These people got lost… 11 August 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.
… en route to the NH Town Hall today… the one with Obama… they thought (well, you know, as best they can with no heads) they might pass the screening and get in.
They absolutely promise to sit quietly, have no political affiliations, whatsoever!… and, as you can see, no chance of conceal carry issues.
Cliff Notes (via Politico)… popcorn by the door, serve yourself.
After returning from Mexico, Obama hits the road again today.
Tackling health care, Obama travels to Portsmouth, N.H. where he will hold a town hall to discuss what his health care package would mean for Americans who already have insurance. Obama is expected to put an emphasis on the consumer protections he has discussed in recent weeks and will focus on ending the refusal of coverage based on preexisting conditions.
About 1,800 people will be in attendance, White House aides said.
POTUS will speak for about 15 minutes and then take questions from the audience, a W.H. aide said.
Portsmouth, N.H. resident Lori Hitchcock will introduce POTUS, the aide says. Hitchcock, the aide says, was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2003 and no insurance company will accept her because of her pre-existing condition. She has been uninsured for 2 years.
“Der Fuehrer’s Face” hit the theaters in 1943 and won the Oscar for best animated short film the same year. It was far from the only propaganda piece that Walt Disney’s studios released. In addition to Donald, Mickey Mouse, Bambi and even Pluto became standard elements in the American war machine. [Spiegel.de]
Right on schedule, as the Dems flail on schedule, Spiegel has a post up on the Disney War Machine. Cartoon characters fighting back against Hitler… Disney artists designing insignia for the war effort.
There, Donald toils away screwing war munitions together on a factory assembly line with soldiers looking on. He has to shout “Heil Hitler!” in time with his work, and his hands whirl faster and faster until he goes insane. Then the duck wakes up from his dream and discovers that he is actually lying in a soft bed and wearing pajamas patterned off the American flag. “Oh boy, am I glad to be a citizen of the United States of America!” he cries. The movie ends with a tomato landing on Hitler’s face.
I’d be weeping if the health schlamola were anything but a huge fucking SNAFU FUBAR.
Situation Normal All Fucked Up :: Fucked Up Beyond All Repair.
During World War II, Disney’s provided some political education for Americans at home — and for soldiers on the front, too. “Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi” appeared in movie theaters in 1943. The tone of the movie was serious, and it didn’t feature the likes of Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse. Instead, it used impressive images to describe how children in Nazi Germany were raised to hate and to participate in the war effort — and how little blonde Hans’ only purpose in life was to die on the front.
By then, Disney was everywhere — and always closely involved with the military. Starting in 1942, Walt Disney’s artists designed insignia for American troop units. There was a mosquito riding a torpedo for the Navy’s new torpedo boats, a bellicose crow from “Dumbo” for bombing squadrons, and a turtle with a broom for minesweepers.
Graphic artists who had only recently been drawing Bambi and Snow White now switched to designing emblems for tanks, bombers and ships. Likewise, many soldiers and airmen decorated their tanks and fighters themselves with Mickeys, Donalds and Plutos. These were symbols of the American way of life, of freedom and democracy, of everything that was at stake. “Mickey Mouse” is even said to have been a password used by the Allied forces on D-Day.
Make that FUBAR into a paste and smash it all over Obama, Nancy, Hoyer, The Emanuel Family (someone run them out of town! Please!), and the rest of the motley, shit faced drunk with power crew that thinks it can sell the lunatic concept it can do anything.
Other than launder money, I mean.
Likewise, in “Daffy: The Commando,” Daffy Duck skyrockets to Germany as a human cannonball, only to hit Hitler on the head with a wooden mallet. And in “Scrap Happy Daffy,” Adolf Hitler chews his way through a carpet in anger because Daffy had collected such an enormous pile of scrap metal.
“Blitz Wolf,” a short by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, features a big bad wolf (sporting a Hitler mustache) unsuccessfully trying to vanquish three little (American) pigs. The movie begins with a “Foreword” reading: “The Wolf in this photoplay is NOT fictitious. Any similarity between this Wolf and that (*!!*//–%) jerk Hitler is purely intentional!” At the end of the film, the defeated “Adolf Wolf” finds himself in hell.
If only we could get out of the cartoon.
Taken under the wing.. 9 August 2009Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.
This cygnet joins up with her five other siblings for a free ride on their mum’s back at Bicton Park Botanical Gardens in Devon [BNPS]
There is also a shot of flamingoes, looking like the most spectacular of salmon blooms on reedy stems, one tending to a chick under her glamorous wing.
