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Context 29 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Spain.

Penitents take part in the procession of La Borriquita'brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba

Hooded penitents take part in hundreds of processions throughout Spain in celebration of Holy week: Penitents take part in the procession of La Borriquita brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba [REUTERS]

I’ve always enjoyed the bizarre and archaic dress of the various Spanish brotherhoods, during Holy Week.

But it sure can look menacing, in a heart beat.  ‘Specially as what can be called secret child sex cabals are in view, again. 

Round and round it goes…



1. catnip - 30 March 2010

I thought that was the KKK.

2. catnip - 30 March 2010

Shorter Bowers: Cave – because it’s just the thing to do in the face of such awesomeness!

marisacat - 30 March 2010

He loves us back!

catnip - 30 March 2010

I followed the link from Bowers to Armando to a dkos diary praising Al Hunt who wrote an article on “the shallowness of the right and left criticism”. lol

Major meta ensued (which had nothing to do with the diary). Various “pragmatists” heads exploded. And I understand they’ve now moved along to another diary to continue the brawl. Good times. Good times.

Oh – and the fact that Obama is pissing off the right and the left is a good thing, apparently. Kind of like if you’re a parent and ALL of your kids hate you. You must be doing something right!

brinn - 30 March 2010

LOL, catnip! Classic! 8)

Are you feeling better?

catnip - 30 March 2010

Yes, thanks. The sore throat didn’t morph into a cold, thankfully.

marisacat - 30 March 2010

Kick the dog! And the cat! Be FAIR!

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010

and pluck the parakeet too, if you have the time.

more pain and unhappiness for EVERYONE = successful politics!

3. marisacat - 30 March 2010

Whoops 😳

u Dhabi Sovereign Wealth Fund Chief Dies in Morocco
Bloomberg – Henry Meyer, Stanley Reed – ‎6 minutes ago‎

March 30 (Bloomberg) — Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, head of one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds and a brother of Abu Dhabi’s ruler, died in an air crash in Morocco.

Body of UAE fund director found after glider crash Washington Post

Body of Abu Dhabi sheikh missing in air crash is found in Moroccan reservoir The Guardian

AFP – TIME – Wall Street Journal – Reuters
all 719 news articles »Email this story

Wrong day to get in a small plane.

brinn - 30 March 2010

When is the right day, again?

marisacat - 30 March 2010

hahahah… the day it does not go down!

Tho small plane death is one of our specialities!

Always on the menu!

brinn - 30 March 2010


How are things with you Ms. M? I am always relieved to come here and find some modicum of sanity…I fear that it may be few moments and far between until summer-ish!

But I can always count on ya’ll!:)

4. diane - 30 March 2010

Ewww, on so many levels

From a lackey? at the Golden Shower(s) of Stars, NBC:

Aside from Jimmy and The Roots, there’s nobody better at Slow Jammin’ the News than our friend and colleague, Brian Williams. Last time he stopped by, he brought us the smooth and sexy news about Obama’s proposed 2011 budget. This time, it’s all about the Health Care bill, baby.

“jammin(g), I guess, the keyword

hat tip to Raw Story

diane - 30 March 2010

kinda reminds me of the commercials, on the teeny eeny weeny amount of ‘Black’ radio networks (allowed) across the nation

pretty fucking nasty and ghastly …………….

diane - 30 March 2010

and it seems, that minuscule half handful (likely less), ownership of ‘Black’ radio stations, has an enormous frequency power.

