Friday, March 2, 2007

Casual Friday ... Extreme!

Today's edition of Casual Friday has been dubbed "Casual Friday Extreme!" by the Sam Seder Juggernaut. Because, we'll, we're not in the studio today. It's that casual.

So, the Drudge Report is linking to an Evening Standard story about an ancient picture of Tony Blair making an "obscene gesture." Maybe he's pretending to grab his "Wee Prime Minister." But maybe, just maybe, he's playing that sadistic game that junior-high boys tend to play. You know, the one where I make a circle with my thumb and forefinger below my waist, and if you look at it I get to punch you twice in the shoulder. Anyone? Anyone?

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Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Hey Sam!

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Mob crew had taste for cash from popular Royal Crown

blah blah blah said...

why the outrage for cutting healthcare for children?

lets address the real issue, universal healthcare for all americans!

blah blah blah said...

well shoot, its hour three and i just realized its the best of sam.

Bobby Badfingers said...

George W. Bush eats shit!

Pass it on!

toniD said...

A new thread! Good!

Fuck Everything said...

OOOOOOHHHHH! Tony Blair was photographed making an obscene gesture when he was in college! Such fucking scandal, indeed! I can't believe we have to live in a world where such horror exists. Imagine, a teen aged boy making a dirty sign with his fingers! What is this frigging world coming to? We are surely at the Gates Of Hell!

CrunchyKnee said...

" Bobby Badfingers said...

George W. Bush eats shit!

Pass it on! "

Not only that, but he is coke fiend drunken frat boy fascist.

i said...

Why you should always be sceptical about 'HIV test' results.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi7wo2KTkaQ

Lee Evans Speaks Out about the HIV Tests

toniD said...

Market not doing well today...

Dow 12138.37 -95.97 (-0.78%)
Nasdaq 2373.82 -30.39 (-1.26%)
S&P 500 1389.33 -13.84 (-0.99%)
10-Yr Bond 0.452% -0.04

toniD said...

Breaking from Louise Slaughter's Web Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 2, 2007



Slaughter Calls for Removal of Army Official as Head of Walter Reed
Recent Report Shows Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley Failed to Prevent Deterioration of Hospital's Outpatient Facilities

Washington, DC - Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28), Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates strongly urging him to remove Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley as the temporary head of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

LINK

bibimimi troll'p said...

Tony Blair and his mates all look like the guys in "The Darkness"

"Keep yer hands off ma woooman, mutha-fukkah!!!..."

Alice said...

Update on Alberto Gonzales Protest in Sacramento by Dan Bacher

Protest Torture-advocate U.S. Attorney General General Alberto Gonzales who will be speaking in the Lecture Hall, McGeorge Law School, 3200 5th Ave, Sacramento (map & directions below). Meet across the street from the main entrance at 12 noon (his lecture starts at 1 PM).

Hopefully the law students will turn their backs on him just like they did when he spoke at Georgetown.

picture

bibimimi troll'p said...

it's friday, la illegentia!

bounce them canz!

Karl Marx said...

toniD said...
Market not doing well today...

Dow 12138.37 -95.97 (-0.78%)
Nasdaq 2373.82 -30.39 (-1.26%)
S&P 500 1389.33 -13.84 (-0.99%)
10-Yr Bond 0.452% -0.04

March 2, 2007 11:07 AM



HOORAY!!!!

GBC said...

bounce them canz!

~-~-~-

Wheeeeehaaaaa!

Sorry ladies. I was late getting back from lunch to bounce 'em with ya'll.

:)

Afternoon everyone.

toniD said...

Good afternoon Shell, bibi!

toniD said...

G'afternoon GBC!

Alice said...

Rare anarchist movies online

Alice said...

Hey Toni, Bib, gbc...

:)

toniD said...

Measuring Democratic impact on America By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 15 minutes ago

Two months after Democrats took control of Congress, there isn't much to show for the switch in power — despite feverish efforts to weigh in on meaty matters, such as the war in Iraq.

A Vermont park has a new name, a new board oversees the now-infamous House page program and a glitch has been fixed in minting $1 silver coins honoring Thomas Edison.

Democrats also have gotten enacted into law modest boosts in veterans' benefits, health research and college loans, perhaps their biggest achievement during their time in power. That accomplishment came on a nearly half-trillion-dollar spending bill that Republicans left uncompleted last fall, when voters decided they wanted a different party than the president's running Congress.

The face of Congress itself has been altered markedly since Democrats took over this year, with a woman in the House speaker's chair, anti-war leaders in senior posts, and a veritable glut of hearings probing everything from Iraq policy to whether the Bush administration is trying to silence climate change researchers.

But thanks to their slim margins of control, the molasses-like pace of the Senate, and a president ready to wield his ultimate weapon — the veto — to block their agenda, Democrats' wish list lacks a single check mark.

"If it requires action in both houses of Congress and a presidential signature, there are limits to how much one party's agenda can actually see the light of day," said Thomas Mann, a Brookings Institution congressional expert.

LINK

Alice said...

http://www.translatum.gr/

Thought of you of course when I saw this link, Toni...

toniD said...

From firedoglake re the Libby trial:

We thought we might have a hearing on the meaning of whatever word the jury wanted a dictionary for today, but so far — nada. Still, in Marcy's absense it's been nice to have egregious here in the media room as backup in case I needed to be up in the courtroom (everyone knows how much I love sitting on those rock-hard benches). We've got about 45 minutes until the end of the day (jury goes home at 2pm) so we're in countdown phase for the weekend until then.

Meanwhile, via Jeralyn at TalkLeft, we find that the Wilsons have sold their story to Warner Brothers. The sport du jour here at the courthouse is casting. Matt Cooper has already publicy said that he wants Jack Black to play him (who would no doubt pick up an Oscar for the "sprawl" scene). Feel free to play blogospheric casting director in the comments below — who knows, someone Debra Zane could be picking up tips.

http://www.firedoglake.com/2007/03/02/i-spy/

bibimimi troll'p said...

I've never seen this before. Sickening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ZUa28kQZY&NR

bibimimi troll'p said...

hello 2 all ma peeps!

toni, shell, charlie...

toniD said...

Thanks Shell!

Always looking for a good translater

toniD said...

Plame film in works at Warner Bros.
Studio sets movie about CIA leak scandal

Warner Bros. is developing a feature on the lives of Valerie Plame and Ambassador Joseph Wilson, the married couple drawn into a D.C. firestorm.
Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

The film is a co-production between Weed Road's Akiva Goldsman and Jerry and Janet Zucker of Zucker Productions.

Jez and John Butterworth are writing the screenplay.

WB has secured the life rights of Plame and Wilson. Studio also will use Plame's memoir, "Fair Game," if the CIA permits her to publish it. Plame made a reported publishing deal in the $2.5 million range last year, and Simon & Schuster is expected to publish late this year. While it would be ironic for Plame's story to be illegally leaked by the White House, only to have another government branch deny her the right to tell it herself, the CIA has the latitude to silence Plame.

She left the agency in late 2005 and she and Wilson have filed a civil lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff for Cheney who's currently on trial, defending himself against charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to FBI agents who were investigating the leak of Plame's identity to journalists.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117960398.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

toniD said...

Iran might want U.S. help against al Qaeda: expert By David Morgan
Thu Mar 1, 2:48 PM ET

Iran could be interested in cooperating with the United States to combat al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, a leading U.S. expert on Afghanistan said on Thursday.

Barnett Rubin, one-time adviser to former U.N. special representative to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi, said Iranian officials have told him privately that al Qaeda poses a new threat to Afghanistan that could have implications for Iran's national security.

"They believe that al Qaeda is the number one threat to Iran, maybe after the United States," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Iran's ruling Muslim clerics are Shi'ite, an Islamic sect opposed by the Sunni-dominated al Qaeda and Taliban.

