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Spring… 9 April 2010

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

Kashmiri spring

…has sprung here.  No question.  Masses of pollen wafting thru the air…




1. BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

Again with the Big Bold Font size from HuffPo
….. for a total schlemiel deal of a story.

Serious Threats Against Congress Increase Threefold In Wake Of Health Care Battle

Which links thru to WaPo.
The numbers?

The lawmakers reported 42 threats in the first three months of this year, compared with 15 in last three months of 2009, said Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer, who had information about threats involving both chambers.

Country of 350 Million.

“The incidents ranged from very vulgar ….

?- > I bet you DO HAVE Prince Albert in the can, Motherfucker!

….to serious threats, including death threats,” Gainer said. “The ability to carry them out is another question and part of an investigation to determine what, if any, appropriate steps to take.”

Now. Really. 🙄
Isn’t there SOME level of death to be expected here?
Bein a country at war and all…
Seem to have heard that somewhere from some folks before…
I’m tryin to think, it couldn’t have been from every hack high and low in Congress in front of a mic over the years, could it?

marisacat - 9 April 2010

In the midst of all of this… (Prayer Circles for Pelosi! snicker. I don’t see it catching on!!)… there was a quiet little report from the FBI… that death threats on the Obster…………………………. HAVE FALLEN.

I can see prayer circles being convened to pray for death threats.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

In related news I saw at Politico (the Redbook for politics, 🙄 ) that the cngressional Dems favorability has hit an 18 year low.

What a shock! Can’t think WHY that should be! (meaningless as it may be………….)


ts - 9 April 2010

I agree. I think the praying is going to get more fervent as November approaches.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

The ways that both sides whip their groveling faithful to froth is just disgusting.

2. BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

Hey, Bravo journo Anat Kam and her outlet,
Yediot Aharonot.

Israel Drops a Gag Order Mocked by the Internet

Still, sorry, no kudos for the Israeli government let alone their thug PM, Netanyahu. . To them, like the U.S. PTB, in the end, it matters little that there – hello – ILLEGAL – hello – assassinations and killings of Palestinian civilians continue.
Legal Shmegal, They do what they want.

Some Level of Death®…and utter hypocrisy..to be expected …and all.
What is this? Church?

Happy Friday, all.

3. catnip - 9 April 2010

2 Brrrreaking retirements:

Stupak (why didn’t you retire last year, bonehead?) and Supreme justice Stevens. In the spirit of “bipartisanship”. Obamalama will surely nominate his favourite neocon this time around. “Balance” and all…

4. marisacat - 9 April 2010

Stevens to retire.

UGH… a summer of sick Dem moralising, fundraising to “Save Roe” and………………….. we will still slowly move to all but banning abortion.

catnip - 9 April 2010

And the nauseating analysis begins so they can fill the hours…MSNBC…Brian Williams…Well, Obama can go ,middle left or he can go far left and then there’s race and gender…

Shorter Williams: I have NOTHING.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

I have 4 DVDs coming in tomorrow from Netflix – and one this afternoon… looooooooooooooooooong discs…


ts - 9 April 2010

I think he should pump-fake right to the tight end, roll left and then twirl, twirl, twirl towards freedom.

catnip - 9 April 2010

To be covered in an 8 page photo spread in Courts Illustrated.

brinn - 9 April 2010

LOL! catnip, you’re the BEST!

It has been a hell of a week, and I so needed that image in my head this afternoon! Thank you!

5. catnip - 9 April 2010

U.S. woman returns adopted son to Russia

Russia’s foreign minister is calling for a freeze on child adoptions involving the United States after a Tennessee woman who adopted an eight-year-old boy helped put him on a flight back to Russia by himself, with a note saying she didn’t want to take care of him anymore.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the call after Artyom Savelyev, who carried the adoptive name Justin Hansen, got off a flight from Washington on Thursday at a Moscow airport.

The Kremlin children’s rights office says the boy was carrying a letter from his adoptive parent, Torry Hansen, of Shelbyville, Tenn.

