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dia de los muertos 30 October 2009

Posted by marisacat in Border Issues, California / Pacific Coast, Mexico, San Francisco, Viva La Revolucion!.
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A San Francisco Day of the Dead installation from November 2, 2008. [link to site]

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I also found this charming guide to making your own altar to the departed:

Following are some objects to consider when creating a Day of the Dead Altar. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are central to a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar.

* Portrait of the Virgin Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico

* Flowers:

o the cempasuchil flower or orange marigold, which is considered the traditional Aztec flower of the Toltec goddess, Xochiquetazl, the guardian of the graves.*
o Trail of Cempasuchil flowers to lead the dead to the home and altar
o baby’s breath
o wild purple orchids
o coxcombs
o white amaryllis

* Traditionally orange has been the color of the dead along with purple, white, gold, black, and pink, as seen in the other important flowers
* Copal in an incense burner. Copal is a tree resin, sweetened by mixing it with sage and grass. If copal is not available, use any incense.*
* Water, in case the spirits are thirsty from their long journey.*
* Photographs of loved ones.*
* Food. Some Mexican food such as tamales, mole, beans, tacos, tortillas, and salsa as well as special U.S. foods preferred by the departed. Fruits and squashes, pumpkins, etc. can be added as well.* You can also use our recipes for the pan de muerto [see below!], which is very traditional.
* Soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Orange Crush, etc.; you can also purchase Jarritos, a Mexican soda, at your local Latino store.
* Toys and candy for children.
* Money to remind us that even if we need money we must also be generous with it.
* Other religious symbols such as crosses and icons of saints.
* Candles of all sizes.

* The votive candles found in many Mexican stores which have Catholic saints on them may be appropriate and lend an authentic touch.

Other altar traditions from pre-Columbian times are:

* A frog, which generally represents fertility and also represents the twilight of each day.
* A feather of a rooster to remind us of dawn.
* A mirror to remember the duality of life and death.
* Calaveras, or skulls.* In pre-Columbian times the skulls were symbols of death and sacrifice. They are now satirical and comic.

By using four levels for the altar and the objects listed below you can incorporate some important Aztec symbolism:

* 4 seasons
* 4 directions of the earth
* 4 stages of life (corn in its four stages representing birth, childhood, adult life, and death)
* 4 elements (wind-flute, fire-candles, water-shell, and earth-seeds)

… and a recipe for Pan de Muerto, a Mexican sweet bread for the altar. (If only I could boil water, :lol:  I’d give it a try…)

…. AND a true, from scratch, fruit and fresh sugar cane punch:

Ingredients

  • 12 quarts water
  • 10 ounces tejocotes (or peaches)
  • 9 ounces prunes
  • 5 ounces pecans
  • 4 pieces sugarcane
  • 6 oranges
  • 10 guavas
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 lb. sugar
  • 1 quart sugarcane spirit, brandy or rum (traditional, but may be omitted)

Instructions

  1. Cut the sugar cane into strips, wash the fruit thoroughly and cut the guavas into pieces. Boil in the water with the sugar cane, tejocotes (apricots or peaches may be substituted), prunes and cinnamon.
  • When cooked, add the sugar. Remove from heat and add the brandy.
  • Again, if I could boil water… I’d literally kill for some Mexican sweet bread and a lovely home-cooked liquor – alcoholic or other – made from sugar cane and fresh guava.

    Los Angeles Day of the Dead celebrations:

    At the Hollywood Forever Cemetary

    Dia de los Muertos – November 1, 2008 – Sixth Street – Austin Texas:

    Pam Penick photograph

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    1. marisacat - 31 October 2009

    Slowly they turn… Democracy NOW! Glenn Greenwald on hopey changey.

    [A]nd as a result, the New York Times editorial page accused the Obama administration, to which they had been extremely friendly for the first nine months, of complicity in the cover-up of the war crimes of the Bush administration, which is an extraordinarily serious charge to make. In fact, it’s one of the most serious charges you can make about a president. The word “cover-up” has lots of rhetorical significance and packs a big punch. And when you combine that with “war crimes,” even in our political discourse, that’s a serious accusation. And to see the New York Times making it so unapologetically and forcefully, I thought, given their pro-Obama sympathies, was something really worth highlighting. . . . . .

    2. catnip - 31 October 2009

    That top pic is one funkalicious shrine!

    We certainly don’t have anything that creative going on up here in white-bread land.

    3. catnip - 31 October 2009

    Umm…what?

    President Hamid Karzai’s rival in the second round of the Afghan presidential poll says he will announce on Sunday whether he intends to quit the race.

    Dr Abdullah Abdullah called for the resignation of key election officials and others as a way to mitigate fraud and corruption in the vote.

    But those demands were rejected earlier in the week in talks with Mr Karzai.

    A senior adviser said that in talks on Friday, Mr Abdullah’s team decided he should not take part in the poll.

    But Mr Adbullah’s campaign said on Saturday that no final decision had been made, and that the former foreign minister would announce his next move on Sunday.

