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Strike! 30 January 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, France, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


Marseilles, France: Arcelor Mittal workers demonstrate [Jean-paul Pelissier/Reuters]

Just a very general report from the Guardian to tack onto the photograph…

It is the first wide-ranging general strike since Sarkozy took office and a rare show of unity from France’s main unions. Train drivers, airport staff, teachers, postal workers and tax inspectors joined private-sector employees including bank clerks, car workers, ski-lift operators, supermarket check-out staff and even employees from the company that operates France’s stock exchange.

With lawyers and journalists from state TV and radio also walking out, the various groups are protesting for job protection and better wages and against a raft of Sarkozy’s reforms, ranging from justice to hospital and school reforms, and changes to the running of state TV.

Car workers downed tools over the crisis hitting the French auto industry. The arts world joined the ranks as north Paris’s cutting-edge new arts centre, Le 104, staged its own strike.

“We need to sound a cry of anger,” said François Chereque, head of the moderate CFDT union.


From Lenin’s Tomb:


Greek workers are up in arms, the Italian working class is revolting against the Berlusconi administration, protesters in Iceland have deposed their government, and now Sarkozy is the latest to feel the wrath. Today’s strikes and rallies involved millions of workers and took place across the country as this map shows… -Lenin


IOZ kept me laughing from sometime before 3 am to sometime after 3 am.  Several in a row that were hysterical… starting with this deceptively simple one..

From the Latin

Dear America,



Can I hear a vote for stimulIE?  Stim u LIE  ?

Somewhere along the way a few weeks ago he mentioned he is a graduate of Oberlin.  As is, he helpfully offered, Michele Malkin.

There is just no accounting…


Truly no accounting. In other, less gay and blithe, news… Blair “suffers” and thinks of the dead… the soldiers and the Iraqis.  He is an adult convert to Catholicism (he has a foundation for the furtherance of faith in the world)… perhaps as penance he can go (yes, please GO) and  prostrate himself before B16 and.. I don’t know…  Perhaps he can fall into some form of ecstatic suffering, develop stigmata and other wounds… war wounds would be appropriate, figments of his imagination can indulge him in lost and missing limbs, brain damage, vegetative states, PTSD, the abyss of pain, fear and confusion, the haunting –  so he can suffer on.

Such indulgent shits.

For now he bows his head and claims to bear “responsibility”. Troubled, but not haunted.  Such a good boy.  So obedient.

He said that he was not haunted by it “but of course I reflect on it, and am troubled by it, and feel a great sense of responsibility for it”.


1. marisacat - 30 January 2009

The Guardian on the widespread strikes and protests in Europe…

France paralysed by a wave of strike action, the boulevards of Paris resembling a debris-strewn battlefield. The Hungarian currency sinks to its lowest level ever against the euro, as the unemployment figure rises. Greek farmers block the road into Bulgaria in protest at low prices for their produce. New figures from the biggest bank in the Baltic show that the three post-Soviet states there face the biggest recessions in Europe.

It’s a snapshot of a single day – yesterday – in a Europe sinking into the bleakest of times. But while the outlook may be dark in the big wealthy democracies of western Europe, it is in the young, poor, vulnerable states of central and eastern Europe that the trauma of crash, slump and meltdown looks graver. …

2. catnip - 30 January 2009

Conyers-Rove showdown postponed


Conyers, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, agreed on Friday to postpone the deadline on the Rove subpoena for three weeks, giving the Obama administration time to decide how it wants to handle the issue of executive privilege and congressional subpoenas.

3. marisacat - 30 January 2009

hmm i just heard that one of the ads during the Super Bowl is going to b the pro life one that uses Obster’s image and the glory of his story.

Oh some kind of touchdown there…

4. catnip - 30 January 2009

3. I think that ad was pulled. Saw something about in my internets tubes travels a while ago.

5. catnip - 31 January 2009
6. marisacat - 31 January 2009


In finalizing the plan, officials have made a policy decision that could dismay lawmakers. The administration is likely to refrain from imposing tougher restrictions on executive compensation at most firms receiving government aid but instead retain looser requirements initially included in the Treasury’s $700 billion rescue program, a source familiar with the deliberations said. Officials are concerned that harsh limits could discourage some firms from asking for aid.

7. marisacat - 31 January 2009


Good thing they dropped it… tho I had looked forward to seeing the damned thing.


Mr Escobar Regrets? I think… all the months Pepe humped for Obama I wondered if he was reading him. At all.

8. marisacat - 31 January 2009

Just some of Daschle tax problems.

More Daschle Tax Issues

January 30, 2009 11:24 PM

ABC News has obtained the Senate Finance Committee Report on Tom Daschle’s nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, which indicates that Daschle’s tax problems were even more substantial than earlier reported.

The report indicates that Daschle’s failure to pay more than $101,000 taxes on the car and driver a wealthy friend let him use from 2005 through 2007 is not the only tax issue the former Senate Majority Leader has been dealing with since his December nomination prompted a more thorough examination of his income tax returns.

Mr. Daschle also didn’t report $83,333 in consulting income in 2007.

The Senate Finance Committee Report also notes that during the vetting process, President Obama’s Transition Team “identified certain donations that did not qualify as charitable deductions because they were not paid to qualifying organizations. Daschle adjusted his contribution deductions on his amended returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007 to remove these amounts and add additional contributions.” This adjustment meant a reduction in the amount he contributed to charitable foundations of $14,963 from 2005 through 2007. …snip…

And it looks like Mr and Mrs are interested in education. Of some sort… the privatisation sort I am guessing…

The Finance Committee staff still is reviewing whether travel and entertainment services provided Tom and Linda Daschle by EduCap, Inc., Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, Academy Achievement, and Loan to Learn should be reported as income. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Daschle made use of the jet belonging to EduCap, a non-profit student loan organization.

