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Orange violet… 9 May 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, DC Politics, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


A flamingo rests during a rain shower in its enclosure at the zoo in the northern German city of Osnabrueck [AFP/GETTY]

hmm not a color but a vibration…


Here is some sabbath amusement... I fell into this blog of a Catholic priest, Father Bill, in Colorado Springs (right!, a religio-nutto ground zero) via the schnauzers at The Corner.

The post on replying to a student, preparing for Confirmation and asking why there are no women priests, is a scream!

[T]he image of mother and father are very strong in Jesus’ teachings about who God is and who we are. He reveals to us that we have such a loving and strong relationship with God that we can call Him, Abba (which means Daddy or Father). And He reveals to us that we, collectively, are His (Jesus’) bride and together we can call Mary our Mother.

All of this is involved in the ministry of priesthood.  The priest at Mass stands before the community “in the person of Christ.”  And the assembly stands together as the Bride of Christ. If we confuse things and choose at this late date (2000 years into our being Church) to mess with these primordial images of God as Father, Jesus as Groom and us as the Bride, and Mary as our Mother, then we wind up creating our own religion, not the religion that was started by Jesus.  I hope this helps enough to show there’s more to the priesthood than being old fashioned.

And they wonder why the numbers of priests is rapidly declining.


UPDATE, 10:50 PM on the Pacific Ocean…

Oh yes.  More sabbath entertainment.  How could I forget, the White House Correspondents dinner.


We are truly blessed.

If I run across a report naming the Chosen Couple sharing the dais with our very own Leaders, to the right and to the left of The Chosen One… Hail!  I will add it…



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009

Jesus as Groom and us as the Bride, and Mary as our Mother, then we wind up creating our own religion, not the religion that was started by Jesus.

ummm, maybe they don’t teach the history of the Church anymore at divinity school, but they DID create their own religion after Jesus, or did the long list of Ecumenical Councils never happen?

The first seven Ecumenical Councils

Main article: First seven Ecumenical Councils

1. First Council of Nicaea (325) repudiated Arianism and adopted the original Nicene Creed, fixed Easter date; (yes, it took 300 years to decide when He “rose”) recognized primacy of the sees of Rome, Alexandria and Antioch and granted the See of Jerusalem a position of honor.

2. First Council of Constantinople (381) repudiated Arianism and Macedonianism, revised the Nicene Creed in regard to the Holy Spirit

3. Council of Ephesus (431)
repudiated Nestorianism, proclaimed the Virgin Mary as the Theotokos (“Birth-giver to God”, “God-bearer”, “Mother of God”), repudiated Pelagianism, and reaffirmed the Nicene Creed.

This and all following councils are not recognized by the Assyrian Church of the East.

Second Council of Ephesus (449) declared Eutyches orthodox and attacked his opponents.
Though originally convened as an Ecumenical council, this council is not recognized as Ecumenical by anyone and denounced as a Robber Council by the Chalcedonians (Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Protestants).

4. Council of Chalcedon (451) repudiated the Eutychian doctrine of monophysitism, adopted the Chalcedonian Creed, which described the hypostatic union of the two natures of Christ, human and divine. Reinstated those deposed in 449 and deposed Dioscorus of Alexandria. Elevation of the bishoprics of Constantinople and Jerusalem to the status of patriarchates.
This and all following councils are rejected by the Oriental Orthodoxy.

5. Second Council of Constantinople (553) repudiated the Three Chapters as Nestorian, condemned Origen of Alexandria, decreed Theopaschite Formula.

6. Third Council of Constantinople (680-681) repudiated Monothelitism and Monoenergism.
Quinisext Council, also called Council in Trullo[2] (692) addressed matters of discipline (in amendment to the 5th and 6th councils) and established the Pentarchy.
The Ecumenical status of this council was repudiated by the western churches.

7. Second Council of Nicaea (787) restored the veneration of icons (condemned at the Council of Hieria, 754) and repudiated iconoclasm.
This council is rejected by some Protestant denominations, which condemned the veneration of icons.

