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Curious comrades… 24 August 2009

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A tiger cub and a pig snooze together, at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Thailand [EPA]

From a gallery at the Telegraph of unusual friends… some I think, judging from the photos, just happen live at the same compound and sometimes walk together, others seem to be actual buddies…

Tho… there does seem to be something going on at Sriracha Zoo…

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1. marisacat - 24 August 2009

Round up catnip! We’re on to their dastardly goose bird strikes.. so now they are sending INVADING MUSSELS.

catnip - 24 August 2009

Huh-what? (Dead link.) ;)

bonddad commits hare kare.

Since I have been writing about how I believe the economy is bottoming, the tone of the comments has grown increasingly negative and personal. While I am happy to engage in civil debate, I am not happy to be personally attacked on a continuing basis.

This will by my last post until it appears the community is interested in civil discourse and diversity of opinions without personal invective and attacks.

If you like my analysis, you can read my longer pieces at Huffington Post or the shorter pieces at my blog.

Don’t hold your breath, baby.

marisacat - 24 August 2009

I am throwing a tomato! And a nother one!

BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2009

.I missed your piece…I picked up on it too.

But it’s part of a New Scam…This guy Hale Stewart is a rank shill.
It’s all about another purge with that 60′s FBI Informant, Tim Lange AKA “Meatier Blades” happy as always to turn the hose on protesters.

Stopping the Name-Calling
by Meteor Blades
Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 10:22:55 AM PDT

He goes through the usual hokey sweat lodge discourse to the tribe before making his arbitrary point, never delineating how…

Administrators on the site can and will get tougher on name-calling and other forms of personal attack if that’s what’s desired. In the worst cases, we will suspend or terminate posting privileges. I have already made some moves in this direction. But moderation by community users is now and will continue in the future to be the main way commentary here is regulated.

nor addressing the cover given for Years now on that blog to — oh let’s name names…Dana Houle, Jason Melrath, Jacob Alperin-Sheriff, or all those Party Dicks and Twats that Dave From Queens exposed….

So Lange, that Piece-of-Shit-nik they have propped up as the vaunted Old Journo Activist from the 60′s is yet again
tee -ing up , dime-ing out, and taking down protesters as they gravitate Left…. to make more room for Establishment fluff turfed by Dem Party hacks…

And they still have a Security bug.
Yep. Tim Lange. A real Leonard Peltier. Sure.

marisacat - 24 August 2009

Just don’t call bondad “cunt”.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009

that is reserved for the “women’s studies set” who dare to oppose donk wingers.

2. marisacat - 24 August 2009

From a long piece at Cpunch on Arne Duncan and the Merry Pranksters Ob has set loose.

[T]he Obama education policy differs little from the Bush administration’s policy of hitching student and teacher performance to what many in the educational community and beyond call inauthentic assessments that actually force teachers to teach to the test and do little to encourage critical thinking or collaborative problem solving. Nor does the Obama policy seem to differ much in setting goals for the rapid expansion of charter school networks and non-profit and for-profit ‘providers’ to run them.

Where it is more far-reaching than the Bush educational plan, however, is in its commitment to expand the charter school market by forcing all the states in the nation to pass legislation for the creation of charter schools. It also goes further down the road of ‘choice’ by requiring all states to remove all caps on charter start-ups, and then have them unleash some variation of the Diverse Provider Strategy model, a network of retail charter and contract schools accountable and wedded to a system of ‘measureable outcomes’ derived from standardized tests mandated under No Child Left Behind. Add to all of this the fact that Obama has said he might be in favor of private vouchers, his adamant commitment to merit pay based on performance on standardized tests, his suspicion of tenure and seniority and one would think that teacher’s unions would be aghast. . . . snip

Such a great hire…

3. marisacat - 24 August 2009

They can fall for all I care… whether Dingell, Rangel, Conyers, St John Lewis… everybody there for 20, 30, 40 years… should go.

August 23, 2009

Conyers looks vulnerable in 2010 reelection poll

@ 2:14 pm by Michael O’Brien

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) could face a tough reelection race in 2010, according to a new, independent poll released this weekend.

