Saturday, March 31, 2007
we're not kitten
remember, the root of the word 'mortgage' is 'mort'
sean-paul over at the agonist offers this bit of wisdome vis-a-vis the housing bubble and the sub-prime disaster:
"to define the problem as a subprime problem is short-sighted," rosner said. "it's really seeing the tip of the iceberg as the iceberg."
a new voice in the wilderness
be sure to say hi to the twins, lucy mae and marigny elizabeth while you're there.
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the town crier: if aWol were king...
crier: how about the other matters in the king's court…former wh counsel harriet miers would now be a supreme court justice. michael brown would still be head of fema because as you know he did a " heckofajob." donald rumsfeld would still be secretary of defense because of his marvelous handling of the iraq war. and former gay prostittute jeff gannon, a mysterious member of the wh press corp. might now be sitting in helen thomas's seat….
cue the talking heads: we're casting a vote to nowhere...
but that isn’t to say the votes were meaningless, judging from the last slow-motion collision of a wartime president and the antiwar voices in congress.
historians of the vietnam era suggest that those who look to congress for decisive action to end the current war will be disappointed. but they say that today, just as in the 1960s and 70s, congress both reflects and amplifies public disillusionment; its votes, however symbolic, could set political limits on the president’s options.
“congress becomes the public voice of opposition,” said robert dallek, the presidential historian, who has dissected the interaction of congress with both lyndon b. johnson and richard m. nixon. “and it’s happening more quickly this time because iraq stands in the shadow of vietnam.”
“congress is an incremental institution,” said julian zelizer of boston university, who writes about the politics of national security. “that’s its flaw and its virtue.”
mr. brigham, of vassar, said the slow pace illustrates “an old adage, but a good one: it’s a lot harder to get out of a war than to get into one.”
as has been expressed all over blogtopia and yes, we coined that phrase, the left...the responsible left, at that...has been vocal and calmly analytical for the past 4 years in its reasons to not invade, occupy and continually fight in iraq.
it's only been recently that the voices of the left have been given any credibility...and unfortunately, that's mostly because the voices of the right have squandered their own credibility on corruption and incompetence.
we have no illusions that, had the right been proven even 1/10th as smart as they portrayed themselves, the left would still be relegated to the "nutty uncle who doesnt' wipe himself and mumbles about aliens" category.
luckily for us this administration is so incompetent that it makes hoover look like wilson, wilson look like roosevelt, and roosevelt look like the other roosevelt.
skippy's saturday nite music club
ludwig van beethoven - symphonie no. 9 in d minor, opus 125
4th movement (part 2...the good part) - "ode to joy"
leonard bernstein conducting, among others, the chor des bayerischen rundfunks & rundfunkchor berlin; symphonieorchester des bayerischen rundfunks & members of the sachsische staatskapelle dresden, orchestra of the kirov theatre, london symphony orchestra, new york philharmonic, orchestre de paris
with june anderson, soprano; sarah walker, mezzo-soprano; klaus könig, tenor;and jan-hendrik rootering, bass.
recorded live in schauspielhaus, berlin, december 1989. naxos, the music label that has released this cd, tells us about this concert:
in a typically grandiose yet eloquent gesture, bernstein spontaneously accepted an invitation to conduct a performance of beethoven’s ninth symphony to celebrate this freedom
adding to the symbolism of the event, bernstein conducted an orchestra and chorus formed of musicians from both east and west germany (bavarian radio symphony orchestra, staatskapelle dresden), as well as the united states (new york philharmonic), great britain (london symphony), france (orchestre de paris) and the soviet union (orchestra of the kirov theater)
and part 4
and if you really want it, you can find part one here.
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the talking dog talks gitmo
swift boats are a'comin' there's lyin' tonight
this juicy lede graf was followed up:
way back when...
while they were out playing, along came this english-speaking serpent, whose name i forget. (many devout chrsitians i know of insist that his name was satan, but i don't believe that. i'll explain why in a moment.) he told adam and eve that they would not die if they ate from the tree of knowledge: "no, kids. instead, you will become just like god, knowing good and evil." it turned out that he was right -- the kids ate some forbidden fruit, they didn't die, and they suddenly developed an affinity for fig leaves. (the only satan i know of is a pathological liar. the serpent told the truth. QED, people.)
well, when god found out about this, he didn't like it one bit. he got sooo pissed off, in fact, that he banished his own son and daughter from eden for life -- and for good measure, he forced that unfortunate serpent to spend the rest of his life subsisting on a diet of dust, just for telling the truth. and wouldn't ya know, our species proceeded to go steadily downhill, from cain to ann coulter, with precious but damned few temporary reversals occurring throughout our descent. most people seem to blame the serpent for our situation. i blame god himself. he was the one who created the tree of knowledge -- had he not done that, sin would never have come into being, and we'd all be living in blissful ignorance of our nakedness in the garden. bastid.
