Feel free to kill it off!

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Amtrak police arrest photographer participating in Amtrak photo contest

Kerzic’s ordeal began Dec. 21 when he took the train from New Jersey into New York City and debarked at Penn Station. He snapped a photo of the train speeding away, then walked down the platform where he snapped several other photos. He continued taking photos as the platform emptied into Manhattan.

Then he casually walked towards the staircase to make his own way into the city. He stopped before the stairwell to tie his shoe.

When he stood back up, the cops were hovering over him. Two cops and a dog. A black lab with a nose for explosives.

“They asked what I was doing, I said I was taking photos,” he said.

“They said put your bag on the ground and let our dog sniff it.”

He complied and the dog confirmed he was carrying no explosives in his photo bag. Then they asked for his ID. Then to see the photos.

And then they ordered him to delete the photos.

“I said ‘absolutely not’,” said the 50-year-old navy veteran who describes himself as a “conservative republican”.

They told him it was illegal to photograph the trains.

“I asked where is the sign that says that,” he said.

That was when Amtrak police officer James Rusbarsky, badge Number 466, pulled out his handcuffs.

Kerzic said he immediately placed his hands behind his back, but Rusbarsky insisted on placing the handcuffs on him backwards.

“I asked him please put the cuffs on correctly, you’re hurting me, and he refused, tightening them instead,” he said.

Then they took him to the holding cell where they handcuffed him to a wall, and even then, they still slammed the door locked, in case he somehow broke free.

Kerzic said they never accused him of trespassing until after they had him handcuffed and placed in the cell. He believes they only came up with this charge after they realized there was no law in the books that stated that photography was illegal inside a train station.

“At no time did they tell me to leave the platform,” he said. “All they wanted me to do was delete my photos.”

Now he has sent out letters complaining of the incident to everybody from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to New York Senator Hillary Clinton to everybody in between and above, including Amtrak officials, New Jersey Transit officials and even the President Bush himself, in case he feels the urge to do some work before he leaves office next month.

He has also contacted a New York City lawyer who specializes in First Amendment cases and the National Press Photographers Association has also been in contact with him.

And he has been documenting his case on his website, including photos of his injured wrist and the various train platforms as well as the letters he has sent out.

Now he plans to return to Penn Station and photograph the cops who arrested him as well photos for Amtrak contest.

“If I win that contest, I would travel all over the country taking photos,” he said.

And if he wins the lawsuit, he may end up traveling all over the world.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Media rights group slams Israel’s treatment of press in conflict

GENEVA (AFP) Israel deliberately targeted Hamas-run media installations in its bombing campaign on Gaza and is practising media censorship, a journalist rights group said Monday.

The installations in question include Al-Aqsa television, Al-Resalah newspaper and Sawt Al-Aqsa radio, which the Israeli army bombed on December 28 and over the weekend respectively, the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign said in a statement, citing a Palestinian media non-governmental group.

The press group, which fights for better protection of journalists in conflict zones, also condemned the recent deaths of two journalists as a result of Israeli attacks.

16. marisacat - 5 January 2009

oh don’t worry Madman.. does not matter if it gets mentioned a couple times..

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

I thought the grannie panties were a nice bookend to Harry’s sagging Everlasts.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Woo Hoo! Anthony Bourdain is back tonight, visiting Mexico w/ a sous chef from his old restaurant.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Bush-Cheney deserve censure for declaring war against the Constitution by Bruce Fein, Ralph Nader

If left unrebuked, the Bush-Cheney usurpations of power will become part of the constitutional firmament and risk creating a safe harbor for future presidential abuses. Every member of Congress, moreover, is required to take an oath to “support (the) Constitution” pursuant to Article VI. There is no corresponding oath to support the Republican or Democratic parties or to subordinate the Constitution in the name of political harmony. Censure would be no novelty.

The Senate voted to rebuke President Andrew Jackson for constitutional lawlessness in 1834: “Resolved, That the President, in the late executive proceedings in relation to the public revenue, has assumed upon himself authority and power not conferred by the Constitution and laws, but in derogation of both.”

The censure resolution we contemplate would enumerate the serial Bush-Cheney constitutional violations; and, censure them for complicity in wrecking the Constitution’s finely tuned balance of powers. In two previous congressional sessions, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., introduced censure resolutions against the president and vice president for deceiving Congress about the war in Iraq and warrantless spying on American citizens in contravention of FISA.

