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1. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2012
marisacat - 2 March 2012

Honestly it is so charming, it’s fine if they exploit it… a few years ago… Boston I think, one of the better hotels got quite a bit of news coverge as one of their top floor rooms or suites, it had a balcony you could walk out onto and look over the city, was picked for a nest by some city bird, who laid eggs… they kept the room empty til she and the eggs were done.

Jesus, anything that is not harsh commerce is welcome…

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2012

old fashioned customer service, seems to me.

marisacat - 2 March 2012

You know they most likely just charge it off the advertising budget…. which I am sure is what the Copley Plaza (think it was them with the bird nest) did.

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2012
marisacat - 2 March 2012

I could almost believe he is in hiding, frankly. I don’t think any of this will go well for even a smidgen of “justice”. Nor for the many damaged children.

I read somewhere he and his wif had a trail of fosster children thru their home, and a couple attempted suicides and I think one, a girl, who did suicide AFTER leaving the Sandusky home. based on just that, and that so little is known for certain, I tink he should be removed from the house, since it is next to a school… and restraining orders putting his grandchildren beyond his reach… I think he was allowed UNSUPERVISED visits… except for a daughter in law who as soon as all of ths broke got restraining orders….

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2012

Individual dolphins identify themselves to new dolphins they meet

Quick and Janik recorded the calls of swimming dolphin pods using underwater microphones. From 11 such recordings, they worked out that dolphin groups use their signature whistles in greeting rituals, when two groups meet and join. Only 10 per cent of such unions happen without any signature whistles. And the dolphins use their signatures nine times more often during these interactions than during normal social contact. The signature whistles clearly aren’t contact calls, because dolphins hardly ever use them within their own groups. Mothers and calves, for example, didn’t exchange signature whistles when travelling together. And they’re not confrontational claims over territory, because bottlenose dolphins don’t have territories.

Instead, Janik thinks that dolphins use the whistles to identify themselves, and to negotiate a new encounter. The human equivalent would be saying, “My name is Ed. I come in peace.”

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2012

Proposed US law bans protesting near anyone who rates a Secret Service detail

HR437, “the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011” makes it illegal to protest in the vicinity of anyone who rates a Secret Service detail (even if you aren’t aware of the person’s presence), thus sparing politicians and VIPs the ugly and unseemly spectacle of having to confront voters who disagree with their policies. Only three Congressmen voted against it.

marisacat - 2 March 2012

it really is disgusting.

diane - 2 March 2012

(even if you aren’t aware of the person’s presence)

we are so fucked ….

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2012
marisacat - 2 March 2012

ugh. Thanks for that. I fear it is in trouble… but I would hope it would spin parts off… I’d be up a creek if the retail banking goes south…

Madman in the Marketplace - 2 March 2012

the retail banking would likely be spun off by the FDIC and sold to other large banks if the company went under.

marisacat - 2 March 2012

That is the sort of thing I was hoping. Simply appalling, the whole thing. Plus EVERYONE here with half a brain left KNEW the deal with Nations Bank in the Carolinas was a screw… A con in fact.

Just like Carly and her Compaq deal when she was at HP… everybody knew it was a bad, ‘don’t do it’, deal.

6. marisacat - 3 March 2012

hmmm Waste of time… and yet…….


–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Newt Gingrich; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; roundtable with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Republican strategist Mike Murphy, TIME Magazine’s Mark Halperin and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie

–ABC’s “This Week“: Newt Gingrich; David Axelrod; roundtable with Christiane Amanpour, George Will, Howard Dean, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and Peggy Noonan

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Newt Gingrich; Rep. Ron Paul; roundtable with John Dickerson, Norah O’Donnell and Michael Gerson

–“Fox News Sunday“: Rick Santorum; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.); roundtable with Bill Kristol, Jeff Zeleny, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel, and Juan Williams

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Newt Gingrich; Ron Paul; roundtable with Ron Brownstein and Dana Bash; former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk and former Under Secretary of State Nick Burns. In noon hour: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and Rep. Butch Ruppersberger (D-Md.)

–MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes” (Sun., 8 to 10 a.m.): Al Sharpton; roundtable with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy’s Michelle Bernard

7. marisacat - 3 March 2012

Well one thing is certain, in some several states, March came in like a ravenous lion…. Wham!

ms_xeno - 3 March 2012

I feel damn lucky because all we got here was a dusting of snow and a few small tree branches on the ground.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2012

Milwaukee dodged the worst of it here again, too. Maybe two inches of very wet, sloppy snow. They were predicting 8.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2012

Tony Judt: A Final Victory

This time-switch, an unsettling red shift in the mind, altered Tony’s view of politics. Everything became urgent: now was all he could count on. His writings became more radical. We both thought of his book Ill Fares the Land, with its account of growing economic inequality in the US and elsewhere and the widespread betrayal of social democratic principles, as his Eighteenth Brumaire; and in Thinking the Twentieth Century the idea of justice swung hard to the fore. Yet there was something more, too. Justice, inequality, good-faith politics: these had always been the touchstones of Tony’s thought, but now other ideas were crowding in, ideas that needed to be made sense of privately and emotionally, but also—because this is how Tony was and how he thought—collectively and intellectually. Humiliation, shame, fear, anger: these were not just feelings. They were political ideas.

Humiliation was the most important. Tony felt it acutely and it was a theme in his correspondence with others afflicted by ALS. Many of these people were younger than Tony and destitute or medically uninsured, with narrow if not ruined life possibilities. They needed help—practical social and medical services. Humiliation was a terrible feeling, but, as he felt strongly, it was also—and should be treated as—an ugly social fact. “Night,” his essay describing his “imprisonment without parole,”3 was partly for these new friends, and so, in another key, was the end of Thinking the Twentieth Century, where Tony mounted as fierce—and felt—a case as ever he had for our need to “think socially”: to make human rather than monetary gain the goal of social policy. This was not the politics of disability or special interest; it was about collective responsibility and the duty of us all to each other.

By the time he was finishing the book, the disease was taking over and the space for clear thinking was limited and unpredictable, interrupted by respiratory crises and shots of morphine. But Tony’s own physical hardship, and his sense of the fragility of human dignity, if anything increased his worry for the world he was about to exit.

Take his discussion of our age—“the age of fear”—that ends the book. Fear of joblessness, fear of lost pensions and financial decline, fear of outsiders and

unknown strangers who might come and drop bombs. It’s fear that our government cannot any longer control the circumstances of our lives. It can’t make us a gated community against the world. It’s lost control. That paralysis of fear, which Americans I think experience very deeply, was reinforced by the realization that the one security [physical security from terrorism] they thought they had they now don’t.

The political manipulation of fear made Tony angry. Not upset or disappointed or frustrated, as it had in the past, but truly angry. Fear is the ultimate emotion and he lived at its door: the heart-stopping fear of helplessness and falling backward, plank-like, onto hard cement with no hands to catch you; the panic-fear of a breathing machine that fails (and the ever-after fear that it will happen again); the fear of strangers who drive tubes into your nose and throat (irrationally but understandably, he wanted me to do it even when I had no idea how); and the blank, staring fear of death itself. To exploit fear for political ends, as had happened following September 11, for example, was to him an ethical abuse of the first order.

Tony had always been a forthright critic of social injustice; now he had zero tolerance. Not zero tolerance for halfway solutions—even a halfway solution is a solution—but zero tolerance for political deception and intellectual dishonesty. He acquired, in a way, the wisdom of a child: Why aren’t people angrier? Some were, of course, but Tony didn’t live to see the Arab Spring or
Occupy Wall Street. He would have taken a probing and active interest in both.

marisacat - 3 March 2012

oh that is wonderful! And this, is good…

This time-switch, an unsettling red shift in the mind, altered Tony’s view of politics. Everything became urgent: now was all he could count on. His writings became more radical. We both thought of his book Ill Fares the Land, with its account of growing economic inequality in the US and elsewhere and the widespread betrayal of social democratic principles, as his Eighteenth Brumaire; and in Thinking the Twentieth Century the idea of justice swung hard to the fore. Yet there was something more, too

he was always too respectful of the American intolerance for anyone who deeply disagrees wtih our huge mess… he held back – a lot.

