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Slap a happy face… 4 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, Sex / Reproductive Health.

Peter Brookes in the London Times

catnip posted a link in the previous thread on the birth defects in Fallujah.. I just caught the BBC report on it. Beyond ghastly, 2 and 3 births a day in the local hospital, a bright new place built, the report said, with US money…. but 2 and three births a day of deformed, badly deformed, babies.

One of the things I remember reading years ago – and all I can do is piece together what I can read –  about Fallujah was that it ws a resistance city, it resisted the British, it resisted Saddam, and it resisted the Americans, the coalition war.

Now, the report said, there is an advisory to the women of Fallujah to simply not give birth.

In the wake of the many months of mass bombing, during which I recall we basically flattened nearly all of Fallujah, the rubble was bulldozed into the river, where the city gets its drinking water.

Last night and today I caught bits of Petraeus on with Charlie Rose for the hour. God it ws awful. The line that sticks with me is the blither about how it is and was so important we were there, in Iraq, with “our values” [what values?] and that we were on the ground, over and over, “first with the truth”.

Fear the blowback.



1. marisacat - 4 March 2010

Here is catnip’s comment from the previous thread:

Fallujah doctors report rise in birth defects

Doctors in the Iraqi city of Fallujah are reporting a high level of birth defects, with some blaming weapons used by the US after the Iraq invasion.

The city witnessed fierce fighting in 2004 as US forces carried out a major offensive against insurgents.

Now, the level of heart defects among newborn babies is said to be 13 times higher than in Europe.

The US military says it is not aware of any official reports showing an increase in birth defects in the area.

BBC world affairs editor John Simpson visited a new, US-funded hospital in Fallujah where paediatrician Samira al-Ani told him that she was seeing as many as two or three cases a day, mainly cardiac defects.

Our correspondent also saw children in the city who were suffering from paralysis or brain damage – and a photograph of one baby who was born with three heads.

He adds that he heard many times that officials in Fallujah had warned women that they should not have children.

Doctors and parents believe the problem is the highly sophisticated weapons the US troops used in Fallujah six years ago.

“highly sophisticated” = white phosphorus

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

and probably depleted uranium munitions, not to mention the other toxic waste US troops probably left in their wake.

marisacat - 4 March 2010

The fact it is nothing new (other wars) doesn’t lessen the horror.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

indeed, and Thor knows what other classified horrors the MIC cooked up for them to use.

2. marisacat - 4 March 2010

hmm puhleeze: Take him!

March 04, 2010

Categories:New York.

Ford spox: Never weighed party switch

A spokesman for Harold Ford is denying a new claim that Ford considered becoming a Republican for his 2006 Senate bid.

Lloyd Grove reported today, based on an anonymous source, that Ford requested a meeting with Rove and “floated the idea of switching parties to run for the Senate in 2006 as a Republican—that is, if President Bush could ‘clear the field; and prevent a contested primary.”

Ford spokesman Davidson Goldin called the account “entirely false.”

“Rove invited Harold to dinner. Harold went. Rove asked Harold to consider switching to the Republican Party. Harold said no. They finished dinner,” he said.

Goldin noted Ford ran as a Democrat in 2006 (as he considered doing again this year), and “ran against Rove and the Bush White House, hard.”

Posted by Ben Smith 11:59 AM

3. marisacat - 4 March 2010

Coordinated protests today thru out California, at the university and community college sytem… so far, just a little while after it began to rev up in earnest, the hot spots are Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz…

[M]arches, strikes, teach-ins and walkouts were planned nationwide in what was being called the March 4th National Day of Action for Public Education.

Organizers said hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and parents were expected to participate in the demonstrations.

[P]rotest actions were held at most of the 10 University of California campuses, 23 California State University campuses and many of the state’s 110 community colleges.

Demonstrations were also planned at universities in New York, Wisconsin, Alabama, Michigan and Massachusetts.

Students, teachers, parents and school employees from across California gathered in Sacramento for a midday rally at the Capitol to urge lawmakers to restore funding to public schools. …

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

the future the current generation of college kids face is pretty bleak …

marisacat - 4 March 2010

As the state suicides. Gah I would be terrified coming out of college today. Or trying to manage to graduate in any reasonable amt of time.

They did shut down part of the East Bay freeway system, at about 4 pm today……………..

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

I’m sure some boomer assholes are complaining that they only protest when it involves themselves, as though the ’60s protests weren’t driven a lot by wanting to avoid the draft.

marisacat - 4 March 2010

Well the real story is the Federal money routed to the schools but not used for classrooms or students – nor even for valauble research…and the kind of thievery carried out by the likes of DiFi and Blum… Blum who serves as an elevated among non equals… LOL, as a Regent of the UC system.


