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Ah yes, let’s… 26 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.

An Israeli police officer fires a tear gas canister towards Palestinian stone-throwers during clashes in the Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem

An Israeli police officer fires a tear gas canister towards Palestinian stone-throwers during clashes in the Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem [REUTERS]

…let’s photograph the tear gas canister on the ground, and NOT the aerial bombardment with US supplied weapons.



1. catnip - 26 March 2010
brinn - 26 March 2010

Color me *shocked* — not really….

How’s you catnip?

catnip - 26 March 2010

Other than having a sore throat from hell and a fever, I’m ducky! You?

marisacat - 26 March 2010

ugh I hate salt water gargles… but sad to say they help.

catnip - 26 March 2010

That’s next on my list. I have some “throat formula” herbal tea that helps too. It’s probably just the beginning of a cold so, if it is, it should be gone tomorrow and then my head will be stuffed up. Yay. 🙂

diane - 26 March 2010


brinn - 27 March 2010

Oh, not bad — trying to figure out how I’m going to cram and extra 20-30 hours into my weeks, as my student teaching assignment came through (starts the 5th) …I can’t sleep too much less, so it’s gonna be a crazed next coupla months! But I’m excited and doing well! Boy the larger has been walking around the house without his brace — he even walked all the way out to the car on Friday before he realized he didn’t have it on (he still need to wear it to school) — so far so great with the leg!

Thanks for asking and I hope your fever breaks and your throat feels better SOONEST! **hugs**

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 March 2010

hey, congrats on the assignment!

brinn - 27 March 2010

Thanks, friend! For someone who has neither the time nor the money — I’m moving right along with getting certified! (may be certifiable at the end of it all as well!)

It’s at a charter school that is right across the street, so I really couldn’t be happier! I will keep you informed!

NYCO - 27 March 2010

Ooh, I’ll bet JPMC isn’t going to like seeing their names slapped up there with failures like Lehman and UBS. That’s probably the only thing that’s going to upset them.

brinn - 27 March 2010

Ah, hell, the just cut my credit line and jacked my interest rate…again! I think they’ll be ok! 8)

marisacat - 27 March 2010

I was angry with myself that I let several bank cards lapse… a few years ago. Esp when either Safeway or BofA hiccuped and had a snafu with my debit card (I told myself, I could have put it on a card rather than talk to Safeway talk to Bank and reorder the following day, what a pain!). But then, or so I read, if you make an ”unusual” charge unlike your earlier history, like start paying for groceries withi your credit card, they now take note, you get flagged and they start to consider you a possible problems.

Geesh too much stress to live according to THEIR views.

Between new requirements to use a card to the tune of 2500.00 a year… agree to this agree to that.. fees for low or no usage, fees for thsi or that, 20 – 30% interest…. what a nightmare!

brinn - 27 March 2010

Yes, nightmare describes it exactly! And thanks to the credit card “reform” I now get inane things on my statements like the following (no, I am not kidding!):

” If you pay the minimum payment, and make no new transactions on your card, we estimate that it will take you 2258 years to pay off your current balance.”

I shit you not! After falling down by the mailbox laughing, I thought, “hey maybe Christ will have returned by then too! Why bother paying you anything?!”

Humans. What a stupid species we are!!
….but ’tis to laugh and keep on! 8)

marisacat - 27 March 2010

”….we estimate that it will take you 2258 years to pay off your current balance.”

send them human dust….

marisacat - 27 March 2010

Or come to think of it, just dust. Dust bunnies.

brinn - 28 March 2010

Hey, they say about 85% of all household dust IS human skin, right….?


2. mattes - 26 March 2010

Predictable Israeli provocation, timely as usual.

3. diane - 26 March 2010

they’z apparently goin’ after bad guys gamin’ Calpers (California Public Employees’ Retirement System):





Haven’t seen DIFI/Blum mentioned as yet …………….

ah well ….. more low hanging fruit, steam venting ………… Martha, Madoff ………… dust specks ……. on an iceberg thang?

marisacat - 26 March 2010

I heard it on local news today. I’ll be shocked if it gets very far… but … you know, rainbows and pots of gold and so on.

NYCO - 27 March 2010

Stuff like this makes me believe more and more that the rush to kick Alan Hevesi (NY’s former comptroller) out of office had more to do with covering the tracks of something bigger than with any righteous desire for removing bad eggs from clean government, which was all the rage in our fair state around early 2007. More has come out about NY pension investment shenanigans, in dribs and drabs, but it’s a lot easier to keep the story under control when you just do a show trial-by-public-opinion.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010

Hi kids!

diane - 26 March 2010

Howdy Doody!


brinn - 27 March 2010

Hi sweetheart! 😉

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010
marisacat - 26 March 2010

Pre Historic Scum Bags!

Becuz now you know, it is all historic.

NYCO - 27 March 2010

Speaking of scumbags, I read this no doubt wholly unironic tweet this morning from a staunch Democratic partisan.

Illuminating, as well as unintentionally hilarious. Could one sum up the situation any better?