(this is what happens when i get all existential [not that i'm complaining]...)
Friday, March 30, 2007
hard times in the big easy
people communicated through markings on houses, a code: who was here, when, what they found and what they left. a dog is trapped, in black spraypaint. no pets, in green. one body, marked in red. people painted their own street signs, because nobody else did it and it had to be done. in the lower 9th ward, there are electrical cables lying across the road ways. there is a house sitting on a car.
there were tourists on the plane, necks wrapped with beads, drunk and silly and out for a good time. the plane was full, the quarter crowded. a five minute drive away and it's a ghost town. two men sitting on a blue porch on a street called forstall (which makes me think fore·stall [fohr-stawl, fawr-] verb, to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance; to act beforehand with or get ahead of; anticipate) wave at us as we drive past. they once lived on a block of houses. they're all alone now, other houses in the 9th having been torn down. weeds creep up past the level of the stoops that still stand there, ivy reclaiming the debris.
the school's fence is crushed like a giant stepped on it. the house behind mary, the windows were blown out, broken glass everywhere. the lord is with thee. she's standing watch, blessed among women, her and the kid with the visor and stop sign warning us that there's road work ahead and to turn back.
friday nite music club
chris isaac - wicked game
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is there a doctor in the blog?
bone happens to be one of the most common organs to which breast cancer metastasizes, the others being liver, lung, and brain. how much time mrs. edwards has left depends a lot on what her true presentation is. not all stage iv breast cancer is created equal. for example, isolated bone metastases, with no disease anywhere else, tend to have an indolent course compared to other stage iv disease. the five year survival for all comers with metastatic breast cancer is in the 20% range, with a median survival of around 16-24 months. however, for isolated, low volume bone disease, which is what mrs. edwards appears to have, the prognosis, while still grim in the long term, is usually better than that. for such patients, i've seen a couple of series with median survivals as high as 48 months reported, although that's at the high end. probably a reasonable expectation for a single isolated small skeletal metastasis is for a five-year survival rate of around 30-40%, maybe even slightly better than that. prognosis also depends upon the disease-free interval between conclusion of her primary treatment and recurrence. rapid recurrence portends a worse prognosis. since mrs. edwards was diagnosed in late 2004, her disease-free interval is on the order of two years, which is fairly typical and probably doesn't suggest an unusually virulent tumor. (unfortunately, it's virulent enough.) in any case, we don't know enough to determine for sure whether mrs. edwards will have the better prognosis of a patient with isolated bone metastasis or the worse prognosis of a woman with metastases to other organs, because it has been reported that she had abnormalities in her lung as well that were too small to characterize but sound mildly suspicious. if these turn out to be lung metastases, then mrs. edwards' prognosis is likely to be considerably worse than if her rib is the only site of disease.
it should also be remembered through this, however, that metastatic breast cancer has a long "tail" on its survival curve. the numbers above are medians and averages. there are some patients who lives several years with metastatic disease, sometimes even considerably longer than 10 years. (one also has to remember that, because the above are medians, half will do worse than the estimates.) a very few even approach 20 years, but this is rare. these women, of course, are a small minority, but there does definitely appear to be a definable subset of women with less aggressive, more indolent disease who can do surprisingly well for a surprisingly long time. their disease never goes away, but they seem to do alright.
bad segues aside, since we're discussing science blogs, a big shout out to mike the mad biologist for linking to our youtube post were some fundie argues that peanut butter disproves evolution.
and that's the way it isn't
void where prohibited by totalitarianism
winning entries will be chosen for the creativity of both their message and its delivery and will be posted on all the above blogs (and throughout the blogosphere.) winners will also have their city and state visited, noticeably, by the freewayblogger over the summer.
photo entries should be submitted in jpeg format, and video submitted via youtube or other video links. deadline for submissions is june 1st.
the hackenblog by ginger mayerson;
it's recess-time somewhere;
and creek running north by chris clarke, which will be found in our science blogroll category. we could have sworn we had crn on our blogroll already; but like many others of which we thought the same, it apparently either dropped off during a template cleaning, or we are just on drugs.
chris adds his own take on the blogroll purge here.
hot time in the city
guess "the industry" frequented burbank restaurant "the smoke house" will live up to its name tonight.
i'm sure they will be updating one of my favorite blogs, lafd news & info.
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the letter you don't want to get
members of the branch's individual ready reserve (irr) will get letters this week notifying them of plans to mobilize them involuntarily for a year, said lt. col. jeff riehl of marine manpower and reserve affairs…
the ready reserves are service members who have left active duty but still have time remaining on their eight-year military obligations. generally, marines enlist for four years, then serve another four either in the regular reserves, where they are paid and train periodically, or in the irr, in which they do not drill but can be involuntarily recalled.