    The BBC’s Ian Pannell in Kabul says that if he withdraws it will raise serious questions about the credibility of the election.

    However, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said a runoff with only one candidate would not necessarily threaten the legitimacy of the process.

    “We see that happen in our own country where, for whatever combination of reasons, one of the candidates decides not to go forward,” Mrs Clinton told reporters in the United Arab Emirates.

    ?

    Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    hahahahahahahahahahaha

    oh, so damned funny.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    Hillary has said some very odd things (not from the point of view of the leaders of this country, but in my opinion) while “over there”.

    … over there. US S Asia.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    she’s been in full nasty imperialist master (mistress?) mode.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    I agree… I not only cringed catching her this past week but literally hid in the bed. I did love it when she got ”taken on”, so to speak, on the hideous bombing. She dodged of course (and was imperial and vicious in reminding the people under the bombs that ”wars are going on”, lousy bitch!) but no one, and a lot of them were women I noticed, in the audience looked happy or mollified.

    Fuckign strange woman.

    4. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    Dierdre Scozzafava Drops Out Of NY House Race

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    ALBANY, N.Y. — Fighting plunging support, Republican Dierdre Scozzafava abruptly suspended her campaign Saturday in the 23rd Congressional District special election that has exposed a rift among national factions of the party.

    Campaign spokesman Matt Burns said Scozzafava thinks stepping aside is for the best of the party. He said Scozzafava is essentially withdrawing from the race, although her name will remain on Tuesday’s ballot.

    “It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support,” Scozzafava said in a written statement. “Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit.”

    The announcement comes after a Siena College poll found she was in third place with 20 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican district that has been safe ground for the party for more than 100 years. Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman and Democratic nominee Bill Owens were too close to call with 35 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

    Cool, another psycho winger for the House!

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    well I think she was left with Gingrich supporting her…. prolly when Pawlenty cme out for Hoffman, it was over.

    Hoffman does look like a weird freak imo…

    Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    I wonder how many local, more moderate Republicans will cross over or stay home now, just to get back at the outsiders.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    I don’t know.. I can’t gage that. I have some small grip on the Democratic mess and some small insight into the hard right.. but the remnants of moderate NE Republicans… are kind of a mystery to me.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    they’re so damned quiet and want so badly to be left alone.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    hmm Speaking of the Republican “base”, just saw this at Tiny Revolution.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    via The Page:

    RNC Chair Steele thanks Scozzafva for “understanding the political realities of the race,” pledges full resources to Hoffman.

    5. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009
    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    I think his tentacles are so deep in the Drug War that he will get away with it. I mean, if there were ANY justice, McCain and that idiot Obama put at HLS could team up and take him down.

    I kinda doubt they will.

    6. marisacat - 31 October 2009

    Sheeee-it. We are so fucking LOST.

    [D]avid Brooks circles the categorical imperative like a turd in a toilet, but will not flush. Is Obama, in Afghanistan, acting only according to maxim that he can will into universal law? Yuuuuuhhhhh, Dave don’t know. But he suspects not. In a Friedmanesque turn of phrase, he diagnoses the dilemma: “a determination vacuum.” Well, sure. Or a mineshaft gap. The point, ladies, is that while Obama’s mind grasps the probability cloud of the newly re-coined AfPak conflict like a goddamn quantum computer, he lacks the will. The tenacity. The stick-to-it-ive-ness. That certain je ne sais quoi. He is not Lincoln. Not Churchill. He is one of us, only, pure prose. Or, no, that was Lowell describing Mussolini. What day is this? . . . . .

    7. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    An interesting engineering description of how the repair on the Bay Bridge failed.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    oh thank you for that… off to read……………… 8O

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    oh I love the phtot that shows both spans of the BBB… the SF side… and the “other part” that exits from Yerba Buena Island. Great shot.

    BTW, people living on Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island (site of the old Pan Pacific Exposition) have to wait for an escort to take them home. I bet they really cannot wait. Their only way in is via the damned BBB.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    yup I think he’s got it:

    Other updates, which give remarkably few details, indicate that Cal Trans is reinstalling the same fix with some “design enhancements with different elements” added to strengthen the connections between the parts. This is also consistent with other statements that blame “metal fatigue” (which means metal breaks when it is bent back and forth enough times). It is important to note that welded joints themselves are remarkably intolerant of bending. In other words, when a welded joint is flexed, it tends to break rather than bend. So I’m guessing that the engineers will want to weld on additional pieces of steel over the joints between the parts. Then these steel pieces will tolerate a little bending and reduce the stress on the welded joint itself. Or alternatively, extra parts are welded on to simply minimize the total amount of flexing, that is, to make the whole saddle/crossbar assembly more rigid.

    In retrospect, it is impressive to me that they managed to cook up this kludge (that what us engineers call something cooked up to solve a problem quickly) in short order, but it was a little underdesigned. It might have been a better idea to also try to replace the broken Eyebar soon after the band-aid was installed (it’s been almost two months, but I guess they didn’t want to close the bridge again to install a new Eyebar). . . . . . . .

