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Democratic cover… 21 September 2010

Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan: Afghan women wait at a polling station to cast their ballot in parliamentary elections [Mustafa Quraishi/AP]

IOZ had a few good lines on what we use democracy for:

Here is one of the Cohens–I can never keep them straight–making one of the requisite, occasional pitches for democracy that are required of major American opinion columnists. Suffice to say that the persistent confusion of an organizational structure with a moral category is the problem here. It gives rise to all sorts of additional weirdness.

For instance, because democracy is a categorical moral good, a country like Russia, when its government acts in some manner that some or other Times-sinecured domehead thinks is morally dubious, becomes less democratic. (Alternately, a country like China, when it, whatever, lets someone look at porno on the internet, or loosens travel restrictions, or embraces the stock market, becomes more democratic.)

These estimations have very little to do with the procedural features of any country’s government. I mean, is Russia really less democratic than the United States? I don’t know. Is the United States less corrupt than Afghanistan? By what measure?

Yup!

… then this at the close:

And speaking of gangland hits, there’s this gem:

The lingering wars waged partly in democracy’s name in Iraq and Afghanistan hurt its reputation, however moving images of inky-fingered voters gripped by the revolutionary notion that they could decide who governs them. Given the bloody mayhem, it was easy to portray “democracy” as a fig leaf for the West’s bellicose designs and casual hypocrisies.

Yo, democracy is “a fig leaf for the West’s bellicose designs and casual hypocrisies.”

And, as one wag around the netteries said in the midst of Mosquerias a Go Go (or, no go) and Quran burning:

Surely everyone knows by now, the legally approved method of disposal of a used Quran is Hellfire Missile, launched from Nevada?

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1. catnip - 21 September 2010

I missed this part of Obamalama’s talk show:

By her own account, Velma Hart is an upper-middle class woman who works as a CFO for veterans service organization AmVets while raising two daughters. She confronted President Obama at a town hall in Washington D.C. last night, and in the process became a symbol of Democrats’ frustration at the Obama administration. As she explained:

“I’m one of your middle class Americans. And quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I’ve been told that I voted for a man who was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people, sir, and I’m waiting. And I don’t feel it yet.”

Preach it, Velma!

marisacat - 21 September 2010

she was more than happy to tell media afterwards that he did not answer her either… what a hoot !!

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 September 2010
3. marisacat - 21 September 2010

Snicker snacks………….

Apparenlty the NYT is parcelling out bits from the Woodward book on Obama

[B]ut there already are reasons to believe that the portrait will not be entirely what the White House team bargained for, and that Obama—far from mastering his competing groups of advisers—will be seen as tugged and pulled by them and by his own deep misgivings about the Afghan war and its chances of success.

The New York Times, reporting Tuesday night that it had obtained a copy of the Woodward book before publisher Simon & Schuster’s official release, said it shows how aides “spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf.”

The Times article recounts several examples, culled from the Woodward book, of mistrust and malice among the Obama team. For example, Vice President Biden reportedly called Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, “the most egotistical bastard I’ve ever met.”

Gen. David Petraeus, the Afghanistan commander, is said to believe that White House senior adviser David Axelrod is a “complete spin doctor.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates allegedly warned that Tom Donilon would be a “complete disaster” if promoted to be national security adviser from his current position as deputy.

If their bet on giving Woodward access turns out wrong, White House aides will have little grounds for complaining that Woodward is out of the loop. At times during the reporting, according to administration officials and other sources familiar with the book, Woodward surprised top defense and intelligence officials by coming in for interviews armed with classified maps, in some cases labeled with code names for clandestine operations. ….

That last there is a hoot.

GOOD LUCK! And many happy returns!

Read more: Link to People Mag

and Single Page Version

ts - 21 September 2010

All the rats are fleeing. Summers today…and that was one fat, ugly rat.

marisacat - 21 September 2010

ugleeee

BooHooHooMan - 21 September 2010

Woodward’s Book ~

Wherein we become one with the Popcorn.
The New Eucharist, if you will.

I always tear up during the part where David Gergen is converted, and the “Last Living” Presidents come in and one of the Reverend Grahams are consulted.

marisacat - 21 September 2010

“Gergen” reminds me of “Colin” and I was so entertained tonight, Bill C on CBS with Katie took a swack at Colin.

I cannot wiat for the “response”. Says Powell “promised” him a very different DADT than we got. LOL… that no gay would be penalised for going to gay bars, for marching in gay parades, (sans uniform, of course).

May they all bite each other to death. Over and over and over again.

catnip - 21 September 2010

w00t

I’ve been waiting for that with a special tub of extra-buttery popcorn.