That’s just the first seven … there were many more, and then other reimaginings after every schism that came along. The whole bloody mess was made up as it went along to serve the prejudices and needs of whatever group of nasty male assholes clawed their way to the top at the given time.

marisacat - 9 May 2009

His last name is something Irish.. for all I knew he is part of the imports, the wave of Irish priests from Ireland. Between some of the imported priests, Irish and African, lotta loons. Then you have all the rest, who are just looney in different ways.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009

As for other changes in what is considered sacred: When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite

A Kiev art museum contains a curious icon from St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai in Israel. It shows two robed Christian saints. Between them is a traditional Roman ‘pronubus’ (a best man), overseeing a wedding. The pronubus is Christ. The married couple are both men.

Is the icon suggesting that a gay “wedding” is being sanctified by Christ himself? The idea seems shocking. But the full answer comes from other early Christian sources about the two men featured in the icon, St. Sergius and St. Bacchus, two Roman soldiers who were Christian martyrs. These two officers in the Roman army incurred the anger of Emperor Maximian when they were exposed as ‘secret Christians’ by refusing to enter a pagan temple. Both were sent to Syria circa 303 CE where Bacchus is thought to have died while being flogged. Sergius survived torture but was later beheaded. Legend says that Bacchus appeared to the dying Sergius as an angel, telling him to be brave because they would soon be reunited in heaven.

While the pairing of saints, particularly in the early Christian church, was not unusual, the association of these two men was regarded as particularly intimate. Severus, the Patriarch of Antioch (AD 512 – 518) explained that, “we should not separate in speech they [Sergius and Bacchus] who were joined in life”. This is not a case of simple “adelphopoiia.” In the definitive 10th century account of their lives, St. Sergius is openly celebrated as the “sweet companion and lover” of St. Bacchus. Sergius and Bacchus’s close relationship has led many modern scholars to believe they were lovers. But the most compelling evidence for this view is that the oldest text of their martyrology, written in New Testament Greek describes them as “erastai,” or “lovers”. In other words, they were a male homosexual couple. Their orientation and relationship was not only acknowledged, but it was fully accepted and celebrated by the early Christian church, which was far more tolerant than it is today.

Contrary to myth, Christianity’s concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual.

Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th century), and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century).

These church rites had all the symbols of a heterosexual marriage: the whole community gathered in a church, a blessing of the couple before the altar was conducted with their right hands joined, holy vows were exchanged, a priest officiatied in the taking of the Eucharist and a wedding feast for the guests was celebrated afterwards. These elements all appear in contemporary illustrations of the holy union of the Byzantine Warrior-Emperor, Basil the First (867-886 CE) and his companion John.

Such same gender Christian sanctified unions also took place in Ireland in the late 12thand/ early 13th century, as the chronicler Gerald of Wales (‘Geraldus Cambrensis’) recorded.

Same-sex unions in pre-modern Europe list in great detail some same gender ceremonies found in ancient church liturgical documents. One Greek 13th century rite, “Order for Solemn Same-Sex Union”, invoked St. Serge and St. Bacchus, and called on God to “vouchsafe unto these, Thy servants [N and N], the grace to love one another and to abide without hate and not be the cause of scandal all the days of their lives, with the help of the Holy Mother of God, and all Thy saints”. The ceremony concludes: “And they shall kiss the Holy Gospel and each other, and it shall be concluded”.

Another 14th century Serbian Slavonic “Office of the Same Sex Union”, uniting two men or two women, had the couple lay their right hands on the Gospel while having a crucifix placed in their left hands. After kissing the Gospel, the couple were then required to kiss each other, after which the priest, having raised up the Eucharist, would give them both communion.

Records of Christian same sex unions have been discovered in such diverse archives as those in the Vatican, in St. Petersburg, in Paris, in Istanbul and in the Sinai, covering a thousand-years from the 8th to the 18th century.

marisacat - 9 May 2009

Records of Christian same sex unions have been discovered in such diverse archives as those in the Vatican, in St. Petersburg, in Paris, in Istanbul and in the Sinai, covering a thousand-years from the 8th to the 18th century.

Oh well that is allright. Those are WAYWARD places.

Intermittent Bystander - 10 May 2009

Bet the Vatican did a major sweep of its empire in order to obtain and secure any and all such records, at some point along the way.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009

Brit MP saw undercover cops egging crowd to riot at G20

When I was in the middle of the crowd, two people came over to me and said, ‘There are people over there who we believe are policemen and who have been encouraging the crowd to throw things at the police,'” Brake said. But when the crowd became suspicious of the men and accused them of being police officers, the pair approached the police line and passed through after showing some form of identification.