"They told me they had some information about it, and they would like to cooperate with the United States. But neither their government in Tehran, nor our government in Washington, had authorized the sharing of that information, which they found frustrating," Rubin added.

The committee's top Democratic and Republican senators said they would urge the State Department to consider Rubin's remarks ahead of two conferences with Iran and Syria set to begin next week in Baghdad.

"That's pretty important information," said Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record) of Michigan, the panel's Democratic chairman. "That directly relates to even the limited purpose that's been stated for meetings with Iran and Syria."

Rubin did not identify the Iranian officials he met in Kabul last November. But he said they also expressed interest in cooperating with the United States against the Taliban.

LINK

Alice said...

Jimi, WTC

Alice said...

Ode to Sam's blog

Alice said...

* Gen. Wesley Clark Weighs Presidential Bid: "I Think About It Everyday" *

We spend the hour with General Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general. He was the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the Kosovo War. In 2004 he unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clark talks about his opposition to a U.S. attack on Iran; the impeachment of President Bush; the use of cluster bombs; the bombing of Radio Television Serbia in the Kosovo War under his command; US service members refusing deployments to Iraq; his own presidential ambitions and much more.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/02/1440234

bibimimi troll'p said...

Alice said...
Jimi, WTC

March 2, 2007 12:57 PM

that's beautuful, and SO sad.

bibimimi troll'p said...

we already know he's the worst...

is he also the most hated?

Alice said...

Yes it is...brings it all back huh...

I just sent you some pics, Bib..

toniD said...

bib, did you get the "cat" haiku I sent you?

Zephram Cochrane said...

I fully endorse General Clark's candidacy....

"Another media-incident started when Clark was asked if he believed faster-than-light travel was possible and he responded that he "still believe[d] in E=mc²" but believed that at some point in human history mankind would overcome that barrier.

This led to a series of headlines deriding the response, such as "Beam Us Up, General Clark" in the New York Times, "Clark is Light-Years Ahead of the Competition" in the Washington Post, "General Relativity (Retired)" on the U.S. News and World Report website, and "Clark Campaigns at Light Speed" in Wired magazine."

toniD said...

Name Max Cleland Secretary Of Veterans Affairs
Brent Budowsky

READ MORE: Max Cleland
It should be the mission of a lifetime and Democrats and Republicans should call on President Bush to do it:

Make Max Cleland Secretary of Veterans Affairs and it will send a powerful message of support to our troops and vets.

If Max Cleland is named, within hours the treatment of every wounded soldier will improve because every official will know
that the new sheriff is in town.

LINK

toniD said...

Army Sec. Francis J. Harvey resigns over the Walter Reed problem. DOD Sec. Gates announced it at a press briefing today.

Now they need to get rid of Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley. He's the blowhard that allowed Walter Reed to become the way it is!

Alice said...

Al Qaeda in Second Life?

toniD said...

Army Sgt. William “B.J.” Beardsley, a 25-year-old soldier, re-enlisted and served another tour in Iraq in part to pay “for the health insurance to cover his wife’s medical bills.” Beardsley died Monday after a roadside bomb went off near his vehicle, one day after his wife left the hospital.

LINK

bibimimi troll'p said...

“It’s still George Bush’s war. But we run the risk of gaining some ownership of it if we don’t make it absolutely clear that we are the party that wants to get out of there.”

-- Senator Russ Feingold, quoted by The New York Times explaining why Congressional Dems shouldn't consider measures that would give Bush any leeway to continue the war.

Yah, Russ! Preach it!!!

bibimimi troll'p said...

toniD said...
bib, did you get the "cat" haiku I sent you?

March 2, 2007 1:18 PM

oh, yeah! Thanks Toni!

That's getting the ol' F.W.D. to all my cat-lovin' sibsters!

Alice said...

Organically grown
Through the hemisphere I roam
To make love to the angels of light, yeah
and my girl
I guess you just don't understand
It's gone beyond bein' a man
As I drift off into the night
I'm in flight
She's a Boy Scout no doubt
But I'm gonna hold my cool
Cause the music rules, yeah
so groove on baby
Check it out

Halfway between the gutter and the stars, yeah
Halfway between the gutter and the stars, yeah

Alice said...

Autonomous Capacity Building

Latin America’s Autonomous Organizing

The Voices of Autonomy

Catharine said...

Hey.

What's going on?

Anyone here?

Catharine said...

oh ... right .. I forgot that this blog is on pacific time

Hi Alice!

Catharine said...

Wash. Post, LA Times yet to highlight McCain's "wasted ... lives" comment; ABC's World News and GMA also ignored

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703020007

As of March 2, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times have yet to publish articles noting that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), during an appearance on the February 28 edition of CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman in which he announced his presidential candidacy, claimed that "[w]e've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure [in Iraq], which is American lives." Media Matters for America noted that on March 1, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times all ignored McCain's claim in their articles reporting his announcement on the Late Show despite previously publishing stories highlighting similar comments made by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) to an Iowa audience on February 11. While both the Post and The New York Times had posted a separate March 1 AP report highlighting McCain's comments on their respective websites, of the three newspapers, only The New York Times published a March 2 article on McCain's claim

Alice said...

Hi Catharine!

http://www.modemac.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl/Reverend_Magdalen
This is such BS...

Alice said...

I've heard that the court transcripts are outrageous, judge yelling at her that she's a pervert and demanding to know if she's a christian.

Catharine said...

OK.

Do these so called "journalists" EVER check their facts? I think not. It's just anything you feel like saying ... keep on talking .. make it up as you go along.

**

CNN's Costello falsely asserted that "you don't see candidate Hillary Clinton on Leno or Letterman"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703020009

On the March 1 edition of CNN's The Situation Room, CNN contributor Carol Costello quoted political analyst Dan McGinn, CEO of The McGinn Group, saying that politicians who appear on television entertainment shows "have to be funny. You do have to be entertaining, but you can't do it in a forced way that people feel like that's really not who you are." Costello then concluded: "And that is a real challenge. That's why you don't see candidate Hillary Clinton on Leno or Letterman." In fact, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has appeared on numerous entertainment shows as a Senate candidate, senator, and possible presidential contender, including on the August 4, 2003, edition of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the October 8, 2003, edition of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She appeared on ABC's The View as recently as December 20, 2006, and she also appeared on The View on May 10, 2004, and October 13, 2003. Clinton also made an appearance on NBC's The Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 21, 2005.

Catharine said...

so how do you use html tags here?

the old way doesn't seem to work.

Catharine said...

CNN's Costello falsely asserted that "you don't see candidate Hillary Clinton on Leno or Letterman"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703020009

On the March 1 edition of CNN's The Situation Room, CNN contributor Carol Costello quoted political analyst Dan McGinn, CEO of The McGinn Group, saying that politicians who appear on television entertainment shows "have to be funny. You do have to be entertaining, but you can't do it in a forced way that people feel like that's really not who you are." Costello then concluded: "And that is a real challenge. That's why you don't see candidate Hillary Clinton on Leno or Letterman." In fact, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has appeared on numerous entertainment shows as a Senate candidate, senator, and possible presidential contender, including on the August 4, 2003, edition of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the October 8, 2003, edition of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She appeared on ABC's The View as recently as December 20, 2006, and she also appeared on The View on May 10, 2004, and October 13, 2003. Clinton also made an appearance on NBC's The Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 21, 2005.


http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

Catharine said...

D'oh!

Catharine said...

March 2, 2007 -- ISRAEL'S DOUBLE GAME IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: ARMING TERRORISTS WITH KHMER ROUGE WEAPONS

WMR's report yesterday on the U.S. naval buildup in Southeast Asia, particularly in Cambodia, coincides with a major Israeli intelligence and weapons smuggling operation in the region.