Bring.it.on.

4. BooHooHooMan - 21 September 2010

Pinched from Politico, but really from the Brain Surgeons over at DK-

Yowza, wadditey do? Accidentally use their
Poll Vaporizor you know, ON Russ?

PPP: Feingold down double-digits

By DAVID CATANESE | 9/21/10 3:25 PM

A new poll of the Wisconsin Senate race Tuesday contains dire news for Democrats, showing three-term incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold falling behind political newcomer Ron Johnson by double-digits. The survey, taken by Public Policy Polling for the liberal website Daily Kos, shows Johnson holding an 11-point advantage over Feingold, 52 percent to 41 percent.

Fuckin guy was evie stevie to +2 last week by other pollsters. DSCC Cash gambit to go with the MO tour. And speaking of NAMBLA, er, I mean kos and the DSCC….

Right on sockpuppet time. 5 weeks out.

The Case for a new Senate Majority Leader

And Dig the Poll.

Poll

Who would you like to see as Senate Majority Leader?

Russ Feingold, he’sthe only senator with the sense to vote against the Iraq War…

Al Franken, because he’s good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, I like him!

Chuck Schumer, he’s next in line so assimilate me!

Harry Reid, changes frightens me…

What? Tent not big enough now for people like Levin or Lieberman? What do they got against “L” People? No Lautenberg? What do they got against Jersey? What do they got against Cali? No Babs or DiFi? And what do they got against the DFH? Like Wyden. (henh) How about people you know you can count on? Like Bernie in the HCR thing blub blub..
‘ course, this travesty wouldn’t stand if an old die hard Dem like ARLEN stuck around.

Oh snicker snax galore.

marisacat - 21 September 2010

Can’t they send in Mama Obama for Feingold? You know, the Fire Brigade! To the Rescue! Nursing bra and all! She’s coming here to [cough choke strangle] “close” for Boxer.

BooHooHooMan - 21 September 2010

I saw a blip they ARE sending her -somewhere at least- to Double Triple F the sitch.
(Fuckin Fundraise For Feingold Fer Fucksake)

Maybe they’ll entice her in with a Babyfat Safari.
Word is, Them CheeseHead Babies are some good huntin’.

marisacat - 21 September 2010

9 Fundraisers 6 states! I figure that means 3 fundraisers in Cali…
;)

ts - 21 September 2010

Where is this nursing bra meme coming from?

marisacat - 21 September 2010

They have her promoting breastfeeding for black mothers (and I guess all mothers)…. on the idea (think they claim it as scientific truth) that it mitigates childhood obesity.

5. catnip - 21 September 2010

Teh Suckage. It burns.

Mr. Summers: Thank You For Your Service!

Bend over sweet Larry and let me kiss your ass!

ts - 21 September 2010

Heckuva job, Jabba.

6. marisacat - 22 September 2010

Oh very funny! They ARE sending Michelle into Wisconsin, to campaign for Feinberg — ooops… Feingold?

It’s a six day scramble, 3 of which will be in Cali.

Denver for Benet, Illinois for Giannoulias and whoever else.

And it sounds very tightly scripted… all closed, fundraiser events.

7. marisacat - 22 September 2010

hell on toast.

This is what SF is up to……… and even with a mayoral veto, it is not gone… they will flog it for ever.

AND, in contrast!, this is what Paris is up to (in a trial effort to wean people from plastic bottled water). [banging head against brick wall].

According to Anne Le Strat, chairman of Eau de Paris, the main thing stopping people from changing is that tap water – without the use of a soda fountain – is still. “Lots of Parisians have told me that they would consume more [tap] water if it were fizzy,” she said. There are signs the French are already taking matters into their own hands: sales of household carbonation machines rocketed last year.

Free of charge and available whenever the Jardin is open – which, in high summer, is 8am until 9.30pm – La Petillante will allow thirsty passers-by to experiment with publicly supplied water.

Housed in a former garden cabin, the fountain pumps water straight from the city’s supply and emerges either as still, chilled, with bubbles, or simply still water at room temperature. Authorities said it had cost €75,000 (£63,500) to install.

Already a common feature in Italy, the fountain will be watched closely to see whether the Jardin de Reuilly will be the first of many locations. “This is a first, so we’re going to watch how Parisians react and whether there’s an uptake. Then we might gradually install others in the busiest parks,” said Burguiere.

catnip - 22 September 2010

We Frenchies like our bubbles.

8. marisacat - 22 September 2010

hmmm

[A]nd, according to an internal Democratic spreadsheet obtained by POLITICO, there is a canyon-size gap between the two parties right now when it comes to spending by outside groups.

