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Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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A close-up shot of the paw of an orphaned white wombat at the Maryknoll wildlife shelter in Melbourne, Australia [Jane Ollerenshaw/Rex Features]

Pictures like this, with another mortal hand raised, just blow me away. Where DO the creationists, ID creeps and ‘God did it in 7 days’, or 5000 years or we predated the dinosaurs.. or whatever other slobber those loons get off on, where do they get off?

Look at that hand.  (Actually I think it is a foot, but same diff… ;) )

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1. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

Navy Spokesman Alleges Abuse by Miami Reporter

Tensions between journalists and military officials are nothing new. But a bitter series of clashes between a top Navy spokesman and a Miami Herald military reporter reached a new, eye-opening level this week.

In a letter to the paper’s editor, Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon accused Carol Rosenberg of “multiple incidents of abusive and degrading comments of an explicitly sexual nature.” Gordon, who deals primarily with the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison, said in the letter that this was a “formal sexual harassment complaint” and asked the Herald for a “thorough investigation.”

“Her behavior has been so atrocious over the years,” Gordon said in an interview. “I’ve been abused worse than the detainees have been abused.”

Herald Executive Editor Anders Gyllenhaal said Friday that “obviously we’re trying to sort this out. We’re not going to talk about a personnel matter like this until we figure out what it’s all about.” Rosenberg, who declined to comment Friday, is described by other journalists as a seasoned reporter who pushes hard for access and answers.

The extraordinary complaint shines a light on the sometimes bruising battles between journalists, who sometimes must scratch and claw for information, and government officials, who attempt just as tenaciously to control information provided to news organizations. This cultural clash can be especially stark on military matters.

Gordon, 41, detailed a number of “vile and repulsive comments” he attributed to Rosenberg, stretching back to last summer. In the July 22 letter, Gordon alleges that:

— While watching Sept. 11, 2001, co-defendant Mustafa al-Hawsawi seated on a pillow in court last year, Rosenberg told Gordon: “Have you ever had a red hot poker shoved up your [butt]? Have you ever had a broomstick shoved up your [butt]? . . . How would you know how it feels if it never happened to you? Admit it, you liked it.”

— When Gordon emerged from a shower facility in shorts and a towel last year, Rosenberg said to him and more than a dozen journalists and soldiers nearby: “Seeing him topless in tent city was the most repulsive sight I’ve ever seen in my life. I wanted to vomit.”

— After dealing with a Gordon intern whom she described as “your little chick with the hot pants,” Rosenberg told Gordon, earlier this month, in the presence of others: “I know you’re hot for your interns and bring them down as your ‘companions,’ but seriously, if I’m going to do their work anyway, what purpose do they serve? (Carol knows my intern last year was a male, therefore another inference that I was gay.)”

catnip - 26 July 2009

“I’ve been abused worse than the detainees have been abused.”

Oh FFS. Step down off that cross.

2. BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2009

Not to mention the face. It’s fuckin Murtha’s cousin.

catnip - 26 July 2009

Somebody needs a pedicure. That’s all I’m sayin’.

3. catnip - 26 July 2009
4. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

Just caught this report on CNN: Uninsured 23-year-old battles leukemia, medical bills

Disgusting lead-in to the report today, that young people just starting their careers w/ student loan debt, are STUPID for not paying for overpriced private health insurance.

Rose had no health insurance because he was too old to be covered on his parents’ policy and too young and seemingly healthy to think he needed it.

So count Rose among the estimated 47 million Americans who lack health insurance, and as a resident of a state with the highest percentage of uninsured: Nearly one in four Texans do not have health coverage.

Despite no coverage, he received expert care through the JPS Health Network, a county hospital that sees 800,000 patients a year, and where fewer than 7 percent of the patients have private health insurance.

“I have had excellent doctors — excellent doctors,” Rose said. “The chemo just wears you down. I had to be admitted for five days every time, every three weeks.”

He is cared for through a hospital program called JPS Connection, which is geared to help those without insurance get care — and to look to see if they are eligible for any government assistance.

Rose initially was put on Medicaid, then at a social worker’s suggestion applied for Social Security disability payments. But after he started receiving them, his Medicaid was cut off because Texas is one of a dozen states that counts such payments against its income standards for Medicaid.

