Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Seder at Seder

Lee Rayburn from Madison filling in.

John McCain's last lie?

Sam back on Thursday.

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Wiener Dog said...

I smell bacon!

blah blah blah said...

morning all. took four days off, no market, no current events, no bush, no iraq, just my better half, some good food, and fun. just remember, always split aces and eights.

Anonymous said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2046991,00.html

Call that humiliation?

No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians clearly are a very uncivilised bunch

The Guardian

I share the outrage expressed in the British press over the treatment of our naval personnel accused by Iran of illegally entering their waters. It is a disgrace. We would never dream of treating captives like this - allowing them to smoke cigarettes, for example, even though it has been proven that smoking kills. And as for compelling poor servicewoman Faye Turney to wear a black headscarf, and then allowing the picture to be posted around the world - have the Iranians no concept of civilised behaviour? For God's sake, what's wrong with putting a bag over her head? That's what we do with the Muslims we capture: we put bags over their heads, so it's hard to breathe. Then it's perfectly acceptable to take photographs of them and circulate them to the press because the captives can't be recognised and humiliated in the way these unfortunate British service people are.

edna ellen poe said...

ToniD!

Bibi!

Sunshine!

Catherine!

Alice!

Ono!

Anybody that I missed!

Where art thou?

Anonymous said...

The GOP's Quiet Revolution

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040207B.shtml

Sen. Ted Kennedy addressed a gathering organized by the Alliance for Justice. Kennedy spoke about the Bush administration's lack of respect for the rule of law. Following his remarks, a documentary film titled Quiet Revolution was screened. The film chronicles 30 years of Republican efforts to turn back the clock on civil liberties.

Anonymous said...

Ex-Partner of Giuliani May Face Charges

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/040207O.shtml

Federal prosecutors have told Bernard B. Kerik, whose nomination as homeland security secretary in 2004 ended in scandal, that he is likely to be charged with several felonies, including tax evasion and conspiracy to commit wiretapping. Kerik's indictment could set the stage for a courtroom battle that would draw attention to Kerik's extensive business and political dealings with former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who personally recommended him to President Bush for the Cabinet.

blah blah blah said...

reuters today reports:

Blair says Iran row at critical stage

now recall that operation bite (the invasion of iran) is scheduled to start this friday.

coincidence?

Alice said...

Contractor hired to assess its own failed program

The government contractor that set up a billion-dollar-a-year federal reading program for the Education Department and failed to keep it free of conflicts of interest is one of the companies now evaluating the program.

Alice said...

Good Morning, edna, blah blah blah, anonymous.... :)

toniD said...

Good Morning All!!

Slept in Edna, Heh

Bush will hold a Rose Garden press conference today at 10 am to slam Congress’ efforts to push a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. CNN’s White House correspondent Elaine Quijano reports:

President Bush is showing no signs of blinking in his opposition to any kind of timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals in Iraq. And essentially, Soledad, that’s the message we expect to hear once more from the President today when he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden.

LINK

toniD said...

Iranian diplomat seized in Iraq released By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer
26 minutes ago



An Iranian diplomat in Iraq seized two months ago by uniformed gunmen has been released, Iran reported Tuesday, while in Baghdad a senior foreign ministry official said his government was "intensively" seeking the release of five Iranians detained there by the U.S.

The developments came as British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the next two days would be "fairly critical" to resolving the dispute over a British navy crew seized by Iran.

The Iraqi official also said Iraq had exerted pressure on those holding the Iranian diplomat, Jalal Sharafi, who was released Monday and returned to Tehran on Tuesday. The official would not say who had custody of the diplomat.

A senior government official, however, said Iraqi intelligence had held the Iranian diplomat. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Sharafi was seized on Feb. 4 when his car was intercepted by vehicles carrying armed men in the Karradah district of Baghdad. The gunmen, who wore Iraqi uniforms, forced him into one of their vehicles and sped away.

Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency confirmed Sharafi's release but gave no indication of the circumstances surrounding his Feb. 4 disappearance or his release. In January, the U.S. military seized five Iranians in a raid in northern Iraq, accusing them of links to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms insurgents and militias in Iraq.

Two days after the raid, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said President Bush approved the strategy of raiding Iranian targets in Iraq as part of efforts to confront the government in Tehran.

Iran had insisted that the five detained Iranians were engaged exclusively in consular work.

LINK

toniD said...

In the “latest evidence of stepped up sectarian and insurgent killings outside Baghdad,” a “truck bomber carrying food supplies killed eight Iraqi schoolgirls and a baby in the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Monday as suspected Sunni militants executed 21 Shiite workers north of Baghdad.”

LINK

Alice said...

Embassies evacuated for bomb scare

The embassies of the United Kingdom, Germany and Portugal, located in the same building in northeast Caracas, were evacuated Monday due to a bomb scare on the British mission.

The action coincided with the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Falkland Islands war.
...

toniD said...

“Despite repeated requests from a House committee chairman and government investigators, the Pentagon has failed to hand over its official assessments of the readiness of US-trained Iraqi security units to take over key functions from the US military.”

LINK

edna ellen poe said...

Can you believe this? How about this toy for little girls?

Tesco condemned for selling pole dancing toy
by COLIN FERNANDEZ - More by this author » Last updated at 23:13pm on 24th October 2006
Comments (51)

Mother of two Karen Gallimore was searching for Christmas gifts for her two daughters, Laura 10, and Sarah, 11, when she came across the 'toy'


Tesco has been forced to remove a pole-dancing kit from the toys and games section of its website after it was accused of "destroying children's innocence".

The Tesco Direct site advertises the kit with the words, "Unleash the sex kitten inside...simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip on the sexy tunes and away you go!

"Soon you'll be flaunting it to the world and earning a fortune in Peekaboo Dance Dollars".

The £49.97 kit comprises a chrome pole extendible to 8ft 6ins, a 'sexy dance garter' and a DVD demonstrating suggestive dance moves.

The kit, condemned as 'extremely dangerous' by family campaigners yesterday, was discovered by mother of two Karen Gallimore who was searching for Christmas gifts for her two daughters, Laura 10, and Sarah, 11.

Mrs Gallimore, 33, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said yesterday: "I'm no prude, but any children can go on there and see it. It's just not on."

Dr Adrian Rogers, of family campaigning group Family Focus said yesterday that the kit would "destroy children's lives".

He said: "Tesco is Britain's number one chain, this is extremely dangerous. It is an open invitation to turn the youngest children on to sexual behaviour.

"This will be sold to four, five and six-year olds. This is a most dangerous toy that will contribute towards destroying children's innocence."

He added: "Children are being encouraged to dance round a pole which is interpreted in the adult world as a phallic symbol.

"It ought to be stopped, it really requires the intervention of members of Parliament. This should only be available to the most depraved people who want to corrupt their children."

Tesco today agreed to remove the product from the Toy section of the site, but said it will remain on sale as a Fitness Accessory, despite the fact that the product description invites users to "unleash the sex kitten inside".

Also on sale on the Tesco website is a strip poker game, "Peekaboo Poker" which is illustrated by a picture of a reclining woman in underwear.

The card game is is described as a game that "risks the risque and brings a whole lot of naughtiness to the table.

"Played with a unique pack of Peekaboo Boy and Girl playing cards, the aim of the game is to win as many Peekaboo chips as possible and turn them into outrageously naughty fun."

The pole dance kit is the latest item to fuel allegations that major retailers increasingly sell products which "sexualise" young children such as T-shirts with suggestive messages.

In recent years Asda was forced to remove from sale pink and black lace lingerie, including a push-up bra to girls as young as nine.

Next had to remove t-shirts on sale for girls as young as six with the slogan "so many boys, so little time."

And BHS and others came under fire for selling padded bras embellished with a "Little Miss Naughty" logo and t-shirts with a Playboy-style bunny that said "I love boys...They are stupid."

Tesco last night denied the pole dancing kit was sexually oriented and said it was clearly marked for "adult use".

A spokesman added: "Pole dancing is an increasing exercise craze. This item is for people who want to improve their fitness and have fun at the same time."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html

toniD said...

“The world needs at least 4 million health care professionals, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.” The crisis is “most severe in sub-Saharan Africa, which accounts for 24% of the global burden of diseases but has only 3% of the health workforce.”

LINK

blah blah blah said...

sounds like president custer is giving a news conference on iraq at 10. pushing to get support for his suicidal surge mission.

anybody care to hazard a guess about how many of our soldiers will be used as window dressing?

tulsademo said...

why cant this man get ahold of same of those famous pretzels ahead and this time not have his dog around to save his sorry ass when he chokes passed out

SingSing said...

LR:

Regarding the IMPEACHMENT OFF THE TABLE :

"As long as Pelosi says ..." WRONG!!!

Multitasking is fundamental to 20 something's and geeks, wonks, etc., born as long ago as 1960 and before.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that any legislation including CUTTING the PURSE strings for "SURGES" (in Vietnam lingo ESCALATIONS), which will spike with the next phase in the PNAC hegemonic play book (NUKING IRAN), will put an and to the WARMONGERS ambitions, PERIOD!!!

What ended the Vietnam "POLICE ACTION" was the implosion of the military due to civic uprsingings linked to the DRAFT and GI's refusing to carry out futile missions, RAMPANT FRAGGING!!!

The Pentagon Papers helped, the paranoid self destruction of the UNITARY EXECUTIVE contributed, Cronkite's coverage of student protests made a difference, but SIR NO SIR! made perpetual war untenable.

Today there is BLACKWATER, et. al., NO DRAFT, corporate media stenography due to military targeting of UN-embedded journalists and BLUE DOGS who have their reelection aspirations tied to FORTUNE 100 company's campaign contributions. Besides they have an addictive dependence on DoD contracts that employ a large number of their constituents, without which their state's would go bankrupt.

THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH is that if IMPEACHMENT IS OFF THE TABLE so is PEACE and JUSTICE. GET IT?????????????

I can live with perpetual war leading to MARSHAL LAW in NYC, I'm a lemming.

CAN YOU????????????

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See:
airamerica.com/ ... maddow 23287

or

therandirhodesshow.com/ ... t109235


.

Anonymous said...

I never watch TV but I happened to have it on this morning...and I got to see
President WarHappy.

blech

He was telling the press and the public that he was going to veto the war funding bill...that was the 'breaking news'

and now because of the democrats, the troops won't be rotated because some of the newbies won't be trained...oh hahahahaha didn't Mr.Warhappy send troops over there recently without training to cut costs? I read that.

have a good day everyone!

im off to see to the wizard!

-conbo

Anonymous said...

