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Floating 4 April 2012

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Occupy Wall Street, Total fucking lunatics.

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Of course, the news around here led off, after Arlington and points south and east of Dallas, with the Yahoo lay offs (2,000 – with notices coming today).

And, what was right next?

Pay is going up on Wall St.

They’re cheering I am sure as the rest of the nation, or much of it, just slogs on.



1. marisacat - 4 April 2012

Something, at least

The Guardian

Four New Orleans police officers have been sentenced to decades in prison over the killing of two people and wounding of four others fleeing the massive flooding of the city by hurricane Katrina.

A fifth officer was sent to jail for his role in a web of fabrications to cover up the true circumstances of the shootings on the Danziger bridge in 2005. The shootings came to symbolise the behaviour of a police force regarded as out of control in the chaotic aftermath of the hurricane which claimed nearly 2,000 lives and flooded about 80% of New Orleans.

The policemen were prosecuted in federal court after Louisiana state authorities declined to charge them.

The federal investigation revealed a coverup that involved planted evidence, invented witnesses and falsified police reports that prosecutors said exposed a culture of corruption and a code of silence in the New Orleans police department.

Prosecutors described a force in disarray during the hurricane, with some officers dedicated to saving lives while others armed themselves with their own automatic weapons and behaved like vigilantes. Senior officers spread false assertions that martial law was declared and encouraged the shooting of looters. . . . . .

… and

Two officers – sergeants Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius – were sentenced on Wednesday to 40 years in prison years for killing 17-year-old James Brissette and wounding four other people. Another officer, Anthony Villavaso, received 38 years for the same crime.

The court heard that Bowen used an unauthorised AK-47 to spray bullets at a group of civilians hiding behind a concrete barrier. Gisevius used a military-style M-4 rifle to shoot at unarmed people. Villavaso fired at least nine bullets at civilians with his AK-47.

A fourth policeman, Robert Faulcon, was sentenced to 65 years for killing Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man with learning difficulties, by shooting him in the back with a shotgun [When the truth finally came out, after a long struggle by the family, Faulcon had hunted down the man, cornered him, then shot him in the back – M]. Madison’s brother, Lance, was then arrested and accused of attempted murder after the police tried to cover up their actions by falsely accusing him of shooting at officers on the bridge. He was held in jail for three weeks before a court freed him.

Lance Madison told the court immediately before the sentencing that his brother was “gunned down and killed without mercy”. He said to the convicted officers: “You are the reason I can no longer trust law enforcement.” . . . .

lucid72 - 4 April 2012

“You are the reason I can no longer trust law enforcement.” . . . .

There was ever a reason to trust law enforcement?

marisacat - 4 April 2012

well that is my thought…. fortunately I was not raised to automatically respect anyone, adult, authority, police, nun, teacher, other parent, whatever.

btw, lucid, do you know anyone who lives in a Clean Halls buidling? Or any idea how pervasive is the intrusion of the “sweeps” and vertical policing?

lucid72 - 5 April 2012

I don’t actually. Based on signs I see in buildings it seems to be most pervasive in the larger public housing complexes. Of course this shouldn’t surprise, as this type of surveillance is always visited on the poor first.

marisacat - 5 April 2012

hmm one article I read said the whole program is based on the system in the NY Housing Authority buildings… the reports also use the phrase “privately owned”, and with “owner’s permission”… as in virtually “all privately owned” apt buildings in the Bronx and just under 4,000 in Manhattan…

I will poke around some more…

diane - 5 April 2012

On the NYCLU’s webpage regarding the Operation Clean Halls class action lawsuit, there are stats regarding the frequency of Trespassing Stops™:

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges NYPD Patrols of Private Apartment Buildings

March 28, 2012 — The NYPD’s enforcement of Operation Clean Halls, a part of the Department’s stop-and-frisk program that allows police officers to patrol thousands of private apartment buildings across New York City, violates the rights of residents of those buildings and their guests – largely black and Latino New Yorkers – according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed today by the New York Civil Liberties Union, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and The Bronx Defenders.

