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Decorated 1 April 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

An impala strolls around blissfully unaware it has become a home for a contented spider. Photographer Frank Solomon captured the bizarre image while on safari at Kruger National Park, South Africa

An impala strolls around blissfully unaware it has become a home for a contented spider. Photographer Frank Solomon captured the bizarre image while on safari at Kruger National Park, South Africa [FRANK SOLOMON / SOLENT]




1. marisacat - 2 April 2010

CAN this get more fucked up?

Army Secretary John McHugh said Thursday he could not guarantee that gay soldiers who had revealed their sexual orientation to him as part of conversations regarding the Pentagon’s review of overturning don’t ask don’t tell would keep their jobs, as he had told reporters a day earlier.

“With regard to the three soldiers who shared their views and thoughts with me on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, I might better have counseled them that statements about their sexual orientation could not be treated as confidential and could result in their separation under the law,” McHugh said in an unusual thee-part clarification he issued after speaking with reporters Wednesday.

McHugh had told reporters he was trying to “tell the troops that’s it’s OK to talk about this, no matter what their view is.” …

Not like CinC is rock solid on any of this.


Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

gee, what a surprise.

brinn - 3 April 2010

Short answer? But of COURSE!

2. catnip - 2 April 2010


$20 million in loans to felons

The family bank of Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias loaned a pair of Chicago crime figures about $20 million during a 14-month period when Giannoulias was a senior loan officer, according to a Tribune examination that provides new details about the bank’s relationship with the convicted felons.

Broadway Bank had already lent millions to Michael Giorango when he and a new business partner, Demitri Stavropoulos, came to the bank in mid-2004. Although both men were preparing to serve federal prison terms, the bank embarked on a series of loans to them.

Alexi Giannoulias took a senior position at the bank at about the same time and used it as a launching pad for his political career. But as he campaigns to step up from state treasurer to the U.S. Senate, he has tried to distance himself from the bank’s business with the pair and has been reluctant to detail his role.

[enter the obligatory Send Money Now!! here]

marisacat - 2 April 2010

Although both men were preparing to serve federal prison terms, the bank embarked on a series of loans to them.

Countdown to some anti Greek racist charge for mentioning the family bank is kinda sorta CRIMINAL.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

My buddy who grew up in IL and who knows IL politics well laughed when Giannoulias got the nom. This stuff is pretty well known in political circles, but he describes Alexi as “the G.W. of the IL democratic party … he NEVER admits he did anything wrong and NEVER pays for any of it.”

catnip - 2 April 2010

Well, I followed some of the discussion about this at dkos where Adam B troll-rated the diary about it. (LOL) georgia10 is working on the guy’s campaign, ergo, he must be above board.

brinn - 2 April 2010

Goddessdamnit!! And I can’t even get 10K for my freaking teaching certification….maybe I should look into being a felon instead!

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

obviously you haven’t been listening to cable news … don’t you know that teachers and their unions are STEALING OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURES!???!?!?!?!

Thankfully Barry and Arnie are on the case, ready willing and able to hand children over to untried private schools usually based in churches! What could be safer than something based in a church?

brinn - 2 April 2010

Obviously, I have! Otherwise, why in the HELL would I be choosing to become a certified “future stealer” at this point in time! 8)

Seriously though, a great barometer of how F*$ed up Arnie and Barry’s EduCrap (Race to the Top of the DungHeap) is, is right here in Texas where it is business as usual…going all the way back to when “W” was first elected gov.!

All children left behind because we’re going to throw the teachers under the bus whilst paying six figure salaries to the administrators!! Same old song and dance, my friend!

The future I want to steal from my children and any other that I may happen to have the privilege of teaching, is the one I am currently living: a debt slave.

Oh, you got me started….heh heh. Will have to finish later, but know, that I have serious misgivings about what I am doing, system-wise, but none at all on the individual level.

catnip - 2 April 2010

round and round it goes…

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

It’s easy to blame the pederasts in dresses, but people like this are why that church gets away with it century upon century:

I remain within, and love, the Catholic Church because it is a church that has lived and wrestled within the mystery of the shadow lands ever since an innocent man was arrested, sentenced and crucified, while the keeper of “the keys” denied him, and his first priests ran away. Through 2,000 imperfect — sometimes glorious, sometimes heinous — years, the church has contemplated and manifested the truth that dark and light, innocence and guilt, justice and injustice all share a kinship, one that waves back and forth like wind-stirred wheat in a field, churning toward something — as yet — unknowable.

