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Pope Ratzi declares Protestants heretics

Posted by Charles II on July 10, 2007

Well, almost. I’m certainly offended. John Hooper and Stephen Bates in The Guardian:

Protestant churches yesterday reacted with dismay to a new declaration approved by Pope Benedict XVI insisting they were mere “ecclesial communities” and their ministers effectively phonies with no right to give communion.

Coming just four days after the reinstatement of the Latin mass, yesterday’s document left no doubt about the Pope’s eagerness to back traditional Roman Catholic practices and attitudes, even at the expense of causing offence.

The view that Protestants cannot have churches was first set out by Pope Benedict seven years ago when, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he headed the Vatican “ministry” for doctrine

Posted in abuse of power, theocrats | 65 Comments »

Mexico, July 11th 2007

Posted by Charles II on July 10, 2007

A pipeline explosion in Queretaro follows similar incidents last week in Celaya, Valle Santiago, and Salamanca, Guanajuato. The Attorney General says that the Guanajuato explosions were intentional. The Honda plant in Guadalajara and the Nissan plant in Aguascaliente had to stop operations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Crossing the Rubincalm

Posted by Charles II on July 10, 2007

Robert Rubin led the US Treasury brilliantly in coping with currency crises, leaving the US with a budget in surplus and a manageable if large balance of trade (or, more accurately, current account) deficit. His leadership is sorely missed now, a time that may well mark a fundamental shift in the American economy from a position of leadership to a position of dependence.

(Data source: ComStock, Solution by NetDania, from FxStreet). Top is Euro/Yen, middle is Euro/Dollar, bottom is Dollar/Yen. The time scale is 1 week. The changes are small– a few percent– but significant.currencyswing.jpg

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And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 10, 2007

Please stop, Mistress Jeanette!

Anyone who thought that the Palfrey revelations were the only instance of adultery in Professional Christian David Vitter’s life has turned out to be sadly mistaken:

U.S. Senator David Vitter visited a Canal Street brothel several times beginning in the mid-1990s, paying $300 per hour for services at the bordello after he met the madam at a fishing rodeo that included prostitutes and other politicians, according to Jeanette Maier, the “Canal Street Madam” whose operation was shut down by a federal investigators in 2001.

After they met, Maier said Vitter became a customer at the Mid-City brothel. He made several visits, she said, but had stopped coming before federal agents raided the brothel.


At the New Orleans brothel, Maier said Vitter spent time with several women, but preferred one in particular named Wendy. She said all the girls that were with Vitter described him as a kind, respectful man, who did not talk down to them or use drugs.

“I’m not out to ruin a marriage, I’m out to save a man,” Maier said. “I want his wife to know he’s a good man, I want his children to know he’s a good father. If he had sex out of wedlock, so what? At least he stayed with his children.”

Vitter and his wife, Wendy, have four children ages 13 and under.

Hey, looky! Vitter’s got a character witness!

Meanwhile: Do recall that in the earlier, non-Palfrey-related allegations concerning Vitter from 2004 and before, the name of his favored Canal Street hooker was Wendy Cortez.

Oh, and here’s a blast from the past:

“I think Livingston’s stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess,” he [Vitter] said. [Atlanta Journal Constitution, 12/20/98]

Well, Senator Mess-Maker? You said last night that your sinning was over years and years ago. Well, Clinton’s affair had been over for nearly as long when you said the 1998 words — even as you yourself were sampling the wares on Canal Street. What’s good for the Big Dog is good for the crapweasel.

And now, for your listening pleasure, the National Emblem March, my favorite music to enjoy schadenfreude by. Daa da da da dada dada da da DA da, da da DA da, da da DA, da da DA…

Posted in eedjits, family values, hypocrites, Palfrey, Professional Christians, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 7 Comments »

Vitter, Spelled V-I-C-T-I-M

Posted by MEC on July 10, 2007

Time Magazine has the spin for the revelation that Senator David Vitter used Debra Jean Palfrey’s escort service. The headline says it all:

Did Senator Vitter Get Hustled?

Members of a team assembled by self-described pornographer Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler, are understood to have identified Vitter’s name through their own analysis of Palfrey’s phone records. Flynt has a long record of exposing what he regards as “hypocrisy” on the part of politicians who tout family or religious values, while falling short in their own lives. Flynt recently placed a full page adverstisement in the Washington Post, asking, “Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official?” It went on to offer $1 million for documented evidence, and listed a toll-free number and an email address.

Could Palfrey and Flynt be working together? One of Flynt’s lead investigators, crime reporter Dan E. Moldea, was recently reported by the Washington Post to be having lunch with Palfrey. TIME has confirmed that he is helping her write a book currently being shopped to New York publishers which details her exploits as the “DC Madam”.