But let’s all bitch and moan over a few hours of protest…

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

that’s the real story of how nearly everything works. I’m glad to see them out there. Good for them.

Of course, they’re a “problem” with the teabaggers are motivated voters who everyone should listen to …

marisacat - 4 March 2010

Or, as Nancy said, the Teabaggers scare her because she is so knowledgeable about political violence, and then alludes to White and Milk. THEN the local winger station KSFO said White was a Democrat, when, not that it matters, he most certainly was a unreconstructed Republican of the White Irish Fireman Policeman sort. Etc.

I am sure like the rest of established SF, most of them anyway, she hated Milk.

marisacat - 4 March 2010

.. speaking of……………. some authoritarian on the local so called liberal talk radio is bitching and moaning and lecturing on the protest… so I popped off a fast email, the text of this.

4. marisacat - 4 March 2010

Tick Tick – Tock Tock – Drop Drop

ALBANY—With the fate of New York Gov. David A. Paterson’s political career in the balance, his top aide is convening an urgent meeting of the administration’s entire New York City staff on Friday afternoon, according to a senior administration aide.

Larry Schwartz, the governor’s chief of staff, alerted the staff about the 2:30 p.m. EST meeting by email on Thursday, but didn’t specify what would be discussed.

Also Thursday, Peter Kauffmann resigned as Mr. Paterson’s communications director, saying that in light of recent developments he “cannot in good conscience continue in my current position.” …

I would imagine soon it becomes an issue of keeping your options open in a Democratic party apparatus… and with the apparatchiks.

marisacat - 4 March 2010

What a shock. Delahunt, of the infamous connection to Dr Amy Bishop… to retire………… [snicker]

5. marisacat - 4 March 2010

Who knows..

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Pentagon on lockdown after shots reported fired [7:19 p.m. ET]

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

marisacat - 4 March 2010

Apparntly shots were fired at a nearby DC metro station………… Google LINK

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

I hope it wasn’t a former Oakland cop working down in the Metro …

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010
7. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010
marisacat - 4 March 2010

He should have closed them all when governor. And let’s most certainly squash the god damned fucking prayer group suppports (Xtian Scientist cabals iric?) that get batted around.

Carry on Mitt. Tho I ahve problems seeing how his trying to syphon votes from some tea bag coven is worse than Ob and MO and Biden and Holder and the rest of the current cabal.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

And in this corner

Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism has an interesting take on the whole drama:

…the one fact not adequately incorporated into this calculus is whether Rahm’s own self-promotion damaged his relationship with Obama…

…So we are left with two possible conclusions:

1. Obama is an even bigger wuss than I thought (and I already gave him very high marks in the wuss department)

2. Obama is on board with this PR campaign

Assume Rahm the devious SOB sold Obama on this. How does making Obama look bad (by attacking his decisions) advance the ball?

Her answer is that the whole drama has been a carefully crafted exercise in freeing Obama from his campaign promises to those dirty fucking hippie pinkos. He tried to close gitmo, he tried to end the military commissions, he tried to pass energy legislation. Rahm the lonely warrior tried to persuade him not to tackle the impossible. Alas and alack! To no avail. Now look what’s happened…none of the legislation is/will pass and the hopey changey poll numbers are in the tank.

This is what happens when you try to please the looney lefties….so I’ll just move my administration over here to the center/corporatist right where I’m much more comfortable and we’ll all just move along. Nothing to see here.

marisacat - 4 March 2010

Well yo notice that the people who just wanna love on Obama always blame Rahm or congress. Or Reid or Nancy or or or or or or or………………. Ob’s hawai’ian Indonesian Desi-wanna-be Chicagoan hands are clean! And he loves you!! He loves you back!!!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

cons work best on people who want to be conned.

9. NYCO - 4 March 2010
marisacat - 4 March 2010

well sad to say the system provides both jobs as well as classrooms and teachers. Unless anyone thinks that the Drill Field at VTech got named that accidentally.

Talk about a nightmare waiting to happen.

NYCO - 4 March 2010

Here’s my hope: that some of the brighter kids in those protest crowds eventually realize that making life difficult for people at the individual colleges is a waste of their energy. But all they are clamoring for right now is a seat at a corrupted table. They just want to get back in their seats and get their degrees and then they’ll live happily ever after. Politically, they’re not thinking of anything much beyond that.

I’m impressed at their willingness to get tough but not so impressed at their grasp of the big picture. However that should come in, time.

marisacat - 4 March 2010

I pretty much said what I thought up thread, a ways upthread…

In terms of Cali, the protests have never stopped, not in years. Just as a note to the MSNBC piece, last I heard, admittedly about 4 hours ago, there was one car window broken, so far. The hoopla so far is much more over the freeway in the East Bay. Davis campus appeared to be the most intense today. Followed by SC then Berkeley.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

Louisiana sheriff trains volunteers for ‘Project Exodus’ to combat terrorism

A Louisiana sheriff has begun training 200 local volunteers in basic hand-to-hand combat techniques as part of Project Exodus aimed at protecting the northwestern corner of the state from the danger of terrorists, the Shreveport Times reports.

