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FFS 16 September 2010

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.


Everybody Draw Mohammed Day (Image Credit: Molly Norris 2010)

I heard about this about mid day today, but I gather it has been steaming and simmering since May 20, when a Seattle cartoonist for an alternative press, in response to the furor over the image of Muhammed in South Park, drew the above cartoon….

a S A T I R E.

Now… what ensues is a bit murky, by my reading.

Before you can say Praise the Prophet, an unconnected person, in Canada, has up a Facebook page, that the Seattle cartoonist, Molly Norris, has to declare she has no part of…

The Canadian is visited by the Royal Mounteds… told to take down the page and cease and desist… and told not to talk to reporters…

Bit by bit, Molly Norris ends up losing the details and realities of her life. Her name, her job, her life as it is lived daily… Has to issue an apology to any and all (Muslims) withdraw and assume another identity… at the insistence, it seems of the FBI.

Molly Norris has moved and changed her name, the Seattle Weekly said Wednesday, after U.S.-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al Awlaki placed her on an execution hit list. Awlaki — who was linked to the botched Times Square bombing and cited as inspiration for the Fort Hood massacre and a plot by two New Jersey men to kill U.S. soldiers — reportedly called Norris a “prime target” for assassination and that her “proper abode is hellfire.”

“You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week,” Seattle Weekly Editor in Chief Mark Fefer wrote Wednesday. “That’s because there is no more Molly.”

“The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully. But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, ‘going ghost:’ moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity.

“She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program — except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab,” Fefer wrote. …

The US born cleric, with whom we so wish to go to media and drone war, al Awlaki… his name gets spread around as the source (at his website) of the death threat(s)….

THAT part I find murky, as he is our newest bestest bestest enemy…

FOX News report….

However, take a look at the cartoon at the top.

When CBS News reported on this tonight (leaving Awlaki’s name out of it, btw) they ALSO, in deference to Muslims who might be offended, BLURRED the little cartoon faces.

Do you see Muhammed up there anywhere?

Near the teacup maybe?

Or the talking cherry?

So where is Muhammed?

But CBS got out their little blur-it stick…  What a fucking looney world.

As a secular woman I don’t respect any religion, all the hierarchies are just pains in the ass. And, most particularly, the various “people of the book”, the desert religions, the Abrahamic traditions are in the realm of utter nuts.




1. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 September 2010

Was Diane directing the questions about “techy gods” at me?

If so, then … Ummmmm … respecting science, rationality and secularism in no way is the same as blindly following and worhiping superstitious crap. I don’t think I am, nor have I every advocated, the kind of blind “technology will save us at the last minute” idiocy that many people fall into.

diane - 16 September 2010

Was Diane directing the questions about “techy gods” at me?

well yeah, ….yeah I was/am.

For an instance,……I’m sure you check Gawker (Gizmodo etc. etc.) , ….fairly frequently,….where is this link post: GCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats (Updated) ?

Goodnight, will check back when rested, I hate to jump the gun ………..

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 September 2010

stories like that bore me … I’ll leave them to you.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 September 2010

Lanny Davis Attacks Maddow For Clinton Criticism: ‘Worst Element Of Our Party’

“We [Democrats] have our Tea Party side, and Rachel Maddow is typical…she’s sanctimonious and intolerant of anyone who disagrees with her. So, if it’s Bill Clinton, she calls him a Republican because he doesn’t meet Rachel Maddow’s test. So, the worst element of our party are people who call themselves liberal who are actually illiberal because they are intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them…”

EVERY time I argue w/ a winger or tell them they believe stupid, crazy shit, or when I mock someone’s religion I get the “I thought you liberals were supposed to be tolerant” line of crap.

Fuck you Lanny

marisacat - 16 September 2010

The guy at Truth Out used to use a phrase I liked (no idea if he is still using it)

Stone Cold Liberal.

I like it!

Madman in the Marketplace - 16 September 2010

The ““We [Democrats] have our Tea Party side” is an increasingly used complaint by the rightwing of the donk party … our recently defeated state Senator from my district used the same excuse for the liberal challenger kicking his ass on Tuesday.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 September 2010

Drug Czar Confronted At Press Conference

Daniel Pacheco, a Colombian student from Georgetown University and a member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, asked Kerlikowske to respond to Mexican leaders’ assertions that the United States should consider legalizing drugs — particularly marijuana — in order to deprive drug cartels of the majority of their revenue. The exchange was caught on camera by SSDP’s Aaron Houston and posted on Firedoglake.com. SSDP and Firedoglake are partners in a new coalition, Just Say Now, organizing in favor of marijuana legalization.

