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Playing out the long wars… 24 June 2009

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, San Francisco, WAR!.

Nablus, West Bank: ultra-orthodox Jewish men pray at Joseph’s Tomb [Sebastian Scheiner/AP]

Just one representative article… I mean why load up? We are swimming in it… the war debris, the porn, the horror… so I pop this up as I listen to a Charlie Rose show, selling ALL the wars, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran… (well they did leave out Africom!)

Kilcullen (who, it appears, has greatly modified his earlier strong position against drones), General Barno (big bud of McChrystal) and Ricks.. who basically loves the wars, loves his prizes for his books and shoulder-to-shoulder-with-the-war “reporting”… the longer the wars run, the more money and prizes.   I don’t see that we will ever get free… a perfect storm of bleeding the nation dry for the foreign wars.  But! grow your own vegetables and save water!  (Nothing wrong with either, either!)

Compost or be fined (new, unenforceable rule in San Francisco for private residences).

Meanwhile the tanks roll out, the bombs will fall, the cradle will rock, the world over.

[N]ow again we have the leadership of both political parties with much of the journalistic establishment in tow promoting what will likely be exposed in the near term as another slough of lies, this time about Iran. At the center of them is this: Iran has a nuclear weapons program threatening Israel with nuclear holocaust.

That’s a staggering allegation, and designed to be so. It’s the son of the earlier allegation born of the White House Iraq Group propaganda team: Let’s not let the “smoking gun” be a mushroom cloud over New York City. Sheer fear-mongering.

Iraq didn’t threaten New York. The U.S. threatened, invaded and occupied Iraq, slaughtering at least tens of thousands in the process. And Iran does not threaten anyone with a nuclear weapon. It should be repeated again and again: the National Intelligence Estimate concerning the question of Iran’s nuclear program, representing the consensus of the 16 different U.S. intelligence agencies in 2007 concluded in “high confidence” that Iran does not even have an active nuclear weapons program. (The report appeared after nearly a year’s delay due to apparent obstruction by Dick Cheney’s office, the neocon headquarters).

Unfortunately, regime change in Iran is the single most urgent, outstanding item on the neocon agenda left unfulfilled after eight years of Bush-era empowerment. Its proponents refuse to allow a mere change of administrations to deflect them from their goal. Hence somehow a neocon has insinuated himself into the center of Iran policy, first as a Hillary Clinton advisor and “diplomat,” and now as an advisor to the president working for the National Security Agency.

Dennis Ross is an NIE-denier. With no real expertise on Iran or Persian linguistic competence, and no understanding of nuclear science—but lots of experience in U.S.-Israeli relations and settler advocacy garnering him the nickname “Israel’s lawyer”—Ross was principal author of an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal eight months after the NIE appeared. snip

We seem utterly obsessed with massive, ritual bloodletting. Death.

Ross’s change of jobs was announced in the midst of the street demonstrations following the contested election results in Iran last week. He will now literally move into the White House and provide day to day counsel to Obama on how to “deal” with a leadership he wants to topple.

I suppose we can pray that Obama is a stalwart fellow. They call him nuanced.  They hold it out like it fucking matters.  So…this is good right?  I mean, intrinsically.. this is good… yes?  😆

Yes, prayer is good.  Pray.  And pray again… be nuanced in your prayers… be so resolute in your prayers that you do not notice the bombs falling, the starvation, the displacement, the refugees, the death and dismemberment.

Yes, do pray.

[S]ensationalistically entitled “Everybody Needs to Worry about Iran,” it alluded blithely, offering no evidence, to the Iranian regime’s drive to become “a nuclear state” and announced a drive to “mobilize the power of a united American public in opposition.”

Co-signators included Richard Holbrooke, currently Obama’s special envoy to “Af-Pak;” former CIA director and Project for a New American Century operative James R. Woolsey and Mark D. Wallace, a former UN ambassador who heads up with Woolsey and others something called “United Against a Nuclear Iran.” (All were major proponents of the Iraq War.) …

Such nuanced change I am blinded by the brilliance.

Gaza City: Mahmoud Al Segali, 9, works as a mechanic assistant at the Arayshi garage [Ali Ali/EPA]


UPDATE, 2:51 am on the Pacific Ocean

oh… this just fits in too well here…

The domestic long wars…

[O]nce Weill got the radical deregulation law he wanted, he issued a statement giving credit:

“In particular, we congratulate President Clinton, Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, NEC [National Economic Council] Chairman Gene Sperling, Under Secretary of the Treasury Gary Gensler, Assistant Treasury Secretaries Linda Robertson and Greg Baer.”

Summers is now Obama’s top economic adviser, Sperling has been appointed legal counselor at Treasury, and Gensler, a former partner in Goldman Sachs, is head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which he once attempted to prevent from regulating derivatives when it was run by Brooksley Born. Robertson worked for Summers in pushing through the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which freed the derivatives market from adult supervision and contained the “Enron Loophole,” permitting that company to go wild. Robertson then became the top Washington lobbyist for Enron and was recently appointed senior adviser to Fed Chair Ben S. Bernanke. Baer went to work as a corporate counsel for Bank of America, which announced his appointment with a press release crediting him with having “coordinated Treasury policy” during the Clinton years in getting Glass-Steagall repealed. As a result of deregulation, B of A too spiraled out of control and ended up as a beneficiary of the Treasury’s welfare program.