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lawyer-gate is just part of history
joseph d. rich wrote a "must read" piece in the latte times yesterday.
the scandal unfolding around the firing of eight u.s. attorneys compels the conclusion that the bush administration has rewarded loyalty over all else. a destructive pattern of partisan political actions at the justice department started long before this incident, however, as those of us who worked in its civil rights division can attest.
i spent more than 35 years in the department enforcing federal civil rights laws — particularly voting rights. before leaving in 2005, i worked for attorneys general with dramatically different political philosophies — from john mitchell to ed meese to janet reno. regardless of the administration, the political appointees had respect for the experience and judgment of longtime civil servants.
under the bush administration, however, all that changed. over the last six years, this justice department has ignored the advice of its staff and skewed aspects of law enforcement in ways that clearly were intended to influence the outcome of elections.
...this administration is also politicizing the career staff of the justice department. outright hostility to career employees who disagreed with the political appointees was evident early on. seven career managers were removed in the civil rights division. i personally was ordered to change performance evaluations of several attorneys under my supervision. i was told to include critical comments about those whose recommendations ran counter to the political will of the administration and to improve evaluations of those who were politically favored.
morale plummeted, resulting in an alarming exodus of career attorneys. in the last two years, 55% to 60% of attorneys in the voting section have transferred to other departments or left the justice department entirely.
at the same time, career staff were nearly cut out of the process of hiring lawyers. control of hiring went to political appointees, so an applicant's fidelity to gop interests replaced civil rights experience as the most important factor in hiring decisions.
at least they don't have electrodes attached to their genitals
Turney may have been "forced to wear the hijab", as the Daily Mail noted with fury, but so far as we know she has not been forced into an orange jumpsuit. Her comrades have not been shackled, blindfolded, forced into excruciating physical contortions for long periods, or denied liquids and food. As far as we know they have not had the Bible spat on, torn up or urinated on in front of their faces. They have not had electrodes attached to their genitals or been set on by attack dogs.
They have not been hung from a forklift truck and photographed for the amusement of their captors. They have not been pictured naked and smeared in their own excrement. They have not been bundled into a CIA-chartered plane and secretly "rendered" to a basement prison in a country where torturers are experienced and free to do their worst.
The Iranian acts against these British sailors and Marines should be condemned. It is a violation of the Geneva Conventions to parade captives before a camera and to require them to write propaganda letters under duress. When Rush Limbaugh described the abuse of captives at Abu Ghraib as no worse than a "fraternity prank," I thought of how I would have reacted if U.S. prisoners had been treated in such a manner. I would have been outraged and demanding we fought and annihilated any country that would treat our people in such a manner. I knew when Abu Ghraib happened, we had lost in Iraq and no "victory" on the battlefield would make up for the abject surrender of our morals.
Read all of my take here because it's long.
now there's another ticket
romney names jeb bush as possible running mate.someone keep checking the court records to see if anyone tries to change a last name.
...but he did say bush was "quite a guy."
"i love him. if his name weren't bush, he'd be running for president, i'm convinced," said romney.... - latte times
Thursday, March 29, 2007
blogroll binge and purge
(and not just because terrance quotes us three times):
sure the blogs that were cut can still be found, but they won’t be getting the kind of traffic that comes from having a link on kos’ blogroll. and that’s partially because many of the readers at kos at other major blogs are like the people i mentioned in the scenario above: they’re looking where everyone else is looking, because everyone else is looking there, and everyone else can’t be wrong. by extension, if there was something worth looking at somewhere else, then everyone would be looking at it already. and if they look at anything else, it will probably be what the “authorities” (to borrow a concept from technorati) tell them to look at, in the form of a link.
so, skippy and the others are caught between two apparent laws of human behavior. the first was explained by clay shirky in new york magazine.
“it’s not about moral failings or any sort of psychological thing. people aren’t lazy—they just base their decisions on what other people are doing,” shirky says. “it’s just social physics. it’s like gravity, one of those forces.”
and of course, the entire system itself must never be spoken of and it’s existance should be denied. the articles states that “[t]he very subject of the a-list is so toxic” that none of the big-timers mentioned in the article would agree to be interviewed for it.
still in saigon...
the sight of vietnam veterans shouting at each other during the recent march in washington brought me the realization that we are all still fighting the vietnam war as we debate the war and occupation in iraq. i and my fellow anti-war veterans see the same lies and errors that put so many of us into a pointless war. the pro-war veterans argue against making same mistakes that led to the collapse of our war effort in vietnam. i see the conflict as a generation trying to justify its actions 40 years ago...
