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Hail Mary… 17 October 2010

Posted by marisacat in Australia, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Italy, Total fucking lunatics.


A cheer broke out in the crowd when MacKillop’s name was announced by Pope Benedict XVI [AFP]

Hail Mary… and then some.  FIRST the Church tosses a saint at Australia… then gives her a name that sounds like the title of some parochial school based porn and discipline movie:

St Mary MacKillop of the Cross.

Then, it seems, the story is she was first vilified (“briefly” ex-communicated) in her life for exposing an instance of abuse, then lauded. 

Now sainted.

There seems to have been a great mass writhing of the Australian faithful in St Peter’s Square…

One hundred and one years after her death, the Pope completed the recognition of her saintly status by declaring MacKillop and the five other clergy members being canonised should be “definitively declared saints and included in the book of saints (and) devoutly honoured . . . in all the church”.

The most senior cardinal assisting him in the ceremony, the Archbishop of Montreal, Jean-Claude Turcotte, gave a response in which he became the first person to formally use MacKillop’s new title, Saint Mary of the Cross.

Sister Maria Casey, the official advocate of MacKillop’s cause, knelt before the Pope and he held her hands as she thanked him for the elevation of MacKillop.

The gospel reading in the mass was read twice, once in Greek and once in Latin, to signify the Pope’s decision applies to the universal church as it covers both its eastern and western wings.

 Also, according to the Australian (isn’t that a Murdoch paper, iirc it is), Rudd has moved publicly to laud the Church for its stance (would that be “bend over”?) on abuse AND there is a move on to make SMMotC the patron saint of …….. the abused!

KEVIN Rudd launched a vigorous defence of the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse last night.

And Mr Rudd said the canonisation of Mary MacKillop should prompt Australians to a fairer appreciation of the church’s contribution to their nation’s history.

Addressing a press conference after an audience with the Pope, the Foreign Minister said while many people criticised the church it was time to more openly acknowledge its positive contributions.

Asked about the church’s response to clergy abusing children he said it had taken action and “I would like to acknowledge the enormous work which the church has done and other Christian churches in dealing with this blight on all of human kind”.

He is in Rome not only for the announce of her coming canonisation but apparently the Vatican is mounting a big show on Australian indigenous peoples.  A two-fer. 

We know how much they care.  About the little brown people.

One atheist writing in the Sydney Morning Herald notes that she, Saint Mary MacKillop of the Cross, is already the patron saint of quack cancer cures, her mandatory two miracles having to do with curing cancer.

Only second to the general whitewashing the Church receives:

Asked what the federal government planned to do on the issue of clerical child abuse, Mr Rudd said it was important to acknowledge the pain of victims but “the church over some time now has established its own process within Australia for dealing with this”.

“And the church in doing so has dealt with many cases from the past, and where there have been imperfections in the process they have also sought to improve those processes.”

We are so blessed…….

(O Canada! … Don’t feel left out Canada!  I read some monk is about to receive the nod… )


In other fantastical fib-laden slobber news, I see Ob and Snob were together in Ohio.

“I know there are times when probably it’s hard to recapture that sense of possibility,” Obama said, recalling the night of his election victory.

“It’s hard sometimes to say, ‘Yes we can.’

You sit thinking, ‘You know, maybe. I don’t know.’ It’s not as inspiring a slogan.”

Yes we cannot?

They so need to be pelted with foodstuffs made from transfats, pesticide riddled vegetables and tobacco smoke.



1. diane - 17 October 2010

sounds like Murdoch stench …


imperfections in the process they have also sought to improve those processes.”


2. ms_xeno - 17 October 2010

I guess it’s just crumbs and all, but it heartened me to note that Robert Parry’s obnoxious, cliched scolding of Green voters got him hammered by what looks like a huge margin of comments over at Common Dreams. I stay away from there, usually, because the Demo apologists have been so fucking tiresome over the years. But I saw it because both Corrente and Caruso’s blogs linked to it.

At least it makes me feel somewhat less lonely than I did back in 2004.

We have a governor’s race coming up, and I think both major candidates are jaggoffs, personally. You can have the “hard” GOP jaggoff who rages against hikes in the Minimum Wage, or you can have the “soft” Demo jaggoff who carries on and on about how more edjamacation will naturally make teh jobs just come pouring into the state like there’s no tomorrow. (Both of them are up to their necks in lobbyist dough, of course.)

I should open my ballot and just NOTA everything and be done with it, but I was sick this weekend and just didn’t have the energy.

