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Brings up that old question about used cars…. 15 January 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Abortion Rights, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, Italy, Sex / Reproductive Health.


Visitors pose next to a lifelike wax figure of US President-elect Barack Obama at Madame Tussauds in Berlin (Tobias Schwarz/Reuters)

Reading over the massively depressing news.. I am thinking maybe we could just make the 50 stars on the US flag into depictions of the Star of David… or maybe one big SoD, surrounded by a sprinkling of a few Crucifixion images… and call it appropriate.  I see 44 is properly displayed with his lapel flag… and made sure he wore one for the official photo taken the other day, and soon to be displayed in Post Offices and Embassies.. and so on.

Truly, we are blessed.

…. Speaking of blessed!  This is so delicious, thanks to the Telegraph, that I simply cannot snip nor clip nor whip it to some truncated dimunition.

”The Apostolic Penitentiary, or “tribunal of conscience”, has been shrouded in secrecy ever since it was established by Pope Alexander III in 1179 and until now has never provided details of the cases it scrutinises.

They are considered so heinous by the Catholic Church that only the Pope can grant absolution to those who perpetrate them.

But in an effort to present a more transparent image and to encourage more people to make confessions, the tribunal held a two-day conference in Rome in which it discussed its purpose and inner workings.

“Even though it’s the oldest department of the Holy See, it’s very little known – specifically because by its nature it deals with secret things,” said Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, the tribunal’s second most senior official.

While priests and bishops can deal with confessions of sins as grave as murder or even genocide, the tribunal is reserved for crimes which are viewed by the Church as even more serious.

They include attempting to assassinate the Pope, a priest abusing the confidentiality of the confessional by revealing the nature of the sin and the person who admitted to it, or a priest who has sex with someone and then offers forgiveness for the act.

A third type of case that comes before the tribunal involves a man who directly participates in an abortion – even by paying for it – who then seeks to become a priest or deacon.

“That is an irregularity and it means he should not receive the ordination without a dispensation from the Pope,” said Cardinal James Francis Stafford, the American who heads the Apostolic Penitentiary.

Defiling the Eucharist, which Catholics believe is the body and blood of Christ, is also considered a sin of extreme gravity and one which is on the increase, the high-ranking members of the tribunal said.

Cardinal Stafford said there had been a rise in incidents in which people would receive Communion and then spit it out or otherwise desecrate it, sometimes in Satanic rituals.

In July last year an American academic, to make a point about freedom of thought and religion, drove a nail through a Communion wafer and then threw it in a rubbish bin.

Paul Myers, from the University of Minnesota, said later: “I pierced it with a rusty nail. Then I simply threw it in the trash. Question everything. God is not great, Jesus is not your Lord.”

Such sins, which can only be dealt with by the Pope, acting through the tribunal, bring automatic excommunication from the Church. If the Pope decides to grant absolution, the excommunication is lifted.

A study by Italy’s Sacred Heart University found that 47 per cent of Italians either never go to confession or last did so a long time ago.”

* * * *

OK!  I read it twice… and I think I got it.  Defiling the Eucharist is the Tops.  Tippy tops!  Top top tippy tippy top top!

While priests and bishops can deal with confessions of sins as grave as murder or even genocide

A mere mortal can forgive the sin of genocide… dispensed by your local priest or Msg or Bishop or Archbishop.  Any old thing in a cassock! Excommunication is not even part of the punshment!  They probably do that one by telephone.  Or both sides can assume forgiveness… even speedier!

The immortal soul… You have to love it!




1. CSTAR - 15 January 2009

I am a deterministic automaton.

2. Intermittent Bystander - 15 January 2009

Any old thing in a cassock!

It takes naughty behavior with crackers to merit the ministries of the Faashionista in Chief!

I think some people prize faith so highly because they fervently believe nobody could possibly make stuff lke this up.

3. Intermittent Bystander - 15 January 2009

Holtzman in The Nation:

What we need to do is conceptually simple. We need to launch investigations to get at the central unanswered questions of Bush’s abuse of power, commence criminal proceedings and undertake institutional, statutory and constitutional reforms. Perhaps all these things don’t need to be done at once, but over time–not too much time–they must take place. Otherwise, we establish a doctrine of presidential impunity, which has no place in a country that cherishes the rule of law or considers itself a democracy. Bush’s claim that the president enjoys virtually unlimited power as commander in chief at a time of war–which Vice President Dick Cheney defiantly reasserted just last month–brought us perilously close to military dictatorship.