Pacheco delivered to Kerlikowske 52,000 signatures, many gathered on college campuses, on behalf of the campaign.

Instead of defending the principle of prohibition, Kerlikowske quibbled with Pacheco’s statistic on how much of the cartel’s revenue comes from marijuana. “The number that has been often cited in the press — 58 to 60 percent of cartel revenues comes — was introduced by ONDCP in 2006. Unfortunately, the history is that it was based on 1997 information,” Kerlikowske said. “Everyone that recognizes these cartels clearly understands that their revenues have changed a lot since 1997. There are different drugs, they are involved with different criminal enterprises, so people that continue — and we really reject trying to continue to use a number that is now 13 to 14 years old, about how much money comes from marijuana. So, we strongly believe we see significantly less than the numbers cited from 14 years ago.”

Testimony to the Senate from both the FBI and DEA, however, confirmed the 60-percent figure in 2010.

According to the report, more than 50 percent of all drug arrests were for marijuana, up from below 45 percent a decade ago. Police paid particular attention to individual pot smokers: 88 percent of those arrested were charged for simple possession.

The pot arrest total was the second-highest in American history and an increase over 2008. In November, California voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for adults. The proposition has strong backing from nurses unions and teachers unions, who hope that the revenue raised with stave off layoffs.

Not all of the 758,593 people arrested for possession were sent to prison, but all were harmed in one way or another. Getting arrested can cost a person his or her job, as in the case of a senior staffer to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) who recently came to his office on the weekend with a bag of pot on him. That staffer will appear as a single digit in next year’s crime report.

“The numbers tell the story; the enforcement of criminal marijuana laws and the prosecution of marijuana offenders, in particular minor marijuana possession defendants, is driving the present drug war,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said.

marisacat - 16 September 2010

My take, the government is going to fight back… I heard tape of Kerlikowski earlier this week. They have/are going to rev up the war agaisnt MJ.

catnip - 17 September 2010

I saw a quick clip of this so-called drug czar saying this the other day:

“I can absolutely not rule out this constant discussion of so-called medical marijuana, marijuana legalization and the downplaying of marijuana harms that is prevalent in the media,”


marisacat - 17 September 2010

yeah he is revving up………….. I think he and Obby plan to step up enforcement… He is talking a lot about how states allowing Med MJ have increased MJ problems.

And so on.

And the Proposition to legalise MJ is expected, at this point, to fail in Nov… I mean, there are weeks yet, and pre voting polls are often wrong… but……….


4. Madman in the Marketplace - 16 September 2010

A possible tornado was reported in Brooklyn and or Queens

lucid - 17 September 2010

Was an interesting storm. Seemed to really nail Queens. I was in Manhattan at the time – the wind was crazy – blew the rain almost horizontally.

marisacat - 17 September 2010

The films today of it were amazing. Brought dwn big healthy trees, I noticed.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 September 2010

high wind is scary in the city, w/ all the loose stuff that can blow around.

marisacat - 17 September 2010

NY Times has a piece on the massive loss of trees… “thousands” … all the films I saw the trees were healthy.

Some were more than a century old but still sturdy and doing their jobs. Many others were young and willowy, just getting going. Some of them were inscrutable; no one truly knew them or how they got there. But others felt like old friends. They were wonderful for their blissful shade, to climb, to simply stare at and admire.

They were the most visible evidence of the fleeting but brutal storm that barged through New York City on Thursday evening: the ravaged trees.

There was a beloved scarlet oak that had stood forever in a farm family’s cemetery in Queens. There was a Callery pear that parrots preferred on a street in Brooklyn. Trees that had stories to them that were now prematurely finished.

On Friday, as the city plowed ahead in the painstaking process of cleaning up the wreckage and repairing damage, it was still too early to tabulate a reliable tree death count. The city has over 100 species and more than five million trees, some as old as 250. Clearly the loss was great.

Adrian Benepe, the city’s parks commissioner, estimated that as many as 2,000 of the 650,000 street trees had been killed or else so crippled that they would have to be cut down. Mr. Benepe said hundreds of the two million trees in the parks were killed or damaged beyond hope. Hundreds more lost limbs.

