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A way with words

No matter what the facts are, neocons will have their way.

Isn’t that nice

That they’re so devoted to their jobs:

Undercover police agents in the UK infiltrated environmental groups, had sex with their members, struck up long-term relationships with women in these groups, fathered children with these women, and then abandoned the children.


Two undercover police officers secretly fathered children with political campaigners they had been sent to spy on and later disappeared completely from the lives of their offspring, the Guardian can reveal.

In both cases, the children have grown up not knowing that their biological fathers – whom they have not seen in decades – were police officers who had adopted fake identities to infiltrate activist groups. Both men have concealed their true identities from the children’s mothers for many years.

Failed experiment

The doctor told me to “alternate” Percocet with Motrin, not stop it completely. Which is why I woke up three times last night, and why I have such searing pain this morning. What am I, stupid? (head slap)

‘Steal Away’

‘The Milk of Human Kindness’

‘Stop the racist stereotypes’

Catholic leaders to Santorum and Gingrich:

Catholic leaders issued a letter Friday to GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, themselves Catholics, urging them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.”

The letter, signed by 45 Catholic leaders says:

Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment. Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorumremarked: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

“At a time when nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, charities and the free market alone can’t address the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. And while jobseekers outnumber job openings 4-to-1, suggesting that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work is misleading and insulting,” the letter adds.

“This statement is urging prominent Catholics in the race to go back and look at church teaching,” John Gehring, the Catholic outreach coordinator at Faith in Public Life, tells The Florida Independent, adding “that the letter is also about poverty.”

“The Catholic bishops have been incredibly important in raising a prophetic voice that really challenges those who think that the free market alone can sort of solve our economic problems,” Gehring says.

“You have Catholic conservative leaders, like John Boener, Paul Ryan, Rick Santourm, Newt Gingrich and they’ve all been looking to dismantle vital social safety nets,” Gehring says.

Faith in Public Life “works to promote a common good message in the media and helps progressive and moderate faith leaders to get their message out,” Gehring tells the Independent. “We’ve done a lot of work around common ground issues on abortion, we try to talk with pro-choice leaders. We provide an alternative voice, making sure that the values debate is not one-sided. For many decades the Christian right has dominated political conversations over faith and values.”

Gehring highlights the idea of “intrinsic evil,” adding that “a lot of people look at Catholic teaching and think about abortion as being a preeminent political issue, and that is true, but the bishops are also very clear that racism and torture — where Santorum is very bad on, Santurom has been an apologist for enhanced interrogation — are an intrinsic evil.”

He also highlights that Gingrich and Santorum’s “rhetoric around class and racial issues is in many ways out of line with Catholic social teaching.” “That is something Catholic voters will be concerned about,” Gehring says, “particularly given that both Santorum and Gingrich have not been shy about talking about the importance of their faith from a personal perspetcive and also how it shapes their political views as well.”

Birth control

Looks like the White House has decided it’s time to start making the base happy if they want to get reelected.

In this episode of ‘Susie’s Anatomy’

The surgeon tells me I can start alternating the Percocet with Motrin, since it sounds like most of the pain is muscular, anyway. This seems sensible to me, since I don’t like taking all that Tylenol (bad for the liver).

He reiterates that I have no dietary restrictions. Hmm.


Would have been Janis Joplin’s 69th birthday. I’m kind of glad she’s not still around; she probably would have ended up doing some makeover show for money, and the indignity of that would have been too much to bear.

Sitting Bull at Starbucks

Give me the pumpkin-spiced latte, white boy.

This was on PBS: The U.S. government was in the process of stealing the Black Hills area of South Dakota from the Indians, but George Custer got too cocky and picked a fight in the wrong place, separated from other units of his 700-man battalion. To hell with Custer. I was rooting for Sitting Bull, who told his people, “The whites may get me at last, as you say, but I will have good times till then. You are fools to make yourselves slaves to a piece of fat bacon, some hard-tack, and a little sugar and coffee.” More here.

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