Apparently Gillibrand met with Paterson and came out as a senatorial candidate, but some were pushing Holtzman as a wild card possibility. As long as everyone’s dreaming in color. . . .

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 January 2009

reading that idiocy above and it makes you wonder how us hairless monkeys have managed not to kill ourselves off before now.

5. marisacat - 15 January 2009

Just be sure to call what a superlative pilot accomplished a “miracle”… gah.

BTW, the pilot is from out here, lives in Danville… and has a safety consultancy. LOL

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 January 2009

Hedge-Fund Managers Bullish on MREs, Guns, Inflatable Lifeboats

In his book Wealth, War, published last year, former Morgan Stanley chief global strategist Barton Biggs advised people to prepare for the possibility of a total breakdown of civil society. A senior analyst whose reports are read at hedge funds all over the city wrote just before Christmas that some of his clients are “so bearish they’ve purchased firearms and safes and are stocking their pantries with soups and canned foods.” This fear is very much reflected in the market—prices of corporate bonds have been so beaten down at various points that they suggest a higher default rate than during the Great Depression. Meanwhile, while the overall gold market has fluctuated, the premium for quarter-ounce gold coins—meaning the difference between the price for gold you can hold in your hand and that for “paper gold,” such as exchange-traded funds—rose to an all-time high of 20 percent. “Gold is transportable, it’s 100 percent liquid, and it’s perfectly divisible in the context of ounces, bars, or coins,” says the head of a California research firm who keeps a supply of it, along with food, water, and guns, on hand. “And most important, there’s no counterparty”—i.e., it’s an investment beholden to no one, and perhaps one of the few assets that will retain value if the financial system collapses.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 15 January 2009

Krauthammer mocks Obama after his dinner with right-wing operatives

Charles: What’s interesting is the fact that he would want to do this. And you see that since his election he’s kind of reached out to people who may not be his ideological allies. To Rick Warren, the pastor who will be at his inaugural. To John McCain, who he’s treated with a lot of dignity and respect and to a bunch of right wing columnists last night. In part because I think he is a guy who’s intellectually curious and he wants to exchange ideas. Also in part because he wants to co-opt the vast right wing conspiracy and I’m here to tell that speaking for myself—he succeeded. I’m brainwashed entirely. I’m in the tank and I’m a believer now in hope and change and above all audacity.

LOL … oh yes, “reaching out” is going to work SO well.

8. marisacat - 15 January 2009

It’s Official! FP of the NYT… one of the geese musta dropped a passport.. just like a terrarst positioned one in the WTC

Federal investigators are pursuing early indications that the jet was struck by Canada geese shortly after takeoff.

9. marisacat - 15 January 2009

sigh State of the City speech.. Probably you need Pope Rabbi Bloomberg to intercede. Big big sins… er, crimes.

Mr. Bloomberg adopted a steely tone in promising to bolster the city’s efforts against quality-of-life violators, like squeegee men and turnstile jumpers, saying that the city would ask the state to strengthen penalties against the crimes.

10. BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2009

OK! I read it twice… and I think I got it. Defiling the Eucharist is the Tops. Tippy tops! Top top tippy tippy top top!

Gimme a while. I’m sure I can come up with something…LOL.

You guys may be interested to know –
that in that bottom pic-
those guys are actually sewn together in a three man-
wellll – Holy Father + two man unit.
The actually won the Papal Six Legged Race Cup in Vatican City
last summer and the word is – they also have a good shot at the Winter Olympics new event:: the Godsled.
This, despite the fact that Benedict seems to be the
Third Balloon in the Rubber Commercial if you know what I mean

[ 50% of all proceeds from the foregoing comment
wiill be donated to fund madmans hillarious finds]

11. BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2009

Speaking of Dildos

What a Commemorative Gift!

12. marisacat - 15 January 2009

I’ll have you know those are Cardinal Deacons.. there just to hold his laps. His fashion laps. Those things.. they are holding. I am sure it is nto sexual.

I have to say the Catholic blogs where i usually find the photos of him are a hoot. They slaver over every little fashion detail. What a hoot!

13. marisacat - 15 January 2009

LOL Like this one, wehre I found the pic above. Called “Papa Ratzinger Forum, Pope Pourri”

14. BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2009

Never trust a German with a thing for mass audiences, candle light, and appliques on clothes. Just sayin.