I never watch TV but I happened to have it on this morning...and I got to see
President WarHappy.

blech

He was telling the press and the public that he was going to veto the war funding bill...that was the 'breaking news'

and now because of the democrats, the troops won't be rotated because some of the newbies won't be trained...oh hahahahaha didn't Mr.Warhappy send troops over there recently without training to cut costs? I read that.

have a good day everyone!

im off to see to the wizard!

-conbo

Anonymous said...

oops

-conbo

Alice said...

Have a great day, #... :)

Alice said...

What is this show? Who are these people talking? Where's Sam?

georgia said...

Thanks for the "Quiet Revolution" link.

I found that you can view the movie too. It's here, at the Alliance for Justice.

Alice said...

Oh ok, I heard...

Anonymous said...

You're welcome.

Thanks for the links.

blah blah blah said...

think maybe you had it right the first time alice. these guys can't carry sams (fill in the blank). why is it that ultra progressives are ultra boring and so misguidedly altruistic.

Buzz said...

Why is Air America giving airtime to an undercover operative of Karl Rove? The attack on Move On.Org is unconscionable!!! I am sure that this guest (John???) was a big supporter of Ralph Nader -- the man who was responsible for handing this country to the neocons. This John character and his band of fellow travelers are the neocon equivalents on the progressive side. As a Wisconsin native (now living in Chicago), it really pains me that this kind of drivel is coming from Madison.

Anonymous said...

"the other day the Democrats raised taxes" --Bush

(gasp) can you imagine? a government taxing its people to pay the deficit? scandelous!
tiffany

Alice said...

Correa Says Ecuador Dollar Policy `Complete Failure'

Ecuador's decision to adopt the U.S. dollar has been ``a complete failure,'' hurting economic growth and exports, President Rafael Correa said.

Ecuador adopted the dollar as its official currency in 2000, a year after defaulting on $6.5 billion in debt. The move attracted investors, revived the banking system and helped slash inflation to 2.9 percent last year from 108 percent in 2000.

Use of the dollar is now hurting exporters, limiting job creation, crimping economic growth and only benefiting the financial and oil industries, Correa said in Guayaquil tonight, where he gave details about his economic plan.

``We've stabilized at price levels that are far too high,'' Correa said. ``The dollar has been a complete failure.''

Evidence of Ecuador's weak economic growth is masked by high oil prices, Correa said. The country's non-oil trade deficit in 2006 was six times higher than in 2000, he said.
...

edna ellen poe said...

I receive just receive this email from a friend. Apparently, the right-wing group Move America Forward is not happy with Anti-War Protesters. Here it Is:



You've become so despicable in your actions that America is now turning against you. You are failing.

You promised 100,000 marchers for the "March on the Pentagon" but your march was a total bust with only a few thousand protestors turning out to show solidarity with the terrorists, and speaking out against the fight for freedom.

Leading anti-war senator, Barack Obama, announced this weekend that Congress will not insist on a timetable for withdrawal and surrender in Iraq after all. You've even turned off the more moderate members of your community who have helped me to be able to get this message sent out to you.

We will no longer tolerate the anti-war crowd subjecting America to more terrorist attacks as a result of the defeat-retreat-surrender policies you advocate.

You already have blood on your hands for emboldening the terrorists to kill our troops, we won't let you endanger innocent American citizens here at home.

When you burn American soldiers in effigy you show us which side in the war on terror you stand on, and it's obviously not with America and our military men and women.

We won't back down as you try to appease the forces of Islamic terrorism. We won't allow you to dishonor our troops as you try to reignite a Vietnamized-culture in America.

Sincerely Yours,



Melanie Morgan
Chairman, Move America Forward
www.MoveAmericaForward.org


Watch on You Tube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yS4vSWx6Bc

email Move America Forward:

info@moveamericaforward.org

blah blah blah said...

thanks edna. check out their video. they put a face on fight them over there before we fight them over here. sadly, when we fight them over here, it appears that they will be armed with 20 megaton hydrogen bombs, which last time i checked don't quite fit in a suitcase.

SunshineJim said...

Mornin gang! eya EEP!


Sam Rayburn?

is that his name?

doing some good news coverage so far.

a little dry, and slightly motor mouthed. not bad for a first show.

Anonymous said...

Your comment that Obama said (or predicted) that the Democrats would cave in as soon as Bush issued a veto were off of the mark in a number of ways.
In the first place it is not true the the CNN statements matched the alleged AP statements.  In fact there is a big contradiction. 

Take a look at the DailyKos thread dealing with this here.So the real question is did Obama really say the key thing that the AP article claims he did.  There is reason to think that he did not because even though the AP article is full of quotes that are similar to the things that Obama said on CNN that say day, the key statement that was made the focus of the AP article where Obama is paraphrased as saying the after a veto congress would "quickly"  respond with a bill "without timelines" is not supported by any direct quotes.

There is a lot of discussion about this odd fact in the above thread, and in the end many posters agreed that the AP article is very suspect, and is probably a hit on Obama designed to keep him from looking good next to Hillary on the anti-war front.

The bottom line is that the old style print media will do this sort of thing to any Democrat and we just can't accept letting them paraphrase what candidates say. 

Since there is a transcript of the CNN interview and none of the AP interview we should accept
that. And it is just nonsense to suggest that Obama said on CNN what the AP article claims he said in its interview.

Fred in Vermont

SunshineJim said...

eya Fred

AP is controlled by the corp media barons.

lotsa articles on that out there.

most of the wire services are currupt in terms of honest news coverage!

SunshineJim said...

Lee Rayburn is the name...

SunshineJim said...

"and a little hot"

snicker!

Lee rants about the fixed elections!

welcome to the Mil/industrial/media complex.

90% owned by 5 corps?

bibimimi troll'p said...

my sister told me she heard Romney is going to choose Jeb Bush as his running mate.

i gag.

blah blah blah said...

SunshineJim said...

AP is controlled by the corp media barons.

that might be, but i think ap is over the edge. i find it to be more like a print version of faux news.

i can't recall the last time i read good news about dems from ap.

blah blah blah said...

bibimimi troll'p said...
my sister told me she heard Romney is going to choose Jeb Bush as his running mate.

i gag.

ack, you write like a troll :)

toniD said...

Did you listen to the indignant shrub.

"how dare you go against my wishes"! " I will veto, veto until you send a bill "I" want"!

"I have the right to fire the attorneys."

If there ever was a reason to impeach, this is it.

God, I hate that man and his admin, of evil!

SunshineJim said...

Jeb Bush.

SOS and worse.

ethically challenged,

another bent son of the bush dynasty.

bibimimi troll'p said...

just remember, always split aces and eights.

April 3, 2007 9:15 AM

were u in AC? I was...

bibimimi troll'p said...

i gag.

ack, you write like a troll :)

April 3, 2007 11:15 AM

true.

MAJOR hearsay. but effective tactic to remove that Mormon taint. (sounds painful, no?)

toniD said...

Published: Monday April 2, 2007



The USS Nimitz set sail Monday to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which took part in Gulf war games last week with a third US carrier, the Pentagon said.

The new battle group will be in position by "late-to-mid April," but there will be no overlap with the Eisenhower's presence in the Gulf, so the number of US carriers there would stay at two, a navy official said on condition of anonymity.

The nuclear-powered Nimitz and its flotilla of destroyers, cruisers and missile-carrying frigates has weighed anchor in San Diego, California.

"It's already departed," the navy source said on condition of anonymity.

The Nimitz is to support US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Navy said, amid a spike in tensions over Iran's seizure of 15 British marines and sailors and an ongoing standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

The Eisenhower took part this week in war games in the Gulf with the carrier USS John S. Stennis. The Stennis and the Eisenhower wound down their show of force involving 15 warships in the Gulf on Thursday.

The two-carrier deployment in the Gulf was the highest level US naval presence in the strategic oil shipping channel since the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

LINK

SunshineJim said...

Mormon Candidates?

"People whose religion requires them to wear special underwear, I do not trust."

edna ellen poe

bibimimi troll'p said...

SunshineJim said...
Jeb Bush.

SOS and worse.

but they're both SO handsome in that 'family tree doesn't fork' kinda way!

toniD said...

I've seen the Nimitz. That ship is huge!!! About 3 football fields long! Like a floating island.

SunshineJim said...

*

I'm going to be busy in the mornings for the next few months!!!

see ya in the evenings!

*

War Dog said...

If there ever was a reason to impeach, this is it.

God, I hate that man and his admin, of evil!

April 3, 2007 11:16 AM


======================================================================

There ya go again with the Crazy Talk...

ha ha ha ha ha ha

blah blah blah said...

it wouldn't surprise me at all to see bush strutting around like that adolph fella before much longer.

toniD said...

Someone on CNN said that Mitt Romney got alot of his money from the Mormons.

bibimimi troll'p said...

Hurtgen for certain!

toniD said...

Hitler = Strut

Bush = Swager

Same thing

bibimimi troll'p said...

strutting around like that adolph fella before much longer.

April 3, 2007 11:23 AM

he'd look hot in the jackboots and black jodhpurs

blah blah blah said...

bibimimi: were u in AC?

not sure where that is.

the kids were on a school camping trip that lasted over the weekend. last wed, the wife and i realized that we were going to be alone over a weekend for the 1st time in 18 years, so we booked a flight to vegas. seems the other thing you leave in vegas is your money.

Anonymous said...

I signed Impeachment Petition!Pass it on!

bibimimi troll'p said...

Bush = Swagger

Same thing

April 3, 2007 11:25 AM

and gonzo does the electric slide

SunshineJim said...

Politics!

the newest American Pro Sport!

bibimimi troll'p said...

Is he drunk or sick?

toniD said...

Can you imagin Thompson, with that horrid voice, as a president? Yech!

blah blah blah said...

we got to see "love", the cirque de soleil tribute to the beatles. wow.

bibimimi troll'p said...

bibimimi: were u in AC?

not sure where that is.

Atlantic City, my lad. I thot u were on the East Coast.

I'm going to Vegas in July. Oddly enuf, I have family there.

SunshineJim said...

we've got to fight these assholes on the economic battleground.

we're weak on all the basics of organising. fund raising being our weakest activity.

bibimimi troll'p said...

Can you imagin Thompson, with that horrid voice, as a president? Yech!

April 3, 2007 11:28 AM

INEBRIATED in Chief

blah blah blah said...

ac = atlantic city. got it. hows it compare?

SunshineJim said...

we got to see "love", the cirque de soleil tribute to the beatles. wow.""

cirque de soleil is amazing eh?

blah blah blah said...

with so many pubes in the race, what are the chances they will self destruct by the time they decide who to run?

is there a generic mechanism to pull them together the way bushwa did in 2000. i always thought they accomplished that because the neocons were a personality cult much like jim jones.

toniD said...