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2012

It seemed that he became more blunt at the end there …

diane - 3 March 2012

Humiliation was the most important. Tony felt it acutely

and that appears to be a Keystone … of ‘the plan,’ …….thanks so much for that, Madman.

9. marisacat - 3 March 2012

M’sieur IOZ… bien sur!

Centrifugal State

The Times threatens to become a drinking game. DRINK every time you see a story wondering what sort of aggressive, warlike actions Iran will take if we start bombing Iran. The Lady’s ability to churn these things out, selfsame, with only the most minor variations in the ornamentation (“‘Is 40 missiles on Tel Aviv nice?’ the official asked, summing up the Israeli calculus. ‘No. But it’s better than a nuclear Iran'”), is something to behold, a high-in-dietary-fiber regularity that suggests a ceaseless diet of grassy bullshit.. . . . .

Honestly the NYT could do with a nice tornadic day, anything to rip thru its tedium.

10. marisacat - 3 March 2012

FWIW, Russia Today (RT) reports French mercenaries are fleeing Homs.

I am guessing that means US covert forces are there as well.

11. marisacat - 3 March 2012

Here is how bad it is and how everything is rolling back…

moiv sent this to me the other day, in reply to comment of mine that too many people find excuses for priest (minister – rabbi – Sandusky) child abuse, that the religious hve learned, the Church paid a high price, it is in the past, they prayed afterwards, etc., etc., yada yada

and she wrote:

It’s part of using the state to “strengthen the role of men in the family,” which was codified under W, and then blended into the “welfare reform” moves that began under Cinton.

I remember a friend who works for federal HHS was telling me 8-10 years ago that in order for her office to approve federal funding for any state program, the grant application had to meet three criteria; one was showing how the new program would strengthen the role of the man in the family.

Never mind that “the man of the house” is usually the one who beats the two y/o toddler to death for wetting his pants or refusing to eat his spinach.

And it was under Clinton that new rules went into building federally subsidised housing… (think New Orleans), no longer was replacement of torn down housing mandated. All of that, put in under FDR ended.

Who do they think is mostly in government housing? A lot of women and children.

And this:

“strengthen the role of men in the family”

…is the very definition of patriarchy. And patriarchy is the key component in the three deadly religions.

We are so fucking scrood it is not funny.

12. marisacat - 3 March 2012

oh too dmaned funny… basically Weiner’s best hope for a job other than taking kidlet to the park, while Huma jets over the planet with SOS Hilary.

Andrew Breitbart was ‘in talks with CNN’ over new show with Anthony Weiner before he died …

Show would have been comeback for ex-congressman forced to quit after campaign from conservative firebrand Breitbart

. . . .

Last weekend, Breitbart told friends he was in early talks with CNN about a Crossfire-style show in which he would argue from the Right alongside former US House representative Anthony Weiner taking him on from the Left.

. . .

It would also have been a dramatic move for CNN, which previously brought in disgraced Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as New York governor after his trysts with a high-end prostitute were revealed, for a show that was subsequently dropped.

Separately, Breitbart had been asked last Friday by Hollywood screenwriter ans producer Aaron Sorkin about how he might be portrayed in Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom, about the inner workings of a cable news network.

Aaron Sorkin had also recently spoken to Breitbart about portraying him in Sorkin’s new show The Newsroom

Sorkin told me via email: ‘I e-mailed Andrew last Friday because the episode of The Newsroom I’m currently writing takes place during the week the Anthony Weiner photos were in the news.