15. CSTAR - 15 January 2009

Le pape pourri

16. Intermittent Bystander - 15 January 2009

13 – Cardinal Ratzinger visiting a Malteser hospital in the South Tyrol during his last vacation in Bressanone in August 2004, his tenth summer vacation there since 1977.

First of all, who knew chocolate milk balls needed medical care, and (b) is the Pope the only (cough) dignitary who dresses down on vacation in a suit!

17. marisacat - 15 January 2009

I thought the Papa in a Suit pics were hilarious as well. I guess not doing active blessing, so OK to slack off.

Farther down on the page there is a bit of stress over wehter they will get to see him wear all three styles of Mozette, the capelet… which I never really noticed til you posted pics of him wearing it in NYC. Apparently with one of the seasonal styles (forget which one, LOL) .. he should wear GREEN slippers.

I realise I don’t do much with my days, effectively shelved in life, but I don’t wait (and watch) for the Papa to wear his green feet slips.

18. marisacat - 15 January 2009

from the latest entry, today, 15th, In Gaza blog

Leila in al Quds hospital at 8:59 am: “So al Quds now has army outside. snipers next door, 50 hits near us during night and 4 hits to us. fire in apartments behind, wounded kids near who we can’t collect…”


The Al Quds hospital continues to be surrounded by invading Israeli troops, with snipers positioned in the high buildings around the hospital neighbourhood. Doctors and those inside report being unable to leave the hospital.

19. BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2009

Fuckin’ UPS:
{pinched off HuffPo}-

30-pound marijuana brick
delivered to wrong address in Denton

UPS delivers, but not always to the right address, a Denton man discovered Monday when he found a lot of green inside a package dropped on his porch by the men in brown.

The man took the package to Denton police later that night, police spokesman Officer Ryan Grelle said. It contained a 30-pound brick of compressed marijuana with a street value of $10,500.

UPS mistakenly delivered it to the Denton house about 8 p.m., Grelle said. The resident was not at home at the time and opened it when he returned.

“He was expecting tools that he had ordered from Sears,” Grelle said. “He opened it up and thought, ‘Oh my.’ He loaded it up and brought it to the police department.”

“Oh my” ???

Jeebus- If there is ever a time to shout out a
Lawdy, Halleluja! It’s a Mir-r-r-r-acle! – THAT’S IT. LOL.

Another miracle- 10 Grand for 30 POUNDS of Pot? Delivered? LOL.
The fuckin’ Pot market has crashed now, too?
What are they going to do?
A Bale – IN?

20. marisacat - 15 January 2009

It contained a 30-pound brick of compressed marijuana with a street value of $10,500.

Okayyyy… MJ is not my drug of choice… but that sounds seriously out of whack. I have no idea what I might do if delivered to me, but I wouldn’t take it to the COPS, for their USE.. LOL.

A few years ago as a Xmas gift for friends who had done a lot for me.. and there was some sort of interruption of their supply, I did buy 125.00 worth of what looked and smelled to me to very fine stuff. Beautiful buds, nothing loose or broken and they glistened… but not a lot for the cash outlay.

21. marisacat - 15 January 2009

Bruce Reed of the DLC speaks. Of The Holy One..

Obama’s Grand Bargain

The principles and promise of Obamaism.

By Bruce Reed Posted Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, at 7:15 AM ET

During the 2008 campaign, Slate assembled an encyclopedia of made-up words called Obamaisms. Over the last two months, President-elect Obama himself has begun to define what will soon become a real word: Obamaism.

Unlike past transitions, which have hewn too closely to Dante’s definition of limbo as the first circle of hell, the current transition has actually given Obama a chance to show how he will govern. Governing is about making choices, and his have been good ones. …

And this hilarious little graf:

As Ron Brownstein writes in his history of partisan division, a president is the only person in Washington with the power to disrupt the inexorable, bipartisan slide toward partisanship for its own sake. …

I’d say the pretzel, whoever it is, is often the fucking GREASE FIRE in town. Congress being pyromaniacs of the slob division.

22. BooHooHooMan - 15 January 2009

If something like that showed up on the porch, wouldn’t the rational thing be to smoke 18 or 20 pounds to make sure it was weed?
Police Brutality CrimeTime and resources are valuable after all.