that was one hell of a sight. i was there. it was incredibly surreal. one minute, i was looking at and walking down the length of the vietnam wall for my first time; reading the letters to and brief pastiches of the lives of the fallen vets their surviving relatives and friends continue to leave them a quarter-century after the wall was created; shaking hands with vietnam vets who thanked me for visiting; and feeling a profound sadness over it all...
and then i was being viscerally harangued by other vietnam vets who were incensed over the idea that people would participate in an anti-war march. the disconnect between those two experiences was staggering. i was born in 1970, and that was during the vietnam war, so i have no tangible memories of it. but while i was still a little kid, i sensed, on some abstract level, that the americans who fought in vietnam got a very raw deal. i sensed right. seeing the wall for the first time was the final proof.
i will never understand why any vietnam vet would support the war in iraq. never...
in the criminal justice system, sexual crimes are considered especially heinous...especially up the anus
fred thompson is so much more than the actor who plays the district attorney on tv's law and order. he's also the actor who gave bruce willis a hard time in die hard ii and clint eastwood a hard time in in the line of fire.
but if american elections are ever handled like a fantasy football league, then fred might well become the president of the united states. usatoady:
thompson, who has oscillated between the political and entertainment culture for 35 years, personifies that cross-cultural appeal more than any republican now in the field. simply put, americans like a little rock star in their presidential candidates. (see barack obama).
because he has name identification and friends in both the political and entertainment world, he probably could wait until summer to decide, especially if some of the gop front-runners continue to slide. sen. john mccain, r-ariz., continues to do reasonably well in polls but said recently he got a late start on fundraising. translation: his first-quarter 2007 numbers might not be so good. former massachusetts gov. mitt romney slipped to just 3% in the recent usa today poll. front-runner rudy giuliani continues to lead in gop polls, but his support fell 13 points in a month in that poll that included thompson, and giuliani continues to face questions about his support of abortion rights, gay rights and gun control.thompson, a tower of a man, has played virtually every kind of government authority figure, from fbi director on down, in more than a dozen movies. he plays a law-and-order district attorney on "law and order." before being elected to the u.s. senate from tennessee in 1994, he was a republican lawyer on the watergate committee and then went into acting. he is well thought of as a movement conservative, though his support of campaign finance reform puts him at cross purposes with right-wing activist organizations that don't like the restrictions on third-party advertising in federal campaigns.
a hard day's night of the living dead
as one commenter put it, it's got the beatles, it's got zombies, what more could you want?
thursday nite music club
the tokens - the lion sleeps tonight
who doesn't like this song? it's impossible!
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thursday nite music club bonus trax
little roger & the goosebumps - stairway to gilligan's island
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it's a bit runny, sir
today's "must view"...
but karl, karl, karl. that stage name has gotta go. mc rove?
lemme think a sec. how about... "ice tre"? your $#!+ is cold and pretty close to being square, you know what i'm sayin'? or how about... "tone def"? 'cause if you could sing "santa claus is coming to town," dawg, then i could guide his sleigh through a christmas eve blizzard with nothin' but my shiny little red nose. word up.
hey, i've got it -- "busta nut"! i know i sure as hell did...
(big hop for flame821...)
three coins in the font
feel free to use this post as an open thread, hopefully for suggestions as to how to make skippy a better blog, but also for whatever's on your minds.
politico as usual
based on recent offerings though, i don't think the much-hyped beltway launch is finished handing out mea culpas -- the politico ought to apologize to new mexico gov. bill richardson (d) and to sen. barack obama (d-il) for a series of dishonest and misleading hit pieces this month that were every bit as egregious as the edwards whiff. the richardson
piece suggested he was being hounded about questions regarding his "behavior with women," and the politico announced that obama had a "jewish problem."
that's right, a baby boomer democratic governor with a habit for chasing skirts and a prominent black democrat with a strained relationship with jewish voters. both stereotypes are extremely damaging and both in this case were created -- concocted, really -- by the politico (much like the edwards story), since neither the richardson nor obama accusation could be substantiated by the politico in any way that reflected the norms of mainstream journalism.
the reporting simply reinforced the notion that politico plays loose with the facts when dealing with democratic candidates. i can't find similar examples of the politico manufacturing phony controversies about republican candidates. and honestly, i don't want it to. i just want politico to practice sound journalism.
obama at occidental college
of the many embarrassing revelations that can result from a decision to run for us president - the drugs, the sexual behaviour, the fits of anger or religious hypocrisy - here perhaps is a new, excruciating low: having your not-terribly-good student poetry laid bare.
that is the plight of barack obama, the superstar democratic senator from illinois. some enterprising students at occidental college in los angeles, which obama attended en route to columbia university in the early eighties, dug through old issues of their campus literary magazine and found two published poems which they have now reprinted. - the independent
the snow pack, an essential part of california's water supply, is far below normal, ranging from 55 percent of the average in the north to 40 percent in the south.
authorities say there is enough water in california's reservoirs to assure normal deliveries to cities and farms this summer. but the scant expected runoff also means that reservoirs will be abnormally low in the fall, and another dry winter could spell dire water shortages throughout the state
...the lack of water could also mean an early start to fire season this year.- sfgate
unlike this administration
a region of japan devastated by a 1995 earthquake donated $200,000 to the new orleans museum of art to help this city's children cope with post-hurricane katrina devastation.
