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Still in the news, still god’s awful emissary… 25 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in Abortion Rights, Italy, Sex / Reproductive Health, Viva La Revolucion!.

If it is not the Dutch, then it is the Irish…. if not the Irish then it is the South Germans – in the old stomping grounds.  If not Germany, then Florence and Roma.  If not in the parishes then in the choirs… if not in the choirs…  then among the deaf children of Wisconsin.

Is there no gay beach resort Benny and Ganswein can retire to?  Gay mountain resort?

Gather up the lacey underskirts, the jewels, the custom made Versace clothing (Ganswein, overseen personally by Donatella)… the nifty red slip ons… the bon mots from Bono.. and, you know, get the hell out of [un]Holy Dodge.

One would think.  How hard can it be?  No one is asking the High Holy Boyos to take a vow of [gasp choke] poverty……….


1. mattes - 25 March 2010


Treasury prices fell hard after a poor five-year auction that escalated concerns about the government’s ability to sell its massive amounts of debt.

Worries about supply picked up this week after the government’s $44 billion two-year auction on Tuesday attracted less demand than anticipated. The five year sale was messier, sending Treasury prices tumbling. Demand at the auctions may have been impacted by less buying from Japan as its fiscal year-end approaches. Nonetheless, the poor results put investors on edge given the huge amounts of debt the government is likely to continue to issue to fund its budget deficit.


ts - 25 March 2010

The Fed will always be there to monetize our debt, as will the Chinese, Japanese, ad infinitum. Indeed, the Fed has been stepping in (via Goldman, JP Morgan and very many banking clients which have excess reserves but nowhere to lend them) for quite some time now. I think when we get a poor auction its that as mentioned in the article, someone doesn’t step up to the plate we expected, but any worry about funding us ain’t gonna happen in the short term.

The only way we’ll have a problem is if literally the entire financial system collapses, but I don’t see that happening. Instead, the worse things get, the more demand for US debt securities. Flight to quality, don’t you know. Some of the problem may actually be from people getting confident and moving out of US debt.

2. CSTAR - 25 March 2010

I say make the Vatican the Mecca (!) of legalized prostitution, with tax proceeds to help out the PIIGS!

3. catnip - 25 March 2010

U.S. to press for Canada to keep troops in Afghanistan

The U.S. government will ask Canada to keep as many as 500 to 600 troops in Afghanistan after this country’s military deployment in Kandahar ends in 2011.

Sources inside and outside the government say the formal request is expected toward the end of this year through NATO. The troops would act as military trainers and would most likely be located in Kabul. The deployment would not involve putting Canadian troops in harm’s way, but could nonetheless set off a rancorous national debate among Canadians and especially within the Liberal Party.

If Obama wants extra troops, he can send more of yours, TYVM.

4. mattes - 25 March 2010

Why is this not treason? Imagine what Washington, Madison or Jefferson would say.

Nearly 300 Congress members declare commitment to ‘unbreakable’ U.S.-Israel bond


5. NYCO - 25 March 2010

It seems to me that any glee over the demise of the RC Church might be unwarranted, since it’s so obvious that “higher education” has taken the place of the Church in modern society when it comes to keeping people locked down into punitive, impoverishing practices for fear of burning in hell fire. In medieval times, you had to go to church or else lose your immortal soul; in the 21st century, you have to go to college or else lose your mortal earning power. So the churchly spirit is still present and very much reigning over our society – it’s simply shifted to a new field (education, and the institutional complex that serves it). All this stuff about abuse in the church and bishops resigning and the Pope being implicated is just part of the final coff coff, hack hack of the old institutional method of control. The new institutional method of control is still alive and well.

To be unschooled in the 21st century is the 14th century equivalent of being unchurched. The mandatory, lifelong collection plate is still being thrust under our noses.

(yeah, I’ve been reading Ivan Illich lately…)

marisacat - 25 March 2010

it’s so obvious that “higher education” has taken the place of the Church in modern society when it comes to keeping people locked down into punitive, impoverishing practices for fear of burning in hell fire.

One thing I am sick to death of in America, and with BOTH parties, is that everything turns into quasi religion. ABSOLUTELY, “education” as prattled by the prelates of education and the Dmocratic party and its ingrates has become a punitive religion.