Seriously, half the senior citizens in this country would fire it up.

23. marisacat - 15 January 2009

Well this was just an unmitigated JOY to read… How vital reforming that which Bush could never manage, ie, SS and Medicare, is to Obama being a success (about which I could give a flying hoohoo).

Seib once tosses in that defense is a rich source of clawing back monies as well.. but moves swiftly past that.

We are so fucking screwed.

24. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Roger Cohen of the NYT seems to think we are coming to “the end of the Gaza War, if one considers the peace talks in Egypt”. Well I sure don’t see it that way. Then “rockets rockets, tunnels tunnels”.

Rashid Khalidi looks quite unahppy. No doubt. He’s odd man out. Mikovsky says it will be over as soon as Tzipi signs something or other. So.. ONLY Israel chooses the endgame.

25. marisacat - 16 January 2009

oh sorry.. 24 is running spew as I watch Charlie Rose.

26. BooHooHooMan - 16 January 2009

This Madoff case is revealing itself as
a massive tax evasion, loan fraud, and money funnel scheme.
I bet his “Victims” have a whole lot of puckered assholes right now.

These accounts surely were used to collateralize and leverage other instruments, further lines of credit, meet margin calls, beat capital gains via rolled-over “investments”, meet bonding and equity requirements for operaters doing “public works” etc…

I think this is going to get really, really nasty…
…Because, again, the EU Europeans , the Russians, and Chinese could give a flying fuck about the Star of David.
Frankly, I see the non disclosure on the Bank Bailout and the authorization to bail undisclosed “overseas” as an effort to cover some of the $50 Bil. – Quick.

Madoff’s fund may not have made a single trade
{Also via HuffPo}

BOSTON (Reuters) – Bernie Madoff’s investment fund may never have executed a single trade, industry officials say, suggesting detailed statements mailed to investors each month may have been an elaborate mirage in a $50 billion fraud.

An industry-run regulator for brokerage firms said on Thursday there was no record of Madoff’s investment fund placing trades through his brokerage operation.

That means Madoff either placed trades through other brokerage firms, a move industry officials consider unlikely, or he was not executing trades at all.

Madoff either placed trades through other brokerage firms, a move industry officials consider unlikely, or he was not executing trades at all.

Not so fast there, “Industry Experts”. WITH THE EITHER /OR
….or any number of variants on a scam that for 40 years people felt LUCKY TO BE IN ON.

“Our exams showed no evidence of trading on behalf of the investment advisor, no evidence of any customer statements being generated by the broker-dealer,” said Herb Perone, spokesman for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Madoff’s broker-dealer operation, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, underwent routine examinations by FINRA and its predecessor, the National Association of Securities Dealers, every two years since it opened in 1960, Perone said.

Madoff, a former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market who was a force on Wall Street for nearly 50 years, allegedly confessed to his sons the firm’s investment-advisory business was “basically a giant Ponzi scheme” and “one big lie,” according to court documents.

He estimated losses of at least $50 billion from the Ponzi scheme, which uses money from new investors to pay distributions and redemptions to existing investors. Such schemes typically collapse when new funds dry up.

Each month, Madoff sent out elaborate statements of trades conducted by his broker-dealer. Last November, for example, he issued a statement to one investor showing he bought shares of Merck & Co Inc, Microsoft Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp and Amgen Inc among others.

It also showed transactions in Fidelity Investments’ Spartan Fund. But Fidelity, the world’s biggest mutual fund company, has no record of Madoff or his company making any investments in its funds.


“We are not aware of any investments by Madoff in our funds on behalf of his clients,” Fidelity spokeswoman Anne Crowley said in an e-mail to Reuters.

Neither Madoff nor his firm was a client of Fidelity’s Institutional Wealth Services business, their clearing firm National Financial or a financial intermediary client of its institutional services arm, she said.

“Consequently, his firm did not work with our intermediary businesses through which firms invest their clients’ money in Fidelity funds,” she added.

There also appear to be discrepancies between monthly statements sent to investors and the actual prices at which the stocks traded on Wall Street.

All of these firms are DOMESTIC.
The Battle over Madoff’s cabal hinges on a huge IRS/FBI tax fraud investigation~~~ going on in Switzerland and Lichtenstein.
It is unprecedented in size and scope involving
17 to 20000 accounts.

More on that with a new find in a bit.

