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Oh sure, I believe it!

I find this very improbable:

FBI headquarters in Washington, DC claims it does not have any internal documents on the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street, according to a letter the agency sent to Truthout in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

On October 31, Truthout filed a FOIA request with the FBI seeking a wide range of documents, including “emails, memos, audio/video, transcripts, reports, threat assessments” in which Occupy Wall Street was discussed internally by agency officers and senior officials and/or any correspondence the agency had with local law enforcement and/or with local government officials.

Our request also sought documents related to any discussions that may have taken place “between FBI personnel, including FBI field agents” and the “CIA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), related to the protest movement known as ‘Occupy Wall Street.'”

FBI FOIA Chief David Hardy responded to our FOIA request in a letter dated November 15, which said, “based on the information [Truthout] provided, we conducted a search of the Central Records System. We were unable to identify main file records responsive to the FOIA.”


If you’re having Thanksgiving with a wingnut relative, read this carefully. And when you quote it, take special pleasure in pointing out it’s from the National Review.

Mayor Nutter

Reelection safely behind him, is turning up the screws on Occupy Philly.


Doesn’t it give you a good warm fuzzy feeling to know that the DEMOCRATS were the ones to put Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid on the table? Disgusting.

Adventures in health care

Spent the entire day at the hospital – first, for an appointment with a gastroenterologist, then such a thorough probing of my eyes that I didn’t think it was possible outside of a movie about Nazi medical experiments, and then a meeting with the lovely financial services staff. (The counselor told me I could have gotten a referral from the city health center, but since that would have involved me standing outside in a long line in the cold when I could barely stand to begin with, moot point.)

“Fortunately” (and I use the term in the most ironic way possible), if you don’t have insurance and you need surgery, you can sign a financial contract with them to pay off surgery, should it be necessary. And yes, they tell me, it appears likely I will need to get my gall bladder out. I have to go back to the hospital tomorrow (I feel like they should give me half a bureau drawer and half a closet, I’ve been there so many times in the past five days) to get an ultrasound. The GI doctor seemed a little bit upset about how the hospital I was previously taken to handled it; he pursed his lips, shook his head and said, “I can’t comment on your treatment there.”

Mystery Train …

… Rollin’ ’round the bend
It took my baby
Won’t be back again.

Megyn Kelly is:

A. Just another pretty face spouting misinformation on TV.
B. A mouthpiece for corporatists.
C. A and B

The answer is C, of course. It seems she’s also an expert on police violence, probably because of her extensive experience as an on-the-scene reporter at Occupy protests (joking). More here.


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Everybody is under suspicion…

… but you don’t want to hear about that.

The return of the Muppets

I was reading this review in Salon, and it really got me hoping I’m well enough to see it this weekend. I love the Muppets, they always make me laugh. (My Dead Ex-Husband always used to sing “Rubber Duckie” to me, and then to our kids.)

I thought it was funny that Andrew O’Hahir was surprised to find himself crying when the Muppets sing “The Rainbow Connection.” I’ve never been able to listen to it without tearing up, it’s a magical song. Don’t you agree?

Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.
Who said that wishes would be heard and answered when wished on the morningstar?
Someone thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell.
We know that it’s probably magic.
Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me.

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