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Safe streets… 25 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in Brazil - Lula, Culture of Death, South America, WAR!.
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A policeman runs during an operation at Jacarezinho slum

A policeman runs during an operation at Jacarezinho slum    Picture: REUTERS

Rio police and drug gangs in the slums battle it out.  Or so the story goes….

Reuters reports 30 dead so far…  

“We have no deadline to stop operations. We’re going to continue giving logistical support …… to transport police troops for as long as needed,”

said Colonel Carlos Chagas, commander of the Marine logistics battalion.

more by Carlos Chagas – 3 hours ago – Reuters

Policemen take position during an operation

Policemen take position during a security operation     REUTERS

She’d had it… 24 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Viva La Revolucion!.
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...She continued: 'There were about six or seven tiger sharks down there and we couldn't believe our luck. We were having a great time photographing them all until one diver swam towards one of them trying to get a better shot. The shark suddenly seemed to get angry and snatched the camera right out of his hands' Tiger sharks are considered to be one of the most dangerous shark species in the world and are responsible for many recorded attacks on humans, second only to the great white shark.

These remarkable pictures show the moment a tiger shark snatched an expensive camera from the hands of a petrified photographer during an underwater diving expedition in the Bahamas. After photographer Karin Brussaard took several photos, the shark decided enough was enough and grabbed the equipment in its jaws before swimming off…

…Brussaard, from the Netherlands, said: “Luckily it did drop it eventually and remarkably the camera only seemed to have a couple of scratches on it”…

…She continued: “There were about six or seven tiger sharks down there and we couldn’t believe our luck. We were having a great time photographing them all until one diver swam towards one of them trying to get a better shot. The shark suddenly seemed to get angry and snatched the camera right out of his hands.” Tiger sharks are considered to be one of the most dangerous shark species in the world and are responsible for many recorded attacks on humans, second only to the great white shark. Picture: KARIN BRUSSAARD / CATERS NEWS

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Makes sense to me…. I wonder if the photogs have the perspicacity to understand the shark likely said:

Look, we played nice, but as Syvia Earl, life long oceanographer, has said, y’all done fished, killed, and et up 90% of us.

So buzz the fuck off.  We gave already.

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Up Down 23 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) answer a question together at the Trenton, N.J., train station Monday promoting the “If you see something, say something” campaign. Napolitano says the procedure for airline security screenings isn’t likely to change anytime soon. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Sodden bitches, both of them.  (I saw it! I said it!)

Considering that genitalia is so much the subject at the moment, I somehow missed the appearance where whatshisname, the Louisiana snake (Carville?), apparently said that if you took one gonad from Ob, Hillary would still have more.

Poor Ob.  Very special and very public pat downs for him….

Snicker.

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And I wonder just who this might be?

Officials at TSA said this morning that they continue to issue guidance to shift leaders about the types of pat-downs that are appropriate for children 12 and under, as well as for passengers who have religious or cultural objections to direct physical contact.

National Journal

Oh brother, I noticed all three net work morning shows led with Royal Wedding, Bombs over Korea and then, maybe, pat down fou fou.

ABC advised women not to wear ”pencil” or slim cut skirts as the TSA can’t get to “where they need to” and you will be pulled aside and RE DRESSED, either in a shift of some sort or a

TOWEL.  For security reasons of course.  A little SAVAK in your coffee madam?

So… “if you want to maintain your dignity”, wear pants.

Talk about sexual dominance games.

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”Hospitalist” 21 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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A monkey holds a 'Krathong', a raft made of coconut shell decorated with flowers, candles and incense, on the occasion of the annual Loy Krathong festival at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand

A monkey holds a ‘Krathong’, a raft made of coconut shell decorated with flowers, candles and incense, on the occasion of the annual Loy Krathong festival at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand

Picture: EPA

During my sojourn in the land of needle sticks, switchblade (my nickname for the instrument used) attacks on my finger tips (even as as my glucose tested normal day after day) and other alarming events, they sent in a “hospitalist” to try to sell me, a second go at as it were, on an invasive procedure.

Hospitalist?  We have a crisis in health care in the country, esp at the clinic level, rural health care delivery, all sorts of health care…………..

 So I wondered, WTF is a hospitalist:

[A] hospitalist is a general physician who cares for hospitalized patients. The hospitalist’s only concern is with patients in a hospital, they do not work out of a clinic or a private practice. Basically, the hospitalist assumes a hospitalized patient’s care in place of the patient’s primary care physician.

The hospitalist definition was coined by Drs. Robert Wachter and Lee Goldman in a 1996 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. Since that time, the field has exploded into popularity and has revolutionized the way patients are treated. By having hospitalists look after hospitalized patients, the primary care physicians can spend time more efficiently looking after patients in their own offices. This reduces the amount of hours primary care physicians work and may also improve preventative care.    ….

