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Good Morning, Conflucians!!! TGIF!

I haven’t been feeling that great. I don’t know if it’s a cold or flu, but I’ve been a little out of it for the past few days. I got home from my morning classes yesterday and went right to bed. I slept through a good part of the afternoon, and then read for awhile, went back to sleep around 8PM, and slept right through the night. Fortunately I have next week off for spring break. Anyway, current events have continued onward while I’ve been acting like a zombie.

Gunman killed after shooting 2 police officers at Pentagon entrance

The shooter, identified as 36-year-old John Patrick Bedell, was dressed in a business suit and carried two 9-millimeter semi-automatic weapons and “many magazines” of ammunition, Keevill said at a 6 a.m. news conference. “He walked very directly to the officers and engaged,” Keevill said.

The officers were superficially wounded, one in the shoulder and one in the thigh, the police chief said. Both were treated at George Washington University Hospital in Northwest Washington and released.

They and a third officer returned fire at Bedell, critically wounding him in the head, said Keevill, chief of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. Bedell died at George Washington University Hospital.

Keevill said police and the FBI are examining surveillance video that shows Bedell as he approached the Pentagon, and have tracked his road trip from the Washington area to California over the last several weeks. They impounded his car, located at a nearby parking garage, and are processing the evidence found inside of it, including more ammunition.

“At this time it appears to be a single individual that had issues,” Keevill said. He emphasized that law enforcement officials have found no link between Bedell and any terror group in the United States or overseas.

According to MSNBC Bedell was a 9/11 “truther.”

In an Internet posting, a user by the name JPatrickBedell wrote that he was “determined to see that justice is served” in the death of Marine Col. James Sabow, who was found dead in the back yard of his California home in 1991. The death was ruled a suicide but the case has long been the source of theories of a coverup.

The user named JPatrickBedell wrote the Sabow case was “a step toward establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions.”

That same posting railed against the government’s enforcement of marijuana laws and included links to the author’s 2006 court case in Orange County, Calif., for cultivating marijuana and resisting a police officer. Court records available online show the date of birth on the case mentioned by the user JPatrickBedell matches that of the John Patrick Bedell suspected in the shooting.

Apparently, a rumor has been going around that SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts is going to retire. Radar on line first reported that he was retiring, and then corrected the story to say he was just stepping down as Chief Justice. Another blog, Above the Law, offered an explanation for how this rumor got started.

Everyone is wondering: Where did that erroneous rumor of an imminent retirement by Chief Justice John Roberts come from? The gossip spread like wildfire, triggering thousands of texts, blog posts, and emails — a few hundred of them to the ATL tips line — before Radar, which first published the rumor, retracted its report.

We were skeptical, which is one reason why we didn’t write about the gossip as quickly as some other outlets. We reached out to the Supreme Court’s Public Information Office after we heard the rumor, and we didn’t want to write about it until we heard back from the PIO (or at least gave them a little time to respond).

The post goes on to say that the rumor started in a class at Georgetown University law school. A professor made the announcement at the beginning of a class on informants not providing sources for information given to the media. At the end of class, the prof explained that the rumor wasn’t true, but in the meantime, students were texting their friends and media sources. Washington DC really is just a little village, isn’t it?

The New York Times is gloating because they may force David Paterson to resign as New York Governor.

Gov. David A. Paterson lost another top administration official on Thursday, when his communications director announced that he could no longer “in good conscience” continue in that role for the governor.

The official, Peter E. Kauffmann, submitted his resignation the day after he was interviewed for several hours by prosecutors from the office of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, which is investigating the administration’s response to a domestic violence case involving another top aide to the governor, David W. Johnson.

In Massachusetts, Democratic Rep. William Delahunt has decided not to seek reelection in the wake of revelations about his office’s mishandling of the 1986 shooting of Seth Bishop by his older sister, Amy Bishop. Delahunt was Norfolk County District Attorney at the time.