Why was I so naive as to have expected this Democratic president to not do the bidding of the banks when the last president from that party joined the Republicans in giving the moguls everything they wanted? Please, Obama, prove me wrong.

I’d suggest Bob let his fingers do the walking, look up the financial services, banks and Wall St contributions to OBAMA. I am sure he knows all of that perfectly well. He should stop bleating and get used to using Obama’s name. He’s in charge, remember?

Everything now is geared to raking in a lot more $$$$ than in the 2007 – 2008 cycle… There is talk already that the administration wants a “Reagan-like” blow out in 2012.

Let’s not beat around the Bush. Or around the Obama.
The left, so called, plays this every election. To me it proves, whether voluntary or not, we have a completely closed political system.

They bitch and moan and then, when given the chance, they sell the next Democratic White or Black or Brown [false] hope.. it never ceases.



1. marisacat - 24 June 2009

This is too easy! From Angry Arab (he links to a Ha’aretz article):

This is Zionism

“Israeli woman denied social benefits for visiting Palestinian husband.”

Posted by As’ad at 12:45 PM

Try this:

“German woman denied social benefits for visiting Jewish husband”

2. NYCO - 24 June 2009

OK, I’ll say it re Sanford, because someone’s going to say it anyway…

Don’t cry for me, Argentina!

“It started with an innocent e-mail. A beautiful woman who said her name was Evita. She needed me to hang on to some money for her for awhile, which she would wire me in U.S. dollars…”

marisacat - 24 June 2009

isn’t it a scream!?

it’s winter down there, overcast and 51… AND a donor is madly denying that Sanford was at a place he keeps down there. Soon he will say he never met Sanford.


NYCO - 24 June 2009

Funniest Twitter comment I’ve read so far…

“Sanford outsourcing affair. What a slap to the face of American homewreckers.”

marisacat - 24 June 2009

lots of insinuations around.

marisacat - 24 June 2009

gosh!.. given half a chance I am sure a home grown homewrecker could do the job. So………… I guess he flies down to BA off and on.

catnip - 24 June 2009

I’m still trying to get over the revelation that there’s a nudie hiking day in the Appalachians.

marisacat - 24 June 2009

Scary. I’d avoid it.

catnip - 24 June 2009

Sanford’s escapade is nothing compared to Berlusconi’s.

marisacat - 24 June 2009

In fairness I think we should wait. Now the digging starts. I mean there are photos of Berlusconi and some minor Eastern European formerly elected wanking around the pool in Sardinia with nude wimmens… but………… we don’t know what delectables will be offered to us…

let’s wait. Knives and forks at the ready! Drool bibs!

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

according to Olbermann, a local paper had copies of his emails to his paramour, which they had chosen to not publish.

Wait, Newsweak excerpted them:

Two, mutual feelings …. You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light – but hey, that would be going into sexual details…

Three and finally, while all the things above are all too true – at the same time we are in a hopelessly – or as you put it impossible – or how about combine and simply say hopelessly impossible situation of love. How in the world this lightening strike snuck up on us I am still not quite sure. As I have said to you before I certainly had a special feeling about you from the first time we met, but these feelings were contained and I genuinely enjoyed our special friendship and the comparing of all too many personal notes…

Lastly I also suspect I feel a little vulnerable because this is ground I have never certainly never covered before – so if you have pearls of wisdom on how we figure all this out please let me know… In the meantime please sleep soundly knowing that despite the best efforts of my head my heart cries out for you, your voice, your body, the touch of your lips, the touch of your finger tips and an even deeper connection to your soul.

NYCO - 25 June 2009

Actually that’s not a half bad love letter, as corny love e-mails go…

3. NYCO - 24 June 2009

OMG… South Carolina? Colbert is gonna have a field day with this if he hasn’t already. (Sorry, I’ve been out of all Internet contact for several days, just catching up.)

4. brinn - 24 June 2009

Hey ya’ll — I responded to each of you in the last thread — thanks! It is slightly comforting to know that all we really have to do to survive is stop paying our “debt payments” (student loans, credit cards, etc.) and we will be able to eat and keep a roof over our heads just fine…we will also disconnect the phone, and then all will be well….


marisacat - 24 June 2009

hi brinn… I read your replies in the last thread. Ugh, part time and under contract that was not renewed. I don’t know the rules in tejas.. but here, likely not eligible. But a lot of the rules have changed…

{{{ hugs }}}} … and for your children too! The pets too!

brinn - 24 June 2009

Thanks, Mcat — I was pretty certain that I wouldn’t be eligible either, but the spouse insisted that I investigate and when I came across the online app, there was nothing there that would obviously disqualify me, so Iw ent ahead and applied…we’ll see what happens…

In the meantime, I singed up for a $200 3-day course that will “certify” me as a “para-professional educator” (what a slap to my 20+year professional career! lol!) so that I might actually be eligible to make $16/hour toiling away in the prison-training system that is our schools…..

On the upside, if I am only a teacher assistant then very little of the actual shit can roll down on me … ? Dunno, just know I have to feed the kids, dogs, bunny and cat….

