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The Hand of Gawd Almighty… 10 January 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, California / Pacific Coast, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Portugal, San Francisco, SCOTUS, Sex / Reproductive Health.

A large lenticular cloud (also known as a UFO cloud) caps Mount Hood in Oregon, during the search for two missing climbers. A third member of their party was discovered dead last weekend (about 3 weeks ago, this being from UK Telegraph’s Pictures of the Day, December 18, 2009) [Picture: AP]

hmm Sometimes in the magic of the earth, its atmosphere and outer space, you can almost, but not quite, see why people believe in a god… The cloud is nearly a soft possibly protective shroud for the dead. 

Of course it and other weather hampered search teams on critical days.  The last two on the mountain were not found, not rescued. 

No “joy cometh in the morning” for them. 

When my father was about 20 he climbed Mt Hood… and always said he “thought he would die”, but managed not to.  I never quite grasped how real that was until some years ago when the mountain claimed 9 in one climbing party.


Local CBS this morning had on a pretty decent local legal analyst.  It seems clear that the aftermath of Prop 8, here in California denying SSM, will lead to the US SC.  Where the hinge will be if gays are to be a protected class, as are African Americans and others.

Feel the chill wind of an unloving god:  Thou Shalt Not… grasped by the pols.  Their mouths, teeth and tongues ready to masticate human life.  To a pulp.

Render unto Caesar…

I don’t see that, expansion of the protected class status, being agreed to by 5 of the 9, much less allowed by the elected class, both white and black.

Glory to God in the Highest.

As the legal access to SSM opens in Portugal… the president, it is reported, will not veto the law and the PM said it will “wipe away needless pain”… as Spain lives peacefully with SSM, as Mexico City leads the way…

The legal analyst mentioned the specific glory that will impede a freedom:   Pols don’t want to anger religious voters, of either party.


A lot of worshippers of god, where ever he may be, are in a hidey-hole.

All glory to some vaporous god and none to flesh and blood, man and woman?  Seems that way to me.



1. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

That’s a great photo.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Kind of amazing isn’t it?

I saw a fantastic photo this week, at one of the local TV news sites, of a “roll” cloud. Talk about surreal. It sits like a long roll of cloud (which it is) and, in the pic I saw sat close in, over a body of water. Apparently they are related to funnel clouds. Just in a long linear roll above ground.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

I don’t think I’ve ever seen either of those sorts of clouds for myself, or if I did I was seeing it from the wrong angle.

Nature is so cool … too bad so many people waste time worrying about some made up paradise when we’re already living in a world that is pretty great before we shit all over it.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Speaking of the earth… I am catching home videos of the 6.5 quake yesterday, north of here. It was long. I mean LONG. Descriptions of as rattling and rolling and jerking. Which imo are the worst kind. Gets you from all sides.

Good thing it was 22 miles out to sea. 13 miles down.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

that sounds scary. I’ve never been in an earthquake (that was aware of, anyway).

marisacat - 10 January 2010

There as a smaller one, in the East Bay about a week ago. I happened to feel that one, as I standing in the bathroom wondering how to make sense of the lcutter on the counters…. when there was a tiny jolt. I knew it was not strong (thinik it was 4.5) and a good distance a way.. but it was an earthquake…

I like them, except for the occasional one, that just seems “bad”….

BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010

What a thoughtful piece.

2. marisacat - 10 January 2010

Meant to shove this into the post… a recent (1.7.10) report in the SF Chron on the legal perambulations of SSM, Prop 8. It goes to Federal court here, this coming week and will be put up on You Tube – the court has a site on You Tube.

Who knew…. 😉

Apparently this is the first examination of SSM in a court, in the nation.

Prop. 8, approved by voters in November 2008, amended the California Constitution to overturn a May 2008 state Supreme Court ruling that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry.

The lawsuit by two same-sex couples, a gay rights group and the city of San Francisco says the initiative violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of equal protection by discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender. The nonjury trial, the first in any U.S. court on same-sex marriage, begins Monday and is scheduled to last two to three weeks.

I am guessing that issues around Prop 8 itself, which went to the 9th District court here, dealth with ballot and Cali constitution issues, rather than SSM itself.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

LA Times: Prop. 8 backers ask U.S. Supreme Court to keep trial footage off YouTube

The attorneys filed an emergency appeal with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and argued that their client’s right to a fair trial would be jeopardized if each day’s proceedings were posted on YouTube.com.

