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The little chicks have my sympathies…. 20 December 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

The Wild Action Zoo in Melbourne Australia takes in chicks that have fallen out of nests

… I think I sense the the flustered state behind their little visages.

It is from this gallery at the UK Telegraph



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 December 2009

Fuck them all: Bernie Sanders Explains Why He’s Going to Vote for the Health Care Bill

Feingold is whining about it too, but says he’ll go along.

No fucking left, at all … not even center or center/left … in the political class in this country.

marisacat - 20 December 2009


marisacat - 20 December 2009

I am sure they have been told by the rather strange Mr Axelrod that they have the defeat of Peace Pretzel on their heads if they think an independent thought.

Seems likely.

Tho in my opinion Axe has been a stumbling shit on the tv this past week.

Echoing criticism from both Republicans and open government advocates, CNN’s John King, host of “State of the Union,” pointed out that the agreement to win Nelson’s support — which also included a boost in Medicaid funding for Nebraska, as well as deals that brought on board wavering Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) — were reached “behind closed doors, pretty much traditional Washington politics.”

During his presidential campaign, Obama promised to make government more transparent and less beholden to special interests, and King asked Axelrod, “Is it what the president promised during the campaign?”

“John, I don’t think that there has been a more intensely covered debate than this health care debate,” Axelrod said. “So I challenge the notion that it hasn’t been a transparent process.”

King also asked Axelrod to respond to criticism that the deal Obama brokered late last week in Copenhagen to limit climate change — which the White House touted as a major breakthrough — contained no sanctions for noncompliance.

“Nobody says that this is the end of the road,” Axelrod said, suggesting that the talks may have collapsed without Obama’s intervention.

From Politico…

We are led by the miniscule.

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 December 2009

Feingold’s statement:

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) formally announced on Sunday that he would support the Senate’s final version of health care reform. But in doing so he cast blame for the loss of a public option for insurance coverage partially on the president’s shoulders and urged House and Senate negotiators to re-insert the government-run plan back into the legislation during conference committee.

“It’s not OUR fault, it’s HIS, and by the way, center-right independents who’s votes I need soon, I DON’T LIKE HIM EITHER.

Now vote for my fake ass so I can keep my job and pretend to give a shit.” /feingold translated into plain English>

marisacat - 20 December 2009

I caught som gibberish this week, forget now from who it was… that there is mounting unease in the congress about Peace Pretzel.

But my interpretation would be, he and his admin have sloughed off a ton of shit work to congress, he’s done little (tho in spectacular amounts in some situations) to alter the course of a mess… AND they will bear the brunt, sooner than he does at the ballot box.

I am not even convinced he and Mama Obama actually, really and truly, WANT a second term. They strike me as lazy. Chris Floyd has piece on what a fucking narcissist Ob is (it’s over at C-Punch, which is where i landed on it). Bingo.

I read they are going to Hawai’i fr the holidaze. Somebody will bitch about Oslo then Copenhagen then the beach in the Pacific.

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 December 2009

agreed, on all of that.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 December 2009

Eurostar CANCELED: Train Services Stopped Indefinitely

The only passenger rail link between Britain and the rest of Europe has been shut down indefinitely, Eurostar said Sunday, promising more travel misery for thousands of stranded passengers just before Christmas.

Services have been suspended since late Friday, when a series of glitches stranded five trains inside the Channel Tunnel and trapped more than 2,000 passengers for hours in stuffy and claustrophobic conditions. More than 55,000 passengers overall have been affected.

Some panicked passengers stayed underground for more than 15 hours without food or water, or any clear idea of what was going on – prompting outrage from travelers and a promise from Eurostar that no passenger train would enter the tunnel until the issue had been identified and fixed.

Eurostar runs services between England, France and Belgium. The company said Sunday it had traced the problem to “acute weather conditions in northern France,” which has seen its worst winter weather in years.

Eurostar commercial director Nick Mercer said three test trains sent through the Channel Tunnel on Sunday ran successfully, but that it became clear that the especially bad weather meant that snow was being sucked into the trains in a way “that has never happened before.”

marisacat - 21 December 2009

Well at least one person who can bitch and moan loudly was stuck in that godawful mess!

Via Art Goldhammer’s blog on French Politics… http://artgoldhammer.blogspot.com/

Eurostar Meets Eurodeputy

There were a lot of angry people on the Eurostar yesterday, after the train was trapped in the tunnel for an extended period and passengers were left without food, water, or blankets for 18 hours, but one of them was Eurodeputy Dominique Baudis, who is calling for an investigation.

reading around yesterday, it did not seem anyone in charge had anything of any value to sy…

3. BooHooHooMan - 20 December 2009

Sorry. Gonna go there.