Ironically, yesterday about an hour after I shared my bye bye email with him, the spouse got informed that he was being reinstated and being giving a new job title that came with a….wait for it…..2600$ raise (for the year….), he misheard at first and said to his boss, “well, hot damn! that’ll cover it! I was about to come in here and let you know that I might have to go corporate because my wife just lost her job…” (he heard a $2600/MONTH raise…as if)

Anyway, his boss figured out in short order that I most likely was pulling in more than 2600/year and asked him if he wanted him (the boss) to try to get him more…

‘Not likely to cover the loss of my income, but hey, at least one of us is kicking butt — kudos to spouse of mine for making himself so valuable over the past 8 years!!

Ok. Seriously babbling. Apologies.

Again thanks to all!

catnip - 24 June 2009

That’s timely good news.

As for land around here, prices have been going down due to the recession but this province is still expensive to live in (depending on where you want to be). Let me know when you want to invest and I’ll scout around for you.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

good news on your hubby!

If all else fails, there is always urban hunting.

lucid - 24 June 2009

I’m sure you could have a field day with the ‘suitable morals’ clause…

I will most definitely be drinking lots of wine & eating good food & languishing in the sea. I’m not taking a guitar though, it’s always too much of a hassle on the plane – and the last time I did, they forced me to check it and ruined the guitar… But I’ll definitely look for music when in Rome & maybe I’ll find some open jams. Who knows.


marisacat - 24 June 2009

Hve a great trip!

5. marisacat - 24 June 2009

HA! Via Aravosis:

UPDATE: Via Media Matters, FOX News labeled the Sanford a Democrat.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009
6. marisacat - 24 June 2009

Mamma Sanford… a few things to say. A lot. Too much.

[P]salm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him. I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance. …

NYCO - 25 June 2009

Hm. The more I read, the more I’m starting to feel like I understand why he cheated…

7. catnip - 24 June 2009

Documents Back Saudi Link to Extremists

WASHINGTON — Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles.

The case has put the Obama administration in the middle of a political and legal dispute, with the Justice Department siding with the Saudis in court last month in seeking to kill further legal action. Adding to the intrigue, classified American intelligence documents related to Saudi finances were leaked anonymously to lawyers for the families. The Justice Department had the lawyers’ copies destroyed and now wants to prevent a judge from even looking at the material.


How about releasing those 28 pages from the 9/11 report? I’d still like to know what your gov’t is hiding.

8. catnip - 24 June 2009

oops…that last paragraph after “etc.” is my commentary.

9. brinn - 24 June 2009

I just threw up a little in my mouth. A lot. Too much.

I feel bad for the boys, but the two of them can just piss right the fuck off.

10. marisacat - 24 June 2009

hey. Let’s hear it for the Germans. direct action!

Take note all you money guys out there! When Barack Obama says he’s the only thing between you and the pitchforks, he’s not totally kidding.

Or, at least he wouldn’t be totally kidding if he were in Germany, which is where pensioners [suspects pictured] kidnapped and tortured a financial advisor who lost them money.

**** Daily Mail: James Amburn, 56, was ambushed outside his home in Speyer, western Germany, bound with masking tape and bundled into a car boot.

‘It took them quite a while because they ran out of breath,’ said Mr Amburn, who was driven to the Bavarian lakeside home of one of the gang.

Another couple, retired doctors, joined the kidnappers in the cellar where Mr Amburn was chained and tortured for four days last week. ….

11. bayprairie - 24 June 2009

im in chicago tonight. all day at the art institute. from what i see, i enjoy the renoir the most. the two sisters. the girls in the circus fernando. his pallete is the brightest, and the most colorful.

but it was a pleasure today learning about Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzalès and Marie Bracquemond.

i can’t think of art, marisa, without being reminded of you.

and that holds true of france as well.

i hope you, and everyone, is doing well. thank you!


Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

I love the Art Institute.

bayprairie - 24 June 2009

can’t help but thinking of you teaux

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

awwww ***blushes***

marisacat - 24 June 2009

ooo have a great trip bay! so glad you popped in to comment…


bayprairie - 24 June 2009

ty! i am! enjoy!

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

how long are you in Chicago? The Gay Pride parade is Sunday. It’s a great parade, a real celebration.

bayprairie - 24 June 2009

im going to an event in the middle of that



12. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009
13. marisacat - 24 June 2009

At least 55 people are killed in a bomb blast in a market in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.

For more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

I usually can’t stand Chris Matthews most of the time, but watching him tear holes into Joe and Mika this morning over healthcare was pretty fun.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

Tasini for Senate healthcare commercial.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

Health Insurance Insider: ‘They Dump the Sick’

Frustrated Americans have long complained that their insurance companies valued the all-mighty buck over their health care. Today, a retired insurance executive confirmed their suspicions, arguing that the industry that once employed him regularly rips off its policyholders.

“[T]hey confuse their customers and dump the sick, all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors,” former Cigna senior executive Wendell Potter said during a hearing on health insurance today before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Potter, who has more than 20 years of experience working in public relations for insurance companies Cigna and Humana, said companies routinely drop seriously ill policyholders so they can meet “Wall Street’s relentless profit expectations.”

“They look carefully to see if a sick policyholder may have omitted a minor illness, a pre-existing condition, when applying for coverage, and then they use that as justification to cancel the policy, even if the enrollee has never missed a premium payment,” Potter said. “…(D)umping a small number of enrollees can have a big effect on the bottom line.”