40 percent of Conyers’s constituents said he deserved reelection, according to a poll conducted earlier this month by the Lansing, Mich.-based Deno Noor Polling, in conjunction with the Rossman Group and Perricone Group.

44 percent of Detroiters represented by Conyers said they would prefer to elect someone else. 15 percent were unsure or didn’t know.

The 80-year-old Conyers has served in Congress since 1965, making him one of the longest-serving members of Congress still in office. He could face a challenging reelection, though, due to the conviction of his wife, Monica Conyers, for bribery charges incurred while she served as President Pro Tempore of the Detroit City Council.

Rep. Conyers has dodged questions about his wife’s conviction, and it isn’t clear whether the couple has maintained a close relationship in recent years.

Still, 76 percent of those surveyed said the conduct of Monica Conyers wouldn’t affect how they would vote for her powerful husband.

Another Detroit lawmaker’s political future could be imperiled by a family member’s illicit political conduct, as well.

27 percent of Detroiters said Rep. Carolyn Cheek Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) deserves reelection almost a year after she was almost unseated in a Democratic primary challenge. snip

go go go go go.

4. marisacat - 24 August 2009

You really have to wonder at Ob and the Obsters… a few weeks ago I posted that Soc Sec recipients won’t get a COLA raise for the next two years (deflation, they say! Like unemployment should be 8% nationally!)… MSNBC now has a further tidbit… Medicare premiums will go up, however. And Part D too, separately…

maybe he really does only want one term. Who knows.

5. marisacat - 24 August 2009

hmm Schaller, a not very smart Dem prognosticator, quotes other dumbfucks. “DemFromCT” Dworkin, for one:

“OFA has tens of thousands of active members who could be mobilized,” the National Journal’s Kevin Friedl reported about a month ago. “The question remains, though, whether the group can channel any of that into effective lobbying.” Friedl quotes activist Greg Dworkin, a veteran Daily Kos blogger, who warned that while “everybody knows how to go out and vote … not everyone knows how to contact their local representative in a way that the representative will hear them.” (Requests for comment about OFA’s performance from the DNC’s Brad Woodhouse were not answered.)

Shorter Schaller, shorter Dworkin:

Last year it was ‘pin the tail on the donkey’, this year it is ‘cut the god damned donkey’s ears and tail OFF’.

6. marisacat - 24 August 2009

Obama’s Reading List for Martha’s Vineyard

Bill Burton says at Monday briefing Obama will delve into:

–Tom Friedman’s “Hot, Flat and Crowded”

–David McCullough’s “John Adams”

–Richard Price’s “Lush Life”

–Kent Haruf’s “Plain Song”

–George Pelecanos’s “The Way Home”

7. BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2009

Blogger / Lawyer in Pampers/ Armchair “Market Analyst”
Hale “Bondad” Stewart
Leads The chorus of Castrati fighting back against negative reviews.
And heads for the door.
What a wuss.

Fortunately he left clues regarding other venues where he can be kicked around. LOL.

GBCW
by bonddad
Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 06:10:56 AM PDT

Since I have been writing about how I believe the economy is bottoming, the tone of the comments has grown increasingly negative and personal. While I am happy to engage in civil debate, I am not happy to be personally attacked on a continuing basis.

This will by my last post until it appears the community is interested in civil discourse and diversity of opinions without personal invective and attacks.

If you like my analysis, you can read my longer pieces at Huffington Post or the shorter pieces at my blog.

What a Bullshit, Mind Your Manners Game.
Cue Two Weeks of Pwog Blog meta distraction:
As they try and keep the wheels from coming off Obama’s stroller..
“Ooo Now You’ve done it kiddies..” …
…”Aw we’re sorry” Slobber Gobble…and the like

Please – SOMEONE treat us to another leak of emails showing how they coordinate this Astroturf.

8. marisacat - 24 August 2009

Can you imagine if Bush had gone golfing with the head of UBS?

Geesh.

