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How is that vote working out for you? 31 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, California / Pacific Coast, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, The Battle for New Orleans, WAR!.
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President Barack Obama gestures during remarks on energy security, Wednesday, March 31. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

”Energy security”….???

Somehow I see us all steel clamped in our large size baby cribs, the lights out.   I am sure that is a manic, paranoid reaction on my part. I must be ill, better take a pill. Or a few.

I see Michelle is babbling on, about spinach and broccoli.  With nearly a fifth of the nation on Food Stamps.

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Context 29 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Spain.
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Penitents take part in the procession of La Borriquita'brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba

Hooded penitents take part in hundreds of processions throughout Spain in celebration of Holy week: Penitents take part in the procession of La Borriquita brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba [REUTERS]

I’ve always enjoyed the bizarre and archaic dress of the various Spanish brotherhoods, during Holy Week.

But it sure can look menacing, in a heart beat.  ‘Specially as what can be called secret child sex cabals are in view, again. 

Round and round it goes…

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Sunday… 28 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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Dew covered insects

Dew-covered insects photographed in the middle of the night in a forest in Poland: Using a torch, the 37-year-old amateur photographer hunts for in the dark before setting up his camera and flash just millimetres from them [Miroslaw Swietek/Solent]

Amazing little gallery… it was hard to pick from the nine, so finally I went with the drench of  turquoise.

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Ah yes, let’s… 26 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.
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An Israeli police officer fires a tear gas canister towards Palestinian stone-throwers during clashes in the Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem

An Israeli police officer fires a tear gas canister towards Palestinian stone-throwers during clashes in the Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem [REUTERS]

…let’s photograph the tear gas canister on the ground, and NOT the aerial bombardment with US supplied weapons.

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Still in the news, still god’s awful emissary… 25 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in Abortion Rights, Italy, Sex / Reproductive Health, Viva La Revolucion!.
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If it is not the Dutch, then it is the Irish…. if not the Irish then it is the South Germans – in the old stomping grounds.  If not Germany, then Florence and Roma.  If not in the parishes then in the choirs… if not in the choirs…  then among the deaf children of Wisconsin.

Is there no gay beach resort Benny and Ganswein can retire to?  Gay mountain resort?

Gather up the lacey underskirts, the jewels, the custom made Versace clothing (Ganswein, overseen personally by Donatella)… the nifty red slip ons… the bon mots from Bono.. and, you know, get the hell out of [un]Holy Dodge.

One would think.  How hard can it be?  No one is asking the High Holy Boyos to take a vow of [gasp choke] poverty……….

Kings and fishers… 24 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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He emerges from the water empty-handed after an unsuccessful dive

Kingfishers in action:   He emerges from the water empty-handed after an unsuccessful dive    [JOE PETERSBURGER / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC / CORBIS]

Little tidbits in the legends accompanying the photos. One that was especially riveting… when the kingfisher, often the father, returns to the nest with food, the chicks have been waiting in a circle. They are fed in turn:   one is fed, then revolves to the back of the circle, so the next in line is fed with the next catch.

Another tidbit, if the fish is to be fed to the chicks, the head is held out first, to avoid fins catching in the chicks throats.

In a related tidbit… I happened to catch a very brief news report a few weeks ago, that one of the big charities fishing for cash donations in the Haiti earthquake, Feed the Children or Save the Children… one of those, was determined to have distributed nothing… nothing at all in Haiti.  Not a single food package nor any cash.  Nothing.

Hanging is too good for that bunch.

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Oh… say whatever! 22 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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A rare white blackbird that was seen by amateur birdwatcher Fiona Crofts in her back garden in Deeping St James, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

A rare white blackbird that was seen by amateur birdwatcher Fiona Crofts in her back garden in Deeping St James, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Picture: PA
 

I listened to John Garamendi who used to be our (Dem party) Insurance Commissioner out here, iirc he served in that position more than once.. then Lt Governor… then he dropped out of the Governor’s race this year to take the vacated Tauscher House seat over in the East Bay…

expounding on the Big New Bill That Will Save Us All..