.."it is art, among other things, missed and needed by children in devastated areas who have sustained deep psychological wounds," said masaru sakato, the consul general of japan in new orleans. - abcnews
berkeley blogger bound for baghdad...
jane stillwater is a 64-year-old berkeley woman who left for kuwait on wednesday, hoping to embed with the u.s. military there and in iraq as a blogger. and if she is refused? she's got a sleeping bag and plans to sleep on the beach in kuwait until her return flight in three weeks.
protection? a berkeley city councilman tried in vain to get her some body armor; she's accepting online donations through paypal so she can buy some in kuwait.
credentials? the military said the prolific blogger needs to be sponsored by a media outlet. no problem: the lone star iconoclast, a 900-circulation liberal weekly in president bush's vacation getaway of crawford, texas, is sponsoring her. - sfgate
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
word on the street
many, many immigrants from iran and environs have settled in the neighborhood, opening shops and raising families. there is such a large contingent of persian people here that it was literally impossible to drive thru the area when iran wins any round of the world cup. there are celebrations filling the streets, with people waving iran flags and honking horns, spilling out into the intersections.
we'd hate to see what would happen if iran ever actually won the cup.
so, with that in mind, we were not surprised to find this grafitti on some sort of utility box on a corner near skippy international headquarters:
and, nearby, the same feeling expressed on one bus bench...
and another bench with a cryptic search engine suggestion:
so we did. we found, among other things, this wiki entry:
how long do they have to go to obedience school to learn that?
now, we know some dogs that are smart...
but we don't know any dogs that are that smart! (or their humans which are that unhygenic!)
wednesday nite music club
loudon wainwright iii - unrequited to the nth degree
loudon at his best - bitter and funny.
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ooooo! the brits have documents!
10,000 miles from us and thousands of miles from britain we are now willing to send 3000 more americans to their deaths and spend trillions of dollars more because iran says we were past this line and bush's poodle says we weren't. it doesn't get more logical than this.
it's all nukes to us
moscow, march 27 (ria novosti) - russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by u.s. armed forces near iran's borders, a high-ranking security source said tuesday.
"the latest military intelligence data point to heightened u.s. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against iran," the official said, adding that the pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.
just what a dry drunk would do. after losing two wars, he's fixing to start a third, hoping for a different result. gives a whole new sense to the term "a geographical."
co-chairs of this preliminary fundraiser to benefit “the rudy giuliani presidential exploratory committee, inc.,” were, in addition to the mikles, andy and dolly granatelli, ralph and melissa iannelli, david lack, parker and carolina montgomery, and tom and mary belle snow. among those who responded to the $2,300-per-person event were montecito mainstays like dennis and joanie franz.... - montecito journal
the last 30 percent are different from you and me
but third, consider the nitpicker's (another dirty f'ing hippy with the determination and fortitude to watch the whole hearing) observation:
Listening into the live webcast of the GSA hearings just now, the camera was down, but the audio was still up and you could here GSA Administrator Lurita Doan griping about the investigation and telling one of her people to take her glass, cause she doesn't want "them to have my fingerprints. They've got me totally paranoid!"lurita doan doesn't need a shrink, she needs a lawyer - she's just been busted - live on national tv (or at least webcast) for violations of the hatch act that should cause teddy roosevelt to rise from his grave and utterly repudiate the corrupt republican party (oh, wait, he did that before he died). but ms. doan doesn't get it. she can't even imagine that someone might question her decisions - much less consider the possibility that a decision that's good for the republican team might be, what's the word we're looking for - a crime?
this is an expansion of the nixon doctrine ("well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal") that tricky dick in all his evil glory didn't dare dream. the rove doctrine, indeed, puts nixon republicans to shame - if it's good for "the republican team", it's not a crime - even if there's a law against it.
we might even ask, is it proper to call these last 30 percent of the populace who support aWol no matter what, "republicans"? wouldn't it be better to think of them as "stepford citizens" whom the republicans have created during the course of the last thirty years. these stepford citizens were summoned to service by bush v. gore and activated on 9/11 like a thousand raymond shaws. and now, the stepford citizens apparently occupy all the bureacratic offices of the federal governement, completely indifferent to the fact that there are laws that govern their exercise of bureacratic power.
