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Too young to leave their mother… ;) 10 June 2009

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.

Singapore: A staff member at the city-state’s Jurong bird park holds two masked lovebirds fledglings [Wong Maye-E/AP]

And this should not have been out at all…

Heart stopping.. or it would be for me…

Despite the danger, Rodney Salomon, a commercial fisherman, reeled in the missile, attached it to his boat and kept fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for another 10 days before returning to port.

“I had it strapped to the roof of my boat as we rode through lightning storms,” Mr Salomon said, according to local Tampa Bay’s 10 Connects News.

The bomb squad from a nearby military base that promptly dismantled it upon his return to shore said the heavily corroded eight-foot-long missile could have exploded at any moment.

“I wasn’t scared,” said Mr Salomon, 37, said. “Why should I be scared?” The fisherman, from Saint Petersburg, Florida, was 50 miles out in the Gulf from Panama City when he caught the military ordnance, said the Pinellas County sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office said the find was an “American made air-to-air missile,” without giving further details about which branch of the armed forces the missile came from or how it may have landed in those waters.

A bomb squad from McDill Air Force base said the missile was corroded by its apparent extended stay in saltwater, but “was live and in a very unstable state,” the sheriff’s office said.

Chrissy Cuttita, spokeswoman at Eglin Air Force Base, said it was an “AIM-9 missile, it was released by an F-15 in August 16, 2004 during an exercise conducted by the 53rd weapons evaluation group at Tyndall Base in Panama City.”   snip

But then riding a million dollar sub prime over the past few years would have given me heart failure too….


As I just got my first shipment of Holy Wafers… Netflix movies 😆 .. this gave me a laugh…

No more haven’t-got-time-to-get-to-Mass misery! Bishop Jonathan Blake of the Open Episcopal Church is offering “Host in the post“, the genuine body and blood of Christ on your doormat for just £2 to cover postage and packing.

The theologian John Drane has written about “the McDonaldisation of the church”, so maybe the Dominos Pizza-ization of the church was only a matter of time. Delightfully whacky as home delivery eucharist sounds, it’s only the latest step in experiments in adapting Christianity to a changing world.

Time was, of course, when church was somewhere you generally had to go to get the benefit of it – unless you could persuade the priest you were close enough to death to bring it to you. But since the early days of radio we’ve had hymns and sermons beamed into our houses.

More recently websites have experimented with online confession, and offering a “sacred space” for communal prayer from the convenience of your own desk. The Blessed Sacrament Webcam allowed visitors to look at pictures, updated once a minute, of a chalice in a box in Florida whenever they felt the need.

Get this, “St Pixels”…

There are now churches that only exist on the internet, such as St Pixels, where, as you would expect services focus more on prayers, short sermons and liturgy than on sacraments or singing.

…and to think they threw St Christopher, who I thought had to be a good money maker – from charms and what have you – out of the pantheon of saints (looking at Wiki I see they are of split minds about St C, they took his Feast Day away, but you can venerate him)…

When I was growing up, many people had a statue of the Quan Yin (Bodhisattva) in their homes or gardens – Asians and non alike… and a St Christopher medal hanging off the dashboard.  Non catholics, non christians, as well…

Which, St Christopher and the Quan Yin, both make sense as we are a city with water on three sides…

Good luck charms.. household saints.  Grab a little luck where you can…

Statue of Avalokiteshvara (or Kwan Yin in Japan) Bodhisattva of Compassion, from Nelson Adkins Museum, Kansas City, MO



1. NYCO - 10 June 2009

LOL, just reading how there’s a suspicion in the air that the new GOP Senate (or whatever they call that Frankenchamber now) is going to bring gay marriage to a vote soon, where it may well pass.

Hey Dems… can you say PWNED. (and Conservatives… you too…)

NYCO - 10 June 2009

whoops, sorry, forgot to note it’s the NY State Senate.

marisacat - 10 June 2009

oh that is HILARIOUS!

NYCO - 10 June 2009

It gets even funnier.

The Dem-controlled Senate just very recently made a huge push to bloggify the Senate website and make it all Web 2.0 and shit. Now the Republican senators are happily using all the new tools to get out their message about the rule changes they made.


2. catnip - 10 June 2009

From the last thread – no, we didn’t go digital in Canada so no new teevee for me.