“Now I have no insurance again,” he said with a sigh.

moiv - 26 July 2009

Three groups in Texas can count on Medicaid: the absolutely indigent, children living under (way under) the poverty line, and pregnant women until 60 days after delivery.

Oh, and and those who qualify for nursing home care, mostly the elderly disabled — cause Gawd knows hard-workin’ Texas families shouldn’t hafta come home after a long day at work and change Meemaw’s diapers.

Not to mention that those few politically influential Texans who are better off don’t want to have to deplete their own considerable assets to keep the old bag in Depends — and besides, keeping the hard-lobbying nursing home industry alive creates jobs for hard-workin’ Texas families, etc.

That’s the news from the Lone Star State, where all the women are tough, all the men have good-looking hair, and all the children are below average.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

Jeebus, it’s another one:

State Sen. Paul Stanley (R-Memphis) will resign his chairmanship of the Senate Commerce Committee tomorrow, NashvillePost.com has learned, in the wake of the revelation that he was the subject of an attempted blackmail scheme over a sexual relationship with an intern in his office.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

did he hang with the family on C Street? Seems to be the way it goes down.

(sorry three sat in Moderation while I snooozed the awful world away)

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

no problem … sleeping is much more important!

moiv - 26 July 2009

Oh good, it only took a week. That’s about how long it’s been since the story first hit the papers.

He’s had to step down from on high as a sign of true repentance, but he’ll stay in the senate. Because if Jeebus forgives him, who are the voters to object?

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009
7. BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2009

I got bupkis, but all I can say is this is right out of
Kidney Mob Haven. NJ, the ring has a nice enclave in Allentown PA too and Sam Cohen ,the Tri State Shlepper was indicted ..They run meth labs and women up in the Poconos ,Allentown moreso than Scranton ,,there too, tho …and thru NE PA…Quick hop to the City…
Casey country, LOL (who’s busy with wabbits, WOTSA Wabbits.)

…could be a stage name for Ms Smith for all I know.
But very strange, and unusually devoid of details we get on a daily basis here…

Ex-‘Idol’ contestant died after being struck by car

SEASIDE HEIGHTS — A 25-year-old Allentown, Pa. woman and former contestant on the television show American Idol was struck by a car and killed in Seaside Heights early Saturday morning in an apparent homicide, authorities said.

Alexis Cohen was found dead at the edge of Dupont Avenue near Bay Boulevard at about 4 a.m., said Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.

A driver and passenger noticed Cohen and called 911, Mohel said. Seaside Heights
First Aid workers transported her to Community Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m., he said.

An autopsy conducted Saturday afternoon revealed chest and abdominal injuries and a closed head injury caused by collision with a vehicle, Mohel said.

Police found Cohen’s car in a parking lot 300 yards away, Mohel said.

It’s As probably just one of those things as it is not,
but that would be easy work for Staged Accident scammers and insurance fraudsters…and the Feds are said to be digging into entertainment promoters and contest fixing scams , the whole boardwalk scam set..In Wildwood the Villagers went all torches and pitchforks easily mounted a recall petition to get their crook Mayor and Cop/ Councilman thrown out , only to have the Local Board of Elections hack throw out their Petitions as invalid A ruling was pending on the Citizens appeal, DELAY DELAY DELAY (till it’s too late to throw the local bum out and schedule it with Corzines beheading in November…) THE DAY AFTER career FBI and DOJ rolled through the state, the Local Judge handed down an order THE NEXT DAY

And the Local Hack Board
Reinstated the signatures THEY Had fucked with.

So its not just in Seaside Heights / Asbury Park but up and down the coast….Thing is, if she was mixed up with gangsters in Jersey the State and Local Authorities are the LAST people likely to make the arrest. Of one of their PARTNERS in crime….
If my eyesight or a much beloved limb depended on it,
I’d say she was mixed up with Mob. And all sorts of people in those circles in Jersey are going to be dying under mysterious circumstances or plum disappearing.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

Kidney Mob Haven. NJ,

Isn’t that Kidney Rob Mob Haven? :lol:

BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2009

LOL. Truly.

And if this goes thru
It’s the Kidney Rob /
Who Needs A Job In the Not So Mod Mob Squad? /
Free Of the Mod Pod..comment that is,…(one that would never see the light of day on DK – such tender little ears, them nubbins)

marisacat - 26 July 2009

…but that would be easy work for Staged Accident scammers and insurance fraudsters…and the Feds are said to be digging into entertainment promoters and contest fixing scams , the whole boardwalk scam set.