The trial “has the potential to become a media circus,” wrote attorney Charles Cooper. “The record is already replete with evidence showing that any publicizing of support for Prop. 8 has inevitably led to harassment, economic reprisal, threats and even physical violence. In this atmosphere, witnesses are understandably quite distressed at the prospect of their testimony being broadcast worldwide on YouTube.”

Kennedy asked the state to respond by noon today.

Don’t show what horrible bigots we are … it’ll make us look bad!

marisacat - 10 January 2010

You know considering that the route to the US SC was outlined by the local legal analyst (mentnioned above in my post)… as rising from this case… I am becoming persuaded that Boies and Olsen joined forces just to push it to the SC.

Where i have said it needs to go.

However, I would guess their objective is different from mine. I am starting to think they seek the outcome Joe Tumey, the legal analyst here, stated. It has a tough road to hoe with the SCOTUS.


I mean, there is NOTHING about either Boies, a corporate atty par excellence.. OR Olsen that is at all people oriented.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010
4. BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010

Boston Globe released their poll this morning…
Shows Coakley up 15 completed 4 days ago…so they’re playing with it’s release into the news cycle…it could have been tabbed and in the next press run..

But the games are being played all around…The PPP poll which showed the R up by one…is a Dem outfit.. Sets up the urgency for Dem GOTV and the “historic comeback” yada yada and “Dem staying power” slobber.

Rassmussen – every Donk loves bitching about him now-
short memory – he was the first to see Ob , and say so, that Ob was pulling away from Hillary …Anyways…

Rassmussen’s last – a week old – has Coakley up by 9 …
sounds right in a machine state… and it should hold up (be great if it didn’t ) …. but Mass isn’t NJ in voter composition… One thing…If Coakley would lose, I’d say take it as a sign the pitchforks are in hand, the torches lit, and the Dems would be indeed heading for a majority losing bloodbath in the midterms……I just think, ( and I admit it’s only from belated recognition in the last few “scales dropping from the eyes” years..)
..seeing how encompassing the collusion between the Donklephants really is ….I think if needed , that the R would wipe their own guy out on Selection Day rather than throw a monkeywrench into their lucrative arrangements made on a national level.

There’s a lot in common between NJ and Mass..The Blue Collar /White collar thing …the Town v Gown…the centrality of machine politics…….but the core registration numbers so outweigh other comparisons…and the lingering mythology of Catholicism tied in with notion that a sense of Party ID is an agent of social reform… 🙄 …

Given that…I have to say…
I think in aggregate those folks have little of the Jersey
Fuck Youze, Fugehddabowdid attitude that is seen here and,
with some surprising frequency, and in a healthy sense politically, manifested by being pushed out of a moving car…
Which come to think of it, might have saved Mary Jo.
But the Massachusetts Dem folk seem to see it all as so much water…
in the car..

So here’s my gander ,
based on the complete intake of a ham sandwich , napkin math,
and comparing NJ to Mass basic registration numbers:
More Drama in the narrative, but Coakley wins between 5 and 9.
Then sold as the Most Game Changingest Historicest HooHa EVAH.

marisacat - 10 January 2010


I just heard Chuck Todd, at the end of Press the Meat… who si basically a Dem party mouthpiece in my opinion, say the party is too close to being perceived as in shambles to permit much jockeying around over Reid’s statement. Gotta close it down and (said CT) “Reid has said lots of inconvenient things to OBama” over the years.

So, I guess, more of the same.


Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

Liz Cheney and George Will had a very funny fight over this … George shrugging it off as no big deal and Liz saying something to the effect of “this is how liberal elites REALLY talk in private” and what hypocrites they are. Robert Reich was hiding under the table to avoid commenting.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Well I am listneing to a token (a tiresome black comedian who hosts on the radio), a real one on KGO bitch and moan that ANY crap is getting thrown at Reid. At all. LOL

he says that all Reid did was tell the truth.

Let’s see, Geraldine Ferraro, call for the witch trials. Drown her and her black cats (which of course she hides!) Reid, Ok by me …. says the token.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Well Politico is a cluster fuck of race and race issues. And I see Holmes Norton th DC delegate is def Reid.