“Operation Clean Halls has placed hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, mostly black and Latino, under siege in their own homes,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “For residents of Clean Halls buildings, taking the garbage out or checking the mail can result in being thrown against the wall and humiliated by police. Untold numbers of people have been wrongly arrested for trespassing because they had the audacity to leave their apartments without IDs or visit friends and family who live in Clean Halls buildings. This aggressive assault on people’s constitutional rights must be stopped.”

All tenants of the thousands of buildings enrolled in the program and their guests are at a heightened risk of unjustified and unlawful NYPD stop-and-frisks or trespassing arrests. Many tenants who live in Clean Halls buildings are restricted in their ability to maintain familial ties and friendships due to the use of aggressive police tactics in their homes. The program is part of a citywide practice of suspicionless police stops and arrests that primarily impact communities of color.

“The NYPD uses Clean Halls as a license to stop anybody, at any time, on suspicion of trespassing,” said NYCLU Senior Staff Attorney Alexis Karteron, lead attorney on the case. “As a result, people who live in Clean Halls buildings are under constant threat of being stopped, frisked, harassed and even arrested by police officers. This type of activity has no place in a free society, and we’re confident the courts will put a stop to it.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of residents of buildings enrolled in Operation Clean Halls and individuals who were unlawfully stopped and arrested on trespassing charges through the program. The City of New York, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and individual police officers who were involved in unlawful arrests are listed as defendants. It maintains that the NYPD’s enforcement of Operation Clean Halls violates the U.S. Constitution, the New York State Constitution, the federal Fair Housing Act and New York common law.

Plaintiff Jacqueline Yates lives in an apartment building in the Bronx enrolled in the program. Yates’ two teenage sons are regularly harassed by NYPD officers in her buildings’ stairwells, lobby and courtyard. Her friends and family are reluctant to visit her out of fear of being stopped by police and potentially arrested for trespassing.

“My children shouldn’t be treated like criminal suspects in their home. They shouldn’t expect to be bothered by police officers every time they leave our apartment,” Yates said. “I believe the NYPD has a role to play in our community. But right now, they don’t make us feel safe. We feel under attack in our homes.”

Operation Clean Halls has existed in some form since 1991 with the purported purpose of combating illegal activity in apartment buildings, particularly in high-crime areas. In some Bronx neighborhoods, nearly every private apartment building is enrolled in the program. In Manhattan alone, there are at least 3,895 Clean Halls buildings. In a subset of Clean Halls buildings, police officers conduct regular floor-by-floor sweeps, called vertical patrols, and engage in particularly aggressive stop, question, frisk and arrest practices.

The NYPD has no meaningful standards concerning which buildings are eligible for the program. There is no centralized oversight of how the program is enforced, nor is there a single roster of all the buildings enrolled in the program citywide.

Plaintiff A.O., who cannot be identified by his full name because he is 17, was unlawfully stopped and arrested on Feb. 19, 2011 shortly after exiting a Clean Halls building in Far Rockaway, Queens where he was visiting a friend. A.O. was walking with two friends when two NYPD officers stopped them and accused them of trespassing.

The young men attempted to explain that they had been visiting a friend. Before conducting any investigation as to whether the young men had been visiting their friend, one of the officers told the teenagers that they would be arrested for trespassing. The teenagers were taken to the local precinct and charged with criminal trespass. The Queens County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute in all three cases.

“They arrested me even though I was doing nothing wrong – just walking with some friends, minding our own business,” A.O. said. “The arrest was not a mistake. It’s something the police do because they know they can get away with it. I don’t want to let them get away with it anymore.”

“The NYPD’s Clean Halls program impacts the entire community – mothers, fathers, neighbors andfriends – not only those arrested,” said civil rights attorney Chris Fabricant, director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at Pace University Law School. “This practice has steadily eroded the community’s faith in the police, and undermined the legitimacy of our criminal justice system. For every one of the plaintiffs who spent months fighting their wrongful arrests, there are hundreds of others who were forced to plead guilty to crimes that they did not commit because they did not have the resources to attend countless court appearances contesting the charges. Any faith in our justice system is destroyed by this process.”