    :lol: The story for why it was semi promised to be open or at least under final inspection by mid or afternoon Friday.. (but is most certainly not open) is that they are still welding.

    The part B of the story is that “alignment” is the issue. Teh exact alignment needed between multiple — :lol: — KLUDGES, top and bottom, with the cables or bars as connectors. And they, top bottom and sides, must align PERFECTLY.

    yeah til they come down.

    All of thsi is patchwork and hurried patchwork.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    I thought the pictures really helped to give context as to where the failure happened.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    I saw too they say eyebars are failing in other places, bridges from the same era.

    It really WAS a strong bridge… it was built (completed in 1936) for the coming war, for munitions and materiel transport.. and with the expectation there might be troop trains installed on the lower level. BUT all the roads and bridges have had loads, volume and traffic not really anticipated, going over them for 50 years now.

    It’s all wearing out.

    8. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009
    catnip - 31 October 2009

    lol!

    Wait…that’s racist! (or something…)

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    iirc the Chia Obama was withdrawn from the line.

    I thought it was hilarious.

    [I have a secret suspicion they are for sale in France. The French LOVE chias... the small animals esp. they make little centerpieces using them... and hey in France it works.]

    catnip - 31 October 2009

    Reminds me of a local craigslist post I read recently.

    ms_xeno - 31 October 2009

    Chia Jerry Lewis?

    Oh, the hurting… :/

    Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    given their love of R. Crumb, I wonder if there is a Chia Mr. Natural.

    ms_xeno - 31 October 2009

    If not, it’s only a matter of time…

    catnip - 31 October 2009

    Hey you!

    9. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    Caution: Using Twitter During A Demonstration Can Make You A Terrorist

    In a guns-drawn raid on October 1, FBI agents and police seized boxes of dubious “evidence” from the Queens, New York, home of Elliott Madison. A U.S. District Judge in Brooklyn has set a Monday deadline to rule on the legality of the search, and in the meantime has ordered the government to refrain from examining the material taken in the 6 a.m. search.

    Madison, who counsels more than 100 severely mentally ill patients in New York, seems to have first drawn attention from the authorities at September’s G-20 gathering of world leaders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There he was arrested on September 24 at a motel room for allegedly listening to a police scanner and relaying information on Twitter to help protesters avoid heavily-armed cops — an activity the State Department lauded when it happened in Iran.

    A week later, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, armed with a search warrant and backed by a federal grand jury investigation, raided Madison’s house, which he shares with his wife of 13 years and several roommates. The squad seized his computers, camera memory cards, books, air-filtration masks, bumper stickers and political posters — all purportedly evidence that the 41-year old social worker had broken a federal anti-rioting law that carries up to five years in prison.

    But a closer look at the court documents leaves the unmistakable impression that Elliott Madison is yet another casualty of the government’s nasty, post-9/11 habit of considering political dissidents as threats to national security.

    Madison, his wife and his lawyer Martin Stolar say the search violates the Constitution’s protections against general searches and prosecution for political speech. The police also seized mobile phones, citizen emergency kits, manuscripts, posters and even the couple’s marriage license.

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    There he was arrested on September 24 at a motel room for allegedly listening to a police scanner and relaying information on Twitter to help protesters avoid heavily-armed cops — an activity the State Department lauded when it happened in Iran.

    The police also seized mobile phones, citizen emergency kits, manuscripts, posters and even the couple’s marriage license.

    I have read about that raid… and really except for being in Pittsburgh and providing strategy and organising for a demonstration, imo, he has done nothing. Except he did the wrong things in the view of the State.

    I’d laugh uproariously and say we have a “community organiser” in the WH… but he really! never did anything… he collated peoples’ stories of living in the projects, esp Altgeld Gardens, and re-wrote their stories into text mulch for appeals for money support. He did technical writing for grant applications, essentially.

    10. marisacat - 31 October 2009

    wow… I totally missed this story… bodies found in the home of a suspected rapist.

    Coroner confirms 6 bodies found at home of suspect

    By THOMAS J. SHEERAN (AP) – 2 hours ago

    CLEVELAND — Authorities in Ohio now confirm six bodies were found in the home of a rape suspect arrested Saturday.

    Coroner’s spokesman Powell Caesar in Cleveland says the three additional decomposing bodies were confirmed Saturday and autopsies have been done on all six. No cause of death was announced.

    Earlier Saturday police arrested the suspect several blocks from his home. Charges are pending.

    Police found the first two of six bodies Thursday night when they went to the home of 50-year-old Anthony Sowell, who was convicted in a 1989 rape. . . . . .

    11. catnip - 31 October 2009

    Parteh poopers

    US police target nude pumpkin run

    Dozens of police officers are being deployed to the US city of Boulder, Colorado, to try to prevent a zany annual Halloween tradition.