Storms periodically batter the city’s trees. A freak storm in August of last year toppled about 500 trees in Central Park.

The storm on Thursday left Manhattan and the Bronx virtually unscathed but was merciless in the other boroughs. ….

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 September 2010

that’s sad …

5. marisacat - 16 September 2010

oh the pope is so funny! Listening to him from … I guess Edinburgh…

He says all that matters is….. luv.


Madman in the Marketplace - 17 September 2010

well, and a little lube for the very young ones.

marisacat - 17 September 2010

Priests are kind that way!

6. marisacat - 17 September 2010

Oh the mincing minuet of avoidance and insult… LOL

Northern leaders turned down papal invitation


NORTHERN IRELAND’S First and Deputy First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness did not accept invitations to meet with Pope Benedict XVI in Edinburgh in an effort to avoid causing difficulties for either of them, both men confirmed last night.

Up to now, because of their opposing political and religious allegiances, there was an unspoken protocol whereby Mr Robinson and before him, former DUP leader the Rev Ian Paisley, would deal with British royal business, while papal matters would be left to Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Mr McGuinness.

The invitation posed particular difficulties for Mr Robinson, who would have attended the Holyroodhouse reception with the pope and Queen Elizabeth, while his predecessor-in-office, Ian Paisley, was in the city protesting at Pope Benedict’s state visit.

Meanwhile, the German cardinal who caused a diplomatic flurry just hours before the pope’s visit has refused to apologise for describing the UK as an “aggressively atheistic society” and for saying that Heathrow airport looks like something from the Third World.

Authoritarians, the lot of them.

Reminds me of Randall Terry of Operation Rescue and other collaborations…. it was he who tore out pages of the Quran, near the WH, and haphazardly, sort of, burned them… All for show, fundie muslims will eventually be his partners.

And he knows it…

What a joke it all is… and the joke is on us, most particularly on women…

7. catnip - 17 September 2010

Maybe it’s just me (and I bought into the meme as well) but if “Tea Party” candidates are able to run in closed Republican primaries, how can they be considered to be members of a “third” party? That’d be like have a Green party candidate running in a closed Dem primary.

catnip - 17 September 2010

have = having

marisacat - 17 September 2010

because as fa as I knw there is no officially registered party called Tea Party… It really is just like Netroots, but bigger..

speaking of which…………………….. Wiegel noticed… (from Ben Smith)

September 17, 2010


Two insurgencies

Weigel makes a useful distinction between the Tea Party movement and the last insurgency, the Netroots (and, I’d add, much of the offline support for Howard Dean in ’04):

[T]he Netroots were never as ideological as the Tea Party. They wanted to win, and they believed that the candidates who could win would have 1) compelling biographies and 2) anti-war politics. They wanted boldness. They didn’t care as much about other issues. Contrast that with the Tea Party bill of particulars. You are unacceptable if you voted for TARP, or energy legislation, or fail to support a balanced budget, or doubt that entitlements need to be broken down, or have any normal political biography at all.

The Netroots also never turned out tens of thousands at rallies, though they did raise real money and focus the attention of the party.

Posted by Ben Smith 09:26 AM

8. catnip - 17 September 2010

Parrot arrested for aiding drug cartel

A parrot in Colombia has been arrested after it was seized during a police drugs raid.

According to environmental authorities, Lorenzo the parrot was trying to tip-off a local drug cartel when officers conducted an undercover raid early Wednesday.

“This parrot was sending out alerts,” said police officer Hollman Oliveira. “You could say he was some sort of watch bird.”

Authorities claim Lorenzo is one of nearly 1700 parrots seized by officials after being trained by drug traffickers to act as lookouts.

Lorenzo caused quite the stir on Wednesday as he was presented to journalists. The well trained creature even showed off his look out skills as he yelled out: “run, run you are going to get caught.”

“He spent the whole morning saying that,” police Colonel Freddy Veloza told RCN television.

marisacat - 17 September 2010

Free the parrot!

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 September 2010

“You could say he was some sort of watch bird.”

the relentless stoopid makes my head hurt … there is no avoiding it.

9. marisacat - 17 September 2010

I don’t know if anyone else disliked Fenty mayor of DC as much as I did (and his harsh disciplinarian, Rhee, the Chancellor of the school system) but lambert at corrente has an overview of the aftrmath of his loss.

