Friday Morning Reads

Good Morning!

Well, we’re seeing Dooky Chase’s famous gumbo Z’herbes being served so it must be close to the time of year when bunnies are chocolate and eggs are colorful. Miss Leah’s gumbo is the best I’ve ever had in a restaurant in the city. I have a few stories to share today that are less yummy but important to  think about.  When you think of “priestly disobedience” don’t most of you think of the pedophilia scandal?  Evidently, that’s not what the Pope has in mind.   It’s things that have to do with those filthy things called women.

Striking the tone that once earned him the nickname “God’s Rottweiler,” Pope Benedict XVI in a stern Holy Thursday homily denounced “disobedience” in the Roman Catholic Church, chastising priests who sought the ordination of women and the abolition of priestly celibacy.

Wow, that’s inspiring at a time of rebirth and celebration of hope.  Don’t marry the women.  Don’t consider them your peers or face the wrath of the empire.  Molest a few choir boys and we’ll over look that!

So, my second topic is about those chocolate bunnies and eggs.  A lot of child slaves are involved with the chocolate trade so it’s important you try to buy chocolate that doesn’t support producers that use child slaves. Try filling up those baskets and tummies with organic chocolate.  There are many places that rely on forced child labor to produce cocoa.

Thousands of children in West Africa are forced to labor in the production of cocoa, chocolate’s primary ingredient. The West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is the leading supplier of cocoa, accounting for more than 40% of global production. Low cocoa prices and thus the need for lower labor costs drive farmers to employ children as a means to survive. The US Department of State estimates that more than 109,000 children in Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa industry work under “the worst forms of child labor,” and that some 10,000 are victims of human trafficking or enslavement.

These child workers labor for long, punishing hours, using dangerous tools and facing frequent exposure to dangerous pesticides as they travel great distances in the grueling heat. Those who labor as slaves must also suffer frequent beatings and other cruel treatment. Cote d’Ivoire’s child laborers are robbed not only of their freedom but of the right to a basic education. In a country where more than half the population is illiterate, basic education of “cocoa children” takes on an even more critical significance for Cote d’Ivoire’s future. Increased access to education must be a key component in any effective strategy to reduce poverty and exploitative child labor.

In 2001, in an attempt to avoid government regulation and intense media scrutiny, major cocoa companies made a voluntary commitment (the Cocoa Industry Protocol) to certify their cocoa “child labor-free” by July 2005, but that deadline passed with little fanfare. The deadline was then extended to certify 50% of farms “child-labor free” by July 2008. The cocoa companies trumpeted a few pilot programs, but continue to purchase and reap profits from child labor cocoa. The major cocoa importers need to use their vast influence on the cocoa market to bring about the kind of systemic changes necessary to eliminate child slavery once and for all.

The International Labor Rights Forum is committed to combating the scourge of forced child labor in the cocoa industry through public education and corporate campaigns.

Most of the major uses of cocoa produced by child slaves are large chocolate producers like Hershey’s.  Again, chocolate produced in the Ivory Coast area of Africa is most likely produced by forced child labor.  Lobbyists from the chocolate industry have stopped Congress from taking actions against trade in cocoa produced by child slaves.

Chocolate’s billion-dollar industry starts with workers like Abdul. He squats with a gang of a dozen harvesters on an Ivory Coast farm.

Abdul holds the yellow cocoa pod lengthwise and gives it two quick cracks, snapping it open to reveal milky white cocoa beans. He dumps the beans on a growing pile.

Abdul is 10 years old, a three-year veteran of the job.

He has never tasted chocolate.

During the course of an investigation for CNN’s Freedom Project initiative – an investigation that went deep into the cocoa fields of Ivory Coast – a team of CNN journalists found that child labor, trafficking and slavery are rife in an industry that produces some of the world’s best-known brands.

It was not supposed to be this way.

After a series of news reports surfaced in 2001 about gross violations in the cocoa industry, lawmakers in the United States put immense pressure on the industry to change.