Then later I listened to Barbara Boxer on the same bill.  They contradicted themselves, they contradicted each other (on separately, on local KGO talk radio).  At times they said whatever!!

Retail politics, a dead art. 

‘Cuz it does not matter! 

Shovel shit to the sheep!!   Shovel some more!

Buy Popcorn!  Get comfy!  This can only get better!

Cheap laughs… 22 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Abortion Rights, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Sex / Reproductive Health, U.S. House, U.S. Senate.
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A woman walks a large pig on the Pan-America road, south of Lima, Peru

Walky Porkies: A woman walks a large porker on the Pan-America road, south of Lima, Peru. This big piggy went to market…. [AP via UK Telegraph]

I laughed when I read this a few hours after The Big Vote:  

Mush! Salesman-in-Chief!  You’re booked, on the hoof and out on the hustings, for months to come….

President Obama is set to begin an immediate public relations blitz aimed at turning around Americans’ opinion of the health-care bill.

Planning inside the West Wing for the post-vote period has proceeded quietly, even as the president and his allies on Capitol Hill were fighting for the measure’s passage.

Reshaping the legislation’s image will take place in three phases, White House aides said:

- the immediate aftermath;

- the seven months until the November midterm elections;

- and the several years that follow, during which many provisions in the measure will gradually take effect.  [Good Luck!]

Driving the message during those periods is the belief among Obama’s top advisers that Republicans have boxed themselves into a corner with unanimous opposition to the legislation and talk of a repeal.

“The Republicans have way overshot the runway in their criticism of health reform,” said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffersnip snap

Well, it should be easy to take down all those R who have OVERSHOT the runway?  Right?

Can this get funnier?

It can!

Administration officials are also preparing talking points and fact sheets that lawmakers can take home with them on their Easter vacation, Obama advisers said. Those documents are being developed with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, aides said.

That immediate help — along with efforts by the Democratic National Committee, its Organizing for America project and outside groups that supported the health-care legislation — could be critical to Democrats’ hope of retaining control of Congress in the November elections.

With the DNC and OfA at the ready to save the bacon, there should be no problems.  

Yes?

Homework for Easter break… and hey, speaking of Easter Break! there may be a resolution in Natalee’s Less Than Excellent Adventure to Aruba, some years back, coming up. (Not exactly vacation pics, but … it seems there are photos of bones lying in the sandy depths of the water… could be our lost Southern Miss!)

Then there is Tiger. And the golf balls.  Sandra and Jesse James (and other inflagrante delicto to come!  Can only expect so much from one pair)…

AND the POPE.

Entertainment for years!!  (They’ll all be making speeches!  Interviews!  Flashbulbs!)

No worries!!

And it could not come soon enough for some nervous House members, many of whom have been disappointed by the weak support they have received from the administration and Democratic groups.

One Democratic lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to be considered critical of the president, said such support has been extremely limited. He said opponents of the legislation have run nearly $1 million worth of ads criticizing him, while supporters have spent about a tenth of that. Organizing for America “has been a paper tiger in my district,” he said.

At the Democratic National Committee, officials running the Organizing for America project said they have received pledges of 9 million hours of volunteer work on behalf of candidates who supported health-care reform.  snip snappy

Snicker.

Hosanna Obama! 21 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems.
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The way it was … a public hospital ward from the 1950s. Photo from Sydney Morning Herald

God! It is so exciting! Everybody will be able to go to the doctor tomorrow!

Right?

Yes?

Hellooo?

My local news last night said they had the 2000+ page bill up as well as a summary (I am assuming whitehouse.gov had it up earlier for the big 72 hour “promise”).

I cannot wait for the picking-it-apart to begin.  Mush little doggies!!

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So… what are they selling? 18 March 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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Washington DC, US: President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden at a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House     [Jason Reed/Reuters]

Teeth?

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