According to NYPD data, police officers made 329,446 stops on suspicion of trespassing between 2006 and 2010, representing more than 12 percent of all stops [by NYPD reported figures: 181 persons daily (329,446 ÷ 5years ÷ 365 days … (rounded down)) – diane]. It is likely that police officers made many additional stops on suspicion of trespassing that weren’t reported. Only 7.5 percent of reported trespass stops resulted in arrest. About 5 percent resulted in issuance of a summons. The 10 precincts with the most trespassing stops in 2010 – at least 28,209 stops – accounted for nearly as many stops as reported in the remaining 66 precincts combined. More than 5,000 people were stopped for suspicion of trespassing in the Bronx’s 40th Precinct alone [by NYPD, Bronx 40th Precinct, reported figures: 13 persons daily (5,000 ÷ 365 days … (rounded down)), though the average ‘trespass stops’ per precinct would be 2, rounded down (181 for entire daily NYPD ‘trespass stops,’ divided by 76 precincts), a near 700% difference – diane].

“Countless Latino and black youth in New York City have their first encounter with law enforcement shrouded in the false premise that underscores the NYPD’s Operation Clean Halls program – a program that illegally and falsely targets them for the alleged crime of trespass, oftentimes, in their own buildings,” said Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “These encounters and arrests undermine their confidence in the criminal justice system and potentially derails careers and lives with little to no benefit for the public safety of all New Yorkers. Hopefully, this lawsuit will shed light on this continuing problem.”

Since 2007, there have been 16,000 misdemeanor trespassing arrests in New York City annually. Between 2007 and 2010, more than 37 percent of trespassing arrest cases were resolved in favor of the accused. In 2011, prosecutors declined to charge more than 13 percent of people arrested for trespassing in the city.

“Every day, we meet these New Yorkers – sons, mothers, fathers, daughters – caught up in this NYPD dragnet targeting private buildings called ‘Clean Halls,’” said McGregor Smyth, managing attorney at The Bronx Defenders. “From the moment of arrest, they are in danger of losing their jobs, their homes, and even the possibility of citizenship. Today, our clients say the abuses by NYPD must end.”

The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the NYPD’s practices are unlawful and an injunction against them. It asks that the injunction require the NYPD and the city to:

• Stop asking people inside and around Clean Halls buildings for ID or about their destination without suspicion that they are trespassing or engaged in other wrongdoing;

• Stop arresting people for trespassing in Clean Halls buildings without establishing whether or not the person is authorized to be there;

• Establish citywide standards for enrollment of buildings in Operation Clean Halls;

• Implement training for officers who patrol Clean Halls buildings;

• Establish a system to track and monitor the stops, searches, summonses and arrests made pursuant to Operation Clean Halls; and

• Award compensatory damages to named plaintiffs.

(Gotta run hon, will check back…)

marisacat - 5 April 2012

well here is a big fat problem:

The NYPD has no meaningful standards concerning which buildings are eligible for the program. There is no centralized oversight of how the program is enforced, nor is there a single roster of all the buildings enrolled in the program citywide.

diane - 5 April 2012


2. marisacat - 4 April 2012

Nothing will stop it… certainly not Panetta, the current incarnation of Westmoreland. Pretty much.

“Mowing the lawn”

Pentagon officials defend special operations night raids, claiming that they usually end without a shot fired, and state that counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan generally have “borne fruit,” but NATO’s own statistics indicate over 1,500 civilians have been killed in night raids during just ten months. Special operation night raids are a heated point of contention with Afghan President Karzai, who sees them as clearly detrimental and ineffective.

Yet, in a clear indication of the delusional bubble within which the Pentagon operates, Defense Secretary Panetta states that he “was very taken by President Karzai’s clear admiration for the US military.”

One special operations officer provides insight into the current pace of night raids. Analogizing the routine of evening special-operation raids to “mowing the lawn,” the officer tallied twelve missions on the night of 1 May 2011 alone. An average of ten raids per night results in dozens of family members victimized, abused, and deceased. With the United States relying increasingly on night raids, due to a shift in strategy, Afghan citizens will dislike NATO at increasing rates. Hearts and minds – the ones that make it out alive, anyways – are against America’s military. . . . . . . . .