‘Andrew and I had struck up a friendly e-mail relationship and so I reached out to ask him if he could give me a timeline of the events from his point of view. I got a quick response -‘I’m in’ – and we were supposed to meet for coffee at the end of the day today [Thursday].’

Sorkin said that the coffee would have been ‘about Andrew shedding any new light on the Anthony Weiner incident’ and ‘we’ll likely see shards of Andrew during his various appearances that week’ in news footage from that time. . . .

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 March 2012

what a pathetic little man Weiner is, that he’d lay down with that dog.

marisacat - 3 March 2012

I think he was desperado…. I’ve read he kind of wanders around the neighborhood with the baby.

I think again, like so many “scandals”, not all of it came out. He’s a liability for any business that hires women… the liability is the real issue. Same reason none of the country clubs in the area of … oh that NY state town Hillary and Bill bought the house in, would accept him (Bill I mean) as a member. Liability.

marisacat - 3 March 2012


How could I forget… LOL

BooHooHooMan - 3 March 2012

Show HOSTS Canceled

Sounds to me about as close to proof of the existence of a vengeful God who just can’t take any more shit on television. 😉

Pretty wicked sense of humor too,
stiffing them both like that.

13. BooHooHooMan - 4 March 2012

Speaking of the conflicted Weiner. …AND a Vengeful God. LOL.
How to Know When They’re ALL Lying ~
OR…( well I’ll save that till the end…)

FBI may probe NY congressman’s fundraising

Associated Press

NEW YORK — The FBI is considering whether to open an investigation into allegations that followers of a New York City rabbi made illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, according to a law enforcement official.

Followers of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, an influential figure in Israel with a headquarters in Manhattan, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Grimm when he first ran for office in 2010, according to campaign records. Some donors have since said that they broke rules to donate more cash to the Republican’s campaign than allowed by law.

Pinto hasn’t commented publicly, but former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat who had been close to the rabbi, said in interviews with several media outlets Friday and Saturday that Pinto approached him in the fall of 2010 to complain that Grimm had extorted him for the money.

Oh J’accuse! OR …Fibber in the Buff!
[. how this works, uhm, Weiner interferring with a criminal investigation 😯 😆 …Grimm is from another NYC district…

Weiner of Queensie from the 9th Cong District….Grimm from the 13th.
One wholly owned retainer of The Lobby looking to put the fix in for another. (Shocking, I know! LOL )

Weiner, who resigned last year amid a scandal over sexually explicit texts and Twitter messages, told the political newspaper Roll Call that he didn’t know if the allegations were true, but reported them to the FBI anyway. He declined to discuss in detail why the rabbi felt he had been threatened.

“I can confirm the Rabbi did bring allegations to me and I can confirm that I turned them over to the FBI immediately,” 😆 Weiner told Roll Call. Weiner didn’t immediately respond to an interview request from the AP.

A law enforcement official confirmed Saturday that Weiner had contacted the bureau about Pinto’s allegations in 2010.

The official also confirmed that the FBI is gathering information and considering whether or not to open a formal investigation into fundraising for Grimm by Pinto’s followers and associates.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is incomplete. Grimm has declined interview requests from The Associated Press, but he released statements calling the allegations “laughable.”

“These allegations are so profoundly absurd that they serve as proof of the coordinated, Democratic smear campaign designed to recruit a stronger opponent to challenge me,” Grimm said.

He also accused Weiner of making up the story about going to the FBI.

Oh Liar, Liar, Half Naked Men and Truths on Fire!
Weiner did go to the FBI but to scuttle the case.
And now that the lesser shrieking pillow boy twits have botched it, they are squealing at each other… Looks like a job for Schumer at this point, tho I bet Chuckie wants to get near this, ohhh, about as much as ordering up a nice kosher-turd salad.

Grimm said that if Weiner really did hear such an explosive charge in the fall of 2010, he surely would have gone public 😆 to keep the congressional seat in the borough, then held by a Democrat, from falling into Republican hands.