Such a pleasant place, the Garden State.

8. BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2009

Crank up the Positive Jewish Gangster Press.
And such an un-untimely death.

Gangster who ratted out ‘Mafia Cops’ dies

BY Greg B. Smith and John Marzulli
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 4:00 AM

Burton Kaplan, the bespectacled Jewish gangster from Brooklyn whose turncoat testimony was pivotal in bringing the murderous “Mafia Cops” to justice, has died.

Kaplan, 75, was in the federal witness protection program and had been relocated outside New York State, sources told the Daily News. They said he died of natural causes.

The mob rat’s daughter, Deborah Kaplan, a respected Manhattan Supreme Court justice, declined to comment.

For years, Kaplan was the go-between for gangster Anthony (Gaspipe) Casso and NYPD Detectives Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, who passed confidential information to the crime boss and carried out hits for the Luchese crime family.

“Without Burt Kaplan’s cooperation, the full scope of their corruption and betrayal would never have been known,” said Mark Feldman, the former chief of the organized crime section for the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office, which prosecuted the dirty duo.

In 2004, Kaplan was suffering from prostate cancer and serving a 27-year sentence for marijuana trafficking when he was approached by an investigator from the Brooklyn district attorney’s office who convinced him to flip.

“I can’t honestly say I did this for my family,” Kaplan, a garment industry businessman, explained at the Mafia Cops’ trial. “I did it, in all honesty, because I felt that I was gonna be made the scapegoat in this case.”

Somethin like that.
Whaddya know?
One day you’re here -well-
In the WITNESS PROTECTION PROGAM-
…one day you’re not.

Love Judge Judy, or Deb, whatev, the Daughter, of SCoTONY.

BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2009

Don’t forget to DONATE.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

HA! Give ’til you BLEED. Or excrete a usable organ.

BooHooHooMan - 26 July 2009

Filchers, charlantans and thieves all
but imagine if Revruhnd JESSE or Sharpton or Farrakhan were involved?
What the MSM would do with it…

As For MArkos over at Orange Little Nippers-
…shiiiidt.
To Front Page it it would have to involve
Republican Tehgaypeniss Transplants in some type of weird
bloggy homophoby Marko-self-purgey inoculation ritual .
He should have just joined Opus Dei and been done with it.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

Ob would find a way to defend Farrakhan. After all he referred to him as “Minister Farrakhan” in the debate where it was raised… the ABC primary debate as I recall.

The holes in this game are gaping. Huge.

The Dems would funnel help to Sharpton who has been on the payroll from Kerry forward.

Jesse, for his many sins, is hated by the party for the winning of 7 million votes.. and they have their own guy in the WH now. More quiescent than Jesse was at one time. I mean, how dare he run? So him they’d flay in public. (this is not some late endorsement of JJjr, far from it)

Just my opinion on the mess.

9. marisacat - 26 July 2009

I almost passed it up, but Loury has a good opinion piece at the NYT on Ob and Gates and so on:

[I] recall that, during the height of last year’s primary campaign, when Mr. Obama was asked to comment on the acquittal of New York City police officers in the fatal shooting of a young black man, Shawn Bell, who was celebrating with friends on the night before his wedding, the candidate was less condemnatory of the police or the courts. (“The most important thing for people who are concerned about that shooting is to figure out how do we come together and assure those kinds of tragedies don’t happen again.”)

It is depressing in the extreme that the president, when it came time for him to expend political capital on the issue of race and the police, did so on behalf of his “friend” rather than stressing policy reforms that might keep the poorly educated, infrequently employed, troubled but still human young black men in America out of prison. This is to say that, if Mr. Obama were going to lose some working-class white votes to the charge of “elitism,” I’d much rather it have been on countering the proliferation of “three strikes” laws, or ratcheting down the federal penalties for low-level drug trafficking, or inveighing against the racial disproportion in the administration of the death penalty. …

yes [cough] we can all “hope” for what Obama should do (don’t get too invested in waiting tho!), but Obama is the same man who, when living in Morningside Heights in NYC, got ticked at loud radio music from the street on a hot night… He went down stairs (from I think the 4th floor – to DO what I wonder?) and was apprehensive as he saw several young black men sitting in a car outside his apartment building playing the car radio.