The resolution should also endorse a remedial legislative agenda that would be binding on all future presidents, including the president-elect. It should include a criminal prohibition on intentional misrepresentations to Congress to obtain authorization for war; or, the president’s initiation of war without an express congressional mandate. The president’s withholding of information demanded by Congress should likewise be prohibited.

An independent prosecutor should be created to prosecute crimes allegedly perpetrated by high-level executive-branch officials in the course of executing presidential directives or defending presidential prerogatives. FISA should be amended to restore individualized warrants based on probable cause to spy on Americans in order to gather foreign intelligence.

Censure will not, by itself, remedy the Bush-Cheney vandalizing of the Constitution. But if members of Congress neglect even that modest step, our republic and democracy will have been irreparably harmed.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Body Count Nation:

If all roads once led to Rome, all acts of the Bush administration have led to destruction, and remarkably regularly to piles of dead or tortured bodies, counted or not. In fact, it’s reasonable to say that every Bush administration foreign policy dream, including its first term fantasy about a pacified “Greater Middle East” and its late second term vision of a facilitated “peace process” between the Israelis and Palestinians, has ended in piles of bodies and in failure. Consider this a count all its own.

Looked at another way, the Bush administration’s Global War on Terror and its subsidiary wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have, in effect, been a giant Ponzi scheme. At a cost of nearly one trillion taxpayer dollars to date (but sure to be in the multi-trillions when all is said and done), Bush’s mad “global war” simply sucked needed money out of our world at levels that made Bernie Madoff seem like a small fry.

Madoff, by his own accounting, squandered perhaps $50 billion of other people’s money. The Bush administration took a trillion dollars of ours and handed it out to its crony corporate buddies and to the Pentagon as down payments on disaster — and that’s without even figuring into the mix the staggering sums still needed to care for American soldiers maimed, impaired, or nearly destroyed by Bush’s wars.

With Bush’s “commander-in-chief” presidency only days from its end, the price tag on his “war” continues to soar as dollars grow scarce, new investors refuse to pay in, and the scheme crumbles. Unfortunately, the American people, typical suckers in such a con game, will be left with a mile-high stack of IOU’s. In any Ponzi scheme comparison with Madoff, however, one difference (other than size) stands out. Sooner or later, Madoff, like Charles Ponzi himself, will end up behind bars, while George, Dick, & Co. will be writing their memoirs and living off the fat of the land.

Eight years of bodies, dead, broken, mutilated, abused; eight years of ruined lives down countless drains; eight years of massive destruction to places from Baghdad to New Orleans where nothing of significance was ever rebuilt: all this was brought to us by a President, now leaving office without apology, who said the following in his first inaugural address: “I will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility… to call for responsibility and try to live it as well.”

He lived, however, by quite a different code. Destruction without responsibility, that’s Bush’s legacy, but who’s counting now that the destruction mounts and the bodies begin to pile up here in the “homeland,” in our own body count nation? The laid off, the pension-less, the homeless, the suicides — imagine what that trillion dollars might have meant to them.

It’s clear enough in these last days of the Bush administration that its model was Iraq, dismantled and devastated. The world, had he succeeded, might have become George W. Bush’s Iraq.

Yes, he came up short, but, given the global economic situation, how much short we don’t yet know. Perhaps, in the future, historians will call him a Caesar — of destruction.

Veni, vidi, vastavi… [I came, I saw, I devastated…]

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Nooooo, this link doesn’t go to the Onion: Restore the Senate’s Treaty Power By JOHN R. BOLTON and JOHN YOO

heh, shameless.

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

Perrin

Lord knows I’ve surrendered to despair more times than I care to admit. But as I’ve recently noted, from the Republic Windows sit-in to the widening critical awareness and action against Israeli aggression, unrest stirs below. Many people are restless, looking to connect with others as opposed to curling up in private. Desperate times affect people in various ways, of course; but now anyone with Web access can immediately share his or her thoughts with countless others. This helps make one feel less alone, the starting point for any social movement. Little wonder why elites and their media megaphones despise the Internet so.

A close friend credits Obama’s election with this political opening, and I agree to a point. It’s still strange for people my age and older to see an African-American standing behind the presidential seal, so that certainly shifts one’s perception into fresh areas. But as we’ve already seen, and will witness after the inaugural hysteria and self-congratulation (Election Night Part II), Obama serves those who own the country. Doubtless some crumbs will be tossed to the populace, perhaps more than we anticipate. Our rulers may be avaricious, but they’re not stupid nor suicidal. Americans must be made to feel that they have a stake in the process, however illusory — indeed, the more illusory for us, the better for them.