Set up a chorus!

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

“he says that all Reid did was tell the truth”

I think that was Strom Thurmond’s defense as well.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

and let me tell you he is being nasty to the callers, unless they agree with him.

I thought ALL the name changes the black community (just a wild generic pick there, on my part!) went thru was to divide. Still working I see.

his big defence is “Negro Colleges”… and a few other still in use adoptions of the word.

Not that I care, to be blunt.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

ohtoo funny.. He said it after election and after inauguration. 😆

The gaffe-prone Reid told Time’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann that Obama was a “light-skinned” African-American who lacked a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

Reid made the comments to reporters during an interview several months ago, although it is unclear whether the majority leader or his top aides knew the statement was going to be included in the new Halperin-Heilemann book on the 2008 presidential race, “Game Change.” …

Read more: LINK

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Oh god. NOW the token is saying “Negro” was used by Martin. And thus is not racst. I LVOE IT! Carry on! Hosts on KGO ALSO used Martin to excuse Rev Wright (so did Sheer of TruthDig, I might add).

Poor Martin, so dead and gone.

And this via Ben Smith:

“I don’t think there is any chance he’s going to be dumped before the next election for the obvious reason,” said one of the party’s most influential strategists and a key player on presidential campaigns.

Asked why that would be, the Republican, who is not on the party committee, shot back: “You’re not going to dump the first African-American chairman. That’s the only reason. Otherwise, he’d be gone.”

A longtime member of the party committee added: “The optics of pushing any chairman out don’t look very good, but [Steele’s race] puts a much finer point on it.”

Those optics are fairly straightforward.

The perception of an overwhelmingly white party launching a coup to take out a black leader when the country has its first African-American in the White House would be disastrous, say senior Republicans—a bigger distraction to the party than Steele’s frequent off-message detours are now. …

catnip - 10 January 2010
catnip - 10 January 2010


At the same time, Steele tried to deflect criticism about an alleged racial slur of his own.

Steele said he was sorry if he offended anyone when he used the term “honest Injun” in an interview last week.

The RNC chairman implied that he did not know the term was offensive.

“if it is, i apologize. It was not indended to be a racial slur,” he said.


What a bunch of tone deaf morans.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Well Steele is just apologising for using “injun”, on Fox.

The whole thing is a stand up routine, frankly.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

sad the way they dig him up and scatter the bones.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

And no children worth a damn to say anything. Malcolm at least left his most outspoken daughter, Attilah. Tho I have not heard her for years…

catnip - 10 January 2010

“he says that all Reid did was tell the truth”

That only an AA who can pass is acceptable to the American people? What is this? 1930?

marisacat - 10 January 2010

oh it got very ridiculous, the one hour he spent on it….. And sad to say the truth is Obama sold very well to whites. he did a lot of the selling himself. Still doing it.

Out of all this bullshit we get nothing.

LOL Steele is on Fox right now, with the tired Catholic, Kaine. Who for all the world sets off some peoples’ gaydar.


Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010


catnip - 10 January 2010
5. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

You’ve got to be fucking kidding me:

In Kansas this week, jury selection will begin in the first-degree murder case against Scott Roeder, who is accused of killing Tiller in his Wichita church on May 31. Soon after the killing, Tiller’s family closed his clinic, a long-standing refuge for women and a site of daily protests that often turned bitter.

Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert ruled Friday that attorneys for Roeder can argue that he shot Tiller to protect the lives of unborn babies — and, therefore, could be guilty of voluntary manslaughter instead of first-degree murder.

The judge said Roeder could not argue that the killing was actually justified but rather that he had an unreasonable but honest belief that the circumstances justified deadly force.

While Roeder’s supporters welcomed the ruling, one major abortion rights group condemned it. “Allowing an argument that this cold-blooded, premeditated murder could be voluntary manslaughter will embolden anti-abortion extremists and could result in ‘open season’ on doctors across the country,” Katherine Spillar, executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, warned in a statement.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

I think he will get away with it… I mean go down but for Manslaughter, with a too short sentence.

Jsut a wild hysterical guess.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010
7. marisacat - 10 January 2010


Spitzer slams Gillibrand. And Paterson. AND ObRama.


When do the fire breathers join the Three Ring Circus.