Amy Bishop went on to earn a PhD from Harvard and become a Professor of Biology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She recently shot six of her biology department colleagues after they rejected her tenure application. Three of the shooting victims died, and two are still in the hospital. Of course, Delahunt claim his sudden change of heart has nothing to do with politics at all. He just wants to spend more time with his grandchildren. Sure.

In other Amy Bishop news, a possible new source of influence that Bishop’s mother may have had with then Police Chief John Polio, is suggested by a commenter on this WBUR (NPR) story: Boeri: Bishop Story Has More Holes Than A Sieve

Judy Bishop’s maiden name was Sanborn. (Judy Bishop is first cousin to novelist John Irving, their mothers having been (Winslow) sisters before marriage.)

The name Sanborn has a place in Braintree police department history. A Forrest Sanborn, who died in 1984, was in the department. I’ve heard it said that he was a lieutenant.

It seems certain that some, perhaps all, of the Lieutenant-and-higher officers in 1986, including Chief Polio, would have known him. So far I’ve not seen anyone say, one way or the other, that Judy Sanborn Bishop was related to that Forrest Sanborn. Would be interesting to know their familial relationship, if any.

Another commenter claims to have known Bishop in high school:

My family knew the Bishop Family, we went to the same church for years, I also graduated Braintree High the same year as Amy.

She was a very volatile teen-ager. I remember going to her house with my Mom and she was in her room and never came out, not even to say hello. Seth was a bit younger than we were but I remeber him, he was very smart and a sweet kid, much better adjusted than Amy was to regular social settings.

I also feel this is a cover-up by the family and a bungled investigation by all departments of the police that were involved. I believe that Judy Bishop told my mother they had lost Seth but that they did not want to lose Amy.

Mrs. Bishop did have connections in town, if not at the town level then in the County. That angle needs to be researched further, who would walk into the Braintree Ploice Station and demand to see the Chief.

Not that Chief Polio didn’t have his problems with the town, and his own police officers. Evidenced by Braintree’s search for a new chief after he retired.

There is more to this story if someone wants to do the work to dig it up.

I’ve been finding that the comments on these Bishop stories is sometimes more interesting than the stories themselves. Massachusetts communities tend to be very insular, just small towns really, even though the are part of a huge metropolitan area.

Let’s see, what else is happening? The White House appears to be chickening out on trying the 9/11 plotters in the civil courts.

President Obama’s advisers are nearing a recommendation that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, be prosecuted in a military tribunal, administration officials said, a step that would reverse Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s plan to try him in civilian court in New York City.

The president’s advisers feel increasingly hemmed in by bipartisan opposition to a federal trial in New York and demands, mainly from Republicans, that Mohammed and his accused co-conspirators remain under military jurisdiction, officials said. While Obama has favored trying some terrorism suspects in civilian courts as a symbol of U.S. commitment to the rule of law, critics have said military tribunals are the appropriate venue for those accused of attacking the United States.

If Obama accepts the likely recommendation of his advisers, the White House may be able to secure from Congress the funding and legal authority it needs to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and replace it with a facility within the United States. The administration has failed to meet a self-imposed one-year deadline to close Guantanamo.

At Alternet, there is a debate between Chris Hedges of Truthdig and Michael Lerner of Tikkun: Should Progressives Give Up on Obama? Chris Hedges vs. Rabbi Lerner

I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds interesting. So what are you reading this morning? I need help to catch up on the news I’ve missed! Post links freely in the comments and


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  1. How Obama bamboozled (blackmailed) the Progressive caucus into voting for the HCR

    • The Cavers’ Caucus are problem children, but not because they’re too left.

      • They seem to be dumber than most B0bots – most of which woke up.
        On the bright side, DK is still a no and there seems to be another one – Raul Griljava from Arizona. Unless he is driving a bargain.

        • On Wed. Grijalva said he was leaning toward a no vote, but according to the report I read of the problem child meeting, afterward Grijalva pretty much sounds like he’s signaling he’ll vote yes. It’s theatre.

    • Edge — Obama’s comment shows an utter contempt for Liberals!

      “Here’s how he put it: “I don’t believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America.”

