Daily Archives: January 5, 2007

Democratic control of Congress, satanic attacks on farm animals send Rapture Index to 3-year high

The Rapture Index, the “prophetic speedometer of end-time activity” has increased to what seems to be a three-year high of 163, thanks to the results of the recent U.S. midterm elections, which increased the contribution of factor 29 in the 45-factor formula:

29 Liberalism
Democrats take control of the U.S. Congress

Other important factors which, if not related to or caused by the above, are at least as devilish:

01 False Christs
A gentleman in Florida has made news by claiming to
be Christ.
03 Satanism:
In England, satanists are believed responsible a series
of sickening “satanic rite” attacks on farm animals.

The site explains the contribution of liberalism:

It’s not just a part of the Democrat Party. liberalism is what could be
called the “true conspiracy.” Liberal media are 100 percent controlled by the forces that bow to humanistic ideology.

Now, remember, we are still off the all time highs set in 2001, but still, the site warns:

Rapture Index above 145: Fasten your seat belts

Click clack baby, I’m bucklin up…at least until those satanic attacks on farm animals slack off…


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John McCain: is he lying, or does he have Iraq-zheimer’s disease?

(crossposted at dailykos)

St. John McCain, the little old general and resident maverick turned butt-kissing winger-for-president, told a little whopper, no, a BIG WHOPPER yesteday. In fact, it was so much of a whopper that he might want to get somebody to do a mental status exam on him. After all, when these elderly guys run for president, well…you know…
Anyway, here is the lie, from ThinkProgress:

Today on MSNBC, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed that he knew the Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough,” and that he was “sorry” for those who voted for the war believing it would be “some kind of an easy task.” “Maybe they didn’t know what they were voting for,” McCain said.

What Johnny ACTUALLY said in the runup to the war: (Not safe for work, if you work at McCain campaign headquarters.)

“Because I know that as successful as I believe we will be, and I believe that the success will be fairly easy, we will still lose some American young men or women.” [CNN, 9/24/02]

“We’re not going to get into house-to-house fighting in Baghdad. We may have to take out buildings, but we’re not going to have a bloodletting of trading American bodies for Iraqi bodies.” [CNN, 9/29/02]

“But the point is that, one, we will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” [MSNBC, 1/22/03]

Wouldn’t be the first time Johnny Mac got caught in a lie.
At best, the old guy has become a world class flipflopper:

* McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.
* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks. (Indeed, McCain has now hired Falwell’s debate coach.)

* McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

* In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June, he abandoned his own legislation.

* McCain used to think that Grover Norquist was a crook and a corrupt shill for dictators. Then McCain got serious about running for president and began to reconcile with Norquist.

* McCain took a firm line in opposition to torture, and then caved to White House demands.

* McCain gave up on his signature policy issue, campaign-finance reform, and won’t back the same provision he sponsored just a couple of years ago.

* McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.

* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

* McCain decided in 2000 that he didn’t want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he “would taint the image of the ‘Straight Talk Express.’” Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.


Maybe John is trying to parse the Iraq stuff here; what he “thought” and what he “said” don’t necessarily have to jibe. But still, I am worried about the old boy. I mean, he’s been through a lot, what with all the buttkissing and all….maybe he should make an appointment…I know that there is a virus, Iraq-zheimers™ going around rightwing circles that causes selective memory loss for the years 2002-2003, but it could be something more serious. Trust me. I’m a doctor.


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Yankees fleece Arizona rubes; trade Randy Johnson for baseball players

For many years, the New York Yankees have successfully bilked semi-rural baseball teams (Kansas City, Texas, etc.) out of real baseball players, by trading disappointments who were famous only by virtue of wearing the Yankee uniform on television. In a variant of this ploy, the Yanks are in the process of unloading both the salary of and the end of the career of what was once Randy Johnson, on the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a proven pitcher and several guys who look like they can play in the bigs.
Johnson is 43 and “coming off back surgery.” AKA not the same guy who pitched for Arizona in 2004. His record is heading into the dumpster, and at 43 he seems unlikely to justify the gazillions he will command. The Diamondbacks, playing the opposite of the strategy outline in “Moneyball,” are trading away a number of cheap young players:

the 230-pound righty, described as “an absolute horse” by his college coach, ex-Yankee Scott Bradley, has a power sinker that should improve as he refines his breaking pitches. Ohlendorf pitched most of last year at Double-A and was a candidate to make the Diamondbacks out of spring training, but likely will start at Triple-A for the Yanks.