I don’t see any coming demise for the Catholic Church.

brinn - 25 March 2010

I loves me some Ivan Illich!! He is/was/will be so right about SCHOOLING — fuck that, I tell my kids, get an education, school has nothing to do with it!! Heh — I start my student teaching at charter school in 10 days….

ms_xeno - 25 March 2010

As I putter about the warehouse daily this week, sorting expensive crap and sweeping floors, it occurs to me that someday I’ll look back on these years and tell Da Youth, “Yep, in my day, you didn’t need to spend a fuckload of money to get a degree just to qualify for this stoopid job. You COULD get a degree and end up here, but the degree wasn’t MANDATORY.”

“Higher education” was something I was raised to regard as a hallmark of civilization, and maybe once it was. Now it’s just one more noose tightened about the necks of the unsuspecting by a bunch of smug profiteers.

brinn - 26 March 2010

I hear THAT, Ms. X!!

It is a HUGE racket to be sure!

6. catnip - 25 March 2010

Just heard on canuck news here that an article in the vatican paper this evening says there wasn’t a coverup in the WI abuse case and that the pope is the victim of a “smear campaign”.

WI victims are in Rome protesting.

catnip - 25 March 2010
catnip - 25 March 2010

I see wingnut Randall Terry wasn’t arrested in Rome for his protest demanding that Pelosi be excommunicated.

ms_xeno - 25 March 2010

Is it wrong that I want to see Terry and Pelosi in some kind of cartoon cage match? 😮

7. ts - 25 March 2010

The NY Times has the latest scare piece up on Social Security.


Apart from being woefully uninformed, Social Security, as a pay-as-you-go system CANNOT GO FUCKING INSOLVENT YOU IDIOT! When the fund runs out, the benefits are adjusted down to what can be covered by money coming in. That is about 70% +/- of what benefits are expected to be three decades from now.

I seriously want to slap people who say Social Security will disappear. It will only disappear if someone repeals it. Until then, it will be an increasingly woefully inadequate safety net for old people, which thirty years from now will get cut further because that is the way it works. Also, by 2060 when the boomer echo is contributing and the busters are taking, there will be a surplus again. Put that in your pipe and shove it up your ass, Mary Williams Fuckbrain.

marisacat - 25 March 2010

All the morning news programs carried the latest steno work too. Basically ti clearly announces that the Obsters have turned their beady little nocturnal eyes to Soc Sec.

Good luck is all i can say…

ts - 25 March 2010

Pardon the cursing. You can edit if you like. The health care bill and then this just put me over the limit…

marisacat - 25 March 2010

oh its fine… I curse a lot.

And as inevitable as the mess is (insrance ”reform” giveaway), it still upsets me…

They’ve stolen so much from SS, is a good part of the problem…

Madman in the Marketplace - 25 March 2010

when I was in college, early ’80s, all the eager little Reaganites were always warning everyone that SS would be gone by 2000.

ms_xeno - 25 March 2010

I’m looking forward to seeing some of my former favorite progressive haunts contort themselves into fun new shapes as they once again justify Obama doing what they berated Bush for even talking about in the abstract.

I keep hoping Biden will shoot a friend in the face on a hunting trip, just so I can watch the Progs justify that as well. There’s clearly no limit to what shit they will eat when it’s ladled out by their team, so why not?

marisacat - 26 March 2010

you know what surprises me, the tack taken by Owen Paine over at SMBIVA. Very odd. His scrabbly bits of “hope”, a banner carried thru several threads now about the ins co giveaway, is the reiteration of the exact talking points the Dems are dishing out. Right down to invoking the 1957 Civil Rights Act under Eisenhower.

ms_xeno - 26 March 2010

Personally, I think it’s just a pose to feed the flames. I can’t imagine that any regular over there sincerely believes that stuff.

8. marisacat - 25 March 2010

I see the children are playing… and running to the blast emails for fundraising letters, no doubt.

44: Eric Cantor accuses Democrats of ‘fanning flames’ on member threats

Washington Post – Ben Pershing – ‎58 minutes ago‎
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) angrily lashed out at Democratic leaders for their handling of reported threats against members of Congress Thursday, accusing them of “dangerously fanning the flames” by blaming the GOP and …

Video: House Leader Condemns Threats Against Members The Associated Press

Cantor Says Campaign Office Was Shot At, Accuses Dems of Exploiting Threats FOXNews

New York Times – CNN – USA Today – CBS News
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NYCO - 25 March 2010

well, at least they acknowledge that there ARE flames out there…

marisacat - 25 March 2010

They’ll use it but they won’t acknowlege the actual issues. Or the people. Either party.

We are so stuck in concrete.

