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Kings and fishers… 24 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

He emerges from the water empty-handed after an unsuccessful dive

Kingfishers in action:   He emerges from the water empty-handed after an unsuccessful dive    [JOE PETERSBURGER / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / CORBIS]

Little tidbits in the legends accompanying the photos. One that was especially riveting… when the kingfisher, often the father, returns to the nest with food, the chicks have been waiting in a circle. They are fed in turn:   one is fed, then revolves to the back of the circle, so the next in line is fed with the next catch.

Another tidbit, if the fish is to be fed to the chicks, the head is held out first, to avoid fins catching in the chicks throats.

In a related tidbit… I happened to catch a very brief news report a few weeks ago, that one of the big charities fishing for cash donations in the Haiti earthquake, Feed the Children or Save the Children… one of those, was determined to have distributed nothing… nothing at all in Haiti.  Not a single food package nor any cash.  Nothing.

Hanging is too good for that bunch.




1. marisacat - 24 March 2010

well well… ta.

BULLETIN — VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope accepts resignation of Irish Bishop John Magee in sex abuse scandal.

Hard to believe some one got “fired”. Wonder what cushy job they have lined up for Magee in Rome.

2. marisacat - 24 March 2010

So… do the people in charge of the fucking big deal know what is in the bill? At all?

via Mike Allen’s Playbook/Politico:

INSIDE THE BILL — AP, ‘Gap in health care law’s protection for children,’ by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar:

‘Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children. Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.

Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee … However, if a child is accepted for coverage, or is already covered, the insurer cannot exclude payment for treating a particular illness … Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee … Obama’s public statements have conveyed the impression that the new protections for kids were more sweeping and straightforward. …

Late Tuesday, the administration said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would try to resolve the situation by issuing new regulations.’

How many more 😳 are there…

I bet quite a few.

catnip - 24 March 2010

Oh – but tanning salons will start charging a 10% tax today. So, there’s that!

catnip - 24 March 2010

Whoops. You still have until July to tan to your heart’s content (and your skin’s misery) before the tax kicks in. I wouldn’t want to mislead wannabe fake ‘n bakers.

marisacat - 24 March 2010

thank god I never had any interest in a tan. Or freaked over a burn.


lucid - 24 March 2010

Given that many cancers are being increasingly linked to vitamin D deficiency, one would think that our public health policy would encourage tanning…

marisacat - 24 March 2010

why is anyone who tans or smokes or HORRORS does both even alive?

shouldn’t we just shoot them? After we shoot fat people of course.

ms_xeno - 24 March 2010

Mrs. Obama’s smarmy face is on some magazine this month, lecturing us all to get our vitamins.

What else do we need?

marisacat - 24 March 2010

Ad Age had an analysis a few months ago… neither is a sure fire higher than normal selling cover.


As for Mother Obama, she and the wee pops just had pizza (so I read at Ben Smith) in Brooklyn, pepperoni and sausage.

Maybe if they run thru the streets for a few hours ….they can whack off the cals and carbs.

lucid - 24 March 2010

So what happens to individuals who use UV treatment for Psoriasis? [Very common and apparently effective]

marisacat - 24 March 2010

well you know the USA!! USA!! is nto into passive therapeutic treatments. Not really, unless it requires a doctor. $$ And hopeflly an incision.

Everybody is supposed to go to some stadium sprts event, partake in a tail gate and feel ‘all better now’.

lucid - 24 March 2010

Yeah – it’s better to get them all on biologics so they develop AIDS [I mean really – you want to take a drug that blocks T cells?] or cancer….

As an aside I have to laugh every time a commercial comes on for biologics for psoriasis & they are required to tell you that the drugs cause cancer and death!

marisacat - 24 March 2010

First do no harm. Etc.

3. ts - 24 March 2010

I think the path of least resistance is to see more and more health plans plugging in annual maximum benefits. Many dental plans have these. This way you can cover anyone but never have to worry about busting your actuary tables.

Of course, if a flying hockey puck nails them in the choppers they’ll wish they’d read page 45 of their member handbook.

marisacat - 24 March 2010

I agree they have lots of creative ways to get around full coverage. For startes in the bill itself they allowed to charge the elderly 3x premiums… and you just know other things are built in.

I heard one caller to our local talk radio (so tied to the Dem party, as we are a machine town) say a doctor she knew mentioned that the current “penalty” in the bill for denying a doctor ordered procedure is 100.00 a day. Which as she said, will nto discourage the ins cos at all. (if that is accurate)

lucid - 24 March 2010

I just got our renewals as part of a PEO – 14% increase [as opposed to the average in the NY Metro area of 19%]. The only cheaper alternatives are either plans with built in deductibles of $2,000 or more and/or max annual benefits… already happening.

4. wu ming - 24 March 2010

kingfisher feathers used to be inlaid in very expensive premodern chinese jewelry (headdresses, especially), i run across it now and then in antique markets. it’s such a brilliant sort of blue, took me forever to figure out what the substance was at first, i had assumed it was some kind of jewel. the social behavior is fascinating as well.

wu ming - 24 March 2010
marisacat - 24 March 2010

sorrry! this fell into spam file, rescued now…


Madman in the Marketplace - 24 March 2010

wow, beautiful

marisacat - 24 March 2010

I really love that use of them, in jewelry and headress… Very beautiful color…

I was orginally told that the kingfisher only had a few feathers of that color, at his or her throat, but actually it is a bit more than that…

5. mattes - 24 March 2010


Love Israeli papers, checkout the headlines.