9. NYCO - 31 January 2009

You know, I’ve got a bad feeling about this…


The aftermath of ice storms are awful even in wealthy states that have a lot of resources in good times. I remember when my area had almost a week without power, massive power line damage, etc when a big derecho went through.

But Kentucky is poor, many people are isolated, and ice storms are not as sexy as hurricanes and tornadoes and earthquakes. And the economy right now? What a disaster.

Read in the paper that some Kentucky officials are simply just telling people to “go south” and stay in motels because there’s nothing they can do to get to them. I hope this is not going to be like a mini Katrina for some areas.

10. marisacat - 31 January 2009

Oh that sounds terrible… reading the article it seems to just be dire. In the bitter cold and dark and many isolated.

11. diane - 31 January 2009


Say you assholes ya got lead in your water systems:

About seven-and-a-half years ago, the District of Columbia’s water authority switched from chlorination to an alternative water-disinfection technology:chloramination. [jeez, was that you George..with Dick and Addington hovering in the backdrop…what are you going to do about it Obama? How bout you stop droning iinnocent people (at least as innocent as you) in Pakistan and deal with the maggot infested infrastructure….ahh have to add…. what wizard of capitalism boiled up the chloramination technology?] The goal had been to reduce the potentially carcinogenic by-products of chlorination that developed in drinking water. And the substitution worked.
However, an unintended consequence of this improved disinfection technique was the sudden release of copious amounts of lead into the drinking water that serves the nation’s capital. Until then, notes Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, no one had realized that chlorine had been playing a role in binding substantial amounts of lead to the interior of plumbing pipes.
What resulted was a “lead crisis” that persisted for several years, until water engineers found a way to tame the chloramination process. However, despite local health officials’ claims to the contrary, District children were dosed with potentially dangerous amounts of lead, report Edwards and two colleagues from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Why did this go unnoticed for so long? Because DC is surrounded by ghetto…?,

Ahh well….who cares for water,…us ….ADULTS…..we drink blood?

Death is our aperitif….?

12. catnip - 31 January 2009


Officials are concerned that harsh limits could discourage some firms from asking for aid.

Then they don’t need it, obviously.

(Why don’t I see anything at dkos about Daschle’s tax problems?) 😉

13. CSTAR - 31 January 2009

I was incredulous to hear Marylin Young on Bill Moyers last night say “her heart sank” when she heard of the predator attack on Pakistan under his command. For heaven’s sake, he had been saying all along through the campaign that’s what he was going to do.

For a professor of history that seems pretty naive.

14. catnip - 31 January 2009

The first I heard about the Kentucky ice storm was yesterday on CNN yet this has been going on for 5 days now? Shades of Katrina indeed.

15. marisacat - 31 January 2009

you know what I thought CSTAR? How many did she herself exhort to follow him.

Give me the Spreys any day. I’d rather face what is… the break is cleaner and we can somehow get on to the future sooner.

I realise it is hard for some, but she struck me as a sad dreamer. Again, like Pepe Escobar (see link above) did she not READ OBAMA’S OWN WORDS. Guess not.

16. CSTAR - 31 January 2009

Oops. Wong pronoun reference. I forgot to say “under Obama’s command”. The way I wrote it, the pronoun seems to imply “under Bill Moyers command”.

17. diane - 31 January 2009

and lord knows what new meds Ppppppfizer is gonna cook up now that they quite succesfessly bypassed whatever monoply rules exist on paper……one might have thought that the merger with Wyeth would have been prevented since it has now dumped 20,000 more unemployed and gut wrenched human beings, every bit as worthy as anyone else……..

18. marisacat - 31 January 2009

At least Politico has this up too… His connections ot the Health Care Industry are as, if not more, egregious than unpaid taxes. IMO he should be barred from dealing iwth many issues. In December there was discussion of that, and if it were to be the list of barred issues was rather long. Medicare aspects for one.

IOW, not fit for HHS. Of course I never could stand Daschle. Fucking dolt imo.

Tom Daschle, tapped to be President Obama’s health czar, was paid more than $200,000 by the health-care industry in the past two years, according to documents obtained by Politico.

The former Senate majority leader, who gave speeches to firms and groups with a vested-interest in the administration’s upcoming health reform, collected the checks as part of a $5 million windfall after he lost reelection to his South Dakota seat.

This weekend, Daschle’s nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services became embroiled in controversy over the last-minute revelation that he had only recently paid long-overdue taxes.

Daschle made nearly $5.3 million in the last two years, records released Friday show, including $220,000 he received for giving speeches, many of them to outfits that stand to gain or lose millions of dollars from the work he would do once confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services.

For instance, the Health Industry Distributors Association plunked down $14,000 to land the former Senate Democratic leader in March 2008. The association, which represents medical products distributors, boasts on its website that Daschle met with it after he was nominated to discuss “the impact an Obama administration will have on the industry.”

He KNEW he would be rewarded for supporting obster early and long. But … oh greed I guess. He could not keep his nose clean for even a year before The Glorious Ascension. Nor even once nominated.

19. NYCO - 31 January 2009

10. Ice storms are every bit as destructive to power/heat infrastructure as hurricanes are, but do not make for sexy weather porn on The Weather Channel. There are also homes flattened by trees… mobile homes especially… roads made impassable by live wires, etc.

And when you’re without light, heat and computer/TV for days, every day seems like it’s 48 hours long. My house was without power for 5 days… in summer, not winter… after a derecho – and I was climbing the walls and sick of eating crackers and peanut butter after 3 days (no hot food). I invested in a camp stove and propane after that.