Brake has produced a draft report of his experiences for the human rights committee, having received written statements from people in the crowd. These include Tony Amos, a photographer who was standing with protesters in the Royal Exchange between 5pm and 6pm. “He [one of the alleged officers] was egging protesters on. It was very noticeable,” Amos said. “Then suddenly a protester seemed to identify him as a policeman and turned on him. He legged it towards the police line, flashed some ID and they just let him through, no questions asked.”

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009

Elsevier has an entire division to publishing fake advertorial “peer-reviewed” journals

Now, several librarians say that they have uncovered an entire imprint of ‘advertorial’ publications. Excerpta Medica, a ‘strategic medical communications agency,’ is an Elsevier division. Along with the now infamous Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, it published a number of other ‘journals.’ Elsevier CEO Michael Hansen now admits that at least six fake journals were published for pharmaceutical companies.”

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009
marisacat - 9 May 2009

May they all claw each other to death.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 May 2009
7. lucid - 9 May 2009

Completely OT… I just saw an ad on television that I find insane. It features late middle aged men in hospital robes juxtaposed against images of their supposed families – wives, children growing up, etc. etc. Then it started talking about how men need to get ‘tested’ all the time, to make sure that they will be alive for their family. There was no drug sponsorship, no suggestion of what disease they might need to be tested for, just repeated images of men in hospital gowns and home grown ‘familiness’. And the repeated decree… men really need to get tested all of the time.


Of course this was immediately followed by an ovarian cancer ad featuring Andie MacDowell. Stating ‘there is no way to test for this’… so your defense is to ‘talk to you doctor’… with an endless stream of ‘talk, talk, talk, talk…’ in text descending behind the screen.

Again WTF?

Is it not enough that we invent disease to sell drugs? Now we are just selling medicalized living for not particular reason? We can’t even invent one? You must be tested all of the time, or you will die and your kids will never forgive you…


marisacat - 10 May 2009

I think the blither about men and getting tested all the time is becuase there seems to be some new information around that undercuts all that chit chat for years about the prostate test, the blood test.

And god knows there is information around about just how useful a yearly mammogram might or might not be. Of course I do have a friend whose very treatable cancer was found very early by mammogram. But she had a good dr and a more than competent radiologist as well. SO many mistakes out there.

The best thing always is to know your own body. Just my frail opinion.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 May 2009

and don’t forget the invented “research” published in invented “peer reviewed journals” to sell the whole mess.

This culture is so amazingly corrupted by the need to squeeze as much profit as possible out of everything.

8. marisacat - 10 May 2009

I sure don’t know what is coming…. Mike Whitney paraphrases Bernanke’s speech from May 5.. then adds some. C Punch.

[I]n other words, “the economy stinks and unemployment is going up. People have lost a bundle on their homes and they can count on losing even more. Business is slow, the banks aren’t lending and demand has fallen off a cliff. Things might get better, but if we have another Lehman-type blow up, all bets are off. The recovery will be weak and high-unemployment will persist into the foreseeable future, but at least inflation won’t be a problem. We think. If there’s a problem we hadn’t anticipated; please call. Yours, Ben B.”

The economy is now in a downward spiral. Tightening in the credit markets has made it harder for consumers to borrow or businesses to expand. Overextended financial institutions are forced to shed assets at firesale prices to meet margin calls from the banks. Asset deflation is ongoing with no end in sight. Price declines in housing have reached 30 per cent already and are accelerating on the downside. Unemployment is at a 40 year high and headed higher. There are no jobs; home equity and retirement funds are shrinking and prospects for a quick recovery are nil. …snip…

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 May 2009

that’s about it! Of course, not how the MSM spun it.

marisacat - 10 May 2009

Greider too is pretty dark in this article. hmm a bit o f a departure for him to warn Ob of Hoover.

[B]arack Obama’s wholesome optimism is doubtless sincere, and so was Herbert Hoover’s. But in Hoover’s day, people did not believe him. They could see for themselves it wasn’t true. In time, Americans came to revile Hoover for his repetitious happy talk.

President Obama is now flirting with the same fate. He and his lieutenants, much like the Bush administration before them, are convinced that the nation’s crisis can essentially be reversed by restoring “confidence” among investors, producers and buyers. So they talk up every budding blossom as proof. So did Hoover.