Israel has been a major, albeit covert, player in Southeast Asia since Israeli multi-billionaire tycoon Shaul Eisenberg began supplying weapons to Cambodia's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Eisenberg, a close business partner of China's military, was also an early arms supplier to Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. Eisenberg was active with Asia's Jewish community during World War II, not as an compatriot of the Allies but as a close intelligence and business partner of Japan's Imperial government, which was allied with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy in the Axis Alliance. Escaping Nazi-controlled Europe, Eisenberg settled in the Far East, making his primary bases of operation Japanese-occupied Shanghai and Japan itself.

Alice said...

The regular way works for me..the href tags..but on the mrr blog we didn't have to use html (if I remember correctly, it's been so long..)

m the a-c said...

A few weeks ago I joked about Hartmann's linkage of the destruction of the founding father's legacy to Reagan. Well, now his show has an ad to that effect. You can't make it up. It's not even a joke anymore, actually.

"The destruction of Jefferson's 'happiness' began with Reagan."

I'm tellin' ya... It writes itself.

m the a-c said...

founding fathers'

Alice said...

Somethings Cooking, Quincy Jones

Alice said...


Extreme Poverty in USA Increased 26% under Bush

Billy Mumphrey said...

I'd Just Like To Say Hello To My Uncle!

~*~ said...

Buddherotica

...
You are naked and open beneath the sky and mountains, and anticipation charges your limbs. Somewhere above the gods are looking down boldly at you, and you search the constellations for signs of their approval. There is a star shining brightly directly above the bed, brighter than any star you've seen before. It is coming toward you, dropping from the dark tapestry overhead to join you on earth. Ever larger it approaches, until its white brilliance floods the countryside. The light resolves into a mighty form, too large to be a man. Your breath catches in your throat. It is a majestic white elephant, his back broad, his curled trunk strong, his six gleaming tusks sharp and hard. His long-lashed eyes gaze upon you with intelligence. Huge like the mountains, he stands over the bed, and held in his trunk you behold a thousand-petaled lotus flower.
...

Hillbilly Sid said...

Dang! I shot the white elephant before I got to the pretty flower!

Sunshine Jim said...

evening gang!

toniD said...

Hello all!

Sunshine Jim said...

"Alice said...

Jimi, WTC

March 2, 2007 12:57 PM"

goodun

toniD said...

Did White House Pull Nomination To Avoid Questions Over 2004 Minority Voter Suppression? »
Tim Griffin — a “37-year-old protege” of Karl Rove and the former research director of the Republican National Committee — has become the poster boy for the Bush administration’s politicization of the office of U.S. attorney.

On Feb. 15, Griffin suddenly announced that he had “made the decision not to let my name go forward to the Senate” for approval. Instead, he will serve indefinitely as an “interim” prosecutor. By avoiding Senate approval, Griffin will also avoid having to answer questions under oath about his role in a plan to supress Florida votes — primarily those of African-American servicemembers — in the 2004 election. From the LA Times, 10/28/04:

LINK

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

South Bronx Man Survives The Streets, Dies In Iraq

Alice said...

U.S. Names New Ambassador to Venezuela

Friday, Mar 02, 2007
By: Chris Carolson

The Bush administration announced yesterday that it will appoint Patrick Duddy as new ambassador to Venezuela. Duddy currently is the U.S. Joint Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

He will replace Ambassador William Brownfield in Caracas, pending his approval by the U.S. Senate. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has already expressed his approval of the new nomination.
...

http://venezuelaanalysis.com/news.php?newsno=2229

Sunshine Jim said...

eya T,

some more info on those fired US attorneys via Paul Blumenthal and his excellent post at the Sunlight foundation site which i learned about from reading an interview with Allison Fine.

http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/node/2225#comment

"Purged U.S. Attorney Carol Lam has been the lead prosecutor in the Randy “Duke” Cunningham case that has led to the indictments of Cunningham (also convicted and sentenced to over 8 years in prison), Brent Wilkes, Mitchell Wade, and K. Dusty Foggo.

Lam was purged immediately after she indicted Wilkes, a top government contractor with ties to many California Republicans including Appropriations Ranking Member Jerry Lewis and Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter, and Foggo, the former number three at the CIA.

TPM Muckraker has been following this case diligently and as they point out, the Iglesias revelations make the removal of Lam incredibly suspect.

Perhaps she was getting too deep; this San Diego Union-Tribune article from today notes that the case is incredibly sensitive as it could potentially reveal the identities of CIA operatives because the indictment alleges that Foggo gave the confidential information to the contractor Wilkes.

It should be noted that Wilkes was a 2004 Bush “Ranger” (he raised more than $200,000).

Another purged Attorney, Bud Cummins, U.S. Attorney from Arkansas, stated that he was pushed out to make way for a protégé of White House strategist de jour Karl Rove. The Rove protégé, Tim Griffin, was formerly an opposition research specialist at the Republican National Committee, a purely political position.

Griffin has since withdrawn his name from consideration for a full time position blaming the politicization of the process by Arkansas’ two Democratic Senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln.

He is currently the interim U.S. Attorney from Arkansas."

That Was Zen...This Is Tao said...

Teens bound over for trial in slaying of Iraq vet


DETROIT -- Three teenagers were ordered to stand trial Thursday on charges they murdered and robbed an Iraq war veteran of his tax refund.

Though a key witness disagreed with the alleged confession of the teens as to who the shooter was, 36th District Judge Donald Coleman ordered the case to trial.

Dwight Bush identified William Edward Johnson, 17, as the gunman who killed his cousin, Terron Foster Bush., as they stepped out of a check cashing store on Harper on Jan. 18.

Others have said Steven James Johnson, 15, William Johnson's brother, did the shooting.

Alice said...

Hi SJ, NC.... :)

Sunshine Jim said...

an interesting part of that last post was the Sunlight Foundation website it came from.

Sunlight Foundation website:

http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/

they're using the Web 2.0 model and the site works wonderfully for "info diving"!

whenever a 'personality' is discussed an info blob pops up with a mousever, links are part of the text, and the website side panels are superb and give up to the minute news on congress.

a nice model for any blog in functionality.

*

but almost no comments!!!

this is like a used

sports car in the back

row of the cosmic car lot

with less than 500 miles on it

and selling for a fraction of it's value.

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Hi Alice,

Hey Jim, Alice, guys.

Took a look at the north shore yesterday.
Long drive. Hills like the Bronx
only rural like upstate. Houses
this way and that. Farms, sandy bluffs
overlooking L.I. Sound. Narrow
rocky beaches. Pine Barrens.
Calm water. Fog.
You can see Conn.

Different from the south shore.
The south shore is mostly flat.
Set up in rectangular blocks like
the city. Farms. Bays. Wide
sandy beaches. Landscape tapers
to the rolling Atlantic.

South shore has nice beaches.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Shore_(Long_Island)

http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=52

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Shore_(Long_Island)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island

Sunshine Jim said...

eya Alice

backatcha peace/love peep!

"Ode to Sam's blog"

http://pscelebrities.com/mrr/tracyullmantheydontknowaboutus.mp3

got my first smile of the afternoon out of that one!

toniD said...

Howard Dean blasts Coulter for calling John Edwards a 'faggot'
by John Aravosis (DC) · 3/02/2007 06:54:00 PM ET

Good. And he too calls on the Republican presidential candidates, who were at the same conference, to condemn her.

LINK

Anonymous said...

Hi Sam,

I listen daily (have been a loyal listener since the majority report days) to the podcasts and enjoy the show. I have one small criticism, as of late it seems you pound your papers on the table to make a point. I can't help, but find it very annoying, partly because when I used to carpool with my dad he listened to Rush's program, Rush seemed to do the same thing often. Just my thought.

Sunshine Jim said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island

that map of long island reminded me of LaL so i gave em a call and actually caught em at home!

he's been busy for the last month taking care of his dad.

sends his best Snark!

toniD said...

