Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Monica Goodthang and her testimony can be heard right here.

Better get busy cause it is going to start any minute now, my time, 7:24PST.

They are cleaning out the camera folks in the meeting right now, still time to get hooked up.


DEN said...

She pleads the 5th right out of the box!!

Conyers passes around an order to comply with the committee and assuring her she will not be prosecuted.

Returning to questions.

DEN said...

She has a written statement she is reading.

Voice of a 16 year old?

DEN said...

"I may have taken inappropriate political considerations in hiring for some positions."

"I interviewed hundreds..."

DEN said...

Another Justice Dept. person with a very bad memory.

Convenient, no?

carol said...

Den, if you're still there, send me an email. I need to see if I can receive email. I'm having trouble this morning.

©¿rol said...

You gotta love Dick

Will Durst -

05.18.07 - You gotta love Dick. Vice President Cheney that is. He made another unannounced visit to Iraq in his unofficial capacity as heavy schtarker foreign policy hit man for that Halliburton subsidy, the Bush White House. "So, Mister Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, you're planning on letting the Iraqi Parliament go on vacation for two months while our troops keep on protecting your sorry asses. Well, perhaps a few minutes alone with the ENFORCER will set you straight." CUE DARTH VADER THEME.

To me, the biggest shocker is he entered a battle zone under his own free will. Must have burned through all his deferments back in the Sixties. Then again, maybe wars, just like kids, are different when they're your own. Yes they are! They're special. A gift from God. Landing at an undisclosed base near Baghdad, he descended the airplane steps wearing a flak jacket under his suit coat, which seems to indicate his bullet repelling powers are diminishing.

But his powers of polarization remain intact. When Hugo Chavez called President Bush the devil at the UN, he was way out of line. Everybody knows Bush isn't the devil. Cheney is. Bush is just his little helper monkey. I can prove Cheney is the devil. Who else but the devil could shoot a guy in the face with a gun and get the victim to apologize? "I wish to beg forgiveness for placing my bulbous head between the gun and the bird thereby ruining the shot of my dark lord. I must now slither away to remove the scuff marks from his cloven hooves."

I got to say, there is something about Dick Cheney that I admire. His single-mindedness, for instance. The man will say or do whatever it takes to get what he wants. Probably explains why he's so dismissive of Democrats. He legitimately does not understand them. He will do anything: lie, cheat, steal, eat bugs, sell out his daughter; whatever he deems necessary to achieve his goal. While with Democrats, it's often a struggle to get them to actually take their own side in an argument. "Well, that's true... but then again, my point is valid too. Oh for crum's sake, you're probably right." With the Vice President, there's no artifice. I'm not saying he doesn't lie. He does. Often. Without regard to any facts. He just doesn't give a good rat's ass if you know he's lying.

Besides, who else can look evil wearing a short sleeved shirt? Who else can get laughs by drinking a glass of water while George Bush talks? Who else could sell the country on the concept of compassionate torture? He's a shark with glasses. Which might be the basis of his heart problems. His native species is not totally familiar with the function of that particular organ. What's he have, a cardiovascular event every three weeks? Got a pacemaker the size of a garage door opener. And I'm going to miss him when he leaves the public eye in 20 months. Too bad he can't run for President -- the Secret Service would never abide a Chief Executive susceptible to assassination by microwave oven.

Comic, writer, actor, former radio talk show host and audience wrangler Will Durst knows that during the Anthrax scare, they had George Bush opening Dick Cheney's mail.

Catch Durst at the Tahoe Improv all through Saturday. And emceeing for Mort Sahl at Rancho Nicasio on Sunday and at the Punch Line in San Francisco the 24th -26th. Or listen to his twice weekly commentaries And check out Itunes audiobooks for his new CD: "Ring Toss for Aliens," for a limited time -- only $4.95.

ò¿óarol said...

I'm not getting email. Had my son send me a test one and didn't get it. However, if I send myself an email I get it. I was on the phone with the new carrier twice today and they said they were still in the process of switching something over to something. He couldn't explain how I could get an email I sent to myself though. Now I'm worried. :<(

DEN said...

I sent you 2 e-mails Carol, guess you did not get them.

The repugs on the committee are patronizing goodthang and keep wandering off with bitch speeches aimed at the Dems about stuff that has no pertinence to the hearing whatsoever.


carol said...

Try sending me another one, Den.

DEN said...


carol said...

Nothing here yet. I'll keep checking for it. This is QUITE upsetting!!!!

carol said...

Have to get back outside. I have my tree people here. They're taking down a couple poplar trees for me among a couple other things.

DEN said...

Listening to this hearing and goodthang's sophomoric responses combined with the repugs' kissing her ass with their lapdog mentality and stoopid lundgrin with his know it all attitude, I am ready to PUKE!

This is the most pathetic display of partisan politics I have ever witnessed.