Reality is unlikely to cooperate, because the core of this crisis is not psychological. It is about real breakdown and real loss–trillions of dollars lost to the collapsing financial values, thousands of businesses and banks deeply damaged by collapsing balance sheets and markets. Wishing does not necessarily make it so. Talking up the economy prematurely may actually yield an opposite result–deepening cynicism and mistrust, a sense that the authorities do not know what they are talking about or, even worse, are concealing the truth. …snip…

9. marisacat - 10 May 2009

More sabbath entertainment. Read a certain way, this is very amusing. Seems Israel hopes for much tourism to follow Benny. So, it’s more, walk where Benny walked than walk where Jesus walked?

[T]he Tourism Ministry will distribute information to journalists aimed at boosting Israel’s image as well as incoming tourism. Among other things, it will stress that Israel provides full freedom of worship and full access to holy sites, develops and maintains these sites, and supports mutual understanding, and that Jerusalem offers a combination of ancient holy sites with a modern urban infrastructure. It will also emphasize the increasingly close relationship between Israel and the Vatican.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 May 2009

Pope Nazi didn’t want to be photographed near the big ghetto wall the Israelis built, so the Palestinians finally gave up on that idea:

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has scrapped plans to receive Pope Benedict XVI during his Holy Land visit next week on a stage next to Israel’s West Bank separation barrier, a Palestinian lawmaker said Thursday.

Officials in the Aida refugee camp hoped that the spot, next to a guard post and a towering concrete section of the barrier, would highlight Palestinian suffering under the Israeli occupation.

Palestinian lawmaker Essa Qaraqie said the committee organizing the West Bank portion of the visit moved the location to a United Nations school inside the camp “after huge Israeli pressure.” The pope’s convoy will still pass next to the wall, which can be seen from inside the school courtyard, Qaraqie said.

Israel says the barrier is a security measure needed to keep out Palestinian attackers. Palestinians call it a land grab, since it cuts off large chunks of land the Palestinians seek for an independent state.

Israeli officials had accused the Palestinians of trying to politicize the pope’s five-day visit to the Holy Land, and the army had ordered the Palestinians to take down the stage on the grounds that it was built without proper permits.

As though the Israelis weren’t using his visit politically to try to pretend to be for “peace” etc.

catnip - 10 May 2009

I caught a BBC report last nite just before his popeyness was set to speak in Jordan. No record-breaking crowd like the one JP2 had. Not surprised since this pope has managed to piss off pretty well everyone in one way or another.

And from the Pot Calls Kettle Black Department:

In a speech on Saturday at the King Hussein mosque in Amman, he warned against the “ideological manipulation” of religion for political ends, which he said could act as a “catalyst for tension and division”.

10. marisacat - 10 May 2009

oh too funny. What’s less dangerous for Nancy than DC.

Iraq, she got out of town, to Iraq.


11. marisacat - 10 May 2009

Via The Page.. no link

Plus: National Security Adviser Jones tells ABC’s “This Week” U.S. isn’t going to end airstrikes in Afghanistan.

12. catnip - 10 May 2009

He reveals to us that we have such a loving and strong relationship with God that we can call Him, Abba (which means Daddy or Father).

Abba = God

Dancing Queen = Virgin Mary

marisacat - 10 May 2009

It really was an hilarious posting. Schnauzers are good for something…

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 May 2009

I think the Chosen Couple is the AP chief and his wife.

marisacat - 10 May 2009

oh i think you are right.. I sw him recently n with Charlie… but had forgotten his looks til now.

14. NYCO - 10 May 2009

gawd… I just had to attend a commencement speech by the Veep… indescribably bad… he actually went on longer than Bill Clinton did a few years ago.

I need a portion of my memory erased after sitting through this. It was like Frankenspeech. A bit of Barack there, a bit of Bubba there, not to mention wavering between angry shouty lecturing (seriously, I think some of the grads were cowering under their folding chairs) and hoarse husky emotional whisper. Not to mention internally inconsistent: the usual mind-exploding “You can create change” vs. “God, flag, country, war, rah rah.”

Quite possibly the worst orator this nation has ever produced, and I include Dan Quayle, who at least was amusing.

marisacat - 10 May 2009

I noticed he has a couple more commencements coming up… Wish his audiences luck!

15. catnip - 10 May 2009

Ape escapes, then ‘changes mind’

An orangutan used a branch to short-circuit a security fence and escape from an Australian zoo, only to change her mind and return to her enclosure.