Obama’s PR front, which wowed the business and advertising press last year, knows how to shape the necessary dreams, so that’s a decided advantage, at least early on. For if the economy worsens and war widens, no amount of HOPEspeak will keep people in their pens. So to the degree that Obama got people moving may help feed something that the owners have no stomach for: grassroots pressure against their rule. It’ll be interesting to see Obama’s reaction should his popularity tank. The man’s so used to applause and cheers that facing angry crowds could prove to be a profound shock. If that happens, then we’ll see just how slick Obama’s propaganda team truly is.

23. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009
24. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Perrin via Madman link…

Our rulers may be avaricious, but they’re not stupid nor suicidal.

I am less sure of that than Perrin is… I think Our Rulers have gotten very comfy with little to no response. (Let Us Vote O Holy Rulers, we will keep the fictions going! We will!) And they brought in a carefully tailored overseer, made to naturally blunt a range of reaction.

It may take food riots.

25. marisacat - 5 January 2009

I sure agree with this tho:

It’ll be interesting to see Obama’s reaction should his popularity tank. The man’s so used to applause and cheers that facing angry crowds could prove to be a profound shock

All the blother blather about how good he is at crisis. No ups no downs. Based on what? what the fuck!?? Nothing. He really is flummoxed by opposition much less naked DISLIKE. And he REALLY does not like to have to do things he’d rather not do. Sad to say, I think you have to more of a hardened soldier than that to survive the Oval. He’s counting on being a hands off, walk on the stage, give the speech, lap the applause president.

He seems to think there is a rock solid context somewhere. By now it is bit a tattered and torn.

26. mattes - 5 January 2009

Didn’t the Iraq Study Group place the solution of the I/P situation on high priority?

27. mattes - 5 January 2009

Didn’t the Iraq Study Group place the solution of the I/P situation on high priority?

No points for mentioning it?

Looking for a life raft.

28. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Iraq Study Group is in the mists of time… but as I recall it pretty much offered us what I call ”Papa Imperialism”. Along the times of Scowcroft, GHWBush, Wilkerson and so on. Sounds like they would toss in I/P… likely some head nod to “Two State Solution” too.

29. catnip - 5 January 2009

Ahem. What’s this about “grannie panties”?

Is there a sale on somewhere I should be aware of?

/grannie catnip

30. mattes - 5 January 2009

#29 eh?

31. catnip - 5 January 2009

Sorry, mattes. That was a response to this:

17. Madman in the Marketplace – 5 January 2009

I thought the grannie panties were a nice bookend to Harry’s sagging Everlasts.

32. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

29 – yes, two doors down from the hospice, across from the bingo parlor, at Mama’s Bloomer Emporium.

But don’t you wear grannie longjohns up there?

33. catnip - 5 January 2009

Those kids sure can be cute sometimes over there at the big orange kool-aid factory:

can’t wait to see the CIA under civilian control (0+ / 0-)

and under effective management.

And not an illegal paramilitary organization.

by tari on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 08:28:34 PM PST

34. catnip - 5 January 2009

32. But don’t you wear grannie longjohns up there?

Wouldn’t you like to know? You young whippersnapper you!

35. CSTAR - 5 January 2009

War images from Folha de São Paulo
Gaza

36. BooHooHooMan - 5 January 2009

Whoa- Hey Whoa! …anyways, Just a few *Obster*vations..
now that we enter a New Era and I just got the memo,
I figure we should call them as such:

Re Amtrak:
“They said put your bag on the ground and let our dog sniff it.”

You guys Reallywanna hear my send up of that? No?
– I didn’t think so.

Panetta – clearly pandering to the Hispanics and people
that like overpriced, trendy little breads, soups, and sandwiches now that Richardson is gone. _ Hey- Callin’ em like I see ’em…

(LOL-Yes,I doooo know Panetta is Italian)

37. catnip - 5 January 2009

I talked to 2 people tonite who’ve never heard of Gore Vidal. sigh

38. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Maybe a slightly new drum beat down in Tejas…

via email: Texas will have a non-Christian Speaker of the House, relatively impervious to the blandishments and blackmail of the Xtian mafia. Nothing to say but “Thank you, Jesus!”