9. catnip - 24 August 2009

Uncle Tim steps in: Stopping the Name-Calling by Meteor Blades. Apparently unaware of the concept of “irony”, he writes:

I’m always amazed by people who don’t seem to understand how it will make someone else respond when they attack them personally. Do they really believe their shit don’t reek?

10. catnip - 24 August 2009

Rendition of Terror Suspects Will Continue Under Obama

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terror suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but will monitor their treatment to insure they are not tortured, administration officials said on Monday.

The administration officials, who announced the changes on condition that they not be identified, said that unlike the Bush administration, they would give the State Department a larger role in assuring that transferred detainees would not be abused.

“The emphasis will be on insuring that individuals will not face torture if they are sent over overseas,” said one administration official, adding that no detainees will be sent to countries that are known to conduct abusive interrogations.

What is there to say? Really.

11. marisacat - 24 August 2009

ugh think I just saw yet another Kagan on The News Hour.

A Kimberly Kagan with the Institute for the Study of War. Nice little ideologue, who has jsut been in Afpak as part of a special group assisting McChrystle.

We are so blessed.

12. marisacat - 24 August 2009

LAT Insurance cos will make out like banksters under any one of the new plans under proposal….

But let’s get all whupset over TownHalls. Yes…

So when do they spring the garnishment regs? mandated coverage, is mandated payment for policies… gotta get the money to the poor whittle ins cos.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009

jeebus:

The half-dozen leading overhaul proposals circulating in Congress would require all citizens to have health insurance, which would guarantee insurers tens of millions of new customers — many of whom would get government subsidies to help pay the companies’ premiums.

“It’s a bonanza,” said Robert Laszewski, a health insurance executive for 20 years who now tracks reform legislation as president of the consulting firm Health Policy and Strategy Associates Inc.

Some insurance company leaders continue to profess concern about the unpredictable course of President Obama’s massive healthcare initiative, and they vigorously oppose elements of his agenda. But Laszewski said the industry’s reaction to early negotiations boiled down to a single word: “Hallelujah!”

The insurers’ success so far can be explained in part by their lobbying efforts in the nation’s capital and the districts of key lawmakers.

The bills vary in the degree to which they would empower government to be a competitor and a regulator of private insurance. But analysts said that based on the way things stand now, insurers would come out ahead.

“The insurers are going to do quite well,” said Linda Blumberg, a health policy analyst at the nonpartisan Urban Institute, a Washington think tank. “They are going to have this very stable pool, they’re going to have people getting subsidies to help them buy coverage and . . . they will be paid the full costs of the benefits that they provide — plus their administrative costs.”

Change you can choke on.

marisacat - 24 August 2009

from Americablog:

One of our very astute readers did some research to see how Wall Street has been treating those major insurance companies over the past couple weeks. It’s true.

August has been a financial bonanza for shareholders of Wellpoint (WLP), United Health (UNH), Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI)and Humana (HUM).

While the S&P index rose just less than 2%, those companies, which were supposed to have been reined in by health insurance reform, have seen their stocks rise from 6% to 12% since Congress recessed – that’s three to six times as much (click on picture for larger image.) snip

13. marisacat - 24 August 2009

Al Shuman at SMBIVA linked to this google news report on the removal of COLA raises on Soc Sec for two years, with Medicare raises and Part D raises coming…

AS had this to say about the moves from Beloved Father Obama:

More vicious than Bush

By Al Schumann on Sunday August 23, 2009 05:57 PM

Here’s a feeler for an assault on Social Security. The probe comes in the form of mooting the elimination of the next two years of cost of living adjustments. The Obama regime remains on track to be more destructive and mindlessly vicious than the Bush regime.

Posted by Al Schumann on Sunday August 23, 2009 05:57 PM | Permalink

He’s right. The thread is interesting

14. marisacat - 24 August 2009

BHHM

Whassup? From TPM:

08.24.09 — 5:39PM // RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (10)
Christie Slipping?

A new poll from a Republican pollster (though one who worked for Christie’s primary opponent) shows Christie sustaining a lot of damage from the recent round of stories calling his ethics into doubt and now leading by a mere three points.