      By damning “government bureaucrats,” Obama played right into the hands of the anti-government crowd and made any durable expansion of health care coverage all the more difficult. He also insulted every single federal employee in the Medicare and Medicaid and VA and Indian health programs.

      This was reprehensible rhetoric.”

      emphasis mine

  2. I guess I’ll have to wait to see a transcript or video to double check but Tom Hanks on Morning Joe just said that poor Obama doesn’t have a channel doing his bidding. He said this on MSNBC.

    • He also said that Obama is “a wise, calm man who wants to get things done.”

      • Here’s the MSNBC video link… his exact words in response to Mika’s question of whether Obama has lived up to expectation (Hanks’ answer starts at the 1 minute mark):
        I think that if the president of the United States no matter who he has, has either a magic wand or a propanganda piece network that does its bidding for you , [he] can get an awful lot of things done. But in the face of trying to..bipartisanship and let’s work together and let’s try to make things happen for the good, let’s serve the people of our country, let’s be the stewards to our political process…I think that’s hard to do.” –Tom Hanks, on MSNBC

    • Ha!Ha! Isn’t he the guy who outed his high school teacher in an Oscar acceptance, inspiring a movie made after that? What a dufus!

      • He didn’t out him. He just thanked him.

      • He’s a bigtime Obot. During the election when his John Adams series was premiering, he said Obama is like John Adams.

        • He can afford to survive an Obama administration. But, he’s one American who has shown me absolutely no reason to think he is politically insightful or intelligectually superior when coming to designing policy for all Americans.

    • OMG! That’s hysterical!

  3. Sorry you’re not feeling well, BB. I’ve seen a few interesting tidbits this morning:

    Anti-gay senator Roy Ashburn arrested after leaving gay nightclub: http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/86255007.html

    CorrenteWire is putting out a call for help on health care – “101 Phone Calls for Single Payer”: http://www.correntewire.com/101_phone_calls_single_payer_day_1

    “New Salmonella Recall Raises Questions About Food Safety”: http://www.aolnews.com/health/article/new-salmonella-recall-raises-questions-about-food-safety/19384246

    This just in, AGAIN, from banks: “WE DO WHAT WE WANT!”: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/03/cbo-warns-obamas-proposed-bank-fee-could-end-up-costing-consumers.html

    And my favorite, “California to pass law creating animal abusers registry”: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1969346,00.html?cnn=yes

    Have a wonderful weekend, all, and be good to yourselves :-)!

    • That Ashburn story is funny, and sad. I have to laugh at those guys. And look, I didn’t even make fun of his name. Now that’s some serious humor control.

  4. I couldn’t get throught Michael Lerner’s article. I had a bit of involvement in his Spiritual Progressives movement (before I went completely non-theist), and it is the biggest pot of mush ever. It appears that he’s saying, yeah, Hedges is right but his tone is too confrontational and can’t we all just get along? Puke.

    • I’m on Hedges’ side in that one.

    • I don’t know about Hedges. He can sound a bit wacko too, especially lately. Why is he no longer working at a major paper or major university like he used to. He’s got such a long resume. I think it’s because he started to get nutty, beyond the liberal politics.

      • I don’t think he’s nutty, but I’m pretty far left. You probably think I’m nutty too then. I can handle that.

        Hedges runs a very large blog–Truthdig, and he has published numerous books. I don’t think he’s been blackballed or anything. He’s just very liberal–which I like.

        • BB, I don’t think you realize the respect I have for you. I was responding in part to allegations that Hedges has made recent statements that he doesn’t recognize a certain nation’s right to exist in the ME. These were on left sources and wiki too earlier this week. Just checked, and I see they are gone. So probably people are playing games and planting stuff. I may not always agree with Hedges, but I continue to read him.

          • Oh, I hadn’t heard about that. Thanks for the kind words! That made me feel better here in my sickbed.

    • blue — I read the beginning than just scanned the pts he disagrees with. His main contention is (1) he MET Obama and found him to be a man of integrity and character who just made some bad choices at first; (2) if we progressives just stick with him, the Obama magic will occur.