The smart move this quarter is to buy EL AL.
Flights to Tel Aviv are going to be booked FULL.

27. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Khalidi should bring up the gas in the bay… and that Israel and BP are moving ahead, cutting the Gazans out.

28. marisacat - 16 January 2009

o gawd. Daschle wants a “Federal Reserve” for health care. A centralised system that determines what works and does nto work. What the ”Fed Reserve” determines works will be covered. (I have on some financial show, that little McClellan shit Bush had at FDA agreed, a Fed Reserve for determining what is allowed is a good idea)

Mandatory mins for care.

We are so fucking screwed.

29. marisacat - 16 January 2009

what new pretzel. I don’t see one.

30. bayprairie - 16 January 2009

marisa said

A few years ago as a Xmas gift for friends who had done a lot for me.. and there was some sort of interruption of their supply, I did buy 125.00 worth of what looked and smelled to me to very fine stuff. Beautiful buds, nothing loose or broken and they glistened… but not a lot for the cash outlay.

nobody in their right mind would compress herb superb like that into a brick. doing so would require absolution by the apostolic penitentiary!

31. marisacat - 16 January 2009

It was very beautiful, bay.. I still remember looking at it in the plastic bag. I sort of got the religion of the whole thing… LOL late and third hand.

Think I mentioned that I used to go to Tejas to visit in the late 70s… my friend’s mother was dying of cancer and used MJ suppositories.. I would buy it here, and got the same sort of stuff, whole buds, nothing shaken or broken.. and it glistened. I’d pack it without thinking in my suitcase, fly into Austin, we’d get to the house and make little suppositories cookies while we hit the bar, champagne for me and gin for Kim.. then make a “gift” basket full of the cooked MJ suppositories and go off to visit his mother.

I laugh about that now, as those days are long long over with invasive airports and searching luggage and everyone’s a terrist.

32. bayprairie - 16 January 2009

the commercial pot trade is completely different now i would suppose. that weed sounds like commercial stuff too, coming in a brick into denton texas from down reynosa way.

Grelle said the package, which apparently came from Pharr, Texas, and was handled by a UPS branch in McAllen on Jan. 6,

a long long time ago in a galaxy far away border pot wasn’t the stock-in-trade of murderous gangs, it was more a free-lance thing implemented by college students, youths and the like, going to schools like texas a&i and UT at brownsville, san antonio or austin.

we have the war on drugs to thank for that switcharoo. and judging by the price quoted in the story that war is like most american wars. unsuccessful.

i can remember a time when a righteous dealer, who might have had friends down in the valley, would drive back into town and divide one of those $350 LBs up into 14 or so nice FAT bags, sell ten at 35 bucks per to friends, then keep the rest free and clear

for herself


33. BooHooHooMan - 16 January 2009

Sounds like the voice of experience there, bay.
In fact, your smiley/winky looks like a real stoner.LOL

Unlike Mr Crack here —-> 😯


34. BooHooHooMan - 16 January 2009

As a disclaimer, I talk a good game but haven’t smoked since the 4 or 5 Hundred bales a week four of us regularly Offered to Jah when herb was like that up till @1980. Reagan had a way of just utterly blowing your high though…In retrospect, it might have been a better idea to just have smoked right through the last 30 years. LOL.

My buddies and I tried “enlightened capitalism by the pound” in the 70’s but quickly ended up merely running a large volume,
personal pot co-op. LOL.

35. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Even Josh Marshall (top of the FP, right side, at TPM):

After months of complaining about how the first part of TARP was administered, Senators today voted 42-52 not to deny Obama the second $350 billion of the bailout, apparently accepting the Obama team’s pledges to voluntarily undertake reforms.

36. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Spiegel has a look back at Rosa Luxemburg.

Last weekend on a sunny crisp Sunday morning tens of thousands turned out to mark the 90th anniversary of her and Liebknecht’s murders. And it was not just old people nostalgic for their lost East German past who traipsed out to her snowy graveside but also left-wing radicals in search of answers to today’s problems.

“Whether it’s the banking crisis or the Gaza situation, it’s clear we need new alternatives,” one 23-year-old woman told the Irish Times. “Luxemburg is more relevant than ever.”

37. marisacat - 16 January 2009

John Mortimer died………………

38. catnip - 16 January 2009
39. catnip - 16 January 2009

Maybe that power outage is payback for the Miracle! on the Hudson.