9. catnip - 25 March 2010
10. marisacat - 25 March 2010

Tapper V Gibbs… with Chuck Todd, Chip Reid and Major Garrett chiming in.

catnip - 25 March 2010


You go guys.

11. diane - 25 March 2010

yeah NYCO, that “Race to the TOP” ‘education’ (can’t come up with a word appropriate to my gut instinct, to end the sentence, particularly since the language we were taught in this country has been misappropriated, other than EVIL)

Race to the top of what? in a land where we drone human beings thousands of miles away from a state well known for it’s own ‘corruption’

12. marisacat - 25 March 2010

It can always get worse…. the cia agents in Afghanistan had a celebratory birthday cake waiting for the bomber/new recruit.

As I listen to Margaret Warner detail our “secret” war in Yemen on AQAP.

Glory to god in the highest.

diane - 25 March 2010

why yes, you’re right,…yes it can

Give us each day, our daily bread …

and likely will


13. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 March 2010

Have a Nice World War, Folks

Here is news of the Third World War. The United States has invaded Africa. US troops have entered Somalia, extending their war front from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen and, now, the Horn of Africa. In preparation for an attack on Iran, American missiles have been placed in four Persian Gulf states, and “bunker-buster” bombs are said to be arriving at the US base on the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

In Gaza, the sick and abandoned population, mostly children, is being entombed behind underground American-supplied walls in order to reinforce a criminal siege. In Latin America, the Obama administration has secured seven bases in Colombia, from which to wage a war of attrition against the popular democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Meanwhile, the Secretary of “Defense” Robert Gates complains that “the general [European] public and the political class” are so opposed to war they are an “impediment” to peace. Remember this is the month of the March hare.

According to an American general, the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is not so much a real war as a “war of perception.” Thus, the recent “liberation of the city of Marja” from the Taliban’s “command and control structure” was pure Hollywood. Marja is not a city; there was no Taliban command and control. The heroic liberators killed the usual civilians, poorest of the poor. Otherwise, it was fake.


Western war states such as the US and Britain are not threatened by the Taliban or any other introverted tribesmen in faraway places, but by the antiwar instincts of their own citizens. Consider the draconian sentences handed down in London to scores of young people who protested Israel’s assault on Gaza in January last year. Following demonstrations in which paramilitary police “kettled” (corralled) thousands, first-offenders have received two and a half years in prison for minor offences that would not normally carry custodial sentences. On both sides of the Atlantic, serious dissent exposing illegal war has become a serious crime.

marisacat - 25 March 2010

Western war states such as the US and Britain are not threatened by the Taliban or any other introverted tribesmen in faraway places, but by the antiwar instincts of their own citizens.

yes the real enemy, world wide, si anti government movements.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 March 2010
marisacat - 25 March 2010

oh god… wienies in lock down.

15. diane - 25 March 2010

Have a Nice World War, Folks

Wow, so much to quote from in that piece:

This is Americanism, the only predatory ideology to deny that it is an ideology. The rise of tentacular corporations that are dictatorships in their own right and of a military that is now a state with the state, set behind the façade of the best democracy 35,000 Washington lobbyists can buy, and a popular culture programmed to divert and stultify, is without precedent. More nuanced perhaps, but the results are both unambiguous and familiar. Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck, the senior United Nations officials in Iraq during the American and British-led blockade, are in no doubt they witnessed genocide. They saw no gas chambers. Insidious, undeclared, even presented wittily as enlightenment on the march, the Third World War and its genocide proceeded, human being by human being.

16. mattes - 25 March 2010

Palestinians think Obama is serious. He wants regime change in Israel.

Palestinians: Obama wants Israel to hand over Abu-Dis to PA

US demands that Israel hand over area adjacent to Jerusalem to exclusive PA control, Palestinian sources say, adding that Americans want Palestinian state to be established within next two years
Other demands made by the US include the release of about 2,000 prisoners by Israel, as well as significant gestures pertaining to daily life in the West Bank, the Palestinians said.

“The most significant demand is to restore the situation to what it was on the eve of the Intifada,” one source said.

Peace talks with Syria?
The Palestinians added that President Obama also demanded that Netanyahu renew peace talks with Syria, as part of an effort to promote a comprehensive regional move that would assist in neutralizing Iran and forming a broad Arab anti-Iranian coalition.