As of Monday, pro-Republican third-party organizations had paid for a total of $23.6 million worth of ads, while Democratic-aligned groups had spent just $4.8 million on TV.

For the next month — the crucial period during which many voters begin to consider their choices and make up their minds — the disparity is even more daunting for Democrats: Between now and Oct. 20, groups backing Republicans have $9.4 million worth of TV ads reserved across 40 districts, while outfits supporting Democrats have put down only $1.3 million in five districts.

“It’s frustrating down here because we know if we get our message out, people will agree with us [or, NOT! snicker snax! -- Mcat], but when airwaves are flooded like they are, democracy and public debate lose,” said Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), a heavily targeted freshman, in a phone interview in between campaign events in his Southside Virginia district. ….

Read more: People Mag

well… whoops.

9. marisacat - 22 September 2010

catnip posted a link in a comment on this yesterday, but just to reiterate.

L.A Times A1, “INSURERS TO STOP ISSUING POLICIES FOR KIDS:

The move to curb child-only coverage sidesteps provisions of healthcare reform,” by Duke Helfand:

“Major health insurance companies in California and other states have decided to stop selling policies for children rather than comply with a new federal healthcare law that bars them from rejecting youngsters with preexisting medical conditions.
Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna Inc. and others will halt new child-only policies in California, Illinois, Florida, Connecticut and elsewhere as early as Thursday when provisions of the nation’s new healthcare law take effect, including a requirement that insurers cover children under age 19 regardless of their health histories.

The action will apply only to new coverage sought for children and not to existing child-only plans, family policies or insurance provided to youngsters through their parents’ employers. An estimated 80,000 California children currently without insurance – and as many as 500,000 nationwide – would be affected, according to experts.”

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 September 2010

monsters

10. ts - 22 September 2010

Michelle Obama on Sesame Street, telling the urban kids how great vegetables are “fresh from the garden”.

11. marisacat - 22 September 2010

Wow. No shit Shirley. And Mary too.

“The Democrats have been against ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ for more than a decade and why we allowed this law to remain in effect for another two years is beyond me,” said Richard Soccarides, who served as an adviser to Clinton on gay rights.

“The Washington-based gay rights groups made a decision early on that they were better off going along with the president’s timeline and that right now that looks like a serious miscalculation.”

Poor Soccarides… constnatly made excuses for Obby.

White House officials and Senate Democratic leaders said they hoped to revive the issue after the November elections, when they attempt once again the defense authorization bill.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that he did not think this was the “decisive moment” for the law’s repeal and that the administration would “keep trying.”

But the bill’s fate after the election is murky, given the uncertainty of the outcome at the polls. If Republicans make major gains, it could be difficult for Democrats to push a contentious issue during an end-of-the-term lame-duck session. …

Wapo

Of course if gay marriage gets on track to go thru, which I am not expecting soon… and DADT is repealed — a lot of $300,000/year jobs (held, over and over, by attys) at the top of gay orgs will go pouf in the night.

IOZ said a few things about the Wapo piece… LOL And the Woodward drool.

Haha. Remember when smarty-pants liberals called ol’ Gee-Dub “the boy emperor.” And Obama was a font of measured wisdom or some bullshit. Dude, compared to Obama, George is starting to look like Marcus fucking Aurelius. I mean, this shit even embarrasses me. Barry O is starting to look like Millard Fillmore.

I sort of feel sorry for him. I mean, usually you have to wait until your second term for your underlings to start jockeying for the honor of making you look ridiculous in a Woodward “book”.

12. marisacat - 22 September 2010
13. catnip - 22 September 2010

Netflix kicked off in canuck-land today: $7.99 for a month’s worth of online streaming. Sounds like a good deal depending on their selection – as long as they take PayPal (which they’re apparently only offering in selected areas right now).

catnip - 22 September 2010

Not much of a selection after browsing their site.

marisacat - 22 September 2010

here they have a lot… tho less for streaming, so far.

catnip - 22 September 2010
marisacat - 22 September 2010

I admit I am an adddict. LOL…. My name is Marisa…… etc.

14. marisacat - 22 September 2010

Abracadabra.. first it happened, then it didn’t.

A Pentagon investigation has determined that neither Gen. Stanley McChrystal nor the senior officers in his inner circle made the disparaging comments to Rolling Stone that led to the general’s downfall in June.

McChyrstal was relieved of his command of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after a Rolling Stone article portrayed his team making snide remarks about Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Jim Jones and others. …

Read more: Link to People Mag

The Tillmans better watch out, the USofA will be saying their boy never lived, so he never died.

catnip - 22 September 2010

They had a Pentagon investigation about that?