So Which demi-Left wing Jewish guy am I supposed to listen to
to tell me it’s all gone be okay? LOL.
Oh – AND not to worry about the Catholics?

RonAl’Russ WyFeinGrayGoldenFrankenson?

Well – good thing the Media will ask the tough questions. LOL.

What a clusterfuck. Who needs Lieberman OR the Pope?
… especially when you got the boys and Babs a boxin?
We are so. fucking. OWNED.

marisacat - 21 December 2009

myabe Liebchen and the Pope (can I still say that?) could get together.

I am sure they agree on tons of stuff… Gansie can serve sacramental wine. And I am sure the Vatican larder extends to matzoh.

BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2009

I am sure they agree on tons of stuff…
Well. At least until the Krauts decide to serve up the old wiener schnitzel.
So to speak.

Prolly just a disorienting opener tho, till the drug laced wine kicks in and they can work Joe over regarding Aetna’s reimbursement rates to their most reliable source of income health system stakeholdings in the U.S.

What sanctimonious fraud, the convergence of interests over this new hustle… The CC using abortion to protect the best racket since bingo.

marisacat - 21 December 2009

it really has been awful.

4. marisacat - 21 December 2009

Well.. this gave me a chuckle in the chilly morning… Milbank in the Wapo (and yes I am still on via Net Zero, miracle of miracles)

[I]t was difficult to escape the conclusion that Coburn was referring to the 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) who has been in and out of hospitals and lay at home ailing. It would not be easy for Byrd to get out of bed in the wee hours with deep snow on the ground and ice on the roads — but without his vote, Democrats wouldn’t have the 60 they needed.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the number-two Democratic leader, went to the floor to complain about Coburn’s unholy prayer, which followed an unsuccessful request from Democrats for an earlier vote because of Byrd’s “significant health problems.” Said Durbin: “When it reaches a point where we’re praying, asking people to pray, that senators wouldn’t be able to answer the roll call, I think it has crossed the line.” ….

Even Milbank says we are so long and so far past any “line” that this almost does not matter. And, if what I read is correct, that Milbank himself is Skull and Bones, hell he should know.

marisacat - 21 December 2009

HA! Still reading Milbank… did you realise that by supporting this mess of a health care mess that you were opposing the forces of fascism?

[A]ctually, the line was crossed long ago, during the summer of death panels and socialists. But Democrats weren’t in the best position to take the high road Sunday evening. One of their own members, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) had just delivered an overwrought jeremiad comparing the Republicans to Nazis on Kristallnacht, lynch mobs of the South, and bloodthirsty crowds of the French Revolution.

“Too many colleagues are embarked on a desperate, no-holds-barred mission of propaganda, obstruction and fear,” he said. “History cautions us of the excesses to which these malignant, vindictive passions can ultimately lead. Tumbrils have rolled through taunting crowds. Broken glass has sparkled in darkened streets. Strange fruit has hung from southern trees.” Assuming the role of Old Testament prophet, Whitehouse promised a “day of judgment” and a “day of reckoning” for Republicans. ….

Speaking of “Southern lynch mobs” of which there were plenty of course… but I read not long ago that contrary to what I had thought, in the West we just shot people to death or pushed them off spectacular cliffs… mais NON! We had 300 lynching trees here in Old Cali.

America love it or leave it. (so Palin says!)

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 December 2009

I do have a soft spot for anyone who finds an excuse to use the word “tumbrils”.

5. catnip - 21 December 2009

Payoffs for states get Harry Reid to 60 votes

Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback,” as the GOP is calling it, got all the attention Saturday, but other senators lined up for deals as Majority Leader Harry Reid corralled the last few votes for a health reform package.

Nelson’s might be the most blatant – a deal carved out for a single state, a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion for Nebraska, meaning federal taxpayers have to kick in an additional $45 million in the first decade.

But another Democratic holdout, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), took credit for $10 billion in new funding for community health centers, while denying it was a “sweetheart deal.” He was clearly more enthusiastic about a bill he said he couldn’t support just three days ago.

Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) carved out an exemption for non-profit insurers in their states from a hefty excise tax. Similar insurers in the other 48 states will pay the tax.

Vermont and Massachusetts were given additional Medicaid funding, another plus for Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.

All of this came on top of a $300 million increase for Medicaid in Louisiana, designed to win the vote of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Under pressure from the White House to get a deal done by Christmas, Reid was unapologetic. He argued that, by definition, legislating means deal making and defended the special treatment for Nelson’s home state of Nebraska.

“You’ll find a number of states that are treated differently than other states. That’s what legislating is all about. It’s compromise,” he said…

You say “compromise”. I say “blackmail”.

