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LOL 24 February 2009

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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I snagged it from Instapundit.. who gave Ob points for not freaking at what was in front of him……….

What a hoot!

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1. catnip - 24 February 2009

AbHil! (Absolutely hilarious).

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 February 2009

we’re well and truly fucked.

3. catnip - 24 February 2009

we’re well and truly fucked.

Well, if you have a shovel and some hair…I’m just sayin’…

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 February 2009

Poor Jindahl, apparently even Faux wasn’t impressed:

BRIT HUME: It read better than it sounded… this was not Bobby Jindal’s greatest rhetorical moment.

NINA EASTON: The delivery was not terrific.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Jindal didn’t have a chance.

JUAN WILLIAMS: Childish.

5. marisacat - 24 February 2009

LOL Instapundit told him to work out some… that tho obama had helped the issue of thn guys with big ears… it probably was not enough.

Have to laugh.

I can say it was about equal with Kaine and Sibelius of past years.

So………………………

6. BooHooHooMan - 24 February 2009

LOL. Geitner in the Pic above:

Why did I take this job?
What. ever. in. the. fuck. am I going to do?

Anyways, Great parlay in the previous thread during the Obster slobber.
Proof of intelligent life….It helps me hang on, truly.
Someday, someday… (if I don’t slide entirely off the deep end when they move to “finish business” in Gaza and Afghanistan….)

Also, mcat, re mom: what a unique, wonderfully intelligent woman.
Yes, that case can definitely be made.

7. marisacat - 24 February 2009

handy. Another teacher in their pocket to plump for the scam (Dr Biden).

Biden, his wife and Secretary Duncan will address state school superintendents from around the country on stimulus implementation.

8. wu ming - 24 February 2009

i think the likelihood of a west coast general strike got lessened with obama for a bit. as long as O talks about getting out of iraq, he’ll (wrongly) get a free pass on the war. i don’t suspect he’ll try to take on the longshoremen like bush did, that triggered the last major strike of theirs.

if this financial thing eventually starts to fuck with the grocery store food distribution networks, tho, things could heat up pretty quickly. and when you have a 10% (probably 16% in unfaked #s) unemployment rate, that is a lot of people with nothing else on their schedule that could swell a protest.

if there’s a general strike in CA, it’ll be against the state govt, not the federal one, IMO.

9. marisacat - 24 February 2009

I pretty much agree with that…

Think I jsut read we (CA) are just under (official) 10% unemployment… and I would guess it will rise

10. marisacat - 24 February 2009

oh too funny… the Am Ex ads to pay off your account with them, cut up your card and send it in for a cash pay of 300.00. They don’t want Jane and Joe USA anymore. LOL

Only the rich need apply. Apparently January credit card defaults were thru the roof.

11. marisacat - 24 February 2009

Shales

[T]he president pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. He promised that by 2020, America would again lead the world in percentage of college-educated adults. He vowed to reform health care and to find “a cure for cancer in our time.” Whew! It all sounded so nice. …

I did think the cancer hug and kiss was a bit much. Not with our system we won’t be finding a cure for cancer.

For all his oratorical skills, however, it seems very likely that Americans who watched the speech probably are not terribly eager to see another one soon. There has been criticism that after eight years of a president who often seemed to be in hiding, the nation now has a president who won’t seem to relinquish the TV cameras to anybody else — a president who, as George Will said recently on ABC’s “This Week” program, is too “in-your-face” for his own good.

I would add he and his admin (see the Rahm profile in TNY for just the latest) are very, too too clued into the oppositional and negative media. Get over it! Their obsession with Rush and Hannity and Fox SMELLS. Plus it is juvenile. Shouldn’t Ob and all the little Oblings be very very busy?

We’ve seen Obama give presidential speeches — after a campaign full of would-be-presidential speeches — as well as hold presidential news conferences and convene a sort of fireside chat. We’ve seen him in just about every framework but sitting in his pajamas at the breakfast nook. He looks good, he sounds good, and last night, he again proved an adept ad-libber when the occasion arose (“See, I know we can get some concessions in here,” he said when Republicans joined in cheers over his remarks about the economy). It has become a given, no surprise.

His speeches will always make news, but the fact that he’s a pretty great communicator is no longer a revelation. So after perfecting a style, and having given a speech last night that was full of practical content, there isn’t much further he can go as a speechmaker. “It is time for America to lead again,” he said, but hasn’t he said that before? How many times can he say “it’s time” before it really is time? The honeymoon might go on, but if it turns out to be a case of too much talk and too little action, the great communal cry of national disappointment will be crushing, and cruel..

It won’t be cruel. It will overdue and on target.

Shales ends with, basically, “Now what”… we got the speech, now what?

12. diane - 24 February 2009

Intermittent last thread

Generally re paying income taxes..the best thing to do is to owe on April 15th but avoid penalty,..the Wealthy ALWAYS do this via making estimated payments on Form 1040ES (pdf file, which includes instructions) on a quarterly basis, WHICH ANYONE CAN DO to make up for an amount they don’t want to be penalized for….So for instance Intermittent, versus the withholding on Unemployment income, you could make quarterly Estimated Payments to avoid a penalty, in case you weren’t aware of it. If you go that route you may want to check back at http://www.irs.gov for any revised forms on occasion. Those who do contract work where they may not work for quite a few months out of the year, should really take advantage of that and also adjust their Form W-4 (pdf) accordingly.

Generally speaking, I’d say off the top of my head that the government may earn more interest on the average workers overpaid taxes than those of the wealthy…That’s one of the reasons the Cali Groper’s action (which I guess is no longer happening) of holding refund checks (which are actually fucking WAGES) was really fuckin evil…that bastard knew fully well that barely any of that money was from high rollers, they were refunds of non VIP employees scared to death about what misery tomorrow’s going to be bring.

People need to drop their fear of dealing with income taxes and do some of the same things the elite do..that might worry the fuckers! It can be tedious and take some tracking, but it’s certainly not rocket science.

13. marisacat - 24 February 2009

Laugh laugh laugh… MoDo.. and, unless I missed it, she misses the really big punch line. Northern Trust is Obster’s own personal bank.

Northern No Trust had a lavish dinner at the Ritz Carlton on Wednesday with a concert by Chicago (at a $100,000 fee); rented a private hangar at the Santa Monica Airport on Thursday for another big dinner with a gig by Earth, Wind & Fire, and closed down the House of Blues on Sunset Strip on Saturday (at a cost of $50,000) for a dinner and serenade by Sheryl Crow.