According to a copy of the letter published in Britain’s Daily Mail, Hansen said she adopted Savelyev in September but was lied to by Russian orphanage workers.

“This child is mentally unstable,” the letter reads. “He is violent and has severe psychopathic issues.

“After giving my best to this child, I am sorry to say that for the safety of my family, friends, and myself, I no longer wish to parent this child,” the published letter reads.

Hansen’s mother, Nancy Hansen, said Friday they had also paid a man $200 to pick the boy up at the airport and take him to the Russian Education and Science Ministry.

She said it wasn’t child abandonment because a stewardess was watching the boy on the flight and a reputable person picked him up in Russia.

brinn - 9 April 2010

“wasn’t child abandonment”?

Reeeeeallly, now? So, if I don’t want to take care of the kid that I am legally, not to mention, morally, obligated to take care of anymore, all I have to do is find the $$ for a plane ticket to Moscow and $200 for a cab ride to the Russian Education and Science Ministry?!

Christ on meth, what the hell are these people thinking!?

This just makes me want to puke.

brinn - 9 April 2010

more disgusting details

Can you IMAGINE the hue and cry and wringing of hands and calling for blood that would be going on if this happened to an American child? Anyone defending these two women should just be put down. I am in no kind of mood.

NYCO - 9 April 2010

I have heard of cases like this before and it always seems to be a single mother (who are nurses, for some strange reason) who wants to give the child back. My question is, why does any agency allow any single mother to adopt ANYWAY? Call me crazy or insensitive, but, I can say that being a single woman is a hard enough scrabble sometimes, and can’t imagine how doubly/triply difficult it would be to adopt an older child from a foreign country, with all the bonding issues, etc.

Just ranting. Mainly because I’m sick of these women who apparently believe a baby is the only way to create meaning in their lives, which has effectively made the buying and selling of children to be perfectly legal. (I know an adoptive mom who even admits to joking with her child “We bought you” — which apparently is OK for the adoptive parent to joke about, but if anyone else speaks of foreign adoptions as “buying children,” then that’s just taboo.)

My favorite double standard, incidentally, is the one adopted by the devoutly religious who are all too willing to tell a 12-year-old, “Well, you got pregnant, so it’s God’s will you bear this child,” but then when “God’s will” makes them infertile, all they do is kick and scream and cry “I want, I want, I want a baby.” Well, what if it’s God’s will that YOU don’t have one? What if it’s not about what YOU want? What’s good for the goose, etc. If it’s not about what a 12-year-old wants, it sure as hell isn’t about what a mature adult wants, either. If God’s supposed to be in charge, don’t ask for a double standard.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

I think a lot of agencies are lenient in who adopts just to keep the population moving – moving OUT….

Russia is a resource for white babies and children. As I see it… or if they want an exotic – one seen as “safe”, people go to China.

The whole thing is dicey as hell… and not geared for the well being of the children.

Nobody wanted to look closely at the cantilered adoption the Roberts, as in Chief Justice Roberts and his wife, engineered… but t was indicative. Irish children (white of course), mandated NOT to be adopted outside of the country were routed thru Mexico, where the adoption was registered.

It was clearly imo some cash rich baby mill route, for obtaining white babies.

What a MESS …

NYCO - 9 April 2010

I read on CNN that the grandmother put the kid on the plane after she got advice from an “online lawyer.” Egads.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

Apprently Russia is raising the issue that as many as 15 russian adoptive children have been killed by their US adopters in recent years.


How’s that trip going…

Anything to break the smarmy slobber Ob and Steph have going.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2010

she’s just an unhappy consumer, after all. One returns defective products.

6. catnip - 9 April 2010

The Independent has been sold to Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev. Hmmm…

7. catnip - 9 April 2010

Hockey player an ‘asshole,’ but not guilty, says judge

Chris Doyle, a former player with the P.E.I. Rocket, was found not guilty of assault Friday, but received some harsh words from provincial court Judge John Douglas.