    Each year, dozens run down the city’s snowy streets wearing only trainers and a hollowed-out pumpkin on their heads.

    But, this year, the police are ready to arrest anyone who takes part in the Naked Pumpkin Run.

    Officials say they will charge pumpkin-clad runners under the city’s law against indecent exposure.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 40 officers will be present on the traditional route, with two elite teams of officer patrolling nearby.

    Last year, some 150 nude people turned out for the 10th event of its kind, which happens after nightfall.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    I remember when Boulder used to be fun.

    12. ms_xeno - 31 October 2009

    Mcat owes me a dollar for her brazen cribbing of the phrase “Hopey Changey.” ;)

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    sending kibble equivalent north… ;)

    13. ms_xeno - 31 October 2009

    Oh, and I’ll post my recipes for roasted pumpkin and for “fire” pumpkin seeds if the public clamors for them loudly enough.

    [waves at everyone]

    Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    hi!

    catnip - 31 October 2009

    CLAMOR

    (for roasted pumpkin)

    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    clamor clamor!

    ms_xeno - 1 November 2009
    14. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009

    Clinton Makes Personal Bid To Resume Mideast Talks

    Which of course means that she’s joining w/ the Israelis to tell the Palestinians to go fuck themselves:

    JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that Israel is making “unprecedented” concessions on West Bank settlement construction – a position clearly at odds with the prevailing Palestinian view.

    Palestinian leaders have said they will not return to peace talks with Israel unless it halts all settlement building on lands they claim for a future state, and they believe Israel has blatantly defied a U.S. demand for a settlement freeze.

    Speaking at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, Clinton said Israel is putting significant limits on settlement activity.

    “What the prime minister has offered in specifics on restraints on a policy of settlements … is unprecedented,” she said.

    The issue of settlements has become the biggest sticking point in getting Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Clinton made it clear that she wasn’t pleased with Israeli settlement construction but that it was no reason to hold up talks.

    “There are always demands made in any negotiation that are not going to be fully realized,” she said.

    Clinton also agreed with a statement by Netanyahu that Palestinians had never demanded a settlement freeze in the past as a condition for sitting down with Israel.

    15. catnip - 31 October 2009

    For Halloween, I’ve posted my favourite poem The Cremation of Sam McGee as done by Hank Snow.

    16. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009
    17. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 October 2009
    marisacat - 31 October 2009

    oh that was excellent.

    18. marisacat - 1 November 2009

    :lol: …. :lol: …. 8O

    Oh too funny! It’s a rescue! Nobody ever saw that one coming!

    Reporting from Hoboken, N.J. – Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, climbed on a stage here the other night and hailed his state's political history at a rally for Jon Corzine, the embattled Democratic governor running for reelection.

    "New Jersey," Booker shouted to supporters in the upscale sushi bar, "is a state of impossible dreams."

    Until recently, that described Corzine's likely odds at the ballot box Tuesday. But the unpopular governor's race against Christopher Christie, the Republican challenger, has tightened to a dead heat after months of relentless negative campaigning by both sides.

    Political analysts say Corzine, 62, now may be poised to pull an upset and keep the state in Democratic hands. Most credit President Obama, at least in part, for the apparent surge of support.

    Corzine praises Obama at every stop and argues that only he himself can help the White House achieve its priorities in Washington. "We have to do our part to make sure our president passes healthcare," he told the crowd here. . . . . .

    Well so says the LAT. I have no clue……………

    He is good for laughs…

    Christie told the older voters that he and his wife may be forced to move to a state with lower taxes if he is not elected, an unusual pledge for a candidate.

    “We’ll become airplane grandparents,” he said, though he and his wife, Mary Pat, have no grandchildren. “If you are wondering why I’m running for governor, that’s why.” . . . . .

    Reminds me that Harold Ford, in his looney run in Tenn, identified a black grandmother as white.

    Do what you gotta do to hold onto the electorate… by their necks.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    snicker snicker.. Lower down in the LAT piece…

    ["I]t's such a dismal race," said John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. "People want solutions that no one is offering. The campaign has been depressing even for political junkies."

    When more than 1,000 Democrats packed a wedding hall Tuesday night in West Orange, Bill Clinton lavished praise on Corzine for lowering crime, improving schools and helping the elderly.

    "Why are we even having this race?" the former president asked in mock frustration. "This man has been a great governor in difficult times."

    But the hollers and applause for Clinton quickly died when Corzine stepped up to speak. "He's not a charismatic speaker," explained Phil Thigpen, chairman of the Essex County Democratic Committee. "That's a tough sell when people are having a hard time."

    "We can't get the base fired up like we need," said Ronald Rice, a Democratic state senator and former deputy mayor of Newark. "He can't connect with people." . . . . .

    No matter what, probably a lot of sweat will get shed Tuesday afternoon in NJ.

    catnip - 1 November 2009

    The campaign has been depressing even for political junkies.”

