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Mid-week 2 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Chile - Bachelet, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

Tsunami damage in Talcahuano [Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images]

Lesseee… Latest update, Paterson says he will not resign.  This could go on for a few days.  Jerry, who was governor of Cali already for 8 years from late 70s into the 80s, is running again – officially finally.  Meg and Jerry, what a match up…. AND Mickey Kaus of Slate is considering entering to oppose Boxer.

The future is bright.  So bright.




1. marisacat - 2 March 2010

Madman f rom the last thread:

We’re in such trouble …

SCOTUSBlog: Analysis: 2d Amendment extension likely

2. marisacat - 2 March 2010

why don’t they just run a headline: Daily Schedule of Weak Pretzel:

GOP ideas in bill get broad thumbs down

USA Today – John Fritze – ‎1 hour ago

By John Bazemore, AP By Richard Wolf and John Fritze, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Obama offered to add a handful of Republican ideas to his 10-year, $950 billion health care plan Tuesday but was rebuffed and urged to start over.

marisacat - 2 March 2010

In the same vein…………………. This could get interesting, I suppose……….. Or not.

Rep. Charles Rangel refuses to give up his post as Ways and Means chairman

By Perry Bacon Jr. and Paul Kane
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) sounded defiant Tuesday night in the face of renewed calls for him to give up his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

Rangel emerged from a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) to tell reporters that he’s staying on as chairman. “You bet your life,” he said.

Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) on Tuesday became both the first member of Ways and Means and the first black lawmaker to join a growing group of Democrats calling for Rangel to step down. Fellow Democrats have rebelled against leaving Rangel in charge of the influential panel after the House ethics committee admonished Rangel last week for accepting corporate-financed travel. ….

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2010


marisacat - 2 March 2010

Yes why pay to go to the circus (or demand that some poor captive mammal do belly flops) ????

Let Rangel do the stupid pet tricks.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2010

gonna be ugly when he drags Nancy to the bottom …

marisacat - 2 March 2010


[P]lans for Rangel’s succession already were being discussed, with Democratic aides rating the chances of the five Democrats who are next in line in seniority: Pete Stark of California, Sander Levin of Michigan, Jim McDermott of Washington, John Lewis of Georgia and Richard Neal of Massachusetts.

As late as Monday, Rangel had seemed steady, with Democratic leaders insisting they would wait to see if the ethics committee took further action against him based on a series of other allegations of improper behavior.

But the tide turned quickly on Tuesday, as politically vulnerable Democratic lawmakers – and even some who sit in safe districts – called for him to step down, both publicly and privately.

“The dam broke today,” said a senior Democratic aide. …

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33787.html#ixzz0h5KI0dcz

Buh bye.

marisacat - 2 March 2010

Bye Bye Baby!

Another Paterson resignation

His embattled top cop goes:

New York State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt told Capital Tonight, a political program in the state, that he is retiring effective tomorrow. Corbitt’s retirement comes after he acknowledged that police officials had contact with a woman who accused a longtime aide to Gov. David Paterson of domestic violence.

Posted by Ben Smith 08:37 PM
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marisacat - 2 March 2010

NYT editorial calling for Paterson to explain or step down.

Tick tock.

Americablog has a post up that Ed Henry of CNN reported that Obster had a line slamming Bunning to be delivered in his remarks upon landing at Savannah. Then the line was struck, as it was never delivered.

Which the WH confirmed to Henry.


marisacat - 2 March 2010

… and I see Mort is out. Too funny! it almost seemed as if Ford was spooked by Mort, and there were reports taht backers told him they’d go wtih Mort.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2010

nobody in that city likes Mort, other than the wacko Zionists. No one upstate wants anything to do with him. I found the whole idea that he could run really pretty funny.

marisacat - 2 March 2010

Probably some quixotic fantasy he held for a day or so and was used to knock Ford out…

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2010
marisacat - 2 March 2010

That was very very funny…

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2010

I thought you’d enjoy it!

brinn - 3 March 2010

Didja notice that except for one pic, all the GUYS showing him “things” were white?