3. Arcturus - 10 June 2009

say, if you’re gathering Rx for Netflix, Makhmalbaf’s The Cyclist continues to haunt . . .

marisacat - 10 June 2009

Oh thank you so much.. will look it up at Netflix… 😉 I see I can just follow your link! Thx…

4. catnip - 10 June 2009

Shooting at the DC holocaust museum…

From the WaPo blog:

MSNBC is reporting that name of susupect [sic] is James Von Brunn, a white supremacist, born 1920.

It’s wingnut season. Lock your doors.

5. catnip - 10 June 2009

He’s ba-ack!

Rev. Wright says he doesn’t regret severed relationship with president

Wright said that when he went to the polls, he did not hold any grudge against Obama.

“Of course I voted for him; he’s my son. I’m proud of him,” Wright said. “I’ve got five biological kids. They all make mistakes and bad choices. I haven’t stopped loving any of them.

“He made mistakes. He made bad choices. I’ve got kids who listen to their friends. He listened to those around him. I did not disown him.”

Asked if he had spoken to the president, Wright said: “Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …

“They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. … I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”

marisacat - 10 June 2009

Sly old boots. He was equally underhanded a few weeks ago when he and Ayers were at some Chicago function togther. Think it was some ANTI WAR bullshit (call your old friend, both of you!)

I never could stand him. 😆 OR his protege.

catnip - 10 June 2009

Did we have a bet about how long he’d be able to stay away from the media spotlight? We should have started a blog pool. Darn.

6. NYCO - 10 June 2009

The very latest is that the GOP coup may be falling apart… Dems are fighting to retain control of The Slasher (Hiram Montserrate)… he is wavering…


7. catnip - 10 June 2009

Irony I found at Little Green Footballs:

UPDATE at 6/10/09 12:36:47 pm:

With the Tiller shooting and now this — the DHS report that caused such an uproar has been vindicated.

The report was a heads-up to law enforcement, warning of a risk of increased attacks from right wing extremists, and with two attacks in two weeks (in addition to the cop killer in Pittsburgh, the white nationalist with components for a dirty bomb, the plot by skinheads to assassinate Obama, and more) it looks like the heads-up was well warranted.

8. catnip - 10 June 2009

Where’s the mute button? William Cohen and his wife are intellectually/emotionally/sickeningly fellating Obamalama on CNN after Wolfie just had to make a tie-in to the Great One’s ME speech while covering the museum shooting.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 June 2009

Did AIPAC fax Wolfie claiming that the white supremacist is secretly an Iranian agent?

catnip - 10 June 2009

Sssshhh. That isn’t supposed to come out til tomorrow.

(And they have to work “nukes” into the story somehow too…)

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10. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 June 2009
marisacat - 10 June 2009

of course he just said it was ok now to tell he went to a muslim school. geesh.

11. marisacat - 10 June 2009

I’d laugh.. but…

In parts of Southern California, the housing crash has upended a basic tenet of the American dream: that home values always increase over the long term.

Properties in several areas are selling for less than they did 20 years ago, and that’s not even counting the effects of inflation. …


To return to the past, take a stroll down Mulberry Avenue in Lancaster. John A. Beatrice, 55, bought his spacious two-story Spanish-style house there brand-new for $120,000 in 1989. It was a price he could comfortably afford, and he planned on staying through retirement, so he wasn’t worried about price swings.

“I always knew real estate goes like this,” said the aerospace engineer, moving his hand in an undulating motion like bell curves on a graph.

But he never imagined his neighborhood would drop off the charts. In April, a slightly larger home two doors away sold for $66,500. That’s just over half the $130,000 it went for new in 1992. In 2005, that house sold for $330,000.

Beatrice’s 29-year-old daughter is now shopping for Lancaster houses priced lower than when she was a kid. …

The article goes on to say that some communities in the desert are selling under 1989 prices. Which is why they tore the houses down in Victorville… it was in the high desert….. on the FAR side of Victorville.

Home prices across most of Southern California have not fallen nearly as far. The median price in the six-county area was $247,000 in April, about what it was in 2002.

But in 14 Southland ZIP Codes, mainly desert communities in the Antelope Valley and Inland Empire, median prices have fallen below levels recorded in April 1989, according to MDA DataQuick, a San Diego real estate information service.

That means thousands of homes in those neighborhoods — even houses barely 20 years old and in decent shape — have lost every dime of their appreciation, giving back not just the gains of the recent bubble but steady increases logged over a generation.

lucid - 10 June 2009

Did you catch this on CR today?