      Shame shit different media venue.

      “No one expected a magic wand-but they did expect him to fight for a progressive vision and to speak openly about what he was encountering when he was engaged in such a fight.” NO SHIT LERNER! THE POINT IS OBAMA IS NOT FIGHTING AT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Lerner’s main disagreements with Hedges have nothing to do with Obama specifically. & Lerner is reiterated the same thing I’ve been hearing come from New Agers via internet streaming programs. If Lerner’s points about Obama weren’t so dangerous, they would be quaint! The last thing we should be doing is just WAITING FOR OBAMA.

      ~venting off~

  5. Craig Crawford quits MSNBC.


    In the comments, he writes, “I simply could not any longer endure being a cartoon player for lefty games,” and “I have never and never will forgive Chris Matthews for calling me a racist after the West Virginia primary (the last time I will ever go on air with him). Probably should have resigned then and there, but better late than never.”

    • A bit late, but glad he put that out!

      • Craig was vocal on-air at the time, too:

        CRAWFORD: You know, I have sat down here in Florida for the last month. And I have watched the coverage, and I really think the evidence-free bias against the Clintons in the media borders on mental illness. I mean, I think when Dr. Phil gets done with Britney, he ought to go to Washington and stage an intervention at the National Press Club. I mean, we’ve gotten into a situation where if you try to be fair to the Clintons, if you try to be objective, if you try to say, “Well, where’s the evidence of racism in the Clinton campaign?” you’re accused of being a naïve shill for the Clintons. I mean, I think if somebody came out today and said that Bill Clinton — if the town drunk in Columbia came out and said, “Bill Clinton last night was poisoning the drinking water in Obama precincts,” the media would say, “Ah, there goes Clinton again. You can’t trust him.” I really think it’s a problem. You know what? You guys make him stronger with this bashing. This actually is what makes the Clintons stronger.

        • That clip is a classic. Watch:

          • yup, that was before Scarborough threw up the koolaid and started calling Hillary his girlfriend (MSNBC…the place for opportunists…).

          • I think I need a therapy. This stuff still infuriates the living sh@t outta me.

            Maybe I still carry a lot of anger from the 2008 campaign and I do need some anger management.

          • I detest Mika B. What a lying manipulative opportunist she is. Plus she doesn’t have the guts to really demand that she be listened too. She just sits there and whines and throws in little phrases now and then and pulls faces. She is pathetic and for her to claim she was neutral in the primaries was such a lie. She was working for Obama the whole time.

        • Craig Crawford was always one of the good guys.

        • Correct. If I were in Hillary’s position at the convention.

        • Correct. If I were in Hillary’s position at the convention, I would have done what Reagan did to Ford in 76′.
          A simple 4 minute speech telling the people to fight for their ideals and then walked off stage.
          Of course, I like Ford and despise Reagan, but you understand what I am saying.

    • Craig should write a long expose on the race baiting at NBC and circulate widely.

    • Way to go Craig!! Yep, another one called raycist. Isn’t it so nice. Chris, Mika and the rest of the race batting Obots can kiss our asses. Hope he lands somewhere good, or just pushes along with his own blog.

    • wow, good for him! He was always honest and fair in his assessments of the democratic primaries, never could figure out why he was on msnbc.

  6. David Brooks has gone off the deep end again.

    There are many differences between the New Left and the Tea Partiers. One was on the left, the other is on the right. One was bohemian, the other is bourgeois. One was motivated by war, and the other is motivated by runaway federal spending. One went to Woodstock, the other is more likely to go to Wal-Mart.

    But the similarities are more striking than the differences. To start with, the Tea Partiers have adopted the tactics of the New Left. They go in for street theater, mass rallies, marches and extreme statements that are designed to shock polite society out of its stupor. This mimicry is no accident. Dick Armey, one of the spokesmen for the Tea Party movement, recently praised the methods of Saul Alinsky, the leading tactician of the New Left.