This one, surely, is gearing up for some downloading of wallaby-porn.
The kitty did it… 8 August 2009Posted by marisacat in Divertissements.
Too funny… Man says kitty down loaded kiddie porn.
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 7) — Florida investigators say a man accused of downloading child pornography is blaming his cat.
Keith Griffin of Jensen Beach is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 images on his home computer.
According to a sheriff’s report Friday, Griffin told investigators that his cat jumped on the computer keyboard while he was downloading music.
He said he had left the room and found “strange things” on his computer when he returned.
Griffin is being held on $250,000 bond in the Martin County jail. It is unclear if he has an attorney.
If kitty did it, it would be a picture of the more than thousand lb marlin snagged the other day… NOT children. Night shots, the fresh fish all but breathing at the famous Tokyo fish market. Shots of chickens strutting about in the yard, cat drool on the computer screen. Paw marks in the dried drool……….. And so on.
Must be the most desperate defense ever floated!
I have to say tho, when I googled for images of “big fat kitty”… I got more than a few shots of female … display, shall we say…
Call him Mao… 7 August 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
A beaded mosaic of US President Barack Obama is installed in New York. The picture, created by 1,000 children, is made up of 375,000 beads and measures 9 ft by 11 1/2 feet [AFP/GETTY]
Hell… what does one say anymore. Just be relieved the children got the flag on the lapel. We must conform!
Actually he was the runner up tonight, I could not find a creature from the wilds or the zoos that caught my eye.
On and on… 6 August 2009Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
Amazing X-ray photographs by Nick Veasey: Nick Veasey uses sophisticated X-ray cameras to reveal the inner workings of his subjects
Ellsberg has an interesting remembrance of the bombs we dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Gods and Goddesses… 4 August 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Brought to Life: An Indian idol maker works on a semi-finished clay statue of Hindu goddess Durga in Kumartoli, the idol makers’ village, in Calcutta.
[DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY / AFP / Getty]
I linked to this at the end of the last thread…
The passion gap in Va.
I’m still anxiously awaiting the first Mason Dixon or WashPost Virginia gubernatorial poll — the two outlets that sample Virginia voters in every election year — but the second survey in recent days showing Republican Bob McDonnell up double digits over Democrat Creigh Deeds says something more important than a bottom line that, given the state’s demographics, is almost certain to close.
That more important nugget: voter intensity.
According to the new Public Policy Poll, more McCain voters are rallying to McDonnell than Obama voters are to Deeds and the McCain voters are more locked into their choice than the Obama backers.
So there is room for growth and Obama will be in Northern Virginia later this week — and almost certainly come to one of the heavily African-American cities downstate later in the campaign — to try to narrow the intensity gap.
But, in a funny way, Obama is part of the Democrats’ problem in Virginia. No, not because his poll numbers are dropping or in the way that more liberal national Democrats traditonally have been nuisances for centrist Virginia Democrats (though those could well be issues, too).
Obama, instead, is illustrative of the heights Virginia Democrats have reached and the sense of accomplishment they feel. Not only have they won consecutive governor’s races, captured both Senate seats and won a majority of the state’s House delegation, but they ended a 44-year streak of giving their electoral votes to Republicans and played a pivotal, historic role in electing the country’s first black president.
After all that, getting pumped for yet another governor’s race — they come every four years thanks to the single-term limit rule — isn’t easy.
I guess sometimes “historic” just knocks people out for a bit. Chloroformed by the historicity… in a sense.
“The wind that was at our backs these last four years has died down a little,” said [Rep. Gerald] Connolly, lamenting the “very muted interest” in the primary. “Bush is gone and the heat on the war in Iraq has abated,” he said, citing two of the issues that helped power Democratic victories in 2006 and 2008.
I have no idea… but I do catch undercurrents out here of one thing, if Arnold runs for Boxer’s seat in 2010… he’ll have the help of Feinstein (won’t be the first time she has helped him either) and plenty of helpers in what is referred to as the Democratic Party.
I had no plans to line up and vote for Boxer next year, but if Arnold runs against her, I will.
Just a photo riding at the top of a thread… ;) 3 August 2009Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Faces in places: photographs of faces in unusual places… ”Travelling in style” You can see far, far more faces in places on the website FACESINPLACES.BLOGSPOT.COM
There is a pretzel face too…hanging out at what looks to be a wine and beer joint somewhere in Asia…
UPDATE, 6:02 PM on the Pacific Ocean…
Gibbs at his Messer of a Presser today… via WH.gov…Think it is Tapper in the exchange…
Q Robert, in terms of what Geithner and Summers had to say yesterday, it really wasn’t too much of a hypothetical back and forth. It was about the — do they think it’s possible to do deficit reduction. But that’s not a — that’s –
MR. GIBBS: Well, we can quibble about whether the word “possible” –
Q No, that’s not what the word “hypothetical” — is it possible to do everything the President wants to do without increasing revenues from the middle class?