6. marisacat - 26 March 2010

Tanks have entered Gaza, after the deaths today…

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010

cue the disproportionate slaughter of innocents.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010
8. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010

The Hits Just Keep Coming

03.23.10 – Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights calls on the Food and Drug Administration to finally follow a federal court’s order and make the morning-after pill available without a prescription to all ages. One year ago today, a New York federal court found that the FDA’s previous decisions around over-the-counter access to emergency contraception were based in politics and ideology, not science. The court ordered the agency to go back and consider making the drug available to all ages. However, to date no progress has been made on that front.

“This past weekend, the White House turned its back on women, sanctioning a cruel and unjust federal policy that denies poor women across the country access to medically necessary abortions. Given the ground that women lost in the healthcare debate over access to abortion, it is now even more important that the administration step up its efforts to increase access to contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies,” said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The Obama Administration made a promise to restore scientific integrity to federal agencies. The FDA’s continued inaction on decisions that were clearly made with a political agenda in mind are simply unacceptable.”

Barry also likes to snuggle up with religious nuts, and religious nuts hate women controlling their own bodies.

marisacat - 26 March 2010

IMO Barry is a religious nut. A confused one. Hooked on the immediate and unwarranted authority creeps and idiots get from religion.. and spewing the spew.

😈 How’s that vote working out.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010

i very much agree.

ms_xeno - 26 March 2010

Marcotte is still peddling her sorry-ass patronizing whinge about “changing hearts and minds.”

IOW, “I got my book deal so fuck all you stupid loser sheep.”

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010

Awesome Saudi Poet Lambastes Clerics On State-Run TV

Hissa Hilal, a Saudi housewife and a contestant in an American-Idol-style poetry competition, read an incendiary 15-verse poem that criticized clerics who issue ever-more-restrictive fatwas, and referred to clerics as monsters “wearing death as a robe, cinched with a belt.”

Yes, that was a reference to suicide bombers, in case you were wondering.

And for Hilal’s efforts, the judges scored her 47/50, and she progressed to the finals. She’s guaranteed a prize of at least $270,000.

Of course, there have been death threats. But, Hissa told the Abu Dhabi paper The National, “Like anyone who receives a threat to scare him or her, I take it seriously, but only slightly.”

marisacat - 26 March 2010

That is fascinating…

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010

I was very struck by it. Her tone of voice, posture, the looks on the judges faces …

wu ming - 27 March 2010

full translation, from here:

“I have seen evil from the eyes of the subversive fatwas in a time when what is lawful is confused with what is not lawful;

“When I unveil the truth, a monster appears from his hiding place; barbaric in thinking and action, angry and blind; wearing death as a dress and covering it with a belt [referring to suicide bombing];

“He speaks from an official, powerful platform, terrorising people and preying on everyone seeking peace; the voice of courage ran away and the truth is cornered and silent, when self-interest prevented one from speaking the truth.”

one thing about good poetry, it isn’t limited to the context in which it was written. this could be about so many monsters.

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 March 2010

thanks so much for that link.

brinn - 27 March 2010

just wow.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010
ms_xeno - 26 March 2010

Kaiser gives me weekly robo-calls to remind me that I’m due for my check-up. Too bad there’s no fucking money for a check-up.

It’s their conscience that’s been in a coma for a very long time.

marisacat - 26 March 2010

I noticed that one of the big ghospital operations that Ob has slobbered all over, announced a couple of weeks ago they would nto accept new Medic-Aid patients.

The big hosptials come out big winners in this… and they are going to tailor what is avaialble.. and who will be seen.

NYT had an article tday about how older drs are selling practices and joining hospitals and young docs (they claimed it is due to high indebtedness due to loans) will nto be starting practices but joining hosp staff.

But it is NOT new. Been going on for years… and drs well in at certain hsoptials will be cleaning up.


Gotta love how Ob has been such a good orderly for the huge fuking bureacracy that is growing by the minute.

I hear the IRS is hiring (or expects to)… 😆 for the department that will monitor the mandate.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 March 2010

Mission Accomplished

and et cetera

catnip - 27 March 2010

The new health care reform bill bans retroactive decisions by insurers in policies sold to individuals, except in cases of fraud. However, as it stands the ban would not apply to group policies, such as the one held by the Galeotti family, which cover some 150 million Americans.

First the revelation that kids with pre-existing conditions won’t actually be covered unless new regulations are made and now this.

Oh, and…

The health care overhaul will cost U.S. companies billions and make them more likely to drop prescription drug coverage for retirees because of a change in how the government subsidizes those benefits.

In the first two days after the law was signed, three major companies — Deere & Co., Caterpillar Inc. and Valero Energy — said they expect to take a total hit of $265 million to account for smaller tax deductions in the future.

With more than 3,500 companies now getting the tax break as an incentive to keep providing coverage, others are almost certain to announce similar cost increases in the weeks ahead as they sort out the impact of the change.

Figuring out what it will mean for retirees will take longer, but analysts said as many as 2 million could lose the prescription drug coverage provided by their former employers, leaving them to enroll in Medicare’s program.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs defended the tax law change Thursday, saying the original provision allowing companies to deduct the federal subsidies from their taxable income was a “loophole” that will be closed by the health care overhaul.