L@L's dad must be really ill, did he tell you what was wrong, Jim?

Blatant plug of my blog:

http://abramoffjournal.blogspot.com/

toniD said...

FOX's Hannity compares Obama's African-American Christian church - and lots of other black Christians - to white supremacists
by John Aravosis (DC) · 3/02/2007 12:12:00 PM ET

Absolutely appalling. Hannity compares Obama's Christian church in Chicago to white supremacists. Why? Because the church has a "commitment to the black community and the black family." Hannity asks "what if a church said it had a commitment to the white family?" Cute. Under that logic, black people can't call themselves African-Americans without being racist because, you know, what if someone called themselves a "white American"? And spare me the "Hannity was only interviewing a guest, he didn't necessarily agree with him" argument. Watch the video, he sure acts like he agrees with him, let alone why would you put this kind of racist crap on TV to start with?

According to FOX News and the Republican party, African-Americans aren't permitted to be Christians because, you know, if they're not exactly like Sean Hannity - one suspects he's a Catholic, and we know how Catholics and Baptists can't stand each other - then they're closer to white supremacists than good Christians. Absolutely amazing.

LINK

Sunshine Jim said...

nah i did'nt T.

he had calls coming in to deal with.

was a hi/bye 2 minute call.

he's dealing with all the Biz of an old parent.

Sunshine Jim said...

FOX's Hannity compares Obama's African-American Christian church - and lots of other black Christians - to white supremacists""

they must have a guy who thinks up these topics for his shows and another bunch that cleans them up slightly for consumption.

why anyone would pay the slightest amount of time watching him amazes me. every time sam launches into a hannity clip i turn down the volume and find something else to do.

it's dead air as far as show creativity goes.

Sunshine Jim said...

back later

walking the pups

toniD said...

Govt. picks design for nuclear warhead By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 1 minute ago

The Bush administration took a major step Friday toward building a new generation of nuclear warheads, selecting a design that is being touted as safer, more secure and more easily maintained than today's arsenal.

A team of scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will proceed with the weapons design with an anticipation that the first warheads may be ready by 2012 as a replacement for Trident missiles on submarines.

The new weapons program, which has received cautious support from Congress, was immediately criticized by some nuclear nonproliferation groups as evidence the government wants to expand nuclear weapons production — not move toward eliminating the stockpile.

Critics also maintain that it sends the wrong signal around the world by pushing a new warhead — although characterized as a replacement for existing ones_ at a time the United States is trying to curtail nuclear weapons development in North Korea and Iran.

Some lawmakers agreed.

"The minute you begin to put more sophisticated warheads on the existing fleet, you are essentially creating a new nuclear weapon. And it's just a matter of time before other nation's do the same," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif. "This could serve to encourage the very proliferation we are trying to prevent."

LINK

passiveconsumer said...

March 2, 2007 11:25 AM ---

Toni,

guess I'm late on this one but thanks!
Louise sure is inspirational!

Anonymous said...

Sunshine Jim said...
nah i did'nt T.

he's dealing with all the Biz of an old parent.

March 2, 2007 6:39 PM

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Rough deal.

Alice said...

FBI Agrees to Investigate Charge That Howell School Books Are Porn

"We're talking about material that's not appropriate for minor children," Vicki Fyke said.

So Fyke and the Livingston Organization for Values in Education want some books like Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" out of the classrooms at Howell High School.

The book about an 11-year-old girl's search for identity contains a scene in which she is raped by her father.

"It describes in great detail how he does it," Fyke said.

The group is also looking to keep Richard Wright's "Black Boy," Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "The Freedom Writers Diary" out of the curriculum. Fyke says the group has no problem keeping the books in the school library.

But after the Howell Board of Education sided against the group in its push to remove the books from the classroom, Fyke forwarded her complaints to prosecutors, alleging the teachers were, in effect, providing pornography for their students.

"If anybody else gave them this material, it's against the law," she said.

Now Fyke has received a letter from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit saying he's forwarded the case to the FBI for investigation.

"I received it Tuesday," she said.

A spokeswoman for the FBI in Detroit told us the office has received the complaint.

"We are reviewing it," the spokeswoman said.

But the whole process surrounding the book is perplexing to at least one educational expert.

"I still can't believe this is happening," Fred Barton said.
...

toniD said...

Evening Ja.

When does the show start?

Alice said...

Harassment of women down, dowry deaths up

The number of cases of harassment of women declined substantially in the city in 2006, compared with the previous two years (2004 and 2005), but there was a marginal rise in dowry deaths reported in the city, police statistics show.

This comes against a backdrop of reports that crime against women has been rising steadily and women's organisations clamouring for stricter implementation of laws to protect women.

The city police say they have done much in the last nine months to help bring down crimes against women, particularly younger women.

Chennai police sources told the The Hindu on Thursday that the number of cases registered under the TN Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act had dropped below 100 in 2006. In 2005 the number was slightly more than 200.

The total number of offences against women registered in 2006 stood at around 450 in the city, while it was close to 600 in 2005. A sustained drive against eve-teasers at bus stops, schools, colleges and other public places had helped the police bring down the number of cases, the officials said.

Sunshine Jim said...

eya Ja Mon!

eatin pizza and sharing with the pups.

toniD said...

Buy a Yellow Ribbon Magnet....Cheap!
Right after the war started in Iraq you couldn't pass a car without a Yellow Ribbon Magnet that said "Support the Troops". Lately I haven't seen as many. Could it be that the war in Iraq has become unpopular. I don't think it means we don't support our troops.

From Financial Times:


Yellow ribbons dwindle with war support
By Andrew Ward in Atlanta

Published: March 2 2007 22:18 | Last updated: March 2 2007 23:02

For three years after the invasion of Iraq, it was difficult to drive more than a few miles through middle America without seeing a car displaying a magnetic yellow ribbon.

The magnets, bearing the slogan “Support Our Troops”, became a symbol of patriotism for millions of US motorists.

But as support for the war fades, demand for yellow ribbons has collapsed.

LINK

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

For Alice,

hahaha

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydactyl_cat

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_West,_Florida

Alice said...

Cute! Dolly was Polydactyl...

Alice said...

In the autonomous municipalities of Chiapas, economic progress is only meaningful if it makes a
community stronger by stabilizing the lives of residents and improves their capacity to resist neoliberalism’s co-opting influence. For the autonomous rebel
Zapatista communities the value of resources is determined by their use for the community and the rebellion, not by their speculative value.

Sunshine Jim said...

Rudy was a six toed cat.

nice article on em eh?

'Hemingway cats'

never saw one with thumbs tho.

Alice said...

The Caracol..is in many ways the most physically mature of the five. It is a gathering place for seven of the surrounding autonomous Zapatista municipalities and home to their corresponding Junta de Buen Gobierno (Board of Good Governance).

...

Within the collective practice of cargo, traditional social structures are built from community-determined and service oriented responsibilities. In the cargo system individuals are given a role that reflects their capacity, their potential, and the necessary operations of the
community as a whole. An individual’s work is enacted as a service to the community, viewing service as an expression of commitment and dedication. Once a cargo is selected an individual cannot deny the responsibility, and collective survival is based on the inner-workings and abilities of each person in the community. Drawing from observable abilities and virtues, the community
selects a person’s role in a way that serves the greater whole.

Alice said...

Dolly had the thumbs..her front paws only had six...I miss her, she was so cute...I sometimes wonder if Roman misses her...

Alice said...

I guess it's bed time...I work tomorrow & go to that kid's funeral in the morning...

...Night-Night, Blog...xxoo...

toniD said...

Nite Shell.

I'm going too, early call tomorrow and a long day. Sunday too!

Later

Anonymous said...