40. bayprairie - 16 January 2009

NYBri asks the Tough Questions
by Governor David A Paterson
Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 09:12:16 AM PST

I Doubt that Seriously
by OG&P
Fri Jan 16 2009 at 12:53:15 PM CST

41. bayprairie - 16 January 2009

and conchita chimes in

honestly, i hadn’t thought this through but now (0+ / 0-)

that you mention it…..

my first response was that i don’t know enough about the nybri’s support for bloomberg to know if it would complicate his ability to moderate the discussion.

the mention of bloomberg was a red flag for me. i also am questioning patterson these days – read a piece on alternet about a recent appearance with schumer at what sounded like an impolitic pro-israel rally at the israeli embassy in nyc.

i had hoped that patterson would be a breath of populist fresh air, but it seems he may be entrenched in elitist new york politics if he is hanging with schumer. that nybri is supporting bloomberg policies potentially compounds the situation. i don’t know if it will be problematic that he moderates the call, but the more consideration i give it, the more potential it seems to have.

by conchita on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 11:03:25 AM PST

42. bayprairie - 16 January 2009

oops. forgot the blockquotie!!!!

43. mattes - 16 January 2009

How quickly will we forget??

What a record: stolen elections, corporate greed, fraud and corruption, unlimited spending, wealth redistribution (to the top), no checks and balances, rampant militarization, the destruction of Iraq, permanent war, and unquantifiable, unrepayable national debt. Not many world emperors are able to create a vast wasteland, call it a government, and then retire.


44. marisacat - 16 January 2009


and that vid that Max Blumenthal made of the rallies in NYC got around quite a bit, I think. I first saw it at Lenin… but used the alternet link as there was some text from MB… but ti was also at Perrin and other left of ”Lib”Blogs and off the grid from ”Lib”Blahgs sites. I don’t know if it was at The Daily Beast, tho MB does post there… or at HuffWuffPo…

Oddly just a few days before that got around… I had heard a dull and very irritating interview with Paterson and mentioned it in threads. FFS, he was talking about cutting the exact same things (more precise than “education”, ”milk and cookies” for the poor) as Arnold. And the same big fingershake over sodas for children. the REAL issue is the decline to disappearance of “recess” and gym and athletics in the public schools.

The political class is just a congealing mess.

45. marisacat - 16 January 2009

ugh catching up and reading the political news around and about (in and around Inauguration and Birds in Engines)… and it sounds like banking will scoop up all or nearly all of the 350 gazilliongahbillion.

Which leaves us where.

46. marisacat - 16 January 2009

LOL King Coal… WSJ

[D]espite a well-funded ad campaign by environmentalists attacking the industry, and a huge coal-ash spill in Tennessee that has led to calls for more regulation, the industry has received positive assurances this week from President-elect Barack Obama’s nominees that the new administration is committed to keeping coal a big part of the nation’s energy source.

On Wednesday, Mr. Obama’s choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, described coal to a Senate panel as “a vital resource” for the country. A day earlier, Mr. Obama’s nominee to run the Energy Department, physicist Steven Chu, referred to coal as a “great natural resource.” Two years ago, he called the expansion of coal-fired power plants his “worst nightmare.” …snip…

47. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Speaking of boycott:

lan Eshel, director of the Organization of Fruit Growers in Israel, said Scandinavian countries have also been canceling orders. “It’s mostly Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,” he said. “In Scandinavia the tendency is general, and it may come to include all of the chains.”

Eshel says the boycott did not exist before the Gaza offensive was launched. “It’s getting worse, and more voices can be heard calling to boycott Israeli merchandise,” he said. “Until the operation began we had excellent business, though the economic recession in Europe was causing a slight fall in the market.” ..snipsnip…

48. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Amira Hass in Ha’aretz on the weapons being used on Gaza, and info on The Rockets:

Another new weapon that he believes is now in use is the Spike: “It is very new, [from] 2005-2006, a special missile that is made to make very high-speed turns, so if you have a target that is moving and running away from you, you can chase him with the weapon. It was developed by the U.S. Navy jointly with Rafael [the Israel Armament Development Authority]. Rafael is the manufacturer.”

Drones, incidentally, are a totally Israeli product, he notes; Israel is the world leader in this field, and America is learning a lot from it. The warships bombing Gaza are also Israeli made. But the cannons on the ships are Italian, produced by the Oto Melera company.