PA officials estimate that the US has decided to present Netanyahu with the equation mentioned at the beginning of President Obama’s term in office – Bushehr for Yitzhar”, implying that Israel’s cooperation in the West Bank is required in order to ensure American support against Iran. However, the Palestinians said that the US is not only setting its sights on isolated settlements such as Yitzhar, but also wishes to see a construction freeze in areas annexed to Israel.
“For the first time, we’re hearing a clear timetable from the Americans,” a Palestinian official said. “They wish to limit the negotiations to two years, which are supposed to conclude with the establishment of a Palestinian state in line with the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.”

“The Americans started to understand what we’ve been saying for a while now – that there is one side which isn’t a partner, and that’s the Israeli side,” he said.

For the time being, Israeli officials have refused to comply with the abovementioned demand.

Livni pressed
The Palestinians also said that members of Israel’s political opposition have been signaling the possibility of an upcoming change in government. In a recent meeting between Knesset Member Haim Ramon and senior Fatah figure Mohammad Dahlan, the MK said that Netanyahu’s situation is grave and that diplomatic and political developments may prompt a change of government in Israel, the Palestinians said.

Ynet also learned that US Administration officials have been exerting pressure on Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who recently visited Washington, asking her to consider the possibility of joining the government should the opportunity arise in light of recent developments.

Attila Somfalvi contributed to the story


marisacat - 25 March 2010

I can’t believe that Palestinians of all people (well, other than the collaborationist “leaders”) thinks Tzipi Livni will be any different.

Settlements will go on and on, and anyway I don’t think that is the real issue. Any more than ABC BBC NPR are REALLY upset at the endless diddling the little ones by the priests, etc.

Both are cover stories for soemthing else.

There is some talk around the the US may want some cover concession made to the Pals, in exchange for Iran War negotiations.

Whatever the deal is, it will be as little as possible for the Pals and as much for war as possible.

Just my opinion.

mattes - 26 March 2010

I hope not. At some point the pendulum needs to swing in our favor.

marisacat - 26 March 2010

The israelis iwll never never abandon their ideology of constant war. IIRC dox have surfaced from as far back as the 50s when their leaders devised it… Seems to me several of them openly admitted to it, as they became old men…

And let’s not forget, none other than Edward Said’s wife (widow) is quickly revising his beliefs to more closely dovetail with the Israelis. Unfuckingbelievable!

I think the Palestinians have the only answer, one state, birth rate…. and, however long a war of subversion and stealth it takes. IMO if that is not a just war nothing is.

mattes - 26 March 2010

Did not know about Said’s wife. That’s why it’s so important to collect history books.

When I was in books pre-1948 maps were very collectible, for obvious reasons.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 March 2010

Shorter Health Care Debate

Democrats: “We need health care reform”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! Americans are tired of partisan politics!”
Democrats: “OK, let’s compromise”
Republicans: “OK, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done”
Republicans: “Too liberal, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done”
Republicans: “Too liberal, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done”
Republicans: “Too liberal, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done”
Republicans: “Too liberal, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done. Time to end debate”
Republicans: “Too liberal, we need more debate, we will filibuster to prevent you from voting”
Democrats: “OK, we’ll vote–sorry guys, debate is ended. It’s time to vote on the bill”
Republicans: “Too liberal, we vote no”
Democrats: “OK, it passed anyway–sorry guys.”

One month later

Republicans: “Wait–wait, OK, we have less of a minority now so we can filibuster forever.”
Democrats: “Sorry, the bill already passed, we need it to pass the House now”
Republicans: “But we have enough to filibuster”
Democrats: “Sorry, the bill already passed, we need it to pass the House now”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! You haven’t listened to our ideas! You’ve shut us out of this whole process!”
Democrats: “Sorry, show us your proposal”
Republicans: “Smaller government”
Democrats: “That’s not very specific”
Republicans: “OK, here’s our detailed proposal–It’s our common-sense ideas we spent 12 years not enacting”
Democrats: “OK, we’ll add a bunch more of your ideas”

and so on …

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 March 2010

a sign of how seriously fucked up “debate” is in this country … someone describes Prof. Elizabeth Warren as a “loose cannon”.

19. catnip - 25 March 2010
20. catnip - 25 March 2010


NPR Changes Abortion Language

On the air, we should use “abortion rights supporter(s)/advocate(s)” and “abortion rights opponent(s)” or derivations thereof (for example: “advocates of abortion rights”). It is acceptable to use the phrase “anti-abortion”, but do not use the term “pro-abortion rights”.

I don’t get that.

Do not use “pro-life” and “pro-choice” in copy except when used in the name of a group.

21. marisacat - 26 March 2010



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