The poll comes with a number of potential caveats. The pollster arguably has an axe to grind, though there’s no clear evidence in played any role in how this was put together. And the margin of error is relatively high. But we looked and this is the first poll to come out after what’s been two-plus weeks of relentlessly negative press for Christie which has cut directly at the centerpiece of Christie’s campaign: his independence and ethics.

So something may be brewing.

–Josh Marshall

Will the near dead be arising? Or is Josh smoking smoke?

BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2009

Paddles. Jelly. Clear.
Clear.
Clear.
Clear.
Tho it–
Could now, actually like, ya know!

Conservative Strategist’s Poll: Christie Only Up By Three, Corzine Has Chance To Win
Eric Kleefeld | August 24, 2009, 5:38PM

A new poll of New Jersey from conservative strategist Rick Shaftan finds that the New Jersey gubernatorial race, where Republican former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie has held a strong lead over Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in most surveys, could now actually be a dead heat.

While most polls have shown Christie with roughly a ten point lead, the new poll shows he takes 39% support to Corzine’s 36%, plus independent candidate Chris Daggett at 6%, with a margin of error of ±5.49%.

Oh I dunno, here Josh. “Christie Slipping?” LOL. Amateur.
Dem Patronage Hacks ROAST TOASTIES?

The poll was conducted between August 12-21 with a sample size of 319 and a margin of error of +/- 5.49%. The party breakout among respondents was 43% Democrat, 34% Republican, 23% unaffiliated.

I smell panic top to bottom. With the pathetic Blog Boyos in full triage mode trying to salvage Obama and the Dems Political Capital. They’ll have to work their asses off just to prevent an obvious, whalloping collapse of support. Poetic Justice here, too… as the Jersey Donklephant apparatus has their State races set up this way (odd years) to protect incumbants with lower-than-mid-term-whaleshit-low- turnout. By design.

But the R are mobilized and Independents will turn out and administer the coup de grace. I was in PA during the 1970′s , a similar Dem reg advantage of 700K+ and the state just walloped the corrupt Dems followin Milton Shapp’s tenure and ushered in Thornburgh. UGH. And in that race, it had a whole lot less to do with Reagan’s coattails than an utter collapse of Dem credibility in state. A couple hundred Dem apparatchicks were under indictment all the way up to the Tresury Secratary George Mowad.

Same kind of dynamic here too, a machine collapsing under its own corruption…And I’ve seen nothing in the internals of large sampling polls to suggest the race has shifted away from a referendum on Corzine , Dem Corruption, and the economic pounding…

So I stand solid on my call.
Backed up by my unsullied reputation in these matters. LOL.
Remember…I’m expecting a call from Sen. Caroline Kennedy anyday.
And while I had Hillary to Show in Iowa I thought Edwards was gonna edge Ob there by a nose…
too bad I didn’t mention a cute wittle baby nose.
I could’a been somebody. LOL.

I think all of this is hilarious after this corruption sweep , tho….
Quick! Someone Get Corzine a yarmulke! So many games.
And how this latest turd of a Poll pushed in Politicker NJ, the hobby owned by the Jewish kid who’s daddy bought him the Observer, then it’s amplified by Marshall on TPM…Sinsinger and clammyc will FP it soon on DK and so on… Of course they CAN’T blog about how a nice chunk of the Dem Street Machine is already making approaches to Christie’s camp, now, can they?

BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2009

LOL. A couple hours pass – And ding!
Like clockwork

Steve Singiser runs the shit on DK too…but you can hear the knees a knockin’ for the “Go-To” Shill on Dailykos hyping Corzine in the NJ Guvs Race…

Bear in mind, as well, that this came from a conservative pollster (or, at a minimum, a firm run by a conservative politico). Furthermore, Christie maintains a lead only by winnowing the electorate down to something called “definite voters”. Among the more traditional screen of “likely voters” (a screen which, in itself, has been incredibly GOP-friendly this cycle), Corzine actually has a small edge.