“No rational person would believe these politically motivated fantasies,” he said in a statement.

Adding to the lying shits mix is the fact that Grimm was on the Lobby payroll at FBI before they repo’d him to run in the 13th.

It isn’t clear whether Weiner’s report to the FBI in 2010 resulted in any action. Grimm is a former FBI agent who spent a decade working for the bureau before leaving to pursue private business interests.

Grimm’s lawyer, William McGinley, said the congressman had not received any notification from the FBI concerning a criminal investigation.

{ Yeh Yeh, that’s why they call it “SEALED” when starting out. }

McGinley said the campaign did “proactively” reach out to the Justice Department and FBI after The New York Times first reported in January on allegations by Rabbi Pinto’s followers that they evaded campaign finance rules to funnel money to his campaign.

The FBI is already pursuing a related investigation involving Pinto’s congregation.

What a quarrelsome lot…A Feature not a benefit, tho!
As the gangstering goes on amidst the ruckus.

Last year, Pinto and his supporters accused one of his former aides, Ofer Biton, of stealing funds from the congregation and then conspiring with a public relations executive, Ronn Torossian, to blackmail him by planting unfavorable stories in the Jewish and Israeli press.

Both Biton and Torossian have denied any wrongdoing. Torossian has maintained he is a victim in the case. Their lawyers say the allegations were fabricated, but the FBI has spent several months interviewing witnesses and records.

Pinto was the subject of several news articles over the past year that questioned the financial operations of his congregation, and suggested that large sums of money donated to his organization were being spent on jewelry, clothing, and luxury travel and accommodations.

Pinto’s father-in-law, a chief rabbi in Argentina, also accused him of money laundering, although he later retracted that claim. 😆

During the period when Pinto claims that Biton and Torossian were demanding money, Biton was also prolifically raising funds for Grimm’s campaign. The congressman has acknowledged that Biton was instrumental in helping him make connections with Pinto’s followers. In an earlier interview with the Advance, a newspaper on Staten Island, he said that Biton arranged meetings with Pinto’s followers, many of whom are Israelis, and kept lists of potential donors.

Torossian also donated $5,750 to Grimm, who campaigned, in part, on a pledge to be a strong supporter of Israel. A former member of Pinto’s congregation, Torossian has said that Pinto was the one who first introduced him to Grimm.

Grimm has repeatedly denied any knowledge that Pinto’s supporters were breaking the law to assemble his donations.

Pinto’s followers had also raised large sums of money for Weiner, a liberal Democrat.

OR Don’t piss off your global gangsterish Orthodox Rebbe moneylaundering Father-in-law unless you yourself are a gangsterish money laundering Orthodox Rebbe and you know he loves you. LOL

A bunch of crooked bickering Orthodox , their newly owned Congressman, and the FBI walk into a bar.
Then Anthony Weiner shows up in his undies. LOL.
Vengeful God! VENGEFUL I tell Ya! 😆

14. BooHooHooMan - 4 March 2012

😳 Sorry, I need a close bold after “”Weiner interferring with a criminal investigation”””

marisacat - 4 March 2012

Got it! Once I finally woke this am…


15. BooHooHooMan - 4 March 2012

Picking up on Roll Call , I see NY Mag is part of the press rollout towing the line that Weiner was out to thwart err, “help” the FBI looking into the Orthodox gang’s moneylaundering to Elected,,,LOL.. Officals}. err, allegations that Grimm that he was preying on the Orthos.

Anthony Weiner Informed the FBI 18 Months Ago of Rep. Michael Grimm Extortion Allegations

What an extortion clusterfuck.
HEY , here’s an idea! – Try and extort some credibility! LOL There’s got to be some in there SOMEwhere among the Israeli Congregationalists!

16. BooHooHooMan - 4 March 2012

Beth Israel has been a bad girl.