“We felt like the public ought to know about it, and we ought to take some action to try to stop it,” said Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, who, together with Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, spearheaded the response. “How many people in America know that all this chocolate they are eating – candies and all of those wonderful chocolates – is being produced by terrible child labor?”

If you’d like to not support the use of children in this manner, consider buying “fair trade” chocolate.  Here’s a list of companies committed to fair trade.

Are you aware of how big the on line porn industry is? This has frightening implications to me.

The good folks at ExtremeTech took it upon themselves this week to get at one of the Internet’s crucial questions—just how big are porn sites these days? The answer? Ron Jeremy big. To study porn sites, ExtremeTech turned to the DoubleClick Ad Planner tool from Google (GOOG). It’s a useful website where you can peek at information gathered by ad-serving cookies about how much traffic a website gets, the age and income of visitors, and the amount of time people spend on a site.

According to this tool, the online porn kingpin Xvideos feeds up 4.4 billion page views per month. That’s about 10 times as many as the New York Times and three times as many as CNN.com. YouPorn—another site packed full of stimulating content—notches 2.1 billion page views per month. And while people spend a few minutes per day on news sites, they tend to spend 15 minutes or more on porn sites, which would seem to say something rather definitive about, er, male stamina.

“But it’s not just men on the sites,” you shout. True, although the top porn sites count men as about 75 percent of their visitors. Breaking the stats down further, about half of the visitors make between $25,000 and $50,000 per year, while only 2 percent earn more than $150,000 per year. According to Google, the other interests of Xvideos visitors include Latin American music and gangs and organized crime, while YouPorn visitors like networking equipment and family films, so it’s an eclectic bunch.

While anyone can dig through these numbers, ExtremeTech did a nice job of adding some context to the incredible amount of data served up by porn sites. According to the Google estimates, Xvideos would record “29 petabytes of data transferred every month, or 50 gigabytes per second. That’s about 25,000 times more than your home Internet connection is probably capable of, which is a couple of megabytes per second.” Sliced another way, Xvideos will “serve up 50 gigabytes per second, or 400Gbps,” ExtremeTech writes. “Bear in mind this is an average data rate, too: At peak time, Xvideos might burst to 1,000Gbps (1Tbps) or more. To put this into perspective, there’s only about 15Tbps of connectivity between London and New York.”

Someone at YouPorn chatted with ExtremeTech and said the Google estimates are way below actual totals. YouPorn stores more than 100TB of porn and feeds up about 28 petabytes per month.

Is it any wonder we’re having laws put into place that objectivize and remove the power of self-determination from women?

An adviser to former SOS Condoleeza Rice says that he believes that the kinds of extraordinary interrogation techniques used for Khalid Sheik Mohammed was wrong and likely illegal.  He wrote this in a secret 2006 memo that has now been published by The UK Guardian.

Philip Zelikow, who was the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice’s most senior official, told the Guardian that he now regards what officials euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation”, such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding, as torture – although he did not use that word at the time and is reluctant to use it now.

Zelikow, whose official position was counsellor to Rice, said he had her support on the issue. As the state department’s representative on the National Security Council committee considering legal issues around violent interrogations, he expressed his concerns at the time in a top secret 2006 memorandum.

The memo, to other members of the committee who represented the justice and defence departments and intelligence services, warned that the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other abuses were almost certainly in breach of US and international law. But the memo so alarmed the administration that it was immediately rejected and all copies were ordered destroyed.

A draft version of the memo, found at the state department, was released this week following a freedom of information request by the National Security Archive in Washington.

Zelikow told the Guardian in an email exchange that while he did not use the word torture in the memo, he believes that is what the CIA was using. “I do regard the interrogation practices and conditions of confinement, taken together, as torture – in the ordinary layman’s use of this term. But … ‘torture’ is also a term with a carefully worded legal meaning and definition. So I tend to avoid talking about ‘torture’ because it would appear I’m accusing officials of criminal activity, which I’m not sure was the case,” he said.

“I have sometimes just referred to ‘physical torment’ instead, which seems expressive and is accurate.”