    One thing you can’t accuse Brooks of is compassion. While he disparages populist cries from the left and the right, he doesn’t mention once the economic crisis and the pain everywhere that might be compelling people to protest. In the end, Brooks is an establishment stooge. What is more important to him than the ideological debate between left and right is the class distinction between the elite and the cake eating masses.

  7. BB, thought you might be interested: William Delahunt has announced he will not be seeking re-election. As I understand, he was the prosecutor in the original Bishop case.

    Would that bad press coming out now be the reason he’s not running for re-election?

  8. “Hedges has made recent statements that he doesn’t recognize a certain nation’s right to exist in the ME”

    That’s not a wacky fringe belief or “nutty” at all, except here in the U.S. where we’re not allowed to have honest debate about the ME. Many serious scholars, peace activists, and human rights advocates believe this.

    I like Hedges quite a bit, and as to why he doesn’t work for a major MSM anymore, I think (a) he doesn’t need to, his books have done well and (b) he probably doesn’t want to. At truthdig he can write much more freely than he could at one of those.

    Only in our warped U.S. political view, btw, would Hedges be considered “lefty.” In any other country he’d be a moderate liberal. John Pilger, the great Australian journalist, is openly and proudly a socialist (shhh!! dirty word!) yet still gets heard on mainstream news outlets and even had one of his documentaries released by Lions Gate–I can’t imagine that happening to an openly socialist, prominent American journalist.

    It’s funny how skewed our views about such things are. “Socialist” isn’t even a dirty word in other countries, where he our own Democratic president can’t bring himself to utter the “D” word.

    • Don’t want to get into this debate here, but for the record, I do recognize that nation’s right to exist. If one does not begin the debate with that premise, then we are saying the same thing as Ahmadinejad – wipe that nation off the map into the sea. Progressives have no credibility or future with that position.

      I don’t have a problem with socialism as a political philosophy. As a governing definition though, I don’t know what socialism means these days except a label used by the far right to bash the left.

      • Israel apparently had/has no problem wiping Palestinian towns and people off the map.
        You should read Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour. It is a first hand account of what 1948 and the next decades where like for Palestinians.
        He BTW, is a Palestinian Christian Melkite priest and citizen of Israel. He runs a University that accepts all three religions and students from all over the world.
        I don’t think progressives have any credibility unless they understand fully both sides of the story.

        • dang.. it looks like I shouldn’t have used the I word.

          • yeah, we tend not to want to re-open that argument … I’ll let BB decide if she wants to take you out or not since it’s here thread and that’s usually gotten us into some trouble around here with folks

      • The US gov has, for the last decade, demonstrated in actions, not just words, that a number of ME countries do not have a right to exist. These include Iraq, Afghanistan and now Iran. In my book, actions still speak louder than words.

        • I don’t agree with the wars, but as far as I know Iraq and Afghanistan still exist as nations. Unless you are saying that Saddam’s Bath party and the Taliban should be ruling their respective nations, then I understand your point.

          • Should foreign governments be deciding who runs the US?

          • No one should be running anyone else’s government. I was clarifying your point about a nation’s right to exist. If a nation does not exist, it does not exist. Why defend or make qualifications for people like Ahmadinejad when he makes those statements. All that said, as intertwined as the global economy and global security are these days, it would be foolish of us to draw back and exist in some kind of arcadian bubble.

          • Existing in some kind of arcadian bubble is a far cry from killing hundreds of thousands of people.

          • I agree. We should decrease our military presence around the world. I’m also aware that before WWII, we had decided to keep to ourselves for the most part. We had the Great Depression to contend with. We were not that linked with what dictators were doing in Russia, Europe, Japan and China. But we got pulled in eventually, and we become part of the greatest massacre of human lives in history. It would be great if we could avoid that happening again.

          • Iraq ceased to exist as a nation when Bush invaded it. It’s now a patchwork of warring enclaves.

            Afghanistan has no government at all outside Kabul. It had an opportunity to become a nation once the Taliban was forced from power, but Bush blew that, too, on the invasion of Iraq.