Hey Jim, Alice -

Saw Northern L.I..
Beaches not too great.
Don't think I'd participate
in other things there.
South Shore - too "busy".
South Shore beaches are good..
(Memorial day to Labor day)
Already did Westchester..
Jersey's no great shakes.
Locally that's - N. S. E. W.

Thinking - S. Florida. :)

Sunshine Jim said...

datchu NC?

florida blew me away as soon as i walked off the plane!

Huuuuuu mid!

and incredible plants and trees.

however, it's different enough you might really enjoy it there.

Sunshine Jim said...

i'm out.

sleep head boy here.

love ya all and sweet dreams!

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

I can do humid. Plants & trees too. Main thing for me. Beaches,
warm weather, quiet surroundings.

dada said...

Beautiful day today. Spring weather in NY, even after the sun went down.

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Take it easy guys.

dada said...

piper: "pick up the microphone...there you go, there you go...
put it in the little greasy paws, you wanna do something, then you go ahead,
you say exactly what you wanna say to these people, you can do..
just a second, i want you to..now, wait a second, i want to make you feel at home, before we start...
You want to be the big shot, you want to do all the talking,
you want to really think all these people...
got yourself a pineapple, wantcha feel at home, wantcha feel like the fiji islands,
kinda like the women, you know? kinda, long frosty hair on top, round on the bottom..gotcha pineapple...
you wanna be a happy person? what do ya want, huh? what do ya want, you want bananas?
you wanna talk? go ahead and talk...huh?
go ahead and talk..wait a second, wait a second, wait a second, wait wait wait wait wait wait...

dada said...

you want bananas? you want bananas? we got bananas...here we go, you want bananas?
have yourself a banana...huh? this is what you want? you wanna talk, you ain't saying nothing...
what's wrong, huh? you wanna come up here like a bigshot...what do ya want? you want coconuts...you know what?
i gotcha coconuts, huh? i'm just like...there you go...one coconuuut...two coconuuut....ha?...four coconut,
you want to be a big shot, you want to go..wait a second, bananas, and coconuts, you want to be a big shot...you know what?
the only thing i didn't get, i didn't get a tree, for you to climb up and down like a monkey, like you wanna do,
you wanna be a big shot, i'll get you a tree next time, you want a banana, have a banana...what do ya want, man, a bi...

dada said...

snuka (barely audible): are you making fun of me?

piper: am i making fun of you? oh..no sir, no sir no sir...(hits snuka with coconut)
...inaudible...here, you sucker! here! ha!..have a banana, have a banana...have a banana..am i making fun of you?
...inaudible...ho! you ain't nothing but garbage...come on big time, come on, come on big time...huh?
come on and get up..get up, you piece of junk, huh? get up...come on...come on boy, get up...come on boy, get up...huh...etc...

http://www.aroundthering.com/pipersnuka.htm

Sorry about the triple post, but that's still the funniest thing I've ever seen

air-ono said...

SOUTH FLORIDA GAZZETTE HEADLINES:

FUCKING HUGE RATS RUN AMOCK

fucking huge rodents are going ape shit down here in south florida.

some as big as cats

some as big as pigs

if you're thinking about coming here, arm yourself to the teeth

AAARRRRHHHHHHH!!!! ONE OF THE VERMIN JUST BIT MY LEG OFF

this is fred peterson signing off to receive medical attention

before i go...

an old lady was evicted from her condo today for failing to pay her electricity bill

she swore she paid it to the guy behind the counter...

the mob is suspected of hoisting the little old lady's money by posing as the guy

(developing)

(and bleeding)

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Sex ring suspect held

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

Former Democratic boss claims victory despite facing 10 to 15 years in prison

air-ono said...

yo, news

i wasn't joking...

some have the plague

air-ono said...

honestly, news

some are in disguise

so it's safer to shoot anything that moves

: )

air-ono said...

to avoid the o.g.

i myself am walking around the house in disguise

fake nose

fake moustache

dark glasses

bat wings...

i don't even recognise myself

air-ono said...

it's not only kooky and fun...

it's the only way to stay alive

(so it's necessary)

air-ono said...

my head could be found in a trash can

or i may live for 100 years...

it's really up to me

air-ono said...

i'm turning into a comic book

i'm dripping red, green, and blue ink...

my limbs are becoming leafy

kinda like the pages of a comic book

anyway, i have to move over there now

c'ya

Catharine said...

Coulter reference to Edwards as "faggot" gives rise to questions for media

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703030002

In a March 2 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), right-wing pundit Ann Coulter said she "can't really talk about" Democratic presidential candidate and former Sen. John Edwards (NC) because "you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot.' " The CPAC audience applauded her comment. Coulter's comments, which aired on CSPAN, were also documented by the weblog Think Progress. It was not the first time Coulter has smeared a prominent Democrat with a homophobic epithet, and it is not the first time that Coulter has ridiculed Edwards. Will the media call on Republican presidential hopefuls attending the CPAC conference to denounce her smear?


***

I think the best response to Coulter is : "Well, I guess you oughta know, Ann...."

Catharine said...

Another excerpt from Ann Coulter [talking about Mitt Romney]:

Coulter also touted Romney's position on gay rights, saying:

COULTER: And of course, if you're working for a Republican candidate, you'll meet some nice heterosexual guys. By the way, before I let that slide, I do want to point out one thing that has been driving me crazy with the media, how they keep describing Mitt Romney's position as being "pro-gays, and that's going to upset right-wingers." Well, you know, screw you, I'm not anti-gay. We're against gay marriage. I don't want gays to be discriminated against. I mean, I think we have, in addition to blacks, I don't know why all gays aren't Republicans. I think we have the pro-gay position, which is anti-crime and for tax cuts. Gays make a lot of money, and they're victims of crime. I mean, the way -- no, they are. They should be with us. But the media portrays us. If they could get away with it, they would start saying, you know, "Mitt Romney, he's pro-civil rights, and that's going to upset conservatives." No. OK. Sorry, go ahead.

Catharine said...

Matthews claimed that Southerners "know Rudy [Giuliani] was a hero"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703030004

On the March 1 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews again touted former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) as a "hero," saying that Southerners "can't spell his name necessarily, but they know Rudy was a hero." Matthews also praised Giuliani as "the one tough cop who was standing on the beat when we got hit last time and stood up and took it." Later in the program, Matthews again noted that Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) "middle name is Hussein." As Media Matters has noted, Matthews was apparently the first to publicly mention Obama's middle name as politically significant, doing so on the November 7, 2006, edition of Hardball.

Matthews and other media figures have demonstrated a pattern of uncritically hyping Giuliani as a hero while ignoring allegations that Giuliani was responsible for terrorism-related failures before, during, and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as Media Matters for America has documented.

Catharine said...

Schieffer, Russert baselessly portrayed Giuliani's 9-11 actions as an unmitigated asset for him

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703030003

Catharine said...

Oh.

My.

God.

***
"[B]arbarian" O'Reilly: "[I]n a lot of places, women have formed cabals to terrorize the men"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703030001

On the February 28 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly told co-host Lis Wiehl that "women were treated better than men" at ABC News and CBS News because "[t]hey had a little cabal; and they intimidated the men in the organization and said, 'If you look at me cross-eyed, I'm gonna bring you up to Human Resources and destroy your life.' " O'Reilly added that "every man in the place was terrified of them." He later stated that, "in a lot of places, women have formed cabals to terrorize the men because they take advantage of, 'Oh, we're downtrodden. You're kicking us in the teeth.' " He then discussed how, in every country he'd "ever been to, women are treated worse [than] in the United States. ... Guys are gonna put their hands on you in that society in Italy, in Spain." O'Reilly concluded: "So, all of this whining about American women -- 'We don't have this; we don't have that' -- to me, I'm not real sympathetic. But I am a barbarian." As Media Matters for America has noted, O'Reilly has a history of making derogatory remarks to Wiehl, such as asking her to protest outside CBS studios in a bikini. In 2004, he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by his former producer, Andrea Mackris; and, Fox News Network also reportedly settled a sex discrimination lawsuit in 2006.