    They’re obviously not familiar with BHHM.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    so what … “If you don’t elect me, fuck you and fuck this state?”

    catnip - 1 November 2009

    tsk tsk…he’s got imaginary grandbambinos to think about!

    19. marisacat - 1 November 2009

    What a scream! No scheduled press conf today on the BBB… and just a word out this am that they are “making adjustments to the adjustments”. No word on the commute tomorrow.
    :roll:

    Carry on!

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    no need for a press conference until something else falls off, I guess.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    Right!

    They are saving their energy!

    20. catnip - 1 November 2009

    Abdullah Abdullah (middle name “Abdullah”) has dropped out of the runoff in Afghanistan. Hail Karzai.

    21. ms_xeno - 1 November 2009

    Looks like wordpress is eating my recipes link, but you can see them easily enough. Just pop over to the main link for my LJ that Mcat provides on the right. It’s right at the top of the page.

    Oh, and IPR is talking about the challenges in NY and NJ, for the curious:

    “Warning Signs?”

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    :oops:

    sorry about that ms xeno! One went to Spam and one to Mod…

    Both out now!

    22. catnip - 1 November 2009

    McClatchy: How Goldman secretly bet on the U.S. housing crash

    WASHINGTON — In 2006 and 2007, Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in securities backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages, but never told the buyers it was secretly betting that a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices would send the value of those securities plummeting.

    Goldman’s sales and its clandestine wagers, completed at the brink of the housing market meltdown, enabled the nation’s premier investment bank to pass most of its potential losses to others before a flood of mortgage defaults staggered the U.S. and global economies.

    Only later did investors discover that what Goldman had promoted as triple-A rated investments were closer to junk.

    Now, pension funds, insurance companies, labor unions and foreign financial institutions that bought those dicey mortgage securities are facing large losses, and a five-month McClatchy investigation has found that Goldman’s failure to disclose that it made secret, exotic bets on an imminent housing crash may have violated securities laws.

    “The Securities and Exchange Commission should be very interested in any financial company that secretly decides a financial product is a loser and then goes out and actively markets that product or very similar products to unsuspecting customers without disclosing its true opinion,” said Laurence Kotlikoff, a Boston University economics professor who’s proposed a massive overhaul of the nation’s banks. “This is fraud and should be prosecuted.”

    Yeah. That’s not gonna happen.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    Ivy league professors are so cute and naive … makes you want to pat them on their pointy little heads.

    23. artemis54 - 1 November 2009

    Scariest Halloween movie ever replaying on nbc today.

    Oh wait, it’s Geithner.

    Why would you let this guy out if you didn’t want to terrify people? That bulging dome always leaning into the camera as if it might explode, the rapid fire non sequitur mumbling just below the audible.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    I still maintain they sent him for Botox between the eyebrows. They, those eyebrows, used to not only knit but meet, full embrace, in the middle. Now that is a flat spot in the middle.

    Very funny!

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    I want to know why a twelve year old NEEDS botox.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    he really is an odd one. “Neurotic servant” is what the fumes seem to say.

    catnip - 1 November 2009

    You wanna see scary?

    The first lady was dressed as a leopard, with a smear of eyeliner, fuzzy ears and a spotted orange-and-black top. The president was dressed as a middle-aged dad, with a black cardigan, checkered shirt and sensible brown slacks.

    catnip - 1 November 2009

    And la piece de resistance?

    On the far end of cordoned-off Lafayette Park, a witch held a pink sign that said “This White House is haunted by ghosts of Bush’s war.”

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    oh really good one! She deserves a prize!

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    oh, love that.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    Father Knows Best. And FLOTUS has claws.

    So revealing.

    catnip - 1 November 2009

    And FLOTUS has claws.

    Touché :)

    24. marisacat - 1 November 2009

    So… let me get this straight. Cousin Pookie in the Jersey hinterlands (HA! :roll: ) is a problem. And a few weeks ago people in Washington get all “wee’d wee’d up”. (I wonder how many more of these aphorisms-from-on-high are hidden from us…)

    “You’re going to need to get cousin Pookie off the couch, and say, ‘Pookie, it’s time to go vote,’ ” POTUS said. “You’ve all got a cousin Pookie, you know who I’m talking about.”

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/

    When does he tell us about Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Little Red Riding Hood?

    catnip - 1 November 2009

    Hmmm…I googled “Pookie” and here’s the first image I got. He’s off the couch. Albeit, he’s on the floor. But, still…

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    hmm well… who knows what Ob meant. Does look like a verified non-voter however. Possibly someone who never leaves the house as well.

    The Let’s Save Pookie brigades are forming!

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    did he call Pookie “nappie headed” too, while he was at it?

    I’m waiting for him to hold screenings of “Songs of the South” in the White House.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    it is so depressing.

    25. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    How Goldman secretly bet on the U.S. housing crash

    WASHINGTON — In 2006 and 2007, Goldman Sachs Group peddled more than $40 billion in securities backed by at least 200,000 risky home mortgages, but never told the buyers it was secretly betting that a sharp drop in U.S. housing prices would send the value of those securities plummeting.