OH GMAFB. I was finished with him when he decided to go downstairs. Don’t live in the city then. Afraid to approach a car? But he would have? and said what? if the young adults or older teens had been white?

or what? He wasn’t sure enough of himself to say some neutral thing (guys! kinda loud? Can you lower it?), after coming down several flights? or what?

He is so fucking precious and it has been so wearing.

10. marisacat - 26 July 2009

I heard an interesting tidbit this morning… somewhere, think it was on This Week…. the annual premium for Goldman Sachs medical coverage, at least for the moneymakers and rainmakers is FORTY THOUSAND. Which is apparently picked up by the company.

I’d say that kind of an amount should be taxed.

At least in a law firm, the equity partners, in most firms I ever knew about, pay for their own/family coverage. As an EQUITY partner.

But we sure won’t be seeing GSaxe people paying tax on that 40K coverage.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

When Debtors Decide to Default

They are upset — at the unyielding banks and often at their free-spending selves — and are pre-emptively defaulting. They could continue to pay for a while longer but instead are walking away. “You reach a point where you embrace the darkness of default,” said Adam Levin, chairman of the financial products Web site Credit.com.

The lending industry term for these people is “ruthless defaulters.” In a miserable economy where paychecks, savings and expectations are all diminished, their numbers will surely grow.

“They’ve done the math on their account and they’re very angry,” said Corey Calabrese, a Fordham Law student who is an administrator of the school’s walk-in clinic for debtors at Manhattan Civil Court. Public sentiment is on their side, she added: “For the first time, Americans are no longer blaming the borrower but are looking at the credit card companies.”

(That’s certainly true in the mortgage crisis. According to a Quinnipiac University poll in February, 62 percent of those polled blamed lenders “who loaned the money to people who may not be able to pay it back.” Only a quarter blamed homeowners.)

The deteriorating relationship between Americans and their creditors has not yet reached the level of Shays’ Rebellion, the 1786 uprising by poor farmers in western Massachusetts during a recession. But the basic issues are strikingly similar, suggesting an eternal tension between creditor and consumer.

Boston merchants, who were suffering themselves, aggressively sought payment from their customers. When the folks could not pay, which was often, they were jailed. The incensed farmers sought “reforms that would permit repayment on less destructive terms,” writes Bruce H. Mann in “Republic of Debtors,” a history of bankruptcy in early America. “Creditors replied with lectures on frugality, luxury, virtue and the sanctity of obligations.”

Shays’ Rebellion provoked mixed reactions, then and now. Were the rebels trying to remedy grievous wrongs in the spirit of the Revolutionary War, or were they threatening public order and the fledgling state — acting as terrorists, in the modern parlance? Shays’ followers were quickly arrested and quickly pardoned, although two were hanged.

Ruthless defaulters today face different perils. Delinquency destroys credit scores, can prompt a lawsuit and guarantees a very large number of hostile calls from collection agencies.

Still, all that can seem the better alternative. Like many who default, Ms. Birks first asked her credit card company to lower her 19 percent interest rate. No dice, Bank of America responded. After she tried to get the bank’s attention by skipping a payment, it immediately raised her rate to 25 percent. As Ms. Birks’ debt swelled, so did a sense of injustice mingled with helplessness.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

Across the board the banks are going after mere holders of credit cards. people who simply use cards, pay off each month or within 45 or 50 days (two payments)… are being told their new rate is 20%.

So the swathe of people angry is going ot be BIG.

Also reducing a credit limit to a few dollars under an amt owed, that is being done too. And all of this affects peoples’ FICO scores. If you are suddenly over your limit or suddenly at the extent o fyour limit, the NEW limit, your score goes down.

AND I just heard that, for instance, if you seek marriage counseling, and put it on a credit card, your available credit goes down yuour interest goes up.. you are now deemed a future risk. AND they are tracking changes in buying more strictly. If you NEVER bought at a food discount store in the poorer end of town, but now you are, they watch that.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

I liked the bit in there where the Bank of America President was surprised that people would do this.

Given the way this society works, every person, every family, should consider itself a corporation, and they should look at their obligations with other corporations with the same cold, dispasionate way that companies do. Screw them, because they will screw you. They’ll screw their own shareholders before they admit they were wrong.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

you have to make sure you own your house outright, or you rent and are fine iwth where you are… or you have an expectation of being able to achieve a good income in the future and repair waht is left of your credit rating.

