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Plus Ça Change… 2 June 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, SCOTUS, Sex / Reproductive Health.

A previously unseen photograph of Jane Fonda dressed as Barbarella [Photo by Paul Joyce – PROUD GALLERIES]

I landed on this in the pages at the Telegraph.. it is soon to go on display with other photographs of the era:

The 1968 film features a sexually voracious Fonda in the title role in a series of revealing outfits which creating striking images.

Director Roger Vadim, with whom Fonda later had a child, created one of the most memorable female roles at a time when sexual emancipation was a great social issue.
A precis of the plot on film site imdb.com, sums up the sexual nature of the plot: “After an in-flight anti-gravity striptease (masked by the film’s opening titles), Barbarella, a 41st century astronaut, lands on the planet Lythion and sets out to find the evil Durand Durand in the city of Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour.

“There, she encounters such objects as the Exessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an accomplished artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who, in her dream chamber, can make her fantasies take form, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which, via a poor victim struggling in its glass globe, dispenses Essance of Man.”

The image, taken by Paul Joyce, will sit alongside signed photographs of the artists Bill Brandt, Brassai and fellow photographer Ansel Adams, who gained fame for his black and white landscapes. snip

I saw it when it came out, as a high schooler in Europe and found it hilarious. I have heard Jane say the costumes were very uncomfortable. I bet.

I saw the movie again, about 20 years later and found it draggy.  I mean, slow moving… tho I suppose it has elements of drag queen in it too…

Last I heard, Jane was one of the bigger Dem party donors (13 million across a couple of election cycles, a mid term and a GE) and had found Jesus. Praise be.

Other than that I read an article in the Guardian that indicated ipso facto the US has dispatched marshalls to guard ”some” clinics.

This was moiv’s response, from an abortion clinic in a red state, about ”extra security”, so easily off the lips of Holder:

Oh, hell no. Don’t expect that they will, either, not real protection. If it’s like the 90s, they’ll send out an agent or two to do a “security assessment” and advise us on what we should do to make ourselves safer — as if we needed tips. Then they’ll give us their phone numbers and tell us to call if we need to.

She also wrote this about which Operation Rescue telephone number was in Roeder’s car when he was picked up:

The terrorist had the phone number to a woman who’d been involved in clinic bombings w/ Op Rescue, and now acts in their PR arm.

That would be Cheryl Sullenger, Troy Newman’s perennial right hand. If anything, she’s even worse than he is. She’s the one who filed 18 complaints against George [Tiller] with the Kansas medical board about 15 minutes after the jury acquitted him of all 18 trumped-up counts.

Myself, I hope moiv has a conceal carry permit.

I wonder, did Ob and the always grandstanding Oblings not realise what going to Notre Dame and, as high profile as possible, lecturing everyone, on all sides of the issue, might do?  Or could do?

That ‘come together, little children, for Daddy’ did not work.

[yes I’ll get off this stick, probably by tomorrow]



1. marisacat - 2 June 2009
2. marisacat - 2 June 2009

LOL Nancy Keenan of NARAL says you can volunteer at a clinic, volunteer to get a pro choice candidate elected.. or go to a vigil.


lucid - 2 June 2009

Or give, give, give! Keep those coffers full!

I haven’t commented in the last few days, because I don’t even know what to say. Had MSNBC going in the background last night – at least Maddow did a somewhat decent job in coverage, but Sully on Matthews, gah!

This country is so pathetic – actually well beyond pathos, I can no longer muster any emotion toward it…

marisacat - 2 June 2009

oh yeah Sully. he can speak for himself…

Email Of The Day

A reader writes:

I’m sorry that your blog doesn’t allow open comments or a more direct mode of interaction, because I would like to express sincere support and condolences to the women who have passed on their difficult and heart-rending stories with regards to procreation and its difficulties. If you won’t, I would like to. I hope, even as a cold statistic, this support might get through to them.

I am immensely grateful to those readers who have shared such personal, painful experiences with such candor and open hearts. I have to say that I remain somewhat shaken by the emails – many of which we didn’t publish. They reminded me of the human beings behind these tragedies, and forced me to reassess my own certainties and beliefs. I still cannot in good conscience support these abortions; but I can offer my profound gratitude for the readers who have forced this blogger to see things I had not fully grasped so keenly before; and to return to them respect and empathy in the particulars, even while we may disagree in the abstract.

I still don’t think he read the testimonials that I am sure his two assistants posted… because late yesterday, before he went on Olbermann and Cooper he also said he did not support late/later term abortions and that birth control, morning after and adoption should be the solutions.

Madman told me he seemed surprised on Olbermann when the doctor who was on said late abortions are medically necessary in some cases. And it is the medical necessity that makes them LEGAL. He was acquitted of 19 counts.

ONLY His/Sully’s illness and his [endless] emotional state and his marriage and his visa status matter.

Got it.

3. marisacat - 2 June 2009

gosh how odd.. it’s not just Cali.

Gov Lingle, R-HI… orders THREE unpaid furlough days per month for state workers… as of July.