Maybe comparing it to Katrina is a bit much, on second thought, but this is just one more stress that a poorer state is going to have to absorb if the federal government won’t cough up the disaster aid. (We had an ice storm in eastern NY recently and the feds refused to cover half of the affected counties.)

20. marisacat - 31 January 2009

From the Politico email:

House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor of Virginia, reading the Daschle news off his BlackBerry to last night’s banquet of a House Republican retreat in the Allegheny Mountains: ‘It’s easy for the other side to advocate for higher taxes because you know what? They don’t pay ’em.

PUNDIT PREP: Administration officials say the nomination will be fine — they’ve gotten good feedback from senators. But the storm last night was ferocious, and they have to get through the next two days.

21. diane - 31 January 2009

Alfie Hitchock would be might proud

Some of at least 100 dead Starling birds are seen on the property of Andrea Kepic of the Griggstown section of Franklin Township, N.J., on Saturday. Kipec and other area residents said police told them about an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that discussed a program to poison blackbirds and starlings, but they were unaware of specific details.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The black carcasses of starlings still pepper the snowy roads and lawns of central New Jersey’s rural Griggstown community three days after federal officials used a pesticide to kill as many as 5,000 of the birds.


“It was raining birds,” said Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine. “It got people a little anxious.”


a culling program was underway……..[and whom are the cullable?]


a USDA spokeswoman, said a bird-specific pesticide called DRC-1339 was used to kill the starlings. It is harmless to people and other animals, she said [she has witnessed the proof of this……apparantly, within the likely one month span in which it has been unleashed……………]

And what are the human specific technologies Raytheon et al are working on?

22. marisacat - 31 January 2009

Sunday soaps…

NBC: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Steve Forbes, and Moody’s.com economist Mark Zandi

ABC: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Google CEO Eric Schmidt, FedEx CEO Fred Smith, roundtable with ABC’s Martha Raddatz, NY Times’ David Sanger, ABC’s George Will, and Wash Post’s Bob Woodward

CBS: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), NY Times’ David Brooks

Fox: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), panel with the Fox News All Stars with Fox’s Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liaisson, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN: Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Gov. Jennifer Graholm (D-MI), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist

23. ms_xeno - 31 January 2009

Great. Save the feedlots. Wouldn’t want to run out of contaminated, hormone-riddled, cheap animal flesh to eat.

Wouldn’t it be more economical for us to learn recipes for cooking starlings and blackbirds ? Y’know, then we could cut out the middleman…

24. ms_xeno - 31 January 2009

If you don’t side with poor Tommy D., you are obviously siding with Limbaugh. Those are your only options, People.



25. diane - 31 January 2009

ms xeno

well a tip of my Tuaca to ya hon (well someone has to imbibe…the cheese cannot stand alone!)

images of Van Gogh’s sunflowers..and Soylent Green to come?…….

I hope not…I’m enough of an idiot to hope it doesn’t have to be………………but enough of a cynic, and certainly, book read enough, to possibly drink myself to death in the chill of it all…does that make sense?

26. ms_xeno - 31 January 2009

If you must, diane. Personally I intend to try living enough to dance on the graves of at least a few people who’ve pissed me off. If I can’t do that, I plan to at least bedevil/annoy them in every trivial way possible until my carcass is finally shoved in the crematorium and the door is nailed shut.

Not that there are any guarantees other than death itself, of course… 😀

27. diane - 31 January 2009

..alas…and I’ve certainly hung out here long enough,…to get, get at least some concept….of who has the CONCH at the end of our increasingly deadly days…….

28. diane - 31 January 2009

ms xeno

I wrote possibly, I didn’t write that I am, deliberately drinking myself to death…there is at least a small distinction there….I’m healthier than many….and I won’t be deliberately committing suicide…anytime soon hon……………


29. marisacat - 31 January 2009

hmmm Jack Balkin[ization]:

Executive Privilege When You are No Longer the Executive


Michael Isikoff reports that days before President Bush left office he sent a letter to Karl Rove telling him that after Bush left office Rove was under no circumstances to testify before Congress or provide documents to Congress. Isikoff reports that a similar letter was also sent to Harriet Meiers.

President Bush’s view is that beyond ordinary executive privilege, Rove and other aides have an absolute immunity from testifying.

The fact that Bush sent these letters while he was still president makes no difference. He is no longer president. The claim of absolute immunity he is making (as opposed to executive privilege, which is not absolute) would be controversial even if offered by a sitting president, but it is even more so when offered by a former president.

As I noted previously, it is likely that everything turns on whether the new administration consents to the testimony; a former president’s privilege is not absolute but must necessarily be limited by the needs of the present administration, which, the courts presume, will take into consideration the needs of former and future presidents. ….snip…

a few embedded links………………………….

30. marisacat - 31 January 2009

Israeli victories

“Israeli soccer matches were suspended during the assault on Gaza. When the games resumed last week, the fans had come up with a new chant:

“Why have the schools in Gaza been shut down?” sang the crowd. “Because all the children were gunned down!” came the answer.

Aside from its sheer barbarism, this chant reflects the widespread belief among Israeli Jews that Israel scored an impressive victory in Gaza — a victory measured, not least, by the death toll.”

Posted by As’ad at 7:31 AM


He also links to a Daily kos take on himself.


The Angry Arab, is a hardcore, old-school Arab Marxist (albeit one who enjoys The Economist), but don’t let either of those things frighten you away. …

31. diane - 31 January 2009

aaahhh well..at the very least..the x(?)”Bat Room Tenant” feces blossom should be subjected to chloramination technology, and a plantation littered with dead birds………….

32. diane - 31 January 2009

oooopsie..and sorry..misplaced italics above feces=turd…..