Ummm…I thought they just passed the “overhaul”.

marisacat - 27 March 2010

via Mike Allen Politico Playbook email:

WSJ A1, ‘AT&T Sees $1 Billion Charge Tied to Health’:

‘AT&T Inc. said it would take a $1 billion charge against earnings tied to the federal health-care overhaul, joining a number of other companies in reporting an impact from the bill signed into law this week. The charges relate to prescription-drug benefits for retirees. Companies that provide this benefit, as AT&T does, receive a federal subsidy, plus they can deduct the value of this subsidy from their taxes. The health overhaul cancels the deductibility of the subsidy. It’s for that reason that companies are taking a charge against earnings. … Deere &Co., Caterpillar Inc. and AK Steel Holding Corp. said they were taking such charges. AT&T’s is much larger than the others’ because it has far more current and future retirees, and a large number of them are unionized, with guaranteed benefits.’

Who knows where it all lands. Since they have this strung out for 8 years – a few thngs as far as 2020…. Not like Medicare when 40 million old people received their card and thus full eligibility in under a year.


‘The health care overhaul will cost U.S. companies billions and make them more likely to drop prescription drug coverage for retirees because of a change in how the government subsidizes those benefits. … 3M Co. … said Friday it expects to take a one-time noncash charge of $85 million to $90 million due to changes in tax deductions relating to the newly enacted health care law.’

11. catnip - 26 March 2010

You know that wingnut sign that says “Morans”?

Joe Biden is on big f****k fire
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12. catnip - 27 March 2010
13. marisacat - 27 March 2010

hmm Meet the Press looks especialy scary……………

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); roundtable with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham, Republican strategist Mike Murphy and Democratic strategist Bob Shrum

ABC’s ‘This Week’: White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett; RGA Chairman Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) and Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA); roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman (guest host: Jake Tapper)

CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN); DNC Chairman Tim Kaine

Fox’s ‘Fox News Sunday’: Florida GOP Senate Debate with Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) and former Speaker Marco Rubio (R-FL); roundtable with Fox’s Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s ‘State of the Union’: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

C-SPAN: ‘Newsmakers’ (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, questioned by the New Orleans Times Picayune’s Jonathan Tilove and Congress Daily’s Chris Strohm … ‘The Communicators’ (6:30pm ET Saturday): FCC Broadband Initiative Executive Director Blair Levin, questioned by Telecommunications Reports’ Lynn Stanton … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin (pre-empted last week for House floor votes)

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 March 2010
marisacat - 27 March 2010

Just getting to Taibbi… luv how he scewers NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan………… this comes after he asserts he must be wearing some pretty roomy “man robes” accommodating a apir of balls the size of Jupiter. LOL All the better for the mutual god stroking they do! I guess!

Dolan is trying to get us to focus on the 1962 case, but the truth is that as recently as this last decade, the Church’s doctrinal office elected to proceed with church trials for less than 10% of the 3000 cases of abuse reported to them between the years of 2000 and 2010. …

ABC carried tape of not a protestor but just a visitor to Rome, outside the Vatican (yes we can!)… ruminating on how we hear over and over of cases 30, 40, 50 years old… but gee let’s figure out what the priests are doing NOW,… since there is no evidence anything has ever been done to stop it.

Well… bingo.

marisacat - 27 March 2010

ya know.. FAMILY news papers need to be much more forthcoming … and print sworn testimony of people who were abused. Details.

I think people live in some dream world that it was all soft touching and kissing, little kisses for little boo boos… or some silliness. Not just priest abuse, but abuse of small children in general.

Considering what some abusers of small children are like, how do we know no child ever died? Geesh plenty die out in the RW.. with non frocked abusers.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 March 2010
16. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 March 2010

ObamaCare’s family tree: RomneyCare out of the Heritage Foundation, designed to counter HillaryCare

Now that the health insurance bill has become law, everybody and his brother is coming out of the woodwork to tell us that it is the Heritage Foundation plan developed to counter Hillarycare.

This is not new news. Hugh Hewitt spelled it out in his book about Romney, A Mormon in the White House (Regnery, 2007). In “The curious triumph of RomneyCare,” Brad DeLong says, “The conservative DNA of ObamaCare is hardly a secret,” and quotes David Frum, recently of the American Enterprise Institute: “The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to ClintonCare in 1993-1994.”

marisacat - 27 March 2010

“The conservative DNA of ObamaCare is hardly a secret,” and quotes David Frum, recently of the American Enterprise Institute:

snicker snicker.. The progressive triumph.

I read yesterday that when challenged that their plans had mandates during Hillary Care.. Grassley sputtered that they were formulated using anything to counter her. Thus they tossed in mandated coverage.

snicker. pols: all the same. Obama… Reagan or Romney. One or the other.


17. marisacat - 27 March 2010

NOW it turns out the priest abuse in Verona,…. was at a school for the deaf.


More to come, no doubt.

18. marisacat - 28 March 2010



……………………… 😯

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