  9. Target women – a satirical view od the way media treats women – I just discovered it on current – you can watch on line too – in fact you must!

    • Target Women is HILARIOUS! Women & Chocolate — to paraphrase ‘God made woman in man’s image, then thought that’s kind of shitty, what if Adam leaves her for a secretary, so God made chocolate so women would FEEL better.” That’s why All women are crazy for chocolate! :O

      My hubby loved the one about ads targeting Women’s need for jewelry and man’s ultimate goal is to get “jewelry face” ;O

      Uppity Woman has been posting a few of her vids lately!

      If anyone needs a really good laugh, check out Sarah Haskins!!!!!

      • Check out the Carl’s Junior one, where she attempts to recreate Paris Hilton’s immortal performance piece, “Cheeseburger onna Car”.

        Also the one where she analyzes how cars are sold to women. I had tears running down my face, I was laughing so hard.

  10. I can’t resist ’cause (besides Oxycontin) laughter is the best medicine:

    Tikkun’s Rabbi Michael Lerner’s response tWhy I Disagree with Hedges on Obama

    by Rabbi Michael Lerner

    Many of the specific failures highlighted by Chris Hedges’ recent article, Nader was Right about Obama, criticizing the performance of the Obama Administration are legitimate points.   But the way Hedges’s positions are stated, and the conclusions drawn from them are not the path of spiritual progressives, in my view.There was too much anger in his statement overshadowing our spiritual progressive commitment to compassion and a spirit of generosity toward others with whose politics we disagree. And not enough sympathy for the problems anyone would face trying to get elected as President and to repair the damage of the past 30 years.
    Seinfeld – The Postponement 
    Rabbi: Apparently she doesn’t think much of this George fellow either. I recall the word loser peppered throughout her conversation …
    http://www.seinfeldscripts.com/ThePost… – Options  

    Published on Thursday, March 4, 2010 by Tikkun Magazine

    Hedges: “The damage Obama and the Democrats have done is immense.” Michael Lerner responds.
    March 5, 2010  |   


    Editor’s Note: TruthDig’s Chris Hedges argues . . .

     that the illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all of which begun under George W. Bush, have largely continued under Obama and the Democratic majorities in Congress, raising only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals.  

    Sent from my iPhone

    • What the heck is a spiritual progressive? Ah, I know, Ted Kennedy…. Too soon? I can never tell these things.

      • Never too soon for me.
        Me, I thought it was what they called themselves when they all joined Cult Obama. But what do I know?

      • it is a phrase they use because the words “religious” and “progressive” when used together makes both the left and right choke.

      • No goddam religious people in the Progressive party. Reminds me of Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot. Millions were killed.

      • Dandy, I started seeing this term used after “The Celestine Prophecy” began getting popular.

        And make no mistake about the manipulation of them via New Agers who support Obama because I heard repeatedly that “Obama vibrated at a higher spiritual level” and hence the intense marketing for Obama as POTUS began. And now they seem to have a vested interest in Obama succeeding to a 2nd term. I commented the other day, how I was listening to a New Age program via internet streaming, and a woman who called in about health issues was lectured on how we need to be supporting Obama’s healthcare reform and she should contact the Obamas !!!!!!!!

        One of my fave New Agers is Caroline Myss who now blogs for the Huffington Post. I’m happy to say that The Obama reality is finally becoming apparent in some of her most recent writings.

        • Marianne Williamson [big name in New Age thanks to Oprah] did a book tour during the period of time the primaries were going on. She’s written some really terrific books, but she followed Oprah to the Obamabot Mountains.

          I went to a book signing for the new book [it was about the transition through menopause], and she dared to stump for Obama….I was furious….except that she got hardly any applause when she did it.

          We were not there for a political reason and she was out of line.

          I get a kick out of lots of the New Age stuff, but Celestine Prophecy was shelved in Fiction at the bookstores because that’s exactly where it belonged.

  11. Except Ammanehijad never said that, as John Cole has pointed out repeatedly. But you’re right, this isn’t the place for that debate…so..