Sources said the pricing for the buildings, which have a combined 1.4 million square feet of space, will be just under $100 a foot, bringing the total to less than $140 million.

In 2006, the average downtown per sq.ft rent was $68, with sought after spaces being higher. And now they’re selling two prime office buildings on Pine and Wall Streets for $100/sq.ft…

marisacat - 10 June 2009

thank for that.. will go read.

I just heard last night that mid rise bldgs, rated “A” have dropped 22%. And the real real for real price in signed deals lower than that… LOL

AND I have heard tell of formerly busy “business parks” in the Bay Area that even last year were 40 – 50 % empty.

I do know that masses f South Asian Indians have simply gone home. No “high tech” (such as it was and outsourcing moves right along) work and the Bollywood movie theatres are closing down (East Bay)

I am pretty sure this is harder this time, than the recession in 90 and 91, when I would look out at the empty floors in the surrounding buildings.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 June 2009

Ana Marie Cox: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is dangerous and wrong

And on Monday, in a lengthy interview with The Air Force Times, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Michael Mullen expanded on what actions (loosely defined) the White House has taken: “We’ve had preliminary discussions. I’ve had preliminary discussions with the President about this. And I think it’s important, as we look to this change, that it be done in a way that doesn’t disrupt the force at a time where it’s under a lot of stress, and that to me means in a measured, deliberate way over some time to be determined. And I don’t know what that would be.”

When Obama installed GOP congressman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee John McHugh as Secretary of the Army, it was difficult to square the assurance that repealing DADT was “a priority” for both men given McHugh’s lack of action on the issue in Congress.

Let me unwind this a little for you; I speak fluent Washingtonese. There are, in all likelihood, no active discussions between Obama and the Joint Chiefs to undo DADT. It is something that “doesn’t make us more safe” (as Obama put it in April 2008), that Obama hasn’t changed his mind about, but that he has made a calculated decision not to do anything about. Sometimes I try to imagine how the media might react to the administration taking a similar position on, say, domestic terrorism.

Pressed on their lack of leadership among the Joint Chiefs, White House aides say that the President’s ability to act further is restricted by DADT’s status as a federal law. And it’s true that this is where parallels to Truman’s racial integration of the military fall apart—a favorite example of proponents of repealing DADT, who say that, like Truman, Obama could end this particular form of discrimination “with the stroke of a pen.”

“We’re a nation of laws,” pleaded Mullen to the Air Force Times. As a sign of just how uncomfortable the White House is in explaining its shift in policy, at the second press conference where I posed a DADT question Gibbs actually changed the subject to the arguably more explosive issue of Guantanamo Bay—75 percent of Americans favor gays serving openly in the military, only 53 percent think we should close the controversial detention facility. Gibbs brushed off purely executive action by saying, “Try as one may, a President can’t simply whisk away standing law of the United States of America. I think that’s maybe been the undercurrent of some of the conversations we’ve had over the past few days on Guantanamo Bay. But if you’re going to change the policy, if it is the law of the land, you have to do it through an act of Congress.”

As our last president proved again and again, this is not actually the case. (And the administration did not in fact wait for congress to act before issuing an executive order to close Gitmo.) Few would advocate that Obama attempt to extend the reach of the executive office to the extralegal lengths Bush and company pushed for, but having already stated his intent to keep some of those expanded powers in place—and, in the case of environmental regulation, use them—why not employ them to restore equality and social justice within the one truly meritocratic institution in American society, the Armed Forces?

I’d quarrel with the “one truly meritocratic institution in American society”, given what I’ve read about the travails of atheists in the ranks, and the rapid ascent of some truly clueless, horrible yes men over the last decade …

In May, a study by University of California at Santa Barbara laid out exactly how Obama might use recognized, non-controversial executive powers to stop the implementation of DADT, if not turn it over completely. U.S. Code Title 10, 12305 gives the President authority to “suspend any provision of law relating to promotion, retirement, or separation applicable to any member of the armed forces who the President determines is essential to the national security of the United States.” This power, colloquially called “stop-loss,” is at present keeping more than 13,000 soldiers on duty past the point that they wanted to leave the military. This involuntary extension of service, which has affected more than 500,000 troops since the war on terror began, has been highly criticized and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has assured the new administration that the practice would be retired by March 2011—except for the “scores” of soldiers who have “skills that were particularly important to the war effort,” a description that would seem to fit Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point-grad Army Arab linguist fighting a DADT discharge from the National Guard, not to mention the 20 Arabic-speaking soldiers discharged under DADT between 1998 and 2004. But then, the Commanders-in-Chief who presided over those dismissals publically supported DADT; Obama does not.