In the ignoble tradition of rockers who sing for huge sums to sketchy people when we’re not looking, Crow — in her stint as a federal employee — warbled these lyrics to the oblivious revelers:

“Slow down, you’re gonna crash,
Baby, you’re a-screaming it’s a blast, blast, blast
Look out babe, you’ve got your blinders on …
But there’s a new cat in town
He’s got high payin’ friends
Thinks he’s gonna change history.”

….

May they all bite each other to death.

14. NYCO - 25 February 2009

More from Dmitry Orlov (an older one) and The Five Stages of Collapse. In which he tries to sound hopeful. But I liked his section on politics:

It is sometimes hard to discern political collapse, because politicians tend to be quite good at maintaining the pretense of power and authority even as it dwindles. But there are some telltale signs of political collapse. One is when politicians start moonlighting because their day job is no longer sufficiently gainful. Another is when regional politicians start to openly defy orders from the political center. Russia experienced plenty of each of these symptoms.

One thing that makes political collapse particularly hard to spot is that the worse things get, the more noise the politicians emit. The substance to noise ratio in political discourse is pretty low even in good times, making it hard to spot the transition when it actually drops to zero. The variable that’s easier to monitor is the level of political embarrassment. For instance, when Mr. Nazdratenko, the governor of the far-east Russian region of Primorye, stole large amounts of coal, made strides in the direction of establishing an independent foreign policy toward China, and yet Moscow could do nothing to reign him in, you could be sure that Russia’s political system was pretty much defunct.

One thing Orlov doesn’t mention, but could have, is that “criminal syndicates” (of a sort) already are deeply invested in state government. I mean, state government is already a racket.

Orlov also has repeatedly expressed in his essays the idea that Americans have to become far more selective about how they spend their political energy. This is something I’ve tried to live myself, for many years: I recognize that national politics, although it can affect me negatively, is not something I should waste time trying to steer. It’s not going to happen, and it’s not “nihilism” or “defeatism” to admit it. It’s not like I don’t care about politics any more. I just think Washington is a waste of time.

15. marisacat - 25 February 2009

hmmm via Tapper http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/

As he kicks off the first oversight session on the stimulus funds, Biden put states on notice this morning that the White House is not going to sit back and do nothing if stimulus funds are misused.

“In some cases we can withdraw the money we can hold them accountable. And in other places we’ll just use the television, the radio and the media to embarrass them for not doing what their’ supposed to do,” Biden said to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.

16. NYCO - 25 February 2009

“In some cases we can withdraw the money we can hold them accountable. And in other places we’ll just use the television, the radio and the media to embarrass them for not doing what their’ supposed to do,” Biden said to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.

Yay! Denunciatory democracy.

17. marisacat - 25 February 2009

I thought that was pretty hilarious. I happened to hear the interview with Biden. Strange guy…

18. marisacat - 25 February 2009

This must be Ash Wednesday… as The Page has a pic of Biden wearing his ashes on his forehead.

No words. None.

19. catnip - 25 February 2009

I caught the rerun of Jindal’s speech last nite. Wow. It was like one of those really really bad infomercials. In fact, some of those are even better than the performance he gave.

20. catnip - 25 February 2009

embarrass them for not doing what their’ [sic] supposed to do,” Biden said to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.

How very Catholic of him! Shame Shame Shame. Get thee to a confessional.

21. catnip - 25 February 2009

11. Some of our Canadian pundits were laughing yesterday about Obamalama’s overexposure in the media – so opposite our PM’s who prefers to hide most of the time.

We’ve seen him in just about every framework but sitting in his pajamas at the breakfast nook.

Yup. Scrambled egg eating was mentioned here too. Stay tuned for that, I guess.

People reports that the WH dog is coming soon. Oh, I am SO excited!

haha

22. catnip - 25 February 2009

Mutiny on The Bounty:

Byrd: Obama in power grab

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama’s appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.

In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”

23. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Well Biden is now described as “one of Obama’s oversight czars”.

The VP meets with Cabinet members Wednesday on the stimulus in his capacity as one of Obama’s oversight czars.

I can see that getting pretty thread bare as teh years roll by. Slowly.

24. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Local news covering Joe [pontificating] at a table of cabinet secs is still wearing his ashes.

Czar of the Ashes.

25. NYCO - 25 February 2009

What’s the problem with Joe’s ashes? Isn’t it Ash Wednesday? It’s not an uncommon sight.

26. lucid - 25 February 2009

I’m sure this has been noted on many occasions – but do they not see the irony in calling created offices outside of constitutional spectrum ‘czars’?

27. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Well NYCo for me it is the effect of a religious parade inside government. Just more of the crap heap imo. Merely my opinion.

Yes it is Ash Wednesday.

28. marisacat - 25 February 2009

26

Yup…That was Byrd’s point. As I said, I can see it getting very thread bare.

29. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Rather late, Norman. Who grudgingly endorsed Ob.

Norman Solomon

Freeing Up Resources … for More War

http://www.truthout.org/022509A

“Hours after President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress, The New York Times printed the news that he plans to gradually withdraw ‘American combat forces’ from Iraq during the next 18 months. The newspaper reported that the advantages of the pullout will include ‘relieving the strain on the armed forces and freeing up resources for Afghanistan.’

The president’s speech had little to say about the plans for escalation, but the few words will come back to haunt:

‘With our friends and allies, we will forge a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat Al Qaida and combat extremism, because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens halfway around the world. We will not allow it.’

Only what he said thru the long long long long primary and short strange GE. No news.

30. marisacat - 25 February 2009

I see AP Giannini’s granddaughter is slamming the current BofA leadership… Brava! I remember the day her mother walked off the board here…

31. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Silicon Valley recruiters… All I can say is I hope they saved money from the good years.

The majority of the approximately 90 recruiters who attended the networking luncheon were in the same situation. The monthly luncheon, now in its 11th year, has long been a source of job leads for countless recruiters, and many showed up last week with the faint hope of hearing about an opening for themselves. What they found were old friends, unemployed colleagues and words of encouragement. They also got a few tips on adapting their skills to other professions and one offer for affordable health care.

“It was pretty hard to see so many people in the same situation,” Ms. Lovell said.

There are no precise counts of recruiters in Silicon Valley, and no one knows how many are unemployed. But interviews with more than two dozen recruiters suggest that the recession has slammed the profession particularly hard, both here and across the country.