3. marisacat - 4 April 2012

well… not a surprise, the small xtian Korean college where the mass killings took place on Monday was in the process, pretty much barring some rise in their graduates’ ability to pass the national nursing test, to lose their accreditation, anyway.

I wonder how many of these sub-standard wretched little I love God places are around. Too many…

4. marisacat - 5 April 2012


Just spied this… which means people ARE listening:

TRENDING: “marbury v. madison” is Google’s #3 hot search.

diane - 5 April 2012

speaking of which, this hit the nail on the head: All U.S. Constituencies Oppose Obama’s “Individual Mandate” for Health Care.

Too bad the Supreme Court is near entirely corrupted though, even if they do toss the insurance mandate, they’ll likely toss anything of even minimal worth in the bill; and it doesn’t look like anyone will be undoing the new Strip Search Rape Ruling any time soon, now that the Malarial DC Swamp and The Constitution!!!! have spoken!!!!

marisacat - 5 April 2012

The problem is that the WH and HHS and Slobby and all the worker bees bundled so much up together.. The few things that
M I G H T help people – til the ins cos find ways around it, like coverage of children to 26 and no barring pre-existing, should have been in insurance regulations.

BUT! too late now!



ms_xeno - 6 April 2012

The phrase, “It’s a feature, not a bug,” comes to mind.

Like the GOP can’t thoroughly excise any genuinely helpful morsels from the shit cookie once they’re nominally in charge again.

As I’ve said before, when this bullshit mandatory tithing to Big Insurance takes hold in a big way, I expect the resulting fury will make the current Occupy movement look like nothing.

I just hope that Obummer is still in office when it happens, and that the movement firmly places the blame on him, Pelosi, Reid, Baccus… all the fucking Donkey wankers.
Because that’s exactly where most of it belongs.

marisacat - 6 April 2012

I am praying to the non-existant Gawdddd…


ms_xeno - 6 April 2012

BTW, the title of this thread reminds me of the classic Seventies make-out song by The Floaters, and in turn of this seasonal British candy promo…

And of course, there’s always Jim Gaffigan holding forth on Easter traditions.

ms_xeno - 6 April 2012

[sigh] One more shot at the candy promo

5. ts - 5 April 2012
diane - 5 April 2012

now now ts, “This is the land of opportunity, where anyone can make it! Instead of complaining, just go out there and get rich!”

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

LOVED that!

So when I say “We’re all in this together,” I’m not stating a philosophy. I’m stating a fact about the way human life works. No, you never asked for anything to be handed to you. You didn’t have to, because billions of humans who lived and died before you had already created a lavish support system where the streets are all but paved with gold. Everyone reading this — all of us living in a society advanced enough to have Internet access — was born one inch away from the finish line, plopped here at birth, by other people.

So when somebody else asks for your help, in the form of charity or taxes, or because they need you to help them move a refrigerator, you can cite all sorts of reasons for not helping (“I think you’re lying about needing help” or “I don’t care” or “I’m too tied up with my own problems”), but the one thing you can’t say is, “Why should you need help? I’ve never gotten help!” Not unless you’re either shamefully oblivious, or a lying asshole.

6. diane - 5 April 2012

Always interesting how the Global FREE! Markets focused media receive far more news detail and many times are brutally honest in their headlines without receiving an ounce of flack for that brutal honesty. For instance, a Forbes piece, titled: In Public Display, Greek Austerity Leads To Suicide appeared to have had access to an entire suicide letter, unlike other articles I read which appeared to have been written at about the same time.

The unfolding saga of southern Europe claimed another life on Wednesday when a retired man from Greece killed himself in Syntagma Square in Athens this morning.

Dimitris Christoulas shot himself in the head and left a suicide note that said young people would one day rise up against the government, Athens News reported. Hours later, Greece’s Prime Minister, Lucas Papademos, issued a statement on the matter, saying simply “In these difficult times for our society, we all — state and citizens — (must) support the people next to us in distress.”

Christoulas left a suicide note that reportedly read:

“The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state. And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance. I believe that young people with no future, will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945.”

Tsolakoglou collaborated with the Nazi’s to help the German dicatorship over throw Greece in World War II. The comparison was interpreted in the local media as being the same as Papademos’s agreements with EU leadership, mainly in Germany, that has been forcing the government to reduce its budget to pay down its state debts.