Later in the week, I guess. :/ Have a good one, Folks.

marisacat - 17 October 2010

oh I am glad to hear that… I had read the John Halle post on it, at corrente, so went over to Consortium News to read it. But did no go to common dreams… I loved it that John Halle said he wanted to ask Perry for his donation back.

Back whn Tiny Revolution did one of his ‘donate fridays’, some gimmick (imo) that Schwarz is running, he ran one for Perry/Consortium News and I left a comment that Perry does not deserve anyone’s donations. At all. (I was right)

What a fucking pissant (Perry, and, for all I know, Jon Schwarz as well).

He (Bob Perry) is one more who takes the occasional little sniff in the direction of the Democrats, but gets on board 330+ days out of the year. basically still dining out, promoting himself on his articles and book on Iran Contra – and how Bill C passed on it, saying he needed to work with the Republicans. (Sound familiar?).

Hello? So long ago.

Big fucking deal.

I heard “emptywheel” at the first big Kos Nut Nation conflab, with tears and a catch in her throat, say she was doing all this work, to never let another Iran Contra happen. (a mini savior!)

Oh Sweetie. Stop lying. Doing it ofr the quite twisted online [cough choke strangle] acclaim.

Geesh. It is all so petty and miserable.

ms_xeno - 18 October 2010

Yeah. It’s not that I have a spare nickel even lying around these days. (Though I’ve now worked this “temp” gig almost as long as I worked the last supposed “perma” one.) But if I did have one, it would go to somebody like Silber way before a twit like Parry.

marisacat - 18 October 2010

kiss the kitties!!

ms_xeno - 18 October 2010


The Sid sampled some pine nuts from the pesto this weekend. Also some canned refried beans.


marisacat - 18 October 2010

Sid had a good weekend… 😉

3. diane - 18 October 2010

Sounds like a great plan to me …

Justice for Oscar Grant! Jail for Killer Cops! – Longshoremen Will Shut Down All Bay Area Ports

October 18th, 2010


Angered by the pro-police rallies and news coverage calling for killer cop Mehserle’s freedom, Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has called for a labor and community rally October 23rd in Oakland to demand justice for Oscar Grant and the jailing of killer cops. Bay Area ports will shut down that day to stand with the black community and others against the scourge of police brutality.

Anthony Leviege, a longshore union rally organizer, said “Many unions, including the San Francisco and Alameda Labor Councils, have endorsed and are mobilizing for the rally. They see the need in the current economic crisis to build unity with the community to defend jobs, public education, health care and housing for all. And unions defending black and brown youth against police brutality is fundamental to that unity

Now, the ILWU is calling on unions to link up with community organizations under their banner, “An Injury to One is an Injury to All.” From all accounts it’s a clarion call that will muster thousands fed up with the economic crisis and the scapegoating of minorities.


marisacat - 18 October 2010

Mehserle comes up for sentencing Nov 5

diane - 18 October 2010

More info on the rally:

On July 19, 30 members of ILWU Local 10 counter-protested against pro-police demonstrators in Walnut Creek who were calling for the “freedom” of killer cop Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing 22-year-old Oscar Grant. The union is demanding jail for killer cops. ILWU Local 10 is sponsoring a huge labor and community rally for justice for Oscar Grant on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Oakland City Hall. Mehserle will be sentenced on Nov. 5 in Los Angeles…

Labor unions and community activists in the Bay Area and beyond have a responsibility to condemn the received view of police violence and to demand a modicum of justice for Oscar Grant. They can do so by responding to the call by the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 to unite on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Oakland City Hall in support of “jail for killer cops.”


read more

Here’s a directions link for Oakland City Hall

Oakland City Hall is located at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, between 14th and 15th Streets at Clay Street.

diane - 18 October 2010
ts - 18 October 2010

I remember when there was that mayor that called out the police when they beat on those peaceful anti-war protesters and longshoremen in Oakland…can’t remember who that was though…

ts - 18 October 2010

Oh, yeah. It was…this thing…with…this guy

marisacat - 18 October 2010

I remember that… one of the many reasons not bothering to vote for Old Jer’ this go round.

people were injured and battered that day, and he was silent. IMO he green lit the cop response, just as, tho out of the country on the day, I felt Villaraigosa green lit the police crack down on an immigration May Day demostration, in MacArthur Park in downtown LA.

ts - 18 October 2010

oh, hell yeah he did. unless their response is to fire the chief of police and sic the prosecutors on those responsible, they’re not just complicit, they ordered it. the foreign trip is just plausible deniability.