The darkness within my church is real, and it has too often gone unaddressed. The light within my church is also real, and has too often gone unappreciated. A small minority has sinned, gravely, against too many. Another minority has assisted or saved the lives of millions.

But then, my country is the most generous and compassionate nation on Earth; it is also the only country that has ever deployed nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

My government is founded upon a singular appreciation of personal liberty; some of those founders owned slaves.

My family was known for its neighborliness and its work ethic; its patriarch was a serial child molester.

The child molester was also a brilliant, generous, talented man — the only person who ever read me a bedtime story. I will love him forever, for that, even when I wake up gasping and afraid.

I am a woman with very generous instincts, and I try to love everyone, but I am capable of corrosive scorn. Have I been much sinned against? Yes. So have you. Have I sinned against others? Oh, yes. So have you.

Like a pebble cast into a pond, our every action ripples out toward the edges, reaching farther than we intended, touching what we do not even know, for good and for ill. It all either means nothing, or it means everything.

As a Catholic, I believe it means everything.

That doesn’t mean I do not suffer for the sins of my church; we people in the pews are roiling with feelings of betrayal, shame, revulsion.

And so on …

brinn - 2 April 2010


marisacat - 2 April 2010

hey brinn.. I answered yo in the last thread too, but here:

: roll : = 🙄

Take out the spaces…

: twisted : = 😈

: evil : = 👿

brinn - 2 April 2010

Thanks, Mcat, yer da best!

catnip - 2 April 2010
marisacat - 2 April 2010

Anti papist. Shades of the Church of England… and I think they traditioinally tossed out the accusation of BUGGERY.

What a scream!

Ob, the Israelis and the Vaticanos. They all agree. It is NEVER them.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

The NYT and the rest of the media have been leading pograms and throwing cassock-wearing men into ovens all over the world!!!!

Of course, how could I have missed it?!?!

catnip - 2 April 2010

I know! It’s horrifying! Next thing you know, they’ll be making lamps out of pope hats.

marisacat - 2 April 2010

Like a pebble cast into a pond,

Days of Our Lives, Sands thru the Hourglass, As the World Turns,


Well she’s a mess! Luv the dribble about Daddy.

catnip - 2 April 2010

I threw up a little bit in my mouth. Honestly, what can you say?

They interviewed some Catholics after church on teevee here last week to get their reactions. “Move forward” was the mantra. Hmmm..now where have I heard that before?

marisacat - 2 April 2010

too fucking dumb to catch that is EXACTLY what the Chruch does…

ms_xeno - 3 April 2010

Yeah. I cuss at work when nobody’s listening, so my “sins” are naturally on par with some shithead who forced sex on a kid.

I read three sentences into some Times article yesterday about this mess. Cut out as soon as the author began talking about how the constant persecution of Catholics is reason enough for the Church to police itself without any outside intervention.

Seriously. Fuck that shit. >:

CSTAR - 3 April 2010

She says

I want my church to shine.

Why? Is your church “the hometeam” so to speak? Flamengo vs Fluminense? Argentina vs Brazil?

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010
marisacat - 2 April 2010

I happened to ctch that… the problem was he made MORE sense than the dipshit woman providing counterpoint. She is an American U student as well.

I think part of it is he has a rather snide attitude. I heard him on KGO as well yesterday. Gah.

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

I find it depressing that people are still having that argument … I heard it regularly back in the early ’80s when I was in college.

She was pretty clueless in her arguments against him …

marisacat - 2 April 2010

she was DUMB and just filled with stupid rhetoric. Beyond vacuous. And I think he one upped her when he said he is gay and knows he can’t hug and kiss, or even hold hands with his lovers in many parts of America or risk homophobic attack.


brinn - 2 April 2010

Sadly, most every person given a mic these days is…the sense-speakers get no air-time at all….been thinking a lot about Max Headroom these days, along with various and sundry William Gibson tomes….


Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

btw, Max Headroom is finally coming out in August on DVD

Shout! Factory has a “Max Headroom” complete-series DVD set slated for August, according to a spokesperson. Episodes are being transferred from their original elements to provide the best quality, and Shout! Factory is planning a robust range of extras for the set. Bonus content may include the original U.K. telefilm 20 Minutes Into the Future, upon which the series is based, though nothing has been confirmed. Max Headroom also appeared in a series of Coca-Cola commercials in the 1980s, raising speculation such content may also be fodder for bonus material, but Shout! Factory said planning the extras is in the early stage.

LOVE that show.

Gibson also has a new book called Zero History coming this fall, which will continue in the same vein as Pattern Recognition & Spook Country.

brinn - 2 April 2010

THANK YOU! That information just made my day!!

‘Specially the Gibson news — he’s been so quiet lately I was stating to get worried — same sort of feel in my gut as I got after Philip K. Dick died!

YAY! I say again, thanks, MitM!!! 🙂

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

I’m a huge fan too … can’t wait for the next book.

catnip - 3 April 2010

Is that guy a buddy of thereisnorape?

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

more on community, from the blog of the Corrente commentator I linked to the other day:

Greer wonders why people don’t put more work into organizing communities; after all, this is what has worked in America in the past and how a representative democracy is supposed to function. All it should take is hard work, so why don’t we hop to it? To me, this smacks of the fallacy of misplaced concreteness — roughly speaking, that just because different objects at different times carry the same label (“America”), they are somehow the same object. How representative a democracy the US ever was is rather beside the point; the point is, it was once a country where people could successfully and openly self-organize, and now it isn’t. Once there were strong, cohesive communities in the US, which could organize and bring pressure to bear on their elected officials. And now, as described in Robert Putnam’s widely discussed book Bowling Alone (2000), there are no such strong, cohesive communities in the US, and so… they can’t organize, because, I would think, there is nothing for them to organize. Existence of communities allows communities to organize; lack of community prevents communities from organizing. That’s a bit of a tautology, is it not?

As an aside, I’d like to point out that the US is not much of a representative democracy any more. It’s more of a hokey-pokey-ocracy: in one election cycle, you throw your right bums out and vote your left bums in, and in the next election cycle, or the one after, you do the exact opposite. (And you shake it all around in the meantime.) The bums — the Republicans and the Democrats, that is — are perpetually locked in a loving embrace, for they truly complete each other. The Democrats tend to believe that government is there to help people, which is of course impossible for a government that’s chock-full of Republicans who believe in limiting the scope of government and sabotage all such efforts. The Republicans believe in limiting the scope of government, which is of course impossible for a government that’s chock-full of Democrats who believe that government is there to help people, and sabotage all such efforts. You can vote for either party if you want it to fail while producing an ever larger and more useless government.

Both parties agree that the government should serve corporate interests. They are both skittish when talking about the rights of citizens, and prefer to talk about “consumers” rather than “citizens”. As a nation of consumers, people in the US have no choice but to be consumers. The ones that don’t have the money still get to consume things like orange jumpsuits and prison food. Foreign non-consumers also get to consume — things like depleted uranium and white phosphorus ordinance. Being a non-consumer is not an option, and the whole world must be made safe for consumerism. Organizing against consumerism amounts to biting the corporate hand that feeds you — an ungrateful and self-defeating thing to do. So you want to organize a third party? Be my guest; see you later.

Astyk makes the excellent point regarding the destruction of community through overwork and the herding of women out of the home and into the workplace. Women can’t just be (unless they are rich) — they have to have an occupation, and the default occupation — “homemaker” — carries a bit of a stigma. Women have always been the backbone of any community, and the regimentation of women’s lives was a brilliant move in the direction of totalitarian consumerism, because it allowed relationships even within the family, such as child-rearing, to be commercialized. Once all social interaction is centered around consumption patterns, community as a notion becomes little more than an advertising gimmick, and self-organizing properties of society become restricted to pursuing the latest commercial fashion.

