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Wōden’s Day Wake-up

Wōden the Wanderer

Wōden the Wanderer

Those of us who practice that “old-time religion” know that today was named for the Anglo-Saxon god Wōden.  He is the pagan god of death, battle, wisdom, discoverer of the runes and leader the Wild Hunt.


Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions
The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the Justice Department told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday.

Don’t be surprised to see more bank failures
Closures have been relatively slow, but FDIC is accelerating shutdowns


Police serve warrants in Yale grad student slaying
Police led away a man in handcuffs to the cheers of neighbors Tuesday and plan to extract DNA samples in an attempt to link him to the killing of a Yale graduate student who died the week she was to be married.

Ohio execution on hold after vein troubles
Inmate gets one-week reprieve after problems with lethal injection process


Pressure Builds for ‘Thorough’ Review of ACORN Activities, Grants
House Minority Leader John Boehner introduced legislation Tuesday that would break all federal government ties with ACORN, and Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., wrote Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an investigation by the Justice Department

Carter:  Wilson comments ‘based on racism’
He says says the outburst was part of a disturbing trend in national debate

(as if blaming everything on racism wasn’t a disturbing trend too)


West calls Taylor Swift after ‘View’ appearance
It looks like Kanye West has finally given a personal apology to Taylor Swift. Representatives from “The View” say West called the country sensation after her appearance on Tuesday’s show.
[…]
“After the show he spoke personally to the country music superstar via telephone and has apologized to the 19-year-old singer. She has accepted Mr. West’s apology.”

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was injured while rehearsing for ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
(unfortunately, he will still be able to compete.)


Frustrated UN chief Ban Ki-moon says world leaders must act on climate


Oldest Medal of Honor recipient, 100, downplays ‘hero’ talk

John Finn, who received the nation’s highest medal for valor for his actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, turned 100 this summer, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient.

Fewer than 100 men who have received the Medal of Honor are alive today. More than half of them are expected in Chicago this week for the annual Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention. But because they are all veterans of World War II, Korea or Vietnam, their ranks are shrinking every year.
The men from more recent conflicts, like Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, were all awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.


SF Giants rage against the dying of the light
Beat Colorado Rockies 10-2 to close within 2 1/2 games of Wild Card lead.

Bench-clearing brawl mars Blue Jays’ win vs. NY Yanks
Fight escalates after Posada glares at reliever Carlson, later bumps him


Video:

Cheerleader catches big gator
A 16-year-old girl goes alligator hunting and comes home with a 353 pound catch.


Da Vinci Code follow-up The Lost Symbol sweeps the stores


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  1. I like Jimmy Carter; I am probably not among the masses on that sentiment. I have always thought he had an instinct for decency and building good will out there in the jungle. But this latest comment about racism hits a very strident note with me. It sounds so sanctimonious. I do not see how it serves Obama to keep reminding people that “he is our first black president—just in case you forgot that”.

    • If Carter was correct (he’s not) then but for racism everyone would be an Obama supporter as if there was universal agreement on policy.

      • Carter…is senile….nuff said…. : )

        • That could be true, actually.

          Hiem party his responses to Dem party issues have been getting further and further from his usual type of conflict mediation.

          Maybe he really is losing it?

    • I did not know that being AA made you incapable of lying, cheating and crafting crappy legislation.

    • The new definition of racism.

      Racism:
      rac ism |ˈrāˌsizəm|
      noun
      the belief that there is something wrong with a policy promoted by our dear leader, President Obama.

      Which is of course the real danger of this insane race baiting for short term political gain.

      • it should be “transcendent leader”

        you are now required to do 50 one arm push-ups

      • Nice summation! I laughed when I read it, but I realize that the consequences aren’t that funny. When in the far future we get over this trend, we may be able to have more honest discussions of a public nature on racism and other isms. This has got to be desensitizing on all sides.

    • Jimmy Carter jumped the shark last year for me. I lost respect for him re: his behavior toward Hillary during the primaries. He seems to regularly gaffe these days.

      • This woman slams him for it:

        Jimmy Carter plays the race card

        Jimmy Carter has made an outrageous, unfounded and potentially inflammatory remark about race. He has claimed that a great proportion of the vitriolic opposition to President Obama’s health reforms and spending plans are actually motivated by racial hatred: that this president is being attacked not for his policies but for his colour. He offers no evidence for this extraordinary assertion presumably because there is none.

        http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/janetdaley/100010099/jimmy-carter-plays-the-race-card/

        • Since when did the Telgraph become racist. /snark

          • DT,

            Gee. It seems to be a trend among left-oriented bloggers with a philosophy background. I suppose the only way to stop this trend is to prohibit lefties from studying philosophy.

            s

          • Steven,

            Isn’t it just a lovely form of tyranny these fauxgressives are following. They’re boldly and openly promoting a way of thought where any questioning of their leader is by definition evil. And they seem quite happy with that.