Small businesses, in particular, he said, have had trouble maintaining their employee health insurance coverage, he said.

“All it takes is one illness or accident among employees at a small business to prompt an insurance company to hike the next year’s premiums so high that the employer has to cut benefits, shop for another carrier, or stop offering coverage altogether,” he said.

Potter also faulted insurance companies for being misleading both in advertising their policies to new customers and in communicating with existing policyholders.

More and more people, he said, are falling victim to “deceptive marketing practices” that encourage them to buy “what essentially is fake insurance,” policies with high costs but surprisingly limited benefits.

That last bit being what the “public plan” will end up being.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

CBS News Edits Out Billy Graham Reference To “Synagogue Of Satan”

NIXON: The thing that you’ve really got to emphasize to him, Billy, is that this anti-Semitism is strongly than we think, you know. It’s unfortunate, but this has happened to the Jews, it happened in Spain, it happened in Germany, it’s happening—now it’s going to happen in America if these people don’t start behaving.

GRAHAM: Well, you know I told you one time that the bible talks about two kinds of Jews. One is called the Synagogue of Satan. They’re the ones putting out the pornographic literature. They’re the ones putting out these obscene films.

[three minutes of talking]

NIXON: It may be they have a death wish, that’s been the problem with our Jewish friends for centuries.

GRAHAM: Well, they’ve always been through the Bible at least, God’s timepiece. He has judged them from generation to generation and yet used them and they’ve kept their identity.

marisacat - 24 June 2009

he might not go to heaven of God heard that!

Geesh as if we do not all know about Billy and Dickie in the Oval.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 June 2009

Johann Hari: A fight for the Amazon that should inspire the world

In the depths of the Amazon rainforest, the poorest people in the world have taken on the richest people in the world to defend a part of the ecosystem none of us can live without. They had nothing but wooden spears and moral force to defeat the oil companies – and, for today, they have won.

Here’s the story of how it happened – and how we all need to pick up this fight. Earlier this year, Peru’s right-wing President, Alan Garcia, sold the rights to explore, log and drill 70 per cent of his country’s swathe of the Amazon to a slew of international oil companies. Garcia seems to see rainforest as a waste of good resources, saying of the Amazon’s trees: “There are millions of hectares of timber there lying idle.”

There was only one pesky flaw in Garcia’s plan: the indigenous people who live in the Amazon. They are the first people of the Americas, subject to wave after wave of genocide since the arrival of the Conquistadors. They are weak. They have no guns. They barely have electricity. The government didn’t bother to consult them: what are a bunch of Indians going to do anyway?


So the indigenous peoples acted in their own self-defence, and ours. Using their own bodies and weapons made from wood, they blockaded the rivers and roads to stop the oil companies getting anything in or out. They captured two valves of Peru’s sole pipeline between the country’s gas field and the coast, which could have led to fuel-rationing. Their leaders issued a statement explaining: “We will fight together with our parents and children to take care of the forest, to save the life of the equator and the entire world.”

Garcia responded by sending in the military. He declared a “state of emergency” in the Amazon, suspending almost all constitutional rights. Army helicopters opened fire on the protesters with live ammunition and stun-grenades. More than a dozen were killed. But the indigenous peoples did not run away. Even though they were risking their lives, they stood their ground. One of their leaders, Davi Yanomami, said simply: “The earth has no price. It cannot be bought, or sold or exchanged. It is very important that white people, black people and indigenous peoples fight together to save the life of the forest and the earth. If we don’t fight together, what will our future be?”

And then something extraordinary happened. The indigenous peoples won. The Peruvian Congress repealed the laws that allowed oil company drilling, by a margin of 82 votes to 12. Garcia was forced to apologise for his “serious errors and exaggerations”. The protesters have celebrated and returned to their homes deep in the Amazon.

19. BooHooHooMan - 24 June 2009

Spot on.

Let’s not beat around the Bush. Or around the Obama.
The left, so called, plays this every election. To me it proves, whether voluntary or not, we have a completely closed political system.

They bitch and moan and then, when given the chance, they sell the next Democratic White or Black or Brown [false] hope.. it never ceases. – marisacat

Two cases in Point, following Obama’s candyass presser ,
WH Press Corp calling His Change-i-Newness out over
use of Huffpo Blahhhhger for planted softball question…

Just ask yourself – Would you buy Girl Scout Cookies from this one?

They Planted a Gay Whore in Bush’s Press Conferences
by emptywheel

LOL.. Keepin it classy – Marcy Wheeler.
Blatant Hack much? Easy Marcy. Goin all Ann Coulter and shit now….

And here’s the chubby cheeked Adam Bonehead slobbering all over the cotton candy for his summer gig…Want some?

Fifty Days To Pittsburgh
by Adam B
Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 05:40:06 PM PDT

Is it really that soon? Yes. Netroots Nation takes place this year August 13-16 in Pittsburgh, PA, at the beautiful and ridiculously green David Lawrence Convention Center.

“Ridiculously green”???
How rich, the irony… on so many levels:
It’s “Green”! SELL IT ADAM. It goes so well with orange.
And Naderhate.
And a Progressive”, ah, “movement” is it? –> banning Greens.
Well then. The spot is perfect!
For greenhorns:

If there’s a theme you’ll detect in the panels this year, it’s about doing. Those of us in the panel selection process put great weight on those panel proposals which didn’t just talk about an issue, but took the next step to highlighting steps activists could take in making change real.