Or be able to go to cash only.

I read that employers run credit checks but i have nto heard that from anyone as their experience. ON the other hand who is getting jobs today? I don’t know.

I wasn’t clever enough to be smart, but once I no longer worked I went to cash only. Even when Baby had a couple of scary big vet bills in 2002 and ’03… and so on.

Now I am thankful I let the cards expire. By accident, sort of.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

I think the credit check thing becomes more of a problem when looking for retail jobs, or jobs where you have to get bonded.

Sticking to cash these days, if possible, is a very good idea.

moiv - 26 July 2009

So the swathe of people angry is going ot be BIG.

Yes’m, down in these parts, we’re about to start remembering why people made bacon and eggs for Pretty Boy Floyd and the Barker gang instead of calling the law.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

I could see people helping out bank robbers, esp small time ones. people in trouble. We jsut had a poor person, turned down for food stamps and any sort of cash assistance, hold up a bank in the East Bay. they don’t want to disclose how much he got, whcih to me says utter fear it will spread.

moiv - 26 July 2009

Shows how clueless they really are, if they think keeping the details quiet will stop it. There’s no way they’re even going to slow it down.

Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

that’s at least part of the whole “don’t snitch” thing.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

oh and remember, the recession is over, the stock market is up… and Ob rules the seas. And the skies. So why worry.

My own guess is we are not coming out of this, and we are going to have another big crash in 2 -5 years. Between 2011 and 2014. Bigger than this one.

I just don’t see any other scenario.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009
13. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 July 2009

Sin In Eternal Hymn

During the campaign months, many of you wankers (and yes, I love you but…) accused me of being cynical. Why didn’t I open my heart and believe in change? Change! My black and tan amigos y amigas were dismayed I wasn’t happy to see the ultimate example of a black face in a high place. Dreams, no longer deferred!

Well-intentioned pink skins scratched their heads, puzzled by my lack of glee at their non-racist action: voting for a black chief exec. Look at us!

To be cynical however, you have to be a disappointed romantic. Within each cynic’s skull throbs a mind longing to believe with the fervency of a “Twilight” fan. My objections weren’t cynical. I simply took Mr. Obama at his word and factored in the history of the office he sought.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

I liked the letter he quoted. Yes…. I can recall one person who fully expected Ob to wind down the wars

GOOD LUCK with that one!!

and another who castigated me for not supporting Ob against, as he put it, White Supremacists, that being the McCains. And I answered… White Supremacists vs Supremacists. I can take a pass on that lie.

Oh and here is a tidbit… Hannity is slamming Ob… in quite caustic .. what I would call racialised terms. But guess what…they are BIDEN’S descriptive words about Obama from spring of 2008. No hope slamming that one back. Ob was cuaght on a long arm mic by ABC workign very hard to tell Schumer it was not a problem. Any slam back would land at the Naval Observatory with Veepessa and Dr Biden.

GOOD LUCK!

moiv - 26 July 2009

What? What?? Oh, Joe, say it ain’t so. Please tell me you didn’t say something even more gaffesque than “clean” or “articulate.”

LOL, life is just full of gifts.

14. marisacat - 26 July 2009

The List of Negatives Keeps Growing

Report Card on Obama From a New Frontiersman

By WILLIAM POLK

Probably like most of you, I am engaged in a daily attempt to make up my mind about President Obama. I was an early supporter.

And as a former Washington “player,” I am aware how difficult is his position. I began to worry when he failed to grasp what I have seen to be the early window of opportunity for a new administration — the first three months — when the government is relatively fluid. As the months have flown by, I have seen that there are many positive things, mainly in his eloquent addresses on world problems, notably his speech at the University of Cairo on world pluralism, but also quite a few negative things. With sadness and alarm I find that my list of the negatives keeps on growing.

Among them are the following: snip

The author, William Polk a descendant of President Polk, then closes farther down with this:

I am waiting for the Obama we elected to show up. I hope this drama does not follow Samuel Beckett’s script.

GOOD LUCK! Esp if all they can do in months or a couple of years is stumble around and still yabber on about his speeches. Duck.. lame.

15. marisacat - 26 July 2009

Of course we will never be permitted the broader conversation. Oh no. Factions on both sides of the black :: white divide and High Holy Pretzel want to keep it narrow. Like the eye of a needle.