Now, of course, this is just one poll, by a little-known pollster. A dollop of healthy skepticism is certainly warranted. It has a reasonably small sample (under 400 folks, for a 5.49% margin of error), and was conducted over a somewhat unusual length of time (ten days)

For their part, the Corzine campaign is keeping the pressure firmly applied on their opponent. Just this morning, they made hay of Christie’s reticence to discuss his relationship with the U.S. Attorneys Office by releasing a tough ad on the subject.

Christie, for his part, broke his silence on Monday just long enough to hold a conference call where he whined about the media coverage of the campaign (“the time has come to make sure that we’re having fair treatment across the board here”) and took some shots at Corzine’s past at Goldman Sachs.

So…Let me get this straight…..For Corzines part, he’s still got the shill bloggers and incantations of Rove. For Christie’s part, he is “going there” over Dem Indictments rolling out in the drip drip swoosh following the crim compliants on Bust Day , annnd the GOP is “going there” on Corzines money and Goldman Sachs.

There is a reason we outlaw the clubbing of baby seals.

Singiser backpedals further..

In the course of the next few weeks, if the results of this poll are corroborated, it will become clear that the New Jersey governor’s race that many Republicans notched in their column in the Spring will have become infinitely more interesting.

UPDATE: Another caveat to throw onto the stack for both realists and pessimists alike. If the name of the pollster doesn’t ring a bell, they do have a past history in this race: they were the pollsters for Christie primary opponent Steve Lonegan. Take it for what it’s worth. Again, some corroborating (or contradictory) evidence from the myriad of pollsters who love them some Garden State politics should be forthcoming soon.

BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2009

Sorry. link should close after “Steve Singiser runs the shit on DK too.”

BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2009

One more to pass into the ether….
What political pro (if knowing they have a solid race that the major polls have missed) ..touts an allegedly worthy poll reminding your “slam dunk” opposition that it’s close?

And Whether the Blog Boyos got the memo or not, the Dems needs to insure their own caucus seats because the R are in a strong enough position to renege on any swap deals worked out among the lower bosses…The race in NJ now is the inverse of Last years Prezzy…In its framing certainly as Jon McSame (Corzine) is the one with the legacy of indifference, corruption , and failure around his neck..

Good Night….

marisacat - 24 August 2009

thanks for all that BHHM!

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009

Update on the Sacramento homeless situation:

A local attorney opened up his private property for homeless campers to have a place to stay, but authorities are already warning they will have to shut it down.

Attorney Mark Merin is leasing his property on 13th Street and C Street in Sacramento to about three dozen homeless men and women for one dollar a year, which is meant to give them the legal rights of lessees and property renters.

“It’s a matter of human dignity, and it’s life and death,” said Greg Bunker, executive director of Francis House in Sacramento.

According to Sacramento police, it isn’t legal to live in a tent anywhere in the city for longer than 24 hours. The department wouldn’t say when, but did say that they would soon enforce the city ordinance and kick the homeless persons out of the property.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009

The tourist business in Arizona just got a major case of heartburn: Do Guns at Political Events Disturb You? Then Consider Skipping Arizona for Now Posted by Arthur Frommer

For myself, without yet suggesting that others follow me in an open boycott, I will not personally travel in a state where civilians carry loaded weapons onto the sidewalks and as a means of political protest. I not only believe such practices are a threat to the future of our democracy, but I am firmly convinced that they would also endanger my own personal safety there. And therefore I will cancel any plans to vacation or otherwise visit in Arizona until I learn more. And I will begin thinking about whether tourists should safeguard themselves by avoiding stays in Arizona.

According to the Phoenix, Arizona, police, people with guns including assault rifles do not need permits in Arizona, but can simply carry such weapons with them, openly and brazenly, when they gather to protest a speaker at a public event. The police also acknowledge that about a dozen people carrying guns, including one with an AR-15 assault rifle, milled about outside the event at which President Obama spoke.

I would feel as I do regardless of the political identity of the speaker whom these thugs attempted to intimidate. The continued tolerance of extremists carrying guns is a frightening development which strikes at the heart of the political process and endangers the ability to carry out a reasoned debate. Is there any responsible citizen of the United States who believes that people should carry guns to a public debate or speech? If Ronald Reagan were delivering a political talk in Phoenix, Arizona, would they have felt it was proper for protestors with guns to mill about outside the hall from which he would leave?

marisacat - 24 August 2009

And the national parks? Democrats helped pass that one… a few weeks later it was hailed as some huge victory that, for whatever reason, congress denied carrying concealed weapons across state lines.

