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down side up…. 28 August 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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A burrowing owl chick plays up for Rob Palmers' camera in Pueblo, Colorado

A burrowing owlet plays up for Rob Palmers’ camera in Pueblo, Colorado [Rob Palmer/ Solent]

What a laughable mess we are in… wars all over the place (“the place” being Earth)…. I am supposed to be all whupset over Beck and Palin and dear neice Alveeda King just disporting themselves all over the Lincoln Monument, on today!  of all days!… and I could not care less.

We have killed M L King off so many times, narrowed and tied him down to this one instance in his life, The March on Washington, the “I have a dream” speech, strangled him in his clerical collar… that if stupid over-paid white people (Beck makes 32 mil a year) want to do this… have at it.

New Orleans is “back”, but for persistent blight, which is basically what they are saying… If you don’t like the sorts of R that Bobby Jindahl and Haley are and what they say… why Mitch and Mary [Landrieu] are happy to inform you!  I see Ray Nagin is pleased to present himself for interviews… Even “Heckuva job” Brownie popped up…

Yes SELA, and the coastal regions of MS and AL are so back.  Right.

And, you know, we all have our bibles in hand, authored by BP.

Hosanna.

Obby goes to NO tomorrow and speaks to us, I guess, on Tuesday from the Oval.

Spare us please.  He is barely even animated these days.

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Love this pic of the trash bin cat in England… the cat is saying:

That woman is going to be very sorry.  Very very sorry.  Sorry as can be.  She is going to be more than sorry…. and I have so many lives left to wreak my vengance… I am going to live a long long time.

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1. marisacat - 28 August 2010

hmm Cockburn has a round up piece riding at the top… and neatly dispenses with Beck Palin et al in the first part… in the second part is the recent oil auction in Iraq.

All the dying, the fear, panic, deprivation of war, the blood letting, all the hate…

[I]f this really was a “war for oil,” it scarcely went well for the United States.

Run your eye down the list of contracts the Iraqi government awarded in June and December 2009. Prominent is Russia’s Lukoil, which, in partnership with Norway’s Statoil, won the rights to West Qurna Phase Two, a 12.9 billion–barrel supergiant oilfield. Other successful bidders for fixed-term contracts included Russia’s Gazprom and Malaysia’s Petronas. Only two US-based oil companies came away with contracts: ExxonMobil partnered with Royal Dutch Shell on a contract for West Qurna Phase One (8.7 billion barrels in reserves); and Occidental shares a contract in the Zubair field (4 billion barrels), in company with Italy’s ENI and South Korea’s Kogas. The huge Rumaila field (17 billion barrels) yielded a contract for BP and the China National Petroleum Company, and Royal Dutch Shell split the 12.6 billion–barrel Majnoon field with Petronas, 60-40.

Throughout the two auctions there were frequent bleats from the oil companies at the harsh terms imposed by the auctioneers representing Iraq, as this vignette from Reuters about the bidding on the northern Najmah field suggests: “Sonangol also won the nearby 900-million-barrel Najmah oilfield in Nineveh.… Again, the Angolan firm had to cut its price and accept a fee of $6 per barrel, less than the $8.50 it had sought. ‘We are expecting a little bit higher. Can you go a little bit higher?’ Sonangol’s exploration manager Paulino Jeronimo asked Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani to spontaneous applause from other oil executives. Shahristani said, ‘No.’”

So either the all powerful US government was unable to fix the auctions to its liking, or the all powerful US-based oil companies mostly decided the profit margins weren’t sufficiently tempting. Either way, “the war for oil” doesn’t look in very good shape.

Cockburn pushes that we must advertise what a failure the war was, we are left in devastation as is Iraq…

I say no one is interested hearing that or telling it, tho it is the truth… but what is also truth is:

We have taken on war for contract, we wage the wars, a slice of our economy, from our corrupt congress to the partying players, the vile and growing Mil Ind Complex, benefits and takes over more and more of government…. and conducts war for Federal pay for its international allies.