33. diane - 31 January 2009

Thanks for that Marisa, it reminded me that I saved this last week:
Fueling the Cycle of Hate

War is teaching the children of Israel and Gaza that the other side is a bloodthirsty monster, and destroying any desire for peace
by Neve Gordon and Yigal Bronner

Israeli soccer matches were suspended during the assault on Gaza. When the games resumed last week, the fans had come up with a new chant: “Why have the schools in Gaza been shut down?” sang the crowd. “Because all the children were gunned down!” came the answer.

Aside from its sheer barbarism, this chant reflects the widespread belief among Israeli Jews that Israel scored an impressive victory in Gaza – a victory measured, not least, by the death toll.

Israeli pilots and tank commanders could not really discriminate between the adults and the children who hid in their homes or huddled in the UNRWA shelters, and yet they chose to press the trigger. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that the lethal onslaught left 1,314 Palestinians dead, of which 412 – or nearly one third of all of the casualties – were children.

This latest assault underscores that Israel, not unlike Hamas, readily resorts to violence and does not distinguish between civilians and combatants (only the weapons at Israel’s disposal are much more lethal). No matter how many times the Israeli government tries to blame Hamas for the latest Palestinian civilian deaths it simply cannot explain away the body count, especially that of the children. In addition to the dead, 1,855 Palestinian children were wounded, and tens of thousands of others have likely been traumatised, many of them for life.

Every child has a story. A Bedouin friend recently called to tell us about his relatives in Gaza. One cousin allowed her five-year-old daughter to walk to the adjacent house to see whether the neighbours had something left to eat. The girl had been crying from hunger. The moment she began crossing the street a missile exploded nearby and the flying shrapnel killed her. The mother has since been bedridden, weeping and screaming, “I have let my girl die hungry”.

As if the bloody incursion was not enough, the Israeli security forces seem to be keen on spreading the flames of hatred among the Arab population within Israel. Hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel have been arrested for protesting at the Israeli assault and more than 200 of them are still in custody. One incident is enough to illustrate the psychological effect these arrests will likely have on hundreds more children.

A few days after the ceasefire, several men wearing black ski masks stormed the home of Muhammad Abu Humus. They came to arrest him for protesting against the killings in Gaza. It was four in the morning and the whole family was asleep when the men banged on the door. After entering the house, they made Abu Humus’s wife Wafa and their four children Erfat (12), Shahd (9), Anas (6) and Majd (3) stand in a corner as they searched the house, throwing all the clothes, sheets, toys, and kitchenware on the floor. With tears in their eyes, the children watched as the armed men then took their father away and left.

Chance would have it that Abu Humus, a long-time peace activist and member of the Fatah party, is a personal friend of ours. In 2001, he joined Ta’ayush Arab-Jewish Partnership, and since then has selflessly organised countless peace rallies and other joint activities. During the past eight years, we have spent many hours at each other’s homes and our children have grown up respecting and liking one other. It is hard to believe that just one month ago he attended the Bar Mitzvah of Yigal’s son in a Jerusalem synagogue.

Muhammad and Wafa Abu Humus have tried over the years to instil in their children a love and desire for peace, and while the security forces may not have destroyed this, the hatred they have generated in one night cannot be underestimated. Indeed, what, one might ask, will his children think of their Jewish neighbours? What feelings will they harbour? And what can we expect from those children in Gaza who have witnessed the killing of their parents, siblings, friends and neighbours?

We emphasise the Palestinian children because so many of them have been killed and terrorised in the past month. Yet it is clear that Israeli children are suffering as well, particularly those who have spent long periods in shelters for fear of being hit by rockets.

The one message that is being conveyed to children on both sides of this fray is that the other side is a bloodthirsty monster. In Israel, this was instantly translated into gains for the hate-mongering Yisrael Beytenu party headed by the xenophobic Avigdor Lieberman, who is now the frontrunner in mock polls being held in many Jewish high schools, with the hawkish Binyamin Netanyahu coming in second.

Hatred, in other words, is the great winner of this war. It has helped mobilise racist mobs, and as the soccer chant indicates it has left absolutely no place for the other, undermining even basic empathy for innocent children. Israel’s masters of war must be happy: the seeds of the next wars have certainly been sown.

34. NYCO - 31 January 2009

21. On the killing of starlings…

Meet Beakie:

Other Beakie vids are here:


35. NYCO - 31 January 2009

post in moderation…

36. marisacat - 31 January 2009


diane out of Moderation… and NYCO out of Spam…

WP has so many ways to scrooo up…


37. diane - 31 January 2009

thank you “NYCO” it’s so good to know so many of us are not on board with decimation……………………

38. marisacat - 31 January 2009

The one message that is being conveyed to children on both sides of this fray is that the other side is a bloodthirsty monster. In Israel, this was instantly translated into gains for the hate-mongering Yisrael Beytenu party headed by the xenophobic Avigdor Lieberman, who is now the frontrunner in mock polls being held in many Jewish high schools, with the hawkish Binyamin Netanyahu coming in second.

If possible, Israel is worse than ever. Which says a lot.

39. diane - 31 January 2009

..yeah..Marisa…it has become the world of what should I bold face here…because it will all come back to condemn those who hunger for death…to feed their hideous existence….my idiocy? allows me to believe that while we will all suffer our sins….some should and shall suffer far more than those they tormented….

those who couldn’t get enough will be the first to suffer from the Ponzi Schemes they allowed to flourish, as long as they themselves wouldn’t suffer from it……………

40. diane - 31 January 2009

those who couldn’t get enough will be the first to suffer from the Ponzi Schemes they allowed to flourish, as long as they themselves wouldn’t suffer from it……………

alas …that doesn’t appear to be true right now, at this place called “Earth,” and who would I be to argue with what I experience to be the reality on this earth?

