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If only it were true… 12 February 2010

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, San Francisco.

Kampuchea, a White Cheeked Gibbon, holding her baby born recently at Twycross Zoo, North Warwickshire [Kim Riley/PIN] 

PELOSI TO HAITI — Speaker Nancy Pelosi will travel to Haiti today with a bipartisan, bicameral Congressional delegation. In a statement this morning, Pelosi says:

“In the spirit of President Obama, we go to demonstrate the ongoing American commitment to the Haitian people — that they will not be forsaken or forgotten. First and foremost, our delegation goes to pay our respects to the Haitian people who are suffering from the tragedy. It is also crucial that the House and Senate — on a bipartisan basis — have the opportunity to examine the ongoing reconstruction efforts ahead of the U.S. Congress considering long-term reconstruction assistance for Haiti.”


… and I found this interesting tidbit at Tiny Revolution.. think we are emergent enuf??

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Well, Congress has the authority, under a joint resolution, to challenge any presidential directive. It’s not widely known, Amy, but there are at least three states of national emergency that we’re operating under right now by presidential declaration: one relating to 9/11, another one relating to the war on terror, and a third one relating to Iran.

Three states of national emergency?!? Holy smokes! We should all be sleeping in bomb shelters!

Or, should we? You have to be able to stretch reality like taffy in order to conclude that 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran even all rolled together into one could possibly constitute an existential threat to the US, buffered as we are by our wealth, power, two oceans, and stupefying prime-time TV.  snip




1. ts - 13 February 2010

Oh, I don’t doubt it’s true. Our military will be in Haiti a long time. That’s how we “remember” people.

Speaking of memories, remember when we went into this country?

I wonder if anyone will remember this big show we’re putting on 12 months from now when we remember that the Taliban snuck right back in after we left?

marisacat - 13 February 2010

Our military will be in Haiti a long time. That’s how we “remember” people.

Very true…

marisacat - 13 February 2010

Happy Valentines Day!!

Laura Rozen http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/

[S]ecretary of State Hillary Clinton departs today to address the conference in Doha tomorrow, before heading on to Saudi Arabia for meetings with Saudi King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, expected to focus heavily on Iran.

Clinton is one of several senior U.S. officials recently dispatched to Persian Gulf states and Israel to discuss Iran. Adm. Mike Mullen chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is due in Israel Sunday, following recent visits to the region by National Security Advisor Jim Jones, NSC Iran strategist Dennis Ross, CIA Director Leon Panetta, and Gen. Kevin Chilton, head of U.S. Strategic Command. Centcom commander Gen. David Petraeus recently projected U.S. efforts to beef up missile defenses in the Persian Gulf.

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns will also travel to Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Azerbaijan next week, the State Department announced yesterday. Burns’ trip comes amid growing tensions between Israel, Syria and Lebanon, whose Hezbollah militia has reportedly been rearming with materiel supplied by Iran and Syria.

ts - 13 February 2010

If she tries to hold hands with anyone they might just cut that hand off…

2. ts - 13 February 2010

News of the random:

The acting President of Nigeria is named Goodluck Jonathan.

His wife is named Patience.

marisacat - 13 February 2010

It has a very 18th c feel… of a sort. Unintended I am sure.

3. marisacat - 13 February 2010

gah. No longer a car wreck on Sunday mornings.. a pile up of rusted 18 wheelers. (I do see Maddow on MTP, however. Now that it is almost defunk)

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Vice President Joe Biden (from Vancouver), roundtable with former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN), Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), New York Times columnist David Brooks and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

ABC’s “This Week,” with guest anchor Jonathan Karl: Former Vice President Dick Cheney, roundtable with ABC’s George Will, the Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Editor Paul Gigot and the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Vice President Joe Biden (from Vancouver)

“Fox News Sunday”: National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.), Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), roundtable with The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly, former State Department official Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams. “Power Player of the Week” is Art Smith, Celebrity Chef & Co-Founder of the Charity “Common Threads.”