Catharine said...

Additionally, O'Reilly argued that employers should not be required to cover female employees' birth control prescriptions even if the employer covers male employees' Viagra prescriptions because birth control pills are not used to treat "a medical condition." O'Reilly contended: "There's still a distinction between a physical condition that doesn't allow you to perform. ... [T]here's a difference between a medical condition that debilitates a guy in this area and you and women having birth control. Buy your own. I don't wanna pay for your birth control. I'm sorry, I don't." In response to Wiehl's objections, O'Reilly mocked: "Give me, take me, buy me, I want. I -- I want. I want."

In fact, oral contraceptives, in addition for use in preventing pregnancy, are also used to treat numerous medical conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, adenomyosis, irregular menstrual cycles, acne, and severe menstrual cramping, among other conditions.


***

This sucker's gonna die a horribly slow painful death.

And the beauty is, we won't have to lift a finger.

Catharine said...

Can you imagine...?

O'reilly has a wife and child. A girl child.

Catharine said...

As Media Matters noted, O'Reilly has also falsely claimed that it "is never the case" that a "mother's life is in danger" during the course of a pregnancy, when, in fact, there are several potential pregnancy complications that can threaten the life of a pregnant woman.

Catharine said...

Later in the February 28 show, discussing workplace discrimination, a female caller said she was "angry with" O'Reilly because she said she had "no idea" that he was "so sexist and so discriminatory." O'Reilly dismissed the caller's concerns as coming from "an angry woman." When Wiehl offered to send the caller a copy of her new book, The 51% Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can do About it (Random House, February 2007), O'Reilly told Wiehl, "But you just make her more angry," and joked that because of Wiehl's book, "[s]ome guy's gonna get popped." O'Reilly later suggested that women were mentally and physically unfit for combat: "If it were me, I wouldn't have any women in combat. That's how much of a barbarian I am. I wouldn't put any of them on the frontline for physical reasons, all right -- and for camaraderie and a lot of other different reasons: psychological, emotional, all kinds of stuff."

Catharine said...

In October 2004, O'Reilly settled a sexual harassment suit brought by Mackris. As The Washington Post reported, the lawsuit "charged that he spoke to Mackris about sexual fantasies, masturbation and vibrators while sometimes seeming to pleasure himself." According to the Post, "O'Reilly and his attorney, Ronald Green, never denied that the Fox commentator had used such language, but said he never broke the law and questioned whether Mackris was truly offended or was taking words and phrases out of context." The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount of money.

Catharine said...

In August 2006, Fox News Network reportedly settled a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC] sex discrimination suit. According to Bloomberg News, the lawsuit, which was brought by four female employees, alleged that "Fox News Vice President Joe Chillemi used obscene terms to describe women and their body parts." Bloomberg also noted that the "EEOC complaint said Fox News failed to enforce the 1964 Civil Rights Act by retaliating against one of the four employees, Kim Weiler, who complained that women were assigned to freelance positions with fewer benefits, less advancement potential and lower job security than others."

Catharine said...

Further, as Media Matters has noted, O'Reilly has previously made degrading comments to Wiehl. For instance, on the November 3, 2005, broadcast of his radio show, O'Reilly called for "a full-body search" on Wiehl. On October 26, 2005, O'Reilly claimed that he was "outraged" about a recent CBS poll on border control and asked Wiehl to protest the network while wearing a bikini. When she resisted, he asked her: "Don't you love your country?" and "Don't you want fairness in the media?" In another instance on June 21, 2004, O'Reilly referred to Wiehl as "eye candy" and told her, "You're here because you're good-looking, so I got somebody to look over."

***

yawn.

see folks ... this is the only way he can get attention.

congrats bill, you got someone's attention.

Catharine said...

Savage, on the day CAA reportedly dumped him following homophobic remarks: "Mike shall return"

http://mediamatters.org/items/200703020012

On March 1, Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency (CAA) reportedly dropped conservative radio host Michael Savage two days after announcing that he had been signed as a client. CAA's reported decision followed Savage's comments -- documented by Media Matters for America -- attacking singer Melissa Etheridge, who thanked her wife at the Academy Awards, and asserting that married gay couples' raising of children amounts to "child abuse" and "makes me want to puke." Later on March 1, on his nationally syndicated radio, Savage did not directly address CAA's reported decision, but he did speak to "[t]hose of you who think I'm your enemy" and those "who are spending all your days and nights attacking Michael Savage." Savage went on to say: "You're mentally ill, and you need help. You need more help than you can imagine. ... I know you're mentally ill. I know that, and you can't help yourself. The mentally ill cannot heal themselves."

In the same broadcast, Savage said: "How [liberals] could have such hatred in their hearts for people like myself ... how they will take the side of the Islamic extremists over the president and over the troops, how they will take the side of the enemy in virtually every interchange could only be answered with one statement: liberalism is a mental disorder, and I don't have the cure for it." He added, "But I certainly will never relent in my desire to awaken America. With God's will -- and your listenership -- Mike shall return."


***

Ha.

Ha!

m the a-c said...

Catharine said...

March 2, 2007 10:26 PM

I agree with everything that he reportedly said. Southerners believe he was the "tough cop." Democrats should learn that their disbelief of an appalling fact doesn't invalidate it.

The more I study Giuliani, the more I believe that he is a legitimate player. Whether Democrats like this fact or not is irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

"NEWS CONSUMER" said...

“911,” phones will be distributed to 3,500 domestic violence victims in Brooklyn

Catharine said...

Democrats should learn that their disbelief of an appalling fact doesn't invalidate it.

The more I study Giuliani, the more I believe that he is a legitimate player. Whether Democrats like this fact or not is irrelevant.

March 2, 2007 10:40 PM

No one needs to 'learn' that, Bill.

Define legitimate.

I don't really care. I just think it would be a good exercise for you.

You still enamored of the culty thing?

Looking for a father figure?

Catharine said...

March 1, 2007 -- BUSH AND CHENEY, WHO AVOIDED THE VIETNAM WAR, ARE PREPARING FOR A NEW U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: AFTER THE MIDDLE EAST DISASTER, GET READY FOR INDOCHINA WAR II.

While in Southeast Asia, this editor looked into rumors that the Bush/Cheney administration has initiated a major military move into Southeast Asia to secure for itself large oil deposits discovered in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The U.S. military push into the region is centered on the Cambodian coast, particularly around Sihanoukville.

With three countries -- Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam -- vying for the off-shore oil booty in seas where maritime borders are contested, the Bush/Cheney cartel hopes to achieve a dominant position to exploit the oil reserves for their oil industry friends and backers.

***

Mr. Madsen is baaaaaack!

Catharine said...

The recent visit of the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet's USS Gary (FFG 51) to the Ream Naval Base near Sihanoukville on February 9, 2007 was billed as the first visit of a U.S. Navy ship in 30 years. What the Navy and media did not report was that the last U.S. Navy ships to "visit" Cambodia were those in 1975 that pulverized the Cambodian coast in response to the capture of the SS Mayaguez by Khmer Rouge forces.

The visit of the Gary to Ream coincided with the beginning of light building construction by the U.S. Navy at the base to accommodate a greater U.S. naval presence. Photos taken of the Ream Naval Base by WMR show the construction of at least one barracks on the base.

Catharine said...

In addition, between 15 and 18 U.S. National Security Agency/Central Security Service signals intelligence (SIGINT) personnel have arrived at Ream to establish an off-shore SIGINT station on one of the Cambodian islands in the Gulf of Thailand. According to a New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) source in Cambodia, the island chosen to host the new U.S. intelligence base is Koh Tang, a location with a prime intelligence-gathering vantage point in the disputed waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Assigned to the nascent NSA contingent are Thai, Khmer, and Vietnamese linguists.