41. marisacat - 31 January 2009

Speaking of Daschle… From Politico / Comment 8

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Daschle made use of the jet belonging to EduCap, a non-profit student loan organization.


Just saw this at the schnauzers’, and of course they are making capital… on things they/their “side” do themselves. I say, Fire the Fucking Political Class! Sooner… not later.

Loan industry watchdogs question whether the company, EduCap, operates in the best interests of students and should retain its nonprofit status.

As a nonprofit, EduCap is exempt from paying federal income tax as long as it claims to be serving a public good.

But the company allows some students to borrow up to $50,000 a year, sometimes at 18 percent effective interest rates — terms that most financial experts urge borrowers to avoid. The Internal Revenue Service has been reviewing the business.

42. diane - 31 January 2009

The Internal Revenue Service has been reviewing the business.

kinda like they reviewed Daschle and Geithner? [the rest of us would’ve been homeless (Daschle paid his taxes due on January 2nd?) because the IRS policy under george and dick has been to vigorously place liens on everything one who files a 1040 owns (did i spell leans wrong?), but not collect a dime from Corporate Monstrosities such as Halliburton…who generously provided faulty electrical connections in the showers in Iraq….which eloctocuted youngins who were really just beginning from the rust belt and the Sout

While I actually believe taxation can be helpful…the top puppeteers of the IRS, have no intent, and haven’t had any…to go after those evading (quaint term huh?) putting any effort into a better place on earth…………..

Instead, Corporo/Plotico Monsters reign supreme

43. diane - 31 January 2009

….ahh well sorry …and oops,………….. Daschle and Geithner..they file 1040s also..but their’s are Public Servant 1040’s …far more special than those of us bums who lazily didn’t strive in life to be running DC and the world at large……

well …someone has to sweep up the floor at the end of the day..and empty the garbage cans…….otherwise…ya got cholera …don’t ya?

44. marisacat - 31 January 2009

Daschle paid his taxes due on January 2nd?

Yeah I noticed that too.. Geithner pungled up, iirc, back in November.

Rooting around at the schnauzers… I see that EduCap also paid Dashcle consulting fees.

There is a new story up at Politico and the tone is changing

With President Barack Obama’s talking like the new sheriff of Wall Street this week, it seems like just the kind of thing he’d rail against – a rich political insider who doesn’t pay taxes on his limousine.

Except that in this case, it’s Obama’s nominee for health and human services secretary, Tom Daschle.

The White House said Saturday that Obama remains committed to Daschle’s nomination. A West Wing official twice stressed that Obama is dedicated to enduring the fallout—now the second politically embarrassing case of a high-level appointee failing to pay taxes.

“Every nomination has bumps along the road but they handle it,” said this official.

Sources close to Daschle said they’ve gotten reassurances from the White House that Obama was not wavering. …slapwa…

we’re fine, is the echo…


45. diane - 31 January 2009

bumps along the road

a rather nasty taste of shingles?

a pox on ya fuckas

46. diane - 31 January 2009

…thinkin of quail teachin their little babes to walk with those zany hats…quivering little threads…extending from top of their mysterious cranium..with a bit of an insane flourish at the very top…who could be making this stuff up?

and then….there actually was/is a Bird of Paradise…and is it finalized yet that the Ivory Billed Pecker still survives?….quick…quick quick hon…there’s plenty maggots to pick out of rotted wood in DC…and drive the wicked to slepless (phonetically – modern day Navaho woman I had the pleasure to work alongside – “Slep”), nights……………

47. diane - 31 January 2009

…..yeah well….mother fuckers…ya want the trash emptied?….empty it your damn selves……..I’m quite busy collecting your snot from the tub drain…along with your slimy hairs……speakin of hairs,……..is that a bald spot I see?…well I’ll be…your cranium, looks like a Baboon’s Ass……………while I’m dragged along in chains…behind you..on your insane mission……….

48. diane - 31 January 2009

oops second thought……my last comment (currently 47?) was not at all meant to pick on anyone who’s losing their hair prematurely, or in fact…actual baboons,….just an anology to vain murderous assholes with their false assumed/presumed/attained to? virility

49. marisacat - 31 January 2009

IOZ puts up his version of roast chicken – with blood oranges…

Heat the clarified butter in a heavy sauté pan. Add the shallots and garlic. Salt lightly. Cook until the shallots just begin to soften. Add 1 orange, the lemon, the liver, and the thyme. Cook until heated through. Stuff into the cavity of the chicken. Using the needle and twine, sew the cavity shut…..

… and so on……………….

50. catnip - 31 January 2009

Hmmm…your calendar on the right is a day behind, mcat.

51. marisacat - 31 January 2009

hmm how odd about the calendar.. I will check what time the damn thing is on.. Sometimes it flips off from Pacific Time…

Thanks, I had not noticed.

52. marisacat - 31 January 2009

It must be a glitch with the calendar itslef, as it/WP is recording comment times accurately for PT (back pages) – and shows 1/31/2009


53. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009

I love blood oranges.

Speaking of the ’70s being back, I went to the theater and saw Death Wish … oh, I mean Taken today. It was all there, the grim and sadistic killing, the leather car coat, the whole deal.

54. catnip - 31 January 2009

51. Well, yesterday wasn’t all that bad so I don’t mind reliving it.

55. marisacat - 31 January 2009

oo I went t the IMbd page, it looks very interesting. I see the theatre version in the USA! USA! is “cut”.

I think some strata in France never got over that 70s version of America… works for me… 😆

56. NYCO - 31 January 2009

I guess I’m not the only one wondering about Katrina/Kentucky…


In some parts of rural Kentucky, they’re getting water the old-fashioned way — with pails from a creek. There’s not room for one more sleeping bag on the shelter floor. The creative are flushing their toilets with melted snow.

