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What next.. I wonder… 10 March 2010

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

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I landed on Nancy tonight, doing a mercifully brief turn on Charlie Rose.  Not for the first time I wondered:   is she fucking bonkers.  She barely made sense.  Three times she called Massa, “poor baby”. 

OK… whatever Nancy…

The rest was her tense smiley gibberish.  Now, I would dismiss this except I know she used to be a lot more coherent, as well as fluid, as a public speaker, much less in one on one interview…. 

I certainly was not a regular at them, but she used to have twice yearly public-is-welcome town halls, gatherings, whatever one calls them… And if I felt in the mood, I would drop in, she usually held them not that far from me, at Marina Junior HS….  This being San Francisco, you can imagine… the audience ran the gamut.  I would sit at the back slightly off center so I could see the whole display.

I never really saw her fazed by anything.

Now she is stiff as a corpse.




1. catnip - 10 March 2010


Little kos, fountain of knowledge of all things political (ramen!), is reminded by FDL that Kucinich will not be primaried – no matter how much he wants to get rid of the “little prick” (as he called him in an open thread the other day).

The Ohio primary takes place on May 4, and the filing deadline for candidates was February 18. Kucinich has no Democratic challenger, with three Republicans (including a guy named W. Benjamin Franklin!) vying to face him in November.

marisacat - 10 March 2010

oh verrry funny!!

BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2010

This comment from TPM, the bold is in the original:

LOL! Love the use of “little” with the use of “prick.” What a prince!

As children, we used to say: Takes one to know one! Some truths never change.

In any case, Dennis will never lose his seat, and he certainly isn’t scare-able.

I come from Dennis’s district, so I know that Markos would be deemed a dickless wonder in the eyes of Dennis’s constituents (most of whom have never heard of Kos, I’m sure). If you think I’m abrasive, consider me a cultured version of your typical Cleveland West Sider.

So good luck with those threats, Kosy! Rally the troops! I look forward to watching your brainless followers unload buckets of money into Lake Erie in an attempt to unseat Dennis with a “real progressive.” God knows the lake has swallowed worse.

Btw, I went to one of your readings at a bar on the Lower East Side, and I should have kicked your ass when you were taking questions from the audience. Alas, I didn’t stay after you stupidly informed the audience that you and Jerome Armstrong wrote the book in a weekend. You revealed you procrastinated and kept missing your publisher’s deadlines until you both locked yourselves in a hotel room to get it written. I’m positive that if it’s even coherent, it’s thanks to a nameless copyeditor.

I can’t think of anything Dennis’s constituents would love more than interference by a poseur who can afford a hotel room for writing a stupid book.
Posted by readytoblowagasket
March 10, 2010 10:20 AM | Reply | Permalink

Ah, so much for the political experts that wrote the book.
In a weekend. After Jerome washed out as a pump and dump stock touter, and Markos, irony here, I guess couldn’t find a market for real internet porn during the first dot com bubble but made a go of DK. Go Figure. It’s Kind of like callin the “Double Reverse Larry Flynt” in a huddle just to fuck with your teammates.. On Two – everybody Ready?! BReak! 😆

Christ, even Machiavelli had a little time to think about it, when he was ya know, in JAIL.

CSTAR - 10 March 2010

So much genitalia (or lack of it) in American politics.

BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2010

Men…we LIKE our dicks.
And of course, embellishment.

CSTAR - 10 March 2010

Well, you’d think that with all this genitalia around to choose from, there’d be fewer assholes…but as I they say in French, “a chacun son goût”

BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2010
Madman in the Marketplace - 10 March 2010

go Sea Biscuit!

2. artemisia - 10 March 2010

Since the thread theme seems to focus on the arrogance of dicks, i couldn’t resist sharing this tidbit. As you may have heard, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic school in Colorado has refused to admit the daughter of a lesbian couple to their kindergarten class.

But what i find fascinating about this is the rationale explained in Father Bill’s Blog in a piece called Moses and the Burning Bush:

This past week we implemented a policy that has been the most difficult decision of my life.