Romney would start Iraq war again, says spokesperson David Edwards and Mike Sheehan
Published: Tuesday April 3, 2007

Mitt Romney's press secretary, Kevin Madden, tells Chris Matthews on MSNBC's 'Hardball' that the 2008 GOP White House hopeful supports President Bush's decision for pre-emptive war in Iraq. Madden then answers several of Matthews' Iraq questions evasively, focusing instead on Romney's tough stance on fighting "the global jihad."

At one point, Madden says of Saddam Hussein, "All the intelligence pointed to the fact that he may have had weapons of mass destruction and ... we had to act," which triggers a contentious back-and-forth between Matthews and Madden.

Madden later pans Democrats: "When you look at people who just use words like 'hope' and 'wish,' that's not what's going to eradicate Islamic fascism across the globe; that's not what's gonna help us challenge the terrorists."

Video here

SunshineJim said...

good sounding "empty rhetoric"

ACK!

blah blah blah said...

cirque de soleil is amazing eh?

sure is. first time i ever saw someone rapell downwards head first.

their stage was a set of interconnecting cubes that kept going up and down so they could disappear things and make new things appear. the stage was circular with 360 degree seating and behind the seats was a continuous screen that was covered with constantly changing visuals. each seat had a set of speakers in it to complement the main sound system.

SunshineJim said...

what can we do about it?""

good question Lee.

SunshineJim said...

so...

organise or die?

SunshineJim said...

great performers and costumes as well.

bibimimi troll'p said...

blah blah blah said...
ac = atlantic city. got it. hows it compare?

April 3, 2007 11:32 AM

well!

AC is smaller and grotty, you don't wanna wander off the boardwalk at night...but it's right on an ocean beach, which is swell. It's not an easy comparison. The poker action is pretty happnin', and the sportsbook is ALL ponies. Lots of restaurants, and funky kiosks and piers. The Sands will be imploded soon to make way for some Carl Icahn monstrosity...

toniD said...

Richardson First Candidate To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill
Yahoo News | April 3, 2007 10:41 AM

New Mexico doctors are allowed to prescribe marijuana to help some seriously ill patients manage symptoms including pain and nausea under a bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday.

"This law will provide much-needed relief for New Mexicans suffering from debilitating diseases," Richardson, a Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 2008, said at the signing ceremony. "It is the right thing to do."

LINK

toniD said...

Top Researcher Predicts Major Hurricane Season
Yahoo News | DAN ELLIOTT | April 3, 2007 11:15 AM

The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should be "very active," with nine hurricanes and a good chance that at least one major hurricane will hit the U.S. coast, a top researcher said Tuesday.

Forecaster William Gray said he expects 17 named storms in all this year, five of them major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. The probability of a major hurricane making landfall on the U.S. coast this year: 74 percent, compared with the average of 52 percent over the past century, he said.

LINK

toniD said...

Fake Niger Letter Was Foundation Of The Case For Iraq War
The Washington Post | Peter Eisner | April 3, 2007 09:12 AM

It was 3 a.m. in Italy on Jan. 29, 2003, when President Bush in Washington began reading his State of the Union address that included the now famous -- later retracted -- 16 words: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Like most Europeans, Elisabetta Burba, an investigative reporter for the Italian newsweekly Panorama, waited until the next day to read the newspaper accounts of Bush's remarks. But when she came to the 16 words, she recalled, she got a sudden sinking feeling in her stomach. She wondered: How could the American president have mentioned a uranium sale from Africa?

LINK

marcmaronrules said...

Impeach!

toniD said...

Memo To Bush: 57 Days < 119 Days »
The US News Political Bulletin reported this morning that “White House strategists are now pulling out all the stops to blame the Democratic majority in Congress for a potential delay in funding the Iraq war. … White House aides have adopted a new gambit — referring to the number of days since Bush requested funding for the troops in an effort to keep up the pressure.”

This morning at his Rose Garden press conference, President Bush highlighted this new gambit, saying it has been 57 days since he sent Congress his funding request. If Congress fails to act soon, Bush said, “the price of that failure will be paid by our troops and their loved ones.” Watch it:

During the reign of the Do-Nothing 109th Congress, Bush submitted two major supplemental spending requests. Each request experienced a delay far more than 57 days with hardly a peep of anger from the Commander-In-Chief. Details below:

February 14, 2005: Bush submits $82 billion supplemental bill
May 11, 2005: Bush signs the supplemental
Total time elapsed: 86 days

February 16, 2006: Bush submits $72 billion supplemental bill
June 15, 2006: Bush signs the supplemental
Total time elapsed: 119 days

After the 119 day delay, Bush did not say an “irresponsible” Congress had “undercut the troops” or that military families had “paid the price of failure.” Instead, Bush told the conservative-led Congress, “I applaud those Members of Congress who came together in a fiscally responsible way to provide much-needed funds for the War on Terror.”

LINK

Carolyn said...

Good Pesach,

Thanks for your wonderful sense of humor and keen insight on critical issues!

Still working on my free ongoing benefit auction for the Earth to help us fight this propaganda soaked media and this weird Neo-conservative government.

We got a big jump and two listings last time when we announced it on your show. We now have $11,000 in pledged donations and it has only been a few weeks.

Our latest listing are New Orleans Musician's Fund and Fisher House Veteran's Services. There is a press release with all the details on the site. We are unfunded still and can use support even if it is just visiting the site and browsing. That will help a lot.

Sellers sell all types of items and donate 1-100% or the sale directly to their critical charity. We take no fees and will be supported through sponsorships and grants.

The site is htttp://www.classifiedcircles.org

Jonathan Finkel said...

Hey Lee just wanted to let you know how much we miss hearing you in madison. Any chance of a new show

Alice said...

blah blah blah said...

cirque de soleil

*

That is too cool! I've really wanted to see that show...lucky duck... :)

2sweet2bforgotten said...

toniD said...

Richardson First Candidate To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

April 3, 2007 11:45 AM

EXCELLENT.

Kate Anne said...

Great show today! Love Lee's comments about money and politics and political whores. We so desperately need campaign finance reform.

Does anyone know if Lee Rayburn has a website? He's got a good take on stuff.

My thanks to Sam for leaving us with a good sub.

dreams come true said...

I got off on the 13th floor!

SunshineJim said...

eya Carolyn

if you are still here...

went to the site, i see some potential for improved presentation.

be glad to discuss it.

toniD said...

House conservatives pledge allegiance to Bush veto. “In a letter sent to the White House on Monday, House GOP members assured President Bush that they would support his decision to veto the emergency supplemental spending bill. ‘We are greatly concerned about the extraneous and excessive non-security related funds contained within the Global War on Terror supplemental spending bill currently under consideration in the Congress,’ the letter read. ‘If you choose to veto this measure over this spending, we will sustain your veto.’”

LINK

Why all of a sudden are they saying Conservatives rather than Republicans. Are they spliting the republican party?

And if it just the House Conservatives....does that mean there will be republicans voting against the prez?

toniD said...

Rosie O'Donnell's blog...

2 whole paragraphs
Posted by ro on April 2nd at 10:55am in in the news
9/11 affected me deeply, as I know it did many Americans. The falling of the twin towers served to remind me that many of the assumptions Americans have about their lives are rooted in false feelings of security. In light of this reminder, I have begun doing exactly what this country, at its best, allows for me to do: inquire. Investigate. America is great in so many ways, one of which is the freedom to speak, and indeed think, freely. I have, of late, begun exercising the rights bestowed upon me by the democratic system I value, and the exercising of these rights has taken the form of an inquiry into what happened five years ago, an inquiry that resists the dominant explanations and that dares to entertain ideas that push me to the edge of what is bearable. I have come to no conclusions and, given the scope of the subject, will not for some time.

If the very act of asking is so destabilizing for people, than I have to wonder whether the fabric of our democracy is indeed so raveled it is beyond salvage. My own belief is that the act of asking is itself reparative, because it brings to life the values on which our constitution rests. I am, therefore, pledging my allegiance, hand over heart, trying, as always, for a rigorous truth.

http://www.rosie.com/

Anonymous said...

Could he have meant "month" and not "day"?!?!?!


blah blah blah said...

lets hope war with iran doesn't start at 5:45 tonight...

seriously, i would expect gonzo to be gone by the end of the day.

March 20, 2007 1:00 PM

I hate you said...

Anonymous said...
Could he have meant "month" and not "day"?!?!?!


blah blah blah said...

lets hope war with iran doesn't start at 5:45 tonight...

seriously, i would expect gonzo to be gone by the end of the day.

March 20, 2007 1:00 PM

April 3, 2007 12:45 PM

Hold on! I have good news for you!

You are going to die!

That is a 100% probability.

You are going to die and when you do, I am going to stop by and take a nice long piss on your plot!

toniD said...

Americans least concerned about global warming. “More than two-thirds of the world’s people are worried by global warming with Americans (57 percent) among the least anxious even though their nation is the top source of greenhouse gases, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday.” Brazilians topped the list, with 87 percent concerned about climate change.

LINK

Alice said...

Locals Protest Vulture Capitalists and the Iraqi War

“It is the common people, who must, under God, save us.” - Sam Adams, patriot and rebel against British rule in America. (1)

Baltimore, MD - The goldfish in our pond had a pretty rough time this winter. The great blue heron, a majestic bird, which is usually found on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, was eating them for dessert. I would chase the herons away, whenever I could, but they kept coming back, and back, until they got them all, except a few too small to bother with. If you’re the low creature on the food chain, like the goldfish, your fate isn’t pretty. As a metaphor, the story of bird-eats-fish fits in with the present state of our America. Today’s America is a place where the ethos of the Vulture Capitalists reigns supreme.
...

toniD said...

FBI gathered ‘purely political intel’ on war critics. “A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002 and interrogated some of them on videotape about their political and religious beliefs, newly uncovered documents and interviews show…The revelations, combined with protester accounts, provide the first public evidence that Washington-based FBI personnel used their intelligence-gathering powers in the District to collect purely political intelligence.”

LINK

smokin' said...

Brazilians topped the list, with 87 percent concerned about climate change.

April 3, 2007 12:51 PM

You want to see what life is like fcor those poor bastards that live in Brazil?

Read the big article about Sau Paulo, Brazil in the new Vanity Fair.

You will thank the Gods that you don't live in that frigging hellhole!

They'll kill ya! said...

toniD said...
FBI gathered ‘purely political intel’ on war critics. “A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing new about that shit. Back in the 60's, the FBI did much worse shit than that!

Back in those days, Hoover gave his pigs carte blanche to go after hippie leftists. In Chicago in 68, FBI thugs were turned loose in the crowd and they beat the holy virtual shit out of any poor fucker that got in their way!

bibimimi troll'p said...

no my brother, you must get your own

toniD said...