MR. GIBBS: Right, and I want to just state again clearly here that the President has made a very clear commitment to not raise taxes on middle-class families, period.
Q But if economists, including the President’s own economists, don’t necessarily think that it’s possible to do so without raising taxes on the middle class, how is that dealing candidly with the American people?
MR. GIBBS: Well, again, Jake, there are a series of things that have to be done. I think you’ll actually hear an announcement from Treasury later this afternoon about how much money has to be borrowed versus what they thought was going to have to be borrowed and what will have to be borrowed as a result of financial stabilization.
In terms of cutting the amount of money that’s needed, again, I think the President has been clear on this. The first thing that we can do — the most important thing that we can do right now is get our economy growing again. We know that the deficit — part of the reason that the deficit is up right now is that the economy has slowed down so much that tax revenues — because it’s what happens in an economic slowdown — have regressed a lot. I think the President — obviously we’re going to have to make some decisions down the road on some of the President’s legislative priorities and some of the things that Congress wants to do to evaluate how we move back towards — on a path toward fiscal sustainability.
Q So did Geithner and Summers go off script or were they sort of testing the temperature out there of what something like this would –
MR. GIBBS: I don’t know. I know the President has been clear about his commitment on it.
Q So there is no — there’s no real scenario there, as the administration sees it, where middle-class taxpayers might be hit with a hike? There’s no scenario right now –
MR. GIBBS: The President has been clear, very clear.
Q Could I make that even a little more precise? The President, as you well know, is — not just middle class, but he’s been very precise about it: no family –
MR. GIBBS: Let me be precise.
Q Go ahead.
MR. GIBBS: Let me be precise: The President’s clear commitment is not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year.
Q So any implication anybody drew from Geithner and Summers yesterday to the contrary is flatly wrong?
MR. GIBBS: I think the President has been clear. I think you heard him reiterate it not that long ago right outside this room in the Rose Garden.
Q But you can understand why people took what they said yesterday as Geithner and Summers trying to open the door a little bit?
MR. GIBBS: Well, I hope you’ll take my reiteration of his clear commitment as an update.
Q So they were not — the door is closed? They did not open the door at all?
MR. GIBBS: I am reiterating the President’s clear commitment in the clearest terms possible, that he’s not raising taxes on those who make less than $250,000 a year.
Q Did he speak to them about the fact that they did raise this little bit of a –
MR. GIBBS: We talked about a number of economic issues this morning in the Oval Office as part of the daily briefing.
Q So is everybody going to be on message now, that absolutely no tax cuts [sic] for families –
MR. GIBBS: Promising that everybody is going to be on message may be a bar that’s too high for me to leap over.
Q But that’s the goal — everybody is on –
MR. GIBBS: The goal is to get the economy moving again. The goal is to get our government back on –
Q Without any tax cut [sic] for any family making less than $250,000 –
MR. GIBBS: Our goal is to get our government back on a path toward fiscal sustainability; to lay the long-term foundation for economic growth. And let’s also — one point that I forget that I think is important in this: Within the very first month of the President taking office, 95 percent of Americans received a tax cut. That’s everybody in the middle class.
The President ran because for eight long years the middle class had borne the brunt of bad economic policies. Even when jobs were being created, even when you saw positive economic growth, for the very first time in our history you actually saw wages for the middle class decline. That’s one of the reasons that led the President of the United States to want to run for President of the United States: to protect the middle class, to cut their taxes — which he did — and to make sure that their voices were heard in the economic policymaking of this country.
Q The door is not open even a millimeter on raising taxes?
MR. GIBBS: I hope you’ll take seriously what I said.
Any one with a third of a brain can tell it is under discussion. The only issue is how to do it and save Only Begotten Son from his many many many promises. Toward the end, about a week before voting I counted the promises in a pretty boiler plate speech of his.
GOOD LUCK. Clap clap clap…
Lotus position … ;) 2 August 2009Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Lotus blossoms and pods on display at a traditional lotus viewing party in Hayama city, Kanagawa province, Japan [Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA]
It’s Sunday and I am dropping, or drooping… some thing spelled somewhere close to that…