Dallas Morning News link

Social conservatives ramped up their opposition Saturday to Republican Joe Straus – running for speaker against House Speaker Tom Craddick, calling him pro-life and pro-gambling and issuing threats on any Republicans who support him.

emailer said they called him everything but “Jew”, which was one of their (the xtians) issues.

39. Madman in the Marketplace - 5 January 2009

It just struck me that those little fish could be distant cousins of the ever popular (for some reason) Peeps.

40. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Truth Out from LA Times:

[O]ne ambulance, funded by the international aid organization Oxfam, was struck by an Israeli shell while trying to evacuate injured from the front-line community of Beit Lahiya, the organization announced. The impact killed one paramedic; a second paramedic lost a foot.

“The incident shows yet again that trying to fight a military campaign in the densely populated streets and alleys of the Gaza Strip will inevitably lead to civilian casualties. There are no safe areas, and Gazans who want to flee the fighting have been prevented from leaving the strip,” said Oxfam Country Director John Prideaux-Brune in Jerusalem.

It is difficult to get independent reports of the fighting because most foreign media have been barred from the territory.

At least two Israeli armored thrusts sliced deep into the narrow coastal territory, cutting off Gaza City’s approximately 400,000 residents from the rest of the strip. One force fought into the edges of the Jabaliya refugee camp, north of Gaza City; a second force pushed into the abandoned Jewish settlement of Netzarim, several miles south of Gaza City. Israel left Netzarim, along with other settlements, when it pulled out of Gaza in 2005. …snip…

the reporter, who I believe is Canadian citizenship, at In Gaza recounted the shelling of the ambulance:

[W]hen Arafa and Alaa arrived, they managed to load Thaer into the ambulance, and were working on getting Ali’s body to the clearly-marked vehicle when the shell came. Ali lost his head, killed twice. Alaa is riddled with shrapnel over his body and to his groin. Arafa’s lung came out. …

41. marisacat - 5 January 2009

More of what the Tejas Xtians worked to try to keep Straus from the Texas Speaker spot.

Star Telegram link

Two of Texas’ most prominent religious conservatives have launched a last-ditch campaign against Alamo Heights Republican and former horserace promoter Joe Straus’ steamroller campaign for speaker of the Texas House.

..

Barton accuses Straus, a former Reagan and George W. Bush administration official, of everything from backing gambling (surprise) to supporting “increased sale and consumption of alcohol during Sunday morning church hours” (meaning after 10 a.m. at fairs and festivals, instead of noon).

42. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Beat goes on!

Ukraine’s state gas company says Europe will feel an impact on its gas supplies “in a few hours” after Russia cuts deliveries via Ukraine.

For more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

43. catnip - 5 January 2009

I just watched Alexander the other nite. So he was blonde too, eh? I wonder if Jeebus was related to him…

44. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Still blonde strains along the route Alexander took. So I read… I take it he was not the only fair haired Greek on the mission… 😉

*********

Madman,

yeah I see the peeps similarity too.. but did not catch it at first. Senator Peep, Senator Sucker Fish, Senator Balloon.

I thnk it works!!

45. catnip - 5 January 2009

42. While I was over there checking out what the Ukrainians were up to (Perogies of Mass Destruction, perhaps – served with a side dollop of sour cream?) I spied this other, more interesting story:

An Australian woman has appeared in court in Adelaide charged with murdering her husband by setting fire to his penis.

46. catnip - 5 January 2009

Wait – he really was blonde??

47. marisacat - 5 January 2009

well not a brunet. They find a light colored hair that is not pale blonde along the route he took. it is not dominant, but it pops up.

48. BooHooHooMan - 5 January 2009

An Australian woman has appeared in court in Adelaide charged with murdering her husband by setting fire to his penis.

Maybe she thought it was a wick?

49. catnip - 5 January 2009

Okay. Well, just so I’m clear about all of this, Angelina Jolie wasn’t really his mom, was she??

Which reminds me of this exchange:

KING: Dr. Kent, there can’t be a formula for dealing with the death of a child, can there?

KENT: No, it’s difficult all religious traditions and all belief systems. It’s a terribly hard and stressful thing. The Scientology emphasis on the reincarnation may give some solace to some members, however.

KING: They believe in reincarnation?

KENT: They don’t use that term. But it’s essentially the Thetan coming back and attaching itself to a body and dying and attaching itself to a body, over and over and over again.