Karta, a 27-year-old primate, cleared one fence and began piling up debris to scale a wall at Adelaide Zoo.

Visitors who witnessed the escape alerted staff, and the zoo was promptly evacuated and closed for the day.

But Karta spent less than 30 minutes on the loose before apparently thinking better of her escape attempt.

Zoo curator Peter Whitehead told reporters the ape seemed to realise she was in a place where she should not have been.

“She’s actually hung on to the wall and dropped back into the exhibit,” he said.

It was not the first time Karta had caused a headache for the zookeepers.

“You’re talking about an animal that’s highly intelligent,” Mr Whitehead said.

“We’ve had issues with her before in normal day-to-day operations where she tries to outsmart the keepers. She’s an ingenious animal.”

The zoo offered a refund to visitors after closing down for the day, but few zoo-goers seemed flustered by the drama.

Ryan Johnston, 11, told ABC News he had seen Karta’s escape, and described it as “amazing”.


16. catnip - 10 May 2009
17. catnip - 10 May 2009

King Abdullah in Mid East warning

King Abdullah of Jordan has warned that failure to reach an agreement for peace in the Middle East will result in a new conflict within 12-18 months.

In comments to the UK newspaper The Times, he said the US was finalising an ambitious “57-state solution” for peace that he is helping to prepare.

The king said the plan would include proposals to settle Israel’s disputes with Syria and Lebanon.

His comments came ahead of Middle East debate at the UN Security Council.

They can’t even manage to get a 2 state solution. Yeah, good luck with that.

marisacat - 10 May 2009

Gah. There is film around of his father saying the same thing in ’66 or some similar year. That area, the leaders don’t seem to care about “a new conflict”… nor do we. All war is good.. etc.

As long as we prop up Israel.. etc. We’ve never even stopped the settlements. Don’t think we tried too hard, either.

18. catnip - 10 May 2009

Why do these guys remind of those money-changers in the temple? Or…from the Really, Who Gives a Flying Fuck? Department:

spat over supposed Last Supper room in Israel

The second-floor location is crucial to the sense of the room being sacred. Tradition holds that the Last Supper took place in an upper chamber, something that inspired the Franciscans who controlled the building from 1335 to 1523 to associate Jesus’s last meal with his Disciples with the room. However, the Ottoman Turkish rulers of Jerusalem expelled the Franciscans and converted the room into a mosque, charging that the Catholics were detracting from the sanctity of the tomb of David, also revered in Islam.

Despite Vatican requests, including in advance of the Pope’s visit to the room tomorrow, Israel remains reluctant to hand it over.

Israel’s approach seems more pragmatic than sentimental. The Tourism Minister, Stas Misezhnikov, who heads an inter-ministerial committee for the Pope’s visit, said it would be a mistake to hand over the Last Supper site to the Vatican without a significant reward. He is hoping for assistance from the Vatican in bringing millions of Catholic tourists to Israel but first apparently requires clear signs that the Vatican is on board.

“If we were certain that this great gift to the Christian world would bring us millions of Christian tourists we might think about it. But since that isn’t going to happen, we have no reason to give away presents,” Mr Misezhnikov told Army Radio. In subsequent remarks, Mr Misezhnikov softened his tone, saying he was studying the issue.

marisacat - 10 May 2009

oh that made me laugh… what a hoot!

19. catnip - 10 May 2009

Picked this up at the Big O:

Just a mention for those who are minded: (11+ / 0-)

Firedoglake is raising $150,000 for Marcy and an assistant, so she can be fulltime, and have the resources she needs. Stop by there if you’d like to help contribute to excellent reporting.


Planning the March for Accountability. Email me if you’d like to brainstorm.

by Chacounne on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:16:38 PM MDT

How about a Lear jet too? Might as well go for the gusto.

marisacat - 10 May 2009

That’s an expensive hug Heather.

Why don’t they raise a quarter mil? Half mil? Mil?

20. marisacat - 11 May 2009

Angry Arab. Not missing the point. The first links to a UK Yahoo story of the phosphorus.. the second to a McClatchy report…

Obama shells

“Life as 8-year-old Razia knew it ended one March morning when a shell her father says was fired by Western troops exploded into their house, enveloping her head and neck in a blazing chemical.”