Scores of recruiters have been let go in recent months and new positions are virtually nonexistent. Those that pop up attract as many as 500 applicants. And rates paid to recruiters, many of whom work as contractors, have fallen by about 50 percent.

“Recruiters are kind of the canary in the coal mine,” said John Moed, who moderates an online group for San Francisco-area recruiters that has about 3,700 members. “When things are great, the bird is singing away and you can’t find enough recruiters. But they are the first to go when things are slow.” …

32. catnip - 25 February 2009

Why is Obamalama live on my teevee yet again? Is there anyone else in that administration besides him and Robert Gibbs?

33. catnip - 25 February 2009

It is bizarre seeing all of this news footage with Biden sporting his HUGE display of ashes. Someone get that man a Handi wipe.

34. catnip - 25 February 2009

‘There will be blood’

Harvard economic historian Niall Ferguson predicts prolonged financial hardship, even civil war, before the ‘Great Recession’ ends

35. catnip - 25 February 2009
36. marisacat - 25 February 2009

A raccoon was finally netted on the WH grounds. After trying peanut butter, cat food… and whatever else.. they say salmon did it.

37. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Stiglitz on with Amy, after the speech… (he says Ob is confused, saving the bankers rather than the banks… LOL,, I would call it servant saving the pay masters) but this exchange at the end. All this lousy rivers of money and we will never get Single Payer.

AMY GOODMAN: And healthcare? He’s called for universal healthcare, but he does not call for single-payer healthcare.

JOSEPH STIGLITZ: I think that there are some fundamental problems in the efficiency of our healthcare system. And what we’ve seen is that the private healthcare insurers do not know how to deliver an efficient way.

AMY GOODMAN: Do you support single-payer healthcare?

JOSEPH STIGLITZ: I think I’ve reluctantly come to the view that it’s the only alternative. You know, we’ve tried a lot of other things. And we’ve been—you know, I was in the Clinton administration, and we debated a lot of alternatives, and I’ve watched things as they’ve emerged and, you know, evolved over the last twelve, sixteen years, and I think there’s a growing consensus that the private market exclusion is not going to work.

38. BooHooHooMan - 25 February 2009

Asshole Klan Neuro Chief at Brigham and Womens NAILED. Finally.

This case, though small as damages go -1.6 Mil – nonetheless is big news.

Background from 2007.

Three female Indian neurosurgeons who currently or formerly worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have filed discrimination complaints against the new chairman of the department, Dr. Arthur Day, a respected and nationally known neurosurgeon.

{Total Klan Asshole from the South.
LONG Story. Maybe another, ehem, DAY.
Here’s the good doc- }

Dr. Sagun Tuli, a spine neurosurgeon at the hospital since 2000, filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination last month and a gender, color, and national origin discrimination lawsuit in federal court this month, asserting that Day asked her at a hospital dinner in 2004 if she would “get up on the table and dance for us to show the female residents how to behave?”

According to the lawsuit, Tuli, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said that Day denied her promotions and continually made demeaning statements to her while she was operating, telling her during one surgery last May: “You are just a girl. Are you sure you can do that?”

Tuli said that Day retaliated against her for complaining to his superiors and supporting other female Indian neurosurgeons and gave her an extremely busy operating and on-call schedule, while paying her less than her male colleagues and not giving her adequate time to conduct research. She also alleged that Day damaged Tuli’s reputation in the general neurosurgery community.

Day said in a statement yesterday that he was “deeply saddened to hear these falsehoods.”

LIAR!
Today.

Harvard Neurosurgeon Awarded $1.6 Million in Harassment Suit

Harvard Neurosurgeon
Awarded $1.6 Million in Harassment Suit

A jury awarded $1.6 million to a female neurosurgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital after determining she had been exposed to a hostile work environment and been the subject of retaliation after she complained. The Boston Globe says Dr. Sagun Tuli sued the hospital and her boss, Dr. Arthur Day, chairman of neurosurgery. Dr. Tuli, 39, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, testified that Dr. Day repeatedly made demeaning statements to her while she was operating, once telling her, “You are just a girl. Are you sure you can do that?” On another occasion, during a dinner, asking her to get “up on the table and dance for us.”

Now, to get the bastard fired. I hope Dr Tulli and her colleagues bury his ass. The thing is, the way these things work at most other places is Chairs like Day , rather than summarily having his head handed to him with a box to pack it in, Day may or may not be fired – the politics of it all, threats of counter suit to B&W for lack of adequate representation – ( a standard ploy), BLACKMAIL on billings and a career of nasty shite, etc…though at B&W, I imagine they’ll ease him out – with a huge payoff. Then, he’ll move to another institution to work out his ego shit there. Quite the stain for Day, though, given that it was published, the exception rather than the rule…

This is your American Medical System, brought to you
by the The American Medical Mafia Association.

39. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Quite the stain for Day, though, given that it was published, the exception rather than the rule…

Well.. tht much is all to the good… ;)

40. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009
41. catnip - 25 February 2009
42. catnip - 25 February 2009

40. That was a good one. I couldn’t believe that preacher. lol

43. catnip - 25 February 2009
44. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009

I’ll believe it when I see it: Senate will advance torture commission

Feb. 24, 2009 | WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to move forward with a commission to investigate torture during the Bush administration. Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., told Salon Tuesday that his panel would soon announce a hearing to study various commission plans. His staff said the announcement could come as early as Wednesday.

While Michigan Democrat Rep. John Conyers drafted a bill to create a commission to review abuse of war powers during the Bush administration, co-sponsored by North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, Leahy’s Senate commission would represent the first concrete steps toward a broad review of U.S. torture since 9-11.

Spearheading Senate efforts to establish a torture commission is Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. As a member of both the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee, Whitehouse is privy to information about interrogations he can’t yet share. Still, regarding a potential torture commission, he told Salon, “I am convinced it is going to happen.” In fact, his fervor on the issue was palpable. When asked if there is a lot the public still does not know about these issues during the Bush administration, his eyes grew large and he nodded slowly. “Stay on this,” he said. “This is going to be big.”

Whitehouse admitted he had not discussed the plan yet with President Obama, who has been notably wishy-washy on the notion since taking office. On the one hand, Obama has consistently said that “my administration is going to operate in a way that leaves no doubt that we do not torture.” Yet on the other hand, he has insisted that “nobody is above the law, and if there are clear instances of wrongdoing, that people should be prosecuted just like any ordinary citizen; but that generally speaking, I’m more interested in looking forward than I am in looking backwards.”