    Goldman’s sales and its clandestine wagers, completed at the brink of the housing market meltdown, enabled the nation’s premier investment bank to pass most of its potential losses to others before a flood of mortgage defaults staggered the U.S. and global economies.

    Only later did investors discover that what Goldman had promoted as triple-A rated investments were closer to junk.

    Now, pension funds, insurance companies, labor unions and foreign financial institutions that bought those dicey mortgage securities are facing large losses, and a five-month McClatchy investigation has found that Goldman’s failure to disclose that it made secret, exotic bets on an imminent housing crash may have violated securities laws.

    “The Securities and Exchange Commission should be very interested in any financial company that secretly decides a financial product is a loser and then goes out and actively markets that product or very similar products to unsuspecting customers without disclosing its true opinion,” said Laurence Kotlikoff, a Boston University economics professor who’s proposed a massive overhaul of the nation’s banks. “This is fraud and should be prosecuted.”

    John Coffee, a Columbia University law professor who served on an advisory committee to the New York Stock Exchange, said that investment banks have wide latitude to manage their assets, and so the legality of Goldman’s maneuvers depends on what its executives knew at the time.

    “It would look much more damaging,” Coffee said, “if it appeared that the firm was dumping these investments because it saw them as toxic waste and virtually worthless.”

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    More and more all of this reminds me of those Irish extraction flim flam men… itinerant in some sense, moving around, landing on vulnerable small towns and neighborhoods, streets… convincing people with a little but not a lot of money to get new rooves or driveways.

    Til the country owns up that most of Wall Street is made up of Jewish/Irish/Borderer types/Others who are nothing but con men (and women)… it will go on.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    and the more information that comes out about what happened the more clear it is that they are running a series of scams, yet STILL no one seems willing or able to call it for what it is.

    26. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009
    27. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    OBAMA’S REAL DEATH PANELS

    The first order grants the president (and other officials, including the secretary of defense, the secretary of homeland security and presumably certain postal clerks) the right to declare anyone–including an American citizen–an “unlawful enemy combatant.” A person so declared has no redress, no way to appeal, no ability to challenge that designation. Once a person has been named an enemy combatant, according to the Bush Administration–and now to the Obama Administration–he has no rights. He can be held without charges forever, tortured, you name it–well, actually, the president or the secretary of defense names it.

    In the second covert executive order, Bush authorized the CIA to target and assassinate said “enemy combatants”–again, including American citizens.

    These two documents first came into play on November 3, 2002, when a CIA-operated Predator drone plane violating Yemeni airspace fired a Hellfire missile at a car containing Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, supposedly Al Qaeda’s #1 man in Yemen at the time.

    U.S. officials didn’t know that an American citizen, Kamal Derwish, was riding along. (You know what they say about hitchhiking.) “The Bush administration said the killing of an American in this fashion was legal…this is legal because the president and his lawyers say so–it’s not much more complicated than that,” CBS News reported at the time. “I can assure you that no constitutional questions are raised here,” said Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, after the CIA assassinations. “He’s well within the balance of accepted practice and the letter of his constitutional authority.”

    It’s right there in the Constitution between the right to tax and the repeal of Prohibition.

    Now that times have supposedly changed, it’s time to ask: why hasn’t President Obama abrogated Bush’s controversial executive orders? If Obama truly seeks a break with the lawlessness of the prior administration, what better way to enact it?

    Simply put, no one man–not even a nice, articulate, charismatic one–ought to claim the right to suspend a person’s constitutional rights. Not in America. Certainly no one man–not even a young, handsome, likeable one–should be able to have anyone he wants whacked. Even in dictatorships, the right of life and death is reserved for judges and juries operating under a system purportedly designed to support impartiality and a search for the truth.

    But that’s not the case here in the United States. In 2002 Scott Silliman, director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University asked: “Could you put a Hellfire missile into a car in Washington, D.C., under [the Bush] theory? The answer is yes, you could.”

    Nothing much has changed since then. Obama has eliminated the use of the phrase “enemy combatant,” but The New York Times reported that the change is merely meant to “symbolically separate the new administration from Bush detention policies.” The words may have changed, but Obama attorney general Eric Holder’s definition of who can and cannot be held, said the Times, is “not significantly different from the one used by the Bush administration.”

    These days, Obama has ramped up the assassination of political opponents of the U.S. and the U.S.-aligned authoritarian regime in Pakistan, deploying more Predator drone plane attacks than Bush. But that’s just for now. Obama could still personally order a government agency to murder you.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    But that’s not the case here in the United States. In 2002 Scott Silliman, director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University asked: “Could you put a Hellfire missile into a car in Washington, D.C., under [the Bush] theory? The answer is yes, you could.”

    I remember that. I think Bush was about codifying into law… and Ob is about putting a pretty face on the same things.

    We are cooked.