Most Americans probably think of the ability of gays and lesbians to openly serve in the United States military as a civil rights issue. And, of course, it is. But as he hesitates to take leadership on it, Obama should remember just how urgent a national security issue it is. In the end, Harry Truman didn’t integrate the military because it was the “right” thing to do—truth be told, Truman was something of a bigot; with no apparent irony, he once called the White House’s black waitstaff “an army of coons.” While reportedly horrified by racial violence in general, Truman integrated the military in part because advisers told him that the most “efficient use of African-Americans in the Army” would eliminate discrimination, and because his White House counsel, Clark Clifford, believed that championing civil rights and the courting the African-American vote were essential to winning re-election.

Obama was able count on—and most likely will continue to count on—the votes of those interested in equality for the LGBT community; at the national level, they’re not likely to get a better alternative. (Dick Cheney’s recent public reversal on marriage equality notwithstanding.) But one of the key components of recent Democratic victories has been candidates’ refusal to cede military issues to the traditionally hawkish GOP. Repealing DADT should be a part of reclaiming national security as a bipartisan issue. Honestly, would there be a more “efficient use of gays in the Army” than having them hunt down Islamic extremists, arguably the only group more uncomfortable with the idea of homosexuality than social conservatives?

Oh, and if you’re at work, be aware that the link is to Playboy’s website, so …

marisacat - 10 June 2009

women gays and the unemployed should sit on their hands thru a couple of elections.

……………………….. 😯

13. catnip - 10 June 2009

Deputy Tasers woman, 72, during traffic stop

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cursing and belligerent, the great-grandmother refused to sign her speeding ticket, got out of her truck and dared a deputy to shock her with a Taser.

So he did.

Video released by a Travis County Constable’s Office shows 72-year-old Kathryn Winkfein hitting the ground and moaning while the shocks jolted through her body after the May 11 confrontation with Travis County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Bieze.

Winkfein was stopped for driving 60 mph in a 45-mph zone just west of Austin. A dashboard camera in the deputy’s car shows the 4-foot-11 Winkfein refusing to sign her speeding ticket, getting out of her white pickup truck and cursing at the deputy constable.

Bieze then pushes her to get her away from traffic.

“You’re gonna shove a 72-year-old woman,” Winkfein says angrily, standing inches from the deputy.

“If you don’t step back, you’re going to get Tased,” Bieze says.

“Go ahead, Tase me,” Winkfein says. “I dare you.”

The video shows Bieze using the Taser and Winkfein hitting the ground and moaning in pain.

“Put your hands behind your back or you’re going to be Tased again,” Bieze yells, and then hits her with another jolt.

Winkfein was eventually charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and fines up to $4,000.

Another Asshole Cop From Hell moment brought to you by Taser International.

14. catnip - 10 June 2009
15. marisacat - 11 June 2009

hmm Premier of Bermuda has a few things to say about Gitmo, the Uighur prisoners they have acepted – and the offering of refuge. Ain’t life interesting.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2009

The President of Pelau made similar statements on NPR.

marisacat - 11 June 2009

and the Chinese want the ones that Palau took, they say those are the dngerous one.

Chess played iwht real people is such fun for governments.

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2009

The President of Pelau is going to be on Rachel Maddow.

16. catnip - 11 June 2009

Americans’ net worth shrinks $1.33 trillion in 1Q

WASHINGTON – American households lost $1.33 trillion of their wealth in the first three months of the year as the recession took a bite out of stock portfolios and dragged down home prices.

The Federal Reserve reported Thursday that household net worth fell to $50.38 trillion in the January-March quarter, the lowest level since the third quarter of 2004. The first-quarter figure marked a decline of 2.6 percent, or $1.33 trillion, from the final quarter of 2008.

Net worth represents total assets such as homes and checking accounts, minus liabilities like mortgages and credit card debt.

marisacat - 11 June 2009

American households lost $1.33 trillion of their wealth in the first three months of the year as the recession took a bite out of stock portfolios and dragged down home prices.

HA! The only thing worth reading is the closing of the DOW every day. It is up. UP! Get a clue catnip…

Lotta slap happy spin out there… meanwhile Cali goes bankrupt. Or may.. or will. They can’t seem to amke up their minds out here…

17. catnip - 11 June 2009

HA! The only thing worth reading is the closing of the DOW every day. It is up. UP! Get a clue catnip…

The DOW – Viagra™ for the masses.