KING: How are you spelling that Satan?

KENT: Thetan.

KING: Oh, Thetan. I see. Wouldn’t return be an encouraging thing? If I thought I was going to come back again —

CHOPRA: There’s return of a person, because a person is constantly transforming. You’re not the same person you were when you were a child or when you were in adolescence. Which one of you is going to return when you go to heaven? Are you — who comes back. When you realize that consciousness is constantly transforming, there’s no such thing as a person. There’s only the universe behaving as a person.

What Chopra was doing there, dog only knows.

50. marisacat - 5 January 2009

Maybe she thought it was a wick?

And he was a wax doll…

🙄

51. catnip - 5 January 2009

48. Maybe she thought it was a wick?

lol 😀

52. marisacat - 5 January 2009

ugh Chopra. How he has spun out ths disjointed carnie routine as long as he has…

About 25 years ago I read a quite striaghtforward book of his, really a sort of reverie on the body under variouis forms of “treatment”, both Western and Eastern. But it was miles from the gibberdrool he now slobs out.

53. catnip - 6 January 2009

52. Me too – Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, I think it was. The only one of his books I ever bought. He’s just morphed into an all-purpose guru.

bowing…Mariska Hargitay

54. marisacat - 6 January 2009

Jesus. Charlie has Martin Indyk as part of his roundtable on israel Gaza war… there to nip any off color remarks.

So skrwed.

55. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2009

Of course its always hard to say – well certainly NOT ALWAYS hard to say… if the short wick would have beneficial…Hard to Light, sure, disinterest setting in more quickly, while the assailant moves on the the hatchet or something, mehbe would have give the little smoker some time to flee while she went for the cutlery…

OTOH the Large wick doesn’t offer much solice in this scenario,
…’ts not exactly a plus saying you can go with the long, slow burn now is it?
Sure there’s way more time to flee to helpful neighbors..
Possibly arriving at their door interrupting Bridge Night with, I dunno, .

YOUR DICK ON FIRE

But Clearly what is needed is a public safety campaign wherein we are reminded to make sure we put our dicks OUT p- especially before coming to bed — I suppose leaving them on the nightstand.
Strange sleeping position , yes, but you never can be too safe…

Like “self extinguishing cigarettes” the ones we now know no have, uh – FUCKING Polonium in THEM- I suppose we shall mandate the “self extinguishing” penis- though,- according to consumer reports at least, many dissatisfied customers say the inexplicably self extinguishing penis is all-too-readily-available on the market NOW.

56. catnip - 6 January 2009

55. many dissatisfied customers say the inexplicably self extinguishing penis is all-too-readily-available on the market NOW.

I think I was a member of one of those focus groups, actually.

57. catnip - 6 January 2009

Now I’m probably going to have nightmares about flaming Thetans. <<< (cool band name)

58. marisacat - 6 January 2009

Telegraph

The Red Cross said people were dying because military operations were preventing ambulances from working.

Palestinian officials said 541 people had been killed in the Gaza Strip over the 10 days of fighting and that 90 people – mostly civilians, including 26 children – had died since Israel’s ground offensive began on Saturday night.

Recent victims were said to include 13 members of a Palestinian family in an Israeli strike on their home in the Beach refugee camp.

Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, called on Israel to open Gaza’s borders. “Those who are compelled to flee the Gaza Strip should be able to do so and to find safety and security in other countries according to international law,” he said.

“I thus urge that all borders and access routes concerned should be kept open and safe, and Palestinians endeavouring to leave Gaza should not be prevented from doing so.”

Dr Khamis al-Essi, an emergency doctor at Gaza’s biggest hospital, al-Shifa, said they were struggling to cope with the numbers of casualties.

He said they had received “all sorts of casualties, from shattered bodies, beheaded individuals and patients with superficial cuts and lacerations”.

59. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2009

Richard Haas just said on Military Joe that the Israeli “military gains” were an opportunity for “renewed diplomacy”. With a straight face.

60. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 January 2009

oops … Richard Haass, from the Council on Foreign Relations.

61. mattes - 6 January 2009

Headlines MSM: 130 Hamas dead.

Olmert: We do not aim to topple Hamas
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3651156,00.html

Israeli leaders ‘to topple Hamas’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7794577.stm

Can’t they even get their stories straight.

62. mattes - 6 January 2009

President George W. Bush was in his stand-up comedian role when he declared that he wanted to be remembered as a fighter for human rights.