Catharine said...

Ironically, the new U.S. naval presence in Cambodia is in the very same area that saw intense fighting between the U.S. Navy and Marines and Khmer Rouge forces that captured the U.S. "container ship", the Mayaguez, in 1975. The 39-man crew of the Mayaguez was briefly imprisoned by the Cambodians on Koh Tang, the suspected site of the new U.S. spy base. Although the Gerald Ford administration contended the Mayaguez was an unarmed merchant ship, it was under contract to the military and may have been spying on oil exploration operations in the Gulf of Thailand near the Wai Islands, claimed by Cambodia. The Cambodians were in the process of releasing the Mayaguez crew when Ford ordered U.S. bombing of the port and airfield of Sihanoukville. Forty-one American military personnel died in the needless attack on Cambodia, most from an accidental explosion. The Mayaguez crew was picked up by the Navy from a Cambodian fishing boat.

Catharine said...

With the U.S. support for the September 16, 2006 military coup in Thailand that overthrew that nation's democratically-elected government becoming clear (U.S. ambassador to Thailand Ralph Boyce now sports a yellow tie, a show of support for the royalist-backed coup -- yellow being the color of the monarchy), there is speculation that the U.S. will beef up a presence at Thai bases that were once important during the Vietnam War. This includes the base at Utapao, Thailand, a one-time P3-Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft base and US Air Force base used to attack Cambodia over the Mayaguez incident. Since Thailand was never consulted on the use of Utapao in the attack on Cambodia, Thailand ordered the base vacated by the Americans. The Thais never believed the Mayaguez was an innocent merchant vessel but had somehow provoked the Cambodians to seize it in Cambodian territorial waters.

m the a-c said...

Catharine said...
Democrats should learn that their disbelief of an appalling fact doesn't invalidate it.

The more I study Giuliani, the more I believe that he is a legitimate player. Whether Democrats like this fact or not is irrelevant.

March 2, 2007 10:40 PM

No one needs to 'learn' that, Bill.

Define legitimate.

I don't really care. I just think it would be a good exercise for you.

You still enamored of the culty thing?

Looking for a father figure?

March 2, 2007 11:00 PM


I have no love for Giuliani. I'm laying out facts. The fact that you reacted as if I'm promoting him is very telling. You people don't think objectively.

m the a-c said...

The Edwards campaign reacts to Coulter (from my email box):

Dear Friend,

Did you hear about Anne Coulter's speech this afternoon attacking John? A friend just forwarded me the video and it's one of the worst moments in American politics I've seen.

I can't bring myself to even repeat her comments. Her shameless display of bigotry is so outrageous you actually have to see for yourself to believe it.

This is just a taste of the filth that the right-wing machine is gearing up to throw at us. And now that it's begun, we have a choice: Do we sit back, or do we fight back?

I say we fight. Help us raise $100,000 in "Coulter Cash" this week to show every would-be Republican mouthpiece that their bigoted attacks will not intimidate this campaign. I just threw in 100 bucks. Will you join me? Just click here.

Coulter's attack was no accident. It happened on national television at one of the year's biggest conservative conferences. Dick Cheney and most of the Republican candidates were in the audience. She was even introduced by Mitt Romney.

John was singled out for a personal attack because the Republican establishment knows he poses the greatest threat to their power. Since they have nothing real to use against him, Coulter's resorting to the classic right-wing strategy of riling up hate to smear a progressive champion. And the Republican attack dogs will keep playing this despicable trick as long as they think it works.

But this time, you and I can change the game.

If we can raise $100,000 in "Coulter Cash" this week, we can show that bigotry will only backfire on those who use it. John is not the first progressive leader to face this kind of slime, but together, we can make sure he is one of the last.

Tonight, I've put in 100 bucks of "Coulter Cash" to get us started. Can you match me, or chip in whatever you can afford? Just click here:

http://johnedwards.com/r/6665/794290


Thanks,

David Bonior
Campaign Manager
John Edwards for President

Catharine said...

I have to say it is tempting to contribute to Edwards for that reason.

Catharine said...

I'm laying out facts.

***

No. That was your opinion, that he is a 'legitimate player'. What does that mean to you?

We all are aware that Giuliani is perceived outside of New York as being a hero, even though we know he is not.

By the way, I, for one [and not the only one], do not identify as a 'Democrat'.

You've been here long enough to know that.

This is a silly old cliche. When you have nothing else to say.

m the a-c said...

"legitimate" because McCain is losing major ground (though it's extremely early)

"legitimate" because he is charming-- even to Southerners, which is quite a feat for a New York mayor

"legitimate" because many Americans believe that he is a "hero" of some sort

"legitimate" because he is almost a household name

"legitimate" because he is moderate, which would generally spell death to a Repub in the nomination process as it is now, but not against McCain, who the rednecks hate

and etc.

m the a-c said...

*former New York mayor... I hate semantics... anyway, I'm out.

Anonymous said...

m the a-c said...
"legitimate" because McCain is losing major ground (though it's extremely early)

"legitimate" because he is charming-- even to Southerners, which is quite a feat for a New York mayor

"legitimate" because many Americans believe that he is a "hero" of some sort

"legitimate" because he is almost a household name

"legitimate" because he is moderate, which would generally spell death to a Repub in the nomination process as it is now, but not against McCain, who the rednecks hate

and etc.

March 2, 2007 11:28 PM

http://www.tpmcafe.com/blog/coffeehouse/2007/mar/01/buzzin_rudy_rudy_rudy

"legitimate":

A few weeks ago, liberal writers were worried that voters would forget that when Giuliani was mayor of New York, he was a crazy, mean, dangerous authoritarian.

This week the concern is that the conservative base may nominate him for exactly that reason.

Catharine said...

yeah...

I guess I was just being mean.

sorry.

Susan Joy said...

testing again

air-ono said...

that m the a-c is a fuckhead

because @ 10:26 PM catharine posted a piece from media matters that criticised the media for hyping guiliani's hero status

and super stupid responds @ 10:40 PM with...

//I agree with everything that he reportedly said. Southerners believe he was the "tough cop." Democrats should learn that their disbelief of an appalling fact doesn't invalidate it.

The more I study Giuliani, the more I believe that he is a legitimate player. Whether Democrats like this fact or not is irrelevant.//

the appalling fact that media matters raises is that the media is hyping guiliani as a hero

and not that //Southerners believe he was the "tough cop."//

air-ono said...

so why the fuck are you apologising to the fuck for, catharine

he confused one "appalling fact" for another "appalling fact" for reasons that defy logic

he latched onto the media matters piece, cherry picked and twisted it to raise a seperated issue

and speaking of an "appalling fact"...

m the ac is one

a big stupid one

which "invalidates" his arrogance

air-ono said...

and his big sign off...

"i'm out"

and in his arrogant mouth it reads, "i'm super important and must attend to more important pursuits"

everything is big and definite with this guy

(he's super nowhere)

air-ono said...
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WaitingForCicero said...

Ya get those tunes, ono?

---

Something my buddy just turned me on to.

air-ono said...

yes thank you, mr waiting

how you got hold of them is between you and your god

: )

WaitingForCicero said...

Thanks for introducing me to them.

This one's called Can't Say No

I'm gonna have to pick up Axeman's Jazz.

air-ono said...

from
http://mediamatters.org/items/200703030002

//Ann Coulter said she "can't really talk about" Democratic presidential candidate and former Sen. John Edwards because "you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot.'//

these scum are always playing the victum, the martyr...

yeah, ann, strap some explosives to your strap-on and blow your [expletive] back to god

and on a seperate but related note...

yo, mikey!

make yourself useful and apply your knowledge of psychology to edify us about persecution complexes and their role in politics

while i wrestle with my manque life

WaitingForCicero said...