From his frustrating observation point outside Gaza, and on the basis of Israel’s “very bad record of using cluster bombs in Lebanon and selling them to Georgia,” Garlasco says he is worried that Israel is also now using the APAM (Anti Personnel/Anti Materiel) – a new type of round, or unit of ammunition, for tanks that was developed after Lebanon, each of which contains six cluster bombs. The tank guns aim above a target that is hiding behind some kind of cover and the ammunition explodes above people’s heads – like those of Iz al-Din al-Qassam cells, for example, when they are firing rockets….snip…

49. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2009

have we changed yet?

50. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2009
51. ms_xeno - 16 January 2009


Yeah, that’s all I need. The government forcing a gastric bypass on me and then sticking me with the bill.


52. marisacat - 16 January 2009

ms xeno…

oh the whole thing on weight is a nasty nasty diversion. They SHOULD be talking about decades of bad investment and fiduciary malfeasance by the insurance companies.

When they raise the “fat”, “obese” stories I just think about Brendan Behan. Or Welles. Or Monserrat Caballe.. or or or or or …

People are different. And “medicine” or what passes for medicine has little boxy formats.

53. marisacat - 16 January 2009

NBC 50,000 corporate lay offs today… and the banks are collapsing again.

54. marisacat - 16 January 2009

clips of Warren Buffett saying the banks must be saved.

Thanks Uncle Buffy.

55. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2009

Ray LaHood and Changing our Thinking About Transportation

In case you haven’t been following the news, LaHood is a conservative Illinois Republican with little transportation expertise and almost no administrative experience, who has earned a LCV lifetime voting score on critical environmental issues of 27 percent, and who maintains deep financial connections to the very industries he’s now supposed to regulate. He may be no worse than most of those who’ve lead the Department of Transportation, but his appointment is a profoundly uninspiring vote for business as usual at a time when we need change, and an strong indication that the administration doesn’t get that energy policy, technological innovation, urban planning, environmental sustainability and transportation are all bound up together, and no solution to our problems can be had without tackling them all together.

LaHood’s appointment is so disappointing to transportation advocates who’ve been waiting eight years for change, that they’re boiling with indignant disbelief, branding him “an unbelievably disastrous pick,” “Status quo we can believe in” and “same.gov” (a dig at the Obama transition site, change.gov). As one insider summed it up: “It’s a real read-it-and-weep moment.”

Silly libs … gov’t is for corporations!

A good Secretary of Transportation could help lead the U.S. into a bright green economy. A status-quo Transportation Secretary will not only weaken our chances of getting real reform in priorities and practices, he will drive off the very kind of smart, innovative people government agencies most need to attract back into government if they are going to drive change. As Streetsblog reveals:

Progressive transportation policy advocates are also concerned that LaHood will have trouble drawing good people to the agency. “In terms of attracting talent, no one I know is going to want to work for this guy,” said a former Federal Transit Administration official. “He’s got a horrible environmental record, he’s bad on climate change and he’s Caterpillar’s bag man. Can we get a worse appointment?”

Ah, caterpillar … a very successful company, if by “successful” you mean “union busting” … take that, card check!

At this critical juncture, nothing could be a worse investment than building more highways. New highways are simply a catastrophic choice. Even highway expansion is a waste of money: you can’t build your way out of a traffic jam. As you pave more lanes, more drivers crowd on to them — for instance, after spending $15 billion on its Big Dig highway expansion Boston’s traffic is worse, overall. Building more highways just means more people driving, more cars stuck in traffic, more people killed in accidents, and more pollution.

The last part — pollution — is critical. A highway-focused federal transportation agenda can’t be reconciled with the incoming administration’s promise to take on climate change. Building new highways to provide mobility is the transportation equivalent of building new coal plants to provide energy.

Transportation generates more than a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gases, according to the E.P.A.. A portion of that comes from moving freight around (mostly on highways), but more than 20 percent is personal transportation, and almost all of that is auto-related. Even if we actually get them (and, again, LaHood does not inspire confidence that the auto bailout will actually lead to green vehicles), driving cleaner cars on those proposed new freeways won’t do much good, because many of greenhouse gases pumped into the atmosphere by our transportation system don’t come out of the tailpipes of those cars: manufacturing, building highways and so on all contribute mightily to our climate problems. Auto dependence is in-and-of-itself a critical contributor to climate change. No technofix is available to change that and building new highways will only make it worse.