            And the fact that we noticed this was the defense of an inexperienced empty suit from the beginning and pointed it out makes us top of the enemy list. We’re going to be needing some serious re-education.

          • DT: I was thinking about that too–how obvious it was early on. Even with the pushback against it now, I notice that no one is mentioning that it was used effectively against the Clintons.

          • DT,

            I’m reminded of a pomo paper in which the author invited an adversary to join her on a wonderful inclusive journey, as long as he was willing to leave the baggage of his philosophical perspective behind.

            He was welcome as long as he was not there.

  2. If you thought Tasers were bad:

    The increasing frustration with politicians and overflow crowds attending August town halls led San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore to place military-type crowd control devices at two area town hall meetings.

    Rep. Susan Davis-D Calif. and Rep. Darrell Issa-R Calif. held town halls that exceeded capacity (10,000+ total attendees) and prompted the Sheriff’s Department to have Long-Range Acoustic Devices(LRADs) standing ready.

    Both town halls took place without incident; however the use of the military device concerned San Diegians. The LRAD crowd control is primarily used in Iraq to control insurgents and can cause serious and lasting harm to humans.

    • Good Lord! They just can’t wait to use military methods on civilians.

    • The LRAD crowd control is primarily used in Iraq to control insurgents…….

      Ich bin insurgent….well at least in the larvae state .
      The owners are insisting on it.

  3. Now that G-Dub is quoted dishing dirt on Sarah P you can expect the Failbots to treat him as a credible source.

    • Good one!
      More irony:
      Bush 2 re Palin: “This woman is being put into a position she is not even remotely prepared for. She hasn’t spent one day on the national level….”
      http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/19961

      • Being a governor only precludes women from the presidency. Only men can move from governor to president. Geez, everybody should know that! (sigh)

      • People are seeing the irony of how that quote applies to W, but not so much how it applies even more to O.

        Judging from the past 9 years, Americans are eager to elect into the WH people who have not been remotely prepared for the job.

        • Ronald Reagan kicked off the era of the “facade” presidency. G. W. Bush and now Obama follow in his footsteps.

          James Garner on Reagan:
          “Oh, Ronnie, Ronnie, isn’t he wonderful? Listen, I was vice-president of the Screen Actors Guild when he was its president, and we used to tell him what to say. He can talk around a subject better than anyone in the world. He’s never had an original thought that I know of, and we go back a hell of a lot of years. Do you realize I could have been your president?”

          http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×6107132

  4. Hee hee!:

    As health-care legislation advances through Congress, the young adults who were so vital to President Obama’s election are emerging as a significant beneficiary of his top domestic priority, but they are also likely to play a major role in funding any reform.

    […]

    A 2008 study by the Urban Institute found that more than 10 million young adults ages 19 to 26 lack health insurance coverage. For many of those people, health-care reform would offer the promise of relatively inexpensive individual policies, which do not exist in many states today.

    The trade-off is that young people would no longer be permitted to bet on their good health: All the reform legislation before Congress would require individuals to buy at least minimal coverage.

    IOW – Them youngin’s will have to subsidize us old fogeys.

    “Hopenchange” motherf*ckers!

  5. Dakinikat will be sooooo happy:

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that the recession was “very likely over,” as consumers showed some of the first tangible signs of spending again.

    Mr. Bernanke, who had become cautiously more upbeat in recent weeks amid signs of third-quarter growth, said for the first time that forecasters agree “at this point that we are in a recovery.”

    Just one little catch:

    The rebound, he added, would likely be so moderate it wouldn’t produce many jobs.

    • Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs—-is that all anybody can talk about any more? Can’t people see all the good things coming out of this recovery for heaven sake! Goldie Socks is back up; bonuses are back on Wall St. ; our national car company is still losing market share and money but it’s still in business. God, people just want so much. Just STFU and take what you get.

      • The sad thing is that if the MSM put this out as a meme, the huddled masses would be repeating it in less than 24 hours.

    • its looks like finnaly acorn i going to pay a price….