The whole damned world is in on it, but the victims…

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

mercenary nation …

marisacat - 28 August 2010

In a word… yes that’s us..

ts - 28 August 2010

So it was a war for war.

marisacat - 28 August 2010

yes… no other description fits it… I think Afghanistan was as well…

2. marisacat - 28 August 2010

I had not run into the back story to the Assange rape accusations… but this is presented over at Cpunch as well

[S]wedish bloggers uncovered the full story in a few hours. The complaint was lodged by a radical feminist Anna Ardin, 30, a one-time intern in the Swedish Foreign Service. She’s spokeswoman for Broderskapsrörelsen, the liberation theology-like Christian organization affiliated with Sweden’s Social Democratic Party. She had invited Julian Assange to a crayfish party, and they had enjoyed some quality time together. When Ardin discovered that Julian shared a similar experience with a 20-year-old woman a day or two later, she obtained the younger woman’s cooperation in declaring before the police that changing partners in so rapid a manner constituted a sort of deceit. And deceit is a sort of rape.

The prosecutor immediately issued an arrest warrant, and the press was duly notified. Once the facts were examined in the cold light of day, the charge of rape seemed ludicrous and was immediately dropped. In the meantime the younger woman, perhaps realizing how she had been used, withdrew her report, leaving the vengeful Anna Ardin standing alone.

However, before we absolve the Swedish police as unwitting, if zealous, dupes, please note that Swedish law strictly forbids police and prosecutors to release to the media the details of any rape-connected complaint. The Expressen had all the details of the case, including the names of the accused and the complainant, within a matter of minutes.

Please note further that the right-wing tabloid Expressen belongs to the Bonnier family, the biggest media owners in Sweden, who are not only pro-American but very much pro-Israel, too. As you know, the pro-Israeli lobby is warmly supportive of America’s Middle Eastern wars, while Assange and his WikiLeaks have the potential to undermine America’s weakening support for the war. ….

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

“Everything is on the Table” at the Catfood Commission

What Simpson’s comments revealed more broadly was a profound contempt for the lower 98%, those who might end up reliant in whole or even in part on Social Security. Because ‘310 million’ takes in everybody, in Simpson’s world anyone who ever did, is, or will ever rely on Social Security is just a Randite ‘parasite’ or at best ‘dependent farm animal’ and you can bet it is a long time since Simpson read Timothy 1:18: “For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” and clearly he glossed over the even more famous admonition “Honor thy Father and they Mother”. For Simpson workers are suckling pigs and seniors are ‘Greedy Geezers’.

snip

So Simpson’s ‘310 million’ was not just a misquote, it not only includes all those working civilians whose retirement will be based on Social Security, it also includes all those military people relying on military retirement. And since retirement pay is formulaically based on final military pay, the Commission can save $100s of billion off the back end, to say nothing of requiring service persons and retirees to kick in more for their health care. And all without taking a penny from the bottom line of Honeywell or Raytheon. But plenty of ‘shared sacrifice’ for the lower 98%.

snip

So the translation of “Everything is on the Table” seems to be: across the board benefit cuts to Social Security, additional means testing on the middle class, cutting military pay and shifting more of the cost of medical care to soldiers and retirees, and ‘progressive’ consumption tax. Meanwhile I guess the top 2% and even more the top 0.001% just keep producing along supporting us 310 million sucking parasites. (0.001% of the population is roughly 3100 individuals and maybe 1000 households and should handily include all those with 9 digit (multi-multi millionaire) and 10 digit (billionaire) net worth and 310 million – 0.001% still equals 310 million, Simpson was not indicting everyone, just you me and everyone we know).

marisacat - 28 August 2010

Because ’310 million’ takes in everybody, in Simpson’s world anyone who ever did, is, or will ever rely on Social Security is just a Randite ‘parasite’ or at best ‘dependent farm animal’

Yup… and they boil with hatred for us… that we dare demand or expect anything … that we dare demand to be cut in on the deal.

Which is really what it is all about.

NOR is it any much worse than Obey who screamed at the mother of a serving soldier, who feared her son would be sent back to Iraq for a second tour (this is years ago) and already with some form of trauma, PTSD or whatever.

He made it clear, “liberals” upset his apple cart… or something. I rather doubt she is “liberal” (or she may be!), but she was in his way….

Like Warner, who fled SF for Los Angeles when he had come here to hit up, for cash, what pass for city liberals… and omigosh, the middle aged dames dared to mention a b o r t i o n to him. At dinner no less. To make himself feel better he exoriated us in a op/ed piece in the LATimes.

Oh, there’s a boo boo baby. But Mama does’t want to kiss it this time. (withhold the vote!)

Obey and Warner both branded their confronters as LIBERALS.