“If he was charged with being a colossal asshole, I would find him guilty,” said Douglas, chief judge of the provincial court.


brinn - 9 April 2010

heh. I know quite a few people who could be found guilty on THAT particular charge!

8. BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

LOL. So.
There’s a Breastfeeding Room Sign Manufacturers Lobby? Or, not in the lobby.
Unless you have a sign. A quality sign, brought to you by the
Breastfeeding Room Sign Manufacturers of America.

Nursing mothers will now get additional support, thanks to page 1239 of the health care bill that President Obama recently signed into law. It requires employers to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” Only companies with less than 50 employees can claim it’s an undue hardship.

Via this bold initiative, Thanks to President Obama, the room will also be required to be free of commandeered Nuclear Weaponry, free of Fire. AND Smoke. Which is good. Because very important studies by very important people show that by using the new reversible “Breastfeeding Room” / “Designated Smoking Area” signs available from any one of the quality Breastfeeding Room Sign Manufacturers in America, important studies show that Companies, Smokers, and babies alike report increased oral satisfaction.
Which Mom’s should Like. And think about.
In those 15 minutes of milking.
In the Breasfeeding Room.
Brought to them by President Obama. 🙄
The Milker in Chief.

GMAFB. {Give me a freakin boob.}

{corrected for typo’s HTML.. Bhhm}

marisacat - 9 April 2010

The whole timing is so overly convenient, as the media was flooded this week with yet another study, finding that the entire world will work better if babies are breast fed fro 6 months. A handy list of quite serious illnesses that breastfeeding can supposedly positively affect.

Gah. Talk about smoke and mirrors.

BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

Thinking of a gift for those hard to buy guys in our lives?
Rahm? Bob Rubin? Gates?
Consider a tasteful , reversible Breastfeeding Room Sign.
No Pun intended. (Okay, so it is.)

Available in brass.
Oval Office/Situation Room engraved on reverse.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

On second thought, all I ask is that Mother Obama NOT TAKE THIS UP as an additional area of interest. Replete with personal stoires.

God spare us.

BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

Women are especially invited take Barry to the bosom.
And associate him and MO with the personal bond.
As we all are on “Date Night”.
Because it , the personal association, like they,
are so wholesome and beautiful. Suckle Suckle.

Meanwhile…. the reality in the workplace?
If you’re in the workplace? If you’re out? For women? For men?
We might as well be looking for mothers milk from Cheney..
or Date Night with George and Laura…for all the..you know-

marisacat - 9 April 2010


I have to say it was the most embarrassing Inaugural night of my life (and there have been bad ones, the Bushes, both sets, being on going embarrassments).

I had not expected Prom Night and Make-Out Night, as the public representation of the balls.

But, so fitting.

BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010


Public Displays of Affectation.

By midterms they’ll need to be doin live webporn for an audience.
Markos could carry it.
Then they could all argue over what they’d do.
You know , in an Open Letter to the President and First Lady.
The Republicans could be blamed for any deviation.
SallyCat, Miss Blue, and Elise could give their advice.
Nate Silver could model it statistically, charting performance and reported satisfaction over time.

I shut up now.

BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

Oh one other thing.
Remember when Gore tried to gargle Tipper?

Yeh that sure helped refuting public perception of his being wooden.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

oh I forgot about that one.

diane - 9 April 2010

It’s always a relief to know that there are others who got that knee jerk:

who’s that faker?

reaction, when witnessing Papa Al’s profound


(too bad I’m unable to impart the Arianna Huffington three foot high, emerald mine GREEN, boldface font there)


But shhhhhhh, I’m sure Papa Al will be on the Board of Directors of Ma Obama’s up and coming Ivy League, US, Mamma’s Special Breast Milk Foundation For the PO Ugly FAT Kids

whom, if they’d only practiced her and Al’s philosophy on life (also helps being born to the right asshole parents?), could also wear gowns that took forty PO Indians 3 weeks to make.

diane - 9 April 2010

I’m waiting for the scandal on the Our Lady Toad Bishop in the heart of Great America Sly Con Valley territory, where the wealthy wimmins sport the emerald encrusted crucifii and titter about their sacrifices for the po.and needy.