    Here’s somethin’ shockin’ — Jeralyn gives Obama the pink slip!
    Indeedy…She said the cave-in on military tribunals is the last straw. Several posters said the teacher-firing in Rhode Island is their last straw, they are never voting Obama again.

    ‘Course, many of us had our “last straw” with Obama years ago. Heh.

    Here’s JM’s pink slip:


    • LOL – Jeralyn will race to the other side again at the first hint it may bring her great monetary or celebrity rewards.

      She sure doesn’t pull the plug on her bully commenters who call anyone who doesn’t worship Teh One “haters.”

    • “Give them hell, JM, you rock”

      say her little fans.
      Such courage! Tomorrow she might even notice HCR is anti-women! (I dream!

    • Once upon a time Biden being picked for VP was the last straw.

    • Actually, I am curious about that pink slip.

      The 9/11 defendents: did they commit an act of war? ’cause we sure responded as though they did. Why would we try them as domestic criminals?

      I have no idea what JM’s win/loss record in criminal court is, but I often find her defense arguments really lame.

    • Didn’t she give him the pink slip when he chose Biden too?

      I like Jeralyn but she actually fits in with the wishy washy progressives who consistently are re drawing lines every time a Democrat says something and then does another. It isn’t productive and frankly enables the Repub lite principle where any Democrat, even ones who don’t keep their word, is better than any Republican.

      • No, she’s given him a couple of legal pad memos in yellow.

        With Biden she gave him a complete pass and hoped no one would ever bring it up.

    • Jer never met a criminal or terrorist she didn’t feel sorry for.
      I agree with her about the trials, but is this really the issue that did it for her? She didn’t mind American citizens being spied on by the military or all teachers being fired because the school board was too wimpy to blame the real problem… poverty?

    • Pretty funny that she argues that Obama should stand on principal! ….given her principled Joe Biden stand….

  12. Did da poor widdle BamBam “face pwoblems gettin’ ewected?”

    Boo. Fucking. Hoo.

  13. http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/03/05/why-are-we-afraid-to-create-the-jobs-we-need/

    This is a thought provoking article.



    • That’s an awesome article.

      While many fear big government, I fear high unemployment even more. That’s because the Petri dish for real totalitarianism is high unemployment — not the relatively benign big government we’ve experienced in America. When people don’t have jobs and see no prospect for finding them, they get desperate — maybe desperate enough to follow leaders who whip up hatred and trample on people’s rights in their quest for power. Violent oppression of minority groups often flows from high unemployment. So does war.

  14. Get better BB!!

  15. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100305/ap_on_re_as/as_indonesia_obama

    I guess that hopey changey thing is not working out in backtrack’s old stomping grounds



  16. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-park-jobs5-2010mar05,0,344887.story

    I found this at John Smart’s blog.
    Long lines of people looking for jobs at amusement parks.
    How the Hell did a great country like this with hard working, innovated, smart people come to this?

    I was taught in high school that as different groups became more equal and competed for the same things, intolerance and prejudice grew. I am not talking about getting to know and understand different groups. The competition was a great factor.



    • How the Hell did a great country like this with hard working, innovated, smart people come to this?

      We don’t MAKE anything in the USA anymore. We just gamble.

      • and import cheap crap from China

        • Dak
          Is goldman sachs trying to screw Japan now? at John Smart’s place there is a video with jim oneil of gs talking about Japan being the next country to go bust.



          • No idea, haven’t read anything about that … there are some really huge banks in japan so can’t imagine they have much in play over there, but I’ll go look around

          • Japan is the industrialized nation with the highest level of debt at abt 200% debt to GDP – trend upwards! So he would not be the first person who talks abt this and it is rather surprising how few people talk abt it. Japan ramped up fiscal spending in the 90s to stimulate the economy which never really got back to high growth rates – the consequence was a huge increase in debt and they are still going at it. Worthwhile to take note in context of the US stimulus.