They'll kill ya! said...
toniD said...
FBI gathered ‘purely political intel’ on war critics. “A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing new about that shit. Back in the 60's, the FBI did much worse shit than that!

Back in those days, Hoover gave his pigs carte blanche to go after hippie leftists. In Chicago in 68, FBI thugs were turned loose in the crowd and they beat the holy virtual shit out of any poor fucker that got in their way!

************

I remember very well. First of all, I am from Chicago. Secondly, I did march in a few protests. Yes I am that old!

toniD said...

Sloan: Harpooning Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group's bid to go public has exposed some interesting tax games.
WEB EXCLUSIVE
By Allan Sloan
Updated: 11:09 a.m. CT April 3, 2007
April 3, 2007 - If you're wondering why people like me keep writing about Blackstone Group, the big private-equity player, there's a simple answer: The whale that comes to the surface gets harpooned. And whales don't get much bigger than Blackstone, which lately seems to be bidding on every asset in sight.

When private-equity firms and hedge funds kept low profiles, they were well out of harpoon range. They benefited from an enormous tax loophole that few but the cognoscenti knew about and a nice legal loophole that's familiar to people in the world of partnerships but that I'd never heard of until last week. These things have now emerged into public view, thanks largely to Blackstone's bid to become a publicly traded company. The harpoons are flying-as well they should be.

Let's start with the tax loophole. Hedge funds and private-equity funds charge substantial fees to their investors, but what's made some hedgies and private-equity folks into billionaires is that they get a "carried interest" in the profits earned by the funds they manage. This piece of the action-or "carry," as it's known-is typically 20 percent, sometimes even more.

But instead of being treated as a fee, which it is in substance, the carry has been treated as a long-term capital gain. At current rates, that means paying 15 percent to Uncle Sam, as opposed to a top rate of 35 percent.

What I've learned since writing last week's column is that people have been playing this tax game for many years. That doesn't make it any less outrageous, of course. I hope that Congress, which is making noise about this, actually does something instead of just talking.


Let me show you some numbers.

Much more here

toniD said...

Cnn Center is being evacuated due to a shooting.

Alice said...

Look how cute my best friend is...

"p.s. heard "Frampton Live" the other night driving back from Joshua Tree and totally thought of you--it's so cool we've known each other that long :)"

That made my day...

Anonymous said...

Come to the edge, he said.

They said, "We are afraid."

Come to the edge, he said.

They came.

He pushed them.

And they flew. . .

~Guillaume Appollinaire~

Alice said...

toniD said...

I remember very well. First of all, I am from Chicago. Secondly, I did march in a few protests. Yes I am that old!

April 3, 2007 1:10 PM


Whoa, supersynchro (ala a/o)...

Alice said...

Why am I Getting This?!

toniD said...

shot inside CNN headquarters complex By MARYANN MROWCA, Associated Press Writer
9 minutes ago

ATLANTA - A man and a woman were shot inside the building complex that houses CNN's headquarters in what police described as a "domestic situation."

The two were arguing when the man pulled out a gun and shot the woman, Atlanta Police Officer James Polite said. He said the man was then shot by a CNN security guard. Their conditions were not immediately released.

CNN reported that the offices of its Internet operations, CNN.com, were immediately evacuated and that a suspect was in custody. Video footage showed police pointing guns at a man lying on the ground inside a building.

An announcement over the building's public-address system said there had been gunfire "with potential casualties by the escalators" near the main entrance of the building, facing Centennial Olympic Park.

"I heard four or five shots. I really didn't see it. I got out of there quick," said Jas Stanford, 27, who had been helping take down a stage in the park that was used for Final Four festivities.

The CNN complex also includes the Omni Hotel, a large atrium and a food court. It is connected to Philips Arena, the home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

In the food court, Trina Johnson, 44, of Atlanta, was with her daughter on a family outing.

"All of a sudden we heard a big boom. We thought it was an explosion," Johnson said. "We didn't see the gun. Everybody just started running."

SunshineJim said...

Why all of a sudden are they saying Conservatives rather than Republicans. Are they spliting the republican party?""

trying for protective camoflage

Conservatives are Neocons in footie khaki pajamas

toniD said...

Hi Shell!

Just getting ready to go grocery shopping b4 it rains again. It's been raining here every day for a week now.

Just got 2 phone calls from work with two more days to work. One this week and one next.

ralph's ghost said...

Have an addiction you would like to break?

Want to quit smoking, drinking, toking, fucking strangers, driving too recklessly or picking your nose while you're blogging?

Get into self discipline.

Make it your new mantra.

Get into self discipline and watch it begin to grow and your addictions begin to shrink.

As you gain control over your Lizard Brain you will feel stronger and healthier because you will be stronger and healthier.

Only you can do it and you can do it.

Self discipline, the hobby for living.

toniD said...

Hi Jim,

Supposed to get a cold front through today and snow flurries tonight.

So I'm going to make a grovery run b4 the weather changes again.

Subtle thing the neos are trying to pull now.

TomPaine said...

I was in Iraq for 14 months spent 5 months in Tal Afar and 9 in Ramadi. Sen McCain and a posse of Senators and Reps showed up and wanted to the full dog and pony show. And the word was that he wanted his photo op that day. He wanted to go out a spot where we had lost four people with one IED a few days before. Many senior level officers called it what it was, a publicity stunt and it wasnt allowed to happen. All and all many of the senior officers did not come away from their meeting with him and his posse with favorable opinions of the double talk express. They basically thought he was a glory hound.

SunshineJim said...

eya T,

think this is my last free morning/afternoons for the next few months during the week.

be here evenings and weekends for a few months.

toniD said...

Grover Norquist: “The base isn’t interested in Iraq. The base is for Bush. If Bush said tomorrow, we’re leaving in two months, there would be no revolt.” Garance has details.

LINK

toniD said...

Good luck with your new job Jim.

I know you'll do well.

Off to shop. See ya later!

blind crazy guy said...

Out of sight!

Out of mind!

War Dog said...

Don't you just love Hillary..

I know I do..!!!

And so does California..

I am so happy we have Hillary for our nominee and not some goofy left wing weirdo..!!

You get good time from Hill and Bill...

No Crazy Talk about changing the world..

======================================================================




Poll: Clinton Takes Lead in California

Apr 3 02:29 PM US/Eastern
By The Associated Press


THE RACE: The presidential race for Democrats in California.
THE NUMBERS - DEMOCRATS

Hillary Clinton 41 percent

Barack Obama 28 percent

John Edwards 13 percent

(all other candidates below 5 percent)

War Dog said...

I bet Sam is going to be a whole lot happier now that he will no longer be a Professional Bitcher..

That stuff takes a lot out of you..

Sam can go back to normal..

He is one of the luck ones..!!!

War Dog said...

It might be a good idea to blockade the Iranian ports..

What do you think???

but that's just me said...

What do you think???

April 3, 2007 3:38 PM

I think it would be neat if you would go away and end your harassment of the few people that gather here to shoot the shit!

You are a stalker and a pervert.

SunshineJim said...

Blockade by the USS Nimitz?

i think theres the potential for 5,680 crew and 97,000 tons of Aircraft carrier. feul and equipment to be lost in the middle of the persian gulf.

thats what i think...

War Dog said...

The big advantage of a blockade is that is will allow Iran to fire the first shot..

After that all bets are off..

We are free to use whatever force in necessary to subdue the regime...

one up said...

Fuck you and I hope you die this evening.

Alice said...

toniD said...

April 3, 2007 2:33 PM

Busy Busy... see you later on...I'm going with my co-worker to clean out the rest of the bookmobile...Then to my Sonora Cat Rescue meeting...

*

Hey War Dog, how do you feel about sending a donation to my cat rescue group, please?

Alice said...

Korean Americans for Fair Trade: Statement in Protest of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement

At the eleventh hour, the United States and South Korea signed the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (Korus FTA), the second largest free trade deal since NAFTA. President Bush and big business claim victory, but democracy has lost.

It is a sad day for peoples' movements around the world who are fighting to preserve human dignity amid growing corporate power over our lives and democracies. At 3:55 pm on April 1, 54-year old Heo Se-Wook, a union member of KCTU, attempted suicide by self-immolation as an act of resistance against the Korea-US FTA negotiation. He is in critical emergency condition at the Han-River Sungshim Hospital.
...

Alice said...

Crank!! Look! @-@
President Bush takes a stroll

By Garrison Keillor

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Current Occupant decided to go for a walk one fine spring morning, and he strolled down the White House drive to the main gate and chatted with the cops in the guardhouse and then strolled down Pennsylvania Avenue and through Lafayette Park to Christ Church and turned and looked at the White House through the trees and then it dawned on him that he was alone, no Secret Service in their dark suits and their earpieces with the curly wires. Nobody had tried to stop him from leaving. They just let him wander away.

A couple of kids in Capitals jackets walked past, and then a cop, and an old couple, and nobody stopped; they glanced his way and nodded and moved on. He thought, “It’s true what Laura says. I’m different in person than the way the media portrays me.” Some folks sat in lawn chairs holding signs, GET OUT OF IRAQ and STOP THE TORTURE and so forth. He walked in among them to get a closer look and said to the GET OUT OF IRAQ man, “What would you say to the president if you could talk to him up close and personal?”

“I’d tell him that I’m afraid for my country. We’ve accepted lies without protest, we’re ignoring what we’re doing to the planet, we’re bankrupting the nation, we’re stuck in a senseless war and we can’t even take decent care of our own people.”

“Well, everything has its ups and downs,” said Mr. Bush.

He walked away and sat down on a bench. His brother Jeb had phoned from his Florida condo. He was trying to write a book and earn some dough and figure out what to do next and he wasn’t hopeful. Decent governor, smart, good man. But the family name was mud, the country was Bushed. The lecture circuit had more or less dried up for Republicans, as Donald Rumsfeld was discovering. Nobody wanted to pay to hear an upbeat story about how we’re winning in Iraq, and he wasn’t getting good offers for his memoirs. Giuliani and McCain were bucking a strong tide. Lots of negatives for Republicans. It was like when Al Capone Jr. applied for accounting school: There was distrust to overcome.

His approval ratings were down to a faithful remnant who believed that he was God’s chosen president as prophesied in Nehemiah, the one whose reign is the beginning of the Tribulation. And he had seen new polling data showing an 85 percent correlation between his 2004 voters and the more than half of all Americans who cannot say how long it takes the Earth to make one orbit around the sun. They had voted for the man they thought didn’t know either. And that’s how he would go down in history: the slacker, the dummy.