CNN’s “State of the Union”: National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

C-SPAN: “Newsmakers” (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), questioned by CQ’s David Clark and Dow Jones Newswires’ Michael Crittenden … “The Communicators” (6:30pm ET Saturday): Microsoft Corporation Senior VP and General Counsel Brad Smith, interviewed by Government Computer News Editor in Chief Wyatt Kash … “Q&A” (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): David Bossie, President of Citizen United and Citizens United Productions and Producer of “Hillary: The Movie”

4. marisacat - 13 February 2010

ugh… The Israeli Amb to the US, US born Michael Oren who is truly contemptible having surfaced during the Gaza War as a spokesperson for the IDF… was on local talk radio here last Thursday, and pushed the whole “de-legitimisation” theme hard. Studens protested when he spoke last week at UC Irvine.. he called that an attempt to delegtitimise Israel.

What fascism.

The Independent:

[T]he onslaught has prompted Nicholas Saphir, the Jewish businessman who runs the New Israel Fund in the UK, to warn that the “Jewish values of social justice and our duty to tikkun olam (repairing the world) have come under serious threat in the state of Israel”.

The row has come to symbolise a new mood of establishment intolerance in Israel towards criticisms by Israeli human rights groups of such episodes as last year’s military operation in Gaza. This harsh new mood has been fuelled by ministers, right-wing politicians and military figures who have closed ranks behind accusations that the UN-commissioned report into the war, led by Richard Goldstone, which accused both sides of war crimes, is being used to “delegitimise Israel”.

The NIF’s travails began when a right-wing group called Im Tirtzu provoked accusations of latterday McCarthyism by charging that “without the NIF there could be no Goldstone report and Israel would not be facing international accusations of war crimes”. It is a charge which Abe Foxman, director of the US-based Anti- Defamation League and no great friend of the Israeli left, told New York Jewish Week was “absurd”.

Ms Chazan does not herself talk about McCarthyism –though several of her agency’s defenders, including Isaac Herzog, a Labour party minister in the governing coalition, have done so. But she told The Independent: “Every country has its own version of things but the general climate is very problematic. It’s ugly.” She said the mood reminded her of the hate-laced run-up to Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in November 1995. “But it’s different, because that was an avowedly political disagreement. This is the beginning of a rather systematic campaign against really the very essentials of Israeli democracy.” …

Well.. such as that democracy is or ever was. let’s get real.

ts - 13 February 2010

Because the assassination of Rabin was real democratic. Isn’t Amir (the assassin) pretty much a hero for the Israeli right? Lest we forget…

marisacat - 13 February 2010

Last I heard he was a hero… and certainly Rubin’s wife (I forget her first name) decried much that occured after the assassination. Several times she said, they are killing him again.

Not that it all means much.

5. ts - 13 February 2010

Crispin Sartwell Monday (lite posting for him recently)

“so the news networks are covering bill clinton’s like routine follow-up operation (at least that’s what they’re saying it is) exactly as intensely as they covered the earthquake in haiti. if i was them i would send in anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta through a catheter in a magic schoolbus. kaboom!”

marisacat - 13 February 2010

I’d die of shame if the smarmy thief McAulifee was my best bud, out ”explaining” me all over the nets and cables.

But the boychicks seem fine with it.

I think Bill C kinda roams thru life on recreational pain killers, for years now. Ever since the scarrng on the heart occred in the aftermath of the first surgery.

He seemed to ease off it a bit, just a bit during the primaries…

6. NYCO - 13 February 2010

Holy crap… the Alabama professor story just gets weirder and weirder.


The University of Alabama biology professor accused of slaying three of her colleagues fatally shot her brother in Massachusetts more than two decades ago, a local police chief said today, while at the same time raising troubling questions about how the long-ago incident was handled.

Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier confirmed today at a news conference that Amy Bishop had shot her brother in 1986. But Frazier offered a different account of the shooting, saying Bishop had shot her brother during an argument and was being booked by police when the chief at the time ordered the booking process stopped and Bishop released to her mother….

Frazier said the media had been fed an incorrect story. He said that there was an argument at the home on Hollis Avenue and Amy Bishop had fired three shots, including the fatal one, then fled the house and pointed the shotgun at a motorist in an attempted carjack. She was then arrested at gunpoint by officers.