In the coming days and weeks, we’ll continue to unveil the list of panels,and start telling you about the featured speakers at our keynote and plenary sessions. I can’t drop any hints now, but I suspect our community will be pleased to see stacks of leading politicians and thinkers eager to greet our community, to talk with us and to listen.

In addition, I know the next slate of DFA Scholarship recipients will be rolled out very soon.

All that’s left, of course, is you. Have you registered yet? That $275 price will go up to $325 as soon as we sell out that level, so make your commitment to join us in Pittsburgh today.

I’m happy to answer any questions you have.

Oh here’s some questions! –
But have some dignity, man!
Don’t get all clammyhands now in front of the customers..

Nothing on the environment? (4+ / 0-)

I have been incredibly disappointed in the lack of support for environmental diaries here.

There seems to be a general disinterest in environmental matters.

“It’s the planet, stupid.”

by FishOutofWater on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 05:51:57 PM PDT

It’s very much on the agenda. (4+ / 0-)

Be patient.

Support the DFA-Netroots Nation Scholarship Program

by Adam B on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 05:52:39 PM PDT

And to think…
this yutz could’a been sweating like Porky Pig as an Amusement Park mascot if it weren’t for the Blogs – I mean – “The Law” (his “career”) .
Show the kids around the Park, Adam-
Back to the “action” Adam is TALKING about:

Agenda better be ELECT SESTAK D-PA! (0+ / 0-)

Electing a Democratic Senator, Joe Sestak, in PA in 2010 should be the MAIN FOCUS and the Netroots convention.

Sestak was a Netroots candidate and now he’s locked in a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Will it be real Democrats or will the Democrats continue to fall short and devolve into bunch of GOP wannabe’s like Spector or his doppelgangers, Baucus, Nelson, Lincoln.

Goal of Netroots Pittsburgh should be raising $2M for Sestak’s primary campaign.

Turn PA True Blue!

by Zagzula on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 06:10:54 PM PDT

Taxwise, no. (1+ / 0-)

That would not help us maintain our nonprofit status.

Support the DFA-Netroots Nation Scholarship Program

by Adam B on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 06:15:57 PM PDT

Electing progressive Dems too taxing? (0+ / 0-)

Profits? Don’t you have to make a profit to get taxed? Is Netroots some kind of business?

Thought the whole point was electing progressive Democrats?

by Zagzula on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 06:55:58 PM PDT

no, that would make us a PAC. (0+ / 0-)

As our About page notes,Netroots Nation “amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate. Through our annual convention and a series of regional salons held throughout the year, we strengthen our community, inspire action and serve as an incubator for ideas that challenge the status quo and ultimately affect change in the public sphere.”

Support the DFA-Netroots Nation Scholarship Program

by Adam B on Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 07:23:16 PM PDT

Oh for Fuck’s sake, Porky! You’re going to put em to SLEEP!
Go Get Em, Already!. Sell ‘Em Sumpin’, punkin!.
Some candy, Hell, I don’t know….
I mean Jeeezis. If your in the “regional salon” business now…
maybe some hair care products- Hmm? Maybe a bottle of “Progressive Male” – the Waldo-Baldo Hair Creme endorsed by Markos and Houle? SELL! SELL! SELL!

marisacat - 24 June 2009

poor marcy.

Adam B… legal services.

BooHooHooMan - 24 June 2009

LOL. It’s all such SHIT.
– The “Progressive” Admiral Sestak LOL – from the Pentagon.
– The “New” “Democrat” – Arlen Specter.

A Wealth of Choices!


BooHooHooMan - 24 June 2009

the ‘Regional Salon” should go over well in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburghers and Western Pennsylvanians are famous for clamoring to get into a Salon. in August. 😆

marisacat - 24 June 2009

it really is awful, no other words for our system. the predictable thing is that we will slide along, somewhere in the second term obster will be discredited to one degree or another, exposures of Dem congress people will mount… and the playing field for 2016 will be tended and manicured again.

It is all so self fulfilling.

BooHooHooMan - 24 June 2009

I shudder to think how much further right it will ratchet .
if we do not utterly collapse in the next decade..
But we are caught in a malignant Empire in decline. As such, I see an ironic but eventual reversal of roles coming upon us when other ascendant nations will opt for a policy of containing us and our nukey and kooky failed state: the least cost choice , the maintenance of our RW Kleptocracy to keep a lid on us furthering their resource extraction. So we are stuck. I think we will see more of the Failed State markers come into view here.

marisacat - 24 June 2009

…the least cost choice , the maintenance of our RW Kleptocracy to keep a lid on us furthering their resource extraction. So we are stuck. I think we will see more of the Failed State markers come into view here. –BHHM

yes soemthing like htat. No matter what, bled dry.

It is a terrible prospect.

So I ahve “Quills” on… Marquis de Sade and France apres.


I dipped back in for two minutes at the near close of Medicine Show. Still bad. bad bad bad. Undertaker Ob and hand maiden Charlie Gibson.

catnip - 24 June 2009

It’s just a big drunkfest. That should be the bumper sticker.

Progressively getting loaded

BooHooHooMan - 24 June 2009

Getting drunk in Pittsburgh.
Well that’s new.

