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The crucifix might have been a giveaway

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, April 29, 2009:

More than half of people who attend services at least once a week -- 54 percent -- said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is "often" or "sometimes" justified.

So, yeah, I stand by my earlier remarks. Read more about The crucifix might have been a giveaway

CEO looting continues unchanged: Salaries down 7%, perks up 7%


I.S. companies [and stockholders and taxpayers] remain generous with the perks they give to CEOs, including some that are unfathomable to the average American worker: chauffeured cars, bodyguards, club memberships and free travel in company jets.

I really think there should be more bus tours, to show the peasants what they can aspire to.... Read more about CEO looting continues unchanged: Salaries down 7%, perks up 7%

Souter replacement speculation list

AP at TalkLeft:

_ Judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

_ Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

_ Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.

_ U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a former Harvard University law professor.

_ Pam Karlan, a professor at Stanford Law School.

"Infestment bankers" -- you read it here first...

(Haw.) WaPo, today:


No, Google, I don't mean "investment" banker. Not at all. Read more about "Infestment bankers" -- you read it here first...

A new color of shirt in Thailand: blue


The blue shirts look like militias and provocateurs:

Towards the later part of the evening reports were received of members of the mysterious “blue shirt” movement circling the meeting ground on motorbikes. Later one blue shirt member was apprehended by red shirt “guards” and found to be in possession of a loaded shotgun pistol.

The blue shirts first appeared on the Thailand political scene on April 11, when red shirt protesters rallied outside, and later invaded, the Asean plus six conference at Pattaya, forcing the heads of state of the 10 Asean countries and those of neighbouring dialogue-party countries to flee and the summit to be postponed.

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Action Alert: Wellpoint shareholders meeting

Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan

For Health Care
Against the Insurers
We've had it with higher premiums - Affordable Healthcare for all
Monument Circle, Indianapolis
May 20, 2009 at 11 AM
Just after WellPoint-Anthem
Stockholders exit their annual meeting

Make this a big event - Bring a Carload!
Let the Politicians Hear
What the people already know
Millions for insurer executive don't cover the uninsured
Sponsored by Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan

We need a good turn out to let Senator Bayh know how people feel about parasites like Wellpoint.

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FBI Memo: Bush Authorized Torture

Can we indict w now? As if desertion wasn't enough, as if stealing the nation's highest office via lawsuit and riot wasn't enough, the Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to have its personnel participate in interrogations George W. Bush's signed executive order authorized because the methods used were torture. (It's a PDF or I'd post it here. Invictus has a link.) Read more about FBI Memo: Bush Authorized Torture

They can write a nice headline at Bloomberg

Fresh Flesh Runs Screaming as Zombie Banks Drool.

No matter how much blood you pump into a zombie, it's still a zombie. Read more about They can write a nice headline at Bloomberg

Evil comes cheap


Two psychologists are responsible for designing the CIA's program of waterboarding suspected terrorists and for assuring the government the program was safe, according to an ABC News report.

Former military officers Bruce Jessen and Jim Mitchell had an "important role in developing what became the CIA's torture program," Jameel Jaffer, an attorney with the ACLU, told ABC News.

Good to have the names. Presumably their licenses to practie will be revoked?

Souter to retire?

Obama, in presser, flat out lies on state secrets privilege


[OBAMA] It can't be emphasized enough that this "state secrets" tactic was not ancillary to the Bush abuses; it was central to them.  Secrecy is the linchpin, the key enabling weapon, of all government abuses.  That's why Obama's embrace of the radical Bush position has been so deeply troubling.  And the excuse Obama gave last night for why he has been doing this is simply inaccurate and misleading:

More bogus Obama hagiography from BAGnews

Oh, come on:

Barack Obama, as the image conveys in the most luminous way, is a listener.

On health care, that's demonstrably not true.

If Obama were a listener on single payer, he wouldn't have tried to exclude John Conyers from his health care summit. Read more about More bogus Obama hagiography from BAGnews

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Mom's experience with Medicare part C

Just one anecdote, and a mild one at that. I know: the plural of "anecdote" is not "data". So take it as you will.

My Mom is enrolled via Medicare part C in an HMO whose name will be changed to protect the people working for it who bent the rules a bit. I'll refer to it as MPCHMO. Mom is mostly pretty much happy with MPCHMO. Bear that in mind as you read.

Mom recently found herself suffering from a bewildering array of vague symptoms which were reducing her quality of life dramatically. Age-related? She decided to check it out. Read more about Mom's experience with Medicare part C


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