According to Whitehouse, current politics dictate that Congress should take the lead on establishing a torture commission. “When you look at the economic meltdown that [Obama] was left by the Bush administration, you can see why he would want to reassure the American public that he is out there looking at these problems and trying to solve them and not focusing on the sins of the past,” he said.

Whitehouse, however, predicted that Obama would not object to a torture commission moving forward in Congress. Besides, he said, “When push comes to shove, we are the legislative branch of government. We have oversight responsibilities. And we don’t need the executive branch’s approval to look into these things just as a constitutional matter.”

Supposedly Pelosi is saying that if they do this immunity can’t be included. Again, believe it when I see it.

45. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009

Barney Frank to Obama: Cut Military Spending

Acknowledging that Obama does plan to save hundreds of billions of dollars by withdrawing from Iraq, Frank said the President must go further and take big whacks at big-ticket military projects. He pointed to programs like the Air Force’s F-22 fighter, the Osprey troop transport, and missile defense as expensive, unnecessary Cold War-era boondoggles. He singled out missile defense in Eastern Europe as a particularly wasteful use of American taxpayers’ money. “I will confess that I am not a regular reader of Iranian-issued fatwahs,” Frank quipped. “And probably one of the ones I missed was the one where they threatened devastation against Prague. We plan to spend several billion dollars to protect the Czech Republic against Iran. That’s either a great waste of money or a very belated way to make up for Munich.”

Other House liberals, including Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), joined Frank’s call. They noted that having the influential and sharp-tongued Frank leading the effort would help them in the always-tough battle against Pentagon waste.

But don’t look to Congress to reduce military spending on its own, Frank said: “Left entirely on our own, the Congress will not do the cuts in the military budget that ought to be there.” Military spending cuts will only come, he said, if there’s grassroots pressure for them.

Frank noted that in the Pentagon budget fight he’s up against some heavy hitting Democrats—including Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chair the House and Senate Armed Services committees, respectively, and who “are not where I am” on military spending. Asked whether he could win over the Blue Dog Democrats and other “fiscally conservative” legislators who often oppose domestic spending but rarely complain about military expenditures, Frank flipped open his suit jacket, and asked, “Do you see a magic wand here?” He insisted that voters who live in the congressional districts of the members should “help us.”

Presumably, Frank would like to see grassroots pressure also applied to Obama. He spared the White House any tongue-lashing. And, no doubt, he realizes that it will be an uphill battle to downsize the Pentagon significantly. He’s not new to this struggle. For years, Frank has railed against excessive military spending. This time around, he has more clout then ever. Will he use it?

46. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Woolsey and Lee will capitulate no problem… and this part plays well at home. Kuc will do what he always does. Nice of him to play … but………

And Frank…. Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.

But it all keeps hope alive. Or gasping for air.. or something,

47. catnip - 25 February 2009

44. What are they reviewing? The United States does not torture. Remember??

48. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009

47 – there you go … you wrote their report!

49. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009
50. marisacat - 25 February 2009

Ground Zero… I picked the bomb from Dr Strangelove. hmmm … not a lot of San Francisco left.

51. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009

the asteroid strike takes out the whole hemisphere.

52. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009

Peasant Uprising: Widow Sues Late Husband’s Employer Over “Dead Peasant” Insurance Policy

Irma Johnson, a Texas widow, is suing after she was mistakingly informed that the employer of her late husband Daniel Johnson was to receive $1.6 million after his death under a practice known in the industry as a “dead peasant” insurance policy. Under this common practice, employers take out life insurance on employees and write off the payments as a business expense. They then collect a windfall when one of the “peasants” die.

The postal service triggered the lawsuit by misdirecting the check made out to Amegy Bank, her husband’s former employer.

These policies can continue for years after an employee has left an employer.

Wal-Mart was recently sued over its use of dead peasant policies of low-level employees and agreed to pay $10.4 million to the families of 380 employees. This has led to protests, including this video. The Walmart litigation was protracted and once again the company fought the lawsuit to guarantee bad press and then settled.

When a policy was written in 2001 for Daniel Johnson, he already had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The project manager had undergone two brain surgeries to remove a tumor and was getting radiation treatments. He was unable to walk or talk. It appears that, while most insurance companies would laugh at individuals seeking insurance at such a medical stage, a bank can get a $1.6 million policy without difficulty.

What is particularly galling is that the bank (then Southwest Bank of Texas), criticized his job performance and demoted him. After buying a supplemental insurance policy, he was fired five months later and then died the following summer.

53. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009

A Republican legislator in Colorado opposed a bill requiring pregnant women to be tested for HIV.

Reason?

Said state Sen. Dave Schultheis (R): “This stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part, and I just can’t go there. We do things continually to remove the consequences of poor behavior, unacceptable behavior, quite frankly. I’m not convinced that part of the role of government should be to protect individuals from the negative consequences of their actions.”

54. marisacat - 25 February 2009

It appears that, while most insurance companies would laugh at individuals seeking insurance at such a medical stage, a bank can get a $1.6 million policy without difficulty.

I ahd never heard of a ”dead peasant” policy… I can see insuring your top people, if they are critical (and who is really) to a company. but geesh what bullshite.

This rather smacks of SLAVERY insurance coverage.

LOL Ins cos and banks. Two illnesses joined up.

55. Madman in the Marketplace - 25 February 2009

I first read about it at one of the anti-Walmart blogs a year or two ago. I’m sure some bright young MBA sold the idea as “hedging” against the cost of labor.

Fuckers.

56. BooHooHooMan - 25 February 2009

Oh fer fucks sake. Dead Peasant Insurance Policy?

How outrageous. I mean, really. Just when you thought you heard it all…

catnip needs to weigh in on this one:, though…

Band Name? Sí o no?

57. BooHooHooMan - 25 February 2009

Dead Peasant Insurance Policy ToNIGHT! with Wal Mart Ass Ram!

58. BooHooHooMan - 25 February 2009

CIA Adds Economy To Threat Updates

By Joby Warrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 26, 2009

The daily White House intelligence report that catalogs the top security threats to the nation has a grim new addition, reflecting the realities of the age: a daily update on the global financial crisis and its cascading effects on the stability of countries through the world.