Well, these might not be the most pleasant reads you’ll find this week, but I believe they are all important.  What’s on your reading and blogging list today?


72 Comments on “Friday Morning Reads”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    What is it about women that drives some segments of the population to take it upon themselves to pass laws that seek to deprive us of the same equal rights and deny us the benefits of a free society?

    I cannot begin to wrap my head around the idea that subjugating women is perfectly acceptable when at the same time we cringe at the behavior of countries who force women to adhere to laws that we find abhorrent in the execution.

    The question for me is what these men fear so much that they are willing to advance laws that would prevent women from living out their role in soiciety through “punishment”.

    I’ll never be able to reconcile those beliefs no matter how long I live or how hard I try. It’s just plain senseless.

  2. In thinking about the stories you chose this morning + Pat’s comment above, it has caused me to view them together & from a different perspective that I hadn’t considered before. Women & children, in particular, are seen/treated as products to use & consume. Cultures & societies have viewed non-human animals as such & it’s nearly universally accepted as correct, normal & natural. That’s probably because they don’t have human voices to raise any objections. However, within cultures & societies, the voices of women & children are stifled, ignored and/or treated as inconsequential for the most part. So very few hear the screams of “the others” be they women, children or non-human animals. Yet, from bb’s post last night, some people – like the PP bomber – hear the non-existent screams of aborted fetuses. It’s more evident than ever that those of us who hear the real screams of the oppressed to raise our voices and amplify those screams.

    There is one woman’s voice that is getting attention: Nikki Haley. I admit that I had written her off as a Tea Party crazy, a la Sarah Palin. She’s on the circuit, hawking her book, Can’t Is Not An Option. I saw her on Colbert earlier this week and it was charming. Hmmm, I thought. Then this morning, Steve Inskeep interviewed her on Morning Edition. She was amazing. I now understand how she has risen so high in the political realm. She is so well spoken, handles herself with great skill in an interview. You must listen to – not read – the interview to get the full effect. She lost me, however, when speaking of Mittens, she said he must demonstrate his pro-life & pro-traditional marriage support. Here’s the link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/04/06/150071819/s-c-gov-haley-ann-romney-is-mitts-golden-ticket May I be the first to predict that she will be running for president in the near future?

    And the good news of the day for me? The incredible Laura Nyro will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. NPR played snippets of her music. Visit youtube & listen. I also have more info and a link on my blog post on Female Vocalists here: http://ecocatwoman.blogspot.com/2012/03/celebrating-female-vocalists.html

    Kat – thanks for another wonderful post! You Rock!

    • bostonboomer says:

      Haley pretty much destroyed her credibility when she said women don’t care about contraception. I admit I don’t know much about her.

      I love Laura Nyro! That is good news.

    • dakinikat says:

      I think women, children, and racial minorities are still considered chattel. Given most people still follow basic moral structures–aka angry sky god religions–that come from tribal/early civilization, I guess we should understand that until we get rid of those precepts, we’re not going to get rid of the idea that the ruling tribe owns the rest of us one way or another.

    • Fannie says:

      Wow, I thought it was “gonna take a miracle”

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    Umm, Connie, Nikki Haley is an idiot.

    Google her and you will find that she not only was a “darling” of the Tea Party, but since she has been in office her approval ratings are at an all time low.

    Surrounded with charges of corruption and past “indescretions”, she has found herself out of favor with the Tea Party itself because of ineptitude. And this from the Tea Party!

    She is no friend to women and found that when she came out in favor of Mittens she did so more with the belief of finding herself as his running mate than anything else.

    She’s touting a book which requires “charm” but underneath the facade beats the heart of an anti feminist Tea Partier.