6. wu ming - 21 December 2009

as a californian, this whole fucking process is painfully familiar. i really hope we can get the statehouse and 2/3 in the state senate and assembly this next go-around, so that we can see CA dems publicly disprove their whinges about the problem being solely GOP obstruction.

marisacat - 21 December 2009

monster majorities! bring it on!

It was interesting to see what a bad job rank and file senate electeds AND Axelrod did of claiming this has been “transparent”. (As they laugh all the way to their personal bank accounts)

Klobuchar on Fox News with Chris Whatshisname… claimed it is all ok as we ”know of the deals”.

No … we know the version of the deals that media and the senate are TELLING.

7. BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2009

Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
Ian Black, Middle East editor
The Guardian, Monday 21 December 2009

Israel has admitted pathologists harvested organs from dead Palestinians, and others, without the consent of their families – a practice it said ended in the 1990s – it emerged at the weekend.

The admission, by the former head of the country’s forensic institute, followed a furious row prompted by a Swedish newspaper reporting that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to use their organs – a charge that Israel denied and called “antisemitic”.

BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2009

The story emerged in an interview with Dr Yehuda Hiss, former head of the Abu Kabir forensic institute near Tel Aviv. The interview was conducted in 2000 by an American academic who released it because of the row between Israel and Sweden over a report in the Stockholm newspaper Aftonbladet.

Channel 2 TV reported that in the 1990s, specialists at Abu Kabir harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from the bodies of Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers, often without permission from relatives.

The Israeli military confirmed to the programme that the practice took place, but added: “This activity ended a decade ago and does not happen any longer.”

catnip - 21 December 2009

That is just fucking gruesome.

Madman in the Marketplace - 21 December 2009

They really have become the monster they ran from when they formed that misbegotten state.

marisacat - 21 December 2009

Did they sell those organs outside of Israel… on the international Organ Free Fast Shipping market?

BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2009

The story certainly quick shipped to arrive –
and be quickly dispatched over the Holidays.

And is frontrunning the panic coursing through surgical services under investigation worldwide. Some very big heads have been quietly rolled on transplant services here in the Northeast .
The top liver guy at Pittsburgh
was rolled, and apparently dropped off the planet last summer after the FBI started their busts in Jersey..

marisacat - 21 December 2009

what do you think is going to happen? IF this route dries up, has dried up (if it has)… not just Jewish – Israeli harvests of organs… but other organ culling and selling… well that leaves a void.

BooHooHooMan - 21 December 2009

I think More people are going to die and/or receive bad grafts (for more money) in a system driven by deception, manipulation and greed.
It’s quite the gymnastics meet now, tho…
as they make the statistics ( thru 2008) do backflips.

No one is coming out and reporting it as a direct link,
(organs for sale/ shady matching/ negative outcomes) frankly , as the ten year graft survival rates are yet to come in for the peak years of suspect activity, but some very unusual ( and conflicting) data… wrt to kidneys at least – is reported
and collated here – which indicates * at first glance* that while total numbers of cases are down, so are deaths off wait lists…the catch is revealed in the article given how they tab who is on and off the list. (deceptive Economic /Unemployment numbers pale in comparison to the Transplant cryptography – pun intended)

Much of what is being reviewed here in the East- and again this is with kidneys – a huge volume/ @50% ESRD is from diabetes – much of what is being reviewed is in New York and PA.

This characterization of a “modest” jump in live donors in the literature is quite the spin. – it represents an 8% increase in New York for Kidneys alone – HARDLY modest-

* The number of living donors in New York showed a modest increase 588 in 2008 compared to 544 in 2007.

* At the same time, there were decreases in living donors in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, historically among the higher-volume states.
UNOS also noted that the reported deaths on the transplant waiting list have decreased each year nationwide since hitting a peak of 6,926 in 2004. The current data shows there were 6,229 reported deaths in 2008. This figure may change based on additional data submission and verification.

Frankly, They are still cooking the books.
One might think it would have had impact on wait list deaths, but again that assumes integrity of the system’s statistical gatekeepers to begin with, A big “if” as well….

On a positive, strictly clinical note, there are some incredibly promising regenerative medicine prospects using scaffolding for stem cells. Big DARPA money in it flowing to Atala at Wake Forest in NC. Go Figure. But we know where this is headed as the tech curve shifts,:the DoD seeking commoditized body parts, the Marketeers incessantly demanding a…….cut.

marisacat - 21 December 2009

a grisly vision.

What’s his name of Apple went to Tennessee for his kidney/lver, forget what he was on the hunt for. Apparently to avoid the over crowded Cali market.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 December 2009
marisacat - 21 December 2009

They always wanna haul out the car ins comparison. I think Carney is right… it’s how I see it.