Well, at least the Capitalist Finance mags can pen a brutally honest title (after it’s too late to do anything about preventing the impending catastrophe) without pundits like Mr. Kass claiming: … toothless old men [are] barking empty nonsense… intimating: …..Senseless Anarchy!!!!! …..Communism!

It always strikes me, that this sort of commentary usually comes from someone who is still gainfully employed, or financially sound, and clearly has no clue what it’s like falling hopelessly and violently through the cracks, no matter what one does to prevent it, due to what one’s overseers have apparently deliberately wrought.

(in other Austerity news, apparently …. none of the three March 30th jackpot winning tickets for the record $UZ$ Mega Millions!!!! Lottery, which brought in at least $1.5 Billion in sales, have been cashed in.)

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

Doctors who gave protesters sick notes disciplined

Madison – The state medical school disciplined 20 doctors, including fining 11 faculty members up to $4,000, for handing out sick notes to demonstrators at last year’s labor protests, newly released records show.

The records, requested by the Journal Sentinel last year under the state’s open records law, show for the first time the extent of the discipline given to those doctors by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In several cases, doctors in more senior positions within the school also had to step away from those roles for a period of four months over one year. All the doctors were warned that further actions could result in them being fired.

Singled out for the largest fine was Louis Sanner, a physician who headed the Badger Doctors that set up a medical station to assist protesters. Sanner paid the fine.

“(Dr. Louis) Sanner’s decision to openly practice medicine at the State Capitol, while intentionally avoiding the creation of a medical record, shows that his understanding and judgment are lacking,” Provost Paul DeLuca wrote in a March 19 rejection of an appeal by one of the doctors.

The discipline records also show that Sanner and the other physicians disciplined insisted they had acted correctly even when accepting the discipline, saying they believed they were helping public employees under stress rather than writing fake sick notes to allow demonstrators to skip work and keep protesting.

The school reviewed 22 cases and found some of the doctors had not participated, Lisa Brunette, a spokeswoman for the school, has said.

The 20 doctors who were disciplined included 11 faculty members, who were docked pay in amounts between $500 and $4,001 and required to attend ethics training. The money was set aside to pay for an ethics symposium in the medical school. The remaining nine people were residents, who are considered doctors in training. They were given formal letters of notice of violating their code of conduct and were required to attend a discussion on ethics that was given to all residents after the incident.

Brunette said the fines have all been paid, and she believed the other requirements also had been met by the doctors and residents. One doctor and one resident have since left the medical school, she said.

Well, they showed them!

marisacat - 6 April 2012

What cn you do but laugh, really:

…and required to attend ethics training

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

Happy human sacrifice day everybody … celebrate by hanging an instrument of capital punishment around your neck!

marisacat - 6 April 2012

Very disturbing the way people treat it as proven fact, rather than allegory. So much talk of the Via Dolorossa, and how important it is to feel what Jesus felt, walking with the cross.

YIKES! What is wrong with myth and allegory?

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

I don’t know … maybe myth and allegory take too much work and imagination and empathy for most people.

marisacat - 6 April 2012

😆 and I sure don’t want to get all caught up in the Real Jesus…. 🙄



marisacat - 6 April 2012

oh so timely! I popped in a The Shield disc – Season 3 -… and what do I see, Los Angeles gang members with tattoos of crowns of thorns on their shaven skulls… quite the imagery for Good Friday….

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

that show made good use of allegory and myth …

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012
marisacat - 6 April 2012

The jokes DO NOT end… they keep spawning.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

Ganswein probably reads it Ratzi as he’s all snuggled up in bed, little Versaci bunny slippers on, altar boy tucked in at his side …

marisacat - 6 April 2012

TWO altar boys! A pope demands excess!

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

“Ganswein, bring two next time … I want to play the ‘Father, Son & Holy Ghost” game!”

marisacat - 6 April 2012

It does blow me away .. the photos of people handing over their babies, letting their little children line up for Holy Father.