While the 89 earthquake happened, the AM network, was the only one I could pick up, which might actually be really wonderful if it weren’t for the apparent money that likely pays the bill with extremely insulting, profoundly disturbing, commercials.

diane - 30 March 2010


mustn’t let


let us not
the best scapegoat?

the games

diane - 30 March 2010

dearest elis,

and yeah, those fuckin “gorillas” who bear no semblence to the original:

É pau, é pedra, é o fim do caminho
é um resto de toco, é um pouco sozinho
é um caco de vidro, é a vida, é o sol
é a noite, é a morte, é um laco, é o anzol
é peroba do campo, é o nó da madeira
cainga, candeia, é o Matita Pereira
É madeira de vento, tombo da ribanceira
é o mistério profundo
é o queira ou nao queira
é o vento ventando, é o fim da ladeira
é a viga, é o vao, festa da cumeeira
é a chuva chovendo, é conversa ribeira
das aguas de marco, é o fim da canseira
é o pé, é o chao, é a marcha estradeira
passarinho na mao, pedra de atiradeira

Uma ave no céu, uma ave no chao
é um regato, é uma fonte
é um pedaco de pao
é o fundo do poco, é o fim do caminho
no rosto o desgosto, é um pouco sozinho

É um estrepe, é um prego
é uma ponta, é um ponto
é um pingo pingando
é uma conta, é um conto
é um peixe, é um gesto
é uma prata brilhando
é a luz da manha, é o tijolo chegando
é a lenha, é o dia, é o fim da picada
é a garrafa de cana, o estilhaco na estrada
é o projeto da casa, é o corpo na cama
é o carro enguicado, é a lama, é a lama
é um passo, é uma ponte
é um sapo, é uma ra
é um resto de mato, na luz da manha
sao as aguas de marco fechando o verao
é a promessa de vida no teu coracao

É pau, é pedra, é o fim do caminho
é um resto de toco, é um pouco sozinho
é uma cobra, é um pau, é Joao, é José
é um espinho na mao, é um corte no pé
sao as aguas de marco fechando o verao
é a promessa de vida no teu coracao

É pau, é pedra, é o fim do caminho
é um resto de toco, é um pouco sozinho
é um passo, é uma ponte
é um sapo, é uma ra
é um belo horizonte, é uma febre terca
sao as aguas de marco fechando o verao
é a promessa de vida no teu coracao

É pau, é pedra, é o fim do caminho
é um resto de toco, é um pouco sozinho

É pau, é pedra, é o fim do caminho
é um resto de toco, é um pouco sozinho

Pau, pedra, fim do caminho
resto de toco, pouco sozinho

Pau, pedra, fim do caminho,
resto de toco, pouco sozinho.

diane - 30 March 2010

ah semblance

will likely do me in?

what else can one expect, from ‘trash,’ even though the eh is far more common than a short English a, as in in “lance,” in the enunciation of the word.

marisacat - 30 March 2010

well almost all independent radio is gone. If it is not tied to the R/Winger drooler, then, like KGO, it is tied to the Dem party machine… and dedicated to controlling the strays.

Think so called black radio just went in the 40 foot waves.

Hasta la vista. Etc.

5. ts - 30 March 2010

What I find peculiar and a bit troubling is that the paper of record’s definition now leads with “Muslim extremists”. From what I understand, the vast majority of the area is Muslim.

Since it is not clear who is responsible at this point, wouldn’t it be better to leave off the religious word next to the “extremist” word, to avoid any unwarranted association?

diane - 30 March 2010

Well, while I’m not clear on which post you’re responding to (and yes, that could be said about my posts, in abundance), and that’s probably my error, you’ve brought to my mind the following tidbit, when you stated:

a bit troubling is that the paper of record’s definition</i?

Why Is NYT’s Weddings Page So Obsessed with Employment?

to define, to the best of my ability:

The US Newspaper, known to be the Height of Liberalism/Progressiveism (sp?) will drop your parents off of your wedding announcement if they are not ‘well connected’

ts - 30 March 2010

I meant to post the link to the NYT’s coverage of the Russian bombing and blanked…

diane - 30 March 2010

I completely understand, I know exactly what it means to ‘blank’

carry on, by all means

ts - 30 March 2010

I had a very short stint writing business/economics news items for my school paper and the J-school that provided much of the staff was a slave to the AP style guide and what-not. It standardizes the language so that you know what you’re reading about regardless of where the story came from but with loaded political terms such as “disputed territories”, they are…well…loaded political terms that pretty much carry the meaning of what the powerful and litigious want them to mean.