The whole thing is so funny because every Dem in the country is going to be coming —> to Jersey.< — Sebellius was in last week. They are coming from everywhere, packing up and heading to Jersilly.
Sun Block , Beach Chairs, Heat/ Lung Machine

Corzine is on DNC Life Support now.
Surely they will move the Activist Vanguard from Pittsburgh to Spring Lake, Atlantic City, Stone Harbor, no? LOL. Chumps. At least they could swim here and take a walk …on the beach…

20. marisacat - 24 June 2009

I lasted two minutes, exactly, with the ABC slush medicine show.


catnip - 24 June 2009

I switched channels to watch Law & Order and there he was. Fuck – he’s everywhere! Enough already.

21. BooHooHooMan - 24 June 2009

I’m glad to see brinn, lucid, and bayprairie catching some nice breaks.
Nite all. I’m out….

brinn - 25 June 2009

wait! did I catch a nice break and no one told me about it?? LOL!

Unemployment is a nice break, from low-stress and relative certainty about where the next meal is coming from…

On the upside, I called the Unemployment Office like my page on their website told me to this afternoon, and a very nice lady picked up on the second ring — I was pleasantly shocked! If UI comes through, we may make it relatively unscathed through the summer (barring 450 dollar util bills — it has been 104 here for the past 3 days with no end in sight — 20% chance on rain on Monday and high “only” in the high 90s)….

What’re you gonna do but laugh?

BooHooHooMan - 25 June 2009

Sorry brinn. I misread the news about reinstatement and the 2600 raise.

22. marisacat - 24 June 2009

Dr Hern on the killing of Dr Tiller

[T]he idea that an embryo or fetus is equal to, or more important than, the life of a cantankerous adult doctor is no longer a sick private delusion. It is a collective psychosis masquerading as religion that has become a political force threatening democratic society.

Dr. Tiller’s crime was not that he killed children — which he did not — but that he brought liberty and health to women. He saved their lives and futures. That’s why every doctor in America who does abortions lives under a death threat.

As I said in 1993, after the assassination of Dr. Gunn, we can only hope that Dr. Tiller’s tragic and senseless murder will wake up the American people to the radical Christian right’s determination to take absolute power in our society and to control its vital institutions.

The main difference between the American anti-abortion movement and the Taliban is about 8,000 miles. Also, the Taliban wants a fascist Islamic theocracy, whereas the American anti-abortion movement wants a fascist Christian theocracy.

The main difference between the American anti-abortion movement and the Salem Witch Hunts is 300 years.

Last week, we observed the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion. The difference between those of us who help women by performing abortions and the guys who hit the beach in 1944 is that we get to choose and we have a better chance of surviving. It’s the same issue, the same adversary, the same clash of values, the same struggle, but different weapons.

All of these historical convulsions are about power. …

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

those marshalls better take very good care of him.

23. catnip - 25 June 2009

Speaking of Quill

Is it not a strange blindness on our part to teach publicly the techniques of warfare and to reward with medals those who prove to be the most adroit killers?

– Marquis de Sade

marisacat - 25 June 2009

well exactly.. we value killing highly. Esp if bought off with cheap medals.

24. marisacat - 25 June 2009

LOL what a shock… Pretzel as summer series… (I suggest leaving him on an island, maybe the ratings rise):

June 25, 2009
Categories: TV

ABC loses out on Obama event

Maybe it’s the glut of news, or the season, but health care isn’t commanding the kind of attention that it might have been expected to, and the latest sign of that is anemic ratings for ABC’s prime time town hall last night.

The Philanthropist and CSI: NY beat the show handily, and it “tied some 8:00 p.m. comedy repeats” as the lowest-ranked of the evening, James Hibberd reports.

By Ben Smith 01:20 PM
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25. marisacat - 25 June 2009

well they can’t say he went for a 20 year old “portena”…

[S]u nombre es María Belén Shapur y tiene 43 años. Vive frente al Zoológico porteño sobre la calle República de la India, en un edificio de 14 pisos.

María Belén Shapur estudió en el colegio St. Catherines, trabaja en Bunge y Born y habla inglés, portugués y chino.

El año pasado, la amistad entre Sanford y María Belén pasó a ser otra cosa.

catnip - 25 June 2009

She lives near a zoo? And that’s relevant, why?

marisacat - 25 June 2009

it has become the name for the district she lives in…

26. NYCO - 25 June 2009

Anyone care for a NY Senate update?

While I was on vacation this past week, the Dems snuck into the chamber and locked it for a while, then the Reps and Dems started holding their own separate sessions, each passing bills they claimed had votes of 62-0. Paterson pounded his fist on the rostrum and insisted they all had to come in for an extraordinary session (this can be called by the governor), or else he’d withhold their pay or maybe sicc the troopers on them to drag them in. So the Dems and Reps started coming in separately at 3 pm each day, this has been going on for a couple of days, then adjourning immediately.

Now Paterson is renewing his threat to take away their travel expenses, so one Democratic senator (who is under indictment – not Espada, though) just openly called him a “coke-snorting staff-banger.”

Stay classy, New York!

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

wow, that sounds like one of those developing nation’s parliaments? When are we going to get video of a fistfight at the podium?

marisacat - 25 June 2009

I read they had dueling “Majority Leader” sessions… in something that was both surreal and chaotic.