Not sure how comfortable I am with the idea that you only have community if women stay home, but thought I’d throw it up …

brinn - 2 April 2010

Not sure that’s what he’s saying there, Madman. Fact of the matter is, SOMEone has to “home-make”, even those of us who have to wear all of the hats in one family (married or not), homemaker is still one of them, ESPECIALLY when children are involved…

I think he makes a good point about the commercializtion of us all, as products/objects to be used up and a price put upon.

As an Econ. major I have to say that is one of the great failings of USAican Education that Economics is tuaght as a $$$ things and NOT as what it really is: a social science that looks at how systems of exchange and individual agents within place value on resources….

brinn - 2 April 2010

Crap — thinking that may not make any sense — was interrupted from my “deep” thoughts by a boy who cam ein telling me how grand it was that he had painted his hand and arms up to the elbow yellow — with ACRYLIC paint….

I made him take his bedpan outside to wash it off…

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

I think it was the ‘herding women’ line … it wasn’t like women were forced to go to work, there was a long struggle to be allowed to work.

ms_xeno - 3 April 2010

I’m afraid my brain cuts off the minute anyone’s tirade/polemic starts getting all misty-eyed about Teh Wimmens staying home.

Sort of like when Bageant complained that women are more materialistic than men because we don’t all want to go play Mosquito Coast with our menfolk in the jungle or wherever. Yeah. The men go fishing all day and the women stay in the village beating laundry on a rock. Somehow it’s never time for Mr. Spiritual Awakening to put down the fishing rod and beat his own damn laundry on a rock, but then I’M the material one for saying, “Fuck You. I’ll stay here with my electric washer and YOU go hang out in the fucking jungle. Have a nice life.”

diane - 3 April 2010

speakin of Joe,

You just brought to mind the one about the cozy bar where all the ‘jus guyz’ were urinatin on that well, and the handful of “putas” (normally scorned, worse partronized, while, at the same moment, fulfilling selfserving desire, but in that case, apparently high speshul).

Which brings to my mind that ghastly bit (was it Michigan?) about the pool table “puta,” and that gang rape in a Portuguese community.

Gotta run now, that Washingtoon Penis Monument looms, reminding me that I’m a worthless speck of nothingness, in the land of “Our Big Daddys” and that I could at least be productive in times which call for “all” citizens to sacrifice……

welllllllll, ….. perhaps I should heed that message, I mean after all, if I really put in some “sweat and HARD WORK,” I could reach this pinnacle of

Hideous greed and ugliness:

Hedge fund manager paycheck: $4 billion

By Ben Rooney, staff reporterApril 1, 2010: 3:13 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — After plunging during the financial crisis, the income of top hedge fund managers surged in 2009 to a record high as financial markets recovered from historic lows, according to a new survey published Thursday.

Altogether, the 25 top-earning hedge fund managers made a record $25.3 billion last year, according to rankings in AR: Absolute Return+Alpha, a magazine dedicated to the hedge fund industry.

The highest paid manager on the list was David Tepper of Appaloosa Management, who made $4 billion last year on investments in the financial sector.

“There was a lot of investing in bank stocks last year,” said Michelle Celarier, editor of Absolute Return+Alpha, adding that Tepper braved the sector at a time when most investors were rattled by fears of a financial collapse.

George Soros, a Hungarian-born investor who made his name in the currency market, had the second largest annual income at $3.3 billion.

The top earner in last year’s list, James Simons of Renaissance Technologies, came in third with a $2.5 billion payday.

John Paulson of John Paulson & Co., who made billions in 2007 betting against the housing market, took home $2.3 billion.
All told, last year was the best year since 2007, when the top managers brought in $22.3 billion, which was the previous all-time high in the nine year history of the survey.


diane - 3 April 2010

urinatin on that well..

typo, meant “wall,” then again ,

perhaps better left as is ….

marisacat - 3 April 2010

iirc the “pool table rape” was in NE somewhere…

diane - 3 April 2010

turns out to have been New Bedford, Massachusetts.

diane - 3 April 2010


ya jus gotta luvz?