And now Congress had discovered the power of the subpoena. The firing of the U.S. attorneys was a mess. He should have said no way, Jose, to the Leahy committee, but instead the geniuses on the staff had him offer up Karl Rove to testify in private, no oath, no transcript, which was a joke, of course, and it only got the Democrats riled up more. And using the Patriot Act to slip the new appointments through without Senate confirmation — boy, who was calling the signals on that one? Hello!??? They were like, “Let’s run this around end,” and he was going like, “No way,” and they were like, “What’s the problem?” and he was like, “Duh, you really want me to tell you?” But they went ahead and did it and now every Republican with a re-election race in 2008 was looking for cover. Sununu was shaky. Even Coleman, the biggest bootlicker in the Senate, was playing coy.

Not much chance of him riding a motorcade through cheering throngs in foreign cities, the way other presidents had finished up. Too bad about that. But he still had Laura, and he had Dick. Dick was his insurance policy against impeachment. No chance, not with Gunner waiting in the wings.

It was time for his soup and sandwich and his 1:30 nap, so he headed home. There was a new cop at the gate and he didn’t recognize Mr. Bush either. He waved him away. “I need to go in there,” said Mr. Bush. “I’ve got a job to do.” That was all the guard needed to hear. He had the man taken into custody on suspicion of intent to do harm. The case is being investigated.

— Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” can be heard Saturday nights on public radio stations across the country, including KANU, 91.5 FM, in Lawrence.

SunshineJim said...

"He has'nt been seen since, the guard when questioned mentioned him being taken away by the DC CIA staff and them mentioning him being taken to a 'secure' place for interrogation.

So far theres no indication the White House has noticed him missing."

SunshineJim said...

"It's been three weeks."

toniD said...

Conyers to Goodling: Time to talk. “House Democrats on Tuesday asked a top Justice Department aide to come to Capitol Hill for a private interview in the next week on the firing of federal prosecutors. They said she cannot simply refuse to testify on the matter,” the AP reports. “Monica Goodling, who has said she would assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid appearing at Senate hearings, must tell Congress which specific questions she’s refusing to answer, Democrats said in a letter to her lawyer.” Read the full letter at The Gavel.

LINK

mellon's balls said...

I am puzzled.

bridge said...

RANT coming at you ... may be my last so enjoy ;-))

When it comes to Pres. Election Campaign $$$$$ decides ... cry if you must but its a fact.

So here is a piece of news cause some just don't get it: Carrying on endlessly about your least favorite, Hillary Clinton and her 26 Mil, and bashing her to bits, wont help your fav. candidate and wont keep the GOP candidate from moving into the White House in 2008.

So Candidates of both sides have already raised a ton of campaign money. ALL OF THEM but of course only Hillary Clinton can be bought acc. to the nitwits ....just came across the usual type nonsense article at HuffPost. Check for yourself. Pretty embarrassing even to some of the HuffPost borgs.

Other Dem candidate have done pretty well, too. Obama accumulated close to 26 Mil I read ... but that is a completely diff. story. Why? Who knows. Who cares.

While netwits and TV tweeties are getting their knickers in a twist about HC, again: Repub Mitt Romney leads the GOP pack with 23 Mil dollars or so raised in no time at all.

And that comes as no surprise to me at all cause I alread predicted that he will get the GOP nomination .... and IMHO Romney will double this amount in no time also cause that what happens in GOP Real Politik ..... unless the Press Club refuses to play which I doubt will happen. ... Unless bogus Margaret Carlson is still hopelessly in love with "daddy Fred Thompson the goodlooking Republican with gravitas." Who cares what he stands for. Does he have a Health Plan? Duh? Does Romney? Does Saint McCain? Is the Pope Polish? It all depends on the Press Club pre-election dance ...

Are we thrilled that Dem hopefuls get their act together early this time in the money department? Is the pope ....? Anyone remembers Kerry's totally embarrassing plan to postpone the 2004 nomination party cause he lacked $$$$? Guess not.

Bet nobody remember's Coulter of the 90s Arianna Huffington's husband featherweight Michael either. Who made immigration his campaign issue and almost beat Feinstein in 94 by spending the most $$$ ever in California campaign history - 30 Mil. He never said a peep about anything cause as we know from his short stunt in the House he had nothing to say. He always refused to debate - but his TV ads showed his face 24/7 months and months ahead. I used to think: Who is that? What is he selling? A week before election time Arianna's illegal nanny saved the day. AH immediately left her mansion in Santa Barbara "cause we must help Newt Gingrich." Shameless lot.

At election time money rules. So beat up on Hillary Clinton if you must. But be prepared for another 4 or 8 years of GOP rule. AFAIK and read on the net some "progressives" are just fine with that. Not most but some.

I don't feel that way. I want the Dems to win in 2008. Cause when it comes down to it I always worry about the Supreme Court. THE SUPREME COURT. The Supremes decide life for you when everything else fails. But Looks like I am the only one who remembers 2000, too.

Anonymous said...

They're calling the worst extremists on the SCOTUS R.A.T.S.
(Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Scalia) Sounds about right.

toniD said...

bridge....how's your cat doing?

I understand some of what you were saying in your rant. I have to read it again because I don't think I grasped what you wanted to say in it.

Everything in this world, lately, seems to be moving bi-polar. Like an alternate universe. I'm still trying to grasp the big picture of what is happening. All I know is that it scares me.

toniD said...

Blair Calls For Direct Calls With Iran
AP | TARIQ PANJA | April 3, 2007 01:48 PM

Britain called for direct talks with Iran over 15 captive Britons Tuesday after speaking for the first time with the chief Iranian negotiator. The announcement followed the sudden release of an Iranian diplomat in Iraq that raised new hope in resolving the standoff.

In a statement late Tuesday, Prime Minister Blair's Downing Street office said "both sides share a desire for an early resolution to this issue through direct talks."

LINK

toniD said...

John Kerry: McCain Approached Me About Joining Dem Ticket in 2004
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Apr 03, 2007 at 10:30:45 AM EST

Note: You can now read the rest of the interview with Senator Kerry here.

On Monday afternoon I had the chance to speak with Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic Party's nominee for President in 2004. During the interview, which covers a range of topics and which I will be posting later this afternoon, an item of particular interest jumped out at me: According to Sen. Kerry, it was John McCain's staff who approached his campaign about potentially filling the Vice President slot on the Democratic ticket in 2004. Take a listen to and a look at the interchange...



If you're having trouble with the Odeo player you can download the .mp3 file here.

LINK

toniD said...

ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran
April 03, 2007 5:25 PM

Brian Ross and Christopher Isham Report:

A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.

The group, called Jundullah, is made up of members of the Baluchi tribe and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the border from Iran.

It has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials.

U.S. officials say the U.S. relationship with Jundullah is arranged so that the U.S. provides no funding to the group, which would require an official presidential order or "finding" as well as congressional oversight.

Tribal sources tell ABC News that money for Jundullah is funneled to its youthful leader, Abd el Malik Regi, through Iranian exiles who have connections with European and Gulf states.

Jundullah has produced its own videos showing Iranian soldiers and border guards it says it has captured and brought back to Pakistan.

The leader, Regi, claims to have personally executed some of the Iranians.

"He used to fight with the Taliban. He's part drug smuggler, part Taliban, part Sunni activist," said Alexis Debat, a senior fellow on counterterrorism at the Nixon Center and an ABC News consultant who recently met with Pakistani officials and tribal members.

"Regi is essentially commanding a force of several hundred guerrilla fighters that stage attacks across the border into Iran on Iranian military officers, Iranian intelligence officers, kidnapping them, executing them on camera," Debat said.

Most recently, Jundullah took credit for an attack in February that killed at least 11 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard riding on a bus in the Iranian city of Zahedan.

Last month, Iranian state television broadcast what it said were confessions by those responsible for the bus attack.

LINK

the real war dog said...

I can't wait for the glorious moment when the first shot is fired in the Iran War!

Ya gotta love that!

I do!

War with Iran will bring out the very best in our beloved president.

The best part is that a lot of people will be killed and most of them will not be Americans.

Ya really gotta love that!

Also, when the war starts, I will be able to tell everybody that my plan came true and our government is doing exactly what I told them to do.

Stay Tuned said...

Does War Dog care about Alice's cats?

Will he send the donation?

All these questions will be answered on our next episode of:

War Dog, Dick? Or not?

toniD said...

Warming ruling squeezes Bush from both sides
Justices say government must explain refusal to act on car emissions

MSNBC and NBC News
Updated: 5:58 p.m. CT April 2, 2007
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to explain why it has refused to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from cars, putting the Bush administration under pressure from an unusual coalition of environmental groups and leaders of the auto industry to move quickly on global warming.

In a 5-to-4 decision, the court rejected the administration’s argument that it had no legal authority to limit carbon dioxide released from new cars. In a ruling described as a landmark victory for environmental activists, it decided that the EPA does have such authority and that it must give better reasons for not using it than the “laundry list” of “impermissible considerations” it has offered until now.

“We have ended the administration’s denial of reality and defiance of the law,” said Richard Blumenthal, attorney general of Connecticut, one of 12 states that joined a similar number of environmental groups in suing the Bush administration for its refusal to regulate emissions tied to global warming.

LINK

fred sanford said...

Oh, this is the biggest one I ever had. You hear that Elizabeth? I'm coming to join you honey.

toniD said...

Massive security contractor faces growing protest in rural California town over 842-acre base Miriam Raftery and Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday April 3, 2007

SAN DIEGO -- Potrero, California boasts a broad swath of meadowland that currently houses derelict chicken coops.

Surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest, the property boasts a former chicken ranch and includes an environmentally sensitive, protected agricultural preserve southeast of San Diego.

But if private security contractor Blackwater USA gets its way, this 850-strong community will soon host an 824-acre military training base, replacing the erstwhile chicken ranch with fifteen firing ranges and an emergency vehicle operator’s course the length of ten football fields.

A RAW STORY investigation has already led to the removal of one lawyer connected to the project. The inquiry has also discovered that California congressman Duncan Hunter -- ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee -- is a client of the firm, Blackwater USA, a massive US security contractor in Iraq, and minutes of a planning meeting raise questions about whether Hunter was involved in lobbying for the project.

At a Feb. 8, 2007 planning meeting, Vice President for Blackwater West Brian Bonfiglio said Hunter was one of the firm's clients.

LINK

toniD said...

Cheney Lurks Behind Shrub At Bush Press Conference
YouTube | April 3, 2007 04:26 PM

From Talking Points Memo:

Bush: The bottom line is this: Congress's failure to fund our troops on the front lines will mean that some of our military families could wait longer for their loved ones to return to the front lines. And others could see their loved ones headed back to the war earlier than they need to. That is unacceptable to me, and I believe it is unacceptable to the American people.