marisacat - 18 October 2010

Yes Villaraigosa gave a speech in some town in Mexico, the day of the MacArthur Park… whcih was very very ugly. The cops in groups chased down and beat single fleeing demonstrators.. AND reporters…

diane - 18 October 2010

so many rotted peaches in Cali (after all it is one of the largest economies on earth), but I’m guessing you are referring to J. ROTC. Beam from the Moon …

diane - 18 October 2010

so many rotted peaches in Cali…

was in response to ts’

I remember when there was that mayor that called out the police when they beat on those peaceful anti-war protesters and longshoremen in Oakland…can’t remember who that was though…

diane - 18 October 2010

oopsy, …hard to keep up, ……then again,

so many rotted peaches in Cali…

certainly fits:

Yes Villaraigosa [Mayor, Los Angeles, CA – diane] gave a speech in some town in Mexico, the day of the MacArthur Park… whcih was very very ugly. The cops in groups chased down and beat single fleeing demonstrators.. AND reporters…

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2010

good on them … thanks for the link.

diane - 18 October 2010

You’re welcome. I’m so looking forward to Saturday.

4. BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2010

Speaking of Hail Mary— hey, what is the plural of the Big HM anyways? – but speaking of Hail whatevers and the New Saint manufacturing biz,

anyways, DOWN IN OLE KENTUCK, , the Dems, like they often do, ran that guy who always plays Bobby Kennedy or could be the guy who played Bobby Kennedy in those made-for-TV Camelot movies, where Bobby is the fraternally supportive, ambitious Attorney General, a conniving prick but fundamentally …you know?
No wait. I’m sorry, Wrong guy. Another guy.
Looks just like him, tho.

The Dems actually ran their current Attorney General Guy™, one of those cheap aftermarket imitations of the guy who used to play Bobby Kennedy in those made-for-TV Camelot movies you know.

Now. What I find hilarious, is how the Catholic Conway and his panicking boychick team , in throwing The Big HM in what was meant to be a “gamechanger” of an ad- wait for it –
seem to have articulated that

Rand Paul
isn’t Christian enough for the Klan.



Can it get anymore fucked up?
Of course LOL it had the Pwogwessive GameBoy Wonder Stamp of Approval as “fair game” . Well of course, “fair game”. Well, I suppose fielding a team of retards-coached-by-retards who then call in retarded plays for the other retards to run IS, afterall, “fair game.”

AND So Pwogwessive, I might add.
Religion. “Values Voters”. Soooo Pwogwessive-

Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the founder of Daily Kos, wrote on his blog that the ad was fair game, as a candidate’s personal beliefs were as relevant to their political credentials as their policy stances.

“I can see why Chait and other progressives might be a bit upset, as the ad attacks Rand Paul for his irreligious beliefs.

“Personally, I see nothing wrong with it. Voters are less concerned with issues than values when casting their ballots, and for many voters, religion speaks to the candidate’s values. I may not like it, but it’s a democracy, and the notion that the source of a candidate’s values are off-limits is patently absurd.

“Sure, that means that as an atheist I would never get elected in Mississippi or Alabama or Kentucky, but so what? No one has a right to electoral office, and in a democracy, you have to sell yourself to the voters. In many places, religion is part of the package.”

LOL. Conway’s gonna get blown out now.

marisacat - 18 October 2010

I look forward to the sectarian wars (though I don’t think I am going to live that long). All of them, Catholics, observant and converted Jews, Muslim, Pentecostal, Evangelical, the many and various stripes of Protestantism.

Plus whoever else.

All of them.

I hope they are bloody as all hell.

BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2010

Whoa hey whoa- I just hope there’s a
buffet and a nice salad bar. 😉

(Which IS the problem)
A type thinking that ignores conflict as it is.

That somehow it won’t leading to the bloody end is beyond me. And tho I doubt it, maybe we’ll get lucky and people will begin to recognize relentless class war for what it is. But in the meantime, I’m reminded of that old saying, <i"When in Rome"… RIOT.

marisacat - 18 October 2010

oh another thing, markos is hardly an atheist. IMO.

BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2010

Of course, (thowin a bone here) ,
the thing for Conway to do in Kentucky if he really wants to shake things up and stimulate those “BlueGrassRoots” is to announce in some rural hamlet that the one-and-only
Markos Moulitsas Pablo Escobar Mengele In Hiding ZUNIGA is the New Real McCoy for Conway’s GOTV efforts thru Election Day.