Beth Israel to Pay $13 Million for Inflating Medicare Fees
By Nina Bernstein
Published: March 1, 2012

Beth Israel Medical Center has admitted that it fraudulently inflated its fees for services to Medicare patients, deliberately deceiving the federal government into paying many millions of dollars more than their treatments actually cost.

The hospital’s admission, and its agreement to pay the United States government more than $13 million in damages, came in a health care False Claims Act lawsuit simultaneously filed and settled this week and announced Thursday by Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

According to the complaint, Beth Israel, which is part of Continuum Health Partners, began the fraudulent practice known as “turbocharging” in the late 1990s, to take advantage of Medicare’s so-called outlier payments — reimbursement for patients whose care was much more costly than the norm. As the threshold necessary to qualify for such payments rose — to $33,560 per inpatient discharge in 2003, from $9,700 in 1997 — hospital administrators drastically increased the prices of services most likely to affect elderly patients, even though the actual costs for such patients “were barely rising,” the complaint said.

In part because of statutes of limitation, the settlement covers only the period from Feb. 21, 2002, through Aug. 7, 2003, when the federal rules changed and turbocharging stopped. But the complaint quotes from internal memorandums and e-mails by hospital executives who embraced the strategy for increasing Medicare outlier payments recommended by a consultant, the National Revenue Group, years earlier.

For example, in an e-mail exchange in 2000, Continuum’s vice president for patient financial services wrote that the hospital was going to try to

“keep the charges high even at the lowest levels of service in the E.R.” The vice president for patient accounting agreed, “This is a good start. … Go for the gusto!”

Hell go for the Robusto, go for it all…..

Later, another executive wrote of “feeling a bit giddy” at the thought of “getting $10 million of outlier revenue,” while another advised caution because she had become wary that Beth Israel’s turbocharging would be detected.

In an e-mail, Jim Mandler, a spokesman for the hospital, said only, “We are content that this issue with the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, which has lingered for many years, has been settled.”

Helluva case, helluva case!

Spitzer charged the Hospital VP and their mob mixed-up financial “consultant” in 2003.

The Feds pick up the traill, the consultant flips and presents as a relator in the case the Feds have going against Beth Israel in the summer of 2006….

Case is Unsealed in September 2007.
Served on Beth Israel in January of 2008.
Consultant ends up dead 3 weeks later
before Beth Israel needs to respond to RICO and Medicare Fraud charges.

The relevant facts and procedural history are not in dispute.
On June 29, 2006, Thomas Colucci filed the complaint in this action under seal as relator on behalf of the United States. His complaint alleged defendants had violated the FCA by filing incorrect Medicare cost reports that resulted in intentional over-billing. (Compl. ¶ 3).

A former independent consultant to BIMC, Thomas Colucci claimed personal knowledge of the events alleged in the complaint. (Id. ¶ 7).

The complaint was unsealed on September 13, 2007, and served on defendants in January 2008. Before defendants had time to respond to the complaint, however, Thomas Colucci died on January 24, 2008.


Ever since that NJ/ NY Rabbi Roundup, the way things have been going, LOL, I ‘m wondering if Bibi and Obby will even get around to talking about Iran. As there is a whole subterranean OTHER thing going on with Army AND Navy CID hot about sets of the synogoguesters and Dago mafia tcontract fraud involving shoddy housing, medical clinics and supplies, even – gasp – utter crap for mil-parts. 🙄

So yes, most certainly Bibi and Obby will be discussing those mutual security threats………to Murder, Inc.

BooHooHooMan - 4 March 2012

Correct LINK

BooHooHooMan - 4 March 2012

Henh. I see the Google won’t permit the poke around in an open link to the NY AG as Schneiderman’s op has deleted it.

Requested Page Not Found
The page you have requested cannot be found, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you for visiting the Office of the Attorney General web site. Unfortunately, the page you have requested may no longer exist or may have moved.Some helpful hints to help you find what you are looking for:

Well whatever….