Let's put aside for a sec the more transparent ruse here -- that the Dems are failing to fund the troops, when in fact they passed a bill doing just that. Instead, check out how Bush is still asserting that the approach being used by the Congressional leadership -- that is, tying troop readiness standards and a withdrawal deadline to funding -- is "unacceptable" to the American people. Or at least that he "believes" (weasel word) that it's unacceptable to them.

Video & Read the entire article here.

Anonymous said...

Bush Promises to Veto Iraq Deadline

"I'll veto it, and then Congress can get down to the business of funding our troops without strings and without delay," the president said.

huh. that is Cognress' job as defined by Mr.WarHappy. ATM without oversight.

Not surprised that Mr.Warhappy has this point of view, only surprised that he is being honest. Unitary Executive, ahoy.

-conbo

toniD said...

Special counsel needed for U.S. Attorney probe? Sens. Patrick Leahy and Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today asking “whether a special counsel is necessary” to handle discussions between Capitol Hill and the Justice Department about White House liason Monica Goodling’s role in the firing of eight U.S Attorneys. Leahy and Whitehouse write that “the office of the Attorney General appears to be hopelessly conflicted” regarding Goodling. TPMmuckraker has more.

LINK

Alice said...

Hi #, conbo...

I'm watching this movie called "In The Company of Strangers"

A bus breaks down in the wilderness. Eight elderly women, average age 71, are stranded at a deserted farmhouse. The have only their wits, their memories, and eventually some roasted frogs' legs, to sustain them. Through the long days and nights this remarkable group of strangers share their life stories and exchange intimate thoughts; turning the crisis into a magical time of humour and spirit. Featuring non-professional actors and spontaneous dialogue, this memorable film dissolves the barrier between fiction and reality, weaving a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage.

Alice said...

Canucklehead
Seven elderly women, between the ages of 65 and 88, and their 27-year-old bus driver are stranded in Québec's Mont Tremblant region when their small bus breaks down. Abandoning the bus, the group finds refuge in a deserted farm house. For three days and two nights the strangers join forces and skills to survive within a picturesque, benign wilderness. The urgency and potential life-threatening danger of the situation is minimized, most notably, by shifting attention away from the crisis situation and towards casual conversations which recount the women's lives. Each of the women's histories is punctuated by a series of family photographs which, along with the use of non-actresses who retain their real names and real lives, convey the authenticity of the women's stories. In the tradition of the NATIONAL FILM BOARD's Alternative Drama program, however, this documentary material is blended with dramatic elements which include a narrative premise, a loose dialogue script and a fictional setting.

Company of Strangers, The
Still from the film The Company of Strangers (photo by Ron Diamond/courtesy Toronto International Film Festival Group).
The Company of Strangers (directed by Cynthia Scott, 1990) is a disquisition on the process of female aging. The film's skeletal fictional narrative and a rambling, leisurely pace obscure the intricate and heterogeneous details in its representation of "people who are old." The film carves out a space for old women who refuse to become invisible in our culture and who, in their association with thresholds, passages and margins, are rendered, above all, figures of ambivalence. The film presents the aged female body as a visible sign of degeneration and impending death, but it does so by rejoining that same body with the tenacity and vitality that belong to life.

Alice said...

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/media/Company1.jpg

Anonymous said...

heh

it sounds like the blog Shell.

sort of

-conbo

:)

toniD said...

This is the most disgusting thing I've ever heard. This man is the most disgusting man I've ever heard of. Sick! Mental monster!

Keith Richards: "I Snorted My [Cremated] Father"

bloody right said...

ralph's ghost said...
Have an addiction you would like to break?

Want to quit smoking, drinking, toking, fucking strangers, driving too recklessly or picking your nose while you're blogging?

Get into self discipline.

Make it your new mantra.

Get into self discipline and watch it begin to grow and your addictions begin to shrink.

As you gain control over your Lizard Brain you will feel stronger and healthier because you will be stronger and healthier.

Only you can do it and you can do it.

Self discipline, the hobby for living.

April 3, 2007 2:33 PM

I made it until 9:30 and then I had to have a wee toke.

Alice said...

WILLOW RULES! She sent me this link just now...thank you Wil!


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JOSH WOLF: Journalist is freed after spending record time in jail

SAN FRANCISCO -- A freelance videographer walked out of federal prison today after spending more time behind bars than any other journalist for refusing to testify to a grand jury.

Joshua Wolf, 24, in a deal with prosecutors, posted online the unaired videotape that he had refused to give federal authorities, defense lawyer David Greene said. U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who had jailed Wolf for 226 days, had approved his release earlier in the day.

"Joshua Wolf has complied with the grand jury subpoena," prosecutor Jeffrey Finigan said in court papers filed today.

Wolf spent more than seven months in a federal prison in Dublin, Calif. after refusing to obey a subpoena to turn over his videotape of a chaotic 2005 San Francisco street protest during the G-8 summit.

The government is investigating how a San Francisco police officer's skull was fractured during the melee and who set a police car on fire.

The footage Wolf posted today does not show those events, Greene said.

Prosecutors said they were not inclined to seek his grand jury testimony, though they left open the possibility that he could be subpoenaed again later.

"I will not under any circumstances testify before a grand jury," Wolf said as he left the prison.

Wolf's lawyers had argued that the First Amendment gave him the right to refuse the subpoena for unaired video.

The judge, however, cited a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution does not entitle reporters, or anybody else, to withhold confidential sources or unpublished material from a grand jury investigation or criminal trial.

No federal shield law protects reporters, unlike California's shield law, which allows reporters to keep sources and unpublished material secret.

Wolf's incarceration time surpassed that of Vanessa Leggett, a Houston freelancer who served 168 days in 2001 and 2002 for refusing to reveal unpublished material about a murder case.

Anonymous said...

Speaking hours after arriving in Lebanon, Pelosi indicated President George W. Bush's administration was singling out her trip to Syria, but ignoring that of other members of Congress.

"It's interesting because three of our colleagues, who are all Republicans, were in Syria yesterday and I didn't hear the White House speaking out about that," Pelosi said, referring to the Sunday meeting of congressmen Frank Wolf, Joe Pitts and Robert Aderholt with President Bashar Al Assad in Damascus.

"I think that it was an excellent idea for them to go," said Pelosi, who is due to meet the Syrian leadership tomorrow. "And I think it's an excellent idea for us to go as well."

The United States has poor relations with Syria, accusing it of interfering in Iraq and Lebanon and sponsoring terrorists - charges that Damascus denies.


Pelosi hopes to revive ties with Syria visit

-conbo

Anonymous said...

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JOSH WOLF: Journalist is freed after spending record time in jail//

booyah!

:)

-conbo

Anonymous said...

Bush added, "I am genuinely concerned about their reputations now that this has become a, you know, a Washington, DC focus. I'm sorry it's come to this. On the other hand, there had been no credible evidence of any wrongdoing, and that's what the American people have got to understand. We had a right to remove them; we did remove them. And there has been -- there will be more hearings to determine what I just said -- no credible evidence of wrongdoing."

ooh what an ass...so their reputations were fine before this...being fired uncermonously didn't mar them at all!!!

Bush on defense: We have every right to replace US Attorneys

I wonder how he keeps track of all his scandals...maybe he isn't as stupid he pretends.

-conbo

Anonymous said...

I bet Karl Rove has a flow chart for him or a puppet show everyday...something

-conbo

Alice said...

I'm crying all over the place...this movie is amazing...the family photos they show in between the ladie's stories....They're talking about the medications they take now...

Alice said...

all the music is classical that they're playing..

toniD said...

Shell, that's great news!!!

Wow, does he have a story to write now!!

toniD said...

Did Rove's Protégé Puff Up Résumé?
White House defenders now acknowledge that politics may have played some role in the firing of eight federal prosecutors, but they still insist that the first replacement -- J. Timothy Griffin -- measures up as a talented and experienced prosecutor. New evidence, however, suggests that Griffin's courtroom experience is less impressive than his official biography and top Republicans assert.

LINK

Anonymous said...

Tribune Co. Bought by Sam Zell
Col. McCormick rolling over in his grave

Real Estate investor Sam Zell will soon be the new CEO of the Tribune company. The media company has agreed to a buyout offer from Zell worth 8.2 billion dollars. Upon announcing the deal, Zell stated that the company will be selling the Chicago Cubs at the end of this season.

Your brilliant blogger won't go into details or discussion about the positives or negatives regarding this sale. The fact is that the Tribune company was in deep trouble and a brilliant business mind such as Zell can only be a great improvement to a company terribly hit by the increasing number of people getting their news from the Internet as well as the scandals plaguing Tribune owned newspaper the Los Angeles Times.

What makes this business deal so intriguing is that the Tribune Company, which was viewed as a leading voice of anti-Semitism as well as pro-Fascism during the first two World Wars, is now finding itself headed by an American Jew.

http://pauliespoint.blogspot.com/2007/04/pesach-with-paulie.html

toniD said...

consortiumnews.com

Bush Out of Line in Scolding Pelosi

By Ivan Eland
April 3, 2007

Editor's Note: Despite his disastrous Middle East policies, George W. Bush doesn't want any interference -- or assistance -- from anyone. First, he rejected the bipartisan Iraq Study Group's recommendation of a gradual military withdrawal from Iraq; now he is berating Democratic congressional leaders for their efforts to extricate the United States from Bush's serial miscalculations.

In this guest essay, the Independent Institute's Ivan Eland notes that the Founders always favored a more assertive Congress:

President Bush has scolded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria. In the President’s opinion, shared by others, the U.S. government should speak with just one voice overseas. Yet that view flies in the face of both the text and the spirit of the Constitution.
Before the rise of the post–World War II imperial presidency, the powers among the branches of the U.S. government were much more balanced—as the Constitution originally intended.

In fact, suspicious of European monarchs’ propensity to wage war with the blood and treasure of their citizens, the Constitution’s framers actually gave more powers in foreign affairs to the Congress than the President.

The Congress was given the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, declare war, raise and support armies, provide and maintain a navy, regulate the armed forces, organize, arm, and discipline the militia, and call them forth to resist invasions.

In contrast, the Constitution gave the President only two unilateral powers in foreign affairs: the chief executive was designated the commander–in–chief of the armed forces and militia (narrowly construed so as not to imply that the chief executive was commander–in–chief of the nation), and was allowed to receive foreign ambassadors and ministers.

LINK

Sunshine said...

eya A.!

that's such a cool sig pic.

love those two dogs in that pose.

Alice said...

SJ, you must be over-medicated, those are cats... ;)

toniD said...

Dear Toni,

Since March 16, AlGore.com has grown by more than 250,000, to an amazing 555,392 members. However to ultimately succeed and convince our elected leaders to do what needs to be done, we have to grow much bigger still.