Two meetings, but no agreement between Obama and Netanyahu
Israeli and American leaders could not even agree on a joint statement after their White House talks.


marisacat - 24 March 2010

Persoanlly I think this is all cover for whatever they are really discussing. Iran most likely. Or the retaliation for even discussion of 3rd Intifada (which I am reading about) on the part of the Palestinians.

NEITHER side gives a flying hoo hoo about settlemts… and both know they will go on.

mattes - 24 March 2010

Debkafile said that the bunker buster bombs that were headed to Israel were diverted to Diego Garcia. Bibi can’t be too happy about that.

marisacat - 24 March 2010

well the idea they are going to DG is to prep the area for Iran War.

Who knows. I am sure we give the Israelis whatever they want.

catnip - 24 March 2010

You’re right.

For his part, Mr Netanyahu appeared to be attempting to drive a wedge between Congress and the White House. He delivered an uncompromising speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, declaring that Jerusalem was not a settlement, and then went to Capitol Hill to try to shift the focus on to the Iranian threat.

catnip - 24 March 2010

Hilarious. Israel announced 100 more units in E Jerusalem after Obama met with Netanyahu.

Israel ‘spits in Obama’s eye’ by announcing new settlements in east Jerusalem

catnip - 24 March 2010

The meeting at the White House was the iciest between an American president and an Israeli premier in recent years. Mr Netanyahu was treated to a series of small but calculated diplomatic slights that left him in no doubt of the White House’s displeasure.

There were no photographs before or after the meeting, no questions from reporters and no press briefing or “readout” afterwards.

The only thing missing was a sternly-worded letter.

Spin it, Rob!

The “honest and straightforward discussion” ended with areas of “disagreement”, according to Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, who added that US officials were seeking “clarification” of Israel’s plan for a further expansion of Jewish housing..

I got your “clarification” right here, replied Bibi.

mattes - 24 March 2010

Obama is not Bush, and is not Clinton.

Times have changed.

Asia Times:


6. lucid - 24 March 2010

As pointed out by Ioz, good lord! That’s exactly what we don’t need.

catnip - 24 March 2010

‘radical center’ is an oxymoron.

marisacat - 24 March 2010

I read somehwere the other day…that someone (don’t you love my precision) refers to themselves as “radical traditionalist”

Wish I could remember who it was.

7. diane - 24 March 2010


Quite the slobberfest on Huffpo (would that be a Huff to the po?) on our new ‘Reform.’ CHANGE, it’s good, …. ALWAYS. So remember ya’ll, when you discover ya got cancer and ya can’t afford the treatment:… it’s all good ……..

And yeah marisa, I do remember when she was equally intellectually vociferent (i.e. vociferous) for her hideous hubby, on the far right republican side, when he was doing battle with the equally hideous, Dianne Feinstein Blum for the crown

8. diane - 24 March 2010

Oh..and time out for that Highly Relevant HUFFPO headline about who has the finest boobs and skin in town Jolie hands down, as the Ambassador of the Po……..

ooooh and that vial of blood she sucked, on her neck……………….


9. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 March 2010
diane - 24 March 2010

just wow, no firing?:

A first-instance harassment warning has been issued to a 25-year-old male.”

how many “instances” does is he allowed to traumatize his preferred victims?


Madman in the Marketplace - 24 March 2010

amazing, ain’t it?

diane - 24 March 2010

I’d like to say yes hon


diane - 24 March 2010

and I would think that would be a life long trauma for her. I know it would for me, living in this “Morally Upright, Free and Privacy Protecting” country that we live in.

oh wait …Lord Obama, …scanners

catnip - 24 March 2010

Oh, but hey. You have absolutely nothing to fear about the use of those scanners. Nope. Nothing. Nada.

ts - 24 March 2010

The interesting thing is that you can’t scan people under 18, because that would violate child porn laws.

catnip - 24 March 2010

That says it all, doesn’t it? After they’ve been ‘reassuring’ the public that the images are never stored etc….

10. catnip - 24 March 2010

One of these days I’m going to figure out how to use Twitter. I can’t even find the instructions on their site. D’oh is me.

catnip - 24 March 2010
catnip - 24 March 2010
lucid - 24 March 2010

Oh FFS! Why does the 99% NOT see with crystal clarity that we live in a god damned police state.

marisacat - 24 March 2010


marisacat - 25 March 2010

speaking of police state… the news is nothing but irritation. martha raddatz on ABC acting like [anti] depressants prescribed in theatre to us mil is Some Big Fucking News.

I am sure she knows it is not.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 March 2010

Pope Implicated In Cover-Up Of Wisconsin Sex Abuse Case

As a cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials did not punish or even hold a trial within the Catholic church for a Wisconsin priest who may have molested as many as 200 deaf boys, according to The New York Times.

The Times reports that despite warnings from “several” bishops to then-Cardinal Ratzinger about Father Lawrence Murphy, a priest at the St. John’s School For The Deaf in St. Francis, WI, the Vatican chose not to act and ultimately allowed Murphy to go unpunished before his death in 1998.

marisacat - 24 March 2010

Now a School for the Deaf… what is next a Hospital for the Incurables? For the Insane?

12. marisacat - 25 March 2010



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