The alternative is not just transit, it’s cities that work. There is a direct relationship between the kinds of places we live, the transportation choices we have, and how much we drive. We ought to be doing everything in our power to stop sprawl, grow compact communities, and make better transportation investments to help us leave our cars at home — something we can only do if more of what we want is close at hand, and other transportation choices are convenient and cheap.

This one-time wave of funding will do one of two things: it will further entrench a broken system, or it will begin to build a new and better one. In the next six years, we’ll either dump hundreds of billions of dollars into highways, roads and bridges or we’ll begin to revitalize our communities and transform our economy. Sprawl or urban renaissance? That’s ultimately the choice we have.

56. marisacat - 16 January 2009

I did not get to it but one of the papers, either Wapo or WSJ has a story on an “alternative” to card check that Obster is going to push. There were stories floating a couple weeks ago that card check was a no go in congress. Gotta keep the R and the Bloooo Dogs happy. Ya know.

He and La Hood hooked up years ago, from what I have read.

Change… Cambio… Ka ching.

57. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2009
58. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2009

I stumbled across a link to something at Digbys, and just had to mock it.

59. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Just today, Krauthammer said that Bush’s rehabbing would be begun by none other than obster. Oh so right (via The Page):

Obama: I Always Thought Bush Was a “Good Guy”

The president-elect has some kind words for the outgoing president in an interview with CNN’s John King Friday.

Says he thinks Bush made “the best decisions that he could at times under some very difficult circumstances.”

Also praises his team for helping with a smooth transition.

60. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2009

Rick Warren Cites Hitler Youth as Model For Christian Dedication

Fascism with a “heart”.

Towards the close of his nearly one hour speech, Pastor Warren asked his followers to be as committed to Jesus as the young Nazi men and women who spelled out in mass formation with their bodies the words “Hitler, we are yours,” in 1939 at the Munich Stadium, were committed to the Führer of the Third Reich, a major instigator of a World War that claimed 55 million lives. Rick Warren has exhorted Christians towards Nazi-like dedication in at least several public speeches and also during a one hour video recording of a talk by Warren, explaining his P.E.A.C.E. Plan, that is currently hosted on the official P.E.A.C.E. Plan website (see ‘video page’, “The Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan”). A version of the anecdote can also be found on page 357 of Rick Warren’s 1995 book The Purpose Driven Church, which sold over one million copies.

During his Anaheim stadium speech Warren, sometimes called ‘pastor Rick’ talked about a number of visions and communications he had received from God. By calling on his church members to follow Jesus with the fanatical dedication with which the Nazis, or Hitler Youth, gave to Adolf Hitler, Rick Warren appeared to be in effect asking his Saddleback members to be fanatically dedicated to Warren’s own leadership, given his role in divining God’s intent for the Saddleback church flock. During his speech, Rick Warren also explained that God had personally instructed him to seek, for the good of the world, more influence, power and fame.

Warren moved on, from his celebration of Nazi dedication to purpose, and held up Lenin, and Chinese Red Guard efforts during the Cultural Revolution, as behavioral examples for his Saddleback flock, whom Warren called on to carry out a “revolution”.

Concluding his motivational speech, the Saddleback Church founder instructed his ranks in the stadium to hold up signs, from their official programs, with the preprinted message “whatever it takes”. Warren then introduced, as leader of the first nation on Earth in which the P.E.A.C.E. Plan would be implemented, Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

61. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2009

Oh, and I LOVE this part of Warren’s speech:

“Jesus said, ‘I want you to do this publicly.’

He did? Being an atheist, and thus Satan, I’m going to do that “even the devil can quote scriptures” thing:

Matthew 6.5 – And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

I used to enjoy shouting “Matthew 6.5” on the subway when some asshole came into the subway car and started quoting his fucking book of fairy tales.

62. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Soooo Warren’s revolution is First Take the Suburbs? And the Low Information head knodding white people?

And parts of Africa?


Shall I assume and He and Obrama have plans for Kenya?

I guess so.

63. marisacat - 16 January 2009

gnu post


………….. 😯 ………….

64. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 January 2009

62 – sure looks that way. A new global Afrikaaner movement, or something.

65. marisacat - 16 January 2009

Obster facilitates a white (mostly, but welcoming to some) christian movement.

It’d be funny if it weren’t deadly.

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