Why in the world is a 20-something bimbo bible beater in charge of hiring and firing, and why does that lundgrin freak keep acting like he is the boss?

This whole debacle is in the dumper, better get that 'no confidence' vote going, JEEZ!

carol said...

Came in to check and I got your email, Den. Phew. Thanks for the help. I couldn't find ANYONE to send me a damn email except you.

Oops! I take that back. My son tried.

carol said...

At last! Finally got a chance to get on the net and 24 emails came in. Guess they're done working on it.

Back later tonight. The final Idol in about 10 minutes. :)

micki said...

Carol -- I would have emailed you but I was gone all day.

...just emailed you twice and they were returned with that "fatal error" message.

What is going on?

DEN said...

Electronic fatality, little electrons fell down in the tubes and the internets quit.

But seriously, mine went through OK
Your Apple probably had a code the fragile system could not comprehend.

Carols servers might be getting an upgrade, who knows, new technology!

micki said...

Life is full of 'fatal errors' -- loot at the goon in the WH!

I heard what bush said at the USCG Academy today!

Fear, fear, fear!

If the baddies are so close to blowing us from here to kingdom come, why is the threat level holding steady?

micki said...

UN Urges World to Slow Extinctions: 2 Each Hour

DEN said...

Humans are planetary parasites.

Infestation has peaked.

It will go away slow,

but it will go away.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Hasn't peaked yet.

And it may 'go away' rather rapidly due to

-- resource wars over decreasing resources
-- unremediated diseases
-- privitation (hunger and thirst weakening)
-- overheating
-- nuclear winter(?)
-- ...

DEN said...

I guess it depends on ones concept of time.

200 years to Mars type atmosphere?

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Pliocene epoch warm seems much more likely.

But completely out of balance due to anthropogenic global warming. Even if we stopped doing it today, the effect will last for about 200 years before temperatures return to 'normal', and for up to one million years to replace all the species which go extinct.

This is the Sixth Mass Extinction.

Caused by 6.6+ billion people...

DEN said...

That brings up an interesting question.

"up to one million years to replace all the species which go extinct."

Just where would all those critters come from?

Primordal Ooze?

David B. Benson said...

The plants-n-critters would evolve from surviving species to fill the specialized niches which are currently being vacated as the specialized ones go extinct.

For example, lions are a robust form while leopards are more specialized and some varities of leopards are on the verge of extinction...

DEN said...

K. Olberman tonight, WOW!

You, the men and women elected with the simplest of directions—Stop The War—have traded your strength, your bargaining position, and the uniform support of those who elected you... for a handful of magic beans.

You may trot out every political cliché from the soft-soap, inside-the-beltway dictionary of boilerplate sound bites, about how this is the "beginning of the end" of Mr. Bush’s "carte blanche" in Iraq, about how this is a "first step."

Well, Senator Reid, the only end at its beginning... is our collective hope that you and your colleagues would do what is right, what is essential, what you were each elected and re-elected to do.

Because this "first step"... is a step right off a cliff.

And this President!

How shameful it would be to watch an adult... hold his breath, and threaten to continue to do so, until he turned blue.

But how horrifying it is... to watch a President hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so, until innocent and patriotic Americans in harm’s way, are bled white.

You lead this country, sir? You claim to defend it?

And yet when faced with the prospect of someone calling you on your stubbornness—your stubbornness which has cost 3,431 Americans their lives and thousands more their limbs—you, Mr. Bush, imply that if the Democrats don’t give you the money and give it to you entirely on your terms, the troops in Iraq will be stranded, or forced to serve longer, or have to throw bullets at the enemy with their bare hands.

How transcendentally, how historically, pathetic.

Any other president from any other moment in the panorama of our history would have, at the outset of this tawdry game of political chicken, declared that no matter what the other political side did, he would insure personally—first, last and always—that the troops would not suffer.

A President, Mr. Bush, uses the carte blanche he has already, not to manipulate an overlap of arriving and departing Brigades into a ‘second surge,’ but to say in unequivocal terms that if it takes every last dime of the monies already allocated, if it takes reneging on government contracts with Halliburton, he will make sure the troops are safe—even if the only safety to be found, is in getting them the hell out of there.

Well, any true President would have done that, Sir.
You instead, used our troops as political pawns, then blamed the Democrats when you did so.

Not that these Democrats, who had this country’s support and sympathy up until 48 hours ago, have not since earned all the blame they can carry home.
Gee Keith, what do you really think?

DEN said...

Sorry for the interruption, I HAD to post KO.

So critters would diversify depending on local surroundings and genetic influences.

Big job!

Big thing I guess is the regenerative abilities of the planet. To come back.
, albeit slowly from near atmospheric catastrophy, to flourish and prosper.

This theory indicates a survival of man. He would not become extinct, he would evolve into a variation of humans, perhaps more determined not to repeat the mistakes of his/her ancestors.