How does an attempted carjack magically morph into an “accidental shooting”? It does if you’re from a “good family,” I guess…

NYCO - 13 February 2010

PS, this may have political implications, as this Massachusetts rep was the D.A. who oversaw the original case.

marisacat - 13 February 2010

the ”old story” is full of holes…………

thanks for posting that nyco

NYCO - 13 February 2010

Frankly, the purported “real story” makes this woman’s behavior after the shooting seem less mysterious. If you got away with murder once before, why run away after unloading your gun into your colleagues? Just call your husband and get him to pick you up…

Here’s an “entertaining” look at what some college professors have done when denied tenure. I like this part:

Nelson said that he knew of one professor (not at Illinois) who suffered a breakdown after he was denied tenure, and responded in part by stripping naked and climbing into a college building by hauling himself up a wall, holding onto ivy, and climbing in. The professor was eventually able to reverse the decision and to win tenure.

Sounds like there are quite a few flakes eking out a living in the hallowed halls of academia…

Personally (having worked in that strange world for many years) I think the whole higher education system is an entire civilization unto itself, as arcane and ritualistic as the Maya once were, and probably will spectacularly collapse on itself in similar fashion one day.

marisacat - 13 February 2010

The professor was eventually able to reverse the decision and to win tenure.

😆 they worried he’d do it again armed.

Don’t you love how we condescendingly refer to how ”tribal” the Afghanis are?

Like we are not????????

NYCO - 13 February 2010

Well as they say, the reason why the battles in academic departments can become so nasty, is because the stakes are so small.

I comment on academia as one of its worker bees. I’m not a professor or a grad student or even an administrator, just a staff member who doesn’t get business cards or have an office (it’s funny how many people I meet, when they hear that I work at Private U., think that I have an office or can just take time off whenever I want to go to functions during the work day…) And really, over the years, maybe it’s my blue collar roots talking, but in the beginning, I was surprised about how pissy professors and administrators would get if you forgot to refer to them by their proper long title – i.e., High Senior Chair of the department, or William H. Muffman Visiting Professor of Upper Promethean Studies, or what have you. But I soon realized that… that’s actually how some of them measure their self-worth. Those damn titles REALLY matter to them on an emotional level. It defines their place in their rarefied little society. It’s what they’ve lived and worked and sometimes back-stabbed each other for… these titles. And grants and stuff.

So yeah, I suppose I can intellectually understand why some of them go apeshit when they don’t get tenure, or don’t get a chairmanship or whatever. But it sure isn’t my reality.

marisacat - 13 February 2010

Yeah… I don’t have any sympathy for them either.

CSTAR - 13 February 2010

Opening up career opportunities for younger faculty.

marisacat - 13 February 2010

Oh that made me laugh!

She cleared a small deck! And herself of course. No mamma to remand her to, without arrest or even questioning (from what the first killing sounds like).

NYCO - 14 February 2010

Apparently she was once a suspect in a mail bomb case involving another Harvard professor…

Bishop surfaced as a suspect because she was allegedly concerned that she was going to receive a negative evaluation from Rosenberg on her doctorate work, the official said. The official said investigators believed she had a motive to target Rosenberg and were concerned that she had a history of violence, given that she had shot her brother to death in 1986.

During a search of Bishop’s computer, authorities found a draft of a novel that Bishop was writing about a female scientist who had killed her brother and was hoping to make amends by becoming a great scientist, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation and spoke to the Globe on the condition of anonymity.

So, given all this, how on earth did she wind up with a job at UAH? Did no one ask for references? Or did Harvard give her glowing references? Freakish.

marisacat - 14 February 2010

AND with a bio tech company too.. one that supposedly she raised fair amounts of cash.. and her husband worked at it as well.

I think it is probably because she was female, white and the case of the sibling killing was whisked away… maybe the Harvard bomb as well. My guess would be a too subtly coded reference from harvard. OR someone who liked her intervened and provided the reference.

I say we call her a TERRORIST. Just for fun, you know………….. 😆

7. diane - 13 February 2010

Happy valentines day eve..and a huge hug to Miss Devore……..

gotta run

take care, and a huge hug to you too………..!