Via Turley with many embedded links.

It took New York Attorney Joseph DePaula four years but he has finally prevailed in his false arrest claim after he was thrown into jail for calling an officer a “prick” in court in 2005.

DePaula was confronted in court by the officer when his cellphone rang in court. DePaula showed little judgment when he answered the phone. The court officer confiscated the phone. The officer later told him that he should know better (which is true), but either his manner or his actions irritated DePaula. DePaula said “You’re just being a prick.”

While DePaula insists that the exchange was “conversational,” the court officer then said “You called me a prick, you’re under arrest.” when DePaula objected, the officer simply repeated, ““You called me a prick, stand up and put your hands behind your back.” DePaula says that tried to get the officer to allow him to finish his matters on the court calendar but the officer insisted on the arrest. DePaula was left cuffed in a holding room for about 20 minutes and issued a disorderly conduct charge.

Bad language continues to be a matter of criminal and contempt actions. This includes a recent case of punishment for depositional swearing, here. In one case, a judge sentenced a lawyer to six months for swearing in his courtroom — a clearly abusive order here. However, that is a matter of contempt, not disorderly conduct. Indeed, this case might have resulted in such a warning of contempt if the officer had raised it with the court.

We have also seen recently some arrests in states like Texas for the use of profanity despite the obvious constitutional problems in such punishment for speech, here and here. The South Dakota Supreme Court recently declared such speech as protected, here. Likewise, swearing at your toilet is protected speech, here. Yet, officers continue to arrest people for swearing in public meetings another locations.

It’s HARD out there for the professional class.

One that really struck me was a couple of months ago, a white grandmother, tasered for mouthing off when stopped by a cop on the side of the freeway (or a highway, I could not tell from the vid). The taser knocked her off her feet to ground.

16. CSTAR - 26 July 2009

I’m trying to imagine the dystopic free market system which will emerge in the next decade: A state driven and supported by a “futuristic” financial system: fueled by what are essentially forced contributions to private retirement companies, savings management companies (these used to be called banks) and risk management companies (these used to be called insurance companies). Every drop of return on investment for savings or retirement for workers will be squeezed out by the Goldman Sachs of the world by innovations such as high frequency trading, or whatever stochastic mumbo jumbo takes its place. Every penny you pay for health insurance will be “algorithmed” out so that it’s pure profit, They’re aren’t going to be many economists with models Keynesian or otherwise to figure this out.

This is the progressive “Obama” scenario. The other one is fascism.

Socialism anyone?

marisacat - 26 July 2009

that sounds like a good assessment.

CSTAR - 26 July 2009

This article by David Sirota describes something like one of these futuristic financial paradises for the wealthy. But I was utterly dumbfounded by its conclusion.

For his part, Obama has responded with characteristic coolness — and a powerful counterstrike. “No, it’s not punishing the rich,” he said. “If I can afford to do a little bit more so that a whole bunch of families out there have a little more security, when I already have security, that’s part of being a community.”

Huh? Gather round and sing Cumbaya.

marisacat - 26 July 2009

Well he claimed at his prime time presser – before he segued to Cambridge – that he is so pressed for time on health care as he worries about all the people suffering and losing their homes. (He clearly thinks we were all born last Monday.)

And then the clueless white libs (or the operatives) tell us about how he did community organising. For the churches .. in Chicago.. and met Rev Wright and and and and and and and and and.

BooHooHooMan - 27 July 2009

and and and ,,,

an invitation that YOU TOO can be a disciple.
LOL===> All lifted. The strategy, definitely not “the movement” or the non movement whatever the fuck they bullshit about what the bullshit is …what their con is on a daily basis..

A presidential ascendancy based on
The Life of Brian and the Holy Gourd:
Well. Enjoy! Good Luck! He is with us!

And Sirota …Pfft.

17. BooHooHooMan - 27 July 2009

A mistaken Masterpiece in our distant future?…

Yarmulke on a Stick for Roman Held By Nubian Servant Girl

DIG THE PIC – Mcat-worthy even…

BooHooHooMan - 27 July 2009

Oh I’m boostin that one.
Link to pic itself.

So Wrong, so wrong, plundering an Empire’s art, but hey…

marisacat - 27 July 2009

oh too funny.. reminds me of Hillary’s slobber on her S Asian tour about an “umbrella of defense”.