Reporter Drew Pierson writes that Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen’s policing plan involves “a mostly white group of ex-police volunteers and a .50-caliber machine gun” and was inspired in part from the Book of Exodus in the Bible.

“The buck stops with Larry Deen,” the sheriff says, according to the Times. “The liability stops with Larry Deen. I am the chief law enforcement officer in this parish, and it is incumbent upon me protect all of the people in it.”

Deen rejects any notion that he is setting up a militia. “We run from that word,” he says. “We’re just the opposite that word.”

Doyle Dempsey, chief deputy for support services, says in the training video that if the project is successful “we will be ahead of the curve when it comes to fighting Islamic extremists.”

The volunteers will be equipped with shotguns, riot shields and batons, the newspaper says. A .50-caliber machine gun will be mounted on what the sheriff’s office calls “the war wagon.”

Five of the 200 volunteers are black, the Times says. Women will be used only in a “support role,” Deen says, indicating non-combat activity.

The teams of “highly trained volunteers” would be used to protect food, water, oil, gas and medical supplies in the event of a disaster, like Hurricane Katrina, in which state and federal resources are limited.

“We want to make sure that never happens here,” he says.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory

Thomas Jefferson was a drug criminal. But he managed to escape the terrible sword of justice by dying a century before the DEA was created. In 1987 agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency showed up at Monticello, Jefferson’s famous estate.

Jefferson had planted opium poppies in his medicinal garden, and opium poppies are now deemed illegal. Now, the trouble was the folks at the Monticello Foundation, which preserves and maintains the historic site, were discovered flagrantly continuing Jefferson’s crimes. The agents were blunt: The poppies had to be immediately uprooted and destroyed or else they were going to start making arrests, and Monticello Foundation personnel would perhaps face lengthy stretches in prison.

The story sounds stupid now, but it scared the hell out of the people at Monticello, who immediately started yanking the forbidden plants. A DEA man noticed the store was selling packets of “Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Poppies.” The seeds had to go, too. While poppy seeds might be legal, it is never legal to plant them. Not for any reason.

Employees even gathered the store’s souvenir T-shirts — with silkscreened photos of Monticello poppies on the chest — and burned them. Nobody told them to do this, but, under the circumstances, no one dared risk the threat.

Jefferson’s poppies are gone without a trace now. Nobody said much at the time, nor are they saying much now. Visitors to Monticello don’t learn how the Founding Father cultivated poppies for their opium. His personal opium use and poppy cultivation may as well never have happened.

marisacat - 4 March 2010

Of course morphine (much less cocaine) has only been illegal, prhibited, banned, regulated/allowed by drs script on a triplicate federal form… for a few decades.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2010

and of course, suffering is GOOD for you, so that you can go to fuzzy pink-unicorn heaven after you experience torment that could have easily been controlled.

marisacat - 4 March 2010

ugh people say very stupid things about chronic pain or end stage pain. And any hearings or reactions to deaths that touch on prescription drugs are basically a hoax. In my opinion anyway…

There is almost no one (in thsi country) working with any intellectual curiosity, OR freedom, on pain management using opiates or derivatives…

I was picking up a prescription at Wal Greens once, inline behind an Italian woman who wanted a “refill” on hypodermics she had brought from Italy. I felt for her, it is very normal t presribe some form of an auto inject, not vein but intramuscular, pain med in Italy… most people know how to do it and just get what they need from the pharmacies… little did she know. Fortunately she got a nice woman who was not mean nor did she take the hypo from her…

Madman in the Marketplace - 5 March 2010

you know we’re fucked when the Italians are more civilized than we are.

marisacat - 5 March 2010

fewer restrictions on the morning after pill or Plan b whatever they call it. Any woman can just buy it… no 16 year old barred from it. Health care… I just read of a woman who had a emergency operation and her cost was 20 Euros, for extras in the hospital.

So, yes more civilised. Their biggest problem is that they live under leaders we pick for them. IMO.

(which is nto to get into the whole ugly issue of racism in Italy, but then we can’t point fingers)

12. marisacat - 4 March 2010

Budget – and Planning… or where does the money go… 😆 SCREAM with laughter!

[A]fter all, Obama’s QDR (Quadrennial Def Review) is only the most recent variation of a bad joke begun in the Clinton Administration with its publication of the fatally- flawed first QDR on 19 May 1997. Of course, the Clinton Administration was merely continuing the pathological planning practices of the Reagan Administration, which I described in excruciating detail during the March 1983 congressional hearing. And bear in mind, the Reagan Pentagon was merely continuing the bureaucratic pathologies the military reformers began to document in the 1970s — behavioral pathologies that we now know reached back at least to the inception of the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in 1961 and probably earlier.