The choice before me was either to protect the beliefs of our faith or pretend nothing was happening. But our school, after all, is a Catholic school. And our reason for existence, both as a parish and as a Catholic school, is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Being disciples of Jesus Christ is very demanding. Yes, being disciples entails adherence to the many examples of Jesus’ love: love one another as I have loved you; be not the first to throw a stone; judge not lest you be judged. Think of the Good Samaritan story and the Prodigal Son.

But when it came to making disciples, He spoke in a different way, a more radical way: unless you take up your cross and follow me, you can have no part of me. Repent and change your ways. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn and offer him the other cheek. Unless you hate your mother and father, brothers and sisters, you cannot be my disciples. (emphasis mine) …

and it goes on from there


marisacat - 10 March 2010

Unless you hate your mother and father, brothers and sisters, you cannot be my disciples

oh thanks for that artemisia… I am sending that one around. More than has come out previously of that mean little story.

Sounds like the most horrific cults, that work t break down personality and family ties, so you are left with the cult only.

BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2010

Another Fine (read: wide-eyed psychotic) Father from St. Bafflem.
Baffle ’em with Bullshit, that is.
I have to say tho – parents living under a rock? Newspapers? Hello?

marisacat - 10 March 2010

the parents are wise they are resolutely (last I heard) shunning the spotlight. most people seem to think they sought it out as either they are Catholic or they preferredit for any number of reasons to other choices….

NYCO - 10 March 2010

I take it this school doesn’t allow children born out of wedlock, either?

marisacat - 10 March 2010

and then there is divorce. and yikes remarriage. all sorts of issues……………..


brinn - 10 March 2010

Interesting — I can’t seem to find the entry that you excerpted….

marisacat - 10 March 2010


the second link died…

if you have the URL I will repair… thanks for that…

artemisia - 10 March 2010
artemisia - 10 March 2010

oh, and i did submit a fairly lengthy comment on Father Bill’s blog, but curiously, it never made it through moderation.

marisacat - 10 March 2010

ooo thanks artemisia….!

3. CSTAR - 10 March 2010

And our reason for existence, both as a parish and as a Catholic school, is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Interesting. In my Jesuit high school (many years ago and far, far away) , there were numerous Jews and other non-catholics. They were simply excused from “apologetics”. I guess Benny now is making religion a part of every subject.

marisacat - 10 March 2010

we had Jews… they, most of them, preferred the Convent (where I was, that had a boys’ school for k-8) and the Jesuit HS to public or parish. OR WASP private.

marisacat - 10 March 2010

I thought one of the big break points was when the Catholic Church began to be picky about WHO they would baptise. In the system today, my nothing-not-even-atheist Mother and very very lapsed Catholic father would have had to go to the special classes. in 57 the church simply baptised. They might not wish to peform a so called mixed marriage but they happily baptised the outcome.

LOL… Interesting to watch…. I would think better to grab an offered soul…

BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2010

And our reason for existence, both as a parish and as a Catholic school, is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Welp, not anymore it aint. Like, since, the Holy Roman Empire, LOL,
when the ultimate in leveraged, tax free real estate scams came into play. Now they’re more into maintaining lifestyle resorts, of a sort, ..around the globe.

A Big move to reclaim Church estates since the fall of “the Wall”.
A lot of Churchmen moving in on choice real estate Vineyards, Seaside Retreat Houses, Estancia, etc…

What’s needed I think is a more useful epicurean translation to the Bibble, as in:

“Gird your loins*, using a nice dry rub. *(ask your butcher)…”
and , taking liberties, perhaps
“You Haggis motherfuckers BOILED my Lamb?”

marisacat - 10 March 2010

A lot of Churchmen moving in on choice real estate Vineyards, Seaside Retreat Houses, Estancia, etc…

Holy Roman Real Estate…

4. BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2010

LOL. Timely.
picked off the top of Drudge –

Chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth says Devil is in the Vatican
Richard Owen in Rome

Don Gabriele Amorth, an exorcist in the diocese of Rome and the president of honour of the Association of Exorcists

{ I bet THEIR Conventions are a real hoot ‘n’ holler -BHHM}

Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that “the Devil is at work inside the Vatican”, according to the Holy See’s chief exorcist.

Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican’s chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession, said that the consequences of satanic infiltration included power struggles at the Vatican as well as “cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon”.

He added: “When one speaks of ‘the smoke of Satan’ [a phrase coined by Pope Paul VI in 1972] in the holy rooms, it is all true – including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia.”

Hunh. So Satan is a smoker. Who knew? 😆
Of course, the whole Power thing a given, the Real question then is:
How’s he situated for MONEY?

BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2010

😆 Fuckin Voodoo Motherfuckers.

BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2010

Also , LMAO –

Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, who has been the Vatican’s chief exorcist for 25 years and says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession” …Talk about gettin the bum’s rush for a physical at the doctor’s office.

🙄 –> No he’s in there, Satan’s in there, but you should be fine just watching what you eat.

artemisia - 10 March 2010

70,000 in 25 years = 2800 / day = 7.67 cases a day. (not accounting for leap years)

Father Gabriele is a very busy man. And so, it seems, is the devil.

artemisia - 10 March 2010

oops let me fix that… 70,000 in 25 years = 2800 a year = 7.67 a day

marisacat - 10 March 2010

Maybe he does 2 for 1, exorcism and pedophilia, all for one family!! Always on the move, cell phone open at all times, house calls at all hours, priest at the ready.

Not too much of a stretch, I think.

ts - 11 March 2010

I just chuckled thinking what his waiting room must look like…

artemisia - 10 March 2010

Father Amorth told La Repubblica that the devil was “pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to be agreeable…

That’s the problem with the devil. He’s so damn agreeable.

NYCO - 11 March 2010

If Catholic officials want to explain pedophilia in the church as the work of Satan, if that’s the framework they need to define it, I’m fine with that. So, dudes, get to work – there’s a Satan to be fought. At this late stage, he may not be responsive to sprinklings of holy water, though.

marisacat - 11 March 2010

well my htought was he’ll perform exorcism AND be your personal pedophile. On call.

By now parents have no excuse. It is ritual sexual abuse or the high danger of it…

No getting around it.

OR jsut too abusive an atmosphere. Georg RatzNaz’s cover story is that he only slapped their faces.

Laugh laugh laugh.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 10 March 2010
6. CSTAR - 10 March 2010

I am not aware of this being mentioned here:

Despite No Links to Violence, Founders of Muslim Charity Sentenced to Lengthy Terms for Donations to Needy Palestinians in Occupied Territories

link on democracy now

7. marisacat - 11 March 2010

hmm old press guys never die, nor do they fade away… snicker:

March 11, 2010
Categories:White House.

Fleischer to the rescue

In other former Bush spokesman news, Tiger Woods has reportedly hired Ari Fleischer.

Posted by Ben Smith 10:45 AM
comments (7)

8. marisacat - 11 March 2010



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9. BooHooHooMan - 11 March 2010

When the call goes out to fight corruption…

Pair Picked For DOJ Unit Probing Public Corruption
Troubled DOJ Unit That Prosecutes Public Corruption To Get 2 New Leaders After Stevens Errors

Send in the Career Fixers , both of these dug-in DoJ shitheels.
Loads of Payoff Cash accumulated int their coffers for taking the dive…now their in charge of Public Corruption at DoJ.

WaPo –
Justice Dept. picks new head for corruption prosecution unit
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 11, 2010; 12:05 PM

Justice Department officials have selected a new leader for the public integrity unit, a special corps of prosecutors who investigate corruption in police departments, the judiciary and Congress, according to two department sources.

The job has been offered to Jack Smith, a career department prosecutor from Brooklyn who in recent years has supervised sensitive investigations of foreign officials

{HA! A Little Closer to Home, Jack! – Bhhm }

….at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, the sources said.