    Ritter has a piece up at TruthDig… that maintains (I think he may be partly right) that Bush will be treated too gently by history. And Ob will be exposed as a war monger who kept things going he said he would reverse. (He did IMPLY he would reverse s o m e things… despite his pro war Af-Pak rhetoric – which was there for anyone who listened…)

    Ritter was on KGO last night… and did not go that far. I waited thru the whole hour (3 to 4 am, so heavily listened to!) to see if he would. He did smash the really lame idea that we must stay in Afghanistan to “save the women”. He said more have died under known honor killings since we have been there than before. A little stunning. He was no where near strong enough on what he said.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    Even in dictatorships, the right of life and death is reserved for judges and juries operating under a system purportedly designed to support impartiality and a search for the truth.

    well… but… these extra-judicial killings are exactly what Israel does in GAZA. From above, taking out whomever….

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    it’s a very CORPORATE way of state terror. Put life and death into the hands of managers, who will make the “tough” decisions, make it automated and cold and institutional. No pleadings, no debate welcome, just BAM, make the decision, then BAM bloody smear on the ground.

    Same mindset that drives so many of our industries, mining misery for profit.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    hmm mmm State Terror.

    28. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    CIT files for 5th largest U.S. bankruptcy

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — CIT Group Inc., one of the nation’s leading funders of small and medium-sized businesses, filed for the fifth largest bankruptcy by assets in U.S. history Sunday as part of a reorganization plan that has the support of an overwhelming majority of debtholders.

    In a statement, the company said it is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for a quick approval of the prepackaged plan. CIT said none of its operating subsidiaries would be affected by the filing, allowing them to continue operations.

    “The decision to proceed with our plan of reorganization will allow CIT to continue to provide funding to our small business and middle market customers, two sectors that remain vitally important to the U.S. economy,” said CIT (CIT, Fortune 500) chairman Jeffrey M. Peek.

    In the bankruptcy filing, CIT said it had $71 billion in assets and $64.9 billion in liabilities.

    29. marisacat - 1 November 2009

    :lol:

    Scozzafava endorses the ……………. Democrat!

    30. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    Can you imagine if the donks had cared enough to use the rules like this during the Bush years?

    No, I can’t either:

    Senate Climate Markup Set for Tuesday but Will Any Republicans Show?

    Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said yesterday that she is planning to hold a markup Tuesday on S. 1733 (pdf), a bill that seeks to curb domestic greenhouse gas emissions across much of the U.S. economy.

    But Boxer cannot hold the markup unless at least two Republicans show up, and EPW ranking member James Inhofe (R-Okla.) signaled that he has unanimous support among the panel’s minority members to boycott the session until they get more data on the legislation from U.S. EPA and the Congressional Budget Office.

    Inhofe said he will wait for Boxer to file an official notice of the markup — expected today — before responding with his own declaration of the GOP’s markup strategy.

    “As soon as we find out what her announcement is and what she wants to do, we’ll have our response,” Inhofe told E&E last night. “We’ll have our unanimous expression ready.”

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    I always come back to (and use when the issue comes up) of Burton, the Republican who held the seat/chairmanship Waxman now holds, which is a regulatory committee about GOVERNMENT… Burton wrested extra powers for the Chair of the committee to use against Clinton. Example, he issued 170 (or 140, I forget) subpoenas for the Christmas Card Gate. Geesh… anyoen even remember THAT one?

    One of the big issues with the incoming Dem majorities was, Would Pelosi ALLOW Waxman to use the powers that Burton grabbed for that committe and that Chair.

    I have never heard that Waxman is able to really work autonomously. And I think he is one that would like to get some things done. Not just usher in what is “allowed”.

    Oh welllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.

    Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    they’re very careful to never use the power to actually help people in their daily lives.

    31. cad - 1 November 2009

    In a true sign of the cultish, anti-reality based orange community, somebody posts a diary asking if it’s true Markos endorsed Scozzafava and the faithful loons rush in to claim he did no such thing despite some brave souls posting Markos’ actual clear endorsement. As Kos would say, Idiots.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/1/145614/937

    ms_xeno - 1 November 2009

    I tried to click one of catnip’s old links to Orangeaid over at MBM, and really, it was the same old Green-baiting right out of the gate, the same air of entitlement from Democrats, same samey same…

    For those who’ve got their gag reflex reigned in enough to stand that shit, good for you. I still wouldn’t post there if you paid me.

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    Apparently Kos may endorse Scozzafava but no one else may do anything. At all. But follow the kleine fuhrer.

    32. marisacat - 1 November 2009

    No word on the BBB for Monday! Latest!!

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    Actually there is a word, or two or three…

    “The repairs are failing stress tests”.

    Which of course is exactly what happened last Tues when 5000 lbs fell down… luckily missing killing anyone. At rush hour…

    marisacat - 1 November 2009

    further word!

    “steel is rubbing agaisnt steel”

    What a shock!!