And so on.

m - 7 April 2012

Gives new meaning to “child sacrifice”.

marisacat - 7 April 2012

well… I DO think parents are willingly, if pretending otherwise, turning their children over as [sex abuse] ritual sacrifice…

10. diane - 6 April 2012

(very sorry hon, while the links amazingly worked on my post above, here’s (hopefully) a much clearer post)

….so fucking screwed (speaking of PA and Bono).

…after I followed today’s Glenn Greenwald piece to Seymour Hersh’s current piece here: Our Men in Iran? …..

this caught my eye: Eva Longoria’s Agenda , regarding: Trevor Neilson and his Global Philanthropy Group. …

Soz, ……. like a sadomasochist, …… I lazily hopped to The! WIKI first (of course there aren’t many choices left anymore anyway, …are there?),…..which led me here (of course): [WIKI Advisory Board] Trevor Neilson , ….

after which…… (especially after the potential Sandusky whiff with Casey’s kidz), I became totally immersed in the rattler hole; …….

if I ever get the energy ……… maybe I’ll attempt to piece all the links I’ve now, hours later, collected together. …

At this point … one of my questions is who was the topper at the end of the day between the Two Billy the deformed Penises and the third slimebag, “Trevor” …..(don’t at all want to know the, consummation of the deal, celebratory details though, ….. I’m already aware they are, all three, SICK POWER OBSESSED FUCKS).

Think I’ll fill the tub to the brim …..and take an hours long bath. …..

diane - 6 April 2012

(thanks so much for the fix honey, …. I’m headin off towards the tub ….)

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

jeebus these people are nuts:

Abstinence-Only Education Now Includes Warning Against Dangers of Fingerblasting

The amended sex ed — excuse me, “family life education,” because S-E-X is a dirty word that we never say — sailed through the Tennessee state senate like a lubed up schooner down a giant Slip n’ Slide, with only one Senator voting against it. The old version of Tennessee’s abstinence only education curriculum allowed teachers to suggest non-sex romantic activities to their horned up students. For example, children, have you considered frottage? How about heavy petting? Over-the-clothes second base is an underrated but effective way to experience boob without endangering the fate of your eternal soul. Try making out and neck-kissing!

But lawmakers worry that encouraging anything that might lead to sex is basically giving students a free pass to have orgies during study hall, hence the new, Super Abstinence Only Education curriculum that expressly prohibits “Promot(ing) any gateway sexual activity or health message that encourages students to experiment with non-coital sexual activity.” Republican Sen. Jack Johnson explained, “‘Abstinence’ means from all of these activities, and we want to promote that. What we do want to communicate to the kids is that the best choice is abstinence.”

Sure, THAT’S going to work.

marisacat - 6 April 2012

The old version of Tennessee’s abstinence only education curriculum allowed teachers to suggest non-sex romantic activities to their horned up students. For example, children, have you considered frottage? ….

wow that seems rather advanced for parts of TENN… then again, probably very restrained for OTHER parts of TENN.

What a mess it all is.

NO gateway sex. NO gateway experimentation…

Hey, good luck!!

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

no humanity

marisacat - 6 April 2012

I think it just leads to what I call “ass fucking for Jesus”, that is if the documentary made in the late 90s on what happened in Conyers Georgia is any guide… retaining their virginity, technicaly, but engaging in god knows what else at very curious orgy parties, that frankly barely sound like all that much fun for the boys BUT definitely is not fun for the girls…

Girls that are well under 18 and have engaged in everything but vaginal intercourse with god knows how many boys. Not a great choice… at all.

Heavy petting would be much much better.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

they’re just so sickly afraid of children being human. it’s deeply sick.

marisacat - 6 April 2012

But then what children resort to is very worrisome. The documentary on Conyers GA, which actually ran on PBS here before PBS got even worse, blew me away… inevitably a couple of older boys got entre to the parties, STDs hit, and the reason the doc was made is that the GA Dept of Health had to move in to Conyers.

Of course it is nearly 15 years ago, but I was so impressed by the Ga Dept of Health… I was amazed. Straight forward, honest, direct, science based approach… they had a show and tell in the auditorium of the HS that masses of parents, of course who all got notices, came to. They unveiled a diagram of infection routes, it looked like a huge ball of knitting yarn…. the parents all gasped and a few mothers wept.