In addition to increasing the size of our movement, we want to be constantly alert to any opportunities where AlGore.com members can help build momentum to solve the climate crisis. Sometimes these actions will take place on AlGore.com - but there are dozens of other groups doing great work. One of those organizations is Step It Up 2007.

Step It Up 2007 has organized a National Day of Climate Action on April 14. They've already scheduled more than 1,100 rallies in all fifty states - locations vary from the melting glacier on top of Mt. Rainier, to the levees in New Orleans, to underwater in an endangered coral reef off the coast of Florida, to your neighborhood park.

You can find the rally closest to your home, or if there isn't one nearby, host one yourself by visiting:

http://stepitup2007.org/

One simple message will unite these rallies - "Step it up, Congress! Enact immediate cuts in carbon emissions, and pledge an 80% reduction by 2050. No half measures, no easy compromises - the time has come to take the real actions that can stabilize our climate."

This reduction in CO2 may seem far-fetched, but it is within our grasp. Now we need our elected leaders to take the bold steps necessary to make it happen. Rallies in all 50 states are sure to further that goal.

Participating in, or even hosting an event is easy. Take the first step and sign up by visiting:

http://stepitup2007.org/

Thank you,


Al Gore

Crank Bait said...

alice, thanks for the Keillor column. My mom mailed to me a Keillor column (she has a computer but is a confirmed Internet Luddite on dial-up) shortly after Molly died with the comment, "I guess Garrison is Molly's replacement in the Kansas City Star? He's not Molly, but maybe good enough."

I appreciated the Keillor-esque reference to "good enough".
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Sunny J, your call arrived after I had tucked myself into bed (already later than I should have) prior to another gruelling day at work following a 5 a.m. wake up call. (Most of the dozen-or-so tasks that I completed today were unknown to me until I walked into the workplace doorway and assessed the chaos.)

The nearest phone to my bed is over ten feet away by design and the answering machine is an additional ten or more feet away, so I heard the ringing (whilst thinking "Whoever it is had better be dying") and then I heard, barely so, your poorly amplified voice on the machine not saying that your were dying.

So, you didn't make the cut. Sorry. I'm one o' dem sorry sunzabitches who functions poorly following less than eight hours in the rack. If arising early and seeming to be functional isn't on the mandatory schedule, I can pull an all-nighter, arise late and stumble through the remainder of the day exhibiting less than stellar math, and other, skills.

The last time that I tried to function on little sleep, I broke the coffee carafe en route to the coffee maker; a distance of less than one foot. A coffee carafe isn't easily broken. A short drop won't do it. One must actually fling it across a considerable distance...kinda like a wild pitch when all you were trying to do was rub some scuff into the ball.

So...next time you will need to claim that you have only minutes to live, or call when a five a.m. alarm isn't looming in my future.

Anonymous said...

Clinton:

Bush is NOTHING like my husband

you go Girl!

-conbo

SunshineJim said...

Cats!

hee!

crankr, forgive me.

toniD said...

White House ok’d GOP Syria delegation? From a local Pennsylvania paper, via Greg Sargent:

[T]hough Bush administration officials have been criticizing Pelosi, it’s not clear what role the White House and the U.S. Department of State played when U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts and two other Republican congressmen met with Syrian President Bassar Assad.

Pitts is a Chester County Republican who represents Lancaster County.

Gabe Neville, Pitts’ chief of staff, said Monday the conference between Assad and the three Republicans was intended to be “low profile.”

“It was done in cooperation with the administration,” he said.

LINK

loose sally said...

My yeast infection is giving me fits tonight!

Anybody else having that problem?

Crank Bait said...

I have a theory that there are two kinds of Western people: Those who cannot ignore a ringing telephone and those who can.

I can. A ringing telephone is Performance On Demand.

Brrrinnng. Brrrinnng.

Caller: "Hello! What is nine times three-hundred and fifty-eight?"

Me: "Three-hundred and fifty-eight is the multiplicand of the multiplier nine." Click.

Brrrinnng. Brrrinnnng. Brrrinnnnng. Brrrinnnnnng. Brrrinnnnnnng. Brrrinnnnnnnng.

Crank Bait said...

Sunny J: "crankr, forgive me."
April 3, 2007 10:38 PM
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What? And give up all of this joke material?

Not on your life.

Alice said...

Yes...cats.... :)

http://www.hetehumor.net/westvillage1/2004/nov2004/nov1/image/cats.jpg

http://www.ralfkorte.net/cats.jpg

http://www.desktoprating.com/wallpapers/animal-wallpapers-pictures/cats-wallpaper-1152x864.jpg

http://www.nicewallpapers.info/pics/animals/cats/cats_027.jpg

SunshineJim said...

good to read ya.

working on the technique i'm going to use on this next project.

q-virt said...

Evangelist Chuck Missler Disproves Evolution With Jar Of Peanut Butter [VIDEO] Posted by Bruce Wilson

Was that "smooth or crunchy"?

I really don't know what to say. Christian Right evangelist Missler's stunning scientific breakthrough has just sucked all the words right out of me.

You could take this as an April Fool's joke. But I Don't think Chuck Missler intends it that way.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/50013/

Anonymous said...

c.1978 Exegesis by Philip K. Dick

The belief that we are pluriforms of God voluntarily descended to this prison world, voluntarily losing our memory, identity and supernatural powers (faculties), all of which can be regained through anamnesis (or, sometimes, the mystical conjunction), is one of the most radical religious views known in the West. But it is known. It is regarded as the Great Blasphemy: replication of the original sin mentioned in the First Book of Adam and Eve and in Genesis. For this pride and aspiration (we are told by orthodoxy) our original fall and exile and punishment, our being taken from our home the gardenland and put into the prison, was inflicted on us. "They wish to be equal to - like - us," the Elohim say, and toss us down. Yet I have reason to believe that this, "the Great Satanic Blasphemy," is true.

First, we are here voluntarily. We did not sin and we were not punished; we elected to descend. Why? To infuse the divine into the lowest strata of creation in order to halt its decomposing - the sinking of its lower realm. This points to a primordial crisis in creation in the total macrocosm (hexagram 12, as illustrated here). The yin form two (dark, deterministic) part was splitting away from the yang or form one. In conventional terms, heaven (upper realm) and earth (lower realm) were separating, carrying the lives within the lower away from their form one (upper) counterparts (this can be viewed as the Godhead itself falling apart, into its yang and yin two halves, with the lower form universe as God expressed physically in time and space). The solution was for the divine (yang, light, form one) to follow the lower realm down, permeating it and thus reuniting the cosmos into one totality. To do this, elements (in ancient terms, sparks) of light advanced (descended) into the dark kingdom, the immutable prison world; upon doing so they shed (and knew they would shed) their bright nature, memory, identity, faculties, and powers, and fell under the dominion of the delusion that the dark kingdom is real (which when severed from the upper realm it is not; i.e. the world we presently live in doesn't exist). There they have lived as prisoners of the master magician, lord of the dark realm who poses as the creator (and who may not know of the light god, the true creator, his other half). But the light god and his pluriforms, the descending (invading) sparks, have cunningly distributed clues in the dark realm to recall to the drugged and intoxicated sparks of light their true nature and mission (and true source of home). Upon encountering these cryptic clues the forgetful sparks of the upper realm, now prisoners in and of the lower realm, remember, regain their powers and faculties, and link back up with the upper realm and the light god; they are the light god in pluriform, his way of invading the lower realm in disguise. The light god (the divine) has now crucially occupied critical stations in the sinking lower realm, and begins the reannexing of it back into the totality composed of both realms. The sinking ceases; the master magician is stripped of his autonomy and assimilated to the yang part of the Godhead as its passive counterpart, and once more there is one macrocosm ruled by the yang or active (creative) light god assisted by the now receptive yin (dark) side. The divine has triumphed at all levels; the prison is burst, and the vast, light-filled garden kingdom restored as the home of all creatures. These now whole creatures, composed equally of yin and yang, are what I term homoplasmates: The yin part is home (as we know ourselves to be now, only), and the light or yang part is the plasmate or energy part (vs. the physical). Thus renewed and complete microcosms mirroring the renewed and complete macrocosm are achieved. Reality is imparted to the otherwise irreal lower realm, and the upper realm now extends physically into the realm of matter. The integrity of the Godhead is restored; its two halves function in harmony; and the primordial split (or crisis) is resolved - healed.

This is a view compounded of Zoroastrianism, Brahmanism, Gnosticism, Taoism, the macro-microcosmos of Hermes Trismegistus and other mystery religions, and not very much of orthodox Christianity. Christianity can be added if the pluriform microsparks of light are considered plural saviors or Christs comprising a single mystical corpus that is distributed widely in time and space in the dark realm but possessing only one psyche that is somehow also God, the yang or light god.

I have read the above cosmology over, and find no fault in it. In fact, I am amazed. It is in a sense acosmic, and certainly Gnostic, but the Taoist overlay is novel and pleasing; the Taoist overlay redeems it from the flaws of conventional dualist religions and the problems therein. Instead of stressing moral aspects ("good vs. bad"), it stresses epistemological ("real vs. irreal," which I can understand). The lower realm sinks not because it is corrupt or evil or somehow has rebelled but because, as shown in hexagram 12, it is the nature of yin to sink, as it is the nature of yang to rise. The pre-Socratics (and Plato in "Timaeus") were aware of this; v. the model of the winnowing fan and the concept of the vortex. Yang must assimilate yin to keep the totality intact; i.e. yang must renounce its natural tendency to rise and must descend. It cannot expect yin to rise, because yin is not wise; it is only noos that can understand that it must compensate against its own natural tendencies, and do what is unnatural to it. Yin is, so to speak, thick, unthinking, not noos [mind] but soma [body]; noos and soma (or psyche and soma) are the total universe organism. Descending into the yin realm is a sacrifice on yang's part, which through its bright or wise nature it realizes it must make, but it pays a great cost in terms of suffering: loss of memory and identity, abilities, and faculties: It becomes pseudoyin, literally disguised in the yin realm as if it were actually yin, even to the point of forgetting (until reminded), that it is not. This is the agony we face here in this irreal and dense yin realm, we yang traces: This is not our home. We are voluntary exiles here, alienated and alone, violating our own natures for a salvific purpose - a necessary purpose. Yin would not understand this, and until anamnesis sets in for us, we in our distress do not understand the reason either. Eventually it will be revealed to us; meanwhile we ache with longing for our proper home, dimly remembered but deeply felt for. Thus we suppose we are being punished; it feels like punishment, and we make the error of assuming we have sinned. On the contrary; we have renounced joy now, to produce greater joy later, for the good of all creation; we are the Godhead itself suffering the need to be what it is not, to ensure the ultimate stability of krasis (as Empedocles termed it): the unity of love.