Whatever.  I still declined the needle to the heart fandango they wanted…. to perpetrate.

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Sunday thread… 14 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics, UK.
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Ducks feed at the pond in Central Park, New York    Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

While I was fishing around at the Guardian…. I saw a headline… that McDonalds and Coca-Cola will have a hand in writing UK “health policy”.

I did not even open it. What utter shit.

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Well after writing the above, I gave into temptation… It’s PepsiCo, as it happens…. and a few others too.

The Department of Health is putting the fast food companies McDonald’s and KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease, the Guardian has learned.

In an overhaul of public health, said by campaign groups to be the equivalent of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry, health secretary Andrew Lansley has set up five “responsibility deal” networks with business, co-chaired by ministers, to come up with policies. Some of these are expected to be used in the public health white paper due in the next month.

The groups are dominated by food and alcohol industry members, who have been invited to suggest measures to tackle public health crises.  ….

Maybe Baby Fat Hunter can help too.

‘Nuff said 10 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Total fucking lunatics.
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Lipless and then some.  Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson…. Cat Food Commissioners.

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So… 8 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.
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Workers lift the head of a giant statue of Jesus Christ onto its body in Swiebodzin, western Poland. A statue of Jesus Christ that its builders say will be the largest in the world is rising from a Polish <ul>cabbage field</ul> <p> and local officials hope it will become a beacon for tourists

Workers lift the head of a giant statue of Jesus Christ onto its body in Swiebodzin, western Poland. A statue of Jesus Christ that its builders say will be the largest in the world is rising from a Polish cabbage field and local officials hope it will become a beacon for tourists     [REUTERS]

 … is this the ultimate cabbage patch doll?  Or what?

In a not unrelated matter, Frank Rich on current events… For once I agree with him… wretched political reporter, liberal head patter, op/ed crafter he may be.

AFTER his “shellacking,” President Obama had to do something. But who had the bright idea of scheduling his visit to India for right after this election? The Democrats’ failure to create jobs was at the heart of the shellacking. Nothing says “outsourcing” to the American public more succinctly than India. But the White House didn’t figure this out until the eve of Obama’s Friday departure, when it hastily rebranded his trip as a jobs mission.

Perhaps the president should visit one of the Indian call centers policing Americans’ credit-card debts to feel our pain. 

There’s an idea…. but I read it is why he is not daring to go near Bangalore, possibly the best known of the outsourcing centers.

Water over the crumbling bridge:

Optics matter. If Washington is tumbling into a political crisis as the recovery continues to lag, maybe the president shouldn’t get out of Dodge. If the White House couldn’t fill a 13,000-seat arena in blue Cleveland the weekend before the midterms, maybe it shouldn’t have sent the president there. If an administration charged with confronting a Great Recession knew that its nominee for secretary of the Treasury serially cut corners on his taxes, maybe it should have considered other options. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Well, here we are.   …

The one enjoyable thing is….  the Dems are mad enough, directionless enough that gossip, knives, loud whispers, truths and untruths are going to abound.

For years.  Roll that tub of popcorn over……………

And, along the way, two years of a long, passive-aggressive, whiney-as-all-hell Good-Bye from The Foundling.

I don’t care about all those ”sage” commentators cautioning how long two years is in politics… he’s finished. 

I cannot see how he makes it.

May they all claw each other to death.  Or bite.  Their choice.

Dumb clucks 6 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, India, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.
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A Great White Shark approaches the cage

Divers swim with great white sharks off the coast of Mexico: As the owner of Big Animal Photographic Expeditions, ex-Israeli special-forces member Amos, 60, takes paying members of the public to interact face to face with great whites. “The aim of these expeditions is to show my clients that great whites are not the ferocious snarling creatures that we see in movies or in some documentaries,” he said. [AMOS NACHOUM / BARCROFT USA]

….amongst the sharks.

Obviously just the bare bones of whatever came down between Alex Sink, the Dem running for FL governor…. and the WH… but it tells enough.

I never heard an interview with her, a debate between the two… so … she easily could be, most probably is, one of those tedious, lame technologists/technocrats the Dems have run for a long time now (this is Florida, after all)… but losing by a single point, in a critical state, has to have hurt.

AND she is willing to complain, quite publicly. AND it is only the second post-election mention I have heard of wObbly being highly vulnerable on BP/Gulf/Dead and dying creatures, people and industries…

At least she said it. And I almost get the impression the wObblies are not clear on Florida – if that is possible…. And a few other states too….

[I]n an interview with POLITICO, Sink said the administration mishandled the response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, doesn’t appreciate the political damage done by healthcare reform and argued that her GOP opponent’s strategy of tying her to the president did grave damage to her candidacy in the state’s conservative Panhandle.