when you think of screeching hysteria the right engaged in over the utterly trivial - if not manufactured- kerfluffles of the clinton years (just how many indictments did the whitewater investigation result in? did they really include chelsea clinton's sleepover party guests when they complained about the lincoln bedroom - is it a bad trip or did they really impeach a sitting president over a blowjob?) and compare the intensity and duration of that hysteria to stepford citizen lurita donan's "i forgot," you really can come to only one conclusion (that doesn't involve violence). these people are different than us.
they believe, with a devotion appropriate to religious creed, but not political affiliation, that they are utterly entitled to what they want simply because they want it. laws, schmaws. karl has a little target list and we have this nice shiny federal government - let's use it kids!
this is ancien régime thinking like we haven't seen since the ancien régime. the next time you hear/read one of these stepford citizens railing that the democrats don't support the troops, or that liberals are traitors or faggots, you throw your shoulders back, you hold your head high, and you look them in the eye and say,
call me anything you want, stepford scum. i will pick up any label you throw and wear it proudly. because at the end of the day, you aren't a good enough citizen in this democracy to be worthy enough to clean the shit from this traitor-faggot-citizen's shoes.
"someone tell bernanke to stfu!"
in capitol hill testimony, bernanke said while core inflation slowed "modestly" in the second half of 2006, recent readings remain "uncomfortably high." he also said troubles among some mortgage lenders that cater to those with poor credit doesn't appear to have spread to the broader economy, though he added that the situation warrants further observation.
stocks rallied last week after investors interpreted language from the fed as opening the way to the possibility of a reduction in interest rates. but concerns about stubborn inflation could reverse investors' hopes for a reduction in rates, even as the economy continues to cool.
"i think what the fed is trying to tell us is that it is between a rock and a hard place. and when you're between and a rock and a hard place you just can't move," said drew matus, senior economist at lehman brothers holdings inc.
in midafternoon trading, the dow industrials fell 87.80, or 0.71 percent, to 12,309.49. the dow had been down about 140 points before recovering.
and, even tho (as the asspress pointed out) last week the dow rallied after the nasty nasty drop of late feb, this week it's not feeling so well:
we feel bad for any one who invested in real estate and stocks.
peanut butter! that's the ticket!
but was it skippy peanut butter?
he's dumb and he's angry and nobody likes him
even the saudis!
saudi king condemns u.s occupation of iraqgosh, and just a few short years ago, they were best friends forever. our bet: western governments will be leaning all over abdullah to pump more oil this summer as gas prices shoot up. ksa doesn't have it and doesn't want to say they don't have it. so they're creating the predicate for their refusal. this summer they'll tell aWol, no extra oil till you solve the palestinian crisis. think of as aWol's rumplestiltskin moment - with octane. of course the way things with iran's are going right now, abdullah may not need much of an excuse.
riyadh (reuters) - saudi arabia's king abdullah told a summit of arab leaders that sunni-shi'ite violence in iraq threatened the stability of the oil-producing gulf region and he called for an end to the international blockade on the palestinian people.
``in beloved iraq, blood flows between brothers in the shadow of illegitimate foreign occupation and hateful sectarianism, threatening a civil war,'' he added. (emphasis supplied)
did the rethugs blast brett favre
- considered the iron man of the nfl, favre is the only nfl player to have started every game his team has played over the past 14-year period.
- favre has played 16 seasons in the nfl, starting every game since his first start for the packers in 1992 - wikipedia
but, deanna, just like elizabeth, wanted her husband to continue on with his quest, his job.
and bless brett, he even shaved his head when deanna was losing her hair undergoing chemo.
he shaved it for a good reason, however. his wife, deanna, is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and is starting to lose her long brown hair. favre wants to show her his support."she'll look a hell of a lot better than me without hair, but maybe that will make her feel better. i don't know. she has to do it, has no choice, but whatever support i can give her," favre said. - wisceveryone...every couple has the right to make their own decisions about how they want to confront tragedy and mortality. it's their own private decision. it's not ours to make for them.
the deanna favre hope foundation supports breast cancer education and state-of-the-art women's breast imaging and diagnosis services for all women, including those that are medically underserved.
falcon fans aren't just in atlanta...
george and gracie, peregrine falcons with their own internet following and a fan base that includes thousands of san francisco office workers, have abandoned the skyscrapers of lower market street for an alarming new perch underneath the bay bridge -- where an attempt will be made soon to rescue the eggs they have laid.
...on friday morning, brian latta, a field biologist with the research group, will climb under a tower on the west side of the bay bridge and try to remove the eggs, which were deposited about two weeks ago and require up to 35 days to hatch after they're laid.