Who knows.

I’d just stay away from dumb political gatherings, at this point.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009

5 Myths About Health Care Around the World

2. Overseas, care is rationed through limited choices or long lines.

Generally, no. Germans can sign up for any of the nation’s 200 private health insurance plans — a broader choice than any American has. If a German doesn’t like her insurance company, she can switch to another, with no increase in premium. The Swiss, too, can choose any insurance plan in the country.

In France and Japan, you don’t get a choice of insurance provider; you have to use the one designated for your company or your industry. But patients can go to any doctor, any hospital, any traditional healer. There are no U.S.-style limits such as “in-network” lists of doctors or “pre-authorization” for surgery. You pick any doctor, you get treatment — and insurance has to pay.

Canadians have their choice of providers. In Austria and Germany, if a doctor diagnoses a person as “stressed,” medical insurance pays for weekends at a health spa.

As for those notorious waiting lists, some countries are indeed plagued by them. Canada makes patients wait weeks or months for nonemergency care, as a way to keep costs down. But studies by the Commonwealth Fund and others report that many nations — Germany, Britain, Austria — outperform the United States on measures such as waiting times for appointments and for elective surgeries.

In Japan, waiting times are so short that most patients don’t bother to make an appointment. One Thursday morning in Tokyo, I called the prestigious orthopedic clinic at Keio University Hospital to schedule a consultation about my aching shoulder. “Why don’t you just drop by?” the receptionist said. That same afternoon, I was in the surgeon’s office. Dr. Nakamichi recommended an operation. “When could we do it?” I asked. The doctor checked his computer and said, “Tomorrow would be pretty difficult. Perhaps some day next week?”

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009

Hedges: This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery

Capitalists, as my friend Father Michael Doyle says, should never be allowed near a health care system. They hold sick children hostage as they force parents to bankrupt themselves in the desperate scramble to pay for medical care. The sick do not have a choice. Medical care is not a consumable good. We can choose to buy a used car or a new car, shop at a boutique or a thrift store, but there is no choice between illness and health. And any debate about health care must acknowledge that the for-profit health care industry is the problem and must be destroyed. This is an industry that hires doctors and analysts to deny care to patients in order to increase profits. It is an industry that causes half of all bankruptcies. And the 20,000 Americans who died last year because they did not receive adequate care condemn these corporations as complicit in murder.

The current health care debate in Congress has nothing to do with death panels or public options or socialized medicine. The real debate, the only one that counts, is how much money our blood-sucking insurance, pharmaceutical and for-profit health services are going to be able to siphon off from new health care legislation. The proposed plans rattling around Congress all ensure that the profits for these corporations will increase and the misery for ordinary Americans will be compounded. The corporate state, enabled by both Democrats and Republicans, is yet again cannibalizing the Treasury. It is yet again pushing Americans, especially the poor and the working class, into levels of despair and rage that will continue to fuel the violent, proto-fascist movements leaping up around the edges of American society. And the traditional watchdogs—those in public office, the press and citizens groups—are as useless as the perfumed fops of another era who busied their days with court intrigue at Versailles. Canada never looked so good.

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009

Oops, screwed up the blockquoting. Sorry … that’s all Hedges.

marisacat - 24 August 2009

think I got it… ;)

Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009

thanks!

marisacat - 24 August 2009

well as I say, I am waiting for the garnishment of wages rules and regs shoe to be dropped. Because it will have to happen, that and ever rising penalties for not buying insurance. And what is happening in MA, reading from CNA nad others, is reduced benefits, rising premiums, rising thresholds to subsidies and rising penalties for not being shackled to ins some STILL cannot afford.

Everybody jumped on Hillary when she raised it (garnishment) HOWEVER, it was Pretty Boy John Edwards who had raised it FIRST, at the You Tube debate.