A footnote to the story, eventually Spitzer got his cut from Tel Aviv…

….love how they try and massage it with “replacement costs”

17. ts - 4 March 2012

I got this link from Balko’s blog. The 25 best magazine articles ever written. Not sure if that’s exactly true, but they are 25 really good articles.


marisacat - 4 March 2012

ooo thanks for that ts

I need an easy diversion today…

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2012

Walker “Responds” to Emails with Attempt to Silence Commie Mommy Blogger

You have, from the start, ignored and belittled those hard-working, taxpaying citizens who justifiably oppose you. You mock us in public and simply disregard us when we reach out to your office. You dismiss our valid concerns as “misinformation” from union bosses. I have, in the 12+ months I have been writing to you, first privately and then openly (if you’re not going to read the letters I send you, someone else might as well see what you’re ignoring!), not received a single communication from your office beyond the autoreply that mockingly claims you will “keep [my] specific concerns in mind.” You did not reply even when Brian Williams read aloud to you from one of my letters on a national stage. You did not reply when I asked you to please publicly call off the hounds who were making death threats against recall workers – including me personally. You did not reply when I encouraged you to revise your fuzzy math (even though you did revise if not improve that math in subsequent communications). And now you have the nerve, the absolutely staggering gall, to imply that you are “responding” to your constituents with these insulting “updates.”

I don’t know how it is that you justify this shameful strategy to yourself, but I do know one thing for sure: you are not only not “responding” to me, you are actively attempting to not correspond with me at all, and to limit my potential response to you.

Because you took me off your mailing list. I received the first update at this address. And after I replied, criticizing the dreadfully manipulative and intentionally deceitful content of that message, you took me off the list, even though I made sure to ask to be kept on. I just stopped getting the updates. I know this because (1) the E-Updates are posted online anyway where anyone can see them, so I can see there that you are still sending them and (2) this is not the only email address to which I have subscribed to those updates, for the very reason that you might pull some fascist attempt to stifle dissent by restricting access to your precious updates to those who might potentially send you money. So I don’t know what kind of commie mommy blogger™ you think I am, but I would like to know why you took me off the list and why it is that you feel you have the right to restrict open record correspondence to citizens with whom you do not expect critical response.

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2012
20. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 March 2012

Blues Singer Lester Chambers: Reality of the Music Industry for the 99%

Lester Chambers, former lead singer of The Chambers Brothers, highlights the hard reality of the record company’s exploitation of its artists. Chambers sang such hits as “Time Has come Today”, “People Get Ready”, “Uptown”, “I Can’t Turn You Loose” and “Funky”, went for almost thirty years without seeing a royalty check, and has still to see the majority of payment due to him for all of his recordings.

Chambers has suffered great hardship over the years through no fault of his own, and was most recently sleeping in a rehearsal room, until Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon offered to pay his rent on a home for him and his son in 2010.

Last year, Chambers was inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, which is an honor, but hardly full recompense for all the years of being screwed over by record companies.

I AM the former Lead Singer of a 60’s BAND. I performed before thousands at Atlanta Pop 2, Miami Pop, Newport Pop, Atlantic Pop. I did NOT squander my money on drugs or a fancy home. I went from 1967-1994 before I saw my first Royalty Check.

The Music Giants I recorded with only paid me for 7 of my Albums.

I have NEVER seen a penny in Royalties from my other 10 Albums I recorded. Our Hit Song was licensed to over 100 Films, T.V. & Commercials WITHOUT our permission. One Major TV Network used our song for a national Commercial and my payment was $625. dollars. I am now 72, trying to live on $1200 a month. Sweet Relief, a music charity is taking donations for me.

Only the 1% of Artist can afford to sue.

I AM THE 99%

The Chambers Brothers biggest hit was “Time Has Come Today”, which has been used in numerous movie soundtracks, TV shows etc. That he has nothing to show for it is crazy.

21. marisacat - 4 March 2012



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