Finding 'em is easy, ono. There's a secret code in NC's crime stories. I use a decoder ring and make a burnt offering, and then the url's just swim at me out of the ethers.

air-ono said...

*hee-hee*

//Comment deleted -This post has been removed by the author.

March 3, 2007 2:25 AM//

the "author" was me...

I HAVE THE POWER TO CORRECT TYPOS

but fear not pretty ones, for i reposted it @ 2:36 AM

air-ono said...

Axeman's Jazz

from the old cowpunk/psychobilly days

WaitingForCicero said...

It's good stuff that I'd never heard of, so you definitely have my thanks.

Rest In Peace, Beasts Of Bourbon

air-ono said...

the Axeman's Jazz is the only beasts of bourbon album i've heard

they're a scratch band...

comprised of members from other line-ups

air-ono said...

now you're educating me

: )

WaitingForCicero said...

How about some Tom Waits I just found at the same spot?

Blue Valentine

I'll Be Gone

WaitingForCicero said...

From their wiki entry:

The Beasts of Bourbon's music has often been compared to that of a rougher Rolling Stones (whose 'Cocksucker Blues' they covered), The Gun Club (who they played with and who some Beasts filled in for) and The Birthday Party. In Germany, the band were described as 'Muddy Waters on crack'. Their music is a tough amalgam of country music, blues, rock and roll and punk parsed through the garage sound of The Stooges and the drunken mayhem of Australian pub rock. It often touches on themes of depravity, morbidity, despair, drug abuse and violence.

Beginnings

The group were initially thrown together by vocalist Tex Perkins to fulfill a booking his previous band, Tex Deadly and the Dum-Dums, could no longer make. The band began playing together in small venues in Sydney. The initial version of the group included Spencer P. Jones of The Johnnys, Boris Sudjovic and Kim Salmon of The Scientists and James Baker of The Hoodoo Gurus. Recruited in large part because they were often found in the Southern Cross, an inner-city Sydney bar, these members form what is considered by some to be the 'classic' line-up. This lineup was featured on the band's first album, The Axeman's Jazz, recorded in 1984 in a single afternoon for one hundred dollars by Tony Cohen. The album was an excursion into deranged Gothic country and western, with a strong sense of irony and irreverence toward country music's clichés. A cover of "Psycho" was a hit on alternative radio. Although the album became an underground success, the band continued, for the time being, to be just a side project for its members until 1988.

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air-ono said...

their new stuff is too polished...

they've kept the swamp guitar

but abandoned their trashy sound

WaitingForCicero said...

Looks like Axeman's Jazz was probably their best work, but I' be interested to see what it evolved into.

---

I too can correct typo's.

air-ono said...

//what it evolved into//

they became serious...

so i'll stick to the time capsule of the axeman's jazz

air-ono said...

//I too can correct typo's.//

LOL!

praise the lord...

for you too have been granted the POWER!

WaitingForCicero said...

: )

More swamp rock, via Zakk Wylde

Losing Your Mind, Pride And Glory

Sorry no mp3, it's youtube.

WaitingForCicero said...

LOL!

praise the lord...

for you too have been granted the POWER!

March 3, 2007 3:01 AM

Jenise said...

hello boys

WaitingForCicero said...

Which reminds me of this:

Keep Your Hands To Yourself, Georgia Satellites

WaitingForCicero said...

J-sama!

I am not worthy of doing the happy dance, but I'm waving westward! Thanks for the frogs!

: )

Jenise said...

waiting, waving right back at you! trust in the frogs, man. they will keep you safe ;)

i head to amsterdam at the end of this month. want to meet on the border? :0

air-ono said...

wow-weeee!!

that old cat on the banjo is the genuine article...

gotta get me down to naw'leans or ways up to the appalachian mountains, and git me summa that ol' authentic shee-at!

air-ono said...

neeee-seeee san!

: )

WaitingForCicero said...

Forgive me

Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd

When I got onto swamp rock, this is where it went.

Jenise said...

neeee-seeee san!

now how did you know that is my nickname, air-ono? that's just freaky. (it's spelled nisey, though)

and that's sama to you!

air-ono said...

this is a public-enemy service announcement:

brb

Jenise said...

time to take a break from work and go have dinner with the husband. it's been three days of pamphlets on levees with no end in sight. tokyo can flood for all i care at the moment.

see you guys in a bit

WaitingForCicero said...

I'd love to j, but I don't think it's in the cards right now. Have a few friends who are going in mid-April, might be able to go then, but no sooner.

---

Yeah, ono. Love that song, had forgotten about it for a while. Love re-finding good music. Almost as much as I like re-finding a good book.

WaitingForCicero said...

Oh, I see. Everybody brb's on me after the skynyrd. Point taken.

I guess Nugent's out, then?

WaitingForCicero said...

More fun with banjo

Funtime, Danny Barnes

air-ono said...

um, jenise (aka, nisey)

i don't know how to broach this...

when one is called "denise" down here, once you're on friendly terms it inevitably morphs into "nisey"

so, um, sorry to put a knife into the heart of your uniqueness...

it's, as we say, as common as dogs balls

: )

(duck for cover... incoming bowl of sushi)

air-ono said...

or as they say in japan...

NO SUSHI FOR YOU

(NEXT!)

air-ono said...

p.s. that was a play on the soup-nazi from seinfeld

(as my schmoopy would know)

(she's in bed curled up with a husbot and one or two of her pussy's)

WaitingForCicero said...

Something different

Key Stroke, Her Space Holiday

air-ono said...

damn,

still got write chubbs a dear jail-bird letter

air-ono said...

//still got//

omg!

i'll leave it as a monument to typos and chubby

WaitingForCicero said...

Japanese Gum, Her Space Holiday

Tech Romance, Her Space Holiday

air-ono said...

too many cultural influences in my brain

too many time-zones...

lord!

have mercy

WaitingForCicero said...

I'm done in, ono. Say hello for me, if you write him.

Many blessings, all!

air-ono said...

with the lord on one hand and a pussy in the other...

i'm cooking with gas

(in)

(((HELL!)))

but what a lovely way to go

air-ono said...

you got it, waits

enjoy those zee's

air-ono said...

//to go//

NO!!!

//to BURN!//

Jenise said...

air-ono (if you aren't in the burn ward yet), only day-old sushi for you from now on!!

i did not know that re: denise and australia. and i do not like it. god, you ozzies are an annoying bunch ;p

waiting (if you read this), i'll be there til april 20th or so, so...

now back to translation. i think i might email this to FEMA when i'm done. show them how it's done in the civilized world ;)

Jenise said...

this first, though...brilliant move.

Rice Picks Neo-Con Champion of Iraq War as Counselor

In a move that has surprised many foreign policy analysts here, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has appointed a prominent neo-conservative hawk and leading champion of the Iraq war to the post of State Department Counselor. Eliot A. Cohen, who teaches military history at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies here and has also served on the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board since 2001, will take up the position next month that was left vacant late last year by Rice's long-time confidant and "realist" thinker, Philip Zelikow. A close friend and protege of former Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and advisory board member of the American Enterprise Institute, Cohen most recently led the harsh neo-conservative attack on the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton.

http://electroniciraq.net/news/2932.shtml

air-ono said...

//show them how it's done in the civilized world ;)//

eat more whale,

whale-killer...

fastidiously sliced for medical research

(sorry for the low-blow)

so here's...

a nice cat pic

(it's raw so you can eat it)

: )

air-ono said...

//In a move that has surprised many foreign policy analysts here//

SURPRISED!?

MANY!?

"here"... where!?

MARS!

air-ono said...

p.s. if genghis khan was alive today, he would have got the job

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