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A train rolling downhill without brakes

The seeming inevitability of the military-industrial complex’s push for war with Iran.

Hey, it’s just weather

We’re just getting a lot more of it, more often! Tornadoes in February are no big deal.


So intellectual journals in general are rather lax in publishing pieces by women writers! I am so very, very shocked.

Seriously, don’t kid yourself. It happens in the blogosphere, too. I still remember a young Ezra Klein (yes, even younger) lecturing me about expecting to be supported by male bloggers when I hadn’t paid my dues, like him. “Uh, Ezra, I’ve been blogging a year longer than you,” I said.


Here’s why it’s important: Because women in general are more liberal than men. We want specific social things, we’re not as eager to whip out our dicks on national security issues to make people take us seriously. The national discourse would look very different if more women – diverse women, not women selected for their ability to parrot the standard male policy wonk positions – were given a voice.

And if pigs had wings, they could fly.

You could read this, too.

If I had called them up, I would have yelled, cussed and started ranting. But, as a former call center employee, I know that isn’t really effective. So, I just send polite notes.

Dear Mortgage Company,

Last night I tried to give you money, like I always do through your website on the 28th. First, I got a message that my password was wrong. I changed it and I got the same message again. I told you the name of the street I grew up and then I was redirected to another mortgage payment site. Typed in my username and password 3 times and was locked out.

Reverend Al came on tee vee, so I suspended this frustrating exercise. I have to have my daily dose of preaching.

This morning, I pulled up the original website. Put in my username and password 3 times and was locked out. Changed the password and proceeded to “Speed Pay” (?) and completed my transaction.

I WANT y’all to have my payment every month in a timely manner. I use the Internets because it is (allegedly) convenient and the one time I mailed in a payment it “disappeared.” Your website is starting to give me the impression you just don’t want my money.

I think next time I have to go through all that nonsense; I’ll bypass it all and just mail you the freakin’ keys. K?

Your “Under Water” Customer,


Panetta to the rescue

I don’t care if he’s doing it because of bad PR or because he genuinely cares, just as long as it’s done:

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Tuesday announced a new layer in the Army’s investigations into a Madigan Army Medical Center behavioral health program that changed post traumatic stress disorder diagnoses for certain soldiers who were seeking medical retirements at the Army base south of Tacoma.

Panetta told a Senate committee that he asked a Defense Department undersecretary to look at whether the military is diagnosing post traumatic stress consistently.

It was not clear Tuesday whether that inquiry overlaps with at least two other ongoing investigations into Madigan’s forensic psychiatry unit. Pentagon and Army Medical Command spokesmen were not able to describe the latest investigation.

Panetta’s remarks came at a defense budget hearing at which Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., pressed him about his knowledge of the forensic psychiatry team at Madigan, on the grounds of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. That unit, created in 2008, reviewed PTSD diagnoses and sometimes adjusted them to other diagnoses.

The decisions were costly to some service members who were no longer entitled to the level of disability benefits the government provides to soldiers who suffer from PTSD. One psychiatrist in the forensic unit this fall encouraged other behavioral health specialists not to be a “rubber stamp,” and said a PTSD diagnosis could cost taxpayers $1.5 million in benefits over the lifetime of a retired soldier.

“I never want to hear anyone in any service say we’re not going to give you a PTSD diagnosis because we have a budget problem,” Murray said at Tuesday’s hearing.

Panetta replied that he was troubled by the Madigan reports and said he asked his undersecretary for personnel, Dr. Jo Anne Rooney, to look into the situation at Madigan.

Zuccotti Park

So the NYPD feels perfectly safe in ignoring the court’s order?

Ha ha

Krugman is so good at making wingnut heads explode.


Just when I think I’ve heard everything about Washington, something even more stupid comes along.

Fig leaf from Israel

I don’t know about you, but I sure feel a lot better now. Because there’s simply no way an attack on Iran (a country our government still insists is not building nuclear weapons) would ever bite the U.S. in the ass, right?

WASHINGTON — Israeli officials say they won’t warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.

Israeli officials said that if they eventually decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the U.S. would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel’s potential attack. The U.S. has been working with the Israelis for months to persuade them that an attack would be only a temporary setback to Iran’s nuclear program.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak delivered the message to a series of top-level U.S. visitors to the country, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House national security adviser and the director of national intelligence, and top U.S. lawmakers, all trying to close the trust gap between Israel and the U.S. over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Netanyahu delivered the same message to all the Americans who have traveled to Israel for talks, the U.S. official said.


As I say, I will always love Hillary Clinton for how hard she fought to get dental care covered in her failed health care plan. Nothing more depressing than losing your teeth simply because you can’t afford to take care of them. From the report: One-quarter of adults aged 65 and older have lost ALL their teeth.

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