Posted by As’ad at 8:42 AM


Obama Bullets

“American soldiers opened fire and killed a 12-year old boy after a grenade hit their convoy in Mosul on Thursday.” And then they claimed that he was helping the insurgents because he had less than $9 on him. (thanks David)

Posted by As’ad at 8:40 AM

21. marisacat - 11 May 2009

Too funny. NO wonder Biden brother and son parked their investment or hedge fund or whatever it was with Stanford. Money launderers, the lot of them. All fo them. Both parties, leadership… Criminals.

BBC via Clusterstock.

Secret documents seen by Panorama (BBC) show both governments knew in 1990 that the Texan was a former bankrupt and his first bank was suspected of involvement with Latin American money-launderers.

He was initially investigated by the SEC for running a possible Ponzi fraud in the summer of 2006, but by the winter of that year the inquiry was stopped.

Panorama understands that the decision was taken because of a request by another government agency.

Panorama is aware of strong evidence that Sir Allen was a confidential agent of the DEA as far back as 1999 – the year he made out the $3.1m cheque to the DEA.

Sources close to the DEA believe he worked with the agency, turning over details of money-laundering from Latin American clients from Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela and Ecuador, effectively guaranteeing himself a decade’s worth of “protection” from the authorities, especially the SEC. …snip…

Cluster thinks it is why he has nto been arrested yet.

In fact it could even explain Stanford’s bizarre defense strategy of talking to the media, which is something lawyers rarely have their clients do. The message is to the government: You’re dealing with a volatile guy here who will say or do anything. Don’t push us around or we’ll really start to talk.

Life’s a bitch and then your connected CI starts talking. Or soemthing like that…

22. Intermittent Bystander - 11 May 2009

Pentagon Official: U.S. Soldier Kills 5 Comrades.

The five were killed in a shooting Monday afternoon, Baghdad time, at Camp Liberty near Baghdad International.

A senior military official in Washington says he has no other details on what happened. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the circumstances surrounding the deaths are under investigation.

23. catnip - 11 May 2009


Obama Approval Picks Up in May

Still, only 25% say they would definitely vote to re-elect him in 2012

24. catnip - 11 May 2009

Biden insults President Obama’s dog at Syracuse

It was as though Vice President Biden time-warped back to last fall. Because on Sunday he was in full campaign attack mode.

Oh, it was an idyllic setting. Nobody saw it coming. The vice president had just finished delivering the commencement address at Syracuse University and stopped by to chat with students at Bellevue Elementary School.

During the intense question and answer period, one child asked the vice president if he had ever petted a dog.

“Yeah, but guess what? I’ve got a dog that lives with me,” Biden replied. “The smartest, coolest dog in the world.”

Normally, you’d leave it at that. You’ve praised your dog. Why denigrate another?

Because in campaigns you have to differentiate yourself from your opponent. And campaigns are in Biden’s blood. That’s when he let it be known that Bo Obama was a dolt.

“The new dog I have is only five months old and his name is Champ,” Biden told the schoolkids.

“My dog is smarter than Bo, his dog,” he jabbed.

“I think so,” he taunted. Yeah, I do.”

An astute politician, Biden apparently didn’t want to be seen as a mudslinger so he conceded that “Bo’s a beautiful dog too.”

To watch the full shocking video, click here. To understand what Vice President Biden meant to say, watch Robert Gibbs’ press briefing tomorrow.


marisacat - 11 May 2009

I saw some clips from Syracuse – I thought Biden looked like what he is, a crazy old fucked Irish drooler. The most hilarious thing is Ob has to keep him on the ticket in 2012, with that unhinged mouth… and he has a history of nasty slamming of other Dems (not that that matters). His comments to the New Yorker on Kerry for one.

NYCO - 11 May 2009

That’s kind of crazy, though. That anyone would actually take umbrage at someone saying their dog is smarter than the Preznit’s? C’mon. I think the news hoo-hah over this is ludicrous. They’re dogs… if you can’t brag about your dog, what can you brag about? OMG, the Sacred Presidential Pooch was questioned.