Seldom has a fighter for human rights amassed Bush’s death toll. According to Information Clearing House, Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq has resulted in 1,297,997 dead Iraqis. Millions more have been wounded, and millions are displaced. Bush’s legions have taken out weddings, funerals, kid’s soccer games, hospitals, and mosques.

And that’s before we come to Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan “we don’t do body counts” declared a commander of Bush’s imperial legions. But the thousands of dead civilians and school children have rallied Afghans to the Taliban, whose lightly armed fighters have retaken most of the country from the Unipower.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21647.htm

63. wu ming - 6 January 2009

not sure if the light/red hair along alexander’s route would be because of him, or preexisting. after all, you’re talking about the original aryan stomping grounds when you get into northern iran and afghanistan (everyone goes through the khyber pass, after all). there are more than a few red haired and/or blue eyed kashmiris and tajiks, and mummies dug up north of there in xinjiang (western china) dating a long, long way back have revealed rather fair-haired bodies wrapped up inside (much to the irritation of chinese claims to have always had the area west of the great wall).

64. aemd - 6 January 2009

Via MOA, guess who is rumored to be chosen as Special Envoy for Iran?

“Very concerning news from the very excellent Nelson Report tonight – that Dennis Ross will become Special Envoy for Iran, reporting directly to SecState-designate Clinton, rather than to the White House. Chris Nelson has great sources everywhere, and, while he is much more an Asia hand than a Mideast expert, I have to take his reports quite seriously. Of course, Ross, who has virtually no independent expertise or experience that I know of regarding Iran, signed on to that September Bipartisan Policy Center report drafted by hard-line neo-cons Michael Rubin and Michael Makovsky, as I reported here in October.”

Just gets better by the day.

65. mattes - 6 January 2009

**DEC. Alert** US to be CUT OFF from World – Baltic Dry Index Falls 93%

66. mattes - 6 January 2009

Bush-Enablers Feinstein and Rockefeller are running scared

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/1/6/1655/94728/802/680582

hmmmm.

67. aemd - 6 January 2009

“German billionaire Adolf Merckle killed himself, “broken” as his business empire crumbled under a growing burden of debt, his family said.”

68. BooHooHooMan - 6 January 2009

Israel DOES have a point about those ambulances getting in the way of an otherwise orderly police action.

I mean, if those few jalopies left running might possibly eject or launch their contents of dead and dying – truly a massive, calculated, offensive move there –

Why- all that Human flesh and bone might then prove a momentary impediment hindering tank tracks or other similarly armored assault vehicles.

Boycott Israel

69. catnip - 6 January 2009

’40 killed at UN school’ in Gaza

Israeli tank shells killed at least 40 Palestinians today at a UN school where civilians had taken shelter, medical officials said, in carnage likely to boost international calls for a halt to Israel’s Gaza offensive.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was looking into information on the incident at al-Fakhora school in Jabalya refugee camp.

People cut down by shrapnel lay in pools of blood on the street. Witnesses said two Israeli tanks shells exploded outside the school, killing at least 40 civilians – Palestinians who had taken refuge there and residents of nearby buildings.

In a separate attack earlier in the day, three Palestinians were killed in an airstrike on another school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

The deaths raised to 75 the number of Palestinian civilians killed on Tuesday alone, according to medical officials.

70. catnip - 6 January 2009

Anderson Cooper is in Israel now – kind of a NOLA redux without the video of people on rooftops. He’s in phone contact with a man and his family in Gaza who said the IDF had dropped leaflets telling people to leave their homes and gather in the center of town (somewhere). Chills ran up my spine when I heard that. Visions of rounding people up and killing more than 2 birds with one stone. The Gazan said they were staying put. Why should they go and sleep outside? (Or head towards whatever the IDF has planned for them?)

71. marisacat - 6 January 2009

wu ming at 63

out of moderation… 😉 sorry it took a while…

actually that makes more sense than the old Alexander story. Or both are a truth. Fascinating. Blondes everywhere…

🙄

72. marisacat - 6 January 2009

64

“Very concerning news from the very excellent Nelson Report tonight – that Dennis Ross will become Special Envoy for Iran, reporting directly to SecState-designate Clinton

such reeking bullshit! One of the things I have resented about the Clintons is that we get tied to their lives, their personal futures. Such a damned shame.

73. marisacat - 6 January 2009

nu post

LINK

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