Small Tribute to Natasha Richardson

Some readers go through phases where they’ll read just about everything a particular writer of books has published.  Sometimes, I am.  I thought I might do that with Margaret Atwood. I had run across her poetry first.  Then her novels ‘Surfacing’ and ‘Cats Eye.’  A few others that didn’t hold much interest or apparently I’d remember the titles.

Then there was ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ handmaid Scared the bejezzus out of me, even more so when the movie came out not necessarily because the film was so track with the movie, but because I knew and still know people who would like to see that kind of world.  The movie starred Natasha Richardson, Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, and Aidan Quinn in much younger forms.  So it was that I was truly  saddened to hear of Natasha Richardson’s death today. She embodied Offred.

Happened across this article that talks a bit about her politics and her role in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’  Then, there is this bit on brain injury referencing the confusion from yesterday on whether Ms Richardson had actually died or was “merely brain dead.”  A crude remark seemingly cruder when viewed in print, and I cannot remember where I saw it. It doesn’t matter now.

RIP, Natasha.

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Code Pink & Mr. Liddy

Oh those indomitable, incorrigible ladies from Code Pink are at it again….

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Cityfile New York has an update on the proceedings, but I found this few sentences charming, although it’s not as fun as hanging at firedoglake or Jack & Jill Politics.

Oh, and every once in a while, those crazy ladies from Code Pink get bitched out by the old white men in suits who don’t much appreciate their presence, although it’s also a little unclear why they were even allowed to step inside in the first place. They’re kind of easy to spot, ya know? They’re dressed in pink! And they’re women! Whatever. In the meantime, you’re all caught up. And you’re welcome.

Eddy Liddy Doesn’t Get It

Anyone know if he’s related to the infamous G. Gordon Liddy?

Sooo – Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) just asked Liddy if AIG had not received bailout funds, would those bonuses been paid out?  “No.” he said, “Probably not.”  With an explanation about going into bankruptcy.

Last night on Rachel Maddow’s show, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) was on explaining the amendment he and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) had in the stimulus bill.  Below:

MADDOW:  Back in early February, you and Senator Snowe added an amendment to the stimulus bill that, I think, would have prevented AIG from giving out these millions of dollars worth of bonuses.  That amendment was taken out of the bill.

Am I right that your amendment would have stopped what we are experiencing right now?

WYDEN:  You are right.  And that‘s what‘s so sad about this situation.  It simply didn‘t mean to happen.  What happened, Rachel, was we got it through the United States Senate and then like, with so many issues, all the lobbyists came out in droves and somehow magically, the amendment disappeared.  It seems to me now we‘ve got an opportunity to get this job done right but it didn‘t have to happen.

In talking to my boss just a bit ago, she said this is the kind of stuff that drive people to get guns and kill people.  I’m not so inclined myself, but I do think there are undoubtedly people who are desperate enough to not give a rat’s ass or one shit.  Mr. Liddy may need to be a bit more careful than usual.

In watching for the few moments just now, it seems Mr. Liddy is more determined to let ‘everyone know’ what he thinks or how he views this fiasco.  The thing is – we don’t.  Liddy just told the representative  battering him with questions, Mr. Lynch (D-MA), he wasn’t there yet – sooo – it’s not HIS fault.  See?  Emptywheel is live blogging at firedoglake, and Jane – being Jane – has this up on Mr. Liddy.

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If I have the timeline correct, Mr. Liddy was CEO of Allstate during the Katrina debacle when Allstate refused to pay claims.  Have to check that out.

Update-1:  It was Rep. Lynch from Massachusetts who was battering Eddy Liddy with questions.  The funniest exchange, I swear, was when Mr. Liddy said he was offended, and Mr. Lynch replied, “Offense was meant.”   A real laugh-out-loud moment, and here’s a bit on that exchange with some other observations.