Likely Republicans, nonetheless, plenty donations to Eshoo, to keep all in check.

diane - 9 April 2010

oops, meant to post that comment below comment 9

9. BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

Yet ANOTHER Serial Molestation case
covered up by Pope Benedict XVI. Again, with letter bearing his signature. This one from Oakland. No fluff centering on forgiveness and repentence, Ratzy cited damage to the Church as a consideration.

My questions are these – just because the US granted this cretin immunity from prosecution as a “Head of State” – can’t other countries prosecute him criminally? That’s not tied up in treaties is it? And Surely he can now be named personally in Civil litigation, no?


The correspondence, obtained by The Associated Press, is the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican’s insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the Catholic Church’s doctrinal watchdog office.

The letter, signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was typed in Latin and is part of years of correspondence between the Diocese of Oakland and the Vatican about the proposed defrocking of the Rev. Stephen Kiesle.

The Vatican confirmed Friday that it was Ratzinger’s signature.

Pass the Popcorn Rosary .

“The press office doesn’t believe it is necessary to respond to every single document….

How could they! It’d be a miracle given the Multitudes!
Deer. Headlights. {Deer , oddly, in ermine}

…taken out of context regarding particular legal situations,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.

Here’s the timeline on Kiesle from the AP.

BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

_ September 1982: Oakland diocese official writes Ratzinger asking for update.

_ September 1983: Cummins visits Rome, discusses Kiesle case with Vatican officials.

_ December 1983: Vatican official writes Oakland to say Kiesle’s file can’t be found and they should resubmit materials.

_ January 1984: Cummins writes a Vatican official to inquire about status of Kiesle file.

_ 1985: Kiesle volunteers as a youth minister at St. Joseph’s Church in Pinole.

_ September 1985: Cummins writes Ratzinger asking about status of Kiesle case.

_ November 1985: Ratzinger writes to Cummins about Kiesle case.

_ December 1985: A memo from diocese officials discusses writing to Ratzinger again to stress the risk of scandal if Kiesle’s case is delayed.

_ 1987: Kiesle is defrocked.

_ 2002: Kiesle is arrested and charged with 13 counts of child molestation; all but two are thrown out after U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidates a California law extending statute of limitations.

Oh Lordy. Well the Catholics on SCOTUS stopped THAT cold.
The legal woes at the time, as it would have led straight to the Vatican.

Ah the poor Catholic Hierarchy…their woes are far from over.
Far from it, as Madman’s posts on cases and the email posted from moiv shows about discovery making its way through the courts .

As for this this pedophile priest Kiestle like the rest…
He kept on molesting.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

ABC is covering that case on the national evening news.

ABC has just been so hot to trot over the Ratz hunt.


marisacat - 9 April 2010

They’re covering it pretty heavily locally. Since Ratz the Naz is so clearly tied in with this one.

And what a nightmare! Kiesle was not just some simple pedophile… he tied small child ren up and then abused them….

Not that there is “better pedophilia”….

NYCO - 9 April 2010

The Vatican seemed to really believe that they could just keep ignoring stuff, and that it would never soil the hem of a Pope’s own garment someday.

BooHooHooMan - 9 April 2010

Active roles at this point.
And the use of the dirt as political chits in the College of Cardinals.
By Ratzinger and no doubt, – gasp – his predecessors as well.

They make efforts at Internal Affairs in the various police and security state services look positively legit. They collected a whole lot of chits over careers that could be leveraged for increased cash from said aspirants Diocese. The results of which dropped into the coffers while carrying the chit for political support during Papal transitions.
It’s nothing short of furthering the crimes.

