oh Snap!

Barney Frank talking about Gay Marriage in an interview with gay news Web site 365gay.com:

I wouldn’t want it to go to the United States Supreme Court now because that homophobe Antonin Scalia has too many votes on this current court.

UPDATE: I thought I explained that they were talking about gay marriage, thanks to Mark in the comments for pointing out I hadn’t!


Oh Yeah, That’ll Work


Geithner looks to rebrand “toxic assets” as “legacy securities” (bad mortgages are dubbed “legacy loans”).

Kinda reminds me of this {AP}:

Blackwater Worldwide is abandoning its tarnished brand name. Blackwater officials said Friday its family of two dozen business will now operate under the name Xe (zee), pronounced like the letter “z.”

My Boy


Israeli War Crimes

The Guardian:

An investigation by a group of former Israeli soldiers has uncovered new evidence of the military’s conduct during the assault on Gaza two months ago. According to the group Breaking the Silence, the witness statements of the 15 soldiers who have come forward to describe their concerns over Operation Cast Lead appear to corroborate claims of random killings and vandalism carried out during the operation made by a separate group of anonymous servicemen during a seminar at a military college.Worrying new questions have also been raised about the culture of the Israeli military, indicating a high level of dehumanisation and disregard for Palestinians among the chain of command and even among the military rabbinate….

….An investigation by reporter Uri Blau, published on Friday in Haaretz, disclosed how Israeli soldiers were ordering T-shirts to mark the end of operations, featuring grotesque images including dead babies, mothers weeping by their children’s graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques.

h/t dad

AIG Disaster

Even though my hysteria for Obama before the election was close to a 13 year old’s view of Troy Bolton I am happy to report that post-election I have no problem being irritated as hell with him. I was a bit worried that I was just going to be the mirror image of all the Bush, “he is our Supreme Leader do not talk bad of him or you are a Amerka hating communist” supporters. Nope.

This AIG bonus story is huge and it is going to get bigger. It seems like not only did the Treasury Department know about the bonuses they actually WANTED them in the legislation. Who knows why, although the large amounts of campaign cash Wall Street pours into DC is a good guess. Did people higher up in the Obama Administration know? We don’t know yet. I hope this story is a wake up call to Obama that he needs to practice what he preached on the campaign trail and sneaking this kind of bull shit into legislation is not going to fly this time. I really hope Treasury Secretary Geitner is forced out too before this is all over.

If you are interested, there is excellent reporting on the story both at Talking Points Memo and Firedoglake. {another reason the Left can be proud – do you remember even one Bush scandal where the right wing blogs/press actually actively investigated the administration?}

One More Aida

Green Birthday Girl
Slightly green processing for the St. Patrick’s Day baby.

Happy Birthday Aida


This photo was taken on the afternoon of March 17, 1998, a few hours after Aida was born. Because the birth was “natural” {not by choice, I had no drug options in Japan} I had an incredible buzz and couldn’t sit down let alone take a nap. After Eduardo woke up I teased him a bit for sleeping when I was the one who had actually given birth, to which in a classic Eduardo way he responded: “what are you talking about, I was on my feet the whole time, you got to be on your back!”

update: It looks like Eduardo has a mustache here. Absolutely not – it is the upper half of a goatee.