Just another word for “don’t bother me” and “fuck off”…

marisacat - 28 August 2010

oh and i imagine, like Democrats at Fucknutwitless Orange, Simpson is perfectly capable of slaming out

C U N T

He certainly seems mean enough.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

the most amazing thing about those people is how convinced they are that they obtained their stations in life solely based on their own inherent worth and “hard work”. Everyone else is lazy, though.

marisacat - 28 August 2010

well nobody said they are not delusional. The problem is … they are very much in charge.

4. catnip - 28 August 2010
5. marisacat - 28 August 2010

oh………… I do so value an America whre Al Shrton is one of the most out front in your face operatives of the Dem party… the one courted (and paid) to “answer” Beck and Palin.

“People are clear in what Dr. King’s dream was about, and we will not react to those who try to distort that dream,” Sharpton said.

more by Al Sharpton – 2 hours ago – Washington Post (2 occurrences)

Geesh. Lectures from the paid-off. NOBODY is clear on anything.

The sorry line-up of articles on “dueling marches”.

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

I demand better betters.

marisacat - 28 August 2010

that made me laugh…

6. marisacat - 28 August 2010

Wel… cut off their noses and it gets full court press, glossy color photos and the cover of the magazine…

Saturday, August 28, 2010

If this was in a Muslim country, it would have been a front page story in US newspapers

“A singer who performed in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women was lashed 39 times to make him “repent,” after a ruling by a self-described rabbinic court on Wednesday. Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, founder of the Shofar organization aimed at bringing Jews “back to religion” (hazara betshuva), has made it his recent mission to fight against musical performances for both men and women.” (thanks Arwa)

Posted by As’ad at 7:09 AM

Angry Arab links to the JPost article…which reports he was declared a “sinner”.

And frankly, the singer seems masochistic, at the least. Probably a good dscription of religious adherents… esp those with willing scars.

[I]n a video clip of the court posted on the Shofar Web site, Ben Zion said that those who make others sin (mahtiei rabim), such as artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come.

He displayed a leather strip he said was made by his father from ass and bull skin, with which Yechiel was to have been whipped.

Yechiel, who said, “I accept upon myself the lashing for my sins,” was ordered to stand by a wooden poll with his head facing north (“from whence the evil inclination comes”), his hands tied with a azure-colored rope (“a symbol of mercy”), and served his “sentence.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

fucking wackjobs

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

Conservative Economist: ‘Find the Unemployed and Hire Them’

Let’s put this gently: economist Kevin Hassett is no Keynesian.

Hassett, the director of economic-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and an economic adviser to Sen. John McCain, recent attacked President Obama’s economic plan as “voodoo economics,” claiming “the biggest Keynesian stimulus in U.S. history was a bust.”

But when I got him on the phone to talk about the unemployment crisis, he struck a different tone. His problem with the stimulus wasn’t that government spending inherently fails to grow jobs and the economy. The problem, he said, was that Obama’s stimulus was not direct enough.

With the Recovery Act, the White House eschewed direct hiring and aimed instead to raise overall economic output in the hope that more activity would lead to more demand, which would lead to more hires. “Look at the stimulus and the number of jobs we’ve actually created, and it comes out to a couple million bucks per job created,” Hassett told me.

“My idea is simpler. Find the unemployed and hire them.”

marisacat - 28 August 2010

The problem, he said, was that Obama’s stimulus was not direct enough.

I can agree with that!

The Feds gave the stumble money, chunks of it, to the states… and a LOT of it in our state went to the big firms… Well known names in Silicon Valley, for one.

Oh that was so helpful. Faces like Carly and Meg with open troughs waiting for it………..

Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010

I thought it was interesting, considering the source.

8. marisacat - 28 August 2010

:lol: ……… :mrgreen: …….

From the Palm Beach Post:

One nugget:

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene lost his precinct 2-to-1 to Kendrick Meek in the Democratic Senate primary. That’s not a ratio of 2-to-1. It was literally 2 votes for Meek and one for Greene, presumably his own. Greene’s wife isn’t registered in Palm Beach County.

9. marisacat - 28 August 2010

oh scared little Democrats…

Google Maps Misplaces Lincoln Memorial

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PC World
Aug 28, 2010 4:38 am

A curious thing has been happening on Google Maps — the Lincoln Memorial is being misplaced in favor of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, which is a good half a mile south of the more famous memorial.

According to the Geographic Travels blog, this “misplacement” has been happening for about two days now.

Typing “Lincoln Memorial” into the regular Google search bar brings up a number of listings related to the Lincoln Memorial, yet shows a map of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. (Click on the image to see the map that’s being served up.)