I think Biden is a horrific speaker, but to be fair to him, he spent the rest of the morning visiting a local elementary school that his first wife (the one who died in the car accident, along with one of his kids) used to teach at, and their old neighbors there. Kids wrote him scads of letters asking him to come, aw shucks. I think he probably comes off way better in person than in a speech. That said, I think there is such a thing as being in political life too long… it does something to you…

The speech was just… weird. At some points it was a harangue, with angry/defensive overtones… at other points he was channeling a super dramatic Bill Clinton whisper… maybe it’s normal Biden, I don’t know. All I know is that I am forced to sit through these speeches every damn year (I get to rush-transcribe these golden words) and am tired of never getting to do anything with my mom on Mother’s Day. Was very tired of it this year especially. So when a speech is bad, it really pisses me off. Am seriously considering giving Biden my Worst Ever SU Commencement Speech award – beating out Robert Fulghum and Phylicia Rashad.

catnip - 11 May 2009

That anyone would actually take umbrage at someone saying their dog is smarter than the Preznit’s? C’mon. I think the news hoo-hah over this is ludicrous.

That post was obviously tongue-in-cheek.

As for Biden’s speech, he seems to have disappeared into the wallpaper since the inauguration. That must be a blow to his huge ego. Still trying to be relevant, somehow.

marisacat - 11 May 2009

the slither on Biden that I esp love was his unhinged historical drool on FDR and the Great Depression. That when The Great Depression arrived in ’29 (by spaceship I would guess!), FDR took to the television to reassure the American people.

Loved it. The American epople don’t even ask for vague coherency. They know they won’t get it.

I don’t think it is asking too much (but is clearly over the top!) to ask that a federal level functionary, one for 36 years, and recently promoted!, be able to deliver a serviceable speech, with no pathological behavior.

25. marisacat - 11 May 2009

McKiernan, mil pro consul of Afghanistan. falls. Gates asks for his resignation. McChrystal to take over the throne.

The article is hilarious. Says Ob wants an increased non mil solution. WELL THEN STOP KILLING CIVILIANS, which has just ramped up.

catnip - 11 May 2009

Did you catch the 60 Minutes piece last nite about drones? What a cowardly way to fight a war.

marisacat - 11 May 2009

From Politico “44”

At a joint briefing, Robert Gates and Mike Mullen just announced the replacement of Gen. David McKiernan as the top commander in Afghanistan, by Lt. Gen. Stan McChrystal. Their message: there’s no problem, it was just time for a change.

“Nothing went wrong,” Gates insisted. “It’s time for new leadership and fresh eyes.”
Said Mullen: “[McKiernan has] been there almost a year and in fact under normal circumstances he would have rotated somewhere between 18 and 24 months…I have said we must focus all of our efforts, in terms of making Afghanistan better, there probably is no more critical ingredient in that than leadership.”

The decision was made by the two men and Petraeus, Gates said. Holbrooke did not play a role. (2:24 p.m.)

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 May 2009

A Double-Edged Sword

The Pentagon just announced the surprise replacement of General David McKiernan with Lt. General Stanley A. McChrystal, who commanded JSOC from 2003-2008. The replacement, which comes eleven months into a typically 24-month tour for McKiernan, is very sudden, and potentially indicative of a serious lack of confidence in McKiernan’s abilities by the Obama administration.

LTG McChrystal received much praise for his command of the Joint Special Operations Command, which was credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein in December of 2003, and the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 2006. As such, he carried a great deal of clout for his methods in prosecuting what many saw as the somewhat scattered successes of pre-Surge Iraq. Bob Woodward also credits JSOC under McChrystal’s command with lowering violence before and during the Surge.

General McChrsytal carries with him a dark side as well. One unit under his command, the now-notorious Task Force 6-26, which was assigned to find HVTs, or High Value Targets in Iraq, is credited with the ultimate death of Zarqawi. The problem is, along the way they faced accusations of running a secret camp that tortured prisoners, and they were implicated in at least two detainee deaths during torture sessions. Their camp, called Camp Nama, became something of a lightning rod after a “computer malfunction” destroyed upwards of 70% of their records and an investigation into their conduct stalled out.

More relevant to Afghanistan is GEN McChrystal’s involvement in the shameful coverup of Pat Tillman’s friendly-fire death. While he was named among the list of high-ranking military personnel believed to have covered up the circumstances of Tillman’s death, GEN McChrystal was “spared because he had apparently drafted a memo urging other officials to stop spreading the lie that Tillman died fighting the Taliban. He drafted that memo, however, after signing the award for Tillman’s posthumously-awarded Silver Star, the commendation for which claims, in part, that he was leading the charge against a Taliban assault. GEN McChrystal has never clarified why he signed an award for Tillman dying under enemy fire right before begging his colleagues and superiors to stop lying about Tillman dying under enemy fire.

marisacat - 11 May 2009

General McChrsytal carries with him a dark side as well.