Madman in the Marketplace - 6 April 2012

kids get like that when natural curiosity gets twisted by weird misinformation from fucked up adults …

12. marisacat - 7 April 2012

Sunday Suds:


–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Debate between Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH); roundtable on the role of faith in politics with Archbishop-designate of Baltimore William Lori, daughter of Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, United Methodist Pastor Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), author and Random House Executive Editor Jon Meacham (“American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation”)

–ABC’s “This Week“: Interview with author and Pastor Rick Warren (“The Purpose Driven Life”) and author Kay Warren (“Choose Joy: Because Happiness isn’t Enough”) (taped in Lake Forest, CA); roundtable with ABC News’ George Will, Yahoo News’ David Chalian, Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson, ThomsonReuters’ Chrystia Freeland and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan (substitute anchor: Jake Tapper)

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Cardinal Timothy Dolan; roundtable with the Southern Baptist Convention’s Dr. Richard Land, Los Angeles Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe, Esperanza USA’s Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn and Newsweek / Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan; political roundtable with Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus and CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell

–“Fox News Sunday“: 2012 Republican presidential candidate former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND); roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, the Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes and Roll Call’s David Drucker; “Power Player of the Week” segment with daughter of former President Richard Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower (celebrating the centennial of the birth of former First Lady Pat Nixon)

–CNN’s “State of the Union” (SUN 9am ET / 12pm ET): DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and former Solicitor General Ken Starr; Democratic strategist Mark Penn and Republican strategist Linda DiVall; roundtable on religion in America and politics with CBN’s David Brody, Christian Coalition Founder and Century Strategies’ Ralph Reed and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live“: (SUN 10am ET / 1pm ET): Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak; author Ahmed Rashid (“Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan”) and editor Peter Bergen (“Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion”); author and Economist columnist Philip Coggan (“Paper Promises: Debt, Money and the New World Order”); Nobel laureate, women’s freedom activist and author Leymah Gbowee (“Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War”)

–CNN’s “Reliable Sources“: (SUN 11am ET): Roundtable on media developments with the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie and The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman; political roundtable with Real Clear Politics’ Erin McPike, AMERICABlog.com’s John Aravosis and the San Francisco Chronicle Debra Saunders


Ugh TW, FTN, MTP all go heavy religion… 😆 FOX appears to give it a slide… CNN too for whatever reason…

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2012

Chris Hayes’ show covered climate change activist Tim DeChristopher’s imprisonment. After talking about the importance of cases like his, working outside the political system, sadly he spent a bunch of time w/ hack insider Van Jones and the “99% Spring” co-option of the Occupy Movement to the service of electing Donklephants. Van, of course, insists that he’s “working outside the system.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2012

he claimed that Occupied “co-opted US”.

marisacat - 7 April 2012

ugh Van is touring…. at least last Sunday it seemed to me he was doing a smiling black face sliming of Slob. The “he could come out as gay and hardly lose his black base”…. and how askeered the Dems are of Ann Romney…

Gave me a laugh… but he is NOT “outside the system”.

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 7 April 2012

Walker’s Solitary Signing Spree

Politicians like to sign bills in public… usually at places that relate to the bill. Crime bills at cop houses, education bills at schools – that kind of thing. They set up the table, line up the pens and invite the press to come and take pictures.

So it is perhaps no coincidence that Scott Walker decided to sign into law several controversial bills that so damage the rights of women he signed them alone, and in secret.

Among them, outlawing abortion services in health care exchanges, regulations on how doctors must treat and consult with women patients seeking abortion services and a return to the “never worked and never will” abstinence sex ed. in schools.

The most controversial bill however may be SB 202 the repeal of the Equal Pay and Enforcement Act which was passed and signed by Jim Doyle in 2009. The bill is commonly misunderstood to be one which declares equal pay for equal work – a repeal meaning the undoing of such an ideal. This is incorrect, the repeal is a further chipping away at legal rights and opportunities of working people to the sole advantage of employers.

Code word: TORT REFORM

This is a coded term that disguises itself as a streamlining or common sense maintenance of a legal system run amok. Frivolous lawsuits and shyster attorney’s who crowd the courts with baloney suits that paralyze and terrorize poor corporations who are just trying to be good job creators.