Tax dollars well-wasted. If McChrystal had an issue, he should have hired a damn lawyer.

marisacat - 22 September 2010

The problem is he was allowed to retire, everything, stars and bars, intact. That did it, imo, he had the upper hand, as did his employer, the Pentagon.

Po-ooo-oooo-oor Obby. Tie those apron strings tighter… LOL.

Madman in the Marketplace - 22 September 2010

MacArthur McChrystal knows where the cover-ups are buried.

marisacat - 22 September 2010

the cover-ups are buried

I wish all the filth would just coming pouring out..

I landed on an analysis of the recent elections in Sweden, it’s long and detailed, but very readable as they go for the big picture. That picture we are all living in…

Just one graph:

[T]he extremists’ claims that Swedish integration policies have failed unfortunately turn out to be accurate, even if the greater exclusion and national xenophobia of the Sweden Democrats will only make things worse.

This failure has become a bipartisan matter, with the left block failing when they held power and the right block also continuing to fail.

Some voters recognized this bipartisan failure and decided to vote for neither block.

It’s true that some left politicians have tried to create alternatives to the failure, but multi-ethnic Swedish enclaves of relative poverty have existed under both left and right governments. It is extremely rare that anyone would point to the tradeoffs between military budget priorities and the true costs of a comprehensive integration program, even though Martin Luther King is celebrated as a hero among Swedish intellectuals. King’s linkage of military spending to urban underdevelopment has few parallels in Sweden because the true costs of a far more comprehensive integration system are not even on the political table.

And so on.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 22 September 2010

It Gets Better Project:

If you’re gay or lesbian or bi or trans, and you’ve ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, “Fuck, I wish I could’ve told him that it gets better,” this is your chance. We can’t help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don’t think they have a future—and we can help them….

READ MORE about the It Gets Better Project, in Savage Love

Savage Love link.

16. catnip - 22 September 2010

Is Ralph Reed a bot? He never ages.

17. marisacat - 22 September 2010

Whatever makes ‘em squirm……….

NEW YORK – President Barack Obama was heckled multiple times during his speech at a Democratic fundraiser in one of the country’s most Democratic cities.

Demonstrators held signs that said “Broken Promises” and interrupted his speech to protest AIDS funding and the stalled repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military that Obama has promised to lift.

Obama showed a flash of irritation after he was forced repeatedly off his prepared remarks. “We listened to you, we heard your point,” he told the “young lady” who continued shouting at him about AIDS funding. “This is not the time or the place to do what you’re talking about.” [don't talk back to Daddeee --- Mcat]

Obama also tried to make the most of the moment by pointing out that Republicans would be further away from the protestors on both of the issues they were complaining about. ….

I suppose it can get more l a m e. But hard to see how.

Read more: Link to People Mag

ts - 22 September 2010

Zero is the same as zero.

ts - 22 September 2010

Hey, I think we have a meme here 0=0. And nursing bras…

catnip - 22 September 2010

The visual fits.

marisacat - 22 September 2010

Chicago Pride has the vid up….

[T]he activists would not let up. Finally, the President said: “When I was running for office … maybe we gave people the wrong impression about how change happens.”

The activists had purchased tickets to attend the fundraiser.

catnip - 22 September 2010

“When I was running for office … maybe we gave people the wrong impression about how change happens.”

Holy lack of awareness, Batman.

marisacat - 22 September 2010

ain’t it a hoot. Tin ears. And I would say, god damned fucking tin heart.

There is a long piece at Politico with quotes from 2009 and earlier this year on how it was all going to wrok out, Dems would be running on health care, blah blah blah… and the close of the article is this:

“The moment health care is signed into law, that is half-time. The next half is selling it to the American people.” — Third Way vice president FOR policy Jim Kessler in POLITICO on Oct. 19, 2009.

Obama mentions the law during public remarks, often at Democratic fundraisers. But it’s usually just a few lines wedged between the economy and the financial regulatory overhaul. And it’s nothing like the full court press that political analysts predicted before the bill’s passage and White House officials hinted at.

The president shifted immediately to the economy, then to the Wall Street reform bill and the Gulf Coast oil spill. He’s done only a handful of events focused on health care reform in the last six months.

“I realized it wasn’t half time. The game was actually over,” Kessler said. “People just said, ‘I don’t want to listen to stories about this anymore. It took too long, I didn’t like the process and in the end, I might like the bill but just stop talking to me about it.’”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42588_Page4.html#ixzz10KekHrwi

Plus, of course, it is a terrible horrible literally life changing bill. Mandated health coverage, borne by the individual, no check on insurance cos… and the verification is thru the annual tax returns, in the hands of the I R S.