What a shock.

The Tillman connection is esp telling. He worked clean-up and scattering the traces… imo.

Shouldn’t Rev WRight be bellowing about how we are hatching chickens? That’ll come home to roost?

26. marisacat - 11 May 2009

FAIR has a recap of media coverage of the civilian kills.


The Bad PR of Dead Civilians

Afghan airstrikes and the corporate media


Early reports of a massive U.S. attack on civilians in western Afghanistan last week (5/5/09) hewed to a familiar corporate media formula, stressing official U.S. denials and framing the scores of dead civilians as a PR setback for the White House’s war effort. …snip…

27. marisacat - 11 May 2009

Chris Floyd

[A]re you scared to death yet? Or even better: are you scared enough to give your approval to “whatever it takes” to save us?

After all, the president himself says that the situation in Pakistan is a “mortal threat” to the sacred Homeland; a view reiterated by his special “Af-Pak” envoy, Richard Holbrooke, who told Congress yesterday (on yet another front in the roll-out campaign) that “our most vital national security interests are at stake,” in Pakistan.

A mortal threat to our most vital interests — can there be a greater, more urgent, more noble casus belli? …snip…

catnip - 11 May 2009

Our defence minister dubbed Pakistan as “the most dangerous country in the world” today.

28. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 May 2009

ACLU offers to represent politician who wants an ACLUSUX vanity license plate

After Colorado State Senator Greg Brophy announced that he wanted a vanity license plate that read ACLUSUX, the ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Cathryn Hazouri sent him a letter:

If you apply for that license and are refused, please contact the ACLU because we stand ready to represent you if you want to pursue your right to have that license plate. . . After all, censorship is censorship and the ACLU doesn’t draw any distinction between speech with which we agree and speech we may not like. That would be content discrimination and would violate one of our major principles of protecting free speech.”

29. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 May 2009
marisacat - 11 May 2009

Brave New World. where is huxley when we need him. Or Ronald Firbank.

IF ANYONE had ever told me that, bad as the lousy Democrats are, they could make Bush look good for inviting Colbert. or the WHCD committe look good or whoever it is who combs the gutters and doorways for the comedians that suit the pols… i would not have believed it.

The waterboarding jokes, considering that it really is just a joke, we will never deal with it judicially, is right up there with Bush checking under the carpet in the Oval for WMD.

Not that it matters. NTIM

marisacat - 11 May 2009

Perrin did nto stop with his “fill in the blanks” re write…

Best Medecine

He certainly found the most excellent car salesman joker pics of Obama.

30. marisacat - 11 May 2009

Nader on sngle-payer…. And Obrama.. And the rest of the miserable mincers.

Last month at a breakfast meeting with reporters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded to a question about health care with these revealing and exasperating words: “Over and over again, we hear single payer, single payer, single payer. Well, it’s not going to be a single payer.”

Thus spake Speaker Pelosi, the Representative from Aetna? Never mind that 75 members of her party have signed onto H.R. 676-the Conyers single payer legislation. Never mind that in her San Francisco district, probably three out of four people want single payer. And never mind that over 20,000 people die every year, according to the Institute of Medicine, because they cannot afford health insurance.

What is more remarkable is that many more than the 75 members of the House privately believe single payer is the best option. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ted Kennedy, and Nancy Pelosi are among them. But they all say, single payer “is not practical” so it’s off the table. …snip…

I think Nader is wrong on what they privately believe.

31. catnip - 11 May 2009

Pelosi” Torture Protest Improper in ’03

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn’t protest directly out of respect for “appropriate” legislative channels, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

The Miss Manners of the House. How nice.

marisacat - 11 May 2009

And Harmon’s letter was nothing. It was not a ”protest” (Council on FR has the full text and the answer, in their Documents section). She made an inquiry and she offered a piece of advice. No more, in my reading of it.

There was no follow up on her part, apparently, to the response she ogt..

32. catnip - 11 May 2009

Your politicians at work:

Rasmussen Reports:

Congress Pushes Cap and Trade, But Just 24% Know What It Is

33. marisacat - 12 May 2009



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