The first Economic Intelligence Briefing report was presented to the White House yesterday by the CIA, the agency’s new director, Leon Panetta, revealed at a news conference. The addition of economic news to the daily roundup of terrorist attacks and surveillance reports appears to reflect a growing belief among intelligence officials that the economic meltdown is now preeminent among security threats facing the United States.

Hmm. You don’t say..

……Instigated at the request of the White House, the daily report will ensure that U.S. policymakers are “not surprised” by the aftershocks from bank failures and rising unemployment, he said.

The spy agency is following worrisome trends in many corners of the globe, from East Asia to Latin America. In private meetings yesterday, Latin American intelligence officials warned their U.S. counterparts of a crisis spreading throughout the hemisphere, particularly in Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela, Panetta said.

Yeh. “the crisis spreading” – it’s called suspension of payments.

Other key intelligence officials have raised similar alarms in other settings. The new director of national intelligence, Dennis C. Blair, told a Senate panel this month that economic woes have largely replaced terrorism as the country’s No. 1 security challenge.

Blair repeated the theme yesterday in testimony before the House intelligence committee, noting that three European governments have fallen because of economic issues. Central and Eastern Europe “are under tremendous strain,” and much of Eurasia, Latin American and sub-Saharan Africa lack sufficient cash reserves and access to international aid, he said.

“Our analysis indicates that economic crisis increases the risk of regime-threatening instability if it continues for a one- or two-year period,” Blair said. “Instability can loosen the fragile hold that many developing countries have on law and order.”…….

Rosey.

Watching the archived clip of Ob last night- I was snoring on the sofa during the live feed – it seemed surreal, the movement of imaginary strength, imaginary credit and credibility, around a board that we are still invited to imagine we control….

We are cementing our fate by embracing the Donklephant Neocon Agenda. It is what it is – Ob is still ratifying key Security State components daily, and proceeds paying ransom to killers when you can smell the economic corpse in the street. Oh, Ob will be able to levitate it for a while with the Earnest Happypants schtick. And the dazed and confused will buy it for a time after it loses its luster among the Europeans when their cupboard goes bare…

But all slllObber in the world, all the stalling for time with “the little people” here doesn’t change where the battle lines are drawn. We can’t continue to pay for the wealth transfer and war agenda, and, having fucked everybody out of their money and security, our critters have no one else left to pick up the tab…

So, onward in the all-but-declared financial war, one centering now over central banks and the fucking shysters who control them.. no wonder Russia is thinking of blowing off payments to Western creditors. And EU members are confronting domestic destabilization.

Much, if not all of this has moved beyond our ability to rectify it.
The moneygrubbers ain’t budging. Against Ob and his magic rhetorical sword? He’s their boy. Which is why we’re very close to the Russian suspension of international payments, Ob’s Happypants routine and half-measures notwithstanding. IMO, it seemed like the fevered (yet again) tone against Ag subsidies was throwing them a bone. They’ll be looking for follow through if so…of course Israel can fuck everything up if they hit Iran, imperiling Russian investments there…

59. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

Beranke’s mentor at MIT, professional champion – and member of the Central Banker Mutual Admiration Society?

Stanley Fischer.
Look when the guy vamoosed. And where he is now.
Maybe he’ll do for Israel what he did for Citi and everybody ELSE’s bank around the world..

Stanley “Stan” Fischer (Hebrew: סטנלי פישר‎) is an economist and the current Governor of the Bank of Israel.

From January 1988 to August 1990 he was Vice President, Development Economics and Chief Economist at the World Bank. He then became the First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, from September 1994 until the end of August 2001.

By the end of 2001 Mr. Fischer had joined the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty.

After leaving the IMF, he served as Vice Chairman of Citigroup, President of Citigroup International, and Head of the Public Sector Client Group. Mr. Fischer worked at Citigroup from February, 2002 to April, 2005.

He became Governor of the Bank of Israel on May 1, 2005, replacing David Klein, who ended his term on January 16, 2005. Mr. Fischer became an Israeli citizen, the aforementioned action being a prerequisite to this appointment. He has been involved in the past with the Bank of Israel, having served as an American government adviser to Israel’s economic stabilization program in 1985.

Some background on the Group of Thirty.

Gag down the Wiki intro.

The Group of Thirty, often abbreviated to G30, is an international body of leading financiers and academics which aims to deepen understanding of economic and financial issues and to examine consequences of decisions made in the public and private sectors related to these issues.

{Snip}

Clearing and Settlement

In January 2003 the Group published Global Clearing and Settlement: A Plan of Action, which set out 20 recommendations that constitute a plan of action for global clearing and settlement. In 2006, the G30’s Global Monitoring Committee met again to monitor the progress of the 20 recommendations. Global Clearing and Settlement: Final Monitoring Report identifies places where progress is being made as well as areas where little or no progress is apparent. The G30 concludes that a great deal has already been achieved, but many recommendations require further work. The report notes that the clearing and settlement objectives and goals set out only three years ago remain achievable and, in many cases, are already being progressively implemented. It underscores that the improved infrastructure that would result from full implementation of the G30 recommendations would help enhance confidence in the markets themselves and ensure that the vision of a safer, more efficient global clearing and settlement system can be brought to fruition.

Derivatives

The Group of Thirty’s groundbreaking work on derivatives, Derivatives: Practices and Principles, published in 1993 was commissioned in the 1990s just as the use of derivatives grew and began to move into the mainstream of finance. It was based on a wide ranging survey of the industry. At the time many, both inside and outside of the financial industry, were uncomfortable with derivatives activity. They saw it as complex and obscure, potentially subject to abuse that might lead to the failure of individual firms or even to a crisis in the financial system. The G30’s final report, Derivatives: Practices and Principles, recognized and addressed these concerns by explaining derivatives and their uses and by formulating and disseminating recommendations about their proper management. It is still widely read today, {LOL.Who can AFFORD it? } …often being used as a textbook for students of accounting and finance and market practitioners, due to its relatively plain language. It gives a comprehensive explanation of what derivatives are, the needs they serve, their risks, and their relationship to traditional financial instruments.

And Stanley was just spirited away after Vice Chair at Citi, now comfy in Tel Aviv, running the Bank of Israel. If the CIA is so concerned with Economic Security threats, why don’t they go and cap his ass? Render Bernanke on the plane over, dropping him off in Whoknowswheristan.
A Twofer. Win / Win. AND Save some fuel. A Three-or-Fourfer, even. (factoring in the fuel and savings on future Banking Bullshit)….

60. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

Bloomberg’s lede from 2005
on Fischer leaving Citi for Israel.

Citigroup’s Fischer to Head Israel’s Central Bank

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — Stanley Fischer, a vice chairman of Citigroup Inc., has been selected as the next Bank of Israel governor, succeeding David Klein, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s office said today.

Fischer, 61, who was previously deputy head of the International Monetary Fund, agreed to take the job after it was offered to him several weeks ago by Sharon and Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sharon’s office said in a statement posted on its Web site.

“The fact that a man like him is ready to finish his affairs at Citigroup, immigrate to Israel and become the central bank governor here is a golden opportunity for the Israeli economy,” Sharon said in the statement.

61. marisacat - 26 February 2009

Oh I think “economic security” is all about NORCOM. Hint of anything and the anti terror squads hit the streets, along with DEA (Big bust in Sinaloa! Holder happy to hold the presser yesterday/whenever it was!), ICE and HLS.

Onward and upward, the wars are at home… and so on.

62. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

What a fuckin joke. These guys are all Bebe’s boys. As was the manipulation with Bebe as Finance Minister under Sharon…

Now they’re looking to put a little daylight as Stanley Fischer passes on Bebe’s offer, paving the way for Bebe holding the post as PM or serving it up to that cretin Avigdor Lieberman…

Haaretz today-

Fischer rebuffs Netanyahu on offer to join cabinet
By Moti Bassok

Stanley Fischer yesterday rejected Benjamin Netanyahu’s plea to join his cabinet as finance minister. Netanyahu, the prime minister designate and former finance minister himself, may well decide to keep the finance portfolio for himself. He reportedly doesn’t feel there are any suitable candidates among his fellow party members to head the ministry.

His candidates all come from outside the party, as did Fischer – the governor of the Bank of Israel. By order of preference, his favorite candidates are himself, followed by Avigdor Lieberman and an external figure – Aharon Fogel. The latter knows the Finance Ministry, having served as its director general and chief of its budgets department.

Meanwhile Stanley Fischer is giving money away, – Wherever does he GET IT? — cut their rate to .75% – less than a percent.
Wants corporate bonds though from the fools who do business with them. Why? Why not just take large equity stakes upfront?

LOL. Too easy.
And ruin the bargains set up oh so carefully in the markets?

These motherfuckers have trashed financial markets and then will move on the rest of equities though their collateral, the bonds.

I’m MoFo’d out…

63. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

One more before I roll… WRT economic security…NORCOM

I agree.
I also think it has a lot to do with perpetuating the myth of “Homeland”.
A distraction from true transnational and supra-legal threats.
There’s a “Homeland” all right, but the message is clear: It ain’t for “us”.

64. marisacat - 26 February 2009

Not exactly a shock, word was out about the “secret” meetings… but still…

[K]ennedy has been sitting at a table chatting with the corporate killers responsible for the deaths of between 18,000 to 100,000 people every year because they lacked access to health care, and moreover, are the cause of the escalating health care crisis that leaves over 50 million without health insurance. Ted is joined at the table by another group: the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Their presence at these clandestine gatherings is beyond shameful; it’s despicable. They are supposed to represent patients and union members. How do they do it? How do they sit at the table and negotiate with an industry that has demonstrated for decades it cares only about profits and has made life for millions of people an agonizing, living hell? How many patients will they sacrifice and throw under the bus this time around in order to placate big PHRMA, AHIP, and employers and then tell us once again they have solved the health care crisis?

Did you notice who is missing from the table: the California Nurses Association (CNA), the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and the grassroots, national organization Health Care Now! These groups want a single-payer, government financed health care system. Kennedy hasn’t invited these organizations to his top secret brainstorming sessions (by the way, they represent the views of the majority of people in this country) because single-payer is off his table. …

and a bit more:

Massachusetts Labor For Health Care (it’s affiliated with Jobs With Justice) sent a letter signed by forty labor leaders to President Obama detailing the problems with the Massachusetts Mandate. They’ll be lucky if his aides even show him the letter. Much better to go to DC with PNHP and demand to be seated at Ted’s table. On March 19th this group of letter signers will deliver a copy of it to Kennedy’s office in Boston. Don’t just deliver it, in collaboration with Jobs With Justice and other single-payer activists, turn it into a picket and protest. It’s an insult to the labor movement that the A.F.L.-C.I.O. is invited in and not the California Nurses Association or even one of the 481 unions or 118 Central State Labor Councils that support single-payer.

LOL Yes Don’t bank on Bama Baby. He has Q Tips made from bunny cotton tails in his ears, all the better not to hear you…

The author has a serious burning disdain and disgust for that threadbare Liberal Lion (and a growing one for the Prog Savior Sent to Us by GOD)… so I looked at the bottom:

Helen Redmond is a member of the Chicago Single-Payer Action Network and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She works in the emergency room at Cook County Hospital

She sees it, day in and day out….

65. NYCO - 26 February 2009

Interesting story in NYT today on un-gentrifying neighborhoods. Was wondering when we were going to see a report on this sort of thing… on neighborhoods that were among the last to get into the “bohemian boom,” now reverting to their inscrutable, musty old forms because of the plunging economy. This is of interest to me because for years decaying Rust Belt communities have been subjected to desperately artificial efforts to recreate them into funky art zones for the Creative Class. These initiatives are heavily subsidized by government grants or — in the case of my city — private university money. They’re still flogging away at it, but I don’t think there’s much hope. The money is drying up. Furthermore, upstate New York’s political, fiscal and climate realities are so challenging that there’s no way these projects can succeed without being almost totally subsidized.

A further problem with these gentrification efforts in depressed areas, it always has seemed to me, is that outsiders come in and do not really understand the local culture or history even while purporting to celebrate it. They import a kind of cultural sameness into the area, despite the veneer of “independence,” doing it in a well-meaning way, but it never really wins over the local imagination. At the first touch of economic hardship, the gentrification melts away.

I was going to refer to the blog “Stuff White People Like” but I see the NYT story already quoted the guy who runs the blog. (I am what they call, tongue in cheek, “not the right sort of white person”)

Rumbling underneath all this is the possibility that the Creative Class itself is only a temporary phenomenon: that it’s just going to revert to what it always was, a handful of bohemians rather than a larger socioeconomic demographic movement. The people will still be there, but the lifestyles are going to change – perhaps more of a political lifestyle, less of a “brand” worship.

66. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

Bibs on everyone.
Please remove food and drink from computer area.
Return tray to upright position.
Oxygen masks ( and maybe Jane Hamster)
will be dropping from the ceiling.
LOL…….. NYT-

Bloggers and Unions Join Forces to Push Democrats
By JIM RUTENBERG 11 minutes ago {<—!!!} rolleyes

Bloggers, organized labor and MoveOn will form a group seeking to push the Democrats to the left.

WASHINGTON — A group of liberal bloggers said it was teaming up with organized labor and MoveOn.org to form a political action committee that would seek to push the Democratic Party further to the left.

Soliciting donations from their readers, the bloggers said they were planning to recruit liberal candidates to challenge more centrist Democrats currently in Congress.

The formation of the group is another step in the evolution of the blogosphere, which has proven effective at motivating party activists to give money and time to political campaigns, especially in local races.

But it also illuminates a deepening wrinkle for President Obama, whose attempt to build a broad governing coalition — often by tempering some of his more liberal positions — has already angered some of his supporters on the left.

The new organization is in many ways the liberal equivalent of the Club for Growth, { Oh what hype – THEY GOT SOMETHING IN RETURN} a conservative group that has financed primary challenges against Republicans it deems insufficiently dedicated to tax cuts and small government.

Organizers of the new group, called Accountability Now, { Oh NOW they’re looking for Accountability. Withdraw! Impeach! Libby! Rove! Torture! FISA! LOL. Sounds like – what was the LAST Go Round? Accountability THEN?} said their intention was to enable Mr. Obama to seek more liberal policies without fear of losing support from the more conservative members of his party serving in Congress. But they did not rule out occasional friction with Mr. Obama, as well.

“We’re going to be about targeting incumbents to make space for Obama to be more progressive,” said Glenn Greenwald, a blogger on the online magazine Salon who is part of the effort. “There may be other times when the Democratic Party, as led by Obama, is being unresponsive, so yeah, we have the potential to push back against that as well.”

Another founder of the group, Jane Hamsher, of the blog firedoglake.com, said Accountability Now might also involve itself in Republican primary contests, though the focus for now seemed to be primarily on the Democratic side.

{Operation Havoc! Janey is the new Rush!
What a joke, given next sentence and ref to CT Sen…}

Left-leaning bloggers have already proven themselves influential in Congressional races, most notably providing muscle for the movement that helped Ned Lamont defeat Senator Joseph I. Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic primary in 2006. (Mr. Lieberman retained his seat after winning the general election as an independent.)

LMAO Influential! LOL. After 5 years without dick for appointments or legislation, they need to move on to “states”.
But Wait! It’s New! Better! More! Improvededischer!

But organizers said the new political action committee would be the start of a more organized and concentrated approach.

{A RESTART?!? AGAIN?!?}

Ms. Hamsher said Accountability Now — which will also have support from the Service Employees International Union, one of the nation’s largest service sector unions, and the Web site DailyKos.com — would concentrate more fully on candidate recruitment on a statewide level.

“We’ve gone out to the state blogs asking them to put together research on people who they think are good candidates who should be on our radar,” she said. “We’re not just parachuting in.”

What an Asshole.
We’ve gone out to the state blogs…We’re not just parachuting in.
Parachuting in? To Where?
Delaware Dem’s bedroom?!
Buhdydharma’s Shrine?
Here I Am!

Watch crashing through Elise’s roof, Janey.
You wouldn’t want to get tangled in the fishnet stockings hanging in the shower next to the inflatable man…

She added that the group had not yet settled on specific races.

The political action committee will formally start up on Friday. Organizers said they already had $500,000 in their bank account, money that was raised over a short period in September when several blogs solicited donations. Organizers said they expected to collect far more than that when they start fund-raising in earnest next month.

The deal is this : they’re going to pitch other heretofore unknown bloggies in the wilderness, try to sell ‘em Deputy Dog kits with complimentary Oscar Meyer Lunchable as new!Junior/Associate/Editor/ “Pwog Network” Founding Schlemiels, anybody with naivete, and a URL to extend Blog-ads reach, and above all, raise money. So Chat away suckers.

This is about a money crunch with formerly flush patrons.
And the Party – sans Howard – not giving a the slightrest fuck about them, their pushover/ easily celeb struck “personalities” OR their dimwitted readers.

Obam has his own spam operation. The DNC , DS/DC Campaign Committees will give them a pat on the head but hardly need these twerps, and Arianna is in a league of her own. I also doubt SEIU is putting much cash into this other than lending their name to the effort. What have they got to lose given their signature piece of legislation will die in the Senate? Seems to me they need to grab support where they can…

67. marisacat - 26 February 2009

“For This I Blame America”

Afghanistan: Chaos Central

By CHRIS SANDS

As the summer of 2005 began its slow fade into autumn, a piece of newspaper wrapped around a kebab said Osama bin Laden had moved to Iraq. It seemed everyone had forgotten there was a war on here. American soldiers used those remaining days of sunshine to buy carpets in Kabul’s Chicken Street bazaar, not caring when they were charged over the odds. Elsewhere, mercenaries downed cheap Russian vodka in phoney restaurants before wandering up a few stairs to sleep with Chinese prostitutes whose pimps bribed local government officials. The brothels were often in the same neighborhoods as the mansions that militia commanders were building themselves with CIA funds and drug money.

Back then, this beautiful city was the ideal place for a bit of post-conflict profiteering. Hastily-created NGOs continued to flood in, eager for a slice of the action. So did journalists determined to write about democracy, the suave English-speaking president and the local golf course. It was the calm before the storm. Victory had been declared and, while Afghans were starting to feel the weight of its baggage, the rest of the world was still having fun at their expense. …

68. marisacat - 26 February 2009

66

“We’re going to be about targeting incumbents to make space for Obama to be more progressive,” said Glenn Greenwald,…

Or they will what? fiercely! and martially! disrobe and shake their blog weenie at Obster? At these members of congress?

What?, like opposing Lieberman in CT? I know he scuttled off to a cave and has never been heard from again (just met quietly wtih Avigdor Lieberman, as it happens).

Call me very suspicious… esp as there is a PAC involved. That money is GONE the moment it goes into the PAC, any of them. Whether ti belongs to a pol, a group or a [gag] group of Liberal Blahgers.

69. marisacat - 26 February 2009

I also doubt SEIU is putting much cash into this other than lending their name to the effort.