[H]is [Yglesias] data was so flawed that he was eventually forced to add the following to his post later, ” It should be said, this poll doesn’t have a huge sample so the margin of error on these internals is probably giant.”

Tuesday’s election results confirm that the margin of error was, actually, giant.

So what is missing from all of this analysis?

One simple number that, had any of these pundits bothered to look, showed that Fenty was in deep, deep trouble – 34.5%. That is he the unemployment rate for African-Americans in Washington D.C., a rate that is more than double the national average for African-Americans.


AND delicious slams at McArdle, Ezra and Yggles {who should be slapped around, regularly] in their blinkered and, I would say, dumb fuck white take on the loss….

Toward the bottom he makes the point:

Fenty = Obama…

Boy and how, plus they double dated around DC. To me it smacked of what I have been saying for a long long time, we are stuck in the fucking post Civil War Reconstruction. Still there. And it ain’t pretty.

Madman in the Marketplace - 17 September 2010

Fenty = Obama = H. Ford Jr = Booker = etc

they let in ambitious authoritarians willing to attack and slap down the poor and minorities in ways that white donks feel they can’t get away with.

marisacat - 17 September 2010

yup.. Reconstruction…

meanwhile I am supposed to get all in a tizzy over whatshername in Delaware…. rush to defend Mosqueria like my secular life depended on it………. and what else? Oh yes, support the born again in the WH. And accept and play along that the job tossed at Elizabeth Warren is real… and so on.

It’s a laundry list.

10. marisacat - 17 September 2010

I see IOZ has a post on the hoopla rising against MJ, again.

(lucid appears in comments btw… 😉 )

And in comments is this:

Inkberrow said…

The biggest gateway drug of all is Ritalin. And with alcohol, the journey is the destination. Marijuana never punishes those who observe the Aristotelian mean.

12:17 PM

To which I would agree, to some degreee.. obviously there is a range of drugs and experiences as an adult that taking Ritalin as a child cannot duplicate, but a doctor did tell me it is generally believed that a child who spent several years on Ritalin def took hard drugs.


11. marisacat - 17 September 2010

Calculated Risk posts there may be no COLA raise for SS fo 2012 as well as 2010 and of course 2011.

Yes… and I should vote the Democratic Shitkicker ticket WHY? LOL 👿

A comment in the thread:

Laocoon on Sep 17, 6:19 PM said:

Everyone misses what’s going on with the power of compounding.

If there is no COLA, even if SS gives beneficiaries a $250 “bonus” or any other one-time payment, this is not added to the calculation of the person’s base on which subsequent COLAs are calculated.

Therefore, the government is taking away the power of compounding at the margin. This can potentially save the program a ton of money as you roll the effect forward. From the SSA’s point of view, this is one way of keeping the program going and “sharing” the pain evenly. Of course, it’s also a way of reducing benefits over time a lot more than the average individual realizes.

Clearly, not reducing benefits, even in a deflationary environment, is a form of an embedded option, so it is not surprising that SS is trying this tactic as a counterbalance.

Similar tricks have been going on in the private sector for at least two decades now. Keep the salary fairly steady, with small, infrequent raises, then hype the employee with the promise of upside potential. Unfortunately, the upside doesn’t roll into the base compensation, ergo little effect from compounding, and that’s how total comp can stay the same for years and years [the Sisyphean Compensation Model]. Conversely, the ridiculously high salaries and retirements that some government employees are now receiving include step raises and the benefit of compounding over careers of 20-30 years, which can result in a lot of money

Read more: Link to BI with Calculated Risk snip

12. marisacat - 17 September 2010

LOL So true, Seagrams gets a vote why not munchies and movies to vege out to?

One group that really doesn’t want the legalization of marijuana is big alcohol.

California Beer and Beverage Distributors, a group which includes Anheuser-Busch InBev, donated $10,000 last week to the campaign against Prop. 19 (via HuffPo).

Would marijuana legalization really cut into alcohol consumption?

Probably so. The interest group also includes Heineken, which knows from Amsterdam how legalization affects the market.

The real question is why haven’t pizza vendors and Netflix donated in support of Prop. 19.

Read more: Link

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 September 2010

A friend sent me this trailer for what looks like a very interesting documentary.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 17 September 2010

Correntewire post with pics from Park Slope, Brooklyn

15. marisacat - 18 September 2010



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