Raymond Hulser, a longtime prosecutor at the department, has been chosen to serve as the principal deputy, the sources said.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who leads the criminal division, could confirm the move later Thursday, subject to administrative approvals.

Fucking Scumbags serving Brooklyn Crooks.
These are the NEW Guys guys who will intentionally compromise cases against pols , mercenaries, et al……The new fixers …Who happen to be the SAME OLD Fixers who’ve been working the DoJ and sabotaging cases from the inside for years .
These fuckers are proven ball players who wouldn’t be getting the noms unless they were putty in Breuer, Rahm, and Schumer’s hands.

This guy Hulser is a real piece of work. Early on at DoJ during the Clinton Admin, Hulser steered the Travel Office case AWAY from Hillary, the Thomasons and Foster.

But Dale’s attorney, Steven C. Tabackman, intends to lay out a case much like a political thriller, complete with amateur spies, interference by a Hollywood producer and missing documents that Dale claims could exonerate him by proving that the unaccounted-for funds went to pay for media travel.

Tabackman’s strategy is to turn the attention away from Dale and put administration officials on trial, especially Clinton’s third cousin, White House aide Catherine A. Cornelius.

Attorney Stephen Braga, who represents Cornelius, dismissed Tabackman’s strategy as “a standard defense tactic” to divert attention from the defendant and denied that Cornelius did anything wrong.

Tabackman also privately has told a federal judge about a secret witness who will testify about Dale’s missing documents: a record of the office’s petty cash disbursements and a log of checks Dale deposited in his personal account to cover tips and other job-related expenses.

Justice Department lawyers Stuart M. Goldberg and Raymond N. Hulser argue there is no proof that Dale’s documents ever existed and suggest that if they did, Dale could have taken them himself. The prosecutors also point out that no other travel office employee knew about the record Dale says he kept on checks he deposited in his checking account. Braga said Cornelius, who was caught secretly copying and taking home office records, has never seen the documents Dale says are missing.

U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene recently dealt Tabackman a setback by denying a request to subpoena a cast of characters involved in the travel office firings, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Hollywood producer Harry Thomason. But he said he will reconsider the request after he sees what evidence the government produces.

Oh ..and…. uhm, There IS One Other thing.


Before Blackwater case failed, legal debate at DOJ
Disagreements among prosecutors pose challenges to case against Blackwater
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press

As the U.S. investigated Blackwater Worldwide contractors for a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad, a legal debate was playing out behind the scenes at the Justice Department between two veteran prosecutors. One urged caution. The other aggressively pushed the case forward.

The disagreement foreshadowed problems that in December led a judge to dismiss manslaughter charges against five contractors who fired machine guns and grenades into a busy intersection. The dismissal outraged Iraqis and sent the Obama administration scrambling to repair a case that is all but in ruins.

In dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina said prosecutors ignored the advice of senior Justice Department officials and built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity. Documents unsealed Tuesday in response to a request by The Associated Press and The Washington Post paint the clearest picture yet of how the case prosecution went awry.

Immediately after the Sept. 16, 2007, shooting, Blackwater contractors told State Department investigators what happened. Two days later, the security gave written statements under a promise that nothing they said could be used against them in a criminal case.

Because of that deal, prosecutors had to make sure they didn’t use the written statements to build their case. It was unclear, however whether prosecutors could use the Sept. 16 interviews.

Ken Kohl, the lead prosecutor, believed he could. And he thought Raymond Hulser agreed.

Hulser is among the Justice Department’s experts on Garrity V. New Jersey, the Supreme Court case that spells out how to deal with these kinds of immunity deals. Hulser did not agree with Kohl.

“I think that we agreed that there was an issue regarding the Sept. 16, the earlier statements,” Hulser testified in one of several closed-door hearing last year that ultimately persuaded Urbina to dismiss the case. “My view was that the risk was such that they shouldn’t take it. His view was that they had a good chance of arguing the other way.”

Hulser repeatedly tried to warn Kohl that building the investigation on those interviews could jeopardize the case.

Two Words: Bone Cancer.

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