Master Soros, MoveOn[“Progressive” Berkeley Special].org[an]., Dubai/Halliburtan/KBR[Brown root, no kidden?]

et al

“hedgers,” bar none

ooooh, but they sounded so very, relaxed and calm and knowledgable


do tell

diane - 3 April 2010


Corrected link for the comment I just made (which isn’t showing as yet), in response to ms. xeno’s Joe Bageant comment, should’ve been Hideous greed and ugliness:

marisacat - 2 April 2010

ugh in a sense I see what he is getting at, tho very awkwardly. Women RESTRICTED to the home is all wrong… and families forced to grovel in the workplace, or in three or four or five or six workplaces for enough cash to survive, is all wrong as well.

On a sort of related note, after Safeway REALLY jacking up their prices a couple fo weeks ago, I mean A LOT, 20 and 30 % in some cases… I notice prices are being cut. Much steeper sales prices than I have seen for a year or more, and many “regular” prices on staples simply suddenly much lower.

Kind fo interesting. maybe there actuallyw as push back.

6. marisacat - 2 April 2010

hmmm also kind of related, Cockburn at Counterpunch slaps back at all the soft blitheration from MO on ”healthy”, plant your veggies, eat your veggies… bullshit. And boy it is BULLSHIT.


[T]hese days, animals in the days before slaughter are dosed with a dangerous chemical additive fed to animals in the last days before slaughter. To quote Rosenberg again, “Ractopamine, aka Paylean and Optaflexx, is banned in 160 countries, including Europe, Taiwan and China… Yet, in the United States 45 per cent of pigs, 30 per cent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys are pumped full of this drug in the days leading up to slaughter. This drug increases protein synthesis. In other words, it makes animals more muscular … and this increases the food growers’ bottom line.” How does a drug marked, “Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask” become “safe” in human food? With no washout period?” asks Rosenberg. ….

Good luck.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

Stuff Catholics Have So Far Blamed for the Church’s Pedophilia Scandal

Gays, the media, free love—about the only thing Catholics have not yet blamed for the Catholic Church’s child abuse and the resulting cover up is the pressures of golf. Here’s a roundup of the scapegoats so far.

marisacat - 2 April 2010

“the pressures of golf”? Fortunately an impossible fig leaf.

What a scream!

I blame wearing long very expensive handmade ecclesiastical clothing. And conical hats.

And all of them, or nearly all, in the BUSINESS of pederasty.


catnip - 3 April 2010

Thanks for that. I’ll add it to my post.

They haven’t gotten around to blaming Muslims yet though. So, there’s that.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010

not that it matters (mission accomplished), but O’Keefe and Breitbart ACORN Videos ‘Severely Edited’

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 April 2010
10. catnip - 2 April 2010
11. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 April 2010

National Catholic Reporter:

Time for answers

The focus now is on Benedict. What did he know? When did he know it? How did he act once he knew?

The questions arise not only about his conduct in Munich, but also, based also as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A March 25 Times story, citing information from bishops in the United States, reported that the Vatican had failed to take action against a priest accused of molesting as many as 200 deaf children while working at a school from 1950 to 1974. Correspondence reportedly obtained by the paper showed requests for the defrocking of the priest, Fr. Lawrence Murphy, going directly from U.S. bishops to Ratzinger, then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, now the Vatican secretary of state. No action was taken against Murphy.

Like it or not, this new focus on the pope and his actions as an archbishop and Vatican official fits the distressing logic of this scandal. For those who have followed this tragedy over the years, the whole episode seems familiar: accusation, revelation, denial and obfuscation, with no bishop held accountable for actions taken on their watch. Yes, there is a depressing madness to this story. Time after time, this is a story of institutional failure of the deepest kind, a failure to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a failure to put compassion ahead of institutional decisions aimed at short-term benefits and avoiding public scandal.

The strategies employed so far — taking the legal path, obscuring the truth, and doing everything possible to protect perpetrators as well as the church’s reputation and treasury — have failed miserably.