    • Trust me, I’m aware of that. I’m just saying that she has an engaging mojo, which I did not expect. She is, no doubt, an empty suit like all the other Repugnants but she presents herself unlike the current clowns. She didn’t come across as someone who has memorized the Luntz script – she appears genuine, charming & disarming, which can be deadly. I’m just saying she shouldn’t be written off as a potentially major player in the future. Would/could I support her? NEVER! However, I think she’s likely to impress those who love/loved Reagan, GW, Perry, Santorum et al. I think she has “the power” to not only attract the true believers but those who buy a seemingly charismatic package as well.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Where is the social media outrage about the Augusta Country Club’s refusal to all women members? We’re in the midst of one of the world’s most revered sporting events and since the huge protest 10 years ago, no one is really pushing for change.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2012/04/05/the-masters-and-augusta-wheres-the-outrage-and-the-network/?partner=obtech

    • Doesn’t this stink of the Right’s complaint in the Trayvon discussion of “where’s the outrage over black on black killings?” It’s the same thing. Where are the Komen, contraception, Fluke women in this discussion? Why isn’t there as much outrage over this inequity? It’s just another case of the Right not getting it, while trying to say….we’re not racist, we’re not misogynists. My take, if women of the 1% want to join Augusta, they have the money & power to do so. They don’t need the women of the 99% to help them & they probably don’t want it either. Everyday health care for low income women vs inclusion in the Boyz Club – why isn’t it being framed that way? Hey guys, if you really care about women, let them have health care because that’s more important than playing a round of golf.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    OMG! I had no idea that the chocolate industry relied on child slave labor. Thanks for the list of fair trade companies, Dak.

  6. ANonOMouse says:

    “Striking the tone that once earned him the nickname “God’s Rottweiler,” Pope Benedict XVI in a stern Holy Thursday homily denounced “disobedience” in the Roman Catholic Church, chastising priests who sought the ordination of women and the abolition of priestly celibacy.”

    He’s just afraid that we can transubstantiate better than men. I’m not sure exactly how you measure successful transubstantiation. It looks the same to me before and after.

    I’ve known many priests in my life. I have several priests in my family. I had a priest-chaperone kick me out of a school dance once for doing what he called an “immoral” dance move, he later left the priesthood to marry a woman he was counseling through her marriage problems. I know several priests accused of child molestation, one of those was convicted of child rape and is in prison. I know a priest who had an affair with the nun/sister who worked in his rectory (that almost sounds pornographic doesn’t it?) She left the convent, he left the priesthood and they married. I know gay priests who’ve had boyfriends throughout their ministry. There are probably 2 or 3 priests in the world who are really celibate, but I’ve come to believe the term “Priestly celibacy” is an oxymoron.

    I think the real problem with RatZinger is he sees women through a biblical lens, the temptress, the harlot, The evil Eve who dragged poor little innocent Adam, kicking and screaming, to that terrible apple,

    Only when men refuse to be priests under the celibacy rule (whether they’re committed to living celibacy or not), will there be women in the RC priesthood. Otherwise it will remain a boys club.

    • janicen says:

      I know two priests whose lives have changed dramatically under the Pope Benedict XVI. One priest was very popular and head of a large parish. He is gay and most everyone knew it but nobody minded. That is until Rome got involved and found reason to oust him from his parish (and his home)of many years. He is now on long term sabbatical without pay until Rome can decide what to do with him. The other priest I know was publicly humiliated by a sensational news story about, “…a priest who has stepped down from his post due to inappropriate behavior…”. The news story acknowledged that the behavior was neither illegal nor did it involve a minor but that didn’t changed the fact that the priest was disgraced. By the way, it was never revealed to the public, but the inappropriate behavior that got Rome to ask the priest to step down was that he counseled a gay parishioner that being gay was not a sin. Since Ratzinger became Pope, there has been a witch hunt going on in the church. It seems they’re not as concerned about pedophiles, but any hint of condoning homosexuality is being dealt with harshly.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I’m not a practicing catholic, but most of my family is. I left the church many, many years ago when a priest basically said to me, if you’re living life as a homosexual you can’t receive the sacraments. Effectively excommunicating me. I think I just wanted confirmation that I was officially booted. But I have to say that I wasn’t really on-board with catholicism or any other organized religion anyway, Even as a child I was challenging the nuns in religion class concerning heaven, hell, a merciful god, purgatory, baptism, etc.etc.etc.