At least 42 people have died, including 11 in Kentucky, and conditions are worsening in many places days after an ice storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers from the Plains to the East Coast. About a million people were still without electric Friday, and with no hope that the lights will come back on soon, small communities are frantically struggling to help their residents.

One county put it bluntly: It can’t.

“We’re asking people to pack a suitcase and head south and find a motel if they have the means, because we can’t service everybody in our shelter,” said Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown, who oversees about 9,000 people, many of whom are sleeping in the town’s elementary school.

57. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009

It was pretty grim, even considering that it was written by Luc Besson, who isn’t exactly Mr. touchy-feelie. It made “Leon/The Professional” look like a heartwarming family drama.

58. NYCO - 31 January 2009

This Kos diary seems to define the expression “Just fell off the turnip truck…”


Shocking! simply shocking! That companies would do such a thing!!!!

59. marisacat - 31 January 2009

NYCO Instapundit has picked up on the aftermath (fwiw) in KY as well.. with several posts gathered in one link.

I meant to post it and it slipped my mind (which was taken over by roasted chicken, a lesser effort in my house, just the breast).

hmm when I went back to get it/link I see he has a more recent snarky (at a close look) post on it as well. Lack of attention and response commentary seem to be circulating in the Right Blagosphere… what a shock!

60. marisacat - 31 January 2009

hmmm… re: KY/icestorm… the report which sits on the FP of CNN with picture and link to video… seems a slap happy sort of thing.

[T]he state said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will operate out of a National Guard center in Frankfort.

[Governor] Beshear praised the Obama administration’s prompt reaction to the storm. Obama declared parts of the state a federal disaster area Wednesday evening.

“They really hit the ground running,” he said. “They’re working very hard to get all the equipment and supplies here that we need.”

61. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009
62. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009

Things have changed so much, they’ve circled back around and ended up where they started! Obama lets CIA keep controversial renditions tool

WASHINGTON — The CIA’s secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba.

But even while dismantling these discredited programs, President Barack Obama left an equally controversial counterterrorism tool intact.

Under executive orders issued by Obama last week, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, or the secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the U.S.

Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said the rendition program is poised to play an expanded role because it is the main remaining mechanism—aside from Predator missile strikes—for taking suspected terrorists off the street.

63. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009

oh, and forgot to include this:

“Obviously you need to preserve some tools, you still have to go after the bad guys,” said an Obama administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity when discussing legal reasoning behind the decision. “The legal advisers working on this looked at rendition. It is controversial in some circles and kicked up a big storm in Europe. But if done within certain parameters, it is an acceptable practice.”

One provision in one of Obama’s orders appears to preserve the CIA’s ability to detain and interrogate terrorism suspects as long as they are not held long-term. The little-noticed provision states that the instructions to close the CIA’s secret prison sites “do not refer to facilities used only to hold people on a short-term, transitory basis.”

Obama’s decision to preserve the program did not draw major protests, even among human-rights groups. Leaders of such organizations said that reflects a sense, even among advocates, that the United States and other nations need certain tools to combat terrorism.

“Under limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place” for renditions, said Tom Malinowski, the Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. “What I heard loud and clear from the president’s order was that they want to design a system that doesn’t result in people being sent to foreign dungeons to be tortured.”

64. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009

Follow the Money

Meanwhile, the financial system did not collapse and while a few banks were failing, there were no runs on them, and martial law wasn’t invoked. One reason things didn’t fall apart when Congress didn’t immediately act as Paulson and Bernanke demanded, may be that there wasn’t any danger of a meltdown in the first place. So say three senior economists working at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who in October examined the Fed’s own data, and concluded in an article titled Facts and Myths About the Financial Crisis of 2008 that the claims that interbank lending and commercial lending had seized up were simply not true. “Bank lending to consumers and to non-financial companies had not ceased, and banks were lending to each other at record levels,” says V.V. Charri, an economist at the Minneapolis Fed. “Maybe Bernanke and Paulson had information that they were not making public, but the available data simply did not support what they were saying.” Charri and his colleagues and co-authors Lawrence Christiano and Patrick Kehoe agree that with companies like Lehman Brothers, AIG and Citigroup foundering because of toxic debt instruments, there was a sense of a financial crisis brewing, but they say it wasn’t a credit freeze. “This was a lot like the run-up to the Iraq invasion in 2003,” says Charri. “You had people in government saying: `We’re smart guys, trust us.’ But they were either wrong or they were lying.”

Adds Kehoe: “Normally, when you’re going to spend a lot of money, you present the data and the economic theory to support it, yet here’s the biggest non-military government intervention in history since the Great Depression, and there was no evidence presented to support it, and no detailed economic argument made about what market failures this $700 billion was going to fix.”

Supporting that view, Octavio Marenzi, founder of financial technology research and consulting firm Celent, says more bluntly: “There was no credit crisis. What was happening was much more arcane: A few big institutions that had made bad bets were at risk of going bust, and that’s it. And if they had gone bankrupt, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world. In fact, there is huge excess capacity in financial services and there’s a need to focus on the healthy ones and let others fail. Meanwhile, business lending and consumer lending were still strong in September and October, and it’s still okay.”

Even in the corporate realm, there are some indications that all may not be as it appeared as the $700 billion Wall Street bailout was hammered out, followed by trillions of dollars more in government backing pledged for everything from corporate paper to money market funds to the Big Three auto companies. Bill Dunkleberg, chief economist with the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), says that over the years of routine business condition surveys conducted among members by his organization, which primarily consists of companies with sales of under $1 billion, only about 3% of financial officers have cited access to credit as their biggest problem. This November, the latest survey, which covered the period of the credit crunch and bailout, the figure was still 3%. Dunkleberg adds: “We also asked people who borrow every quarter if things had gotten harder for them or not; 11% said it had, but then that’s about what happened in 1991, when the percentage saying that loans had gotten harder to obtain in that recession was 12%. So the situation is really pretty typical for a period when an expansion runs out and P&Ls get worse.”