18. marisacat - 11 June 2009

janet Napolitano is in SF to give us 15 million for a high tech luggage screening machine.

I am SO relieved.

lucid - 11 June 2009

That’s exactly what CA needs!

marisacat - 11 June 2009

In 1999 (before 9/11) I went up to Spokane for a two day seminar… I had jsut sold something quite expensive out of the house (the piano) to a friend who paid cash… When I landed at the United office in the Embarcadero Center (where I worked) to pick up my $170 air plane ticket to Spokane.. I thoguht, well I will pay cash. Even then I had to show ID and I did and showed my United Freq Flyer card as well…

When I got to SFO becasue I had paid cash, even with all the rest, I had to lug my luggage (a smallish but heavy enough for me bag that I was checking) over to the Only 4 of Them In The Nation, all under the control of United, super doooper luggage screener. There was no one to help me.. (nor should there be, really) and it took all I had to get the dmaned piece of luggage UP onto the platform that rolled it thru the Sooper Dooper ExRay machine.

I am 5 ft tall, blonde, a threat to no one… I know Ulrike Meinhof was a bleached blonde but I jsut am not an atty who went over to the dark side (or was she a reporter, I have forgotten).

It is not worth it.

marisacat - 11 June 2009

I also don’t know who would want to blow up Spokane.. one fo the most boring places on earth.

lucid - 11 June 2009

I hate airports. Always have. You buy a bus ticket, you get on the bus. You buy a train ticket, you get on a train. If a bus takes a header on a highway, or a train derails, it is never news… or only insignificant news. But a plane falls out of the sky? OMG! How did that ever happen! Granted I have nightmares about plane crashes, where I never have them about land transport, but seriously, why is flying on a plane so different than taking public transportation?

It is public transportation.

Why should bags be scanned? Why should we now have to take off our shoes? Why should we not be able to bring toothpaste or eczema cream on a plane? Or, the kicker, why can’t we bring water onto a mode of travel that is notorious for dehydrating everyone?

We don’t have to do that on trains or buses – which run more frequently and could kill an equal number of people should someone decide to blow it up.

NYCO - 12 June 2009

I’ll never fly unless a family member is facing an emergency. Period.

My sister who recently broke her ankle, had to fly while she was still recovering. She had crutches and of course they wouldn’t let her take the crutches through the scanner. Apparently they also wouldn’t let her hang on to the sides of the scanner either. How was she supposed to walk on one foot? Anyhow, my sister managed to get through. Another woman who was there and in a similar situation (limited mobility) wasn’t so lucky, she could not get through and no one would help her or allow her to break the “rules”… this woman, who was traveling alone, was just standing there crying and wondering how she was going to walk through the scanner… until my sister’s boss stuck up for her and started lecturing the airport people. It’s a wonder my sister’s boss wasn’t arrested for terrorism.

Granted, this was at a fairly podunk airport, but you’re basically at the whim of every idiot. Why bother.

marisacat - 12 June 2009

…until my sister’s boss stuck up for her and started lecturing the airport people. It’s a wonder my sister’s boss wasn’t arrested for terrorism.

America is shutting down.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2009
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21. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2009

More students on free lunch programs

WASHINGTON — Nearly 20 million children now receive free or reduced-price lunches in the nation’s schools, an all-time high, federal data show, and many school districts are struggling to cover their share of the meals’ rising costs.

Through February, nationwide enrollment in free school lunch programs was up 6.3% over the same time last year, to 16.5 million students, based on data from the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which subsidizes the programs. Participation in reduced-price lunch programs rose to 3.2 million students, the data show.

Demand in some states has climbed at an even greater rate: Enrollment in free lunch programs jumped almost 17% in California, and several states — Arizona, New Jersey, Utah and Vermont — also saw more than 10% growth.

Many new enrollees are believed to be first-timers from families hit by the recession, says FNS Administrator Julie Paradis. “These programs are intended to expand when the need is greater … and we’re pleased that they’re working,” she adds. “But certainly there are additional costs, and that is a concern at a time of scarce resources. Our state and local partners are stretched.”

In Jackson, Miss., where 86% of all students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, “some of our students show up for breakfast and haven’t had anything to eat since lunch the day before,” says Mary Hill, executive director of food services.

marisacat - 11 June 2009

it has shot up here, all thru the Bay Area… many interviews with staff and counselors (a strata that will be laid off, nto all but many) iin the public schools are amazing… they see themselves a dividing line between children and their families managing to make it – or not.