    • Yippee.
      (((throws confetti)))

    • Where are people getting the money to spend then? Are all these consumers coming from Wall Street?

      • They are borrowing money (refinancing their houses) from banks which got the money from the bailouts. Duh.

  6. hey, now that the gang of Six is no more and the reform is no longer “bipartisan” – do we get single payer back?
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/wheels-come-off-the-bipartisanship-wagon-the-irony-edition/

  7. The NYT takes notice of ACORN:

    For months during last year’s presidential race, conservatives sought to tar the Obama campaign with accusations of voter fraud and other transgressions by the national community organizing group Acorn, which had done some work for the campaign.

    But it took amateur actors, posing as a prostitute and a pimp and recorded on hidden cameras in visits to Acorn offices, to send government officials scrambling in recent days to sever ties with the organization.

    One of the things that made the nineties so much fun was the steady drip, drip, drip of petty scandals among Clinton associates, nominees and administration officials.

    Henry Cisneros had to resign when it was revealed he lied to the FBI about how much he paid his ex-mistress to keep quiet about their affair. (He admitted he paid her hush money, he just lied about how much)

    • The ACORN employee in San Bernardino was lying about offing her husband:

      The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the claims made regarding the homicide.
      From the initial investigation conducted, the claims do not appear to be factual. Investigators have been in contact with the involved party’s known former husbands, who are alive and well.

    • Also from article: “In a statement over the weekend, Bertha Lewis, the chief organizer for Acorn, said the bogus prostitute and pimp had spent months visiting numerous Acorn offices, including those in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia, before getting the responses they were looking for.

      “I cannot and I will not defend the actions of the workers depicted in the video, who have since been terminated,” Ms. Lewis wrote. But she defended the group’s overall record and said it had become “the boogeyman for the right wing and its echo chambers.”

      OK, we will hold schools, teachers and ACORN accountable. Anyone else?

      • … spent months visiting numerous Acorn offices, including those in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia, before getting the responses they were looking for.
        Apparently they actually got the responses they were looking for in most places, they’re just letting the videos of these other places trickle out one by one. More fun that way. It in fact appears to be a systemic problem as if the policies are from the top down. Imagine that.

  8. im glad finnaly someone is doing some investigative journalism .

  9. I’m shocked!:

    Washington’s special envoy to the Mideast on Wednesday wrapped up his second meeting this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without reaching an agreement on curtailing Israeli settlement construction.

  10. Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions

    yes

    • Like this:

      (closes eyes and covers ears)

      “La la la la la I can’t hear you”

      • Actually, this was posted by Ian Welsh at OpenSewer:

        I assume, by this point, no one expected anything else?

        If not, forgive me, but you’re the living definition of denial.

        The fundamental truth about the Obama administration is that it is the Bush administration run by slightly less incompetent, marginally less evil people

        (h/t Vastleft)

        • Huh????

        • That makes me so mad. Because we were all TELLING THEM this would happen. But they are so AFRAID of WOMEN that they just had to elect their Ojaysus.

          • votermom, we told them until we were blue in the face. i am STILL pissed at what the dem party, the media and the obots perpetrated on this country. i will never forgive them.

        • no no no, just as incompetent, just a tad less southern.

          • Just a tad less. He has some intonations that would throw a southern preacher man into a jealous snit.

    • They’re wound up at Huff-po

      • I am so relieved to know that in our great electoral struggles of 2008 we got a team that are not as “mean and tyrannical as Cheney and Ashcraft.” That’s hope and change you can just take to the bank—unless, of course, it is in foreclosure.

      • kinder gentler facism…. gee, ain’t they glad they voted for “the one”.

  11. The story about Clark, the guy who was taken into custody in the Yale murder case is going to be released as soon as they get his DNA samples, etc. I hope they don’t let him go, because there was a story yesterday that he and his sister and brother-in-law all stayed home from work yesterday and he couldn’t be found. It sounded like they were trying to escape the police.

    Thanks for the news highlights, myiq2xu!

  12. myiq2xu i know that beck & alot of the rest of the fox crew are not your favorite people in the world. but ya got to give credit to them for reporting . this new acorn story . whlie the rest of the MSM have preety much played dumb or ignored the story

  13. I didn’t know Odin led the Wild Hunt?! Srsly?

    I love The Addams Family. Remember this scene?

    Wednesday: May I have the salt.
    Morticia: What do we say?
    Wednesday: [sternly] Now.

  14. The TC record of prescient threads continues, as if woven into the tapestry of the three sisters. How delicious that so many new stories feel like deja vu to a TC reader.