        And the priests I know who are gay are very closeted and move in a very small and well protected circle of friends because they know the hunt is on for TEH GAY. I think the church is doing the gay = pedophile routine, because it gives them cover. The guys I know have been priests for decades and know no other way of life. so leaving isn’t an option. So sad, yet so preditcable.

      • janicen says:

        Me too. I was raised Catholic but I don’t practice any religion now. The priests I know are through friends and family. Very nice guys and I would think that if the church really wanted to improve their standing and image with the public, they would keep priests like these guys and publicly oust the pedophiles but they’re too busy circling the wagons to avoid and settle civil suits.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Wagon circling is what they do best. :-)

    • Woman Voter says:

      There have been many lawyers coming in saying that the delay and lack of initial investigation may lead to an acquittal and that has many wondering if these Stand Your Ground Laws work to acquit with their poorly written interpretation.

      Wonder if the DOJ was slow to respond and if they lost evidence. Perhaps the investigation should be about how and why no investigation happened and how it shouldn’t happen in the future.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    It looks like authorities in Florida expect special prosecutor Angela Corey (a Republican who has prosecuted many young African American males as adults) to decide not to arrest and try George Zimmerman. Sanford mayor has arranged to call in the National Guard to put down protests.

    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/City-of-Sanford-prepares-for-response-to-George-Zimmerman-decision/-/1637132/10276020/-/xeilns/-/index.html

    • HT says:

      Mein Gott, if true, that could lead to massive protests which may not be peaceful, particularly in light of the comments on that article. I particularly find this one offensive – it almost seems as if certain people want a race war – shades of Charles Manson’s Helter Skelter.

      John Smith: The nig grabbed his gun. If I am on my back and a nig grabs my gun the nig dies. Good shot.

    • I’ve feared all along that there was little or no evidence collected at the time of the crime. Short of interviewing some witnesses, although stories have said no one actually saw the shooting, what else was done at the scene? Were Zimmerman’s or Trayvon Martin’s clothes placed in evidence bags, was an autopsy conducted, and was gunshot residue collected? How does an indictment happen if there is little or no evidence collected? I’m concerned about further grief & disappointment for Trayvon’s family and the anger of the community if there is no indictment or trial.

  8. Thought you might find this interesting: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120405/PC16/120409564&slId=6 I can’t believe anyone still listens to Schlafly.

    • HT says:

      Ewwww – Schafly has made a very comfortable living off of being against any advance for women. She’s just another Elmer Gantry but she wears skirts. She was senile in her 30′s. I don’t know how her gay son tolerates working for her – why yes I do – the fundamentalist crazies have made her a very wealthy woman and he’s waiting in the wings for a slice of that pie.

    • SweetSue says:

      I can’t believe she’s still alive.
      Creatures like Schlafly run on pure venom and it’s more effecient than air, apparently.
      Ann Coulter will bury us all.

  9. HT says:

    Totally off topic, but I hope you’ll forgive.

    Minx – get well soon, you are missed.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    Good Friday everyone. and get well Minx. :)

    • NW Luna says:

      Minx, keep comfortable, be leisurely, and don’t rush anything. Surgery takes a hell of a lot out of anyone. You’ll get back in condition, but this is an excuse — no, a reason — to baby yourself for at least a little while!

    • RalphB says:

      Seems Scheer has made a decision and it sounds reasonable to me.

      The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama. With Ron Paul out of it and warmongering hedge fund hustler Mitt Romney the likely Republican nominee, the GOP has defined itself indelibly as the party of moneyed greed and unfettered imperialism.

      • dakinikat says:

        Not to mention theoratic, anti-science nitwits …

        I agree with that too.

      • RalphB says:

        Ain’t that the truth. The only words I don’t get are these “With Ron Paul out of it”. I can’t imagine having the insane neo-confederate in it making a difference for the better :-)

      • NW Luna says:

        Ron Paul is as irrational as the other Repugs. He’s just irrational over some different topics than the others. The R Candidate Variety Packs!