8. catnip - 10 January 2010

Rahm is hot for sure. Love his eyes LOL (4+ / 0-)

Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

by LaurenMonica on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 04:11:06 AM MST

* [new] I’d bet he is as much an animal in bed as he is (6+ / 0-)


The best Congress money can buy. – Will Rogers

by on2them on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 05:03:08 AM MST

Blushing LOL I have a huge crush on Rahm (5+ / 0-)


Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

by LaurenMonica on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 05:06:25 AM MST

* [new] a lot of us do 😉 eom (3+ / 0-)

The best Congress money can buy. – Will Rogers

by on2them on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 05:32:26 AM MST


9. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010
10. mattes - 10 January 2010


Israeli firm blasted for letting would-be plane bomber slip through


BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010

Talk about a bombshell, mattes.
Kudos to Haaretz…
Thanks for posting it.

The Israeli firm ICTS International (not to be confused with ICTS Europe, which is a different company), and two of its subsidiaries are at the crux of an international investigation in recent days, as experts try to pinpoint the reasons for the security failure that enabled Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to board Northwest flight 253 and attempt to set alight explosives hidden in his underwear.

A Haaretz investigation has learned that the security officers and their supervisor should have suspected the passenger, even without having early intelligence available to them.

At this time, ICTS and the Dutch security firm G4S are hurling recriminations at each other, as are the authorities at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Federal Aviation Authority and U.S. intelligence officials.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Helen specifically asked Brennan at the Gibbsy – Janet Nap – Brennan dog show, who provided security in Amsterdam and Brennan said Dutch authorities. Which imo hired paras IS NOT.

Esp not if Israel or Israeli linked.

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 January 2010

it’s not just the contractor there that they don’t want to deal with, it’s the contractor HERE at DHS which is supposed to collate and distribute the data. I saw one story about that (I think you linked to it here) and that is it.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

And from what I read Brennan is uniquely tied to the contracts to collate date and “watch lists”. And he is investigating.

I saw that Blair called on John McLaughlin to oversee it all… and Ray McGovern had said he should be the one to do it. However, I could nto stand John McLaughlin… tho I suppose this (McGovern’s endorsement) means he is the less eviler.

We are so fucking screwed.

All I can say is just don’t be in a plane when they need a Tonkin Gulf.

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Here is a ticbit.. hot off the FP of the Telegraph via CNN I guess!… fan the winds of war, alert the chiens de guerre and accept thanks and champagne from the arms dealers.

[P]etraeus said he thought there was still time for the nations to engage Iran in diplomacy, noting there is no deadline on the enactment of any US contingency plans.

But he added that “there’s a period of time, certainly, before all this might come to a head”.

BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010

Israel had an airstrike today in Gaza..at the Egyptian wall…Gunships killed three..

marisacat - 10 January 2010

And again other than modern aerial warships how is this DIFFERENT from walling off the Jewish ghettos?

mattes - 10 January 2010

History repeats itself, and AGAIN the Western Civilizations do nothing.

Netanyahu approves construction of Egypt-Israel border fence

mattes - 10 January 2010

I also believe Israelis were involved before 9/11 in US airport security, remember the harretz story about the Israeli IM service that warned it’s users about going to work on 9/11.

mattes - 10 January 2010

9/11 tie in. No wonder the subject was banned at dk:


11. BooHooHooMan - 10 January 2010

Fuck the Terrorists, man..
Where’s the War on Titillation?

In the last 48 hours, we’ve been confronted with
-Harry waxing on about his fondness for cocoa butter skin,
-Carville saying how he’d be glad to have Homeland Security measure his penis to get on a plane,
-and Edwards….for those who haven’t heard..
might be some prolllems with a comeback.

FFS- Who’s the agent for this class act?
I mean Holy St. Caligula, SPARE US.. 😆

marisacat - 10 January 2010

Ya know.. for a couple of months now Limbaugh has been referring ot Reid as “Dingey Reid”. Or Dingey Harry.

I cannot believe that galleys of that book did not sneak around DC…

12. marisacat - 10 January 2010

The dinge queens line up. http://www.politico.com/

On Politico’s FP both Harry and Michael Steele are quoted as saying:

“I am not going anywhere”.

Yup neither up nor down.

13. marisacat - 10 January 2010



….. :lol ….. 😯 ……

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