"they happened to pick the same aerie george was hatched in," latta said. "i actually took george out of the nest when he was a wee downie. he's gone full circle. he's nesting in his parents' aerie.- sfgate
moving back to the parents home. just like some people i know.
straight hack express
why would a presidential candidate make such an important announcement on his myspace page?
the answer? he wouldn't.
but i would.
you see, john mccain's people commandeered my world-renowned myspace design template and did a few things wrong:
1. they did not credit me for the template, even though the template explicitly requested credit.
2. they used my own unmodified imagery, specifically for the "contacting john mccain" table.
3. as if #2 wasn't bad enough, the mccain crew is actually pulling their image directly from my server on each page load. so every time someone visits the mccain myspace page, my bandwidth is being used to deliver part of the page! bad mccain!
[ed. note: we're not saying anything would happen, but just to make it clear, our site was designed by the incredibly talented lauren bruce! not us! lauren bruce of faux real! so don't hack us, lauren! or august j. pollack, who designed the skippy logo, either! we give credit where credit is due! those two are jake with us! they are brilliant! so don't hack us! and we love attractive lesbians!]
david neiwert is the best writer in blogtopia*
other writers cover the ann althouse breakdown (including crooks&liars who brings you the video), but neiwert cuts thru the bull, sets up the context clearly, and knocks down the points in concise, uncluttered order, and backs up his analysis w/cites and sources.
*and yes, we coined that phrase.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
tuesday nite music club
dixieland pipers - swing that music
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the chuck stops here...again
...but senator chuck hagel of nebraska broke with most of his republican colleagues in endorsing a timetable and opposing the cochran amendment. “there will be no victory or defeat for the united states in iraq,” mr. hagel said. “there will not be a military solution to iraq.”
“iraq belongs to the 25 million iraqis who live there,” mr. hagel said. “it doesn’t belong to the united states.” - wapo
why we fight
looking forward to the next episodes of
and if you didn't see it last week, make sure you see it this sunday...and a few more sundays to come on the discovery channel....planet earth. unbelievably terrific television.
cities are cracking down on charities that feed the homeless, adopting rules that restrict food giveaways to certain locations, require charities to get permits or limit the number of free meals they can provide.
orlando, dallas, las vegas and wilmington, n.c, began enforcing such laws last year. some are being challenged.
last november, a federal judge blocked the las vegas law banning food giveaways to the poor in city parks. in dallas, two ministries are suing, arguing that the law violates religious freedom. - usatoady
these are not serious people
mendacious bag of excrement - alternative energy edition
health care at all?
in addition, we've had presidents whose own health might have suggested to outsiders that they should have quit or never run for the office; did fdr or jfk or ike do so? certainly not.
let's have no more of this pundit projection. it's insulting.
Monday, March 26, 2007
same old war; brand new blogroll addition
1) opposed to the supplemental.
2) opposed to funding bush's iraq debacle.
3) committed to getting the troops home as soon as possible.
4) determined to end george w. bush's iraq and mid-east debacle as
quickly as possible.
5) determined to restore some sanity to the world.
don't let the drug war hear about this
- the physical harm to the individual user caused by the drug
- the tendency of the drug to induce dependence
- the effect of drug use on families, communities, and society
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more prayers/good vibes needed
quote of the day
keyboard kommando komics kontinues
the making of jonah goldberg’s ‘liberal fascims: the totalitarian temptation from mussolini to hillary clinton’ pt. 2: the academy strikes back! in lifelike dough-o-color!
read it all!
monday nite music club
cowboy junkies - i'm so open
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hey, if it's good enough for chuck hagel, it's good enough for us
but he made clear that some lawmakers viewed that as an option should bush choose to push ahead despite public sentiment against the war.
"any president who says 'i don't care' or 'i will not respond to what the people of this country are saying about iraq or anything else' or 'i don't care what the congress does, i am going to proceed' — if a president really believes that, then there are … ways to deal with that," hagel said on abc's "this week”…
in the april edition of esquire magazine, hagel described bush as someone who didn't believe he was accountable to anyone.
"you can impeach him, and before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment," hagel told the magazine.
addendum: crooks&liars has the video of sen. hagel saying the "i" word on this week with george "snuffelupagus" stephanopoulis.
quality of life
- links from blogrolls (especially from high-quality blogrolls or blogrolls of "trusted bloggers")
- links from other sources (mail, chats)
- using tags to categorize a post
- the number of feed subscriptions (from feed readers)
- clicks in search results
Something about truth
Exactly. And that's at least partly the point.
Please read about LaVena Johnson and, if you take a moment to do so, send an email to your representative asking that he or she look into this.
Col. Jessep: You want answers?It seems to be the military that can't handle the truth, though they have given answers.