65. NYCO - 31 January 2009

sheez… reeling from horribly violent weekend in this neck of the woods… a cabbie shot dead (back of the head) by someone skipping out on a fare… cop shot in back of the head… and an EMT shot dead by a patient.

I just fear this is a small taste of what’s to come.

66. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009
67. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009
68. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 January 2009
69. catnip - 31 January 2009

I see Daschle’s problems finally made the FP of dkos. Took them long enough.

64. So, what’s the average person supposed to believe about this so-called meltdown then? That it’s a global conspiracy?

70. catnip - 31 January 2009

We’re going to have a crazy people jumping into ice cold lake water event here on Valentine’s Day. I’ll just watch, thanks.

71. catnip - 31 January 2009


I’m sure Obama doesn’t want to be thinking about second choices, but really, Tom Daschle should not have put the President in this position.

Are you kidding me?? Wasn’t it Obama who picked him? What happened to ‘the buck stops here’?

They must get paid every time they cover his ass over there.

72. marisacat - 31 January 2009

Italy – or the Northern League – seems to be going nuts. Not the only stories of extreme xenophobia in Italy floating around.

[A]sked if he had ever eaten a kebab, Mr Zaia said: “No – and I defy anyone to prove the contrary. I prefer the dishes of my native Veneto. I even refuse to eat pineapple.”

Mehmet Karatut, who owns one of four kebab shops in Lucca, said that he used Italian meat only.

Davide Boni, a councillor in Milan for the Northern League, which also opposes the building of mosques in Italian cities, said that kebab shop owners were prepared to work long hours, which was unfair competition.

“This is a new Lombard Crusade against the Saracens,” La Stampa, the daily newspaper, said. The centre-left opposition in Lucca said that the campaign was discrimination and amounted to “culinary ethnic cleansing”.

Vittorio Castellani, a celebrity chef, said: “There is no dish on Earth that does not come from mixing techniques, products and tastes from cultures that have met and mingled over time.”

He said that many dishes thought of as Italian were, in fact, imported. The San Marzano tomato, a staple ingredient of Italian pasta sauces, was a gift from Peru to the Kingdom of Naples in the 18th century. Even spaghetti, it is thought, was brought back from China by Marco Polo, and oranges and lemons came from the Arab world.

73. marisacat - 31 January 2009


another thing on Mehserle… It has come out, very sotto voce that the small start up of a riot out side the Oakland court house (over quick and dispersed, only damage a single car window) sparked after word was carried on all media that Mehserle first got bail then shortly made bail then word he was released from Santa Rita jail… was from a Press Release from [Mayor of Oakland] Dellums’ office. I have caught a single report identifying that as the source. But makes sense.

Dellums is disgusting in every way.

As of today Mehserle has not made bail nor been released.

What a fucking screwball mess.

the atty for the family of the victim did nto help either by saying he expected Mehserle to make bail.

The spin is flying hot and heavy out there.

74. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

12:01 a.m. central, february 1st, 2009.

people get fucked-up. quite a few can’t handle it. some of those few end up homeless. my tonight is for them.

“Blaze Foley was a genius and a beautiful loser.” – Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams – Drunken Angel

my tonight is also for harry, wherever he is.

75. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

“He’s only gone crazy once. Decided to stay.” – Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt – Blaze’s Blues

:::regrets for the poor quality, this is the only youtube of the song i can find by the songwriter. i can’t not post it:::

76. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

Billing themselves as Fred & Wilma to avoid an over-large crowd, Timbuk3 played at The Hole In The Wall (Austin) on January 25 (1989) with Blaze opening (final performance). During the last set Pat & Barbara K. called him to the stage, saying: “Blaze Foley was our first friend in Austin. He was on the street, we were on the street…”

Gurf Morlix w/ Barbara K. — Music You Mighta Made at Ruta Maya in Austin

77. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

barbara k in spam

78. marisacat - 31 January 2009

sorry bay! got it out…


79. Artemisia - 31 January 2009

The way we treat the mentally ill in the US (or more precisely, the way we ignore them and step over them when they are dying homeless in the streets) is a crime against humanity.

All in all Blaze Foley’s demise was about as humane as it gets for the mentally ill in a country that finds moral fault with anyone fails to achieve financial “success”.

Those that knew him best have said that he was a lot of things. A talented musicisan and songwriter. A fierce friend. An alcoholic and drug user. A person who suffered from at least one, and perhaps several diagnosable mental illnesses. A deeply sensitive individual. A complete jerk sometimes.

Hopefully he has found more peace in death than he ever found in life. Give a blanket to a homeless person today, in his memory.

80. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

strangers sing those songs

John Prine – Clay Pigeons

81. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

some were nationwide

merle haggard – Tammy Wynette Memorial Service “If I Could Only Fly

:::regrets for the incomplete song, once again, this is the youtube document i can find by the writer that i like the best:::

82. marisacat - 31 January 2009

Artemisia out of moderation! Sorry!…

All in all Blaze Foley’s demise was about as humane as it gets for the mentally ill in a country that finds moral fault with anyone fails to achieve financial “success”.

exactly… the crux of the American ethos. Such as it is………..

83. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

and some were local to austin

Clay Pigeons by Apaches of Paris

84. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

friends still sing his songs

Blaze’s guitarist from ’77 to ’81, Gurf Morlix, remembers that “one night we were coming back from a gig and we saw a fire. Blaze got on a pay phone and reported it to the police and they asked him who he was and when he said ‘Blaze Foley,’

they hung up.”