    33. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 November 2009

    a reader writes a letter to Bageant:

    For some reason unbeknownst to me, we have allowed a non-human entity (I say non-human because quite frankly they don’t act like they are human with the human qualities of compassion, and concern for others who are less fortunate) like corporate America to convince us that we can’t possibly live without them. If they did not exist we wouldn’t, couldn’t survive as a society in general. It’s strange how for several thousands of years humanity has done just that, survived without big corporations, but apparently no one told them that they couldn’t. In short we have allowed them to get a stranglehold, and they are choking the life out of us.

    I am strangely reminded of a tarot card that shows the figures of a naked male and female bedecked with horns on their heads, and chains around their necks. Above them is a figure that is supposed to represent Satan. Satan sits on a cube which is supposed to represent the material world to which the figures are tethered by their chains. The interesting part is that the ch ains around the figures necks are quite loose, and could be removed at will. However, there seems to be no “will” to do so. Instead of noticing that they are chained they are looking at one another and it appears to be that they are quite ignorant of their perilous situation.

    I feel that we are for the most part, those loosely chained figures that are tethered to the material world but instead we are tethered to the material world of corporate America. We seem to be just as oblivious and ignorant of our own situation and slavery as those figures is. We could if we wished throw those chains off, but we don’t seem to have the will to do so just as those figures seem not to have the will either.

    He replies:

    Yes, we dehumanize ourselves through corporations. It’s a symbiotic relationship. I don’t think it’s going too far to say that global corporations operating collectively now constitute an intelligent entity cultivating humanity for its providence and sustained animation. There’s no rule that says all intelligent entities must contain blood or chlorophyll. I know that sounds a bit Matrix-y, but when you consider the relationship between man and the thick crust of machinery, technology and scientific industrial regimen now wrapping the planet — it’s hard not to draw that comparis on.

    Personally, I do not believe there are enough brave, insightful Americans in existence to step forward and begin turning the machine around. Nor would enough people follow them to get the job accomplished even of there were. Man the mimicking socially oriented ape just wants to be normal — and the corporate state issues the boundaries of what is normal when it issues products. Just as the early hominid was modified by environment, diet, terrain, existing shelter, so we have been modified by consumer product lines. It was inevitable that we would conform to our industrially manufactured environment of commodities and their associated marketing. And when you stop to think how corporations entirely dominate the needs hierarchy (try to think of some material aspect of your life that is not supplied by or distributed through a corporation). But hell, what do I know? I just look around me at very normal stuff and draw conclusions.

    The blurring of the real world with manufactured imagery by media on behalf of the corpocracy has been going on a long time. And yes, the media does get paid to do the propaganda work. It’s called advertising and marketing money, which is of course the lifeblood of the media. Nobody had to conspire with the media to use the media as propaganda. In a capitalist system that is the only purpose of media, given that media must be for-profit to even exist, and that its value is judged by its stock price, not by the quality of its product.

    You can scream at the top of your lungs, but I’d suggest you save the strain on your larynx. Nobody can hear us, hermetically sealed in the vacuum of the nation’s living rooms media streaming the national consumer message straight to their cerebral cortexes. We have reached the point where only media can be heard regarding anything significant. It the corpo-political machine wants to hear from us, it will stage a Tea Party or a Town Hall Meeting featuring what it considers the most entertaining and useful fools among us to rage against decent healthcare, or to rant against the war in Iraq, thus demonstrating that the Great American Capitalist Democracy Machine, in all of its goodness, allows freedom of opinion and speech.

    One tried and true solution, of course, is self realization and inner liberation. Seeing the world with the cold eyes of the simplest and purest sort of awareness, and a fiery compassionate heart. Seeing the world without illusion, which is very hard and constant work. Then keeping it personally unto ourselves. Keeping our traps shut about it but acting individually upon what we see before our eyes each day, and not according to the consensus of those around us.

    Trying to persuade others or persuade the masses is a waste of time. Doing that only leads to mass embrace of yet another mediocre solution — because the powers that manage our society know what to do with any mass behavior, including a mass appeal for change. They embrace it and make a profit from a fake solution, or a political career from the photo op of the embrace, but never delivering a solution or ending the popular outrage and discontent. That’s where such things as “no child left behind,” (the outrage over our crappy public education), or “the ownership society,” (discontent regarding the disparity of home ownership, thus the subprime mortgage industry scam). Or “nation building” (worldwide discontent over massive U.S. military aggression and destruction.

    Incidentally, this should have been called “nation rebuilding,” since we dropped more explosive power on that country than we did in all of World War II). That’s what I find disheartening about the so-called grassroots initiatives for change. They are well meaning, but nobody seems to understand that the grass is growing on the turf of a totalist corporate state, with its roots dependent upon the corporate hegemony for nourishment. If the big dogs don’t continue to shit on them daily, they whither and die. The big dogs know that, and they know that the grassroots-ers are moreover powerless, and that only the local pups need worry about them at all — unless they start burning some shit down and blowing some stuff up on a sufficient scale.

    34. marisacat - 1 November 2009

    new…ooo.oooo

    link

    ………….. 8O …………………..


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