    Better to bear the burdens of being ahead of the curve outliers than thumb-on-scale, curve skewing, future “outed” liars.

    On a tangential note:

    The reality that you cannot run a West-European welfare state (with decent quality health care, decent pre-school, primary and secondary school education for all), rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, invest in the environment and fulfill your post-imperial global strategic ambitions while raising 33 percent of GDP in taxes, has not yet dawned on the Obama administration or on the American people at large.

    http://blogs.ft.com/maverecon/2009/09/expect-little-and-you-may-yet-be-disappointed/

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    • “Better to bear the burdens of being ahead of the curve outliers than thumb-on-scale, curve skewing, future “outed” liars.”

      Mai oui! I just had a BuzzFlash flashback – curve skewing liars indeed!

    • The reality that you cannot run a West-European welfare state (with decent quality health care, decent pre-school, primary and secondary school education for all), rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, invest in the environment and fulfill your post-imperial global strategic ambitions while raising 33 percent of GDP in taxes, has not yet dawned on the Obama administration or on the American people at large

      Well I would say Obama / Bush Inc does know that and has been moving forward thses 9 years to cut off at the pass , those of us who would choose the social benefits at home over the imperialist jerk circle climax else where. It’s exactly because we are post-imperial that they are seeking to be even more imperial ….

  15. sorry for the long post, but this is a good over view of the T – minus closing of the Philadelphia Free Library system . The shutting down of the library system , the dismissal of 1,300 police, 200 firemen , the shutting down of the courts etc , is not a fallout of a bungled budget fight…but represents a political will within the upper crust to destroy the concept of public service ….oh and steal all the money without tossing the peons a bone

    http://www.boingboing.net/2009/09/13/philadelphia-free-li.html

    Philadelphia Free Library System is shutting down

    by Cory Doctorow,

    The Philadelphia Free Library system is broke, and they’re shutting it down, including cancelling “all branch and regional library programs, programs for children and teens, after school programs, computer classes, and programs for adults” and “all children programs, programs to support small businesses and job seekers, computer classes and after school programs” and “all library visits to schools, day care centers, senior centers and other community centers” and “all community meetings” and “all GED, ABE and ESL program.”

    Just look at that list of all the things libraries do for our communities, all the ways they help the least among us, the vulnerable, the children, the elderly. Think of every wonderful thing that happened to you among the shelves of a library. Think of the millions of lifelong love-affairs with literacy sparked in the collections of those libraries. Think of every person whose life was forever changed for the better in those buildings.
    Think of the nobility of libraries and librarianship, the great scar that the Burning of Alexandria gouged in human history. Think of the archivists who barricaded themselves in the Hermitage during the Siege of Leningrad, slowly starving and freezing to death but refusing to desert their posts for fear that the collections they guarded would become firewood.
    Think of the librarians who took a stand during the darkest years of the PATRIOT Act and refused to turn over patron records. Think of the moral unimpeachability of those whose trade is universal access to all human knowledge.

    Picture an entire city, a modern, wealthy place, in the richest country in the world, in which the vital services provided by libraries are withdrawn due to political brinksmanship and an unwillingness to spare one banker’s bonus worth of tax-dollars to sustain an entire region’s connection with human culture and knowledge and community.

    Think of it and ask yourself what the hell has happened to us.

    All Free Library of Philadelphia Branch, Regional and Central Libraries Closed Effective Close of Business October 2, 2009

    • We are well and truly screwed when we can’t keep libraries open. Our national priorities are completely off.

    • considering that it was Benjamin Franklin who created the idea of public libraries, it is very ironic and sad that Philadelphia is the place for this to happen first (at least as far as I know).
      Say la vie, it is much more important to make sure politicians keep corporate bucks coming in to their campaign PACS.

    • How sad is that? 😦

    • Incredibly sad.

    • I got a lot of education at the Philadelphia libraries. I remember taking my kids to get their first library cards and how excited they were.
      This government has failed the American people so badly.
      Uneducated are easily led and this hurts the future of this country.
      Books can grow the imagination and take you places you never dreamed of and to take that away from future generations is criminal.
      People get outraged at the idea of book burning, where is the difference if you deprive people of books?

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  16. Carter’s racist comment and Clinton not supporting Jerry Brown?

    Those were Dems I used to believe in. Now?