The best days are behind us,
we have to make the best of the ones we have left, perhaps just prolong the inevitable.

David B. Benson said...

I recommend that everybody buy and read

Jared Diamond

paying especial attention to the end of Mayan civilization. (Well, Easter Island also.)

Then give the book to somebody else to read, with the promise that they'll pass it on...

David B. Benson said...

Den --- I doubt the more determined part. Instead, unable to repeat the mistakes of the past.

No minable minerals.
Maybe no agriculture.

Anyway, subsistence level because all the resources to do more have all been used up...

DEN said...

Insuring the parasitic infestation stays at tolerable levels, in the Earths perspective.

DEN said...

People would live pretty much like the Native Americans did.

Small scale farms and animal crops.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Yup and yup. Which means not more than, at most, a few million (maybe a few tens of millions) people on the face of the globe...

DEN said...

Humanity is doomed to repeat history over and over?

Population begets population increase.....

David B. Benson said...

Den --- No. Because once modern civilization collapses, there is no possibility of restarting it.

No mineral resources can be extracted without the existing constructions.

For a preview, consider the Iraqi oil industry. That's just a starter...

DEN said...

Oh I don't know about that.

Civilizations of humans have overcome enormous odds to establish what we have today.

Another human population could be expected to follow the same basic path with variations to accomplish their own demise.

micki said...

CLIMATE CHANGE: We've never seen what we are seeing now

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Your link seems to be broken.

Anyway, I'm off for barley brew while there still is some (that I can afford)...

micki said...

The ones closer to the earth, shall inherit the land.

What's left of it, that is.

'Modern civilization' will be irrelevant.

That's my less than 2 cents for now.

micki said...

Dr. B -- try this, copy and paste:

micki said...

or this...

The article about climate change

see above

DEN said...


micki said...


What does that mean? I want to know.

Why? Because I'm a girl, dammit!

micki said...

Girls will inherit the land?

DEN said...

No kidding?

micki said...

Den...No kidding?

Now, what does that mean?

I don't understand anything you are saying right now. ;-))

DEN said...

Sorry Micki, as in reproduction, kidding, cause if you girls had kids there would have to be a man around the house,


DEN said...

I tend to go over the edge sometimes.

An original, not a sheeple.

micki said...

Not necessarily.

Look at the girl shark who had a baby shark without 'benefit" of sperm.

What's the word for that?

micki said...

Okay, here's the word, not in mammals (yet) ...


US: May 24, 2007

WASHINGTON - A captive shark gave birth to a pup without the benefit of sperm, the first time such a case has been documented in a shark, US and British researchers said on Wednesday.

Scientists had suspected that sharks could reproduce through parthenogenesis, a word meaning "virgin birth," but had never been able to document it.
The hammerhead shark, captured off the Florida Keys, had been held with other females for three years when she had the pup, Paulo Prodohl of Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland and colleagues reported in the journal Biology Letters.

The pup was killed by a stingray soon after birth and the researchers studied its tissue. They found no evidence of male input.

Parthenogenesis occurs when a female egg cell develops into an embryo on its own, without sperm. It has been seen in a number of species, notably bees.

"Parthenogenesis has been documented in all major jawed vertebrate lineages except mammals" and sharks, the researchers wrote in their report.

"Reports of captive female sharks giving birth despite being held in the extended absence of males have generally been ascribed to prior matings coupled with long-term sperm storage by the females."

But the three female sharks "had been held in the absence of males for 3 years, since they were wild caught in the Florida Keys as immature animals less than 1 year old," the researchers wrote.

"At least 2 years away from the age of first maturity, it is improbable that they were capable of sexual activity and sperm storage prior to capture."

The findings have implications for preserving endangered species such as sharks, the researchers said. And they suggested that because parthenogenesis is difficult to detect, it may be worth looking for in other species.


DEN said...

After watching the hearings today and the numerous shots of brandy to chase this intestinal crud,,I might not be putting things together quite right.

Rest assured, the Den you all know will return tomorrow, refreshed and ready to take on the fascist fucks once again.

micki said...

With that, I will bid you adieu!

And have nice dreams!

DEN said...

One more...BURP...thing,

Asexual reproduction is a form of reproduction which does not involve meiosis, ploidy reduction, or fertilization. Asexual reproduction only takes one parent. A more stringent definition is agamogenesis which refers to reproduction without the fusion of gametes. Asexual reproduction is the primary form of reproduction for single-celled organisms such as archaea, bacteria, and protists. Many plants and fungi reproduce mostly asexually as well. While all prokaryotes reproduce asexually (without the formation and fusion of gametes), mechanism for lateral gene transfer such as conjugation, transformation and transduction are sometimes likened to sexual reproduction.[1]

There ya go, human fungi, right on!

He was a really Fun Guy!

DEN said...