Kaffee: I think I'm entitled.
Col. Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I want the truth.
Col. Jessep: You can't handle the truth.
how to win friends and influence people - or not
they have learned nothing and remembered everything - imperialism edition.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
the main reason phil spector should fry
in the comments section, skippy mentioned that he knew, and worked with lana clarkson, the actress that phil spector
we are not fans of phil spector. lana was a bright, ambitious, dedicated, funny and focused woman working her way up the hollwyood ladder, who nonetheless was always happy to share her talents and good nature with her friends and colleagues, and never fell into the trap of bitterness that afflicted most people who didn't make huge amounts of money in this business we call show.
now, in the face of the upcoming spector trial, brad slaight, an actor/comedian (and another of our friends) who also knew and worked with lana, has written a tribute to her over on the blog los angeles: where hot comes to die:
the first writing session took place in brentwood at an upscale condo that belonged to a friend she was house sitting for. our thirty minute meeting turned into several hours. never before had i worked with someone who was so prepared and had such a clear vision of what she wanted to do. lana was, in a word, professional. by the end of the session i felt that we had known each other for a lifetime. over the next few years we would meet from time to time to work on our acts, discuss new project ideas, or just hang out.
i know many actors in this town but lana was one of the few i’ve ever met who could truly be called a 'working actor.' she was always working on some project – stage plays, commercials, television and movie roles. at one point i hooked her up with my commercial agency “the flytrap” (great boutique agency, terrible name, now out of business) and she quickly started booking more commercial work than i did.
lana also had quite a fan base from her roger corman days where she starred in many movies, including the title role in barbarian queen and barbarian queen ii. those movies earned her the title of ‘b movie queen’ which she used to great effect in her standup act. i used to joke with lana that she was entering the ‘jessica period’ in her hollywood career. that period for an actress was when they hit jessica lange’s age they didn’t work again until they looked like jessica tandy. lana knew the clock was ticking and the days of playing young and sexy were ending. however in lana’s case it wasn’t an end, it was a transition. she truly was much more than just a proverbial pretty face. lana had talent plus.
she was lovely, gracious, enthusiastic and full of life. her example of undying optimism will is sorely missed.
have we mentioned that we hope phil spector fries?
censorship is alive and well in connecticut
for the spring semester, students in the advanced theater class took on a bigger challenge: creating an original play about the war in iraq. they compiled reflections of soldiers and others involved, including a heartbreaking letter from a 2005 wilton high graduate killed in iraq last september at age 19, and quickly found their largely sheltered lives somewhat transformed.
“in wilton, most kids only care about britney spears shaving her head or tyra banks gaining weight,” said devon fontaine, 16, a cast member. “what we wanted was to show kids what was going on overseas.”
but even as 15 student actors were polishing the script and perfecting their accents for a planned april performance, the school principal last week canceled the play, titled “voices in conflict,” citing questions of political balance and context.
seems some people in wilton are okay about their kids being old enough to be on the speed dial lists of any local military recruiters, but the same kids can't write and stage a play made up of reflections drawn wholly from the writings of young men and women fighting in iraq or afghanistan. they want these kids to stfu. i'm totally with the kids on this one.
sunday nite music club
mandy patinkin & audra mcdonald singing tonight from west side story.
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that guy's got an 8 inch patriotism
via the good folks at crooks & liars.
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the dawg is the schizzle!
mad about the iraq bill passed in the house
here are the money graphs for us:
whether you like snow’s answers on political issues or not, tony snow got it right twice this week. humanity does count. and limbaugh? as in the case of michael j. fox, limbaugh seemingly enjoys going after high-profile people who are ill and questioning their motives (even if he later partially backs off on it due to an outcray later) if they do an appearance with high media impact in public.
why? because they belong to the “wrong” party.
but, rush, on this sunday perhaps it’s worth remembering:
the mili-second after each of us leaves this earthly scene, we’ll no longer be republicans or democrats or independents. just souls.
and it’s unlikely god will say: “ditto.”
Saturday, March 24, 2007
klein after klein
in this corner, joe klein.
in this corner, eric alterman.
greg sargent calls it for eric. we tend to agree, because eric uses cites and sources to back up his argument, something joe has been known to avoid in the past.
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saturday nite music club
[ed.note: skippy, in his previous incarnation as a radio comedy producer back in the 90's, had the great pleasure of meeting john anderson. mr. anderson was a sweet, gracious individual who took time to listen to skippy's comedy and compliment him. we are quite proud to feature him on this wonderfully imaginative cover.]
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bat out of hell
ranger postulates, with cites from military experts, that since we're already in iraq and afghanistan, a third front would be close to impossible.
the reason we chuckle is that ranger opens with the lyrics from meatloaf's 2 out of 3 ain't bad.