We now face the largest institutional crisis in centuries, possibly in church history. How this crisis is handled by Benedict, what he says and does, how he responds and what remedies he seeks, will likely determine the future health of our church for decades, if not centuries, to come.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 April 2010
catnip - 3 April 2010

I was just reading about that. Left a comment at dkos:

I thought he was post-racial (0+ / 0-)

“Neutral” wasn’t a choice?

marisacat - 3 April 2010

I have decided he turns black every morning. All fresh and new. KGo last night nattered on that he is under the “greatest threat of all our presidents”. then there was a pause, “e-e-e-e-ecept maybe for Lincoln”.

Ya think? JFK lived then? Reagan was nto shot? No one died on primary day in Cali?

Cue the prayer circles. The whole thing is getting very close to the “precious blood of our lord jesus” type of obsession and PR …

It is such a threadbare game the Dems are running.

marisacat - 3 April 2010

In a related theme… Just stumbled on this in the Mike Allen Playbook email… cue the choir: And the years shall be long and tedious under this pharoah.

‘America evolves, and sometimes those evolutions are painful. People don’t progress in a straight line. Countries don’t progress in a straight line. So there’s enormous excitement and interest around the election of an African-American President. … [I]t signifies change, in the same way that immigration signifies change, in the same way that a shift from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy signifies change, in the same way that the Internet signifies change and terrorism signifies change.. … I tend to be fairly forgiving about the anxiety that people feel about change because I think, if you’re human, you recognize that in yourself’ …

Soo inspirational in its drivelness…. And forgiving.

That is Ob if you did nto guess, quoted in the new Remnick book… on what else, Ob.

marisacat - 3 April 2010

Oh and we should not deprive ourselves of Remnick and his brilliance (apparently Jon Meacham in this week’s Newsqueak is all over Remnick and Ob – and the coming book! – and so on……………… Get a Room Y’all!):

As Obama sat and spoke those words to Remnick in the Oval Office, Remnick noted the loud ticking of the grandfather clock-‘an unnervingly loud reminder to the occupant that his stay is brief,’ Remnick writes. Obama probably needs no such reminder: his is an ironic and tragic sensibility, a recognition that politics (and life) is in the end more about the journey than the destination, since no destination is ever really permanent. Remembering this about the president–that he is a patient man because journeys require patience–helps explain his understated doggedness.’

Lordy. modern US ”journalism” is so evocative of how the Bible was written: Slobber upon slobber.

catnip - 3 April 2010

That is just really, really bad.

ms_xeno - 4 April 2010


change change chaaaaaaaaange
change of fools…

13. catnip - 3 April 2010
14. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 April 2010

The Silence of the Liberal Lambs: Outrage at Outliers, Hosannas for State Crime

But you can be sure that most of our conscience-laden progressives will be more upset about Obama’s move to open up vast tracts of coastal waters to oil drilling than his intensification of the wars of dominion on the imperial frontiers. (Obama’s oil caper is yet another example where he is treading farther rightward than even Dubya dared to go. But Arthur Silber, among others, nailed this long ago, back during the campaign: Obama’s more presentable persona will allow him to entrench and expand the militarist-corporatist system far more effectively than any bumbling, bellicose right-winger could.)

marisacat - 3 April 2010

He is here to diddle the white liberals and the blacks – and whoever else wants to join in…. SO obvious. Prayer circles for Ob!! and none for our racist wars.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 April 2010
brinn - 3 April 2010

More of my tax money at work — yeefucking HA!

16. catnip - 3 April 2010
catnip - 3 April 2010
Madman in the Marketplace - 3 April 2010


17. catnip - 3 April 2010
catnip - 3 April 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed his “deep sorrow” for any difficulties caused by his comments about the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Dog forbid any of these so-called religious leaders should actually tell the truth. It’s a bloody epidemic.

18. marisacat - 3 April 2010

hmm QUITE the Easter weekend for the children.

Teens at Easter egg hunt find body in Iowa park

The Associated Press – ‎2 hours ago‎

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police say two teenagers who wandered away from their younger siblings at an Easter egg hunt have found a body at a Des Moines park.