Can we all descend further?

i guess so.

…or else he’d withhold their pay or maybe sicc the troopers on them to drag them in.

I am all for htat sort of unilateral action.

27. catnip - 25 June 2009

Brrrreaking: Michael Jackson rushed to hospital in LA…possible cardiac arrest…BBC is reporting that TMZ is reporting that he’s died (unconfirmed).

catnip - 25 June 2009

CNN’s coverage is lagging behind the BBC’s. The BBC said that the LA Times reported he was in a coma (about 15 mins ago) and they just updated saying the LA Times is now reporting he’s died. Flip over to CNN and Wolfie is just reporting the coma story.

catnip - 25 June 2009

It’s unofficially official: he’s dead.

marisacat - 25 June 2009

I have noticed that BBC is almost always ahead of the US press and with big breaking US stories… or global stories that happen here.

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

they actually pay reporters, who develop sources and contacts rather than just rewriting press releases.

28. marisacat - 25 June 2009

What a strange day.. now Michael Jackson has died.. in LA.

catnip - 25 June 2009

Definitely a strange day all the way around.

29. marisacat - 25 June 2009

moiv sent this… Sullenger’s tel number is the one that was in Roeder’s car when he was apprehended. “Policy Advisor”? More like ”Sender of Bullets”

Wichita, KS – Operation Rescue is asking women who have had abortions by LeRoy Carhart in the past five years to contact them.

“We are conducting a research project and are encouraging women who are ready to share their stories about their abortion experiences with LeRoy Carhart to contact us as soon as possible,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. “Of course, all communications with us will be held in strictest confidence.”

Carhart operates an abortion clinic known as the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska in Bellevue, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha. He was employed until its closure at Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas. He is also licensed to operate in Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He may have done abortions in Iowa in the past, as well.

If you had an abortion at by LeRoy Carhart in any of these states over the past five years we would love to speak with you. Your communications will remain confidential and your identity will be protected. Contact Operation Rescue at 316-683-6790, ext. 112, or e-mail us at info@operationrescue.org.

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

but don’t forget, he’s just a lone wolf, and but gee golly wow, but those types are hard to catch:

Lone wolves are killers who come out of nowhere — with no links to terrorist and extremist groups — to attack alone.

“If a person makes a decision — ‘I am going to do it on my own, I will tell no one, and I will leave no telltale psychological fingerprints anywhere around’ — that is very hard … to stop,” says Clint van Zandt, a former FBI behaviorialist who profiles lone wolves. “Many times, law enforcement and others who study these lone-wolf type of individuals end up having to make a decision: Is this a lone wolf, or is this a lone nut?”

And we know he’s a lone wolf … well, we all just KNOW, and Clint is a hack who LOVES to show up on MSNBC, their go-to guy who’s eager to “profile” people off the top of his head who he knows little or nothing about.

Nope, he didn’t have that phone number because he had anything to do with an org that threatens and attacks women and their doctors.

Sam Rascoff used to work intelligence issues for the New York Police Department and is now at the New York University School of Law. At this point, he says, it gets down to a question of resources and how best to allocate the manpower that the FBI and local law enforcement have to derail terrorist attacks.

“As a practical matter, it can’t possibly play man-to-man defense against absolutely everyone who some day might translate some sort of hateful ideology into violent action,” Rascoff says.

Because of the inability to play man-to-man, late last year the FBI launched Operation Vigilant Eagle. The idea is to reach out to white supremacists and militia groups and convince them to report outliers to the authorities.

“Sometimes the lone wolves are the dropouts from those groups,” says Rascoff. “They are the individuals deemed by those very groups as too unreliable or unstable to actually play in the big leagues. So, by keeping an eye on the traditional groups, you might also be doing important work in protecting against the lone wolf.”

Besides, they’re too busy entrapping black guys in urban centers and chasing radical environmentalists. I’m sure fascist whites are eager to drop a dime with agents of ZOG.

marisacat - 25 June 2009

well the dark long running “secret” is that murder is often very hard to prove. Murder of all sorts, familial, friend, itinerant, serial, stranger… and so on.

AND the other dark non-secret… it is not a priority. Good for billing overtime in big urban cop centers.. but not a really big deal.

It REALLY pisses them off when you rob a federally insured bank and they get especially irritated when you transport the money across state lines.

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

they’d rather bust people for pot. especially in the arrestee’s car … so they can seize the car.

marisacat - 25 June 2009

yes that too… or arrest medicinal pot growers up in Humboldt and Mendocino.

30. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

Guards are the worst prison-rapists

IIRC, that’s how Charles Graner go his start … working as a guard.

Victims and witnesses often are bullied into silence and harmed if they speak out. In a letter to the advocacy organization Just Detention International, one prisoner conveyed a chilling threat she received from the male officer who was abusing her: “Remember if you tell anyone anything, you’ll have to look over your shoulder for the rest of your life.” Efforts to promote reporting must be accompanied by policies and protocols to protect victims and witnesses from retaliation. And because some incarcerated individuals will never be comfortable reporting abuse internally, facilities must give prisoners the option of speaking confidentially with a crisis center or other outside agency.

marisacat - 25 June 2009

yeah he was a guard here… and spoke openly at the prison of wanting to “get” arabs.