I’m thinkin it should go over well if they can get the choppers in quickly. LOL.

marisacat - 18 October 2010

Conway is another one of those bone dry candidates the Dems luv to run….

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2010
marisacat - 18 October 2010


The man who spun tales that the rising sea levels would recede. The sea whisperer?

What whoppers he coughed up.

6. marisacat - 18 October 2010

Too too funny. The CPUSA is working “GOTV” exhortations… as in, Go and Vote For the Dems.


BooHooHooMan - 18 October 2010

Jeee Zusfuckin Christ. 😯

Well THEY DO have a nice buffet and salad bar.
There at the CPUSA. Evidently a subcommittee workin out of the 9th Precinct in Ward 8 of the Bohunk Dems.

Thank God for the Maoists tho.
So to speak. Among the few who do –

November 10, 2010: A Radical Step Into the Future

Official Release Set for
(Draft Proposal)

from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

marisacat - 18 October 2010

Can’t even trust the Chi-Coms to be hold outs anymore. What is the world coming to.

😆 When I started listening to Rush I wondered, what does he mean by “Chi-Coms”… took me a while to get it.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 October 2010
8. marisacat - 18 October 2010

All’s right in heaven:

POLITICAL THEATER: First lady Michelle Obama, speaking at a campaign event at a New York theater with Jill Biden and actress Sarah Jessica Parker:

“Barack knows the heartbreak and frustration that our health insurance system has caused for far too many. That’s why he refused to take the easy route and walk away from health insurance reform.”

Michelle Obama also took part in a private gathering hosted by fashion designer Donna Karan and campaigned in Connecticut for Richard Blumenthal, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Via People Mag’s “44”.

9. catnip - 18 October 2010

It looks like Calgary has just elected a – gasp! – Muslim mayor!

marisacat - 18 October 2010

Truly, the oceans are still rising and the sparkle ponies are on back order. In Canada too………………

😆 … 🙄

10. catnip - 18 October 2010

He really came up from behind and surprised a lot of people.

Adil Shivji, another volunteer, wore an Barack Obama shirt he bought in the U.S. with Nenshi’s face pasted over it. Shivji, an engineer, said he has been campaigning at the University of Calgary, where he went to school.

“So many people said that to me: ‘he’s the Obama of Calgary.’ “

ruh roh


catnip - 18 October 2010

And, for the record, my spidey senses predicted the win.

marisacat - 18 October 2010

….wore an Barack Obama shirt he bought in the U.S. with Nenshi’s face pasted over it.

Not sure that is a sure fire Good Luck move.

But, Good Luck! To them all!

catnip - 18 October 2010

He did go to Harvard. 😉

marisacat - 18 October 2010


So did so many of our masters.

catnip - 18 October 2010

Well, at least he doesn’t bow down to Aqua Buddha. I think.

BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2010

This just in.

Aqua Buddha has – what else- a website now.

I stumbled on it seeking aftershave and Enlightenment.

But place your bets, folks. What Titan of the Dem Consultant Cottage Industry put it up? And how long before they’re outed?

All this is the stuff of campaign –
I believe the phrase is –
Fucking Implosion.

Conway. What a name. Why don’t the baby staffers just work for some candidate named Ripyaff. Or Tyler D’Liar.
Or Shirley Destroysocialsecurity.

marisacat - 19 October 2010

oh come ON. Rub the Buddha belly.

Lighten up!!

Most important election of our lifetimes! Historic. Unprecedented. And now iwth a BLUE BUDDHA.

Be happy. Don’t worry!

BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2010

Rub the Buddha belly. 😆

Astonished, That’s what I woke up to after snoozing on the beach after my last surfing escapade: 8 Senatorial candidates reduced to barking at tourists

Rub the Buddha belly! Only a nickel!

They even set up a little table and were hawking lotion. Reports indicate similar obscenities have occurred with numerous other citizens being accosted all across the country. 😆

God I love this.

marisacat - 19 October 2010

God I love this.
It can only get worse better!

But think, Rand has cancelled his next debate (that’s a euphemism!) with Mr AG

marisacat - 18 October 2010

Gah I wish Calgary luck. Reeks of neo liberalism. Esp the McKinsey connection. From the bio at his site:

Naheed Nenshi is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and a community leader with a solid track record of getting things done. He’s run a large nonprofit, he’s been a trusted advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the US, and he literally wrote the book on Canadian cities.