8. marisacat - 14 February 2010

I say bring on whatever invalidates pretzels. Gridlock beats their “plans”


[W]hat our two most recent Democratic presidents have yearned to do is take an ax to Social Security and Medicare. “Reform” of entitlements is a core axiom of neoliberalism, urged on Clinton and now Obama by Wall Street’s men, like Larry Summers. Wall Street wants to get its mitts on retirement funds as an investment pool, to drain to their advantage. More generally, any public “entitlement” to enjoy a life free from the threat of immediate starvation and debilitating disease offends their sense of moral propriety. Then, when the axe of “reform” is raised and about to descend, these Democratic presidents discover that Social Security and Medicare are popular programs and it’s politically wise to defend them.

Take Bill Clinton. By 1998 he’d conjured into life a secret White House team, known as the “Special Issues” group, headed by Summers and Gene Sperling, the head of the Council of Economic Advisers.The task of the Special Issues group was to find an installment of privatization that could reconcile “realistic” Republicans and Democrats, and be sold as still honoring most existing entitlements.

“The working group’s estimates,” so a participant disclosed some years later at a Harvard conference, “were at the level of detail that it was determined how many digits an ID number [for one of the private savings accounts] would have to be for each fund and how many key strokes would therefore be required to enter all of the ID numbers each year.”

Clinton kept abreast with the work of the secret team. In July of 1998 he even went to one of their work sessions as they put the finishing touches to their plan to hand Social Security over to the mutual funds industry. But then, suddenly, all bets were off. He was subpoenaed by a grand jury and a month later admitted a relationship with Monica Lewinsky. …

9. catnip - 14 February 2010

WOOHOO! Finally!

Alexandre Bilodeau from Rosemère, Que., has won the gold medal in the men’s moguls at the Vancouver Olympics — Canada’s first-ever gold medal at home.

marisacat - 14 February 2010

hey hey.. bravo!

marisacat - 14 February 2010

Speaking of Olympics.. Seems a few too many accidents.

THE WHITEBOARDVice President Biden’s motorcade was involved in an accident Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, where he has been over the weekend as the leader of the U.S. delegation at the winter Olympics.

Two members of the U.S. delegation – Peggy Flemming, the gold medal-winning ice skater, and Vonetta Flowers, a gold medalist in women’s bobsledding – were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, according to a statement from Biden spokesman Jay Carney.

“They were both evaluated and have since been released,” he said. “Neither the Vice President nor anyone else in his party was involved in the incident.”

The incident marks the fourth time Biden’s security detail has been involved in an accident. The other three took place in November. A car in Biden’s motorcade hit a sheriff’s deputy in New Mexico. The vice president’s advance security detail hit a cab in New York City. And while he was not in it, a vehicle in Biden’s motorcade killed a pedestrian in Maryland. Temple Hills, MD.

Biden’s motorcade was from heading from the residence of the US counsul general to the arena where the women’s hockey game against China was taking place, Carney said. The crash occurred when a vehicle in Biden’s motorcade rear-ended the one in front of it, sending that vehicle into a third, according to local news reports, which also say the crash is under investigation with an oil spill being considered as a possible cause. – Carol E. Lee (9:35 p.m.)

catnip - 14 February 2010

I hadn’t heard about that!

Maybe he should stay home. 😉

marisacat - 14 February 2010

Can the cortege.

catnip - 14 February 2010

It was one of those nice Olympic moments. His older brother, who has cerebral palsy and is his inspiration, was on hand when he won.

10. catnip - 14 February 2010

I see NATO killed 12 Afghan civilians in an air strike. Winning hearts and minds everywhere they go…

marisacat - 14 February 2010

oh but McChrystal has apologised… so it’s ok..

11. marisacat - 15 February 2010


Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

In a Blow to Democrats, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., to Announce He Will Not Seek Re-Election [10:53 a.m. ET]

For more on this and other breaking news go to ABCNews.com: http://abcnews.go.com?nwltr=bn

marisacat - 15 February 2010

IMO “execessive partisanship” ALWAYS means be nicer to the conservative Dems (who have a champion in Ob, weak thing that he is) and the R of all stripes.

In prepared remarks, Bayh, 54, cited excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” he said.

“My decision was not motivated by political concern,” he added. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.” …

No bleat about the “family”…………………



catnip - 15 February 2010

They’re dropping like flies.

marisacat - 15 February 2010

They ARE flies…

😆 .. that was too good to pass up!!

12. marisacat - 15 February 2010



……………………. 😯

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