  11. I just had to share this: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/happy-birthday-jane-goodall-how-celebrate-her-work-and-help-chimpanzees.html Jane Goodall has been a personal heroine of mine since my college days. She has been a major influence on science and how we view animals. I will be seeing the movie Chimpanzee on April 16th & then seeing Jane speak on April 19th at Rollins College. Color me excited!

  12. dakinikat says:

    A plane just crashed a few blocks from one of my best friend’s house in Virginia Beach. It hit an apartment complex where one of her friends live.

    http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/va_beach/military-plane-crashes-in-virginia-beach

    • RalphB says:

      Do you know if they are in the approach path to the Navy base?

    • That is one of the dangers of living on or near a military air base. Yes — generally the pilot will stay with the plane. The big crash I remember vividly was Barbers Point – Oahu. The pilot could have ejected but didn’t – his jet was headed directly toward the enlisted barracks. We all were in shock.

  13. dakinikat says:

    Scott Walker does the Koch Brother’s dirty work again:

    Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/06/scott-walker-wisconsin-equal-pay-law_n_1407329.html?1333728572

    • Ah — just like the current Gov of WA state. Although she was an attorney with the state AG office. However she did aggressively work to kill the equal pay fpr equal work.

      The Democrats in name only are some times worse than the card carrying GOP. Stupack is a case in point — or 0bowma. (0bowma because he bows to rich kings & such but never ever to the Queen.)

      ——–
      The link to the article above re: the war on women is very good.

      One factoid to add — regarding mental health of married and unmarried. Single women are better off –from a mental health stand point — in other words marriage is in generally not that great for women’s mental health.

      • northwestrain says:

        The rest of the research on the other half of the married pair — marriage is generally very good for the mental health of the male. (Note that with all research like this there are exceptions.) I read the original research a few years ago. It seems that with so many women choosing to remain single — perhaps they witnessed their parents and didn’t want that sort of living hell.

        It shouldn’t be the woman’s responsibility to turn the male into a responsible person. If the guy isn’t a responsible person in the first place — the guy is a lost cause.

      • And I thought Gregoire was one of the good ones. What little I’ve heard has been good press.

      • Most people have forgotten her war against women. I have not forgotten her “gift ” to women.

  14. dakinikat says:

    Michigan Republicans have ILLEGALLY passed over 96% (546) of their bills under “immediate effect”

    http://eclectablog.com/2012/04/michigan-republicans-have-illegally-passed-over-96-of-their-bills-under-immediate-effect.html

    Meanwhile, here in Louisiana, we now have the biggest give away “school voucher” plan in the country. Hopefully, it gets taken to court. I hate thinking my taxes are going to go to for profit schools and religious indoctrination. They also passed a bill make tenure nearly impossible to attain.

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/04/louisana_house_sends_tenure_ch.html

    • HT says:

      The inmates are ruling the asylum. I wonder how these convenient lackeys would fare in a world that is controlled by their controlers. Not as well as they think. I also wonder where the money is going to come from after these wonderboys bankrupt every white collar (dying breed) and blue collar taxpayer in the U.S.

  15. RalphB says:

    From Steve Benen at maddowblog … the Obama/Biden campaign has a new tactic to highlight Romney’s frequent falsehoods: fact-checking videos. The first debuted this week, and it was soon followed by a second a day later.
    number 1 …

  16. RalphB says:

    From Betty Cracker at Balloon Juice …

    This Is What a Feminist Looks Like

    She-roic dog “Sierra” tried to keep her master from hobnobbing with the sexist knobs who bar women from the Augusta National Golf Club:

    She ate the Masters passes.