Naheed spent many years at the international business consulting firm, McKinsey & Co., where he advised large telecommunications, banking, retail and oil and gas companies in corporate strategy. After leaving McKinsey, Naheed formed his own business, the Ascend Group, a consultancy that assists public, private, and nonprofit organizations to grow. In this role he designed major policy for the Alberta government, helped create a Canadian strategy for The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy and worked with the United Nations to determine how global business can help the poorest people on the planet. Naheed is now Canada’s first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management, at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business. …


BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2010

a passionate Calgarian.

O K . And I don’t even know what Calgarianism is.

marisacat - 19 October 2010

I think it is a religion. Having to do with flying geese.

{I laughed all the way thru Nimrod’s bio… what a scream! Duck now catnip!]

BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2010

Maybe they have a Duke up there,
part of the Alberto-Calgarian Empire or sumpin’.

Well, whoever the fuck he is,
he is part of a particularly royal scam.

first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management, at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business.

marisacat - 19 October 2010

Mr Mayor Scammer

catnip - 19 October 2010

Oh, I know.

The right-wing Calgary Sun rag endorsed Nenshi on the weekend. Red flag if there ever was one. That’s the choice up here: conservative or conservative? Mark your ballots!

I don’t live in the city limits so I didn’t vote.

marisacat - 19 October 2010

Your ”mayor” is the cows and horses around your ‘hood.


11. marisacat - 19 October 2010

Wow. Ob is getting trashed, big time, on Charlie Rose.

They’ve switched knee pads. Heilemann clearly taking Clinton cash, LOL… or he always was a Clintonite… major slobber for Bill …

Even Al Hunt. Geesh, that is a big one refusing the paid for Kool aid.

Pretty damned funny, really.

Pearlstein and Halperin too.



12. BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2010

[AK-Sen] Phonebanking Alaska – Changing minds one voter at a time
by angelajean



On the Wreck List. By Popular Demand.
After that groundswell of 12 comments.
And Surely when people here in Jersey find out about it they’ll flock to the phones, thinking,
You know, I really DO want to call Alaska and Change the World one vote at a time.
This is going to be HUUUUUGE.

marisacat - 19 October 2010

One. vote. at. a. time.

One could fall asleep at that rate…………………….

😆 … 👿 … 😈

BooHooHooMan - 19 October 2010

Breaking: Identity of the Blue Buddha Found.
Mystery solved why they kept him around.

It all ties up quite nicely.
Too many laughs. And speaking of sleep, ‘Night all.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 October 2010
14. marisacat - 19 October 2010

hmm I guess the bank pulled the note. Or, something!

Orange County Register:

“Crystal Cathedral Ministries, an Orange County landmark and megachurch founded by television evangelist Robert H. Schuller, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday. … [T]he church’s debt as of Monday is about $44 million.”

15. Revisionist - 19 October 2010

Wow guys… I pretty much think Chuck Todd is a tool but he made a very rare excellent analysis last nite on MSNBC.

This is very Rovian and makes so much sense.

See the Republicans were in real trouble the past few years. Chained to Bush and his legacy. So they needed rebranding.

So out of no where comes the Tea Party. and lo and behold the Bush albatross vanishes. The media is so consumed with the Tea baggers they forgot the past 8 years!

Its just like last weeks Mad Men when Don writes the anti tobacco letter in the NYT. Suddenly everyone is talking about his letter rather than the fact Luckey Strike left the agency.

So regardless if the Tea Party movement wins are fails, no one is talking about Bush. They can then go into 2012 without his legacy since the topic will then be “is the Tea Party still dead” or “will the Tea baggers win again”

Such a great PR strategy

marisacat - 19 October 2010

Long live the Tea Party!

16. Revisionist - 19 October 2010

k… i am doing politics today so I headed to u-know-where for the lulz.

And they never disappoint when it comes to LULZ!

I cant count they number of postings where its Blue Jersey Pol BREAKS AHEAD/TAKES THE LEAD/HAS THE MOMENTUM.

And nearly everyone of this is a ONE POINT lead. 2 @ most. I mean really. statiscally its tied.

Which is a LUL in itself since most of the R candidates are unelectable and/or batshit crazy. TIED!

NAd on a more macro sale this 50/50 senate and all the tied races exposes yet another problem with the institutionalized 2 party system. That 1-2% decide who actually gets elected

Now for most of us that 1-2% might equal 50-1000000 people. But in minor states that might be 500 votes. 250 even. Our entire democracy hinges on who in Nevada can bus in more old folks homes on election day

marisacat - 19 October 2010

That 1-2% decide who actually gets elected


And it would matter except over and over there is no choice. Not really.

17. marisacat - 19 October 2010



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