Lest any Christian reject this, let him now read the Fourth Gospel in connection with this, and see for himself the similarities.

Lest any Taoist reject this, let him now see that hexagram 12

has turned to hexagram 11, Peace:

The upper trigram, in descending, has forced the lower trigram to rise. Disorder no longer reigns; heaven and earth are not pulling apart. There is harmony.

Moral: It is the ethical requirement placed on the yang traces by their own bright nature to abandon their natural tendency to rise, to escape what is heavy and dark and sinking; they must go in pursuit of the falling part of the cosmos, for the benefit of those and that which otherwise would be lost. This is the highest law: to violate one's own nature for another's good. And the most difficult - and painful - law to fulfill. Because of this need there is distress in the cosmos, distress for the innocent especially. My cosmology simply presents it as a fact. To escape it we would have to allow the cosmos to decompose. Could we do that? The tragedy is that by the very nature of the sacrifice we make we are occluded from knowing why. This is part of our sacrifices: our yang understanding. We must take on the dullness of yin to save the cosmos; we sacrifice the knowledge of why we sacrifice, and assume guilt - spurious guilt - in its place. This is asking a lot.

But consider who we really are. Or once were and will be again. Who else can do it? There is no one else. There is only yin, which does not know. The part of the organism that knows must help the part that doesn't know, but this means abandoning its own knowing. It becomes what it helps, a dreadful irony, one that hurts. But it is only temporary, just for a little while. And then we go home for all eternity.

q-virt said...

Gingrich talks Jewish "ghetto"; botches history

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/50124/

Anonymous said...

Have you ever wanted to have enough of everything that you could share freely with everyone else, without worrying about spending your resources "efficiently" and "responsibly"?

What "insurance" could you buy that would keep you safer than living in a world where people actually cared about each other?

Perhaps you should find yourself some like-minded friends, stop talking about how bad traffic was and start discussing tactics.

Or swear to yourself that you will never, ever again do anything but chase your wildest dreams, every moment of your life.

Crank Bait said...

I had a brief chat with the "boss" in his office before I was on my way out the workplace door during my eleventh hour there.

I made a joke (go figure). I said, "The financial news says that the Bush administration is imposing tariffs on Chinese enamel (glossy) paper. Count on Western sources of enamel paper to go up in price to exactly the tariff-imposed rate."

He launched into a diatribe of how difficult his task is; trying to find cheap paper to continue to be competitive with his capitalistic adversaries.

Somehow he managed a segue into how awful Al Gore is in his push to promote Global Warming awareness. (I'm not sure how this played into the cost-of-paper conversation.)

I said, "Don't get me started. You don't want to hear what I have to say."

He seemed hurt and opened the conversational door for further comment from me (he lives, eats and breathes his work responsibilities and would be the last to know if his hometown burned to the ground following a cow-kicked-lantern conflagration).

I took a deep breath. My mind reeled with the jumble of information that I have acquired over recent years. I knew that I could not possibly bring him up-to-snuff during a short conversation, and that my remembered facts were hazy and not numbers-on, and that I had best not quote figures out of my ass.

I said, "I'm going with what most of the scientists from nearly every nation and society on the globe have concluded without regard to politics or religion. They say that global climate shifts have occurred throughout the eons, even when mankind was not present or not present in significant numbers. This fact is used by Global Warming naysayers to illustrate that it ain't us making it happen, it's a recurring phenomenon.

"The scientists further say that a recurring phenomenon might well be a part of what is shown by the recently observed global warming facts. However, they note that human-injected chemistry was never before a part of the mix.

"So, to say that a volcanic eruption could change the global climate but not say that unprecedented billions of people and their power plants and cars and refrigeration and beef cattle and goats and chickens could not affect global climate is something that you would expect to hear from Rush Limbaugh, not a scientist."

On the one hand, the boss man wasn't fully buying it. I could see it in his feelings-hurt eyes.

On the other hand, he accepts that I am well read or, at the least, much more so than he is.

My guess? He was parroting Fox news-like crap because it is a Blue Collar-manly, coffee shop thing to do; oppose the intellectual elite (as he defines them) in every way.

SunshineJim said...

"Blue Collar-manly, coffee shop thing"

easy meat, he can read, get em going and hand em some printed out short exerpts reinforcing your points.

referenced.

let him read em and weep.

if he won't read em, he can't argue about it.

farf the CO2, we're losing oxygen!

toniD said...

The Expiriment!

This week's NYT Science Times section featured an interesting interview with Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford psychology professor who specializes in the study of evil and the conditions which spawn it. He is most notorious for the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, in which he created a fake prison in the Psych department basement, using student volunteers as prisoners and guards. The study was supposed to run for two weeks, but his girlfriend was so horrified by the cruelty that the fake guards were inflicting on the fake prisoners, that she pressured him to pull the plug after only six days. Some highlights from the story and interview:

His Stanford Prison Experiment… showed how anonymity, conformity and boredom can be used to induce sadistic behavior in otherwise wholesome students. More recently, Dr. Zimbardo, 74, has been studying how policy decisions and individual choices led to abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq….

(…)

[Zimbardo describing the Experiment:] By the end of the first day, nothing much was happening. But on the second day, there was a prisoner rebellion. The guards came to me: “What do we do?”

“It’s your prison,” I said, warning them against physical violence. The guards then quickly moved to psychological punishment, though there was physical abuse, too.

In the ensuing days, the guards became ever more sadistic, denying the prisoners food, water and sleep, shooting them with fire-extinguisher spray, throwing their blankets into dirt, stripping them naked and dragging rebels across the yard.

With Video

Anonymous said...

1) An unmistakable 1500 year cycle in temperature oscillations is present.

2) CO2 of 15 times existing concentrations was recorded in the past.

3) Very recent data indicate that cosmic radiation from deep space directly increases cloud formation, which directly affects warming.

4) The sun’s magnetic field changes the cosmic radiation reaching the earth.

5) “Global Warming” is mostly due to water vapor(clouds: ~95%).

6) The highest solar activity in the last 1000 yrs has been recorded recently.

7) The sun is now burning hotter than in the last 1000 years.

8) Govt/private studies calculate Kyoto could cost US $348 billion by 2012.

9) Those same studies predict Kyoto could cost the world 1 trillion by 2012.

10) Those same studies predict that 1.3 million jobs will be destroyed.

11) Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, and Neptune’s moon are verified to be undergoing ‘global warming’ coinciding with the earth.

12) In the year 1000 A.D., earth’s climate was much warmer than it is now.

13) Vikings raised crops and cattle in Greenland 1000 years ago.

14) A recent poll of climatologists showed that 90% agreed with the statement: “scientific evidence indicates variations in global temperature are likely to be naturally occurring and cyclical over very long periods of time.”

Crank Bait said...

Here is the crux of the biscuit (thanks to Fishgrease, and apologies to, for my frequent overuse of the term "crux of the biscuit):

I have knee-jerk, anti-elitist reactions to stuff I hear and read every day.

It is not a far reach for me to understand that others have knee-jerk, anti-elitist reactions, too.

The difference is that I prefer to believe that the offending elitists, as I define them, are a fairly small and narrow group of snot-nosed people.

My "boss" tends to define "elitists" more broadly (I think?), including me among them.

It's a weird thing; those whom we love to hate. I don't believe that we can ever eliminate "elitists" from our favorite group to hate. Maybe it's those patches on their jacket elbows?

We can only hope and try to narrow the group down into smaller and smaller numbers as we come to understand who most of them are and why they seem to us to be the elite.

The flip side is that we all revere certain elites according to our own prejudices. I am eternally in awe of mathematicians. And chemists.

And shitheads...but that's another tale.

nut-meg said...

Lo!

nut-meg said...

My internet tubes keep going in and out because of the storm...

Crank Bait said...

Sunny J: "easy meat, he can read, get em going and hand em some printed out short exerpts reinforcing your points. referenced.
let him read em and weep."
April 3, 2007 11:55 PM
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1.) The first thing that I did after arriving home was pee.
2.) The second thing I did was to Google "Global Warming" in an effort to find a very short synopsis that is compelling and could be read in less than two minutes.
3.) The third thing was to realize that some people define themselves by their work and that all other knowledge is exactly as important to them as their opinion of a Britney Spears beaver shot.
4.) When Britney Spears and Al Gore are conflated on the same sound-bite stage and have exactly as much time relegated to learning more about them, I am pissing in the wind.

Crank Bait said...

Anonymous said...
April 4, 2007 12:05 AM
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A powerful portion of Rush Limbaugh's Hillbilly Heroin defense was undertaken by the ACLU.

(I enjoy throwing that in just to make Ditto heads explode.)

SunshineJim said...

eya Meg!

Crank Bait said...

One more rant before I hit the hay.

Emily Latilla: "What's all this I hear about Dubya's M.D.'s? Who cares who's on his health care plan?
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I miss Gilda. May she never rest or give them peace.

nut-meg said...

Patrick says "Hi Uncle Jim"

SunshineJim said...

say Rrrrrrr! back to the fuzzy ol pirate!

Jaxxor turned up with an ear infection or irritation a coupla hours ago.

i massaged in some ear ointment and he seems to be responding to treatment. whatever it is it turned the inside darker or perhaps thats bruising from him scratching it. he's stopped scratching at it and shaking his head repeatedly.

that's what got me looking for a problem.

nut-meg said...

what have you been up to?

SunshineJim said...

finishing up some honey doo's.

getting set up to do some cabinetry restorations for the new school here.

Dotter is having a B'day soon.

just hanging with the new hood kids,
Purple, blue and jet black hair this week. we were comparing our black leather jackets, theirs have more zippers, mine have bigger pockets with flaps over the zippers.

SunshineJim said...

whatever it is is kicking Jaxxors butt! he's lurking in the travel kennel. very unlike him...

poor little guy. i know i dread ear problems myself

nut-meg said...

is your kid's name sunshine?

SunshineJim said...

yes it is.

she has a lovely italian middle name from her grandmother and great grandmother, Chiarina which i later found out means "shining light".

SunshineJim said...

So when i built my boat i named it after her, and because so many of us trollers are on a first name basis, i became "Sunshine Jim" to differ me from all the other Jims in the fleet when we radioed each other.

Same with the deckhands if they stayed around to get to know the gang in the fleet with me. i had great deckhands usually.

SunshineJim said...

think she's going to be 37 this year.

nut-meg said...

Thats cool

nut-meg said...

When is her birthday?

SunshineJim said...

Time to snooze,

up at 6 tomorrow.

love ya all, 2 & 4 footed )

SunshineJim said...

the 6th

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