19. marisacat - 3 April 2010


NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’: Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors Christina Romer; former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT); roundtable with the New Yorker’s David Remnick and Time’s Rick Stengel

ABC’s ‘This Week’: Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers; former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, political strategist Matthew Dowd, Democratic strategist Karen Finney and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich (guest host: Jake Tapper)

CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’: CBS’s Nancy Cordes, CBS’s Jan Crawford, Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson, CBS’s Bob Orr, and the N.Y. Times’ David Sanger

Fox’s ‘Fox News Sunday’: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA); Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); roundtable with Fox’s Brit Hume, Fortune’s Nina Easton, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s ‘State of the Union’: Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence Summers; Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Coach John Thompson III

C-SPAN: ‘Newsmakers’ (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN), questioned by POLITICO’s Eamon Javers and Gannett’s Mauren Groppe … ‘The Communicators’ (6:30pm ET Saturday): Verizon’s Executive Vice President for Policy Thomas Tauke, questioned by The Hill’s Kim Hart … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Author Michael Lewis (The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine).

20. lucid - 4 April 2010

FWIW – I’ve listened to this talk by Arundhati Roy I missed from 2002 3 times in the last 24 hours… very well worth it.

21. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 April 2010

A society that treats people like this cannot call itself civilized:

MARK MORA, unemployed: I went online and did everything I was supposed to. That’s when they told me that my benefits were on hold until they can get confirmation from the employer, which could take three to six weeks. And I said, look, I have a family. This is a family of five. How is it that we have to wait this long for these benefits?

PAUL SOLMAN: Ada Mora had lost her software job in 2008. With Mark’s benefits on hold, hers were expiring.

WOMAN: I can’t sleep at night. I can’t, thinking about where we’re going to go. It’s very, very heartbreaking. I never knew that it was going to happen to us.

PAUL SOLMAN: And the Moras are the lucky ones. The day after our visit, Mark actually got his first benefit check. But why the delay?

MAN: You’re actually roughly about $500 short in order for you to receive your regular benefits.

PAUL SOLMAN: For one thing, like most states, Florida has been swamped by jobless claims, which more than doubled in the past year. The state’s unemployment insurance trust fund went broke in August, has been borrowing from the federal government ever since.

Also, in the good times, Florida underinvested. Its unemployment insurance operation runs on the computer installed when Richard Nixon was in office.

The state agency’s Robby Cunningham.

ROBBY CUNNINGHAM, communications director, Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation: Our mainframe system is a 1970s-era system, and it’s working very hard to keep up with the demand.

PAUL SOLMAN: Perhaps, says journalist Jim Stratton, but there are three major federal performance standards for processing claims.

JIM STRATTON, The Orlando Sentinel: Florida is now near the bottom third in each of those measures. It’s not paying enough of the claims within the federal time window. It’s not processing appeals quickly enough to satisfy the federal standard, and it’s not making the eligibility determinations quickly.

ROBBY CUNNINGHAM: Hey, Cheri. How are you?

PAUL SOLMAN: The state says it’s responding.

ROBBY CUNNINGHAM: And we have increased our phone lines. We have increased our staff. We have increased our hours. We’re, in fact, also in the process of replacing our mainframe system, so that will actually add another level of customer service when that comes online, probably in about 2013.

PAUL SOLMAN: 2013 — probably.

Right now, Florida’s unemployment benefits are fifth lowest in the country, tied with Tennessee. In Massachusetts, you can get up to $628 a week — the max in Florida, $275. But many people don’t even get that much.

brinn - 4 April 2010

HEY! I have an IDEA! Try to follow me here, I know its pretty damned complicated, but I have faith in you…..

PUT SOME OF THE UNEMPLOYED TO WORK (for example, I’m sure the software engineer there could be of some use to you) HELPING GET THE REST OF THE UNEMPLOYED THE BENEFITS THEY”RE ENTITLED TO!!

Damn but this country is fucked beyond belief. And, no MitM, not civilized, not even nor ever even close. The last civilized peoples to live on this land we called savages and slaughtered.

brinn - 4 April 2010

Of course, “you” in the above post is the FLA State govt. idiots, not my beloved Madman…

Just to be crystal! 🙂

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 April 2010

sure, just what we need, more gubmint “workers’!

damned commie!

brinn - 4 April 2010

Thass me! 😉

ms_xeno - 4 April 2010

Can’t we just draft them all and send them to the Middle East?