Steven Jackson, a 6-5 righthander, went 8-11 with 2.65 ERA in 24 starts at Double-A, is a power pitcher with a nasty slider. He did poorly in the Arizona Fall League, but does that justify giving up on him?

Alberto Gonzalez, a good fielding shortstop and streaky hitter who’s the number one SS prospect in the organization.

Are these the best prospects in the Arizona system: probably not…but what are the prospects for Randy Johnson?

And let’s not forget Luis Vizcaino: his ERA doesn’t look so great but a proven major league bullpen guy who has played for some bad teams. He can strike you out and has a good innings pitched to hits ratio. He alone will help the Yankees as much as Johnson will help Arizona this year. Trust me.

Bottom line: the Yankees are laughing. It’s like a garage sale for them.

As for Arizona, I know it is a retirement community; but who’s next for the Diamondbacks, Mark Grace?

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Most important Japanese word to know when ordering sushi

Hey, sushi, sushimi, ngiri…you can just point to what you want in most places…but there is one thing you really need to be able to say, cause you can’t point to it…it isn’t on the menu or on the bed of ice chips…..

Are you subject to migraine headaches or the so-called Chinese restaurant syndrome? Then you need to know how to be sure that you aren’t getting monosodium glutamate (MSG) when eating in a Japanese any restaurant. Of course, in most cases you can just ask in English. But here is the Japanese…repeat after me: Aji-no-moto (ah-jee-no-moh-toh). You may want to write it on the back of your hand or something, or come up with a mnemonic device.


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Catholic catechism on the minimum wage

(h/t to the incomparable Glenn Greenwald)

2434 A just wage is the legitimate fruit of work. To refuse or withhold it can be a grave injustice.221 In determining fair pay both the needs and the contributions of each person must be taken into account. “Remuneration for work should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level, taking into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the business, and the common good.”222 Agreement between the parties is not sufficient to justify morally the amount to be received in wages.


….just sayin….George Will is a Catholic….

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I have seen the center, and if it’s McLai-berman, I do not want to go there.

Steve Clemons notes that an “anti-surge” rally is being held in Washington DC today, Friday, the 5th of January, protesting the kickoff of a campaign to support an escalation of our war in Iraq, headed by Sens. Lieberman and McCain.

there is a picket action that is taking place on Friday at noon in Washington at 1150 Seventeenth Street (near 17th and M Streets) to protest the campaign that Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman are launching tomorrow to support President Bush’s call for more troops in Iraq.

This peaceful picket action is called “No Iraq Escalation” and folks will have colorful signs and other material to carry around if you wish.


Somehow these two guys have been trying to cast themselves as “centrists”, rebels within their respective political parties, gallant and honest men who are not afraid to “reach out” to “those on the other side of the aisle” blah blah. The facts are that Lieberman is a superhawk who lied to his constituents to get reelected, and McCain is a doddering and desperate closet reactionary who is pandering to the far fight wing of his party in order to get the presidential nomination in 2008.

Their little warmongering campaign should once and for all reveal them for the shabby and dishonest little men they are.

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Misogyny: it’s not just for breakfast (or Hillary) any more

Now I don’t want to make mountains out of molehills here, but I am struck by the number and character of attacks on Nancy Pelosi. We have somehow become rather immune to the attacks on Hillary Clinton. Many on the left, as well as on the right, do not find her politics to their liking, and have allowed a bit more gender-based attack than they should have. Sen. Clinton is two years, a primary campaign, a convention, an election campaign and an inauguration from the presidency, while Speaker Pelosi is two heartbeats, or a couple of impeachments from that office.

So is this just politics as usual? Maybe. But I’m starting to think there is more to it than that. Let’s just start watching to see if these attacks aren’t based as much on her gender as her politics.

If the right is going down that road, they will indeed be very sorry.

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