Could easily be titled “History of Black Pres being Shown White-Guy Stuff and Trying to Look Interested”….

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

“Servant being shown today’s tasks”?

4. ts - 2 March 2010

Ran across an animated feature from my youth: Rankin/Bass “The Hobbit”

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The greatest adventure is there if you’re bold.
Let go of the moment that life makes you hold.
To measure the meaning can make you delay;
It’s time you stop thinkin’ and wasting the day.

The man who’s a dreamer and never takes leave
Who thinks of a world that is just make-believe
Will never know passion, will never know pain.
Who sits by the window will one day see rain.

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

ah, youth…

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

We owe Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney an apology. They were right about Barack Obama. They were right about the corporate state. They had the courage of their convictions and they stood fast despite wholesale defections and ridicule by liberals and progressives.

Obama lies as cravenly, if not as crudely, as George W. Bush. He promised us that the transfer of $12.8 trillion in taxpayer money to Wall Street would open up credit and lending to the average consumer. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), however, admitted last week that banks have reduced lending at the sharpest pace since 1942. As a senator, Obama promised he would filibuster amendments to the FISA Reform Act that retroactively made legal the wiretapping and monitoring of millions of American citizens without warrant; instead he supported passage of the loathsome legislation. He told us he would withdraw American troops from Iraq, close the detention facility at Guantánamo, end torture, restore civil liberties such as habeas corpus and create new jobs. None of this has happened.

He is shoving a health care bill down our throats that would give hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to the private health insurance industry in the form of subsidies, and force millions of uninsured Americans to buy insurers’ defective products. These policies would come with ever-rising co-pays, deductibles and premiums and see most of the seriously ill left bankrupt and unable to afford medical care. Obama did nothing to halt the collapse of the Copenhagen climate conference, after promising meaningful environmental reform, and has left us at the mercy of corporations such as ExxonMobil. He empowers Israel’s brutal apartheid state. He has expanded the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where hundreds of civilians, including entire families, have been slaughtered by sophisticated weapons systems such as the Hellfire missile, which sucks the air out of victims’ lungs. And he is delivering war and death to Yemen, Somalia and perhaps Iran.

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats. Liberals, unlike the right wing, are emotionally disabled. They appear not to feel. The tea-party protesters, the myopic supporters of Sarah Palin, the veterans signing up for Oath Keepers and the myriad of armed patriot groups have swept into their ranks legions of disenfranchised workers, angry libertarians, John Birchers and many who, until now, were never politically active. They articulate a legitimate rage. Yet liberals continue to speak in the bloodless language of issues and policies, and leave emotion and anger to the protofascists. Take a look at the 3,000-word suicide note left by Joe Stack, who flew his Piper Cherokee last month into an IRS office in Austin, Texas, murdering an IRS worker and injuring dozens. He was not alone in his rage.

“Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours?” Stack wrote. “Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political ‘representatives’ (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the ‘terrible health care problem’. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.”

The timidity of the left exposes its cowardice, lack of a moral compass and mounting political impotence. The left stands for nothing. The damage Obama and the Democrats have done is immense. But the damage liberals do the longer they beg Obama and the Democrats for a few scraps is worse. It is time to walk out on the Democrats. It is time to back alternative third-party candidates and grass-roots movements, no matter how marginal such support may be. If we do not take a stand soon we must prepare for the rise of a frightening protofascist movement, one that is already gaining huge ground among the permanently unemployed, a frightened middle class and frustrated low-wage workers. We are, even more than Glenn Beck or tea-party protesters, responsible for the gusts fanning the flames of right-wing revolt because we have failed to articulate a credible alternative.