Hence my concern with papers using the stock term “Muslim extremists”. How do you know they were either until someone takes responsibility?

diane - 30 March 2010

good for you taking a stand!

and yeah there are loaded terms all over the place, some out of defensiveness, the worst:

intentional, with forethought.

take care, and the best to you!

6. ts - 30 March 2010

The story

The quote: “The authorities offered no new information on Tuesday on the search for the organizers of the attacks, carried out by two women, but they said they continued to suspect Muslim extremists in the Caucasus region of southern Russia, which includes Chechnya.”

Note how tortured this sentence is: a concise writer could have simply written, “No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Russian authorities suspect extremists in the Chechnyan independence movement.” In this alternative you have a clearly defined suspicion of who and why, rather than an ill defined smear against an entire religion.

Note also that they didn’t even specify RUSSIAN authorities. This omission may not be unintentional.

You will respect authori-tie.

ts - 30 March 2010

I think this is why I just have this vague dread creeping into me over the past several years…The subtext of our discourse has started to creep me out.

Note also the title of the article: “Russia Mourns Attack Victims and Considers Response”.

What response do you need for people who blew themselves up? Gather their body parts together and shoot them? No, this headline implies the proper response is collective punishment against the people who live in the area where the terrorists came from. This is the standard response for powerful countries that experience “terror”. It is always done to maintain “credibility”. Credibility of who to whom is never stated but understood.

Now I know why Chomsky grinds his teeth at night…

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010

Court OKs Repeated Tasering of Pregnant Woman

A federal appeals court says three Seattle police officers did not employ excessive force when they repeatedly tasered a visibly pregnant woman for refusing to sign a speeding ticket.

The lawyer representing Malaika Brooks said Monday that the court’s 2-1 decision sanctioned “pain compliance” tactics through a modern-day version of the cattle prod.

“To inflict pain on a person if that person is not doing what the police want that person to do is simply outrageous,” said Eric Zubel, the woman’s attorney. “I cannot say that loud enough.”

Zubel said he would ask the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear Friday’s 2-1 decision that drew a sharp dissent from Judge Marsha Berzon:

“Refusing to sign a speeding ticket was at the time a nonarrestable misdemeanor; now, in Washington, it is not even that. Brooks had no weapons and had not harmed or threatened to harm a soul,” (.pdf) Berzon wrote. “Although she had told the officers she was seven months pregnant, they proceeded to use a Taser on her, not once but three times, causing her to scream with pain and leaving burn marks and permanent scars.”

The majority noted that the M26 Taser was set in “stun mode” and did not cause as much pain as when set on “dart mode.” The majority noted that the circuit’s recent and leading decision on the issue concerned excessive force in the context of a Taser being set on Dart mode, which causes “neuro-muscular incapacitation.”

Stun mode, the court noted, didn’t rise to the level of excessive force because it imposes “temporary, localized pain only.”

marisacat - 30 March 2010

Refusing to sign a speeding ticket was at the time a nonarrestable misdemeanor; now, in Washington, it is not even that. Brooks had no weapons and had not harmed or threatened to harm a soul,” (.pdf) Berzon wrote. “Although she had told the officers she was seven months pregnant, they proceeded to use a Taser on her, not once but three times, causing her to scream with pain and leaving burn marks and permanent scars.”

Fine upstanding xtian nation. Lan of the free home of the brave. Honestly why get in a tizzy over the elected. Lookat the courts.

But look! Over THERE… CSU at Stanislaus is gonna have Sarah palin speak. For a fee! (been going here for two days)

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010

CSU at Stanislaus is gonna have Sarah palin speak. For a fee!