Andy Stern def has bigger fish to fry. Stemming off union factionalism and taking over dissident chapters is way a head of this stuff I would guess.

Sure explains the newer, lost the cotton balls around teh brain, pseudo leftischer vocalisations from FDL and GLenn over the past weeks.

No wonder FDL wants to oppose ObsterMan and his moves against SS. Good for raising money.

70. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

So on a day when Politico links through to the Chicago Sun Times on Burris son having gotten a job from Blago:

Blago gave Burris’s son $75k job

New Son-of-Burris bombshell, via Sun-Times:

The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich five months ago, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Blagojevich’s administration hired Roland W. Burris II as a senior counsel for the state’s housing authority Sept. 10 — about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house.

{Snip}

Burris II’s hiring, however, raises more questions about Sen. Burris’ interactions with Blagojevich and his inner circle at a time when the governor was soliciting Sen. Burris for campaign contributions and Burris was angling to have Blagojevich appoint him to the Senate seat once held by President Obama.

Now Clyburn is trotted out to say Burris should Go. In 2010.
By not running for re-election.
Ya think? LOL.

Poor Durbin, who Soooo wants him out now. Hot Potato! Like Mcat says, good thing Ob’s from Hawaii, right? LOL. You just know there’s other shit that’s gonna come out on Chi Pols, tainting them ALL. ..
The Chicago Housing Authority? Oh, that might be messy…
And they
just.
can’t.
seem.
to get Blaggo and Roland-turd off their shoes… LOL.

71. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

68 – Oh No! Not the Blog Weenie!

LOL.

72. marisacat - 26 February 2009

LOL

Ohbama is all about ”Aloha Zen” (he’s our Master!). Forgot who coined that….

Poor Dumb Durbin who had the right idea to start with, HOLD AN ELECTION.

As Feingold drops out of sight with his … Amendment was it? It should be like the House, which, iirc, is enshrined in the Constitution, as members must be elected, no other way in.

73. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

Call me very suspicious… esp as there is a PAC involved. That money is GONE the moment it goes into the PAC, any of them. Whether ti belongs to a pol, a group or a [gag] group of Liberal Blahgers.

and every unweened weenie is setting up multiple cottage industry consultancies to siphon money off what suckers will give…

But There not selling booze and cigarettes. It’s not like there’s elastic demand for their pitch. Seems to me, there’s a finite amount of money available to blog/pwog/demi-leftisher racket, from, largely, the same people. Newb voters like my kid and her college friends never heard of Dailykos or Madame Hamster, and got plugged into Obs database directly, and, LOL, are Ob and Dem spammed in thanks on a daily basis. Babyboo tells me she and her gal pals got the shits of it, still Hopesters, but spam blocked the multiple-times-a-day cult notices from the inbox…

WRT Establishment Dem tithers,
the one’s that still do in light of oh uh ECONOMIC DISASTER all around, these types are not going to rush to sign up for such a peripheral play with the bloggie pac, when they can give straight to a candidate and be able to call on their issues THEMSELVES saying they’re supporters of the Honorable Critter X,Y, or Z..

Sounds like a bunch of hype about expansion when really, they’re looking for life-support, trying to retain their current blog base , and have a vehicle for larger Pacs to throw them a bone, maybe, just maybe some crumbs from Leadership Committees….,
if they tow the line. And they will.

With the same ole same ole: Oh! Missed it by THAT much!
MoBetta!

The now stock bullshit, parrotted over and over again about their “influence” and “effectiveness”. It’d be funny if it wasn’t a scam.

74. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

whoops! Economic Correction! But There not selling booze and cigarettes. It’s not like there’s elastic demand for their pitch.

Inelastic demand! One of those ecology principles. LOL.

75. marisacat - 26 February 2009

Well such a thing as a Blogosphere coulda been a contender… but ti sold out so early. It became all that did nto matter.

It/internet is STILL the best, fastest way to get information. I am blown away by the info I can get.. even if I just get smidgens or a whiff.

But as a concerted force? An influential force? no. It is backdrop, mostly. It can be very useful.. and if ever there is some sort of pushback in thsi country, technology (and radio and word of mouth) will be important. It was years ago now that I read of Chinese texting for on the spot rallies (and whatever else).

A few, Downing Street, BAR, Perrin, Chris Floyd… others, small blogs with a narrow focus, local application, etc.. . If I had money, I’d give them a small cushion.

76. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

And weren’t the Blahgs themselves supposed to
push the Dems “to the Left”…
Then Act Blue.
Then BlogPAC.
And YearlyKos. {with Fondue!}
Then Nutroots Nation.
Then. Then. When?

I can still remember LMAO reading an Mcat gnat flick:
” a mug’s game…”
LOL.

77. BooHooHooMan - 26 February 2009

The same fucknutosphere who banned mcat and every other voice of dissent , the same blog boys and girls who participated in or said NOTHING when good people were called “cunt”, or when Cindy Sheehan was called an “attention whore” , The same fucknutosphere spots that delights in shitting on Nader and Chomsky, that shits all over Michael Mooore and David Swanson in every post they puts up ….

Yep they’re gonna save the rest of us “from” The Right.

Produce a movie Jane.
Try and make it at the piano, Markos. Or go back into porn.
Because essentially – you’re jack-off entertainment pimps.
Have Jerome tout the offer.

78. marisacat - 26 February 2009

Blogoshere… I remember a couple years ago the NutRoots were all gagagagagagag over something called “Roots Camp” iirc. So I poked around and who turned up as behind it, pulling it all together.. a big time Dem party Astro Turf King. Think his company was Life Dynamics or some 20th c smoothie scheisse. I did a couple of posts on it at the time…

Sure summed it up. Blogosphere, another Astroturf fake ”special interest” group.

The DP astroturf king really was one too. All sort s of corporate scams run, using all sorts of fake sp interest minority interest groups.

Perfect.

79. marisacat - 26 February 2009

Judd Greg out there trashing the budget, right and left. interview on NPR and apparently he gave a presser today, snips of it on The News Hour.

Ok! NOW I do believe they punked Obby. Did not really fully buy it before, just thought it was Ob looking for Great White Father (GWF), who had fallen into fictitious pre orgasmic state and woke from it…. (not that I ever thought anything at all of JG, ugh).

80. marisacat - 26 February 2009

Gregg on NPR (audio to follow) …thanks to Madman who alerted me…

81. marisacat - 26 February 2009

gnu thred………………

LINK

………………. :roll: ……………………


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