[ducks] :p

marisacat - 4 April 2010

ugh I cuaght that interview on Lehrer.. it was incredibly depressing. BUT also they talked with a woma and her legal rep (pro bono I am sure) in I think FL… which has a max per week of 275.00… she had been getting 266.00 and took a part time job which if course reduced her check as it was over the counter, not sub rosa. THEN she was laid off from that her ongoing benefit was reduced to 150.00+ rather than her former rate of 266.00

But I think all the mess and whatever else is on purpose. Make ti so damned hard and punitive.

I read a few weeks ago that with the advent of requiring birth certificates for Federally funded (often mixed with state funds) benefits like Medi-Aid and Food Stamps… natural born citizens end up getting cuaght, in a gray area…. Having your birth certificate is not a snap of the fingers for everyone.

IMO … on purpose.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 April 2010


ms_xeno - 4 April 2010

I make $118 a week after tax when I’m collecting Unemployment.

I’d be living on the street or couch-surfing with Mom back East if I weren’t married.

They make you jump through hoop after hoop, just for a few miserable crumbs that you already earned. It’s disgusting.

22. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 April 2010

Out-Republicaning the Republicans

“It was Bill Clinton who recognized that the categories of conservative and liberal played to Republican advantage and were inadequate to address our problems,” President Obama wrote in his book The Audacity of Hope. “Clinton’s third way…tapped into the pragmatic, non-ideological attitude of Americans.”

Clinton’s “third way” was “triangulation,” a term and strategy invented by his pollster Dick Morris. Triangulation is a candidate’s attempt to position himself above and between the left and the right. A Democrat, Clinton insulated himself from Republican attacks by appropriating many of their ideas.

Obama is even more of a triangulator than Clinton.

Triangulation can work for candidates in the short term. Clinton got reelected by a landslide in 1996. (It failed, though, for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004.) But triangulation hurts parties, which sell an ideological point of view. Clinton worked so hard to out-Republican the Republicans that he forgot he was a Democrat-. He also forgot that Democratic voters expected to see liberal policies.

Clinton’s greatest achievements ended up being Republican platform planks: free trade deals like NAFTA and the WTO, welfare reform, balancing the federal budget on the backs of the poor and working class.

By the way, Dick Morris is now a Republican. Maybe he always was.

Because of Clintonian triangulation, the liberal base of the Democratic Party saw the 1990s as a squandered opportunity: eight years of unprecedented economic expansion with not one new social program, not even national healthcare, to show for it. They got the message: voting Democratic doesn’t guarantee Democratic policies. Unenthused, liberals stayed home or voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. Liberal disgust for triangulation (they called it “selling out”) sufficiently reduced Al Gore’s margin of victory to allow George W. Bush to steal Florida and the national election. It took the Democrats six years to begin to recover.

Obama ran as a centrist. It would come as little surprise if he were governing as one.

But he’s not a moderate president.

Obama is a Republican.

A right-wing Republican. Thanks to triangulation gone wild.

brinn - 4 April 2010

As Marisa says:

May they all bit each other to death.

catnip - 4 April 2010

Nader lover!

23. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 April 2010
24. catnip - 4 April 2010

Quaaaaking: 6.9 quake in Baja

marisacat - 4 April 2010

CNN calling it 7.2

As the ptb hope and pray for massive one on the Hayward Fautl, so they can clear the flatland of the inner East Bay.

catnip - 4 April 2010

Did you feel anything?

marisacat - 4 April 2010

Not a thing… but I did nt feel the ’92 Northridge, either…

catnip - 4 April 2010

They were saying this one was felt in Phoenix – not that I know anything about the geography of these things…

25. marisacat - 4 April 2010

moiv jus sent me this… very interesting background on immunity fro Ratzy Nazi. Based on the “head of state” blather.

Apparently sovereign nationhood for The Vatican is a construct of…………… MUSSOLINI.

What a hooot!

26. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 April 2010
27. catnip - 4 April 2010

These priests all need to STFU – and some of them need to go to jail. End of story.

28. marisacat - 5 April 2010



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