It was time years ago, but those of us saying so were told over and over again to shut our fucking pie holes.

catnip - 3 March 2010

The new slogan of the so-called progressives: “The fierce urgency of incrementalism”.

marisacat - 3 March 2010

Shut the pie hole and VOTE VICHY!! Remember, they stand for anti-obesity and education (if they fire enough teachers the children will get the point!!)!!

That si about where ti is at.

6. catnip - 3 March 2010

Rangel steps down “temporarily” so he can spend more time with his money.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010
brinn - 3 March 2010

Blunder, eh? I wonder….

That was funny as hell!

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

I think her wings were nicely coordinated with the day’s pantsuit.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010


So a coupla Israeli guys are hangin around in Dubai, havin a good time, checkin out the place, seein the sights, that building that looks like a boat, that island that’s shaped like a bigger island, get a few drinks, catch a show, kill a Palestinian, maybe grab a coupla souvenirs for the kids an hit the road. Oh wait! Wait a second! Something went wrong there! Something happened there that was very, very wrong! Because in the course of doing those things, those people went and forged some British passports.

Well now it’s one thing to kill Palestinians abroad and thousands more next door while starving whoever manages to survive and demolishing their homes, but sullying the honour and dignity of Her Britannic Majesty’s Royal Passport? Well sir, that is just not cricket.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

the thread is really good.

catnip - 3 March 2010

This story is really heating up. Not only do they have 27 suspects now…Dubai seeks Netanyahu’s arrest over killing of Hamas man

marisacat - 3 March 2010

Angry Arab has been making jokes that it takes 24 Mossad to kill one Hamas.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

and they had to PARALYZE the guy first.

They don’t make vicious state-sponsored assassins like they used to.

Fisk has an interesting piece up (I didn’t pay a lot of attention when this first came up):

Collusion. That’s what it’s all about. The United Arab Emirates suspect – only suspect, mark you – that Europe’s “security collaboration” with Israel has crossed a line into illegality, where British passports (and those of other other EU nations) can now be used to send Israeli agents into the Gulf to kill Israel’s enemies. At 3.49pm yesterday afternoon (Beirut time, 1.49pm in London), my Lebanese phone rang. It was a source – impeccable, I know him, he spoke with the authority I know he has in Abu Dhabi – to say that “the British passports are real. They are hologram pictures with the biometric stamp. They are not forged or fake. The names were really there. If you can fake a hologram or biometric stamp, what does this mean?”

The voice – I know the man and his origins well – wants to talk. “There are 18 people involved in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Besides the 11 already named, there are two Palestinians who are being interrogated and five others, including a woman. She was part of the team that staked out the hotel lobby.” Two hours later, an SMS arrives on my Beirut phone from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is the same source.

mattes - 3 March 2010

Australia not too happy either.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

Google Responds To Privacy Concerns With Unsettlingly Specific Apology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Responding to recent public outcries over its handling of private data, search giant Google offered a wide-ranging and eerily well-informed apology to its millions of users Monday.

“We would like to extend our deepest apologies to each and every one of you,” announced CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking from the company’s Googleplex headquarters. “Clearly there have been some privacy concerns as of late, and judging by some of the search terms we’ve seen, along with the tens of thousands of personal e-mail exchanges and Google Chat conversations we’ve carefully examined, it looks as though it might be a while before we regain your trust.”

Added Schmidt, “Whether you’re Michael Paulson who lives at 3425 Longview Terrace and makes $86,400 a year, or Jessica Goldblatt from Lynnwood, WA, who already has well-established trust issues, we at Google would just like to say how very, truly sorry we are.”

Schmidt’s apology appeared suddenly at 9 a.m. Monday on Google’s homepage, Chrome browser, and YouTube, as well as on every single Android-enabled cell phone, and sought to reassure Americans that the company would take all necessary steps to keep confidential information, from Social Security numbers to Gonorrhea test results, absolutely safe.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010
marisacat - 3 March 2010

I somehow managed to listen to Bayh the other night when he was on Charlie Rose. Verrrry revealing. One thing he said was that too many people think that when (?..uh, IF?) health care goes thru, that their premiums will soon begin to drop.