Does nto seem to have worked in Jersey.

BooHooHooMan - 27 July 2009

Notice The $900O dollars in hair gel on the trendies to the left,
the ‘do on the young Praetorian and his tailored suit, The Elder Citizen of some status to the right…You I’m clearly a leading candidate to be handing out the orange marshmellow circus peanuts at the National Gallery in our Planet of the Apes Future…LOL

BooHooHooMan - 27 July 2009

You *can see* I’m …. perfect for the circus peanut hander outerer/ art tour guide… (no typing involved I hope..)

catnip - 27 July 2009

But you’ll have to wear your breezy sundress.

18. BooHooHooMan - 27 July 2009


Obama faces crucial test

By JEANNE CUMMINGS | 7/27/09 4:22 AM
Obama will demonstrate whether he is capabale of turning a campaign agenda into law.

Nyeh… Not lookin so good

Good day all. I’m out to lurk in Workerville.

catnip - 27 July 2009

Obama will demonstrate whether he is capabale of turning a campaign agenda into law.

He will? And when is that miracle supposed to happen?

He’s just turned his watered-down campaign rhetoric into whine so far.

19. marisacat - 27 July 2009

Via Politico “44” and they have released 911 tapes related to the GatesFooFoo

MAKING NICE: Six days after POTUS’s comment that precipitated a clash with Massachusetts police organizations, Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder are headed to Philadelphia Tuesday to make a “major Recovery Act announcement” regarding funding for “law enforcement agencies across the nation,” the White House announced Monday.

Joining them there, according to a White House release: Govs. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), Jack Markell (D-Del.) and Martin O’Malley (D-Md.), plus Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.

catnip - 27 July 2009

Such fools over at Kossack City. I was arguing with one who said the only reason the 911 caller would have described Gates and his driver as “2 large black men” (which we now know wasn’t even true) was because she was…wait for it…racist. ON top of that, the caller is being mocked over there for saying Gates was large – and that’s because she’s racist too. Couldn’t have anything to do with the inaccuracy of eyewitnesses in general or maybe an vision problem or maybe a quick glance or whatever. Nope. She’s racist.

And they’ve gone on about how the caller should know who Gates was. Man, the bashing that woman has gone through just for doing her civic duty. Assholes.

marisacat - 27 July 2009

well she needs to just be left alone… I noticed Gates was still generating new comments over the weekend. It’s like Elizabeth Edwards all over again.

marisacat - 27 July 2009

if you have not read the quite wretched interview Gates gave his daughter, at Daily Beast, that is one of their big issues I think, that people did not recognise HIM, know his Great Works and Bow Down.

Maybe LOL he could jsut live at the WH with Ob and the wif… known always to everyone there.

20. marisacat - 27 July 2009

I see Bloomberg is running I love you Sonia! ads in the NYC Latino press.

21. catnip - 27 July 2009
catnip - 27 July 2009

What kind of bullshit is this?

Smith said, “We conduct operations not aimed at killing insurgents, although in many instances that is the outcome, but to over time clear areas of insurgency and give the people a chance to reconnect with official forms of governance and to rebuild their lives, socially and economically.”

“Clear” sounds much more decent, doesn’t it?

22. marisacat - 27 July 2009

Focus on S America – and The Drug War, as they call our war on S America.

Tensions Rise in Latin America over US Military Plan to Use Three Bases in Colombia *

The Colombian government has agreed to grant US forces the use of three Colombian military bases for South American anti-drug operations. The move has heightened tensions between Colombia, the largest recipient of US military aid in the Americas, and its neighbors, particularly Venezuela and Ecuador. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned that the US Army could “invade” his country from Colombia.

Link to Amy

23. marisacat - 27 July 2009

Via The Page. Maybe like Bush just shoulda stayed in baseball, and Condi wants to be Baseball Comish.. maybe Ob could just run a team somewhere. And save us the shit. Take Arne with you!

The president welcomes the Detroit Shock to the White House Monday afternoon, praising them as role models for young girls.

Tells them: “It makes my daughters look at themselves differently, to see they can be champions too.”

Love that perpetuation of even the barest idea that children should look up to sports players…

President uses Monday afternoon meeting with FIFA head Joseph Blatter to kick around the possibility of a U.S.-hosted World Cup in 2018 or 2022

24. marisacat - 27 July 2009

nu thred…

LINK

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