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But Sink’s pointed critique expressed the sentiments of other Florida Democrats after an election in which the party lost four U.S. House seats and every statewide contest Tuesday, not to mention statehouse losses that left Democrats facing GOP legislative supermajorities in one of the largest states in the nation.   …

And a bit more…

“I think they were tone-deaf,” she said. “They weren’t interested in hearing my opinion on what was happening on the ground with the oil spill. And they never acknowledged that they had problems with the acceptance of health care reform.”

The new law, she said, is “unpopular particularly among seniors” — a key voting bloc in the Sunshine State.

So…… now they have Rubio….. and a R governor. One with a history of Medicare fraud himself, and neither they (nor she) could punch that home…. The state house in R hands… and so on.

And every indication wObbly is just going to waddle on… ably flanked by the OFA and the DNC… snicker snax.

White House aides and Democratic National Committee officials, however, say that without the involvement of the national party and Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America, Sink would have fared worse. [so familiar!]

“The DNC and OFA kept that campaign afloat,” said a senior West Wing official.

I get an image of a very defensive WH… sort of like a cat with the fur on its body electrified. (Good luck!)

Multiple Democratic sources familiar with Sink’s campaign, however, said administration officials were more concerned about the candidate’s effort to separate herself from the White House than with helping her win.

“She needed some distance and the smart thing to do was allow her to have that distance,” said a Democratic operative familiar with the race.“That would have served their long-term interest.”

But when the candidate criticized the White House response to the oil spill and specifically a summer speech by Vice President Joe Biden in a POLITICO article, an angry administration official called her to demand she “walk back” her assessment, said two sources familiar with the situation.

Obviously any WH runs with the self-interest petard at the ready. Hoisting appears to imminent however.

Their brilliance on display….

Still, when they weren’t protecting the president’s image, Obama aides were either totally unhelpful to the campaign or trying to big-foot the operation, according to sources familiar with the contest.

In the spring, when Sink’s campaign was adrift and desperately in need of a shake-up, there was a meeting in Washington with a group of senior Democrats.

Following the meeting, a mid-level White House political official sent out a one-page memo that operatives saw as so illustrative of the Obama team’s cluelessness about the race that they had it laminated and regularly mocked it.

The document, obtained by POLITICO, included such numbered headers as “Hire Key Staff” and “Develop and present a holistic campaign plan.”

A White House official said the memo was only a summary of the conversation for the participants — not a strategic plan.

Likely they were more interested in games with Charlie Crist.  Which fizzled.

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It seems they are doing a bit more than just denuding the trees of coconuts around the Gandhi shrine…

 [O]n Monday, US secret agents visited the museum to plan Obama’s security detail.

They were accompanied by officers of Mumbai Police and civic officials of the D ward (where Mani Bhavan is located). While inspecting the route and the buildings lining up the route to the museum, the Americans detected a skyscraper near Peddar road and also found the area to be highly populated.

Since it is difficult to monitor such a congested area, they came up with a quick solution which left the Indians accompanying them amazed: A bomb-proof over-ground tunnel — to be installed by US military engineers in just an hour.

The tunnel would be a kilometre long and measure 12ft by 12ft — enough to let Obama’s cavalcade pass through. The tunnel would be centrally air-conditioned, fitted with close-circuit television cameras, and will be heavily guarded at every point, including, of course, its entry and exit.

Details about when exactly the tunnel would be made were not forthcoming. But officials said that the structure would be dismantled immediately after Obama leaves the area.

 Talk about overworking the grist mill. 

I’m calling for a movement (ha!) to Unfound The Foundling.   He’s too much trouble.

Passage 5 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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Kabul, Afghanistan: Street photographer Syed Rahman takes a break as he waits for customers      [Rodrigo Abd/AP]

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Obloss 4 November 2010

Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, 2010 Mid Terms, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, India, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, Total fucking lunatics.
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Some voters in Long Beach, California, cast their votes in a local laundromat. [Reuters]

Wash, vote, rinse.  Hang it out to line dry.

Etc.

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Too perfect… Reading around about the Ob and MO’s escape to India, all the trade deals, the slobber from India that THEY are creating jobs inside America… (do you feel like a golden egg that some goose in India laid?  I don’t)….

I come upon this

Officials in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) have taken extraordinary measures to protect US President Barack Obama ahead of his visit.

In their effort to provide maximum security in the run-up to his visit on Friday, they have removed coconuts which may fall on his head from trees.

All coconuts around the city’s Gandhi museum have now been cut down, an official told the BBC.

Every year in India people are injured or even killed by falling coconuts.  …

God forbid he be injured or die and it be a J O K E.

Felled by a falling, foreign coconut — a lone gun man coconut, if you will — all the while escaping a “no confidence” vote at home..

Wouldn’t play well……….

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Moving my last comment forward:

Speaking of reactionary elections… NYT has maps showing the shifts this year and ’08 and ’06 and some other graphics…

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