    • HT says:

      I remember Betty Cracker from Rumproast , her own site and that bigotbasher site all of whom ruthlessly attacked anyone who was not an Obama worshipper. She (if it was a she) was virulently against Hillary because she married Bill, she stayed with Bill, she tolerated extramarital activity, she stayed with Bill, she had the audacity to propose a health plan, she had the audacity to breathe, the only reason she was successful was that she was married to Bill, she was devil incarnate and no wonder Bill had to stray because she was so ugly, her ankles were cankles – Did I mention Vince foster? All this to say that nothing Betty Cracker has to say has any connection with indepth investigative activity ergo I don’t read anything she/he has to say. Just me of course, however you know the old saying about a leopard and spots.

    • HT says:

      Ralph, the ugliness of the Obamabots in 2008/9 really screwed them up going forward so they had to reinvent themselves. In my forays as a lurker around the net, I can honestly say that I haven’t seen Betty Cracker for awhile, yet the taste of her/his virulence still remains so when I saw your link, my bilious meter went crazy. Perhaps he/she has changed, but much like the KOSkids and Taylor Marsh have gone 380 degrees of separation, they are still the same people to me. I have no problem with a disagreement with political ideology however these people went much farther into character assassination for no good reason other than they could.. Hence my distaste for their current opinions.

      Sorry Wonk, Marsh was one of them

      • RalphB says:

        I definitely know what you mean but never saw him/her before. I never spent time at Rumproast or any of those sites. When I say thanks, I mean it.

    • NW Luna says:

      OTOH, I saw the “Pets of Balloon Juice” calendar and must say I deeply love the idea of a “Pets of Skydancing” calendar. Can’t you just see Lily N Rue in some hedonistic soporific bliss pose, or doing the Stealth pre-pounce moves on one another?

      • HT says:

        What a great idea! Lil n Rue exposed! I’m sure we could all add one or two months and I’m doubly sure I would buy a bunch for my Xmas giving.

  17. RalphB says:

    Interesting take on the upcoming Wisconsin primaries:

    Attorney: Fake Democrats in Wisconsin committing criminal election fraud

    Six fake Democrats running in upcoming recall primaries to push back the election date in Wisconsin are violating the law, according to an election attorney.

    “Among the requirements for running as a candidate in a partisan primary, one is required to file with the [Government Accountability Board] a ‘Declaration of Candidacy,’ form GAB-162. That form specifically requires a candidate to state that their candidacy is ‘representing’ the political party for which the primary is to take place. This statement must be made under oath,” attorney Jeremy P. Levinson said in a memo (PDF) to We Are Wisconsin.

    “Clearly, a candidate running in a Democratic primary for the purpose of disadvantaging that party and giving electoral advantage to the Republican Party and the Republican incumbent the Democrats seek to recall can do so only by falsifying his or her declaration of candidacy.”

    The fake candidates are committing felony election fraud, according to Levinson, a crime punishable by up to three and half years in prison.

    • HT says:

      And if they are indeed falsifying documents, when will they be charged? Enough is enough, put their felonious butts in the public eye – forget about jail a waste of taxpayer money, shame them in front of the people who pay their salaries and ensure that they do not ever again have the chutzpah to do this again.

      • Oooh, Voter Fraud. But those crazy laws the Repugs are passing don’t cover this. And, it’s Repugs committing the fraud. And, I agree, HT. Is someone going to prosecute these creeps?

    • dakinikat says:

      I’ve been reading so much about this! It’s really shameful! I’m going to watch my chocolate consumption now. I really hope more folks hear about this!

  18. jawbone says:

    DO NOT click to this link if you want to have a relaxing evening. Reading it has made my blood boil.

    David Dayen at FDL posts the “Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Rubber-Stamped by a Federal Judge,” and how swiftly and very quietly it was done.

    And so it goes, the Obama administration’s continued and effective work to cover up the mortgage fraud the banksters practiced (and still practice) against the public, the nation and the world. There is no accountability for the near destruction of many economies.

    Oh, and on Market Place tonight, a guest analyst said jobs are on track to recover as.early as 2019 or stretch out to 2023. Hey, that’s only, oh, about 12 to 16 years since the Big $h*t Pile Meltdown, and the vast number of unemployed need only hang on for another 9 to13 years.

    Way to go, BO!