            Debt is mostly bought by Japanese pension funds (only abt 6% of govt debt is owned by foreigners). With the overageing population these funds are apparently liquidating their holdings (albeit slowly) rather then buying new debt. One point of contention is if you should look at gross or net debt (around 100%) for Japan as apparently the govt has loads of holdings.

            On a more general note, not everthing coming out of GS is evil.

          • Also curious that the yen has stayed strong through all those years, just as the dollar currently remains strong. Though the factors are probably different. Also, I don’t think GS has that much play in Japan. Believe the Swiss banks may have more. Dunno.

        • Worse than cheap….dangerous.

  17. http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0310/helping_out_169671e2-685c-498d-b873-2ba4bf1346cb.html

    I guess the ” show me state” will be getting a new senator.
    Backtrack is going to MO to stump for McCaskill.


  18. http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0310/helping_out_169671e2-685c-498d-b873-2ba4bf1346cb.html

    Its Friday something is happening.




  19. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33967.html

    Buy stock in popcorn. This is going to be one hell of an election in 2010. both state and federal.



  20. I read the Hedges’ essay earlier. I find I have to read Hedges in small doses; otherwise, I want to put a gun to my head.

    I can absolutely identify with the anger, even the absolute rage and disgust that Hedges’ expresses in many of his pieces. And we have to remember that Chris Hedges has been all over the world, seen all kinds of human cruelty and gross corruption.

    Lerner’s rebuttal is, of course, reasoned and balanced. But my cynical gut tells me that words, words, words regardless of how well reasoned, will not work for the guys pulling the strings, stripping the country, those who are quite willing to play King of the Mountain until there’s nothing left because that’s all they seem to care about.

    Whoever has the most stuff in the end, wins. I’m fine. I’ve got mine and the hell with you.

    Not sure how well-crafted arguments are going to change their minds. And I think we have to admit that some people are unmoveable, particularly when greed and power is involved. Some people are SOBs, period. The grifter goons of the world, whether they’re running the local pizza parlor or a financial investment bank are not going to be talked into being “nice guys.”

    Sometimes moral outrage is exactly what’s needed to get people to stop, to listen, and then act accordingly.

    • Peggy Sue — I totally agree with you. I am all for being optimistic, looking and playing to the good in people and striving for something more. But as progressives, we have to FIGHT for what we want, the gloves have to be taken off. Lerner is seeming (to me) to say that our moral outrage will only weaken the Dems (via Dem losses in the future) and strengthen the protofascists. I believe the general thrust of his argument (aside from the other salient points he makes) to be counter-productive — let’s just wait for Obama to be the good person I know he is. WHAAAT?

      • Yeah, the “Let Obama Be Obama” meme has risen to barf levels.

        What we see is what we get, I’m afraid. But then, there were some of us who knew that all along.

        I, too, admire Lerner’s reasoned ideas about Israel/Palestine, Darfur and all the other ugly situation/hot spots around the world.

        But we have to clean up our own act before we have any chance resolving problems elsewhere. The other day I read a quote attributed to Rahm Emmanuel that generally said: The only principle is success. Everything else is bullshit.

        Success is “not” a principle; it’s an outcome. And if winning at all costs, throwing principles out the window is our motto now? Then Paul Krugman is right: we are doomed.

        It’s really, really discouraging. That’s why I understand where Hedges is coming from. But as I said, I can only read him in small doses because I want to stick my head in the oven afterwards.

        Troubling times!

  21. Coverups are so undemocratic. Especially when they have to with elections. Spammeee..

  22. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler

    I saw this at deadender’s blog. Since it is WOMAN’S HISTORY MONTH. I wanted to remind people what a true heroine is.
    When nominated for the Pulitzer Peace Price this heroine was overlooked and the prize given to Al Gore.



  23. Grab a Kleenex before watching and–enjoy:


  24. BB, get well soon!

  25. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100305/ap_on_re_us/us_coal_ash_disposal

    There was a poster at Taylor Marsh named father of three, who was doing his best to fight mountain top removal by the coal companies. It seems as though what he predicted came true.



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