Is this a Google Maps glitch, or could this have anything to do with the fact that conservative radio and TV host Glenn Beck is holding a controversial “non-political” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday?
…………..

PC World

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 28 August 2010
marisacat - 28 August 2010

hard to know what to say any more…. but I have seen some scattered and similarly bitter refrences to the Nobel…. forget now who it was, but just yesterday…… maybe IOZ, said he should win it again. Whatever he did to win the first one, he must still be doing it.

We are inside a really nasty horrible joke.

Now what about that, all you progressive critics of Obama? He only force-feeds those held for years in indefinite captivity after the sun goes down during Ramadan. What exquisite tact, what a remarkable sensitivity to human rights, eh? Why, they ought to give this guy a Nobel Peace Prize or something!

11. marisacat - 28 August 2010

This makes sense… Iraq is under “plot fear alert”.

Baghdad »

Kansas City…Iraq on highest alert for terror attacks amid fear of plots

Boston Globe – Lara Jakes – ‎57 minutes ago‎

An Iraqi police officer secured an area from an armored vehicle in Baghdad yesterday.

(Khalid Mohammed/Associated Press) Associated Press / August 29, 2010

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s prime minister has put his nation on its highest level of alert …

12. marisacat - 29 August 2010

gah… for little democrats

I cannot decide which panel is worse.

(oh i snitched it from Al Schumann over at SMBIVA … :roll: …)

http://stopmebeforeivoteagain.org/

13. ts - 29 August 2010

These are the kind of articles that ruin my Sunday. (Though when you post the talk show lineup for today it will finally be complete)

Props to the last sentence, which contains the improper use of the word “irony”.

“It’s an extraordinary irony,” said Mr. Riedel, the former Obama adviser. “He, like Bush before him, has put all his bets down on the table on one guy — and it’s the same guy.”

No, an irony is something that turns out the opposite of what you expected.

ts - 29 August 2010

I meant to add that the last link has possibly NSFW gratuitous boob shots.

marisacat - 29 August 2010

Riedel is a good choice to quote in a NYT article… CIA guy who thinks Afhganistan can won… and, in fact! has been won before! He maintains the Brits did not lose their shirt and their pants in Af… but!, that, because they ”established Kandahar”, they won.

He stood 4 times on a stage with Obby when Ob delivered a speech or remarks about Af-Pak.

We are so fucking screwerewdddd.

marisacat - 29 August 2010

I see the pic they used is the night he met the plane at Dover AFB, returning iwth remains from the Wars…

What I found most interesting, of 18 remains being brought back, only one family agreed for him to be there. At one point the WH managed to get two families to agree, but then one dropped out.

Batting ………… less than a 100, shall we say.

14. marisacat - 29 August 2010

Here it is… (no vomiting in the aisles!)

–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D-New Orleans); Actor and Founder of the Make it Right Foundation Brad Pitt; roundtable with WWL Radio’s Wendell Pierce, Tulane University’s Garland Robinette and historian Douglas Brinkley (guest moderator Brian Williams, live from New Orleans)

–ABC’s “This Week”: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee; Bringing a Food Revolution to America’s Schools’ Jamie Oliver; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Richard Haass and PBS’ Susie Gharib

–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller (R-AK); U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL); RGA Chairman Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

–“Fox News Sunday”: Fox News’ Glenn Beck; roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former Romney Press Secretary Kevin Madden and NPR’s Juan Williams; “Power Player of the Week”: Prince George’s Hospital Center Chief of Traumatology Dr. Carnell Cooper

–CNN’s “State of the Union”: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan; U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL); U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL)

–C-SPAN: “Newsmakers”: (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), questioned by AP’s Matthew Lee and McClatchy’s Warren Strobel … “The Communicators” (6:30pm ET Saturday): TIVO Inc. President and CEO Tom Rogers and FX Networks President John Landgraf … “Q&A” (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts President Michael Kaiser.

15. ts - 29 August 2010

Apart from the boiler plate official version: You’re on your own folks – don’t expect help like those bankers, I thank them for making me google the term, “muddling through”, which is a great palate cleanser.

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 29 August 2010
17. marisacat - 29 August 2010

I suppose Brad Pitt could be more inarticulate, but hard to see how… (MTP with Brian Williams)

Before that Mitch and Mary declared that God is with them, with NO and they follow Jesus Christ, thus Beck can tell them nothing.

Wow, what deafening bullshit. From on high.

18. marisacat - 29 August 2010

New…

LINK

…………….. :roll: … 8)


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