Tort reform is the favorite child of the ALEC crowd. In small measures they restrict the ability of people who have been discriminated against, cheated or harmed to have their day in court. Without equal access, offenders have a much easier time carrying on in their ways without fear of punitive damages – which may be the only thing they do fear.

Remember that bill earlier in the session that gave immunity to medical device companies and big pharma if they injured or killed someone with their product – as long as it was approved by the FDA? That’s tort reform. What’s the point of suing the company that killed little Jimmy with a bad drug – if the drug company has immunity from punitive damages? What lawyer in their right mind would even take such a case?

It is the same with the pay equity repeal. Under the Equal Pay and Enforcement Act a person who had successfully proven they had been a victim of pay discrimination could bring suit against that employer for attorney’s fees and damages. It was a powerful deterrent like a good law should be.

Under the Equal Pay and Enforcement Act the pay equity imbalance for women in Wisconsin actually improved a percent and not one case was brought to court.

The repeal of the Equal Pay Act removes the teeth from discrimination lawsuits, relegates cases only to Federal court which does not cover employers with less than 15 employees, nor does it address cases of sexual identity or arrest record.

Who profits? The employers of course and they are the ones who pay the bills at ALEC who love this legislation.

15. diane - 7 April 2012

An ugly nightmare in Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Tulsa’s black community unnerved by shootings

Associated Press | Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2012 11:38 am

Tulsa’s black community was on edge Saturday after police said the same attacker or attackers were behind a series of shootings a day earlier that left three people dead and two more critically wounded.

Police are still waiting for the results of forensic tests, but investigators think the early Friday morning shootings are linked because they happened around the same time within a three-mile span and all five victims were out walking when they were shot.

Officer Jason Willingham said Saturday that police are searching for a white man driving a white pickup, which was spotted in the area of three of the shootings. At least two dozen officers are investigating the case, along with the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service, Willingham said.

Blakney said “avid distrust” between the African-American community and the police department had raised concerns the shootings wouldn’t be fully investigated, and he contacted police to emphasize the need for them to work together to avoid vigilantism.

Tulsa’s police department has been tainted by accusations of corruption. Three ex-police officers and a former federal agent were sentenced to prison in December after a two-year investigation involving allegations of falsified search warrants, nonexistent informants, perjury and stolen drugs and money. Two other ex-officers were acquitted of stealing money during an FBI sting but fired after an internal affairs investigation.

More than a half-dozen lawsuits have been filed by people who claim they were wrongfully locked up by police, and nearly 40 people had their convictions overturned or prison sentences commuted as a result of the corruption probe. Prosecutors have suggested the five police officers who were charged were part of a broader plot in which corrupt officers stole money and drugs, conducted illegal searches and fabricated evidence without fear of getting caught.

Four of Friday’s shooting victims were found in yards, and the fifth in a street. Police identified those killed as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31. Fields was found wounded about 1 a.m. Friday, Clark was found in a street about an hour later, and Allen was discovered in the yard of a funeral home about 8:30 a.m., though investigators believe he was shot much earlier.

Minutes after Fields was found, police found two men with gunshot wounds in another yard two blocks away. They were taken to hospitals in critical condition but were expected to survive, police said. Willingham said those men described the shooter as being white.

marisacat - 7 April 2012

I jsut finished reading another report of this… but I think nationally it is going to suffer, coming after the [still unfolding] Trayvon mess….

diane - 7 April 2012

It was certainly kept quiet yesterday, what an ugly mess. It really angers me that the Obama 2012 campaign will make great use of it when he was the fucker going on about Post Racism and he’s the fucker who further ramped up Droning villages all over the globe.

marisacat - 7 April 2012

I think a lot of the mess to do with Trayvon PR and media, much less pure hype, is that media / Democratic party entities within media fully, along with the WH, just my opinion, got the idea that running hard with the Trayvon story and manipulating it, was beneficial in an election year to Slob.

Ultimately, I think it backfires, esp as he so intensely personalised it.

marisacat - 7 April 2012

Tacking this on as a “Reply”



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