Alameda Co (which includes Oakland and Berkeley and some very hard core poor areas of Richmondi) have jsut said applicatons for county need far exceed what they can do. Those on the rolls already most likely will face 25% reductions.

Aside from free school lunches. Which imo always should have been free to all children. But we just had to invade Granada and Afgahnistan and Iraq.

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2009
marisacat - 11 June 2009

what a hoot!

Madman in the Marketplace - 11 June 2009

I wonder what the potato thing means.

Intermittent Bystander - 11 June 2009

Spuds of Wrath: potatoes-for-votes protest blights Iranian election (Guardian UK).

Reformist rivals accuse President Ahmadinejad of using ‘bumper crop’ of potatoes to lure voters

marisacat - 11 June 2009

NOW thngs are clear… 😯

thanks for that IB

Madman in the Marketplace - 12 June 2009


Madman in the Marketplace - 12 June 2009

Thanks! More substantive than “hope” and “change”.

23. marisacat - 11 June 2009

I see Panetta says bin Laden is in Pakistan. They think. They say…

Even if we catch our own tail, we won’t end the wars.

lucid - 11 June 2009

yes.. man on dialysis… living in caves… can’t go to a real hospital…

I’m sure he’s really alive.

24. marisacat - 11 June 2009

Justice Department Releases Two More Gitmo Detainees

June 11, 2009 6:49 PM

The Justice Department announced Thursday afternoon that two additional detainees had been sent from Guantánamo Bay to other countries: Jawad Jabbar Sadkhan, an Iraqi arrested in Afghanistan whom the US military has said was a Taliban leader was sent to Iraq Wednesday night, and Mohammed El Gharani, arrested in Pakistan, was transferred to his native Chad earlier today. …

25. marisacat - 11 June 2009

Angry Arab

Sami Gemayyel

A well-placed source (who does not want to be identified at all) sent me this:

“There are credible rumours that Samy Gemayel is…supported by the IRI (International Republican Institute) and the NDI (National Democratic Initiative). Apparently, the US is training him to play the main role in the coming years. One of Samy’s main advisors, a pro-federalism Christian fanatic by the name of Jean-Pierre Katrib was given training sessions at WINEP.”

I have no way of verifying this information although I trust my source.”

Posted by As’ad at 9:23 AM

26. lucid - 11 June 2009

In Jackson, Miss., where 86% of all students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, “some of our students show up for breakfast and haven’t had anything to eat since lunch the day before,” says Mary Hill, executive director of food services.

Yes! We are America! The last best hope on earth…

27. Intermittent Bystander - 11 June 2009

Netflix DVDs as Holy Wafers cracks me up.

Congrats on upgrades in media infrastructure, MCat! Stimulus funds well spent, and no airport X-rays involved!

Still massively preoccupied here, but glad to see NYCO has been keeping y’all updated on the NYS Senatorial Disarray. Somebody really ought to set up a kiosk at the Capitol . . . and make a bundle selling floppy shoes, as souvenirs or protest props.

28. lucid - 12 June 2009

MY netflix reccomends:

The Wire – the entire 5 year series – best television ever
Breaking Bad – whatever is available on DVD now

marisacat - 12 June 2009

I have The Wire… season one, first two DVDs about to come… 😉

i will check on Breaking Bad — thanks…

lucid - 12 June 2009

The Wire is made for people like us, who have a long enough attention span to digest a plot over 13 episodes… because the plot is 13 episodes – or even longer [as the 5 seasons evolve].

It is the best writing, acting and directing I’ve ever seen in a tv show… here are some fun articles too.

catnip - 12 June 2009

The producer of that show was interviewed by Moyers a few weeks ago, right?

I’ve never seen it.

lucid - 12 June 2009

Breaking Bad really looks to be good too. It’s had a season and a half run now, and last season was fantastic. It’s the co-producer of the X Files, but writing in a completely different vein now. I won’t be a spoiler – just watch it…

29. lucid - 12 June 2009

I didn’t realize I could actually post facebook links…

my latest

30. lucid - 12 June 2009

Alas, I can’t… the link makes me login…

31. marisacat - 12 June 2009

gnu post


…………. 🙄 ……………

32. marisacat - 12 June 2009

gnu post


…………. 🙄 ……………

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