An absolute fucking killer.

18. marisacat - 23 September 2010

Hope and Change!

VALERIE JARRETT, the commencement speaker at yesterday’s graduation ceremony at LaGuardia Community College, in Long Island City, Queens, to the first 23 graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which makes MBA-level training available to cash-strapped entrepreneurs:

“You’ve opened your mind to new ideas, to new partners; you’ve partnered with each other, you’ve networked, and you’ve expanded your skill set. … What you have achieved will not only benefit the businesses that you run, but it will also benefit our country as a whole.”

Jarrett led applause for Dina P. Powell, who oversees the Goldman Sachs Office of Corporate Engagement’s 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses programs.

marisacat - 23 September 2010

oh gawd. There is more. Just as hilarious.

WARREN BUFFETT – a co-chair of the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, along with Lloyd C. Blankfein and Dr. Michael Porter — handed out the diplomas, which came in red leather folders. Buffett joked to the eager entrepreneurs: “I’ve enclosed my 800 number.”

Buffett, a Playbook reader, said in an interview after the event: “The biggest thing you have going for the American economy, actually, is the regenerative capacity of American capitalism, and that doesn’t happen overnight. I mean, this country had a huge, huge wound … It takes time for wounds to heal, regardless of how good the care is.”

–Buffett, on Obama: “I’d vote for him all over again. … I think he’s got the same vision about America I do. … I think he has the same social goals, very much, that I do.”

–Buffett, on extending the Bush tax cuts: “I think it’s almost a cinch that they will be extended for the people – I don’t know if it’ll be exactly [making less than] $250,000, or whatever the number may be, in the end. But I do not that there’s going to be, effectively, a tax increase for people up and down the line. I think there should be tax increases for people in the high income levels.”

19. marisacat - 23 September 2010

The Mother of all Mosquerias….

A Hindu and Muslim fight, 150 years old, basically a land battle (is there anything else?) in the Uttar Pradesh, over the land aound a now demolished 16th c mosque…. it was to go the Indian SC, but that is deferred a week to see if the parties (that would be two religions!) cannot reach a solution. Hope lives! Or madness!

IN the meantime, text messages were banned for 72 hours, now extended up until the verdict, cities and towns in the region are under heightened security and two towns adjacent to the area (that would be the demolished Mosqueria) are in “fortress lockdown” with (supposedly) 20,000 in security forces moved in in anticipation of … well whatever.

Quel drama.

Ban religion now.

It ain’t worth it.

20. catnip - 23 September 2010

Hamid Karzai: bipolar, according to Woodward.

And this?

Among other revelations in the book, the CIA has set up a 3,000-strong paramilitary force of local Afghans – called Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams – that also make raids into Pakistan, while Mr Obama has retained or expanded 14 presidential orders issued by George W Bush that form the legal basis for the CIA’s global covert operations in the “war on terror”.

Maybe it’s just me but shouldn’t that be “Terrorism Pursuit Teams”?

And everyone should be immensely comforted knowing the ever-trusty and ethical CIA is on the job. We can all sleep better at nite now.

diane - 23 September 2010

I’m curious as to what (if anything at all) Woodward wrote about the Private US spy network still on in Pakistan, Afghanistan which was (is still? ….duh) being “managed” by fuckin Lockheed (which included EX CIA members, not current ones).

…. Earlier this year, government officials admitted that the military had sent a group of former Central Intelligence Agency officers and retired Special Operations troops into the region to collect information – some of which was used to track and kill people suspected of being militants. Many portrayed it as a rogue operation that had been hastily shut down once an investigation began.

But interviews with more than a dozen current and former government officials and businessmen, and an examination of government documents, tell a different a story.. ….

…a review of the program by The New York Times found that Mr Furlong’s operatives were still providing information using the same intelligence gathering methods as before. The contractors were still being paid under a $22 million contract, the review shows, managed by Lockheed Martin and supervised by the Pentagon office in charge of special operations policy. ….

21. BooHooHooMan - 23 September 2010

U.S. walks out on Ahmadinejad

Iranian leader’s remarks at U.N. that Sept. 11 attacks were a U.S. conspiracy triggers walkout.

Oooo, a walkout. And if that isn’t bad enough,
THEN they had Mahmoud Banned at Dailykos!

marisacat - 23 September 2010

Hillary looked asleep at the UN… maybe that walk out was her need for a nappy bye.

22. marisacat - 23 September 2010

Nu

LINK

…………….. 8) … :roll:


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