Given the staying power of the defense power games, no one should be surprised that the end of the Cold War resulted only in temporary marginal reductions in the defense budget; nor should we be surprised that twenty years later, the United States is spending more on defense than it did at the height of the Cold War, when we stood toe to toe with the Soviet nuclear-armed superpower, yet had enough extra resources to fight very hot wars in Korea and Vietnam; nor should we be surprised that today we are spending as much on defense as the rest of the world combined. Bear in mind, as I showed in my 2002 statement to Congress, the so-called global war on terror has very little to do with this current budgetary state of affairs. It should be clear, therefore, that the Pentagon has deep systemic problems, and that the most recent QDR, like its predecessors, papered them over, to put it charitably. …


AND From the WIll Parrish piece I linked to upthread (with regard to tday’s protests)…

On February 1, the Obama administration unveiled a budget in which both of the UC’s weapons labs would receive a massive funding “surge.” The proposed funding increase of 23 percent at Los Alamos would be the facility’s largest since 1944. Much of that funding is for a new factory to produce plutonium bomb cores, the explosive triggers of modern thermo-nuclear warheads, for the expressed purpose of outfitting the first new nukes to be developed since the end of the Cold War. The investments are sold as the need to “maintain the US nuclear deterrent” in a time of rapidly escalating threats, allegedly, from Iran, North Korea, and potentially even nuclear-armed terrorists. ….

marisacat - 4 March 2010

… and scream some more!

The former Speaker of our Assembly, black woman, a Democrat, who smiled day after day at Arnold, just gave – very quietly three days ago – raises to 20 staffers for the Democratic caucus in Sactoraises of 10%.

Pigs, trough, etc.

WITH HOLD THE VOTE… it is all that they react to.

13. diane - 4 March 2010

Thought I heard ‘little pistol’ Dianne and hubster Dicky (so very hard to sort out which little Dicky is which isn’t it) Blum’s name being mentioned and I figured it was you Marisa. Did you know the Dickster, on top of apparently owning much of Asia and California, is also quite the Devout Buddhist….no seriously……and Obooyah might be studying up on it apparently…………(gosh he’d be quite at home in all the oh so Shimmering Silicon Valley Techie Billionaire Defense Industry Spirituality wouldn’t he?).

Loved those two Counterpunch pieces on Feinstein, Blum and cohorts such as Puffy Al Green Tech Gore high time the cover was removed from that cesspool.

So glad none of them are Democrats, so I don’t have to feel responsinle for ever having voted for them….oh wait………………

Gotta run hope all is well…..

Oh…and yeah ….’namaste’ dickster!

marisacat - 5 March 2010

well Blum fakes being Buddhist, so trendy with certain types in California… tied as they are one to another to the Dalai Lama. All a game imo.

yeah I liked the Parrish pieces as well… one is linked up thread…………….

14. diane - 5 March 2010

Oh wait, …. BREAKING ….. before I sign off … just read this … yeah, well about those cesspools…too fuckin ripe:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FARM_SCENE_SLUDGE_COMPOST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2010-03-05-03-19-17>Claim: San Francisco giving gardeners toxic sludge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco wears its environmental consciousness like a green badge of honor. Residents separate and recycle their food scraps. Streets close to cars so people can walk and bike them. A city department even gives away “high-quality, nutrient-rich, organic bio-solids compost” to any and all takers.

But hold on there: A public interest and environmental advocacy group says San Francisco’s free compost, used by community, backyard and school gardens in the Bay Area, is processed sewage sludge – the product of anything flushed, poured or dumped into the wastewater system, including industrial, chemical and pharmaceutical toxins.

“This sludge belongs in a hazardous waste dump,” said Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association, before he poured some of the compost on carefully laid out plastic sheeting at the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Thursday.


Last fall, The Center for Food Safety, a watchdog group with offices in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, tried to raise awareness of the “bio-solids” issue when it petitioned San Francisco to end the compost giveaways.


(Awwwwwww poooooor Gavster…theyzzzzzzz picken on ‘im …. awww Gavvy … hows that composter goin? …. saw a cute piccy of it somewhere …………. were those cans in there?)


15. marisacat - 5 March 2010

Someone escort Obama and Holder to a steep clif, so they can jump off.

White House considers military trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

CNN – Suzanne Malveaux – ‎1 hour ago‎

New York officials who did not want Khalid Shaikh Mohammed tried in the city. Republicans want a military trial. Washington (CNN) — White House advisers are considering recommending alleged 9/11 …

16. marisacat - 5 March 2010



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