Travel is down to the islands.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009

Woman Sprayed With Pesticide Can’t Get List Of Chemicals Because They’re A Trade Secret

To make matters worse, Russano’s doctor explained that he could not offer her a diagnosis or treatment plan because the chemicals in the gypsy moth pesticide, known as Foray 76B, are trade secret ingredients owned by Canada-based manufacturer Valent Biosciences Corp.

“The doctor was stymied. He said, ‘If you don’t know what’s in it, I can’t help you.'” Russano’s husband Frank Russano said. “She cannot be tested, or treated for the rash, and now she’s developed this flu and we have no of knowing if the two are related.”

marisacat - 2 June 2009

funny how faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar away Bio Ethics is from “bioscience”.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009

oh so progressive, honoring that evil bastard Reagan

With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, Obama created the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, an 11-person panel that will plan and carry out activities to mark the 100th anniversary, in 2011, of the president’s birth.

His widow, Nancy, watched as Obama signed the bill in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.

Obama invoked the 40th president’s trademark optimism, calling him a leader who understood that the bonds that unite Americans are stronger than the disagreements that divide them, the political parties included. He also said Reagan’s sunny outlook was sorely needed during a difficult time of economic and global challenges.

“That was powerful. That was important. And we are better off for the extraordinary leadership that he showed,” Obama said.

Escorted into the room by Obama, Mrs. Reagan clutched his right arm and walked with the aid of a cane. The former first lady, 87 and frail, broke her pelvis last year after falling at her home in Los Angeles.

She made no formal remarks Tuesday but bellowed a hearty “OK,” when Obama said, “Ms. Reagan, let’s go sign this bill.”

When he put pen to paper she exclaimed, “Oh, you’re a lefty.”

“I am a lefty,” Obama replied.


Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009

and even more wrong doing it a day after he … “hails gay pride month”:

sure, lets spend an entire year celebrating the birthday of a heartless homophobe who refused to do anything to help the gay community when thousands were dying.

marisacat - 2 June 2009

I just saw film of the two of them together… LOL it was pretty incestuous. They clearly preferred to hang off each other rather than assign a cadet to the old Hollywood child. Lunch tomorrow with Michelle, the voice over said MO is compared to Nancy in her style. No it really did!… By Friday she will be Jackie again!

…and the unveiling of the 7 ft statue…

I have found Ob’s repeated references to his DNA to be rather vulgar (really, what DOES he mean?). But surely Nancy brought him some of Ronnie’s.. that she saved? Oh surely she did.

All this while McChrystal moves swiftly to what will likely be a near unanimous confirmation. The Tillmans must be so proud their son volunteered: it all worked out so well.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009

it’s all just so wrong.

marisacat - 2 June 2009

I cannot resist!


And, I would add, fascistic. I so wanted to live to have a black Father Knows Best WH. I missed Mamie! I did!

lucid - 2 June 2009

Did you notice my exchange with a would be Jonah Goldberg at Ioz today?

marisacat - 2 June 2009

No… I will go check….

marisacat - 2 June 2009

oh too funny!


Lucianne’s kid, the spawn of old Republican operatives, speaks. Anonymously.

lucid - 2 June 2009

When does she break out with the ‘Just say no to drugs’ speech?

brinn - 3 June 2009


Oh, sorry, Madman, I see you have that covered….

6. NYCO - 2 June 2009

I’m watching “Earth 2100.” Global warming, methane surges, flooding, plague and pestilence. It’s now 2085 and Earth’s population has dwindled to 2.8 million. Everyone is fleeing New York. Waiting for the exciting conclusion… the part where they take Obama’s preserved and pickled head out of its storage tank and he saves humanity with a big inspiring speech. It’s gonna be great. 🙂

marisacat - 2 June 2009

Oh I laughed pretty hard over that one.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009

Obama Has 250,000 “Contractors” in Iraq and Afghan Wars, Increases Number of Mercenaries

According to new statistics released by the Pentagon, with Barack Obama as commander in chief, there has been a 23% increase in the number of “Private Security Contractors” working for the Department of Defense in Iraq in the second quarter of 2009 and a 29% increase in Afghanistan, which “correlates to the build up of forces” in the country. These numbers relate explicitly to DoD security contractors. Companies like Blackwater and its successor Triple Canopy work on State Department contracts and it is unclear if these contractors are included in the over-all statistics. This means, the number of individual “security” contractors could be quite higher, as could the scope of their expansion.

Overall, contractors (armed and unarmed) now make up approximately 50% of the “total force in Centcom AOR [Area of Responsibility].” This means there are a whopping 242,657 contractors working on these two US wars. These statistics come from two reports just released by Gary J. Motsek, the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Program Support): “Contractor Support of U.S. Operations in USCENTCOM AOR, IRAQ, and Afghanistan and “Operational Contract Support, ‘State of the Union.’”

“We expect similar dependence on contractors in future contingency operations,” according to the contractor “State of the Union.” It notes that the deployment size of both military personnel and DoD civilians are “fixed by law,” but points out that the number of contractors is “size unfixed,” meaning there is virtually no limit (other than funds) to the number of contractors that can be deployed in the war zone.

marisacat - 2 June 2009

…and it will be growing.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009

Where will women go now?