How long before some Roman collared rentboy high enough in the Vatican to have credibility… and access to the Vatican , eh, video library as it were…..spills? So many of them are in on it , it’s who they are , and have thus far reliably reinforced the code of silence…but what happens when one of those with promises of promotion, protection, and patronage goes unfulfilled?
As the Versace sheets are , shall we say, withdrawn.

marisacat - 9 April 2010

well the gay prostitution ring in the Vatican reaches pretty high… but as child abuse heated up, that end of things went rather quiet…

catnip - 9 April 2010

Who types in Latin??

BooHooHooMan - 10 April 2010

No one when the Pope’s around. Henh.

marisacat - 10 April 2010

Maybe someone could call for lock boxes, chastity belts for the ranks, the priesthood.

At least it is an entertaining idea.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2010

Soldier from “Collateral Murder” company speaks out

Killing was following military protocol. It was going along with the rules as they are. If these videos shock and revolt you, they show the reality of what war is like. If you don’t like what you see in them, it means we should be working harder towards alternatives to war.”—Josh Stieber, identified by commondreams.org as a veteran soldier of the same Company depicted in the Iraq killing video released this week by Wikileaks.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 April 2010
12. catnip - 9 April 2010

Geez. I missed a lot of actual news while I was wasting time over at the Daily Diva. blackwaterdog has flamed out again – GBCWing in a comment. Her 3rd GBCW. Now her fans are pleading for the martyr to return, of course. Obamalama pr0n – it’s what’s for dinner.

In unrelated news, my 14 yo granddaughter e-mailed me about her Easter experience:

“The easter bunny is feeling the effects of the recession and is there for cutting back ”

But she still got enough chocolate anyway. 🙂 I thought that was cute. I’ll make her a political animal yet. Just give me time…

marisacat - 9 April 2010

The Land of Flameouts…


Go to work on the granddaughter… 😉

catnip - 9 April 2010

The number of emotionally immature people (aka bleeding maroons) over there now is staggering. Good luck finding a rational discussion that lasts for more than 2 minutes.

Mange you can believe in!

13. catnip - 9 April 2010

Is it just me or is his popeyness sporting undereye concealer these days?

catnip - 9 April 2010

A Vatican spokesman said the letter was part of a long correspondence and should not be taken out of context.

“The press office doesn’t believe it is necessary to respond to every single document taken out of context regarding particular legal situations,” said the spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi.

He acknowledged that the Church had lost public trust and said Church law could no longer be placed above civil laws if that trust were to be recovered.

Fuck. Ya think??

14. diane - 9 April 2010

The citizens should be real proud, that the California Legislature is working hard to undo the mess in Cali. Brought to you by ”one of the most prominent,” hard hitting, take no prisoners, non-profit watchdogs over the well being of Cali citizens:

Nearly six years after his death in 2004, the state Senate yesterday voted to establish an annual “Ronald Reagan Day” to honor the two-term President and governor each year on his birthday, February 6.

The LA Times reports that the day will not be declared a state holiday, so state offices will remain open, but teachers will be encouraged to enlighten their students about Reagan’s impact on history.


No really, the bay area is the center of non profit journalismThe bay area is the center of non profit journalism.

marisacat - 10 April 2010

it’s probably payment for Harvey Milk Day… enacted a few months ago under the same restrictions. Tho I doubt there was an encouragement to teach about Harvey in the schools.


15. marisacat - 10 April 2010

Whoops… Polish president and wife 130 others down for the count.

[C]ontroversial figure

The president was flying in a Tupolev 154, a plane that was designed in the 1960s and capable of carrying more than 100 passengers.

Our correspondent says there had been calls for Polish leaders to upgrade their planes.

As well as the president and his wife, Maria, a number of senior officials were also said to be on the passenger list.

They included the army chief of staff Gen Franciszek Gagor, central bank governor Slawomir Skrzypek and deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer.

Mr Kaczynski has been a controversial figure in Polish politics, advocating a right-wing Catholic agenda.

He has opposed rapid free-market reforms and favoured retaining social welfare programmes.

16. marisacat - 10 April 2010



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