It has come out over and over and over and over that guards run the incoming drugs among other things at San Quentin. And STILL we are held in a death grip by the Prison Guard Lobby, here in Sacto and in DC.

31. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

Senate Report: Insurers Charged ‘Billions’ to Consumers They Were Supposed to Pay

Health insurers have forced consumers to pay billions of dollars in medical bills that the insurers themselves should have paid, according to a report released today by the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee.

The report was part of a multi-pronged assault on the credibility of private insurers by Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.). It came at a time when Rockefeller, President Obama and others are seeking to offer a public alternative to private health plans as part of broad health reform legislation. Health insurers are doing everything they can to block the public option.

At a committee hearing today, three health care specialists testified that insurers go to great lengths to avoid responsibility for sick people, use deliberately incomprehensible documents to mislead consumers about their benefits, and sell “junk” policies that fail to cover needed care. Rockefeller said he was exploring “why consumers get such a raw deal from their insurance companies.”

The star witness at the hearing was a former public relations executive for major health insurers whose testimony boiled down to this: Don’t trust the insurers.

“The industry and its backers are using fear tactics, as they did in 1994, to tar a transparent and accountable — publicly accountable — health care option,” said Wendell Potter, who until early last year was vice president for corporate communications at the big insurer CIGNA.

Potter said he worries “that the industry’s charm offensive, which is the most visible part of duplicitous and well-financed PR and lobbying campaigns, may well shape reform in a way that benefits Wall Street far more than average Americans.”

Insurers make paperwork confusing because “they realize that people will just simply give up and not pursue it” if they think they have been shortchanged, Potter said.

marisacat - 25 June 2009

there is absolutely no oversight. basically yuu are left to fight on your own or HIRE AND PAY FOR an independent analyst with specialised knowledge who can unearth the regs and rules that will assure you coverage.. What a crock.

And it will nto be getting better.

marisacat - 25 June 2009

the other problem, this has been testified to, reported on, issued as product – assessment of the industry – by panels.. ALL OF THIS IS KNOWN. But Dems will stall by having another congressional panel convene. Busy work.

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

See How Well That Healthcare Reform Worked Out? Mass. Health Plan Cuts Subsidies for Needy

This is pretty big news, guys. Remember, the Massachusetts plan is the model they want to use for national reform – and already it’s beginning to crack under the economic strain.

This is what happens with “bipartisan,” market-friendly compromise: Band-aid solutions that can’t handle a massive load. And it’s exactly why we need single-payer universal healthcare: because it’s the only plan cheap enough to stay solvent through tough times.

Overseers of Massachusetts’ trailblazing healthcare program made their first cuts yesterday, trimming $115 million, or 12 percent, from Commonwealth Care, which subsidizes premiums for needy residents and is the centerpiece of the 2006 law.

The board of the Connector Authority made the cuts as officials confronted two side effects of the recession: the state budget crisis and a surge in enrollment by the recently unemployed.

The largest share of the savings will come from slowing enrollment. An estimated 18,000 poor residents who qualify for full subsidies, but who forget to designate a health plan, will no longer be automatically assigned a plan and enrolled and thus could face delays in getting care.

The board also eliminated dental coverage for the poorest residents enrolled in Commonwealth Care, roughly 92,000 people who currently are the only ones in the program who receive that care. Regulators said that would save $10 million. Dental coverage was retained in the budget approved by lawmakers last week, and now it falls to the governor to decide its fate.

Also hanging in the balance is the health insurance status of 28,000 legal immigrants whose Commonwealth Care coverage was dropped in the budget lawmakers approved for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Governor Deval Patrick has until Monday to decide whether to veto any of that budget, which set aside $116 million less for Commonwealth Care than he proposed.

marisacat - 25 June 2009

Deval! Axelrod client. ”Two Americas” fucking speeches. Like Edwards (Axelrod client) Freddie Ferrer in NY (Axelrod client) and

Only Begotten Son. Red Blue America. Two Americas, however they shifted the phrasing.

32. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009

One could ask why Newsweak cares to ask him, but fwiw:

Decrying judicial activism, Robert Bork says choosing Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court was ‘a bad mistake.’

NW – What are your thoughts about Judge Sotomayor’s nomination?

RB – I think it was a bad mistake. Her comments about the wise Latina suggest identity-group jurisprudence. She also has a reputation for bullying counsel. And her record is not particularly distinguished. Far from it. And it is unusual to nominate somebody who states flatly that she was the beneficiary of affirmative action. But I can’t believe she will be any worse than some recent white male appointees.

NW – Anyone you’d care to name?

RB – I could, but you don’t want the estate of these people suing me, do you?

NW – As it’s currently composed, this is sometimes called a conservative court.

RB – I don’t see it at all. It’s a very left-leaning, liberal court.

NW – Could you elaborate? Compared to what?

RB – Well, compared to what the Constitution actually says. They tend to enact the agenda or the preferences of a group that thinks of itself as the intellectual elite.

NW – How have you been struck by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito since they were appointed?

RB – My general impression of them is quite good. The justice up there who I most admire is Clarence Thomas. I notice that when he and Scalia differ—it’s not that often, but when they do—I tend to agree with Thomas.

33. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 June 2009
34. marisacat - 26 June 2009

gnu post…


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