Carry on!!

catnip - 24 August 2009

Canada never looked so good.

No kidding. That’s it. I’m moving.

Oh…wait…

19. marisacat - 24 August 2009

Bernanke gets another term. Did they even wake Ob for that decision, I wonder.

catnip - 24 August 2009

I snatched this from a dkos diary that linked to the WSJ:

Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Obama will make the announcement from Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday.

Apropos, no?

catnip - 24 August 2009

It gets better…from the NYT:

A top White House official said Mr. Obama had decided to keep Mr. Bernanke at the helm of the Fed because he had been bold and brilliant in his attempts to combat the financial crisis and the current deep economic recession.

Damn near choked on my coke (a cola).

marisacat - 24 August 2009

The crazed Israeli and the suave Indonesian will let us in on the joke I am sure. (And suddenly they can call it a “working” vaca, which they have specifically said it is not, LOL)

Geesh. what next.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 24 August 2009
21. BooHooHooMan - 24 August 2009

One more..on NJ Gov’s race..

(I know. Just Remember, It could be worse. You guys could living in NJ.)

Halbfingers piece of the 23rd in the NYT nails it IMO …Some tids…(after the cursory Blackberry ref..)

N.J. Democrats Pounce After Christie’s Misstep
By DAVID M. HALBFINGER
Published: August 23, 2009

Democratic BlackBerrys up and down the East Coast started buzzing at 12:18 a.m. on Tuesday with news out of New Jersey: The Republican candidate for governor, Christopher J. Christie, had lent $46,000 to a subordinate and failed to disclose it as required by law.

{Snip}

They were gleeful, and determined to strike. Into the wee hours and over the next few days, Mr. Corzine’s aides strategized with White House aides and other Democratic operatives about how to make it a national story, suggested loaded questions for bloggers and reporters to ask Mr. Christie, enlisted the state party to file a complaint with elections officials, and sent young staff members out to dog Mr. Christie’s events with signs spelling “$46,000.”

Uhm Loaded questions like Marshalls. And the “Beat your Wife” shtick on DK.

His article says the R are encouraging Christie to back away from focusing on Dem Corruption and drill into taxes and spending yada yad. —> Which will play just as well with suburban and small town D’s as Corzines Big Spender headlines that never, ever “trickle down”. . < —

Besides they can afford to. There's stories everyday of some Democratic scam or other on Local and and County levels . and the Big Rabscam cases are having indictments, even the waivers and posteponements are reported on a rolling basis. Besides , LOL & GMAFB- the R are going nukey negative anyways despite their denials.

Halbfinger notes Corzines real prob

Still, what were once considered Mr. Corzine’s political assets now look a lot like baggage. He is a former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs precisely at the high-water mark of revulsion against Wall Street. He is a proponent of expensive health care and prekindergarten programs at a time of growing nervousness about soaring deficits and ambitious spending plans.

Those who have lived through past New Jersey campaigns believe the contest will ultimately be decided on pocketbook issues.

Pocketbook Issues… Corzine and the Dems taking a bath WITH Obama in Quinnipiacs Internals…

Halbfinger has a finger on why its over.

Worse still, for Democrats, Mr. Corzine has struggled mightily to excite the party’s base. Blacks and Hispanics have openly flirted with Mr. Christie over issues like school vouchers. Environmental advocates have already deserted Mr. Corzine. The Corzine campaign is aggressively lobbying gay men and lesbians to stick with the governor.

Mr. Corzine’s aides had been saying for months that they only needed to fight Mr. Christie to a draw on the subject of corruption,

{LOL! We’re only 2nd Degree Felons! Like Him! – BHHM}

because they believe if the campaign is about the issues, they will win, given the Democrats’ registration advantage. But despite the campaign’s costly barrage of television commercials accusing Mr. Christie of cronyism, his disapproval rating is still only about half the governor’s.

22. marisacat - 24 August 2009

two fo BHHM out of Moderation!

and

One of catnip’s Out of Mod too!

Sorry for the delay…
:oops:

23. marisacat - 25 August 2009

new post

LINK

…………. :roll: ……………


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