[A]uto insurance, Obama’s favorite analogy, is not mandated by the federal government but by the states. And even if it were federally mandated, the connection to driving across states on federally funded roads provides a crucial nexus to interstate commerce. What’s more, there’s still an exit plan—you don’t have to buy auto-insurance if you don’t own a car. I don’t have auto-insurance, for example, because I don’t have a car. I haven’t driven a car in 3 years, in fact.

AND I think the Dems have a nasty black bag of tricks on all f this. People forget it was EDWARDS, lovely soft white Southern “I’m here to help the pore, it s my life’s work!”, Father of the Year in 2007 and so on!, etc….Mr Edwards who first raised WAGE GARNISHMENT. On the You Tube debate. People were unable to hear it as they were already being trained to hate Hillary (hate the party I say!) and wuv Obama.


9. marisacat - 21 December 2009

Angry Arab… he links to ABC “Blotter”:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Obama’s unending wars

“On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News.”

And since Yemeni dictator accuses all his enemies (the socialists of South Yemen and the Huthi rebels) of links to Al-Qa`idah, the US is now fighting wars on behalf of the Yemeni dictator.

And Jeffrey Feltman in a forum in Bahrain, went out of his way to publicly and officially endorse the wars of Yemeni dictator against all his enemies.

Posted by As’ad at 10:10 AM

10. catnip - 21 December 2009

Healthcare shares rise as reform bill progresses

BOSTON (Reuters) – Healthcare shares rose on Monday as a bill to reform healthcare passed the first critical test in the Senate, without many of the provisions, such as a government-run health insurance option, that investors most feared would hurt profits.

The S&P Healthcare Index (.GSPA) rose 1.4 percent, while the Morgan Stanley Healthcare Payor stock index (.HMO) rose 3.6 percent. The S&P Managed Health Care index (.GSPHMO) rose 4.6 percent.

“All in all, relative to the last version of health reform issued by the Senate, things have turned out pretty well for the health insurance industry,” said Carl McDonald, an analyst at Oppenheimer. “In particular, all versions of a government-run health plan have largely been eliminated.”

The original Senate bill taxed the health insurance industry a fixed $6.7 billion a year. Under the new proposal, the industry would face a $2 billion tax in 2011, with increases over time to $10 billion in 2017.

Analysts said the new proposal would allow insurers time to factor the tax into pricing.

marisacat - 21 December 2009

Have to love it as a Great Plan comes together.

11. marisacat - 21 December 2009

… news bulletin!!!!!

marin co DROPPING mental health care to medi-cal patients!

obviously more news across the years to follow….

12. catnip - 21 December 2009

I wonder if Tweety sits in front of the mirror and talks to himself when he’s at home.

13. Intermittent Bystander - 21 December 2009

Welcome back Marisa! Glad to see you up and running again!

::Sends winter solstice wave to all, as night falls on the East Coast. . . ::

marisacat - 21 December 2009

Yes! It’s a relief to be back on….

Hope you are well… 😉

14. Intermittent Bystander - 21 December 2009

U.S. soldiers in Iraq could face courts-martial for getting pregnant.

While the rules may seem unusual to some, they are not out of line with how the military regulates behavior to a much stricter degree than the general public is used to, said Eugene Fidell, who teaches military law at Yale University.

“Questions of personal autonomy play out differently in the military,” Fidell said.

There’s an understatement. . . .

marisacat - 21 December 2009

court martial. hmm I wonder if that leads to giving birth in the brig in chains? moiv’s place in TX has been performing abortions on mil women from the get go of these wars… because the call up comes thru and they don’t want to not ship out with their group.

I did catch a news report on KGO mentioning that but, the court martial, had nto had a chance yet to read anything on it.

Of course the Pro Life Dems assisted in banning abortions in US military hospitals, here or overseas. Think that was n 2005 iirc. Reid (and plenty of others) was a big yes vote… and kissed all over in loving praise by Democrats for Life.

15. marisacat - 21 December 2009

Well nto sure if this is nooo news… but from The Guardian (which also has a story admitting to UK waterboarding in Northern Ireland in the 70s. More nooo news, I guess!)

American special forces have conducted multiple clandestine raids into Pakistan’s tribal areas as part of a secret war in the border region where Washington is pressing to expand its drone assassination programme.

A former Nato officer said the incursions, only one of which has been previously reported, occurred between 2003 and 2008, involved helicopter-borne elite soldiers stealing across the border at night, and were never declared to the Pakistani government.

“The Pakistanis were kept entirely in the dark about it. It was one of those things we wouldn’t confirm officially with them,” said the source, who had detailed knowledge of the operations.

We own the whirled….

16. marisacat - 21 December 2009

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