The trauma of receiving such a diagnosis is only compounded by the difficulty of obtaining a late-term abortion. Writes one woman, “The reality is that finding a doctor to do this procedure in the late second or third trimester is almost impossible. For me, the reality was that at the most painful time of my life I had to travel out of state, stay in a hotel room and face hostile protesters in order to carry out this most personal of choices.” Another writes, “I had to fly to Kansas to have the procedure done. It was a five-day out patient procedure that cost us almost $9,000 after all was said and done. I am hurt and angry at the state of Maryland for taking away my right to allow my daughter to die in peace … I was appalled that Maryland did not have a quality-of-life addendum to the late-term termination law.” Susan Hill says enduring the expense and stress of travel is the only option for most women who need late abortions in the U.S. “The restrictions under the Bush administration made it impossible for most states to allow abortions past 16 weeks. All the southern states are restricted tremendously. A few places in New York, if it was medically necessary, could possibly do it, but the paperwork was unbelievable, and there was no time left. That’s why they referred people to Tiller. And for that he lost his life. “

marisacat - 2 June 2009

Let us pray. Funny how “locked and loaded” is what works for these shits. Ably aided by a disinterested serially WH, DOJ, and various police and state police forces.

I am catching the first few mins of the NBC two night mini-series, at Home With the Obamas (And BO),… I wonder, do they know it smacks of summer replacement series.

lucid - 2 June 2009

Again, there is no pathos left… I can’t feel anything any longer for a country that is so absurd. Not only the national dialogue, but the national ethos [not that there is one]…

What can one feel? Sadness would imply that it was once something other. Anger would imply that things have suddenly changed for the worse. Longing would imply that there is a hope for rationality [which there certainly isn’t].

But to be honest, I can’t think of a more scathing indictment of our society – a recognition of the complete nihilism that has been accomplished by the rich, religious fanatics, media snake oil peddlers, corporate gurus and the lot. And this is global – a global assault on any intelligent being.

I don’t know where to go, or what to do, except survive – and hope that whatever I do will stem the tide of this shit. But to be honest, this shit was dredged up from 2600 years ago… So what, am I supposed to be Achilles with a sword and cut off the heads of Apollo’s priests? Aren’t we supposed to be past this?

marisacat - 2 June 2009

moiv wrote that Roeder was observed attempting to vandalise a clinic the day before he shot the doctor. The EFF BEE EYE was immediately alerted… and did nothing.

From the email:

And as Maddow pointed out (sometimes I love that woman) Roeder was seen trying to vandalize a clinic the day before, and the FBI was notified immediately. Had they acted on that in any way, even by paying Roeder a perfunctory visit to let him know he was being watched, George would, in all probability, be seeing his patients tomorrow.

On the other hand watching the NBC miniseries… Watch Ob Get Thru the Day… they paint a picture of hte WH constantly just reacting to the media and the RW pundits. Highlighted is the day, day after the Sotomayor nom was rolled out. They seem to show they were not prepared for what the R pundits rolled out. In fact they say it… as the morning rolled by the WH was very surprised at the “hate fest”. OH GOOD LUCK!

We are so blessed.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009

I know exactly what you mean. Arguing w/ wingers is pointless. They don’t even live in a rational universe, and even dealing with “liberal” or “progressive” people in this country is beyond frustrating. Everything is so awash in the language of state sponsered mass murder and corporatist maximized profit that you can’t even assert something outside the accepted storyline without people reacting as though you are crazy, stupid or lying.

You made a nice try over in that thread at IOZ, but the same words are being used to mean different things. Communication breakdown, by design, by years of effort by BOTH parties the the small privileged class that owns them.

Survival is pretty much all you can do.

The funny thing is that despite all of the mayhem and hate and waste, I’m told that I’m the one who is nihilistic, as I’m sure you are too. We haven’t just fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole, but down that hole and into a hall of mirrors swimming in a fog of hallucinogenic gas, regularly confronted by heavily armed fanatics.

If the rest of the world was smart they’d quaranteen us.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 June 2009

and I would learn how to spell “quarantine”.

lucid - 2 June 2009

Or… they’d let us out, but be vigilant about the others 😉

10. marisacat - 2 June 2009

One of the Cornerite schnauzers…. Think she is missing a few details.

If the Pro-Life Movement Is Responsible for the Murder of Tiller . . . [Noemie Emery]

. . . isn’t the peace movement responsible for the shootings at the recruiting station?

Every cause has extremists and lunatics, which the saner ones cannot control.

06/01 03:49 PMShare

What I notice from the Newburgh 4, which is at best a messy checkered hardly reassuring “story” and from this kill… the government, one way or the other, hs a line up of fresh black faces as “terrorists”. As Islamists too.

Good luck!

There seems to be no notice that the Arkansas killer was under FBI surveillance. Seems it did nto work.

11. marisacat - 2 June 2009



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