For a second, I thought that exclamation point was an “L”, which led to the icky thought “feel who?”.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010

oops, forgot to close out the blockquote correctly.


diane - 30 March 2010

too funny, ditto on

“for a feel

versus fee.

diane - 30 March 2010

ya lnow, the CSU State Educational System is so very special, it warms my heart.

no, no really

and why shouldn’t the State demand State Loyalty Oaths in order to get a public education job?


lucid - 31 March 2010

I’m surprised the woman didn’t get charged with foetus endangerment…

marisacat - 31 March 2010

how dare she… bet she has the occasional illegal glass of merlot too. kill her now and take the baby, only solution.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010

I’m not the messiah, says food activist – but his many worshippers do not believe him

The trouble started when Raj Patel appeared on American TV to plug his latest book, an analysis of the financial crisis called The Value of Nothing.

The London-born author, 37, thought his slot on comedy talkshow The Colbert Report went well enough: the host made a few jokes, Patel talked a little about his work and then, job done, he went back to his home in San Francisco.

Shortly afterwards, however, things took a strange turn. Over the course of a couple of days, cryptic messages started filling his inbox.

“I started getting emails saying ‘have you heard of Benjamin Creme?’ and ‘are you the world teacher?'” he said. “Then all of a sudden it wasn’t just random internet folk, but also friends saying, ‘Have you seen this?'”

What he had written off as gobbledygook suddenly turned into something altogether more bizarre: he was being lauded by members of an obscure religious group who had decided that Patel – a food activist who grew up in a corner shop in Golders Green in north-west London – was, in fact, the messiah.

Their reasoning? Patel’s background and work coincidentally matched a series of prophecies made by an 87-year-old Scottish mystic called Benjamin Creme, the leader of a little-known religious group known as Share International. Because he matched the profile, hundreds of people around the world believed that Patel was the living embodiment of a figure they called Maitreya, the Christ or “the world teacher”.

His job? To save the world, and everyone on it.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010

“It was a shocking thing to say and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don’t have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don’t have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or bought, or sold or read. That’s all I have to say on that subject.”

Philip Pullman on censorship and free speech

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010
11. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010
12. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010

Rent party

America is controlled by what economists call rent-seeking behaviour. Virtually everyone important has a revenue stream, and they don’t want anyone to take that revenue stream away. So pharma and insurance companies, who would have been damaged badly by single payer (they would have lost hundreds of billions) made sure that a plan to provide everyone with better health care for a third less than current costs was never even considered.

The most important game in America today is the contest for control of government, so that government can directly or indirectly give you money. Health care “reform” in which the government decided to force Americans to buy private health insurance or be fined is merely the latest (and most blatant) example. Virtually every industry, from finance to telecom to agriculture is involved in this game. It is in all their interests to make sure the game continues, but they do fight amongst each other for the spoils.

This game will continue until the US can no longer afford it. Indeed, even now, some industries are taking it on the chin, loosing out to their better connected cousins. For example, the current downturn has seen the prison-industrial complex losing ground. They get most of their money from State governments, and the States simply cannot afford to keep locking up so many people at so much cost.

This is the downward spiral of a great power in senescence. It ends in collapse, reformation or revolution, when it becomes clear that the rents of the Ancien Regime can no longer be afforded, and too many of those who were bought off are thrown off their dole.

The Tea Partiers, however misguided they may be in many respects, have been thrown off the dole. Whatever they are called, they will not be going away.

ts - 30 March 2010

I would argue that rent seeking behavior has gotten worse because we’re getting poorer. It’s a big game of musical chairs and if you can get the state to save you a seat, you do.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 March 2010

Good news: Judge To Big Pharma: You Can’t Patent Genes

In a blow struck for consumers and scientists against the pharmaceutical industry, a New York judge ruled yesterday that a company could not patent a human gene just because they discovered it. The ruling could revolutionize the biotech industry.

The ruling grew out of a suit brought by the ACLU and Public Patent Foundation against Myriad Genetics, Inc., which had a patent on a gene which can lead to breast cancer. Refusing to license the gene to other companies, Myriad had a monopoly on tests for the gene, which meant many women were denied the ability to discover whether they had an increased risk for cancer.

It’s about time a court struck down this horrible process. Fingers crossed that his decision holds up on appeal.

brinn - 30 March 2010

Fingers, toes and eyeballs — I won’t hold my breath though….

catnip - 30 March 2010

Careful – someone might have a patent on the gene that allows you to cross those fingers.