  17. I have a lot of links to add to the round up today. Some days, it’s slim pickin’s, but today had several morsels to chew on–starting with a couple for Dakinikat:

    Joseph Stiglitz is not happy about Obama’s faux-regulation either:

    For all Obama’s talk of overhaul, the US has failed to wind in Wall Street
    With a blank cheque from taxpayers and no real reform the perverse incentives for risk-taking are bigger than ever

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/14/lehmans-one-year-after1
    ———-
    Scary Stuff? Not
    Charles Gasparino
    The president wimps out, and Wall Street rejoices.

    One of the ironies of President Obama’s long and dreadfully boring speech about the financial crisis is just how much he under-delivered.

    For all his tough talk about the need for more regulation and consequences for bad behavior, Obama really said nothing that would lead Wall Street to believe that the government was going to make life that much more difficult and would end its current sweetheart deal with the greedy bankers that brought the financial system to its knees last year.

    Because the president’s plans are so nebulous, the big firms will hire teams of lobbyists to shape legislation and whittle down proposals with the most teeth. In his speech, the president all but admitted as such, bragging that “we have sought ideas and input from industry leaders” and “the broader public.”

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/09/14/obama-wall-street-opinions-contributors-charles-gasparino.html

  18. Very good piece about the failure of both parties, and a lost historic opportunity:

    Realignment dead, dealignment now

    Realignment is dead. President Barack Obama and Democrats blew it.

    Dealignment has arrived. Republicans blew it, and are now so repellent that Americans increasingly reject both political parties.

    In the latest Washington Post/ABC poll, 43 percent of voters labeled themselves independents.

    http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/brent-budowsky/58875-realignment-dead-dealignment-now#comments

  19. EXCLUSIVE: W.H. collects Web users’ data without notice

    The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama’s promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet.

    Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the White House signaled that it would insist on open dealings with Internet users and, in fact, should feel obliged to disclose that it is collecting such information.

    “The White House has not been adequately transparent, particularly on how it makes use of new social media techniques, such as this example,” he said.

    The National Legal and Policy Center, a government ethics watchdog, said archiving the sites would have a “chilling effect” on Web site users who might wish to leave comments critical of the administration.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/16/obama-wh-collects-web-users-data/

    • I wonder if Rockefeller is maybe just maybe starting to experience some buyer’s remorse for endorsing BO. I think the consequences of this “reform” debacle are just now hitting home.

    • tax ing us to death

  20. This is for Daki:

    “Study finds humans still evolving, and quickly” LATimes

    http://tinyurl.com/qkknh5

  21. Rasmussen:

    Twelve percent (12%) of voters nationwide believe that most opponents of President Obama’s health care reform plan are racist. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of voters disagree, and 21% are not sure.

    Meanwhile 100% of Failbots agree that false accusations of racism are okay because they cause less harm than actual racism.

  22. I was saddened by the news that the Iraqi journalist who threw a shoe at Bush was tortured and waterboarded while being held in detention in a military center

    Wasn’t torture supposed to be only for a smoking gun situation, where you torture and the victim gives information that saves thousands or even millions of lives. (if you believe in fairy tales that is). Now it’s become everyday abuse of power

    Try googling Muntazer al-Zaidi and you’ll find that every single newspaper around the world has the story.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article6834478.ece

  23. That ‘gator cheerleader sounds like a future Sarah Palin…

  24. http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1924128,00.html

    How will this affect college students and their parents?
    I read where a lot of colleges are raising rates and now this changes the way loans will be given.
    Where does the money come from?

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE, MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  25. http://www.newsweek.com/id/215442?from=rss

    How many small business owners are still not being helped by banks that took money from taxpayers.
    Wasn’t the idea of giving banks money supposed to help the overall economy?
    I thought that many small businesses created jobs.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

    • small business creates 70 percent of jobs in the US. However that was a few years ago. Now the Walmart has become the biggest employer in many states, I am guessing those numbers are different.

  26. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1924112,00.html

    This should be a good book. Yes America has changed during my lifetime and some things are better, but some things are not.
    A lot of changes I really do not understand or like. Not all change is good.
    The loss of respect for one another.
    The lost art of listening to each other.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  27. Now Maxine Waters has to play the race card.

    “Probe ‘birthers and the teabaggers’ at rallies for racist views”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/59015-waters-media-must-investigate-right-wing-protesters-for-racism

    • Maxine Waters is the racist.

      If that is the only argument that a person can come up with — that person is a racist.

      The jerk she has chosen is a con man — and she is enabling his criminal behavior. The jerk she has chosen is a proven liar — therefore she must also be a liar.

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