Uh no said the wonder from Indiana. All that might happen is that they go UP somewht more slowly.


11. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

Pregnant Ladies Banned For Their Own Good

Bravado is a company that sells breastfeeding bras for ladies with breasts that are used for breastfeeding babies. But when Bravado goes out to fashion trade shows to have their pregnant lady models model the breastfeeding bras in their pregnant way, can you guess what happens? Yes, they are banned, for their own pregnant good. From a runway show! In a nightclub! At the Wynn Casino, in Las Vegas, the City of Sin!

“We did not feel it appropriate to feature a very pregnant model in a nightclub, at midnight, where alcohol was being served,” Jennifer Dunne, a Wynn spokeswoman, wrote in a statement

“What is that pregnant whore doing out carousing at midnight in our den of sin?” is what Jennifer Dunne is trying to get across, here. “It is a well known fact that alcohol can jump right out of a glass in a nightclub and get your baby drunk,” she added before her statement was copy edited, we imagine.

marisacat - 3 March 2010

Can thsi get funnier?

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010
marisacat - 3 March 2010

Caveat (and maybe Colbert needs to ditch church for awhile!): IF and when the DEMOCRATS leave off their fake caregasms.

Only fair, I mean… 😆

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

not to mention all of the time they spend parading around in their skimpy bipartisan lingerie.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010
14. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

D.C.’s Catholic Charities Dumps Family Insurance So They Don’t Have To Cover Same-Sex Partners

Employees at Catholic Charities were told Monday that the social services organization is changing its health coverage to avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers — the latest fallout from a bitter debate between District officials trying to legalize same-sex marriage and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Starting Tuesday, Catholic Charities will not offer benefits to spouses of new employees or to spouses of current employees who are not already enrolled in the plan. A letter describing the change in health benefits was e-mailed to employees Monday, two days before same-sex marriage will become legal in the District.

“We looked at all the options and implications,” said the charity’s president, Edward J. Orzechowski. “This allows us to continue providing services, comply with the city’s new requirements and remain faithful to the church’s teaching.”

marisacat - 3 March 2010

I found that especially appalling. Current employees can keep theirs but all new employees are barred from obtaining spousal coverage.

And we are just in the early days of the descent. Which is by no means limited to Catholic charities and the like.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

that’s especially hypocritical. If their “beliefs” command them to do this, then they need to do it.

why anybody follows/believes that monstrous organization I will never understand.

marisacat - 3 March 2010

well for too many it is PRIDE.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

Repent, Amarillo!

Or you will be exterminated! You know, Texas has a reputation of being a nasty place full of particularly ignorant rednecks, which I don’t blindly agree with — I know too many smart Texans, and it does have many good organizations, like the Texas Freedom Network — but this is a blight that smirches even that already sooty name. I am speaking of a vicious vigilante organization called Repent Amarillo. Look upon that link and quiver with disgust.

It’s saturated with military imagery: men in uniform, humvees, helicopters, helmets; they compare themselves to special forces; they call themselves the Army of God, and sport Bible quotes glorifying warfare. They aren’t military, but they pretend they are, and bring shame to both our soldiers and their faith. They’re actually just cowardly busybodies who snoop and whine at their neighbors, and harass their employers until they get fired. They are not nice people. They’re actually some of the worst kind of people.

They are a “rabid group of religious nuts” who object to the usual targets of fundie hatred — gays — but also harrass people who visit sex shops, engage in consensual heterosexual activity outside the bounds of traditional marriage, and…well, here’s a list of their targets.

The list is the usual targets, though this one is especially strange:

4. Breast cancer events such as “Race for the Cure” to illuminate the link between abortion and breast cancer.

I guess they wear pink fatigues to those events.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2010

Wow, President Barry is offering up the latest Republican version of healthcare “reform”.

marisacat - 3 March 2010

Appalling isn’t it?



…………….. 😯

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