14. marisacat - 30 March 2010


drill baby drill. “vast” areas off Alaska, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, VA… etc.

Remember! Elections matter!

marisacat - 31 March 2010

oh!, AND: Remember always to VOTE. Early and often.

catnip - 31 March 2010

“drill baby drill”

You beat me to it.

The proposal is intended to reduce dependence on oil imports, generate revenue from the sale of offshore leases and help win political support for comprehensive energy and climate legislation.

Well – somebody has to say it…is he really that fucking stupid?

marisacat - 31 March 2010

well Frank Lautenberg ain’t happy (or so it seems):

March 31, 2010


Lautenberg: “Drill, baby, drill” = “Kill, baby, kill”

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a member of Environment and Public Works Committee, leaves no doubt as to where he stands on President Obama’s decision to expand offshore drilling:

“Drilling off the Virginia coast would endanger many of New Jersey’s beaches and vibrant coastal economies,” stated Lautenberg. “Giving Big Oil more access to our nation’s waters is really a ‘Kill, baby, kill’ policy: It threatens to kill jobs, kill marine life and kill coastal economies that generate billions of dollars. Offshore drilling isn’t the solution to our energy problems, and I will fight this policy and continue to push for 21st-century clean energy solutions.”

Posted by Jonathan Martin 11:52 AM
comments (18)

15. marisacat - 31 March 2010

Spaking of Papi Ratzi Nazi… this is too funny! From Mike Allen Politico Playbook:

SIREN — Gallup.com: ‘A new low of 40% of Americans view Pope Benedict XVI favorably [Catholic, 61 percent; non-Catholic, 35 percent] … Pope Benedict’s image has deteriorated about equally among Catholics and non-Catholics from its 2008 high [of 63 percent as he ended a U.S. visit]– by 20 and 23 points, respectively.’ [still too high! Mcat!]

–MAUREEN DOWD: ‘The church gave up its credibility for Lent.’


–SCOOP — Vatican legal strategy:

‘Court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that Vatican lawyers plan to argue that the pope has immunity as head of state, that American bishops who oversaw abusive priests weren’t employees of the Vatican, and that a 1962 document is not the ‘smoking gun’ that provides proof of a cover-up.’

So……. he’s head of state? And the Bishops are………. what? Ensigns of Jesus? Nothing to do with the Vatican, They never heard of it or Ratzi?

AND they sorta kinda want retroactive immunity for that encyclical of John XXIII (who everybody just luvs to luv?) — from what I read of it, it does pretty clearly lay out the groundwork for hiding abuse.

OK………………. don’t think that will fly.

catnip - 31 March 2010

If they’re preparing a legal defense, they must be seriously concerned (not about the abuse – about poor Popeyness’ culpability).

16. BooHooHooMan - 31 March 2010

So……. he’s head of state? And the Bishops are………. what? Ensigns of Jesus? Nothing to do with the Vatican, They never heard of it or Ratzi?

LOL – Please, for the Love of Gad, Magnum, –
the Holy calling of ~ what are now more divinely revealed to be
~ the mere Sacramental
though legally in no way connected, mind you,
swabbies on the proverbial papal poop deck is , ah,
..no inconsequential matter.

LOL. Oh, Save for a stunning reversal on Higher Moral Grounds!
–>And The Likelihood of Judgement…. On Earth!

BooHooHooMan - 31 March 2010

LOL. The Motherfuckers are runnin for the hills.
Ratzi, Ganshwingdinger, capes a’flyin…

17. catnip - 31 March 2010

Did I just hear that right? Tweety said he voted for Michael Steele for senate because he admired his “friskiness”? Along thrill up the leg moment, I guess.

marisacat - 31 March 2010

get a room boys

marisacat - 31 March 2010

oh I just realised… think this makes Tweety officially a dinge queen.

What a laugh for a bunch of stiff and stupid men.

18. marisacat - 31 March 2010



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