Cold, Cold World peformed by Gurf Morlix

85. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

If I Could Only Fly performed by Wrecks Ball at his folk club, the old quarter, in galveston.

the good news is the old quarter acoustic cafe is open again on galveston isle afer ike. it was rebuilt not by corporate money

but by its fans

86. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

His shooting death on Feb. 1 came during the rebirth of his career. He had recorded the Live At the Austin Outhouse cassette and nearly was finished with the overdubs at Bee Creek studio for a new album on Heartland Records.

“It was hard for us to record If I Could Only Fly,” Bee Creek engineer Spencer Starnes said about Foley’s most-remembered song, “because every time he would sing it, about halfway through, he’d break down in tears.

He wrote beautiful songs.”

If I could Only Fly – Blaze Foley

87. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

blaze foley received a gunshot wound to the heart on this day 30 years ago, feb 1st 1989 at 5:30 am, on st mary’s street in south austin texas, between south lamar and congress. he lingered for a few hours and died at breckenridge hospital.

his last words reportedly were “please don’t let me die”.

he had been homeless for at least ten years, living on the kindness of his friends. sleeping on couches, on porches and under pool tables. the musicians in austin, who knew him, have been making tribute albums in his memory. today there are four of them.

all proceeds to go the homeless.

blaze foley tribute project

speaking for myself, i believe he set out intentionally to create a legend. the problem is that in a club scene the only thing one ends up being is a legendary drunk.

but he wrote a few good songs.

i can’t find fault with that. there for the grace of god, go i.

88. bayprairie - 31 January 2009
89. bayprairie - 31 January 2009

two interesting asides, and then i’m down for the night.

in the late 80s the city services were being privatized. the first to go was the local trash service. at some point all these blue dumpsters began showing up and the logo on the outside was a white BFI, short for Browning Ferris Insustries.

in austin BFI meant Blaze Foley Inside.

on the third tribute album note song six:

Crawl Back to You Alan Smithee

nite all!!!!

the legend

Blaze Foley · Country music
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Handbook of Texas online

Austin American Statesman
Headline: Austin singer Foley shot to death
Date: February 2, 1989 Section: CITY/STATE
Page: B1 Edition: FINAL
Word Count: 771
Author: John Harris
Casey Monahan

Daily Texan: Gunshot kills local musician – 02/02/1989

Blaze Foley by Larry Monroe
First printed in the Austin Weekly in February, 1989.

Austin American Statesman
Headline: Blaze of glory
Friends, musicians remember singer-songwriter Foley as ‘honest’ but troubled man
Date: February 11, 1989 Section: TIME OUT
Page: E10 Edition: FINAL
Word Count: 1212

90. bayprairie - 1 February 2009

sorry for hogging the threadi’ve loved, as well as hated, men like this. hate to see them knock on my door.

but hate to see them go.

I’m tired of runnin’ ’round lookin’ for answers to questions that I already know
I could build me a castle of memories just to have somewhere to go
Count the days and the nights that it takes to get back in the saddle again
Feed the pigeons some clay
Turn the night into day
Start talkin’ again, when I know what to say

I’m goin’ down to the Greyhound Station, gonna get a ticket to ride
Gonna find that lady with two or three kids and sit down by her side
Ride ’til the sun comes up and down around me ’bout two or three times
Smokin’ cigarettes in the last seat
Tryin’ to hide my sorrow from the people I meet
And get along with it all

Go down where the people say “y’all”
Feed the pigeons some clay
Turn the night into day
Start talkin’ again
When I know what to say

91. catnip - 1 February 2009

Oh how it must suck….

Send money now!

92. catnip - 1 February 2009
93. marisacat - 1 February 2009

Speaking of KY I looked up how the vote ended up there… 57/41 for McCain. he took all 8 EV.

Since the governor is complimenting the Feds for swift whatever, I assume he is a Democrat.

AND I just heard a cold front moves in there Monday. It was a little warmer today, and supposedly that gave utility workers a little chance to get work done.

94. marisacat - 1 February 2009

So typical.

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s choice for health secretary, Tom Daschle, was aware as early as last June that he might have to pay back taxes for the use of a car and driver provided by a private equity firm, but did not inform the Obama transition team until weeks after Mr. Obama named him to the health secretary’s post, senior administration officials said Saturday.

After Timothy F. Geithner, Mr. Obama’s Treasury secretary, faced similar issues, some senators may have little appetite for confirming another nominee with tax problems.

“It’s totally shocking,” an aide to a Democratic senator said Saturday. “Why do we have to continue to have the same story over and over again with these nominees?” …snip…

Oh I dunno… soemthing to do with claiming that so and so is the only human on earth who can do a bureaucratic job. And all too likely fuck up.They have nto quite said that yet about Daschle… but they may.

“We wish this didn’t happen,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat who is on the Finance Committee, “but he’s chosen such quality people that nobody minds taking a bit of an extra step to help get them in.” …snip…

95. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 February 2009

64. So, what’s the average person supposed to believe about this so-called meltdown then? That it’s a global conspiracy?

I do. I think a bunch of closely connected people saw a chance to loot the treasury for their friends and cronies, so they did.

96. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 February 2009

Thanks for the Blaze, Bay. I know him only by a few of his songs, and some of the songs about him that I didn’t know were about him. I love the studio version of “If I Could Only Fly” by Merle Haggard.

In ’89 I wasn’t listening to country or folk or singer-songwriters … I had to learn them later as I grew up and met folks who helped expand my musical tastes. I was all about the blues that year, (got to see Stevie Ray at a convention in Amarillo, in a fieldhouse that the company I worked for reserved for the convention … heaven). Thanks for expanding my knowledge a little further.

97. marisacat - 1 February 2009

nu post……….


…………… 😯 ……………

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