See, it wasn’t his fault! He was tricked! [No pun intended.] Trapped! Set up! Shame, shame on Larry Flynt for violating David Vitter’s privacy like that, and shame on Debra Jean Palfrey for providing a temptation Senator Vitter couldn’t resist. It’s all their fault.

How neatly these paragraphs distract from the unavoidable truth that Larry Flynt did not cause David Vitter to make those damning phone calls. But to othe Vichy media, it is not wrong for a Republican to commit a crime: it is wrong to reveal that a Republican committed a crime.

Posted in anti-truth, beat the press, Debra Jean Palfrey, hypocrites, Palfrey | 7 Comments »

A Little Bit of Good News

Posted by MEC on July 10, 2007


Southeastern Michigan’s air is getting cleaner.

Hot muggy days once meant Ozone Action alerts, days when ozone levels were higher, posing threats to people with respiratory problems and even athletes.

But summer’s first heat wave hasn’t triggered any Ozone Action days, a remarkable feat, according to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. The only ozone alert this summer was June 19, SEMCOG reported.


…since June 1, gas stations have been required to use low vapor pressure gasoline, which is less likely to contribute to ozone buildup.

Score one for government regulation of businesses.

Posted in environment, Good Things, when government is a good thing | 2 Comments »

Put a crowbar in your pocket (this means you especially, Gophers)

Posted by Charles II on July 10, 2007

Where is the vast left-wing foundation conspiracy when you need them? Transparency needs your support. Media Transparency has set up a searchable database of conservative donors/recipients and has served to greatly illuminate the network of right-wing money. Cursor is one the oldest and best news aggregation sites. They deserve your support.

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Posted in Good Things, Media machine | 1 Comment »

Ask CNN to apologize

Posted by Charles II on July 10, 2007

Via Avedon Carol’s (incomparable) Sideshow who got it from Raw Story, we learn of a new mission: get CNN to apologize to Michael Moore for running a sleazy bit of misdirection, innuendo, and outright lies by Sanjay Gupta (An M.D. in the CNN stable, who has apparently renounced the Hippocratic Oath for the Hypocritic Oath):

“Michael Moore has posted the video of his combative interview with Wolf Blitzer at his site [direct YouTube link] along with the promised fact-check of the CNN piece. (Moore actually understates the case about supplementary commercial healthcare in Britain. Some employers offer non-contributory commercial health insurance to employees who would not otherwise have it or want it. Since you get it with the job whether you want it or not, and it’s free, I doubt anyone refuses it if they accept the job.) Via The Raw Story.”

But guess what CNN’s own reporters said:

“Moore covers a lot of ground. Our team investigated some of the claims put forth in his film. We found that his numbers were mostly right, but his arguments could use a little more context. As we dug deep to uncover the numbers, we found surprisingly few inaccuracies in the film.”  (thanks to Bruce)

Here’s where to go to tell CNN where to go.

Posted in anti-truth, Media machine, mediawhores, Michael Moore/Sicko | 5 Comments »

Trust the liar

Posted by Charles II on July 10, 2007

One would hardly know it from the fun Phoenix Woman is having over the revelations of the DC Madam, but there is actually some hard news coming out of Washington (Solomon, WaPo, via t/o):

“As he sought to renew the USA Patriot Act two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers. ‘There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse,’ Gonzales told senators on April 27, 2005.


Six days earlier, the FBI sent Gonzales a copy of a report that said its agents had obtained personal information that they were not entitled to have. It was one of at least half a dozen reports of legal or procedural violations that Gonzales received in the three months before he made his statement to the Senate intelligence committee, according to internal FBI documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Posted in abuse of power, Alberto Gonzales, totalitarianism | 4 Comments »

Blogswarm for Impeachment

Posted by MEC on July 10, 2007

The First Federal Congress

AliceDem issues the call in Booman Tribune:

On July 14, 1789 a mob of French patriots stormed the Bastille prison. It was proof that power no longer resided in the King.

On July 14, 2007 a group of bloggers from all across America will be blogging for impeachment. We invite all patriots to join us.

Bruce Godfrey, who so graciously hosted the celebrated Take Back the Blog event, has once again offered his services as a host.
We hope by this action we can demonstrate the widespread support for impeachment and shift the debate. We also hope to educate our political elite on the dangers posed by failing to impeach.

It is critically important for the future of our democracy that this criminal cabal and all of their works be repudiated. We ask for your support and participation.

Mark your calendar, draft your posts.

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